encouragement: GOOD MEN WILL BE CAUTIOUS WHAT THEY SAY - 06/12/19 04:59 AM
GOOD MEN WILL BE CAUTIOUS WHAT THEY SAY EPHESIANS 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY “the building up of the need”—that is, the supplying by suggestion of good the peculiar “need” or defect of the hearer’s spiritual state. The corrupt word is forbidden, not because it defiles the speaker’s own soul, and is an offence in the pure eyes of God, but because it is a sin against others, pulling down instead of building them up, … (0 comments)

encouragement: THE RETURN OF THE HAPPY SEASON - 06/11/19 05:01 AM
A HAPPY SEASON
PSALM 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
BARNES' NOTES The return of the happy season when we were to go up to worship filled me with joy. The language is expressive of the, happiness which is felt by those who love God and his sanctuary, when the stated season of worship returns. The heart is drawn to the house of prayer; the soul is filled with peace at the prospect of being again permitted to worship God.
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encouragement: WE BELONG TO CHRIST - 06/10/19 04:08 AM
WE BELONG TO CHRIST
2 CORINTHIANS 10:7 You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.
GILL'S EXPOSITION So many judged of Paul by his outward circumstances of life, his poverty, afflictions, and persecutions; and despised him; whilst they looked upon the riches, eloquence, haughty airs, noisiness, and personable mien and admired them:
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encouragement: GO FOR THE GOLD - 06/08/19 02:56 AM
GO FOR THE GOLD
JAMES 1:12 Blessed (happy) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The origin of evil and temptation is in our own hearts. Stop the beginnings of sin, or all the evils that follow must be wholly charged upon us. 
BARNES' NOTES Whether by affliction, or by direct allurements to do wrong, the question comes before the mind whether we have religion enough to keep us, or whether we will yield to murmuring, to rebellion, and to sin. In these respects, in a general sense, all forms of trial may be … (0 comments)

encouragement: HE SPOKE OF THE EXCLUSION FROM HEAVEN - 06/06/19 04:35 AM
HE SPOKE OF THE EXCLUSION FROM HEAVEN EPHESIANS 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. BARNES' NOTES For ministers to portray them in the pulpit, and for the friends of "moral reform" to describe them before the world?  The very "naming" of those abominations often produces improper associations in the mind; the description creates polluting images before the imagination; the exhibition of pictures, even for the purpose of condemning them, defiles the soul.  There are some vices which, from the corruptions of the human heart, cannot be safely described, and it is to be feared that, … (0 comments)

encouragement: YOUR GREATEST TEST WILL BE HOW YOU HANDLE PEOPLE WHO MISHANDLED YOU - 06/05/19 05:16 AM
YOUR GREATEST TEST WILL BE HOW YOU HANDLE PEOPLE WHO MISHANDLED YOU
1 PETER 2:23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The sinful misconduct of one relation, does not justify sinful behaviour in the other;
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY But committed himself.—This was His only form of revenge.
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encouragement: CLOTHE YOURSELVES - 06/04/19 05:15 PM
COLOSSIANS 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
GILL'S EXPOSITION kindness, which is this inward, tender, unfeigned, and abundant mercy put into act and exercise; this is doing good to all men, especially to the household of faith, distributing to the necessities of the saints, and a showing mercy with cheerfulness, and is very ornamental to a Christian professor:
CLARKE'S COMMENTARY Bowels of mercies, etc - Be merciful, not in act merely, but in spirit and affection. In all cases of this kind let your heart dictate to your hand; be … (2 comments)

encouragement: SUPREME HAPPINESS - 06/03/19 01:36 AM
SUPREME HAPPINESS
PSALM 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
BARNES' NOTES Others attempt to find happiness in other things; my happiness is found in God alone. This is the result to which the psalmist came after all his perplexity. With all his doubts and difficulties, his real desire was to be near to God; his supreme happiness was found there.
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encouragement: THAT DERIDES THE WORD AND THE PREACHERS OF IT - 06/01/19 05:13 AM
THAT DERIDES THE WORD AND THE PREACHERS OF IT
PROVERBS 23:9 Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of Divine things; but if what a wise man says will not be heard, let him hold his peace.
GILL'S EXPOSITION By the "fool" is meant a wicked man, one abandoned to sin, and hardened in it; that scoffs at all admonitions and reproofs, that derides the word, and the preachers of it, and makes a mock at all good men, and everything they say; and therefore … (0 comments)

encouragement: THE POWER IS JESUS IN US - 05/31/19 06:07 AM
DETERMINED TO RISE WITH MORE CARE AND SPEED
PROVERBS 24:16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed.
*the power is Jesus in us
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encouragement: RELATIONSHIP VS ENTANGLEMENT - 05/28/19 04:40 AM
RELATIONSHIP VS ENTANGLEMENT Being in the company of those who remember and recognize our authentic self gives powerful healing. Self-esteem is the first casualty of emotional and verbal trauma. PROVERBS 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. GILL'S EXPOSITION "evil communications corrupt good manners"  KEIL AND DELITZSCH BIBLICAL COMMENTARY for the disciple who will receive it, communicates to him knowledge and strength, to know where the snares of destruction lie, and to hasten with vigorous steps away when they threaten to entangle him.   *hasten with vigorous steps away when they threaten to entangle him … (0 comments)

encouragement: THE LORD IS GREATER THAN THE GIANTS YOU FACE - 05/26/19 11:55 AM
THE LORD IS GREATER THAN THE GIANTS YOU FACE
1 JOHN 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The true doctrine as to the Saviour's person, as leading men from the world to God, is a mark of the spirit of truth in opposition to the spirit of error. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely to be of God; nor can we by any other rules try the spirits whether they are of God … (0 comments)

encouragement: A MAN OF ANY CAPACITY AT ALL WILL IMPROVE BY KEEPING WISE COMPANY - 05/22/19 05:46 AM
A MAN OF ANY CAPACITY AT ALL WILL IMPROVE BY KEEPING WISE COMPANY
PROVERBS 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
GILL'S EXPOSITION Who is a companion of them that fear the Lord; converses frequently with them in private about spiritual and experimental things, and walks with them in public in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord; he by those means grows wiser and wiser, gains a large stock of spiritual knowledge and experience; for this holds good both in natural and spiritual wisdom, a man of any capacity at all will improve … (0 comments)

encouragement: PURPOSEFUL AND EXPECTANT FOCUS ON GOD - 05/21/19 07:25 AM
PURPOSEFUL AND EXPECTANT FOCUS ON GOD
PSALM 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: 
To wait on the Lord is a purposeful, expectant focus on God. A choice to be actively still and quiet in our hearts, listening for His voice and watching for His intervention.
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encouragement: IN LIFE AS IN FOOTBALL, FALL FORWARD WHEN YOU FALL - 05/17/19 03:45 AM
IN LIFE AS IN FOOTBALL, FALL FORWARD WHEN YOU FALL
PROVERBS 24:16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY That is, falls into trouble (not sin, as is often supposed). Therefore thy malice will be of no avail, for God’s protection is about him.
  
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encouragement: SUCH A FRIEND IS THE LORD - 05/08/19 06:49 AM
SUCH A FRIEND IS THE LORD
PSALM 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
CLARKE'S COMMENTARY Thou hast known my soul in adversities - When all forsook me; when none could help me; when I could not save my own life; when my enemies were sure that I could not escape; then I found thee to be my Friend and Supporter. When friend, so called, finds it convenient not to know his friend in affliction and poverty, then thou didst acknowledge me as thine own, all worthless as … (1 comments)

encouragement: THE GOD OF HOPE - 05/05/19 04:22 AM
HOPE 
ROMANS 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
NIV STUDY Any hope the Christian has comes from God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hope cannot be conjured up by human effort; it is God's gift by his Spirit.
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encouragement: KINDNESS IS CARING FOR OTHERS - 05/01/19 05:06 AM
NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL
PSALM 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress, and filled with discouragement; when we see snares laid for us on every side, while we walk in his way, we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path. Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else is a refuge of lies, and … (1 comments)

encouragement: SANCTIFY OUR SOULS - 04/30/19 06:59 AM
SANCTIFY OUR SOULS AND EMPLOY US IN HIS SERVICE ISAIAH 54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. BENSON COMMENTARY And I will deliver thee, not only from the fury of war, but also from the strife of tongues. MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, Wasters made to destroy, for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for … (0 comments)

encouragement: PASSES AWAY HIS TIME DELIGHTFULLY AND PLEASANTLY - 04/27/19 06:18 AM
HE PASSES AWAY HIS TIME DELIGHTFULLY AND PLEASANTLY
ECCLESIASTES 5:20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
GILL'S EXPOSITION he will not think life long and tedious; nor dwell upon, and distress himself with, the troubles he has met with, or is likely to meet with; but, being content with the good things God has given him, and freely and cheerfully enjoying them, he passes away his time delightfully and pleasantly.
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