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Jul

EPAPHRODITUS

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Gift of Encouragement

William Barclay wrote: “It’s easy to laugh at ideals, pour cold water on enthusiasm and discourage others. The world’s full of such people. But we have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the one who speaks such a word.”

Epaphroditus was commended by Paul as “my…fellow worker…[who] ministered to my need.” What did Paul need? Encouragement! Imagine being rememerbered as the one who encouraged the Apostle Paul! Those with his same spirit instinctively know how to speak “The right word at the right time” (Prov. 15:23). They strengthen the discouraged and comfort the grieving. In fact, we look for them in times of crisis because their very presence “lifts” us.

The Bible is filled with such people. When Moses was overwhelmed, Jethro counseled and supported him ( Ex. 18:1-27). When Paul was alone in prison, Epaphroditus jeopardized his own safety to visit and comfort him (Phil. 2:25-30). Paul also found great strength in Timothy (2 Tim. 4:9), and later in John Mark (2 Tim. 4:11). Every time he went through another trial, God surrounded Paul with people who provided practical help and spiritual sustenance just when he needed it most.

Stay prepared to be an encourager! Who is your greatest encourager?

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Shelia Ulery
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I get my greatest encouragement from the members of New Hope. Just being in their pressence at church gives me hope. The nurse at my doctors office has been attending New Hope. Yesterday i told her i was glad she was attending New hope. She told how she really liked New Hope. She said the pastor and his wife were so down to earth. She also stated how she enjoyed hearing Adam preach and his music was so great. I was at the doctor for my panic attacks. She was so kind and understanding and she said i will pray for you Shelia. That gave me encouragement. She was at the right place at the right time and she was able to give me the hope i needed. God puts us in the right place at the right time and it is up to us to realize the need and give the right words needed to encourage and give hope that is needed.

July 14th, 2009 at 7:48 am

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