Sermons on Encouragement
The author of Hebrews knows nothing of coasting Christianity.
God's command to us to meet with and encourage each other is for our happiness.
Christian fellowship cuts our burdens in half and doubles our joy.
How can I find and keep the strength I need to obey God's commands?
Obedience is not our way of getting God to do something. It is how we act when we trust that God is already working for us.
The freedom of God in the calling of sinners gives us hope. No one is too bad. No one is too hard. No one is too far gone. God is free.
When Jesus commits his mother to John's care, he is showing us how our needs will be met when we leave everything to follow him.
It seems that with this passage of Scripture, more than any other, to recite it is also to experience its reality. The psalm itself is green pasture, the psalm itself is still water, the psalm itself restores my soul.
I feel myself drawn with David not so much to love the green pastures but the good shepherd, not so much to love the lavish banquet but the bountiful host, and not so much to love the trip to Miami or the bungalow but to love the highway patrolman.