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The Long Term Investment of Encouragement

by Graham Bufford “Encourage one another and build each other up.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 HCSB Ever heard of a book named Leaves of Grass or its author Walt Whitman? Yeah, most people weren’t familiar with either when that book was first published in 1855. Major publishers wouldn’t touch it, leaving Whitman to invest his …

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 DEVOTION Last week, the Christian world celebrated the life of Billy Graham …

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Weary? Weary of the battle? Weary of the scorn? Weary of the cynical looks? Weary of anger? Weary of the thorns? Weary of being marginalized? Weary of being shunned? …

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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 Devotion Have you ever walked into the grocery store without first making a list of what you need to purchase? Naturally, your first stop is the produce section because it’s at the front of …

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Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and …

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Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4 Devotion Great is Thy Faithfulness is one of my favorite hymns. When I hear the tune and …

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