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Encouragement

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Larry CrabbDr. Larry Crabb… best-selling Christian author, speaker and counselor recalls an incident in the church he attended as a young man. It was customary and encouraged for young men to participate in the communion services by praying out loud. Feeling the pressure of expectation, the young Crabb (who had a problem with stuttering) stood to pray. In a terribly confused prayer, he recalls “thanking the Father for hanging on the cross and praising Christ for triumphantly bringing the Spirit from the grave.” When he was finished, he vowed he would never again speak or pray out loud in front of a group. At the end of the service, not wanting to meet any of the church elders who might feel constrained to correct his theology, Crabb made for the door. Before he could get out, an older man named Jim Dunbar caught up with him. Having prepared himself for the anticipated correction, he instead found himself listening to these words… “Larry, there’s one thing I want you to know. Whatever you do for the Lord, I’m behind you one thousand percent.” Crabb reflects in his book: “Even as I write these words, my eyes fill with tears. I have yet to tell that story to an audience without at least mildly choking. Those words were life words. They had power. They reached deep into my being.” (Larry Crabb’s, Encouragement: The Key to Caring – Zondervan, 1984).

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Encouragement

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William Arthur WardFlatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you

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Practicing encouragement

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robby-dawkinsAnother couple of women from our church go on evangelism shopping trips at Target or the mall. They say to people, “Hey, we’re practicing giving encouraging words from God at our church. Could we practice with you?” This is really effective because where some people might feel defensive about receiving from you, they’re often glad to “help you out” by letting you practice on them. These two ladies then ask God to give them specific encouragements for the people who say yes, and they ask Him for insights about who the people are and what situations they’re facing. The shoppers have been blown away by some of the “encouragements” that have come through these evangelistic women.

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