Barnabas: A Case Study on the Ministry of Encouragement

Acts 11:24 says this of Barnabas: he was “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” God describes Barnabas as a man who lived by the strength and grace of the Holy Spirit. God describes Barnabas a man who believed His Word, a man whose live greatly encouraged others. Anyone that God publicly assesses this way is someone that we want to emulate!

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Never Be Discouraged and Never Be a Discourager

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“ ‘I offer two pieces of wisdom… Never be discouraged and never be a discourager.’ I have thought deeply about this counsel and have decided it is good—mostly good.” - Challies

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C. S. Lewis Shows Us How to Care for Doubters

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“intellectual solutions weren’t what Lewis needed in those moments. His arguments hadn’t lost their rationality; they’d lost their emotional weight. In the face of his wife’s death, they now felt hollow.” - TGC

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How to Minister to Someone Whose Faith Is Under Fire

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“someone… whose faith is under fire from great trials or a particular attack from the tempter. How would you minister to this person? Paul gives us a model in his letter to the church in Thessalonica.” - Colin Smith

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Don’t Be That Bildad Guy

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“How can we avoid the pitfall of being one of these well-meaning, but miserable comforters?” - TGC

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Are You Becoming More or Less of an Encourager?

By Jordan Standridge. Reposted from The Cripplegate.

The Christian life is hard.

I know I’m not shocking you right now, but it isn’t easy to be a Christian. We are constantly at war. Mainly against our own flesh (1 Peter 2:11), but the enemy is constantly prowling around like a roaring lion seeking who he might devour as well (1 Peter 5:8).

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