The Bible says King Josiah "set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of the Lord." Josiah did two things: He instructed them, and he encouraged them. Why? Because one without the other doesn't work! How often have you left church feeling lifted, encouraged and inspired by the sermon? Question: Have you ever thought of telling your pastor how much it meant to you, or sending them an email to let them know you appreciate their ministry? Pastors get more kicks than kisses. Some 37 percent quit the ministry because of discouragement. Did you know that? Even the great apostle Paul got discouraged: "For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more." (2 Corinthians 7:5-7). Titus encouraged Paul in two ways: (1) By showing up. "We were glad just to see him." Like it or not, when you don't go to church you're saying, "Pastor, you're not worth coming to hear." (2) By offering encouragement. "True reassurance came in what he told us." This week, encourage your pastor.
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15)
This is the first promise of the remarkable salvation that would bridge the gap between sinful man and a gracious God. From the beginning of creation, God had a redemptive plan that would begin and end with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the promised Seed, entered the world with the purpose of bruising the head of Satan (Romans 16:20) and claiming God's children to be His own. Thus, Christ destroyed the power of the evil one and freed mankind from the tremendous bondage of sin. From this, His grace flows forth and draws us as believers to His side.
Week #38 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 19-21
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 6-10
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 114-116
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 26-27
Thursday: (Prophecy) Obadiah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 1-2
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 1-4