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I am so excited to introduce this blog.  We have been praying about an ongoing way to encourage you all. The goal of this web page is just that. Encouragement. The dictionary uses words like, inspire, stimulate, advance, and foster to describe what encouragement is. That helps us see what it is. Now the question is, how?  If you have been in or around the family of Gospel Community Church, my prayer is that you know we love Jesus and His Word and that is our greatest source of encouragement. In these posts, may you see Jesus. May you be encouraged through His words. May you encourage others with His words.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:4-6 ESV)

May these posts bring glory to God.

Your turn to comment and add to this post!
-What are some practical ways you encourage others?
-What are some verses in Scripture that you find yourself going back to for encouragement?
-Have you ever found encouragement through hard times?

Chelsea McDonald

4,443 thoughts on “Encouragement.

  1. I often find encouragement in remembering my past trials and struggles, remembering His faithfulness to carry me through them. I remember His still small voice that spoke to me in my darkest hour and know that He will never leave me or forsake me and is working all things for my good and for His glory. Be encouraged in remembering His faithfulness toward His children.

  2. Some practical ways that I encourage others and that others have encouraged me with is through text messages with scripture and letting each other know we’re praying for them… or phone calls. Definitely from praying out loud with each other and praying for each other are some practical way to encourage each other, and getting together and talking about God’s word and His faithfulness and love.

    One of my fav scriptures is Romans 8:35-39
    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    -Nothing can separate us, in Christ, from the love of God- no trial, no circumstance, nothing and no one.

    Yes, I have definitely found encouragement in hard times through God’s word and prayer and community in the family God has blessed me with at GCC.

  3. Psalm 73:25-26. “Whom have I heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    This is a scripture verse that I continually bring to remembrance in tough times. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is a foundation of truth. This is a verse to subscribe too. We have nothing without Christ. He is our blessed hope. No more tears, no more pain, no more struggles with carnal flesh. We look to the the resurrection when this is brought to reality. But these things dim in comparison to spending eternity with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Glory Honor and Power to the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world!
    “For from the rising of the sun to it’s setting my name will be great among the nations.” Malachi 11:1
    “Surely I am coming soon. Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20

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