Lord Church, King Salomon, Matt discussed on Lincoln Park Church of Christ Sermons


We could call one another. You can call somebody and just take a few moments to say, hey, listen, I don't have a lot of time to talk man, but I just want to let you know brother that the lord puts you on my heart today. I want you to know that, hey, I hope you're having a good week. If I could do anything for you, please let me know. I'm gonna be praying for this week. I hope you have a good week, brother. I gotta get back to work, but I just want to let you know I was thinking about you. I guarantee you, if you did something like that. And same Matt's having a bad day. Just for a second, you're going to put a smile on that man's face. Even if it's just for a second, brother and we need to take more opportunities to send out letters to send out cards to make phone calls. It's a do all that we can to encourage each other. Sometimes the best way to encourage others is just by listening. Like listening to somebody, not always even offering device advice. If there's one thing I learned about marriage, many times my wife doesn't want me to solve all of her problems. She just wants me to listen to her problems, which is difficult for me, because I like to solve problems. But I learned that over the years, that sometimes it's better to listen and not offer the advice. They just sometimes want to vent. And sometimes we're in the same boat as well. Brother, that's an opportunity we have. We have brethren, like the bone family, and others who've lost loved ones recently. Guess what's coming up around the corner? Holidays. You know when it's the most difficult time anniversaries of the death, birthdays, holidays. Wouldn't it be great if people glide with their way to encourage them by knowing that somebody's suffering because the loss of a loved one that they just lost and invite them into your home for the holidays? Say, listen, I know you're hurting. But I also want you to know that you're not alone. And that I'm here for you. And then I want you to share in this meal with my family. And maybe they'll come maybe they won't. But what is the point? The point is that was offered, and they're going to remember that it was offered. Rather, there are so many ways that we can encourage one another if only will think about it as the scriptures teach. I get the hebrews three and 13. And it says but encourage each and other or to encourage each other every day and to help each other so none of you will become hardened because of because sin has tricked you. Rather and encouragement is to be a daily thing. I remember one Sunday morning and I'm gonna have to shut this down because I got so much more, but I'm already out of time practically. But I remember one Sunday morning. You guys have heard me say that if I'm leading singing, we're at the bottom of the barrel. It's just a fact, right? Some of us have abilities that others don't. That wasn't one of the gifts I received from my heavenly father. I was at sunset when I first came to the lord church and I was over there and we were joking around with some of our brothers and sisters at Christ's friends after service about how bad I sing and I mess up the words all the time. It's on the screen and I mess up the words, still mess it up. And this one elderly lady, I'll overheard our conversation. And she's so sweetie, I just want you to know you keep saying it. Because I guarantee you, if you keep saying, you're gonna get better. And I remember that. It's stuck with me. Literally a year went by. And I was sitting in the pew one Sunday morning like you guys are today and we were just got done singing to him and I'm not Christy with my elbows. I'm getting better. She looked me square in the eyes and says he'll never gonna happen. Obviously, encouragement isn't one of her strong suits. And so what is the point, brethren? The point tells me and I'm just gonna look at a couple more passages. We'll shut this down a little bit earlier. In progress, 12 to 25, it tells me on the screen behind me that worry ways a person down, but it encouraging word does what? Cheers up a person. I encouraging word cheers up a person. Listen to this, that was written by king Solomon. And king Salomon and Roberts ten and 18 through 21, he said, he who conceals hatred and has lying lips. And he who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips as wise, the tongue of the righteous is like a choice silver. The hearts of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding. Brothers and sisters, that came from the wisest man of his time. And that the tongue of the righteous is like a choice silver. A choice silver that's always looking for individuals that they can encourage that they can lift up because we're to love one another. Serve one another. Forgive one another. Brothers and sisters encouragement is something that is a great and a powerful gift. We need to wake up every morning and we need to be determined to do one thing. It can be a phone call, it can be a letter. It could be a card. It can be picking somebody up for a doctor's appointment. It could be whatever it is. Think of ways. That's what the scripture says. We need to think of ways that we can encourage one another to be purposeful in our encouragement. Rather and instead of focusing on all the negativity of the 24 hour news cycle, we need to focus in on God his word and his great many wonderful promises. If you do that and you add love forgiveness and encouragements, sacrificial love agape type of love into your faith and into your daily lives, I guarantee you, you're going to be like a bright light in a sick and dying world. Rather and it's time to stand up. It's time to get out of these pews here in a few minutes. We're going to go out into the mission field of the world. And I want you to ask yourself, what can you do today? To make a difference. What can you do today to put a smile on somebody else's face? You may be sitting here this morning, and you may be one of the ones that are discouraged. You may be struggling in a marriage struggling in life, struggling with your kids struggling with your finances, struggling in your faith. I don't know what it is you're struggling with, but what I do know is we have a room full of brothers and sisters in Christ, who are here today and have come together with the express purpose of worshiping God, but to further than that to also encourage and love one another. We are a family here at Lincoln park. And as a family, we are to lift one another up. So if you're hurting, you can come forward today. The elders will come forward. You could speak with them. You could talk with them. They'll meet with you and they'll set up a plan to help you in whatever way it is we can. But you may be sitting here this morning and you're not a child of God. And you have all this regrets and you feel dirty because of the scent in your lives. Rather, you can get rid of that. You're this morning. You can have your sins washed away by going down into the waters of baptism and you can be raised back up out of the water as a new creation, your sins washed away. You receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And God himself will add you to the kingdom. Come forward if that is your desire, as we stand and sing the song of invitation..

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