Category Archive: Weekly Encouragement

Every week, the ministers here at the South Green church of Christ write brief articles for the congregation's weekly bulletin. The following is a copy of those articles, which have been adapted to this digital environment. Brief and to the point, these articles are designed to inspire, encourage, and challenge all. We hope and trust you will find them useful.

Overcoming Temptation

We are constantly tempted with sin. How do we prepare? How do we cope? Scripture says: “No temptations has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you …

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Missing Our Loved Ones

Not an hour fades from the clock that doesn’t find us thinking about, missing, or longing to be with our friends, neighbors, family members, or spouse that has already passed away. We know the void we have is a result of the deep love we shared. We are confident in the expectation of comfort Scripture …

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I’ll Be Happy When _______.

It seems as we reach a milestone we thought would totally satisfy us only brings more goals, more wants, and more needs. Wanting to have things we have worked for is totally fine. Desiring more and striving to enjoy an increased standard of living is okay. Understanding where our blessings come from is a must: …

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Celebrate Freedom

In a letter dated July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife: This will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn …

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The 2 Day Work Week

We sometimes joke about “banker’s hours,” all the time off teachers have, and the easy day of “stay home moms.” Of course, we all know the stress bankers withstand, the mandates teachers must implement with little assistance from stakeholders, and the exhaustion full-time moms endure everyday! We are quick to take jabs at these very …

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Please and Thank You

Are basic manners (such as “Please” and “Thank You”) old-fashioned and a thing of the past? Why is it that adults have a hard time expressing appreciation for things they have been given? Zig Ziglar (known as “America’s Motivator”) has some interesting thoughts: Of all the things a parent can teach a child, manners rates …

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Accept Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30 says Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. …

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How was camp? (I can’t tell you)

I was fortunate to be part of the group who attended camp last week. Beneficial experiences like these are hard to explain, you just had to be there to understand. If you didn’t go, here’s what you missed… 1) Teamwork-I Corinthians 3:9 says For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are …

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Speech as Our Identity

“Oh, be careful little mouth what you say…” Having just completed a week of Vacation Bible School, I am reminded of the importance of the words we speak. The things we say (and the way we say them) identify us with either Jesus or the world. Profanity is never acceptable. Not only is profanity an …

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Do You Hurt The One You Love?

Psychologists have longed studied the concept of people who care for one other have a tendency to hurt the one they love. Think of intense dialogue between spouses, the challenge of correcting a child and the way we have talked to one another at times. I struggle in these areas too. We only improve when …

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