This is Us: Unified

John 17:20-21: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one . . .”

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This is Us: Fruitful

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” 

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This is Us: Encouragers

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy once said, “There is a fool-proof way to know who around you needs to be encouraged; here it is: that person is breathing. If they are breathing, they need encouragement.”  This is so true today!  In the book of Acts, we learn about one individual who had the gift of encouragement.  His name is Barnabas, and almost every time he shows up, he is encouraging others.  From his life we can learn 5 ways to give courage to others: 

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Undefeated Love

Revelation 2:3-4 “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you:  You have forsaken the love you had at first.” 

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Undefeated Faith

Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

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Undefeated

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…”

The other day, my daughter asked me to help her with her math homework.  She is in 11th grade and taking college placement Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry.  As she began to lay out her question, a feeling of defeat came over me!  I did not understand her question and there was no possible way I could help!

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Made for More: More Victory

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Have you ever seen a kid in public wearing a superhero outfit?  I always love it when I see a little Spiderman or Wonder Woman out keeping us safe!  When kids put on superhero outfits, they feel strong, like the heroes they pretend to be. 

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