What has encouraged me lately in my faith? When I read about all of the imperfections of people in both Old and New Testaments, and how God used them for His glory, I’m greatly encouraged, because I realize my own imperfections, knowing that the Great Potter is still molding and shaping me into the kind of person He wants me to be – http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/07/clay-in-the-potters-hands/.
I pray that I’ll remain that pliable clay in His hands and not hardened clay through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).
What are my Saturday nights like? How about Saturday morning? Along with some other members of the Montana St. congregation, I’m preparing to go to our local Veteran’s Home this morning to give a devotional message to the residents there. Many times, there are more folks in attendance there than at the church building, so it’s rather refreshing to see so many older folks in attendance. We try to offer them a word of encouragement from the Lord’s Book, offer a couple of prayers, sing a couple of hymns, and then thank them for coming. It really brightens up their day as well as ours.
I also leave the residents copies of my devotional lesson, so they can study it along with their Bibles.
If I’m the preacher of the hour on Sunday, I usually study my already prepared lesson on Saturday afternoons, so that the message will be fresh on my mind. If I’m the song leader for the Sunday morning service, I always prepare my song list on Saturday afternoon as well. I’m a great believer in the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared.”
Like Randal, I grew up in the church. And like Randal, I was a timid child as well, so I hesitated in being baptized until I was 15 years of age (Jan, 1960). My grandmother was always my great encourager, and thankfully, she was in the audience the Sunday I was baptized into Christ. What a blessing it was to have her witness the occasion. I look forward to seeing her again in eternity!
How did someone encourage me lately? The Lord encouraged me just this morning by saying through the Psalmist:
“This is the day which the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).