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The Rev. Mark Ramsey

Mark Ramsey: Tomorrow

Hebrews 11:32--12:2

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

August 18, 2019

The Rev. Mark Ramsey (PCUSA)


Don't live in a smaller world than God has given to you. Forces in our life strive to shrink our world and our hopes. We are enticed by distraction that shrinks our focus on deeper values. We are lured into conventional thinking that withers our imagination for living in God's world.

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The Rev. Susan Sparks

Check Your Weapons at the Door

John 13:34-35

5th Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 24, 2016

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)


About four years ago, my husband Toby and I were on a motorcycle trip riding through Yellowstone National Park. Somewhere near Yellowstone Lake, I had an unfortunate collision with a bug at 70mph. I will spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that the collision required a visit to the local hospital in Cody, Wyoming, just outside the west entrance of the park. As we entered the hospital, we noticed a big sign on the front door: "Check Your Weapons at the Door."

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Other Recent Content About Encouragement

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 29, 2015

We Are Yet Alive!

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

As Advent begins, Bishop Ken Carter uses Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians to help us become oriented to the journey ahead. He notes three themes prominent in the letter: reunion, encouragement, and imitation.
The Rev. Amy Gearhart Transcript

November 17, 2013

Words and a Wisdom

The Rev. Amy Gearhart (UMC)

In power and poverty, privilege and pain, even as we endure persecution and the pain and complexity of our modern world, these are the places where Jesus sets his table, where he grants us the words and wisdom of a kingdom vision that welcomes our neighbors and our enemies, where Jesus comes to be our welcomed guest.
The Rev. John Gunn

Sincere Compliment

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

A sincere compliment that is deserved, has a great moral value. It helps and encourages one to be told that his efforts are approved and appreciated. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn tells of how Paul used compliments in his ministry to others.

The Rev. John Gunn

Discovery of Others

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

"When someone discovers a man or helps him to discover himself, it's more important than when the astronomers discover a new star in the Heavens." writes The Rev. John R Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts Article

July 16, 2009

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts: An Encouraging Word Makes a Difference

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts offers an inspiring post on the impact of encouragement in our lives.
The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson Article

April 30, 2009

Old Friends

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

I’m talking today about friends – old friends. You know the kind – those old friends whom you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time, but when you do see each other, or talk again, you pick up right where you left off – without skipping a beat.