Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Dawn Freese, Senior Pastor

"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I recently read an article by Dr. Charles Stanley that talked about being an encourager, I thought it was worth sharing.

He proposed the question, " Did you ever wonder what kind of people God wants us to be?" And when I think about it, all of our personalities, talents, abilities, and backgrounds differ, but Scripture reveals some basic traits the Lord desires for us all. Among them is one very close to His heart---that we be encouragers. Even though encouraging one another isn't usually an organized ministry of the church, it's invaluable in the community of faith.

Stanley says, "The Christian life is not one of isolation and independence but of relationship and interconnection." That's why the church is called the body of Christ. We are united to one another in Him and walk together side by side. Although some of us are more outgoing than others, we can each express encouragement in our own unique way. Never underestimate the impact that gracious words, sound advice, or acts of kindness may have on a fellow believer.

Think about the various trials you have endured and all God has taught you, every experience of His faithfulness and fulfilled promise from His Word can be used to encourage someone else. God wants to use you. Be alert to the people He brings across your path and make yourself available, even when it seems inconvenient. Then pray wisdom. God will help you know what to say or do as you come alongside that person.

Be bold for Christ by being an encourager to someone else. You won't regret it!

Onward Christian Soldiers,
Pastor Dawn
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