Community Principle #4    To Encourage and Be Encouraged

October 18, 2020


To Encourage and Be Encouraged

            (to edify and be edified)


  Previous three principles:

  1.  To Know and Be Known

  2. To Serve and Be Served

  3. To Admonish and Be Admonished


Be encouraged !

      God changes everything!

            Isaiah 35


He transforms our sight and understanding

      Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
      The ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
      They will see the glory of the Lord,
      The majesty of our God.


He transforms the heart and soul

      Then the lame will leap like a deer,
      And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
      And the ransomed of the Lord will return
      And come with joyful shouting to Zion,

      With everlasting joy upon their heads.


He transforms the barren into fruitfulness

      For waters will break forth in wilderness and
      the streams in the Arabah. The scorched land
      will become a pool and the thirsty ground 
       springs of water.


      He transforms

             Our weariness,

             Our fear,

             Our pain,

             Our loneliness,

             Our discouragement,

             Our disillusionment,

             And our hurts

                INTO JOY!


Encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble.
      Say to those with anxious heart. “Take courage,                             

      fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
      the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.”


He transforms our wandering into a Highway of Holiness

      The unclean will not travel on it

      Fools will not wander on it

      No lion or beast will be there


       It will be for those who walk the way

      The redeemed will walk there

      They will find gladness and joy and sorrow
           and sighing will flee     

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