We all experience seasons in life that can be discouraging and stressful. Whether it is losing a job, having financial troubles, or navigating the uncertainty of our world, an encouraging word can lift us up to our rightful place of strength so we don’t lose heart. An inspirational quote or story can bring a smile to our face and ‘pep in our step.’
A short frog story did that for me today.
A group of frogs were hopping along in the forest enjoying their day when two frogs accidentally hopped into a deep hole. Scared and bewildered, the two frogs began jumping to get out of the hole. But the hole was too deep. Realizing this, they exerted more strength & energy to reach the top but could not. After several minutes of leaping, their friends stood over the hole sadly telling them to accept their fate. There was no getting them out and they should make peace and die. One frog got tired of trying and he did lie down and die. The other frog continued to leap, stronger now, more might, more courage, more energy until with one magic leap, he leapt out of the hole! His friends gathered around him and asked what caused him to keep trying when they were telling him to give up and die? The frog responded explaining that he was deaf, and he interpreted their gestures & expressions as encouragement to “keep trying!” That encouragement fueled his will to keep trying and not give up!
Encouragement nourishes the soul. It is heart-warming when encouragement comes from a friend or loved one. But if it does not, thank God we can turn a deaf ear to the negative and tune in to our ever-present Encourager for Truth who always leads us in triumph!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
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We also explore how our world has eliminated a face to face discussion that allows for debate while maintaining a relationship with the one you are debating.
This and more in this episode.
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We bring this into our current lives and what would happen to our life if we let courage emerge.
We go from there to explore:
What is courage and its affects?
How do we lose it?
How do we build it back?
Join us in the discussion!
In this episode, Jayson and Bryan dive into the world of Jepthah and what Jesus saw when He read of him. A deliverer from the book of Judges that has taken a lot of criticism for an unfortunate conflict that came about due to the integrity to his word.
He was a man of valor, but born of a prostitute, kicked out of his family and inheritance. The result left him to roam the land with his band of worthless men. What we are sure of is that he was righteous and a man of integrity.
In this discussion we discover is something more powerful, that our God and Father, will not break his word or promise even to His own hurt. The picture of Jepthah also reveals the what happens to a people that ignore integrity and pursue their own interests without regard to their promises.
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We also show the actions and response of the characters of the Old Testament, New Testament and Jesus respond to this kind of actions.
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We explore this and share stories on the transformation and cost of having your eyes opened.
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