What Elijah Teaches Us About Discouragement

If anyone understood what discouragement felt like, it would be the prophet Elijah. After a great victory on Mount Carmel, he received a death threat from the wicked queen Jezebel. Fearful, he fled into the wilderness of Beersheba.  He prayed, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” (1 Kings 19:4) Yet, in that desolate place, God met him, strengthened him, and gave him a renewed mission. (You can check out 1 Kings 18-19 to discover the whole story.) 

Here are 3 must-know truths that we can learn from Elijah’s experience.

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Missions History: Oswald J. Smith

 

“Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!”

-Oswald J. Smith

In November 1889, a son was born to a telegraph operator and his wife in rural Ontario. As a youngster, he was responsible to light the signal lamps on either side of the railway station. Little did he dream that, someday, God would use him to blaze the light of the gospel across the globe. 

His name was Oswald J. Smith, and this is his remarkable story.

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5 Benefits of Speaking Positive Words

 

Words are incredibly powerful. They can lift the spirits of the weary mother, inspire the soldier to courageous action, and comfort those who mourn. Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Our tongues have the potential for either great evil or great good. In the Bible, God teaches us to speak words of encouragement, praise, instruction, and truth.

Read on to learn 5 benefits of speaking positive words.

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