When the apostle Paul was imprisoned for proclaiming the gospel, he was no doubt feeling a bit down and discouraged. Perhaps he was wondering if he would ever be released. Then Jesus came to him with these words: “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome” (Acts 23:11 NKJV). Paul could take comfort in that there was a future for him because Jesus said, “You must . . . read more ›
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The apostle Paul was in a Roman dungeon for his faithfulness to the gospel. But one night, Jesus Christ paid him a visit and offered these encouraging words: “But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Be of good cheer (or courage), Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome’” (Acts 23:11 NKJV). Jesus was revealing to the great apostle that he was more than aware of . . . read more ›
Have you ever felt discouraged as a Christian? Have you ever felt that your life has been a failure? And do you know what it is like to be frightened about the future? Well, take heart! You’re not the first child of God to feel this way. In fact, it may surprise you to know that none other than the great apostle Paul seemed to be struggling with these very same problems. Paul found himself stuck in a Roman prison . . . read more ›
Have you noticed that courage seems to be in short supply in this day and age? What is courage? According to one definition, courage (also known as bravery, will, and fortitude) is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. “Physical courage” is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death. We see courage on display every day from our troops defending our freedom overseas, as well as those brave police officers and firefighters . . . read more ›