Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Leading With an Encouraging Heart: Day 3

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MATTHEW 10:16-22


A leader with an encouraging heart never ignores the obstacles that lie ahead, or underplays the costs of an endeavor. Honesty about the size of the hill, the danger of the battle, or the price of the adventure cannot be compromised. In fact, obstacles and challenges are part of why people engage in tasks and movements. God has built into our hearts a taste for beating the odds, a desire to overcome.

Part of the attraction of commitment is its arduous quality.


Are you able to face and name obstacles?

Do challenges engage you?

Read Jesus’ warning to his disciples.




Leading With an Encouraging Heart: Day 2

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MATTHEW 5:13-14 


Jesus helped his disciples find their Kingdom role through encouragement. He gave them a new vision of what they could do for God, and who they could become, when He said “You are the light of the world and the salt of the earth!” What a calling! What astounding belief Jesus had in a group of Galilean peasants. He told them they could infiltrate the echelons and activities of life and change the taste of every one of them, preserving and flavoring politics, art, education, medicine, business. He told them that in a dark world their lives could shine in holy contrast, like stars at midnight.


What is the most encouraging thing anyone ever said to you?

What is the most encouraging thing you have ever said to someone else?

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