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How to Love and Motivate People by Affirming Them

Brandon Devotional

Want to change the whole world with small, bite-sized steps? Affirm people. We’re starving for it. We live in a highly critical age when civility has been replaced with sharp-tongued sarcasm. We celebrate witty criticism far than we celebrate affirmation, but affirming people is a missing ingredient to deeper relationships, mutual emotional healing, and basically, a better world all the …

The Gift of the Blessing

Giving the Gift of a Blessing

Brandon Devotional

When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and “blessing.” We even follow up a sneeze with “Bless you.” But in Scripture, the idea of a …

Everybody Needs Encouragement

Brandon Devotional

We live in rather uncivil times. We’re a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It’s one of the best ways to show . Paul said, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn’t empty flattery. …

Linking Hands

5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Brandon Leadership

Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another leader a lift. So how can we, in a practical way, …

What If Pastors Actually Pastored One Another?

Brandon Leadership

When I was serving as a Pastor in Bentonville, Arkansas, I called two friends of mine – fellow Pastors – and we had lunch at Chick-fil-A (of course). It was great. We shared our common struggles, mutual encouragement, and some good laughs. It was so great, we never did it again!… which brings me to my point. Pastors refer to …