Dear Friends,

This morning I was reading (probably for the sixth time) a classic book, Spiritual Leadership, by J. Oswald Sanders. Something he wrote jumped out: “Great leaders have always been great encouragers.”

And when I reflect on those who have had the greatest impact on me for the past 41 years I have known Jesus Christ—guess what? Without exception, they all have been great encouragers. My wife, Bev, Tim Manor, George Fooshee, Dave Rae, Jess Correll . . . just to mention a few.

Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Let us encourage one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” We live in a time when the Great Recession and the challenges of unemployment, home foreclosures, political squabbling, and just plain hard times in life have lead to many discouraged and disillusioned people. People desperately need to know Christ as their savior, and His way of living as revealed to us the Bible.

I’ve so often taught that people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. May you and I ask the Lord to give us the gift of encouraging others, and the discernment to appropriately express this encouragement.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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