01.21.12

Just A Hug

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 10:43 pm by Administrator

January 21st is National Hugging Day.

Rev. Kevin Zaborney, a student of psychology, came up with this National Hugging Day idea, which has been celebrated worldwide on January 21st since 1986. There is even an official website for the holiday!

Ecclesiastes 3:1,5: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . .a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”

The front of one American Greetings Forget Me Not card reads, “A hug is love wrapped up in a warm little package.”

Many stories in the Bible tell of people hugging and embracing one another. One of the most well-known is the story of the prodigal son returning home to his father (Luke 15:11-24). Please read Genesis 29:12-13; 48:9-10; Ruth 1:11-14; Mark 10:13-16 and Acts 20:1, 9-11.

In honor of National Hugging Day, I thought I would share a poem I wrote some years ago entitled, “Just A Hug“:

Just A Hug

I’ve been working all day
Just toiling away
I’ve endured insults, strife and snubs
All I need to help me indeed
Is not much
Just
A little hug.

It’s amazing to think
What a touch can do
In a world so naked of love
There’s friendship in a handshake
There’s warmth in a kiss
But oh!
There’s power in a hug.

Our world would improve
More peace would ensue
If more bodies and arms embraced
You would be surprised
To see the change in lives
If hugging became
The practice
Of the Race.

“And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.” Acts 20:1



Hug someone today. You’ll both feel better.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

Related Inspirational Materials by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr:

  • Just A Hug:10 Precious Poems For Christian Sisters To Think About
  • Turning On The Power (poetry book)

  • 01.15.12

    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations at 8:59 am by Administrator

    Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 83rd birthday. Let us take time to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy.

    My late father, Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr. wrote in his book, The Gospel For The Ghetto: “I attach great significance to the fact that those liberation movements which have had the greatest influence for good on history have been sponsored and spearheaded, under God, by those who lived on spiritual frontiers.” Dr. Martin Luther King was among that number.

    As Jack E. White reflected on Dr. King’s legacy in Time magazine in 1998, he wrote, “King was a preacher who spoke in biblical cadences ideally suited to leading a stride toward freedom that found its inspiration in the Old Testament story of the Israelites and the New Testament gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    While we are all familiar with Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, here are some lesser known quotes from this great civil rights leader that are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them:

    “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”

    “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality.”

    “We must use the weapon of love. We must have compassion and understanding from those who hate us. We must realize so many people are taught to hate us that they are not totally responsible for their hate.”

    “…unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

    (Quotes taken from Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around The World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, LTS Press, 2008)

    Other great books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    A Testament Of Hope: The Essential Writings And Speeches Of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James M. Washington, 1986

    The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King edited by Clayborne Carson, Warner Books, 1998

    Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir by Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley, Warner Books, 2003

    “We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.” Dr. Martin Luther King

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

    Be Encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr:

    Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections In The Election Of Barack Obama As The 44th President Of The United States)

    01.07.12

    Let Go And Let God

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 11:52 pm by Administrator

    The virgin Mary is the perfect example of someone who let go and let God. When an angel told Mary that she would give birth to baby Jesus, the Son of God, she responded, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) Without hesitation, Mary submitted to God’s Will with her whole heart. (Our Daily Bread, December 24, 2005) Mary let go and let God.

    Even Jesus Christ Himself let go and let God in the garden of Gethsemane. In the midst of great anguish, Jesus prayed, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” As my good friend Dr. J.G. McCann recently put it on the Praise The Lord show on TBN, “Jesus prayed all night long, asking the Lord for direction that He might make the right selection.” (Matthew 26:36-44)

    Your life will never know joy, victory or fulfillment until you make God’s Will your top priority! When God speaks, you need to listen and obey.

    The best place to be is inside the Will of God!

    Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.

    Adelaide A. Pollard
    Isaiah 64:8

    Let go and let God. Do whatever He tells you to do. (Genesis 22:1-14; John 2:1-5)

    When the servants at the wedding in Cana did what Jesus told them to do, Jesus turned water into wine. In other words, Jesus turned a negative situation (no wine) into a positive situation (plenty of wine!). Your “water” may be a health problem. Your “water” may be a family problem. Your “water” may be a marital problem. Your “water” may be a financial problem. Whatever your “water” may be, Jesus has the power to turn your negative situation into a postitive situation. (excerpt from my “Jesus Still Makes House Calls” sermon -John 2:1-11)

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .When Jesus takes us to a place we would rather not go, it is really a better place.” M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts, 1996.

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .Unless we learn dependence we will never experience grace.” Philip Yancey, Where Is God When It Hurts?, 1990

    The great Paul Tournier once said, “What I have to do is put my signature at the foot of a blank page on which I will accept whatever God wishes to write. I cannot predict what He will put on this blank contract as my life proceeds – but I give my signature today.”

    Whatever trust is, whatever faith is, whatever commitment is, whatever surrender is, it is giving God our signature at the bottom of a blank page and letting Him do all the writing. And whatever God writes, although hard to read and accept sometimes, it is alright because He know what’s best and He knows the way!

    Nothing is too hard for God. The God we serve is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

    Let go and let God.

    God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

    Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

  • It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken
  • He Is Still Jehovah-Jireh
  • Jesus Still Makes House Calls

  • Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Scott:

  • If You’re Going Through Hard Times
  • I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed
  • When Singles Are In The House

  • Related Posts: “All Things Work Together For Good”

    01.03.12

    Turning On The Power: An Encouraging Poem

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Poems at 9:38 pm by Administrator

    Power is a word so often used
    By so many in our world today
    There’s power to change, power to influence
    Power to go or to stay.

    There’s the power of money, and the power of charm
    The power of beauty and good looks
    There’s the power of History, the power of Thought
    The power of ideas that steam from books.

    There’s the power of a tear, the power of a smile
    The power of a kiss and warm embrace
    There’s the power of a Dream, the power of a cause
    There’s the power painted on a hungry face.

    There’s power in Rest, and power in Silence
    There’s power in nature being free
    There’s power in Pain, power in Joy
    There’s power in the thunderous sea.

    But by far, the Power I seek the most
    Is the power
    The wondrous power
    The great power
    Of
    The Holy Ghost.

    Acts 1:8

    Excerpt from Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr’s book of poems entitled Turning On The Power (Poetry Of Life And The Spirit), 1991.