about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:

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marty duren
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art rogers
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wade burleson
kiki cherry
david phillips
dorcas hawker
arkansas rasorbaptist
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ben cole
tim sweatman
jason sampler
mark mansheim
adam feldman
scott freeman
wes kenny
alan cross
john stickley
bowden mcelroy
c w
jamie wootten
nate goodwin
paul littleton
jeff richard young
J. A. Gillmartin
villa rica
phillips lynn
micah fries
preachin jesus
morris chapman
tim sweetman
kevin lancaster
jeremy roberts
al mohler
ronnie floyd
david rogers
sbc bloggers
greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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starbucks gossip
the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
shaun alexander
john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
bama magazine
bible gateway
biblical studies foundation

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listening [to]

building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Friday, February 17, 2006

The lost art of encouragement..........

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
Encouragement is a lost art. We live in world of slander and gossip. The world teaches us to get ahead--you must destroy other-make yourself look better. That's not what the Bible teaches, yet it has creeped into our American churches. I have been blessed to be around "Encouragers." My dad made me read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie when I was young. I laughed at the picture of Mr. Carnegie but his book was right. Carnegie teaches us that people like to be around encouraging people. He is so right. I find myself attracted to those who make me feel better about myself. That is why I try hard to be encouraging. John Maxwell, Joel Osteen and other speakers/ministers attract people because they are encouragers. Yes we must confront people when they sin, but lets allow the Bible to do it and not our own anger. Joseph from Cyprus was such an encourager that the disciples changed his name to Barnabas. Barnabas means "son of encourgement." Wow! That is cool.

Acts 4:36

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement)

I don't see many encouragers any more. My dad is an encourager and I guess it rubbed off on me. My friend Ken Nuss lives in Gulfport, MS and his church First Baptist was destroyed. Yet he was more concerned about me than his own situation. I have been blessed by several encouragers in my life: Jason Burns, Brad Campbell, Carlton Bradshaw, and others.
Acts 9:27 "But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus."
Barnabas encouraged Paul when no one wanted to have anything to do with Paul. If it weren't for Barnabas Saul might not have become Paul. I have been blessed to have encouragers in my life. I want to encourage some people who are facing difficult times now. Wade Burleson has stood upon principle and he and his family have paid the price. He has acted with integrity and grace. He has been a great friend to missionaries around the world. Thank you Wade. Dr. Bob Reccord and Dr. Jerry Rankin need our encouragement. Thank you for your service to the SBC. Thank you to all of our SBC Seminary presidents. Thank you to all of our NAMB and IMB missionaries. You are our heros. All of you have sacrificed so much for Jesus and I for one am grateful.

posted by Kevin Bussey at 2/17/2006 02:12:00 PM


Blogger adam said...

thanks for the encouraging note on my blog. ;)

on a more serious note, this is something that has bugged me about our society for a while. in particular, the way it is bent/built on fragmentation. such a broken nation...

2/17/2006 05:08:00 PM  

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