by Steve Wagers

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How to Rub People The Right Way! (8 of 16)
Series: Church the Way It Was Meant to Be
A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Acts 9: 27

Sermon Outline
1. The Blessings He Brought to Others!
A. He was a Gracious Man
B. He was a Generous Man
2. The Barriers He Broke with Others!
A. His Fight for Paul
B. His Faith in Paul
3. The Bridges He Built for Others!
A. The Temporal Impact on Those Around Him
B. The Eternal Impact on Those After Him

Many years ago during the Colonial era of this country, wealthy ladies were proud of their wide-board oak floors. At least once a week servants would wet-rub and then dry-rub these floors to make them shiny. It was a very simple task involving running a wet mop along the grain of the wood and then a dry mop.

But sometimes a careless worker would mop across the grain and it would produce streaks on the floor. When that happened the lady of the house would scold the servant for "rubbing the floor the wrong way." It is from that which we derive our phrase "to rub someone the wrong way."

There is something you need, I need, we all need, and that is encouragement. By nature we are more prone to tear down rather than to build up. For every word of encouragement we probably hear ten words of discouragement.

Far too often we are guilty of taking the time to discourage someone, but never taking the time to encourage someone. I love the old saying, "Write your criticisms in dust, your compliments in marble." But so often we do just the opposite. As the old couplet says:

Once I did bad and that I heard ever;
Twice I did good, but that I heard never.

You may remember the old familiar folk song, "Home on the Range." You recall the first stanza--

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

There were two buffa ...

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