This weekend I have the honor of speaking to my NLCC sisters about the “motivate” portion of Hebrews 10:24-25.

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

The way the weekend is set up, there’s me – covering “motivate”, MaryAnne – covering “meeting together”, and Kalie – covering “encourage”.

If you’re like me, you may be wondering what the difference between motivate and encourage is.  In order to make sure there was variety and clarity, I decided to take my portion of the verse back to the greek and here’s what I found:


From there, I explored other translations of the verse.  I saw “stimulate”, “spur” and finally, in the ESV, “stir up”… And that, is where my talk – Stir It Up – was born.

If you weren’t able to attend the Getaway this weekend, grab your ear buds, crank up the volume, listen to the song below and get a little taste of “motivate” from my presentation notes.

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