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Cindy Dennis

Executive Director

Jesus’ Final Pep Talk

Right before Jesus went to the garden of Gessemone, he gave his disciples a pep talk to encourage them right before His death.

I think about a pep talk in a locker room right before a team’s big game or even the Super Bowl.

A good pep talk encourages and lifts up. This one seemed pretty depressing at first.

Jesus has a weird way to encourage his star team.

John 14, 15 and 16 basically talks about how much trouble and hardship is going to come into their lives right after Jesus abandons them.

Jesus tells them that not only is He going to leave them, but they’re going to be killed, scattered, eventually face torture and even death because it following THE WAY.


In the sense of a coach giving a an encouraging peptalk, Jesus might as well have been the worst coach ever on the surface.

When we dig a little deeper, we find out that Jesus wasn’t going to abandon his disciples but leave them with the greatest gift of all time.

Woven throughout these last words of Jesus before he gave up his life on the cross, was a message of an encourager that would eventually come to bring wisdom to God’s people, bring insight, and be our greatest advocate.

Of course Jesus was talking it about the Holy Spirit.


And the same spirit that over 2000 years ago was promised by Jesus and since the beginning of time has been present in the creation of humankind- is now preset within us.

The Holy Spirit brings us something that the world can never give us- peace that passes all understanding.

The same piece can get us through any hardship, any trial, any loss or any force of nature.

So in these crazy times, we can have God’s peace to sustain us and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

How are you allowing the peace of God to guard your heart and mind during this time of crisis?


Today’s readings:

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:25-27‬ ‭


Philippians 4:-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


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