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Pulpit Platitudes vs True Encouragement with Lindsey Carlson

By September 27, 2022December 2nd, 2022No Comments

Lindsey Carlson talks with Mike about the discouragement we and the people that we speak to week after week face to face. It is a discouraging world out there, and the false-promises of the self-help industry aren’t working.

The people who attend our women’s Bible studies or Sunday morning assemblies need more than vague pep talks or pulpit platitudes, we need deep rich strong true words that will actually impart courage and strength.

Lindsey speaks about how to handle God’s word to offer true encouragement to God’s people that won’t let them down.

She also gives practical advice towards the end on how to find life-giving, encouraging friends

“God allowed me to face the discomfort of my need because He knew it would lead me to His better strength and encourage me to come quickly to Him the next time a storm came.”

-Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlsonis an author, Bible teacher, disciple-maker, pastor’s wife, and the mother of five (ages 5-17). She and her husband Kyle spent a decade leading corporate worship together in the Houston area and in 2015 they relocated to the mid-Atlantic to plantImprint Community Church(Baltimore, MD) where Kyle serves as the senior pastor and Lindsey leads the church’s women’s ministry.

Whether inside her own local church or while writing or speaking more broadly, Lindsey delights in teaching women to grow in their love for God’s word and God’s people.

In her newest book,A Better Encouragement: Trading Self-Help for True Hope, Lindsey aims to help women seek and find a better source of encouragement than the kinds they’re often promised by the multi-billion-dollar self-help industry.

Over the years, Lindsey has also publishedGrowing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturity in Christ(Crossway 2019) on the subject of sanctification, contributed a chapter to The Gospel Coalition’s women’s book,Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ(published in 2018), and to The North American Mission Board’s book for pastor’s wives,Five Markers of Healthy Planting Wives(2020), and her writing can be found online at The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Risen Motherhood, Christianity Today, True Woman, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and various other contributor sites.

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Preaching Hope in the Darkness – Scott Gibson+ Karen Mason:

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