New Feature: Inspire.


I’ve never met a person who has asked me to stop encouraging them. Trust me, no one has ever said,  “Please stop, no more encouragement, I just can’t take anymore!”

What I have discovered is quite the opposite. I and so many others need a constant flow of encouragement to help us continue the race and fulfill our  God-given dreams and call.

That’s why I’m launching “Inspire” as a regular featured post here on the blog. My goal is to offer you a short article that inspires you to greatness in God and into fulfilling all that the Lord has placed in your heart!


The word “inspire” comes from two root words. The first word is “in” which means “into”. The second part of the word is “spire” which means “breath”. Inspire means “to breath into”.  It’s original intent was that of a divine or supernatural being imparting life and truth. My goal is to INSPIRE you. To breath God’s life, hope and encouragement into you because He wants the goals and dreams He has placed in your life to be realized.



Let’s consider the New Testament character, Joseph who was given the name Barnabas (son of encouragement). He was given this name because he constantly encouraged others. To encourage means to “put courage into” someone.  He inspired leaders to be courageous!

Look here:

Acts 4:36 “Thus Joseph, who was also called by the Apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,”

Now think about this for a second. His REAL name is Joseph NOT Barnabas (which is his surname). The “surname” for someone is given to them through the dominant character quality others see in them. Joseph’s name became Barnabas because he inspired others (including the great Apostle Paul and other apostolic leaders) to greatness!

Luke includes Barnabas as a key player in the book of Acts to let us know just how important a person who inspires others is!  Yes, one who encourages, inspires and brings hope plays a major role in changing the world just as Barnabas did. This is how powerful encouragement and inspiration are.


Join me regularly for the INSPIRE! post. Share the journey with me.  Add your comments and let me know what you think!

Question: What is one area you need encouragement the most in? Do you have a favorite quote or encouraging Bible passage to pass along to others that will inspire them?

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Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  1. Great idea! I am a firm believer that a little encouragement goes along way. Looking forward to reading more.

    1. Thanks, Barbie.

    2. Thanks for sharing this Greg. I think this is a characteristic we often overlook. Never really thought about it much until I read your article about it (and honestly I needed some inspiration). How great it would be if instead of complaining more we would inspire more. Thanks again for sharing.

      1. Hi Frederick. So true. Complainers are very seldom good leaders. It’s always better to light a candle than curse the darkness. I hope that these posts will light fires in the hearts of God’s people!

  2. Thank u Pastor Greg. I read everyone else’s blog on a daily basis but a word or two from my new pastor would be a delight!

    1. Thanks Malou. So glad you’re part of the Convergence HOP family! I hoping to be posting here at least 2 times a week. Pray for me! 🙂

  3. This is so on point! Thank you. As a newbie in many areas, especially in prayer/intercession for others, I need inspiration that I’m doing the most, best for them. When I think I must have to “do” more because nothings happening and get frustrated, I tend to just fall back to simple prayer of thanksgiving and supplication. I just don’t “know” what else to do. The path seems so, so simple to me but when I try to “explain” it, I feel they don’t really hear me. And I feel like a failure. Then I go back to the Word and get “inspired”. So I might recommend they read the Word as well. But they don’t. So just listening to my post here, I need inspiration for patience I suppose 😉

    1. Hi Theresa. Someone once told me that if you take a hammer to a concrete wall that the wall begins to break from the inside out. In other words, as you pound on the wall it might not seem as if anything is happening but it is! The impact of the hammer is weakening the wall from inside and eventually we see the results on the outside i.e. the wall comes down. I think this is how intercession works. Often we don’t see the visible results but we have to believe that our prayers are making an impact on the heart. Eventually intercession wins! Don’t give up, prayer works!

  4. Really love words and language … and how thought is shaped and conveyed. Something of a “word geek.” The graphic on the origin of the word “inspire” is a clear way to illustrate this. Breathe in (impression), breathe out (expression and impact). This will be a great category of posts!

    1. Thanks, Brian. I too, love words and find their meaning powerful. I like your take on “inspire”. I’m praying that these posts will breathe life into many!

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