Discouragement is one of the biggest issues facing people in our world today. We need to be alert and recognize when discouragement is creeping its way into our lives and the lives of others around us. People are discouraged for various reasons: a wayward child, a problem marriage, a financial reverse, or a health difficulty. Discouragement is rampant. That's why we need to study 1 Thessalonians. We must learn to encourage one another and build each other up in the Lord.