Sharing Her Grandpa

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Sharing Her Grandpa
Avery's elementary school hosted a Grandparents Day recently, and her Grandpa was able to arrange his day to be there. Avery was pleased. And her proud grandfather was looking forward to sharing a special event.
Things ran about as you would have expected. With all the grandparents seated in the bleachers, boys and girls began parading onto the gym floor. Various classes were introduced. People were thanked for helping. And the children were given permission to go sit with...

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Overlooking Offenses

Posted Jul 20th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Overlooking Offenses
"A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense."  (Proverbs 19:11)
I have a friend who tells a story of a lesson the Lord taught him through his wife. It seems that every time he and his wife would get in the car to travel somewhere, his wife had a strong need to direct his driving. She would tell him where to turn and when to turn, even in their own subdivision. It was such...

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What Did I Do To Deserve This?

Posted Jul 19th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


What Did I Do To Deserve This?
Have you ever uttered the words "Why is this happening to me?  I mean, after all, we try to live right.  We pray, we go to church, we read our Bible, we try to be a good husband (or wife), but still this terrible thing has happened to me. What did I do to deserve this? Why did they treat me so badly? Why do things happen to hurt me so much? Where is God...

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Failure - The Back Door to Success

Posted Jul 18th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Failure: The Back Door to Success
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith." (Hebrews 11:1-2)
As it has been said, "If you want to hit home runs you've got to be willing to strike out." Top batters in baseball have...

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Deleted

Posted Jul 14th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


DELETED
"And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people." (Revelation 5:8)
Hurriedly, I was trying to retrieve Email I had deleted by mistake. No such luck. It was gone from that big E- mailbox in the sky. I was reminded of old science fiction movies where a martian, or other outer- space individual, would...

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Love Your Enemy

Posted Jul 13th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Love Your Enemy
Corrie Ten Boon survived the Holocaust, but her family did not. They were Dutch Christians caught by the Nazis for hiding Jews in their home. She watched the horrors of the genocide from Auschwitz, and barely survived.
Following the war, she became famous for her book "The Hiding Place," which shared the story of her family. The popularity of the book gave her the opportunity to share her faith with thousands of people on speaking tours.
One such evening, after...

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The Glove

Posted Jul 12th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


THE GLOVE 
"You're so quiet, Son. What's on your mind?" asked Ben's father as he stopped at Ben's room to tell him good night. 
Ben put his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling above his bed. "Oh, I've just been wondering if I should be a missionary." 
"You don't seem very excited about the idea," said Dad. 
"It seems like such a hard job," said Ben, propping himself up on one elbow. "I have this feeling that I might not be...

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Your Will

Posted Jul 11th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


While watching the All-Star Game Home Run Derby tonight, I was reminded of a devotional thought that we've shared every year as a Daily Encourager at the All Star Game.  
YOUR WILL
During the late 50's and early 60's, a man by the name of Bobby Richardson played second base for the NY Yankees. Bobby Richardson was nominated as MVP of the American League nine times. He played in seven All-Star Games. He won five Gold Glove Awards. And he was...

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Major in God

Posted Jul 10th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Major in God
 
David just showed up that morning. He had left his sheep-watching to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers on the battle front. That’s where David hears Goliath defying God.
 
Read the first words he spoke:  "David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)
 
David shows up...

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God's Dresser

Posted Jul 7th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


God's Dresser
A woman is dying from an STD.  A minister is summoned to visist with her.  He attempts to share God's love with her, but to no avail.
"I am lost," she said. "I have ruined my life and every life around me.  Now I'm going painfully to hell.  There is no hope for me."
The minister saw a framed picture of a pretty girl on the dresser. "Who is this?" he asked.
The woman brightened. "She is my daughter, the one beautiful...

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Hurry Up and Wait

Posted Jul 6th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Hurry Up and Wait
 
"...but those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint."  (Isaiah 40:31)
 
We spend many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years rushing through life only to find ourselves waiting, waiting, and waiting some more.   We wait at the doctor's office; we wait at the grocery store; we wait at the post office; we wait at...

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Live the Word

Posted Jul 5th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Live the Word
It is not enough to own a Bible; we must read it.
It is not enough to read it; we must let it speak to us.
It is not enough to let it speak to us; we must believe.
It is not enough to believe; we must live it.
"Be ye doers of the Word; and not hearers only..." (James 1:22)
William A. Ward
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Another Declaration of Independence

Posted Jul 4th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Another Declaration of Independence: Freedom in Christ
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free/". John 8:31-32
 
Like millions of Americans, my mind is on the Fourth of July holiday and what it represents: our freedom as a nation. This freedom is a precious thing, bought with the sweat, toil and blood of countless Americans who initially...

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I Have Decided

Posted Jul 3rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


I Have Decided 
There is a song I remember from the days of my youth that I still find running through my mind. The opening line goes, "I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back." Those were brave words for a young man in the early battles of life's struggles with Satan. They brought to mind shiny new uniforms and victorious battles -- a hero of the Faith with medals of...

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Be Careful What You Pray For

Posted Jun 30th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


"BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR "
"And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years" Acts 13:21
 
One of my friends said it yesterday. I had heard it before. I have said it before. "You had better be careful what you ask for (in prayer), you might get it."  Indeed, that is exactly what happened to Israel. 
All the other nations had kings. Israel had...

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