Knowing God

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Knowing God
"Knowledge of God can be fully given to man only in a Person, never in a doctrine. Faith is not the holding of correct doctrine, but personal fellowship with the living God." (William Temple)
Do you have a lot of knowledge about God but not much of a love relationship with Him? Has your head knowledge reached you heart so that it affects how you live? Where are you looking for your knowledge of God? to a radio personality? a...

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A Godly Example for Father's Day

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

A Godly Example for Father's Day
Summer was here. For Craig, that meant he'd be going on an annual camping trip with his Grandpa and his cousin Scottie. Craig loved spending the summers at his grandparents' farm. But the annual campout was the highlight of his year. He was all packed--couldn't wait to go.
Craig sat anxiously on the old porch swing, waiting for Grandpa to pull up in his beat up jeep. He noticed a few clouds in the darkening sky....

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The Father Won't Let Go

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

Father's Day: The Father Won't Let Go
John 10:28  ". . . neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.  In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out of the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.  He flew into the water, not realizing...

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The Father's Heart

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

"So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and was filled with
compassion for him; he ran to his son,
threw his arms around him and kissed him."
(Luke 15:20 - The Prodigal Son)
While he was still a long way off...
The father knew the son's heart!
He did not say,
"Here comes that scoundrel...
What does he expect from me? A loan?"
Perhaps we are a long way off
from being what God expects...

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

"But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  (Romans 5:8)
The story is told about a young man who received a ticket for a speeding violation. As he stood before the judge, the judge found himself in a dilemma because he knew the young man didn't have any money to pay the fine and he didn't want to send him to jail.  However, the judge had to fine the young man...

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My Favorite Father's Day Story

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

My favorite "Father's Day" story.  Enjoy!!!
"The Winner"
I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game - a serious game - two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents. I didn't know any of them, so I was able to enjoy the game without the distraction of being anxious about winning or losing - I wished the parents and coaches could have done the same.
The teams...

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Gratitude in Your Attitude

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

Gratitude in Your Attitiude
"Put more gratitude in your attitude."  That's the message a Little Rock man is spreading after a journey that changed his life.
When you meet Roy Johnson, his energy is contagious. He credits his zeal for life to his faith, and to being grateful, even during the tough times.
"20 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease called dermatomyositis," said Roy Johnson.   One evening in the hospital, doctors believed he wouldn't make it through the night....

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

R & R
We were getting ready to go away for a weekend. During the steamy tropical fall months it is a treat for us to visit a cooler climate. I was thinking, “R & R”, yes! Rest and Relaxation was what I had in mind, maybe Renewal, Rejuvenation, and/or Refreshing, as well. With the tote bag packed, I went to my desk to catch up on some last-minute Email. 
The little paperweight caught my eye. A rough ivory-colored rock, only about...

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Give Thanks

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

Greg Anderson, in "Living Life on Purpose" tells a story about a man whose wife had left him. He was completely depressed. He had lost faith in himself, in other people, in God - he found no joy in living. One rainy morning this man went to a small neighborhood restaurant for breakfast.
Although several people were at the diner, no one was speaking to anyone else. Our miserable friend hunched over the counter, stirring his coffee with a spoon.

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Keep Your Mouth Shut

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

The Arizona Republic reported this story (so I'm assuming this story really is true!): 
"As Terry Mikel was speeding toward Tucson, he passed a car, an unmarked Arizona Highway Patrol car. The officer pulled Terry over. When Terry explained that he was late for a class he was teaching at the University of Arizona, the officer took pity on him and let him off with a warning. Before he went back to his car he said, `Slow down...

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The Jars

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

The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He quoted I Samuel 16:7 - "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
He explained, "These jars came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different."  Then he upset one of the jars and it oozed out honey....

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If Your Face Is Towards Me

Posted May 31st, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

If Your Face Is Towards Me
Pastor James Moore of Houston, Texas tells a story about a young man whose wife had died, leaving him with a small son. Back home from the cemetery, they went to bed early because there was nothing else he could bear to do.
As he lay there in the darkness--grief-stricken and heartbroken, the little boy broke the stillness from his little bed with a disturbing question, "Daddy, where is mommy?"
The father got up and brought the...

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A RIght Attitude Changes Everything

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

A Right Attitudes Change Everything
Nick Herman started his first career in the army and later got a position as a dishwasher. It turned out to be the only job he would keep for many years of his life. Washing dishes for 14 hours a day, the ho-hum of pots and pans, he endured the noise of shouting cooks and being the least important of all the workers.
Then Nick made a decision, an attitude change. He chose to bring God into...

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No Unfinished Works of Grace

Posted May 29th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

No Unfinished Works of Grace
I have not had the opportunity to travel much, but several years ago my dad won a trip to Italy through his business and he asked me to go along. A highlight of the trip was visiting Florence, the great city of the Renaissance.
One afternoon out of curiosity I went to a museum where the some works of Michelangelo were displayed. As we viewed the half-finished sculpture of St. Matthew the tour guide explained that this...

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Posted May 28th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

In her book, "A Closer Walk", Catherine Marshall writes: "One morning last week He gave me an assignment - for one day I was to go on a 'fast' from criticism. I was not to criticize anybody about anything. For the first half of the day, I simply felt a void, almost as if I had been wiped out as a person.
This was especially true at lunch... I listened to the others and kept silent... In our talkative family no...

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