Taste Test

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Taste Test     
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.  Psalm 34:8
We pulled into a packed parking lot and looked for a slot. This particular turnpike stop had an eye-catching fruit stand out front. The salesperson encouraged me as she held out a plate of samples, "Take a taste; they're so juicy!"
I didn't need much pressuring. They looked beautiful, now for the taste test. They were as delicious as they were pretty...

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The River

Posted Apr 24th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The River
Walking through the forest, a seasoned hiker came upon a broad, slowly moving river. He stopped to gaze over the waters, appreciating the beauty, when suddenly he heard a faint cry coming from upstream.
Looking in the direction of the noise, he saw an obviously drowning man floundering in the river and drifting slowly toward him.
The hiker was stunned momentarily, but he sprang into action when he saw the man disappear beneath the waters. Throwing off all of his cumbersome...

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A Simple Prayer

Posted Apr 23rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

A Simple Prayer
     For what I am that I ought not to be,
          Forgive me
     For what I am not that I ought to be,
          Forgive me
Be with my mouth in what it speaks.
Be with my hands in what they do.
Be with my mind in what it thinks.
Be with my heart in what it feels
Work in me
   through me
       for me
            in spite of...

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Oft Refreshed

Posted Apr 22nd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

“Oft Refreshed”
“The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.” 2 Timothy 1:16–18
Until Bob Greene wrote Once Upon a Town in 2002,...

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Easter Classic - Bailey's Jesus

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

God recently allowed me to see Jesus through the eyes of someone seeing Him for the first time. Having the advantage of knowing how the story ends, we can easily forget the cost of our redemption and the love of our Savior.
Every year we attend a local church pageant at Christmas time, which tells the story of Jesus from His birth through His resurrection. It is a spectacular event, with live animals and hundreds of cast members in realistic...

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Easter Classic - The Painting

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

The Painting
Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate.
The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction, as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father...

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Easter Classic - We Become His Son

Posted Apr 17th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Easter Classic - We Become His Son
There is a story that comes out of the Bedouin culture.  "Bedouin" is the Aramaic name for "desert dwellers."  These people live much as the characters of the Old Testament did.  During a heated argument, according to this story, a young Bedouin struck and killed a friend of his.  Knowing the ancient, inflexible customs of his people, the young man fled, running across the desert under the cover of darkness, seeking safety.
He went to...

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The Story of the Three Trees

Posted Apr 16th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail...

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The Empty Egg

Posted Apr 15th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Empty Egg
Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12, he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.
One day...

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All I Know For Sure

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

All I Know for Sure
"A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. 'Give glory to God by telling the truth,' they said. 'We know this man is a sinner.'  He replied, 'Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'” (John 9:24-25)
Before you read the next sentence, stop and close your eyes for thirty seconds.
What did you see? Maybe nothing? Perhaps total darkness?
Now, try...

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

I once read about a very bitter man who was sick in soul, mind, and body.  He was in the hospital in wretched condition, not because his body had been invaded by a virus or infected with some germ, but because his anger and contempt had poisoned his soul.
One day, when he was at his lowest, he said to his nurse, "Won't you give me something to end it all?"  Much to the man's surprise, the nurse said, "All right....

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I Want to be Obed-Edom

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

"David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, 'How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?'  He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David.  Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire...

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A Childlike Amazement

Posted Apr 9th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"And He said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matthew 18:3)
Wen my daughter was four years old, we read about young Samuel. While discussing this story, my daughter showed me the excited faith God calls us to maintain. Perhaps her faith could teach us all...
As a young boy, Samuel was ministering with an old priest named Eli. One night God called to Samuel, but...

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The Price Has Been Paid

Posted Apr 8th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Price Has Been Paid
Today I was walking in the supermarket and suddenly I heard a noise of things breaking. I turned down an aisle and saw a group of people staring at an older lady who had hit a shelf containing plates and glasses with her cart. Many had fallen to the ground and broken. Kneeling on the floor embarrassed, the lady was frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband peeled off each bar code saying: "We...

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The Bundle

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

The Bundle
I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in a year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's stick all over again today,...

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