Daily Encourager - Monday, August 20

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY OPENS UP
 
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers were playing the Dallas Cowboys in Green Bay for the right to represent the National Football League in only the second Super Bowl to be played. The weather conditions through the game were so severe that the game has come to be known as "The Ice Bowl." When the game began, it was 15 below with a minus-49 wind chill. The teams battled back and forth, somehow managing to push...

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Don't Tread On Me

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


Don't Tread On Me
"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16).
"In December, 1775, an American colonist (believed by many scholars to be Benjamin Franklin), noticed the increasing use of a symbol throughout the colonies, stamped onto barrels and other items, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with the words 'Don't Tread On Me' written below the snake. He wondered about how the symbol of...

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Shrink Wrapped

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


Shrink-Wrapped
Do you have difficulty opening those child-proofed packages? Or how about items that have been shrink-wrapped? I sure do. I find them very frustrating; and after a few futile minutes, I head for the household scissors, feeling weak and useless. "I can't even open a package of meat!"
I know there are safety and health issues involved, but such packaging can sure build aggravation in those trying to retrieve the contents. There is, however, a seal, a form of shrink-wrap that...

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Holding Your Hand

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


Holding Your Hand
I read about the experience of a man who underwent open-heart surgery. He said, "The day before surgery a nurse came into my room to visit. She took hold of my hand and told me to feel it and hold it."
"Now," she said, "during the surgery tomorrow you will be disconnected from your heart and you will be kept alive only by virtue of certain machines. When your heart is finally restored and the operation is over and...

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If You're Not Sure of Your Part

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


IF YOU'RE NOT SURE OF YOUR PART
I heard about a junior high music teacher who had just organized a band in her school. The principal was so proud of the music teacher's efforts that without consulting her he decided that the band should give a concert for the entire school. The music teacher wasn't so sure her young musicians were ready to give a concert, so she tried to talk the principal out of holding the concert, to no avail.
Just...

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Who Is Walking in Our Steps?

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


Who is Walking in Our Steps?
 
My three year-old was on my heels no matter where I went.  Whenever I stopped to do something and turned back around, I would trip over him.
I patiently suggested fun activities to keep him occupied. But he simply smiled an innocent smile and said, "Oh that's all right, Mommy. I'd rather be in here with you." Then he continued to bounce happily along behind me.
After stepping on his toes for the fifth time, I began...

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God Is My Help

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


GOD IS MY HELP
David writes in Psalm 54:3, "Strangers are attacking me; ruthless men seek my life - men without regard for God."
Does this sound anything like the week facing you?  Does it describe the week you had last week?  Does it describe every week of your life?  Are strangers coming at you from every direction with no regard for God and determined to see you fail?  Are troubles coming at you fast and furious?  Maybe the attacks are not...

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Praying For Your Spouse

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


Praying For Your Spouse
 
A Christian woman had a husband who had forbidden her to speak to him about Jesus. So she took his case to God.  She told herself, "I am going to pray for his conversion every day for twelve months."
At the end of a year his heart had not softened a bit.  She said, "I am going to keep on six months longer."
She did. Still there was no change and she considered giving up.  Finally she said, "No....

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Love in the Home

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


Love in the Home
If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper -- not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness -- not godliness.
Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love...

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One Day

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


One Day
"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."  (1 John 3:2)
The guests at a certain hotel were being rendered uncomfortable by repeated strumming on a piano, done by a little girl who possessed no knowledge of music. They complained to the proprietor hoping to having the annoyance stopped.
"I am sorry...

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Priceless Scribbles

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


PRICELESS SCRIBBLES
A young boy watched as his father walked into the living room. The boy noticed that his younger brother, John, began to cower slightly as his father entered.  The older boy sensed that John had done something wrong.  Then he saw from a distance what his brother had done. The younger boy had opened his father's brand new hymnal and scribbled all over the first page with a pen.
Staring at their father fearfully, both brothers waited for John's punishment....

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A Symbol of Hope

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


A Symbol of Hope
 
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small coins (mites), worth only a few cents.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their...

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No Excuses

Posted Aug 2nd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


No Excuses
"I'm not perfect. I have all kinds of problems. I don't know the Bible well enough. I have no ability. I don't have any gifts. I'm limited. I'm just not worthy..."
Well, did you know that....
Moses stuttered.
David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was...

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Spiritual Warfare

Posted Aug 1st, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Spiritual Warfare
 
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. -- Ephesians 6:12
 
Billy Graham tells a story of a boxer who was engaged in a boxing match and was being badly beaten.  Battered and bruised, he leaned over the ropes and said to his trainer, "Please throw in the towel!  This guy is killing me!" The trainer said, "Oh, no, he's...

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Sharing His Value

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


Sharing In His Value
There is a Topps Baseball card called "Baltimore Orioles Future Stars" and it is valued at $100. There are three players on this card. Jeff Schneider played one year of professional baseball and pitched in 11 games. Bobby Bonner played four years in the majors but only appeared in 61 games and never hit a home run.
The third "Future Star" played 21 years for the Baltimore Orioles and appeared in 3,001 games. He came to bat 11,551...

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