The Envelope

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

The Envelope
It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- the overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the...

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A Christmas to Remember

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

A Christmas To Remember
This is a first-person account from a mother about her family as they ate dinner on Christmas Day in a small restaurant many miles from their home. Nancy, the mother, relates...
We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there." He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were...

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The Diamond

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

The Diamond
Harry Winston, a famous diamond broker, was excited. And so was the crowd that had gathered around him. He had just purchased one of the most famous diamonds in the world. And he expected it to be delivered at any moment!
In the crowd were friends and news reporters and curious onlookers, all anxious for the first glimpse of the famous stone. While they waited, Mr. Winston entertained them with stories from the diamond's past history. The crowd buzzed with...

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He Became One of Us

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

On February 15, 1921, there was a doctor who performed an appendectomy. The doctor performing the surgery was Dr. Evan Kane who over his 37-year medical career had performed nearly 4,000 appendectomies, so this surgery was not at all unusual except for two things.
First of all, this was the first time that local anesthesia had ever been used in major surgery. Dr. Kane believed that local anesthesia was safer than putting a patient completely to sleep. Most...

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Christmas IQ Quiz

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

Do you know the Biblical story of Jesus' birth?  Do you know what's "really" in the scriptures, or have you "assumed" some things about the story from all the Christmas stories you've read.  Take the following IQ Quiz.  See how well you do.  Check out the scripture verses at the end of each question and then check the answers at the end of the quiz.  You might be surprised by what's actually in the Bible (or what's not in the Bible!). ...

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Why Bethlehem?

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

I've been to Bethlehem. It's fairly indistinguishable from many other Judean towns, except for the Church of the Nativity built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth. Bethlehem is located on a ridge some 2500 feet above sea level, and five or six miles southwest of Jerusalem. Why, with all the grand locations in the world to choose from, did God choose for His Son to be born in Bethlehem? I can think of three good...

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I Almost Missed a Christmas Miracle

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

"I Almost Missed A Christmas Miracle"
Bethlehem, 2000 - The excitement was building. We were standing in the Shepherd's Fields just outside of Bethlehem. We were ready to go into the Shepherd's Caves and sing Christmas Carols.  Some members of the tour group had done it with me on previous trips. For others, it was their first time - but everyone was excited. Bethlehem... Christmas Carols... Shepherd's Caves... Who wouldn't be excited?
We had always done it. We had always sung carols...

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Christmas Love

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

Christmas Stories, Poems and Devotionals
Beginning today, we will be sharing our favorite Christmas stories, poems and devotionals with you from now until Christmas Day.  Some are new.  Some we have shared before numerous times.  These are just a few of our favorites.  We will even post some on Saturdays this year in order to share them all.  (We normally only post them on weekdays)   Most importantly, each of them will always point to Christ, the true and one and only "Reason for the Season". 

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Nobody Remembered

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

Nobody Remembered
"There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man." (Ecclesiastes 9:14-15)
Disaster was averted and lives were spared.
  ...."But nobody remembered that poor man."
Wise words of counsel were given and heeded and lives were blessed innumerably.

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The Daily Encourager - Advent Ebook

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

"Letters to Our Grandchildren" - Free Advent Devotional Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Letters to Our Grandchildren".
This ebook is completely free to the readers of The Daily Encourager.  All you need to do is to go to the following website and download a copy in the format of your choice - Kindle (Mobi), Nook (Epub), and PDF formats.  (If you're unsure, use the PDF format.  Almost every...

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

God commanded us to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
After George Washington authorized the first Thanksgiving Day in 1789, 74 years passed without another such day of thanks.  Then Abraham Lincoln established the holiday as an annual event in American life.  His Thanksgiving Proclamation is worth reading again today:
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow,...

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A Thanksgiving Story

Posted Nov 27th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

It was the day before Thanksgiving - the first one my three children and I would be spending without their father, who had left several months before. Now the two older children were very sick with the flu, and the eldest had just been prescribed bed rest for a week.
It was a cool, gray day outside, and a light rain was falling. I grew wearier as I scurried around, trying to care for each child: thermometers, juice, diapers....

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Journal of Gratitude

Posted Nov 26th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Journal Of Gratitude
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100)
Surely goodness...

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The Hand

Posted Nov 25th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Hand
Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment - to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.
Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.
But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind...

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Thank You!

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

Thank You!
Dear God,:
I want to thank you for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards. 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better, 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me, 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until...

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