He Became One Of Us

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


HE BECAME ONE OF US
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....

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Why Bethlhem?

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


WHY BETHLEHEM OF ALL PLACES?
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 1st, 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 Nov 30th, 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.  Most importantly, each of them will always point to Christ, the true and one and only "Reason for the Season". 
 
We begin today with one of our all-time favorites, shared with written permission by the author of this devotional, and her book...

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Nobody Remembered

Posted Nov 29th, 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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Free Ebook "Advent Alphabet' (Corrected Link)

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


Editor's Note: If you tried to download this free Ebook on Sunday, you may have encountered some technical issues.  The issues have been resolved and you should be able to use the blue link below to download your free book. 
        "Advent Alphabet"
Free Advent Devotional Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Advent Alphabet".  Through this 26-day devotional series, Ray will help you to experience Advent...

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Free Advent Book "Advent Alphabet"

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


         "Advent Alphabet"
Free Advent Devotional Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Advent Alphabet".  Through this 26-day devotional series, Ray will help you to experience Advent from A to Z.  Each letter of the alphabet will teach you something important each day about the Christmas Story. 
This ebook is completely free to the readers of The Daily Encourager. All you need to do is to go to the...

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Thanksgiving

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


"Thanksgiving"
"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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Thank You!

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

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The Hand

Posted Nov 23rd, 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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Thankful For the Thorns

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


"Thankful For The Thorns"
Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a "minor" automobile accident stole her joy. This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. Troubles had multiplied. Her husband's company "threatened" to...

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Journal of Gratitude

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

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Give Thanks

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


Give Thanks
"I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart..." Psalm 138:1
My husband took our ten year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, fishing this morning. It was a beautiful warm day. The temperature was in the upper 70's and the humidity was way down. Quite a contrast to the past week.
The lake at the end of our cove was glistening from the bright sun shining on the water. Mary Kathryn could hardly wait to drop her fish bait into the water....

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The Gratitude Attitude

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


Thanksgiving is only one week away.  Beginning today, the next seven Daily Encouragers will be some of our most favorite Thanksgving devotionals.  We hope that each one will prepare your heart to be more thankful than ever during this season of Thanksgiving. 
The Gratitude Attitude
In "A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul", Rev. John R. Ramsey tells how in one church a certain person provided him with a rose boutonniere for the lapel of his suit every Sunday. At first he really appreciated it,...

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Learning vs Doing

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

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