The Value in Losing

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)
"And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them."  (Mark 10:16)
When my son Sean was twelve, he played on a Little League baseball team. A week before the season started, I got an idea about how to show him - and his teammates - acceptance. I bought twelve...

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What Is Your Purpose in Life

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

What Is Your Purpose in Life? 
Josh McDowell tells about an executive "headhunter" who recruits corporate executives for large firms. This headhunter once told McDowell that when he interviews an executive, he likes to disarm him. "I offer him a drink," said the headhunter, "take off my coat, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he's all relaxed. Then, when I think I've got him relaxed, I lean over, look him square in...

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Life Is About the Living

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

Life is About the Living
After a brief illness, my mother died on January 30, 2012. Not only was she my mother, she was also my best friend. I was in shock. One day she was recovering; the next, she was gone.
For two weeks, I grieved heavily and could not focus on anything else. But life got in the way. My son was to be married on February 18, so there was little time. My husband and I were giving the...

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Do You Want to be Made Well?

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

Do You Want to Be Made Well?
"A certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, 'Do you want to be made whole?" (John 5:5-6)
You have probably heard the old story (a fable to be sure) about the father who knocks on his son's door. "James" he says, "Wake up!" James answers, "I don't want...

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Concerns of the Heart

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

Concerns of The Heart
"I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers." (Isaiah 65:24)
Literally, I had no agenda. Many things had been on my mind, though.  Several situations I’d been mulling over. A few people that had been especially on my heart. Some unresolved issues stewing in the back corners of my brain.
So, I had no agenda when we went to church for...

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Coming Out of the Tomb

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

Coming Out of the Tomb
Unfortunately, a lot of people are like mummies, "all wrapped up in themselves".  And they don't want to become unwrapped. All they do is come "unwound" at the thought of coming out of their safe tomb or stepping out in faith. But Jesus calls us out of the tomb, sets us free and calls us to move beyond ourselves into a life of faith, commitment, obedience and service.
On the old Merv Griffin Show. There was a...

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Carrots Eggs and Coffee Beans

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

Carrots Eggs and Coffee
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

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Logs and Sawdust

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

Logs and Sawdust
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Luke...

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God, Go Ahead of Me

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

God, Go Ahead of Me
“Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose his own soul?"' Luke 9:23-25
One night, my wife and I were in the mall needing to make some returns...

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

The story is told of a boy who was floating his boat on a pond when the boat drifted away. A man came by, saw the boat drifting out on the pond, and began throwing stones on the far side of the boat.
The boy asked, "what are you doing?"
But then something very interesting happened. As the stones hit the water beyond the boat, they created ripples which pushed the boat back toward the boy. Even though the stones disturbed the...

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Sinking Ship

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

The Sinking Ship
In the winter of 1995, a fishing boat began to sink in the rough, cold waters off Vancouver Island, west of British Columbia, Canada. The two men on board quickly moved to a life raft that was tied to the sinking boat by a nylon rope. Unfortunately, the rope was tied so tightly, they could not untie it. As the fishing vessel began to list and take on more and more water, the men knew they couldn't reboard...

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Look For the Gold - Remove the Dirt

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

Look For The Gold; Remove The Dirt
At one time Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States. At one time he had forty-three millionaires working for him. In those days a millionaire was a rare person; conservatively speaking, a million dollars in his day would be equivalent...

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You Can Have It But I Want It Back

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

If you have children, or are around young children, then you'll recognize this:
Two toddlers are sitting in the floor playing. Suzie is playing with her blocks, and Davey is trying to decide what to play with. Suzie tells Davey, "Davey, you can play with ANY of my toys. I'm playing with the blocks, but you can use ANYTHING that you want"
So Davey takes her up on it. He picks up her toy...

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Memorable Memorial

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

Memorable Memorial
Have you ever felt you were invisible? Perhaps you have sometimes felt you were so insignificant nobody knew you even existed?
I have a garden shrub like that. It is weak and spindly and it leans on the trees growing around it for support. It weaves its way up through their branches and is so hidden you don't really see it. Its leaves are insignificant and its flowers are just five, simple, white petals forming a miniature saucer.
However, this plant...

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A Life Worth Living

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

A Life Worth Living
I am convinced most people want to do some great thing with their lives. But they are under the illusion that the doing of authentically great things is reserved for a chosen few. Heroes. Martyrs. Saints. But not them.
But what if the greatest thing is not to go out in a blaze of glory but to honor God with a life that consistently seeks to do His will in the little things? Not to climb the highest...

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