No Big Secret

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

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Living Sacrifices

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


Living Sacrifices
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)
One Sunday in Copenhagen, Corrie ten Boom, 80, spoke from Romans 12:1, urging her audience to present their bodies to...

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Ten Lessons About Prayer

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


The First Ten Lessons I Learned about Prayer
 
1. The only real mistake we can make in prayer is in not praying.
If we pray earnestly, almost anything we do is better than not praying. After all, no father rejects the child's plea because she did not use the right words or form. He welcomes his child into his arms.  Someone has said, "Nothing never happens when we pray."
 
2. No matter how much you pray, you will never be completely satisfied with...

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Abundant Living

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


Abundant Living
 
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."  (John 10:10b)
 
I remember picking up a book one day called "Sleeping Through the Revolution" by Dr. Paul Rees . In that book, I came across a quotation from Dr. Stanley Jones' book, "Abundant Living".  This is how the quote ran : "The early Christians did not say in dismay, 'Look what the world has come to', but they said in delight, 'Look what...

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In Our Weakness

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

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The Highest Priority

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


The Highest Priority 
Have you ever been in a hurry and buttoned up a shirt or a blouse with lots of buttons and when you were done, found out that the shirt was uneven?
What went wrong?  I'll tell you what went wrong. When you don't get the first button in the right hole, all the rest are out of sequence, too! 
That's a parable about life. Jesus said it this way in the Sermon on the Mount: "Seek ye first the kingdom of...

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The Secret of Happiness

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


The Secret of Happiness:
"No Reserve, No Retreat and No Regrets"
When Bill Borden, son of the wealthy Bordens, went out to China as a missionary, many of his friends thought he was foolish to "waste his life," as they put it, "trying to convert a few heathens to Christianity".  But Bill loved Christ and he loved teh Chinese people!
He hadn't been there very long before he contracted a disease native to that area and died. At his bedside they found a note that...

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A Second Chance

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


A Second Chance
On New Year's Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played the University of California in the Rose Bowl. In that game, a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California.  Somehow, he became confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction.  One of his own teammates, Benny Lom, outdistanced him and downed him just before he scored for the opposing team. When California attempted to punt, Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety which was the...

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The ABC's of Starting Over

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


The ABC's of Starting Over
Has the Corona virus made your life predictable? Do you do the same thing every day without much change?  Take home food from the same take out restaurants?  Shop at the same groceries?  Watch way too much TV?  Are you hoping 2021 will be different?  Are you ready for a change?  Although medical innovations and social protocol may help change your physical life somewhat, the only way to really change your whole life in 2021 is...

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The Key to Victory in 2021

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


Each year, the first Daily Encourager we share is part of an old sermon I preached years ago.  Since it's from a sermon, it's longer than our usual Encouragers - but I hope you will take the time to read it and allow it to encourage you as you begin 2021...
"The Key to Victory in 2021"
Philippians 3:13-14
THE KEY
The key to victory in 2021 is Philippians 3:13-14. Paul was using the illustration of a race to describe his life. He was in...

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The Geese

Posted Dec 24th 2020, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


The Geese
There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God.
He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her observance of Christmas. "It's all nonsense - why would God lower himself and become a human like us?! It's such...

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A Christmas Story

Posted Dec 23rd 2020, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


A Christmas Story
Herman and I locked our general store and dragged ourselves home. It was 11:00 p.m., Christmas Eve of 1949. We were dog tired. We had sold almost all of our toys; and all of the layaways, except one package, had been picked up. Usually we kept the store open until everything had been claimed. We wouldn't have been happy on Christmas knowing that some child's gift was still on the layaway shelf. But the person who had put...

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The True Spirit of Christmas

Posted Dec 22nd 2020, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


The True Spirit of Christmas
It was only five days before Christmas. The spirit of the season hadn't yet caught up with me, even though cars packed the parking lot of our Houston area Target Shopping Center. Inside the store, it was worse. Shopping carts and last minute shoppers jammed the aisles. Why did I come today? I wondered. My feet ached almost as much as my head.
My list contained names of several people who claimed they wanted nothing, but I...

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Is Anyone Missing Baby Jesus?

Posted Dec 21st 2020, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Is Anyone Missing Baby Jesus?
About a week before Christmas, the family bought a new nativity set. When they unpacked it, they found two figures of the Baby Jesus.
"Someone must have packed this wrong," the mother said, counting out the figures. "We have one Joseph, one Mary, three wise men, three shepherds, two lambs, a donkey, a cow, an angel and two babies. Oh, dear! I suppose some set down at the store is missing a Baby Jesus because we have...

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Our Greatest Need

Posted Dec 18th 2020, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Our Greatest Need
If our greatest need had been information,
     ...God would have sent us an educator;
  
If our greatest need had been technology,
     ...God would have sent us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money,
     ...God would have sent us an economist;
If our greatest need had been pleasure,
     ...God would have sent us an entertainer;
But our greatest need was forgiveness,
     ...So God sent us a Savior.
"One Solitary Life"
He was born in an obscure village
The child...

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