Advance Notice

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


God Has Given Us Advance Notice
Frequently God doesn't make sense. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for what is going on. Circumstances just don't seem to be squaring up with what we know about God. We become frustrated, taste bitterness, begin to doubt, experience confusion and feelings of helplessness and defeat.  That should come as no surprise. God has already given us advance notice. "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord...

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Blind To Our Sin

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


BLIND TO OUR SIN
The following is a true story (though the details tend to vary slightly according to which source you use.)
Back in 1893, there was a group of four sisters in Iowa. They called themselves the Cherry Sisters and made their stage debut in Cedar Rapids in a skit they wrote themselves.  It was terrible.  But, for three years, the Cherry Sisters performed to packed theaters throughout the Midwest.  People came to see them to find out if they were as bad...

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A Muddy Path

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


 
Muddy Path
 
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."  (Numbers 6:24-26)
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.   (Psalm 67:1)
What a perfect day for a fall hike.  We were excited to get outdoors in crisp air and bright sunshine. The path was just wide enough to have been...

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A Place of Peace

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


A Place of Peace
Jesus was preparing his disciples for tough times. He was about to ascend to the Father and they would be on their own -- left to find their way through this world alone. And yet, they would not be alone. For He Himself would be with them as the Comforter, the Counselor, the Holy Spirit.
In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan battled for an entire year to find a passage around South America. There at the very tip of the...

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The Motive Is Everything

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


“The Motive Is Everything”
Jonathan Edwards, one of America's greatest theologians and one of the catalysts of the of the First Great Awakening, lived by two resolutions above all others:
    Resolution One: I will live for God.
    Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
In The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer issued this invitation:
“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is...

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Night Shift

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


Night Shift
"Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion." (Psalm 134:1-3)
Years ago when I was attending seminary, I worked the night shift on occasion. It paid a little more money than the day shift, but I was a bit lonely. If you've ever had to...

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The Greatest Mathematical Puzzle in History

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


The Greatest Mathematical Puzzle in History
Moses and the people were in the desert - but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. 
According to the Quartermaster General of the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each a mile long,...

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God's Timing

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


God's Timing
In the fall of 2011, our Medical Mission Team was heading to the airport, fully loaded with twenty extra suitcases full of medicine, ready for a week of Medical Missions in Ecuador.
However, in transit, we received a distressing call from our missionary. Ecuadorian customs had changed their regulations. All the forms and authorization papers we had from the Ecuadorian Consulate were not enough.  We needed more forms and there just wasn't enough time to process all of them.
Deeply disappointed, we unloaded...

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Spiritual Warfare

Posted Oct 8th, 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 not.  He's not...

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God Owns the Night

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


God Owns the Night
 
You may be in a night season right now, but your God owns the night!  In fact, that's usually when you can see Him best. Like the moon.  As long as it's light, you can only see a pale moon, at best.  But when it's dark, that's when you can see the brightness of the moon.  When it's spiritually dark, that's when you can clearly see your Master. Just like the military who get a lot done...

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The Frog Hat

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


THE FROG HAT
Last fall my 9-year-old son, Austin, had his tonsils removed. Before the surgery, Austin's anesthesiologist came to start an IV. He was wearing a cool surgical cap covered in colorful frogs. Austin loved that "frog hat."
The doctor explained that he had two choices. He could either try to start the IV, or he could wait until Austin was up in the operating room. In the OR, the doctor would give Austin some "goofy" gas, and start the IV...

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God's Provision

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


God's Provision
During the ministry of Elisha, a widow came to him for financial help. Creditors had threatened to take her two boys as slaves if she didn't pay her debt, but all the woman had left was a little oil. Elisha told her how to miraculously multiply her oil and pay her bills...and in the process bring great glory to God.
"Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few. Then go inside and...

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What Are You Worth?

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


What Are You Worth?
What are you worth? Figuring out your worth or the worth of anything can be a difficult task. Allow me to give you an illustration.
Back when I was at seminary in Springfield, Illinois, I spent a fair amount of time wandering through the museums dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. At one of those museums, I saw a few square inches of silk.
Now silk can be an expensive cloth, but this bit of material is not for sale. Offer...

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Staying the Course

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


Staying the Course
"Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the LORD" (1 Chron 21:18-19).
In 1857, an American businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier was sent out by his local church to begin a noon-day prayer meeting on Fulton Street, right around the corner...

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I'm Too Blessed To Be Stressed

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


I'm Too Blessed To Be Stressed (and Too Anointed to Be Disappointed)
I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad or to cry.
I refuse to be downhearted and here's the reason why:
I have a God who's mighty; who's sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me, and I am on his team.
He is all wise and powerful; Jesus is His Name;
Though everything else is changeable, My God remains the same.
I refuse to be defeated. My eyes are on my GOD.
He's promised to be with me, as...

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