Our Greatest Need

Posted Yesterday, 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 of a peasant woman
He grew...

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The Christmas Invitation

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

It was the biggest night of the year in a little town called Cornwall. It was the night of the annual Christmas pageant. It's an especially big deal for the children in town -- they get to try out for the roles in the Christmas story. Everybody wants a part.
Which leads us to the problem of Harold. Harold really wanted to be in the play, too, but he was - well, he was kind of a slow and...

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Shopping For Love

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

Shopping For Love
I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time.  But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect.  I've said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself.
I also want to exchange a carton of self righteousness for an equal amount of humility. I hear that it is less expensive and wears well, and while I'm at it I'm going to check on tolerance...

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A Christmas to Remember

Posted Dec 7th, 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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A Christmas Alphabet

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

A is for Angels, appearing so bright,
Telling of Jesus, that first Christmas night.
B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old,
Birthplace of Jesus, by prophets foretold.
C is for Cattle, their manger His bed,
There in the stable, where He laid His head.
D is for David and his ancient throne
Promised forever, to Jesus alone.
E is for East, where shone the bright star
Which Magi, on camels, followed from afar.
F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold,
Brought by the Wise Men, as Matthew has told.

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Christmas IQ Quiz

Posted Dec 5th, 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 4th, 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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He Became One of Us

Posted Dec 3rd, 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....

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The Diamond

Posted Dec 1st, 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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I Almost Missed a Christmas Miracle

Posted Nov 30th, 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 Promises

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

"Christmas Promises" - Free Advent Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Christmas Promises”. 
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 computer will automatically open a PDF file.) 

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Christmas Love

Posted Nov 28th, 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". 
We begin today...

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Nobody Remembered

Posted Nov 27th, 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 Season of Thanks and Giving

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

The Season of Thanks and Giving
Andy Williams sings, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"
But is it really?
The hustle and bustle, that used to be limited to a few days before Christmas, now includes almost the entire fall season. We dash through the gatherings on Thanksgiving Day, straight to Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Next we become consumed with year-end projects, holiday parties, and buying and wrapping gifts. All of the sudden, we are in the haste...

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Thank You!

Posted Nov 23rd, 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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