Shopping For Love

Posted Dec 19th 2019, 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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Our Greatest Need

Posted Dec 18th 2019, 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.
                              ...

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Christmas Faith: The Shepherds

Posted Dec 17th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Christmas Faith: The Shepherds
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." (Luke 2:15 NIV)
If man were to script the Son of God's birth, Jesus would have been born in a palace or a mansion. The news of His birth would have first been sent to one of the power brokers of the day...

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Is Anyone Missing Baby Jesus?

Posted Dec 16th 2019, 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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Will the Christ Child Come?

Posted Dec 14th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Will The Christ Child Come?
Halfway through December we were doing the regular evening things when there was a knock at the door. We opened it to find a small package with a beautiful ceramic lamb inside. We looked at the calendar and realized that the 12 days of Christmas were beginning!! We waiting excitedly for the next night's surprise and only then, with the gift of a matching shepherd, did we realized that the lamb was part of a nativity...

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What Are You Looking For?

Posted Dec 13th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


What Are You Looking For?
One blustery winter day a few years ago Lois and I were purring along in our car. We were listening to Christmas music on our way to do some shopping. It was a few days before Christmas. We were thinking about how good God had been to us. We were in good health. We had eight children who love us. We had fulfilling ministry. So many blessings. Our hearts were full and happy. Things were close...

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The Christmas Invitation

Posted Dec 12th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


THE CHRISTMAS INVITATION
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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The Envelope

Posted Dec 11th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


The Envelope
It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- the overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the...

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A Christmas to Remember

Posted Dec 10th 2019, 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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The Diamond

Posted Dec 9th 2019, 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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He Became One of Us

Posted Dec 7th 2019, 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. Most...

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Christmas IQ Quiz

Posted Dec 6th 2019, 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 5th 2019, 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 4th 2019, 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 Dec 3rd 2019, 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...

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