Encourage One Another

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

Encourage One Another
At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally challenged, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. When the gun sounded, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry.
The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down...

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Lessons From the Redwood Forest

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

Lessons From the Redwood Forest
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Giant Sequoia trees, also known as redwoods, are the biggest living things on Earth. Heights of 300 feet and diameters of 30 feet are not uncommon. They can range...

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I Will Come Again

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

"I Will Come Again"
"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Matthew 24:44)
While on a South Pole expedition, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left a few men on Elephant Island, promising that he would return. Later, when he tried to go back, huge icebergs blocked the way. But suddenly, as if by a miracle, an avenue opened in the ice and Shackleton was able to get...

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Fractured But Growing

Posted Jul 25th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Fractured, But Growing
My wife, Karen, received a family heirloom, a beautiful diamond ring. She took it to the jeweler so he could look at it with the "magic eye" that jewelers have. As he looked at it under magnification, he let out a curious "hmmm." He told Karen that the diamond had a fracture in the middle of it, invisible to the naked eye. Which caused Karen to ask how there could be a fracture in the middle. Why didn't...

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God's Will is Our Hiding Place

Posted Jul 24th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

God's Will Is Our Hiding Place
"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." (psalm 27:5)
In her bestseller book, The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom tells of the tense times in Holland during the German invasion. One night when there was bombing and shelling happening all around the house where she and her sister lived, Corrie couldn't sleep....

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The Parable of the Flute

Posted Jul 20th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Parable of the Flute
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."  (Hebrews 12:11)
As the story goes, a little piece of wood once bitterly complained because its owner kept whittling away at it, gouging it and making holes in it. But the one who was cutting it paid no attention to the stick's protests. He was making a flute out...

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The Glove

Posted Jul 19th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"You're so quiet, Son. What's on your mind?" asked Ben's father as he stopped at Ben's room to tell him good night.
Ben put his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling above his bed. "Oh, I've just been wondering if I should be a missionary."
"You don't seem very excited about the idea," said Dad.
"It seems like such a hard job," said Ben, propping himself up on one elbow. "I have this feeling that I might not be...

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Your Will

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

Each year, as I watch the Baseball All-Star Game, I am always reminded of this devotional...
During the late 50's and early 60's, a man by the name of Bobby Richardson played second base for the NY Yankees. Bobby Richardson was nominated as MVP of the American League nine times. He played in seven All-star Games. He won five Gold Glove Awards. And he was the only man in baseball history to ever win the World Series MVP Award while...

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Waiting For the Wind

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

Waiting For the Wind
My nephew's 10 year old son came for a visit one hot, July weekend. I was enticing him to stay inside by joining him in a Nintendo game. After being mercilessly defeated by a more experienced player, I suggested that we relax awhile. I collapsed into my favorite recliner to let my neck muscles relax and my ego recover from such a beating. He had slipped out of the room and I was catching a few relished...

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Alphabet of the Father Heart of God

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

Alphabet Of The Father Heart of God
Regardless of your experience with your earthly father, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you more than you can imagine. It is exciting to get to know the One who fathered us before we were born (Ps 139:13-16). With an open Bible, meditate on your awesome perfect heavenly Father. This is the revelation of His heart. Let the One who is Holy Love re-parent you in His love, so that you see all...

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I Hate to Wait

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

I Hate to Wait
Waiting is the bane of my existence.  If there are two lines at the movie theater, the one I choose will grind to a halt while the other glides by.  Don't get behind me at a toll booth; the driver in front of me will be searching his seat cushions for quarters while the other lines whiz through. Bank tellers go on break when I get near the front of their line; supermarket checkout computers go on...

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Just Stay in the Race

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

Just Stay in the Race
When Cecil B. DeMille began working on the original "Ben Hur" movie, he talked to Charlton Heston - the star of the movie - about the all-important chariot race at the end. He decided that Heston should actually learn to drive the chariot himself, rather than just using a stunt double. Heston agreed to take chariot-driving lessons to make the movie as authentic as possible.
Learning to drive a chariot with horses four abreast, however, was no...

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Praising God For Closed Doors

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

Praising God For Closed Doors
We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door, we would never find the right door.
God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a door closes, it forces you to change your course. Another door closes, it forces...

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God's Deliverance

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

God's Deliverance
"He delivered us...
He will deliver us...
He will continue to deliver us..." (2 Corinthians 1:10)
I quit!
I've tried my best to live
as God expects me to,
as my family expects me to...
I want to do the best, but I always fail.
I give up!
There's no use trying!
I just fail...
"Rely not on yourselves, but on God...
He delivered us,
He will deliver us,
He will continue to deliver us..."
Again and again and again,
like food,
like sleep
so God will give us strength every day.
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You Need My Prayers

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

One of our favorite devotionals by our friend Joe McKeever.  It's always worth sharing one more time...
You Need My Prayers and I Need The Exercise
Last night, I spoke about Samuel's great statement of the responsibility of praying for the people in our lives. He said, "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you." That's I Samuel 12:23. The outline of the message went like this…
1.   "I pray."  ...

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