An Everlasting Love

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

"Long ago the LORD said to Israel: 'I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.'" (Jeremiah 31:3)
As I ponder the unfailing love of God, I am comforted and pleased to know that God loves His children so intensely. However, I can't help but wonder... Does our own returned love matches His? Sure we say we love Him, but would we be willing to suffer and die for...

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

Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit".  (Matthew 5:3)
Contrary to what we would expect, brokenness is the pathway to blessing!   There are no alternative routes; there are no short-cuts.  The very thing we dread and are tempted to resist, is actually the means to God's greatest blessings in our lives.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Psalm 51:17)
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A Famine of Hearing

Posted Jan 23rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

A Famine of Hearing
Like most of the Old Testament prophets, Amos was chosen by God to deliver a message of repentance and judgement; "Seek the Lord and live, or He will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire" (Amos 5:6). God was calling His people to return, but they had wandered far from His presence and showed no interest in a life of worship. The economy of their day was thriving and the people had few needs which...

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Always Alongside Us

Posted Jan 22nd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Always Alongside Us
A student named Steve Winger from Lubbock, TX was taking a challenging class in Logic. The course and teacher were known for exacting and demanding exams. The final exam was looming, and the professor mercifully told the class that each student would be permitted to bring in a single 8 x 11 ½ inch sheet with as much information as they could put on that one sheet for help during the test.
On exam day, each student came to class...

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Are You Waiting to be Called?

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

Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator.  Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed.
When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and...

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Ten Reasons to Believe

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

Ten Reasons to Believe in the Christian Faith
1. The Credibility of Its Founder - Jesus Christ
Peter spoke for Jesus' closest followers when he said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God." (John 6:68-69)
2. The Reliability of Its Book:
The integrity of this historical and geographical record is supported by history and archeology. The Bible continues to speak not only with spiritual power...

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A Piece of Cake

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

A Piece of Cake
A little boy is telling his Grandma how everything is going wrong. School, family problems, severe health problems, etc. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course, he does.
"Here, have some cooking oil."
"Yuck" says the boy.
"How about a couple raw eggs? "
"Gross, Grandma!"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Grandma, those are all yucky!"
To which Grandma replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by...

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Course Correction

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

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
On a road trip with a friend, we used his GPS navigation device to guide us as we drove each day. After entering our destination on the screen, a voice told us which road to follow, as well as when and where to make each turn. When we left the route, whether accidentally or deliberately, the voice would say, “Recalculating.”. Then it would tell us...

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Grandpa's Hands

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

"Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand." (Psalm 73:23)
Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat, I wondered if he was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if...

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Here I Raise My Ebenezer

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

"Here I Raise My Ebenezer"
There's a peculiar line in the classic hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".  It's in the second stanza; and it says, "Here I raise my Ebenezer." Most people are probably not familiar with the single verse from which that line originated. Robert Robinson apparently not only knew of the verse but also understood its meaning and importance, for it was he who wrote those words into his beautiful and timeless hymn.
In 1 Samuel 7:12 we are...

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Start Over

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

When you've trusted God and walked his way
When you've felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way ...
Start over.
When you've made your plans and they've gone awry
When you've tried your best and there's no more try
When you've failed yourself and you don't know why ...
Start over.
When you've told your friends what you plan to do
When you've trusted them and they didn't come through
And you're all alone and it's up to you ...

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A Simple Prayer for the New Year

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

A Simple Prayer
For what I am that I ought not to be,
Forgive me.
For what I am not that I ought to be,
Forgive me.
Be with my mouth in what it speaks
Be with my hands in what they do
Be with my mind in what it thinks
Be with my heart in what it feels
Work in me
...through me
...for me spite of me
In the precious name of Jesus,
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You Have Circled This Mountain Long Enough

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

You Have Circled This Mountain Long Enough
"You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north." (Deuteronomy 2:3)
Will 2018 be different than 2017?  Will you "press on" in your faith this year and focus on what lies ahead, or will you continue to focus on your past?
Listen to this wonderful challenge from Ruth Graham.  "Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than take off...

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Stay Warm - Stay Safe - Stay Close to Jesus

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

Stay Warm, Stay Safe, and Stay Close to Jesus
Stay warm, stay safe, and stay close to Jesus.  That's the way I ended an email to a friend who lives in an area experiencing an ice storm...
Stay Warm
That is advice for a winter day. Stay warm. If you can, stay inside, by a fire, and with someone you love. For those who have lost their heat, have no home, have no heat, or must work outside in this weather, I am sorry...

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New Beginnings

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

One of the problems with the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one is that I stop and contemplate the old year's happenings. I tend to review the months and think of all of the things that I mishandled, left undone and should have thought more about before jumping into. I don't think I am that much different than most folks. I think we all do a certain amount of looking back. There is...

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