Painting White on White

Posted Aug 28th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Painting White-on-White
 
"Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." - Isaiah 1:18
This past Saturday, members of my church's Men's Ministry gathered in the Atrium of our church to paint the walls as this quarter's service project. The two-story walls have not been painted in almost 10 years and were showing signs of dirt, grime and...

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You Are An Important Part of God's Plan

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


You Are An Important Part of God's Plan
It is so easy to see ourselves as insignificant in a world with billions of people.  However, every one of us is an important part of God's plan! We have been given the directive to change the world, transforming it with His Good News.
"To the world you might just be another person, but to one person you may be the whole world."
D. L. Moody told the story of a man crossing the Atlantic...

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Encouraging Letters

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


Encouraging Letters
I read of a man who was involved in a tragic accident. He lost both legs and his left arm and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand. There was only enough left of the man that had been, to suffer and remember.
But he still possessed a brilliant mind, enriched with a good education and broadened with world travel. At first he thought there was nothing he could do but remain a helpless sufferer.
A thought came...

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He'll Be There For You

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


He'll Be There For You
On December 7, 1988, an earthquake devastated the northwestern section of Armenia, killing ove 25,000 people. 
 
The story is told that in the midst of utter devastation and chaos, a father left his wife securely at home and rushed to the school where his son was supposed to be, only to discover that the building had been flattened.  
After the traumatic initial shock, he remembered the promise he had made to his son: "No matter what, I'll always be there...

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Learn to Write in the Sand

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


Learn To Write In The Sand
"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Hebrews 8:12
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. At a specific point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one, who got slapped, was hurt, but without anything to say, he wrote in the sand: "TODAY, MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."
They kept on walking,...

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Over the Edge

Posted Aug 21st, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Over the Edge
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13)
"Back in 1911 a stuntman named Bobby Leach went over Niagara Falls in a specially designed steel drum—and lived to tell about it.
"Although he suffered minor injuries, he survived because he recognized the tremendous dangers involved in the feat, and he had done everything he could to protect himself from harm. Several years later, while walking down a street in New...

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Encourage One Another

Posted Aug 18th, 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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Where Do I Go?

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


Where Do I Go ...
Where do I go when my tears roll down?
Where do I go when pressures press down?
Where do I go when pain laughs at me?
Where do I go to find laughter and glee?
Where do I go when I get drained out?
Where do I go when all I can do is cry and pout?
Where do I go when I feel insecure?
Where do I go when I curl up with fear?
Where do I go when situations go out of...

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Let Your Light Shine

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


Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:16 says, "Even so, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."  While reading this passage tonight, I was reminded of a poem I learned as a teenager entitled "Sermons We See" by Edgar Guest.  The first line says, "I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way."  I pray...

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Control - The Decisive Battle

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


Control - The Decisive Battle
I used to introduce my younger son by calling him "my baby" which is a little ridiculous if you look at the two of us. The boy I used to pick up is now the man who picks me up. And that's pretty embarrassing. He would greet me at an airport or some public place, still does, put his arms around me and lift me in the air. When I stand next to this moose in...

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Rocket Surgery

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


Rocket Surgery
"You know what good, O man is, and what more does the Lord require of you than to act gently, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8
Discipleship does not depend upon our skills and our abilities.  Our call to become disciples (to follow Jesus) does not have a prerequisite attached to it that we must first be qualified, trained, and approved.  No, there are only two things that Jesus requires of us to become His...

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The Daily Encourager

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


The Daily Encourager will not be posted for the remainder of this week and will resume once again on Monday, August 14.  
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GOD KNOWS
When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts...
    God knows how hard you have tried.
When you've cried so long and your heart is in anguish...
    God has counted your tears.
If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by...
    God is waiting with you.
When you're lonely and your friends are too busy even...

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How To Pray for your Child

Posted Aug 4th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILD
 
1. Pray that NOTHING hinders your child from accepting Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior early in life. (Matthew 19:14)
 
2. Pray that your child learns to know God and will have a deep desire to do God's will for his/her life. (Psalms 119:27,30,34,35).
 
3. Pray that your child hears stories from the Bible that will be a basis for his/her decisions throughout their life. (Ecclesiastes 12:1, Psalms 71:17).
 
4. Pray that your child will develop a...

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God's Embroidery

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


GOD'S EMBROIDERY
When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. Looking at her work from the underside, I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was.
As I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I...

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He Can Heal the Hurt

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


HE CAN HEAL THE HURT
Grudge is one of those words that defines itself. Its very sound betrays its meaning.
Say it slowly: “Grr-uuuud-ge.”
It starts with a growl. “Grr…” Like a bear with bad breath coming out of hibernation or a mangy mongrel defending his bone in an alley. “Grrr…”
Remove a GR from the word grudge and replace it with SL and you have the junk that grudge bearers trudge through. Sludge. Black, thick, ankle-deep resentment that steals the bounce from the...

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