The #1 Prayer Team in the Universe

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


The #1 Prayer Team in the Universe
Romans 8:26-27 tells us that when we are so discouraged, when the pain is too deep, the disappointment too profound, the sense of loss so overwhelming that we can't put it into words, the Holy Spirit says, "My child, I understand. Let me take over. I'll talk to God for you." And He prays for us with groans that words cannot express.
 
Even when no one else cares or knows or understands, even when we...

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Listen for the Bell

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

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Being His Hands and Feet

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


Being His Hands and Feet
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"  (Matthew 9:36-38)
Jesus saw that the people were helpless. . . His heart went out to them. . . and as a result, He took action!...

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Keep Ticking

Posted Feb 3rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Keep Ticking
There's a story about a grandfather clock that had been a permanent fixture in one household for three generations. A new member of the family felt sorry for the old clock, however, because of the heavy weight that was suspended from it by a golden chain
"No clock should have to bear a load like that," thought the kind-hearted family member to himself as he removed the weight.
Immediately the ticking that had quietly sounded through the house for three generations...

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The Philosophy of Peanuts

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


The Philosophy of "Peanuts"
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.
  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of Miss America.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last decade's...

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My Father Is On Deck

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

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The Response of Praise

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


The Response of Praise
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Roamns 8:28)
We cannot always (or even often) control events, but we can control how we respond to them. When things happen which dismay or appall, we ought to look to God for His meaning, remembering that He is not taken by surprise, nor can His purposes be thwarted in the end. 
What God...

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The Gift of Giving

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


THE GIFT OF GIVING
"...You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" Acts 20:35b
When I was a boy I enjoyed getting gifts. I remember the night before my birthday I would lie awake all night wondering what I would get. In the morning I would be running all over the house almost bursting with anticipation. When the time finally came to open the presents I would tear into the wrapping paper like...

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Breaking Chains

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


Breaking Chains
Long ago, there was a village blacksmith who boasted of his invincible strength. He proudly declared he could break anyone's chains. When strong steel links were brought to him, he found the weakest link... and easily snapped the metal. 
One day, the blacksmith broke the law and was put into chains. He scoffed at his jailers. Didn't they know his incredible power? 
Carefully he sifted through the links... again and again... unable to find the usual flaw. Then, in horror he...

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The Real Winner

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


The Real Winner
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." Hebrews 12:1-2
Jim Ryun, America's hope at the 1972 Olympic games to win the 1500-meter race, fell just 500 meters short of the finish line in his qualifying race. After a review of the video tape, the Olympic Committee refused to reinstate him even though the video showed he had been fouled.
As a new...

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The Hard Times That Hurt You

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


The Hard Times That Hurt You
Many of the world's greatest dramas are not on a stage or a screen, but they are played out in that quadrennial spectacle we call the Olympics. One year Britain's representative in the 400-meter race, Derek Redmond, went down in the back stretch with a torn right hamstring. As the medical attendants approached, Redmond fought to his feet and set out hopping, desperately trying to finish the race. He knew he wouldn't win, he was...

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The Right Weapon

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


The Right Weapon
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world - they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Aqaba, Jordan, in 1917 seemed impregnable. Any enemy vessel approaching the port would have to face the battery of huge naval guns above the town. The Turks believed Aqaba to be safe from any attack. But they were wrong.
Lawrence of Arabia rallied support among the local people.  On July 6, 1917, the Arab forces swept into Aqaba from the...

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The Ring of Authenticity

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

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The Smallest Gift

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


The Smallest Gift
"...what are they among so many?" (John 6:9) 
Andrew's thinking was a lot like our thinking.  He thought the gift of a small boy's lunch was insufficient for the task of feeding thousands.  Indeed, if it were offered to anyone else other than the Lord, it would have been.  But with the Lord, it was more than enough.
Sometimes the devil deceives us into believing the little we have to offer isn't worth offering.  What a big lie!  Even the...

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Remembering What Really Matters

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


"Remembering What Really Matters"
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! (Luke 12:22-24).
My theory is...

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