The Depth and Width of Your Calling

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

The Depth and Width of Your Calling
"If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer." - 2 Corinthians 1:6
"God must love you a lot! He doesn't allow someone to go through the kinds of adversity you have experienced unless He has a special calling on your life." Those were the words said to me by two different...

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A Prayer For My Words

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

A Prayer For My Words
In Psalm 141:3 the Psalmist writes,
   "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." (NIV)
   "Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips." (NLT)
   "Help me to guard my words whenever I say something." (CEV)
Father, put a guard over my mouth when I am about to say something I should not say. Whether it is a word that is untrue, a word that is...

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Expectant Prayer

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

Expectant Prayer 
We all have something to learn from this young girl.  
As a drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do. Rain was important to keep their crops healthy and sustain the townspeople's way of life. 
As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to ask for rain.
Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked...

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Rules From God

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

1. Wake Up !!
        Decide to have a good day
        "This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalms 118:24)
2. Dress Up !!
        The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
        "Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7)
3. Shut Up!!

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The Good News in Chinese

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

The Good News in Chinese
Chinese is a language where pictograms are used to represent words. The Chinese word for "holy" is a pictogram with three symbols representing "ear", "mouth", and "king".  The word "holy" in Chinese literally means "putting your ear next to the mouth of the king".
When I first read that, I thought, "Wow!"  Being holy isn't about cutting or not cutting your hair in a certain way, wearing particular kinds of clothes, or performing various rituals.  Being holy is simply...

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Crucified With Christ

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

"Crucified With Christ"
The greatest struggle in the Christian's life is a control issue. We want Jesus to be Lord, but we don't want to lose control of our lives. We want to "call the shots". Jesus is Lord - but only conditionally. That is, He is Lord as long as His will and direction agree with what we want.  As someone once said, "the problem with a live sacrifice is that it continually climbs off the altar." This is the crux of...

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The R A C E

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

For several weeks recently I spent a lot of time in the hospital where my son was being treated.  One day as I was walking through the halls to get yet another cup of coffee, I noticed on a wall a glass case with a fire extinguisher inside.  Across the front of the case were 4 large letters...  R   A   C   E.  That seemed a bit odd so I decided to delay my mission and read...

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Look Who's Here

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

Don't you think that Moses, after a discouraging day, may have pulled open his tent flap to see the pillar of fire high in the sky and said,
       "Everything's fine. LOOK WHO'S HERE."
And what about Daniel, charter member of the Lion's Club. He laid his head on the mane of a lion and said,
       "I'm not afraid. LOOK WHO'S HERE."
King Nebuchadnezzar had those three fellas thrown in the fire but when he looked down...

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Unless I See

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

Unless I See
It had been three long and difficult days when Thomas' friends came to him with the farfetched story that they had been to the tomb where Jesus had been buried, and it was empty. "His body is gone!".  He would not believe it.
"I don't care if you call me "Doubting Thomas" for the rest of my life, or until the end of time for that matter, unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my...

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Keeper of the Spring

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

The late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of "The keeper of the spring," a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps.
The old gentleman had been hired many years ago by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices...

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

"In those times I can't seem to find God,
I rest in the assurance that He knows how to find me."
Neva Coyle
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He Can Heal the Hurt

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

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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The Perfect Mistake

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

The Perfect Mistake
My mother's father worked as a carpenter.  On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to orphanages in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what had happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen in one of the crates, which he had nailed shut.

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

In her book, "A Closer Walk", Catherine Marshall writes: "One morning last week He gave me an assignment - for one day I was to go on a 'fast' from criticism. I was not to criticize anybody about anything. For the first half of the day, I simply felt a void, almost as if I had been wiped out as a person.
This was especially true at lunch... I listened to the others and kept silent... In our talkative family no one seemed...

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The Search For an Honest Man

Posted Sep 7th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

I love this story which reportedly came from Sports Illustrated:  The game was played in Wellington, Florida.  In it, a seven-year-old first baseman, Tanner Munsey, fielded a ground ball and tried to tag a runner going from first to second base.
The umpire, Laura Benson, called the runner out, but young Tanner immediately ran to her side and said, "Ma'am, I didn't tag the runner."  Umpire Benson reversed herself, sent the runner to second base, and...

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