Easter Classic - We Become His Son

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


Easter Classic - We Become His Son
There is a story that comes out of the Bedouin culture.  "Bedouin" is the Aramaic name for "desert dwellers."  These people live much as the characters of the Old Testament did.  During a heated argument, according to this story, a young Bedouin struck and killed a friend of his.  Knowing the ancient, inflexible customs of his people, the young man fled, running across the desert under the cover of darkness, seeking safety.
He went to...

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The Story of the Three Trees

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


THE STORY OF THE THREE TREES
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail...

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The Empty Egg

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


The Empty Egg
Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12, he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.
One day...

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All I Know For Sure

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


All I Know for Sure
"A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. 'Give glory to God by telling the truth,' they said. 'We know this man is a sinner.'  He replied, 'Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'” (John 9:24-25)
Before you read the next sentence, stop and close your eyes for thirty seconds.
What did you see? Maybe nothing? Perhaps total darkness?
Now, try...

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Forgiveness

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


 
I once read about a very bitter man who was sick in soul, mind, and body.  He was in the hospital in wretched condition, not because his body had been invaded by a virus or infected with some germ, but because his anger and contempt had poisoned his soul.
One day, when he was at his lowest, he said to his nurse, "Won't you give me something to end it all?"  Much to the man's surprise, the nurse said, "All right....

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I Want to be Obed-Edom

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


I WANT TO BE OBED-EDOM
"David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, 'How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?'  He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David.  Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire...

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A Childlike Amazement

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


A CHILDLIKE AMAZEMENT
   
"And He said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matthew 18:3)
Wen my daughter was four years old, we read about young Samuel. While discussing this story, my daughter showed me the excited faith God calls us to maintain. Perhaps her faith could teach us all...
As a young boy, Samuel was ministering with an old priest named Eli. One night God called to Samuel, but...

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The Price Has Been Paid

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


The Price Has Been Paid
Today I was walking in the supermarket and suddenly I heard a noise of things breaking. I turned down an aisle and saw a group of people staring at an older lady who had hit a shelf containing plates and glasses with her cart. Many had fallen to the ground and broken. Kneeling on the floor embarrassed, the lady was frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband peeled off each bar code saying: "We...

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The Bundle

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


The Bundle
I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in a year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's stick all over again today,...

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Sharing Her Grandpa

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


Sharing Her Grandpa
Avery's elementary school hosted a Grandparents Day recently, and her Grandpa was able to arrange his day to be there. Avery was pleased. And her proud grandfather was looking forward to sharing a special event.
Things ran about as you would have expected. With all the grandparents seated in the bleachers, boys and girls began parading onto the gym floor. Various classes were introduced. People were thanked for helping. And the children were given permission to go sit with...

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Seek Ye First

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


Seek Ye First
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33
If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will, in the end, make no difference what you have chosen instead.
― William Law
 
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I Am the Door

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


I Am The Door
George Adam Smith, the 19th century biblical scholar, tells of traveling one day in the Holy Land and coming across a shepherd and his sheep. He fell into conversation with him and the man showed him the "fold" into which the sheep were led at night. It consisted of four walls, with a way in.  Smith asked him, "This is where they go at night?"
"Yes," said the shepherd, "and when they are in there, they are perfectly...

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Simple Trust

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


Simple Trust
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7)
"God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." (Isaiah 12:2)
Recently, I took some neighbor kids to the pool. The six-year-old twins showed absolutely no fear in the water, especially because they've trusted a few adults to hold them and teach them. I was...

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Real or Fake

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


Real or Fake
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect - if that were possible. (Mark 13:22, Matthew 24:24)
My sister is quite a gardening enthusiast. She loves more than anything to be out in her yard, digging in the dirt, trimming, weeding, planting, transplanting. Poison ivy gets her if she isn't careful, but several bouts haven't stopped her from her favorite pastime. 
In spring, when we were visiting, she couldn't wait to...

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No Condemnation!

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


NO CONDEMNATION!!!
"...There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  Romans 8:1
Stop condemning yourself!  God says, 'I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins' (Isaiah 43:25).
When God says He forgets your sin and you insist on remembering it, it's like saying your standards are higher than His. That's akin to idolatry! The Bible says, "...God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32). In the Old Testament...

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