Light and Momentary - Yeah... Right!

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


"Light and Momentary? - Yeah, Right!"
Life is crushing in all around you. You are crying out with the Psalmist David; “How long, Oh Lord. How long must I wait for an answer, for rescue, for release?”  And then, while reading in 2 Corinthians, the words, “light and momentary troubles” (4:17) leap off the page.
You want to scream; “Yeah, Right! How dare someone consider what I am going through as light and momentary? How dare someone treat what I am going...

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Never Discouraged

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


Never Discouraged
Imagine that I dump 10,000 plastic eggs in your back yard.  I assure you that inside one of those hollow eggs is a check for $1 Million dollars with your name on it.  Would you get discouraged if you opened the first 100 eggs without finding the check?  How about the first 1000 eggs?  Of course not!  You'd just keep opening those eggs, just waiting for the moment when you'd find the check.
Paul knew the meaning of the word...

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Spiritual Assassins

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


Spiritual Assassins
In Ephesians 6:11, the apostle Paul instructs the Saints of God to do the following: "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (NKJV). Interestingly enough, the New International Version says, "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes."
As New Testament believers, we know that satan (our enemy) desires to destroy our lives and keep us from...

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"More Christian Than Baseball Player"

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


"More Christian Than Baseball Player"
The 2019 World Series started last night, pitting the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals. While there are many storylines worth following with the series, the play of Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is among the most interesting.
Rendon is coming off the best season of his career and is one of the leading candidates for MVP. Despite his play, though, his team had one of the toughest paths to get to this point.
They began the playoffs...

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Gilbert's Prayer

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


Gilbert's Prayer
 
My son Gilbert was eight years old and had been in Cub Scouts only a short time. During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return home and give all to "dad".
That was not an easy task for Gilbert to do. Dad was not receptive to doing things with his son. But Gilbert tried. Dad read the paper and scoffed at the idea of making...

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Castles in the Sand

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


Castles in the Sand
 
"Do not store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."  (Matthew 6:19, 21)
Before the sun was up too high and it would be hotter than blue blazes, my granddaughter and I ventured down to the beach.
Right away we noticed a beautiful sandcastle! It had survived the night somehow. Even though it...

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Advance Notice

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


God Has Given Us Advance Notice
Frequently God doesn't make sense. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for what is going on. Circumstances just don't seem to be squaring up with what we know about God. We become frustrated, taste bitterness, begin to doubt, experience confusion and feelings of helplessness and defeat.  That should come as no surprise. God has already given us advance notice. "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord...

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Blind To Our Sin

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


BLIND TO OUR SIN
The following is a true story (though the details tend to vary slightly according to which source you use.)
Back in 1893, there was a group of four sisters in Iowa. They called themselves the Cherry Sisters and made their stage debut in Cedar Rapids in a skit they wrote themselves.  It was terrible.  But, for three years, the Cherry Sisters performed to packed theaters throughout the Midwest.  People came to see them to find out if they were as bad...

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A Muddy Path

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


 
Muddy Path
 
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."  (Numbers 6:24-26)
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.   (Psalm 67:1)
What a perfect day for a fall hike.  We were excited to get outdoors in crisp air and bright sunshine. The path was just wide enough to have been...

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A Place of Peace

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


A Place of Peace
Jesus was preparing his disciples for tough times. He was about to ascend to the Father and they would be on their own -- left to find their way through this world alone. And yet, they would not be alone. For He Himself would be with them as the Comforter, the Counselor, the Holy Spirit.
In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan battled for an entire year to find a passage around South America. There at the very tip of the...

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The Motive Is Everything

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


“The Motive Is Everything”
Jonathan Edwards, one of America's greatest theologians and one of the catalysts of the of the First Great Awakening, lived by two resolutions above all others:
    Resolution One: I will live for God.
    Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
In The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer issued this invitation:
“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is...

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Night Shift

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


Night Shift
"Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion." (Psalm 134:1-3)
Years ago when I was attending seminary, I worked the night shift on occasion. It paid a little more money than the day shift, but I was a bit lonely. If you've ever had to...

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The Greatest Mathematical Puzzle in History

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


The Greatest Mathematical Puzzle in History
Moses and the people were in the desert - but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. 
According to the Quartermaster General of the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each a mile long,...

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God's Timing

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


God's Timing
In the fall of 2011, our Medical Mission Team was heading to the airport, fully loaded with twenty extra suitcases full of medicine, ready for a week of Medical Missions in Ecuador.
However, in transit, we received a distressing call from our missionary. Ecuadorian customs had changed their regulations. All the forms and authorization papers we had from the Ecuadorian Consulate were not enough.  We needed more forms and there just wasn't enough time to process all of them.
Deeply disappointed, we unloaded...

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Spiritual Warfare

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


Spiritual Warfare
 
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
 
Billy Graham tells a story of a boxer who was engaged in a boxing match and was being badly beaten.  Battered and bruised, he leaned over the ropes and said to his trainer, "Please throw in the towel!  This guy is killing me!" 
The trainer said, "Oh no, he's not.  He's not...

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