My First Christmas in Heaven

Posted Dec 15th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

My First Christmas In Heaven
I see countless Christmas trees
Around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars
Reflecting in the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away the tear.
For I am spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
That people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can't compare
With the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you,
The joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description
To hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,

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Will the Christ Child Come?

Posted Dec 14th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Will The Christ Child Come?
Halfway through December we were doing the regular evening things when there was a knock at the door. We opened it to find a small package with a beautiful ceramic lamb inside. We looked at the calendar and realized that the 12 days of Christmas were beginning!! We waiting excitedly for the next night's surprise and only then, with the gift of a matching shepherd, did we realized that the lamb was part of a nativity...

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What Are You Looking For?

Posted Dec 13th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

What Are You Looking For?
One blustery winter day a few years ago Lois and I were purring along in our car. We were listening to Christmas music on our way to do some shopping. It was a few days before Christmas. We were thinking about how good God had been to us. We were in good health. We had eight children who love us. We had fulfilling ministry. So many blessings. Our hearts were full and happy. Things were close...

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Our Greatest Need

Posted Dec 12th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"Our Greatest Need"
If our greatest need had been information,
   ...God would have sent us an educator;
If our greatest need had been technology,
   ...God would have sent us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money,
   ...God would have sent us an economist;
If our greatest need had been pleasure,
   ...God would have sent us an entertainer;
But our greatest need was forgiveness,
   ...So God sent us a Savior.
"One Solitary Life"
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew...

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The Christmas Invitation

Posted Dec 11th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

It was the biggest night of the year in a little town called Cornwall. It was the night of the annual Christmas pageant. It's an especially big deal for the children in town -- they get to try out for the roles in the Christmas story. Everybody wants a part.
Which leads us to the problem of Harold. Harold really wanted to be in the play, too, but he was - well, he was kind of a slow and...

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Shopping For Love

Posted Dec 10th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Shopping For Love
I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time.  But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect.  I've said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself.
I also want to exchange a carton of self righteousness for an equal amount of humility. I hear that it is less expensive and wears well, and while I'm at it I'm going to check on tolerance...

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A Christmas to Remember

Posted Dec 7th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

A Christmas To Remember
This is a first-person account from a mother about her family as they ate dinner on Christmas Day in a small restaurant many miles from their home. Nancy, the mother, relates...
We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there." He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were...

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A Christmas Alphabet

Posted Dec 6th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

A is for Angels, appearing so bright,
Telling of Jesus, that first Christmas night.
B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old,
Birthplace of Jesus, by prophets foretold.
C is for Cattle, their manger His bed,
There in the stable, where He laid His head.
D is for David and his ancient throne
Promised forever, to Jesus alone.
E is for East, where shone the bright star
Which Magi, on camels, followed from afar.
F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold,
Brought by the Wise Men, as Matthew has told.

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Christmas IQ Quiz

Posted Dec 5th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Do you know the Biblical story of Jesus' birth?  Do you know what's "really" in the scriptures, or have you "assumed" some things about the story from all the Christmas stories you've read.  Take the following IQ Quiz.  See how well you do.  Check out the scripture verses at the end of each question and then check the answers at the end of the quiz.  You might be surprised by what's actually in the Bible (or what's not in the Bible!). ...

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Why Bethlehem?

Posted Dec 4th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

I've been to Bethlehem. It's fairly indistinguishable from many other Judean towns, except for the Church of the Nativity built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth. Bethlehem is located on a ridge some 2500 feet above sea level, and five or six miles southwest of Jerusalem. Why, with all the grand locations in the world to choose from, did God choose for His Son to be born in Bethlehem? I can think of three good...

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He Became One of Us

Posted Dec 3rd 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

On February 15, 1921, there was a doctor who performed an appendectomy. The doctor performing the surgery was Dr. Evan Kane who over his 37-year medical career had performed nearly 4,000 appendectomies, so this surgery was not at all unusual except for two things.
First of all, this was the first time that local anesthesia had ever been used in major surgery. Dr. Kane believed that local anesthesia was safer than putting a patient completely to sleep....

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The Diamond

Posted Dec 1st 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Diamond
Harry Winston, a famous diamond broker, was excited. And so was the crowd that had gathered around him. He had just purchased one of the most famous diamonds in the world. And he expected it to be delivered at any moment!
In the crowd were friends and news reporters and curious onlookers, all anxious for the first glimpse of the famous stone. While they waited, Mr. Winston entertained them with stories from the diamond's past history. The crowd buzzed with...

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I Almost Missed a Christmas Miracle

Posted Nov 30th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"I Almost Missed A Christmas Miracle"
Bethlehem, 2000 - The excitement was building. We were standing in the Shepherd's Fields just outside of Bethlehem. We were ready to go into the Shepherd's Caves and sing Christmas Carols.  Some members of the tour group had done it with me on previous trips. For others, it was their first time - but everyone was excited. Bethlehem... Christmas Carols... Shepherd's Caves... Who wouldn't be excited?
We had always done it. We had always sung carols...

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Christmas Promises

Posted Nov 29th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"Christmas Promises" - Free Advent Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Christmas Promises”. 
This ebook is completely free to the readers of The Daily Encourager.  All you need to do is to go to the following website and download a copy in the format of your choice - Kindle (Mobi), Nook (Epub), and PDF formats.  (If you're unsure, use the PDF format.  Almost every computer will automatically open a PDF file.)

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Christmas Love

Posted Nov 28th 2018, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Christmas Stories, Poems and Devotionals
Beginning today, we will be sharing our favorite Christmas stories, poems and devotionals with you from now until Christmas Day.  Some are new.  Some we have shared before numerous times.  These are just a few of our favorites.  We will even post some on Saturdays this year in order to share them all. (We normally only post them on weekdays)   Most importantly, each of them will always point to Christ, the true and one and only "Reason for the Season". 
We begin today...

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