The Biology of Tears

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


The Biology of Tears 
"Jesus wept." - John 11:35
We know, from personal experience, that people cry for all sorts of reasons.  Sometimes we weep because we feel sorry for ourselves, but we also cry out of sympathy for others.  We cry when we grieve a loss but we also cry tears of joy and weep in victory.  Small wonder then, why researchers are at a loss to explain why we cry.  Scientists can tell us, however, that the tears we secrete...

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When Life Is Less Than Perfect

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


When Life is Less Than Perfect
Every life has difficulties. It may be a difficult marriage, chronic pain, depression, painful childhood memories, past mistakes, or emotional pain. Maybe you have begged God to take it away, but it's still there.
One thing is true: God has the power to change your circumstances - so it is acceptable to ask Him to do just that. Paul asked the Lord three times to take away his thorn in the flesh. Christ prayed the night...

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Strike Three and You're In

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


Strike Three and You're In
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14)
Motivational speakers ask the question, "What would you like to do if you knew for certain that you couldn't fail?" Good question. I'm sure that many a life's dream, hope, and/or ambition is lost because of the fear of failure.
Perhaps...

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Take Grace Off the Shelf

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


Take Grace Off the Shelf
"As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain." - 2 Corinthians 6:1
 
It was in a recent Bible Study that we stumbled across this verse, and in typical fashion for our group, spent several minutes discussing the message that was embedded in these few short words.  At the heart of our discussion was the question 'What does it mean to take God's grace in vain?'
Answers varied around the table.  However, most all...

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I AM!

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


I AM
When the enemy comes to us with discouraging thoughts and encourages us to quit our work for the Lord, it is very important that we renew our mind and speak the Word of God out loud so the enemy can hear it. The enemy has tried to discourage me many times and let me tell you, that's when I stand firm and speak the Scriptures, and those thoughts flee from me faster than when they entered my mind.
 
Be encouraged...

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It Seems To Be Taking Forever

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


It Seems To Be Taking Forever
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
 
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
 
A sort of "mini-crash" is what I termed it.  After an unknown computer error, the address book contacts, names and...

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Details

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


Details   
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:30,31)
 
While I was talking with someone the other day, she mentioned something going on in her life. I asked if she'd prayed about it.  She replied no, she didn't think God was concerned about something that small.  She went on to say she prays about the important things but not anything as small as this. I could...

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The Parable of the Tea Cup

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


The Parable of the Tea Cup
There was a couple who went to England to shop in a beautiful antique store. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially tea cups. On a trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary they found an exceptional cup. They asked "May we see that cup? We've never seen a tea cup quite so beautiful."
As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the tea cup spoke, "You don't understand." the cup said, "I have not...

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When the Wind Blows

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


When The Wind Blows
Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the ocean, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.  Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.
"Are you a good farm hand?" the...

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Night Shift

Posted May 10th, 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 Daily Encourager

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


"The Daily Encourager"
Dear Friends,
We are away from the US and our current internet connection is not allowing us to post the Daily Encourager from this location.  We hope to begin sending “The Daily  Encourager” once again upon our return next Wednesday, May 9.  We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to sharing an uplifting message with you next Wednesday. 
God's Blessing
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Hearing God on the Job

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


Hearing God on the Job
 
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong" (1 Corinthians 1:26-27).
 
God is raising up a new kind of workplace believer who is experiencing the power of God in their daily work life. My friend, Emeka Nywankpa, was a barrister (lawyer) in Nigeria. Emeka spoke at a conference a few years ago on the subject of how the spiritual impacts...

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Praying For Others

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


Praying For Others
A hospital chaplain visited a delightful old lady in the hospital. As he approached her bed, he noticed that with the index finger of one hand she was touching, one by one, the fingers of the other, with her eyes closed.  When the chaplain spoke to her she opened her eyes and said, "Oh, chaplain, I was just saying my prayers - the prayers my grandmother taught me many years ago."
The chaplain looked puzzled, so she went on...

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Pit Crew Heroes

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


PIT CREW HEROES
"May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains," (2 Timothy 1:16)
One of our ministry team is a pretty enthusiastic NASCAR fan. If you're into that sport, then you know that for many years, Jeff Gordon was one of the best in the business.
Several years ago, there was documentary about his pit crew.  When they interviewed the head of his pit crew (who, by the way,...

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Prop Me Up On My Leaning Side

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


Another one of our favorite Daily Encouragers...
Prop Me Up On My Leaning Side!
 
Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old deacon who always prayed, "Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side."   After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he  prayed that prayer so fervently.
 
He answered, "Well sir, you see, it's like this....I got an old barn out back.  It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through...

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