Our Favorite Father's Day Story: "The Winner"

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

Our Favorite Father's Day Story...
"The Winner"
I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game - a serious game - two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents. I didn't know any of them, so I was able to enjoy the game without the distraction of being anxious about winning or losing - I wished the parents and coaches could have done the same.
The teams were...

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A Godly Example For Father's Day

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

A Godly Example for Father's Day
Summer was here. For Craig, that meant he'd be going on an annual camping trip with his Grandpa and his cousin Scottie. Craig loved spending the summers at his grandparents' farm. But the annual campout was the highlight of his year. He was all packed - couldn't wait to go.
Craig sat anxiously on the old porch swing, waiting for Grandpa to pull up in his beat-up jeep. He noticed a few clouds in the darkening sky....

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The Father Won't Let Go

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

Father's Day: The Father Won't Let Go
John 10:28  ". . . neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.  In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out of the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.  He flew into the water, not realizing...

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The Father's Heart

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

"So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and was filled with
compassion for him; he ran to his son,
threw his arms around him and kissed him."
(Luke 15:20 - The Prodigal Son)
While he was still a long way off...
The father knew the son's heart!
He didn't say,
"Here comes that scoundrel...
What does he expect from me? A loan?"
Perhaps we are a long way off
     from being what God...

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

"But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  (Romans 5:8)
The story is told about a young man who received a ticket for a speeding violation. As he stood before the judge, the judge found himself in a dilemma because he knew the young man didn't have any money to pay the fine and he didn't want to send him to jail.  However, the judge had to fine the young man...

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Cast Out the Net

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

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Avoiding the Gibeonite Ruse

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

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God's Thermal of Encouragement

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

God's Thermal of Encouragement
Many of us have experienced that low Spiritual valley where we thought the sun would never shine again. Some were sent quickly into the valley by a very specific event; others drifted slowly to the bottom and can't say by what path they arrived. In either case, we wandered in this gloom until something began to lift us to new heights.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired...

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What Are You Willing to Commit?

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

The story is told of a man in a fancy restaurant who started to choke on a bone. A doctor rushed over, identified himself as a doctor, and reassured the man that he was going to be all right. He performed the Heimlich Maneuver and the bone popped out.
As the man's breath and voice returned he said, "I'm ever so grateful, doctor, how can I ever repay you?"
The doctor smiled and said, "I'll settle for...

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I Will Never Leave You

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

I Will Never Leave You
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
In my counseling training I was advised to tell the client, especially in marriage counseling, to avoid the words "always" and "never."  
         "You always say..."   
         "You never do..."   
Use of those words creates a "no-win" situation. If you think, say or feel that a person "always" and/or "never" does a certain thing, there is not much room for grace, and...

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Living By Faith

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

Living By Faith or Giving Into Doubt
Do you know for certain God is working on your behalf, or do you merely hope He is helping you? Are you walking in the confident conviction the Lord will do as He's promised, or are you worrying about the difficulties you face?
Each day, you and I have a choice to make: Will we live by faith or succumb to doubt? How we answer this question will shape how we view our circumstances and...

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Forgive and Forget

Posted Jun 4th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was reminded one day of a vicious deed that someone had done to her years before. But she acted as if she had never even heard of the incident. "Don't you remember it?" her friend asked. "No," came Barton's reply, "I distinctly remember forgetting it."
General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, "I never forgive and I never forget."   To which Wesley replied, "Then, Sir, I hope you never sin."

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Three Ways to Change a Life

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

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Scary Leap of Faith

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

Scary Leap of Faith
"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deuteronomy 33:27a) 
Brennan Manning in his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, tells about a child caught on the second floor of his house when it was on fire. The family members were all running out of the house when the smallest boy panicked and ran back upstairs.
Terrified, he screamed from a smoke-filled window. Below, his father could see him and cried out, "Jump, son, jump! I'll catch...

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How to Walk Through Life's Hot Spots

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

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