Nobody Remembered

Posted Dec 2nd 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Nobody Remembered
"There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man." (Ecclesiastes 9:14-15)
Disaster was averted and lives were spared.
  ...."But nobody remembered that poor man."
Wise words of counsel were given and heeded and lives were blessed innumerably.

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The Daily Encourager - Advent Ebook

Posted Dec 2nd 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"Letters to Our Grandchildren" - Free Advent Devotional Ebook
Once again, my friend and author, Ray Pritchard, has written a special book for the Christmas season entitled, "Letters to Our Grandchildren".
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...

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Posted Nov 28th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

God commanded us to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
After George Washington authorized the first Thanksgiving Day in 1789, 74 years passed without another such day of thanks.  Then Abraham Lincoln established the holiday as an annual event in American life.  His Thanksgiving Proclamation is worth reading again today:
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow,...

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A Thanksgiving Story

Posted Nov 27th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

It was the day before Thanksgiving - the first one my three children and I would be spending without their father, who had left several months before. Now the two older children were very sick with the flu, and the eldest had just been prescribed bed rest for a week.
It was a cool, gray day outside, and a light rain was falling. I grew wearier as I scurried around, trying to care for each child: thermometers, juice, diapers....

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Journal of Gratitude

Posted Nov 26th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Journal Of Gratitude
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100)
Surely goodness...

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The Hand

Posted Nov 25th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Hand
Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment - to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.
Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.
But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind...

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Thank You!

Posted Nov 22nd 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Thank You!
Dear God,:
I want to thank you for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards. 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better, 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me, 
    I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until...

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Thankful for the Thorns

Posted Nov 21st 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

From The Daily Encourager:  Thanksgiving is only one week away.  So beginning today, the next five Daily Encouragers will be some of our most favorite Thanksgving devotionals.  We hope that each one will prepare your heart to be more thankful than ever during this season of Thanksgiving.   
"Thankful For The Thorns"
Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then,...

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Listen to the Quiet

Posted Nov 20th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Listen to the Quiet
When the electricity went out recently, I was impressed with how quiet it was.  We live with continual background noise. Indoors we have the sounds of heating and air-conditioning units, washers and dryers, tv's, computers, telephones, computers, gaming vonsoles, answer machines, stereos, and kids.  Outdoors are leaf-blowers, snow-blowers, trains, airplanes, birds, animals, sirens, cars and cell phones.
We have all kinds of noise inside our heads, too.  Past tapes, what others have said and done, things we have done or told...

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When Human Reasoning Won't Do

Posted Nov 19th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

When Human Reasoning Won't Do
"You shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him." (Deuteronomy 13:4)
When we read a command in the Bible, whether we understand it or not, we ought to obey it. The Bible is not first and foremost a book to be explained, it is a book to be believed and obeyed.
So many times we want to tell God...

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The Chains

Posted Nov 18th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Long ago, there was a village blacksmith who boasted of his invincible strength. He proudly declared he could break anyone's chains. When strong steel links were brought to him, he found the weakest link... and easily snapped the metal.
One day, the blacksmith broke the law and was put into chains. He scoffed at his jailers. Didn't they know his incredible power?
Carefully he sifted through the links... again and again... unable to find the usual flaw. Then, in horror he...

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Serving God, Regardless

Posted Nov 15th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Serving God, Regardless
When you serve God, "regardless" 
     of what others do or think,
     of what you don't have,
     of how you feel 
When you serve God, "regardless", twelve things happen:
   God is honored,
   Jesus is pleased,
   The Spirit is freed,
   Satan is infuriated,
   Enemies are baffled,
   Critics are silenced,
   The church is edified,
   Fellow strugglers are encouraged,
   Outsiders are drawn to Jesus,
   You are strengthened,
   Your reward is great, and
   Your reputation goes through the roof.
Joe McKeever
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Wheelbarrow Faith

Posted Nov 14th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Wheelbarrow Faith
On June 30, 1859, one of the greatest tightrope walkers in history, Charles Blondin, became the first man in history to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Approximately 25,000 people watched him walk a 1,000-foot line suspended above the raging falls without any safety nets. When he safely reached the Canadian side, the crowd cheered with thunderous applause.
On another occasion, he attempted to cross The Falls once again - this time, however, with a wheelbarrow. The crowd gasped...

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Stay Warm, Stay Safe and Stay Close to Jesus

Posted Nov 13th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Stay Warm, Stay Safe, and Stay Close to Jesus
Stay warm, stay safe, and stay close to Jesus.  I ended an email to a friend who lives in an area experiencing and ice storm...
Stay Warm
That is advice for a winter day. Stay warm. If you can, stay inside, by a fire, and with someone you love. For those who have lost their heat, have not home, have not heat, or must work outside in this weather, I am sorry that circumstances...

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The Puppy Who Loves Her Enemy

Posted Nov 12th 2019, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Puppy Who Loves Her Enemy
My five-year-old Shih Tzu, Mamie, is the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. She's easy-going, gentle, never upset. She loves to snuggle and eat jerky. She's content in any situation but loves riding in a car with her head out the window better than almost anything. It took her years to master sneaking like a spy, but she can do it now. Sorta. Mamie is practically perfect in every way except the ability to roll over...

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