Taste Test

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Taste Test     
 
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:8
We pulled into a packed parking lot and looked for a slot. This particular turnpike stop had an eye-catching fruit stand out front. The salesperson encouraged me as she held out a plate of samples, "Take a taste; they're so juicy!"
I didn't need much pressuring. They looked beautiful, now for the taste test. They were as delicious as they...

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The Daily Encourager

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


Editor's Note: The Daily Encourager will not be posted this week while we work on some technical issues, but will return again next Monday. 
"A Simple Prayer"
Today,
For what I am that I ought not to be,
Forgive me.
For what I am not that I ought to be,
Forgive me.
Be with my mouth in what it speaks
Be with my hands in what they do
Be with my mind in what it thinks
Be with my heart in what it feels
Work in me
...through me
...for me
...in spite...

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I Was Here When Nobody Else Was

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


I Was Here When Nobody Else Was
At one time, the Sydney Swans were the joke of the Australian Rules football league. They had the worst record, the worst players, the worst coach, and the worst fans. Most of their home games were played in front of empty seats.
But a strange thing happened. The team got a new coach and a few new players, and started winning. Before long, the team that had been the laughing-stock of the league was a...

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Affirmation vs Approval

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


Approval Versus Affirmation
"I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)
I recall exactly where I was standing some years ago when an extremely simple, yet profound truth suddenly dawned on me as I said to myself, "The reason I felt empty inside is because I am."   Like thousands of other kids, I grew up suffering from love-deprivation, and for a big part of my life, I worked tirelessly to gain approval, not realizing that I was substituting this for the...

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Proving Them Wrong

Posted Oct 13th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

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The Debt

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

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Master of Solutions

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


MASTER OF SOLUTIONS
"There are no problems, only solutions."
Without a doubt, this has been the most difficult few years of my life.  A small crisis within our home has pierced our otherwise comfortable existence, and yet, even in the turmoil, light has overcome darkness.
During the onset of our struggle I was angry, frustrated and felt overwhelmed.  "Why us, God?  Why us?"  I would ask, and although my answer did not come as immediately as I would have preferred, the Lord did...

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Five Ways God Uses Problems

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


Five Ways God Uses Problems
Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you - depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
1. God uses problems...

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Weary of Waiting

Posted Oct 7th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


WEARY OF WAITING
"Now when the people saw that Moses was delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." (Exodus 32:1)
Archibald Rutledge wrote that one day he met a man whose dog had just been killed in a forest...

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The Place of Nothingness

Posted Oct 6th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

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God's Deliverance

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


God's Deliverance
"He delivered us...
    He will deliver us...
        He will continue to deliver us..." (2 Corinthians 1:10)
I quit!
I've tried my best to live
    as God expects me to,
    as my family expects me to...
I want to do the best, but I always fail.
I give up!
There's no use trying!
I just fail...
I?
"Rely not on yourselves, but on God...
    He delivered us,
        He will deliver us,
            He will continue to deliver us..."
Again and again and again,
    like food,
    like...

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You Have Circled This Mountain Long Enough

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


You Have Circled This Mountain Long Enough
"You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north." (Deuteronomy 2:3)
Will the last three months of 2021 be any different than the first nine months?  Will you continue to "press on" in your faith or will you continue to wallow in self-pity or live in the Land of "What If" or the Land of "If Only" or the Land of "What Could Have Been"?  Will you focus on what lies ahead or will you...

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The Actor

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


THE ACTOR
There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-man shows of readings and recitations from the classics.  He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23.
Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation -- "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want"... the crowd would listen attentively.  Then, at the conclusion of the Psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor's incredible ability to...

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You Need My Prayers

Posted Sep 30th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


One of my favorite devotionals by my friend Joe McKeever.  It's always worth sharing one more time...
You Need My Prayers and I Need The Exercise
Last night, I spoke about Samuel's great statement of the responsibility of praying for the people in our lives. He said, "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you." That's I Samuel 12:23. The outline of the message went like this…
1.   "I pray."...

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Freefalling

Posted Sep 30th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration


Freefalling
With my heart pounding in my throat and my adrenaline on supercharge, I crawled out the door of the small Cessna airplane and balanced precariously on a small step. This was it, there was no going back. I spread my arms and legs out into the arch position and let go.
As I tumbled through the air, I could see the plane departing in the distance. I looked up and saw that my chute had tangled on deployment. For a moment,...

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