“As The Deer”

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1,2).

Note: Today we are going up to New England for a week, visiting in New Hampshire and Maine. Our expected highlights will be a train trip to the top of Mount Washington on the Cog Railway. Stephen will be returning home next Wednesday and Brooksyne will be going to Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit her family the following week. We do not expect to post messages while we are away.

Message summary: Today we consider an illustration from the panting deer.

Read message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-21.htm

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“When Our House Is Torn Down”

“For we know that if our earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Message summary: When this house is torn down our future house is described as “a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens“.

Read message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-20.htm

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“The Smell Of Fire”

“They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them” (Daniel 3:27).

Message summary: Today we will consider “the smell of fire” and God’s continual faithful presence

Read message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-19.htm

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“Hope-inspired Endurance”

“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

Message summary: May these qualities, for which Paul commended the Thessalonians, also be true in each of our lives!

Read entire message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-16.htm

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“Open Doors, Closed Doors”

“‘Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.’ So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias. And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles” (Acts 1:21-26).

Message summary: Ultimately it’s God who opens and closes doors. What peace that brings to the quivering heart! Let us all keep serving God in whatever door He opens and trust that He knows best when a door is closed.

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-15.htm

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“The Good Soil” (Part 2)

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and virtuous heart, and hold it firmly, and produce fruit with perseverance” (Luke 8:15).

Message summary: Today we consider the characteristics of the good soil which is likened to the human heart that is receptive to the seed of God’s Word. Lord let my heart be good soil!

Read entire message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-14.htm

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“The Good Soil” (Part 1)

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and virtuous heart, and hold it firmly, and produce fruit with perseverance” (Luke 8:15).

Message summary: Good soil is a blessing in agriculture, home gardening, and in the heart that hears the Word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit. Lord Let My Heart Be Good Soil!

Read entire message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-13.htm

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“Not Many Of Noble Birth”

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth” (1 Corinthians 1:26). “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).

Message summary: Paul asked the Corinthians to “Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.” We have a feeling that this describes most people reading this!

Read entire message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-12.htm

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“A Lesson From The Sunflower”

“But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:15-17).

Message summary: In our lives we all need to turn or orient ourself to the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Read entire message here: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2022-09-09.htm

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“Mansion Builder”

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Message summary: Fellow believer, wherever you live, whatever you’re going through; stay faithful to the Mansion Builder, for the Mansion Builder is ever faithful to us. “Do not throw away your confidence, for it will be richly rewarded” (Hebrews 10:35).

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