“The Need For A Refreshing Spirit”

“He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25). “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints” (Philemon 1:7).

Message summary: Today you have a choice; will you be an up button or a down button?

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“A Prayer Of Caution Regarding Backsliding”

Father, if we search our hearts we too will cry out with Jeremiah, “Our sins testify against us”. Our behavior reflects the inner desires of our hearts and all too often it does not reveal God-like character. Help us to heed the warnings of Scripture regarding backsliding, to listen to the Spirit at work within us showing us the way to keep walking the paths of righteousness. Worthless pursuits, straying affections, or wasteful energy can so easily lead us astray from the narrow path laid out before us. We want to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness so that we will honor and glorify Your name in that which we do and that which we think upon. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“The Enduring City”

“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). “If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:15,16). “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).

Message summary: One day we will be transferred to our eternal home. May we always look for the city that is to come!

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“Concern For The City”

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me'” (Jonah 1:1,2)  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you” (Jonah 3:1). “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11).

Message summary: Today we urge each reader to take up the burdens of the hurting world, especially the cities, around us and live a life expressing in many ways, including our prayers, that also proclaims, “I am concerned!”

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2023-03-22.htm

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“Name Above All Names”

Central Park, California City, CA

Central Park, California City, CA Photo by Steve Ephraim

“Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch” (Genesis 4:17). “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4).

Message summary: Our spiritual challenge today is the ancient peril of trying to make a name for ourselves. Our supreme goal in life is to honor and extol the Name above all names!

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2023-03-21.htm

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“May Jesus Christ Be Praised!”

Lancaster County farm scene

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
(Photo by Nick Nichols)

“They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy” (Psalm 65:8). “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised”  (Psalms 113:3).

Message summary: We have many choices today. Some are relatively inconsequential, others are very important. The most important choice we make is to love and serve God. And one way we can do that is by joining millions of our redeemed brothers and sisters on this earth in praising the name of the Lord!

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2023-03-20.htm

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“O But God”

Ephesians 2:4,5

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:4-10).

Message summary: Today’s message has bad news and good news, separated by a “but”.

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2023-03-17.htm

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“We All, Like Sheep, Have Gone Astray”

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).

Message summary: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray”. Have you returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul?

Read entire message: https://www.dailyencouragement.net/archives/2023-03-16.htm

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