Author Archives: Charles Earl Harrel

About Charles Earl Harrel

Christian writer and author. I write inspirational stories, articles, and devotionals for books and periodicals.

When Not To Give Up

I love this post by Beth Olson. Great encouragement! I especially liked the photo of the little knight battling a large and overwhelming, stomping foot. A winnable battle when we trust in Christ.

Beth L. Olson

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There will be days when you will want to give up. There will be times when no matter how much of an optimist you may be, you will come to the end of yourself.

There will be swirling accusations and confusion. Your head will feel foggy and you will wonder why on earth you ever thought it was a good idea to start down this path.

This is all a part of the process. This is the battle that qualifies you for where you are going. God is building you for your future.

When you get to the moment where it feels like something breaks inside of you and you are ready to let go of your dream, don’t let go. The breakthrough is right around the corner.

Remember that guy who gave up? Yeah, neither does anyone else.

When David went out to fight Goliath, he didn’t just go…

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Opportunities to Minister

Opportunities to Minister 

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials . . . “Why are your faces so sad today?” (Genesis 40:6, 7).

Scripture: Genesis 40:1–8
Song: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (by Joseph M. Scriven)

While her brother rested, Lonora wandered out into the waiting area at Portland VA Medical Center, looking for a quiet place to sort out her thoughts. Anguish filled her heart. Her brother, Ken, lay nearby in the critical care unit. Just weeks before, her other brother had died tragically.

Lonora located a vacant seat and sat down. She needed solitude. Instead, she heard loud, crude remarks being directed at an already distraught woman. Like Lonora, this woman was deeply concerned about a loved one. Comments from insensitive relatives had only made the situation worse. Moved by compassion, Lonora approached her. She spoke words of comfort, offered a short prayer, and then gave her a tender hug. The embrace released tears of healing for both women.

In today’s passage Joseph encounters jailed servants who had offended Pharaoh. Thankfully for them, providence had placed Joseph in the same jail to offer encouragement. And God will put needful people in our paths as well. Discouraging circumstances provide the perfect opportunity for ministry.

Spirit of the Living God, many people today face difficulties in their lives. Please lead me to those who need Your encouragement. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

“Opportunities to Minister” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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In Whom the Spirit Dwells

In Whom the Spirit Dwells  

Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38).

Scripture: Genesis 41:37–46, 50–52
Song: “By My Spirit” (by Almeda Herrick)

My son, Christopher, grew sicker by the hour. I decided to skip the last service of our citywide crusade at the Portland Coliseum, even though I held a reserved seat with the evangelist on the platform. My wife drove the fully loaded church van in my stead. After the group left, I felt sad, then desperate when I checked my son’s temperature: 101 degrees and rising. I strapped him into the car seat and headed to store for a bottle of children’s aspirin.

At the store my line stalled as a couple counted out quarters to buy a handful of groceries. Obviously, they were experiencing hard times. The Holy Spirit tugged at my heart, so I offered to pay for their purchase. He stood speechless; she wept. Now realizing the Spirit had led me there, I shared God’s plan of salvation.

When we returned home, I rechecked Christopher’s temperature—no fever, no flu symptoms either. That day was providential. For me, ministering to a needy couple proved a higher priority than sitting on the platform with a famous evangelist. When we follow the Holy Spirit’s gentle guidance, miracles can happen—and people will find eternal life.

Dear Spirit of God, Your indwelling has many purposes. You lead me each day and help me reach out to others in need. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving me wisdom, anointing, and discernment to carry out Your ministry. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“In Whom the Spirit Dwells” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Need Followers? Be Careful for the TRAP!

Great article about having the right motivation for writing, especially for Christian writers. Leila says, “Don’t let the number of likes or followers or comments discourage you. If God calls you to write, then write, and enjoy the journey.”

Leila Grandemange

Need more followers?

Something didn’t feel right . . .

At one point in my writing career, I was told by a publisher that I needed a social media platform, and lots of followers. So there I was, writing in the hopes of gaining new fans . . . and they started following, and all was well. Or was it?

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The Duplication Factor

The Duplication Factor

The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon (Genesis 41:32).

Scripture: Genesis 41:25–36
Song: “Wonderful Words of Life” (by Philip P. Bliss)

After opening our ministerial meeting with prayer, the ministers in Dayton, Oregon, took five minutes to share about last month’s ministry. Five ministers were present that day, each one representing a different church denomination. As part of our reports, we shared the title and text of our previous Sunday’s sermon. To our amazement, we had all used the same Scripture text, and although our sermon titles were different, the messages we preached were much the same.

As we read our Bibles, we find that certain passages, stories, words, and prophetic dreams are purposely repeated. Many theologians believe something revealed or stated twice in Scripture is God’s way of drawing attention to it, like putting an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. The Bible contains numerous examples, including today’s passage. Pharaoh’s dream came in two forms: seven cows and seven heads of grain. Yet each version held the same warning of an approaching famine.

God still uses repetition to emphasize an important truth. This gives us an opportunity to change our ways and avert a catastrophe. God is merciful and wants us to know His plan for our lives. Besides being expedient, repetition gets our attention.

Father, I appreciate Your loving concern for my soul. Repetition of important truths helps me follow You closer. May I always be attentive. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The Duplication Factor” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Book Giveaway for Father’s Day

New Book Giveaway

Something for Fathers, Grandfathers, and all those Menfolk

I am giving away at least three copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad – 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times. These books would make great gifts for Father’s Day. My story, “Just Wait,” starts on page 89.

This free book giveaway is now open. Anyone can toss his or her name into the hat. As always, no strings attached. I will pick the winners a few weeks before Father’s Day. If your name is drawn, I will contact you through email and confirm mailing arrangements.


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People Find Inspiration by reading The Greatest Moment

More People Recommend Reading THE GREATEST MOMENT


Patricia left this review on my phone: “Hi there! This is Patricia Clowers. I have been reading your book, THE GREATEST MOMENT. Oh my God! I am so blessed! I just read the chapter called ‘Before the Foundation of the World.’ I love the section on the Trinity revealed, about the Holy Spirit, and the Father. So insightful! Oh, and the way you put that, it just really blessed me. It was so real—like God speaking right to me.”

“This book is precious, and I’m so enjoying it. God bless you and have a good day.” —Patricia


Concerning The Greatest Moment, Craig and Rebecca write:

“Definitely Five Stars! Dr. Charles Harrel has an intriguing way of painting a picture in words that makes you want to go down the road he is on. As you continue to follow his lead—the more you are looking for the prize, which in this case is ‘The Greatest Moment.’ The author’s ‘with Jesus’ is very prevalent in his explanations and knowledge of Bible stories, drawing you in.”


Sylvia D, writes, “I would highly recommend THE GREATEST MOMENT by Dr. Charles Earl Harrel, as a ‘must read’ book. I found it to be profoundly insightful, inspiring, and very well written. And it was a joy to read!”



Brenda and Tom B. write, “Thank you so much. Just got your book, The Greatest Moment. We are enjoying our copy and are being inspired as we read it. Great book. We are greatly blessed and uplifted as we read and study what God has revealed to you to minister to us. Thank you so much for the treasured gift.”

“We’re going to let our neighbor, Dee, read it next.”


An Amazon reviewer writes, “Dr. Charles Harrel’s book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, takes you on a journey of discovery, helping us to understand what is meant by the author saying ‘The Greatest Moment’ and that God still creates the opportunity of experiencing what we would express as ‘Great Moments.’ He quoted Dr. Ravi Zacharias in his introduction: ‘There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.’

“On this journey, he will take you from great moments of creation, of the patriarchs, the Life of Christ, and many of the other great moments in the Bible. As you read, you stop to think of those moments he is presenting, how awesome and how it affects us. I begin to look back on this journey reflecting on some greatest moments I would consider and yet to experience. I found those moments have built from one experience to another.

“He does not leave the reader with just information, but a challenge of expectation of what ‘Great Moment’ is yet to come and the challenge to share with others how Christ can bring to them that experience of ‘The Greatest Moment’. The context is informative and easy reading. I recommend the book and encourage to use as a daily devotional format.”

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