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Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
May 14, 2024
Adolf Hitler believed big lies were more powerful than small ones and tragically he tested his theory successfully Early in his political career he claimed he was content to support others rsquo aspirations When he came to power he said his party didn rsquo t intend to persecute anyone Later he used the media to portray himself as a father figure and moral leader Satan uses lies to gain power in our lives Whenever possible he provokes fear anger and despair because he rsquo s ldquo a liar and the father of lies rdquo John Satan can rsquo t tell [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 27, 2024
As medical test after medical test filled up Bev rsquo s schedule she grew overwhelmed and weary Doctors alarmed her when they told her they were looking for cancer somewhere in her body Each day God faithfully encouraged her with the promises of His presence and an abiding peace when she turned to Him or read the Bible She battled with the uncertainties and frequently learned to roll the ldquo what ifs rdquo onto God rsquo s shoulders One morning Bev came across a verse in Exodus that popped out from the page to her heart before a serious surgery [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 21, 2024
ldquo I knew that the only way to succeed was to forget about home and my wife son and daughter rdquo said Jordon ldquo I rsquo ve found I can rsquo t do that They rsquo re woven into the fabric of my heart and soul rdquo Alone in a remote area Jordon was participating in a reality show where contestants are asked to survive outdoors with minimal supplies for as long as possible What forced him to forfeit was not the grizzly bears freezing temperatures injury or hunger but an overwhelming loneliness and desire to be with his family [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 20, 2024
Thieves in Germany stole a truck rsquo s refrigerated trailer filled with more than twenty tons of chocolate The estimated worth of the stolen sweetness was eighty thousand dollars Local police asked anyone who was offered large quantities of chocolate via unconventional channels to report it immediately Surely those who stole the massive amount of sweets will be facing bitter and unsatisfying consequences if they rsquo re caught and prosecuted Proverbs confirms this principle ldquo Food gained by fraud tastes sweet but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel rdquo Things we acquire deceptively or wrongfully may seem [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 18, 2024
Singapore rsquo s Ministry of Manpower announced in that all migrant domestic workers must be given at least one rest day a month that employers couldn rsquo t compensate them for instead of giving them the day off Employers however were concerned they wouldn rsquo t have someone to care for their loved ones on those days While the logistics of caregiving could be solved by making alternative arrangements their attitude in not seeing the need for rest wasn rsquo t as easy to solve Treating others considerately isn rsquo t a new issue The apostle Paul lived in a [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 18, 2024
A co-worker once told me that her prayer life had improved because of our manager I was impressed thinking that our difficult leader had shared some spiritual nuggets with her and influenced her prayer life I was wrong mdash sort of My co-worker and friend went on to explain ldquo Every time I see him coming I start praying rdquo Her prayer life had improved because she prayed more before each conversation with him She knew she needed God rsquo s help in her challenging work relationship with her manager and she called out to Him more because of it [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 04, 2024
Maggie rsquo s guest showed up in church shockingly dressed No one should have been surprised though her young friend was a prostitute Maggie rsquo s visitor shifted uneasily in her seat alternately tugging at her much-too-short skirt and folding her arms self-consciously around herself ldquo Oh are you cold rdquo Maggie asked deftly diverting attention away from how she was dressed ldquo Here Take my shawl rdquo Maggie never evangelized in the traditional sense Yet she introduced dozens of people to Jesus simply by inviting them to come to church and helping them feel comfortable The gospel had a [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 09, 2024
Abraham Lincoln confided to a friend ldquo I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go rdquo In the horrific years of the American Civil War President Lincoln not only spent time in fervent prayer but also called the country to join him In he proclaimed a ldquo day of humiliation prayer and fasting rdquo And he did so again in stating ldquo It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God to confess their sins and [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 27, 2023
Phillip rsquo s father suffered from severe mental illness and had left home to live on the streets After Cyndi and her young son Phillip spent a day searching for him Phillip was rightly concerned for his well-being He asked his mother whether his father and other people without homes were warm In response they launched an effort to collect and distribute blankets and cold-weather gear to homeless people in the area For more than a decade Cyndi has considered it her life rsquo s work crediting her son and her deep faith in God for awakening her to the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 22, 2023
I rsquo m not sure who rsquo s responsible for turning out the lights and locking up the church after our Sunday morning service but I know one thing about that person Sunday dinner is going to be delayed That rsquo s because so many people love to hang around after church and talk about life decisions heart issues and struggles and more It rsquo s a joy to look around twenty minutes after the service and see so many people still enjoying each other rsquo s company Fellowship is a key component of the Christlike life Without the connectivity [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 16, 2023
David and Angie had felt called to move overseas and the fruitful ministry that followed seemed to confirm it But there was one downside to their move David rsquo s elderly parents would now spend Christmases alone David and Angie tried to mitigate his parents rsquo Christmas Day loneliness by posting gifts early and calling on Christmas morning But what his parents really wanted was them With David rsquo s income only permitting an occasional trip home what else could they do David needed wisdom Proverbs is a crash course in wisdom-seeking showing us how to receive it by taking [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 01, 2023
When we think of best business practices what first comes to mind probably aren rsquo t qualities like kindness and generosity But according to entrepreneur James Rhee they should In Rhee rsquo s experience as CEO at a company on the brink of financial ruin prioritizing what he calls ldquo goodwill rdquo mdash a ldquo culture of kindness rdquo and a spirit of giving mdash saved the company and led to its flourishing Putting these qualities central gave people the hope and motivation they needed to unify innovate and problem-solve Rhee explains that ldquo goodwill is a real asset that [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 25, 2023
As a member of the leadership team for a local ministry part of my job was to invite others to join us as group discussion leaders My invitations described the time commitment required and outlined the ways leaders would need to engage with their small group participants both in meetings and during regular phone calls I was often reluctant to impose on other people being aware of the sacrifice they rsquo d be making to become a leader And yet sometimes their reply would completely overwhelm me ldquo I rsquo d be honored rdquo Instead of citing legitimate reasons to [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 22, 2023
In Wanda Dench sent a text inviting her grandson to Thanksgiving dinner not knowing he rsquo d recently changed his phone number The text instead went to a stranger Jamal Jamal didn rsquo t have plans and so after clarifying who he was asked if he could still come to dinner Wanda said ldquo Of course you can rdquo Jamal joined the family dinner in what has become a yearly tradition A mistaken invitation became an annual blessing Wanda rsquo s kindness in inviting a stranger to dinner reminds me of Jesus rsquo encouragement in Luke rsquo s gospel During [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
October 24, 2023
The protocols at the restaurant in my childhood neighborhood were consistent with social and racial dynamics in the late s and early s The kitchen helpers mdash Mary the cook and dishwashers like me mdash were Black however the in-restaurant patrons were White Black customers could order food but they had to pick it up at the back door Such policies reinforced the unequal treatment of Blacks in that era Though we rsquo ve come a long way since then we still have room for growth in how we relate to each other as people made in the image of [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
October 17, 2023
Ever heard of The Sewing Hall of Fame Established in it recognizes people that have made ldquo a lasting impact on the home sewing industry with unique and innovative contributions through sewing education and product development rdquo It includes individuals like Martha Pullen inducted into the hall in who is described as ldquo a Proverbs woman who never failed to publicly acknowledge the source of her strength inspiration and blessings rdquo The Sewing Hall of Fame is a twenty-first-century invention but had it been around during the first century in Israel a woman named Tabitha might have been a lock [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
October 08, 2023
Have you heard of slowfashion The hashtag captures a movement focused on resisting ldquo fast fashion rdquo mdash an industry dominated by cheaply made and quickly disposed of clothes In fast fashion clothes are out of style nearly as quickly as they rsquo re in the stores mdash with some brands disposing of large quantities of their products every year The slow fashion movement encourages people to slow down and take a different approach Instead of being driven by the need to always have the latest look slow fashion encourages us to select fewer well-made and ethically sourced items that [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
September 21, 2023
In his wonderful book Art Faith A Theology of Making renowned artist Makoto Fujimura describes the ancient Japanese art form of Kintsugi In it the artist takes broken pottery originally tea ware and pieces the shards back together with lacquer threading gold into the cracks ldquo Kintsugi rdquo Fujimura explains ldquo does not just lsquo fix rsquo or repair a broken vessel rather the technique makes the broken pottery even more beautiful than the original rdquo Kintsugi first implemented centuries ago when a warlord rsquo s favorite cup was destroyed and then beautifully restored became art that rsquo s highly [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
September 19, 2023
In an engineer with the ambition to shoot an arrow farther than anyone in history took aim at the record of feet While lying on his back on a salt flat he drew back the bowstring of his personally designed foot bow and prepared to launch the projectile to what he hoped would be a new record distance of more than a mile feet Taking a deep breath he let the arrow fly It didn rsquo t travel a mile In fact it traveled less than a foot mdash launching into his foot and causing considerable damage Ouch nbsp Sometimes [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
September 11, 2023
After I rsquo d gotten settled into the chamber my body floating comfortably above the water the room went dark and the gentle music that had been playing in the background went silent I rsquo d read that isolation tanks were therapeutic offering relief for stress and anxiety But this was like nothing I rsquo d ever encountered It felt like the chaos of the world had stopped and I could clearly hear my innermost thoughts I left the experience balanced and rejuvenated reminded that there is power in stillness We can rest most comfortably in the stillness of the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
September 09, 2023
Each summer when I was a child I would travel two hundred miles to enjoy a week with my grandparents I wasn rsquo t aware until later how much wisdom I soaked up from those two people I loved Their life experiences and walk with God had given them perspectives that my young mind couldn rsquo t yet imagine Conversations with them about the faithfulness of God assured me that God is trustworthy and fulfills every promise He makes Mary the mother of Jesus was a teenager when an angel visited her The incredible news brought by Gabriel must have [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
September 08, 2023
The air smelled of leather and oats as we stood in the barn where my friend Michelle was teaching my daughter to ride a horse Michelle rsquo s white pony opened its mouth as she demonstrated how to place the metal bit behind its teeth As she pulled the bridle over its ears Michelle explained that the bit was important because it allowed the rider to slow the horse and steer it to the left or right A horse rsquo s bit like the human tongue is small but important Both have great influence over something big and powerful mdash [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
August 20, 2023
Your bees are swarming rdquo My wife stuck her head inside the door and gave me news no beekeeper wants to hear I ran outside to see thousands of bees flying up from the hive to the top of a tall pine never to return I was a little behind in reading the clues that the hive was about to swarm more than a week of storms had hampered my inspections The morning the storms ended the bees left The colony was new and healthy and the bees were actually dividing the colony to start a new one ldquo Don [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
August 17, 2023
Attending a large event might change you in a surprising way After interacting with more than people at multi-day gatherings in the UK and US researcher Daniel Yudkin and his colleagues learned that large festivals can impact our moral compass and even affect our willingness to share resources with others Their research found that sixty-three percent of attendees had a ldquo transformative rdquo experience at the festival that also left them feeling more connected to humanity and more generous toward friends family and even complete strangers When we gather with others to worship God however we can experience more than [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
August 13, 2023
When you listen to their stories it becomes clear that perhaps the most difficult part of being a prisoner is isolation and loneliness In fact research reveals that in the state of Florida regardless of the length of their incarceration most prisoners receive only two visits from friends or loved ones during their time behind bars Loneliness is a constant reality It rsquo s a pain I imagine Joseph felt as he sat in prison unjustly accused of a crime There had been a glimmer of hope God helped Joseph correctly interpret a dream from a fellow inmate who happened [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
July 31, 2023
As our adopted granny lay in her hospital bed after suffering several strokes her doctors were unsure of the amount of brain damage she had endured They needed to wait until she was a bit better to test her brain function She spoke very few words and even fewer were understandable But when the -year-old woman who had babysat my daughter for twelve years saw me she opened her parched mouth and asked ldquo How is Kayla rdquo The first words she spoke to me were about my child whom she had loved so freely and fully Jesus loved children [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
July 29, 2023
A friend of mine works on a hospital ship called Africa Mercy which takes free healthcare to developing countries The staff daily serve hundreds of patients whose ailments would otherwise go untreated TV crews who periodically board the ship point their cameras on its amazing medical staff who fix cleft palates and reset club feet hellip [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
July 25, 2023
In June six Tongan teenagers sailed from their island home in search of adventure But when a storm broke their mast and rudder the first night they drifted for days without food or water before reaching the uninhabited island of lsquo Ata It would be fifteen months before they were found The boys worked together on lsquo Ata to survive setting up a small food garden hollowing out tree trunks to store rainwater even building a makeshift gym When one boy broke his leg from a cliff fall the others set it using sticks and leaves Arguments were managed with [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
July 22, 2023
Malcolm Cloutt was named a Maundy Money honoree by Queen Elizabeth II an annual service award given to British men and women Cloutt who was nbsp one hundred years old at the time of the recognition was honored for having given out one thousand Bibles during his lifetime Cloutt has kept a record of everyone who rsquo s received a Bible and prays for them regularly Cloutt rsquo s faithfulness in prayer is a powerful example of the kind of love we find throughout Paul rsquo s writings in the New Testament Paul often assured the recipients of his letters [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
July 14, 2023
Every Moment Holy is a beautiful book of prayers for a variety of activities including ordinary ones like preparing a meal or doing the laundry Necessary tasks that can feel repetitive or mundane The book reminded me of the words of author G K Chesterton who wrote ldquo You say grace before meals All right But I say grace before sketching painting swimming fencing boxing walking playing dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink rdquo Such encouragement reorients my perspective on the activities of my day Sometimes I rsquo m inclined to divide my activities into [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
June 16, 2023
The most powerful orators in history are often those leaders who have used their voices to bring about positive change Consider Frederick Douglass whose speeches on abolition and liberty spurred a movement that helped lead to the end of slavery in the United States What if he rsquo d chosen to be silent We all possess the capacity to use our voice to inspire and help others but the fear of speaking out can be paralyzing In the moments when we feel overwhelmed by this fear we can look to God our source of divine wisdom and encouragement When God [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
June 13, 2023
Jimmy hadn rsquo t allowed the reality of social unrest danger and discomfort to keep him from traveling to one of the poorest countries in the world to encourage ministry couples The steady stream of text messages to our team back home revealed the challenges he encountered ldquo Okay boys activate the prayer line We rsquo ve gone ten miles in the last two hours Car has overheated a dozen times rdquo Transportation setbacks meant that he arrived just before midnight to preach to those who rsquo d waited for five hours Later we received a text with a different [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
June 10, 2023
A reminder of the beauty and brevity of life grows outside my front door Last spring my wife planted moonflower vines so named because of their large and round white blooms that resemble a full moon Each flower opens for one night and then withers in the bright sun the following morning never to bloom again But the plant is prolific and every evening presents a fresh parade of flowers We love watching it as we come and go each day wondering what new beauty will greet us when we return These fragile flowers call to mind a vital truth [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
June 09, 2023
As I prepared to ride a zip-line from the highest point of a rainforest on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia fear welled up inside me Seconds before I jumped from the platform thoughts of everything that could go wrong filled my mind But with all the courage I could muster and few options for turning back I released Dropping from the pinnacle of the forest I whizzed through the lush green trees wind flowing through my hair and my worries slowly fading As I moved through the air allowing gravity to carry me my view of the next platform [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
June 08, 2023
Retired teacher Debbie Stephens Browder is on a mission to convince as many people as possible to plant trees The reason Heat Extreme heat in the United States is the number-one weather-related cause of death In response Stephens Browder says ldquo I rsquo m starting with trees rdquo The canopy of heat protection that trees provide is one significant way to protect communities Stephens Browder explains ldquo It rsquo s life or death It rsquo s not just about beautifying the community It rsquo s about saving lives rdquo The fact that shade isn rsquo t just refreshing but potentially [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
May 28, 2023
I know Daddy rsquo s coming home because he sent me flowers rdquo Those were my seven-year-old sister rsquo s words to our mother when Dad was missing in action during wartime Before Dad left for his mission he preordered flowers for my sister rsquo s birthday and they arrived while he was missing But she was right Dad did come home mdash after a harrowing combat situation And decades later she still keeps the vase that held the flowers as a reminder to always hold on to hope Sometimes holding on to hope isn rsquo t easy in a [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
May 22, 2023
It rsquo s like living in a dream you can rsquo t wake up from People who struggle with what rsquo s sometimes called ldquo derealization rdquo or ldquo depersonalization rdquo often feel like nothing around them is quite real While those who chronically have this feeling can be diagnosed with a disorder it rsquo s believed to be a common mental health struggle especially during stressful times But sometimes the feeling persists even when life is seemingly good It rsquo s as if our minds can rsquo t trust that good things are really happening Scripture describes a similar [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
May 12, 2023
Running a marathon is about pushing yourself physically and mentally For one high school runner however competing in a cross-country race is all about pushing someone else In every practice and meet fourteen-year-old Susan nbsp Bergeman pushes older brother Jeffrey in his wheelchair When Jeffrey was twenty-two months old he went into cardiac arrest mdash leaving him with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy Today Susan sacrifices personal running goals so Jeffrey might compete with her What love and sacrifice The apostle Paul had love and sacrifice in mind when he encouraged his readers to be ldquo devoted to one [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
May 03, 2023
Theologian Kenneth Bailey shares how he taught the Bible to students who rsquo d been educated in a system that denied God When he asked one student how she became a believer in Jesus she told about reciting the Lord rsquo s Prayer when attending a funeral as a child The words captured her imagination she wondered what they meant where they came from and to whom they were offered When she finally could explore this prayer she searched until she found its meaning and its Author In doing so she placed her trust in Jesus and committed to serving [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 16, 2023
When our congregation built our first building people wrote thankful reminders on the wall studs and concrete floors before the interior of the building was finished Pull back the drywall from the studs and you rsquo ll find them there Verse after verse from Scripture written beside prayers of praise like ldquo You are so good rdquo We left them there as a witness to future generations that regardless of our challenges God had been kind and taken care of us We need to remember what God has done for us and tell others about it Isaiah exemplified this when [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 10, 2023
While waiting to enter the university twenty-year-old Shin Yi decided to commit three months of her break to serving in a youth mission organization It seemed like an odd time to do this given the Covid- restrictions that prevented face-to-face meetings But Shin Yi soon found a way ldquo We couldn rsquo t meet up with students on the streets in shopping malls or fast-food centers like we usually did rdquo she shared ldquo But we continued to keep in touch with the Christian students via Zoom to pray for one another and with the non-believers via phone calls rdquo [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 09, 2023
When my son was nearly three I needed an operation that would require a month or more of recovery In the days leading up to the procedure I imagined myself in bed while stacks of dirty dishes accumulated in the sink I wasn rsquo t sure how I rsquo d take care of an active toddler and couldn rsquo t picture myself standing in front of the stove to cook our meals I dreaded the impact my weakness would have on the rhythm of our lives God intentionally weakened Gideon rsquo s forces before his troops confronted the Midianites First [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 22, 2023
As I was helping my sixth-grade grandson Logan with some tough algebra-type homework he told me of his dream of becoming an engineer After we returned to figuring out what to do with the x rsquo s and y rsquo s in his assignment he said ldquo When am I ever going to use this stuff rdquo I couldn rsquo t help but smile saying ldquo Well Logan this is exactly the stuff you rsquo ll use if you become an engineer rdquo He hadn rsquo t realized the connection between algebra and his hoped-for future Sometimes we view Scripture [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 20, 2023
Chinese medicine has practiced pearl powder exfoliation for thousands of years using ground pearls to scrub away dead cells resting at the top of the skin In Romania rejuvenating therapeutic mud has become a widely sought-after exfoliant that rsquo s purported to make skin youthful and glowing All over the world people use body care practices they believe will renew even the dullest of skin The tools we rsquo ve developed to maintain our physical bodies however can only bring us temporary satisfaction What matters more is that we remain spiritually healthy and strong As believers in Jesus we rsquo [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 05, 2023
Sue rsquo s family was falling apart before her eyes Her husband had suddenly left the home and she and her children were confused and angry She asked him to go for marriage counseling with her but he wouldn rsquo t because he claimed the problems were hers Panic and hopelessness set in when she realized he might never come back Would she be able to care for herself and her children alone Hagar a servant of Abraham and Sarah faced those thoughts as well Impatient for God to give them a son as promised Genesis Sarah gave Hagar to [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 11, 2023
When Doris Kearns Goodwin decided to write a book about Abraham Lincoln the fact that some books had already been written about America rsquo s sixteenth president intimidated her What could be left to say about this beloved leader Still Goodwin pressed on her work resulting in A Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Her fresh insights on Lincoln rsquo s leadership style became a top-rated and top-reviewed book in spite of the mass of volumes already available on him The apostle John faced a different challenge as he wrote his account of the ministry and passion [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 09, 2023
One early evening while I was jogging near a construction site in our neighborhood a skinny dirty kitten meowed at me plaintively and followed me home Today Mickey is a healthy handsome adult cat enjoying a comfortable life in our household and deeply loved by my family Whenever I jog on the road where I found him I often think ldquo Thank You God Mickey was spared from living on the streets He has a home now rdquo Psalm speaks of ldquo dwelling in the shelter of the Most High rdquo v making our home with God The Hebrew word [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 31, 2023
I received an email from a young man in England a son who explained that his father only sixty-three was in the hospital in critical condition hanging on to life Though we rsquo d never met his dad rsquo s work and mine shared many intersections The son trying to cheer his father asked me to send a video message of encouragement and prayer Deeply moved I recorded a short message and a prayer for healing I was told that his dad watched the video and gave a hearty thumbs-up Sadly a couple days later I received another email telling [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 13, 2023
Christian consciousness begins in the painful realization that what we had assumed was the truth is in fact a lie rdquo Eugene Peterson wrote in his powerful reflections on Psalm Psalm is the first of the ldquo psalms of ascent rdquo Psalms ndash sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem And as Peterson explored in nbsp A Long Obedience in the Same Direction nbsp InterVarsity Press nbsp nbsp these psalms also offer us a picture of the spiritual journey toward God That journey can only begin with profound awareness of our need for something different As Peterson puts it [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 12, 2023
ldquo Men have been found to resist the most powerful monarchs and to refuse to bow down before them rdquo observed philosopher and author Hannah Arendt ndash She added ldquo B ut few indeed have been found to resist the crowd to stand up alone before misguided masses to face their implacable frenzy without weapons rdquo As a Jew Arendt witnessed this firsthand in her native Germany There rsquo s something terrifying about being rejected by the group The apostle Paul experienced such rejection Trained as a Pharisee and rabbi his life was turned upside down when he encountered the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 08, 2023
The buzz in the room faded to a comfortable silence as the book club leader summarized the novel the group would discuss My friend Joan listened closely but didn rsquo t recognize the plot Finally she realized she had read a nonfiction book with a similar title to the work of fiction the others had read Although she enjoyed reading the ldquo wrong rdquo book she couldn rsquo t join her friends as they discussed the ldquo right rdquo book The apostle Paul did not want the Corinthian Christians to believe in a ldquo wrong rdquo Jesus He pointed out [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 04, 2023
Sand martins mdash small birds related to swallows mdash dig their nests into riverbanks Land development in South East England reduced their habitat and the birds had fewer and fewer places to nest when they returned from their winter migration each year Local conservationists sprang into action and built an enormous artificial sandbank to house them With the help of a sand-sculpting firm they molded sand to create a space for the birds to take up residence for years to come This gracious act of compassion vividly depicts the words Jesus used to console His disciples After telling them He [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 03, 2023
Wearing my new eyeglasses as I stepped into the sanctuary I sat down and spotted a friend sitting directly across the aisle on the other side of the church As I waved at her she looked so near and clear It felt like I could reach out and touch her even though she was several yards away Later as we talked following the service I realized she was in the same seat she always sat in I simply could see her better because of an upgraded prescription in my new spectacles God speaking through the prophet Isaiah knew that the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 10, 2022
When we park our car near an open field and walk across it to get to our house we almost always get some sticky cockleburs on our clothes mdash especially in the fall These tiny ldquo hitchhikers rdquo attach to clothing shoes or whatever is passing by and ride to their next destination It rsquo s nature rsquo s way of spreading cocklebur seeds in my local field and around the world As I try to carefully remove clinging cockleburs I rsquo ve often thought about the message that admonishes believers in Jesus to ldquo cling to what is good [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 29, 2022
Ever had a close encounter with a rattlesnake If so you might have noticed that the sound of the rattle seemed to get more intense as you moved nearer to the viper Research reported in in Current Biology reveals that the venomous reptiles do increase their rattling rate when they think a threat is approaching This ldquo high-frequency mode rdquo can cause us to think they rsquo re closer than they are As one researcher put it ldquo The misinterpretation of distance by the listener creates a distance safety margin rdquo People can sometimes use increasing volume with harsh words [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 28, 2022
Barbecue chicken green beans spaghetti rolls On a cool day in October at least fifty-four homeless people received this hot meal from a woman celebrating fifty-four years of life The woman and her friends decided to forgo her usual birthday dinner in a restaurant choosing instead to cook and serve meals to people on the streets of Chicago On social media she encouraged others to also perform a random act of kindness as a birthday gift This story reminds me of Jesus rsquo words in Matthew ldquo Truly I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 09, 2022
I met him in the s when I was a high school English teacher and basketball coach and he was a tall gangly freshman Soon he was on my basketball team and in my classes mdash and a friendship was formed This same friend who had served with me as a fellow editor for many years stood before me at my retirement party and shared about the legacy of our longstanding friendship What is it about friends connected by the love of God that encourages us and brings us closer to Jesus The writer of Proverbs understood that friendship has [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 06, 2022
I used to dread Mondays Sometimes when I got off the train to head to a previous job I'd sit at the station for a while trying to delay reaching the building if only for a few minutes My heart would beat fast as I worried over meeting the deadlines and managing the moods of a temperamental boss For some of us it can be especially difficult to start another dreary workweek We may be feeling overwhelmed or underappreciated in our job King Solomon described the toil of work when he wrote ldquo What do people get for all the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
November 01, 2022
A rugged cast-iron ring stood strong against the harsh Minnesota winter as it hung on the doorframe of my great uncle rsquo s old farmhouse More than a hundred feet away was another ring firmly fixed to the dairy barn Years ago during a blizzard my uncle would attach a line between both rings so he could find the path between the house and the barn Keeping a firm grip on the line kept him from losing his way in the blinding snow My uncle rsquo s use of a safety line in a snowstorm reminds me of how David [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
October 21, 2022
Guernica Pablo Picasso rsquo s most important political painting was a modernist portrayal of the destruction of a small Spanish town by that name During the Spanish revolution and the ramp-up to World War II Nazi Germany rsquo s planes were permitted by Spain rsquo s Nationalist forces to use the town for bombing practice These controversial bombings took scores of lives drawing the attention of a global community concerned over the immorality of bombing civilian targets Picasso rsquo s painting captured and horrified the imaginations of the watching world and became a catalyst for debate about humanity rsquo s [... more]
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