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Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 17, 2024
A video of a dad comforting his two-month-old son while the baby received his routine vaccinations garnered international attention for the way it captured a dad rsquo s love for his child After the nurse finished administering the vaccinations the dad tenderly held his son close to his cheek and the boy stopped sobbing within seconds There is almost nothing more reassuring than the tender care of a loving parent In Scripture there are many beautiful descriptions of God as a loving parent images that invoke God rsquo s deep love for His children Old Testament prophet Hosea was given [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 16, 2024
Pastor Damian rsquo s schedule included hospital visits to two people nearing death who rsquo d chosen two different life paths In one hospital was a woman beloved by her family Her selfless public service had endeared her to many Other believers in Jesus had gathered around her and worship prayer and hope filled the room In another hospital the relative of a member of Pastor Damian rsquo s church was also dying His hardened heart had led to a hard life and his disheveled family lived in the wake of his poor decisions and misdeeds The differences in the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
April 14, 2024
ldquo There rsquo s no place like home rdquo says Dorothy clicking the heels of her ruby slippers In The Wizard of Oz that was all it took to magically transport Dorothy and Toto from Oz back to their home in Kansas Unfortunately there aren rsquo t enough ruby slippers for everyone Although many share Dorothy rsquo s longing for home finding that home mdash a place to belong mdash is sometimes easier said than done One of the consequences of living in a highly mobile transient world is a sense of detachment mdash wondering if we rsquo ll ever [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 22, 2024
My seatmate on the flight told me she was non-religious and had immigrated to a town that was home to numerous Christians When she mentioned that most of her neighbors went to church I asked about her experience She said she could never repay their generosity When she brought her disabled father to her new country her neighbors built a ramp to her house and donated a hospital bed and medical supplies She said ldquo If being a Christian makes one so kind everyone should be a Christian rdquo Exactly what Jesus hoped she rsquo d say He told His [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 21, 2024
What would cause someone to help a competitor For a restaurant owner named Adolfo in Wisconsin it was the opportunity to encourage other struggling local restaurant owners adapting to COVID regulations Adolfo knew firsthand the challenges of operating a business during a pandemic Encouraged by another local business rsquo generosity Adolfo spent his own money to purchase more than in gift cards to give away to his customers to use at other restaurants in his community That rsquo s an expression of love that rsquo s not just words but action nbsp Building on the ultimate expression of love expressed [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 20, 2024
Ole Kassow of Copenhagen loved bicycling One morning when he saw an elderly man sitting alone with his walker in a park Ole felt inspired by a simple idea why not offer elderly people the joy and freedom of a bike ride So one sunny day he stopped at a nursing home with a rented trishaw a three-wheeled bike and offered a ride to anyone there He was delighted when a staff member and an elderly resident became the first riders of Cycling Without Age Now more than twenty years later Ole rsquo s dream to help those who missed [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 19, 2024
A woman rescued Rudy from the animal shelter days before he was to be euthanized and the dog became her companion For ten years Rudy slept calmly beside Linda rsquo s bed but then he abruptly began to jump next to her and lick her face Linda scolded him but every night Rudy repeated the behavior ldquo Soon he was jumping on my lap to lick my face every time I sat down rdquo Linda said As she was planning to take Rudy to obedience school she began to consider how insistent Rudy was and how he always licked her [... 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
March 15, 2024
In the Church of England founded the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in order to send missionaries around the globe The motto they chose was transiens adiuva nos mdash Latin for ldquo Come over and help us rdquo This has been the call on gospel ambassadors since the first century as followers of Jesus take the message of His love and forgiveness to a world in desperate need of it nbsp The phrase ldquo come over and help us rdquo comes from the ldquo Macedonian call rdquo described in Acts Paul and his team had arrived at Troas [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 14, 2024
As Dust Bowl sandstorms ravaged the USA during the Great Depression John Millburn Davis a resident of Hiawatha Kansas decided to make a name for himself A self-made millionaire with no children Davis might have invested in charity or economic development Instead at great expense he commissioned eleven life-size statues of himself and his deceased wife to stand in the local cemetery ldquo They hate me in Kansas rdquo Davis told journalist Ernie Pyle Local residents wanted him to fund the construction of public facilities like a hospital swimming pool or park Yet all he said was ldquo It rsquo [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 13, 2024
A thousand dollars of food mdash jumbo shrimp shawarma salads and more mdash was delivered to a homeowner But the man wasn rsquo t having a party In fact he didn rsquo t order the smorgasbord his six-year son did How did this happen The father let his son play with his phone before bedtime and the boy used it to purchase the expensive bounty from a restaurant ldquo Why did you do this rdquo the father asked his son who was hiding under his comforter The six-year-old replied ldquo I was hungry rdquo The boy rsquo s appetite and [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 11, 2024
Near the dawn of the nineteenth century Mary McDowell lived worlds apart from the brutal stockyards of Chicago Although her home was just twenty miles away she knew little about the horrific labor conditions that prompted workers in the stockyards to strike Once she learned of the difficulties faced by them and their families McDowell moved in and lived amid them mdash advocating for better conditions She ministered to their needs including teaching children at a school in the back of a small shop Standing up for better conditions for others mdash even when not directly impacted mdash is something [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 10, 2024
I recently read a novel about a woman who refuses to acknowledge she has terminal cancer When Nicola rsquo s exasperated friends force her to face the truth the reason for her avoidance emerges ldquo I rsquo ve wasted my life rdquo she tells them Though born with talents and wealth ldquo I made nothing of my life I was sloppy I never stuck at anything rdquo The prospect of leaving the world now feeling she d achieved little was too painful for Nicola to contemplate I was reading Ecclesiastes around the same time and found the contrast stark Its [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 08, 2024
The first time we met our neighbor Henry he pulled a well-worn Bible out of a bag he rsquo d been carrying Eyes sparkling he asked if we rsquo d like to discuss Scripture We nodded and he flipped to some highlighted passages that he excitedly explained He showed us a notebook full of his observations With a humble grin he announced he rsquo d also created a computer presentation full of other related information Henry went on to tell us how he rsquo d come from a difficult family situation and then alone and at his worst he accepted [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 06, 2024
The remarkable movie Little Women sent me back to my worn copy of the novel especially the comforting words of Marmee the wise and gentle mother I rsquo m drawn to the novel rsquo s depiction of her steadfast faith which underlies many of her words of encouragement to her daughters One encouragement that stood out to me was this ldquo Troubles and temptations may be many but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your heavenly Father rdquo nbsp Marmee rsquo s words echo the truth found in Proverbs [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 03, 2024
As a blizzard bore down on my state in the western USA my widowed mother agreed to stay with my family to ldquo ride out rdquo the storm After the blizzard however she never returned to her house She moved in dwelling with us for the rest of her life Her presence changed our household in many positive ways She was available daily to provide wisdom advice to family members and share ancestral stories She and my husband became the best of friends sharing a similar sense of humor and love of sports No longer a visitor she was a [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 02, 2024
As long as you keep your mouth closed I told myself you won rsquo t be doing anything wrong I rsquo d been outwardly holding back my anger toward a colleague after misinterpreting things she rsquo d said Since we had to see each other every day I decided to limit communication to only what was necessary and retaliate with my silent treatment How could a quiet demeanor be wrong Jesus however said that sin begins in the heart Matthew minus My silence may have fooled people into thinking all was well but it wasn rsquo t fooling God He [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
March 01, 2024
One wouldn rsquo t normally think of butterflies as being loud creatures after all the flapping of a single Monarch butterfly rsquo s wings is practically inaudible But in the Mexican rainforest where many of them begin their short lives their collective flapping is surprisingly loud When millions of Monarchs flap their wings at the same time it sounds like a rushing waterfall The same description is made when four very different winged creatures appear in Ezekiel rsquo s vision Though fewer than the number of butterflies he likens the sound of their flapping wings to ldquo the roar of [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 29, 2024
ldquo Am I an owner or a steward rdquo The CEO of a multibillion-dollar company asked himself that question as he weighed what was best for his family Concerned about the temptations that can come with vast wealth he didn rsquo t want to burden his heirs with that challenge So he gave up his personal stake in the company Recognizing that everything he owns belongs to God helped him make his decision to allow his family to earn a living in exchange for work while also using future profits to fund Christian ministry In Psalm God tells His people [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 28, 2024
The topic was Leviticus and I had a confession to make ldquo I skipped a lot of the reading rdquo I told my Bible study group ldquo I rsquo m not reading about skin diseases again rdquo That rsquo s when my friend Dave spoke up ldquo I know a guy who believed in Jesus because of that passage rdquo he said Dave explained that his friend mdash a doctor mdash had been an atheist He decided that before he completely rejected the Bible he rsquo d better read it for himself The section on skin diseases in Leviticus fascinated [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 27, 2024
ldquo Where is my faith mdash even deep down right in there is nothing but emptiness amp darkness If there be God please forgive me rdquo The author of those words might surprise you Mother Teresa Beloved and renowned as a tireless servant of the poor in Calcutta India Mother Teresa quietly waged a desperate war for her faith over five decades After her death that struggle came to light when portions of her journal were published in the book Come Be My Light What do we do with our doubts or feelings of God rsquo s absence Those moments [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 26, 2024
For days the sickly cat cried huddled in a box near my workplace Abandoned on the street the feline went unnoticed by many who passed it by mdash until Jun came along The street sweeper carried the animal home where he lived with two dogs which were former strays ldquo I care for them because they rsquo re the creatures no one notices rdquo Jun said ldquo I see myself in them No one notices a street sweeper after all rdquo As Jesus walked toward Jericho on His way to Jerusalem a blind man sat begging by the roadside He [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 24, 2024
Discover magazine suggests that there are around quintillion followed by zeros planets in the universe but only one like Earth Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson said that one of the requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the ldquo Goldilocks rdquo zone where the temperature is just right and water can exist Out of quintillion planets Earth seems to be one planet where conditions are just right Zackrisson concluded that Earth somehow had been dealt a ldquo fairly lucky hand rdquo Paul assured the Colossian believers that the universe existed not because of Lady Luck but because of [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 23, 2024
After another health setback I feared the unknown and uncontrollable One day while reading a Forbes magazine article I learned that scientists studied the rising of the ldquo Earth rsquo s rotation velocity rdquo and declared that the Earth ldquo wobbled rdquo and is ldquo spinning faster rdquo They said we ldquo could require the first-ever lsquo drop second rsquo mdash the official removal of a second from global time rdquo Though a second doesn rsquo t seem like much of a loss knowing that the earth rsquo s rotation could change seemed like a big deal to me Even [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 21, 2024
What would it be like to walk in the shoes of royalty Angela Kelly the daughter of a dockworker and nurse knows She was also the official dresser for the late Queen Elizabeth for the last two decades of the monarch rsquo s life One of her responsibilities was to break in the aging queen rsquo s new shoes by walking in them around the palace grounds There was a reason for it compassion for an elderly woman who sometimes was required to stand for extended periods at ceremonies Because they wore the same shoe size Kelly was able to [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 20, 2024
At my new school near a large city the guidance counselor took one look at me and placed me in the lowest performing English composition class I rsquo d arrived from my inner-city school with outstanding test scores excellent grades and even a principal rsquo s award for my writing The door to the ldquo best rdquo writing class in my new school was closed to me however when the counselor decided I wasn rsquo t right or ready The church in ancient Philadelphia would rsquo ve understood such arbitrary setbacks A small and humble church its city had suffered [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 19, 2024
The United Kingdom brims with history Everywhere you go you see plaques honoring historic figures or commemorating sites where important events occurred But one such sign exemplifies the droll British sense of humor On a weathered plaque outside a bed and breakfast in Sandwich England a message reads ldquo On this site Sept nothing happened rdquo nbsp nbsp Sometimes it seems to us that nothing is happening regarding our prayers We pray and pray bringing our petitions to our Father with expectation that He will respond mdash right now The psalmist David expressed such frustration when he prayed ldquo How [... 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 16, 2024
As a child I viewed grown-ups as wise and incapable of failure ldquo They always know what to do rdquo I rsquo d think ldquo One day when I rsquo m grown-up I rsquo ll always know what to do too rdquo Well ldquo one day rdquo came many years ago and all it has taught me is that many times I still don rsquo t know what to do Whether it rsquo s illness in the family problems at work or conflict in a relationship such times have wrested all delusions of personal control and strength simply leaving me [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 15, 2024
He was loved by all mdash those were the words used to describe Don Guiseppe of Casnigo Italy Don was a beloved man who rode around town on an old motorbike and always led with the greeting ldquo peace and good rdquo He worked tirelessly on behalf of the good of others But in the last years of his life he had health problems and in response his community purchased a respirator for him But when his condition grew grave he refused the breathing apparatus choosing instead to make it available for younger patients who needed it Hearing of his [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 13, 2024
Jim and Laneeda were college sweethearts They got married and life was happy for many years Then Laneeda began to act strangely getting lost and forgetting appointments She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer rsquo s at forty-seven After a decade of serving as her primary caregiver Jim was able to say ldquo Alzheimer rsquo s has given me the opportunity to love and serve my wife in ways that were unimaginable when she said lsquo I do rsquo rdquo While explaining the gifts of the Holy Spirit the apostle Paul wrote extensively on the virtue of love Corinthians He contrasted [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 10, 2024
Although she finished first in her qualifying race US speedskater Brittany Bowe gave up her chance to compete in the -meter event at the Winter Olympics to teammate Erin Jackson Jackson had an unfortunate slip in the race that left her just one place away from making the team What motivated Bowe to relinquish the spot she rsquo d earned Friendship Having trained together for years Bowe believed Jackson deserved a spot on the team Bowe was right Jackson become the first US Black woman to win a Winter Olympic gold medal in an individual event In the deep friendship [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 07, 2024
Pride precedes and often leads to humiliation mdash something a man in Norway found out Not even dressed in running clothes the individual arrogantly challenged Karsten Warholm mdash the world record holder in the -meter hurdles mdash to a race Warholm training in an indoor public facility obliged the challenger and left him in his dust At the finish line the two-time world champion smiled when the man insisted that he rsquo d had a bad start and wanted to race again In Proverbs we read ldquo Pride brings a person low but the lowly in spirit gain honor rdquo [... 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
February 03, 2024
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor Christina Costa noticed how much of the talk around facing cancer is dominated by the language of fighting She found that this metaphor quickly started to feel exhausting She ldquo didn rsquo t want to spend over a year at war with her own body rdquo Instead what she found most helpful were daily practices of gratitude mdash for the team of professionals caring for her and for the ways her brain and body were showing healing She experienced firsthand that no matter how difficult the struggle practices of gratitude can help resist [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
February 02, 2024
On her wedding day Gwendolyn Stulgis wore the wedding dress of her dreams Then she gave it away mdash to a stranger Stulgis believed a dress deserved more than sitting in a closet collecting dust Other brides agreed Now scores of women have bonded on her social media site to donate and receive wedding dresses As one giver said ldquo I hope this dress gets passed from bride to bride to bride and it just gets worn out and is in tatters at the end of its life because of all the celebrating that rsquo s done in it rdquo [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 31, 2024
After a game a college basketball star stayed behind to help workers throw out empty cups and food wrappers When a fan posted a video of him in action more than nbsp eighty thousand people viewed it One person commented ldquo The young man is one of the most humble guys you will ever meet in your life rdquo It would rsquo ve been easier for the basketball player to leave with his teammates and celebrate his role in the team rsquo s victory Instead he volunteered for a selfless job The ultimate spirit of humility is seen in Jesus [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 30, 2024
In John Sung the sixth child of a Chinese pastor received a scholarship to study at a university in the United States He graduated with the highest honors completed a master rsquo s program and earned a PhD But while pursuing his studies he had walked away from God Then one night in he surrendered his life to Him and felt called to be a preacher Many high-paying opportunities awaited him back in China but on the ship home he was convicted by the Holy Spirit to lay aside his ambitions As a symbol of his commitment he threw all [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 29, 2024
While drilling for oil in one of the sunniest and driest countries in the world teams were shocked to uncover a huge underground system of water So in the ldquo great man-made river rdquo project was begun placing a system of pipes to carry the high-quality fresh water to cities where it was sorely needed A plaque near the project rsquo s inception states ldquo From here flows the artery of life rdquo The prophet Isaiah used the image of water in a desert to describe a future righteous king Isaiah As kings and rulers reigned with justice and righteousness [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 28, 2024
The young pastor prayed every morning asking God to use him that day to bless someone Often to his delight such a situation arose One day during a break at his second job he sat in the sunshine with a coworker who asked him about Jesus The pastor simply answered the other man rsquo s questions No rant No arguing The pastor commented that being guided by the Holy Spirit led him to have a casual talk that felt effective but loving He made a new friend as well mdash someone hungry to learn more about God Letting the Holy [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 27, 2024
As I was grading another stack of papers for a college writing class I teach I was impressed with one particular paper It was so well-written Soon though I realized it was too well-written Sure enough a little research revealed that the paper had been plagiarized from an online source I sent the student an email to let her know that her ruse had been discovered She was getting a zero on this paper but she could write a new paper for partial credit Her response ldquo I am humiliated and very sorry I appreciate the grace you are showing [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 26, 2024
Standing in the kitchen my daughter exclaimed ldquo Mom there rsquo s a fly in the honey rdquo I quipped back with the familiar adage ldquo You will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar rdquo While this was the first time I rsquo d accidentally caught a fly with honey I found myself quoting this modern proverb because of its wisdom kind requests are more likely to persuade others than a bitter attitude The book of Proverbs gives us a collection of wise proverbs and sayings inspired by God rsquo s Spirit These inspired sayings help to guide [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 24, 2024
God why is this happening Is this really your plan for us As a husband and a dad of young children those questions and more swirled in my mind as I wrestled with a serious cancer diagnosis What rsquo s more our family had just served with a missions team that had seen many children receive Jesus as their Savior God had been bringing forth evident fruit There was so much joy And now this Esther likely poured out questions and prayers to God after she was plucked from a loving home and thrust into a strange new world Esther [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 23, 2024
I felt my heartrate increase as I opened my mouth to refute the charges a dear friend was leveling against me What I had posted online had nothing to do with her as she implied But before I replied I whispered a prayer I then calmed down and heard what she was saying and the hurt behind her words It was clear that this went further than the surface My friend was hurting and my need to defend myself dissolved as I chose to help her address her pain During this conversation I learned what James meant in today rsquo [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 22, 2024
My wife Miska has a necklace and hoop earrings from Ethiopia Their elegant simplicity reveals genuine artistry What rsquo s most astounding about these pieces however is their story Due to decades of fierce conflict and a civil war that rages on Ethiopia rsquo s geography is littered with spent artillery shells and cartridges As an act of hope Ethiopians scour the torched earth cleaning up the scraps And artisans craft jewelry out of what remains of the shells and cartridges When I heard this story I heard echoes of Micah boldly declaring God rsquo s promise One day the [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 20, 2024
ldquo In everything we look for pleasant ways of serving God rdquo writes sixteenth-century believer Teresa of Avila She poignantly reflects on the many ways we seek to stay in control through easier more ldquo pleasant rdquo methods than total surrender to God We tend to slowly tentatively and even reluctantly grow to trust Him with all of ourselves And so Teresa confesses ldquo even as we measure out our lives to you a bit at a time we must be content to receive your gifts drop by drop until we have surrendered our lives wholly to you rdquo As [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 19, 2024
In his book nbsp Adopted for Life Dr Russell Moore describes his family rsquo s trip to an orphanage to adopt a child As they entered the nursery the silence was startling The babies in the cribs never cried and it wasn rsquo t because they never needed anything but because they had learned that no one cared enough to answer My heart ached as I read those words I remember countless nights when our children were small My wife and I would be sound asleep only to be startled awake by their cries Daddy I rsquo m sick or [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 16, 2024
ldquo The average person will make decisions over a lifetime rdquo claims the Daily Mirror The British newspaper goes on to assert that we ldquo will come to regret of them rdquo I have no idea how the paper arrived at these numbers but it rsquo s clear that we face countless decisions throughout our lifetime The sheer quantity of them might become paralyzing especially when we consider that all our choices have consequences some far more momentous than others After forty years wandering in the wilderness the children of Israel stood at the threshold of their new homeland Later [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 13, 2024
Nineteenth-century Scottish pastor Thomas Chalmers once told the story of riding in a horse-drawn carriage in the Highlands region as it hugged a narrow mountain ledge along a harrowing precipice One of the horses startled and the driver fearing they would plummet to their death repeatedly flicked his whip After they made it past the danger Chalmers asked the driver why he used the whip with such force ldquo I needed to give the horses something else to think about rdquo he said ldquo I needed to get their attention rdquo In a world overflowing with threats and dangers all [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 12, 2024
When I was studying in seminary years ago we had a weekly chapel service At one service while we students were singing ldquo Great is the Lord rdquo I spotted three of our well-loved professors singing with fervor Their faces radiated joy made possible only by their faith in God Years later as each went through terminal illness it was this faith that enabled them to endure and encourage others Today the memory of my teachers singing continues to encourage me to keep going in my trials To me they rsquo re a few of the many inspiring stories of [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 10, 2024
ldquo Please clean the front room before you go to bed rdquo nbsp I said to one of my daughters Instantly came the reply ldquo Why doesn rsquo t she have to do it rdquo nbsp Such mild resistance was frequent in our home when our girls were young My response was always the same ldquo Don rsquo t worry about your sisters I asked you rdquo In John we see this human tendency illustrated among the disciples Jesus had just restored Peter after he had denied Him three times see John ndash ndash Now Jesus said to Peter ldquo [... 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
January 08, 2024
ldquo How do I love thee Let me count the ways rdquo Those words from Elizabeth Barrett Browning rsquo s Sonnets from the Portuguese are among the best-known poetry in the English language She wrote them to Robert Browning before they were married and he was so moved he encouraged her to publish her entire collection of poems But because the language of the sonnets was very tender out of a desire for personal privacy Barrett published them as if they were translations from a Portuguese writer Sometimes we can feel awkward when we openly express affection for others But [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 06, 2024
The pictures coming from a friend rsquo s text stream were stunning Photos of a surprise gift for his wife revealed a restored Ford Mustang brilliant dark blue exterior sparkling chrome rims reupholstered black interior and a motor to match the other upgrades There were also ldquo before rdquo pictures of the same vehicle mdash a dull worn unimpressive yellow version While it may be difficult to envision it rsquo s likely that when the vehicle rolled off the assembly line in it was also an eye-catcher But time wear and tear and other factors had made it ripe for [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 05, 2024
Today is Epiphany mdash the event described by the carol ldquo We Three Kings of Orient Are rdquo It rsquo s the time when Gentile wisemen visited the child Jesus Yet they weren rsquo t kings they weren rsquo t from the Far East as Orient formerly meant and it rsquo s unlikely there were three of them There were however three gifts and the carol considers each When the magi arrived in Bethlehem ldquo They opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold frankincense and myrrh rdquo Matthew The gifts symbolize Jesus rsquo mission Gold represents His [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 03, 2024
I didn rsquo t notice him at first I rsquo d come down for breakfast at my hotel Everything in the dining room was clean The buffet table was filled The refrigerator was stocked the utensil container packed tight Everything was perfect Then I saw him An unassuming man refilled this wiped that He didn rsquo t draw attention to himself But the longer I sat the more I was amazed The man was working very fast noticing everything and refilling everything before anyone might need something As a food service veteran I noticed his constant attention to detail Everything [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
January 02, 2024
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle has seen the deterioration of coral reefs firsthand She founded Mission Blue an organization devoted to the development of global Hope Spots These special places around the world are ldquo critical to the health of the ocean rdquo which impacts our lives on earth Through the intentional care for these areas scientists have seen the relationships of underwater communities restored and lives of endangered species saved nbsp In Psalm the psalmist acknowledges that God spoke everything into existence and ensured that all He made would stand firm vv ndash As God reigns over generations and nations vv [... more]
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Various Hosts
December 30, 2023
On New Year rsquo s Eve officials in Detroit carefully opened a hundred-year-old time capsule Nestled inside the copper box were hopeful predictions from some city leaders who expressed visions of prosperity and technology The mayor rsquo s message however offered a different approach He wrote ldquo May we be permitted to express one hope superior to all others that you may realize as a nation people and city you have grown in righteousness for it is this that exalts a nation rdquo More than success happiness or peace the mayor wished that future citizens would grow in what it [... 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 25, 2023
After all the joy of Christmas Day the following day felt like a letdown We rsquo d stayed overnight with friends but hadn rsquo t slept well Then our car broke down as we were driving home Then it started to snow We had abandoned the car and taxied home in the snow and sleet feeling blah We rsquo re not the only ones who rsquo ve felt low after Christmas Day Whether it rsquo s from excessive eating the way carols suddenly disappear from the radio or the fact that the gifts we bought last week are now on [... more]
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