My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Doing Good? Do NOT give up. And let us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap👩🏽‍🌾🎑🌾🎍🌽🍿, if we faint💤😫 not. He (GOD✝️) Holds🤗👐🏿 Our Hand🤚🏿. I will strengthen💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️ you and help⛑🆘 you; I will uphold🤗 you with my righteous right hand🤚🏿. Isaiah 41:10. The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much older than two years—took the steps down to the lower level. Descending the stairs was her mission and she accomplished it. I smiled to myself as I pondered the daring independence of this courageous toddler. The child wasn’t afraid because she knew her caring mother’s watchful eye was always on her and her LOVE💝🎁ing hand was extended to help her. This aptly pictures the LORD✝️’s readiness to help His children as they make their way through life with its varied uncertainties. Today’s Scripture includes two “hand” references. After cautioning His ancient people not to fear or be dismayed, the LORD✝️ told them, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Many anxious and fearful children have been steadied by the strength of a parent. Here GOD✝️’s power comes into view. In the second “hand” reference, once again it’s the LORD✝️ who acted to secure the safety of His own. “For I✝️AM✝️ the LORD✝️ your GOD✝️ who takes hold of your right hand” (v. 13). While life situations and times have changed, the LORD✝️ hasn’t. We need not despair (v. 10) because the LORD✝️ still assures us with the promise of His support and with the words we desperately need to hear: “Do NOT fear” (vv. 10, 13). GOD✝️ assures the Israelites they are “the apple🍎🍏 of His eye👀👁👁” (Deuteronomy 32:10). Privileged to be “chosen . . . to be His people, His treasured possession” (7:6), He gave them the title of honor—“my servant”—just as He did their revered lawgiver, Moses (Malachi 4:4) and their beLOVE💝🎁d king, David (1 Chronicles 17:7). By physical offspring, they were the “descendants of Abraham my friend” (Isaiah 41:8). Abraham was one of only two people called GOD✝️’s friend in the Old Testament; the other person is Moses, for GOD✝️ spoke to him “as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). The patriarch Job wished he had an advocate and intercessor who would plead with GOD✝️ “as one pleads for a friend” (Job 16:21). Today we have such a Friend—our LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ (John 15:13-15). We have a “new relationship with GOD✝️ because our LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️ has made us friends of GOD✝️” (Romans 5:11 nlt). REFLECT & PRAY With GOD✝️’s hand holding my hand, I am safe! FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for always watching over me. For help⛑🆘, read Navigating the Storms of Life at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/navigating-the-storms-of-life/ . . “And let us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap👩🏽‍🌾🎑🌾🎍🌽🍿, if we faint💤😫 not.” Galatians 6:9 KJV https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.6.9.kjv The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 22 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 4-6; Mark 4:1-20 He Holds Our Hand I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 READ ISAIAH 41:8–13 audio playLISTEN ONLINE The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much older than two years—took the steps down to the lower level. Descending the stairs was her mission and she accomplished it. I smiled to myself as I pondered the daring independence of this courageous toddler. The child wasn’t afraid because she knew her caring mother’s watchful eye was always on her and her loving hand was extended to help her. This aptly pictures the Lord’s readiness to help His children as they make their way through life with its varied uncertainties. Today’s Scripture includes two “hand” references. After cautioning His ancient people not to fear or be dismayed, the Lord told them, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Many anxious and fearful children have been steadied by the strength of a parent. Here God’s power comes into view. In the second “hand” reference, once again it’s the Lord who acted to secure the safety of His own. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand” (v. 13). While life situations and times have changed, the Lord hasn’t. We need not despair (v. 10) because the Lord still assures us with the promise of His support and with the words we desperately need to hear: “Do not fear” (vv. 10, 13). By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY With God’s hand holding my hand, I am safe! Father, thank You for always watching over me. For help, read Navigating the Storms of Life at discoveryseries.org/hp061. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT God assures the Israelites they are “the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10). Privileged to be “chosen . . . to be his people, his treasured possession” (7:6), He gave them the title of honor—“my servant”—just as He did their revered lawgiver, Moses (Malachi 4:4) and their beloved king, David (1 Chronicles 17:7). By physical offspring, they were the “descendants of Abraham my friend” (Isaiah 41:8). Abraham was one of only two people called God’s friend in the Old Testament; the other person is Moses, for God spoke to him “as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). The patriarch Job wished he had an advocate and intercessor who would plead with God “as one pleads for a friend” (Job 16:21). Today we have such a Friend—our Lord Jesus (John 15:13-15). We have a “new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:11 nlt). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Doing Good? Do NOT give up.
And let us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap👩🏽‍🌾🎑🌾🎍🌽🍿, if we faint💤😫 not.
He (GOD✝️) Holds🤗👐🏿 Our Hand🤚🏿. I will strengthen💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️ you and help⛑🆘 you; I will uphold🤗 you with my righteous right hand🤚🏿. Isaiah 41:10.
The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much older than two years—took the steps down to the lower level. Descending the stairs was her mission and she accomplished it. I smiled to myself as I pondered the daring independence of this courageous toddler. The child wasn’t afraid because she knew her caring mother’s watchful eye was always on her and her LOVE💝🎁ing hand was extended to help her. This aptly pictures the LORD✝️’s readiness to help His children as they make their way through life with its varied uncertainties. Today’s Scripture includes two “hand” references. After cautioning His ancient people not to fear or be dismayed, the LORD✝️ told them, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Many anxious and fearful children have been steadied by the strength of a parent. Here GOD✝️’s power comes into view. In the second “hand” reference, once again it’s the LORD✝️ who acted to secure the safety of His own. “For I✝️AM✝️ the LORD✝️ your GOD✝️ who takes hold of your right hand” (v. 13). While life situations and times have changed, the LORD✝️ hasn’t. We need not despair (v. 10) because the LORD✝️ still assures us with the promise of His support and with the words we desperately need to hear: “Do NOT fear” (vv. 10, 13).
GOD✝️ assures the Israelites they are “the apple🍎🍏 of His eye👀👁👁” (Deuteronomy 32:10). Privileged to be “chosen . . . to be His people, His treasured possession” (7:6), He gave them the title of honor—“my servant”—just as He did their revered lawgiver, Moses (Malachi 4:4) and their beLOVE💝🎁d king, David (1 Chronicles 17:7). By physical offspring, they were the “descendants of Abraham my friend” (Isaiah 41:8). Abraham was one of only two people called GOD✝️’s friend in the Old Testament; the other person is Moses, for GOD✝️ spoke to him “as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). The patriarch Job wished he had an advocate and intercessor who would plead with GOD✝️ “as one pleads for a friend” (Job 16:21). Today we have such a Friend—our LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ (John 15:13-15). We have a “new relationship with GOD✝️ because our LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️ has made us friends of GOD✝️” (Romans 5:11 nlt).
REFLECT & PRAY
With GOD✝️’s hand holding my hand, I am safe!
FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for always watching over me.
For help⛑🆘, read Navigating the Storms of Life at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/navigating-the-storms-of-life/
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“And let us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap👩🏽‍🌾🎑🌾🎍🌽🍿, if we faint💤😫 not.”
Galatians 6:9 KJV
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.6.9.kjv
The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much…
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February 22 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 4-6; Mark 4:1-20
He Holds Our Hand
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

READ ISAIAH 41:8–13

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
The little girl who navigated the stairway one Sunday at church was cute, spunky, and independent. One by one the child—who appeared to be not much older than two years—took the steps down to the lower level. Descending the stairs was her mission and she accomplished it. I smiled to myself as I pondered the daring independence of this courageous toddler. The child wasn’t afraid because she knew her caring mother’s watchful eye was always on her and her loving hand was extended to help her. This aptly pictures the Lord’s readiness to help His children as they make their way through life with its varied uncertainties.
Today’s Scripture includes two “hand” references. After cautioning His ancient people not to fear or be dismayed, the Lord told them, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Many anxious and fearful children have been steadied by the strength of a parent. Here God’s power comes into view. In the second “hand” reference, once again it’s the Lord who acted to secure the safety of His own. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand” (v. 13). While life situations and times have changed, the Lord hasn’t. We need not despair (v. 10) because the Lord still assures us with the promise of His support and with the words we desperately need to hear: “Do not fear” (vv. 10, 13).
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
With God’s hand holding my hand, I am safe!

Father, thank You for always watching over me.

For help, read Navigating the Storms of Life at discoveryseries.org/hp061.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
God assures the Israelites they are “the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10). Privileged to be “chosen . . . to be his people, his treasured possession” (7:6), He gave them the title of honor—“my servant”—just as He did their revered lawgiver, Moses (Malachi 4:4) and their beloved king, David (1 Chronicles 17:7). By physical offspring, they were the “descendants of Abraham my friend” (Isaiah 41:8). Abraham was one of only two people called God’s friend in the Old Testament; the other person is Moses, for God spoke to him “as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). The patriarch Job wished he had an advocate and intercessor who would plead with God “as one pleads for a friend” (Job 16:21). Today we have such a Friend—our Lord Jesus (John 15:13-15). We have a “new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:11 nlt). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Living Sacrifice. I urge you . . . in view of GOD✝️s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of LOVE💝🎁 for her parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. They lived in Minnesota and needed to be cared for. Both of her brothers had died young in tragic circumstances and she was her mom and dad’s only remaining child. For her, serving her parents was an expression of her faith✝️. The apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome urged CHRIST✝️ian believers to be “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). He hoped they would extend CHRIST✝️s sacrificial LOVE💝🎁 to each other. And he asked them not to think of themselves more highly than they should (v. 3). When they fell into disagreements and division, he called them to lay down their pride, because “in CHRIST✝️ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to ALL the others” (v. 5). He yearned that they would show each other sacrificial LOVE💝🎁. Each day we have the opportunity to serve others. For instance, we might let someone go ahead of us in a line or we might, like my great aunt, care for someone who is ill. Or maybe we share from our experience as we give another advice and direction. When we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, we honor GOD✝️. Paul tells us not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). What is the pattern of this world? Paul doesn’t define it for us, but we gain a hint when he immediately addresses the problem of pride. In verse 3 he says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Then he emphasizes the need for us to use our GOD✝️ given gift💝🎁s to live in unity and community. “We, though many, form one body, and each member✝️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 belongs to ALL the others” (v. 5). GOD✝️ gift💝🎁s us not so we may glorify ourselves but so that we might serve each other in LOVE💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY When we serve others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in His name, we please GOD✝️. LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️, You humbled Yourself and lay down⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️😵 Your life that I might live. May I never forget this most precious gift💝🎁 of grace and LOVE💝🎁 . Hast thou not known?🧠🤔💭💡 hast thou not heard👂🏿, that the everlasting GOD✝️ the LORD✝️ the CREATOR✝️ of the ends of the earth🌍🗺, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ of His understanding. . . “Hast thou not known?🧠🤔💭💡 hast thou not heard👂🏿, that the everlasting GOD✝️ the LORD✝️ the CREATOR✝️ of the ends of the earth🌍🗺, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ of His understanding.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.40.28.kjv My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of love for… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 21 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 1-3; Mark 3 Living Sacrifice I urge you . . . in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1 READ ROMANS 12:1–8 audio playLISTEN ONLINE My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of love for her parents. They lived in Minnesota and needed to be cared for. Both of her brothers had died young in tragic circumstances and she was her mom and dad’s only remaining child. For her, serving her parents was an expression of her faith. The apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome urged Christian believers to be “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). He hoped they would extend Christ’s sacrificial love to each other. And he asked them not to think of themselves more highly than they should (v. 3). When they fell into disagreements and division, he called them to lay down their pride, because “in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (v. 5). He yearned that they would show each other sacrificial love. Each day we have the opportunity to serve others. For instance, we might let someone go ahead of us in a line or we might, like my great aunt, care for someone who is ill. Or maybe we share from our experience as we give another advice and direction. When we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, we honor God. By Amy Boucher Pye REFLECT & PRAY When we serve others in His name, we please God. Lord Jesus Christ, You humbled Yourself and lay down Your life that I might live. May I never forget this most precious gift of grace and love. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Paul tells us not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). What is the pattern of this world? Paul doesn’t define it for us, but we gain a hint when he immediately addresses the problem of pride. In verse 3 he says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Then he emphasizes the need for us to use our God-given gifts to live in unity and community. “We, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (v. 5). God gifts us not so we may glorify ourselves but so that we might serve each other in love. Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Living Sacrifice. I urge you . . . in view of GOD✝️s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of LOVE💝🎁 for her parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. They lived in Minnesota and needed to be cared for. Both of her brothers had died young in tragic circumstances and she was her mom and dad’s only remaining child. For her, serving her parents was an expression of her faith✝️.
The apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome urged CHRIST✝️ian believers to be “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). He hoped they would extend CHRIST✝️s sacrificial LOVE💝🎁 to each other. And he asked them not to think of themselves more highly than they should (v. 3). When they fell into disagreements and division, he called them to lay down their pride, because “in CHRIST✝️ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to ALL the others” (v. 5). He yearned that they would show each other sacrificial LOVE💝🎁. Each day we have the opportunity to serve others. For instance, we might let someone go ahead of us in a line or we might, like my great aunt, care for someone who is ill. Or maybe we share from our experience as we give another advice and direction. When we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, we honor GOD✝️.
Paul tells us not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). What is the pattern of this world? Paul doesn’t define it for us, but we gain a hint when he immediately addresses the problem of pride. In verse 3 he says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Then he emphasizes the need for us to use our GOD✝️ given gift💝🎁s to live in unity and community. “We, though many, form one body, and each member✝️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 belongs to ALL the others” (v. 5). GOD✝️ gift💝🎁s us not so we may glorify ourselves but so that we might serve each other in LOVE💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
When we serve others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in His name, we please GOD✝️.

LORD✝️ JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️, You humbled Yourself and lay down⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️😵 Your life that I might live. May I never forget this most precious gift💝🎁 of grace and LOVE💝🎁 .

Hast thou not known?🧠🤔💭💡 hast thou not heard👂🏿, that the everlasting GOD✝️ the LORD✝️ the CREATOR✝️ of the ends of the earth🌍🗺, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ of His understanding.
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“Hast thou not known?🧠🤔💭💡 hast thou not heard👂🏿, that the everlasting GOD✝️ the LORD✝️ the CREATOR✝️ of the ends of the earth🌍🗺, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ of His understanding.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.40.28.kjv
My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of love for…
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February 21 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 1-3; Mark 3
Living Sacrifice
I urge you . . . in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
Romans 12:1

READ ROMANS 12:1–8

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
My great aunt had an exciting job in advertising and traveled between Chicago and New York City. But she chose to give up that career out of love for her parents. They lived in Minnesota and needed to be cared for. Both of her brothers had died young in tragic circumstances and she was her mom and dad’s only remaining child. For her, serving her parents was an expression of her faith.
The apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome urged Christian believers to be “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). He hoped they would extend Christ’s sacrificial love to each other. And he asked them not to think of themselves more highly than they should (v. 3). When they fell into disagreements and division, he called them to lay down their pride, because “in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (v. 5). He yearned that they would show each other sacrificial love.
Each day we have the opportunity to serve others. For instance, we might let someone go ahead of us in a line or we might, like my great aunt, care for someone who is ill. Or maybe we share from our experience as we give another advice and direction. When we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, we honor God.
By Amy Boucher Pye
REFLECT & PRAY
When we serve others in His name, we please God.

Lord Jesus Christ, You humbled Yourself and lay down Your life that I might live. May I never forget this most precious gift of grace and love.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Paul tells us not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). What is the pattern of this world? Paul doesn’t define it for us, but we gain a hint when he immediately addresses the problem of pride. In verse 3 he says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Then he emphasizes the need for us to use our God-given gifts to live in unity and community. “We, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (v. 5). God gifts us not so we may glorify ourselves but so that we might serve each other in love. Tim Gustafson

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Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – But the fruit🍎🍓🍇🥭🍍🍑 of the SPIRIT✝️🕊 is LOVE💝🎁, JOY😂😹🤗, PEACE✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith✝️, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law🏛⚖️🚓🚔. Send It in a Letter💌📝📨📧📬. Since the day we👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 heard👂🏿 about you, we have not stopped🛑 praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 for you. Colossians 1:9. Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in for tests. The results were shocking—a diagnosis of cancer, stage 4 neuroblastoma. Ruby was in trouble. She was quickly admitted to the hospital. Ruby’s hospital stay lingered on, spilling over into the Christmas season, a hard time to be away from home. One of Ruby’s nurses came up with the idea to place a mailbox outside her room so family could send letters💌📝📨📧📬 full of prayers and encouragement to her. Then the plea went out on Facebook, and that’s when the volume of mail coming in from friends and complete strangers surprised everyone, most of all Ruby. With each letter💌📝📨📧📬 received (more than 100,000 total), Ruby grew a little more encouraged, and she finally got to go home. Paul’s letter to the people at Colossae was exactly that—a letter💌📝📨📧📬 (Colossians 1:2). Words penned on a page that carried hopes for continued fruitfulness and knowledge and strength and endurance and patience (vv. 10-11). Can you imagine what a dose of good medicine such words were to the faithful at Colossae? Just knowing that someone was praying nonstop for them strengthened them to stay steady in their faith in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️. Our words of encouragement can dramatically help others in need. In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul strings together a beautiful chain of cause and effect ideas where one thing leads to another, which leads to another. The clue that this is what Paul is doing is in the words “so that.” Twice he uses this phrase to connect what he is saying to his previous statement (vv. 10, 11). His progression of thought goes like this: Knowing GOD✝️ s will through the SPIRIT✝️🕊 (v. 9) leads to making decisions and acting in ways that honor GOD✝️ knowing Him more (v. 10) leads to endurance, patience, and thanksgiving (vv. 11-12). In this progression we can see how GOD✝️ plans for our growth—one thing builds on another. But it seems significant that this list ends with thanksgiving. The ultimate result of this progression is JOY😂😹🤗ful thanks to GOD✝️. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️, bring someone to my mind that needs encouragement. Then help me act on Your prompting. How have others’ words encouraged me? What opportunities do I have to give someone else the “Letter💌📝📨📧📬” of encouragement they need? . . “But the fruit🍎🍓🍇🥭🍍🍑 of the SPIRIT✝️🕊 is LOVE💝🎁, JOY😂😹🤗, PEACE✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith✝️, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law🏛⚖️🚓🚔.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.5.22-23.kjv Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 20 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2 Send It in a Letter Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. Colossians 1:9 READ COLOSSIANS 1:9–12 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in for tests. The results were shocking—a diagnosis of cancer, stage 4 neuroblastoma. Ruby was in trouble. She was quickly admitted to the hospital. Ruby’s hospital stay lingered on, spilling over into the Christmas season, a hard time to be away from home. One of Ruby’s nurses came up with the idea to place a mailbox outside her room so family could send letters full of prayers and encouragement to her. Then the plea went out on Facebook, and that’s when the volume of mail coming in from friends and complete strangers surprised everyone, most of all Ruby. With each letter received (more than 100,000 total), Ruby grew a little more encouraged, and she finally got to go home. Paul’s letter to the people at Colossae was exactly that—a letter (Colossians 1:2). Words penned on a page that carried hopes for continued fruitfulness and knowledge and strength and endurance and patience (vv. 10-11). Can you imagine what a dose of good medicine such words were to the faithful at Colossae? Just knowing that someone was praying nonstop for them strengthened them to stay steady in their faith in Christ Jesus. Our words of encouragement can dramatically help others in need. By John Blase REFLECT & PRAY God, bring someone to my mind that needs encouragement. Then help me act on Your prompting. How have others’ words encouraged me? What opportunities do I have to give someone else the “letter” of encouragement they need? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul strings together a beautiful chain of cause and effect ideas where one thing leads to another, which leads to another. The clue that this is what Paul is doing is in the words “so that.” Twice he uses this phrase to connect what he is saying to his previous statement (vv. 10, 11). His progression of thought goes like this: Knowing God’s will through the Spirit (v. 9) leads to making decisions and acting in ways that honor God; knowing Him more (v. 10) leads to endurance, patience, and thanksgiving (vv. 11-12). In this progression we can see how God plans for our growth—one thing builds on another. But it seems significant that this list ends with thanksgiving. The ultimate result of this progression is joyful thanks to God. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – But the fruit🍎🍓🍇🥭🍍🍑 of the SPIRIT✝️🕊 is LOVE💝🎁, JOY😂😹🤗, PEACE✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith✝️, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law🏛⚖️🚓🚔.
Send It in a Letter💌📝📨📧📬. Since the day we👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 heard👂🏿 about you, we have not stopped🛑 praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 for you. Colossians 1:9.
Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in for tests. The results were shocking—a diagnosis of cancer, stage 4 neuroblastoma. Ruby was in trouble. She was quickly admitted to the hospital. Ruby’s hospital stay lingered on, spilling over into the Christmas season, a hard time to be away from home. One of Ruby’s nurses came up with the idea to place a mailbox outside her room so family could send letters💌📝📨📧📬 full of prayers and encouragement to her. Then the plea went out on Facebook, and that’s when the volume of mail coming in from friends and complete strangers surprised everyone, most of all Ruby. With each letter💌📝📨📧📬 received (more than 100,000 total), Ruby grew a little more encouraged, and she finally got to go home.
Paul’s letter to the people at Colossae was exactly that—a letter💌📝📨📧📬 (Colossians 1:2). Words penned on a page that carried hopes for continued fruitfulness and knowledge and strength and endurance and patience (vv. 10-11). Can you imagine what a dose of good medicine such words were to the faithful at Colossae? Just knowing that someone was praying nonstop for them strengthened them to stay steady in their faith in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️. Our words of encouragement can dramatically help others in need.
In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul strings together a beautiful chain of cause and effect ideas where one thing leads to another, which leads to another. The clue that this is what Paul is doing is in the words “so that.” Twice he uses this phrase to connect what he is saying to his previous statement (vv. 10, 11). His progression of thought goes like this: Knowing GOD✝️ s will through the SPIRIT✝️🕊 (v. 9) leads to making decisions and acting in ways that honor GOD✝️ knowing Him more (v. 10) leads to endurance, patience, and thanksgiving (vv. 11-12). In this progression we can see how GOD✝️ plans for our growth—one thing builds on another. But it seems significant that this list ends with thanksgiving. The ultimate result of this progression is JOY😂😹🤗ful thanks to GOD✝️.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️, bring someone to my mind that needs encouragement. Then help me act on Your prompting.

How have others’ words encouraged me? What opportunities do I have to give someone else the “Letter💌📝📨📧📬” of encouragement they need?

.

.
“But the fruit🍎🍓🍇🥭🍍🍑 of the SPIRIT✝️🕊 is LOVE💝🎁, JOY😂😹🤗, PEACE✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith✝️, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law🏛⚖️🚓🚔.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.5.22-23.kjv
Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in…
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February 20 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2
Send It in a Letter
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.
Colossians 1:9

READ COLOSSIANS 1:9–12

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in for tests. The results were shocking—a diagnosis of cancer, stage 4 neuroblastoma. Ruby was in trouble. She was quickly admitted to the hospital.
Ruby’s hospital stay lingered on, spilling over into the Christmas season, a hard time to be away from home. One of Ruby’s nurses came up with the idea to place a mailbox outside her room so family could send letters full of prayers and encouragement to her. Then the plea went out on Facebook, and that’s when the volume of mail coming in from friends and complete strangers surprised everyone, most of all Ruby. With each letter received (more than 100,000 total), Ruby grew a little more encouraged, and she finally got to go home.
Paul’s letter to the people at Colossae was exactly that—a letter (Colossians 1:2). Words penned on a page that carried hopes for continued fruitfulness and knowledge and strength and endurance and patience (vv. 10-11). Can you imagine what a dose of good medicine such words were to the faithful at Colossae? Just knowing that someone was praying nonstop for them strengthened them to stay steady in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Our words of encouragement can dramatically help others in need.
By John Blase
REFLECT & PRAY
God, bring someone to my mind that needs encouragement. Then help me act on Your prompting.

How have others’ words encouraged me? What opportunities do I have to give someone else the “letter” of encouragement they need?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul strings together a beautiful chain of cause and effect ideas where one thing leads to another, which leads to another. The clue that this is what Paul is doing is in the words “so that.” Twice he uses this phrase to connect what he is saying to his previous statement (vv. 10, 11). His progression of thought goes like this: Knowing God’s will through the Spirit (v. 9) leads to making decisions and acting in ways that honor God; knowing Him more (v. 10) leads to endurance, patience, and thanksgiving (vv. 11-12). In this progression we can see how God plans for our growth—one thing builds on another. But it seems significant that this list ends with thanksgiving. The ultimate result of this progression is joyful thanks to God. J.R. Hudberg

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Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – LOVE💝🎁 not the world🌎🗺, neither the things⛵️🏎💎💍💰💵🏦🤑💸 that are in the world. If any man LOVE💝🎁 the world, the LOVE💝🎁 of the FATHER✝️ is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes👁👁👀, and the pride of life, is not of the FATHER✝️, but is of the world. Got WISEdom? 🧠🧐🤓👓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️ Proverbs 15 describes the WISE person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks GOD✝️ly counsel (v. 22), speaks 🗣 graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously ⚠️⛔️🚧🚸 (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled🤐🙈 (v. 28), prayerful🙏🏿🤲🏿 (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears GOD✝️ (v. 33). Shelve Them and Move On. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏡 among the wise🧠🧐🤓👓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️. Proverbs 15:31. I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that GOD✝️ was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in GOD✝️’s grace and power. Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement and wise counsel: “Good news gives health to the bones. . . .Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (15:30, 32). If we’re on the receiving end of a rebuke, may we choose to be sharpened by it. Proverbs states, “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise” (v. 31). And if we’re blessed with words of praise, may we be refreshed and filled with gratitude. As we walk humbly with GOD✝️, He can help us learn from both criticism and praise, shelve them, and then move on in Him (v. 33). In Proverbs, the righteous are the wise, and the foolish are the wicked (for example, see 10:1-3). A wise person is one who obeys GOD✝️ and His Word, thus avoiding moral pitfalls and failures. In contrast, a fool is one who says, “There is no GOD✝️” (Psalm 14:1). Solomon contrasts the wise and the foolish (Proverbs 10-15), comparing their attitudes, actions, and speech. Proverbs 15 describes the wise person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks godly counsel (v. 22), speaks graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled (v. 28), prayerful (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears GOD✝️ (v. 33). The foundation for such a GOD✝️ly life is stated at the beginning of Proverbs in 1:7, repeated in 9:10, and reiterated again in 15:33: The fear of the LORD✝️ is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. REFLECT & PRAY Learn from praise and criticism, then shelve them and move on. FATHER✝️ GOD✝️, thank You for the gift of praise and criticism. As I humbly surrender to You, may I grow and be sharpened by both. . . “LOVE💝🎁 not the world🌎🗺, neither the things⛵️🏎💎💍💰💵🏦🤑💸 that are in the world. If any man LOVE💝🎁 the world, the LOVE💝🎁 of the FATHER✝️ is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes👁👁👀, and the pride of life, is not of the FATHER✝️, but is of the world.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1jn.2.15-16.kjv I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 19 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45 Shelve Them and Move On Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 READ PROVERBS 15:30–33 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that God was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in God’s grace and power. Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement and wise counsel: “Good news gives health to the bones. . . .Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (15:30, 32). If we’re on the receiving end of a rebuke, may we choose to be sharpened by it. Proverbs states, “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise” (v. 31). And if we’re blessed with words of praise, may we be refreshed and filled with gratitude. As we walk humbly with God, He can help us learn from both criticism and praise, shelve them, and then move on in Him (v. 33). By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith REFLECT & PRAY Learn from praise and criticism, then shelve them and move on. Father God, thank You for the gift of praise and criticism. As I humbly surrender to You, may I grow and be sharpened by both. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT In Proverbs, the righteous are the wise, and the foolish are the wicked (for example, see 10:1-3). A wise person is one who obeys God and His Word, thus avoiding moral pitfalls and failures. In contrast, a fool is one who says, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Solomon contrasts the wise and the foolish (Proverbs 10-15), comparing their attitudes, actions, and speech. Proverbs 15 describes the wise person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks godly counsel (v. 22), speaks graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled (v. 28), prayerful (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears God (v. 33). The foundation for such a godly life is stated at the beginning of Proverbs in 1:7, repeated in 9:10, and reiterated again in 15:33: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – LOVE💝🎁 not the world🌎🗺, neither the things⛵️🏎💎💍💰💵🏦🤑💸 that are in the world. If any man LOVE💝🎁 the world, the LOVE💝🎁 of the FATHER✝️ is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes👁👁👀, and the pride of life, is not of the FATHER✝️, but is of the world.
Got WISEdom? 🧠🧐🤓👓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️
Proverbs 15 describes the WISE person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks GOD✝️ly counsel (v. 22), speaks 🗣 graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously ⚠️⛔️🚧🚸 (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled🤐🙈 (v. 28), prayerful🙏🏿🤲🏿 (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears GOD✝️ (v. 33).
Shelve Them and Move On. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏡 among the wise🧠🧐🤓👓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️. Proverbs 15:31.
I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that GOD✝️ was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in GOD✝️’s grace and power. Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement and wise counsel: “Good news gives health to the bones. . . .Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (15:30, 32). If we’re on the receiving end of a rebuke, may we choose to be sharpened by it. Proverbs states, “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise” (v. 31). And if we’re blessed with words of praise, may we be refreshed and filled with gratitude. As we walk humbly with GOD✝️, He can help us learn from both criticism and praise, shelve them, and then move on in Him (v. 33).
In Proverbs, the righteous are the wise, and the foolish are the wicked (for example, see 10:1-3). A wise person is one who obeys GOD✝️ and His Word, thus avoiding moral pitfalls and failures. In contrast, a fool is one who says, “There is no GOD✝️” (Psalm 14:1). Solomon contrasts the wise and the foolish (Proverbs 10-15), comparing their attitudes, actions, and speech. Proverbs 15 describes the wise person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks godly counsel (v. 22), speaks graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled (v. 28), prayerful (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears GOD✝️ (v. 33). The foundation for such a GOD✝️ly life is stated at the beginning of Proverbs in 1:7, repeated in 9:10, and reiterated again in 15:33: The fear of the LORD✝️ is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.
REFLECT & PRAY
Learn from praise and criticism, then shelve them and move on.
FATHER✝️ GOD✝️, thank You for the gift of praise and criticism. As I humbly surrender to You, may I grow and be sharpened by both.
.

.
“LOVE💝🎁 not the world🌎🗺, neither the things⛵️🏎💎💍💰💵🏦🤑💸 that are in the world. If any man LOVE💝🎁 the world, the LOVE💝🎁 of the FATHER✝️ is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes👁👁👀, and the pride of life, is not of the FATHER✝️, but is of the world.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1jn.2.15-16.kjv
I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with…
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February 19 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45
Shelve Them and Move On
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Proverbs 15:31

READ PROVERBS 15:30–33

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that God was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in God’s grace and power.
Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement and wise counsel: “Good news gives health to the bones. . . .Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (15:30, 32).
If we’re on the receiving end of a rebuke, may we choose to be sharpened by it. Proverbs states, “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise” (v. 31). And if we’re blessed with words of praise, may we be refreshed and filled with gratitude. As we walk humbly with God, He can help us learn from both criticism and praise, shelve them, and then move on in Him (v. 33).
By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
REFLECT & PRAY
Learn from praise and criticism, then shelve them and move on.

Father God, thank You for the gift of praise and criticism. As I humbly surrender to You, may I grow and be sharpened by both.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
In Proverbs, the righteous are the wise, and the foolish are the wicked (for example, see 10:1-3). A wise person is one who obeys God and His Word, thus avoiding moral pitfalls and failures. In contrast, a fool is one who says, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Solomon contrasts the wise and the foolish (Proverbs 10-15), comparing their attitudes, actions, and speech. Proverbs 15 describes the wise person as one who is discerning (v. 21), seeks godly counsel (v. 22), speaks graciously (v. 23), lives cautiously (v. 24), is humble (v. 25), pure (v. 26), honest (v. 27), self-controlled (v. 28), prayerful (v. 29), teachable (vv. 31-32), and fears God (v. 33). The foundation for such a godly life is stated at the beginning of Proverbs in 1:7, repeated in 9:10, and reiterated again in 15:33: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. K. T. Sim

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 and Growing. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the LORD✝️JESUS✝️, giving thanks to GOD✝️. Colossians 3:15. When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care. “I was so angry at GOD✝️,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕 and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but GOD✝️ has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of LOVE💝🎁 for her, I also do for JESUS✝️. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.” Sometimes GOD✝️ answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because GOD✝️ spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, GOD✝️ caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, GOD✝️ answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But GOD✝️ challenged him to think about others and have compassion. GOD✝️ sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts❤️💝💘💓💞💕 because He wants to transform us with His LOVE💝🎁. I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. . . “I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jer.17.10.kjv When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 18 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22 Praying and Growing Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God. Colossians 3:17 READ JONAH 4 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care. “I was so angry at God,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but God has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of love for her, I also do for Jesus. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.” Sometimes God answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because God spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, God caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, God answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But God challenged him to think about others and have compassion. God sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts because He wants to transform us with His love. By James Banks REFLECT & PRAY God grows us as we spend time with Him. Lord Jesus, thank You for helping me grow when I pray. Help me to be sensitive to what You want for my life today. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Jonah’s reluctance to forgive his enemies is a reminder that the heart of God is bigger than our own. For more about the story of Jonah, read The Failure of Success at discoveryseries.org/q0720. Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 and Growing. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the LORD✝️JESUS✝️, giving thanks to GOD✝️. Colossians 3:15.
When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care. “I was so angry at GOD✝️,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕 and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but GOD✝️ has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of LOVE💝🎁 for her, I also do for JESUS✝️. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.” Sometimes GOD✝️ answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because GOD✝️ spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, GOD✝️ caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, GOD✝️ answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But GOD✝️ challenged him to think about others and have compassion. GOD✝️ sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts❤️💝💘💓💞💕 because He wants to transform us with His LOVE💝🎁.
I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
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“I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jer.17.10.kjv
When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care…
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February 18 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22
Praying and Growing
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.
Colossians 3:17

READ JONAH 4

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When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care.
“I was so angry at God,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but God has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of love for her, I also do for Jesus. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.”
Sometimes God answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because God spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, God caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, God answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But God challenged him to think about others and have compassion.
God sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts because He wants to transform us with His love.
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
God grows us as we spend time with Him.

Lord Jesus, thank You for helping me grow when I pray. Help me to be sensitive to what You want for my life today.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Jonah’s reluctance to forgive his enemies is a reminder that the heart of God is bigger than our own.

For more about the story of Jonah, read The Failure of Success at discoveryseries.org/q0720.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Atmosphere of Encouragement. Each of us should please🤗👐🏿 our neighbors👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 for their good, to build them up. Romans 15:2. … not to judge each other, but words and actions that reveal support for others’ conditioning efforts are always welcomed. What a great picture of how things should look in the spiritual realm of life! Those of us who are striving to “get in shape” spiritually, to grow in our faith, can sometimes feel as if we don’t belong because we’re not as spiritually fit—as mature in our walk with JESUS✝️—as someone else. Paul gave us this short, direct suggestion: “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And to the believers in Rome he wrote: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Romans 15:2). Recognizing that our FATHER✝️ is so LOVE💝🎁ingly gracious with us, let’s show GOD✝️’s grace to others with encouraging words and actions. As we “accept one another” (v. 7), let’s entrust our spiritual growth to GOD✝️—to the work of His SPIRIT✝️. And while we daily seek to follow Him, may we create an atmosphere of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in JESUS✝️ as they also seek to grow in their faith. Before encouraging harmony and hospitality in Romans 15, Paul did a good bit of “ground preparation” in the previous chapter. Believers who were in agreement about basic CHRIST✝️ian teachings were passing judgment on those with different dietary practices and those who held certain days as more sacred than others. Paul’s teaching was direct and corrective. “Stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” (14:13). “Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom CHRIST✝️ died. . . . Do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” (vv. 15-16). “Do not destroy the work of GOD✝️ for the sake of food. . . . It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall” (vv. 20-21). REFLECT & PRAY A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up and pressing on. LORD✝️, help me today to encourage others along the way. Guide me to say what will not discourage but will spur them toward a deeper walk with You in Your LOVE💝🎁. But without faith✝️ it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to GOD✝️ must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ Him. . . “But without faith✝️ it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to GOD✝️ must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ Him.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/heb.11.6.kjv I’m encouraged every time I visit the fitness center near our house. In that busy place, I’m surrounded by others who are striving to improve… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 17 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28 Atmosphere of Encouragement Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. Romans 15:2 READ ROMANS 15:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I’m encouraged every time I visit the fitness center near our house. In that busy place, I’m surrounded by others who are striving to improve their physical health and strength. Posted signs remind us not to judge each other, but words and actions that reveal support for others’ conditioning efforts are always welcomed. What a great picture of how things should look in the spiritual realm of life! Those of us who are striving to “get in shape” spiritually, to grow in our faith, can sometimes feel as if we don’t belong because we’re not as spiritually fit—as mature in our walk with Jesus—as someone else. Paul gave us this short, direct suggestion: “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And to the believers in Rome he wrote: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Romans 15:2). Recognizing that our Father is so lovingly gracious with us, let’s show God’s grace to others with encouraging words and actions. As we “accept one another” (v. 7), let’s entrust our spiritual growth to God—to the work of His Spirit. And while we daily seek to follow Him, may we create an atmosphere of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in Jesus as they also seek to grow in their faith. By Dave Branon REFLECT & PRAY A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up and pressing on. Lord, help me today to encourage others along the way. Guide me to say what will not discourage but will spur them toward a deeper walk with You in Your love. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Before encouraging harmony and hospitality in Romans 15, Paul did a good bit of “ground preparation” in the previous chapter. Believers who were in agreement about basic Christian teachings were passing judgment on those with different dietary practices and those who held certain days as more sacred than others. Paul’s teaching was direct and corrective. “Stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” (14:13). “Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. . . . Do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” (vv. 15-16). “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. . . . It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall” (vv. 20-21). Arthur Jackson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Atmosphere of Encouragement. Each of us should please🤗👐🏿 our neighbors👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 for their good, to build them up. Romans 15:2.
… not to judge each other, but words and actions that reveal support for others’ conditioning efforts are always welcomed. What a great picture of how things should look in the spiritual realm of life! Those of us who are striving to “get in shape” spiritually, to grow in our faith, can sometimes feel as if we don’t belong because we’re not as spiritually fit—as mature in our walk with JESUS✝️—as someone else. Paul gave us this short, direct suggestion: “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And to the believers in Rome he wrote: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Romans 15:2). Recognizing that our FATHER✝️ is so LOVE💝🎁ingly gracious with us, let’s show GOD✝️’s grace to others with encouraging words and actions. As we “accept one another” (v. 7), let’s entrust our spiritual growth to GOD✝️—to the work of His SPIRIT✝️. And while we daily seek to follow Him, may we create an atmosphere of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in JESUS✝️ as they also seek to grow in their faith. Before encouraging harmony and hospitality in Romans 15, Paul did a good bit of “ground preparation” in the previous chapter. Believers who were in agreement about basic CHRIST✝️ian teachings were passing judgment on those with different dietary practices and those who held certain days as more sacred than others. Paul’s teaching was direct and corrective. “Stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” (14:13). “Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom CHRIST✝️ died. . . . Do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” (vv. 15-16). “Do not destroy the work of GOD✝️ for the sake of food. . . . It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall” (vv. 20-21).
REFLECT & PRAY
A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up and pressing on.
LORD✝️, help me today to encourage others along the way. Guide me to say what will not discourage but will spur them toward a deeper walk with You in Your LOVE💝🎁.
But without faith✝️ it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to GOD✝️ must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ Him.
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“But without faith✝️ it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to GOD✝️ must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ Him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/heb.11.6.kjv
I’m encouraged every time I visit the fitness center near our house. In that busy place, I’m surrounded by others who are striving to improve…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

February 17 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28
Atmosphere of Encouragement
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
Romans 15:2

READ ROMANS 15:1–7

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I’m encouraged every time I visit the fitness center near our house. In that busy place, I’m surrounded by others who are striving to improve their physical health and strength. Posted signs remind us not to judge each other, but words and actions that reveal support for others’ conditioning efforts are always welcomed.
What a great picture of how things should look in the spiritual realm of life! Those of us who are striving to “get in shape” spiritually, to grow in our faith, can sometimes feel as if we don’t belong because we’re not as spiritually fit—as mature in our walk with Jesus—as someone else.
Paul gave us this short, direct suggestion: “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). And to the believers in Rome he wrote: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (Romans 15:2). Recognizing that our Father is so lovingly gracious with us, let’s show God’s grace to others with encouraging words and actions.
As we “accept one another” (v. 7), let’s entrust our spiritual growth to God—to the work of His Spirit. And while we daily seek to follow Him, may we create an atmosphere of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in Jesus as they also seek to grow in their faith.
By Dave Branon
REFLECT & PRAY
A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up and pressing on.

Lord, help me today to encourage others along the way. Guide me to say what will not discourage but will spur them toward a deeper walk with You in Your love.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Before encouraging harmony and hospitality in Romans 15, Paul did a good bit of “ground preparation” in the previous chapter. Believers who were in agreement about basic Christian teachings were passing judgment on those with different dietary practices and those who held certain days as more sacred than others. Paul’s teaching was direct and corrective. “Stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” (14:13). “Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. . . . Do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” (vv. 15-16). “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. . . . It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall” (vv. 20-21). Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Acts of Kindness😊🤗👐🏿. [Tabitha] was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36. “Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a present in the mail was like a second CHRIST✝️mas. I felt loved, remembered, and valued by GOD✝️ through this wonderful woman. The poor widows Tabitha (Dorcas) made clothes for must have felt the same way. She was a disciple of Jesus living in Joppa who was well known in the community for her acts of kindness. She was “always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36). Then she got sick and passed away. At the time, Peter was visiting a nearby city, so two believers went after him and begged him to come to Joppa. When Peter arrived, the widows Tabitha had helped showed him the evidence of her kindness—“the robes and other clothing that [she] had made” (v. 39). We don’t know if they asked him to intervene, but led by the HOLY✝️ SPIRIT✝️🕊 Peter prayed and GOD✝️ brought her back to life! The result of GOD✝️’s kindness was that “this became known ALL over Joppa, and many people believed in the LORD✝️” (v. 42). As we’re kind to those around us, may they turn their thoughts to GOD✝️ and feel valued by Him. Joppa was Judea’s primary port on the Mediterranean coast. After raising Dorcas from the dead, Peter stayed in Joppa in the house of Simon the tanner (Acts 9:43). While there, Peter went up on the roof to pray and saw a vision that reiterated that GOD✝️’s salvation blessing is meant for Gentiles too (10:9-16; 11:18). It was from Joppa that Jonah sailed for Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh to tell them about GOD✝️ (Jonah 1:3). It’s significant that from Joppa GOD✝️ now calls Peter to go and proclaim the good news to the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-48). REFLECT & PRAY Be the living expression of GOD✝️’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. Mother Teresa Dear LORD✝️, help me to follow You and show kindness to those around me, so they can see You in me. Learn more about caring for hurting people at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/ministering-to-people-in-pain/ Commit thy way unto the LORD✝️; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. . . “Commit thy way unto the LORD✝️; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.37.5.kjv “Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 16 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66 Acts of Kindness [Tabitha] was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36 READ ACTS 9:32–42 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a present in the mail was like a second Christmas. I felt loved, remembered, and valued by God through this wonderful woman. The poor widows Tabitha (Dorcas) made clothes for must have felt the same way. She was a disciple of Jesus living in Joppa who was well known in the community for her acts of kindness. She was “always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36). Then she got sick and passed away. At the time, Peter was visiting a nearby city, so two believers went after him and begged him to come to Joppa. When Peter arrived, the widows Tabitha had helped showed him the evidence of her kindness—“the robes and other clothing that [she] had made” (v. 39). We don’t know if they asked him to intervene, but led by the Holy Spirit Peter prayed and God brought her back to life! The result of God’s kindness was that “this became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord” (v. 42). As we’re kind to those around us, may they turn their thoughts to God and feel valued by Him. By Estera Pirosca Escobar REFLECT & PRAY Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. Mother Teresa Dear Lord, help me to follow You and show kindness to those around me, so they can see You in me. Learn more about caring for hurting people at christianuniversity.org/CC205. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Joppa was Judea’s primary port on the Mediterranean coast. After raising Dorcas from the dead, Peter stayed in Joppa in the house of Simon the tanner (Acts 9:43). While there, Peter went up on the roof to pray and saw a vision that reiterated that God’s salvation blessing is meant for Gentiles too (10:9-16; 11:18). It was from Joppa that Jonah sailed for Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh to tell them about God (Jonah 1:3). It’s significant that from Joppa God now calls Peter to go and proclaim the good news to the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-48). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Acts of Kindness😊🤗👐🏿. [Tabitha] was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36.
“Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a present in the mail was like a second CHRIST✝️mas. I felt loved, remembered, and valued by GOD✝️ through this wonderful woman. The poor widows Tabitha (Dorcas) made clothes for must have felt the same way. She was a disciple of Jesus living in Joppa who was well known in the community for her acts of kindness. She was “always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36). Then she got sick and passed away. At the time, Peter was visiting a nearby city, so two believers went after him and begged him to come to Joppa. When Peter arrived, the widows Tabitha had helped showed him the evidence of her kindness—“the robes and other clothing that [she] had made” (v. 39). We don’t know if they asked him to intervene, but led by the HOLY✝️ SPIRIT✝️🕊 Peter prayed and GOD✝️ brought her back to life! The result of GOD✝️’s kindness was that “this became known ALL over Joppa, and many people believed in the LORD✝️” (v. 42). As we’re kind to those around us, may they turn their thoughts to GOD✝️ and feel valued by Him. Joppa was Judea’s primary port on the Mediterranean coast. After raising Dorcas from the dead, Peter stayed in Joppa in the house of Simon the tanner (Acts 9:43). While there, Peter went up on the roof to pray and saw a vision that reiterated that GOD✝️’s salvation blessing is meant for Gentiles too (10:9-16; 11:18). It was from Joppa that Jonah sailed for Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh to tell them about GOD✝️ (Jonah 1:3). It’s significant that from Joppa GOD✝️ now calls Peter to go and proclaim the good news to the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-48).
REFLECT & PRAY
Be the living expression of GOD✝️’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. Mother Teresa
Dear LORD✝️, help me to follow You and show kindness to those around me, so they can see You in me.
Learn more about caring for hurting people at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/ministering-to-people-in-pain/
Commit thy way unto the LORD✝️; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
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“Commit thy way unto the LORD✝️; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.37.5.kjv

“Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a…
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February 16 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66
Acts of Kindness
[Tabitha] was always doing good and helping the poor.
Acts 9:36

READ ACTS 9:32–42

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“Estera, you got a present from our friend Helen!” my mom told me when she got home from work. Growing up we didn’t have much, so receiving a present in the mail was like a second Christmas. I felt loved, remembered, and valued by God through this wonderful woman.
The poor widows Tabitha (Dorcas) made clothes for must have felt the same way. She was a disciple of Jesus living in Joppa who was well known in the community for her acts of kindness. She was “always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36). Then she got sick and passed away. At the time, Peter was visiting a nearby city, so two believers went after him and begged him to come to Joppa.
When Peter arrived, the widows Tabitha had helped showed him the evidence of her kindness—“the robes and other clothing that [she] had made” (v. 39). We don’t know if they asked him to intervene, but led by the Holy Spirit Peter prayed and God brought her back to life! The result of God’s kindness was that “this became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord” (v. 42).
As we’re kind to those around us, may they turn their thoughts to God and feel valued by Him.
By Estera Pirosca Escobar
REFLECT & PRAY
Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. Mother Teresa

Dear Lord, help me to follow You and show kindness to those around me, so they can see You in me.

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INSIGHT
Joppa was Judea’s primary port on the Mediterranean coast. After raising Dorcas from the dead, Peter stayed in Joppa in the house of Simon the tanner (Acts 9:43). While there, Peter went up on the roof to pray and saw a vision that reiterated that God’s salvation blessing is meant for Gentiles too (10:9-16; 11:18). It was from Joppa that Jonah sailed for Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh to tell them about God (Jonah 1:3). It’s significant that from Joppa God now calls Peter to go and proclaim the good news to the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-48). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Sinking into Grace. [GOD✝️] grants sleep🛌💤😴😪 to those he LOVE💝🎁s. Psalm 127:2. Gardner rebuffed sleep🛌💤😴😪 for a week and a half. Before finally collapsing, his sense of taste👅😋👄, smell👃🏿🐽, and hearing👂🏿📞 went haywire. Decades later, Gardner suffered from severe bouts of insomnia. He set the record but also confirmed the obvious: sleep🛌💤😴😪 is essential. Many of us struggle to get a decent night’s rest. Unlike Gardner who deprived himself intentionally, we might suffer sleep🛌💤😴😪lessness for a number of reasons—including a mountain of anxieties: the fear of all we need to accomplish, the dread of others’ expectations, the distress of living at a frantic pace. Sometimes it’s hard for us to turn off the fear and relax. The psalmist tells us that “unless the LORD✝️ builds the house,” we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Our “toiling” and our relentless efforts are useless unless GOD✝️ provides what we need. Thankfully, GOD✝️ does provide what we need. He “grants sleep🛌💤😴😪 to those he LOVE💝🎁s” (v. 2). And GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 extends to ALL of us. He invites us to release our anxieties to Him and sink into His rest, into His grace. Psalm 127:1-2 states that the planning and activity of humanity👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 is pointless without the involvement of the LORD✝️. But what does it mean that “the builders labor in vain” and “the guards stand watch in vain”? Vain means “purposelessness” or “futility.” It’s not that the house doesn’t get built or the city isn’t being watched. It means that building the house and protecting the city are under the control of the LORD✝️. Despite our best efforts, it’s the LORD✝️ who determines the outcome. Our labors are in vain if we think we are the ultimate determiners of what happens in our lives. REFLECT & PRAY Trusting GOD✝️ releases anxiety and carries us into rest. GOD✝️, I’m so anxious. I churn inside. Would You help me trust You with my night, with my day, with my life Although the fig tree🌳🌲🌴 shall not blossom, neither shall fruit🍎🍑 be in the vines🍇; the labour of the olive🍸 shall fail, and the fields🌾🚜 shall yield no meat🍖🍗🥩; the flock🐐 shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice🗣😹 in the LORD✝️, I will JOY😂😹 in the GOD✝️ of my salvation. . . “Although the fig tree🌳🌲🌴 shall not blossom, neither shall fruit🍎🍑 be in the vines🍇; the labour of the olive🍸 shall fail, and the fields🌾🚜 shall yield no meat🍖🍗🥩; the flock🐐 shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice🗣😹 in the LORD✝️, I will JOY😂😹 in the GOD✝️ of my salvation.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/hab.3.17-18.kjv Finally, on January 8, 1964, seventeen-year-old Randy Gardner did something he hadn’t done for eleven days and twenty-five minutes: he nodded off… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 15 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 17-18; Matthew 27:27-50 Sinking into Grace [God] grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2 READ PSALM 127:1–2 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Finally, on January 8, 1964, seventeen-year-old Randy Gardner did something he hadn’t done for eleven days and twenty-five minutes: he nodded off to sleep. He wanted to beat the Guinness Book World Record for how long a human could stay awake. By drinking soft drinks and hitting the basketball court and bowling alley, Gardner rebuffed sleep for a week and a half. Before finally collapsing, his sense of taste, smell, and hearing went haywire. Decades later, Gardner suffered from severe bouts of insomnia. He set the record but also confirmed the obvious: sleep is essential. Many of us struggle to get a decent night’s rest. Unlike Gardner who deprived himself intentionally, we might suffer sleeplessness for a number of reasons—including a mountain of anxieties: the fear of all we need to accomplish, the dread of others’ expectations, the distress of living at a frantic pace. Sometimes it’s hard for us to turn off the fear and relax. The psalmist tells us that “unless the Lord builds the house,” we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Our “toiling” and our relentless efforts are useless unless God provides what we need. Thankfully, God does provide what we need. He “grants sleep to those he loves” (v. 2). And God’s love extends to all of us. He invites us to release our anxieties to Him and sink into His rest, into His grace. By Winn Collier REFLECT & PRAY Trusting God releases anxiety and carries us into rest. God, I’m so anxious. I churn inside. Would You help me trust You with my night, with my day, with my life? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Psalm 127:1-2 states that the planning and activity of humanity is pointless without the involvement of the Lord. But what does it mean that “the builders labor in vain” and “the guards stand watch in vain”? Vain means “purposelessness” or “futility.” It’s not that the house doesn’t get built or the city isn’t being watched. It means that building the house and protecting the city are under the control of the Lord. Despite our best efforts, it’s the Lord who determines the outcome. Our labors are in vain if we think we are the ultimate determiners of what happens in our lives. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Sinking into Grace. [GOD✝️] grants sleep🛌💤😴😪 to those he LOVE💝🎁s. Psalm 127:2.
Gardner rebuffed sleep🛌💤😴😪 for a week and a half. Before finally collapsing, his sense of taste👅😋👄, smell👃🏿🐽, and hearing👂🏿📞 went haywire. Decades later, Gardner suffered from severe bouts of insomnia. He set the record but also confirmed the obvious: sleep🛌💤😴😪 is essential. Many of us struggle to get a decent night’s rest. Unlike Gardner who deprived himself intentionally, we might suffer sleep🛌💤😴😪lessness for a number of reasons—including a mountain of anxieties: the fear of all we need to accomplish, the dread of others’ expectations, the distress of living at a frantic pace. Sometimes it’s hard for us to turn off the fear and relax.
The psalmist tells us that “unless the LORD✝️ builds the house,” we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Our “toiling” and our relentless efforts are useless unless GOD✝️ provides what we need. Thankfully, GOD✝️ does provide what we need. He “grants sleep🛌💤😴😪 to those he LOVE💝🎁s” (v. 2). And GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 extends to ALL of us. He invites us to release our anxieties to Him and sink into His rest, into His grace.
Psalm 127:1-2 states that the planning and activity of humanity👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 is pointless without the involvement of the LORD✝️. But what does it mean that “the builders labor in vain” and “the guards stand watch in vain”? Vain means “purposelessness” or “futility.” It’s not that the house doesn’t get built or the city isn’t being watched. It means that building the house and protecting the city are under the control of the LORD✝️. Despite our best efforts, it’s the LORD✝️ who determines the outcome. Our labors are in vain if we think we are the ultimate determiners of what happens in our lives.
REFLECT & PRAY
Trusting GOD✝️ releases anxiety and carries us into rest.
GOD✝️, I’m so anxious. I churn inside. Would You help me trust You with my night, with my day, with my life
Although the fig tree🌳🌲🌴 shall not blossom, neither shall fruit🍎🍑 be in the vines🍇; the labour of the olive🍸 shall fail, and the fields🌾🚜 shall yield no meat🍖🍗🥩; the flock🐐 shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice🗣😹 in the LORD✝️, I will JOY😂😹 in the GOD✝️ of my salvation.
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“Although the fig tree🌳🌲🌴 shall not blossom, neither shall fruit🍎🍑 be in the vines🍇; the labour of the olive🍸 shall fail, and the fields🌾🚜 shall yield no meat🍖🍗🥩; the flock🐐 shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice🗣😹 in the LORD✝️, I will JOY😂😹 in the GOD✝️ of my salvation.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/hab.3.17-18.kjv
Finally, on January 8, 1964, seventeen-year-old Randy Gardner did something he hadn’t done for eleven days and twenty-five minutes: he nodded off…
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February 15 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 17-18; Matthew 27:27-50
Sinking into Grace
[God] grants sleep to those he loves.
Psalm 127:2

READ PSALM 127:1–2

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Finally, on January 8, 1964, seventeen-year-old Randy Gardner did something he hadn’t done for eleven days and twenty-five minutes: he nodded off to sleep. He wanted to beat the Guinness Book World Record for how long a human could stay awake. By drinking soft drinks and hitting the basketball court and bowling alley, Gardner rebuffed sleep for a week and a half. Before finally collapsing, his sense of taste, smell, and hearing went haywire. Decades later, Gardner suffered from severe bouts of insomnia. He set the record but also confirmed the obvious: sleep is essential.
Many of us struggle to get a decent night’s rest. Unlike Gardner who deprived himself intentionally, we might suffer sleeplessness for a number of reasons—including a mountain of anxieties: the fear of all we need to accomplish, the dread of others’ expectations, the distress of living at a frantic pace. Sometimes it’s hard for us to turn off the fear and relax.
The psalmist tells us that “unless the Lord builds the house,” we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Our “toiling” and our relentless efforts are useless unless God provides what we need. Thankfully, God does provide what we need. He “grants sleep to those he loves” (v. 2). And God’s love extends to all of us. He invites us to release our anxieties to Him and sink into His rest, into His grace.
By Winn Collier
REFLECT & PRAY
Trusting God releases anxiety and carries us into rest.

God, I’m so anxious. I churn inside. Would You help me trust You with my night, with my day, with my life?

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Psalm 127:1-2 states that the planning and activity of humanity is pointless without the involvement of the Lord. But what does it mean that “the builders labor in vain” and “the guards stand watch in vain”? Vain means “purposelessness” or “futility.” It’s not that the house doesn’t get built or the city isn’t being watched. It means that building the house and protecting the city are under the control of the Lord. Despite our best efforts, it’s the Lord who determines the outcome. Our labors are in vain if we think we are the ultimate determiners of what happens in our lives. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝) is the GREATEST. ❤ GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is the best valentine 💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝EVER ❤. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝). After JESUS✝️’s death, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early in the morning and found the stone rolled away and His body gone (John 20:1-2). She ran to get Peter and John, who returned with her to find the tomb empty (vv. 3-10). But Mary lingered outside in her grief (v. 11). When JESUS✝️ appeared there, “she did not realize that it was JESUS✝️” (v. 14), thinking He was the gardener (v. 15). How could she have not recognized JESUS✝️? Was His resurrected body so changed that it was difficult to recognize Him? Did her grief blind her to His identity? Or, perhaps, like me, was it because JESUS✝️ was “out of context,” alive in the garden instead of dead in the tomb, that she didn’t recognize Him? How might we too miss JESUS✝️ when He comes into our days—during prayer or Bible reading, or by simply whispering in our hearts. Notice how each person identifies the other during the conversation in John 20:13-16. Mary Magdalene refers to JESUS✝️ as “LORD✝️” (thinking Him dead, v. 13), “Sir” (thinking Him to be the gardener, v. 15), and “Rabboni” or “Teacher” (upon recognizing Him, v. 16). On His side of the dialogue, JESUS✝️ refers to Mary as “woman” (v. 15) before addressing her by name (v. 16). Mary honors JESUS✝️’s memory by calling Him “LORD✝️,” and even in the midst of her grief she respects the supposed gardener by calling Him “sir” (a common, polite form of kurios or “LORD✝️”). It may appear that JESUS✝️ is being unwelcoming when He calls Mary “woman”; to our ears that may seem distant or even harsh. But in that culture, it was a respectful term and one JESUS✝️ had used to address His mother in John 2:4. Everything turns, however, when JESUS✝️ speaks her name and she sees Him as her risen Teacher. REFLECT & PRAY Expect JESUS✝️ in unexpected places. Dear GOD✝️, give us eyes👁👁👀 to see JESUS✝️, however He comes—in a familiar context or surprising us in an unexpected one. . . “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝).” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1co.13.13.kjv As I queued up to board my flight, someone tapped my shoulder. I turned and received a warm greeting. “Elisa! Do you remember me? It’s Joan!”… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 14 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26 Out of Context She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. John 20:14 READ JOHN 20:13–16 audio playLISTEN ONLINE As I queued up to board my flight, someone tapped my shoulder. I turned and received a warm greeting. “Elisa! Do you remember me? It’s Joan!” My mind flipped through various “Joans” I’d known, but I couldn’t place her. Was she a previous neighbor? A past coworker? Oh dear . . . I didn’t know. Sensing my struggle, Joan responded, “Elisa, we knew each other in high school.” A memory rose: Friday night football games, cheering from the stands. Once the context was clarified, I recognized Joan. After Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early in the morning and found the stone rolled away and His body gone (John 20:1-2). She ran to get Peter and John, who returned with her to find the tomb empty (vv. 3-10). But Mary lingered outside in her grief (v. 11). When Jesus appeared there, “she did not realize that it was Jesus” (v. 14), thinking He was the gardener (v. 15). How could she have not recognized Jesus? Was His resurrected body so changed that it was difficult to recognize Him? Did her grief blind her to His identity? Or, perhaps, like me, was it because Jesus was “out of context,” alive in the garden instead of dead in the tomb, that she didn’t recognize Him? How might we too miss Jesus when He comes into our days—during prayer or Bible reading, or by simply whispering in our hearts? By Elisa Morgan REFLECT & PRAY Expect Jesus in unexpected places. Dear God, give us eyes to see Jesus, however He comes—in a familiar context or surprising us in an unexpected one. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Notice how each person identifies the other during the conversation in John 20:13-16. Mary Magdalene refers to Jesus as “Lord” (thinking Him dead, v. 13), “Sir” (thinking Him to be the gardener, v. 15), and “Rabboni” or “Teacher” (upon recognizing Him, v. 16). On His side of the dialogue, Jesus refers to Mary as “woman” (v. 15) before addressing her by name (v. 16). Mary honors Jesus’s memory by calling Him “Lord,” and even in the midst of her grief she respects the supposed gardener by calling Him “sir” (a common, polite form of kurios or “lord”). It may appear that Jesus is being unwelcoming when He calls Mary “woman”; to our ears that may seem distant or even harsh. But in that culture, it was a respectful term and one Jesus had used to address His mother in John 2:4. Everything turns, however, when Jesus speaks her name and she sees Him as her risen Teacher. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝) is the GREATEST. ❤ GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is the best valentine 💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝EVER ❤.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝).
After JESUS✝️’s death, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early in the morning and found the stone rolled away and His body gone (John 20:1-2). She ran to get Peter and John, who returned with her to find the tomb empty (vv. 3-10). But Mary lingered outside in her grief (v. 11). When JESUS✝️ appeared there, “she did not realize that it was JESUS✝️” (v. 14), thinking He was the gardener (v. 15). How could she have not recognized JESUS✝️? Was His resurrected body so changed that it was difficult to recognize Him? Did her grief blind her to His identity? Or, perhaps, like me, was it because JESUS✝️ was “out of context,” alive in the garden instead of dead in the tomb, that she didn’t recognize Him? How might we too miss JESUS✝️ when He comes into our days—during prayer or Bible reading, or by simply whispering in our hearts. Notice how each person identifies the other during the conversation in John 20:13-16. Mary Magdalene refers to JESUS✝️ as “LORD✝️” (thinking Him dead, v. 13), “Sir” (thinking Him to be the gardener, v. 15), and “Rabboni” or “Teacher” (upon recognizing Him, v. 16). On His side of the dialogue, JESUS✝️ refers to Mary as “woman” (v. 15) before addressing her by name (v. 16). Mary honors JESUS✝️’s memory by calling Him “LORD✝️,” and even in the midst of her grief she respects the supposed gardener by calling Him “sir” (a common, polite form of kurios or “LORD✝️”). It may appear that JESUS✝️ is being unwelcoming when He calls Mary “woman”; to our ears that may seem distant or even harsh. But in that culture, it was a respectful term and one JESUS✝️ had used to address His mother in John 2:4. Everything turns, however, when JESUS✝️ speaks her name and she sees Him as her risen Teacher.
REFLECT & PRAY
Expect JESUS✝️ in unexpected places.
Dear GOD✝️, give us eyes👁👁👀 to see JESUS✝️, however He comes—in a familiar context or surprising us in an unexpected one.
.

.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (LOVE💝🎁💓💘💞💕💗💖💝).”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1co.13.13.kjv
As I queued up to board my flight, someone tapped my shoulder. I turned and received a warm greeting. “Elisa! Do you remember me? It’s Joan!”…
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February 14 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26
Out of Context
She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
John 20:14

READ JOHN 20:13–16

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
As I queued up to board my flight, someone tapped my shoulder. I turned and received a warm greeting. “Elisa! Do you remember me? It’s Joan!” My mind flipped through various “Joans” I’d known, but I couldn’t place her. Was she a previous neighbor? A past coworker? Oh dear . . . I didn’t know.
Sensing my struggle, Joan responded, “Elisa, we knew each other in high school.” A memory rose: Friday night football games, cheering from the stands. Once the context was clarified, I recognized Joan.
After Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early in the morning and found the stone rolled away and His body gone (John 20:1-2). She ran to get Peter and John, who returned with her to find the tomb empty (vv. 3-10). But Mary lingered outside in her grief (v. 11). When Jesus appeared there, “she did not realize that it was Jesus” (v. 14), thinking He was the gardener (v. 15).
How could she have not recognized Jesus? Was His resurrected body so changed that it was difficult to recognize Him? Did her grief blind her to His identity? Or, perhaps, like me, was it because Jesus was “out of context,” alive in the garden instead of dead in the tomb, that she didn’t recognize Him?
How might we too miss Jesus when He comes into our days—during prayer or Bible reading, or by simply whispering in our hearts?
By Elisa Morgan
REFLECT & PRAY
Expect Jesus in unexpected places.

Dear God, give us eyes to see Jesus, however He comes—in a familiar context or surprising us in an unexpected one.

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INSIGHT
Notice how each person identifies the other during the conversation in John 20:13-16. Mary Magdalene refers to Jesus as “Lord” (thinking Him dead, v. 13), “Sir” (thinking Him to be the gardener, v. 15), and “Rabboni” or “Teacher” (upon recognizing Him, v. 16). On His side of the dialogue, Jesus refers to Mary as “woman” (v. 15) before addressing her by name (v. 16).

Mary honors Jesus’s memory by calling Him “Lord,” and even in the midst of her grief she respects the supposed gardener by calling Him “sir” (a common, polite form of kurios or “lord”). It may appear that Jesus is being unwelcoming when He calls Mary “woman”; to our ears that may seem distant or even harsh. But in that culture, it was a respectful term and one Jesus had used to address His mother in John 2:4. Everything turns, however, when Jesus speaks her name and she sees Him as her risen Teacher. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Battle🤼‍♂️⚔️🥋🥊. But now, LORD✝️, what do I look 👁👁👀🔎🕵️🏿‍♀️🔭 for? My hope is in You. Psalm 39:7. Another warrior endured a different kind of crisis that drove him to GOD✝️, but his problems arose when he avoided combat. As King David’s troops fought the Ammonites, David was back at his palace casting more than just a glance at another man’s wife (see 2 Samuel 11). In Psalm 39, David chronicles the painful process of restoration from the terrible sin that resulted. “The turmoil within me grew worse,” he wrote. “The more I thought about it, the hotter I got” (vv. 2-3 nlt). David’s broken spirit caused him to reflect: “Show me, LORD✝️, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (v. 4). Amid his renewed focus, David didn’t despair. He had nowhere else to turn. “But now, LORD✝️, what do I look for? My hope is in you” (v. 7). David would survive this personal battle and go on to serve GOD✝️. What motivates our prayer life doesn’t matter as much as the focus of our prayer. GOD✝️ is our source of hope. He wants us to share our heart with Him. Psalms 38 and 39 express David’s regret for unnamed wrongs (38:3-4; 39:10). He may have written these psalms after being forced to admit his adultery with Bathsheba and his conspiracy to kill her husband (2 Samuel 11-12). Or they might reflect the tragic aftermath of his decision to call for a census to assess the military strength of his nation (ch. 24). What is clear is that with these two sad songs the second king of Israel🇮🇱✡️ gave us a picture of a heart on fire (Psalm 39:3). Both reflect the refining process used by the Spirit✝️🕊 of GOD✝️ to LOVE💝🎁ingly burn away the illusions of our own efforts to satisfy or defend ourselves at the expense of others. Once begun, the fire becomes light. For David, the flames of his wrongs also spread to consume his confidence in a fleeting life (vv. 4-5) and our phantomlike rush to accumulate temporary material wealth (vv. 6, 11). REFLECT & PRAY We are in the best place we can imagine when we go to GOD✝️ in prayer. FATHER✝️, our hope is in You. Forgive us for seeking answers apart from You. Draw us close to You today Let nothing be done through strife 🤬🤼‍♂️⚔️🥋👊🏿🥊 or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind 🧠 let each 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 esteem other better than themselves. . . “Let nothing be done through strife 🤬🤼‍♂️⚔️🥋🥊 or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind 🧠 let each 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 esteem other better than themselves.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.2.3.kjv As artillery rounds fell around him with an earth-shaking whoomp, the young soldier prayed fervently, “Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll go… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 13 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 14; Matthew 26:51-75 The Battle But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 READ PSALM 39:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE As artillery rounds fell around him with an earth-shaking whoomp, the young soldier prayed fervently, “Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll go to that Bible school Mom wanted me to attend.” God honored his focused prayer. My dad survived World War II, went to Moody Bible Institute, and invested his life in ministry. Another warrior endured a different kind of crisis that drove him to God, but his problems arose when he avoided combat. As King David’s troops fought the Ammonites, David was back at his palace casting more than just a glance at another man’s wife (see 2 Samuel 11). In Psalm 39, David chronicles the painful process of restoration from the terrible sin that resulted. “The turmoil within me grew worse,” he wrote. “The more I thought about it, the hotter I got” (vv. 2-3 nlt). David’s broken spirit caused him to reflect: “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (v. 4). Amid his renewed focus, David didn’t despair. He had nowhere else to turn. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” (v. 7). David would survive this personal battle and go on to serve God. What motivates our prayer life doesn’t matter as much as the focus of our prayer. God is our source of hope. He wants us to share our heart with Him. By Tim Gustafson REFLECT & PRAY We are in the best place we can imagine when we go to God in prayer. Father, our hope is in You. Forgive us for seeking answers apart from You. Draw us close to You today. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Psalms 38 and 39 express David’s regret for unnamed wrongs (38:3-4; 39:10). He may have written these psalms after being forced to admit his adultery with Bathsheba and his conspiracy to kill her husband (2 Samuel 11-12). Or they might reflect the tragic aftermath of his decision to call for a census to assess the military strength of his nation (ch. 24). What is clear is that with these two sad songs the second king of Israel gave us a picture of a heart on fire (Psalm 39:3). Both reflect the refining process used by the Spirit of God to lovingly burn away the illusions of our own efforts to satisfy or defend ourselves at the expense of others. Once begun, the fire becomes light. For David, the flames of his wrongs also spread to consume his confidence in a fleeting life (vv. 4-5) and our phantomlike rush to accumulate temporary material wealth (vv. 6, 11). Mart DeHaan Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

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Another warrior endured a different kind of crisis that drove him to GOD✝️, but his problems arose when he avoided combat. As King David’s troops fought the Ammonites, David was back at his palace casting more than just a glance at another man’s wife (see 2 Samuel 11). In Psalm 39, David chronicles the painful process of restoration from the terrible sin that resulted. “The turmoil within me grew worse,” he wrote. “The more I thought about it, the hotter I got” (vv. 2-3 nlt). David’s broken spirit caused him to reflect: “Show me, LORD✝️, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (v. 4). Amid his renewed focus, David didn’t despair. He had nowhere else to turn. “But now, LORD✝️, what do I look for? My hope is in you” (v. 7). David would survive this personal battle and go on to serve GOD✝️.
What motivates our prayer life doesn’t matter as much as the focus of our prayer. GOD✝️ is our source of hope. He wants us to share our heart with Him.
Psalms 38 and 39 express David’s regret for unnamed wrongs (38:3-4; 39:10). He may have written these psalms after being forced to admit his adultery with Bathsheba and his conspiracy to kill her husband (2 Samuel 11-12). Or they might reflect the tragic aftermath of his decision to call for a census to assess the military strength of his nation (ch. 24). What is clear is that with these two sad songs the second king of Israel🇮🇱✡️ gave us a picture of a heart on fire (Psalm 39:3). Both reflect the refining process used by the Spirit✝️🕊 of GOD✝️ to LOVE💝🎁ingly burn away the illusions of our own efforts to satisfy or defend ourselves at the expense of others. Once begun, the fire becomes light. For David, the flames of his wrongs also spread to consume his confidence in a fleeting life (vv. 4-5) and our phantomlike rush to accumulate temporary material wealth (vv. 6, 11).
REFLECT & PRAY
We are in the best place we can imagine when we go to GOD✝️ in prayer.
FATHER✝️, our hope is in You. Forgive us for seeking answers apart from You. Draw us close to You today
Let nothing be done through strife 🤬🤼‍♂️⚔️🥋👊🏿🥊 or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind 🧠 let each 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 esteem other better than themselves.
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“Let nothing be done through strife 🤬🤼‍♂️⚔️🥋🥊 or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind 🧠 let each 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 esteem other better than themselves.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.2.3.kjv
As artillery rounds fell around him with an earth-shaking whoomp, the young soldier prayed fervently, “Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll go…
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But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7

READ PSALM 39:1–7

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As artillery rounds fell around him with an earth-shaking whoomp, the young soldier prayed fervently, “Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll go to that Bible school Mom wanted me to attend.” God honored his focused prayer. My dad survived World War II, went to Moody Bible Institute, and invested his life in ministry.
Another warrior endured a different kind of crisis that drove him to God, but his problems arose when he avoided combat. As King David’s troops fought the Ammonites, David was back at his palace casting more than just a glance at another man’s wife (see 2 Samuel 11). In Psalm 39, David chronicles the painful process of restoration from the terrible sin that resulted. “The turmoil within me grew worse,” he wrote. “The more I thought about it, the hotter I got” (vv. 2-3 nlt).
David’s broken spirit caused him to reflect: “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (v. 4). Amid his renewed focus, David didn’t despair. He had nowhere else to turn. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” (v. 7). David would survive this personal battle and go on to serve God.
What motivates our prayer life doesn’t matter as much as the focus of our prayer. God is our source of hope. He wants us to share our heart with Him.
By Tim Gustafson
REFLECT & PRAY
We are in the best place we can imagine when we go to God in prayer.

Father, our hope is in You. Forgive us for seeking answers apart from You. Draw us close to You today.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

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Psalms 38 and 39 express David’s regret for unnamed wrongs (38:3-4; 39:10). He may have written these psalms after being forced to admit his adultery with Bathsheba and his conspiracy to kill her husband (2 Samuel 11-12). Or they might reflect the tragic aftermath of his decision to call for a census to assess the military strength of his nation (ch. 24).

What is clear is that with these two sad songs the second king of Israel gave us a picture of a heart on fire (Psalm 39:3). Both reflect the refining process used by the Spirit of God to lovingly burn away the illusions of our own efforts to satisfy or defend ourselves at the expense of others. Once begun, the fire becomes light. For David, the flames of his wrongs also spread to consume his confidence in a fleeting life (vv. 4-5) and our phantomlike rush to accumulate temporary material wealth (vv. 6, 11). Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – My little children👼🏿😇👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🧒🏿👦🏿, let us not LOVE💝🎁 in word🗣, neither in tongue👅; but in deed🤗👐🏿 and in truth. Seen👁👁👀 by GOD✝️. She gave this name to the LORD✝️ Who spoke to her: “YOU are the GOD✝️ who sees👁👁👀 me,” for she said, “I have now seen👁👁👀 the ONE✝️ Who sees👁👁👀 me.” Genesis 16:13. As friends smiled back when I greeted them, I learned that to be seen was as great a gift as the blessing of seeing. The slave Hagar realized that as she fled from her mistress Sarai’s unkindness. Hagar was a “nobody” in her culture, pregnant and alone, fleeing to a desert without help or hope. Seen by GOD✝️, however, she was empowered, in return, to see Him. No longer a vague concept, GOD✝️ became real to her, so real that she gave GOD✝️ a name, El Roi, which means “You are the GOD✝️ who sees me.” She said, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). Our seeing GOD✝️ sees each of us too. Feeling unseen, alone, or like a nobody? GOD✝️ sees you and your future. In return, may we see in Him our ever-present hope, encouragement, salvation, and joy—both for today and for our future. Praise Him today for this gift of amazing sight, to see the one true and Living GOD✝️. The assurance given to Hagar by the angel of the LORD✝️ (that is, GOD✝️ Himself; Genesis 16:7, 9) echoes the assurance given by GOD✝️ to Abraham years earlier. The angel told Hagar, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count” (v. 10). The LORD✝️ had told Abraham (then known as Abram) that his descendants would be as uncountable as the stars (15:5). Hagar’s descendants too were children of Abraham (21:11-13), and GOD✝️ cared deeply about them. The apostle Paul explains that a true descendant of Abraham is one who has faith in JESUS✝️ the Messiah. “The promise (Romans 4:13) comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to ALL Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law [Jewish🇮🇱🔯🕍🕎] but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us ALL” (Romans 4:16). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️ knows my name and sees👁👁👀 me. LORD✝️, I’m just one person in a big world, but I thank You for looking from on high and seeing👁👁👀 me—so that I may see👁👁👀 You . . “My little children👼🏿😇👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🧒🏿👦🏿, let us not LOVE💝🎁 in word🗣, neither in tongue👅; but in deed🤗👐🏿 and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 KJV https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1jn.3.18.kjv My first pair of eyeglasses opened my eyes to a bold world. I’m nearsighted, meaning objects close up are sharp and defined. Without my glasses,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 12 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:26-50 Seen by God She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 READ GENESIS 16:7–14 audio playLISTEN ONLINE My first pair of eyeglasses opened my eyes to a bold world. I’m nearsighted, meaning objects close up are sharp and defined. Without my glasses, however, items across a room or in the distance are a blur. At age twelve, with my first pair of eyeglasses, I was shocked to see clearer words on blackboards, tiny leaves on trees and, perhaps most important, big smiles on faces. As friends smiled back when I greeted them, I learned that to be seen was as great a gift as the blessing of seeing. The slave Hagar realized that as she fled from her mistress Sarai’s unkindness. Hagar was a “nobody” in her culture, pregnant and alone, fleeing to a desert without help or hope. Seen by God, however, she was empowered, in return, to see Him. No longer a vague concept, God became real to her, so real that she gave God a name, El Roi, which means “You are the God who sees me.” She said, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). Our seeing God sees each of us too. Feeling unseen, alone, or like a nobody? God sees you and your future. In return, may we see in Him our ever-present hope, encouragement, salvation, and joy—both for today and for our future. Praise Him today for this gift of amazing sight, to see the one true and Living God. By Patricia Raybon REFLECT & PRAY God knows my name and sees me. Lord, I’m just one person in a big world, but I thank You for looking from on high and seeing me—so that I may see You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The assurance given to Hagar by the angel of the Lord (that is, God Himself; Genesis 16:7, 9) echoes the assurance given by God to Abraham years earlier. The angel told Hagar, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count” (v. 10). The Lord had told Abraham (then known as Abram) that his descendants would be as uncountable as the stars (15:5). Hagar’s descendants too were children of Abraham (21:11-13), and God cared deeply about them. The apostle Paul explains that a true descendant of Abraham is one who has faith in Jesus the Messiah. “The promise (Romans 4:13) comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law [Jewish] but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16). Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – My little children👼🏿😇👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🧒🏿👦🏿, let us not LOVE💝🎁 in word🗣, neither in tongue👅; but in deed🤗👐🏿 and in truth.  Seen👁👁👀 by GOD✝️. She gave this name to the LORD✝️ Who spoke to her: “YOU are the GOD✝️ who sees👁👁👀 me,” for she said, “I have now seen👁👁👀 the ONE✝️ Who sees👁👁👀 me.” Genesis 16:13.  As friends smiled back when I greeted them, I learned that to be…

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – We👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 are our FATHER✝️’s masterpiece👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼 – For we are His workmanship👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼, created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ unto good works, which GOD✝️ hath before ordained that we should walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟 in them. Giving Credit🏧💳. Let the one who boasts boast in the LORD✝️. 1 Corinthians 1:31. The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of JESUS✝️, we may find it easy to take credit for talents we possess, leadership skills we display, or even for our kind deeds to others. But those qualities are possible only because of GOD✝️’s grace. In Jeremiah 9, we find the prophet lamenting the lack of humility and the unrepentant hearts of the people. He wrote that the LORD✝️ says we shouldn’t boast of our wisdom, our strength, or our riches, but only that we might understand and know that He is the LORD✝️ “who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (v. 24). Our hearts fill with gratitude as we realize the identity of the true Artist👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼. “Every good and perfect gift💝🎁 is . . . from the FATHER✝️” (James 1:17). ALL of the credit, ALL of the praise🙏🏿🙌🏿 belongs to the Giver💝🎁 of good gifts💝🎁. The words of Jeremiah 9:23-26 occur in the context of Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ refusal to repent of their sin, particularly unjust practices that exploited the poor. The situation was so bad that the supposedly “wise” reLIE🤥gious leaders used GOD✝️’s law to justify their unjust behavior (8:8-12). In chapter 9, Jeremiah identifies the issue at the root of Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ corruption: tragically misguided cultural values and misplaced loyalties. Instead of the quiet humility of true wisdom, even the supposedly wise saw power and wealth as values deserving of boasting (v. 23). Jeremiah responded to this crisis of morality by saying ironically that if they must boast, their “boasting” could only be valid if their lives flowed from GOD✝️, the only source of true wisdom. Only if their lives showed His LOVE💝🎁 and justice could they have any claim to a lifestyle worth valuing (v. 24). REFLECT & PRAY We were created to give GOD✝️ glory. Dear FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for ALL the good gifts💝🎁 You so graciously give💝🎁. . . “For we are His workmanship👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼, created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ unto good works, which GOD✝️ hath before ordained that we should walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟 in them.” Ephesians 2:10 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/eph.2.10.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 11 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 11-12; Matthew 26:1-25 Giving Credit Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:31 READ JEREMIAH 9:23–26 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In the early 1960s, some unusual paintings featuring a person or animal with huge, sad eyes became popular. Some considered the work “kitschy”—or tacky—but others delighted in it. As the artist’s husband began to promote his wife’s creations, the couple grew quite prosperous. But the artist’s signature—Margaret Keane—didn’t appear on her work. Instead, Margaret’s husband presented his wife’s work as his own. Margaret fearfully remained silent about the fraud for twenty years until the couple’s marriage ended. It took a courtroom “paint-off” between them to prove the true artist’s identity. The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of Jesus, we may find it easy to take credit for talents we possess, leadership skills we display, or even for our kind deeds to others. But those qualities are possible only because of God’s grace. In Jeremiah 9, we find the prophet lamenting the lack of humility and the unrepentant hearts of the people. He wrote that the Lord says we shouldn’t boast of our wisdom, our strength, or our riches, but only that we might understand and know that He is the Lord “who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (v. 24). Our hearts fill with gratitude as we realize the identity of the true Artist. “Every good and perfect gift is . . . from the Father” (James 1:17). All of the credit, all of the praise belongs to the Giver of good gifts. By Cindy Hess Kasper REFLECT & PRAY We were created to give God glory. Dear Father, thank You for all the good gifts You so graciously give. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The words of Jeremiah 9:23-26 occur in the context of Israel’s refusal to repent of their sin, particularly unjust practices that exploited the poor. The situation was so bad that the supposedly “wise” religious leaders used God’s law to justify their unjust behavior (8:8-12). In chapter 9, Jeremiah identifies the issue at the root of Israel’s corruption: tragically misguided cultural values and misplaced loyalties. Instead of the quiet humility of true wisdom, even the supposedly wise saw power and wealth as values deserving of boasting (v. 23). Jeremiah responded to this crisis of morality by saying ironically that if they must boast, their “boasting” could only be valid if their lives flowed from God, the only source of true wisdom. Only if their lives showed His love and justice could they have any claim to a lifestyle worth valuing (v. 24). Monica Brands Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – We👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 are our FATHER✝️’s masterpiece👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼 – For we are His workmanship👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼, created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ unto good works, which GOD✝️ hath before ordained that we should walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟 in them.
Giving Credit🏧💳. Let the one who boasts boast in the LORD✝️. 1 Corinthians 1:31.
The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of JESUS✝️, we may find it easy to take credit for talents we possess, leadership skills we display, or even for our kind deeds to others. But those qualities are possible only because of GOD✝️’s grace. In Jeremiah 9, we find the prophet lamenting the lack of humility and the unrepentant hearts of the people. He wrote that the LORD✝️ says we shouldn’t boast of our wisdom, our strength, or our riches, but only that we might understand and know that He is the LORD✝️ “who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (v. 24).
Our hearts fill with gratitude as we realize the identity of the true Artist👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼. “Every good and perfect gift💝🎁 is . . . from the FATHER✝️” (James 1:17). ALL of the credit, ALL of the praise🙏🏿🙌🏿 belongs to the Giver💝🎁 of good gifts💝🎁. The words of Jeremiah 9:23-26 occur in the context of Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ refusal to repent of their sin, particularly unjust practices that exploited the poor. The situation was so bad that the supposedly “wise” reLIE🤥gious leaders used GOD✝️’s law to justify their unjust behavior (8:8-12). In chapter 9, Jeremiah identifies the issue at the root of Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ corruption: tragically misguided cultural values and misplaced loyalties. Instead of the quiet humility of true wisdom, even the supposedly wise saw power and wealth as values deserving of boasting (v. 23). Jeremiah responded to this crisis of morality by saying ironically that if they must boast, their “boasting” could only be valid if their lives flowed from GOD✝️, the only source of true wisdom. Only if their lives showed His LOVE💝🎁 and justice could they have any claim to a lifestyle worth valuing (v. 24).
REFLECT & PRAY
We were created to give GOD✝️ glory.
Dear FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for ALL the good gifts💝🎁 You so graciously give💝🎁.
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“For we are His workmanship👨🏿‍🎨🎨🖌🖼, created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ unto good works, which GOD✝️ hath before ordained that we should walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟 in them.”
Ephesians 2:10 KJV
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Giving Credit
Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:31

READ JEREMIAH 9:23–26

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
In the early 1960s, some unusual paintings featuring a person or animal with huge, sad eyes became popular. Some considered the work “kitschy”—or tacky—but others delighted in it. As the artist’s husband began to promote his wife’s creations, the couple grew quite prosperous. But the artist’s signature—Margaret Keane—didn’t appear on her work. Instead, Margaret’s husband presented his wife’s work as his own. Margaret fearfully remained silent about the fraud for twenty years until the couple’s marriage ended. It took a courtroom “paint-off” between them to prove the true artist’s identity.
The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of Jesus, we may find it easy to take credit for talents we possess, leadership skills we display, or even for our kind deeds to others. But those qualities are possible only because of God’s grace. In Jeremiah 9, we find the prophet lamenting the lack of humility and the unrepentant hearts of the people. He wrote that the Lord says we shouldn’t boast of our wisdom, our strength, or our riches, but only that we might understand and know that He is the Lord “who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (v. 24).
Our hearts fill with gratitude as we realize the identity of the true Artist. “Every good and perfect gift is . . . from the Father” (James 1:17). All of the credit, all of the praise belongs to the Giver of good gifts.
By Cindy Hess Kasper
REFLECT & PRAY
We were created to give God glory.

Dear Father, thank You for all the good gifts You so graciously give.

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The words of Jeremiah 9:23-26 occur in the context of Israel’s refusal to repent of their sin, particularly unjust practices that exploited the poor. The situation was so bad that the supposedly “wise” religious leaders used God’s law to justify their unjust behavior (8:8-12).

In chapter 9, Jeremiah identifies the issue at the root of Israel’s corruption: tragically misguided cultural values and misplaced loyalties. Instead of the quiet humility of true wisdom, even the supposedly wise saw power and wealth as values deserving of boasting (v. 23).

Jeremiah responded to this crisis of morality by saying ironically that if they must boast, their “boasting” could only be valid if their lives flowed from God, the only source of true wisdom. Only if their lives showed His love and justice could they have any claim to a lifestyle worth valuing (v. 24). Monica Brands

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Put on the whole armour ✝️📖📜💣💢✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️⚡️💪🏿🦶🏿👣🛡🗡⚔️ of GOD✝️, that ye may be able to stand👊🏿🥋🤼‍♂️🥊🤺 against the wiles of the devil👿. Living with the Lights 💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 On. Your word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡🕎🕯 for my feet🦶🏿👣, a light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 on my path🛤🛣. Psalm 119:10. Psalm 119 is the masterful composition of one who understood that GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜 provides us with light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 for everyday living (v. 105). Yet, how often do we find ourselves in situations similar to my uncomfortable night on the highway? We needlessly strain🙈🔬🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️🧐 to see👁👁👀, and we sometimes stray from the best paths because we forget to use the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 of GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜. Psalm 119 encourages us to be intentional about “hitting the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 switch.” What happens when we do? We find wisdom for purity (vv. 9-11); we discover fresh motivation and encouragement for avoiding detours (vv. 101-102). And when we live with the lights💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 on, the psalmist’s praise is likely to become our praise: “Oh, how I LOVE💝🎁 your law! I meditate on it ALL day long” (v. 97). Psalm 119 is the longest “section” in the Bible, longer than any other psalm or any chapter of Scripture, weighing in at 176 verses. It also provides a rich example of the nature of Hebrew poetry. Unlike Western poetry, which depends on rhyme and meter, Hebrew poetry utilizes poetic devices, including metaphor, contrast, analogy, and alliteration. Psalm 119 follows a structure that is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry—an acrostic. Following the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each stanza of the song begins with successive letters. Why? Because apparently Psalm 119 was meant to be memorized, and the alphabet acrostic made it easier for memorization. REFLECT & PRAY You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👠👞👟👢👡🥿 in the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 of GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜. FATHER✝️, please fill🚰 my heart❤️ with Your Word✝️📖📜 so I can have the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 I need for today. . . “Put on the whole armour ✝️📖📜💣💢✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️⚡️💪🏿🦶🏿👣🛡🗡⚔️ of GOD✝️, that ye may be able to stand👊🏿🥋🤼‍♂️🥊🤺 against the wiles of the devil👿.” Ephesians 6:11 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/eph.6.11.kjv A work assignment had taken my coworker and me on a 250-mile journey, and it was late when we began our trip home. An aging body with aging eyes… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 10 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 8-10; Matthew 25:31-46 Living with the Lights On Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 READ PSALM 119:9–16, 97–105 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A work assignment had taken my coworker and me on a 250-mile journey, and it was late when we began our trip home. An aging body with aging eyes makes me a bit uneasy about nighttime driving; nevertheless, I opted to drive first. My hands gripped the steering wheel and my eyes gazed intently at dimly lit roads. While driving I found I could see better when lights from vehicles behind me beamed on the highway ahead. I was much relieved when my friend eventually took the wheel of his vehicle. That’s when he discovered I had been driving with fog lights and not the headlights! Psalm 119 is the masterful composition of one who understood that God’s Word provides us with light for everyday living (v. 105). Yet, how often do we find ourselves in situations similar to my uncomfortable night on the highway? We needlessly strain to see, and we sometimes stray from the best paths because we forget to use the light of God’s Word. Psalm 119 encourages us to be intentional about “hitting the light switch.” What happens when we do? We find wisdom for purity (vv. 9-11); we discover fresh motivation and encouragement for avoiding detours (vv. 101-102). And when we live with the lights on, the psalmist’s praise is likely to become our praise: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (v. 97). By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God’s Word. Father, please fill my heart with Your Word so I can have the light I need for today! Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Psalm 119 is the longest “section” in the Bible, longer than any other psalm or any chapter of Scripture, weighing in at 176 verses. It also provides a rich example of the nature of Hebrew poetry. Unlike Western poetry, which depends on rhyme and meter, Hebrew poetry utilizes poetic devices, including metaphor, contrast, analogy, and alliteration. Psalm 119 follows a structure that is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry—an acrostic. Following the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each stanza of the song begins with successive letters. Why? Because apparently Psalm 119 was meant to be memorized, and the alphabet acrostic made it easier for memorization. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Put on the whole armour ✝️📖📜💣💢✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️⚡️💪🏿🦶🏿👣🛡🗡⚔️ of GOD✝️, that ye may be able to stand👊🏿🥋🤼‍♂️🥊🤺 against the wiles of the devil👿.
Living with the Lights 💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 On. Your word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡🕎🕯 for my feet🦶🏿👣, a light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 on my path🛤🛣. Psalm 119:10. Psalm 119 is the masterful composition of one who understood that GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜 provides us with light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 for everyday living (v. 105). Yet, how often do we find ourselves in situations similar to my uncomfortable night on the highway? We needlessly strain🙈🔬🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️🧐 to see👁👁👀, and we sometimes stray from the best paths because we forget to use the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 of GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜. Psalm 119 encourages us to be intentional about “hitting the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 switch.” What happens when we do? We find wisdom for purity (vv. 9-11); we discover fresh motivation and encouragement for avoiding detours (vv. 101-102). And when we live with the lights💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 on, the psalmist’s praise is likely to become our praise: “Oh, how I LOVE💝🎁 your law! I meditate on it ALL day long” (v. 97). Psalm 119 is the longest “section” in the Bible, longer than any other psalm or any chapter of Scripture, weighing in at 176 verses. It also provides a rich example of the nature of Hebrew poetry. Unlike Western poetry, which depends on rhyme and meter, Hebrew poetry utilizes poetic devices, including metaphor, contrast, analogy, and alliteration. Psalm 119 follows a structure that is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry—an acrostic. Following the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each stanza of the song begins with successive letters. Why? Because apparently Psalm 119 was meant to be memorized, and the alphabet acrostic made it easier for memorization.
REFLECT & PRAY
You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣👠👞👟👢👡🥿 in the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 of GOD✝️’s Word✝️📖📜.
FATHER✝️, please fill🚰 my heart❤️ with Your Word✝️📖📜 so I can have the light💡⚡️🌟🕯⚪️🔦🌞 I need for today.
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“Put on the whole armour ✝️📖📜💣💢✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️⚡️💪🏿🦶🏿👣🛡🗡⚔️ of GOD✝️, that ye may be able to stand👊🏿🥋🤼‍♂️🥊🤺 against the wiles of the devil👿.”
Ephesians 6:11 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/eph.6.11.kjv
A work assignment had taken my coworker and me on a 250-mile journey, and it was late when we began our trip home. An aging body with aging eyes…
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February 10 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 8-10; Matthew 25:31-46
Living with the Lights On
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

READ PSALM 119:9–16, 97–105

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A work assignment had taken my coworker and me on a 250-mile journey, and it was late when we began our trip home. An aging body with aging eyes makes me a bit uneasy about nighttime driving; nevertheless, I opted to drive first. My hands gripped the steering wheel and my eyes gazed intently at dimly lit roads. While driving I found I could see better when lights from vehicles behind me beamed on the highway ahead. I was much relieved when my friend eventually took the wheel of his vehicle. That’s when he discovered I had been driving with fog lights and not the headlights!
Psalm 119 is the masterful composition of one who understood that God’s Word provides us with light for everyday living (v. 105). Yet, how often do we find ourselves in situations similar to my uncomfortable night on the highway? We needlessly strain to see, and we sometimes stray from the best paths because we forget to use the light of God’s Word. Psalm 119 encourages us to be intentional about “hitting the light switch.” What happens when we do? We find wisdom for purity (vv. 9-11); we discover fresh motivation and encouragement for avoiding detours (vv. 101-102). And when we live with the lights on, the psalmist’s praise is likely to become our praise: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (v. 97).
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God’s Word.

Father, please fill my heart with Your Word so I can have the light I need for today!

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Psalm 119 is the longest “section” in the Bible, longer than any other psalm or any chapter of Scripture, weighing in at 176 verses. It also provides a rich example of the nature of Hebrew poetry. Unlike Western poetry, which depends on rhyme and meter, Hebrew poetry utilizes poetic devices, including metaphor, contrast, analogy, and alliteration. Psalm 119 follows a structure that is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry—an acrostic. Following the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each stanza of the song begins with successive letters. Why? Because apparently Psalm 119 was meant to be memorized, and the alphabet acrostic made it easier for memorization. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Nor height↕️📏⛰🗼🔭🏙, nor depth🌊⚓️, nor any other creature👻👽🧛‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧜🏿‍♂️🐉🐲🐳🦈, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️, which is in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ our LORD✝️. Discovering🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ My True Self. We know that when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see👁👁👀 Him as He is. 1 John 3:2. Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an attic, the animal hears movers call him “nothing” and thinks that’s his name: Nothing. Encounters with other animals spark memories. Nothing realizes that he used to have a tail, whiskers, and stripes. But it’s not until he meets a tabby cat who helps him find his way home that Nothing remembers who he truly is: a stuffed cat named Toby. His owner LOVE💝🎁 ingly restores him, sewing on new ears, tail, whiskers, and stripes. Whenever I read this book, I think about my own identity. Who am I? John, writing to believers, said that GOD✝️ has called us His children👼🏿😇👦🏿👧🏿 (1 John 3:1). We don’t fully understand that identity, but when we see JESUS✝️, we will be like him (v. 2). Just like Toby the cat, we will one day be restored to the identity intended for us, which has been marred by sin. For now, we can understand that identity in part, and we can recognize the image of GOD✝️ in each other. But one day, when we see JESUS✝️, we will be fully restored to the identity GOD✝️ intended for us. We will be made NEW🆕. In addition to 1, 2, and 3 John, the apostle John also wrote the gospel of John and Revelation. In today’s text he describes how one day we’ll see CHRIST✝️ with our own eyes (1 John 3:1-2). He also includes some mysterious phrases: “What we will be has not yet been made known” and “when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is” (3:2). Genesis 1:27 says, “GOD✝️ created mankind in his own image.” So, aren’t we already like Him? Yes, and yet not fully. Romans 8:29 tells us we’re being “conformed to the image of [GOD✝️’s] SON✝️.” GOD✝️ is transforming us through the process of sanctification, and this process won’t be complete until we’re in His presence. On that day, we will be perfect like JESUS✝️ and sin will plague us no more. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️, thank You for rescuing us and restoring us. Where do I find my identity? According to Scripture, how does GOD✝️ view me? . . “Nor height↕️📏⛰🗼🔭🏙, nor depth🌊⚓️, nor any other creature👻👽🧛‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧜🏿‍♂️🐉🐲🐳🦈, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️, which is in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ our LORD✝️.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/rom.8.39.kjv Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 9 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 6-7; Matthew 25:1-30 Discovering My True Self We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 READ 1 JOHN 2:28–3:3 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an attic, the animal hears movers call him “nothing” and thinks that’s his name: Nothing. Encounters with other animals spark memories. Nothing realizes that he used to have a tail, whiskers, and stripes. But it’s not until he meets a tabby cat who helps him find his way home that Nothing remembers who he truly is: a stuffed cat named Toby. His owner lovingly restores him, sewing on new ears, tail, whiskers, and stripes. Whenever I read this book, I think about my own identity. Who am I? John, writing to believers, said that God has called us His children (1 John 3:1). We don’t fully understand that identity, but when we see Jesus, we will be like him (v. 2). Just like Toby the cat, we will one day be restored to the identity intended for us, which has been marred by sin. For now, we can understand that identity in part, and we can recognize the image of God in each other. But one day, when we see Jesus, we will be fully restored to the identity God intended for us. We will be made new. By Amy Peterson REFLECT & PRAY God, thank You for rescuing us and restoring us. Where do I find my identity? According to Scripture, how does God view me? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT In addition to 1, 2, and 3 John, the apostle John also wrote the gospel of John and Revelation. In today’s text he describes how one day we’ll see Christ with our own eyes (1 John 3:1-2). He also includes some mysterious phrases: “What we will be has not yet been made known” and “when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (3:2). Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in his own image.” So, aren’t we already like Him? Yes, and yet not fully. Romans 8:29 tells us we’re being “conformed to the image of [God’s] Son.” God is transforming us through the process of sanctification, and this process won’t be complete until we’re in His presence. On that day, we will be perfect like Jesus and sin will plague us no more. Alyson Kieda Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Nor height↕️📏⛰🗼🔭🏙, nor depth🌊⚓️, nor any other creature👻👽🧛‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧜🏿‍♂️🐉🐲🐳🦈, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️, which is in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ our LORD✝️.
Discovering🔎🕵️🏿‍♂️ My True Self. We know that when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see👁👁👀 Him as He is. 1 John 3:2.
Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an attic, the animal hears movers call him “nothing” and thinks that’s his name: Nothing. Encounters with other animals spark memories. Nothing realizes that he used to have a tail, whiskers, and stripes. But it’s not until he meets a tabby cat who helps him find his way home that Nothing remembers who he truly is: a stuffed cat named Toby. His owner LOVE💝🎁 ingly restores him, sewing on new ears, tail, whiskers, and stripes. Whenever I read this book, I think about my own identity. Who am I? John, writing to believers, said that GOD✝️ has called us His children👼🏿😇👦🏿👧🏿 (1 John 3:1). We don’t fully understand that identity, but when we see JESUS✝️, we will be like him (v. 2). Just like Toby the cat, we will one day be restored to the identity intended for us, which has been marred by sin. For now, we can understand that identity in part, and we can recognize the image of GOD✝️ in each other. But one day, when we see JESUS✝️, we will be fully restored to the identity GOD✝️ intended for us. We will be made NEW🆕. In addition to 1, 2, and 3 John, the apostle John also wrote the gospel of John and Revelation. In today’s text he describes how one day we’ll see CHRIST✝️ with our own eyes (1 John 3:1-2). He also includes some mysterious phrases: “What we will be has not yet been made known” and “when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is” (3:2). Genesis 1:27 says, “GOD✝️ created mankind in his own image.” So, aren’t we already like Him? Yes, and yet not fully. Romans 8:29 tells us we’re being “conformed to the image of [GOD✝️’s] SON✝️.” GOD✝️ is transforming us through the process of sanctification, and this process won’t be complete until we’re in His presence. On that day, we will be perfect like JESUS✝️ and sin will plague us no more.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️, thank You for rescuing us and restoring us.
Where do I find my identity? According to Scripture, how does GOD✝️ view me?
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“Nor height↕️📏⛰🗼🔭🏙, nor depth🌊⚓️, nor any other creature👻👽🧛‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧜🏿‍♂️🐉🐲🐳🦈, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️, which is in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ our LORD✝️.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/rom.8.39.kjv
Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

February 9 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 6-7; Matthew 25:1-30
Discovering My True Self
We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 3:2

READ 1 JOHN 2:28–3:3

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an attic, the animal hears movers call him “nothing” and thinks that’s his name: Nothing.
Encounters with other animals spark memories. Nothing realizes that he used to have a tail, whiskers, and stripes. But it’s not until he meets a tabby cat who helps him find his way home that Nothing remembers who he truly is: a stuffed cat named Toby. His owner lovingly restores him, sewing on new ears, tail, whiskers, and stripes.
Whenever I read this book, I think about my own identity. Who am I? John, writing to believers, said that God has called us His children (1 John 3:1). We don’t fully understand that identity, but when we see Jesus, we will be like him (v. 2). Just like Toby the cat, we will one day be restored to the identity intended for us, which has been marred by sin. For now, we can understand that identity in part, and we can recognize the image of God in each other. But one day, when we see Jesus, we will be fully restored to the identity God intended for us. We will be made new.
By Amy Peterson
REFLECT & PRAY
God, thank You for rescuing us and restoring us.

Where do I find my identity? According to Scripture, how does God view me?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
In addition to 1, 2, and 3 John, the apostle John also wrote the gospel of John and Revelation. In today’s text he describes how one day we’ll see Christ with our own eyes (1 John 3:1-2). He also includes some mysterious phrases: “What we will be has not yet been made known” and “when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (3:2). Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in his own image.” So, aren’t we already like Him? Yes, and yet not fully. Romans 8:29 tells us we’re being “conformed to the image of [God’s] Son.” God is transforming us through the process of sanctification, and this process won’t be complete until we’re in His presence. On that day, we will be perfect like Jesus and sin will plague us no more. Alyson Kieda

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – LOVE💝🎁 and Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️. You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead. . . . You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy😂😹 in your presence. Psalm 16:10-11. It always amazes me the way Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️—powerful, unexplainable Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I experienced this most recently at my father’s memorial service. As a long line of sympathetic acquaintances passed by offering their condolences, I was relieved to see a good high school friend. Without a word, he simply wrapped me in a long bear hug. His quiet understanding flooded me with the first feelings of Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ within grief that difficult day, a powerful reminder that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. As David describes in Psalm 16, the kind of Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹 GOD✝️ brings into our lives isn’t caused by a choice to stoically stomp down the pain during hard times; it’s more like a gift we can’t help but experience when we take refuge in our good GOD✝️ (vv. 1-2). We could respond to the aching pain that death brings by distracting ourselves, perhaps thinking that turning to these other “gods” will keep the pain at bay. But sooner or later we’ll find that efforts to avoid our pain only bring deeper pain (v. 4). Or we could turn to GOD✝️, trusting that even when we don’t understand, the life He’s already given us—even in its pain—is still beautiful and good (vv. 6-8). And we can surrender to His loving arms that tenderly carry us through our pain into a Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹 that even death can never quench (v. 11). Psalms are prayers to GOD✝️ from real people about real situations. In Psalm 16, David speaks to GOD✝️ about his hope and security. As if to underline the personal nature and heavenward direction of the psalm, David uses first person pronouns (I, me, my) an astonishing twenty-eight times in these few verses. The book of Psalms has been contrasted to the rest of Scripture by suggesting that in sixty-five books GOD✝️ talks to us, but in one book we talk to GOD✝️. To be sure, GOD✝️ also speaks to us through the psalms, but there is a special sense in which they are unique in their communication style. WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ -> ALIVEACTIVE. For the WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ is quick, and powerful💪🏿⚡️💢💣✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️, and sharper than any twoedged sword🗡⚔️🤺, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints 🦴💀☠️💪🏿 and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 🤔💬💭🧠🗯🤨 and intents of the heart💓💘💞💕💗💖💝. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 carries and holds us through our pain into Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹. FATHER✝️, thank You for the way Your tender touch embraces and holds us in our times of joy😂😹 and pain. Help us to turn in trust to You for healing. . . WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ -> ALIVEACTIVE. “For the WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ is quick, and powerful💪🏿💢💣✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️, and sharper than any twoedged sword🗡⚔️🤺, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints 🦴💀☠️💪🏿 and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 🤔💬💭🧠🗯🤨 and intents of the heart💓💘💞💕💗💖💝.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/heb.4.12.kjv It always amazes me the way peace—powerful, unexplainable peace (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 8 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 4-5; Matthew 24:29-51 Love and Peace You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead. . . . You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. Psalm 16:10-11 READ PSALM 16 audio playLISTEN ONLINE It always amazes me the way peace—powerful, unexplainable peace (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I experienced this most recently at my father’s memorial service. As a long line of sympathetic acquaintances passed by offering their condolences, I was relieved to see a good high school friend. Without a word, he simply wrapped me in a long bear hug. His quiet understanding flooded me with the first feelings of peace within grief that difficult day, a powerful reminder that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. As David describes in Psalm 16, the kind of peace and joy God brings into our lives isn’t caused by a choice to stoically stomp down the pain during hard times; it’s more like a gift we can’t help but experience when we take refuge in our good God (vv. 1-2). We could respond to the aching pain that death brings by distracting ourselves, perhaps thinking that turning to these other “gods” will keep the pain at bay. But sooner or later we’ll find that efforts to avoid our pain only bring deeper pain (v. 4). Or we could turn to God, trusting that even when we don’t understand, the life He’s already given us—even in its pain—is still beautiful and good (vv. 6-8). And we can surrender to His loving arms that tenderly carry us through our pain into a peace and joy that even death can never quench (v. 11). By Monica Brands REFLECT & PRAY God’s love carries and holds us through our pain into peace and joy. Father, thank You for the way Your tender touch embraces and holds us in our times of joy and pain. Help us to turn in trust to You for healing. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Psalms are prayers to God from real people about real situations. In Psalm 16, David speaks to God about his hope and security. As if to underline the personal nature and heavenward direction of the psalm, David uses first person pronouns (I, me, my) an astonishing twenty-eight times in these few verses. The book of Psalms has been contrasted to the rest of Scripture by suggesting that in sixty-five books God talks to us, but in one book we talk to God. To be sure, God also speaks to us through the psalms, but there is a special sense in which they are unique in their communication style. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – LOVE💝🎁 and Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️. You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead. . . . You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy😂😹 in your presence. Psalm 16:10-11.
It always amazes me the way Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️—powerful, unexplainable Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I experienced this most recently at my father’s memorial service. As a long line of sympathetic acquaintances passed by offering their condolences, I was relieved to see a good high school friend. Without a word, he simply wrapped me in a long bear hug. His quiet understanding flooded me with the first feelings of Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ within grief that difficult day, a powerful reminder that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. As David describes in Psalm 16, the kind of Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹 GOD✝️ brings into our lives isn’t caused by a choice to stoically stomp down the pain during hard times; it’s more like a gift we can’t help but experience when we take refuge in our good GOD✝️ (vv. 1-2). We could respond to the aching pain that death brings by distracting ourselves, perhaps thinking that turning to these other “gods” will keep the pain at bay. But sooner or later we’ll find that efforts to avoid our pain only bring deeper pain (v. 4). Or we could turn to GOD✝️, trusting that even when we don’t understand, the life He’s already given us—even in its pain—is still beautiful and good (vv. 6-8). And we can surrender to His loving arms that tenderly carry us through our pain into a Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹 that even death can never quench (v. 11). Psalms are prayers to GOD✝️ from real people about real situations. In Psalm 16, David speaks to GOD✝️ about his hope and security. As if to underline the personal nature and heavenward direction of the psalm, David uses first person pronouns (I, me, my) an astonishing twenty-eight times in these few verses.
The book of Psalms has been contrasted to the rest of Scripture by suggesting that in sixty-five books GOD✝️ talks to us, but in one book we talk to GOD✝️. To be sure, GOD✝️ also speaks to us through the psalms, but there is a special sense in which they are unique in their communication style.
WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ -> ALIVEACTIVE.
For the WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ is quick, and powerful💪🏿⚡️💢💣✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️, and sharper than any twoedged sword🗡⚔️🤺, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints 🦴💀☠️💪🏿 and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 🤔💬💭🧠🗯🤨 and intents of the heart💓💘💞💕💗💖💝.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 carries and holds us through our pain into Peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️ and joy😂😹.
FATHER✝️, thank You for the way Your tender touch embraces and holds us in our times of joy😂😹 and pain. Help us to turn in trust to You for healing.
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WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ -> ALIVEACTIVE.
“For the WORD✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️ is quick, and powerful💪🏿💢💣✊🏿🏋️🏾‍♂️, and sharper than any twoedged sword🗡⚔️🤺, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints 🦴💀☠️💪🏿 and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 🤔💬💭🧠🗯🤨 and intents of the heart💓💘💞💕💗💖💝.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/heb.4.12.kjv
It always amazes me the way peace—powerful, unexplainable peace (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

February 8 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 4-5; Matthew 24:29-51
Love and Peace
You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead. . . . You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Psalm 16:10-11

READ PSALM 16

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
It always amazes me the way peace—powerful, unexplainable peace (Philippians 4:7)—can somehow fill our hearts even in our deepest grief. I experienced this most recently at my father’s memorial service. As a long line of sympathetic acquaintances passed by offering their condolences, I was relieved to see a good high school friend. Without a word, he simply wrapped me in a long bear hug. His quiet understanding flooded me with the first feelings of peace within grief that difficult day, a powerful reminder that I wasn’t as alone as I felt.
As David describes in Psalm 16, the kind of peace and joy God brings into our lives isn’t caused by a choice to stoically stomp down the pain during hard times; it’s more like a gift we can’t help but experience when we take refuge in our good God (vv. 1-2).
We could respond to the aching pain that death brings by distracting ourselves, perhaps thinking that turning to these other “gods” will keep the pain at bay. But sooner or later we’ll find that efforts to avoid our pain only bring deeper pain (v. 4).
Or we could turn to God, trusting that even when we don’t understand, the life He’s already given us—even in its pain—is still beautiful and good (vv. 6-8). And we can surrender to His loving arms that tenderly carry us through our pain into a peace and joy that even death can never quench (v. 11).
By Monica Brands
REFLECT & PRAY
God’s love carries and holds us through our pain into peace and joy.

Father, thank You for the way Your tender touch embraces and holds us in our times of joy and pain. Help us to turn in trust to You for healing.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Psalms are prayers to God from real people about real situations. In Psalm 16, David speaks to God about his hope and security. As if to underline the personal nature and heavenward direction of the psalm, David uses first person pronouns (I, me, my) an astonishing twenty-eight times in these few verses.

The book of Psalms has been contrasted to the rest of Scripture by suggesting that in sixty-five books God talks to us, but in one book we talk to God. To be sure, God also speaks to us through the psalms, but there is a special sense in which they are unique in their communication style. J.R. Hudberg

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Good Works Prepared. For we👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 are . . . created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ to do good works, which GOD✝️ prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10. It’s amazing how the smallest action can bring the biggest smile—and possibly direct someone to GOD✝️. The Bible stresses the importance of doing good works (James 2:17, 24). If that sounds challenging, we have the assurance that GOD✝️ not only enables us to do these works, but has even “prepared [them] in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Perhaps GOD✝️ has arranged for us to “bump into” someone who needs a word of encouragement today or has given us an opportunity to offer someone a helping hand. All we have to do is respond in obedience. One of the amazing realities of our redemption is that because of the cross✝️ and resurrection we are now “in CHRIST✝️” (2 Corinthians 5:17). On a spiritual level, this produces two great results. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that GOD✝️’s grace causes us to be raised with Him to resurrected life and seated with Him in the heavenly realms. What assurance that gives us! Just as our efforts (vv. 8-9) cannot produce our salvation, they are likewise not the key to our security. Our security is rooted in the fact that we are “in CHRIST✝️.” Therefore, our place in the FATHER✝️’s house is so assured that it is as if we were already there. For more on our eternal home, check out Life to Come: The Hope of the CHRIST✝️ian Faith at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/life-to-come/ REFLECT & PRAY LORD✝️, may I respond in obedience and share Your LOVE💝🎁 with others as You have LOVE💝🎁d me. Who can you pray for or help today? Who might GOD✝️ be putting in your path? Teach👨🏿‍🏫🏫🎓📖 me to do Thy will; for Thou art my GOD✝️: Thy SPIRIT✝️🕊 is good; lead me into the land🏖🌴🏝🌄🏞 of uprightness. . . “Teach👨🏿‍🏫🏫🎓📖 me to do Thy will; for Thou art my GOD✝️: Thy SPIRIT✝️🕊 is good; lead me into the land🏖🌴🏝🌄🏞 of uprightness.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/psa.143.10.kjv When a burly stranger approached my wife and me on a street abroad, we shrunk back in fear. Our holiday had been going badly; we had been yelled at,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 7 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:1-28 Good Works Prepared For we are . . . created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 READ EPHESIANS 2:6–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When a burly stranger approached my wife and me on a street abroad, we shrunk back in fear. Our holiday had been going badly; we had been yelled at, cheated, and extorted from several times. Were we going to be shaken down again? To our surprise, the man just wanted to show us where to get the best view of his city. Then he gave us a chocolate bar, smiled, and left. That little gesture made our day—and saved the whole trip. It made us grateful—both to the man and to God for cheering us up. What had made the man reach out to two strangers? Had he gone around with a chocolate bar the entire day, looking to bless someone with it? It’s amazing how the smallest action can bring the biggest smile—and possibly direct someone to God. The Bible stresses the importance of doing good works (James 2:17, 24). If that sounds challenging, we have the assurance that God not only enables us to do these works, but has even “prepared [them] in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Perhaps God has arranged for us to “bump into” someone who needs a word of encouragement today or has given us an opportunity to offer someone a helping hand. All we have to do is respond in obedience. By Leslie Koh REFLECT & PRAY Lord, may I respond in obedience and share Your love with others as You have loved me. Who can you pray for or help today? Who might God be putting in your path? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT One of the amazing realities of our redemption is that because of the cross and resurrection we are now “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17). On a spiritual level, this produces two great results. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God’s grace causes us to be raised with Him to resurrected life and seated with Him in the heavenly realms. What assurance that gives us! Just as our efforts (vv. 8-9) cannot produce our salvation, they are likewise not the key to our security. Our security is rooted in the fact that we are “in Christ.” Therefore, our place in the Father’s house is so assured that it is as if we were already there. For more on our eternal home, check out Life to Come: The Hope of the Christian Faith at discoveryseries.org/q1205. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Good Works Prepared. For we👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 are . . . created in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️ to do good works, which GOD✝️ prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10. It’s amazing how the smallest action can bring the biggest smile—and possibly direct someone to GOD✝️. The Bible stresses the importance of doing good works (James 2:17, 24). If that sounds challenging, we have the assurance that GOD✝️ not only enables us to do these works, but has even “prepared [them] in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Perhaps GOD✝️ has arranged for us to “bump into” someone who needs a word of encouragement today or has given us an opportunity to offer someone a helping hand. All we have to do is respond in obedience.
One of the amazing realities of our redemption is that because of the cross✝️ and resurrection we are now “in CHRIST✝️” (2 Corinthians 5:17). On a spiritual level, this produces two great results. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that GOD✝️’s grace causes us to be raised with Him to resurrected life and seated with Him in the heavenly realms. What assurance that gives us! Just as our efforts (vv. 8-9) cannot produce our salvation, they are likewise not the key to our security. Our security is rooted in the fact that we are “in CHRIST✝️.” Therefore, our place in the FATHER✝️’s house is so assured that it is as if we were already there.
For more on our eternal home, check out Life to Come: The Hope of the CHRIST✝️ian Faith at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/life-to-come/
REFLECT & PRAY
LORD✝️, may I respond in obedience and share Your LOVE💝🎁 with others as You have LOVE💝🎁d me.
Who can you pray for or help today? Who might GOD✝️ be putting in your path?
Teach👨🏿‍🏫🏫🎓📖 me to do Thy will; for Thou art my GOD✝️: Thy SPIRIT✝️🕊 is good; lead me into the land🏖🌴🏝🌄🏞 of uprightness.
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“Teach👨🏿‍🏫🏫🎓📖 me to do Thy will; for Thou art my GOD✝️: Thy SPIRIT✝️🕊 is good; lead me into the land🏖🌴🏝🌄🏞 of uprightness.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/psa.143.10.kjv
When a burly stranger approached my wife and me on a street abroad, we shrunk back in fear. Our holiday had been going badly; we had been yelled at,…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

February 7 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:1-28
Good Works Prepared
For we are . . . created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

READ EPHESIANS 2:6–10

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
When a burly stranger approached my wife and me on a street abroad, we shrunk back in fear. Our holiday had been going badly; we had been yelled at, cheated, and extorted from several times. Were we going to be shaken down again? To our surprise, the man just wanted to show us where to get the best view of his city. Then he gave us a chocolate bar, smiled, and left. That little gesture made our day—and saved the whole trip. It made us grateful—both to the man and to God for cheering us up.
What had made the man reach out to two strangers? Had he gone around with a chocolate bar the entire day, looking to bless someone with it?
It’s amazing how the smallest action can bring the biggest smile—and possibly direct someone to God. The Bible stresses the importance of doing good works (James 2:17, 24). If that sounds challenging, we have the assurance that God not only enables us to do these works, but has even “prepared [them] in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Perhaps God has arranged for us to “bump into” someone who needs a word of encouragement today or has given us an opportunity to offer someone a helping hand. All we have to do is respond in obedience.
By Leslie Koh
REFLECT & PRAY
Lord, may I respond in obedience and share Your love with others as You have loved me.

Who can you pray for or help today? Who might God be putting in your path?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
One of the amazing realities of our redemption is that because of the cross and resurrection we are now “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17). On a spiritual level, this produces two great results. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God’s grace causes us to be raised with Him to resurrected life and seated with Him in the heavenly realms. What assurance that gives us! Just as our efforts (vv. 8-9) cannot produce our salvation, they are likewise not the key to our security. Our security is rooted in the fact that we are “in Christ.” Therefore, our place in the Father’s house is so assured that it is as if we were already there.

For more on our eternal home, check out Life to Come: The Hope of the Christian Faith at discoveryseries.org/q1205. Bill Crowder

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – But JESUS✝️ beheld them, and said unto them, “With men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 this is impossible; but with GOD✝️ ALL things are possible.” LOVE💝🎁 Changes Us. At once he began to preach🗣🎤🎙📣 in the synagogues💒 that JESUS✝️ is the SON✝️ of GOD✝️. Acts 9:20. Before I met JESUS✝️, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend, until I married Alan. Seven years later and on the verge of divorce, I toted our kindergartner, Xavier, into a church✝️📖📜💒 service. I sat near the exit door, afraid to trust but desperate for help. Thankfully, believers reached out, prayed for our family, and taught me how to nurture a relationship with GOD✝️ through prayer and Bible reading. Over time, the LOVE💝🎁 of CHRIST✝️ and His followers changed me. Two years after that first church✝️📖📜💒 service, Alan, Xavier, and I asked to be baptized. Sometime later, during one of our weekly conversations, my mom said, “You’re different. Tell me more about JESUS✝️.” A few months passed and she too accepted CHRIST✝️ as her SAVIOUR✝️. JESUS✝️ transforms lives . . . lives like Saul’s, one of the most feared persecutors of the church✝️📖📜💒 until his encounter with CHRIST✝️ (Acts 9:1-5). Others helped Saul learn more about JESUS✝️ (vv. 17-19). His drastic transformation added to the credibility of his Spirit-empowered teaching (vv. 20-22). Our first personal encounter with JESUS✝️ may not be as dramatic as Saul’s. Our life transformation may not be as quick or drastic. Still, as people notice how CHRIST✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is changing us over time, we’ll have opportunities to tell others what He did for us. Saul (also known as Paul, Acts 13:9), first appears on the pages of Scripture in Acts 7:58-8:3 as a “young man” affirming Stephen’s execution. He harassed the church✝️📖📜💒 and dragged CHRIST✝️ians off to prison (8:3). Final glimpses of Paul are quite different. In Philemon 1:9 Paul described himself as an “old man and now also a prisoner of CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️,” and in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 he spoke of his CHRIST✝️-filled life as an offering to GOD✝️. REFLECT & PRAY A life changed by CHRIST✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is worth talking about. To learn more about growing in your faith, see this free course at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/spiritual-life-basics/ . . “But JESUS✝️ beheld them, and said unto them, “With men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 this is impossible; but with GOD✝️ ALL things are possible.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/mat.19.26.kjv Before I met Jesus, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 6 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 23:23-39 Love Changes Us At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. Acts 9:20 READ ACTS 9:1–22 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Before I met Jesus, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend, until I married Alan. Seven years later and on the verge of divorce, I toted our kindergartner, Xavier, into a church service. I sat near the exit door, afraid to trust but desperate for help. Thankfully, believers reached out, prayed for our family, and taught me how to nurture a relationship with God through prayer and Bible reading. Over time, the love of Christ and His followers changed me. Two years after that first church service, Alan, Xavier, and I asked to be baptized. Sometime later, during one of our weekly conversations, my mom said, “You’re different. Tell me more about Jesus.” A few months passed and she too accepted Christ as her Savior. Jesus transforms lives . . . lives like Saul’s, one of the most feared persecutors of the church until his encounter with Christ (Acts 9:1-5). Others helped Saul learn more about Jesus (vv. 17-19). His drastic transformation added to the credibility of his Spirit-empowered teaching (vv. 20-22). Our first personal encounter with Jesus may not be as dramatic as Saul’s. Our life transformation may not be as quick or drastic. Still, as people notice how Christ’s love is changing us over time, we’ll have opportunities to tell others what He did for us. By Xochitl Dixon REFLECT & PRAY A life changed by Christ’s love is worth talking about. To learn more about growing in your faith, see this free course at christianuniversity.org/SF104. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Saul (also known as Paul, Acts 13:9), first appears on the pages of Scripture in Acts 7:58-8:3 as a “young man” affirming Stephen’s execution. He harassed the church and dragged Christians off to prison (8:3). Final glimpses of Paul are quite different. In Philemon 1:9 Paul described himself as an “old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus,” and in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 he spoke of his Christ-filled life as an offering to God. Arthur Jackson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

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LOVE💝🎁 Changes Us. At once he began to preach🗣🎤🎙📣 in the synagogues💒 that JESUS✝️ is the SON✝️ of GOD✝️. Acts 9:20.
Before I met JESUS✝️, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend, until I married Alan. Seven years later and on the verge of divorce, I toted our kindergartner, Xavier, into a church✝️📖📜💒 service. I sat near the exit door, afraid to trust but desperate for help. Thankfully, believers reached out, prayed for our family, and taught me how to nurture a relationship with GOD✝️ through prayer and Bible reading. Over time, the LOVE💝🎁 of CHRIST✝️ and His followers changed me. Two years after that first church✝️📖📜💒 service, Alan, Xavier, and I asked to be baptized. Sometime later, during one of our weekly conversations, my mom said, “You’re different. Tell me more about JESUS✝️.” A few months passed and she too accepted CHRIST✝️ as her SAVIOUR✝️.
JESUS✝️ transforms lives . . . lives like Saul’s, one of the most feared persecutors of the church✝️📖📜💒 until his encounter with CHRIST✝️ (Acts 9:1-5). Others helped Saul learn more about JESUS✝️ (vv. 17-19). His drastic transformation added to the credibility of his Spirit-empowered teaching (vv. 20-22).
Our first personal encounter with JESUS✝️ may not be as dramatic as Saul’s. Our life transformation may not be as quick or drastic. Still, as people notice how CHRIST✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is changing us over time, we’ll have opportunities to tell others what He did for us.
Saul (also known as Paul, Acts 13:9), first appears on the pages of Scripture in Acts 7:58-8:3 as a “young man” affirming Stephen’s execution. He harassed the church✝️📖📜💒 and dragged CHRIST✝️ians off to prison (8:3). Final glimpses of Paul are quite different. In Philemon 1:9 Paul described himself as an “old man and now also a prisoner of CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️,” and in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 he spoke of his CHRIST✝️-filled life as an offering to GOD✝️.
REFLECT & PRAY
A life changed by CHRIST✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is worth talking about.
To learn more about growing in your faith, see this free course at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/spiritual-life-basics/
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“But JESUS✝️ beheld them, and said unto them, “With men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 this is impossible; but with GOD✝️ ALL things are possible.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.19.26.kjv
Before I met Jesus, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend,…
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February 6 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 23:23-39
Love Changes Us
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
Acts 9:20

READ ACTS 9:1–22

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Before I met Jesus, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest friend, until I married Alan. Seven years later and on the verge of divorce, I toted our kindergartner, Xavier, into a church service. I sat near the exit door, afraid to trust but desperate for help.
Thankfully, believers reached out, prayed for our family, and taught me how to nurture a relationship with God through prayer and Bible reading. Over time, the love of Christ and His followers changed me.
Two years after that first church service, Alan, Xavier, and I asked to be baptized. Sometime later, during one of our weekly conversations, my mom said, “You’re different. Tell me more about Jesus.” A few months passed and she too accepted Christ as her Savior.
Jesus transforms lives . . . lives like Saul’s, one of the most feared persecutors of the church until his encounter with Christ (Acts 9:1-5). Others helped Saul learn more about Jesus (vv. 17-19). His drastic transformation added to the credibility of his Spirit-empowered teaching (vv. 20-22).
Our first personal encounter with Jesus may not be as dramatic as Saul’s. Our life transformation may not be as quick or drastic. Still, as people notice how Christ’s love is changing us over time, we’ll have opportunities to tell others what He did for us.
By Xochitl Dixon
REFLECT & PRAY
A life changed by Christ’s love is worth talking about.

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Saul (also known as Paul, Acts 13:9), first appears on the pages of Scripture in Acts 7:58-8:3 as a “young man” affirming Stephen’s execution. He harassed the church and dragged Christians off to prison (8:3). Final glimpses of Paul are quite different. In Philemon 1:9 Paul described himself as an “old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus,” and in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 he spoke of his Christ-filled life as an offering to God. Arthur Jackson

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By leading both friends and enemies to the foot of a Roman cross✝️, He showed how far the GOD✝️ of the cloud🌤⛅️🌫🌬 and tabernacle would go to rescue us. Like changes of address, such moves of the heart are unsettling. But someday, from a window in our FATHER✝️’s house, we’ll see that JESUS✝️ led us ALL the way. The divine unpredictability described in Numbers 9:15-23 adds repetition and emphasis to the last words of Exodus (40:36-38). Both describe how the GOD✝️ of the exodus used a mysterious cloud🌤⛅️🌫🌬, a portable tent of symbols (25:8-9), and a terrifying desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵 to show the urgency of learning to rely on Him. Because of the Israelites’🇮🇱✡️ failure to trust GOD✝️ when the twelve spies surveyed their new homeland flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13; Deuteronomy 1), it took forty years and the death of a generation to help them trust Him more than their own eyes or fears. REFLECT & PRAY LORD✝️, You know how much we don’t like to move🚚. But we want to follow You. Please help us to go wherever Your LOVE💝🎁 leads today. In what ways does choosing to follow GOD✝️ unsettle you? How might prayer🙏🏿🤲🏿 help⛑🆘 to strengthen your faith and trust in Him. Behold, I will do a new🆕 thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers🌊🏞 in the desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵.” . . “Behold, I will do a new🆕 thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers🌊🏞 in the desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/isa.43.19.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 5 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 36-38; Matthew 23:1-22 Moves of the Heart Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. Numbers 9:17 READ NUMBERS 9:15–23 audio playLISTEN ONLINE According to the US Census Bureau, Americans move from one address to another an average of eleven to twelve times during the course of a lifetime. In a recent year, 28 million people packed up, moved, and unpacked under a new roof. During Israel’s forty years in the wilderness, the cloud of God’s presence led a whole family nation to make one move after another in anticipation of a new homeland. The account is so repetitious, it reads almost like a comedy. Over and over the huge family packed and unpacked not only its own belongings but also the tent and furnishings of the tabernacle, where the God of the cloud met with Moses (see Exodus 25:22). Many years later, Jesus would give fuller meaning to the story of Israel’s moving days. Instead of leading from a cloud, He came in person. When He said, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19), He began showing that the most important changes of address happen on roads of the heart. By leading both friends and enemies to the foot of a Roman cross, He showed how far the God of the cloud and tabernacle would go to rescue us. Like changes of address, such moves of the heart are unsettling. But someday, from a window in our Father’s house, we’ll see that Jesus led us all the way. By Mart DeHaan REFLECT & PRAY Lord, You know how much we don’t like to move. But we want to follow You. Please help us to go wherever Your love leads today. In what ways does choosing to follow God unsettle you? How might prayer help to strengthen your faith and trust in Him? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The divine unpredictability described in Numbers 9:15-23 adds repetition and emphasis to the last words of Exodus (40:36-38). Both describe how the God of the exodus used a mysterious cloud, a portable tent of symbols (25:8-9), and a terrifying desert to show the urgency of learning to rely on Him. Because of the Israelites’ failure to trust God when the twelve spies surveyed their new homeland flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13; Deuteronomy 1), it took forty years and the death of a generation to help them trust Him more than their own eyes or fears. Mart DeHaan Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

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The divine unpredictability described in Numbers 9:15-23 adds repetition and emphasis to the last words of Exodus (40:36-38). Both describe how the GOD✝️ of the exodus used a mysterious cloud🌤⛅️🌫🌬, a portable tent of symbols (25:8-9), and a terrifying desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵 to show the urgency of learning to rely on Him. Because of the Israelites’🇮🇱✡️ failure to trust GOD✝️ when the twelve spies surveyed their new homeland flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13; Deuteronomy 1), it took forty years and the death of a generation to help them trust Him more than their own eyes or fears.
REFLECT & PRAY
LORD✝️, You know how much we don’t like to move🚚. But we want to follow You. Please help us to go wherever Your LOVE💝🎁 leads today.
In what ways does choosing to follow GOD✝️ unsettle you? How might prayer🙏🏿🤲🏿 help⛑🆘 to strengthen your faith and trust in Him.
Behold, I will do a new🆕 thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers🌊🏞 in the desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵.”
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“Behold, I will do a new🆕 thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers🌊🏞 in the desert🏜🐫🌵🌅🌡🔥🥵.”
Isaiah 43:19 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/isa.43.19.kjv
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February 5 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 36-38; Matthew 23:1-22
Moves of the Heart
Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
Numbers 9:17

READ NUMBERS 9:15–23

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
According to the US Census Bureau, Americans move from one address to another an average of eleven to twelve times during the course of a lifetime. In a recent year, 28 million people packed up, moved, and unpacked under a new roof.
During Israel’s forty years in the wilderness, the cloud of God’s presence led a whole family nation to make one move after another in anticipation of a new homeland. The account is so repetitious, it reads almost like a comedy. Over and over the huge family packed and unpacked not only its own belongings but also the tent and furnishings of the tabernacle, where the God of the cloud met with Moses (see Exodus 25:22).
Many years later, Jesus would give fuller meaning to the story of Israel’s moving days. Instead of leading from a cloud, He came in person. When He said, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19), He began showing that the most important changes of address happen on roads of the heart. By leading both friends and enemies to the foot of a Roman cross, He showed how far the God of the cloud and tabernacle would go to rescue us.
Like changes of address, such moves of the heart are unsettling. But someday, from a window in our Father’s house, we’ll see that Jesus led us all the way.
By Mart DeHaan
REFLECT & PRAY
Lord, You know how much we don’t like to move. But we want to follow You. Please help us to go wherever Your love leads today.

In what ways does choosing to follow God unsettle you? How might prayer help to strengthen your faith and trust in Him?

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The divine unpredictability described in Numbers 9:15-23 adds repetition and emphasis to the last words of Exodus (40:36-38). Both describe how the God of the exodus used a mysterious cloud, a portable tent of symbols (25:8-9), and a terrifying desert to show the urgency of learning to rely on Him. Because of the Israelites’ failure to trust God when the twelve spies surveyed their new homeland flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13; Deuteronomy 1), it took forty years and the death of a generation to help them trust Him more than their own eyes or fears. Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – All I Can See👀👁👁. He must become greater>➕👍🏿; I must become less➖. John 3:30. We can become so self-focused we lose sight of the bigger picture of GOD✝️’s plan. JESUS✝️’s cousin John clearly knew his focus wasn’t himself. Right from the start he recognized that his position or calling was to point others to JESUS✝️, the SON✝️ of God. “Look, the LAMB🐑 of GOD✝️!” he said when he saw JESUS✝️ coming toward him and his followers (John 1:29). He continued, “The reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed” (v. 31). When John’s disciples later reported that JESUS✝️ was gaining followers, John said, “You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the MESSIAH✝️ but am sent ahead of Him.’ . . . He must become greater; I must become less” (3:28-30). May the central focus of our lives be JESUS✝️ and LOVE💝🎁ing Him with our whole heart. Scholars disagree about who is speaking in John 3:31-34. Does it continue John the Baptist’s endorsement of JESUS✝️, or is it John the apostle adding his postscript to that endorsement? Since quotation marks were not used in ancient Greek🇬🇷🏛⛎🔱, it’s open to interpretation. What is certain, however, is that the repeated phrase describes the nature of CHRIST✝️—He is “above ALL” (v. 31). REFLECT & PRAY LORD✝️, I often get centered on myself and my needs and wants. Help me to look outside of myself to You. How can I LOVE💝🎁 JESUS✝️ best? Who might He want me to LOVE💝🎁.? Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️: . . “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️:” Philippians 1:6 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/php.1.6.kjv Krista stood in the freezing cold on a winter day, looking at the beautiful snow-encased lighthouse along the lake. As she pulled out her phone to… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 4 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46 All I Can See He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 READ JOHN 3:22–35 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Krista stood in the freezing cold on a winter day, looking at the beautiful snow-encased lighthouse along the lake. As she pulled out her phone to take pictures, her glasses fogged over. She couldn’t see a thing so she decided to point her camera toward the lighthouse and snapped three pictures at different angles. Looking at them later, she realized the camera had been set to take “selfies.” She laughed as she said, “My focus was me, me, and me. All I saw was me.” Krista’s photos got me thinking of a similar mistake: We can become so self-focused we lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s plan. Jesus’s cousin John clearly knew his focus wasn’t himself. Right from the start he recognized that his position or calling was to point others to Jesus, the Son of God. “Look, the Lamb of God!” he said when he saw Jesus coming toward him and his followers (John 1:29). He continued, “The reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed” (v. 31). When John’s disciples later reported that Jesus was gaining followers, John said, “You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ . . . He must become greater; I must become less” (3:28-30). May the central focus of our lives be Jesus and loving Him with our whole heart. By Anne Cetas REFLECT & PRAY Lord, I often get centered on myself and my needs and wants. Help me to look outside of myself to You. How can I love Jesus best? Who might He want me to love? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Scholars disagree about who is speaking in John 3:31-34. Does it continue John the Baptist’s endorsement of Jesus, or is it John the apostle adding his postscript to that endorsement? Since quotation marks were not used in ancient Greek, it’s open to interpretation. What is certain, however, is that the repeated phrase describes the nature of Christ—He is “above all” (v. 31). Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – All I Can See👀👁👁. He must become greater>➕👍🏿; I must become less➖. John 3:30. We can become so self-focused we lose sight of the bigger picture of GOD✝️’s plan. JESUS✝️’s cousin John clearly knew his focus wasn’t himself. Right from the start he recognized that his position or calling was to point others to JESUS✝️, the SON✝️ of God. “Look, the LAMB🐑 of GOD✝️!” he said when he saw JESUS✝️ coming toward him and his followers (John 1:29). He continued, “The reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed” (v. 31). When John’s disciples later reported that JESUS✝️ was gaining followers, John said, “You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the MESSIAH✝️ but am sent ahead of Him.’ . . . He must become greater; I must become less” (3:28-30).
May the central focus of our lives be JESUS✝️ and LOVE💝🎁ing Him with our whole heart.
Scholars disagree about who is speaking in John 3:31-34. Does it continue John the Baptist’s endorsement of JESUS✝️, or is it John the apostle adding his postscript to that endorsement? Since quotation marks were not used in ancient Greek🇬🇷🏛⛎🔱, it’s open to interpretation. What is certain, however, is that the repeated phrase describes the nature of CHRIST✝️—He is “above ALL” (v. 31).
REFLECT & PRAY
LORD✝️, I often get centered on myself and my needs and wants. Help me to look outside of myself to You.
How can I LOVE💝🎁 JESUS✝️ best? Who might He want me to LOVE💝🎁.?
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️:
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“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️:”
Philippians 1:6 KJV
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Krista stood in the freezing cold on a winter day, looking at the beautiful snow-encased lighthouse along the lake. As she pulled out her phone to…
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February 4 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46
All I Can See
He must become greater; I must become less.
John 3:30

READ JOHN 3:22–35

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Krista stood in the freezing cold on a winter day, looking at the beautiful snow-encased lighthouse along the lake. As she pulled out her phone to take pictures, her glasses fogged over. She couldn’t see a thing so she decided to point her camera toward the lighthouse and snapped three pictures at different angles. Looking at them later, she realized the camera had been set to take “selfies.” She laughed as she said, “My focus was me, me, and me. All I saw was me.” Krista’s photos got me thinking of a similar mistake: We can become so self-focused we lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s plan.
Jesus’s cousin John clearly knew his focus wasn’t himself. Right from the start he recognized that his position or calling was to point others to Jesus, the Son of God. “Look, the Lamb of God!” he said when he saw Jesus coming toward him and his followers (John 1:29). He continued, “The reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed” (v. 31). When John’s disciples later reported that Jesus was gaining followers, John said, “You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ . . . He must become greater; I must become less” (3:28-30).
May the central focus of our lives be Jesus and loving Him with our whole heart.
By Anne Cetas
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Lord, I often get centered on myself and my needs and wants. Help me to look outside of myself to You.

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Scholars disagree about who is speaking in John 3:31-34. Does it continue John the Baptist’s endorsement of Jesus, or is it John the apostle adding his postscript to that endorsement? Since quotation marks were not used in ancient Greek, it’s open to interpretation. What is certain, however, is that the repeated phrase describes the nature of Christ—He is “above all” (v. 31). Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Ears👂🏿👂🏽 Were Made for Listening🎧. Hear👂🏿🎧 this, you foolish🤡🃏 and senseless people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, who have eyes👀👁👁 but do not see🙈🦇, who have ears👂🏿👂🏽 but do not hear🎧. Jeremiah 5:21. Jeremiah’s indictment against the people was that they refused to use their “ears👂🏿👂🏽” to hear🎧 the LORD✝️’s voice. The prophet did not mince words, calling them “foolish and senseless people” (Jeremiah 5:21). GOD✝️ is constantly at work in our lives communicating words of LOVE💝🎁, instruction, encouragement, and caution. The FATHER✝️’s desire is that you and I learn and mature, and we have each been given the tools, such as ears👂🏿👂🏽, to do so. The question then is, will we use them to hear🎧 the heart💓💗💞💘 of our FATHER✝️? The metaphor of eyes👀👁👁 that don’t see🙈 and ears👂🏿👂🏽 that don’t hear 🎧(Jeremiah 5:21) is used in Scripture to describe spiritual dullness. In Moses’s final words to Israel🇮🇱✡️, he said, “The LORD✝️ has not given you a mind🧠 that understands or eyes👀👁👁 that see or ears👂🏿👂🏽 that hear🎧” (Deuteronomy 29:4). John uses the phrase “Whoever has ears👂🏿👂🏽” repeatedly in Revelation (2:11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Three of the gospels record JESUS✝️’s parable of the sower, where He says, “Whoever has ears👂🏿👂🏽 [to hear🎧], let them hear🎧” (Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8). JESUS✝️ told His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes👀👁👁 because they see, and your ears 👂🏿👂🏽 because they hear🎧” (Matthew 13:16). The disciples often didn’t understand their Teacher, but they regularly turned to Him for insight. In Matthew 15:15, for instance, Peter asks CHRIST✝️ to explain a parable to them. Seeking GOD✝️ for guidance is integral to having ears 👂🏿👂🏽to hear🎧 and eyes👀👁👁 to see. REFLECT & PRAY Our ears👂🏿👂🏽 can help us mature in our faith, if we’ll listen🎧. FATHER✝️, I believe You are always speaking🗣💬. Forgive my stubborn tendency to think I have all the answers. Open my ears👂🏽👂🏽 that I may hear🎧. Serve the LORD✝️ with fear, and rejoice with trembling. . . “Serve the LORD✝️ with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/psa.2.11.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 3 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:1-22 Ears Were Made for Listening Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear. Jeremiah 5:21 READ JEREMIAH 5:18–23 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Actress Diane Kruger was offered a role that would make her a household name. But it required her to play a young wife and mother experiencing the loss of her husband and child, and she had never personally suffered loss to such a degree. She didn’t know if she could be believable. But she accepted, and in order to prepare, she began attending support meetings for people walking through the valley of extreme grief. Initially she offered suggestions and thoughts when those in the group shared their stories. She, like most of us, wanted to be helpful. But gradually she stopped talking, and simply started listening. It was only then she began truly learning to walk a mile in their shoes. And her realization came by using her ears. Jeremiah’s indictment against the people was that they refused to use their “ears” to hear the Lord’s voice. The prophet did not mince words, calling them “foolish and senseless people” (Jeremiah 5:21). God is constantly at work in our lives communicating words of love, instruction, encouragement, and caution. The Father’s desire is that you and I learn and mature, and we have each been given the tools, such as ears, to do so. The question then is, will we use them to hear the heart of our Father? By John Blase REFLECT & PRAY Our ears can help us mature in our faith, if we’ll listen. Father, I believe You are always speaking. Forgive my stubborn tendency to think I have all the answers. Open my ears that I may hear. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The metaphor of eyes that don’t see and ears that don’t hear (Jeremiah 5:21) is used in Scripture to describe spiritual dullness. In Moses’s final words to Israel, he said, “The Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear” (Deuteronomy 29:4). John uses the phrase “Whoever has ears” repeatedly in Revelation (2:11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Three of the gospels record Jesus’s parable of the sower, where He says, “Whoever has ears [to hear], let them hear” (Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8). Jesus told His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear” (Matthew 13:16). The disciples often didn’t understand their Teacher, but they regularly turned to Him for insight. In Matthew 15:15, for instance, Peter asks Christ to explain a parable to them. Seeking God for guidance is integral to having ears to hear and eyes to see. Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Ears👂🏿👂🏽 Were Made for Listening🎧. Hear👂🏿🎧 this, you foolish🤡🃏 and senseless people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, who have eyes👀👁👁 but do not see🙈🦇, who have ears👂🏿👂🏽 but do not hear🎧. Jeremiah 5:21. Jeremiah’s indictment against the people was that they refused to use their “ears👂🏿👂🏽” to hear🎧 the LORD✝️’s voice. The prophet did not mince words, calling them “foolish and senseless people” (Jeremiah 5:21). GOD✝️ is constantly at work in our lives communicating words of LOVE💝🎁, instruction, encouragement, and caution. The FATHER✝️’s desire is that you and I learn and mature, and we have each been given the tools, such as ears👂🏿👂🏽, to do so. The question then is, will we use them to hear🎧 the heart💓💗💞💘 of our FATHER✝️? The metaphor of eyes👀👁👁 that don’t see🙈 and ears👂🏿👂🏽 that don’t hear 🎧(Jeremiah 5:21) is used in Scripture to describe spiritual dullness. In Moses’s final words to Israel🇮🇱✡️, he said, “The LORD✝️ has not given you a mind🧠 that understands or eyes👀👁👁 that see or ears👂🏿👂🏽 that hear🎧” (Deuteronomy 29:4). John uses the phrase “Whoever has ears👂🏿👂🏽” repeatedly in Revelation (2:11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Three of the gospels record JESUS✝️’s parable of the sower, where He says, “Whoever has ears👂🏿👂🏽 [to hear🎧], let them hear🎧” (Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8). JESUS✝️ told His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes👀👁👁 because they see, and your ears 👂🏿👂🏽 because they hear🎧” (Matthew 13:16). The disciples often didn’t understand their Teacher, but they regularly turned to Him for insight. In Matthew 15:15, for instance, Peter asks CHRIST✝️ to explain a parable to them. Seeking GOD✝️ for guidance is integral to having ears 👂🏿👂🏽to hear🎧 and eyes👀👁👁 to see.
REFLECT & PRAY
Our ears👂🏿👂🏽 can help us mature in our faith, if we’ll listen🎧.
FATHER✝️, I believe You are always speaking🗣💬. Forgive my stubborn tendency to think I have all the answers. Open my ears👂🏽👂🏽 that I may hear🎧.
Serve the LORD✝️ with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
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“Serve the LORD✝️ with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/psa.2.11.kjv
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Ears Were Made for Listening
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.
Jeremiah 5:21

READ JEREMIAH 5:18–23

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Actress Diane Kruger was offered a role that would make her a household name. But it required her to play a young wife and mother experiencing the loss of her husband and child, and she had never personally suffered loss to such a degree. She didn’t know if she could be believable. But she accepted, and in order to prepare, she began attending support meetings for people walking through the valley of extreme grief.
Initially she offered suggestions and thoughts when those in the group shared their stories. She, like most of us, wanted to be helpful. But gradually she stopped talking, and simply started listening. It was only then she began truly learning to walk a mile in their shoes. And her realization came by using her ears.
Jeremiah’s indictment against the people was that they refused to use their “ears” to hear the Lord’s voice. The prophet did not mince words, calling them “foolish and senseless people” (Jeremiah 5:21). God is constantly at work in our lives communicating words of love, instruction, encouragement, and caution. The Father’s desire is that you and I learn and mature, and we have each been given the tools, such as ears, to do so. The question then is, will we use them to hear the heart of our Father?
By John Blase
REFLECT & PRAY
Our ears can help us mature in our faith, if we’ll listen.

Father, I believe You are always speaking. Forgive my stubborn tendency to think I have all the answers. Open my ears that I may hear.

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The metaphor of eyes that don’t see and ears that don’t hear (Jeremiah 5:21) is used in Scripture to describe spiritual dullness. In Moses’s final words to Israel, he said, “The Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear” (Deuteronomy 29:4). John uses the phrase “Whoever has ears” repeatedly in Revelation (2:11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Three of the gospels record Jesus’s parable of the sower, where He says, “Whoever has ears [to hear], let them hear” (Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8). Jesus told His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear” (Matthew 13:16). The disciples often didn’t understand their Teacher, but they regularly turned to Him for insight. In Matthew 15:15, for instance, Peter asks Christ to explain a parable to them. Seeking God for guidance is integral to having ears to hear and eyes to see. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Restored. I will repay💰💲💵🤑 you for the years🗓📅 the locusts🦗🦗🦗 have eaten🍴🐿🥗🍽. Joel 2:25. The Old Testament prophet Joel described a horde of similar insects ravaging the entire nation of Judah as a consequence for their collective disobedience. He foretold an invasion of locusts (a metaphor for a foreign army, in the minds of some Bible scholars) like nothing previous generations had seen (Joel 1:2). The locusts would lay waste to everything in their path, driving the people into famine and poverty. If, however, the people would turn from their sinful ways and ask GOD✝️ for forgiveness, Joel says the LORD✝️ would “repay [them] for the years the locusts have eaten” (2:25). We too can learn from Judah’s lesson: like insects, our wrongdoings eat away at the fruitful, fragrant life GOD✝️ intended for us. When we turn toward Him, and away from our past choices, He promises to remove our shame and restore us to an abundant life in Him. The blessings of restoration Joel lists in 2:20-27 are the weal (benefits) that follow the woe (curses, punishments) listed in chapter one. This interchange is common in Scripture and especially in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Whenever the prophets call out the sins of the people, they list the coming punishment. But weal always follows woe. After the punishment has been exercised and the people repent, the blessings come and the land and the people are restored. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 restores. What can you ask GOD✝️’s forgiveness for today? To learn more about Joel and other Old Testament prophets, see the free course at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/old-testament-basics/ The LORD✝️ is not slack concerning His promise, as some men👴🏿 count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️, but that ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 should come to repent✝️ance. . . “The LORD✝️ is not slack concerning His promise, as some men👴🏿 count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️, but that ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 should come to repent✝️ance.” 2 Peter 3:9 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/2pe.3.9.kjv A 2003 infestation of Mormon crickets caused more than $25 million in lost crops. The crickets came in such numbers that people couldn’t so much as… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 2 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 21:23-46 Restored I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten. Joel 2:25 READ JOEL 2:18–27 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A 2003 infestation of Mormon crickets caused more than $25 million in lost crops. The crickets came in such numbers that people couldn’t so much as take a step without finding one underfoot. The grasshopper-like insect, named for attacking the crops of the Utah pioneers in 1848, can eat an astounding thirty-eight pounds of plant material in their lifetimes, despite being merely two to three inches long. The impact of infestations on famers’ livelihoods—and the overall economy of a state or country—can be devastating. The Old Testament prophet Joel described a horde of similar insects ravaging the entire nation of Judah as a consequence for their collective disobedience. He foretold an invasion of locusts (a metaphor for a foreign army, in the minds of some Bible scholars) like nothing previous generations had seen (Joel 1:2). The locusts would lay waste to everything in their path, driving the people into famine and poverty. If, however, the people would turn from their sinful ways and ask God for forgiveness, Joel says the Lord would “repay [them] for the years the locusts have eaten” (2:25). We too can learn from Judah’s lesson: like insects, our wrongdoings eat away at the fruitful, fragrant life God intended for us. When we turn toward Him, and away from our past choices, He promises to remove our shame and restore us to an abundant life in Him. By Kirsten Holmberg REFLECT & PRAY God’s love restores. What can you ask God’s forgiveness for today? To learn more about Joel and other Old Testament prophets, see the free course at christianuniversity.org/OT128. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The blessings of restoration Joel lists in 2:20-27 are the weal (benefits) that follow the woe (curses, punishments) listed in chapter one. This interchange is common in Scripture and especially in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Whenever the prophets call out the sins of the people, they list the coming punishment. But weal always follows woe. After the punishment has been exercised and the people repent, the blessings come and the land and the people are restored. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Restored. I will repay💰💲💵🤑 you for the years🗓📅 the locusts🦗🦗🦗 have eaten🍴🐿🥗🍽. Joel 2:25. The Old Testament prophet Joel described a horde of similar insects ravaging the entire nation of Judah as a consequence for their collective disobedience. He foretold an invasion of locusts (a metaphor for a foreign army, in the minds of some Bible scholars) like nothing previous generations had seen (Joel 1:2). The locusts would lay waste to everything in their path, driving the people into famine and poverty. If, however, the people would turn from their sinful ways and ask GOD✝️ for forgiveness, Joel says the LORD✝️ would “repay [them] for the years the locusts have eaten” (2:25). We too can learn from Judah’s lesson: like insects, our wrongdoings eat away at the fruitful, fragrant life GOD✝️ intended for us. When we turn toward Him, and away from our past choices, He promises to remove our shame and restore us to an abundant life in Him. The blessings of restoration Joel lists in 2:20-27 are the weal (benefits) that follow the woe (curses, punishments) listed in chapter one. This interchange is common in Scripture and especially in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Whenever the prophets call out the sins of the people, they list the coming punishment. But weal always follows woe. After the punishment has been exercised and the people repent, the blessings come and the land and the people are restored.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 restores.
What can you ask GOD✝️’s forgiveness for today?
To learn more about Joel and other Old Testament prophets, see the free course at https://christianuniversity.org/courses/old-testament-basics/
The LORD✝️ is not slack concerning His promise, as some men👴🏿 count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️, but that ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 should come to repent✝️ance.
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“The LORD✝️ is not slack concerning His promise, as some men👴🏿 count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️, but that ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 should come to repent✝️ance.”
2 Peter 3:9 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/2pe.3.9.kjv
A 2003 infestation of Mormon crickets caused more than $25 million in lost crops. The crickets came in such numbers that people couldn’t so much as…
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February 2 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 21:23-46
Restored
I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.
Joel 2:25

READ JOEL 2:18–27

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
A 2003 infestation of Mormon crickets caused more than $25 million in lost crops. The crickets came in such numbers that people couldn’t so much as take a step without finding one underfoot. The grasshopper-like insect, named for attacking the crops of the Utah pioneers in 1848, can eat an astounding thirty-eight pounds of plant material in their lifetimes, despite being merely two to three inches long. The impact of infestations on famers’ livelihoods—and the overall economy of a state or country—can be devastating.
The Old Testament prophet Joel described a horde of similar insects ravaging the entire nation of Judah as a consequence for their collective disobedience. He foretold an invasion of locusts (a metaphor for a foreign army, in the minds of some Bible scholars) like nothing previous generations had seen (Joel 1:2). The locusts would lay waste to everything in their path, driving the people into famine and poverty. If, however, the people would turn from their sinful ways and ask God for forgiveness, Joel says the Lord would “repay [them] for the years the locusts have eaten” (2:25).
We too can learn from Judah’s lesson: like insects, our wrongdoings eat away at the fruitful, fragrant life God intended for us. When we turn toward Him, and away from our past choices, He promises to remove our shame and restore us to an abundant life in Him.
By Kirsten Holmberg
REFLECT & PRAY
God’s love restores.

What can you ask God’s forgiveness for today?

To learn more about Joel and other Old Testament prophets, see the free course at christianuniversity.org/OT128.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The blessings of restoration Joel lists in 2:20-27 are the weal (benefits) that follow the woe (curses, punishments) listed in chapter one. This interchange is common in Scripture and especially in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Whenever the prophets call out the sins of the people, they list the coming punishment. But weal always follows woe. After the punishment has been exercised and the people repent, the blessings come and the land and the people are restored. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Deeper LOVE💝🎁. GOD✝️ demonstrates His own LOVE💝🎁 for us in this: While we were still sinners, CHRIST✝️ died⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️ for us. Romans 5:8. Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. The apostle Peter pointed followers of JESUS✝️ there when he wrote, “Above ALL, LOVE💝🎁 each other deeply, because LOVE💝🎁 covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Peter’s words cause me to wonder if he was thinking of his own denial of JESUS✝️ (Luke 22:54–62) and the forgiveness JESUS✝️ offered him (and us) through the cross✝️. The deep LOVE💝🎁 JESUS✝️ demonstrated through His death on the cross frees us from the debt for our sins and opens the way for our reconciliation with GOD✝️ (Colossians 1:19–20). His forgiveness empowers us to forgive others as we realize we can’t forgive in our own strength and ask Him to help us. When we LOVE💝🎁 others because our Savior LOVE💝🎁s them and forgive because He has forgiven us, GOD✝️ gives us strength to let go of the past and walk forward with Him into beautiful new places of grace. You might think today’s reading is merely a list of commands Peter expects his readers to embrace. However, the statements in verse 11 are written in the form of urging or encouragement. This is evident by the beginning phrase “if anyone.” The challenges to those who speak (teach and preach) and to those who serve describe how these things are to be done—with confidence. The one who speaks is to speak with assurance that the message reflects the heart and mind of GOD✝️, and the one who serves does so knowing that GOD✝️’s strength will supply ALL that is needed for the task at hand. The result of such reliance? “That in ALL things GOD✝️ may be praised through JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️.” For further study, see Knowing GOD✝️ Through 1 Peter at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/knowing-god-through-1-peter/ REFLECT & PRAY The forgiveness of GOD✝️ is the test by which I myself am judged. If ye then be risen with CHRIST✝️, seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♀️🔭🧐 those things which are above🌠🌌, where CHRIST✝️ sitteth💺 on the right hand✋🏿 of GOD✝️. . . “If ye then be risen with CHRIST✝️, seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♀️🔭🧐 those things which are above🌠🌌, where CHRIST✝️ sitteth💺 on the right hand✋🏿 of GOD✝️.” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/col.3.1.kjv When they first met, Edwin Stanton snubbed US president Abraham Lincoln personally and professionally—even referring to him as a “long-armed… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 1 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:1-22 Deeper Love God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 READ 1 PETER 4:7–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When they first met, Edwin Stanton snubbed US president Abraham Lincoln personally and professionally—even referring to him as a “long-armed creature.” But Lincoln appreciated Stanton’s abilities and chose to forgive him, eventually appointing Stanton to a vital cabinet position during the Civil War. Stanton later grew to love Lincoln as a friend. It was Stanton who sat by Lincoln’s bed throughout the night after the president was shot at Ford’s Theater and whispered through tears on his passing, “Now he belongs to the ages.” Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. The apostle Peter pointed followers of Jesus there when he wrote, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Peter’s words cause me to wonder if he was thinking of his own denial of Jesus (Luke 22:54–62) and the forgiveness Jesus offered him (and us) through the cross. The deep love Jesus demonstrated through His death on the cross frees us from the debt for our sins and opens the way for our reconciliation with God (Colossians 1:19–20). His forgiveness empowers us to forgive others as we realize we can’t forgive in our own strength and ask Him to help us. When we love others because our Savior loves them and forgive because He has forgiven us, God gives us strength to let go of the past and walk forward with Him into beautiful new places of grace. By James Banks REFLECT & PRAY The forgiveness of God is the test by which I myself am judged. Oswald Chambers Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT You might think today’s reading is merely a list of commands Peter expects his readers to embrace. However, the statements in verse 11 are written in the form of urging or encouragement. This is evident by the beginning phrase “if anyone.” The challenges to those who speak (teach and preach) and to those who serve describe how these things are to be done—with confidence. The one who speaks is to speak with assurance that the message reflects the heart and mind of God, and the one who serves does so knowing that God’s strength will supply all that is needed for the task at hand. The result of such reliance? “That in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” For further study, see Knowing God Through 1 Peter at discoveryseries.org/sb242. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Deeper LOVE💝🎁. GOD✝️ demonstrates His own LOVE💝🎁 for us in this: While we were still sinners, CHRIST✝️ died⚰️☠️💀😵🧟‍♂️ for us. Romans 5:8. Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. The apostle Peter pointed followers of JESUS✝️ there when he wrote, “Above ALL, LOVE💝🎁 each other deeply, because LOVE💝🎁 covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Peter’s words cause me to wonder if he was thinking of his own denial of JESUS✝️ (Luke 22:54–62) and the forgiveness JESUS✝️ offered him (and us) through the cross✝️. The deep LOVE💝🎁 JESUS✝️ demonstrated through His death on the cross frees us from the debt for our sins and opens the way for our reconciliation with GOD✝️ (Colossians 1:19–20). His forgiveness empowers us to forgive others as we realize we can’t forgive in our own strength and ask Him to help us. When we LOVE💝🎁 others because our Savior LOVE💝🎁s them and forgive because He has forgiven us, GOD✝️ gives us strength to let go of the past and walk forward with Him into beautiful new places of grace.
You might think today’s reading is merely a list of commands Peter expects his readers to embrace. However, the statements in verse 11 are written in the form of urging or encouragement. This is evident by the beginning phrase “if anyone.” The challenges to those who speak (teach and preach) and to those who serve describe how these things are to be done—with confidence. The one who speaks is to speak with assurance that the message reflects the heart and mind of GOD✝️, and the one who serves does so knowing that GOD✝️’s strength will supply ALL that is needed for the task at hand. The result of such reliance? “That in ALL things GOD✝️ may be praised through JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️.”
For further study, see Knowing GOD✝️ Through 1 Peter at
https://discoveryseries.org/courses/knowing-god-through-1-peter/
REFLECT & PRAY
The forgiveness of GOD✝️ is the test by which I myself am judged.
If ye then be risen with CHRIST✝️, seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♀️🔭🧐 those things which are above🌠🌌, where CHRIST✝️ sitteth💺 on the right hand✋🏿 of GOD✝️.
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“If ye then be risen with CHRIST✝️, seek👀👁👁🔎🕵️🏿‍♀️🔭🧐 those things which are above🌠🌌, where CHRIST✝️ sitteth💺 on the right hand✋🏿 of GOD✝️.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/col.3.1.kjv
When they first met, Edwin Stanton snubbed US president Abraham Lincoln personally and professionally—even referring to him as a “long-armed…
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Deeper Love
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

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When they first met, Edwin Stanton snubbed US president Abraham Lincoln personally and professionally—even referring to him as a “long-armed creature.” But Lincoln appreciated Stanton’s abilities and chose to forgive him, eventually appointing Stanton to a vital cabinet position during the Civil War. Stanton later grew to love Lincoln as a friend. It was Stanton who sat by Lincoln’s bed throughout the night after the president was shot at Ford’s Theater and whispered through tears on his passing, “Now he belongs to the ages.”
Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. The apostle Peter pointed followers of Jesus there when he wrote, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Peter’s words cause me to wonder if he was thinking of his own denial of Jesus (Luke 22:54–62) and the forgiveness Jesus offered him (and us) through the cross.
The deep love Jesus demonstrated through His death on the cross frees us from the debt for our sins and opens the way for our reconciliation with God (Colossians 1:19–20). His forgiveness empowers us to forgive others as we realize we can’t forgive in our own strength and ask Him to help us. When we love others because our Savior loves them and forgive because He has forgiven us, God gives us strength to let go of the past and walk forward with Him into beautiful new places of grace.
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
The forgiveness of God is the test by which I myself am judged. Oswald Chambers

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You might think today’s reading is merely a list of commands Peter expects his readers to embrace. However, the statements in verse 11 are written in the form of urging or encouragement. This is evident by the beginning phrase “if anyone.” The challenges to those who speak (teach and preach) and to those who serve describe how these things are to be done—with confidence. The one who speaks is to speak with assurance that the message reflects the heart and mind of God, and the one who serves does so knowing that God’s strength will supply all that is needed for the task at hand. The result of such reliance? “That in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”

For further study, see Knowing God Through 1 Peter at discoveryseries.org/sb242. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch🌿🕊 cannot bear fruit🥝🍎🍌🍉🍇🍒🥭🥑 of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” Adopted. GOD✝️ sent His SON✝️ . . . that we might receive adoption to sonship👦🏿👼🏿😇. Galatians 4:4-5. I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when that person gives even more and adopts one of them. Most orphans would be delighted merely to have a patron. But then to learn the sponsor isn’t content merely to help me but also wants me. How must that feel? If you’re a child of GOD✝️ you already know, because it’s happened to you. We couldn’t complain if GOD✝️ had merely LOVE💝🎁d us enough to send His SON✝️ that we might “not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It would be enough for us. But not for GOD✝️. He “sent his SON✝️ . . . to redeem” us, not as an end in itself, but “that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5). The apostle Paul refers to us as “sons” because in his day it was common for sons to inherit their father’s wealth. His point is that now everyone who puts their faith in JESUS✝️ , whether man or woman, becomes a “son” of GOD✝️ with equal and full rights of inheritance (v. 7). GOD✝️ does not merely want to save you. He wants you. He has adopted you into His family, given you His name (Revelation 3:12), and proudly calls you His child. You could not possibly be LOVE💝🎁d more, or by anyone more important. You aren’t merely blessed by GOD✝️. You are the child of GOD✝️. Your Father LOVE💝🎁s you. Used only five times in the New Testament (and only by Paul), the word translated “adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:5) is packed with meaning. Huiothesia is a compound Greek word from huios (“son”) and thesia (“placing”). Adoption took place when a child (almost exclusively males in the ancient world) was placed in a family that lacked a suitable heir. With adoption came privileges, rights, and responsibilities of family membership. Paul used the term “adoption,” but the concept of family membership is also present in John’s writing: “See what great LOVE💝🎁 the FATHER✝️ has lavished on us, that we should be called children of GOD✝️! . . . Dear friends, now we are children of GOD✝️, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1-2). REFLECT & PRAY You are more than saved✝️⛑. You are LOVE💝🎁d. FATHER✝️, what a privilege to call You this! Thank You for saving⛑✝️ me, and for wanting🤗👐🏿 me. . . JESUS✝️ “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch🌿🕊 cannot bear fruit🥝🍎🍌🍉🍇🍒🥭🥑 of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” John 15:4 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/jhn.15.4.kjv I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 31 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 25-26; Matthew 20:17-34 Adopted God sent his Son . . . that we might receive adoption to sonship. Galatians 4:4-5 READ GALATIANS 4:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when that person gives even more and adopts one of them. Most orphans would be delighted merely to have a patron. But then to learn the sponsor isn’t content merely to help me but also wants me. How must that feel? If you’re a child of God you already know, because it’s happened to you. We couldn’t complain if God had merely loved us enough to send His Son that we might “not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It would be enough for us. But not for God. He “sent his Son . . . to redeem” us, not as an end in itself, but “that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5). The apostle Paul refers to us as “sons” because in his day it was common for sons to inherit their father’s wealth. His point is that now everyone who puts their faith in Jesus, whether man or woman, becomes a “son” of God with equal and full rights of inheritance (v. 7). God does not merely want to save you. He wants you. He has adopted you into His family, given you His name (Revelation 3:12), and proudly calls you His child. You could not possibly be loved more, or by anyone more important. You aren’t merely blessed by God. You are the child of God. Your Father loves you. By Mike Wittmer REFLECT & PRAY You are more than saved. You are loved. Father, what a privilege to call You this! Thank You for saving me, and for wanting me. Welcome to Mike Wittmer! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Used only five times in the New Testament (and only by Paul), the word translated “adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:5) is packed with meaning. Huiothesia is a compound Greek word from huios (“son”) and thesia (“placing”). Adoption took place when a child (almost exclusively males in the ancient world) was placed in a family that lacked a suitable heir. With adoption came privileges, rights, and responsibilities of family membership. Paul used the term “adoption,” but the concept of family membership is also present in John’s writing: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! . . . Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2). Arthur Jackson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch🌿🕊 cannot bear fruit🥝🍎🍌🍉🍇🍒🥭🥑 of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”
Adopted. GOD✝️ sent His SON✝️ . . . that we might receive adoption to sonship👦🏿👼🏿😇. Galatians 4:4-5. I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when that person gives even more and adopts one of them. Most orphans would be delighted merely to have a patron. But then to learn the sponsor isn’t content merely to help me but also wants me. How must that feel? If you’re a child of GOD✝️ you already know, because it’s happened to you. We couldn’t complain if GOD✝️ had merely LOVE💝🎁d us enough to send His SON✝️ that we might “not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It would be enough for us. But not for GOD✝️. He “sent his SON✝️ . . . to redeem” us, not as an end in itself, but “that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5). The apostle Paul refers to us as “sons” because in his day it was common for sons to inherit their father’s wealth. His point is that now everyone who puts their faith in JESUS✝️ , whether man or woman, becomes a “son” of GOD✝️ with equal and full rights of inheritance (v. 7). GOD✝️ does not merely want to save you. He wants you. He has adopted you into His family, given you His name (Revelation 3:12), and proudly calls you His child. You could not possibly be LOVE💝🎁d more, or by anyone more important. You aren’t merely blessed by GOD✝️. You are the child of GOD✝️. Your Father LOVE💝🎁s you.
Used only five times in the New Testament (and only by Paul), the word translated “adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:5) is packed with meaning. Huiothesia is a compound Greek word from huios (“son”) and thesia (“placing”). Adoption took place when a child (almost exclusively males in the ancient world) was placed in a family that lacked a suitable heir. With adoption came privileges, rights, and responsibilities of family membership. Paul used the term “adoption,” but the concept of family membership is also present in John’s writing: “See what great LOVE💝🎁 the FATHER✝️ has lavished on us, that we should be called children of GOD✝️! . . . Dear friends, now we are children of GOD✝️, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when CHRIST✝️ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1-2).
REFLECT & PRAY
You are more than saved✝️⛑. You are LOVE💝🎁d.
FATHER✝️, what a privilege to call You this! Thank You for saving⛑✝️ me, and for wanting🤗👐🏿 me.
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JESUS✝️ “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch🌿🕊 cannot bear fruit🥝🍎🍌🍉🍇🍒🥭🥑 of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”
John 15:4 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/jhn.15.4.kjv
I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when…
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Adopted
God sent his Son . . . that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Galatians 4:4-5

READ GALATIANS 4:1–7

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when that person gives even more and adopts one of them. Most orphans would be delighted merely to have a patron. But then to learn the sponsor isn’t content merely to help me but also wants me. How must that feel?
If you’re a child of God you already know, because it’s happened to you. We couldn’t complain if God had merely loved us enough to send His Son that we might “not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It would be enough for us. But not for God. He “sent his Son . . . to redeem” us, not as an end in itself, but “that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5).
The apostle Paul refers to us as “sons” because in his day it was common for sons to inherit their father’s wealth. His point is that now everyone who puts their faith in Jesus, whether man or woman, becomes a “son” of God with equal and full rights of inheritance (v. 7).
God does not merely want to save you. He wants you. He has adopted you into His family, given you His name (Revelation 3:12), and proudly calls you His child. You could not possibly be loved more, or by anyone more important. You aren’t merely blessed by God. You are the child of God. Your Father loves you.
By Mike Wittmer
REFLECT & PRAY
You are more than saved. You are loved.

Father, what a privilege to call You this! Thank You for saving me, and for wanting me.

Welcome to Mike Wittmer! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors.

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INSIGHT
Used only five times in the New Testament (and only by Paul), the word translated “adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:5) is packed with meaning. Huiothesia is a compound Greek word from huios (“son”) and thesia (“placing”). Adoption took place when a child (almost exclusively males in the ancient world) was placed in a family that lacked a suitable heir. With adoption came privileges, rights, and responsibilities of family membership. Paul used the term “adoption,” but the concept of family membership is also present in John’s writing: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! . . . Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2). Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – NO LOVE💝🎁, I am NOthing. Though I speak🗣🎤 with the tongues👅 of men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and of angels👼🏿😇, and have not charity (LOVE💝🎁), I am become as sounding brass🎺📯, or a tinkling cymbal🥁. Algae 🦠 and Diatoms. Stop🛑🤚🏿🚦 and consider🤔🧐💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡 GOD✝️’s wonders. Job 37:14. I couldn’t stop thinking about the intricate detail GOD✝️ put into life that we can only see with a microscope🔬🦠! GOD✝️’s creation and works are endless. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends, Elihu, points this out to Job as he struggles through his loss. Elihu challenges his friend, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider GOD✝️’s wonders. Do you know how GOD✝️ controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:14-16). We, as humans, can’t begin to understand the complexity of GOD✝️ and His creation. Even the parts of creation we can’t see reflect GOD✝️’s glory and power. His glory surrounds us. No matter what we’re going through, GOD✝️ is working, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand. Let’s praise Him today, for “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9). After three rounds of heated discussion, Job and his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 2:11) are at an impasse in their debate of theodicy—the question of why a good GOD✝️ permits evil. Elihu, being a much younger man, had waited for his turn to speak and now gives his insights (chs. 32-37). Elihu was a Buzite (32:2). Buz was a son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:20-21), which makes Elihu a descendant of one of Abraham’s nephews. Concluding his rebuke in this fourth and final speech, Elihu highlights GOD✝️’s power and majesty (chs. 36-37). He asks Job to “consider GOD✝️’s wonders” (37:14) in controlling His creation, challenging Job to explain how GOD✝️ sovereignly controls the meteorological elements—the clouds, lightning, winds, skies, and sun (vv. 15-24). Elihu tells Job to fear and revere such a great GOD✝️ (v. 24). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️ is always working. LORD✝️, thank You for the detail You put into creation and for being at work even when we can’t see it. . . “Though I speak🗣🎤 with the tongues👅 of men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and of angels👼🏿😇, and have not charity (LOVE💝🎁), I am become as sounding brass🎺📯, or a tinkling cymbal🥁.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/1co.13.1.kjv “What’s a diatom?” I asked my friend. I was leaning over her shoulder looking at pictures on… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 30 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 23-24; Matthew 20:1-16 Algae and Diatoms Stop and consider God’s wonders. Job 37:14 READ JOB 37:14–24 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “What’s a diatom?” I asked my friend. I was leaning over her shoulder looking at pictures on her cell phone she had taken through a microscope. “Oh, it’s like algae, but it’s harder to see. Sometimes you need a drop of oil on the lens or they have to be dead to see them,” she explained. I sat amazed as she scrolled through the pictures. I couldn’t stop thinking about the intricate detail God put into life that we can only see with a microscope! God’s creation and works are endless. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends, Elihu, points this out to Job as he struggles through his loss. Elihu challenges his friend, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:14-16). We, as humans, can’t begin to understand the complexity of God and His creation. Even the parts of creation we can’t see reflect God’s glory and power. His glory surrounds us. No matter what we’re going through, God is working, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand. Let’s praise Him today, for “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9). By Julie Schwab REFLECT & PRAY God is always working. Lord, thank You for the detail You put into creation and for being at work even when we can’t see it. Welcome to Julie Schwab! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT After three rounds of heated discussion, Job and his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 2:11) are at an impasse in their debate of theodicy—the question of why a good God permits evil. Elihu, being a much younger man, had waited for his turn to speak and now gives his insights (chs. 32-37). Elihu was a Buzite (32:2). Buz was a son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:20-21), which makes Elihu a descendant of one of Abraham’s nephews. Concluding his rebuke in this fourth and final speech, Elihu highlights God’s power and majesty (chs. 36-37). He asks Job to “consider God’s wonders” (37:14) in controlling His creation, challenging Job to explain how God sovereignly controls the meteorological elements—the clouds, lightning, winds, skies, and sun (vv. 15-24). Elihu tells Job to fear and revere such a great God (v. 24). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – NO LOVE💝🎁, I am NOthing.
Though I speak🗣🎤 with the tongues👅 of men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and of angels👼🏿😇, and have not charity (LOVE💝🎁), I am become as sounding brass🎺📯, or a tinkling cymbal🥁.
Algae 🦠 and Diatoms. Stop🛑🤚🏿🚦 and consider🤔🧐💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡 GOD✝️’s wonders. Job 37:14. I couldn’t stop thinking about the intricate detail GOD✝️ put into life that we can only see with a microscope🔬🦠! GOD✝️’s creation and works are endless. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends, Elihu, points this out to Job as he struggles through his loss. Elihu challenges his friend, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider GOD✝️’s wonders. Do you know how GOD✝️ controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:14-16). We, as humans, can’t begin to understand the complexity of GOD✝️ and His creation.
Even the parts of creation we can’t see reflect GOD✝️’s glory and power. His glory surrounds us. No matter what we’re going through, GOD✝️ is working, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand. Let’s praise Him today, for “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9). After three rounds of heated discussion, Job and his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 2:11) are at an impasse in their debate of theodicy—the question of why a good GOD✝️ permits evil. Elihu, being a much younger man, had waited for his turn to speak and now gives his insights (chs. 32-37). Elihu was a Buzite (32:2). Buz was a son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:20-21), which makes Elihu a descendant of one of Abraham’s nephews. Concluding his rebuke in this fourth and final speech, Elihu highlights GOD✝️’s power and majesty (chs. 36-37). He asks Job to “consider GOD✝️’s wonders” (37:14) in controlling His creation, challenging Job to explain how GOD✝️ sovereignly controls the meteorological elements—the clouds, lightning, winds, skies, and sun (vv. 15-24). Elihu tells Job to fear and revere such a great GOD✝️ (v. 24).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️ is always working.
LORD✝️, thank You for the detail You put into creation and for being at work even when we can’t see it.
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“Though I speak🗣🎤 with the tongues👅 of men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and of angels👼🏿😇, and have not charity (LOVE💝🎁), I am become as sounding brass🎺📯, or a tinkling cymbal🥁.”
1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/1co.13.1.kjv

“What’s a diatom?” I asked my friend. I was leaning over her shoulder looking at pictures on…
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Algae and Diatoms
Stop and consider God’s wonders.
Job 37:14

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“What’s a diatom?” I asked my friend. I was leaning over her shoulder looking at pictures on her cell phone she had taken through a microscope. “Oh, it’s like algae, but it’s harder to see. Sometimes you need a drop of oil on the lens or they have to be dead to see them,” she explained. I sat amazed as she scrolled through the pictures. I couldn’t stop thinking about the intricate detail God put into life that we can only see with a microscope!
God’s creation and works are endless. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends, Elihu, points this out to Job as he struggles through his loss. Elihu challenges his friend, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:14-16). We, as humans, can’t begin to understand the complexity of God and His creation.
Even the parts of creation we can’t see reflect God’s glory and power. His glory surrounds us. No matter what we’re going through, God is working, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand. Let’s praise Him today, for “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9).
By Julie Schwab
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After three rounds of heated discussion, Job and his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 2:11) are at an impasse in their debate of theodicy—the question of why a good God permits evil. Elihu, being a much younger man, had waited for his turn to speak and now gives his insights (chs. 32-37). Elihu was a Buzite (32:2). Buz was a son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:20-21), which makes Elihu a descendant of one of Abraham’s nephews. Concluding his rebuke in this fourth and final speech, Elihu highlights God’s power and majesty (chs. 36-37). He asks Job to “consider God’s wonders” (37:14) in controlling His creation, challenging Job to explain how God sovereignly controls the meteorological elements—the clouds, lightning, winds, skies, and sun (vv. 15-24). Elihu tells Job to fear and revere such a great God (v. 24). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Ye are the light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 of the world🌍🗺🌇🏙🌃🌉🗽. A city🗽🌆🌉🌁🏢 that is set on an hill⛰🗻 cannot be hid🙈🌁. Neither do men light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 a candle🕯🏮🎆🎂, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick🕎; and it giveth light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 unto ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are in the house🏡. Let your light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 so shine before men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, that they may see👀👁👁 your good works, and glorify your FATHER✝️ which is in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇.” Rip the Heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇. Oh, that You would rend the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come down⬇️. Isaiah 64:1. A friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint😰: How can I believe in a GOD✝️ who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence🔫⚰️ in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak💔. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for GOD✝️ to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve ALL likely felt. Israel 🇮🇱✡️ knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel 🇮🇱✡️ , crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into smoldering rubble. The prophet Isaiah put words to the people’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 dark doubt: Where is the GOD✝️ who’s supposed to rescue⛑🏥🏩👨🏿‍🚒🚑🚒🚁 us? (Isaiah 63:11-15). And yet from precisely this place, Isaiah offered a bold prayer🙏🏿🤲🏿: GOD✝️, “rend the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come down⬇️” (64:1). Isaiah’s pain and sorrow drove him not to pull away from GOD✝️, but to seek to draw closer to Him. Our doubts and troubles offer a strange gift💝🎁: they reveal how lost we are and how much we need GOD✝️ to move toward us. We see now the remarkable, improbable story. In JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ did rip the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come⬇️ to us. CHRIST✝️ surrendered His own ripped and broken body so that He could overwhelm us with His LOVE💝🎁. In JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ is very near. The prophecies of Isaiah express the heart💘💖💓♥️💝💓 of a LOVE💝🎁ing FATHER✝️ for a family that had lost its way (Isaiah 1:1-3). In visions spanning decades of warning, invasion, and exile, the prophet urges his people to remember that no eye👀👁👁 has ever seen and no ear👂🏿 has heard of any other GOD✝️ who can rescue those who wait on Him (64:4). Centuries later, the apostle Paul recalls Isaiah’s words—with a slight twist. He describes a GOD✝️ whose saving power is unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard. Reflecting on the crucifixion✝️ of JESUS✝️ (1 Corinthians 2:2, 8), Paul reminds us that only by the SPIRIT✝️🕊 of GOD✝️ can we believe in a GOD✝️ good enough to die⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵 for us (vv. 7-16). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️, I like to pretend I can manage my life, that I can arrive at the answer. But I can’t. I need You. Would You rip the heavens and come down? What questions❓ or doubts do you have to talk🗣💭📞 with GOD✝️ about? . . JESUS✝️ “Ye are the light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 of the world🌍🗺🌇🏙🌃🌉🗽. A city🗽🌆🌉🌁🏢 that is set on an hill⛰🗻 cannot be hid🙈🌁. Neither do men light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 a candle🕯🏮🎆🎂, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick🕎; and it giveth light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 unto ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are in the house🏡. Let your light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 so shine before men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, that they may see👀👁👁 your good works, and glorify your FATHER✝️ which is in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇.” Matthew 5:14-16 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/mat.5.14-16.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 29 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 21-22; Matthew 19 Rip the Heavens Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down. Isaiah 64:1 READ ISAIAH 64:1–8 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In a recent conversation, where a friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint: How can I believe in a God who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for God to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve all likely felt. Israel knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel, crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into smoldering rubble. The prophet Isaiah put words to the people’s dark doubt: Where is the God who’s supposed to rescue us? (Isaiah 63:11-15). And yet from precisely this place, Isaiah offered a bold prayer: God, “rend the heavens and come down” (64:1). Isaiah’s pain and sorrow drove him not to pull away from God, but to seek to draw closer to Him. Our doubts and troubles offer a strange gift: they reveal how lost we are and how much we need God to move toward us. We see now the remarkable, improbable story. In Jesus, God did rip the heavens and come to us. Christ surrendered His own ripped and broken body so that He could overwhelm us with His love. In Jesus, God is very near. By Winn Collier REFLECT & PRAY God, I like to pretend I can manage my life, that I can arrive at the answer. But I can’t. I need You. Would You rip the heavens and come down? What questions or doubts do you have to talk with God about? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The prophecies of Isaiah express the heart of a loving Father for a family that had lost its way (Isaiah 1:1-3). In visions spanning decades of warning, invasion, and exile, the prophet urges his people to remember that no eye has ever seen and no ear has heard of any other God who can rescue those who wait on Him (64:4). Centuries later, the apostle Paul recalls Isaiah’s words—with a slight twist. He describes a God whose saving power is unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard. Reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:2, 8), Paul reminds us that only by the Spirit of God can we believe in a God good enough to die for us (vv. 7-16). Mart DeHaan Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Ye are the light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 of the world🌍🗺🌇🏙🌃🌉🗽. A city🗽🌆🌉🌁🏢 that is set on an hill⛰🗻 cannot be hid🙈🌁. Neither do men light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 a candle🕯🏮🎆🎂, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick🕎; and it giveth light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 unto ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are in the house🏡. Let your light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 so shine before men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, that they may see👀👁👁 your good works, and glorify your FATHER✝️ which is in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇.”
Rip the Heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇. Oh, that You would rend the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come down⬇️. Isaiah 64:1. A friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint😰: How can I believe in a GOD✝️ who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence🔫⚰️ in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak💔. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for GOD✝️ to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve ALL likely felt. Israel 🇮🇱✡️ knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel 🇮🇱✡️ , crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into smoldering rubble. The prophet Isaiah put words to the people’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 dark doubt: Where is the GOD✝️ who’s supposed to rescue⛑🏥🏩👨🏿‍🚒🚑🚒🚁 us? (Isaiah 63:11-15). And yet from precisely this place, Isaiah offered a bold prayer🙏🏿🤲🏿: GOD✝️, “rend the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come down⬇️” (64:1). Isaiah’s pain and sorrow drove him not to pull away from GOD✝️, but to seek to draw closer to Him. Our doubts and troubles offer a strange gift💝🎁: they reveal how lost we are and how much we need GOD✝️ to move toward us. We see now the remarkable, improbable story. In JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ did rip the heavens🌠🌃🌌🎇 and come⬇️ to us. CHRIST✝️ surrendered His own ripped and broken body so that He could overwhelm us with His LOVE💝🎁. In JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ is very near. The prophecies of Isaiah express the heart💘💖💓♥️💝💓 of a LOVE💝🎁ing FATHER✝️ for a family that had lost its way (Isaiah 1:1-3). In visions spanning decades of warning, invasion, and exile, the prophet urges his people to remember that no eye👀👁👁 has ever seen and no ear👂🏿 has heard of any other GOD✝️ who can rescue those who wait on Him (64:4). Centuries later, the apostle Paul recalls Isaiah’s words—with a slight twist. He describes a GOD✝️ whose saving power is unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard. Reflecting on the crucifixion✝️ of JESUS✝️ (1 Corinthians 2:2, 8), Paul reminds us that only by the SPIRIT✝️🕊 of GOD✝️ can we believe in a GOD✝️ good enough to die⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵 for us (vv. 7-16).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️, I like to pretend I can manage my life, that I can arrive at the answer. But I can’t. I need You. Would You rip the heavens and come down?
What questions❓ or doubts do you have to talk🗣💭📞 with GOD✝️ about?
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JESUS✝️ “Ye are the light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 of the world🌍🗺🌇🏙🌃🌉🗽. A city🗽🌆🌉🌁🏢 that is set on an hill⛰🗻 cannot be hid🙈🌁. Neither do men light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 a candle🕯🏮🎆🎂, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick🕎; and it giveth light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 unto ALL👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are in the house🏡. Let your light💡⚡️🌟🌞🌅☀️🕯 so shine before men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, that they may see👀👁👁 your good works, and glorify your FATHER✝️ which is in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇.”
Matthew 5:14-16 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.5.14-16.kjv
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January 29 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 21-22; Matthew 19
Rip the Heavens
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.
Isaiah 64:1

READ ISAIAH 64:1–8

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
In a recent conversation, where a friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint: How can I believe in a God who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for God to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve all likely felt.
Israel knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel, crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into smoldering rubble. The prophet Isaiah put words to the people’s dark doubt: Where is the God who’s supposed to rescue us? (Isaiah 63:11-15). And yet from precisely this place, Isaiah offered a bold prayer: God, “rend the heavens and come down” (64:1). Isaiah’s pain and sorrow drove him not to pull away from God, but to seek to draw closer to Him.
Our doubts and troubles offer a strange gift: they reveal how lost we are and how much we need God to move toward us. We see now the remarkable, improbable story. In Jesus, God did rip the heavens and come to us. Christ surrendered His own ripped and broken body so that He could overwhelm us with His love. In Jesus, God is very near.
By Winn Collier
REFLECT & PRAY
God, I like to pretend I can manage my life, that I can arrive at the answer. But I can’t. I need You. Would You rip the heavens and come down?

What questions or doubts do you have to talk with God about?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The prophecies of Isaiah express the heart of a loving Father for a family that had lost its way (Isaiah 1:1-3). In visions spanning decades of warning, invasion, and exile, the prophet urges his people to remember that no eye has ever seen and no ear has heard of any other God who can rescue those who wait on Him (64:4). Centuries later, the apostle Paul recalls Isaiah’s words—with a slight twist. He describes a God whose saving power is unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard. Reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:2, 8), Paul reminds us that only by the Spirit of God can we believe in a God good enough to die for us (vv. 7-16). Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Mood Mender. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me JOY😂😹. Psalm 94:19. Switch / Change thinking from … negative thoughts crowded my mind like commuters lining up to board a train … … another thought came to mind: write a note to GOD✝️, giving Him my lament. Soon after I finished pouring out my complaints in my journal, I pulled out my phone and listened to the praise🙏🏿🤲🏿 songs🗣🎤🎙🎧🎶 in my library. Before I knew it, my bad mood had completely changed. Little did I know that I was following a pattern set by the writer of Psalm 94. The psalmist first poured out his complaints: “Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. . . . Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:2, 16.) He didn’t hold anything back as he talked to GOD✝️ about injustice done to widows and orphans. Once he’d made his lament to GOD✝️, the psalm transitioned into praise: “But the LORD✝️ has become my fortress, and my GOD✝️ the rock in whom I take refuge” (v. 22). GOD✝️ invites us to take our laments to Him. He can turn our fear, sadness, and helplessness into praise. There are many prayers recorded in the Bible, but the book of Psalms is dedicated to followers✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of GOD✝️ actively talking to GOD✝️. The psalms are full of the raw emotions of GOD✝️’s people. Sorrow, JOY😂😹, confusion, anger😡😤🤬, desperation, praise🙏🏿🤲🏿, and lament😭😰 can be read from beginning to end. We often turn to them when we need encouragement to share our deepest and truest feelings with GOD✝️. The psalms not only teach us about GOD✝️, but perhaps primarily we see how the people of ancient Israel🇮🇱✡️, both individually and corporately, approached Him. While there were prescribed rites and rituals that happened in the temple, the psalms show us GOD✝️ as a personal GOD✝️ who relates to individuals with specific and personal concerns. REFLECT & PRAY Praise🙏🏿🤲🏿 has the power💣💢🏋️🏾‍♂️✊🏿💪🏿 to lighten our heaviest burden. LORD✝️, I pour out my heart💘💓💝💖 to You. Take my hurts😬🤕 and my anger😤😡🤬, and grant me Your peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️. Wherefore, my beLOVE💝🎁d, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. . . “Wherefore, my beLOVE💝🎁d, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/php.2.12.kjv As I waited at the train station for my weekly commute, negative Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 28 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 18:21-35 The Mood Mender When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 READ PSALM 94:2, 16–23 audio playLISTEN ONLINE As I waited at the train station for my weekly commute, negative thoughts crowded my mind like commuters lining up to board a train—stress over debt, unkind remarks said to me, helplessness in the face of a recent injustice done to a family member. By the time the train arrived, I was in a terrible mood. On the train, another thought came to mind: write a note to God, giving Him my lament. Soon after I finished pouring out my complaints in my journal, I pulled out my phone and listened to the praise songs in my library. Before I knew it, my bad mood had completely changed. Little did I know that I was following a pattern set by the writer of Psalm 94. The psalmist first poured out his complaints: “Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. . . . Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:2, 16.) He didn’t hold anything back as he talked to God about injustice done to widows and orphans. Once he’d made his lament to God, the psalm transitioned into praise: “But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge” (v. 22). God invites us to take our laments to Him. He can turn our fear, sadness, and helplessness into praise. By Linda Washington REFLECT & PRAY Praise has the power to lighten our heaviest burden. Lord, I pour out my heart to You. Take my hurts and my anger, and grant me Your peace. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT There are many prayers recorded in the Bible, but the book of Psalms is dedicated to followers of God actively talking to God. The psalms are full of the raw emotions of God’s people. Sorrow, joy, confusion, anger, desperation, praise, and lament can be read from beginning to end. We often turn to them when we need encouragement to share our deepest and truest feelings with God. The psalms not only teach us about God, but perhaps primarily we see how the people of ancient Israel, both individually and corporately, approached Him. While there were prescribed rites and rituals that happened in the temple, the psalms show us God as a personal God who relates to individuals with specific and personal concerns. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Mood Mender. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me JOY😂😹. Psalm 94:19. Switch / Change thinking from … negative thoughts crowded my mind like commuters lining up to board a train … … another thought came to mind: write a note to GOD✝️, giving Him my lament. Soon after I finished pouring out my complaints in my journal, I pulled out my phone and listened to the praise🙏🏿🤲🏿 songs🗣🎤🎙🎧🎶 in my library. Before I knew it, my bad mood had completely changed. Little did I know that I was following a pattern set by the writer of Psalm 94. The psalmist first poured out his complaints: “Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. . . . Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:2, 16.) He didn’t hold anything back as he talked to GOD✝️ about injustice done to widows and orphans. Once he’d made his lament to GOD✝️, the psalm transitioned into praise: “But the LORD✝️ has become my fortress, and my GOD✝️ the rock in whom I take refuge” (v. 22). GOD✝️ invites us to take our laments to Him. He can turn our fear, sadness, and helplessness into praise. There are many prayers recorded in the Bible, but the book of Psalms is dedicated to followers✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of GOD✝️ actively talking to GOD✝️. The psalms are full of the raw emotions of GOD✝️’s people. Sorrow, JOY😂😹, confusion, anger😡😤🤬, desperation, praise🙏🏿🤲🏿, and lament😭😰 can be read from beginning to end. We often turn to them when we need encouragement to share our deepest and truest feelings with GOD✝️. The psalms not only teach us about GOD✝️, but perhaps primarily we see how the people of ancient Israel🇮🇱✡️, both individually and corporately, approached Him. While there were prescribed rites and rituals that happened in the temple, the psalms show us GOD✝️ as a personal GOD✝️ who relates to individuals with specific and personal concerns.
REFLECT & PRAY
Praise🙏🏿🤲🏿 has the power💣💢🏋️🏾‍♂️✊🏿💪🏿 to lighten our heaviest burden.
LORD✝️, I pour out my heart💘💓💝💖 to You. Take my hurts😬🤕 and my anger😤😡🤬, and grant me Your peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️.
Wherefore, my beLOVE💝🎁d, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
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“Wherefore, my beLOVE💝🎁d, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/php.2.12.kjv
As I waited at the train station for my weekly commute, negative
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The Mood Mender
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19

READ PSALM 94:2, 16–23

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
As I waited at the train station for my weekly commute, negative thoughts crowded my mind like commuters lining up to board a train—stress over debt, unkind remarks said to me, helplessness in the face of a recent injustice done to a family member. By the time the train arrived, I was in a terrible mood.
On the train, another thought came to mind: write a note to God, giving Him my lament. Soon after I finished pouring out my complaints in my journal, I pulled out my phone and listened to the praise songs in my library. Before I knew it, my bad mood had completely changed.
Little did I know that I was following a pattern set by the writer of Psalm 94. The psalmist first poured out his complaints: “Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. . . . Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:2, 16.) He didn’t hold anything back as he talked to God about injustice done to widows and orphans. Once he’d made his lament to God, the psalm transitioned into praise: “But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge” (v. 22).
God invites us to take our laments to Him. He can turn our fear, sadness, and helplessness into praise.
By Linda Washington
REFLECT & PRAY
Praise has the power to lighten our heaviest burden.

Lord, I pour out my heart to You. Take my hurts and my anger, and grant me Your peace.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
There are many prayers recorded in the Bible, but the book of Psalms is dedicated to followers of God actively talking to God. The psalms are full of the raw emotions of God’s people. Sorrow, joy, confusion, anger, desperation, praise, and lament can be read from beginning to end. We often turn to them when we need encouragement to share our deepest and truest feelings with God. The psalms not only teach us about God, but perhaps primarily we see how the people of ancient Israel, both individually and corporately, approached Him. While there were prescribed rites and rituals that happened in the temple, the psalms show us God as a personal God who relates to individuals with specific and personal concerns. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Right✝️eous Among the Nations. For such a time⌚️⏳⏰ as this. Esther 4:14. The bravery of many to act on behalf of the Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 people reminds me of Queen👑👸🏿 Esther. The queen👑👸🏿 may have thought she could escape King👑🦁🤴🏿 Xerxes’s decree to annihilate the Jews🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 around 475 bc because she had concealed her ethnicity. However, she was convinced to act—even under the threat of death⚰️💀☠️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵—when her cousin begged her to not remain silent about her Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 heritage because she had been placed in her position “for such a time⌚️⏳⏰ as this” (Esther 4:14). We may never be asked to make such a dramatic decision. However, we will likely face the choice to speak🗣🎤🎙📣🔊 out against an injustice⚖️🏛 or remain silent; to provide assistance to someone in trouble or turn away. May GOD✝️ grant us courage. Since GOD✝️ isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, some question why it’s included in the Bible✝️🍞📖. One view is that in Esther we see GOD✝️ providentially working behind the scenes, as in today’s passage. Without explicitly stating it, by his words to Esther (4:13-14) Mordecai shows he believes in GOD✝️ and His ordering of world events. If Esther doesn’t speak up, GOD✝️ will provide deliverance by some other means. REFLECT & PRAY. FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for Your heart💓💖💘💝 for those who are oppressed and vulnerable😫. Help⛑🆘 us to be sensitive to Your guidance to know when to act. Are there those👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 you need to speak🗣🎤🎙📣🔊 up for? Ask GOD✝️ about the timing⌚️⏳⏰. Let the word✝️📖 of CHRIST✝️ dwell in you richly in ALL wisdom🤔🧐🕵️🏿‍♂️💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡; teaching👩🏿‍🏫 and admonishing one another in psalms✝️📖 and hymns🗣🎤🎙🎼 and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts💘💞💗💕 to the LORD✝️. . . “Let the word✝️📖 of CHRIST✝️ dwell in you richly in ALL wisdom🤔🧐🕵️🏿‍♂️💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡; teaching👩🏿‍🏫 and admonishing one another in psalms✝️📖 and hymns🗣🎤🎙🎼 and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts💘💞💗💕 to the LORD✝️.” Colossians 3:16 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/col.3.16.kjv At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, my husband and I went to the Righteous Among the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 27 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20 Righteous Among the Nations For such a time as this. Esther 4:14 READ ESTHER 4:5–14 audio playLISTEN ONLINE At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, my husband and I went to the Righteous Among the Nations garden that honors the men and women who risked their lives to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. While looking at the memorial, we met a group from the Netherlands. One woman was there to see her grandparents’ names listed on the large plaques. Intrigued, we asked about her family’s story. Members of a resistance network, the woman’s grandparents Rev. Pieter and Adriana Müller took in a two-year-old Jewish boy and passed him off as the youngest of their eight children from 1943-1945. Moved by the story, we asked, “Did the little boy survive?” An older gentleman in the group stepped forward and proclaimed, “I am that boy!” The bravery of many to act on behalf of the Jewish people reminds me of Queen Esther. The queen may have thought she could escape King Xerxes’s decree to annihilate the Jews around 475 bc because she had concealed her ethnicity. However, she was convinced to act—even under the threat of death—when her cousin begged her to not remain silent about her Jewish heritage because she had been placed in her position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). We may never be asked to make such a dramatic decision. However, we will likely face the choice to speak out against an injustice or remain silent; to provide assistance to someone in trouble or turn away. May God grant us courage. By Lisa Samra REFLECT & PRAY Father, thank You for Your heart for those who are oppressed and vulnerable. Help us to be sensitive to Your guidance to know when to act. Are there those you need to speak up for? Ask God about the timing. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Since God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, some question why it’s included in the Bible. One view is that in Esther we see God providentially working behind the scenes, as in today’s passage. Without explicitly stating it, by his words to Esther (4:13-14) Mordecai shows he believes in God and His ordering of world events. If Esther doesn’t speak up, God will provide deliverance by some other means. Alyson Kieda Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Right✝️eous Among the Nations. For such a time⌚️⏳⏰ as this. Esther 4:14. The bravery of many to act on behalf of the Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 people reminds me of Queen👑👸🏿 Esther. The queen👑👸🏿 may have thought she could escape King👑🦁🤴🏿 Xerxes’s decree to annihilate the Jews🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 around 475 bc because she had concealed her ethnicity. However, she was convinced to act—even under the threat of death⚰️💀☠️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵—when her cousin begged her to not remain silent about her Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍 heritage because she had been placed in her position “for such a time⌚️⏳⏰ as this” (Esther 4:14). We may never be asked to make such a dramatic decision. However, we will likely face the choice to speak🗣🎤🎙📣🔊 out against an injustice⚖️🏛 or remain silent; to provide assistance to someone in trouble or turn away. May GOD✝️ grant us courage.
Since GOD✝️ isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, some question why it’s included in the Bible✝️🍞📖. One view is that in Esther we see GOD✝️ providentially working behind the scenes, as in today’s passage. Without explicitly stating it, by his words to Esther (4:13-14) Mordecai shows he believes in GOD✝️ and His ordering of world events. If Esther doesn’t speak up, GOD✝️ will provide deliverance by some other means.
REFLECT & PRAY.
FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for Your heart💓💖💘💝 for those who are oppressed and vulnerable😫. Help⛑🆘 us to be sensitive to Your guidance to know when to act.
Are there those👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 you need to speak🗣🎤🎙📣🔊 up for? Ask GOD✝️ about the timing⌚️⏳⏰.
Let the word✝️📖 of CHRIST✝️ dwell in you richly in ALL wisdom🤔🧐🕵️🏿‍♂️💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡; teaching👩🏿‍🏫 and admonishing one another in psalms✝️📖 and hymns🗣🎤🎙🎼 and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts💘💞💗💕 to the LORD✝️.
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“Let the word✝️📖 of CHRIST✝️ dwell in you richly in ALL wisdom🤔🧐🕵️🏿‍♂️💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡; teaching👩🏿‍🏫 and admonishing one another in psalms✝️📖 and hymns🗣🎤🎙🎼 and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts💘💞💗💕 to the LORD✝️.”
Colossians 3:16 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/col.3.16.kjv
At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, my husband and I went to the Righteous Among the…
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January 27 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20
Righteous Among the Nations
For such a time as this.
Esther 4:14

READ ESTHER 4:5–14

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, my husband and I went to the Righteous Among the Nations garden that honors the men and women who risked their lives to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. While looking at the memorial, we met a group from the Netherlands. One woman was there to see her grandparents’ names listed on the large plaques. Intrigued, we asked about her family’s story.
Members of a resistance network, the woman’s grandparents Rev. Pieter and Adriana Müller took in a two-year-old Jewish boy and passed him off as the youngest of their eight children from 1943-1945.
Moved by the story, we asked, “Did the little boy survive?” An older gentleman in the group stepped forward and proclaimed, “I am that boy!”
The bravery of many to act on behalf of the Jewish people reminds me of Queen Esther. The queen may have thought she could escape King Xerxes’s decree to annihilate the Jews around 475 bc because she had concealed her ethnicity. However, she was convinced to act—even under the threat of death—when her cousin begged her to not remain silent about her Jewish heritage because she had been placed in her position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
We may never be asked to make such a dramatic decision. However, we will likely face the choice to speak out against an injustice or remain silent; to provide assistance to someone in trouble or turn away. May God grant us courage.
By Lisa Samra
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, thank You for Your heart for those who are oppressed and vulnerable. Help us to be sensitive to Your guidance to know when to act.

Are there those you need to speak up for? Ask God about the timing.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Since God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, some question why it’s included in the Bible. One view is that in Esther we see God providentially working behind the scenes, as in today’s passage. Without explicitly stating it, by his words to Esther (4:13-14) Mordecai shows he believes in God and His ordering of world events. If Esther doesn’t speak up, God will provide deliverance by some other means. Alyson Kieda

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “For where two👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or three are gathered✝️💒 together in My name, there ✝️AM✝️I in the midst of them.” Free from Frostbite. Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35. Out of LOVE💝🎁, I created those rules so my children could play freely without suffering frostbite. I think the author of Psalm 119 recognized the same good intent in GOD✝️ as he penned two consecutive verses that might seem contradictory: “I will always obey your law” and “I will walk about in free🆓dom, for I have sought out your precepts” (vv. 44-45). How is it that the psalmist associated freedom with a spiritually law-abiding life? Following GOD✝️’s wise instruction allows us to escape the consequences that come from choices we later wish we could undo. Without the weight of guilt or pain we are freer to enjoy our lives. GOD✝️ doesn’t want to control us with dos and don’ts; rather, His guidelines show that He LOVE💝🎁s us. While my kids were sledding, I watched them blast down the hill. I smiled at the sound of their laughter and the sight of their pink cheeks. They were free🆓 within the boundaries I’d given them. This compelling paradox is present in our relationship with GOD✝️—it leads us to say with the psalmist, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (v. 35). Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. Its 176 verses affirm the authority, sufficiency, and power of GOD✝️’s Word in the believer’s life. Oppressed and persecuted by powerful enemies (vv. 23, 157, 161) who scorned and ridiculed him (vv. 41-42), the unnamed psalmist finds great strength and much comfort by meditating on and obeying the Word of GOD✝️. In verses 33-48, the psalmist prays specifically for an undivided devotion to GOD✝️. Writing of how much he longs, delights, LOVE💝🎁s, trusts, meditates on, and obeys GOD✝️’s Word, he also identifies two threats to his devotion: selfish gain (v. 36, also translated “covetousness” in the nkjv and “a LOVE💝🎁 for money” in the nlt) and worthless things (v. 37, or things of no eternal value). REFLECT & PRAY Obedience flows freely from a heart😍🥰💘💓💞💕💗 of LOVE💝🎁. Dear GOD✝️, give me a LOVE💝🎁 for Your ways like the psalmist had. I want to worship You with the choices I make every day. . . JESUS✝️ “For where two👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or three are gathered✝️💒 together in My name, there ✝️AM✝️I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/mat.18.20.kjv On a winter day, my children begged to go sledding. The temperature hovered near zero degrees… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 26 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17 Free from Frostbite Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35 READ PSALM 119:33–48 audio playLISTEN ONLINE On a winter day, my children begged to go sledding. The temperature hovered near zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snowflakes raced by our windows. I thought it over and said yes, but asked them to bundle up, stay together, and come inside after fifteen minutes. Out of love, I created those rules so my children could play freely without suffering frostbite. I think the author of Psalm 119 recognized the same good intent in God as he penned two consecutive verses that might seem contradictory: “I will always obey your law” and “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (vv. 44-45). How is it that the psalmist associated freedom with a spiritually law-abiding life? Following God’s wise instruction allows us to escape the consequences that come from choices we later wish we could undo. Without the weight of guilt or pain we are freer to enjoy our lives. God doesn’t want to control us with dos and don’ts; rather, His guidelines show that He loves us. While my kids were sledding, I watched them blast down the hill. I smiled at the sound of their laughter and the sight of their pink cheeks. They were free within the boundaries I’d given them. This compelling paradox is present in our relationship with God—it leads us to say with the psalmist, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (v. 35). By Jennifer Benson Schuldt REFLECT & PRAY Obedience flows freely from a heart of love. Dear God, give me a love for Your ways like the psalmist had. I want to worship You with the choices I make every day. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. Its 176 verses affirm the authority, sufficiency, and power of God’s Word in the believer’s life. Oppressed and persecuted by powerful enemies (vv. 23, 157, 161) who scorned and ridiculed him (vv. 41-42), the unnamed psalmist finds great strength and much comfort by meditating on and obeying the Word of God. In verses 33-48, the psalmist prays specifically for an undivided devotion to God. Writing of how much he longs, delights, loves, trusts, meditates on, and obeys God’s Word, he also identifies two threats to his devotion: selfish gain (v. 36, also translated “covetousness” in the nkjv and “a love for money” in the nlt) and worthless things (v. 37, or things of no eternal value). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “For where two👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or three are gathered✝️💒 together in My name, there ✝️AM✝️I in the midst of them.”
Free from Frostbite. Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35. Out of LOVE💝🎁, I created those rules so my children could play freely without suffering frostbite. I think the author of Psalm 119 recognized the same good intent in GOD✝️ as he penned two consecutive verses that might seem contradictory: “I will always obey your law” and “I will walk about in free🆓dom, for I have sought out your precepts” (vv. 44-45). How is it that the psalmist associated freedom with a spiritually law-abiding life? Following GOD✝️’s wise instruction allows us to escape the consequences that come from choices we later wish we could undo. Without the weight of guilt or pain we are freer to enjoy our lives. GOD✝️ doesn’t want to control us with dos and don’ts; rather, His guidelines show that He LOVE💝🎁s us. While my kids were sledding, I watched them blast down the hill. I smiled at the sound of their laughter and the sight of their pink cheeks. They were free🆓 within the boundaries I’d given them. This compelling paradox is present in our relationship with GOD✝️—it leads us to say with the psalmist, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (v. 35). Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. Its 176 verses affirm the authority, sufficiency, and power of GOD✝️’s Word in the believer’s life. Oppressed and persecuted by powerful enemies (vv. 23, 157, 161) who scorned and ridiculed him (vv. 41-42), the unnamed psalmist finds great strength and much comfort by meditating on and obeying the Word of GOD✝️. In verses 33-48, the psalmist prays specifically for an undivided devotion to GOD✝️. Writing of how much he longs, delights, LOVE💝🎁s, trusts, meditates on, and obeys GOD✝️’s Word, he also identifies two threats to his devotion: selfish gain (v. 36, also translated “covetousness” in the nkjv and “a LOVE💝🎁 for money” in the nlt) and worthless things (v. 37, or things of no eternal value).
REFLECT & PRAY
Obedience flows freely from a heart😍🥰💘💓💞💕💗 of LOVE💝🎁.
Dear GOD✝️, give me a LOVE💝🎁 for Your ways like the psalmist had. I want to worship You with the choices I make every day.
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JESUS✝️ “For where two👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or three are gathered✝️💒 together in My name, there ✝️AM✝️I in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:20 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.18.20.kjv
On a winter day, my children begged to go sledding. The temperature hovered near zero degrees…
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January 26 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17
Free from Frostbite
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Psalm 119:35

READ PSALM 119:33–48

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
On a winter day, my children begged to go sledding. The temperature hovered near zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snowflakes raced by our windows. I thought it over and said yes, but asked them to bundle up, stay together, and come inside after fifteen minutes.
Out of love, I created those rules so my children could play freely without suffering frostbite. I think the author of Psalm 119 recognized the same good intent in God as he penned two consecutive verses that might seem contradictory: “I will always obey your law” and “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (vv. 44-45). How is it that the psalmist associated freedom with a spiritually law-abiding life?
Following God’s wise instruction allows us to escape the consequences that come from choices we later wish we could undo. Without the weight of guilt or pain we are freer to enjoy our lives. God doesn’t want to control us with dos and don’ts; rather, His guidelines show that He loves us.
While my kids were sledding, I watched them blast down the hill. I smiled at the sound of their laughter and the sight of their pink cheeks. They were free within the boundaries I’d given them. This compelling paradox is present in our relationship with God—it leads us to say with the psalmist, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (v. 35).
By Jennifer Benson Schuldt
REFLECT & PRAY
Obedience flows freely from a heart of love.

Dear God, give me a love for Your ways like the psalmist had. I want to worship You with the choices I make every day.

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Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. Its 176 verses affirm the authority, sufficiency, and power of God’s Word in the believer’s life. Oppressed and persecuted by powerful enemies (vv. 23, 157, 161) who scorned and ridiculed him (vv. 41-42), the unnamed psalmist finds great strength and much comfort by meditating on and obeying the Word of God. In verses 33-48, the psalmist prays specifically for an undivided devotion to God. Writing of how much he longs, delights, loves, trusts, meditates on, and obeys God’s Word, he also identifies two threats to his devotion: selfish gain (v. 36, also translated “covetousness” in the nkjv and “a love for money” in the nlt) and worthless things (v. 37, or things of no eternal value). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Wide Shot📸🎞📽📹. You are a chosen people, a royal priest✝️hood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 . 1 Peter 2:9. During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American🧔🏿 president of the US🇺🇸, the camera showed a panoramic view of the enormous crowd of the nearly two million people who had gathered to witness the historic event. CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer remarked, “The star of this show is the wide shot.” Nothing else could capture the multitude stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol. Scripture gives us a glimpse of an even larger throng, united by their faith in JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆” (1 Peter 2:9). This is not an image of the privileged few, but of the ransomed many from “every tribe and language and people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Today we are scattered across the globe, where many feel isolated and suffer for their allegiance to JESUS✝️. But through the lens of GOD✝️’s Word we see the wide shot of our brothers and sisters in faith✝️ standing together to honor the ONE✝️ who redeemed us and made us His own. Let’s join together in praise🙏🏿🙌🏿 to the ONE✝️ who brought us out of the darkness and into the light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆. It’s interesting to observe Peter’s use of the word stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ in 1 Peter 2. Perhaps he’s playing off his name, Petros, which means “rock🗿🧗🏿‍♂️” or “stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️.” He refers to JESUS✝️ as the “living Stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️” (v. 4), who is precious to GOD✝️. He is also the cornerstone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️—the most important stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ in a building (vv. 6-7). It’s a stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ that causes some to stumble (v. 8), but those who trust in CHRIST✝️ will be safe and secure (v. 6). Believers in JESUS✝️ are likewise referred to as stones🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ laid upon the cornerstone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ to build the house✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of GOD✝️. REFLECT & PRAY What praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 do you have to give💝🎁 to GOD✝️? We are in agreement, LORD✝️, that You are worthy of ALL praise!🙏🏿🙌🏿 We, Your people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, are in awe of You. Bear🎒 ye one another’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 burdens🚛, and so fulfil the law⚖️ of CHRIST✝️. . . “Bear🎒 ye one another’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 burdens🚛, and so fulfil the law⚖️ of CHRIST✝️.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://bible.com/1/gal.6.2.kjv During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American president of the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 25 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16 The Wide Shot You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 READ 1 PETER 2:1–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American president of the US, the camera showed a panoramic view of the enormous crowd of the nearly two million people who had gathered to witness the historic event. CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer remarked, “The star of this show is the wide shot.” Nothing else could capture the multitude stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol. Scripture gives us a glimpse of an even larger throng, united by their faith in Jesus Christ: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). This is not an image of the privileged few, but of the ransomed many from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Today we are scattered across the globe, where many feel isolated and suffer for their allegiance to Jesus. But through the lens of God’s Word we see the wide shot of our brothers and sisters in faith standing together to honor the One who redeemed us and made us His own. Let’s join together in praise to the One who brought us out of the darkness and into the light! By David C. McCasland REFLECT & PRAY What praises do you have to give to God? We are in agreement, Lord, that You are worthy of all praise! We, Your people, are in awe of You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT It’s interesting to observe Peter’s use of the word stone in 1 Peter 2. Perhaps he’s playing off his name, Petros, which means “rock” or “stone.” He refers to Jesus as the “living Stone” (v. 4), who is precious to God. He is also the cornerstone—the most important stone in a building (vv. 6-7). It’s a stone that causes some to stumble (v. 8), but those who trust in Christ will be safe and secure (v. 6). Believers in Jesus are likewise referred to as stones laid upon the cornerstone to build the house of God. J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. 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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Wide Shot📸🎞📽📹. You are a chosen people, a royal priest✝️hood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 . 1 Peter 2:9. During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American🧔🏿 president of the US🇺🇸, the camera showed a panoramic view of the enormous crowd of the nearly two million people who had gathered to witness the historic event. CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer remarked, “The star of this show is the wide shot.” Nothing else could capture the multitude stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol.
Scripture gives us a glimpse of an even larger throng, united by their faith in JESUS✝️ CHRIST✝️: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆” (1 Peter 2:9). This is not an image of the privileged few, but of the ransomed many from “every tribe and language and people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Today we are scattered across the globe, where many feel isolated and suffer for their allegiance to JESUS✝️. But through the lens of GOD✝️’s Word we see the wide shot of our brothers and sisters in faith✝️ standing together to honor the ONE✝️ who redeemed us and made us His own. Let’s join together in praise🙏🏿🙌🏿 to the ONE✝️ who brought us out of the darkness and into the light🌞💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆.
It’s interesting to observe Peter’s use of the word stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ in 1 Peter 2. Perhaps he’s playing off his name, Petros, which means “rock🗿🧗🏿‍♂️” or “stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️.” He refers to JESUS✝️ as the “living Stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️” (v. 4), who is precious to GOD✝️. He is also the cornerstone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️—the most important stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ in a building (vv. 6-7). It’s a stone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ that causes some to stumble (v. 8), but those who trust in CHRIST✝️ will be safe and secure (v. 6). Believers in JESUS✝️ are likewise referred to as stones🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ laid upon the cornerstone🗿🧗🏿‍♂️ to build the house✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of GOD✝️.
REFLECT & PRAY
What praises🙏🏿🙌🏿 do you have to give💝🎁 to GOD✝️?
We are in agreement, LORD✝️, that You are worthy of ALL praise!🙏🏿🙌🏿 We, Your people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, are in awe of You.
Bear🎒 ye one another’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 burdens🚛, and so fulfil the law⚖️ of CHRIST✝️.
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“Bear🎒 ye one another’s👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 burdens🚛, and so fulfil the law⚖️ of CHRIST✝️.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://bible.com/1/gal.6.2.kjv
During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American president of the…
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January 25 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16
The Wide Shot
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

READ 1 PETER 2:1–10

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
During the television coverage of the inauguration of the first African-American president of the US, the camera showed a panoramic view of the enormous crowd of the nearly two million people who had gathered to witness the historic event. CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer remarked, “The star of this show is the wide shot.” Nothing else could capture the multitude stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol.
Scripture gives us a glimpse of an even larger throng, united by their faith in Jesus Christ: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . . that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
This is not an image of the privileged few, but of the ransomed many from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Today we are scattered across the globe, where many feel isolated and suffer for their allegiance to Jesus. But through the lens of God’s Word we see the wide shot of our brothers and sisters in faith standing together to honor the One who redeemed us and made us His own.
Let’s join together in praise to the One who brought us out of the darkness and into the light!
By David C. McCasland
REFLECT & PRAY
What praises do you have to give to God?

We are in agreement, Lord, that You are worthy of all praise! We, Your people, are in awe of You.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
It’s interesting to observe Peter’s use of the word stone in 1 Peter 2. Perhaps he’s playing off his name, Petros, which means “rock” or “stone.” He refers to Jesus as the “living Stone” (v. 4), who is precious to God. He is also the cornerstone—the most important stone in a building (vv. 6-7). It’s a stone that causes some to stumble (v. 8), but those who trust in Christ will be safe and secure (v. 6). Believers in Jesus are likewise referred to as stones laid upon the cornerstone to build the house of God. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – For ALL the law⚖️🏛 is fulfilled in ONE word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE💝🎁 thy neighbour🎎👵🏿🧓👵🏻👴🏿🧔🧔🏻🧔🏼🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 as thyself. A Big Deal. This is the kind of fasting I want: . . . Let the oppressed😰😭😓😫 go FREE🆓, and remove🔐🔑🗝🔓 the chains🔗⛓ that bind people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Isaiah 58:6. Helping⛑🆘 others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 is a big deal, however, to GOD✝️. The prophet Isaiah made that point to the nation of Israel🇮🇱✡️. The people were fasting but still quarreling🤬😤🤯 and fighting👊🏿🤼‍♀️⚔️🥊. Instead, said Isaiah: “FREE🆓 those who are wrongly imprisoned🔐🔑🔓⚖️🏛; lighten the burden of those who work for you. . . . Share your food😋🥘🍲🥬🥒🥗🍱🍛 with the hungry🤤😋, and give shelter to the homeless🏘. Give clothes👔👗👘 to those who need them, and do not hide🙈🐢 from relatives👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 who need your help⛑🆘” (Isaiah 58:6-7 nlt). Such a sacrifice, said Isaiah, shares GOD✝️’s light💡⚡️🌟🕯🌞😎🌅 but also heals⛑ our own brokenness💔 (v. 8). As the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 helped their relative👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, they looked hard at their own finances💲💰💵🤑, seeing ways they could manage better ALL year. This was GOD✝️’s promise for being generous: “Your GOD✝️liness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD✝️ will protect you from behind” (v. 8 nlt). In the end🔚, giving to their kin👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 blessed them more. And GOD✝️? He already gave💝🎁 His ALL—with LOVE💝🎁. The Israelites🇮🇱✡️ at the time of Isaiah were living hypocritical lives. Isaiah warned them that their pretentious reLIE🤥giosity didn’t please GOD✝️. “They act so pious! They come to the Temple every day . . . pretending they want to be near me. . . . You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance. . . . Do you really think this will please the LORD✝️?” (58:2, 5 nlt). Isaiah contrasts ritualistic reLIE🤥giosity with true spirituality. Being reLIE🤥gious is not the same as being RIGHT✝️eous; fervency in activities (fasting) is not spirituality; false piety is hypocrisy. Isaiah called GOD✝️’s people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 to please Him by doing what’s RIGHT✝️eous: Act justly and treat people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 fairly (vv. 3, 6, 9), stop fighting and quarreling (v. 4), help those burdened or imprisoned by life’s circumstances and poverty (v. 6), and be generous to those in need (vv. 7, 10). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️ gave💝🎁 His ALL. Let’s follow as He leads. LORD✝️, light💡⚡️🌟🕯🌞😎🌅 the path of generosity, helping⛑🆘 us to give💝🎁 like You. . . “For ALL the law⚖️🏛 is fulfilled in ONE word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE💝🎁 thy neighbour🎎👵🏿🧓👵🏻👴🏿🧔🧔🏻🧔🏼🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 as thyself.” Galatians 5:14 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/gal.5.14.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 24 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39 A Big Deal This is the kind of fasting I want: . . . Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Isaiah 58:6 READ ISAIAH 58:6–9 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A family member needed help with his December rent. To his family, the request felt like a burden—especially with their own unexpected expenses at year’s end. But they dug into their savings, grateful for God’s provision—and blessed by their relative’s gratitude. He handed them a thank-you card filled with grateful words. “There you go again . . . doing nice things, probably passing it off as no big deal.” Helping others is a big deal, however, to God. The prophet Isaiah made that point to the nation of Israel. The people were fasting but still quarreling and fighting. Instead, said Isaiah: “Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. . . . Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help” (Isaiah 58:6-7 nlt). Such a sacrifice, said Isaiah, shares God’s light but also heals our own brokenness (v. 8). As the family helped their relative, they looked hard at their own finances, seeing ways they could manage better all year. This was God’s promise for being generous: “Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind” (v. 8 nlt). In the end, giving to their kin blessed them more. And God? He already gave His all—with love. By Patricia Raybon REFLECT & PRAY God gave His all. Let’s follow as He leads. Lord, light the path of generosity, helping us to give like You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The Israelites at the time of Isaiah were living hypocritical lives. Isaiah warned them that their pretentious religiosity didn’t please God. “They act so pious! They come to the Temple every day . . . pretending they want to be near me. . . . You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance. . . . Do you really think this will please the Lord?” (58:2, 5 nlt). Isaiah contrasts ritualistic religiosity with true spirituality. Being religious is not the same as being right; fervency in activities (fasting) is not spirituality; false piety is hypocrisy. Isaiah called God’s people to please Him by doing what’s right: Act justly and treat people fairly (vv. 3, 6, 9), stop fighting and quarreling (v. 4), help those burdened or imprisoned by life’s circumstances and poverty (v. 6), and be generous to those in need (vv. 7, 10). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – For ALL the law⚖️🏛 is fulfilled in ONE word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE💝🎁 thy neighbour🎎👵🏿🧓👵🏻👴🏿🧔🧔🏻🧔🏼🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 as thyself.
A Big Deal. This is the kind of fasting I want: . . . Let the oppressed😰😭😓😫 go FREE🆓, and remove🔐🔑🗝🔓 the chains🔗⛓ that bind people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Isaiah 58:6. Helping⛑🆘 others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 is a big deal, however, to GOD✝️. The prophet Isaiah made that point to the nation of Israel🇮🇱✡️. The people were fasting but still quarreling🤬😤🤯 and fighting👊🏿🤼‍♀️⚔️🥊. Instead, said Isaiah: “FREE🆓 those who are wrongly imprisoned🔐🔑🔓⚖️🏛; lighten the burden of those who work for you. . . . Share your food😋🥘🍲🥬🥒🥗🍱🍛 with the hungry🤤😋, and give shelter to the homeless🏘. Give clothes👔👗👘 to those who need them, and do not hide🙈🐢 from relatives👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 who need your help⛑🆘” (Isaiah 58:6-7 nlt). Such a sacrifice, said Isaiah, shares GOD✝️’s light💡⚡️🌟🕯🌞😎🌅 but also heals⛑ our own brokenness💔 (v. 8). As the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 helped their relative👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, they looked hard at their own finances💲💰💵🤑, seeing ways they could manage better ALL year. This was GOD✝️’s promise for being generous: “Your GOD✝️liness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD✝️ will protect you from behind” (v. 8 nlt). In the end🔚, giving to their kin👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 blessed them more. And GOD✝️? He already gave💝🎁 His ALL—with LOVE💝🎁. The Israelites🇮🇱✡️ at the time of Isaiah were living hypocritical lives. Isaiah warned them that their pretentious reLIE🤥giosity didn’t please GOD✝️. “They act so pious! They come to the Temple every day . . . pretending they want to be near me. . . . You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance. . . . Do you really think this will please the LORD✝️?” (58:2, 5 nlt). Isaiah contrasts ritualistic reLIE🤥giosity with true spirituality. Being reLIE🤥gious is not the same as being RIGHT✝️eous; fervency in activities (fasting) is not spirituality; false piety is hypocrisy. Isaiah called GOD✝️’s people✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 to please Him by doing what’s RIGHT✝️eous: Act justly and treat people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 fairly (vv. 3, 6, 9), stop fighting and quarreling (v. 4), help those burdened or imprisoned by life’s circumstances and poverty (v. 6), and be generous to those in need (vv. 7, 10).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️ gave💝🎁 His ALL. Let’s follow as He leads. LORD✝️, light💡⚡️🌟🕯🌞😎🌅 the path of generosity, helping⛑🆘 us to give💝🎁 like You.
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“For ALL the law⚖️🏛 is fulfilled in ONE word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE💝🎁 thy neighbour🎎👵🏿🧓👵🏻👴🏿🧔🧔🏻🧔🏼🏘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 as thyself.”
Galatians 5:14 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/gal.5.14.kjv
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January 24 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39
A Big Deal
This is the kind of fasting I want: . . . Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
Isaiah 58:6

READ ISAIAH 58:6–9

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
A family member needed help with his December rent. To his family, the request felt like a burden—especially with their own unexpected expenses at year’s end. But they dug into their savings, grateful for God’s provision—and blessed by their relative’s gratitude.
He handed them a thank-you card filled with grateful words. “There you go again . . . doing nice things, probably passing it off as no big deal.”
Helping others is a big deal, however, to God. The prophet Isaiah made that point to the nation of Israel. The people were fasting but still quarreling and fighting. Instead, said Isaiah: “Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. . . . Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help” (Isaiah 58:6-7 nlt).
Such a sacrifice, said Isaiah, shares God’s light but also heals our own brokenness (v. 8). As the family helped their relative, they looked hard at their own finances, seeing ways they could manage better all year. This was God’s promise for being generous: “Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind” (v. 8 nlt). In the end, giving to their kin blessed them more. And God? He already gave His all—with love.
By Patricia Raybon
REFLECT & PRAY
God gave His all. Let’s follow as He leads.

Lord, light the path of generosity, helping us to give like You.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The Israelites at the time of Isaiah were living hypocritical lives. Isaiah warned them that their pretentious religiosity didn’t please God. “They act so pious! They come to the Temple every day . . . pretending they want to be near me. . . . You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance. . . . Do you really think this will please the Lord?” (58:2, 5 nlt). Isaiah contrasts ritualistic religiosity with true spirituality. Being religious is not the same as being right; fervency in activities (fasting) is not spirituality; false piety is hypocrisy. Isaiah called God’s people to please Him by doing what’s right: Act justly and treat people fairly (vv. 3, 6, 9), stop fighting and quarreling (v. 4), help those burdened or imprisoned by life’s circumstances and poverty (v. 6), and be generous to those in need (vv. 7, 10). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Two2️⃣💞💑💏👫👰🏿💍🤵🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦⚖️ are better than one🚶🏿‍♂️1️⃣; because they💑👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👫 have a good reward🥇🏆🏅💰 for their labour👨🏿‍💻👩🏿‍🔬. For if they💑👫 fall📉🧗🏿‍♂️, the one will lift🏋️🏿‍♂️🚠 up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone🚶🏿‍♂️🏝1️⃣ when he falleth; for he hath not another to help⛑🆘 him up🆙⏫🔼⬆️👆🏿. ReLIE🤥gion / Passed down traditions🤥 VS RIGHT✝️eous RELAT✝️ionship with CHRIST✝️. Trying to Impress. JESUS✝️ “Out of the heart💘💓 come evil💔👿 thoughts🤔💬🗯💭🧠🤨. . . . These are what defile a person”. Matthew 15:19-20. Our physical appearance doesn’t define who we are; it’s our heart💘💓 that matters. JESUS✝️ had strong words for those masters of appearances—the super-reLIE🤥gious “Pharisees and teachers of the law⚖️.” They asked JESUS✝️ why His disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating, as their reLIE🤥gious traditions dictated (Matthew 15:1-2). JESUS✝️ asked, “Why do you break the command of GOD✝️ for the sake of your tradition🤥?” (v. 3). Then He pointed out how they had invented a legal⚖️ loophole to keep their wealth💎🤑💵🏦💰🏧 instead of caring for their parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👵🏿👴🏿 (vv. 4-6), thus dishonoring them and violating the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12). If we obsess over appearances while looking for loopholes in GOD✝️’s clear commands, we’re violating the spirit of His law. JESUS✝️ said that “out of the heart💓💞 come evil 💔👿thoughts🤔🤨💭—murder, adultery, sexual immorality,” and the like (Matthew 15:19). Only GOD✝️, through the RIGHT✝️eousness of His SON✝️ JESUS✝️, can give us a clean heart💓💞. When Jerusalem leaders asked JESUS✝️ why His disciples ignored the custom of ritual washing (Matthew 15:1-2), He quoted one of their own prophets. Seven hundred years earlier, Isaiah warned about the danger of honoring GOD✝️ with their mouths🗣 while their hearts💞💓 remained far from Him (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-8). Rules⚖️ of reLIE🤥gious compliance have never been a good substitute for the kind of water🚰🌊💦💧 and washing JESUS✝️ gives (see John 13:1-17). REFLECT & PRAY When our motive is to impress others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, we’re not impressing GOD✝️. LORD✝️, we are so prone to rely on our own efforts to impress You and others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Help⛑🆘 us to be authentic in ALL our RELAT✝️ionships, and to enjoy the restored heart💓💞 we can have through Your forgiveness. . . “Two2️⃣💞💑💏👫👰🏿💍🤵🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦⚖️ are better than one🚶🏿‍♂️1️⃣; because they💑👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👫 have a good reward🥇🏆🏅💰 for their labour👨🏿‍💻👩🏿‍🔬. For if they💑👫 fall📉🧗🏿‍♂️, the one will lift🏋️🏿‍♂️🚠 up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone🚶🏿‍♂️🏝1️⃣ when he falleth; for he hath not another to help⛑🆘 him up🆙⏫🔼⬆️👆🏿. ” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/ecc.4.9-10.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 23 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 7-8; Matthew 15:1-20 Trying to Impress Out of the heart come evil thoughts . . . . These are what defile a person. Matthew 15:19-20 READ MATTHEW 15:1–11, 16–20 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When a college class went on a cultural field trip, the instructor almost didn’t recognize one of his star pupils. In the classroom she had concealed six-inch heels beneath her pant legs. But in her walking boots she was less than five feet tall. “My heels are how I want to be,” she laughed. “But my boots are how I really am.” Our physical appearance doesn’t define who we are; it’s our heart that matters. Jesus had strong words for those masters of appearances—the super-religious “Pharisees and teachers of the law.” They asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating, as their religious traditions dictated (Matthew 15:1-2). Jesus asked, “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (v. 3). Then He pointed out how they had invented a legal loophole to keep their wealth instead of caring for their parents (vv. 4-6), thus dishonoring them and violating the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12). If we obsess over appearances while looking for loopholes in God’s clear commands, we’re violating the spirit of His law. Jesus said that “out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality,” and the like (Matthew 15:19). Only God, through the righteousness of His Son Jesus, can give us a clean heart. By Tim Gustafson REFLECT & PRAY When our motive is to impress others, we’re not impressing God. Lord, we are so prone to rely on our own efforts to impress You and others. Help us to be authentic in all our relationships, and to enjoy the restored heart we can have through Your forgiveness. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT When Jerusalem leaders asked Jesus why His disciples ignored the custom of ritual washing (Matthew 15:1-2), He quoted one of their own prophets. Seven hundred years earlier, Isaiah warned about the danger of honoring God with their mouths while their hearts remained far from Him (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-8). Rules of religious compliance have never been a good substitute for the kind of water and washing Jesus gives (see John 13:1-17). Mart DeHaan Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Two2️⃣💞💑💏👫👰🏿💍🤵🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦⚖️ are better than one🚶🏿‍♂️1️⃣; because they💑👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👫 have a good reward🥇🏆🏅💰 for their labour👨🏿‍💻👩🏿‍🔬. For if they💑👫 fall📉🧗🏿‍♂️, the one will lift🏋️🏿‍♂️🚠 up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone🚶🏿‍♂️🏝1️⃣ when he falleth; for he hath not another to help⛑🆘 him up🆙⏫🔼⬆️👆🏿.
ReLIE🤥gion / Passed down traditions🤥 VS RIGHT✝️eous RELAT✝️ionship with CHRIST✝️.
Trying to Impress. JESUS✝️ “Out of the heart💘💓 come evil💔👿 thoughts🤔💬🗯💭🧠🤨. . . . These are what defile a person”. Matthew 15:19-20. Our physical appearance doesn’t define who we are; it’s our heart💘💓 that matters. JESUS✝️ had strong words for those masters of appearances—the super-reLIE🤥gious “Pharisees and teachers of the law⚖️.” They asked JESUS✝️ why His disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating, as their reLIE🤥gious traditions dictated (Matthew 15:1-2). JESUS✝️ asked, “Why do you break the command of GOD✝️ for the sake of your tradition🤥?” (v. 3). Then He pointed out how they had invented a legal⚖️ loophole to keep their wealth💎🤑💵🏦💰🏧 instead of caring for their parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👵🏿👴🏿 (vv. 4-6), thus dishonoring them and violating the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12). If we obsess over appearances while looking for loopholes in GOD✝️’s clear commands, we’re violating the spirit of His law. JESUS✝️ said that “out of the heart💓💞 come evil 💔👿thoughts🤔🤨💭—murder, adultery, sexual immorality,” and the like (Matthew 15:19). Only GOD✝️, through the RIGHT✝️eousness of His SON✝️ JESUS✝️, can give us a clean heart💓💞. When Jerusalem leaders asked JESUS✝️ why His disciples ignored the custom of ritual washing (Matthew 15:1-2), He quoted one of their own prophets. Seven hundred years earlier, Isaiah warned about the danger of honoring GOD✝️ with their mouths🗣 while their hearts💞💓 remained far from Him (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-8). Rules⚖️ of reLIE🤥gious compliance have never been a good substitute for the kind of water🚰🌊💦💧 and washing JESUS✝️ gives (see John 13:1-17).
REFLECT & PRAY
When our motive is to impress others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, we’re not impressing GOD✝️.
LORD✝️, we are so prone to rely on our own efforts to impress You and others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Help⛑🆘 us to be authentic in ALL our RELAT✝️ionships, and to enjoy the restored heart💓💞 we can have through Your forgiveness.
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“Two2️⃣💞💑💏👫👰🏿💍🤵🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦⚖️ are better than one🚶🏿‍♂️1️⃣; because they💑👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👫 have a good reward🥇🏆🏅💰 for their labour👨🏿‍💻👩🏿‍🔬. For if they💑👫 fall📉🧗🏿‍♂️, the one will lift🏋️🏿‍♂️🚠 up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone🚶🏿‍♂️🏝1️⃣ when he falleth; for he hath not another to help⛑🆘 him up🆙⏫🔼⬆️👆🏿. ”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/ecc.4.9-10.kjv
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January 23 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 7-8; Matthew 15:1-20
Trying to Impress
Out of the heart come evil thoughts . . . . These are what defile a person.
Matthew 15:19-20

READ MATTHEW 15:1–11, 16–20

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
When a college class went on a cultural field trip, the instructor almost didn’t recognize one of his star pupils. In the classroom she had concealed six-inch heels beneath her pant legs. But in her walking boots she was less than five feet tall. “My heels are how I want to be,” she laughed. “But my boots are how I really am.”
Our physical appearance doesn’t define who we are; it’s our heart that matters. Jesus had strong words for those masters of appearances—the super-religious “Pharisees and teachers of the law.” They asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating, as their religious traditions dictated (Matthew 15:1-2). Jesus asked, “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (v. 3). Then He pointed out how they had invented a legal loophole to keep their wealth instead of caring for their parents (vv. 4-6), thus dishonoring them and violating the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12).
If we obsess over appearances while looking for loopholes in God’s clear commands, we’re violating the spirit of His law. Jesus said that “out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality,” and the like (Matthew 15:19). Only God, through the righteousness of His Son Jesus, can give us a clean heart.
By Tim Gustafson
REFLECT & PRAY
When our motive is to impress others, we’re not impressing God.

Lord, we are so prone to rely on our own efforts to impress You and others. Help us to be authentic in all our relationships, and to enjoy the restored heart we can have through Your forgiveness.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
When Jerusalem leaders asked Jesus why His disciples ignored the custom of ritual washing (Matthew 15:1-2), He quoted one of their own prophets. Seven hundred years earlier, Isaiah warned about the danger of honoring God with their mouths while their hearts remained far from Him (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-8). Rules of religious compliance have never been a good substitute for the kind of water and washing Jesus gives (see John 13:1-17). Mart DeHaan

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – And let us consider one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 to provoke unto LOVE💝🎁 and to good works: I will also always be a child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 of GOD✝️. The apostle Paul wanted the people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in the church✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 at Rome to understand that their identity was based on being adopted members of GOD✝️’s family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 (Romans 8:15). Because they had been born of the SPIRIT✝️ (v. 14), no longer did they need to be enslaved🔗⛓ to things that didn’t really matter. Rather, through the gift💝🎁 of the SPIRIT✝️, they were “heirs of GOD✝️ and co-heirs with CHRIST✝️” (v. 17). To those who follow CHRIST✝️, what difference does this make? Quite simply, everything! Our identity as children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 of GOD✝️ provides our foundation and shapes how we see ourselves and the world. For instance, knowing that we are part of GOD✝️’s family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 helps us to step out of our comfort zone as we follow Him. We can also be FREE🆓 from seeking the approval of others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Today, why not ponder what it means to be GOD✝️’s child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇? REFLECT & PRAY Those who follow🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨 GOD✝️ are His children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇. LORD✝️ GOD✝️, help me to live out of my central identity as Your child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇. Release me to live by Your SPIRIT✝️, that I might share Your LOVE💝🎁 and hope. Before His death, JESUS✝️ said the FATHER✝️ would send us “another Advocate✝️ to help🆘⛑ [us]👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and be with [us] forever” (John 14:16). Since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; John 7:39), the SPIRIT✝️ of GOD✝️ now lives in every believer (Romans 8:9). As “the SPIRIT✝️ of truth” (John 15:26), He helps⛑ us to understand GOD✝️’s Word (14:26). As the source of our NEW🆕 life (Romans 8:11), He guarantees our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), assuring us we are GOD✝️’s children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 (Romans 8:16). He empowers us to live holy lives (vv. 5-13), making us like CHRIST✝️ (Galatians 5:22-23) and equipping us for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). . . “And let us consider one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 to provoke unto LOVE💝🎁 and to good works:” Hebrews 10:24 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/heb.10.24.kjv During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 22 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36 Always a Child of God For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 READ ROMANS 8:9–17 audio playLISTEN ONLINE During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands while saying the Lord’s Prayer together. As I stood with one hand clasped to my mother’s and the other to my father’s, I was struck by the thought that I will always be their daughter. Although I’m firmly in my middle age, I can still be called “the child of Leo and Phyllis.” I reflected that not only am I their daughter, but I will also always be a child of God. The apostle Paul wanted the people in the church at Rome to understand that their identity was based on being adopted members of God’s family (Romans 8:15). Because they had been born of the Spirit (v. 14), no longer did they need to be enslaved to things that didn’t really matter. Rather, through the gift of the Spirit, they were “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (v. 17). To those who follow Christ, what difference does this make? Quite simply, everything! Our identity as children of God provides our foundation and shapes how we see ourselves and the world. For instance, knowing that we are part of God’s family helps us to step out of our comfort zone as we follow Him. We can also be free from seeking the approval of others. Today, why not ponder what it means to be God’s child? By Amy Boucher Pye REFLECT & PRAY Those who follow God are His children. Lord God, help me to live out of my central identity as Your child. Release me to live by Your Spirit, that I might share Your love and hope. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Before His death, Jesus said the Father would send us “another advocate to help [us] and be with [us] forever” (John 14:16). Since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; John 7:39), the Spirit of God now lives in every believer (Romans 8:9). As “the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26), He helps us to understand God’s Word (14:26). As the source of our new life (Romans 8:11), He guarantees our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), assuring us we are God’s children (Romans 8:16). He empowers us to live holy lives (vv. 5-13), making us like Christ (Galatians 5:22-23) and equipping us for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

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I will also always be a child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 of GOD✝️. The apostle Paul wanted the people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in the church✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 at Rome to understand that their identity was based on being adopted members of GOD✝️’s family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 (Romans 8:15). Because they had been born of the SPIRIT✝️ (v. 14), no longer did they need to be enslaved🔗⛓ to things that didn’t really matter. Rather, through the gift💝🎁 of the SPIRIT✝️, they were “heirs of GOD✝️ and co-heirs with CHRIST✝️” (v. 17). To those who follow CHRIST✝️, what difference does this make? Quite simply, everything! Our identity as children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 of GOD✝️ provides our foundation and shapes how we see ourselves and the world. For instance, knowing that we are part of GOD✝️’s family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 helps us to step out of our comfort zone as we follow Him. We can also be FREE🆓 from seeking the approval of others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Today, why not ponder what it means to be GOD✝️’s child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇?
REFLECT & PRAY
Those who follow🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨 GOD✝️ are His children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇.
LORD✝️ GOD✝️, help me to live out of my central identity as Your child👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇. Release me to live by Your SPIRIT✝️, that I might share Your LOVE💝🎁 and hope. Before His death, JESUS✝️ said the FATHER✝️ would send us “another Advocate✝️ to help🆘⛑ [us]👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and be with [us] forever” (John 14:16). Since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; John 7:39), the SPIRIT✝️ of GOD✝️ now lives in every believer (Romans 8:9). As “the SPIRIT✝️ of truth” (John 15:26), He helps⛑ us to understand GOD✝️’s Word (14:26). As the source of our NEW🆕 life (Romans 8:11), He guarantees our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), assuring us we are GOD✝️’s children👼🏿👧🏿🧒👦🏿😇 (Romans 8:16). He empowers us to live holy lives (vv. 5-13), making us like CHRIST✝️ (Galatians 5:22-23) and equipping us for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
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“And let us consider one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 to provoke unto LOVE💝🎁 and to good works:”
Hebrews 10:24 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/heb.10.24.kjv
During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 22 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36
Always a Child of God
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Romans 8:14

READ ROMANS 8:9–17

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands while saying the Lord’s Prayer together. As I stood with one hand clasped to my mother’s and the other to my father’s, I was struck by the thought that I will always be their daughter. Although I’m firmly in my middle age, I can still be called “the child of Leo and Phyllis.” I reflected that not only am I their daughter, but I will also always be a child of God.
The apostle Paul wanted the people in the church at Rome to understand that their identity was based on being adopted members of God’s family (Romans 8:15). Because they had been born of the Spirit (v. 14), no longer did they need to be enslaved to things that didn’t really matter. Rather, through the gift of the Spirit, they were “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (v. 17).
To those who follow Christ, what difference does this make? Quite simply, everything! Our identity as children of God provides our foundation and shapes how we see ourselves and the world. For instance, knowing that we are part of God’s family helps us to step out of our comfort zone as we follow Him. We can also be free from seeking the approval of others.
Today, why not ponder what it means to be God’s child?
By Amy Boucher Pye
REFLECT & PRAY
Those who follow God are His children.

Lord God, help me to live out of my central identity as Your child. Release me to live by Your Spirit, that I might share Your love and hope.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Before His death, Jesus said the Father would send us “another advocate to help [us] and be with [us] forever” (John 14:16). Since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; John 7:39), the Spirit of God now lives in every believer (Romans 8:9). As “the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26), He helps us to understand God’s Word (14:26). As the source of our new life (Romans 8:11), He guarantees our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), assuring us we are God’s children (Romans 8:16). He empowers us to live holy lives (vv. 5-13), making us like Christ (Galatians 5:22-23) and equipping us for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). K. T. Sim

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – So GOD✝️ created man🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️ created He him; male🧔🏿 and female👩🏿 created He them🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Where Are You Headed? Where❓🙋🏿‍♂️🤔🧐🙇🏿‍♂️💭 does my help⛑🆘 come from? My help⛑🆘 comes from the LORD✝️. Psalm 121:1-2. Our help is in the name of the LORD✝️, the Maker of heaven 🌠🌃🌌and earth🌏🌍🌎🗺. Psalm 124:8. Target fixation … simple-but-profound principle applies to our spiritual lives too. When we “target fixate”—focusing on our problems or struggles—we almost automatically orient our lives around them. However, Scripture✝️📖📜 encourages us to look past our problems to the ONE✝️ who can help us with them. In Psalm 121:1, we read, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” The psalm then answers: “My help comes from the LORD✝️, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . The LORD✝️ will watch👁👁👀 over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (vv. 2, 8). Sometimes our obstacles can seem insurmountable. But GOD✝️ invites us to look to Him to help us see beyond our troubles instead of letting them dominate our perspective. REFLECT & PRAY FATHER✝️, help me not to “target fixate,” but to look👁👁👀 to You whenever I face fearful obstacles as I seek to follow You along life’s road. Three times in this short psalm the LORD✝️ is referred to as one who “watches👀👁👁” us (vv. 3, 4, 5). This idea is of great comfort to the believer because it presents GOD✝️ as one who is not passive but active in our lives. To “watch👀👁👁 over” something is to actively guard🛡⚔️ and protect it. This idea is underscored by the fact that as our watcher👀👁👁 (keeper in the nkjv), GOD✝️ doesn’t sleep or slumber (vv. 3-4), but watches👁👁👀 over us day🌞 and night🌚 (vv. 5-6). . . “So GOD✝️ created man🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️ created He him; male🧔🏿 and female👩🏿 created He them🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/gen.1.27.kjv What determines our direction in life? I once heard an answer to that question in a surprising… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 20 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58 Where Are You Headed? Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:1-2 READ PSALM 121 audio playLISTEN ONLINE What determines our direction in life? I once heard an answer to that question in a surprising place: a motorcycle training course. Some friends and I wanted to ride, so we took a class to learn how. Part of our training dealt with something called target fixation. “Eventually,” our instructor said, “you’re going to face an unexpected obstacle. If you stare at it—if you target fixate—you’ll steer right into it. But if you look above and past it to where you need to go, you can usually avoid it.” Then he added, “Where you’re looking is the direction you’re going to go.” That simple-but-profound principle applies to our spiritual lives too. When we “target fixate”—focusing on our problems or struggles—we almost automatically orient our lives around them. However, Scripture encourages us to look past our problems to the One who can help us with them. In Psalm 121:1, we read, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” The psalm then answers: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (vv. 2, 8). Sometimes our obstacles can seem insurmountable. But God invites us to look to Him to help us see beyond our troubles instead of letting them dominate our perspective. By Adam Holz REFLECT & PRAY Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 Father, help me not to “target fixate,” but to look to You whenever I face fearful obstacles as I seek to follow You along life’s road. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Three times in this short psalm the Lord is referred to as one who “watches” us (vv. 3, 4, 5). This idea is of great comfort to the believer because it presents God as one who is not passive but active in our lives. To “watch over” something is to actively guard and protect it. This idea is underscored by the fact that as our watcher (keeper in the nkjv), God doesn’t sleep or slumber (vv. 3-4), but watches over us day and night (vv. 5-6). J.R. Hudberg Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

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Where Are You Headed?
Where❓🙋🏿‍♂️🤔🧐🙇🏿‍♂️💭 does my help⛑🆘 come from? My help⛑🆘 comes from the LORD✝️. Psalm 121:1-2. Our help is in the name of the LORD✝️, the Maker of heaven 🌠🌃🌌and earth🌏🌍🌎🗺. Psalm 124:8. Target fixation … simple-but-profound principle applies to our spiritual lives too. When we “target fixate”—focusing on our problems or struggles—we almost automatically orient our lives around them. However, Scripture✝️📖📜 encourages us to look past our problems to the ONE✝️ who can help us with them. In Psalm 121:1, we read, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” The psalm then answers: “My help comes from the LORD✝️, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . The LORD✝️ will watch👁👁👀 over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (vv. 2, 8). Sometimes our obstacles can seem insurmountable. But GOD✝️ invites us to look to Him to help us see beyond our troubles instead of letting them dominate our perspective.
REFLECT & PRAY
FATHER✝️, help me not to “target fixate,” but to look👁👁👀 to You whenever I face fearful obstacles as I seek to follow You along life’s road.
Three times in this short psalm the LORD✝️ is referred to as one who “watches👀👁👁” us (vv. 3, 4, 5). This idea is of great comfort to the believer because it presents GOD✝️ as one who is not passive but active in our lives. To “watch👀👁👁 over” something is to actively guard🛡⚔️ and protect it. This idea is underscored by the fact that as our watcher👀👁👁 (keeper in the nkjv), GOD✝️ doesn’t sleep or slumber (vv. 3-4), but watches👁👁👀 over us day🌞 and night🌚 (vv. 5-6).
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“So GOD✝️ created man🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️ created He him; male🧔🏿 and female👩🏿 created He them🧔🏿👩🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/gen.1.27.kjv
What determines our direction in life? I once heard an answer to that question in a surprising…
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January 20 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58
Where Are You Headed?
Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord.
Psalm 121:1-2

READ PSALM 121

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What determines our direction in life? I once heard an answer to that question in a surprising place: a motorcycle training course. Some friends and I wanted to ride, so we took a class to learn how. Part of our training dealt with something called target fixation.
“Eventually,” our instructor said, “you’re going to face an unexpected obstacle. If you stare at it—if you target fixate—you’ll steer right into it. But if you look above and past it to where you need to go, you can usually avoid it.” Then he added, “Where you’re looking is the direction you’re going to go.”
That simple-but-profound principle applies to our spiritual lives too. When we “target fixate”—focusing on our problems or struggles—we almost automatically orient our lives around them.
However, Scripture encourages us to look past our problems to the One who can help us with them. In Psalm 121:1, we read, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” The psalm then answers: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (vv. 2, 8).
Sometimes our obstacles can seem insurmountable. But God invites us to look to Him to help us see beyond our troubles instead of letting them dominate our perspective.
By Adam Holz
REFLECT & PRAY
Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

Father, help me not to “target fixate,” but to look to You whenever I face fearful obstacles as I seek to follow You along life’s road.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Three times in this short psalm the Lord is referred to as one who “watches” us (vv. 3, 4, 5). This idea is of great comfort to the believer because it presents God as one who is not passive but active in our lives. To “watch over” something is to actively guard and protect it. This idea is underscored by the fact that as our watcher (keeper in the nkjv), God doesn’t sleep or slumber (vv. 3-4), but watches over us day and night (vv. 5-6). J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Beauty🦋🌅 of LOVE💝🎁. Faith✝️fulness brings JOY😂😹. May your fountain⛲️ be blessed. Proverbs 5:18. In Proverbs 5, after talking about the high cost of immorality, we read that marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 is exclusive. “Drink🚰 water from your own cistern, running water💦💧🌊 from your own well” (v. 15). … While dancing / married👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑, each person focuses on his or her partner. We can rejoice in a deep and undivided commitment to our spouse (v. 18). Our romance is also being observed. The dancers, while they are enjoying their partner, know someone is watching. In the same way, we read, “For your ways are in full view of the LORD✝️, and he examines ALL your paths” (v. 21). GOD✝️ wants to protect our marriages👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑, so He’s constantly watching us. May we please Him through the loyalty we show to each other. Just like in the Jarabe dance there is a rhythm to follow in life. When we keep the beat of our CREATOR✝️ by being faithful to Him—whether we are married👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 or unmarried—we find blessings and JOY😂😹. The book of Proverbs is “a compass that helps us navigate the murky waters of life” (nlt Study Bible). In the first nine chapters, a father advises his son how to live a GOD✝️-honoring life. Here in chapter 5, the father warns of the dangers (vv. 4-6) and foolishness (vv. 7-14) of sexual LOVE💝🎁 outside of marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 while commending the enjoyment of it within the bounds of marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 (vv. 15-20). The author reminds us that our “ways are in full view of the LORD✝️” (v. 21) and there are consequences to our choices (vv. 22-23). Dear LORD✝️, You know ALL my ways. Help me to honor You in my relationships with others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💑. And they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are CHRIST✝️’s have crucified✝️ the flesh💪🏿👄👅👁👁👀 with the affections and lusts. . . “And they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are CHRIST✝️’s have crucified✝️ the flesh💪🏿👄👅👁👁👀 with the affections and lusts.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/gal.5.24.kjv The “Jarabe Tapatío,” also known as the Mexican hat dance, celebrates romance. During this… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 19 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30 The Beauty of Love May your fountain be blessed. Proverbs 5:18 READ PROVERBS 5 audio playLISTEN ONLINE The “Jarabe Tapatío,” also known as the Mexican hat dance, celebrates romance. During this upbeat dance, the man places his sombrero on the ground. At the very end, the woman grabs the hat and both hide behind it to seal their romance with a kiss. This dance reminds me of the importance of faithfulness in marriage. In Proverbs 5, after talking about the high cost of immorality, we read that marriage is exclusive. “Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well” (v. 15). Even with ten couples dancing the Jarabe on stage, each person focuses on his or her partner. We can rejoice in a deep and undivided commitment to our spouse (v. 18). Our romance is also being observed. The dancers, while they are enjoying their partner, know someone is watching. In the same way, we read, “For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths” (v. 21). God wants to protect our marriages, so He’s constantly watching us. May we please Him through the loyalty we show to each other. Just like in the Jarabe there is a rhythm to follow in life. When we keep the beat of our Creator by being faithful to Him—whether we are married or unmarried—we find blessings and joy. By Keila Ochoa REFLECT & PRAY Faithfulness brings joy. Dear Lord, You know all my ways. Help me to honor You in my relationships with others. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The book of Proverbs is “a compass that helps us navigate the murky waters of life” (nlt Study Bible). In the first nine chapters, a father advises his son how to live a God-honoring life. Here in chapter 5, the father warns of the dangers (vv. 4-6) and foolishness (vv. 7-14) of sexual love outside of marriage while commending the enjoyment of it within the bounds of marriage (vv. 15-20). The author reminds us that our “ways are in full view of the Lord” (v. 21) and there are consequences to our choices (vv. 22-23). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Beauty🦋🌅 of LOVE💝🎁. Faith✝️fulness brings JOY😂😹. May your fountain⛲️ be blessed. Proverbs 5:18. In Proverbs 5, after talking about the high cost of immorality, we read that marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 is exclusive. “Drink🚰 water from your own cistern, running water💦💧🌊 from your own well” (v. 15). … While dancing / married👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑, each person focuses on his or her partner. We can rejoice in a deep and undivided commitment to our spouse (v. 18). Our romance is also being observed. The dancers, while they are enjoying their partner, know someone is watching. In the same way, we read, “For your ways are in full view of the LORD✝️, and he examines ALL your paths” (v. 21). GOD✝️ wants to protect our marriages👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑, so He’s constantly watching us. May we please Him through the loyalty we show to each other. Just like in the Jarabe dance there is a rhythm to follow in life. When we keep the beat of our CREATOR✝️ by being faithful to Him—whether we are married👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 or unmarried—we find blessings and JOY😂😹. The book of Proverbs is “a compass that helps us navigate the murky waters of life” (nlt Study Bible). In the first nine chapters, a father advises his son how to live a GOD✝️-honoring life. Here in chapter 5, the father warns of the dangers (vv. 4-6) and foolishness (vv. 7-14) of sexual LOVE💝🎁 outside of marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 while commending the enjoyment of it within the bounds of marriage👰🏿💍💎🤵🏿💒💑 (vv. 15-20). The author reminds us that our “ways are in full view of the LORD✝️” (v. 21) and there are consequences to our choices (vv. 22-23). Dear LORD✝️, You know ALL my ways. Help me to honor You in my relationships with others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💑.
And they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are CHRIST✝️’s have crucified✝️ the flesh💪🏿👄👅👁👁👀 with the affections and lusts.
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“And they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that are CHRIST✝️’s have crucified✝️ the flesh💪🏿👄👅👁👁👀 with the affections and lusts.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/gal.5.24.kjv
The “Jarabe Tapatío,” also known as the Mexican hat dance, celebrates romance. During this…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 19 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30
The Beauty of Love
May your fountain be blessed.
Proverbs 5:18

READ PROVERBS 5

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
The “Jarabe Tapatío,” also known as the Mexican hat dance, celebrates romance. During this upbeat dance, the man places his sombrero on the ground. At the very end, the woman grabs the hat and both hide behind it to seal their romance with a kiss.
This dance reminds me of the importance of faithfulness in marriage. In Proverbs 5, after talking about the high cost of immorality, we read that marriage is exclusive. “Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well” (v. 15). Even with ten couples dancing the Jarabe on stage, each person focuses on his or her partner. We can rejoice in a deep and undivided commitment to our spouse (v. 18).
Our romance is also being observed. The dancers, while they are enjoying their partner, know someone is watching. In the same way, we read, “For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths” (v. 21). God wants to protect our marriages, so He’s constantly watching us. May we please Him through the loyalty we show to each other.
Just like in the Jarabe there is a rhythm to follow in life. When we keep the beat of our Creator by being faithful to Him—whether we are married or unmarried—we find blessings and joy.
By Keila Ochoa
REFLECT & PRAY
Faithfulness brings joy.

Dear Lord, You know all my ways. Help me to honor You in my relationships with others.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The book of Proverbs is “a compass that helps us navigate the murky waters of life” (nlt Study Bible). In the first nine chapters, a father advises his son how to live a God-honoring life. Here in chapter 5, the father warns of the dangers (vv. 4-6) and foolishness (vv. 7-14) of sexual love outside of marriage while commending the enjoyment of it within the bounds of marriage (vv. 15-20). The author reminds us that our “ways are in full view of the Lord” (v. 21) and there are consequences to our choices (vv. 22-23). K. T. Sim

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Therefore whosoever heareth👂🏿these sayings✝️📖📜 of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise 🦉🧠🤔🧐💡🙇🏿‍♂️👑🤴🏿💭 man, which built🏗👷🏿‍♂️🔨🛠 his house🏡 upon a rock🗿💎⛰🧗🏿‍♂️:” Worshiping with Questions❓🤔🧐🙋🏿‍♂️. Bring your questions❓🤔🧐🙋🏿‍♂️ to GOD✝️. I trust in your unfailing LOVE💝🎁; my heart💓💘💖 rejoices in Your salvation. Psalm 13:5. People👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of ALL ages👼🏿😇👵🏿👴🏿 are also prone to ask similar questions when wearied because of life challenges that never seem to cease. Such was the case with David in Psalm 13. Four times in two verses (vv. 1-2), David—who felt forgotten, forsaken, and defeated—lamented “How long?” In verse two, he asks, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” Psalms that include lament, like this one, implicitly give us permission to worshipfully come to the LORD✝️ with questions of our own. After all, what better person to talk to during prolonged times of stress and strain than GOD✝️? We can bring our struggles with illness, grief, the waywardness of a LOVE💝🎁d one, and relational difficulties to Him. Worship need not stop when we have questions. The sovereign GOD✝️ of heaven welcomes us to bring our worry-filled questions to Him. And perhaps, like David, in due time our questions will be transformed into petitions and expressions of trust and praise to the LORD✝️ (vv. 3-6). LORD✝️, thank🙏🏿 You that I don’t have to stop worshiping when I have questions; I can worship You with my questions. A lament psalm typically contains five elements: invocation, lament, request, trust, and praise. We see all five in Psalm 13. First is the invocation, in which an appeal for help is made to an authority: “How long, LORD✝️?” (v. 1). Next is the lament, which takes the form of David’s bitter questions (vv. 1-2). Soon he pivots to his request, as he demands an answer from GOD✝️: “Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death” (v. 3). The poet then circles back to trust (v. 5), which naturally leads to his anticipation of future praise (v. 6). We don’t know the details of David’s desperate straits, but that uncertainty only enhances this psalm’s universal accessibility. Everyone understands what it is to be desperate. Not everyone understands where to turn for genuine help. David shows us what it looks like to find hope where there seems to be none. . . JESUS✝️ “Therefore whosoever heareth👂🏿 these sayings✝️📖📜 of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise 🦉🧠🤔🧐💡🙇🏿‍♂️💭 man, which built🏗👷🏿‍♂️🔨🛠 his house🏡 upon a rock🗿💎⛰🧗🏿‍♂️:” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/mat.7.24.kjv It’s not uncommon during a long (or short!) trip for someone in a group of travelers to ask,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 18 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:24-50 Worshiping with Questions I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5 READ PSALM 13 audio playLISTEN ONLINE It’s not uncommon during a long (or short!) trip for someone in a group of travelers to ask, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” Who hasn’t heard these universal queries coming from the lips of children and adults eager to arrive at their destination? But people of all ages are also prone to ask similar questions when wearied because of life challenges that never seem to cease. Such was the case with David in Psalm 13. Four times in two verses (vv. 1-2), David—who felt forgotten, forsaken, and defeated—lamented “How long?” In verse two, he asks, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” Psalms that include lament, like this one, implicitly give us permission to worshipfully come to the Lord with questions of our own. After all, what better person to talk to during prolonged times of stress and strain than God? We can bring our struggles with illness, grief, the waywardness of a loved one, and relational difficulties to Him. Worship need not stop when we have questions. The sovereign God of heaven welcomes us to bring our worry-filled questions to Him. And perhaps, like David, in due time our questions will be transformed into petitions and expressions of trust and praise to the Lord (vv. 3-6). By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY Bring your questions to God. Lord, thank You that I don’t have to stop worshiping when I have questions; I can worship You with my questions. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT A lament psalm typically contains five elements: invocation, lament, request, trust, and praise. We see all five in Psalm 13. First is the invocation, in which an appeal for help is made to an authority: “How long, Lord?” (v. 1). Next is the lament, which takes the form of David’s bitter questions (vv. 1-2). Soon he pivots to his request, as he demands an answer from God: “Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death” (v. 3). The poet then circles back to trust (v. 5), which naturally leads to his anticipation of future praise (v. 6). We don’t know the details of David’s desperate straits, but that uncertainty only enhances this psalm’s universal accessibility. Everyone understands what it is to be desperate. Not everyone understands where to turn for genuine help. David shows us what it looks like to find hope where there seems to be none. Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Therefore whosoever heareth👂🏿these sayings✝️📖📜 of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise 🦉🧠🤔🧐💡🙇🏿‍♂️👑🤴🏿💭 man, which built🏗👷🏿‍♂️🔨🛠 his house🏡 upon a rock🗿💎⛰🧗🏿‍♂️:”
Worshiping with Questions❓🤔🧐🙋🏿‍♂️. Bring your questions❓🤔🧐🙋🏿‍♂️ to GOD✝️. I trust in your unfailing LOVE💝🎁; my heart💓💘💖 rejoices in Your salvation. Psalm 13:5. People👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of ALL ages👼🏿😇👵🏿👴🏿 are also prone to ask similar questions when wearied because of life challenges that never seem to cease. Such was the case with David in Psalm 13. Four times in two verses (vv. 1-2), David—who felt forgotten, forsaken, and defeated—lamented “How long?” In verse two, he asks, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” Psalms that include lament, like this one, implicitly give us permission to worshipfully come to the LORD✝️ with questions of our own. After all, what better person to talk to during prolonged times of stress and strain than GOD✝️? We can bring our struggles with illness, grief, the waywardness of a LOVE💝🎁d one, and relational difficulties to Him. Worship need not stop when we have questions. The sovereign GOD✝️ of heaven welcomes us to bring our worry-filled questions to Him. And perhaps, like David, in due time our questions will be transformed into petitions and expressions of trust and praise to the LORD✝️ (vv. 3-6).
LORD✝️, thank🙏🏿 You that I don’t have to stop worshiping when I have questions; I can worship You with my questions.
A lament psalm typically contains five elements: invocation, lament, request, trust, and praise. We see all five in Psalm 13. First is the invocation, in which an appeal for help is made to an authority: “How long, LORD✝️?” (v. 1). Next is the lament, which takes the form of David’s bitter questions (vv. 1-2). Soon he pivots to his request, as he demands an answer from GOD✝️: “Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death” (v. 3). The poet then circles back to trust (v. 5), which naturally leads to his anticipation of future praise (v. 6). We don’t know the details of David’s desperate straits, but that uncertainty only enhances this psalm’s universal accessibility. Everyone understands what it is to be desperate. Not everyone understands where to turn for genuine help. David shows us what it looks like to find hope where there seems to be none.
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JESUS✝️ “Therefore whosoever heareth👂🏿 these sayings✝️📖📜 of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise 🦉🧠🤔🧐💡🙇🏿‍♂️💭 man, which built🏗👷🏿‍♂️🔨🛠 his house🏡 upon a rock🗿💎⛰🧗🏿‍♂️:”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.7.24.kjv
It’s not uncommon during a long (or short!) trip for someone in a group of travelers to ask,…
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January 18 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:24-50
Worshiping with Questions
I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5

READ PSALM 13

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It’s not uncommon during a long (or short!) trip for someone in a group of travelers to ask, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” Who hasn’t heard these universal queries coming from the lips of children and adults eager to arrive at their destination? But people of all ages are also prone to ask similar questions when wearied because of life challenges that never seem to cease.
Such was the case with David in Psalm 13. Four times in two verses (vv. 1-2), David—who felt forgotten, forsaken, and defeated—lamented “How long?” In verse two, he asks, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” Psalms that include lament, like this one, implicitly give us permission to worshipfully come to the Lord with questions of our own. After all, what better person to talk to during prolonged times of stress and strain than God? We can bring our struggles with illness, grief, the waywardness of a loved one, and relational difficulties to Him.
Worship need not stop when we have questions. The sovereign God of heaven welcomes us to bring our worry-filled questions to Him. And perhaps, like David, in due time our questions will be transformed into petitions and expressions of trust and praise to the Lord (vv. 3-6).
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
Bring your questions to God.

Lord, thank You that I don’t have to stop worshiping when I have questions; I can worship You with my questions.

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INSIGHT
A lament psalm typically contains five elements: invocation, lament, request, trust, and praise. We see all five in Psalm 13. First is the invocation, in which an appeal for help is made to an authority: “How long, Lord?” (v. 1). Next is the lament, which takes the form of David’s bitter questions (vv. 1-2). Soon he pivots to his request, as he demands an answer from God: “Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death” (v. 3). The poet then circles back to trust (v. 5), which naturally leads to his anticipation of future praise (v. 6). We don’t know the details of David’s desperate straits, but that uncertainty only enhances this psalm’s universal accessibility. Everyone understands what it is to be desperate. Not everyone understands where to turn for genuine help. David shows us what it looks like to find hope where there seems to be none. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – What Can’t You Give🎁 Up? A child👼🏿😇 of GOD✝️ is always welcomed🤗👐🏿💐🚾 home🏠🏡. [Nothing] will be able to separate💔 us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️. Romans 8:39. ALL of us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 have something we treasure🏆⛏💰💍👑🤑🥇 dearly—a person👼🏿👧🏽👦🏿🤰🏿🤱🏽👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, a passion🎸🎶🎛📲👨🏿‍💻⛷🏀⛹️🏿‍♂️, a possession🏎🎮🕹⛵️✈️🚁—something we can’t give🎁 up. In the book of Hosea, GOD✝️ tells us that He won’t give up on His chosen people Israel, His treasured possession. As Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ LOVE💝🎁ing husband, GOD✝️ provided her with everything she needed: land🌍🗺, food😋🥘🍲👨🏿‍🍳🍎🥬🥒🥑🥗🍱, drink🥛🚰🍼🍶🍾🥂, clothing👖👗👘👠🎩👢👜, and security👮🏿‍♂️⛑🛡⚔️🗡🤺. Yet like an adulterous spouse, Israel🇮🇱✡️ rejected GOD✝️ and sought her happiness😀 and security👮🏿‍♂️ elsewhere. The more GOD✝️ pursued her, the further she drifted away (Hosea 11:2). However, though she had hurt Him deeply, He would not give🎁 her up (v. 8). He would discipline Israel🇮🇱✡️ so as to redeem her; His desire was to re-establish His relationship👐🏿🤗👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 with her (v. 11). Today, ALL GOD✝️’s children can have the same assurance: His LOVE💝🎁 for us is a LOVE💝🎁 that will never let us go (Romans 8:37-39). If we’ve wandered from Him, He yearns for us to return. When GOD✝️ disciplines us, we can be comforted that it’s a sign of His pursuit, not of His rejection. We are His treasure🏆⛏💍👑🥇; He won’t give up on us. Heavenly FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿 You for Your LOVE💝🎁 that never gives up on me. Help me to LOVE💝🎁 You wholeheartedly💘💓💖💗. Every good gift💝🎁 and every perfect gift💝🎁 is from above🌃🌠🌌🎇, and cometh down from the FATHER✝️ of lights💡⚡️🌟🕯🔆🌞, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. . . “Every good gift💝🎁 and every perfect gift💝🎁 is from above🌃🌠🌌🎇, and cometh down from the FATHER✝️ of lights💡⚡️🌟🕯🔆🌞, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/jas.1.17.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 17 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23 What Can’t You Give Up? [Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:39 READ HOSEA 11:8–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “What’s one thing you can’t give up?” the radio host asked. Listeners called in with some interesting answers. Some mentioned their families, including a husband who shared memories of a deceased wife. Others shared they can’t give up on their dreams, such as making a living in music or becoming a mother. All of us have something we treasure dearly—a person, a passion, a possession—something we can’t give up. In the book of Hosea, God tells us that He won’t give up on His chosen people Israel, His treasured possession. As Israel’s loving husband, God provided her with everything she needed: land, food, drink, clothing, and security. Yet like an adulterous spouse, Israel rejected God and sought her happiness and security elsewhere. The more God pursued her, the further she drifted away (Hosea 11:2). However, though she had hurt Him deeply, He would not give her up (v. 8). He would discipline Israel so as to redeem her; His desire was to re-establish His relationship with her (v. 11). Today, all God’s children can have the same assurance: His love for us is a love that will never let us go (Romans 8:37-39). If we’ve wandered from Him, He yearns for us to return. When God disciplines us, we can be comforted that it’s a sign of His pursuit, not of His rejection. We are His treasure; He won’t give up on us. By Poh Fang Chia REFLECT & PRAY A child of God is always welcomed home. Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that never gives up on me. Help me to love You wholeheartedly. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Hosea, a contemporary of prophets Isaiah and Micah, ministered primarily to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Hosea 1:1). His prophetic ministry was unique because he not only communicated in words what God wanted to tell the Israelites, but he symbolically acted out these revelations (chs. 1, 3). Hosea was commanded to marry Gomer, a promiscuous woman, to show that “like an adulterous wife [Israel] is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord” (1:2). After Gomer’s unfaithfulness, Hosea was commanded to reconcile with her and to “love her as the Lord loves the Israelites” (3:1). These tragic examples mirror God’s unrequited love for Israel. Despite Israel’s unrepentant unfaithfulness (chs. 1-3) and warnings of ominous punishment (chs. 4-10), God promises restoration and blessing, revealing how great and relentless His love is. In His mercy, God spared them (11:8-9); and in His grace, He will redeem and restore them (vv. 10-11). K. T. Sim Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – What Can’t You Give🎁 Up? A child👼🏿😇 of GOD✝️ is always welcomed🤗👐🏿💐🚾 home🏠🏡. [Nothing] will be able to separate💔 us from the LOVE💝🎁 of GOD✝️. Romans 8:39. ALL of us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 have something we treasure🏆⛏💰💍👑🤑🥇 dearly—a person👼🏿👧🏽👦🏿🤰🏿🤱🏽👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, a passion🎸🎶🎛📲👨🏿‍💻⛷🏀⛹️🏿‍♂️, a possession🏎🎮🕹⛵️✈️🚁—something we can’t give🎁 up. In the book of Hosea, GOD✝️ tells us that He won’t give up on His chosen people Israel, His treasured possession. As Israel’s🇮🇱✡️ LOVE💝🎁ing husband, GOD✝️ provided her with everything she needed: land🌍🗺, food😋🥘🍲👨🏿‍🍳🍎🥬🥒🥑🥗🍱, drink🥛🚰🍼🍶🍾🥂, clothing👖👗👘👠🎩👢👜, and security👮🏿‍♂️⛑🛡⚔️🗡🤺. Yet like an adulterous spouse, Israel🇮🇱✡️ rejected GOD✝️ and sought her happiness😀 and security👮🏿‍♂️ elsewhere. The more GOD✝️ pursued her, the further she drifted away (Hosea 11:2). However, though she had hurt Him deeply, He would not give🎁 her up (v. 8). He would discipline Israel🇮🇱✡️ so as to redeem her; His desire was to re-establish His relationship👐🏿🤗👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 with her (v. 11). Today, ALL GOD✝️’s children can have the same assurance: His LOVE💝🎁 for us is a LOVE💝🎁 that will never let us go (Romans 8:37-39). If we’ve wandered from Him, He yearns for us to return. When GOD✝️ disciplines us, we can be comforted that it’s a sign of His pursuit, not of His rejection. We are His treasure🏆⛏💍👑🥇; He won’t give up on us. Heavenly FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿 You for Your LOVE💝🎁 that never gives up on me. Help me to LOVE💝🎁 You wholeheartedly💘💓💖💗.
Every good gift💝🎁 and every perfect gift💝🎁 is from above🌃🌠🌌🎇, and cometh down from the FATHER✝️ of lights💡⚡️🌟🕯🔆🌞, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
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“Every good gift💝🎁 and every perfect gift💝🎁 is from above🌃🌠🌌🎇, and cometh down from the FATHER✝️ of lights💡⚡️🌟🕯🔆🌞, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/jas.1.17.kjv
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January 17 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23
What Can’t You Give Up?
[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God.
Romans 8:39

READ HOSEA 11:8–11

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
“What’s one thing you can’t give up?” the radio host asked. Listeners called in with some interesting answers. Some mentioned their families, including a husband who shared memories of a deceased wife. Others shared they can’t give up on their dreams, such as making a living in music or becoming a mother. All of us have something we treasure dearly—a person, a passion, a possession—something we can’t give up.
In the book of Hosea, God tells us that He won’t give up on His chosen people Israel, His treasured possession. As Israel’s loving husband, God provided her with everything she needed: land, food, drink, clothing, and security. Yet like an adulterous spouse, Israel rejected God and sought her happiness and security elsewhere. The more God pursued her, the further she drifted away (Hosea 11:2). However, though she had hurt Him deeply, He would not give her up (v. 8). He would discipline Israel so as to redeem her; His desire was to re-establish His relationship with her (v. 11).
Today, all God’s children can have the same assurance: His love for us is a love that will never let us go (Romans 8:37-39). If we’ve wandered from Him, He yearns for us to return. When God disciplines us, we can be comforted that it’s a sign of His pursuit, not of His rejection. We are His treasure; He won’t give up on us.
By Poh Fang Chia
REFLECT & PRAY
A child of God is always welcomed home.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that never gives up on me. Help me to love You wholeheartedly.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Hosea, a contemporary of prophets Isaiah and Micah, ministered primarily to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Hosea 1:1). His prophetic ministry was unique because he not only communicated in words what God wanted to tell the Israelites, but he symbolically acted out these revelations (chs. 1, 3). Hosea was commanded to marry Gomer, a promiscuous woman, to show that “like an adulterous wife [Israel] is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord” (1:2). After Gomer’s unfaithfulness, Hosea was commanded to reconcile with her and to “love her as the Lord loves the Israelites” (3:1). These tragic examples mirror God’s unrequited love for Israel. Despite Israel’s unrepentant unfaithfulness (chs. 1-3) and warnings of ominous punishment (chs. 4-10), God promises restoration and blessing, revealing how great and relentless His love is. In His mercy, God spared them (11:8-9); and in His grace, He will redeem and restore them (vv. 10-11). K. T. Sim

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Then said🗣 JESUS✝️ unto His disciples, “If any man will come 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️👟 after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross✝️, and follow Me.” Sharing💝🎁 More Than Stuff. Sharing GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 = caring for others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Your people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 will be my people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and your GOD✝️ my GOD✝️. Ruth 1:16. As believers in JESUS✝️, we’re called to share💝🎁 our very lives with one another. Ruth did just that with her mother-in-law, Naomi. As a destitute widow, Naomi had little to offer Ruth. And yet Ruth connected her own life to her mother-in-law’s, vowing that they would press on together and that not even death would separate them. She said to Naomi, “Your people will be my people and your GOD✝️ my GOD✝️” (Ruth 1:16). She freely🆓 and generously gave to the older woman—showing LOVE💝🎁 and compassion. While sharing💝🎁 our lives in this way can be difficult, we should remember the fruit🥝🍎🍓🍉🍒🥑🥭 of such generosity. Ruth shared💝🎁 her life with Naomi, but later she bore a son👦🏿, the grandfather of King👑🤴🏿 David. JESUS✝️ shared His very life with us, but was then exalted and now reigns👑🤴🏿🦁 at the right hand of the FATHER✝️ in heaven. As we generously share💝🎁 with one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, we can be confident that we will experience greater life still! JESUS✝️, as we share💝🎁 our lives with others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, may we reflect Your LOVE💝🎁ing heart💓💖💘. For more on Ruth, download Ruth and Hannah: Learning to Walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣 by Faith✝️ at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/ruth-and-hannah/ . . “Then said🗣 JESUS✝️ unto His disciples, If any man will come 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️👟 after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross✝️, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 KJV https://www.bible.com/1/mat.16.24.kjv “But I don’t want to share!” wailed my youngest child, brokenhearted that he would have to… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 16 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11 Sharing More Than Stuff Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 READ RUTH 1:11–18 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “But I don’t want to share!” wailed my youngest child, brokenhearted that he would have to part with even one of his many LEGO pieces. I rolled my eyes at his immaturity, but truthfully, this attitude is not limited to children. How much of my own life, and really all of human experience, is marked by a stubborn resistance to freely and generously give to others? As believers in Jesus, we’re called to share our very lives with one another. Ruth did just that with her mother-in-law, Naomi. As a destitute widow, Naomi had little to offer Ruth. And yet Ruth connected her own life to her mother-in-law’s, vowing that they would press on together and that not even death would separate them. She said to Naomi, “Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). She freely and generously gave to the older woman—showing love and compassion. While sharing our lives in this way can be difficult, we should remember the fruit of such generosity. Ruth shared her life with Naomi, but later she bore a son, the grandfather of King David. Jesus shared His very life with us, but was then exalted and now reigns at the right hand of the Father in heaven. As we generously share with one another, we can be confident that we will experience greater life still! By Peter Chin REFLECT & PRAY Sharing God’s love = caring for others. Jesus, as we share our lives with others, may we reflect Your loving heart. Welcome to Peter Chin! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The book of Ruth, by virtue of both content and location, forms an important bridge between the times of the judges and the times of the prophets and kings. With Israel settled in the promised land, the judges were tasked with drawing Israel back to God during their periodic seasons of spiritual rebellion. However, eventually a king would rule—even though Israel’s desires for a monarch were misguided. To anticipate this coming monarchy, Ruth’s book (whose events took place during the times of the judges; see Ruth 1:1) closes by focusing on her great-grandson—David (4:22)—as a “preview of coming attractions” that will be discovered as the biblical story unfolds. For more on Ruth, download Ruth and Hannah: Learning to Walk by Faith at discoveryseries.org/hp051. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Then said🗣 JESUS✝️ unto His disciples, “If any man will come 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️👟 after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross✝️, and follow Me.”
Sharing💝🎁 More Than Stuff. Sharing GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 = caring for others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Your people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 will be my people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and your GOD✝️ my GOD✝️. Ruth 1:16. As believers in JESUS✝️, we’re called to share💝🎁 our very lives with one another. Ruth did just that with her mother-in-law, Naomi. As a destitute widow, Naomi had little to offer Ruth. And yet Ruth connected her own life to her mother-in-law’s, vowing that they would press on together and that not even death would separate them. She said to Naomi, “Your people will be my people and your GOD✝️ my GOD✝️” (Ruth 1:16). She freely🆓 and generously gave to the older woman—showing LOVE💝🎁 and compassion. While sharing💝🎁 our lives in this way can be difficult, we should remember the fruit🥝🍎🍓🍉🍒🥑🥭 of such generosity. Ruth shared💝🎁 her life with Naomi, but later she bore a son👦🏿, the grandfather of King👑🤴🏿 David. JESUS✝️ shared His very life with us, but was then exalted and now reigns👑🤴🏿🦁 at the right hand of the FATHER✝️ in heaven. As we generously share💝🎁 with one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, we can be confident that we will experience greater life still! JESUS✝️, as we share💝🎁 our lives with others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, may we reflect Your LOVE💝🎁ing heart💓💖💘. For more on Ruth, download Ruth and Hannah: Learning to Walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣 by Faith✝️ at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/ruth-and-hannah/
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“Then said🗣 JESUS✝️ unto His disciples, If any man will come 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️👟 after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross✝️, and follow Me.”
Matthew 16:24 KJV
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.16.24.kjv
“But I don’t want to share!” wailed my youngest child, brokenhearted that he would have to…
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January 16 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11
Sharing More Than Stuff
Your people will be my people and your God my God.
Ruth 1:16

READ RUTH 1:11–18

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
“But I don’t want to share!” wailed my youngest child, brokenhearted that he would have to part with even one of his many LEGO pieces. I rolled my eyes at his immaturity, but truthfully, this attitude is not limited to children. How much of my own life, and really all of human experience, is marked by a stubborn resistance to freely and generously give to others?
As believers in Jesus, we’re called to share our very lives with one another. Ruth did just that with her mother-in-law, Naomi. As a destitute widow, Naomi had little to offer Ruth. And yet Ruth connected her own life to her mother-in-law’s, vowing that they would press on together and that not even death would separate them. She said to Naomi, “Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). She freely and generously gave to the older woman—showing love and compassion.
While sharing our lives in this way can be difficult, we should remember the fruit of such generosity. Ruth shared her life with Naomi, but later she bore a son, the grandfather of King David. Jesus shared His very life with us, but was then exalted and now reigns at the right hand of the Father in heaven. As we generously share with one another, we can be confident that we will experience greater life still!
By Peter Chin
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Sharing God’s love = caring for others.

Jesus, as we share our lives with others, may we reflect Your loving heart.

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The book of Ruth, by virtue of both content and location, forms an important bridge between the times of the judges and the times of the prophets and kings. With Israel settled in the promised land, the judges were tasked with drawing Israel back to God during their periodic seasons of spiritual rebellion. However, eventually a king would rule—even though Israel’s desires for a monarch were misguided. To anticipate this coming monarchy, Ruth’s book (whose events took place during the times of the judges; see Ruth 1:1) closes by focusing on her great-grandson—David (4:22)—as a “preview of coming attractions” that will be discovered as the biblical story unfolds.

For more on Ruth, download Ruth and Hannah: Learning to Walk by Faith at discoveryseries.org/hp051. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “He that hath ears👂🏿 to hear👂🏿, let him hear👂🏿.” A Song🗣🎵🎶🎤🎸👨🏿‍🎤 in the Night. While we wait for the morning, we can rest in GOD✝️’s song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night. If we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25. He heard a tender voice surrounding him, a voice assuring him that even though he had no answers, even though the waves still crashed over him, still he was dearly LOVE💝🎁d (Psalm 42:8). And somehow hearing that quiet song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night was enough. Enough for my dad to quietly cling to glimmers of HOPE, LOVE💝🎁, and JOY😂😹. And enough for him to wait patiently for the day when ALL his longings would finally be satisfied (vv. 5, 11). For New Testament believers the question in Psalm 42:2, “When can I go and meet with GOD✝️?” may seem odd because we understand we can meet with GOD✝️ ANY time⏰. What a wonderful gift to know that today we can ALWAYS enjoy the presence of GOD✝️ because He dwells within us (1 Corinthians 6:19). LORD✝️, we know that You have carried ALL our suffering and will one day turn it around into resurrection life. Still, there is so much healing that we wait and long for. As we wait for that morning, help us to rest in Your song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night. . . JESUS✝️ “He that hath ears👂🏿 to hear👂🏿, let him hear👂🏿.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/mat.11.15.kjv

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “He that hath ears👂🏿 to hear👂🏿, let him hear👂🏿.”
A Song🗣🎵🎶🎤🎸👨🏿‍🎤 in the Night. While we wait for the morning, we can rest in GOD✝️’s song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night. If we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25. He heard a tender voice surrounding him, a voice assuring him that even though he had no answers, even though the waves still crashed over him, still he was dearly LOVE💝🎁d (Psalm 42:8). And somehow hearing that quiet song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night was enough. Enough for my dad to quietly cling to glimmers of HOPE, LOVE💝🎁, and JOY😂😹. And enough for him to wait patiently for the day when ALL his longings would finally be satisfied (vv. 5, 11). For New Testament believers the question in Psalm 42:2, “When can I go and meet with GOD✝️?” may seem odd because we understand we can meet with GOD✝️ ANY time⏰. What a wonderful gift to know that today we can ALWAYS enjoy the presence of GOD✝️ because He dwells within us (1 Corinthians 6:19). LORD✝️, we know that You have carried ALL our suffering and will one day turn it around into resurrection life. Still, there is so much healing that we wait and long for. As we wait for that morning, help us to rest in Your song of LOVE💝🎁 in the night.
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JESUS✝️ “He that hath ears👂🏿 to hear👂🏿, let him hear👂🏿.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.11.15.kjv

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Hope’s Sure Foundation. Don’t worry☹️😰 about tomorrow—GOD✝️ is already there. My GOD✝️ will meet ALL your👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 needs according to the riches of His glory in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️. Philippians 4:19. Almighty FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for Your faith✝️fulness to always take care of me. Help⛑🆘 me to trust You and to rest🛌💤😌😴 in Your perfect LOVE💝🎁 today. In Hebrews 11:1 we are presented with the powerful relationship between faith✝️ and hope (“Now faith✝️ is confidence in what we hope for”). This relation✝️ship becomes the foundation for ALL that follows in the Hebrews 11 “hall of faith✝️.” In that light, each event of faith✝️ cited is anchored in the hope that the individuals held in GOD✝️. That hope is what prompted Abel to offer a better sacrifice (v. 4), Enoch to walk with GOD✝️ (v. 5), Noah to build an ark (v. 7), Abraham to migrate to a far country (v. 8), and Isaac and Jacob to pronounce blessings on future generations (vv. 20-21). ALL of these expressions of faith✝️ were made by those anticipating a hope that would be fulfilled by the GOD✝️ in whom they had placed their faith✝️. For more on hope and faith✝️, see Hope: Choosing Faith✝️ Instead of Fear at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/hope/ It is of the LORD✝️’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions😍🥰💘❣️ fail not. They are NEW🆕 every morning: great is Thy faith✝️fulness. . . “It is of the LORD✝️’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions😍🥰💘❣️ fail not. They are NEW🆕 every morning: great is Thy faith✝️fulness.” ‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/lam.3.22-23.kjv Lessons on faith can come from unexpected places—like the one I learned from my 110-pound, black… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 14 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20 Hope’s Sure Foundation My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 READ HEBREWS 11:1–6 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Lessons on faith can come from unexpected places—like the one I learned from my 110-pound, black Labrador retriever, “Bear.” Bear’s large metal water bowl was located in a corner of the kitchen. Whenever it was empty, he wouldn’t bark or paw at it. Instead, he would lie down quietly beside it and wait. Sometimes he would have to wait several minutes, but Bear had learned to trust that I would eventually walk into the room, see him there, and provide what he needed. His simple faith in me reminded me of my need to place more trust in God. The Bible tells us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The foundation of this confidence and assurance is God Himself, who “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (v. 6). God is faithful to keep His promises to all who believe and come to Him through Jesus. Sometimes having faith in “what we do not see” isn’t easy. But we can rest in God’s goodness and His loving character, trusting that His wisdom is perfect in all things—even when we have to wait. He is always faithful to do what He says: to save our eternal souls and meet our deepest needs, now and forever. By James Banks REFLECT & PRAY Don’t worry about tomorrow—God is already there. Almighty Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to always take care of me. Help me to trust You and to rest in Your perfect love today. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT In Hebrews 11:1 we are presented with the powerful relationship between faith and hope (“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for”). This relationship becomes the foundation for all that follows in the Hebrews 11 “hall of faith.” In that light, each event of faith cited is anchored in the hope that the individuals held in God. That hope is what prompted Abel to offer a better sacrifice (v. 4), Enoch to walk with God (v. 5), Noah to build an ark (v. 7), Abraham to migrate to a far country (v. 8), and Isaac and Jacob to pronounce blessings on future generations (vv. 20-21). All of these expressions of faith were made by those anticipating a hope that would be fulfilled by the God in whom they had placed their faith. For more on hope and faith, see Hope: Choosing Faith Instead of Fear at discoveryseries.org/q0733. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Hope’s Sure Foundation. Don’t worry☹️😰 about tomorrow—GOD✝️ is already there. My GOD✝️ will meet ALL your👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 needs according to the riches of His glory in CHRIST✝️ JESUS✝️. Philippians 4:19. Almighty FATHER✝️, thank🙏🏿🙌🏿 You for Your faith✝️fulness to always take care of me. Help⛑🆘 me to trust You and to rest🛌💤😌😴 in Your perfect LOVE💝🎁 today.
In Hebrews 11:1 we are presented with the powerful relationship between faith✝️ and hope (“Now faith✝️ is confidence in what we hope for”). This relation✝️ship becomes the foundation for ALL that follows in the Hebrews 11 “hall of faith✝️.” In that light, each event of faith✝️ cited is anchored in the hope that the individuals held in GOD✝️. That hope is what prompted Abel to offer a better sacrifice (v. 4), Enoch to walk with GOD✝️ (v. 5), Noah to build an ark (v. 7), Abraham to migrate to a far country (v. 8), and Isaac and Jacob to pronounce blessings on future generations (vv. 20-21). ALL of these expressions of faith✝️ were made by those anticipating a hope that would be fulfilled by the GOD✝️ in whom they had placed their faith✝️. For more on hope and faith✝️, see Hope: Choosing Faith✝️ Instead of Fear at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/hope/
It is of the LORD✝️’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions😍🥰💘❣️ fail not. They are NEW🆕 every morning: great is Thy faith✝️fulness.
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“It is of the LORD✝️’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions😍🥰💘❣️ fail not. They are NEW🆕 every morning: great is Thy faith✝️fulness.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/lam.3.22-23.kjv
Lessons on faith can come from unexpected places—like the one I learned from my 110-pound, black…
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January 14 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20
Hope’s Sure Foundation
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

READ HEBREWS 11:1–6

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Lessons on faith can come from unexpected places—like the one I learned from my 110-pound, black Labrador retriever, “Bear.” Bear’s large metal water bowl was located in a corner of the kitchen. Whenever it was empty, he wouldn’t bark or paw at it. Instead, he would lie down quietly beside it and wait. Sometimes he would have to wait several minutes, but Bear had learned to trust that I would eventually walk into the room, see him there, and provide what he needed. His simple faith in me reminded me of my need to place more trust in God.
The Bible tells us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The foundation of this confidence and assurance is God Himself, who “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (v. 6). God is faithful to keep His promises to all who believe and come to Him through Jesus.
Sometimes having faith in “what we do not see” isn’t easy. But we can rest in God’s goodness and His loving character, trusting that His wisdom is perfect in all things—even when we have to wait. He is always faithful to do what He says: to save our eternal souls and meet our deepest needs, now and forever.
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
Don’t worry about tomorrow—God is already there.

Almighty Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to always take care of me. Help me to trust You and to rest in Your perfect love today.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
In Hebrews 11:1 we are presented with the powerful relationship between faith and hope (“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for”). This relationship becomes the foundation for all that follows in the Hebrews 11 “hall of faith.” In that light, each event of faith cited is anchored in the hope that the individuals held in God. That hope is what prompted Abel to offer a better sacrifice (v. 4), Enoch to walk with God (v. 5), Noah to build an ark (v. 7), Abraham to migrate to a far country (v. 8), and Isaac and Jacob to pronounce blessings on future generations (vv. 20-21). All of these expressions of faith were made by those anticipating a hope that would be fulfilled by the God in whom they had placed their faith.

For more on hope and faith, see Hope: Choosing Faith Instead of Fear at discoveryseries.org/q0733. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Plight of the Crawdads. Always strive to do what is good for each other👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:15. The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit of a whole community. Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He urged them to “warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,” and “be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Commending their caring community (v. 11), Paul spurred them toward even more LOVE💝🎁ing and peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️ful relationships (vv. 13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, their relationships with GOD✝️ and others would be strengthened (vv. 15, 23). The church✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 can grow and witness for CHRIST✝️ through this kind of LOVE💝🎁ing unity. When believers honor GOD✝️, committing to lift others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 up instead of pulling them down with words or actions, we and our communities thrive. How will you build up others in your community? What care and compassion have you received from believers✝️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 in JESUS✝️? So then faith✝️ cometh by hearing👂🏿, and hearing👂🏿 by the Word✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️. . . “So then faith✝️ cometh by hearing👂🏿, and hearing👂🏿 by the Word✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/rom.10.17.kjv When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 13 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38 Plight of the Crawdads Always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 READ 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11–18 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be excited. I grinned when he handed me a plastic pail. “No lid?” “You won’t need one,” he said, picking up the fishing rods and the small bag of chicken chunks we’d use for bait. Later, as I watched the small crustaceans climbing over one another in a futile attempt to escape the almost-full bucket, I realized why we wouldn’t need a lid. Whenever one crawdad reached the rim, the others would pull it back down. The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit of a whole community. Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He urged them to “warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,” and “be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Commending their caring community (v. 11), Paul spurred them toward even more loving and peaceful relationships (vv. 13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, their relationships with God and others would be strengthened (vv. 15, 23). The church can grow and witness for Christ through this kind of loving unity. When believers honor God, committing to lift others up instead of pulling them down with words or actions, we and our communities thrive. By Xochitl Dixon REFLECT & PRAY How will you build up others in your community? What care and compassion have you received from believers in Jesus? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The book of 1 Thessalonians was written by the apostle Paul to the young church in Thessalonica, a Roman colony. Thessalonica was the largest and most important city in Macedonia and the province’s capital. Because of its fine harbor, central location, and access to many roads, the city enjoyed flourishing trade. First Thessalonians was probably one of Paul’s first letters, written around ad 51 or 52 from Corinth. Only two or three years earlier, Paul, accompanied by Silas, had visited Thessalonica during his second missionary journey and established the church there. According to Acts 17:1-4, Paul taught there for just “three Sabbaths” before opposition forced him to flee the city. But during that short time some Jews as well as many God-fearing Greeks and prominent women “were persuaded” to follow Jesus. Paul penned this letter to encourage the new believers in their faith and to assure them of Christ’s return. Alyson Kieda Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Plight of the Crawdads. Always strive to do what is good for each other👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:15. The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit of a whole community. Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He urged them to “warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,” and “be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Commending their caring community (v. 11), Paul spurred them toward even more LOVE💝🎁ing and peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️ful relationships (vv. 13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, their relationships with GOD✝️ and others would be strengthened (vv. 15, 23). The church✝️💒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 can grow and witness for CHRIST✝️ through this kind of LOVE💝🎁ing unity. When believers honor GOD✝️, committing to lift others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 up instead of pulling them down with words or actions, we and our communities thrive. How will you build up others in your community? What care and compassion have you received from believers✝️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 in JESUS✝️?
So then faith✝️ cometh by hearing👂🏿, and hearing👂🏿 by the Word✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️.
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“So then faith✝️ cometh by hearing👂🏿, and hearing👂🏿 by the Word✝️📖📜 of GOD✝️.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/rom.10.17.kjv
When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 13 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38
Plight of the Crawdads
Always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:15

READ 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11–18

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be excited. I grinned when he handed me a plastic pail. “No lid?”
“You won’t need one,” he said, picking up the fishing rods and the small bag of chicken chunks we’d use for bait.
Later, as I watched the small crustaceans climbing over one another in a futile attempt to escape the almost-full bucket, I realized why we wouldn’t need a lid. Whenever one crawdad reached the rim, the others would pull it back down.
The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit of a whole community. Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He urged them to “warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,” and “be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Commending their caring community (v. 11), Paul spurred them toward even more loving and peaceful relationships (vv. 13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, their relationships with God and others would be strengthened (vv. 15, 23).
The church can grow and witness for Christ through this kind of loving unity. When believers honor God, committing to lift others up instead of pulling them down with words or actions, we and our communities thrive.
By Xochitl Dixon
REFLECT & PRAY
How will you build up others in your community? What care and compassion have you received from believers in Jesus?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The book of 1 Thessalonians was written by the apostle Paul to the young church in Thessalonica, a Roman colony. Thessalonica was the largest and most important city in Macedonia and the province’s capital. Because of its fine harbor, central location, and access to many roads, the city enjoyed flourishing trade. First Thessalonians was probably one of Paul’s first letters, written around ad 51 or 52 from Corinth. Only two or three years earlier, Paul, accompanied by Silas, had visited Thessalonica during his second missionary journey and established the church there. According to Acts 17:1-4, Paul taught there for just “three Sabbaths” before opposition forced him to flee the city. But during that short time some Jews as well as many God-fearing Greeks and prominent women “were persuaded” to follow Jesus. Paul penned this letter to encourage the new believers in their faith and to assure them of Christ’s return. Alyson Kieda

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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Manage Your Subscription.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Whatever you did for one of the least of these👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 . . . you did for Me”. Matthew 25:40. JESUS✝️ Is Right Behind You. We serve CHRIST✝️ when we serve people. Matthew’s gospel presents JESUS✝️’s surprising vision of the kingdom of GOD✝️. From His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) to His teaching on the sheep🐑 and the goats🐐 (25:31-33), JESUS✝️ turned the reLIE🤥gious thinking of His day upside down and inside out. Instead of condemning sinners and praising those known for defending the law⚖️🏛 of Moses, He left the impression that judgment🔨 day would bring some of the biggest SURPRISES of ALL (25:45-46). Then, in a stunning turn of events beginning with chapter 26, the unthinkable happens: JESUS✝️ allows Himself to be judged, condemned, and crucified✝️. By His resurrection He shows that what He’s been saying ALL along is true. The kingdom of GOD✝️ is found in a different kind of KING🤴🏿👑🦁. His citizens are a different kind of people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, whose JOY😂😹 and goodness are found in hearts💞💕💗💓 changed by His SPIRIT✝️ and LOVE💝🎁. LORD✝️, help⛑🆘 me not to overthink🤔🧐🙇🏿‍♂️💭🧠💡 serving others. Sometimes the small, simple things mean more than I’ll ever know. And help me to remember that whatever I do for others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, I’m doing for You. I wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰ for the LORD✝️, my soul doth wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰, and in His Word✝️📖📜 do I hope. . . “I wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰ for the LORD✝️, my soul doth wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰, and in His Word✝️📖📜 do I hope.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/1/psa.130.5.kjv My daughter was ready for school a little earlier than usual, so she asked if we could stop by the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 12 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17 Jesus Is Right Behind You Whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . you did for me. Matthew 25:40 READ MATTHEW 25:37–40 audio playLISTEN ONLINE My daughter was ready for school a little earlier than usual, so she asked if we could stop by the coffee shop on our way. I agreed. As we approached the drive-thru lane, I said, “Do you feel like spreading some joy this morning?” She said, “Sure.” We placed our order, then pulled up to the window where the barista told us what we owed. I said, “We’d like to pay for the young woman’s order behind us too.” My daughter had a huge smile on her face. In the grand scheme of things, a cup of coffee may not seem like a big deal. Or is it? I wonder, could this be one way we carry out Jesus’s desire for us to care for those He called “the least of these”? (Matthew 25:40). Here’s a thought: How about simply considering the person behind us or next in line a worthy candidate? And then do “whatever”—maybe it’s a cup of coffee, maybe it’s something more, maybe something less. But when Jesus said “whatever you did” (v. 40) that gives us a great deal of freedom in serving Him while serving others. As we drove away we caught the faces of the young woman behind us and the barista as she handed over the coffee. They were both grinning from ear to ear. By John Blase REFLECT & PRAY We serve Christ when we serve people. Lord, help me not to overthink serving others. Sometimes the small, simple things mean more than I’ll ever know. And help me to remember that whatever I do for others, I’m doing for You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus’s surprising vision of the kingdom of God. From His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) to His teaching on the sheep and the goats (25:31-33), Jesus turned the religious thinking of His day upside down and inside out. Instead of condemning sinners and praising those known for defending the law of Moses, He left the impression that judgment day would bring some of the biggest surprises of all (25:45-46). Then, in a stunning turn of events beginning with chapter 26, the unthinkable happens: Jesus allows Himself to be judged, condemned, and crucified. By His resurrection He shows that what He’s been saying all along is true. The kingdom of God is found in a different kind of King. His citizens are a different kind of people, whose joy and goodness are found in hearts changed by His Spirit and love. Mart DeHaan Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . you did for Me”. Matthew 25:40. JESUS✝️ Is Right Behind You. We serve CHRIST✝️ when we serve people. Matthew’s gospel presents JESUS✝️’s surprising vision of the kingdom of GOD✝️. From His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) to His teaching on the sheep🐑 and the goats🐐 (25:31-33), JESUS✝️ turned the reLIE🤥gious thinking of His day upside down and inside out. Instead of condemning sinners and praising those known for defending the law⚖️🏛 of Moses, He left the impression that judgment🔨 day would bring some of the biggest SURPRISES of ALL (25:45-46). Then, in a stunning turn of events beginning with chapter 26, the unthinkable happens: JESUS✝️ allows Himself to be judged, condemned, and crucified✝️. By His resurrection He shows that what He’s been saying ALL along is true. The kingdom of GOD✝️ is found in a different kind of KING🤴🏿👑🦁. His citizens are a different kind of people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, whose JOY😂😹 and goodness are found in hearts💞💕💗💓 changed by His SPIRIT✝️ and LOVE💝🎁. LORD✝️, help⛑🆘 me not to overthink🤔🧐🙇🏿‍♂️💭🧠💡 serving others. Sometimes the small, simple things mean more than I’ll ever know. And help me to remember that whatever I do for others👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, I’m doing for You.
I wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰ for the LORD✝️, my soul doth wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰, and in His Word✝️📖📜 do I hope.
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“I wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰ for the LORD✝️, my soul doth wait⏳⌛️⌚️⏰, and in His Word✝️📖📜 do I hope.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/psa.130.5.kjv
My daughter was ready for school a little earlier than usual, so she asked if we could stop by the…
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January 12 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17
Jesus Is Right Behind You
Whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . you did for me.
Matthew 25:40

READ MATTHEW 25:37–40

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
My daughter was ready for school a little earlier than usual, so she asked if we could stop by the coffee shop on our way. I agreed. As we approached the drive-thru lane, I said, “Do you feel like spreading some joy this morning?” She said, “Sure.”
We placed our order, then pulled up to the window where the barista told us what we owed. I said, “We’d like to pay for the young woman’s order behind us too.” My daughter had a huge smile on her face.
In the grand scheme of things, a cup of coffee may not seem like a big deal. Or is it? I wonder, could this be one way we carry out Jesus’s desire for us to care for those He called “the least of these”? (Matthew 25:40). Here’s a thought: How about simply considering the person behind us or next in line a worthy candidate? And then do “whatever”—maybe it’s a cup of coffee, maybe it’s something more, maybe something less. But when Jesus said “whatever you did” (v. 40) that gives us a great deal of freedom in serving Him while serving others.
As we drove away we caught the faces of the young woman behind us and the barista as she handed over the coffee. They were both grinning from ear to ear.
By John Blase
REFLECT & PRAY
We serve Christ when we serve people.

Lord, help me not to overthink serving others. Sometimes the small, simple things mean more than I’ll ever know. And help me to remember that whatever I do for others, I’m doing for You.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus’s surprising vision of the kingdom of God. From His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) to His teaching on the sheep and the goats (25:31-33), Jesus turned the religious thinking of His day upside down and inside out. Instead of condemning sinners and praising those known for defending the law of Moses, He left the impression that judgment day would bring some of the biggest surprises of all (25:45-46). Then, in a stunning turn of events beginning with chapter 26, the unthinkable happens: Jesus allows Himself to be judged, condemned, and crucified.

By His resurrection He shows that what He’s been saying all along is true. The kingdom of God is found in a different kind of King. His citizens are a different kind of people, whose joy and goodness are found in hearts changed by His Spirit and love. Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Wide>Long>High>Deep>LOVE💝🎁. Infinite Dimensions. I pray🙏🏿 that you . . . [will] grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the LOVE💝🎁 of CHRIST✝️. Ephesians 3:17-18. Four dimensions illustrating GOD✝️’s presence surrounding and holding me in the MRI tube—and in EVERY circumstance of life. GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is ALL around us. WIDE: He extends His arms to reach ALL people everywhere. LONG: His LOVE💝🎁 never ends. HIGH: He lifts us up. DEEP: He dips down, holding us in ALL situations. Nothing can separate us from Him! (Romans 8:38-39). Dear GOD✝️, help⛑🆘🏥 us pause to ponder 🤔🧐💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡Your multidimensional LOVE💝🎁 for us! What situations cause you to question GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁? How will you choose to trust Him? “Blessed is the man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that trusteth in the LORD✝️, and whose HOPE the LORD✝️ is.” . . “Blessed is the man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that trusteth in the LORD✝️, and whose HOPE the LORD✝️ is.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/jer.17.7.kjv I lay still on the vinyl-covered mat and held my breath on command as the machine whirred and… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 11 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34 Infinite Dimensions I pray that you . . . [will] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:17-18 READ EPHESIANS 3:16–21 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I lay still on the vinyl-covered mat and held my breath on command as the machine whirred and clicked. I knew lots of folks had endured MRIs, but for claustrophobic me, the experience required focused concentration on something—Someone—much bigger than myself. In my mind, a phrase from Scripture—“how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18)—moved in rhythm with the machine’s hum. In Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church, he described four dimensions to God’s love in order to stress the unending parameters of His love and presence. My position while lying down for the MRI provided a new image for my understanding. Wide: the six inches on either side of where my arms were tightly pinned to my body within the tube. Long: the distance between the cylinder’s two openings, extending out from my head and feet. High: the six inches from my nose up to the “ceiling” of the tube. Deep: the support of the tube anchored to the floor beneath me, holding me up. Four dimensions illustrating God’s presence surrounding and holding me in the MRI tube—and in every circumstance of life. God’s love is ALL around us. Wide: He extends His arms to reach all people everywhere. Long: His love never ends. High: He lifts us up. Deep: He dips down, holding us in all situations. Nothing can separate us from Him! (Romans 8:38-39). By Elisa Morgan REFLECT & PRAY Dear God, help us pause to ponder Your multidimensional love for us! What situations cause you to question God’s love? How will you choose to trust Him? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Ephesians 3:16-21 is actually a prayer that flows out of the context of Ephesians 2, where Paul outlines what God has done for us. Though we were dead in our sins, God gave us new life (2:1-10) and brought Jews and Gentiles together to form His church (2:11-22). In Ephesians 3 Paul builds on that by saying, “For this reason . . .” (3:1). But then he interrupts himself to explain his own unique role in sharing the “mystery” of the church with them (vv. 2-6). All of this sets the stage for verses 16-21, as he returns to the phrase of 3:1, “For this reason . . .” (v. 14). Throughout Ephesians we see the theme of God’s lavish and unmerited grace and “glorious riches” (v. 16) extended to His people. Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Wide>Long>High>Deep>LOVE💝🎁. Infinite Dimensions. I pray🙏🏿 that you . . . [will] grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the LOVE💝🎁 of CHRIST✝️. Ephesians 3:17-18.
Four dimensions illustrating GOD✝️’s presence surrounding and holding me in the MRI tube—and in EVERY circumstance of life.
GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁 is ALL around us. WIDE: He extends His arms to reach ALL people everywhere. LONG: His LOVE💝🎁 never ends. HIGH: He lifts us up. DEEP: He dips down, holding us in ALL situations. Nothing can separate us from Him! (Romans 8:38-39). Dear GOD✝️, help⛑🆘🏥 us pause to ponder 🤔🧐💭🧠🙇🏿‍♂️💡Your multidimensional LOVE💝🎁 for us! What situations cause you to question GOD✝️’s LOVE💝🎁? How will you choose to trust Him?
“Blessed is the man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that trusteth in the LORD✝️, and whose HOPE the LORD✝️ is.”
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“Blessed is the man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that trusteth in the LORD✝️, and whose HOPE the LORD✝️ is.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jer.17.7.kjv
I lay still on the vinyl-covered mat and held my breath on command as the machine whirred and…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 11 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34
Infinite Dimensions
I pray that you . . . [will] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Ephesians 3:17-18

READ EPHESIANS 3:16–21

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I lay still on the vinyl-covered mat and held my breath on command as the machine whirred and clicked. I knew lots of folks had endured MRIs, but for claustrophobic me, the experience required focused concentration on something—Someone—much bigger than myself.
In my mind, a phrase from Scripture—“how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18)—moved in rhythm with the machine’s hum. In Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church, he described four dimensions to God’s love in order to stress the unending parameters of His love and presence.
My position while lying down for the MRI provided a new image for my understanding. Wide: the six inches on either side of where my arms were tightly pinned to my body within the tube. Long: the distance between the cylinder’s two openings, extending out from my head and feet. High: the six inches from my nose up to the “ceiling” of the tube. Deep: the support of the tube anchored to the floor beneath me, holding me up. Four dimensions illustrating God’s presence surrounding and holding me in the MRI tube—and in every circumstance of life.
God’s love is ALL around us. Wide: He extends His arms to reach all people everywhere. Long: His love never ends. High: He lifts us up. Deep: He dips down, holding us in all situations. Nothing can separate us from Him! (Romans 8:38-39).
By Elisa Morgan
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, help us pause to ponder Your multidimensional love for us!

What situations cause you to question God’s love? How will you choose to trust Him?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Ephesians 3:16-21 is actually a prayer that flows out of the context of Ephesians 2, where Paul outlines what God has done for us. Though we were dead in our sins, God gave us new life (2:1-10) and brought Jews and Gentiles together to form His church (2:11-22). In Ephesians 3 Paul builds on that by saying, “For this reason . . .” (3:1). But then he interrupts himself to explain his own unique role in sharing the “mystery” of the church with them (vv. 2-6). All of this sets the stage for verses 16-21, as he returns to the phrase of 3:1, “For this reason . . .” (v. 14). Throughout Ephesians we see the theme of God’s lavish and unmerited grace and “glorious riches” (v. 16) extended to His people. Tim Gustafson

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Our Welcoming GOD✝️. We’re tempted to push others away, but GOD✝️’s arms👐🏿🤗🤲🏿🙌🏿 are open wide. GOD✝️ does not show favoritism. Acts 10:34. …. Racism – Integration … black students who were thrust into a white world. “I was taken out of my safe community, with teachers who were part of our life,” Elva recalls, “and placed in a scary environment in a class with only one other black student.” Elva suffered because she was different, but she became a woman of courage, faith, and forgiveness. Her witness is profound because of how much evil she endured at the hands of some members of a society that denied the truth that every human being, regardless of race or heritage, is LOVE💝🎁d by GOD✝️. Some members of the early church struggled with this same truth, believing that certain people were, by birth, LOVE💝🎁d by GOD✝️ while others were rejected. After receiving a divine vision, however, Peter stunned everyone who would listen with this astounding revelation: “I now realize how true it is that GOD✝️ does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35). GOD✝️ opens His arms wide to extend LOVE💝🎁 to everyone. May we do the same in His power. Consider your neighborhood, your family, and your social sphere. Where do you find a temptation to exclude others? Why? If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask🙋🏿‍♀️❓🙏🏿 of GOD✝️, that giveth💝🎁 to ALL men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given💝🎁 him. . . “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask🙋🏿‍♀️❓🙏🏿 of GOD✝️, that giveth💝🎁 to ALL men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given💝🎁 him.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/jas.1.5.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 10 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17 Our Welcoming God God does not show favoritism. Acts 10:34 READ ACTS 10:34–38 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Our church meets in an old elementary school, one that closed in 1958 rather than obey a US court order to integrate (the act of having African-American students attend schools previously attended by only Caucasian students). The following year, the school reopened and Elva, now a member of our church, was one of those black students who were thrust into a white world. “I was taken out of my safe community, with teachers who were part of our life,” Elva recalls, “and placed in a scary environment in a class with only one other black student.” Elva suffered because she was different, but she became a woman of courage, faith, and forgiveness. Her witness is profound because of how much evil she endured at the hands of some members of a society that denied the truth that every human being, regardless of race or heritage, is loved by God. Some members of the early church struggled with this same truth, believing that certain people were, by birth, loved by God while others were rejected. After receiving a divine vision, however, Peter stunned everyone who would listen with this astounding revelation: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35). God opens His arms wide to extend love to everyone. May we do the same in His power. By Winn Collier REFLECT & PRAY We’re tempted to push others away, but God’s arms are open wide. Consider your neighborhood, your family, and your social sphere. Where do you find a temptation to exclude others? Why? Welcome to Winn Collier! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The words “show favoritism” in Acts 10:34 are translated from the Greek prosopoleptes, a word which means to receive or show regard for someone because of rank, status, beauty, or popularity. This word is a combination of prosopon, which means “face” or “person”; and lambano, “to lay hold of.” Partiality (showing favoritism) does not characterize God, as we see in these verses: “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism” (Galatians 2:6); “Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him” (Ephesians 6:9). Neither should favoritism characterize the followers of Jesus, as James 2:1 reminds us: “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.” Arthur Jackson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Our Welcoming GOD✝️. We’re tempted to push others away, but GOD✝️’s arms👐🏿🤗🤲🏿🙌🏿 are open wide. GOD✝️ does not show favoritism. Acts 10:34. …. Racism – Integration … black students who were thrust into a white world. “I was taken out of my safe community, with teachers who were part of our life,” Elva recalls, “and placed in a scary environment in a class with only one other black student.” Elva suffered because she was different, but she became a woman of courage, faith, and forgiveness. Her witness is profound because of how much evil she endured at the hands of some members of a society that denied the truth that every human being, regardless of race or heritage, is LOVE💝🎁d by GOD✝️. Some members of the early church struggled with this same truth, believing that certain people were, by birth, LOVE💝🎁d by GOD✝️ while others were rejected. After receiving a divine vision, however, Peter stunned everyone who would listen with this astounding revelation: “I now realize how true it is that GOD✝️ does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35). GOD✝️ opens His arms wide to extend LOVE💝🎁 to everyone. May we do the same in His power. Consider your neighborhood, your family, and your social sphere. Where do you find a temptation to exclude others? Why?
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask🙋🏿‍♀️❓🙏🏿 of GOD✝️, that giveth💝🎁 to ALL men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given💝🎁 him.
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“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask🙋🏿‍♀️❓🙏🏿 of GOD✝️, that giveth💝🎁 to ALL men👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given💝🎁 him.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jas.1.5.kjv
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 10 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17
Our Welcoming God
God does not show favoritism.
Acts 10:34

READ ACTS 10:34–38

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Our church meets in an old elementary school, one that closed in 1958 rather than obey a US court order to integrate (the act of having African-American students attend schools previously attended by only Caucasian students). The following year, the school reopened and Elva, now a member of our church, was one of those black students who were thrust into a white world. “I was taken out of my safe community, with teachers who were part of our life,” Elva recalls, “and placed in a scary environment in a class with only one other black student.” Elva suffered because she was different, but she became a woman of courage, faith, and forgiveness.
Her witness is profound because of how much evil she endured at the hands of some members of a society that denied the truth that every human being, regardless of race or heritage, is loved by God. Some members of the early church struggled with this same truth, believing that certain people were, by birth, loved by God while others were rejected. After receiving a divine vision, however, Peter stunned everyone who would listen with this astounding revelation: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35).
God opens His arms wide to extend love to everyone. May we do the same in His power.
By Winn Collier
REFLECT & PRAY
We’re tempted to push others away, but God’s arms are open wide.

Consider your neighborhood, your family, and your social sphere. Where do you find a temptation to exclude others? Why?

Welcome to Winn Collier! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
The words “show favoritism” in Acts 10:34 are translated from the Greek prosopoleptes, a word which means to receive or show regard for someone because of rank, status, beauty, or popularity. This word is a combination of prosopon, which means “face” or “person”; and lambano, “to lay hold of.” Partiality (showing favoritism) does not characterize God, as we see in these verses: “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism” (Galatians 2:6); “Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him” (Ephesians 6:9). Neither should favoritism characterize the followers of Jesus, as James 2:1 reminds us: “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.” Arthur Jackson

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Manage Your Subscription.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – What Kind of Savior Is He? I trust in you, LORD✝️; I say, “You are my GOD✝️.” Psalm 31:14. From this time⌚️⏰⌛️ many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. John 6:66. … others quit following Him because His teaching was hard to understand (John 6:66). JESUS✝️ still doesn’t always meet our expectations of Him. Yet He is so much more than we can imagine. He’s the provider of eternal life (vv. 47-48). He is good and wise; and He LOVE💝🎁s, forgives, stays close, and brings us comfort. May we find rest in JESUS✝️ as He is and keep following Him. Thank You, JESUS✝️, that You are the kind of Savior we need. Wrap us in Your LOVE💝🎁 and bring us confident rest 🛌😴💤😌😪in You. And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask 🙏🏿🙋🏿‍♀️❓any thing according to His will, He heareth👂🏿us: . . “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask 🙏🏿🙋🏿‍♀️❓any thing according to His will, He heareth👂🏿us:” 1 John 5:14 KJV http://bible.com/1/1jn.5.14.kjv Last year, friends and I prayed for healing for three women battling cancer. We knew God had the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 9 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7 What Kind of Savior Is He? From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. John 6:66 READ JOHN 6:47–51, 60–66 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Last year, friends and I prayed for healing for three women battling cancer. We knew God had the power to do this, and we asked Him to do so every day. We’d seen Him work in the past and believed He could do it again. There were days in each one’s battle where healing looked like it was a reality, and we rejoiced. But they all died that fall. Some said that was “the ultimate healing,” and in a way it was. Still the loss hurt us deeply. We wanted Him to heal them all—here and now—but for reasons we couldn’t understand, no miracle came. Some people followed Jesus for the miracles He performed and to get their needs met (John 6:2, 26). Some simply saw Him as the carpenter’s son (Matthew 13:55-58), and others expected Him to be their political leader (Luke 19:37-38). Some thought of Him as a great teacher (Matthew 7:28-29), while others quit following Him because His teaching was hard to understand (John 6:66). Jesus still doesn’t always meet our expectations of Him. Yet He is so much more than we can imagine. He’s the provider of eternal life (vv. 47-48). He is good and wise; and He loves, forgives, stays close, and brings us comfort. May we find rest in Jesus as He is and keep following Him. By Anne Cetas REFLECT & PRAY I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 Thank You, Jesus, that You are the kind of Savior we need. Wrap us in Your love and bring us confident rest in You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT John 6 forms a critical turning point in Jesus’s public ministry. Following the feeding of the five thousand and walking on water, Jesus presents His “bread of life” message. While opposition from the religious community had been rising, Jesus’s followers responded to this message with a massive defection. They defected because of three factors. First, they demanded a sign from Him (vv. 30-31) after He had just given them a sign in the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish. Then they misunderstood Jesus’s origin (vv. 41-42), and finally they misunderstood the important realities of His message (v. 52). Because they didn’t understand who He was, they would never be able to embrace what He did or taught. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – What Kind of Savior Is He? I trust in you, LORD✝️; I say, “You are my GOD✝️.” Psalm 31:14. From this time⌚️⏰⌛️ many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. John 6:66. … others quit following Him because His teaching was hard to understand (John 6:66). JESUS✝️ still doesn’t always meet our expectations of Him. Yet He is so much more than we can imagine. He’s the provider of eternal life (vv. 47-48). He is good and wise; and He LOVE💝🎁s, forgives, stays close, and brings us comfort. May we find rest in JESUS✝️ as He is and keep following Him. Thank You, JESUS✝️, that You are the kind of Savior we need. Wrap us in Your LOVE💝🎁 and bring us confident rest 🛌😴💤😌😪in You.
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask 🙏🏿🙋🏿‍♀️❓any thing according to His will, He heareth👂🏿us:
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“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask 🙏🏿🙋🏿‍♀️❓any thing according to His will, He heareth👂🏿us:”
1 John 5:14 KJV
http://bible.com/1/1jn.5.14.kjv
Last year, friends and I prayed for healing for three women battling cancer. We knew God had the…
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January 9 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7
What Kind of Savior Is He?
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
John 6:66

READ JOHN 6:47–51, 60–66

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Last year, friends and I prayed for healing for three women battling cancer. We knew God had the power to do this, and we asked Him to do so every day. We’d seen Him work in the past and believed He could do it again. There were days in each one’s battle where healing looked like it was a reality, and we rejoiced. But they all died that fall. Some said that was “the ultimate healing,” and in a way it was. Still the loss hurt us deeply. We wanted Him to heal them all—here and now—but for reasons we couldn’t understand, no miracle came.
Some people followed Jesus for the miracles He performed and to get their needs met (John 6:2, 26). Some simply saw Him as the carpenter’s son (Matthew 13:55-58), and others expected Him to be their political leader (Luke 19:37-38). Some thought of Him as a great teacher (Matthew 7:28-29), while others quit following Him because His teaching was hard to understand (John 6:66).
Jesus still doesn’t always meet our expectations of Him. Yet He is so much more than we can imagine. He’s the provider of eternal life (vv. 47-48). He is good and wise; and He loves, forgives, stays close, and brings us comfort. May we find rest in Jesus as He is and keep following Him.
By Anne Cetas
REFLECT & PRAY
I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14

Thank You, Jesus, that You are the kind of Savior we need. Wrap us in Your love and bring us confident rest in You.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
John 6 forms a critical turning point in Jesus’s public ministry. Following the feeding of the five thousand and walking on water, Jesus presents His “bread of life” message. While opposition from the religious community had been rising, Jesus’s followers responded to this message with a massive defection. They defected because of three factors. First, they demanded a sign from Him (vv. 30-31) after He had just given them a sign in the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish. Then they misunderstood Jesus’s origin (vv. 41-42), and finally they misunderstood the important realities of His message (v. 52). Because they didn’t understand who He was, they would never be able to embrace what He did or taught. Bill Crowder

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Can any one👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of you by worrying☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ add a single1️⃣🕐 hour⌚️⏳⏰ to your life?” Matthew 6:27. An Alternative to Worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️. What worries☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ do you need to give to GOD✝️ today? Perhaps this can help us rethink our tendency to worry, because it suggests that it doesn’t help the situation we’re concerned about. When problems are on the horizon for us, maybe we can try the following two-step approach: Take action and trust in GOD✝️. If we can do something to avoid the problem, let’s try that route. We can pray for GOD✝️ to guide us to an action we should take. But if there’s nothing we can do, we can take comfort in knowing that GOD✝️ never finds Himself in such a predicament. He can always act on our behalf. We can always turn our situation over to Him in trust and confidence. When it feels like time⌚️⏳🕐⏰ to worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️, may we turn to the inspired words of King David, who faced his own share of difficulties and worries, but concluded: “Cast⚓️ your cares⚠️🚑🏥 on the LORD✝️ and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). What a great alternative to worry! ☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ Matthew 6:19-34 emphasizes that true discipleship requires a lifestyle in which ALL we do is unified by our LOVE💝🎁 for GOD✝️. In verse 22, for example, JESUS✝️ suggests that, just as an eye 👁👁👀defect distorts our whole vision, so our entire being becomes corrupted when our priorities are distorted. It’s impossible, He emphasizes, to be devoted to more than one 1️⃣ “master” (v. 24). This, JESUS✝️ suggests, is why worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ can be so dangerous. It’s only natural to feel anxiety😟😰, but when worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ is what drives us, devotion to our own peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️ of mind🧠🤯 may have replaced a single-minded devotion to GOD✝️ and the just ways of His KING🤴🏿👑🦁dom. FATHER✝️, You know what faces me today. I am turning my cares over to You. Please strengthen💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🤜🏿⚡️🦁🥊 me and help me to trust You with the struggles I face. Seek👀👁👁🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎 ye the LORD✝️ while He may be found, call🤙🏿📞☎️📟📲 ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked👿🤬🤯 forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts🧠🤯: and let him return unto the LORD✝️, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our GOD✝️, for He will abundantly pardon. . . “Seek👀👁👁🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎 ye the LORD✝️ while He may be found, call🤙🏿📞☎️📟📲 ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked👿🤬🤯 forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts🧠🤯: and let him return unto the LORD✝️, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our GOD✝️, for He will abundantly pardon.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/isa.55.6-7.kjv A law-abiding, honest man received a voicemail that said, “This is officer _______ from the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 8 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34 An Alternative to Worry Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27 READ MATTHEW 6:25–34 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A law-abiding, honest man received a voicemail that said, “This is officer _______ from the police department. Please call me at this number.” Immediately the man began to worry—afraid that somehow he had done something wrong. He was afraid to return the call, and he even spent sleepless nights running through possible scenarios—worried that he was in some kind of trouble. The officer never called back, but it took weeks for the worry to go away. Jesus asked an interesting question about worry: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). Perhaps this can help us rethink our tendency to worry, because it suggests that it doesn’t help the situation we’re concerned about. When problems are on the horizon for us, maybe we can try the following two-step approach: Take action and trust in God. If we can do something to avoid the problem, let’s try that route. We can pray for God to guide us to an action we should take. But if there’s nothing we can do, we can take comfort in knowing that God never finds Himself in such a predicament. He can always act on our behalf. We can always turn our situation over to Him in trust and confidence. When it feels like time to worry, may we turn to the inspired words of King David, who faced his own share of difficulties and worries, but concluded: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). What a great alternative to worry! By Dave Branon REFLECT & PRAY Father, You know what faces me today. I am turning my cares over to You. Please strengthen me and help me to trust You with the struggles I face. What worries do you need to give to God today? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Matthew 6:19-34 emphasizes that true discipleship requires a lifestyle in which all we do is unified by our love for God. In verse 22, for example, Jesus suggests that, just as an eye defect distorts our whole vision, so our entire being becomes corrupted when our priorities are distorted. It’s impossible, He emphasizes, to be devoted to more than one “master” (v. 24). This, Jesus suggests, is why worry can be so dangerous. It’s only natural to feel anxiety, but when worry is what drives us, devotion to our own peace of mind may have replaced a single-minded devotion to God and the just ways of His kingdom. Monica Brands Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Can any one👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 of you by worrying☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ add a single1️⃣🕐 hour⌚️⏳⏰ to your life?” Matthew 6:27. An Alternative to Worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️. What worries☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ do you need to give to GOD✝️ today? Perhaps this can help us rethink our tendency to worry, because it suggests that it doesn’t help the situation we’re concerned about. When problems are on the horizon for us, maybe we can try the following two-step approach: Take action and trust in GOD✝️. If we can do something to avoid the problem, let’s try that route. We can pray for GOD✝️ to guide us to an action we should take. But if there’s nothing we can do, we can take comfort in knowing that GOD✝️ never finds Himself in such a predicament. He can always act on our behalf. We can always turn our situation over to Him in trust and confidence. When it feels like time⌚️⏳🕐⏰ to worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️, may we turn to the inspired words of King David, who faced his own share of difficulties and worries, but concluded: “Cast⚓️ your cares⚠️🚑🏥 on the LORD✝️ and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). What a great alternative to worry! ☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ Matthew 6:19-34 emphasizes that true discipleship requires a lifestyle in which ALL we do is unified by our LOVE💝🎁 for GOD✝️. In verse 22, for example, JESUS✝️ suggests that, just as an eye 👁👁👀defect distorts our whole vision, so our entire being becomes corrupted when our priorities are distorted. It’s impossible, He emphasizes, to be devoted to more than one 1️⃣ “master” (v. 24). This, JESUS✝️ suggests, is why worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ can be so dangerous. It’s only natural to feel anxiety😟😰, but when worry☹️🙀😰😢😩😓🤦🏿‍♂️ is what drives us, devotion to our own peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️ of mind🧠🤯 may have replaced a single-minded devotion to GOD✝️ and the just ways of His KING🤴🏿👑🦁dom. FATHER✝️, You know what faces me today. I am turning my cares over to You. Please strengthen💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🤜🏿⚡️🦁🥊 me and help me to trust You with the struggles I face.
Seek👀👁👁🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎 ye the LORD✝️ while He may be found, call🤙🏿📞☎️📟📲 ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked👿🤬🤯 forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts🧠🤯: and let him return unto the LORD✝️, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our GOD✝️, for He will abundantly pardon.
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“Seek👀👁👁🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎 ye the LORD✝️ while He may be found, call🤙🏿📞☎️📟📲 ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked👿🤬🤯 forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts🧠🤯: and let him return unto the LORD✝️, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our GOD✝️, for He will abundantly pardon.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/isa.55.6-7.kjv
A law-abiding, honest man received a voicemail that said, “This is officer _______ from the…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 8 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34
An Alternative to Worry
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:27

READ MATTHEW 6:25–34

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
A law-abiding, honest man received a voicemail that said, “This is officer _______ from the police department. Please call me at this number.” Immediately the man began to worry—afraid that somehow he had done something wrong. He was afraid to return the call, and he even spent sleepless nights running through possible scenarios—worried that he was in some kind of trouble. The officer never called back, but it took weeks for the worry to go away.
Jesus asked an interesting question about worry: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). Perhaps this can help us rethink our tendency to worry, because it suggests that it doesn’t help the situation we’re concerned about.
When problems are on the horizon for us, maybe we can try the following two-step approach: Take action and trust in God. If we can do something to avoid the problem, let’s try that route. We can pray for God to guide us to an action we should take. But if there’s nothing we can do, we can take comfort in knowing that God never finds Himself in such a predicament. He can always act on our behalf. We can always turn our situation over to Him in trust and confidence.
When it feels like time to worry, may we turn to the inspired words of King David, who faced his own share of difficulties and worries, but concluded: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). What a great alternative to worry!
By Dave Branon
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, You know what faces me today. I am turning my cares over to You. Please strengthen me and help me to trust You with the struggles I face.

What worries do you need to give to God today?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Matthew 6:19-34 emphasizes that true discipleship requires a lifestyle in which all we do is unified by our love for God. In verse 22, for example, Jesus suggests that, just as an eye defect distorts our whole vision, so our entire being becomes corrupted when our priorities are distorted. It’s impossible, He emphasizes, to be devoted to more than one “master” (v. 24).

This, Jesus suggests, is why worry can be so dangerous. It’s only natural to feel anxiety, but when worry is what drives us, devotion to our own peace of mind may have replaced a single-minded devotion to God and the just ways of His kingdom. Monica Brands

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Manage Your Subscription.

About Us

Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Blessed are they which do hunger😋 and thirst🚰💧💦🥤🍶🥛 after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” An Ordinary Man. GOD✝️’s priority is your heart💓💘💝. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD✝️ looks at the heart💓💘💝. 1 Samuel 16:7. How comforting to know that the LORD✝️ knows our heart💓💘💝 and has His plans for us. Dear LORD✝️, thank You that You care more about my heart’s💓💘💝 attitude toward You than my outward beauty, possessions, or achievements. . . JESUS✝️ “Blessed are they which do hunger😋 and thirst🚰💧💦🥤🍶🥛 after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/mat.5.6.kjv William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family near Northampton, England. His future… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 7 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18 An Ordinary Man People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 READ 1 SAMUEL 16:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family near Northampton, England. His future didn’t look too bright. But God had plans for him. Against all odds, he moved to India, where he brought incredible social reforms and translated the Bible into several Indian languages. He loved God and people, and accomplished many things for God. David, son of Jesse, was an ordinary young man, the youngest in his family. He was seemingly an insignificant shepherd on the hills of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:11-12). Yet God saw David’s heart and had a plan for him. King Saul had been rejected by God for disobedience. While the prophet Samuel mourned Saul’s choices, God called Samuel to anoint a different king, one of Jesse’s sons. When Samuel saw the handsome, tall Eliab, he naturally thought, “surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord” (v. 6). However, God’s strategy to select a king was much different than Samuel’s. In fact, God said no to each of Jesse’s sons, except the youngest one. Selecting David as king was definitely not a strategic move from God’s part, or so it seemed at first glance. What would a young shepherd have to offer his community, let alone his country? How comforting to know that the Lord knows our hearts and has His plans for us. By Estera Pirosca Escobar REFLECT & PRAY God’s priority is your heart. Dear Lord, thank You that You care more about my heart’s attitude toward You than my outward beauty, possessions, or achievements. Welcome to Estera Pirosca Escobar! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Samuel, whose name means “heard by God,” was Israel’s last judge as well as a priest and prophet. Samuel was born during the time of the judges at a turning point in Israel’s history. The son of Hannah and Elkanah, Samuel was dedicated to the Lord by his mother. As a little boy, Samuel went to live in the “house of the Lord at Shiloh,” the tabernacle (see 1 Samuel 1:24-28). There he was trained under the guidance of the priest Eli, and there he received a special calling from God (3:1-21). Samuel anointed the first king, Saul (chs. 9-10); and in today’s passage we see him preparing to anoint David, Saul’s replacement (16:1-13). Alyson Kieda Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️ “Blessed are they which do hunger😋 and thirst🚰💧💦🥤🍶🥛 after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
An Ordinary Man. GOD✝️’s priority is your heart💓💘💝. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD✝️ looks at the heart💓💘💝. 1 Samuel 16:7. How comforting to know that the LORD✝️ knows our heart💓💘💝 and has His plans for us. Dear LORD✝️, thank You that You care more about my heart’s💓💘💝 attitude toward You than my outward beauty, possessions, or achievements.
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.
JESUS✝️ “Blessed are they which do hunger😋 and thirst🚰💧💦🥤🍶🥛 after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/mat.5.6.kjv
William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family near Northampton, England. His future…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

January 7 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18
An Ordinary Man
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

READ 1 SAMUEL 16:1–7

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family near Northampton, England. His future didn’t look too bright. But God had plans for him. Against all odds, he moved to India, where he brought incredible social reforms and translated the Bible into several Indian languages. He loved God and people, and accomplished many things for God.
David, son of Jesse, was an ordinary young man, the youngest in his family. He was seemingly an insignificant shepherd on the hills of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:11-12). Yet God saw David’s heart and had a plan for him. King Saul had been rejected by God for disobedience. While the prophet Samuel mourned Saul’s choices, God called Samuel to anoint a different king, one of Jesse’s sons.
When Samuel saw the handsome, tall Eliab, he naturally thought, “surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord” (v. 6). However, God’s strategy to select a king was much different than Samuel’s. In fact, God said no to each of Jesse’s sons, except the youngest one. Selecting David as king was definitely not a strategic move from God’s part, or so it seemed at first glance. What would a young shepherd have to offer his community, let alone his country?
How comforting to know that the Lord knows our hearts and has His plans for us.
By Estera Pirosca Escobar
REFLECT & PRAY
God’s priority is your heart.

Dear Lord, thank You that You care more about my heart’s attitude toward You than my outward beauty, possessions, or achievements.

Welcome to Estera Pirosca Escobar! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

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Samuel, whose name means “heard by God,” was Israel’s last judge as well as a priest and prophet. Samuel was born during the time of the judges at a turning point in Israel’s history. The son of Hannah and Elkanah, Samuel was dedicated to the Lord by his mother. As a little boy, Samuel went to live in the “house of the Lord at Shiloh,” the tabernacle (see 1 Samuel 1:24-28). There he was trained under the guidance of the priest Eli, and there he received a special calling from God (3:1-21). Samuel anointed the first king, Saul (chs. 9-10); and in today’s passage we see him preparing to anoint David, Saul’s replacement (16:1-13). Alyson Kieda

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Greater Glory. The glory we need is the glory of the cross✝️. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world🌏🗾🗺🌐. Luke 2:1. It’s quite a story. Our GOD✝️ found us chasing🤑 foolish🙄🤡🃏 dreams🛌😴💤💭🗯 and fighting🤼‍♀️⚔️👊🏿🥋 among ourselves👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. He left us singing👨🏿‍🎤🎤🎼👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 together about an old rugged cross✝️. The word glory (or glorify) is very prominent in John’s gospel✝️📖📜. In John 17 alone it’s used nine times. It’s derived from the base word doxa, which means “glory,” “honor,” or “praise🙏🏿.” Our word doxology (a short hymn🎤🎼 of worship) comes from this term. In John, the word glory surfaces first in chapter 1, verse 14. The second time is in John 2:11 where at Cana we read that JESUS✝️ “revealed His glory” by turning water🌊💦💧 into wine🍇🍷🥂🍸🍾. Through the life, death✝️⚰️😵🧟‍♂️☠️💀, and resurrection of JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ was and is honored or glorified. FATHER✝️ in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇, please🙏🏿 help⛑🆘 us to see👀👁👁 through and beyond the passing glory of everything but Your LOVE💝🎁. Thy Word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡 unto my feet, and a Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 unto my path👣🛤👟👞👠. . . “Thy Word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡 unto my feet, and a Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 unto my path👣🛤👟👞👠.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/psa.119.105.kjv Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.—Luke… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 6 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5:27-48 The Greater Glory In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Luke 2:1 READ JOHN 17:1–5, 20–24 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.—Luke 2:1 Caesar Augustus is remembered as the first and greatest of the Roman emperors. By political skill and military power he eliminated his enemies, expanded the empire, and lifted Rome from the clutter of rundown neighborhoods into a city of marble statues and temples. Adoring Roman citizens referred to Augustus as the divine father and savior of the human race. As his forty-year reign came to an end, his official last words were, “I found Rome a city of clay but left it a city of marble.” According to his wife, however, his last words were actually, “Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit.” What Augustus didn’t know is that he’d been given a supporting role in a bigger story. In the shadow of his reign, the son of a carpenter was born to reveal something far greater than any Roman military victory, temple, stadium, or palace (Luke 2:1). But who could have understood the glory Jesus prayed for on the night His countrymen demanded His crucifixion by Roman executioners? (John 17:4-5). Who could have foreseen the hidden wonder of a sacrifice that would be forever applauded in heaven and earth? It’s quite a story. Our God found us chasing foolish dreams and fighting among ourselves. He left us singing together about an old rugged cross. By Mart DeHaan REFLECT & PRAY The glory we need is the glory of the cross. Father in heaven, please help us to see through and beyond the passing glory of everything but Your love. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT The word glory (or glorify) is very prominent in John’s gospel. In John 17 alone it’s used nine times. It’s derived from the base word doxa, which means “glory,” “honor,” or “praise.” Our word doxology (a short hymn of worship) comes from this term. In John, the word glory surfaces first in chapter 1, verse 14. The second time is in John 2:11 where at Cana we read that Jesus “revealed his glory” by turning water into wine. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God was and is honored or glorified. Arthur Jackson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – The Greater Glory. The glory we need is the glory of the cross✝️. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world🌏🗾🗺🌐. Luke 2:1. It’s quite a story. Our GOD✝️ found us chasing🤑 foolish🙄🤡🃏 dreams🛌😴💤💭🗯 and fighting🤼‍♀️⚔️👊🏿🥋 among ourselves👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. He left us singing👨🏿‍🎤🎤🎼👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒 together about an old rugged cross✝️. The word glory (or glorify) is very prominent in John’s gospel✝️📖📜. In John 17 alone it’s used nine times. It’s derived from the base word doxa, which means “glory,” “honor,” or “praise🙏🏿.” Our word doxology (a short hymn🎤🎼 of worship) comes from this term. In John, the word glory surfaces first in chapter 1, verse 14. The second time is in John 2:11 where at Cana we read that JESUS✝️ “revealed His glory” by turning water🌊💦💧 into wine🍇🍷🥂🍸🍾. Through the life, death✝️⚰️😵🧟‍♂️☠️💀, and resurrection of JESUS✝️, GOD✝️ was and is honored or glorified. FATHER✝️ in heaven🌠🌃🌌🎇, please🙏🏿 help⛑🆘 us to see👀👁👁 through and beyond the passing glory of everything but Your LOVE💝🎁.
Thy Word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡 unto my feet, and a Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 unto my path👣🛤👟👞👠.
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“Thy Word✝️📖📜 is a lamp🛋💡 unto my feet, and a Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 unto my path👣🛤👟👞👠.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/psa.119.105.kjv
Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.—Luke…
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January 6 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5:27-48
The Greater Glory
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Luke 2:1

READ JOHN 17:1–5, 20–24

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.—Luke 2:1
Caesar Augustus is remembered as the first and greatest of the Roman emperors. By political skill and military power he eliminated his enemies, expanded the empire, and lifted Rome from the clutter of rundown neighborhoods into a city of marble statues and temples. Adoring Roman citizens referred to Augustus as the divine father and savior of the human race. As his forty-year reign came to an end, his official last words were, “I found Rome a city of clay but left it a city of marble.” According to his wife, however, his last words were actually, “Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit.”
What Augustus didn’t know is that he’d been given a supporting role in a bigger story. In the shadow of his reign, the son of a carpenter was born to reveal something far greater than any Roman military victory, temple, stadium, or palace (Luke 2:1).
But who could have understood the glory Jesus prayed for on the night His countrymen demanded His crucifixion by Roman executioners? (John 17:4-5). Who could have foreseen the hidden wonder of a sacrifice that would be forever applauded in heaven and earth?
It’s quite a story. Our God found us chasing foolish dreams and fighting among ourselves. He left us singing together about an old rugged cross.
By Mart DeHaan
REFLECT & PRAY
The glory we need is the glory of the cross.

Father in heaven, please help us to see through and beyond the passing glory of everything but Your love.

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SUPPORT

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The word glory (or glorify) is very prominent in John’s gospel. In John 17 alone it’s used nine times. It’s derived from the base word doxa, which means “glory,” “honor,” or “praise.” Our word doxology (a short hymn of worship) comes from this term. In John, the word glory surfaces first in chapter 1, verse 14. The second time is in John 2:11 where at Cana we read that Jesus “revealed his glory” by turning water into wine. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God was and is honored or glorified. Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Transformed & Transforming. Your transformation by GOD✝️ brings transformation to others. Then he restored the altar of the LORD✝️. . . and told Judah to serve the LORD✝️, the GOD✝️ of Israel. 2 Chronicles 33:16. As we seek GOD✝️, may He transform us and so impact our communities through us. Heavenly🌠🌃🌌 FATHER✝️, transform our lives that we may be used by You to bring transformation to others. . . “Draw nigh to GOD✝️, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands🤲🏿👐🏿🙌🏿, ye sinners; and purify your hearts💞💕💗, ye double minded🧠.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/jas.4.8.kjv Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 5 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26 Transformed & Transforming Then he restored the altar of the Lord. . . and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. 2 Chronicles 33:16 READ 2 CHRONICLES 33:9–17 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally transformed by God’s grace, they never imagined that they would be used to transform one of the most deprived and segregated communities in England—Anfield in Liverpool. As Drs. Tani and Modupe Omideyi faithfully sought God and served their community, God restored hope to many. They lead a vibrant church and continue to run numerous community projects that have led to the transformation of countless lives. Manasseh changed his community, first for evil and then for good. Crowned king of Judah at the age of twelve, he led his people astray and they did great evil for many years (2 Chronicles 33:1-9). They paid no attention to God’s warnings and so He allowed Manasseh to be taken prisoner to Babylon (vv. 10-11). In his distress, the king humbly cried out to God who heard his plea and restored him to his kingdom (vv. 12-13). The now-reformed king rebuilt the city walls and got rid of the foreign gods (vv. 14-15). “He restored the altar of the Lord and . . . told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel” (v. 16). As the people observed the radical transformation of Manasseh, so too were they transformed (v. 17). As we seek God, may He transform us and so impact our communities through us. By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith REFLECT & PRAY Your transformation by God brings transformation to others. Heavenly Father, transform our lives that we may be used by You to bring transformation to others. Welcome to Ruth O’Reilly-Smith! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Second Kings 21:1-18 parallels 2 Chronicles 33:1-20, but the version in 2 Kings curiously omits Manasseh’s repentance. Both accounts share how Manasseh rebuilt the obscene shrines his father Hezekiah had destroyed, desecrating God’s holy temple and sacrificing his own son. Second Kings prophesies Jerusalem’s coming judgment (21:10-15), while 2 Chronicles shows us a larger story—the fulfillment of that prophesy and God’s hand in bringing Judah’s worst king to eventual repentance (33:10-17). Tim Gustafson Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Transformed & Transforming. Your transformation by GOD✝️ brings transformation to others. Then he restored the altar of the LORD✝️. . . and told Judah to serve the LORD✝️, the GOD✝️ of Israel. 2 Chronicles 33:16. As we seek GOD✝️, may He transform us and so impact our communities through us. Heavenly🌠🌃🌌 FATHER✝️, transform our lives that we may be used by You to bring transformation to others.
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“Draw nigh to GOD✝️, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands🤲🏿👐🏿🙌🏿, ye sinners; and purify your hearts💞💕💗, ye double minded🧠.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jas.4.8.kjv
Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally…
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January 5 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26
Transformed & Transforming
Then he restored the altar of the Lord. . . and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:16

READ 2 CHRONICLES 33:9–17

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally transformed by God’s grace, they never imagined that they would be used to transform one of the most deprived and segregated communities in England—Anfield in Liverpool. As Drs. Tani and Modupe Omideyi faithfully sought God and served their community, God restored hope to many. They lead a vibrant church and continue to run numerous community projects that have led to the transformation of countless lives.
Manasseh changed his community, first for evil and then for good. Crowned king of Judah at the age of twelve, he led his people astray and they did great evil for many years (2 Chronicles 33:1-9). They paid no attention to God’s warnings and so He allowed Manasseh to be taken prisoner to Babylon (vv. 10-11).
In his distress, the king humbly cried out to God who heard his plea and restored him to his kingdom (vv. 12-13). The now-reformed king rebuilt the city walls and got rid of the foreign gods (vv. 14-15). “He restored the altar of the Lord and . . . told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel” (v. 16). As the people observed the radical transformation of Manasseh, so too were they transformed (v. 17).
As we seek God, may He transform us and so impact our communities through us.
By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
REFLECT & PRAY
Your transformation by God brings transformation to others.

Heavenly Father, transform our lives that we may be used by You to bring transformation to others.

Welcome to Ruth O’Reilly-Smith! Meet all our authors at odb.org/all-authors.

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
Second Kings 21:1-18 parallels 2 Chronicles 33:1-20, but the version in 2 Kings curiously omits Manasseh’s repentance. Both accounts share how Manasseh rebuilt the obscene shrines his father Hezekiah had destroyed, desecrating God’s holy temple and sacrificing his own son. Second Kings prophesies Jerusalem’s coming judgment (21:10-15), while 2 Chronicles shows us a larger story—the fulfillment of that prophesy and God’s hand in bringing Judah’s worst king to eventual repentance (33:10-17). Tim Gustafson

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Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Walking🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟👞👠 in the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆. In Him (JESUS✝️) was life, and that life was the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 of ALL mankind👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. John 1:4. The Bible✝️📖📜’s human🚶🏿‍♂️authorship is less of a problem if we understand that, by means of the inspiration of Scripture✝️📜📖, the ultimate author is in fact the HOLY✝️ SPIRIT✝️ who inspired it (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). For more on Bible✝️📖📜 background, check out Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Truth of the Bible✝️📖📜 at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/beyond-reasonable-doubt/. Thank You, LORD✝️ JESUS✝️, for bringing me out of darkness into Your marvelous Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆. Help me to avoid the darkness to continue walking in the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 toward eternity. If you’re a believer in JESUS✝️, how has your life changed since He came into it? What are some ways you’d like to grow in your faith. And ye shall seek🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 Me, and find🕵️🏿‍♀️ Me, when ye shall search🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 for Me with ALL your heart😍🥰😻. . . “And ye shall seek🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 Me, and find🕵️🏿‍♀️ Me, when ye shall search🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 for Me with ALL your heart😍🥰😻.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/jer.29.13.kjv Darkness descended on our forest village when the moon disappeared. Lightning slashed the skies,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT January 4 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4 Walking in the Light In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:4 READ HEBREWS 12:18–24 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Darkness descended on our forest village when the moon disappeared. Lightning slashed the skies, followed by a rainstorm and crackling thunder. Awake and afraid, as a child I imagined all kinds of grisly monsters about to pounce on me! By daybreak, however, the sounds vanished, the sun rose, and calm returned as birds jubilated in the sunshine. The contrast between the frightening darkness of the night and the joy of the daylight was remarkably sharp. The author of Hebrews recalls the time when the Israelites had an experience at Mount Sinai so dark and stormy they hid in fear (Exodus 20:18-19). For them, God’s presence, even in His loving gift of the law, felt dark and terrifying. This was because, as sinful people, the Israelites couldn’t live up to God’s standards. Their sin caused them to walk in darkness and fear (Hebrews 12:18-21). But God is light; in Him there’s no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). In Hebrews 12, Mount Sinai represents God’s holiness and our old life of disobedience, while the beauty of Mount Zion represents God’s grace and believers’ new life in Jesus, “the mediator of a new covenant” (vv. 22-24). Whoever follows Jesus will “never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Through Him, we can let go of the darkness of our old life and celebrate the joy of walking in the light and beauty of His kingdom. By Lawrence Darmani REFLECT & PRAY Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bringing me out of darkness into Your marvelous light. Help me to avoid the darkness to continue walking in the light toward eternity. If you’re a believer in Jesus, how has your life changed since He came into it? What are some ways you’d like to grow in your faith? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT No author is identified for the book of Hebrews. Scholarly speculation regarding potential authors ranges from Paul to Barnabas to Luke to Apollos, and even to Aquila and Priscilla. What are we to conclude about this ongoing, centuries-old debate? First, the very fact that there is so much speculation clearly reveals that no particular view can be totally proven. Second, human authorship is less of a problem if we understand that, by means of the inspiration of Scripture, the ultimate author is in fact the Holy Spirit who inspired it (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). For more on Bible background, check out Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Truth of the Bible at discoveryseries.org/q0411. Bill Crowder Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Walking🚶🏿‍♂️👣👟👞👠 in the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆. In Him (JESUS✝️) was life, and that life was the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 of ALL mankind👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.
John 1:4. The Bible✝️📖📜’s human🚶🏿‍♂️authorship is less of a problem if we understand that, by means of the inspiration of Scripture✝️📜📖, the ultimate author is in fact the HOLY✝️ SPIRIT✝️ who inspired it (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). For more on Bible✝️📖📜 background, check out Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Truth of the Bible✝️📖📜 at https://discoveryseries.org/courses/beyond-reasonable-doubt/. Thank You, LORD✝️ JESUS✝️, for bringing me out of darkness into Your marvelous Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆. Help me to avoid the darkness to continue walking in the Light💡🌩🌟⚡️🔦🌠🕯🔆 toward eternity. If you’re a believer in JESUS✝️, how has your life changed since He came into it? What are some ways you’d like to grow in your faith.
And ye shall seek🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 Me, and find🕵️🏿‍♀️ Me, when ye shall search🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 for Me with ALL your heart😍🥰😻.
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“And ye shall seek🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 Me, and find🕵️🏿‍♀️ Me, when ye shall search🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎👀👁👁 for Me with ALL your heart😍🥰😻.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jer.29.13.kjv
Darkness descended on our forest village when the moon disappeared. Lightning slashed the skies,…
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January 4 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4
Walking in the Light
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 1:4

READ HEBREWS 12:18–24

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Darkness descended on our forest village when the moon disappeared. Lightning slashed the skies, followed by a rainstorm and crackling thunder. Awake and afraid, as a child I imagined all kinds of grisly monsters about to pounce on me! By daybreak, however, the sounds vanished, the sun rose, and calm returned as birds jubilated in the sunshine. The contrast between the frightening darkness of the night and the joy of the daylight was remarkably sharp.
The author of Hebrews recalls the time when the Israelites had an experience at Mount Sinai so dark and stormy they hid in fear (Exodus 20:18-19). For them, God’s presence, even in His loving gift of the law, felt dark and terrifying. This was because, as sinful people, the Israelites couldn’t live up to God’s standards. Their sin caused them to walk in darkness and fear (Hebrews 12:18-21).
But God is light; in Him there’s no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). In Hebrews 12, Mount Sinai represents God’s holiness and our old life of disobedience, while the beauty of Mount Zion represents God’s grace and believers’ new life in Jesus, “the mediator of a new covenant” (vv. 22-24).
Whoever follows Jesus will “never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Through Him, we can let go of the darkness of our old life and celebrate the joy of walking in the light and beauty of His kingdom.
By Lawrence Darmani
REFLECT & PRAY
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bringing me out of darkness into Your marvelous light. Help me to avoid the darkness to continue walking in the light toward eternity.

If you’re a believer in Jesus, how has your life changed since He came into it? What are some ways you’d like to grow in your faith?

Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

SUPPORT

INSIGHT
No author is identified for the book of Hebrews. Scholarly speculation regarding potential authors ranges from Paul to Barnabas to Luke to Apollos, and even to Aquila and Priscilla. What are we to conclude about this ongoing, centuries-old debate? First, the very fact that there is so much speculation clearly reveals that no particular view can be totally proven. Second, human authorship is less of a problem if we understand that, by means of the inspiration of Scripture, the ultimate author is in fact the Holy Spirit who inspired it (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

For more on Bible background, check out Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Truth of the Bible at discoveryseries.org/q0411. Bill Crowder

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.

Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 and Growing. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the LORD✝️JESUS✝️, giving thanks to GOD✝️. Colossians 3:15. When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care. “I was so angry at GOD✝️,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕 and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but GOD✝️ has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of LOVE💝🎁 for her, I also do for JESUS✝️. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.” Sometimes GOD✝️ answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because GOD✝️ spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, GOD✝️ caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, GOD✝️ answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But GOD✝️ challenged him to think about others and have compassion. GOD✝️ sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts❤️💝💘💓💞💕 because He wants to transform us with His LOVE💝🎁. I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. . . “I the LORD✝️ search the heart❤️💝💘💓💞💕, I try the reins, even to give every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jer.17.10.kjv When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT February 18 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22 Praying and Growing Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God. Colossians 3:17 READ JONAH 4 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care. “I was so angry at God,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but God has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of love for her, I also do for Jesus. Caring for her has become the greatest privilege of my life.” Sometimes God answers our prayers not by giving us what we want but by challenging us to change. When the prophet Jonah was angry because God spared the wicked city of Nineveh from destruction, God caused a plant to shade him from the hot sun (Jonah 4:6). Then He made it wither. When Jonah complained, God answered, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (vv. 7-9). Jonah, focused only on himself, insisted it was. But God challenged him to think about others and have compassion. God sometimes uses our prayers in unexpected ways to help us learn and grow. It’s a change we can welcome with open hearts because He wants to transform us with His love. By James Banks REFLECT & PRAY God grows us as we spend time with Him. Lord Jesus, thank You for helping me grow when I pray. Help me to be sensitive to what You want for my life today. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT INSIGHT Jonah’s reluctance to forgive his enemies is a reminder that the heart of God is bigger than our own. For more about the story of Jonah, read The Failure of Success at discoveryseries.org/q0720. Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Copyright © 2018, Our Daily Bread Ministries Our Daily Bread Ministries | 3000 Kraft Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Manage Your Subscription. About Us Contact Us

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – Praying🙏🏿🤲🏿 and Growing. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the LORD✝️JESUS✝️, giving thanks to GOD✝️. Colossians 3:15.  When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as…