My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- Bring forth therefore fruits🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑meet for repentance: Vanity on Fire🔥🌋🎇📛♨️🚒👩🏿‍🚒🧯. Create in me a pure heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕, O GOD✝️💝🎁. Psalm 51:1. In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items that they thought might entice people to sin or neglect their religious duties—including artwork, cosmetics, instruments, and dresses. On the appointed day, thousands of vanity items were gathered at a public square in Florence, Italy, and set on fire. The event has come to be known as the Bonfire of the Vanities. Savonarola might have found inspiration for his extreme actions in some shocking statements from the Sermon on the Mount. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away,” said JESUS✝️💝🎁. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away” (Matthew 5:29-30). But if we interpret JESUS✝️💝🎁’s words literally, we miss the point of the message. The entire sermon is a lesson on going deeper than the surface, to focus on the state of our hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕rather than blaming our behavior on external distractions and temptations. The Bonfire of the Vanities made a great show of destroying belongings and works of art, but it is unlikely that the hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕of those involved were changed in the process. Only GOD✝️💝🎁can change a heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕. That’s why the psalmist prayed, “Create in me a pure heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕, O GOD✝️💝🎁” (Psalm 51:10). It’s our heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕that counts. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In ancient thinking, the “heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕” was considered a person’s core—the source from which flowed ALL thoughts, words, and actions. In Matthew 5, JESUS✝️💝🎁emphasizes that life in GOD✝️💝🎁’s KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom requires radical transformation and continual reshaping of our hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕so that we cultivate a profoundly different way of life—one that’s invitational and beneficial to the world (vv. 14-16). REFLECT & PRAY Holy GOD✝️💝🎁, please give me the grace to surrender my heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕 to You and yield my life’s vanities to the purifying fire of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁. What behaviors or distractions might be on your list of “vanities”? How do you try to “manage” them? . . “Bring forth therefore fruits🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑meet for repentance:” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.3.8.kjv In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 25 | Bible in a Year: Job 3-4; Acts 7:44-60 Vanity on Fire Create in me a pure heart, O God. Psalm 51:10 READ MATTHEW 5:21–30 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items that they thought might entice people to sin or neglect their religious duties—including artwork, cosmetics, instruments, and dresses. On the appointed day, thousands of vanity items were gathered at a public square in Florence, Italy, and set on fire. The event has come to be known as the Bonfire of the Vanities. Savonarola might have found inspiration for his extreme actions in some shocking statements from the Sermon on the Mount. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away,” said Jesus. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away” (Matthew 5:29-30). But if we interpret Jesus’s words literally, we miss the point of the message. The entire sermon is a lesson on going deeper than the surface, to focus on the state of our hearts rather than blaming our behavior on external distractions and temptations. The Bonfire of the Vanities made a great show of destroying belongings and works of art, but it is unlikely that the hearts of those involved were changed in the process. Only God can change a heart. That’s why the psalmist prayed, “Create in me a pure heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10). It’s our heart that counts. By Remi Oyedele REFLECT & PRAY Holy God, please give me the grace to surrender my heart to You and yield my life’s vanities to the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit. What behaviors or distractions might be on your list of “vanities”? How do you try to “manage” them? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In ancient thinking, the “heart” was considered a person’s core—the source from which flowed all thoughts, words, and actions. In Matthew 5, Jesus emphasizes that life in God’s kingdom requires radical transformation and continual reshaping of our hearts so that we cultivate a profoundly different way of life—one that’s invitational and beneficial to the world (vv. 14-16). 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 🍞✝️📖- Bring forth therefore fruits🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑meet for repentance:
Vanity on Fire🔥🌋🎇📛♨️🚒👩🏿‍🚒🧯.
Create in me a pure heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕, O GOD✝️💝🎁. Psalm 51:1.
In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items that they thought might entice people to sin or neglect their religious duties—including artwork, cosmetics, instruments, and dresses. On the appointed day, thousands of vanity items were gathered at a public square in Florence, Italy, and set on fire. The event has come to be known as the Bonfire of the Vanities.
Savonarola might have found inspiration for his extreme actions in some shocking statements from the Sermon on the Mount. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away,” said JESUS✝️💝🎁. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away” (Matthew 5:29-30). But if we interpret JESUS✝️💝🎁’s words literally, we miss the point of the message. The entire sermon is a lesson on going deeper than the surface, to focus on the state of our hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕rather than blaming our behavior on external distractions and temptations.
The Bonfire of the Vanities made a great show of destroying belongings and works of art, but it is unlikely that the hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕of those involved were changed in the process. Only GOD✝️💝🎁can change a heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕. That’s why the psalmist prayed, “Create in me a pure heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕, O GOD✝️💝🎁” (Psalm 51:10). It’s our heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕that counts.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In ancient thinking, the “heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕” was considered a person’s core—the source from which flowed ALL thoughts, words, and actions. In Matthew 5, JESUS✝️💝🎁emphasizes that life in GOD✝️💝🎁’s KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom requires radical transformation and continual reshaping of our hearts💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕so that we cultivate a profoundly different way of life—one that’s invitational and beneficial to the world (vv. 14-16).
REFLECT & PRAY
Holy GOD✝️💝🎁, please give me the grace to surrender my heart💓💘💖❤️💝♥️❣️💓💗💞💕 to You and yield my life’s vanities to the purifying fire of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁.
What behaviors or distractions might be on your list of “vanities”? How do you try to “manage” them?
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.
“Bring forth therefore fruits🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑meet for repentance:”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.3.8.kjv
In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items…
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June 25 | Bible in a Year: Job 3-4; Acts 7:44-60
Vanity on Fire
Create in me a pure heart, O God.
Psalm 51:10

READ MATTHEW 5:21–30

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
In February 1497, a Monk named Girolamo Savonarola started a fire. Leading up to this, he and his followers spent several months collecting items that they thought might entice people to sin or neglect their religious duties—including artwork, cosmetics, instruments, and dresses. On the appointed day, thousands of vanity items were gathered at a public square in Florence, Italy, and set on fire. The event has come to be known as the Bonfire of the Vanities.
Savonarola might have found inspiration for his extreme actions in some shocking statements from the Sermon on the Mount. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away,” said Jesus. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away” (Matthew 5:29-30). But if we interpret Jesus’s words literally, we miss the point of the message. The entire sermon is a lesson on going deeper than the surface, to focus on the state of our hearts rather than blaming our behavior on external distractions and temptations.
The Bonfire of the Vanities made a great show of destroying belongings and works of art, but it is unlikely that the hearts of those involved were changed in the process. Only God can change a heart. That’s why the psalmist prayed, “Create in me a pure heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10). It’s our heart that counts.
By Remi Oyedele
REFLECT & PRAY
Holy God, please give me the grace to surrender my heart to You and yield my life’s vanities to the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit.

What behaviors or distractions might be on your list of “vanities”? How do you try to “manage” them?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In ancient thinking, the “heart” was considered a person’s core—the source from which flowed all thoughts, words, and actions. In Matthew 5, Jesus emphasizes that life in God’s kingdom requires radical transformation and continual reshaping of our hearts so that we cultivate a profoundly different way of life—one that’s invitational and beneficial to the world (vv. 14-16). Monica Brands

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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 🍞✝️📖- And he (Abram) believed in the LORD✝️💝🎁; and He counted it to him for righteousness. ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Playing with JOY😂😹. The fruit🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is . . . JOY😂😹.Galatians 5:2. One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball Tournament, well-meaning folks around town asked, “Are you going to win it all this year?” Both players and coaches felt the pressure, so Brian adopted a motto: “Play with JOY😂😹!” I thought of the apostle Paul’s last words to the elders of Ephesus: “That I may finish my race with JOY😂😹” (Acts 20:24 nkjv). His aim was to complete the tasks Jesus had given him. I have made these words my motto and my prayer: “May I run and finish my race with JOY😂😹.” Or as Brian says, “May I play with JOY😂😹!” And by the way, Brian’s team did win the state championship that year. We all have good reasons to get grouchy: discouraging news, everyday stresses, health problems. Nevertheless, GOD✝️💝🎁can give us a JOY😂😹that transcends these conditions if we ask Him. We can have what JESUS✝️💝🎁called, “my JOY😂😹” (John 15:11). JOY😂😹is a fruit of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of JESUS✝️💝🎁(Galatians 5:22). So we must remember each morning to ask Him to help us: “May I play with JOY😂😹!” Author Richard Foster said, “To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of GOD✝️💝🎁to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by . . . JOY😂😹.” SCRIPTURE INSIGHT When we’re reading the Scriptures, it’s important to identify whether the author is imparting information about what GOD✝️💝🎁has already done or is giving direction for what weare to do. In Galatians 5:22-23, the apostle Paul lists the fruit of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, which is the result of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁’s work in our lives, not our work. However, in verses 25-26 he tells us to “keep in step with the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁.” The Greek word for “keep in step” or “walk” (nkjv) means “to march in military rank; to conform to virtue and piety; to walk orderly.” Pictured here is SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ual growth that comes from teamwork. The fruit that grows is the responsibility of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, but it’s our job to see where the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is working in our lives and to “keep in step” with Him. We’re participants in our SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ual growth, but not solely responsible for it. REFLECT & PRAY I turn my eyes👀👁👁to You, GOD✝️💝🎁. I’m grateful I can count on Your faithfulness to me. Please bring me into Your JOY😂😹. What causes you to be discouraged? Where do you find your JOY😂😹? . . “And he (Abram) believed in the LORD✝️💝🎁; and He counted it to him for righteousness.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gen.15.6.kjv One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 24 | Bible in a Year: Job 1-2; Acts 7:22-43 Playing with Joy The fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy. Galatians 5:22 READ GALATIANS 5:22–26 audio playLISTEN ONLINE One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball Tournament, well-meaning folks around town asked, “Are you going to win it all this year?” Both players and coaches felt the pressure, so Brian adopted a motto: “Play with joy!” I thought of the apostle Paul’s last words to the elders of Ephesus: “That I may finish my race with joy” (Acts 20:24 nkjv). His aim was to complete the tasks Jesus had given him. I have made these words my motto and my prayer: “May I run and finish my race with joy.” Or as Brian says, “May I play with joy!” And by the way, Brian’s team did win the state championship that year. We all have good reasons to get grouchy: discouraging news, everyday stresses, health problems. Nevertheless, God can give us a joy that transcends these conditions if we ask Him. We can have what Jesus called, “my joy” (John 15:11). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of Jesus (Galatians 5:22). So we must remember each morning to ask Him to help us: “May I play with joy!” Author Richard Foster said, “To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by . . . joy.” By David H. Roper REFLECT & PRAY I turn my eyes to You, God. I’m grateful I can count on Your faithfulness to me. Please bring me into Your joy. What causes you to be discouraged? Where do you find your joy? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT When we’re reading the Scriptures, it’s important to identify whether the author is imparting information about what God has already done or is giving direction for what we are to do. In Galatians 5:22-23, the apostle Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit, which is the result of the Spirit’s work in our lives, not our work. However, in verses 25-26 he tells us to “keep in step with the Spirit.” The Greek word for “keep in step” or “walk” (nkjv) means “to march in military rank; to conform to virtue and piety; to walk orderly.” Pictured here is spiritual growth that comes from teamwork. The fruit that grows is the responsibility of the Spirit, but it’s our job to see where the Spirit is working in our lives and to “keep in step” with Him. We’re participants in our spiritual growth, but not solely responsible for it. 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 🍞✝️📖- And he (Abram) believed in the LORD✝️💝🎁; and He counted it to him for righteousness.
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬.
Playing with JOY😂😹.
The fruit🥝🍏🍎🍊🍋🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍🍅🥑of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is . . . JOY😂😹.Galatians 5:2.
One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball Tournament, well-meaning folks around town asked, “Are you going to win it all this year?” Both players and coaches felt the pressure, so Brian adopted a motto: “Play with JOY😂😹!”
I thought of the apostle Paul’s last words to the elders of Ephesus: “That I may finish my race with JOY😂😹” (Acts 20:24 nkjv). His aim was to complete the tasks Jesus had given him. I have made these words my motto and my prayer: “May I run and finish my race with JOY😂😹.” Or as Brian says, “May I play with JOY😂😹!” And by the way, Brian’s team did win the state championship that year.
We all have good reasons to get grouchy: discouraging news, everyday stresses, health problems. Nevertheless, GOD✝️💝🎁can give us a JOY😂😹that transcends these conditions if we ask Him. We can have what JESUS✝️💝🎁called, “my JOY😂😹” (John 15:11).
JOY😂😹is a fruit of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of JESUS✝️💝🎁(Galatians 5:22). So we must remember each morning to ask Him to help us: “May I play with JOY😂😹!” Author Richard Foster said, “To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of GOD✝️💝🎁to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by . . . JOY😂😹.”
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
When we’re reading the Scriptures, it’s important to identify whether the author is imparting information about what GOD✝️💝🎁has already done or is giving direction for what weare to do. In Galatians 5:22-23, the apostle Paul lists the fruit of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, which is the result of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁’s work in our lives, not our work. However, in verses 25-26 he tells us to “keep in step with the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁.” The Greek word for “keep in step” or “walk” (nkjv) means “to march in military rank; to conform to virtue and piety; to walk orderly.” Pictured here is SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ual growth that comes from teamwork. The fruit that grows is the responsibility of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, but it’s our job to see where the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is working in our lives and to “keep in step” with Him. We’re participants in our SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ual growth, but not solely responsible for it.
REFLECT & PRAY
I turn my eyes👀👁👁to You, GOD✝️💝🎁. I’m grateful I can count on Your faithfulness to me. Please bring me into Your JOY😂😹.
What causes you to be discouraged? Where do you find your JOY😂😹?
.

.
“And he (Abram) believed in the LORD✝️💝🎁; and He counted it to him for righteousness.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gen.15.6.kjv
One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

June 24 | Bible in a Year: Job 1-2; Acts 7:22-43
Playing with Joy
The fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy.
Galatians 5:22

READ GALATIANS 5:22–26

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
One of our sons, Brian, is a high school basketball coach. One year, as his team was dribbling its way through the Washington State Basketball Tournament, well-meaning folks around town asked, “Are you going to win it all this year?” Both players and coaches felt the pressure, so Brian adopted a motto: “Play with joy!”
I thought of the apostle Paul’s last words to the elders of Ephesus: “That I may finish my race with joy” (Acts 20:24 nkjv). His aim was to complete the tasks Jesus had given him. I have made these words my motto and my prayer: “May I run and finish my race with joy.” Or as Brian says, “May I play with joy!” And by the way, Brian’s team did win the state championship that year.
We all have good reasons to get grouchy: discouraging news, everyday stresses, health problems. Nevertheless, God can give us a joy that transcends these conditions if we ask Him. We can have what Jesus called, “my joy” (John 15:11).
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of Jesus (Galatians 5:22). So we must remember each morning to ask Him to help us: “May I play with joy!” Author Richard Foster said, “To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by . . . joy.”
By David H. Roper
REFLECT & PRAY
I turn my eyes to You, God. I’m grateful I can count on Your faithfulness to me. Please bring me into Your joy.

What causes you to be discouraged? Where do you find your joy?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
When we’re reading the Scriptures, it’s important to identify whether the author is imparting information about what God has already done or is giving direction for what we are to do. In Galatians 5:22-23, the apostle Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit, which is the result of the Spirit’s work in our lives, not our work. However, in verses 25-26 he tells us to “keep in step with the Spirit.” The Greek word for “keep in step” or “walk” (nkjv) means “to march in military rank; to conform to virtue and piety; to walk orderly.” Pictured here is spiritual growth that comes from teamwork. The fruit that grows is the responsibility of the Spirit, but it’s our job to see where the Spirit is working in our lives and to “keep in step” with Him. We’re participants in our spiritual growth, but not solely responsible for it. 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 🍞✝️📖- The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of knowledge🧠🧐🤓💡: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. The Lord Rejoices😂😹. [GOD✝️💝🎁] will rejoice😹😂over you with singing.Zephaniah 3:17. My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and I’m sitting on one end of a hearth in front of a fireplace. On the other end, my dad has his arm around my mom’s shoulders. Both are gazing at me with expressions of LOVE✝️💝🎁and delight. I pinned this photo to my dresser, where I see it every morning. It’s a wonderful reminder of their LOVE✝️💝🎁for me. The truth is, though, that even the LOVE✝️💝🎁of good parents is imperfect. I saved this photo because it reminds me that although human LOVE✝️💝🎁may fail sometimes, GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁never fails—and according to Scripture, GOD✝️💝🎁looks at me the way my parents are looking at me in this picture. The prophet Zephaniah described this LOVE✝️💝🎁in a way that astounds me. He describes GOD✝️💝🎁as rejoicing over His people with singing. GOD✝️💝🎁’s people had not earned this LOVE✝️💝🎁. They had failed to obey Him or to treat each other with compassion. But Zephaniah promised that in the end, GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁would prevail over their failures. GOD✝️💝🎁would take away their punishment (Zephaniah 3:15), and He would rejoice over them (v. 17). He would gather His people into His arms, bring them home, and restore them (v. 20). That’s a LOVE✝️💝🎁worth reflecting on every morning. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Although Zephaniah concludes his message with powerful hope, most of this brief book warns of severe judgment. Why? Despite GOD✝️💝🎁’s efforts to correct His people, Jerusalem was “still eager to act corruptly in all they did” (Zephaniah 3:7). Yet GOD✝️💝🎁promises them a peace-filled unity. “I will purify the lips of the peoples, that ALL of them may call on the name of the LORD✝️💝🎁and serve Him shoulder to shoulder,” GOD✝️💝🎁said through the prophet (v. 9). The emphasis on “lips” is intriguing; GOD✝️💝🎁singles out the specific sins of lying and boasting—sins that involve speech. His corrective measures will be effective. “I will leave within [Israel] the meek and humble,” He says. “They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies” (vv. 12-13). It’s GOD✝️💝🎁’s judgment that sets the stage for Zephaniah’s encouraging conclusion. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁, thank You for Your forgiveness and faithful LOVE✝️💝🎁 for us. How does it make you feel that GOD✝️💝🎁rejoices over you with singing? How have you experienced His LOVE✝️💝🎁? . . “The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of knowledge🧠🧐🤓💡: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.1.7.kjv My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 23 | Bible in a Year: Esther 9-10; Acts 7:1-21 The Lord Rejoices [God] will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 READ ZEPHANIAH 3:14–20 audio playLISTEN ONLINE My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and I’m sitting on one end of a hearth in front of a fireplace. On the other end, my dad has his arm around my mom’s shoulders. Both are gazing at me with expressions of love and delight. I pinned this photo to my dresser, where I see it every morning. It’s a wonderful reminder of their love for me. The truth is, though, that even the love of good parents is imperfect. I saved this photo because it reminds me that although human love may fail sometimes, God’s love never fails—and according to Scripture, God looks at me the way my parents are looking at me in this picture. The prophet Zephaniah described this love in a way that astounds me. He describes God as rejoicing over His people with singing. God’s people had not earned this love. They had failed to obey Him or to treat each other with compassion. But Zephaniah promised that in the end, God’s love would prevail over their failures. God would take away their punishment (Zephaniah 3:15), and He would rejoice over them (v. 17). He would gather His people into His arms, bring them home, and restore them (v. 20). That’s a love worth reflecting on every morning. By Amy Peterson REFLECT & PRAY God, thank You for Your forgiveness and faithful love for us. How does it make you feel that God rejoices over you with singing? How have you experienced His love? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Although Zephaniah concludes his message with powerful hope, most of this brief book warns of severe judgment. Why? Despite God’s efforts to correct His people, Jerusalem was “still eager to act corruptly in all they did” (Zephaniah 3:7). Yet God promises them a peace-filled unity. “I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder,” God said through the prophet (v. 9). The emphasis on “lips” is intriguing; God singles out the specific sins of lying and boasting—sins that involve speech. His corrective measures will be effective. “I will leave within [Israel] the meek and humble,” He says. “They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies” (vv. 12-13). It’s God’s judgment that sets the stage for Zephaniah’s encouraging conclusion. 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 🍞✝️📖- The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of knowledge🧠🧐🤓💡: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Lord Rejoices😂😹.
[GOD✝️💝🎁] will rejoice😹😂over you with singing.Zephaniah 3:17.
My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and I’m sitting on one end of a hearth in front of a fireplace. On the other end, my dad has his arm around my mom’s shoulders. Both are gazing at me with expressions of LOVE✝️💝🎁and delight.
I pinned this photo to my dresser, where I see it every morning. It’s a wonderful reminder of their LOVE✝️💝🎁for me. The truth is, though, that even the LOVE✝️💝🎁of good parents is imperfect. I saved this photo because it reminds me that although human LOVE✝️💝🎁may fail sometimes, GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁never fails—and according to Scripture, GOD✝️💝🎁looks at me the way my parents are looking at me in this picture.
The prophet Zephaniah described this LOVE✝️💝🎁in a way that astounds me. He describes GOD✝️💝🎁as rejoicing over His people with singing. GOD✝️💝🎁’s people had not earned this LOVE✝️💝🎁. They had failed to obey Him or to treat each other with compassion. But Zephaniah promised that in the end, GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁would prevail over their failures. GOD✝️💝🎁would take away their punishment (Zephaniah 3:15), and He would rejoice over them (v. 17). He would gather His people into His arms, bring them home, and restore them (v. 20).
That’s a LOVE✝️💝🎁worth reflecting on every morning.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Although Zephaniah concludes his message with powerful hope, most of this brief book warns of severe judgment. Why? Despite GOD✝️💝🎁’s efforts to correct His people, Jerusalem was “still eager to act corruptly in all they did” (Zephaniah 3:7). Yet GOD✝️💝🎁promises them a peace-filled unity. “I will purify the lips of the peoples, that ALL of them may call on the name of the LORD✝️💝🎁and serve Him shoulder to shoulder,” GOD✝️💝🎁said through the prophet (v. 9). The emphasis on “lips” is intriguing; GOD✝️💝🎁singles out the specific sins of lying and boasting—sins that involve speech. His corrective measures will be effective. “I will leave within [Israel] the meek and humble,” He says. “They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies” (vv. 12-13). It’s GOD✝️💝🎁’s judgment that sets the stage for Zephaniah’s encouraging conclusion.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁, thank You for Your forgiveness and faithful LOVE✝️💝🎁 for us.
How does it make you feel that GOD✝️💝🎁rejoices over you with singing? How have you experienced His LOVE✝️💝🎁?
.

.
“The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of knowledge🧠🧐🤓💡: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.1.7.kjv
My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and…
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June 23 | Bible in a Year: Esther 9-10; Acts 7:1-21
The Lord Rejoices
[God] will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

READ ZEPHANIAH 3:14–20

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My grandmother recently sent me a folder full of old photographs, and as I thumbed through them, one caught my eye. In it, I’m two years old, and I’m sitting on one end of a hearth in front of a fireplace. On the other end, my dad has his arm around my mom’s shoulders. Both are gazing at me with expressions of love and delight.
I pinned this photo to my dresser, where I see it every morning. It’s a wonderful reminder of their love for me. The truth is, though, that even the love of good parents is imperfect. I saved this photo because it reminds me that although human love may fail sometimes, God’s love never fails—and according to Scripture, God looks at me the way my parents are looking at me in this picture.
The prophet Zephaniah described this love in a way that astounds me. He describes God as rejoicing over His people with singing. God’s people had not earned this love. They had failed to obey Him or to treat each other with compassion. But Zephaniah promised that in the end, God’s love would prevail over their failures. God would take away their punishment (Zephaniah 3:15), and He would rejoice over them (v. 17). He would gather His people into His arms, bring them home, and restore them (v. 20).
That’s a love worth reflecting on every morning.
By Amy Peterson
REFLECT & PRAY
God, thank You for Your forgiveness and faithful love for us.

How does it make you feel that God rejoices over you with singing? How have you experienced His love?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Although Zephaniah concludes his message with powerful hope, most of this brief book warns of severe judgment. Why? Despite God’s efforts to correct His people, Jerusalem was “still eager to act corruptly in all they did” (Zephaniah 3:7). Yet God promises them a peace-filled unity. “I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder,” God said through the prophet (v. 9). The emphasis on “lips” is intriguing; God singles out the specific sins of lying and boasting—sins that involve speech. His corrective measures will be effective. “I will leave within [Israel] the meek and humble,” He says. “They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies” (vv. 12-13). It’s God’s judgment that sets the stage for Zephaniah’s encouraging conclusion. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- But the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁called🗣🤙🏿📞☎️📲📟to the man🧔🏿, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9. Be ye angry😡😤🤬🤯💣, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Hide-and-Seek. But the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁called🗣🤙🏿📞☎️📲📟to the man🧔🏿, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9. “He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He was coming closer. Five steps away. Three. Two. “Found you!” Hide-and-seek. Most have fond memories of playing the game as children. Yet sometimes in life the fear of being found isn’t fun but is rooted in a deep instinct to flee. People may dislike what they see. As children of a fallen world, we’re prone to play what a friend of mine labels, “a mixed-up game of hide-and-seek” between GOD✝️💝🎁and us. It’s more like a game of pretending to hide—because either way, He sees all the way through to our messy thoughts and wrong choices. We know it, though we like to pretend He can’t really see. Yet GOD✝️💝🎁continues to seek. “Come out,” He calls to us. “I want to see you, even your most shameful parts”—an echo of the same voice that called to the first human who hid out of fear: “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). Such a warm invitation voiced in the form of a piercing question. “Come out of hiding, dear child, and come back into relationship with Me.” It may seem far too risky, preposterous even. But there, within the safe confines of our FATHER✝️💝🎁’s care, any of us, no matter what we’ve done or failed to do, can be fully known and loved. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In today’s reading, we see how Satan👿🤥misquoted GOD✝️💝🎁’s words. Adam and Eve were restricted from only onetree—“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17)—not everytree (3:1). “You will not certainly die” (v. 4) was a deliberate lie🤥(2:17). Eve also added to GOD✝️💝🎁’s instruction and said, “You must not touch it” (3:3). Paul says Eve was deceived by Satan👿🤥’s cunning ways (2 Corinthians 11:3). We’re to be alert (1 Peter 5:8) so that “Satan👿🤥might not outwit us” (2 Corinthians 2:11). REFLECT & PRAY The ONE✝️💝🎁 who fully knows us unconditionally LOVE✝️💝🎁s us. How is it comforting to know that GOD✝️💝🎁sees you and yet still longs for you to come to Him? How is that knowledge freeing? . . “Be ye angry😡😤🤬🤯💣, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/eph.4.26.kjv “He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 22 | Bible in a Year: Esther 6-8; Acts 6 Hide-and-Seek But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 READ GENESIS 3:1–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He was coming closer. Five steps away. Three. Two. “Found you!” Hide-and-seek. Most have fond memories of playing the game as children. Yet sometimes in life the fear of being found isn’t fun but is rooted in a deep instinct to flee. People may dislike what they see. As children of a fallen world, we’re prone to play what a friend of mine labels, “a mixed-up game of hide-and-seek” between God and us. It’s more like a game of pretending to hide—because either way, He sees all the way through to our messy thoughts and wrong choices. We know it, though we like to pretend He can’t really see. Yet God continues to seek. “Come out,” He calls to us. “I want to see you, even your most shameful parts”—an echo of the same voice that called to the first human who hid out of fear: “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). Such a warm invitation voiced in the form of a piercing question. “Come out of hiding, dear child, and come back into relationship with Me.” It may seem far too risky, preposterous even. But there, within the safe confines of our Father’s care, any of us, no matter what we’ve done or failed to do, can be fully known and loved. By Jeff Olson REFLECT & PRAY The One who fully knows us unconditionally loves us. How is it comforting to know that God sees you and yet still longs for you to come to Him? How is that knowledge freeing? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In today’s reading, we see how Satan misquoted God’s words. Adam and Eve were restricted from only one tree—“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17)—not every tree (3:1). “You will not certainly die” (v. 4) was a deliberate lie (2:17). Eve also added to God’s instruction and said, “You must not touch it” (3:3). Paul says Eve was deceived by Satan’s cunning ways (2 Corinthians 11:3). We’re to be alert (1 Peter 5:8) so that “Satan might not outwit us” (2 Corinthians 2:11). 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 🍞✝️📖- But the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁called🗣🤙🏿📞☎️📲📟to the man🧔🏿, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9.
Be ye angry😡😤🤬🤯💣, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
Hide-and-Seek.
But the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁called🗣🤙🏿📞☎️📲📟to the man🧔🏿, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9.
“He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He was coming closer. Five steps away. Three. Two. “Found you!”
Hide-and-seek. Most have fond memories of playing the game as children. Yet sometimes in life the fear of being found isn’t fun but is rooted in a deep instinct to flee. People may dislike what they see.
As children of a fallen world, we’re prone to play what a friend of mine labels, “a mixed-up game of hide-and-seek” between GOD✝️💝🎁and us. It’s more like a game of pretending to hide—because either way, He sees all the way through to our messy thoughts and wrong choices. We know it, though we like to pretend He can’t really see.
Yet GOD✝️💝🎁continues to seek. “Come out,” He calls to us. “I want to see you, even your most shameful parts”—an echo of the same voice that called to the first human who hid out of fear: “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). Such a warm invitation voiced in the form of a piercing question. “Come out of hiding, dear child, and come back into relationship with Me.”
It may seem far too risky, preposterous even. But there, within the safe confines of our FATHER✝️💝🎁’s care, any of us, no matter what we’ve done or failed to do, can be fully known and loved.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In today’s reading, we see how Satan👿🤥misquoted GOD✝️💝🎁’s words. Adam and Eve were restricted from only onetree—“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17)—not everytree (3:1). “You will not certainly die” (v. 4) was a deliberate lie🤥(2:17). Eve also added to GOD✝️💝🎁’s instruction and said, “You must not touch it” (3:3). Paul says Eve was deceived by Satan👿🤥’s cunning ways (2 Corinthians 11:3). We’re to be alert (1 Peter 5:8) so that “Satan👿🤥might not outwit us” (2 Corinthians 2:11).
REFLECT & PRAY
The ONE✝️💝🎁 who fully knows us unconditionally LOVE✝️💝🎁s us.
How is it comforting to know that GOD✝️💝🎁sees you and yet still longs for you to come to Him? How is that knowledge freeing?
.

.
“Be ye angry😡😤🤬🤯💣, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/eph.4.26.kjv
“He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He…
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June 22 | Bible in a Year: Esther 6-8; Acts 6
Hide-and-Seek
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:9

READ GENESIS 3:1–10

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“He’s going to find me,” I thought. I felt my little heart pound faster as I heard my five-year-old cousin’s footsteps around the corner. He was coming closer. Five steps away. Three. Two. “Found you!”
Hide-and-seek. Most have fond memories of playing the game as children. Yet sometimes in life the fear of being found isn’t fun but is rooted in a deep instinct to flee. People may dislike what they see.
As children of a fallen world, we’re prone to play what a friend of mine labels, “a mixed-up game of hide-and-seek” between God and us. It’s more like a game of pretending to hide—because either way, He sees all the way through to our messy thoughts and wrong choices. We know it, though we like to pretend He can’t really see.
Yet God continues to seek. “Come out,” He calls to us. “I want to see you, even your most shameful parts”—an echo of the same voice that called to the first human who hid out of fear: “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). Such a warm invitation voiced in the form of a piercing question. “Come out of hiding, dear child, and come back into relationship with Me.”
It may seem far too risky, preposterous even. But there, within the safe confines of our Father’s care, any of us, no matter what we’ve done or failed to do, can be fully known and loved.
By Jeff Olson
REFLECT & PRAY
The One who fully knows us unconditionally loves us.

How is it comforting to know that God sees you and yet still longs for you to come to Him? How is that knowledge freeing?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In today’s reading, we see how Satan misquoted God’s words. Adam and Eve were restricted from only one tree—“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17)—not every tree (3:1). “You will not certainly die” (v. 4) was a deliberate lie (2:17). Eve also added to God’s instruction and said, “You must not touch it” (3:3). Paul says Eve was deceived by Satan’s cunning ways (2 Corinthians 11:3). We’re to be alert (1 Peter 5:8) so that “Satan might not outwit us” (2 Corinthians 2:11). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- From the rising of the sun🌞🌤😎🔅☀️🔆🏜🌅🌄🌇unto the going down of the same the LORD✝️💝🎁’s name is to be praised. Ending Envy. Each one👨‍👩‍👧‍👦should test their own actions.Galatians 6:4. The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and artistic rival Édouard Manet, another master painter. Said Degas of Manet, “Everything he does he always hits off straightaway, while I take endless pains and never get it right.” It’s a curious emotion, envy—listed by the apostle Paul among the worst traits, as bad as “every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip” (Romans 1:29 nlt). It results from foolish thinking, Paul writes—the result of worshiping idols instead of worshiping GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 28). Author Christina Fox says that when envy develops among believers, it’s “because our hearts have turned from our one true love.” In our envy, she said, “we are chasing after the inferior pleasures of this world instead of looking to JESUS✝️💝🎁. In effect, we’ve forgotten whose we are.” Yet there’s a remedy. Turn back to GOD✝️💝🎁. “Offer every part of yourself to him,” Paul wrote (Romans 6:13)—your work and life especially. In another of his letters Paul penned, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4). Thank GOD✝️💝🎁for His blessings—not just things, but for the freedom of His grace. Seeing our own GOD✝️💝🎁-given gifts, we find contentment again. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Romans 6, Paul proclaims that as believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁our old self has been crucified with CHRIST✝️💝🎁, and we’re now “dead to sin” and “alive to GOD✝️💝🎁in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁” (vv. 6-7, 11). If that’s so, then why do we still sin? We’re still subject to sin and are to be on our guard against it, but sin is no longer our master (v. 14). Through our identification with JESUS✝️💝🎁, believers are given a new desire to live for GOD✝️💝🎁and to abandon old ways of life. Although this requires intentionality on our part, the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁living inside us guides and transforms us into CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s likeness (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18). REFLECT & PRAY What talents, spiritual gifts, and blessings has GOD✝️💝🎁 given you that you’ve forgotten to appreciate? Reflecting on them, how does your heart feel as you return to GOD✝️💝🎁? . . “From the rising of the sun🌞🌤😎🔅☀️🔆🏜🌅🌄🌇unto the going down of the same the LORD✝️💝🎁’s name is to be praised.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭113:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.113.3.kjv The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 21 | Bible in a Year: Esther 3-5; Acts 5:22-42 Ending Envy Each one should test their own actions. Galatians 6:4 READ ROMANS 6:11–14 audio playLISTEN ONLINE The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and artistic rival Édouard Manet, another master painter. Said Degas of Manet, “Everything he does he always hits off straightaway, while I take endless pains and never get it right.” It’s a curious emotion, envy—listed by the apostle Paul among the worst traits, as bad as “every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip” (Romans 1:29 nlt). It results from foolish thinking, Paul writes—the result of worshiping idols instead of worshiping God (v. 28). Author Christina Fox says that when envy develops among believers, it’s “because our hearts have turned from our one true love.” In our envy, she said, “we are chasing after the inferior pleasures of this world instead of looking to Jesus. In effect, we’ve forgotten whose we are.” Yet there’s a remedy. Turn back to God. “Offer every part of yourself to him,” Paul wrote (Romans 6:13)—your work and life especially. In another of his letters Paul penned, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4). Thank God for His blessings—not just things, but for the freedom of His grace. Seeing our own God-given gifts, we find contentment again. By Patricia Raybon REFLECT & PRAY What talents, spiritual gifts, and blessings has God given you that you’ve forgotten to appreciate? Reflecting on them, how does your heart feel as you return to God? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Romans 6, Paul proclaims that as believers in Jesus our old self has been crucified with Christ, and we’re now “dead to sin” and “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (vv. 6-7, 11). If that’s so, then why do we still sin? We’re still subject to sin and are to be on our guard against it, but sin is no longer our master (v. 14). Through our identification with Jesus, believers are given a new desire to live for God and to abandon old ways of life. Although this requires intentionality on our part, the Holy Spirit living inside us guides and transforms us into Christ’s likeness (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18). 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. 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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- From the rising of the sun🌞🌤😎🔅☀️🔆🏜🌅🌄🌇unto the going down of the same the LORD✝️💝🎁’s name is to be praised.
Ending Envy.
Each one👨‍👩‍👧‍👦should test their own actions.Galatians 6:4.
The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and artistic rival Édouard Manet, another master painter. Said Degas of Manet, “Everything he does he always hits off straightaway, while I take endless pains and never get it right.”
It’s a curious emotion, envy—listed by the apostle Paul among the worst traits, as bad as “every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip” (Romans 1:29 nlt). It results from foolish thinking, Paul writes—the result of worshiping idols instead of worshiping GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 28).
Author Christina Fox says that when envy develops among believers, it’s “because our hearts have turned from our one true love.” In our envy, she said, “we are chasing after the inferior pleasures of this world instead of looking to JESUS✝️💝🎁. In effect, we’ve forgotten whose we are.”
Yet there’s a remedy. Turn back to GOD✝️💝🎁. “Offer every part of yourself to him,” Paul wrote (Romans 6:13)—your work and life especially. In another of his letters Paul penned, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4).
Thank GOD✝️💝🎁for His blessings—not just things, but for the freedom of His grace. Seeing our own GOD✝️💝🎁-given gifts, we find contentment again.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Romans 6, Paul proclaims that as believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁our old self has been crucified with CHRIST✝️💝🎁, and we’re now “dead to sin” and “alive to GOD✝️💝🎁in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁” (vv. 6-7, 11). If that’s so, then why do we still sin? We’re still subject to sin and are to be on our guard against it, but sin is no longer our master (v. 14). Through our identification with JESUS✝️💝🎁, believers are given a new desire to live for GOD✝️💝🎁and to abandon old ways of life. Although this requires intentionality on our part, the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁living inside us guides and transforms us into CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s likeness (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
REFLECT & PRAY
What talents, spiritual gifts, and blessings has GOD✝️💝🎁 given you that you’ve forgotten to appreciate? Reflecting on them, how does your heart feel as you return to GOD✝️💝🎁?
.

.
“From the rising of the sun🌞🌤😎🔅☀️🔆🏜🌅🌄🌇unto the going down of the same the LORD✝️💝🎁’s name is to be praised.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭113:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.113.3.kjv

The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and…
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June 21 | Bible in a Year: Esther 3-5; Acts 5:22-42
Ending Envy
Each one should test their own actions.
Galatians 6:4

READ ROMANS 6:11–14

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
The famous French artist Edgar Degas is remembered worldwide for his paintings of ballerinas. Less known is the envy he expressed of his friend and artistic rival Édouard Manet, another master painter. Said Degas of Manet, “Everything he does he always hits off straightaway, while I take endless pains and never get it right.”
It’s a curious emotion, envy—listed by the apostle Paul among the worst traits, as bad as “every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip” (Romans 1:29 nlt). It results from foolish thinking, Paul writes—the result of worshiping idols instead of worshiping God (v. 28).
Author Christina Fox says that when envy develops among believers, it’s “because our hearts have turned from our one true love.” In our envy, she said, “we are chasing after the inferior pleasures of this world instead of looking to Jesus. In effect, we’ve forgotten whose we are.”
Yet there’s a remedy. Turn back to God. “Offer every part of yourself to him,” Paul wrote (Romans 6:13)—your work and life especially. In another of his letters Paul penned, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4).
Thank God for His blessings—not just things, but for the freedom of His grace. Seeing our own God-given gifts, we find contentment again.
By Patricia Raybon
REFLECT & PRAY
What talents, spiritual gifts, and blessings has God given you that you’ve forgotten to appreciate? Reflecting on them, how does your heart feel as you return to God?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Romans 6, Paul proclaims that as believers in Jesus our old self has been crucified with Christ, and we’re now “dead to sin” and “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (vv. 6-7, 11). If that’s so, then why do we still sin? We’re still subject to sin and are to be on our guard against it, but sin is no longer our master (v. 14). Through our identification with Jesus, believers are given a new desire to live for God and to abandon old ways of life. Although this requires intentionality on our part, the Holy Spirit living inside us guides and transforms us into Christ’s likeness (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Alyson Kieda

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – But they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that wait upon the LORD✝️💝🎁 shall renew their strength💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️; they shall mount up with wings👐🏿👼🏿 as eagles🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅; they shall run🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨, and not be weary😫😔😴😪🛌💤; and they shall walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣, and not faint😵😰😵. Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his wife, mother, and two small children were laid to rest. Unfortunately, heartbreaking events like this continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? And it doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers. Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “GOD✝️💝🎁 is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1). The conditions described in verses 2-3 are catastrophic—earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here. But sometimes we do find ourselves there—in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of LOVE✝️💝🎁d ones. It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of GOD✝️💝🎁. But the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The LORD✝️💝🎁 Almighty💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️⚡️ is with us; the GOD✝️💝🎁 of Jacob is our fortress” (vv. 7, 11). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, LOVE✝️💝🎁ing, and trustworthy. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Psalm 46, the psalmist writes of the security and stability that GOD✝️💝🎁 provides in troubled times. Natural disasters (vv. 2-3) and armed conflicts (vv. 6-7) will always be present in this world. Earthquakes, hurricanes🌪, typhoons, and military🎖🔫 conflicts have all caused untold devastation and destruction. But no matter how dire the situation, those who make GOD✝️💝🎁 their “refuge and strength” (v. 1) “will not fear” (v. 2). The basis for this confidence is declared in verse 7 and repeated in verse 11: “The LORD✝️💝🎁 Almighty💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️⚡️ is with us; the GOD✝️💝🎁 of Jacob is our fortress.” Based on this psalm, reformer Martin Luther wrote one of his best-known hymns: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our GOD✝️💝🎁.” Like the psalmist living in an uncertain and insecure world, we are invited to “be still, and know that [He is] GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 10). In confident trust, we echo Luther’s words, “A mighty fortress is our GOD✝️💝🎁, a bulwark never failing. REFLECT & PRAY FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to trust the truth of Your Word when it’s hard for me to sense Your care or presence. When did a challenge in life cause you to question if GOD✝️💝🎁 was present? What helped to turn the situation around for you? . . “But they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that wait upon the LORD✝️💝🎁 shall renew their strength💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️; they shall mount up with wings👐🏿👼🏿 as eagles🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅; they shall run🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨, and not be weary😫😔😴😪🛌💤; and they shall walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣, and not faint😵😰😵.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.40.31.kjv Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 20 | Bible in a Year: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21 Present in the Storm The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:7 READ PSALM 46 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his wife, mother, and two small children were laid to rest. Unfortunately, heartbreaking events like this continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? And it doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers. Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1). The conditions described in verses 2-3 are catastrophic—earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here. But sometimes we do find ourselves there—in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of loved ones. It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of God. But the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (vv. 7, 11). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, loving, and trustworthy. By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY Father, help me to trust the truth of Your Word when it’s hard for me to sense Your care or presence. When did a challenge in life cause you to question if God was present? What helped to turn the situation around for you? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Psalm 46, the psalmist writes of the security and stability that God provides in troubled times. Natural disasters (vv. 2-3) and armed conflicts (vv. 6-7) will always be present in this world. Earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, and military conflicts have all caused untold devastation and destruction. But no matter how dire the situation, those who make God their “refuge and strength” (v. 1) “will not fear” (v. 2). The basis for this confidence is declared in verse 7 and repeated in verse 11: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Based on this psalm, reformer Martin Luther wrote one of his best-known hymns: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Like the psalmist living in an uncertain and insecure world, we are invited to “be still, and know that [He is] God” (v. 10). In confident trust, we echo Luther’s words, “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” 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 🍞✝️📖 – But they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that wait upon the LORD✝️💝🎁 shall renew their strength💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️; they shall mount up with wings👐🏿👼🏿 as eagles🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅; they shall run🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨, and not be weary😫😔😴😪🛌💤; and they shall walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣, and not faint😵😰😵.
Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his wife, mother, and two small children were laid to rest. Unfortunately, heartbreaking events like this continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? And it doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers.
Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “GOD✝️💝🎁 is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1). The conditions described in verses 2-3 are catastrophic—earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here. But sometimes we do find ourselves there—in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of LOVE✝️💝🎁d ones.
It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of GOD✝️💝🎁. But the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The LORD✝️💝🎁 Almighty💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️⚡️ is with us; the GOD✝️💝🎁 of Jacob is our fortress” (vv. 7, 11). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, LOVE✝️💝🎁ing, and trustworthy.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Psalm 46, the psalmist writes of the security and stability that GOD✝️💝🎁 provides in troubled times. Natural disasters (vv. 2-3) and armed conflicts (vv. 6-7) will always be present in this world. Earthquakes, hurricanes🌪, typhoons, and military🎖🔫 conflicts have all caused untold devastation and destruction. But no matter how dire the situation, those who make GOD✝️💝🎁 their “refuge and strength” (v. 1) “will not fear” (v. 2). The basis for this confidence is declared in verse 7 and repeated in verse 11: “The LORD✝️💝🎁 Almighty💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️⚡️ is with us; the GOD✝️💝🎁 of Jacob is our fortress.” Based on this psalm, reformer Martin Luther wrote one of his best-known hymns: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our GOD✝️💝🎁.” Like the psalmist living in an uncertain and insecure world, we are invited to “be still, and know that [He is] GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 10). In confident trust, we echo Luther’s words, “A mighty fortress is our GOD✝️💝🎁, a bulwark never failing.
REFLECT & PRAY
FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to trust the truth of Your Word when it’s hard for me to sense Your care or presence.
When did a challenge in life cause you to question if GOD✝️💝🎁 was present? What helped to turn the situation around for you?
.

.
“But they👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 that wait upon the LORD✝️💝🎁 shall renew their strength💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️; they shall mount up with wings👐🏿👼🏿 as eagles🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅; they shall run🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨, and not be weary😫😔😴😪🛌💤; and they shall walk🚶🏿‍♂️👣, and not faint😵😰😵.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.40.31.kjv
Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his…
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June 20 | Bible in a Year: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21
Present in the Storm
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:7

READ PSALM 46

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Fire swept through the home of a family of six from our church. Although the father and son survived, the father was still hospitalized while his wife, mother, and two small children were laid to rest. Unfortunately, heartbreaking events like this continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? And it doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers.
Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1). The conditions described in verses 2-3 are catastrophic—earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here. But sometimes we do find ourselves there—in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of loved ones.
It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of God. But the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (vv. 7, 11). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, loving, and trustworthy.
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, help me to trust the truth of Your Word when it’s hard for me to sense Your care or presence.

When did a challenge in life cause you to question if God was present? What helped to turn the situation around for you?

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

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Psalm 46, the psalmist writes of the security and stability that God provides in troubled times. Natural disasters (vv. 2-3) and armed conflicts (vv. 6-7) will always be present in this world. Earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, and military conflicts have all caused untold devastation and destruction. But no matter how dire the situation, those who make God their “refuge and strength” (v. 1) “will not fear” (v. 2). The basis for this confidence is declared in verse 7 and repeated in verse 11: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Based on this psalm, reformer Martin Luther wrote one of his best-known hymns: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Like the psalmist living in an uncertain and insecure world, we are invited to “be still, and know that [He is] God” (v. 10). In confident trust, we echo Luther’s words, “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- This book🍞✝️📖of the law⚖️🏛shall not depart out of thy mouth😃; but thou shalt meditate💭🧐🧠💡🙇🏿‍♂️📃📜📖📕🗒✍🏿📝therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to ALL that is written✍🏿📝therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. In Our Weakness. In the same way, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦in our weakness😟😣😫🤒😢😭😰. Romans 8:2. CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁FATHER✝️💝🎁SON✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁 LORD✝️💝🎁 Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and ALL treatments proved to be unsuccessful. When a patient at the same hospital mentioned his connection to a scientist who’d been working on a new wonder drug, Anne’s doctor pressed the government to release a tiny amount for Anne. Within a day, her temperature was back to normal! Penicillin had saved Anne’s life. Since the fall, ALL human beings have experienced a devastating spiritual condition brought about by sin (Romans 5:12). Only the death and resurrection of JESUS✝️💝🎁and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁has made it possible for us to be healed (8:1-2). The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁enables us to enJOY😂😹abundant life on earth and for eternity in the presence of GOD✝️💝🎁(vv. 3-10). “And if the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of him who raised JESUS✝️💝🎁from the dead is living in you, he who raised CHRIST✝️💝🎁from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁who lives in you” (v. 11). When your sinful nature threatens to drain the life out of you, look to the source of your salvation, JESUS✝️💝🎁, and be strengthened by the power of His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(vv. 11-17). “The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness” and “intercedes for GOD✝️💝🎁’s people in accordance with the will of GOD✝️💝🎁” (vv. 26-27). SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the first-century Roman empire, Paul’s letter to the Romans was a bold and dangerous manifesto. He wrote to followers of JESUS✝️💝🎁living in the capital of the empire, confessing allegiance to CHRIST✝️💝🎁over Caesar (1:7). Announcing better news than the military victories of Rome, Paul explained how the resurrected SON✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁 had conquered death (chs. 1-5). For life that will never end, he offered access to a new identity in CHRIST✝️💝🎁(ch. 6); FREE🆓dom from the failures of rule-based living (ch. 7), and a way of living forever in the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁and LOVE✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁(ch. 8). REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for the gift💝🎁of Your SON✝️💝🎁 and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁who enables me to enJOY😹😂real life in You. In what area do you need to experience the life of CHRIST✝️💝🎁 and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁? How can you be more aware of the presence and work of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁? . . “This book🍞✝️📖of the law⚖️🏛shall not depart out of thy mouth😃; but thou shalt meditate💭🧐🧠💡🙇🏿‍♂️📃📜📖📕🗒✍🏿📝therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to ALL that is written✍🏿📝therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jos.1.8.kjv Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and all… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 19 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37 In Our Weakness In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26 READ ROMANS 8:1–2, 10–17 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and all treatments proved to be unsuccessful. When a patient at the same hospital mentioned his connection to a scientist who’d been working on a new wonder drug, Anne’s doctor pressed the government to release a tiny amount for Anne. Within a day, her temperature was back to normal! Penicillin had saved Anne’s life. Since the fall, all human beings have experienced a devastating spiritual condition brought about by sin (Romans 5:12). Only the death and resurrection of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit has made it possible for us to be healed (8:1-2). The Holy Spirit enables us to enjoy abundant life on earth and for eternity in the presence of God (vv. 3-10). “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (v. 11). When your sinful nature threatens to drain the life out of you, look to the source of your salvation, Jesus, and be strengthened by the power of His Spirit (vv. 11-17). “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” and “intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (vv. 26-27). By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit who enables me to enjoy real life in You. In what area do you need to experience the life of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit? How can you be more aware of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the first-century Roman empire, Paul’s letter to the Romans was a bold and dangerous manifesto. He wrote to followers of Jesus living in the capital of the empire, confessing allegiance to Christ over Caesar (1:7). Announcing better news than the military victories of Rome, Paul explained how the resurrected Son of God had conquered death (chs. 1-5). For life that will never end, he offered access to a new identity in Christ (ch. 6); freedom from the failures of rule-based living (ch. 7), and a way of living forever in the Spirit and love of God (ch. 8). 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 🍞✝️📖- This book🍞✝️📖of the law⚖️🏛shall not depart out of thy mouth😃; but thou shalt meditate💭🧐🧠💡🙇🏿‍♂️📃📜📖📕🗒✍🏿📝therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to ALL that is written✍🏿📝therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
In Our Weakness.
In the same way, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦in our weakness😟😣😫🤒😢😭😰. Romans 8:2.
CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁FATHER✝️💝🎁SON✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁 LORD✝️💝🎁
Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and ALL treatments proved to be unsuccessful. When a patient at the same hospital mentioned his connection to a scientist who’d been working on a new wonder drug, Anne’s doctor pressed the government to release a tiny amount for Anne. Within a day, her temperature was back to normal! Penicillin had saved Anne’s life.
Since the fall, ALL human beings have experienced a devastating spiritual condition brought about by sin (Romans 5:12). Only the death and resurrection of JESUS✝️💝🎁and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁has made it possible for us to be healed (8:1-2). The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁enables us to enJOY😂😹abundant life on earth and for eternity in the presence of GOD✝️💝🎁(vv. 3-10). “And if the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of him who raised JESUS✝️💝🎁from the dead is living in you, he who raised CHRIST✝️💝🎁from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁who lives in you” (v. 11).
When your sinful nature threatens to drain the life out of you, look to the source of your salvation, JESUS✝️💝🎁, and be strengthened by the power of His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(vv. 11-17). “The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness” and “intercedes for GOD✝️💝🎁’s people in accordance with the will of GOD✝️💝🎁” (vv. 26-27).
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In the first-century Roman empire, Paul’s letter to the Romans was a bold and dangerous manifesto. He wrote to followers of JESUS✝️💝🎁living in the capital of the empire, confessing allegiance to CHRIST✝️💝🎁over Caesar (1:7). Announcing better news than the military victories of Rome, Paul explained how the resurrected SON✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁
had conquered death (chs. 1-5). For life that will never end, he offered access to a new identity in CHRIST✝️💝🎁(ch. 6); FREE🆓dom from the failures of rule-based living (ch. 7), and a way of living forever in the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁and LOVE✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁(ch. 8).
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for the gift💝🎁of Your SON✝️💝🎁 and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁who enables me to enJOY😹😂real life in You.
In what area do you need to experience the life of CHRIST✝️💝🎁 and the power of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁? How can you be more aware of the presence and work of the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁?
.

.
“This book🍞✝️📖of the law⚖️🏛shall not depart out of thy mouth😃; but thou shalt meditate💭🧐🧠💡🙇🏿‍♂️📃📜📖📕🗒✍🏿📝therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to ALL that is written✍🏿📝therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jos.1.8.kjv
Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and all…
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June 19 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37
In Our Weakness
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
Romans 8:26

READ ROMANS 8:1–2, 10–17

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Although Anne Sheafe Miller died in 1999 at the age of 90, she nearly passed away in 1942 after developing septicemia following a miscarriage and all treatments proved to be unsuccessful. When a patient at the same hospital mentioned his connection to a scientist who’d been working on a new wonder drug, Anne’s doctor pressed the government to release a tiny amount for Anne. Within a day, her temperature was back to normal! Penicillin had saved Anne’s life.
Since the fall, all human beings have experienced a devastating spiritual condition brought about by sin (Romans 5:12). Only the death and resurrection of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit has made it possible for us to be healed (8:1-2). The Holy Spirit enables us to enjoy abundant life on earth and for eternity in the presence of God (vv. 3-10). “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (v. 11).
When your sinful nature threatens to drain the life out of you, look to the source of your salvation, Jesus, and be strengthened by the power of His Spirit (vv. 11-17). “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” and “intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (vv. 26-27).
By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit who enables me to enjoy real life in You.

In what area do you need to experience the life of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit? How can you be more aware of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit?

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In the first-century Roman empire, Paul’s letter to the Romans was a bold and dangerous manifesto. He wrote to followers of Jesus living in the capital of the empire, confessing allegiance to Christ over Caesar (1:7). Announcing better news than the military victories of Rome, Paul explained how the resurrected Son of God had conquered death (chs. 1-5). For life that will never end, he offered access to a new identity in Christ (ch. 6); freedom from the failures of rule-based living (ch. 7), and a way of living forever in the Spirit and love of God (ch. 8). Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask🙋🏿‍♀️🗣what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Rescuing Villains. Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel😇👼🏿and rescued His servants!Daniel 3:28. The comic book hero🦸🏿‍♀️🦸🏿‍♂️is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero🦸🏿‍♀️🦸🏿‍♂️movies🍿🎥🎞🎬🎟📽accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why are people so drawn to big action flicks? Maybe it’s because, in part, such stories resemble GOD✝️💝🎁’s Big Story. There’s a hero🦸🏿‍♂️, a villain👹👿🐲🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️👽☠️💀👺, a people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦in need of rescue, and plenty of riveting action. In this story, the biggest villain is Satan👿, the enemy of our souls. But there are lots of “little” villains as well. In the book of Daniel, for example, one is Nebuchadnezzar, the king of much of the known world, who decided to kill anyone who didn’t worship his giant statue (Daniel 3:1-6). When three courageous Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍officials refused (vv. 12-18), GOD✝️💝🎁dramatically rescued them from a blazing furnace (vv. 24-27). But in a surprising twist, we see this villain’s heart begin to change. In response to this spectacular event, Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego” (v. 28). But then he threatened to kill anyone who defied GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 29), not yet understanding that GOD✝️💝🎁didn’t need his help. Nebuchadnezzar would learn more about GOD✝️💝🎁in chapter 4—but that’s another story. What we see in Nebuchadnezzar isn’t just a villain, but someone on a spiritual journey. In GOD✝️💝🎁’s story of redemption, our hero, JESUS✝️💝🎁, reaches out to everyone needing rescue—including the villains among us. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Daniel 3, it’s interesting to note the contrasting proclamations about GOD✝️💝🎁’s power. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar didn’t believe their GOD✝️💝🎁could save them and said, “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (v. 15). But the three men boldly declared the power of GOD✝️💝🎁and their commitment to Him, responding that “the GOD✝️💝🎁we serve is able to deliver us” (v. 17). Then when they exited the furnace and stood before the king and his officials unharmed—without “a hair of their heads singed” (v. 27)—it was Nebuchadnezzar who made the bold declaration about the power and glory of GOD✝️💝🎁: “Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel😇👼🏿and rescued His servants!” (v. 28) REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁 prayed for those who persecuted Him. We can do the same. Who do you know in need of GOD✝️💝🎁’s rescue? What can you do to help? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask🙋🏿‍♀️🗣what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.7.kjv The comic book hero is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero movies accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 18 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22 Rescuing Villains Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! Daniel 3:28 READ DANIEL 3:26–30 audio playLISTEN ONLINE The comic book hero is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero movies accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why are people so drawn to big action flicks? Maybe it’s because, in part, such stories resemble God’s Big Story. There’s a hero, a villain, a people in need of rescue, and plenty of riveting action. In this story, the biggest villain is Satan, the enemy of our souls. But there are lots of “little” villains as well. In the book of Daniel, for example, one is Nebuchadnezzar, the king of much of the known world, who decided to kill anyone who didn’t worship his giant statue (Daniel 3:1-6). When three courageous Jewish officials refused (vv. 12-18), God dramatically rescued them from a blazing furnace (vv. 24-27). But in a surprising twist, we see this villain’s heart begin to change. In response to this spectacular event, Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego” (v. 28). But then he threatened to kill anyone who defied God (v. 29), not yet understanding that God didn’t need his help. Nebuchadnezzar would learn more about God in chapter 4—but that’s another story. What we see in Nebuchadnezzar isn’t just a villain, but someone on a spiritual journey. In God’s story of redemption, our hero, Jesus, reaches out to everyone needing rescue—including the villains among us. By Tim Gustafson REFLECT & PRAY Jesus prayed for those who persecuted Him. We can do the same. Who do you know in need of God’s rescue? What can you do to help? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Daniel 3, it’s interesting to note the contrasting proclamations about God’s power. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar didn’t believe their God could save them and said, “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (v. 15). But the three men boldly declared the power of God and their commitment to Him, responding that “the God we serve is able to deliver us” (v. 17). Then when they exited the furnace and stood before the king and his officials unharmed—without “a hair of their heads singed” (v. 27)—it was Nebuchadnezzar who made the bold declaration about the power and glory of God: “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!” (v. 28). 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 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask🙋🏿‍♀️🗣what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Rescuing Villains.
Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel😇👼🏿and rescued His servants!Daniel 3:28.
The comic book hero🦸🏿‍♀️🦸🏿‍♂️is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero🦸🏿‍♀️🦸🏿‍♂️movies🍿🎥🎞🎬🎟📽accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why are people so drawn to big action flicks?
Maybe it’s because, in part, such stories resemble GOD✝️💝🎁’s Big Story. There’s a hero🦸🏿‍♂️, a villain👹👿🐲🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️👽☠️💀👺, a people👨‍👩‍👧‍👦in need of rescue, and plenty of riveting action.
In this story, the biggest villain is Satan👿, the enemy of our souls. But there are lots of “little” villains as well. In the book of Daniel, for example, one is Nebuchadnezzar, the king of much of the known world, who decided to kill anyone who didn’t worship his giant statue (Daniel 3:1-6). When three courageous Jewish🇮🇱🕎🔯✡️🕍officials refused (vv. 12-18), GOD✝️💝🎁dramatically rescued them from a blazing furnace (vv. 24-27).
But in a surprising twist, we see this villain’s heart begin to change. In response to this spectacular event, Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego” (v. 28).
But then he threatened to kill anyone who defied GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 29), not yet understanding that GOD✝️💝🎁didn’t need his help. Nebuchadnezzar would learn more about GOD✝️💝🎁in chapter 4—but that’s another story.
What we see in Nebuchadnezzar isn’t just a villain, but someone on a spiritual journey. In GOD✝️💝🎁’s story of redemption, our hero, JESUS✝️💝🎁, reaches out to everyone needing rescue—including the villains among us.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Daniel 3, it’s interesting to note the contrasting proclamations about GOD✝️💝🎁’s power. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar didn’t believe their GOD✝️💝🎁could save them and said, “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (v. 15). But the three men boldly declared the power of GOD✝️💝🎁and their commitment to Him, responding that “the GOD✝️💝🎁we serve is able to deliver us” (v. 17). Then when they exited the furnace and stood before the king and his officials unharmed—without “a hair of their heads singed” (v. 27)—it was Nebuchadnezzar who made the bold declaration about the power and glory of GOD✝️💝🎁: “Praise be to the GOD✝️💝🎁of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel😇👼🏿and rescued His servants!” (v. 28)
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁 prayed for those who persecuted Him. We can do the same.
Who do you know in need of GOD✝️💝🎁’s rescue? What can you do to help?
.

.
JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask🙋🏿‍♀️🗣what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.7.kjv
The comic book hero is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero movies accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

June 18 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22
Rescuing Villains
Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!
Daniel 3:28

READ DANIEL 3:26–30

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
The comic book hero is as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, six superhero movies accounted for more than $4 billion (US) in box office sales. But why are people so drawn to big action flicks?
Maybe it’s because, in part, such stories resemble God’s Big Story. There’s a hero, a villain, a people in need of rescue, and plenty of riveting action.
In this story, the biggest villain is Satan, the enemy of our souls. But there are lots of “little” villains as well. In the book of Daniel, for example, one is Nebuchadnezzar, the king of much of the known world, who decided to kill anyone who didn’t worship his giant statue (Daniel 3:1-6). When three courageous Jewish officials refused (vv. 12-18), God dramatically rescued them from a blazing furnace (vv. 24-27).
But in a surprising twist, we see this villain’s heart begin to change. In response to this spectacular event, Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego” (v. 28).
But then he threatened to kill anyone who defied God (v. 29), not yet understanding that God didn’t need his help. Nebuchadnezzar would learn more about God in chapter 4—but that’s another story.
What we see in Nebuchadnezzar isn’t just a villain, but someone on a spiritual journey. In God’s story of redemption, our hero, Jesus, reaches out to everyone needing rescue—including the villains among us.
By Tim Gustafson
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In Daniel 3, it’s interesting to note the contrasting proclamations about God’s power. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar didn’t believe their God could save them and said, “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (v. 15). But the three men boldly declared the power of God and their commitment to Him, responding that “the God we serve is able to deliver us” (v. 17). Then when they exited the furnace and stood before the king and his officials unharmed—without “a hair of their heads singed” (v. 27)—it was Nebuchadnezzar who made the bold declaration about the power and glory of God: “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!” (v. 28). J.R. Hudberg

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Fathers/Daddy Day 2019 – To moi bebe👼🏿 ina heaven🌃🌌 – YES I AM A FATHER👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 – I know that someday I will see you again in heaven🌃🌌……. The tears😰😢😭💧😥 that I shed for you 7 years ago in 2012 will never be forgotten………. 2012 – To the 2 children moi son Lecorion n dawta A’Jhadai that I finally learned how to sacrifice (The TRUE mark of PARENThood) by making them food 1st when I was hungry, I miss and LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 you both. 2016 – Celebrating Daddy/Dawta day with moi Supergirl🦸🏽‍♂️ dawta Liya. She still asks about moi EVERYday😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖. I will see you and Alenta soon to celebrate your 9th earthstrong🎂🎈🍰🎉🎁birthday. To ALL the many great Fathers/Dads/examples of GODly men who have blessed my life afta moi Father Ronald Cooper(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), left this earth when I was 7 years old ….. I LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 and appreciate you all……… Uncle Tony, Uncle Milo(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), Uncle Andrew, Uncle Gary(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), Uncle Teddy, Uncle Edwin, Uncle Peter, Uncle Robin, Uncle Stan. To ALL the many great Fathers/Dads who have started on their PARENThood journey, I LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 you ALL. To ALL of our ABBA✝️ FATHER✝️👨‍👩‍👦‍👦!😎 (DEAR✝️ PAPPA✝️!😎) A FATHER✝️👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️ in His holy habitation. Psalms 68:5. DEAR.PAPAAbba.FATHER. Help me live a life that pleases You. A good father reflects the LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 of the heavenly FATHER -> LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖, JOY😂😹, peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ALLways remember …. LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 IS the GREATEST. 1.LOVE.MC

Fathers/Daddy Day 2019 –

To moi bebe👼🏿 ina heaven🌃🌌 – YES I AM A FATHER👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 – I know that someday I will see you again in heaven🌃🌌…….
The tears😰😢😭💧😥 that I shed for you 7 years ago in 2012 will never be forgotten……….

2012 – To the 2 children moi son Lecorion n dawta A’Jhadai that I finally learned how to sacrifice (The TRUE mark of PARENThood) by making them food 1st when I was hungry, I miss and LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 you both.

2016 – Celebrating Daddy/Dawta day with moi Supergirl🦸🏽‍♂️ dawta Liya. She still asks about moi EVERYday😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖. I will see you and Alenta soon to celebrate your 9th earthstrong🎂🎈🍰🎉🎁birthday.

To ALL the many great Fathers/Dads/examples of GODly men who have blessed my life afta moi Father Ronald Cooper(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), left this earth when I was 7 years old ….. I LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 and appreciate you all……… Uncle Tony, Uncle Milo(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), Uncle Andrew, Uncle Gary(see yuh in heaven🌃🌌), Uncle Teddy, Uncle Edwin, Uncle Peter, Uncle Robin, Uncle Stan.

To ALL the many great Fathers/Dads who have started on their PARENThood journey, I LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 you ALL.

To ALL of our ABBA✝️ FATHER✝️👨‍👩‍👦‍👦!😎 (DEAR✝️ PAPPA✝️!😎)
A FATHER✝️👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️ in His holy habitation. Psalms 68:5.
DEAR.PAPAAbba.FATHER. Help me live a life that pleases You.
A good father reflects the LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖 of the heavenly FATHER -> LOVE😍🥰❤️❣️💕💞💓💗💝💘💖, JOY😂😹, peace✌🏿🕊🏳️☮️, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

ALLways remember ….
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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts🎁💝unto your children👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👶🏿👧🏿🧒🏿how much more shall your heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁give the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 to them that ask Him?” Stick-Figure Lesson. What we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present. 2 Corinthians 10:11. A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an outline around the figure, about a half-inch larger, and named it the “public” self. The difference between the two figures, between the private and public selves, represents the degree to which we have integrity. I paused at her lesson and wondered, Am I the same person in public that I am in private? Do I have integrity? Paul wrote letters to the church in Corinth, weaving LOVE✝️💝🎁and discipline into his teachings to be like JESUS✝️💝🎁. As he neared the end of this letter (2 Corinthians), he addressed accusers who challenged his integrity by saying he was bold in his letters but weak in person (10:10). These critics used professional oratory to take money from their listeners. While Paul possessed academic prowess, he spoke simply and plainly. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” he had written in an earlier letter, “but with a demonstration of the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). His later letter revealed his integrity: “Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present” (2 Corinthians 10:11). Paul presented himself as the same person in public that he was in private. How about us? SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul writes, “The weapons [CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians] fight with are not the weapons of the world. . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds” (the obstacles of sin and evil opposed to the truth of GOD✝️💝🎁). These spiritual weapons include truth, righteousness, faith, the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁, the Word of GOD✝️💝🎁, LOVE✝️💝🎁, and the hope of salvation (Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). We stand against evil through our relationship with the SON✝️💝🎁and the power of prayer and GOD✝️💝🎁’s Word. REFLECT & PRAY Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, help me to be myself first to You in private, that I might present myself with integrity as the same person in public. In what ways are you integrating your private and public life? How might you honor GOD✝️💝🎁 even more fully with complete integrity? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts🎁💝unto your children👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👶🏿👧🏿🧒🏿how much more shall your heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁give the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁to them that ask Him?” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/luk.11.13.kjv A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 17 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 7-9; Acts 3 Stick-Figure Lesson What we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present. 2 Corinthians 10:11 READ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:1–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an outline around the figure, about a half-inch larger, and named it the “public” self. The difference between the two figures, between the private and public selves, represents the degree to which we have integrity. I paused at her lesson and wondered, Am I the same person in public that I am in private? Do I have integrity? Paul wrote letters to the church in Corinth, weaving love and discipline into his teachings to be like Jesus. As he neared the end of this letter (2 Corinthians), he addressed accusers who challenged his integrity by saying he was bold in his letters but weak in person (10:10). These critics used professional oratory to take money from their listeners. While Paul possessed academic prowess, he spoke simply and plainly. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” he had written in an earlier letter, “but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). His later letter revealed his integrity: “Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present” (2 Corinthians 10:11). Paul presented himself as the same person in public that he was in private. How about us? By Elisa Morgan REFLECT & PRAY Dear God, help me to be myself first to You in private, that I might present myself with integrity as the same person in public. In what ways are you integrating your private and public life? How might you honor God even more fully with complete integrity? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul writes, “The weapons [Christians] fight with are not the weapons of the world. . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds” (the obstacles of sin and evil opposed to the truth of God). These spiritual weapons include truth, righteousness, faith, the Spirit, the Word of God, love, and the hope of salvation (Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). We stand against evil through our relationship with the Son and the power of prayer and God’s Word. 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✝️💝🎁“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts🎁💝unto your children👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👶🏿👧🏿🧒🏿how much more shall your heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁give the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 to them that ask Him?”
Stick-Figure Lesson.
What we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present. 2 Corinthians 10:11.
A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an outline around the figure, about a half-inch larger, and named it the “public” self. The difference between the two figures, between the private and public selves, represents the degree to which we have integrity.
I paused at her lesson and wondered, Am I the same person in public that I am in private? Do I have integrity?
Paul wrote letters to the church in Corinth, weaving LOVE✝️💝🎁and discipline into his teachings to be like JESUS✝️💝🎁. As he neared the end of this letter (2 Corinthians), he addressed accusers who challenged his integrity by saying he was bold in his letters but weak in person (10:10). These critics used professional oratory to take money from their listeners. While Paul possessed academic prowess, he spoke simply and plainly. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” he had written in an earlier letter, “but with a demonstration of the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). His later letter revealed his integrity: “Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present” (2 Corinthians 10:11).
Paul presented himself as the same person in public that he was in private. How about us?
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul writes, “The weapons [CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians] fight with are not the weapons of the world. . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds” (the obstacles of sin and evil opposed to the truth of GOD✝️💝🎁). These spiritual weapons include truth, righteousness, faith, the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁, the Word of GOD✝️💝🎁, LOVE✝️💝🎁, and the hope of salvation (Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). We stand against evil through our relationship with the SON✝️💝🎁and the power of prayer and GOD✝️💝🎁’s Word.
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, help me to be myself first to You in private, that I might present myself with integrity as the same person in public.
In what ways are you integrating your private and public life? How might you honor GOD✝️💝🎁 even more fully with complete integrity?
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JESUS✝️💝🎁“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts🎁💝unto your children👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👶🏿👧🏿🧒🏿how much more shall your heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁give the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁to them that ask Him?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/luk.11.13.kjv

A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an…
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What we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
2 Corinthians 10:11

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A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an outline around the figure, about a half-inch larger, and named it the “public” self. The difference between the two figures, between the private and public selves, represents the degree to which we have integrity.
I paused at her lesson and wondered, Am I the same person in public that I am in private? Do I have integrity?
Paul wrote letters to the church in Corinth, weaving love and discipline into his teachings to be like Jesus. As he neared the end of this letter (2 Corinthians), he addressed accusers who challenged his integrity by saying he was bold in his letters but weak in person (10:10). These critics used professional oratory to take money from their listeners. While Paul possessed academic prowess, he spoke simply and plainly. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” he had written in an earlier letter, “but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). His later letter revealed his integrity: “Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present” (2 Corinthians 10:11).
Paul presented himself as the same person in public that he was in private. How about us?
By Elisa Morgan
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, help me to be myself first to You in private, that I might present myself with integrity as the same person in public.

In what ways are you integrating your private and public life? How might you honor God even more fully with complete integrity?

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

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul writes, “The weapons [Christians] fight with are not the weapons of the world. . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds” (the obstacles of sin and evil opposed to the truth of God). These spiritual weapons include truth, righteousness, faith, the Spirit, the Word of God, love, and the hope of salvation (Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). We stand against evil through our relationship with the Son and the power of prayer and God’s Word. Alyson Kieda

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- Happy FATHER✝️💝🎁’s Day. Like as a father👨‍👩‍👧‍👦pitieth his children🧒🏿👦🏿, so the LORD✝️💝🎁pitieth them that fear Him. The Savior Who Knows Us. “How do You know me?” Nathanael asked.John 1:48. “Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched his face light up. Gotcha! his beaming smile said. I felt delight too—the kind that comes from knowing your child the way only a parent can. Like any attentive parent, I know my children. I know how they’ll respond when I wake them up. I know what they’ll want in their lunches. I know countless interests, desires, and preferences. But for all that, I’ll never know them perfectly, inside and out, the way our LORD✝️💝🎁knows us. We catch a glimpse of the kind of intimate knowledge JESUS✝️💝🎁has of His people in John 1. As Nathanael, who Philip had urged to meet JESUS✝️💝🎁, moved toward Him, JESUS✝️💝🎁pronounced, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (v. 47). Startled, Nathanael responded, “How do you know me?” Somewhat mysteriously, JESUS✝️💝🎁replied that He’d seen him under the fig tree (v. 48). We may not know why JESUS✝️💝🎁chose to share this particular detail, but it seems Nathaniel did! Overwhelmed, he responded, “Rabbi, You are the SON✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 49). JESUS✝️💝🎁knows each of us like this: intimately, completely, and perfectly—the way we long to be known. And He accepts us completely—inviting us to be, not only His followers, but His beLOVE✝️💝🎁d friends (John 15:15). SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The twelve apostles (disciples) are named in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16 (known as the Synoptic Gospels because they are similar in content and order), but not in John’s gospel. Instead, John tells of how five of JESUS✝️💝🎁’s disciples (only four are named: Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael), first met Him (John 1:35-51). Because Nathanael is not listed as one of the twelve in the Synoptics, this has raised the question about his identity. Bible scholars say that Nathanael is the same person as Bartholomew. Two reasons are given. First, there’s no mention of Nathanael in the Synoptic Gospels and no mention of Bartholomew in John’s gospel. Second, since Philip and Bartholomew are always listed together, and Philip is listed with Nathanael in John 1:43-45, scholars conclude that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person. REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁knows us the way we long to be known. JESUS✝️💝🎁, Thank You for knowing me fully, inside and out, and for LOVE✝️💝🎁ing, forgiving, and accepting me just the way I am. Thank You for inviting me into the adventure of following You. . . “Like as a father👨‍👩‍👧‍👦pitieth his children🧒🏿👦🏿, so the LORD✝️💝🎁pitieth them that fear Him.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.103.13.kjv “Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 16 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47 The Savior Who Knows Us “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. John 1:48 READ JOHN 1:43–51 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched his face light up. Gotcha! his beaming smile said. I felt delight too—the kind that comes from knowing your child the way only a parent can. Like any attentive parent, I know my children. I know how they’ll respond when I wake them up. I know what they’ll want in their lunches. I know countless interests, desires, and preferences. But for all that, I’ll never know them perfectly, inside and out, the way our Lord knows us. We catch a glimpse of the kind of intimate knowledge Jesus has of His people in John 1. As Nathanael, who Philip had urged to meet Jesus, moved toward Him, Jesus pronounced, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (v. 47). Startled, Nathanael responded, “How do you know me?” Somewhat mysteriously, Jesus replied that He’d seen him under the fig tree (v. 48). We may not know why Jesus chose to share this particular detail, but it seems Nathaniel did! Overwhelmed, he responded, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God” (v. 49). Jesus knows each of us like this: intimately, completely, and perfectly—the way we long to be known. And He accepts us completely—inviting us to be, not only His followers, but His beloved friends (John 15:15). By Adam Holz REFLECT & PRAY Jesus knows us the way we long to be known. Jesus, Thank You for knowing me fully, inside and out, and for loving, forgiving, and accepting me just the way I am. Thank You for inviting me into the adventure of following You. Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The twelve apostles (disciples) are named in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16 (known as the Synoptic Gospels because they are similar in content and order), but not in John’s gospel. Instead, John tells of how five of Jesus’s disciples (only four are named: Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael), first met Him (John 1:35-51). Because Nathanael is not listed as one of the twelve in the Synoptics, this has raised the question about his identity. Bible scholars say that Nathanael is the same person as Bartholomew. Two reasons are given. First, there’s no mention of Nathanael in the Synoptic Gospels and no mention of Bartholomew in John’s gospel. Second, since Philip and Bartholomew are always listed together, and Philip is listed with Nathanael in John 1:43-45, scholars conclude that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person. 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 🍞✝️📖- Happy
FATHER✝️💝🎁’s Day.
Like as a father👨‍👩‍👧‍👦pitieth his children🧒🏿👦🏿, so the LORD✝️💝🎁pitieth them that fear Him.
The Savior Who Knows Us.
“How do You know me?” Nathanael asked.John 1:48.
“Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched his face light up. Gotcha! his beaming smile said. I felt delight too—the kind that comes from knowing your child the way only a parent can.
Like any attentive parent, I know my children. I know how they’ll respond when I wake them up. I know what they’ll want in their lunches. I know countless interests, desires, and preferences.
But for all that, I’ll never know them perfectly, inside and out, the way our LORD✝️💝🎁knows us.
We catch a glimpse of the kind of intimate knowledge JESUS✝️💝🎁has of His people in John 1. As Nathanael, who Philip had urged to meet JESUS✝️💝🎁, moved toward Him, JESUS✝️💝🎁pronounced, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (v. 47). Startled, Nathanael responded, “How do you know me?” Somewhat mysteriously, JESUS✝️💝🎁replied that He’d seen him under the fig tree (v. 48).
We may not know why JESUS✝️💝🎁chose to share this particular detail, but it seems Nathaniel did! Overwhelmed, he responded, “Rabbi, You are the SON✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 49).
JESUS✝️💝🎁knows each of us like this: intimately, completely, and perfectly—the way we long to be known. And He accepts us completely—inviting us to be, not only His followers, but His beLOVE✝️💝🎁d friends (John 15:15).
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The twelve apostles (disciples) are named in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16 (known as the Synoptic Gospels because they are similar in content and order), but not in John’s gospel. Instead, John tells of how five of JESUS✝️💝🎁’s disciples (only four are named: Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael), first met Him (John 1:35-51). Because Nathanael is not listed as one of the twelve in the Synoptics, this has raised the question about his identity. Bible scholars say that Nathanael is the same person as Bartholomew. Two reasons are given. First, there’s no mention of Nathanael in the Synoptic Gospels and no mention of Bartholomew in John’s gospel. Second, since Philip and Bartholomew are always listed together, and Philip is listed with Nathanael in John 1:43-45, scholars conclude that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person.
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁knows us the way we long to be known.
JESUS✝️💝🎁, Thank You for knowing me fully, inside and out, and for LOVE✝️💝🎁ing, forgiving, and accepting me just the way I am. Thank You for inviting me into the adventure of following You.
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“Like as a father👨‍👩‍👧‍👦pitieth his children🧒🏿👦🏿, so the LORD✝️💝🎁pitieth them that fear Him.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.103.13.kjv
“Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched…
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“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
John 1:48

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“Dad, what time is it?” my son asked from the back seat. “It’s 5:30.” I knew exactly what he’d say next. “No, it’s 5:28!” I watched his face light up. Gotcha! his beaming smile said. I felt delight too—the kind that comes from knowing your child the way only a parent can.
Like any attentive parent, I know my children. I know how they’ll respond when I wake them up. I know what they’ll want in their lunches. I know countless interests, desires, and preferences.
But for all that, I’ll never know them perfectly, inside and out, the way our Lord knows us.
We catch a glimpse of the kind of intimate knowledge Jesus has of His people in John 1. As Nathanael, who Philip had urged to meet Jesus, moved toward Him, Jesus pronounced, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (v. 47). Startled, Nathanael responded, “How do you know me?” Somewhat mysteriously, Jesus replied that He’d seen him under the fig tree (v. 48).
We may not know why Jesus chose to share this particular detail, but it seems Nathaniel did! Overwhelmed, he responded, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God” (v. 49).
Jesus knows each of us like this: intimately, completely, and perfectly—the way we long to be known. And He accepts us completely—inviting us to be, not only His followers, but His beloved friends (John 15:15).
By Adam Holz
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Jesus knows us the way we long to be known.

Jesus, Thank You for knowing me fully, inside and out, and for loving, forgiving, and accepting me just the way I am. Thank You for inviting me into the adventure of following You.

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The twelve apostles (disciples) are named in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16 (known as the Synoptic Gospels because they are similar in content and order), but not in John’s gospel. Instead, John tells of how five of Jesus’s disciples (only four are named: Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael), first met Him (John 1:35-51). Because Nathanael is not listed as one of the twelve in the Synoptics, this has raised the question about his identity. Bible scholars say that Nathanael is the same person as Bartholomew. Two reasons are given. First, there’s no mention of Nathanael in the Synoptic Gospels and no mention of Bartholomew in John’s gospel. Second, since Philip and Bartholomew are always listed together, and Philip is listed with Nathanael in John 1:43-45, scholars conclude that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person. K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- A FATHER✝️💝🎁of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️💝🎁in His holy habitation. Clear Communication The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.Romans 8:26. While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen of death.” Seeking help, I found a computer shop and encountered another problem—I don’t speak Chinese and the shop’s technician didn’t speak English. The solution? He pulled up a software program in which he typed in Chinese, but I could read it in English. The process reversed as I responded in English and he read in Chinese. The software allowed us to communicate clearly, even in different languages. At times, I feel like I’m unable to communicate and express my heart when I pray to my heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁—and I’m not alone. Many of us struggle sometimes with prayer. But the apostle Paul wrote, “The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, because the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁intercedes for GOD✝️💝🎁’s people in accordance with the will of GOD✝️💝🎁” (Romans 8:26-27). How amazing is the gift of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁! Better than any computer program, He clearly communicates my thoughts and desires in harmony with the FATHER✝️💝🎁’s purposes. The work of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁makes prayer work! SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he uses the word groanor groaningthree times (vv. 22-23, 26). However, each sigh comes with hope: ALL creation groans like a mother in labor (v. 22). With a taste (“firstfruit”) of Christ’s SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, we groan in anticipation of a better day (vv. 23-25; see also Galatians 5:22-23). And as we groan, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of God groans with us and for us (Romans 8:26-27)—understanding far better than we do that nothing can separate us from the LOVE✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁(vv. 31-39). REFLECT & PRAY FATHER✝️💝🎁, I thank You for the gift of Your SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 and the privilege of prayer. Help me to lean on Your SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 in moments when I don’t know how to pray. What challenges have you experienced in your prayer life? How can you lean on the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 as you seek to pray more passionately to GOD✝️💝🎁? . . “A FATHER✝️💝🎁of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️💝🎁in His holy habitation.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.68.5.kjv While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 14 | Bible in a Year: Ezra 9-10; Acts 1 Clear Communication The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 READ ROMANS 8:18–27 audio playLISTEN ONLINE While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen of death.” Seeking help, I found a computer shop and encountered another problem—I don’t speak Chinese and the shop’s technician didn’t speak English. The solution? He pulled up a software program in which he typed in Chinese, but I could read it in English. The process reversed as I responded in English and he read in Chinese. The software allowed us to communicate clearly, even in different languages. At times, I feel like I’m unable to communicate and express my heart when I pray to my heavenly Father—and I’m not alone. Many of us struggle sometimes with prayer. But the apostle Paul wrote, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27). How amazing is the gift of the Holy Spirit! Better than any computer program, He clearly communicates my thoughts and desires in harmony with the Father’s purposes. The work of the Spirit makes prayer work! By Bill Crowder REFLECT & PRAY Father, I thank You for the gift of Your Spirit and the privilege of prayer. Help me to lean on Your Spirit in moments when I don’t know how to pray. What challenges have you experienced in your prayer life? How can you lean on the Holy Spirit as you seek to pray more passionately to God? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he uses the word groan or groaning three times (vv. 22-23, 26). However, each sigh comes with hope: All creation groans like a mother in labor (v. 22). With a taste (“firstfruit”) of Christ’s Spirit, we groan in anticipation of a better day (vv. 23-25; see also Galatians 5:22-23). And as we groan, the Spirit of God groans with us and for us (Romans 8:26-27)—understanding far better than we do that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (vv. 31-39). 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 🍞✝️📖- A FATHER✝️💝🎁of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️💝🎁in His holy habitation.
Clear Communication
The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.Romans 8:26.
While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen of death.” Seeking help, I found a computer shop and encountered another problem—I don’t speak Chinese and the shop’s technician didn’t speak English. The solution? He pulled up a software program in which he typed in Chinese, but I could read it in English. The process reversed as I responded in English and he read in Chinese. The software allowed us to communicate clearly, even in different languages.
At times, I feel like I’m unable to communicate and express my heart when I pray to my heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁—and I’m not alone. Many of us struggle sometimes with prayer. But the apostle Paul wrote, “The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, because the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁intercedes for GOD✝️💝🎁’s people in accordance with the will of GOD✝️💝🎁” (Romans 8:26-27).
How amazing is the gift of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁! Better than any computer program, He clearly communicates my thoughts and desires in harmony with the FATHER✝️💝🎁’s purposes. The work of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁makes prayer work!
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he uses the word groanor groaningthree times (vv. 22-23, 26). However, each sigh comes with hope: ALL creation groans like a mother in labor (v. 22). With a taste (“firstfruit”) of Christ’s SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, we groan in anticipation of a better day (vv. 23-25; see also Galatians 5:22-23). And as we groan, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of God groans with us and for us (Romans 8:26-27)—understanding far better than we do that nothing can separate us from the LOVE✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁(vv. 31-39).
REFLECT & PRAY
FATHER✝️💝🎁, I thank You for the gift of Your SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 and the privilege of prayer. Help me to lean on Your SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 in moments when I don’t know how to pray.
What challenges have you experienced in your prayer life? How can you lean on the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 as you seek to pray more passionately to GOD✝️💝🎁?
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“A FATHER✝️💝🎁of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD✝️💝🎁in His holy habitation.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.68.5.kjv
While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen…
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Clear Communication
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26

READ ROMANS 8:18–27

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
While traveling in Asia, my iPad (containing my reading material and many work documents) suddenly died, a condition described as “the black screen of death.” Seeking help, I found a computer shop and encountered another problem—I don’t speak Chinese and the shop’s technician didn’t speak English. The solution? He pulled up a software program in which he typed in Chinese, but I could read it in English. The process reversed as I responded in English and he read in Chinese. The software allowed us to communicate clearly, even in different languages.
At times, I feel like I’m unable to communicate and express my heart when I pray to my heavenly Father—and I’m not alone. Many of us struggle sometimes with prayer. But the apostle Paul wrote, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
How amazing is the gift of the Holy Spirit! Better than any computer program, He clearly communicates my thoughts and desires in harmony with the Father’s purposes. The work of the Spirit makes prayer work!
By Bill Crowder
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, I thank You for the gift of Your Spirit and the privilege of prayer. Help me to lean on Your Spirit in moments when I don’t know how to pray.

What challenges have you experienced in your prayer life? How can you lean on the Holy Spirit as you seek to pray more passionately to God?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he uses the word groan or groaning three times (vv. 22-23, 26). However, each sigh comes with hope: All creation groans like a mother in labor (v. 22). With a taste (“firstfruit”) of Christ’s Spirit, we groan in anticipation of a better day (vv. 23-25; see also Galatians 5:22-23). And as we groan, the Spirit of God groans with us and for us (Romans 8:26-27)—understanding far better than we do that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (vv. 31-39). Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity). And above ALL things have fervent LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) among yourselves: for LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) shall cover the multitude of sins. Only a Gypsy Boy. You👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒🛐☦️are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession.1 Peter 2:9. Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents. Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that GOD✝️💝🎁had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said, “The way to JESUS✝️💝🎁is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.” Against ALL odds, Rodney became an evangelist who GOD✝️💝🎁used to bring many to JESUS✝️💝🎁in the UK and US. Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the reLIE🤥gious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13), a fisherman from Galilee—when JESUS✝️💝🎁called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow JESUS✝️💝🎁are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9). Through JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁ALL people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of GOD✝️💝🎁and be used by Him. Becoming GOD✝️💝🎁’s “special possession” is for ALL who believe in JESUS✝️💝🎁. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Peter’s writing in the New Testament demonstrated his familiarity with the Scriptures (what we know as our Old Testament). In 1 Peter 2 alone, Peter quotes or alludes to at least five different passages. In verse 6 the reference is to Isaiah 28:16, verse 7 is taken from Psalm 118:22, and verse 8 is from Isaiah 8:14. The choice words in verse 9, referring to believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁, were used in Exodus 19:5-6 to describe the nation of Israel: “Out of ALL nations you will be My treasured possession. . . . [Y]ou will be for Me a KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom of priests and a holy nation.” And the writing of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:6, 9-10) was on his mind when Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of GOD✝️💝🎁; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁, I thank You that my identity is found in You. What does it mean for you to be part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession? How are you encouraged by the fact that GOD✝️💝🎁 can use you for His honor? . . LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity). “And above ALL things have fervent LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) among yourselves: for LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) shall cover the multitude of sins.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1pe.4.8.kjv “Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 13 | Bible in a Year: Ezra 6-8; John 21 Only a Gypsy Boy You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. 1 Peter 2:9 READ 1 PETER 2:4–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents. Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that God had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said, “The way to Jesus is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.” Against all odds, Rodney became an evangelist who God used to bring many to Jesus in the UK and US. Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the religious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13), a fisherman from Galilee—when Jesus called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow Jesus are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9). Through Jesus Christ all people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of God and be used by Him. Becoming God’s “special possession” is for all who believe in Jesus. By Estera Pirosca Escobar REFLECT & PRAY God, I thank You that my identity is found in You. What does it mean for you to be part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, God’s special possession? How are you encouraged by the fact that God can use you for His honor? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Peter’s writing in the New Testament demonstrated his familiarity with the Scriptures (what we know as our Old Testament). In 1 Peter 2 alone, Peter quotes or alludes to at least five different passages. In verse 6 the reference is to Isaiah 28:16, verse 7 is taken from Psalm 118:22, and verse 8 is from Isaiah 8:14. The choice words in verse 9, referring to believers in Jesus, were used in Exodus 19:5-6 to describe the nation of Israel: “Out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. . . . [Y]ou will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” And the writing of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:6, 9-10) was on his mind when Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 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 🍞✝️📖- LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity).
And above ALL things have fervent LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) among yourselves: for LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) shall cover the multitude of sins.
Only a Gypsy Boy.
You👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💒🛐☦️are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession.1 Peter 2:9.
Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents. Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that GOD✝️💝🎁had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said, “The way to JESUS✝️💝🎁is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.” Against ALL odds, Rodney became an evangelist who GOD✝️💝🎁used to bring many to JESUS✝️💝🎁in the UK and US.
Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the reLIE🤥gious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13), a fisherman from Galilee—when JESUS✝️💝🎁called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow JESUS✝️💝🎁are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).
Through JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁ALL people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of GOD✝️💝🎁and be used by Him. Becoming GOD✝️💝🎁’s “special possession” is for ALL who believe in JESUS✝️💝🎁.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Peter’s writing in the New Testament demonstrated his familiarity with the Scriptures (what we know as our Old Testament). In 1 Peter 2 alone, Peter quotes or alludes to at least five different passages. In verse 6 the reference is to Isaiah 28:16, verse 7 is taken from Psalm 118:22, and verse 8 is from Isaiah 8:14. The choice words in verse 9, referring to believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁, were used in Exodus 19:5-6 to describe the nation of Israel: “Out of ALL nations you will be My treasured possession. . . . [Y]ou will be for Me a KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom of priests and a holy nation.” And the writing of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:6, 9-10) was on his mind when Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of GOD✝️💝🎁; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁, I thank You that my identity is found in You.
What does it mean for you to be part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, GOD✝️💝🎁’s special possession? How are you encouraged by the fact that GOD✝️💝🎁 can use you for His honor?
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LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity).
“And above ALL things have fervent LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) among yourselves: for LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) shall cover the multitude of sins.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1pe.4.8.kjv
“Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a…
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Only a Gypsy Boy
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.
1 Peter 2:9

READ 1 PETER 2:4–10

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“Oh, it’s only a gypsy boy,” someone whispered with disgust when Rodney Smith walked to the front of the chapel to receive Christ during a service in 1877. Nobody thought much of this teenager, the son of uneducated gypsy parents. Yet, Rodney didn’t listen to those voices. He was certain that God had a purpose for his life so he bought himself a Bible and an English dictionary and taught himself how to read and write. He once said, “The way to Jesus is not by Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, or the poets. It is . . . an old-fashioned hill called Calvary.” Against all odds, Rodney became an evangelist who God used to bring many to Jesus in the UK and US.
Peter too was just a simple man—untrained in the religious rabbinic schools (Acts 4:13), a fisherman from Galilee—when Jesus called him with two simple words: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Yet the same Peter, despite his upbringing and the failures he experienced along the way, later affirmed that those who follow Jesus are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).
Through Jesus Christ all people—whatever their education, upbringing, gender, or ethnicity—can be a part of the family of God and be used by Him. Becoming God’s “special possession” is for all who believe in Jesus.
By Estera Pirosca Escobar
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God, I thank You that my identity is found in You.

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Peter’s writing in the New Testament demonstrated his familiarity with the Scriptures (what we know as our Old Testament). In 1 Peter 2 alone, Peter quotes or alludes to at least five different passages. In verse 6 the reference is to Isaiah 28:16, verse 7 is taken from Psalm 118:22, and verse 8 is from Isaiah 8:14. The choice words in verse 9, referring to believers in Jesus, were used in Exodus 19:5-6 to describe the nation of Israel: “Out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. . . . [Y]ou will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” And the writing of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:6, 9-10) was on his mind when Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity). “LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) suffereth long, and is kind; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) envieth not; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Destroying the Shroud. [GOD✝️💝🎁] will destroy✂️🗡🔪⚔️💣the shroud that enfolds ALL peoples🌍🌏🌎🗺🇧🇷🇦🇺🇦🇴🇩🇪🇬🇾🇯🇲🇲🇰🇿🇦🇦🇪🇬🇧.Isaiah 25:7. A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,” Franco explained. Twenty-one years later, she injured her back in a fall. After waking from surgery (which had nothing to do with her eyes), miraculously, her sight had returned! For the first time in more than two decades, Franco saw her daughter’s face. The neurosurgeon insisted there was no scientific explanation for her restored vision. The darkness that seemed so final gave way to beauty and light. The Scriptures, as well as our experience, tell us that a shroud of ignorance and evil covers the world, blinding🙈ALL of us to GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁(Isaiah 25:7). Selfishness and greed, our self-sufficiency, our lust for power or image—all these compulsions obscure our vision, making us unable to clearly see the GOD✝️💝🎁who “in perfect faithfulness [has] done wonderful things” (v. 1). One translation calls this blinding shroud a “cloud of gloom” (nlt). Left to ourselves, we experience only darkness, confusion, and despair. We often feel trapped—groping and stumbling, unable to see our way forward. Thankfully, Isaiah promises that GOD✝️💝🎁will ultimately “destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples” (v. 7). GOD✝️💝🎁will not leave us hopeless. His radiant LOVE✝️💝🎁removes whatever blinds us, surprising us with a beautiful vision of a good life and abundant grace. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT One of the realities of life in a broken world is that death, shame, and grief dominate our experience. Isaiah’s prophecy responds to these destructive concerns with the promise of 25:8—GOD✝️💝🎁“will swallow up death forever” and wipe away every tear. This promise is echoed in the Bible’s last book, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁, the gloom is everywhere these days. It’s so difficult to see Your truth and LOVE✝️💝🎁. Will You help me? I’m hopeless without You. Where do you sense the darkness in your world? How do you imagine JESUS✝️💝🎁 destroys that place? . . LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity). “LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) suffereth long, and is kind; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) envieth not; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1co.13.4-5.kjv A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,”… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 12 | Bible in a Year: Ezra 3-5; John 20 Destroying the Shroud [God] will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples. Isaiah 25:7 READ ISAIAH 25:1–9 audio playLISTEN ONLINE A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,” Franco explained. Twenty-one years later, she injured her back in a fall. After waking from surgery (which had nothing to do with her eyes), miraculously, her sight had returned! For the first time in more than two decades, Franco saw her daughter’s face. The neurosurgeon insisted there was no scientific explanation for her restored vision. The darkness that seemed so final gave way to beauty and light. The Scriptures, as well as our experience, tell us that a shroud of ignorance and evil covers the world, blinding all of us to God’s love (Isaiah 25:7). Selfishness and greed, our self-sufficiency, our lust for power or image—all these compulsions obscure our vision, making us unable to clearly see the God who “in perfect faithfulness [has] done wonderful things” (v. 1). One translation calls this blinding shroud a “cloud of gloom” (nlt). Left to ourselves, we experience only darkness, confusion, and despair. We often feel trapped—groping and stumbling, unable to see our way forward. Thankfully, Isaiah promises that God will ultimately “destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples” (v. 7). God will not leave us hopeless. His radiant love removes whatever blinds us, surprising us with a beautiful vision of a good life and abundant grace. By Winn Collier REFLECT & PRAY God, the gloom is everywhere these days. It’s so difficult to see Your truth and love. Will You help me? I’m hopeless without You. Where do you sense the darkness in your world? How do you imagine Jesus destroys that place? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT One of the realities of life in a broken world is that death, shame, and grief dominate our experience. Isaiah’s prophecy responds to these destructive concerns with the promise of 25:8—God “will swallow up death forever” and wipe away every tear. This promise is echoed in the Bible’s last book, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). 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✝️💝🎁(Charity).
“LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) suffereth long, and is kind; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) envieth not; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Destroying the Shroud.
[GOD✝️💝🎁] will destroy✂️🗡🔪⚔️💣the shroud that enfolds ALL peoples🌍🌏🌎🗺🇧🇷🇦🇺🇦🇴🇩🇪🇬🇾🇯🇲🇲🇰🇿🇦🇦🇪🇬🇧.Isaiah 25:7.
A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,” Franco explained. Twenty-one years later, she injured her back in a fall. After waking from surgery (which had nothing to do with her eyes), miraculously, her sight had returned! For the first time in more than two decades, Franco saw her daughter’s face. The neurosurgeon insisted there was no scientific explanation for her restored vision. The darkness that seemed so final gave way to beauty and light.
The Scriptures, as well as our experience, tell us that a shroud of ignorance and evil covers the world, blinding🙈ALL of us to GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁(Isaiah 25:7). Selfishness and greed, our self-sufficiency, our lust for power or image—all these compulsions obscure our vision, making us unable to clearly see the GOD✝️💝🎁who “in perfect faithfulness [has] done wonderful things” (v. 1).
One translation calls this blinding shroud a “cloud of gloom” (nlt). Left to ourselves, we experience only darkness, confusion, and despair. We often feel trapped—groping and stumbling, unable to see our way forward. Thankfully, Isaiah promises that GOD✝️💝🎁will ultimately “destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples” (v. 7).
GOD✝️💝🎁will not leave us hopeless. His radiant LOVE✝️💝🎁removes whatever blinds us, surprising us with a beautiful vision of a good life and abundant grace.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
One of the realities of life in a broken world is that death, shame, and grief dominate our experience. Isaiah’s prophecy responds to these destructive concerns with the promise of 25:8—GOD✝️💝🎁“will swallow up death forever” and wipe away every tear. This promise is echoed in the Bible’s last book, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁, the gloom is everywhere these days. It’s so difficult to see Your truth and LOVE✝️💝🎁. Will You help me? I’m hopeless without You.
Where do you sense the darkness in your world? How do you imagine JESUS✝️💝🎁 destroys that place?
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LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity).
“LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) suffereth long, and is kind; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) envieth not; LOVE✝️💝🎁(Charity) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1co.13.4-5.kjv
A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,”…
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Destroying the Shroud
[God] will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples.
Isaiah 25:7

READ ISAIAH 25:1–9

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
A brutal car wreck devastated Mary Ann Franco. Though she survived, the injuries left her completely blind. “All I could see was blackness,” Franco explained. Twenty-one years later, she injured her back in a fall. After waking from surgery (which had nothing to do with her eyes), miraculously, her sight had returned! For the first time in more than two decades, Franco saw her daughter’s face. The neurosurgeon insisted there was no scientific explanation for her restored vision. The darkness that seemed so final gave way to beauty and light.
The Scriptures, as well as our experience, tell us that a shroud of ignorance and evil covers the world, blinding all of us to God’s love (Isaiah 25:7). Selfishness and greed, our self-sufficiency, our lust for power or image—all these compulsions obscure our vision, making us unable to clearly see the God who “in perfect faithfulness [has] done wonderful things” (v. 1).
One translation calls this blinding shroud a “cloud of gloom” (nlt). Left to ourselves, we experience only darkness, confusion, and despair. We often feel trapped—groping and stumbling, unable to see our way forward. Thankfully, Isaiah promises that God will ultimately “destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples” (v. 7).
God will not leave us hopeless. His radiant love removes whatever blinds us, surprising us with a beautiful vision of a good life and abundant grace.
By Winn Collier
REFLECT & PRAY
God, the gloom is everywhere these days. It’s so difficult to see Your truth and love. Will You help me? I’m hopeless without You.

Where do you sense the darkness in your world? How do you imagine Jesus destroys that place?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
One of the realities of life in a broken world is that death, shame, and grief dominate our experience. Isaiah’s prophecy responds to these destructive concerns with the promise of 25:8—God “will swallow up death forever” and wipe away every tear. This promise is echoed in the Bible’s last book, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“Blessed are the peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️makers: for they shall be called the children of GOD✝️💝🎁.” GOD✝️💝🎁of ALL People👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸. Now there were staying in Jerusalem🇮🇱🕎🕍🇵🇸GOD✝️💝🎁-fearing Jews🇮🇱🔯🕎🕍from every nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸under heaven⭐️🌃🌠🌌🎇. Acts 2:5. Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of believers from every tribe and nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸coming together to worship GOD✝️💝🎁in unity. Furler observed that whenever the Newsboys sang it he could sense the moving of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁in the gathering of believers. Furler’s description of his experiences with “He Reigns” would likely have resonated with the crowds who converged on Jerusalem at Pentecost. When the disciples were filled with the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(Acts 2:4), things began to happen beyond anyone’s experience. As a result, Jews representing every nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸came together in confusion, because each one heard their own language being spoken to make GOD✝️💝🎁’s wonders known (vv. 5-6, 11). Peter explained to the crowd that this was in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in which GOD✝️💝🎁said, “I will pour out my SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁on ALL people” (v. 17). This ALL-inclusive display of GOD✝️💝🎁’s awesome power made the crowd receptive to Peter’s declaration of the gospel, leading to three thousand converts that day alone (v. 41). Following this spectacular kickoff, these new believers then returned to their corner of the world, taking the good news with them. The good news still resounds today—GOD✝️💝🎁’s message of hope for ALL people. As we praise GOD✝️💝🎁together, His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁moves among us, bringing people of every nation together in wonderful unity. He reigns! SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the span of just eight weeks, the disciples had endured an emotional rollercoaster. Imagine experiencing the triumphal entry of JESUS✝️💝🎁into Jerusalem only to witness His arrest and crucifixion (Matthew 21-26; Mark 11-14; Luke 19-22; John 12-13). Then came His resurrection—irrefutable proof that He is the MESSIAH✝️💝🎁—followed by His departure from this earth. Given such turmoil, we might forgive the disciples for misunderstanding CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s instructions about establishing His KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom. They expected a political solution to their problems—Israel’s liberation from Roman oppression and their rightful place in the world as GOD✝️💝🎁’s chosen people (Acts 1:6). But JESUS✝️💝🎁had something better in mind. He promised them, “You will receive POWer 💣💢⚡️💪🏿✊🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋when the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” (v. 8). Acts 2 shows how the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ignited that promise. REFLECT & PRAY. Dear heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to reflect Your heart for ALL of Your people. In what ways do you see GOD✝️💝🎁’s image in other people? How can you view people from every tribe and nation through the lens of JESUS✝️💝🎁? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“Blessed are the peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️makers: for they shall be called the children of GOD✝️💝🎁.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.5.9.kjv Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 11 | Bible in a Year: Ezra 1-2; John 19:23-42 God of All People Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. Acts 2:5 READ ACTS 2:1–12 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of believers from every tribe and nation coming together to worship God in unity. Furler observed that whenever the Newsboys sang it he could sense the moving of the Holy Spirit in the gathering of believers. Furler’s description of his experiences with “He Reigns” would likely have resonated with the crowds who converged on Jerusalem at Pentecost. When the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4), things began to happen beyond anyone’s experience. As a result, Jews representing every nation came together in confusion, because each one heard their own language being spoken to make God’s wonders known (vv. 5-6, 11). Peter explained to the crowd that this was in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in which God said, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people” (v. 17). This all-inclusive display of God’s awesome power made the crowd receptive to Peter’s declaration of the gospel, leading to three thousand converts that day alone (v. 41). Following this spectacular kickoff, these new believers then returned to their corner of the world, taking the good news with them. The good news still resounds today—God’s message of hope for all people. As we praise God together, His Spirit moves among us, bringing people of every nation together in wonderful unity. He reigns! By Remi Oyedele REFLECT & PRAY Dear heavenly Father, help me to reflect Your heart for all of Your people. In what ways do you see God’s image in other people? How can you view people from every tribe and nation through the lens of Jesus? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the span of just eight weeks, the disciples had endured an emotional rollercoaster. Imagine experiencing the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem only to witness His arrest and crucifixion (Matthew 21-26; Mark 11-14; Luke 19-22; John 12-13). Then came His resurrection—irrefutable proof that He is the Messiah—followed by His departure from this earth. Given such turmoil, we might forgive the disciples for misunderstanding Christ’s instructions about establishing His kingdom. They expected a political solution to their problems—Israel’s liberation from Roman oppression and their rightful place in the world as God’s chosen people (Acts 1:6). But Jesus had something better in mind. He promised them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” (v. 8). Acts 2 shows how the Holy Spirit ignited that promise. 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✝️💝🎁“Blessed are the peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️makers: for they shall be called the children of GOD✝️💝🎁.”
GOD✝️💝🎁of ALL People👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem🇮🇱🕎🕍🇵🇸GOD✝️💝🎁-fearing Jews🇮🇱🔯🕎🕍from every nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸under heaven⭐️🌃🌠🌌🎇. Acts 2:5.
Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of believers from every tribe and nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸coming together to worship GOD✝️💝🎁in unity. Furler observed that whenever the Newsboys sang it he could sense the moving of the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁in the gathering of believers.
Furler’s description of his experiences with “He Reigns” would likely have resonated with the crowds who converged on Jerusalem at Pentecost. When the disciples were filled with the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(Acts 2:4), things began to happen beyond anyone’s experience. As a result, Jews representing every nation👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌍🌏🌎🗺🇦🇫🇧🇴🇦🇺🇪🇨🇬🇩🇯🇲🇮🇳🇵🇰🇿🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸came together in confusion, because each one heard their own language being spoken to make GOD✝️💝🎁’s wonders known (vv. 5-6, 11). Peter explained to the crowd that this was in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in which GOD✝️💝🎁said, “I will pour out my SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁on ALL people” (v. 17).
This ALL-inclusive display of GOD✝️💝🎁’s awesome power made the crowd receptive to Peter’s declaration of the gospel, leading to three thousand converts that day alone (v. 41). Following this spectacular kickoff, these new believers then returned to their corner of the world, taking the good news with them.
The good news still resounds today—GOD✝️💝🎁’s message of hope for ALL people. As we praise GOD✝️💝🎁together, His SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁moves among us, bringing people of every nation together in wonderful unity. He reigns!
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In the span of just eight weeks, the disciples had endured an emotional rollercoaster. Imagine experiencing the triumphal entry of JESUS✝️💝🎁into Jerusalem only to witness His arrest and crucifixion (Matthew 21-26; Mark 11-14; Luke 19-22; John 12-13). Then came His resurrection—irrefutable proof that He is the MESSIAH✝️💝🎁—followed by His departure from this earth. Given such turmoil, we might forgive the disciples for misunderstanding CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s instructions about establishing His KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom. They expected a political solution to their problems—Israel’s liberation from Roman oppression and their rightful place in the world as GOD✝️💝🎁’s chosen people (Acts 1:6). But JESUS✝️💝🎁had something better in mind. He promised them, “You will receive POWer 💣💢⚡️💪🏿✊🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋when the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” (v. 8). Acts 2 shows how the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁ignited that promise.
REFLECT & PRAY.
Dear heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to reflect Your heart for ALL of Your people.
In what ways do you see GOD✝️💝🎁’s image in other people? How can you view people from every tribe and nation through the lens of JESUS✝️💝🎁?
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JESUS✝️💝🎁“Blessed are the peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️makers: for they shall be called the children of GOD✝️💝🎁.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.5.9.kjv
Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of…
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Former Newsboys lead vocalist Peter Furler describes the performance of the band’s praise song “He Reigns.” The song paints a vivid picture of believers from every tribe and nation coming together to worship God in unity. Furler observed that whenever the Newsboys sang it he could sense the moving of the Holy Spirit in the gathering of believers.
Furler’s description of his experiences with “He Reigns” would likely have resonated with the crowds who converged on Jerusalem at Pentecost. When the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4), things began to happen beyond anyone’s experience. As a result, Jews representing every nation came together in confusion, because each one heard their own language being spoken to make God’s wonders known (vv. 5-6, 11). Peter explained to the crowd that this was in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in which God said, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people” (v. 17).
This all-inclusive display of God’s awesome power made the crowd receptive to Peter’s declaration of the gospel, leading to three thousand converts that day alone (v. 41). Following this spectacular kickoff, these new believers then returned to their corner of the world, taking the good news with them.
The good news still resounds today—God’s message of hope for all people. As we praise God together, His Spirit moves among us, bringing people of every nation together in wonderful unity. He reigns!
By Remi Oyedele
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Dear heavenly Father, help me to reflect Your heart for all of Your people.

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In the span of just eight weeks, the disciples had endured an emotional rollercoaster. Imagine experiencing the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem only to witness His arrest and crucifixion (Matthew 21-26; Mark 11-14; Luke 19-22; John 12-13). Then came His resurrection—irrefutable proof that He is the Messiah—followed by His departure from this earth. Given such turmoil, we might forgive the disciples for misunderstanding Christ’s instructions about establishing His kingdom. They expected a political solution to their problems—Israel’s liberation from Roman oppression and their rightful place in the world as God’s chosen people (Acts 1:6). But Jesus had something better in mind. He promised them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” (v. 8). Acts 2 shows how the Holy Spirit ignited that promise. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“But ye shall receive POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋, after that the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth🌍🌎🌏🗺.” Sharing Slices. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Proverbs 11:25. Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening, as he displayed his hand-drawn art—his attempt to earn some money—a young woman approached and offered him several slices of pizza. Steve gratefully accepted. Moments later, Steve shared his bounty with another hungry, homeless person. Almost immediately, the same young woman resurfaced with another plate of food, acknowledging that he had been generous with what he’d been given. Steve’s story illustrates the principle found in Proverbs 11:25 that when we’re generous with others, we’re likely to experience generosity as well. But we shouldn’t give with expecting something in return; rarely does our generosity return to us as quickly and obviously as it did for him. Rather, we give to help others in loving response to GOD✝️💝🎁’s instruction to do so (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17). And when we do, GOD✝️💝🎁is pleased. While He’s under no obligation to refill our wallets or bellies, He often finds a way to refresh us—sometimes materially, other times spiritually. Steve shared his second plate of pizza too with a smile and open hands. Despite his lack of resources, he is an example of what it means to live generously, willing to cheerfully share what we have with others instead of hoarding it for ourselves. As GOD✝️💝🎁leads and empowers us, may the same be said of us. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT While the book of Proverbs contains many pithy sayings that are unrelated to each other (with the exception of chapters 1-9 and 31), there are also a surprising amount of ideas that are linked together. For example, 11:23-31 compares the righteous and the wicked and the generous and the greedy. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will be refreshed. People will curse those who hoard grain but bless the generous (vv. 24-26). In verse 28, however, it’s interesting that generosity and righteousnessare linked together. “Those who trust in their riches [those unwilling to share or to be generous] will fall, but the righteous [those who share] will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the greedy are contrasted to the righteous, not to the generous. A LOVE✝️💝🎁of money💲💰💵🏦🤑seems to have a deep impact on our character. REFLECT & PRAY We can be generous with what GOD✝️💝🎁’s given us. With whom can you share today? How have you been blessed through another’s generosity? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“But ye shall receive POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋, after that the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth🌍🌎🌏🗺.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/act.1.8.kjv Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening,… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 10 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22 Sharing Slices A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 READ PROVERBS 11:23–31 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening, as he displayed his hand-drawn art—his attempt to earn some money—a young woman approached and offered him several slices of pizza. Steve gratefully accepted. Moments later, Steve shared his bounty with another hungry, homeless person. Almost immediately, the same young woman resurfaced with another plate of food, acknowledging that he had been generous with what he’d been given. Steve’s story illustrates the principle found in Proverbs 11:25 that when we’re generous with others, we’re likely to experience generosity as well. But we shouldn’t give with expecting something in return; rarely does our generosity return to us as quickly and obviously as it did for him. Rather, we give to help others in loving response to God’s instruction to do so (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17). And when we do, God is pleased. While He’s under no obligation to refill our wallets or bellies, He often finds a way to refresh us—sometimes materially, other times spiritually. Steve shared his second plate of pizza too with a smile and open hands. Despite his lack of resources, he is an example of what it means to live generously, willing to cheerfully share what we have with others instead of hoarding it for ourselves. As God leads and empowers us, may the same be said of us. By Kirsten Holmberg REFLECT & PRAY We can be generous with what God’s given us. With whom can you share today? How have you been blessed through another’s generosity? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT While the book of Proverbs contains many pithy sayings that are unrelated to each other (with the exception of chapters 1-9 and 31), there are also a surprising amount of ideas that are linked together. For example, 11:23-31 compares the righteous and the wicked and the generous and the greedy. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will be refreshed. People will curse those who hoard grain but bless the generous (vv. 24-26). In verse 28, however, it’s interesting that generosity and righteousness are linked together. “Those who trust in their riches [those unwilling to share or to be generous] will fall, but the righteous [those who share] will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the greedy are contrasted to the righteous, not to the generous. A love of money seems to have a deep impact on our character. 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 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“But ye shall receive POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋, after that the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth🌍🌎🌏🗺.”
Sharing Slices.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Proverbs 11:25.
Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening, as he displayed his hand-drawn art—his attempt to earn some money—a young woman approached and offered him several slices of pizza. Steve gratefully accepted. Moments later, Steve shared his bounty with another hungry, homeless person. Almost immediately, the same young woman resurfaced with another plate of food, acknowledging that he had been generous with what he’d been given.
Steve’s story illustrates the principle found in Proverbs 11:25 that when we’re generous with others, we’re likely to experience generosity as well. But we shouldn’t give with expecting something in return; rarely does our generosity return to us as quickly and obviously as it did for him. Rather, we give to help others in loving response to GOD✝️💝🎁’s instruction to do so (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17). And when we do, GOD✝️💝🎁is pleased. While He’s under no obligation to refill our wallets or bellies, He often finds a way to refresh us—sometimes materially, other times spiritually.
Steve shared his second plate of pizza too with a smile and open hands. Despite his lack of resources, he is an example of what it means to live generously, willing to cheerfully share what we have with others instead of hoarding it for ourselves. As GOD✝️💝🎁leads and empowers us, may the same be said of us.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
While the book of Proverbs contains many pithy sayings that are unrelated to each other (with the exception of chapters 1-9 and 31), there are also a surprising amount of ideas that are linked together. For example, 11:23-31 compares the righteous and the wicked and the generous and the greedy. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will be refreshed. People will curse those who hoard grain but bless the generous (vv. 24-26). In verse 28, however, it’s interesting that generosity and righteousnessare linked together. “Those who trust in their riches [those unwilling to share or to be generous] will fall, but the righteous [those who share] will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the greedy are contrasted to the righteous, not to the generous. A LOVE✝️💝🎁of money💲💰💵🏦🤑seems to have a deep impact on our character.
REFLECT & PRAY
We can be generous with what GOD✝️💝🎁’s given us.
With whom can you share today? How have you been blessed through another’s generosity?
.

.
JESUS✝️💝🎁“But ye shall receive POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋, after that the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth🌍🌎🌏🗺.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/act.1.8.kjv
Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening,…
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A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

READ PROVERBS 11:23–31

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Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening, as he displayed his hand-drawn art—his attempt to earn some money—a young woman approached and offered him several slices of pizza. Steve gratefully accepted. Moments later, Steve shared his bounty with another hungry, homeless person. Almost immediately, the same young woman resurfaced with another plate of food, acknowledging that he had been generous with what he’d been given.
Steve’s story illustrates the principle found in Proverbs 11:25 that when we’re generous with others, we’re likely to experience generosity as well. But we shouldn’t give with expecting something in return; rarely does our generosity return to us as quickly and obviously as it did for him. Rather, we give to help others in loving response to God’s instruction to do so (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17). And when we do, God is pleased. While He’s under no obligation to refill our wallets or bellies, He often finds a way to refresh us—sometimes materially, other times spiritually.
Steve shared his second plate of pizza too with a smile and open hands. Despite his lack of resources, he is an example of what it means to live generously, willing to cheerfully share what we have with others instead of hoarding it for ourselves. As God leads and empowers us, may the same be said of us.
By Kirsten Holmberg
REFLECT & PRAY
We can be generous with what God’s given us.

With whom can you share today? How have you been blessed through another’s generosity?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
While the book of Proverbs contains many pithy sayings that are unrelated to each other (with the exception of chapters 1-9 and 31), there are also a surprising amount of ideas that are linked together. For example, 11:23-31 compares the righteous and the wicked and the generous and the greedy. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will be refreshed. People will curse those who hoard grain but bless the generous (vv. 24-26). In verse 28, however, it’s interesting that generosity and righteousness are linked together. “Those who trust in their riches [those unwilling to share or to be generous] will fall, but the righteous [those who share] will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the greedy are contrasted to the righteous, not to the generous. A love of money seems to have a deep impact on our character. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“But the Comforter, which is the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁, whom the FATHER✝️💝🎁will send in My name, He shall teach you ALL things, and bring ALL things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Abby’s Prayer. I urge . . . that petitions, prayers🙏🏿🛐, intercession and thanksgiving🙌🏿👍🏿be made for ALL people.1 Timothy 2:1. When Abby was a sophomore in high school, she and her mom heard a news story about a young man who’d been critically injured in a plane accident—an accident that took the lives of his father and stepmother. Although they didn’t know this person, Abby’s mom said, “We just need to pray for him and his family.” And they did. Fast forward a few years, and one day Abby walked into a class at her university. A student offered her the seat next to him. That student was Austin Hatch, the plane crash victim Abby had prayed for. Soon they were dating, and in 2018 they were married. “It’s crazy to think that I was praying for my future husband,” Abby said in an interview shortly before they were married. It can be easy to limit our prayers to our own personal needs and for those closest to us, without taking the time to pray for others. However, Paul, writing to the CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians at Ephesus, told them to “pray in the Spirit on ALL occasions with ALL kind of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for ALL the LORD✝️💝🎁’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). And 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us to pray “for ALL people,” including those in authority. Let’s pray for others—even people we don’t know. It’s one of the ways we can “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Unlike many of Paul’s letters, Ephesians isn’t directed at any particular heresy. Instead, the letter emphasizes Paul’s longing for the Ephesian believers to grasp the high calling GOD✝️💝🎁has for the church (1:18-23; 3:16-19). Through their union with CHRIST✝️💝🎁through the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁, believers experience reconciliation with GOD✝️💝🎁and each other (2:14-19), a miraculous unity that foreshadows the unity GOD✝️💝🎁is bringing “to ALL things in heaven and on earth under CHRIST✝️💝🎁” (1:10; see 4:13). But being faithful to this radically countercultural calling does not come naturally, so Paul repeatedly urges believers to deepen their roots in CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁(3:16-19) so they can resist the destructive lifestyles around them (6:17-19). To truly witness GOD✝️💝🎁’s reign, the church, with the courage and discipline of soldiers, must cultivate practices of justice, peacemaking, and an unwavering commitment to the truth through the power of CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁, open my heart to the needs of people around me—even those I don’t know. Take my heartfelt concern and intervene for them as only You can. Who are the people—some you may not even know personally—who need your prayers today? How will you carve out some time to talk with GOD✝️💝🎁 about their needs? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.26.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 9 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:19-40 Abby’s Prayer I urge . . . that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1 READ EPHESIANS 6:16–20 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When Abby was a sophomore in high school, she and her mom heard a news story about a young man who’d been critically injured in a plane accident—an accident that took the lives of his father and stepmother. Although they didn’t know this person, Abby’s mom said, “We just need to pray for him and his family.” And they did. Fast forward a few years, and one day Abby walked into a class at her university. A student offered her the seat next to him. That student was Austin Hatch, the plane crash victim Abby had prayed for. Soon they were dating, and in 2018 they were married. “It’s crazy to think that I was praying for my future husband,” Abby said in an interview shortly before they were married. It can be easy to limit our prayers to our own personal needs and for those closest to us, without taking the time to pray for others. However, Paul, writing to the Christians at Ephesus, told them to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). And 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us to pray “for all people,” including those in authority. Let’s pray for others—even people we don’t know. It’s one of the ways we can “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). By Dave Branon REFLECT & PRAY Jesus, open my heart to the needs of people around me—even those I don’t know. Take my heartfelt concern and intervene for them as only You can. Who are the people—some you may not even know personally—who need your prayers today? How will you carve out some time to talk with God about their needs? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Unlike many of Paul’s letters, Ephesians isn’t directed at any particular heresy. Instead, the letter emphasizes Paul’s longing for the Ephesian believers to grasp the high calling God has for the church (1:18-23; 3:16-19). Through their union with Christ through the Spirit, believers experience reconciliation with God and each other (2:14-19), a miraculous unity that foreshadows the unity God is bringing “to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (1:10; see 4:13). But being faithful to this radically countercultural calling does not come naturally, so Paul repeatedly urges believers to deepen their roots in Christ’s love (3:16-19) so they can resist the destructive lifestyles around them (6:17-19). To truly witness God’s reign, the church, with the courage and discipline of soldiers, must cultivate practices of justice, peacemaking, and an unwavering commitment to the truth through the power of Christ’s Spirit (6:10-18). 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✝️💝🎁“But the Comforter, which is the HOLY✝️💝🎁GHOST✝️💝🎁, whom the FATHER✝️💝🎁will send in My name, He shall teach you ALL things, and bring ALL things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Abby’s Prayer.
I urge . . . that petitions, prayers🙏🏿🛐, intercession and thanksgiving🙌🏿👍🏿be made for ALL people.1 Timothy 2:1.
When Abby was a sophomore in high school, she and her mom heard a news story about a young man who’d been critically injured in a plane accident—an accident that took the lives of his father and stepmother. Although they didn’t know this person, Abby’s mom said, “We just need to pray for him and his family.” And they did.
Fast forward a few years, and one day Abby walked into a class at her university. A student offered her the seat next to him. That student was Austin Hatch, the plane crash victim Abby had prayed for. Soon they were dating, and in 2018 they were married.
“It’s crazy to think that I was praying for my future husband,” Abby said in an interview shortly before they were married. It can be easy to limit our prayers to our own personal needs and for those closest to us, without taking the time to pray for others. However, Paul, writing to the CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians at Ephesus, told them to “pray in the Spirit on ALL occasions with ALL kind of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for ALL the LORD✝️💝🎁’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). And 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us to pray “for ALL people,” including those in authority.
Let’s pray for others—even people we don’t know. It’s one of the ways we can “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Unlike many of Paul’s letters, Ephesians isn’t directed at any particular heresy. Instead, the letter emphasizes Paul’s longing for the Ephesian believers to grasp the high calling GOD✝️💝🎁has for the church (1:18-23; 3:16-19). Through their union with CHRIST✝️💝🎁through the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁, believers experience reconciliation with GOD✝️💝🎁and each other (2:14-19), a miraculous unity that foreshadows the unity GOD✝️💝🎁is bringing “to ALL things in heaven and on earth under CHRIST✝️💝🎁” (1:10; see 4:13).
But being faithful to this radically countercultural calling does not come naturally, so Paul repeatedly urges believers to deepen their roots in CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁(3:16-19) so they can resist the destructive lifestyles around them (6:17-19). To truly witness GOD✝️💝🎁’s reign, the church, with the courage and discipline of soldiers, must cultivate practices of justice, peacemaking, and an unwavering commitment to the truth through the power of CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁, open my heart to the needs of people around me—even those I don’t know. Take my heartfelt concern and intervene for them as only You can.
Who are the people—some you may not even know personally—who need your prayers today? How will you carve out some time to talk with GOD✝️💝🎁 about their needs?
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JESUS✝️💝🎁“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬
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Abby’s Prayer
I urge . . . that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
1 Timothy 2:1

READ EPHESIANS 6:16–20

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When Abby was a sophomore in high school, she and her mom heard a news story about a young man who’d been critically injured in a plane accident—an accident that took the lives of his father and stepmother. Although they didn’t know this person, Abby’s mom said, “We just need to pray for him and his family.” And they did.
Fast forward a few years, and one day Abby walked into a class at her university. A student offered her the seat next to him. That student was Austin Hatch, the plane crash victim Abby had prayed for. Soon they were dating, and in 2018 they were married.
“It’s crazy to think that I was praying for my future husband,” Abby said in an interview shortly before they were married. It can be easy to limit our prayers to our own personal needs and for those closest to us, without taking the time to pray for others. However, Paul, writing to the Christians at Ephesus, told them to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). And 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us to pray “for all people,” including those in authority.
Let’s pray for others—even people we don’t know. It’s one of the ways we can “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).
By Dave Branon
REFLECT & PRAY
Jesus, open my heart to the needs of people around me—even those I don’t know. Take my heartfelt concern and intervene for them as only You can.

Who are the people—some you may not even know personally—who need your prayers today? How will you carve out some time to talk with God about their needs?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Unlike many of Paul’s letters, Ephesians isn’t directed at any particular heresy. Instead, the letter emphasizes Paul’s longing for the Ephesian believers to grasp the high calling God has for the church (1:18-23; 3:16-19). Through their union with Christ through the Spirit, believers experience reconciliation with God and each other (2:14-19), a miraculous unity that foreshadows the unity God is bringing “to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (1:10; see 4:13).

But being faithful to this radically countercultural calling does not come naturally, so Paul repeatedly urges believers to deepen their roots in Christ’s love (3:16-19) so they can resist the destructive lifestyles around them (6:17-19). To truly witness God’s reign, the church, with the courage and discipline of soldiers, must cultivate practices of justice, peacemaking, and an unwavering commitment to the truth through the power of Christ’s Spirit (6:10-18). Monica Brands

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The book opens with the writer complaining about the endless cycles of daily human life as futile (1:2-3), even meaningless, because “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again” (v. 9). Yet, like my friend, the writer was able to regain a sense of JOY😂😹and meaning by remembering our ultimate fulfillment comes as we “fear [reverence] GOD✝️💝🎁and keep His commandments” (12:13). There’s comfort in knowing that GOD✝️💝🎁values even the ordinary, seemingly mundane aspects of life and will reward our faithfulness (v. 14). What are the “pins” you’re continually setting up? In those times when repetitive tasks begin to feel tiring, may we take a moment to offer each task to GOD✝️💝🎁as an offering of LOVE✝️💝🎁. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT One of the key themes of Ecclesiastes is found in the phrase “under the sun.” It’s found in today’s reading in verses 3 and 9, as well as twenty-seven other times in the book. What does it mean? It refers to that which is done on earth according to the system, values, and mindset of this world. It sets what happens “under the sun” in contrast to that which is rooted in and resonates with the heart of heaven. Since Ecclesiastes is a book of despair, the point is that we don’t find true meaning or purpose until we begin to live according to the heart of our FATHER✝️💝🎁in heaven, as opposed to the broken systems of this world. REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for giving value to the ordinary activities of life. Help us to find joy in the tasks before us today. How might you do a task differently today knowing GOD✝️💝🎁 values it? How does knowing this bring meaning to the mundane? . . “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given💝🎁us in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁before the world🌍🗺🌌🌠🌝🌃🌞🌅🎇began,” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2ti.1.9.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 8 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 30-31; John 18:1-18 Knocking Down Pins What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. Ecclesiastes 1:9 READ ECCLESIASTES 1:3–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I was intrigued when I noticed a tattoo of a bowling ball knocking down pins on my friend Erin’s ankle. Erin was inspired to get this unique tattoo after listening to Sara Groves’s song, “Setting Up the Pins.” The clever lyrics encourage listeners to find joy in the repetitive, routine tasks that sometimes feel as pointless as manually setting up bowling pins over and over again, only to have someone knock them down. Laundry. Cooking. Mowing the lawn. Life seems full of tasks that, once completed, have to be done again—and again. This isn’t a new struggle but an old frustration, one wrestled with in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The book opens with the writer complaining about the endless cycles of daily human life as futile (1:2-3), even meaningless, because “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again” (v. 9). Yet, like my friend, the writer was able to regain a sense of joy and meaning by remembering our ultimate fulfillment comes as we “fear [reverence] God and keep his commandments” (12:13). There’s comfort in knowing that God values even the ordinary, seemingly mundane aspects of life and will reward our faithfulness (v. 14). What are the “pins” you’re continually setting up? In those times when repetitive tasks begin to feel tiring, may we take a moment to offer each task to God as an offering of love. By Lisa M. Samra REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly Father, thank You for giving value to the ordinary activities of life. Help us to find joy in the tasks before us today. How might you do a task differently today knowing God values it? How does knowing this bring meaning to the mundane? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT One of the key themes of Ecclesiastes is found in the phrase “under the sun.” It’s found in today’s reading in verses 3 and 9, as well as twenty-seven other times in the book. What does it mean? It refers to that which is done on earth according to the system, values, and mindset of this world. It sets what happens “under the sun” in contrast to that which is rooted in and resonates with the heart of heaven. Since Ecclesiastes is a book of despair, the point is that we don’t find true meaning or purpose until we begin to live according to the heart of our Father in heaven, as opposed to the broken systems of this world. 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

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again.
Ecclesiastes 1:9.
I was intrigued when I noticed a tattoo of a bowling ball knocking down pins on my friend Erin’s ankle. Erin was inspired to get this unique tattoo after listening to Sara Groves’s song, “Setting Up the Pins.” The clever lyrics encourage listeners to find joy in the repetitive, routine tasks that sometimes feel as pointless as manually setting up bowling pins over and over again, only to have someone knock them down.
Laundry. Cooking. Mowing the lawn. Life seems full of tasks that, once completed, have to be done again—and again. This isn’t a new struggle but an old frustration, one wrestled with in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The book opens with the writer complaining about the endless cycles of daily human life as futile (1:2-3), even meaningless, because “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again” (v. 9).
Yet, like my friend, the writer was able to regain a sense of JOY😂😹and meaning by remembering our ultimate fulfillment comes as we “fear [reverence] GOD✝️💝🎁and keep His commandments” (12:13). There’s comfort in knowing that GOD✝️💝🎁values even the ordinary, seemingly mundane aspects of life and will reward our faithfulness (v. 14).
What are the “pins” you’re continually setting up? In those times when repetitive tasks begin to feel tiring, may we take a moment to offer each task to GOD✝️💝🎁as an offering of LOVE✝️💝🎁.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
One of the key themes of Ecclesiastes is found in the phrase “under the sun.” It’s found in today’s reading in verses 3 and 9, as well as twenty-seven other times in the book. What does it mean? It refers to that which is done on earth according to the system, values, and mindset of this world. It sets what happens “under the sun” in contrast to that which is rooted in and resonates with the heart of heaven. Since Ecclesiastes is a book of despair, the point is that we don’t find true meaning or purpose until we begin to live according to the heart of our FATHER✝️💝🎁in heaven, as opposed to the broken systems of this world.
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for giving value to the ordinary activities of life. Help us to find joy in the tasks before us today.
How might you do a task differently today knowing GOD✝️💝🎁 values it? How does knowing this bring meaning to the mundane?
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.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given💝🎁us in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁before the world🌍🗺🌌🌠🌝🌃🌞🌅🎇began,”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
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Knocking Down Pins
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again.
Ecclesiastes 1:9

READ ECCLESIASTES 1:3–11

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I was intrigued when I noticed a tattoo of a bowling ball knocking down pins on my friend Erin’s ankle. Erin was inspired to get this unique tattoo after listening to Sara Groves’s song, “Setting Up the Pins.” The clever lyrics encourage listeners to find joy in the repetitive, routine tasks that sometimes feel as pointless as manually setting up bowling pins over and over again, only to have someone knock them down.
Laundry. Cooking. Mowing the lawn. Life seems full of tasks that, once completed, have to be done again—and again. This isn’t a new struggle but an old frustration, one wrestled with in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The book opens with the writer complaining about the endless cycles of daily human life as futile (1:2-3), even meaningless, because “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again” (v. 9).
Yet, like my friend, the writer was able to regain a sense of joy and meaning by remembering our ultimate fulfillment comes as we “fear [reverence] God and keep his commandments” (12:13). There’s comfort in knowing that God values even the ordinary, seemingly mundane aspects of life and will reward our faithfulness (v. 14).
What are the “pins” you’re continually setting up? In those times when repetitive tasks begin to feel tiring, may we take a moment to offer each task to God as an offering of love.
By Lisa M. Samra
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving value to the ordinary activities of life. Help us to find joy in the tasks before us today.

How might you do a task differently today knowing God values it? How does knowing this bring meaning to the mundane?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
One of the key themes of Ecclesiastes is found in the phrase “under the sun.” It’s found in today’s reading in verses 3 and 9, as well as twenty-seven other times in the book. What does it mean? It refers to that which is done on earth according to the system, values, and mindset of this world. It sets what happens “under the sun” in contrast to that which is rooted in and resonates with the heart of heaven. Since Ecclesiastes is a book of despair, the point is that we don’t find true meaning or purpose until we begin to live according to the heart of our Father in heaven, as opposed to the broken systems of this world. Bill Crowder

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Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:3-4). Neither the psalmist nor Mrs. Webb had any intention of worshiping the moon or the stars, but rather the creative hands behind them. The heavens and skies reveal nothing less than the glory of GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 1). We too can encourage those around us—from babies and teenagers to spouses and neighbors—to stop, look, and listen, for declarations and proclamations of GOD✝️💝🎁’s glory are ALL around us. Drawing attention to the work of His hands in turn leads to worshiping the awesome GOD✝️💝🎁behind the whole show. Don’t ever miss the chance. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In C. S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms,he refers to Psalm 19 as the greatest poem in the Hebrew songbook with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world. 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How can you encourage others to do the same? . . “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace✌🏿🕊☮️🏳️, whose mind🧠🤔🧐💭💡🙇🏿‍♂️is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.26.3.kjv “Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!” she said. Before our mid-week prayer service began, a group of us talked about the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 7 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 28-29; John 17 Don’t Miss the Chance The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 READ PSALM 19:1–4 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!” she said. Before our mid-week prayer service began, a group of us talked about the previous night’s harvest moon. The full moon was striking, as it seemed to sit on the horizon. Mrs. Webb was the eldest voice in our conversation, a gray-haired lover of God’s grand creation. She knew my wife and I had two children in our home at the time, and she wanted to help me train them in a way worth going. Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon! Mrs. Webb would’ve made a good psalmist. Her brand of attentiveness is reflected in David’s description of the heavenly bodies that “have no speech . . . . Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:3-4). Neither the psalmist nor Mrs. Webb had any intention of worshiping the moon or the stars, but rather the creative hands behind them. The heavens and skies reveal nothing less than the glory of God (v. 1). We too can encourage those around us—from babies and teenagers to spouses and neighbors—to stop, look, and listen, for declarations and proclamations of God’s glory are all around us. Drawing attention to the work of His hands in turn leads to worshiping the awesome God behind the whole show. Don’t ever miss the chance. By John Blase REFLECT & PRAY If we stop, look, and listen, we’ll see creation declaring God’s glory. How can you slow down and notice the work of God’s hands right now? How can you encourage others to do the same? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In C. S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms, he refers to Psalm 19 as the greatest poem in the Hebrew songbook with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world. He goes on to note, however, that it can be easy to miss the connection and progression of “six verses about Nature, five about the Law, and four of personal prayer.” According to Lewis, “The key phrase on which the whole poem depends is ‘there is nothing hid from the heat thereof’ ” (v. 6 kjv). Like the relentless light and heat of the Middle Eastern sun, the words of our Creator (v. 1), Lord (v. 7), and Redeemer (v. 14) pursue the runaway thoughts that hide in our hearts (vv. 11-14). Hearing God’s voice, the poet and songwriter prays, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (v. 14). 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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“Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!” she said. Before our mid-week prayer service began, a group of us talked about the previous night’s harvest moon. The full moon was striking, as it seemed to sit on the horizon. Mrs. Webb was the eldest voice in our conversation, a gray-haired LOVE✝️💝🎁r of GOD✝️💝🎁’s grand creation. She knew my wife and I had two children in our home at the time, and she wanted to help me train them in a way worth going. Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!
Mrs. Webb would’ve made a good psalmist. Her brand of attentiveness is reflected in David’s description of the heavenly bodies that “have no speech . . . . Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:3-4). Neither the psalmist nor Mrs. Webb had any intention of worshiping the moon or the stars, but rather the creative hands behind them. The heavens and skies reveal nothing less than the glory of GOD✝️💝🎁(v. 1).
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In C. S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms,he refers to Psalm 19 as the greatest poem in the Hebrew songbook with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world. He goes on to note, however, that it can be easy to miss the connection and progression of “six verses about Nature, five about the Law, and four of personal prayer.” According to Lewis, “The key phrase on which the whole poem depends is ‘there is nothing hid from the heat thereof’ ” (v. 6 kjv). Like the relentless light and heat of the Middle Eastern sun, the words of our CREATOR✝️💝🎁(v. 1), LORD✝️💝🎁(v. 7), and REDEEMER✝️💝🎁(v. 14) pursue the runaway thoughts that hide in our hearts (vv. 11-14). Hearing GOD✝️💝🎁’s voice, the poet and songwriter prays, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD✝️💝🎁, my ROCK🗿✝️💝🎁and my REDEEMER✝️💝🎁” (v. 14).
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‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.26.3.kjv
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Don’t Miss the Chance
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

READ PSALM 19:1–4

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“Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!” she said. Before our mid-week prayer service began, a group of us talked about the previous night’s harvest moon. The full moon was striking, as it seemed to sit on the horizon. Mrs. Webb was the eldest voice in our conversation, a gray-haired lover of God’s grand creation. She knew my wife and I had two children in our home at the time, and she wanted to help me train them in a way worth going. Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!
Mrs. Webb would’ve made a good psalmist. Her brand of attentiveness is reflected in David’s description of the heavenly bodies that “have no speech . . . . Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:3-4). Neither the psalmist nor Mrs. Webb had any intention of worshiping the moon or the stars, but rather the creative hands behind them. The heavens and skies reveal nothing less than the glory of God (v. 1).
We too can encourage those around us—from babies and teenagers to spouses and neighbors—to stop, look, and listen, for declarations and proclamations of God’s glory are all around us. Drawing attention to the work of His hands in turn leads to worshiping the awesome God behind the whole show. Don’t ever miss the chance.
By John Blase
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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In C. S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms, he refers to Psalm 19 as the greatest poem in the Hebrew songbook with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world. He goes on to note, however, that it can be easy to miss the connection and progression of “six verses about Nature, five about the Law, and four of personal prayer.” According to Lewis, “The key phrase on which the whole poem depends is ‘there is nothing hid from the heat thereof’ ” (v. 6 kjv). Like the relentless light and heat of the Middle Eastern sun, the words of our Creator (v. 1), Lord (v. 7), and Redeemer (v. 14) pursue the runaway thoughts that hide in our hearts (vv. 11-14). Hearing God’s voice, the poet and songwriter prays, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (v. 14). Mart DeHaan

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But American biologist Edmund Jaeger observed… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 6 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 25-27; John 16 Blooming in the Desert They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:2 READ ISAIAH 35:1–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE The Mojave Desert includes the expected sand dunes, dry canyons, mesas, and mountains of most deserts. But American biologist Edmund Jaeger observed that every few years an abundance of rain results in “such a wealth of blossoms that almost every foot of sand or gravelly soil is hidden beneath a blanket of flowers.” The Mojave wildflower show isn’t a yearly phenomenon, though. Researchers confirm the dry earth needs to be soaked by storms and warmed by the sun, at just the right times, before blooms will cover the desert with vibrant colors. This image of God bringing forth life despite the arid terrain reminds me of the prophet Isaiah. He shared an encouraging vison of hope after delivering God’s message of judgment on all nations (Isaiah 35). Describing a future time when God will make all things right, the prophet said, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom” (v. 1). He declared God’s rescued people will enter His kingdom “with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (v. 10). With our eternal future secured by God’s promises, we can trust Him through life’s seasons of drought and drenching storms. Deeply rooted in His love, we can grow, blooming into His likeness until, at just the right time, Jesus returns and sets all things right. By Xochitl Dixon REFLECT & PRAY Loving Father, thank You for assuring us You’re with us and working to grow us through every stormy moment of our lives. What storms of life have you been facing? How is God showing you His presence? Look! He’s there. 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LOVE✝️💝🎁ing FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for assuring us You’re with us and working to grow us through every stormy moment of our lives.
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“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He(JESUS✝️💝🎁) shall stand at the latter day upon the earth🌍🌏🌎🗺:”
‭‭Job‬ ‭19:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/job.19.25.kjv
The Mojave Desert includes the expected sand dunes, dry canyons, mesas, and mountains of most deserts. But American biologist Edmund Jaeger observed…
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June 6 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 25-27; John 16
Blooming in the Desert
They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.
Isaiah 35:2

READ ISAIAH 35:1–10

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
The Mojave Desert includes the expected sand dunes, dry canyons, mesas, and mountains of most deserts. But American biologist Edmund Jaeger observed that every few years an abundance of rain results in “such a wealth of blossoms that almost every foot of sand or gravelly soil is hidden beneath a blanket of flowers.” The Mojave wildflower show isn’t a yearly phenomenon, though. Researchers confirm the dry earth needs to be soaked by storms and warmed by the sun, at just the right times, before blooms will cover the desert with vibrant colors.
This image of God bringing forth life despite the arid terrain reminds me of the prophet Isaiah. He shared an encouraging vison of hope after delivering God’s message of judgment on all nations (Isaiah 35). Describing a future time when God will make all things right, the prophet said, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom” (v. 1). He declared God’s rescued people will enter His kingdom “with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (v. 10).
With our eternal future secured by God’s promises, we can trust Him through life’s seasons of drought and drenching storms. Deeply rooted in His love, we can grow, blooming into His likeness until, at just the right time, Jesus returns and sets all things right.
By Xochitl Dixon
REFLECT & PRAY
Loving Father, thank You for assuring us You’re with us and working to grow us through every stormy moment of our lives.

What storms of life have you been facing? How is God showing you His presence? Look! He’s there.

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

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The promise in Isaiah 35:5—the blind and the deaf would be healed—was intended to help Israel recognize the Messiah when He arrived. In Mark 6-8, we see two cycles of events. Each has a miraculous feeding, a debate with the religionists, and a healing miracle. The first cycle ends with Jesus healing a deaf man and the second with Him healing a blind man. Little wonder, then, that Peter proclaims Jesus to be the Messiah (8:29), for He has fulfilled the promise of Isaiah 35. Bill Crowder

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Then they protected their treasure by reburying it elsewhere. The cache of coins (valued at $10 million) is called the Saddle Ridge Hoard, the largest find of its kind in US history. The story is strikingly reminiscent of a parable Jesus told: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Tales of buried treasure have captured imaginations for centuries, though such discoveries rarely happen. But Jesus tells of a treasure accessible to all who confess their sins and receive and follow Him (John 1:12). We’ll never come to an end of that treasure. As we leave our old lives and pursue God and His purposes, we encounter His worth. Through “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7), God offers us treasure beyond imagination—new life as His sons and daughters, new purpose on earth, and the incomprehensible joy of eternity with Him. By James Banks REFLECT & PRAY You are my greatest treasure, Jesus. I praise You for giving Your life for me on the cross, so that I could find forgiveness and new life in You. How are you treasuring your relationship with God? How can you share that treasure with others? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Jesus compares the “kingdom of heaven” to treasure and what a person will do to acquire it (Matthew 13:44). We might be tempted to focus on an earthbound understanding of treasure, but Jesus is emphasizing the sacrifice involved. The one who found this great treasure “sold all he had” just to obtain it. 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“Let us👨‍👩‍👧‍👦therefore come boldly🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨unto the throne👑🤴🏿🦁of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help🆘⛑🏥🏩in time⌚️⏳⏰of need.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/heb.4.16.kjv
John and Mary were walking their dog on their property when they stumbled on a rusty can partially unearthed by recent rains. They took the can home…
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Finding Treasure
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.
Matthew 13:44

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John and Mary were walking their dog on their property when they stumbled on a rusty can partially unearthed by recent rains. They took the can home and opened it, discovering a cache of gold coins over a century old! The couple returned to the spot and located seven more cans containing 1,427 coins in all. Then they protected their treasure by reburying it elsewhere.
The cache of coins (valued at $10 million) is called the Saddle Ridge Hoard, the largest find of its kind in US history. The story is strikingly reminiscent of a parable Jesus told: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44).
Tales of buried treasure have captured imaginations for centuries, though such discoveries rarely happen. But Jesus tells of a treasure accessible to all who confess their sins and receive and follow Him (John 1:12).
We’ll never come to an end of that treasure. As we leave our old lives and pursue God and His purposes, we encounter His worth. Through “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7), God offers us treasure beyond imagination—new life as His sons and daughters, new purpose on earth, and the incomprehensible joy of eternity with Him.
By James Banks
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You are my greatest treasure, Jesus. I praise You for giving Your life for me on the cross, so that I could find forgiveness and new life in You.

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Jesus compares the “kingdom of heaven” to treasure and what a person will do to acquire it (Matthew 13:44). We might be tempted to focus on an earthbound understanding of treasure, but Jesus is emphasizing the sacrifice involved. The one who found this great treasure “sold all he had” just to obtain it. At another point Jesus noted, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (16:26). Living by Christ’s values means that everything else pales in comparison. The kingdom of heaven demands our total commitment to Jesus. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁”Do not let your hearts💓💘💞💕💗be troubled💔💔💔and do not be afraid😱😨😱.”John 14:27. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the FATHER✝️💝🎁, JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world🌍🌎🌏🗺. Can We Relax? Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in positions it hadn’t been in for months since his injury. After holding each uncomfortable position for a few seconds, she gently told him: “Okay, you can relax.” He said later, “I think I heard that at least fifty times in each therapy session: ‘Okay, you can relax.’ ” Thinking of those words, Darnell realized they could apply to the rest of his life as well. He could relax in GOD✝️💝🎁’s goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying. As JESUS✝️💝🎁neared His death, He knew His disciples would need to learn this. They’d soon face a time of upheaval and persecution. To encourage them, JESUS✝️💝🎁said He would send the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁to live with them and remind them of what He had taught (John 14:26). And so He could say, “Peace✌🏿☮️🕊🏳️I leave with you; My Peace✌🏿☮️🕊🏳️I give you. . . .”Do not let your hearts💓💘💞💕💗be troubled💔💔💔and do not be afraid😱😨😱.”(v. 27). There’s plenty we could be uptight about in our everyday lives. But we can grow in our trust in GOD✝️💝🎁by reminding ourselves that His SPIRIT✝️💝🎁lives in us—and He offers us His peace. As we draw on His strength, we can hear Him in the therapist’s words: “Okay, you can relax.” SCRIPTURE INSIGHT John 13-17 is known as the Upper Room Discourse or our LORD✝️💝🎁’s Farewell Discourse. After three years of ministry, the time for CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s departure had come (13:1). Within the next twenty-four hours He would be crucified, and within weeks He would return to His FATHER✝️💝🎁in heaven (14:3-4). Therefore, He seized this very special time to console, instruct, and encourage the men He had chosen to carry on His work. Not only did JESUS✝️💝🎁tell them that He would send the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁(14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-11) to be their Advocate (one who would come alongside to aid and assist them), He shared other truths that would strengthen them as His representatives. Truths about serving and LOVE✝️💝🎁ing one another (13:1-15, 34-35; 15:12-17), about abiding in Him and bearing fruit (15:1-11), and about being hated and persecuted by the world (15:18-16:4. REFLECT & PRAY Teach me, JESUS✝️💝🎁, to trust Your faithfulness, to know Your presence, to experience Your peace—to relax. What causes you stress? What characteristics of GOD✝️💝🎁can help you learn to trust Him more? . . “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the FATHER✝️💝🎁, JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world🌍🌎🌏🗺.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1jn.2.1-2.kjv Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 4 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 21-22; John 14 Can We Relax? Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 READ JOHN 14:25–31 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in positions it hadn’t been in for months since his injury. After holding each uncomfortable position for a few seconds, she gently told him: “Okay, you can relax.” He said later, “I think I heard that at least fifty times in each therapy session: ‘Okay, you can relax.’ ” Thinking of those words, Darnell realized they could apply to the rest of his life as well. He could relax in God’s goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying. As Jesus neared His death, He knew His disciples would need to learn this. They’d soon face a time of upheaval and persecution. To encourage them, Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to live with them and remind them of what He had taught (John 14:26). And so He could say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (v. 27). There’s plenty we could be uptight about in our everyday lives. But we can grow in our trust in God by reminding ourselves that His Spirit lives in us—and He offers us His peace. As we draw on His strength, we can hear Him in the therapist’s words: “Okay, you can relax.” By Anne Cetas REFLECT & PRAY Teach me, Jesus, to trust Your faithfulness, to know Your presence, to experience Your peace—to relax. What causes you stress? What characteristics of God can help you learn to trust Him more? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT John 13-17 is known as the Upper Room Discourse or our Lord’s Farewell Discourse. After three years of ministry, the time for Christ’s departure had come (13:1). Within the next twenty-four hours He would be crucified, and within weeks He would return to His Father in heaven (14:3-4). Therefore, He seized this very special time to console, instruct, and encourage the men He had chosen to carry on His work. Not only did Jesus tell them that He would send the Holy Spirit (14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-11) to be their Advocate (one who would come alongside to aid and assist them), He shared other truths that would strengthen them as His representatives. Truths about serving and loving one another (13:1-15, 34-35; 15:12-17), about abiding in Him and bearing fruit (15:1-11), and about being hated and persecuted by the world (15:18-16:4). 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✝️💝🎁”Do not let your hearts💓💘💞💕💗be troubled💔💔💔and do not be afraid😱😨😱.”John 14:27.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the FATHER✝️💝🎁, JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world🌍🌎🌏🗺.
Can We Relax?
Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in positions it hadn’t been in for months since his injury. After holding each uncomfortable position for a few seconds, she gently told him: “Okay, you can relax.” He said later, “I think I heard that at least fifty times in each therapy session: ‘Okay, you can relax.’ ”
Thinking of those words, Darnell realized they could apply to the rest of his life as well. He could relax in GOD✝️💝🎁’s goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying.
As JESUS✝️💝🎁neared His death, He knew His disciples would need to learn this. They’d soon face a time of upheaval and persecution. To encourage them, JESUS✝️💝🎁said He would send the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁to live with them and remind them of what He had taught (John 14:26). And so He could say, “Peace✌🏿☮️🕊🏳️I leave with you; My Peace✌🏿☮️🕊🏳️I give you. . . .”Do not let your hearts💓💘💞💕💗be troubled💔💔💔and do not be afraid😱😨😱.”(v. 27).
There’s plenty we could be uptight about in our everyday lives. But we can grow in our trust in GOD✝️💝🎁by reminding ourselves that His SPIRIT✝️💝🎁lives in us—and He offers us His peace. As we draw on His strength, we can hear Him in the therapist’s words: “Okay, you can relax.”
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
John 13-17 is known as the Upper Room Discourse or our LORD✝️💝🎁’s Farewell Discourse. After three years of ministry, the time for CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s departure had come (13:1). Within the next twenty-four hours He would be crucified, and within weeks He would return to His FATHER✝️💝🎁in heaven (14:3-4). Therefore, He seized this very special time to console, instruct, and encourage the men He had chosen to carry on His work. Not only did JESUS✝️💝🎁tell them that He would send the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT✝️💝🎁(14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-11) to be their Advocate (one who would come alongside to aid and assist them), He shared other truths that would strengthen them as His representatives. Truths about serving and LOVE✝️💝🎁ing one another (13:1-15, 34-35; 15:12-17), about abiding in Him and bearing fruit (15:1-11), and about being hated and persecuted by the world (15:18-16:4.
REFLECT & PRAY
Teach me, JESUS✝️💝🎁, to trust Your faithfulness, to know Your presence, to experience Your peace—to relax.
What causes you stress? What characteristics of GOD✝️💝🎁can help you learn to trust Him more?
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“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the FATHER✝️💝🎁, JESUS✝️💝🎁CHRIST✝️💝🎁the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world🌍🌎🌏🗺.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1jn.2.1-2.kjv
Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in…
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Can We Relax?
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

READ JOHN 14:25–31

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Darnell entered the physical therapist’s office knowing he would experience a lot of pain. The therapist stretched and bent his arm and held it in positions it hadn’t been in for months since his injury. After holding each uncomfortable position for a few seconds, she gently told him: “Okay, you can relax.” He said later, “I think I heard that at least fifty times in each therapy session: ‘Okay, you can relax.’ ”
Thinking of those words, Darnell realized they could apply to the rest of his life as well. He could relax in God’s goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying.
As Jesus neared His death, He knew His disciples would need to learn this. They’d soon face a time of upheaval and persecution. To encourage them, Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to live with them and remind them of what He had taught (John 14:26). And so He could say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (v. 27).
There’s plenty we could be uptight about in our everyday lives. But we can grow in our trust in God by reminding ourselves that His Spirit lives in us—and He offers us His peace. As we draw on His strength, we can hear Him in the therapist’s words: “Okay, you can relax.”
By Anne Cetas
REFLECT & PRAY
Teach me, Jesus, to trust Your faithfulness, to know Your presence, to experience Your peace—to relax.

What causes you stress? What characteristics of God can help you learn to trust Him more?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
John 13-17 is known as the Upper Room Discourse or our Lord’s Farewell Discourse. After three years of ministry, the time for Christ’s departure had come (13:1). Within the next twenty-four hours He would be crucified, and within weeks He would return to His Father in heaven (14:3-4). Therefore, He seized this very special time to console, instruct, and encourage the men He had chosen to carry on His work. Not only did Jesus tell them that He would send the Holy Spirit (14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-11) to be their Advocate (one who would come alongside to aid and assist them), He shared other truths that would strengthen them as His representatives. Truths about serving and loving one another (13:1-15, 34-35; 15:12-17), about abiding in Him and bearing fruit (15:1-11), and about being hated and persecuted by the world (15:18-16:4). Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Night Watches. On my bed🛌I remember🤔💭🙇🏿‍♂️you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:6. During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff members were assigned “night watch” duty—to keep an eye out for forest fires in order to protect the guests as they slept. What initially seemed to be an exhausting and thankless task became a unique opportunity for me to be still, reflect, and find solace in the majesty of GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence. King David earnestly sought and thirsted for the presence of GOD✝️💝🎁(Psalm 63:1), even from his bed and through the “watches of the night” (v. 6). The psalm makes it clear David was troubled. It’s possible the words contained in it reflect his deep sadness over the rebellion of his son Absalom. Yet the night became a time for David to find help and restoration in the “shadow of [GOD✝️💝🎁’s] wings” (v. 7)—in His power and presence. Perhaps you’re dealing with some crisis or difficulty in your life, and the night watches have been anything but comforting. Perhaps your own “Absalom” weighs heavy on your heart and soul. Or other burdens of family, work, or finances plague your times of rest. If so, consider these sleepless moments to be opportunities to call out and cling to GOD✝️💝🎁—allowing His LOVE✝️💝🎁ing hand to uphold you (v. 8). SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The introductory note to Psalm 63 states, “A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.” Psalms 61-63 were probably written when David sought refuge in the wilderness during his son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18). What do we know about Absalom? And why did he revolt against his father? Absalom, the son of David and Maakah (3:3), was a handsome man noted for his long, thick hair (14:25-26). When his beautiful sister Tamar was cruelly raped by their half-brother Amnon, Absalom took in his sister and waited for their father to punish Amnon. Two years later, after Absalom’s anger had simmered unabated and David still hadn’t intervened, Absalom ordered his brother killed and then fled. Eventually father and son were reunited, but it was far too late. David’s inaction ultimately led to Absalom’s attempt to usurp the throne. REFLECT & PRAY Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, thank You for always being awake and present with me in every night watch. How do GOD✝️💝🎁’s promises encourage you when you face challenges that keep you awake at night? How can the night watches draw you closer to Him? . . “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/rom.8.18.kjv During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 3 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13:21-38 Night Watches On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:6 READ PSALM 63:1–8 audio playLISTEN ONLINE During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff members were assigned “night watch” duty—to keep an eye out for forest fires in order to protect the guests as they slept. What initially seemed to be an exhausting and thankless task became a unique opportunity for me to be still, reflect, and find solace in the majesty of God’s presence. King David earnestly sought and thirsted for the presence of God (Psalm 63:1), even from his bed and through the “watches of the night” (v. 6). The psalm makes it clear David was troubled. It’s possible the words contained in it reflect his deep sadness over the rebellion of his son Absalom. Yet the night became a time for David to find help and restoration in the “shadow of [God’s] wings” (v. 7)—in His power and presence. Perhaps you’re dealing with some crisis or difficulty in your life, and the night watches have been anything but comforting. Perhaps your own “Absalom” weighs heavy on your heart and soul. Or other burdens of family, work, or finances plague your times of rest. If so, consider these sleepless moments to be opportunities to call out and cling to God—allowing His loving hand to uphold you (v. 8). By Evan Morgan REFLECT & PRAY Dear God, thank You for always being awake and present with me in every night watch. How do God’s promises encourage you when you face challenges that keep you awake at night? How can the night watches draw you closer to Him? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The introductory note to Psalm 63 states, “A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.” Psalms 61-63 were probably written when David sought refuge in the wilderness during his son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18). What do we know about Absalom? And why did he revolt against his father? Absalom, the son of David and Maakah (3:3), was a handsome man noted for his long, thick hair (14:25-26). When his beautiful sister Tamar was cruelly raped by their half-brother Amnon, Absalom took in his sister and waited for their father to punish Amnon. Two years later, after Absalom’s anger had simmered unabated and David still hadn’t intervened, Absalom ordered his brother killed and then fled. Eventually father and son were reunited, but it was far too late. David’s inaction ultimately led to Absalom’s attempt to usurp the throne. 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 🍞✝️📖- For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Night Watches.
On my bed🛌I remember🤔💭🙇🏿‍♂️you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:6.
During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff members were assigned “night watch” duty—to keep an eye out for forest fires in order to protect the guests as they slept. What initially seemed to be an exhausting and thankless task became a unique opportunity for me to be still, reflect, and find solace in the majesty of GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence.
King David earnestly sought and thirsted for the presence of GOD✝️💝🎁(Psalm 63:1), even from his bed and through the “watches of the night” (v. 6). The psalm makes it clear David was troubled. It’s possible the words contained in it reflect his deep sadness over the rebellion of his son Absalom. Yet the night became a time for David to find help and restoration in the “shadow of [GOD✝️💝🎁’s] wings” (v. 7)—in His power and presence.
Perhaps you’re dealing with some crisis or difficulty in your life, and the night watches have been anything but comforting. Perhaps your own “Absalom” weighs heavy on your heart and soul. Or other burdens of family, work, or finances plague your times of rest. If so, consider these sleepless moments to be opportunities to call out and cling to GOD✝️💝🎁—allowing His LOVE✝️💝🎁ing hand to uphold you (v. 8).
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The introductory note to Psalm 63 states, “A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.” Psalms 61-63 were probably written when David sought refuge in the wilderness during his son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18). What do we know about Absalom? And why did he revolt against his father? Absalom, the son of David and Maakah (3:3), was a handsome man noted for his long, thick hair (14:25-26). When his beautiful sister Tamar was cruelly raped by their half-brother Amnon, Absalom took in his sister and waited for their father to punish Amnon. Two years later, after Absalom’s anger had simmered unabated and David still hadn’t intervened, Absalom ordered his brother killed and then fled. Eventually father and son were reunited, but it was far too late. David’s inaction ultimately led to Absalom’s attempt to usurp the throne.
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, thank You for always being awake and present with me in every night watch.
How do GOD✝️💝🎁’s promises encourage you when you face challenges that keep you awake at night? How can the night watches draw you closer to Him?
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“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/rom.8.18.kjv
During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff…
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Night Watches
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Psalm 63:6

READ PSALM 63:1–8

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
During my college days, my summers were spent working at a guest ranch in the stunningly beautiful mountains of Colorado. On a rotating basis, staff members were assigned “night watch” duty—to keep an eye out for forest fires in order to protect the guests as they slept. What initially seemed to be an exhausting and thankless task became a unique opportunity for me to be still, reflect, and find solace in the majesty of God’s presence.
King David earnestly sought and thirsted for the presence of God (Psalm 63:1), even from his bed and through the “watches of the night” (v. 6). The psalm makes it clear David was troubled. It’s possible the words contained in it reflect his deep sadness over the rebellion of his son Absalom. Yet the night became a time for David to find help and restoration in the “shadow of [God’s] wings” (v. 7)—in His power and presence.
Perhaps you’re dealing with some crisis or difficulty in your life, and the night watches have been anything but comforting. Perhaps your own “Absalom” weighs heavy on your heart and soul. Or other burdens of family, work, or finances plague your times of rest. If so, consider these sleepless moments to be opportunities to call out and cling to God—allowing His loving hand to uphold you (v. 8).
By Evan Morgan
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, thank You for always being awake and present with me in every night watch.

How do God’s promises encourage you when you face challenges that keep you awake at night? How can the night watches draw you closer to Him?

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SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The introductory note to Psalm 63 states, “A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.” Psalms 61-63 were probably written when David sought refuge in the wilderness during his son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18). What do we know about Absalom? And why did he revolt against his father? Absalom, the son of David and Maakah (3:3), was a handsome man noted for his long, thick hair (14:25-26). When his beautiful sister Tamar was cruelly raped by their half-brother Amnon, Absalom took in his sister and waited for their father to punish Amnon. Two years later, after Absalom’s anger had simmered unabated and David still hadn’t intervened, Absalom ordered his brother killed and then fled. Eventually father and son were reunited, but it was far too late. David’s inaction ultimately led to Absalom’s attempt to usurp the throne. Alyson Kieda

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- In GOD✝️💝🎁’s Image. GOD✝️💝🎁created mankind👨🏿👩🏿in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁He created them; male👨🏿and female👩🏿He created them.Genesis 1:27. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy (unfailing LOVE✝️💝🎁) findeth life, righteousness, and honour. When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With heavy makeup, she covered up “my spots,” as she called them—patches of lighter skin caused by a condition called vitiligo. It’s a loss of skin pigment, melanin, which gives skin its tone. Then one day, she asked herself: Why hide? Relying on GOD✝️💝🎁’s strength to accept herself, she stopped wearing heavy makeup. Soon she began gaining attention for her self-confidence. Eventually she became the first spokesmodel with vitiligo for a global cosmetics brand. “It’s such a blessing,” she told a TV news host, adding that her faith, family, and friends are the ways she finds encouragement. This woman’s story invites us to remember that we each are created in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image. “GOD✝️💝🎁created mankind👨🏿👩🏿in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁He created them; male👨🏿and female👩🏿He created them.” (Genesis 1:27). No matter what we look like on the outside, ALL of us are image-bearers of GOD✝️💝🎁. As His created persons, we reflect His glory; and as believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁we are being transformed to represent Him in the world. Do you struggle to LOVE✝️💝🎁 the skin you’re in? Today, look in the mirror and smile for GOD✝️💝🎁. He created you in His image. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Today’s reading contains two significant ideas. First, humanity is set apart from ALL other living creatures because we’re made in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁. Second, our first GOD✝️💝🎁-given assignment was to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26). There’s been much debate over what constitutes being made in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image. It may refer to intellect, morality, or spirituality. But what’s interesting is the phrase “so that they may rule over [ALL other creatures]” (v. 26). Being made in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image enables us to fulfill our task to rule over the rest of creation. To learn more about the Old Testament, visit https://christianuniversity.org/courses/old-testament-basics/ REFLECT & PRAY Help me accept how You’ve made me, CREATOR GOD✝️💝🎁. Reign in my heart so others can see You in me. What’s more important to you—how people see you or if they see GOD✝️💝🎁 in you? What are ways you can represent His image to others? . . “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy (unfailing LOVE✝️💝🎁) findeth life, righteousness, and honour.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.21.21.kjv When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 2 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 17-18; John 13:1-20 In God’s Image God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 READ GENESIS 1:26–31 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With heavy makeup, she covered up “my spots,” as she called them—patches of lighter skin caused by a condition called vitiligo. It’s a loss of skin pigment, melanin, which gives skin its tone. Then one day, she asked herself: Why hide? Relying on God’s strength to accept herself, she stopped wearing heavy makeup. Soon she began gaining attention for her self-confidence. Eventually she became the first spokesmodel with vitiligo for a global cosmetics brand. “It’s such a blessing,” she told a TV news host, adding that her faith, family, and friends are the ways she finds encouragement. This woman’s story invites us to remember that we each are created in God’s image. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). No matter what we look like on the outside, all of us are image-bearers of God. As His created persons, we reflect His glory; and as believers in Jesus we are being transformed to represent Him in the world. Do you struggle to love the skin you’re in? Today, look in the mirror and smile for God. He created you in His image. By Patricia Raybon REFLECT & PRAY Help me accept how You’ve made me, Creator God. Reign in my heart so others can see You in me. What’s more important to you—how people see you or if they see God in you? What are ways you can represent His image to others? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Today’s reading contains two significant ideas. First, humanity is set apart from all other living creatures because we’re made in the image of God. Second, our first God-given assignment was to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26). There’s been much debate over what constitutes being made in God’s image. It may refer to intellect, morality, or spirituality. But what’s interesting is the phrase “so that they may rule over [all other creatures]” (v. 26). Being made in God’s image enables us to fulfill our task to rule over the rest of creation. To learn more about the Old Testament, visit christianuniversity.org/OT128. 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 🍞✝️📖-
In GOD✝️💝🎁’s Image.
GOD✝️💝🎁created mankind👨🏿👩🏿in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁He created them; male👨🏿and female👩🏿He created them.Genesis 1:27.
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy (unfailing LOVE✝️💝🎁) findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With heavy makeup, she covered up “my spots,” as she called them—patches of lighter skin caused by a condition called vitiligo. It’s a loss of skin pigment, melanin, which gives skin its tone.
Then one day, she asked herself: Why hide? Relying on GOD✝️💝🎁’s strength to accept herself, she stopped wearing heavy makeup. Soon she began gaining attention for her self-confidence. Eventually she became the first spokesmodel with vitiligo for a global cosmetics brand.
“It’s such a blessing,” she told a TV news host, adding that her faith, family, and friends are the ways she finds encouragement.
This woman’s story invites us to remember that we each are created in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image. “GOD✝️💝🎁created mankind👨🏿👩🏿in His own image, in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁He created them; male👨🏿and female👩🏿He created them.” (Genesis 1:27). No matter what we look like on the outside, ALL of us are image-bearers of GOD✝️💝🎁. As His created persons, we reflect His glory; and as believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁we are being transformed to represent Him in the world.
Do you struggle to LOVE✝️💝🎁 the skin you’re in? Today, look in the mirror and smile for GOD✝️💝🎁. He created you in His image.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Today’s reading contains two significant ideas. First, humanity is set apart from ALL other living creatures because we’re made in the image of GOD✝️💝🎁. Second, our first GOD✝️💝🎁-given assignment was to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26). There’s been much debate over what constitutes being made in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image. It may refer to intellect, morality, or spirituality. But what’s interesting is the phrase “so that they may rule over [ALL other creatures]” (v. 26). Being made in GOD✝️💝🎁’s image enables us to fulfill our task to rule over the rest of creation.
To learn more about the Old Testament, visit
https://christianuniversity.org/courses/old-testament-basics/
REFLECT & PRAY
Help me accept how You’ve made me, CREATOR GOD✝️💝🎁. Reign in my heart so others can see You in me.
What’s more important to you—how people see you or if they see GOD✝️💝🎁 in you? What are ways you can represent His image to others?
.

.
“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy (unfailing LOVE✝️💝🎁) findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.21.21.kjv
When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With…
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June 2 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 17-18; John 13:1-20
In God’s Image
God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

READ GENESIS 1:26–31

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
When her beautiful brown skin started losing its color, a young woman felt frightened, as if she were disappearing or losing her “self.” With heavy makeup, she covered up “my spots,” as she called them—patches of lighter skin caused by a condition called vitiligo. It’s a loss of skin pigment, melanin, which gives skin its tone.
Then one day, she asked herself: Why hide? Relying on God’s strength to accept herself, she stopped wearing heavy makeup. Soon she began gaining attention for her self-confidence. Eventually she became the first spokesmodel with vitiligo for a global cosmetics brand.
“It’s such a blessing,” she told a TV news host, adding that her faith, family, and friends are the ways she finds encouragement.
This woman’s story invites us to remember that we each are created in God’s image. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). No matter what we look like on the outside, all of us are image-bearers of God. As His created persons, we reflect His glory; and as believers in Jesus we are being transformed to represent Him in the world.
Do you struggle to love the skin you’re in? Today, look in the mirror and smile for God. He created you in His image.
By Patricia Raybon
REFLECT & PRAY
Help me accept how You’ve made me, Creator God. Reign in my heart so others can see You in me.

What’s more important to you—how people see you or if they see God in you? What are ways you can represent His image to others?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Today’s reading contains two significant ideas. First, humanity is set apart from all other living creatures because we’re made in the image of God. Second, our first God-given assignment was to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26). There’s been much debate over what constitutes being made in God’s image. It may refer to intellect, morality, or spirituality. But what’s interesting is the phrase “so that they may rule over [all other creatures]” (v. 26). Being made in God’s image enables us to fulfill our task to rule over the rest of creation.

To learn more about the Old Testament, visit christianuniversity.org/OT128. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- I press🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨on toward the goal🥅🏁to win👍🏿🎰the prize🥇🏆🏅🎖for which GOD✝️💝🎁has called me heavenward in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁.Philippians 3:14. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Objects in Mirror. “Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Parkas he and two other characters flee in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus🦕🦖🐲. When the driver looks in the rearview mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw🐊🦈—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.” The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the “monsters🐲🐉🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️👽👹☠️💀👻👿” from our past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the “mirror” of our lives and see mistakes looming right there, threatening to consume us with guilt or shame. The apostle Paul understood the past’s potentially paralyzing power. He’d spent years trying to live perfectly apart from CHRIST✝️💝🎁, and even persecuted CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians (Philippians 3:1-9). Regret over his past could easily have crippled him. But Paul found such beauty and power in his relationship with CHRIST✝️💝🎁that he was compelled to let go of his old life (vv. 8-9). That freed him to look forward in faith instead of backward in fear or regret: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (vv. 13-14). Our redemption in CHRIST✝️💝🎁has freed us to live for Him. We don’t have to let those “objects in (our) mirror” dictate our direction as we continue forward. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he’s committed to doing “one thing.” Ironically, he then goes on to list threethings and each one of them has significance. First, he wants to “[forget] what is behind.” This may refer to the things that constituted his past “confidence in the flesh” (vv. 4-6), derived from living out Judaism🇮🇱🔯✡️🕎🕍in its full force. Second, Paul wants to reach to what’s ahead. While he doesn’t explain himself, this statement would make a nice parallel to Philippians 1:21, where Paul says that to live is CHRIST✝️💝🎁but to die is gain. Finally, he’s committed to pressing on toward the goal for the “prize” (3:14)—an analogy to the award received by the winner in the Greek athletic games. Taken together, Paul’s ultimate goal is to accomplish ALL that he’s been called to in CHRIST✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY How do Paul’s insights on CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s forgiveness of us speak into those issues in your life? If you’re struggling with a past choice, who might you talk to for help to “press on”? . . “A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;” ‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/tit.3.10.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT June 1 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 15-16; John 12:27-50 Objects in Mirror I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 READ PHILIPPIANS 3:7–14 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park as he and two other characters flee in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus. When the driver looks in the rearview mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.” The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the “monsters” from our past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the “mirror” of our lives and see mistakes looming right there, threatening to consume us with guilt or shame. The apostle Paul understood the past’s potentially paralyzing power. He’d spent years trying to live perfectly apart from Christ, and even persecuted Christians (Philippians 3:1-9). Regret over his past could easily have crippled him. But Paul found such beauty and power in his relationship with Christ that he was compelled to let go of his old life (vv. 8-9). That freed him to look forward in faith instead of backward in fear or regret: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (vv. 13-14). Our redemption in Christ has freed us to live for Him. We don’t have to let those “objects in (our) mirror” dictate our direction as we continue forward. By Adam Holz REFLECT & PRAY How do Paul’s insights on Christ’s forgiveness of us speak into those issues in your life? If you’re struggling with a past choice, who might you talk to for help to “press on”? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he’s committed to doing “one thing.” Ironically, he then goes on to list three things and each one of them has significance. First, he wants to “[forget] what is behind.” This may refer to the things that constituted his past “confidence in the flesh” (vv. 4-6), derived from living out Judaism in its full force. Second, Paul wants to reach to what’s ahead. While he doesn’t explain himself, this statement would make a nice parallel to Philippians 1:21, where Paul says that to live is Christ but to die is gain. Finally, he’s committed to pressing on toward the goal for the “prize” (3:14)—an analogy to the award received by the winner in the Greek athletic games. Taken together, Paul’s ultimate goal is to accomplish all that he’s been called to in Christ. 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 🍞✝️📖- I press🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨on toward the goal🥅🏁to win👍🏿🎰the prize🥇🏆🏅🎖for which GOD✝️💝🎁has called me heavenward in CHRIST✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁.Philippians 3:14.
A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;
Objects in Mirror.
“Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Parkas he and two other characters flee in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus🦕🦖🐲. When the driver looks in the rearview mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw🐊🦈—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”
The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the “monsters🐲🐉🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️👽👹☠️💀👻👿” from our past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the “mirror” of our lives and see mistakes looming right there, threatening to consume us with guilt or shame.
The apostle Paul understood the past’s potentially paralyzing power. He’d spent years trying to live perfectly apart from CHRIST✝️💝🎁, and even persecuted CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians (Philippians 3:1-9). Regret over his past could easily have crippled him.
But Paul found such beauty and power in his relationship with CHRIST✝️💝🎁that he was compelled to let go of his old life (vv. 8-9). That freed him to look forward in faith instead of backward in fear or regret: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (vv. 13-14).
Our redemption in CHRIST✝️💝🎁has freed us to live for Him. We don’t have to let those “objects in (our) mirror” dictate our direction as we continue forward.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he’s committed to doing “one thing.” Ironically, he then goes on to list threethings and each one of them has significance. First, he wants to “[forget] what is behind.” This may refer to the things that constituted his past “confidence in the flesh” (vv. 4-6), derived from living out Judaism🇮🇱🔯✡️🕎🕍in its full force. Second, Paul wants to reach to what’s ahead. While he doesn’t explain himself, this statement would make a nice parallel to Philippians 1:21, where Paul says that to live is CHRIST✝️💝🎁but to die is gain. Finally, he’s committed to pressing on toward the goal for the “prize” (3:14)—an analogy to the award received by the winner in the Greek athletic games. Taken together, Paul’s ultimate goal is to accomplish ALL that he’s been called to in CHRIST✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
How do Paul’s insights on CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s forgiveness of us speak into those issues in your life? If you’re struggling with a past choice, who might you talk to for help to “press on”?
.

.
“A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;”
‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/tit.3.10.kjv
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Objects in Mirror
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14

READ PHILIPPIANS 3:7–14

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
“Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park as he and two other characters flee in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus. When the driver looks in the rearview mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”
The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the “monsters” from our past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the “mirror” of our lives and see mistakes looming right there, threatening to consume us with guilt or shame.
The apostle Paul understood the past’s potentially paralyzing power. He’d spent years trying to live perfectly apart from Christ, and even persecuted Christians (Philippians 3:1-9). Regret over his past could easily have crippled him.
But Paul found such beauty and power in his relationship with Christ that he was compelled to let go of his old life (vv. 8-9). That freed him to look forward in faith instead of backward in fear or regret: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (vv. 13-14).
Our redemption in Christ has freed us to live for Him. We don’t have to let those “objects in (our) mirror” dictate our direction as we continue forward.
By Adam Holz
REFLECT & PRAY
How do Paul’s insights on Christ’s forgiveness of us speak into those issues in your life? If you’re struggling with a past choice, who might you talk to for help to “press on”?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he’s committed to doing “one thing.” Ironically, he then goes on to list three things and each one of them has significance. First, he wants to “[forget] what is behind.” This may refer to the things that constituted his past “confidence in the flesh” (vv. 4-6), derived from living out Judaism in its full force. Second, Paul wants to reach to what’s ahead. While he doesn’t explain himself, this statement would make a nice parallel to Philippians 1:21, where Paul says that to live is Christ but to die is gain. Finally, he’s committed to pressing on toward the goal for the “prize” (3:14)—an analogy to the award received by the winner in the Greek athletic games. Taken together, Paul’s ultimate goal is to accomplish all that he’s been called to in Christ. Bill Crowder

Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁saith unto him, “I✝️💝🎁AM✝️💝🎁the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the FATHER✝️💝🎁, but by Me.”” Here for You. I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites🇮🇱✡️who are poor and needy in your land.Deuteronomy 15:11. On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered in waterproof bags, is hung on designated fences for those living on the streets to take according to their needs. The bags are labeled, “I’m not lost; I’m for you if you’re cold.” The effort not only warms those without shelter, but also teaches those in the community the importance of assisting the needy among them. The Bible highlights the importance of caring for those who are poor, instructing us to be “openhanded” toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11). We might be tempted to avert our eyes to the plight of the poor, holding tightly to our resources instead of sharing them. Yet GOD✝️💝🎁challenges us to recognize that we will always be surrounded by those who have needs and therefore to respond to them with generosity, not a “grudging heart” (v. 10). JESUS✝️💝🎁says that in giving to the poor we receive an enduring treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33). Our generosity may not be recognized by anyone other than GOD✝️💝🎁. Yet when we give freely, we not only meet the needs of those around us but we also experience the JOY😀😹GOD✝️💝🎁intends for us in providing for others. Help us, LORD✝️💝🎁, to have open eyes and open hands to supply the needs of those You place in our paths! SCRIPTURE INSIGHT GOD✝️💝🎁’s decree to Israel🇮🇱✡️to care for the poor in their midst was represented by a trio of the poorest of the poor—widows, orphans, and aliens. Because the Israelites🇮🇱✡️were blessed with material prosperity, they were commanded to share with the economically vulnerable (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; 26:8-11). Part of the command to be generous included allowing the poor to feed on their lands under the law of gleanings (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-21). They were also to set aside a tenth of their harvests every third year as part of their social responsibility “so that [the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow] may eat in your towns and be satisfied” (Deuteronomy 26:12). REFLECT & PRAY Generosity displays confidence in GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁ing and faithful provision. Are you holding too tightly to your resources? If yes, why? What need can you fill today? . . “JESUS✝️💝🎁saith unto him, “I✝️💝🎁AM✝️💝🎁the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the FATHER✝️💝🎁, but by Me.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.6.kjv On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 31 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26 Here for You I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11 READ DEUTERONOMY 15:7–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered in waterproof bags, is hung on designated fences for those living on the streets to take according to their needs. The bags are labeled, “I’m not lost; I’m for you if you’re cold.” The effort not only warms those without shelter, but also teaches those in the community the importance of assisting the needy among them. The Bible highlights the importance of caring for those who are poor, instructing us to be “openhanded” toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11). We might be tempted to avert our eyes to the plight of the poor, holding tightly to our resources instead of sharing them. Yet God challenges us to recognize that we will always be surrounded by those who have needs and therefore to respond to them with generosity, not a “grudging heart” (v. 10). Jesus says that in giving to the poor we receive an enduring treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33). Our generosity may not be recognized by anyone other than God. Yet when we give freely, we not only meet the needs of those around us but we also experience the joy God intends for us in providing for others. Help us, Lord, to have open eyes and open hands to supply the needs of those You place in our paths! By Kirsten Holmberg REFLECT & PRAY Generosity displays confidence in God’s loving and faithful provision. Are you holding too tightly to your resources? If yes, why? What need can you fill today? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT God’s decree to Israel to care for the poor in their midst was represented by a trio of the poorest of the poor—widows, orphans, and aliens. Because the Israelites were blessed with material prosperity, they were commanded to share with the economically vulnerable (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; 26:8-11). Part of the command to be generous included allowing the poor to feed on their lands under the law of gleanings (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-21). They were also to set aside a tenth of their harvests every third year as part of their social responsibility “so that [the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow] may eat in your towns and be satisfied” (Deuteronomy 26:12). K. T. Sim What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁saith unto him, “I✝️💝🎁AM✝️💝🎁the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the FATHER✝️💝🎁, but by Me.””
Here for You.
I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites🇮🇱✡️who are poor and needy in your land.Deuteronomy 15:11.
On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered in waterproof bags, is hung on designated fences for those living on the streets to take according to their needs. The bags are labeled, “I’m not lost; I’m for you if you’re cold.” The effort not only warms those without shelter, but also teaches those in the community the importance of assisting the needy among them.
The Bible highlights the importance of caring for those who are poor, instructing us to be “openhanded” toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11). We might be tempted to avert our eyes to the plight of the poor, holding tightly to our resources instead of sharing them. Yet GOD✝️💝🎁challenges us to recognize that we will always be surrounded by those who have needs and therefore to respond to them with generosity, not a “grudging heart” (v. 10). JESUS✝️💝🎁says that in giving to the poor we receive an enduring treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33).
Our generosity may not be recognized by anyone other than GOD✝️💝🎁. Yet when we give freely, we not only meet the needs of those around us but we also experience the JOY😀😹GOD✝️💝🎁intends for us in providing for others. Help us, LORD✝️💝🎁, to have open eyes and open hands to supply the needs of those You place in our paths!
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
GOD✝️💝🎁’s decree to Israel🇮🇱✡️to care for the poor in their midst was represented by a trio of the poorest of the poor—widows, orphans, and aliens. Because the Israelites🇮🇱✡️were blessed with material prosperity, they were commanded to share with the economically vulnerable (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; 26:8-11). Part of the command to be generous included allowing the poor to feed on their lands under the law of gleanings (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-21). They were also to set aside a tenth of their harvests every third year as part of their social responsibility “so that [the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow] may eat in your towns and be satisfied” (Deuteronomy 26:12).
REFLECT & PRAY
Generosity displays confidence in GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁ing and faithful provision.
Are you holding too tightly to your resources? If yes, why? What need can you fill today?
.

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“JESUS✝️💝🎁saith unto him, “I✝️💝🎁AM✝️💝🎁the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the FATHER✝️💝🎁, but by Me.””
‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.6.kjv
On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered…
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Here for You
I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:11

READ DEUTERONOMY 15:7–11

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered in waterproof bags, is hung on designated fences for those living on the streets to take according to their needs. The bags are labeled, “I’m not lost; I’m for you if you’re cold.” The effort not only warms those without shelter, but also teaches those in the community the importance of assisting the needy among them.
The Bible highlights the importance of caring for those who are poor, instructing us to be “openhanded” toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11). We might be tempted to avert our eyes to the plight of the poor, holding tightly to our resources instead of sharing them. Yet God challenges us to recognize that we will always be surrounded by those who have needs and therefore to respond to them with generosity, not a “grudging heart” (v. 10). Jesus says that in giving to the poor we receive an enduring treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33).
Our generosity may not be recognized by anyone other than God. Yet when we give freely, we not only meet the needs of those around us but we also experience the joy God intends for us in providing for others. Help us, Lord, to have open eyes and open hands to supply the needs of those You place in our paths!
By Kirsten Holmberg
REFLECT & PRAY
Generosity displays confidence in God’s loving and faithful provision.

Are you holding too tightly to your resources? If yes, why? What need can you fill today?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
God’s decree to Israel to care for the poor in their midst was represented by a trio of the poorest of the poor—widows, orphans, and aliens. Because the Israelites were blessed with material prosperity, they were commanded to share with the economically vulnerable (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; 26:8-11). Part of the command to be generous included allowing the poor to feed on their lands under the law of gleanings (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-21). They were also to set aside a tenth of their harvests every third year as part of their social responsibility “so that [the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow] may eat in your towns and be satisfied” (Deuteronomy 26:12). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“Let not your heart💔💘💔💗💔💓💔be troubled: ye believe in GOD✝️💝🎁, believe also in Me.” Fearless LOVE✝️💝🎁. We LOVE✝️💝🎁because He first LOVE✝️💝🎁d us. 1 John 4:19. For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying GOD✝️💝🎁. But fear of loss, heartache, and rejection hindered me from developing LOVE✝️💝🎁ing relationships with GOD✝️💝🎁and others. Fear made me an insecure, anxious, and jealous wife, and an overprotective, worrying mother. As I continue learning how much GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s me, however, He’s changing the way I relate to Him and to others. Because I know GOD✝️💝🎁will care for me, I feel more secure and willing to place the needs of others before mine. GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁(1 John 4:7-8). CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s death on the cross—the ultimate demonstration of GOD✝️💝🎁—displays the depth of His passion for us (vv. 9-10). Because GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us and lives in us, we can LOVE✝️💝🎁others based on who He is and what He’s done (vv. 11-12). When we receive JESUS✝️💝🎁as our SAVIOR✝️💝🎁, He gives us His HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(vv. 13-15). As the Spirit helps us know and rely on GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁, He makes us more like JESUS✝️💝🎁(vv. 16-17). Growing in trust and faith can gradually eliminate fear, simply because we know without a doubt that GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us deeply and completely (vv. 18-19). As we experience GOD✝️💝🎁’s personal and unconditional LOVE✝️💝🎁for us, we grow and can risk relating to Him and others with fearless LOVE✝️💝🎁. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The New Testament uses four different words for LOVE✝️💝🎁: phileo, storge, eros, and agape. Agape is the only word for LOVE✝️💝🎁used in 1 John 4:7-12, and it’s used thirteen times. This is surprising since there are two subjects doing the LOVE✝️💝🎁ing: humans and GOD✝️💝🎁. This means that John is telling us to LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁and each other with the same kind of LOVE✝️💝🎁with which GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us. Agape LOVE✝️💝🎁is born out of our hearts because of the preciousness of the thing that’s LOVE✝️💝🎁d. It has the idea of prizing something and has nothing to do with the merit of the object being LOVE✝️💝🎁d. REFLECT & PRAY LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for pouring limitless LOVE✝️💝🎁into us so we can LOVE✝️💝🎁 You and others without fear. What fears are found in your heart? As you ponder GOD✝️💝🎁’s great LOVE✝️💝🎁 for you, how does this help alleviate them? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“Let not your heart💔💘💔💗💔💓💔be troubled: ye believe in GOD✝️💝🎁, believe also in Me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.1.kjv For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying God. But fear… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 30 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57 Fearless Love We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 READ 1 JOHN 4:7–12 audio playLISTEN ONLINE For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying God. But fear of loss, heartache, and rejection hindered me from developing loving relationships with God and others. Fear made me an insecure, anxious, and jealous wife, and an overprotective, worrying mother. As I continue learning how much God loves me, however, He’s changing the way I relate to Him and to others. Because I know God will care for me, I feel more secure and willing to place the needs of others before mine. God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Christ’s death on the cross—the ultimate demonstration of love—displays the depth of His passion for us (vv. 9-10). Because God loves us and lives in us, we can love others based on who He is and what He’s done (vv. 11-12). When we receive Jesus as our Savior, He gives us His Holy Spirit (vv. 13-15). As the Spirit helps us know and rely on God’s love, He makes us more like Jesus (vv. 16-17). Growing in trust and faith can gradually eliminate fear, simply because we know without a doubt that God loves us deeply and completely (vv. 18-19). As we experience God’s personal and unconditional love for us, we grow and can risk relating to Him and others with fearless love. By Xochitl Dixon REFLECT & PRAY Lord, thank You for pouring limitless love into us so we can love You and others without fear. What fears are found in your heart? As you ponder God’s great love for you, how does this help alleviate them? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The New Testament uses four different words for love: phileo, storge, eros, and agape. Agape is the only word for love used in 1 John 4:7-12, and it’s used thirteen times. This is surprising since there are two subjects doing the loving: humans and God. This means that John is telling us to love God and each other with the same kind of love with which God loves us. Agape love is born out of our hearts because of the preciousness of the thing that’s loved. It has the idea of prizing something and has nothing to do with the merit of the object being loved. J.R. Hudberg What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁“Let not your heart💔💘💔💗💔💓💔be troubled: ye believe in GOD✝️💝🎁, believe also in Me.”
Fearless LOVE✝️💝🎁.
We LOVE✝️💝🎁because He first LOVE✝️💝🎁d us. 1 John 4:19.
For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying GOD✝️💝🎁. But fear of loss, heartache, and rejection hindered me from developing LOVE✝️💝🎁ing relationships with GOD✝️💝🎁and others. Fear made me an insecure, anxious, and jealous wife, and an overprotective, worrying mother. As I continue learning how much GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s me, however, He’s changing the way I relate to Him and to others. Because I know GOD✝️💝🎁will care for me, I feel more secure and willing to place the needs of others before mine.
GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁(1 John 4:7-8). CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s death on the cross—the ultimate demonstration of GOD✝️💝🎁—displays the depth of His passion for us (vv. 9-10). Because GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us and lives in us, we can LOVE✝️💝🎁others based on who He is and what He’s done (vv. 11-12).
When we receive JESUS✝️💝🎁as our SAVIOR✝️💝🎁, He gives us His HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(vv. 13-15). As the Spirit helps us know and rely on GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁, He makes us more like JESUS✝️💝🎁(vv. 16-17). Growing in trust and faith can gradually eliminate fear, simply because we know without a doubt that GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us deeply and completely (vv. 18-19).
As we experience GOD✝️💝🎁’s personal and unconditional LOVE✝️💝🎁for us, we grow and can risk relating to Him and others with fearless LOVE✝️💝🎁.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The New Testament uses four different words for LOVE✝️💝🎁: phileo, storge, eros, and agape. Agape is the only word for LOVE✝️💝🎁used in 1 John 4:7-12, and it’s used thirteen times. This is surprising since there are two subjects doing the LOVE✝️💝🎁ing: humans and GOD✝️💝🎁.
This means that John is telling us to LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁and each other with the same kind of LOVE✝️💝🎁with which GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s us. Agape LOVE✝️💝🎁is born out of our hearts because of the preciousness of the thing that’s LOVE✝️💝🎁d. It has the idea of prizing something and has nothing to do with the merit of the object being LOVE✝️💝🎁d.
REFLECT & PRAY
LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for pouring limitless LOVE✝️💝🎁into us so we can LOVE✝️💝🎁 You and others without fear.
What fears are found in your heart? As you ponder GOD✝️💝🎁’s great LOVE✝️💝🎁 for you, how does this help alleviate them?
.

.
JESUS✝️💝🎁“Let not your heart💔💘💔💗💔💓💔be troubled: ye believe in GOD✝️💝🎁, believe also in Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.1.kjv
For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying God. But fear…
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Fearless Love
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19

READ 1 JOHN 4:7–12

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
For years I wore a shield of fear to protect my heart. It became an excuse to avoid trying new things, following my dreams, and obeying God. But fear of loss, heartache, and rejection hindered me from developing loving relationships with God and others. Fear made me an insecure, anxious, and jealous wife, and an overprotective, worrying mother. As I continue learning how much God loves me, however, He’s changing the way I relate to Him and to others. Because I know God will care for me, I feel more secure and willing to place the needs of others before mine.
God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Christ’s death on the cross—the ultimate demonstration of love—displays the depth of His passion for us (vv. 9-10). Because God loves us and lives in us, we can love others based on who He is and what He’s done (vv. 11-12).
When we receive Jesus as our Savior, He gives us His Holy Spirit (vv. 13-15). As the Spirit helps us know and rely on God’s love, He makes us more like Jesus (vv. 16-17). Growing in trust and faith can gradually eliminate fear, simply because we know without a doubt that God loves us deeply and completely (vv. 18-19).
As we experience God’s personal and unconditional love for us, we grow and can risk relating to Him and others with fearless love.
By Xochitl Dixon
REFLECT & PRAY
Lord, thank You for pouring limitless love into us so we can love You and others without fear.

What fears are found in your heart? As you ponder God’s great love for you, how does this help alleviate them?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The New Testament uses four different words for love: phileo, storge, eros, and agape. Agape is the only word for love used in 1 John 4:7-12, and it’s used thirteen times. This is surprising since there are two subjects doing the loving: humans and God.

This means that John is telling us to love God and each other with the same kind of love with which God loves us. Agape love is born out of our hearts because of the preciousness of the thing that’s loved. It has the idea of prizing something and has nothing to do with the merit of the object being loved. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁”GO🏃🏿‍♂️👟💨and make disciples of ALL nations🌍🌏🌎🗺. Matthew 28:19. For it is GOD✝️💝🎁which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. The Empty Bed. I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica🇯🇲, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about JESUS✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁for him. Evie, a teenager in the high school choir I travel with each spring, had read Scripture🍞✝️📖with Rendell and explained the gospel, and he personally received JESUS✝️💝🎁as his SAVIOR✝️💝🎁. When I entered the men’s section of the home and looked toward Rendell’s bed, however, I found it was empty. I went to the nurse’s station, and was told what I didn’t want to hear. He had passed away—just five days before we arrived. Through tears, I texted Evie the sad news. Her response was simple: “Rendell is celebrating with JESUS✝️💝🎁.” Later she said, “It’s a good thing we told him about JESUS✝️💝🎁when we did.” Her words reminded me of the importance of being ready to LOVE✝️💝🎁ingly share with others the hope we have in CHRIST✝️💝🎁. No, it’s not always easy to proclaim the gospel message about the ONE✝️💝🎁 who will be with us always (Matthew 28:20), but when we think about the difference it made for us and for people like Rendell, perhaps we’ll be encouraged to be even more ready to “make disciples” wherever we go (v. 19). I’ll never forget the sadness of seeing that empty bed—and also the JOY😂😹of knowing what a difference one faithful teen made in Rendell’s forever life. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Matthew 28:19-20 (often called the “Great Commission”) is structured like an Old Testament prophetic call: first there’s an encounter with GOD✝️💝🎁followed by doubts (v. 17); then the doubts are overcome through reassurance and empowerment by GOD✝️💝🎁(vv. 18-20; Isaiah 6:1-8). By following this structure, Matthew emphasizes that believers in CHRIST✝️💝🎁are called to be a witness to the JOY😹😂of life in CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom. Although JESUS✝️💝🎁has already defeated evil and rules with “ALL authority” (28:18), He doesn’t immediately remove ALL evil. Instead, JESUS✝️💝🎁gently draws others “by slow means and quick, under the rule of his life-giving LOVE✝️💝🎁” (N.T. Wright)—until one day when death itself is fully destroyed and the world follows Him. CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s victory reveals itself now through the obedience of those willing to learn a new way of life, through the power of His LOVE✝️💝🎁ing presence (v. 20). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁, we know that people need You. Help us to overcome our fear of telling others about You. What are some things you can do to introduce people to JESUS✝️💝🎁today? As you share your faith, how does it encourage you to know JESUS✝️💝🎁 is “with you always” (Matthew 28:20)? . . “For it is GOD✝️💝🎁which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.2.13.kjv I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about Jesus’s… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 29 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 7-9; John 11:1-29 The Empty Bed Go and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19 READ MATTHEW 28:16–20 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about Jesus’s love for him. Evie, a teenager in the high school choir I travel with each spring, had read Scripture with Rendell and explained the gospel, and he personally received Jesus as his Savior. When I entered the men’s section of the home and looked toward Rendell’s bed, however, I found it was empty. I went to the nurse’s station, and was told what I didn’t want to hear. He had passed away—just five days before we arrived. Through tears, I texted Evie the sad news. Her response was simple: “Rendell is celebrating with Jesus.” Later she said, “It’s a good thing we told him about Jesus when we did.” Her words reminded me of the importance of being ready to lovingly share with others the hope we have in Christ. No, it’s not always easy to proclaim the gospel message about the One who will be with us always (Matthew 28:20), but when we think about the difference it made for us and for people like Rendell, perhaps we’ll be encouraged to be even more ready to “make disciples” wherever we go (v. 19). I’ll never forget the sadness of seeing that empty bed—and also the joy of knowing what a difference one faithful teen made in Rendell’s forever life. By Dave Branon REFLECT & PRAY God, we know that people need You. Help us to overcome our fear of telling others about You. What are some things you can do to introduce people to Jesus today? As you share your faith, how does it encourage you to know Jesus is “with you always” (Matthew 28:20)? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Matthew 28:19-20 (often called the “Great Commission”) is structured like an Old Testament prophetic call: first there’s an encounter with God followed by doubts (v. 17); then the doubts are overcome through reassurance and empowerment by God (vv. 18-20; Isaiah 6:1-8). By following this structure, Matthew emphasizes that believers in Christ are called to be a witness to the joy of life in Christ’s kingdom. Although Jesus has already defeated evil and rules with “all authority” (28:18), He doesn’t immediately remove all evil. Instead, Jesus gently draws others “by slow means and quick, under the rule of his life-giving love” (N.T. Wright)—until one day when death itself is fully destroyed and the world follows Him. Christ’s victory reveals itself now through the obedience of those willing to learn a new way of life, through the power of His loving presence (v. 20). Monica Brands What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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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For it is GOD✝️💝🎁which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
The Empty Bed. I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica🇯🇲, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about JESUS✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁for him. Evie, a teenager in the high school choir I travel with each spring, had read Scripture🍞✝️📖with Rendell and explained the gospel, and he personally received JESUS✝️💝🎁as his SAVIOR✝️💝🎁.
When I entered the men’s section of the home and looked toward Rendell’s bed, however, I found it was empty. I went to the nurse’s station, and was told what I didn’t want to hear. He had passed away—just five days before we arrived.
Through tears, I texted Evie the sad news. Her response was simple: “Rendell is celebrating with JESUS✝️💝🎁.” Later she said, “It’s a good thing we told him about JESUS✝️💝🎁when we did.”
Her words reminded me of the importance of being ready to LOVE✝️💝🎁ingly share with others the hope we have in CHRIST✝️💝🎁. No, it’s not always easy to proclaim the gospel message about the ONE✝️💝🎁 who will be with us always (Matthew 28:20), but when we think about the difference it made for us and for people like Rendell, perhaps we’ll be encouraged to be even more ready to “make disciples” wherever we go (v. 19).
I’ll never forget the sadness of seeing that empty bed—and also the JOY😂😹of knowing what a difference one faithful teen made in Rendell’s forever life.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Matthew 28:19-20 (often called the “Great Commission”) is structured like an Old Testament prophetic call: first there’s an encounter with GOD✝️💝🎁followed by doubts (v. 17); then the doubts are overcome through reassurance and empowerment by GOD✝️💝🎁(vv. 18-20; Isaiah 6:1-8).
By following this structure, Matthew emphasizes that believers in CHRIST✝️💝🎁are called to be a witness to the JOY😹😂of life in CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s KING👑🤴🏿🦁dom. Although JESUS✝️💝🎁has already defeated evil and rules with “ALL authority” (28:18), He doesn’t immediately remove ALL evil. Instead, JESUS✝️💝🎁gently draws others “by slow means and quick, under the rule of his life-giving LOVE✝️💝🎁” (N.T. Wright)—until one day when death itself is fully destroyed and the world follows Him. CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s victory reveals itself now through the obedience of those willing to learn a new way of life, through the power of His LOVE✝️💝🎁ing presence (v. 20).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁, we know that people need You. Help us to overcome our fear of telling others about You.
What are some things you can do to introduce people to JESUS✝️💝🎁today? As you share your faith, how does it encourage you to know JESUS✝️💝🎁 is “with you always” (Matthew 28:20)?
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“For it is GOD✝️💝🎁which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.2.13.kjv
I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about Jesus’s…
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The Empty Bed
Go and make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:19

READ MATTHEW 28:16–20

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I was eager to return to St. James Infirmary in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and reconnect with Rendell, who two years earlier had learned about Jesus’s love for him. Evie, a teenager in the high school choir I travel with each spring, had read Scripture with Rendell and explained the gospel, and he personally received Jesus as his Savior.
When I entered the men’s section of the home and looked toward Rendell’s bed, however, I found it was empty. I went to the nurse’s station, and was told what I didn’t want to hear. He had passed away—just five days before we arrived.
Through tears, I texted Evie the sad news. Her response was simple: “Rendell is celebrating with Jesus.” Later she said, “It’s a good thing we told him about Jesus when we did.”
Her words reminded me of the importance of being ready to lovingly share with others the hope we have in Christ. No, it’s not always easy to proclaim the gospel message about the One who will be with us always (Matthew 28:20), but when we think about the difference it made for us and for people like Rendell, perhaps we’ll be encouraged to be even more ready to “make disciples” wherever we go (v. 19).
I’ll never forget the sadness of seeing that empty bed—and also the joy of knowing what a difference one faithful teen made in Rendell’s forever life.
By Dave Branon
REFLECT & PRAY
God, we know that people need You. Help us to overcome our fear of telling others about You.

What are some things you can do to introduce people to Jesus today? As you share your faith, how does it encourage you to know Jesus is “with you always” (Matthew 28:20)?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Matthew 28:19-20 (often called the “Great Commission”) is structured like an Old Testament prophetic call: first there’s an encounter with God followed by doubts (v. 17); then the doubts are overcome through reassurance and empowerment by God (vv. 18-20; Isaiah 6:1-8).

By following this structure, Matthew emphasizes that believers in Christ are called to be a witness to the joy of life in Christ’s kingdom. Although Jesus has already defeated evil and rules with “all authority” (28:18), He doesn’t immediately remove all evil. Instead, Jesus gently draws others “by slow means and quick, under the rule of his life-giving love” (N.T. Wright)—until one day when death itself is fully destroyed and the world follows Him. Christ’s victory reveals itself now through the obedience of those willing to learn a new way of life, through the power of His loving presence (v. 20). Monica Brands

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My Daily Bread🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“I✝️💝🎁.AM✝️💝🎁the vine, ye are the branches🌿: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit🥝🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍉🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍: for without Me ye can do nothing.” JESUS✝️💝🎁“He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁🕊of truth.John 14:16–17. Never Alone. While writing a Bible🍞✝️📖guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong royong—meaning “mutual assistance”—the concept is practiced in villages, where neighbors may work together to repair someone’s roof or rebuild a bridge or path. In cities too my friend said, “People always go places with someone else—to a doctor’s appointment, for example. It’s the cultural norm. So you’re never alone.” CHRIST✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁FATHER✝️💝🎁SON✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁 LORD✝️💝🎁 Worldwide, believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁rejoice in knowing we also are never alone. Our constant and forever companion is the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, the third person of the Trinity. Far more than a loyal friend, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of God is given to every follower of CHRIST✝️💝🎁by our heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁to “help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16). Jesus promised God’ SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁would come after His own time on Earth ended. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus said (v. 18). Instead, the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁—“the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of Truth” who “lives with you and will be in you”—indwells each of us who receives CHRIST✝️💝🎁as SAVIOR✝️💝🎁(v. 17). The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is our Helper, Comforter, Encourager, and Counselor—a constant companion in a world where loneliness can afflict even connected people. May we forever abide in His comforting LOVE✝️💝🎁and help. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT When JESUS✝️💝🎁was about to return to the FATHER✝️💝🎁, He promised His disciples He wouldn’t abandon them but would ask the FATHER✝️💝🎁to give them “another advocate,” the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(John 14:16-17). Advocateis from the Greek🇬🇷🔱🏛word paraklētos, which means “one who helps or enables another person” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8). Various translations render this word “Helper” (nkjv), “Counselor” (niv), “Comforter” (kjv), and “Friend” (the message). There are two different Greek words for “another”: heteros, which connotes another of a differentkind; and allos, which means another of the samekind. Allosis the word used in John 14:16. When the FATHER✝️💝🎁sent the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, He sent an equal—a personal representative (v. 26), not an inferior or subordinate substitute. The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁continues what JESUS✝️💝🎁did: He comforts, encourages, guides, and strengthens. He reminds us of ALL that JESUS✝️💝🎁taught (v. 26; 16:12-15). REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁 promised we will always have companionship with the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, who never leaves us. To learn more about basic CHRIST✝️💝🎁ian beliefs visit https://christianuniversity.org/courses/theology-basics/ As a believer in CHRIST✝️💝🎁, how does it encourage you to know that the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 lives inside of you? How have you neglected GOD✝️💝🎁’s comfort? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“I✝️💝🎁.AM✝️💝🎁the vine, ye are the branches🌿: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit🥝🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍉🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍: for without Me ye can do nothing.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.5.kjv While writing a Bible guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 28 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 4-6; John 10:24-42 Never Alone He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. John 14:16–17 READ JOHN 14:15–18 audio playLISTEN ONLINE While writing a Bible guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong royong—meaning “mutual assistance”—the concept is practiced in villages, where neighbors may work together to repair someone’s roof or rebuild a bridge or path. In cities too my friend said, “People always go places with someone else—to a doctor’s appointment, for example. It’s the cultural norm. So you’re never alone.” Worldwide, believers in Jesus rejoice in knowing we also are never alone. Our constant and forever companion is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Far more than a loyal friend, the Spirit of God is given to every follower of Christ by our heavenly Father to “help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16). Jesus promised God’s Spirit would come after His own time on Earth ended. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus said (v. 18). Instead, the Holy Spirit—“the Spirit of Truth” who “lives with you and will be in you”—indwells each of us who receives Christ as Savior (v. 17). The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Comforter, Encourager, and Counselor—a constant companion in a world where loneliness can afflict even connected people. May we forever abide in His comforting love and help. By Patricia Raybon REFLECT & PRAY Jesus promised we will always have companionship with the Holy Spirit, who never leaves us. To learn more about basic Christian beliefs visit christianuniversity.org/ST101. As a believer in Christ, how does it encourage you to know that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you? How have you neglected God’s comfort? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT When Jesus was about to return to the Father, He promised His disciples He wouldn’t abandon them but would ask the Father to give them “another advocate,” the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Advocate is from the Greek word paraklētos, which means “one who helps or enables another person” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8). Various translations render this word “Helper” (nkjv), “Counselor” (niv), “Comforter” (kjv), and “Friend” (the message). There are two different Greek words for “another”: heteros, which connotes another of a different kind; and allos, which means another of the same kind. Allos is the word used in John 14:16. When the Father sent the Spirit, He sent an equal—a personal representative (v. 26), not an inferior or subordinate substitute. The Spirit continues what Jesus did: He comforts, encourages, guides, and strengthens. He reminds us of all that Jesus taught (v. 26; 16:12-15). K. T. Sim What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁“I✝️💝🎁.AM✝️💝🎁the vine, ye are the branches🌿: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit🥝🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍉🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍: for without Me ye can do nothing.”
JESUS✝️💝🎁“He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the SPIRIT✝️💝🎁🕊of truth.John 14:16–17.
Never Alone.
While writing a Bible🍞✝️📖guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong royong—meaning “mutual assistance”—the concept is practiced in villages, where neighbors may work together to repair someone’s roof or rebuild a bridge or path. In cities too my friend said, “People always go places with someone else—to a doctor’s appointment, for example. It’s the cultural norm. So you’re never alone.”
CHRIST✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁FATHER✝️💝🎁SON✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁 LORD✝️💝🎁
Worldwide, believers in JESUS✝️💝🎁rejoice in knowing we also are never alone. Our constant and forever companion is the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, the third person of the Trinity. Far more than a loyal friend, the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of God is given to every follower of CHRIST✝️💝🎁by our heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁to “help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16).
Jesus promised God’ SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁would come after His own time on Earth ended. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus said (v. 18). Instead, the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁—“the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁of Truth” who “lives with you and will be in you”—indwells each of us who receives CHRIST✝️💝🎁as SAVIOR✝️💝🎁(v. 17).
The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁is our Helper, Comforter, Encourager, and Counselor—a constant companion in a world where loneliness can afflict even connected people. May we forever abide in His comforting LOVE✝️💝🎁and help.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
When JESUS✝️💝🎁was about to return to the FATHER✝️💝🎁, He promised His disciples He wouldn’t abandon them but would ask the FATHER✝️💝🎁to give them “another advocate,” the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁(John 14:16-17). Advocateis from the Greek🇬🇷🔱🏛word paraklētos, which means “one who helps or enables another person” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8). Various translations render this word “Helper” (nkjv), “Counselor” (niv), “Comforter” (kjv), and “Friend” (the message).
There are two different Greek words for “another”: heteros, which connotes another of a differentkind; and allos, which means another of the samekind. Allosis the word used in John 14:16. When the FATHER✝️💝🎁sent the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, He sent an equal—a personal representative (v. 26), not an inferior or subordinate substitute. The SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁continues what JESUS✝️💝🎁did: He comforts, encourages, guides, and strengthens. He reminds us of ALL that JESUS✝️💝🎁taught (v. 26; 16:12-15).
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁 promised we will always have companionship with the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, who never leaves us. To learn more about basic CHRIST✝️💝🎁ian beliefs visit https://christianuniversity.org/courses/theology-basics/
As a believer in CHRIST✝️💝🎁, how does it encourage you to know that the HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 lives inside of you? How have you neglected GOD✝️💝🎁’s comfort?
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JESUS✝️💝🎁“I✝️💝🎁.AM✝️💝🎁the vine, ye are the branches🌿: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit🥝🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍉🍓🍈🍒🍑🥭🍍: for without Me ye can do nothing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.5.kjv
While writing a Bible guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong…
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Never Alone
He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.
John 14:16–17

READ JOHN 14:15–18

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
While writing a Bible guide for pastors in Indonesia, a writer friend grew fascinated with that nation’s culture of togetherness. Called gotong royong—meaning “mutual assistance”—the concept is practiced in villages, where neighbors may work together to repair someone’s roof or rebuild a bridge or path. In cities too my friend said, “People always go places with someone else—to a doctor’s appointment, for example. It’s the cultural norm. So you’re never alone.”
Worldwide, believers in Jesus rejoice in knowing we also are never alone. Our constant and forever companion is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Far more than a loyal friend, the Spirit of God is given to every follower of Christ by our heavenly Father to “help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16).
Jesus promised God’s Spirit would come after His own time on Earth ended. “I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus said (v. 18). Instead, the Holy Spirit—“the Spirit of Truth” who “lives with you and will be in you”—indwells each of us who receives Christ as Savior (v. 17).
The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Comforter, Encourager, and Counselor—a constant companion in a world where loneliness can afflict even connected people. May we forever abide in His comforting love and help.
By Patricia Raybon
REFLECT & PRAY
Jesus promised we will always have companionship with the Holy Spirit, who never leaves us. To learn more about basic Christian beliefs visit christianuniversity.org/ST101.

As a believer in Christ, how does it encourage you to know that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you? How have you neglected God’s comfort?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
When Jesus was about to return to the Father, He promised His disciples He wouldn’t abandon them but would ask the Father to give them “another advocate,” the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Advocate is from the Greek word paraklētos, which means “one who helps or enables another person” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8). Various translations render this word “Helper” (nkjv), “Counselor” (niv), “Comforter” (kjv), and “Friend” (the message).

There are two different Greek words for “another”: heteros, which connotes another of a different kind; and allos, which means another of the same kind. Allos is the word used in John 14:16. When the Father sent the Spirit, He sent an equal—a personal representative (v. 26), not an inferior or subordinate substitute. The Spirit continues what Jesus did: He comforts, encourages, guides, and strengthens. He reminds us of all that Jesus taught (v. 26; 16:12-15). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- I will remember the works of the LORD✝️💝🎁: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of ALL thy work, and talk of Thy doings. A Living Memorial of Kindness. David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”2 Samuel 9:1. I grew up in a church💒🛐full of traditions. One came into play when a beloved family member or friend died. Often a church pew or possibly a painting in a hallway showed up not long afterward with a brass plate affixed: “In Memory of. . .” The deceased’s name would be etched there, a shining reminder of a life passed on. I always appreciated those memorials. And I still do. Yet at the same time they’ve always given me pause because they are static, inanimate objects, in a very literal sense something “not alive.” Is there a way to add an element of “life” to the memorial? Following the death of his beloved friend Jonathan, David wanted to remember him and to keep a promise to him (1 Samuel 20:12-17). But rather than simply seek something static, David searched and found something very much alive—a son of Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:3). David’s decision here is dramatic. He chose to extend kindness (v. 1) to Mephibosheth (vv. 6-7) in the specific forms of restored property (“all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul”) and the ongoing provision of food and drink (“you will always eat at my table”). As we continue to remember those who’ve died with plaques and paintings, may we also recall David’s example and extend kindness to those still living. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Jonathan’s father, Saul, had hated David with murderous envy (1 Samuel 18:1-16). Even though showing kindness to a surviving member of Saul’s house could’ve been met with lingering animosity, David made the choice to honor Jonathan’s family. He learned that one of Jonathan’s sons, Mephibosheth, was still living, although injured and permanently disabled. He’d been dropped by a nursemaid in the confusion following news of his father’s and grandfather’s deaths (2 Samuel 4:4). David himself would someday need mercy (Psalm 25:11). His kindness foreshadowed the coming of CHRIST✝️💝🎁(Luke 1:26-27), for whose sake GOD✝️💝🎁asks us to show mercy and kindness to one another. REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁, give me the strength to extend kindness in memory of the kindness others have shown me, but most important because of Your great kindness. Who has died that you don’t want to forget? What might a specific kindness to another person look like for you? . . “I will remember the works of the LORD✝️💝🎁: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of ALL thy work, and talk of Thy doings.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:11-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.77.11-12.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 27 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23 A Living Memorial of Kindness David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 READ 2 SAMUEL 9:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE I grew up in a church full of traditions. One came into play when a beloved family member or friend died. Often a church pew or possibly a painting in a hallway showed up not long afterward with a brass plate affixed: “In Memory of . . .” The deceased’s name would be etched there, a shining reminder of a life passed on. I always appreciated those memorials. And I still do. Yet at the same time they’ve always given me pause because they are static, inanimate objects, in a very literal sense something “not alive.” Is there a way to add an element of “life” to the memorial? Following the death of his beloved friend Jonathan, David wanted to remember him and to keep a promise to him (1 Samuel 20:12-17). But rather than simply seek something static, David searched and found something very much alive—a son of Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:3). David’s decision here is dramatic. He chose to extend kindness (v. 1) to Mephibosheth (vv. 6-7) in the specific forms of restored property (“all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul”) and the ongoing provision of food and drink (“you will always eat at my table”). As we continue to remember those who’ve died with plaques and paintings, may we also recall David’s example and extend kindness to those still living. By John Blase REFLECT & PRAY Jesus, give me the strength to extend kindness in memory of the kindness others have shown me, but most important because of Your great kindness. Who has died that you don’t want to forget? What might a specific kindness to another person look like for you? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Jonathan’s father, Saul, had hated David with murderous envy (1 Samuel 18:1-16). Even though showing kindness to a surviving member of Saul’s house could’ve been met with lingering animosity, David made the choice to honor Jonathan’s family. He learned that one of Jonathan’s sons, Mephibosheth, was still living, although injured and permanently disabled. He’d been dropped by a nursemaid in the confusion following news of his father’s and grandfather’s deaths (2 Samuel 4:4). David himself would someday need mercy (Psalm 25:11). His kindness foreshadowed the coming of Christ (Luke 1:26-27), for whose sake God asks us to show mercy and kindness to one another. Mart DeHaan What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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 🍞✝️📖- I will remember the works of the LORD✝️💝🎁: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of ALL thy work, and talk of Thy doings.
A Living Memorial of Kindness.
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”2 Samuel 9:1.
I grew up in a church💒🛐full of traditions. One came into play when a beloved family member or friend died. Often a church pew or possibly a painting in a hallway showed up not long afterward with a brass plate affixed: “In Memory of. . .” The deceased’s name would be etched there, a shining reminder of a life passed on. I always appreciated those memorials. And I still do. Yet at the same time they’ve always given me pause because they are static, inanimate objects, in a very literal sense something “not alive.” Is there a way to add an element of “life” to the memorial?
Following the death of his beloved friend Jonathan, David wanted to remember him and to keep a promise to him (1 Samuel 20:12-17). But rather than simply seek something static, David searched and found something very much alive—a son of Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:3). David’s decision here is dramatic. He chose to extend kindness (v. 1) to Mephibosheth (vv. 6-7) in the specific forms of restored property (“all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul”) and the ongoing provision of food and drink (“you will always eat at my table”).
As we continue to remember those who’ve died with plaques and paintings, may we also recall David’s example and extend kindness to those still living.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Jonathan’s father, Saul, had hated David with murderous envy (1 Samuel 18:1-16). Even though showing kindness to a surviving member of Saul’s house could’ve been met with lingering animosity, David made the choice to honor Jonathan’s family. He learned that one of Jonathan’s sons, Mephibosheth, was still living, although injured and permanently disabled. He’d been dropped by a nursemaid in the confusion following news of his father’s and grandfather’s deaths (2 Samuel 4:4). David himself would someday need mercy (Psalm 25:11). His kindness foreshadowed the coming of CHRIST✝️💝🎁(Luke 1:26-27), for whose sake GOD✝️💝🎁asks us to show mercy and kindness to one another.
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁, give me the strength to extend kindness in memory of the kindness others have shown me, but most important because of Your great kindness.
Who has died that you don’t want to forget? What might a specific kindness to another person look like for you?
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.
“I will remember the works of the LORD✝️💝🎁: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of ALL thy work, and talk of Thy doings.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:11-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.77.11-12.kjv
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May 27 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23
A Living Memorial of Kindness
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 Samuel 9:1

READ 2 SAMUEL 9:1–7

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
I grew up in a church full of traditions. One came into play when a beloved family member or friend died. Often a church pew or possibly a painting in a hallway showed up not long afterward with a brass plate affixed: “In Memory of . . .” The deceased’s name would be etched there, a shining reminder of a life passed on. I always appreciated those memorials. And I still do. Yet at the same time they’ve always given me pause because they are static, inanimate objects, in a very literal sense something “not alive.” Is there a way to add an element of “life” to the memorial?
Following the death of his beloved friend Jonathan, David wanted to remember him and to keep a promise to him (1 Samuel 20:12-17). But rather than simply seek something static, David searched and found something very much alive—a son of Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:3). David’s decision here is dramatic. He chose to extend kindness (v. 1) to Mephibosheth (vv. 6-7) in the specific forms of restored property (“all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul”) and the ongoing provision of food and drink (“you will always eat at my table”).
As we continue to remember those who’ve died with plaques and paintings, may we also recall David’s example and extend kindness to those still living.
By John Blase
REFLECT & PRAY
Jesus, give me the strength to extend kindness in memory of the kindness others have shown me, but most important because of Your great kindness.

Who has died that you don’t want to forget? What might a specific kindness to another person look like for you?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Jonathan’s father, Saul, had hated David with murderous envy (1 Samuel 18:1-16). Even though showing kindness to a surviving member of Saul’s house could’ve been met with lingering animosity, David made the choice to honor Jonathan’s family. He learned that one of Jonathan’s sons, Mephibosheth, was still living, although injured and permanently disabled. He’d been dropped by a nursemaid in the confusion following news of his father’s and grandfather’s deaths (2 Samuel 4:4). David himself would someday need mercy (Psalm 25:11). His kindness foreshadowed the coming of Christ (Luke 1:26-27), for whose sake God asks us to show mercy and kindness to one another. Mart DeHaan

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. The Call📟📞☎️📲to Courage💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🦁. Be strong💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🦁and courageous. 1 Chronicles 28:20. Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue of a woman. The solitary woman is Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the right of women to vote. She’s immortalized in bronze—holding a banner displaying words she offered in a tribute to a fellow suffragist: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.” Fawcett insisted that one person’s courage emboldens others—calling timid souls into action. As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the responsibilities that would soon rest heavy on his shoulders. It’s likely Solomon quivered under the weight of what he faced: leading Israel to follow all GOD✝️💝🎁’s instructions, guarding the land GOD✝️💝🎁had entrusted to them, and overseeing the monumental task of building the temple (1 Chronicles 28:8-10). Knowing Solomon’s trembling heart, David offered his son powerful words: “Be strong and courageous . . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, is with you” (v. 20). Real courage would never arise from Solomon’s own skill or confidence but rather from relying on GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence and strength. GOD✝️💝🎁provided the courage Solomon needed. When we face hardship, we often try to drum up boldness or talk ourselves into bravery. GOD✝️💝🎁, however, is the one who renews our faith. He will be with us. And His presence calls us to courage. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Because David was a warrior who had shed much blood, he wasn’t permitted to build GOD✝️💝🎁’s temple (1 Chronicles 28:3). Instead, the task was to be carried out by his son Solomon who was “a man of peace” (22:8-10). Knowing that Solomon had two difficult tasks ahead—to be as good a king as David was and to build a house for GOD✝️💝🎁to dwell in—David reminded Solomon that GOD✝️💝🎁would give him success only if Solomon was “unswerving in carrying out [GOD✝️💝🎁’s] commands and laws” (28:7). Four hundred years earlier, Moses told his successor Joshua the same truth (Joshua 1:7-8). Their obedience didn’t indicate perfection but was evidence of their devotion to and trust in GOD✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁, I’m often so afraid. And when I am, I’m tempted to rely on my own wits or courage—and that’s never enough. Be with me. Give me Your courage. What causes your heart to tremble in fear? How can you seek GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence and power in moving toward courage? . . “The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.9.10.kjv Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 26 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41 The Call to Courage Be strong and courageous. 1 Chronicles 28:20 READ 1 CHRONICLES 28:8–10, 19–21 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue of a woman. The solitary woman is Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the right of women to vote. She’s immortalized in bronze—holding a banner displaying words she offered in a tribute to a fellow suffragist: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.” Fawcett insisted that one person’s courage emboldens others—calling timid souls into action. As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the responsibilities that would soon rest heavy on his shoulders. It’s likely Solomon quivered under the weight of what he faced: leading Israel to follow all God’s instructions, guarding the land God had entrusted to them, and overseeing the monumental task of building the temple (1 Chronicles 28:8-10). Knowing Solomon’s trembling heart, David offered his son powerful words: “Be strong and courageous . . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you” (v. 20). Real courage would never arise from Solomon’s own skill or confidence but rather from relying on God’s presence and strength. God provided the courage Solomon needed. When we face hardship, we often try to drum up boldness or talk ourselves into bravery. God, however, is the one who renews our faith. He will be with us. And His presence calls us to courage. By Winn Collier REFLECT & PRAY God, I’m often so afraid. And when I am, I’m tempted to rely on my own wits or courage—and that’s never enough. Be with me. Give me Your courage. What causes your heart to tremble in fear? How can you seek God’s presence and power in moving toward courage? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Because David was a warrior who had shed much blood, he wasn’t permitted to build God’s temple (1 Chronicles 28:3). Instead, the task was to be carried out by his son Solomon who was “a man of peace” (22:8-10). Knowing that Solomon had two difficult tasks ahead—to be as good a king as David was and to build a house for God to dwell in—David reminded Solomon that God would give him success only if Solomon was “unswerving in carrying out [God’s] commands and laws” (28:7). Four hundred years earlier, Moses told his successor Joshua the same truth (Joshua 1:7-8). Their obedience didn’t indicate perfection but was evidence of their devotion to and trust in God. K. T. Sim What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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 fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The Call📟📞☎️📲to Courage💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🦁.
Be strong💪🏿🏋️🏿‍♂️🦁and courageous. 1 Chronicles 28:20.
Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue of a woman. The solitary woman is Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the right of women to vote. She’s immortalized in bronze—holding a banner displaying words she offered in a tribute to a fellow suffragist: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.” Fawcett insisted that one person’s courage emboldens others—calling timid souls into action.
As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the responsibilities that would soon rest heavy on his shoulders. It’s likely Solomon quivered under the weight of what he faced: leading Israel to follow all GOD✝️💝🎁’s instructions, guarding the land GOD✝️💝🎁had entrusted to them, and overseeing the monumental task of building the temple (1 Chronicles 28:8-10).
Knowing Solomon’s trembling heart, David offered his son powerful words: “Be strong and courageous . . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, is with you” (v. 20). Real courage would never arise from Solomon’s own skill or confidence but rather from relying on GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence and strength. GOD✝️💝🎁provided the courage Solomon needed.
When we face hardship, we often try to drum up boldness or talk ourselves into bravery. GOD✝️💝🎁, however, is the one who renews our faith. He will be with us. And His presence calls us to courage.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Because David was a warrior who had shed much blood, he wasn’t permitted to build GOD✝️💝🎁’s temple (1 Chronicles 28:3). Instead, the task was to be carried out by his son Solomon who was “a man of peace” (22:8-10). Knowing that Solomon had two difficult tasks ahead—to be as good a king as David was and to build a house for GOD✝️💝🎁to dwell in—David reminded Solomon that GOD✝️💝🎁would give him success only if Solomon was “unswerving in carrying out [GOD✝️💝🎁’s] commands and laws” (28:7). Four hundred years earlier, Moses told his successor Joshua the same truth (Joshua 1:7-8). Their obedience didn’t indicate perfection but was evidence of their devotion to and trust in GOD✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁, I’m often so afraid. And when I am, I’m tempted to rely on my own wits or courage—and that’s never enough. Be with me. Give me Your courage.
What causes your heart to tremble in fear? How can you seek GOD✝️💝🎁’s presence and power in moving toward courage?
.

.
“The fear of the LORD✝️💝🎁is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.9.10.kjv
Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue…
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May 26 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41
The Call to Courage
Be strong and courageous.
1 Chronicles 28:20

READ 1 CHRONICLES 28:8–10, 19–21

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue of a woman. The solitary woman is Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the right of women to vote. She’s immortalized in bronze—holding a banner displaying words she offered in a tribute to a fellow suffragist: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.” Fawcett insisted that one person’s courage emboldens others—calling timid souls into action.
As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the responsibilities that would soon rest heavy on his shoulders. It’s likely Solomon quivered under the weight of what he faced: leading Israel to follow all God’s instructions, guarding the land God had entrusted to them, and overseeing the monumental task of building the temple (1 Chronicles 28:8-10).
Knowing Solomon’s trembling heart, David offered his son powerful words: “Be strong and courageous . . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you” (v. 20). Real courage would never arise from Solomon’s own skill or confidence but rather from relying on God’s presence and strength. God provided the courage Solomon needed.
When we face hardship, we often try to drum up boldness or talk ourselves into bravery. God, however, is the one who renews our faith. He will be with us. And His presence calls us to courage.
By Winn Collier
REFLECT & PRAY
God, I’m often so afraid. And when I am, I’m tempted to rely on my own wits or courage—and that’s never enough. Be with me. Give me Your courage.

What causes your heart to tremble in fear? How can you seek God’s presence and power in moving toward courage?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Because David was a warrior who had shed much blood, he wasn’t permitted to build God’s temple (1 Chronicles 28:3). Instead, the task was to be carried out by his son Solomon who was “a man of peace” (22:8-10). Knowing that Solomon had two difficult tasks ahead—to be as good a king as David was and to build a house for God to dwell in—David reminded Solomon that God would give him success only if Solomon was “unswerving in carrying out [God’s] commands and laws” (28:7). Four hundred years earlier, Moses told his successor Joshua the same truth (Joshua 1:7-8). Their obedience didn’t indicate perfection but was evidence of their devotion to and trust in God. K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones👼🏿👶🏿👧🏿which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Shackled⛓🔗but Not Silent. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying🙏🏿🛐and singing🗣🎙🎤🎼🎶🎵hymns to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the other prisoners were listening👂🏿to them.Acts 16:25. In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a diner in Winona, Mississippi. After law enforcement officers forced them to leave, they were arrested and jailed. But the humiliation wouldn’t end with unlawful arrest. All received severe beatings, but Fannie’s was the worst. After a brutal attack that left her near death she burst out in song: “Paul and Silas was bound in jail, let my people go.” And she didn’t sing alone. Other prisoners, restrained in body but not in soul, joined her in worship. According to Acts 16, Paul and Silas found themselves in a difficult place when they were imprisoned for telling others about JESUS✝️💝🎁. But discomfort didn’t dampen their faith. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 25). Their bold worship created the opportunity to continue to talk about JESUS✝️💝🎁. “Then they spoke the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁to [the jailer] and to ALL the others in his house” (v. 32). Most of us will not likely face the extreme circumstances encountered by Paul, Silas, or Fannie, but each of us will face uncomfortable situations. When that happens, our strength comes from our faithful GOD✝️💝🎁. May there be a song in our hearts that will honor Him and give us boldness to speak for Him—even in the midst of trouble. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT We’re not always given ALL the details of stories in the Bible, but we can be assured the authors of Scripture were inspired to record what was necessary to convey the meaning and message GOD✝️💝🎁intended. Acts 16:31-32 is a good example of this. Verse 31 is clearly a condensed version of the gospel: “Believe in the LORD✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁, and you will be saved.” The whole of the gospel is captured in this statement, but verse 32 indicates the jailer and his family still needed further instruction about what it means to follow CHRIST✝️💝🎁: “Then they spoke the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁to him and to ALL the others in his house.” We’re not told the details of what Paul and Silas included in “the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY Hard times call for prayer and praise to the ONE✝️💝🎁 who controls ALL things. When was the last time you found yourself in a difficult situation? How did GOD✝️💝🎁 help you live out your faith and witness? . . JESUS✝️💝🎁“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones👼🏿👶🏿👧🏿which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.18.6.kjv In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 25 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23 Shackled but Not Silent About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25 READ ACTS 16:25–34 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a diner in Winona, Mississippi. After law enforcement officers forced them to leave, they were arrested and jailed. But the humiliation wouldn’t end with unlawful arrest. All received severe beatings, but Fannie’s was the worst. After a brutal attack that left her near death she burst out in song: “Paul and Silas was bound in jail, let my people go.” And she didn’t sing alone. Other prisoners, restrained in body but not in soul, joined her in worship. According to Acts 16, Paul and Silas found themselves in a difficult place when they were imprisoned for telling others about Jesus. But discomfort didn’t dampen their faith. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (v. 25). Their bold worship created the opportunity to continue to talk about Jesus. “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to [the jailer] and to all the others in his house” (v. 32). Most of us will not likely face the extreme circumstances encountered by Paul, Silas, or Fannie, but each of us will face uncomfortable situations. When that happens, our strength comes from our faithful God. May there be a song in our hearts that will honor Him and give us boldness to speak for Him—even in the midst of trouble. By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY Hard times call for prayer and praise to the One who controls all things. When was the last time you found yourself in a difficult situation? How did God help you live out your faith and witness? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT We’re not always given all the details of stories in the Bible, but we can be assured the authors of Scripture were inspired to record what was necessary to convey the meaning and message God intended. Acts 16:31-32 is a good example of this. Verse 31 is clearly a condensed version of the gospel: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The whole of the gospel is captured in this statement, but verse 32 indicates the jailer and his family still needed further instruction about what it means to follow Christ: “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.” We’re not told the details of what Paul and Silas included in “the word of the Lord.” J.R. Hudberg What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones👼🏿👶🏿👧🏿which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Shackled⛓🔗but Not Silent.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying🙏🏿🛐and singing🗣🎙🎤🎼🎶🎵hymns to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the other prisoners were listening👂🏿to them.Acts 16:25.
In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a diner in Winona, Mississippi. After law enforcement officers forced them to leave, they were arrested and jailed. But the humiliation wouldn’t end with unlawful arrest. All received severe beatings, but Fannie’s was the worst. After a brutal attack that left her near death she burst out in song: “Paul and Silas was bound in jail, let my people go.” And she didn’t sing alone. Other prisoners, restrained in body but not in soul, joined her in worship.
According to Acts 16, Paul and Silas found themselves in a difficult place when they were imprisoned for telling others about JESUS✝️💝🎁. But discomfort didn’t dampen their faith. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 25). Their bold worship created the opportunity to continue to talk about JESUS✝️💝🎁. “Then they spoke the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁to [the jailer] and to ALL the others in his house” (v. 32).
Most of us will not likely face the extreme circumstances encountered by Paul, Silas, or Fannie, but each of us will face uncomfortable situations. When that happens, our strength comes from our faithful GOD✝️💝🎁. May there be a song in our hearts that will honor Him and give us boldness to speak for Him—even in the midst of trouble. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
We’re not always given ALL the details of stories in the Bible, but we can be assured the authors of Scripture were inspired to record what was necessary to convey the meaning and message GOD✝️💝🎁intended. Acts 16:31-32 is a good example of this. Verse 31 is clearly a condensed version of the gospel: “Believe in the LORD✝️💝🎁JESUS✝️💝🎁, and you will be saved.” The whole of the gospel is captured in this statement, but verse 32 indicates the jailer and his family still needed further instruction about what it means to follow CHRIST✝️💝🎁: “Then they spoke the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁to him and to ALL the others in his house.” We’re not told the details of what Paul and Silas included in “the word of the LORD✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
Hard times call for prayer and praise to the ONE✝️💝🎁 who controls ALL things.
When was the last time you found yourself in a difficult situation? How did GOD✝️💝🎁 help you live out your faith and witness?
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JESUS✝️💝🎁“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones👼🏿👶🏿👧🏿which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/mat.18.6.kjv
In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a…
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Shackled but Not Silent
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Acts 16:25

READ ACTS 16:25–34

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
In the summer of 1963, after an all-night bus ride, US civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and six other black passengers stopped to eat at a diner in Winona, Mississippi. After law enforcement officers forced them to leave, they were arrested and jailed. But the humiliation wouldn’t end with unlawful arrest. All received severe beatings, but Fannie’s was the worst. After a brutal attack that left her near death she burst out in song: “Paul and Silas was bound in jail, let my people go.” And she didn’t sing alone. Other prisoners, restrained in body but not in soul, joined her in worship.
According to Acts 16, Paul and Silas found themselves in a difficult place when they were imprisoned for telling others about Jesus. But discomfort didn’t dampen their faith. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (v. 25). Their bold worship created the opportunity to continue to talk about Jesus. “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to [the jailer] and to all the others in his house” (v. 32).
Most of us will not likely face the extreme circumstances encountered by Paul, Silas, or Fannie, but each of us will face uncomfortable situations. When that happens, our strength comes from our faithful God. May there be a song in our hearts that will honor Him and give us boldness to speak for Him—even in the midst of trouble.
By Arthur Jackson
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Hard times call for prayer and praise to the One who controls all things.

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
We’re not always given all the details of stories in the Bible, but we can be assured the authors of Scripture were inspired to record what was necessary to convey the meaning and message God intended. Acts 16:31-32 is a good example of this. Verse 31 is clearly a condensed version of the gospel: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The whole of the gospel is captured in this statement, but verse 32 indicates the jailer and his family still needed further instruction about what it means to follow Christ: “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.” We’re not told the details of what Paul and Silas included in “the word of the Lord.” J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- JESUS✝️💝🎁- When he(dEvil👿) lies🤥🤥🤥, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44. Be not deceived; GOD✝️💝🎁 is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. “GOD✝️💝🎁Saved My Life” When Aaron (not his real name) was 15, he began praying to Satan: “I felt like he and I had a partnership.” Aaron started to lie, steal, and manipulate his family and friends. He also experienced nightmares: “I woke up one morning and saw the devil at the end of the bed. He told me that I was going to pass my exams and then die.” Yet when he finished his exams, he lived. Aaron reflected, “It was clear to me that he was a liar.” Hoping to meet girls, Aaron went to a CHRIST✝️💝🎁ian festival, where a man offered to pray for him. “While he was praying, I felt a sense of peace flood my body.” He felt something “more powerful, and more liberating,” than what he felt from Satan. The man who prayed told Aaron GOD✝️💝🎁 had a plan and Satan was a liar. This man echoed what JESUS✝️💝🎁said of Satan when He responded to some who opposed him: “He is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Aaron turned to CHRIST✝️💝🎁from Satanism and now “belongs to GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 47). He ministers in an urban community, sharing the difference following JESUS✝️💝🎁makes. He’s a living testament of GOD✝️💝🎁’s saving power: “I can say with confidence that GOD✝️💝🎁 saved my life.” GOD✝️💝🎁 is the source of ALL that is good, holy, and true. We can turn to Him to find truth. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In today’s passage, JESUS✝️💝🎁unequivocally declares that Satan is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan (also known as the devil, the enemy, the thief, the evil one, the tempter) is in direct opposition to JESUS✝️💝🎁, “the truth” who sets us free (v. 32). Satan has “no truth in him” (v. 44), but JESUS✝️💝🎁 is “the way and the truth and the life” (14:6). In the last hours before His crucifixion, as JESUS✝️💝🎁 stood before Pilate, He states: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (18:37). JESUS✝️💝🎁 came to earth to declare the truth about Himself, to explain the FATHER✝️💝🎁 to us, and to expose the truth about ourselves, as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). While Satan “[came] only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10) and was “a murderer from the beginning” (8:44), JESUS✝️💝🎁 brings life eternal (3:16). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁is more powerful than the father of lies. How have you experienced GOD✝️💝🎁rescuing you from evil? Who can you share your story with this week? . . “Be not deceived; GOD✝️💝🎁 is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.6.7.kjv Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 24 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59 “God Saved My Life” When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 READ JOHN 8:42–47 audio playLISTEN ONLINE When Aaron (not his real name) was 15, he began praying to Satan: “I felt like he and I had a partnership.” Aaron started to lie, steal, and manipulate his family and friends. He also experienced nightmares: “I woke up one morning and saw the devil at the end of the bed. He told me that I was going to pass my exams and then die.” Yet when he finished his exams, he lived. Aaron reflected, “It was clear to me that he was a liar.” Hoping to meet girls, Aaron went to a Christian festival, where a man offered to pray for him. “While he was praying, I felt a sense of peace flood my body.” He felt something “more powerful, and more liberating,” than what he felt from Satan. The man who prayed told Aaron God had a plan and Satan was a liar. This man echoed what Jesus said of Satan when He responded to some who opposed him: “He is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Aaron turned to Christ from Satanism and now “belongs to God” (v. 47). He ministers in an urban community, sharing the difference following Jesus makes. He’s a living testament of God’s saving power: “I can say with confidence that God saved my life.” God is the source of all that is good, holy, and true. We can turn to Him to find truth. By Amy Boucher Pye REFLECT & PRAY God is more powerful than the father of lies. How have you experienced God rescuing you from evil? Who can you share your story with this week? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In today’s passage, Jesus unequivocally declares that Satan is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan (also known as the devil, the enemy, the thief, the evil one, the tempter) is in direct opposition to Jesus, “the truth” who sets us free (v. 32). Satan has “no truth in him” (v. 44), but Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life” (14:6). In the last hours before His crucifixion, as Jesus stood before Pilate, He states: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (18:37). Jesus came to earth to declare the truth about Himself, to explain the Father to us, and to expose the truth about ourselves, as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). While Satan “[came] only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10) and was “a murderer from the beginning” (8:44), Jesus brings life eternal (3:16). Alyson Kieda What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁- When he(dEvil👿) lies🤥🤥🤥, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44.
Be not deceived; GOD✝️💝🎁 is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
“GOD✝️💝🎁Saved My Life”
When Aaron (not his real name) was 15, he began praying to Satan: “I felt like he and I had a partnership.” Aaron started to lie, steal, and manipulate his family and friends. He also experienced nightmares: “I woke up one morning and saw the devil at the end of the bed. He told me that I was going to pass my exams and then die.” Yet when he finished his exams, he lived. Aaron reflected, “It was clear to me that he was a liar.”
Hoping to meet girls, Aaron went to a CHRIST✝️💝🎁ian festival, where a man offered to pray for him. “While he was praying, I felt a sense of peace flood my body.” He felt something “more powerful, and more liberating,” than what he felt from Satan. The man who prayed told Aaron GOD✝️💝🎁 had a plan and Satan was a liar. This man echoed what JESUS✝️💝🎁said of Satan when He responded to some who opposed him: “He is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Aaron turned to CHRIST✝️💝🎁from Satanism and now “belongs to GOD✝️💝🎁” (v. 47). He ministers in an urban community, sharing the difference following JESUS✝️💝🎁makes. He’s a living testament of GOD✝️💝🎁’s saving power: “I can say with confidence that GOD✝️💝🎁 saved my life.”
GOD✝️💝🎁 is the source of ALL that is good, holy, and true. We can turn to Him to find truth.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In today’s passage, JESUS✝️💝🎁unequivocally declares that Satan is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan (also known as the devil, the enemy, the thief, the evil one, the tempter) is in direct opposition to JESUS✝️💝🎁, “the truth” who sets us free (v. 32). Satan has “no truth in him” (v. 44), but JESUS✝️💝🎁 is “the way and the truth and the life” (14:6). In the last hours before His crucifixion, as JESUS✝️💝🎁 stood before Pilate, He states: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (18:37). JESUS✝️💝🎁 came to earth to declare the truth about Himself, to explain the FATHER✝️💝🎁 to us, and to expose the truth about ourselves, as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). While Satan “[came] only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10) and was “a murderer from the beginning” (8:44), JESUS✝️💝🎁 brings life eternal (3:16).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁is more powerful than the father of lies.
How have you experienced GOD✝️💝🎁rescuing you from evil? Who can you share your story with this week?
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“Be not deceived; GOD✝️💝🎁 is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.6.7.kjv
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May 24 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59
“God Saved My Life”
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:44

READ JOHN 8:42–47

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
When Aaron (not his real name) was 15, he began praying to Satan: “I felt like he and I had a partnership.” Aaron started to lie, steal, and manipulate his family and friends. He also experienced nightmares: “I woke up one morning and saw the devil at the end of the bed. He told me that I was going to pass my exams and then die.” Yet when he finished his exams, he lived. Aaron reflected, “It was clear to me that he was a liar.”
Hoping to meet girls, Aaron went to a Christian festival, where a man offered to pray for him. “While he was praying, I felt a sense of peace flood my body.” He felt something “more powerful, and more liberating,” than what he felt from Satan. The man who prayed told Aaron God had a plan and Satan was a liar. This man echoed what Jesus said of Satan when He responded to some who opposed him: “He is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Aaron turned to Christ from Satanism and now “belongs to God” (v. 47). He ministers in an urban community, sharing the difference following Jesus makes. He’s a living testament of God’s saving power: “I can say with confidence that God saved my life.”
God is the source of all that is good, holy, and true. We can turn to Him to find truth.
By Amy Boucher Pye
REFLECT & PRAY
God is more powerful than the father of lies.

How have you experienced God rescuing you from evil? Who can you share your story with this week?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In today’s passage, Jesus unequivocally declares that Satan is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan (also known as the devil, the enemy, the thief, the evil one, the tempter) is in direct opposition to Jesus, “the truth” who sets us free (v. 32). Satan has “no truth in him” (v. 44), but Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life” (14:6). In the last hours before His crucifixion, as Jesus stood before Pilate, He states: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (18:37). Jesus came to earth to declare the truth about Himself, to explain the Father to us, and to expose the truth about ourselves, as He did with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). While Satan “[came] only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10) and was “a murderer from the beginning” (8:44), Jesus brings life eternal (3:16). Alyson Kieda

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Our Daily Bread Ministries Link on Facebook on Instagramon Twitter
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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – JESUS✝️💝🎁 – Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone🗿. John 8:7. Throwing Stones🗿. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone🗿” (John 8:7). JESUS✝️💝 was teaching in the temple courts when He made that statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone🗿 such women. Now what do you say?” (v. 5). Because they considered JESUS✝️💝 a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (v. 6)—and getting rid of Him. Yet when JESUS✝️💝 replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin . . .” not one of the woman’s accusers could bring themselves to pick up a stone🗿. One by one, they walked away. Before we critically judge another’s behavior while looking lightly at our own sin, let’s remember that ALL of us “fall short of the glory of GOD✝️💝🎁” (Romans 3:23). Instead of condemnation, our SAVIOR✝️💝🎁 showed this woman—and you and me—grace and hope (John 3:16; 8:10-11). How can we not do the same for others? SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Although the earliest Greek🇬🇷🔱⛎☦️ manuscripts📖📜 don’t include John 8:1-11, scholars believe this was an authentic event from JESUS✝️💝🎁’s life—a part of oral🗣 tradition that was added to John’s gospel✝️🍞📖📜 later. The Mosaic Law mandates both adulterer and adulteress must be put to death by stoning (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22-24). If JESUS✝️💝🎁 let the adulterous woman go unpunished, the Pharisees would accuse and condemn Him for contradicting and rejecting GOD✝️💝🎁’s laws (John 8:6). If JESUS✝️💝🎁 confirmed the death penalty, He would be discredited for His lack of compassion and could also be charged for breaking Roman laws for “only the Romans are permitted to execute someone” (John 18:31 nlt). REFLECT & PRAY Dear LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for LOVE✝️💝🎁ing us! Help us to look with compassion on others and to be gracious in ALL we say and do. How can you put the lesson of John 8 into action in how you treat others? How can you use your own experience to help others facing similar challenges? . . “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2co.4.16.kjv Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 23 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27 Throwing Stones Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. John 8:7 READ JOHN 8:1–11 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of Christ’s words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7). Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when He made that statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (v. 5). Because they considered Jesus a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (v. 6)—and getting rid of Him. Yet when Jesus replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin . . .” not one of the woman’s accusers could bring themselves to pick up a stone. One by one, they walked away. Before we critically judge another’s behavior while looking lightly at our own sin, let’s remember that all of us “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Instead of condemnation, our Savior showed this woman—and you and me—grace and hope (John 3:16; 8:10-11). How can we not do the same for others? By Alyson Kieda REFLECT & PRAY Dear Lord, thank You for loving us! Help us to look with compassion on others and to be gracious in all we say and do. How can you put the lesson of John 8 into action in how you treat others? How can you use your own experience to help others facing similar challenges? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Although the earliest Greek manuscripts don’t include John 8:1-11, scholars believe this was an authentic event from Jesus’s life—a part of oral tradition that was added to John’s gospel later. The Mosaic Law mandates both adulterer and adulteress must be put to death by stoning (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22-24). If Jesus let the adulterous woman go unpunished, the Pharisees would accuse and condemn Him for contradicting and rejecting God’s laws (John 8:6). If Jesus confirmed the death penalty, He would be discredited for His lack of compassion and could also be charged for breaking Roman laws for “only the Romans are permitted to execute someone” (John 18:31 nlt). K. T. Sim What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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✝️💝🎁 – Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone🗿. John 8:7.
Throwing Stones🗿.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone🗿” (John 8:7).
JESUS✝️💝 was teaching in the temple courts when He made that statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone🗿 such women. Now what do you say?” (v. 5). Because they considered JESUS✝️💝 a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (v. 6)—and getting rid of Him.
Yet when JESUS✝️💝 replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin . . .” not one of the woman’s accusers could bring themselves to pick up a stone🗿. One by one, they walked away.
Before we critically judge another’s behavior while looking lightly at our own sin, let’s remember that ALL of us “fall short of the glory of GOD✝️💝🎁” (Romans 3:23). Instead of condemnation, our SAVIOR✝️💝🎁 showed this woman—and you and me—grace and hope (John 3:16; 8:10-11). How can we not do the same for others?
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Although the earliest Greek🇬🇷🔱⛎☦️ manuscripts📖📜 don’t include John 8:1-11, scholars believe this was an authentic event from JESUS✝️💝🎁’s life—a part of oral🗣 tradition that was added to John’s gospel✝️🍞📖📜 later. The Mosaic Law mandates both adulterer and adulteress must be put to death by stoning (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22-24). If JESUS✝️💝🎁 let the adulterous woman go unpunished, the Pharisees would accuse and condemn Him for contradicting and rejecting GOD✝️💝🎁’s laws (John 8:6). If JESUS✝️💝🎁 confirmed the death penalty, He would be discredited for His lack of compassion and could also be charged for breaking Roman laws for “only the Romans are permitted to execute someone” (John 18:31 nlt).
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for LOVE✝️💝🎁ing us! Help us to look with compassion on others and to be gracious in ALL we say and do.
How can you put the lesson of John 8 into action in how you treat others? How can you use your own experience to help others facing similar challenges?
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“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2co.4.16.kjv
Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to…
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May 23 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27
Throwing Stones
Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.
John 8:7

READ JOHN 8:1–11

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Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of Christ’s words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7).
Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when He made that statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (v. 5). Because they considered Jesus a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (v. 6)—and getting rid of Him.
Yet when Jesus replied, “Let any one of you who is without sin . . .” not one of the woman’s accusers could bring themselves to pick up a stone. One by one, they walked away.
Before we critically judge another’s behavior while looking lightly at our own sin, let’s remember that all of us “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Instead of condemnation, our Savior showed this woman—and you and me—grace and hope (John 3:16; 8:10-11). How can we not do the same for others?
By Alyson Kieda
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear Lord, thank You for loving us! Help us to look with compassion on others and to be gracious in all we say and do.

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Although the earliest Greek manuscripts don’t include John 8:1-11, scholars believe this was an authentic event from Jesus’s life—a part of oral tradition that was added to John’s gospel later. The Mosaic Law mandates both adulterer and adulteress must be put to death by stoning (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22-24). If Jesus let the adulterous woman go unpunished, the Pharisees would accuse and condemn Him for contradicting and rejecting God’s laws (John 8:6). If Jesus confirmed the death penalty, He would be discredited for His lack of compassion and could also be charged for breaking Roman laws for “only the Romans are permitted to execute someone” (John 18:31 nlt). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- Submit yourselves therefore to GOD✝️💝🎁. Resist the devil👿👹, and he will flee🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟from you. Divine Escape🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟. So from that day on they plotted to take🔚🏁⚰️😵☠️💀🧟‍♂️His life.John 11:53. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocksfeatures antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they began taking more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, a conspirator confessed, “It was only supposed to be the one murder.” Like the schemers in the story, the reLIE🤥🤥🤥gious authorities formed a conspiracy of their own. After JESUS✝️💝🎁raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44), they called an emergency meeting and plotted to kill Him (vv. 45-53). But they didn’t stop there. After JESUS✝️💝🎁rose from the dead, the religious leaders spread lies about what happened at the grave (Matthew 28:12-15). Then they began a campaign to silence JESUS✝️💝🎁’s followers (Acts 7:57-8:3). What started as a religious plot against one man for the “greater good” of the nation became a web of lies, deceit, and multiple casualties. Sin plunges us down a road that often has no end in sight, but GOD✝️💝🎁always provides a way of escape. When Caiaphas the high priest said, “It is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish” (John 11:50), he didn’t understand the profound truth of his words. The conspiracy of the religious leaders would help bring about the redemption of mankind. JESUS✝️💝🎁saves us from sin’s vicious grip. Have you received the freedom He offers? SCRIPTURE INSIGHT To halt JESUS✝️💝🎁’s increasing popularity, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was convened by “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (John 11:47). The Sanhedrin, modeled after Moses and the seventy elders (Exodus 24:1), consisted of seventy men plus the high priest. It functioned as the highest Jewish governing council and supreme court. The chief priests(mostly Sadducees, a political-religious party) comprised the nation’s priesthood and included the high priest. The Pharisees, mostly scribes, were scrupulous keepers of the Law, particularly the ceremonial purity laws. The chief priests dominated the Sanhedrin and were political and religious opponents to the Pharisees (Acts 5:17). But the Pharisees were a powerful minority. Nicodemus (John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea (Mark 15:43) were Pharisees. They were key members of the Sanhedrin and disciples of JESUS✝️💝🎁. They prepared His body for burial and placed Him in the tomb (John 19:38-42). REFLECT & PRAY Give sin room, and it can take over a life. To learn more about the Gospels that record the life of JESUS✝️💝🎁, visit https://christianuniversity.org/courses/los-evangelios/ What road are you going down that could take you further away from GOD✝️💝🎁? He offers real freedom. What do you need to confess to Him today? . . “Submit yourselves therefore to GOD✝️💝🎁. Resist the devil👿👹, and he will flee🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟from you.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jas.4.7.kjv Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 20 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71 Divine Escape So from that day on they plotted to take his life. John 11:53 READ JOHN 11:45–53 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they began taking more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, a conspirator confessed, “It was only supposed to be the one murder.” Like the schemers in the story, the religious authorities formed a conspiracy of their own. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44), they called an emergency meeting and plotted to kill Him (vv. 45-53). But they didn’t stop there. After Jesus rose from the dead, the religious leaders spread lies about what happened at the grave (Matthew 28:12-15). Then they began a campaign to silence Jesus’s followers (Acts 7:57-8:3). What started as a religious plot against one man for the “greater good” of the nation became a web of lies, deceit, and multiple casualties. Sin plunges us down a road that often has no end in sight, but God always provides a way of escape. When Caiaphas the high priest said, “It is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish” (John 11:50), he didn’t understand the profound truth of his words. The conspiracy of the religious leaders would help bring about the redemption of mankind. Jesus saves us from sin’s vicious grip. Have you received the freedom He offers? By Remi Oyedele REFLECT & PRAY Give sin room, and it can take over a life. To learn more about the Gospels that record the life of Jesus, visit christianuniversity.org/NT331. What road are you going down that could take you further away from God? He offers real freedom. What do you need to confess to Him today? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT To halt Jesus’s increasing popularity, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was convened by “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (John 11:47). The Sanhedrin, modeled after Moses and the seventy elders (Exodus 24:1), consisted of seventy men plus the high priest. It functioned as the highest Jewish governing council and supreme court. The chief priests (mostly Sadducees, a political-religious party) comprised the nation’s priesthood and included the high priest. The Pharisees, mostly scribes, were scrupulous keepers of the Law, particularly the ceremonial purity laws. The chief priests dominated the Sanhedrin and were political and religious opponents to the Pharisees (Acts 5:17). But the Pharisees were a powerful minority. Nicodemus (John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea (Mark 15:43) were Pharisees. They were key members of the Sanhedrin and disciples of Jesus. They prepared His body for burial and placed Him in the tomb (John 19:38-42). K. T. Sim What does it mean to be a Christian Leader? 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 🍞✝️📖- Submit yourselves therefore to GOD✝️💝🎁. Resist the devil👿👹, and he will flee🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟from you.
Divine Escape🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟.
So from that day on they plotted to take🔚🏁⚰️😵☠️💀🧟‍♂️His life.John 11:53.
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocksfeatures antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they began taking more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, a conspirator confessed, “It was only supposed to be the one murder.”
Like the schemers in the story, the reLIE🤥🤥🤥gious authorities formed a conspiracy of their own. After JESUS✝️💝🎁raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44), they called an emergency meeting and plotted to kill Him (vv. 45-53). But they didn’t stop there. After JESUS✝️💝🎁rose from the dead, the religious leaders spread lies about what happened at the grave (Matthew 28:12-15). Then they began a campaign to silence JESUS✝️💝🎁’s followers (Acts 7:57-8:3). What started as a religious plot against one man for the “greater good” of the nation became a web of lies, deceit, and multiple casualties.
Sin plunges us down a road that often has no end in sight, but GOD✝️💝🎁always provides a way of escape. When Caiaphas the high priest said, “It is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish” (John 11:50), he didn’t understand the profound truth of his words. The conspiracy of the religious leaders would help bring about the redemption of mankind.
JESUS✝️💝🎁saves us from sin’s vicious grip. Have you received the freedom He offers?
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
To halt JESUS✝️💝🎁’s increasing popularity, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was convened by “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (John 11:47). The Sanhedrin, modeled after Moses and the seventy elders (Exodus 24:1), consisted of seventy men plus the high priest. It functioned as the highest Jewish governing council and supreme court. The chief priests(mostly Sadducees, a political-religious party) comprised the nation’s priesthood and included the high priest. The Pharisees, mostly scribes, were scrupulous keepers of the Law, particularly the ceremonial purity laws.
The chief priests dominated the Sanhedrin and were political and religious opponents to the Pharisees (Acts 5:17). But the Pharisees were a powerful minority. Nicodemus (John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea (Mark 15:43) were Pharisees. They were key members of the Sanhedrin and disciples of JESUS✝️💝🎁. They prepared His body for burial and placed Him in the tomb (John 19:38-42).
REFLECT & PRAY
Give sin room, and it can take over a life. To learn more about the Gospels that record the life of JESUS✝️💝🎁, visit https://christianuniversity.org/courses/los-evangelios/
What road are you going down that could take you further away from GOD✝️💝🎁? He offers real freedom. What do you need to confess to Him today?
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.
“Submit yourselves therefore to GOD✝️💝🎁. Resist the devil👿👹, and he will flee🏃🏽‍♂️💨👟from you.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jas.4.7.kjv
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a…
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May 20 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71
Divine Escape
So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
John 11:53

READ JOHN 11:45–53

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they began taking more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, a conspirator confessed, “It was only supposed to be the one murder.”
Like the schemers in the story, the religious authorities formed a conspiracy of their own. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44), they called an emergency meeting and plotted to kill Him (vv. 45-53). But they didn’t stop there. After Jesus rose from the dead, the religious leaders spread lies about what happened at the grave (Matthew 28:12-15). Then they began a campaign to silence Jesus’s followers (Acts 7:57-8:3). What started as a religious plot against one man for the “greater good” of the nation became a web of lies, deceit, and multiple casualties.
Sin plunges us down a road that often has no end in sight, but God always provides a way of escape. When Caiaphas the high priest said, “It is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish” (John 11:50), he didn’t understand the profound truth of his words. The conspiracy of the religious leaders would help bring about the redemption of mankind.
Jesus saves us from sin’s vicious grip. Have you received the freedom He offers?
By Remi Oyedele
REFLECT & PRAY
Give sin room, and it can take over a life. To learn more about the Gospels that record the life of Jesus, visit christianuniversity.org/NT331.

What road are you going down that could take you further away from God? He offers real freedom. What do you need to confess to Him today?

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

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
To halt Jesus’s increasing popularity, a meeting of the Sanhedrin was convened by “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (John 11:47). The Sanhedrin, modeled after Moses and the seventy elders (Exodus 24:1), consisted of seventy men plus the high priest. It functioned as the highest Jewish governing council and supreme court. The chief priests (mostly Sadducees, a political-religious party) comprised the nation’s priesthood and included the high priest. The Pharisees, mostly scribes, were scrupulous keepers of the Law, particularly the ceremonial purity laws.

The chief priests dominated the Sanhedrin and were political and religious opponents to the Pharisees (Acts 5:17). But the Pharisees were a powerful minority. Nicodemus (John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea (Mark 15:43) were Pharisees. They were key members of the Sanhedrin and disciples of Jesus. They prepared His body for burial and placed Him in the tomb (John 19:38-42). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- The LORD✝️💝🎁is nigh unto them that are of a broken💔heart💔; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. The Crooked Steeple. My grace is sufficient for you, for My POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋is made perfect in weakness.2 Corinthians 12:9. Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s proud steeple was crooked, causing some alarm. Of course, the church quickly repaired the flagging spire, but the humorous image got me thinking. Often church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect; it’s not seen as a place where we can show up crooked. Right? But in a fallen, broken world, all of us are “crooked,” each with our own collection of natural weaknesses. We might be tempted to keep our vulnerabilities under wraps, but Scripture encourages the opposite attitude. In 2 Corinthians 12, for example, Paul suggests that it’s in our weaknesses—for him, an unnamed struggle he calls a “thorn in my flesh” (v. 7)—that CHRIST✝️💝🎁 is most likely to reveal His power. JESUS✝️💝🎁had told Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). So Paul concluded, “For CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10). We may not like our imperfections, but hiding them only denies JESUS✝️💝🎁’s power to work within those aspects of ourselves. When we invite JESUS✝️💝🎁into the crooked places in us, He gently mends and redeems in ways our effort could never accomplish. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Paul had a vision of heaven where he received “great revelations” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Because of this great privilege, Paul was given a “thorn in [his] flesh” (v. 7). This “thorn” is not specifically identified, which enables us to relate to Paul’s experience. Even though we haven’t had visions of heaven, we all know what it is to suffer from a metaphorical “thorn in the flesh.” Our problems compel us to rely on GOD✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY Invite JESUS✝️💝🎁 into your imperfections for His mending. What are some of the “crooked” places in your life? In what ways have you seen GOD✝️💝🎁 work through your imperfections? . . “The LORD✝️💝🎁is nigh unto them that are of a broken💔heart💔; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.34.18.kjv Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 19 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44 The Crooked Steeple My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 READ 2 CORINTHIANS 12:1–10 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s proud steeple was crooked, causing some alarm. Of course, the church quickly repaired the flagging spire, but the humorous image got me thinking. Often church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect; it’s not seen as a place where we can show up crooked. Right? But in a fallen, broken world, all of us are “crooked,” each with our own collection of natural weaknesses. We might be tempted to keep our vulnerabilities under wraps, but Scripture encourages the opposite attitude. In 2 Corinthians 12, for example, Paul suggests that it’s in our weaknesses—for him, an unnamed struggle he calls a “thorn in my flesh” (v. 7)—that Christ is most likely to reveal His power. Jesus had told Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). So Paul concluded, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10). We may not like our imperfections, but hiding them only denies Jesus’s power to work within those aspects of ourselves. When we invite Jesus into the crooked places in us, He gently mends and redeems in ways our effort could never accomplish. By Adam Holz REFLECT & PRAY Invite Jesus into your imperfections for His mending. What are some of the “crooked” places in your life? In what ways have you seen God work through your imperfections? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Paul had a vision of heaven where he received “great revelations” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Because of this great privilege, Paul was given a “thorn in [his] flesh” (v. 7). This “thorn” is not specifically identified, which enables us to relate to Paul’s experience. Even though we haven’t had visions of heaven, we all know what it is to suffer from a metaphorical “thorn in the flesh.” Our problems compel us to rely on God. 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 🍞✝️📖- The LORD✝️💝🎁is nigh unto them that are of a broken💔heart💔; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
The Crooked Steeple.
My grace is sufficient for you, for My POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋is made perfect in weakness.2 Corinthians 12:9.
Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s proud steeple was crooked, causing some alarm.
Of course, the church quickly repaired the flagging spire, but the humorous image got me thinking. Often church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect; it’s not seen as a place where we can show up crooked. Right?
But in a fallen, broken world, all of us are “crooked,” each with our own collection of natural weaknesses. We might be tempted to keep our vulnerabilities under wraps, but Scripture encourages the opposite attitude. In 2 Corinthians 12, for example, Paul suggests that it’s in our weaknesses—for him, an unnamed struggle he calls a “thorn in my flesh” (v. 7)—that CHRIST✝️💝🎁 is most likely to reveal His power. JESUS✝️💝🎁had told Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). So Paul concluded, “For CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10).
We may not like our imperfections, but hiding them only denies JESUS✝️💝🎁’s power to work within those aspects of ourselves. When we invite JESUS✝️💝🎁into the crooked places in us, He gently mends and redeems in ways our effort could never accomplish.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Paul had a vision of heaven where he received “great revelations” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Because of this great privilege, Paul was given a “thorn in [his] flesh” (v. 7). This “thorn” is not specifically identified, which enables us to relate to Paul’s experience. Even though we haven’t had visions of heaven, we all know what it is to suffer from a metaphorical “thorn in the flesh.” Our problems compel us to rely on GOD✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
Invite JESUS✝️💝🎁 into your imperfections for His mending.
What are some of the “crooked” places in your life? In what ways have you seen GOD✝️💝🎁 work through your imperfections?
.

.
“The LORD✝️💝🎁is nigh unto them that are of a broken💔heart💔; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/psa.34.18.kjv
Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s…
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

May 19 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44
The Crooked Steeple
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

READ 2 CORINTHIANS 12:1–10

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s proud steeple was crooked, causing some alarm.
Of course, the church quickly repaired the flagging spire, but the humorous image got me thinking. Often church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect; it’s not seen as a place where we can show up crooked. Right?
But in a fallen, broken world, all of us are “crooked,” each with our own collection of natural weaknesses. We might be tempted to keep our vulnerabilities under wraps, but Scripture encourages the opposite attitude. In 2 Corinthians 12, for example, Paul suggests that it’s in our weaknesses—for him, an unnamed struggle he calls a “thorn in my flesh” (v. 7)—that Christ is most likely to reveal His power. Jesus had told Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). So Paul concluded, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10).
We may not like our imperfections, but hiding them only denies Jesus’s power to work within those aspects of ourselves. When we invite Jesus into the crooked places in us, He gently mends and redeems in ways our effort could never accomplish.
By Adam Holz
REFLECT & PRAY
Invite Jesus into your imperfections for His mending.

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Paul had a vision of heaven where he received “great revelations” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Because of this great privilege, Paul was given a “thorn in [his] flesh” (v. 7). This “thorn” is not specifically identified, which enables us to relate to Paul’s experience. Even though we haven’t had visions of heaven, we all know what it is to suffer from a metaphorical “thorn in the flesh.” Our problems compel us to rely on God. Tim Gustafson

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The relationship between the fungus and the alga reminds me of our human relationships. We rely on each other. To grow and flourish, we need to be in relationship with each other. Paul, writing to believers in Colossae, describes how our relationships should look. We are to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We ought to forgive each other and live in peace “as members of one body” (v. 15). It’s not always easy to live in peace with our families or friends. But when the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 empowers us to exhibit humility and forgiveness in our relationships, our LOVE✝️💝🎁 for each other points to CHRIST✝️💝🎁 (John 13:35) and brings glory to GOD✝️💝🎁. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Colossians 3:12-14 Paul urges the Colossians to clothe—put on, develop, exercise, display—certain characteristics. This list bears a striking resemblance to the attributes known as the fruit🍎🥝🍏🍉🍇🍓🍒🥭 of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 found in Galatians 5:22-23. 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How can you pursue peace? . . “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the LORD✝️💝🎁, and in the POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋 of His might.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/eph.6.10.kjv While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 18 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21 We Need Each Other Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15 READ COLOSSIANS 3:12–17 audio playLISTEN ONLINE While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand drought and low temperatures, it’s one of the only food sources for caribou (reindeer) in deep winter. The relationship between the fungus and the alga reminds me of our human relationships. We rely on each other. To grow and flourish, we need to be in relationship with each other. Paul, writing to believers in Colossae, describes how our relationships should look. We are to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We ought to forgive each other and live in peace “as members of one body” (v. 15). It’s not always easy to live in peace with our families or friends. But when the Spirit empowers us to exhibit humility and forgiveness in our relationships, our love for each other points to Christ (John 13:35) and brings glory to God. By Amy Peterson REFLECT & PRAY Holy Spirit, fill us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience toward each other so the world may see Your love in us. In what ways do your relationships point to Jesus? How can you pursue peace? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Colossians 3:12-14 Paul urges the Colossians to clothe—put on, develop, exercise, display—certain characteristics. This list bears a striking resemblance to the attributes known as the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit is grown and developed by the Spirit. Both lists share a number of the same qualities (love, kindness, gentleness), but there’s something we don’t always focus on. In the letter to the Colossians, Paul encourages his readers to “clothe [themselves]” (3:12). Clothe is a reflexive verb. Paul is telling them to do something. Spiritual growth is a harmony of two parts: ours and the Holy Spirit’s. Paul is reminding the Colossian believers and us that we are to participate with the Holy Spirit in our spiritual growth. 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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While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand drought and low temperatures, it’s one of the only food sources for caribou (reindeer) in deep winter.
The relationship between the fungus and the alga reminds me of our human relationships. We rely on each other. To grow and flourish, we need to be in relationship with each other.
Paul, writing to believers in Colossae, describes how our relationships should look. We are to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We ought to forgive each other and live in peace “as members of one body” (v. 15).
It’s not always easy to live in peace with our families or friends. But when the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 empowers us to exhibit humility and forgiveness in our relationships, our LOVE✝️💝🎁 for each other points to CHRIST✝️💝🎁 (John 13:35) and brings glory to GOD✝️💝🎁.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Colossians 3:12-14 Paul urges the Colossians to clothe—put on, develop, exercise, display—certain characteristics. This list bears a striking resemblance to the attributes known as the fruit🍎🥝🍏🍉🍇🍓🍒🥭 of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 found in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit🍎🥝🍏🍉🍇🍓🍒🥭 of the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 is grown and developed by the SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁.
Both lists share a number of the same qualities (LOVE✝️💝🎁 , kindness, gentleness), but there’s something we don’t always focus on. In the letter to the Colossians, Paul encourages his readers to “clothe [themselves]” (3:12). Clothe is a reflexive verb. Paul is telling them to do something. Spiritual growth is a harmony of two parts: ours and the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁’s. Paul is reminding the Colossian believers and us that we are to participate with the HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁 in our spiritual growth.
REFLECT & PRAY
HOLY✝️💝🎁 SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁, fill us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience toward each other so the world may see Your LOVE✝️💝🎁 in us.
In what ways do your relationships point to JESUS✝️💝🎁? How can you pursue peace?
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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the LORD✝️💝🎁, and in the POWer 💣💢✊🏿⚡️🏋️🏿‍♂️🔌🔋 of His might.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/eph.6.10.kjv
While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is…
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
Colossians 3:15

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audio playLISTEN ONLINE
While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand drought and low temperatures, it’s one of the only food sources for caribou (reindeer) in deep winter.
The relationship between the fungus and the alga reminds me of our human relationships. We rely on each other. To grow and flourish, we need to be in relationship with each other.
Paul, writing to believers in Colossae, describes how our relationships should look. We are to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We ought to forgive each other and live in peace “as members of one body” (v. 15).
It’s not always easy to live in peace with our families or friends. But when the Spirit empowers us to exhibit humility and forgiveness in our relationships, our love for each other points to Christ (John 13:35) and brings glory to God.
By Amy Peterson
REFLECT & PRAY
Holy Spirit, fill us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience toward each other so the world may see Your love in us.

In what ways do your relationships point to Jesus? How can you pursue peace?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In Colossians 3:12-14 Paul urges the Colossians to clothe—put on, develop, exercise, display—certain characteristics. This list bears a striking resemblance to the attributes known as the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit is grown and developed by the Spirit.

Both lists share a number of the same qualities (love, kindness, gentleness), but there’s something we don’t always focus on. In the letter to the Colossians, Paul encourages his readers to “clothe [themselves]” (3:12). Clothe is a reflexive verb. Paul is telling them to do something. Spiritual growth is a harmony of two parts: ours and the Holy Spirit’s. Paul is reminding the Colossian believers and us that we are to participate with the Holy Spirit in our spiritual growth. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- Be not wise🧐🧠🤓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎in thine own eyes👀👁👁👀: fear the LORD✝️💝🎁, and depart from evil👿. GOD✝️💝🎁’s Amazing Hands🤲🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿. Into your hands🤲🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD✝️💝🎁, my faithful GOD✝️💝🎁. Psalm 31:5. Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines failed, debris from the engine smashed through a window causing the cabin to decompress. Sadly, several passengers were injured and one person was killed. Had not a calm, capable pilot been in the cockpit—one trained as a Navy fighter pilot—things could have been tragically worse. The headline in our local paper read, “In Amazing Hands.” In Psalm 31, David revealed that he knew something about the LORD✝️💝🎁’s amazing, caring hands. That’s why he could confidently say, “Into Your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). David believed that the LORD✝️💝🎁could be trusted even when life got bumpy. Because he was targeted by unfriendly forces, life was very uncomfortable for David. Though vulnerable, he was not without hope. In the midst of harassment David could breathe sighs of relief and rejoice because his faithful, LOVE✝️💝🎁ing GOD✝️💝🎁was his source of confidence (vv. 5-7). Perhaps you find yourself in a season of life when things are coming at you from every direction, and it’s difficult to see what’s ahead. In the midst of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos one thing remains absolutely certain: those who are secure in the LORD✝️💝🎁are in amazing hands. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT David wrote Psalm 31 when he was in grave danger because of persecution (vv. 4, 13). His close friends had abandoned him (vv. 11-12), leaving him to fend for himself against his enemies. David affirmed that his only protection and safety were in GOD✝️💝🎁, his refuge, rock, and fortress (vv. 1-2). Twice David affirmed his unwavering faith and trust in GOD✝️💝🎁: “I trust in the LORD✝️💝🎁” (vv. 6, 14). Whether he lived or died, David committed his life to GOD✝️💝🎁 for safekeeping: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). Years later, JESUS✝️💝🎁was similarly conspired against (John 11:53) and His friends deserted Him (Mark 14:50). While on the cross, JESUS✝️💝🎁prayed the same prayer of trust: “Into your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). REFLECT & PRAY FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to be encouraged knowing that JESUS✝️💝🎁prayed Psalm 31:5 when He was on the cross. In the midst of pain and suffering, He committed His life into Your hands. Have you committed your life—your earthly and eternal existence and well-being—to GOD✝️💝🎁? How are you showing that you are trusting Him in good times and bad? . . “Be not wise🧐🧠🤓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎in thine own eyes👀👁👁👀: fear the LORD✝️💝🎁, and depart from evil👿.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.3.7.kjv Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 17 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25-47 God’s Amazing Hands Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. Psalm 31:5 READ PSALM 31:1–8 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines failed, debris from the engine smashed through a window causing the cabin to decompress. Sadly, several passengers were injured and one person was killed. Had not a calm, capable pilot been in the cockpit—one trained as a Navy fighter pilot—things could have been tragically worse. The headline in our local paper read, “In Amazing Hands.” In Psalm 31, David revealed that he knew something about the Lord’s amazing, caring hands. That’s why he could confidently say, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). David believed that the Lord could be trusted even when life got bumpy. Because he was targeted by unfriendly forces, life was very uncomfortable for David. Though vulnerable, he was not without hope. In the midst of harassment David could breathe sighs of relief and rejoice because his faithful, loving God was his source of confidence (vv. 5-7). Perhaps you find yourself in a season of life when things are coming at you from every direction, and it’s difficult to see what’s ahead. In the midst of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos one thing remains absolutely certain: those who are secure in the Lord are in amazing hands. By Arthur Jackson REFLECT & PRAY Father, help me to be encouraged knowing that Jesus prayed Psalm 31:5 when He was on the cross. In the midst of pain and suffering, He committed His life into Your hands. Have you committed your life—your earthly and eternal existence and well-being—to God? How are you showing that you are trusting Him in good times and bad? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT David wrote Psalm 31 when he was in grave danger because of persecution (vv. 4, 13). His close friends had abandoned him (vv. 11-12), leaving him to fend for himself against his enemies. David affirmed that his only protection and safety were in God, his refuge, rock, and fortress (vv. 1-2). Twice David affirmed his unwavering faith and trust in God: “I trust in the Lord” (vv. 6, 14). Whether he lived or died, David committed his life to God for safekeeping: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). Years later, Jesus was similarly conspired against (John 11:53) and His friends deserted Him (Mark 14:50). While on the cross, Jesus prayed the same prayer of trust: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). 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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GOD✝️💝🎁’s Amazing Hands🤲🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿.
Into your hands🤲🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD✝️💝🎁, my faithful GOD✝️💝🎁. Psalm 31:5.
Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines failed, debris from the engine smashed through a window causing the cabin to decompress. Sadly, several passengers were injured and one person was killed. Had not a calm, capable pilot been in the cockpit—one trained as a Navy fighter pilot—things could have been tragically worse. The headline in our local paper read, “In Amazing Hands.”
In Psalm 31, David revealed that he knew something about the LORD✝️💝🎁’s amazing, caring hands. That’s why he could confidently say, “Into Your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). David believed that the LORD✝️💝🎁could be trusted even when life got bumpy. Because he was targeted by unfriendly forces, life was very uncomfortable for David. Though vulnerable, he was not without hope. In the midst of harassment David could breathe sighs of relief and rejoice because his faithful, LOVE✝️💝🎁ing GOD✝️💝🎁was his source of confidence (vv. 5-7).
Perhaps you find yourself in a season of life when things are coming at you from every direction, and it’s difficult to see what’s ahead. In the midst of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos one thing remains absolutely certain: those who are secure in the LORD✝️💝🎁are in amazing hands.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
David wrote Psalm 31 when he was in grave danger because of persecution (vv. 4, 13). His close friends had abandoned him (vv. 11-12), leaving him to fend for himself against his enemies. David affirmed that his only protection and safety were in GOD✝️💝🎁, his refuge, rock, and fortress (vv. 1-2). Twice David affirmed his unwavering faith and trust in GOD✝️💝🎁: “I trust in the LORD✝️💝🎁” (vv. 6, 14). Whether he lived or died, David committed his life to GOD✝️💝🎁 for safekeeping: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). Years later, JESUS✝️💝🎁was similarly conspired against (John 11:53) and His friends deserted Him (Mark 14:50). While on the cross, JESUS✝️💝🎁prayed the same prayer of trust: “Into your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46).
REFLECT & PRAY
FATHER✝️💝🎁, help me to be encouraged knowing that JESUS✝️💝🎁prayed Psalm 31:5 when He was on the cross. In the midst of pain and suffering, He committed His life into Your hands.
Have you committed your life—your earthly and eternal existence and well-being—to GOD✝️💝🎁? How are you showing that you are trusting Him in good times and bad?
.

.
“Be not wise🧐🧠🤓💡🕵️🏿‍♂️🔎in thine own eyes👀👁👁👀: fear the LORD✝️💝🎁, and depart from evil👿.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.3.7.kjv
Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines…
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God’s Amazing Hands
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
Psalm 31:5

READ PSALM 31:1–8

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines failed, debris from the engine smashed through a window causing the cabin to decompress. Sadly, several passengers were injured and one person was killed. Had not a calm, capable pilot been in the cockpit—one trained as a Navy fighter pilot—things could have been tragically worse. The headline in our local paper read, “In Amazing Hands.”
In Psalm 31, David revealed that he knew something about the Lord’s amazing, caring hands. That’s why he could confidently say, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). David believed that the Lord could be trusted even when life got bumpy. Because he was targeted by unfriendly forces, life was very uncomfortable for David. Though vulnerable, he was not without hope. In the midst of harassment David could breathe sighs of relief and rejoice because his faithful, loving God was his source of confidence (vv. 5-7).
Perhaps you find yourself in a season of life when things are coming at you from every direction, and it’s difficult to see what’s ahead. In the midst of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos one thing remains absolutely certain: those who are secure in the Lord are in amazing hands.
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, help me to be encouraged knowing that Jesus prayed Psalm 31:5 when He was on the cross. In the midst of pain and suffering, He committed His life into Your hands.

Have you committed your life—your earthly and eternal existence and well-being—to God? How are you showing that you are trusting Him in good times and bad?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
David wrote Psalm 31 when he was in grave danger because of persecution (vv. 4, 13). His close friends had abandoned him (vv. 11-12), leaving him to fend for himself against his enemies. David affirmed that his only protection and safety were in God, his refuge, rock, and fortress (vv. 1-2). Twice David affirmed his unwavering faith and trust in God: “I trust in the Lord” (vv. 6, 14). Whether he lived or died, David committed his life to God for safekeeping: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (v. 5). Years later, Jesus was similarly conspired against (John 11:53) and His friends deserted Him (Mark 14:50). While on the cross, Jesus prayed the same prayer of trust: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). K. T. Sim

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁. 1 John 4:16. Train up a child👶🏿👧🏿👼🏿in the way he should go: and when he is old👴🏿, he will not depart from it. Bear Hug. “Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of LOVE✝️💝🎁contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with JOY😂😹JOY😂😹JOY😂😹! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly LOVE✝️💝🎁him. Innocently and naturally, he felt LOVE✝️💝🎁from Bear and returned it with ALL his heart. In his first of three letters to early CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians, the apostle John boldly states that GOD✝️💝🎁Himself isLOVE✝️💝🎁. “We know and rely on the LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁has for us,” he writes. “GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁” (1 John 4:16). GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s. Not in the pillow of a pretend animal but rather with the outstretched arms of a real human body encasing a beating but breaking heart (John 3:16). Through JESUS✝️💝🎁, GOD✝️💝🎁communicated His extravagant and sacrificial LOVE✝️💝🎁for us. John goes on, “We LOVE✝️💝🎁because He first LOVE✝️💝🎁d us” (1 John 4:19). When we believe we’re LOVE✝️💝🎁d, we LOVE✝️💝🎁back. GOD✝️💝🎁’s real LOVE✝️💝🎁makes it possible for us to LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁and others—with ALL our hearts. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Apart from being known in Scripture as the son of Zebedee and the brother of James (Matthew 4:21), as well as one of the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17), John has also been dubbed “the apostle of LOVE✝️💝🎁.” Why this title? Several things could factor into this. In the gospel that bears his name, John describes himself as the disciple “JESUS✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁d” (John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Furthermore, it doesn’t take long to see that LOVE✝️💝🎁is a major theme of his writing. The noun and verb forms of agape(LOVE✝️💝🎁) appear numerous times, the first time in John 3:16: “For GOD✝️💝🎁so LOVE✝️💝🎁d the world that He JESUS✝️💝🎁gave His one and only SON✝️💝🎁.” The apostle who receivedLOVE✝️💝🎁came to understand LOVE✝️💝🎁as the defining characteristic of those in the family of GOD✝️💝🎁. REFLECT & PRAY Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, help me to let You LOVE✝️💝🎁 me and then help me to LOVE✝️💝🎁 You back—with ALL my heart. What do you find is most amazing about GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁 for you? How will you reveal His LOVE✝️💝🎁 to others today? . . “Train up a child👶🏿👧🏿👼🏿in the way he should go: and when he is old👴🏿, he will not depart from it.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.22.6.kjv “Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder…. Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 16 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24-25; John 5:1-24 Bear Hug God is love. 1 John 4:16 READ 1 JOHN 4:13–19 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with joy joy JOY! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly love him. Innocently and naturally, he felt love from Bear and returned it with all his heart. In his first of three letters to early Christians, the apostle John boldly states that God Himself is love. “We know and rely on the love God has for us,” he writes. “God is love” (1 John 4:16). God loves. Not in the pillow of a pretend animal but rather with the outstretched arms of a real human body encasing a beating but breaking heart (John 3:16). Through Jesus, God communicated His extravagant and sacrificial love for us. John goes on, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). When we believe we’re loved, we love back. God’s real love makes it possible for us to love God and others—with all our hearts. By Elisa Morgan REFLECT & PRAY Dear God, help me to let You love me and then help me to love You back—with all my heart. What do you find is most amazing about God’s love for you? How will you reveal His love to others today? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Apart from being known in Scripture as the son of Zebedee and the brother of James (Matthew 4:21), as well as one of the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17), John has also been dubbed “the apostle of love.” Why this title? Several things could factor into this. In the gospel that bears his name, John describes himself as the disciple “Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Furthermore, it doesn’t take long to see that love is a major theme of his writing. The noun and verb forms of agape (love) appear numerous times, the first time in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” The apostle who received love came to understand love as the defining characteristic of those in the family of 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

My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁. 1 John 4:16.
Train up a child👶🏿👧🏿👼🏿in the way he should go: and when he is old👴🏿, he will not depart from it.
Bear Hug.
“Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of LOVE✝️💝🎁contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with JOY😂😹JOY😂😹JOY😂😹! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly LOVE✝️💝🎁him. Innocently and naturally, he felt LOVE✝️💝🎁from Bear and returned it with ALL his heart.
In his first of three letters to early CHRIST✝️💝🎁ians, the apostle John boldly states that GOD✝️💝🎁Himself isLOVE✝️💝🎁. “We know and rely on the LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁has for us,” he writes. “GOD✝️💝🎁is LOVE✝️💝🎁” (1 John 4:16).
GOD✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁s. Not in the pillow of a pretend animal but rather with the outstretched arms of a real human body encasing a beating but breaking heart (John 3:16). Through JESUS✝️💝🎁, GOD✝️💝🎁communicated His extravagant and sacrificial LOVE✝️💝🎁for us.
John goes on, “We LOVE✝️💝🎁because He first LOVE✝️💝🎁d us” (1 John 4:19). When we believe we’re LOVE✝️💝🎁d, we LOVE✝️💝🎁back. GOD✝️💝🎁’s real LOVE✝️💝🎁makes it possible for us to LOVE✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁and others—with ALL our hearts.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Apart from being known in Scripture as the son of Zebedee and the brother of James (Matthew 4:21), as well as one of the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17), John has also been dubbed “the apostle of LOVE✝️💝🎁.” Why this title? Several things could factor into this. In the gospel that bears his name, John describes himself as the disciple “JESUS✝️💝🎁LOVE✝️💝🎁d” (John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Furthermore, it doesn’t take long to see that LOVE✝️💝🎁is a major theme of his writing. The noun and verb forms of agape(LOVE✝️💝🎁) appear numerous times, the first time in John 3:16: “For GOD✝️💝🎁so LOVE✝️💝🎁d the world that He JESUS✝️💝🎁gave His one and only SON✝️💝🎁.” The apostle who receivedLOVE✝️💝🎁came to understand LOVE✝️💝🎁as the defining characteristic of those in the family of GOD✝️💝🎁.
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear GOD✝️💝🎁, help me to let You LOVE✝️💝🎁 me and then help me to LOVE✝️💝🎁 You back—with ALL my heart.
What do you find is most amazing about GOD✝️💝🎁’s LOVE✝️💝🎁 for you? How will you reveal His LOVE✝️💝🎁 to others today?
.

.
“Train up a child👶🏿👧🏿👼🏿in the way he should go: and when he is old👴🏿, he will not depart from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/pro.22.6.kjv
“Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder….
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May 16 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24-25; John 5:1-24
Bear Hug
God is love.
1 John 4:16

READ 1 JOHN 4:13–19

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
“Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with joy joy JOY! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly love him. Innocently and naturally, he felt love from Bear and returned it with all his heart.
In his first of three letters to early Christians, the apostle John boldly states that God Himself is love. “We know and rely on the love God has for us,” he writes. “God is love” (1 John 4:16).
God loves. Not in the pillow of a pretend animal but rather with the outstretched arms of a real human body encasing a beating but breaking heart (John 3:16). Through Jesus, God communicated His extravagant and sacrificial love for us.
John goes on, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). When we believe we’re loved, we love back. God’s real love makes it possible for us to love God and others—with all our hearts.
By Elisa Morgan
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, help me to let You love me and then help me to love You back—with all my heart.

What do you find is most amazing about God’s love for you? How will you reveal His love to others today?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Apart from being known in Scripture as the son of Zebedee and the brother of James (Matthew 4:21), as well as one of the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17), John has also been dubbed “the apostle of love.” Why this title? Several things could factor into this. In the gospel that bears his name, John describes himself as the disciple “Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Furthermore, it doesn’t take long to see that love is a major theme of his writing. The noun and verb forms of agape (love) appear numerous times, the first time in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” The apostle who received love came to understand love as the defining characteristic of those in the family of God. Arthur Jackson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- ALL scripture🍞✝️📖is given by inspiration of GOD✝️💝🎁, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of GOD✝️💝🎁may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL good works. When ALL Seems Lost. My GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, why have You forsaken me?Psalm 22:1. In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life. Overcome by shock, his mother had a heart attack and died, his wife went into depression, and his two young daughters remained inconsolable. All he could do was echo the words of the psalmist, “My GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). The only thing that kept Gerald going was the hope that GOD✝️💝🎁, who raised JESUS✝️💝🎁to life, would one day deliver him and his family from their pain to an eternal life of JOY😂. It was a hope that GOD✝️💝🎁would answer his desperate cries for help. In his despair, like the psalmist David, he determined to trust GOD✝️💝🎁in the midst of his suffering. He held on to the hope that GOD✝️💝🎁would deliver and save him (vv. 4-5). That hope sustained Gerald. Over the years, whenever he was asked how he was, he could only say, “Well, I’m trusting GOD✝️💝🎁.” GOD✝️💝🎁honored that trust, giving Gerald the comfort, strength, and courage to keep going through the years. His family slowly recovered from the crisis, and soon Gerald welcomed the birth of his first grandchild. His cry is now a testimony of GOD✝️💝🎁’s faithfulness. “I’m no longer asking, ‘Why have you forsaken me?’ GOD✝️💝🎁has blessed me.” When it seems there’s nothing left, there’s still hope. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Psalm 22 is a song of lament in which David pours out his heart to GOD✝️💝🎁during a time of great heartache and struggle. Yet in his pain David’s words anticipated the cosmic struggle of JESUS✝️💝🎁on the cross. CHRIST✝️💝🎁claimed the opening words of Psalm 22 during His own suffering (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34), but that’s only the beginning of the song’s anticipations of the cross. The mockery David experienced (Psalm 22:8) looks ahead to the words that targeted JESUS✝️💝🎁(Matthew 27:39-44). David spoke poetically of piercings (Psalm 22:16), which JESUS✝️💝🎁experienced literally through the nails of crucifixion (Luke 24:39-40). And the sadness of oppressors’ gambling for David’s garments (Psalm 22:18) finds echoes in the soldiers at the foot of the cross gambling for JESUS✝️💝🎁’s seamless robe (Matthew 27:35). The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁utilized the poetry of an Old Testament psalm to prepare the way for the experience of CHRIST✝️💝🎁in His passion. REFLECT & PRAY Whenever I feel abandoned and alone, I cling to the hope You’ve given me through CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s resurrection, that I will be delivered to eternal JOY😂😀 one day. What will help you to remember and cling to GOD✝️💝🎁’s sure and certain hope of deliverance? How has trusting in GOD✝️💝🎁sustained you in a difficult challenge? . . “ALL scripture🍞✝️📖is given by inspiration of GOD✝️💝🎁, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of GOD✝️💝🎁may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL good works.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2ti.3.16-17.kjv In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life…. Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 15 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 22-23; John 4:31-54 When All Seems Lost My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Psalm 22:1 READ PSALM 22:1–5 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life. Overcome by shock, his mother had a heart attack and died, his wife went into depression, and his two young daughters remained inconsolable. All he could do was echo the words of the psalmist, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). The only thing that kept Gerald going was the hope that God, who raised Jesus to life, would one day deliver him and his family from their pain to an eternal life of joy. It was a hope that God would answer his desperate cries for help. In his despair, like the psalmist David, he determined to trust God in the midst of his suffering. He held on to the hope that God would deliver and save him (vv. 4-5). That hope sustained Gerald. Over the years, whenever he was asked how he was, he could only say, “Well, I’m trusting God.” God honored that trust, giving Gerald the comfort, strength, and courage to keep going through the years. His family slowly recovered from the crisis, and soon Gerald welcomed the birth of his first grandchild. His cry is now a testimony of God’s faithfulness. “I’m no longer asking, ‘Why have you forsaken me?’ God has blessed me.” When it seems there’s nothing left, there’s still hope. By Leslie Koh REFLECT & PRAY Whenever I feel abandoned and alone, I cling to the hope You’ve given me through Christ’s resurrection, that I will be delivered to eternal joy one day. What will help you to remember and cling to God’s sure and certain hope of deliverance? How has trusting in God sustained you in a difficult challenge? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Psalm 22 is a song of lament in which David pours out his heart to God during a time of great heartache and struggle. Yet in his pain David’s words anticipated the cosmic struggle of Jesus on the cross. Christ claimed the opening words of Psalm 22 during His own suffering (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34), but that’s only the beginning of the song’s anticipations of the cross. The mockery David experienced (Psalm 22:8) looks ahead to the words that targeted Jesus (Matthew 27:39-44). David spoke poetically of piercings (Psalm 22:16), which Jesus experienced literally through the nails of crucifixion (Luke 24:39-40). And the sadness of oppressors’ gambling for David’s garments (Psalm 22:18) finds echoes in the soldiers at the foot of the cross gambling for Jesus’s seamless robe (Matthew 27:35). The Holy Spirit utilized the poetry of an Old Testament psalm to prepare the way for the experience of Christ in His passion. 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 scripture🍞✝️📖is given by inspiration of GOD✝️💝🎁, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of GOD✝️💝🎁may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL good works.
When ALL Seems Lost.
My GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, why have You forsaken me?Psalm 22:1.
In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life. Overcome by shock, his mother had a heart attack and died, his wife went into depression, and his two young daughters remained inconsolable. All he could do was echo the words of the psalmist, “My GOD✝️💝🎁, my GOD✝️💝🎁, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1).
The only thing that kept Gerald going was the hope that GOD✝️💝🎁, who raised JESUS✝️💝🎁to life, would one day deliver him and his family from their pain to an eternal life of JOY😂. It was a hope that GOD✝️💝🎁would answer his desperate cries for help. In his despair, like the psalmist David, he determined to trust GOD✝️💝🎁in the midst of his suffering. He held on to the hope that GOD✝️💝🎁would deliver and save him (vv. 4-5).
That hope sustained Gerald. Over the years, whenever he was asked how he was, he could only say, “Well, I’m trusting GOD✝️💝🎁.”
GOD✝️💝🎁honored that trust, giving Gerald the comfort, strength, and courage to keep going through the years. His family slowly recovered from the crisis, and soon Gerald welcomed the birth of his first grandchild. His cry is now a testimony of GOD✝️💝🎁’s faithfulness. “I’m no longer asking, ‘Why have you forsaken me?’ GOD✝️💝🎁has blessed me.”
When it seems there’s nothing left, there’s still hope.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Psalm 22 is a song of lament in which David pours out his heart to GOD✝️💝🎁during a time of great heartache and struggle. Yet in his pain David’s words anticipated the cosmic struggle of JESUS✝️💝🎁on the cross. CHRIST✝️💝🎁claimed the opening words of Psalm 22 during His own suffering (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34), but that’s only the beginning of the song’s anticipations of the cross. The mockery David experienced (Psalm 22:8) looks ahead to the words that targeted JESUS✝️💝🎁(Matthew 27:39-44). David spoke poetically of piercings (Psalm 22:16), which JESUS✝️💝🎁experienced literally through the nails of crucifixion (Luke 24:39-40). And the sadness of oppressors’ gambling for David’s garments (Psalm 22:18) finds echoes in the soldiers at the foot of the cross gambling for JESUS✝️💝🎁’s seamless robe (Matthew 27:35). The HOLY✝️💝🎁SPIRIT🕊✝️💝🎁utilized the poetry of an Old Testament psalm to prepare the way for the experience of CHRIST✝️💝🎁in His passion.
REFLECT & PRAY
Whenever I feel abandoned and alone, I cling to the hope You’ve given me through CHRIST✝️💝🎁’s resurrection, that I will be delivered to eternal JOY😂😀 one day.
What will help you to remember and cling to GOD✝️💝🎁’s sure and certain hope of deliverance? How has trusting in GOD✝️💝🎁sustained you in a difficult challenge?
.

.
“ALL scripture🍞✝️📖is given by inspiration of GOD✝️💝🎁, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of GOD✝️💝🎁may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL good works.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2ti.3.16-17.kjv
In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life….
Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT

May 15 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 22-23; John 4:31-54
When All Seems Lost
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Psalm 22:1

READ PSALM 22:1–5

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
In just six months, Gerald’s life fell apart. An economic crisis destroyed his business and wealth, while a tragic accident took his son’s life. Overcome by shock, his mother had a heart attack and died, his wife went into depression, and his two young daughters remained inconsolable. All he could do was echo the words of the psalmist, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1).
The only thing that kept Gerald going was the hope that God, who raised Jesus to life, would one day deliver him and his family from their pain to an eternal life of joy. It was a hope that God would answer his desperate cries for help. In his despair, like the psalmist David, he determined to trust God in the midst of his suffering. He held on to the hope that God would deliver and save him (vv. 4-5).
That hope sustained Gerald. Over the years, whenever he was asked how he was, he could only say, “Well, I’m trusting God.”
God honored that trust, giving Gerald the comfort, strength, and courage to keep going through the years. His family slowly recovered from the crisis, and soon Gerald welcomed the birth of his first grandchild. His cry is now a testimony of God’s faithfulness. “I’m no longer asking, ‘Why have you forsaken me?’ God has blessed me.”
When it seems there’s nothing left, there’s still hope.
By Leslie Koh
REFLECT & PRAY
Whenever I feel abandoned and alone, I cling to the hope You’ve given me through Christ’s resurrection, that I will be delivered to eternal joy one day.

What will help you to remember and cling to God’s sure and certain hope of deliverance? How has trusting in God sustained you in a difficult challenge?

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

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Psalm 22 is a song of lament in which David pours out his heart to God during a time of great heartache and struggle. Yet in his pain David’s words anticipated the cosmic struggle of Jesus on the cross. Christ claimed the opening words of Psalm 22 during His own suffering (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34), but that’s only the beginning of the song’s anticipations of the cross. The mockery David experienced (Psalm 22:8) looks ahead to the words that targeted Jesus (Matthew 27:39-44). David spoke poetically of piercings (Psalm 22:16), which Jesus experienced literally through the nails of crucifixion (Luke 24:39-40). And the sadness of oppressors’ gambling for David’s garments (Psalm 22:18) finds echoes in the soldiers at the foot of the cross gambling for Jesus’s seamless robe (Matthew 27:35). The Holy Spirit utilized the poetry of an Old Testament psalm to prepare the way for the experience of Christ in His passion. Bill Crowder

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- Know therefore that the LORD✝️💝🎁thy GOD✝️💝🎁, He is GOD✝️💝🎁, the faithful GOD✝️💝🎁, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that LOVE✝️💝🎁Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; A Kind Critique. The law🏛⚖️👨🏿‍⚖️was given through Moses; grace and truth came throughJESUS✝️💝🎁. During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of my painting, one hand cupping his chin. Here we go, I thought. He’s going to say it’s terrible. But he didn’t. He said he liked the color scheme and the feeling of openness. Then he mentioned that the trees in the distance could be lightened. A cluster of weeds needed softer edges. He had the authority to criticize my work based on the rules of perspective and color, yet his critique was truthful and kind. JESUS✝️💝🎁, who was perfectly qualified to condemn people for their sin, didn’t use the Ten Commandments to crush a Samaritan woman He met at an ancient watering hole. He gently critiqued her life with just a handful of statements. The result was that she saw how her search for satisfaction had led her into sin. Building on this awareness, JESUS✝️💝🎁revealed Himself as the only source of eternal satisfaction (John 4:10-13). The combination of grace and truth that JESUS✝️💝🎁used in this situation is what we experience in our relationship with Him (1:17). His grace prevents us from being overwhelmed by our sin, and His truth prevents us from thinking it isn’t a serious matter. Will we invite JESUS✝️💝🎁to show us areas of our lives where we need to grow so we can become more like Him? SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the prelude to today’s text, JESUS✝️💝🎁decided to leave Judea and head back to Galilee with His disciples (John 4:3). But instead of taking the longer route usually taken by the Jews to avoid meeting Samaritans, whom they detested, JESUS✝️💝🎁“hadto go through Samaria” (v. 4). JESUS✝️💝🎁was compelled to go to Samaria, knowing that there He would meet a woman at a well who desperately needed “living water” (v. 11)—and that through her His message would extend to others (vv. 39-42). REFLECT & PRAY JESUS✝️💝🎁, thank You for freeing me from the consequences of sin. Help me to embrace Your correction and Your encouragement. How is JESUS✝️💝🎁 using grace and truth to point out issues in your life? Where might He want you to make changes to honor Him more fully? . . “Know therefore that the LORD✝️💝🎁thy GOD✝️💝🎁, He is GOD✝️💝🎁, the faithful GOD✝️💝🎁, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that LOVE✝️💝🎁Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/deu.7.9.kjv During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 14 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 19-21; John 4:1-30 A Kind Critique The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 READ JOHN 4:7–15, 28–29 audio playLISTEN ONLINE During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of my painting, one hand cupping his chin. Here we go, I thought. He’s going to say it’s terrible. But he didn’t. He said he liked the color scheme and the feeling of openness. Then he mentioned that the trees in the distance could be lightened. A cluster of weeds needed softer edges. He had the authority to criticize my work based on the rules of perspective and color, yet his critique was truthful and kind. Jesus, who was perfectly qualified to condemn people for their sin, didn’t use the Ten Commandments to crush a Samaritan woman He met at an ancient watering hole. He gently critiqued her life with just a handful of statements. The result was that she saw how her search for satisfaction had led her into sin. Building on this awareness, Jesus revealed Himself as the only source of eternal satisfaction (John 4:10-13). The combination of grace and truth that Jesus used in this situation is what we experience in our relationship with Him (1:17). His grace prevents us from being overwhelmed by our sin, and His truth prevents us from thinking it isn’t a serious matter. Will we invite Jesus to show us areas of our lives where we need to grow so we can become more like Him? By Jennifer Benson Schuldt REFLECT & PRAY Jesus, thank You for freeing me from the consequences of sin. Help me to embrace Your correction and Your encouragement. How is Jesus using grace and truth to point out issues in your life? Where might He want you to make changes to honor Him more fully? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In the prelude to today’s text, Jesus decided to leave Judea and head back to Galilee with His disciples (John 4:3). But instead of taking the longer route usually taken by the Jews to avoid meeting Samaritans, whom they detested, Jesus “had to go through Samaria” (v. 4). Jesus was compelled to go to Samaria, knowing that there He would meet a woman at a well who desperately needed “living water” (v. 11)—and that through her His message would extend to others (vv. 39-42). 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 🍞✝️📖- Know therefore that the LORD✝️💝🎁thy GOD✝️💝🎁, He is GOD✝️💝🎁, the faithful GOD✝️💝🎁, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that LOVE✝️💝🎁Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;
A Kind Critique.
The law🏛⚖️👨🏿‍⚖️was given through Moses; grace and truth came throughJESUS✝️💝🎁.
During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of my painting, one hand cupping his chin. Here we go, I thought. He’s going to say it’s terrible. But he didn’t. He said he liked the color scheme and the feeling of openness. Then he mentioned that the trees in the distance could be lightened. A cluster of weeds needed softer edges. He had the authority to criticize my work based on the rules of perspective and color, yet his critique was truthful and kind.
JESUS✝️💝🎁, who was perfectly qualified to condemn people for their sin, didn’t use the Ten Commandments to crush a Samaritan woman He met at an ancient watering hole. He gently critiqued her life with just a handful of statements. The result was that she saw how her search for satisfaction had led her into sin. Building on this awareness, JESUS✝️💝🎁revealed Himself as the only source of eternal satisfaction (John 4:10-13).
The combination of grace and truth that JESUS✝️💝🎁used in this situation is what we experience in our relationship with Him (1:17). His grace prevents us from being overwhelmed by our sin, and His truth prevents us from thinking it isn’t a serious matter.
Will we invite JESUS✝️💝🎁to show us areas of our lives where we need to grow so we can become more like Him?
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
In the prelude to today’s text, JESUS✝️💝🎁decided to leave Judea and head back to Galilee with His disciples (John 4:3). But instead of taking the longer route usually taken by the Jews to avoid meeting Samaritans, whom they detested, JESUS✝️💝🎁“hadto go through Samaria” (v. 4). JESUS✝️💝🎁was compelled to go to Samaria, knowing that there He would meet a woman at a well who desperately needed “living water” (v. 11)—and that through her His message would extend to others (vv. 39-42).
REFLECT & PRAY
JESUS✝️💝🎁, thank You for freeing me from the consequences of sin. Help me to embrace Your correction and Your encouragement.
How is JESUS✝️💝🎁 using grace and truth to point out issues in your life? Where might He want you to make changes to honor Him more fully?
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“Know therefore that the LORD✝️💝🎁thy GOD✝️💝🎁, He is GOD✝️💝🎁, the faithful GOD✝️💝🎁, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that LOVE✝️💝🎁Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/deu.7.9.kjv
During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of…
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John 1:17

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During a landscape painting class, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of my painting, one hand cupping his chin. Here we go, I thought. He’s going to say it’s terrible.
But he didn’t.
He said he liked the color scheme and the feeling of openness. Then he mentioned that the trees in the distance could be lightened. A cluster of weeds needed softer edges. He had the authority to criticize my work based on the rules of perspective and color, yet his critique was truthful and kind.
Jesus, who was perfectly qualified to condemn people for their sin, didn’t use the Ten Commandments to crush a Samaritan woman He met at an ancient watering hole. He gently critiqued her life with just a handful of statements. The result was that she saw how her search for satisfaction had led her into sin. Building on this awareness, Jesus revealed Himself as the only source of eternal satisfaction (John 4:10-13).
The combination of grace and truth that Jesus used in this situation is what we experience in our relationship with Him (1:17). His grace prevents us from being overwhelmed by our sin, and His truth prevents us from thinking it isn’t a serious matter.
Will we invite Jesus to show us areas of our lives where we need to grow so we can become more like Him?
By Jennifer Benson Schuldt
REFLECT & PRAY
Jesus, thank You for freeing me from the consequences of sin. Help me to embrace Your correction and Your encouragement.

How is Jesus using grace and truth to point out issues in your life? Where might He want you to make changes to honor Him more fully?

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In the prelude to today’s text, Jesus decided to leave Judea and head back to Galilee with His disciples (John 4:3). But instead of taking the longer route usually taken by the Jews to avoid meeting Samaritans, whom they detested, Jesus “had to go through Samaria” (v. 4). Jesus was compelled to go to Samaria, knowing that there He would meet a woman at a well who desperately needed “living water” (v. 11)—and that through her His message would extend to others (vv. 39-42). Alyson Kieda

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- A Longing in Stone. I have let you see👀👁👁it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it. Deuteronomy 34:4. And if it seem evil👿unto you to serve the LORD✝️💝🎁, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏠💒🛐, we will serve the LORD✝️💝🎁. Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents the emotions we feel as a ship moves slowly away from us. The vessel departs but the pier remains, an enduring monument to hopes and dreams, partings and yearnings. We ache for what’s lost, and for what we can’t quite reach. The Portuguese word translated “longing” (saudade) refers to a nostalgic yearning we feel—a deep ache that defies definition. The poet is describing the indescribable. We might say that Mount Nebo was Moses’s “longing in stone.” From Nebo he gazed into the promised land—a land he would never reach. GOD✝️💝🎁’s words to Moses—“I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deuteronomy 34:4)—might seem harsh. But if that’s ALL we see, we miss the heart of what’s happening. GOD✝️💝🎁is speaking immense comfort to Moses: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants’” (v. 4). Very soon, Moses would leave Nebo for a land far better than Canaan (v. 5). Life often finds us standing on the pier. LOVE✝️💝🎁d ones depart; hopes fade; dreams die. Amid it ALL we sense echoes of Eden and hints of heaven. Our longings point us to GOD✝️💝🎁. He is the fulfillment we yearn for. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The final chapter of Deuteronomy recounts how Moses wouldn’t be allowed to enter the promised land because of his disobedience to GOD✝️💝🎁at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13; Psalm 106:32-33). However, he was permitted to see it from the vantage point of Mount Nebo in Moab (modern-day Jordan), east of the River Jordan (Deuteronomy 34:1-4). The first generation of Israelites aged twenty and over had all died in the wilderness, except for Moses, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 32:11-12). Moses was preparing the second generation to enter Canaan when the Israelites complained against Moses because they had no water to drink (20:1-13). GOD✝️💝🎁told Moses to “speak to that rock . . . and it will pour out its water” (v. 8). But instead of speakingto the rock, he struckit twice (v. 11). By doing so, he publicly demonstrated his lack of faith in GOD✝️💝🎁to provide for His people and thus dishonored Him (v. 12). REFLECT & PRAY The sweetest thing in ALL my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all beauty came from. C. S. Lewis What are your unfulfilled longings? What places in life are you trying to satisfy with wrong things? How can you find true fulfillment in GOD✝️💝🎁alone? . . “And if it seem evil👿unto you to serve the LORD✝️💝🎁, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏠💒🛐, we will serve the LORD✝️💝🎁.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jos.24.15.kjv ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Our Daily Bread Date: Mon, May 13, 2019 at 12:09 AM Subject: A Longing in Stone To: “Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 13 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 17-18; John 3:19-36 A Longing in Stone I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it. Deuteronomy 34:4 READ DEUTERONOMY 34:1–5 audio playLISTEN ONLINE “Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents the emotions we feel as a ship moves slowly away from us. The vessel departs but the pier remains, an enduring monument to hopes and dreams, partings and yearnings. We ache for what’s lost, and for what we can’t quite reach. The Portuguese word translated “longing” (saudade) refers to a nostalgic yearning we feel—a deep ache that defies definition. The poet is describing the indescribable. We might say that Mount Nebo was Moses’s “longing in stone.” From Nebo he gazed into the promised land—a land he would never reach. God’s words to Moses—“I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deuteronomy 34:4)—might seem harsh. But if that’s all we see, we miss the heart of what’s happening. God is speaking immense comfort to Moses: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants’” (v. 4). Very soon, Moses would leave Nebo for a land far better than Canaan (v. 5). Life often finds us standing on the pier. Loved ones depart; hopes fade; dreams die. Amid it all we sense echoes of Eden and hints of heaven. Our longings point us to God. He is the fulfillment we yearn for. By Tim Gustafson REFLECT & PRAY The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all beauty came from. C. S. Lewis What are your unfulfilled longings? What places in life are you trying to satisfy with wrong things? How can you find true fulfillment in God alone? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT The final chapter of Deuteronomy recounts how Moses wouldn’t be allowed to enter the promised land because of his disobedience to God at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13; Psalm 106:32-33). However, he was permitted to see it from the vantage point of Mount Nebo in Moab (modern-day Jordan), east of the River Jordan (Deuteronomy 34:1-4). The first generation of Israelites aged twenty and over had all died in the wilderness, except for Moses, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 32:11-12). Moses was preparing the second generation to enter Canaan when the Israelites complained against Moses because they had no water to drink (20:1-13). God told Moses to “speak to that rock . . . and it will pour out its water” (v. 8). But instead of speaking to the rock, he struck it twice (v. 11). By doing so, he publicly demonstrated his lack of faith in God to provide for His people and thus dishonored Him (v. 12). 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 🍞✝️📖- A Longing in Stone.
I have let you see👀👁👁it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.
Deuteronomy 34:4.
And if it seem evil👿unto you to serve the LORD✝️💝🎁, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏠💒🛐, we will serve the LORD✝️💝🎁.
Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents the emotions we feel as a ship moves slowly away from us. The vessel departs but the pier remains, an enduring monument to hopes and dreams, partings and yearnings. We ache for what’s lost, and for what we can’t quite reach.
The Portuguese word translated “longing” (saudade) refers to a nostalgic yearning we feel—a deep ache that defies definition. The poet is describing the indescribable.
We might say that Mount Nebo was Moses’s “longing in stone.” From Nebo he gazed into the promised land—a land he would never reach. GOD✝️💝🎁’s words to Moses—“I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deuteronomy 34:4)—might seem harsh. But if that’s ALL we see, we miss the heart of what’s happening. GOD✝️💝🎁is speaking immense comfort to Moses: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants’” (v. 4). Very soon, Moses would leave Nebo for a land far better than Canaan (v. 5).
Life often finds us standing on the pier. LOVE✝️💝🎁d ones depart; hopes fade; dreams die. Amid it ALL we sense echoes of Eden and hints of heaven. Our longings point us to GOD✝️💝🎁. He is the fulfillment we yearn for.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The final chapter of Deuteronomy recounts how Moses wouldn’t be allowed to enter the promised land because of his disobedience to GOD✝️💝🎁at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13; Psalm 106:32-33). However, he was permitted to see it from the vantage point of Mount Nebo in Moab (modern-day Jordan), east of the River Jordan (Deuteronomy 34:1-4).
The first generation of Israelites aged twenty and over had all died in the wilderness, except for Moses, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 32:11-12). Moses was preparing the second generation to enter Canaan when the Israelites complained against Moses because they had no water to drink (20:1-13). GOD✝️💝🎁told Moses to “speak to that rock . . . and it will pour out its water” (v. 8). But instead of speakingto the rock, he struckit twice (v. 11). By doing so, he publicly demonstrated his lack of faith in GOD✝️💝🎁to provide for His people and thus dishonored Him (v. 12).
REFLECT & PRAY
The sweetest thing in ALL my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all beauty came from. C. S. Lewis
What are your unfulfilled longings? What places in life are you trying to satisfy with wrong things? How can you find true fulfillment in GOD✝️💝🎁alone?
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.
“And if it seem evil👿unto you to serve the LORD✝️💝🎁, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏠💒🛐, we will serve the LORD✝️💝🎁.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/jos.24.15.kjv

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Our Daily Bread
Date: Mon, May 13, 2019 at 12:09 AM
Subject: A Longing in Stone
To:

“Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents…
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May 13 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 17-18; John 3:19-36
A Longing in Stone
I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.
Deuteronomy 34:4

READ DEUTERONOMY 34:1–5

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
“Ah, every pier is a longing in stone!” says a line in Fernando Pessoa’s Portuguese poem “Ode Marítima.” Pessoa’s pier represents the emotions we feel as a ship moves slowly away from us. The vessel departs but the pier remains, an enduring monument to hopes and dreams, partings and yearnings. We ache for what’s lost, and for what we can’t quite reach.
The Portuguese word translated “longing” (saudade) refers to a nostalgic yearning we feel—a deep ache that defies definition. The poet is describing the indescribable.
We might say that Mount Nebo was Moses’s “longing in stone.” From Nebo he gazed into the promised land—a land he would never reach. God’s words to Moses—“I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deuteronomy 34:4)—might seem harsh. But if that’s all we see, we miss the heart of what’s happening. God is speaking immense comfort to Moses: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants’” (v. 4). Very soon, Moses would leave Nebo for a land far better than Canaan (v. 5).
Life often finds us standing on the pier. Loved ones depart; hopes fade; dreams die. Amid it all we sense echoes of Eden and hints of heaven. Our longings point us to God. He is the fulfillment we yearn for.
By Tim Gustafson
REFLECT & PRAY
The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all beauty came from. C. S. Lewis

What are your unfulfilled longings? What places in life are you trying to satisfy with wrong things? How can you find true fulfillment in God alone?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
The final chapter of Deuteronomy recounts how Moses wouldn’t be allowed to enter the promised land because of his disobedience to God at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13; Psalm 106:32-33). However, he was permitted to see it from the vantage point of Mount Nebo in Moab (modern-day Jordan), east of the River Jordan (Deuteronomy 34:1-4).

The first generation of Israelites aged twenty and over had all died in the wilderness, except for Moses, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 32:11-12). Moses was preparing the second generation to enter Canaan when the Israelites complained against Moses because they had no water to drink (20:1-13). God told Moses to “speak to that rock . . . and it will pour out its water” (v. 8). But instead of speaking to the rock, he struck it twice (v. 11). By doing so, he publicly demonstrated his lack of faith in God to provide for His people and thus dishonored Him (v. 12). K. T. Sim

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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 🍞✝️📖- Happy👐🏿😊😍🥰Mother’s🤱🏿🤰🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Day😎. JESUS✝️💝🎁”Rejoice😂😊🙌🏿with Me; I have found my lost sheep🐑”.Luke 15:6. LOVE✝️💝🎁Won’t Stop. I thank🙏🏿my GOD✝️💝🎁upon every remembrance💭🙇🏿‍♂️🌷🧠🤔of you. After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.” When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that much. Scripture paints a beautiful picture of GOD✝️💝🎁, who isLOVE✝️💝🎁, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beLOVE✝️💝🎁d child of GOD✝️💝🎁(Luke 15:1-7). LOVE✝️💝🎁never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that LOVE✝️💝🎁—GOD✝️💝🎁—never stops looking for them either. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT This parable (Luke 15:1-7) is the first in a series of parables about lost things: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the well-known story of the prodigal son (vv. 11-32). What prompted JESUS✝️💝🎁to tell these stories was the indignation of the “Pharisees and the teachers of the law”—the religious leaders. We’re quick to judge these self-righteous leaders, but we might want to pause and consider why they were upset. They were irritated that JESUS✝️💝🎁was welcoming “tax collectors and sinners” (vv. 1-2), who did not even attempt to live up to the high standards the religious elite set for them. Tax collectors, for instance, extorted from their fellow Hebrews, effectively exploiting the power of the Roman occupation force in order to get money from their own countrymen. JESUS✝️💝🎁sees such people not as rabble to be avoided but as valuable “lost sheep” to be rescued. REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for pursuing us with persistence and providing a safe place when we return to Your LOVE✝️💝🎁ing arms. How does it encourage you to know that GOD✝️💝🎁continually pursues you in LOVE✝️💝🎁? How is He using you to reveal His LOVE✝️💝🎁 to others? . . “I thank🙏🏿my GOD✝️💝🎁upon every remembrance💭🙇🏿‍♂️🌷🧠🤔of you,” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.1.3.kjv After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 12 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15-16; John 3:1-18 Love Won’t Stop Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15:6 READ LUKE 15:1–7 audio playLISTEN ONLINE After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.” When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that much. Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God (Luke 15:1-7). Love never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that Love—God—never stops looking for them either. By Xochitl Dixon REFLECT & PRAY Heavenly Father, thank You for pursuing us with persistence and providing a safe place when we return to Your loving arms. How does it encourage you to know that God continually pursues you in love? How is He using you to reveal His love to others? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT This parable (Luke 15:1-7) is the first in a series of parables about lost things: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the well-known story of the prodigal son (vv. 11-32). What prompted Jesus to tell these stories was the indignation of the “Pharisees and the teachers of the law”—the religious leaders. We’re quick to judge these self-righteous leaders, but we might want to pause and consider why they were upset. They were irritated that Jesus was welcoming “tax collectors and sinners” (vv. 1-2), who did not even attempt to live up to the high standards the religious elite set for them. Tax collectors, for instance, extorted from their fellow Hebrews, effectively exploiting the power of the Roman occupation force in order to get money from their own countrymen. Jesus sees such people not as rabble to be avoided but as valuable “lost sheep” to be rescued. 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 🍞✝️📖- Happy👐🏿😊😍🥰Mother’s🤱🏿🤰🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Day😎. JESUS✝️💝🎁”Rejoice😂😊🙌🏿with Me; I have found my lost sheep🐑”.Luke 15:6.
LOVE✝️💝🎁Won’t Stop.
I thank🙏🏿my GOD✝️💝🎁upon every remembrance💭🙇🏿‍♂️🌷🧠🤔of you.
After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.”
When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that much.
Scripture paints a beautiful picture of GOD✝️💝🎁, who isLOVE✝️💝🎁, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beLOVE✝️💝🎁d child of GOD✝️💝🎁(Luke 15:1-7).
LOVE✝️💝🎁never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that LOVE✝️💝🎁—GOD✝️💝🎁—never stops looking for them either.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
This parable (Luke 15:1-7) is the first in a series of parables about lost things: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the well-known story of the prodigal son (vv. 11-32). What prompted JESUS✝️💝🎁to tell these stories was the indignation of the “Pharisees and the teachers of the law”—the religious leaders. We’re quick to judge these self-righteous leaders, but we might want to pause and consider why they were upset. They were irritated that JESUS✝️💝🎁was welcoming “tax collectors and sinners” (vv. 1-2), who did not even attempt to live up to the high standards the religious elite set for them. Tax collectors, for instance, extorted from their fellow Hebrews, effectively exploiting the power of the Roman occupation force in order to get money from their own countrymen. JESUS✝️💝🎁sees such people not as rabble to be avoided but as valuable “lost sheep” to be rescued.
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly FATHER✝️💝🎁, thank You for pursuing us with persistence and providing a safe place when we return to Your LOVE✝️💝🎁ing arms.
How does it encourage you to know that GOD✝️💝🎁continually pursues you in LOVE✝️💝🎁? How is He using you to reveal His LOVE✝️💝🎁 to others?
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.
“I thank🙏🏿my GOD✝️💝🎁upon every remembrance💭🙇🏿‍♂️🌷🧠🤔of you,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/php.1.3.kjv
After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I…
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May 12 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15-16; John 3:1-18
Love Won’t Stop
Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.
Luke 15:6

READ LUKE 15:1–7

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.”
When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that much.
Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God (Luke 15:1-7).
Love never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that Love—God—never stops looking for them either.
By Xochitl Dixon
REFLECT & PRAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for pursuing us with persistence and providing a safe place when we return to Your loving arms.

How does it encourage you to know that God continually pursues you in love? How is He using you to reveal His love to others?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
This parable (Luke 15:1-7) is the first in a series of parables about lost things: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the well-known story of the prodigal son (vv. 11-32). What prompted Jesus to tell these stories was the indignation of the “Pharisees and the teachers of the law”—the religious leaders. We’re quick to judge these self-righteous leaders, but we might want to pause and consider why they were upset. They were irritated that Jesus was welcoming “tax collectors and sinners” (vv. 1-2), who did not even attempt to live up to the high standards the religious elite set for them. Tax collectors, for instance, extorted from their fellow Hebrews, effectively exploiting the power of the Roman occupation force in order to get money from their own countrymen. Jesus sees such people not as rabble to be avoided but as valuable “lost sheep” to be rescued. Tim Gustafson

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖- As one whom his mother🤰🏿🤱🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem🇵🇸🇮🇱🕎🕍. The LORD✝️💝🎁Will Provide. So Abraham called that place The LORD✝️💝🎁Will Provide.Genesis 22:14. My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I LOVE✝️💝🎁to have everything planned out, and the idea of going out of state and entering graduate school without a job made me uncomfortable. However, a few days before I left my summer job, I was asked to continue working for the company remotely. I accepted and had peace that GOD✝️💝🎁was taking care of me. GOD✝️💝🎁provided, but it was in His timing, not mine. Abraham went through a far more difficult situation with his son Isaac. He was asked to take his son and sacrifice him on a mountain (Genesis 22:1-2). Without hesitation, Abraham obeyed and took Isaac there. This three-day journey gave Abraham plenty of time to change his mind, but he didn’t (vv. 3-4). When Isaac questioned his father, Abraham replied, “GOD✝️💝🎁himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (v. 8). I wonder if Abraham’s anxiety grew with each knot he tied as he bound Isaac to the altar and with every inch he raised his knife (vv. 9-10). What a relief it must have been when the angel stopped him! (vv. 11-12). GOD✝️💝🎁did indeed provide a sacrifice, a ram, caught in the thicket (v. 13). GOD✝️💝🎁tested Abraham’s faith, and he proved to be faithful. And at the right time, to the very second, GOD✝️💝🎁provided (v. 14). SCRIPTURE INSIGHT By sending Abraham to the region of Moriah for the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:2), GOD✝️💝🎁prepared for future sacrifices. David purchased the threshing floor of Araunah for a sacrifice that would end a plague (2 Samuel 24:21-25). On that same site—Mount Moriah—David’s son Solomon built the temple where sacrifices would be offered for the nation (2 Chronicles 3:1) REFLECT & PRAY Thank You, LORD✝️💝🎁, for Your provision. Help me to trust that You will provide, even when it seems I’ve been waiting for so long. What answer to prayer has been long in coming? When have you seen GOD✝️💝🎁 provide at just the right moment? . . “As one whom his mother🤰🏿🤱🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem🇵🇸🇮🇱🕎🕍.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭66:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.66.13.kjv My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I love to have everything planned out, and the idea of… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 11 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 13-14; John 2 The Lord Will Provide So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. Genesis 22:14 READ GENESIS 22:2–14 audio playLISTEN ONLINE My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I love to have everything planned out, and the idea of going out of state and entering graduate school without a job made me uncomfortable. However, a few days before I left my summer job, I was asked to continue working for the company remotely. I accepted and had peace that God was taking care of me. God provided, but it was in His timing, not mine. Abraham went through a far more difficult situation with his son Isaac. He was asked to take his son and sacrifice him on a mountain (Genesis 22:1-2). Without hesitation, Abraham obeyed and took Isaac there. This three-day journey gave Abraham plenty of time to change his mind, but he didn’t (vv. 3-4). When Isaac questioned his father, Abraham replied, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (v. 8). I wonder if Abraham’s anxiety grew with each knot he tied as he bound Isaac to the altar and with every inch he raised his knife (vv. 9-10). What a relief it must have been when the angel stopped him! (vv. 11-12). God did indeed provide a sacrifice, a ram, caught in the thicket (v. 13). God tested Abraham’s faith, and he proved to be faithful. And at the right time, to the very second, God provided (v. 14). By Julie Schwab REFLECT & PRAY Thank You, Lord, for Your provision. Help me to trust that You will provide, even when it seems I’ve been waiting for so long. What answer to prayer has been long in coming? When have you seen God provide at just the right moment? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT By sending Abraham to the region of Moriah for the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:2), God prepared for future sacrifices. David purchased the threshing floor of Araunah for a sacrifice that would end a plague (2 Samuel 24:21-25). On that same site—Mount Moriah—David’s son Solomon built the temple where sacrifices would be offered for the nation (2 Chronicles 3:1). 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 🍞✝️📖- As one whom his mother🤰🏿🤱🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem🇵🇸🇮🇱🕎🕍.
The LORD✝️💝🎁Will Provide.
So Abraham called that place The LORD✝️💝🎁Will Provide.Genesis 22:14.
My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I LOVE✝️💝🎁to have everything planned out, and the idea of going out of state and entering graduate school without a job made me uncomfortable. However, a few days before I left my summer job, I was asked to continue working for the company remotely. I accepted and had peace that GOD✝️💝🎁was taking care of me.
GOD✝️💝🎁provided, but it was in His timing, not mine. Abraham went through a far more difficult situation with his son Isaac. He was asked to take his son and sacrifice him on a mountain (Genesis 22:1-2). Without hesitation, Abraham obeyed and took Isaac there. This three-day journey gave Abraham plenty of time to change his mind, but he didn’t (vv. 3-4).
When Isaac questioned his father, Abraham replied, “GOD✝️💝🎁himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (v. 8). I wonder if Abraham’s anxiety grew with each knot he tied as he bound Isaac to the altar and with every inch he raised his knife (vv. 9-10). What a relief it must have been when the angel stopped him! (vv. 11-12). GOD✝️💝🎁did indeed provide a sacrifice, a ram, caught in the thicket (v. 13). GOD✝️💝🎁tested Abraham’s faith, and he proved to be faithful. And at the right time, to the very second, GOD✝️💝🎁provided (v. 14).
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
By sending Abraham to the region of Moriah for the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:2), GOD✝️💝🎁prepared for future sacrifices. David purchased the threshing floor of Araunah for a sacrifice that would end a plague (2 Samuel 24:21-25). On that same site—Mount Moriah—David’s son Solomon built the temple where sacrifices would be offered for the nation (2 Chronicles 3:1)
REFLECT & PRAY
Thank You, LORD✝️💝🎁, for Your provision. Help me to trust that You will provide, even when it seems I’ve been waiting for so long.
What answer to prayer has been long in coming? When have you seen GOD✝️💝🎁 provide at just the right moment?
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.
“As one whom his mother🤰🏿🤱🏿👨‍👩‍👧‍👦comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem🇵🇸🇮🇱🕎🕍.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭66:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/isa.66.13.kjv
My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I love to have everything planned out, and the idea of…
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May 11 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 13-14; John 2
The Lord Will Provide
So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.
Genesis 22:14

READ GENESIS 22:2–14

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
My anxiety increased throughout the summer between my undergraduate and graduate programs. I love to have everything planned out, and the idea of going out of state and entering graduate school without a job made me uncomfortable. However, a few days before I left my summer job, I was asked to continue working for the company remotely. I accepted and had peace that God was taking care of me.
God provided, but it was in His timing, not mine. Abraham went through a far more difficult situation with his son Isaac. He was asked to take his son and sacrifice him on a mountain (Genesis 22:1-2). Without hesitation, Abraham obeyed and took Isaac there. This three-day journey gave Abraham plenty of time to change his mind, but he didn’t (vv. 3-4).
When Isaac questioned his father, Abraham replied, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (v. 8). I wonder if Abraham’s anxiety grew with each knot he tied as he bound Isaac to the altar and with every inch he raised his knife (vv. 9-10). What a relief it must have been when the angel stopped him! (vv. 11-12). God did indeed provide a sacrifice, a ram, caught in the thicket (v. 13). God tested Abraham’s faith, and he proved to be faithful. And at the right time, to the very second, God provided (v. 14).
By Julie Schwab
REFLECT & PRAY
Thank You, Lord, for Your provision. Help me to trust that You will provide, even when it seems I’ve been waiting for so long.

What answer to prayer has been long in coming? When have you seen God provide at just the right moment?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
By sending Abraham to the region of Moriah for the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:2), God prepared for future sacrifices. David purchased the threshing floor of Araunah for a sacrifice that would end a plague (2 Samuel 24:21-25). On that same site—Mount Moriah—David’s son Solomon built the temple where sacrifices would be offered for the nation (2 Chronicles 3:1). Bill Crowder

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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 🍞✝️📖- For the invisible things of Him(GOD✝️💝🎁) from the creation of the world🎆🌞😎🌝🌠🌌🌍are clearly seen👀👁👁, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and GOD✝️💝🎁head; so that they are without excuse: Minister of Loneliness. Keep on LOVE✝️💝🎁ing one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦as brothers and sisters.Hebrews 13:1. Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her loneliness💔😥😭😰. More than nine million Brits🇬🇧(15 percent of the population) say they often or always feel lonely, and Great Britain🇬🇧has appointed a minister of loneliness to find out why and how to help. Some causes of loneliness are well known: We move too often to put down roots. We believe we can take care of ourselves, and we don’t have a reason to reach out. We’re separated by technology—each of us immersed in our own flickering screens. I feel the dark edge of loneliness, and you may too. This is one reason we need fellow believers✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Hebrews concludes its deep discussion of JESUS✝️💝🎁’s sacrifice by encouraging us to meet✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦together continually (10:25). We belong to the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁, so we’re to LOVE✝️💝🎁“one another as brothers and sisters” and “show hospitality to strangers” (13:1-2). If we each made an effort, everyone would feel cared for. Lonely people may not return our kindness, but this is no reason to give up. JESUS✝️💝🎁has promised to never leave nor forsake us (13:5), and we can use His friendship to fuel our LOVE✝️💝🎁for others. Are you lonely? What ways can you find to serve the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁? The friends👨‍👩‍👧‍👦you make in JESUS✝️💝🎁last forever, through this life and beyond. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Many of the letters of the New Testament close with what is called a hortatory section. Hortatorymeans “to exhort; to encourage the reader to do something or act in a certain way.” This is what we have at the end of the letter to the Hebrews. In rapid succession, the writer lists a number of things the reader is to do, and very few of them are connected. What’s unique about this list is that a reason is usually given for each instruction. For example, we are to show hospitality to strangers (v. 2), because we may be entertaining angels.We’re to keep the marriage bed pure (v. 4), because GOD✝️💝🎁will judge.And we’re to be content with what we have (v. 5), because GOD✝️💝🎁is with us.We’re not given instruction for instruction’s sake, but for our good. REFLECT & PRAY The family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁 is intended to be the answer to loneliness. Who needs your friendship? How might you serve someone in your church✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or neighborhood this week? . . “For the invisible things of Him(GOD✝️💝🎁) from the creation of the world🎆🌞😎🌝🌠🌌🌍are clearly seen👀👁👁, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and GOD✝️💝🎁head; so that they are without excuse:” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/rom.1.20.kjv Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 10 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 10-12; John 1:29-51 Minister of Loneliness Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Hebrews 13:1 READ HEBREWS 13:1–8 audio playLISTEN ONLINE Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her loneliness. More than nine million Brits (15 percent of the population) say they often or always feel lonely, and Great Britain has appointed a minister of loneliness to find out why and how to help. Some causes of loneliness are well known: We move too often to put down roots. We believe we can take care of ourselves, and we don’t have a reason to reach out. We’re separated by technology—each of us immersed in our own flickering screens. I feel the dark edge of loneliness, and you may too. This is one reason we need fellow believers. Hebrews concludes its deep discussion of Jesus’s sacrifice by encouraging us to meet together continually (10:25). We belong to the family of God, so we’re to love “one another as brothers and sisters” and “show hospitality to strangers” (13:1-2). If we each made an effort, everyone would feel cared for. Lonely people may not return our kindness, but this is no reason to give up. Jesus has promised to never leave nor forsake us (13:5), and we can use His friendship to fuel our love for others. Are you lonely? What ways can you find to serve the family of God? The friends you make in Jesus last forever, through this life and beyond. By Mike Wittmer REFLECT & PRAY The family of God is intended to be the answer to loneliness. Who needs your friendship? How might you serve someone in your church or neighborhood this week? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT Many of the letters of the New Testament close with what is called a hortatory section. Hortatory means “to exhort; to encourage the reader to do something or act in a certain way.” This is what we have at the end of the letter to the Hebrews. In rapid succession, the writer lists a number of things the reader is to do, and very few of them are connected. What’s unique about this list is that a reason is usually given for each instruction. For example, we are to show hospitality to strangers (v. 2), because we may be entertaining angels. We’re to keep the marriage bed pure (v. 4), because God will judge. And we’re to be content with what we have (v. 5), because God is with us. We’re not given instruction for instruction’s sake, but for our good. 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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Minister of Loneliness.
Keep on LOVE✝️💝🎁ing one another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦as brothers and sisters.Hebrews 13:1.
Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her loneliness💔😥😭😰. More than nine million Brits🇬🇧(15 percent of the population) say they often or always feel lonely, and Great Britain🇬🇧has appointed a minister of loneliness to find out why and how to help.
Some causes of loneliness are well known: We move too often to put down roots. We believe we can take care of ourselves, and we don’t have a reason to reach out. We’re separated by technology—each of us immersed in our own flickering screens.
I feel the dark edge of loneliness, and you may too. This is one reason we need fellow believers✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. Hebrews concludes its deep discussion of JESUS✝️💝🎁’s sacrifice by encouraging us to meet✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦together continually (10:25). We belong to the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁, so we’re to LOVE✝️💝🎁“one another as brothers and sisters” and “show hospitality to strangers” (13:1-2). If we each made an effort, everyone would feel cared for.
Lonely people may not return our kindness, but this is no reason to give up. JESUS✝️💝🎁has promised to never leave nor forsake us (13:5), and we can use His friendship to fuel our LOVE✝️💝🎁for others. Are you lonely? What ways can you find to serve the family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁? The friends👨‍👩‍👧‍👦you make in JESUS✝️💝🎁last forever, through this life and beyond.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Many of the letters of the New Testament close with what is called a hortatory section. Hortatorymeans “to exhort; to encourage the reader to do something or act in a certain way.” This is what we have at the end of the letter to the Hebrews.
In rapid succession, the writer lists a number of things the reader is to do, and very few of them are connected. What’s unique about this list is that a reason is usually given for each instruction. For example, we are to show hospitality to strangers (v. 2), because we may be entertaining angels.We’re to keep the marriage bed pure (v. 4), because GOD✝️💝🎁will judge.And we’re to be content with what we have (v. 5), because GOD✝️💝🎁is with us.We’re not given instruction for instruction’s sake, but for our good.
REFLECT & PRAY
The family👨‍👩‍👧‍👦of GOD✝️💝🎁 is intended to be the answer to loneliness.
Who needs your friendship? How might you serve someone in your church✝️💝🎁💒🛐👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 or neighborhood this week?
.

.
“For the invisible things of Him(GOD✝️💝🎁) from the creation of the world🎆🌞😎🌝🌠🌌🌍are clearly seen👀👁👁, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and GOD✝️💝🎁head; so that they are without excuse:”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/rom.1.20.kjv
Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her…
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Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 13:1

READ HEBREWS 13:1–8

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Following her husband’s death, Betsy has spent most days in her flat, watching television and boiling tea for one. She’s not alone in her loneliness. More than nine million Brits (15 percent of the population) say they often or always feel lonely, and Great Britain has appointed a minister of loneliness to find out why and how to help.
Some causes of loneliness are well known: We move too often to put down roots. We believe we can take care of ourselves, and we don’t have a reason to reach out. We’re separated by technology—each of us immersed in our own flickering screens.
I feel the dark edge of loneliness, and you may too. This is one reason we need fellow believers. Hebrews concludes its deep discussion of Jesus’s sacrifice by encouraging us to meet together continually (10:25). We belong to the family of God, so we’re to love “one another as brothers and sisters” and “show hospitality to strangers” (13:1-2). If we each made an effort, everyone would feel cared for.
Lonely people may not return our kindness, but this is no reason to give up. Jesus has promised to never leave nor forsake us (13:5), and we can use His friendship to fuel our love for others. Are you lonely? What ways can you find to serve the family of God? The friends you make in Jesus last forever, through this life and beyond.
By Mike Wittmer
REFLECT & PRAY
The family of God is intended to be the answer to loneliness.

Who needs your friendship? How might you serve someone in your church or neighborhood this week?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Many of the letters of the New Testament close with what is called a hortatory section. Hortatory means “to exhort; to encourage the reader to do something or act in a certain way.” This is what we have at the end of the letter to the Hebrews.

In rapid succession, the writer lists a number of things the reader is to do, and very few of them are connected. What’s unique about this list is that a reason is usually given for each instruction. For example, we are to show hospitality to strangers (v. 2), because we may be entertaining angels. We’re to keep the marriage bed pure (v. 4), because God will judge. And we’re to be content with what we have (v. 5), because God is with us. We’re not given instruction for instruction’s sake, but for our good. J.R. Hudberg

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My Daily Bread 🍞✝️📖 – For godly sorrow😢😭 worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow😢😭 of the world🌎🗺 worketh death⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵. The Best Strategy for Life. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Ecclesiastes 4:12. As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.” Immediately, their defensive strategy shifted from one-on-one to two of their players teaming against their tallest ball-holding opponent. They were successful in thwarting her efforts to shoot and score, eventually taking the ball down the court to their own basket. When Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, grapples with the toils and frustrations of the world, he too acknowledges that having a companion in our labors yields “a good return” (4:9). While a person battling alone “may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (v. 12). A friend nearby can help us up when we fall down (v. 10). Solomon’s words encourage us to share our journey with others so we don’t face the trials of life alone. For some of us, that requires a level of vulnerability we’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Others of us crave that kind of intimacy and struggle to find friends with whom to share it. Whatever the case, we mustn’t give up in the effort. Solomon and basketball coaches agree: having teammates around us is the best strategy for facing the struggles that loom large on the court and in life. LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for the people You put in our lives to encourage and support us. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT After observing life in this world, the writer of Ecclesiastes concluded: “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2). Meaningless is a translation of the Hebrew🕍✡️ word hebel (used thirty-eight times in the book) that literally means “vapor” and figuratively speaks of things that are transitory, fleeting, purposeless. But readers are not left with despair. Solomon reminds us of the meaning and satisfaction we find in community👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 with others (4:4-12). REFLECT & PRAY GOD✝️💝🎁 gives us friends to help face life’s battles. Who has helped you through a difficult time? Who could use your support and encouragement? How will you help them? . . “For godly sorrow😢😭 worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow😢😭 of the world🌎🗺 worketh death⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2co.7.10.kjv As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.”… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 9 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 7-9; John 1:1-28 The Best Strategy for Life Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Ecclesiastes 4:12 READ ECCLESIASTES 4:1–12 audio playLISTEN ONLINE As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.” Immediately, their defensive strategy shifted from one-on-one to two of their players teaming against their tallest ball-holding opponent. They were successful in thwarting her efforts to shoot and score, eventually taking the ball down the court to their own basket. When Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, grapples with the toils and frustrations of the world, he too acknowledges that having a companion in our labors yields “a good return” (4:9). While a person battling alone “may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (v. 12). A friend nearby can help us up when we fall down (v. 10). Solomon’s words encourage us to share our journey with others so we don’t face the trials of life alone. For some of us, that requires a level of vulnerability we’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Others of us crave that kind of intimacy and struggle to find friends with whom to share it. Whatever the case, we mustn’t give up in the effort. Solomon and basketball coaches agree: having teammates around us is the best strategy for facing the struggles that loom large on the court and in life. Lord, thank You for the people You put in our lives to encourage and support us. By Kirsten Holmberg REFLECT & PRAY God gives us friends to help face life’s battles. Who has helped you through a difficult time? Who could use your support and encouragement? How will you help them? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT After observing life in this world, the writer of Ecclesiastes concluded: “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2). Meaningless is a translation of the Hebrew word hebel (used thirty-eight times in the book) that literally means “vapor” and figuratively speaks of things that are transitory, fleeting, purposeless. But readers are not left with despair. Solomon reminds us of the meaning and satisfaction we find in community with others (4:4-12). 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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The Best Strategy for Life.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Ecclesiastes 4:12.
As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.” Immediately, their defensive strategy shifted from one-on-one to two of their players teaming against their tallest ball-holding opponent. They were successful in thwarting her efforts to shoot and score, eventually taking the ball down the court to their own basket.
When Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, grapples with the toils and frustrations of the world, he too acknowledges that having a companion in our labors yields “a good return” (4:9). While a person battling alone “may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (v. 12). A friend nearby can help us up when we fall down (v. 10).
Solomon’s words encourage us to share our journey with others so we don’t face the trials of life alone. For some of us, that requires a level of vulnerability we’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Others of us crave that kind of intimacy and struggle to find friends with whom to share it. Whatever the case, we mustn’t give up in the effort.
Solomon and basketball coaches agree: having teammates around us is the best strategy for facing the struggles that loom large on the court and in life. LORD✝️💝🎁, thank You for the people You put in our lives to encourage and support us.
SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
After observing life in this world, the writer of Ecclesiastes concluded: “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2). Meaningless is a translation of the Hebrew🕍✡️ word hebel (used thirty-eight times in the book) that literally means “vapor” and figuratively speaks of things that are transitory, fleeting, purposeless. But readers are not left with despair. Solomon reminds us of the meaning and satisfaction we find in community👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 with others (4:4-12).
REFLECT & PRAY
GOD✝️💝🎁 gives us friends to help face life’s battles.
Who has helped you through a difficult time? Who could use your support and encouragement? How will you help them?
.

.
“For godly sorrow😢😭 worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow😢😭 of the world🌎🗺 worketh death⚰️☠️💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😵.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2co.7.10.kjv
As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.”…
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The Best Strategy for Life
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
Ecclesiastes 4:12

READ ECCLESIASTES 4:1–12

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
As we watched my daughter’s basketball game from the bleachers, I heard the coach utter a single word to the girls on the court: “Doubles.” Immediately, their defensive strategy shifted from one-on-one to two of their players teaming against their tallest ball-holding opponent. They were successful in thwarting her efforts to shoot and score, eventually taking the ball down the court to their own basket.
When Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, grapples with the toils and frustrations of the world, he too acknowledges that having a companion in our labors yields “a good return” (4:9). While a person battling alone “may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (v. 12). A friend nearby can help us up when we fall down (v. 10).
Solomon’s words encourage us to share our journey with others so we don’t face the trials of life alone. For some of us, that requires a level of vulnerability we’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Others of us crave that kind of intimacy and struggle to find friends with whom to share it. Whatever the case, we mustn’t give up in the effort.
Solomon and basketball coaches agree: having teammates around us is the best strategy for facing the struggles that loom large on the court and in life. Lord, thank You for the people You put in our lives to encourage and support us.
By Kirsten Holmberg
REFLECT & PRAY
God gives us friends to help face life’s battles.

Who has helped you through a difficult time? Who could use your support and encouragement? How will you help them?

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

SUPPORT

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
After observing life in this world, the writer of Ecclesiastes concluded: “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2). Meaningless is a translation of the Hebrew word hebel (used thirty-eight times in the book) that literally means “vapor” and figuratively speaks of things that are transitory, fleeting, purposeless. But readers are not left with despair. Solomon reminds us of the meaning and satisfaction we find in community with others (4:4-12). Arthur Jackson

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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 🍞✝️📖 – As every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 hath received the gift✝️💝🎁, even so minister the same one to another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, as good stewards of the manifold grace of GOD✝️💝🎁. Bowl of Tears. As for me, I call to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the LORD✝️💝🎁 saves✝️⛑🆘🏥🏩 me. Psalm 55:16. In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the catastrophic Irish potato famine of the late 1840s. More than a million people died in that disaster, while another million or more abandoned home to cross the ocean, which John Boyle O’Reilly poetically called “a bowl of tears.” Driven by hunger and heartache, these travelers sought some measure of hope during desperate times. In Psalm 55, David shares how he pursued hope. While we’re uncertain about the specifics of the threat he faced, the weight of his experience was enough to break him emotionally (vv. 4-5). His instinctive reaction was to pray, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (v. 6). Like David, we may want to flee to safety in the midst of painful circumstances. After considering his plight, however, David chose to run to his GOD✝️💝🎁 instead of running from his heartache, singing, “As for me, I call to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the LORD✝️💝🎁 saves✝️⛑🆘🏥🏩 me” (v. 16). When trouble comes, remember that the GOD✝️💝🎁 of ALL comfort is able to carry you through your darkest moments and deepest fears. He promises that one day He Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). Strengthened by this assurance, we can confidently trust Him with our tears now. SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Psalm 55, David laments a deeply felt personal betrayal, often speculated to be that of Ahithophel, an advisor who supported David’s son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15:12). However, the psalm withholds identifying details, allowing it to be an expression of the deep pain and difficulty of trusting again after a betrayal (Psalm 55:6-8), especially when it’s disguised as friendship and service to GOD✝️💝🎁 (vv. 12-15). REFLECT & PRAY FATHER✝️💝🎁, when life feels overwhelming, give me strength. Give me Your presence and comfort, for without You, I’m lost. Listen to Discover the Word conversations, “Tearful Expressions,” discovertheword.org/series/tearful-expressions/. What causes you to want to run away? What’s your instinctive reaction when trouble comes? . . “As every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 hath received the gift✝️💝🎁, even so minister the same one to another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, as good stewards of the manifold grace of GOD✝️💝🎁.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1pe.4.10.kjv In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the… Our Daily Bread MinistriesSUPPORT May 8 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 4-6; Luke 24:36-53 Bowl of Tears As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Psalm 55:16 READ PSALM 55:4–19 audio playLISTEN ONLINE In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the catastrophic Irish potato famine of the late 1840s. More than a million people died in that disaster, while another million or more abandoned home to cross the ocean, which John Boyle O’Reilly poetically called “a bowl of tears.” Driven by hunger and heartache, these travelers sought some measure of hope during desperate times. In Psalm 55, David shares how he pursued hope. While we’re uncertain about the specifics of the threat he faced, the weight of his experience was enough to break him emotionally (vv. 4-5). His instinctive reaction was to pray, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (v. 6). Like David, we may want to flee to safety in the midst of painful circumstances. After considering his plight, however, David chose to run to his God instead of running from his heartache, singing, “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me” (v. 16). When trouble comes, remember that the God of all comfort is able to carry you through your darkest moments and deepest fears. He promises that one day He Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). Strengthened by this assurance, we can confidently trust Him with our tears now. By Bill Crowder REFLECT & PRAY Father, when life feels overwhelming, give me strength. Give me Your presence and comfort, for without You, I’m lost. Listen to Discover the Word conversations, “Tearful Expressions,” discovertheword.org/series/tearful-expressions/. What causes you to want to run away? What’s your instinctive reaction when trouble comes? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT In Psalm 55, David laments a deeply felt personal betrayal, often speculated to be that of Ahithophel, an advisor who supported David’s son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15:12). However, the psalm withholds identifying details, allowing it to be an expression of the deep pain and difficulty of trusting again after a betrayal (Psalm 55:6-8), especially when it’s disguised as friendship and service to God (vv. 12-15). 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 🍞✝️📖 – As every man👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 hath received the gift✝️💝🎁, even so minister the same one to another👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, as good stewards of the manifold grace of GOD✝️💝🎁.
Bowl of Tears. As for me, I call to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the LORD✝️💝🎁 saves✝️⛑🆘🏥🏩 me. Psalm 55:16.
In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the catastrophic Irish potato famine of the late 1840s. More than a million people died in that disaster, while another million or more abandoned home to cross the ocean, which John Boyle O’Reilly poetically called “a bowl of tears.” Driven by hunger and heartache, these travelers sought some measure of hope during desperate times.
In Psalm 55, David shares how he pursued hope. While we’re uncertain about the specifics of the threat he faced, the weight of his experience was enough to break him emotionally (vv. 4-5). His instinctive reaction was to pray, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (v. 6).
Like David, we may want to flee to safety in the midst of painful circumstances. After considering his plight, however, David chose to run to his GOD✝️💝🎁 instead of running from his heartache, singing, “As for me, I call to GOD✝️💝🎁, and the LORD✝️💝🎁 saves✝️⛑🆘🏥🏩 me” (v. 16).
When trouble comes, remember that the GOD✝️💝🎁 of ALL comfort is able to carry you through your darkest moments and deepest fears. He promises that one day He Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). Strengthened by this assurance, we can confidently trust Him with our tears now.
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In Psalm 55, David laments a deeply felt personal betrayal, often speculated to be that of Ahithophel, an advisor who supported David’s son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15:12). However, the psalm withholds identifying details, allowing it to be an expression of the deep pain and difficulty of trusting again after a betrayal (Psalm 55:6-8), especially when it’s disguised as friendship and service to GOD✝️💝🎁 (vv. 12-15).
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FATHER✝️💝🎁, when life feels overwhelming, give me strength. Give me Your presence and comfort, for without You, I’m lost. Listen to Discover the Word conversations, “Tearful Expressions,” discovertheword.org/series/tearful-expressions/.
What causes you to want to run away? What’s your instinctive reaction when trouble comes?
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‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
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In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the…
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As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
Psalm 55:16

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In Boston, Massachusetts, a plaque titled “Crossing the Bowl of Tears” remembers those who braved the Atlantic to escape death during the catastrophic Irish potato famine of the late 1840s. More than a million people died in that disaster, while another million or more abandoned home to cross the ocean, which John Boyle O’Reilly poetically called “a bowl of tears.” Driven by hunger and heartache, these travelers sought some measure of hope during desperate times.
In Psalm 55, David shares how he pursued hope. While we’re uncertain about the specifics of the threat he faced, the weight of his experience was enough to break him emotionally (vv. 4-5). His instinctive reaction was to pray, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (v. 6).
Like David, we may want to flee to safety in the midst of painful circumstances. After considering his plight, however, David chose to run to his God instead of running from his heartache, singing, “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me” (v. 16).
When trouble comes, remember that the God of all comfort is able to carry you through your darkest moments and deepest fears. He promises that one day He Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). Strengthened by this assurance, we can confidently trust Him with our tears now.
By Bill Crowder
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Father, when life feels overwhelming, give me strength. Give me Your presence and comfort, for without You, I’m lost. Listen to Discover the Word conversations, “Tearful Expressions,” discovertheword.org/series/tearful-expressions/.

What causes you to want to run away? What’s your instinctive reaction when trouble comes?

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In Psalm 55, David laments a deeply felt personal betrayal, often speculated to be that of Ahithophel, an advisor who supported David’s son Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15:12). However, the psalm withholds identifying details, allowing it to be an expression of the deep pain and difficulty of trusting again after a betrayal (Psalm 55:6-8), especially when it’s disguised as friendship and service to God (vv. 12-15). Monica Brands

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Elijah found him plowing a field and invited him to be his protégé after God told him to anoint Elisha as his successor (1 Kings 19:16, 19). The young mentee watched his mentor perform incredible miracles and obey God no matter what. God used Elijah to prepare Elisha for a lifetime of ministry. Toward the end of Elijah’s life, Elisha had the opportunity to leave. Instead, he chose to renew his commitment to his mentor. Three times Elijah offered to release Elisha from his duties, yet each time he refused, saying, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you” (2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6). As a result of Elisha’s faithfulness, he too was used by God in extraordinary ways. We all need someone who models what it means to follow Jesus. May God give us godly men and women who help us grow spiritually. And may we too, by the power of His Spirit, invest our lives in others. By Estera Pirosca Escobar REFLECT & PRAY Father God, thank You for placing people in our lives to challenge and encourage us. Help us to do the same for others. Who are mentors that are currently building into you or who have built into your life? Why is it vital for us to mentor others in Jesus? Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day. SUPPORT SCRIPTURE INSIGHT An interesting facet of Elijah and Elisha’s journey described in 2 Kings 2:1-6 is that, aside from Bethel, it includes some of the places important to the Israelites’ entrance into the promised land. At Gilgal the children of Israel stopped for their first Passover celebration in the land and for the circumcision of males born in the wilderness (Joshua 5). Jericho was the first major conquest as the people began taking possession of the land (Joshua 6). And the Jordan River was the point where the Israelites entered the land as God miraculously parted the waters (Joshua 3). Crossing this river would have reminded them of the parting of the Red Sea forty years earlier, which had allowed their ancestors to cross from Egypt to freedom and life as a new nation. 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

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FATHER✝️💝🎁GOD✝️💝🎁, thank You for placing people in our lives to challenge and encourage us. Help us to do the same for others.
Who are mentors that are currently building into you or who have built into your life? Why is it vital for us to mentor others in JESUS✝️💝🎁?
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“I am crucified✝️with CHRIST✝️💝🎁: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but CHRIST✝️💝🎁liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the SON✝️💝🎁of GOD✝️💝🎁, who LOVE✝️💝🎁d me, and gave Himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gal.2.20.kjv
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Someone Who Leads
As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.
2 Kings 2:6

READ 2 KINGS 2:1–6

audio playLISTEN ONLINE
Who do you think of when you hear the word mentor? For me, it’s Pastor Rich. He saw my potential and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He modeled how to lead by serving in humility and love. As a result, I am now serving God by mentoring others.
The prophet Elijah played a critical role in Elisha’s growth as a leader. Elijah found him plowing a field and invited him to be his protégé after God told him to anoint Elisha as his successor (1 Kings 19:16, 19). The young mentee watched his mentor perform incredible miracles and obey God no matter what. God used Elijah to prepare Elisha for a lifetime of ministry. Toward the end of Elijah’s life, Elisha had the opportunity to leave. Instead, he chose to renew his commitment to his mentor. Three times Elijah offered to release Elisha from his duties, yet each time he refused, saying, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you” (2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6). As a result of Elisha’s faithfulness, he too was used by God in extraordinary ways.
We all need someone who models what it means to follow Jesus. May God give us godly men and women who help us grow spiritually. And may we too, by the power of His Spirit, invest our lives in others.
By Estera Pirosca Escobar
REFLECT & PRAY
Father God, thank You for placing people in our lives to challenge and encourage us. Help us to do the same for others.

Who are mentors that are currently building into you or who have built into your life? Why is it vital for us to mentor others in Jesus?

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
An interesting facet of Elijah and Elisha’s journey described in 2 Kings 2:1-6 is that, aside from Bethel, it includes some of the places important to the Israelites’ entrance into the promised land. At Gilgal the children of Israel stopped for their first Passover celebration in the land and for the circumcision of males born in the wilderness (Joshua 5). Jericho was the first major conquest as the people began taking possession of the land (Joshua 6). And the Jordan River was the point where the Israelites entered the land as God miraculously parted the waters (Joshua 3). Crossing this river would have reminded them of the parting of the Red Sea forty years earlier, which had allowed their ancestors to cross from Egypt to freedom and life as a new nation. Bill Crowder

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