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Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Struggling With Addiction

Eric was struggling with an addiction, and he knew it. His friends and family members encouraged him to stop. He agreed that it would be best for his health and relationships, but he felt helpless. When others told him how they had quit their bad habits, he replied, “I’m happy for you, but I can’t seem to stop! I wish I had never been tempted in the first place. I want God to take the desire away right now.”

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Pink Sheep

While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a small hilltop, was a rather large flock of pink sheep.

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Rooted

Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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Terms Of Service

If you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.

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33 thoughts on “Terms Of Service

  1. afeig says:

    THIS IS IT! This is what it really means to be a Christian. A gal at work recently asked me about church and what it means to “find God.” I can’t wait to share this passage with her. Pray for me and for her.

  2. eternallyhis says:

    I praise God for enabling me to turn the other cheek continuously for awhile to a neighbor of mine, which actually seemed to make her extremely angry at me. The nicer I treated her, the worse she treated me, talking bad about me to other Christian friends we had in common, and openly and sarcastically calling me “little miss Jesus, etc.” right to my face and in my own home. Yes, she too was a Christian and constantly stopping in to visit me, maybe just to harass me :) ?? Another friend who heard her, advised me to kick her out, which seemed totally wrong to me. All praise to God for bringing my attention to Romans 12:18 ‘IF IT BE POSSIBLE :) as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.’ The next time she stopped in to visit and started to harass me, while holding the door open for her, I told her politely, but firmly that she had to leave and not come back until she could show respect for me, especially in my own home. Not more than a week went by before she was back and I truly enjoyed her visits and we became good friends. I thank God for that experience, learning through it that ‘turning the other cheek’ does not necessarily mean we have to let people abuse us, but to ‘walk in truth with one another’ letting them know how their words or actions make us feel, and take a loving, but firm stand against bad treatment. (I am not speaking of physical abuse, nor of every situation, but we should seek God’s guidance in each and every situation, especially when physical danger is involved).

    1. eternallyhis says:

      p.s. The turning the other cheek came in when she finally came back knocking on my door again :) I can’t remember if she actually apologized or not, but her actions made it clear she was sorry. And God tells us if someone offends us we are not only to forgive them seven times a day, but seventy times seven (Luke 17:3,4; Matthew 18: 21,22). Wow! And to think, God is far greater than any of us and if He expects that much forgiveness from us for those who wrong us, think how much greater His forgiveness is for us. He is a beautiful, wonderful LORD, showing so much love for us that it causes us to want to emulate Him and share His love with others.

  3. hope.more says:

    “The promise of faith in Jesus Christ is given to them that believe… For the Law was given in order that grace might be sought; grace was given in order that the Law might be fulfilled.”
    (St. Augustine, “On the Spirit and the Letter,” 45)

  4. mario says:

    GREAT MESSAGE! I understand that when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour , we in a way agreed to follow with what the Lord ask of us – to do good (Eph 2:10) which equate to following all His words/teachings just as a servant obeying His Master. Examples of the Lord’s teaching as we all know are about humility, forgiving others, not judging others but plainly becoming good examples as followers of Christ in words and in deeds. As I understand, these terms of agreement, so to speak, are for all who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. These terms are plainly written in the Old Testament – Deut 18:15-19 and later re-emphasized by the Apostle Peter in the New Testament – Acts 3:13-26//Mt 17:1-6//2 Peter 1:16-21. God has great reward in store of those who will believe and faithfully comply with His terms – forgiveness of sins, protection from the evil one and eternal life (Jn 5:24//Jn 10:27-29//Jn 12:26).
    I believe your message is a good reminder to church leaders who do not explain fully about God’s terms or on becoming a disciple when preaching the gospel. (Mk 8:34-38; Lk 14:25-35; Lk 9:57-62). Thank you.

  5. Our Daily Bread says:

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    1. bondserve says:

      What a tremendous blessing today’s devotion is to me! As a devotional writer myself, I search for these simple, yet powerful ways to share the good news of Jesus with others. I think we can all relate to the dizzying legalese contained in those service agreements. And I pray that all will accept Jesus’ limited time offer of grace, love and forgiveness.

      Blessings! Author of “Meet Him on the Mountain”.

  6. poohpity says:

    “Truth discovered is more powerful than truth taught.” —Dr Sid Buzzell Doesn’t that fit for this “Terms Of Service” unless we discover our own condition and the forgiveness, grace and mercy we have received (Truth discovered) I find it difficult to give something away that I think I have earned rather than it being a wonderful gift to share. People teach it with words but unless one has experienced His amazing grace they seem to forget just exactly what the Lord did for them by holding others to such high standards that they themselves are unable to live up to.

    1. ibukunoluwa12 says:

      Great insight, especially ur concluding sentence.

  7. sandy229 says:

    Sometimes you just have to walk away as much as it hurts because by this you are showing them that you are not like them. You have been set free and you are showing them no matter what you will not conform to this world. Let them see Jesus in you. I know it’s easier said than done but they will notice and wonder why you are not striking back and God will repay them for all their evil deeds against you.

  8. gblount says:

    I struggle with forgiving some one verbally.this individual has wrong me so greatly.i tried to follow the scriptures and in my heart I have forgiven this person.i tried talk to them but I receive nothing but insult /anger /bitterness .do I keep getting hurt by extending the olive branch or just walk away .

    1. berrylady says:

      To gblount: I am struggling through pain caused by another. I realize that our pain is mutual because in our “painful evevt” we hurt each other and she is dealing with pain, too. Focusing on the scripture about forgiveness is not enough for me. I am digging into scripture about God’s love for me and focusing on that. Psalms are particularly helpful. As I have been focusing on how much I am loved, I am finding an even deeper love for the one who hurt me. God’s agape love for us and for each other demands nothing in return. I am letting go of the need for her to choose to love me in return.

      1. His presence says:

        We all have hurts & I’ve heard many of times “hurt people, hurt people. we have to gives our cares & burden to Christ so we can start healing. Admiting our feelings to God, deal with our real issue. accept that people will let us down & can not be what we want them to be. Place boundaries on our dealings with others, demand respect but deal in love being patient & kind. It is not what we say or do, it is most often how we go about doing things & the motive of our Action.

        I have talked about people & yet when I found out they talked about me my FEELINGS were soooo hurt. But I had to ask myself why had I been so hurt? The characteristic of these people r obviously similar to me. Yet I was willing to be mad at them when they have done no more wrong then me. GOD HELP ME to work on myself! Help me to keep my mind spirit & attitude on u! I give myself away 2 u God!!!

  9. Our Daily Bread says:

    Hello Everyone,

    The way comments are posted to the website has changed, all comments will now read that they are ‘Awaiting Moderation’, that is standard for all comments with our new system. Please continue to use the comments for sharing what the Lord is teaching you and encouraging one another, we love to see how God uses this site to draw you closer to Him. Happy commenting!

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    1. Rocky says:

      ODB, When a comment is posted and this message ‘Awaiting Moderation’appears, does this mean that my comment will not be seen by others until it has been cleared?

      How long before my post will actually appear?

      Thank you

      Rocky

      1. Our Daily Bread says:

        That is correct. We currently are checking and approving comments about every half hour, though that is subject to change.

  10. hera says:

    To Bubbles, I too wonder about the rules of ‘waiting for moderation’. I used to be able to just write a post and it will appear immediately, but nowadays there is always that ‘waiting…’ message. At first I thought it’s because I wrote under the ‘reply’ button – it’s not, then I also thought because I put a smiley – not that either, and as far as I know, never post offensive post, I even checked the guideline again to see if I miss something..well I am still perplexed…

    1. Our Daily Bread says:

      Hi, Hera–We recently made a change to the commenting process so all comments will be moderated before they go live. Thanks for commenting!

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