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Down The Up Staircase

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

The video starts with a puppy at the top of the stairs afraid to go down. Despite much encouragement from people cheering at the bottom, Daisy can’t figure it out. She wants so badly to join them, but fear keeps her pacing the landing. Then a bigger dog comes to help. Simon runs up the steps and then back down, showing Daisy how easy it is. Daisy is not convinced. Simon tries again. This time more slowly. Then he watches Daisy try again. But Daisy still is too scared. Once again Simon goes to the top and demonstrates the technique. Finally Daisy dares to let her back legs follow the front ones. Simon stays beside her. She makes it. Everyone celebrates!

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Acts Of Kindness

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

I was traveling with some men when we spotted a family stranded alongside the road. My friends immediately pulled over to help. They got the car running, talked with the father and mother of the family, and gave them some money for gasoline. When the mother thanked them over and over, they replied, “We’re glad to help out, and we do it in Jesus’ name.” As we drove away, I thought how natural it was for these friends to help people in need and acknowledge the Lord as the source of their generosity.

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All Kinds Of Help

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

In the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, many people have felt strongly compelled to help. Some donated blood for the injured, some provided free lunches and coffee at their restaurants for workers. Others wrote letters of comfort or just gave hugs. Some sent gifts of money and teddy bears for the children; others offered counseling. People found ways to serve according to their personalities, abilities, and resources.

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Spoonful Of Sugar

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I know this sounds as if I’m longing for the good old days when cheerfully unrealistic movies featured characters like this fictional nanny, but what I’m really longing for are people with a vision for the future that is realistically optimistic. I yearn for joyful, creative people who can show us the positive side of what we consider negative, who can remind us that “just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”

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Determination

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

During a television news report on the plight of refugees displaced from a war-torn country, I was struck by the words of a 10-year-old girl. Despite there being little possibility of returning to their home, she showed a resilient spirit: “When we go back, I’m going to visit my neighbors; I’m going to play with my friends,” she said with quiet determination. “My father says we don’t have a house. And I said we are going to fix it.”

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Loved To Love

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life was at risk every day he stayed in Hitler’s Germany, but he stayed nonetheless. I imagine he shared the apostle Paul’s view that being in heaven was his heart’s desire, but staying where he was needed was God’s present purpose (Phil. 1:21). So stay he did; as a pastor he offered clandestine worship services and resisted the evil regime under Hitler.

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Getting Beyond Ourselves

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

I have one of those friends who seems to be better than I am at just about everything. He is smarter; he thinks more deeply; and he knows where to find better books to read. He is even a better golfer. Spending time with him challenges me to become a better, more thoughtful person. His standard of excellence spurs me on to greater things.

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What’s In A Name?

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

My friend wrote a letter to his newborn child that he wanted him to read when he was older: “My dear boy, Daddy and Mummy wish that you will find and stay focused on the Light. Your Chinese name is xin xuan. Xin means faithfulness, contentment, and integrity; xuan stands for warmth and light.” He and his wife carefully chose a name based on their hopes for their baby boy.

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A Better World

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

In one of my favorite Peanuts cartoons featuring Charlie Brown, the always confident Lucy declares, “How could the world be getting worse with me in it? Ever since I was born the world has shown a distinct improvement!”

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Gentle Witness

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

Years ago, I was hospitalized following a life-threatening, 38-foot fall from a bridge. While I was there, the wife of the man in the next bed stopped to speak to me. “My husband just told me what happened to you,” she said. “We believe God spared your life because He wants to use you. We’ve been praying for you.”

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12 thoughts on “Gentle Witness

  1. prutterk says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV)

  2. prutterk says:

    “Through the Holy Spirit our words and witness can have the power to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.”

    I love that the woman in the story said little, but it did so much with a gentle and possibly obedient spirit She may have not known what he needed, but God did.

    I need to listen to that small still voice more often, and

  3. rose95 says:

    Truly a blessing to read today!

  4. christoperson says:

    A generic phrase turned esoteric is very encouraging!

    God’s 8-ball

  5. hunte.dionne says:

    A reminder that witnessing doesn’t have to be hard.

  6. edwinpadilla says:

    One of my first callings was to share the “Good New”, its the Great Commission. We’re all expected to share our gift with everyone, just like when you receive a toy as a child. You want everyone to see and with that same excitement, some call the 1st love. I recall lot feeling worthy given the confessions I had to make. How could I a sinner tell others about something greater than my self. How dare I, who am I? Until I realized I had to die to myself, and be born again anew in Him only; than I got it. His mercy is so great so long as we repent His blood is able to wipe it clean and allow sinners to begin anew, afresh. My testimony and His Good News is simply a winning combination. We can’t fail, we’re more than conquerors. Now that’s Good News.

  7. slml says:

    Mr. Crowder, that is an inspiring story. It shows what a small seed can produce.

    1. annwrites says:

      Hello everyone,
      I pray that God will use me as a witness. I am writing a story about a journey of faith that a young woman must take to get closer to God and come home to her family. Along the way she meets others who she not only helps along her way, but these people she meets help her to find blessings that the Lord has in store for her. It is my prayer that this inspirational novel, that the Lord has laid upon my heart, touches the lives of those who have either gotten away from God, or those who haven’t discovered the love of God in their lives. I give all the Glory and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because without him, we can do absolutely nothing.
      Love and prayers to everyone.

  8. rdo32000 says:

    This is one of the main jobs we as followers have on earth, to spread the gospel. How and where Christ accomplishes this task is different for each one; however, the intent is to win over unbelievers. No compromise, no apologies, just convey Gods love and truth. Thank you Lord for loving us and equipping us to bear witness to the world of your greatness. Have a blessed day everyone.

    1. annwrites says:

      I totally agree.
      Love and prayers to you too.

  9. peewee01 says:

    God does have a plan for me! Thank you Lord. Give me strength and wisdom to seek Your truth and Your
    plan for me each day.

  10. revandrew says:

    Very good blessed my soul.

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