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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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The Spotlight

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

I’ll never forget the Easter Sunday in 1993 when Bernhard Langer won the Masters golf tournament. As he stepped off the 18th green to receive the green jacket—one of golf’s most coveted prizes—a reporter said, “This must be the greatest day of your life!” Without missing a beat, Langer replied: “It’s wonderful to win the greatest tournament in the world, but it means more to win on Easter Sunday—to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord and Savior.”

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I’m Alive

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Laura Brooks, a 52-year-old mother of two, didn’t know it but she was one of 14,000 people in 2011 whose name was incorrectly entered into the government database as dead. She wondered what was wrong when she stopped receiving disability checks, and her loan payments and her rent checks bounced. She went to the bank to clear up the issue, but the representative told her that her accounts had been closed because she was dead! Obviously, they were mistaken.

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Mistaken Identity

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

My youngest brother, Scott, was born when I was a senior in high school. This age difference made for an interesting situation when he grew to college age. On his first trip to his college campus, I went along with him and our mom. When we arrived, people thought we were Scott Crowder and his dad and his grandmom. Eventually, we gave up correcting them. No matter what we said or did, our actual relationships were overridden by this humorous case of mistaken identity.

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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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“Isn’t God Powerful!”

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

One day, my 3-year-old granddaughter Katie surprised her mom and dad with a bit of theological expertise. She said to them, “You both had sisters who died. Then God took them up to heaven to be with Him. Isn’t God powerful!”

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Big Spring

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a remarkable natural wonder—a pool about 40 feet deep and 300 feet across that Native Americans called “Kitch-iti-kipi,” or “the big cold water.” Today it is known as The Big Spring. It is fed by underground springs that push more than 10,000 gallons of water a minute through the rocks below and up to the surface. Additionally, the water keeps a constant temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that even in the brutally cold winters of the Upper Peninsula the pool never freezes. Tourists can enjoy viewing the waters of Big Spring during any season of the year.

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The Power Of Love

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

Books on leadership often appear on best-seller lists. Most of them tell how to become a powerful and effective leader. But Henri Nouwen’s book In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership is written from a different perspective. The former university professor who spent many years serving in a community of developmentally disabled adults says: “The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But: Are you in love with Jesus? . . . In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, that reaches out and wants to heal.”

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Character Or Reputation?

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) believed that character is far more important than reputation. “Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be by others,” Coach Wooden often told his players, “but your character is what you really are. You’re the only one that knows your character. You can fool others, but you can’t fool yourself.”

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Guidance Needed

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

St. Nicholas Church in Galway, Ireland, has both a long history and an active present. It’s the oldest church in Ireland, and it provides guidance in a very practical way. The church towers over the town, and its steeple is used by ships’ captains as a guide for navigating their way safely into Galway Bay. For centuries, this church has reliably pointed the way home for sailors.

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10 thoughts on “Guidance Needed

  1. jewelhunter8 says:

    It is good to know that the Holy Spirit and God’s word will provide guidance in any trial we face. Amen!

  2. spazima says:

    Many Bible teachers consider the book of James to be the New Testament parallel to the Old Testament book of Proverbs. This is because James offers a significant amount of practical wisdom for day-to-day living. This includes wisdom on how to respond to trials, how to approach the Scriptures, and how to deal fairly with one another. It also addresses the challenge of controlling our speech, understanding God’s purposes, and enduring life’s difficult times. Very practical words for very practical life situations.

  3. sharondiva83 says:

    Great word for today… I have my moments of weakness and truly rely on GODS unwavering faith to get through the hard moments… I am hopeful & grateful for grace & mercy….

  4. hjperez46 says:

    I pray to Our God, everyday if I can remember. It usually comes in automatically. Sometimes I’m not walking with the spirit and days I can feel I am. I forget now many things which are important to me. I can’t keep up with things, day is to short and at night time I retire mind and body and can’t continue what I’m suppose to do. All alone with the two dogs, I refused to focus on any of what is known as family or children. Even, grandchildren or what ever God puts in my mind. Today is Sunday and last night I was crying and talking about Dorey. She’s blind and sometimes I hear her making sounds like she’s in pain or suffering this daily blindness.
    I try to nurse her,feed and started cleaning up after her. But not sure if I should take her to the Vet. Or wait. I can imagine I was physically blind in spirit and sight. It’s awful not to see things the way We saw them and then can’t. But after my Mother past away, I had cataract surgery on both eyes.
    Thanks to God I received it back through the Eye Doctor at Madgruder Insitute on mills Ave. I went through both eyes and hired some one to be with me. I had no Family with me, but the Holy Spirit of God was with me.
    Amen. I know better and God knows that I know. HJP

  5. mcbiech says:

    Lord how we need your guidance through this world which tries to deceive us … Thank you for you love and care …

  6. godsword says:

    Great verses to start a Sunday morning!!

  7. robertsonann says:

    We are often misguided by our community or by the brokenness within us!
    So true.

  8. lefreitas says:

    What a marvelous provision! In a world of confusion and fear, guidance is often needed. We can easily be misdirected by the culture around us or by the brokenness within us (1 John 2:15-17). God’s Spirit, however, is here to help, to direct, and to guide. How thankful we can be that the Spirit of truth has come to give us the guidance that we often so desperately need. Set your course by His life, and you will reach safe harbor.

  9. msands says:

    Depend on the Holy Spirit… He lives within us and can bring guidance from our Heavenly Father.

  10. etheline says:

    James 4:13-17
    13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
    17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

    Live for today, for tomorrow is up to God.

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