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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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Promoting Unity

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

The language of Proverbs 6:16-19 is strong. In the citing of seven things the Lord hates, sowing “discord among brethren” makes the list. The reason for naming this sin is that it spoils the unity that Christ desires for His followers (John 17:21-22).

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Misplaced Love

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

Martin Lindstrom, an author and speaker, thinks that cellphones have become akin to a best friend for many owners. Lindstrom’s experiment using an MRI helped him discover why. When the subjects saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains fired off neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion. Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

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The Golden Rule

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

The concept of The Golden Rule—treat others as you would like to be treated—appears in many religions. So what makes Jesus’ version of the saying so exceptional?

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Make It Personal

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

During my days as a teacher and coach at a Christian high school, I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with teenagers, trying to guide them to a purposeful, Christlike life—characterized by love for God and love for others. My goal was to prepare them to live for God throughout life. That would happen only as they made their faith a vital part of life through the help of the Holy Spirit. Those who didn’t follow Christ floundered after they left the influence of Christian teachers and parents.

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No More Prejudice

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

A 2010 survey by Newsweek contained some startling statistics: 57 percent of hiring managers believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate would have a harder time getting hired; 84 percent of managers said their bosses would hesitate before hiring a qualified older candidate; 64 percent of hiring managers said they believe companies should be allowed to hire people based on appearance. All are clear examples of unacceptable prejudice.

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Tell It On The Mountain

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

I was surprised to see a nationally distributed news article commending a group of teenage snowboarders who hold weekly church services on a Colorado ski slope. In the Summit Daily News, Kimberly Nicoletti’s story captured a wide audience with her account of teens who love to snowboard and to tell how Jesus changed their lives. Undergirding the teenagers is a Christian youth organization equipping them to demonstrate God’s love.

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True Love

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

During the rehearsal for my brother’s wedding ceremony, my husband snapped a picture of the bride and groom as they faced each other in front of the pastor. When we looked at the photograph later, we noticed that the camera’s flash had illuminated a metal cross in the background, which appeared as a glowing image above the couple.

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Where Our Fears Live

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

Twelve years into our marriage, my wife and I were discouraged by the emotional roller-coaster of hopes raised and dashed in attempting to have children. A friend tried to “explain” God’s thinking. “Maybe God knows you’d be a bad father,” he said. He knew that my mother had struggled with a terrible temper.

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Where Have You Been?

Our Daily Bread Cover January 2014

Missionary Egerton Ryerson Young served the Salteaux tribe in Canada in the 1700s. The chief of the tribe thanked Young for bringing the good news of Christ to them, noting that he was hearing it for the first time in his old age. Since he knew that God was Young’s heavenly Father, the chief asked, “Does that mean He is my Father too?” When the missionary answered, “Yes,” the crowd that had gathered around burst into cheers.

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10 thoughts on “Where Have You Been?

  1. ljones says:

    Beautiful lesson from Romans. I embrace these scriptures with my whole heart, my whole body and my whole soul to tell others more often of the good news of Jesus Christ, my Savior. We will never be disappointed with Jesus.

  2. megster0517 says:

    I really enjoy this lesson!

  3. EtukaRose says:

    I do not want to be rude, but it does seem to me . . . that it took a long time for you to . . . tell it to your brother in the woods.”

    We don’t even have to go the woods. I am convicted have I shared the good news with my neighbors.

  4. rgrundman says:

    I too have to remind myself to look around me each day at the people I come in contact with and be open to any opportunity to share my story.

  5. Eddie0415 says:

    For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[b]

  6. ifynath says:

    “They don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law”

    This is the most concerning problem with us Christians today. Using our own way of getting right with God by TRYING to keep the law.

    We need to accept Gods way for our lives and when that happens, every other things will fall into place.

    Sometimes its hard but we have to pray to God to avoid temptation and a lot of things for us to follow Gods way diligently.

    I learnt much from this today.

  7. larryuy says:

    Salvation. Peach the Gospel

  8. ct4347 says:

    This is one of my favorite scriptures. How can we hear the word of god without a preacher? This ties into the lesson last week about being in harmony and using your gifts. The scripture says everyone isn’t called to preach so with that said, those who are has an obligation to be obedient to their calling with utilizing their gift God has given them which is the anointing to preach His word because without preachers to speak Gods word, no one will ever hear it that they might be saved because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.

    I also liked the analogy of telling the story of Christ is as one beggar telling another beggar where they can get bread because Jesus is often referred to as the bread of life because scripture tells us that man shall not live off bread alone but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God and Jesus is indeed the word as well as the way the truth and life and no one comes to the father but by him.

    As Christians we should be willing and have the desire to share Christ with others because salvation is only through Christ. And it is written that if we are ashamed of God in return he will also be ashamed of us. If our relationship is real we will never be ashamed nor feel ashamed to ever speak of Christ with a holy boldness. After all I don’t see what is so shameful about the free gift of eternal life. Do you?

  9. jayjkeller says:

    Remember: how can one believe in Christ if he never heard of Him?

  10. brandoniparsconi says:

    NT 3147
    OT 48512

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