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He Changed My Life

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Following the death of computer pioneer Steve Jobs in 2011, more than one million people from around the world posted tributes to him online. The common theme was how Jobs had changed their lives. They said they lived differently because of his creative innovations, and they wanted to express their appreciation and their sorrow. The screen of one tablet computer said in large letters: iSad.

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Tree Of Rest

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

The lone tree in the field across from my office remained a mystery. Acres of trees had been cut down so the farmer could grow corn. But one tree remained standing, its branches reaching up and spreading out. The mystery was solved when I learned the tree was spared for a purpose. Farmers long ago traditionally left one tree standing so that they and their animals would have a cool place to rest when the hot summer sun was beating down.

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Probing Questions

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

While riding on a train a few years after the American Civil War, General Lew Wallace of the Union Army encountered a fellow officer, Colonel Robert Ingersoll. Ingersoll was one of the 19th century’s leading agnostics, and Wallace was a man of faith. As their conversation turned to their spiritual differences, Wallace realized that he wasn’t able to answer the questions and doubts raised by Ingersoll. Embarrassed by his lack of understanding about his own faith, Wallace began searching the Scriptures for answers. The result was his confident declaration of the person of the Savior in his classic historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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Learning To Love

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When Hans Egede went to Greenland as a missionary in 1721, he didn’t know the Inuit language. His temperament was often overbearing, and he struggled to be kind to the people.

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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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Strawberry Mess

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

My husband and I had recently moved into our house when a man dropped off a large box of strawberries on our front sidewalk. He left a note saying he wanted us to share them with our neighbors. He meant well, but some children discovered the box before any adults did and had a strawberry-throwing party at our white house. When we returned home, we saw children we knew watching us from behind a fence. They had “returned to the scene of the crime” to see how we would react to the mess. We could have just cleaned it up ourselves, but to restore our relationship, we felt it was important to talk with them and require their help in cleaning our strawberry-stained house.

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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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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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Who’s That Hero?

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

Reading the book of Judges, with its battles and mighty warriors, can sometimes feel like reading about comic book superheroes. We have Deborah, Barak, Gideon, and Samson. However, in the line of judges (or deliverers), we also find Othniel.

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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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