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Real Food for the hungry!

Scripture reading for August 5th: Amos 7-9, Matthew 15

Key Scriptures: Matthew 15:32-37 “Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” And the disciples said to Him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, He took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. . . .”

Jesus had compassion on the crowds of people that had followed Him and were with Him in the wilderness to hear God’s Word. He was concerned for their welfare and asked the disciples to feed them physically as He had given them a spiritual feast of God’s Word. There were few resources, but Jesus took what they had and blessed it, giving thanks and breaking it to give to the disciples. They, in turn, broke it again and gave it to the people! The bread and fish multiplied in their hands and all needs were met! They even had left-overs!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great compassion and desire to empower Your disciples by Your Word. Help me to obey You and feed the people real ‘bread’, the Word of God!

Amos 8:11 “”Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land–not a famine for bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord.””

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Be encouraged through broken “Bread”!

Scripture reading for May 20th:  2nd Samuel 11-12, 1st Chronicles 20, Psalm 51, 32, Acts 27

Key Scriptures:  Acts 27:34-38  “”Therefore I urge you to take some food.  For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”  And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.  Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.  (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.)  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.”

While on his journey to Rome, the ship’s captain that Paul had warned not to proceed had gone ahead anyway.  A great storm arose at sea and all on board despaired of life.  Paul was encouraged in a vision that none would be lost  except the ship and that he would travel to Rome to testify there.  Paul shared his vision with the crew and those aboard the ship and encouraged them to eat something.  He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and ate!  This was a type of Holy Communion, a remembering of Jesus’ death and indwelling life!

Psalm 51:10  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I trust in Your broken Body and shed Blood for cleansing, healing, forgiveness and encouragement.    Open doors today of encouragement and hope, where I can break the Bread of Life through sharing Jesus Christ and His mercy for those who are fearful in the midst of a storm.

2nd Samuel 12:13 “David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”

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