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Living Bread

I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven

John 6:51

In John 6:48 we read that Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus had just fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fishes. They were all excited and thrilled over the great miracle that had occurred, [but] Jesus was talking about something more important than social needs. Bread in the Scriptures is a symbol of spiritual life.

Man has an inborn hunger for God. He cannot be satisfied with anything less than God. God alone can supply the bread which satisfies the inner longing of your soul and the hunger of your heart. . . . The Bible says that He is the Bread of Life.

Resources: billygraham.org

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Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. 
Soren Kierkegaard

When you reflect back on your life, how much time would you have spent in prayer? Prayer between you and God should be a very simple time when you communicate your wishes, desires, and challenges with Christ. Prayer does not have to be some long drawn out fancy sermon where you are trying to impress God with your intellect. Remember the Pharisees, and how impressed they were with their own intellect? Prayer should be like a regular conversation that you have with a friend or family member. God wants the Christian life to be simple, not complicated.

When you open your heart up to God, he will be there with you! Most folks are so stressed out over the most absurd things in life. One of the number one priorities in your life should be your quiet prayer time with God. This is when you grow, this is when you become intimate with God and where you are able to trust God with your inner most secrets. Prayer changes your heart, prayer helps you grow as a Christian, and prayer gives you so much peace and comfort in your life. Make your prayer life a priority, as life is short, and we must communicate with our God on a daily basis.  Prayer dramatically changes things in your life! 

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Hereafter

There is a new movie out now by director Clint Eastwood by the name of Hereafter. This movie could not have come out at a better time for mankind. I will be direct and to the point, after you die and pass away, you will either go to heaven or go to hell. It is not about how good you are, because you can never be good enough. It is not about how much money you give to your church or charity. God does not need your money, He wants your heart. There is one way to be assured that you are going to heaven, and that is by trusting God and believing that God died on the cross for your sins. Jesus Christ took your place on the cross, and he shed His blood for you! God wants you to repent, right now, and ask for forgiveness of your sins, and invite Christ into your heart.

Don’t you want to be assured of where you are going when you die? The Bible teaches that hell will be constant sorrow and pain that never goes away. God gives his complete grace and love to you. God loves you and wants to guide and direct you in your life. There is a better way, it is going to your knees and asking Jesus Christ into your heart. God will give you peace and joy as you have never had in your life. God is waiting for your response! Become born again and receive His love for You today!

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Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

The age-old issue, “Can man save himself, or does he need God?” is still raging across the world as furiously as ever. As long as the world goes on, people will build towers of Babel, fashion their graven images, and invent their own ideologies. Now, as in every period of history, people think they can manage without God.

Economically, they may manage; intellectually, they may manage; socially, they may get by. But down underneath the surface of rational man is a vacuum—a void that can be met only through Jesus Christ. The most astounding fact of all history is that the great and almighty God of heaven can live in your heart. It makes no difference who you are.

Resources: billygraham.org

 

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Peacemakers

In a materialistic world which has tried to sever diplomatic relations with God, we have nowhere to retreat except within ourselves. We are like turtles in a traffic jam—the best we can do is to pull our heads into our shells and shut our eyes. But that’s a good way to get the life crushed out of us, as any dead turtle can attest.

Man’s conflict with man has been but an expression on the human level of his conflict with God. Until man finds an armistice with God, he cannot know peace with his fellow-man. If we are to be peacemakers, we first must make our peace with God.

Resources: billygraham.com

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Experience Christ

To one of the most religious men of His day, Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Nicodemus could not substitute his profound knowledge of religion for spiritual rebirth, and neither can we. I have read a book on water skiing, and it did not take long for me to learn that I could never learn to water ski by reading a book—I would have to experience it.

I have read a number of books on golf, but none of them seems to improve my game; I must get out on the golf course and play. You may study theology and religion, but there comes a time when you must experience Christ for yourself.

Resources: billygraham.org

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Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread”
(Matthew 6:11, NKJ)

God has grace in store for you every single day. Grace is His supernatural empowerment, His unmerited favor on your life. All throughout scripture, we see God giving daily grace, empowerment and provision to His people. For example, when the people of Israel were in the wilderness headed toward their Promised Land, God gave them manna each morning to eat. It would just appear on the ground. But He specifically instructed them to gather up only enough for one day’s supply. In fact, if they got more than that, it wouldn’t last. It would spoil. They were learning to trust God’s grace every single day.

In the same way, God doesn’t give us grace for a year at a time or even a month at a time. No, every twenty-four hours God has a fresh new supply of grace, favor, wisdom and forgiveness. How are you going to make it through the seasons of your life? One day at a time. Look for His grace today. Look for His provision today. Look for His hand of favor and blessing today because He promises to supply everything you need for today.

Resources: joelosteen.com

 

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