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Our Daily Bread

THE MONEY by Tim Gustafson

Never confuse temptation with opportunity… Early in my career while doing work that I saw as more of a mission than a job, another company offered me a position that would give a significant increase in pay. Our family could surely have benefited financially from such a move. There was …

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JUST THE TICKET by Jennifer Benson Schuldt

God’s gift is grace… When a police officer stopped a woman because her young daughter was riding in a car without the required booster seat, he could have written her a ticket for a traffic violation. Instead, he asked the mother and daughter to meet him at a nearby store …

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SERVING GOD WITH OUR PRAYERS by James Banks

Great expectation on our part honors God… God often chooses to move through our prayers to accomplish His work. We see this when God told the prophet Elijah, “I will send rain on the land,” promising to end a drought in Israel that had lasted three and a half years …

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THE PERFECT GIFT by Julie Ackerman Link

Give your all to Christ who gave His all for you… Every year our local botanical garden hosts a celebration of Christmas around the world. My favorite display is a French nativity. Instead of the traditional scene showing shepherds and wise men with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh gathered …

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WOUNDS FROM A FRIEND by Poh Fang Chia

A friend is one who can tell you the truth in love… Charles Lowery complained to his friend about lower back pain. He was seeking a sympathetic ear, but what he got was an honest assessment. His friend told him, “I don’t think your back pain is your problem; it’s …

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A FAITHFUL SERVANT by Keila Ochoa

We grow strong when we serve the Lord… Madaleno is a bricklayer. From Monday to Thursday he builds walls and repairs roofs. He is quiet, reliable, and hardworking. Then from Friday to Sunday he goes up to the mountains to teach the Word of God. Madaleno speaks Nahuatl (a Mexican …

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THE GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT by David McCasland

Encouragement may be the greatest gift we give this Christmas… An old Merle Haggard song, “If We Make It Through December,” tells the story of a man laid off from his factory job with no money to buy Christmas gifts for his little girl. Although December is supposed to be …

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THE BIRTH OF CHRISTMAS by Albert Lee

Obedience to God flows freely from a heart of love… When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and then to shepherds with good news for the world (Luke 1:26-27; 2:10), was it good news to this teenage girl? Perhaps Mary was thinking: How do I explain my pregnancy to my …

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