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Our Daily Bread

TRIAL BY FIRE by Amy Peterson

Trials and tests can draw us closer to Christ… Last winter while visiting a natural history museum in Colorado, I learned some remarkable facts about the aspen tree. An entire grove of slender, white-trunked aspens can grow from a single seed and share the same root system. These root systems …

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BEARING GOOD FRUIT by Peter Chin

God’s Spirit lives in His people, in order to work through them… The view from my airplane window was striking: a narrow ribbon of ripening wheat fields and orchards wending between two barren mountains. Running through the valley was a river—life-giving water, without which there would be no fruit. Just …

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IMAGE MANAGEMENT by Sheridan Voysey

God’s deep love means we can be real with others… To celebrate Winston Churchill’s eightieth birthday, the British parliament commissioned artist Graham Sutherland to paint a portrait of the celebrated statesman. “How are you going to paint me?” Churchill reportedly asked the artist: “As a cherub, or the Bulldog?” Churchill …

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EAST MEETS WEST by Mart DeHaan

Be slow to judge others but quick to judge yourself… When students from Southeast Asia met a teacher from North America, the visiting instructor learned a lesson. After giving his class their first multiple-choice test, he was surprised to find many questions left unanswered. While handing back the corrected papers, …

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NOT THE ONE by Poh Fang Chia

God may conceal the purpose of His ways, but His ways are not without purpose… David had drawn up the plans. He designed the furniture. He collected the materials. He made all the arrangements (see 1 Chron. 28:11–19). But the first temple built in Jerusalem is known as Solomon’s Temple, …

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HIS WONDERFUL FACE by Amy Peterson

Seeking the face of God can strengthen our faith… My four-year-old son is full of questions, and chatters constantly. I love talking with him, but he’s developed an unfortunate habit of talking to me even when his back is turned. I often find myself saying, “I can’t hear you—please look …

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CRADLED ON COMFORT by Kirsten Holmberg

God’s comfort soothes us perfectly… My friend entrusted me with the privilege of holding her precious, four-day-old daughter. Not long after I took the baby into my arms, she started to fuss. I hugged her closer, my cheek pressed against her head, and began to sway and hum in a …

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WHAT ARE YOU KNOWN FOR? by C. P. Hia

Faithfulness to God is true success… A memorial stone stands in the grounds of a former Japanese prison camp in China where a man died in 1945. It reads, “Eric Liddell was born in Tianjin of Scottish parents in 1902. His career reached its peak with his gold medal victory …

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