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Our Daily Bread

RUNNING AND REST by David McCasland

In our life of faith and service, rest is as important as work… The headline caught my eye: “Rest Days Important for Runners.” In Tommy Manning’s article, the former member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team emphasized a principle that dedicated athletes sometimes ignore—the body needs time to rest and …

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A SMALL FIRE by Bill Crowder

What will our words be like today? … It was a Sunday night in September and most people were sleeping when a small fire broke out in Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane. Soon the flames spread from house to house and London was engulfed in the Great Fire of …

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SOMETHING’S WRONG by Jolene Philo

The best kind of friend is a praying friend… The morning after our son, Allen, was born, the doctor sat down in a chair near the foot of my bed and said, “Something’s wrong.” Our son, so perfect on the outside, had a life-threatening birth defect and needed to be …

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AFTER YOU by David McCasland

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him” (Jim Elliot)… In some cultures a younger person is expected to permit his elder to enter a room first. In others, the most important or highest ranking individual enters first. No matter what our traditions, there are …

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SPILLING THROUGH MY FINGERS by Kirsten Holmberg

We can trust God to handle the things that overwhelm us… After I clumsily knocked over my glass on the restaurant counter, the spilled beverage began to cascade over the edge and onto the floor. Out of sheer embarrassment, I tried to catch the waterfall with cupped hands. My efforts …

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A GOOD INHERITANCE by Keila Ochoa

If someone has left you a godly inheritance, invest it in others… Grandpa and Grandma Harris didn’t have a lot of money, yet they managed to make each Christmas memorable for my cousins and me. There was always plenty of food, fun, and love. And from an early age we …

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OPEN ARMS by Shelly Beach

When worry walks in, strength runs out. But strength returns when we run to God… The day my husband, Dan, and I began our caregiving journey with our aging parents, we linked arms and felt as if we were plunging off a cliff. We didn’t know that in the process …

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