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Activated May 2015

Food for the Mind and Body - May 2015

We eat because we’re hungry, and we enjoy it too. Add the Bread of Life to the menu, and our souls will be satisfied as well.
 

01-05-2015
Daily Needs
Daily Needs

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, only one of the things He told them to ask for was a physical need—“Give us this day our daily bread.”1 All the rest of the prayer is praise to God or requests for spiritual gifts or blessings so that we can better please and serve Him. His including a request for material supply recognizes that we live in the natural world and that God wants to supply our physical needs. But it goes deeper than that.

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01-05-2015
A Stray Mushroom
A Stray Mushroom

Chopping vegetables for dinner, I twice caught a stray mushroom before it rolled from the cutting board off the counter.

You’re so good to me, God! I thought.

Somewhere else in my mind, I was thinking about the apartment rental application I had put in that morning. Please be good to me, and let them accept my application.

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01-05-2015
The Bread of Life
The Bread of Life

“I am the bread of life”is one of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. …

Bread is considered a staple food—i.e., a basic dietary item. … Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. We even use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing of a meal with someone. 

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01-05-2015
Salted Cucumbers
Salted Cucumbers

A friend of mine was showing me the large number of old cucumbers she was planning to preserve in salt.

“Are old cucumbers all right to eat?” I asked.

“These are quite dried out, but they’ll be great to pickle!” she replied knowledgeably. For my busy friend, having pickled cucumbers to supplement on-the-go meals is convenient and appreciated.

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01-05-2015
Eat, Pray, Stay Together
Eat, Pray, Stay Together

Not so long ago, the various members of our family had different schedules, and as a result, we were seldom able to eat together. I couldn’t help feeling that our family was drifting apart—especially since visiting an Italian friend who taught me what a joy “breaking bread” together can be.

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01-05-2015
Setting the Menu
Setting the Menu

Christians who are interested in spiritual growth recognize that spending time taking in and absorbing God’s Word is of utmost importance. It is within the Bible that we learn about God’s love for humanity, Jesus’ message, and how to live in harmony with God and our fellow human beings.

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01-05-2015
The King’s Banquet
The King’s Banquet

My mother often cooked something special on Sundays. I can still remember the big open window in the living room, the unfolded table spread in the center, the delicious food, and the joyful family conversation.

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01-05-2015
Feed Me
Feed Me

“It’s not fair! They’re getting more than we are.”

“Things are tough enough as it is. How come they’re being favored?”

“What’s the difference between us? Only our language!”

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01-05-2015
Thanksgiving Takeaway
Thanksgiving Takeaway

The day before Thanksgiving, I saw an article about a “Turkey Operation” here in Austin, Texas. The organization was calling for volunteers to help serve and pack meals for those not fortunate enough to already be looking forward to that wonderful Thanksgiving dinner that I enjoy so much. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry jelly, peas and carrots, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie … and that’s just the beginning!

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01-05-2015
Recipe for Happiness
Recipe for Happiness

Before you begin, put on a strong stain-proof apron to protect against the drips of bitterness and the sourness of life. In a bowl of resilient material, able to withstand blows, falls, and chipping, mix the following ingredients:

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01-05-2015
Necessary Food
Necessary Food

Food is one of the most basic needs of humanity, so it makes sense that food would make an early entrance in the account of God’s dealings with us. In Genesis, plants and trees are given for food: “Every seed-bearing plant … Every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”1

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01-05-2015
Hungry and Thirsty
Hungry and Thirsty

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”1 “Those who seek me diligently will find me.”2 “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”3 Let My voice guide you and sustain you and keep you close to Me.

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01-05-2015
Heaven’s Best
Heaven’s Best

It was summer. I was fifteen and looked forward to Fridays, as it meant a trip to the beach. Every week, our youth group put on an impromptu performance of songs and skits on the boardwalk to share the message of God’s love with those passing by.

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