Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9, 2016: Special Menu

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 40  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing, Your Grace Still Amazes Me… radiating the wonder of God’s grace to all Who come and receive it in faith, … the Bread of Life!

Highlight Passage:   Galatians 5:22-23 [NLT] …  
32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 
 … God’s life giving and sustaining grace is His bread of life.
Highlight Context – John 4: 27-34 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Jesus offers all true believers His bread of life … the grace that provides life.

Reference Passage #1 - John 6: 1-59 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
 … Jesus tells of His “bread of life,” and some, but few, understand.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Mart Dehaan, uses an interesting analogy to illustrate the life-giving and sustaining power of God’s grace. He tells of a growing restaurant marketing strategy where restaurants reveal special “hidden” menu items to their frequent, loyal customers and encourage them to share their favorites with other friends by “word-of-mouth” and social media.

EXAMPLE: My wife and I have a favorite dining spot, Panera Bread, here in our home town; and they serve a “killer” grilled-cheese sandwich … which is not listed on the menu. It’s called the “Big-boy Grilled Cheese Sandwich;” and it’s made with three cheeses and flakes of real bacon, grilled between two slices of wonderful asiago cheese bread. IT”S GREAT; and I’ve told many of my friends who love grilled-cheese sandwiches about it; and here I am, sharing this special off-menu item with you.

 You know, … Jesus used a similar sharing approach to allow His followers to see and experience His saving and sustaining grace. In John’s gospel account, we read of Him sharing His “living waters” with the forbidden Samaritan woman (see the John 4 passage above). And the woman was overwhelmed by the amazing grace she found in Jesus and went off to share news of Him with others. … In John, Chapter 6, Jesus shares His intriguing and compelling grace by feeding the multitudes on a hillside, amazing His disciples. But then to really blow their minds, he shows them how He can walk on water in a storm; and then tells them of His being their “bread of life,” so that they will realize that they must feed on His grace to sustain them, especially in the storms of life.

 The Phillips, Craig, and Dean song, linked above, sings of how amazing God’s grace is to sustain us in life; but we can’t say that this “bread of life” is a hidden menu item, can we? No, … it’s clearly revealed in God’s word and available to any an all who believe in it and will receive it in faith. I pray that all who are reading here have partaken of this “bread of life,” and feed on it every day … as I do when I come here to share some it with you with my blogging.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … I feed on Your bread of Life from Your word daily; and it gives me life-sustaining energy. … Amen  

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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