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Join the "by faith" roll

June 9, 2015

Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews lists a number of men and women, young and old, who had faith in God. As we read their stories, certain traits of their walk of faith are noticeable. There is no doubt that the love of God they experienced in their lives moved them to acts of faith that demonstrated their complete dependence on a loving, caring, and righteous God. Faith taught them to wait on God's time for the answer to their prayers or the fulfillment of a promise. God's love gave them a different perspective of people, circumstances, and the world around them, and faith kept them from losing that perspective. Faith allowed them to stand firm and secure in God's provision. Faith moved them to believe that when we are on God's side, we can aim higher and toward what others may consider the impossible. »

Themes of change, love, and community

March 24, 2015

Liturgically, the coming weeks are a roller coaster of tone and emotion. We end the inwardly focused Lenten season and move to the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We spend a quiet Maundy Thursday night at an intimate dinner, leading to the disciples' disappointing betrayal and the brutal and tragic death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. Finally, however, we move to the mysterious and joyful Easter resurrection. »

Lent and the Mind of Christ

February 27, 2015

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul exhorts them to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Lent this year is an opportunity to reflect on the things that matter dearly to the heart of Christ. What are the self-interests and attitudes that we can sacrifice in order to be incarnate witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus? How can we “bring good news to the poor…proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19)? In Isaiah 61, the context of Jesus reading the scroll at the synagogue, we find that in doing these things we will have an “everlasting joy.” What an awesome promise! »

Be a faithful steward of God's grace

January 20, 2015

1 Peter 4:10 reads: "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." What awesome advice from the apostle Peter! In this letter, he shares with his readers words of wisdom concerning their Christian witness to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God. The grace of God is manifested through the many gifts bestowed to us by God. Each and every one of God's children has been given talents, abilities, and gifts to share the full Gospel with love, compassion, mercy, and justice. The apostle encourages us to serve one another with a commitment to always being prepared to defend the faith, to have a serious life of prayer, and to love one another with a "fervent" love. »

Counting Our Days Wisely

December 23, 2014

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart (Psalm 90:12). In our modern day, time is a precious commodity. In athletic competitions, milliseconds can be the difference between a gold, silver, or bronze medal. Endorsements and contracts worth millions hinge on those fractions of seconds. »

Show the world the Kingdom of God

November 21, 2014

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6-7 This is a glorious passage with a glorious promise. There will be a great, perfect government of peace, justice, and righteousness. It will be like that because the Prince of Peace, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father will be in charge. No earthly government can accomplish that. »

Seeking leaders for justice

October 29, 2014

We are at a unique moment in history that makes ending hunger possible by 2030. In order to do this, however, the U.S. government must do its part to lead here and around the world in the work of making hunger history. Bread for the World has a plan to do our part to make this a reality. We must win a series of advocacy victories, urge our government to take the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals seriously, and, of course, elect officials who will make ending hunger a priority by 2017. Our texts make clear this month that now is the time for justice and that justice is impossible without good leaders. »

Kingdom Values

October 7, 2014

Jesus said about his disciples: “They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world” (John 17:16). Since we are not of this world, our worldview and way of thinking cannot be like that of those who claim an earthly citizenship. We should comply with the values and virtues of the Kingdom of God. These call for us to love our neighbor as Jesus loved us, through acts of kindness, compassion, service, and making this a priority in preaching and living. »

A just and loving social order

August 26, 2014

I have been part of several conversations in the last few days about how the news seems more troubling than usual. There is trouble in Ferguson, Mo., in Iraq and Syria, in Israel and Palestine, and Ukraine. There are unaccompanied refugee children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and floods, droughts, and earthquakes in the western parts of the United States. We are more aware of happenings around the world because of technology and the internet, but it seems that this only brings us closer to some aspect of injustice. And hunger is front and center. As Bread for the World seeks to end hunger by 2030, we will be working on a variety of issues through the lens of hunger because we are working for an end of hunger that is sustainable and just. The texts this month remind us that God is relentless in working for a just and loving social order. Each week offers us an opportunity to explore aspects of God’s righteousness, whether it is through stories of forgiveness and fair wages or even God’s call through the prophets for repentance. »

Let the children come

July 24, 2014

For weeks, the news has been filled with stories of unnamed, faceless, unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in droves. Americans have greeted them with varied responses, from blocking buses to welcoming children into churches. Our texts this month offer insights into a faithful response to people fleeing danger and hunger in search of safety and security. We are reminded of God’s promise of abundance, God’s steadfastness, God’s miracles, and God’s call for us to be God’s justice-making hands in the world. »

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