Month: September 2016

Hold On

Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China, is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. To view its towering cliffs in all their glorious splendor, you must take the Tianmen Shan cable car, which covers a distance of 7,455 meters (4.5 miles). It’s amazing how this cable car can travel such long distances and scale such steep mountains without any motor on the car itself. Yet it moves safely up these spectacular heights by keeping a strong grip on a cable that is moved by a powerful motor.

         In our journey of faith, how can we finish the race…

Events

Our mission is to make the life changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. An important part of this mission is to hold Bible conferences, which are open to everyone without charge. Anyone who wants to can come and listen to the Word of God being taught. And in 2017 we will also be holding our first…

Meaning Mirage

In 2015, Essena O’Neill dropped out of social media. After building a popular persona on Instagram (700,000 followers) and YouTube (260,000 subscribers), she wrote: “I spent five years wishing I was this perfect person online and I spent three years every day working really hard at it.” She went on to say that at age 19 she realized her aspirations were misguided, stating, “I think the reality is quite sad.” So Essena left social media behind. One reason? She wanted to be a better role model for her 14-year-old sister who had also been trying to find meaning and identity…

“God lay our plane down gently”

“Please brace for impact!” When Chris and Karin heard those words from the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, fear struck. Still, Karin immediately began to pray. Miraculously they survived the emergency landing on New York City’s Hudson River. Be inspired by the faith of a couple who relied on God’s strength in the midst […]

The Assigning of the Call

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24

We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes …

How are followers of Jesus different?

You don’t have to believe in God in order to be a good person. So how are followers of Jesus different from everyone else who’s trying to do “the right thing”? Well, today on Discover the Word, we will look for the answer. And we’ll find it in a chain of virtues in Second Peter chapter 1, […]

Blessed to Bless Others

Three months ago, I took a nervous step off a plane onto Australian soil (or rather, concrete pavements), after an incredible nine months in another country. This re-entry to my home country marked the end of a life-changing journey of working in a developing country.

Bad Faith, Good Faith

“You gotta have faith,” people say. But what does that mean? Is any faith good faith?

“Believe in yourself and all that you are,” wrote one positive thinker a century ago. “Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” As nice as that platitude may sound, it falls to pieces when it crashes into reality. We need a faith in something bigger than ourselves. 

God promised Abram he would have a multitude of descendants (Gen. 15:4–5), so he faced a huge obstacle—he was old and childless. When he and Sarah got tired of waiting for God to make…

Audio Recordings Now Available

Check out the audio recordings of the recently concluded Bible Conference. Listen to Rev. Mike Raiter teach from the book of Colossians. If you weren’t there, here’s a good way to catch up on what you had missed! Click [here] to learn more.

 
 

Dirty Laundry

The phrase “dirty laundry” could refer to the bag a college student brings home, or it may mean a person’s private business—personal matters not to be discussed publicly. We can safely say that it’s not Christlike to air that kind of dirty laundry.

The Awareness of the Call

. . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you …

Prescription for a fruitful faith

It would be a terrible waste to accept God’s grace, yet live a barren life. So how can a Christian see more of Jesus active in their life? Thursday on Discover the Word, we examine Second Peter chapter 1 and find a biblical prescription for a fruitful faith! An exciting study coming up today on […]

Vietnam

Our Daily Bread Ministries Vietnam began in 2009 with only one part-time staff member. Our first published resource was Food for the Soul. In 2010, we began printing a bilingual edition of Our Daily Bread every quarter, which eventually became a semi-annual publication in 2013.

Apart from Our Daily Bread, our resources include:

  • Discovery Series: Booklets covering a variety of Christian topics, including…

Within a Stone’s Throw

As a group of religious leaders herded an adulterous woman toward Jesus, they couldn’t know they were carrying her within a stone’s throw of grace. Their hope was to discredit Him. If He told them to let the woman go, they could claim He was breaking Mosaic law. But if He condemned her to death, the crowds following Him would have dismissed His words of mercy and grace.

But Jesus turned the tables on the accusers. Scripture says that rather than answering them directly, He started writing on the ground. When the leaders continued to question Him, He invited any of…

Tender Hearts

The human heart expands and contracts to circulate blood through the body. When the heart contracts, it pushes blood out to the extremities. When it expands, the heart fills up with incoming blood. There’s a rare physical condition, however, that stiffens the heart muscle. This less-flexible state means that the organ can’t expand to take in the proper amount of blood—a physical hardening of the heart.

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