Our Daily Bread – December 2014

ODB_Dec001Here is this month’s December 2014, promotional commentary of the free monthly devotional called Our Daily Bread. This publication has been around for 58 years. It was first published in April 1956.

It includes articles related to the Bible and Christian living, a daily Bible reading, an article about the Bible reading and an insight about the passage. It also gives you scriptures so you can read the entire Bible in one year. In other words, it is a treasure to help you in your daily growth with Jesus Christ, your Savior.

Below is a list of the titles of the daily articles I read each day from this month’s (December) booklet. Underneath each are my personal brief thoughts about the article.

December 1, 2014 Struggling With Addiction
Many people are struggling with bad habits and addictions that have been difficult for them to overcome. While some people remove them quickly, others keep struggling. If you have an addiction of an sort, this article presents important ways of dealing with them.

December 2, 2014 Losing Our Way
A major way of losing your way is from the faith. What is it and what can you do? Read this and keep the faith.

December 3, 2014 Whose Side Are You On?
Is God on our side or are we on His side? This article gives insights about God in our lives.

December 4, 2014 Called By Name
There are billions of people on this earth and billions more who have come and died before us. There may be billions more yet to be born. God knows each person by name. Why? (Not how). Read this and praise the name of Jesus Christ.

pawnDecember 5, 2014 Human Chess
There is a tendency for people to treat others as if they were minor chess pieces. The Bible urges us to see people differently. Read this to learn how God views people.

December 6, 2014 Better Than Before
There are three lessons for us to learn in the Biblical story of Naaman being healed of leprosy by the prophet, Elisha. What are they? Understand them by reading this day’s article.

December 7, 2014 Johnny’s Race
The apostle Paul said we are in a special race (1 Corinthians 9:24). Our Christian race would be much easier if more of us Christians would remember to apply this ingredient. Read about it here.

December 8, 2014 Stones Cry Out
This day’s article tells us how the true Christmas story of Jesus Christ as Savior of the world will never be hushed – even in public.

December 9, 2014 Our Life Is A Primer
Our lives can be as this book, The New England Primer, to be use by God.

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December 10, 2014 Wonders Of The Heart
Why should we trust God? Our strong complex heart gives us a clue.

Human heart with coronary arteries

December 11, 2014 Snake In A Box
Do you want to take a glimpse of what the newly established Kingdom of God will be like after Jesus Christ returns?  Read this day’s article.

December 12, 2014 Snug As A Bug In A Rug!
How greatly are you secure with God? This warm story will make you feel smug.

December 13, 2014 Another Hero Of Christmas
This article is a mini-biography of Jesus Christ’s stepfather, Joseph. What he did before and after Christ was born shows him to be of great character and humility. Read more about him here.

December 14, 2014 A Special Birth
A list of prophecies about the birth of Jesus can be found in this article. Why was Christ’s birth special? Why so many prophecies about Him being born?

December 15, 2014 Story Stewards
God has given you a story of your life of how He has called and dealt with you. Should you keep it to yourself or have it be a testimony to others?

December 16, 2014 A Ukrainian Christmas
There are two messages declared by the angels on the night Christ was born. What are they and what do they mean for us? Read and praise the Lord!

December 17, 2014 A Work In Progress
We as Christians should never think of ourselves as arriving at the pinnacle of spiritual success. Instead, there is a much deeper reason for being a Christian. Please grow as you read this.

December 18, 2014 My Friends And I
There are many styles of friendships. Two are very common: one that the world portrays, and the other is the friendship Christians offer to others. Read about them and befriend others.

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Mr. Scrooge of the movie,  A Christmas Carol (1951)

December 19, 2014 The Heart Of Christmas
The apostle Paul who, before his conversion had the name, Saul, was like Mr. Scrooge in Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol.  And, like Scrooge, this Saul had a change of heart. This is a fascinating article!

December 20, 2014 In Jesus’ Name
What does it mean when we pray, “In Jesus’ name”? This is a very important article to understand in relating to God, the Father.

December 21, 2014 Just The Right Time
This article brought memories of me being in the choir – especially when I sang next to the orchestra. Christians, this article explains how we are like both the choir and the orchestra before God.

December 22, 2014 Remember The Wrapping
Christ was His gift to mankind. How, as a gift, was He wrapped? Read this!

December 23, 2014 What Really Matters
As our thoughts increasingly focus on Christ this Christmas season, what really matters? This article is about gifts and gift-giving.

December 24, 2014 Lasting Peace
World War I began in November 1914. But on Christmas Day there was a remarkable event known as the “The Christmas Truce.” This event pictures the Christmas message Christians can give to the world.

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December 25, 2014 The Smells Of The Stable
Why would God, the Son, be born in a smelly stable of animal sweat and activity? This article expounds.

December 26, 2014 In The Neighborhood
God’s presence was among men when He was born in Bethlehem.  Now He resides in us, Christians. What advantages does this provide us? Read and be blessed.

December 27, 2014 Out Of Egypt
Christ did not have a “heavenly peace” after He was born. He had to go into Egypt and then out of Egypt. Read about this in the day’s article.

December 28, 2014 Is Jesus Still Here?
In this world of sorrow and woe it is easy to ask, “Is Jesus still here?” Question: Is He?

December 29, 2014 Delay May Not Mean Denial
Delay may not mean denial. This article is about waiting on God – how to do this.

December 30, 2014 He Leads Me
This article provides a list of the many ways Jesus Christ, our shepherd, leads us. Read and enjoy His leadership.

December 31, 2014 Standing On The Edge
This article will help to strengthen you when you have to make difficult choices in life. This article is a good complement to the previous day’s article.
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