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Sharing the Bread of Life with a Hungry World

October 21, 2013

In Philippians 4:9, the Apostle Paul says: “Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to say this – to so live our lives that we bear witness that Jesus is the Bread of life? I think of the Apostle Peter’s words in Acts 3:6, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you.” As D. T. Niles said, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another where to find bread.”

What an effect on the world a person who is living out the truth of Jesus’ words has, as they show by their thankful heart that that they are being filled by the Bread of life – that Jesus gives us the bread to sustain us through all of life!

Martin RinckartIn a sermon at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Gary Wilburn said: “In 1636, amid the darkness of the Thirty Years’ War, a German pastor, Martin Rinkart, is said to have buried five thousand of his parishioners in one year, and average of fifteen a day. His parish was ravaged by war, death, and economic disaster. In the heart of that darkness, with the cries of fear outside his window, he sat down and wrote this table grace for his children:

‘Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices;
who, from our mother’s arms
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.'”

In the midst of a world that is so hungry, we have the Bread of life that sustains all to share. Thanks be to God for this, God’s indescribable gift! Amen.

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This is adapted from the conclusion to the sermon at our October 13 Services.

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