Daily Encouragement Net Header
The on line Bible teaching ministry of Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.
Home   About Us  Archives   Free email subscription   ListenListen to these messages
  Print Text only for printing

  Bookmark and Share  

Make A Donation
 See here for more info.

<Previous Message                           Next Message>

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scenic view near Woodstock Vermont
 Scenic Vermont Countryside
Doesn't the setting just beg you to take a walk on a crisp fall morning! We never weary of photographing the charming rock walls throughout New England.

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.

"Our Daily Bread"

"By the sweat of your face You will eat bread" (Genesis 3:19). "Give us this day our daily bread" (Luke 11:3). "I am the bread of life" (John 6:48).

King Arthur flour tinYesterday we visited the Baker's Store at King Arthur Flour. King Arthur flour is famous for its quality and variety of grains. The site has baking classes and large open windows into the baking kitchens where you can watch the operations. As Ester and I milled about and sampled some of their homemade bread and pastries Brooksyne visited their spacious gift shop and selected some pie making accessories she's anxious to try out when she prepares her next pie. In the earlier years of our marriage her specialty in the kitchen was breadmaking. She did so for many years but in an attempt to cut back on our calorie intake she rarely makes homemade bread these days.

Bread is first referenced in the Bible following the fall when Adam was told, "By the sweat of your face You will eat bread" (Genesis 3:19).

Today let consider two well-known New Testament verses dealing with bread; both the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Give us this day our daily bread."  Most all of you will recognize this to be a verse from the Lord's prayer. Bread is representative here of provision. In this context it primarily means physical provision. In expressing this to God we are asking Him to meet our daily needs.  From his commentary,  J.C. Ryle elaborates, "We are here taught to acknowledge our entire dependence on God for the supply of our daily necessities. As Israel required daily manna so we require daily bread. We confess that we are poor, weak creatures in need and beseech our Maker to take care of us. We ask for bread as the simplest of our wants, and in that word we include all that our bodies require."

King Arthur flour baking kitchen

Bread also conveys spiritual meaning and we need this bread to feed our Spirit. Jesus, in refuting the tempter, stated: "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Many of us appreciate the little devotional booklet published by RBC Ministries called "Our Daily Bread". We have distributed thousands of copies of this devotional in the long course of our ministry. It's simple title conveys this same sense of provision that comes from the spiritual nourishment we receive from the Bible and its daily application in our lives.

Bread of life"I am the bread of life." This teaching follows the feeding of the five thousand. In this passage Jesus also refers to the feeding of manna in the wilderness. This is the first of the seven "I am" (ego eimi or ἐγώ εἰμι as it sounds and looks in the Greek) statements of our Lord. Jesus is asserting that His teaching and the benefits of His intervention are that real foundation of spiritual life of which the manna in the wilderness symbolized.

In John 6:27 He states, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you." Of course Jesus was not giving a put-down to those who labor in the fields, but He was teaching His listeners that food which only feeds the body is not enough. We need food that comes from heaven which has an eternal, spiritual nurturing component that food from the ground cannot provide.

Today let us thank our Lord for both the physical provision He provides in our daily bread and the spiritual provision He provides from the "Bread of Life."

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, in the same way that we grow hungry before mealtime, stir up a hunger within us for the spiritual food You provide through the living Word of God.  You are the Bread of Life who provides physically and spiritually for our daily needs.  Following a hearty meal we often linger around the dinner table considering the tastiness of our meal.  When we "taste and see that the Lord is good" we want to linger in Your presence and consider Your goodness, offering praise to You for all that You are and all that You provide for us.  Bread of Heaven feed us until we are truly satisfied and filled with all the good things that come from You.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.

Some scenes from our travels yesterday

Simon Pearce glass near Woodstock Vermont
Blowing hot glass at Simon Pearce Glass

Simon Pearce glass near Woodstock Vermont
Ester was interested in the glass-making process and took this photo as the glass went into the oven heated over 2000 degrees. This goblet sells in their retail store for $85.00.

Simon Pearce glass near Woodstock Vermont
Simon Pearce Christmas Trees
(We watched a glass worker make several of these. Fascinating process.)

Maplewood farm near Woodstock Vermont
Maplewood Farm near Woodstock, Vermont established in 1780.

Covered bridge in Woodstock Vermont
Covered bridge in Woodstock Vermont
(A rainy afternoon where we took refuge in the pedestrian walkway)

Store built over creek in Woodstock Vermont
The Creekside Boutique in Woodstock Vermont is built over a creek.

Quechee Gorge, Vermont
We hiked along the beautiful Quechee Gorge. Last year this area had heavy flooding due to Hurricane Irene.

Leaf from Vermont
Although Vermont is most famous for the maple leaf foliage many of these trees are past peak but this morning we noticed the one outside our hotel room still has plenty of vibrant color.

We share two close-up photos of leaves we took yesterday after a light rain.

Leaf from Vermont
Quechee Gorge leaf

Leaf from Vermont
Quechee Gorge leaf

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Am"  Video  A video from a local church. This song sure blesses us!

"Fill My Cup Lord"  Video  Reggie & Ladye Love Smith  "Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more"

King Arthur Flour

Simon Pearce Glass

Woodstock Vermont photos

Here is an outstanding photo I did not take

Quechee Gorge

a message to Stephen & Brooksyne

Sign up here for the free daily email encouragement.

Ministry Update  (Revised 5/12)

Make A DonationAre our daily encouragement messages a blessing to you? We ask you to consider making a donation to Daily Encouragement Net so that we can continue to prepare and provide this daily resource which is accessed by believers and seekers all over the world. Daily Encouragement Net relies solely on the generosity and financial support of its readers and podcast listeners. See here for more information on supporting this ministry. Gifts are tax deductible.

Permissions: Please feel free to pass on, reproduce and distribute any material on Daily Encouragement Net, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this material, not protect or restrict it. I do request that you keep the contact, copyright and subscription information intact.

Text only version for printing: To make a text only version for printing (without photos or any of the supplemental materials)
1) Open the basic text editor that comes with all computers (known as wordpad, textpad, etc.) You can also use a program like Word and select paste text only.
2) Select and copy the text from the portion of the message you want to print.
3) Paste into the text pad. (The photos won't show up but you will have a brief text description of the photo which you can delete or just ignore.)
4) Format if you desire (change font, increase or decrease size, etc.)
5) Print!

Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version.

Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and I make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and to prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."

Daily Encouragement Net is an affiliate of Christianbook.com

© Copyright 2012 Stephen C. Weber - All Rights Reserved

Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552  USA

This device counts unique visitors by nation and state. I installed the international version in mid April 2010 and the state version later. They thus register unique visitors to since then.
free counters

Free counters!

"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"