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“But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

Peter was keenly aware of what the Lord had to offer him and the other disciples.  Regardless of the times he doubted, nearly drowned, or denied Christ, he was still able to discern that Jesus was all he really needed.  Jesus once told the disciples, “I am the Bread of Life, he who comes to me shall never hunger or thirst again.”  There is something very unique about Jesus calling Himself the Bread of Life.  Although, it is true that man cannot survive without food, a person must also receive food in order to survive.  In the natural world, food cannot be forced on someone; not even an infant.  I remember when my children were babies, and my wife would feed them a new food. (Eric and Ashley were great eaters but Josh was very picky.)  If there was a taste their taste buds did not care for, they would abruptly reject the food.  Time and time again, Tara would try to feed them, but only when they were ready, or desperately hungry could they receive the nourishment she chose to feed them.

Slide2Jesus is surely the Bread of Life.  Yet, we must receive Him to be truly nourished, satisfied and healthy.  Accepting all that He has to offer is key to our overall health and wellness. How much are we like infants?  At times, God offers the sweet taste of His promises and love, and we can feed on that all day.  Yet when the struggles and strongholds, and temptations of life surround, we no longer want to feed on the harsh messages of His sustaining Word and we reject what He is telling us to do.

Thankfully, as time passes and our taste buds change, we become aware and possibly even crave the vitamins and nutrients found in the vegetables that we once turned our noses up to as children.  Like Peter, we may fall, and come up short in our obedience to our Lord and Savior.  But as long as we realize that Jesus is truly all we need, we will find peace and joy in this life.

 I challenge you today, to feast on every part of God’s Word, relishing in His goodness and mercy and like so many who have gone before us, you too can testify and proclaim to the world,  “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

As always, we’re saving you a seat at CFC!

We love y’all

Pastor Tom

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