Spiritual Food Essay

3305 words - 14 pages

Sermon: The Living Bread
John 6:35-41
Objects: A Food Pyramid Poster and Flat Bread.

Have you ever seen a food pyramid poster?  The food pyramid was developed to help us know what kinds of foods we should eat to help us to grow strong, healthy bodies.  I have one to show you.

The picture shows all of the food groups.  There are grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy, meat, and fats and sweets.

As you can see, the largest part of the pyramid is foods that we make from grain.  What are some foods we make from grain?  Let's see, there is bread, cereal, muffins, tortillas, and a lot of other good things to eat.  Most of the things we make from grain not only taste good, but they ...view middle of the document...

  I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever."

If we want to live, we need bread.  If we want to live forever, we need Jesus; the Bread of Life.

Our Father, we thank you for Jesus, the Bread of Life.  We pray that each one here today will take and eat so that they may live forever.

Amen.

Sermon: Taking The Bread of Life for Granted

In the last year, I have seen a slideshow going around the internet where a group of students are asked to list what they think are the present “Seven Wonders of the World.”  Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

Egypt’s Great Pyramids
The Taj Mahal
The Grand Canyon,
The Panama Canal
The Empire State Building
St. Peter’s Basilica
And China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet.  So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”  The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”  The girl hesitated, then read:  “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

To See
To Hear
To Touch
To Speak
To Feel
To Laugh
And to Love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.  The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!

We take a lot of things for granted.  Sometimes we take our families for granted.  Wives, do you ever feel like your husbands take you for granted?  Husbands do you ever feel like our wives take you for granted? 

Sometimes children take for granted the support and protection of their parents until they are out on their own. 
Sometimes parents take their children for granted until they are out of the house.

Sometimes we take the weather for granted.  We complain when we don’t get enough rain, and we complain when we get too much.  We love our nice sunny days, but complain when it gets too hot and dry.  We love seeing the snow on the mountains, but complain when we have to shovel our driveway or drive in it.  Many people spend all winter complaining about being cold and wanting summer to come;  but then, when it's summer, they go on and on about how hot and uncomfortable they are and how they can't wait for winter.

Sometimes it seems to be characteristic of human nature to complain all the time; and then, when our complaints are reversed, we complain about that.  Maybe we just take complaining for granted.

Some things we just live with day in and day out.  And after a while we just assume that they will always be there.  We take them for granted.  We stop seeing the beauty in them and miss the joy of them.  Isn't that why people who have a near death experience often come out of it with a new appreciation for life?  They had taken things for granted, and when they came close to losing it all, they began to...

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