"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4)

Just as we need natural food to nourish our bodies, we need spiritual food to nourish our minds. When in the Lord's prayer, we ask for "our daily bread" we are asking for both physical and spiritual sustenance. This "bread of heaven" is what we need to be spiritually healthy. Many stories in the Lord's Word talk about food, and in the internal sense they are talking about spiritual food - the truths and goods we need to receive into our lives from the Lord. Here, we look at three of these stories: (1) the Lord sending manna - the bread of heaven - to the children of Israel while they wandered in the wilderness; (2) Elijah and the widow whose jar of oil and bin of flour did not run out during the famine; and (3) the miracle of the Lord feeding a crowd of 5000 people from only five loaves and two fish. We hope that these stories will help you to experience the wonderful ways in which the Lord feeds us, and what we must do to receive and use His gifts.

Highlights include

Quotes from the Lord's Word about the Bread of Heaven

Concept Article: "Our Daily Bread"
by the Rev. Cairns Henderson
What are we asking for when we pray for our daily bread?

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about Worship and Instruction from the Lord, Spiritual Nourishment, Manna from on High, Elijah Is Fed by Ravens and Helps the Widow, Feeding the Five Thousand, and Our Daily Bread.

"Approaching the Lord in Worship" by the Rev. David Simons
The first thing of worship is to approach the Lord and look to Him so that He can fill our minds with His truth and our hearts with His love.

"Spiritual Food" (PDF)
Create a collage illustrating the idea that our spiritual food comes from the Word.

Five Loaves and Two Fishes (PDF)
Sheet music for an original song by Lori Odhner.

Prayers for Children, Teens and Adults on the Bread of Heaven (PDF)
Illustrated prayers for different ages, suitable for printing and displaying.

Food in the Word: Matching Cards (PDF)
Match up color pictures of different kinds of food with quotations from the Word.