More Than Bread

More Than Bread

It's not enough to get into God's Word, we need to let His Word get into us. "More Than Bread" is a podcast featuring Pastor Dan Nold from Calvary Church in State College, PA. It focuses on simply reading the Bible (with a few comments) in the hopes that listening to God's Word, learning from God's Word and leaning into God's Word will shape our hearts, minds, and souls to bring us life. As Jesus said, "We do not live by bread alone, we live by every Word that comes from the mouth of God."

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July 12, 2024 21 mins

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The people in Acts were devoted to prayer, not just as a means to an end, but they were devoted to being with God, with Jesus in prayer. The early church prayed like prayer really mattered. They saw prayer as a necessary preparation for God's Work. (In fact you might argue that they saw prayer as the work, not just preparation for work.) They were constantly together and constantly in prayer. Prayer was ...

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You could say that the book of Acts is the story of a people standing at a crossroads of decision. Their next step would set the direction of their lives. They had to make a decision. It was a decision of devotion. To what or whom would their first devotion be given? They had a conviction that they needed to give their hearts to Jesus, all-in. That kind of conviction only comes about when the  dangerous combi...

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Don't miss this, though the book of Acts has been shown time and time again to contain an accurate historical survey, this is not an historical dissertation for Dr. Luke.  He's writing to a person, possibly a friend and I want you to picture, his hand shaking with emotion, with excitement, joy, and deep longing as he writes. Because more than anything, he simply wants Theopholis to know Jesus.
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When you read Paul's story in the book of Acts, you find that he had a dream, a  compelling vision.  He wanted to live for Christ.  He wanted to bring Jesus to the whole world and for Paul the whole world was at Rome. He wanted to witness to Caesar. So God brought him to Rome. Probably not the way Paul envisioned. no mass-crusade in the Coliseum, no miraculous signs and wonders in Caesar's court.  <...

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In Acts 27, we see that Paul had a deep, deep confidence in God’s power to accomplish God’s purpose through God’s plan. God's power, purposes and plan. What is God's purpose? He's taking the gospel global. The Kingdom of God and the good news of Jesus is going global. That’s always been God’s plan, and can I tell you something? In spite of what we think we see, or don't see, we can have co...

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Acts 26 is the culmination of the love story that started in Acts 25, the love story between God and the family of Herod Agrippa. It’s also about evangelism. And let’s be honest, many of us have a love/hate/worry/guilt relationship with evangelism. Maybe that's because we've defined evangelism as, "Getting the hard sell from someone who acts like they're my best friend but has never taken ...

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I want to talk to you about seed-planters and soul revolutions. Seed-planters are people with vision.  They are people with the patience, the faith and the courage necessary to strive hard for a future they may or may not see.  Without seed-planters there is no fruit, no life.  Seed-planters are people who love to serve.  Seed-planters are people who will leave a legacy by what they invest, what they give. Je...

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Acts 25 contains one of my favorite love stories in all of scripture. I’ll never forget the first time it hit me, it settled into my heart. The passionate relentless love of God is so great. The love of Christ is so great, His pursuit so relentless that he would throw his #1 spokesman in jail for two years so that his #1 enemy might have one more chance to know that love?  Such relentless love. 

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ACTS 24 is a beautiful description of Paul being faithful. Embracing opportunities to share his faith, to talk about Jesus, even when it might make his life miserable.  Not watering down the message to someone who has the power of life and death in his hands. Giving the full truth even if it might be controversial. Paul was faithful over and over again. Over two years, he continued to speak about Christ to Fe...

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There is a moment of a scene in Acts 23, a short description in verse, and here's what it says, "The following night, the Lord (Jesus) stood near Paul and said, "Take courage..."  Who doesn't need more courage, but rather than focusing on the courage…here’s what I love. The following night, Jesus stood near Paul and spoke. Jesus stood near Paul and spoke. And Paul heard the word of th...

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Bob Buford talks about one of the most significant questions anyone ever asked him. The question was, "What's in your box?" It was a question asked in the midst of some life-coaching and the purpose of the question was to bring about a discussion of the central purpose of Bob's life. The consultant finally said to him, "Bob, you have to be real clear on this, real clear on the central...

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I think every Christian in America should be required to memorize Philippians 1:21. This was Paul’s dream, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." That's the creed he lived by.  "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Is that our creed?  For most of us, who have the label American Christian, Paul's words are close to our dream/creed.  We've just inter-changed t...

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If you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be? How would you describe your life in six words? "Penn State wins again. Heart full." "If I don't graduate, I'll die." "I am seeking comfort and control." The challenge of the six-words is that it causes us to focus on what matters most, to capture briefly something of true significance. It really forces ...

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What does it take to finish well? Or let me make that even more specific, what does it take for a follower of Jesus, a Jesus-apprentice to finish well? Because I think in order to finish well, we need to have some sense of who is determining the finish line, our course. Who is writing our story? For Paul that goes all the way back to his experience on the Damascus road? It goes all the way back to the words G...

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The time comes when we all need a word of encouragement. And isn't that what church is all about. Paul says that the church is God's fields and we are partners in the Harvest, that the church is God's building and we are partners in it's construction...none of us stand alone. And one of the best things we can do together...is to encourage one another!

In fact, if you are here toda...

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Somewhere along the journey every heart ablaze for God, begins with a growing heart-conviction that God actually wants to be with us.  This is his great promise.  I will be
with you.  I want to be with you.  But somewhere along the way, we gain this idea that God is love so God has to love us. He has to love us because he's God.  But we aren't so sure He likes us...not so sure He wants to be wit...

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The Word of God is vital to spiritual life, but it's not enough.  It's necessary but not sufficient.  There's more. When we go through bone-drying, hope draining times, we  need more than knowledge about God.  We desperately need the Spirit, the breath of God. In Ezekiel 37, God says I'll put my breath into you. The word for breath is the Hebrew word, Ruach. It's the same word transla...

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Acts 18 is full of names, the names of people whom Paul built into...and who were on his team. Paul says that the church is God's fields and we are partners in the Harvest, that the church is God's building and we are partners in it's construction. None of us stand alone.  If you are here today, it is because someone planted a seed, someone watered your heart, someone laid a foundation. Someone...

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I think every person in the world, wants a father who loves us, who will pursue us no matter what, right? Don't we?  Our hearts long for a father who will never give up hope that somehow, somewhere his son or daugther will re-connect, come home.  A father who is persistent and unrelenting in his love, always reaching out, regardless of where his kid is at, regardless of whether or not there's a resp...

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I believe God has planted in the very dna of our souls, a desire to matter; a desire to live a life that makes a difference... to find a mission worth dying for and even better worth living for. So let me ask you right now, you can answer in the quiet of your own heart, "What and/or who are you really living for? What is your mission in life?

If I could put it in simple, non-religious language, ...

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