Posted on December 28, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters

Mark 6:37-38 (ESV) 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”


Life doesn’t come with a step-by-step instruction manual. Every once in a while, you need to hire or ask a professional for advice. The invention of YouTube has given the world tutorials from some true professionals to guide us step-by-step on how to handle a project that we really have no idea on what to do. I recently took on the task of removing the door panels to my truck to replace the speakers as one of them went bad. I watched intently and proceeded SLOWLY in taking them off. Project done, speakers working. Life is good. Yes, I could have taken to a professional shop and paid $375 for them to do it, although it took me five-times longer, but I got it done.


Mark 8:4-5 (ESV) 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”


When I left my full-time position at Keswick, Cory, a Colony of Mercy graduate, started making the bread and dinner rolls. We spent countless days going over the procedures. He is doing great things. Then we took some days to make the Challah bread that they sell at Girl Talk and Hymn Sings events. Mixing the bread and scaling it out was the easy part. Braiding 6 strips of dough took a little longer. The more he did it, the better he got. And I felt confident that he could do it his own. So why was it that the disciples didn’t have the confidence to know if Jesus did it once, why couldn’t He do a second time? Or even a third?


Mark 8:18-21 (ESV) 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”


The more you do something the better you will get at it. No one becomes a chef overnight and no one becomes a perfect follower of Christ overnight.  We need to study and practice all that the Bible teaches us on a daily basis. Years ago, we saw Allister Begg at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. In his sermon, he referred to the disciples as a “rag tag bunch of bumbling idiots” but they kept at it and look at all the great things that they accomplished. Whatever you’re doing in life, keep at it, learn from those that know more than you, and never EVER, give up.


You’ll get it!!



Written by Robert Breault: Robert was blessed to work 8 years in the Keswick Raws kitchen and is now retired, well, almost. He’s a loving husband to Shirley, a wicked stepfather to Shirley’s three “Angels”/children, and a doting Pop-Pop to their two grandchildren, Charlotte and Max. But most important, he is a child of the one true King!

Think About This:  “God’s agenda is so glorious, and His love and purposes for our lives are so great, that everything else pales in comparison…” ― Bill Johnson

The Daily Bible Reading: Revelation 7-10. You can download our 2024 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here.

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

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