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Mobile-friendly daily/weekly Manna Bible devotional readings written in Worldwide Easy English, based on the NIrV Bible New International Readers Version (1998), NIrV Bible. Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, with cross-references to the KJV Bible Westminster Authorised Version, published by the Trinitarian Bible Society, London. These devotions are prepared daily (Mon to Sat) at 0600 hrs, then uploaded at approx. 0730 hrs GMT.

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Extracts from Old and New Testament Bible teachings for today based on the Easy English NIrV Bible. It was Manna author Fred's last wish to his editorial team before he died that, under Holy Spirit guidance, Old Testament teachings should be viewed in the light of their New Testament fulfilment and that New Testament teachings for today should be viewed in the context of God's purposes and promises expressed in the Old Testament.

24th September 2021.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-14
records these famous words. "There's a time for everything that is done on Earth... There's a time to be born, to die; to plant, to pull up; to kill, to heal; to tear down, to build up; to cry, to laugh; to be sad, to dance; to scatter stones, to gather them; to hug, not to hug; to search, to stop searching; to keep, to throw away; to tear, to mend; to be silent, to speak; to love, to hate; for war, for peace. What does the worker get for his hard work? I have seen the heavy load God has put on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also given men a sense of what He has been doing down through the ages. But they cannot completely understand what He has done from the beginning to the end... God does that so men will respect [revere, NIV; fear, KJV] Him."
1 Corinthians 2:1-5. Paul testifies, "Brothers and sisters, when I came to you I didn't come with fancy words or great wisdom. I preached to you the truth about God's love. I made up my mind to pay attention to only one thing while I was with you. That one thing was Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. When I came to you, I was weak and afraid and trembling all over. I didn't preach my message with clever and compelling words. As I preached, the Holy Spirit showed his power. That was so you would believe not because of human wisdom but because of God's power."
Heavenly Father, forgive us for trying to understand life and all creation and help us instead to know the Creator and seek Your wisdom and purpose day by day. Above all, we seek to know and love and worship You and our Saviour Jesus Christ. So grant us Holy Spirit wisdom and power to proclaim Your truth and deliver us from worldly wisdom. Amen.

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Extracts from Manna Publications Bible teaching commentaries by the late Fred Morris based on the Easy English NIrV Bible.

25th/26th September 2021.
Ephesians Chapter 5. Living in and reflecting the light of Christ.

Paul said to the Christians at Ephesus, "You are the children that God dearly loves. So, follow His example" (5:1). In this way, you will become more and more like Jesus as you let the Holy Spirit work in your life. This will help you to "lead a life of love, just as Christ did" (5:2).
Then Paul listed some of their past sins (5:3-5). Like us, they had to leave these behind and live as God's holy people.
Some had sinned with their bodies, others with their mouths. There must be no sexual sin. Unholy jokes and foolish talk needed to stop. In its place, they should give thanks to God for saving them (5:4). Paul knew that the Holy Spirit would change their talk as they followed Him. Any person who continued to sin would not "share in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (5:5). He said, "God is angry with those who do not obey. Do not go with people like that" (5:6-7).
Paul continued, "At one time, you were in the dark. But now you are in the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children of the light" (5:8). Light produces good things. Find out what good things please the Lord (5:9-10). Darkness produces nothing good. Paul said, "Everything that the light shines on becomes light. Wake up! Rise from the dead. Then Christ will shine on you" (5:13-14). May we reflect the light of Christ wherever we go!
Extracted from "EPHESIANS" Bible teaching commentary by Fred Morris, © 2000, 2018. [view here]

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God's 'now word' for today for worldwide believers in the One True and Almighty God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Spoken through Manna supporter Rev Peter Luck (Kettering, UK) based on "The Lord Jesus breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.' " (John 20:22). Note that 'Holy Spirit' or 'Holy Ghost' means the 'Holy Breath of God' who is the 'Breath of Life' (Genesis 2:7).

The 'now word' for meditation week commencing 26th September 2021:

"My Breath blesses those who fall to their knees in prayer and adoration of Mighty God's love."

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Manna author, ex-missionary Fred Morris (USA)
Manna author, Australian missionary Fred Morris, retired to the USA and established Manna Publications (USA) in the year 1990, Manna Publications (UK) in the year 2000 and Publications Manne (France) in the year 2006. The first overseas printings of his Genesis Bible teaching commentary Part 1 were with his former missionary contacts in Mongolia and Kenya. Over 630,000 low-cost A5 booklets have been printed and reprinted (typical print runs are 500 copies per title) in 40+ countries and as many languages. Printed at points of greatest need since 2001, plus undocumented quantities before that.

Fred died September 13th 2018 at the age of almost 94. He leaves a worldwide volunteer organisation of administrators, donors, prayer supporters, editors, proof-readers, typists, publishers, printers, translators and distributors. They endorse his easy-to-read Bible teaching and welcome the opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ 'to the ends of the earth' in Worldwide Easy English or in local languages.

Read the life story of Manna author Fred Morris "From Navy Boy to Missionary".

God enabled Fred Morris to benefit from Frank Laubach's ministry (as did Billy Graham) to help people whose literacy was poor. Frank applied the principle of "each one teach one" through the preparation and distribution of simple Bible reading material in the USA and then send them to the developing nations. God's vision to Fred was to write his own simple Bible teaching commentaries, then print them overseas at points of greatest need where believers have few Bibles and even fewer Bible teachers. This has been happening in over 40 countries and languages. His books can now be downloaded free in mobile-friendly formats or printed at home.

View the Wikipedia account of Frank Laubach here and his connection with Manna Worldwide Easy English Bible teaching commentaries

Fred's ministry not only fulfils the vision given to him over 30 years ago but also fulfils in part the promise of Jesus Christ to enable His followers to do even more than He did when He lived on Earth 2000 years ago! God's Enabler or Helper is the power of the Holy Spirit given to the Apostles after the Ascension of Christ, which is received in faith by all who repent and are then baptised (Luke 24:47; Acts 10:47-48).

Front cover of the Burmese Manna Bible teaching commentary on Genesis Chapters 1-11 translated and published in Myanmar 2019.