7 3 Daily and Weekly Devotionals from Manna Publications Bible teaching courses and commentaries

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Mobile-friendly daily/weekly devotional readings based on the NIV Bible New International Version (1984) or the NIrV Bible New International Readers Version (1998), Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London.


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

30th October 2020.
Proverbs 16:1-6
testifies that a man's "plans of the heart" seem innocent [clean, KJV] "but motives are weighed by the LORD God Almighty" (v.1-2). The writer admits that we must "commit to the LORD what you do and your plans will succeed" (v.3). We must also understand that "the LORD works out everything for His own ends - even the wicked for a day of disaster" (v.4). It is "through love and faithfulness [mercy and truth, KJV] that sin is atoned for" and it is "through the fear of the LORD that a man avoids evil" (v.6).
Hebrews 9:10-14 tells us that Old Testament regulations applied "until the time of the new order" (v.10). "When Christ came as High Priest of the good things that are already here... He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves but ... once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption" for us who believe (v.11-12). How much more then will the blood of Christ... cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (v.14).
Father God, forgive us for yielding to our "plans of the heart" without seeking You. Thank you for Your love and faithfulness towards us and Your longing for us to worship and honour You. Thank You that through Christ alone, "once for all by His own blood" You secured our salvation now and forever. Encourage us to trust You to "work things out" even through allowing disaster at this present time. Amen.
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Extracts from Manna Publications Bible teaching books by the late Fred Morris based on the NIrV Bible

24th/25th October 2020.
John Chapter 6: The religious leaders argue with Jesus

The Jewish leaders began to complain about Jesus. This was because He said, "I am the bread that came down from Heaven" (6:41). They knew His father and mother so they refused to believe that He was from Heaven.
Jesus told them to stop arguing (6:43). He told them these things about Himself:

  • "No-one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me brings him" (6:44).
  • "Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me" (6:45).
  • "No-one has seen the Father except the One who has come from God" (6:46).
  • "Everyone who believes [Me] has life for ever" (6:47).
  • "I am the bread of life" (6:48).
"Long ago your people ate the manna in the desert and yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from Heaven. I am the living bread that came down from Heaven... Everyone who eats this bread will live forever. The bread is My body. I will give it for the life of the world" (6:49-51).
Jesus said further things to shock them. "What I am about to tell you is true... Anyone who eats My body and drinks My blood has eternal life. I will raise them up on the last day" (6:53-54). Jesus meant that if they believed and fed on Him they would receive eternal life.
Jesus also said, "The living Father sent me, and I live because of Him. In the same way, those who feed on Me will live because of Me" (6:57).
He said again that long ago the Jewish people ate manna from Heaven and died in the desert. "But those who feed on this bread will live forever" (6:58).
Extracted from "THE PERSONAL TEACHINGS OF JESUS" Bible teaching commentary by Fred Morris © 2008, 2015. [view here]

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God's 'now word' for today for worldwide believers in the One 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 week commencing 18th October 2020:

"My Breath is the tool by which humankind will hear the Good News."

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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 600,000 low-cost A5 booklets have been printed and reprinted (typical print runs are 500 copies per title) in 40+ countries and as many languages at various points of 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, publishers, printers, translators and distributors, who endorse his Bible teaching in easy-to-read commentaries and welcome the opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ 'to the ends of the earth'.

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.

Fred's ministry not only fulfils the vision given to him 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).