You’re an Original

Daily Bread, August 18, 2017

You’re an Original

Each of us is an original from God’s hand. There are no self-made men or women. No one ever became talented, buffed or bright all by himself or herself. God made each of us all by Himself. He thought of us and formed us out of His unspeakable love.

God made your body, mind and soul. And He isn’t done with you; He is still making you. His single-minded purpose is our maturity: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). God is making your braver, stronger, purer, more peaceful, more loving, less selfish – the kind of person you’ve perhaps always wanted to be.

“[God’s] unfailing love continues forever and his faithfulness continues to each generation” (Psalm 100:5). God has always loved you (‘forever” goes both ways), and He will be faithful to you to the end.

You’ve been given a love that lasts forever and a God who will never give up on you. That’s a good reason to have joy and to “come before him with joyful songs” (Psalm 100:2).

If you can’t carry a tune, just give Him a shout-out: “Shout for joy to the Lord” (Psalm 100:1).

– David Roper

Bear One Another’s Burdens

I’m sure that a number of you have something in your own life that seems to be too much for you to handle: a loss, a decision, a responsibility, a relationship breakdown. If that’s you, I encourage you to reach out to someone in our community. We are made for fellowship (I Peter 3:8) and charged with bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This, too, is a grace, for both parties. I John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love and that perfect love casts out fear. Often the challenges we face stoke our fears; we look at what’s in front of us, measure it against our meager resources, and feel anxious about the disparity. How in those moments can we claim the promise of 2 Timothy 1:7, that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear? How do we live in the spirit he has promised—of power, love, and a sound mind?
I would encourage you to abide in Jesus and to participate in a community of believers who center their thoughts on him, as I hope our department is doing. I don’t mean this as a Jesus-juke, or a mere bit of wishful thinking that ignores the challenges of the world. I say look to Jesus because in Him God became flesh. Jesus knows first-hand what we are going through. He knows that this world is full of troubles, but He also knows and His resurrection evidences that that’s not the end of the story. Jesus tell us in John 16:33 that He has come to give us peace; He exhorts us—in one of the most comforting passages in all of scripture—to take heart because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

May that promise enliven you today, no matter your current circumstance, and may we proclaim that truth in word and deed to a desperately needy world.

Marybeth Davis Baggett, Guest Writer

God Sees You in a Crowd

Mark 10:46-52

God is into personal relationships with His creation. He knows us intimately, personally and down to every detail, and He wants us to know Him that way as well. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For thou [God] has possessed my inward parts; thou has covered me in my mother’s womb. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Jesus one day was walking with a large crowd around him, which was not unusual for the crowd wanted to hear what Jesus had to say and see the miracles that He did. Suddenly, there was a cry from outside the crowd, by the wayside to be exact. Someone was calling Jesus’ name and calling out for mercy. We even know his name – blind Bartimaeus. The crowd told him to hush – Jesus didn’t have time for him.

But, Jesus did have time for him – blind Bartimaeus. “Jesus stood still,” the scriptures tell us. He stopped in His tracks to meet one-on-one with a blind man whom He had never met, but knew intimately. He requested that Bartimaeus be called and the crowd responded by calling Bartimaeus, and Bartimaeus rose and went to Jesus.

Jesus asked him want he wanted from Him. Bartimaeus responded that he wanted to see. He obviously had heard about Jesus and perhaps had heard how Jesus had made mud and put it on another blind man’s eyes and caused him to see. “He could do that for me, too,” he thought! Jesus replied in verse 52: “’Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And, immediately, he received his sight, and followed Jesus on the way.”

Jesus sees the needs of our follow Christians whom we are trying to help with our crowdfunding site – Monies have been raised and distributed, but we need more contributors who are willing to step forward and come along side us as we minister to those in need:

  • Philip Zodhiates – legal fees incurred from an unjust criminal conviction for helping a birth mother save her daughter from the LGBTXYZ lifestyle.
  • Miethe Family – life-altering auto accident. This dear family is facing high medical expenses and long recovery for the wife. The husband is dealing with the financial burden, running a business, caring for his wife, and caring for their nine children.
  • Scriptures for Iran – sending Bibles to Persian-speaking people.
  • First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX – after shooting during a church service.

Why 419 Fund?

Introducing 419 Fund, a new Christian crowdfunding website.

God gave me this project in January of this year in order to help Christians suffering financial loss due to legal situations; due to their stand against the culture that we find ourselves in at this time in our country’s history. We have now broadened our appeal to medical, natural disasters and missions.

Why choose the name 419 Fund? Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

All the while I was raising my three children as a single parent, God did just that. Through His provisions, I was able to give all three a Christian education in a prominent Christian school in the DC area.

When I divorced and moved back home with my parents for the first few years, I made a commitment to God to put my children in a Christian school, and God honored that commitment. And, He generously provided for all our physical needs as well – a home, food, clothes (school uniforms) and vehicles.

Our God is awesome, and I wanted to honor Him using this verse, which has been so special to me for these past 40 years.

Check out our website, our values and our current funds. The best thing you can do is promote our site and contribute to the fund(s) that are dear to you – freedom, medical, disaster aid or missions.

Thank you for reading.

Janet Stasulli, Founder and President

419 Fund

Constitution Day – September 17th

September 17th is the day to celebrate The Constitution of our great country. If you want to know more about the Constitution, our rights and the government’s responsibilities, go to Hillsdale College at and sign up for a free on-line class.

Facing the Light

We chose the picture of the woman facing the Light with her  arms outstretched for our Home page for a very specific reason.  She is facing the Light (of the World) with the world behind her.

Last Sunday in Church, we sang: “The cross before me, the world behind me; no turning back, no turning back.” That is what we can to communicate to others about our crowdfunding website. We are totally committed to the cause of Christ in doing God’s will and helping other Christians facing financial difficulties.

Our site’s verse is Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Crowdfunding’s History and Potential Benefits

Modern crowdfunding, has been around almost since the beginning of the Internet. In 1997, the rock band Marillion crowdfunded an entire album of their and a few subsequent albums. However, with the rise of websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo many other music groups, amateur filmmaker, and entrepreneurs have used the method to great success.

Legal Victories for Crowdfunding

Like many other great ideas, Crowdfunding had to go through a few trials before it was accepted as a legitimate way to fund projects and businesses. In 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act made it easier for entrepreneurs to fund their ideas through crowdsourcing. This bill allowed for larger fundraising efforts to be conducted, raised the amount of shareholders a small business could have, and allowed for “general solicitation” which means that people can invest freely into crowdfunding projects as long as they receive something in return. Because of this bill, we have seen a spike in the amount of projects that are being crowdfunded.

Crowdfunding is a Growing Trend

People are choosing to crowdfund their projects at staggering rates and for good reason. Some projects such as Pebble Time, a watch brand, have raised millions of dollars from sites like Kick Starter and Indiegogo. The medium is also experiencing exponential growth. According to Fundable, crowdfunding has had a growth rate of 74% in just 2 years.

Why the Growth?

Crowdfunding campaigns can be advantageous for you or others for many reasons. One of the main reasons this could be a good choice for you is it can provide startup money without having as much liability. When you fund a new business or idea through the bank you often have to provide collateral. However, when you crowdfund a project all the participants share the liability which is usually only a few dollars.

Also, in a lot of the sites that allow crowdfunding participants can contribute ideas to make the product work better. These sites can add forums that can give the creator of the product ways they can improve and an audience to test ideas with.