Exhausted after more than a day’s worth of international travel to Croatia for a mission trip, we hauled our family’s luggage up three flights of stairs. I lugged myself into our quaint hotel room and crawled onto the bed. Just before I fell asleep, I glanced over to the two sets of open shutters that brought in the moonlight. Too tired to close them, I drifted off to sleep.

I will never forget the moment when I awoke out of a deep sleep to an undeniable smell. The aroma of freshly baked bread came wafting up through the open shutters. It seemed to hypnotize me as I followed the scent trail down the hotel stairs, walked through the lobby, and made my way across the street. I entered the corner bakery to buy the next hot loaf as it was pulled out of the oven.

When was the last time you enjoyed a slice of bread hot out of the oven? Remember the aroma? There is something about the smell, taste, and texture of freshly baked bread. Who would prefer eating or serving stale bread, when a fresh loaf is cooling on the cutting board waiting to be sliced?

God’s desire and delight is that we feast on the fresh bread of His Word every day. The psalmist in Psalm 34:8 invites us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” In the Gospels Jesus exclaims, invites, and promises, “I am the Bread of Life. Come every day to Me and you will never be hungry” (John 6:35, TPT).

BREAD is a nourishing study designed for those who want to savor and examine a slice of God’s fresh Bread daily from a variety of Old and New Testament passages. Readers will focus on one verse of Scripture each week. They will employ four distinct methods of studying Scripture to gain understanding for life application and to share with others.