We all have this in common: We get hungry. Inevitably, we eventually notice something we lack, and we wonder how we’re going to get our needs met. And then sometimes we notice that someone else has already taken care of our needs. And then sometimes we notice that the One who is taking care of our needs is God.This warm and down-to-earth book invites you to sit in on one of the most miraculous moments of human history, when one Man took a few fish and a couple of loaves of bread and fed an entire village. Meet the Jesus who dares you to ask Him to give you each day your daily bread, who makes promises and keeps them, and who does immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine on a regular basis.
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About the Author
Troy Schmidt is an accomplished writer for television and film, including The American Bible Challenge and The Mickey Mouse Club. He was also the writer for the Hermie & Friends children's video series. He lives in Florida, where he serves as campus pastor for First Baptist Church Windermere.
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What to Eat When Your Cupboard Is Bare
REMEMBER this nursery rhyme from childhood?
Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone; But when she came there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none.
Some old lady goes to get her poor dog something to eat.
She opens the drawers and finds nada, nothing, zilch — not even a piece of discarded marrow, the part people usually throw out.
The dog, sadly, must go hungry.
And the poor lady, too — unless, out of desperation, she must eat the ...
No, let's not think such things.
How did she get into such a predicament? Did her social security run out? Did she make bad or overly enthusiastic investments in the stock market? Maybe Old Man Hubbard, who once provided a generous income, is now shacking up with one of the eight Maids a-Milking, leaving her with a stack of bills?
What does it matter? She's hungry. She needs to eat. Now.
Like Old Mother Hubbard, many of us find our cupboards empty these days, as a result of ...
stock market instability
Once, your cupboards stored delectable treats and important staples to your diet. Now, even the cockroaches have given up hope.
You may be hungry, but is food all you need? Moses reminded the Israelites of an important lesson about food that God taught them in the desert:
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
These words are so powerful that Jesus quoted them to Satan.
Remember when Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness and Satan came and tried to make him turn rocks into bread? Cool trick, right? But Jesus wouldn't fall for Satan's veiled attempt to control him.
Won't work. Ever. Satan doesn't call the shots or make the promises. Jesus does.
But let's face it: Jesus was hungry, and some nice Rocky Mountain bread sounded delicious. Yet Jesus fired back with the idea that while physical bodies need food, people need more than food.
Jesus said to Satan, "Bread isn't the most important thing these physical bodies need. What they really need is God's Word."
Food isn't always the solution to our needs. As Jesus and Deuteronomy 8:3 both state, we need every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
What good do words do when you're hungry? You've heard the expression "You're going to eat those words," which makes a seven-syllable snack sound good when you're starving. You'll eat anything, right? But words have no nutritional value to your body, so Jesus' direction must mean something else.
According to the verse in Deuteronomy, God sometimes causes physical hunger to teach us to desire spiritual truths. He leads us out into the desert to show us what's really important. He allows us to experience hard times so we ask ourselves deeper questions about God. Maybe that's what is happening to you right now.
So, what words from the mouth of the Lord sustain us when we are starving? Which words fill our souls with the most nutritional value? Which words are tastiest when life turns bitter?
The promises of God found in the Word of God.
The Israelites lived off a steady diet of promises that kept them alive during their desert days. Frankly, they had nothing else out there in the wilderness. God's promises provided protection and purification from the harsh, naked, unfertile elements.
Everything they received came about as a direct promise from God.
It works the same way today.
Many of those promises cannot be stacked in cupboards, but they are stored in our hearts. They can't be seen, but you can see them working. They can't be eaten, but they can be consumed into your life.
God's promises fill those empty spots in our hearts that food cannot touch. They make us feel blessed, full — even rich with a prosperity beyond money that goes deep into the very recesses of our souls.
And we see God feeding us those promises in a buffet Jesus served to a group of hungry people.
What was on the menu? Fish sandwiches.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
#1 Hungry?: What to Eat When Your Cupboard Is Bare 1
#2 Feeding Thousands: The Second-Greatest Miracle in the Bible 9
#3 Attention: The Promise That God Knows Your Need 21
#4 Compassion: The Promise of God's Heart 35
#5 Bread, Fish, And A Boy:The Promise of Provision 51
#6 Looking Up:The Promise of Spiritual Health 67
#7 Miracle:The Promise of God's Power 85
#8 Groups of Fifty:The Promise of Community 105
#9 Satisfied:The Promise of Fulfillment 119
#10 Leftovers:The Promise of Blessing 137
#11 Bread Of Life: The Promise of Eternity 161
#12 Communion: "Take and Eat" 183
The Feeding of the Five Thousand 187
The Feeding of the Four Thousand 191
Promises from the Scriptures 193
What People are Saying About This
The miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand is one of my favorite stories. How fun it would have been to be thereI love to imagine the people’s astonished joy and laughter as Jesus provided more and more and more. Troy Schmidt unpacks the miracle that offers far more than a feast of food. In Jesus’ economy, there is always more and more and more.
If you are hungry for a book that will feed your soul . . . here you go! Eat up! Fish Sandwiches is chock-full of soul-satisfying truth! In this book, Troy Schmidt serves a well-written, practical, and humorous feast of God’s promises that is sure to leave you spiritually full and even more confident that we serve a God who loves when we are well fed.
Our good friend Troy Schmidt has served up a delicious main course of God’s promiseshis miracles and power all in one. The Feeding of the Five Thousand is one of those miracles discussed but rarely dissected with the kind of humor and insight Troy brings to everything he does. Dine on this bookthen bring your friends back for seconds!
Troy Schmidt has written an engaging and inspiring work that expounds on Jesus’ miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. You’ll find your attention grabbed and your spirit raised as you follow his explanation and practical application of the various parts of this story. This two-thousand-year-old miracle met the people’s needs then and can also meet our needs today.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fish Sandwiches uses the backdrop of Jesus’ twin miracles of feeding massive groups of people (by multiplying fish and bread), to show us God’s love for us, His promises to us and His unchanging nature. The author’s humorous style, come-along-side-you manner, and habit of asking questions that really make you think for yourself, make Fish Sandwiches an easy and pleasurable read. We are urged to not miss out on the small miracles happening in and around our lives – explaining how these are very different from coincidences and other explainable phenomenon, such as what is produced by hard work, and discipline. Intermingling scripture, personal anecdotes, and bulleted lists does a good job of keeping the reader’s attention and the final prayer at the end of each chapter gives an opportunity for reflection of God’s goodness and provision in our lives.
A Christian book that I can actually relate to as it provides current themes in my everyday life reminding me that I do not have to be worried, scared, lonely or confused as God will provide. Just like with the miracle of feeding 5,000, all will be taken care of if you believe.
I was looking for a new book to read during Lent as this is about the only time I am disciplined enough to read a book to grow more in my faith. The catchy titled caught my attention and the fact that this is one of my favorite bible stories from when I was a child in Sunday School. Thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring book that compares real life situations and how God provides for us. Maybe we have to stop being so picky or have high expectations and rely on God more. Everything we need in life to survive is made available to use we just have to be more aware. I recommend this book to everyone and it is humorous too.
TODAY IS RELEASE DAY! Confession: I don’t like fish. But I LOVED reading this book by Troy Schmidt. In fact, this book came at the perfect time in my life. “Worry is my spiritual junk food. It sort of tastes good, kind of feels good for a little while- but it’s not good for me at all.” (p. 70) It’s so easy to look around us at the mounting bills and responsibilities and become overwhelmed... to even feel hopeless. Using the miracle of the feeding of the thousands, Schmidt invites the reader into a deeper look at this specific miracle. He also shares powerful personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness/provision in His life during times of “famine” and encourages us to “look up” and trust that God WILL provide even when things seem hopeless. He also reminds the reader that “we can be the means of providing resources for others... the boy gave up his supper, but he witnessed thousands more getting something to eat too. The return on his giving was spiritual blessing, not monetary dividends.” I highly recommend this book. It filled me up spiritually, re-centered my heart/focus, and reminded me that God is my Jehovah-Jireh (my Provider) who I can trust to provide for my needs and in return bless others with the overflow of what He has given me. Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as you can! You won’t regret it!
If any one of us were asked on the spur of the moment to tell about a miracle we recall in the New Testament, many of us would think of the Feeding of the Five Thousand as one of our top choices. Perhaps that is because it is recorded in all four of the Gospels. The only other miracle mentioned in all four is the resurrection of Jesus. One of the risks of knowing a passage well is how often we reread it without a lot of thought. Miracles can almost become mundane. We don’t let our imagination put us in the story and allow it to come alive. If that is true of you, you won’t want to miss reading a new release from Tyndale House by Troy Schmidt. Fish Sandwiches: The Delight of Receiving God’s Promises will give you a fresh view of this powerful miracle and well-known story about the boy whose sack lunch of five loaves and two fish fed perhaps as many as 15,000 people one day.