(Reminder: I’m doing an A to Zdevotional.)


The word Pumpernickel isn’t found in Scripture. It’s a dense, German bread. I’ve been to Germany, but I’ve never had pumpernickel bread. I’m guessing the disciples could’ve learned to like it since they ate so much unleavened bread—which had absolutely no flavor at all. I’ll stick with my Oat Nut Wheatberry bread.

Peace is mentioned a lot in the Bible. We find it 237 times in the Old
Testament, and it gets 192 mentions in the New Testament. That’s 429
times that peace is used throughout God’s Word.

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He mentioned peace three times when He met with the disciples (see John 20:19-29). He definitely wants us to experience His peace—and not simply a piece of His peace, but boatloads of it!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 Expanded Bible)

If you’re not experiencing God’s peace, ask Him what’s preventing you
from having it. He wants to bless you with His peace!

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
(John 14:27 LB)

The Bible never mentions petunias or Popeye’s chicken, but it does mention pamper. No, it’s not referring to a baby’s diaper. Here’s the reference:

“If you pamper a servant from his childhood, later on he’ll become ungrateful.”
(Proverbs 29:21 ISV)

Ready for a biblical surprise? Pancake is in the Bible!
I don’t think any of the early Christians worked at IHOP, but here’s what the Bible says:

“Ephraim, he mixes himself among the nations. Ephraim is a pancake not turned over.” (Hosea 7:8 Expanded Bible)

An unturned pancake is something half-cooked. I’d hate to be compared to something only half-cooked. But if we call ourselves Christians and fail to keep ourselves in the Word—becoming nonchalant about growing deeper in Christ—we’re spiritually half-cooked.

Something to think about the next time you’re pouring batter onto the griddle or ordering at Denny’s.