Smudged (by Len Winneroski)

“What goes into a person’s mouth does not make him dirty. But what comes out of a person’s mouth makes him dirty.’ – Matthew 15:11 (Worldwide English Version) Has anyone ever said something to you that is impossible for you to forget? When I first became a Christ follower as a young adult I was … Continue reading

Dear Heartbroken, don’t settle.

Originally posted on Agape:
In the past few months, I have heard story after story from friends who were heartbroken because of their crush/significant other/love interest. I have watched as the person in their lives they thought was “the perfect one” shattered their self worth and brought them down a path of misery. And I…

Kindness cocked and loaded

Kindness cocked and loaded

Originally posted on Mental Sweat:
Say weird things. Say strange things. Say uncommon things. Let me give some backstory first. Our company did very well in 2017. Because of this all employees are blessed with a large bonus. We just found out how large that bonus is the other day. We are all excited about…

The Fuzz (by Len Winneroski)

Have you ever had a nickname? When I was a little boy they used to call me “The Fuzz,” or just “Fuzz” for short. I wish that I could tell you that it was the mean neighborhood bullies that gave me this nickname, but it wasn’t. It was the neighborhood moms. When I was a … Continue reading

The Youth Leader (by Len Winneroski)

The past six months have been transformational for me. I have served in many different capacities within the church over the years, but none have been as fulfilling as being a small group leader for a group of ninth grade boys. It has been wonderful watching these young men tease and encourage one another, and … Continue reading

The Speed of the Game (by Len Winneroski)

Well, it’s another big weekend of NFL football. Unfortunately the evil New England Patriots are making yet another run for a Super Bowl title and my Indianapolis Colts will be watching the games with the rest of us… on the couch. Football is a rough sport and teams often have to learn how to navigate … Continue reading

Agile prompt

Originally posted on Mental Sweat:
When I think of agility I think about it in the athletic sense. To me it is the ability to move quickly and efficiently around obstacles to gain an advantage. Problems and pain arise in our life so quickly and out of no where. How valuable is agility in life…

Lessons from My Dad (by Len Winneroski)

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. – Proverbs 23:22 It’s funny how the older you get, the wiser your parents become. I am a very fortunate man. I grew up in a home with two parents who were best friends. They worked hard … Continue reading

Young Lions (by Len Winneroski)

The African lion is a carnivorous mammal from the species Panthera leo. If you have ever been face to face with an adult male lion in a zoo or safari, you know what a powerful and majestic animal that they are. A full-grown male lion can grow to a height of over 6 feet tall … Continue reading

Chip or Dip (by Len Winneroski)

Have you ever wondered where the phrase, “he sure has a chip on his shoulder” comes from? Well according to my Google research the shipwrights in the Royal Navy Dockyards were allowed to take scrap lumber home as part of their compensation. Naturally the workers stared taking big pieces of lumber that had to be … Continue reading

Sophie’s Sign (by Laura Currier)

As soon as I stepped in the door she saw me and her little bare feet came running. I waved “hello” and signed her name but Sophie didn’t seem to notice. This girl was on a mission. Grabbing my hand she pulled toward the playroom. There in the corner hung the hammock swing…Sophie’s happy place! … Continue reading

Right in Front of Our Eyes (by Len Winneroski)

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. – Romans 1:20 Have you ever looked all over the house to find something that was already in your pocket or hand? This has … Continue reading

Mamma’s Boys (by Len Winneroski)

When he (Jesus) had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. – Mark 1:19-20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to … Continue reading

Wimp or Warrior (by Len Winneroski)

Bullies stink. Thank God I grew up in a loving home with parents and a brother who always stuck up for me. They also were brave enough to tell me when I was wrong. It’s not easy growing up in this fallen world as a short, fat boy with red hair and freckles. Kids can … Continue reading

Pride Lurks in Beauty (by Len Winneroski)

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a room full of people your eyes are “naturally” drawn to the most handsome man or the most beautiful woman in the room? Or if you are walking through a parking lot aren’t our eyes “naturally” drawn to the most expensive and beautiful car in the … Continue reading

Chewbaccan Gift (by Len Winneroski)

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” –  C. S. Lewis This past week an ordinary mother named Candace Payne posted a video of herself laughing hysterically while wearing a talking Chewbacca mask on her Facebook page. Amazingly, this silly video went viral and Candace has helped millions of people get in touch with their inner … Continue reading

Spiritual Obesity (by Len Winneroski)

As I approach the half-century mark in age I’ve been thinking a lot about my life. I guess that you could call it a mid-life crisis of sorts. Last year I bought a 2013 Dodge Challenger, which I drove for a few months and sold when common sense caught up with me, and this year … Continue reading

Mad Scientist Coffee

Dear friends, I’ve decided to take coffee and my faith to the next level and I’ve purchased a couple of Behmor 1600 drum roasters.  I’ve been roasting Fair trade coffees from around the world for friends and family. If you would like to learn more about the next step in my coffee adventure check out … Continue reading

Living Memories (by Len Winneroski)

Memories are an interesting thing. There are some memories that bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart, and there are other memories that I can dredge up that make me sad or angry. Have you ever noticed that memories that are correlated with periods of intense emotion, like the birth of … Continue reading

Broken (by Len Winneroski)

I like to pretend that I have it all together. I mean some days I feel like my mind is as sharp as a razor, my faith is as big as a mountain, and I can walk on water. But the truth is, other days I walk around in a fog, my faith is more … Continue reading

Poisoned Catalysts (by Len Winneroski)

About five years ago I wrote a manna entitled Kinetic Faith. This devotional was about the role of catalysts in chemical reactions and life reactions. Catalysts bring two things together to make something new. The catalysts don’t become part of the new, larger, molecule, they release the new chemically bonded chemicals to go off to join together two … Continue reading

The Selfie Generation (by Len Winneroski)

I know that I’m about to sound old, but what’s the deal with selfies? I was just laughing over a post by one of my son’s friends about the correct way to take and post a selfie. We live in a digital, social media crazed, generation. In today’s world if you have a phone you … Continue reading

The Chum Bucket (by Len Winneroski)

I just got back from spending the weekend with 23 middle school students and some amazing adult leaders in beautiful Brown County Indiana. The leaves were all changing color for fall, so the views around the Walnut Hills Retreat were stunning. We had perfect weather for outdoor devotions, campfires, s’mores, hiking, paddle boating, canoeing, and … Continue reading

MAN OF GOD (BY LEN WINNEROSKI)

What is a man of God? How does a man of God differ from a man of the world? Is the title “man of God” reserved for priests and pastors? This morning I was reading 1 Timothy, chapter 6. Paul referred to Timothy as a “man of God” in this letter and laid out some … Continue reading

Love and Truth

Good morning friends. Our dear friend and sister in Christ, Becky Rommel, has been under attack the past week on social media for sharing her view about gay marriage. Please join me in praying for Becky and her family. The campaign for gay marriage has been portrayed as a campaign for love. I see very little love in … Continue reading

Freedom

I am so thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed life and limb so that we can live in a free country. We can say what we think and don’t have to agree with one another. It seems that lately we are free to express our opinions as long as they don’t offend … Continue reading

Actions Speak Louder than Words

The following story is a reprint of a story that was published originally by Taylor University. Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Chris, I am friends with his dad. I hope that you are as blessed by this story as I was the first time that I read it. We would do well … Continue reading

Awesome coffee, awesome vision, awesome people

Good morning manna and coffee community! My friends, Joel and Julie Workman, are in the process of gathering funds to launch into ministry with their family in London through the Greater Europe Mission (GEM).  Please check out their ministry page, Workman Adventures, by clicking HERE. They are looking for ministry partners to pray for them and … Continue reading

Spiritual Fresh Air

Originally posted on follow the light:
 It’s a beautiful day here in Texas; bright sunlight surrounds us and the temperature is hovering around 72 degrees. I just came back from taking a walk and feeling the warm sun shine on my face. I opened all the windows to let the fresh air in, and the…

Hearts on Fire (by Len Winneroski)

I’m not the handiest guy in the world but I fix stuff sometimes because I’m cheap. One of the things that I replaced recently was our ventless gas logs. We live in Indiana where the temperature can range from -20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit from one week to the next during the winter. The old … Continue reading

Houston, We Have a Problem

Originally posted on h.o.o.d:
Good morning h.o.o.d! One of the authors that has impacted me greatly over the years is Patrick Morley. If you have never read any of his books men, I’d highly recommend them. Pat leads a ministry called maninthemirror.org that’s on a mission to wake men up to the fact that we…

A powerful little book….

Originally posted on h.o.o.d:
I know a lot of you men out there don’t have time to read, or just don’t like to read. Please consider taking 20-30 minutes to read this little 53 page book. It could change your life and the life of your kids. “So let me say this…

Wrestling with God (by Len Winneroski)

I was a horrible wrestler in high school. During my first year as a wrestler, I got pinned every single match. I went out for wrestling because I was too little to play football or basketball and I really wanted a varsity letter jacket to impress the girls. Wrestling was hard. I had to lose … Continue reading

h.o.o.d (by Len Winneroski)

I have been blogging for a few years now. To be honest, there’s been days that I’ve asked myself why I even bother. I mean most of the comments that I get about my writing are from spammers. On an average day, 5-10 people from around the world take the time to read what I … Continue reading

Do Men Need to Lead? (by Len Winneroski)

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook traffic and saw the following comment from my friend Crissy, “If I ever wrote a Christian book it would be called “The Need to Lead; narcissism exposed.” This comment grabbed my attention. When I went back later to read all of the follow-up comments, I read, “Would it … Continue reading

Muscle Cars (by Len Winneroski)

I have loved muscle cars ever since I was 16 years old. I think that this love affair began when my uncle Dick came to visit us back in 1982 with his yellow 1970-something Chevy Camaro. My uncle was not perfect but he was a cool dude. During one of his visits he caught me gawking … Continue reading

Stains (by Len Winneroski)

There are certain words, like the words pus, zit, fart, diarrhea and stain, that I tend to avoid in normal conversation. There is really nothing wrong with these words, they just are not all that… you know… pleasant. We like pleasant words. Pleasant words make us feel safe and in control. Words like pus, zit, … Continue reading

A New Year (Debrah S. Bernier)

Another year beginning, dear, Without you by my side. I miss the way you walked with me- Without breaking your stride. I miss looking into your loving eyes, While feeling you heartbeat, too. I miss you so very badly, That I don’t know what to do. But even though I miss you, This one thing … Continue reading

Blind Damn Luck (by Len Winneroski)

I just finished reading Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s books,  A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. I have always loved physics. I obtained a minor in physics from Central Michigan University. I mean, isn’t it awesome that Einstein was able to show the world how energy is related to matter (E = … Continue reading

New Free Books Page

Friends, I’ve added a new page to manna and coffee with links to free books that have been written by the manna and coffee contributors if anyone is interested. Link

The Vow (by Len Winneroski)

One of the greatest moments in a parent’s life is the moment that their child decides to accept God’s call on their life to follow Jesus. We had one of those moments recently, when my twelve-year old daughter turned to me out of the blue and said, “Dad, I’m ready to be baptized.” After probing … Continue reading

Success (by Len Winneroski)

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35 I recently read an excellent little book entitled The Go-Giver that was … Continue reading

Focus on the Heart (by Len Winneroski)

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 My least favorite part of painting is the trim work. I used to tape everything prior to painting to keep the paint on the walls and off the molding, door casings and ceiling. Taping takes a long time, and … Continue reading

Recycled Glory (by Len Winneroski)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:  Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it … Continue reading

A Tunable Heart (by Len Winneroski)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. – Psalm 33:1-3 If you want to learn how to play a guitar one … Continue reading

Social Identity (by Len Winneroski)

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:9-10 I enjoy using social media. Two of my children are in college now and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have allowed … Continue reading

Identity (by Andrew Mullek)

People everywhere are struggling to “find themselves.” Their insecurities lie just beneath the surface. Most are defined by how others see them and by their achievements, such as how their career is progressing, how much stuff they have, etc. We need to understand that if we fail to find our identity in what God says … Continue reading

Bedsores (by Len Winneroski)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And … Continue reading

Bricks (by Len Winneroski)

But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. – 1 Corinthians 8:1 (New Living Translation) Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the history of the church. If you would have asked me a few years ago what church I attended, I would have given you an address, told … Continue reading

EGGSTRADINARY (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning… Experts say the right nutrition is the best way to start your day off each morning. I would have to agree, that is why I BREAK-FAST into God’s Word. You see that doesn’t go OVER EASY well with the devil. It doesn’t take Satan very long to try to SCRAMBLE everything I try … Continue reading

The Maze (by Martha J. Weber)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 I needed to go shopping. When I arrived at the entrance of the parking lot it was blocked off with police cars. They … Continue reading

Wedding Clothes (by Laura Currier)

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me in the garments of Salvation, He has covered me with the robe of Righteousness.”                                                                        Isaiah 61:10 I do believe that nothing happening when a believer in Christ dies is by chance.  Oh no…The timing … Continue reading

Love Tears (by Len Winneroski)

“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 The other day at work, one of my friends began to tear up at the end of his presentation as he thanked his mother for her encouragement and role in helping him to become the person that he is today. He later apologized for his emotional moment.  My friend apologized … Continue reading

Manna and Coffee Is on Facebook Now

Dear friends, Manna and Coffee is on Facebook now! Manna and Coffee was created to become a community site where Christians can come together to encourage one another and share life lessons and good teaching. If you like to share your faith through blogging, or if you run across a meaningful article that has encouraged you … Continue reading

Internal Compass (by Len Winneroski)

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. – Psalm 73:24 I learned something interesting a few weeks ago. Did you know that some animals can actually sense the earth’s magnetic field?  Scientists think that a magnetic mineral called magnetite (Fe3O4) may explain how animals can navigate with precision … Continue reading

Scars (by Len Winneroski)

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to … Continue reading

I Play for Him (by Len Winneroski)

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing,
 praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him … Continue reading

Us the Walking Dead

Originally posted on Breaking Bread with Ricky Maye:
Us the Walking Dead With acclaimed shows like The Walking Dead and blockbuster movies like World War Z, the discussion over the zombies and the living dead have been running rampant over the Internet and many water coolers. But what if I told you I didn’t think…

Truth (by Len Winneroski)

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is … Continue reading