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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

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


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…

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 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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

What is Christmas? (by Joseph Bertin)

Our man-made traditions show us that Christmas is a time of celebration. Certainly, we decorate our homes with brightly colored lights and decorations. We wrap gifts in festive paper and ribbons. But, do we really understand the reasons why? Do we really know the significance of what we celebrate? We have been told since childhood … Continue reading

Blooming in Adversity (by Tony Rumble)

I love the way God chooses to speak when we least expect it. From time to time, I get behind in my gardening, and weeds spring up everywhere. Thistles and maple sprouts start running amuck. I often contrast the weeds in the flowerbeds around my house with the “weeds” in my personal life.  The other … Continue reading

A Life in Advertising

Originally posted on The Blue Balloon:
For the past couple days, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for an advertising convention. My school sent six students to learn about more about the industry that we are studying. The convention included a number of speakers and panels with advertising professionals. These…

Jesus in Disguise (by Tony Rumble)

Do you ever wonder about the people that come into our life? Or pass through our life in a fleeting moment. Have you ever thought it just might be Jesus in disguise? We have had a special needs young adult female visiting our small group at church. I’ll call her Jane. Jane has been coming … Continue reading

Carrots, Eggs and Coffee Beans

My pastor, David Ward, shared a powerful illustration this past Sunday about how to face adversity as a believer in Christ. He was teaching from 1 Peter 4:12-19. Are we carrots, eggs or coffee beans?  Here are a few links to the story that he shared with us. I found a Youtube link (5.4 minutes) … Continue reading

Special Manna and Coffee Prayer Request!

Dear friends, Would you please join me in praying for Gary Roberts and D.A Cobb who are both facing health issues?  These two men of God are regular manna contributors and they both need your prayer support right now. They are both also working on books so prayers for their strength and inspiration would be … Continue reading

Church, One Lump or Two (by John Loy)

While serving in the Marine Corps, I drank my coffee black. There was nothing quite like the bold, full flavored taste. And the cooks at the chow hall were not afraid to make it STRONG. If you have ever watched an episode of MASH or other military themed show, you know the type of coffee … Continue reading

God’s Plan (by John Loy)

Luke’s gospel tells the story of ten men with leprosy who were in need of a touch from Jesus. Leprosy was incurable. They asked Jesus for a healing, and He extended it to them. But out of the ten, only one returned to give Him thanks. We read that “One of them, when he saw … Continue reading


Dear friends of Manna and Coffee, thank you so much for making us a regular part of your day.  I am so thankful for the talented authors and artists who have taken the time to share their hearts and work with this site! I pray that God has been glorified and that you have been … Continue reading

No Ads Anymore!!

Dear friends, It was pointed out to me today that ya’ll have been seeing ads in the devotional postings.  I just purchased a “no ad” option for our site so please let me know if you are still receiving any advertisements in our devotional writings.  Please continue to pray for our site and encourage others … Continue reading


Jesus prayed, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even … Continue reading

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

Calling All Writers!

Good morning friends!  I just wanted to tell everyone what a joy that it has been to serve our Lord through posting the wonderful devotional writings that my dear brothers and sisters in Christ have submitted.  I hope that this site has been a blessing to you.  We are looking for more writers, artists and … Continue reading


“Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Mark 9:41 (NIV) Dear friends, the Lord has brought a wonderful ministry across my path this week that I wanted to share with you.  Please check out coffee4good … Continue reading

Adam (by Debrah S. Bernier)

The Lord made Adam And then He made Eve. They were meant to be a couple, To each other they were to cleave. The Lord gave Adam A job all his own- To name all the animals, And those with no backbone. Adam did his job, He did it so well, That now we have … Continue reading

Let Us Not Compare (by Gary Roberts)

When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 How easy it is to compare ourself to someone else. One of two things happens – either we feel a whole lot better than the other person or we feel like we don’t measure up. We think … Continue reading

Manna and Coffee is One Year Old!

Good morning friends.  We would like to take this day to thank the Lord for His work through mannaandcoffee this past year.  It has been truly amazing to see how God has brought together faithful writers, musicians and readers from around the world to enable this labor of love.  We would love to hear from … Continue reading