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Just How Much Is a "Year's Supply?" 1 Kings 17: 8-16 (17-24)

Just How Much Is a "Year's Supply?"

The definition of "year's supply" might be vague,  but there's no mistaking the vastness of the resources of God.

At a Glance

It's the prototypical grand prize, isn't it? A year's supply of granola bars or a lifetime's supply of some off-brand dish soap. But have you ever stopped to think, "Just how much is a year's supply anyway?" As it turns out, no one really knows, which means the recipient is often out of luck and underwhelmed.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Live Free," June 10, 2007, at

"A year's supply of taco shells!" It's the protypical, not-so-grand "grand prize" isn't it? The 35th caller to the local radio station and the first runner-up on your grandma's favorite game show are told that they've been blessed with a guaranteed abundance of some essential household supply or an obviously awesome dessert. The initial response from both the recipient of the prize and from the onlookers is one of celebration, but is quickly replaced with obvious questions like "How much is a year's supply anyway?" And, most important, "What do you do with...

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