• Topic > Christian Ministry & the Church

    God’s will for you is not hidden

    What’s God calling you to do today? Today on Discover the Word, author Daniel Ryan Day joins the team to talk about this sometimes-confusing question. You’ll be encouraged to learn that God’s will for you is not hidden. It’s not a mystery God wants to keep you in the dark about. Listen to Discover the […]

    The “Go” of Relationship

    Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 

    Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a …

    King of the Sunrise

    One morning before getting out of bed, I heard a radio announcer commenting on something other than news headlines and traffic backups. She was describing the sunrise, saying it was incredible and even camera-worthy. Sure enough, a glance out the window revealed an exquisite array of colors and light. Low lavender clouds embedded in a pale yellow sky grazed rooftops in the distance. To the north, fire-colored clouds hovered against a deep, turquoise backdrop.

    The “Go” of Preparation

    If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24 

    It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation …

    The Missionary’s Goal

    He…said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem…” —Luke 18:31

    In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him— “…till we all come…to…

    The importance of a mission statement

    Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 company, a family, or a lemonade stand, a mission statement is crucial to a company’s success! And today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the group to help us understand the mission that God has for you today. Do you have a personal mission statement? You won’t […]

    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master… —John 13:13, 16

    To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and…

    Developing the character of a leader that God can use

    Good leaders are able to face reality, especially when things aren’t going great! Today on Discover the Word, the team welcomes author and psychologist Dr. John Townsend back to the group! He’ll show us how to develop the character of a leader so God can use us in our sphere of influence. Listen to Discover […]

    Discover how to love the people you lead

    Have you ever worried if your best attempts to help someone might actually be making matters worse? Today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the team to discuss the difference between enabling bad behavior and loving the people you lead. Listen to Discover the Word today!

    What are the characteristics of a godly leader

    What does it take to be a truly great leader? Today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the team at the table to continue a discussion about the characteristics of a godly leader. Dr. Townsend draws from his years as a leadership coach, psychologist, and author to help us reach our God-given potential! […]

    “The Character of a Leader”

    We all have people we influence—whether we know it or not. And so in that sense, we are all leaders. Today the Discover the Word team invites Dr. John Townsend back to the table to discuss what it takes to be a godly leader. Learn to lead with integrity and wisdom, wherever God has placed you! […]

    Singleness: The Line I Can’t Seem to Cross

    What is the purpose of a line? It is used to separate things into two categories. From where I’m standing, the people on the other side of the line are either attached or married. And here I am, on my side of the line, waiting to cross it.

    The Root of Unity

    Few boxing rivalries are as legendary as the one between Joe Louis, an African-American boxer, and Max Schmeling, a German fighter who was a favorite of Hitler’s (although Schmeling personally had no love for the Nazi regime). The two men were promoted as bitter rivals, but the truth is that the two later became close friends. Schmeling even helped pay for Louis’ funeral in 1981. Very different from one another, they shared a friendship that went beyond the bounds of sameness.

    A Shattered Dream Isn’t the End

    A fairy princess? A queen? Those may be some of the typical titles that little girls aspire to, but that wasn’t me. Believe it or not, my dream was to become a “physical therapist missionary in Africa”.

    Fountains of Blessings

    The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow.