• Topic > Life Struggles

    Transformed by a real relationship with Jesus

    Two inspiring stories of transformation and new beginnings. The abuse Dawn suffered left her filled with fear, hurt, and shame, while Elliott’s life was empty—directionless and with no real purpose or vision. Discover what happens when we say “yes” to the God who gives us new life, healing, and purpose.

    Jesus is Lord and Master of all

    Have you ever wondered if Peter, the fisherman, wondered why Jesus the carpenter, was telling him how to catch fish? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll discuss how God uses our doubts and fears to reveal who He really is. He’s not just a good teacher,  but Lord and Master of all! That’s today on Discover the […]

    Jesus . . . the Light of the World

    Unlike the Bible’s King David, most of us haven’t had to face problems like our adult child chasing us down to kill us, or the leader of our country ordering our assassination! But we do have our dark days filled with problems and challenges. Today on Discover the Word, we will reinforce how in those […]

    During times of transition will you trust God?

    During times of transition we’re all enrolled in Trust School. The question is, will we barely pass, fail completely, or graduate with honors? Today on Discover the Word, our team, along with pastor and author Jeff Manion, concludes their series called “The Land Between.” When life is turned upside down, God wants to know, “Will […]

    Are you there, God? Do you hear me?

    Have you ever asked the question, “What did I ever do to deserve this?” Karen did, over and over.  Her life was filled with trauma and drama including domestic abuse, her mother’s suicide, addiction, and severed relationships. Anger and guilt consumed her until she surrendered all to Christ. Listen to Karen’s story and discover how […]

    Comfort only our Father can give

    Unfortunately, broken homes are all too common today. But in the midst of the pain that comes from a family torn apart, God can intervene to heal broken hearts. When Stephen’s father left home, those left behind learned to rely on God to be their provider, husband, and father. Hear Stephen’s courageous story and find […]

    Breaking free from resentment

    Holding on to anger and bitterness is like ingesting poison and expecting the other person to die. And today on “Discover the Word,” the Institute for Prison Ministries director Karen Swanson and our team share keys that will help us break free from resentment. Join the group today on “Discover the Word”!

    How did Paul break free from the cycle of sin

    Addiction puts people behind bars, both literally and figuratively. And we can become enslaved to a variety of things like drugs, gossip, TV, shopping, or a critical spirit! Today on “Discover the Word,” we discuss with our guest Karen Swanson the apostle Paul’s dilemma—one he expressed so honestly—“for what I want to do, I don’t do . . . but what I hate, I do!” How did Paul break free from that cycle of sin? And how can we? Tune in today to “Discover the Word”!

    How fear can make prisoners of us all

    Karen Swanson, the Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, knows about hardship. She’s seen it produce fear in those she works with, and she’s experienced it in her personal life. Today on “Discover the Word,” we will talk with Karen about how fear can make prisoners of us all. Join us for day six of the study called, “We’re All Prisoners, Until Christ Sets Us Free,” today on “Discover the Word”!

    Enslaved by a prison of performance

    Imagine being known for the worst thing you’ve done. That’s what happens to those who’ve been in prison. And even after they’ve been released, they’re constantly reminded by society of what they’ve done. In a sense, they still feel imprisoned. Today on “Discover the Word,” we, along with guest Karen Swanson, talk about how we all can be enslaved by a prison of performance. Listen today to “Discover the Word”!

    It’s not where you are, but who you are

    It’s possible to be behind bars, but still experience freedom. And it’s also possible to not be an inmate at a prison, yet still be enslaved by sin. It’s not where you are but who you are. Today on “Discover the Word,” the group, and special guest Karen Swanson, talks about how pride can hold us in a prison of our own making while humility can set us free. Join the group today on “Discover the Word”!

    “Prison religion”

    When an inmate “gets religion” to help his or her chances for parole, what they have is often called “prison religion,” where post-release Jesus gets left behind. Today on “Discover the Word,” the group, and Institute for Prison Ministries director Karen Swanson, talks about “prison religion” and also wants to know, when your circumstances change for the better, where is Jesus in your life? “Discover the Word” today!

    Faith, disappointment and doubt

    Have you ever been the victim of a cruel joke? Well, today’s study of “The Miraculous Life of Elisha” on “Discover the Word” takes us to a woman who may have felt like the victim of a cosmically cruel joke after her young son suddenly died. Join us as we discuss how repeated disappointments in our lives can cause us to doubt, even in the midst of our faith. A revealing conversation today on “Discover the Word”!

    Finding peace in the midst of war

    As a World War II soldier serving in France, Henry survived a devastating injury and imprisonment. Don’t miss this harrowing story of Henry’s escape from a POW camp and how a dying man’s last words spurred this American soldier to consider eternity. Discover how the power of prayer and a God who intervenes can impact […]

    The 4 dimensional love of God

    What did the apostle Paul mean when he said that he prayed we would grasp the “height” of God’s love? Today on “Discover the Word,” we dig further into Paul’s profound description of the 4 dimensional—“The 4-D love of God.” Are you afraid of heights? Well, you won’t be in this conversation today on “Discover the Word”!