Month: May 2018

How Worship Helped in My Body Image Struggles

Church was crowded that Sunday. My family and I took seats in the back. A woman standing up from her seat in front of me quickly caught my attention. Her body was perfectly ladylike, with a small waist and a nice hip.


My friend and I sat in the sand, near the ever-rhythmic ocean. As the sun sank in the distance, wave after wave curled, paused and then ripped toward our extended toes, stopping just short each time. “I love the ocean,” she smiled. “It moves so I don’t have to.”

What a thought! So many of us struggle to stop. We do, do, do and go, go, go, somehow afraid that if we cease our efforts we will cease to be. Or that by stopping we will expose ourselves to the ever-present realities we work to keep at bay.

In Psalm 46:8–9, God…

Lord, I'm Yours: The Life of Billy Graham (DVD)

Explore the life of one of God’s faithful servants, Billy Graham. He was mourned all around the world when he passed away in 2018. With personal interviews and vintage footage, this DVD shares his humble beginnings on a small farm and how God called him as a young boy to spread the good news of Jesus.

Celebrating Fathers' Day

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This Fathers’ Day, why not get a copy of Spiritual Living in a Secular World: Applying the Book of Daniel Today for yourself, or for fathers you know? Discover how you can resist the pressure of today’s culture of greed and compromise, and how you can help the younger generation to stay faithful. We’d like to offer you a copy of…

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Put God First

Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others. If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone. I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be— absolutely perfect and right. Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.

God’s Word Speaks Into The Issue Of Immigration

Today, I think you’d find that nearly every country on earth has laws regarding immigration. So it’s not surprising to learn that even ancient Israel did, too. Today, the Discover the Word team continues their series titled “Christians at the Border,” to discover how God’s Word speaks into the complicated, often divisive issue of immigration. […]

From “Them” to “Me”: Confronting My Struggles with Same-Sex Attraction

“I’m pretty sure you’re not straight.” Those words struck fear deep into my heart—the months prior to this conversation with my church friends, the possibility of not being straight—of being like “Them”—had been like an open wound I was trying to ignore.

Interrupted Fellowship

The loud, sorrowful cry pierced the dark afternoon air. I imagine it drowning out the sound of mourning from friends and loved ones gathered at Jesus’s feet. It must have overwhelmed the moans of the dying criminals who flanked Jesus on both sides. And surely startled all who heard it.

Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani!” Jesus cried out in agony and in utter despondency as He hung on that cross of shame on Golgotha (Matthew 27:45–46).

“My God,” He said, “my God, why have you forsaken me?”

I cannot think of more heart-wrenching words. Since eternity, Jesus had been in perfect fellowship with God…

“Yes—But . . .!”

Lord, I will follow You, but . . . —Luke 9:61

Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it. What will you do? Will …

Biblical Figures And Migration

Here’s a quick challenge, can you think of a biblical figure who was an immigrant? Actually, there are a lot of possible answers! Maybe surprisingly so. And today on Discover the Word, we’ll examine four familiar names and stories, and see what impact they might have on how we think about the issue of immigration. […]

What My 20s Taught Me About Relationships

When I turned 21, a much-celebrated milestone in many cultures, I felt sure that I possessed the skills and maturity to effortlessly navigate life.

Lessons I Learnt from Getting Fired

The Outlook notification chimes at the corner of your screen.  A calendar invite for a meeting. It’s from your reporting officer and your boss. It’s one of those meetings you wished you could click “decline”.

What My Twenties Taught Me About Relationships

When I turned 21, a much-celebrated milestone in many cultures, I felt sure that I possessed the skills and maturity to effortlessly navigate life.

When Words Fail

Not long ago I sent my wife Cari a text message using only voice prompts. I was on my way out the door to give her a ride home from work and intended to send the words, “Where would you like me to pick you up, old gal?”

Cari doesn’t mind my calling her “old gal”—it’s one of the affectionate nicknames we use around the house. But my cell phone didn’t “understand” the phrase, and sent the words “old cow” instead.

Fortunately for me, Cari immediately understood what had happened and found it funny. She later posted my text message on social…