Month: January 2019

A Letter to the Friend Who Feels Like Giving Up on God

Dear friend,

I was devastated when you told me that you’ve decided to “give up” on God.

But in some ways, your decision didn’t come as a complete surprise to me.

Deeper Love

When they first met, Edwin Stanton snubbed US president Abraham Lincoln personally and professionally—even referring to him as a “long-armed creature.” But Lincoln appreciated Stanton’s abilities and chose to forgive him, eventually appointing Stanton to a vital cabinet position during the Civil War. Stanton later grew to love Lincoln as a friend. It was Stanton who sat by Lincoln’s bed throughout the night after the president was shot at Ford’s Theater and whispered through tears on his passing, “Now he belongs to the ages.”

Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. The apostle Peter pointed followers of Jesus there when he wrote, “Above…

What Stops You From Following Jesus?

When Jesus called His disciples, there was no time to hesitate. It was, “Come follow me now—or get left behind.” Today on Discover the Word, the team challenges us to let go of the excuses that might be getting in our way. Learn what it means to follow Jesus with no strings attached, today on Discover the Word!

Our Prayer Needs

Thank you for supporting us in prayer! We rely on God’s grace to help people stay close to Him and His Word through our biblical resources.

Please join us in prayer for:

Philippines

Now, more than ever is the time for our people to seek God’s direction for the future of our country. There is no better time to ask for divine guidance…

Adopted

I’m glad when a philanthropist builds an orphanage for homeless children. I’m thrilled when that person gives even more and adopts one of them. Most orphans would be delighted merely to have a patron. But then to learn the sponsor isn’t content merely to help me but also wants me. How must that feel?

If you’re a child of God you already know, because it’s happened to you. We couldn’t complain if God had merely loved us enough to send His Son that we might “not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It would be enough for us. But not for…

When You Choose To Follow Jesus

When you choose to follow Jesus, you can be sure of one thing, your life will never be the same! Today on Discover the Word, we will explore how our relationships with people change once we answer Jesus’s call to follow Him. We’ll save you a seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

3 Ways To Live A Joy-Filled Life

For three years, I joined netball as an extra-curricular activity in school. Looking back, that season in life was overshadowed by a deep sense of joylessness.

Let’s Do the Kondo!

Read: Philippians 4:6-8 Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. —Philippians 4:6-8

My friend gasped as she stepped out of the bathroom. On her bed—a neat row of T-shirts, folded Marie Kondo-style. We had just…

Algae and Diatoms

“What’s a diatom?” I asked my friend. I was leaning over her shoulder looking at pictures on her cell phone she had taken through a microscope. “Oh, it’s like algae, but it’s harder to see. Sometimes you need a drop of oil on the lens or they have to be dead to see them,” she explained. I sat amazed as she scrolled through the pictures. I couldn’t stop thinking about the intricate detail God put into life that we can only see with a microscope!

God’s creation and works are endless. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends, Elihu,…

Culture Versus Faith

Read: Romans 12:9, 17–18 NLT Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good... Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

When Pei Fen became a Christian, her parents were extremely upset. Accusing her…

“Calling To And From”

Jesus never said that being His disciple would be easy. In fact, He often asks us to leave things behind. Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at the story of the rich young ruler as their series titled, “Calling To and From” continues, today on Discover the Word!

Rip the Heavens

In a recent conversation, where a friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint: how can I believe in a God who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for God to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve all likely felt.

Israel knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel, crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into…

How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy?

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Questions are being asked in the wake of the tragic death of local actor Aloysius Pang. How might Jesus respond?

The Key to Happiness—Don’t Follow Your Heart

We’ve heard it a million times. We’ve read it on our Instagram feed, our coffee mugs, t-shirts, artwork, even in Christian bookstores: Follow your heart. But is it right to follow my heart? Will following my heart even make me happy?

How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy?

Read: Philippians 4:6-8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. —Psalm 56:8 NLT

I was saddened to read about the passing of local actor Aloysius Pang, who died after suffering serious injuries in a National Service training exercise. Many questions are being asked about…

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