• Biblical Studies

    The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53, Part I: The Mystery of Deliverance

    Join Dr. Michael Rydelnik and other biblical scholars as they engage in a captivating discussion to unlock the mysteries of one of the most fascinating passages of Scripture. You’ll gain insights from the Jewish and Christian perspectives as you examine the interpretations and implications. Discover and explore the clues that help to reveal the mystery […]

    Jesus suffered so that we might know joy!

    God intimately knows our pain! And in Jesus, He bore our suffering so we can experience joy! Join us today on Discover the Word, for the enlightening conclusion of this week’s discussion titled, “Tearful Expressions.” Listen to Discover the Word.

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    Christian Beliefs

    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 […]

    Seeing Is Disbelieving

    There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” said philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The story of the Israelites illustrates how easy it is to be fooled into believing what’s false and to disbelieve the truth.

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    Christian Living

    Seeing Is Disbelieving

    There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” said philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The story of the Israelites illustrates how easy it is to be fooled into believing what’s false and to disbelieve the truth.

    Living in Tents

    Growing up in Minnesota, a place known for its many beautiful lakes, I loved to go camping to enjoy the wonders of God’s creation. But sleeping in a flimsy tent wasn’t my favorite part of the experience—especially when a rainy night and a leaky tent resulted in a soggy sleeping bag.

    I marvel to think that one of the heroes of our faith spent a hundred years in tents. When he was 75 years old, Abraham heard God’s call to leave his country so the Lord could make him into a new nation (Gen. 12:1–2). Abraham obeyed, trusting that God would follow…

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    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 …

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    Christianity & Culture

    Paying Attention

    John Newton wrote, “If, as I go home, a child has dropped a halfpenny, and if, by giving it another, I can wipe away its tears, I feel I have done something. I should be glad to do greater things; but I will not neglect this.”

    These days, it’s not hard to find someone in need of comfort: A care-worn cashier in a grocery store working a second job to make ends meet; a refugee longing for home; a single mother whose flood of worries has washed away her hope; a lonely old man who fears he has outlived his usefulness.

    But…

    Jesus: Man, Messiah, or More? The Jewish Examination of Jesus, Part VI

    According to the four gospels, a council of religious leaders had Jesus arrested among the olive trees of Gethsemane. In the hours that followed, the same writers agree that Jesus was interrogated, accused and physically beaten. But did the events of Jesus examination really happen as the New Testament says?   Other parts of the […]

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    Ethical Issues

    Removing the Barriers

    I saw Mary every Tuesday when I visited “the House”—a home that helps former prisoners reintegrate into society. My life looked different from hers: fresh out of jail, fighting addictions, separated from her son. You might say she lived on the edge of society.

    Like Mary, Onesimus knew what it meant to live on the edge of society. As a slave, Onesimus had apparently wronged his Christian master, Philemon, and was now in prison. While there, he met Paul and came to faith in Christ (v. 10). Though now a changed man, Onesimus was still a slave. Paul sent him back…

    Helpless except for hope

    After being deceived by her husband, Betty was distraught to learn she and her then four-year-old daughter wouldn’t be allowed to return home to America. Where in war-torn Tehran could Betty turn for help? Discover the amazing story of Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody, the mother and daughter whose stories are captured in their autobiographies Not […]

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    Evangelism & Missions

    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 …

    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 …

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    Life Struggles

    My Netflix Had No Chill

    A young woman comes home after a long day. She sets her things down, throws her hair up, and changes into comfy clothes in record time. Breathing a deep sigh of relief, she grabs her laptop and flips it open.

    When I Let Fear Rule Me

    Everyone has their own irrational fears. Sometimes, they affect us so much that we are imprisoned by them. For me, it escalated from a common cold. I woke up one day with a sore throat, which turned into a cough.

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    Marriage & Family

    The Daily Prayer

    Singer/songwriter Robert Hamlet wrote “Lady Who Prays for Me” as a tribute to his mother who made a point of praying for her boys each morning before they went to the bus stop. After a young mom heard Hamlet sing his song, she committed to praying with her own little boy. The result was heartwarming! Just before her son went out the door, his mother prayed for him. Five minutes later he returned . . . bringing kids from the bus stop with him! His mom was taken aback and asked what was going on. The boy responded, “Their moms didn’t pray…

    The Beauty of Broken

    Most of us don’t want to talk about the not-so-pretty stuff of life. We’d rather focus on loveliness. Hued sunsets. Bursting flowers. Downy ducklings and fluffy lambs.

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    Relationships

    Apart but Not Abandoned

    I had a lump in my throat as I said good-bye to my niece on the eve of her move to Massachusetts to attend graduate school at Boston University. Though she had been away four years as an undergraduate, she hadn’t left our state. A two and a one-half-hour drive easily reunited us. Now she would be more than 800 miles away. No longer would we meet regularly to talk. I had to trust that God would take care of her.

    Paul likely felt the same way as he said good-bye to the elders of the church in Ephesus. Having established…

    Am I More ‘Christian’ Than Her?

    It happens pretty often. Sometimes, it’s a passing judgment; other times, it’s a passing thought that I am more “Christian” than my peers. I don’t deny that I struggle with my own sins, but I would always think that, at the very least, I am better off than someone whose sins seem more apparent, more horrendous—more sinful.

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    Spiritual Growth

    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 […]

    What Simon Said

    A man named Refuge Rabindranath has been a youth worker in Sri Lanka for more than ten years. He often interacts with the youth late into the night—playing with them, listening to them, counseling and teaching them. He enjoys working with the young people, but it can be disheartening when promising students sometimes walk away from the faith. Some days he feels a bit like Simon Peter in Luke 5.

    Simon had been working hard all night but caught no fish (Luke 5:5). He felt discouraged and tired. Yet when Jesus told him to “put out into deep water, and let…

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    When Life Hurts

    Crying Over Nabeel Qureshi

    I never thought I would cry over a complete stranger. But the death of a man whom I have never met had me tearing up a few times this week.

    Sweet and Sour

    When our toddler first bit into a lemon wedge, he wrinkled his nose, stuck out his tongue, and squeezed his eyes shut. “Sow-wah,” he said (sour).

    I chuckled as I reached for the piece of fruit, intending to toss it into the trash.

    “No!” Xavier scampered across the kitchen to get away from ne. “Moe-wah!” (more). His lips puckered with every juice-squirting bite. I winced when he finally handed me the rind and walked away.

    My taste buds accurately reflect my partiality to the sweet moments in life. My preference for avoiding all things bitter reminds me of Job’s wife, who seems to…

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