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    Truth: Bitter or Sweet?

    I’d had the spot on my nose for the better part of a year when I went to the doctor about it. The biopsy results came back days later with words I didn’t want to hear: skin cancer. Though the cancer was operable and not life-threatening, it was a bitter pill to swallow.

    God commanded Ezekiel to swallow a bitter pill—a scroll containing words of lament and woe (Ezekiel 2:10; 3:1–2). He was “to fill [his] stomach with it” and share the words with the people of Israel, whom God considered “obstinate and stubborn” (2:4). One would expect a scroll filled—front…

    Do What It Says

    Brian was scheduled to be an usher at his brother’s wedding, but he was a no-show. Understandably, family members were disappointed, including his sister Jasmine who was the Scripture reader for the occasion. At the ceremony she flawlessly read from the well-known Scripture passage about love in 1 Corinthians. But after the wedding when her father asked her to deliver a birthday gift to Brian, she hesitated. She found it harder to live the words about love than to read them. Before the evening was over, however, she had a change of mind and admitted, “I can’t stand and read…

    Blue Lines

    Downhill skiing racecourses are often marked by swaths of blue paint sprayed across the white, snowy surface. The crude arcs might be a visual distraction for spectators but prove to be vital to both the success and safety of the competitors. The paint serves as a guide for the racers to visualize the fastest line to the bottom of the hill. Additionally, the contrast of the paint against the snow offers racers depth perception, which is critical to their safety when traveling at such high rates of speed.

    Solomon begs his sons to seek wisdom in hopes of keeping them safe…

    More Than Hacks

    I recently found a “hack” (a clever solution to a tricky problem) when one of my grandchildren warmed her stuffed rabbit on our fireplace glass. The resulting globs of bunny fur weren’t pretty, but a fireplace expert provided a great hack—a tip for how to make the glass look like new. It worked, and now we no longer allow stuffed animals near the fireplace!

    I bring up hacks because sometimes we can view Scripture as a collection of hacks—tips to make life easier. While it’s true that the Bible has much to say about how to live a Christ-honoring new life,…

    Every Story

    I opened the whimsically illustrated children’s Bible and began to read to my grandson. Immediately we were enthralled as the story of God’s love and provision unfurled in prose. Marking our place, I turned the book over and read the title once again: The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name.

    Every story whispers His name. Every story.

    To be honest, sometimes the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is hard to understand. Why do those who don’t know God seem to triumph over God’s own? How can God permit such cruelty when we know that His character is pure and that…

    Why Does The Gospel Of John Stand Out From The Rest?

    Most pastors and theologians agree, if you could only read one gospel, you should read the gospel of John. So what makes this account stand out from the rest? Today on Discover the Word, the team explores the “heaven-down” perspective John brings to the story of Jesus. Join us at the table for Discover the Word!

    Luke’s Unique Take On The Gospel

    Some of the Gospels were written by those who knew Jesus personally. But one man set out on a mission to gather the facts into one definitive account. Today on Discover the Word, we discuss the unique perspective Luke provides in his gospel. Join us for a helpful series on “Reading the Gospels” today on Discover the Word!

    Access To God Is For Everyone

    For thousands of years, the Israelites thought of themselves as “God’s chosen people.” But when Jesus came, access to God was opened to everyone. Today on Discover the Word, the team will explore how Mark introduced the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Roman world. Pull up a chair to the table for Discover the Word today!

    Telling The Same Story . . . “God With Us”

    The Gospels all essentially tell the same story. So, do we really need four of them? Today on Discover the Word, we discuss how Matthew tailored his message to a Jewish audience and proclaimed the good news that God is with us. Another great conversation about “Reading the Gospels” today on Discover the Word!

    What Does “Sharing The Gospel” Mean?

    The word gospel has a number of meanings and connotations. So what exactly did the disciples mean when they said they were “sharing the gospel”? Today on Discover the Word, we explore the history of the word gospel and consider its implications for us today. It’s a new series titled, “Reading the Gospels” today at on Discover the Word!

    Someone Who Leads

    Who do you think of when you hear the word mentor? For me, it is Pastor Rich. He saw potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He challenged me to expect great things from God as I obey Him. He modeled for me how to lead by serving in humility and love. As a result of his mentoring, I am now serving God by mentoring others.

    The prophet Elijah played a critical role in Elisha’s growth as a leader. Elijah found him plowing a field and invited him to be his protégé after God had…

    Reading Scripture With The Right Cultural Lens

    In one sense, the Bible was written for everyone. But in another sense, the Bible was written to a specific audience at a specific time. Today on Discover the Word, the group, and dear friend Alice Mathews discuss how to read Scripture with the right cultural lens. Another helpful lesson on “How to Read the Bible,” today on Discover the Word!

    Interpreting Scripture In A Way That Is Consistent With The Overall Message

    Over the centuries, people have used the Bible to prove and justify a lot of terrible things. So how do we know which interpretations are right, and which are wrong? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and dear friend Alice Mathews discuss how to interpret Scripture in a way that’s consistent with the overall message. […]

    Understanding Context Is King

    When it comes to reading Scripture, context is king. If you don’t consider the context of a passage you run the risk of completely misunderstanding it. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and dear friend Alice Mathews show how context can help us understand a difficult passage in one of Paul’s New Testament letters. Don’t […]

    Does Every Bible Verse Have A Personal Application For Today?

    When reading the Bible, it’s important to consider the implication for our lives today. But does every verse have a personal application to the 21st century? Today on Discover the Word, the team and former group member Alice Mathews discuss the difference between “descriptive” and “prescriptive” passages of Scripture. Join us today on Discover the Word!

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