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    Dumb Sheep, Good Shepherd

    My friend Chad spent a year as a shepherd in Wyoming. “Sheep are so dumb that they’ll only eat what is right in front of them,” he told me. “Even if they’ve eaten all the grass in front of them, they won’t turn to look for a fresh patch—they’ll just start eating dirt!”

    We laughed, and I couldn’t help but think about how often the Bible compares humans to sheep. No wonder we need a shepherd! But since sheep are so dumb, not just any shepherd will do. Sheep need a shepherd who cares about them. When the prophet Ezekiel wrote…

    His Presence

    The anxious father and his teenage son sat before the psychic. “How far is your son traveling?” the psychic asked. “To the big city,” the man replied, “and he will be gone for a long time.” Handing the father a talisman (a kind of good-luck charm), he said, “This will protect him wherever he goes.”

    I was that boy. However, that psychic and that talisman could do nothing for me. While in that city, I put my faith in Jesus. I threw away the talisman and clung to Christ. Having Jesus in my life guaranteed God’s presence.

    Thirty years later, my father,…

    Trust Him First

    “Don’t let go, Dad!”

    “I won’t. I’ve got you. I promise.”   

    I was a little boy terrified of the water, but my dad wanted me to learn to swim. He would purposefully take me away from the side of the pool into a depth that was over my head, where he was my only support. Then he would teach me to relax and float.

    It wasn’t just a swimming lesson; it was a lesson in trust. I knew my father loved me and would never let me be harmed intentionally, but I was also afraid. I would cling tightly to his neck until…

    Safe in His Arms

    The weather outside was threatening, and the alert on my cell phone warned about the possibility of flash floods. An unusual number of cars were parked in my neighborhood as parents and others gathered to pick up children at the school bus drop-off point. By the time the bus arrived, it had started to rain. That’s when I observed a woman exit her car and retrieve an umbrella from the trunk. She walked towards a little girl and made sure the child was shielded from the rain until they returned to the vehicle. What a beautiful “real time” picture of…

    A Fitting Time

    Yesterday I purchased a plane ticket to send my firstborn child to college. I’m surprised the keyboard on my computer still functions, given the waterworks my eyes unleashed on it during the flight selection process. I have so enjoyed my eighteen years of daily life with her that I am saddened by the prospect of her departure. Yet I wouldn’t rob her of the opportunity that lies ahead simply because I will miss her. At this juncture in her life, it is fitting for her to embark on a new journey to discover adulthood and explore another part of the…

    He Knows Our Names

    During a visit to the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, I quickly photographed one of the twin reflecting pools. Around these two pools, the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the World Trade Center attacks are etched into bronze panels. Later, while looking more closely at the photo, my eyes were drawn to the hand of a woman resting on a name. Many people come to this place to touch a name and remember someone they loved.

    The prophet Isaiah reminded God’s people of His unfailing love and concern for them, even though they had…

    Seeing God’s Hand In Life’s Most Challenging Moments

    The more you look back on your life, the more you begin to see a story unfolding. Maybe all of the plot twists haven’t yet been resolved, but it’s clear that God has a larger purpose in mind. Today on Discover the Word, the team helps us see God’s hand working in life’s most challenging […]

    An Emergency Plan For When Life’s Trials Come

    Trials in life are practically a guarantee. So when disaster strikes, it’s important to have an emergency plan ready to put into action. Today on Discover the Word, the team points to Paul’s response to an impending shipwreck as a model for our own crisis management. Don’t miss Discover the Word today!

    New Life

    God graciously sacrificed His only Son to give you a gift. However, many don’t know the power that comes through the resurrection of Jesus. In New Life, you’ll experience the power of being born again through the resurrection of the …

    Staying Focused During Life’s Unexpected Detours

    Navigating life’s tough times is rarely as simple as going from Point A to Point B. Chances are, you’re going to have to make some unexpected detours along the way. Today on Discover the Word, the team will encourage us to stay focused on the destination whenever we’re sidetracked by life’s detours. Tune in today […]

    When God Carries Out His Plan In Unexpected Ways

    When the trials of life appear like storm clouds in the distance, our first instinct is to jump ship. But God always has a greater purpose in mind when He takes us into rough seas. Today on Discover the Word, we are reminded not to be alarmed when God carries out His plan in unexpected […]

    Trusting God In The Shipwrecks Of Life

    The seas of life are rarely calm. So when the water gets rough, how do we respond? Well, today on Discover the Word, the team will help us find the courage and faith to trust God in the shipwreck seasons of life. More biblical encouragement from the life of Paul for “Navigating Life’s Shipwrecks” coming […]

    How Do We Prepare For Spiritual Catastrophes?

    Whether it’s an earthquake, a tornado, or a hurricane, or a fire, it’s a good idea to have a disaster plan in place. But how do we get ready for spiritual catastrophes? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll study the book of Acts to learn how to prepare for adversity. We’re learning about “Navigating Life’s Shipwrecks” today on Discover the […]

    Planning For The Unexpected While Yielding To God

    When our plans go off course is it always up to us to get things back on track? How do we know when we should move over and let God take the wheel? Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about the balance between planning for the unexpected while still yielding to God. A lesson from […]

    Do Life’s Detours Have A Greater Purpose?

    It’s discouraging when our best-laid plans fall apart. But could the frustrating interruptions in our lives actually be God’s design for accomplishing His greater purpose? Today on Discover the Word, we will explore how an unexpected detour was part of God’s good plan for the apostle Paul. A challenging discussion, today on Discover the Word!

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