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    Yesterday

    Security from Yesterday. “. . . God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

    Ponder It

    During Oswald Chambers’ years at the Bible Training College in London (1911–15), he often startled the students with things he said during his lectures. One young woman explained that because discussion was reserved for the following mealtime together, Chambers would frequently be bombarded with questions and objections. She recalled that Oswald would often simply smile and say, “Just leave it for now; it will come to you later.” He encouraged them to ponder the issues and allow God to reveal His truth to them.

    To ponder something is to concentrate and think deeply about it. After the events leading to the…

    The Great Life

    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled . . . —John 14:27

    Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. …

    “The Lord’s”

    It doesn’t take much to notice that getting “inked” is very popular these days. Some tattoos are so small that one barely notices them. Others—from athletes to actors to everyday people—have opted to cover much of their bodies with multi-colored inks, words and designs. The trend seems like it’s here to stay, a trend that netted $3 billion in revenue in 2014—and an additional $66 million for tattoo removal. 

    Regardless of how you may feel about tattoos, Isaiah 44 speaks metaphorically about people writing something on their hands: “The Lord’s” (v. 5). This “self-tattoo” is the climax of an entire paragraph…

    God’s Hidden Hand

    My friend was adopted by a missionary couple from Michigan and grew up in Ghana. After his family moved back to Michigan, he began college but had to drop out. Later, he signed on with the military, which eventually helped him pay for college and took him all over the world. Through it all, God was at work, preparing him for a special role. Today, he writes and edits Christian literature that ministers to an international audience. 

    His wife also has an interesting story. She failed her chemistry exams during her first year of college due to the strong medication she…

    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 […]

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