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    Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

    As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

    God is far more concerned with your heart

    Today on Discover the Word, we conclude the series titled, “Why, Jesus?” When Jesus came to earth, He caught a lot of flack from the religious leaders of His day. But what if we’re more like those religious leaders than we think? Today the team discusses how God is far more concerned with the heart than the […]

    A message of love

    When it’s said someone was born on the “wrong side of the tracks,” you’d probably want to avoid them! But today on Discover the Word, we find that Jesus’s mission was entirely different from what His disciples expected. It’s a message of love for those society deems unlovely. Listen today to Discover the Word!

    “Why, Jesus?”

    Have you ever wanted to ask Jesus a question? Today on Discover the Word, the team kicks off a new series from Mark chapter 2 titled, “Why, Jesus?” They’ll examine four key questions asked of Jesus and how His answers clarified His mission. Listen to Discover the Word today!

    To Those Not Celebrating Father’s Day

    I have nothing against Father’s Day. My family just never had the practice of celebrating it—along with other occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

    Rhythms of Grace

    A friend and his wife, now in their early nineties and married for sixty-six years, wrote their family history for their children, grandchildren, and generations to come. The final chapter, “A Letter from Mom and Dad,” contains important life-lessons they’ve learned. One caused me to pause and take inventory of my own life: “If you find that Christianity exhausts you, draining you of your energy, then you are practicing religion rather than enjoying a relationship with Jesus Christ. Your walk with the Lord will not make you weary; it will invigorate you, restore your strength, and energize your life” (Matt.…

    Job & Jesus and puzzling questions

    Today on Discover the Word, the team concludes the series titled, “Job and Jesus”! And as they come to the end of Job’s story, they come across a puzzling question you may not have thought about before. It’s about his children. Join the team today for a thought-provoking discussion about “Job and Jesus,” today on […]

    In the Details

    Afriend opened up to me about the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy. Prompted by God to face what he had buried for decades, he courageously began to unpack tragic memories of seduction and exploitation, events that shattered his innocence and left him drowning in an ocean of shame.

    Less-than-perfect friends are also loved by God

    Today on Discover the Word, we are back in the book of Job as we close in on the end of the series called “Job and Jesus.” And they’re talking about Job’s, well, less-than-perfect friends. But even they were part of God’s plan, and they are greatly loved by God. Listen today on Discover the Word!

    Do you ever feel like you’re having a one-sided conversation?

    Have you ever felt like you were having a one-sided conversation with someone? That it seemed like you had to do all the talking because you couldn’t get them to speak, like it was really a monologue? Today on Discover the Word, the team looks to the story of Job to answer the question, “Are […]

    Pondering some important questions about God

    Today on Discover the Word,  the group continues their study in the Old Testament book of Job. Join them at the table as they uncover how God’s questions are wiser than our best answers, and how pondering some important questions about God can encourage our growth. Pull up the fourth chair and listen today to […]

    Fool’s Errand

    In my Nigerian boarding school, students loved to indulge in a practical joke. An older student would send an unsuspecting younger one on an errand to get the “rainbow bucket” from another older student. The latter would then ask the young student to get it from another older student. On and on it went until someone took pity on the unsuspecting student and revealed that the bucket didn’t actually exist!

    The story of Jesus found in the book of Job

    Today on Discover the Word, we start the second week of a fascinating series titled, “Job and Jesus.” Join the group to find the story the whole Bible is telling—the story of Jesus—is found even in the ancient story of Job. Listen to Discover the Word today!

    A Home for All

    During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, one of the brightest stories was the International Olympic Committee’s decision to field the first-ever team of Refugee Olympic Athletes, a team of athletes who have no country. Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, explained the decision: “Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic Anthem. They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes.” Ten Olympians comprised the squad—refugees from…

    Someone to Trust

    “I just can’t trust anyone,” my friend said through tears. “Every time I do, they hurt me.”  Her story angered me—an ex-boyfriend, whom she really thought she could trust, had started spreading rumors about her as soon as they broke up.  Struggling to trust again after a pain-filled childhood, this betrayal seemed just one more confirmation that people could not be trusted.

    I struggled to find words that would comfort. One thing I could not say was that she was wrong about how hard it is to find someone to fully trust, that most people are completely kind and trustworthy. Her…