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    Never Too Late

    During the anxious moments that followed my mother-in-law’s heart attack, she was fortunate to receive immediate medical care. Later, her doctor told me that treatment within fifteen minutes of a heart attack results in a survival rate of 33 percent for critical patients. But just 5 percent survive if treated beyond that time frame.

    On the way to heal Jairus’s desperately ill daughter (someone definitely needing immediate medical care), Jesus did the unthinkable: He paused (Mark 5:30). He stopped to identify who touched Him, and then spoke gently with the beggar woman. You can imagine what Jairus was thinking: There’s no time…

    More Than Just Waiting

    Police charged a woman with reckless driving after she drove her car on and off of a sidewalk. She steered off the street and onto the sidewalk because she didn’t want to wait for a school bus dropping off students!

    While it’s true that waiting can make us impatient, there are also good things to do and learn in the waiting. Jesus knew this when He told His disciples to “not leave Jerusalem” (Acts 1:4)? They were waiting to “be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (v. 5).

    As they gathered, likely in a state of excitement and anticipation, the disciples seemed to…

    Escaping the Noise

    Several years ago, the president of a college suggested that students join her in “powering down” for an evening. Although the students agreed, it was with great reluctance that they laid aside their cell phones and entered the chapel. For the next hour, they sat quietly in a service of music and prayer. Afterward, one participant described the experience as “a wonderful opportunity to calm down . . . a place to just tune out all of the extra noise.”

    Sometimes, it’s difficult to escape “extra noise.” The clamor of both our external and internal worlds can be deafening. But when…

    From Shame to Honor

    It’s that time of the year again, when families gather to celebrate the festive season together. Some of us, however, dread meeting certain “concerned” relatives whose questions can make those who are still single or childless feel that there’s something wrong with them.

    Imagine the plight of Elizabeth, who was childless despite being married for many years. In her culture, that was seen as a sign of God’s disfavor (see 1 Samuel 1:5–6) and could actually be considered shameful. So while Elizabeth had been living righteously (Luke 1:6), her neighbors and relatives may have suspected otherwise.

    Nonetheless, Elizabeth and her husband continued…

    The “Hope for a Baby” Tree

    After wrapping the tree with clear twinkle lights, I tied pink and blue bows on its branches and christened it our “Hope for a Baby” Christmas tree. My husband and I had been waiting for a baby through adoption for over four years. Surely by Christmas!

    Every morning I stopped at the tree and prayed, reminding myself of God’s faithfulness. On December 21 we received the news: no baby by Christmas. Devastated, I paused by the tree that had become a symbol of God’s provision. Was God still faithful? Was I doing something wrong?

    At times, God’s apparent withholding results from His…

    God As Both Redeemer And Restorer

    The Bible teaches that God can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around for good. But when we’re in the depths of despair, that truth can be hard to believe. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Vivian Mabuni urge us to surround ourselves with hope and support in […]

    The Hope That Doesn’t Disappoint

    No one likes to suffer. But suffering can actually be productive if we let it. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Vivian Mabuni discuss how pain produces perseverance that refines our character and results in hope. Join us for another uplifting look at Vivian’s courageous fight with cancer and her perspective on productive […]

    The Power Of Heartfelt Prayer

    In First Corinthians, Paul says that we’re to comfort others with the same comfort we’ve received from God. But sometimes, we need a little push to do it. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest, author, and cancer survivor Vivian Mabuni discuss the joy and comfort that come from being a part of a […]

    Living Out Our Faith WIth Other Believers

    In our self-sufficient culture, it’s often hard to ask for help, even when we need it the most. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest, author Vivian Mabuni explain that the Christian life isn’t meant to be lived alone. God designed us to live in community with other believers, receiving and giving mutual […]

    How God Goes Before A Crisis

    When cancer strikes, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Yet when we turn to God, we often find that He’s already gone ahead and prepared the way. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest, author and cancer survivor Vivian Mabuni discuss how sometimes it takes a crisis to show us that our merciful God […]

    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!

    “Navigating Life’s Shipwrecks”

    All of history is really God’s story. And each of us has a role to play in this epic tale! Today on Discover the Word, the team will explore a scene from the book of Acts, revealing that each character had a part in God’s grand plan. Join the team for a stimulating conversation, today on Discover the Word! […]

    When Life Interrupts

    If we’re following Jesus, we can be confident we’ll arrive exactly where we need to be. But how can we be sure of the way, especially when the journey gets rather stormy? Today on Discover the Word, we turn to the book of Acts and a story of detours and interruptions. It’s the start of a two […]

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