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    Compassion on the Job

    My friend Ellen calculates payroll for an accounting firm. This may sound like a straightforward job, but there are times when employers submit their information later than requested. Ellen often makes up for this by working long hours so employees can receive their money without delay. She does this out of consideration for the families that depend on those funds to buy groceries, purchase medicine, and pay for housing.

    Ellen’s compassionate approach to her job points me to Jesus. On earth, He sometimes ministered to people when it was inconvenient for Him. For instance, Jesus wanted some alone time after He…

    Friendly Fin

    A marine biologist was swimming near the Cook Islands in the South Pacific when a 50,000-pound humpback whale suddenly appeared and tucked her under its fin. The woman thought her life was over. But after swimming slowly in circles, the whale let her go. It’s then that the biologist saw a tiger shark leaving the area. The woman believes the whale had been protecting her—keeping her from danger.

    In a world of danger, we’re called to watch out for others. But you might ask yourself, Should I really be expected to be responsible for someone else? Or in Cain’s words: “Am…

    Rescue the Weak

    Which would you choose—a skiing holiday in Switzerland or rescuing children from danger in Prague? Nicholas Winton, just an ordinary man, chose the latter. In 1938, war between Czechoslovakia and Germany seemed on the horizon. After Nicholas visited refugee camps in Prague, where many Jewish citizens lived in horrible conditions, he felt compelled to come up with a plan to help. He raised money to transport hundreds of children safely out of Prague to Great Britain to be cared for by British families before the onset of World War II.

    His actions exemplified those called for in Psalm 82: “Uphold the…

    Here for You

    On the outskirts of Paris, as in other cities around the globe, people are coming to the aid of the homeless in their communities. Clothing, covered in waterproof bags, is hung on designated fences for those living on the streets to take according to their needs. The bags are labeled, “I’m not lost; I’m for you if you’re cold.” The effort not only warms those without shelter, but also teaches those in the community the importance of assisting the needy among them.

    The Bible highlights the importance of caring for those who are poor too, instructing us to be “openhanded” toward…

    A Living Memorial of Kindness

    I grew up in a church full of traditions. One came into play when a beloved family member or friend died. Often a church pew or possibly a painting in a hallway showed up not longer after with a brass plate affixed: “In Memory of . . .” The deceased’s name would be etched there, a shining reminder of a life passed on. I always appreciated those memorials. And I still do. Yet at the same time they’ve always given me pause because they are static, an inanimate object, in a very literal sense something “not alive.” Is there a way…

    Comfort Shared

    “God sent you to me tonight!”

    Those were the parting words from the woman standing in front of me as we exited our flight to Chicago. She had sat across the aisle from me, where I learned she was headed home after several flights in a round-trip that day. “Do you mind if I ask why you had such a quick turnaround?” I inquired. She glanced downward: “I just put my daughter in rehab for drug abuse today.”

    In the moments that followed I gently shared the story of my son’s struggle with heroin addiction and how Jesus had set him free.…

    Whispering Words

    The young man fidgeted as he sat down for his flight. His eyes darted back and forth to the aircraft windows. Then he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself—but it didn’t work. As the plane took off, he slowly rocked back and forth. An older woman across the aisle from him put her hand on his arm and gently engaged him in conversation to divert his attention from his stress. “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “We’re going to be okay,” and “You’re doing well” were a few things she whispered. She could have been…

    Become The Beacon Of Hope To Those Who Have No Hope

    Today on Discover the Word, the group concludes a week of conversations with author and psychologist Karen Mason. Karen explains how you can become a beacon of hope to those who have lost the will to live. It’s a conversation about what to do, and what not to do, when someone is contemplating suicide. Don’t miss […]

    The Hope Of Christ

    Depression and mental health issues aren’t just something that happen outside the church. Within churches, people are silently suffering, often alone. But today, psychologist Karen Mason joins the Discover the Word team for a conversation that explains how to offer the hope of Christ to those who feel alone in the darkness. Be part of […]

    “Reasons To Live”

    Today on Discover the Word, psychologist and author Karen Mason rejoins the team for another discussion on assisting those struggling with depression and mental health issues. Gain an informed and compassionate perspective for walking alongside those in the grip of depression. Don’t miss the next conversation in our series “Reasons to Live” today on Discover […]

    Discover How Hope Can Help Alleviate Despair

    Today, the Discover the Word team welcomes seminary professor and psychologist Karen Mason to the table for a discussion about preventing suicide. This honest discussion will give you insight and encouragement to address this issue that has in some way touched us all. Discover how hope can help alleviate despair in their series “Reasons to […]

    Not Enough?

    On the way home from church my daughter sat in the backseat enjoying Goldfish crackers as my other children implored her to share. Trying to redirect the conversation, I asked the hoarder of snacks, “What did you do in class today?” She said they made a basket of bread and fish because a child gave Jesus five loaves and two fish that Jesus used to feed more than 5,000 people (John 6:1–13).

    “That was very kind of the little boy to share. Do you think maybe God is asking you to share your fish?” I asked. “No, Momma” she replied.

    I tried…

    Who Is My Neighbor In The Global Community?

    Who is my neighbor? It’s a fair question! We’ve become a global community as we connect daily through social media, smartphones, and television. Tune in today to Discover the Word, as we explore how to answer this question by taking a look at the parable of the Good Samaritan. Learn to live and love like […]

    Love Is A Verb

    Love is a noun, but it’s also a verb. And today on Discover the Word, we’ll look at how love plays out in the story of the Good Samaritan. It’s part of a study titled, “Me and My Neighbor.” Pull up a chair to the table today and listen to Discover the Word!

    “Me And My Neighbor”

    The word love can mean many things. But what does it mean to love others like Jesus? Today on Discover the Word, we continue our study of Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan titled, “Me and My Neighbor.” Find out how to truly love your neighbor when you listen today to Discover the Word!

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