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    Careful Living

    The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is a marvel to behold. Clad all in stainless steel, the 630-foot arch is the tallest of these types of structures in the entire world. When it was constructed in the 1960s, both feet of the arch were erected simultaneously, and joined at their very center. But had the construction of either foot of the arch been off by even a fraction, the two halves of the arch would have missed making a perfect union. Such a marvel of engineering required incredibly careful planning and thorough execution.

    Words of Life

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” This witty, humorous saying has been popularly attributed to both Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. Three millennia earlier, Solomon, the wisest man of his time (1 Kings 4:29-34), gave us this take: “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent” (Proverbs 17:28).

    Writing Letters

    My mother and her sisters engage in what is increasingly becoming a lost art form—writing letters. Each week they pen personal words to each other with such consistency that one of their mail-carriers worries when he doesn’t have something to deliver! Their letters brim with the stuff of life, the joys and heartaches along with the daily happenings of friends and family.

    I love to reflect on this weekly exercise of the women in my family. It helps me appreciate even more the apostle Paul’s words that those who follow Jesus are “a letter from Christ,” who were “written not with…

    God’s Doing Something New

    “Is God doing something new in your life?” was the question the leader asked in a group I was in recently. My friend Mindy, who is dealing with some difficult situations, responded. She told of needing patience with aging parents, stamina for her husband’s health issues, and understanding of her children and grandchildren who have not yet chosen to follow Jesus. Then she made an insightful comment that runs contrary to what we might normally think: “I believe the new thing God is doing is He’s expanding my capacity and opportunities to love.”

    That fits nicely with the apostle Paul’s prayer…

    Happy Fathers’ Day

    Father’s Day is a good reminder to celebrate our Dads, and thank them for what they do for us. Check out this dad’s reflections on his relationship with his own father and with his children, and how it has deepened his relationship with God.

    Beautiful Clothes

    When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I decided we wanted our wedding party to wear traditional clothes from their home countries. But I also wanted the colors to match. Since the outfits were being prepared by my mom and my future mother-in-law in separate countries, Romania and Thailand, color coordination was nearly impossible. What’s worse, some of our friends wouldn’t be able to try on their clothing until the wedding day! I finally stopped worrying and simply prayed that the clothes would fit everyone and the colors wouldn’t clash. When the long-awaited day finally came, everyone looked…

    Walking in Jesus’ Shoes

    Renowned psychotherapist and physician Alfred Adler stressed the need to understand individuals within their social context. Calling for compassion and empathy in relating to others, he described empathy as “seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.”

    The amazing power of the Lord’s prayer

    “Our Father, who art in heaven . . .” You probably know how to continue the Lord’s Prayer, but have we in some ways missed the amazing power of these familiar words? Today on Discover the Word, we, along with special guest Sheridan Voysey, discuss how the Lord’s Prayer provides a key to a truly […]

    How does God renew and refresh your soul?

    The Beatles song, “All You Need Is Love” has a kernel of truth to it! And today on Discover the Word, the group, along with special guest Sheridan Voysey, uncovers how loving relationships, both with God and others, can make us “Resilient.” Find out how the amazing love of God can renew and refresh your […]

    Resilient

    Today on Discover the Word, we welcome Sheridan Voysey to the table for a week of discussions on how we can become “Resilient.” Life’s toughest storms don’t need to break us! Sheridan shares his and his wife’s experience with infertility and disappointment and broken dreams, and how God used it to make him resilient. Listen […]

    Available to All

    In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, it isn’t surprising that entrepreneurs are marketing “celebrities as products … allowing them to sell their personal time and attention.” Vauhini Vara’s article in The New Yorker noted that for $15,000, you can have a personal meeting with singer Shakira, while $12,000 will give you and eleven guests lunch with celebrity chef Michael Chiarello at his estate. 

    Many people treated Jesus like a celebrity as they followed Him from place to place, listened to His teaching, observed His miracles, and sought healing from His touch. Yet Jesus was never self-important or aloof, but available to all. When His followers,…

    Showing Grace

    The US Masters Golf Tournament began in 1934, and since then only three players have won it two years in a row. On April 10, 2016, it appeared that 22-year-old Jordan Spieth would become the fourth. But he faltered, on the last nine holes and finished in a tie for second. Despite his disappointing loss, Spieth was gracious toward tournament champion Danny Willett, congratulating him on his victory and on the birth of his first child, something “more important than golf.”

    Writing in the New York Times, Karen Krouse said, “It takes grace to see the big picture so soon after…

    Living Truth

    Ever wanted to live like a monk? Thirty-four young adults did, accepting an offer from the Archbishop of Canterbury to embrace a countercultural, monastic way of life for ten months. From varied nations and denominations, the group formed a community that studied the Scriptures, prayed, and served together. At the end of their time, one participant stated, “We’ve spent time growing in intimacy with God, learning from Jesus and listening to the Holy Spirit.”

    Popular Opinion?

    Hearing rave reviews from her circle of friends—all believers in Jesus—about a TV show they’d been watching, my friend decided to check it out. After just two episodes, however, she was taken aback by the program’s explicit sexual content. She chose to no longer watch the show due to her convictions, but wondered how to handle future discussions about it. Thinking through her concerns, she wondered why the show sustained drawing power for her friends.

    What is God’s will for my life?

    Following Jesus is an adventure, a journey, a walk. Whatever you may call it; do you ever wonder if you’re really living it within God’s will?  While His specific plans differ from person to person, there are some guiding principles that apply to all of us. Daniel’s desire to understand this would take him on […]