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    Impulsiveness or Discipleship?

    But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith… —Jude 20

    There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of…


    “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is an English lullaby. Its lyrics, originally a poem by Jane Taylor, capture the wonder of God’s universe where stars hang “up above the world so high.” In the rarely published later stanzas, the star acts as a guide: “As your bright and tiny spark lights the traveler in the dark.”  

    In Philippians, Paul challenges believers in Philippi to be blameless and pure as they “shine . . . like stars in the sky” while offering the good news of the gospel to all around them (2:15–16). We wonder how we can shine like stars. We often…

    Time to Make Sawdust

    Guitar maker John Monteleone betrays his passion in conversation. “The chisels are calling,” he’ll say. “It’s time to make sawdust.”

    Is There Wi-Fi?

    As I was preparing to go on a mission trip with some young people, the most frequently asked question was, “Is there Wi-Fi?” And I assured them there would be! So just imagine the wails and groans one night when the Wi-Fi was down!

    Many of us become anxious when we’re separated from our smartphones. And when we do have our iPhones or Androids in our hands, we can be fixated on our screens.

    Like many things, the internet and all that it allows us to access can become either a distraction or a blessing. It depends on what we do with…

    They Smelled Like Christ

    Hot and dusty, Bob dismounted from the bus he had ridden to Pasadena, California. He was tired from a long day of travel and grateful that he would be able to have dinner with friends of friends who lived in the area. They welcomed him in, and he immediately felt a sense of peace. He felt at home, comfortable, safe, and valued.

    Later, wondering why he had felt such peace in an unfamiliar place, Bob found an answer in 2 Corinthians. The apostle Paul describes people who follow God as having the “pleasing aroma of Christ.” “That’s exactly it!” Bob said…

    We Would See Jesus

    As I looked down at the pulpit where I was sharing prayers at a funeral, I glimpsed a brass plaque bearing words from John 12:21: “Sir, we would see Jesus” (kjv). Yes, I thought, how fitting to consider how we saw Jesus in the woman we were celebrating with tears and smiles. Although she faced challenges and disappointments in her life, she never gave up her faith in Christ. And because God’s Spirit lived in her, we could see Jesus.

    John’s gospel recounts how after Jesus rode into Jerusalem (see John 12:12–16), some Greeks approached Philip, one of the disciples, asking,…

    That Smiling Man

    Going to the grocery store isn’t something I particularly enjoy. It’s just a mundane part of life—something that has to be done.

    But there is one part of this task I’ve unexpectedly come to look forward to: checking out in Fred’s lane. Fred, you see, turns checkout into show time. He’s amazingly fast, always has a big smile, and even dances (and sometimes sings!) as he acrobatically flips (unbreakable) purchases into a plastic bag. Fred clearly enjoys a job that could be seen as one of the most tedious around. And for just a moment, his cheerful spirit brightens the lives…

    Transforming a Heart

    I overheard someone speaking harshly to another. Though their comments weren’t directed at me, I considered intervening. To guard against the temptation to speak to the offender in an equally unedifying manner, I began repeating in my head: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control . . . ” In this provoking situation, the Spirit’s power helped me to remain calm and keep a tight rein on my tongue.

    Discover The God Who Is The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

    Everyone seems to be keeping their eye out for “The Next Big Thing.” But the “Next Big Thing” today is old news tomorrow. So today on Discover the Word, the team will direct our focus to the really BIG thing that has already happened! Discover the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever when […]

    Breaking Free From The Stresses Of This World

    What do you want to be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in five years? The pressure to figure out life never seems to end! But today on Discover the Word, we’ll discuss how we can break free from the stress of planning everything out. Find the freedom to plan, but also trust God for tomorrow […]

    The Dangers Of Following The Patterns Of This World

    In today’s world of social media and high-profile celebrities, it seems like everyone wants to be famous! But this obsession with “making a name for yourself” is nothing new. Today, the Discover the Word team discusses the allure of fame and the danger of following the “Patterns of the World.” Don’t miss the conversation today on Discover the Word!

    Rhythm Of This World vs. The Rhythm Of God

    The rhythm of the music determines the steps of the dance. But as we’ll see today on Discover the Word, there’s a rhythm to life, as well. The team will get together to discuss the difference between the rhythm of the world and the rhythm of God. Learn how to discern between the two, when you tune in today […]

    Falling Into The Patterns Of This World

    Have you ever found your foot tapping to a song without even realizing it? Some songs have simply infectious rhythms! But today on Discover the Word, we will discuss the danger and ease of falling into the patterns and rhythms of the world. Get your heart in tune with God’s when you listen today to Discover the Word!

    Sanctification (2)

    The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the realization that He “became for [me] . . . sanctification . . . .” Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life.

    The Miracle of Belief

    Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached the gospel, he would veil the power of God if he impressed people with the excellency of his speech.

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