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    More Difficult than Tears

    When a family in our church lost their home to a fire, fellow church members sprang into action with clothes, shelter and gift cards. Then they helped with the painful process of sifting through the ruins to salvage valuables and memories. Our church put into practice what the apostle Paul instructed: “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).

    Hiding Our Hurts

    I was guest-speaking in a local church and my topic was an honest story about presenting our brokenness before God and receiving the healing He wants to give. Before closing in prayer, the pastor stood in the center aisle, looked deeply into the eyes of his gathered congregants, and said, “As your pastor I have the privilege of seeing you midweek and hearing your heart-breaking stories of brokenness. Then in our weekend worship services, I have the pain of watching you hide your hurt away.”

    My heart ached at the hidden hurts that God came to heal. The writer of Hebrews…

    A Warm Welcome

    “Who will hug everybody?”

    That was one of the questions our friend Steve asked after he got the news that he had cancer and realized he would be away from our church for a while. Steve is the kind of man who makes everyone feel welcome—with a friendly greeting, a warm handshake, and even a “holy hug” for some—to adapt an application from Romans 16:16, which says, “greet one another with a holy kiss.”

    And now, as we pray for Steve that God will heal him, he is concerned that as he goes through surgery and treatment—and is away from our church…

    Bible Calls Immigrants To Be A Blessing

    Immigration affects everyone! It affects the citizens welcoming immigrants into their country,  as well as the immigrants moving to a new land. And today on Discover the Word, we’re wrapping up our series called “Christians at the Border” with a discussion about how the Bible calls immigrants to be a blessing to their host country. […]

    God’s Word Speaks Into The Issue Of Immigration

    Today, I think you’d find that nearly every country on earth has laws regarding immigration. So it’s not surprising to learn that even ancient Israel did, too. Today, the Discover the Word team continues their series titled “Christians at the Border,” to discover how God’s Word speaks into the complicated, often divisive issue of immigration. […]

    Biblical Figures And Migration

    Here’s a quick challenge, can you think of a biblical figure who was an immigrant? Actually, there are a lot of possible answers! Maybe surprisingly so. And today on Discover the Word, we’ll examine four familiar names and stories, and see what impact they might have on how we think about the issue of immigration. […]

    Sacrificing for the Community

    More than a dozen families had committed to share life together in a local community. They were so devoted to one another that they bought houses in the same neighborhood. Eventually, one of the men in this group received an excellent job offer in a large city hundreds of miles away. He didn’t, however, immediately take the new position. Instead, he went to his community to seek their wisdom, advice, and prayer about the move. Within a matter of days, all of them sensed he should take the job. But, to his delight, the consensus was that if he moved,…

    Migration And The Great Commission

    If any of us look back far enough, we’ll find an ancestor who was an immigrant. And today on Discover the Word, the team examines how the Old Testament reveals that migration is in our DNA! And that has an impact on how we read Jesus’s Great Commission, to go into all the world, and […]

    “Christians At The Border”

    There’s been a lot of focus recently on the issue of immigration, and not just in the U.S. and Canada, but around the world. And while this seems like it’s a modern dilemma, you may be surprised to learn that the Old Testament has a lot to say on the matter. Should that shape how […]

    God with Skin On

    My husband left for a month-long trip, and almost immediately I was overwhelmed by the needs of my job, our house, and our children. A writing deadline loomed. The lawn mower broke. My children were on school break and bored. How would I take care of all of these things on my own? 

    I soon realized I wasn’t on my own. Friends from church showed up to help. Josh came over to fix my lawn mower. John brought me lunch. Cassidy helped with the laundry. Abi invited my kids over to play with hers so I could get my work done.…

    One

    “Sometimes, going to church just seems irrelevant. After all, we listen to sermons via podcasts and can live- stream a church service . . . in our pajamas. Personally, I enjoy having access to so many Christian resources at the swipe of my finger on my iPhone. . . . I also meet in Christian community on Wednesday nights for small group Bible study. That’s good enough, right?” Those words, from a thoughtful post by Lindsay Blackburn, reflect the ambivalence many people feel about being part of a local church.

    Together before God

    Last summer, my city was embroiled, yet again, in a confrontation with the ongoing realities of racism in our nation. To protest the removal of a local statue honoring a general who fought to preserve slavery, some white-supremacist groups descended on our town. The pain caused by the hate-filled demonstration opened wounds that were hidden below the surface. In the US, we like to pretend that these issues are ancient history, but until we deal head on with these sins, we’ll never be healed of the evil.

    Generous Consideration

    During a radio DJ training session, we considered the struggle to balance between hosting a great show and connecting what we say, during a relatively short time, with the work of the other DJs throughout the day. Yet it’s vitally important.

    Praying for Each Other

    When I was fourteen, with the help of a friend’s dad, my friends and I started a worship band. Before practice each week, we would gather in a circle and read a chapter of the Bible, then go around the circle sharing prayer requests and praises. We each took time to pray out loud for the person sitting next to us. This not only helped us get to know one another better, but allowed us to support and encourage one other through difficult times. It also helped us celebrate in praise together.

    When Jesus Offers To Meet Your Deepest Needs

    Today on Discover the Word, the team continues their discussions on invitations from Jesus we find in the Gospels. Jesus welcomes us to come to Him and drink the living water. The Savior is offering to meet your deepest needs, so don’t ignore it! Tune in today for Discover the Word!

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