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    We Need Each Other

    While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand…

    Standing United When We Don’t Agree

    When it comes to topics like religion or politics, people rarely see eye to eye. But disagreement doesn’t have to lead to disunity. Today on Discover the Word, we’ll urge Christians to stay united, even when we don’t agree. Hear the conclusion of our series titled, “One Heart, One Mind,” today on Discover the Word!

    God Is The Source Of Every Good Gift

    The Bible says that every good and perfect gift is from above. Still, we tend to forget where our blessings come from. Today on Discover the Word, the team reminds us that God is the source and provider of every good thing in our lives. We’ll save you a seat at the table for Discover the Word!

    Biblical Call To Unity

    The conversations about the biblical call to unity take kind of a strange turn today on Discover the Word. The team considers the imagery of oil running down Aaron’s beard in Psalm 133. It’s a discussion about the relationship between unity and blessing, today on Discover the Word!

    Finding Common Ground

    Sometimes, it’s easier to point out our differences than to find common ground. But the truth is we’re stronger when we stand together. Today on Discover the Word, we turn to Psalm 133 for a reminder about how our relationship with God should draw us together. “One Heart, One Mind,” listen today to Discover the Word!

    God’s People . . . One Heart, One Mind

    This current moment of history is one of the most polarized, fragmented seasons in recent times. But God’s desire is for His people to be of one heart and one mind. Today on Discover the Word, we consider how certain psalms helped unify the Israelites as they came together for celebration and worship. Join us today for Discover […]

    Plight of the Crawdads

    When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be excited. I grinned when he handed me a plastic pail. “No lid?”

     “You won’t need one,” he said, picking up the fishing rods and the small bag of chicken chunks we’d use for bait.

    Later, as I watched the small crustaceans climbing over one another in a futile attempt to escape the almost-full bucket, I realized why we wouldn’t need a lid. Whenever one crawdad reached the rim, the others would pull it back down.

    The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it…

    Agreeing to Disagree

    I remember hearing my dad talk about how difficult it was to walk away from unending arguments over differing interpretations of the Bible. By contrast he recalled how good it was when both sides agreed to disagree.

    But is it really possible to set aside irreconcilable differences when so much seems to be at stake? That’s one of the questions the apostle Paul answers in his New Testament letter to the Romans. Writing to readers caught in social, political, and religious conflict, he suggests ways of finding common ground even under the most polarized conditions (14:5–6).

    According to Paul the way to…

    The Divine Commandment of Life

    . . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect —Matthew 5:48

    Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your …

    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. […]

    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 […]

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