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    Is fear holding you back from being generous?

    When it comes to generosity, fear often holds us back. Can we still provide for ourselves if we give some of what we have away? Today on Discover the Word, special guest Jeff Manion and the team conclude a series on “Satisfaction” by looking at the freedom of living generously. It’s a radical change in […]

    Living generously toward others

    You don’t have to be a millionaire to be rich in good deeds! In fact, God has a special assignment for those He has blessed. Today on Discover the Word, we explain how regardless of what we do or don’t have, we can be generous toward others! Listen today to Discover the Word!

    Enjoying God’s good gifts

    We can take pleasure in the homes we live in, the food we eat, or the stuff we have. But if we do, does that mean we’re overly materialistic? Join us today on Discover the Word when our special guest Jeff Manion helps the team explore the difference between loving and enjoying God’s good gifts. […]

    Making do with less

    The boxes of stuff that fill our attic, consume our garage, or clutter our basement can fill the empty spaces in our home. But they can’t fill the empty spaces in our life. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Jeff Manion explain the biblical way to gain more, by making do […]

    A biblical look at contentment

    All the billboards, commercials, and advertisements that surround us are very good at telling us what we need to have. But how much is truly enough? Today on Discover the Word, special guest Jeff Manion along with the team, talk about the pull of materialism and whether it’s right to want more. A biblical look […]

    Leave the legacy of contentment

    You’ll never see a hearse pulling a U-haul! That’s because when we die, we leave all that we have behind! Today on Discover the Word, special guest, Jeff Manion, leads the talk about finding contentment in the legacy we leave behind. What will you leave your loved ones when you pass on? Listen today to […]

    The secret of contentment

    It’s easy to feel satisfied when life is good. But when circumstances take a difficult turn, contentment can fly out the window! Today on Discover the Word, we explore the apostle Paul’s secret to contentment in every circumstance. A biblical look at satisfaction regardless of our situation today on Discover the Word!

    Learning to be content in who we are

    Are you feeling a bit restless? Do you feel a lack of personal satisfaction and purpose in your life? Well, today on Discover the Word, the team, along with special guest, Jeff Manion, will share the personal satisfaction we can have when we realize our true identity. We’re learning to be content in who we […]

    Satisfied

    Every day we’re bombarded by advertisements pointing out all the things we lack. The enticing commercials can make satisfaction an elusive feeling. But today on Discover the Word, special guest, Jeff Manion and the team explains that what we have is not what makes us whole. We can be content even if we don’t have it […]

    Best Deal Ever!

    How much is enough? We might ask this simple question on a day that many developed countries increasingly devote to shopping. I speak of Black Friday, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, in which many stores open early and offer cut-price deals; a day that has spread from the States to other nations. Some shoppers have limited resources and are trying to purchase something at a price they can afford. But sadly for others greed is the motivation, and violence erupts as they fight for bargains.

    The wisdom of the Old Testament writer known as “the Teacher” (Eccl. 1:1) provides…

    It wasn’t just excessive spending, it was more.

    Ask any good Christian where their comfort comes from and their answer would be Christ. My source of comfort starts with C too, but I’m afraid it’s something else: Clothes.

    Celebrate!

    Last Christmas I read an article from a religious thinker I admire. She attempted to make the case that we should avoid the exuberant celebration of Christmas—particularly gift-giving. Her familiar complaints? The consumerism and hustle and bustle of the holidays. As we take an axe to consumerism or greed, however, we must not unwittingly also take the axe to joy. In the next few days, you’ll likely give someone a Christmas gift that feels at least a little lavish or unnecessary. You may receive one as well. I believe this mirrors the generosity of God. Certainly, joy doesn’t require expensive…

    What legacy will you leave your loved ones?

    You’ll never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul! That’s because when we die, we leave all that we have behind! Let’s talk about finding contentment in the legacy we leave behind. What will you leave your loved ones when you pass on?

    We can be content even if we don’t have it all!

    Every day we’re bombarded by advertisements pointing out all the things we lack. The enticing commercials can make satisfaction an elusive feeling. What we have is not what makes us whole.

    Homes And Other Treasures

    Recently I decided to renovate the living room of our old terrace house. I painted the ceiling and replaced the ugly and dated lights. I took down the faded curtains and put up roller blinds. I spent hours on the walls—sanding off flaking paint, filling the many dents and holes, resanding, then applying multiple coats of new paint. A cement slab in the corner was removed and new tiles were laid. The fireplace also needed to be replaced. Finally, I sanded back the skirting boards and repainted them with gloss. It was hard work, but I felt proud of the…