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    Bringing your friends to Jesus

    How do we bring our friends to Christ? Today on Discover the Word, we will open up Mark chapter 2 to talk about how we can bring our friends to Jesus, and then trust that He’ll do what’s best for them. It’s from the series titled, “Bring It to Jesus.” Listen today on Discover the Word!

    Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision”

    I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. —Acts 26:19

    If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will…

    Being an Example of His Message

    Preach the word! —2 Timothy 4:2

    We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I…

    His Commission to Us

    Feed My sheep. —John 21:17

    This is love in the making. The love of God is not created— it is His nature. When we receive the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is demonstrated in us. The goal of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not…

    The Viral Gospel

    The Viral Texts project at Northeastern University in Boston is studying how printed content in the 1800s spread through newspapers—the social media network of that day. If an article was reprinted 50 times or more, they considered that “viral” for the industrial age. Writing in Smithsonian Magazine, Britt Peterson noted that a nineteenth-century news article describing which followers of Jesus were executed for their faith appeared in at least 110 different publications.

    When the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica, he commended them for their bold and joyful witness to Jesus. “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only…

    The Compelling Majesty of His Power

    The love of Christ compels us… —2 Corinthians 5:14

    Paul said that he was overpowered, subdued, and held as in a vise by “the love of Christ.” Very few of us really know what it means to be held in the grip of the love of God. We tend so often to be controlled simply by our own experience.…

    Becoming the “Filth of the World”

    We have been made as the filth of the world… —1 Corinthians 4:13

    These words are not an exaggeration. The only reason they may not be true of us who call ourselves ministers of the gospel is not that Paul forgot or misunderstood the exact truth of them, but that we are too cautious and concerned about our own desires to allow ourselves…

    The Compelling Force of the Call

    Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

    Beware of refusing to hear the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact of his salvation. That, however, is not the same as the call to preach, but is merely an illustration which can be used in preaching. In this verse, Paul was…

    The Call of God

    Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel… —1 Corinthians 1:17

    Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way…

    Do You See Your Calling?

    …separated to the gospel of God… —Romans 1:1

    Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is…

    We’re all saints and sinners

    God has a plan for everyone. And sometimes that plan leads you places you wouldn’t expect. That was the case for both Mary and John. Their journeys had nearly opposite starting points, but the endpoint is the same. Two stories of God leading His people back to Him.

    Why Am I Afraid of Sharing My Faith?

    Have you ever been afraid of sharing your faith with others? I have. When I was in fourth grade, my family and I were the only Christians in our neighborhood.

    Called By God

    God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, “. . . who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). That is, few prove that they are the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and have had their spiritual condition changed and their ears opened.

    Light the Path

    The next time you’re gazing into the night sky, consider that the closest star beyond the sun is more than forty trillion kilometers away. To reach that star you’d need to travel at the speed of light for more than four years! Incredibly, we can still see its light from earth.

    The Best Gift Ever

    At a winter retreat in northern New England, one of the men asked the question, “What was your favorite Christmas gift ever?” 

    One athletic man seemed eager to answer. “That’s easy,” he said, glancing at his friend next to him. “A few years back, I finished college thinking I was a sure bet to play professional football. When it didn’t happen, I was angry. Bitterness ate at me, and I shared that bitterness with anyone who tried to help me.” 

    “On the second Christmas—and second season without football—I went to a Christmas play at this guy’s church,” he said, gesturing toward his friend. “Not because I wanted Jesus, but just…