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    Faith Degrees

    Throughout the Bible, Jesus and His disciples performed miraculous healings. But what role did faith play in those who were healed? And does faith play a role in our being healed today? Today on Discover the Word, we continue the discussion on living a life of faith called “Faith Degrees.” Join the group as they […]

    Holy Love

    “The self-esteem movement has failed us,” argues Simon Smart in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. Smart describes how, in reaction to the (often humiliatingly) performance-based way people’s worth was assessed in the past, culture shifted to emphasize self-esteem. The problem, Smart explains, is that the self-esteem movement implied “you can find everything you need from within yourself”—which ironically left many “feeling deeply inadequate,” isolated, and unprepared for the world’s harsh realities.

    Discover The Strength Of What You Believe In

    In most cases, we want quality over quantity. And it’s no different when it comes to faith. Today on Discover the Word, the team helps us see that the strength of what we believe in matters more than the strength of our belief. Join the conversation when you tune in to Discover the Word today!

    Developing Your Faith Even When You’re Struggling

    How has your faith grown in the last year? Has it? Today on Discover the Word, the team invites you to join them at the table for a discussion about developing our faith, even when you’re still struggling with doubts. Explore growing faith as they continue their series on “Faith Degrees,” today on Discover the […]

    Friendship with God

    Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing…? —Genesis 18:17

    The Delights of His Friendship. Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is…

    Does It Matter How Much Faith We Have?

    You’ve probably heard that it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains. But today on Discover the Word, the team will sit down to ask the question, if we only need mustard seed sized faith, does it matter how much faith we have? Join the conversation called “Faith Degrees,” today […]

    When Rejection Comes

    “Would you say ‘stay’ when God says ‘go’?” Eliza Davis George asked the leaders of the Texas Baptist Convention in 1913. Two years earlier this woman, a daughter of former slaves, was called by God to be a missionary to Africa. Because she was an African-American woman, however, the leaders discouraged her from going, even publicly humiliating her. Yet, buoyed by prayer, Eliza eventually sailed to Liberia. And thousands of villagers learned about Jesus during her years there. The legacy of her work continues today.

    Wonders in Focus

    Some of us are inclined to look at the world and see only what’s wrong. DeWitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer who has used his profession to celebrate what’s right about the world. He waits and watches until a shaft of light or turn of perspective suddenly reveals a wonder that had been there all along. He uses his camera to find beauty in the most common faces of people and nature.

    If anyone had reason to focus on the wrongs of the world, Job did. After losing all that had given him joy, even his friends became his accusers.…

    God’s Total Surrender to Us

    For God so loved the world that He gave… —John 3:16

    Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining…

    Together as Friends

    Near the epic conclusion of Tolkien’s Return of the King, Frodo stands on the threshold of destroying the “One Ring of Power.” All he has to do is throw it into the consuming fires of Mount Doom. But the hobbit can’t do it. He holds on to the ring, powerless to let go despite the ring’s destructive power.

    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…

    Unashamed Loyalty

    Sports fans love to sing their teams’ praises. By wearing logos, posting notes on Facebook about their beloved teams, or talking about them with friends, fans leave no doubt where their loyalty stands. My own Detroit Tigers’ caps, shirts, and conversations indicate that I am right there with those who do this.

    Our sports loyalties can remind us that our truest and greatest loyalty must be to our Lord. I think of such unashamed loyalty when I read Psalm 34, where David draws our attention to Someone vastly more vital than anything else on earth.

    David says, “I will extol the Lord…

    A New Family

    Although God’s unconditional love is the foundation of faith in Jesus, really believing in unearned love isn’t easy. As Dale Ryan, CEO of Christian Recovery International, points out, even jokes depicting St. Peter’s questions at the “pearly gates” reveal an assumption that God’s love is extended based on our beliefs.

    Turning Back or Walking with Jesus?

    Do you also want to go away? —John 6:67

    What a penetrating question! Our Lord’s words often hit home for us when He speaks in the simplest way. In spite of the fact that we know who Jesus is, He asks, “Do you also want to go away?” We must continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward Him, despite any…

    But Grace . . .

    My friend Tracy was returning on a bus from a pro- life rally. Her three boys accompanied her. A conversation took place on that bus ride that will stay with Tracy for the rest of her life.