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    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose

    Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant… —Isaiah 49:5

    The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God…

    Explore The Idea Of Unconditional vs Conditional Blessings

    We can’t do anything to earn God’s love or grace. But do we have to work for God’s other blessings? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll explore the idea of unconditional versus conditional blessings and promises from God. Join us for the discussion today on Discover the Word!

    A Fitting Time

    Yesterday I purchased a plane ticket to send my firstborn child to college. I’m surprised the keyboard on my computer still functions, given the waterworks my eyes unleashed on it during the flight selection process. I have so enjoyed my eighteen years of daily life with her that I am saddened by the prospect of her departure. Yet I wouldn’t rob her of the opportunity that lies ahead simply because I will miss her. At this juncture in her life, it is fitting for her to embark on a new journey to discover adulthood and explore another part of the…

    God Blessed The Israelites Even As They Wandered

    What does it mean to be blessed by God? Is it having health and wealth? A perfect family? Today on Discover the Word, the team considers how God blessed the Israelites, even as they wandered in the desert. Our series is called “A Surprise in the Wilderness” today on Discover the Word!

    “I AM”

    While I was leading a Bible class for those who didn’t yet believe in Jesus, a participant asked, “How many gods are there in this world?” Hoping to give an answer, I Googled for help. I believe there’s only one true God, but one person gave this clever answer: Seven billion gods. There are seven billion people in this world. And everyone has a personal god.

    Engraved on His Hands

    In Charles Spurgeon’s many years at his London church during the 1800s, he loved to preach on the riches of Isaiah 49:16, which says that God engraves us on the palms of His hands. He said, “Such a text as this is to be preached hundreds of times!” For, he continued, this thought is so precious that we can run over it in our minds again and again.

    Spurgeon makes the wonderful connection between this promise of the Lord to His people, the Israelites, and God’s Son, Jesus, on the cross as He died for us. Spurgeon asked, “What are these…

    God’s Blessing In The Wilderness

    What is a benediction? Is it a church formality? A magical invocation? Today on Discover the Word, we will examine one of the most well-known benedictions in Scripture, given to the Israelites in the wilderness. Learn how God’s blessing shows up in unexpected places, today on Discover the Word!

    A Conspiracy of Joy

    One of my favorite moments of the year is on Christmas Eve when, at the conclusion of our church’s candlelight service, we erupt with the powerful song “Joy to the World.” Because our church practices Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) as a season of preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we wait to unleash this song until that holy moment—then our voices raise the rafters. The song is the perfect conclusion to Advent, since joy is at the heart of everything Jesus does for us.

    Good for You?

    Because I like dark chocolate, I sometimes Google “Is dark chocolate good for you?” I get a variety of results—some good, some bad. You can do the same for almost any food product. Is milk good for you? Is coffee good for you? Is rice good for you? There is a dizzying array of answers to these questions, so you have to be aware that the search itself may not be good for you. It may give you a headache.

    But if you are looking for something that is one-hundred-percent good for you all the time, can I recommend the Word…

    How To Talk To Children About The Crucifixion of Jesus

    The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. But is it appropriate to read it to young kids? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones talk about ways to explain the reality of the way Jesus died to children. Hear Sally read the story of the crucifixion […]

    Reflecting On God’s Endless And Unconditional Love

    God doesn’t only love us when we follow Him and obey His Word. He even loves us when we turn our backs and walk away. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, reflect on the power of God’s endless, unconditional love. Pull up a chair for Discover the […]

    “The Jesus Storybook Bible”

    When we spend time following the picture-perfect lives of people on social media, it’s easy to feel like we’re not good enough. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones remind us that no matter what our inner voice may say, we are beautiful and loved in the eyes of God. A […]

    The Bible Tells One Overarching Story

    The Bible may seem like a complex collection of strict rules and heroic tales. But in reality, the Bible tells one, overarching story, the story of God’s love for you. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones discuss how every story in the Bible “whispers Jesus’s name.” Join us today on  Discover […]

    He Knows Our Names

    During a visit to the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, I quickly photographed one of the twin reflecting pools. Around these two pools, the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the World Trade Center attacks are etched into bronze panels. Later, while looking more closely at the photo, my eyes were drawn to the hand of a woman resting on a name. Many people come to this place to touch a name and remember someone they loved.

    The prophet Isaiah reminded God’s people of His unfailing love and concern for them, even though they had…

    Sharing The Gospel Message Clear And Simple

    Pastors and theologians have spent thousands of years studying the Scriptures. But in the end, the gospel is a message so clear and so simple, even a child can understand it. Today on Discover the Word, the team along with special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones discuss the art of sharing the gospel with kids. Join us as Sally […]

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