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    To Hear From God . . . Start With Reading His Word

    God wants to speak into our lives, to show us which path in life to take, and which to avoid. But hearing God’s voice starts with reading His Word. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs encourage us to spend time in God’s Word and commit it to memory. Join […]

    Joy in Hard Places

    Whenever she was unable to take my phone call, I’d hear my friend’s voicemail recording inviting me to leave her a message. The recording cheerfully concluded, “Make it a great day!” As I reflected on her words, I realized that while it’s not within our power to make every day “great”—some circumstances truly are devastating—a closer look might reveal something redeeming and beautiful in my day, whether things are going well or poorly.

    Habakkuk wasn’t experiencing easy circumstances. As a prophet, God had shown him coming days when none of the crops or livestock—on which God’s people depended—would be fruitful (v.…

    Standing with Courage

    While most German church leaders gave in to Hitler, theologian and pastor Martin Niemöller was among the brave souls who resisted Nazi evil. I read a story describing how in the 1970s a group of older Germans stood outside a large hotel while what appeared to be a younger man bustled about with the group’s luggage. Someone asked who the group was. “German pastors,” came the answer. “And the younger man?” “That’s Martin Niemöller—he’s eighty. But he has stayed young because he is unafraid.”

    Niemöller wasn’t able to resist fear because he possessed some super-human anti-fear gene, but because of God’s…

    Life Beyond Compare

    In a TV program, adults posed as high school students to better understand the lives of young people. They discovered that social media plays a central role in how students measured their self-worth. One participant observed, “[The students’] self-value is attached to social media—it’s dependent on how many ‘likes’ they get on a photo.” This need for being accepted by others can drive young people to extreme behavior online.

    Our longing for being accepted by others can be seen throughout the ages. In Genesis 29, Leah understandbly yearns for the love of her husband Jacob. It’s reflected in the name of…

    Worshiping God When Going Through The Storm

    It’s much easier to praise God when life is smooth sailing than when you’re in the throes of a storm. Today on Discover the Word, we look at the time when Jonah found himself in the belly of a fish, but surprisingly still chose to worship God. We’ll save you a seat at the table today for Discover the […]

    How Do You Respond To The Storms Of Life?

    Sometimes the storms of life are enough to bring us to our knees! And today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss the great storm that came upon Jonah’s boat at sea. They were sure they were going down. But this series is called “Surprise!” so discover the crew’s surprising response to a life-threatening storm […]

    Does God Hear Us When We Pray?

    When in trouble, even the staunchest unbelievers resort to prayer. Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at the time when the ship Jonah was on got caught in a terrible storm and the crew begged Jonah to pray on their behalf. Does God hear us when we pray? Be part of the group today […]

    Loving Our Enemies

    The Bible teaches that we’re to love our enemies. Simply avoiding them isn’t enough! Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at the time when God told Jonah to go to an enemy of Israel and Jonah wasn’t exactly on board! Join us for another fascinating discussion, today on Discover the Word!

    When You’re Not Chosen

    My friend’s Facebook post announced he had finished a project. Others congratulated him, but his post knifed my heart. That project was supposed to be mine. I had been passed over, and I wasn’t sure why.

    Poor Joseph. He was passed over by God, and he knew why. Joseph was one of two men in the running to replace Judas. The disciples prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen” (Acts 1:24). God chose the other guy. Then He announced His decision to the group, when “the lot fell to Matthias” (v. 26).

    As the…

    The Fantastic Tale Of Jonah

    The story of Jonah is one of the most fantastic tales in the Bible. But could such a bizarre story really be true? Today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss whether Jonah was a historical person and whether his encounter with a great fish really took place. Was Jonah a real dude? Join the group […]

    No Comparison

    “One of these days I’m going to put it all on Facebook—not just the good stuff!

    My friend Sue’s comment—made casually over lunch with her husband—caused me to laugh out loud and also to think. Social media can be a good thing, helping us stay in touch with and pray for friends across the years and miles. But if we’re not careful, it can also create an unrealistic outlook on life. When much of what we see posted is a “highlight reel” of “the good stuff,” we can be misled into thinking others’ lives are without trouble, and wonder where our…

    Seeing God’s Greater Purpose In Our Pain

    In those times of loss we all go through in life it can be difficult to see God’s greater purpose in the pain. But today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice help us find hope in the most hopeless of situations. Don’t miss the conclusion of our series, “The Struggle Is Real” today […]

    Using Our Inner Voice To “Renew Our Minds”

    Regardless of what other people say, our own inner voice tends to have the biggest impact. So what kind of things are you telling yourself? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice encourage us to “renew our minds,” and use our inner voice to speak life and love into our spirits. Pull […]

    Learning To Let God Re-Write Our Story

    For better or for worse, our past influences who we are today. But it doesn’t have to define us. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice urge us to embrace our identity as God’s loved daughters and sons. We’re leaning to let God rewrite our stories, today on Discover the Word!

    Hearing God’s Voice Starts By Reading God’s Word

    We all long to know God’s will and direction for our lives. But sometimes, it’s hard to hear His guiding voice. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice explain that hearing God’s voice starts with reading His Word. Learn how to recognize God’s prompting in your spirit, today on Discover the Word!  

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