• Topic > Spiritual Growth

    God’s will for you is not hidden

    What’s God calling you to do today? Today on Discover the Word, author Daniel Ryan Day joins the team to talk about this sometimes-confusing question. You’ll be encouraged to learn that God’s will for you is not hidden. It’s not a mystery God wants to keep you in the dark about. Listen to Discover the […]

    What Simon Said

    A man named Refuge Rabindranath has been a youth worker in Sri Lanka for more than ten years. He often interacts with the youth late into the night—playing with them, listening to them, counseling and teaching them. He enjoys working with the young people, but it can be disheartening when promising students sometimes walk away from the faith. Some days he feels a bit like Simon Peter in Luke 5.

    Simon had been working hard all night but caught no fish (Luke 5:5). He felt discouraged and tired. Yet when Jesus told him to “put out into deep water, and let…

    The importance of a mission statement

    Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 company, a family, or a lemonade stand, a mission statement is crucial to a company’s success! And today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the group to help us understand the mission that God has for you today. Do you have a personal mission statement? You won’t […]

    Looking Back

    Winston Churchill once said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But the original thought may be traced to the philosopher George Santayana, who wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s true; you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.

    “I didn’t think I’d live to see 21”

    D.A. is Hispanic – he was raised in the hood, got into trouble, and had low aspirations about his life. He expected to be dead by 21. However, the Lord got ahold of him and he gave his life to Jesus. He got a college degree, is getting his doctorate in Theology, and will be […]

    Dave’s Story

    Dave Dietz attended church but really didn’t understand the love of Jesus, until…

    Developing the character of a leader that God can use

    Good leaders are able to face reality, especially when things aren’t going great! Today on Discover the Word, the team welcomes author and psychologist Dr. John Townsend back to the group! He’ll show us how to develop the character of a leader so God can use us in our sphere of influence. Listen to Discover […]

    The Daily Prayer

    Singer/songwriter Robert Hamlet wrote “Lady Who Prays for Me” as a tribute to his mother who made a point of praying for her boys each morning before they went to the bus stop. After a young mom heard Hamlet sing his song, she committed to praying with her own little boy. The result was heartwarming! Just before her son went out the door, his mother prayed for him. Five minutes later he returned . . . bringing kids from the bus stop with him! His mom was taken aback and asked what was going on. The boy responded, “Their moms didn’t pray…

    Discover how to love the people you lead

    Have you ever worried if your best attempts to help someone might actually be making matters worse? Today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the team to discuss the difference between enabling bad behavior and loving the people you lead. Listen to Discover the Word today!

    The Divine Commandment of Life

    . . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect —Matthew 5:48

    Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your …

    What are the characteristics of a godly leader

    What does it take to be a truly great leader? Today on Discover the Word, Dr. John Townsend joins the team at the table to continue a discussion about the characteristics of a godly leader. Dr. Townsend draws from his years as a leadership coach, psychologist, and author to help us reach our God-given potential! […]

    Careful Living

    The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is a marvel to behold. Clad all in stainless steel, the 630-foot arch is the tallest of these types of structures in the entire world. When it was constructed in the 1960s, both feet of the arch were erected simultaneously, and joined at their very center. But had the construction of either foot of the arch been off by even a fraction, the two halves of the arch would have missed making a perfect union. Such a marvel of engineering required incredibly careful planning and thorough execution.

    “The Character of a Leader”

    We all have people we influence—whether we know it or not. And so in that sense, we are all leaders. Today the Discover the Word team invites Dr. John Townsend back to the table to discuss what it takes to be a godly leader. Learn to lead with integrity and wisdom, wherever God has placed you! […]

    Living Truly Alive

    Between 2013 and 2016, South Africa experienced a devastating drought with the driest period on record. With little or no rain, the effects of death could be seen everywhere. Crops withered, livestock perished, and people suffered as food became scarce and rivers and dams dried up. The country was a sad-looking, brown dust bowl until the rains finally came. When the skies opened, the entire nation celebrated as new life was birthed. Lush, green grass that had lain dormant for three years now pushed its way up through the cracked, dry ground, and within days it was on glorious display…

    Watch the Conductor

    World-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, has an unusual way of leading the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a 44-member chamber orchestra. Instead of waving a baton he directs while playing his Stradivarius with the other violinists. Bell told Colorado Public Radio, “Even while I’m playing I can give them all kinds of direction and signals that I think only they would understand at this point. They know by every little dip in my violin, or raise in my eyebrow, or the way I draw the bow. They know the sound I’m looking for from the entire orchestra.” 

                Just as the orchestra members…