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    Does Jesus Challenge Your Facts And Experiences

    Which holds more weight in an argument? A fact? Or an experience? Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at one man whose experience with Jesus challenged everything people thought they knew about God. We’re looking at the story of the man born blind who knew “One Thing” about Jesus, today on Discover the Word!

    The Key of the Greater Work

    . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12

    Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher …

    The Prayer and the Chain Saw

    I respect my Aunt Gladys’s intrepid spirit, even if that very spirit concerns me sometimes. The source of my concern came in the form of news she shared in an email: “I cut down a walnut tree yesterday.”

    You must understand that my chain-saw wielding aunt is seventy-six years old! The tree had grown up behind her garage. When the roots threatened to burst through the concrete, she knew it had to go. But she did tell us, “I always pray before I tackle a job like that.”

    While serving as butler to the king of Persia during the time of Israel’s…

    The Key to the Master’s Orders

    Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. —Matthew 9:38

    The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task…

    “One Thing”

    If you had to make a list of things in your life, from most important, to least important, what would it look it? Today on Discover the Word, we will discuss how to keep things in perspective when life gets busy and stressful. A relevant lesson on “One Thing” from the story of Mary and Martha, today on Discover the […]

    The Rich Young Ruler

    There’s no end to the distractions that vie for our attention on a daily basis. But today on Discover the Word, the team challenges us to put down our phones, turn off the television, and focus on some instances in the Bible when our attention is on just “One Thing.” An insightful look into the story of the […]

    Priceless Prayers

    Imagine receiving clothes you chose to never wear, cars you didn’t ever drive, or houses you never lived in. What would be the point? If we’re not going to use those things, we might as well not possess them.

    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth

    . . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens —Exodus 2:11

    Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his …

    Getting into God’s Stride

    Enoch walked with God… —Genesis 5:24

    The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of…

    God’s Silence— Then What?

    When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was —John 11:6

    Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of …

    How Will I Know?

    Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25

    We do not grow into a spiritual relationship step by step— we either have a relationship or we do not. God does not continue to …

    Much More Than Words

    At a dedication ceremony during which a Bible translated into a local African language was presented, the area chief was presented with his own copy. In appreciation, he lifted the Bible to the skies and exclaimed, “Now we know God understands our language! We can read the Bible in our own native mother-tongue.”

    No matter our language, our heavenly Father understands it. But often we feel unable to express our deepest longings to Him. The apostle Paul encourages us to pray regardless. Paul speaks of our suffering world and our own pain: “The whole creation has been groaning as in the…

    Nothing Better

    The Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offer one of the most spectacular views in all of the United States. Geologists believe the mountains there might have formed as a result of several earthquakes along a fault line. They believe earthquakes caused the land to drop on one side of the fault but move upward on the other side. Looking up from the lower side provides a unique and magnificent view where no foothills block the sight of the mountains.

    Courageous Stand

    Teresa Prekerowa was just a teenager when the Nazis invaded her native Poland at the dawn of World War II. This was in the beginnings of the Holocaust when her Jewish neighbors began to disappear—arrested by the Nazis. So Teresa and other Polish countrymen risked their lives to rescue those neighbors from the Warsaw ghetto and the Nazi purge. Teresa would become one of the premier historians of the war and the Holocaust, but it was her courage to stand against the tide of evil that would list her with the Righteous Among the Nations at the Yad Vashem Holocaust…

    Asking for Help

    Her email arrived late in a long day. In truth, I didn’t open it. I was working overtime to help a family member manage his serious illness. I didn’t have time, therefore, for social distractions.

    The next morning, however, when I clicked on my friend’s message, I saw this question: “Can I help you in any way?” Feeling embarrassed, I started to answer no. Then I took a deep breath to pause. I noticed then that her question sounded familiar—if not divine.

    That’s because Jesus asked it. Hearing a blind beggar call out to Him on the Jericho Road, Jesus stopped to…

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