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    Feasting after Fasting

    “How can they observe the season of Lent and then miss out on the feasting afterwards?” a friend asked, mulling over the seemingly lost practice of celebrating the season of Easter—the fifty days following Resurrection Sunday. Christians who follow a more liturgical tradition dedicate the forty days before Easter as a season of prayer and fasting (while celebrating the resurrection each Sunday), but they sometimes neglect to embrace the discipline of celebration during the Easter season. Fasting without the subsequent feasting loses the experience of joy that God longs for His people to know and embrace.

    Refined Faith

    I know you have a plan, God, but why does it hurt so much? I closed my eyes and flopped onto my bunk bed in my dorm room. It was my final semester in college, and it wasn’t going as I had hoped. I was busier than I wanted to be, and two of my closest friends were battling depression while others were also struggling.

    Spiritual Warfare And The Armor Of God

    In a modern world dominated by visible, natural science, is it reasonable to believe in the unseen, spiritual realm? Today on Discover the Word, the team and New Testament scholar Con Campbell conclude their two-week series in the book of Ephesians with a conversation about spiritual warfare and the armor of God. Be listening today on Discover […]

    Wisdom For The Issues Of Today

    What does a letter written to first-century Christians have to do with our lives today? A surprising amount! Today on Discover the Word, we’ll see how the early church dealt with many of the same issues we still face today. Explore the eternal wisdom found in the book of Ephesians when you tune in today […]

    Transformed

    The origins of crucifixion are unknown, but the Roman Empire was infamous for inflicting the debasing practice on society’s lowest. Yet today, the cross—the representative symbol of crucifixion—is often prominently displayed, cherished by believers in Jesus around the world.

    New Life Begins “In Christ” Alone

    Turn on the TV at any given moment and you’ll find commercials promising you new confidence, new friends, even a new life,  if only you buy their product! But today on Discover the Word, the team and New Testament scholar Con Campbell consider how new life begins “In Christ” alone. Be listening to Discover the Word today!

    The Church Needs Diversity To Succeed

    In baseball, pitchers are usually considered the most important player on the team. But are they? A team made up of only pitchers would lose every single game. And today on Discover the Word, we’ll see that like a sports team . . . the church needs diversity to succeed. Tune in to discover the […]

    Only by Prayer

    My friend called me one late night during her cancer treatment. Grieved by her uncontrollable sobs, I soon added my own tears and a silent prayer. What am I supposed to do, Lord?

    Her wails squeezed my heart. I couldn’t stop her pain, fix her situation, or find one intelligible word of encouragement. But I knew who could help. As I wept with my friend, stumbling through a prayer, I whispered repeatedly, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.”

    Her cries quieted to sniffs and whimpers, until her breathing slowed. Her husband’s voice startled me. “She’s asleep,” he said. “We’ll call tomorrow.”

    I hung up, weeping prayers…

    How To Live The Way God Intended

    Every new car comes with a manual. A set of guidelines for how the car is meant to be used and cared for. And today on Discover the Word, Con Campbell joins the team for the second week of discussions about how we learn how to live the way God intended. It’s a look at […]

    Understanding God’s Grace

    Today on Discover the Word, the team and New Testament scholar Con Campbell wrap up their first week of a series in the book of Ephesians. They’ll be studying what it means to be alive “In Christ,” laying hold of a firm understanding of God’s grace that sets you free from sin and death. Be […]

    Toward or Away

    Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) and John Wesley (1703–1791) lived more than a century apart and in very different contexts. But both created a means of self-examination to aid in their spiritual transformation. Ignatius recommended that those in the religious order he formed pray an “examen” prayer twice a day to open themselves to the Holy Spirit and to discern the movements of their soul either toward or away from God. John Wesley, similarly, formed a series of twenty-two questions that he and his small group in Oxford asked themselves each night, including, “Did the Bible live in me today? Am…

    Jesus Is Bigger Than You Can Imagine

    When the Titanic was built, people couldn’t imagine how something that large could float! But today, ships are far larger and grander! And today on Discover the Word, you’ll see that Jesus is bigger than you could ever imagine. That means there’s always room for your faith to grow. So join the group at the […]

    His Agony and Our Access

    Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples….”Stay here and watch with Me.” —Matthew 26:36, 38

    We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent…

    What We Want to Hear

    As human beings, we are prone to seek out information that supports the opinions we hold. Research shows that we’re actually twice as likely to look for information that supports our position. When we’re deeply committed to our own way of thinking, we avoid having that thinking challenged by opposing positions.

    Such was the case in King Ahab’s rule over Israel. When he and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, discussed whether to go to war against Ramoth Gilead, Ahab gathered 400 prophets—men he’d appointed to that role himself and would therefore tell him what he wanted to hear—to help them decide. Each…

    How Do You Live A Life That Points To God’s Glory

    In a culture that cries, “It’s all about me!” how do you live a life that points to God’s glory, and not your own? Today on Discover the Word, the team and New Testament scholar Con Campbell explore how to truly live “to the praise of God’s glory,” as they continue their study in the […]