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    Marked by Momma

    Her name was long but her years were even longer. Madeline Harriet Orr Jackson Williams lived to be 101 years old, outliving two husbands. Both were preachers. Madeline was my grandmother and we knew her as Momma. My siblings and I got to know her well; we lived in her home until her second husband whisked her away. Even then she was less than 50 miles away from us. Our grandmother was a hymn-singing, catechism-reciting, piano-playing, God-fearing woman and my siblings and I have been marked by her faith.

    According to 2 Timothy 1:3–7, Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice…

    Ears Were Made for Listening

    The actor Diane Kruger was offered a role that would make her a household name. But it required her to play a young wife and mother experiencing the loss of her husband and child, and she had never personally suffered loss to such a degree. She didn’t know if she could be believable. But she accepted, and in order to prepare, she began attending support meetings for people walking through the valley of extreme grief.

    Initially she offered suggestions and thoughts when those in the group shared their stories. She, like most of us, wanted to be helpful. But gradually she…

    Leaving Things From Our Past To Follow Jesus

    The Bible teaches that we have new life in Christ. But that also means we have to be willing to let go of some of the things in our old life. Today on Discover the Word, we explore what it would mean for us to leave things from our past behind to follow Jesus. Don’t miss the […]

    What Stops You From Following Jesus?

    When Jesus called His disciples, there was no time to hesitate. It was, “Come follow me now—or get left behind.” Today on Discover the Word, the team challenges us to let go of the excuses that might be getting in our way. Learn what it means to follow Jesus with no strings attached, today on Discover the Word!

    When You Choose To Follow Jesus

    When you choose to follow Jesus, you can be sure of one thing, your life will never be the same! Today on Discover the Word, we will explore how our relationships with people change once we answer Jesus’s call to follow Him. We’ll save you a seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

    “Calling To And From”

    Jesus never said that being His disciple would be easy. In fact, He often asks us to leave things behind. Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at the story of the rich young ruler as their series titled, “Calling To and From” continues, today on Discover the Word!

    How To Hear God’s Calling On Your Life

    Perhaps a friend or a pastor has advised you to follow God’s calling on your life. But how do you know what God is calling you to do? Today on Discover the Word, we discuss how to hear God’s calling and how when God calls you to something, He usually calls you from something. Join us today for Discover the Word!

    Free from Frostbite

    On a winter day, my children begged to go sledding. The temperature hovered near zero degrees Fahrenheit. Snowflakes raced by our windows. I thought it over and said yes, but asked them to bundle up, stay together, and come inside after fifteen minutes.

    Out of love, I created those rules so my children could play freely without suffering frostbite. I think the author of Psalm 119 recognized the same good intent in God as he penned two consecutive verses that might seem contradictory: “I will always obey your law” and “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought…

    The Gift Of Salvation Is For All Who Accept It

    Jesus’s gift of salvation isn’t just for “good” or “religious” people, it’s for anyone willing to accept it. Today on Discover the Word, we look at how Jesus went out of His way to invite the “sinners” and the outcasts of His day into a relationship with Him. Another thought-provoking discussion, today on Discover the Word!

    I Will Make You Fishers Of Men

    Simon Peter and Andrew were just your average fishermen. That is until Jesus offered to make them fishers of people. Today on Discover the Word, we explore what it means to “fish for people” and why Jesus would give His disciples such unusual instruction. Pull up a chair to the table, today for Discover the Word!  

    Jesus Invites Us To “Come And See”

    Some people say they want to believe in God, but they can’t see Him working in their lives or in the world around them. Well, today on Discover the Word, the team helps us to open our eyes, so we can respond to Jesus’s invitation to “come and see.” Don’t miss Discover the Word today!

    Trying to Impress

    When a college class went on a cultural field trip, the instructor almost didn’t recognize one of his star pupils. In the classroom she had concealed six-inch heels beneath her pant legs. But in her walking boots she was less than five feet tall. “My heels are how I want to be,” she laughed. “But my boots are how I really am.”

    Thankfully, our physical appearance doesn’t define who we are. It’s our heart that matters. Jesus had strong words for those masters of appearances—the super-religious “Pharisees and teachers of the law.” They asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t wash their…

    “Come, Follow Me”

    Jesus called His disciples with this simple phrase, “Come, follow me.” And He extends that same invitation to us. Today on Discover the Word, we discuss the personal element in Jesus’s invitation and explore what it means for us to follow Him today. Another fascinating conversation, today on Discover the Word!

    Following Christ And What It Means To Be “Called”

    Following Christ starts with answering His call. What could He be calling you to do? Today on Discover the Word, we look at what it means to be “called,” how Jesus called the first disciples and what the implications are for our lives today. Join us for the start of a new series titled, “Calling To and […]

    An Ordinary Man

    William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family nearby Northampton, England. His future did not look too bright. But God had plans for him. Against all odds, he moved to India, where he brought incredible social reforms and translated the Bible in several Indian languages. He loved God and people, and accomplished many things for God.

    David, son of Jesse, was an ordinary young man, the youngest in his family. He was seemingly an insignificant shepherd on the hills of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:11–12). Yet God saw David’s heart and had a plan for him. King Saul had…

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