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    Pursuing Holiness

    I can resist anything except temptation.” We might smile at this quip by Oscar Wilde, but it also may invite us to challenge ourselves: Has our pursuit of holiness—reflecting God and conforming to His will—been weakened through the corrosive influence of modern culture’s love of pleasure? How can we, as we seek to honor God, resist temptation?

    Winning into Freedom

    If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed —John 8:36

    If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the …

    The Eternal Goal

    By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing . . . I will bless you . . . —Genesis 22:16-17

    Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.

    My goal…

    Still Human!

    . . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

    In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into …

    “What Is That to You?”

    Peter . . . said to Jesus, ’But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ’. . . what is that to you? You follow Me’ —John 21:21-22

    One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time …

    Discovering Divine Design

    As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27

    We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced.…

    Who’s Driving?

    My neighbor Tim has a figurine on his dashboard of a “wild thing” from Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

    Not long ago Tim was following me through traffic and made some abrupt moves to keep up. When we arrived, I asked, “Was that the ‘wild thing’ driving?”

    The following Sunday I forgot my sermon notes at home. I “flew” out of the church to retrieve them, passing Tim along the way. When we met later, he joked, “Was that the wild thing driving?” We laughed, but his point hit home—I should have paid attention to the speed…

    Partakers of His Suffering

    …but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… —1 Peter 4:13

    If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of…

    The Authority of Truth

    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. —James 4:8

    It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves…

    A Bondservant of Jesus

    I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… —Galatians 2:20

    These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three…

    Obedience or Independence?

    If you love Me, keep My commandments. —John 14:15

    Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning,…

    There Is Fullness In Being Part Of The Body Of Christ

    As Christians, we’re not isolated individuals scattered across the globe. We’re a formidable force, united with one another through Jesus Christ. Today on Discover the Word, the team encourages us to pursue the fullness and richness that comes from being part of a community of believers. Pull up a chair to the table as we […]

    Being Firmly Rooted In The One Who Never Fails Us

    The storms of life are powerful and often feel relentless. But if we’re firmly rooted in God’s love, nothing can knock us down. And so be part of the group today on Discover the Word, as the team encourages us to root our hope and happiness in the One who never fails us. Join us […]

    Discover How The Holy Spirit Encourages Our Hearts

    In our day-to-day struggles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with negative emotions; fear, anxiety, anger, despair. But gratefully, we don’t have to deal with those feelings alone. Today on Discover the Word, the team will explore how the Holy Spirit strengthens and encourages our hearts. Tune in today for Discover the Word!

    Turning To Christ When You Feel Defeated

    When life doesn’t go as planned, we often feel defeated and hopeless. But there’s one place we can always turn for help. Today on Discover the Word, the team reminds us that God is our ever-present source of help in times of need. We’ll save you a seat at the table, today as we Discover […]

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