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    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 …

    Value Wise Counsel

    I’ve been mentored by some wonderful leaders over the years. Their encouragement, challenges, criticism, and timely discipline have enabled me to grow and mature. From godly parents and inspirational teachers to leaders in church and the workplace, I’m immensely grateful for their wise counsel. It can be easy to criticize those in authority, but a wise friend once challenged me to prioritize learning from and valuing them.

    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…

    Undivided Devotion

    When I started dating the man who would one day become my husband, I experienced feelings stronger than I’d ever known before. The more I got to know Francisco, the more I wanted to be with him. I would go to sleep at night thinking about getting a message from him in the morning. I intentionally prioritized my schedule to be with Francisco. I grew to be so in love with him that I couldn’t conceive of being interested in another man.

    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 …

    In Preparation

    My friend Phil began chemo treatments in December 2016 for an aggressive form of lymphoma cancer. By God’s grace, he’d been prepared for this challenge in many ways. His wife had battled cancer several years before, and he had seen me go through several treatments in my own battle with an aggressive lymphoma. He had also just changed jobs, and the benefits and community support there were just what the doctor ordered. Most of all, he had been enjoying deep relationship with God.

    Doing as He Says

    I don’t always like to do what I’m told; an internal resistance wells up inside me. Perhaps my natural stubbornness and my dependence on prayer to soften my heart makes me notice Elijah’s pliability and obedience in 1 Kings 17. When God tells him to do something, he obeys. And God uses him in His redemption story.

    The Assigning of the Call

    I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24

    We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes …

    The Awareness of the Call

    . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

    We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you …

    What does a successful life look like?

    What does it mean to live a successful life? And who gets to define what a successful life really is? Today on Discover the Word, author Daniel Ryan Day joins the team for the powerful conclusion to the series they’ve titled, “Intentional Christian.” Be listening today to Discover the Word!

    “Intentional Christian”

    Figuring out God’s will for your life might seem mysterious, even burdensome, but today on Discover the Word, the team is joined by author Daniel Ryan Day to show us that it’s not! God has made His will for us plain and clear. Listen today for part two of the series titled, “Intentional Christian,” right here […]

    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.