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    “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…

    Transformed & Transforming

    Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally transformed by God’s grace, they never imagined that they would be used to transform one of the most deprived and segregated communities in England—Anfield in Liverpool. As Drs. Tani and Modupe Omideyi faithfully sought God and served their community, He restored hope to many. They lead a vibrant church and continue to run numerous community projects that have led to the transformation of countless lives.

    Manasseh changed his community, first for evil and then for good. Crowned king of Judah at…

    Walking in the Light

    Darkness descended on our forest village when the moon disappeared. Lightning slashed the skies, followed by a rainstorm and crackling thunder. Awake and afraid, as a child I imagined all kinds of grisly monsters about to pounce on me! By daybreak, however, the sounds vanished, the sun rose, and calm returned as birds jubilated in the sunshine. The contrast between the frightening darkness of the night and the joy of the daylight was remarkably sharp.

    The author of Hebrews recalls the time when the Israelites had an experience at Mount Sinai so dark and stormy they hid in fear (Exodus 20:18–19).…

    It’s Good to Ask

    My father has always had a directional sense I’ve envied. He’s just instinctively known where north, south, east, and west were. It’s like he was born with that sense. And he’s always been right. Until the night he wasn’t.

    That was the night my father got lost. He and my mother attended an event in an unfamiliar town and left after dark. He was convinced he knew the way back to the highway, but he didn’t. He got turned around, then confused, and ultimately frustrated. My mother reassured him, “I know it’s hard, but ask your phone for directions. It’s okay.”

    For…

    "And Every Virtue We Possess"

    Our Lord never “patches up” our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— “. . . put on the new man . . .” (Ephesians 4:24). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Once God has begun the process of sanctification in your life, watch and see how God causes your confidence in your own natural virtues and power to wither away. He will continue until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through this drying-up experience!

    Deserter or Disciple?

    When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must “walk in the light” of that vision (1 John 1:7). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don’t “walk in the light” of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the “heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19) will make you a slave to ideas and views that are completely foreign to Jesus Christ. Don’t look at someone else and say, “Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why can’t I?” You have to “walk in the light” of the vision that has been given to you. Don’t compare yourself with others or judge them— that is between God and them.

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