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    Objects in Mirror

    “Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park as he and two other characters flee in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus. When the driver looks in the rearview mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”

    The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the “monsters” from our own past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the “mirror” of our lives and see our mistakes…

    A Kind Critique

    During a landscape painting class I took, the teacher, a highly experienced professional artist, assessed my first assignment. He stood silently in front of my painting, one hand cupping his chin. Here we go, I thought. He’s going to say it’s terrible.

    But he didn’t.

    He said he liked the color scheme and the feeling of openness. Then he mentioned that the trees in the distance could be lightened. A cluster of weeds needed softer edges. He had the authority to criticize my work based on the rules of perspective and color, yet his critique was truthful and kind.

    Jesus, who was perfectly qualified…

    Someone Who Leads

    Who do you think of when you hear the word mentor? For me, it is Pastor Rich. He saw potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He challenged me to expect great things from God as I obey Him. He modeled for me how to lead by serving in humility and love. As a result of his mentoring, I am now serving God by mentoring others.

    The prophet Elijah played a critical role in Elisha’s growth as a leader. Elijah found him plowing a field and invited him to be his protégé after God had…

    Of Saints and Sinners

    Before she followed in the footsteps of John the Baptist by living in the desert, Mary of Egypt (c. ad 344—c. ad 421) spent her youth pursuing illicit pleasures and seducing men. At the height of her sordid career, she journeyed to Jerusalem in an attempt to corrupt pilgrims. Instead, she experienced deep conviction of her sins and thereafter lived a life of repentance and solitude in the wilderness. Mary’s radical transformation illustrates the magnitude of God’s grace and the redemptive power of the cross.

    The disciple Peter denied Jesus three times. Only hours before the denials, Peter had declared his…

    Change Is Possible

    One Saturday afternoon, some teenagers from my church’s youth group gathered in a cafeteria to ask one another some hard questions based on Philippians 2:3–4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Some of the difficult queries included: How often do you take an interest in others? Would someone describe you as humble or proud? Why?

    As I listened, I was encouraged by their honest answers. The group agreed that it’s easy to acknowledge our shortcomings, but it’s hard…

    God Promises To Stay By Our Side If We Submit Our Ways To Him

    God never said that life would be easy. But He does promise to stay by our side every step of the way. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs discuss what Proverbs 3:6 means when it says “In all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” […]

    Do Not Boast About Tomorrow, Rather Invite God Into Your Daily Plans

    No one knows for sure what tomorrow will bring. But at times, we sure act as if we do! Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs consider Proverbs 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow.” We’re learning to invite God into our plans and ambitions as we study the Proverbs together, today on Discover […]

    Is It Possible To Have All That Knowledge And Still Lack Wisdom?

    In today’s world, we have practically unlimited access to information. The answer to any question is just a Google search away. But is it possible to have all that knowledge and still lack wisdom? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs discuss the value of applying God’s wisdom to our lives. […]

    Using Your Words For Good

    Words are some of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. We can use them either to build people up or tear them down. Today on Discover the Word, our team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs consider Proverbs 16:24, in which Solomon implores us to speak graciously, and use our words to build. […]

    Fluff and Other Stuff

    Winnie the Pooh famously said, “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

    I’ve learned over the years that Winnie might be on to something. When someone won’t listen to you even though following your counsel would be to their advantage, it may be that their reticence is nothing more than a small piece of fluff in their ear. Or there may be another hindrance: Some folks find it hard to listen well because they are broken and discouraged.

    Moses said…

    Inviting God Into Our Daily Plans

    Do you sometimes write up a plan or schedule for how you expect your day to go? Does your day always play out that way? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs urge us to invite God into our plans and allow Him to guide our steps. Join the group […]

    Seeing God’s Greater Purpose In Our Pain

    In those times of loss we all go through in life it can be difficult to see God’s greater purpose in the pain. But today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice help us find hope in the most hopeless of situations. Don’t miss the conclusion of our series, “The Struggle Is Real” today […]

    Using Our Inner Voice To “Renew Our Minds”

    Regardless of what other people say, our own inner voice tends to have the biggest impact. So what kind of things are you telling yourself? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice encourage us to “renew our minds,” and use our inner voice to speak life and love into our spirits. Pull […]

    Learning To Let God Re-Write Our Story

    For better or for worse, our past influences who we are today. But it doesn’t have to define us. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice urge us to embrace our identity as God’s loved daughters and sons. We’re leaning to let God rewrite our stories, today on Discover the Word!

    Hearing God’s Voice Starts By Reading God’s Word

    We all long to know God’s will and direction for our lives. But sometimes, it’s hard to hear His guiding voice. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice explain that hearing God’s voice starts with reading His Word. Learn how to recognize God’s prompting in your spirit, today on Discover the Word!  

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