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    A New Heart

    Inspired by Polynesian mythology, the Disney animated movie Moana skillfully depicts the story of a brave teenager who strives to save her people from hunger and ultimate destruction. A selfish demigod had stolen the heart of “Te Fiti,” the goddess of creation. Because her heart was stolen, the world began to die. After a dangerous journey, Moana returns the heart to Te Fiti who is then transformed. Instead of death, Te Fiti provides life and hope to Moana and her people.

    Perfect Unity

    I’ve witnessed church conflict close up, and it’s often not pretty. Accusation and counteraccusation, name-calling, gossip, betrayal, and heartache—all of these can oppose the fullness of life that God has brought. Unresolved conflict among God’s people can not only rip apart its members, but can also weaken and destroy our witness to a watching world.

    My Real Face

    For years, feelings of unworthiness and shame over my less-than-godly past had an adverse impact on every aspect of my life. What if others discovered the extent of my blemished reputation? Though God helped me muster up courage to invite a ministry leader to lunch, I strived to seem perfect. I scrubbed my house spotless, whipped up a three-course meal, and donned my best jeans and blouse.

    I rushed to turn off the front-yard sprinklers. Twisting the leaking nozzle, I screamed when a gush of water drenched me. With towel-dried hair and smeared makeup, I changed into dry sweats and a T-shirt…

    Always Accepted

    After several years of struggling to keep up in her studies, Angie was finally taken out of her elite primary school and transferred to a “normal” one. In Singapore’s intensely competitive education landscape, where being in a “good” school can improve one’s future prospects, many would see this as a failure.

    Angie’s parents were disappointed, and Angie herself felt as if she had been demoted. But soon after joining her new school, the nine year old realized what it meant to be in a class of average students. “Mummy, I belong here,” she said. “I’m finally accepted!”

    It reminded me of how…

    Slowing Down In A World Of Distractions

    In a world of distractions, sometimes we need to slow down and focus on just one thing. Today on Discover the Word, we will discover the “One Thing” that kept the apostle Paul going each day, even while he was being held prisoner in Rome. An important reminder about what really matters, today on Discover the Word!

    Seeking What Is Most Important

    If you could wish for one thing in the world, (and it can’t be more wishes!), what would it be? Today on Discover the Word, the team will find King David’s one desire, written in Psalm 27. We’re learning to seek what’s most important in life—“One Thing” today on Discover the Word!

    Does Jesus Challenge Your Facts And Experiences

    Which holds more weight in an argument? A fact? Or an experience? Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at one man whose experience with Jesus challenged everything people thought they knew about God. We’re looking at the story of the man born blind who knew “One Thing” about Jesus, today on Discover the Word!

    “One Thing”

    If you had to make a list of things in your life, from most important, to least important, what would it look it? Today on Discover the Word, we will discuss how to keep things in perspective when life gets busy and stressful. A relevant lesson on “One Thing” from the story of Mary and Martha, today on Discover the […]

    The Rich Young Ruler

    There’s no end to the distractions that vie for our attention on a daily basis. But today on Discover the Word, the team challenges us to put down our phones, turn off the television, and focus on some instances in the Bible when our attention is on just “One Thing.” An insightful look into the story of the […]

    Listening to Your Brother

    “You need to listen to me, I’m your brother!” The plea came from a concerned older brother in my neighborhood and was directed to a younger sibling who was moving farther away and faster than the older child was comfortable with. Clearly the older child was better able to judge what was best in the situation.

    How many of us have resisted the wise counsel of a brother or sister? If you have had to face the consequences of resisting the good advice of someone more mature, you are not alone.

    One of the greatest resources we can have as believers in…

    Do It Yourself (2)

    . . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5

    Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “.…

    Brightly Shining

    In what’s considered one of the greatest Christian classics, Mere Christianity, British novelist, poet, academic, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis wrote: “There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus, if you have really handed yourself over to Him (Jesus), it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.”

    Do It Yourself (1)

    . . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5

    Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that…

    Where’s God?

    Since ancient times, faithful Christians have spoken about what John of the Cross called the “dark night of the soul”. This “dark night” descends upon even the most faithful believers, upon those who have walked with God for years. In this dark night, believers can feel spiritually dry for unusually long periods of time, as if they’re just going through the motions of discipleship. It can feel as if God has refused to show up, as if He’s missing in action.

    In Progress or Completed?

    It’s satisfying to finish a job. Each month, for instance, one of my job responsibilities gets moved from one category to another, from “In Progress” to “Completed.” I love clicking that “Completed” button. But last month when I clicked it, I thought, If only I could overcome rough spots in my faith so easily! It can seem like the Christian life is always in progress, never completed.

    Then I remembered Hebrews 10:14. It describes how Christ’s sacrifice redeems us totally. So in one important sense, that “completed button” has been pressed for us. Jesus’ death did for us what we couldn’t do for…

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