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    Spirit-Led Worship

    Facing transition in my current job, I’ve been diligently asking God for direction. Feeling called to take a leap of faith, I wonder how others will respond to my decision. As I was ruminating over the circumstances with my son, he said, “Mom, you are a Lucy,” referring to the Prince Caspian segment of The Chronicles of Narnia. “She could see Aslan when the others couldn’t, and he told her to follow him regardless.”

    The Blessing of Encouragers

    The 2010 movie, The King’s Speech, tells the story of England’s King George VI, who unexpectedly became monarch when his brother abandoned the throne. With the country on the brink of World War II, government officials wanted a well-spoken leader because of the increasingly influential role of the radio. King George VI, however, struggled with a stuttering problem.

    I was especially drawn to the film’s portrayal of George’s wife Elizabeth. Throughout George’s painful struggle to overcome his speech difficulty, she was his constant source of encouragement. Her steadfast devotion helped provide the support he needed to overcome his stutter and rule well…

    God’s Blessing Extends To All Believers

    In the Old Testament, we read about how God’s blessing was focused on His “chosen people,” the Israelites. But eventually, God’s blessing would extend to everyone. Today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss how the Aaronic Blessing paved the way for the blessing of all people through Jesus. Join us today for Discover […]

    True Freedom

    Recently, I looked up a few of the definitions for the word freedom in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Freedom, one definition suggested, is “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” It can also mean “a political right.”

    3 Ways Missions Changed The Way I Relate To Others

    It was the summer after 9/11. Looking back, I can’t quite believe that we went. Everything and anything to do with airports and security was tense, and everyone was on high alert. So much was going on in the world, and yet our church still commissioned and sent out five different groups of teenagers to five different countries.

    Unexpected Ways

    In 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell twenty feet into the gorilla enclosure of England’s Jersey zoo. As parents and onlookers cried out for help, a full-grown male silverback, named Jambo, placed himself between the motionless boy and several other gorillas. Then he began to gently stroke the child’s back. When Levan began to cry, Jambo led the other gorillas into their own enclosure as zoo-keepers and an ambulance driver came to the rescue. Thirty years later Levan still talks about Jambo the gentle giant—his guardian angel who had acted in a shockingly unexpected way, changing his perception of gorillas forever.

    Elijah…

    Jesus Is Our Mediator

    A mediator is someone who brings together two parties to help them come to an agreement. And today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss how Moses’s mediation for the Israelites points to Jesus as the Mediator between God and all of us. Pull up a chair to the table, today on Discover the […]

    When Family Conflicts Turned Us Into Enemies

    Four years ago, I was staying with my husband’s family. I was a new mom to a baby boy, and there were many things I had to learn.

    My in-laws, naturally, kept a close watch on their grandson. They would often correct me on how to carry the baby or hold his milk bottle. As a perfectionist, I hated being corrected. But at the same time, I felt pressured to perform well, even when I was tired.

    Searching: How Far Will You Go For Your Loved Ones?

    Searching, the first film from 27-year-old director Aneesh Chaganty, is a crime thriller starring John Cho who plays David, a father in a desperate search for his missing daughter.

    When I Befriended the Friendless

    I met John when I was working at a library in Singapore. He had a routine he performed every morning when the library opened. First, he would greet everyone loudly and shake hands with the library staff present. Next, he would head to the counter to scan his expired identity card as he half-mumbled and half-declared to everyone that he has paid his bills to the government. Then, he would show the library staff his documents and again declare that he has paid his bills, before finally heading to the multimedia station.

    #firstworldproblems: Legit or Trivial?

    As a Singaporean, I’m well-acquainted with the fact that I live in a “first-world country.” This in turn means that I’ve had my share of “first-world problems.” For example, taking the subway during peak hour.

    When Suicide Strikes

    Every 30 seconds, the worst kind of death is leaving brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends asking “why?” Every 30 seconds, somewhere on the globe someone’s life ends by their own hands. Al Hsu lost his father to suicide. He’s tasted the pain of distorted grief. In this booklet, Al chronicles …

    What Happened When I Quit Social Media

    “Am saying bye bye to Facebook! It’s taking too much of my time. I’m on Insta (which I check sporadically) or Messenger, text or WhatsApp! Adios!” That was my last Facebook post, written two months ago.

    As soon as the post went live, I deleted my Facebook app and shuffled my Instagram app to sit on the lowest row of my phone.

    Why I Gravitated Towards BTS’s Music

    My favorite K-pop boyband BTS has just released a new album. I was really excited to hear that they’ve set another record with the music video of their latest single, “Idol”. The video racked up over 50 million views within a day of its release—the highest hits for any YouTube video over a 24-hour period!

    Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka: When Our Heroes Fail Us

    It was meant to be a historic match, but ended up being remembered for all the wrong reasons.

    20-year-old Naomi Osaka was looking forward to a “tough, competitive match” when she walked into the women’s final of the US Open Tennis Championship on September 8.

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