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    Telling The Same Story . . . “God With Us”

    The Gospels all essentially tell the same story. So, do we really need four of them? Today on Discover the Word, we discuss how Matthew tailored his message to a Jewish audience and proclaimed the good news that God is with us. Another great conversation about “Reading the Gospels” today on Discover the Word!

    Marvelously Unique

    Human beings are not special—at least according to the London Zoo. In 2005, the zoo introduced a four-day exhibit: “Humans in Their Natural Environment.” The human “captives” were chosen through an online contest. To help visitors understand the humans, the zoo workers created a sign detailing their diet, habitat, and threats. According to the zoo’s spokesperson, the goal of the exhibit was to downplay the uniqueness of human beings. One participant in the exhibit seemed to agree. “When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds them that we’re not that special.”

    What a stark contrast to what the…

    4 Ways to Know It’s Time to Move On to Marriage

    Our relationship was unusual from the very start. I came from Mexico, and Brian lived in the United States, but we ended up meeting in Hong Kong while working in ministry at the same church. Along with romantic interest in each other, our attraction sprung from a mutual pull towards missions.

    What Does “Sharing The Gospel” Mean?

    The word gospel has a number of meanings and connotations. So what exactly did the disciples mean when they said they were “sharing the gospel”? Today on Discover the Word, we explore the history of the word gospel and consider its implications for us today. It’s a new series titled, “Reading the Gospels” today at on Discover the Word!

    Divine Escape

    Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery The Clocks features antagonists who commit a series of murders. Although their initial plot targeted a single victim, they found it necessary to take more lives in order to cover up the original crime. When confronted by Poirot, one of the conspirators confessed, lamenting, “It was only supposed to be the one murder.”

    Like the schemers in the story, the chief priests and Pharisees of Jesus’s day formed a conspiracy of their own. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38–44), they called an emergency meeting and plotted to take His life (11:45–53). But they didn’t…

    The Crooked Steeple

    Turns out that crooked church steeples make people nervous. When we visited with some friends, they shared how, after a fierce windstorm, their church’s proud steeple was . . . crooked, causing some alarm.

    Of course, the church quickly repaired the flagging spire, but the humorous image got me thinking. Often church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect; it’s not seen as a place where we can show up… crooked. Right?

    But in a fallen, broken world, all of us are “crooked,” each with our own collection of natural weaknesses. We might be tempted to keep…

    We Need Each Other

    While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand…

    More Than Cancer

    Find out how Lucy and her husband Tommy cope with terminal cancer

    When Social Media Determined A Teen’s Death

    On 13 May 2019, 16-year-old Davia Emilia from Malaysia posted on social media expressing her weariness at life. Via an Instagram story, she requested that her followers vote on whether she should continue living or die.

    How Should We Respond To Conflict?

    Nobody enjoys conflict. In fact, most of us would rather avoid it. So when conflict rears its ugly head, how should we respond? Today on Discover the Word, the team consider what it looks like to live out your faith when dealing with conflict. Don’t miss the conclusion of the series titled, “Deal with It”, today on Discover the […]

    God’s Amazing Hands

    Twenty minutes into a flight from New York to San Antonio, the flight plan changed as calm gave way to chaos. When one of the plane’s engines failed, debris from the engine smashed through a window causing the cabin to decompress. Sadly, several passengers were injured and one person was killed. Had not a calm, capable pilot been in the cockpit—one trained as a Navy fighter pilot—things could have been tragically worse. The headline in our local paper read, “In Amazing Hands.”

    In Psalm 31, David revealed that he knew something about the Lord’s amazing, caring hands. That’s why he could…

    The Role Of A Mediator

    In any relationship, conflict is inevitable. But what happens when people can’t work out their differences? Today on Discover the Word, we discuss the role of a mediator in conflict between Christians. It’s another practical lesson on conflict resolution from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, today on Discover the Word!

    Depressed—At the Height of My Success

    I’ve always been on the quest for love. I was born in a non-Christian family and didn’t know about God, so I turned to the media to define love for me.

    Bear Hug

    “Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with joy joy JOY! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly love him. Innocently…

    3 Challenges to Worshipping God in a World of Choices

    I love worshipping God and spending time with Him.

    Every morning, I try my best to set aside time to worship God through prayer, music, Bible study, and journaling.

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