Month: January 2014

use what you have

In 2008, economists confirmed that the UK was in recession. Sure enough, in time, as many as one in ten people lost their jobs, and the normally bustling “high streets” fell silent as many well-known companies became insolvent.

Buyer’s Remorse

Have you ever experienced buyer’s remorse? I have. Just prior to making a purchase, I feel the surge of excitement that comes with getting something new. After buying the item, however, a wave of remorse sometimes crashes over me. Did I really need this? Should I have spent the money?

Closing one chapter, and beginning a new adventure

It’s always sad to reach the end of certain chapters in life. Yet, with God, we know there’s a bright future in store! Let's enjoy a special conversation with lead teacher, Haddon Robinson, one last time. You won't want to miss this moving message.

My life at Christ’s discretion–Frank’s Story

Sometimes the paths we take in life can lead us to places we never would have expected. Frank’s troubled childhood, a difficult marriage, and unexpected pain were not figments of his imagination, but God was with him every step of the way.

God in a box

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could fit God into a box? When we want to do or say something that’s not Christlike, we could simply place Him in it and shut the lid. Perhaps we’d like to do so just before cursing during a bad traffic jam or when we’re checking something out on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter that isn’t appropriate. After our dalliance with sin, we could simply bring God back out.

Too Costly To Trifle With

My heart whispers to my soul My mind sings its thoughts My soul, mind, and spirit Battle within me. My spirit yearns for food and nourishment Once strong but now weakened My flesh sings a song of victory Over another battle won But the war of righteousness Wages deep within […]

Precious In God’s Eyes

In response to the news that a mutual friend of ours had died, a wise brother who knew the Lord sent me these words, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15). Our friend’s vibrant faith in Jesus Christ was the dominant characteristic of his life, and we knew he was home with God in heaven. His family had that assurance as well, but I had been focused only on their sorrow. And it’s appropriate to consider others during their grief and loss.

God’s faithfulness and new friends

For years Bill Crowder has been a contributing author to “Our Daily Bread” and longtime friend to RBC Ministries. Let's introduce Bill to the “Discover the Word” family as our newest team member. Celebrating God’s faithfulness and meeting new friends.

To see the special chapel where Haddon and Alice were honored, click on the "read more" link.

wonders and whispers

Scene 1: Elijah is on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:16-39). The prophet has declared a test. He and the prophets of Baal will each erect an altar and call to their respective gods. The one who sets the altar on fire will be revealed as the one true God (1 Kings 18:24).

Great Expectations

I once asked a counselor what the major issues were that brought people to him. Without hesitation he said, “The root of many problems is broken expectations; if not dealt with, they mature into anger and bitterness.”

In our best moments, it’s easy to expect that we will find ourselves in a good place surrounded by good people who like and affirm us.

Better Than Planned

Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned.

Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions. Rudeness. Laziness. Impatience. Incompetence.

An Ordinary Day

While exploring a museum exhibit titled “A Day in Pompeii,” I was struck by the repeated theme that August 24, ad 79 began as an ordinary day. People were going about their daily business in homes, markets, and at the port of this prosperous Roman town of 20,000 people. At 8 a.m., a series of small emissions were seen coming from nearby Mount Vesuvius, followed by a violent eruption in the afternoon. In less than 24 hours, Pompeii and many of its people lay buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash. Unexpected.

How God orchestrates relationships that can last a lifetime

It’s remarkable how God orchestrates relationships that can last a lifetime. Let's introduce longtime friend, and former MOPS President, Elisa Morgan to the “Discover the Word” family. A time of remembrance and new acquaintances.

To see the special chapel where Haddon and Alice were honored, click on the "read more" link.

glory & authority

John records for us two events that occurred at the beginning (probably in the first few weeks) of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus performed the first of his 35 recorded miracles at a wedding in Cana, turning plain water used for ceremonial washing into top-quality wine (John 2:1-11). More than just showing us a tender and compassionate Jesus helping an embarrassed, newly married couple whose wine ran out too early, we’re offered a taste of His transforming power!

The Introverted Christian

My mouth was dry like the Mojave Desert. My thoughts were tired and sludgy. I felt slightly morose as I had forgotten to take the tablet for my gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Having already thrown up, I could still feel the sizzling acid creeping out of my stomach into my esophagus. On […]

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