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    Is God a “brand” you can trust?

    Different brands bring different things to mind! And we all have brands we trust. But today on Discover the Word, the group describe God’s brand, and how Job and you, can make it your brand. So is God “on brand” or “off brand” in the story of Job? Find out how God’s brand was also […]

    From Bad to Worse

    In 1997 Singapore experienced the Asian financial crisis. Many people couldn’t find jobs—including me. After nine months of sending out countless resumes, I finally landed a job as a copywriter. God provided for my needs! Then the economy plummeted again because of the SARS outbreak. And, once again, I was jobless.

    God Answered My Prayers with 2 Potatoes

    Prayer can be answered in many small ways. For me, it came in the form of two precious potatoes.

    Where is God when times get tough?

    When times get tough, it’s easy to think that God has abandoned you. Sometimes when we need Him most, He seems absent from our lives, or at best silent. But is that the case? Today on Discover the Word, we continue the series on the book of Job titled, “Job and Jesus.” It’s a relatable […]

    Everything We Need

    I often feel completely inadequate for the tasks I face. Whether it’s teaching Sunday school, advising a friend, or writing articles for this publication, the challenge often seems to be larger than my ability. Like Peter, I have a lot to learn.

    The New Testament reveals Peter’s shortcomings as he tried to follow the Lord. While walking on water to Jesus, Peter began to sink (Matt. 14:25–31). When Jesus was arrested, Peter swore he didn’t know him (Mark 14:66–72). But Peter’s encounter with the risen Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit changed his life.

    Peter came to understand that God’s…

    Is God testing me?

    Does God sometimes test us? Today on Discover the Word, the team dives back into the book of Job, the oldest book in the Bible, to answer one of the oldest questions people have asked about God. “Is God testing me?” Listen today to Discover the Word!

    What is your view of God?

    Today on Discover the Word, the group has their second conversation in a series titled, “Job and Jesus.” They’re talking about our view of God. As you read Job, do you see God as detached, keeping Job at arm’s length? Or is He present in surprisingly intimate ways? Don’t miss it! Listen today to Discover […]

    Untroubled Relationship

    In that day you will ask in My name . . . ,” that is, in My nature. Not “You will use My name as some magic word,” but—”You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.” “That day” is not a day in the next life, but a day meant for here and now. “. . . for the Father Himself loves you . . .”— the Father’s love is evidence that our union with Jesus is complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that our lives will be free from external difficulties and uncertainties, but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, we too can be lifted by Him into heavenly places through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that He can reveal the teachings of God to us.

    Job and Jesus

    Have you ever been out of town, and suddenly you encounter a familiar face? It can sometimes be a little startling, but it’s usually fun to run into old friends in unexpected places. And today on Discover the Word, we uncover a surprise cameo appearance in the Old Testament book of Job. Don’t miss the […]

    Navigating Rough Waters

    I was enjoying the start of my first whitewater rafting experience—until I heard the roar of the rapids up ahead. My emotions were flooded with feelings of uncertainty, fear, and insecurity at the same time. Riding through the whitewater was a first-rate, white-knuckle experience! And then, suddenly, it was over. The guide in the back of the raft had navigated us through. I was safe—at least until the next set of rapids. 

    Transitions in our lives can be like whitewater experiences. The inevitable leaps from one season of life to the next—college to career, changing jobs, living with parents to living…

    Blink and Think of God

    “God is like an eyelid,” my friend Ryley said, and I blinked in surprise. What could she mean by that?

    “Tell me more,” I replied. Together, we had been studying surprising pictures of God in the Bible together, things like God as a laboring mother (Isa. 42:14) or as a beekeeper (7:18), but this one was new to me. Ryley pointed me to Deuteronomy 32, where Moses praises the way God takes care of His people. Verse 10 says that God shields and protects His people, guarding them “as the apple of his eye.”

    But the word we translate apple, Ryley tells…

    God’s Good Presence

    As I processed the news that my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, one thought that came to my mind was, Wow, what more amazing miracles does God want to do in and through my mom? When she told me the results of the biopsy, I was thousands of miles away from her, yet somehow I had peace knowing that God was in control of the situation. After seeing Him carry my mom through a painful divorce and the loss of a child, I had no doubt that He would once again unfold His power and faithfulness in her…

    Unlighted Paths

    As we ventured home from a family vacation, the road took us through some desolate parts of central Oregon. For nearly two hours after dusk we drove through deep canyons and across desert plateaus. Fewer than twenty sets of headlights punctuated the darkness. Eventually the moon rose on the horizon, visible to us when the road crested hills but eclipsed when we traveled through the lowlands. My daughter remarked on its light, calling it a reminder of God’s presence. I asked whether she needed to see it to know He was there. She replied, “No, but it sure helps.”

    After Moses’s…

    Alone in Space

    Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden knew what it felt like to be on the far side of the moon. For three days back in 1971, he flew alone in his command module, Endeavor, while two crewmates worked thousands of miles below on the surface of the moon. His only companions were the stars overhead that he remembers as being so thick they seemed to wrap him in a sheet of light.

    As the sun went down on the Old Testament character Jacob’s first night away from home he too was profoundly alone, but for a different reason. He was on the…

    Bring your thirst to Jesus

    Tap water is amazing! Do you ever think about how great it is, when you’re thirsty, to turn on the faucet and have water come pouring out? Well, be part of the Discover the Word team today as they dive into John chapters 4 and 7 and talk about how to quench your spiritual thirst.  We’re […]


    September 2019: Christian Living

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