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    Learning to trust God again

    If you faced one devastating event after another, would you still be able to trust in God’s goodness? On the next Words to Live By, hear the story of a pastor’s wife whose faith was tested to the limit leaving her questioning whether or not God is trustworthy. Discover how Charity’s faith was renewed as […]

    Going Through Spiritual Confusion

    Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22

    There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should …

    If It’s Really You . . .

    A non-Christian organization has established a hotline for people who are struggling with spiritual doubts. While the exact goal of this call-in center seems a bit fuzzy, its founder made an interesting observation: “Many people feel isolated or rejected when they begin to ask questions. . . . If churches suddenly started welcoming doubters [for food and fellowship], the hotline project wouldn’t be necessary.”

    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith

    Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ, while the realities of your commonsense life continue to shout, “It’s all a lie”?

    Are you there, God? Do you hear me?

    Have you ever asked the question, “What did I ever do to deserve this?” Karen did, over and over.  Her life was filled with trauma and drama including domestic abuse, her mother’s suicide, addiction, and severed relationships. Anger and guilt consumed her until she surrendered all to Christ. Listen to Karen’s story and discover how […]

    During times of transition will you trust God?

    During times of transition we’re all enrolled in Trust School. The question is, will we barely pass, fail completely, or graduate with honors? Today on Discover the Word, our team, along with pastor and author Jeff Manion, concludes their series called “The Land Between.” When life is turned upside down, God wants to know, “Will […]

    God’s not put off by our honest complaints

    Any pastor can tell you that too much whining in the wilderness wears a leader down. It did for Moses. He complained to God and told Him the load of leadership was too much to bear! Today on Discover the Word, the group and pastor and author Jeff Manion discuss how God’s not put off […]

    John’s Question

    I had plans for how my life was supposed to work out,” my friend David said. “And when things didn’t go as planned, I became bitter and resentful.” Who can relate to David? I definitely can! Often I find myself imposing my expectations on God as rights, and then sulking when they aren’t realized.

    Spiritual Struggles

    Albert Einstein may have suffered from Impostor Syndrome—the tendency for accomplished people to suspect they’re frauds. He said, “The exaggerated esteem in which my lifework is held makes me very ill at ease.” Few among us would question Einstein’s colossal contributions to physics. If he doubted his work, where do the rest of us stand?

    Faith, disappointment and doubt

    Have you ever been the victim of a cruel joke? Well, today’s study of “The Miraculous Life of Elisha” on “Discover the Word” takes us to a woman who may have felt like the victim of a cosmically cruel joke after her young son suddenly died. Join us as we discuss how repeated disappointments in our lives can cause us to doubt, even in the midst of our faith. A revealing conversation today on “Discover the Word”!

    When God says no

    Life doesn’t always go as planned. Most of the time we can adjust and simply roll with the punches. But how do we cope when our deepest dreams are crushed? Sheridan and Merryn tell their story of infertility, broken dreams, and God’s faithfulness through it all.

    My Brief Encounter with Adoniram Judson

    I had not heard of Adoniram Judson until I came across the biography about him, “Adoniram Judson: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard!” by Bible teacher and theologian John Piper. Intrigued, I decided to read about this “obscure” missionary that Piper had taken time to write about.

    Knowledge by Touch

    Thanks to journalist Swagat Thorat, India has a newspaper for its blind citizens. An estimated 24,000 visually impaired people read the biweekly braille publication. Thorat believes that the ability to read articles about current events is important. He named the newspaper Sparshdnyan, which means: knowledge by touch.

    Unpacking our doubts about God’s love

    The “Discover the Word” group continues their series “She Did What She Could” today. After Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus with expensive ointment, Judas and others criticized her . . . until Jesus told the men to “leave her alone.” Join us as we unpack the concept of “leaving ourselves alone”. . . by not being hard on ourselves, or allowing others to make us doubt God’s love for us.

    When I Got Lost in Different Worldviews

    What is your “worldview”? What beliefs and values govern the way you perceive the world around you? Just like how wearing colored lens will affect how we see things, our worldview will affect how we make sense of the things that happen around us, and determine what stand we take in life.


    September 2019: Christian Living

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