Archives: December 2007

Samson . . . A Man Who Defied God’s Direction, And As A Result, Took A Mighty Fall Part 37

We’re given many opportunities to follow God . . . and yet . . . our pride works against us. We tend to carve out our own path without regard to God’s direction.

Reading The Bible As A Form Of Narrative Literature Part 38

It’s tempting to read our favorite portions of the Bible, and ignore the ones that challenge us. Or to extract our favorite verses without an understanding of the cultural context in which they were written.

How Different Writing Styles Can Impact Our Study Of The Bible Part 39

To truly understand the Bible, we need to appreciate the different writing styles used in the Scriptures. The Spirit-inspired authors wrote poetry, narrative stories and so much more.

Explore Ways To Read The Bible As A Story, While Staying In Line With The Author’s Original Intent Part 40

The Bible is far more than a book of rules and regulations. It’s a vibrant piece of literature . . . full of narrative, poetry and instruction.

Samson . . . A Man Whose Indifference Toward God Led To His Downfall Part 41

If you’ve ever tried to live life on your own terms . . . then you know the heartache of living apart from God’s will.

How You Can Be Freed From The Guilt And Frustration Once And For All! Part 42

Perhaps you know what it feels like to be trapped in a bad habit or wrong behavior. Sin blinds us to the truth.

Feel Like You’re Beyond Redemption? Part 43

We’ve all made mistakes we regret. Perhaps you’re living out the consequences of a recent decision. But hope is not lost! Let us introduce you to the “God of second chances.”

The Story Of A Man Who Seemed Lost Forever Part 44

Some people seem to make bad choices over and over again, until they’re so far off course you wonder if they’ll ever recover.  Perhaps you’re stuck in your own regret today.

A New Perspective To Get You Through The Tough Times Part 45

It’s easy to get caught up in the difficult circumstances of life, and miss seeing the good that comes out of hardship.

Are Some Actions Unforgivable? Hear The Truth About Redemption Part 46

We all make mistakes. But perhaps you’re in a place where forgiveness doesn’t seem to be an option. The offense is just too great.

The Reality Of Forgiveness . . . And The Consequences Of Taking Your Own Path Part 47

Was there a time in your life when you chose to follow your own way instead of God’s? It’s possible you’re struggling with some life-changing decisions right now.

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> Basics Of Faith

Exploring a well-known psalm Part 5

Today, we'll pose the question, “How could David go from praising His Creator to asking God to kill those who hated Him?” What tripped David’s switch? Was this a sentiment that God shared or was there another reason why it might be included in Psalm 139? Explore a confusing shift in a part of this well-known psalm we often ignore.

God has planned our days Part 4

Does God make mistakes? In times of crisis and confusion it’s easy to doubt, because it’s hard for us to see the big picture. Today on "Discover the Word," we discuss how God has planned our days in a way that goes beyond time and space, so that even our mistakes can be turned around for His redemptive purposes. Join the discussion today on "Discover the Word"!

“Fearfully and wonderfully made”

Psalm 139 isn’t just an account of how David’s heart had been searched by God, it also invites God to continue searching. And the deeper God searched, the more David developed a sense of awe and wonder that he was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” And so are we. Don’t miss this important conversation today on "Discover the Word"!

> Bible Study

How can we use the wealth God has given us? Part 9

The Bible makes it clear that God calls us to offer care and compassion for the poor. The Old Testament prophets were burdened for the poor. In fact, Isaiah told God's people that it was better to help the needy than to fast.

Can we claim the Bible’s promises for ourselves? Part 3

The Bible is full of what sound like amazing promises from God. but do all those ancient assurances apply to us today? Join us as we continue investigating Psalm 91, and discover whether it contains promises we can claim for ourselves.

Discover Malchus’ small role in a grand story Part 3

We can learn a lot from the prominent characters in the Bible, people like David, Esther, and Peter. But sometimes the minor personalities in Scripture can have just as much impact!

> Christian Life

Responding to the One who gave us everything Part 10

Today on "Discover the Word," we conclude the two-week discussion about doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Through Mary of Bethany’s courageous act of passionate devotion to Jesus, we’re invited to become part of the ongoing story. Mary is our example of how the world could change if each of us gave what we had in response to the One who gave us everything.

Ever feel like you're on the outside looking in? Part 9

Today on "Discover the Word," we continue to peel back the layers of the story of Mary of Bethany and the alabaster jar. What we discover is that Mary wasn’t the only outsider in that room full of religious men. Simon the Leper had been an outcast before Jesus healed him. Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in? Then be part of the group today right here on "Discover the Word"!

Doing what we can with what we've been given Part 5

Today on "Discover the Word," we conclude week one of the discussion on doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Today’s discussion contrasts the two women whose act of passionate devotion for Jesus led them both to anoint Him with perfume. One woman, Mary of Bethany, did this out of love with the purpose of preparing Jesus’ body for burial. The other woman anointed her Savior in grateful response to having been forgiven.

> Current Program

How what is happening in our lives is evidence of the fruit of the Spirit! Part 13

Even a bottle labeled “fruit juice” can contain a large amount of artificial fruit flavors. It proves we can be easily fooled by inferior imitations. Let's play the part of produce inspectors and look for evidence that what is happening in our lives is 100 percent fruit of the Spirit!

Let’s allow God to cultivate godly restraint in our lives Part 12

Whether it’s taking another slice of chocolate cake, or losing our temper when frustrated, self-control can be difficult to maintain. But it’s a virtue we all need! Our study of the fruit of the Spirit continues.

How biblical gentleness is the foundation of true strength Part 11

By the world’s standards, gentleness is a weakness, not a virtue! We’ve been taught it’s imperative we stand up for ourselves. Discover that biblical gentleness is not a sign of being feeble—it’s the foundation of true strength! We’re talking about one of the fruits of the Spirit.

> family tree

The women in Christ’s family tree Part 5

Jesus often startled people with unexpected and controversial actions. So it’s no wonder that even His heritage, listed in the book of Matthew, holds some surprises as well. Today, former "Discover the Word" hosts Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews conclude a week-long dialogue with Dr. Kenneth Bailey about the women in Christ’s family tree. It’s from a classic "Discover the Word" episode that you won’t want to miss.

> Featured Series

> Forgiveness

Our need for God’s love and forgiveness Part 5

Although God called David “a man after his own heart,” David still messed up, royally! But he also knew how to repent. Is having a heart after God about perfection or is it about understanding our need for God’s love and forgiveness? Today, we conclude our discussion with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, on how David learned to know God as a child. It’s a valuable discussion for any parent who wants to teach their child God’s ways.

> God as the good Shepherd

God's long-range perspective for growing us Part 5

Today on "Discover the Word," our special guest Margaret Feinberg helps us conclude our discussion about the surprising depth of some of the agrarian images used in the Bible. Today’s conversation comes out of a fruitful visit Margaret had with a vintner that showed her how the long-range perspective a vintner has for growing grapes is the same kind of long-range perspective God has for growing us.

Pruning the vine Part 4

Today on "Discover the Word," special guest Margaret Feinberg helps center our discussion on what Jesus actually meant when He talked about “pruning the vine.” Instead of whacking the vines with a machete, the vinedresser trims the vine gently, branch by branch. We continue our fascinating conversations about the agrarian images used in the Bible as Margaret tells us about time she spent with a vintner learning about “the fruit of the vine.”

Responding to only the Master's voice Part 1

Today we’re going to get a bit sheepish on "Discover the Word." And you’re invited to join the flock as our special guest Margaret Feinberg introduces us to some of the agricultural . . . or “agrarian” themes of the Bible. When Margaret interviewed a real-life shepherdess she discovered that sheep are hard wired to respond only to their master’s voice. Learn why the image of God as the Shepherd, and us as sheep is so powerful when you listen today on "Discover the Word"!

> God's provision

A miracle that demonstrates God’s provision Part 10

Today on "Discover the Word," we wind up a couple of weeks on “The Miraculous Life of Elisha” talking about a miracle that demonstrates God’s provision in a very personal way. Elisha’s miracles were largely public events. Until a distressed widow boldly asked Elisha to help her and her two sons. As we’ll see, the widow did what she could and through Elisha, God performed a miracle of multiplication. Another chapter in “The Miraculous Life of Elisha,” today on "Discover the Word"!

> Good judgment

David as a child learner Part 4

When David talked about “the law of God,” was he talking about the Ten Commandments or something more? Today on "Discover the Word," we will examine, along with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, Psalm 19 to find the answer. “David As a Child Learner,” that’s the topic today.

> Jewish culture

Behind the story of Zacchaeus Part 3

If you attended Sunday school, you’ve likely heard the story of Zacchaeus, the little man who climbed up a tree in order to see Jesus. But there’s a lot more to this simple story than meets the eye! Join former "Discover the Word" hosts Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews as they welcome Dr. Kenneth Bailey for a discussion about the cultural nuances behind the story of Zacchaeus. Join us for this special classic episode on "Discover the Word"!

> Knowledge

David as a child learner Part 4

When David talked about “the law of God,” was he talking about the Ten Commandments or something more? Today on "Discover the Word," we will examine, along with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, Psalm 19 to find the answer. “David As a Child Learner,” that’s the topic today.

> Life Stories

Discover how God can transform our identities Part 4A

Names can stick with us for years. Perhaps you’ve had labels, nicknames, or reputations haunt you since childhood. Let's study why Jacob’s name made him an unlikely participant in God’s sovereign plan. Our study of Jacob continues.

How to be an advocate for peace Part 5

Caught up in a fight, it’s tempting to throw out accusations in order to win. But to bring a peaceful resolution, we really need to become advocates! Concluding our series on Abigail, and reflecting on how she prevented a deadly disagreement.

Perhaps you could use some help resolving a personal disagreement Part 4

Embroiled in conflict, it can feel like we’re held captive to our frustration, anger, and strong opinions. What we need is a good hostage negotiator! Let's look at Abigail as an example of biblical conflict negotiation.

> Ministry And Outreach

A thought-provoking conversation on evangelism Part 5

This week we've been talking about how to share the gospel in a pluralistic culture. It's the same challenge that the apostle Paul faced in his day.

How Paul related to a pluralistic culture Part 1

Our world is changing, and change is difficult. So what should our attitude be as we face all the changes in the culture around us? Join us as we start a new series in Acts 17, calling Christians to engage the world.

> Pure Religion

How real religion helps us survive tough times Part 5

In the book of James, we find a radical definition of religion. True religion is not simply knowing about God, but rather, trusting in God. Join us today on "Discover the Word" as we conclude our series on "Pure Religion."

What we need most when our faith is tested Part 4

When painful trials put your faith to the test, what is the one thing you need most? Join our special guest, Mark Young, on "Discover the Word" as we discuss why God's wisdom is essential in trying times.

The greater purpose our trials serve Part 3

Life is full of trials. Some are small frustrations and others are painful roadblocks. On our program today, our special guest Mark Young explains how our trials help us see God better. Join us today and learn how to look past the pain!

> Relationships

Entering the kingdom like a child Part 4

Jesus’s disciples argued about who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, until Jesus told them that to enter that kingdom they had to become like a child. So what exactly did He mean by that? Today we, along with our guest, "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman examine Matthew 18 to find the answer.

Important lessons for our own lives Part 6

You’re invited to join the group today on "Discover the Word" as we explore a few Bible stories about water. John baptizing Jesus . . . Moses turning bitter waters into sweet . . . Christ at the well with the Samaritan woman . . . and the prophet Elisha purifying the waters of Jericho. It’s a theme that has important lessons for our own lives.

Why Jesus sees us as Beautiful Part 10

Hello Beautiful! If someone said that to you, would you look behind you to see who they were really talking to? Since 96 percent of women surveyed don’t see themselves as beautiful, this would be a common reaction. We'll make the case that “beautiful” is the way God made us to be. We may feel ugly, but Jesus sees us as beautiful. Do you believe that?