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A Look At The Life Of Abraham Part 1

Have you ever moved to a new location? Did you find it difficult or challenging? God sometimes asks us to make difficult changes in what we depend on for security.

What We Can Learn From The Life Of Abraham Part 4

Do you think of yourself as a saint?

When people think of a saint, what comes to their minds?

Decisions Require Faith Part 20

The entire story of Abraham featured in Hebrews 11 and developed in Genesis is framed by security and insecurity. Can you sense in your own walk with God the forces of insecurity and security playing up against each other?

Are You Willing To Step Into The Unknown With God? Part 52

Some call it a crisis of faith. Others call it a crossroads. But at some point in our lives each of us will choose whether to follow God or take another path.

What Does It Mean To Be Citizens Of Heaven While Still Here On Earth? Part 6

Matthew 6:19 and 20 states: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” We’re called to be set apart from the world . . . but what does that really mean?

 

 

What Does It Mean To Be In The World But Not Of The World? Part 7

Between traffic, work, kids, shopping . . . all the things that fill up our days . . . it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the “daily-ness” of life. When we’re engaged in the busy-ness of life . . . what does it mean to be in the world but not of the world?

 

An Insightful Discussion About Discernment Part 8

When you look back at our nation’s history, you’ll see many different ways “worldliness” was defined. An abhorrent sin during one era was perfectly normal in another. So how do we distinguish which is right and which is wrong?

What It Means To Be A Christian In Today’s Society Part 9

No one is immune from problems. Even Christians struggle with alcoholism, abuse, adultery, and divorce. So what sets us apart from the rest of the world?

Living In Today’s Society While Nurturing A Vital Relationship With God Part 10

As Christians we’re called to be different . . . “set apart” . . . from the world. And yet, we live in a culture unsympathetic with our values.

What It Means To Be A Follower Of Christ In Our Culture Part 12

Is there a difference between a Christian rock band and Christians in a rock band? How about a Christian business verses a Christian in a business? Want to make a difference but don’t know where to start?

Practical Ways To Understand The Society Around Us While Still Maintaining Our Beliefs Part 16

We’re taught to be in the world . . . but not of the world. So, as Christians, how do we reconcile our value system with a godless culture?

Explore Ways To Debate Issues With Christlike Love Part 17

Disagreements are part of daily life. And how we handle conflict is of great importance to God. Having difficulty addressing a difference in opinion? Don’t miss the practical advice.

Let’s Decipher Some Of The Analogies In The Bible And How They Relate To Life Today Part 27

What does it mean to “walk with God”? Often the Bible uses metaphors to describe the Christian life. And sometimes, they can be difficult to apply to real life. 

 

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Character > Choices

An eye-opening conversation about the truth and grace of Christ Part 5

Let's conclude a study on John chapter 8 and the story of the woman caught in adultery. What we’ll find in this passage is a remarkable display of both the truth and grace of Christ.

Discover Jesus’ response to an impossible dilemma Part 3

From a human perspective, there was no good solution. Jesus shouldn’t forgive the woman caught in adultery, but He wouldn’t condemn her either! Our series in John chapter 8 continues.

An important discussion about the dangers of exploiting others Part 2

Ever notice how easy it is to mix up our priorities? It happens when we love things and use people, instead of loving people and using things!

Character > Christlikeness

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.”

Let’s contrast the wisdom of joy and earthly wisdom Part 7

In the midst of conflict, it’s hard to get the right perspective. Let's contrast the “pure and peaceable” wisdom from above with the “earthly and unspiritual” wisdom from below. One is “easily entreated” and furthers our relationships. The other is harsh, driving people apart.

A challenge to change our perspective on those in need Part 3

Some saw him as a culprit to blame. Others viewed him as a mystery to solve. But the religious leaders saw the blind man in John chapter 9 as a problem to avoid! Do we view them as people to love or interruptions to ignore?

Character > Decisions

Perspective that can help you see “The Beauty of Broken” Part 9

When our son wanders off course, or our daughter makes poor decisions, we may wonder if they have completely missed God’s plan for their life. Offering hope and encouragement for worried moms and dads.

Engage in a thoughtful discussion about taking our promises seriously Part 20

Making a lifelong commitment, and keeping it, isn’t easy! Especially in a culture that says we can break those promises whenever the pressure’s too much to bear.

Discover how some commitments can change the course of our life Part 19

Let's look at the commitment Ruth made to her mother-in-law Naomi, to care for her well-being until her death.

Character > Honesty

Truth-telling and the workplace Part 10

We see it all the time, advertisements for products with misleading information and guarantees built on false promises. Don't miss this thought-provoking conversation as we conclude our series on "Faith at Work"!

Let’s turn to John chapter 11 and find that God has compassion for us in every situation! Part 4

When troubles pile up and we reach the end of our rope, we may start to wonder if God really cares about us. Let's talk honestly about those times when we doubt God’s love.

Ways To Break Through Disagreements And Get To The Heart Of The Matter Part 32

Communication is key to developing a close, intimate relationship with your spouse. But often, it’s in open dialogue that conflict arises! Sound familiar?

Character > Hypocrisy

A Challenge To Rethink Our Perspective On Salvation Part 74

Salvation is a free gift to those who believe in Jesus Christ. But when we begin trying to earn God’s favor, our attitude changes from being a son or daughter of the King, to being an employee doing a day’s work.

Let’s Grapple With The Problem Of Pride Part 27

Self-righteous is a term we don’t use very often today. It’s a phrase that describes people who lord their accomplishments over us.

The Effect Pride Can Have On Our Relationships . . . And Most Importantly, How We Relate To God Part 23

Have you ever met someone so wrapped up in how great they are that you felt . . . well, a little less significant?

Character > Integrity

Let’s conclude our study on the Roman centurion in Matthew 8 Part 5

Want to know how to shock and amaze God? This soldier said something that astonished Jesus, and in so doing, gave us an inspiring example.

Engage in a thoughtful discussion about taking our promises seriously Part 20

Making a lifelong commitment, and keeping it, isn’t easy! Especially in a culture that says we can break those promises whenever the pressure’s too much to bear.

Discover how some commitments can change the course of our life Part 19

Let's look at the commitment Ruth made to her mother-in-law Naomi, to care for her well-being until her death.

Character > Priorities

Engage in a thoughtful discussion about taking our promises seriously Part 20

Making a lifelong commitment, and keeping it, isn’t easy! Especially in a culture that says we can break those promises whenever the pressure’s too much to bear.

Discover How To Bring Meaning To Your Ordinary Work Day Part 45

It’s not always easy to find significance and meaning in the mundane assignments on our plate everyday. Bring new life to your workweek with a thought-provoking study in Ephesians.

Consider What The Bible Has To Say About Work Part 15

We spend most of our time working at one job or another, but how often do we sit down and consider what the Bible says about work? A fascinating discussion on the theology of work.

Character > Purity

An eye-opening conversation about the truth and grace of Christ Part 5

Let's conclude a study on John chapter 8 and the story of the woman caught in adultery. What we’ll find in this passage is a remarkable display of both the truth and grace of Christ.

Be encouraged by how Jesus handles our sin with truth and grace Part 4

She had been caught red-handed. Exposed publicly for her sin of adultery, the woman in John 8 certainly didn’t expect any mercy from Jesus or the crowd.

Discover Jesus’ response to an impossible dilemma Part 3

From a human perspective, there was no good solution. Jesus shouldn’t forgive the woman caught in adultery, but He wouldn’t condemn her either! Our series in John chapter 8 continues.

Character > Self Control

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.

Character > Self Images

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?

How Does Jesus Redeem Our Scars? Part 9

Most of us have scars. Some are physical, easily seen. Others are emotional, often hidden deep within. Let's discuss how many people believe that their painful past disqualifies them from having a part in the kingdom. Be part of today’s conversation as we talk about how Jesus can redeem our scars through His scars.

Using your Gifts to Bring God Glory Part 8

Someone once said, “Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I’m not. It comes from a voice in here, calling me to be the person I was born to be.” Let's talk about what it really means to use our specific creative gifts to bring God glory and bring us fulfillment as well.

Character > Thinking

Our inadequacies often distort our view of God Part 4

We live in a culture of comparison. Beneath our feelings that we don’t measure up to “so and so” is the fear that we don’t have what it takes. Do you feel uncomfortable when you’re told that “you’re beautiful in God’s eyes” because deep down you don’t really believe it?

Discover how some commitments can change the course of our life Part 19

Let's look at the commitment Ruth made to her mother-in-law Naomi, to care for her well-being until her death.

The Importance Of Being Prepared When It Comes To Choosing A Job, Or Walking Away From One Part 42

If you’ve ever been asked to go against your beliefs to keep your job, you know the tough decision at stake. It’s important to be prepared for those tough choices well in advance.

Character > Wisdom

The wisdom of mercy Part 8

Greek thought viewed mercy as pity for those who were suffering unjustly. But Jesus introduced a new concept, mercy for those who are in trouble, even if that trouble is their own fault. We’ll see how the combined “good fruits” of wisdom ultimately reach their maturity in a harvest of mercy.

Let’s contrast the wisdom of joy and earthly wisdom Part 7

In the midst of conflict, it’s hard to get the right perspective. Let's contrast the “pure and peaceable” wisdom from above with the “earthly and unspiritual” wisdom from below. One is “easily entreated” and furthers our relationships. The other is harsh, driving people apart.

Joy: the first step in wisdom Part 4

We're in a great series this week and we're discovering that there is great wisdom in living joyfully.