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Leprosy, a military commander, and a message Part 18

What would you say is the most feared communicable disease of our day? Well, during the time of “The Miraculous Life of Elisha,” it had to have been leprosy. And a Syrian military commander named Naaman had it. Today on "Discover the Word," we will talk about an astounding prophetic message behind this intriguing story. Don’t miss the conversation today 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.

An extravagant act of devotion Part 4

Today on "Discover the Word," we discuss Mary of Bethany’s extravagant act of devotion in anointing Jesus with expensive perfume. Knowingly or unknowingly, she was preparing Jesus’ body for burial. It was a risky and appropriate act of love. Mary used what she had to invest in His life when He needed it the most. And that should be an example to each of us. The “what” of “She Did What She Could,” today on "Discover the Word"!

Living loved Part 3

How often do we talk about doing good for others, but then never act on it? Today on "Discover the Word," we will talk about how Mary of Bethany was a woman who “lived loved.” As a result she found the courage to step up at a pivotal moment in Christ’s life, giving Him comfort when He needed it the most. She did. “She Did What She Could” continues today on "Discover the Word"!

A passionate worshiper Part 2

Mary of Bethany was an ordinary woman. But there was nothing ordinary about any woman in the male-dominated culture of that day sitting at the feet of a Jewish rabbi! Today on "Discover the Word," we discuss the extraordinary decision by God to “pick a girl” as a person that history would hold up as an example of a passionate worshiper of Jesus. Join us today on "Discover the Word"!

Mary of Bethany: she did what she could Part 1

In the story of Mary and the alabaster jar in Mark 14, Jesus says, “She did what she could.” It’s a story about an act of devotion that was actually reasonable in light of Mary’s deep love for Jesus. You’re invited to join the group on "Discover the Word" as we begin the discussion on Mary of Bethany and how her life speaks to us today.

The wisdom of impartiality Part 9

Each person is valued by God and should be made to feel that way. It’s not manipulative or artificial to make someone feel important, it’s wise. You’re meeting that person’s heart hunger to be loved. God is no respecter of persons and neither should we be.

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.

Jesus’ offer to join Him in His ministry of compassion Part 5

Two thousand years ago, Jesus began a movement that fed the hungry, comforted the hurting, and offered grace to the brokenhearted. Ready to get involved? Our study in Matthew 9 concludes .

Let’s ponder Jesus’ request for workers Part 4

Face-to-face with the desperate needs of people we know, we might pray that God brings them comfort. But could God be asking us to be the ones to meet their need? Are we willing to say, “Lord, send me”?

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?

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!

Job’s place in Scripture, and the lessons we can learn from this story of faith Part 1

Compared to the uplifting or encouraging books of the Bible, the book of Job seems to stand out like a sore thumb.

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.