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God is there in your brokenness

Many of you have heard her voice singing praises as a former member of the band Selah. Listen in as we hear Nicol Sponberg share her life story. Despite heartbreak and hardship, Nicol has found her security and hope in Jesus Christ.

The reason for the hope that you have

After a childhood of turmoil and abuse, John didn’t know any other way to live. Dmitri thought that all the church wanted was his money. Hear how God renewed both of these men’s lives. Perhaps you’re wondering if there’s a way to overcome your own hurts and hang-ups. Don’t miss this inspirational story on Words to Live By.

God’s gift of grace

In the busyness and stress of the holiday season, it’s helpful to take a break and remember why we celebrate. Join us for a refreshing Christmas edition of “Words to Live By.” We’ll enjoy heartfelt reflections on the mystery of God’s grace! Discover the joy of our Savior’s arrival.

 

For it is by grace you have been saved

It seems no matter what they tried, Jose and Erika struggled to find contentment and satisfaction in their lives. From the time Rick was a little boy he faced abandonment issues leaving him with a deep sense of betrayal and resentment. Discover how hope and contentment can be found through the patient love of Jesus Christ.

Redemption and Restoration

Nate’s drug and alcohol addiction had overtaken his life. In order to support his habit, he committed a crime that earned him a 12-year prison sentence. Thinking her husband a lost cause, his wife, Rose, moved on with her life without him. You’ll be inspired by this story of redemption and restoration as both Nate and Rose surrendered their lives—and their marriage—to Jesus Christ.

The gift of God’s grace

A gifted athlete, Bobby earned a scholarship and was the first in his family to graduate from college. But his insatiable pursuit of wealth and material things sent his life into a tailspin he never expected. Find out how a man who thought he’d lost everything instead gained everything in the gift of God’s grace.

A church behind the walls

Raised in a legalistic religious home, David’s rebellion led him straight to the jungles of war-torn Vietnam, while Jerry’s dangerous and dysfunctional upbringing led him to a lifestyle that earned him a lengthy prison sentence. Discover how both men received the love of Jesus Christ, and how His gift of grace gave them each a ministry they never expected! Be…

Finding peace from the rage within

An abusive childhood left John with deep emotional wounds, which festered into a
simmering rage that followed him into adulthood and marriage. Tony grew up feeling unwanted and unloved. Even after marrying and starting a family of his own, his anger led to verbal and physical abuse. But God can restore even the hardest of hearts as well as marriages and families.

“I thought Christianity was a crutch”

Have you ever doubted God’s existence? What about the Bible? Do you believe that it’s the inspired Word of God that Christ’s followers believe it to be? Well, Jodi put her faith in the big bang theory and Russell believed faith was for the weak. Learn how they both discovered a God who loved them before they ever realized that a loving God…

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 she allowed Jesus to heal…

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Basics Of Faith > Bible Scripture

You are not alone

When a difficult situation threatens to drag us down, we can either let ourselves fall or surrender to the only One who can hold us up. Learn how both Mary Ann and Pat found a lifeline in God’s Word when it felt like their worlds were falling apart. Find peace and joy when trying circumstances come your way.

The transforming power of Christ–Shawn’s Story

Where you’ve come from or what you’ve done doesn’t have to determine who you are or who you’ll become. Even though Shawn was raised by a single father in the ghettos of Chicago, the disadvantages he faced didn’t prevent him from discovering his true value in Jesus Christ.

We would like to thank Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for partnering…

8000 miles: Stepping out in faith – Albert’s Story

Albert’s desire to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ led him to leave his homeland of Zimbabwe to study at a Christian college in the U.S. Even though he had little funding and no clear plan of how his dream would be fulfilled, he stepped out in faith to see God provide in an amazing way.

We would…

Basics Of Faith > Christian Faith

They didn’t tell me the truth

All of us have made decisions we regret and suffered the consequences. Though Bob’s decision had caused great harm, he finally found peace when he accepted God’s forgiveness. Luann’s decision to have an abortion left a deep wound in her heart. After suffering ten years of panic attacks, she finally brought what she had done into the light, finding the healing power of God’s love. Discover how to find freedom from the pain of your own regret.

Can I know for certain I’ll go to heaven?

For Lavonne and Joe, the sudden death of their daughter caused them to reexamine what they had been taught about heaven. Do believers need to keep getting saved or is it a once-and-for-all proposition? For Jack and Leann, being heaven-bound was tied to being a faithful churchgoer. But was that enough to satisfy God? How to have the assurance of salvation and the hope of heaven.

“I don’t want to waste my life”

After she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at age ten, Paige’s childhood came to a screeching halt. Despite her grim prognosis, a friend told her something that would change the course of her life, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.” From that point on, Paige refused to limit God and His ability to use her circumstances for her good and His glory.

Basics Of Faith > Church

Finding hope in one of life’s toughest struggles–Larry & Lisa’s Story

As parents, we all want to have strong, healthy children. But in our fallen world, that’s not always the case. Hear about God’s miraculous provision for Lisa and Larry following the birth of their third child.

Find out more of what the Bible says about "Out of the Ashes: God's Presence in Job's Pain."

Finding hope in one of life’s toughest struggles–Larry and Lisa’s Story

As parents, we want nothing more than to have strong, healthy children. But in a fallen world, that’s not always the case. Find out how God provided in extraordinary ways as Larry and Lisa cared for their family.

We would like to thank KTIS Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota, for partnering with us on this week's story.

Christmas, Worship

A special presentation about the first Christmas through Scripture and song.

Basics Of Faith > Future Prophecy

Heaven, God's Provision–Melissa's Story

When an unexpected illness claimed her husband, Melissa learned to trust God’s plan for the future of her young family . . .

Salvation, Assurance, Heaven–LaVonne and Joe, Jack and Leann's Story

Is Heaven your destination?  If you’re not certain, this edition of “Words To Live By” can help you know for sure . . . 

Basics Of Faith > God

Finding peace in the midst of war

As a World War II soldier serving in France, Henry survived a devastating injury and imprisonment. Don't miss this harrowing story of Henry’s escape from a POW camp and how a dying man’s last words spurred this American soldier to consider eternity. Discover how the power of prayer and a God who intervenes can impact your own journey.

A love that restores

Isaiah chapter 61 promises that the Lord will provide comfort for those who mourn and restore broken lives with “a crown of beauty instead of ashes.” Both Beckie and Barbara Jean’s hearts had been deeply wounded by abuse and shame. Discover how their lives were transformed through Jesus Christ and how they found healing and freedom from the past.

You are not alone

When a difficult situation threatens to drag us down, we can either let ourselves fall or surrender to the only One who can hold us up. Learn how both Mary Ann and Pat found a lifeline in God’s Word when it felt like their worlds were falling apart. Find peace and joy when trying circumstances come your way.

Basics Of Faith > Jesus Christ

Finding marital reconciliation at the cross of Christ–Gerrie and Clyde’s Story

When Gerrie eloped with Clyde, it seemed nothing in the world could break them apart. But when the demands of life pressed in, they began to drift away from their commitment. Learn how this struggling couple found peace and reconciliation for their marriage at the cross of Christ.

Embracing the Voice of Truth–Luke’s Story

How do you know if what you’re hearing in church is the truth? When Luke’s mother began to compare what she was being taught in church to what she was reading in the Bible, she found there were vast differences. Discover how Luke and his family found freedom from a misleading religion, and were transformed by the one true Savior,…

Escaping the darkness–Kathy’s Story

God’s Word tells us that our fight is not against things we can see, but rather against the unseen spiritual agents of darkness. Kathy describes her descent into the occult and God’s miraculous rescue from the grasp of evil.

Find out more of what the Bible says about “Know the Enemy.”

We would like to thank WFCJ in Dayton, Ohio, for…

Basics Of Faith > Salvation

Imprisoned by choice

After her daughter was killed, God led Edith to help other mothers of murdered children. But years later, she was called to do the unimaginable: minister to those in prison who committed murder. Leonard was raised in a Christian home but made poor choices, the last one landed him behind bars . . . for life. But he soon discovered that no place is too dark for the light of God’s love to shine through. Discover the power of forgiveness.

For God so loved . . .

“For God so loved the world . . .” begins one of the most familiar and rightfully treasured verses in the Bible. Hear personal stories from "Our Daily Bread" devotional authors from around the world as they share how the gift of God’s Son, Jesus, has drawn each of them into a personal relationship with the Lord. Gain a deeper understanding of the depth of God’s love for you through these inspirational stories of faith.

A spark of light in the darkest hour - Sharry's Story

A violent, abusive marriage and unrelenting drug addiction left Sharry homeless and estranged from her family. Discover how God brought healing to Sharry and her entire family through the support of a church and local mission.

Basics Of Faith > Sin

After you say “I do…”

The idea of “cutting your losses and moving on” may work in the business world but it’s
an unhealthy mindset in a marriage. Shane and Tricia were on the brink of divorce when
they changed their minds, deciding to give their marriage another try. Then, after their
second child was born, an even bigger decision would change Shane’s life forever and
soon after, Tricia’s life as well. Discover the power of God to transform lives and a marriage.

“Lord, help me. Change his heart, I can’t do this.”–Carol & Doug’s Story

A new marriage often means months of matrimonial bliss for young couples. But for Doug and Carol, a surprise pregnancy drove a wedge between them and threatened everything they had hoped for. Discover the transformation God brought to their lives through the gift of a healthy baby girl.

We would like to thank Roger Kemp and Company for partnering with…

Finally, the freedom to talk about this–Lance & Shirley’s Story

There are decisions we make in life that have a much different outcome than what we were expecting. Lance and Shirley made a choice many years ago that left them longing to break through the quiet agony of abortion. Learn how one couple found hope and healing through God’s mercy and grace.

Find out more of what the Bible says…

Basics Of Faith > Spirit World

Spiritual Warfare, Addiction–LaVanna's Story

Few things are more painful than losing a loved one. When LaVanna lost her husband to cancer, the loneliness was overwhelming . . . 

Basics Of Faith > World Religions

Our fight is not against flesh and blood . . .

Ephesians 6:12 tells us: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Steeped in the occult and a life of crime,
Carlos wasn’t even sure God existed. Kathy’s mother mixed Christianity with the occult
leaving Kathy fearful…

Finding marital reconciliation at the cross of Christ–Gerrie and Clyde’s Story

When Gerrie eloped with Clyde, it seemed nothing in the world could break them apart. But when the demands of life pressed in, they began to drift away from their commitment. Learn how this struggling couple found peace and reconciliation for their marriage at the cross of Christ.

A lifeline for eternity–Shoa’s Story

Following an arranged marriage at 18, it wouldn’t take Shoa long to learn that her new husband had some violent tendencies. Learn how this former Muslim recounts her escape out of religious oppression and hatred and into the loving embrace of Jesus Christ.

Find out more of what the Bible says about "Religion or Christ? What’s the Difference?"

 

Basics Of Faith > Worship

A Words To Live By Christmas featuring favorite holiday stories from the Our Daily Bread devotional

Enjoy a special edition of “Words To Live By” featuring heartwarming stories from the devotional “Our Daily Bread” . . .

Christmas Special&@8211;Praise

Join us for a special Christmas edition of “Words To Live By” as we bring to life the holiday music of the season . . .

Christmas Worship

A special presentation about the first Christmas through Scripture and song.