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Pastor, Know Thyself

In my early years at my church, I’d sometimes ask longtime members about the pastors who preceded me. I wasn’t tempting them to gossip, but I was hoping to learn something about the church. I often discovered what they value in a pastor. Over time I noticed a pattern. Whomever I asked about the first... Read more

10 Feelings to Expect When You Become the Empty Nester

Our children will face many challenges in their new lives, and so will we. Prepare to be challenged by the changing roles and expectations. Prepare for missteps and misunderstandings, and be ready for the great rewards of a new relationship with your children.Give as much grace as you need to receive, and remember change takes... Read more

Walking as a Spiritual Discipline: An Interview with Mark Buchanan – Bible Gateway Blog

What happens when we literally walk out our Christian life? What does our physical being have to do with our spiritual life? What does the Bible actually mean when it exhorts us to walk in the light, or walk by faith, or walk in truth? How did Jesus model walking as spiritual formation? Bible Gateway... Read more

Leading with an Anti-Tribal Posture in Angry Times

Acts 29: Churches Planting Churches The Western world is tribalizing at lightning speed. And while I believe the disruption to previously normal patterns of churchis from God and for our good, its becoming increasingly clear that one casualty of this season of isolation has been the dignifying doctrine of the imago Dei. As a large... Read more

THE GOOD NEWS CLUB

I first learned about the after-school Good News in a letter. At first glance, I thought it was junk mail and threw it away, but the Lord prompted me to pull it out of the trash and read it. At the time, my church was meeting in a public school on Sunday mornings, and we... Read more

Why Study the Books of 13 John

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series. Johns Last Days The Apostle John probably settled in Ephesus at the end of his life. He likely spent his final years among the Christians there, ministering to the new generation of Jesuss disciples. As the last surviving member of the twelve who had... Read more

3 Ways Satan Will Use Scripture against You

Satan Uses Scripture to Cause Confusion Did God really say, You cant eat from any tree in the garden? Those were the serpents famous words to Eve in Genesis 3:1.We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden, she replied, But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden,... Read more

Half of USA Churchgoers Admit They Have Confusion Over the Bible – Bible Gateway Blog

Despite repeatedly affirming confidence in their personal abilities to explain the Bible’s relevance, a 2020 LifeWay Research study reports 57% of Protestant churchgoers say they find it challenging to make sense of the Bible when they read it on their own. Even so, four in 5 express confidence in their ability to help others who... Read more

Bible News Roundup Week of August 9, 2020 – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Support Bible GatewayFind the Resources You Need At: FaithGateway Store Christianbook.comOrder Resources in Bulk At: ChurchSource To Cope With Pandemic, Americans Choose Binge-Watching TV Over the Bible RNS Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, God and the Pandemic: An Interview with N.T.... Read more

Podcast: Tips for Leading an Effective Bible Study (Lydia Brownback)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Guiding People into God's Word In this episode, Lydia Brownback, author of Esther: The Hidden Hand of God, discusses some of her tips for leading an effective, engaging Bible study. She reflects on what she has learned over the years from Bible studies she's been... Read more

Sin Hardens Your Heart // Femi Osunnuyi – TGC Africa

Reading of Genesis 4:1-14 Adammade love to his wifeEve,and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, With the help of theLordI have brought fortha man. Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the... Read more

How to Read (and Not Read) the Bible

The Bible Is Literature Yes, we should read the Bible just the way we read other forms of literature and no, we should actually read it completely differently. The Bible is literature. How could you read it any other way? If it's poetry, you have to read it as poetry; if it's stories, you have... Read more

Introducing the 30 Days in the Psalms with Kristyn Getty Podcast

Discover Afresh the Beauty and Power of God's Word The book of Psalms has been cherished by Christians for centuries. Down through the ages and across the globe, the church has clung to these biblical songs and poems in times of celebration and times of suffering. Passages that give expression to the greatest joys and... Read more

Giveaway: Psalms Resources

Honest Song and Prayer The Psalms give voice to raw emotion: joyful praise, honest lament, and heartfelt repentance. As we hear and pray through these biblical songs as believers, we join with the authors of Scripture who also suffered and rejoiced, pouring out our thoughts toward God in prayer. Enter to Win To celebrate the... Read more

Is Propositional Revelation Nonsense?

Revelation and Infallibility There are two ways to consider the question of propositional revelation and infallibility. The first is through consideration of the presuppositions involved; the second is through consideration of the detailed problems. This article will deal with the first. However, until the first is in place, the second cannot be sensibly pursued. To... Read more

Why Should Pastors Stay? A Panel on Joyful Endurance

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jeff Robinson: Good afternoon. It is after lunch. This is a dangerous enterprise, isn’t it? I’m not sure what we’re going to do to keep you alive and awake and upright, but we’ll... Read more

10 Things Never to Say to Your Adult Children

Millenials.Emotions may be triggered by that one word for many. May I pose a question?Do you realize they are our legacy? The babe that babblesThe two-year old that toddles and tumblesThe teen that tests limits and tempts fateThe young adult the millennial that begins adultingThe older adult that is now parenting What connects these statements?... Read more

A Prayer for Your Most Painful Memories

Memories do not always soften with time; some grow edges like knives. ~ Barbara KingsolverPainful memories tend to hide in the recesses of our minds, seemingly waiting for the prime opportunity to resurface and cast us back into the depths of hurt and shame. Even as God removes our transgressions as far as the east... Read more

What Would the Apostle Paul Say about Wearing Face Masks?

4. Paul Encourages Right Love over Right Knowledge Paul concludes his discussion by picking up on a statement made in 1 Cor. 8:1: ...knowledge puffs up while loves builds up. Right knowledge can only get you so far. It puffs up the individual because it is only concerned with the individual.Puffed-up knowledge creates the dynamic... Read more

5 Prayers for Discovering Hidden Strength

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Ephesians 3:16)Father,When someone attacks someone we love, it is our gut reaction to jump to their defense. Guide us, Father, in our pursuit of righteousness. Its important for us to fight injustices, to live... Read more

How the Psalms Teach Us to Sing

Oh sing to the LORD a new song;sing to the LORD, all the earth!Sing to the LORD, bless his name;tell of his salvation from day to day.Declare his glory among the nations,his marvelous works among all the peoples!For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;he is to be feared above all gods.For all... Read more

The Beauty behind the Command to “Give Thanks to the Lord”

How Do We Know That God Is Deserving of Thanks? Sometimes when life gets difficult, it is difficult to see Gods goodness. The Bible is full of reminders of everything He does, for which believers should thank Him. He created each person, imbuing that individual with a soul, reason, and a will, as explained in... Read more

Untethered: On Exile, Chronic Illness, and Life in a Pandemic

In my mid-twenties, I found myself struggling with exhaustion. Having recently moved across the country, started a new job, and gotten married, I initially attributed it to stress. Even though these were positive changes, there was still a lot of adjustment involved. I tried changing my diet up and exercising more, which just made me... Read more

10 Powerful Hymns to Silence Satan’s Lies

Our spiritual enemy, Satan, is real, vicious, and relentless—but he is also defeated. In Christ, we have all we need to stand victorious against every attack. The lyrics in these ten hymns remind us of this faith-bolstering truth. These words sink us deeper into God Almighty’s embrace and therefore empower us to triumph.1. “A Wonderful... Read more

How to Live the Bible Our Work, Gods Work – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-sixteenth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. What is work? Some people... Read more

Former US President Jimmy Carter Edits New NRSV Simple Faith Bible – Bible Gateway Blog

Nobel Peace Prize winner, former President Jimmy Carter is the editor of the new NRSV Simple Faith Bible: Following Jesus into a Life of Peace, Compassion, and Wholeness (Zondervan, 2020). According to the publisher, Carter’s relentless desire for peace, compassion, and wholeness permeate the notes of this Bible. His decades-long Sunday School teaching ministry, public... Read more