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How to Handle Estrangement from Your Adult Children

Am I Doing the Right Thing? This made things worse by disrespecting boundaries, ignoring my need for normalcy for my children, and only proved my point that there was a need for this estrangement. After my pastor spoke to her, seeing her toxic behaviors for himself, he told me I was doing the right thing.... Read more

Bible News Roundup Week of October 18, 2020 – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway Read this week’s Bible Gateway Weekly Brief newsletter Bible Gateway Weekly Brief Newsletter signupSupport Bible GatewayFind the Resources You Need At: FaithGateway Store Christianbook.comOrder Resources in Bulk At: ChurchSourceZondervan Releases First-of-Its-Kind Journal Bible for the New American Standard Bible Bible Gateway Blog First Bible on the Moon Lands at Bonhams... Read more

How to Talk About Jesus Without Being Awkward: An Interview with Sam Chan – Bible Gateway Blog

When you try to tell your friends about Jesus, you may have encountered a negative response from them viewing it as being offensive, inappropriate, or insensitive. Studies confirm that the majority of Christians rarely evangelize, worried they might offend their family or lose their friends. How can you build confidence to share your faith? Bible... Read more

Black History: Reconstruction to Early Civil Rights – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Ligon Duncan: It’s not about we’re good and everybody else in the past is bad or we’re trying to make bad guys of all the heroes. It’s just owning up to the realities... Read more

Confessions of a Levite

On a warm Sunday morning earlier this month, I was walking to church with two of my daughters. As we crossed the main road near our neighborhood and headed up the side street toward our church building, I saw an elderly man walking briskly toward us, tangled beard and threadbare flannel shirt wobbling in time... Read more

How to Believe “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom”

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17Hearing the word freedom is like hearing the words love or interesting. At face-value these words are vague and can often mean anything. For some, the idea of freedom may embody an end to slavery, a... Read more

Quiz: What Does the Bible Say About Thanksgiving? – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway The Bible tells us to be humble and show gratitude to God for his goodness and love. Following are only a few examples in Scripture of people giving thanks. And below that is a quiz to test your knowledge of thanksgiving details in the Bible. Be sure to sign up... Read more

How Should Christians Talk to Their Kids about LGBTQ Issues?

1. Talk to your kids about TRUTH. We live in a culture that denies truth. The world says that what is true for you isnt necessarily true for me. The worlds truth is subjective. Thats fine as long as were talking about the best burger joint or who was the greatest hitter in baseball history.... Read more

Recapture the Wonder of God-With-Us This Advent Season – Bible Gateway Blog

By Scott Erickson I. Love. Holidays. Im always up for a celebration! And the crme de la crme for me is Christmas. It is by far my favorite time of year. But a few years ago, as the twinkly lights and evergreens came out, as they always do, I found myself increasingly ambivalent about the... Read more

How to Live the Bible Seeking Purification – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-twenty-seventh 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. “Virtue is not the absence... Read more

Introducing the Emblems of the Infinite King Audiobook

Journey through Theology on the Go Emblems of the Infinite King teaches theology through beautiful illustrations and captivating prose. Now, this popular resource is available in audiobook format. Take the imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe wherever you go. This audiobook introduces kids ages 10+ to Gods radiant beauty using the main... Read more

What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

Everyday Blessing The concept of blessing pervades everyday life in our culture. In 2014, Jessica Bennett provided a comical commentary on social medias obsession with the notion of being blessed. She quips, Theres nothing quite like invoking holiness as a way to brag about your life. But calling something blessed has become the go-to term... Read more

The Burning Bush

The below excerpt is taken from Rev. Charles Howard’s forthcoming book The Bottom: A Theopoetic of the Streets, releasing next month.   I have always been enchanted by lines that are gray sfumatoblurred borders between the now and the not yet the real and the surrealthe hyperrealthe imagined. Some realities are self-constructed presenting what we... Read more

3 Reasons Why “For the Lack of Guidance a Nation Falls”

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.  Proverbs 11:14By all appearances politics has taken over mainstream life. Hearing the news has become for many as essential as breathing air. Others find hearing the news unavoidable. Sports games, video games, food, everything has become politicized.A fear permeates the air that... Read more

4 Things God Is Doing in the Silence

Silence can be awkward in certain settings especially in a social gathering. But as believers, silence can also be a gift. A moment of stillness and silence can bring the gentle whispers of God’s voice to speak to the things concerning our hearts.Our silence propels us to remember how the God we serve is near... Read more

5 Beautiful Things God Sees in You (Even When You Cant See it Yourself)

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Most of my life I never felt good enough. I lived with a feeling of unworthiness, which in turn enabled me to seek my worth in the world and what it deemed as beautiful. I was always let down because the world left me feeling more unworthy. It wasnt until... Read more

6 Reasons to Trust the Clay of Your Troubles in the Potters Hands

Sooner or later, well have trouble in life.We may find ourselves out of work and financially strapped. We may become depressed about a rough patch in our marriage or an end to one. We may lose someone we love and our hearts are crushed.But God doesnt leave us during difficult times. He doesnt forsake us... Read more

Advent is a Time to Recognize the Wonder of God with Us: An Interview with Scott Erickson – Bible Gateway Blog

Have you lost the sense of just how full of amazing wonder Christmas is? Maybe for you, the joy of the season is painfully dissonant with the hard edges of life. Or maybe you feel wearied by the way Christmas has become a polished, predictable routine. Or maybe this sacred divine story is too confusing... Read more

Behind-the-Scenes: The Creation of the ESV Psalms, Read by Kristyn Getty

Elevate Gods Voice We are bombarded with countless competing messages throughout the day. Giving priority to the Scriptures can help ensure that we make Gods voice the loudest among them. For singer and hymn writer Kristyn Getty, hearing Scripture and reading it aloud has been an important part of her ministry and family life. Learn... Read more

6 Ways Your Family Can Be a Light This Halloween

We all desire to protect our kids, but we do our children a major disservice if we dont teach them about darkness. The good news is, the truths about evil and spiritual warfare arent scary, because we already know the Victor and the outcome. Weve read the final page of the book, and we know... Read more

4 Questions about the Trinity

This article is part of the Questions and Answers series. Q: Does the Bible teach that there is only one God? A: Though the Bible recognizes the worship of many gods (1 Cor. 8:5), occasionally acknowledging their (demonic!) existence (Deut. 32:17), the Bible clearly affirms the existence of only one true God, the author and... Read more

Jerusalema – TGC Africa

Over the past few months, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a song called Jerusalemaproduced by South African DJ Master KG has trended like wildfire on social media. Fellow Africans from Angola danced to it in a video, which is now known as #JerusalemDance. Later it resulted in a #JerusalemDanceChallenge on TikTok. Views of the song grew... Read more

THE STREETS OF HOPE

For several years, I battled an eating disorder that consumed my days. I was dieting or binging, and always hating who I was. One day, I promised a friend that I would come and serve the homeless with her, since I’ve always had a desire to help the homeless. Instead of going with her, I... Read more

Podcast: Understanding the Presence of God (Ryan Lister)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. God with Us In this episode, Ryan Lister discusses what it means when the Bible says that God is with us. He unpacks the idea of the presence of God throughout Scripture, addresses common misconceptions about what that phrase really means, and highlights how JesusGod... Read more

Zondervan Releases First-of-Its-Kind Journal Bible for the New American Standard Bible – Bible Gateway Blog

The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is now available in a Comfort Print format that allows you to record your thoughts next to personally treasured verses while also cross-referencing other Scripture. [Read the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation on Bible Gateway] The NASB Journal the Word Reference Bible, 1995 Text (Zondervan, 2020) offers the... Read more

Crossway+ Special: Pastor Appreciation Month

October 19, 2020 by: Crossway An Exclusive Deal for Crossway+ Members Starting today and running through October 23, 2020, Crossway+ members receive special deals on select resources for pastors, including The Collected Works of John Piper for $150 (MSRP $699). Not a Crossway+ member? Create a free Crossway+ account. Then, browse the list below to... Read more

Help! Im Struggling with the Doctrine of Predestination

This article is part of the Help! series. What Is Predestination? The doctrine of predestination is the teaching that before the creation of the world, God decided the eternal destiny of all rational creatures, that is, all angels and all human beings. Some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others foreordained to... Read more