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The Ancient History and Meaning of the Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Legends There are several legends associated with how Christmas trees came into existence. The first comes from the English monk Boniface. In the eighth century, Germanic pagans were making sacrifices to the Greek god, Thor. The Benedictine monk cut down the oak tree where the sacrifices were taking place and converted the idolaters... Read more

TGC Podcast: The True Meaning of Being Made in Gods Image

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Mike Cosper: My name is Mike Cosper. I’m excited to be here to talk about this. Actually, worked with LifeWay on a longish Bible study, specifically on the topic of the image of... Read more

The Revolutionary Meaning of Jesus’ Words “The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me”

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound" Isaiah 61:1Jesus walked into the synagogue, as... Read more

What Is the Meaning of “The Prodigal Son”?

What is the meaning of prodigal? Today we use the term to mean someone who chooses a worldly lifestyle indulging in every desire. It could mean a person who falls into addiction or alcoholism. We also use "prodigal" to label a son or daughter who leaves home to pursue an indulgent life. Prodigal, today, means... Read more

The Beautiful Meaning behind the Old Hymn “Blessed Assurance

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Growing up, the hymn Blessed Assurance etched its words on my heart. Occasionally, when Im alone worshipping God, the lyrics of this song will come to mind and I sing from my heart with joy. Written almost 150 years ago its as powerful as ever!Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!At times,... Read more

The Meaning and Significance of Specific Numbers in the Bible

The Meaning and Significance of Number 3 in the Bible As stated in this Crosswalk article, Three, shelosh[f.], sheloshah [m.] means harmony, new life, and completeness. Three tends to represent completeness. We see this in the most obvious example of the Trinity: one God, three persons. Whenever we encounter something in Scripture repeated three times in a row, for... Read more

The Beautiful Meaning and Story of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8 NIV)Brimming with influence from Psalm 4, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a popular prayer that has been passed down for generations. Although its experienced various changes and additions, the prayer reminds us of... Read more

Ravi Zacharias, a man who understood the human search for meaning and dedicated his life to preaching around the globe

Ravi Zacharias(Photo: RZIM)The first time I met Ravi Zacharias I was doing postgraduate work in theology and hoping to one day serve the Lord with apologetics. Our mutual friend Michael Ramsden invited my husband and me to have dinner with Ravi and we found ourselves sharing an Indian meal and conversation that would change the... Read more