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Former Atheist Makes the Case for Christmas; Bible Gateway Hosts Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel Starting November 30

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4-Week Video Series Explores Historical Veracity of Jesus’ Birth

Award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and former atheist, Lee Strobel, uses his legal and journalism training to investigate whether the account of the birth and divinity of Jesus is logically and historically credible, in the free Case for Christmas Online Bible Study November 30, 2020–January 1, 2021, sponsored by Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website in the world. Free registration for the event is at BibleGateway.com/cfc.

In this series of videos, released one per week for four weeks, Strobel will help participants understand that the Bible’s four Gospels are historically reliable in their telling of Jesus’ biography. He will separate the traditional myths from the real facts of the Christmas story by uncovering scholarly evidence gleaned from research and interviews regarding the true nature of Christmas.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 29, 2020

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Bible Text Amazingly Stable But Scholarly Criticism, Media Coverage of It is Faulty: Professor
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Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Jesus and the Culture of His Day: An Interview with Craig A. Evans

Christian Leader Facing Charges for Launching Bibles Into North Korea
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How to Live the Bible — Thanksgiving in Difficult Times

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This is the one-hundred-thirty-second 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.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

This verse is well known, but so so appropriate for today. “In every situation… with thanksgiving,” pray to God.

Open hands illustrating thanksgiving

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Give the Gift of Scripture Engagement this Christmas

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By Clark Christian

There are gifts for a season and gifts that last!

Giving gifts each year can become less about meaning and more about checking off a to-do list. Because of this, items bought and wrapped for family or friends can be unused, forgotten, or regifted shortly after the New Year.

This year give something meaningful; something that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Give the gift of experiencing God in a new way through Scripture engagement.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 22, 2020

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Christian Leader Awaits Charges for Sending Bible Balloons to North Korea
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Museum of the Bible Debuts Bill of Sale to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of ‘Mayflower Compact’ Signing
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Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Pilgrims May Not Be Who You Think They Were: An Interview with Jay Milbrandt

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Give a Bible This Christmas

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By Mike Vander Klipp

When we think of Christmastime, we often let our minds wander to memories of warm family gatherings; beautiful, candle-lit church services in the dark of winter; our favorite meals, games, and holiday traditions; and the excitement in the eyes of little ones as they buzz with anticipation of opening presents on Christmas morning.

Of course, those heartfelt and timeless traditions may have to be celebrated a little differently in 2020. This has been a year of change, compromise, and communication innovation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, we may all be live-streaming those Christmas Eve services while we sit in our pajamas in front of the TV. And Christmas morning may have to be shared with friends and relatives on an iPad.

However you choose to observe the holiday, the Bible editors at Zondervan wish you a safe and blessed season filled with those same warm memories. We would love to be a part of your celebration. As you give and receive love this Christmas, remember the love that God gave to us all in sending his Son, Jesus, to live on this earth. Tell the story to your children, friends, and extended family.

And give the gift of God’s Word to your loved ones with a Zondervan Bible. Here are a few suggestions.

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How to Live the Bible — The Personal God

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This is the one-hundred-thirty-first 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.


God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4

There are two kinds of fire you can have in your house. One is a monster that will move from room to room—leaping, growing, devouring. The other resides in your fireplace. It is controlled, friendly, and inviting. It draws you in. It brings people together. It warms you but does not burn you.

An illustration of Moses and the burning bush

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How Can We Express Authentic Thankfulness to God in 2020?

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Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfire damage. Social conflict. If you’re able to celebrate Thanksgiving at all, your table might have empty chairs due to COVID-19. And some guests might be struggling with financial problems or job loss.

It’s been a rough nine months! Our emotions are far too raw to merely paste on a smile and go through the holiday motions. But before you give up on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to give it another chance. It might be just what we all need right now.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 15, 2020

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Spotlight on Nigeria, China, and India as Christian Persecution Rises Rapidly
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Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Christian Genocide in Africa: An Interview with Johnnie Moore and Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Life Changing Radio Donates 6,000 Bibles to Persecuted Believers
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How to Live the Bible — Turning the Bad Into the Good

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This is the one-hundred-thirtieth 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.


God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:7-8

One of the most discouraging things we experience is when life takes a very bad turn, and we wonder how God could possibly redeem the situation. It could be an untimely death, the loss of a job, the betrayal of a friend. Any experience which seems to violate the essence of what’s good and right.

The silhouette of pyramids against the star-filled night sky to illustrate the wonder of God

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