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How to Live the Bible — What Does It Mean to Be God-Filled?

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This is the one-hundred-twelfth 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.

Mel is the author of A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. See his newest message about world changing events now and in the book of Acts here.


There are a few common things we can do today to make sure we open our eyes to God’s presence: moments of prayer scattered throughout the day, reading from the Bible, getting out in the fresh air to walk and meditate on issues that will make a difference not just for today but for many days to come. But it’s not up to us to insert God into our days. It’s not that we take some God-filled container and pour God into our day. It doesn’t work that way, because he’s not that kind of God. Living a God-filled life does not mean that we schedule God for an appointment or two and feel satisfied that we did God the favor of squeezing him into a very busy schedule.

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Who Is My Neighbor?

A photo of Sarah Jackson, author of The House That Love Built.By Sarah Jackson

If you don’t think love actually makes a difference in the world, we have a story to tell you.

This love story has caught the attention of decision-makers around the world. The United Nations sent a representative to study Casa de Paz as a model for immigrant support programs around the world. A congressman gathers us at his quarterly immigration table. A congresswoman involves us in a monthly phone-in conference. A senator and his staff consult with us. Candidates from both sides of the aisle visit, and one left in tears.

One congressman spent an afternoon volunteering at Casa de Paz. College professors send their students to intern with us. Elementary-school teachers bring their classes to volunteer. A historic denomination asked us to join them as a congregation because they say we’re fulfilling the mission of the church: “for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13:8).

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Hope When Life Unravels: An Interview with Adam B. Dooley

Adam B. DooleyWhat are the upside-down yet encouraging truths of the book of Job and other key Bible passages that remind us of the ways God is present in our pain? Why does God allow suffering? And why does God seem to go silent when we’re in pain? How does a pastor work through his faith in the gut-wrenching three-year struggle his family endured with his son’s cancer?

Bible Gateway interviewed Adam B. Dooley (@adambdooley) about his book, Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts (Zondervan, 2020).

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What are the circumstances that prompted you to write this book?

Adam B. Dooley: When my son Carson was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, I knew God would teach us a great deal about himself through the ordeal. Because he was just short of four years old, I realized Carson would forget much of what he went through if I didn’t write it down. So, I kept a journal of key moments along the way, interspersed with my interpretations of the events. Near the end of our three-year journey, it dawned on me that these formative experiences might be good for the greater church.

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Haven Today Interviews Bible Gateway

Listen to Haven Today's interview of Bible GatewayThe global radio program Haven Today (@HavenToday), heard on more than 650 radio stations by 500,000 daily listeners, featured Bible Gateway in its series on “Christians You Should Know.”

Founded in 1934, Haven Ministries has as its mission to tell the world all about Jesus through prayer, print, and broadcast endeavors.

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In his interview, Haven Today host Charles Morris asked questions about the history of Bible Gateway and its worldwide reach.

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Revised Second Edition of Dr. John MacArthur’s Bestselling NASB Study Bible

Buy your copy of The MacArthur Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayFor more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has now released the fully redesigned and updated second edition of The MacArthur Study Bible (Thomas Nelson Bibles, 2020).

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Bible News Roundup – Week of July 5, 2020

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How to Live the Bible — Real Freedom

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This is the one-hundred-eleventh 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.

Mel is the author of A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. See his newest message about world changing events now and in the book of Acts here.


No matter who we are or the position in life we occupy, we all value the wonderful privilege of freedom. But freedom is an easy ideal to voice, but a hard-won reality. Multitudes of men and women have gone to war and lost their lives to win the freedom of the masses. It’s easy for us to assume freedom, and not recognize that there are people all around us who are limited and bounded even in so-called “free” societies.

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God and the Pandemic: An Interview with N.T. Wright

N.T. WrightHow are we supposed to think biblically about the coronavirus crisis? Is it a sign of the end of the world? Is it a call for repentance? Is God judging the world? What should be our approach drawing on Scripture, Christian history, and the way of living, thinking, and praying revealed to us by Jesus?

Bible Gateway interviewed N.T. Wright (@profntwright) about his book, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath (Zondervan, 2020). (Some answers below are reflective of his interview provided by the Jesus Creed blog.)

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You wrote a short article on COVID-19 for TIME magazine, the title of which was “Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed To.”

N.T. Wright: That was the TIME editor’s title. It wasn’t inaccurate, in that I was saying that Christianity does NOT say ‘This proves the Rapture is imminent’ or ‘this shows that we need to repent of [fill in your pet peeve]. Those were the ‘answers’ people were offering, and I was saying ‘no, we don’t get that kind of thing.’ But clearly the editor was being provocative.

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Largest Print Size Available in the NASB Translation

Buy your copy of the NASB Super Giant Print Reference Bible, Leathersoft, Brown, Red Letter Edition, 1995 Text, Comfort Print in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayThe New American Standard Bible (NASB) Super Giant Print Reference Bible, 1995 Edition (Zondervan, 2020) now features the exclusive NASB Comfort Print® typeface in the extra-large 16.5-point text size, making it the largest print size available in the NASB.

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Universally recognized as the gold standard among word-for-word translations, this reference Bible gives readers a clear and exceptionally smooth reading experience of the translation celebrated for faithfulness to the original biblical languages.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of June 28, 2020

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