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The Overcomer Online Bible Study is the free 7-week video Bible study you can do on your own or with friends, family, and your own small group.
We’re living in difficult times. Do you feel like society is ripping apart at the seams? Do you feel like your heart can’t take any more hurt?
No matter what the world throws at us—anxiety, fear, confusion, temptation—we have a choice on how to respond: we can concede defeat or we can live in the victory that God has promised us in his Word.
In this Overcomer Online Bible Study, Dr. David Jeremiah will teach you God’s winning strategy for overcoming challenges so you can be a triumphant Overcomer. His lessons will draw on the apostle Paul’s metaphor in Ephesians 6:10-18. You’ll learn in a practical and effective way what it means to put on each piece of God’s spiritually protective armor.
Watch this introductory video and register now for the free Overcomer Online Bible Study, starting November 9, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020.
This is the one-hundred-twenty-eighth 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.
The idea that we need someone else’s help to do what seems to be our responsibility is hard for many people to accept. Living a “clean” life is our responsibility, and we can’t pull it off on our own. Have you ever made a resolution to improve your life in some significant way, and been disappointed to find that your resolve lasted about 30 days (or 30 minutes), and then you were back to your old ways? I’m not talking about something as simple as changing your eating habits or exercise. I’m talking about change of the heart. “I’m going to start being a patient person—right now!” “I’m going to decide not to have this hot anger inside that keeps burning other people.” “I’m going to stop obsessing about the things I want and stop being jealous of others who have more than I do.” I, I, I. It’s like asking a man standing in a barrel how far off the ground he thinks he can lift himself.
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Join with Christians around the world in praying for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for believing Jesus Christ is their savior.
Christians will observe the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (#IDOP) on November 1, 8, & 15, 2020. The term “persecuted Christians” refers to any person who is harassed or attacked simply because they identify as being a Christian. Examples of persecution faced by Christians include, but is not limited to, beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, and discrimination in education and employment.
How can using the Bible to shape your desires and requests open the door to God’s provision to free us from worry and fear in our parenting? How can you pray the Bible for developing your children’s faith, character, safety, relationships, and their future?
Bible Gateway interviewed Jodie Berndt (@jodieberndt), author of Praying the Scriptures for Your Children 20th Anniversary Edition: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their Lives (Zondervan, 2020).
Why is praying for children important?
Jodie Berndt: Every parent wants to give good gifts to their kids. Robbie and I certainly tried to equip our four children with everything we thought they might need.
The trouble is, our children don’t always want the gifts that we give (like that one Christmas, when I got everyone their own posture brace), and sometimes even the best gifts are not in our power to give. We cannot, for example, give “salvation” to our children, nor can we bless them with things like wisdom, kindness, and joy.
By Scott Erickson
I. Love. Holidays. I’m always up for a celebration! And the crème de la crème 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 whole ordeal.
We had just finished an exhausting and divisive election. We were overwhelmed by the destruction in Syria. We had an unprecedented year of school shootings. Zika. Flint water crisis. Et cetera. And then came Christmas.
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 Gateway interviewed Sam Chan (@drsamchan) about his book, How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being THAT Guy): Personal Evangelism in a Skeptical World (Zondervan, 2020).
[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Evangelism in a Skeptical World: An Interview with Sam Chan]
What is the underlying meaning of the title and subtitle?
Sam Chan: There’s an unspoken rule in the West. We can talk about the weekend, weather, and sports. But we can’t talk about Jesus. Because, if we do, we become “that guy.” This puts us Christians in a gut-wrenching dilemma. We want to tell our friends about Jesus. But we also don’t want to scare them away.
So I’ve written this book to show that we can talk about Jesus in socially appropriate ways without being awkward and cringeworthy. We can talk about Jesus and keep our friends!
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 of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.” G. K. Chesterton
Almost every civilization seeks purification. Its features vary widely, but people seek the same end: to be rid of what pollutes us, and to enjoy that elusive quality: purity.
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 for the short-run free email devotional Give Thanks. Each inspirational email contains a Bible story that illustrates an important lesson about gratitude and thankfulness, as well as brief reflection questions to help you think through what you’ve just read. You can enjoy the readings on your own or use them as the basis for a group discussion with your family or friends.
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Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was thankful that God blessed her with a baby even though she was long beyond child-bearing age (Luke 1:5-25).
Mary gave thanks for being chosen to be the mother of the incarnate Son of God (Luke 1:46-55).
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 and feels too far removed from our modern world.
Bible Gateway interviewed Scott Erickson (@scottthepainter) about his book, Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-with-Us Then, Here, and Now (Zondervan, 2020).
For those unaware, please explain the concept of Advent.
Scott Erickson: “Advent” in Latin means coming. So the season of Advent is an applied structure of anticipation for the coming of the newborn King. Advent will always be modeled best by the pregnancy experience. You adjust your life, rhythm, senses, and priorities around this new life that is coming into your midst. You’re preparing a place for Life to be amongst you. In the same way we do this in our faith communities: intentionally making a space for New Life to make his home with us.
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