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Quiz: What Does the Bible Say About the Sun, Moon, and Stars?

Sun, moon, and stars rendition by NASA

By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
    by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
    and the clouds let drop the dew.
Proverbs 3:19-20

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Read Jeremiah 31:35 (NIV and The Voice in parallel) on Bible Gateway

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Communion on the Moon]

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        God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
            God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
        Madame Day holds classes every morning,
            Professor Night lectures each evening.

        Their words aren’t heard,
            their voices aren’t recorded,
        But their silence fills the earth:
            unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

        God makes a huge dome
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        The morning sun’s a new husband
            leaping from his honeymoon bed,
        The daybreaking sun an athlete
            racing to the tape.

        That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
            from sunrise to sunset,
        Melting ice, scorching deserts,
            warming hearts to faith.
        Psalm 19:1-6

Learn what the Bible says about about the moon and astronomy in the Dictionary of Bible Themes and creation and the New-Heavens and New-Earth in the Encyclopedia of the Bible, both on Bible Gateway.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The New Heaven and New Earth: An Interview with John Eldredge]

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What if God Has More for Your Marriage Than Happily Ever After?: An Interview with Aaron Smith

Aaron SmithWhat if God has a unique purpose for your marriage? Is your marriage God-centered or us-centered? Are you and your spouse ambassadors of holy love to a hurting world? Is your marriage what God intends it to be: a life-saving, hope-inspiring, and transforming force of his love?

Bible Gateway interviewed Aaron Smith (@husbandrevo), who, along with his wife Jennifer Smith (@unveiledwife), is the author of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together (Zondervan, 2019).

Talk about some of the challenges you’ve faced together in your marriage.

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Aaron Smith: The three biggest challenges we faced together in our marriage were sexual intimacy, the burden of debt, and learning how to communicate.

For the first four years of our marriage, we couldn’t enjoy sex because my wife experienced excruciating pain every time we tried. This challenge in our marriage became the source of many other challenges, like wrestling with negative thoughts about unmet expectations, disappointment, and doubt about whether we were “compatible” for each other.

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The Bible Says the Moon Shows the Glory of God

The MoonThe moon is the material heavenly body in our solar system that God made on the fourth day of creation to give light at night.


And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:16-18


[See the Heavens’ Declare section of resources in the Bible Gateway Store]

According to the Encyclopedia of The Bible on Bible Gateway, God’s creation of the moon and the other heavenly bodies is alluded to in Psalm 8:3-4, 104:19, and 136:8-9. Such a created object is stated to be inferior to God himself in Job 25:5-6 and Isaiah 24:23.

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How to Live the Bible — Dealing with Doubts

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This is the sixty-ninth 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.

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I am glad when I have the opportunity to speak with people who have doubts about their faith. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not glad about the pain they experience in one of the most intimate issues of life. And that pain can be intense—like that felt by a husband or wife who overhears whispering hints that his or her spouse has been cheating. Or like the pain that follows the death of a loved one. Conversations with people who doubt are often halting, quiet, scattered. I have never met someone of faith who wanted to have doubts about their faith, because it really isn’t about doubting faith—it’s about doubting God.

Confused man illustrating doubt

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Communion on the Moon

The MoonOn July 20, 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Prior to taking their first steps on the lunar surface, Col. Aldrin celebrated communion to honor God who had made their journey possible. After returning to Earth he noted that the first liquid poured on the moon, and the first food ever eaten there, were the bread and wine of communion.

[See the Heavens’ Declare section of resources in the Bible Gateway Store]

The following video is produced by The John 1010 Project (@John1010proj).

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God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: An Interview with Costi W. Hinn

Costi W. HinnWhat is the “prosperity gospel” and how did it originate? Why is it considered a dangerous theology? How does its teaching conflict with the concept of God’s sovereignty? How does prosperity theology abuse and exploit people?

Bible Gateway interviewed Costi W. Hinn (@costiwhinn) about his book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies (Zondervan, 2019).

Explain the term “prosperity gospel” and how it originated.

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Costi W. Hinn: Being that the “prosperity gospel” is ultimately the result of twisting God’s Word, it can be accurately stated that this concept goes back as far as the original fall of man. In Genesis 3:1-3 it was the serpent who deceitfully approached Eve and began to undermine and twist God’s Word, culminating his crafty effort saying, “You surely shall not die!” (Genesis 3:4). This is what the prosperity gospel does. This theology says in no uncertain terms, “Sure, Jesus died on the cross to save you from sin and offer you heaven, but what he really wants is to make you healthy, wealthy, and happy on earth.”

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Solving the Bible Study Puzzle

Buy your copy of the Storyline Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayWe know the Bible is one book, with one Author, that tells a single story, but how does that story fit together? We know the stories about Abraham, King David, Jesus, and the Apostles, but it’s challenging to understand how it all fits together in God’s plan. To help solve that puzzle, the Storyline Bible (Zondervan, 2019), which uses the New International Version (NIV) Bible translation (@NIVBible) shows how each individual book, and numerous biblical themes, connect together to tell one story of God’s redemption in Jesus Christ.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, A Study Bible that Weaves God’s Story Together for an Unraveling World]

Through helpful book introductions, concise articles, and colorful infographics, the Storyline Bible provides vital information on the people, places, and events of Scripture while showing how they interconnect to form a single, inspired narrative.

For example, as the introduction to the book of Genesis explains:

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Bible News Roundup – Week of July 14, 2019

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Christianity Gives Way to Atheism in Britain, Survey Suggests
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Bible Reflections: Endurance to the End

“For the writer of Hebrews, the definition of a true Christian is one who manifests ‘a life-long allegiance to Christ,’” (from the Zondervan Bible Commentary note on Hebrews 10:32-36 in Bible Gateway Plus). The implication is that it is possible to fall away from Christ and his covenant with his believers (see Hebrews 10:26, Romans 11:22, John 15:5).

Not a comforting idea, but one that the author of Hebrews hopes will strengthen the recipients of his letter. The remedy to the reproaches and persecutions that assail the Christian is endurance. “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will” (10:36).

Endurance is often associated with feats of athleticism. When I was in school, my gym teachers and coaches usually had posters of someone sweaty doing something strenuous on a mountaintop at sunset below the word ENDURANCE in block letters. If you search the word ‘endurance’ in your web browser, most of what you’ll see are images of runners or cyclists in arid terrain (also generally at sunset for some reason).

Perhaps the author of Hebrews has a similar image in mind, considering that he writes two chapters later about “the race marked out for us” (12:1). The Greeks and the Romans were both, after all, known for their love of athletic contests. Runners would often train with added weight to condition themselves for a coming race, and Greek thinkers were known to use athletic training as a metaphor for moral discipline (see note from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible in Bible Gateway Plus), which image hasn’t really lost any of its relevance in today’s cultures. Apart from the spandex and Nike footwear, a person from the earliest Christian movement might even see these stock photos as something familiar to them.

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Video: God’s Wonderful Animals

A majestic lion captured in the video by The John 10:10 ProjectEach one of the more than six million species of animals in the world is a masterpiece of divine biological design, engineering, and artistry.

[Read and watch the Bible Gateway Blog post, Video: The Joy of Spring Renewal]

Reflect upon the glory and brilliance of God’s creative power in the video below: an unforgettable two-minute celebration of life on Earth set to the music of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from The John 1010 Project (@John1010proj).

[Read and watch the Bible Gateway Blog post, God’s Creation Is Marvelous!]


And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:24-25

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