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What the Bible Says About Storms

Hurricane Matthew has wrecked parts of Haiti and now bears down on the U.S. Big storms are ominous. They arrest our attention. They remind us how small and powerless we are. In the Bible the storm is a symbol of many different things. Non-destructive wind is an apt picture of the presence of God because […]

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How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. Let’s imagine ourselves as believers in first century Thessalonica, […]

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A Prayer for Wisdom Amid Violence

Editor’s note: The last several weeks have witnessed many events of violence that are difficult to comprehend, and which confound efforts to respond wisely and biblically: the Orlando nightclub shooting, repeated acts of terror in the Middle East, and most recently, terrifying violence involving police in the United States. As you process your own reactions […]

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How to Recognize False Teaching

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. When I was young in the faith, I had […]

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How to Study the Bible: Conviction and Commitment

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. Some of the great Christian leaders of the past […]

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Do We Need to Know Hebrew and Greek in Order to Properly Study the Bible?

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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 we need to know Hebrew and Greek in […]

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Avoiding Mistakes in the Application of Scripture

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. I always feel a little insulted when I read […]

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How to Study the Bible: Digesting Instead of Devouring

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly […]

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The Indwelling Word

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. I love being around people who have so deeply […]

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Studying and Believing

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study 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. Many people today have heard that faith is not […]

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