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What Are the Gospels?

As we turn to the New Testament, the first question is, “what are the Gospels?” Reading the story of Jesus well is the foundation of faith. For devotional thoughts leading up to Easter, see Knowing Him. Believers do not sit passively waiting to hear the voice of God. They long to hear it. They believe […]

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What Should We Understand About the World of the New Testament?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand 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 we turn the page from Malachi to Matthew, from […]

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What Do We Learn From the Exile and Return?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand 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 grand narrative of Scripture speaks to the most urgent […]

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What is Important About the Era of the Kings?

This week is the beginning of Lent. See Knowing Him: Devotional Readings for the Easter Season for a new way to draw closer to Christ. You can also sign up for the email version of Knowing Him. I remember when I first read the Old Testament books that recount the stories of the kings of […]

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What Should We Take From the Books of Wisdom?

The books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, are called “the wisdom books” of the Old Testament. Here we find honest, practical, and life-changing principles which are as true today as when they were written thousands of years ago. But how can we make sure we are understanding and applying these truths in proper ways today? […]

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How Should We Read the Psalms?

This week we come to the beloved songs of the Old Testament called The Psalms. We turn to the Psalms when we need comfort, strength, or just words that we can pray to God. Today we look at how to get the most out of the Psalms. A new development: learn how you can help […]

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How Should We Interpret What the Prophets Had to Say?

The prophets in the Old Testament are a rich body of teachings in which God’s people are called to be restored to a close relationship with God. But what are we to make of the dire warnings, and the promises? Why does God’s word have so much about the conditions and the events centuries before […]

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What Is Important About the Land of the Bible?

If you want to understand the Bible, you have to understand the land of the Bible. It is not only central to the covenant of God, it is the geographical stage on which the magnificent drama of the people of God is played out. You may be surprised when you take a closer look. After […]

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How Should We Understand the Law?

In this series in “How to Understand the Bible” we are focussing on how to understand the Old Testament. Many people find parts of the Old Testament daunting and challenging to understand. One such part is that portion in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. If you know someone or a group who would like to […]

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Bible Discovery in 2015

We’re going to resume the weekly readings in “How to Understand the Bible” week after next, after the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Perhaps you are thinking now about how you might systematically read the Bible next year. Bible Gateway offers different Bible reading plans. Andy Rau describes them here. In the new year I […]

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