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How Should We Read the Epistles 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. I was just eight years old at the time, but […]

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How Should We Understand the Acts of the Apostles?

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. How shall we describe the amazing narrative we know as […]

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What Was Jesus Teaching in the Parables?

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. For most of us, the parables of Jesus naturally lodge […]

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How Should We Understand the Teachings of Jesus?

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. If someone asked you who your favorite teacher was when […]

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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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