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Prepare for Spiritual Warfare: Put On the Armor of God

Around AD 60, while a prisoner in ancient Rome for preaching the gospel, the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church in Ephesus, using the armor of a Roman soldier as a metaphor to describe how Christians must live out their faith by strapping on the full armor of God to properly conduct and […]

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The Treasure Map of Bible Study: How to Read a Verse for All Its Worth

If you knew a vast treasure was buried somewhere, would you rather have the occasional jewel or piece of gold that someone retrieved for you, or a map showing the location of the entire treasure? If you’re like most people, the answer’s a no-brainer. What’s true about material treasure is also true for spiritual treasure. […]

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New Bible Engagement Podcast for Church Leaders

A new Bible-engagement-centered program, The Bible Roots Podcast hosted by author and pastor Randy Frazee and produced by HarperChristian Resources, is for pastors and church leadership who want to help their congregation or ministries actively and effectively engage with the Bible. [See the Scripture Engagement section on Bible Gateway] “We’ve designed this podcast for anyone […]

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How to Live the Bible — Mistakes in Bible Application

This is the two-hundred-twenty-fourth 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. I always feel a little […]

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How to Define Bitterness and Then Avoid It

How do you define bitterness? Do you wonder how God can turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy? Like the flicker of a single match that ends up destroying millions of forrested acres in a wildfire, so bitterness starts small but enlarges with festering cultivation. An example of one person’s approach […]

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What Are the Beatitudes? Why Are the Beatitudes Important?

On a hillside, possibly in the Korazim Plateau in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount—the term first used by the 4th/5th century theologian, Augustine—with a grouping of virtues we know as the Beatitudes, in which he repeatedly emphasized the Greek word makarios, meaning “blessed (receiving God’s favor), […]

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Eternity Now: A History-Shaping Story in a Ground-Breaking Format

What if the Bible were as easy to read as your favorite novel? Take away the leather and ribbons. Take away the sometimes-confusing annotations. Leave out all the study notes. And finally, assemble the books together in a relatable grouping by content or by author. Just the simplicity of Scripture making it easy to carry […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Old Testament and the New Testament?

By Christopher Reese The first thing people usually notice when they open the Christian Bible is that it’s divided into two major sections—the Old Testament and the New Testament. Why is it divided this way, and what are the differences between these two Bible Testaments? The Meaning of “Testament” in the Bible As we begin […]

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Free Bible Commentaries, Dictionaries, and Encyclopedia for You to Consult on Bible Gateway

• Free Bible Commentaries • Free Bible Dictionaries • Free Bible Encyclopedia • Free Parallel Bible • Create Your Bible Gateway Free Personal Account The Bible tells us we are to do our “best to please God. Be a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed. Teach the message of truth correctly” (2 Timothy 2:15). […]

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How to Live the Bible — Respecting the Text

This is the two-hundred-eighteenth 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. Every person wants to be […]

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