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The Light Shines in the Darkness (The Christmas Story)

Merry Christmas from your friends at Bible Gateway! Wherever you are and whatever circumstances you face, we hope that you’ll find comfort and hope in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to restore our relationship with God. If you haven’t ever read the Christmas story, or if you haven’t read […]

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Who Was Where at the First Christmas

Chances are you’ll be reading or hearing the Christmas story in the next 24 hours! As a companion to your reading, here’s a timeline that shows where the myriad characters of the Christmas story were during the big event (click on the image below to enlarge): (Also available: high-resolution image and PDF.) This visualization traces […]

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The Logos Became Sarx

A guest post by Kent Dobson, general editor of the NIV First-Century Study Bible. [Also see our blogpost, Reading the Bible with Eastern Eyes: An Interview with Kent Dobson] Advent is a strange time of year. We look forward to the Christmas, the coming of Christ, and then when we get to Christmas, we remember […]

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Reverend Fun’s Top Five Christmas Cartoons, 2014 Edition

Could you use a bit of light-heartedness amidst all the Christmas season stress? We’ve looked through many years’ worth of Reverend Fun cartoons and picked out the five highest-rated Christmas-themed cartoons, as rated by Reverend Fun readers. Here they are: 1. “Eternal Life, My Favorite!” 2. The Coolest Thing 3. You Sure About That? 4. […]

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Bible Gateway Christmas Devotions Are Here!

Our Christmas email devotionals are here! Every year during Advent, we make available an assortment of different Christmas devotionals that aim to encourage, challenge, and inspire you amidst all the holiday stress. We’ve got a full lineup of Christmas-themed devotionals to choose from, including some old favorites and several brand-new offerings. Click here to sign […]

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A Child Is Born

Merry Christmas from your friends at Bible Gateway! Wherever you are and whatever circumstances you face, we hope that you’ll find comfort and hope in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to restore our relationship with God. If you haven’t ever read the Christmas story, or if you haven’t read […]

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Christmas Story Timeline Visualization

Also available: high-resolution image and PDF. This visualization traces the Christmas story as told in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, showing you who is with whom throughout the story. The references in the visualization let you explore the text yourself. Each line represents a person, and the narrative unfolds as you follow from left to […]

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How Are You Celebrating Advent This Year?

It’s December, and Advent is here! Chances are (if you’re in the U.S.) you’re just now fully recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday last week. But with Thanksgiving behind us, we’ve officially entered the countdown to Christmas. And while that stretch of time holds a lot of pleasant experiences—Christmas music, time spent with family, Christmas-themed activities […]

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Why Do Devotional Readings Leading Up to Christmas?

Or, a Time to Treasure and Ponder A guest post by Mel Lawrenz Why should we take time to do devotional readings leading up to Christmas? Because it is an excellent way to “treasure” and to “ponder.” In Luke’s account of the Christmas story we read: “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in […]

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Bible Gateway’s Holiday Devotions Are Here!

The holidays are officially upon us—and that means that our Advent and Christmas devotions are here! For many people, the Christmas season is one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year—a time when we could all desperately use a regular dose of Scriptural encouragement. We’d like to help you capture moments of […]

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