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The Bible Verses That Were to Be Read Before Texas Church Shooting

The memorial inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas—where 26 people were murdered by a gunman during a worship service on November 5, 2017—includes a Bible at the foot of a wooden cross, open to Psalm 149 and Psalm 150 as well as the first three chapters of Proverbs. Displayed on the front wall […]

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What You Should and Should Not Do with Your Negative Emotions

By Peter Scazzero In some Christian circles, repressing or disavowing authentic emotions is considered a virtue or perhaps even a gift of Spirit. Denying anger, ignoring pain, skipping over depression, running from loneliness, and avoiding doubt are not only considered normal but actually virtuous ways of living out one’s spiritual life. But this is not […]

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The Biblical Practice of Religion Might Save USA Christianity: An Interview with Zach Hoag

The trending sentiment of “spiritual but not religious” suggests the demise of religion. What if we’ve gotten religion all wrong? What if the rooted biblical practice of religion is just what we need to revive us? Does the downtrend of Christianity in America have to be the end? Or can it be the first step […]

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The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: An Interview with Kyle Strobel

The Bible teaches a seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness. Are Christian leaders increasingly succumbing to the temptations of power and forgetting Jesus’ words to first give it up? What can be learned from the insights of J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, Eugene Peterson, and other spiritual giants? Bible Gateway interviewed Kyle Strobel […]

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The Unexpected Christian Century: An Interview with Scott Sunquist

In 1900 Western “Christian empires” were ruling most of the world, leading many to assume Western Christianity would dominate the 20th century. What happened instead is that Christianity in the West declined dramatically, the empires collapsed, and Christianity’s center moved to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. How did epochal changes in global Christianity […]

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Youth Ministry Web Resources

Youth ministry workers are challenged daily to encourage and educate their students in their Christian faith. Consider Bible Gateway a helpful and ever-present online resource for you and your students to engage with God’s Word. Text, email, Tweet, and post Bible verses with links to their locations on the site Practice the elements of Scripture […]

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One Thousand Churches BELIEVE

Popular church-wide campaign helps people of all ages understand the big ideas of the Bible In less than a year, more than 1,000 churches in the US have decided to BELIEVE. This book-turned-church-wide experience has engaged congregations in every state and in every denomination to better understand the Bible’s key beliefs, practices, and virtues. BELIEVE: […]

Filed under Bible, Bible Reference, Church, Discipleship, Literacy, New Testament, Old Testament

International Day(s) of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

…all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) [See the Bible Gateway Blog post, International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Nov. 6 & 13, 2016] According to Open Doors USA, Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of […]

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“Talking to Women Who No Longer Exist”: Christine Caine on Women and the Church

Relevant magazine has published an interesting profile of Christian speaker and activist Christine Caine (it can be found in the September/October issue). Caine (@ChristineCaine) is perhaps best known for her work with the The A21 Campaign (@A21) to fight human trafficking around the world. But her ministry work encompasses many other fields as well, notably […]

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Celebrate Your Pastor During Clergy Appreciation Month

Does your pastor or minister know you appreciate them? Now’s your chance to let them know: October is Clergy Appreciation Month, when churchgoers are encouraged to give thanks for their pastors, ministers, and leaders. (And yes, Hallmark has cards for it…) It’s easy to take your pastor for granted, not noticing (or bothering to find […]

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