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Category Archives: Discipleship

Prepare Your Soul For Christmas With These Free Email Advent Devotionals

Are you ready to experience the peace and joy of Christmas? These free short-run email devotionals will help you set aside the stress and busy-ness of the holiday season and focus on the real meaning of Christmas—click here to sign up on our Christmas devotions page. Tell your friends so they won’t miss out! Our […]

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Confidence in Difficulty: Mercy to Carry My Cross

By Julia Attaway “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” —Luke 9:23 (NIV) Our daughter Maggie was being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It wasn’t a surprise. Her mood hadn’t budged past “I’d rather not be alive” for months, and now she was flying […]

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Four Things to Remember When Praying for Your Prodigal

By Jodie Berndt “Mike, I want William to come home,” Lauren said softly. “I think he should,” Mike agreed, “but we can’t make him do anything. He’s literally living the life of the prodigal son—he got us to give him some money, and then he went away to a distant city and squandered it all […]

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The Spiritual Effect Raising Children Has On Parents: An Interview with Gary L. Thomas

Have you considered that perhaps God not only uses parents to influence their children, but that he uses children to change their parents? Could it be that parenting is a school for adult spiritual formation? [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Sacred Marriage: An Interview with Gary Thomas] Bible Gateway interviewed Gary L. Thomas (@garyLthomas) […]

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Help Your Kids Read the Bible: An Interview with David Murray

How should you introduce your 6- to 12-year-old kids to the most important passages and big-picture storyline of the Bible? How can you best answer your children’s questions about the Bible when you don’t know the answer yourself? Bible Gateway interviewed David Murray (@davidpmurray) about his book, Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for […]

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How to Keep JOY in Christmas

A bit of joy will do. But “great joy”? Is it almost too much to hope for? Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step aside—step into a quieter moment—and read angels’ […]

Filed under Christmas, Devotionals, Events, Holiday, Reflections by Mel Lawrenz

How to Find Unshakeable Strength in the Bible: An Interview with Christine Caine

Are you struggling with insecurity, fear, or uncertainty? How can the Bible help you discover what it means to be unashamed, undaunted, and unstoppable in the Lord? Bible Gateway interviewed Christine Caine (@ChristineCaine) about her book, Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word (Zondervan, 2017). [Read the free weekly devotional by Christine […]

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In Time for Thanksgiving and Christmas: A Special Note from Mel Lawrenz

I always want to make the most of times like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, and I’m sure you do also. Here are two opportunities… A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day is something you can use personally, at your dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, or in your church if you are a pastor. This is the first […]

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Show Your Kids the Incredible Treasures of God’s Word

[See and sign up for Bible Gateway’s free email devotionals for families] From golden promises to priceless stories, the NIV God’s Treasure Holy Bible (Zonderkidz, 2017) (@Zonderkidz) shows children the incredible treasures of God’s Word. Children will love hunting for Treasure Verses, reading key Pearls of Wisdom stories, and learning about each book of the […]

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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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