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10 Bible Verses to Contemplate on Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday—the first day of the season of Lent in the Western church—and millions of Christians around the world are observing the beginning of the 40-day journey to Easter Sunday. During the Lenten season, followers of Christ focus on the repentance of our sins in anticipation of the astounding forgiveness that Easter represents. [Prepare […]

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Black History: Africa in the Bible

The extra attention given to Black history every year is called Black History Month, which is observed in the US (also known as African-American History Month), Canada, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands (Black Achievement Month). According to Wikipedia, it began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African […]

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Prepare for Easter with Free Email Lent Devotionals

Lent is the season in the church calendar that marks 40 days prior to Easter. It begins in 2018 on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and ends on Holy Saturday, Mar. 31. The word Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen.’ The event is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Lent […]

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The Bible and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Fifty-five years ago, USA civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, DC, where he delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech, in which he included several biblical references: Amos 5:24 (NIV): “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Isaiah 40:4-5 […]

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Who Were the Magi?

The Christmas carol is called We Three Kings, but they weren’t kings, and there probably weren’t three. [Go deeper into the Bible with Bible Gateway online courses taught by leading scholars] Take a look: In the story of Jesus’ birth, Matthew tells us that magi, or wise men, came from the east to visit him. […]

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Grieving as the World Rejoices

By Kristen Kill The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV) I’d stopped driving once we arrived in Manhattan, but I often imagined what it was like to be a cab driver behind the wheel among so much honking and chaos. When I was a […]

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7-Day Bible Reading Plan for Christmas: Jesus is Born

Use this 7-day Bible reading plan to help you focus on the meaning of Christmas; the coming of our Savior as a baby. [See and sign up for Bible Gateway’s Bible reading plans] [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Prepare for Thanksgiving with Bible Gateway’s Free Email Devotional] Click each Bible reference to read the […]

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Happy Hanukkah—Know Why It’s Important

Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the Jewish 8-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (chabad.org). Be sure to the read the Bible Gateway Blog guest post, The Mysterious Festival […]

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The Year I Dreaded Christmas

By Walter Wangerin Jr. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who […]

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The Enemy of Our Souls is Allergic to This Bread

By Cynthia Ruchti “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29 (NIV) Years ago if you had asked me to name my favorite kitchen cooking task, I’d have answered, “Baking bread.” A friend’s hearty wholewheat bread recipe made a heavy loaf—filling, satisfying, and a good Christmas gift […]

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