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Ascension Day: Jesus Ascends to Heaven

Today is Ascension Day! Today, on the 40th day of Easter, we commemorate Jesus’ ascent into heaven. While it’s common to picture Jesus’ resurrection at Easter as the final major event in his earthly ministry, his ascent is important too. Not just because it marks Jesus’ physical departure from Earth, but because during it Jesus […]

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A Proverb for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Celebrate the mom (or mother-figure) in your life with the beautiful words of Proverbs 31: There’s more to this much-loved Bible passage, which you can read online at Bible Gateway. This depiction of a God-honoring woman is so memorable that you’ll occasionally hear a particularly inspiring woman described […]

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Holy Week and Easter: The People, Places, and Events

Easter is the most significant event in the Christian church calendar. In fact, it’s fair to say that without the events of Holy Week, there wouldn’t be a Christian church, or a Christian faith. Easter is the reason the Christian church exists! Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his execution on […]

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Five Bible Verses About Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day arrives this week! This may be the time of year that we talk most loudly about love, but Bible Gateway’s usage statistics show us that we long to understand and experience love throughout the year: the word “love” routinely tops our annual list of most popular search terms on Bible Gateway. Love is […]

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Thinking About Marriage? New Devotions for Singles and Dating Couples

Are you dating and wondering if your relationship is ready for marriage? Or are you single but wondering if marriage is part of God’s plan for you? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got two short new devotions dedicated to helping you (and your significant other, if you have one) think through the exciting […]

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The Biblical Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day set aside in the United States to remember and celebrate the achievements of the famous activist and the civil rights movement he championed. Most of us think of King as a cultural and political activist, but the vision he articulated wasn’t just a political one. It […]

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Epiphany: God Revealed to the World Through Jesus Christ

It might feel like the holiday season is behind us, but we’re not quite done with the Christmas season yet—today is Epiphany, a day set aside to commemorate God’s revelation to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. In the Western church, the Scripture account usually highlighted on Epiphany is the famous story of […]

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Fear and Joy to the World – Guest Post by Philip Yancey

A guest post by Philip Yancey. [See books by Philip Yancey in the Bible Gateway Store] A friend of mine named Angela told me about a time when her faith was just awakening. Raised Catholic, she had a wistful interest in spirituality though scant knowledge of the Bible. As she started reading the Gospels she […]

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Give Thanks For Who God Is (Not Just For What You Have)

Are you feeling thankful today? This is the time of year when Christians encourage each other to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives, particularly the ones we often take for granted—for loved ones, for health, for supportive communities. But what if you aren’t feeling especially grateful for those usual things right now? Maybe […]

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Did Jesus Have a Wife? The “Jesus Wife Fragment” Story Takes a New Twist

Did Jesus have a wife? Several years ago, controversy surrounded the announcement of a purported ancient manuscript fragment that mentions Jesus’ wife. (You can see the fragment, and read more about it, at the Harvard Divinity School website.) Most scholars at the time responded with skepticism, although the fragment stood up to enough testing that […]

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