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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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Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Are you looking for Bible verses about thanksgiving and gratitude? Here are 23 verses from a variety of Bible translations that teach us something important about thankfulness. Read them here.

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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’ […]

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The Purpose of Thanksgiving

By Jay Milbrandt Every November we come together to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our national holiday appears to revolve around food, football, and, of course, the arrival of shopping season. Thanksgiving, sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, has been hijacked. Thanksgiving has not simply lost its meaning, but it’s been so far removed from […]

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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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