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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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Reflections on Pentecost: The Church is Born

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! After the overwhelming excitement of Easter, Pentecost sometimes seems like a minor event. But Pentecost (which actually brings a close to the liturgical season of Easter) is a key moment in the history of the Christian faith. Let’s take a few minutes today to walk through the significance of Pentecost. […]

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Four Biblical Mothers to Remember on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just a few days away! We hope you’ll take some time this weekend to pay respects to your mother—or if that isn’t possible, to somebody in your life who embodies the grace and wisdom we associate with godly mothers. The Bible speaks highly of mothers who raise children and guide their families […]

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Planning your New Year’s Resolutions? Take a Sneak Peek at our New Year’s Resources Page

Yes, I know that Christmas hasn’t come and gone yet… but have you started thinking about the New Year? Are plans or goals for 2016 starting to take shape in your mind? At Bible Gateway, our favorite New Year’s resolution is—surprise, surprise—reading the Bible. You don’t need to commit to reading all of it in […]

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Enter Into His Gates With Thanksgiving!

Wherever you are today—whether you’re gathering for a Thanksgiving feast or going about your business as usual, whether you feel inundated with blessings or have endured a year full of trials—there’s no act more fulfilling than simply praising God. This year, like most, has seen its share of tragedy and misfortune—the Paris attacks, the ongoing […]

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Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Arrives

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, when we commemorate the remarkable event that kickstarted the early Christian church. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on a gathering of Christians and vividly demonstrated that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was meant for all people, regardless of nationality or ethnicity. The full account is found in Acts 2:1-31. […]

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Five Bible Passages That Show Us What True Love Looks Like

Valentine’s Day is (nearly) here! Maybe you’re looking forward to a romantic date night with the love of your life… or maybe you’re resigned to playing video games and curating your Pinterest boards by yourself while all your friends go out with their significant others. (Hey, we’ve all been there.) Either way, Valentine’s Day is […]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Second Temple

Most Christians think of today as Christmas Eve—which, of course, it is. But tonight, Jews are the world will celebrate the final hours of Hanukkah, an eight-day commemoration of the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. Hanukkah is commonly associated with the distinctive nine-branched menorah, as well as with trappings […]

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How We Read the Bible: Bible Gateway’s 2014 Year in Review

Bible Gateway has published its 2014 Year in Review. Based on over 1.5 billion pageviews and over 150 million unique visitors to Bible Gateway from December 2013 through November 2014, the data we’ve gathered provides a glimpse at how people engaged with the Bible in 2014. You can view our findings here. Our Year in […]

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