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How to Live the Bible — The Personal God

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This is the one-hundred-thirty-first lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4

There are two kinds of fire you can have in your house. One is a monster that will move from room to room—leaping, growing, devouring. The other resides in your fireplace. It is controlled, friendly, and inviting. It draws you in. It brings people together. It warms you but does not burn you.

An illustration of Moses and the burning bush

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How Can We Express Authentic Thankfulness to God in 2020?

Photo by Hannah Busing on UnsplashBy John Sawyer

Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfire damage. Social conflict. If you’re able to celebrate Thanksgiving at all, your table might have empty chairs due to COVID-19. And some guests might be struggling with financial problems or job loss.

It’s been a rough nine months! Our emotions are far too raw to merely paste on a smile and go through the holiday motions. But before you give up on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to give it another chance. It might be just what we all need right now.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 15, 2020

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Spotlight on Nigeria, China, and India as Christian Persecution Rises Rapidly
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How to Live the Bible — Turning the Bad Into the Good

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This is the one-hundred-thirtieth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:7-8

One of the most discouraging things we experience is when life takes a very bad turn, and we wonder how God could possibly redeem the situation. It could be an untimely death, the loss of a job, the betrayal of a friend. Any experience which seems to violate the essence of what’s good and right.

The silhouette of pyramids against the star-filled night sky to illustrate the wonder of God

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Research: The US Military and the Bible

State of the Bible 2020 research reportMany members of the US military community turn to the Bible, their church, and their pastor or chaplain for spiritual and emotional support, according to the State of the Bible 2020 research report commissioned by American Bible Society (@americanbible) and conducted by Barna Group (@barnagroup).

Over two million Americans serve in the US military and over 17 million Americans are veterans of the US Armed Services. Members and veterans of the US Armed Forces face challenges other American adults can hardly imagine. When service members deploy to combat zones, both their Bible and their chaplains go with them, providing spiritual and emotional support where families and churches cannot go.

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How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith: An Interview with Lecrae

LecraeTwo-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds—sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression—that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.

Bible Gateway interviewed Lecrae (@lecrae) about his book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith (Zondervan, 2020).

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Please describe your childhood growing up without a father and the struggles you faced.

Lecrae: It was tough. But I didn’t know any different. It was my reality. I wondered where he was and why he wasn’t there. And I was envious of my friends who had dads, and sports games, and things like that. It probably gave me some identity issues as well…. Not probably—definitely gave me some identity issues.

What made you decide to follow Jesus?

Lecrae: I was a skeptic, and studied lots of different world religions. Intellectually, it made sense that this was the one religion where I did not have to earn God’s love. I could be accepted, despite my flaws. It was also spiritual. This was a supernatural transformation—something I didn’t have any control over.

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You’re Invited to Join the Free Overcomer Online Bible Study with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Start Your Journey to Overcome Your Challenges!

The Overcomer Online Bible Study is the free 7-week video Bible study you can do on your own or with friends, family, and your own small group.

We’re living in difficult times. Do you feel like society is ripping apart at the seams? Do you feel like your heart can’t take any more hurt?

No matter what the world throws at us—anxiety, fear, confusion, temptation—we have a choice on how to respond: we can concede defeat or we can live in the victory that God has promised us in his Word.

In this Overcomer Online Bible Study, Dr. David Jeremiah will teach you God’s winning strategy for overcoming challenges so you can be a triumphant Overcomer. His lessons will draw on the apostle Paul’s metaphor in Ephesians 6:10-18. You’ll learn in a practical and effective way what it means to put on each piece of God’s spiritually protective armor.

Watch this introductory video and register now for the free Overcomer Online Bible Study, starting November 9, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 8, 2020

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How to Live the Bible — What Does It Take to Live a “Good” Life?

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This is the one-hundred-twenty-ninth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


An older man walks haltingly through the cemetery at Normandy on the north coast of France. He passes through the sea of clean white crosses and stars of David marking the resting places of hundreds of young men whose lives were cut off on D-Day; they died decades earlier so that multitudes could go on living in peaceable societies as parents and teachers and engineers and neighbors. He drops to his knees in front of the marker of someone who saved his life, is thrust into a moment of self-examination, and struggles to get out a plea to his wife who is standing at his side:

“Tell me I’ve lived a good life…. Tell me I’m a good man.”

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What Is a Lectionary?

A lectionary is a collection of readings from the Bible (called “lections”) that are intended to enhance the act of worship.

Lectionaries have been in use in the Christian church from the fourth century, spanning denominational differences. Scripture selections are arranged according to a schedule which follows the church calendar of Sundays and festivals, centering on the life and work of Christ.

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Christian lectionaries generally include a reading from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. The The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the church year, which begins on the first Sunday of Advent (four Sundays prior to December 25).

The Revised Common Lectionary (Semicontinuous) is now a part of Bible Gateway’s many Bible reading plans for your daily enjoyment, personal worship, and spiritual benefit. You can have it sent to your inbox for free each morning when you sign up here.

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