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The “Christmas Joy” Devotional Begins Tomorrow!

Peace. Joy. Angels. Manger. Shepherds. These are part of the very familiar vocabulary of Christmas—words you’ve read or heard many times over the years. Perhaps you’ve heard them so many times that they no longer have much impact on you. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to recapture the power and depth of those words, and […]

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Alegría de Navidad: un Devocional para la Navidad, Disponible en Español

¿Cómo experimentamos el gozo de la Navidad? El pastor Mel Lawrenz, autor de la popular serie de libros «Cómo entender la Biblia» (disponible solo en inglés) e Influencia Espiritual (disponible en español), nos presenta Alegría de Navidad, un devocional para cada día de la temporada navideña. Los días previos a la Navidad constituyen una oportunidad […]

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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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Sign Up for Christmas Devotions from Bible Gateway

It feels like it’s been an especially turbulent year, doesn’t it? To be honest, by the time Christmas season rolls around, most years have started to feel a bit exhausting and overwhelming. As 2016 has rolled on, we’ve been challenged to respond to multiple acts of terror and violence, we’ve slogged through a contentious American […]

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Loving Our Muslim Neighbors During Ramadan

Around the world, millions of Muslims are midway through Ramadan—a period during which faithful Muslims fast, pray, and reflect on their moral responsibilities as followers of Islam. Christians, of course, do not observe Ramadan. Why should Christians spend time thinking about a Muslim holy season? First, it’s neighborly to be aware of any event that […]

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Quiz: How Many of These Bible Memorials Do You Know?

Memorial Day in the United States is when Americans pause to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by members of their armed forces over the years and centuries. Many countries and cultures designate holidays, festivals, or monuments to help people remember important events in their shared cultural history. That’s as true of ancient people […]

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Is Easter Based on a Pagan Holiday?

Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? We’re asked these questions each year during Lent. We’ve asked Mel Lawrenz, […]

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How Is Your Bible Reading Resolution Coming Along?

We’re slightly over a month into the new year. How are you doing on your 2016 resolutions so far? Last month, we ran an informal poll of Bible Gateway visitors to find out what they were resolving to do in the new year. Here’s a breakdown of responses: What Bible Gateway Visitors Resolved to do […]

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How Can You Observe Lent This Year?

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, arrives next week. Have you thought about observing Lent this year? There’s no Scriptural requirement to observe Lent—ultimately, it’s just the six week lead-up to Easter Sunday in the church calendar—but many Christians find it helpful and inspirational to observe the Lent season in some way. Generally speaking, […]

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Don’t Wait to Ponder Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year when your calendar seems to gather speed and many social events crowd your already busy schedule. While Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas ought to be times of spiritual contemplation and relational reconnection, they can easily become frantic deadlines that produce frazzled emotions. Bible Gateway will help you reclaim proper perspective with […]

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