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How to Hear the Voice of God: An Interview with Liz Ditty


Does God speak to you? Do you believe God is infinitely closer and more involved in your world than you give him credit for? How does God speak in Scripture and how can you learn to recognize his voice everywhere in daily life? Bible Gateway interviewed Liz Ditty about her book, God's Many Voices: Learning How to Listen. Expectant to Hear. (Worthy Publishing, 2018).

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How to Establish Boundaries in Your Life: An Interview with Dr. John Townsend


Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limits and limitations. Have you ever found yourself wondering: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. John Townsend, who, along with Dr. Henry Cloud, wrote the bestselling book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life (Zondervan, updated 2017), winner of the Christian Book Award®.

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Scripture Read At US Senator John McCain’s Memorial Services


Senator John S. McCain III, 81, died from complications related to his brain cancer on August 25, 2018. Here are the Bible verses read at his memorial services in Arizona and Washington, DC.

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Love Biblical Theology But Don’t Know Where to Start Reading?


Biblical Theology studies themes of individual books of the Bible and then traces out these themes as they develop through Scripture. To celebrate the release of the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, Zondervan has compiled a free Biblical Theology bibliography; an extensive guide to help you find the very best books on Biblical Theology.


Video Lesson 2: Sarah—Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them


As a special feature, bestselling author and speaker Ann Spangler is conducting a 5-part brief video class offering surprising insights into five fascinating men and women of the Bible. Ann explores these and many more people of the Bible in her new book, Less Than Perfect: Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them (Zondervan, 2018). In this second video lesson, Ann discusses the life of Sarah. Other lessons are about Adam, David, Gomer, and Judas.

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The Thieving Idol that Drains Your Relationships of Joy


In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of The Relationship Principles of Jesus (Zondervan, 2018), says, "Ask God to help you to love in a new kind of way. Stop waiting for some ideal vision to come true in your life, and just begin to love. Love now!...."

How to Live The Bible — Hearing God’s Voice in Scripture


In this 36th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz says, “This must be the believer’s major conviction: that we find the voice of God in Scripture, and that the authority of the Bible trumps all other claims about hearing God....” If you want to know how to live the Bible every day, read this installment of his series on our Blog and encourage your friends and followers to receive it by email.

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Back-To-School Resources From Bible Gateway


Bible Gateway has free online back-to-school resources that can help students in any stage of life make a smooth and prayerful transition into the new school year.

Discernment: Rethink How You Read the Bible


When was the last time you read the book of Obadiah in the Bible? Do you find that, when you read the Bible, you tend to pick and choose what you read and end up gravitating toward familiar passages and ignoring others? Read this excerpt from The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Second Edition (Zondervan, 2018), in which the author, Scot McKnight, asks, "Why do we not follow the Bible sometimes?"

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Learn to navigate challenging questions about your faith with the Making Your Case For Christ training course. Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg will present evidence that backs up Jesus’ claims and credentials.


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Enter every month! This month enter for your chance to win a copy of the NIV Comfort Print Heritage Bible, Premium Leather, Black, Premier Collection (Zondervan, 2018)—which has a suggested retail value of $149.99. Two winners will be selected at random.

What Does Bible Gateway Mean to You?


We've heard from many of you during our year-long 25th anniversary celebration, such as: "I use Bible Gateway for a daily Scripture, personal Bible study, educational Bible study (helped me to get a A+ in my class at Point Loma Nazarene University), for reference during church services, and for any other biblical needs or desires." Tell us what Bible Gateway means to you—and tell your friends and followers by using the #MyBibleGateway hashtag to communicate the fun!

Get Your Joy Back!


Join GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa on a journey through the Defiant Joy Online Bible Study with Candace Payne (a.k.a. Chewbacca Mom) and get FREE access to all 6 study videos, Joy Printables, a FREE eBook, and other fun goodies! Get ready to laugh it up and claim a JOY that is unshakeable! Study dates are August 13 - September 24 and there will be weekly LIVE chats with Mandisa for everyone who joins!

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How I Rise Above the Lies that Haunt Me by Candace Payne (a.k.a. Chewbacca Mom).

Spotlight: English Standard Version (ESV)


This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of the plethora of Bible versions available for you to freely read on Bible Gateway. This week read:


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