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How to Understand the Bible in 1 Month: An Interview with Max Anders


When considering the Bible, do you confuse the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah? Or mix up Jericho with Jeroboam? Do you think Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife? Do you know how the Old Testament is different from the New Testament, but how they tell the same story? Do you get uncomfortably nervous when you're asked in a group to look up a verse in the book of Zephaniah? Bible Gateway interviewed Max Anders about his book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible: Unlock the Scriptures in 15 Minutes a Day (Thomas Nelson, 2018).

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The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible: An Interview with Denise Hughes


How does the Bible point readers to beauty found in brokenness and hope found in hard places? What would it mean to trace themes such as togetherness, grace, everyday leadership, friendship, hospitality, gratitude, and more through the pages of Scripture? Bible Gateway interviewed Denise Hughes, general editor of the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2018).

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Scientists: ‘Superheated Blast from the Sky’ Destroyed Dead Sea Cities, Pointing to Sodom in Bible


Scientists have found that a "superheated blast from the skies" destroyed cities near the Dead Sea 3,700 years ago, which biblical analysts are saying echoes the destruction of Sodom (see Genesis 19).

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Help For You to Focus on Christ This Christmas


Advent is almost upon us. That means it’s time for Bible Gateway's free Advent and Christmas devotions. This year, we’re bringing back several favorite classic devotionals, and introducing a new one that will help you renew your focus on God’s Word this holiday season.



The Orthodox Study Bible Notes: Newest Addition to Bible Gateway Plus


There’s a brand-new title in the Bible Gateway Plus library—The Orthodox Study Bible (Thomas Nelson). The reference notes in this study Bible are rich with ancient Christian perspective and liturgical readings—perfect for you to better understand the apostolic roots of Christianity and the insights of the early church fathers.

The Missing Ingredient of Advent


Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder, authors of Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again) (Zondervan, 2018), ask, "What do we worship during Advent? “Jesus” is the right answer, of course, but is it the true answer? Does the way we spend our time, money, and energy testify that we worship God incarnate?...."

How to Live the Bible — A Prayer for the Christmas Season


Here’s a Christmas blessing for personal or church use (including a printable PDF version): "Lord God, In these weeks leading up to Christmas we long to know the meaning, the power, and the mystery of that great mission whereby you came to save us from our sins...."

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Idolatry: The One Great Sin that All Others Come From


Kyle Idleman, author of God’s at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (Zondervan, 2018), says, "When I talk to people, they point to what they believe is the problem. In their minds, they’ve nailed it. But here’s what I’ve discovered: they’re talking about a symptom rather than the true illness—the true issue—which is always idolatry...."

The State of the Bible 2018: Most Americans Want to Read It


A majority of Americans declare they wish they used the Bible more than they currently do. One way to start 2019 is to select the Bible Gateway Bible reading plan that's right for your personal pace.

Where Should I Start Reading the Bible?


The Bible isn’t necessarily meant to be read from front to back. In fact, the Bible is a collection of many books written in a variety of different genres or types of literature. These genres all need to be read a little differently. Starting at Genesis and trying to read straight through without a strategy can get frustrating if you don’t know how these books and their literary genres work together....


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This month enter for your chance to win either a copy of the NKJV Comfort Print Single-Column Reference Bible, Premium Leather, Black, Premier Collection (Thomas Nelson, 2018)—which has a suggested retail value of $159.99—OR a copy of the NKJV Comfort Print Thinline Reference Bible, Large Print, Premium Leather, Black, Premier Collection (Thomas Nelson, 2018)—which has a suggested retail value of $149.99.

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The Case for Christmas Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel


The Case for Christmas is the 4-week Advent online study with bestselling author, apologist, and Bible teacher Lee Strobel, who says, "This is the greatest story ever told!.. Not just because it’s amazing. Not just because it blows your mind. But because it’s true! And because it’s true, it makes a difference to each one of our lives."

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Case for Christ: An Interview with Lee Strobel and these posts by Lee Stobel, Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World? and Would You Believe a Healing Miracle Caught on Tape?.

Spotlight: Living Bible (TLB)


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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