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Bible Prophecy for Everyone: An Interview with Todd Hampson


Do you tend to avoid studying books of the Bible like Revelation and Ezekiel? Does it feel like words such as rapture and apocalypse fly right over your head? It's common to dismiss these and other topics related to Bible prophecy as irrelevant or too complicated. Bible Gateway interviewed Todd Hampson about his book, The Non-Prophet's Guide™ to the End Times: Bible Prophecy for Everyone (Harvest House Publishers, 2018).

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As With Elijah, God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things: An Interview with R. T. Kendall


Who was the prophet Elijah and how is his ancient life exemplary for us in the 21st century? How did God use this ordinary man with many imperfections to accomplish extraordinary feats in the time of Old Testament kings? Bible Gateway interviewed R. T. Kendall about his book, These Are the Days of Elijah: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things (Chosen Books, 2013).

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Scripture Read At President George H. W. Bush’s Funeral


President George H. W. Bush, 94, died Nov. 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas after suffering with vascular Parkinsonism. Here are the Scripture passages read at his funeral Dec. 5 at Washington National Cathedral and Dec. 6 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

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See more Bible-related articles in this week’s Bible News Roundup.
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Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Quiz


How well do you know all the facts about the birth of Jesus? Have fun taking this brief quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too.



Are Verses Missing from Modern Bible Translations?


Here's the very good reason why modern English Bible translations have fewer verses in them than vintage English Bible translations such as the King James Version (KJV) and Geneva Bible.

The Key to a Real, Unshakable Faith


Charles Colson, author of Loving God: The Cost of Being a Christian (Zondervan, 2018), says, "Obedience is the key to real faith—the unshakable kind of faith so powerfully illustrated by Job’s life; believing and acting obediently regardless of circumstances or contrary evidence...."

How to Live the Bible — Christmas Joy


Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? We must choose to step aside, step into a quieter moment, and read the angel’s words that came on the night that changed the world: “I bring you good news of great joy!”

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The Source of True Hope


Cynthia Ruchti, contributor to Mornings with Jesus 2019: Daily Encouragement for Your Soul (Zondervan, 2018), says, "'What is it about this family and hope?' my youngest grandson asked. 'We have a cousin named Hope, and there’s hope everywhere in this house!' I love his exuberance on the subject. Ours is a house filled with hope. It shows up in books on the bookshelves, mugs, pictures...it’s everywhere...."

Advent Scripture Reflection: Psalms 1-2


Read this Scripture passage drawn from the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office Bible reading plan on Bible Gateway. This reading plan is built around the liturgical calendar and features Scripture readings appropriate for the season of Advent.

Why Don’t You Read the Bible More? An Honest, No-Guilt Question for the New Year


In the coming New Year, you may make a resolution to dust off that family Bible and start spending more time reading it. But first,....


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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: The Message (MSG)


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