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Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos: An Interview with David Bradstreet


The heavens beckon us, telling us this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the creator. And now, using rovers and satellites, explorations venture further out into the vastness of space than ever before. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. David Bradstreet about his book, Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos (Zondervan, 2016).

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God of the Big Bang: An Interview with Leslie Wickman, Rocket Scientist


Leslie Wickman PhD, is a former Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space corporate astronaut, rocket scientist, and engineer on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Wickman about her book, God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator (Worthy Publishing, 2015).

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Bible Among Items in Time Capsule Loaded onto First Israeli Private Lunar Lander About to Launch


A digitized time capsule containing the Bible, Israel’s Declaration of Independence, and more will be on board the joint SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unmanned spacecraft when it is launched to the Moon this Spring.

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post by Lee Strobel, Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World? and First Liquid Poured on the Moon and the First Food Eaten There Were Communion Elements.


See more Bible-related articles in this week’s Bible News Roundup.
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Who Was Where at Christmas? A Christmas Story Timeline


Here’s the popular Bible Gateway timeline that shows where the myriad Bible characters were during events surrounding the first Christmas.



Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Quiz


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


Also take the Bible Gateway Christmas Hymns Quiz.


How Well Do You Know the Genealogy of Jesus?


The more closely you read into the genealogies in the Gospels, the more fully you'll come to appreciate the fulfillment of God’s covenant. Here's how to do it easily with Bible Gateway Plus.

7-Day Bible Reading Plan for Christmas: Jesus is Born


Use this 7-day Bible reading plan from Bible Gateway to help you focus on the meaning of Christmas; the coming of our Savior as a baby.

How to Live the Bible — Everlasting Father


The prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming ruler whom people would look to in very personal terms: “Everlasting Father.” Jesus would be no mere earthly ruler. His reign would be “enduring, unstoppable, without challenge, having the qualities of heaven.

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Video: Christmas with The Jesus Storybook Bible


Christmas is a great time for adults to read to children about the birth of Jesus. For your Christmas enjoyment, here are two videos with British actor David Suchet reading about the Nativity from the award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible (Zonderkidz, 2007).

Renew Your Wonder of Christmas


Are you gripped by the stunningly magnificent events and truths of Christmas - the birth of Jesus? Read this article by Paul Tripp, author of Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional (Crossway, 2017), to recapture the wonder as we consider what this story tells us about the character and plan of God.

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Other Miraculous Christmas Birth.

Bible Verses That Tell the Christmas Story


15 brief Scripture passages from different versions of the Bible that tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Read them yourself or to your family.


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ENDS DEC. 26: Enter Bible Gateway's 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for December


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.

Tell Us What Bible Gateway Means to You


We're hearing from many of you during our year-long 25th anniversary celebration, such as: "I've been competing in the National Bible Bee for six years and just became an alum, but I wanted to say that Bible Gateway has been one of the best tools I've used as a contestant. I plan to continue to use it a lot. May God bless your ministry!" Tell us what Bible Gateway means to you—and tell your friends and followers by using the #MyBibleGateway hashtag to communicate the fun!

Who Was Herod?


One of the central figures in the Christmas story is Herod the Great, who was king of the Jews when Jesus was born. Herod and his sons ruled Judea during Jesus’ life and ministry. But who was this man? And why was he so hostile to the news of the birth of Jesus?

Spotlight: Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament (MOUNCE)


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