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When You’re Disappointed, Disillusioned, and Wondering About the Reality of God’s Goodness: An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst


What happens when life doesn't turn out the way you expected? What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, his lack of intervention hurtful, and his promises doubtful? In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Lysa TerKeurst talks about her book, It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered (Thomas Nelson, 2018).

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How Esther Shows God Has a Purpose for Your Life: An Interview with Dr. Tony Evans


Do you believe God has a purpose for your life, and every action or event that occurs within it has been used to make that purpose a reality? Do you read the story of Esther as a series of coincidences strung together to deliver the Jews from certain death? Or as God having a particular purpose at a particular time? In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Dr. Tony Evans talks about his book, Pathways: From Providence to Purpose (B&H Books, 2019).

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Bible Education Class Bill Under Fire in North Dakota


North Dakota legislators have proposed a bill that would allow public high schools to offer an elective Bible education class as part of their social studies curriculum.


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How Long Does It Really Take to Read the Bible?


It can be helpful to see how much time reading the Bible actually takes. Here's a list of each book of the Bible ranked according to word count (using the ESV Bible translation) and how long they take to read (based on a slow reader’s speed of 100 words per minute).



The Significance of Olives in the Bible


According to Margaret Feinberg, author of Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers (Zondervan, 2019), "Of all the elements I’ve tasted and seen in Scripture, none has proven more healing and sensual than olives and their oil. This fruit of a tree bursts with a sharp, savory zest, then transforms into a buttery coolness, much like its presence in the Bible...."

Select a Bible Reading Plan on the Free Bible Audio App


Bible Gateway’s free Bible Audio App offers you several reading plans from which to choose to simultaneously read and hear Scripture portions every day at your own pace and within your own schedule. Here’s a quick guide.

How to Live the Bible — Growing in the Word


In this 46th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz says, “To “live the Bible” means continual life transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit using the implanted word of God. In this series we are probing how we can develop a biblical mindset, worldview, attitude, and instincts that lead us to right living and effective witness....” 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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We’ve identified the most popular Bible verses people from all over the world search for and read on Bible Gateway and designed them into visually colorful and inspirational images.

Actor Chris Pratt to Follow Bible-Based 21-Day Diet of Prayer and Fasting


"Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink." That's what Old Testament prophet Daniel said to his Babylonian prison guard in the 7th century BC and now American actor Chris Pratt is modeling that diet thousands of years later.

Now That 2019 Has Begun, Be Inspired Everyday with the Free NIV Daily Email Devotional


Every day, you’ll receive a Scripture reading along with a brief devotional reflection to help you meditate on and apply what you’ve just read. The readings are hand-picked from over 25 different popular NIV Bibles.


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What You've Told Us


Our year-long 25th anniversary celebration ended with 2018 and now we're starting our next 25 years! We've enjoyed hearing what Bible Gateway means to you. Here's an example from a Bible Gateway enthusiast: "I love everything about Bible Gateway! If I had to choose my favorite resource, I have to say the side by side reference. Since I grew up with only the KJV version, I enjoy knowing exactly what some of my favorite passages mean in today's English."

Join the NEW Taste and See Online Bible Study


Make 2019 your year to feed your soul and feast on God's Word! Sign up for the study now to get started right away! All 6 Taste and See companion study videos will be available to you for FREE. Register now and get the schedule, free downloads, and all the great bonuses!

Read the Bible Gateway Blog posts, A Fresh Foodie Bible Study Adventure: An Interview with Margaret Feinberg and Is Your Definition of Joy Too Narrow?: An Interview with Margaret Feinberg.

Spotlight: New American Standard Bible (NASB)


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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