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How to Say No and Not Feel Guilty: An Interview with Kevin G. Harney


Are you overwhelmed with your to-do list? Do you feel guilty when you say "no" to anything? Were you taught that "no" is a dirty word? Do you think saying "no" is a sign of weakness? What does the Bible say about saying "no"? Bible Gateway interviewed Kevin G. Harney about his book, No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted (Zondervan, 2019).


Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: An Interview with Matthew Sleeth, MD


The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest...and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us (WaterBrook, 2019).


Dr. Norman Geisler (1932–2019)


Christian apologist, Bible scholar, prolific author, professor, speaker, philosopher, evangelist, and theologian Dr. Norman Geisler died July 1, 2019, 20 days before his 87th birthday. According to the statement by his son, Dr. David Geisler, and the extended Geisler family, “he has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue to have a ripple effect for many years to come.”



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BLOG SERIES: John Maxwell Profiles in Leadership: The Servant Girl – Never Too Small to Make a Difference


This leadership study in the life of "the servant girl" – the 21st in the weekly series on the Bible Gateway Blog – is one of the 120 “Profiles in Leadership” lessons in The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition.


[Sneak Peek] The Curse of Being Easily Deceived Died When Jesus Rose from the Dead


Read and hear this Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the forthcoming book No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere (Thomas Nelson, 2019) and unabridged audiobook on CD by Kat Armstrong, who says, "We probably need to be reminded that Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection secured us all an epic Eden redo."

When My Life Suffered a Dream-Crushing Blow


Chris Norton, who, along with his wife Emily, is the author of The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits While Leaning on Each Other (Zondervan, 2019), says, "From the moment my body hit the ground after the tackle that put me in this mess, I had focused completely on what I could not do. I could not move; I could not feel; I could not breathe. The obstacles kept getting bigger and bigger until they completely overwhelmed me. Everything changed when I switched my focus to what I could do...."

“Liberty or Death—One or the Other, I Mean to Have”


Jackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee, authors of Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy (Zondervan, 2018), say, "Whenever we reject God, enslavement and bondage arise. The liberating power that Jesus Christ unleashed on the world in the first century has proven to be the most potent force the world has ever seen for rescue...."

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How to Live the Bible — The Sound of Freedom


In this 13th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz, says, “All people need to hear the sound of liberty ring loudly and clearly through their hearts and minds. And only the living God can deliver that kind of liberty. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Proclaim liberty!” 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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American History’s Entwined Relationship with the Bible: An Interview with Angela Kamrath


Visit the US Supreme Court and you’ll see, on the South Wall Frieze, Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Bible Gateway interviewed Angela E. Kamrath, vice-president and project director of American Heritage Education Foundation, on her book, The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief (Xulon Press, 2013).

Reading the Bible with America’s Founding Fathers: An Interview with Daniel Dreisbach


No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Bible Gateway interviewed Daniel L. Dreisbach about his book, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Freedom is What We’re Made For: A Surprising Look at God’s Law


John Dickson, author of A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History's Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics (Zondervan, 2014), says, "God’s ways, embodied in his commandments to love him and those around us, are what we’re made for, and when we follow them, we are free in the true sense...."

You Can Still Watch the Free Webcast with Dr. Bill Mounce on the ChurchSource Channel


Simply register and watch on demand ChurchSource's free 40-minute webcast with Dr. Bill Mounce, author of Greek for the Rest of Us: The Essentials of Biblical Greek (Zondervan, 2013) and Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament (available free on Bible Gateway). The topic is: Demystifying Bible Translations.


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Join the FREE Anxious for Nothing Online Bible Study


Join this free 5-session online video Bible study from now to July 28. Max Lucado, author of Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World, invites you to dive deep into Scripture and explore God's treatment plan for worry found in the most underlined verse in the Bible: Philippians 4:6-7.

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Anxious for Nothing: An Interview with Max Lucado.

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