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Which Bible Characters Struggled with Depression?

The heroes of the faith loom so large in the consciousness of believers that it often comes as a surprise—and a comforting reassurance—to realize that they were every bit as human as we are. After all, if God worked in the midst of their struggles and weaknesses to accomplish his will—often in extraordinary ways—he can ...

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A Biblical Prescription for Parenting Children

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)   This proverb sets out two stages in the process of godly child rearing: first, the method, “Train up a child in the way he should go”; and second, the ...

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The Biblical Role of the Parents

My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; – Proverbs 1:8 (NKJV)    While fathers are often identified as the parents responsible for setting the pattern for child rearing, mothers usually do much more of the training and instructing of families’ children. Mothers and fathers need ...

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Who Was Eve?

Where Does Eve Appear in the Bible? The bulk of Eve’s story is contained in Genesis 2–3. Who Was Eve? Eve was the second human being God created, and her origin is unique in the history of humankind. She wasn’t formed from the dust of the ground, as Adam was. But she wasn’t born, either, ...

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Who Was Moses?

Where Does Moses Appear in the Bible? The story of Moses begins in Exodus 1 and stretches across the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Who Was Moses? Moses was born to Hebrew slaves in Egypt, seemingly at the worst possible time. Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, had ordered all Hebrew male babies to be ...

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Five Guidelines for Building a Strong Marriage

Apr 4, 2019 | |Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Co-Founders of FamilyLife

As Jesus recalls the melodrama of God’s presentation of Eve to Adam, He says, “But from the Beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” (Mark 10:6-8). This passage presents ...

How Did We Get the King James Bible?

Apr 4, 2019 |

To understand why the King James Bible was commissioned, we need to survey the Christian landscape of England at the turn of the seventeenth century.   Three different groups were jockeying for dominance at that time: the Catholic Church, the Church of England, and the Protestants. The Catholic Church had enjoyed a brief renaissance under ...

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What Does the Bible Really Say About Evangelism?

Evangelism gives Christians an opportunity to participate in God’s work of arranging for others what was arranged for us: an introduction to Jesus Christ. God, in his loving grace, gives us roles in his plan of salvation. In order to make the most of our opportunity, however, we need to understand what God’s Word says ...

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Who Wrote the Book of Romans?

All critical schools agree on the Pauline authorship of this foundational book. The vocabulary, style, logic, and theological development are consistent with Paul’s other epistles. Paul dictated this letter to a secretary named Tertius (Romans 16:22[NKJV]), who was allowed to add his own greeting. Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to ...

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An Ancient Tradition of Worship in a Modern World

Worship has existed since … well, since humankind has existed. Adam and Eve lived in a paradise. They experienced God’s creation before the Fall, in all of its unimaginable splendor. They walked with God Himself in the cool of the evening. You think they weren’t bursting with expressions of worship and gratitude? So when we ...