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summary of the bible

Can You Give Me a Nano Summary of the Bible?

Could you tell someone the story of the Bible?  Could you summarize its teachings?  Could you articulate the main message the Bible is conveying?   These are three massive questions, and yet most Christian would like to be able to answer all three questions…first for themselves, and then for others. This is important because if

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Jesus’ Seven “I Am” Statements

Jesus’ “I am” statements would have particular significance to the first-century Jewish listener. God had revealed Himself to Moses with a resounding “I AM” (Ex. 3:14). Jesus used the same words to describe Himself (4:26; 6:20; 13:19). Below is a list of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements in the book of John. “I am the

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Get the Most Out of Your Bible Study

I once heard the story of a new pastor fresh out of seminary who went to a rural church in Montana.  The first Sunday, only one cowboy showed up, so the pastor asked him if he wanted to go ahead and hear the sermon, or just go home, since no one else was there. The

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stories of gratitude in the bible

Attitudes of Gratitude: Stories of Thankfulness in the Bible

Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday in the United States by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The roots of the holiday can be traced back to 1621, when the Pilgrims offered a prayer of thanks before their meal with members of the Wampanoag Tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful for their first harvest in the

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Joseph’s Story – A Nation from a Troubled Family

The remarkable story of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt is not just another rags-to-riches story. Fundamentally, the story is about how the Lord created a nation out of a troubled family.   Jacob’s family was plagued by jealousy. Rachel envied Leah, and Leah envied Rachel (Genesis 30:1). Leah’s sons inherited this pattern of jealousy.

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What Do You Know If You “Know” the Bible?

Most Christians would say that they would like to know the Bible, but what does that mean?   Some time back when I was actively teaching in college and seminary, I used to ask the students “What do you know if you ‘know’ the Bible?” The students would volunteer subject after subject. The subjects they

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The Lord's Supper

The Lord’s Supper: Past, Present, and Future

As Christians today look for meaning in Lord’s Supper, it’s helpful to exam the meal’s significance relating to three concepts–past, present, and future.  Here are three things to think about the next time you take communion.   First, the Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance and Eucharist. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of

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30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Build a Foundation for a Lifetime of Spiritual Growth

There is some information so vital to the Christian life that if you do not know it you cannot become a mature Christian. If you rely only on Sunday sermons and occasional input from blog posts, YouTube videos, or simple internet Bible studies…if there is no overall game plan to hit all the vital subject

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What Is the Starting Point to Studying the BIble

What is the Starting Point for Understanding the Bible?

Every Christian needs a good understanding of the Bible.  Our entire experience as a believer depends on it.  But if you wanted a good understanding of the Bible, where would you start? The answer was not obvious or easy for me. I became a Christian after my first year in college. I was a young

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Prayers for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Prayers Straight from the Bible

The Bible contains some of the most extraordinary prayers of thanksgiving ever offered. The power of these prayers transcend time and place; they are every bit as meaningful and effective today as they were the first time they were spoken. Here’s a sampling of prayers straight from the Bible that you can use at your

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