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Two Men in the Garden
I find myself there too.
Two Men in the Garden

I connect the season of Easter with a wide variety of images, symbols, and experiences. I think of the sun rising over an old stone fort in Saint Augustine, Florida, where my family spent our Easter vacations when I was a child. I also think of jelly ...

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God's Word Trumps Human Tradition
A true disciple puts God's Word first, not our interpretation of it.
God's Word Trumps Human Tradition

God does something when we read his Scriptures. J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom note in their book, Guard Us, Guide Us, that when people read or reflect upon the Scriptures, "even when they are beginners and do not as yet know the sacred text well, ...

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Handling Ups and Downs
Perspective on how to thrive when "stuff happens"
Handling Ups and Downs

In her book Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life, Barbara Johnson included a cartoon depicting a person with hair flying in all directions and frazzled, sunken eyes. The caption read, "I try to take just one day at a time … but lately ...

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Run with the Horses
Learning how to live from Jeremiah
Run with the Horses

So, Jeremiah, you're worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can't keep your wits during times of calm, what's going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood? Jeremiah 12:5

My ...

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How Excellent Are Thy Names
What God invites us to call him says volumes about his relationship to us.

Most of us have several names or titles to which we respond. In my work, I am called "Dr. Hemphill." In most social settings, I am called "Ken." My wife calls me "Honey." My mother refers to me as "Son." Now that all three of my girls are out of the ...

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New Ways People Are Reading the Bible
Current technologies assist churches in getting the Word of God to their congregants.

When I first became a Christian, I had no Bible and knew nothing about it. I was handed one and told to read it, which I tried to do for a while, but I was totally lost without someone to break it into bite-size pieces for me.

Fortunately, today there ...

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Lessons from Jonah
Jonah needed to expand his heart toward others—we do too.
From Snacking to Feasting
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. —Psalm 119:105
From Snacking to Feasting

In the days of the prophet Amos, God spoke of a time when a famine would strike the land. It would be a famine worse than the times when food and water were scarce. It would be the worst kind of famine ever. Amos records these words of God: "'The days ...

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Joy in Easter Week
Celebrate this phenomenal week with deep appreciation.
Joy in Easter Week

A cartoon that appeared in Leadership Journal shows a couple leaving church and shaking hands with the pastor. The man says to the pastor, "You're in a rut, Reverend. Every time I come here, you preach about the Resurrection."

We chuckle ...

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More Than Just a Bible Study
Allow God's Word to transform lives as you study together.
More Than Just a Bible Study

Cindy was in the Bible study I led for three years. She always answered the questions and participated in the discussion. She accumulated a lot of knowledge, but her life never changed. She lived a defeatist life, looking to unhealthy relationships with ...

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Days of Celebration
Try this quiz to test your knowledge on the Old Testament Jewish festivals.
Days of Celebration

Throughout his life, Jesus faithfully celebrated all of the Old Testament Jewish festivals (see Lev. 23). Like our Christian holidays, these feasts recalled God's saving acts and providence. Match the description to the correct Jewish festival below. ...

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We Revere the Bible More Than We Read It
New research shows a surprising number who follow Christ but don't prioritize time in the Word.

I recently talked to a young woman who was visiting our church. As I chatted with her, I found out that she considered herself an atheist. She visited just to humor a friend. When I asked her why she was an atheist, she said she couldn't believe stuff ...

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Sometimes Big Things Start Small
Saddleback's Small Group Ministry wasn't always a bed of roses.

After five years of championing small groups at Willow Creek Community Church, Brett Eastman shuttled his family westward to Orange County, California. He was hired at Saddleback Church and figured he would pick up where he left off at Willow.

But Saddleback ...

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What Do You Know About Scripture?
Take this test to see how much you know.

Quick. Who wrote 1 Corinthians? What does it mean to walk through the valley of the shadow of death? Who was Jehoshaphat? Can you answer questions like these? An increasing number of Christians can't. Or do you know more than you think you know? To help ...

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Using Film Clips in Preaching
Careful choices yield best results.

If film clips are to be used effectively in preaching, guidelines concerning number and placement need to be observed. How many clips should be used in a single message? For preachers who are new to video usage the prospect of illustrating an entire ...

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Put Your Bible Down for a Day
Let your light shine.

Recently, I was in Cincinnati for a conference. Our activities were at the Duke Energy Center where the entire west facade is a sign of 77 lights that spell out Cincinnati. The sign can be seen for miles as it adorns the skyline and has become somewhat ...

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7 Ways to Begin a Buzz About Bible Study
Use these ideas to interest others in studying the Bible.

According to The Barna Group research about one-third of Americans say they study the Word of God daily or weekly. Another third say they study the Bible, but less frequently. The final third are Americans who say they never study the Bible at all.

Most ...

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Top Ten Downloads of 2006
We've compiled a list of your favorites from this year.

2006 was a great year for the ChristianBibleStudies.com ministry.

Our hearts leap when we offer studies on topics like prayer, spiritual growth, and cultural impact, and we see that they were useful to many of you. Likewise, we rejoice when our guides ...

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Opening the Bible for Seekers
Discussion Bible studies are powerful agents of change.

From the book Growing Your Church Through Evangelism and Outreach

It is now clear that large numbers of people have become Christians through peer-group discussions of the Bible. And when unchurched participants become serious about the Christian faith, ...

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Overview of the Bible
A summary of what's in the greatest book of all time.
Overview of the Bible

Wouldn't you love to be able to grasp what the entire Bible contains in just a few minutes? This compilation of the themes of the Bible will allow you to do just that. The following is a summary of what each book of the Bible contains. Keep it handy ...

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