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Bible Engager's Blog
Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?
October 30th, 2017

Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?

Gary Wiley

I grew up in a home where I learned at an early age that words matter. I remember times when a prohibited word would slip out of my mouth. I would receive “that look” from my mother, a reprimand, and possibly disciplinary action. My mother tells me that as ...

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How to Study a Bible Passage
October 23rd, 2017

How to Study a Bible Passage

Christina Miller

Perhaps you’ve selected a Bible and started reading it. Maybe you’re even setting aside regular times to reflect or pray. You’ve gotten a taste of what’s inside, and a desire for God’s words is growing in you as you recognize the nourishment God offers in these encounters. What comes ...

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Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil
October 16th, 2017

Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil

Lydia Sheldon

Genres are categories of literature, each with its own tone and techniques. The Bible uses a handful of genres—narrative and law, prophecy and letters, wisdom literature, and apocalyptic literature. Understanding the genre in which the passage is written can help guide our reading. Follow the Biblical Genre ...

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What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?
October 9th, 2017

What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?

Rosalie J. Karjala

How does the Bible view women? At face value, some of its messages and examples can seem oppressive or devaluing. But when you learn more about how Jesus responded to the Bible’s historical and cultural context, you may rethink your first impressions. Christ entered into a specific time and ...

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What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?
October 1st, 2017

What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?

Joanna Mikhail

There is a lot of talk about self-care these days. It comes in all kinds of different forms: “me time, ” “treating myself, ” “boundaries, ” and a multi-billion dollar “self-improvement” industry. Often the mantra of “self-care” just feels self-ish, a tagline to the individualistic self-centeredness of our day. ...

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Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting
September 25th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting

Rev. Carrie Graham

The sun was shining outside my window. But in the area of Texas known as the Golden Triangle, the week was all about survival. “Carrie, I’m scared. We’re on the second floor.” This chilling text from my aunt sent me into high alert. “House flooded. ...

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Find Wholeness in God When You Are Heartbroken
September 18th, 2017

Find Wholeness in God When You Are Heartbroken

Katy Callahan

Listening to weeks’ worth of famous break-up albums after you’ve been dumped isn’t necessarily healthy, but amid my own fresh heartbreak, it felt like the most appropriate, and potentially cathartic, thing to do. Get Lonely by The Mountain Goats played as I got dressed in the morning. ...

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How Labyrinths Can Help Us Walk in the Peace Jesus Promises
September 11th, 2017

How Labyrinths Can Help Us Walk in the Peace Jesus Promises

Christina Miller

The light slants on smooth marble. The room is still. Everything has been cleared, even the hard pews and baptismal font, those familiar markers of corporate worship. An elaborate pattern is laid out in front of me, taking up the majority of the floor. In twists and turns, it ...

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