How to Be Nourished by God’s Word
August 7th, 2017

How to Be Nourished by God’s Word

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

In C.S. Lewis’ fantastic Chronicles of Narnia , the description of the arrival of Spring—prompted by the approach of the great Aslan—always gives me a thrill. Peter, Susan and Lucy head out to find the King and their search is rewarded. The forces of evil that locked the ...

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Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East
July 31st, 2017

Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East

Mike Bassous

When you hear the words Middle East, what comes to your mind? For many, a slew of negative associations pop up—wars, sectarian killing, religious tension, suicide bombers, kidnappings, trauma. But we forget that this region is the physical context for much of the Bible. It is the rich backdrop ...

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How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture
April 17th, 2017

How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture

Jen Pollock Michel

To come of age—at least in our family—means earning the right to watch The Wizard of Oz . (Isnt a certain degree of maturity required for facing those evil monkeys?) The film adaptation of L. Frank Baums novel is a classic story about the search for home. Dorothy ...

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Silence: Where is God in My Suffering?
January 10th, 2017

Silence: Where is God in My Suffering?

Christina Miller

Most of us haven’t experienced extreme persecution for our faith, but we have felt abandoned by God. Where was God during the harrowing grief following the loss of a loved one? Where was God during the agony of joblessness, barrenness, or loneliness? Where was God in the dark throes ...

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What Last Days in the Desert Taught Me About Jesus’ Humanity
June 7th, 2016

What Last Days in the Desert Taught Me About Jesus' Humanity

Christina Miller

Last week I took the train from Philadelphia to New York to see Last Days in the Desert , a new film written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia about Jesus temptation in the wilderness. Garcia focuses on Jesus journey out of the desert toward Jerusalem, adding in an ...

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What Do God’s Names Mean in the Bible?
May 24th, 2016

What Do God's Names Mean in the Bible?

Linda K. Bridges 

Vladimir Putin. Osama bin Laden. Mother Teresa. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahatma Gandhi. These names conjure up images in our minds of faces, reputations, famous words spoken, infamous acts done. These images blitz through our memories, chilling us, or inspiring and challenging our hearts—all within seconds of the mere ...

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Get the Most Out of the Bible’s Boring Parts
May 17th, 2016

Get the Most Out of the Bible's Boring Parts

Christina Miller

A number of times in my life, I have enthusiastically set out to read the whole Bible. Not just a couple Psalms with breakfast, not just a few motivational verses or Pauls shorter letters. The whole Bible—start to finish, including everything in the middle. I wanted to be well-versed ...

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2 Easy Ways to Energize Your Bible Reading
March 3rd, 2016

2 Easy Ways to Energize Your Bible Reading

Randy Petersen

Many Bible readers get into a certain rhythm—reading 5-10 verses of the Bible text and asking certain questions to dig into the meaning. Perhaps they read an entry from a devotional booklet. This is a fine model for Bible study, no need to change it. Unless you ...

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