Following the Bible's law books, the historical books often read more like exciting narratives than mere factual accounts. And this is because they focus mostly on Israel's relationship to God. Covering nearly 1000 years of Israel's history, the events of these 12 books occurred from approximately 1400 - 425 BC. Starting with Joshua, which deals … Continue reading Old Testament Historical Books
The lame beggar lay near what was known as the Beautiful Gate, indicating the beauty of its workmanship and material. The temple had gates on all sides, nine in total, each beautifully covered with silver and gold. But the gate known as the Corinthian gate surpassed the others. Larger, more beautiful, and more intricately designed, … Continue reading A Lesson from the Beautiful Gate
We who are God's children should be the most joyful of all people! Psalm 100 tells us to "serve the Lord with gladness." And we are also told to rejoice always, giving thanks in all in things. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ … Continue reading How to Rejoice Always
The road often seems long and hard, doesn't it? And not understanding why, we start to grumble and complain. (Come on, please tell me I'm not the only one!) We forget that life in Christ is a journey in which God calls us to keep going further up and further in with him. "Come further up, … Continue reading Face the Long Hard Road With Joy and Integrity!
Having the right tools is essential to productive Bible study. They can really help bring the Scriptures to light, and keep you from groping in the dark. And in this day of plentiful resources free online, it's easier than ever! 7 Basic Bible Study Tools 1. Good, reliable translations of the Bible I think you'll … Continue reading 7 Bible Study Aids
As disciples, we know we really should study the Word. And we realize that most of us in this era have no valid excuse for not doing so. Particularly we who read English, with the myriad of free tools and aids available on the internet. Yet somehow, Bible Study (along with prayer) is one thing … Continue reading 6 Motivating Reasons to Study the Bible