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The Real Meaning of Christmas

The Real Meaning of Christmas

We hear it all the time, “don’t forget the meaning of Christmas.” Yet how many people know the real meaning of Christmas? According to a survey released this week by the American Bible Society, 94% of Americans celebrate Christmas but only 15% of Americans read the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ as part of their

The Birth of The King

Since The Story was first published, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced God’s great love affair with humanity through this accessible, chronologically arranged bestselling Bible. This week’s Bible study is taken from The Story of Jesus, a seven-week exploration into the life and ministry of Jesus that is adapted from the original The Story curriculum and

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Teaching Children Gratitude – My Extreme Measures

Teaching my children to be thankful and have an attitude of gratitude has been one of my greatest challenges as a parent. Like many children in our Western culture, my kids are very privileged and they don’t always appreciate the things that they have, from the food in the fridge to the abundant toys in

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The Humanity of Jesus

This week’s Bible study discusses the humanity of Jesus – that he was truly God and truly man in the fullest sense of the terms. For this study and discussion, we turn to an excerpt from Start! The Bible For New Believers. This Bible, which uses the New King James Version as its text, contains necessary

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You Matter To God

You are not an accident. You matter to God. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for His purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! The search for the purpose of life has

The Life of Jesus: A Chronological Study

Our Bible Study this week focuses on the life of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, and a comparison and contrast of accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This study is an excerpt from the New Testament introduction to the new NIV Integrated Study Bible (NIVISB), which presents the Bible in chronological order so

The Gift of Loneliness

I recently conducted an informal poll on Twitter to find out the biggest challenge we singles face, and far and away, loneliness won the day. This hurt my heart. I actually sat in my booth at Starbucks and cried. I suppose it’s not really a huge shock that this is a major issue for single

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Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real? We haven’t heard much about hell since the “hellfire and brimstone” era of the church. Today, little if anything is spoken in churches about hell. So the question has become increasingly important: Is Hell Real? If it is, then where is hell, who goes to hell, and can we be saved after

The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too

Editor’s Note: Former CEO of MOPS International Elisa Morgan shares, for the first time, the struggles of her own family in her new book, The Beauty of Broken. May you find encouragement in Elisa’s story and be assured there’s no such thing as a perfect family and that God makes beauty out of the broken.

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