your choices, actions, and habits really matter to your eternal destiny? Or is the path you choose in life predetermined, and your life is just following a script that’s been laid out for you?
Understanding the Bible
The seven churches were churches that received messages from Jesus Christ through the apostle John while he was exiled on the island of Patmos. These letters are in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation.
What Are the Beatitudes (And What Do They Mean)?The Beatitudes, found at the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, are Jesus’ kingdom manifesto. They describe the way His kingdom works and what it means to be one of His followers. Even...
When we cultivate our relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us traits that help us in our day-to-day activities and interactions. These are the fruit of the Spirit.
Bible Translations—Which Version is “Best”?The most accurate Bible possible would be one that’s printed in its original languages—Hebrew and Greek. But since most of us are not Hebrew or Greek scholars, the next best option is an English Bible translation that most...
Ever had a dream you couldn’t remember? You know it was disturbing, but the details escape you. Ugh, the frustration!
The three angels’ messages prepare the people of the earth for the second coming of Jesus Christ. They tell us that a time of judgment is about to happen, and also gives us a glimpse into an imminent yet telling crisis—a crisis of allegiance and worship.
Yes, the Old Testament is important because it kicks off the story that is continued by the New Testament. Without it, we wouldn’t have the vital background to Jesus’ first coming and the other accounts of the New Testament.
The Early Christian Church describes the faith community that developed from followers of Jesus after He returned to heaven (Acts 1) in A.D. 31. Their purpose was to be witnesses of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and grow their faith community into a worldwide movement.
They’re both great, of course! But depending on where you’re at and what your goals are, it’s worth looking into the different benefits of each.
Daniel 8:14 introduces us to the longest prophetic timeline in the Bible—the 2300-day prophecy. So what does it mean? When does it start and end, and why’s it so important?
In so many religions all throughout time, individuals work toward enlightenment, salvation, or the favor of a deity. People are taught subtly—or not so subtly—that if you only do enough good deeds, you’ll be worthy/ascended/redeemed/approved, etc.
Ever felt that studying the Bible is challenging, and you’re just not sure where to start? Or looking for fresh ideas to improve your current Bible study habits?
We’ve got you covered with simple techniques and plans to improve your Bible study experience.
Could a prophecy accurately predict an event over 500 years before it was supposed to happen?
The 70-week prophecy of Daniel 9 did, culminating in one of the most important events in earth’s history: Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross.
War, bloodshed, murder, adultery—all of these crimes overshadowed the life of a biblical Old Testament man named David. Yet he was called a man after God’s own heart, not to mention one of Israel’s greatest heroes and kings.
First of all, when we say “end times,” this refers to the period of time that precedes the second coming of Jesus—and the end of this sinful world before it’s recreated into the new earth. And several passages of Scripture provide us with clues and guidelines to help us recognize when these times are near, what kinds of things we can expect, and what it might mean for our daily lives and priorities.
A baby on death row, an outcast prince, a humble shepherd, and an unlikely deliverer. All these titles describe the individual that led Israel out of slavery in Egypt to the borders of the Promised Land.
Conspiracies, royal scandals, dictatorships—history is full of them. And Bible history is no different when we stop to look at the kings of ancient Israel in the Old Testament.
When we think about the biblical Creation story, we think of just that: the world being created by the Creator. And while God’s creation of the world is marvelous and miraculous in its own right, it’s about far more than the sudden appearance of plants, animals, and humans.
The Bible is the number one bestseller in the world of all time.1 It’s translated into thousands of languages, read by people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Israelites in the Bible, also known as the children of Israel or ancient Israel, were a nation God called to represent Him to the world. As recorded in the book of Exodus, He delivered them from slavery in Egypt under Moses’s leadership and brought them to the Promised Land of Canaan (located in a similar area to present-day Israel).
Joshua was an iconic leader in the Old Testament of the Bible. As a successor to Moses, he was both a humble servant of God and a strong warrior. God called Him to lead the nation of Israel to take possession of Canaan, the Promised Land—a task he took on with faith and courage.
Found in the book of Genesis, Abraham was a nomadic patriarch, called by God to leave his home country and go to the land of Canaan—the Promised Land. God made a covenant, or agreement, with him to bless his descendants and make them a blessing to the world.
Times of crisis call for men and women of action. The Israelites, newly settled in the Promised Land, found themselves in those times. As enemy nations attacked and oppressed the tribes, they cried out to God for help. He, in turn, sent them men and women of action—known as judges.
In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul was helping people understand what it means to defend themselves within a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-18).
The New Testament is the second section of the Bible, describing Jesus and how He came to this world to reveal the love of God. It tells about His ministry, His death and resurrection, and the church that resulted.
Have you ever felt like healing seemed so far away? Like it wouldn’t be possible for you? What you most want is a glimmer of hope or a bit of encouragement.
Bible prophets and the prophetic books make up a huge part of the Bible. It can make us wonder who these people were, and why God chose them to be prophets.
Joseph is one of the more well-known people from the Bible’s Old Testament. He showed remarkable strength, faith, and patience—even while facing great difficulty and injustice. All because he let God lead.