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Why Body Image Is a Spiritual Issue

Jess ConnollyBy Jess Connolly

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. —Psalm 139:14

I was riding in the back of one of my parents’ cars; I can’t quite remember which one.

It was the early ’90s, and seatbelts felt more negotiable then, so I was lying down on my left side, facing the floorboard, which was littered with kids’ road trip materials—coloring books, crayons, a few small plastic toys. The warm southern sun was beating down on the parts of my body that weren’t tucked into the cloth seats, warming my skin, my cotton t-shirt, and shorts. I was about to turn nine years old.

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The Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible: Where It Came From, How to Use It, and Where It’s Going

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By the Zondervan Bible Group

The Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible (Zondervan, 2021) has been trusted and used for more than five generations. It’s a study and reference work that’s unparalleled in its ability to enrich personal devotions, topical study, and sermon preparation.

Why has it been so popular since its release in 1908? Because this unique reference Bible enables you to follow Scripture’s teachings on thousands of topics throughout the entire Bible. Its Chain-Reference System is an ideal tool for comprehensive topical study, with over 100,000 references that are listed in the Bible’s margins covering over 8,000 topics that span the entire Bible.

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What Are the Gospels?

The paining, The Four Evangelists (1625–1630) by Jacob JordaensThe New Testament of the Bible begins with four individually authored books about the life of Jesus:

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Bible Table of Contents]

While they’re not straight biographies as such—since they omit such information as character development, background facts, and chronology—they’re four accounts of the one gospel: the person of Jesus Christ. Each of the writings are set in first-century Palestine during the Roman occupation.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of June 6, 2021

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Illinois School Reverses Decision to Ban 2nd Grade Girl From Bringing Her Bible to School
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Author Josh McDowell Speaks of Bible’s Truth to Tabernacle Audience
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Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Evidence That Demands A Verdict Redux: An Interview with Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

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D-Day June 6, 1944: The Bible and Prayer of WWII

Franklin Roosevelt's letter to the troops inside the military pocket Bible

During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads:

To the Armed Forces:

As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

Very sincerely yours,
   Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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USA Cities Most Committed to Weekly Bible-Reading

According to Barna Group data collected between 2005 and 2021, about three in 10 USA adults reads the Bible at least once a week.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 2016: What Are America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities?]

City data taken from Barna’s annual tracking research reveals the top-ranked city for Bible-reading—Monroe, Louisiana—roughly doubles the national percentage of participation, with 64% of the city’s residents saying they read the Bible at least weekly. Other markets that report regular Bible-reading are in close proximity.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, More Americans Turning to the Bible Than in Previous Years and Reporting a More Frequent Reading Habit]

Map of USA Cities Most Committed to Weekly Bible-Reading

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How to Live the Bible — Treasured Possession

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This is the one-hundred-fifty-ninth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites. Exodus 19:5-6

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What Does It Mean to Abide?

Jodie BerndtBy Jodie Berndt

When I read John’s Gospel and got to chapter 15, I didn’t really think it was intended for me.

I mean, I know that all of God’s Word was written for all of his people, but this particular passage—one where Jesus tells us 11 times in only ten verses to “remain” in him—just seemed so passive. Like it had been written for people who had time to be still—people with fewer children and less laundry than me. People who were content to sit and wait for their name to be called, like you do at the DMV.

DMV people, I thought, would appreciate John 15.

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A Bible and Bible Study to Help in Addiction Recovery: An Interview with John Raymond

John RaymondResearch indicates more than 200 million people the world over intractably misuse alcohol, drugs, gambling, tobacco, and other activities despite the ruinous consequences they cause personally and for the people surrounding them.

Bible Gateway interviewed John Raymond, vice president and publisher for HarperChristian Resources, about the NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible (Zondervan, 2021) and the Celebrate Recovery Curriculum Kit 30th anniversary edition (Zondervan, 2021).

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What is Celebrate Recovery and how does it differ from other similar programs?

John Raymond: Celebrate Recovery is a program for implementing a Christ-centered recovery ministry in the church. There’s a way the church can help the wounded move beyond their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to experience the forgiveness of Christ. Celebrate Recovery helps the church fulfill its role as Christ’s healing agent. Since 1991, over 5 million people have participated in the Celebrate Recovery programs offered at more than 35,000 churches, prisons, and rescue missions in 21 different languages.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of May 30, 2021

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USA Cities Most Committed to Weekly Bible-Reading
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‘Fake Christianity’ Is Growing in the USA
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Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Extremely Low Percentage of Americans Hold Biblical Worldview: An Interview with George Barna

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