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Be ready to stand - Bible Studies for Life for April 22, 2018 Apr 5, 2018

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Be ready to stand - Bible Studies for Life for April 22, 2018

“God is preparing His heroes,” wrote A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, “and...

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Understanding love - Explore the Bible for April 22, 2018 Apr 5, 2018

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Understanding love - Explore the Bible for April 22, 2018

What is love? Well, you can ask three people that question and get four responses. Love,...

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Our righteousness - Bible Studies for Life for April 15, 2018 Apr 5, 2018

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Our righteousness - Bible Studies for Life for April 15, 2018

Warren Buffett, the billionaire founder of Berkshire Hathaway, sums up his stock-buying philosophy as, “Buy low...

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Serving God’s people - Explore the Bible for April 15, 2018 Apr 5, 2018

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Serving God’s people - Explore the Bible for April 15, 2018

I cannot sing. I don’t even make a joyful noise. I have come to terms with...

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Our Shepherd - Bible Studies for Life for April 8, 2018 Mar 22, 2018

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Our Shepherd - Bible Studies for Life for April 8, 2018

America has long been defined by the rugged individual.

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Remembering the sacrifice - Explore the Bible for April 8, 2018 Mar 22, 2018

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Remembering the sacrifice - Explore the Bible for April 8, 2018

One of the things I always find intriguing when reading Paul’s letters is that, despite being...

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God is faithful - Bible Studies for Life for April 1, 2018 Mar 22, 2018
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Assurance of the resurrection - Explore the Bible for April 1, 2018 Mar 22, 2018

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Assurance of the resurrection - Explore the Bible for April 1, 2018

In John 20:3-9 we read the incredible account of Peter and “the other disciple,” commonly believed...

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Our peace - Bible Studies for Life for March 25, 2018 Mar 8, 2018

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Our peace - Bible Studies for Life for March 25, 2018

One of the great challenges we face today is cynicism.

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Influencing for Christ - Explore the Bible for March 25, 2018 Mar 8, 2018
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Our banner - Bible Studies for Life for March 18, 2018 Mar 8, 2018

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Our banner - Bible Studies for Life for March 18, 2018

One interesting story from the most recent Olympics was that, as a penalty, one country could...

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Keeping commitments - Explore the Bible for March 18, 2018 Mar 8, 2018

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Keeping commitments - Explore the Bible for March 18, 2018

When God created marriage between a man and a woman in Genesis 2:28, He said it...

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Our Healer - Bible Studies for Life for March 11, 2018 Feb 21, 2018

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Our Healer - Bible Studies for Life for March 11, 2018

If you have ever experienced an injury or aliment that required medical attention you understand the...

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Glorifying God - Explore the Bible for March 11, 2018 Feb 21, 2018

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Glorifying God - Explore the Bible for March 11, 2018

One of the beautiful things about the gospel is the freedom it provides to those who...

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Our Provider - Bible Studies for Life for March 4, 2018 Feb 21, 2018

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Our Provider - Bible Studies for Life for March 4, 2018

In Genesis 22:1-14 we encounter one of the most incredible scenes in all of Scripture –...

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United in Christ - Explore the Bible for March 4, 2018 Feb 21, 2018

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United in Christ - Explore the Bible for March 4, 2018

In 1 Corinthians 1:10-25, the Apostle Paul addressed an issue that is as relevant today as...

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I am a light - Bible Studies for Life for February 25, 2018 Feb 8, 2018

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I am a light - Bible Studies for Life for February 25, 2018

It is apparent when you turn on the news that we live in a world where...

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Always on mission - Explore the Bible for February 25, 2018 Feb 8, 2018
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I am just passing through - Bible Studies for Life for February 18, 2018 Feb 8, 2018

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I am just passing through - Bible Studies for Life for February 18, 2018

My 4-year-old granddaughter just learned to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

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Answering critics - Explore the Bible for February 18, 2018 Feb 8, 2018

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Answering critics - Explore the Bible for February 18, 2018

I recently told a colleague that his use of the word “crazy” to describe anyone who...

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I am a priest - Bible Studies for Life for February 11, 2018 Jan 24, 2018

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I am a priest - Bible Studies for Life for February 11, 2018

All believers are living stones in one spiritual building, the Church.

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The testimony - Explore the Bible for February 11, 2018 Jan 24, 2018

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The testimony - Explore the Bible for February 11, 2018

A believer’s testimony reflects God’s purpose of saving souls and transforming lives.

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A minister - Bible Studies for Life for February 4, 2018 Jan 24, 2018

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A minister - Bible Studies for Life for February 4, 2018

It is common practice in a Southern Baptist church to receive new members by promise of...

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Delivered - Explore the Bible for February 4, 2018 Jan 24, 2018

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Delivered - Explore the Bible for February 4, 2018

In 2014, my wife and I went through “Passages: Treasures of the Bible,” a traveling exhibit...

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I am a child of the King - Bible Studies for Life for January 28, 2018 Jan 11, 2018
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Incomplete picture - Explore the Bible for January 28, 2018 Jan 11, 2018

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Incomplete picture - Explore the Bible for January 28, 2018

The story is told about a preacher who waxed eloquently during his pastoral prayer each service.

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I am wonderfully made - Bible Studies for Life for January 21, 2018 Jan 11, 2018

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I am wonderfully made - Bible Studies for Life for January 21, 2018

While preaching a message on abortion, I used a model of a 12-week-old baby, as she...

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Value all - Explore the Bible for January 21, 2018 Jan 11, 2018

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Value all - Explore the Bible for January 21, 2018

Human trafficking includes men, women and children of all ages.

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Jesus corrects - Bible Studies for Life for January 14, 2018 Dec 14, 2017

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Jesus corrects - Bible Studies for Life for January 14, 2018

Recently a lady told me that she hasn’t attended church since she was much younger.

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The unknown known - Explore the Bible for January 14, 2018 Dec 14, 2017

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The unknown known - Explore the Bible for January 14, 2018

Athens was the cultural and educational capital of the Greco-Roman world.

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Jesus provides - Bible Studies for Life for January 7, 2018 Dec 14, 2017

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Jesus provides - Bible Studies for Life for January 7, 2018

Outside of the resurrection, there is no Bible story or event that speaks more directly to...

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A changed family
 - Explore the Bible for January 7, 2018 Dec 14, 2017

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A changed family
 - Explore the Bible for January 7, 2018

The larger context of this lesson has three movements: persecution, conversion and transformation.

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Jesus heals - Bible Studies for Life for December 31, 2017 Dec 14, 2017

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Jesus heals - Bible Studies for Life for December 31, 2017

It’s easy to have faith when everything is going great.

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Strengthened
 - Explore the Bible for December 31, 2017 Dec 14, 2017

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Strengthened
 - Explore the Bible for December 31, 2017

Can you imagine the Apostle Paul settling down in Antioch and becoming a pastor?

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Jesus saves - Bible Studies for Life for December 24, 2017 Dec 14, 2017

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Jesus saves - Bible Studies for Life for December 24, 2017

A Christian lady’s non-Christian friend asked what she needed for Christmas. She told her friend that...

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The Promised One
 - Explore the Bible for December 24, 2017 Dec 14, 2017

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The Promised One
 - Explore the Bible for December 24, 2017

My granddaughter Ella and I have a Christmas tradition of popping popcorn and watching “How the...

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Jesus rules - Bible Studies for Life for December 17, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Jesus rules - Bible Studies for Life for December 17, 2017

After a full day of teaching, Jesus and the disciples got into a boat to cross...

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Available to all
 - Explore the Bible for December 17, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Available to all
 - Explore the Bible for December 17, 2017

Several church councils have convened throughout church history to settle disputes about doctrine and church practice.

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Jesus teaches - Bible Studies for Life for December 10, 2017 Nov 30, 2017
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Misguided worship
 - Explore the Bible for December 10, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Misguided worship
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I visited with a man in the hospital who invited me to attend one of his...

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Jesus calls - Bible Studies for Life for December 3, 2017 Nov 15, 2017

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Jesus calls - Bible Studies for Life for December 3, 2017

On the Gulf Coast, I stood with a young man who was using a net to...

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The gospel message
 - Explore the Bible for December 3, 2017 Nov 15, 2017

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The gospel message
 - Explore the Bible for December 3, 2017

B.H. Carroll, founder and president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), sought to establish a chair...

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Andrew: Active witness - Bible Studies for Life for November 26, 2017 Nov 15, 2017

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Andrew: Active witness - Bible Studies for Life for November 26, 2017

Many believers practice “silent witnessing” using Matthew 5:16 as their verse, “Let your light shine before...

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Set futures - Explore the Bible for November 26, 2017 Nov 15, 2017

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Set futures - Explore the Bible for November 26, 2017

As a favor for a friend, I picked up his grandson after the grandson’s release from...

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Hannah: Trust-filled prayer - Bible Studies for Life for November 19, 2017 Nov 2, 2017
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Set free - Explore the Bible for November 19, 2017 Nov 2, 2017

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Set free - Explore the Bible for November 19, 2017

The word “sin” is almost nonexistent in popular culture.

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John: Single-minded focus - Bible Studies for Life for November 12, 2017 Nov 2, 2017

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John: Single-minded focus - Bible Studies for Life for November 12, 2017

John the Baptist was a rugged, enigmatic prophet who traveled throughout the wilderness wearing animal skins...

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Set apart - Explore the Bible for November 12, 2017 Nov 2, 2017

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Set apart - Explore the Bible for November 12, 2017

The Saint Francis Cathedral and the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, N.M., were built and consecrated...

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Barnabas: Ongoing encouragement - Bible Studies for Life for November 5, 2017 Oct 23, 2017

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Barnabas: Ongoing encouragement - Bible Studies for Life for November 5, 2017

Contrary to the message promoted by prosperity televangelists and the likes of Oprah Winfrey, the Christian...

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Set before - Explore the Bible for November 5, 2017 Oct 23, 2017

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Set before - Explore the Bible for November 5, 2017

When you enter a time of prayer, what are the first things you bring to God?

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Ruth: All-in commitment - Bible Studies for Life for October 29, 2017 Oct 23, 2017
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His presence - Explore the Bible for October 29, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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His presence - Explore the Bible for October 29, 2017

The Old and New Testaments read very differently in many ways.

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Unfailing wisdom - Bible Studies for Life for October 22, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Unfailing wisdom - Bible Studies for Life for October 22, 2017

“Petunia,” written by Roger Duvoisin, is one of my favorite children’s books.

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Rebellion - Explore the Bible for October 22, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Rebellion - Explore the Bible for October 22, 2017

Many people are convinced that created things can fill the emptiness in their lives and fulfill...

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Unwavering faith - Bible Studies for Life for October 15, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Unwavering faith - Bible Studies for Life for October 15, 2017

In the movie “Amazing Grace,” Billy said to Wilbur, “We are too young to realize that...

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Equipped - Explore the Bible for October 15, 2017 Oct 6, 2017

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Equipped - Explore the Bible for October 15, 2017

In my work with Church In A Day, Nailbenders, Baptist Builders and Carpenters for Christ, I...

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Battle plan - Bible Studies for Life for October 8, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Battle plan - Bible Studies for Life for October 8, 2017

As the mom of three sons, I am quite familiar with the various kinds of battle...

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Commanded - Explore the Bible for October 8, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Commanded - Explore the Bible for October 8, 2017

There is increasing political and cultural pressure to keep all Christian influence out of public affairs.

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Battle armor - Bible Studies for Life for October 1, 2017 Sep 21, 2017
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Victory - Explore the Bible for October 1, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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Victory - Explore the Bible for October 1, 2017

How often have you heard someone say, “I hate to complain, but...”?

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Fear not! - Bible Studies for Life for September 24, 2017 Sep 7, 2017
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Victory - Explore the Bible for September 24, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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Victory - Explore the Bible for September 24, 2017

Adages are often used to metaphorically describe the difficulties of real life situations.

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The paranormal - Bible Studies for Life for September 17, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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The paranormal - Bible Studies for Life for September 17, 2017

When Paul wrote the words of Philippians 4:8, he could have been speaking to the Israelites...

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Liberation - Explore the Bible for September 17, 2017 Sep 7, 2017

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Liberation - Explore the Bible for September 17, 2017

Probably few of us have ever been in complete darkness.

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Demons - Bible Studies for Life for September 10, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Demons - Bible Studies for Life for September 10, 2017

As evidenced in this passage, demonic powers are real. Even though we do not always recognize...

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Confrontation - Explore the Bible for September 10, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Confrontation - Explore the Bible for September 10, 2017

Moses and Aaron’s confrontation with Pharaoh reminds me of some old Westerns. A couple of gunslingers...

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Satan - Bible Studies for Life for September 3, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Satan - Bible Studies for Life for September 3, 2017

My family and I served many years as missionaries in General Santos City in the Philippines....

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Reluctance - Explore the Bible for September 3, 2017 Aug 24, 2017

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Reluctance - Explore the Bible for September 3, 2017

Reluctance is something we are all familiar with. A review of various dictionaries supplies the basic...

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Right here, right now - Bible Studies for Life for August 27, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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Right here, right now - Bible Studies for Life for August 27, 2017

Driving rules around the world are different than in America. In Europe drivers drive on the...

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The longing - Explore the Bible for August 27, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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The longing - Explore the Bible for August 27, 2017

In my ministry and my work in healthcare, I continually engage people who are discouraged, depressed...

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A passion to share the gospel - Bible Studies for Life for August 20, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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A passion to share the gospel - Bible Studies for Life for August 20, 2017

What are you passionate about? Whatever your answer is to that question will be manifested in...

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The protector - Explore the Bible for August 20, 2017 Aug 10, 2017

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The protector - Explore the Bible for August 20, 2017

Recently I had a wonderful conversation with a dear lady born in Hamburg, Germany. Olga grew...

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A channel of comfort - Bible Studies for Life for August 13, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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A channel of comfort - Bible Studies for Life for August 13, 2017

That bed was so comfortable! These jeans are so comfortable! The new sofa is so comfortable!...

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The cleansing - Explore the Bible for August 13, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The cleansing - Explore the Bible for August 13, 2017

The relativism of secular culture has essentially removed the lines between right and wrong. What was...

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The gift of grace - Bible Studies for Life for August 6, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The gift of grace - Bible Studies for Life for August 6, 2017

In Exodus 3:11-12 and 4:10-17 we read a conversation between God and one of the Bible’s...

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The confession - Explore the Bible for August 6, 2017 Aug 8, 2017

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The confession - Explore the Bible for August 6, 2017

David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). This speaks to...

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Objections Overruled - Bible Studies for Life for July 30, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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Objections Overruled - Bible Studies for Life for July 30, 2017

In Exodus 3:11-12 and 4:10-17 we read a conversation between God and one of the Bible’s...

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His faithfulness - Explore the Bible for July 30, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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His faithfulness - Explore the Bible for July 30, 2017

The sheer weight of sinful nature is an amazing thing to grasp. Sin is defined by...

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A fresh start - Bible Studies for Life for July 23, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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A fresh start - Bible Studies for Life for July 23, 2017

One of the most challenging aspects of reading the Bible is understanding certain passages in their...

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His love - Explore the Bible for July 23, 2017 Jul 14, 2017

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His love - Explore the Bible for July 23, 2017

I knew the Bible was important and I knew it was pretty thick, but I also...

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First things first - Bible Studies for Life for July 16, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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First things first - Bible Studies for Life for July 16, 2017

I was listening to a podcast recently in which one of the guests was speaking on...

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God revealed - Explore the Bible for July 16, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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God revealed - Explore the Bible for July 16, 2017

While I am only in my 20s, I am often amazed at how things have changed...

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Encourage one another - Bible Studies for Life for July 9, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Encourage one another - Bible Studies for Life for July 9, 2017

When I was growing up, my family was very involved in World Changers, a Southern Baptist...

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The Creator - Explore the Bible for July 9, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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The Creator - Explore the Bible for July 9, 2017

While in Phoenix for the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, I attended a Sunday worship service...

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Share Christ - Bible Studies for Life for July 2, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Share Christ - Bible Studies for Life for July 2, 2017

People like to share good experiences. When a person buys a new car, the first thing...

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His presence - Explore the Bible for July 2, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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His presence - Explore the Bible for July 2, 2017

When my oldest son was deployed overseas, my mama’s heart often panicked. I refused to watch...

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See their worth - Bible Studies for Life for June 25, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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See their worth - Bible Studies for Life for June 25, 2017

When there’s a job to be done, all sorts of tools are available for the task....

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Our response - Explore the Bible for June 25, 2017 Jun 27, 2017

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Our response - Explore the Bible for June 25, 2017

I remember when God called us from our ministry in Tennessee to a new ministry in...

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Respect authority - Bible Studies for Life for June 18, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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Respect authority - Bible Studies for Life for June 18, 2017

One of the challenges of raising children is their propensity to rebel against the authority of...

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The Shepherd - Explore the Bible for June 18, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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The Shepherd - Explore the Bible for June 18, 2017

When I was a small child, my mother taught me Psalm 23. This simple Bible chapter...

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Forge true friendship - Bible Studies for Life for June 11, 2017 Jun 2, 2017

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Forge true friendship - Bible Studies for Life for June 11, 2017

In communities all over the country, this time of year is marked by graduations. Students pass...

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The past - Explore the Bible for June 11, 2017 Jun 1, 2017

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The past - Explore the Bible for June 11, 2017

September 11, 2001, was a dark day in our nation’s history. I remember working at my...

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Love like Christ - Bible Studies for Life for June 4, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Love like Christ - Bible Studies for Life for June 4, 2017

Children love to pick flowers. They like the lovely roses on a bush, the yellow daffodils...

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The path - Explore the Bible for June 4, 2017 May 18, 2017

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The path - Explore the Bible for June 4, 2017

Every person born has the opportunity to choose a path in life. We can either choose...

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Life on mission - Bible Studies for Life for May 28, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Life on mission - Bible Studies for Life for May 28, 2017

A person who is searching for a job submits resumes, fills out applications and works a...

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What do we do now? - Explore the Bible for May 28, 2017 May 18, 2017

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What do we do now? - Explore the Bible for May 28, 2017

I remember sitting in my high school geometry class and listening to the instructions for a...

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