Spiritual First Aid Summit: Journey from Grief to Hope 

Bible Gateway, the immediate scriptural resource first responders can use in times of disaster, is pleased to sponsor the second annual Spiritual First Aid Summit on March 11. This free live streaming online event is designed for anyone who has a desire to care well for others.

Expert speakers will help you learn how to assess and address the spiritual, emotional, and practical needs of your colleagues, families, friends, neighbors, and communities.

‘…Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of

How to Live the Bible — What Must Be 

This is the one-hundred-forty-fifth 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.

In the season of Lent we contemplate the dramatic conclusion of Jesus’ life on earth culminating in his death and resurrection. Why do we do this? It is, of course, because Jesus’ death was not his defeat, nor the end of his…

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Purim and the Bible 

The Jewish holiday of Purim, based on the Bible’s book of Esther, commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from genocide at the direction of the Persian official Haman.

[Read about Esther in the Encyclopedia of The Bible on Bible Gateway]

According to the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (one of the many study references available to you when you become a member of Bible Gateway Plus), the story is set during the era when the Persians ruled over Judah, in the reign (486—465 BC) of King Xerxes (Hebrew…

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Stuck Between Two Unsatisfying Stories 

By Tyler Staton

Thomas is my favorite. He’s always been my favorite. I know Thomas. I am Thomas.

Thomas wasn’t a fiercely rational cynic. To think of him that way would be to minimize a whole life down to one single moment, which is always a mistake. This is a man who left everything behind to follow a self-proclaimed Nazarene rabbi. He risked everything for Jesus. He witnessed miracles that left him rubbing his eyes in wonder, but he also faced rejection, confusion, and public disgrace for associating so…

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Leading Up to Easter: What You Don’t Know About the New Testament Will Surprise You 

The New Testament You Never Knew Online Bible Study with N.T. Wright Starts March 8

Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird say the New Testament is filled with startling and unforeseen twists. According to Wright, “When we see Jesus announcing the kingdom of God saying the time is fulfilled, this is the time for God to become King, we also see Jesus doing all kinds of things like healing people and celebrating with all the ‘wrong’ kinds of folk, and then explaining that this is what it looks like…

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Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 1 

Join us on this Lenten Journey through Scripture!

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar.

We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in

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Is Alexander the Great in the Bible? 

Historical context to biblical passages is important because it offers us a greater understanding of God’s work in the world. So, the question above—if you’ve ever thought to ask it—is a good one. Are there references to famous historical figures, such as Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I, and Cleopatra, in Scripture? And, if so, what does this tell us about God?

It’s sometimes tempting to read the Bible without giving any thought to the historical context of what was happening around the Jewish people of…

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How to Live the Bible — A Home Beyond Imagination 

This is the one-hundred-forty-fourth 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.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.

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Your Perception Is Your Reality 

By Craig Groeschel

For centuries people believed the world was flat. (Some still do. Don’t believe me? Google it. You’ll find there are “Flat Earthers” today.) Because they believed the wrong idea, it impacted their lives as if it were true. People would not venture too far out in the ocean for fear they might sail off the edge. Why? Once again, a lie believed as truth will affect your life as if it were true.

Growing up, a lot of us were told that going swimming right after eating wasn’t safe. Our parents…

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Thomas Nelson Releases the King James Sovereign Collection Bible 

More than 400 years ago, scholars who translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into the English of the day wrote in the preface to the 1611 Authorized Version—now known as the King James Version (KJV)

“It is a fearefull thing to fall into the hands of the living God; but a blessed thing it is, and will bring us to everlasting blessednes in the end, when God speaketh unto us, to hearken; when he setteth his word before us, to reade it; when hee stretcheth out his hand and calleth, to answere, Here am I…


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