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The story of the Bible starts with the simple statement, “In the beginning, God created . . .” From that first sentence of Genesis, the story of salvation unfolds in strange and wonderful mingling of the commonplace and the miraculous, the human and the transcendent. But if you were born after the baby boom, chances are the Bible seems more like an item of passing interest than a book of depth and meaning for the twenty-first century. If you’re not familiar with the Bible, it can be difficult to put into perspective the puzzle of kings and prophets, giants and seven-headed dragons, shepherd boys and itinerant preachers, Old Testament law and New Testament grace. Meet the Bible introduces you to the full, epic sweep of the Bible — the characters, the places, the times, the stories, and the meanings of this Book of books — and shows you that even the most obscure passage can hold relevance for your life once you understand what to look for. Award-winning writer Philip Yancey and author Brenda Quinn are your guides on this one-year reading tour of the Bible. Each day’s reading includes Scripture, contemporary commentary, and questions for contemplation — all designed to offer insight into how the passage fits into the overall story of the Bible, and how it can speak to your life today. (more…)
Let the Hope of Eternity
Shape Your Life Today
Scripture tells us to fix our eyes on the unseen. Rather than focus on what will fade, we’re encouraged to lock our gaze on things of eternal value. But how exactly can we do that amid the immediate demands of life?
In this expanded edition of his devotional Seeing the Unseen, Randy Alcorn provides 90 inspirational readings that will help you view today through the lens of the eternal.
As we better grasp the realities of the spiritual realm, we gain a clearer perspective on our present life, including things like suffering, happiness, generosity, and peace. This transformative devotional equips you to live with a right view of eternity—one that will shape not just what you believe, but how you navigate the challenges and opportunities of each day.
The Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah offer a timeless message of hope to Christians, reminding us that Jesus came to set us free from our own Babylonian captivity by becoming the true temple, living Word, and the One who is preparing a city where the walls are perfectly pure and secure. In this eleven-lesson Bible study, Sarah Ivill provides students of Scripture with an in-depth look at these two small books filled with great truths which will encourage them to trust that the good hand of God is on them.
Each lesson includes the following features:
An introduction that provides a big picture of the lesson, showing how it applies to your head, heart, and hands.
A personal study section of questions that helps you dig deeper into God’s Word.
A section that puts it all together, which aims to answer any lingering questions you may have after your personal study.
A section of questions for helping students study the Word of God in the community.
Useful for either individual or group studies, Ezra and Nehemiah an overview of the history of redemption and revelation and an overview of what it means to study Christ in all of Scripture.
Publisher: Crossway Books
Price: $2.99 (July 16-17)
What does the Old Testament have to do with us today?
To many of us, the Old Testament can seem distant, foreign, and confusing, with difficult language and events disconnected from our present-day lives. But with a little guidance, it is quickly evident that the Old Testament still speaks today.
In this engaging book, late pastor-theologian Alec Motyer leads us to discover the everyday significance of six key themes that resonate throughout the Old Testament: history, religion, worship, prophecy, wisdom, and theology. Each chapter focuses on one theme, featuring a week’s worth of Scripture readings paired with accessible commentary on the biblical text. Clear, accessible, and warmly pastoral, this book will help you see what this collection of ancient texts from the past has to do with our day-to-day lives in the present.
Sixty-Six Books. One Story. All About One Name.
Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture. From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.
Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully.
Introduction by Louie Giglio
66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story
Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV)
Room for notes and journaling throughout
8-point type size
Change your life from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:20.
With the immediacy of Internet searches and ease of handheld devices, the custom of memorizing Scripture may not seem necessary, but best-selling author Robert J. Morgan makes an airtight case for reviving this rewarding practice in 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart.
“It’s vital for mental and emotional health and for spiritual well-being,” he writes. “It’s as powerful as acorns dropping into furrows in the forest. It allows God’s words to sink into your brain and permeate your subconscious thoughts. It saturates the personality, satiates the soul, and stockpiles the mind. It changes the atmosphere of every family and alters the weather forecast every day.”
In a series of brief opening chapters, Morgan prepares us for this new old way of thinking and then presents his experienced list of 100 crucial verses, providing sidebar notes, quotes, and memorization tips for each. Extra pages are included to add your favorite verses, extending this life-changing exercise and memorization habit.
“Rob Morgan never disappoints me. His books do what a good book should do: make you think about life from a new and fresh perspective.”
David Jeremiah, New York Times best-selling author
We can learn much from the successes and failures, lives, loves, and legacy of scriptural men—and readers will find great insights in The Men of the Bible Devotional. This brand-new book features 180 quick, easy-to-read entries on some 150 named men of scripture, from Adam to Zechariah, and interesting but unnamed men, as well—such as the thief on the cross beside Jesus. Biblical men played a powerful role in God’s plan for humanity, and their stories were recorded for our benefit today. The Men of the Bible Devotional can share important, even life-changing, principles for readers’ quiet time.