6 Spiritual Disciplines Practiced by the Apostle Paul


Paul was an intense man. Whatever he did, he did with all his heart. He accomplished astounding feats for Christ and the Church. Paul was also an apostle and helped lay the foundation for much of our theology and Christian practice today. Such a person could easily intimidate us were it not for the glimpses we have of his spiritual struggles.

Like all of us, Paul was human and vulnerable to ...

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Can I Trust My Bible?

Technology has changed so many things that we used to take for granted. It wasn’t so long ago that people invested hundreds of dollars in sets of encyclopedias; by the time they were paid for, a lot of the information in those books was obsolete. Today the vast majority of us carry in our pockets a tool with immediate access to almost any information we can possibly imagine: our phones

Past generations ...

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3 Common Arguments Against Trusting the Bible

For various reasons, many people argue that the Bible is untrustworthy. As a Christian, when we find ourselves in conversation with these kinds of people, it can feel like we’re in over our head. They’ve had time to establish their position and reinforce their arguments, and we can feel like we’ve been caught off guard—and possibly make us doubt Scripture ourselves.

Here ...

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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?


More than 70 years ago, a Bedouin boy threw a rock into a cave and heard the shatter of pottery. Inside the cave, he and his cousin found seven scrolls, which would later become part of what has become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was the beginning of one of the 20th century’s greatest archaeological discoveries.

Since then, tens of thousands of scroll fragments have been found in caves ...

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15 Surprising Facts About the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls were one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In the 70 years since these ancient documents were found in the Qumran caves, scholars have meticulously assembled thousands of fragments into more than 900 scrolls.

Rumors and myths have surrounded the scrolls for decades. But over the years, scholars have gained consequential and valuable insights from these relics. Here are 15 things you ...

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Obedience Always Brings Blessing

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”Luke 11:28

The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping stones to life’s most wonderful blessings. Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.

One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while he ...

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We Were Made for Community

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34

In our individualistic society, many of us often feel alone. Sometimes we are actually alone; at other times we simply feel lonely. Some of us, conditioned by our culture, believe ...

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Why Translating the Bible is More Tough Than You Think

Discussions about Bible translations often reveal a faulty understanding of the work of a translator. Translating isn’t just taking a sentence in one language and exchanging each word for another language’s equivalent.

More than exchanging words from one language into another, translators need to overcome language barriers on behalf of new-language recipients. They are building a bridge that new readers can cross ...

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What Does It Mean to “Apply the Word of God?”

Apply the Word

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. — Joshua 1:8

The Author of Scripture “created [your] inmost being” (Psalm 139:13). He designed every aspect of you, so he knows what will—and won’t—help you. He knows what will fill your deepest needs. ...

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