6 Bibles, Books and Study Guides for Understanding the Old Testament

In my last post, I offered seven free tools to help you understand the Old Testament. Here I’ll review Bibles, books, and study guides that help with that, too. Some are for those who are new to reading the Bible, and some are for seasoned Bible readers. I end each review with an excerpt that […]

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‘The Story’ Guide Now More Accessible in Chapters

Recently, several churches told me they needed The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide split into individual chapters they could post on their website and/or print weekly. I’ve posted the chapters, which could be useful to others who don’t have that particular need. Perhaps you’d like to view some of the key chapters to decide […]

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Did Joshua Cause Leap Years?

This question came up in my summer Bible study on The Story: Did Joshua cause leap years by praying for the sun to stop? Christians naturally want to pass along any information that might influence agnostic friends to trust the Bible. That’s great when the details are solid, but sometimes inaccurate claims bounce around, and […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 4

Part four of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story How do we courageously obey God when obedience is risky? I find help in Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately started on his way when […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 3

Part three of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Years ago I decided that any time I said something negative about someone to a person who didn’t need to know, I would go to the person I’d talked to and say, “When I told you about so-and-so, I was gossiping and that […]

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‘The Story’ Guide Book Finished!

I’ve finished The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide and you can get it free here! This guidebook takes you through the overall grand themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It accompanies Zondervan’s The Story, which groups Bible excerpts into thirty-one chapters. The Personal Journal & Discussion Guide adds questions that help you […]

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Getting the Big Picture

I took oil painting lessons from my mother-in-law, Rae, who was quite an artist (the banner at the top of this website is her work). Each week she critiqued my progress and told me what to work on next. One week I added “complementary under layers” (or something like that) to my canvas. Basically the […]

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Announcing a Study on the Bible’s Grand Story

Sensing a need for a more comprehensive view of the totality of Biblical truth, this year two hundred women in Crossline Church read The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, which excerpts passages from Genesis to Revelation. Though we began with a set of discussion questions from another […]

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