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Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 3

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.

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Seek the Lord

The invitation at the heart of Lent is to wholeheartedly seek the Lord, and to call on him for mercy, forgiveness, and restoration. It’s a time to reckon with the areas of our lives in which we feel defeated, have grown cold to God, or feel stuck in self-defeating or sinful patterns. And yet it’s also a time of great hope, because greater than any human failure is God’s lavish grace and faithful love. Even as we humbly reckon with our sin, we boldly expect to be forgiven and changed.

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

Join The New Testament You Never Knew Online Bible Study with N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird

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 when God becomes King. It is not what people expected.”

Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website in the world, is hosting The New Testament You Never Knew Online Bible Study, presented by Drs. Wright and Bird, from March 8–April 4, 2021. Free registration for the event is at BibleGateway.com/NTWright.

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How to Live the Bible — Status or Service?

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This is the one-hundred-forty-sixth 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 days leading to Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem and the events that would result in his death and resurrection, his disciples were asking all the wrong questions. Jesus tells them about his impending death, and a couple of them, James and John, were concerned about where they would end up. As Mark tells the story…

A painting of Jesus walking in a field with his disciples

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Whack-a-Mole Parenting

Jodie BerndtBy Jodie Berndt

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”John 15:7

When I was working on the original edition of Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, the folks at Zondervan let me know they were meeting to discuss the cover design. “Do you,” they asked, “have any specific ideas or input to contribute?”

“Well,” I said, “if you were to poll my friends who are raising teens right now, they’d probably tell you to just go ahead and make the cover black.”

“Black?”

“Yes, but you could put a ray of light cutting across the darkness to symbolize God’s intervention in our desperate lives.”

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Zondervan Publishes 2021 Artisan Collection Bibles

Buy your copy of the NASB Artisan Collection Bible, Red Letter Edition, 1995 Text, Comfort Print in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayZondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, announces the release of its New International Version (NIV) and New American Standard Bible (NASB) Artisan Collection Bibles.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, New Artisan Collection Bibles: An Interview with Olivia Joy]

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Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 2

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 order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member in order to enjoy this devotional series.

Waiting and Persevering for God’s Promise

From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures are full of God’s promises to his people—promises to provide, to rescue, to save. God was true to every promise, but between the promise and the fulfillment, God’s people often had to wait and persevere through hardship and opposition. They had to have faith. As we walk through the season of Lent to Easter, the Scriptures have much to teach us about what it means to wait on the Lord, to persevere, and to have faith in God’s promises for our own lives.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of February 28, 2021

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Purim and the Bible

Esther before Ahasuerus; Giovanni Andrea SIRANI; 1630s; Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, BudapestThe 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 “Ahasuerus”):

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Spiritual First Aid Summit: Journey from Grief to Hope

Learn more about the Spiritual First Aid SummitBible 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.

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How to Live the Bible — What Must Be

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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 ministry. The authors of the New Testament tell us that in the sacrifice of Jesus we find reconciliation with God, justification, redemption, adoption into the family of God.

Illustration of Christ being crucified

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