When You’re Not Mary Poppins

In Philippians 4:8, the apostle Paul teaches believers how to overcome anxiety and worry and experience joy and contentment in the Christian life. His prescription begins with understanding the tremendous power of our thought life. When we learn to guard our hearts through right thinking—focusing on things that are good, beneficial, and pleasing to God—our renewed attitudes andContinue reading “When You’re Not Mary Poppins”

What’s with the Cross References in My Bible?

Few people enjoy reading the fine print. I lament that Bible cross references are overlooked. Packed into the margins in a miniscule font, they strike many modern readers as tedious. They’re not the flashiest tool, compared to Bible apps that reward consistent reading with streaks and milestones, or videos that unpack passages. But cross referencesContinue reading “What’s with the Cross References in My Bible?”

How Long Were Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Genesis chapters 1—2 give us the details of God’s creation of the world, including humanity. Adam and Eve were the first human beings, from whom every other human being descends. God formed Adam from the dust and breathed His own life into the man (Genesis 2:7). God fashioned Eve out of Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:22).Continue reading “How Long Were Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden”

Am I Supposed to Be Righteous or Holy?

Righteousness and holiness are two words that describe states of moral excellence. There is a slight difference between the two concepts. Oxford Dictionary’s definition of holiness is “the state of being holy,” and the definition of holy is “dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred” or “morally and spiritually excellent.” The OxfordContinue reading “Am I Supposed to Be Righteous or Holy?”

Practices That Help Us Better Understand the Bible That We Neglect

Most churchgoers say reading the Bible is essential. But how do we move others from merely knowing about the Bib Churchgoers are quick to say it is important to understand the Bible, but often neglect practices that help them do so. in a recent Lifeway Research study in partnership with Explore the Bible curriculum, we asked churchgoers about theContinue reading “Practices That Help Us Better Understand the Bible That We Neglect”