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Topical Studies

  • Beyond Sunday: What Brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem? Was There Really a Census?

    Beyond Sunday: What Brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem? Was There Really a Census? When others cast doubt on the historical accuracy of Bible events, such as the census mentioned in Luke 2, be prepared.
  • God Became One of Us

    Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
    God Became One of Us Part of what it means to be a Christian is to believe the unbelievable: that the historical human person, Jesus, who was born in a stable in a backwater village outside of Jerusalem some two thousand years ago, was actually God in the flesh.
  • Immanuel: God with Us Forever

    Randy Alcorn
    Immanuel: God with Us Forever The best part of Christmas is not the presents we receive, but the presence of God with us. Christmas can be a hint, a foretaste of the celebration God’s family will enjoy together.
  • Jesus is for People who Hate Christmas

    Stephen Altrogge
    Jesus is for People who Hate Christmas My propensity toward Christmas gloom is one of the reasons I am so grateful for Jesus. Not in a “Jesus is the reason for the season,” kind of way, but in a, “Jesus is a holy warrior,” kind of way.
  • How Joyful Are You This Christmas?

    Mark Altrogge
    How Joyful Are You This Christmas? Would your co-workers and neighbors? Would your classmates and roommates say you’re cheerful? If your friends knew no other Christians but you, what would their impression of Christianity be?
  • Beyond Sunday: The Word Was God

    Beyond Sunday: The Word Was God The language of the Gospel is as plain as possible, and turns every way to defend the divinity and personality of the Son of God.
  • Christmas: The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs

    Dr. John Barnett
    Christmas: The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs Christmas in America is mostly about gifts given and received. But Christmas is really about the gift no one seeks but everyone needs.
  • Mary: Portrait of a Woman Used by God

    Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    Mary: Portrait of a Woman Used by God One of my favorite biblical role models is Mary of Nazareth. In her life I have found a wealth of wisdom for my own walk with God. Her story illustrates many of the characteristics of the kind of woman God uses to fulfill His redemptive purposes in our world.
  • Running Wild with Hope

    Russ Ramsey
    Running Wild with Hope As his parents watched Jesus mature, they couldn’t help but see his Nazareth years as a time of preparation for a calling they knew would inevitably lead him away from them.
  • 7 Reasons Waiting Helps Us Grow

    Founders Ministries Blog
    7 Reasons Waiting Helps Us Grow I don’t like to wait. No, let’s be completely honest: I despise waiting. Yet waiting on the Lord is essential for our growth.
  • Beyond Sunday: A Family Affair

    Beyond Sunday: A Family Affair When Christ's family looked for Him, they did not go in to find Him. They wanted Him to obey their wishes.
  • The Birth of Jesus through Joseph's Eyes

    R.C. Sproul
    The Birth of Jesus through Joseph's Eyes When we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime, our attention is most often given to Luke’s account, because it gives us so much information. But Matthew's account is just as important in our understanding the event through the eyes of Joseph.
  • Jesus... in Every Book of the Bible

    Philip Nation
    Jesus... in Every Book of the Bible Here is a quick tour of how God reveals Himself in every book of the Bible.
  • What Does It Mean to "Seek the Lord"?

    John Piper
    What Does It Mean to Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. But aren't his children always in his presence? Yes and no.
  • Whatever is Lovely...

    Randy Newman
    Whatever is Lovely... Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Are these only spiritual things?
  • Beyond Sunday: No Difference

    Beyond Sunday: No Difference Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men.
  • Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews

    John D. Barry
    Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews When we read the book of Hebrews, we encounter a community of Christians living in a time of trial, struggling to understand God in the midst of suffering. Their story is our story.
  • And Be Thankful: A Thanksgiving Meditation

    Dr. Michael Youssef
    And Be Thankful: A Thanksgiving Meditation By submitting our requests to God with a thankful heart, we receive peace that transcends all understanding.
  • The God Who Provides

    James Montgomery Boice
    The God Who Provides Do you see spiritual things clearly? Or is your vision of God and His will for your life clouded by spiritual cataracts or near-sightedness brought on by an unhealthy preoccupation with things?
  • God Has Dealt Bountifully with Me

    The Good Book Blog
    God Has Dealt Bountifully with Me Thanksgiving is almost here. Sometimes, though, we have trouble entering into the full spirit of Thanksgiving. And we feel sad, and even a bit ungrateful as Thanksgiving approaches.