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  • The Problem with Guilt-Free Church

    Rick Whitter
    The Problem with Guilt-Free Church There is a significant move within the evangelical community to remove the sense of guilt from the lives of people. We don’t want anyone to feel badly about themselves. But we ARE responsible. We have all sinned.
  • Who Decided What Went into the Bible?

    Hal Seed
    Who Decided What Went into the Bible? Just about everyone wants to know how the sixty-six books got chosen to be in the Bible. Why these sixty-six? Why not a few more (or a few less)? Why these books and not others?
  • What Are You Willing to Risk?

    Mark Altrogge
    What Are You Willing to Risk? Jesus risked it all for us – not only did he risk it all, he gave it all. We should be willing to take risks for him.
  • Beyond Sunday: New Day, New Mercies

    Beyond Sunday: New Day, New Mercies These rivers of mercy run fully and constantly, but never run dry. No, they are new every morning. Every morning we have fresh instances of God’s compassion towards us.
  • Courage Through Faith in God: Genesis 14:1-24

    Josh Rice
    Courage Through Faith in God: Genesis 14:1-24 As Abram shows, faith is not an easy, linear process where God takes us directly from one level to another. Instead, it is filled with twists, obstacles, and challenges.
  • Make a Relationship Investment Plan This Year

    Tim Brister
    Make a Relationship Investment Plan This Year Your relationship investment plan should include unbelievers who are seeking to win to Christ, new believers you are seeking to establish in the gospel, and maturing Christians you are seeking to grow in the gospel.
  • Small Changes with Big Results Next Year

    Stephen Altrogge
    Small Changes with Big Results Next Year There is something about goal setting that gets me fired up and excited. But in the last couple of years I’ve started to notice something about myself: Small goals coupled with faithfulness produce the biggest results.
  • Beyond Sunday: Facing the New Year without Fear

    Beyond Sunday: Facing the New Year without Fear Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of someone we love are not going to be met.
  • The Most-Read Bible Study Articles of 2013

    The Most-Read Bible Study Articles of 2013 In 2013, we featured more Bible study articles, blog posts, and videos than ever before to help you dive into Scripture. So, what made the cut as the most-used resources? We'll count them down...
  • The Most-Read Bible Verses of 2013

    Inside BST
    The Most-Read Bible Verses of 2013 Last year, we gave you an inside look into the most-read Bible verses on BibleStudyTools.com. So, what changed for this year?
  • How Should We Celebrate the Birth of Christ?

    James Montgomery Boice
    How Should We Celebrate the Birth of Christ? There are plenty of decorations to buy and parties to attend during this season... but how should we really celebrate Christmas? The question is important because of the significance of the day and because so many obviously do not know how to celebrate it.
  • Why Christmas?

    Ron Edmondson
    Why Christmas? Why do we need Christmas? If the truth be known, you, like me, are just so busy “doing” Christmas, and enjoying it to, that you haven’t stopped to consider the reason for the celebration.
  • Beyond Sunday: The Child is Born

    Beyond Sunday: The Child is Born For to us this Child was born, and for us He laid down His life.
  • 4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas

    Tim Brister
    4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas Here are four steps for sharing the gospel with your family. Check them out.
  • Will We Celebrate the Birth of Christ in Heaven?

    Randy Alcorn
    Will We Celebrate the Birth of Christ in Heaven? "The Word became flesh" is the true meaning of Christmas. So, do I think we will celebrate Christmas in Heaven? Yes, and here's why...
  • Our Mission Begins with Jesus

    Philip Nation
    Our Mission Begins with Jesus When we discuss the gospel and God’s mission, it is tempting to focus solely on theological statements and activities done by the church. However, at the core of the gospel is not an idea but a person—Christ.
  • Who is This "Son of God"?

    D.A. Carson
    Who is This Although it is a foundational confession for all Christians, much of the theological significance of Jesus’s identity as “the Son of God” is often overlooked or misunderstood.
  • The World's Wisdom Bows Down

    Michael Card
    The World's Wisdom Bows Down Why else would the magi have taken such an arduous trip if not for an aching need to satisfy a hunger that all of the world’s wisdom had not yet satisfied?
  • God's Greatest Gift

    Matthew Harmon
    God's Greatest Gift Here in this simple phrase we have mysteries so great that the angels desperately long to understand. In a nutshell, the greatest gift that God gives us is himself. But in order for us to understand the magnitude of what John is saying here, we need to step back and look at the larger story of the Bible.
  • What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?

    John Piper
    What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? What does Jesus want this Christmas? We can see the answer in his prayers. What does he ask God for?