Real Freedom Found Behind Real Bars

Women in Prison Unlock Hope and Healing with The Life Recovery Bible By Stephen Arterburn, Editor, The Life Recovery Bible I was raised in Bryan, Texas, so I did not think it was unusual to be opening a letter from a woman who lived in Brazos County near Bryan. What follows was anything but usual. She wrote: […]

Run to Win

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24, NLT Devotional from the Beyond Suffering Bible Using the metaphor of running a race, the apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth to be disciplined in the way they live their lives as […]

Making Courageous Changes

Social media posts reek of fake paradise. When asked, “how are you?” we respond, “fine” or “good.” We mask our hurts, hide our pain, and try to bury our fears and discomfort because we think being real exposes our weaknesses. We often feel we don’t live up to what others expect, that our walk with […]

Is It Ok To Make Fun of Someone?

Taken from the Boys Life Application Study Bible Is it okay to make fun of someone who deserves it? This question has a simple answer: No. Do you want some proof? “You should not have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands. You should not have rejoiced when the people of Judah suffered […]

What Does the Bible Say About Conflict?

Taken from the HelpFinder Bible Grown men stand toe to toe, faces beet red, veins standing out on their necks as they shout at each other, “I was safe!” “You were out!” “Safe!” “Out!” If a ball player disagrees with an umpire’s call, a spectacular and entertaining argument sometimes ensues. Since people have differing opinions […]

How to Use the Gifts God Has Given You

Note from the Life Application Study Bible “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a […]

Going Beyond Content

For Nate, Christianity was just something you did—you go to church, you try to do good, and you just live your life. He was happy. He had an amazing wife, two energetic and wonderful kids, and found fulfillment in his job as a police officer. “I complained to my wife that I didn’t understand the […]

Growing as a Christian

Taken from the Christian Basics Bible “Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18, NLT The birth of a baby always brings excitement to a family, but how worried that family would be if the […]

Divine Appointments

“And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.” Psalm 71:9, NLT In the busyness of life, it can be easy to forget those who have walked in our shoes. We may get annoyed that our day is interrupted as someone slowly attempts to complete a […]

How To Translate a Bible

by Dr. Daniel Block, NLT Bible Translation Committee and Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, College I will never forget the meeting at the airport hotel in the late 1980s. With the encouragement and blessing of Kenneth Taylor ’38, Litt.D. ’65, I and five other biblical scholars were there to discuss a revision […]