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 […]

From Valley of Trouble To Gateway of Hope

Taken from the Swindoll Study Bible “Then Joshua said to Achan, ‘My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, by telling the truth. Make your confession and tell me what you have done. Don’t hide it from me.’ Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. Among the […]

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 […]

Samuel, Israel’s Last Judge and First Prophet

Taken from the Illustrated Study Bible Samuel lived at the end of the period of the judges and ushered in the period of kingship. He was Israel’s last judge (1 Sam 7:6, 15‑17) and first prophet (3:20; Acts 3:24; 13:20). He functioned as a priest (1 Sam 2:18) and was a great man of faith […]

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 […]

The one true God

Note from the Christian Basics Bible “These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live. If you obey all his […]

Psalms of Lament

Taken from the Africa Study Bible A Swahili proverb says, Muvumbo wa kañonyi ye witubula kajo ko aja, meaning, “The beak of the bird is what tells us the things it eats.” In other words, the kind of person that you are is shown by your words. Psalm 77 is a typical psalm of lament. […]

What If I Make a Mistake?

Taken from the HelpFinder Bible Although burning the breakfast toast is a mistake, it is trivial and leaves no lasting consequences. On the other hand, a doctor who misreads a chart has made a mistake of considerably greater implications. We all make mistakes. Some of our mistakes are innocent—we forget an appointment, we know the […]

Bitterness

Throughout the Beyond Suffering Bible Joni Eareckson Tada shares personal insights on how God can use anything, even suffering, to bring us closer to him and display his glory. When our lives don’t go the way we want, when the suffering and pain seem too much to bear we have a choice, we can either […]

Making Sense of Faith in Suffering

WAY-FM’s World’s Biggest Small Group recently did a study on where God is in suffering. They used the Beyond Suffering Bible to explore how to connect the goodness of God with the pain and suffering we see in this world. Having been a quadriplegic for fifty years after a tragic diving accident, suffering from chronic […]