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Bible Resource Spotlight: The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Pastors, Youth Pastors Genre: Cultural / Historical Reference FBSN Rating: B   One big obstacle to understanding the Bible, especially for younger Christians, is the enormous cultural differences between our modern society and the lives of the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Chronological Study Bible (NIV)

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Adults, Teens, Young Adults Genre: Bibles FBSN Rating: A- If you, or anyone in your family, ever wanted to read the Bible from beginning to end, this is the way to do it. The Chronological Study Bible’s unique […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: 100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Bible Study Groups, Families Genre: Bible Reference FBSN Rating: B+ “God made Eve from Adam’s rib. Are you ribbing me?” “The Bible says ‘sons of God’ had sex with human women, who gave birth to giants. Doesn’t […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The MacArthur Study Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Parents, Pastors, Bible Study Leaders Genre: Study Bible FBSN Rating: B It’s easy to appreciate the scholarship invested in the verse-by-verse commentaries that make up the bulk of The MacArthur Study Bible. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation […]

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Matthew 5:1-12; The Beatitudes (Symbolism)
In Matthew 5:3-9, Jesus describes seven characteristics of people who are blessed. According to theologian, Herschel Hobbs, those descriptions symbolized “the nature of the kingdom citizen.” He interpreted them as follows: The Poor in Spirit. “Those who recognize that they are sinners, who

posted 12:00:02pm Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:1-12; The Beatitudes (Word Study)
The longest recorded sermon of Jesus begins with a repetitive theme word: “Blessed.” “Blessed are the poor in spirit…Blessed are they that mourn…Blessed are the meek…” Historically, that word was understood to mean “happy”—or in the literal Hebrew translation, “how happy!

posted 12:00:52pm Jul. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Theological Commentary)
If we don’t count resurrections (there were three of those), Scripture records 23 specific, miraculous healings performed by Jesus. Among those healings were supposedly incurable diseases, such as blindness, leprosy, deafness, muteness, crippling lameness, withered or appendages, paralysis and mor

posted 12:00:53pm Jul. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Geographical Background)
The Decapolis referenced in Matthew 4:25 was not a single city or country. Much as we collectively refer to the northeastern states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut as “New England,” people in Jesus’ day used Decapolis as a collective reference

posted 12:00:01pm Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Cultural Commentary)
Jesus began his public ministry in Galilee by “teaching in their synagogues” and healing people there (Matthew 4:23). According to the tradition at the time, a synagogue could form wherever there were 10 adult men, so chances are good that many of these dotted the cities and towns of Galilee.

posted 12:00:33pm Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »


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