What Does the Bible Say about Christians Taking Oaths?

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by Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the seventeenth century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12.

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14 Quick, Detailed Profiles on the 12 Tribes of Israel

14 Quick, Detailed Profiles on the 12 Tribes of Israe

Whether you’re studying the Old Testament, researching Middle Eastern history, or taking a trip to the Holy Land, you’re sure to come across talk of the 12 tribes of Israel.

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A Detailed Look at How Satan and Jesus Interact Throughout Scripture

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In this post, you will learn how to find every place a Bible character appears in scripture, even when that person’s name isn’t specifically mentioned.

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13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your Faith

13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your FaithWhether you’re a youth pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or just someone who loves God’s word, there’s always room to grow in your faith and knowledge of the Bible.

And we all know that growth comes from change, and taking the next step in your Christian life. But sometimes it’s hard to know what the next step is. It could be to ask your spouse for prayer, have an open and honest conversation with your pastor, find a new Bible study group, or start using the right tools and referencing the right resources.

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8 Resources to Bring out the Best in Your Bible Study

Eight Essential Bible Study Resources Every Christian Should Have

With thousands of Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries available to help you study the Bible, which are the right choices? How do you know which resources are right for you?

There’s definitely no one size fits all answer, but if you’re looking for a resource to inspire your daily devotions, an insightful commentary to help you lead a Bible study group, or smart facts and maps to help you explore the biblical world, we’ve got you covered.

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5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

This is for the person who has fallen into temptation and can’t get out, for the husband who has neglected his wife, for the mother who left the store without paying, and for the college student who’s struggling to stay pure. This post is for you.

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Master New Bible Study Skills with Our 27-day Challenge

Master New Bible Study Skills with Our 27-day Challenge

Give us 27 days and we’ll empower you with new Bible study skills and a better understanding of Matthew 4. In our new course, Learn Logos Cloud & Matthew 4, you’ll use the Observation, Interpretation, and Application Bible study method to analyze Matthew 4 while learning how to use the world’s most advanced Bible study software. And the best part is… the course is absolutely free. Start your free month of Logos Cloud and take the challenge today!

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An Entry-Level King

An Entry-Level King

Written by: Jeannine Seery

Do you remember your first job? Chances are, it was low paying, low prestige, and if anything like mine, you counted the minutes until quitting time. The best thing about my first job was that I knew it was temporary—I had no doubt that it was not part of my career path and I’d move on to bigger and better things.

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7 Facts You Might Not Know About the Angel Gabriel

7 Facts You Might Not Know About the Angel Gabriel

What do you know about the angel Gabriel?

He played a big role in Jesus’ birth story as the angel who told Mary she would birth the Son of God. But what else does the Bible say about the angel Gabriel?

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How to Take Better Notes When You Read the Bible

How to Take Better Notes When You Read the Bible

One of the exciting parts of high quality Bible study is seeing the ways God’s Word connects. The Bible is constantly linking verses together and building on previous ideas, themes, and accounts. A good study Bible adds layers of study notes to help you see those connections more clearly, but if you’re the kind of person who takes notes, you know how valuable it is to trace your own thoughts throughout your Bible.

Logos Cloud brings your note-taking to a whole new level. Check it out:

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