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If being alone during this pandemic is especially hard, look to the One who experienced loneliness at a level we never will precisely because he faced what he did for us on the cross. Sometimes a word or phrase arrests us with its simplicity and its weight. This is especially true in a season which renders a given term especially important. “Alone” is such a word right now. Many of us understand the term in a different light than before. Social distancing, quarantines, and isolation have become a part of everyday life right now. We aren’t used to the elderly…

Tie a string around your finger.           Type a reminder in your smartphone.                             Send yourself an email message. This Friday, Bible Gateway will begin the 3-part video series Bible Word Study Made Easy with biblical Greek scholar (and all-around nice guy) Dr. Bill Mounce (@billmounce). Join us—and invite your family, friends, and followers—right here on the Bible Gateway Blog (BibleGateway.com/blog) to learn how to study the Bible in a new way while enjoying our brief conversations with Bill Friday 8/30, Wednesday 9/4, and Monday 9/9. In the meantime, here’s a 40-second video of Bill telling of the importance of Bible translations:…

We call it Good Friday because if there is no crucifixion, there is no resurrection.

The truth presented to us in scripture should tell us something about not only who we are but who our neighbors are: image bearers of the Father in heaven. Today is Good Friday; the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. This sacrifice—the greatest outpouring of love this world will ever know—earned us our freedom from the bondage of sin. Without the pain, loss, and sorrow of Good Friday, we could never know the intense joy of Easter morning. Rev. Billy Graham knew this himself: Yes, it was a tragedy Jesus had to die—and the reason He had to…

The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was – and is – part of the “good” declared by God at creation. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, NIV). The fall was not good; sin, disobedience and suffering are not good. But God’s purpose in creation and the redemptive drama that ensued were – and are – good.

Jesus’ death demonstrates God’s love for outsiders, enemies, and strangers. It can travel anywhere in time and space, and it looks much bigger on the inside (or smaller on the outside, depending on where you’re standing). In 1963, it blended in perfectly as a British police box. But now, the intergalactic space cruiser stands out like a sore thumb, whether it’s landed in contemporary London or in the ancient Egyptian Sahara. It is strange, a foreign object that turns up in random places. And despite it being so alien—literally—nobody seems to bat an eyelid at the presence of the TARDIS…