The New Christian Bible Study

Read the Bible, and explore the New Christian perspective on its inner meaning.

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The Annunciation, 1898, Philadelphia Museum of Art. By Henry Ossawa Tanner - http://freechristimages.org/biblestories/annunciation.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4864374

You Shall Bear a Son

In this wonderful Bible story, the Lord sends an angel, Gabriel, to tell Mary that she will be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah.

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Joseph and Mary arrive in Bethlehem, by William Brassey Hole

Two Stories of Christmas

There are two stories of Christmas. We usually blend them into one chronological account, but they are very distinct. One appears in the Gospel of Matthew, and the other in Luke.

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Stained glass image: the wise men are warned in a dream, not to return to Herod.

Departing into Our Own Country Another Way

As the Christmas season winds down, there is with most of us a mix of emotions - some gratitude, some sadness, perhaps a little wistfulness, a blend of inspired, happy memories and much food for thought.

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This painting by Richard Cook  of the newborn baby Jesus, with Mary and Joseph, evokes the spiritual power of this long-awaited advent.

The Birth of Jesus

In the Bible story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, His birth on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts.

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The Adoration of the Magi, a Design for Bas Relief.

Christmas Gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

In the Christmas story, the wise men bring gifts to the Lord: gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold is listed first, because it is the inmost - signifying good, e.g. the good that we do when we love the Lord and the neighbor.

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It's light-up night in Pittsburgh

The Joy of the Angels at the Lord's Birth

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." (Luke 2:10-11)

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Daniel and His Friends Refuse the King's Food

Daniel Refuses the King's Food

Daniel and his friends, now captives in Babylon, refuse the food that is being offered to them from the King's table.

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Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel, inspired by God, is the only person who is able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream. It's a powerful story in the literal sense, and its spiritual sense goes deep.

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The Fiery Furnace illustration

The Fiery Furnace

The third chapter of Daniel follows the same pattern as the first two: Nebuchadnezzar begins by making threats against those who do not bow to his every whim, and ends with his humbly admitting the Lord's power.

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A nice mother-daughter hug.

Mother

In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some cases "mother" more specifically means the truth of the church, the true teachings the church has about the Lord and about life.

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This series illustrates the Good Samaritan parable.

The Good Samaritan

Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan is sparked by a man who asks a fundamental human question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Rev. Jim Cooper ties Jesus's answer to another place in the Gospels where that question is asked.

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A little boy, hands clasped tightly and eye squinched shut, says his prayers.

Worrying About the Future

Consider the simple faith expressed in this psalm to the Lord. A confidence that evil will be punished and that good will always prevail. The future is bright. There is no need to worry.

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little girl pouting

Ahab does not like the pattern

King Ahab is almost a comical figure in his complaining about the bad news he always hears from a prophet of the Lord. Amazingly, he seems completely unaware of the fact that he is personally responsible for the evil prophecy that always comes his way.

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The mastaba of the official and priest Fetekti. Fifth Dynasty. Abusir necropolis, Egypt, Photo by Karl Richard Lepsius

Egypt

In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the Bible, but in a natural sense it simply means earthly knowledge to be stored up and possessed.

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child reaching for rings

The Attractive Power of Good

A promise from the Lord - He can and will lift us up. He will take our hands and draw us out of the frustrations and pains of selfish life. He will be with us and raise us up into joy and happiness beyond our belief.

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The disciples Peter and John running to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, a painting by Eugne Burnand

Easter Morning

In the Easter story, in the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb first, on the Sunday morning. She sees that the stone has been rolled away from where it was sealing Jesus's tomb, and that Jesus's body is not there.

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By Anonymous (Meister 1) (Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda)

What is It?

From common perception, many of us think of Israel's journey to the Promised Land as being like our journey to heaven. In the story of the Lord miraculously delivering Israel from bondage in Egypt, perhaps we also glimpse the Lord's answer to our own prayer: "Deliver us from evil."

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Cherry Blossom

What really happened at Easter?

What does the New Church teach about Easter? It's a short question, but it involves a big network of connected ideas. It can't be answered right in a sound bite, so bear with me…

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