The New Christian Bible Study

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

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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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