Bible Characters

Ruins of the Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim overlooking Shechem. A massive, ancient staircase leads up from the valley floor to the temple. A small remnant of Samaritans lives nearby in a village on the mountain. They still practice their ancient religion.

The Samaritan Temple

The Samaritan Temple “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me,...
The ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Corinth. The city was known in antiquity for this magnificent Doric temple. Ironically, this was the city where the preacher from Alexandria, Apollos, came to minister. Corinth was destroyed by the Romans under Lucius Mummius, then later refounded as a city by Julius Caesar, just before his assassination. As a result, many monuments in the city were dedicated to his memory, and that of his familv. Photo by John Buckner

Paul in Corinth

Paul in Corinth  “And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow...
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Bible Valleys  

The Hebrew Bible uses several words for a valley. The largest valley is the emek, which is a wide, U-shaped valley. The valley of Elah, famous for the fight between...
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What Can We Learn From Jonah?

It has been well stated that the word “anger” is one letter short of the word “danger.” One does not have to search far to see the emotion of anger on...
The altar of sacrifice in front of the holy of holies in Arad. Even though it is a smaller imitation, the temple here gives the visitor an idea of how the Temple in Jerusalem appeared.

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Mixed Worship at Arad 

“And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some...
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“Gideon, A Study in Contrasts” by Dr. Charles Keen

Dr. Charles Keen has served as a faithful pastor, Bible teacher, author, Bible publisher, and missionary statesman. We are happy to call him a friend. This good man has been...
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Jonah and Peter in Joppa

Jonah and Peter in Joppa “And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is...
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“Biblical Revival” by Dr. Bob Sanders

Within Psalm 73, we see one of the most defined and biblical pictures of revival in the Word of God. The psalm sets before us the subject, the setting, and...
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New Companion Study Guide (with bonus content!)

One of the most profitable ways to study the Bible is by its characters. While we know that the main character of Scripture is God Himself, the Holy Spirit has...
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God Uses Opposition!

Recently, a spirit of great discouragement seems to permeate many churches. It’s as if God’s people believe this is the only time of difficulty believers have ever faced. But a...
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Why did David keep Saul’s water cruse?

In I Samuel 26, we find a puzzling account from the life of David. He recruited Joab’s brother Abishai to go with him on a high-risk night raid into the...
Ancient Shechem, with the mountains Ebal and Gerizim in the background, as well as modern Nablus in the West Bank. Photo by author.

The Graveyard of the Old Gods in Shechem 

The Graveyard of the Old Gods in Shechem “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which...
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2348 B.C. All Over Again?

Imagine going back in time more than 4,000 years and finding the ancient world, in many ways, like the world we are living in today. Some things never change. Solomon...
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GUEST POST: Being the Right Choice

Evangelist Bob Sanders is a true servant of the Lord. He has a heart for the Lord's work and continues to encourage our ministry. We are happy to call him...
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Where Are the Calebs?

One phrase from God’s Word characterizes Caleb’s life: “he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.” (Joshua 14:14) What an example for us to follow! Caleb's life serves as a...
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GUEST POST: The Tragic End of a Treasured Man

Enjoying the Journey has many friends in the ministry who help and encourage us along the way. Pastor Scott Hooks has been a constant encouragement to this ministry. He is...
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“Revival Praying” Bible App Plan Now Available

Throughout the past few months, we have made available several Bible study plans through the Bible App. Again, while we do not align with this ministry in every area, we...
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How To Hear From Heaven

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“My Lord and My God”

Many of you have been journeying with us through the Miracles of Jesus on our ETJ Broadcast. It is always wonderful to be reminded that Christ is enough, and we...
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The Star Still Shines

Did you see the star? Over the last few days there has been a great deal of talk about the rare convergence of Saturn and Jupiter in the night sky....
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How God Used A Christmas Passage To Show Me His Will

It was Sunday, September 7, 2015. My mind was racing in so many directions. I knew that God was working in my life to show me His will but it...
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Thankful In Difficult Days

God’s people are commanded to give thanks at all times and in all circumstances - not when we feel like it. Praise is a choice and gratitude is a discipline....
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For Those Who Love Children

"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." The greatest way to impact the future of a nation is to reach another generation of children. More than...
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Recording Day!

Several folks have asked me recently how we record the daily Enjoying The Journey episodes. Technology has made life so much simpler in some ways! I am able to record...
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Samson: God’s Strength For Man’s Weakness

One of the most exciting ways to study Scripture is to get acquainted with the great characters of the Bible. When you begin to identify with the men and women...
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My New Favorite Bible Character

Do you have a favorite Bible character? Each one has some message for us. They may serve as a positive example or a negative example. At different times, they may...
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A Story That Changed The Way I Look At The Bible

Below is one of the longest posts I have ever made and yet it will be one of the most enjoyable reads. As a college student, learning to learn, I...
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Use A Story!

Everybody loves a good story. Some preachers and teachers are known as story-tellers. This should never be our goal. Our mission is to be truth-tellers. However, learning to tell a...
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How to Be Happy In An Unhappy World

My favorite book of the Bible is the little New Testament book of Philippians. I love it for many reasons, but most of all, because it is a book of...
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What to Do When You Are Tired

We all get tired. Even the Lord Jesus in His perfect humanity experienced weariness. (Read more about that here).The best of men in the greatest of works battle fatigue. Take...
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Aquila and Priscilla: A Biblical Marriage

God’s design is for families to serve Christ together in a New Testament church.  As we find our place in the Lord’s work, every member of the family is blessed...
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The Luggage of Life

It is my privilege to do a great deal of travel.  Through the years I have learned it is best to travel light.  Luggage slows you down and weighs you...
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The Tale of Two Brothers

This is a true story.  I know that it is true because God told it in His Word.  It is remembered as one of the saddest stories in all of...
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A Mark of Greatness

"Great men are not always wise." Job 32:9 Greatness is difficult to define.  One thing is sure:  men view greatness much differently than the Lord does.  Some men are considered...
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Integrity

“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”  Job 31:6 Integrity is not a product of environment or natural ability.  Imagine an orphan boy...