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    Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy’s featured story recounts his quest to uncover his family’s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection. Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. A foreword by the Genographic Project’s Spencer Wells...read more

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    Hebrews is about persevering in the faith. Written concerning the Jewish Christians, this letter serves as a reminder that Christ is superior to priests, angels, and the old covenant laws. His sacrifice is once for all unlike the sacrificial system. While Jewish Christians have been less focused on growing in godliness, this letter encourages them to "lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus" (Heb. 12:1-2) Listen to the hope this book offers and the encouragement it gives about times of...read more

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    While there is suffering, evil, sickness, and death in this world, the book of Joel reminds us that we have an everlasting hope through it all. Joel warns the people of Judah as a horrifying locust plague has come upon them. He urges the people to repent and return to God, predicting that this is just the beginning of their judgment. Thankfully, Joel's prophecies do not end there. He continues to teach the people about the promise of hope that lies ahead in the kingdom of the Messiah. Listen as this prophet describes the day of salvation which we are privileged to live in...read more

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    After Jesus rose from the dead, he gave his Spirit to dwell within all who believe in him. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, leading, instructing, and equipping us. A sequel to the Gospel of Luke, this book gives a history of the early church and provides a heavy emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit. In many ways, Acts serves as a transition from law-keeping to grace and faith in Christ. Listen to Acts and learn about how God uses the Holy Spirit to transform the hearts of believers and then uses them to fulfill his plan of...read more

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    Do you ever feel like evil is prevailing in your life and that God is silent? The life of Daniel proves that God is more powerful than we often assume He is. While under the Babylonian rulers, Daniel and his three fellow Judeans are being challenged for their faith. In the middle of every trial, however, God always comes through. In the final chapters of this book, Daniel prophecies about the end times, including the "seventy weeks prophecy". Follow Daniel and be encouraged by the continuous triumphs of good over...read more

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    In light of Jesus' second coming, we should not be compelled to hide out until his return, rather, we should be actively participating in his restoration plan for the world as we wait in anticipation. Paul teaches the Thessalonians that the second coming should not paralyze believers from doing work for the kingdom. Instead, it should motivate them to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We all have duties to complete before Jesus' return so we should "not grow weary in doing good." (2 Thes....read more

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    The last book of the Bible portrays God's total redemption. Heaven will come down to earth and the power of sin will finally be overcome. Revelation makes it clear that the material world will be restored completely and God's people will live in a new world based on love, justice, and peace. Believers will reign forever in perfect communion and fellowship with the Lord himself. Listen to John's revelation and receive a foretaste of the day when God will "wipe away all tears" (Rev....read more

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    In the Beginning of all beginnings, the Artist of all artists simply spoke and all of Creation unfolded before Him. Satisfied with His work, God said, "It is good." Not long after, the first human beings faced a serious choice when tempted to shake off their Creator's leadership so as to be His equal. Out of great love, God then chose the Israelites as a nation to be witnesses of His existence. Listen to Genesis and experience the hope that remains in the midst of creation, fall, and...read more

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    The book of Psalms is filled with sad songs of lamentation, raw prayers pleading for mercy, poetry about the work and nature of God, and beautiful hymns of praise. Many believers have found these prayers of Israel to be a source of comfort and hope and especially helpful in their own prayer life. Although this is Israel's book of prayers it is also an enduring prayer book for God's people forever. Listen to the Psalms and be astounded by each poem's relevancy to your own...read more

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    The prophet Hosea has much to say about the sinfulness of Israel but he also has much to say about the faithfulness of God. As the Israelites worship other gods and move farther away from their Creator, God's judgment comes upon them. After judgment, however, God displays acts of mercy as he acts tenderly to his people like a loving parent would. Listen to this Hosea as he reminds Israel of God's faithfulness and speaks prophesies concerning the redemption to come in latter...read more

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    This letter was written by Paul while he was imprisoned Rome. The apostle is experiencing persecution for his faith but this is no surprise to him, nor is it stealing his hope. "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2 Tim. 3:12) He is writing this letter to encourage Timothy, his co-worker, to be strong in the Lord in spite of suffering. He calls on him to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, as we should all strive to be...read more

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    Much like the wisdom literature in the OT, James offers snippets of wisdom to Christians. The practical instruction he gives serves to motivate believers to be doers not just hearers of the word. His audience, Jewish Christians, is in the midst of social conflict in which they are seeking worldly advice instead of pursuing God's way. James' letter should inspire Christians today to seek divine wisdom in all situations while translating one's faith into...read more

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    After admonishing believers in Corinth for their sinful ways and abuse of grace, Paul writes a second letter, commending them for their positive response to his first letter. He expresses his joy in hearing that they've repented and embraced his teachings. Paul then goes on to encourage believers to "...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) Listen as he reminds the church at Corinth that God has made them a new creation in...read more

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    God tells Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh, a ruthless and idolatrous nation. Jonah, a prophet who does not like the Assyrians, wants Nineveh to be destroyed. Instead of following God's call, Jonah rebels and sails the opposite direction, deliberately fleeing from God. Stubborn Jonah ends up in the belly of a fish. Listen to the story of this prophet as God disciplines him for his disobedience and teaches him that He loves all people, even the enemies of his chosen...read more

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    There is an inseparable link between our faith and how we live our lives. In his letter to his co-worker Titus, Paul gives us practical instruction on godly living as well as qualifications for church leaders. While Paul paints a picture of what a healthy church looks like, he also emphasizes the gospel as the source of godliness: "he saved us not because of works done by us in righteousness but according to his own mercy" (Titus...read more

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    The word "Gospel" means "good news", and this is just what the apostle Mark shares with us in the second book of the New Testament. Mark tells us that Jesus has two natures: fully divine and fully man. Jesus was human with emotions and yet he was also God in the flesh. But why did God need to become man? Why did he lower himself when he is the highest in the universe? Listen to the Gospel of Mark as he gives us the answer to these...read more

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    In Ephesians, Paul gives us a detailed description of church members' relationship to Christ. The apostle is writing to strengthen the churches of Ephesus. He tells them, "In him [Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2:22) This reminds us that we are all part of the "body" of Christ, his church. Listen to Paul and be encouraged about your role in redemptive...read more

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    Matthew, a tax collector disliked by many people, was chosen by Jesus to be his apostle. He was one of the unlikeliest of men to be chosen but was nevertheless faithful in this important role. Matthew gives us an eye-witness account of the events in the life of Jesus. This apostle's main goal is to prove to the Jews that Jesus Christ their long-awaited Messiah. Open your hearts and ears as the truth is revealed to you through the Gospel of...read more

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    Many called Jeremiah, the "Weeping Prophet" and, as shown in this book, he has every reason to mourn. Jeremiah's ministry is primarily concerned with preaching the word of God to an idolatrous people. When he comes to realize the Israelites' refusal to repent, Jeremiah begins to describe a future judgment. Interestingly enough, even todaythe words of this prophet provide us with a study of our own...read more

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    The Israelites have not been pursuing holiness as they should be. Rebellious and sinful, the people are in need of a savior. The prophet Malachi plays an important role in Israelite history. God warns Israel through Malachi. He tells them to repent and speaks of future restoration, foreshadowing of the coming Messiah. Listen to Malachi as he warns the people while still managing to remind them of God's endless...read more