Author Archives: Casey D. Bell

About Casey D. Bell

Bible teacher, blogger and reader of books on a mission to help people know Jesus and grow in your relationship with Him.

Tips for Studying the New Testament

*This post was written in conjunction with my three year New Testament study plan. While some things will be specific to my three year process, my hope is that the post as a whole will be an encouragement to you … Continue reading

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The Answer to Prayer

For a while now I have wanted to dive into the subject of prayer. Sunday I went to my shelf and pulled out Spurgeon on Prayer: How to Converse with God. The sermon that bares the title of the book … Continue reading

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Sheep, Goats, and Wolves (Mt. 7:13-23)

Matthew 7:13-23 CSB “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads … Continue reading

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New Year, New Start

The first Monday of a new year. The first week of a new year. We all have the opportunity to start fresh in our thinking, our perspective, and in our willingness to see truth. While a new year isn’t a … Continue reading

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A New Bible Study Endeavor

Psalm 119:9-16 CSB  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured your word in my heart so … Continue reading

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A New Year, Not A Magic Eraser

Every year brings its challenges. Some years are harder than others, but one thing never changes, on New Years Eve everyone says great things about the coming year and on the following New Years Eve those same people talk about … Continue reading

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Tips for Reading Through the Bible in a Year

It’s getting close to the new year and that means many of us are thinking about reading through the Bible. Some have attempted it before and didn’t make it through and others are doing it again.  There is no magic … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Center

A few days ago I posted a short devotional thought on social media. It was based on Luke 2:14 CSB “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!” I titled that post, He … Continue reading

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Joy to the World

Luke 2:26-38 CSB “There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s and Wise Men

The text of the Christmas story is found in the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke. In Matthew the story of the wise men is told and in Luke the story of the shepherds is told. These two stories … Continue reading

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Zechariah’s Prophecy

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of the Messiah. We know that John was the last and greatest prophet to prepare the way. At the naming of John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit filled his … Continue reading

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Mary: A Woman Trusting God

“But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them”. Luke 2:19 From Gabriel’s announcement, to Joseph’s dreams, to John the Baptist leaping in Elizabeth’s womb, to the shepherds. Can you imagine what was going … Continue reading

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Joseph: A Man Lead by God

There are three instances during the Christmas story where Joseph, the husband of Mary is lead by God. The Christmas story is supernatural at every turn. Why? Because it is the most important event in history and God is going … Continue reading

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Mary, Elizabeth and the Ultimate Christmas Gift

Luke 1:39-56 CSB “In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Response to the Message

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story is the different responses Zechariah and Mary had to the Angel. One wondered how can I know this, the other wondered how can this be. It may not seem like much … Continue reading

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God Prepares The Way

When we think of the Christmas story we tend to think of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. We may throw in a couple shepherds and three wise men. But how many of us think of John the Baptist as part of … Continue reading

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Prophecies of Jesus’s Birth

This morning I sat down to begin reading the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke so I could begin outlining our journey through the Christmas story and the quoted prophecies in Matthew chapters one and two caught my attention, so … Continue reading

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The Message of the Bible

Isaiah 9:6 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” The whole … Continue reading

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Thankful for Church & Spiritual Growth

The last few months I have been attending a small Baptist church. It has been such a refreshing experience. I have learned so much in this last year as the Holy Spirit lead me out of the Word of Faith … Continue reading

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Thankful for Family & Friends

The truth is sometimes our family annoys us. We can get it heated political and theological discussions (maybe that’s just me) and we disagree on what Christmas movie to watch. All families have ups and downs but at the end … Continue reading

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