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Jailed American pastor pens heartbreaking birthday letter to daughter

By Lisa Daftari Published September 25, 2013 FoxNews.com

As his wife is in New York to fight for his freedom, a letter American pastor Saeed Abedini recently managed to get out of his Iranian jail cell and to his seven-year-old daughter for her birthday has come to light.

He calls Rebekka his “little hero” and expresses heartbreak about not seeing her grow. Rebekka’s mom, Naghmeh, is unable to travel with their two young kids to Iran for fear she might also be arrested, but with the Iranian delegation in New York for the UN, she is pressing his case. This week, she traveled to New York and was able to hand-deliver a letter Monday to the delegation of Iran’s new president asking for her husband’s quick release.

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How to Study the Bible In-Depth

Hermeneutics. Eisogesis. Exegesis Those may sound intimidating, but they're part of anyone's toolbox for doing an in-depth study of the Bible for a greater knowledge of God's Word.

"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." –Acts 17:11 (NIV)

Were the Bereans of Acts 17 one of the earliest examples of an in-depth Christian Bible study group? Probably not in the sense of what we consider in-depth Bible study today, but they did indeed dig into God's Word deeply, examining it and making sure that what they read corresponded to the message Paul shared with them. Today, of course, we have a lot more in the way of resources to help us study the Bible in great depth. Not only do we have access to sophisticated Bible software, we also have the Internet and its many resources, not to mention almost 2,000 years of Christian history and wisdom we can incorporate into our studies.

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U2's Bono Discusses Faith, Helping Others

By Katherine Weber
Christian Post Reporter

Bono, the lead singer of the highly-successful Irish rock band  U2, recently sat down with Jim Daly of the nonprofit group Focus on the Family  to discuss everything from his children, to his love for his wife of 30 years,  Ali Hewson, to his knowledge of Scripture.

While speaking with Daly at the American Bible Society in New York City  recently, Bono's talk particularly focused on helping others, as seen through  his ONE campaign, which he co-founded in 2004 to fight extreme poverty and  HIV/AIDS, particularly in Africa. The  campaign seeks to use advocacy, media and policy to raise public awareness  regarding issues such as preventable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, extreme  poverty, child mortality, education, and malaria.

Bono told Daly that he has chosen to put so much time and energy into the ONE  Campaign because to him, "love is to realize the potential of others."

"The job of love is to realize potential. When you see lives squandered in  the developing world because they cannot get access to medicines that we buy or they can't vaccinate their kids for measles, then you know something's up.  The job of love is to realize that potential," Bono said.

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Why Study the Bible?

by Robert Velarde

Most articles about studying the Bible jump right into the topic at hand. This article will take a different approach by first asking the question, Why study the Bible? This is both practical and foundational. It is practical because we will learn real reasons why studying the Bible is important, but it is also foundational because it will prepare us for future discussions on the importance of Bible study.

While not an exhaustive list, below are eight reasons for studying the Bible:

Cultural literacy

To learn what it says firsthand

Personal edification

To help others

Jesus

Because it is God's Word to us

To know God better

Avoiding error

Cultural Literacy

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Providential perspective

Thomas Lake is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. A recent Gospel Coalition article on him began, "It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter-perhaps the finest young writer period-in America is a Christian."

Your mom and your dad, a pastor, homeschooled you and your five siblings-how did that prepare you for your job as a writer? It was pretty free-form. A lot of going to the library-the whole pack of us in the station wagon-and we would check out 40 or 50 books at a time and sit around reading them.

We had lesson plans for learning math and all that, but a lot of it was pursuing our intellectual curiosity, and that's what I get paid to do: Think of something I'm curious about, and go find out the rest of the story. It's a privilege to be able to do that.

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