When coronavirus hit, churches scrambled. Those that weren’t online figured out solutions fast, and those that already were online embraced remote church as a new normal. Since then, churches have worked tirelessly to ensure their congregations can continue meeting for weekly services, Bible studies, and the like (albeit online) and that people feel as connected as possible. (more…)
Today, July 17, is World Emoji Day, and here at Faithlife, it’s an opportunity to do one of the things we enjoy most—open God’s Word together.
For today’s World Emoji Day, see if you can guess these Bible stories told in emojis, as shared by followers on our Logos Facebook page or Twitter page. (If you get stuck, try using the Bible passage hints below each one!)
Bible story 1:
Passage hint: Genesis 1:1–2:3
Bible story 2:
Passage hint: Genesis 7:1–9:17
Bible story 3:
Passage hint: Judges 4:17–24
Bible story 4:
Passage hint: Ruth 1:1–4:21
Bible story 5:
Passage hint: 2 Kings 2:23–24
Bible story 6:
Passage hint: Jonah 1–4
Bible story 7:
Passage hint: Luke 15:4–7
Bible story 8:
Passage hint: Genesis 1:1–3:21, John 1:29, Romans 5:6
Thanks to everyone who participated by sharing their favorite stories!
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