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Month: June 2015

prejudice

The Gospel Doesn’t Allow for Prejudice

Prejudice is inherent to humanity. Prejudice, in its most heinous form, can be seen in the recent events of South Carolina. In a stirring article by Albert Mohler on his website, he writes, “The ideology of racial superiority is one of the saddest and most sordid evidences of the Fall and […]

hostile culture

The Joy of Living in a Hostile Culture

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8) To the ends of the earth. To fulfill this calling of Jesus – to […]

Jesus

Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language, and he doesn’t always understand our idioms. At a family birthday party recently, a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a nap that day, “Aw, he’s pooped.” “Twice today,” was the […]

evangelism

Fruitful Evangelism, Gospel Flexibility

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22) In this passage (1 Corinthians 9:19-23), the Apostle Paul defines Christian maturity as flexibility. Following the example of Christ – the infinitely glorious, eternally divine Son of God who wrapped himself […]

crazy train

Choose the Good Portion Before the Crazy Train

Summer has begun, our children are out of school, day camps are in full swing…and the majority of parents with elementary through high school-aged children have willingly morphed into professional chauffeurs. Parents today are so prone to jump on the “My-Child-Needs-to-Have-the-Leg-Up-on-Summer” Train, so much so that our lives quickly become […]

prayers from the Bible

15 Powerful Prayers from the Bible

How do you pray? Prayers that are rooted in Scripture are guaranteed to be aligned with the heart of God. Here is a list of 15 powerful prayers from the Bible that you can use word-for-word or to spur on your own prayers: Romans 5:1-11 Father God, we thank you […]

Fathers, Exercise the Leadership God Has Trusted to You

The description of David as “a man after God’s heart” was used first by Samuel when he told Saul that his kingdom would not continue. “The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart,” he said (1 Samuel 13:14). That is what God did when he raised up […]

mobile app

15 Creative Ways to Use Our Mobile App

Simply put, our mobile app is “The Power of the Open Book” at your fingertips. Free to download on Google, the App Store, and Windows, gospel-centered teaching from Pastor Colin and Unlocking the Bible travels with you wherever you go. Featuring the Daily Broadcast, Sermons, the latest blog articles, and […]

No Perfect Fathers (or Mothers)

My father was not a fan of Father’s Day. He appreciated grateful children as much as any father does. However, he didn’t want our family to spend money on gifts he considered frivolous: ties he didn’t need, books he wouldn’t read, and doodads he couldn’t use. One gift he received, […]

identity in Christ

Be Yourself: Discovering Your New Identity in Christ

Before entering vocational ministry, I was a classically trained dancer. In dance, especially ballet, perfection is the goal. The way I was expected to look and move was precisely defined, from how high I jumped to the position of my index finger while jumping. Along with correctly executing technique, I […]

Are You Too Focused on Other People’s Flaws?

I think pretty highly of myself. It’s amazing, from my lofty perspective, just how intelligent and witty and gracious I am, how enjoyable a person I am to be around. And holy. Of course God wants me in his kingdom – why wouldn’t he? Arrogance has got to be one […]

idols

Three Characteristics of Idols

And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:4) Ask kids in Sunday school to name some idols, […]

stressed out

How to Persevere in Prayer When You’re Really Stressed Out

Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t shake your anxiety? No matter what you do, you can’t get your mind off of what is bothering you. You try to pray, but the only words that come out are short, anxiety-soaked cries for help. Right after […]

d-day invasion

The D-Day Invasion, World War II, and the Resurrection

June 6, 1944. The Nazis had overrun Europe and were threatening to conquer England. They seemed unstoppable, with a war machine producing unlimited tanks and planes and apparently unbeatable technology. But the Normandy landings turned the tide of the war, providing a beachhead for the Allied advance to Berlin, where […]

past

How the Gospel Redeems Our Past

Whether we became a Christian at a young age or took every wrong road before surrendering our lives to Christ, we all have a past. While each of our blessings and struggles are unique, every person carries baggage to some degree: a missed opportunity, a wrong decision with devastating consequences, victimization in one form or […]

faith

Faith Is Like a Muscle and Needs to Be Exercised

Faith is like a muscle – if it is not used, it will atrophy. Some of us spend time every day exercising certain muscles that we want to develop. You say, “I haven’t run for a week, and I feel the difference.” Similarly, if a week goes by without exercising […]

God's judgment

What Do We Make of God’s Judgment in the Old Testament?

The whole of the Bible is one grand story line. Often, however, we find ourselves separating the Old from the New Testament, as if they were two entirely different stories. The separating of the two has subsequently caused two views of God to arise in our minds: “the God of […]

website survey

Will You Take Our Website Survey?

Our mission at Unlocking the Bible is to put the gospel into peoples’ grasp using a broad array of modern media — and this includes our website! We want to make sure that we are serving you well by providing you helpful content and a user-friendly experience. Will you help us […]