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Month: July 2015

burning hearts

From Slow of Heart to Burning Hearts

Seasons of spiritual dryness can be alarming, exhausting, even downright awful and heart-wrenching. I’ve had days, months even, when coming to the Word and spending time with the Father has felt like work, and I’ve struggled to feel his presence and love for me. I’ve wondered, God, where have you […]

keep praying

Keep Praying, Keep Believing

Prioritizing prayer is hard, among the endless other activities that fill our days. The fears, doubts, and struggles of life abound, so we get discouraged in prayer and lose heart. For a lot of us, prayer can also become a point of shame in our Christian lives. We know that […]

purity

Finding Purity in Jesus Christ

Let’s begin with two stories. The first is about an innocent man who was falsely accused of a brutal killing. We’ll call him Bill. Bill happened to be at the scene of a crime and was picked up by the police. It was a case of mistaken identity. He was falsely accused and […]

Your Work Matters to God

Your work matters to God. Many people in the church suffer from a messed up, incomplete, or even harmful theology of work. Too often, we pastors have spent all of our time talking about the hours people are not working. But the reality is that most people spend most of […]

thorn

For When Your Thorn Acts Up

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about having a “thorn” in his flesh. He describes it as “a messenger of Satan” sent to “harass” him, and he says that he begged the Lord to take it from him multiple times (2 Corinthians 12:7-8). I’ve always wondered what the thorn was. Was […]

keep on pedaling

Keep on Pedaling

The doctor said, “The child has severe hemophilia.” In the crib looking up at me with charming brown eyes lay a beautiful baby boy. A “severe” hemophiliac. My son. Emotions swirled. “Are you sure?” I asked, feeling pathetic in the doctor’s eyes. “Yes,” he responded. Most things in life happen […]

the Bible

How the Bible Changes Christians

There are over 100 million copies of the Bible purchased each year, meaning that people are buying Bibles almost as fast as the number of children that are being born. Yet, despite the number of Bibles there are, I’m sure that many of us would agree that the world doesn’t […]

weary in serving

Five Keys to Perseverance When You Are Weary in Serving

Our family vacation could not have arrived at a better time. I was feeling worn out, discouraged, and depleted from the daily grind. Day in and day out, each 24-hour period seemed packed to the brim with activities, work, and other commitments. There never seemed to be enough time in […]

hope for parents

Hope for Parents in the Middle of July

It is now the middle of July, and the kids have been home long enough to spend unstructured, valuable time with you, take part in educational or sporting activities, relax a little, help around the house, and read. Perhaps you’ve taken family vacations, and a great time was had by all. […]

feeling lonely

Four Lies We Believe When We Are Feeling Lonely

There is no denying that many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones. Yes, it is true that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and often there are more people who can relate to our suffering than we realize. Nevertheless, these roads are often still lonely. I […]

Sharing the Gospel

How to Get Over Your Fear of Sharing the Gospel

“I shared the gospel _____ times this week.” Each Sunday at church, we pass down the pews sign-in sheets containing this line. It’s an opportunity for us as a church to celebrate and encourage each other as we learn to proclaim Christ to our world. You probably wouldn’t be surprised, […]

daily devotional

Three Reasons to Use a Daily Devotional

Why use a daily devotional if we have all we need in the Bible? This is a really good question, and one believers should consider. After all, the Bible is God’s breathed-out Word of truth that is sufficient in itself for all of life and our pursuit of godliness (Heb. […]

contentment

Learning the Art of Contentment…and Discontentment

However much you have, there are others who have more. However little you have, there are others who have less. All of us have more than some other people. All of us have less than some other people. However much or little God has trusted to you, there will be […]

Hungry for the Bible in Budapest, Hungary

For the past week, a team of American students from The Orchard have been running an English camp in Budapest, Hungary for Hungarian students. Unlocking the Bible has had the privilege of partnering with this team by supplying them with Pastor Colin’s book 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible in Hungarian through […]

small group

Three Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Next Small Group Bible Study

Years ago, to choose a Bible study for a Sunday school class or small group, we simply walked into a local Christian bookstore and thumbed through the workbooks available on the shelf. The authors were familiar names, and their teachings easily matched one Christian denomination or another. Today, that selection […]

Jesus Christ

Who Then Is This Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is the primary message relayed throughout the Gospel of Mark: Jesus is one with the Father, God in the flesh, full of power and authority over nature, demons, disease, and even death. For many believers who have put their faith in Christ, Jesus’ […]

leadership lessons

Four Leadership Lessons from a King Who Finished Poorly

Unfortunately, we don’t have to look far to see failure in leadership. All leaders need to know what God wants them to do and not to do. The books of 1 and 2 Kings share many lessons on life and leadership from Israel’s many kings – the good, the bad, and the ugly. […]

directing acting interview with Tim Gregory

On Producing, Radio Hosting, and Working with Pastor Colin

Steve Hiller is the radio host of the Unlocking the Bible Daily Broadcast and lead producer and video editor of the ministry. He is a fan of all-things-Superman, has two children, and works part-time on Moody Radio, stepping in for other show hosts now and again. Steve agreed to share with us […]

the Bible

Seven Reasons the Bible Is Always Beneficial

Our country changed this month. The Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage should not have surprised us, but it should sadden us. As a nation we have now institutionalized a rebellion against God’s design for the family, and no rebellion against God ends well. This is worth lamenting. Yet, so […]

what is freedom

What Is Freedom? How Do We Become Free?

As a culture, we want to feel that we are in control of our lives, and especially that we are in control of the things that matter most. That includes our salvation. You hear this all the time on the talk shows: “You can be anything you want to be.” […]

freedom in Christ

The Glorious Privilege of Freedom in Christ

There’s no such thing as freedom — at least not in the sense that we can do whatever we please without restraint or consequence. That’s been Satan’s lie since the Garden of Eden: “Sure, Eve, you can eat the forbidden fruit. Then you can do whatever you want to do […]

finding peace

Finding Peace in a World of Turmoil

Imagine a state of perfect peace. What do you picture? For me, I imagine retreating alone to the ocean, looking out into the vastness, beauty, and power of its waters. The air is comfortable with a warm and gentle breeze with no distractions other than the chatter of seagulls and the […]