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Topic: Bible Study

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Key Connections (October 27, 2017)

Lose Christ Alone, Lose Christianity (Stephen Wellum, The Gospel Coalition) Christ alone isn’t a slogan; it’s the center of the solas by which the Reformers recovered the grace of God and declared the glory of God. Christ alone integrates the purposes and plans of God as he has revealed them in […]

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Key Connections (October 13, 2017)

What’s the Purpose of Pastors? (Tim Challies, Challies.com) The Bible assures us that pastors exist to shepherd God’s people in local churches until Christ returns (1 Peter 5:1-5). The calling of the pastor is inextricably tied to the biblical metaphor of a shepherd tending to his flock of sheep. How the […]

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Key Connections (September 29, 2017)

Understanding Spiritual Gifts: 4 Lessons from J.I. Packer (Christel Humfrey, Revive Our Hearts) The reason many of us feel presumptuous in claiming a spiritual gift is because we have wrongly assumed that our spiritual gifts are about us. But as Packer points out, “spiritual gifts must be defined in terms of […]

Bible reading

10 Promises for Your Bible Reading

Many mornings, weariness threatens to win. Like a thick cloud, it opposes my time in God’s Word, obscures my desire to read, and keeps me from seeing the light of truth. My weariness might be circumstantial – a disappointment or an ongoing trial – or it may be physical – […]

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Key Connections (September 22, 2017)

Nabeel Quereshi (1983-2017) (Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition) Jesus is the God of reversal and redemption. He redeemed sinners to life by his death, and he redeemed a symbol of execution by repurposing it for salvation. He redeemed my suffering by making me rely upon him for my every moment, bending […]

Biblical Meditation

What Is Biblical Meditation?

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) What is […]

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Are You Teachable? 10 Questions From Psalm 119

School is starting soon. Students are preparing to hit the books again. Some will study to earn a diploma, but no disciple of Jesus Christ graduates from the school of Christian growth. We are all called to learn from Jesus, so now is a good time to ask ourselves: Am […]

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What’s So Important About Studying the Bible?

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21) The Bible isn’t an easy book. It […]

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Key Connections (July 20, 2017)

Selfless or Self-Centered? What Kind of Servant Are You? (Kale Uzzle, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship) If you scan through the Bible’s vast array of stories, proverbs, and instructions regarding servanthood, there are three questions that distinguish the real thing from a false co-opting of servanthood. Praying Together as Mentoring and Discipleship […]

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Key Connections (July 13, 2017)

Evaluating Our Expectations: The American Dream vs. a Christian’s Hope (Melissa Kruger, Wit’s End) The American Dream might best be summed up as the possibility for a life of freedom, personal happiness, material comfort, and lasting fulfillment (all nicely enclosed in a white picket fence)… In contrast to our typical image […]

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15 Questions to Apply Scripture to Your Life

A good question in Bible study helps uncover riches in the text that we may not see. This is true for observation, interpretation, and application stages of Bible study. The following questions¹ will help you apply a passage of Scripture to your life and rely on God for transformation. It may […]

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Key Connections (July 6, 2017)

Confessing Our Sins Together (Ryan Griffith, Desiring God) For Christians, confession of sin, ultimately, is application of the gospel. Authentic confession of sin is a mingling of humble contrition before God, faith-filled appropriation of the grace of reconciliation, and heartfelt gratitude for the satisfaction that has been accomplished in the cross […]

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How to Start Reading Your Bible

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) There used to be long periods when I would never open my Bible outside […]

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Eight Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

Recently, a friend and I were interviewed on a radio show about the book we’d written on suffering. One of the host’s questions struck me: In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance […]

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The Truth Will Set You Free

The question what is truth? is more relevant today than ever. You would think that with all our easy access to information and expert opinions, we would know the truth— Yet the opposite is true. We have trouble recognizing real news from fake, trusted sources from clickbait. No one has time to investigate […]

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Key Connections (June 8, 2017)

Morning Bible Reading and Manna for Today (Lore Ferguson Wilbert, Sayable) My daily routine (right now) looks like this…Take what helps you, leave what doesn’t. Why Do We Lie? (Ryan Reeves, The Gospel Coalition) We are all familiar with lying. Each of us has told a lie. But what is the […]

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The Prophetic Tapestry of Scripture

The Hebrew Scriptures contain prophecies about Jesus beyond counting. If you do a Google search, you will get a number of at least 300, a figure I deem conservative. But many of these individual prophecies also intertwine, creating a still richer tapestry, that I would consider the Hebrew Scriptures in […]

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Key Connections (June 1, 2017)

Do You Resent the Life God Gave You? (Sarah Walton, Desiring God) If we try to make sense of our circumstances, or compare our circumstances to others’, we will inevitably feel like we drew the short straw. 4 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor (Trevor Forbis, Chuck Lawless) I have found four easy ways […]

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What Should I Do When I’m Struggling to Read God’s Word?

There are times when I read God’s Word…and the words seem to fall flat. I’m hungry to hear from God, eager to meet him in my Bible—yet nothing jumps off the page or particularly moves my heart. This can feel like looking at a delicious meal, and wanting to enjoy it, […]

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Four Things That Happen When You Don’t Read Your Bible

The longest psalm, Psalm 119, is a masterpiece, and the subject of its artistry is God’s holy Word, the Bible. The Word of the Lord is like a tall tower—no part stands alone. All the prophets, all the books of wisdom, every book of the New Testament, and all the […]

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Key Connections (May 11, 2017)

To the childless on Mother’s Day (Chelsea Patterson, The ERLC) As a childless woman, Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder of what I don’t have, and what I long for. Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests (Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay Pastors) Today, I am looking at a very basic […]

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Key Connections (May 4, 2017)

Stop Photobombing Jesus (Garrett Kell, The Gospel Coalition) Are you frustrated or discouraged when God “overlooks” you? Those are good times to re-evaluate why you follow Jesus. Satan Wields Ignorance of the Word as a Weapon (Kelly Needham, True Woman) Ignorance of the whole of God’s Word makes us easy targets in the […]

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Key Connections (April 27, 2017)

Beware of Broken Wolves (Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition) These are the false teachers who use their own authenticity, pain, and brokenness to attract believers who are also suffering…Broken Wolves are a grave danger to your family and to your local congregation. Five Ways You’re Unintentionally Hurting Your Infertile Friend (Meredith […]

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Key Connections (April 20, 2017)

We Need More Bible in Youth Ministry (Katherine Forster, Desiring God) Here are four reasons I believe pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and Christian parents need to encourage and exhort us to study the Bible, and teach us how to do it. The Gospel Doesn’t Accommodate (Jason Garwood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship) Why are we […]

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How to Avoid a Hardened Heart

Video Notes: If you come to the Bible as a critic, the Bible will be a closed book to you. Your heart will be as hard at the end as it was at the beginning. If you are going to move beyond hardness of heart, you have to humble yourself […]

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Key Connections (March 15, 2017)

The Secret to Job Satisfaction (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) Another paycheck may feel like our most immediate need, but it is another grain of sand compared with all God will give us in eternity. Does God Just Tolerate Me? (Ryan Higginbottom, Unlocking the Bible) I can be persuaded that [God] loves me […]

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Key Connections (March 8, 2017)

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment (Al Mohler, Albert Mohler) The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. 5 Reasons You Desperately Need Your Bible (Kristen Wetherell, For The Church) […]

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Key Connections (March 1, 2017)

Why the Church Needs Suffering (Sarah Walton, Set Apart) Why is life so heavy for so many of those who are following Christ? Why isn’t God protecting his people? Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Let’s cut to the chase with a one-word answer: Yes! The two-word […]

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Key Connections (February 22, 2017)

Love the Church You’re With, Not the Church of Your Dreams (Ricky Alcantar, The Blazing Center) You may find that some of the things you long for begin to be more evident…Or you may find that God changes your heart to appreciate what’s already there. God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk […]

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Key Connections (February 15, 2017)

Why Are So Many Christians Bored with the Bible? (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) We talk about Bible reading like we talk about cutting calories or cleaning our house. We’re grateful for the results, but we don’t wake up dying to do it again. 8 Reasons to Love Sound Doctrine (Kevin Halloran, Anchored in […]

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Key Connections (February 8, 2017)

Do I Really Need To Suffer? (Tim Challies, Challies dot Com) Should I hope for pain or even seek out suffering if I want to continue to grow up in the Lord? A Prayer For When Your Faith Feels Weak (Caitlin Williams, Unlocking the Bible) Sometimes my faith feels too small…when that happens, […]

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Key Connections (February 1, 2017)

Six Ways Jesus Faced Opposition (Meredith Hodge, Unlocking the Bible) Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, experienced opposition far worse than my situation. But in his eyes, it’s not relevant, for all who call on his name receive the same power and ability to face opposition. 7 False Teachers in the […]

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Three Reasons to Study Your Bible

Why study the Bible? may seem like a silly question, especially if you’re a person who studies it often, but it’s worth considering. Bible study can become a dry or optional habit if we’re not coming to God’s Word for the right reasons. The Word of God is a priceless treasure. It’s […]

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Key Connections (January 25, 2017)

How to Live Under an Unqualified President (John Piper, Desiring God) Followers of Christ are not Americans first. Our first allegiance is to Jesus, and then to the God-inspired word of Scripture, the Bible. What to Do with Uncomfortable Bible Verses in the Psalms (Lianna Davis, Unlocking the Bible) As David was praying […]

Uncomfortable Bible Verses

What to Do with Uncomfortable Bible Verses in the Psalms

The scene in my life is familiar. Something weighs on my heart: a fear, a temptation, or a thought-battle. Seeking comfort, I naturally go to the Psalms. I want to be on the path that is straight and narrow; Psalm 5 is my pick for prayer against temptation today. This […]

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Key Connections (January 11, 2017)

7 Ways Smartphones Can Enhance Your Spiritual Life (Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition) Christians must therefore think critically about how smartphones affect us…Yet in watching out for the pitfalls of technology we should not overlook the ways that smartphones can be useful for spiritual formation. We Read the Bible Together…You Can, […]

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Bible Q&A: Where Does the Bible Say That Jesus Is God?

Question: Apart from the statement in the Athanasian Creed that says “the Son is God,” is there any evidence in the Bible that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God or that he is the Son of God? Answer: This is Pastor Tim. While I was in school (seminary), I […]

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Key Connections (January 4, 2017)

Bible Reading Plans for 2017 (Nathan W. Bingham, Ligonier Ministries) Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan….For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Do We Expect More […]

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Momentum Q&A with Pastor Colin Smith

Pastor Colin’s book Momentum is paired with a LifeWay 8-session Bible study. Through it, you’ll learn how to pursue God’s blessings in the Beatitudes either through solo study or with a small group. The LifeWay team recently interviewed Pastor Colin about the following: What was your first role in the church? […]

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Key Connections (December 14, 2016)

5 Reasons to Read the Bible When You Feel Absolutely Nothing (Stephen Altrogge, The Blazing Center) Did anything really “happen” during my reading? Did the Bible make any difference? Why should I even continue when it just feels like I’m going through the motions? When Christmas Is a Fresh Reminder of […]

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Key Connections (December 7, 2016)

Are You Ready for Persecution? (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) …those who have been persecuted are more mature. They seem to evangelize more, to say no to sin more often and to be an encouragement to those around them. The Unseen Misery of Dec 25th (Tim Thornborough, The Good Book Company) We’ve been […]

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ONE Family United: The Story of the Rumbold Family

Gary and Mary Kay Rumbold are grandparents to 35 grandchildren and five adult children. Together, they have a heart to immerse their family in the transforming truth of the gospel and leave a lasting legacy of faith. Like the Rumbolds, you can be ONE person making an exponential difference for […]

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22 Prayers for Your Bible Reading

Reading the Bible before praying is like putting the cart before the horse. The proverbial horse is the Holy Spirit of God, who empowers and enlightens our Bible reading as we mine the depths of his Word. The proverbial cart makes up our willing eyes and hungry hearts, the Spirit-led […]

How Will You Read Your Bible Today?

Video Notes:  If you are wise in your own eyes, God will be little more than a question mark to you. You won’t feel much desire to pray. If you read your Bible, you will filter what God says through what you already believe. That is what the Pharisees did. […]

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Key Connections (October 26, 2016)

Why Does God Regret and Repent in the Bible? (John Piper, Desiring God) …when God makes a promise to us, he does it with complete foreknowledge of all the future circumstances and is, therefore, never caught off guard by anything. Ten ways to appreciate your Pastor (Meaghan May, The Good Book Company) Ministry […]

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Why Busy Parents Need Bible Study

I used to love studying my Bible. I would wake up in the morning, grab my first cup of coffee, and settle into uninterrupted time reading my Bible. I loved it. Whether I was preparing for a full day of work at the office, a Saturday with my husband or […]

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Key Connections (September 28, 2016)

Only Our God Speaks (Ryan Shelton, Desiring God) It is so easy to start investing extreme amounts of time and energy, money and affection in worthless worship to fake saviors. How Jesus Maximized His Season (Sophie McDonald, The Gospel Coalition) Should our planners be continually overbooked? Should the normal pace of our lives […]

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Q&A: How Pastor Colin Smith Unlocks the Bible

Christian Union: The Magazine recently interviewed Pastor Colin about the importance of Bible reading, tools to unlock the Bible, and the significance of Bible reading for our nation. Read the full interview here. When did your passion for the Word of God begin, and what has it meant in your own […]

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Key Connections (September 21, 2016)

4 Questions Parents Should Ask of Extracurricular Activities (Cameron Cole, The Gospel Coalition) Is it wrong to play on Sunday? Are we offering a poor Christian witness if we miss games and practices for religious events? Is the grandparent’s anniversary party more important than the playoff soccer game? Is the Bible […]

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How College Students Can Prioritize the Bible

Whether we’re ready or not, back-to-school season is upon us. Summer days are melting into autumn chill. Backpacks are full-price again. Dorm halls are disaster zones. And books are everywhere. We have boxes and bags of new textbooks, shelves sagging under the weight of required reading, millions of words we’ll […]

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Key Connections (September 14, 2016)

10 Things You Should Know about Persecution (Tim Keesee, Crossway) Suffering for the sake of the gospel is a way in which we identify with Christ’s sufferings—and he, in turn, identifies with the sufferings of His people. Why You Should Read Through the Entire Bible as Fast as Possible (Jordan Standridge, The […]

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Five Reasons You Desperately Need Your Bible

Why is Bible reading important? Most Christians know they should read their Bibles. But often, our Bible reading can feel dry and insignificant. Why is it so important for us to read this book? What’s the urgency of it? Ruth and Naomi’s story in the Old Testament reveals some urgent […]

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Key Connections (September 7, 2016)

Be Careful How You Read Your Bible (Joel Littlefield, For The Church) No longer should you go to the Bible to fulfill a chore, check a box or to maintain a religious posture. That isn’t doing you a favor. In fact, it might be hurting you. The Compassion of Community (Chelsea […]

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Bible Q&A: Can Miracles Like the Resurrection Happen Today?

Question:  I have been kind of questioning the Bible. I read every day and study it. I have been thinking lately that I don’t think any of the stuff in the Bible could happen today, like dead people coming back to life, a virgin having a baby, one man killing 6,000 […]

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Why Was Jesus Baptized?

The matter of Jesus’ baptism can be confusing for some people. If Jesus was perfect, and John was baptizing with water for repentance (Matthew 3:11), then why was Jesus baptized? He didn’t have anything to repent of! Yet, in Matthew 3:15, Jesus says to John, “Let it be so now, for thus it […]

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Three Untold Bible Stories (and What They Tell Us About God)

The Bible is God’s Word to us; God is the main character, and the Bible tells God’s story. His supporting cast inhabits about 2,200 years of human history, starting with the people of Israel and ending with the first century development of the church. The Bible, by necessity, focuses on God’s story through […]

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Speak Scripture into Suffering

When my first daughter went to be with the Lord, one friend wrote to me, “There are no words.” There are no words to describe, quantify, or eliminate the pain of child loss—it was a depletion of my person in nearly every possible manner. There are no words for the […]

20 Verses About God’s Plan for Your Welfare, Future, and Hope

Who doesn’t want a happy and successful life? It’s what we love about the American Dream. Work hard enough and you can enjoy many prosperous and comfortable days. While there is nothing wrong with hard work and nice things, many who have faith in Jesus Christ have confused the plans […]

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Five Blessings of Marking Up Your Bible

I love the feel of a new Bible: turning those crisp pages, enjoying the feel of something so new and precious in my hands, even sticking my nose in a book and admiring the scent of the fresh-off-the-presses pages. It sometimes pains me to “ruin” the pristine-ness of a new […]

Devotional App

Four Can’t-Miss Features from Our New Devotional App

What if you could access your Bible reading plan and daily devotional all in one place…and take it with you? Now you can with our LifeKEYS Daily devotional app, available for free download in the App Store and Google Play. LifeKEYS Daily Mobile App is a digital devotional that takes you through […]

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Bible Q&A: Are We Commanded to Read the Bible in One Year?

Question: I know how important it is to read God’s Word on a regular basis, but why the push to read through the Bible in one year? I have tried so many times, but have failed to do so. Is there a Scripture that commands doing this? Is there a reason why […]

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Three Reasons Why God’s Word Will Always Be the Next Best Thing

Our culture is constantly calling out for us to follow the crowds and go after the next best thing. Whether it is the new trend of simplifying our lives in three easy steps or listening to the new album that will immediately change our world, we are pulled, prodded, and pleaded […]

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17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible

As I set aside my Bible reading plan this year in favor of soaking in shorter passages, I realized that I didn’t need to choose between the two—nor did I want to! The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss, […]

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40 Easter Bible Verses and Resurrection Quotes

Do you follow Unlocking the Bible on Twitter and our Facebook Page? The following is a collection of Easter Bible verses, quotes, and sayings that we’ve posted to social media in years past, all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Bible Verses on the Resurrection 1. “The Christ will suffer and rise […]

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God Still Speaks, But Are You Listening?

Through church history and even among our varied denominations, people often use words like, “The Lord spoke to me,” or “I heard the Spirit say,” and still yet, “I have this feeling that the Lord…” I am struck by these comments. They presuppose one thing: God still speaks. Speaking and […]

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Announcing the New LifeKEYS Daily Mobile App

We’ve heard your feedback and have been encouraged by your letters. The Lord is using LifeKEYS Daily devotional in amazing ways! And so, we are excited to announce the newest addition to our media “family,” coming in late December 2015: LifeKEYS Daily mobile app! The devotional app is still being created, […]

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Three Truths and a Lie About the Bible

I don’t really enjoy reading the Bible. I don’t get what a book written thousands of years ago has to do with my life today. I’m not really a reader. Did you know that people get drunk and have sex in the Bible?! I don’t understand what I’m reading. Did […]

Five Steps to Meditating on the Bible

Not long ago, I asked Pastor Colin about the difference between meditation and prayer, as the two can be hard to distinguish, and understandably so. His reply: “In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer we speak to him. What God says to us prompts what we say to him.” […]

Spiritual Growth

Don’t Wish for Spiritual Growth, Work for It

I am a working mother. I am a steady volunteer for my children’s respective schools and my church. I’m a carpool mom for various after-school programs, a wife of 15 years, a daughter of aging parents, and a mother trying to cook healthy homemade meals at least three times a […]

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Don’t Lose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism

This past year, I was given the incredible opportunity of participating in a 16-week course taught by Colin Smith alongside of a few other guest speakers. During one of these sessions, I was struck by a statement made by Pastor Colin. He said, Don’t let the fear of legalism rob you […]

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Help Me Teach the Bible: Colin Smith on Jonah

When we speak the Word of God, then the voice of God is heard. And that’s a wonderful encouragement for anyone who’s a Bible teacher. You speak the Word of God, then when the Word of God is heard, the voice of God is heard. What an incredible truth! Pastor […]

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How Do We Understand Violence in the Bible?

“The Old Testament gives us the story of God’s judgment when sins had reached their fullness.” Pastor Colin recently joined Jerry Rose on Significant Insights, a TLN program that seeks to answer peoples’ hardest questions about Christianity. In this episode, Pastor Colin addresses these five questions: How do we understand violence […]

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You’ve Already Heard God’s Voice

“God told me…” I have to confess something. I’ve grown up in the church all my life, but I have never heard God’s voice audibly. That’s not to say that I doubt others have heard a word or a whisper from our Heavenly Father and that it has been sincere. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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60 Summer Reading Suggestions from Our Team

C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” In other words, good books stand the test of time, and really good books are the […]

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Bible Q&A: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas and Easter? Do They Have Pagan Origins?

Question: Should Christians celebrate Christmas, Easter, etc.? I’ve heard they are actually pagan traditions that have been “converted” into Christian holidays. All that I’ve read seems to back this up. Answer: Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Christmas is a pagan tradition. I’m not saying that it is […]

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10 Obscure (Yet Interesting) Bible Characters and Their Stories

With over 66 books of Scripture covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail (biblical heroes Abraham, David, Paul, Jesus) and gives others just a passing mention. We encourage you to read the associated passages in the Bible to dig […]