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Topic: Faith

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Key Connections (June 15, 2017)

Ecclesiastes And The Postmodern Teenager: 4 Ways To Resist Casual Faith (Mike McGarry, Rooted Ministry) As Christians, we intellectually know that we do need God to make sense of our world and our daily life, but so often in day-to-day living we lose sight of the miraculous. Take Up Thy Swords: A […]

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Your Opinion of Jesus is a Matter of Life and Death

Who do you say Jesus is? When it comes to Jesus Christ, there really is no neutral ground. According to chapters five and six of the Gospel of Mark, there are two opinions a person can have about Jesus, but the two are not created equal. In fact, what we […]

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Would Jesus Commend Your Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.”  Hebrews chapter 11, later labeled the “Hall of Faith,” goes on to describe many heroes of the faith. Do you have faith like that of […]

Three Barriers to Faith (and How to Overcome Them)

Is there something God is calling you to, but you’re holding back? How would you fill in the blanks in this statement? I think God may be calling me to _____ , but I’m holding back because _____ . Maybe there’s something big you would put in that first blank. […]

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Trust God in the Dark

The following excerpt by A.W. Tozer is a beautiful declaration of the infinite wisdom and providence of God, from his book The Knowledge of the Holy.  If you are struggling with the difficult circumstances of your life; if you are struggling with fear; if you are struggling to trust that Christ […]

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When God Seems Far Away (Book of Esther)

How does a book get in the Bible without it ever mentioning God? Such is the book of Esther, and it is the reason why this account is so incredibly helpful for us today. God’s rescue of his people unfolds in a book in which God is never mentioned. Not […]

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What Being “In Christ” Means

Here is a great reality that stands at the center of the Christian life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born in the manger, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, lives by his Spirit in the soul of every Christian believer. We call this being “in Christ.” If […]

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Christian Parenting: Do You Feel Unqualified?

How would you answer the following question: “Who is responsible to lead your children in their spiritual development?” I know the answer to that question.  The answer is me.  And you.  As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children about the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Understanding […]

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Is the Word of God a Quick Fix?

When you come to God’s Word, are you looking for a “quick fix”? I was struck by the following quotation, as I read through one of Pastor Colin’s sermons from the current radio series “The Anatomy of Faith”: “God may be saying to you, “Instead of looking for a quick […]

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How to Follow Christ in the Face of Difficulty

When the going gets tough, what is your response? The arrival of difficult circumstances should be no surprise to the Christian. The fact of the matter is that hardship is an unfortunate, yet unavoidable reality that every Christian must face in this life. Jesus, himself, spoke to his disciples about […]

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Five Maundy Thursday Thoughts

What a week to search our hearts. The following lessons from Luke’s gospel jumped out at me so clearly this morning, and I pray they will be of help to you as you meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross today. Luke 22:2 – The chief priests and the scribes […]

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Bible Q&A: Why Is Church Attendance So Important?

We recently received this comment on our Unlocking the Bible YouTube™ channel as a response to Pastor Colin’s video “Church Attendance: Why Is It So Important for Me to Go?” And I thought it might be helpful for you to see one rapidly spreading mindset about the church and church […]

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Powerful Video Interview of Martyn Lloyd-Jones with Joan Bakewell

The following video shares an interview done in 1970 of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Joan Bakewell. Dr. Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential 20th century preachers, preached in London until 1980. In this video, Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes a strong gospel appeal to a largely unbelieving audience. A few things to […]

Four Transforming Experiences of the Love of God

Many Christians live at a great distance from a felt experience of the love of God.  So much Christianity in the West is shallow and satisfied.  It affirms a creed but it so often lacks spiritual life. Across the country there are millions of people who have a faith, who’ve […]

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Bible Q&A: What Should I Do If I Am Doubting the Goodness of God?

Question: I think I’m a Christian. I prayed for forgiveness MANY times. I believe Jesus is the anointed Christ. I’ve repented from “evil” and turned towards Christ, asked for the Holy Spirit. Accepted his law as good and holy. Read many passages from the Bible. Not holding on to any sins that […]

Jesus in the Old Testament: Five Powerful Glimpses of Christ in Leviticus

When discussing favorite books of the Bible, it is common to hear people mention the Gospel of John, Romans, the Psalms and Proverbs, or maybe another New Testament book. Chances are there are not a lot of people who choose Leviticus as their favorite. In fact, when many people think […]