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Topic: Scripture and Truth

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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 radio series “The Anatomy of Faith”: God may be saying to you, “Instead of looking for a quick fix […]

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20 Practical Ways To Kill Sin Every Day

Sin perplexes us. We love it, and we hate it. We embrace it, and we war against it. We act on it, yet we don’t always understand why. Sin is alluring and confusing, pleasurable and destructive. The redeemed heart has been set free from sin’s power, yet still wars with […]

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Key Connections (August 23, 2017)

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You and What We Can Do About It (David C. Smith, The Village Church) No plan for smartphone use alone will make us worship and desire God over the things of this world. Through prayer, thoughtful reflection and communal accountability, with the help of the Holy […]

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What To Do When the Cultural Mood Gets You Down

Every once in a while I come across a very encouraging but overlooked verse in the Bible. It is usually tucked away in the writings of a rarely preached upon prophet or overshadowed by more impactful theology. I rarely hear it quoted, if at all. No matter, it is a gem. I ran into one of those […]

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Episode #5: The Crucifixion of Jesus from the Thief’s Perspective

The Bible only records a small part of the thief’s story in Luke’s Gospel. So how could an entire book be written on the thief, including the crucifixion of Jesus from the thief’s perspective? Pastor Colin discusses the ‘aha’ moment he experienced while reading Luke 23 and how it influenced the […]

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Eight Recommended Bible Study Tools to Help You Learn and Grow

When it comes to studying the Bible, it’s important to be prepared with the right tools. And by “right,” I mean tools that help a person to cultivate an accurate, in-depth understanding of Scriptural truth. For the more we know God as he truly is, the more we will grow to […]

Is It Possible for Christians to Idolize the Bible?

A few months ago, I read the following in an article by an author who self-identifies as an evangelical: “While the Bible is an important and authoritative guide for Christian faith and practice, it isn’t the foundation or center of our faith- Jesus is… Studying Scripture is valuable, but nowhere […]

You Cannot Know the Meaning of Christmas Unless You Grasp This

On October 7, 2010, USA Today published an article entitled “How America Sees God.” This was based on the findings of two sociologists from Baylor University in Texas. The survey said that 28% of Americans see God as “engaged in history and meting out punishment to those who do not […]

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Bible Q&A: What Is the Discerning of Spirits?

Question: Could you please look over this definition of discerning spirits? What are your thoughts? Answer: Discerning (or testing) of the spirits is simply the ability to distinguish which spirits are from God and which ones aren’t (see the passage below): Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the […]

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15 Beautiful Benefits of the Word of God

My time spent with the Lord can feel all across the map and often, unpredictable. But this is no commentary on the Word. For Scripture is a firm foundation that never changes. Rather, it is a commentary on the state of my own heart and the many life circumstances that I […]

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Glory Not in Your Independence

I love playing the hero. And when I say “love,” what I mean is that I simply cannot resist the tendency to do so. To appear weak before other people, to admit that I cannot perform certain functions or that I’m at a loss, often seems like the worst kind […]

The Image of God: Three Important Questions

Genesis is a word that simply means beginning. Here in chapter one, we find both the beginning of the Bible and the beginning of Creation. We learn that we have a God who can create energy, matter, waves, time, life, and us by his very words. I find this to […]

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The Distinguishing Marks of a Christian

Think with me for a moment about bird spotting (or bird watching). Imagine yourself picking up a pair of binoculars, and then you set out looking to spot a few feathered friends. You look towards the trees and you see an American Goldfinch. How do you know it’s an American […]

Four Marks That Define Humbleness

I don’t know what your spiritual temperature is like right now. Maybe you’re red hot for the Lord, you’re just a super nova ready to explode in praises. If that’s you, God be praised! But maybe you’re reading this today, and you’ve been lukewarm now for what feels like ages. […]

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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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The Belt of Truth, Part II

Who or what has the final say in your life? Your answer to this question will reveal what in your life determines truth and, ultimately, what you believe about Jesus Christ. In the last blog post, we discussed the meaning behind the belt of truth in Ephesians 6:10-14, and why […]

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The Belt of Truth, Part I

Ephesians 6:10-13 is a “wake you up” passage: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, […]

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The Purpose of the Bible and Our Proper Response

Imagine you are very highly respected in your field. People often come to you for insights and leadership and have for a very long time. You believe you are honoring God and truly helping people know and follow Him. Then one day, a new guy shows up on the scene […]

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Bible Verses, Resources, and Helps for Scripture Memory

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  (Psalm 119:11)   “And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (Ephesians 6:17) What should I memorize? This list is by no means exhaustive.  This is intended to provide a […]

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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 […]

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Top 10 Sermons of 2013

Unlocking the Bible enjoyed a great year of ministry in 2013. Our radio program was heard by an estimated 100,000 people daily around the world and many new friends connected with our ministry through our website, YouTube channel, and app. Below are the top 10 sermons of 2013. You can […]

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Best of the Blog from 2013

Unlocking the Bible enjoyed a great year of ministry in 2013. Our blog itself was an exciting part of the ministry because it shared many helpful and encouraging posts that made their way around the internet. Below, in no particular order, is a list of our most popular blog posts […]

Introducing the Gospel Transformation Bible

The Bible is one great story that points to the reconciling work of God through His Son Jesus Christ. Some parts of Scripture are easier to relate to the gospel than others, but all of the Bible is about Jesus (John 5:39). There is a great new study Bible on […]

How My Bible Reading Got Derailed

Every Christian should have a deep appetite for the truth of the Bible. Scripture instructs us and encourages us to live a life pleasing to God and helps us know and understand the God we serve. But there is a time when reading the Bible can be a bad thing […]

Word of God or Gaga?

A little while back, I met with some of our pastors as we talked about our congregation.  One of the guys said, “Many of our people are reading the Bible, but they don’t really believe what it says about sin.” Then our youth pastor at the Barrington campus said, “Pastor […]

What the Bible Story Is Like

The Bible story is like a necklace in which many pearls are joined together on a string. Just as a necklace falls and rises, the Bible story shows us the magnificent sweep of God’s plan for history. The story begins at a high point in the Garden of Eden, where […]

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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 […]

10 Tips for Understanding and Interpreting Jesus’ Parables

Throughout Jesus’ life and ministry, he often taught on topics such as Christian discipleship, money, the Kingdom of God, the end times, and the grace of God. Due to the complexity of some of these topics, Jesus often turned to parables to communicate the deep spiritual messages he was trying […]

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How to Discern Promptings from the Holy Spirit

Question: I wanted to ask you a question, I will sometimes get woken up and i will get prompted to pray for someone. I was last month prompted to pray something very confusing for someone I know. What exactly does this mean, and how can I best discern promptings from the […]

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10 Reasons to Read the ESV Study Bible

Why the ESV Study Bible? The ESV Study Bible is a relatively new resource from Crossway Publishers that seeks to give people a deep and systematic understanding of the gospel and the Bible, itself. It is the winner of the 2009 Book of the Year honors from the ECPA Christian […]

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Bible Q&A: What Does “One Faith, One Baptism” in the Bible Mean?

Question: What does the Bible mean when it says, “one faith, one baptism…”? Thank you! –Radio Listener Answer: This phrase comes from Ephesians 4. Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus, and here he is exhorting them to live in a way that reflects who they are in Christ (see […]

14 Ways to Use the Bible

The Bible is wonderful because it gives us a knowledge of God, of men, of the universe, and of redemption. No other book can be compared to it in this respect, but it not only informs us about these important truths, it also tells us what we are to do […]

Eight Symptoms of False Teaching

Pastor Colin Smith (@PastorColinS) of Unlocking the Bible recently offered 7 Traits of False Teachers on The Gospel Coalition’s website. In it, he contrasts the teaching 2 Peter 1 and 2 to show several traits of a false teacher. Over 100 years ago, J.C. Ryle shared a similar list that […]

Bible Study Tips for the Book of Acts

Have you ever felt like having a little guidance in your Bible reading would help you learn and understand more than you currently do? Or maybe you heard an idea presented in a sermon and thought to yourself, “How on earth could I have missed that?!” Learning and observing themes […]

Five Reasons Why We Should Love the Genealogies of the Bible

Why did God include lengthy genealogies in the Bible? Was it to make us bored? Was it to laugh at us as we struggle to pronounce Hazarmaveth or Ge-harashim? While we can’t peek into the mind of God to know the exact reasons, there are several reasons that coming across […]

The Story of Samson in the Bible: Good or Bad?

I remember in Sunday school as a kid being taught the story of Samson. Who can forget the Bible’s strongman known for ripping the limbs off a lion, slaughtering roughly 1,000 people with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:15), or setting the tails of 300 foxes ablaze as a […]

What are the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount is a sermon preached by Jesus Christ describing basic truths of how to live the Christian life. It is found in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.  The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ longest discourse anywhere in the Bible and contains many well-known Christian […]

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 […]

37 Common English Sayings (From the Bible)

The Bible has influenced and transformed many lives, leaving a mark forever on the lives of millions.  The cultural influence of the Bible even impacted even the English language, specifically with the King James Version. The King James Version of the Bible has a special history because it was a […]

11 Bible Verses on Tim Tebow’s Eye Black

During the 2011 NFL season, Denver Bronco Quarterback Tim Tebow took the nation by storm by several exciting come from behind victories and by being very open about his Christian faith.  As a student at the University of Florida, Tebow became one of the best college quarterbacks of all-time winning […]