Month: October 2015

The Musical Legacy of Martin Luther

“Music,” wrote Martin Luther, “is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her are all the emotions are swayed…This precious gift has been bestowed on [humans] alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord.”[1] Every October 31, Protestants […]

Your work doesn’t just matter for you and your family, it matters for your neighbor. Here are three ways that you can love your neighbor as yourself through your work

Three Ways to Love Your Neighbor through Your Work

My brother-in-law works at the Caterpillar plant in South Texas. A few years ago, he took me on a tour of the assembly line. It was absolutely incredible to see these massive machines put together step-by-step. It struck me how the employees on the assembly line were fulfilling Christ’s command […]

The Trouble with Listening to Ourselves

I had hit a wall. I was exhausted and could see no rest coming anytime soon. I was feeling overwhelmed by the ongoing demands and opportunities of ministry, both at work and at home, and frustrated in light of things I wanted to do but couldn’t. Things such as: Accompanying […]

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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 […]

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In a Dry and Weary Land

I was 17. I had my whole life ahead of me and yet, there I found myself, wanting it all to end. I sat silently in a stark white hospital room, broken, hurting, and alone. How did I end up here? Not more than a year earlier, I had been […]

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Please Take Our 2015 Reader Survey!

Our dedicated team of writers at Unlocking the Bible is privileged to create blog content for you, our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is our great joy to provide teaching, help, and encouragement that is rooted in the truth of the gospel and the authority of the Bible. But […]

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.” […]

Three Principles for Interacting with Political Candidates

Headlines are king when it comes to writing. When I worked as the news editor during college, writing headlines was a skill I was consistently trying to hone. I needed to make them catchy enough to get someone to read it, without giving too much away so people wouldn’t want […]

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Called to Be Object Lessons for Christ

My family once took a trip to Washington D.C., and we took in all the monuments, memorials, and museums that we had time for. There was only one problem: our youngest son had the flu. His illness manifested itself progressively throughout the day, and he was a trooper. But by the end of […]

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Why We Love Sports (and What This Says About God and Us)

Chicagoland has gone wild over the recent success of the Cubs, as have other cities around the nation who support their beloved sports teams. The energy in the baseball stands is palpable these days, fans packing the stadiums to support the players that represent both their city and their pride. […]

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Run Hard, Rest Well in the Gospel

Individual piety is both a learned and nurtured activity, out of which a person can run hard and rest well in the gospel. The intention for every Christian is to run hard and to rest well (John 15; 1 Peter 5:5-6). However, these two devotional practices are often misapplied. Neither […]

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Three Telltale Signs of a Foolish Christian

When you read how Scripture defines a fool, who first comes to mind? For me, it’s always someone else. I don’t consider myself a fool, at least not very high up there on the “foolishness index” Scripture provides in the book of Proverbs. But reading Ephesians 5:15-21 tells me something different. Paul says, […]

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Fall Wallpaper (Romans 8:31-32)

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32) Simply click the links […]

Three Keys to Enliven Your Prayers

As a teacher at a private Christian school, I am required to (and I desire to) teach my students how to pray. How do I pray? If you Google the phrase “how to pray,” over 130 million hits come up with everything from videos, to tips, to podcasts, to online […]

The Image of the Invisible God

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15) Facial recognition software has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1960s. In the early days, the computer was slow to match a person of interest to a photograph because it […]

The Number One Reason to Trust the Bible

Growing up, I found comfort and assurance in taking my parents at their word. I trusted their authority, believing that Mom and Dad would care for me, tell me the truth, and do all things with the intention of helping me grow. Who we believe a person is says a […]

How God Awakens the Conscience

Joseph was the dearly loved son of his father, Jacob. His brothers hated him for this, so they threw him in a pit, sold him to traders who took him to Egypt, and told their father he was eaten by a fierce animal (Genesis 37). But God blessed Joseph and […]

Unforgivable Sin

Bible Q&A: How Do I Repent from Adultery after Remarriage?

Question: How does one repent from the sin of adultery when remarried after divorce as in the situation described in Matthew 5:32? Answer: Hi, this is Pastor Tim from Unlocking the Bible. Pastor Colin asked me to thank you for your good question and respond to you. You asked: How does […]

What I’ve Learned in Ten Years Without My Dad

Labor Day marked ten years since I last saw or spoke to my dad. After sixteen years of abuse, the last thing he said to me was, “When you decide you want a relationship with me, let me know.” One last mind game for the road. So much has happened […]

Restore to Me the Joy of Your Salvation

My husband and I recently sat in on a meeting to discuss the options, challenges, and hurdles of our child’s special needs. As we sat surrounded by several specialists, listening to them list the problems at hand, a lump began to grow in the back of my throat in an […]

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Three Reasons Why Asking for Help Is Honoring to God

Asking for help is hard. My preferred route, in a time of struggle, is to bear down and pretend everything’s fine, isolate, throw myself a string of silent pity parties, and then finally fall apart to whoever is unfortunate enough to ask me how I’m doing. The accompanying thought process […]