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Month: January 2018

Forgiveness

Bible Q&A: Do We Confess to One Another, or Ask God for Forgiveness?

Question: Is “confessing” telling someone your sins, or asking God for forgiveness? Answer: When it comes to “confessing sins,” there are examples of both in the Bible. Two Biblical Patterns of Confession For example, David says, I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I […]

Reading Habits

10 Bible Reading Habits I’ve Learned from My Pastor

…hold fast to the word I preached to you… (1 Corinthians 15:2b) A good sermon exhorts us to grapple with God’s Word preached, hold fast to its truth, and do what it commands. A preacher who places himself under Holy Scripture will present his teaching in a way the congregation […]

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Take Our 2018 Reader Survey

Unlocking the Bible’s Writing Team is comprised of 28 writers who love communicating the gospel through the written word. It is our joy and privilege to serve you with compelling, biblical articles each day! Help us help you by taking our 2018 Reader Survey. Your feedback enables us to improve […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (January 26, 2018)

Should You Fear Business? (Tessa Thompson, Revive Our Hearts) A godly life is one that is zealous for good works—not frazzled but focused; not distracted but devoted; not idle but intentional; not chaotic but consistent. Christ Himself was a perfect example of a godly life devoted to good works. If you read […]

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Where Can I Go With My Shame?

Video Transcript: Where can I go with my shame? That is the question. The answer does not lie in a new story of loving yourself. The answer lies in the great story of the Son of God who loved you and gave himself for you. There is a love outside […]

Bible

Is It Possible for Christians to Idolize the Bible?

A few years 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 near as […]

growth

Crockpot Churches in a Microwave Culture

Have you ever wanted things to happen faster than they are occurring? Wouldn’t it be great to have a “microwave-accessible” process to speed up relationships, savings accounts, and personal growth? Sometimes I dream of such a reality. But in those moments, I can be misled. I wrongly believe that completing […]

leadership

Five Leadership Lessons from the Mountain

When we think of the Israelites wandering through the desert, we often picture God leading them by cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21). But God also appointed human leaders to govern, judge, and guide his people into the promised land. God famously called to a man named Moses from a burning […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (January 19, 2018)

Lord, Revive My First Love (Jon Bloom, Desiring God) Pleasures never lie. We can fool ourselves and others in many ways, but pleasure is the whistle-blower of the heart, because pleasure is the measure of our treasure. We know that what we truly treasure is what we truly love because Jesus […]

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The Power of God’s Word That Brings Change

Video Transcript: Notice that God restores through his own Word: “The Lord sent Nathan to David…” (2 Samuel 12:1). God takes the initiative. He is not waiting for David to make the first move. How does he break into David’s life? He sends a prophet, who speaks the Word of […]

change

Change of Plan: To Change Every Day

With January 1st behind us, we’re still thinking about our New Year resolutions. People bought shiny new planners hoping that this will finally be the year they are punctual and organized. Vows were made never to touch “x” product again, whether it be chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, or the like. Daily […]

mercy

Counting on Mercy in Suffering

From the pits of grief and suffering, the human heart and soul can yearn to know the cause of earthly pain. Did a particular sin bring this suffering upon me, or did I need discipline? Tender answers might pour into the soul from Scripture—Job was a noble man who suffered […]

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The Reign of the King: Lean on This Promise

King David said to God, “I will build a house for you.” But God said to David, “No, I will build a house for you” (2 Samuel 7:11). God was not referring, of course, to a building of bricks and mortar, but to a dynasty, a line of descent that […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (January 12, 2018)

The Staggering Consequences of Neglecting Your Bible (Erik Raymond, The Gospel Coalition) Too often our doctrinal confessions that assert a belief in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures are betrayed by lives that ignore them. We must be sure that we are not succumbing to the false teaching that denies […]

Power

The Power of God to Set You Free

There is one battle you will fight your entire life. I’m referring to your battle against sin. Some of you reading this blog post are discouraged today; some of you feel beat up and ashamed; some of you are sick of fighting the sin in your life; and some of […]

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Take Heed, Lest You Fall

Video Transcript: There is a story behind David’s sin with Bathsheba. Whenever you hear of a moral calamity, such as we have here, there is always a back story. These things don’t just happen out of the blue at random. The back story in David’s life is clear: “David took […]

Confession in the Bible: Verses About Confessing Your Sins

When many people hear ‘confessing your sin’, they think it reserved for monks in a monastery or of paying penance to God by entering a church confessional. But Scripture teaches us it is an important practice for the life of every Christian. The answers to these questions about confession in the Bible […]

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Cleanse Yourself

  Video Notes:  We can apply what we learn from these battles in the Old Testament to the many struggles we face as Christians with sin and temptation in our own lives. Here’s the principle: If you want to do a great work for God, you must deal first with […]

Most Shared

Thank You for Sharing: 10 Most Shared Articles of 2017

10 Most Shared Articles of 2017 1. Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters (Tom Olson) Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a filler in the service. Colossians 3:16 is clearly laying out for us that: Singing stands alongside of preaching as one of the two great […]

spiritual disciplines

Don’t Lose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism

In 2015, 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 of […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (January 5, 2018)

Beyond Resolutions: Habits of Grace for a New Year (David Mathis, Radical Blog) Cultivating wise habits is not our attempt to work for God’s acceptance, but to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12–13). In prayer, we re-consecrate ourselves again and again to pursue our resolves “by the strength that God supplies […]

love neighbor

A Question About Christian Satire

Love is patient and kind. Our God commands us to love him first and foremost, and to love our neighbor as ourselves—but are we doing this online? Especially when we disagree with our neighbor? I’ve been saddened by the lack of love strewn throughout Christian circles on the web in […]

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In All Your Ways

My Grandpa Jim wrote an autobiography that he hoped would “show that when we commit our lives to God’s direction, His promises are proven true, time and time again” (Jim Miller). When I was thirteen, he scribbled this note in my copy: Dear Eden, We are proud of your many […]