Topic: Body and Soul

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Bible Q&A: What’s the Difference Between the Spirit and the Soul?

Question: Can you give me some clarity about the spirit and the soul? Are they the same thing? Or are they different?   Answer: There’s a longstanding debate about the relationship between the soul and the spirit. Sometimes they seem to be the same. For example, in Mary’s song she […]


Five Ways Exercise Can Become an Idol

Last summer I got a gym membership, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I knew it was good because exercise is good; now I’ve never been stronger or felt better. But in another, more subtle sense, getting a gym membership was dangerous— It exposed obsessive […]

Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things

The eyes are the lamp of the body. It becomes what they behold. Lured by desire and the passions of the flesh, the eyes look upon secret loves too dark for anyone but their Creator to fully see and know. Prone to wander, how they feel it—the pull to gaze […]

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 […]


The Two Types of Rest You Need

She balanced spinning plates on the sticks in her hands, on her forehead, and in her mouth. The petite Chinese performer twisted her body like a rubber band, magically keeping everything in place. We watched with anticipation as the plates whirled—if one of them slowed down, even for an instant, […]

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Four Things We Know About the Resurrection Body

At the resurrection, the transformation of the body you have now into the body you will have will be instantaneous.  All believers will receive this gift at the same time. What do we know about this new resurrection body? There’s continuity, but also changes. Here are four of them. Four […]

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What Happens to a Believer at Death?

Video Notes: Brother, sister in Christ: There is no condemnation for you in the future because it has already been dealt with by Jesus in the past! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). We have passed from death to life! Life, […]


Your Battle with Sleep

I’ve always been a good sleeper. While some people spend their nights tossing and turning, I do not. Or at least I didn’t—until a year ago. Shortly after my third child was born I began struggling with insomnia. I would go to bed exhausted, only to stare at the clock […]

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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9) Being born this sort of person, it’s no wonder my natural motivations are all wrong. In college, I led worship for our Christian fellowship group. One night, a guest speaker was sitting next to […]

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What Will Our Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

Our bodies run rife with limitations. We age, get slower, need more rest, and are not able to keep up with our loved ones and the responsibilities of a physical life. We suffer from aches and pains. We can sense darkness around us, and struggle to get even the smallest […]


Purity Is About More than Sexuality

What do you think of when you hear the word “pure”? I immediately think about sexual purity. No doubt, it is vital that we talk about and practice sexual purity in our current cultural climate. Or perhaps, instead of thinking about sexual purity, you think about moral purity: that when […]

Key Connections

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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Panic Attacks? Here Are Five Perspectives to Help You Endure Them Well

Panic attacks—they are crippling. Your mind spins, your pulse is out-of-control fast, the world fades, and you feel like you are sinking into it. If this is happening to you—I am so very sorry. I understand that you have likely spent significant time praying and yearning for a remedy. I […]

Bible Q&A: What Happens After Death for the Christian?

Question: What happens after a Christian dies? Do we just not exist anymore? I’ve heard other people say we enter into a soul sleep. Answer: This is Pastor Tim from Unlocking the Bible. Thanks for your good question. The simple answer to your question is “No.” After we die, our souls do not […]

Six Thoughts to Consider Before Pursuing Professional Counseling

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14) Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22) Can professional counseling be helpful to a Christian, or is it unnecessary and even harmful at times? Do you […]

Looking Death in the Face

Looking Death in the Face

Birth and death are the brackets of life which enclose us in the present. They are, however, quite different — birth exudes potential; death offends it, bringing life to a bitter and abrupt conclusion. Try as we may, even the best embalmers fail to restore the beauty of life. It […]

Three Helpful Truths About Mental Illness

With the holiday season approaching, I have mixed emotions. I love the decorations, pumpkin-flavored everything, Christmas music, and candles with scents like “Frosted Snowflake” and “Fireside Flannel.” But along with the excitement comes a twinge of dread. For the roughly 20% of people affected by mental illness, namely anxiety and depressive […]

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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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Three Marks of a Godly Person

The Bible tell us that King David was a man after God’s own heart. So what set him apart as such? David was a regenerated man, a man with a new heart, a man with a different spirit than other men of the world. We read of his godliness throughout […]