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Give Your Kids Something Better Than Youth Sports

You’re a good mom. You’re a good dad. You want what’s best for your kids. You sacrifice to provide for them. You forego vacations and skimp on retirement savings to give them good gifts. In the affluent West in 2018, those good gifts often take the form of youth sports. […]


Five Dangers of Reading Christian Biographies

Reading Christian biographies has been a major source of growth for me. They inspire me in a way unlike other literary genres because they blend Christian living, theology, and history in a way that stirs both my soul and my imagination. Much like Hebrews 11’s listing of biblical figures who lived by […]

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Do You Want to Read Your Bible More Consistently?

For many Christians, reading the Bible consistently is a challenge. In 2017, the American Bible Society reported that only 20% of Americans read their Bibles at least four times each week. This means that 80% of Americans read Scripture less frequently than that, if at all. But God says his […]

10 Practical Ways to Treasure Christ

I often look back on my day with regret. I think of the many minutes gone to waste in the form of mindless scrolls or swipes, and the hours spent with eyes glued to a screen. A fellow youth leader posed a question to our senior high girls recently that […]


Three Signs That You’re a Lover of Money

Money is one of our top worries, often second to health or safety. Money divides families, breaks up marriages, and turns gentle dispositions into fits of rage. How we handle our money says more about our priorities than any words we could ever speak. A survey by the American Psychological […]

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Book Briefs: Heaven, So Near – So Far

Editor’s Note: Today we’re beginning a new series, “Book Briefs,” to help you stock your reading pile with excellent, gospel-centered books. Tim Augustyn, our Pastor of Ministry Resources, reads a ton (you should see his bookshelves!) and will use this series to share a brief summary of titles he’s read, […]


Don’t Waste Your Western Comforts

Proverbs 30:7-9 presents a way to pray for your financial state. It says, Two things I ask of you;     deny them not to me before I die:  Remove far from me falsehood and lying;     give me neither poverty nor riches;     feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I […]

What If God Takes It All Away? Trusting Him Through Financial Struggles

Recently we drove past our old house for the first time since downsizing. Immediately, our four children began rehearsing memories, noting every part of the house that they missed. Once again, they struggled to understand why we had to give it all up. As hard as I tried to respond […]


God’s Economy is Different Than the World’s

God’s economy is opposite of the world’s. The world gives to those who earn, and earnings often equal the accomplishment. Our Heavenly Father, however, gives abundantly more and with a completely different value system. The world wants to possess by claiming and receiving. It wants ownership of what’s truly God’s. […]


When Your Opportunities and Influence Fade

I recently spoke with a man who was the chairman of our church 15 years ago. For two years, he was the man to whom I was accountable. At the time, he had his own business and with it, a wide sphere of influence. Today, his world is smaller. His […]

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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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The Complete Christmas Gift Idea Guide

While you make your lists and check them twice this Christmas, consider the gift of God’s Word for your friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors. From Bibles to devotionals to books to studies and more, our Online Store has a wide selection of biblical resources for all your gift-giving needs. […]

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Announcing the New LifeKEYS Daily Mobile App

We’ve heard your feedback and have been encouraged by your letters. The Lord is using LifeKEYS Daily devotional in amazing ways! And so, we are excited to announce the newest addition to our media “family,” coming in late December 2015: LifeKEYS Daily mobile app! The devotional app is still being created, […]

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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 […]

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Heaven, How I Got Here Book Review

The following Heaven, How I Got Here book review first appeared on The Gospel Coalition, March 9, 2015.  I’ve learned something interesting about unbelievers after several years of engaging them with the gospel: while many feel uncomfortable discussing sin, the exclusivity of Christ, or eternal punishment, most don’t mind discussing the afterlife. […]

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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 […]

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Your Favorite Sermons of 2014

“He is the best orator who can turn men’s ears into eyes,” states an old Arabian proverb. Here at Unlocking the Bible, we believe that the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). That’s why it is our mission to put the gospel in […]

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Six New Year’s Resolutions Worth Pursuing in 2015

New Year’s resolutions…are they really any good? How can we resolve with purpose in 2015? We often hear stories of resolutions that dry up soon after January passes, but there are also many that stick. Pastor Colin’s sermon entitled “Resolved! Life Commitments for a New Year” encourages six effective resolutions […]

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Top Ten Bible Resources of 2014

What an exciting year this has been for Unlocking the Bible. From receiving your incredible stories, to hearing testimonies of people coming to faith in Christ, to launching our new website and more, God’s faithfulness and loving-kindness has been apparent. It is our great desire to serve you with excellent, […]

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The Best of Christmas on Unlocking the Bible

Happy December! Now commences a month of festive decorating, eating more cookies than we’d like to admit, shopping for loved ones, gathering with family and friends, and celebrating our Savior’s birth with all joy. Here’s to supplying you with valuable Christmas content that you can enjoy all month long, and all of […]

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Bible Q&A: Must I Be Baptized Again to Receive the Holy Spirit?

Q: Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus. My question is about baptism. I was born in a Christian family by the grace of God, and was baptized. Is it an obligation to be baptized again in order to receive the Holy Spirit? If yes, than what about the […]

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Is Hell Real? | Video

“Hell is as real as the cross.” Perhaps you’ve not thought deeply about the intricacies and realities of hell. Perhaps you’ve asked, “Is hell real?” If that’s the case, then you’ll find this short video of great help. Pastor Colin discusses the biblical doctrine of hell by unpacking its six […]

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Bible Q&A: What Does “Do Not Worry” Mean, and How Do I Stop Worrying?

Question from a Twitter follower:  “What does it mean ‘do not worry’ and how to do that in spite of the reality?” Answer: You are referring to Philippians 4:6… The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let […]

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2014 Reader Survey

In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul expresses his affection for the Christians in that place: So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us (v. 8). In meditating […]

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Share Your Website Review with Us!

If the following list describes you, then read on: I am a blogger. I am a writer for online platforms. I am a ministry leader with a website. Leaders, writers, online voices — we praise God for your digital ministry! The Internet is a wonderful platform by which to proclaim to […]

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How to Spend an Hour (Or Less) On Our New Website

Welcome to our brand new website! When interacting with something new and different, it’s nice to know where to start, isn’t it? We think so. That’s why we created this blog post about getting the best use of our new website with any amount of time you’ve got to spend. […]

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On Worship | Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts, the great hymn-writer once said: The Great God values not the service of men, if the heart be not in it: The Lord sees and judges the heart; he has no regard for outward forms of worship, if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be […]

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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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Five “Can’t Miss” Features on the New Unlocking the Bible Website

In case you haven’t heard yet, we’ve unveiled some exciting news recently. Next Fall, we are unlocking a brand new website, complete with fresh and improved features to help you better discover the Power of the Open Book. There are several “can’t miss” features you should know about in preparation […]

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We Have Great News for You

If you haven’t already heard, our team has great news. Unlocking the Bible will have a brand new website next Fall! Our mission will stay the same: To put the gospel in peoples’ grasp by delivering impactful teaching through a broad array of modern media. What will change is the way our […]

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Restoring the Lost Years

When it comes to the lost years of your life, God promises the impossible. “I will restore the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25), he says. But what exactly does this mean? What are lost years, and what does it look like when God restores them? Pastor Colin […]

Six Bible Study Resources and Tools for the Book of Jonah

Unlocking the Bible is a ministry committed to preaching the truth of God’s Word in an understandable and transforming way. We have developed several resources exploring the Old Testament book of Jonah that dive into the issues raised in the book which include: idolatry in life and ministry, running from […]

“Man on the Run!” Children’s Book on the Story of Jonah

Unlocking the Bible is pleased to introduce a new children’s book on the story of Jonah! Man on the Run lures you with high seas adventure, hooks you with sharp twists and turns, then reels you in with the power of the gospel. This fish story takes you beyond the size […]

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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 […]

World Magazine Review of “Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life”

World Magazine recently ran a review of Colin Smith’s new book Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life which you can read here. Here is a quick excerpt: “…Thinking I knew the story of Jonah cold, this book took me by surprise.  Colin Smith’s keen, heart insights extracted from this tiny Old […]

Five Christian Parenting Resources from Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible seeks to bring the gospel to all of life, which includes parenting and the family. Here is a list of our five best resources for Christian parents: 1. Ten Keys to Effective Parenting comes from the series Unless the Lord Builds the House examines God’s design for a Christian family. […]

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 […]

How Important is Renewing Your Mind?

Several years ago, a doctor decided to study the psychological health and spiritual lives of seminary students at an evangelical university.  The results were separated into three groups: those with exceptional mental health and high level of maturity (Group A), those with normal mental health and maturity (Group B), and […]