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Topic: Salvation

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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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What Is the Good Life?

I’ve never met a single person who wants to live a bad life. That’s because everyone wants to live the good life. We all long to be blessed. The problem is, people in our world have very different perceptions of what exactly the good life is. Is the good life […]

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Why Every Person Should Attend a Funeral Once a Year

Every person should attend a funeral at least once a year. Going to a wedding reminds you that the marriage bond is sacred.  Going to a funeral reminds you that life is a vapor and one day yours will be gone. When it is announced in church that someone has […]

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What Your Soul Really Wants

We value life, don’t we?  We live for life.  We bleed, sweat, vomit, purge, and part with possessions for life.  If someone held you up at gunpoint, demanding your wallet, you’d part with it.  Why?  Because “life” is better than possessions. We would even part with our own limbs in order […]

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What Being “In Christ” Means

Here is a great reality that stands at the center of the Christian life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born in the manger, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, lives by his Spirit in the soul of every Christian believer. We call this being “in Christ.” If […]

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Something More Important Than Your Freedom

What is the most amazing story you’ve ever heard? This one is at the top of my list, and it is anything but normal: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that […]

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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Five Maundy Thursday Thoughts

What a week to search our hearts. The following lessons from Luke’s gospel jumped out at me so clearly this morning, and I pray they will be of help to you as you meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross today. Luke 22:2 – The chief priests and the scribes […]

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All Who Are Thirsty, Come to Jesus

Sixty percent of the human body is comprised of water. Amazing! In other words, we need water to survive. Water is not an option for us. Our lives depend on it. Think about how easily a human dehydrates. All it takes is a hard workout, a hot day, or hours […]

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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 […]

The Preacher Who Rightly Refused to Pray for Me

One day I was at a conference in which one of my preaching heroes spoke. He had been a great blessing to me and there was an anointing on his ministry. I wanted that! The conference lasted three days and there was a group of about 100 people. I decided […]

Five Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Family and Friends

Question: I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been writing to my parents about Jesus for about 3-4 months now. I feel as though there is no change in them at all. I really miss talking to them and I love then. I just want them to be saved!!! […]

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 […]

Bible Q&A: Who Receives the Redemption Payment?

Question: Who Receives the Redemption Payment? That is, when Christ redeemed us, who was paid? Answer: This is a common question.  It often arises once a person gets hold of the biblical idea of “redemption.” “Redemption” in the ancient world happened when someone stepped in and paid off a slave’s debt […]

The Meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Easter is a major Christian holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday remembers the crucifixion and death of Christ, while Easter Sunday celebrates His resurrection. What is the meaning and significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Why is it something that has been so […]

Three Reasons Why People Reject God | Video

In his recent sermon titled Hidden Hatred in the Human Heart, Pastor Colin Smith (@PastorColinS) shared three reasons that people reject Jesus Christ. Below is a video snapshot explaining why Christ is a stumbling block to many (full text below). People stumble over Christ’s teaching about: 1. His unique glory […]

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 […]

10 Ways to Keep Christ the Center of Christmas

Christmas season is coming up, which means making plans, buying presents, debating on the day it is “acceptable” to start listening to Christmas music, and thinking of loved ones. While things like gift-giving, cookie-baking (and eating!), and spending time with loved ones can be great and memorable things, Christians should […]

Bible Q&A: Who Really Has the Authority on Earth, God or Satan?

Question: In Bible Study the other day, we are studying Luke  chapter four. Satan tempts Jesus (in the wilderness 40 days), Satan says to Jesus, bow down and worship me and I can give you all this. I know he is the father of lies, was that a lie? Could he […]

What is a True Christian? Definition of Real Christianity | Video

Knowing the answer to the question “What is a true Christian?” is a very important one, especially when it is followed by “Am I a true Christian?” The Unlocking the Bible team tackles this important question in the video below: The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 describe the way true Christians […]

What is the Importance of the Ascension of Jesus Christ?

Much is said in Christian circles the importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ while not a lot gets said about the importance of the ascension of Jesus Christ. Here is a short but helpful video from the Unlocking the Bible team (Steve Hiller, Sam Kee, and Colin […]

The Resurrection: It Really Matters

The resurrection not only has objective support in Scripture, but it also has personal impact. There are plenty pieces of evidence in Scripture to give adequate proof for the event of the resurrection. We could look at the empty tomb, how the grave clothes were left behind, the changed lives […]

The Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. What is it about blood, which we normally think of […]

How to Respond to Attacks From Satan

Have you ever doubted your salvation in light of your sinfulness? This excerpt from a Charles Spurgeon sermon should be a comfort: “I know what the devil will say to you.  He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all […]

What Qualifies Jesus to be Our Savior? | Video

By definition, a “savior” is someone who overcomes our enemies, rescuing us from their powerful grip.  What enemies do every one of us face?  What uniquely qualifies Jesus to be our Savior from them?