Love and Justice
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by Abby Ciona
12h ago
"If God is loving, why does He deal with sin so harshly?" It’s a great question. Before we go on, let’s remember that God is always the same, always keeps His promises, and is always good, even when we don’t understand (Romans 11:33-35). . Judgement for sin may not seem nice, but it actually shows God’s love. Sin is going against God’s good design for life, and going against God’s plan ultimately leads to death. . Since God is completely good and perfect, He must address evil and sin. Our sin breaks our relationship with Him and those around us, but God loves us so much that He made ..read more
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The Mysterious Missing Clothing
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by Allison Wilson Lee
2d ago
Three items: one dress, one skirt, one jumpsuit. These were the pieces I wanted to sell at a consignment shop. If they sold, the store owner would earn a profit, and I would also walk away with some cash. . I located a consignment store and arranged to sell my items there. Then I called the store once a week to check if they had sold. Each time, I learned they hadn’t. After a few weeks, nobody answered my calls. I finally spoke to the manager, who I’ll call “Iris,” and she informed me that she had decided to cut back on store hours because profits were low. I didn’t understand b ..read more
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Behind the Scenes! Unlocked Connection 6
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by Natalie Anderson, Dylan Kraayenbrink
2d ago
Join Natalie and producer Dylan (who dat? find out) for an update on George's next few months, plus a look behind the scenes on their experiences creating the Unlocked audio devotional. And Dylan's looking for feedback on the music that goes under the story narration: lame? awesome? indifferent? Email podcast@unlocked.org to him know ..read more
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Redemption Arc
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by Naomi Zylstra
2d ago
One element in storytelling that I enjoy is called a “redemption arc.” It’s where we get to see a character who was evil, hurtful, or just made a lot of mistakes… turned to good and brought into community. This theme in stories has strong ties to Christianity and to God’s own story of redemption. . In the Bible, Jesus is often called the Redeemer. But how does Jesus redeem us? Ever since humans first went their own way against God, we all became sinful, doing wrong against God and against one another. Our sin separated us from God, but He wanted us to be near Him again. That’s why He took our ..read more
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Not Always Easy
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by Bethany Acker
4d ago
God’s plan is good. We don’t have to worry when it seems like things aren’t going well. We can be patient because we can know that God is still good, and He is still on the throne. . Remember people like Paul and Peter, who were put in prison for their faith in Jesus. Even when they were locked up and put in chains, they didn’t lose hope. They kept praising God. More than once, He got them out of dangerous situations so they were free again. Eventually, both Paul and Peter were imprisoned one last time... and put to death. But death will not have the last word, because Jesus has promised to re ..read more
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Loved by the Good Shepherd
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by Kandi Zeller
6d ago
Who helped you understand the love of Jesus? For me, it was a woman I’ll call “Amelia,” a youth group leader I had at church. She provided conversation, encouragement, water, food, and sometimes a place to sleep if someone’s own home wasn’t a safe place. To be honest, I remember her practical care more clearly than any Bible lesson she ever taught, and her faithful care and listening ear helped me grow in my Christian faith. She gave me a tangible picture of Christ’s love for me and for the church as a whole. . It is interesting that God seems concerned that His people are known for their prac ..read more
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A Jagged Edge
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by Cindy Lee
6d ago
With a sickening crunch, a piece of my tooth snapped at the back of my mouth. Shocked, I momentarily paused, anxious about how broken it would be. Carefully taking out the broken piece of the tooth, I realized it was a tiny fragment. . "I can live with it until my next dentist appointment," I foolishly thought. "I’m booked in for a check-up in a couple of months anyway." . How wrong was I? Within hours, I found that the jagged edge of my tooth was scraping my tongue. It was stabbing me so much that I struggled to speak properly and kept piercing the offending wound. I knew I would ha ..read more
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We Are Enough
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by Emily Acker
1w ago
Sometimes I feel like I am not enough. I feel like I am not trying hard enough or doing big enough things with my life. I feel bad for not being as successful as others. You may have days like that too. You might have days when you mess up and you feel like you’re not good enough. You might have days when you fail to get into the college you wanted to attend, or you don’t land the job you were excited about, or when you feel like the dreams you have for yourself don’t compare with the dreams your friends have. . But our value in God’s eyes has nothing to do with what we have accomplished, or w ..read more
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God Wants All Saved
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by Shadrach Goni
1w ago
It’s God’s desire that every one of us is saved. God is loving and does not desire to see anyone perish (2 Peter 3:8-10). Jesus came for all people, irrespective of race, tribe, or culture. Salvation is meant for anyone who will come to Jesus. Anyone who confesses their sins and puts their trust in Jesus to save them from sin and death shall receive forgiveness (Romans 10:9). . In Matthew 18:10-14, Jesus was sharing a parable about lost sheep. He said if one sheep is lost among ninety-nine, the shepherd (who represents God) cares about that one sheep—that one person who is lost in sin. God won ..read more
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Keep Me Close
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by Emily Acker
1w ago
I believe in You And then I don’t I trust in You Then I get scared I waver and doubt I mess up and hide I don’t cling to You like I should I rest in peace And then I wake scared I cry to You Then I turn away I stumble and fall I don’t live like I know I should Take imperfect me Keep me close to You • Emily Acker . • Even when we give up on God, He never gives up on us (Luke 19:10; 2 Timothy 2:13). When we are doubting, He remains with us, always patient and merciful (Hebrews 13:5; Jude 1:22). How can these truths give us hope when we feel far away from God? . • Read Colossians 2:6-15 ..read more
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