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We want to experience God through the Bible… we really do!

But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to help us experience God in a real way. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

In this podcast, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her Alive Method of Bible study, helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.

How to Study the Bibl‪e‬ Nicole Unice

    • Christianity
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We want to experience God through the Bible… we really do!

But our good intentions fall flat when reading the Bible just doesn’t seem to help us experience God in a real way. What should feel dynamic and important and alive often feels confusing and boring and irrelevant. But it doesn’t have to.

In this podcast, pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her Alive Method of Bible study, helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.

    Love Psalms: Psalm 103 - A Promise

    Love Psalms: Psalm 103 - A Promise

    The Psalms cover the entire range of human expression. They invite us to be fully honest and fully ourselves with God. But they also instruct us on how to use trust and praise to strengthen our faith.

    Perhaps you’ve wondered about the positive psychology idea of “self-talk.” Well, today we are going to learn about the origins of that very idea--right here in the Psalms. Let’s take a look together at what we can learn about the power of promises to lift our spirits and direct our paths.

    What Are the Principles Psalm 103 Teaches Us?
    #1 - This earthly life is a chapter in our eternal life. He might heal (see the story of Hezekiah), or he may not on this side of eternity. We might not yet fully understand what his healing looks like in our earthly lives.
    #2 – When God says he removes our sins “as far as the east is from the west” – we can learn several things about God’s forgiveness for us: it is permanent, it is limitless.

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

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    • 19 min
    Love Psalms: Psalm 40 - A Prayer

    Love Psalms: Psalm 40 - A Prayer

    What does it really mean to pray honest prayers to God? The honest prayers of David can teach us so much about how to come to God in prayer.

    This is the third episode in our Love Psalms series. Here is the first episode, and here is the second.

    What Nicole Covers in This Episode:
    • How to dig into large sections of Scripture at a time
    • In this honest prayer, what is David asking, what is he declaring? How can we take that framework and apply it to the way we pray?
    • What is the backstory and how does that information help us understand it?
    • Where else do these verses show up in Scripture? (Hebrews 10, Matthew 5:3)
    • Takeaway Principle 1: To praise God is to remember. We can call on the promises of God in confidence, even when we are in a place of trouble. There is a trust we are cultivating with God when we choose to praise and remember who he is.
    • Takeaway Principle 2: The attitude of the heart is more important than any other offering (cf. Matthew 15:8; Isaiah 29:13)
    • Which of these aspects of prayer do you want to commit to today?

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

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    • 20 min
    Love Psalms: Psalm 6 - A Plea

    Love Psalms: Psalm 6 - A Plea

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge, kicked off on February 1st. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

    This is the second episode in our Love Psalms series. Here is the first episode.

    If you are in a season of discouragement, loss, or grief, come study Psalm 6 with us.

    Discussed This Week:
    • Have you accepted that trouble and suffering is a part of this world, not the exception but the rule?
    • Other Psalms of lament: 8, 12, 32, 38, 46, 51, 102, 130
    • One of Nicole’s favorite definition of mercy: “God’s affection set on relieving our affliction”
    • Even if we have brought grief on ourselves, like David has in Psalm 6, we can still cry out for mercy.
    • Does God punish us for our sin? (Yes, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.) Nicole explains how with grace, the penalty for our sin is removed and we can have right standing with God. But grace does not mean that if we go on sinning that we do not receive consequences.
    • How do we handle it when God doesn’t seem to come to our aid?
    • The confident turn in Psalm 6 that shows us in the midst of suffering we can have confident hope in who God is.
    • Three questions: Do I need to repent of something in my life? Do I need to have confidence in my grief in sorrow? Do I need to believe that God has heard my cry?

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    • 18 min
    Love Psalms: Psalm 1 - A Posture

    Love Psalms: Psalm 1 - A Posture

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge, kicked off on February 1st. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

    If you’ve ever wanted to better understand the Book of Psalms, this series is for you! We are going to spend the next five episodes looking at the 5 types of major psalms in the Bible and how to properly read this poetic book.

    We’re calling it Love Psalms, because sometimes love is full of praise, sometimes love has lament in it. Sometimes love is about when we feel close, and sometimes it’s our love is expressed in the anguish we feel in distance. The Psalms allow us the full emotional expression of human existence.

    Every part of your emotional experience, every part of your life experience, is welcome in God’s presence. That’s the subscript of the whole book of Psalms.

    In this episode, Nicole breaks down:

    • What is the posture of the righteous? What do they do, and what don’t they do?
    • How to spot imagery and parallelism (and what they matter)
    • What it means that this is the first psalm in the entire book
    • What you should expect when you live a righteous life?
    • How to correctly interpret the idea of “prospering”

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    • 20 min
    New Year, New Thing (with Erin Rose)

    New Year, New Thing (with Erin Rose)

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge, kicked off on February 1st. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

    In This Episode:
    Erin Rose joins Nicole to talk through Isaiah 43:18-19 and what exactly the “new thing” is that God is doing.

    This Week’s Key Verse:
    Isaiah 43:18-19 - “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

    Erin Rose is a real estate agent in Richmond, VA, who also serves as a pastor and worship leader. She’s part of Urban Doxology, a worship group dedicated to writing songs of reconciliation for the urban context. Listen in and discover their music at @urbandoxology.

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    • 18 min
    New Year, New Creation

    New Year, New Creation

    Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge, which kicks off on February 1st. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible

    Nicole’s book 'Help! My Bible Is Alive' is available here.

    In This Episode:
    Right about now, we start to realize just how difficult it is to change. If you’re feeling that way, know that you have a Heavenly Father who promises to do the things he requires of us. If he’s calling us to holiness, he’s going to make a way for us to get there. If he’s calling us to a new attitude or mind, he’s going to make a way. We are active participants in the transformative work that the Spirit is doing in us.

    This week, we are diving deep into 2 Corinthians 5:17 and the amazing implications it has for us as believers. What does it mean to be a new creation? It means our eternal life starts now, not once we’re in heaven.

    This Week’s Key Verse:
    2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

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    • 23 min

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