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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.

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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.

    Isaac: Saved by Grace (Genesis 22:11-14)

    Isaac: Saved by Grace (Genesis 22:11-14)

    Why does it matter that we study these Old Testament stories? When we’re able to zoom way out and see what God has been stepping in to help the generations before us, we’re able to place our own sufferings and struggles in context. The God of our Fathers is our God, too. The covenants God has made with our forefathers are for us, too.

    WHAT DOES IT SAY?

    11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
    “Here I am,” he replied.

    12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

    13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” - Genesis 22:11-14

    God appeared to Abraham and told him to sacrifice Isaac. We have to remember; this is a different time and day. Abraham trusts God and obeys. As he moves toward the action of sacrifice, God intervenes. God calls out personally to Abraham, and he provides an alternative. He doesn’t just cancel the plan, he provides a substitute sacrifice.

    WHAT IS THE BACKSTORY?

    If you’ve been reading Genesis, you know a few weeks ago that God made a covenant with Abraham through his descendants, promising him that he will in fact have children. Sarah does in fact get pregnant even though she’s ninety years old.

    Then the bizarre happens: God tells Abraham to sacrifice this son, who is the fulfillment of the covenant. What is going on here?

    This is another chapter in a long life with a faithful God. Many commentators believe that Abraham might have thought even if he killed Isaac, God could bring him back to life.

    God tests us to show us what’s already there. He tests us to show us the strength of our faith that is already present. When we go through testing, we’re getting more and more anchored in our identity in God, who he is. Something eternal is growing and developing in us.


    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

    The Lord Will Provide--beginning of a pattern of substitutionary atonement. God is faithful to his promises. We are seeing the start of God’s people, the Israelites.

    Romans 3:24-25:
    24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

    Redemption means something is bought back, recovered, or handled. God redeems us through Christ. Abraham was required to take his beloved, one and only son to sacrificed, but God stayed his hand, and provided a sacrifice instead.

    But when God sent his one and only son to the mountain to be sacrificed, he did not stay his hand. He allowed Christ to be sacrificed for our sins, once and for all.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

    1. Even when all hope seems lost, God will still provide.

    2. Sometimes going backward in our story can give us the strength to face what’s ahead

    3. Our faith in Christ’s substitution is built on generations upon generations of God showing his faithfulness to us as his people.

    WANT MORE?

    Check out Nicole’s book Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - https://www.amazon.com/Help-My-Bible-Alive-Understand/dp/1641580216

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    Understanding the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 15:1-6)

    Understanding the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 15:1-6)

    This episode is the second in a series we are calling God of Our Fathers. Find all of our episodes here: https://www.lifeaudio.com/how-to-study-the-bible/

    1. WHAT DOES IT SAY?

    Notice how God is personal and relational. “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”


    2. WHAT IS THE BACKSTORY?

    Abram is childless but knows God’s promise to make a nation from his.
    In Genesis 14, he’s just been tempted to gain power by making a treaty with another king and resists that temptation. His faithfulness has been tested.

    Covenant ceremony: You cut the animal and walk between in as a sign. “Let me be like these dead animals if I don’t keep my promise.”

    3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

    Covenant is an incredibly important part of our faith.

    Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. – This is incredibly important! It is his faith, not his work, that God counts his righteousness.

    Faith is belief in action.

    This idea carries us into our relationship with a Christ, who made a new covenant--he cut a new deal, or more importantly, a “fulfilled” deal, Hebrews 7:22 “Jesus is the guarantor of a better covenant…”

    No longer under the law as a sign of our citizenship and acceptance as God’s people--we are under the covenant, an inward reality.

    Old Covenant required a series of laws and birthright to be God’s chosen people.
    Old Covenant required sacrifices made over and over.
    Old Covenant required a priest to mediate between the people and God, not direct access.

    New Covenant calls all people by faith.
    New Covenant means Christ is the ultimate sacrifice made for all our sins.
    New Covenant means Jesus is our great high priest, mediating on our behalf so we have access, full communion with God through him.


    4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

    Because of our acceptance, our worth comes from what’s been done for us, not what we do for God.

    Our response, our obedience to God comes from love and worship, not obligation and duty

    This is what love looks like.
    WANT MORE?

    Check out Nicole’s book Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - https://www.amazon.com/Help-My-Bible-Alive-Understand/dp/1641580216

    FOLLOW NICOLE:

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    • 23 min
    We’re Back! God of Our Fathers: Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)

    We’re Back! God of Our Fathers: Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)

    WHAT DOES IT SAY?

    1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

    We see “blessed” 5 times in the text – the central message of this passage is blessing!

    WHAT’S THE BACKSTORY?

    Genesis 3-11: A dumpster fire of what happens when sin separates people from God

    Genesis 11: Terah (Abram’s dad) is going to Canaan, but settles in Haran. Abram is going to be told to go to the place his father never made it to.

    “I will bless you so you will be a blessing” – this is the purpose of blessings, to bless others.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

    Questions to consider –

    What does it mean to be a representative?
    What does it mean to bless?
    What does it mean that Abram is a blessing?
    What does it look like to move blessing on?


    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

    God always has a plan. He pursues blessing for his people despite our failings.
    Abraham’s part to play was obedience.

    Everything in your life is part of a bigger plan. God is constantly working his plan out in the world, and you a part of that plan.

    WANT MORE?

    Check out Nicole’s book Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - https://www.amazon.com/Help-My-Bible-Alive-Understand/dp/1641580216

    FOLLOW NICOLE:

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    • 22 min
    Finding Strength in God's Joy (Re-Air)

    Finding Strength in God's Joy (Re-Air)

    RESOURCES:
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    Subscribe to Nicole’s weekly podcast, Let's Be Real: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-be-real-with-nicole-unice/id1505817001

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    • 12 min
    Introducing: The Happy Rant Podcast

    Introducing: The Happy Rant Podcast

    In this episode of the Happy Rant, Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

    1. Who we are, a brief introduction for new listeners
    2. What we love about podcasting together
    3. How we would describe our show: The Seinfeld of podcasts, a Piper family dinner party, and a description to aspirational college students

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    • 38 min
    Finding Security Despite Uncertainty (Re-Air)

    Finding Security Despite Uncertainty (Re-Air)

    This month we are re-airing Nicole’s 2020, 4-part miniseries called "Comfort in God’s Promises." We'll be using what we learned through the Alive Method of Bible Study in order to apply God’s never-changing truth to the ever-changing circumstances of our lives.

    “When the things we have found our comfort and security in are failing, it is at that point Jesus invites us to go deeper with him.” - Nicole Unice

    In this episode, Nicole walks us through Luke 5:4-11 using the Alive Method of Bible Study, guiding us to our true source of security when life is uncertain.

    RESOURCES:
    Help, My Bible Is Alive!: https://www.amazon.com/Help-My-Bible-Alive-Understand/dp/1641580216

    Subscribe to Nicole’s weekly podcast, Let's Be Real: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-be-real-with-nicole-unice/id1505817001

    FOLLOW NICOLE:

    Website: https://nicoleunice.com/
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    • 12 min

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