Unfolding Words

Unfolding Words

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Unfolding Words is a weekly Bible Study-focused podcast. You will hear biblical truth taught in context and with the text’s background in mind to gain a fuller understanding—all in 30 minutes or less. This unfolding helps you to see just how beautiful


074: Don’t Try To Figure Out How God Will Do It
Dec 9 • 18 min
Have you ever faced a predicament and wondered how God was going to resolve it? Or even if He was going to resolve it? It can be so easy to want to know what God is up to when we can’t trace His hand.In 2 Kings 6:24–7:20, the city of Samaria,…
073: The Beauty of Living A Quiet Life
Dec 2 • 19 min
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)In our social me…
072: THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS SERIES: What Is Written In the Scriptures?
Nov 25 • 14 min
What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?” Luke 10:26It’s the same question Jesus is asking you today. How are you to interpret the Bible, and to do so correctly? It isn’t as complex as some think. In fact, much of…
071: THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS SERIES: Do You Not Yet Understand?
Nov 18 • 15 min
And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”Jesus likely asked this question in Mark 8:17 out of frustration. In verse 12, the Pharisees argued with him asking for a sign. They were arguing WITH the sign. And He sighed deeply in H…
070: THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS SERIES: Why Are You Afraid?
Nov 11 • 16 min
In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asked His followers why they were so afraid their boat would overturn on account of some wind and waves, especially since He was right there in the boat with them. Certainly, if the Son of God was in their midst, they w…
069: THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS SERIES: Do You Want To Be Healed?
Nov 4 • 15 min
Do you want to be healed?The verse in John highlights your need to know yourself. When it comes to your illnesses (sickness, mental, spiritual, relational), do you honestly want to be healed? Or have you become so comfortable in what afflicti…
068: THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS SERIES: Do You Believe?
Oct 28 • 17 min
I’m starting a series on the questions of Jesus. The first one we will be looking at is from Matthew 9:28: “When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “…
067: The High Places of Your Heart
Oct 21 • 12 min
Although our worship of God is no longer limited to the Temple Mount, we still can fall prey to the temptation to climb the high places—to follow the true God by climbing the wrong hill.There are “high places” in our personal lives that must …
066: 4 Ways to Sharpen Your Spiritual Discernment
Oct 14 • 23 min
When tellers or retail workers learn about counterfeits, they don’t study fake bills. Instead, they study real ones. Fake ones can change every day. But the real government-issued ones set the standard. The same for us who walk with God. We can’t st…
065: God is a Gracious Host…And What You Can Learn From Him
Oct 7 • 19 min
It’s in God’s nature to show hospitality. In fact, Genesis 1 is an example of His stellar hospitality skills. Evening turns to morning, and as each new day begins, God makes preparation for His special guests. After He completes a task, He makes a d…
064: Ruth 4 - God Believes in Happy Endings
Sep 30 • 23 min
If you didn’t see the hand of God before, it’s clear in this chapter. God beautifully weaves a bitter start into a happy ending.Order the workbook to follow along with the study. Purchase Harvests of Kindness: A Study of Ruth on
063: Ruth 3 - Provision and Providence
Sep 23 • 19 min
God’s goodness and generous character is on full display in chapter 3 of Ruth. Listen to learn how God’s provision makes way for his plan. Order the workbook to follow along with the study. Purchase Harvests of Kindness: A Study of Ruth on
062: Ruth 2 - Divine Coincidence
Sep 16 • 15 min
In chapter 2, what looks like coincidences are really the sovereign hand of God. This chapter is overflowing with the kindness of God displayed through man. Listen in to see God’s plan begin to unfold.Order the workbook to follow along with t…
061: Ruth 1 - When It Rains, It Pours
Sep 9 • 14 min
Ruth 1 opens with a family driven out of the Promised Land—the house of bread literally—to Moab. Instead of living in fruitfulness in the bread basket, this family has already faced famine, death and widowhood—and there are no mention of sons born, …
Bonus Episode: Come Study the Book of Ruth with Me
Sep 2 • 2 min
God is such a kind, generous and caring God. The book of Ruth reveals all of this about our Creator. It can be easy to think of Ruth as a handbook on how to nab your Boaz, but oh, this book is about so much more!In this four-week Unfolding Wo…
060: The Grass Ain’t Always Greener: Learning to Trust What God Has For You
Jul 22 • 15 min
When Abraham and his family reentered Canaan after making a choice to briefly enter Egypt, they returned with great wealth—livestock, silver and gold. They came to the region around Bethel and there a bit of a conflict broke out between the herders …
059: Walk This Way: What Jesus’ Walking Teaches You About Your Purpose
Jul 15 • 16 min
Growing up, we used to sing the gospel song Traveling Shoes. As a kid, I never understand the need for shoes if you were traveling to heaven. But clearly, I was missing the larger point. When you look at the scriptures, it’s clear that shoes are nee…
058: Kim Cash Tate on Clinging to the God of the Scriptures, Learning to Surrender & Living Out God’s Dream for Your Life
Jul 8 • 45 min
Kim Cash Tate is one my favorite people. We are really kindred spirits—both with a love for God’s Word and teaching the scriptures. We met about a decade ago over Twitter and built up a friendship and later started a group on Periscope called Perisi…
057: Chosen and Set Apart: 3 Ways You Can Protect Your Position in God’s Kingdom
Jul 1 • 16 min
Daniel and his friends are examples of godly Jews in contrast to the Jewish nation as a whole. God judged the northern kingdom of Israel, followed by the southern kingdom for defiling themselves with the worship and practices of their heathen neighb…
056: Freedom from Unforgiveness & Bitterness Through the Word of God with Kesha Griffin of Bible Thinking Woman
Jun 24 • 32 min
Kesha Griffin knows first-hand the power that the Word of God has to heal emotional wounds. For years, she unknowingly carried the burden of unforgiveness and bitterness brought on by abandonment and sexual abuse. But it was while studying the Word …
055: Worship and the Word with Kelli Brownlee
Jun 17 • 29 min
Kelli Brownlee is an anointed worship leader, who ministers the Word in song. A wife and mother, she is the Worship Director at Allison Park Church – Mt. Nebo campus. This week, I chat with Kelli about the importance of not only corporate worship, b…
054: Kristie Anyabwile: On Growing in the Word
Jun 10 • 45 min
I had the best time chatting with Kristie Anyabwile, she’s a wife, mother, and homemaker who loves leading Bible studies, discipling women, cooking, hospitality, and reading. Her husband Thabiti Anyabwile pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington…
053: A Courageous Conversation with Lisa Fields on Navigating a Faith Crisis and Defending the Faith
Jun 3 • 30 min
In celebration of the one year anniversary of Unfolding Words, I have invited on a number of my favorite people from the internet who teach the Bible and are involved in theology matters. My first guest is Lisa Fields. I stumbled upon her podcast mo…
052: One Year Podiversary - Do the Thing God Called You To
May 27 • 8 min
I’ve reached the one year mark of the Unfolding Words podcast. Hard to believe that I’ve been at it consistently for 52 weeks. In honor of the anniversary, I’ve got some fun stuff up my sleeve.Reach Out and ChatJoin the convers…
051: Three Reasons Why You Need a Prayer Notebook
May 20 • 8 min
We like the Israelites tend to forget. We forget the how hard it is to endure the part of prayer between asking and receiving. But a prayer notebook is a tool that helps us remember and can aid in a stronger prayer life. For a copy of the sh…
050: How God Uses Simple Acts of Kindness to Transform Lives
May 6 • 17 min
The book of Ruth is great example the kindness of God. Most think of Ruth getting Boaz, but the book is about so much more.Kindness is a big deal to God and should be to us too. Kindness transcends language barriers, race, age, religious beli…
049: Friendship with God - Tips on Cultivating and Sustaining It
Apr 29 • 15 min
Friendship with God scripturally is grounded in intimacy—not acquaintanceship. Missionary Jim Elliot “Not what another knows of me measures his friendship, but what he has shared with me.”To be God’s friend is more than knowing about Him. Fri…
048: How Jesus Transformed the Empty Tomb Into The Most Holy Place—And How He Does the Same For You
Apr 22 • 16 min
The Day of Atonement was the only time during the year when the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the innermost chamber of the Temple (or Tabernacle) to make atonement for the sins of all Israel. On this day, the high priest would remove…
047: 5 Reasons Why Listening To Your Bible Is Just As Important as Reading It
Apr 15 • 14 min
We live in an age when the lost art of listening to God’s Word is an epidemic. 1 Timothy 4:13 says, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” In this verse, Paul is instructing a young preacher…
046: Deep & Wide: How You Can Build God’s Kingdom God’s Way
Apr 8 • 11 min
In our lives, we have this tendency to create tour own personal Tower of Babels. When we do that, we reveal the rebellion that existed thousands of years ago in the hearts of those who erected the first Tower of Babel. We get a new job…
045: Your Role in the Royal Priesthood
Apr 1 • 15 min
Christ has called you to be a “royal priesthood” where your role is to join Him in reigning and guarding God’s glory and honor. Like the Levites, Christians have been scattered to proclaim God’s Word and guard His worship.The Levites were not…
044: Are Christians Always Triumphant?
Mar 25 • 17 min
While we would like to be the hero in God’s triumphal parade, truth is we are former enemies of Christ. In the Roman triumph, some of the captives would be let go—given a chance to live. While others were put to death. This is a strong imagery—we ar…
043: Being Salt and Light
Mar 18 • 11 min
Salt is a preservative that works only when it penetrates into food, and becomes useless when contaminated by other chemical substances. It must remain pure to do its job. In the same way, Christ followers must influence society while keeping themse…
042: The Lord Is Your Inheritance
Mar 11 • 10 min
When Moses established the 12 tribes of Israel, God set apart one tribe, the Levites. They were set apart (or made holy) to focus one job—to serve Him. The Lord God Himself was the allotment given to the tribe of Levi. As the priestly arm of Israel,…
041: God Goes Before You
Mar 4 • 9 min
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.God’s heart for us is that of a good father who doesn’t just send us out without first carving a p…
040: But What About You? Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
Feb 25 • 18 min
Jesus chose to deliver a great object lesson to His disciples at Caesarea Philippi about HIs identity and their role in response to His identity. In that pagan setting, He encouraged His disciples to build a church that would overcome the worst evil…
039: Are You Living in Peace with Everyone?
Feb 18 • 20 min
As followers of Jesus, living peaceably with all people should be a hallmark of our lives. Never let yourself be the reason for an un-peaceful relationship with another person. As a believer, you should be known by living peaceably in the neighborho…
038: He Is the God Who Sees You
Feb 11 • 13 min
Rest assured that if God hears what is happening in an Egyptian servant girl’s world, He hears what is going on in your lives. He hears the things that cut to your very heart – the things which feel as though they are gripping your heart and ripping…
037: The Snare of the Selfie Spirit
Feb 4 • 14 min
The desire for self-promotion is part of the evil condition of the human heart. We are all tempted to exalt ourselves in some way—if it’s not through social media, it’s some other way. But social media has a special way of encouraging and showcasing…
036: If You Can’t See Jesus, You Can Hear Him
Jan 28 • 11 min
The last miracle that Jesus performed before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was restoring sight to a blind man named Bartimaeus. This is such a symbolic miracle based on the timing. Although he as blind, Bartimaeus knew something up …
035: When the Storms of Life Hit Hard
Jan 21 • 13 min
Storms are an inevitable part of life. If we pay attention, they can teach us valuable lessons about God and life. Acts 27 is a chapter that provides great insights on how to navigate storms.When Paul and his companions were in the thick of t…
034: What Legacy Are You Leaving?
Jan 14 • 9 min
An inheritance is not limited to money. It also includes godly character qualities like integrity and trustworthiness. Combining a financial inheritance with wisdom and godliness ensures that the next generation will also manage God’s blessing…
033: A Year Crowned With Goodness
Jan 7 • 10 min
Psalm 65 paints a picture of the earth and our lives being blessed with the bounty and glory of God. As we set out into 2019, may God encircle your year with His presence and crown it. God crowning the year has a meaning that points to h…
032: Learning to Choose the Good Portion
Dec 24, 2018 • 9 min
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things”. Jesus repeats Martha’s name as a gentle rebuke. He points out her distraction rather than her hospitality. Certainly, he was appreciative of her heart to serve, but at the time discip…
031: You Are Gifted For God’s Glory
Dec 17, 2018 • 10 min
You are gifted for God’s glory. Use every single gift He’s given us—whether it’s in a small and seemingly unseen arena like your home or on a larger platform. The issue isn’t how big the audience is your gift (because God is the biggest audience the…
030: When the Word of God Dwells Richly In You
Dec 10, 2018 • 11 min
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is esteemed for her faith in hearing the word that she would carry the promised Messiah. But also consider that she was carrying the Word which was from the beginning in her womb as mentioned in John 1. Given this, i…
029: Every Place is Holy Ground
Dec 3, 2018 • 15 min
It’s easy to get exasperated and overwhelmed with the daily routines. Mounds of laundry. The piles of dirty dishes. The discipline that has to be doled out daily. But God never designed it to be this way. Whatever you do, work heartily, …
028: God’s Relentless Pursuit of You
Nov 26, 2018 • 15 min
We often hear much talk about free will. But God is relentless in His pursuit of us even though we have the free will to turn down His persistent chasing. The whole Bible is the story of how God is seeking out His people to return to Him. That’s the…
027: Blessings and Bitterness: It’s All For Your Good
Nov 19, 2018 • 13 min
God brought Jacob and his family to the land of Goshen. This is where the children of Israel flourished. It’s also where they experienced hard times and eventually slavery. God was letting them know-this is not your home. This is not the place…
026: Serve God With What You Have
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
Luke 8:1-3 tell us Joanna was the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward. We read that she herself received healing from Jesus. As a result, Joanna “provided for them out of [her] own resources” (Lk. 8:3). ‘Provided’ translates the Greek diakoneo. …
025: God Has An Appointed Time and Season for You
Nov 5, 2018 • 13 min
Every one of us is like a fruit tree in the garden of God, and God is expecting fruit from our lives. That is why we are here. He puts us here for a purpose, since everything on earth is here for a purpose. What is the purpose God has for you and me…
024: Problems In Your Promised Land
Oct 29, 2018 • 15 min
God’s promise often operate opposite to how we would expect, but we have to grab hold of it by faith.
023: When Your Worship and God’s Willingness Meet
Oct 22, 2018 • 22 min
When you worship, you open up the doors to God’s willingness to touch and heal you.
022: Why You’ll Never Succeed at Holiness…On Your Own
Oct 15, 2018 • 14 min
While reading through the book of Leviticus, what struck me is that the Israelites had to always be aware of their state of purity or impurity. Anything could turn their otherwise clean state into an unclean one, like touching a dead animal, g…
021: Circumstances Don’t Define Your Identity
Oct 8, 2018 • 16 min
We may find ourselves in a desolate place, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are children of God.
020: Is Your God Too Safe?
Oct 1, 2018 • 15 min
Instead of moving into the Promised Land, two tribes opted for ease and peace in the border land. Are you doing the same and serving a God that’s too safe?
019: Moved With Compassion: Jesus Cares For You
Sep 24, 2018 • 19 min
Jesus is God, but He’s also man who experiences human emotions (without sin). Looking at how He walked out these emotions can give us insight into how He feels about mankind.
018: The Sneaky Sin of Unbelief
Sep 17, 2018 • 10 min
Unbelief says I don’t believe in the solution, when God is the solution. Learn how to battle this sneaky sin.
017: 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Bible Study Time
Sep 10, 2018 • 15 min
5 easy ways to boost your Bible Study skills
016: A Proper View of Faith
Sep 3, 2018 • 12 min
A faith that has flatlined can be a good thing—that means it can be in a position to flourish again.
015: Your Faith Makes All the Difference
Aug 27, 2018 • 10 min
Your faith in God is a powerful thing that can be used as a divine tool in God’s hand.
014: How’s Your Spiritual Appetite?
Aug 20, 2018 • 13 min
The best to suppress the appetite for the things contrary to God is to satisfy your heart with the things of God.
013: The Holy (and blessed!) Practice of Writing Scripture
Aug 13, 2018 • 14 min
Writing the scriptures by hand is an age old tradition, but one that yields great benefits for us even today.
012: God’s Table: A Divine Battle Strategy
Aug 6, 2018 • 13 min
When God spreads a table in the presence of your enemies, he’s showing the enemy who you are and also showing you who you are.
011: Your Provision Is God’s Priority
Jul 30, 2018 • 16 min
The feeding of the 5,000 is more than just a miracle, it’s a picture of how Jesus is your good shepherd.
010: When You Don’t Recognize Jesus
Jul 23, 2018 • 10 min
It’s easy for us to miss Jesus when we are looking at circumstances instead of Him.
009: Just Let Me Be a Woman
Jul 16, 2018 • 15 min
God did not design women to be and do everything that men do. Our roles are distinct and glorious.
008: But Evil Is Winning God
Jul 9, 2018 • 14 min
When evil seems to be winning, we must remember that God always has a plan.
007: GROW UP: Practice Your Patience
Jul 2, 2018 • 15 min
Practicing patience is a mark of spiritual that doesn’t come easy but is necessary.
006: GROW UP: Watch Your Step
Jun 25, 2018 • 15 min
Maturity in the believer’s life is marked by a consistent walk.
005: GROW UP: Knowledge of Good and Evil
Jun 18, 2018 • 19 min
One mark of maturity in God is having a knowledge of good and evil.
004: How Is the Joy of the Lord Your Strength?
Jun 11, 2018 • 9 min
The Bible says the joy of the Lord is your strength. But what does that really mean? Let’s look at how this joy isn’t cultivated in our hearts, but in God’s heart towards us.
003: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
Jun 4, 2018 • 9 min
When you don’t know what to do, God always does. Trust Him.
002: Who Is Most Blessed Among Women?
May 27, 2018 • 12 min
Today’s definition of blessed is far different than how the Bible describes a blessed woman.
001: The Sweet Spot of Surrender
May 26, 2018 • 12 min
Learn how surrendering everything into God’s capable hands is for the best.
000: Introducing Unfolding Words the Podcast
May 25, 2018 • 5 min
Unfolding the Word of God one week at a time.