Church · Finances · Give · Money

15 Myths about Giving and Church Part I

When it comes to giving financially to a local church, there are lots of myths that need to be debunked. Many people have preconceived thoughts that God has addressed in His Word. We all tend to find ourselves having bought into one or more of these myths at some point in time. Here are the… Continue reading 15 Myths about Giving and Church Part I

Christ like · Jesus · Ministry · Others First · Serve

4 Ways to Serve Others Like Jesus Served You

Christians are called to serve others. They are called to give their lives as an act of service because Jesus served them (Matthew 25:34-40). Our service flows out of being served by Jesus because His life was a life of service (Matthew 20:28). We can learn how to serve others by how Jesus served us.… Continue reading 4 Ways to Serve Others Like Jesus Served You

Christians · Church · Church Life · Congregation · Online Church · Pastoring · Pastors · Preaching

6 Benefits of Live Local Preaching

Many people have been told recently that online “church” is a fine substitute for church. I have written articles listing 8 reasons why I find that to not be true. You can read them here (link) and here (link).  One of the reasons I think we still need (and are called to gather) as local… Continue reading 6 Benefits of Live Local Preaching

Christians · Faith · Fall away · Health · Health & Wealth Gospel · Prayer

Consequences of Health and Wealth Theology

Part II Destroying the Faith of Man In the last article we looked at how the health and wealth gospel puts God’s Sovereignty under attack. The health and wealth gospel simply states that if you believe in God and follow Him you will be healthy and wealthy. But that’s not God’s plan for all of… Continue reading Consequences of Health and Wealth Theology

Faith · God's Sovereignty · Healing · Health · Prayer

Consequences of Health and Wealth Theology

Part I: God’s Sovereignty Under Attack I’ve always hated the health and wealth gospel. The more I think about it, the more problems I see with it. There are always consequences to any bad theology, and this one is no exception. The health and wealth gospel states that those who believe in God and obey… Continue reading Consequences of Health and Wealth Theology

Church · Encouragement · Give · Prayer · Serve

8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series on why we should come to church physically. It uses the contention that, if you are able, you should attend an in-person, local church. That “doing church” online is never a substitute for physically coming to church. You can read the first four reasons you should physically… Continue reading 8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically Part 2

Church · Church Life · Communion · Fellowship · Preaching · Singing · Worship

8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically, Part 1

Over the last couple years, there has been a debate about what church is and how we do it. Really this is nothing new, but the recent debate stirred up again those attempting to make the case that “online church” is the same as attending a service in person. There are even prominent Christian leaders… Continue reading 8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically, Part 1

Creation · Guest Blogger · Humanity · Image of God · Man

Your Tragic History Matters

For several years Bill Boekestein and I ministered in neighboring towns in Northeastern PA. I have always found Bill thoughtful, and someone who attempts to be in line with Scripture. He is today’s guest blogger. This article was first published on “Core Christianity” website on January 20, 2022. What were we like when we were… Continue reading Your Tragic History Matters

Church Life · God's Word · Jesus

The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Many of us know what God has to say about ethics, and if we break His commands it is sin. But, can you be too conservative? Is it sinful to be too “religious?”  Let me give some qualifiers. First, let’s be clear about what I am not talking about. I am not speaking about conservatism… Continue reading The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Forgiveness · Listen · Peace · Peacemaking

5 Ways to Make Peace with Others

There are many times that God calls Christians to make peace. Although this is not always the case, as I wrote recently in “Christian, Stop Making Peace ” If you are working in an area where God has called you to make peace, here are five ways God gives to help make peace with others.… Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Peace with Others