Bill Boekestein · Christians · Good Works · Grace · Guest Blogger · Jesus · Salvation · Serve

Why Good Works Aren’t Enough

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 in “Core Christianity” June 16, 2022. Many of us struggle with gifts. We like receiving… Continue reading Why Good Works Aren’t Enough

Adam · Creation · Dominion · Gifts · Health & Wealth Gospel · Poor · Poverty · Poverty Theology

Progressive Christianity and Poverty Theology

It is popular in current Christianity to think that everything done in the past was done wrong. Not only is it popular, it is arrogant. I would not lie to say that I have found a couple chinks in the armor myself. However, some current Christian leaders think they are reinventing the entire wheel, and… Continue reading Progressive Christianity and Poverty Theology

Disciple · Foolish · Ordinary · Past

The Kind of People Jesus Picks for His Team

When we choose teams in life, we often look for the best and brightest. Whether it is a sports team, a work project, or some other group, we always want to pick the best.  Jesus doesn’t pick people like that. He doesn’t need them to be something because He can make them into something. He… Continue reading The Kind of People Jesus Picks for His Team

Cross · Forgiveness · God the Father · Humanity · Words

Seven Last Sayings of Jesus

We often put more stock into things people say at the end of their lives, not the beginning. In some ways it’s because people often have a lot more wisdom at the end of their lives. It’s also because when people have little time left, they only say what is most important. This is true… Continue reading Seven Last Sayings of Jesus

Bitterness · Forgiveness · Gospel · Legalism

Legalistically-Raised Christians, Don’t be Bitter

There are a lot of Christians who were raised within legalistic churches who are very bitter concerning their upbringing. As someone who came from a somewhat legalistic background, I can relate. I also want to call you to not be bitter, and I am going to tell you why. First, you may not understand legalism.… Continue reading Legalistically-Raised Christians, Don’t be Bitter

Grace · Legalism · Love · Mercy · Pharisees · Salvation

What is Christian Legalism?

There is a lot we could say about legalism and how to define it. Legalism comes in many shapes and sizes and can’t be easily pinpointed. In short, legalism is man-centered, performance-based faith – and is not God-dependent. It says that everything is earned through keeping rules. Or we could define legalism as “adding” to… Continue reading What is Christian Legalism?

Christian Disciplines · Christians · Jesus · Satan · Temptation

Be Aware of Satan’s Attacks

We need to know our enemy and how he works. If we know who Satan is and how he works, we can use this to our advantage. We can be prepared for temptations and attacks. Matthew 4:1-11 gives us the story of the temptation of Jesus. Satan tempts Jesus and we can see how he… Continue reading Be Aware of Satan’s Attacks

Big Eva · Justice · Theology

How to Beat the Big Eva Shell Game

For years something has gone on in Big Eva (big/popular evangelicalism) that a lot of us have issues with. For a lot of us, there has been a struggle to know how things got where they are, or when they turned. Guys like Ed Stetzer, Tim Keller, David Platt and others that many of us… Continue reading How to Beat the Big Eva Shell Game

Fellowship · Friendship · Glory of God

Friendship is Different than Christian Fellowship

Real friendships are valuable these days. Although many have friendships which are only skin deep in our technological age,  a true friend is definitely priceless. If you have a good friend or two, you are blessed. There is a large difference between friendship and Christian fellowship. We need to be aware of distinction, appreciate both… Continue reading Friendship is Different than Christian Fellowship

Jesus

Sold Out by a Friend? Jesus Can Help!

If you have lived for any length of time, you have been sold out by someone. What do I mean by sold out? This is someone who claimed to be your friend, claimed to care about you, love you, and be with you – then they turned on you. They abandoned you, left you, or… Continue reading Sold Out by a Friend? Jesus Can Help!