Advent · Celebrate · Christmas · Devotional · Feast · Plan

Three Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Once Thanksgiving is over, my mind automatically switches toward the Christmas season. Christmas, in its proper respects, can be the most fulfilling and longest holiday season. The question is usually if we celebrate it, how do we celebrate it? To make sure that we give Christmas and Christ their due, we should prepare for the… Continue reading Three Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Blessing · Christians · Church · Dad · Fathers · Poor · Poverty

The False Accusation: Churches Don’t Bless Society

There is an accusation for several years, maybe even decades, that churches are not blessing the society around them. They are not taking care of people within their communities, and part of the ills of society are because the church is failing to care for the poor and weak. This accusation is usually coming from… Continue reading The False Accusation: Churches Don’t Bless Society

Adam & Eve · Garden · Husband · Marriage · Wife

How to Cultivate Your Wife

Someone reading this of a certain ideology may be immediately triggered (a medium trigger probably). The reason: the idea that “a woman doesn’t need a man” runs like a California wildfire after a newly drafted set of forest regulations. I can’t apologize for that trigger for two reasons. First, these ideas are God-given. Christians don’t… Continue reading How to Cultivate Your Wife

Alcohol · Drinking · Glory of God

A BIBLICAL DEFENSE OF DRINKING TO THE GLORY OF GOD

A Sensitive Subject This is a sensitive subject for some. I grew up in a Christian culture where use of alcohol of any type was taboo. In fact, some of my current friends and circles may find it curious that we did not have any alcohol at our wedding, nor did we use real wine… Continue reading A BIBLICAL DEFENSE OF DRINKING TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Government

Why Teaching Complete Government Submission Leads to Abuse

Many Christians have gone wrong in their thinking that Romans 13 teaches that Christians should obey the government no matter what. You can read about that here. While believers are called to obey the government, God also gives the parameters for how the government is to function, therefore creating the responsibility of how Christians obey… Continue reading Why Teaching Complete Government Submission Leads to Abuse

Critical Theory · Guest Blogger · Justice · Ty Woznek

Throw Out the Micah 6:8 Lake House Sign

This article is by guest blogger Ty Woznek. He is the senior pastor of Heartland Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. Ty and I have been friends for several years. We often discuss theology, Christian philosophy, and church practice, sometimes on a weekly basis. Ty worked on a project concerning Micah 6:8 in seminary, and I asked… Continue reading Throw Out the Micah 6:8 Lake House Sign

Church · Heart · Mind · Practical · Sermon

Practical Theology for the Heart, Mind, and Soul

Recently we looked at the idea of whether a sermon should focus on the Gospel, doctrine, or application of God’s Word. We came to the conclusion that a great sermon has all three. A study of the book of Ephesians proved this, which you can read here. What do you think about when considering practical… Continue reading Practical Theology for the Heart, Mind, and Soul

Christians · Disciple · Exclusivity · Gospel · Jesus · Obey

Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Do you think Christianity is inclusive or exclusive? Who is allowed in and how are they allowed in? We need to understand that the cross of Christ is both inclusive and exclusive. HOW THE CROSS IS INCLUSIVE The cross is inclusive in that there are no barriers to who is invited, who is able to… Continue reading Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Bill Boekestein · Guest Blogger · Husband · Marriage · Spouse · Wife

Husband, 8 Admonitions to Loving Your Wife

For several years Bill 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 with Ligonier Ministries on July 14, 2021. “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter… Continue reading Husband, 8 Admonitions to Loving Your Wife

Bible Reading · Children · Christian music · Faith · Ministry · Missions · Prayer · Serving

Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Recently Lifeway Research asked Christian adults about their faith practices as children. The study surveyed 2,000 Protestant and non-denominational adults. If we understand what helped these adults grow in their faith from childhood, we can apply those practices to help our children grow in their faith. First, we must understand that there are no guarantees… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith