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

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?

Grace · Marriage · Others First

Marriage Tips From I Corinthians Part 2

This is part of a series on marriage tips from the passage I Corinthians 13. As was stated in the first blog, I Corinthians isn’t a passage just in regards to marriage. The Christian philosophy of how to love others can easily be applied as well. Last time we listed three practical tips on marriage:… Continue reading Marriage Tips From I Corinthians Part 2

Bitterness · Cross · Forgiveness · Gospel · Grace

How to Get Rid of Bitterness

When we talk about bitterness, we need to first define it. We are not talking about a bitter cup of coffee or candy bar. We are talking about the attitude carried by some people. Bitterness often comes from feeling wronged. We get angry, disappointed, and become resentful of those who have hurt us. If we… Continue reading How to Get Rid of Bitterness

Cancer · Grace · Interview · Ken Davis · Suffering

How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer An interview with Ken Davis Part V

Ken Davis has been the director of Project Jerusalem, a church-planting endeavor out of Clarks Summit, PA,  for 20 years. More than that, Ken has been my pastoral mentor and personal friend for over a decade, I joined the Project Jerusalem team in the Fall of 2007. This is the last of our  five-part series… Continue reading How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer An interview with Ken Davis Part V

Cancer · Grace · Interview · Ken Davis · Suffering

How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part IV

Ken Davis has been the director of Project Jerusalem, a church planting endeavor out of Clarks Summit, PA, for 20 years. More than that Ken has been my pastoral mentor and personal friend for over a decade when I joined the Project Jerusalem team in  2007. This is part 4 of a 5 part series… Continue reading How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part IV

Cancer · Grace · Interview · Ken Davis · Suffering

How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part III

Ken Davis has been the director of Project Jerusalem, a church  planting endeavor out of Clarks Summit, PA, for 20 years. More than that, Ken has been my pastoral mentor and personal friend for over a decade when I joined the Project Jerusalem team in  2007. This is Part 3 of a 5 part series… Continue reading How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part III

Cancer · Grace · Interview · Ken Davis · Suffering

How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part II

Ken Davis has been the director of Project Jerusalem, a church planting endeavor out of Clarks Summit, PA,  for 20 years. More than that, Ken has been my pastoral mentor and personal friend for over a decade when I joined the Project Jerusalem team in 2007. This is part 2 of a 5 part series,… Continue reading How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part II

Cancer · Grace · Interview · Ken Davis · Suffering

How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part I

Ken Davis has been the director of Project Jerusalem, a church planting endeavor out of Clarks Summit, PA,  for 20 years. More than that, Ken has been my pastoral mentor, and personal friend for over a decade when I joined the Project Jerusalem team in  2007. This series is a several part interview with Ken… Continue reading How Faith Sustains Me During Cancer: An Interview with Ken Davis Part I

Church · Forgiveness · Grace · Guilt · Salvation

What’s with Guilt and Church?

 What people think about church, whether true or not, has a lot to do with whether people want to attend church. When I talk to people who say they believe in God but do not attend church, one of the hurdles for them is their understanding of guilt. When they close their eyes and picture… Continue reading What’s with Guilt and Church?