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

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

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!

Christ · Faith · Jesus · Old Testament · Prophecy

Jesus’ Fulfilled Prophecies Build Our Faith

There are times we may struggle with the question, “Is Jesus really Who He said He was?” There are several ways that we can tackle this question. One great way is to see how many prophecies He fulfilled. There are around 456 verses in the Old Testament that prophecy or foretell the coming of the… Continue reading Jesus’ Fulfilled Prophecies Build Our Faith

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

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

Death · Grief · Hope · Jesus · Revelation · Suffering · Uncategorized

Christians Are Not Called to Skip the Grieving Process

As a pastor, one of the things that I deal with is death. I have officiated in the burial of  many people: young and old, rich and poor, those who claim Christ, and those who do not. For Christians, there is a different perspective on death than unbelievers. When we lose a Christian, we grieve… Continue reading Christians Are Not Called to Skip the Grieving Process

Cross · Holiness · Husband · Jesus · Marriage · Sacrifice · Wife

Marriage Built on Holiness, Not Happiness

Today we have moved marriage from the idea of holiness to happiness. We have forgotten that marriage was once called “holy matrimony” and both the wedding itself, and the marriage were made to be holy.  Not only does our society misunderstand holiness, but even some who weekly dawn the pews have missed what it is,… Continue reading Marriage Built on Holiness, Not Happiness

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?

Bible Study · Controversy · Fear · Fear of God · Jesus

Christians And Conspiracies

You would think that living in today’s information age would mean no one would have to worry about conspiracies. All truths would easily be seen with everything videoed, audio recorded, and so many facts accessible. We all know this is far from the truth. In fact, it appears that conspiracies run more rampant today than… Continue reading Christians And Conspiracies