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

False teachers · Peace · Peacemaking · Unequally yoked

Christian, Stop Making Peace

Anytime we have an oversimplification of an issue, we tend to go astray. When we are too simpleminded and only look in one area of Scripture avoiding others, we make mistakes. One area is peacemaking. Christians are all called to make peace. We are called to be peacemakers. Peace is one of the fruits of… Continue reading Christian, Stop Making Peace

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Wasn’t Biblical Alcohol Just Grape Juice?

Recently I published an article called, “A Biblical Defense to Drinking to the Glory of God.” People texted me, privately messaged me, and gave over 100 comments on social media. Many were in support, others wondered if I had left the faith. Some asked well-pointed questions. Others, well, others tried, ha. The #1 question: “Wasn’t… Continue reading Wasn’t Biblical Alcohol Just Grape Juice?

Creation · Cross · Genesis · Israel · Power · Proof for God · Redemption · Resurrection · Revelation · Satan

5 Ways God Shows His Power

If our God is not mighty, how could we rely or count on Him? If He is omnipotent, meaning He is all powerful, or unlimited in power, then nothing that is a part of His will is too hard for Him to handle. When we know and own that our God is all powerful, then… Continue reading 5 Ways God Shows His Power

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