Is Your Church Christian or Christianish?

Published May 7, 2018

By Tim Challies Three little letters make a world of difference. Together i, s, and h distinguish Christian from Christianish and mark the difference between right and wrong, life and death, heaven and hell. There is nothing better for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christian church. There is nothing worse for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christianish church. Here are a few marks of each. A Christian church teaches the Bible. It is committed to the inerrancy, sufficiency, clarity, and authority of the Word of God and therefore preaches it week by week with confidence and consistency. […]

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What Do You Do When Your 6 Year Old Tells You They Want to Trust Jesus?

Published April 27, 2018

BY JOHN DIVITO As Christian parents, we want nothing more to see our children saved by the grace of God. We pray for the Lord to open their hearts. We teach them God’s Word so that they will know God and His plan of salvation. We bring them to church so that they will hear the gospel preached and see sinners transformed by the gospel. We plead with them to believe in Christ for salvation. But what happens when your young six-year-old child comes up to you and says that they want to trust Jesus? Many parents struggle, since they do […]

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Three Reasons you Need the Lord’s Supper by Jordan Standridge

Published April 13, 2018

There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused because, to quote his partner, “he was stubborn like that.” Eventually, he developed serious issues to the point where he was even screaming out in pain. He died in his sleep only a few days later. There is a sense in all of […]

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Why We Sing What We Sing ~ Excerpted from an essay at

Published April 2, 2018

Christians are a singing people. Muslims don’t gather to sing. Neither do Hindus, Buddhists, or Rastafarians. Christians do. Also, while not everyone preaches, or leads in prayer, or publicly reads Scripture, we all sing. But what can we say about the nature of a corporate Christian song? What should it be like? Can we sing any kind of song when gathered together? WHAT A CONGREGATIONAL SONG SHOULD BE Psalm 96 offers some crucial perspectives regarding the nature of a right song and its effects. Originally written for the covenant people of God for the entry of the ark of the […]

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How Much Should I Give To My Church?

Published March 13, 2018

Last month I gave us six reasons from the Bible why we should be giving to our local church (click here to read that essay). This month, I want to address how much we should be giving. I’m guessing a good number have been taught to give ‘tithes and offerings.’ A ‘tithe’ is considered 10% of one’s income (some churches insist it’s required). ‘Offerings’ are above and beyond our tithe – ‘freely offered’ for missions, building projects, etc. For example: if you get paid $3,000 month, $300 (10%) would be set apart from your paycheck and given to the church. […]

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Nikolas Cruz and the Unmasking of Sin and Evil – by Tom Ascol

Published February 19, 2018

At 2:23PM on February 14, 2018, the first 911 call reported an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The suspect was quickly identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and a little over an hour later law enforcement officers had him detained. His bloody massacre left 17 students and staff dead and fifteen wounded, receiving treatment in area hospitals. It is now the deadliest shooting in an American high school. Once again our nation is mourning senseless deaths at the hands of someone who intentionally and methodically murdered innocent fellow citizens. Predictably, politicians are trying to gain […]

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Giving Up Lent

Published February 14, 2018

Here are five reasons why I don’t think we should participate in Lent. I’ve published this several times but since we have new folks attending and members, I thought it might be of benefit. In response to a previous posting one reader accused me of being against Roman Catholics. I trust those who read this will see I’m for the truth that Jesus guarantees will set any man free from their bondage to sin, with a religious heritage or no religious background*.  I encourage readers to search the Scriptures and see that the grace that rescues us from hell and […]

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Why You Should Be Giving Regularly To Your Church

Published January 31, 2018

By Pastor Tedd Mathis Members of Pueblo West Baptist Church have a God-honoring reputation of being faithful, generous givers. Having said that, I wonder if some of us understand the biblical foundation for that time in the service every Sunday where men pass a wooden plate and people put money in it. I also wonder if some folks have faulty perspectives for giving. Below are five reasons why you should be giving regularly to your church. Next month I’ll address how much you should be giving. Note, this is written primarily to us who are already members; those considering membership […]

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Help For the Bogged Down Bible Reader

Published January 3, 2018

This help is adapted from an article from Ligonier Ministries (see link below). I have found over the years a common confession among folks who try to read through the Bible in a year – they get bogged down in lots of details that don’t always quickly make sense. It’s also a very thick book – with no pictures! So it’s easy to give up. The following recommendations aren’t easy-peasy; but they’ve helped me and many others. First, ask the Lord to help you understand. “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things in your Law” – Psalm 119:18. […]

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Fake News That’s Still Fake And Will Be Fake in 2018

Published January 3, 2018

Here are some headlines that are more phony than a $3 bill. My guess is some of us do or have taken them to be true. Grateful for the historians and the folks who do their homework!   In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue to prove the world was not flat Despite a persistent legend, neither Columbus nor his Spanish patrons thought Earth was a finite plane instead of a round planet. When Columbus set sail in 1492, he predicted he’d make landfall in Asia. Legend has it that he defied Spanish officials to do so, sailing west instead […]

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