Posts with the category “christian-living”

The Diet and Exercise of Bible Intake
December 26th, 2023
CHUCK BOKISADecember is a month to reflect on the past year and to plan for the new year. Around this time, you start to hear a lot of buzz about New Year’s resolutions. Google search popularity for p...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
3 Temptations Not to Consider Adoption
December 15th, 2023
ADAM DORSEYBecause the devil is an invisible spirit; because we cannot see him opposing us, it’s easy to live our lives without ever really considering just how much daily opposition we are facing fro...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
James 1:27
November 24th, 2023
IHOR ZHAKUNETSWith our focus on adoption this month, maybe James 1:27 has come to mind, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afflict...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
Fostering (an Interview)
November 14th, 2023
Pastor Bogdan Bilskiy interviews Leon and Carol Vectirelis.......  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
3 Reasons to Consider Adoption
November 7th, 2023
ADAM DORSEYAs a congregation, we have set aside the month of November to celebrate adoption. As redeemed sinners who now understand the infinite value of all human life, we long to protect and preserv...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
Should We Have (More) Kids?
April 13th, 2023
You’ve read the blog posts. You’ve heard the opinions. You’ve felt the pressure. And perhaps you’re asking the question—“Should we have kids?” “How many kids should we have?” First, know that this is ...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
Fleshing Out Spiritual Leadership
February 24th, 2023
IHOR ZHAKUNETS Spiritual leadership in the home is difficult for a whole host of reasons. Near the top of that list is that men have vague and undefined notions of what that leadership looks like and ...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Strangers and Angels — Showing the Gospel in Our Hospitality
December 14th, 2022
ADAM DORSEYOur family recently sat down with MHC’s Family Advent Devotional, and Day One’s topic of angels sparked a lot of good questions! It was refreshing to think together about angels and their r...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
Dad, this Advent Keep It Simple
December 11th, 2022
BOGDAN BILSKIYIf you know me, you know I am a man of extremes. High highs and low lows are more common to me than I would like to admit.If I’m going to run, it has to be a marathon. If I’m going to wa...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
Missing Sunday
November 22nd, 2022
CHUCK BOKISAWe commit, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together; exercising an affectionate care and watchfulness over ea...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
3 Ways to Sustain Accountability Relationships
August 31st, 2022
CHUCK BOKISAWhen we were teenagers, there was a lot of effort put into the idea of finding an accountability partner. As a young man, I found a group of guys that I would meet with regularly to pursue...  Read More
by Ihor Zhakunets
From the Guts
March 16th, 2022
CHUCK BOKISALet’s talk about Greek. My Greek professor made a t-shirt that says, “I love Greek with all mysplagchna!” He lets the “Greek Geeks” order the shirts that include a legendary old Greekgramm...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
A Prayer for Uncertain Times
February 28th, 2022
VOYAGE (From Arthur Bennett's The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions)O LORD OF THE OCEANS,My little bark sails on a restless sea,Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and s...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
3 Evangelistic Opportunities Every Sunday Morning
January 7th, 2022
IHOR ZHAKUNETSSunday morning worship is primarily about the people of God gathering for the worship of God. But it also presents evangelistic opportunities of which we ought to be mindful. (1Cor. 14:2...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Grumbling Into Gratitude
November 23rd, 2021
Along with C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the first Christian theologians I started to read when I came to an age where I wanted to start reading Christian theologians. While Bonhoeffer go...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Guiding Children on Sunday Mornings
November 16th, 2021
OLEH ZHAKUNETS & OLGA ZHAKUNETSHaving a child sit through a worship service on Sunday mornings can provoke anxiety in the hearts of parents. Will my child be able to sit still that long? What will oth...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Do Something - Reflecting on the Fall Festival
September 30th, 2021
CHUCK BOKISA“Brethren do something; do something; do something. While committees waste their time over resolutions, do something. While Societies and Unions are making constitutions, let us win souls....  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
3 More Phrases That Reveal Opportunities For Small Groups
September 15th, 2021
MICHAEL SANTORAIn this follow up post from Part 1 - my goal is to alert us as small group members to a discipleship gauge Jesus gives us. Jesus says that the things that we say are a reflection of the...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
3 Phrases That Reveal Opportunities For Small Groups
August 13th, 2021
MICHAEL SANTORAWe are to be disciple-makers if we are to take Jesus’ words in the Great Commission seriously (Matt. 28:19-20). According to Paul, discipleship is the, “building up the body of Christ u...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Jesus Christ is Lord of All of Most of Me
July 29th, 2021
CHUCK BOKISALet’s start with something we can all confess: Jesus Christ is Lord of all. If there’s one thing we should come away from Scripture knowing, it’s that “the Lord is Lord of all, bestowing h...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
5 Things Your Small-Group Leader Wants You to Know...
June 30th, 2021
IHOR ZHAKUNETSThis is a list of expectations that small-groups often forget or ignore. This list comes from a survey of small-group leaders (from MHC and other churches). We hope that it serves as a h...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
What Does the Bible Say About the Role of a Wife?
May 17th, 2021
CHUCK BOKISA In an earlier post, we talked about three roles or duties that the Bible primarily gives to husbands. This post will serve to do the same for wives. We will look at three roles that are h...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Parenting Basics: Teaching and Correcting
March 24th, 2021
BOGDAN BILSKIY As a Christian parent, I’m often reminded of my responsibility to pass on my faith to my children. I’ve heard it preached from the pulpit, read about it in the Bible, and am often remin...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Preparing for Sunday Worship
March 16th, 2021
IHOR ZHAKUNETS A church is more than the Sunday worship gathering but it is not less. The corporate gathering of the church is essential to being a church. In fact, our English word “church” translate...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
What Does the Bible Say About the Role of a Husband?
January 29th, 2021
CHUCK BOKISA By the time a man gets married he has an idea of what a faithful husband looks like. This image has been molded by a slew of influences outside of Scripture. Not all of those influences a...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
Don’t Get Ready for Divorce
December 10th, 2020
IHOR ZHAKUNETSDivorce won’t sneak up on you. It will likely come from months and even years of ignoring biblical principles and the Holy Spirit. Please don’t.1. Don’t make divorce a viable option. The...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel
3 Ways To Ruin a Small Group Meeting
October 12th, 2020
Small group ministry is one of the ways our church seeks to accomplish Ephesians 4:12 – where church leaders are called “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Chris...  Read More
by Mercy Hill Chapel