• FASTING, PRAYER, AND SOME GREAT IMMEDIATE NEEDS

    by Shawn Merithew on September 8, 2009

    I has been a supreme joy to me to be able to work through the first 18 verses of Matthew 6 over the past several Sunday mornings.  Giving emphasis again to prayer has been especially significant, because I believe this is an area where our church family has great potential to deepen and grow.   And if we add the discipline of fasting to our prayer lives, I know God will draw us deeper still.

    As I said on Sunday morning, the reward for fasting and prayer is personal conformity to God’s will and person, a clearer picture of His splendor, and a stronger confidence (more…)

  • How to Fight Sin in the Moment of Temptation

    by Shawn Merithew on September 2, 2009

    This past Sunday, we finished our exposition of the Disciple’s Prayer in Matthew 6 by examining the final request:  “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  When we consider the subject of temptation, many thoughts come to mind.  As Christians, we all have areas where, by God’s grace, we enjoy a measure of success in fighting sin.  However, all of us also have areas of besetting sin where we find it extremely difficult to resist temptation and (more…)

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