• KEEPING CHRIST CENTRAL IN THANKSGIVING

    by Shawn Merithew on November 23, 2009

    I hope that each of us is ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know many of us are looking forward to time with family and close friends, and I pray God blesses these gatherings with the truth of His Word and the presence of His Spirit.  To that end, I would like to (more…)

  • IS IT WRONG TO SING “JESUS LOVES ME?”

    by Shawn Merithew on November 20, 2009

    As Christians, are we often guilty of making Christianity all about ourselves rather than all about God?  Do we tend to put ourselves at the center of God’s universe rather than rightly placing Him at the center of our universe?  Do we tend toward an exclusive focus on all the personal “blessings” we reap from God rather than focusing first on His person, His kingdom, and His ultimate glory?  The answer is (more…)

  • IS GOD'S GREATEST GLORY EVER IN QUESTION?

    by Shawn Merithew on November 10, 2009

    Is God’s ultimate glory in creation ever really in danger of being lost?  Are there circumstances or choices that will result in God ultimately getting “less” glory as opposed to “more” glory at the final consummation of all things?  These are interesting questions to say the least, because the answers to these questions reveal (more…)

  • PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

    by Shawn Merithew on November 4, 2009

    It is no mistake that our Annual Missions Conference has been scheduled on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  As we weigh the task of global missions, the suffering of our brothers and sisters in foreign lands should serve to remind of the significance of our commission.  It should also serve to embolden us to join Christ our king outside the gate.

    Hebrews 13:12-14 says, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Hence, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” (NAS) These words of Scripture are exactly what you think they are – a call to leave (more…)

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