• MEMBERSHIP: OUR PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY

    by Shawn Merithew on January 28, 2010

    We live in a day and time when many Christians in our nation do not fully appreciate nor understand what the Bible teaches about church involvement.  Many Christians ignore the subject altogether.  They don’t really understand the purpose or need for membership in a local body of faith, and they believe they can receive everything they need through (more…)

  • PRAYING THROUGH SCRIPTURE IN 2010

    by Shawn Merithew on January 12, 2010

    This past Sunday, we launched what will be our family focus for 2010 – Praying through Scripture.  More specifically, praying through the Psalms.  I am thoroughly excited about this year’s emphasis because I believe that our prayer lives, as individuals and as a congregation, can always be stronger.  Surveys show that while over 80% of American adults say that they pray in a normal week, the average prayer lasts (more…)

  • THE DEBTOR'S ETHIC REVISITED with John Piper

    by Shawn Merithew on January 5, 2010

    A couple Sundays ago, as I was preaching from Romans 3, I mentioned the danger of having a “Debtor’s Ethic” as it regards our motivation for the Christian life.  At that time, I came down hard on any perspective that might lead us to believe we must (or even could) pay God back for our salvation.  I want to clarify those remarks by citing John Piper in my article this week.  It is wrong for us to live for Christ on the basis that we somehow need to pay God back. However, it is not wrong to be dependent (more…)

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