• A CHALLENGE TO BE DEBT-FREE THIS YEAR!

    by Shawn Merithew on May 24, 2011

    How many of us know the wonderful feeling of having a paid-off mortgage?  Given the youthfulness of our church family, most of us are probably still a long way from this goal.  But for those of you who have experienced this blessing, congratulations!  You know the elation of reaching this milestone.  May you enjoy the fruit of your hard work and faithfulness.  For the rest of us, may God bless our (more…)

  • Be Becoming

    by Reid Ward on May 20, 2011

    You have heard me say several time that one of my basic axioms of life is you will never be what you are not becoming, but you will be what you are becoming. That may sound a little confusing, but it is really very simple. John Quincy Adams expressed it well in his speech before the Supreme Court in 1841 when he said, We understand now, that we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding, that who we are is who we were. That is one of my favorite quotes for many reasons, but one (more…)

  • Honor Your Parents

    by Reid Ward on May 10, 2011

    In reflecting back on Mother’s Day and looking froward to Father’s Day, I am reminded of the seminal command on how we ought to treat our fathers and mothers. The 5th commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” It is easy for us to think that we are fulfilling this command because it is so familiar to us, and while  our basic understanding of obedience (more…)

  • GRATEFULNESS AND GRIEF OVER THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

    by Shawn Merithew on May 4, 2011

    It was all over the airwaves late Sunday evening: Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, had been shot dead at his compound in Pakistan.   A 10 year quest to bring a man to justice had finally been completed.  He is officially dead.  A measure of closure now dawns for those who lost (more…)

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