• WHAT DO THE PASTORS DO, ANYWAY?

    by Shawn Merithew on July 19, 2011

    This is a good question, and you certainly don’t need a secret handshake or password to get answers.  The Pastors Body of Morningview is YOUR Pastors Body; we are nominated to the office of elder by you and voted into our positions by you.  We are accountable to you just as you are to us, and we serve you and shepherd you with the Word according to the call of God upon our lives.  While we may need to guard the confidence of members that we are shepherding through crisis or discipline, almost all the other aspects of what we do (more…)

  • FORGIVENESS FROM THE HEART: SOME PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

    by Shawn Merithew on July 5, 2011

    On Sunday, I delivered a message on forgiveness taken from Matthew 18:21-35.  As we discovered through our exposition of this text, the point of Christ’s parable is that unforgiveness is incompatible with true Christianity.  A person who has been forgiven of God is obligated to demonstrate that same forgiveness towards others.  One who claims to be a Christian and yet manifests a life pattern of unforgiveness is not truly saved and is thus in danger of being condemned to the eternal torment of hell.  That is what Jesus drives home with verse 35: “So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if  each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

    There are many biblical reasons we are to forgive those who have wronged us, but here are three of the most significant ones:

    (1) Forgiveness is the clear command of Scripture. In Matthew 18:21-22, Christ taught Peter that there was no limit to how many times he should forgive (more…)

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