• REKINDLING YOUR FIRST LOVE

    by Shawn Merithew on November 29, 2011

    “I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Rev 2:2-4)  These are chilling words.  You can stand against evil.  You can be very sound in your doctrine.  You can guard the church from false teachers.  You can persevere in the face of persecution.  You can do all those things and still be guilty of not loving Christ.

    On Sunday, I preached from Matthew 22:37 on what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.  If you remember, I stated that love, whether (more…)

  • WHAT MUST WE LEARN FROM PENN STATE?

    by Shawn Merithew on November 15, 2011

    If you have spent any time watching or reading the news lately, you have no doubt been bombarded with stories regarding the tragic situation at Penn State, where one of the former assistant football coaches has been charged with over 40 counts of sexual misconduct with children.  What makes this even more sad is that several high-ranking university officials were aware of what this man was doing, and they did not report him to the authorities or even reprimand him.

    As a result of these events, institutions and churches all over the nation will need to consider again our policies for handling such misconduct.  Here at Morningview, we have already proceeded to update our policies, and everyone in leadership will be required to sign a statement saying they have (more…)

  • CULTIVATING PATIENCE

    by Shawn Merithew on November 1, 2011

    How many times have we heard people say, “Don’t pray for patience!  God will bring trials and sufferings into your life if you pray for patience.”  The problem with such a perspective is that it uses fear to deter us from seeking growth in an important area of our spiritual fruitfulness.  You remember the fruit of the spirit, don’t you: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control; against such things there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23)  So patience is part of the fruit of regeneration.
    I just preached on God’s amazing patience on Sunday, but as I write this article, I must confess that I often struggle (more…)

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