• What Are You Reading?

    by Reid Ward on January 23, 2013

    I do not read nearly as much as I would like. Part of that is the result of the mound of important tasks that I have to accomplish on a week to week basis, and part of that is the result of other chosen distractions. However, I am almost always (more…)

  • Where Were You

    by Reid Ward on September 14, 2012

    “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is a song written by country music artist Alan Jackson in the wake of the September 11 attacks. All of us who were alive in September 2001 remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I remember standing in the conference room of the church where I was serving, watching the images of commercial airplanes flying through a clear, cool New York sky and into the towers of the World Trade Center.

    As I sit here writing this article on September 11, 2012, I am reminded of how important it is to remember. Remembering is important to society because as Edmund Burke, the 18th century Irish statesman said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” History is important for the sake (more…)

  • Winds of Change

    by Reid Ward on August 14, 2012

    These are exciting and difficult times. Coming out of Promotion Sunday, I am mindful of how many of our families are going through significant change. Even this morning parents are posting about their children going off to school; some starting school for the first time,  some going into high school. Some are experiencing the real change of a child going away to college; maybe it is the first one, maybe it is the last one, maybe it is the only one.

    Many of us are entering a new phase of life. In these seasons of transition, there are always the things we leave behind, and the new opportunities that lay ahead. It is important for us to be reminded that both are essential and necessary; all are valuable. Regardless of what our transition may look like, God wants to use this time of change (more…)

  • The Fatherhood of God

    by Reid Ward on June 13, 2012

    When the privilege of writing this article fell to me on the week of Father’s Day, I took it as inspiration to draw us back to the idea of the Father in Fatherhood.  While we have a great deal of instruction in Scripture concerning fatherhood, we need a model of fatherhood. As children of God, we find that prefect model in God the Father. The idea of calling God “Abba” is almost unthinkable. In fact, Scripture tells us that it is a Divine privilege, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12). Later,  1 John 3:1 makes clear that this privilege is the result of God’s love for us,  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

    Nothing should be clearer to the believing father than the fact of the perfection of His heavenly Father. However, there has been an evangelical (more…)

  • Ecuador Mission

    by Reid Ward on March 13, 2012

    It is that time of year to begin thinking about our Ecuador partnership and considering whether God might be leading you to participate with our 2012 Ecuador Mission team. Ecuador is our oldest and most established missions partnership. Steve and Carol Thompson have been (more…)

  • True Love Relationships

    by Reid Ward on December 15, 2011

    The longer I live the more I become convinced that all of life is really about one thing, relationships. Some of us are more relationally oriented and some of us are more task oriented, but at the end of the day what gives it all meaning is the relationships we have with the people around us. Ultimately, as those trusting in Christ, what gives all of life meaning is our relationship with Christ. That is why the  Scriptures are so clear on (more…)

  • In the Beginning God Spoke

    by Reid Ward on September 6, 2011

    Andrew Fuller said of Genesis 1, “In the first page of this sacred book a child may learn more in an hour than all the philosophers in the world learned without it in thousands of years. There is a majestic sublimity in the introduction. No apology, preamble, or account of the writer: you are introduced at once into the very heart of things. No vain conjectures about what was before time, nor why things were (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…)

  • Part of the Family

    by Reid Ward on February 21, 2011

    It is good to finally be here and have my feet on the ground. It is even better to be part of the Morningview family. As part of that family, I am excited about the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you better. I am proud of how you guys have held things together during the interim, and am encouraged by your openness to change. Randy had long and (more…)

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