On February 15, we’ll begin having special topical and thematic study classes during the Sunday School hour that will work very much like MIT did on Sunday evenings. After 10 weeks of special studies, we’ll switch back to the expositional model of Sunday School. Later in the year, we’ll introduce another 10 weeks of special studies, and then we’ll switch back again. So, why are we doing this? What are the reasons for the change? Consider these four reasons. (more…)
We were blessed this past Lord’s Day to observe Orphan Care Sunday here at Morningview. The testimonies were excellent, the worship was very meaningful, and it was a joy to explore with you the theological basis and practical outworking of Christian adoption through the sermons.
During my Sunday evening sermon, one of the points of application I made for us regarded the importance of raising up the next generation to be responsible for caring for those in need. During the last century, the church has surrendered numerous aspects of social ministry to the secular state, thereby divorcing itself from ministry opportunities where the gospel is critically needed. In specific regards to orphan care, we often see unwanted, abused, or neglected children as the problem of the state rather than (more…)
For many months, we have been praying diligently for Darren and Jacky Lewis, precious members of our church family who have been pursuing the adoption of two girls in Africa. Jacky and Josie arrived home this week to be happily reunited with Darren, but they returned without the two adoptive girls. For them, an adoption process that was supposed to take three months turned into over seven months, and it finally failed because of poor personnel and procedures in the country of origin. This attempted adoption has proved to be a season of heartache for Darren and Jacky, as well as for the two girls there in Zambia.
I know of another family that God sent out from Morningview a few years ago. They completed a couple adoptions from the former Soviet Union. They were very loving parents, but one of their adoptive sons really struggled to adjust to his new life here in the United States. They persevered, and after a couple years, they returned with their children to the country of origin (more…)
We are God’s family, and like all families, we have family responsibilities that have to be accomplished each day to keep the church home functioning. One of the most important tasks, and one of the easiest to perform, is prayer. We need you in our Intercessory Prayer Room. There are many one-hour slots available. You may not be physically able to do some of the other jobs in the church, but you can pray. I realize that some of you can’t get to the prayer room. In that case, I would ask that you earnestly pray for this ministry, and that all our vacant time slots will be filled. In prayer, God will use you to bless others, and He will bless you for it! Call Tom Hicks or me to find your special opportunity (time slot) to serve.