• Great Questions for the New Year

    by Shawn Merithew on January 2, 2013

    So how are you doing on your New Years Resolutions?  By the time you receive this, you will have already had 3 or 4 days to work on them.  Are you still watching what you eat?  Are you still exercising?  Are you still keeping up with your Bible reading and study?  Are you still (more…)

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE — THE BELIEVER'S RESPONSE

    by Shawn Merithew on December 4, 2012

    Last week, I wrote an article on the biblical reality of Spiritual Warfare.  Near the end of that article, I noted that Satan is a created being who fell from heaven because he rebelled against God.  Though he is powerful, God is still completely sovereign over him.  He is nothing (more…)

  • Electronic "Addiction"

    by Shawn Merithew on October 5, 2012

    It is certainly amazing how the human heart can make an idol out of almost anything, even our technological devices.  This past week, the psychologists who publish the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” announced that an addiction known as “Internet-Use Disorder” was officially being added to the list of mental illnesses.  Diagnosis of this mental illness began as psychologists began to recognize problems that arose with video game addictions.

    In a 2009 incident, 17-year-old Daniel Petric of Ohio shot his mother and injured his father after they confiscated his Halo 3 videogame because they feared he was playing it too much.  A Korean couple was arrested in 2010 after their infant daughter starved (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…)

  • TRIP TO ISRAEL IN 2013

    by Shawn Merithew on March 9, 2012

    Two Sundays ago, I announced to the church family that I was considering leading a group from Morningview to tour Israel in January of 2013.  The response has been very positive.  While I would always encourage members to consider a ministry mission trip as their first priority (more…)

  • THE MEANS OF GRACE AND THE GRACE OF MEANS

    by Shawn Merithew on October 12, 2011

    All of your Christian life, you have had Sunday School teachers and Preachers teach you about the importance of daily prayer and Bible reading.  In fact, we have heard it so often, we can sometimes become numb to it, especially when we’re not doing it.  But there is another pitfall we can sometimes fall into — doing it for the wrong reasons.  If you think that daily prayer and Bible intake secures God’s love for you or earns you more of His blessings, you are wrong.  More generally, if you think that doing spiritual things (more…)

  • A New Emphasis on the Prayer Room!

    by admin on April 16, 2010

    The prayer room at Morningview is a ministry designed to assist members in praying for one another.  It has a system of keeping track of prayer requests and of how God answers those requests over time.  Our church covenant at Morningview commits us to pray for one another, and the prayer room is one way we can (more…)

  • 10 REASONS YOU NEED TO GO ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP

    by Shawn Merithew on October 27, 2009

    10 REASONS YOU NEED TO GO ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP

    1.  It will awaken and embolden your heart to God’s global purpose.  Evangelism and Missions are commissions given to each believer – they are not options.  We are to share God’s burden for the salvation of persons from every tribe, tongue, and people group.  Going on (more…)

  • Then and now: from 1949 to 2009

    by Shawn Merithew on April 3, 2009

    The world was quite a different place in 1949. These were the years of the Baby Boom as U.S. Servicemen returned home from World War II with a new perspective on life. The population of the U.S. was just under 150 million, and the life expectancy for men was 60; for women it was 68. With the advent and use of the atomic bomb and the surrender of Germany and Japan, the United States and Russia had officially been labeled “Super Powers.” Russia tested its first nuclear weapon in 1949 and the cold war officially began. (more…)

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