• HOW TO INITIATE EVANGELISTIC CONVERSATIONS THIS CHRISTMAS

    by Shawn Merithew on December 21, 2010

    We are now down to the last few days before we celebrate Christmas.  We have had a couple very fruitful Sundays where we have been able to turn our hearts and minds to the wonder of our Lord’s incarnation, so it is my prayer that each of our church families will endeavor to keep the focus on Christ as we proceed with the observance of this holiday.

    Many of us will either be traveling to be with family and friends or we will be hosting family and friends in our homes over the next several days.  For most of us, this means (more…)

  • PONDERING THE INCARNATION – PART 2

    by Shawn Merithew on December 7, 2010

    Last week, I shared with you my ponderings regarding the wonderful mystery of Christ’s incarnation.  This week I want to develop it more by moving us towards a discussion of why it was necessary for Christ to be both fully human and fully divine.  The doctrine of Christ’s full humanity and full divinity is known as the doctrine (more…)

  • PONDERING THE INCARNATION

    by Shawn Merithew on November 30, 2010

    It is December now, and with the Christmas season coming into full swing, I have been taking some time to ponder the significance of the incarnation of our Lord.  After the Gospels, the book of Hebrews is the source of some of our greatest Christology in the New Testament, and it has much to say on the subject (more…)

  • ORPHAN CARE SUNDAY

    by Shawn Merithew on November 16, 2010

    Did you know that there are over 127,000 legal orphans in the Foster Care systems of the United States?  That number is even larger when you consider children being cared for and adopted through private organizations.  From infants less than a year old to teenagers close to high school graduation, they have been placed into such systems because (more…)

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

    by Shawn Merithew on November 8, 2010

    This coming Sunday, November 14th, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  As I have stated before from the pulpit, American Christians typically fail to acknowledge the widespread reality of Christian persecution because the laws and freedoms we enjoy here shield us from experiencing such suffering.  But every single day (more…)

  • How to "HEAR" a Sermon

    by Shawn Merithew on November 3, 2010

    How well do you usually follow a sermon?  Does your mind wander?  Do you have trouble “tracking” with a substantial body of orally communicated truth?  Is the sermon merely something to be “endured” as part of your weekly routine of worship?  Do you simply find it difficult to pay attention given all the other things (more…)

  • OCTOBER 31, 1517

    by Shawn Merithew on October 26, 2010

    In our contemporary American context, if you were to ask someone “What is so significant about October 31st?” they would say, “That’s Halloween!”  However, this date is far more significant than the commercialized combination of costumes and candy that we know it to be.  In fact, this date is far more important than we realize when we consider (more…)

  • IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU NEED A PARENTING CONFERENCE, YOU PROBABLY NEED IT MORE THAN OTHERS

    by Shawn Merithew on October 12, 2010

    I still remember the first time I went to a marriage conference.  Lisa and I weren’t even married yet, but this particular conference was supposed to have some great break-out sessions for those who were engaged and preparing to marry.  I didn’t want to go.  I didn’t think it was something we needed.  In my opinion, marriage conferences were for people (more…)

  • IS TEENAGE REBELLION INEVITABLE?

    by Shawn Merithew on October 8, 2010

    If you have small children, then you’ve probably heard it said, “Just wait until they’re teenagers; that’s when parenting REALLY gets tough!”  Most of the times I have heard remarks like this, I have simply nodded my head with a forlorn look of dread as I have considered what it (more…)

  • NO TIME FOR QUIET TIMES?

    by Shawn Merithew on September 22, 2010

    “Does your spiritual life sometimes seem more like a burden than a blessing?  Does your spirituality seem to exhaust you as often as it refreshes you?  Have your spiritual practices become “just another thing to do” in an overcrowded, stress-filled schedule?  If so, then you need to simplify (more…)

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