• OUR 2011 GLOBAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

    by Shawn Merithew on August 23, 2011

    It is now just about a month until we gather for our 4th annual Global Missions Conference here at Morningview, and I hope you will make every effort to be in attendance for all of the activities.  This year, Chuck Lawless will be our keynote speaker.  Dr. Lawless was one of my professors at Southern Seminary, and he served there for several years as the Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.  Just a few months ago, Dr. Lawless was appointed to the International Missions Board as the (more…)

  • IS EVERY HILL A HILL TO DIE ON?

    by Shawn Merithew on August 16, 2011

    In modern American evangelicalism, one finds that conviction on any matter of doctrine is severely lacking.  The majority of professing believers in the U.S. tend to be very lukewarm about “truth” in general, and more specifically, lukewarm about the truths that are central to the Christian faith.  For example, many people flip-flop on the question of biblical inerrancy, they are wishy-washy on the question of (more…)

  • WHEN IS IT GOOD TO DISAGREE?

    by Shawn Merithew on August 12, 2011

    Never!  That’s the answer that we all would like to be able to give to the above question.  After all, what good can come out of our disagreements?  This may surprise you, but there are actually many good things that can come out of our disagreements when we handle them biblically.

    This past Sunday, part of my sermon lent itself to a brief discussion of eschatology (or the doctrine of the end times).  As I preached that section of my sermon, I stated that eschatology was a third-tier doctrinal discussion.  First-tier issues are those doctrines that we must agree upon to be considered Christians; doctrines like the authority of Scripture, justification by faith, the substitutionary (more…)

  • THE BEAUTY OF IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS

    by Shawn Merithew on August 2, 2011

    Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”  Salvation is not our doing, it is God’s doing.  I had the privilege to preach this marvelous truth as we considered the story of the Rich Young Ruler this past Sunday.  He came to Jesus seeking the key to personal goodness and eternal life.  What Jesus told him was that the goodness and life he sought belonged to God alone, and if he wanted that goodness and life, he had to turn (more…)

  • WHAT DO THE PASTORS DO, ANYWAY?

    by Shawn Merithew on July 19, 2011

    This is a good question, and you certainly don’t need a secret handshake or password to get answers.  The Pastors Body of Morningview is YOUR Pastors Body; we are nominated to the office of elder by you and voted into our positions by you.  We are accountable to you just as you are to us, and we serve you and shepherd you with the Word according to the call of God upon our lives.  While we may need to guard the confidence of members that we are shepherding through crisis or discipline, almost all the other aspects of what we do (more…)

  • FORGIVENESS FROM THE HEART: SOME PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

    by Shawn Merithew on July 5, 2011

    On Sunday, I delivered a message on forgiveness taken from Matthew 18:21-35.  As we discovered through our exposition of this text, the point of Christ’s parable is that unforgiveness is incompatible with true Christianity.  A person who has been forgiven of God is obligated to demonstrate that same forgiveness towards others.  One who claims to be a Christian and yet manifests a life pattern of unforgiveness is not truly saved and is thus in danger of being condemned to the eternal torment of hell.  That is what Jesus drives home with verse 35: “So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if  each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

    There are many biblical reasons we are to forgive those who have wronged us, but here are three of the most significant ones:

    (1) Forgiveness is the clear command of Scripture. In Matthew 18:21-22, Christ taught Peter that there was no limit to how many times he should forgive (more…)

  • IT'S GREAT TO BE A MARY, BUT WE STILL NEED MARTHAS

    by Shawn Merithew on June 28, 2011

    You remember the story from Luke’s gospel about Martha and her sister Mary, don’t you?

    Luke 10:38-42 says, ”  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that (more…)

  • GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SIN

    by Shawn Merithew on June 21, 2011

    Are you a flirt?  Really weigh your heart and ask yourself the question — “Are you a flirt?”  You may be thinking that this question regards your behavior towards those of the opposite sex, but that isn’t quite what I mean. (In terms of your relationships, I hope you are not a flirt unless you are flirting with your own spouse to playfully express your love for one another.)  But the kind of flirting I’m talking about is flirting with sin — that’s a little more personal.

    The fact of the matter is that we far too often flirt with sin.  Sin is like a dark chasm that can so easily swallow us up.  Though we have been warned, (more…)

  • WHAT IS A "SPIRITUAL" PERSON?

    by Shawn Merithew on June 8, 2011

    How many times have you heard someone described as a “very spiritual person?” You have likely heard it often, because this kind of jargon is very common in our culture, especially in Southern Bible-Belt culture. But what does it really mean to say someone is “spiritual?” I mean, a devoted Muslim can be a very spiritual person; so can a devoted Hindu, a devoted Mormon, or even a devoted Satanist.

    Even in christianized culture, this label can mean many different things. Someone can be classified as a very spiritual person if they have an ardent belief in God and if they live a very moral life, yet they may never pray, never attend church, and their ideas of God and religion may not even be tied to the Bible. Conversely, someone may be called a very spiritual person if they attend church regularly and serve in leadership, if they speak all the proper Christian cliche’s, and if they send their children to a Christian school. Yet that same person may rarely pray, may never read Scripture, and may be indulging (more…)

  • A CHALLENGE TO BE DEBT-FREE THIS YEAR!

    by Shawn Merithew on May 24, 2011

    How many of us know the wonderful feeling of having a paid-off mortgage?  Given the youthfulness of our church family, most of us are probably still a long way from this goal.  But for those of you who have experienced this blessing, congratulations!  You know the elation of reaching this milestone.  May you enjoy the fruit of your hard work and faithfulness.  For the rest of us, may God bless our (more…)

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