• Should the Hardships of Orphan Ministry Deter Us from Orphan Ministry?

    by Shawn Merithew on June 26, 2012

    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…)

  • On Recent Theological Developments in the Southern Baptist Convention

    by Shawn Merithew on June 21, 2012

    This week, the annual Southern Baptist Convention is being held in New Orleans.  A great many good things will come out of this meeting as leaders in our denomination meet to pray, to offer reports and reflections, to approve budgets for our entities, and ultimately, to further the cause of the Gospel through church planters, pastors, and missionaries.
    In has been an eventful couple of weeks leading up to the convention, however.  A few weeks ago, a group identifying themselves as (more…)

  • Senior Adult Recognition

    by Shawn Merithew on June 18, 2012

    Sunday, June 24 will be a day to recognize and honor those 55 years of age and older at Morningview.  We appreciate the wisdom, knowledge, experience, and service of these individuals in our congregation.  A luncheon will be served following the morning service.  Make your reservation by calling the church office.

  • 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…)

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