• ARE YOU STRANGLED BY COMFORTS, OR GLEEFUL IN GIVING?

    by Shawn Merithew on September 21, 2012

    It was cold up in the mountains on that Wednesday evening.  Even though Ecuador is located on the equator, when you are at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, the temperature at night is about forty degrees.  The Qechua church had no heating system — the people arrived from the fields wrapped in their familiar wool blankets.  The seats were simple wooden benches on a hard tile floor; there were no cushions or pew racks.  The sound system was also primitive — one microphone, one old distorted keyboard, and one very large speaker in the corner.  If this church were located in the United States, you would expect it to be in one of our most impoverished communities.

    Yet the people were so thankful, so open, so content.  Their church was just over twenty years old, born out of the fires (more…)

  • Where Were You

    by Reid Ward on September 14, 2012

    “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is a song written by country music artist Alan Jackson in the wake of the September 11 attacks. All of us who were alive in September 2001 remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I remember standing in the conference room of the church where I was serving, watching the images of commercial airplanes flying through a clear, cool New York sky and into the towers of the World Trade Center.

    As I sit here writing this article on September 11, 2012, I am reminded of how important it is to remember. Remembering is important to society because as Edmund Burke, the 18th century Irish statesman said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” History is important for the sake (more…)

  • Winds of Change

    by Reid Ward on August 14, 2012

    These are exciting and difficult times. Coming out of Promotion Sunday, I am mindful of how many of our families are going through significant change. Even this morning parents are posting about their children going off to school; some starting school for the first time,  some going into high school. Some are experiencing the real change of a child going away to college; maybe it is the first one, maybe it is the last one, maybe it is the only one.

    Many of us are entering a new phase of life. In these seasons of transition, there are always the things we leave behind, and the new opportunities that lay ahead. It is important for us to be reminded that both are essential and necessary; all are valuable. Regardless of what our transition may look like, God wants to use this time of change (more…)

  • Some Truths to Share from Our 2012 Men's Conference

    by Shawn Merithew on August 7, 2012

    As you know, our men’s conference was held this past weekend and Phil Newton was our guest preacher.  His text for the conference was Second Timothy, and there were many convicting and wonderful truths he set before us from God’s Word.  In one of our Saturday sessions, he preached from 2 Timothy 2:3-7:

    “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please (more…)

  • How Can I Stay Motivated In My Walk with God?

    by Shawn Merithew on July 31, 2012

    I recently read an article by Randy Alcorn with the above title.  The question is a familiar one to all of us, because we all know how we sometimes (often?) struggle in our pursuit of God.  Our lives are full of so many demands, obligations, and earthly pursuits that we have a difficult time accomplishing all the things we “have” to do, let alone finding the rare time to do the things we “want” to do.  As a result, we often live with a (more…)

  • Guarding Our Worship from Technological Distractions

    by Shawn Merithew on July 27, 2012

    Many people have noticed over the past several months that I now preach from sermon notes on my iPad.  That little piece of technology is a great blessing that allows me to scroll through my sermon, using my thumb on a screen, rather than shuffling papers as I used to.  Technology, when it is properly used, can be a great blessing.  I have noticed more (more…)

  • 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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