• Have Your Forsaken Your First Love? Questions to Help You Gauge Your Love for Christ

    by Shawn Merithew on July 26, 2016

    “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

    As God gives us one of the greatest assurances Christians have in the Bible, why does he choose the virtue of love as the main descriptive for His people? Why doesn’t he say, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?” Or, since the context of Romans 8 speaks much of suffering, why doesn’t He say, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who take up their cross and follow Jesus.” Why does God, through Paul, choose to elevate the virtue of love here in this verse? (more…)

  • Morningview’s Child Abuse Prevention Policy

    by Tom Hicks on May 3, 2016

    Child abuse is not merely an act of immorality, but also an act of violence and an abuse of power.  It’s not only a sin, but also a crime, which calls for immediate reporting to the civil authorities.  The Bible gives civil government the power of the sword to visit justice upon criminals (Rom 13:1-7), but denies it to the church (Matt 26:51-53).  Therefore, child abuse can never be settled within the church alone, but must always involve the civil authorities.

    It is with this understanding that Morningview has had the following Child Abuse Prevention Policy in place for the past five years.  We publish it here again for two reasons.  First, we want everyone in the church to know our policy, to understand what child abuse is, and how to respond to it.  Second, we hope that any would-be predators might read this and choose not to victimize our children. (more…)

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