Picking a Fight with the Wrong Guy

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger
Categories: Family, Fighting, Wisdom

Just after Saul’s death, the people of Judah, David’s family tribe, immediately recognized him as king.  But the rest of Israel didn’t take to David right away.  The other eleven tribes supported Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth. So for seven years, Israel actually had two kings.

Both kings had their own 5-star generals.  Ish-Bosheth’s army was led by [...]

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Every Single Day

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger
Categories: Bible, Devotional, Family

Four months ago we had a dream that we would get at least 100 other churches to join our congregation in daily walking through the Word of God for the next two years.  As I shared that vision with a few other pastors, the word began to spread, devotions were written and now a book [...]

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Come and Worship at Christmas

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I’m excited about this Christmas weekend.  A number of local churches are closing their doors, encouraging their people to enjoy time with their families.  I’m all for family time at Christmas but frankly I can’t think of a better family time/memory than coming to church together on Christmas Eve for a candlelight service and/or celebrating [...]

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Uncle Sam, Jesus, and the Refugees Among Us

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger
Categories: Gospel, Missions, Politics, Refugees

Most of you know me as someone passionate for overseas missions. Some of you have even supported my travels to more than 30 countries for the sake of sharing the gospel and training leaders to do ministry in their local context. On one of my excursions, I spent some time with a former member of [...]

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You Turkey!

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

Did you know that Ben Franklin wasn’t in favor of the eagle being our national symbol? The Smithsonian Institute gives this excerpt from this founding father as to why he thought a turkey is more emblematic of the values our nation holds dear.

     “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been [...]

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Our God Is Greater

Posted on November 8, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

It’s 7am on Tuesday morning. By the time you read this, we will likely know who will be leading the government for the next four years.  Whether you think the election went well, poorly, or somewhere in between, remember these five things about human government.

1. Every government is established by God

Jesus answered [Pilate], [...]

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Marks of True Friendship

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I wanted to give you an abridged outline of my sermon from this past Sunday. I’d also like to challenge you to share these with someone else.  Here are 10 marks of true friendships and as you share this list with one of your friends, encourage them by picking one of these characteristics and share [...]

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Every Click Matters

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

Were you aware that internet advertising is driven by how many views a web page receives? It’s almost hard to believe, but every website can track how many people view its content on a daily, even a minute-by-minute, basis.  For example, just on our church website alone, we can see how many people are watching [...]

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What We Can Learn

Posted on March 1, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I think one of the best things this church has done for itself has been to send me on a mission trip every year.  There are few things that train a pastor better than immersing himself in a culture unlike his own and seeing how other churches around the world live out the Great Commission.  [...]

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Movie Review: The Shack

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I’m not Roger Ebert, but a lot of people have asked me my opinion on the recently released movie entitled, The Shack.  I hadn’t really planned to see the show, but due to its religious nature, and because there is sooooo much theology being taught by the movie, I figure it’s probably wise for me to

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