One of Those God Things

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

More than 25 years ago, Dee’s younger sister was 14-years old and loving her youth group.  Before their new youth pastor came to town she was only slightly involved with Simpson Creek Baptist Church but under the leadership of this new guy, the youth group was vibrant again.  Jennifer (Dee’s sister) would share with me [...]

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Spring Beginnings

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

Spring has sprung. The birds are chirping. The grass is growing.  The trees are budding. It’s a new year with new beginnings.

Sometimes we all need new beginnings. We get stuck in a rut and caught up going through the motions.  It’s not any different with our church family.  We can get used to coming on [...]

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Bearing to Heal

Posted on April 4, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

“When you share a painful memory
it begins to lose its power over you.”

I don’t know who first made this quote, it’s not in the Bible, but I believe the principle is there.  Hidden sins only dry up the bones.  David writes,

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning [...]

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What Is Christ Doing in Your Life?

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

Answering this question is one of the best ways of sharing your faith with those around you.  People may argue your politics, religious beliefs, etc., but they cannot argue with your experience.  How is Christ changing you?

Notice I didn’t ask, “How has Christ changed you?”  That almost sounds like He’s finished changing you.  The fact [...]

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Worship the Lord with...

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

It happened again. And on Easter Sunday, no less!  We’ve talked about it all year but I’ve failed to mention it since March.  Old habits die hard, I guess.

This past Sunday the choir delivered some of the most inspiring worship I’ve been a part of. You could see it on their faces, you saw it [...]

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Best for Your Body

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

You’re probably aware that over the last three years I’ve talked numerous times about the drug problem in our community.  I’ve talked about the importance of forgiveness.  Repeatedly I’ve warned of the dangers of malice, alcohol, lying, cheating, adultery … you name the sin, I’ve discussed it many times.  When I talk [...]

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Memorial Day Rose Ceremony

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

     One of the most bittersweet Sunday worship services of the calendar year is Memorial Day weekend.  If you are new to our church family, on the weekend of Memorial Day we invite members and friends of our congregation to come forward during the worship service, say the name of a deceased loved [...]

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Guide for June 2017 Summer Ministries

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

The school year of 2016-17 was a great time for our Sunday evening ministries.  The Garage Student Ministries had its highest average attendance of the last decade.  Our Awana ministries are still going strong.  Celebrate Recovery has reached about as many people as any ministry in our church.  We’ve developed a young [...]

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The Who, What, When, Where, How and Why of Worship

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I had a number of people share with me how blessed they were for being a part of the Sunday morning worship service.  The singing at the end was a direct result of the teaching time and the obedience of God’s people “singing from their throats.”  Seeing as worshipping the Lord is the [...]

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Looking More Like Jesus

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

     Young or old, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, it really doesn’t matter, if you ask any Christian, “Would it be good for you to become more like Christ?” they will likely give you a resounding “YES!”

     Then, if you ask them, “Do you [...]

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