Choir Reunion 2017

Posted on July 5, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

     Sixty years ago this month Dr. J. Harvey Saunders offered a young man his first full-time job at FBC Kenova. It would require that the young man finish up his WVU degree from a distance and begin the ministry right away.  The young man accepted the position and moved to our little [...]

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Encourage One Another

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

“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as you have been doing.” (1 Thes. 5:11)

     Have you ever felt like you need to help someone deepen in their faith but you don’t know how? This hesitancy to encourage someone toward a greater walk with God is similar to someone’s hesitancy with regard to [...]

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Choir Reunion Recap

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

What a weekend it was! (And maybe the best part is I got to sit back and just watch it happen!)

In case you were on a different planet, this past weekend our church hosted a 60-year choir reunion featuring Dan Ferguson’s Choir and New Generation Singers throughout the years. We were joined by [...]

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What Are You Doing?

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

When I was in Morgantown, it was easy to preach against the problems of inner city Pittsburgh. Pitt stinks!!! Today, sitting in Marshall's backyard, it's easy for me to address the drunken behavior of WVU as the #1 party school. If I need some easy cheers and applause, just a little shot at [...]

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Seeing Faith within Eclipse

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

There are two kinds of people. One agrees with Psalms 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of His hands.” The other sees the solar eclipse phenomenon as a one-in-a-gazillion chance.

From NASA: “The Moon's size and distance contribute to a wonderful coincidence for those of [...]

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Questions for Discipleship

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

Here are some questions to ask your Barnabas and your Timothy.  Remember to focus on the heart (the root) versus the behaviors (the fruit).  The first set of questions will give you an opportunity to affirm their (hopefully) positive attitudes and behaviors.  The second set drill down on motivations of the heart that can [...]

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Why Sunday and Wednesday Evenings Matter

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

For many of us, life is busy.  The never-ending demands of extra-curricular activities, homework, personal exercise, career, and most importantly time with the Lord, can make it difficult to find time to invest an evening or two with your church family.  In fact, our shepherds guard against having any other weekly ministries at the church [...]

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The Holy Land

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

One trip to the Holy Land is more valuable than a semester at seminary. After visiting more than 35 countries, countless mission trips, and spending 17 semesters as a fulltime seminary student, I can confidently say that my trips to the Holy Land have deepened my ability to teach and understand the Scriptures more [...]

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Positive People

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I sat around most of Monday afternoon reflecting on the Las Vegas tragedy. I hear the news saying, "How can this be happening? How can we stop it?"

I'll be honest. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more. You can't attend a football game without someone being negative and divisive. You can't watch [...]

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When Will You Take It Seriously?

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

If you’ve seen much of the news lately, you are aware of the sexual harassment and assault stories coming out of Hollywood.  One of the film industry’s most powerful producers, Harvey Weinstein, has been accused by several actresses of using his position to obtain sexual favors from them, often against their will.  They [...]

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