Comfort in Tragic Times

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

It’s almost unimaginable.  In fact, you don’t even want to entertain the thought of it.

This past Sunday a mentally deranged and perhaps demonically possessed man walked into his in-laws church and killed 26 people.  One of the 26 was the pastor’s daughter.  That hit particularly close to home. 

Belle Pomeroy, the 14-year-old [...]

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What Are the Five Solas?

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

     This week marks the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the Roman Catholic church of the time, visionary pastors and leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant [...]

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People That Are FFG

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Tony Cicenas in Article from The Messenger

     A couple of weeks ago I was at an evangelism conference in Cincinnati. I heard a lot of good stuff but what stood out more than anything was "FFG".

     This past week I began to think about the "lost" parables as found in Luke 15. In that passage, all of the attention [...]

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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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Calling All Gospel Workers

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Adam Smith in Article from The Messenger

Go and make disciples. This is the command our risen Lord has given to every church and every person who professes faith in Christ: Go and make disciples. I am so grateful to be part of a church that takes this command seriously; a church that doesn’t just talk about a desire to reach people [...]

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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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ASK for Help

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Eugenia Damron in Article from The Messenger

This spring I worked the end-of-year celebration at Kenova Elementary.  I was placed at the top of an inflatable to help pull children up who couldn’t quite make it.  As I pulled and tugged I was struck with thoughts of how few children would let go of the rope to grab my hand.  [...]

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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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Singing Is for You (and others)

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Andy Honeycutt in Article from The Messenger

Just for fun, I recently looked for “old funny country songs” on Google. See if you recognize any of these…and if you would admit it:

“Bubba Shot the Jukebox”
“I Got Friends in Low Places”
“She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”
“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”
“She Never Cried [...]

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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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