Your Part in a Student’s Life

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Jeremy Napier in Article from The Messenger
Categories: Parents, Sports, Students

There is a great reminder of our role as parents in 1 Samuel 1. In this Bible story we read that Hannah was barren. She prayed to God and vowed to give her child to the Lord if she would conceive. God granted her request and Hannah gave birth to Samuel. She made good on [...]

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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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Serving with Great Joy

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Tony Cicenas in Article from The Messenger

Watching the Christmas cantata this past Sunday I found myself filled with joy.  The music was great.  The singing was great.  The lighting and graphics were great.  The preaching was great.  Everything about Sunday was great.  With sharing that, this was not what got my attention.  Sitting in the balcony (stage right) I had the [...]

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Lights, Brightness, and Glory

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Andy Honeycutt in Article from The Messenger

I prefer the blinking kind of lights on a Christmas tree. Sharon likes the always-on kind. I want lights that are different colors and Sharon likes white lights with just a few colors. We compromise and put both! After the lights are wrapped around the tree, I turn all the house lights off and sit [...]

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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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