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Increasing Our Faith

God makes his presence known to the world on a daily basis. With faith, we can recognize the miracles and other acts of divine providence as soon as they happen. To increase our faith, all we have to do is read the Bible and pray. The more we do those two things, the more our faith increases. As a result, we will increase our thanksgivings and praises to He who constantly ...

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Loving Our Neighbors

The Bible tells us to love your neighbor as yourself. However, I imagine many of us have neighbors we wish would leave town never to return. This can prove to be difficult when someone rubs us the wrong way, but as Christians, that is exactly what Jesus wants us to do. It’s easy to love our spouse, our children and our friends, but what about everyone else? Luke 10:2...

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Tales from a Struggling Marriage

"Tales from a Struggling Marriage" - That ought to grab your attention! You didn't know that I had a struggling marriage? Well, my earthly marriage is NOT struggling. I am talking about the struggle to be a good Bride (as a part of the church) in the marriage to the Groom (Christ Jesus) as portrayed in Ephesians 5: 22-33. You see, we as believers are to be faithful and pur...

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Fairness

In preparing for our Bible Fellowship class two weeks ago I thought the lesson writer used one of the best examples of human nature I have read in awhile. Please allow me to summarize again. He was saying that a couple had gone abroad and adopted a child from conditions that were unfathomable. The child had no hope of any normalcy or future. Later on in life after rescuing...

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God-moments

In I Peter 3:15, Peter wrote to his primarily Gentile audience instructing them to set Christ aside as holy in their hearts. The Gentile believers were being persecuted, and these sufferings and trials were the result of these believers living faithfully in a pagan and hostile world. Peter went on to instruct and challenge these Gentile believers to be ready to share their...

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Christ-like

By calling ourselves Christians, we are saying we are “like Christ.” If we take a hard look at ourselves, can we with confidence say we are like Jesus? That would mean: loving the Lord our God with ALL our heart, soul and mind; loving our neighbors as ourselves - including those the world expects us to despise; ministering to “social outcasts” like ...

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Salt

I can still taste the country ham my grandmother served us for breakfast when we would visit her on her farm in Kentucky. The ham had a distinct salty flavor that gave it that savory taste. But my grandmother also shared with me that the purpose of the salt was not only to make the meat tasty but it was also the preservative that kept the ham from going bad. How simple, ye...

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Upcoming Revival

ELDERS CORNER Eleven years ago we were attacked by people who had the intention of destroying the American way of life. The shock and unbelief I had that morning still remains in my mind. I know how my parents and grandparents must have felt on the morning of December 7, 1941. On the evening of September 11, 2001, Cathy and I, along with many others went to church and pra...

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Lost Pets and Redemption

Have you ever lost a pet? Have you ever had the experience of finding that pet again? I observed this experience recently and drew some spiritual lessons from it. As some of you know, Jackson (my youngest son) is an Apprentice Falconer. In December, he captured a wild red-tailed hawk. He trained him, named him Gabriel, and he grew very close to the hawk. In June, Jackson w...

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In Love with Jesus

Have you ever met someone who was completely and fervently in love with Jesus? I’m talking 100% devoted and committed to an intimate love relationship with our Lord? D.L. Moody once said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him”. In a world of shallow, half-hearted relationships, I believe God is longing for us to be ...

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Praying for Revival

One of the best things about revival is there will be a genuine response by people to serve God's Will and to further His Kingdom. This means we need to start praying today for God to stir our hearts. Let us pray that God will put a mirror before us and show us what we need to do to be more like Christ, who is the perfect example of one submitting to the Will of the Father...

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Temptation

Just as Satan tempted even in the Garden of Eden, all Christians struggle with temptation. We live in an “anything goes” culture and often temptations are so subtle that we don’t realize that we are actually sinning. The Bible says that all Christians are faced with temptation; no one person is singled out. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God promised us that He ...

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Seasons

I heard on the news this week that school has started back in some counties and starts back in Muscogee County Monday. The end of the summer is here. Growing up, the end of the summer used to be Labor Day, but that is a topic for another day. The seasons seem to go by so much faster as you get older, especially birthdays. We will begin fall soon. It’s a great time. T...

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How Firm a Foundation

What a blessing it is to have a firm foundation to rely on, to stand on, and to build on. The hymn reminds us of the many scriptural references to Foundations. One of these references is in Psalm 102: 25, "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands." We live in a swirling world of uncertainties and unreliable people....

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Loving Our Neighbors

Exciting opportunities are around the corner! We have the leadership in place that is helping us to show our love for our neighbors - not only for those within our church, but also for those not currently in our church. Our leaders have put in place a plan to help us to outreach, to take care of, and to minister to all of our neighbors. These things will further God's King...

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Pursuit of Happiness

Many people spend their whole lives in the pursuit of happiness. Some seek happiness by drinking, using drugs and pursing money or relationships that are outside of God's law. They quickly find that these are a temporary fix, not genuine paths of happiness. They might temporarily make you happy, but they won't lead to everlasting joy. True happiness is much more than livin...

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July 4th

Can you believe we have reached the mid-way point of 2012? It is at this time of year that we annually turn our attention to our next holiday, the July 4th celebration. Many have family traditions that will be observed such as meeting at the beach with family, or simply meeting at the park to enjoy good food, time with family and friends, watermelon, and possibly a round o...

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Kids Week. Nursery Duty. Family Matters. Father's Day. Summer Vacation.

At this time of year, children (and grandchildren) are on our minds and all around the house. I had supper last week with a young man (now he's a Major in the Army, but he's always going to be younger than me) who grew up at Morningside. It is inspiring to see "the ones that made it" through the storms and challenges of childhood and young adulthood, and it is encouraging ...

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Founding Fathers

With the Fourth of July around the corner, the question can be asked, "Do our leaders today compare with our Founding Fathers?" If the answer is no, it may be because of what we are teaching our children today - or, precisely, what we are not teaching them. Our Founding Fathers believed "religion, morality, and knowledge [were] necessary to good government and the happine...

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Urgency

In the gospel of John chapter 9 Jesus shared with his disciples this truth, “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” In the preceding verse Jesus had announced to His disciples that, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” The phrase, “while it is day” could r...

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Family Roots

My family and I have been members of Morningside since 1984. We have seen growth and changes, and we have been blessed to be a part of the three previous stewardship campaigns. The current Family Matters campaign is an opportunity to look at where we are and where we are going. I believe that Morningside's roots are strong and spiritually deep. I believe that the Lord has...

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A Prayer for Faith

Oh Father in Heaven, Thank you for everything you do for us; thank you for your Word and the examples you give us in your Word. It is my prayer that we remember those examples, especially those who acted on faith, and apply them in our lives today. I pray that your will be done. I pray that our will and our desire align with yours. I pray that if the new building is inde...

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Strength

An athlete is coached to avoid getting too excited or too down during the contest. They are to remain as calm as possible and rely on their training. In the message Sunday Peter told Jesus he would lay down his life for Him. Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!&rdqu...

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Elder's Corner - Reflecting Light

From my early years as a child I have always favored daylight over darkness. Whatever the source of my nighttime fears, they vanished with the dawning of a new day. I remember staying with my grandmother on her farm during summer-breaks from school and running around with my uncle as he managed his farm operations. During the days, life was all good. However, when the sun ...

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Elders Corner

On Easter Sunday, Christians everywhere celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection, His triumph over death, and, as a result, our salvation. What better way to celebrate these things than by sharing the good news with the lost - by finding ways to further God's Kingdom? Let each of us find ways to do just that - it can be something as simple as helping one in need, or it can be...

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Elders Corner

Faithfulness hinges upon what we value as important combined with commitment. We have a powerful tendency to be faithful to what we think is truly important, be it a family name, a spouse, a friendship, an athletic team or even certain material things like a brand of automobile. This tendency was an issue when the disciples decided to follow Peter’s lead and return ...

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Elders Corner

The DiscipleNow (DNow) 2012 event is officially over but for those youth who had their lives changed at this year’s event, the adventure lives on. God is at work among our youth at Morningside as they have each been challenged to “Get R.E.A.L.” as a Christian. The challenge to “Get R.E.A.L.” as a Christian does not stop at the doorway of the S...

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