Welcome to CCM

Welcome to the Christian Church of Midland’s website.  Look around.  You’ll notice several articles, links, and pages.  After you’ve finished your online visit, I hope you’ll give us the opportunity to meet you personally.

The first thing that you’ll notice when you visit us in person is how friendly, vibrant, and engaged in ministry we are.  Faith is important.  Love, grace, and forgiveness matter here.  Our love and faith overflow in Midland through our involvement in our schools, neighborhood, and community.

Thank you for visiting our website.  I look forward to meeting you soon.

Steven D. Knisley
CCM – Minister

The Preacher’s Pen

Do you remember the old song that the church used to sing, “Count Your Blessings?” That song came to my mind as I considered this month’s Preachers Pen. I thought about it because of this month – November. November is the month when our culture pauses and gives thanks (at least we should).
I have several reasons to be thankful. First, I am thankful for being American. I know that our culture has several challenges- brought on by us! Nevertheless, I am thankful that, despite all of our challenges, I feel blessed to live here. God has given us so many freedoms and opportunities in our culture. For that, I am thankful.
Another reason that I am thankful is because of my mother. She was born in November. November 30, 1935 to be exact. I am more thankful for her now than ever before. Mom was a great example of grace, forgiveness, and faithfulness. She had a simple faith – one that I admire. To be honest, I wish that I had her faith. She was faithful to her family to a fault. Please don’t get me wrong, she was not a push-over or naive. She had standards – high standards – but she was forgiving, gracious, and loyal. I miss her.
My wife, Lisa, and I were married in November. I’m thankful, but you’ll have to ask Lisa! I’m thankful for such a wonderful woman who said yes to being my wife. I am blessed because she continues to support, encourage, and push me to be better. Simply put, I am thankful that my best friend happens to be my wife. Thank you Lisa.
I am also thankful for being the child of a loving, gracious, merciful, and compassionate Father. God has been – and continues to be – so gracious. I am thankful for His mercies. I am thankful that “He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it.” I, for the life of me, do not understand why God hasn’t given up on me. Scripture does say, “who can know the mind of God?”
Well, I have rambled enough this month. I do want to encourage you to “count your blessings, name them one by one, and you will see what the Lord has done.” Be thankful.
See You Sunday, with a friend