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

I am sitting at my desk thinking about what to write for this month’s Oasis. I can’t think of anything to write. Most of the information that I want to talk about can be found in the pages of the Oasis. By the way, I’m not sure that most of you read what I write (if you do then please let
me know).
I suppose that I could tell you what I am currently reading from the Bible. This morning I read the story of Eli, Hophni, Phinehas, and the capture of the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. I am sure
that you are familiar with that story (if not read the first seven chapters of 1 Samuel). Eli, the priest of Israel, is upset at Hannah because he thought she was drunk at the Tabernacle. It is interesting that Eli was upset with Hannah but overlooked his sons grievous sins. I know that Eli rebuked them – but he never stopped them. “What were they doing to get rebuked?”, you
ask. Read the story – but remember the meaning of the English translations sanitize the story.
They were terrible kids. I often wonder why God was so patient with them…what they did is offensive. They stole from God, stole from innocent people, and they stole virtue from faithful
women. Then, as God often does, He speaks to me. No, not audibly but with that “still small voice” to my heart. He often says, “Hey Steve, aren’t you glad that I’m patient with you?
Aren’t you glad that I’m slow to anger with you?” I have struggled with the same sins for years (sins that I will not share with you). Then I realize that I am glad that God is gracious and not quick to anger. He continues to work on me – and I know that He works on you as well.
Here’s another thought that came to my mind as I read this story. – “Steve you should be slow to anger, patient, and forgiving to other people – as I have been to you.”
Do you think that God speaks to you today? I do. Maybe we should all be still before the Lord and listen. The rabbis have a saying, “God gave us two ears and one mouth – so we should listen twice as much as we speak.”
That’s enough rambling for now.
See you Sunday – with a friend!