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

Is it August already? It can’t be, but it is. School starts this month. Vacation time is running down – mostly. It is time for most of us to get back into a routine that is dictated by the school calendar. The school calendar – the modern day dictator. We plan around it and complain about it and we fuss about it, but we ultimately submit to it and it’s time demands. When you sit down as a family and plan your schedules around school and school activities – don’t forget to schedule Sunday morning worship. If it is important, it gets written on our calendars, IPhone, and computers. So right now schedule worship. Did you do it yet? Go ahead and do it, thank you.
I thought about a wise man who helped my thinking on the importance of worship. I will call him Bill. Bill was a World War Two Veteran. He was also the head butcher at UHL’s IGA in my hometown. I worked part time at UHL’s while I was in high school. I think I made $2.90 an hour. Big money for me. I was allowed – by law – to work twenty hours each week. One of my jobs was to help clean the butcher shop. Bill managed the shop. He was demanding but he was fair. I enjoyed working for him because he told amazing stories and he bought us cokes. When I started to work Ohio still had “Blue Laws.” Some of you remember “Blue Laws” and some of you have never heard of such laws. Ohio, like most states, repealed the “Blue Laws” which allowed all businesses to be open on Sundays if they desired. UHL’s IGA decided to open on Sundays from noon – 6:00 p.m. Later they decided to open for “Regular Operating Hours.” After the decision was made, Bill told the owner and manager that he would work six days but he would not work on the Lord’s Day (Sunday). If they insisted that he work on Sunday, then he would quit. They asked Bill why he wouldn’t work on Sunday. He replied, “I figure that if I don’t make time for the Lord in this life, then why should He make time for me in the next life?”
Bill never – as long as I worked at UHL’s – worked on a Sunday. You see, Bill put the Lord on his calendar. Do we?
See You Sunday with a friend