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
 
 
This and That...
 
August already? This year is flying by. It seems that school just ended and now we are getting ready to go back to school, back to college, back to “normal.” Do you ever think about that? What is “normal.” Did you know that Webster’s College Dictionary has eleven definitions for the word “normal,” and two of those definitions have two sub-definitions. Webster has six definitions for the word “norm”, which is the root word for normal. Two of the definitions for the word “norm” have two sub-definitions. Amazing. I guess that Webster has a hard time defining “normal”. That describes our culture...can’t define
anything.

The most used definition, and the most common use for normal is, “conforming to the standard or common type: regular.” Using that definition, what is your normal - or regular - day like? What type of “things” do you do. I know that most of us get up, shower, eat, go to work and then go home. I’m interested
in what other “normal or regular” activities that you and I do. More importantly, what do other people see as your “normal” activities. Those activities have a way of coming out of you normally or naturally. For example, if you have a “short fuse” then it is normal for you to get angered easily (I’m not
saying that it’s a good trait) Another example that comes from my family is when I get real quiet. Lisa knows that I am thinking deeply and seriously about something. That’s normal for me - not that I’m a deep thinker - that may have happened three or four times during our marriage.
 
Back to you. Let me ask you, as your minister, to consider the following questions. Is it normal for you to read your Bible? Is it normal for you to pray? Is it normal for you to have “spiritual conversations” in your home? Is it normal for you to attend church services? Is it normal for you to ask others to attend
church services with you? If these are not normal then why not make them normal. Researchers have discovered that it takes thirty to forty days to make a habit a normal part of your life. I want to challenge you to make Bible reading a normal part of your life. There are thirty one days in August and thirty one
chapters in the book of Proverbs. Let’s read one chapter of Proverbs each day during August. You will be glad that you did.
 
See you Sunday with a friend.