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...
 
Do you still make New Year’s resolutions? In the past have you made the promise, have you made up your mind, have you fully committed to a New Year’s resolution? You have been so determined to keep the resolution that you took drastic steps. You bought the new running shoes. You bought the piece of exercise equipment - you know the one that promised that you will have a beach body in only fifteen minutes a day. You cleaned out the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. You were determined that you would remove all the sugar from your diet. You were going to have a low carb diet. Then you thought, “I’m not going on a diet, I’m changing my lifestyle.” January first, New Years Day, the day that would change your life.
You got up early even after staying up late to watch the ball drop in Times Square. You put on the new running shoes, walked out the front door, and walked! You are off to a great start. Then something strange happens within a couple of weeks of your new start - life happens. You notice that your schedule begins to fill up and it crowds out the exercise time. Do I have to remind you of what happened to your diet? The carrot sticks and portion sizes have been replaced by French fries and drive thru lanes. 
I have just described why I quit making New Year’s resolutions. I hope that you are better at sticking to your resolutions than I am. It’s so easy to stop a good habit and develop bad ones, isn’t it. It takes determination and discipline to have a “beach body.” There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. If you want to loose weight, its simply energy in verses energy out (You have to burn more calories than you eat). If you want a beach body then you have to exercise. Often you and I need to encourage one another to keep on track physically.
What is true of the physical body is true of the spiritual body as well. God knows that - remember He designed us. The spiritual body needs nourishment, exercise and encouragement. 
 
God inspired the writer of the book of Hebrews to write, “And let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25) That is an interesting verse. Why were some first century Christians beginning to miss meetings? I assume that we use the same excuses today. In our culture we need to encourage one another and that is a major reason for Bible Study and Worship.
 
This year let’s resolve to work on our spiritual bodies - you know, the ones that will last. I want to encourage you to do the following spiritual exercises:
1. Attend worship each Lord’s Day (Sunday)
2. Get involved in a weekly group Bible Study
3. Read at least one chapter of scripture each day,
4. Pray each morning.
 
This year CCM is going to help you become more fit spiritually. I want to encourage you to start this week. Why don’t you invite a neighbor or friend - for encouragement and company.