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.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

 
 
 
Committed 
 
      Marriage, marriage can be one of God’s most thrilling, satisfying blessings upon one’s life. Since this is true, why then do so many view marriage as archaic,  speak of this precious God ordained institution only in condescending, belittling language, or for those that are on their 3rd marriage and when asked why, the problem was always with the other party?
     The great theologian and reformer Martin Luther, called marriage God’s school of life. It is where virtue is pruned and perfected. If you have ever been married for any length of time, you know what if marriage requires one thing above all, commitment. 
     The “feelings” of love wane, the spark that was yours after the ceremony is quenched unless intentionally pursued, and the one inevitability, is hard times. The one virtue that is sorely needed, not only in marriage but in all arenas of life today is, commitment. Sadly, many today, when the road is hard, whether it be in marriage, in a ministry, even dealing with life itself, simply lack the will to commit, throw in the towel, and leave ruin in their wake. 
      This lack of commitment is wreaking havoc within the church as well. Christians in the past, with whole hearted fidelity to Christ above all things, amazed their persecutors, that they would choose death over comfort and a life that is sure to pass as a result of their unwavering commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
14 years ago when attending Bible college, one professor who made an everlasting impact on my life, stated that 10% of Christians in any given congregation do 90% of the work of the kingdom. I would assume this number is now in the single digits.
      Where is our commitment to Christ? Do we think so lightly of the greatness of His person, look upon His ever abiding presence with such contempt, take the precious gift of salvation which He has so lavishly bestowed upon us with such ingratitude, that we would choose all imagined varieties of world activity and entertainment, over and above the study of His Word, the enjoyment of calling upon Him in prayer, the joyous labor of serving and advancing His Kingdom, the fellowship of brothers and sisters with whom we are eternally connected, and the active pursuit of growing in the knowledge of Him?!
      Amy Carmichael a fairly well know Bible teacher explains exactly what true Christian commitment looks like, she says,
“If you do not plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don’t begin, for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it is not for you.”
      Well known Theologian Chuck Swindoll echoes this same sentiment, “More than once Jesus deliberately addressed certain issues that quickly diminished the number of onlookers. It was commitment that thinned the ranks.”
 
     Which crowd will we find ourselves in? Those whom the apostle John wrote of in the 6th chapter of his Gospel, that after hearing the commitment Jesus COMMANDS to be counted in His kingdom, were not willing and turned back from following Him? Or will we be counted with the apostle Peter and the others who, when asked of Jesus, do you too wish to turn and leave? Responded, Lord, to whom shall we go? We believe that You have the words of eternal life!
 
 
Chris Sanford
 
 

 




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