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.

      A Blessing 
Hebrews 11:20 says “by faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau.”
     What does it mean to be a blessing to your children? If asked, many would probably respond, it means to leave your children an amount of money when you die, or even to give them something material while they are still young; perhaps  a college education, a down payment on a car or a home. 
     Very few parents do not desire to be a blessing to their children. As parents, we are our children’s biggest cheerleader, we earnestly pray, seek, and work to make sure they are the very best and virtuous people they can be, to be responsible people when they leave home and begin life. 
     When we look at the Biblical examples of being a blessing to your children, we see from the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, from the Proverbs, from the pen of the apostle Paul, there is no greater blessing for us to bestow upon our children, than to teach them to walk in the truth of Christ. 3 John 1:4 says I have no greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth. 
     Parents we may give our children a lot of things and lessons, but there is no greater gift that we can give our children than to teach them to know and love Jesus. This doesn’t happen by accident, nor does it come by just putting them in a church building. This has to be an intentional, daily, consistent, showing them Christlikeness in character as well as in our words. Deuteronomy 6, God commands His people to actively be speaking to their children about His word. When they rise up and when they lay down, when they come out and when they go in, for so the command goes. What is the Lord saying here? At all times. 
     Look for opportunities to give them God’s word, and give it to them abundantly. It doesn’t have to be awkward. It doesn’t have to feel “unnatural.” It may at first, but from personal practice the more we speak the word of life to our children the easier it is to have those conversations, and the more our children will feel at ease sharing with us. Again, if this has not been a regular practice in your home, it will feel awkward at first. Give it time, keep at it, and don’t give up. 
      The world has no reservations about seeking to transform the minds of our children with the ungodly worldview. If we would truly bless our children, if we would see them walk with Christ and live for His glory, we must as God commands, talk about these things. 
Chris Sanford