First Mennonite Morton



  • Love and Holiness

    June 28, 2017 Aaron Yoder
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    Prayer, Worship, God's Character

    As we have been focusing on prayer through this year, my eyes have been on the lookout for various prayers that are offered to the Lord from the various writers of Scripture.  This week, I was struck by the prayer which the Apostle Paul prayed for the church of the Thessalonians at the end of chapter 3. 

    He wrote, “May the Lord...

  • The Honor of Prayer

    May 10, 2017 Aaron Yoder
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    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Charles Spurgeon once said, “Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian.”  

    Indeed, directly seeking the face of God and laying our anxieties at His...

  • No Weakness Allowed

    April 26, 2017 Aaron Yoder
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    Prayer, Worship, Commune Together

    What makes a man?  As a father of three sons, I think about this often as we play, talk, and experience life together.  Whether I like it or not, their primary understanding of manhood will come from me – what I say, how I act, what I value, etc.  Yet my goal, is to continue to lead them beyond myself and to Jesus and...

  • Forgotten By God

    Dealing With Our Spiritual Depression October 19, 2016 Aaron Yoder
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    Prayer, Worship, Faith, Scripture

    There are many common experiences that Christians all share.  Typically these experiences (like cronic pain, the struggles of parenting, the difficultly of offering forgiveness or methods of coping with the abruptness of death) become the subject of conversation as prayer requests are shared. 

    However, the experience of spiritual...

  • Sep21Wed

    When Chained To A Wall

    September 21, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Occasionally as I’m reading the New Testament, I try to imagine how I would respond to various situations, teachings or events if they had taken place in our modern day.  Suppose that you were at your cousin’s wedding when some unknown thirty year-old named Jesus turned water into excellent tasting wine.  Or imagine being...

  • Aug10Wed

    A Season of Preparing

    August 10, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Leadership, Parenting

    Nearly every part of life within our family includes ‘preparing’ right now.  (Not to be with 'prepping' which means to stockpile water bottles, rice and firewood for some post-apocalyptic world).  We are preparing to send our older children back to school by purchasing supplies and meeting with their teachers.  We are...

  • Mar2Wed

    Deeper Church

    March 2, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith, Commune Together
    This is a transition week between the conclusion on our series on the life of Peter [ Peter in Progress ] and our next series [ The Communion of Saints ] through Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthian church.  I believe the Lord’s goal for this next series is to lead us into deeper forms of commitment with one another. 

  • Jan20Wed

    Overcoming Fear

    January 20, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith
    Fear is a common theme throughout Scripture.  Why shouldn’t it be?  Fear appears to be a common theme in life!  Whether it’s the fear between people, fear in difficult circumstances, fear of spiritual elements, fear of the natural world or a reverent fear of God, anyone of us might be able to identify a specific moment...
  • Nov25Wed

    Worship Music

    November 25, 2015
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    What role does music play in your daily life?  If you are like the majority of Americans, you would say that music is very important.  Perhaps you listen to music at home, at work or while driving.  Perhaps you find yourself whistling, taping your foot or humming even when the world around you is silent.  Perhaps you use...
  • Oct21Wed

    Simple Traditions

    October 21, 2015
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith, Commune Together
    In a few weeks, our family will be placing five candles (three purple, one pink and one white) in the center of our dining room table.  Our children love to remember the hope, love, joy and peace of Jesus as they take turns lighting and blowing out the various candles during the 4-week season of advent.  When we participate in this...