This Week - Friday, February 1, 2019

Some weeks sermons come easier than others. What I have learned over the years, is the difficulty I have in preparation of the message for the week has little to do with the quality of the message. It is merely a reality of preparation, and I am guessing that in your job or responsibilities sometimes they are easier to complete than others. Last week, the message came hard for me. This week the message has come together rather smoothly for which I am very grateful. Actually, I had fun reliving some stories from the history of Meridian that I’m using to illustrate and bring application of Paul’s writing in Colossians 2:6-15 to our 2019 lives.

If you are in the 9:00 or 10:30 AM services on Sunday, I’m, again, making the request that you shift to one of our other three services on Sunday. Ignore this request if it upsets the spot in which you serve or creates significant personal problems. Attendance continues to climb so those worship hours are maxing out in occupancy, again. I realize that if you worship those earlier hours, it is probably because it works best for you. So, my request is a temporary one. We are trusting God that the pending building addition will be finished by Christmas, but that means at least ten more months of near capacity in those two services. When the addition is completed, we anticipate more room for all our worship times. Therefore, you will not need to view this change as permanent, but temporary in 2019 to make space for more newcomers to TMC worship.

Here is an idea to add to what we will hear Paul, the apostle, write in the Scripture section for Sunday. Friedrich Rest wrote: “In baptism, the direction is indicated, rather than the arrival.” The sermon title for Sunday is: “The Meridian Water Tower and Baptism.” Let’s have some fun.

His and yours,

Steve Moore (Senior Pastor)

This Week - Friday, January 18, 2019

This week we will hear what a famed scholar labels “one of the three most eloquent sections of Scripture in the New Testament.”  It’s Colossians 1:15-23.  There are so many ideas from this Scripture that it has been a week of extra time on my part deciding how to present this revelation in a sermon.  Frankly, I have big feelings of inadequacy as I pray over it and get ready to preach it to you on Sunday.  I have such a privileged vocation.

Training to facilitate a Life Group is available on line here

This is a great season to be in a Life Group as we roll on toward the Resurrection season.  If you have any question about groups or want more information contact Jeff at or 208-888-3101.

 Here are two trips I’ll be making, one in 2019 and the other in 2020.  You are invited to join me.

  • Ecuador Mission Trip, November 4-13, 2019.

Visit the churches TMC has planted, encourage the leaders of those churches (this is huge), spend one day at each church ministering to the children with Bible stories, crafts, songs, etc., worship on Sunday in at least one church, spend at least a day with our sponsored child(ren), tour Ecuador’s Compassion International Headquarters, and have our hearts touched by the Holy Spirit.

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage, March 9-19, 2020.

April Alford and I will lead this.  It will include Old Testament sites in Jordan including Mt. Nebo and Petra.  An entire week in Israel including Jerusalem, Jericho, Qumran, Masada, Nazareth, Caesarea by the Sea, Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee, hill of the Beatitudes, and more.  We dream of this being more than a vacation tour, but a true life-changing pilgrimage.  In the months before travel, several sessions will be offered to provide information about and prepare for every stop the pilgrimage will encounter.  Space is limited and discounts are available for early registration.  The TMC group will have our own qualified guide, bus and hotel accommodations.

If you are interested in either or both of these trips, the sooner you let us know the better.  For more information contact, April or myself as well as our ministry assistant, Janice in the office via or 208-888-3101.

Famous preacher of old, James S. Stewart wrote:  “When Christian worship is dull and joyless, Jesus Christ has been left outside—that is the only possible explanation.”

 Jesus first,

Steve Moore, Senior Minister

This Week - Friday, December 15

his week the Scripture we will hear together has been called by one theologian “the greatest adventure of religious thought ever achieved in the mind of humankind.” Comprehending God’s gift of a baby in Bethlehem produces such profound thoughts. The word I have chosen to describe my study experience on this fourth Christmas light is “humbled.” This light is only mentioned by John in his gospel, and that observation alone grabs a Bible reader’s attention because John was an uneducated fisherman who used the simplest vocabulary in the New Testament. Ask God to open your heart a little extra before arriving at worship this week. Some of our children are going to sing a Christmas carol in worship and that will help set the stage.

Read More