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Let’s take a step towards Jesus together!

August 22, 2019

Good morning, church.

It is such an honor to open the pages of God’s Word with you every Sunday and learn together and be inspired to follow Jesus as a unified church. I can’t wait until this Sunday!

As you may know, we are in the middle of a study through Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth.  Paul is touching on very specific things happening in Corinth. He planted the church and knew many of the believers personally.  If the truth was known, he more than likely was directly responsible for most coming to Christ. So he has the luxury (or curse depending on your perspective) to know exactly who is walking with Jesus and who is totally messing up their lives.  But at the end of chapter 6, Paul puts everything into perspective for everyone – including us. So much so that this message should probably be pulled out annually for a stark reminder of who God is, who we are, and why we do what we do.

In preparation for this Sunday’s sermon, please carve out just a little bit of time to read with me a 4-day devotional on the temple of God (or use your YourVersion Bible App).  If you read 1st Corinthians 6, you’ll know why this devotional is important.

May God prepare our hearts for something special on Sunday – maybe we can all take a closer step to Jesus… together.

David and the Big Guy

May 16, 2019

When Jesus spoke of His own second coming, He asked this sobering question, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).


His concern was not if He would find “successful” churches with big buildings and huge budgets. He wasn’t even concerned about the number of people who are baptized and attend seminary. His concern was very simple: would He find faith on earth.


From the beginning of time, God called His people to demonstrate faith in Him. From Adam to today, God calls us to trust Him with everything we face. Whether it’s monumental challenges or simple daily hiccups – God wants us to trust Him for it all.


And the reason He wants us to trust Him with the small stuff is because in time, God will calls us to trust Him for something big. Goliath big. And the only time to prepare for that day for to start now.


This Sunday we will discuss David’s close relationship with God which started long before he faced a 9 foot giant. David was brave, courageous and bold. But his faith was bigger than all of those things put together.
So how’s your faith today? What steps has God called you to take to strengthen your faith? Maybe you would consider reading with me this devotional next week. It may be short and simple, but God can use it is a huge way. I hope you will jump in with me.


https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/14350-goliath


In His strength,Randy

Very special Sunday for Randy’s family

April 25, 2019

Good morning church family,

This Sunday (April 26, 2019) is going to be a very special day for me and our family.  Our long time friend John passed away in a freak plane crash nearly 2 years ago and his young widow will be sharing her story for the first time publicly with us at Arizona Hills.

Watch the local news report video here

Read the local news report here

They have always possessed deep faith in Jesus – but nothing could prepare Paige and their three great kids for this kind of tragedy.

This Sunday’s message is the last in this series on God’s love.  This week’s title is, His Love: Makes All Things New.  In the midst of so much pain and uncertainty, God has made so many things new in their lives.  Together we will hear of God’s faithfulness and presence in their lives.

By the way, this would be an idea time to invite a friend to Arizona Hills.  Her story is positive, inspiring and touching. Plus folks will hear clearly about the love of Jesus – which is available to us all.

The week after Easter is typically low – please make our time of gathering together a priority this Sunday.  We need you and you need us.

Sincerely and kindly,

Randy

Beware – this email may change your life.

April 25, 2019

Beware – this email may change your life.

Hello my friend,

Baptism has no spiritual value to our relationship status with God.  To assume that the baptism water or the event itself carries with it unique power is to bestow a lot of authority to the church and a pastor (authority I don’t desire).. However, the symbol and experience of being baptized can be SO VERY POWERFUL and even life changing.  Whether it’s in a pool, on stage at church or in the River Jordan, demonstrating one’s faith publicly can actually be life-changing.

When we declare our love for Jesus in the waters of baptism, we do four things:

1 – We identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus

2 – We celebrate the forgiveness of our sins

3 – We obey the commands of Jesus to be baptized

4 – We declare to all that Jesus as our Savior

So, are you ready to take this step?  We offering an opportunity on May 12th (Mother’s Day).  Please reply to this email and let me know. I’m praying God will stir in the hearts of those who need to take this next step in their faith.  I hope it’s you.

Sincerely and lovingly,

Randy

Holy Week 2019

April 11, 2019

April 12th, 2019

I am sitting in my office right now watching the live funeral procession of a successful musician who was gunned down on March 31st in front of his clothing store in Los Angeles.  The funeral procession is estimated at over 25 miles long. Tens of thousands of people are lining the streets to pay their final respects. Each asking a similar question, “why?” Whether you loved or even knew his music or not, it’s a sad day for many – grueling for his family and closest friends.

One week from today many of you will join me at the Deegan Stable for our third annual Good Friday service.  We will again gather to remember the grueling death of the one who lived a perfect life – the one who died for you and me.  There are many differences between the remembrance of the death of Jesus and all other deaths. But one of the biggest is that we don’t have to ask the question “why,” but rather we say, “thank you.”

Some denominations do a better job at remembering His death more often than most evangelicals.  We could learn from them in this area. With that in mind, I’m asking if you would be willing to read an eight day devotional with me which is related to this week between Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. Would you jump in tomorrow with me?  If you miss one or two days, it’s okay! But let’s try to take time to pay our respects to Jesus and prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter… together!

BTW, please let me know if you’re planning on joining me – I’d LOVE to read this with you!

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/904-my-utmost-for-his-highest-holy-week

Preparing my heart with yours,

Randy

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