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.
In His strength,Randy
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.
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,
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,
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!
Preparing my heart with yours,
Our journey to grow in a closer relationship with God and deepen our faith in Him was never intended to be a solo activity. If we were to stop and analyze the early church, we’d discover that there was a deep and regular dependence on others. Paul could not have been more clear to the good people in Galatia when he commanded them to “bear one another’s burdens”.
Before we dismiss this as a poetic churchy command, let’s consider that the writer of Hebrews also commanded the Christian Jews to not neglect meeting together, “as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”.
There are many reasons why we go “sideways” in our important relationships. It would be irresponsible for me to suggest there is a single reason. However, in my personal experience, a common denominator of those who are spiritually healthy, others-centered and making a positive difference in the lives of others, is this: they each often have a smaller group of people in their lives who love Jesus, love them, and can speak truth to them on even the most sensitive subjects.
I am busy, you are busy.
You’ve been hurt, I’ve been hurt.
I struggle in trusting others, you also struggle in this way.
God told me to get closer to others and if i do, He will cause good things to happen in my life. His promise to me is the same for you.
Please join a small group for the next six weeks. Not for me. Not for your spouse. But for you. And if you do, God will use it in a positive way in your life.
He bet His life on it.
See you Sunday.
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