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2nd Timothy 2:15

"The proper place for a ship to be is in the water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will sink. The proper place for the church is in the world,

BUT IF THE 'WORLD' GETS INTO THE CHURCH,

THE CHURCH WILL GO DOWN IN DISGRACE!"

Thank you for taking the time to view our blog;we look forward to reading your comments. DVDs of our services are available upon request. We covet your prayers and friendship. In His Service and For His Glory, Pastor Bill & Kathy ...
"Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness...But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."-Joshua 24:14-15

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 30

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR BILL, From The Ones Who Love You!

THIS IS YOUR LIFE!! ENJOY THE MEMORIES!

 

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     Pastor Bill and Kathy in Valley Farms 2014                      Pastor Bill & Kathy In Mississippi 2007

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                Bill as a  Chaplain                          Cactus Records “The Music Man”

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   US Navy Petty Officer                               At age 9                   Bill at age 2, with brother Lloyd
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GOD’S TRUE PROMISES!

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NOTE! Filling in the blanks each week, could give a serious student of the Jesus and the Bible, an education, equal to a Theological degree with-in 2 years.  GIVE IT A  TRY!

    Ecclesiastes 8:11

    1. BELIEVERS IN JESUS ARE THE RECIPIENTS AND BENEFICIARIES OF REMARKABLE ___________________FROM THE TOTALLY __________________ AND RELIABLE GOD OF OUR SALVATION.

    2. IN HIS WORD GOD PROMISES BOTH OUR DELIVERANCE AND OUR ___________________.

    3. HE SOMETIMES SEEMS TO _____________ FULFILLING HIS PROMISES.

    4. THE TRUTH IS, HE IS ___________, AND HE IS ALL _____________________.

    5. GAL 4:4-5, “BUT WHEN THE TIME HAD FULLY COME, GOD SENT HIS SON, BORN OF A WOMAN, BORN UNDER LAW, TO REDEEM THOSE UNDER LAW, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE FULL RIGHTS OF SONS.”

    6. GOD HAS INNUMERABLE PRECIOUS PROMISES TO CHRISTIANS IN REGARD TO ___________ LIFE, THE FORGIVENESS OF __________, AND _______________ THE CHRISTIAN _________________.

    7. 2 COR. 1:20, “FOR NO MATTER HOW MANY PROMISES GOD HAS MADE, THEY ARE ‘YES’ IN CHRIST. AND SO THROUGH HIM THE ‘AMEN’ IS SPOKEN BY US TO THE GLORY OF GOD.”

    8. JESUS PROMISED US THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN AND TAKE HIS BRIDE, THE CHURCH ____________ TO HEAVEN TO LIVE IN DWELLINGS HE HIMSELF HAS PREPARED.

    9. HEB. 6:17, HE HAS SHOWN “THE HEIRS OF PROMISE THE IMMUTABILITY OF HIS COUNSEL,” WHICH HE “CONFIRMED …. BY AN OATH”. VERSES 18-19 LET’S US KNOW THAT “HIS COUNSEL IS OUR REFUGE AND ANCHOR, ‘BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST,’ BECAUSE GOD ________________ AND WILL NOT LIE.

    1. GOD SAID IN GEN 9:26, “BLESSED BE THE LORD, THE GOD OF SHEM”. WHAT GOD IS SAYING HERE IS THAT NOAH’S SON SHEM WAS TO BECOME THE FOREBEAR OF ISRAEL.

    1. GEN. 12:2, HERE GOD PROMISED TO MAKE A “GREAT NATION” OUT OF ABRAHAM” AND HE SAID, “I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU, AND I WILL CURSE HIM WHO CURSE YOU.”

    2. GOD VOWED THAT THE LAND OF CANAAN WOULD BELONG TO ___________ IN PERPETUITY.

    3. GEN 17:8, “THE WHOLE LAND OF CANAAN, WHERE YOU ARE NOW AN ALIEN, I WILL GIVE AS AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION TO YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD.”

    4. “IN THE FORTH GENERATION THEY SHALL RETURN HOME.” GEN 15:16

    5. THIS WAS A SPECIFIC, CHRONOLOGICAL PROMISE THAT WAS FULFILLED ________________AS THE EXODUS TOOK PLACE IN ABOUT 1440 B.C.

    6. DEUT 28:64, “THEN THE LORD WILL SCATTER YOU AMONG ALL NATIONS, FROM ONE END OF THE EARTH TO THE OTHER. THERE YOU WILL WORSHIP OTHER GODS – GODS OF WOOD AND STONE, WHICH NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR FATHERS HAVE KNOWN.”

    7. GOD _______________________ THEY WOULD NOT BE DESTROYED.

    8. JER. 31:35-37, “ THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS, HE WHO APPOINTS THE SUN TO SHINE BY DAY, WHO DECREES THE MOON AND STARS TO SHINE BY NIGHT, WHO STIRS UP THE SEA SO THAT ITS WAVES ROAR – THE LORD ALMIGHTY IS HIS NAME. ONLY IF THESE DECREES VANISH FROM MY SIGHT, DECLARES THE LORD, WILL THE DESCENDANTS OF ISRAEL EVER CEASE TO BE A NATION BEFORE ME.’ THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS: ONLY IF THE HEAVENS ABOVE CAN BE MEASURED AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH BELOW BE SEARCHED OUT WILL I REJECT ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF ISRAEL BECAUSE OF ALL THEY HAVE DONE,’ DECLARES THE LORD.”

    9. GOD ______________________ KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

    10. MALACHI 3:6, “I THE LORD DO NOT CHANGE. SO YOU, O DESCENDANTS OF JACOB, ARE NOT DESTROYED.”

    11. ______________KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

    12. THAT WOULD BE _________________ 70 YEARS.

    13. GOD ALWAYS _____________ HIS PROMISES.

    14. THIS PROMISE WAS FULFILLED IN THE ____________ ____________ OUR LORD JESUS THE CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED.

    15. THIS IS A GOOD GROUNDING FOR OUR ______________ EXPECTATION THAT THE REMAINING PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED.

    16. WE NEED TO __________ IN THE GRACE AND UNDESERVED GENEROSITY OF OUR GOD.

    17. ALL PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS ABUNDANT __________________.

    To find the answers to “fill in the blanks”, click here to view God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV. 

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    A FRIEND, IS A FRIEND?

    A friend of mine has well over 700 “friends” on his face book page and hopes to make personal contact with each one of them, and he hopes to photograph each one over the next 3 or 4 years. His project, will be called the “Friends I really know,” He wants to photograph each of his “friends” doing what they love—in their every-day activities.  Through this project, he wants to combat the impersonal, superficial nature of what is known as “friending.”

    A project of this type reminds me of  John 1:14, and the way Jesus personally reached out to mankind. He became our friend when “[He] became a man and made his home among us”.  Jesus lived among us –He looked into our eyes, healed others, ate meals with some, fished, and sailed with others, and He preached to many— all because He interacted with the people of the world.  He came to earth so that we could get to know Him not only as God, but also as a fellow human and friend. As we sit under His teaching, read His Word, as we learn who He was and is we can get to know Him.

    In John 15:15, Jesus told His disciples, “Now you are my friends”, and He proved it by confiding in them. He said, “I have told you everything the Father told me”. This level of sharing showed His care and it created joy in the hearts of His followers. As they knew Him more, they, also learned to love Him all the more.

    The depth of Jesus’ friendship was also revealed by His sacrifice. Jesus said, in 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”, and then He allowed himself to be crucified for our sake.

    The friendship Jesus offers us, is, a two way friendship, and not merely a one-click event— this friendship is an ongoing two way thing. (To Know Him, we must Make Him Known). He loves us deeply and has invited us into His inner circle, in order that we get to know Him— To know Him and remain in His love. Jesus wants us to know Him in a mighty way, a way that we can know and trust Him with our every day struggles. This close connection of knowing Him can minister to our souls when we feel disconnected from the people in our world. Get to Know Him; read your Bible- He wants to be your Savior, and your Friend.

    God to person at the portals of Heaven; “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” Person; “Because I know Jesus.” God, “If you know my Son, tell me all you know about Him.” Person, “ Oh, you got me there, but, let’s see, I know he is in the Bible, I know he is in the church, I know he turned water into wine, but that’s about all I know.” God, “SORRY, wrong answer.”  You can know the right answer! WHAT WILL BE YOUR ANSWER?

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    THE TRUTH PROJECT!

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    A Reminder!!!

    Our Church Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a food fellowship, with Bible Study (The Truth Project)at 11:30 a.m. Bible Study is repeated on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

         CH_ _ CH, What’s Missing? U R!!

    A QUESTION THAT DEMANDS AN ANSWER!


    “Can you be a follower of Jesus, and NOT follow Jesus?  AND, If you’re NOT a follower of Christ, are you a Christian?

     

    Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  495 on God Tube TV and 390 on Sermon TV for a total of  885.  We pray that you were blessed by last week’s message and look forward to hearing from you.  To view this week's message click here for God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV.

    Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in Arizona.
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    Sunday, March 23, 2014

    March 23

    What’s in a Name?

    Pastor Bill asks the provocative question

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    Child of God…

    Mr. or Mrs. Christian!

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    Often, and rightly so, we have a tendency to be offended when someone misuses our name.  And we know why! It’s because our name is pretty important to us, yes? It’s not merely a word, but it is our name that identifies who we are.

    Did you know that God is also very offended when His Name is misused?  God let’s us know through His name, who He is.  His name is a revelation of who He is.  In every Name that He calls Himself, God, has made Himself known. Made himself known by revealing to man, some of the attributes of His divine character.  So misusing His name is, of course, an affront to His very character.

    So, what are some of the ways we can misuse God’s name?  Well, it happens when we Attach His name to profanity in any way! Or, when we use “my God” or “my Lord” or “Jesus Christ” as a way of expressing our shock, dismay, surprise, elation, or, it could be just a word casually injected into our conversation. Or, even when we’ve used His name in any way, frivolously or disrespectfully. It may also be, when we praise God in our songs without truly meaning what we say, or uttering His name  insincerely.

    The honoring of His name is important to God. We may have even misused His name through some of our actions and deeds. When we, as  believers in Jesus live like the world, we treat His name with disrespect. As we do, we give the world occasion to blaspheme the good name of the Lord God  (Romans 2:24), “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you”.

    The way we handle God’s name is a reflection of our true relationship with Him, our love for Him and our esteem for Him.

    We should read and head Exodus 20:7, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who missuses His name.”

    Why do so many people choose to disrespect God by misusing His name? Yet,have the guts to  ask,  “why our country is in such a mess”!

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    Assistant Pastor Todd Ovitt sings “To God Be the Glory”

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    Pastor Bill’s Message!

    WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF ME NOW?  PART 2 (Now that I have a New Name)!

    Fill in the blanks. (Check answers below.)

    Ephesians 1:12-14 Pastor Bill’s teaching outline- you fill in the blanks:

    1. Our __________ stands firmly on the Almighty God, His Plan, and His Work.

    2. We should make it our goal to live the ______ life to the best of our ability.

    3. We are chosen in Christ; we are truly blessed and our position in Christ is _____________.

    4. We have been ___________________ through the blood of Jesus Christ.

    5. Our redemption has been paid by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary. He paid this ransomed price “through His blood”. This denotes the ____________ of Christ’s work on the cross as our ____________.

    6. Satan does not _________ us. God __________ us!

    7. The ransom, our debt, has to be paid to ________ Himself.

    8. God is a righteous God, and as a righteous God, He cannot remain righteous if He lets wrong go _______________. So the ransom price must be paid to satisfy God’s very nature.

    9. In Christ, all of us who _________ in Him have been set free. We are free because Jesus _________ our ransom price. Galatians 3:10-13, 4:1-5; and Romans 5:1

    10. We have been ____________ from slavery to sin and to Satan so that we can live ________________. Titus 2:14

    11. We ought to have confidence that we will never be _______________.

    12. We ought to be _________, __________, and _________ to be prepared to be made ready to serve.

    13. The Lord rejoices when our behavior ___________ His view of us of having been rescued from sin’s penalty and power. He is not happy when we live as ________ of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

    14. God sees us as __________ in Christ, as full ______ of all of His riches. Ephesians 1:5

    15. We enter God’s family in two ______, by _______, and by ___________.

    16. Knowing that in Christ we are _________ of God’s ______ family should cause us to live up to the family name by being kind, honest, true, loyal, and pure. It should give us a confident assured triumphant attitude.

    17. Knowing that everyone that is in Christ and members of God’s family should motivate us to ________ one another truly like brothers and sisters.

    18. If we fail to see ________ as members of God’s family, we will not experience His close, loving fatherly presence. He is always eager to restore intimacy when we confess our sins and failures to Him. 1 John 1:9

    19. God sees us as chosen in Christ, having been rescued in Christ and adopted in Christ. He also sees us as _________ in the Son, in the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:7-14

    20. We have been made a part of God’s “_______ ___________”.

    To find the answers to “fill in the blanks”, click here to view God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV. 

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    The Ladies! Kathy, Mary, Mary, Sandy, Carrie and Phyllis

    Lovely Ladies, one and all

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    Our Church cook out was a huge success, as we bid adieu to Fred (in front view) and his wife Sandy (in photo with the ladies), as they prepare to make their way back up to their northern home.  Assistant Pastor Todd is the acting chief for the day.  Scott and Bobby are in the background.

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    A Reminder!!!

    Our Church Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a food fellowship, with Bible Study (The Truth Project)at 11:30 a.m. Bible Study is repeated on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

         CH_ _ CH, What’s Missing? U R!!

    A QUESTION THAT DEMANDS AN ANSWER!


    “Can you be a follower of Jesus, and NOT follow Jesus?  AND, If you’re NOT a follower of Christ, are you a Christian?


     

    Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  489 on God Tube TV and 384 on Sermon TV for a total of  873.  We pray that you were blessed by last week’s message and look forward to hearing from you.  To view this week's message click here for God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV.

    Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in Arizona.
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    Sunday, March 16, 2014

    March 16

    WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF ME NOW?

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    Pastor Bill has gone to the Holy Bible for answers.

    Ephesians 1:3-7 Pastor Bill’s teaching outline- you fill in the blanks:

    1. Now that I’m a _________, where do I stand with the Lord? How _____ is the relationship between me and the Lord Jesus?

    2. We don’t feel very secure in our _________ to always do the _____ thing.

    3. Being in Christ is closely related to what God ________ of me now that I’m in ____, and ___ is in ___.

    4. We are who ____ says we are. Our potentials are what ____ says are our potentials.

    5. Before we were _________ the Lord saw us in a completely ________ way.

    6. John 3:18 “We were ________”; Matthew 18:11 & 2 Corinthians 4:3 “We were _____”; Romans 3:19 “We were _____”; Ephesians 2:1-5 “We were spiritually _____”; Ephesians 4:18 “We were ________ from God”; Romans 5:10 & Colossians 1:21 “We were the _________ of God”; Ephesians 2:3 “We were the children of _____”.

    7. God saw us as needing _________, needing to be _______, needing a __________ to take away our ________, needing a new ________ to make it possible to have a _________ relationship with Him, needing __________ and a _________ of the hostility between ourselves and ______.

    8. What does God think of me now? (Read Ephesians 1-3; John 1:12, Romans 3: 24; 6:11; 6:23; 8:1; 8:29; 8:30; 1 Cor 1:13; Col 2:10; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 2:5 & 9)

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    9. We truly are a _________ people; not because of anything we _______, but because of who we are in Christ.

    10. When God looks at us as _________, He doesn’t just see us, He sees us as inseparably _________ with ___________.

    11. We are ________, _________, ________, and ________ in ________.

    12. _______________ always brings with it responsibility.

    13. God has a sovereign right to choose whomever He will, but everyone has the ____________ to choose ________.

    14. We have been chosen in Christ both for present _________ and future perfection. We don’t have to worry that in a moment of weakness we will ________ our salvation. Our _________ stands firmly on God, God’s Plan, and His work.

    15. Knowing that God chose us in Christ should cause us to be completely overwhelmed with ________ and with a ________ to be more committed to Him.

    16. In Christ we are __________ and ______________.

    17. As redeemed people we are free from ______ and the power of ______ because Jesus paid the ransomed price; we are redeemed in Christ.

    18. “Through His Blood” denotes the totality of Christ’s work as our ___________.


    To find the answers to “fill in the blanks”, click here to view God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV. 



     

     THE TRUTH MARCHES ON!

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    A time of fellowship with a few friends. Phyllis, Dal & Carrie, Fred & Sandy, as their visit with us here in Arizona will be coming to an end. Soon they will be making their way back to their homes up North. We will miss you!


    GOD –N- COUNTRY!

    At the Coolidge Performing Arts Center! By the way- a marvelous Auditorium; and it’s right in our own neighborhood- Come check it out- see for yourself.

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    Deacon Michael Moore and C. “Gunny” Jackson entertained those attending, with some old country/cowboy ballads, as well as some fine old gospel songs. A few stories along with a couple of laughs were thrown in to round out the evening.


    “COME AND SEE”

    What’s coming to town- Check it out.

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    CIVIL WAR—THE BATTLE OF PICACHO PEAK

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    The only Civil War battle in Arizona, took place on April 15, 1862

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    The Confrontation, as the Union Army came upon a band of Rebels..

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    Confederate rebels prepare to defend themselves

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    The Battle is on!

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    The Union Cavalry out flank the rebel band

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    From up on the side of Picacho Mountain,

    spectators were afforded a great view.

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    A Reminder!!!

    Our Church Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a food fellowship, with Bible Study (The Truth Project)at 11:30 a.m. Bible Study is repeated on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

         CH_ _ CH, What’s Missing? U R!!

    A QUESTION THAT DEMANDS AN ANSWER!


    “Can you be a follower of Jesus, and NOT follow Jesus?  AND, If you’re NOT a follower of Christ, are you a Christian?


     

    Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  464 on God Tube TV and 371 on Sermon TV for a total of  835.  We pray that you were blessed by last week’s message and look forward to hearing from you.  To view this week's message click here for God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV.

    Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in Arizona.
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    Sunday, March 9, 2014

    March 9

    THE PROMISES GOD NEVER MADE

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    PHILIPPIANS 2:14-16

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    THE TRUTH IS ON THE MARCH

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    A RAINBOW IN THE DESERT

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    THIS PICTURE WAS SHOT BETWEEN COOLIDGE AND VALLEY FARMS REASURING US THAT…

    “GOD STILL KEEPS HIS PROMISES”

     

    COOLIDGE SCHOOL BAND CONCERT

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    OUR VERY OWN GABRIANA FROM CHURCH


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    GOOD JOB ON THE CLARINET, GABBY!


    HOTELS FROM OUR VISIT TO ISRAEL IN JANUARY 2014

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    DAN PANORAMA IN TEL AVIV

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    LOADING THE BUS

    GETTING READY FOR OUR FIRST DAY OF TOURING

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    OUR SECOND HOTEL-NOF GINOSAR—BY THE SEA OF GALILLEE

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    WE SPENT THREE NIGHTS HERE.

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    YAD HASMONA GUEST HOUSE NEAR JERUSALEM

    WE SPENT TWO NIGHTS HERE.


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    BOB AND RACHEL FROM NORTH CAROLINA

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    THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND THERE WAS PLENTY OF IT.

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    TIM AND JEANNETTE, MISSIONARIES FROM ENTEBBE, UGANDA


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       THE OLIVE TREE HOTEL IN JERUSALEM

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    WE SPENT TWO NIGHTS HERE.


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    THE HOTEL WAS VERY NICE THROUGHOUT.

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    KEVIN AND SANDY FROM MICHIGAN

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    A Reminder!!!

    Our Church Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a food fellowship, with Bible Study (The Truth Project)at 11:30 a.m. Bible Study is repeated on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

         CH_ _ CH, What’s Missing? U R!!

    A QUESTION THAT DEMANDS AN ANSWER!


    “Can you be a follower of Jesus, and NOT follow Jesus?  AND, If you’re NOT a follower of Christ, are you a Christian?


     

    Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  456 on God Tube TV and 349 on Sermon TV for a total of  805.  We pray that you were blessed by last week’s message and look forward to hearing from you.  To view this week's message click here for God Tube TV or here for Sermon TV.

    Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in Arizona.
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    It would be encouraging to us if you would let us know that you received our newsletter. We welcome your comments.