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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

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 25

MEMORIAL DAY! HONORING ALL WHO SERVED!

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This day I am paying special recognition to two of my Heroes, who just happen to also be my brothers; for their more than 20 years each, honorably serving  their country;

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First Sargent (E-8) US Army, Gordon Perry served for 26 years, from 1959-1985.


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Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) US Navy, Charles Perry served for 20 years, from 1955-1975.

And to all the many other brave men and women who have served so well; THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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“The Gospel of John” Part 1

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1. John 1:1, “In the __________________ was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
2. __________ is the “Word” of the Hebrew Scriptures.
3. During the time of the ____ Testament writing, the name that was used for Jehovah was never pronounced because it was considered such a high holy word.
4. John presents __________ to us as the One who was “in the beginning.”
5. Creation (Genesis 1:1) is the ______________ that took place in time and space and it _________ be dated.
6. God is all ___________ and has always ____________. Jesus was already in ___________. God had no ____________.
7. The Lord Jesus is separate and distinct from God the Father. “…and the Word was ________ God…” John 1:1
8. The Lord Jesus Christ is in fact _______. “…the Word was God...” John 1:1
9. The _________ was made flesh. John 1:14
10. John 1:14, “…and the Word made His dwelling among us.” The word _____________ here is the Greek word “Skenoo” and it literally means, “He pitched His ___ among us.” Our human bodies are little tents that we live in. (See also 2 Cor. 5:1)
11. The Lord Jesus Christ is full of _________ and _________. John 1:14
12. The Lord Jesus Christ was 100% _______ and 100% _____. Jesus was truly God in the _____.

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ROMANS 12:2 “TO BE OR NOT TO BE?”

The bottom line is this: What you choose is what you get. Five years from today, you will be exactly the same person you are today (with the exception of being 5 years older), except for the choices you make beginning right now.

You make a lot of choices every day—what to wear, what to have for breakfast, who you go to see, what you do and say, which route to take to work, etc. Those are transactional choices.

But you can also choose at any point to transform your life. Those transformational choices should be wise decisions, and will change the direction of your life—putting your life on a path to success… and more importantly… to wisdom and understanding.

The people who I admire most don’t live their lives by a “to-do” list; they live their lives by a “to-be” list, for example:I want “to-be” more like Jesus, I want to be a student of the Bible, more loving, more patient, more caring, more understanding, more reasoning…

While you can check things quickly off a “to-do” list, you may never be able to check off a “to-be” list, because it will now become an on-going life-long pursuit. And here’s the other side of the coin: You can’t have a “to-be” list, without having a “stop doing” list (Romans 12:2-a). To become something, you must undo something… this requires acting on an item from your “stop doing” list.

Those who live by a “to-be” list (Romans 12:2) have discovered wisdom… knowledge and understanding, that serves them well for life.

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American Latinos abandoning Catholicism

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:00 am

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

NEW YORK — Latinos in the United States are abandoning the Roman Catholicism of their childhood in increasing numbers to become evangelical Protestants or leave organized religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Only 55 percent of the nation’s Latinos consider themselves Catholic, a 12 percentage point drop since 2010. Of those who remain in the church, slightly more said they could imagine leaving than they have in previous years. At the same time, the share of Hispanic evangelicals rose from 12 percent to 16 percent, while Latinos with no religious affiliation increased from 10 percent to 18 percent. 

The Pew Research Center report, “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States,” is based on a 2013 survey of more than 5,100 adults and points to the challenges ahead for the U.S. church, whose fortunes are inextricably linked to the growth of the Hispanic population.

The Catholic Church remains the country’s largest denomination by far, with more than 66 million members, but has been steadily losing non-immigrant parishioners. In a previous analysis, Pew found former U.S. Catholics collectively would be the third-largest faith group behind Catholics and Baptists.

Hispanics are still expected to become a majority within the U.S. church in the coming years given the overall increase in the general Latino population. Already, one-third of U.S. Catholic adults are Latino, Pew researchers said. But Catholic leaders have been struggling to hold onto new immigrants given the shortage of priests and the competitive religious marketplace in the U.S. Nearly every American faith tradition has intensified its outreach to Latinos in recent decades.

Pew found no single reason for the changing Latino religious landscape.

Respondents most commonly said they gradually drifted away from the faith of their childhood or stopped believing the teachings. About 30 percent said they found another congregation that helps its members more. Others said they had a personal spiritual crisis or left for family reasons. While a large percentage of Latinos overall said the church should do more to address the clergy sex abuse scandal, only a tiny percentage cited the crisis as a reason they left.

The changes partly reflect religious trends in Latin America, which has also seen a steady decline in Catholics as the ranks of evangelicals and nonbelievers have grown. Concern about the region’s losses is believed to have been a factor in the election of Pope Francis, an Argentine and the first pontiff from the Southern Hemisphere. Pew found about half of U.S. Latinos who left Catholicism did so before they arrived in this country.

However, U.S. religious life has also been an influence. The share of Americans overall who say they have no religion, or “nones,” has increased to about 20 percent in recent years. The trend is more pronounced among young people. Pew researchers found similar patterns among U.S. Latinos. Most of those ages 18 to 29 who left Catholicism now say they belong to no particular religious group. Hispanics ages 30 to 49 moved toward both evangelical Protestantism and no religion.

Some Latinos who became Protestants have joined mainline churches in the U.S., but most Hispanic Protestants are evangelical. Of those born-again Christians, some belong to Pentecostal groups, known for their spirit-filled worship and belief in divine healing. Overall, 22 percent of U.S. Latinos are Protestant.

Regarding political affiliation, Latinos overall favor Democrats over Republicans, but support for Republicans is much higher among evangelicals. Three in 10 evangelical Hispanics lean toward the GOP, compared to 21 percent of Hispanic Catholics and 16 percent of the religiously unaffiliated.

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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.
     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?  Come visit us and learn the truth! 

Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  531 on God Tube TV and 425 on Sermon TV for a total of  956.  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, May 18, 2014

May 18

THE TRUTH CONTINUES TO RING OUT IN VALLEY FARMS

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“The Gospel of John”  An Introduction

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FILL IN THE BLANKS! (Check answers below.)

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

 

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1. It is generally assumed that the Gospel of John is an _____ book to understand. This is not true.

2. The Gospel of ______ is actually the most ____________ of the _______________.

3. “You are in Me” means _____________, and “I am in you” means sanctification. (John 14:20)

4. It’s true that the __________ of the Gospel of John may be simple, but the meaning is very _____________.

5. John’s Gospel, written around the year 100 a.d. was the ____ of the _______________ to be written. All the other apostles were ___________ by this time.

6. John wrote his gospel at the _________ of the Holy Spirit to the _______ and was fully under the _________ of the Holy Spirit.

7. The church needed something ___________ and more spiritual, something that would enable them to ________.

8. Jesus has _________ _______________. (John 1:1-3)

The Gospel of John was written for_____________ and it enables us as believers to _________ in Christ.

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SET FREE TO LIVE THE TRUTH:

John 8:32

We are called to be Righteous, but we do not create our righteousness. We’re righteous because Jesus Christ has determined to love us. We are loved. We are free. Period.

True freedom, doesn’t mean the freedom to cast off all responsibilities and no longer consider what it means to live a life that exhibits goodness. Freedom comes as a gift, but we can make the foolish choice to surrender the very freedom we’ve been given. When we do, it’s then, we can become enslaved by and to: whims and passions, addictions, and trivial selfishness. We can, in fact, “destroy one another,” if we don’t intensely guard our freedom and love God and others well. (Galatians 5:15) 

In order to guard our freedom, we need to confess and turn from our sins, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, follow Him, while trusting in the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and His work. We must say “No!” to the old life (the flesh). We must commit to boldly love the Lord, and one another. We must courageously embrace and confess the truth that we “who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of [our old] sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there” 

Jesus has truly set us free. Will we now squander that freedom and prostitute ourselves by selling ourselves back into the worlds system for a few earthly pleasures? Jesus has provided the way to lasting freedom, but the choice remains ours.

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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.
     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?  Come visit us and learn the truth! 

Video files of our worship services are available on the Internet. Last week’s viewings totaled  524 on God Tube TV and 412 on Sermon TV for a total of  936.  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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Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 11

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOMS!

THE WORLD IS BLESSED AS YOU SERVE THE LORD!

I am honored to know you.

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    “A Mother’s Day Message”

    Proverbs 31:10-31; Genesis 1:27

    1. Genesis 2 describes Eve as both the ________________ to Adam and the final compilation of ____________.

    1. The apostle Paul cites the creation account as the basis for his _______________ instructions to husband and wives.

    1. Maleness and femaleness is something very important and non negotiable in the ___________.

    1. Men, Peter tells us to treat our ______ as a “weaker vessel.”   (1 Peter 3:7)

      1. Wives should be treated as the most _________ asset that we, as husbands have. Treat your wife like fine china.

      1. A wife needs the love and ______________ of her husband, security and ___________, and to have ________________.

      1. The wife’s most valuable contribution is ___________, she’s a ___________.

      1. The apostle Peter exhorts the husband to grant _______ to his wife.

      1. The wife of _______character is described in Proverbs 31:10-31.

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      A Mother’s Day Reminder

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      THANK YOU JESUS! A WIN FOR CHRISTIANITY!

      Supreme Court: Opening prayers at local City/Town council meetings is constitutional!!
      Published May 5, 2014

       

      The Supreme Court has upheld the right of local officials to open town council meetings with prayer, ruling that this does not violate the Constitution even if the prayers routinely stress Christianity. 

      The court said in a 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion. 

      The ruling was a victory for the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester. 

      "The prayer opportunity in this case must be evaluated against the backdrop of historical practice," the majority wrote in its opinion. "As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition, part of our expressive idiom, similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, inaugural prayer, or the recitation of 'God save the United States and this honorable Court' at the opening of this Court's sessions." 

      The majority justices further argued that the intended audience is not "the public, but lawmakers themselves." 

      In 1983, the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska Legislature and said that prayer is part of the nation's fabric, not a violation of the First Amendment. Monday's ruling was consistent with the earlier one. 

      Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the prayers are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions. 

      "The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers," Kennedy said. 

      The American Center for Law and Justice, which filed a brief in the case backing the town of Greece, applauded the decision. 

      "This is a sound decision that recognizes the significance of our nation's heritage and tradition," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said in a statement. 

      But Justice Elena Kagan, in a dissent for the court's four liberal justices, said the case differs significantly from the 1983 decision because "Greece's town meetings involve participation by ordinary citizens, and the invocations given -- directly to those citizens -- were predominantly sectarian in content." 

      A federal appeals court in New York ruled that Greece violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity.

      Click to read the opinion

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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  554 on God Tube TV and 430 on Sermon TV for a total of  984.  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, May 4, 2014

      May 4

      CHURCH UPDATE for 2014 !

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      The Community Christian Church of Valley Farms, AZ now serves between 900 and 1,000 each week, via; Regular in house Church Service; DVD; and the Internet Video Ministry. PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! Thank you all, for your continued prayers, in helping us reach the needy of the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.


      NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER!

      The Road that runs by The Community Christian Church-This is Valley Farms, AZ

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      National day of Prayer, May 1, 2014, the doors were open to any and all who decided to drop by.

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      YOU BE THE JUDGE!

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        “Are Mormons Christians? You Be the Judge!” Part 2

        Hebrews 1:1-2; Galatians 1:8

        1. Joseph ________ translated the golden plates from 18___ through 1830.

        1. In 1831 Smith left New York State and moved to Kirkland, _____. From Ohio the Mormons moved to Zion, ___________. The Mormons were driven out of Zion and they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois along the banks of the Mississippi River.

        1. The local __________, the Nauvoo Expositor, began to ___________ the Mormons for their controlling attitude and their beliefs in polygamy among other things.

        1. The Legion was a group set up to protect the Mormon leader, Mr. Smith. They took it upon themselves to _________ the newspaper office.

        1. Joseph Smith was _________ and on June 27, 1844 a mob stormed the jail. Smith was shot and _______.

        1. Bringham _________ became the next leader of the Mormons and led them to Salt Lake City, Utah.

        1. The Temple __________ is in Salt Lake City, Utah with other temples in the United States and around the world.

        1. Mormon temples are sacred to the Mormons. _______ are performed in the temples that according to Mormon doctrine have great saving power. Celestial marriages and baptism for the dead can only be done in a Mormon temple.

        1. Joseph Smith _________ “New Revelations” with the authority to add “New Doctrines” to Scripture.

        1. The Mormon doctrine of God states that God is not a spirit but of a material substance, they state that there are many gods and that _________ themselves are gods.

        1. Greek scholars past and present all agree that John 4:24 should read “God ____ a Spirit”.

        1. Mormons view _________ as divine.

        1. Despite Mormon denial the practice of polygamy ____________ today.

        1. Mormons claim that the wedding at ____________ where Jesus turned the water into wine was His own wedding and that He married Lazarus’ two sisters, Mary and Martha and also Mary Magdalena at that wedding.

        1. The Mormons teach that Heaven has ________ divisions: the Telestial (lowest level); the Terrestrial (middle level); and the Celestial Kingdom (highest level). The also teach that there is no _________.

        1. _____________ teach salvation by faith plus works (works as their church outlines them to be) plus baptism.

        1. The Mormons teach that the dead can be ________ by baptism by proxy, that the family unit will endure into the eternal ages, and that those in heaven, as gods, will produce __________ children.

        1. Baptism for the ________ is believed to give eternal life for those who have already _________.

        1. The ____________ Mormon system is based the writings on ________ man, Joseph Smith.

        1. The Book of _______________ has been proven incorrect by archaeologists, anthropologists, and Bible scholars.

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        TAKE TIME OUT FOR JESUS!

        A few years ago I found a book as I was browsing through a local library. In this book I found a paraphrase of Psalm 23 by; Toki Miyashina. He called it “the 23rd Psalm for the busy person of today” I found it to be delightful. I found it again recently on the internet …and would like to share it…

        “ The Lord is my Pacesetter, I shall not rush. He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals. He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind, and His guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to accomplish this day, I will not fret, for His presence is here. His timelessness, His all-importance, will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my head with the oil of tranquility. My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours, for I shall walk in the place of my Lord, and dwell in His house forever”.

        My mind began to go into a counseling mode, knowing that there are many in the world, like myself, that just need to shift gears just a bit, and get into a slower pace, take more time, to walk with the Lord, get back into step with His steps in delightful fellowship.

        No time in the history of the world have we seen the need for Truth more than today. We are bombarded from all sides, day and night, with the noise of information, so much, that our heads at times, start to spin out of control.

        This poem, like the original Psalm 23 is a reminder for people like me, and you—who easily get caught up in the grip of rush and hurry— that God is unrushed and His guidance is unhurried.

        We each need to stop and meditate on God and His Word, seek His face. TAKE SOME TIME, TODAY! It may be a life saving pause.

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        TRUTH PROJECT GRADUATION

        Five complete their 13 tours totaling 13 hours of teaching as they complete the project! Jolyn Logan; Ben Logan; Pastor & Mrs. Perry;  Lucino Contreras; Hazel  Contreras;Todd Ovitt; (The children belong to Lucino & Hazel; Joy, Lelani, and Caesar) 

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        JOHN 8: 31-32, “…If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (NKJV)

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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  545 on God Tube TV and 420 on Sermon TV for a total of  965.  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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