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What Do You Say to Someone Who Says, “I Don’t Enjoy Reading the Bible.”

By | September 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Scripture|Tags: , , , |

I served as a youth pastor for many years.  One of my former students wrote an article titled, "I Don't Enjoy Reading the Bible."  He was hoping to encourage people who feel defeated over [...]

Four Distinctions of the True Local Church

By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts, II Timothy, New Testament, Titus|Tags: , , , , , |

The true “church” refers to the regular and intentional meeting of believers to worship God, to study His Word, and to serve one another as part of the body of Christ under a Biblical [...]

Your Participation in Church has a Significant Impact on Other People

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

Even if you don’t show up for yourself, you should show up for the benefit of others.   In 1 Corinthains 12:15, Paul writes, “15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, [...]

When You Come to Jesus, You Become Part of the Family

By | February 1st, 2018|Categories: Acts, Blog Posts, Galatians, New Testament|Tags: , , , , , |

Your relationship with Jesus has dramatic effects and implications on your relationships with other people – especially people within the church.  Consider what Paul says in Galatians 3:26-28: “In Christ Jesus you are all sons [...]

Real Fellowship is Hard…. and That’s OK

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts|Tags: , |

By: Lara Stafford Lately I have been struggling to understand the concept of fellowship. Our church leaders have put together Koinonia groups. In practice, these look a lot like the small groups most churches have. We [...]

Being a Vital Part of a Church Family Begins by Showing up… Often

By | January 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts, II Timothy, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

Becoming vital at church begins with walking through the door on a regular basis.  People who place a high value on their spiritual lives also place a high value on gathering with God’s family.  [...]

People Who Pray are Vital to the Body of Christ

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: |

Prayer prompts God to do things in the lives of His people that He may not have otherwise done.   The whole of Scripture tells us that God hears and answers the cries of his [...]

A Multitude of Heavenly Host Proclaiming the Huge Significance of Christmas

By | December 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Luke, New Testament|Tags: , , , , |

“8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, [...]

A Christmas Communion Message

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Communion as Proclamation of the Gospel, John, New Testament, Special Messages|Tags: , , , , , |

The Gospel of John takes a different approach than the traditional way the Christmas story is told in the other Gospels.  He begins his book by saying this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the [...]

Practically Speaking, How Do You Serve Jesus?

By | December 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , , |

What you do for the people at church, you do as unto Jesus Himself.  Jesus makes this point abundantly clear in Matthew 25.  In the parable of the sheep and the goats, He describes [...]

How Loud is Too Loud for a Church Service?

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Music, Worship|Tags: , , , , |

Before I was in church ministry, I was a touring musician.  I traveled with a large concert PA system and I played through a “stadium worthy” 1200 watt amp of my own.  I love to [...]

The Gift of “God With Us”

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Jeremiah, Matthew, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , |

The coming of the Messiah was greatly anticipated in the Old Testament.  For centuries, those who were faithful to the scriptures looked forward to a Messiah who would set men free from their sin [...]

What is the difference between Iniquity, Sin and Transgression?

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , |

Psalm 32:1-2 says “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” “Transgression,” “Sin,” and “Iniquity” [...]

God is Present and Powerful in the Storms!

By | July 5th, 2017|Categories: Attributes of God, Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , |

God is present and powerful in times of trouble.  He is with us with the power to protect and preserve His people.  God will sometimes allow us to be up against a wall or [...]

Anchored to the Word Instead of Blown by the Wind

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4 When it was harvest time in Israel, the wheat and the dry, scaly casings of the seeds called chaff would [...]

WORTHY: A Survey of the Psalms beginning June 4

By | June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Scripture, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ON June 4th, we will begin a 10-week survey of the Psalms. We will be looking at some of the many reasons why God is worthy of our praise. Our prayer is that you grow in [...]

Jesus Uses Humble and Zealous People

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, The Call of God|Tags: , , , |

Jesus looked for humble people who had a genuine zeal for God – regardless of their background.  Jesus looked for people with potential and passion.  He often used unpolished people who were willing to [...]

The Significance of Easter

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Doctrine, Events, Events, Teaching|

We cannot begin to grasp the magnificence of the pre-incarnate, glorified Christ. Jesus Christ's willingness to step down from the majesty of His heavenly throne to dwell among His creatures is just one demonstration [...]

God Always Does Things in the Best Possible Way

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Attributes of God, Blog Posts|Tags: , , |

God’s infinite wisdom tells us that His actions could not be done in a better way than the way He is doing them right now nor could they be improved upon by one of [...]

The God Over Time is Infinitely Wise

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Attributes of God, Blog Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

When it comes to God, He knows every detail.  He never guesses.  He always knows.  He sees the end from the beginning and He’s present in both places.  He is described as the Alpha [...]

The Object of Our Faith is Perfectly Trustworthy

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Attributes of God, Blog Posts|Tags: , , |

There is a common misconception in the world that saving faith is taking a blind leap into the darkness and just hoping for the best. Some people think that people of faith leave reason [...]

The Vital Strength Of Praying Parents | Romans 8:26-34, Matthew 7:11, James 5

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: James, James Growing Strong, Prayer, Sermons|Tags: , , , , , , |

  When I was a kid, I had a friend who had an obnoxious little brother.  When he didn’t get his way, he started to scream.  When I say scream, it wasn’t [...]

Seeking the Best Interest of Others

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Love seeks the best interest of others.  Love is built upon serving another person without expecting anything from that person in return.  God sees our works and HE blesses us accordingly. Consider Jesus’ words [...]

Words have the Power to Direct People Toward Christ

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Words|Tags: , , |

When someone asks a practicing Christian for their advice, that believer has a responsibility to the scriptures.  If we begin our advice with the phrase, “well the Bible says…” we better make sure the Bible [...]

Our Words Demonstrate Our Spiritual Health

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Health, Words|Tags: |

A transformed nature will produce transformed behavior.  When someone embraces Jesus as Lord, He begins to transform every part of that person’s life from the inside out.  Their new life in Christ results in [...]

Resetting Our Minds at Church

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Doctrine, The Call of God|Tags: , , , |

Being a part of a church community is a critical part of growing in your faith.  You and I desperately need the body of Christ.  The non-believing people around us in our communities and [...]

God’s Way and Exquisite Experiences

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Genesis, James, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , |

It says in Genesis 3:2-3, “2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree [...]

Letter to the Editor about AZ 1.27 – Published in the Verde Independant

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: Activities, Blog Posts, Events, Events, International|Tags: , , , , , |

Verde Valley churches step up to help foster families in need Follow this link to check out Pastor's Mark's letter to our community:

Doubt Begins by Asking, “Did God Actually Say?”

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Genesis, Inerrancy of Scripture, James, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , |

Genesis 3:1 says, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in [...]

Three Ways to Know if you are Double-Minded

By | January 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, James, New Testament, Romans|Tags: , , , |

Every Christian I know has at least a couple of areas where they struggle.  We are all double-minded in one way or another.  In my life there have always been a few places where the [...]

What’s up with the Long Hair?

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, Old Testament|Tags: , , , |

Samson was under a Nazarite vow, which was different from being a Nazarene, so don’t get the two confused!  The Nazarite vow is outlined in Numbers 6.  Individuals in the Old Testament times would sometimes [...]

Trials Help us to Become More Like Jesus

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, James, New Testament|Tags: , |

“2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” [...]

Trials Help us to Trust God’s Promises

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, James, New Testament|Tags: , |

Faith can simply be defined as trusting that God will fulfill His promises.  God makes promises on the basis of His perfect wisdom.  James encourages us to ask God for wisdom when we find [...]

The Movement of our Money Reflects what We Value

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts, I Corinthians, New Testament|Tags: , , |

The movement of our money is an expression of what we value.  Jesus said in Luke 12:34,“34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”   In other words, whatever you and I [...]

How to Start a New Life with Christ

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Corinthians, John, New Testament, Romans|Tags: , , , , , |

HOW TO START A NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST You can have real, lasting peace today through a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are four things you need to know about receiving the free gift [...]

The Bible is the Most Reliable Book in the World

By | December 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Bible is the most reliable book in the world.  It has proven over and over again to be accurate in its history, archaeology, science, and prophesy.  The Bible is so widely regarded as an [...]

Respect Those who Keep Watch over Your Soul

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Timothy, New Testament|Tags: , , , , , |

The writer of Hebrews says in Hebrews 13:17, “17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and [...]

Pastor Mark’s Christmas Editorial in the Verde Independent

By | December 24th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts|

God's Gift to Us at Christmas Here is a link to the editorial that Pastor Mark wrote in the Verde Independent Newspaper: Have a Merry Christmas!

Give Your Spiritual Gifts to Others by Serving

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Corinthians, New Testament|Tags: , |

A vital partner in the gospel serves others in the body sacrificially: They serve when they’re tired.   They serve when it’s hard. They serve when they don’t feel like it anymore.   AND… they serve [...]

Sheep, Shepherds, & the Local Church

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Genesis, New Testament, Old Testament, Revelation|Tags: , , , , , |

God intended for His people to worship together, not just individually! God’s purpose in gathering a people is not only to have them relate to Him on an individual level, but to form those [...]

The Trouble with Peacemaking

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , , |

A Biblical peacemaker lovingly restores harmony in relationships on the foundation of truth, righteousness, and Biblical principles I’ve arrived at this description of peace based on scriptures like Colossians 3:14-16.  It says, “14 And above [...]

Mankind’s Biggest Need – Peace with God

By | November 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , |

Jesus came to establish a foundation of grace and truth so that we could have peace with God Jesus provides a way to have peace with God. Romans 5:1 says, “ Therefore, since we have [...]

What Does it Mean to be “Pure in Heart?”

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , |

A Pure Heart has a Single Desire The Greek word katharos is translated “pure” has two basic meanings: “clean” and “unmixed.”  Our English word cathartic come from this Greek word.  In the medical field, a cathartic agent is something [...]

Jesus Sees My Heart (How Come You Only See My Hair)

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

  Long ago, I played in a Christian alternative rock band named Everybodyduck.  I was the "long haired" guy in the band.  One of our more popular songs contained a lyrical hook in the [...]

New Hearts Lead to New Lives

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Those who receive this offer of total forgiveness in [...]

Encouragement for Stressed-Out Voters:  God’s Purposes will Continue

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When Jesus was on the earth, government leaders often stood in opposition to him.  In Luke 13:31, it says, “At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod [...]

Free Election Prayer Guide Download

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Doctrine, Events, Marriage, Missions, Persecution, Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Monday night, November 7th (6pm), a group will be gathering at Pastor Mark's office for a special time of intercessory prayer for our country.  You are invited to join us!  The Bible says in 2 [...]

The Good Samaritan Shows us our Need for God’s Mercy

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Luke, New Testament|Tags: , , , , , |

A couple of weeks ago, I broke down on the road between Cornville and the Village of Oak Creek.  I was with Owen, about five miles from anything in all directions.  A very kind man [...]

What Shall I do to Inherit Eternal Life?

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|Tags: , , , , , |

The greatest question is, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” God’s standard for earning our way to heaven involves perfect love for God and perfect love for other people.  If we did those [...]

God’s Mercy for us is Best Displayed at the Cross

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

God acted sacrificially to meet our needs at the very moment we deserved His help the least.  He deals mercifully with our sin out of His great and perfect love for His people.  Romans 5:8 [...]

Spiritual Hunger and the Prodigal Son

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Timothy, Luke, New Testament|Tags: , , |

Healthy people are hungry!  People who are never hungry are either sick or dead.  Hunger and thirst in a living being are evidence of life.  Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness have evidence in [...]

Jesus: The Bread of Life

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, John, New Testament, Prayer|Tags: , , , , |

In John 6:35, Jesus said,  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” When Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well, [...]

A New Sense of Taste

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Peter, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , , , , , , |

Spiritual life develops a new sense of taste: The psalmist tells us that believers can “taste and see that the Lord is good!”[1]  The Apostle Peter said of believers, “…you have tasted that the Lord is good.”[2] The [...]

Demonstrating Christ-Honoring Humility in Times of Conflict

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Peter, II Timothy, New Testament|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Listen carefully and be reasonable in times of disagreement. Paul instructs Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:24-25, “…the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness [another [...]

Jesus is the Greatest Example of Meekness

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Peter, John, Luke, New Testament|Tags: , , , |

Jesus was (and is) the greatest example of meekness. Peter gave this description of Jesus, “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting [...]

Responding Humbly to Trials

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Old Testament, Prayer, Psalms|Tags: , , |

A meek person never says, “I don’t deserve this, God!!!!”  Instead, they say to the Lord, “I can’t wait to see your power on display in this impossible situation.” Psalm 37:25 indicates that David was [...]

Is Anger a Sin?

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Exodus, John, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , , , |

Biblical meekness is not weakness; it is power under control for God’s purposes. In fact, sometimes meek people in the Bible got passionately angry.  Yet in that anger, they remained sinless and controlled.  Their power [...]

I’m Waiting on God and I Need Encouragement

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, New Testament, Prayer, Romans|Tags: , , , |

CJ  Mahaney says in his book Humility, “Waiting is not resignation: waiting is an active trust in God to provide fulfillment in his perfect timing.”[1] People who are waiting on the Lord aren't lazy, but they are free [...]

Three Pictures of Biblical Meekness

By | October 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: , , , , , |

The Greek word translated as “meek” in Matthew 5:5 was a word that commonly described these three things in Jesus’ day: a soothing medicine, a gentle breeze, and a broken colt.  Doctors might give a meek medicine [...]

When We Deal Seriously with our Sin, God Deals Gently with us

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

Psalm 51 is the song that David wrote when he repented of his sin with Bathsheba.  It says in verses 1-2: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy [...]

God the Creator Creates Clean Hearts

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , , , , , |

God comforts those He cleanses.  When David was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, he was not crying out against the punishment of sin, he was sick over the sin itself (Psalm 51).  He was [...]

Godly Grief Over Sin Leads to Genuine Confession

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, II Samuel, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , , , |

In 2 Samuel 12:7 when Nathan said, “You are the man,” David was cut to the core.  He offered no argument.  He never tried to justify his sin with Bathsheba.  The Holy Spirit brought about an instant awareness of the [...]

King David – A Man who Mourned Over His Sin

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, II Samuel, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , , , , |

David was divinely chosen by God and anointed as King over God’s chosen people.  He was the nation’s spiritual leader, as well as their political leader.  He had set up the worship of God in [...]

How can a Person who “Mourns” be Blessed?

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  The question that is immediately raised in our minds and hearts is, “How can a person be blessed if they are mourning?”  Only the [...]

Laodicea: Materialism Gone Wrong

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, New Testament, Revelation|Tags: , , , , , |

Laodicea was a very prosperous, ancient town in Asia minor (modern-day Turkey).  It sat at the intersection of major roadways and controlled trade on the river that flowed through it to the seacoast.  Its prominent [...]

What Does it Mean to be “Poor in Spirit?”

By | September 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

Matthew 5:3 says, "“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  According to this verse, those who are “poor in spirit” possess the “kingdom of heaven.” Without being “poor in [...]

An Illustration of Spiritual Poverty

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Prayer, The Call of God|Tags: , , , |

 Luke 18:9-14.  This is a parable for all people who trust in themselves and their own good behavior to get them to heaven instead of putting their trust in Jesus and His perfect, imputed righteousness.  [...]

Fight the Norm and Pursue Humility

By | September 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Galatians, Matthew, New Testament|Tags: |

  The Beatitudes describe the attitude of a person who has totally and completely surrendered to the authority of Jesus as Lord.  This person is quite different from the norm in that they are humble, [...]

9/11: Hope in Vulnerability

By | September 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|Tags: , , , , , |

Fifteen years ago today, I was living in Phoenix and I had just shown up to LA Fitness for my daily workout.  Most people don’t talk much when they work out in a big city [...]

Use Your Gifts for God’s Glory!

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Corinthians, New Testament, The Call of God|Tags: |

Spiritual gifts are a hotly debated topic in the modern church and often lead to division in the body of Christ. However, the proper use of spiritual gifts for God’s glory should lead to unity [...]

I Have Nothing to Give; All I Have is in Christ!

By | September 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, John, Matthew, New Testament, Titus|Tags: , , |

Matthew 5:3 says, 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  The first step to entering the kingdom of heaven is to admit our spiritual bankruptcy.  When we are no longer trying [...]

Fanning Your Spiritual Gifts into Flame

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, I Timothy, II Timothy, New Testament, The Call of God|Tags: , , |

Timothy was shaped by the Holy Spirit   2 Timothy 1:3-7 says, "3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers [...]

What Does it Mean that Jesus is the “Firstborn” of all Creation?

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Colossians, Hebrews, John, New Testament|Tags: , |

What does it mean that Jesus is the “Firstborn” of all creation? Col 1:15 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” There is a lot of confusion about [...]

Everything Exists to Magnify the Infinite Worth of Jesus

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Colossians, New Testament|Tags: , |

Colossians 1:16 says, "16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." Paul [...]

The 1 Word that Describes God 58 Times in the Bible

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

When the Bible describes God, it often uses the scriptural word “almighty.”  “Almighty” has the same definition as “omnipotent.”  It means “having an infinite and absolute plentitude of power.”  The ESV translation of the Bible uses the [...]

Everything That’s True about God is True about Jesus

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Colossians, Doctrine, New Testament, Scripture|Tags: , |

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. – Colossians 1:15 He is the visible image of the invisible God.  Eikōn is the Greek word translated as image.  As it [...]

A Better Pursuit – A Verse-by-Verse Study Through the Beatitudes

By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Scripture, Teaching|Tags: , , , , |

It’s Better To Gain Heavenly Rewards! It is better to gain great heavenly rewards than anything else this world has to offer.  All other enjoyment is for a moment, but the pleasures of God are [...]

Biblical Proof for the Deity of Christ

By | August 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Doctrine, Prayer, Scripture|Tags: , , , , |

To understand the Jesus of the holy scriptures, we must recognize that He was both fully human and fully divine.  There are several direct scriptural claims that assert the deity of Jesus.   THEOS The [...]

Five Encouraging Truths About God’s Omnipresence

By | August 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Exodus, II Timothy, Isaiah, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms, Romans|Tags: , , , |

The presence of God is a great comfort to godly people.  Here are five implications of God’s omnipresence for His people. #1 When we are greatly tempted, God does not leave us – Romans 8:31-34, Psalm 14:5 [...]

Perfection in Faithfulness | Psalm 36

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , |

Pastor Mark Stafford   Perfection in Faithfulness | Psalm 36 We live in a culture of half-truths and broken promises. Do you remember the story about George Washington and the cherry tree? At [...]

Three Massive Truths About God’s Unlimited Power

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Habakkuk, Job, Mark, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , , |

God’s power is both infinite and undiminishing.  His power is often displayed in creation, but His creative works only give us a glimpse of all that He possesses.  We could think of His works like a [...]

Distortions of Omnipresence

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, II Kings, John, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , , |

The Bible teaches that God is present, but separate from His creation.  In my very first semester of Bible College, I was emphatically taught two biblical terms: Immanence and Transcendence. Immanence means that God is totally [...]

How to Pray for our Schools, our Students, and our Teachers

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

School is just starting in our area this week.  Let’s take a few minutes and pray for our teachers and students as they represent Jesus in the classroom.  Here are some ideas of how you [...]

Present Everywhere | Psalm 139:7-10

By | August 7th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , , , |

Pastor Mark Stafford Present Everywhere | Psalms 139:7-10 Whenever we offer up a prayer to God, there are certain assumptions we make: We assume that God is there and that He’s listening. We [...]

Our God – An Unchanging Rock

By | August 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Deuteronomy, James, Malachi, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , , |

The Bible teaches that God does not change.  He remains the same eternally.  Theologians often use term "immutable" to describe God' unchanging nature.  It is a divine perfection that is not often acknowledged in the [...]

Power Strong Enough to End Violence and Give Every Person Real Value

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , |

Many people are concerned about the changes happening right now in our country.  Many of the believers who gather at Canyon are very patriotic and care deeply for this great country of ours. As Christian [...]

What do a Feather, a Galaxy, and a Broken Wall Have in Common?

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, James, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , |

When Psalm 102 was written, Jerusalem was in ruins.  The Bible is clear that no matter how bad the situation, even if Israel lay in ruins, God was still in control.   An afflicted man wrote [...]

Canyon Teen Helps Build Bible Training Center in Balgüe, Nicaragua

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Events, Missions|Tags: |

Canyon teen, Trenton Stafford, just returned from a ten-day trip to Ometepe Island, located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua.  The island was formed by two volcanoes and has a population of about 30,000. [...]

God Freely Gives the Faith He Requires

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Hebrews, Jeremiah, New Testament, Old Testament|Tags: , , , |

We can forever trust God because He never changes or goes back on His Word.  In this unreliable world, He is perfectly reliable!  God says in Jeremiah 31:33, “ For this is the covenant that I will [...]

Our Reliable God in an Unreliable World | Psalm 102

By | July 24th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , |

Pastor Mark Stafford Our Reliable God in this Unreliable World A study on God’s immutability from Psalm 102   Many people are concerned about the changes happening right now in our country. Some [...]

Not Religion, but Worshipping an Infinite God

By | July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , |

At the most fundamental level, the purpose of Christianity (and of Canyon Verde) is to know God.  It’s not about religion.  Christianity is a gateway that leads us to God.  We are all on an everlasting journey [...]

He’s Lived All Our Yesterdays AND All Our Tomorrows

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Isaiah, New Testament, Old Testament, Revelation|Tags: , , , |

God exists outside of time and can be at any point in time at any time.  He is the God over time!  Sometimes the scripture puts God’s relationship with time in terms we can grasp.  [...]

Infinity Can’t Contain Our God | Psalms 147:1-5

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , , |

Pastor Mark Stafford   Infinity Can’t Contain Our God – Psalm 147:1-6 People go to church for a lot of different reasons. A few years ago, Gallup conducted a poll to analyze the [...]

A Few Reasons Why We Use the ESV Translation

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Doctrine, Inerrancy of Scripture, Scripture|Tags: , , , , |

There are several really good Bible translations on the market right now.  Each one has its merits and each has its weaknesses.  I have committed to avoid "Bible translation wars" whenever possible here at Canyon.  My desire [...]

What Can Ancient Camping Teach Us About God?

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Colossians, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms|Tags: , , |

Try to imagine what it must have been like for the Israelites when they wandered around the desert for 40 years.  I could imagine that living in a tent in the middle-eastern wilderness must have [...]

Intercessory Prayer – Monday at 6pm

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Doctrine, Prayer, Scripture|Tags: , , |

We gather every week to pray for God's people because the leadership at Canyon is convinced that a group of 2 or 3 or 8 people gathered together to earnestly seek God’s will for those [...]

85 Summer Activities for Kids That Don’t Involve TV or Video Games

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I made a list for my kids of activities they could do this summer that do not involve TV or video games.  I thought I would share it with you.  Here you go... TV and [...]

God’s Eternal Kingdom | Psalms 90:1-4

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , , , , |

There is no audio available for this teaching. Pastor Mark Stafford   God’s Eternal Kingdom   Our God is everlasting! Most believers have a concept of eternity, but many people in the church don’t have [...]

Our Founding Fathers Thought Deeply About What God is Like

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Scripture|Tags: , , , |

What God is Like Our country was founded by men who had profound convictions about what God is like.  With the birthday of our nation being celebrated this weekend, Bible-teaching churches have the opportunity to [...]

Our God, Abounding in Joyful Sufficiency | Psalm 11:1-6

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , |

Pastor Mark Stafford   Our God, Abounding in Joyful Sufficiency | Psalm 11:1-6 There is a wonderful description of God in 1 Timothy 1:11 that you might blow by if you weren’t reading [...]

Rediscovering Our Living God | A survey on the Importance of Knowing God’s Attributes

By | June 26th, 2016|Categories: Attributes of God, Sermons|Tags: , , |

We are setting out today on a two-month journey. Before we take our first step, I want to talk about our destination.  In a race, running fast is generally a good idea, unless [...]

Marijuana Growth in Cottonwood Contributes to Social and Financial Hardships – not Prosperity

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Marijuana, World|Tags: , , , |

As a pastor, as a father of teenagers, as a member of the community, as the husband of a teacher and as a business owner, I have deep concerns about expanding marijuana production services in Cottonwood. [...]

A Response to the Easter Attacks on Christians in Pakistan

By | May 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Pakistan, Persecution, The Call of God|Tags: , , , , |

On Easter Sunday, news came from Pakistan that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device filled with nuts, bolts and ball bearings.  The explosion killed at least 72 people and injured well over 300 others [...]

Response from our Elder Team about the Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

By | April 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Marriage|Tags: , , , , |

Here are Canyon Bible Church’s thoughts on the Supreme Court’s controversial decision on marriage: Canyon Verde will not change its view on marriage.  The Supreme Court’s decision will not impact one thing that we [...]

What Canyon Believes About the Inerrancy of Scripture

By | March 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Blog Posts, Inerrancy of Scripture, Scripture|Tags: , , , , |

A Quick Look at What We Believe About Inerrancy Inspiration, when speaking of scriptural text, means “to breath into” or “to fill.” 2 Timothy3:16 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for [...]

Is My Child Ready to be Baptized?

By | February 15th, 2016|Categories: Baptism, Blog Posts, Doctrine|Tags: , , |

The CBC Elder Team recommends baptism for children 8 years and above. Below are some helpful points from an article written by Paul Lamey, citing biblical reasoning, for parents to use in determining a child's [...]

What Canyon Believes About Baptism

By | February 14th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Baptism, Blog Posts, Doctrine|Tags: , , |

We believe that you are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. We categorically reject any teaching that requires baptism for salvation. However, we do believe that the Scriptures command every [...]