Monthly Archives: February 2017


Resetting Our Minds at Church

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 workplaces are constantly trying to pull us away from Jesus and into the sideways thinking of the culture.  Genuine Christians [...]

By |2017-02-22T14:03:59+00:00February 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, Doctrine, The Call of God|0 Comments

Hear it and Do it

An English teacher might call James 1:22 the “thesis statement” for the book of James.  It says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  Let me give you an illustration that might help you better understand what James in saying: Let’s say that you own a print [...]

By |2017-02-09T21:01:17+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament|0 Comments

Strong Christianity Fights for the Weak – James 1:27

There is a huge difference between outward religion and what James calls “pure religion.” When the book of James was written, the Greeks had come up with an elaborate system of religious rituals that supposedly appeased their false, man-made gods.  (Gods like Zeus, Hermes, Apollo and Artemis)  The word James uses here for “religion” [...]

By |2017-02-21T21:02:04+00:00February 21st, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

God’s Way and Exquisite Experiences

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 that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Satan brings into question [...]

By |2017-02-09T20:12:03+00:00February 19th, 2017|Blog Posts, Genesis, James, New Testament, Old Testament|0 Comments

God Never Tempts

James 1:13 says, “13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”  No one can blame God for their actions.  Consider Adam and Eve in the garden.  Adam tried to blame God for his action.  He argued [...]

By |2017-02-07T17:35:32+00:00February 16th, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament|0 Comments

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

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:

By |2017-02-15T18:18:08+00:00February 15th, 2017|Activities, Blog Posts, Events, Events, International|0 Comments

Strong for the Weak

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford Strong for the Weak – James 1:27, 1 John 3:16-17    James 1:27 says, “ 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Being a part of a church [...]

Strength in Action

    Senior Pastor Mark Stafford Strength in Action When the Word of God is spread, some people receive it and some people don’t.  James tells us that you can tell the difference between a hearer of the Word and a disciple of Christ’s by observing their actions.  [...]

By |2017-03-05T18:12:23+00:00February 10th, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

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

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 the garden’?” From the beginning, Satan was pretty clever.  The question did not really appear to be a threat.  It [...]

Near the Edge

It is much easier to fall into temptation if you are right next to it.  ·       If you make a plan to follow through on your desires, it becomes more and more difficult to stop that process.  ·       On the other hand, if you make a plan to avoid temptation, then is becomes harder and [...]

By |2017-01-31T12:28:51+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament|0 Comments