Comparisons. We all do them. Whether cars, sports teams, high school accomplishments, promotions at works, sneakers, horsepower on my engine, the act of comparing make us feel better about ourselves when the time comes. Our human accomplishments seem to fade when shifting from the physical to the spiritual. Even with physical feats of strength and speed diminish quickly over the ever-expanding birthdays as they happen to us. We need help. Our bodies are fading. Our eyes are dimming. We need strength. All of us need light to see; all need more light to see. We quickly come to the end of our ropes in the comparison game.
Our cry, when all else fells, is that we need something “matchless.” Matchless? Through all the comparisons of life, our life by itself breaks down. We are on the bad side of the comparison. The losing side. We need something matchless, or someone matchless to stand for us.
Advent is the arrival of a notable person or thing. We’ll say, “the advent of television.” It’s the inception of TV. The word advent securely points to one thing, Christ. It’s the birth of Christ. The weeks before we celebrate Christ’s birth, we celebrate the anticipation of what Christ brought through his birth. The first is HOPE. The second is LOVE. The third is JOY. The fourth is PEACE. CHRIST is the fifth week of advent and the epitome of all four themes. Christ gives us hope, love, joy, peace. Not only does He give these items to us—He gives them to us and they are MATCHLESS to any other items we could experience from the world and on our own. Christ is Matchless. The Hope for Him is matchless. His love, joy, and peace are all matchless to whatever the world could possibly promise us. Matchless. He is beyond compare.
Through this holiday season of 2018, enjoy the sights and sounds of our capitalism, but don’t sacrifice the matchless qualities that only Jesus can bring to our lives. Let Jesus stand for you. Without Him, the Bible says you can do nothing (John 15:1-5). You’ll lose the game of comparisons at some point. Trust in Christ and Christ alone. Jesus is matchless now and matchless forever.
For we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you. Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2Co 4:14-18 CSB]
The addition of our Outdoor Welcome Center and Gaga Ball is almost complete. We have few things left. We are in the process of having counters on casters built for outside, that are welcoming and provide information to members, regular attenders, and guests. When those are complete the Outdoor Welcome Center will be ready.
We are waiting for turf for the Gaga Ball pit that will be a fun way for our kids to get out and have fun with their friends and new youth that come to church.
We are very excited to be winding down and checking off all the items off the TTB list. We are very excitied to use these new tools as a way of fulfilling our Vision: Connecting Lost People to a Mature Walk with Jesus.
We are not completely finished with our remodel. Currently in the works is our out-door Welcome Center and Gaga Ball for the kids. Right now it is just concrete that can be seen, but soon it will be an outer fellowship area that will be great during those cool winter months in AZ. Keep a watch out as the building process continues and we transform the church.
Harvest America was a HUGE success. Even when 1 soul is won over to God we should consider that a HUGE success. In this case many, many souls were won over to God. Thank you for all you did to make this event successful. Glory be to God for He is good all the time.
Check out the numbers!!!
Our Partners at Rio Vista Center need 500 more turkeys to meet their goal of feeding 2,000 people and providing Thanksgiving meals to 500 families.
Now that the main sanctuary is complete, we start new phases. Going up now is the playground that our children requested. It is exciting that we will be able to fellowship after service together and our kids will have a playground to play and fellowship on. Conveniently located for parents to watch their kids and fellowship at the same time. Arizona has some beautiful days, once complete, we can stay a little longer and have a picnic on campus as if we were at a park.
Soon we will begin the process on our outdoor Welcome Center and Baptistry.
The “roots of redemption” run deep in the soil of history. In fact, they’re already spread throughout future history by the providence and sovereignty of the Lord. This summer of 2017, we’ll be studying the major characters of the last half of the Book of Genesis. Isaac, Jacob, until the death of Joseph is our line-up for this summer’s study in Genesis. Seeing God’s hand in the past will strengthen our faith for His future work in us, the Church.
Join Us Sundays at 8am, 9:30am and 11am.
Our new playground had it’s Grand Opening on Sunday, June 18th. The kids absolutely loved it. This is one way our children can be a huge part of our mission…Connecting Lost People to a Mature Walk with Jesus. Join us and check it out. The playground will be open every Sunday.
Back by popular demand is Russ Miller. He will be here in all 3 services, 8am, 9:30am and 11am Sunday, August 13, 2017. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. This is an event that you will want to bring everyone to. For more information on Russ Miller click here.
Target UR Living Sermon Series
Daily life has an unparalleled way of widening its offerings to us by the hour. It will quickly offer opportunities to broaden our attention and engage us with so many items that our productivity is missing the most important target in life. The modern-day term “multitasking” insist that we can focus on many things at one time. Even a computer will bog down with multiple things to do at one time. You can’t multitask when shooting an arrow. We are created for one focus. One theme. There will always be offerings and opportunities to invest ourselves into certain cultural themes, go to this place, to get involved in this organization, etc. Rat race. From old technology to the new speed of “smart-life”, we may be less productive than ever before. What if you could do one thing and do it well? Finish the task. Complete the mission.
TARGET UR LIVING is TCAA’s new sermon series to center on what the Lord desires for each of our lives. From our birth to the journey of living until now are we leveling at the intended target the Lord has for our lives? Since we are fearfully and wonderfully made, so how are we using His creation? At this present time are we cultivated to do the Lord’s work? Do we charge ahead with the Gospel of Christ? It’s time to hit the target of God’s will. Jesus will provide powerful, centered aim for each of our careers to unswervingly affect the culture and point people toward the bullseye of what God desires.
Are you looking to become the following: Diligent Earner, Generous Giver, Wise Saver, Cautious Debtor, Prudent Spender? Learn what the Bible says about finances and how to implement biblical principles into daily financial living.
Freed Up will be on Tuesday which aligns with all our family programming. The week before class starts we will send you a link to pre-order dinner at a minimal cost and join in the family fellowship starting at 5:30pm on Tuesday nights.
Greg and Cheryl Cole will host a mini-series ‘Love Your Mate Like Jesus’ based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. This series will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 17th and 24th, 11am Building A Rm 110. We welcome couples to join us learn what it looks like to truly Love your mate the way God intended. Please contact Greg Cole at (719) 248-4495 or Cheryl Cole at (719) 248-4495 for more information and to sign up for this wonderful mini-series.
Greg and Cheryl Cole