Thursday, August 31, 2017

Praying for Texas

Hurricane Harvey

From Corpus Christi to Louisiana, millions of people need our prayers and support.

A Bent Knee and a Helping Hand

Hurricane Harvey has devastated may lives along the Texas Gulf Coast. Dozens of lives have been lost and billions of dollars in precious homes and property have been destroyed. What can we do? First, we can pray; we can bend our knees and lift those people to our Lord. Second, we can lend a helping hand. Even if we cannot be there to help, we can help by giving. The Samaritans Purse Ministry is a great place to give. The Red Cross is always a great helping agency. You can also give through Canyons Church and all the money will go to help Texas with ministries like our Disaster Relief Teams.  

For many of us, this storm has become very personal! Do you know someone who has been touched by this tragedy? Many of us have family and friends who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our daughter Erin and her family were evacuated from Corpus Christi late last week and will not see their home again until Friday. They know they experienced roof damage, but they are unsure about internal damage. Our son Jonathan and his family live in the Houston area, but their home was not flooded - even though there is flooding all around them. Their Senior Pastor (Craig Reynolds) and his family had major flood damage and had to be evacuated from their home. Pray for all you friends and family.

Please, continue to pray for Canyons Church as we enter a new school year. May people have stepped up to minister. They need your prayers and support. We all do! Thank you for your prayers for me.

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike

   

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Missiology

Understanding Our Mission

I am praying for God to do a new work is Utah and Canyons Church.

August @ Canyons

God is still God! Sometimes we get so busy doing church that we forget God wants to empower us to be the church...the Body of Christ reaching and caring for our community and for our congregation. Missiology is the study and understanding of our mission as a church. We are investing the last 2 weeks in July to understanding what it takes to be effective missionaries. Your are a missionary! Jonah had to be "The Worst Missionary Ever" and we are learning from him what not to do.

In August, we will also focus on Missiology. August 6th, we will share with you how we plan to move forward as a church. Missiology Utah will focus on "pressing on to lay hold of that for which Jesus laid hold of us" (Philippians 3:12). Although Chad and Meagan Castor are moving to Texas, we are not going to back off in our ministry to the youth or our worship ministry. The Castors were such a gifted and loving couple and they will be missed, but we must move forward.

August 13th and 20th, we will look at Missiology Mormonism. August 27th, we will study Missiology Islam. Those three Sundays will be dedicated to studying and understanding the religion of our family, friends, and neighbors and how we can lovingly and prayerfully share our faith with them. I will be very sensitive to their faith, but we need to know what Mormonism and Islam teaches and how to reach out to them.

We are "pressing on!"

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Good News, Bad News

Life is made up of both...

If you had to choose which would be presented to you first, would you choose good news or bad news? 

Chad and Meagan

Has anyone ever told you they have good news and bad news...and then given you the choice which to have first? I would usually ask for the bad news first, because then I would have hope that something better is on its way. I am going to focus on good news first, then the bad news...then the good news.
The good news (as many of you have already heard) is that Meagan and Chad are having a baby. Praise the Lord for that little one! The bad news is that God is leading them to move to Texas and closer to family.

Chad and Meagan have been a ministering team for Canyons. Chad has been a faithful leader for our youth. Right now he and Meagan are at camp with our youth, next week they teach 5th and 6th graders in VBS and then the last week of the month they will lead our youth on a mission trip to Colorado. In August they head for Texas. Meagan has been a talented leader in our music ministry. What a blessing! Thank you Chad and Meagan for giving yourselves to the Lord and to Canyons Church! **Remember to bring a card to them by the 16th and include a gift if you can.

More good news? God is still in control! He has a plan for Canyons and He has the power to change lives. He is not finished with Canyons and I am praying for Him to do a new work in Canyons. Will you join me in that prayer? Pray for VBS this week.

Being Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CHURCH UNLIMITED

You Are the Church

June is our month to challenge Canyons to be the church Jesus wants us to be!

Chicken Church?

Have you seen the church in Florida they call "the Chicken Church? No church wants to be called "Chicken Church." The church is called "the Chicken Church" not because the people are afraid to step out in faith, but because the tower on their building looks like a chicken. Check it out online and come on Sunday and I will show you pictures. Some architect must be in trouble or...maybe it was just a gimmick.

All Christian churches should be called "Church Unlimited!" Last weekend, Dixie and I visited a church called "Church Unlimited" in Corpus Christi, Texas. Great church with a great name. Because we are the church and because the church is the body of Christ and He is the head and power of the church, we are "unlimited!" Jesus said the church was His and even death and the grave could not stop His church - CHURCH UNLIMITED.

In June, we will continue our study of and our challenge to the church (Ecclesiology). Canyons has never been a "chicken church" and we continue to be committed to being a "church unlimited." Join us as we share about renewing and rebuilding this body of Christ. It will take "grit and grace" to step into the unlimited power of Jesus Christ.

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

National Day of Prayer

Pray for our nation and our church

May 4, 2017 is the National Day of Prayer

Pray First...Pray Always

Today is the day we are challenged to pray for our country. It is our National Day of Prayer. I know we would all agree - our country needs prayer. At the national level, decisions are being made that could determine our health care, how much we pay in taxes and even whether our giving to Canyons and others ministries is tax deductible. I know my tithes and offerings are given for the Lord not for the deduction, but those tax deductions do help many people. So, pray for our nation, its leaders and the decisions they will make. Pray for our leaders at every level of government.

More importantly, pray for a revival in America. We need a third Great Awakening. Our nation needs to wake up to the work God can do. The real change in lives is not the change government can make, but the change only God can make! We spend billions of dollars trying to reform and transform our society; hoping for a better America. Beyond all of those programs, Jesus is the answer! Pray for the reformation and transformation only Jesus can bring.

Pray for Canyons Church and other churches committed to share with our community and the world the answer to its needs... JESUS. Canyons needs your prayer support. Pray for our ministry and stick in there with us as we fulfill our vision: To see Jesus change lives by His grace and truth one person at a time. PRAY!

Being Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Debt Free

Debt Free Sunday

April 23, 2017

We are celebrating having made our last payment on our Family Life Center loan and being debt free.

Note Burning

Dave Ramsey (on his Financial Peace University radio program) has people call in and give a "we are debt free" scream. They are excited to be out from under the burden of debt and enjoying the freedom which comes from being debt free. Canyons is going to celebrate that freedom this Sunday! I pray you will join us at 9:00 am for a breakfast pot luck fellowship in the "debt free" Life Center fellowship hall. Then in the service at 11:00, we will celebrate and burn the note. I will ask those who served on the building team to join in the note-burning activity.

We called the building ministry "Two Buildings One Foundation" because we not only built our Family Life Center, but we also built a ministry center in India. We gave almost $100,000 for the orphanage, seminary, and church building in Bangalore, India. Together both ministries cost about $1,450,000...but now we are "debt free."

We have never had an overwhelming debt on any of our buildings. Our $400,000 debt and the necessary payments made up about 4 to 5 percent of our entire budget. God has richly provided for His ministries at Canyons. We have sought to be good stewards and God has been faithful...and so have you! We now look to the future and know that God has not finished with Canyons. We will look back Sunday, but we will be focused on God's plans for Canyons' future.

If you know people who have been a part of this building ministry, please invite them to come and join us Sunday. See you Sunday at 9:00 am in the Family Life Center.

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Sunday 

Amazing Grace

Invite your friends, neighbors and family to be your guests at Canyons this Easter and together experience God's amazing grace.

Mr. Grace

Jesus could be called Mr. Grace. The Bible teaches us in the first chapter of John's gospel (1:14-17) that Jesus was not only full of grace (and truth), but that grace was revealed in Jesus. Jesus was Mr. Grace. From the fullness of the grace of Jesus, we receive grace and more grace. The Easter message of salvation (the cross and the resurrection) cannot be separated from grace. On the cross, Jesus paid in full the price necessary for us to be offered the free-gift of salvation by grace through faith. Grace alone! Faith alone! Christ alone!

I encourage you to join us this Easter Sunday as we celebrate God's amazing grace. Please, INVITE your friends, neighbors and family to be your guests. Many of them are only waiting for you to invite them. They will experience a celebration focused in music and message on grace and the difference God's amazing grace can make not only in eternity, but also in their lives here and now.

Join me in praying for Easter Sunday. We are sending out invitations to our newest neighbors around Canyons and we pray that they will join us on Easter Sunday. There is power in prayer and there is power in inviting. Please do both this week and we will see you on Easter Sunday. Jesus is alive!

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike