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 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Super Chili Bowl Sunday

Christianity Is Christ

Super Bowl Sunday is a super day to glorify Jesus Christ.

Jesus.

I enjoy Super Chili Bowl Sunday! I am competitive! My effort to make the best chili is always enjoyable to me, but the best part of the day is the fellowship time after the service. Food and fellowship go together and this Sunday we will have both. Remember this year we are running a reverse...women are making the chili and men are baking the desserts. Women, it is your chance to outdo the men. The chili contest winners will win a Chili's gift card. Men...do your best and you might win a Kneaders Bakery gift card.

Super Chili Bowl Sunday is all about glorifying Jesus.  On a day when the excitement of the Super Bowl football game between New England and Atlanta (and commercials) sweep across America, we want to glorify Christ. We join the football frenzy, but our focus is Jesus. We will continue our Faithology study and continue our effort to better understand our Christian faith. This Sunday we will focus on Christology - understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Someone said: Christianity is Christ! They are right. Everything about our faith should point to Jesus. We are Christ-followers. We are His disciples. Who is Jesus? We will answer that question this Sunday.  Hope to see you Sunday.

Grace and truth,
Pastor Mike 





Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Faithology

Understanding Our Christian Faith

Theology is about knowing God...not just knowing about God. 

Theology

This week in our Faithology study, we will move into the "ology" called "theology" - the study and understanding of God. I want to help you know more about God, but I pray I can also help you get to know God better. Practical theology is about "Knowing God" and having a personal and close relationship with Him.

I remember a song titled My God Is Real. Dixie used to pound that song out on the piano (and I do mean pound). God is real and He has revealed Himself to us. God determined to let us know Him and we must determine to know Him better. My God is real!

This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. I always pray for women to choose life. This week we will pray for those making life choices to choose life. Because our commitment goes beyond just giving out good advice, this week we will distribute the baby bottles for the Pregnancy Resource Center's fund drive and show our concern with our resources.

The Super Chili Bowl is coming up in a few weeks. This year we are "running a reverse." Women will make the chili and men will bake the desserts. Super Chili Bowl Sunday has always been one of my favorite Sundays. Good food (?) and good fellowship! See you Sunday.

Grace and truth,
Mike 


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Purpose of Christmas

A Time of Celebration

Christmas should be a celebration of the incarnation...God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas?

We probably all know Christians who do not celebrate Christmas. They look back on the pagan roots of some of the Christmas traditions and believe they should not have anything to do with those traditions and Christmas. Although I can sympathize with them and understand their desire to stay away from anything they view as ungodly, I cannot join them in their commitment. I believe God is a God who recovers and sanctifies that which was lost. We are so far removed from those pagan roots and we have a more important task of making sure our Christmas and our traditions glorify God by celebrating Jesus.

God sent an angel to bring a message of "great joy" for everyone (Luke 2:8-10). Christmas is a time of celebration. We should celebrate with "mega joy" the incarnation of Jesus. John's gospel tell us that Jesus is Emmanuel which means God with us. God got down into our world, into our skin, into our shoes in Jesus' birth. That is a reason to celebrate! That is a reason for "great joy."  Of course, Bethlehem was just the beginning.

We will consider the Purpose of Christmas throughout the month of December.  Our text is Luke 2:8-11. We will seek to answer more clearly the question: Should a Christian celebrate Christmas? Join Canyons in our celebration and on Christmas Day we will celebrate the Lord's Supper and take you from the "Cradle to the Cross."

Grace and truth,
Mike

Thursday, November 3, 2016

 

Election Day

An Elephant, a Donkey or a Lamb?

What America needs most is The Lamb.

Choices!

Tuesday is Election Day in America. I have already voted, so my choices have already been made. I have never tried to tell you how to vote, but I have always encouraged you to vote your values. This year I had to vote with prayerful reservation for the person whom I believe is most likely to help our country hold on to our values. I am not going to tell you who that person is, but I will tell you that my faith is not in an elephant (Republican) or donkey (Democrat), but in The Lamb. Jesus is the Lamb and He is the answer for America. America needs revival. America needs Jesus.

Pray and vote! We will be praying for Canyons Church and America in the 832 time on Sunday morning. That is 8:32 am and, remember, Sunday is time change Sunday. You can come early and invest that extra hour in praying for our country and for
our church.

Just a few words about the coming months at Canyons. We will conclude the PRAY FIRST study this week. Then you will not want to miss Biblical archaeologist Joel Kramer speaking to us on the 13th at 9:30 and 11:00. For the rest of November, we will continue to study the Commands of Christ. Our Christmas theme this year is "The Purpose of Christmas." In 2017, we will spend the first half of the year in a study I call "Faithology."  We are going to help you and anyone willing to better understand the Christian faith. Studies have shown that most people do not know what they believe. We will study Theology, Christology and many other "ologies" in 2 week segments.

Pray and vote,
Mike

 
 
 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pray Visits

In prayer, you can reach places you can not reach otherwise. I call them "pray visits."

PRAY FIRST


A pastor was visiting with a home-bound member of his church. He told her about some visits he had made in their parish. Her response was that she had been to those places too...today. Her pastor asked, "how? You cannot even get out of bed" The sweet Christian prayer warrior responded, "I visited all over our parish this morning in prayer." She was home-bound only in a physical sense. Through prayer she was unbound and able to minister into homes she could not reach otherwise. So can you!

Prayer enables you to reach where you cannot go. Dixie and I have much of our family outside of Utah. We cannot see them as often as we would like, but we can visit them in Arizona, Oklahoma Texas, New Mexico and Utah every day. Prayer enables us to  reach out to them individually and then to take them to God's throne of grace each and every day. I went to Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Utah this morning. Where did you go today in your prayers?

Our focus until the first Sunday in November is on prayer. I have challenged Canyons to PRAY FIRST. Pray before you face a new day, a new task or a new opportunity. Pray because "there is nothing (absolutely nothing) God cannot do. As I challenged you in my last e-letter, pray for God to send REvival, REfreshing and  REnewal. I need it! How about you? Hope to see you Sunday, but remember to visit Canyons often in prayer.

Be Salt in Salt Lake,
Mike