Skip to main content
Category

Food for thought

Things to Do in Yuma Arizona in 2017

Plenty of Things To Do In Yuma Arizona in 2017…

By Food for thoughtNo Comments

At Champion Church, we know that God is not done with the city of Yuma, Arizona. We know that there are greater things coming on the horizon. It’s January (again!) and there are plenty of things to do in Yuma Arizona in 2017. Each year I hear (and see on social media) so many people talk about how glad they are that the old year is over and that the new one is finally here. “Last year was practice, this year it’s happening!” they say. My favorite is, “New Year! New Me!” The month of January packs out every gym in North America as people shoot for the moon in a mania of passion to get in shape, and then about mid-February, putter out and cancel their membership. We tell ourselves, “If the year can change, so can I!” We set ourselves up for failure when we stop thinking rationally, set our ramp up as high as it will go and drive toward it as fast as we can. I remember the age-old wisdom, “What comes up, must go down,” and unfortunately, the harsh truth is as follows:

The steadier we stay, the more change we create

Seems a bit counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?

Let that sink in for a moment… Take a break… -sigh- Okay, keep reading.

What I mean is that there are more factors involved with helping a dream come into fruition than just passion by itself. Don’t get me wrong, though. I genuinely believe that everyone is capable of accomplishing their dreams, but I think they get caught up in the dream and less “caught” with the unglamorous moments that come with real change. Jesus in the bible talks openly about it when he says, “A person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks.” in Matthew 4:4 and it’s another way of saying that temporary feelings fade away, but consistent truth (in this case, every word God speaks) stays the same. Passion can’t win the battle alone, you have to marry the feeling with persistence. Many people rely on different sources in their search for persistency. I’ve heard of people writing down their dreams and prayers on paper, looking at it each morning and acknowledging it verbally, others choose prayer in privacy. The bible confirms again and again that we should, “…not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Maybe the break in the pattern of this world for you is no longer accepting the limitations that superiors, co-workers, friends, and even family might have placed on you with negative words spoken to you.

I remember seeing a TED talk not long ago from a school teacher named Angela Lee Duckworth (what a fun name, right?) who left a high paying consulting job to teach seventh grade students in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

[ted id=1733]

I love the quote,  “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

The war of success and change is not won in a single battle, and similar to the way that new Christians might feel after accepting Christ in their heart, life goes on even though change is happening. It might not be evident, even to you, for months after you’ve decided things are going to be different, but progress is moving forward.

Believe me, friend. I know it’s difficult. Sometimes we hate taking USB stick out of our forehead and turning off the video of the past where we get to re-live how bad life is (or was) and how everyone did us wrong… It’s easy and cheap to live in the shadows of yesterday, but if you want change, you have to stay steady and persevere. Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Focus on the goal, keep calm and move forward.

 

The Coach Message Series

By Food for thought, Pastors, Sermon Notes, Syndicate, UncategorizedNo Comments

“Making Champions For Christ”

The Coach Message Series, Part One

  • Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
  • For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 (NKJV)

God’s Word is His Wisdom to us, to challenge us to live out His purpose for our lives, to overcome the obstacles that hinder us, and through His Spirit, to run the race set before us.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.   Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV)

4 Challenges from God’s Word to Coach You to Greatness

1. You cannot succeed at anything if you are separated from the vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  John 15:1-8 (NIV)

2. Without unconditional love that produces forgiveness, you will be weighed down by the transgressions of others, and unable to rise to your potential

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.  1 Cor 13:4-8 NIV

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.  And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.  “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 6:9-14 NLT

3. You will never rise any higher than your faith in God’s plan for your life

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  Hebrews 11:6 NLT

4. Comparing yourself to others is the kryptonite to your creativity, your accomplishments, and your personal best.

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.  2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)

Devoted

CHAMPIONS DEVOTED

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Pastors, Sermon Notes, Syndicate, UncategorizedNo Comments

CHAMPIONS DEVOTED

God has a fully developed destiny and purpose for you that includes you being so empowered with spiritual strength that you can defeat the enemies that have plagued you and stolen your joy and passion for life.  He has already given you the tools you need to rise up take back your family [that the enemy would love to divide], your faith [that has been crushed under the circumstances of life], your future [that looks impossible to you], your financial resources and opportunities [that seem to run through your fingers].

The challenge is we are often so DISTRACTED by dealing with life that we forget to pick up the tools and weapons we have available to us, and continue to battle anyway.  How crazy is that, yet at the time it, seems the only way to continue on.  We’re like the guy who’s forgotten to stop and sharpen his axe, and can’t understand why cutting down the trees is so hard.

Let me give you 3 steps you can start today that will help you win the battle and fully reach the destiny God has for your life.

  1.  Set a goal to become a Fully DEVOTED Champion For Christ.
    • That means you know you still have a ways to go before you have conquered the enemies of your life, but you are determined to set Jesus as your role model.  Following Jesus doesn’t mean trailing behind Him from a distance, it means BECOMING LIKE HIM.
    • Being a Champion means you STAND AND FIGHT for someone.  We Champion the cause of Christ! — Stand for Him, Fight to enforce what He has won for us, and Act like Him [and for Him] as we face the giants of our life.
  2. Get Practical and Intentional about the WORD…
    • FAITH comes by hearing the Word (ROM 10:17).  Starting today, begin a bible reading plan.  Make sure it is interesting and engaging to you, and short [at first].
    • I recommend you go to bible.com and download the You Version bible app for your pc or mobile. Go to: PLANS, choose: DISCOVER.  Go to: TOPICAL, then choose: UNCOVER THE WORD.  Then choose a heading that applies to you and begin the devotional.  Start with the short 4-7 day studies.
  3. Remember what the Bible Is
    1. John 1:1,14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the Living Word.  Luke 24:27  says,  “Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Moses was a picture of Jesus, saving us from bondage,  Jesus was the Rock that followed the Israelites in the wilderness and the Bread that rained down from heaven every day to feed them, He empowers us with His Spirit and the Word to reign in life just as they did in the Promise Land, taking ground, defeating giants, and conquering the enemy.
I commit to pray

I Commit to Pray For Persecuted Christians

By Church Events, church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Outreach, Pastors, Syndicate, UncategorizedNo Comments

I Commit To Pray For Persecuted Christians

“I commit to pray for persecuted Christians” is a campaign and commitment to stand with the unsung Champion Christians of our time who are silently, yet bravely living out their Christianity in the face of oppression, torture, and death.   

Champions come in many packages. Some are moms and dads who sacrifice for their kids, some are students who standup for their faith to their peers and teachers, some go to the less fortunate and minister to their needs, some use their businesses to resource the kingdom of God so the local church can be a strong voice to our community and world. For all of those we must commit to pray.

Others are Champions for Christ and heroes of the faith because they live under horrendous religious oppression, and have had no choice but to rise to the occasion in the face of terror and death.  They are the ones around the world who suffer the worst of human atrocities simply because they are Christians, and they desperately need you and I to say, “I Commit To Pray”.

Everyday, include these brave Christians in your prayers that they continue to have the supernatural strength to refuse to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ, even to the point of death or worse.  Pray for miracles of salvation for their captors and persecutors, and pray for the battle to be won through Jesus Christ.

Champion Church is joining with icommittopray.com to keep these Champions of faith in prayer, and to hold them up before God as they face untold dangers and hardships.

“I Commit To Pray” is a connection point created by “The Voice of The Martyrs” (persecution.com) to tell the stories of these heroes of faith and to connect us, the ‘free’ church, to the reality of what our brothers and sisters in Christ experience everyday.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

The war against Christianity is raging both here and around the world, by ruthless and relentless wolves, and yet the message of love and forgiveness shines in the faces of Persecuted Champions. I strongly encourage you to add “I Commit To Pray” to your commonly visited sites, and receive their updates so you can do your part to hold up the hands of those paying a heavy cost for their faith. Your connect group should take a suggested story from “I Commit To Pray” each week, and pray for them everyday.

Watch “I Commit To Pray” Videos
See Prayer Requests Here

teachable moments for parents

Teachable Moments

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Kids, Pastors, Sermon Notes, UncategorizedNo Comments

Teachable Moments

by Pastors Stephen & LaCinda Bloomfield

Last week LaCinda and I spoke together for Mother’s Day about creating “Teachable Moments” with your kids, or anyone you are an influence to.

Kids are mirrors

Every moment can be an opportunity to help build the faith of those who are looking to us to guide them and help them make confident decisions and choices.  Even challenging moments of bad behavior, or how you face a crisis can be a teachable moment.  If we are fearful, worried, or depressed, our kids will automatically imitate those things.

Here are 3 keys we can use to teach our kids how to be courageous overcomers and champions, from our message.

 1) Teach your kids to trust God for themselves

Psalms 78:5-7  He commanded our ancestors to teach their children [God’s Word],  6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.  

Rather than being negative, take every opportunity to impart faith and trust in God, point them to the Word, agree with them in faith that God is working it out.

2) Teach your kids to love God’s word everyday

Deuteronomy 6:4-7   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 

A mountain view, a person less fortunate than yourself, a great victory, or a hard lesson are all opportunities to point out God’s purposes at work.  God made the mountains, God loves the poor person, nothing is impossible with God, God’s grace is sufficient for us…

3) Our kids are our reflections

Galatians 5:22-23   But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 

Our influence is more “caught” than taught.  Are we displaying unconditional love, a peace-making attitude, patience, kindness, etc… Our kids are learning to handle life from us, so let’s be aware of how we are reacting in front of them.

This Week…

Join us for part two of “Teachable Moments”.  Don’t miss this powerful teaching for your family.

Christmas Breakfast Bake Recipe

By Dining, Food for thought, Pastors, Uncategorized, WomansNo Comments

I hope you enjoy this recipe I got from my mother.  It has been a Christmas morning tradition for as long as I can remember! –LaCinda

Christmas Breakfast Bake Recipe

3 Cups cubed ham (turkey ham works great)
1/2 lb grated cheese
3 cups cubed French bread (any bread works)
Lightly grease 9X13 pan
Layer ham, cheese, then French bread
Combine 3 tbsp each of flour and butter and sprinkle over top.
In a mixing bowl mix 5 eggs and 3 cups of milk and pour evenly over other all ingredients.
Cover in plastic wrap overnight.
In the morning heat oven at 350•
Bake for 50 min to an hour.
Serve with warm cinnamon buns by placing them in the oven for the last 20 min of baking!
(Set the table nicely before bed so when you wake up it’s all ready to go for the morning)

What’s your Christmas tradition?

Pastor Orvella Phillips speaks this Sunday!

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, PastorsNo Comments

Pastor Orvella Phillips is joining us this Sunday. She recently went through cancer, went through it with such blessing! She is now cancer free and has a fantastic testimony! Join us at any of our Worship Experiences: 8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am, and 12:15 pm to hear straight from the woman that mentored Pastor LaCinda when she was new in ministry. Don’t miss Sunday Night Live at 6:00 pm where we will have a special Healing Service with Pastor Orvella Phillips!

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Who Paved The Way For You?

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Pastors, UncategorizedNo Comments
William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst – Paved The Way for Billy Graham

We stand on the shoulders of giants, who have paved the way, and made God-sized dreams possible. 

I am so motivated to expand the kingdom of God and take new ground when I think about people like Billy Graham (Video: Billy Graham Paved The Way).  God put William Randolph Hearst  in one of Billy’s early meetings in Los Angeles, and being touched by the message, Mr Hearst who was the leading newspaper mogul in the country, decided to promote Billy Graham through his newspaper.  By the end of that crusade, 350,000 people had attended which was an unprecedented number in the 1950’s.  Over the past 60 yrs, Billy Read More

Using Your Social Influence

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Outreach, Pastors, UncategorizedNo Comments

Using your social influence for Jesus.

I remember reading a while back that the United States became a leader in the global economy during the 1900’s because it capitalized on cross-country commerce and communication through the transcontinental railroad. It was the information superhighway of it’s day.

Zip forward to today and the same concepts are at play. Countries that are looking for an advantage in our changing world are placing a priority on the internet. It’s today’s way to communicate and do business online. Virtually everyone I know has a smartphone with the internet built in. Statistically I know they will spend a double-digit amount of time online on any given day. I think it’s a safe assumption that a high percentage of that time will be spent on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. People spend their time on Social media. It’s the most communication oriented thing to do online. Read More

Pirates at Champion Church in Yuma, AZ

Halloween at Champion!

By church-in-yuma-arizona, Food for thought, Outreach, Uncategorized3 Comments

“If we don’t give these kids something to do on a night like Halloween then we’re gonna loose them all to the world, and in the end the devil will win”

My mom (Miss Marilyn) said this at a Church meeting back in the early 70’s.
She was the leader over all the Sunday School’s departments at our Church and asked to
to have a meeting with all the Church leaders who were up against what to do with the “devil’s’ holiday (which happened to be on a Wednesday night and that was Church night.)

Back in those days if you were a Christian you were against the whole Halloween thing and I mean… hatefully against it!
My mom was fully prepared with a plan when the leaders said, “well what can we do?”
She set out a plan.

Read More