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Luther’s Legacy – Coming in October

Luther’s Legacy – Coming in October

500 years ago in October, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel, launching what we now call the Protestant Reformation. The impact of his life and legacy are still felt by Christians today, even if not Lutheran.  Uncover his passion; discover his convictions (and of his fellow reformers), as we look at the 5 pillars of the Reformation Sundays at 10:30am during the month of October.

October 1           Scripture Alone
October 8          Christ Alone
October 15         Grace Alone
October 22        Faith Alone
October 29        Glory Alone

Additional Activities in October:

October 28         Reformation Party

October 29         Luther’s Life Documentary, 6pm

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Bible Conference – Sept. 8-10

Bible Conference – Sept. 8-10
Continental Baptist is pleased to host its 1st Bible Conference, featuring speakers from all over Tucson and the surrounding area.
The theme of the conference is the well-beloved hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Each speaker will explore a portion of the hymn to discover why God’s faithfulness matters in our lives. There is no charge for the sessions, but a freewill offering will be taken at each service to help with the expenses of the conference.

Schedule, as follows:

Friday, 7pm           Pastor David Stertzbach, East Tucson

Focus: God’s unchanging nature

Saturday, 6pm      Pastor Dan Budgick, Northwest Tucson

Focus: God’s faithfulness in the natural world

Saturday, 7:30      Pastor John Leonard, Sahuarita

Focus: God’s faithfulness in redemption

Sunday, 9:30         Pastor Dean Baker, Northwest Tucson

Focus: God’s faithfulness through 45 years of ministry

Sunday, 10:30       Pastor Ken Endean, Chandler

Focus: God’s faithfulness through His presence

Sunday, 1pm          Pastor Jimmy Watson, South Tucson

Focus: God’s faithfulness provides strength and hope

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Foundations with Ken Ham

Foundations with Ken Ham

Starting June 11:

This 12-week dvd course features Ken Ham, the world’s foremost advocate for Creation. Discover how to defend your faith with confidence from the very first verse in Genesis.

Topics include

  • “The Relevance of Genesis,”
  • “In Six Days,”
  • “One Blood, One Race,”
  • “Death the Enemy.”

Discussion time will follow each session. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Sundays at 6pm from June 11 – September 3 in the Coyote Trail Cafeteria.

View excerpts of the sessions here.

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Martial Arts Club

Martial Arts Club

 Saturdays 8:30-10:30am

*Drop-in Sessions are only $5 per class

*Meets at the Coyote Trail Elementary School Cafe (Get Directions)

*Each session will include a brief Bible/character lesson

*Enrollment at the Door (Print Registration Form now)

Introduction: Allow me to introduce myself and the program.

My name is Salvador Magallanes (Sifu Magallanes). I am a Kung Fu practitioner and a 4th grade teacher for the Marana School District. I have been practicing martial arts for over 20 years. I am a certified black belt in Chaun Shu (Art of the fist). Chaun Shu consists of Kenpo, Tai Chi, Northern Silum, and San Soo.


This program is offered to children ages 6 and up on a drop-in basis at $5 per session.  Parents are welcome to stay and watch (no additional fee) or to join in on the fun if they wish to do so. This program will challenge your child physically and mentally. Your child will learn the art of self-defense, sparring, weapons, and katas (forms). All of these disciplines will be taught under the umbrella of responsibility, respect, and safety. In our effort to develop the whole child, a weekly lesson on character and discipline drawing upon the wisdom of the Bible will be taught. All students are expected to arrive on time and to be picked up on time unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor. (Additional fees will apply.)

Belt Promotion:

There are no GIs required to join the program. However, if your child wants to move up in belt order, a GI is required. GIs will be available for purchase, as will any other items related to a belt promotion (i.e. belts and/or certificates). If your child already has a GI, then he/she will not need to purchase a new one. If your child has any equipment from a previous dojo he/she may use it. If your child is attending another dojo, he/she is still welcome to join this one.

Thank you and feel free to contact me, if you have further questions.

Sal Magallanes                           

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Sides of Kindness

Sides of Kindness

Kindness is that generous disposition which seeks the wellbeing of others. Yet if the disposition of kindness is to come into full bloom, someone must receive the kindness that is offered.

In the OT account of King David, two chapters highlight David’s kindness and how it was received (2 Samuel 9-10). In the first, David showed kindness to Mephibosheth, the son of David’s friend Jonathan, who was lame in both his feet. David welcomed Mephibosheth to live in his palace, to eat at his table, and to enjoy a royal pension the rest of his days. In stark contrast was Hanun, the new crown prince of Ammon. David sent a delegation to show kindness (10:2), but under bad counsel, Hanun rejected the kindness and humiliated David’s men (10:4-5). Same king, same kindness, two different responses.

The same things happens today. God “[shows to us] the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). Some warmly accept God’s offer to enter His family, to eat at his table, and to enjoy pleasures at his right hand forevermore (Ps. 16:11). These are the children of God through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, there are those who stiff-arm God. Like Hanun, they remain skeptical, even critical of any kindness from God. They fight the very One who wants to show them kindness. They criticize God or even deny His existence. They write books like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and/or spew unbelief in college classrooms “to overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18). Same God, same kindness, dramatically different results.

This is no small matter, for what one does with the kindness of God determines the destinies of men. On which side of God’s kindness are you?

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Daydreaming for Glory

Daydreaming for Glory

Daydreaming . . . we’ve all been there. Like the steady hum of a fan, the teacher drones on in monotone, inviting you to forget the lecture and think of another place, another person, another world. Who can blame you?

But I’m not sitting in a classroom any more. I am living life at a fast pace, and it does not leave me much time to daydream. Like you, I feel the daily pressures of getting things done: get the kids up, get them ready for school, get to work, make progress on my to-do list, be home for dinner with the kids, get the bills paid, and visit the in-laws, etc. And then when you feel as if your life couldn’t take one more thing, in comes something you hadn’t planned on: someone you know dies, someone hurts your kid, some pain takes up residence in your body, or some pressure starts straining your marriage. And you may feel like closing your book and walking out of class and telling God, “I’m through . . .”

But in the classroom of life God invites you to do something no earthly teacher ever would. He gives you permission to daydream.

KJV Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Stability in suffering comes from staring at glory. Soon you and I will be standing in the very presence of God where there are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11). And He gives us permission to think about it today. In fact, if you do not daydream a little, your engine is liable to seize up.

Take a moment to daydream about the glory that awaits you. It is just the refreshment your weary soul needs! PMG

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