Corona de Tucson Baptist Church
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Jesus - Where God's Heart Meets Your Heart
 

Sunday Schedule

     S.S. 9:45am

     Worship 11:00am & 6:00pm

Wednesday Night

   Prayer/Youth 7:00pm

(520) 762-1613

16540 S. Houghton Road (map)

 

 

Pastor's Welcome

 

PASTOR'S INTRODUCTION

     Thanks for checking out our Web site!  Corona de Tucson Baptist Church began as a mission in 1963 and fully became its own church in 1965 when our worship center was built.  The community of Corona de Tucson, about 28 miles from downtown Tucson, was originally envisioned as a retirement center for Christian workers.  Many of the first streets were named for great Christian leaders and this tradition continues in the names of some of our newest streets.  We participate in the national fellowship of Southern Baptist Churches.   

      Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself, as well.  I've lived in many parts of the country, have worked in a great variety of jobs, have dealt with serious health issues, and have had many of the same trials and problems you've encountered, so I suspect we would get along pretty well!  For example, four of my first five years were spent in a charity hospital for kids with Tuberculosis, so I can relate to people who've had to overcome difficult family circumstances and health issues. 

      My parents were not church-goers.  It was not until the seventh grade that I had my first exposure to Christianity, but it was not until I was 18 that I stopped confusing being a Christian with trying to be good enough for God to love me and let me go to Heaven when I died.  I stood in a baseball stadium on the night God showed me what my heart looked like in His eyes, including the ugliness of the selfish motives behind even my best acts.  I then cried out to God for mercy, put my faith in what Jesus had done in dying for me on the Cross to gain my forgiveness, and asked God, "Make me like Jesus."  Within two weeks there had been such a change in my attitudes toward myself and others that I could tell I'd become a new person inside and had been born-again!  I also found in Jesus what I'd been looking for all my life to make sense of an otherwise pointless, dog-eat-dog world.

      Although I started attending a Bible college in 1970 to begin preparation to become a minister and earned a Master's of Divinity degree by 1978, for most of the years between 1978 and 2010 my jobs were in the regular work world.  I've been a professional janitor, a car lot attendant, a laundry attendant, a delivery driver, an ice cream cart salesman, a farmhand, a house cleaner, and a security officer (corporate and industrial).  My sermons deal with the issues people deal with in everyday life and the everyday work world, because this is where I had to learn to live for the Lord myself. 

      My wife Loretta's path through life has been much different.  She's like a Mary or a Samuel in the Bible who received nurturing to love and serve the Lord from her earliest memories and who never consciously lived in rebellion to Him.  I began praying for her when she was seven, the night Jesus claimed me as His and I asked Him to prepare His mate for me.  Thirty years passed, though, before it was  God's timing to bring us together.  Thus, I have keen memories of longing for God to fulfill unanswered prayers, during the many years He chose to keep me single for His purposes, while striving to be faithful to Him and to be all God wanted me to be for Him.  The quality of love we've shared since 2002 when we married has proven God's wisdom in delaying answering my prayers for a mate until it was best for His purposes and for me! 

     Our family has grown to three since Shaina came to live with us as our daughter, beginning in January of 2012.  This has been quite an adventure for all three of us, to say the least!  Shaina has added immeasurably to our family joy!

 

                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                            

      If we can ever be of assistance to you in some way, please do not hesitate to call us at  520-762-1613, or you may write to me at cdtbaptist@yahoo.com.  In awe of JESUS, Rick & Loretta Huff, and Shaina.