Celebrating 100 years this week


0-UP FROM DESERT-COVER-MEDIUMWe are 100 years old as of 2017.  A history of our congregation has been put in book form. It is 400 exciting pages covering the first thirty years.

Nearly all of our original members came from families rich in the Restoration Movement.  They came here from Oklahoma and Texas, then from Arkansas and Missouri.

Tent2Casa Grande, a mining town in Arizona, began mostly as a tent city. The first meeting place of the church of Christ in the city was also a tent.

The city began with one street—Main Street—across from the railroad tracks. The city of Casa Grand began in 1912 because of silver and gold deposits, along with other minerals. The church of Christ began in 1917, five years later, because of the city. Twenty years after the church of Christ began, it had 200 members. Both were here to stay.

Here are the first members:

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  • 1917 – The Darters and Sharps
  • 1918 – The Griffiths
  • 1919 – The Preuitts
  • 1920 – The McNatts
  • 1921 –  The Fritzingers and Tindalls
  • 1922 – The Benders
  • 1926 – The Tacketts
  • 1927 – The Germans
  • 1928 – The Amblers and Wilsons
  • 1929 – The Sheltons and Sanders’s
  • 1930 – The Hendrix’s
  • 1931 – The Fosters and Eastridges
  • 1932 – The Foxes
  • 1933 – The Whites, Sweets, and Williams’s
  • 1934 – The Whiteheads
  • 1935 – The Frasers
  • 1936 – The Prices, Mastersons/Halls, Gebharts, Hills, Wittens
  • 1937 – The Hons, Coyles, Higgins’s, Wuertz’s
  • 1938 – The Wallers, Turners, Fegusons
  • 1939 – The Taylors
  • 1940 – The Grubbs’s and Bentles
  • 1941 – The Crows, Barnes’s, Wilsons, Jones’s
  • 1943 – The Wilsons and Chisums
  • 1944 – The Forsheys, Brysons, an Goffs
  • 1945 – The Carters and Kinsers
  • 1946 – The Lamberts, Brumages, and Owens’s
  • 1947 – The Lowes and Caruths

Hon-Adrian&Lena1941Our first full-time preacher was Adrian Hon. His parents had taken him to Japan as missionaries around 1910 when there was still a bounty on the heads of Christians.  His ancestors were preachers back 100 years before.



Adrian’s wife’s family ~ the Cartrights ~ came to Phoenix in the 1800s and began the first non-denominational church of Christ in Arizona.



Everyone, come home! Come home to the church your parents and grandparents and great grandparents worshiped with. After 100 years, we have held on to their legacy. We think they would be proud of us. Don’t you?

If you cannot come, leave your congratulations for the members below. We would love to hear from you.



10/8/17 ~ Wrestling & Boxing

From the Preacher’s Pen… One of the hardest lessons of our Christian walk and life is RacineBuildingto remember its true seriousness. We get tired and want to quit. Nothing exciting happens and we want to quit. It all seems to require that motivation that we so often lack. How can we do this?

Reality is not kind. We face the same difficulty in almost every area of life. While many would like to win the prize or be the best, few are willing to put in the hard work that makes it all happen.

Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of this serious contest that we are involved with:

Wrestling and Boxing

As you might well expect, the ancient Olympic sports were based on skills used in warfare. Of course, it didn’t take long for the sports to develop to the point that the combatants were no longer soldiers but specialists in their sport. By New Testament times there were three combat sports and they were both highly popular and well developed with specialists in each area.

The apostle Paul was evidently a sports fan and used both sporting fights as well as real warfare as examples of important lessons for those he taught. We can best appreciate those spiritual lessons for us with a bit more appreciation of what he was actually talking about.

Wrestling was the first sport added to the ancient Olympics that did not involve running. It quickly became the most popular organized sport in ancient Greece. You scored a point by making your competitor touch the ground with his back, shoulder or hip. Points were also awarded for forcing them out of the wrestling square or by conceding defeat. Three points were necessary to win. A popular position was to be on top of your opponent and strangle him!

The word for wrestling (palē) is only used once in the New Testament. Ephesians 6:12 says, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Boxing is nearly as old as wrestling and also immensely popular. The boxer wrapped leather thongs around his hands to protect them. There were no rounds and no weight categories so the two men typically hit each other in the head until one could no longer continue. The Romans added metal studs to the leather wrappings and later made the fights to the death! (In 393 AD boxing was abolished as excessively brutal and did not return to popularity until the late 1500s in London.)

Since the rules prevented any kind of fighting other than punching and the most effective way to win was hitting the head, Paul makes the point of boxing, in such a way, as not beating the air in 1 Corinthians 9:26. When we fight the good fight of faith we always go for the win!

Pankration was the ultimate fighting sport of the Olympics and had almost no rules. The Greek term literally means all of your power, strength, might. It was a combination of boxing, wrestling, kicking, holds, locks, chokes. The only things banned were biting and gouging out your opponent’s eyes. Some contests were actually won by breaking bones or disemboweling the opponent!

While the formal word for the pankration is not used in the New Testament, the concept words are employed to remind us of just how vicious and savage is our spiritual warfare.

Paul says, This command [to be faithful] I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight [wage all-out war as a soldier] the good fight [a military campaign or battle] (1 Timothy 1:18). And a little while later he also says, Fight the good fight of faith [literally, strive, fight, struggle, do what is necessary to win the great contest]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12).

Finally, Paul brings up the subject again in some of his final words as he says, I have fought the good fight [the same words he used in 1 Timothy 6:12], I have finished the course, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).

Read 1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Colossians 1:29; 2 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 12:1-4 and remember how serious this is! Our fight for Christ against Satan and his followers is not a “police action,” it is not a skirmish or a dispute. It is all out war to the eternal death! The devil has declared all-out war on us… and we must do the same to him.

— Lester P. Bagley