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On September 23rd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Politics and Peacemaking

I titled this blog, “Politics and Peacemaking”. Those two ideas never go hand in hand. In our current cultural environment, there is no peacemaking attached to politics. Due to various reasons (which are being documented and verified), our culture and even our church are more polarized than ever. The right is further right, and the […]

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On September 16th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Making Peace

Peace, for many, is now a pipe dream (sorry for the drug culture connotation). The hostility, incivility, hate, violence, and polarization is so prolific that the idea of folks choosing peace seems ludacris. We are in a series we call Peacemakers. The Bible is clear that as followers of Jesus, we are to be peacemakers.  […]

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On September 9th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Praying for Our Nation and City

We just started a new series called Peacemakers. Why? Our nation (and world) needs peace. You and I need peace. Jesus calls us to be peacemakers to fulfill our true identity as his children (Matthew 5:9). But on our own, we can’t make peace. Peace first starts inside us before it can move beyond us. […]

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On September 2nd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Online Classes

Pantano fall classes are open for enrollment now! Beginning on August 29th, we are offering a variety of classes available to take digitally via Zoom. Our classes cover topics such as finances, marriage, parenting, and more! Take a look… Bible Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study (6 different classes) Bible Basics Certificate of Bible Mastery Marriage […]

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On August 24th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Deeper Dive – Racism

For the last few teaching series, we’ve been adding a digital Deeper Dive live event. Deeper Dives allow us to address specific things at a deeper level and in a Q & A format. For the current series – What Would Jesus Undo, we thought that a Deeper Dive on racism was needed and would […]

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On August 13th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Physical Regathering

I’m a full-blown extravert! I miss connecting with people. I miss you! I love to sing worship songs with the band in a full room! I know that’s true for many of you also. Yes, I’m excited to regather! My two main goals as I lead our staff and volunteers in regathering are to create […]

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On August 6th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Re-Gathering

You might be wondering when we will regather for physical services. Our staff is addressing that very question right now. I’ll share the details with you next week. There are lots of issues connected with such a decision. I want you to know the kinds of things we are considering to resume well.  I know […]

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On July 29th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Loss and Grief

I’ve been feeling, dwelling on, and thinking a lot about loss and grief these last few months. Every one of us has experienced a ton of loss through this COVID-19 season. We’ve lost freedoms. We’ve lost interpersonal connections. We’ve lost jobs or income. We lost our routines and “normal.” We’ve lost peace. Many of us […]

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On July 22nd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Going Deeper

Do you want to go deeper in your faith and walk with Jesus? There are three opportunities coming up that will give you tools to grow closer to God:  Deeper Dive – Tuesday, July 28 – 7:30pm Our Deeper Dives follow a teaching series; our next one concludes our series, The Eye of the Storm. […]

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On July 15th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Friendship

Some of my greatest regrets are those times when I failed as a friend. Just this week, one of those regrets came pouring into my mind. One of my best friends is Ukrainian. When I started to investigate working in Ukraine, the communist economy created shortages and deficits of almost everything like toilet paper, food, […]

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On July 8th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Constant Change

I did a blog on May 27th called “Changes.” Well, more changes have been happening since then. That is the season we live in. So much has happened just in the last month. I’m back from my vacation I take during the month of June. It was more disrupted than usual (as has been the […]

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On June 26th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Pausing Physical Services

In an effort to continue to work together to stay healthy, and with much thought and prayer, we’ve made a few decisions. Before we talk about those decisions, we want to remind you of this: We are still the church! We can still be Jesus to our families. We can still be Jesus to our […]

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On June 24th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Global Leadership Summit

Global Leadership Summit You and I are living and leading through very difficult times. God wants to use you to have a good and godly influence on those he has placed in your life. But to hear the words, “you have influence” may feel like a weight of responsibility you don’t have the strength to […]

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On June 10th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Absent for a Reason

You won’t see me for three weeks as I’m taking my annual break. I usually use vacation time to take off the entire month of June, but with resuming services last Sunday, my break will be a week shorter this year. So, if you don’t see me, it’s not because I have COVID-19 or I’m […]

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On June 3rd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Physical Services Resume

I know some of you can’t wait to worship physically this Sunday, June 7th, as we resume our services on the East Campus. I also know some of you have concerns about your health and the risk of gathering as a group. If you are at higher risk, we encourage and affirm your choice to […]

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On May 27th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Changes

When it comes to life on earth, we’ve all heard some version of the quote by Heraclitus – There is nothing permanent except change. Everything has and is changing as we find our way into the new normal. However, as people of faith, we also believe that God is permanent and he never changes (Hebrews […]

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On May 20th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Resuming On-Campus Gatherings

Everyone is wondering or asking “When will the church be open again?” My favorite answer is that Pantano Christian Church never closed! We’ve been the church throughout this whole pandemic.  We’ve offered outstanding online worship and teaching services to all ages. We’ve called almost every family in our church. We’ve made and delivered over 3,000 […]

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On May 13th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

The Temptation to Judge

Every single one of us struggles in judging others. Every so often, I hear that voice in my head that is judging someone’s actions or behaviors, whether it’s how they drive or the type of music they listen to. I was standing at a restaurant entrance to get take out to honor my wife for […]

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On May 6th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Unshakeable

Everything in our physical world can be shaken. Nothing is stable. Our health can deteriorate – virus or no virus. Our bank accounts and the stock market are never stable. Our jobs are never secure. Even relationships change… sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse. We live in a world that not only can be […]

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On April 29th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Internet Danger

The internet is an amazing tool that allows us to do so much. We can’t even imagine life without it. Our stay-at-home life now would be miserable without the internet. More than ever, our kids and grandkids are dependent on the internet to do their schooling.  Yet, most of us are unaware of the dangers […]

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On April 22nd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Normal

Almost everyone is thinking or saying something like this – “I can’t wait to get back to normal.” We want to go back to our normal work environment. We want our kids to go back to school. We want to resume our normal routine.  But does God want to take us back to normal? Was […]

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On April 15th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Being The Church

Our Time to Shine I know this may shock you, but I love the season we are in. I don’t like that people are dying. I don’t like that people are losing their jobs. In fact, the list of things I don’t like is rather long. But I love how we, the church, have the […]

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On April 8th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Easter 2020

Happy Easter everyone! Who would have ever guessed that we would not gather physically for Easter services in 2020? But, we are in a critical time when physical distancing is vital, so we’ll celebrate digitally this year.  I know many are disappointed that we can’t gather for worship this Easter. We love to dress up! […]

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On April 1st, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Stay Connected

More than ever we need to stay connected. I was pleasantly surprised as I listened to Governor Ducey announce the stay at home executive order. He made a very clear emphasis on maintaining social distance without losing relational connection. Even though our church offices are closed to the public, we are still operating and serving […]

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On March 25th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

A Fast-Changing World

Changed Forever 9/11 changed our world forever. COVID-19 will do the same. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that when the crisis passes, we won’t go back to the way things were before. More folks will work from home. We’ll use all our digital tools in new and deeper ways. Small groups will utilize […]

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On March 18th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

COVID-19

Many of us are already tired of COVID-19 emails, posts, and news. The reaction to COVID-19 is as polarized as our political climate. There are those who refuse to accept that there is any reason for concern. Then there are those who are living in fear and panic. Neither is helpful.  Fear Our response in […]

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On March 11th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Pantano, we take seriously your safety and health. With the coronavirus taking center stage in the news media, we understand your concerns and we want to make sure that those with health risks are protected the best we can. First, let me remind you of how YOU can help by taking these precautions to […]

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On March 4th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Phishing

From Fishing to Phishing Jesus invited his disciples to become fishers of men. Today, fishing has a new meaning and spelling – phishing. In our digital world, phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from a reputable person or company. The goal of the phishing email is to get you to […]

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On February 26th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Ghost

Ghosts have been a part of our book, movie and TV culture for a long time. There is the Ghost of Christmas Past in the book A Christmas Carol. Then, there was the movie Ghostbusters. There are cable shows like Ghost Hunters. I grew up watching the cartoon Casper the Friendly Ghost. Most importantly, the […]

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On February 19th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Lent 2020

Lent begins next Wednesday (Ash Wednesday – February 26). It marks the 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). Lent is practiced by both Catholics and Protestants. Nine years ago we started our first Lent service at Pantano. Many were surprised we would offer this, as that had not been our tradition. While it is […]

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On February 12th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

The Voice

Daily we are summoned to court. A trial occurs in our head. We hear the voices of a prosecutor (the Hebrew word “Satan” means accuser) and witnesses that testify against us. We’ve got the right attorney or advocate – Jesus, who pleads our case before God. But still, we listen to the voices accusing us. […]

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On February 5th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Loss

Sunday I watched the Super Bowl. The Chief players and fans celebrated. The 49er fans suffered in their loss. I watched the camera show some of the 49ers players after the game. You could see in their faces and body language how painful the loss was. Loss is a part of life we can’t avoid. […]

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On January 29th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Enemies

As 2020 began, we started reading Luke in our Pantano Bible reading plan. I strongly urge you to use one (you can also find various in YouVersion). On January 6th I read the sixth chapter of Luke that said… 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those […]

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On January 22nd, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

Assortment

I got a box of assorted chocolates at Christmas time. I loved it. And yes, I’m not lost on Forrest Gump’s famous quote in the 1994 film – “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” So my blog this week will be about an […]

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On January 15th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

All In

I absolutely believe that the church is the hope for our city. There’s spiritual darkness all around us. That’s verified in the fact that Tucson is a post-Christian city. Nationally, we rank 16th out of 100 (1 being the least influenced by the Christian faith) for post-Christian cities. We are more post-Christian than San Francisco […]

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On January 8th, 2020 / by Glen Elliott

One

Happy New Year! 2020 is here. Many have noticed an interesting twist to the year 2020 and it’s the idea that our new year parallels the idea of 20/20 vision. If you have 20/20 vision then you have a normal visual acuity, clarity, and sharpness of sight. I have 20/20 vision… when I’m wearing my […]

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On December 18th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

December 2019

December Nights 2019 Recap We had an amazing four nights celebrating Christmas and families during our December Nights. Because we don’t charge admission (the event is free), we have no way to know the exact number of people who attended, but here’s what we do know:  3250 cookies were decorated and eaten. 3601 craft kits […]

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On December 11th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Christmas Eve Services

We are well into our Christmas celebration at Pantano.  We served over 1600 cups of hot cocoa during our first weekend of December Nights! We have one more weekend of December Nights – this Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th, from 6 to 9 PM. We are also looking forward to celebrating Christmas at […]

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On December 4th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Pantano Christmas

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have passed. It’s Christmas time! Here’s a bit of what Christmas looks like here at Pantano: Christmas Teaching Series The Christmas series for all of our campuses is called Unexpected: The Story of Christmas. The story of Christmas found in the gospel is unexpected. God had been silent for 400 years. […]

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On November 27th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Elders

Pantano is a non-denominational church. We do not have, nor are we part of any larger denominational organization. But we are not without leadership, guidance, and oversight. Our church is overseen by a group of godly Elders. While you don’t often see them “up front” or on the stage, they are very invested, involved, and […]

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On November 20th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

December Nights!

Like most of us, I love the Christmas season. But it’s a bit more challenging to get into the Christmas spirit when it’s sunny, dry, and 75 degrees outside for most of December! And the fact is there really isn’t much to do in Tucson that is uniquely Christmas. There’s Winterhaven! There’s going to the […]

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On November 13th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Serve Our City

This Sunday we will dismiss our regular services at both our East Campus and Southeast Campus in order to Serve Our City! There will be NO REGULAR SERVICES this Sunday, November 17th. However, there are some projects being done at the East Campus (1755 Houghton Road) for those who are physically not able to travel […]

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On November 6th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

#Blessed

It’s common for folks to use #Blessed on social media to express something good that has happened or something good that they got. It is a way for folks to celebrate something good while trying to be modest about it. But, that is not how Jesus used the word. Before I get to that, what […]

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On October 30th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Women in Ministry

There was a lot of social media stir last week about diminishing comments made by a nationally-known pastor toward the preacher and author Beth Moore (See comments and audio here). The role that women can assume in church is a live ongoing debate. At Pantano, we have women pastors and women who teach on our […]

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On October 23rd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Whose Yoke Do You Bear?

There’s a statement and truth Jesus made that actually answers so many of my questions about life and what it means to follow Jesus. It provides an answer to my many worries. It’s an antidote to my pride. It’s a check on my temptation to be religious. It arrests my tendency to compare myself with […]

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On October 16th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

The Battles We Fight

I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. That’s rare for me. I’m tired. I have some people asking for help that I can’t help the way I wish I could. There are some challenges I’m facing that easily discourage me. They weigh on me. But, I’m not alone. Everyone one of us […]

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On October 9th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Why Not To Floss Before You Go To Church

I wanted to share a great blog by my friend and fellow pastor, John Beeson, who is the Co-Senior Pastor at New Life Bible Fellowship here in Tucson. The blog is called The Bee Hive – subscribe here. John, in a very creative way, describes the culture we have worked to create here at Pantano […]

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On October 2nd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Why We Pray

New Series – Engage Sunday we started a new series called Engage. Sunday was the first day our two campuses (East and Southeast) taught the same series and message! In this series, we want to go deeper and further in our desire and ability to engage with God. The focus is on prayer, but prayer […]

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On September 25th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Better Together

In case you missed the announcement I made on Sunday, September 22nd, here’s the news. You can also watch the announcement video here. I’m excited to announce that Revolution Church is joining Pantano Christian Church and will become the next campus of Pantano as one church in multiple locations. In other words, Pantano is becoming […]

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On September 18th, 2019 / by Michael Goodwin

Is Jesus God?

This last weekend I (Michael Goodwin) had the privilege of preaching on the question – Is Jesus God? I discussed how different religions view Jesus and then shared what Jesus actually said about himself. Jesus claimed to be God, and that was clearly acknowledged and understood within the culture of his day (you can watch […]

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On September 11th, 2019 / by Nick Farr

The Problem of Pain and Suffering

Suffering is one of those things that everyone will deal with at some point. None of us are exempt from the touch of sin in this world. Suffering is difficult for anyone regardless of their relationship with God, but knowing Jesus and all of his promises can add a layer of complexity to our difficult […]

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On September 4th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

The Elephant in the Room

In my message Sunday I addressed the question – “Is Jesus really the only way to God and eternal life?” This is a question in a culture that has embraced complete tolerance and rejects exclusive claims by any religion or faith. More and more folks embrace religious pluralism which claims all religious paths are equal, […]

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On August 28th, 2019 / by Nick Farr

Can I Trust the Bible?

Every week the opportunity is given to Pastors to prepare sermons. For Pantano, this process begins many months in advance. As Pastor Glen has shared before, sermon topics and basic outlines are typically planned a full year out. As the week approaches for a specific message, the writing process gets more focused. Months of praying […]

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On August 21st, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Amazing

Yes, I know the word “amazing” is overused, but I don’t have a better word to describe two amazing things that are part of Pantano. These two things make a huge difference in lives; in people they were designed to serve both in our city and in our church. Serve our City I’m so excited […]

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On August 14th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Science vs. Faith

We began our new series I Got Questions by looking at the conflict between science and faith in God. My challenge Sunday was to choose both faith in God and science. Scientists who have only trusted or have faith in science, need to be honest and admit that science is limited. It can’t answer all […]

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On August 7th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

I Got Questions

This week we start a new teaching series called I Got Questions. We’ll be looking at five of the more common questions that skeptics ask and that sometimes causes those who follow Jesus to question the validity of their faith. It’s my hope that this series will help both those who are skeptical and those […]

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On July 31st, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Endure

This Sunday we are finishing our Intervention teaching series. Thank you for the great feedback. The content seems to have been helpful for many. The focus of this series has been on how we allow God to intervene in our lives in order to find freedom from our issues, hurts, hang-ups, repetitive sins, and addictions. […]

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On July 24th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Coming Up!

There’s lots of significant and important things coming to Pantano as our children go back to school and our monsoons finally arrive. Take a look… Global Leadership Summit – August 8 & 9 This event brings insight from the best leaders from around the world to challenge us to have greater influence. I describe it […]

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On July 17th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Take Every Thought Captive

The primary way that the devil tries to tempt us, trick us and trap us is though lies (see John 8:44). He wants us to believe lies about ourselves, others, our life, about God, about what’s good or fair and more. Our best defense against this is truth. Lies have the power to hurt us, […]

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On July 10th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

One Word

Every January, for the last five years, I’ve encouraged our congregation to prayerfully adopt a One Word to focus for the entire year. This replaces the well-intended New Year’s resolutions that are usually forgotten by the end of January! If you are new to Pantano since the beginning of this year, you can watch the […]

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On July 3rd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Intervention

One of the crazy things we struggle with in our modern world is to what extent should we intervene in the lives of others? There are too many folks who seem to stick their noses into other people’s business who have no right to do so. Then there’s the polar opposite where folks should intervene, […]

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On June 26th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Backstage Tour

Sometimes someone will win or pay extra for a backstage tour to see the artists up close and see how things work behind the scenes. There is so much that goes on at Pantano that the average person doesn’t see. Here are a few important things that happen out of sight. Baptisms As I write, […]

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On June 19th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

MAD in Ecuador

I like to use a lot of abbreviations. One of my favorites is MAD which is short for Making A Difference. That is part of our mission – Loving people to Jesus, launching passionate people to make a difference. I believe we are saved not just from hell but saved to make a difference in […]

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On June 5th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Global Leadership Summit – 2019

This year, we are hosting our 11th Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Over the last 10 years, I’ve learned so much from the GLS and applied so much of what I learned in my own life and leadership as well as how we do things here at Pantano. I think it was 2011 when I was […]

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On May 29th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

The Thing We Hate…and Need

I just did a memorial or celebration of life service on Friday for an 11-month old that died from a rare kidney disease. He died one day before his scheduled transplant. What can I say to that grieving mom and dad and family? There are no words of comfort. There is rarely a week when […]

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On May 22nd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

The Fuller Picture of Love

This past Sunday, I introduced our new series: This Is Pantano. We looked at the first value that we hold as people of Pantano – What matters most is loving people to Jesus. I made a strong case that it is God’s will that because all people have value and matter to him, we have […]

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On May 15th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Faith in Action

New Series My wife and I watched a TV series called “This Is Us” about the struggles of the Pearson family. I’ve appreciated the acting, the reality of family dysfunction, and being reminded about the joys of being family. The drama is attempting to expose or unmask the reality of family drama and be honest […]

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On May 8th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Hope & Safety

Hope for the Homeless We see the many homeless that are in Tucson. If you have a heart, you ache for those who suffer from mental illnesses that cause homelessness. You also ache for the mom and her kids who suffered setbacks or abuse and can’t get on top of things, consequently finding themselves out […]

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On May 1st, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Updates

Upcycle We started a series called Upcycle on Sunday. In this series, we are learning how to allow God to take the regrets of our past and free us from them, then transform those regrets into something better. This three-week series is designed around the three key steps to freedom – 1) Recognize your regrets; […]

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On April 24th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Reflection

God commanded a Sabbath for physical rest but also because we need to pause at least weekly to reflect back and see all that God has done. Otherwise, we just keep running ahead and forget all the big and small ways God has guided, provided, blessed, and protected. In our work and effort, we easily […]

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On April 17th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

He Has Risen

This Sunday we will celebrate that God raised Jesus from the dead. It is a big deal! The resurrection changes everything, in every way, for everyone who believes. There are two passages from the Bible that I love to reflect on at Easter time; each has a special meaning to me and I want to […]

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On April 10th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Easter 2019

I love Easter! It isn’t the trapping of the holiday that much interests me; I’m not an Easter egg or chocolate fan. I’ve never been much amused by the Easter bunny. But I love Easter because of the reason for the special day. Jesus rose from dead and he’s alive. That’s huge. That changes everything! […]

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On April 3rd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Invest in Your Marriage

Last Sunday I talked about values. I said that if we say we value something, if we think that something matters or is important, then we’ll actually take what’s valuable (our time, money and effort) and invest in it! Our marriage should be a top value and priority. If your marriage is truly a value […]

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On March 27th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Values

Every person, every organization and every church has values. Sometimes we are not aware of them and often they are not clearly articulated, but they drive how we live and shape who we are. Values are the foundational motivations for what we do. They provide our inspiration as non-negotiable guiding principles. They shape what we […]

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On March 20th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Cars and Food

Change. We are making some changes to our parking and café here at Pantano. I know most of us don’t like changes, especially if we can’t see the immediate benefit! I finally learned where to find things at Target and then they remodel the place and move everything around. What was wrong with the way […]

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On March 13th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Strangers

Hospitality! It’s an interesting word. There are many words related such as hospital, hospice, host, hotel, and hostel. They all come from the Latin root word “hospes” which means host, guest or stranger. The core idea is welcoming a stranger and offering food, shelter, and safety. There are many scriptures that encourage hospitality like Romans […]

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On March 6th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Twins!

No, we did not, nor are we having twins. But I’ve sure enjoyed getting to know some twins. I’ve gotten to observe several sets through our church as well as watch some twins who are athletes, writers, and speakers. Whether identical or fraternal types, there seems to be a very special bond and connection between […]

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On February 28th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

David Thoresen

David Thoresen has served as our Outreach Pastor for the last 12 years. Recently we made the very difficult decision to transition David out of that role. He has done a fantastic job of setting the strategic foundation of the Outreach Ministry and developing a terrific group of international partners. We have some of the […]

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On February 24th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Uncommon Faith

It’s common for people to love Jesus, believe the Bible, be basically good and serve others, but stop short of the radical kind of life that Jesus invites. Well, what more is there to faith? I’ll get to that shortly. Now, I’m pretty sure most of these folks are saved (only Jesus knows for sure). […]

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On February 13th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Room for More Movement

Things are really picking up and there is a lot of movement happening in order for us to make Room for More! While things have taken much longer than I ever anticipated, we are moving now! Our new building is called the Student Union so we can make room for our high school and middle […]

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On February 6th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Let’s Celebrate!

It’s one of those things I like least about my personality; once something great happens, I’ve already moved on to work on the next good thing and don’t take time to celebrate. The fact is, we all need to celebrate more and it’s a key part of gratitude which is one of the most spiritually […]

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On January 30th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

The Cost of Fear

We began a series on fear last Sunday called What Keeps You Up at Night? You can watch a replay of the entire service weeknights at 6 pm on our opening page at pantano.church (scroll down to the “Watch Live” section). Or you can watch just the message anytime – click here. The cost of […]

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On January 23rd, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

What Keeps You Up At Night?

We all have fears. Some cause us nightmares that literally keep us up at night. Or, out of anxiety, we have trouble sleeping. Sunday we’ll start a new series called “What Keeps You Up at Night?”  We’ll be looking closer at our fears and how God wants to lead us out of our anxiety into […]

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On January 16th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

Bigger Than Race

Next Monday (January 21) is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. It’s a time when we remember not just the past racial injustices in our country, but the continual challenges we have with racism, bigotry, and discrimination. This Sunday, we are going to remember that for those of us who follow Jesus, the issues of […]

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On January 9th, 2019 / by Glen Elliott

New Year – New Beginnings

Christmas Eve Offering Wow, Pantano, you gave $73,213 for our Christmas Eve offering. That will help make a huge difference in getting the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Center of Opportunity to become a reality this spring. In addition, over 250 folks showed up on Sunday, 12/23 to help with the remodel and upgrade. Thank you all […]

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On December 26th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 30th Well, this is my last blog for 2018. The year is coming to a close and we are looking forward to 2019. This Sunday, December 30th, Brian and Mandy Lucas will bring an incredible message about the rhythm of looking back and looking forward. I’ve heard their message and it’s terrific – […]

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On December 19th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish you a very merry Christmas. In the midst of all the activity of this season, may we all remember that God came to us to be WITH us to show us how much he is FOR us and loves us. May we find gratitude in God taking the initiative to come […]

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On December 12th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

End of the Year Generosity

Thank You I am so proud of our church. Pantano is a generous church! Literally, a thousand of us at Pantano serve in some way at our church, in our community or globally over the course of the year. We couldn’t do what we do and make the difference we are making without you. THANK […]

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On December 5th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

What Do We Live For?

My wife and I took a couple of days off to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We did our first “staycation.” We stayed in town, saw four movies and went out to eat for lunch and dinner. We got to sleep in a bit. And, one afternoon, I even went out by the hotel pool to […]

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On November 29th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Christmas at Pantano – 2018

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed so at Pantano we are officially entering our Christmas season! Here’s an overview of what we have planned for Christmas this year. This Sunday we’ll start our three-week Christmas series called Bring Christmas Home. And that just kicks things off! December Nights December Nights are back and […]

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On November 21st, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday. Why? The turkey is great. I love family time. There’s usually great football. But the best part is the focus on gratitude. I’m convinced that gratitude is a lost spiritual discipline in American Christianity. There are too few of us that make gratitude a daily practice and choice. If […]

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On November 14th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Meet the Man

Last spring I listened to a nationally-known Christian leader tell his story of how he almost ruined his family and his life. Unfortunately, that is not uncommon for Christian leaders these days. But what was so unusual was how God led him through his mess to find hope and freedom. I can’t wait for you […]

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On November 7th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Voices

Voices We all hear voices. And I’m not suggesting we all have a physiological condition of auditory hallucination caused by a psychotic disorder. We all hear “voices” in the sense that there are statements or beliefs that go through our head, sometimes over and over. We have beliefs that govern who we are and how […]

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On October 31st, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Spiders

Today is Halloween. Our life group, along with many other groups in our church, are doing what we’ve called the “Halloween Challenge”. Years ago, I challenged our church to make a difference on Halloween. We are serving our neighborhood on this night that has been a bit awkward for Christians. We are not celebrating evil […]

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On October 24th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Retreat

In military terms, retreat is generally a bad word. It can be a sign of defeat or maybe even cowardice. But sometimes, the smartest commanders know that a tactical retreat at the right time can position you for future victory. There are times when we need to retreat personally. It might be going to the […]

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On October 17th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Broken

We started a new teaching series Sunday called Interrupting Grace. We looked at how our sin and brokenness and the resulting guilt and shame can interrupt God’s grace. If you missed the teaching, you can watch it online. Broken In the message, I referred to a condition I call “brokenness”. We are all broken, which […]

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On October 10th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Breakers

Every safe home has circuit breakers. They are usually found in the breaker box, usually outside the home, apartment or building. The newer style breakers act like switches. If there’s a short or an electrical overload, the breaker will trip or turn off the power to a particular circuit to protect the appliances, devices and […]

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On October 3rd, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Room for More Update

It’s time for a Room for More update. Room for More is what we are calling our new building project. The new building, called the Student Union, will go where the old modular classrooms were. They are gone. We gave one to Desert Lutheran Church and the other one to Move City Church in Sierra […]

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On September 26th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Guests

Be Hospitable A church that is healthy, Bible-believing, and Christ-honoring will attract guests, and weekly we have many guests who visit. That is part of why we are growing so much. I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but on Sunday mornings, besides teaching the Word, my “job one” or focus is to […]

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On September 20th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Poverty in Tucson

Tucson – 5th Poorest City in America I’m sure you’ve heard this by now, but Tucson is listed as one of the poorest metropolitan areas in the United States. That’s not the kind of notoriety we want. About 25% of our city is identified as living below the poverty rate. As Christians, we can’t just […]

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On September 12th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Longing

This past week in our series called Contrast, Roger Blumenthal spoke about the idea of being shaped by the cravings we feed 1 Peter 2:1-3. If you missed his message, you can watch it here. Just the day before Roger spoke, I was listening to a podcast as I was driving to the west side […]

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On September 5th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Love and Respect

Our last teaching series called Mixtape – The Soundtrack for Marriage was based on Ephesians 5:21-33. What struck me in the passage was the strong theme of oneness. As individuals, we are to be one with Jesus. Husbands and wives are to be one. And couples together are to be one in Jesus. Oneness is […]

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On August 29th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Story

It has been said that the shortest story ever written was six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” This “story” has been attributed to Ernest Hemingway, but there is doubt about that (check out the full story here). The point of this story isn’t its author. The point is that those six words create […]

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On August 22nd, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Legal Aliens

Did you know the Bible talks about legal aliens, foreigners, and exiles? It speaks very clearly about these kind of people. And probably your mind already jumped to the political debates over immigration and border security. That’s NOT what I’m talking about, and I’m not so foolish as to jump into that debate in a […]

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On August 15th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Integrity

I didn’t know what else to title this blog. Integrity is a crucial part. But so is humility and maybe a dozen more words. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the recent scandal involving Bill Hybels, the former founding pastor, of the Willow Creek church. Hybels has been accused of sexual misconduct by […]

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On August 8th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

The Scoop

We are making progress on our new high school space (we are calling it the Student Union) and office building to make Room for More. Here’s the scoop on what has happened so far: The modulars, where the new building will go, are being moved as I type. Our loan is approved. We have our […]

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On August 1st, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Get Ready

In the old days (I can’t believe I’m using that phrase) “fall” started on Labor Day and school started right after. Not any more. Schools start in July and August, depending on the school district. And with school starting already, it feels like fall, except we still have triple-digit heat and there are still no […]

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On July 25th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

20 Years

Our family had just finished our mission work in Ukraine and we moved to Tucson in June of 1998. It was so good to be back in Arizona, as both Jolene and I grew up here. I was the first mission’s pastor that Pantano had ever had. I can’t remember why, but my employment didn’t […]

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On July 22nd, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Together to Make a Difference

“Together to make a difference.” For many years I put this phrase at the end of my letters and emails. Our mission is to make a difference and as a church we’ll only make a real difference if we all do something! That’s why, as a church, we ARE making a difference here and around […]

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On July 11th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

IF

We are in the middle of a teaching series on Sundays called Trust. We are taking a deep dive to better understand this core part of our faith. And as we think about trust there is a pesky word that reflects our struggle to trust; it’s the word “if.” When it comes to trusting God, […]

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On July 4th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Freedom

Happy Independence Day! In terms of the history of the world, America is a still a young experiment in democracy and true personal freedom. Having travelled and lived in other countries and systems, I’ll tell you that what we have is very unique and special. There are very few places in the world where freedom […]

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On June 28th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

TRUST

My vacation has ended. I should insert a “sad” emoji here! It was great to unplug for the last 3 weeks. I used some of the time to do major projects at my house that needed attention. Working with my hands is a great way to unplug and refresh. That break and rest gives me […]

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On June 22nd, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Did you Know?

As Lead Pastor, my head is in what and why we do what we do all my waking hours. So I take a lot of things for granted. It hit me that we do some things on a regular basis that you might not know about. Fact is, there is so much that happens at […]

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On June 13th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

The Gospel

Every once in a while, I get a comment that I (or we at Pantano) don’t talk about the gospel or at least don’t focus on it enough. I find that interesting because we actually plan to share at least parts of the gospel in every weekend service. The word “gospel’ means good news. It […]

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On June 7th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Everyone Has Influence

This year, we are hosting our 10th Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Over the last 9 years I’ve learned so much from the GLS and applied so much of what I learned in my own life and leadership as well as how we do things here at Pantano. I think it was 2011 when I was […]

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On June 6th, 2018 / by Glen Elliott

Vacation

Back in January of this year, we did a series called Making Room. In that series, I did a message in which I talked about how vital it is do develop a system of Sabbaths; the message was called Put the Brakes On. I believe that God made us to need Sabbaths. We were made […]

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