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4:43 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

A challenge for all: Learn to love as Jesus does

If Jesus were here today - not the Second Coming of Christ, but if he were just alive, he would have many options for spending his time.

He'd be in demand from the mega-churches and their preachers and political leaders of the world. Or - who knows? Maybe Jesus would have his own satellite television program to reach the masses.

Pastor Bob Peet of the Kingdom of God Church in Kingman sees this scenario much differently.

"I believe if Jesus were here today, he would be at a pub or someplace like that," Pastor Bob said. "I think he would find someone down and out and he'd put his arm around that person and offer him a better way of life."

Pastor Bob's new location on 2701 Andy Devine Ave. has its grand opening on Saturday with services at 6 p.m. Activities with music and games will start at 3 p.m.

"I want people to know they are welcomed to come to church, no matter where they are in their life," he said.

I didn't live here when Pastor Bob's alter ego, Tequila Bob, operated his popular pub years ago. Nor did I have the chance to see the man transform from the one who oversaw wet T-shirt contests to the man who preaches the word of God.

"The Bible teaches us that we need to be doers of the word, not just hearers of the word," Pastor Bob said. "So when we take a group of people to Fremont Street in Las Vegas to proselytize, we're not doing it to build the number of our own church. Our goal is to help build the Lord's kingdom and help people find a better way to live."

As we chatted about our families, I shared with Pastor Bob that my son is currently serving a Mormon mission in Alabama and my other son served in the Canada-Winnipeg Mission for the church. I waited for the barrage of anti-LDS sentiment that often follows such a disclosure.

Pastor Bob is different.

"We may have doctrinal differences, but at the end of the day, we all believe Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and salvation comes only through Him," Pastor Bob said. "I think it's great that people are riding their bikes for two years spreading the word of God. I appreciate Jehovah's Witnesses for their dedication.

"We need to stop shooting in the same tent."

Pastor Bob has a very simple, but very poignant message: "We must stop beating each other down, and start lifting each other up. That is what the Bible teaches - to love one another."