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Touch Of Heaven 

First Amendment Trust

The Believers Form a Community 

 

ACTS 2:42 

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship and sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer. 

            A deep sense of awe came over them all and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity, all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.  

 

Are You Called 

 

Come join us to create an end time safe-haven community on the shores of beautiful pristine Bull Shoals Lake in the majestic Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. We are creating a completely self-sufficient community in agriculture, energy, communication, water, food, and security to serve.  Founders have purchased the land and our seeking others to come alongside them to create a community that honors the Lord and the inhabitants through prayer, hard work, fellowship, and worship. 

  

We are currently renovating the historic sanctuary and lakeside prayer cottage and developing the natural resources that the property has been blessed with all for use by the community. With your help, we will be adding prayer cabins and S2A modular homes. The property has been given to a biblical first amendment trust whose beneficiary is Jesus and who is to be used for his sole purposes. Steps have been carefully taken to preserve the vision and community beyond the founders to last in perpetuity and to his return. An RV Park is currently under development which is the first stage of the planned community to be built. RV sites are available for immediate occupancy for those who are called to come and help create this vision. Come help us build the community the Lord and the Word has called for. If you cannot come in person, reserve your place, and help with a donation. Help us serve. Your donations are gratefully received. All for the kingdom and his Glory. Thank you for your blessings.  

Why Donate:

 

Your generous contributions play a pivotal role in expanding our outreach, enhancing our facilities, and providing a safe haven for those seeking a Christian community.  Your support for Touch of Heaven is deeply valued. 

  1. The Nature of Tax Exemption for Churches

  • A First Amendment church, not seeking tax-exempt status, remains non-taxable, with the First Amendment religion clause protecting it from federal taxation under the establishment and free exercise clauses. The Bible doctrine of separation of church and state aligns with the First Amendment religion clause, safeguarding churches that opt to refrain from federal tax-exempt status. Although laws like 501(c)(3) and 508(c)(1)(A) permit tax exemption, they grant churches the choice, preserving their non-taxable status.

  1. Implications of Legal Entity Status for Churches

  • Churches not operating as legal entities enjoy the complete protection of the First Amendment, following divine laws without external control or persecution. In contrast, legal entities adhere to various civil government regulations, potentially diluting their First Amendment protections. By accepting legal entity status, churches subject themselves to governmental authority, compromising their spiritual integrity for worldly adherence.

  1. Rules and Regulations accompanying Tax-Exempt Status

  • Churches pursuing 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax-exempt status must comply with several government-mandated rules, including limitations on activities influencing legislation, non-distribution of earnings to private individuals, and avoidance of illegal practices or violations of public policy. Additional regulations govern matters of disclosure, termination, and tax-related documentation, all of which churches must adhere to when obtaining tax-exempt status.

Links and Sources:

https://jeraldfinney.com/2022/03/17/the-rules-and-regulations-that-come-with-church-irs-code-sections-501c3-and-508c1a-tax-exempt-status/

https://jeraldfinney.com/2018/12/31/legal-answer-to-pastors-inquiry-concerning-whether-a-potential-donor-of-substantial-gift-an-claim-a-tax-deduction-under-irc-section-508-even-though-the-church-will-not-give-an-irs-acknowledge/

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