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Compelled To Share His Love

How has your week been going? Have you found it any easier to pray only giving praise and worship to the Lord? Have you found ways to present your requests before the Lord in a way that worships him and does not ask of anything? I know it’s not easy…but keep going, fight through the lie that you can’t or just don’t have the time. A quick example of this concept from me this week…I was having to haul a truck bed loaded down and trailer load of trash to the dump with a truck that I didn’t know if it would break down or if the load would shift and spill out on the road. As I was leaving the house with some trepidation and nervousness in my heart I started to pray, as I usually do when I am doing something crazy, started asking for protection and safety. I immediately stopped myself and started thanking the Lord for the ability to drive the truck, the availability of the truck and trailer, the health to lift it all, the eyesight to drive, and thank Him that He was going to safely deliver it to its destination. The rest of the drive was peaceful and filled with joy, no nerves, no anxiety…thank you, Lord. This week we will be starting a new Series titled; Compelled. This series will be based on the verse written by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16, where He speaks of his inability to NOT preach the gospel, that since his salvation it is almost as if he no longer has a choice, he does, yet he describes the feeling as being compelled! We will be doing something very different this Sunday, maybe different than you have ever done on a Sunday morning, so keep...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? Oftentimes, people will refer to him as “it” effectively eliminating the personal nature of the counselor whom Jesus left behind for us. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will search the depths for us. Paul is telling us that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the things of God for us—he helps us understand Scripture and other truths. In the Greek, the word used to describe him is parakletos (παρακλητος), and like we learned last week, a word in Greek doesn’t always have one meaning. The parakletos could be intercessor, advocate, counselor, or helper and the Holy Spirit is all of these. In fact, this word and concept are one of the reasons we call lawyers “counselor” because they are an advocate and intercessor for their clients. This weekend we’ll explore the third person of the Trinity: parakletos. Who is he? What role does he play? Why is he so frequently overlooked or diminished? I hope to see you here at church with us. Chad Roche Associate Pastor...

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Joined Together as One

This Sunday I will be returning to our series on unity, United We Stand. We’ll be looking at the book of Ezekiel right after Ezekiel’s experience with the valley of dry bones, investigating God’s character through the Two Sticks Become One. This is a time of Israel coming out of exile and becoming one nation again. God is not a God of chaos but a God of order. He desires for His people, His church, to be one, to work together for His glory in unity, not for everyone to be focused on their own desires and direction but to be centered on God’s kingdom and their individual part He has given them. Have you ever teamed up in the workplace on a project and you have done your best to complete your part, but you and others are waiting for one co-worker to provide their necessary piece so you all can complete the overall project, be successful and impress the boss? What is your reaction in this situation? Do you talk with the others and discuss your disdain for this employee, their lack of reliability and work ethic? Are you cursing their name knowing this is going to look bad on you, not to mention the team, but you are mostly concerned about you? Now, how does that look as you are part of the body of Christ? You’re doing your part of the ministry but others serving beside you are really failing on holding up their end. They are such a distraction to you and your ability to perform within the church! I’ve been there. Have you? It is so irritating! Can’t they get their act together?! Now, go back a re-read this paragraph and see where your focus is. It’s not God, is it. We tend to...

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Forward Blessings

Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever given up? We can all admit to giving up on something at some point in our lives and often it’s a regret and memory that sticks with us. Sure, you experience the temporary relief of the pain, trial, and challenge that you were experiencing but, in the end, quitting only leads to pondering ‘what if I had stuck with it’. Have you ever persevered? Have you seen something from start to finish, no matter the blood, sweat, and tears it took to pull it off? We all have to some degree. Those who have stuck it out to the end experience the victory, the prize, the achievement…the blessing. God’s blessings come from perseverance. God knows and understands how hard and challenging life is yet calling us to move forward no matter how many times we get knocked down. It’s the movie we all desire to watch, isn’t it? The hero gets knocked down, but ultimately defeats the villain in the end. The family torn apart but, comes back together due to the endless pursuit of relationship and love. The setback with the sports star who rises at the finish to gain victory. These are the shows we tune into because as humans we were created and designed to persevere. James 1:12 says ‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him’. I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday as we press forward to receive God’s blessings. Pastor Blake...

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Wisdom, the second half of prayer

When I was a young man I sought God’s wisdom on attending college, for weeks! When he finally spoke to me I was shocked and embarrassed, but the answer has changed my life! Do you ever look for wisdom? Do you ever pay for wisdom? Is wisdom inexpensive? Is it hard to find? Do you desire wisdom? What does the Bible say? What does God say to YOU! How does God give his Wisdom to you? Do you know his voice and can you recognize it when he speaks? The Bible speaks of wisdom over 367 times, yet, often we find ourselves lacking wisdom and even making wrong choices. We seek wisdom for career, marriage, kids, business, family, moves and more. We go to counselors and seminars, read books, and watch videos to find wisdom. When we pray we tell God our needs but how much is he talking back? Come this Sunday and I’ll share a few things God has shown me about his Wisdom and how he provides it to us Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:12-15 NIV Jim Bentley...

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Know your Foundation

Last week we began a small series on unity in the church and will continue that series this week as we wait for the 4th episode of The Chosen to come out on May 11th. On Sunday, I asked you to consider if the unity of the church is as important to you as knowing truth. There is always such a great emphasis on have the “correct” theology but little care about what divisions exist in the church. As I talked about the heart of the Father for unity amongst His bride, I shared how we need to allow humility and empathy to reign in our hearts and minds when listening, working with, and engaging with other believers. With all that said, this is not to say we do not stand for truth, even if it will cause a fight, that we do not expel the wicked one from amongst us, as we are told to do in 1 Corinthians. How do we do this and maintain unity? First of all, we need to establish what the reasons for expelling someone from the church were in the Old Testament, second, we need to understand the hearts of the ones doing the work of expulsion, third, we must recognize the Father’s heart for all His children, those who have gone astray and those whose hearts are filling with selfish pride for having obeyed. This is not easy. This will not be cut and dry, with us handing you a little laminated note card for you to carry around and make sure that when someone disagrees with you, you have the right to tell them off or just accept them. We are meant to wrestle with these things, we are meant to go before the Lord and continually ask for wisdom. If...

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United We Stand

I cannot wait to share this week’s message with you! It has been at the forefront of my 8 years of ministry and is the driving factor behind everything I do at LifePoint. Unity. I long to see the Church, the bride of Christ, united in love towards the Lord and each other. I have preached this theme in dozens of series and have strived to build a church that does not quench the tension that exists between different people’s backgrounds and denominations, rather tries and disciple people to learn to love the other person despite their differences, be in community with them. It is one thing to say you love someone who has different theology than you then distance yourself from them and cut off any real relationship because you don’t know how to be in relationship with differences that you perceive as ungodly or inaccurate. It is quite another deal to remain in relationship and ask God to lead you both to truth while strengthening the unity and bond between one another. Through multiple different avenues this week God brought this message to me and by Thursday made it so clear that this is what I was supposed to preach on that I would be crazy to do anything else. So, take this week to catch up on The Chosen series, and pray that God would open your heart to the unity He asks of His bride. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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On a Little Donkey...

One of the most awesome things about Scripture is how certain details pop-out at you when you read the same things over and over. I grew up in a Roman Catholic church and have heard the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem at the start of what’s known as Holy Week (from this Sunday until Easter Sunday on April 4, 2021) a hundred times at least. BUT, what stood out to me is that the donkey Jesus rode in on was a colt—right, it says that in the Gospel accounts, but why a colt? Then I got to thinking, a full-grown donkey isn’t exactly a huge animal, and a colt is a donkey that is two years old or younger which isn’t considered a “full-grown” donkey until about 3-5 years old (they can live up to 40 years). Then with a little research, it dawned on me that this is a small piece of evidence that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, was not a large man! He couldn’t have been because he wasn’t riding on the adult donkey, he rode on a colt. I just love it when details like this shed more and more light on the account of Holy Week that led to Jesus’ death and resurrection. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. . .it’s the day we remember the beginning of Holy Week when Jesus rode into Jerusalem. We can celebrate this time because our Saviour conquered the grave and lives! Pastor Chad...

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Moving Forward

When I was younger my father would always jokingly say, “son, it is always better to look good than to be good.” To this day I still use that phrase as a reminder of what it is the world is asking of me. They want my appearance to be one that is “good.” But, good by whose standards? Whether it is through social media, or how we present ourselves when we go to church, shopping, hobby’s or hanging out with friends, the thought crosses our minds, “does this outfit, hairstyle, shoes make me look good?” The definition of good is subjective of course, beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all. The problem with this line of thinking when we look at a church and are evaluating its credibility becomes apparent when from all intents & purposes everything looks good, but under the surface, not many people are “being” good. How can you tell if a church is really good beyond its appearances? How does leadership in a church know that those who call their ministry home are walking the walk outside of Sunday morning, likewise, how can the congregants know that the leadership is being held accountable for their Life choices? That’s a lot of really personal questions, but isn’t that what the church is supposed to be…personal? Not a sterile environment where the saved gather to worship then return to their regular daily schedule, but a place where the family comes together to fellowship with one another, bear each other’s burdens, and worship & repent before an Almighty God. In order to be a family, there has to be mutual submission, humility, accountability, discipline, forbearance, and forgiveness. Not a single one of those attributes can be missing otherwise you will have a very unhealthy family dynamic...

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