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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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Life Together

Cannot wait for this Sunday, LifePoint family. God has allowed us to do so many amazing things this year already and we have some amazing news to share this weekend. This Sunday will mark a year from when we had our last Sunday before the statewide shutdown. The doors that God has opened are allowing us to love the community around us better and get a better pulse of the needs of those in our own backyard. This Sunday morning’s message will not only be a breakthrough for our church body, but we will also have our annual business meeting at 5:30pm Sunday night just before the Sunday night worship service. Please be praying for God to give you ears to hear and eyes to see what He has in store. See you Sunday! Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Stayin’ Alive!

At some point in the walk of every disciple of Jesus Christ, one will come to a point at which they ask the question: “What does God want from me?” I know I’ve asked that question at least once in my life! Just like the seasons of weather in the world, there are seasons along the journey in the life of a Christ-follower. Some of the seasons are warm and just perfect like Spring at the beach in Ensenada, Mexico. But sometimes the seasons are like being at the top of Mount Everest after enduring a freezing, brutal, and life-threatening climb. No matter what, God is with us and in all seasons, He wants the same thing: a living Body. God wants us to be alive. . .to live out an active and exciting faith. He wants to bless us in the pursuit of him using the gifts he has given us. God gives us gifts, but a dead person cannot use a gift for anything! He wants us to be in community together using our gifts to glorify Christ by using them within the body. A body that is trained, fit, lean, energized, excited, and full of joy is a body that performs at its peak. The analogy of the Body used to describe the gathering of God’s people is no accident. So, what does God want from you? If you call yourself a disciple of Christ, you are part of the Body of Christ and He wants us to be alive! Join us this Sunday as we cover Romans 12:1-8 and what it looks like when the Body is alive!! God Bless, Chad Roche...

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Participant vs Spectator

How would you classify your relationship with the local church, specifically, the church you attend? Every single relationship we have has some sort of classification in our lives, your work is most likely a business relationship, your spouse a marriage, children are familial, friends are well…friendships, neighbors are neighborly, drivers on the road in STV…enemies, (Just Kidding 🙂 ). I think you get the idea of what I am trying to say. So, what is your relationship to the church you attend? What should it be? Is there anywhere in scripture that God directly or through the disciples tells us how to relate to one another in a communal setting as well as throughout the week? If you answered YES to any of the above, then go ahead and give yourself 3 gold stars. In God’s word, it says that the relationship between the church and Christ is one of head (Christ) and body (church). Then Paul continues this imagery so that we might understand how we, in many cases total strangers, are to relate to one another. The church is referred to as the bride of Christ. The most intimate selfless relationship that exists, and yes, even more so than parent and child. While your bond with your child is close, they are a part of you, even though they can be a pain they are literally our flesh and blood. Your spouse however is somebody who was once a stranger to you, a person that you chose to spend the rest of your life honoring, serving, and loving them. You are both different yet equal. This is a much more difficult relationship to cultivate. If the Bible had asked us to be neighborly to one another that would be so much easier, we can be nice to our...

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A Shepherds Call

This week we will continue the series on understanding the historical church and what LifePoint see’s as God leading us into a more Biblical representation of, “The Church.” Usually, I would spend the next couple paragraphs explaining what I will be speaking on this Sunday, however, I feel that reading the attached scripture is more than sufficient to prepare your hearts for Sunday’s message. I urge you to take time this weekend to read and re-read these scriptures and come Sunday expecting God to reveal His word to you. Exodus 33:4–9, 15–23; 34:1–7 4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ” 6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. 7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Now there’s a break here. Moses is speaking to God. 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased...

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Learning From Our Mistakes

This week we will begin a new series about what it means to “BE” the body of Christ. Take a moment and think about this concept. The church is meant to represent the body of Christ that walked this earth 2,000 years ago. A body that went around loving others, no matter who they were or what they said about him, daily praising and seeking the Father’s heart, and teaching any who would listen to a message on the most important topic mankind has ever surveyed, what is the meaning of life. Throughout history, man has attempted to capitalize on this gathering of people for monetary, political, military, and personal gain. There has never been a generation where the Christian church has not been persecuted, martyred, or tried to be snuffed out. Just as the body of Christ rose from the dead and exists still to this day, the church has survived and grown exponentially. Where the principles of what it means to be the body of Christ are implemented, as laid out by the Apostle Paul in his letters to the various churches, history has shown incredible transformation of the culture and strength of the people. All over the world today, the church is growing in strength, we know of the Chinese church, but Christianity is also on the rise in places, like Singapore, South America & Africa. One place in the world where Christianity has been on a 60+ year decline would be in the U.S. A country that has undeniably benefited more than any place in the world by the principles of Christ and the work of the church. It is no mystery why this has happened, rather, the mystery lies in what your personal responsibility is for the solution.  In 2 Samual 11:1, we’re told of when...

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How do we find Unity?

Ephesians 4:11-15 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. I implore you to read this scripture this weekend and meditate on its meaning and your personal reaction to it. Unity requires sacrifice, letting go of debts of apologies owed you, and giving forgiveness anyway. It requires us to lay aside differences that are not critical to the salvation of a human soul and seek God earnestly as to how exactly we are to proceed in any situation. Often, we will find that the answer the Holy Spirit gives will challenge us more than we think. Jesus bride, the church, has been so divided for so long because we think we are acting out of some sort of righteous indignation when in fact we still operate from the flesh and ignore His Spirit in our lives. I have labored over this since my late teens, I have fallen into the trap of judging others based on my flesh, yet deceived I was doing the will of God, I have wanted to see the many denominations come into a unity...

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