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Letter to the Public

Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  Bible-believing churches across the country (and likely the world) have been speaking with a loud collective voice about fear. By now, you should have read somewhere on social media or email or somewhere else that, as Christians, we should not give in to a spirit of fear. This is a biblical mandate: fear not. The best ways to counter fear and worry is through being in the Word daily, praying, and fasting. Right now, this is an opportunity for the church—the Body of Christ—to be the shining light. We have a God-given responsibility to care for others in this time of global need. In the account above from the Book of Acts, we have a beautiful example of how the church should be looking inward as well as outward. We need to make sure that the members of the Body of Christ are cared for and we have families at LifePoint who are already on hard times. Many of you have responded to the call and the church is being stocked up on canned goods, long-lasting foods like noodles, and some toiletries. If you have a little extra, please drop it off at the church because we are already helping families in need. In the...

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Day 2 of the Covid Quarantine

As part of our church’s continued shepherding and discipiling those in our care, I will be sharing daily with you through various avenues. We have continued conversations here amongst the pastors and staff and have some amazing opportunities in the works to meet the needs of the community, as well as to provide paths for you to give and serve as well. You may have heard by now that the Haiti trip was canceled by the host nation/mission, as they assessed that the team would be able to get in the country but would most likely not be able to leave with sweeping regulations and closures of international borders. Becky and her team immediately went to work separating the medicine, food, and materials they were going to take with them and will be distributing them to the places in need right here in our back yard. The Genesis Project, Hope Women’s Center, San Carlos, Christ the Victor, and LifePoint are all receiving these items to help distribute them to those in need. We will still be accepting donations for the items that are currently in high demand in our area. If you are in need of any items and do not have the means to attain them, please contact us at info@lifepointaz.com and we can work to help with any resources we have available. The church is going to move forward mightily in this time, as we put the phrase, “trust the Lord” into action. Peace, Nathan Bentley Senior Pastors Thought of the Day   This is a blog post that was shared with me today and I thought it was incredible on a theological level, practical level and TRUTH level. In the midst of the current state of things take a few moments out of your quarantine and read this interpretation of...

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I want to take a minute and update everyone on LifePoints position and response to the COVID-19 virus. Based on the recommendation by the Governor’s office we will be having services this weekend, with extra steps to clean and disinfect commonly used spaces and greeters who will wave “Hi,” and limit contact. We have a plan going forward to help the elderly or those who could not get out and get some basic groceries and toiletries this weekend to meet their physical needs along with their spiritual. Common sense is the thought of the times right now. If you are sick or feeling under the weather, then stay home, if you fall into the age range where this can be especially dangerous then stay home, if you have a compromised immune system and it would be unsafe for you to gather with a large group of people then please stay home. But, for those of us that studies have shown will be affected by this virus, like a bad flu…do not let fear stop you from loving your neighbor, giving of your personal possessions when needed, and yes gathering together on Sunday. We are so grateful that you choose to call LifePoint home and are preparing ourselves to move forward boldly in this time and to not shrink back. I believe we are going to see breakthroughs and miracles in this season, let’s ask God for His Holy Spirit and go forth with courage. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Intermediary Prayer for the Youth of San Tan Valley

Today (1/22/20) we are observing a corporate fast with our church. We are spending the day fasting and praying over the youth of our community. Our community like many others across America has seen an unsettling increase in the numbers of youth (especially teens) suicide. According to a recent (2019) report [source: National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control ], death rates among teenagers and young adults have increased at an alarming pace in the past decade. Suicide has steadily become more common across the population, but suicides among youths have outpaced all other age groups. From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides among people ages 10 to 24 suddenly increased 56 percent, while for decades prior it had remained relatively rare and its frequency, for the most part, remained stable. Now, it has become the second-most common cause of death among teenagers and young adults, overtaking homicides and outpaced only by accidents. Also, no racial or ethnic group has been spared in this rising rate, said Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics who has studied these suicide trends for years and served as the report’s lead author. This trend is no more evident than at Herriman High School in Utah where In less than a year, six students who had attended the school committed suicide leaving a community searching for answers as they struggle with the loss. Here is a video from The Wall Street Journal who visited Herriman High. https://www.wsj.com/video/multiple-suicides-one-year-one-high-school/1BB09D50-ABD6-4829-9987-06B65FF36E1B.html This epidemic affects us all, it affected my own family several years ago when my daughter’s best friend took her own life at 19. On the one year anniversary of her death, I wrote a blog post following my having watched “13 Reasons Why” a show that attempts...

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Community Partner: Compassion Connect AZ

When we consider mission work, we often forget some of the basic locations, our own backyard. It is not always an option to travel abroad and serve others. That is why we feel it is important to feature various ministries and opportunities that are close to home and close to our hearts. We aren’t the only ones serving locally, Mark and Jamie Morse attend LifePoint as well as serve in the community. When asked about why she volunteers, Jamie said, “I learned about Compassion Queen Creek through my former church where I was overseeing the family assistance and benevolence programs. Initially volunteering at the events with other church members, I quickly formed a bond with Jennelle and the rest of the Compassion Connect AZ team. I have served with them in a variety of roles over the years. I grew up in a small farming community in IL. When I was a kid, my Dad served as a volunteer firefighter and was on the village board. I believe this is why I am drawn to helping others within my own community; I was born and raised that way…I was meant to be a helper.” On Friday, October 4th several of LifePoint’s couples joined Jamie and Mark in attendance at the Compassion Connect AZ Gala held at Encanterra on Ironwood. This year’s gala theme was “ONE VOICE.” The gala was held as a fundraiser to celebrate the impact God’s people have made in the community simply by deciding to put differences aside to serve in the areas of health, family services, and anti-human trafficking. This message showing the community that our local churches serve ONE GOD TOGETHER. Jamie was part of the team that worked on the Gala as well as the decorations. The One Voice 2019 Compassion Gala was a...

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Preparing To “GO” in 2019

ATTENTION!!! LifePoint Family – One Week Before The First Class Session God has provided a wonderful training opportunity for us as we Fast, Pray and then GO in 2019. I’m excited to share information about a course that is being offered at Amadeo Church in Queen Creek, beginning January 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for 12 weeks. Whether God is calling you to be a PRAYER, a SENDER or even someone that might GO to the Mission field, this wonderful course will prepare you in ways you can only imagine. After you have read the information below and have questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Rick White. The class begins next Thursday so you still have time to register!! Here’s the information! Please get the word out to your friends and your LifeGroup fellow members and encourage them to register soon!What: Global Missions “PathWays” Course Why: Discover God’s heart and plan for taking the gospel to the nations and learn what role you might play as a Prayer, Sender or Goer! Details: Multi-church, interactive, video-based course for 12-weeks (Jan. 24-April 18; break on March 21). Check out this promo video at www.pathwaysglobal.org.Day/Time: Thursday nights, 6:30-8:00pm. Starts January 24th. Location: At Amadeo’s RE:STORE suite in Queen Creek (21803 S Ellsworth Rd, Suite E 102). Cost: $10 OR $44 per person ($44 = $10 admin/refreshments + $34 for optional Course Workbook); $10 due at the first class; students are responsible for ordering their own optional workbook: “PathWays to Global Understanding” (new edition 2014) by Meg Crossman through YWAM Publishing (https://ywampublishing.com); loose-leaf, 2’’ or 3’’ binder not included. Childcare: Not available. Facilitator: Pastor Jim Herzberg, Epic Christian Church.Register: By emailing Pastor Jim Herzberg at jherzberg@epicchristianchurch.com....

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What an emotional day! Today marks another year since my wife was born again Christian. She has become my inspiration as a follower of Jesus and is my constant motivation. She is also my best friend in a marriage that is so blessed I cannot understand it. We both came from broken family backgrounds and completely ignorant of how to make a marriage work, yet His grace has found us and guided us in a truly amazing way. I understand fully what being one under the Lord means. Today, besides being an anniversary of Christ’s rescuing of her, my mom gets to leave the hospital after open heart surgery. God has given her another chance to live, and my wife has been by her side in every step of the process. I get to see my mom, who is a believer, have a “new life” on the same date my wife obtained her new life, and they get to celebrate it together today. Today is also the last day of this one-year cycle, from when our lives changed forever. Last year, on October 23, I almost lost my first-born son from a suicide attempt where he fired a bullet to his head as he laid on the train tracks (to be sure the train would finish him). The way he went about it (everything secret, careful to avoid getting attention to his plan) some described as the “most real” case of a teenager they had dealt with. A long and painful process of started that day. So, this one year started with us experiencing horror, fear, unexplainable levels of pain, loneliness, guilt, shame, hopelessness, rage, and on many moments, the lack of will to go on, in the truest sense of the expression. We were caught in the middle of...

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Acts 2:44-45 “44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” A loving family is something that all of us desire. Deep down we we want to belong, to be needed, to be accepted unconditionally. Among the body of Christ, it is known that it is best practice to treat each other with love that goes above and beyond normal kindness. We know this in our heart, but it is still such an uncommon thing to see put into practice.  Two months ago, my daughter Anna was born. A meal train was started for us by some people in the church. It lasted for five days and was very helpful as my wife recovered and I took care of our seven other children. After a week of resting, mostly in bed, my wife was cleared for duty by our midwife and went back into normal activity. After only two days, my wife told me that something was wrong. Without going into too much detail, there were medical complications that put her on bedrest for a month in order to avoid surgery.  I was immediately overwhelmed. I had just spent an entire week doing more work than I ever have in my entire life, and learning that it was going to be more difficult, and for a month, almost pushed me over the edge. Unbeknownst to me, God had it all under control. My wife asked me if I wanted another meal train started. I said yes, but I didn’t think anyone was going to sign up since they had just brought us food for the last five days. I was wrong. Not only did the meal train fill up, but people called my...

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift Campaign “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Every shoebox gift is unique, and when Samaritan’s Purse ships them around the world, there’s no way to know which child will get each box.  But God knows!  In post-war Kosovo, the OCC team handed out shoeboxes in a school where the windows were blown out and the heat wasn’t working.  All the children had winter coats except for one shivering boy.  When he opened his box, he found a fleece-lined bomber jacket that fit him perfectly!  God had answered the prayers of the family who packed the shoebox and sent it exactly where it was needed most. Praying For A Water Bottle A boy in Tanzania had asked his father for a refillable water bottle to take with him to school.  Not having any spare money, the boy’s father said, “Just wait and pray.”  Two months later at church, the boy received a shoebox gift that contained a water bottle. He told his father, “You don’t have to buy me a bottle for carrying water to school because Jesus has brought me one.” A Cup For Each Family Member Juan asked God to provide five cups, one for each of his family members.  When Juan opened his shoebox gift, the Colombian boy was amazed that it included a set of five cups.  He gives thanks to the Lord for meeting this need. God’s Provision Of A Backpack When Vadik received a backpack in his shoebox gift in a hard-to-reach country, he exclaimed, “Mom! How does God know that I needed a backpack?”  With tears of joy in her eyes, she responded, “He knows everything, son.”  Vadik replied, “It is good that there is a God.” The OCC Shoebox Gift Campaign has started...

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WARNING! Extreme Soul Makeover Possible!

Making A Difference Through Outreach To The World Pastor Rick White Today’s blog is the third of a three-part series of why you should consider going on a short-term Mission trip. Not once did I see the above warning before I went on my first Short-term Mission Trip. However, afterward, I have tried to warn anyone departing on their first Mission experience that as they return to the “comforts of their homes” they will be changed in some way. In many cases, it is an extreme makeover! Here is a short list of what changes could happen when you step out in faith: It allows one to see just how big God is. It is amazing how it becomes so clear to you that God created the entire world and not just your small corner. We have watched Him work in so many ways while we have been on the field when we thought there was no way we could get something built or accomplish our goals with such a small team and limited tools. But, He always comes through no matter where you are serving Him and His people.  You get to serve those you normally wouldn’t serve. I remember being in the jungles of Haiti about ready to knock on the door of a Haitian’s hut to ask them if they knew Jesus. The short-term worker with me said, “Rick White if you would have told me 6 months ago that I would knock on someone’s door in the middle of the jungle in Haiti to ask if they know Jesus, I would have said, not me!!”  “I don’t speak their language, I have never done this before, I am WAY out of my 9 to 5, but here goes!!” Then she knocked on the door and asked, “Do you know Jesus?”  Broaden your...

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