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When We Come Together

When We Come Together

In the weeks that have gone by, we have received some excellent messages on marriage; the role that each of us plays as husband and wife. I encourage you to go and listen to them again. In our world today, marriage seems to be an option, or often, a short-term commitment. This coming Sunday, we are talking about what happens when the believers come together & understand what it means to function together as one body (the body of Christ) in the setting of the church or as we meet in home fellowships. Henry Ford once said, & I quote, “Coming together as the “Body of Christ” is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success” The attitudes that make marriage work, when applied to the church, causes us to grow into full maturity, and be useful and a blessing one to the other. There is more to the church then meets the eye! Your joy and personal fulfillment and satisfaction will reach its full potential when you take your place as a “life-giving” part of the body of the living church! I leave you with this; The Glory of God and the Power and strength of God in the church are hidden in each one of the members. Join us this Sunday & come prepared to give as well as to receive. Jerry Van Der Veen

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A place of their own

A place of their own

Church, we have great news to share. Eleanor and her 7 grandkids have found a place to stay!!! Many of you have been rallying to her cause and following the story of Eleanor who lost her daughter in December and was left raising 7 grandkids. One of the biggest needs was a place of their own. The challenge was to find something that fit their budget and the number of people. They continued to get turned away and placed on waiting lists. Well, this coming Friday she will receive keys to a place that has welcomed her and the kids! Thank you to everyone who helped financially, gave diapers, sent over housing leads and prayed fervently for God to intervene! They are only moving in with the bags of clothes they had in their last place. Starting now if you have items to donate please bring them to the church. They could use beds, mattresses, bedding, small dining room table and chairs, pots, pans, towels and any other household items you no longer need. Again God is great and now this family can begin a new journey together.

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What's the difference?

What’s the difference?

LifePoint Family, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the new Alpha groups launching in the Fall and distinguish the difference between an Alpha group and a LifePoint home group or (Life Group). LifePoint has multiple ways to get connected beyond Sunday morning services, in fact, it is our intention that the Sunday morning services are not your main priority when it comes to “church” every week. Rather the Sunday services are meant to be a time of community fellowship and a gathering together to give praise to Jesus. Following is a list of ways that you can get connected at LifePoint: Sunday Morning Classes During the three morning services at LifePoint we have classes for men, women, theology and soon to come college-level courses on the Christian faith.   Year-Round Weekly Gatherings Tuesday Morning Men’s group Tuesday Evening Men’s group Monday & Wednesday Moms Life Tuesday Evening Women’s Group Sunday Morning 2nd service Women’s group Monday Prayer Group w/ Mary McKinney   LifeGroups Home groups at LifePoint kick off in the Spring and the Fall and typically run 10-12 weeks, these are an excellent way to get to know new people and form long-lasting relationships, many of the groups will continue to meet after the allotted time and some groups will meet year-round. Alpha Groups Alpha is something new that LifePoint will be doing starting in the Fall and the primary focus is for Christian men and women to open their homes to host a series of talks and videos designed for people who do not attend church or have completely different religious views. It is modern-day evangelism and outreach that has been used by more than 100 million people around the world and translated into more than 100 languages. Here are the main elements of an...

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Hello, my church family!

Hello, my church family!

Bonjou, fanmi legliz mwen an! Mwen tounen soti nan nèf semèn an Ayiti. Mwen te sonje yo anpil! (Translation: Hello, my church family! I am back from nine weeks in Haiti. I missed you all so much!) It is nice to be back and see everyone. It is very hard though because Haiti completely stole my heart and became my home in those nine weeks. I got to create many deep and intentional relationships with the community. The people in the community I lived in and the church I attended became my family. I was adopted as a Haitian after the 4th week when multiple people started calling me Haitian (because I learned Creole very quickly, dove deep into the culture and community, ate/enjoyed the native dishes, wanted to do all the local things, and wasn’t afraid of things most white people are). I went all in, got so much out of this summer, and was blessed beyond measure. I can’t even start to come up with the words yet to adequately describe my experience. This all happened as I was living and serving in a small town called Peredo, but my main job, with the two other interns, was to lead short term teams during their week with us in Haiti. That came with a lot of responsibilities, including: being the mediator between cultures and languages, making team members comfortable, building positive relationships with them, problem-solving for them, making sure they had what they needed to make things go smoothly, taking the short end of the stick, jumping in wherever there was a need, etc. We had six teams all together from different states in the US: one general team, three VBS teams, a surgical team, and a mobile medical team. Together, we shared the Gospel with over 600...

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Come to the Table

Come to the Table

We will close out our series on marriage this week as we look at marriage and what it tells us about our relationship with Christ. Have you ever seen that young couple who are just completely in love and she is so excited that he asked her to marry him and everyone around the young lady says, “Oh goodness, how can you not see how selfish and mean he is to people, how vain he is and sees only his needs?” The young lady replies, “I don’t know about all that, all I know is that I love him.” You see, immature love and mature love actually look remarkably similar. The major difference between the two is that in immature love you see only the beautiful and the good of the person but are blinded to their flaws. In mature love, you still love that person unconditionally, but you do it with full knowledge of their flaws and ugliness. This is how Jesus Christ loves us. He sees you for what you can be, for the amazing gifts he has put inside you, and, he is not blind to your flaws and sins, he is fully aware of them and is telling you to cast your burdens upon him. In fact, I spoke this morning with a mentor and friend of mine he reminded me of John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” We are currently in a very unsteady time in our country and culture and I believe there could be a healing balm for our nation if Christian men and women understood the implications in marriage of what it shows us about Jesus and our relationship with him. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we close out the marriage...

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YouthLife Leaders

YouthLife Leaders

YouthLife started up this week and we were greatly blessed with the number of leaders that signed up this year to serve the youth of the community. We now have three groups that meet throughout the week. The Jr. high YouthLife & KidzLife 4,5,6 meet on Wednesday nights. 6:45–8 for the younger ones and 7–9 for Jr. High. High School YouthLife meets Sunday evening 6-8. Having the 4,5,6 group has been a burden on our hearts over the past few years and we are so excited to launch this ministry this year. Now we will have an even greater presence in our neighborhood school. Pray that through these young ones we will not only bring Jesus into the public school but reach entire families through the growth of your children’s relationship with Jesus. YouthLife High School is in an awesome place to have over 15 leaders who have committed to the next school year in serving the 9th-12th grade youth at LifePoint. We have the whole year mapped out and it is going to be amazing! We are always in need of strong leaders so if you are being drawn by God to serve with any of the age groups, we are excited to take you in. Contact Chad, Mike or Matthew with your interests.

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For Your Consideration…

For Your Consideration…

Dear LifePoint Family, Over the course of the last 6 years, I have seen God move in absolutely miraculous ways in this community and this church. I have watched dozens of marriages saved from the brink of divorce, I have seen men and women at the very bottom of their lives, give them to Jesus and rise up and do wonderful things for the work of the Kingdom, we have had the honor of watching God move on the hearts of STV people and have sent hundreds on mission trips and opened their eyes to the plights of others and how they can have such a huge impact. I have often felt unworthy to be called pastor and yet at the same time unbelievably grateful and humbled by God’s use of my life. I tell you all of this because I need to let you know that LifePoint’s financial situation is in a bit of a crisis. Last summer I sent out a letter in June asking for continued giving through a seasonally low time of giving here at LifePoint. While some gifts came and we were able to carry ourselves through the lower giving summer months, we still needed to offset our finances with $40K from our savings. This left us with $30K in savings that we have not touched until this month of July. Our monthly budget is $77,500, we have built this budget with very little variances as we are seeking to be good stewards with every penny that comes through our doors. We typically bring more tithes and offerings in through the winter and spring months however this year we brought in just a little more than budget. In July we had $60K given which is about $15K below budget. In June I put a spending...

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My Buddy

My Buddy

Who do you think of when someone asks you “Who is your best friend?”. For the longest time my thoughts would have gone to certain guys, dudes or bros currently in my life. I picture the scene in a bar where you find yourself in a bad spot, in a wee bit of trouble per say, and outnumbered by a group of guys who want to beat you to a pulp. It always feels a little better if you can look to your right or left and have that someone standing next to you willing to fight. That’s who I picture my best friend to be. The guy willing to take a beating with you. For you ladies I imagine it’s a tad different. Your picturing that female friend who is there for you whenever you need emotional support, sitting next to you listening and giving counsel. In sitting here reading the words above I am baffled why us guys find it fun to get pummeled with our best friend…it seems as if you ladies have the concept of friendship down a little better. Lesson learned. Christ outlines friendship more along the lines of how you ladies approach it, and we will see that listening, honesty and vulnerability will lead to the blessing of friendship in our marriages. So join us this Sunday as we continue to dive into marriage and take a look at the concept of friendship and why that should be the purpose in our relationship. See you on Sunday.”

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Housing needed

Housing needed

A couple of weeks ago we introduced the story of Eleanor. A grandmother who lost her young daughter and was instantly left with raising 7 grandkids, 3 of which are in diapers. You met her as we brought her on stage to share more of her story and we, as a church, rallied to her cause. The support and help were incredible! One of those needs was finding a place to live. They are currently living with relatives right here in Copper Basin and unfortunately, the situation has become urgent. July 31st is the last day they can be in that house due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Church, we need your help in finding a place, temporary or permanent, for Eleanor and these grandkids to lay their heads down at night. Please, send us any leads you have, any places you know are vacant, or any rooms you have to spare! The family is so grateful and trusting of the Lord and we know the miracle will come through in His timing. Please send all leads to blake@lifepointaz.com.

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Loving our Neighbor

Loving our Neighbor

The mission of LifePoint Church is to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ through intentionally serving, giving, & caring for our neighbor. Biblically speaking, neighbor is a big word that encompasses every other human being on earth. Because of this, LifePoint pastors, elders, and staff make a concerted effort to support the global and local mission work that brings the Gospel to our neighbors. One of the ministries supported by LifePoint is Grace Without Borders Ministry (GWBM) which is a thriving prison ministry with reach in several states. This past week, our former intern stopped by the office for some prayer before he preached to over 500 men at a prison in Eloy. Society can sometimes have the mentality to more-or-less dismiss the plight of those in prison because they “deserve to be there” or “committing a crime was their choice” but would the Bible agree? After all, the apostle Paul himself was a prisoner at one point in his life!  Matthew 25:36,40 talks about the care of prisoners because we are called to care for all humans in need. LifePoint partners with GWBM because they are acting out their faith by serving those in need and loving them by sharing the Gospel. The ministry was started by an obedient servant and flourishes because of other obedient servants. What is God calling you to? How is God calling you to care for your neighbor? There are so many opportunities for us as Christians to go into the world to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus, imagine what we can do when we listen and GO!

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