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San Carlos Men's Mission 2020

San Carlos Men’s Mission 2020

For the last 3 years that I, Evan Thiele, have served alongside Arizona Reservation Ministries, I have not seen a more joyful group join as the 20 men that served with me last Saturday. This was, by far, the largest men’s only group I’ve taken to San Carlos.  The prayer journey was the biggest factor in motivating the guys to work harder on the Sunday School Building for Miracle Church.  Diana, from A.R.M. says, “As 2020 begins, we are excited to watch as service in the past is leading to amazing things in the New Year! We completed a home for Prospero and Roxie C. in November of 2019.  Their lives had profoundly changed as they watched God provide such a critical gift for their family!  On Monday, January 13th, 2020, they handed in their applications to join the ARM team permanently!  Pros work with our Construction projects (the men met him, either as they worked on his home previously, or this past Saturday as they all worked on the Sunday School renovations at an Apache-led, Bible-based church!). Through the partnerships we have with several Bible-based, Apache-led churches on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, our plans for 2020 include building restrooms, Sunday School rooms, a kitchen and meeting area at the American Indian Church.  We are currently renovating an old Sunday School building at the Miracle Church.  As these projects (AND the completion of a home for the Johnson family-who are home-less), Lord willing, we’ll begin to construct a church sanctuary for brother Ralph Holmes.  That church is called Preach the Word Ministries. We continue to thank God for our faithful friends at LifePoint Church, and the many arms they have provided to make both tangible projects possible and spiritual blessings as well!” It has been a blessing serving the people...

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Yarn for the CAFCC inmates

Yarn for the CAFCC inmates

A hearty thank you to Pastor Nathan, the Staff, and all who donated yarn for the women at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex (CAFCC) over the last few weeks. Warden Kris Kline’s Administrative Assistant (Marie) gave Jeanne and me some items (purses, scarfs, gloves, etc. that women in the detention center had crocheted. Marie asked if we could find a place for these items. Jeanne said yes, the homeless folks at the Genesis project. Then Jeanne asked Erika Stroum is we could ask for yarn donations. The Staff approved and now through your generosity, LifePoint, many women are making good things for people in need. Thank you and please keep the yarn coming, but no hooks. 😉 God bless you for your generosity! Jeanne & Rod Brouwer Grace Without Borders Ministries Proverbs 11:25😏

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Step up and lead a LifeGroup

Step up and lead a LifeGroup

Spring LifeGroup season is right around the corner! Right now though we are in a time of prayer and fasting which often allows God to speak to us in big ways. The path He is showing you may be to step out of your comfort zone and lead. Leading a LifeGroup is often a great way to step out in faith. They are the heartbeat of LifePoint Church. Small groups create a place for fellowship, connection, and spiritual growth. This Sunday will be our second week for leader signups so if God is tugging on your heart, be bold and lead! If you have questions email blake@lifepointaz.com. Pastor Blake

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When Temptation Comes

When Temptation Comes

Have you gotten all your homework done?   That is the question I ask my children almost every day when I see them going outside to play or sitting and watching TV. Now it is a question I am asking you. Last Sunday I gave a simple homework assignment to seek God every day this week and ask the question, “Lord, what have I not submitted to you and what are you leading me into repentance in ?”   Then, I asked you to write down what he has shown you and bring that paper, with no name on it, to Sunday’s service as we are going to have a powerful time of worship and study of what it means to be prepared for the battle that is to come. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we are told, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” My prayer for 2020 is that when the eyes of God look upon LifePoint He will find men and women whose heart is blameless before him. If you wish to study and prepare your hearts for this Sunday’s message we will be reading from, Luke 4:1-14. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Empowered

Empowered

The Women of Life “EMPOWERED” is open to all women of LifePoint. The class meets at 9:45 AM in Room S7 every Sunday morning. The current study is called “Twelve Women of the Bible Study Guide: Life-Changing Stories for Women Today”. We hope you’ll join us for an amazing time of study and fellowship.

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Ever Faithful

Ever Faithful

I want to start the new year off by giving you a brief overview of how the final 5 months of the year turned out for LifePoint in regards to finances and increase. By the end of July things were looking very bleak, with lower than expected-giving in the spring months and much lower giving in the summer we were in a spot where God was going to have to move mightily if we were going to move forward…and He did! At the end of July, I wrote a letter to the congregation through the newsletter and spoke briefly about the situation the following Sunday and that was it. From there God began to move on your hearts and provide in unbelievable ways. Where we were sitting at a deficit of more than $45K at the end of July, we ended the year more than $100K above budget. This has allowed us to replenish our savings, and have a healthy operating budget. Not only did God provide financially, but he also provided one of the coolest additions to the property in the 15,000 sq. ft. of turf that is now available where there has been just dirt for the last 10 years. Thank you, Lord! He provided the needs in the lobby to make it more of a place where you can get connected, know what’s happening in missions, see who the pastors, staff, and elders are, and sit and enjoy some coffee and read a book in the reading nook. He provided LED lights in the sanctuary that will save us thousands of dollars a year in energy costs and provided the lights virtually for free. I know all of this is not just so we can stay where we are but is to be put to use in...

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Why we serve on the San Carlos Indian Reservation

Why we serve on the San Carlos Indian Reservation

January 2017 was the first time I went on a local mission trip to San Carlos, and it crushed me to see a third-world country in my own backyard. It put a fire in my heart and spirit of service within me to serve and help them in any way I could. I’ve seen a lot of devastation and God’s glorious restoration while there.  As I get ready to serve in San Carlos again, I thought it would be fitting to tell you about our local neighbors. San Carlos is located near Globe and covers approximately 1 million acres of land in Graham, Gila, and Pinal Counties. We partner with ARM (Arizona Reservation Ministries) in serving the local Apache population near the Globe area.  To kick off the workday, we begin with a prayer journey through the reservation where Diana (from ARM) explains about the reservations and the hardships they face. We stop and pray over different locations. The prayer journey can last from one to two hours. Once that is over, we head to the construction site.  In some of the past projects we have painted churches, demolition of concrete, and worked on all stages of home construction. There are projects that have been open to all age ranges from 12 to adulthood. There is no real skill involved except a servant’s heart, and the will to follow directions and learn. However, there are other ways to serve with ARM. They accept donations (gift cards, monetary donations through their website, clothing, blankets, etc.), volunteers to work on the Children’s Church Bus during the week, VBS volunteers during the month of June, and are always willing to take a group of Teens and Adults on a prayer journey.  “Arizona Reservation Ministries exists to provide God’s ARMs around the Reservation. Currently serving on the San Carlos...

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Ready to go Like Matthias

Ready to go Like Matthias

The new year is merely days away. A new year tends to attract a new start in people’s lives. A new direction or a new focus. Losing weight is always at the top of people’s lists. Being we just passed through Christmas, loving more or being more kind tends to get attention as well. This Sunday I am going to challenge each of us to be prepared like Matthias and Joseph. Who are these two? These are the two men the 11 disciples chose to replace Judas after Jesus ascended into heaven. Matthias gets the nod from God and becomes the “replacement” apostle. Both of these two had something on their resume we will never be able to do. They walked with Jesus physically. Like the other 11, they were around and saw first-hand the miracles and lessons from Jesus, however, their other qualities which make them prime candidates for the position can be achieved by each and every one of us. They weren’t sitting on the couch binging Netflix when someone posted Apostleship Position Applications on the town bulletin board. No. They were a part of the ministry! Their hearts, ambition, and desires were to serve Jesus. They were back-up apostles ready to go at a moment’s notice. They had to know the playbook, Old Testament writings, and Jesus’ lessons. Ready to execute the plays such as love the Lord with all your heart, mind, strength & soul, love your neighbor as yourself and take care of widows & orphans. Imagine a back-up quarterback for a football team or any other back up player for that matter. They have to know the plays, know how to execute them & perform them well if they ever want to get off the bench. I love football but do not have the...

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Hope Fulfilled

Hope Fulfilled

As Christians we are asked to “give God everything,” and when we are first saved from sin and death, we sincerely do our best to do just that. However, over the course of time, we become distracted and forgetful of this promise we made and the desire that drove it. The successes and failures of life begin to weigh down upon us and the flesh begins to beckon us back into the things that formerly filled our time. Waiting on the Lord can be difficult because it requires us to deny the visible for the hope and life of the invisible. This is a constant problem we see throughout life, not just our relationship with God. We focus on the visible food and hunger and ignore what is going on inside our bodies, we focus on the needs of today and do not save for the needs of the future, we want love right now, without first preparing ourselves to be in a self-sacrificing relationship. This is what the Bible calls the flesh vs. the spirit. This is also why Paul includes self-control in the list of the Fruit of the Spirit. This Sunday we will be looking at the Lives of Simeon and Anna which are recorded in Luke 2. These are two people who were given a promise from God and never gave up on it. As you pray and prepare yourself for the services this Sunday I want you to think about something God has been showing me recently… If I do not give my time, talent, and tithe to the Lord then where is it going, and if these are things that He requires of me, then what is happening to those things which are His, when I do not bring them to Him? May the...

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Landscaping

Landscaping

We have a couple who have been attending LifePoint for some time who felt that the landscaping needed a little “sprucing up.” There are trees in need of being cut back, trimming, edging, and shaping of bushes needed. The wash is in need of some more rock to make it more pleasing. After the unbelievable blessing of the turf, these congregants thought that the rest of the property needed to be improved as well, so they enlisted the help of their son who owns a landscaping company. They asked if their son would donate landscaping work for the entire 8-acre property including all of the items mentioned above, and he graciously agreed. LifePoint has had staff, volunteers, and paid help over the years the building has stood in the center of mature landscape and at no time has a more thorough beautification been accomplished. Last week, a full crew of men showed up on the campus and got to work like a team of eager worker bees! In no time at all, the campus was looking sharp, pristine, and in shape. We wanted to give a special thanks to the owner and workers at Almost Eden Landscaping for their gracious and very professional service. As if a one-time cleanup wasn’t enough, they have unbelievably agreed to KEEP COMING to maintain the property!

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