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A helping hand

A helping hand

Every single weekend, Robert Wood a.k.a. Woody is on church property doing something. From mowing to pulling weeds, picking up trash, blowing leaves, plumbing, you name it, Woody is probably helping out. Nothing can stop Woody from lending a hand around the property, including the record hot temperatures this summer. He even would stop doing our yard work to help serve the families during the pandemic with our feeding program. While we are grateful for all of our volunteers, we give a special shout out to Woody, for keeping LifePoint Church looking pretty nice this summer. If you happen to run into him, give him a thank you, and you might be lucky enough to hear one of his cool surfing stories from back in the day!   Pastor Blake

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Our Water Drive was a huge success!

Our Water Drive was a huge success!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that contributed water during our Water Drive this month. We set ourselves a goal of 100 cases of water, in just 2 weeks, to bless two of our mission partners that support the homeless population in Arizona. We are so blessed and grateful for everyone during this endeavor. You helped us reached our goal!   Genesis Project gives out over 250 bottles of water a day! The 50 cases of water they received will last them just under a week. They offer so much to the homeless community and we are honored to partner with them. Genesis Project is located in Apache Junction, and they offer education and resources, clothing, as well as full bellies and a few cold bottles of refreshing water. If you are interested in serving for an afternoon at Genesis Project, contact us, or watch for the upcoming mission’s announcements.   UMOM is located in downtown Phoenix and assists homeless youth, ages range from 14-21.  We partnered with them before COVID-19 hit our area. They have the same needs at Genesis Project so we felt it would benefit them to take the other half of our donated cases of water. UMOM has become a safe haven for so many in the Phoenix area and there is no doubt they go through a ton of water, food, and clothing.   Again, we want to thank each and every one of you that took the time to bless our partners.

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Establishing the Truth

Establishing the Truth

It has long been the understanding of mankind that the truth is easy to find, easy to follow, and easy to share…however, it is not easy to accept, not easy to submit to, and not easy to be popular while sharing. Truth is not hidden in the far off corners of the world, it doesn’t require extensive education or high I.Q. to grasp. Proverbs tells us that that wisdom SHOUTS in the streets and at the city gates, that she is where all the people are and is available to all. The truth of this world, of mankind’s purpose, and of you’re existence personally, is not a riddle waiting for you to figure out, it’s right in front of you. The real riddle to life is this: Why is wisdom so hard to accept if it is so plain and simple? That is the question that Christ came to answer, that is the foundation of what his ministry is built on…truth. He came to shine a light on the area of mankind that we would rather not look at or turn the mirror toward our eyes that we might see the things we keep hidden. It is said that the truth will set us free, but free from what? From shame, guilt, meaninglessness, and all other forms of sin and suffering that keeps man in bondage. The book of Hebrews is one of the most comprehensive books of all time which looks to make the case for mankind’s need for the truth and how the creator of the world has established a plan to set man free from this bondage. It covers more of the Old Testament than any other book in the New Testament and brings together the two covenants in a way that has let people for nearly...

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Train up a child in the way he should go

Train up a child in the way he should go

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This past Sunday five LifePoint families dedicated their children to the Lord. Watching the smiles on everyone’s faces was joy enough for all of us as we welcomed these children into our LifePoint family. A gift from God, children are to be cared for and treated as such. And these families have taken the initiative to love, instruct, discipline, and care for their children in a way that honors and glorifies God. It is our job as the church to come alongside these families and be another voice of truth for these kids as they grow up. May we rejoice in the coming days knowing all of these children will receive the love and support needed to follow Christ.

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The Armor of God

The Armor of God

Last week we spent some time and analyzed our enemy and hopefully, you came away with a better understanding of what we are up against when it comes to the everlasting part of our nature, our souls. The devil is nothing to be trifled with apart from the Trinity and should not be overinflated or ignored. While our enemy may be smart, he has also already been defeated and is operating on borrowed time. The strong man has been bound, death has been defeated and you have been redeemed…now, do you really believe it. God has not left us unprepared for the war and smaller battles that we will face in this life. In Ephesians 6 Paul lays out one of the most exciting and life-changing accounts of how we are to prepare for our encounters with the devil. He uses a military analogy of armor to help convey the tools God has given us and when to equip them as well as how to use them. The main problem with the armor is the cost of putting it on. It requires your full allegiance and complete obedience. You see, apart from giving yourself wholly over to the will of God the armor will just become a hindrance to you and you will set it in the corner only to occasionally gaze upon it but not utilize it. Then when the battle is upon us we desperately try and find it, then put it on, in hopes, it will protect us from those fiery arrows the enemy is sending our way. However, it’s too late. the armor isn’t meant to be equipped once the battle is already upon you. It is meant to be put on right now, in the season of preparation, when everything is going well and your...

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Being Obedient

Being Obedient

“Our family has been abundantly blessed the past 2 years by the Lord. Some would look in from the outside and see only trauma and pain, but what can’t be seen is the immense JOY only found in trusting in the Lord,” says Amber DeCicco. 2 years ago illness struck Amber’s husband, Mike, and several from the church rallied around him and his family to help in a multitude of ways. There was never a better time to watch others serve as the hands and feet of Jesus! It was truly amazing to see so many step-up. Countless volunteers were obedient to the call of help. Everything from childcare, to cleaning, to providing rides, to praying, to bringing food, to helping in the garden, and so much more was provided. “During that time, our church family lifted us up. Not one need was unfulfilled. For that, we are so thankful!” Since then, Amber and Mike have spent time in The Word, seeking God. They want others to know the love and fellowship of God as they have known it. “2020 has been a year of healing for our family as it has been for many others. In January, the Lord put a calling on our hearts to give back to God what was so graciously given to us by so many of you,” recalls Amber. So, when Evan Thiele, Missions Director, stood up in front of the congregation at this month’s Praise & Worship night and explained the Water Drive that would benefit the community, Amber knew she was the one that needed to be obedient this time. She clearly knew that God wanted her to step up and donate. The Water Drive will benefit UMOM (a Youth Homeless Shelter in Phoenix) and Genesis Project (a homeless food shelter in...

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Living in Faith Everyday

LifePoint Unites the Ladies

It’s always an exciting time when we have two ministries team up at LifePoint. MomsLIFE is a ministry directed by Jenna Espinosa (momsLIFE AM) and Jamie Ferrara (momsLIFE PM) where the focus is on building-up, encouraging, and supporting moms of all ages. Women of Life is a ministry ran by Christy Bentley (and her team) that focuses on celebrating all the women attending LifePoint. Each ministry hosts various events and meetings during the year, but this time it is one big celebration of unity as Ladies of LifePoint! So, join us at San Tan Flat (Hunt Hwy) on Saturday, September 19th from 5-8 pm. It warms our hearts to see the ladies gather for a night of laughter and fellowship, so invite a friend! This event is open to all women, all ages and stages!  “Look for the ladies’ night out sign at one of the outside tables. Buy yourself a dinner, appetizer, dessert, or grab a soda, and meet some new friends! We hope to see you there!” Facebook events and posts have been made as well, but it is not necessary to RSVP. Please note, childcare is not provided for this event.  To learn more about the Women of Life or momsLIFE ministries, visit the Welcome Center on Sunday or their pages at Lifepointaz.com under Ministries. 

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Powers & Principalities

As we brought the, what is corporate worship, series to an end last Sunday, I wanted to prepare us for what I feel God is preparing His church for in the coming months. On September 20th we will start a series called Harmony, it will be a walkthrough of the book of Hebrews and the consistent call to unity throughout the book. I know unity is a word that is thrown around so much these days and I also felt that it didn’t capture completely this idea God has laid on my heart. Then, meeting with a brilliant gentleman on Sunday, Mr. Dave Anderson, he said the word harmony, and instantly I felt the Holy Spirit say, “there you go!” Harmony is not just about everything being unified but different instruments and voices with different purposes, sounds, and ranges all playing together in such a way they make a beautiful noise vs. something that is painful. I cannot wait to get to this study but wanted to take a couple of weeks and discuss the action plan for all of god’s people right now. I said the last few weeks that we are at war, this is not a war between political parties, social issues, or denominations. We are at war against powers and principalities that are seeking to deceive and destroy children of God. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he closes with a call to, “Be Strong, & to Stand Firm in the Lord.” Paul warns us that there are powers and principalities that seek to destroy us, but we have not been left defenseless. He goes on to describe what we know as, The Armor of God. Over the next two weeks, I want to talk about, what is spiritual warfare and what are the schemes of...

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Local opportunities to serve

Local opportunities to serve

When we took on the position of Missions Directors, a year ago, a brother in the church said that God gave him a word for us. We did not question this since we have experienced this sort of thing in the past. He said he did not know what it truly meant but that God kept saying, “local.” And while this word seemed off-putting at the time, given that we were taking over missions at the church, it could not ring truer. We did not enter into this position assuming all international missions would cease or that we would strictly focus on local missions. In fact, it was the farthest thing from our minds at the time. We were excited to see where God would lead those in the church, internationally speaking.   Last week we wrote about 18+ local opportunities to serve and come alongside our community. The needs have not lessened during this last year, in fact, COVID has driven the need higher than expected in many cases. People are longing for connection, fellowship, and the love of Christ! This week we have decided to challenge ourselves in a bit of a new way. We want to provide a needed resource as support to two of our local partners, Genesis Project and UMOM (Youth Shelter).   We’ve all seen how well our desert blooms when the rains come. It is obvious that water is so important.  John 4:14 says, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” We can’t be the one to give people the everlasting refreshment that only Jesus provides, but we can play a small role in helping them feel God’s love.   Our challenge is simple. Collect, gather, and deliver 100 cases of water to Genesis and UMOM! Our challenge begins Sunday, Sept. 6th, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 20th. To...

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LifePoint Outdoors Tents ‘N Trailers Big Lake Edition 2020 is in the books!

LifePoint Outdoors Tents ‘N Trailers Big Lake Edition 2020 is in the books! Wildfires shut down roads but that didn’t stop families from rerouting through New Mexico to get to the campsite. Once everyone arrived the weekend began, and God showed up in a big way allowing for such tremendous and impactful fellowship and connection. Worship that set our hearts and minds at peace, devotions that sparked open conversation and transparency, and finishing with campfire questions that brought tons of laughter and joy.Kids were running, playing, bike riding, fishing, and hiking nonstop, almost running us parents directly into the ground with exhaustion. Perfect weather allowed for days to be perfect and nights to be the exact right cooler temperatures to sleep. Well, who really gets good sleep when camping? All and all it was refreshing to escape the Phoenix heat, get away from the busyness of everyday life, put aside the chaos of what 2020 has been, and just relax in the presence of God with LifePoint friends and family. We hope you join us next year on our 5th annual LifePoint camping trip. Pastor Blake

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