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Pain and Kindness

Pain and Kindness

This Sunday we will step into the realm of understanding Jesus take on pain and suffering. We will see how He views it and how it might differ with our views. We will be reading out of John 9:1-12. Take some time to read the whole chapter if you get a chance and see that what Jesus is leading us into is a greater knowledge of who our creator is. I want to leave you with the excerpt from C.S. Lewis from his book, The Problem of Pain: By the goodness of God, we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this, we may be right. And by Love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others than the self happy; not happy in this way or in that, but just happy. What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven—a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all’. Not many people, I admit, would formulate a theology in precisely those terms: but a conception not very different lurks at the back of many minds. I do not claim to be an exception: I should very much like to live in a universe which was governed on such lines. But since it is abundantly clear that I don’t, and since I have reason to believe, nevertheless, that, God is Love, I conclude that my conception of love needs...

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What’s in the box?

What’s in the box?

This week we’re updating the congregation on the storage containers or CONEX’s that are in the parking lot. When the main building was built, there seemed to be enough storage but as the congregation has grown so have our storage needs. The large container holds things that are used occasionally or things that are just too large to put anywhere else. Frequently, we use the larger container to hold things that are donated to the church before we give them to families in need. The smaller container is essentially are yard shed or garage; it holds the landscaping tools and other tools that aren’t necessarily used on a regular basis. The HOA has received complaints about the containers and we have been told to move them or we could potentially face a costly lawsuit. This Wednesday (June 26, 2019) we’ll have a company here to move the containers to the new concrete pad behind the church. We’ll need some help from you to unload the containers before they’re moved and then to reload them once they’re placed on the pad. We have nowhere else to store the stuff and this is the most efficient way to handle this process. Please contact Pastor Chad at chad@lifepointaz.com if you can help next Wednesday or if you want to make a special donation to help the church offset some of these extra and highly unexpected costs. Thanks!

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Empowered Ministry

Empowered Ministry

This past weekend, Pastor Nathan’s message on “The Tale of Two Fathers” is well worth listening to again. We encourage you to take the time to do so & allow the Holy Spirit to bring you into a closer walk with Jesus.  We are all learning “how to hear the voice of our Heavenly Father. God’s voice is quite different than that of our earthly father.  His wisdom, love, and compassion go far beyond the realms of mankind.  To hear God’s voice is the key to a healthy, living relationship with Him empowered by His Holy Spirit abiding in us. Through Jesus, God gives us life and a life that is matchless by this world standards!! Here are some thoughts that we have had this past week. It was the Holy Spirit empowering ministry that caused people to forsake all to follow Jesus. They were drawn by the supernatural in word and in deed. His words cut deep into the heart of mankind revealing the heart of the Father. It’s all about “relationship”! The anointing of the Holy Spirit forever changes the lives of those who freely and truly humble themselves. It was the “Holy Spirit empowered” ministry of Jesus & His apostles that initiated great offenses among the proud and lead to His crucifixion. “The same sun that melts the ice hardens the clay” Isaiah 64:8 says, “You Lord are our Father.  We are the clay, and you are the potter.  Relate the message to your own life!  A work of God in our lives will trigger a reaction that will bring about one of two responses; depending on the condition of the soil of your heart. God is our Father, and we inherit His genetic code, therefore every believer has written into his or her spiritual DNA the...

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VBS 2019 was a huge success!

VBS 2019 was a huge success!

Vacation Bible School 2019 was a huge success! We averaged 262 kids throughout the week, topping out on Wednesday, salvation message day, with 271. This is over twice the number of excited elementary age students as past years. The theme this year was Time Lab. With that, we had a fun time of acting, using time machines & science to explore and explain the person of Jesus Christ. The kids had a blast creating interesting crafts with great messages attached to them, eating creative snacks that helped instill lessons, playing fun & wet games outside to burn off energy, and at the same time, eagerly soaking up lessons of truth from the Bible in the Atomic Assembly. As always, there was a fun biblical drama to go along with the daily lesson, and the line for the prayer tent was continuous through the day. We raised over 300 cans/jars of beans, cream of “whatever” soups, and jellies for the Genesis Project. They are always blessed and thankful when we deliver boxes of food to them after V.B.S.! Our many volunteers made this all happen! They gave of their time and hearts daily, investing and pouring themselves into those young lives. Between those Kindergarten to 6th graders, many kids came to know Jesus as their personal Savior and I would go ahead and state that all grew in their relationship with Him. On behalf of the kids, thank you church!

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A Tale of Two Fathers

A Tale of Two Fathers

With this Sunday being Father’s Day, I think it is timely and appropriate that we are in the second half of John 8, where the whole rest of the discourse between Jesus and the Pharisees is on the subject of Fatherhood and sonship. There is so much pride and ownership on who a man’s father is that they find their identity as men in this understanding. They claim to be sons of Abraham but Jesus refutes this claim by calling them sons of Satan, who is the father of lies. All the while, He is from the one true Father, the creator of heaven and earth and that Abraham rejoiced to see the day of His arrival, thus telling all those listening, before Abraham was…I am! This Sunday we will take some time exploring how it could be that these men who dedicated their whole lives to the pursuit of righteousness and God could have had it so wrong, the importance of fatherly figures in our lives, and the claims of Jesus and the impact they have on your life today. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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The Meek Shall…

The Meek Shall…

What comes to your mind when you hear the word majestic? What about when you hear the word powerful? What do you picture when you hear the word mighty? No doubt all three of these words conjure up images of grandeur, of incredible men and women, landscapes, animals like the Lions, elephants, or maybe the ferocity of a large storm. I am guessing no one thought of a worm, or a small kitten, no one pictured a sewer or landfill. And that is accurate because those things do not describe the three words represented. So what comes to your mind when you hear the word meek? If you grew up in the church and know the verse, where Christ says, “that the meek shall inherit the earth,” then you know it must mean something good or righteous but it usually doesn’t bring to mind images of strength, majesty or power. The fact is that the meekness Christ is speaking of is not of one who is powerless, rather, it is of one with great power that is under control and showing restraint. Have you ever watched a small child crawl over and play with a large dog like a pit-bull, they pull on its ears, poke its eyes and step on its paws and the dog shows complete restraint and responds in kindness and gentleness. That is the meekness that Christ displayed. He came to earth with the ultimate power at his disposal and allowed his creation to curse, beat, and malign his supremacy and he responded in complete gentleness and control. This Sunday we will be looking at John 8:1-11, the story of the woman caught in adultery. Take time as you read this story and notice the meekness of Christ, but don’t let the word mean lowly or...

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Operation Christmas Child: Round 2

Operation Christmas Child: Round 2

We are having Christmas throughout the year here at LifePoint. All year round we are collecting items that we will culminate with a box packing party in November. Last quarter we collected hair items and this quarter we are asking for flip flops, socks & washcloths. These items get shipped all around the world to various children who basically have the clothes on their back and bare feet. Their parents or caregiver work hard to feed them through the year and the extras that we take for granted in the states, toys, shoes, toothbrushes and more, are far from their financial grasps. OCC is a great way to bring the love and knowledge of Christ to so many throughout the year. Last year we sent out 662 boxes of love The boxes bring good news and great joy to all who receive them. Last year’s annual boxes were instrumental in bringing more than 2 million kids to Christ. For the past three years, we have been filling boxes here at LifePoint. This year we have decided to spread the joy of giving to every month, keeping up the evangelistic spirit in all of us. So, please feel free to overfill the collection box in the lobby as we collect items through the summer. Again, Flip flops, socks & washcloths are our featured items for the next few months.              

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All the Poor & Powerless

All the Poor & Powerless

“We serve an all-powerful God!” That is a line many Christians will quote and proclaim in times of trouble and uncertainty, we use it to encourage other believers when they are struggling with understanding or going through a difficult situation. However, do we really believe it? Jesus, all throughout His ministry was more interested in seeing his power, as God, working through people, than he was showing off what he could do. This is especially evident in John 6 and the miracle of Jesus feeding the masses with just a few loves of bread and two small fish. It is the only miracle along with His resurrection, that is recorded in all four gospels. This is important because of what this story teaches us about the sufficiency of His power and how He chooses to use it. This Sunday we are going to be looking at what the Power of Jesus Christ is all about and how to receive and partake of that power. Please take the time to read John 6:1-14, and ask God to humble your heart and mind to see what it is He is challenging His disciples and teaching all of humanity through the story of the loaves and fishes. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food Service Program

With over 800 students that reside within our Copper Basin neighborhood, LifePoint is happy to say that we have been accepted by the state to be a site for the Summer Food Service Program. This is a free meal program that allows us to provide both breakfast and lunch daily. It is offered to children ages birth to eighteen. Although we are hosting it, we surely couldn’t have gotten here alone. We came up against many roadblocks that tried to detour us along the way, but with the help of some very dedicated individuals within the Florence Unified School District, Walker Butte K-8, and guidance from our Lord and Savior we were able to accomplish this. We kicked the program off this past Monday and have already experienced many youth and parents, who have never been inside our walls, walk through the doors. While providing food to the children is the main purpose of this program, we are excited to be apart of God bringing together Church and community during these summer months.

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Internship in Haiti

Internship in Haiti

Haiti is a small piece of a small island in the Caribbean, about the size of Massachusetts, where complete poverty is the norm. The resources are very few, the people are many, there is no established medical care, and basic needs are not getting met across the country. People are going hungry daily, many areas drink unsafe water, and a lot of those who have homes barely qualify as adequate shelter. Haitians are often dying of preventable or treatable diseases and conditions, but they don’t have the resources or knowledge to prevent/treat them. This nation is still heavily influenced by voodoo practices, though the official religion is Roman Catholic and a growing 20-30 percent are now protestant. The voodoo beliefs are mixed with both religions and they greatly hinder a relationship with Jesus. I have the amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the summer in this beautiful country as a missionary intern with Haitian Christian Outreach. This ministry goes beyond giving food, clothing, water, and shelter to the Haitians. We walk alongside them, teaching them how to get these things for themselves, breaking the cycle of poverty, and making a difference in Haiti that lasts, all in the name of Jesus. Instead of giving fish or putting on band-aids, they are teaching to fish and performing surgeries. For 9 weeks, I will be serving the people of Haiti alongside short term teams from all over the US who come weekly. I get to lead these teams in doing everything from general support of the ministry, to construction, to evangelism, to medical, and VBS (which I am probably most excited for because if you know me, you know I LOVE kids)! As an intern, I get to go beyond the scopes of the short term trips as well. I...

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