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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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The Final Prophet

The Final Prophet

In the fullness of time, God almighty saw fit to send a prophet to prepare the way of His son Jesus Christ. The man he would send would be named John and would be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth. From the time he was in his mother’s womb the purpose of his life was known to him. He would be the voice of one calling in the wilderness and began to proclaim in the region of Jordan a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He would ultimately be taken prisoner on the request of King Herod who was having an adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife Herodias, who requested that he bring her John’s head. Jesus would describe John to the crowds that had gathered around him as the greatest of men born from woman. He loved John deeply, even though he did not answer his requests from prison the way we would interpret love. Spend time in the gospels this week and read about the life and death of John the baptist and prepare your hearts to hear what God has intended for you. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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New lights and stage design

New lights and stage design

For many of you that have been to LifePoint in the last couple weeks, this will not be news to you, but we have new lights in the sanctuary!  Some of you have been surprised by the brightness of these new lights!  Gone are the giant pinkish-yellow energy monsters that have been our constant companions for many years now.  A congregant saw a need and found a way to provide us with new, vibrant LED lights at a very minimal cost because of a rebate program we were not aware of!  These new lights are much brighter, do not cast a yellow hue on everything, and will save the church $3,000-$4,000 a year in energy savings! We are also excited to announce that our stage is being re-designed this week!  We want to give a big thank you to everyone that has come by this week and helped with the construction of the new stage design.  This has been on our hearts for a while now and we are excited to see it finally come to fruition.  Come by Sunday to see the finished product and join us for worship as the body of Christ!

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What type of service best fits me?

What type of service best fits me?

I think some of the most difficult struggles we can face when decided on where to serve is deciding how far to travel. I believe the answer can be found by spending some time in prayer and looking at the needs that God has placed on your heart. Some feel impacted by the plight of other countries or even local communities. We have some serve overseas and some serve in our backyard. Where you choose to travel makes no difference, a mission is a mission. Jamie Morse, a personal coach and fitness instructor, has taken on a new role at LifePoint. She is our newest member of the Tech Team. Yes, that is a real position that needs to be filled by volunteers. LifePoint has so many different areas of need, and Jamie saw one that interested her! Serving others, for Jamie, goes root deep! She grew up in a small Midwestern town where she watched her dad served as a volunteer firefighter and a member of the village board. “When he wasn’t at work, putting out fires (literally and figuratively) he was helping a neighbor in need. It is no surprise that my ‘mission field’ is primarily my own local community. “I serve as a volunteer for Compassion Connect AZ on a regular basis. I was introduced to their regional director, Jennelle Esquivel, about 8 years ago. Since then, I have served with Compassion Connect AZ in various capacities; managed Redeemed Threads (their thrift boutique), directed the San Tan Valley Compassion Care Center, served at the annual Compassion Queen Creek outreach event, and assisted with the annual Fundraising Gala.” It seems strange to some to read all of this and think, “I don’t have time to do all of that; I work!” Let me clear in explaining how this...

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The Fullness of Sin

The Fullness of Sin

This year during our Advent season, I want to take a look at a phrase given to us in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of time had come God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law.” In our time of preparation, which is what advent means, we will take a look at the state of the earth, sin reaching its climax in mankind and the miracle and divinity of God incarnate in his creation. I have taken some excerpts from an article written by Mark Rushdoony, to give you some historical background of the time period Jesus was born into…   ‘”Jesus was born about 500 years after the Babylonian captivity during which Daniel lived, and 400 years after Malachi, the last Old Testament prophet. No prophet had appeared after Malachi, a gap equivalent to that between the arrival of the Pilgrims and today. We live in a very different world than that of 1620; we think and act differently than our forbears. Likewise, great changes had taken place in the intertestamental period, between Malachi and the birth of Jesus.   Malachi was written about a century after the rebuilding of Jerusalem and about eighty years after the rebuilding of the temple. God’s restoration of Israel in their land after their total defeat and their Babylonian captivity was unprecedented (except perhaps in His earlier deliverance from Egyptian slavery and placement in Canaan), yet Malachi paints a picture of a people again grown casual in their obedience. They were back in the land, Jerusalem, and even the temple had replaced the rubble left by Babylon’s army, but the people wanted more. Prosperity and independence had not returned so they accused God of failing them…’    Malachi thus noted the people’s failures. The priests were tolerating blemished sacrifices, which meant the people were bringing what they...

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Gift Cards for the San Carlos Reservation

Gift Cards for the San Carlos Reservation

We have another way for you to be a part of this year’s Big Give Season. We’re collecting Gift Cards for the San Carlos Community. San Carlos is on the Apache Indian Reservation located east of Globe. We send teams up there several times per year to help with construction projects that benefit families. Each year for the Big Give, we collect gift cards for Arizona Reservations Ministries to distribute to the San Carlos community. You can donate gift cards from any major retailer, including gas stations and the cards can be in any amount. The deadline for bringing gift cards is Sunday, December 8th. We hope you’ll partner with us in blessing this community with much-needed support.

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People in the community doing amazing acts of service, kindness, or ministry

People in the community doing amazing acts of service, kindness, or ministry

Each week, leading to the end of the year, we are highlighting people in the community doing amazing acts of service, kindness, or ministry. This week is no different! We are fortunate enough to find Project Stella by Kim David and her daughter, Stella. They can be found rocking kindness all over Facebook and in San Tan Valley.  Kim’s heart for service began at a young age. Kim says, “Service to the community has always been an important part of my life.  My first memory of serving is with my grandmother’s church. She had a group of women that would sing once a month at a nursing home and she took me with her.  I have no singing talent but I remember singing “I’ll Fly Away” at the top of my lungs!  After singing we would visit with the residents and also helped with activities like BINGO or Holiday gatherings.  At a young age, I remember feeling special that I could do this and make the residents smile by just being there.” This led to years of service for Kim, and eventually won her an award in college, “Outstanding Student Scholarship in Community Service.”  This led the way for her to continue to grow in service and eventually coordinate bigger scale projects and equip other students to do the same. Kim eventually started Project Stella as she was inspired by her 11-year-old daughter, Stella. As a young, inquisitive child, Stella has already changed lives in her community. Like most children, she sees the injustice that many live with and has sparked a movement in her parents and community to change that. Project Stella Resources and the Kindness Clubhouse –  “Through the Kindness Clubhouse, I help students (and parents/educators) make a difference by starting Kindness Clubs and Service Programs for their schools and communities. Together, my daughter and I, write...

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Operation Christmas Child 2019!

Operation Christmas Child 2019!

It was another successful year with Operation Christmas Child! LifePoint brought in over 300 boxes that will be distributed throughout the year to kids across the globe. Your contributions since January of this year helped build this number dramatically. The recipients and their families will receive education of the love of Jesus along with receiving a box full of gifts that will bring a joyful smile to the child’s face. That’s right, each individual shoebox will affect more than just the child receiving it! That should bring a joyful smile to your face knowing the effects of the kingdom per each box you gave! Once again, LifePoint was a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. The amount turned into us from people outside our church was down below 300 this year but we still delivered almost 600 boxes! That equaled 36 cases, more than two pick-up loads full! To check out some great videos on what a shoebox can do for a community, check out the Good Samaritan link below. https://video.samaritanspurse.org/channel/operation-christmas-child/      

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Giving Tree benefitting Hope Women's Center

Giving Tree benefitting Hope Women’s Center

This Sunday is the deadline for our Giving Tree collection! This year’s Giving Tree benefits Hope Women’s Center in Coolidge. Hope Women’s Center Coolidge opened in July of 2013 to serve the women in Coolidge, Florence, Casa Grande, and the surrounding communities. For over 34 years, Hope Women’s Center has provided a safe haven for at-risk women and girls to get back on their feet. If you haven’t had a chance to pick a card from the tree, that’s ok. You can bring diapers of any size, feminine products, baby wipes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, and women’s deodorant this Sunday. Let’s make this year’s Big Give season one for the books!

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Positive Role Models for Teens

Positive Role Models for Teens

When teens grow up without a positive influence, they often become a statistic. James and Toni McSwain saw a need in their own lives for positive role models and mentors and decided to change things. “When God told me at the age of 15 I would be helping others see their worth I had no clue what that meant.” Reflects Toni. It was not until many years later, in 2014, that God revealed his plan for their lives. Divine Movement Organization is a Mentor, Coaching, and Training program. They work with youth, teens, young adults, and their families to help them overcome obstacles. Typically, we see youth fall victim to their circumstances, but they work to encourage these teens to stay focused and reach their goals. Since their inception, Divine Movement Organization has helped over 55 young ladies and gentlemen see brighter futures! Divine Movement Organization offers one-on-one coaching as well as in groups, host classes, events and gets them involved with the community. Toni says, “God has blessed us to provide a service to help change theirs. We believe strongly that all things happen for a reason. And our storms (trials) allow us to get them to the rainbow (hope in Christ) and that’s why we do what we do. All Glory to God!” There’s no doubt that God changes lives for the better. James and Toni decided to turn their own life examples into a positive influence, a way to say Thank You to God. This Thanksgiving season is celebrated no better way than saying, “Thank You God for the life you have given me,” as you live as an example for him. James and Toni McSwain are wonderful examples! The needs in our community, our nation, and our world are great. It does not take long to...

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