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Come Expecting

Come Expecting

When I was living in Massachusetts I attended an Assembly of God church and met a lot of people who are still friends to this day. While there I attended the college group they had as that was the stage of life I was in. On a particular night, I was listening to the young adult’s pastor preaching and he said something that was so profound that I wrote it in the front of my Bible and it reminds me every time I attend a church service or conference or spend time alone with the word to, “Come Prepared.” Come expecting to hear the Lord speak to you. Come expecting for God to answer the questions you have been asking. Come expecting Him to give you hope where you have none. Come expecting His spirit to move. I think growing up in the church we become numb to the move of God’s spirit, going to church on Easter weekend or any other weekend is just what we do, rather than an intentional act of coming before God expecting a mighty move of His Spirit. Throughout Jesus 3 years of ministry, he was continually preparing his disciples to expect greater things than they had ever seen or been capable of. The week of His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, the last supper, his betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection are no different. the time had come to fulfill all expectations and for many in Jesus day, they were not prepared for what was at hand. Let us not make that same mistake. When you come to the services this weekend come expecting God to move mightily in your life and be prepared for what is to come. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Easter, the local Mission Field!

Easter, the local Mission Field!

At LifePoint we emphasize the need and our desire to go throughout the world helping others and bringing the gospel. This weekend the part of the world we are focusing on is right here at the church. We will have hundreds of guests flowing through our church for the first time, many of whom do not know Jesus as their savior. We need you to assist in the many areas of volunteer needs. Parking lot attendants, usher/greeters, and Kidzlife are the areas of greatest need. We have four services again this year. Sunrise service at 6:30 will be in need of set up, tear down, usher and greeter. The next three services will have a large need for parking attendants for both safety and to help direct new people to our hidden front doors. Kidzlife will be extra heavy with children so the need for extra volunteers for all ages will be even greater than normal. The 9:45 service is expected to be the heaviest. Extra greeters and ushers will be needed for all services as well. This is the time of year for planting seeds and the easiest time for us to heed the call of Jesus and the great commission. Come serve this weekend and be a part of something special. If you’d like to serve, please email info@LifePointAZ.com with the area you’re interested in and we’ll be  

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Concrete progress

Concrete progress

Some of you may have noticed the work in the back of the church and wondered what in the world is going on!?! We have been working with the Copper Basin HOA on a solution that essentially hides our Conex storage containers (in the back of the parking lot) from view. In the past few weeks, Pastors Mike and Chad and Nathan McBride have been working feverishly to get a concrete pad poured—at a significant discount thanks to Desert Ready Mix of Mesa—to be the new home of the containers. The next phase of the project will involve emptying the containers so they can be moved and set in place on the pad. We will need volunteers on a day to-be-determined to help unload them and then re-load them once they’ve been moved. Once they’re in place, the final phase will be to surround them with a steel wall painted to match the building. Again, a special thanks to Nathan McBride, Evan Thiele, David Noel, and Jordan Lynde (Elder) for their generous help on this project! This is a great example of how congregants have offered their time and talents a gift to the people of LifePoint Church. Many of you have talents and skills that can be used at different times to help LifePoint improve—keep an eye out for more projects as they come up! We’d love to be able to paint the sanctuary, buy new chairs (about $35 each), and recover the sound panels in the near future so they match the rest of the building. None of these have been updated in nearly a decade!

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Unity

Unity

This last weekend LifePoint brought 125 women up to Lost Canyon Camp in Williams, AZ. What a fabulous weekend! We joined with 5 other churches to make up a grand total of 351 women at this retreat! Many women had fun hiking, taking trips to town, braving the giant swing, soaking in the sunshine and cool breezes and simply getting some wonderful rest, but the most incredible element of this weekend was the unity we saw in this group of women from all different churches was just stunning. We battled together, cried together, sang together, and celebrated together. Unity of the body of Christ is the heart of Jesus. It’s why He came. Together we saw chains broken, and women choosing to step out of cages into the freedom Jesus has for us all. Thank you, Jesus, that even though we are promised we will have trouble in this world, that we are also promised you have overcome the world and through Him, we can overflow in the Hope, Joy, and Peace that Jesus intends for us.

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The King Has Come

The King Has Come

***URGENT*** Well, the ladies are preparing to head up the mountain and leave many of the LifePoint men all alone. This is the most horrifying weekend of the whole year and if any of you men need some pre-retreat prayer and support I suggest you come tonight to the men’s group at 7pm in the main sanctuary, and if you need to feed your kids over the three day weekend you may bring them to the men’s breakfast at 7am. Finally, I am calling you men out to not stay at home, rather get yourself up throw a hat on your daughters and come to church this Palm Sunday. On a more serious note, we will continue in our series on the gospel of John and just move ahead a few chapters to study chapter 12 and the symbolism and significance of our Lord riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Remember to pray for our ladies as we have more than 130 of them going up and ask God to reveal the Kingship of his son in your life this week. Peace. Nathan Bentley

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Partnering to help our community

Partnering to help our community

Here at LifePoint we value our partnerships and love it when we are able to team up to meet the needs of the people in our community. One of those partnerships is with Compassion Connect, here locally in San Tan Valley. Just this past week we encountered two families in need due to some challenging circumstances beyond their control. Things like diapers, wipes and immediate necessities like food and household items were needed. The team at Compassion Connect not only were able to help right away but even delivered the items needed. One of the families attended LifePoint for the first time this past Sunday, so praise God for using organizations like Compassion Connect to come alongside the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

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Your generosity at work

Your generosity at work

The demographics of our church is such that we were in need of more handicap accessible parking. Many weeks, people in need are forced to park on the back side of the church which is a further distance and not as safe to get across. On top of this, we had received regular grievances about obstruction of sidewalk accessibility caused by cars pulling all the way up to the sidewalk, leaving the front end of the car covering a large portion of the sidewalk. Because of your generous giving, we are able to make improvements to the building and grounds. We have added five extra handicap parking spots next to the front of the church. This gives us a total of nine accessible spots. Along with this, we have added curb stops all along these parking areas. These stops allow for the proper sidewalk space for both wheelchairs and pedestrians. Note that if you are backing into any spots with a pickup truck you will still need to stop prior to the stops as to not leave your bumper overhanging the sidewalk. We’re excited to be able to make these improvements and grateful for the role you play.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The American legal system has a very important principle that just about everyone has heard before, “you are innocent until proven guilty.” It is called the presumption of innocence. The reason this is so important is it protects the individual from unjust convictions or punishment. In John 3 Jesus takes another approach, “guilty, until you receive my innocence.” That’s right, every single person ever born stands guilty before an almighty God. This is due to what we call the sin nature. Everything in this world has a nature, purpose. A giraffe does what is according to its nature, a lion eats a zebra because it is it’s nature to do so, and a light bulb provides light in dark spaces because…well I think you get where I am going with this. So when Christ says that we, “stand already condemned,” He is affirming that the nature of humanity is one that is in opposition to God. Unfortunately there will be no talking your way out of this verdict, but fortunately you don’t have to. Jesus also states that whoever believes that He is the Son of God and comes into the light will be saved from the guilty verdict. Many people struggle with this concept because we believe it to be unfair or unjust. How can my sins, which compared to many others, are rather insignificant, really warrant eternal judgment. So like the people of Jesus day we accept His teachings of morality and love but throw away his guilty verdict which was proclaimed over all of humanity. This is a problem. God is neither Love or Fury, he is actually both. In a perfect and righteous union without sin or selfishness. That concept alone is difficult for us to comprehend because we have no examples, except Christ, on which...

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Celebrate Together

Celebrate Together

Celebrations are the most joyful times of the year.  From cake at birthdays to dancing at weddings, nothing is as special as when we celebrate the good things in life.  Easter is the day we celebrate the most miraculous event to ever have occurred, the day that Christ rose again.   It’s not a solemn day that we remember in solitude, but a day to join together in praise and worship and rejoice in what He has done for us.  The grave is empty!  Jesus has given us life and life abundantly!  Because this is a celebration for all people, don’t forget to invite your neighbors, family, and friends.  Whether they have gone to church their whole life or have never set foot inside a church building, everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the joyful celebration!  He has risen indeed!

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The Benefits of a Large Mission Team

The Benefits of a Large Mission Team

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). When God places a call upon your heart, it is often difficult to determine how one person could be effective alone in their calling or gifting. But as we know, God has a plan and His plan is often much bigger than we could ever imagine. When His plan involves pulling the body of Christ together to do His great work, God’s plan becomes unstoppable. If you are given the opportunity to live out your calling and share that with others, please do it, because you will see an amazing shift occur – The Body of Christ coming together as one. This is what has happened with the LifePoint Medical Mission Team that is traveling to Haiti. As God worked within me and through me, with key leadership support, I was able to see my initial team of 4 people multiple to a full team of 12. The establishment of a larger team was essential to being able to be the hands, feet, and mouthpiece of Christ in a larger way. Each of the 12 individuals on the team has a unique gift that they can bring to the overall Body of Christ that will be moving not only through each of them, but within each and every person that they encounter in Haiti. This is true discipleship. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). A larger team not only allows for more of God’s gifting’s to be spread throughout the world, but it allows for endurance to “finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has...

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