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Peace in Turbulence

Peace in Turbulence

If you have ever been on a ship in stormy seas, or in a plane and turbulence strikes, then you know the feeling of instability. Looking for something to grab onto that would provide some sense of stability, but everything is moving and shaking and for many people is frightening enough to keep them from flying or going out to sea. To handle these de-stabilizing events both ships and planes have stabilizers. In airplanes, the back fins are mainly their stabilizers. The vertical fin is what keeps you from bobbing around right to left, but in particular, the horizontal rear fin is what keeps you from bobbing up and down. A Ships stabilizers are fins or rotors mounted beneath the waterline and emerging laterally from the hull to reduce a ship’s roll due to wind or waves. Active fins are controlled by a gyroscopic control system So let me ask you something, what are the stabilizers in your life? There is no question we are currently in very turbulent times and everyone, no matter your religious background, is looking to find something to stabilize ourselves when everything that is usually solid seems to be crumbling. In Philippians 4, Paul discusses what has been his stabilizer and how the church can find peace in turbulent times. Take some time and read Philippians before this Sunday and ask the Lord to show you what is bringing stability in your life. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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What’s been Going on at LifePoint...

What’s been Going on at LifePoint…

Over the course of the last 4 months, your church has been busy connecting with the community’s needs and trying to meet people where they are at in this crazy time. I know that as a group of pastors we are not the best at posting on social media and talking about all we are doing so I wanted to take a minute and show you. Thank you for the support and continued outpouring of love that so many of you have shown. Since March 12th: LifeCare Work Days, 3 full days (w/ teams) and smaller individual jobs as needed, some as many as 3 requests per week Medications (from the Haiti Trip) Delivered to San Carlos, HOPE Women’s, New Seasons Church, Genesis Project, STV Community members in need San Carlos Work Day Food Drive & Delivery – UMOM (new partnership) TV Donation Drive & Delivery – UMOM K&Q Community Garden – Amadeo Church Clothing, water bottles, etc., Donations Gathered and Delivered to HOPE Women’s Center and San Carlos Food Delivery – community outreach and food drive for STV only Food Delivery (Missions Sunday Funds) – San Carlos and UMOM Backpack Delivery – (1500 backpacks from GCU) to San Carlos Supported the local school system by providing a place and the volunteers to hand out lunches through the month of June Developed the infrastructure to go live stream, something LifePoint had never done in the past, nor were we set up for. Attempted to connect with over 300 households in our database and check-in with congregants, (if you did not receive a call I am sincerely sorry and would ask that you reach out to us and make sure we have your contact information correct and also give us a chance to talk). Started weekly videos for our youth of...

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LifePoint Update 7.1.20

LifePoint Update 7.1.20

Dear LifePoint, What incredible times these are. Currently, Arizona is under a new executive order that limits gatherings to less than 50 people. Here at LifePoint, we wish to abide by this law and love our neighbors who attend the church and those who don’t. Effective this Sunday, July 5th we will limit our in-person service to less than 50 people. We recommend that you watch the live stream like many of you have been doing since the initial quarantine began and maybe invite some friends or neighbors over to fellowship with a smaller group of people. This Sunday we will have one service at 9:45am as previously mentioned but we ask that you Email us at, info@lifepointaz.com, to let us know how many in your family will be attending, we will get back to you with a confirmation. This will be a family service, so no childcare available. We will limit the number of reserved spots and leave room for those who would have just shown up so we will not have to turn anyone away. For the remaining three Sundays in July, we will have services at 9:45 &11:30 and ask that you again let us know which service you will attend and how many. Currently, our numbers have been much lower with many LifePoint members choosing to stay at home and watch the Livestream, and we do not anticipate a large number of people having to be turned away. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@lifepointaz.com, and we will get back with you as soon as possible. Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these decisions with fear and trembling before the Lord, and seek his blessing and wisdom in how we minister in the community. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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A Harvest of Righteousness

A Harvest of Righteousness

A little less than 7 years ago I developed my very first sermon series designed for an adult audience. The title of the series was, “Grace & Truth.” As I was preparing to step into the role of a senior pastor, not a day went by that I wasn’t fearfully laying before the Lord and begging Him to help know what to do or how to lead. To say that I was in over my head would be an understatement. I had never led a church before and did not have a degree in ministry. If that same power that fell on those at Pentecost did not come and show up with me then this was going to be a very quick trip to southeast Arizona. Upon finishing that series I closed with the following sentence: “The truth is here at LifePoint I don’t want a bunch of volunteers and leaders who feel ready, like they have it together and can take care of any problem; I want people who know that without God they don’t know how it will get done.” I can remember exactly where I was mentally when I felt God ask me to rebuild the ministry here at LifePoint with non-professional ministry leaders. To look at the heart of the man or woman and not their resume. This was and has been one of the greatest acts of faith I have ever endeavored. Currently, at LifePoint, there is not a single paid staff member or pastor that has been formally trained outside of their training through life and the leadership at the church. This method grew the church to greater numbers financially, in attendance and impact in the community than it had seen in its previous 9 years. It also brought with it some tremendous pain,...

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Orphans or Children

Orphans or Children

Being the father of two young girls whom Christy and I adopted a little over 4 years ago, has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. In the beginning, you see this tremendous need for Godly men and women to step up and help with the overcrowded foster system. Then, you take the classes and are introduced to these tiny little souls, many of whom have seen more devastation in their brief few years on this earth than I have in my entire life. No matter what you learned from raising your biological children, nothing prepares you for what it will be like to love someone else’s child as your own. There is no real preparation for being hated, disliked, or not trusted, even though you have laid your life down for them and have made sacrifices they will never see or understand. As the world reels right now from the pandemic, riots, racism, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, famines, tsunamis, and volcanoes…just to name a few. I can’t help but see so many people out there as orphans. They long to be called children, to have a place, to know they are loved unconditionally. However, the spirit of an orphan is all they know and so they continue to live in that identity. I can only imagine how scary everything in the world might seem right now when not viewed through the eyes of a child of God. Without an understanding of what the Father has done and how through His son Jesus Christ, stopped at nothing to make us orphans no more, but sons and daughters. This Sunday, which is Father’s Day, I want to address the subject of what it means to show the world what it’s like to be a child of God and...

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Missions Sunday

Missions Sunday

The 5th Sunday of each month is special for LifePoint because we only get a few of them each year. LifePoint calls these 5th Sundays, “Missions Sunday.” A portion of the funds brought in from the offering is dedicated to missions directly on these Missions Sundays. Normally LP donations money to various missions and partners, but these additional funds go to help in unusual or new ways. The most recent Missions Sunday was May 30th. 3 pallets of goods showed up at LifePoint Church, June 11, 2020. Dozens and dozens of boxes of food, cases, and cases of water, bags of flour, sugar, beans, and all the necessary supplies for life. Due to COVID, one of our partners, Arizona Reservation Ministries, has had some difficulty in securing food for the Apache Reservation it serves. We decided what better way to be a blessing than to use the funds to gather food items. In addition to making 2 long trips to deliver the food, one congregant (Tom Atwell) volunteered his time to pick up and deliver some donated furniture as well! We cannot thank Tom enough for his assistance in gathering and delivering all of the much-needed items. Two and a half pallets of goods when to support our partners on the San Carlos Reservation, A.R.M. They work directly with local elders and families to disperse the food and all goods donated. A.R.M. was not the only LifePoint partner to benefit from our Missions Sunday donations. UMOM, a new local partner out of Phoenix, helps local Homeless Youth. We’ve recently partnered with them to donate various items, including some much-needed snacks! We know how hungry teens need lots of snacks! It was our pleasure to support both of these wonderful ministries as they work with those in most need. To learn...

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LIFEPOINT BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

LIFEPOINT BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

202 Lives Saved Through Donation Efforts! That is a great number!! 159 products of blood were collected, and 19 people were registered for Be the Match to provide stem cell transfusions to those in need. We also had 3 people sign up for organ donation. What an impact!!! It was amazing to see the community come together to provide lifesaving opportunities to those in need. We appreciate each and every one of the people who donated and supported this effort. If you did not get a chance to participate, be on the lookout for our next event in the fall. Also, for those who donated, don’t forget to keep an eye out for your COVID-19 antibody screen results. You may have the chance to cure COVID-19 through convalescent plasma donation if your screen is positive. Contact Amy @623-205-0717 if you have any questions.

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Whatcha Learn'n?

Whatcha Learn’n?

So, have you gone through any changes lately? Has there been any struggles or conflicts in life that has left you wondering “What am I supposed to do now?” This Sunday we take a look at a point in the life of David where he is in a couple of intense situations. He fears for his physical life, he’s all alone and forced to make decisions when things get uncomfortable. His world is a mess. Can you relate to David? Through this time, he makes mistakes. He acts a fool. He doesn’t turn to God but instead makes less than stellar decisions when relying upon his own wits. He’s running from king Saul and ends up in the midst of Philistines. Years before David was confident in his God. He stood up to Goliath and the Philistines, but now, he seems to have lost that confidence. He seems to have lost his faith. Have you lost confidence? Are you struggling in your faith? Everything in your world seems to be in turmoil. Have you been using these last three months as an opportunity to live out your faith? Have you been using it as an opportunity to grow your faith? Or have you been using it as a time to get caught up in the ways of the world? Using it for “my time”. This has been a great season of learning…if you allowed your heart and brain to do such. In the above-mentioned conversation of David, something outrageous happened. Immediately afterword, David runs off to a cave. There, more than likely, he wrote one of the psalms. A song of trust in the Lord. One rejoicing and praising the Lord. He learns a deep lesson through the trials he has just gone through and he wants everyone to come...

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From Farm to Community to Table

From Farm to Community to Table

Our family recently had the pleasure of visiting a local community outreach that is unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed before. King and Queen Farm is nestled on 5 acres of land near the corner of Germann and Ellsworth. This is not just any farm. This farm is owned and operated by Amadeo Church, located in Queen Creek after they acquired 5 acres of land. Instead of using this land for their own gain, Amadeo has given this land back to God! The vision has changed and morphed over the course of this expansion, as it is an ever-growing process, but the main focus has always been the same, “to serve our community.” We came alongside the D’Ambrosio family to help harvest some of the goods grown on the farm this past Saturday night. Not only did we learn that this adventure is a church-wide project, with congregants in charge of various sections of the garden, but we also learned that the food produced and given out goes all over the valley! There were dozens of veggies to harvest: squash, onions, garlic, peas, zucchini. Not to mention the countless other vegetables waiting to go home. According to Lacey D’Ambrosio, it goes to anyone in need. The harvest often goes to Amadeo Church on Sunday morning but anyone is welcome to join Lacey on Harvest nights. In fact, they often have too much produce and have to seek out those in the community that can take it or would like it. Lacey says she spends approximately 4 nights a week on the farm, mainly just caring for the garden. She claims to not know much about farming but definitely has a heart willing to learn. “God doesn’t just call the equipped. He equips the willing!” The D’Ambrosio family has given up a...

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School Lunch Program

School Lunch Program

For nearly three months LifePoint volunteers have been handing out meals provided by Florence Unified School District. Our neighborhood has responded in an amazing way as the school and church do something we’re not supposed to do: work together for the good of our community. We have prayed with strangers who come through. We have spent time just ministering to people by interacting with them and trying to get to know them. We have even invited a few families to LifePoint! We have served over 10,000 lunches in the last two months and we are looking to the end of the lunch program at the end of June. We still need your help though! If you can give an hour each day to help pass out lunches we need you. You can come to the church at around 10:45am to have some fun and fellowship with our community and hand out lunch or two as well. We only have a few more weeks in the program and you can sign-up to volunteer at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4CADA92FA7FD0-community God Bless You Pastor Chad

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