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Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

LifePoint Church has been part of the Copper Basin Community for a long time and we love it when an opportunity to partner with our community presents itself. Our mission is to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ through intentionally serving, giving, and caring for our neighbor—we exist to serve others especially our close neighbors in Copper Basin. On October 26th, the YMCA and the HOA are having a Trunk-or-Treat event for the community and we’re going to be joining them. This is a well-known approach for having a safe and contained way for kids to have some fun and be entertained (and get all sugared up!) during the month of October. Regardless of how one feels about Halloween, this is just one way we can partner with the community and help influence others for Christ! We’ll need a few volunteers to help decorate the trunk of a car (and offer up a car if you can), fill the trunk with candy and goodies, and pass them out that evening. We’ll gather at the church at 2 pm then work until 4 pm to set up in the YMCA parking lot. The event runs from 4 pm-6 pm. We’ll have the LifePoint pop-up canopy there and pass out our monthly flyers and other information about our church as well. If you’d like to help please let us know by emailing info@lifepointaz.com.

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Trouble in Kenya

Trouble in Kenya

A truth of ministry that I have come to learn is that trust and love are difficult to give but even more difficult is when they are broken. A little over a week ago Trinity Cole, the leader of the Kenya missions outreach we support here at LifePoint, found out that one of the heads of the Akili Prepatory school had been embezzling money from the school and building himself a large home and had even purchased a castle. The school itself is in shambles and the monthly money that was supposed to have been supporting the girls is not making it to them. Upon numerous phone calls and research with other Christian organizations that have supported the school, Trinity came to realize the depth of the corruption and learned that the local government had begun an investigation into the crimes being committed. LifePoint had a team preparing to go and serve the people of Kenya this spring, and last Sunday Trinity let them know that trip would be canceled. Also, LifePoint has canceled any further financial gifts indefinitely until we can be assured they will go to the Akili prep school. If you were giving a monthly financial gift to support one of these girls we recommend that you suspend giving until further notice. We will be working with the other Christian groups who have been a part of supporting the girls, to find a way to continue to provide support and communicate with you when we have reached a solution. Please ask the Lord to reveal the truth in Kenya and uphold these girls in this difficult time. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Supporting Marriages in Belize

Supporting Marriages in Belize

David and I have been through a lot of hardship in our 20 plus years together and now having Jesus as the center of our marriage makes life, and marriage, so much more joyful. We want to help other couples to know that same joy. That is what has called our hearts to missions. It becomes about knowing God’s love, joy, and growing closer together in, and through, Christ. LifePoint has a working partnership with the lead pastor, Kenny Welsh, in Belize. He’s the lead pastor of Calvary Church in Belize City and Galilee Church in Gales Point Village. LifePoint Church helps support these two churches. In the country of Belize, marriage is not a common practice. It is very common for one man to have multiple women through multiple towns, cities, and villages. Equally, the women of the Belize culture accept this behavior because just to have a man, whether you share him or not, has value. They do not have a deep relationship with Christ, so they do not see why it is so important to utilize marriage as a way to build your relationship with the Lord. Through ongoing efforts and partnerships between LifePoint Church and these two churches, we saw 4 couples from the first Belize trip come to Christ, declaring their love for Him with their commitment to marriage. While on the mission, we worked on the addition of a library and a tech center for the school in Gales Point Village. We supported a men’s breakfast ministry of a 10-week program that the men of Belize hosted and ran. Lastly, we’ve been able to support a Christmas service at Galilee Church in Gales Point for over one hundred children. Each child received one Christmas present and an apple, which is a rare treat in...

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Washed with the Water

Washed with the Water

Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is quite possibly the most poignant and clear pictures of what Christ commissioned us to do, it is so humbling and lowly what He did. Have you ever had anyone wash your feet in this manner? It is quite awkward, and you don’t know what to do with yourself. This year at the men’s retreat a small group of men took me aside before I spoke and asked if they could pray over me…and wash my feet. Now it had been a long warm day and I knew the condition of my feet might not be what a person would call pleasant. There was an instant hesitation because I felt bad for whoever might have to smell, touch and see my feet. I cannot imagine how much greater those thoughts would have been with Jesus asking to wash my feet. I have always identified with Peter’s response, and that is not because I am incredibly humble and wise, rather it is pride that rises up in us and says, “not on my watch are you going to put me in debt to you and make me feel awkward.” In John 13, Jesus is going to teach his disciples a lesson that would take them the rest of their lives to fully understand, it would seem as you read through the book of Acts and Paul’s letters to the church that they each seemed to struggle at various times with this idea. My prayer this week is that we would take some time and ask God who in our lives He is asking us to humble ourselves before and what He is asking us to do. See you Sunday! Peace, Nathan Bentley

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So, I grew up Catholic

So, I grew up Catholic

There are so many people at LifePoint Church and throughout the Christian church (little “c”) who were brought up in the Roman Catholic denomination but left because of a lack of understanding or a flat-out disagreement with doctrine. However, like me, when we leave the church we’re faced with a multitude of resistance from family or friends, the Catholic Church itself, or from our own internal struggle. We find ourselves in churches that seem to have similarities with the Catholic faith, but we’re confused because there are also gleaming differences. Sometimes we can be reluctant to ask questions because occasionally there can be an attitude of bitterness or dismissiveness toward the Catholic Church. And for some people, because of the significant structure and discipline found in the Catholic Church, they run away with a mindset that there should be no structure or discipline found in churches. What’s the difference? What about Mary? Communion? Saints? The Pope? Church authority? Is there any common ground? Catholicism is a cult, right? Catholics aren’t saved…are they? If this sounds like you or if this is something you’re interested in learning about then join me starting October 13, 2019, during the 11:30 am service as we explore Catholicism!

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A Perspective on Global Mission

A Perspective on Global Mission

When I was a young child, I heard from God for the first time. At the time, I did not understand the impact it truly meant to be in his presence. As I grew, I sought him out in various ways and finally felt I had listened to the one thing he wanted from him – to follow him. When preparing for our first international mission together, Evan and I took various cultural and religious courses. One class was particularly powerful, a class called Perspectives – A Global Movement. We had no clue where God would send us, but we knew that God had called us to go. We were unprepared. Like many before us, we had no clue what we were getting into. Someone told us, “He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. All God wants you to do is say yes to going, and He will handle everything else from there!” And, of course, this person was so right! Matthew 28:16-20 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.1 8 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This section of verses is referred to as The Great Commission. It is where Jesus calls us, all of us, to go out and make disciples. He doesn’t say think about it or tell someone...

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Fully Committed

Fully Committed

This week we will be studying out of John 12. I encourage you to take time and read through this chapter a couple of times. Ask the Lord to make clear the message the Apostle John was wanting to convey about the character of Christ and the call of God on his followers. I am going to leave you with a quote from Francis Chan that I was reminded of this week and will discuss it alongside this passage on Sunday. May God’s peace and Glory be with you! “Don’t you see the weirdness in calling people CHRISTian when they aren’t servants? I know we can’t force people to serve, but there has to be something we can do. No team puts up with players who refuse to contribute. No army puts up with soldiers who don’t carry their own weight. Why do churches continue to put up with Christians who refuse to serve? Why don’t we treat selfishness as a sin that needs to be confronted? If Scripture commands us to serve one another, isn’t it a bit strange that we give people a free pass?” – Francis Chan Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Drive In Movie Night 2019!

Drive In Movie Night 2019!

***We’re a little over halfway to our goal!!!*** Drive-in Movie Night 2019 is approaching quickly, and we are excited to announce we are partnering with the YMCA, fire department and Poston Butte band students to come together with an “over the top” DIMN experience. We plan to advertise vigorously within the neighborhood, expecting a much larger turn out than years past. That said, we are looking to have the movie projected outside in the grass. This gives us an extra 1,000 square feet for handcrafted cars and families. We have two areas for each of you to partner with us as well. Volunteering to serve the children & families of the community to be the first! For those not as familiar with DIMN, kids come early to build their own cardboard cars, painting, wheels, headlights, going to the DMV for license, registration & tags before they go through “car inspection” and off to the drive-in movie. Within that last sentence is a plethora of spots that need smiling, loving faces to serve the kids. On top of all that we have a snack bar & carnival games. The next area to partner with LifePoint is with our dirt lot in the back-northeast corner of the lot. We desire to cover it with used turf as we did in the children’s playground area last May. This would be a cost of $10k. Figuring we represent 200 families, at just $50 per family we would cover that cost. While we desire to have this done for the event on November 15, this is something that would be used by children, youth and families throughout the year. This year’s movie is Mary Poppins Returns. Sign-ups and more information will be coming shortly so keep your ears and hearts open! Thank you again for...

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Lord if only you had been here…

Lord if only you had been here…

“Lord if only you had been here earlier…” John 11:21 Can you relate to that statement made by Martha? God, if you had only shown up a little sooner none of this pain, suffering, and death would have taken place. I cried out to you Lord and you did not heed my cries. I felt as though I was speaking my fears and concerns into thin air. Those around me, friends and family, ridiculed me for my hope and faith that you would show up and move mightily in my situation, but alas, nothing, and that’s what makes their taunts and jeers so much more painful. I begin to question whether or not they are right. Am I a fool for believing in something that has let me down? Am I weak for following a religion that I cannot touch or see the God that I worship? If any of the above sentences are feelings that you have had at one point or another in your life then you are in good company and most definitely not alone. These are the feelings of Lazarus’ family members who were very close friends to the very real and physical human that was Jesus. They knew of his power and his Lordship and trusted that if he said everything was going to be alright, then it would. However, now it is not good, Lazarus is dead. Every single one of us struggles with a spirit of unbelief. That is a statement of fact and is not up for debate. By the very nature of being human, we will, until we enter fully into His glory, struggle with unbelief. Throughout Jesus’ entire ministry he worked to strengthen the belief of his disciples and those he came in contact with. Every healing, every, parable, and...

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Magma Calm Rehab

Magma Calm Rehab

Magma Calm is a rehab center in San Tan Valley and a ministry under Mercy Ministry of LifePoint Church. The center has a maximum of 10 residence. We have two or three volunteers going each week on Fridays at 1:00 to do a Bible Study, communion, a craft, and to pray with each of the patients. At this time we are in need of two more volunteers who enjoy playing the piano or guitar for the residents as they sing along.  There is a piano already there.  We also would like two more volunteers to help with serving communion, helping them with a craft, and singing and praying with them. This is a fulfilling ministry where you are filled with joy and are very appreciated. Feel free to contact Chaplain Mary McKinney for more information. (972) 818-5520

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