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Compelled To Share His Love

Compelled To Share His Love

How has your week been going? Have you found it any easier to pray only giving praise and worship to the Lord? Have you found ways to present your requests before the Lord in a way that worships him and does not ask of anything? I know it’s not easy…but keep going, fight through the lie that you can’t or just don’t have the time. A quick example of this concept from me this week…I was having to haul a truck bed loaded down and trailer load of trash to the dump with a truck that I didn’t know if it would break down or if the load would shift and spill out on the road. As I was leaving the house with some trepidation and nervousness in my heart I started to pray, as I usually do when I am doing something crazy, started asking for protection and safety. I immediately stopped myself and started thanking the Lord for the ability to drive the truck, the availability of the truck and trailer, the health to lift it all, the eyesight to drive, and thank Him that He was going to safely deliver it to its destination. The rest of the drive was peaceful and filled with joy, no nerves, no anxiety…thank you, Lord. This week we will be starting a new Series titled; Compelled. This series will be based on the verse written by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16, where He speaks of his inability to NOT preach the gospel, that since his salvation it is almost as if he no longer has a choice, he does, yet he describes the feeling as being compelled! We will be doing something very different this Sunday, maybe different than you have ever done on a Sunday morning, so keep...

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Youth Update

Youth Update

YouthLife started up again on Wednesday night. 100 plus students swarmed the church grounds with the excitement of getting back together with friends and building themselves up in God’s word. The age groups vary from 4th grade all the way up to seniors in high school. YouthLife is a beacon of light in our neighborhood and a great midweek program that draws in the neighborhood kids. It is a highlight to their week and a blessing to their parents. There are fun and silliness, games, worship, age-relatable lessons, and time to discuss both topics learned and situations happening in their lives. We have an army of volunteers to pull this all off and encourage you to come be part of the work God is doing. We can always use more pre-teen/teen-loving hearts to come alongside and encourage them in the ways of the Lord. You will be truly blessed! Pastor Mike

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All-Church Prayer night

All-Church Prayer night

This Friday, July 30th, from 7p-8p is our monthly All-Church Prayer night and this month it is at LifePoint Church. This prayer night occurs the last Friday of every month with ACCO churches. ACCO stands for Association of Christian Churches and Organizations and consists of churches from San Tan Valley and Queen Creek. Prayer is a necessary component for our Christian walk and we have to build a foundation on prayer in our daily lives. It’s been amazing to see churches come together in unity for these nights. Can you commit an hour of your time for coming together in prayer? Mark your calendars and set a reminder for this awesome time of unity in the body of Christ as we pray for our communities, churches, and nation. I’ll see you then! Tim Ferrara

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The Art of Compassion Event

The Art of Compassion Event

Have you ever found yourself feeling lost and vulnerable in your youth years? I’m sure at some point in our all our lives we have or know somebody who has felt this way. On July 17, 2021, I was able to visit an event held by Compassion Queen Creek conference targeting Human Trafficking at Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa, Az. The Art of Compassion event featured Rebecca Bender, author, speaker, a survivor of Human Trafficking, and now CEO of Elevate. She spends her time educating communities about Human Trafficking in our world today. I was completely unaware of the tactics and strategies the traffickers use on young victims. The event was a success. They were able to raise over $12,000 for the expansion and building of Adorned in Grace ministry. There will be more to come on this later. What is Human Trafficking? It is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception, or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. Some people also see it as modern-day slavery. Sex Trafficking victims are manipulated or forced to engage in sexual acts against their will. Where do they find their victims? Traffickers mostly prey on the ages between 12-16 years old. Common areas to find their victims are schools, malls, and even churches. Who is at risk for Human Trafficking? According to the Department of Justice, the average entry age of minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. The children that are at higher risk have these certain common factors; abuse or neglect, poverty, children of sex workers, immigrants and refugees, domestic violence, runaways, homelessness, and foster children. How can we prevent Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking begins by being unaware of our children’s personal lives, turning a blind eye to the ‘lost and vulnerable’...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? Oftentimes, people will refer to him as “it” effectively eliminating the personal nature of the counselor whom Jesus left behind for us. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will search the depths for us. Paul is telling us that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the things of God for us—he helps us understand Scripture and other truths. In the Greek, the word used to describe him is parakletos (παρακλητος), and like we learned last week, a word in Greek doesn’t always have one meaning. The parakletos could be intercessor, advocate, counselor, or helper and the Holy Spirit is all of these. In fact, this word and concept are one of the reasons we call lawyers “counselor” because they are an advocate and intercessor for their clients. This weekend we’ll explore the third person of the Trinity: parakletos. Who is he? What role does he play? Why is he so frequently overlooked or diminished? I hope to see you here at church with us. Chad Roche Associate Pastor

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Exciting launch coming soon!

Exciting launch coming soon!

One of the things we are working on here at LifePoint Church is rolling out a new data management software that will have some direct benefits to everyone in the church and not just leadership. CCB (Church Community Builder) is the software and it is from PushPay which also supports our giving platform and our LifePointAZ app. Some of the benefits that CCB will provide are: More accurate information that is managed directly you! Upload a photo to your profile (it will make it that much easier to remember names!) Find groups to join- whether it’s a class, LifeGroup, or a service team, groups allow others to join and also interact Serve in a way that works for you- looking for a place to contribute your time and talent? CCB allows you to browse open positions, set your availability, or find a replacement if you can’t serve Stay in touch better with your specific ministry team, leadership, or LifeGroup through advanced messaging options directly in the CCB software or the LifePointAZ app What do you need to do now? Not much, but please make sure you have the LifePointAZ app downloaded and that notifications are turned ON. Stay tuned for more info about the CCB rollout, hopefully at the beginning of August for further instructions on how login and customize your profiles. Tim Ferrara Executive Pastor

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Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Provides

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Provides

The Lord, our God, has many names, but none so fitting as this one to our current ministry. Since COVID began in 2020, we have been blessed by all the donors that continually live by God’s direction, giving of themselves. On Thursday, June 24th, we received a text message from Mike Lancaster at the Walmart, Neighborhood Market in Gilbert. He had 2 pallets worth of Antibacterial wipes, sanitizer, and soaps that needed to find a new home. What excitement this created in our home as we have at least 5 different missions partners that can benefit from such a donation! Here is what we received and where it went. Youth Haven, located in Eloy, helps underprivileged youth by providing church camp experiences throughout the year. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes (36 ct. Per box), 7 boxes of the Antibacterial wipes (80 wipes per pack, 12 packs per box). Genesis Project, located in Apache Junction, helps provide meals and basic necessities to the homeless population in the Valley. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 3 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. UMOM, located in Phoenix, helps homeless teens finish their education and go on to find gainful employment. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Hope Women’s Center, located in Coolidge, helps the local community by providing services to women in need of assistance. They provide various classes, education, and assistance. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Arizona Reservation Ministries, our partners on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, provides any and all assistance to our sisters and brothers-in-Christ. They received the largest donations as the Reservation is home to over 10,000 Native Americans. They received giant 2 boxes of mixed Antibacterial hand...

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LifePoint Blood Drive Success!

LifePoint Blood Drive Success!

We had a great turnout for our Blood Drive in June with 23 successful blood donations and 6 more people registered! Initially, we were concerned there would not be enough donations and were set to cancel. Vitalant begged us not to because of the severe shortage they are experiencing and were willing to continue with the drive even if only 8 people came. 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 this 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. If you donated, check your email for more information. Thank you for your help! Jim Bentley

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