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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

When I was younger my father would always jokingly say, “son, it is always better to look good than to be good.” To this day I still use that phrase as a reminder of what it is the world is asking of me. They want my appearance to be one that is “good.” But, good by whose standards? Whether it is through social media, or how we present ourselves when we go to church, shopping, hobby’s or hanging out with friends, the thought crosses our minds, “does this outfit, hairstyle, shoes make me look good?” The definition of good is subjective of course, beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all. The problem with this line of thinking when we look at a church and are evaluating its credibility becomes apparent when from all intents & purposes everything looks good, but under the surface, not many people are “being” good. How can you tell if a church is really good beyond its appearances? How does leadership in a church know that those who call their ministry home are walking the walk outside of Sunday morning, likewise, how can the congregants know that the leadership is being held accountable for their Life choices? That’s a lot of really personal questions, but isn’t that what the church is supposed to be…personal? Not a sterile environment where the saved gather to worship then return to their regular daily schedule, but a place where the family comes together to fellowship with one another, bear each other’s burdens, and worship & repent before an Almighty God. In order to be a family, there has to be mutual submission, humility, accountability, discipline, forbearance, and forgiveness. Not a single one of those attributes can be missing otherwise you will have a very unhealthy family dynamic...

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LifeGroups

LifeGroups

What is a LifeGroup!? Is it just a place where we can do more in-depth Bible studies? Is it just a time of getting together with people to eat and enjoy company? Well, yes! It is those things and so much more. In Acts 2, starting in verse 42, Luke is explaining what a fellowship of believers—of disciples of Christ—looks like and how it functioned for the earliest disciples. They meet together regularly and break bread together; they have a meal together. They prayed with and for one another, they made sure no one in the group was in need, and they studied the Scriptures. Luke is telling us they did life together. This is a LifeGroup. It’s people who come together regularly to “do church.” This weekend is the final opportunity to sign up to join a LifeGroup. If you aren’t plugged in with your fellow believers receiving teaching, accountability, and fellowship you’re not doing church right! This is the best place to get plugged into the bigger church and build relationships. Click HERE to sign up! If you’re still feeling the gentle tug of the Holy Spirit toward leading a LifeGroup, what are you waiting for?!?!? Let’s do it. . .shoot me an email and let me know: chad@lifepointaz.com God Bless you! Pastor Chad

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ACCO Prayer Night

ACCO Prayer Night

Last month we had a great night of prayer at LifePoint with churches from the ACCO.  The ACCO stands for Association of Christian Churches and Organizations and consists of churches from San Tan Valley and Queen Creek.  This month the All Church Prayer Night will be at Amadeo Church on March 26th from 7p-8p. The address for Amadeo is 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite A102-2, Queen Creek 85142 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. Pastor Tim

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Couples Date Night was Awesome!

Couples Date Night was Awesome!

It was so awesome to see all of the couples out on Friday evening March 5th for LifePoint Date Night! Many took advantage of the free childcare as we had over 55 kids being watched while couples went out and enjoyed a nice quiet evening. I heard a great quote from Tim Ross who said, “you don’t date to marry, you marry to date”. Dating shouldn’t stop once we’re married, but instead, increase! It’s a lifelong journey getting to know your spouse. I also want to encourage all of you to jump on the marriage prayer journey with myself and my wife Lindsay, where we are encouraging couples to be praying FOR and WITH each other. Let’s be praying together as couples as well as going out on dates often! You can check out those devotionals on our Facebook page. God bless and take care! Pastor Blake

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Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

  Have you ever had the desire to move boldly toward a burden God has placed on your heart, but didn’t know when or how to begin? Soon the busy nature of life took over and you felt locked in autopilot of daily tasks. This mission began in a whisper- three simple words- Just Say Yes. Last month (February), I started my morning in prayer, “Lord, where would you like me to serve You in this new year?” His response was not loud, nor was it long- “Just say yes.” Yes? Yes to what God? Well before I had much time to stay in that place of confusion, that busy day began, BUT a few hours later that yes was discovered and I had agreed to my first mission trip to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. Very few times in my life have I experienced in real-time God ordaining something incredible- something undeniably set up by Him alone. As with all mission trips, there is the matter of fundraising and the logistics of childcare. In the span of 48 hours, my trip was funded and all the details were perfectly orchestrated. I was headed into the place God had set apart for me. Words cannot explain the experience and emotion felt on this trip; the ability to wash the feet of children… to share the love Jesus showed to His disciples. It was beyond incredible. God called on the deepest brokenness of my past to glorify Himself in this place. He called on my fears to be surrendered, my comfort to be shattered, and allowed me to step into an intimate setting with children and their mothers. Every day I was gifted the opportunity to serve people who I felt connected to through tragedy- through sin. God humbled my heart and offered...

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Life Together

Life Together

Cannot wait for this Sunday, LifePoint family. God has allowed us to do so many amazing things this year already and we have some amazing news to share this weekend. This Sunday will mark a year from when we had our last Sunday before the statewide shutdown. The doors that God has opened are allowing us to love the community around us better and get a better pulse of the needs of those in our own backyard. This Sunday morning’s message will not only be a breakthrough for our church body, but we will also have our annual business meeting at 5:30pm Sunday night just before the Sunday night worship service. Please be praying for God to give you ears to hear and eyes to see what He has in store. See you Sunday! Peace, Nathan Bentley

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ACCO prayer night recap

ACCO prayer night recap

On Friday night February 26th several churches gathered for a night of prayer. It was such a powerful time as believers linked arms to pray for over so many areas where prayer is needed. We were blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit as we covered anxiety, depression, relationships, marriages, boldness, youth, our community, state, and nation. God is on the move! The next prayer night is Friday, March 26th at 7pm at Amadeo Church. Hope to see you there!

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Stayin’ Alive!

Stayin’ Alive!

At some point in the walk of every disciple of Jesus Christ, one will come to a point at which they ask the question: “What does God want from me?” I know I’ve asked that question at least once in my life! Just like the seasons of weather in the world, there are seasons along the journey in the life of a Christ-follower. Some of the seasons are warm and just perfect like Spring at the beach in Ensenada, Mexico. But sometimes the seasons are like being at the top of Mount Everest after enduring a freezing, brutal, and life-threatening climb. No matter what, God is with us and in all seasons, He wants the same thing: a living Body. God wants us to be alive. . .to live out an active and exciting faith. He wants to bless us in the pursuit of him using the gifts he has given us. God gives us gifts, but a dead person cannot use a gift for anything! He wants us to be in community together using our gifts to glorify Christ by using them within the body. A body that is trained, fit, lean, energized, excited, and full of joy is a body that performs at its peak. The analogy of the Body used to describe the gathering of God’s people is no accident. So, what does God want from you? If you call yourself a disciple of Christ, you are part of the Body of Christ and He wants us to be alive! Join us this Sunday as we cover Romans 12:1-8 and what it looks like when the Body is alive!! God Bless, Chad Roche

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My360Project & Mexico

My360Project & Mexico

Our newest partner, My360Project, offers shoes to children all over the world. These aren’t simple sneakers though. These shoes actually grow with the child! How many times have you wished for a pair of shoes that would grow as your children grew? These shoes aren’t simply boastful, they hold up to a high quality of standard! Each one is made by a local artisan, thus creating more income and jobs for the communities they serve. To learn more about My360Project, check out their website! My360project.org I was recently asked if I would accompany the next team to their location in Mexico where they are opening a new factory on the Baja side of Mexico. This gives us a view into what My360Project actually does while on missions. Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, is a small migrant community that will definitely benefit from the employment that comes with this new factory. Additionally, those living in the area would benefit from such an amazing product! Kelsey Regan and I will travel on March 4th through March 8th with an existing team from Alaska. We are so excited to be partnering with My360Project and to be learning more about how we can come alongside them in the future. Please join us in prayer during this time! Kelsey will be sharing her experience when we return. If you are interested in going on a mission to Mexico, Belize, Haiti, or the Philippines, please send us an email at Missions@lifepointaz.com Veronica Thiele, Missions Director

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