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Called out of the comfort zone

Called out of the comfort zone

“Does it not stir up our hearts, to go forth and help them, does it not make us long to leave our luxury, our exceeding abundant light, and go to them that sit in darkness?” – Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951, missionary to India. Going on a mission is hard. It’s not easy to leave your family, your bed, your daily comforts to see the world, even just a small section of it, through God’s eyes. When God called me, and you to be faithful, he called you to get out of the comfort zone. With the media scare on COVID-19, previous disruptions on the island of Haiti, and personal fears, it takes everything we have as missionaries to move forward in faith. Believing that God is in control and will do what is best for the Kingdom, no matter our personal agendas and fears, is what faith is all about. None of us are promised tomorrow, but we are all called to serve. If we choose to use our time on earth to glorify God by serving others, allowing God to move us and them, then our lives will be better, as will the Kingdom of God. Now I’m not saying to be reckless about things. But I am saying that you must use some serious discernment, asking the Lord to continue to guide you, as he most likely always has. Believe that he is leading you where he wants you! Have faith in Christ’s love you and for the rest of his children on earth. Tim Ferrara nailed it on the head in his book, Everyday Discernment, when he said, “Christians cannot make their plans and then ask God to bless them. Having discernment sometimes requires you to understand God’s will for your situation before you take action.” Be bold...

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Compassion Queen Creek 2020 was a great success!

Compassion Queen Creek 2020 was a great success!

  Last Saturday was the 10th Anniversary of compassion Queen Creek. Despite the virus scare, it was a great success. The event served 300 people of the community with medical, vision & hearing appointments while the dental will set up future individual appointments at a later date. They held back from the community event due to the virus scare. On top of all these great services, many social service providers were present as well. 10 churches were a part of the event, which of course included LifePoint. There were 400 volunteers throughout the day who served everywhere from parking lot attendants to medical assistants. LifePoint volunteers served throughout that spectrum. Our biggest area LP people served was the breakfast tables that were set up at the main entrance, the volunteer check-in, and the main common area. Many filled the role of “life connector”, which is one who directs the guest to their appointments, gets to know them on a more personal level and prays for them before they move on to the many social service booths. We had others in medical as well. This was a glorious day of God’s church serving the needs of the community. All the various tribes coming together as one in Jesus’ name. All for His kingdom.   Pastor Mike Shamburg

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If You Don’t Like the Heat…

If You Don’t Like the Heat…

This week we will be studying the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The first original boy band…they were HOT! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. In the story of the fiery furnace and King Nebuchadnezzar, we see a law put on these three Jewish men to bow down and worship the God of the city they were in. What is so important for you and me to learn from this event is how they responded to authority, temptation, and pressure. Secondly, we are going to look at Nebuchadnezzar’s response to seeing them walking around in the fire and discuss the difference of what it means to know God vs. wanting God. Take time and read Daniel 3, and pray for the Lord to speak mightily through His Holy Spirit this weekend. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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Returning to the Philippines once again!

Returning to the Philippines once again!

Frank and Emily Ruiz are returning to the Philippines once again! I caught up with Emily this morning and asked her to tell us all more about their journey and what it is that keeps calling them back. Here is her response: “We are so excited to be heading back for our 4th year to the Philippines! My husband Frank and I will be leading a team from LifePoint in September 2020. We are so blessed to be working alongside Pastor Paul Barner and his amazing ministry. We will be spending 2 weeks at two of the 7,641 islands that make up the Philippines. Most of our time we will spend working at My Father’s House on Samal Island. At My Father’s House there are 15 kids ranging from age 6-16. These kids were either found on the streets, had parents abandon them, parents who can’t provide and parents who have died leaving them with no one to care for them. This is a place where they are not only safe and taken care of they are learning about Jesus! They are memorizing scripture, praying, having bible studies on a daily basis. These kids truly love the Lord. Over the past 3 trips we have built cottages for the kids to live in. We have cleared jungle land for them to be able to plant and grow their vegetation, built chicken coops, pig pens, rabbit cages, put in a system for clean drinking water. Our goal for returning each year to My Father’s House is to continue to give these kids a place that is self-sustaining by completing our projects year after year. The Lord is doing such amazing things not only at My Father’s House, but also at Barner Christian Academy. BCA is a private Christian school that currently...

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All Youth Worship Night 2020

All Youth Worship Night 2020

Last Friday night was a great night of teens coming together to worship our Lord. There were up to 100 of them from various youth groups coming together as one and praising Jesus. This was the third annual All Youth Worship Night which was formed to bring the community youth groups together to focus on bringing the love of Christ into the darkness of our area schools. Our area is plagued annually with teen suicide that always comes near the end of the school year. We know the cure for this is the love of Christ and we are the syringes that dispense that cure to down and lost individuals. This year’s theme is 1Corinthians 13:4-8 LOVE. Between worship came conversations on God being love, we have received that love and are called to bring it to those in need…and of course, that love is patient and kind. It does not envy, boast, dishonor and is not proud or self-seeking…love never fails! If you see a teen wearing a black t-shirt with a grey “love” heart, give them a high five and encourage them to spread His love. Mike Shamburg

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I didn’t ask for this…

I didn’t ask for this…

This week we will begin a new series in the book of Daniel. While the prophetic book of Daniel has had numerous additional books written to interpret the prophecies and elaborate on the story, this sermon series will NOT be an in-depth theological discussion on the various doctrinal points of Daniel, rather it will take a look at the life and principles of the book and the similarities of Daniel’s time and ours…accordingly what lessons can be taken from studying Daniel and apply them to our lives. If you are looking for a more in-depth study of the doctrine in Daniel, we currently have 2 different small groups studying this book. To prepare for this Sunday I encourage you to read Daniel 1,2. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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A Calling to Belize

A Calling to Belize

It’s always interesting to hear people’s testimony as they prepare to go on missions. Currently, our Belize team is fundraising and preparing their families. We took this time to speak to Ryan and Sabrina Corkill, one of the three couples going to Belize and asked them about their calling to go to Belize. Here are their responses. I first found out about the efforts going on in Belize during the Men’s Retreat. We were introduced to Kenny and he gave an update on the successes they have had over the years. He also touched on the all work that still needed to be done. I found myself interested and moved by his presentation, though I didn’t give it much more thought once I left the retreat. Some time went by, and then Kenny visited LifePoint and talked during our Sunday service. He spoke about a mission trip to Belize to counsel married couples. I remembered the thoughts and feelings that I had during the retreat, and again felt called to go. I never told my wife this, but shortly after the presentation, she told me that she felt called to go as well. I don’t think that she expected me to be open to the option to go as this was completely out of the norm for me. We discussed it and decided we should give it some prayer. We stared to go to the informational meetings, and each time the calling didn’t seem to fade. We did have some major concerns as to who was going to take care of our 4 children, and how were we financially going to be able to afford the trip. We have talked it out with our family, and they seem willing to watch our kids. Financially we are still fundraising and setting...

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Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual Guidance

Who here would like a little guidance from God? Okay so everyone…that’s great. What do we need guidance for? Probably for things like which job or career path to take, where do I send my kids to school, which retirement community should I live in or do I wear the suit with our without a tie? Of course, these are all valid decisions that have to be made and worthy of our time and God’s time, right? In our thoughts as we seek the Lord in these things often we go to places like, “well if I choose wrong then God is going to be upset with me and not bless my decision.” But the problem in the guidance we are requesting is none of them really present a moral or ethical dilemma. The questions above are more-so forks in the road and you want to make the best choice that will provide the most security, comfort, and direction for a better life. And when seeking these things you feel like God is silent or you struggle to hear His voice. In Mark chapter 4 the disciples and Jesus were out to sea when a violent storm approached their boat. The disciples panicked while Jesus was sleeping. In verse 38 The disciples woke him saying “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” The disciples wanted guidance on which way to steer the boat and yet their Lord was asleep. Because it wasn’t guidance they needed, it was faith. God had already given them guidance by telling His disciples to come with him to the other side of the sea in verse 35. They needed to trust that they would arrive at that destination. For us, God’s guidance is given in what He DOES in your obedience and trust according to...

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Compassion Queen Creek 2020!

Compassion Queen Creek 2020!

Compassion Queen Creek is just around the corner and we need YOU to help serve breakfast through the day. Once again, LifePoint will provide and serve breakfast to those serving at the event and the guests as well. We will have coffee, fruits, pastries and such to hand out. Last year the guests and servants loved our personal service for all. Now, we have the opportunity to bless their hearts again. Simply go to your LifePointAZ app and sign up under Compassion Queen Creek. The event is on March 7, from 8am till 2pm. For more information, please see pastor Mike Shamburg or Erika Stroum.

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Creative ways to serve

Creative ways to serve

We’ve all heard it, getting old is no fun. Sometimes we are young in age, but we feel old in our bodies. Age is definitely just a number but every once in awhile our aging body competes with our heart and mind. We find ourselves limited physically but yearning to participate in something bigger. However difficult this is, many of our congregations have decided to not let that hinder them from participating in mission work! They are seeking alternative ways to impact those on their hearts; they are getting creative! In the last month, we have seen 2 different women’s groups do what they can to support mission work, locally and overseas. These ladies range in age and abilities but they did not let them stop them from doing what they were called to do, serve. The first group of ladies, led by Nonda Brown, gathered items to bless our local San Carlos partner as they put on a small annual women’s retreat. The gathered items went into goodie-bags to bless the ladies during their weekend. No thank-yous were asked, and no recognition required. They felt the call to bless this community and they did in a big way! On behalf of the San Carlos community, we thank you for your willingness to serve! The second group of ladies has a different sort of story. They are lead by a LifePoint attendee, Darlene Miller, and below to a community sewing club. This group has a mix of participants, some are believers and some are not. Darlene is the only LP member in the group. A few years ago God put it on Darlene’s heart to use what talents she has to be able to help serve without the physical travel. It was then that she reached out to her local...

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