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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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Words of Life

Words of Life

Jesus reminds the Devil in Matthew 4:4 “that man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This statement could not be truer for you and I today than maybe it ever has in the History of creation. When bread and sustenance are so easily obtainable and reading is being substituted with movies and television, the simple fact that life and health can be found in one place and only one place…The Word of God. News articles may inform us. Novels may inspire us. Poetry may enrapture us. But only the living, active Word of God can transform us.” It is alive! We need to first get the word into our head. Then we need to get it into our hearts. Finally, we need to make sure it gets lived in our lives. A Sunday morning sermon where more of the preacher’s words are showcased than God’s word is established, is a recipe for a generation of mankind that is seeking a substitute to God’s Word. I want to put before you a challenge. If you have made it this far into the article would you purpose to bring your Bible to church this Sunday, not the one on your phone, but the physical paper version? Let’s make it difficult to shake hands this Sunday because we have a Coffee in one hand and the bread of life in the other. If you would like to read ahead and prepare your hearts for this Sunday’s sermon, you can read Deuteronomy 8. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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God’s Timing and Plans

God’s Timing and Plans

Genesis 22:15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Many of us know the above story of Abraham. We know that God promised Abraham a great number of descendants. We also know that Abraham did not live long enough to see this happen. For this reason, we can relate, sometimes, to feeling a bit like Abraham. How many times have you put many hours into something only for it to not work out, how many times have you planted seeds only to see the crop never rise from the ground, how many times have you invested in someone’s life only to watch them turn and walk away?  Let me offer you a bit of hope. God’s timing and plans are not based on our human clock and calendar. Dr. William H. Leslie, born in Canada, was a missionary in the Vanga area of the Congo. This particular unreached people group was surrounded by cannibal tribes and so remote that it takes several plans, a few boats, and a long 10+ mile hike to arrive. In 1912, he moved there and spent 17 years investing in the Yansi people, teaching them to read the Bible, understand the impact that Christ can have on their lives.  It came to a halt when Dr. Leslie and the tribal leaders disagreed one day. He was asked to leave and never return. Feeling defeated Dr. Leslie returned home and died a few years later. 84 years after his death a string of tribal...

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What is the Voice of God?

What is the Voice of God?

This week we will be looking at the voice of God and what it means to hear God’s voice in 2020. Take some time and read the verses below and pray earnestly for God’s Spirit to guide you in all wisdom. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. John 8:47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Luke 11:28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Psalm 32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with...

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Stepping up as a community

Stepping up as a community

Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ There is no greater way to spread God’s love and mercy than to gather in His name. On Monday, MomsLIFE PM, a group of mothers dedicated to uplifting one another in fellowship and in the name of Christ, gathered in fellowship, as well as gathered items to bless one of our other ministry partners, San Carlos Indian Reservation. Many of you know that the San Carlos Indian Reservation needs Christ in a big way. The children that attend the local schools do not always have resources for personal hygiene. Seeing this need, the school now offers services for children and teens to get a shower, wash their laundry, etc. The women of MomsLIFE PM heard about this need and stepped up in a big way by gathering the items needed. Not only did MomsLIFE PM join in but Genesis Project, an organization that feeds the homeless in Apache Junction, AZ., donated dozens of socks, toothbrushes, soaps, and shampoos to our cause. What a blessing it is to see two of our ministries partnering together to support another ministry so close to our hearts. All together Genesis Project and MomsLIFE PM gathered enough items to create personal hygiene kits for 59 young ladies that included toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash, shampoo and condition, body lotion, chapstick, and a feminine pad. In addition to the 59 kits created, we still had enough to bless the young men with approximately 40 hygiene kits. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at MomsLIFE PM, Genesis Project, and anyone else that stepped up to bless this beautiful community just North East of us. For more information...

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Sign-ups for Spring LifeGroups have started!

Sign-ups for Spring LifeGroups have started!

Sign-ups for Spring LifeGroups have started! This is your opportunity to get connected here at LifePoint Church with fellow believers who live in the same community. They are the best place for sustained life change. They are also the best way to make a large church feel smaller and more intimate. You’ll build incredible relationships and grow in your journey with Christ. We as Pastors strongly recommend and encourage each of you to look at everything being offered this Spring! Men’s, women’s, marriage, co-ed, divorce care, and spiritual warfare are just to name a few of the groups starting the week of February 16th. For all groups head to the LifePointAZ app or come find us in the lobby this Sunday!

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