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What is LifePoint University and why should YOU attend?

What is LifePoint University and why should YOU attend?

What is LifePoint University and why should YOU attend? Look, I know that the idea of taking a class can be intimidating and off-putting for some people. Some of us just flat out hate school and have such horrible experiences with it that the idea of voluntarily going to school at church is nuts. I am one of those people—I promise! I love learning, but I hate school, but as Christians, we have a duty to learn as much as we can about our God and our faith. We have given LifePoint University much thought and care and the vision is not to overwhelm you work or make things so challenging you feel worse after the classes than you did before! Why do we need to have book learning as Christians, don’t we just need the Bible? Yes, we need the Bible and it is the inerrant word of God, but we also need to be equipped to understand what we claim to believe. For example, if you have children or friends who ask you why God allows evil in the world if he’s such a good God, can you answer it? If someone asks you to explain why the Bible is reliable as not just the word of God but as a historical document, can you do that? Do you know how the 66 books of the Bible were chosen to be part of the Bible? What about Bible translation and transmission, how did that happen and can we be sure of what we read? What about all the things that are in our world today that aren’t mentioned in the Bible, how do we address these things? Science has proven the Bible to be wrong in many ways, right? How did Christianity start? In many places throughout the...

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Victory in Surrender

Victory in Surrender

Have you ever been faced with a really easy decision? I mean that kind of decision that you ponder and seek your friends’ opinions about, but in reality already know the choice to make. Have you ever made a decision for something not really knowing why? When facing decisions or choices we naturally ponder the question: What ought we do? Not surprisingly, this is a question that hounds humanity in every season of life. Whether the question is posed under the umbrella of parenting, schooling, health, finances, politics, career, or God’s will, people spend hours and hours wrapped up in what we ought to choose. We are so blessed to live in a culture that values choices and the freedom to make our own choices—especially when it comes to the list I just mentioned. Some people can even become overwhelmed by the plethora of choices! One of the most amazing attributes of the God of the Bible is that he does not want a relationship with mindless and heartless robots. He doesn’t force our choices like a malevolent dictator. Neither does He leave us without guidance on what we ought to or ought not to do. This Sunday we’re not just going to talk about what we ought to do, rather we’re going to talk about the motives behind the question. We’re going to dig into WHY we ask what we ought to do: what really guides our choices? Is it prosperity? Is it comfort? Control? Power? Pleasure?

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Partnership with Arizona Christian University

Partnership with Arizona Christian University

LifePoint University is a God-given and directed vision given to the leadership at LifePoint Church several years ago and last year, the vision to take it a step higher was given. After looking around at other large churches I was convinced that God would make a way for the program to grow to something bigger than we had imagined. The model seemed to be that churches would partner with nearby Christian universities to offer credit at the university for classes taught at the church. How could we replicate that? Well, it just so happens that at one time, LifePoint had an intern who was a student at Arizona Christian University (ACU) and a thought crossed my mind: I wondered if we could partner with ACU in this way? The door was opened and over the last year we developed a Memorandum of Understanding with ACU and for the first time, we’ll be offering some of the LifePoint University classes with the ability to earn credit through ACU! Arizona Christian University is a regionally accredited university in Glendale and has been an institution of higher learning since 1960 and is focused on education and growth in Christ. We’ll be offering FOUN104—Intro to Theology and FOUN 120—Intro to Apologetics under this agreement in 2020. If students want to earn credit, there will be textbooks to purchase, quizzes, and papers to write. However, if a student does not want credit, they can attend the class as they normally would with LifePoint University. For more information come see me this Sunday!

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Stewards of God’s Grace

Stewards of God’s Grace

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. One of my family’s favorite animated movies is called Robots. It was released in 2005 by Blue Sky productions. The famous voice of Robin Williams brings to life a loveable and eccentric character named Fender. Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) quickly befriends Fender as he journeys into the “Big City” to become an inventor. No, I won’t go into the hilarious details that follow, but I will let you in on a secret. There is a huge message in this great movie, “See a need, fill a need!” Everywhere Rodney looks, he sees others in need. He doesn’t wait for an invitation; he steps up and delivers!  This brings me to what has been happening in our church and the surrounding communities! We have received more and more emails from congregants about ways to get involved, how and who to best give donations to, as well as new ways to serve. These are exciting times!  There are needs all around us, and many of us have been given new eyes to see the needs and hear the cries of God’s Children. Those that have been touched are not waiting for permissions or requests to come in. They are reaching out and say, “I want to do something! What can I do to help?” And God is smiling down!  We have people donating items to San Carlos for a women’s conference and hygiene kits for young girls to have at the local schools. We have others donating time and resources to Hope Women’s Center. A group of people is gathering small items to collect and send to children living at The Father’s House in the Philippines with Lola Trish, our long-term missionary. And still, others are serving at Genesis Project in Apache Junction. Let’s not forget those preparing to travel aboard to serve in Haiti and Belize this...

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Men's Ministry is off to an incredible start!

Men’s Ministry is off to an incredible start!

2020 is off to an incredible start! We want to take a moment and give praise to God for what He is doing in the LifePoint Men ministry. On Saturday, January 11th Men’s breakfast had 60 in attendance to hear a great word from Ryan Minner. That’s the largest breakfast ever! We had 21 men go to San Carlos which is the most number of guys that have made that trip. Tuesday morning coffee is off to a bang with over 15 men attending (most ever), the Tuesday night Bible study is thriving and the Thursday night small group is relaunching and we had 8 men show up to the first night! The Holy Spirit is moving amongst the men and there is a fire burning and it is contagious! If you’re a guy and you consider LifePoint your home church, then you are a part of the LifePoint Men ministry. Time to get involved. Email blake@lifepointaz.com. Pastor Blake

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Intermediary Prayer for the Youth of San Tan Valley

Intermediary Prayer for the Youth of San Tan Valley

Today (1/22/20) we are observing a corporate fast with our church. We are spending the day fasting and praying over the youth of our community. Our community like many others across America has seen an unsettling increase in the numbers of youth (especially teens) suicide. According to a recent (2019) report [source: National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control ], death rates among teenagers and young adults have increased at an alarming pace in the past decade. Suicide has steadily become more common across the population, but suicides among youths have outpaced all other age groups. From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides among people ages 10 to 24 suddenly increased 56 percent, while for decades prior it had remained relatively rare and its frequency, for the most part, remained stable. Now, it has become the second-most common cause of death among teenagers and young adults, overtaking homicides and outpaced only by accidents. Also, no racial or ethnic group has been spared in this rising rate, said Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics who has studied these suicide trends for years and served as the report’s lead author. This trend is no more evident than at Herriman High School in Utah where In less than a year, six students who had attended the school committed suicide leaving a community searching for answers as they struggle with the loss. Here is a video from The Wall Street Journal who visited Herriman High. https://www.wsj.com/video/multiple-suicides-one-year-one-high-school/1BB09D50-ABD6-4829-9987-06B65FF36E1B.html This epidemic affects us all, it affected my own family several years ago when my daughter’s best friend took her own life at 19. On the one year anniversary of her death, I wrote a blog post following my having watched “13 Reasons Why” a show that attempts...

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San Carlos Men's Mission 2020

San Carlos Men’s Mission 2020

For the last 3 years that I, Evan Thiele, have served alongside Arizona Reservation Ministries, I have not seen a more joyful group join as the 20 men that served with me last Saturday. This was, by far, the largest men’s only group I’ve taken to San Carlos.  The prayer journey was the biggest factor in motivating the guys to work harder on the Sunday School Building for Miracle Church.  Diana, from A.R.M. says, “As 2020 begins, we are excited to watch as service in the past is leading to amazing things in the New Year! We completed a home for Prospero and Roxie C. in November of 2019.  Their lives had profoundly changed as they watched God provide such a critical gift for their family!  On Monday, January 13th, 2020, they handed in their applications to join the ARM team permanently!  Pros work with our Construction projects (the men met him, either as they worked on his home previously, or this past Saturday as they all worked on the Sunday School renovations at an Apache-led, Bible-based church!). Through the partnerships we have with several Bible-based, Apache-led churches on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, our plans for 2020 include building restrooms, Sunday School rooms, a kitchen and meeting area at the American Indian Church.  We are currently renovating an old Sunday School building at the Miracle Church.  As these projects (AND the completion of a home for the Johnson family-who are home-less), Lord willing, we’ll begin to construct a church sanctuary for brother Ralph Holmes.  That church is called Preach the Word Ministries. We continue to thank God for our faithful friends at LifePoint Church, and the many arms they have provided to make both tangible projects possible and spiritual blessings as well!” It has been a blessing serving the people...

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Yarn for the CAFCC inmates

Yarn for the CAFCC inmates

A hearty thank you to Pastor Nathan, the Staff, and all who donated yarn for the women at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex (CAFCC) over the last few weeks. Warden Kris Kline’s Administrative Assistant (Marie) gave Jeanne and me some items (purses, scarfs, gloves, etc. that women in the detention center had crocheted. Marie asked if we could find a place for these items. Jeanne said yes, the homeless folks at the Genesis project. Then Jeanne asked Erika Stroum is we could ask for yarn donations. The Staff approved and now through your generosity, LifePoint, many women are making good things for people in need. Thank you and please keep the yarn coming, but no hooks. 😉 God bless you for your generosity! Jeanne & Rod Brouwer Grace Without Borders Ministries Proverbs 11:25😏

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Step up and lead a LifeGroup

Step up and lead a LifeGroup

Spring LifeGroup season is right around the corner! Right now though we are in a time of prayer and fasting which often allows God to speak to us in big ways. The path He is showing you may be to step out of your comfort zone and lead. Leading a LifeGroup is often a great way to step out in faith. They are the heartbeat of LifePoint Church. Small groups create a place for fellowship, connection, and spiritual growth. This Sunday will be our second week for leader signups so if God is tugging on your heart, be bold and lead! If you have questions email blake@lifepointaz.com. Pastor Blake

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When Temptation Comes

When Temptation Comes

Have you gotten all your homework done?   That is the question I ask my children almost every day when I see them going outside to play or sitting and watching TV. Now it is a question I am asking you. Last Sunday I gave a simple homework assignment to seek God every day this week and ask the question, “Lord, what have I not submitted to you and what are you leading me into repentance in ?”   Then, I asked you to write down what he has shown you and bring that paper, with no name on it, to Sunday’s service as we are going to have a powerful time of worship and study of what it means to be prepared for the battle that is to come. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we are told, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” My prayer for 2020 is that when the eyes of God look upon LifePoint He will find men and women whose heart is blameless before him. If you wish to study and prepare your hearts for this Sunday’s message we will be reading from, Luke 4:1-14. Peace, Nathan Bentley

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