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A Father to the Fatherless

A Father to the Fatherless

A Father to the Fatherless                 This Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day. Although, celebrate, may be overstating it a little. It would seem that with so many people experiencing wounds from their fathers it is a day in America notorious for a lack of excitement. This can be tracked through restaurant sales and phone records on Father’s Day vs. Mothers Day. However, this is not a purely American characteristic of fathers, even the Bible does not provide us with very many solid father figures with which to draw examples of how to lead our families. In fact statistics in American families where the father is absent are pretty unsettling: 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average. 85% of all children who show behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control) 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26) 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report) With all of that being said, the Bible calls on the man to “lead” his household, to train up a child in the way he should go, to discipline a child is to love them, and so on. So, with all the striving of men to advance their careers, their physical appearance, their place in society and their stature in the community…why is it not a desire of men to raise up confident, strong children of integrity? I firmly believe that the reason man does not see his children as his number one priority in life is because it is the...

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Needs at The Hope Women’s Center

Needs at The Hope Women’s Center

The Hope Women’s Center in Coolidge, AZ                 Tuesday morning, June 12, the LifePoint Church staff was made aware of an immediate ministry need with one of our Ministry Partners, The Hope Women’s Center in Coolidge, AZ.   Sometime during late Sunday night, June 10thor early Monday morning the 11th, thieves broke into the Center and sole all of the TV’s, a laptop Computer, and all of the toiletries items the center makes available for the women they serve.  Also, all of the meat in their freezer was taken as well as most of the canned food.  These foods were the supplies the center uses to prepare meals for their ladies that are served weekly by the staff and volunteers at Hope. The immediate needs are as follows: One 27” flat screen TV for their training room. The other TV’s have been replaced already. Monetary donations to cover the cost of replacing the foods that was taken and the food that spoiled when the refrigerator was left open by the perpetrators. All types of regular sized women’s toiletries can be donated and monetary donations  as well to cover the cost of replacing the supply of toiletries. Fortunately, the lap top computer has been replaced as well and a very generous benefactor has stepped forward and provided a security system that was to be installed on June 12th.  The needs are immediate and very necessary in order for this wonderful ministry to function.  Won’t you help? Jolyn Logan is the Hope Center Director and a Member of LifePoint Church. You can contact her at the center to let her know how you can help.  Her number at the center is 520-723-8888.  Please contact her today!      

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Mike DeCicco came home!

Mike DeCicco came home!

                                    On the morning of April 3rd Mike DeCicco was rushed to the hospital when his wife Amber tried to wake him. He was breathing, but unresponsive.  After many hours of waiting and many tests, they found Mike suffering from bacterial meningitis.  The test showed swelling around his brain and what the doctors thought were signs of stroke.  Mike was in a coma in the ICU heavily medicated to fight the infection, which was potentially deadly.  The status reports Amber received in the beginning days were not good news, but her steadfast faith in the Lord kept her in the mindset of Mike recovering.  As each day passed, Mike still in a coma, but showing signs of improvement.  Every time he moved his hands, itched his nose was a sign that God was in control.  As Amber and Mike’s church family rallied around them with nonstop prayer, helping take care of their 6 children while Amber spent hours at Mike bedside and doing whatever needed to be done to keep their home and farm running, Mike continued to fight to recover.  Mike spent four weeks in the ICU and made such progress, even the doctors were shocked. He was able to be transferred to a rehabilitation center for the rest of his recovery. Fast forward to today, Mike was released from the rehabilitation center on May 30th after only needing four weeks to learn again many of the daily functions we take for granted.  He worked hard each day during his many therapy sessions with Amber by his side believing the Lord was walking with Mike through this journey.  As Amber sat watching her husband her heart was telling her “When in darkness,...

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It's time for Vacation Bible School 2018!

It’s time for Vacation Bible School 2018!

Attention Parents! Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! It’s time to grab your parkas and snow boots and join us for the week of June 18-22nd from 9am-noon! The cost is $20.00 per child with an $80.00 max per family. We will see God move in His mighty ways throughout the week with opportunities for your kids to accept Christ as their Lord & Savior. Kids will be challenged to learn key verses as they are loved and cared for by our leaders throughout the week as they explore the coolest book on the planet… the BIBLE! It’s mind-blowing to think that the God who made the universe wrote a book – a book that is thrilling, exciting to explore, beautiful, and full of treasure. Our Explorers will begin warming up to the Word from the very first minute they arrive at Operation Arctic. The mission begins at Snowfall Station with the Opening Assembly, a high-energy opening with entertaining welcomes, rockin’ songs, a mission moment and prayer. This is a great chance for your kids to invite young family members and friends for a week full of making some cool crafts like ‘Blizzard in a bottle’, or play a game of ‘Welcome to the Arctic’. They will also enjoy sweet snacks like ‘Scripture rolls and Ocean Jammers’! Here at LifePoint one of our primary goals is to bring God glory by boldly and unashamedly proclaiming Him to a strategic group, young people! From both a biblical and statistical point of view, young people are a big deal! They’re not only awesome, we love them! But they’re also dearly cherished by our Lord and tend to be soft-hearted toward spiritual things. Researchers generally agree most people become Christians whey they’re children, so it’s apparent this age group is a...

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Buckets of Wisdom

                    Buckets of Wisdom In James 1:5 we are told that if we want wisdom it is real simple to get…”just ask”. Proverbs tells us that wisdom is so readily abundant that it shouts in the streets. So, why then, do so many of us lack wisdom?   I believe the key to that question starts in James 1:6, “…let him ask in faith without any doubting.” Isn’t that really the struggle? Believing in faith that the wisdom I ask God for is being given to me. Setting aside those voices in my head that tell me that I am unworthy, or that I am incapable of implementing the wisdom of God. What happens when the wisdom of God goes in stark contrast to what we believe to be wisdom? Will we trust that He still has our best in mind or will we rely on our wisdom for the situation?   These questions have been circling around in my head most of this year. Since the beginning of the year when I asked God to let me see a miracle and to learn more about the heart of the Father in regards to physical and spiritual healing I have struggled with my ability to ask in faith and have no doubt. Pastor Blake’s sermon last Sunday was such a great segue into studying James chapter 1 because it causes us to come face to face with our doubts of who God is and how He will act in our lives.    I encourage you to read James chapter 1 this week and pray fervently that the Lord would show you what it means to have wisdom poured out generously in your life.   I will see you Sunday.   Peace,   Nathan Bentley

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Bringing this big world into focus

Bringing this big world into focus

Bringing This Big World Into Focus Pastor Rick White                       Summer is a rough time for most all food banks across the Phoenix valley.  Families travel, life’s focus changes and the food banks receive minimal supplies during the summer months.  Christ The Victor Foodbank is no exception.  Located at Christ The Victor Lutheran Church on Arizona Farms Road, the food bank struggles each and every summer to meet the needs of many of the San Tan Valley and Florence families.  Here are some of those needs: Canned goods, boxed meals, boxed dry cereal, beans and rice Personal toiletry items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels Children’s clothing in good condition, new underwear for kids One very large request is a walk-in refrigerator Volunteers are needed to pick up donated food items from Fry’s Food Stores and Sprouts Stores.  This requires a 1 to 2 hour time commitment. If you can volunteer or donate please take the items directly to Christ The Victor Lutheran Church, 6173 Arizona Farms Road, Florence, AZ.  Or, you can bring the food and clothing items to Lifepoint Church Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00 PM. Please contact Dee Lorenzen directly to volunteer to pick up the food. Her direct number is 480-987-7658. Remember what Mister Rogers said a number of years ago about serving others. “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”

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