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Wisdom, the second half of prayer

Wisdom, the second half of prayer

When I was a young man I sought God’s wisdom on attending college, for weeks! When he finally spoke to me I was shocked and embarrassed, but the answer has changed my life! Do you ever look for wisdom? Do you ever pay for wisdom? Is wisdom inexpensive? Is it hard to find? Do you desire wisdom? What does the Bible say? What does God say to YOU! How does God give his Wisdom to you? Do you know his voice and can you recognize it when he speaks? The Bible speaks of wisdom over 367 times, yet, often we find ourselves lacking wisdom and even making wrong choices. We seek wisdom for career, marriage, kids, business, family, moves and more. We go to counselors and seminars, read books, and watch videos to find wisdom. When we pray we tell God our needs but how much is he talking back? Come this Sunday and I’ll share a few things God has shown me about his Wisdom and how he provides it to us Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:12-15 NIV Jim Bentley

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Financial Update

Financial Update

I’ve had the honor of being Executive Pastor here at LifePoint for five months now and I am extremely excited for what’s to come.  As a church, we are able to be in a position of strength going into the rest of the year with the focus on continuing the mission God has given us.  We have some exciting things in the works for not only upgrades to our campus but also possible expansion and strategic partnerships. God has blessed us immensely, especially coming out of a year like 2020 which was difficult on both businesses and individuals alike.  We could only be doing what we are doing this year because of your faithful response to God by giving to LifePoint.  We, as a church, continue to give above and beyond 10 percent of our finances to outreach both locally and abroad.  It is my responsibility as Executive Pastor to make sure that we are being good stewards as a church with all money that comes in, which means I am constantly comparing our reports to the budget and getting rid of unnecessary expenses. With that said, I would like to remind you that we usually see a dip in giving during the summer for various reasons.  Our offerings received so far for Jan-April this year were 345K on a budget of 366K.  Please be in prayer of how you can continue to support the work we are doing at LifePoint so that we can come out of the summer strong and ready to take on the fall when we increase our activities again.  If there’s ever an additional offering you would like put towards a particular ministry or project we are working on please let me or Pastor Nathan know.   Thank you again for your continued faithfulness and...

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Mission Sunday

Mission Sunday

Every 5th Sunday of the month is considered Mission Sunday. What this means is that on those Sundays the tithing & offering leftover after the normal upkeep, utilities, missions, etc., goes directly to one of our missions. This can be in the form of an additional gift or even towards a special project.   This last Sunday, May 30th, was a Mission Sunday and our congregation was so generous with tithing and offering that we were able to bless the LifePoint Mexico Mission team with 250 Bibles to pass out while in Mexico this Fall. The team is traveling in September to help celebrate the children and teach them about Jesus’ love for them. They will visit local migrant communities in the Vicente Guerrero, BC., area, washing the feet of sweet children and blessing them with a new pair of My360 shoes.   The team’s goal is to bless 250 children with a new pair of My360 shoes, a new pair of clean socks, and a New Testament Bible in Spanish. They are so happy to see the goal of the Bibles completed. They appreciate you all so much in helping them accomplish this! Thank you!  The My360 shoes are specially designed to grow with the children for up to 2 years! To learn more about the My360 shoes, please visit:   My360Project.com To purchase a pair of shoes, supporting the team’s goal of 250 pairs, please visit:   https://my360project.kindful.com/my360project-2021-fundraising/lifepoint-serves-in-vicente-guerrero  The Mexico Team is also hosting an Artmox Open House Fundraiser where families can come decorate a blank canvas My360 pair of shoes for the children in Vicente Guerrero. For more information on this, be watching for announcements in church and on Facebook.  The event is on July 10th and will be on the app. If you would like to help financially support the Mexico Team, please visit the LifePoint “Give” tab, and choose “Gen Donation for Mexico Trip Sept. 2021”...

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YouthLife Recap

YouthLife Recap

It has been another outrageous year of God working in young people’s lives through our children’s and youth ministry. We have had several new believers through the season and adding baptism to Wednesday nights in 2021 was a great success as well. The number of kids declaring their lives for Christ literally doubled each month. We had a great swarm of unchurched, neighbor kids come to check us out and ended up being drawn in by the Holy Spirit. They are seeking the unconditional love of Jesus to enter into their lives. Lives that are full of darkness and despair, in a world that is becoming more and more confusing as the days pass on. There’s food on Wednesday nights which is a big draw. It also provides for some a meal for their evening which they would not have without it. Along with the blessing of students, we have had a great blessing of new leaders as well, from small group leaders to teachers and we are adding a new director as well. Josh Winters has been assisting me in the junior high ministry and will now become our Jr. High Director. I hand him the reigns! He comes with youth leader experience and a strong desire to minister to the needs of teens. The additional leaders added this year have been such a blessing. We were able to return to having “small group” sessions after the lessons for a more intimate conversation over the topic at hand & topics that were pertinent to their lives during that week. If you are feeling God’s calling to either youth or children’s ministry, we have room for you as well. Simply contact me mike@lifepointaz.com. We will be starting up the new midweek season on August 4th. I can’t wait to see...

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LifePoint Family Work Day

LifePoint Family Work Day

As we drove through streets with red and blue bandanas thrown over fences to mark rivaling gang territories and drove by houses with broken windows and thirty people living inside, it was hard to believe that this nation with so many basic needs is less than an hour from our own home and church.  It’s practically in our backyard and yet it felt as if we had entered another continent altogether. We saw homes without electricity and saw sheds that families had chosen to live in because it was safer than being in the main house among drugs and gang activity. Where were we?  How had we only driven an hour?  We were on the San Carlos Reservation for our LifePoint Family Work Day. In the midst of the pain we saw and felt on the prayer journey, we were also a witness to hope.  We saw churches that had been started by native pastors thriving and heard testimonies of drug dealers and gang members being drawn and transformed by Jesus.  God has a hope and a future for this people!  He is moving mightily! “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”  -Matthew 25:37-40 I’ve always found that when I set out to serve and bless someone else, God blesses me.  Not with money, but as I give up my own to-do’s, God pours joy and...

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San Carlos Impact

San Carlos Impact

This Saturday, May 22nd, a group of volunteers will head to San Carlos Indian Reservation to help with some minor construction projects and participate in a prayer journey. This single-day mission trip one of three volunteer opportunities we can offer for those looking to serve and make a huge impact. San Carlos is located near Globe, AZ. It is approximately 45 minutes Northeast of the church.   Our group will work around the Arizona Reservation Ministries head office and have the option to participate in a prayer journey. While this might sound like a walking tour, or even something completely foreign, please note that prayer is very powerful! The Prayer Journey is a tour of the Reservation where they are given an opportunity to learn more about the Reservations, ways to help, and how specifically to pray for them. There are 5 stops on the tour where participants are encouraged to pray, as a group or individually, over the Reservation.   If you would like to participate in the upcoming workday, please register at san-carlos-work-day-may-22nd-lifepointaz.pushpayevents.com If you would like to attend a separate prayer journey, please contact Missions@lifepointaz.com.   Veronica Thiele Missions Director

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FUSD Partnership

FUSD Partnership

LifePoint and Florence Unified School District are at it again! For the past few years, we have partnered with FUSD to hand out breakfasts and lunches to the families in Copper Basin. Last year we even handed out meals for the entire summer at the beginning of the pandemic which was a lot of work but very rewarding. This is an opportunity for the neighborhood to see us giving back and partnering with the schools with a simple focus: serving and caring for our neighbors. This year is a little bit different. We’ll be distributing meals (breakfast and lunch) for the entire week but only one day a week! Starting June 1, we’ll set up our drive-thru service at the backdoor on the side of the building facing the school. Then we’ll do it again every Monday in June for the month. We need you to help us out! This is only about a two-hour commitment ONCE A WEEK so c’mon, let’s do this! Click HERE to sign up If you have any questions, please reach out! Chad@lifepointaz.com Pastor Chad

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