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LP Kids: Patience

In May, LP Kids will learn Patience in our SoulStation series “Keep It Cool”. As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. Parents, you can be prepared to point your kids to Jesus this month from the article below provided by the ReThink Group. Be sure to check out more resources as you point your children to Jesus: the Parent Cue App, GodTime Card, and Parent Cue Card.

From the very beginning, God has shown patience with people. All the way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve first chose their own way instead of God’s, God started His plan to give all of us a chance to come back to Him. And time and again, God is patient with us when we make daily choices that separate us from Him. He waits for us to turn back to Him.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

In Week One’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). Because he can’t wait, Esau ends up trading his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t give up what’s best for something immediate.

In Week Two’s Bible story, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35) and asked Aaron to build an idol for them. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9–2:1). Even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time.

In Week Four’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitudes while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. Something He still does today.

By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

One Day BKKImagine reasoning that the only way to support your family is to sacrifice yourself physically, nightly in the darkest corners of society. Women in many places around the world, including Thailand, feel caught with no where to turn but to the last place they want to go…into an industry of sacrificing themselves so their family can survive. This is the life and incredibly difficult destination of thousands of women in Bangkok. The hurt is so great, our LP Bangkok team has discovered prostitutes outnumber Christians 4 to 1 in the city where we have been sent.

Along with our partner Benita and the Home of New Beginnings, LifePoint wants to show these women Jesus loves them and has a life of hope and wholeness. What a privilege and responsibility we have to make a difference! We will give and sacrifice one day’s salary through the One Day Offering so women can be “purchased” out of prostitution for an evening. During the evening, women will experience a dinner where they will be introduced to Jesus, given a sense of family as they are surrounded by the Body of Christ, and honored as creations of our Heavenly Father.

The need is enormous. The challenge and opportunity to give is clear: for the faith family of LifePoint Church to give one day’s salary as an offering above our tithes so:

Pray for your obedience and faith as we give. Pray for the resources we joyfully give to the work of the Kingdom to be multiplied beyond our own efforts. Pray for the lost and hurting to know the love of hope of Jesus.

We had such an amazing time in Brazil at the end of March; our team was comprised of 27 students and 3 adults. At first it seemed too large a group, but God planned it that way to enable us to do a lot of work with such a short time frame. God set the stage for us the entire way; through the exact number of people and his protection through all security and flights, it was such a great experience for these students and me. AMO, our partner in Brazil, is as strong as ever, the Lord is using them in such amazing ways. He is providing people and connections to spread the name of Jesus Christ in the harshest conditions I’ve seen.

Brazil Sending Team and AMOFor the over 200+ LifePoint’ers who have traveled to Sao Paulo to work with AMO, the people we remember as kids and teens are now leading Bible studies, house visits, presenting the Gospel, and being the hands and feet of the church. That last sentence brings a great amount of joy for me to say; yes 200+ different people have traveled to Brazil from our church. #BeyondSunday = living outside of the walls and living sent!

Easter Sunday morning, we gathered with 160-170 Brazilians. It was a thing of beauty during worship, hearing multiple languages sing praises to God! Students in BrazilThese lyrics rang out;

Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

I stood amazed at how BIG our God really is; He has and always will be our Savior who can do anything! Throughout the rest of the week all of our students were able to present the Gospel to people in communities and in the Favelas (slums in Brazil). Brazilians were seeing and hearing the love of Christ from students that LifePoint sent out. It was such an amazing thing to see our students move in obedience to God and to step out of their comfort zones to present people with His Love.

Worship Gathering in BrazilI had multiple moments of pure JOY seeing our students walk alongside AMO in fellowship and in sharing their testimonies with people who don’t know Christ in the Favelas. I am humbled and blessed to be a part of a church that sends when God calls. I am beyond blessed to know that our friends at AMO in Brazil are sharing the Gospel and presenting God in His truth to all the people of Sao Paulo! Our ROOTS are set firm in that country as everyone in Brazil tells stories of how God showed them love through someone from LifePoint and how they are forever changed by Jesus Christ bridging the gap to God for them.

Post by Justin Morton. Justin is husband to Amber Morton, Smyrna Campus LP Preschool Director, and dad to Joanna. Justin has led several trips of students and adults to Brazil as a Sending Division Leader at LifePoint. Known to many as ‘Coach’ or ‘Morton’, Justin lives sent locally as a high school teacher and football coach at Smyrna High School. You can connect with Justin on twitter and Facebook.

If you are interested in participating in a LifePoint Sending Experience, you can read more on the Sending Global page and make contact with leaders.

Prayer in Brazil

One Day Offering

Our first One Day Offering of 2013 highlights opportunities that will change the lives of children in Foster Care locally, individuals and families in Brussels, and women caught in the darkest of chains in Thailand. In this post, we want you to read about the need to serve and impact children in Foster Care in our local community. We have the opportunity to give together and support the incredible actions of Foster parents who are taking on the great task of caring for children whose families are broken. As they welcome children into a new family, they need the encouragement of the Body of Christ for the journey.

As members of the Kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father directs us throughout His word to serve the fatherless. Our community and county has too many children without healthy families. So many are enduring hardship because of absent parents or parents going through difficult circumstances. The One Day Offering in May 2013 will support Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet of the Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (find them on Facebook). Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet serves every child (age newborn to age 17 years) that enters into the Foster Care system and resides in Rutherford County, TN. Their work includes supplying children in foster care with new or gently used age appropriate clothing, new personal hygiene items, and school supplies at no cost.

The work of the Shepherd’s Supply Clothing Closet started out of as a great need for foster families. Foster parents have a large amount of supplies and resources they need when they get the call for children needing their love and home. Their response is immediate and often with little ability to prepare for the specific needs of the children they will love and parent. The Clothing Closet allows parents to easily get what they need so they can focus on loving children. We can help these wonderful foster parents so they don’t have to choose shopping and errands over loving hurting and confused children. We can share the love of Christ through clothes, car seats, and cribs. As you pray for your involvement in the One Day Offering know that you are helping remove the stress of material things so foster parents can focus on eternal things. Many of these families are our own LifePoint families.

We give together as a faith family on May 5 in our Worship Gatherings. You can also give today or anytime online.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! That is definitely true at LifePoint!

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On Easter weekend, LifePointers all around the world celebrated the freedom we have in our Risen Lord. The weekend began with the Smyrna and Stewarts Creek Campuses gathering together for a Good Friday Service. This was a special time as we focused on cross and the blood of Jesus and took part in a unique, staff-led time of communion and remembrance.

The Lynnwood and Brussels campuses held Easter egg hunts for their communities over the weekend. They each had amazing turnouts. What a great way to bring joy and reach out to people who need the Gospel.

Brussels Egg Hunt
LifePoint Brussels Egg Hunt
See more pictures from the LifePoint Brussels Egg Hunt.

Lynnwood Egg Hunt

For more info on the Lynnwood Easter egg hunt, check out this previous blog post, Going all OUT for Easter.

On Easter Sunday, we began a new series at LifePoint called Freedom – celebrating that not only has Christ set us free from sin and death, but he has set us free to live as a free people! Almost 5,000 people gathered at our five different campuses around the world. One way, we celebrated Freedom at the Smyrna Campus was to have a special time of baptisms during the service. Almost 40 people were baptisms throughout the three services. Check out this video to see all of the baptisms from that weekend.

Another way we celebrated Freedom was with the release of a brand new single by LifePoint Music called “Freedom.” The song is free to download from lifepointmusic.com and has already been downloaded by over 700 people around the world. If you would like to know about the song “Freedom,” check out the story behind the song below.

Thank you LifePoint, for making Easter weekend such a special time at each of our campuses. Let’s live in the freedom that Christ brings us!