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Vision

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Vision is the ability to see where you’re going. But it’s more than that. Vision is also the ability

to see where you are. Whether you’re planning to travel around the world or just from one

room to another, if you don’t know where you are now, it’s awfully hard to know how to get to

where you’re going. Lost, you’ll wander in circles while visions of home fill your mind. Maybe

that’s why God warned his people that, without vision, they would perish.
 

When creating a vision statement for an organization or even for our own lives, we need to ask,

“What do we want the world to look like as a result of our presence?” Dream big, because we

have a big God who loves to do big things. Don’t make the mistake of stopping there, though--

there is a difference between vision and daydreams. As we ask God for a vision, we mustn’t

focus so hard on the final destination that we are oblivious to our current surroundings. That’s

a roadmap for disaster. If the first step in acquiring vision is to open your eyes and look around,

then a better question to start with is, “What’s wrong with this picture?”

 

LifePointe Ministries’ leadership looked around in 2011 and saw a community with many unmet

needs, both physical and spiritual. We also saw dozens of local churches with thousands of

members, but somehow these churches were failing to meet the needs of our community.

“What’s wrong with this picture?” we asked. “What do we need to do differently from the

existing churches?”

 

We knew the answer was rooted in the Great Commandments: we needed to love God with all

our being, and love our neighbors as much as we loved ourselves, and more. We needed this

love to be active, not just something we talked about week after week. And so we wrote our

vision statement: Love in action. This is what we want to see in our church and in our

community. Love in action, the kind of active, selfless love that is contagious, the kind of love

that can be found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ and his children.

 

But that’s not all. There’s another problem, something else that is wrong with the picture of

things as they currently exist, something that creates dozens of ineffective churches and

thousands of unmet community needs. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: the 80/20 Rule. This “rule”

describes a phenomenon prevalent in the American Church: 80% of the ministry of the church

is carried out by 20% of the people. That means that, in a church congregation of 400 people,

320 of them were doing nothing but sitting in the pews on Sunday. No wonder the churches

were unable to meet the needs of the community.

 

LifePointe Ministries wants to be different. We don’t want to be just another gathering of chair-

warmers. We want to be a gathering of ministers. What is a minister? Anyone who is serving

God by serving his people in one capacity or another. And by “his people,” we don’t mean only

Christians. We mean all people who are created in God’s image-- which is everyone. “For God so

loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…”

 

Our vision statement is  "Love in Action."  And our name says so much about how we put that love

into action: we are not LifePointe Church or LifePointe Ministry-- -we are LifePointe Ministries.

And what’s with that extra “e” in LifePointe? We like to say that it stands for “everyone.”

Everyone who is a genuine member of LifePointe Ministries has a ministry. We don’t have a

formal membership process, or even formal membership. If you are a minister who attends

LifePointe gatherings, then your ministry is one of LifePointe’s ministries and you are a

member. If you’re not a minister, we want to come alongside you and help you become one.

What is your passion? What problems do you see when you open your eyes and look around?

Have you been asking God to send someone to solve the problem? Maybe he has-- maybe that

“someone” is you.

 

Ministry is not something done only by pastors and deacons and graduates of Bible colleges.

Ministry is service done in love, which means that anyone can do ministry, even small children!

Here are just a few of the ministries carried out by the people of LifePointe over the past five

years:

 Serving Thanksgiving dinner to the community

 Bringing Christmas gifts to veterans and their families

 Picking up trash on the beach

 Helping people pack and move their furniture

 Making coffee for the people who come to Sunday morning worship gatherings

 Singing or playing a musical instrument in worship

 Meeting financial needs

 Praying for those in need

 Painting the bathroom

 Cleaning the bathroom

 Watching our babies and toddlers during the Sunday morning worship gatherings

 Washing cars in the community

 GED tutoring

 Changing flat tires

 Visiting those in the hospital

 Finding homes for the homeless

 Assisting families with utility bills

 Mowing the lawn for a neighbor

 Beautifying a county park

And so much more.

 

What is your ministry? If you don’t know, ask God for vision. Then open your eyes, look around,
 
and ask, “What’s wrong with this picture, and how can I help make it better?”
 
 
By:  Dee Maynard, LifePointe Ministries


40 Days of Generosity in Titusville: A Life Time of Generosity

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On September 21st, Titusville, FL kicked off the 40 Days of Generosity campaign.  The 40 Days of Generosity is a community program designed to bring an awareness of generosity towards others, and a prototype program that may be used all around the world.

For the Christian, a program like this is a good reminder of how Jesus calls us to live every day; likewise, it is a chance for us to show the world how generous God truly is; not just within this 40 days of generosity campaign for Titusville, but every day. After all; God owns everything. We are His stewards; we are His vessels. We cannot claim anything as our own, as it has always belonged to God from the beginning. As Pastor Scooter Morrison re-iterated this past Sunday: “The world needs to see His reflection in our lives.” We accomplish this statement by living our lives in Christ, and by being Spirit led.

Jesus gave us the greatest example in how to live this kind of life. He lived it Himself and He taught it to us through stories. One the most powerful stories He taught was that of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36).

The Good Samaritan story is an act of ridiculous and radical generosity. When we give to individuals in the world as the Samaritan gave to his cultural enemy who lay half dead along the side of the road; people stop seeing us as being generous, and start seeing God. It is easy to give to those who are like us; however, only a God kind of generosity can give to an enemy and a sinner.

There are two very important concepts to grasp within this story. The first is that the righteous walked by the man and refused to help him. I personally feel they did this because the man who was robbed was not what they would consider a righteous man. Jesus worded Himself very carefully when he said “a man”. Notice He did not say a holy Jew, or a man of God, or even a good man; He just said a man. To me this means that the man was a sinner; just like you and I. The second concept is that the person who does come to the aid of this “man”, is an enemy to the man himself. Jesus was speaking to a crowd of Jew’s, so it is to be assumed that this man was a Jew himself. The Jewish people and the Samaritan people could not stand one another, and had a huge racial discrimination towards one another. In other words, they hated each other. Yet it is the enemy, the despised Samaritan, which comes to the aid of this man.

Jesus clearly taught us that we are to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:24). Clearly this Samaritan was living out the commands and teachings of Jesus.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15, ESV)

The question we must ask ourselves is do we love God enough to keep His commandments when it comes to generosity? Can we give with that same radical mercy that the Samaritan gave with? Can we give to our enemies, and can we give to the sinner, the outcast, and the poor? Can we be generous to someone who is completely different than us?

Let us not forget that God has been merciful and generous to us; should we not show the same generosity to others?

Let this 40 days of generosity in Titusville, FL become a catapult for your generosity. Take time each day to seek God and ask Him in how He wants you to be merciful and generous. Move as His Spirit tells you to move. I believe that we can not only impact Titusville, FL during these 40 days, but that we can impact the world itself. Not because of anything we will do, but because of what we will allow God to do through us.
 
 
Author: Daniel Forster

 

 



Hearing in the Details

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We live in a society where details often go unnoticed. Our attention span is short and the information to take in is great. We multi-task like no generation before us, as we divide our attention between notifications, texts, calls, and newly uploaded videos.

This isn’t a bad thing; however, we must be aware of how all these distractions can lead to a detail deficient life. God speaks to us just as He spoke to Israel; just as Jesus spoke to His disciples. Within His Word are hundreds of details that are imperative to our ability to live a life abiding in Him. As He speaks to us today through His Spirit, He speaks in details that will lead to growth, maturity, and above all else, glory to Him and for His Kingdom.


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The Key to Spiritual Alignment

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A man who is not aligned with Jesus is not aligned with God and misleads his family. The key to spiritual alignment is to fear God, and that means to take God seriously.
 
A car that is trying to go from one place to another with tires that are not aligned will cause damage not only to the tires, but it can eventually lead to a broken car.  A man trying to get from one point in their life to another that is not aligned with God will cause damage in their home and relationships.  It can also lead to a broken home which will effect generations to come. The key to spiritual alignment is explained in Psalms 128:1-6 and God shows us the blessings that comes with it.

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How’s Your Family Doing?

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The gospel of Matthew starts with a list of Jesus’ ancestors:

Abraham was the father of Isaac, the father of Jacob, father of Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, the father of Ram, the father of Amminadab, the father of Nahshon, the father of Salmon, the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of

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Let Your Net Go…

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Matthew 4:19-20 “And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

When Jesus was walking in Galilee, he came upon (Simon)Peter and Andrew he found them fishing! He told them what was about to go down, and asked them to follow him! They were willing to do WHAT IT TOOK to follow Jesus! The bible said that they IMMEDIATELY dropped their nets and followed him!

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