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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

Good afternoon evening friends.  This morning was a great time at the theater with my fellow Life Pointe friends and family.  This was my first morning to experience three services in the morning other than Easter this year.  I had a great time as I hope you did too (if you came).  If you didn’t make it out to be with us, I will look for you next time.

The set up was in full swing when I entered the theater at 7:30ish.  Mike B greeted me at the back door of pier 2 after a couple of raps on the door.  The worship team was a little light this week with Bill out of town and Reina home taking care of their little one who has been sick.

A few tech difficulties interfered with our start and made things a little bumpy early on.  But everyone sang along and worshiped the Lord, because He is our audience.  The other two services were very smooth without any technical incidents.

The music was a lot of fun today.  Jesse was on the guitar with the lead vocals, Mike B was on the drums and sang back up, I sang back up and played the bass, and Julie sang back up vocals as well.  We sang “Your Love is Amazing”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and “Holy is the Lord”.  It was a great time of singing and worship.

For our regular announcement video, Jesse pulled a fast one on everybody.  Halfway through the video, he raised his hand and said “I am here”.  Turns out he was sitting in the theater with his camera on and projecting himself giving the announcements live.  It was a great touch and very innovative.  I think he fooled everybody except those sitting right beside him.  Good job!

For a different perspective on the service this morning and the message (on Habakkuk), be sure to visit:

Pastor Trav’s Wrap Up

Ritz’ Goosfaba

Jesse From the Stage

Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad by Chris Day

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Saturday Top 5: Reasons to Attend Life Pointe Church

I thank the Lord for my job, and His provision through my employment, but the unfortunate part is that due to my work schedule I cannot be at church with my Life Pointe brothers and sisters every other week. Being at church on Sunday morning is something I look forward to each chance I get. Life Pointe is a fast growing body of believers in Homestead, just outside of Miami in South Florida. We meet in a theater off the Turnpike and Campbell Drive. We also have a large number of people in the church who have blogs. Above all things, the best thing about Life Pointe Church is the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus that is shared each week. This week’s list is going to review the top 5 reasons to attend Life Pointe. Feel free to add to the list anything I may have left off.

#5. St. Arbucks. Along with Ela (who is definitely a saint), Nancy, Arlene, my own mom, and many other saints, St. Arbucks is available to provide caffeine to all who seek. Along with tasty treats like bagels and the occasional donuts or muffins, the free fresh hot Starbucks coffee really helps get you going on Sunday morning.

#4. Rockin Music – Along with some of the best and most current praise and worship, the Life Pointe band (led by TSP’s Jesse Santoyo) kicks out smooth tunes from U2, Dave Matthews Band, and the Eagles, occasionally some street sounds like Rapper’s Delight, bluesy Bill Withers stuff, and some solid rock tunes from the Beatles, ZZ Top, and Pink Floyd.

#3. The Coolest Videos – Jesse, the worship and arts pastor produces some of the funniest videos. The recurring cast in the comedic bumper and promo videos include Alex speaking Charlie Brown, mischievous Nathan, an arrogant Chris, cell phone Gio, crybaby Ritz, Venus rolling her eyes, Scottish Zech, and others. You can count on fake old western style handlebar mustaches to show up literally everywhere in the videos. Other videos and short movies are dramatic and contain deep meaningful messages that prick our conscience. As a Life Pointe attender or member, you have a chance to be cast in a video clip or movie.
#2. Come as you are. – At LPC, legalistic judgmentalism is not what we specialize in. Life Pointe people specialize in loving each other. Discipleship, training, obedience to God’s commandments, and the great commission are necessary parts of the Christian walk, and Life Pointe does also specialize in these areas. If you are comfortable in shorts, or a suit, you will fit in at LPC. We don’t speak fluent Christianese, so you don’t have to break out your thee’s, thou’s, hither’s and whence’s. We have the friendliest volunteers and staff, and there will always be a place for you!
#1. The Message – The messages on Sunday morning will not leave you seeking a translator, lexicon, or theologian in order to understand. Pastor Travis brings a message that will land in your lap, and can be used wherever you are in life. Sometimes the delivery is funny, sometimes serious, but always congruent with the Word of God. The website has podcasts and vidcasts available so you can see and hear what to expect on Sunday morning.

A list of only the top 5 is too short to truly detail the reasons to attend LPC, and I hope others will add on. It is definitely the highlight of my two week schedule. I hope to see you there!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • “I arrived at the theater at 7:33 to be greeted by Chris Day” was the first words out of Chris Day‘s mouth as he opened the front door at the theater this morning. 🙂
  • The set up was pretty much under way and in full swing by the time I got there.
  • I made it to pier 2 in order to set up my bass. Zech and Alex were coming over later with my amp head to use as a pre-amp.
  • The music today was great fun, and sounded great too. Most importantly, people entered into real heartfelt worship.
  • Jesse led from the acoustic, Rebecca was on the keys, Mike B was on the drums, Robert played lead on his 7 string electric, and I was on the bass. Reina had a bit of a hoarse throat, so she didn’t sing this morning. The vocalists were Kyle (with a short tie), Nyriem, and Julie.
  • The songs were “Those Who Trust”, “Say So”, “You’re My Healer”, and for communion we sang “Heart of Worship”.
  • Paul opened up a new message series, “Consumed”. He did a great job speaking about worship. What is worship? What are you worshiping?
  • Paul also gave the background to the song “Heart of Worship” which was beautiful.
  • After the first service and then the music from the second service, Marcela and I took a tour of the kids’ operations. The 5-12 was quite fun. When we went in, there were kids dancing all over the place to some jammin’ music. The 2-4 year olds were a lot more calm. They were seated nicely at the tables in a quiet and calm atmosphere eating snacks and drinking juice. The 0-2 year olds were all playing with the workers in a great environment. The workers had a great handle on the situation, and the babies (the ones that were awake) were very happy.
  • Following service, I was glad to have my dad over for a BBQ where I got to experiment for the first time with my brand new smoker box. It was perfect! We had grilled buffalo wings with blue cheese, BBQ chicken, salad, and chips with guacamole.

For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, visit Ritz for the Sunday Goosfaba.

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Life Pointe Talk Soup: Marcela Edition

Phillip is performing his life saving duties as a nuclear security officer at Turkey Point so I am coming out of my self-imposed vacation to fulfill the responsibilities of co-writer.

The 9:00 a.m. service at Life Pointe began today with a little bit of a twist. Mike B. led worship with a smooth voice while Julie, Kyle, Rebecca and Nirian performed the background vocals. Jesse, Ritz, and Bill were great (as usual) on the guitar, bass, and drums. The repertoire was:

1) Hallelujah/ Your Love Is Amazing.
2) I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.
3) Holy Is the Lord.
4) Amazing Love-  which was played during communion.

Jesse Santoyo executed the role of “preacher” today and did a phenomenal job on the last message of the “Got Funk?” series with the topic of “The Funk in Poverty”. This topic hit close to home- especially in South Florida where society tends to focus on appearances, fame, and fortune. The sermon began with a list of things that people think will change their lives: possessions, job security, health, a degree, and retirement. The main idea is that we focus on big things (such as wealth, popularity, and comfort), that we tend to miss out on the little things of life. This brings us to ponder questions like: What if we already had everything we are supposed to have in our lives, would we be happy? Most of us don’t realize that in the U.S. we are wealthy in comparison to the rest of the world.  We live in a society that has a non-oppressive government, we are entitled to free speech, we have access to technology (cell phones, TV, IPods, MP3 players, computers, etc.); we own at least one car, have shelter or a place to call home… and we are still not happy. We crave more. We live in freedom but our minds are in poverty.  We ignore the subtle moments in life such as the sunrise in the morning, the time we spend with family and loved ones, the quietness of the afternoon in order to pursue the frugal existence of lives such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Brittney Spears. The point is that God’s grace and love are sufficient in making our lives joyful. Let us recognize that we are alive and be aware that we are truly blessed.

-Marcela

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