---Welcome!

 

We believe & teach that there is only ONE God, ONE faith & ONE Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Living Water Church is a place where where you will encounter spiritual truths and get answers to some questions that we all wrestle with in a safe and welcoming environment. Come and experience what’s happening at Living Water Church!
 
 
 
 
It all began on Sunday, January 1, 1978
 
Over 40 years ago, Living Water started out as a Prayer Meeting in Frank & Phyllis Dupree’s living room in Laurel, NY on Long Island’s east end. Soon, the church grew, and on January 1, 1978, we moved into a storefront building in Jamesport, NY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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“Our heart & soul is to connect people with the living and powerful God.”

 
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
 
Pastors George & Carolyn Dupree

 

 

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---Upcoming Events

 
 
Wednesday, July 11th
ConeXion BBQ & Comedy Night – Register Here
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Bill & Rene Morris

 
Sunday, July 15th
 8:45am 10:15 am & 6:00pm
 Worship with Bill & Rene is always fantastic
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
LINK – linking people to people and people to God
Wednesday, July 18th
 7:00pm
 
  
 
 

 

 

--- From The Blog

 

MAKE ANGER YOUR SERVANT, NOT YOUR MASTER

Anger is not necessarily the result of doing something wrong, dysfunctional or sinful. God expressed anger many times, so we know anger can be positive and serve us well. Did you ever ask yourself, “Why do I get so mad?” We often assume that our anger is caused by situations like a rude driver, an unfair criticism or a friend’s betrayal.
 
In reality, the answer is “nothing” around us causes anger, even though these situations are usually followed by our own angry reactions. In fact, the angry feeling is actually our own doing. Yes, it is a choice that you have made through a bad habit. You see, the lenses we use to view a situation precipitate the feeling of anger. Nevertheless, we usually blame others for “making” us feel angry.
 
Let me illustrate this point. I remember attending my daughter’s basketball games during her middle school years. There are two groups of people watching the same event at a basketball game; if our team scores a last-minute, game-winning basket, I am excited, so is the rest of the group. But someone rooting for the other team who experiences the same event may actually be angry or frustrated, or have other negative emotions immediately after the shot goes in.
 
The event, “a made shot,” doesn’t cause the anger. If it did, everybody experiencing the event would be angry. You see, the difference is the lens through which we witness or experience each event. That is what determines our emotional response.
 
Understanding this key point is so freeing and eye-opening. Anger (or any negative feeling) is a great warning system. Anger informs us when something is not going right or when potential danger exists.
 
If I were in the jungle and saw a tiger, I would get angry, sad, worried, scared or frightened. That’s an example of a good warning system letting me know I am not safe, and it pushes me to action. There are physiological actions stirring within our bodies. Science calls it the “flight or fight’ reaction. Without negative feelings, I would probably walk along merrily and be devoured by the tiger.
 
When someone insults us or treats us badly, we should get angry. That tells us there is a problem in the relationship and needs to be addressed. Hopefully, we look at our options and choose appropriate options as we respond. Hence, the need to forgive.
 
God has given us free will to control our feelings, thoughts and actions. Will we choose unkind words and find a way to “get even”? Or will we problem-solve and forgive? It is our choice, no one else’s. Despite our backgrounds or the current circumstances, we are responsible for our own behaviors. We can’t blame anyone for our emotional outbreaks.
 
Unfortunately, we often let anger rule us. It becomes the main influence in our decision-making. Anger serves us well as a warning system. However, anger is a very poor master. None of us expresses our feelings appropriately all the time. However, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”
 
Today, notice when you feel angry and STOP! Then, thank God for a great warning system. Then, look past the anger to the actual problem the anger warned you about and address it. Ask God to raise your awareness and look within. If you do not, your warning system (anger) will continue to alert you until the problem is resolved.
 
Allow God to help make your angry response your servant instead of your master. Follow His attitude, actions and teachings. Whether you use you anger to function better or you let it ruin you, it is your decision, so choose well.
 

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OUR RESPONSIBILITY (Pt. 2)

The past is what God allowed in our lives so we would draw close to Him. One outcome of the past is that it prepares us for the good works He has planned for us. God uses both good and bad situations that occurs in my life to make me the kind of person He desires me to be.   

There are unique situations that everyone goes through in life.   He knows what it will take to develop your character and your inner man to become more than a conqueror in Christ.   This is what God intends as He continues to build His Church.   Remember, His church is not a building but people and He is committed to building His people into an army that is visible, bright, influential, and courageous.

Forgetting my past would cause me to miss opportunities to learn about God’s grace, forgiveness and love, and to turn what Satan intended for bad into something God can use for His glory.

When we look over our past, we do need to process it with a very specific focus on Jesus, the Cross and God’s plans and goals. That will transform our lenses so we can take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and allow God to come into those old areas of hurt. Then, lasting healing will occur. Truth will replace the ripples of distortion that fog our lenses. The new creation will be moving toward completion. 

Today, don’t ruminate about your past.  But don’t ignore it as if you’ve had a brain transplant. Your past constantly affects your moment-by-moment decisions. So examine your decisions today to understand how your past affects them. As you reflect, your awareness will be raised so you can identify what is at the center of your heart.  Also, why you do what you do.  

This truly is transformation that Paul talks about in Chapter 12 of the book of Romans.   Today, be aware of how you respond to challenges and difficult circumstances.    Remember,  victorious christians are not exempt problems.   They are victorious because they recognize problems and find solutions and resolve them.   Defeated Christians are those who have problems and talk about them without any resolutions.   


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OUR RESPONSIBILITY

As we come to Jesus and begin to understand who we are in Him, a major task before us is to examine our past, see it through Godly lenses, and put it behind us so we can excitedly and productively start marching forward. Paul makes it clear when he said in Phil 3:13, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,…….. “ He knows he is not perfect. But he determines to forget what used to motivate him—his past achievements. He reaches forward to become all Jesus wants him to be. He is moving in the right direction, toward Jesus, and he is intentional about not turning back.
 
That’s where we need to be, too, taking one step at a time on our journey in life, living out and accomplishing His purpose for us. In the aforementioned verse, Paul talks about forgetting. But what does he really mean? He is not talking about having amnesia.
 
Your Past is Passed (Is it really?)
 
Now, listen closely, because this is a very important point. It seems clear and silly when I say it. But it is a powerful point to me and hopefully to you, too. It’s one with many ramifications that clarify journeying for the prize. Here it comes: When you accepted Christ as your personal savior, you didn’t get a brain transplant. Think about it! If we had been totally transformed at the point of salvation, we would never have sinned again. How sad that as believers, we do still sin.
We must do something so that the Holy Spirit can complete His job—perfecting us. Well, there is something very specific. It all comes down to decision-making. Decision-making, or exercising our God-given gift of free will, is OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
 
We are to be good stewards of our decision-making opportunities. In order to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, one thing we need to do is examine how the past adversely influences our everyday decision-making. That’s right, most of our decisions or choices we make are made out of habits that we have formed throughout our lives.
 
We all have limiting beliefs that need to be jettisoned from our lives. We need to forget the old way of thinking embedded in our sub-conscious and be transformed. Yes, transformed by the renewing of our minds.
 
In other words, how can we believe that “all things are possible to him who believes,” if we have limiting beliefs that say, “ I can never do that,” or “I don’t have time”. Or how about these, “I would love to help, but I do not have any skills”, “I don’t think anyone would notice, why should I bother,” I am too old,” I am too young,” etc. The list can go on.
 
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this transformational thought about OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Make today the beginning of a new era in your life. Forge ahead and soar like a butterfly who was transformed from a lethargic caterpillar, “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
 

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--- Food For Your Soul

 

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--- Sermons

 

Reset My Hands part 1

by Pastor George
 

Reset My Heart part 2

by Pastor George
 

Reset My Heart part 1

by Pastor George
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We invite anyone and everyone to attend our Gatherings
Sunday 8:45am and 10:15am