Happy Father’s Day

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Father’s and how they can be a great Dad – One way tot be a great Dad is to follow the example of how Jesus lived – Jesus came to SHOW US the Father. † Colossians 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God † John 14:9 Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father

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Happy Father’s Day
 
Jesus came to SHOW US the Father.
Colossians 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God
John 14:9 Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father
 
Our Father AFFIRMS us; He did this when Jesus was baptized.
Mark 1:11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
We all need and long for the affirmation of our fathers. It’s said that over 80% of men have not been affirmed by their father. Men, don’t let that be you, don’t be a victim of that statistic, hear the affirmation of your heavenly father and also affirm your children regularly. Men, you can also regularly affirm children who are not your birth children too.
 
 
Our Father Is TRUSTWORTHY
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
 
We always know what Father we’re going to get, it’s the one whose love is relentless and endless, it’s the one who will protect us with His power, it’s the one who is always the same.
 
Our Father Is FAITHFUL
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
 
Our Father Is COMPASSIONATE
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
 
Luke 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
 
Our Father Is FORGIVING
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
 
Our Father Is PROPHETIC
1Corinthians 14:3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
 
Father’s speak words that will strengthen encourage and comfort their children
 
Father’s are called to build up their children.

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NOTHING EXISTS W/O ITS OPPOSITE

I have been talking about the Law of Polarity and how it operates in every area of our lives. You begin to see how God created this law as a means to enable you to learn and discover that within every perceived problem lies its solution, within every perceived failure also lies success.
 
Remember the spies who were spying out the land of Canaan? For 40 days, all of the spies canvassed the area Moses had directed. When they returned, there was a conflict of opinions. Ten of those men saw a perceived problem and decided they were like grasshoppers in their sight. One of the men had reported that “we are well able to defeat them”. The majority of people declared the battle futile. Two of them said the victory will be ours.
 
Isn’t it interesting that everyone saw the same thing. The difference lies in your perception of the problem. This is all based on your perceived abilities, strengths, and confidence level. The next time you are confronted with a problem (the giants) and the situation looks grim, remember that every problem has a solution. That solution lies within you and will be resolved if you believe you can resolve it.
 
The moment you decide you are defeated, you are. The moment you decide you can overcome, you have. Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in US. In US. In US. In US. See what Paul was telling the church. It is in YOU. (Eph. 3:20)

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Unity In Marriage

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Unity In Marriage – A house divided will not stand but a house in unity will be blessed by God – Mark 10:8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.

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UNITY IN MARRIAGE
Sunday, June 10, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it isfor brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It islike the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forevermore.
 
Unity prompts a heavenly response of unrestrained and lavish abundance from the Lord, the fragrant anointing of the Spirit and the commanded blessing.
 
Mark 10:8 and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.
 
God’s Math In Marriage – Two Equals One
When two people marry they become one, they don’t lose their identity, they enhance one another’s identity and for a better identity.
 
Invite Jesus and His disciples to you marriage
John 2:1…there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
 
Stick Together – Keep Jesus In Your Marriage – He will add the strength to stay together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. 11 And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
 
Unified Marriage Recipe – Add A Dash Of Salt – Salt Preserves
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
 
Never sow words of discord, speak words that unite.
Proverbs 6:16 These six thingsthe LORD hates, yes, seven arean abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 a false witness whospeaks lies,
 
And one who sows discord among brethren.
 
 
Three Keys For Unity In Marriage – Mutual Submission – Respect – Love
 
Ephesians 5:21 Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
 
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. 23 The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. 24 So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
 
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. 26 Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, 27 dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. 28 And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
 
Ephesians 5:29 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, 30 since we are part of his body. 31 And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” 32 This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. 33 And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.
 
Husbands treat your wife with respect. Honor and cherish her. Protect and provide for her.
 
Wives treat your husband with respect; he’ll thrive in that kind of environment.
 
These things are not quick fixes to marital problems, they’re lifelong commitments to building a happy, healthy and vibrant marriage.
 
Matthew 12:25 Jesus…said to them…a house divided against itself will not stand.
 

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NOTHING IS EVER ONE SIDED

“Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered or confused as though something strange were overwhelming you. Instead, continue to rejoice, ………….(I Pet. 4:12)
 
During my career in Law Enforcement, I was sworn to protect life and property. One area was the enforcement of the Vehicle and Traffic laws of the State of NY. Understand there are hundreds of laws regarding Motor Vehicle operations on a public highway.
 
Take speeding for example. Throughout my town there are speed limit signs. Even unposted roads have speed limit restrictions. If you did not know it, oh well. They are there for the safety and well being of the people. They are for the benefit of the community, not the state. If you don’t agree or believe in the law, it doesn’t matter. It is not contingent on your belief. Laws exist whether you believe in them or not.
 
As I have written in my last post, the Law of Polarity exists for a reason. Having an understanding of this important law will provide the means to fully experience life. You need to become aware of it, accept it, express heartfelt gratitude for it and you will experience abundance and fulfillment in this world.
 
This strange law you might ask me; what is it, why does it exist, and how can it be utilized to achieve abundance and fulfillment in my life? I am glad you asked. As you know, there are two sides to everything in the spirit and natural realm of life. Learning to fully understand, comprehend and master the Law of Polarity is necessary in achieving the sense of harmony, fulfillment and well being physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Why did Peter tell us “not to think it strange or odd when we come across challenging and difficult circumstances? The Law of Polarity was created by God and exists as a means to enable each of us to explore and experience life to the fullest. A life experience absent of the Law of Polarity would deny you the ability to fully experience your life.
 
As an example, if what you perceive as bad did not exist, would you know when you were having a good experience? If poverty did not exist would you know what it was like to experience wealth? If failure did not exist would you know what it was to experience success? If there existed no such thing as death we could not fully enjoy and appreciate what it means to experience life. If we were never lost, how could we experience being found.
 
The Law of Polarity contains a full spectrum of possibility ranging from the extreme light to the extreme dark and any number of points in between. By developing this understanding and learning to fully accept the things you cannot change may show up in your life in the way of events, conditions and circumstances and learning to understand that ALL THINGS, regardless of how you perceive them, work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)
 
By understanding what Peter wrote and what Paul had written to the church in Rome, you will have made incredible progress in your given ability to mold, shape, and achieve a quality of life that you were meant to live. Regardless of where you may currently find yourself right now, within that spectrum of possibility, you possess the potential as well as the ability to experience the abundant life Jesus had spoken about.
 

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WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Nothing is ever one-sided; everything contains its opposite. God has instituted laws. One particular law I find fascinating is the Law of Polarity. Sir Isaac Newton discovered a scientific principle revealing that any action has an equal and opposite reaction; forces come in pairs. With Faith, there is fear, when there is gain, there is loss. There is increase, there will be decrease. When there is joy, there is sadness, there is positive, there is negative, etc.
 
Everything has an opposite. Everything is dual, everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree. In life, it is the flip side of the coin, your right, my left, the front, the back. Heat and cold may appear to be opposites at first glance, but in truth they are simply varying degrees of the same thing. The same principle applies to love and hate, light and darkness, etc.
 
I remember this in my life not too long ago when my Mom passed away. Subsequent to her passing, my daughter had given birth to her son and another daughter got married. Where there is life, there is death. When something begins, something has ended. When something ends, there is always something that begins.
 
When you understand the law of polarity as written in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:11-8. “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”, etc. Solomon was declaring everything contains its opposite. One aspect of a quality cannot be experienced without the existence of the opposing aspect.
 
Today’s lesson: you can transform your thoughts from hate to love, from being weak to being strong. ” Let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, let the blind say I can see. Because of what the Lord has done for me.” In addition, transform your fear to faith by consciously taking charge and choosing which side of the spectrum you want to think on. Remember, it is within your power to choose, so choose well.
 

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Unity In Your Family

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Unity In Your Family

Sunday, May 27, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

 

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Unity In Your Family – A house divided will not stand but a house in unity will be blessed by God

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Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it isfor brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It islike the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forevermore.
 
Unity prompts a heavenly response of unrestrained and lavish abundance from the Lord, the fragrant anointing of the Spirit and the commanded blessing.
 
Psalm 133 is what’s know as a song of Assents – may scholars believe they were songs that were sung as the people would come together in Jerusalem for the feast days.
 
There were people from all over coming together to worship, together.
 
There is something that happens when people come together to worship God.
 
But it goes much further than coming together it really means LIVING together.
 
That’s why the psalm ends with the phrase LIFE FOREVERMORE!
 
When a family lives in unity there is LIFE and a commanded blessing from God Almighty.
 
So how can family live life together in unity?
 
Speak words of life and encouragement, that’s a key to a family living life in unity.
 
Make time to have at least one meal every day TOGETHER – turn of the TV, turn off the electronics, turn off the telephone, talk to each other. Parents bless the food and the family.
 
Husbands and wives make time to be with each other. Take a walk, take a ride, sit next to each other and hold hands.
 
Men, tell your wife at least 5 times a day that you love her.
 
Speak words of love and praise to her over and over and over.
 
Wives make sure you encourage your husband. Tell him how much you appreciate him. Tell him he’s a good man. Tell him that you’re happy to be married to him.
 
Fathers tell your daughters how special they are, let them know from a very early age that you’re their daddy and you’ll always be there for them, tell them over and over that they deserve to have a good man for their husband someday. Tell them that they’re precious and beautiful.
 
Fathers tell your sons that you’re proud of them. Find some things that they do well and compliment them about it. Encourage them even when they strike out or drop the ball. Take time to play with them.
 
Husbands treat your wife with respect, open the car door for her, let her walk out the door first. Honor and cherish her.
 
Wives treat your husband with respect, he’ll thrive in that kind of environment.
 
These things are not quick fixes to family problems, they’re lifelong commitments to building a happy home.
 
Matthew 12:25 Jesus…said to them…a house divided against itself will not stand.

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Honor Your Mother

Honor Your Mother

Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree

Ephesians 6:2 Honor your father and mother. This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. 3 And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, you will live a long life, full of blessing.

If you will honor you Mother things will go well for you and you’ll have a long life.

There are three stages of a mother child relationship.

1 – As a Child we learn to obey.

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you.

2 – As a Teenager we learn to respect

Leviticus 19:3 Every one of you must respect his mother…

Hebrews 12:9 We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live?

One way we respect is to talk and listen respectfully.

Proverbs 13:1 Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing.

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When you listen respectfully you’ll learn some things

Proverbs 6:20 … never forget what your mother taught you. 21 Keep their words with you always, locked in your heart.

3 – Adulthood is where we learn how to appreciate

Proverbs 23:22b When your mother is old, show her your appreciation.

Appreciate her efforts – parenting is hard

Think about how much easier her life would’ve been without you.

Thank and appreciate your mom for putting up with you

Appreciate her sacrifice – Parenting is expensive.

According to the Department of Agriculture for a middle-income family of four the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233thousand dollars.

Choosing to become a parent is an expensive decision.

Proverbs 23:25b May she who gave you birth be happy.

As a whole, western culture does not respect the elderly like many other non-western cultures. Oftentimes western cultures use much of their resources on the young and forget the elderly.

Jesus only said a few things on the cross and one of those things was said to his friend John when He told him to care for His mother, Mary.

God gives a very stern a very warning about caring for family

1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Remember your mother and tell her that you appreciate and love her.

Call her, write to her, and take some time to be with her.

She may not be able to do everything she used to be able to do but she’s a human being not a human doing.

When you need someone to pray for you ask her.


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Roller Coasters

ROLLER COASTERS

Have you experienced ups and downs in your life? Like a rollercoaster, life is filled with twists, turns, sudden drops and slow acceleration to heights unimaginable. We call the soaring to new heights, “success”. God has designed ups and downs in life, but they are planned for your growth and maximum joy.

If you look at Paul the Apostle’s life, you see he had his ups and downs. From raising the dead to wanting to give up. But through it all, he learned to be joyful in all circumstances. If you follow the life of Paul, you will see he had many steep falls in his life.

Today, simplify your life in order to enjoy God’s goodness. Examine what you are afraid of and why. Identify the circumstances you think you control. Remember, you cannot control most of the things around you, nor can you control other peoples’ actions or attitudes.

The one thing you have complete control over is what happens inside you. This is what God is concerned with. He is not so much concerned with the things going on around you as He is about the things going on inside you.

This is how we begin to grow and develop our full potential. When you trust God and learn to be content regardless of your circumstances, you will be free of fear, and joy will be abundant in every circumstance.

Sometimes we all get so involved in our “to-do” lists and worrying about tomorrow that we don’t enjoy the moment. Remember the old adage:

Take time to smell the roses! Whether you live with joy during the ups and downs of your life, or you live in fear is based on who you trust and is your decision, so choose well.


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As A Man Thinks

Our mind is very powerful, but we only use a fraction of it. Our thinking shapes who we are and how we feel. Look at the truth of what this ancient proverb says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).
 
Our minds are like magnets; they draw us towards what we think about, whether good or evil, joy or sorrow. Popular psychology calls this the “Law of Attraction.” When you have sustained focus on what you think about, you begin attracting those things into your life.
 
We literally are the sum of our thoughts. What you think about not only embraces your whole being, but it is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of your life. You literally are what you think. Your character is a complete sum of all your thoughts.
 
Many people are grasping the reality of this truth and incorporating this ‘new’ philosophy and reaping success. But for Christians, the promise of success and overcoming depression are infinitely greater. When we make Christ our first priority and keep our focus on His Word, we are able to handle and overcome the vicissitudes of life.
 
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Meditating on the Word while filling our minds with God’s laws and applying what He says in His word is the surest way to overcome depression.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

 

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Overcoming Depression

 
Living with depression is like being in a prison without bars. You want to get out. There are no visible barriers holding you in, but somehow you can’t seem to break free. When people are depressed, they are totally consumed with themselves and their circumstances. Depression imprisons its victims by robbing them of hope while drowning them in a sea of melancholy, self-pity, low self esteem, no confidence and fear.
 
Remember when Jesus started His ministry. He boldly proclaimed that part of His mission was to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and set at liberty those who are oppressed.
 
When we allow His perfect love to flood our hearts, fear and other negative, depressive thoughts won’t find a place to stay in us. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us through the Holy Spirit. We are confident that He will not leave us nor forsake us, so that even though we experience depression, He is with us and speaking comfort to us.
 
The Apostle Paul had gone through difficult times but was able to write to the Corinthian Church with these words. He states: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
 
Depression is no trivial matter. The enemy of our soul is bent on using this problem to destroy us by stealing our joy and our hope. Hope deferred or taken away does make the heart sick, but when our desires are fulfilled it brings life.
 
Every person who has ever suffered from depression, or who may face it in the future, should know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Jesus said that we shall know the truth and it will set us free.
 
Knowing is not just having knowledge, but personal application will bring transformation. If depression seems to overshadow you like a black cloud, put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Be appreciative, grateful and humble.

By doing this, you put on the helmet of salvation. Rise up, and confidently convince yourself the promise God has given you; “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


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