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Walk In Love


Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree   

  The Greatest Commandment Is Love Matthew 22:36-39 (LB) “Which is the most important command?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”                      The Greatest Goal Is Love

1Corinthians 14:1 Let love be your highest goal
The Greatest Motive Is Love
1 Corinthians 16:14 Everything you do must be done with love                 
Love Is Demonstrated
Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.        
1 John 3:18 (GW) “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.”
Galatians 5:6 (NIV) “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
Ephesians 5:2 (NLT) “Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.”
Love Is Lasts Forever
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NCV) “Three things will continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:3 (Message) “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
Love Is Something I Practice
1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better
1 Timothy 4:12b but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity. 15 Practice these things and devote yourself to them, in order that your progress may be seen by all.                                          
Love Is Something I Pursue
1 Corinthians 14:1 (Amp) Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire love. Make it your aim, your great quest…                                                     
It’s All About Love
1John 3:16 (CEV) We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other. 17 If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. 18 Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. 19 When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God. 20 But even if we don’t feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him. 22 He will give us whatever we ask, because we obey him and do what pleases him. 23 God wants us to have faith in his Son Jesus Christ and to love each other. This is also what Jesus taught us to do. 24 If we obey God’s commandments, we will stay one in our hearts with him, and he will stay one with us. The Spirit that he has given us is proof that we are one with him.                                         
Love Doesn’t Rub Sin In – Love Rubs Sin Out                               
1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”                           
Colossians 2:14 (CEV) “God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying his Law. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.”


Moderate Your Meditation

Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
There are many misunderstandings about what meditation is. As Christians, we use the Bible as our guide for all of our spiritual disciplines. Some forms of meditation encourage you to empty your mind and rid yourself of conscious thinking, this in not Biblical meditation. Biblical meditation encourages you to fill your mind with the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
If you do the first two, you will be the third.
Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly – Delight in the Word of God
You’ll be like a fruitful tree.
There are benefits to meditation
A Stable Life
You are planted; even if everything else around you is being uprooted you remain planted. You’ll have stability in your life because your roots go deep.
A Productive Life
You’ll have a productive & fruitful life – yielding fruit, results, evidence of God in your life.
A Prosperous Life
Prosperity is more than money, prosperity is the ability to make wise decisions – you don’t usually have to talk yourself into making the wrong decision. The choices you make each day determine your destiny. That’s why we have to daily meditate on God’s Word.
A Fresh Faith – his leaves will not whither.
We all need refreshing of our faith on a regular basis. Nobody’s interested in buying something that’s stale; it doesn’t have the same appeal as something that’s fresh. We don’t want to live on stale bread, we live by the bread of God’s Word, and it’s best on a daily basis.
What does it mean to meditate?
Meditate – to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, plan mentally; consider, think deeply or carefully about something, to utter a sound, to mutter; the act of thoughtful deliberation with the implication of speaking to oneself, muttering sounds spoken to no one in particular, melody
Ephesians 5:19 …making melody in your heart to the Lord
To meditate is to ruminate
Ruminate is a verb and it means to think deeply about something. It also means to chew the cud.
Meditation is repetitive thinking. Worry is negative meditation, continuous thinking of a negative thought. That’s destructive. But the act of meditating on God’s Word is constructive in our lives.
Final Thoughts To Meditate On
Joshua 1:8 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.
Psalms 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.


Anchored In Hope

Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
The Bible talks about hope being an anchor for our soul. When your soul is anchored in God’s Word it is hopeful and that’s the place that your soul can flourish.
An anchor is a person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.
When you’re anchored in hope you believe that God is going to work in your life.
You Believe!
There are two kinds of hope – Anchored Hope & Unanchored Hope
Unanchored hope is built upon wishes and maybe’s, luck and happenstance.
Anchored hope takes you beyond the physical and the natural and it takes you behind the veil or the thing that separates you from the supernatural presence of God. Anchored Hope is built upon the Word and the Promises of God Almighty.
Anchored hope is built upon two unchangeable things; God’s oath and His promise. Or you could put it his way this Anchored Hope is built upon His Name and His Word!
Hope is a desire for something, usually good, to happen in the future.
Usually that means we want something to happen but we have now way of being sure that it will happen.
Biblical hope not only desires something to happen, it expects that it will happen.
The reason we can have hope or a confident expectation is because we put our trust in God and He cannot lie.
Hebrews 6:18 (CEV) God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. 19 This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.
When you anchor a boat you do it so you don’t drift away. Most times you don’t even notice that you’re drifting away because it’s so subtle. It’s only when you bring into focus a point of reference that you realize that you’ve actually drifted.
If you were on open water with no point of reference and no anchor you’d certainly drift. It’s the same with the sea of life, you need a point of reference and you need an anchor.
The point of reference is God’s Wordand the anchor is the belief that God cannot lie.
The hope of knowing that God is with and for us is the anchor and because of that we can say it is well with my soul.
When you’re unsure and unanchored your soul will be in turmoil, that’s when you need to encourage your soul in the Lord with His Word.
Psalms 25:1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
Psalms 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And whyare you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him forthe help of His countenance. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You…11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalms 146:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


We Doubt

Today we’re talking about how we can FLOURISH in life EVEN when we have doubts


Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,             He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing,

15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.  
When you’re planted you flourish. Flourishing is an ongoing process, it’s instantly started but it’s not instantly completed.  
Even while you’re flourishing there will be struggles and things will happen that will make you wonder if God is really working in your life.  
There will even be times that you’ll wonder if God is really real.  
In other words You’ll Have Doubts.  
Now, in church we won’t talk about our doubts, we’ll even try to make believe that we don’t have doubts.
We’ll make it seem like that if we do have doubts that there’s something wrong with us and that we’re sinning because we have doubts.  
The thing is this – We All Have Doubts and it’s OK   It’s OK because God’s success in our life is not based on our efforts or us being good enough or us being perfect – God’s success in our lives is based on HIM and on Him working ALL THINGS together for our good and that includes our doubts.  
We don’t have to worry about having perfect faith. A faith where we never have a question, we believe everything; a faith where we never get discouraged, where we never have any doubt.  
That’s not realistic and it’s not even what God expects of us. Of course God wants us to grow in faith, He wants us to be overcomers and victorious even over doubt and unbelief.  
We know that unbelief is an enemy to our faith but that shouldn’t be a pressure on us, as if we have to achieve this perfect, doubtless faith. You see, our faith is a gift from God and He is the one who will PERFECT or COMPLETE what He has begun in us.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
There will be times when we will experience doubt and we will also be tempted to believe that because of that God is done with us, or that He’s mad at us, but He’s not, He knows that we are on a journey of faith.  
Jesus doesn’t ABANDON us when we have doubt.  
Jesus’ parents, Mary & Joseph, had doubts and God still used them to bring Jesus into the world.  
Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “HOW can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.  
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.  
You don’t have to feel like a second class Christian because you have doubts. Belief is not the absence of doubts – If there were no doubts we wouldn’t need faith in Him.


The Righteous Shall Prosper

This weekend we’re talking about how we can FLOURISH in life – join us – http://bible.com/events/471969 – watch the service live at 8:45 or 10:15 on Sunday Mornings http://lw.churchonline.org
The Righteous Shall Flourish
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Today we hear so much news but we often wonder is this news or commentary, is it true or is it false?
Today I want to bring to you a truth, something that you can build your life on and here it is – God wants you to FLOURISH
To FLOURISH is to grow or develop in a healthy way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment, (like your Church)
It also means to thrive, to grow, to bear fruit, to advance, to multiply and to prosper
Jesus said this about our life
John 10:10 … I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John the Apostle said
3John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
You’ll prosper and thrive when you have the truth in you and you WALK in that truth. GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH.
Here is a word of TRUTH Psalm 92
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish
FLOURISHING is NOT the absence of trouble or stress or hardships or setbacks or failures. It’s a healthy soul even in those times.
This truth about life is taken from the scriptures
John 16:33 …In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Sometimes Jesus will calm the storm you’re in and sometimes He’ll calm you while you’re in the storm.
1. Stay planted in God’s Word.
Psalm 1 says as we meditate on the Word we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water
2. Stay prayerful – We must develop a life of prayer.
Prayer is talking to God – it’s a sign of relationship with and dependence on God.
3. Stay in praise – Before the most difficult time in His life Jesus sang a song of praise.
Mark 14:26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
We all face challenges and obstacles at various times, but God’s will is for you to flourish and succeed in every area of your life – from your relationships to your career, in your health and finances, to your spiritual life and your church.
The Bible is full of encouragement about this so there is no reason why you should settle for anything less than God’s best.
You can flourish because God has placed seeds of greatness you.
No matter what you are facing right now or where you are in your life’s journey, God has more in store for you. You were created and destined to flourish.
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
When you decide to let God plant you in His House, you will thrive. Please, stay planted.



Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Matthew the tax collector
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthewsitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.”And he rose and followed him.
Matthew 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
Matthew was referred to as Matthew the tax collector, not to demean him but to affirm that even a tax collector was welcomed to follow Jesus
Zacchaeus the tax collector
Luke 19:2 Now behold, there wasa man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
Luke 19:7 But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
Luke 19:8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
The Woman caught in adultery
John 8:10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”11 She said, “No one, Lord.” and Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
The Woman at the well
John 4:4 He HAD to go through Samaria on the way.
While everyone was going around Samaria Jesus HAD to go through Samaria. WHY? Because there was an outcast at a well there that He HAD to meet.
She came to draw water from the well but that day the well came to her! This woman came to the well to get water but the water came to her at her empty well.
She came with a bucket but she left with a river!
People in the town would rather condemn her than love her; they didn’t want anything to do with her.
But Jesus didn’t come to the well to condemn, He came to satisfy the thirst in her soul that a man couldn’t satisfy and social acceptance couldn’t satisfy, He came to give her living water that was able to satisfy her soul.
Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn anyone
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
If you’re under the cloud of condemnation you can see the SON breakthrough the clouds today.
There are some clouds that have no rain but we seem to think they will produce.
Empty relationships don’t produce.
Having more friends and likes won’t produce.
Having more money won’t produce.
Self-medicating won’t produce.
Sex outside of marriage won’t produce.
A job promotion won’t produce.
Religion won’t produce.
· Religion is man’s attempt to get to God – Christ is God’s attempt to get to man
A relationship with Jesus will produce life-giving water, and that water will wash away your sin and it will satisfy your thirsty soul and He will be an artesian well in your heart that will spring up into eternal life.


The Outcast at the well…

While everyone was going around Samaria Jesus HAD to go through Samaria. WHY? Because there was an outcast at a well there that He HAD to meet. She came to draw water from the well but that day the well came to her! – John 4:4 He HAD to go through Samaria on the way.
This woman came to the well to get water but the water came to her at her empty well. She came with a bucket but she left with a river!



Sunday, August 5, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Everybody has a past and probably there are some things that we’d all be ashamed to have other people know about. There’s probably some people here today who carry shame because of things they’ve done. But today I want you to know that God doesn’t want you to carry shame because the cross brings freedom from shame because of what Jesus has done for us.
Psychologists describe shame as the swampland of the soul.
Shame is defined as a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior, a loss of respect or esteem.
There is absolutely no heavenly purpose for shame.
Listen real quick to the words of this song called Calvary by Rueben Morgan
Calvary covers it all, my sin and shame don’t count anymore – all praise to the One who has ransomed my soul – Calvary Covers It All.
Sin is something we do, guilt is something we feel, shame is something we carry and it all leads to condemnation.
When a building is condemned it is declared unfit for use, that’s what shame and condemnation will do to you, it’ll tell you that your unfit for use, unfit for life, it’ll tell you you’re useless and hopeless. Shame will disqualify you.
In the Bible there’s a story about a young man who left home with a lot of money and big dreams of being free from his family and ready for a great time.
He told his father to give him the inheritance that would come to him when his father died, what he was saying was “I can’t wait until you die, I want it now.”
So he goes off with his pockets full and his imagination of fun and parties running in high gear.
After a while he loses it all and he says to himself
How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.
He makes his way home but then the most incredible things happens –
Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put iton him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on hisfeet (servants didn’t wear sandals).23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it,and let us eat and be merry;24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
This was incredible because of the culture of that day said a ceremony of shame should await this young man not the open arms of his father.
If a Jewish boy, in first-century Palestine, wastes his family inheritance among Gentiles and then dares to return home, the village performs what is called the kezazahceremony. In this ceremony, the village breaks a large pot in front of the boy, symbolically portraying and officially proclaiming the separation between the boy and the village.
The father, in this culture, is expected to sit in the house, emotionally withdrawn, and wait to hear what the son has to say for himself. The mother, on the other hand, can greet the poor boy with kisses before the kezazahceremony.
Although running is an act done mostly by servants, the mother is allowed to run a little bit to greet her returning son. However, a patriarch never runs. Doing so would be highly undignified and even contemptible.
In the parable, the father breaks all the rules and looks extremely undignified as he runs towards his son and plays the role of mother as he showers him with kisses! There will be no kezazah ceremony. Instead of shame there’s a celebration for the lost son has been found.
I have to get to my son with mercy before they get to him with judgment. I have to give him grace before they give him shame. My SON is home.
This is an incredible story of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Jesus took our sin and shame with Him to the cross, that’s why the cross brings freedom from shame.
All that it takes on our part is believing, not trying harder, just believing.
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”


How To Drift Away

How To Drift Away

Sunday, July 29, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree



Drift – be carried slowly by a current of air or water.


5 Easy Steps To Drift Away


1 – Neglect The Bible


2 – Don’t Listen To God and Godly People – Isolate Yourself


3 – Hang Around With Ungodly People


4 – Neglect Church


5 – Never Be Grateful



Of course these steps are bad advice but if you’d like to ensure a terrible life you’ll want to follow them.


However if you want the abundant life that God promises do the opposite of these.


Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away


1 – DON’T Neglect The Bible

Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.


Psalms 119:130 Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.


Psalms 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.


2 – Listen To God and Godly People – Don’t Isolate Yourself

Proverbs 18:1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.


1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


3 – Hang Around With Godly People

1Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”


Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;


4 – DON’T Neglect Church

Hebrews 10:25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.


5 – Always Be Grateful

Philippians 4:4   Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!


So what do we do when we find our selves drifting away?


Repent & Connect


To repent is to change your mind and when you change your mind you’ll change you direction and when you change your direction you’ll change your life.


James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


Revelation 2:4-5…You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…


Sea otter hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift away – They also wrap themselves in kelp so they stay anchored to the seafloor and don’t drift away.


Think back to when you first got saved, what was it like, what did you do.