Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
Ten Things To Know About Pentecost
1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter.
3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
5. Pentecost is also known as “the birthday of the Church”.
6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the “Counselor” and “Spirit of Truth” in John 16-5-15.
7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus’ ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized.
8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2.
9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover.
10. In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gives us a supernatural enabling to live a completely different life than we could otherwise live. He enables us to BE His witness everywhere we find ourselves. There’s a BIG difference in witnessing or telling people about Jesus and BEING a witness. When we are a witness our live lines up more accurately with our words.
The only way that will really happen is when we are living “Life In The Spirit”
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Jesus told His followers that they WOULD receive POWER after the Holy Spirit came upon them. He had already told them they had received the Holy Spirit, now they were receiving a new infilling of the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
What we see here is that the disciples received the Holy Spirit after Jesus had risen from the dead, but before Pentecost.
On Pentecost a different “receiving” of the Holy Spirit occurs. It’s commonly known as a Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here Jesus says “with”; it’s the Greek word “en” which means “in”. That makes sense because the Greek word for baptized is “baptizo” which means to immerse or submerge.
Acts 1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Look at this passage this way
Acts 1:5 For John submerged you in water, but in a few days you will be submerged in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gives a description of what will happen because of this baptism – we receive power.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This power has a great purpose for our lives. The power Jesus speaks about enables us to live a life that is an example of Jesus to people and the result will be to point them to the Lord. This power enables us to be overcomers of the harsh realities of the life we live in this world. This power will transform our life; it will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
There are manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. Here’s what happened as a result of the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
There are other manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. These are often referred to as the “gifts of the Spirit”. Most commonly they are referred to as nine gifts, but there are more than that. The thing that is common to every gift is this – they point people to the Lord, they are for the common good.
1Corinthians 12:7 …the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.



Did you know what you think becomes the basis of our experiences in life. You become what you think about all day long. As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes. If you think in your heart that you are powerless, unworthy, undervalued, or simply just being average, that is what you will be. Or perhaps, you believe you will never amount to anything, you are not very smart, you then will become what you have thought about yourself.

On the other side of the spectrum, if you think that God’s might and power Is joined to you, you become more than a conqueror. If you believe the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living inside you, you become unstoppable, with unlimited ability. You are only limited by the thoughts that you choose.

Your destiny lies in what you believe about yourself and what you are actually capable of doing. If you believe that you have unlimited potential, you will live your life by design and begin to create the life you want. If you believe that you have very little potential and cannot contribute very much to society, you will live your life by default accepting whatever comes your way.

If you believe greater is He that lives within you than he that is in the world, then you will become lion hearted, fearless and be the salt of the earth that Jesus described you as.



There is a saying that exists and is a true principle; in order to know yourself you need to grow yourself. The converse is true in order to grow yourself, you need to know yourself. Which comes first? LOL

If you raise your awareness and begin to know yourself, you will discover that God has placed some deep underlying motivations and desires within you. These deep desires, if followed, will lead you into the fulfillment of your destiny, especially if you ask God to empower and guide your heart. God is speaking this to His children today, “ I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go.” These heart motivations that exist will be expressed whether you are working on a task within your local church or in the community. Whether it is your job, vocation or career, this will be evident if you followed your heart passions or motivations. When you discover the kind of work that excites you, you have discovered the basic underlying heart motivation which flows from within your heart. Remember Jesus said “out of your belly shall flow rivers of living waters.” I believe it is important for you to discover what it is that your heart really loves to do and then do that with all your heart as unto the Lord. I love what one person who defined success as; “doing what you love and being paid for it.” I have learned this in life: “if you are doing what you love, the overflow of excitement and passion from your heart is felt and observed by all who are near.” This is what enables a person to go the extra mile in what they are doing. Whether you are volunteering or getting paid, the results are the same in the work that you do.


Spring Cleaning – Uncluttered

Uncluttered – Swipe Up
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
How many of you have a smart phone?
How many of you have it with you today?
How many of you have looked at your phone during the service today?
How many of you with smart phones experience phantom vibration or ringing?
How many of you can ignore an incoming call without even looking to see who’s calling?
How many of you check your phone in the middle of the night?
How many apps do you have open right now on your phone?
Maybe it’s time for some of us to swipe up!
Swiping UP is a method on the iPhone to close out apps that are running in the background.
These running apps drain battery power and they use memory.
Did you know that the average American household has over 3000 items in it?
How many items in your house are rarely or never used?
How much time do you spend organizing your things at home?
How much time do you spend thinking about and arguing about the clutter in your home?
Are you a hoarder, probably not. Ladies, do you think your husband is a hoarder?
In this new series called Spring Cleaning we’ll look at some of the clutter in our lives and we’ll make some decisions about what can stay and what has to go.
We’re not going to be spending time on decluttering our computers and smart phones.
We won’t talk about decluttering our pantry, shed, garage, basements or closets.
But we will talk about decluttering our heart, our mind, our soul. We’ll talk about decluttering our memories and dreams for the future and hopefully, we’ll have less stress and more free time in our lives.
In Jesus’ time how many laws do you think there were for the Jewish people?
It’s said that there were 613 of them!
They say that there were 365 negative ones, don’t do and there were 248 positive ones, do these. Isn’t is interesting that when Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment He answered the question in this way…Love God & Love People
Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Perhaps Jesus was interested in decluttering people’s lives. Perhaps He wanted to reduce things down to the least common denominator. Keeping up with all those laws was soul stressing that’s why Jesus said this…Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.   The early Church had it right – they simply wanted to focus on the less cluttered life.
Acts 2:42 They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
If you want to declutter your life get rid of the things that prevent you from loving God and loving others.
If you want the things that faith brings then bring the things that bring faith.


ConeXion BBQ this week


How Bad Do You Want It?

How Bad Do You Want It?

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 How Bad We Want Something. Everyone want something but the question is How Bad? Are we just sitting around or are we pursuing? There’s a saying that tells us that Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…there’s a certain truth to that saying but how about this one Good Things Come To Those That WORK!

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How Bad Do You Want It?
Sunday, July 8, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
Today we’re talking about How Bad We Want Something. Everyone wants something, but the question is How Bad? Are we just sitting around or are we pursuing? There’s a saying that tells us that Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…there’s a certain truth to that saying but how about this one Good Things Come To Those That WORK!
John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Psalms 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
Pursuit is the evidence of desire.
Mark 10:46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.
Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.


Unity In The Church

Unity In The Church
Sunday, June 24, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree
Today we’re talking about UNITY IN THE CHURCH – it’s true, not everyone in the Church agrees…but we can disagree without being disagreeable.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity & Love
If you do a web search you’ll find this saying or a variation of it in several places.
The funny thing is you’ll also find a lot of controversy about it too!
Like who really did say it first, was it Augustine, The Moravians, John Wesley and more.
Also there is controversy as to the meaning of the saying, is it inclusive, too inclusive, clear, muddy on so on.
So I suppose it supports my opening thought that not everyone in the Church agrees.
So why would I use this saying today? I Like It!
In the Church there are ESSENTIAL THINGS and there are non-essential things.
Here are a few of the ESSENTIALS
Salvation by Grace through Faith
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —
Gathering together to worship God
Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together
Remember the sacrifice of Jesus
1Corinthians 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke itand said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”25 In the same manner Healso tookthe cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant inMy blood. This do, as often as you drink it,in remembrance of Me.”
The Apostles’ Creed is a good summary of Christian Essentials
The traditional Apostles’ Creed arose when heretical groups such as the Gnostics were making certain claims that conflicted with the established, biblically orthodox teachings of the church.
The Apostles’ Creed is not found in the Bible but it is a statement of belief from the Bible. We believe in more than the Apostles Creed but NOT less. In Other words it contains truths that we would not remove.
The apostles did not write the Apostles’ Creed. Rather, it was written at least 150 years after the apostles had all died. It is called the Apostles’ Creed because it is supposed to be a record of what the apostles taught.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The creed was never intended to replace the Bible; in fact that’s why the line is there about the church universal or the catholic church. Catholic means universal.
The Gnostics were telling people that only a select few could know the truths of God and understand the word of God. So the writers of the creed said they believed in the universal and inclusive church of ALL believers.
The creed was designed to guide you in an easily memorable way into what the truths of the Bible are.
We need truth that will endure, it has to be rock solid, it needs to be immutable or unchangeable.
We need to focus on the ESSENTIALS and not be distracted by the differences we have. Part of growing in Christ is making allowance for differences.
Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,


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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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.


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.


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)