A Season of Thanksgiving

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A Season of Thanks

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. This weekend we’re talking about the Season Of Thanks – we’re in the month where we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving but he point is this…giving thanks is not to be a seasonal thing, it’s to be a lifestyle for the follower of Christ. However, the Thanksgiving season can serve as a reminder that in all things we are called to give thanks…what’s ONE thing that you’re thankful for today…

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I Chronicles 16:34NKJV

34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!For His mercy endures forever.

A Season Of Thanks
Sunday, November 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good. His love endures forever.
 
Today we’ll look at giving of thanks. Giving of thanks can be equated to having an attitude of gratitude. In aeronautics the attitude it’s the positioning of the aircraft’s axes in relation to the horizon. In other words the attitude of the plane is where the nose is pointing.
 
In life if your nose is always pointing down you won’t be able to tell where you’re going, you probably have a sad or sorrowful emotion about you. If your nose is up in the air you’re probably feeling a little better than everyone around you. Having an attitude of gratitude keeps you on a good plane. Not too low, not too high. The reason that you’re not too low is you consider your life in God’s Hands so you’re not worried or sad about your life. The reason that you’re not too high is because you consider everything that you have has originated from God so you’re pride isn’t a problem.
 
There are instructions in the Bible about giving thanks and there are also benefits of giving thanks – let’s take a look.
 
When You Think Of God Give Thanks
† Psalms 30:4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
 
It’s Good To Give Thanks
† Psalms 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
 
Four Times In Psalms 107 It Says This
† Psalms 107:21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
 
Jesus Gave Thanks
† Matthew 15:36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.
 
In Everything Give Thanks
† 1Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
 
Sometimes It’s A Sacrifice
† Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Benefits Of Giving Thanks – Entrance Into His Presence
† Psalms 100:1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing 3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
 
Double Enunciation
† Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
 
Unsurpassed Peace
† Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
Thank Him because you WANT to
† Leviticus 22:29 And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, offer it of your own free will.

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Fall Couples Night

 
 
We’re looking forward to a fun night for couples this Friday @7pm  – the plan is to have a Bon Fire with s’mores and then go inside for some nice desserts and just hanging out for a while. If the weather doesn’t allow we’ll do everything inside (except the Bon Fire of course)
 
Sometimes it’s the little things we do as a couple that add a lot to our marriage. So with that in mind we look forward to seeing you this Friday, November 8th @7pm

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Christmas Show Ticket Sale

 
Tis’ the season for a brand-new holiday extravaganza at the Living Water Church Theatre, Your Home For The Holidays! You’ll hear your favorite Christmas standards performed by our awe-inspiring singers. From traditional Christmas standards, to the seasonal sounds of gospel hits—we’ll have you humming along with your favorite Christmas carols and tapping your feet to a rockin’ holiday beat. This year’s show featuring an
amazing cast of Singers – Actors – Dancers will make this a holiday season you’ll never forget.
Join in Eastern Long Island’s favorite holiday tradition:
The Joy of Christmas at the Living Water Church Theatre, YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
On Stage Friday, December 13th and Sunday December 15th

Here’s your chance to get your tickets for The Joy of Christmas at a great price.
Take advantage of this great sale BUY ONE AND GET ANOTHER ONE HALF PRICE!
All Tickets $15 – http://www.lwfgc.tix.com
 
TICKETS GO ON SALE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
 

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Praise & Prayer October

 
On Friday, October 25th we’ll gather together Praise & Prayer.
 
We believe that Praise & Prayer go hand in hand and that great things happen when we do them as a group.
 
There’s an old song that says “It was prayer that got us here…”
At Living Water Church we believe that, prayer is our lifeline to heaven and we want to see God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth just as it is in heaven. That’s how Jesus taught us to pray and we’ll be doing that on 10/25.
 
We’ll be looking for you to join with us because we’re better together.
PASTA WITH THE PASTOR


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Try Again

Try Again

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 the Never Giving Up (on what’s right & good) – The point is this…things may look or feel hopeless BUT if God is behind it you should get in step with Him and keep trying…

 

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Luke 5:1-11NKJV

1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

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TRY AGAIN
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Luke 5:1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; NEVERTHELESS at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
 
Jesus sees two boats by the seashore; the men left the boats and are cleaning their nets after a long night of fruitless fishing. Jesus gets into Peter’s boat and preaches for a while, afterwards He says to Simon “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
 
This was an interruption for Simon: he was busy, he had to get the nets prepared for the next time he’s go fishing. What’s your reaction when the Lord interrupts your day?
He told Simon to TRY AGAIN – He knew he caught nothing all night but He said try again. With that “launch out” He also told him there would be a catch.
 
 
Maybe Simon didn’t want to do it, he was busy and tired but he said “nevertheless”. We don’t know exactly why he said yes, maybe he felt like it, maybe he thought if he did it he’d get rid of this preacher, who knows but the fact is he did it. And when he did he got the surprise of his life, a catch so big he needed another boat to help bring it in. They filled both boats with so much fish that they both began to sink!
 
Simon said NEVERTHELESS – Regardless of my experience today, regardless of my feelings or what I think, I’ll do it. Perhaps God just touched him and he decided to trust, to obey.
 
We read that obedience releases the gift of the Holy Spirit
Acts 5:32 We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God.
 
For Simon last night was a setback, but it turned into a setup.
And we know that all things work together for good! – Romans 8:28
 
Maybe you tried so hard and so many times and you’ve not seen the results you wanted, don’t give up – TRY AGAIN
 
Anybody can quit but NOT YOU; you’re better than that, you’re more than a conqueror, you can do all things through Christ.
 
Losers focus on what they’re going through, winners focus on what they’re going to. The Bible declares that we are going from glory to glory, agree with the Word and see it come to pass in your life.
 
What you’re going through today is the vehicle that’ll bring you into the plan from God for you.
 
 
When we say yes we put our trust in the Lord – Here’s some promises concerning trusting
† Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
 
† Psalms 125:1 Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
 
† Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
 
 
Don’t Give Up – Try Again
† Galatians 6:9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
 
Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
 
When Simon said nevertheless nothing was different –
 
Same Boat –
Same Nets –
Same Lake –
 
Well, one thing was different – Jesus was in the boat!
 
I don’t know what you’re facing today. Maybe you’ve toiled a long time with no results, please, try again; don’t give up. If God’s given you a word or a promise from His word hold on, try again and by all means, invite Jesus into your boat.
 
 
 
 

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Pasta

 
You’re invited to join us as we celebrate Pastor George’s 28th year as the Senior Pastor of Living Water Church
 

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Road To Recovery

 
The Road To Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
 
The Road To Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.
 
We meet on Wednesday Nights @7

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Switch Youth Group

 

Switch is our weekly Wednesday night ministry at LivingWaterChurch for students 7-12th grade. Switch is a great experience with friends and a message geared towards students and their everyday life. Our goal is to create an experience where students can meet Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.


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There’s Hope For You

 
 

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There’s Hope For You

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 the HOPE – The point is this…things may look or feel hopeless BUT there is hope for you…

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There Is Hope For You
Pastor George M. Dupree – Sunday, September 29, 2019
 
Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 23 So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!
 
Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
 
Hope Is An Anchor For Your Soul – Get Ahold Of It
Hebrews 6:17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil
 
Stay In The Scriptures – They Give Us Hope
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
 
Staying In The Scriptures is a part of working out your salvation.
 
This is where the good soil in your life is worked and you’ll produce fruit in this soil.
It’s not easy – but it’s worth it.
 
Learn to be full of HOPE, that’s right, you have to learn to be full of HOPE. There are things that you can practice to be full of HOPE.
 
1. Study the WORD.
2. Say the WORD.
3. Surround yourself with POSSITIVE people, not doubters and complainers.
4. Stay full of PRAISE.
5. Stay in FELLOWSHIP, don’t stay home from CHURCH when you can come, you’ll be built up
 
The daily discipline of being in the Word sustains your HOPE
 
Psalms 119:81 My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word.
 
Psalms 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
Psalms 119:147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.
 
Praise Nurtures Hope
Romans 5:2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
 
Job 14:6 For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. 8 Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, 9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.
 
You may be in a difficult time right now but it’s subject to change.
Maybe your marriage is shaky – but that’s subject to change
Maybe your child is going in a bad way – but that’s subject to change
Maybe your finances are depleted – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re sick right now – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re having trouble in school – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re without a job – but that’s subject to change
 
Be A Prisoner Of Hope
Zechariah 9:11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
 
You can be a prisoner to a lot of things:
1. Anger
2. Doubt
3. Bitterness
4. Hatred
5. Fear
 
But you can be a prisoner of HOPE
 
No matter what you face you can expect God to be with you and help you get through it.
 
Maybe He’ll remove it, maybe He’ll give you the courage to go through it, either way He’ll be with you.
Keep on BELIEVING –
Keep On HOPING –
God Is Able To Do More than You IMAGINE –
 
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
 
Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.
 
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Upside Down Kingdom

 

Upside Down Kingdom

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 the Kingdom of God – The point is this…things in His Kingdom operate differently than the way we are used to them and we have to assimilate to the new Kingdom

 

The Upside Down Kingdom
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
 
Repent – to think differently, to reconsider morally, feel compunction
Compunction – a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
 
When you repent you change your thinking, which changes your direction, which changes your actions which changes your habits, which changes your life.
 
It happens because of GRACE – receive – believe – become
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
 
Jesus is baptized
 
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
 
And soon after that Jesus said
Luke 4:43 I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.
 
The Kingdom of God was primary for Jesus to preach, the Kingdom signifies an entirely different way of living, that’s why it’s often referred to as an UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM
 
We’re encouraged to SEEK His Kingdom
Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 
Does anyone have keys that they don’t know what they’re for? We can have keys but if we don’t know what they unlock they’re useless.
 
Jesus said in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 
Jesus wants us to have the Kingdom to have keys that unlock the treasures of a Kingdom Life.
 
The Keys Of The Kingdom
Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
 
Peter said something very significant here; he said that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed one, the son of the living God.
 
And Jesus responds that He will build His Church upon that revelation, and He will give him the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
 
Keys represent authority and access.
 
Jesus gives us authority so whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 
With the authority from God we can lock (bind) and loose (unlock)
 
Jesus told several stories or parables about what the Kingdom was like but we see that Paul tells us precisely what it is
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 
Righteousness – not perfect people, not self-righteous, but people who are right with God because they have repented, turned to God.
 
Peace – not the absence of turmoil or struggle but peace with God because of repentance, turning to God which does lead to peace within.
 
Joy – joy is not happiness which is dependent upon what happens, but and inner strength and calm delight.
 
When we live our lives with US as king we don’t have these three things but when we live with Jesus as King we do have those things. That’s why the verse closes with the term IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
 
 

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