20/20 Vision – Seeing What God Sees

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20/20 Vision Seeing What God Sees

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. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. It’s like a fulfillment of the prayers Jabez when he asked for enlarged territory.

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20/20 Vision – Seeing What God Sees
Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Pastors George & Joel Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor, and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.
 
20/20 Vision is the hallmark for normal eyesight.
 
20/20 Vision – this is our Vision for the New Year and the New Decade beginning January 1, 2020, our 42nd Anniversary as the Church known as Living Water Church.
 
20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. It’s like a fulfillment of the prayers Jabez when he asked for enlarged territory.
 
 
1 Chronicles 4:10 “Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.”
Hindsight is 2020 – that means that it’s easier to see something after it has happened. With that saying goes this one “learn from your mistakes” That staying can’t stand alone… We also have to learn from our successes.
 
In this new 20/20 series we’ll be looking at these things:
 
How do you see God – Always with us
Genesis 28:16 Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it.
 
How do you see yourself – As a masterpiece
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago
 
How do you see the world – A world of opportunities
Ephesians 5:16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days
 
How do you see the Church – A place of God’s Glory & Power
Ephesians 3:21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
 

The Church We Want To Be:

 

1 – A Church that is vibrant and full of people

2 – A church that allows God into the church by opening the door to the heart of Him

3 – A Church that is just as alive and vocal in the community as we are in the sanctuary

4 – A Church that explodes with expectation and excitement for the WORD of God

5 – A Church that is growing because God is sending in people because we are inviting people.

6 – A Church where the youth and children’s ministries are exploding with growth. Where these ministries are no longer struggling but become a key factor in all that God is doing in this place.

7 – A Church full of people who love to be at church.

8 – A Church that develops leaders.

9 – A Church where leaders take responsibility and lead; they lead in order to fulfill the vision that God has given to the set man or Lead Pastor.

10 – A church that allows God into the church by opening the door to the heart of Him
 

11 – A Church that will guard and maintain unity, both in the leadership and the members. If a Church does this they will experience revival.

12 – A Church that puts the salvation of the lost front and center. 13 – A move of God will follow the desire to see people saved.

14 – A Church where families are growing stronger every single week.

15 – A Church that has to hire more staff members because of growth otherwise the staff won’t be able to keep up.

16 – A Church that has to make room for multiple weekend services because we are overflowing.

17 – A Church that has to build to accommodate the growth of our children’s and youth departments.

18 – A Church that worships from the heart

19 – A Church where teenagers are on fire for God and they play an integral part in our Church

20 – A Church that helps the poor within and outside of our community.

21 – A Church that raises up leaders outside of our community

22 – A Church that takes part in planting other Churches

23 – A healthy Church.


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Re-Gifting Christmas

Re-Gifting Christmas

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend Christmas Eve 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 Re-Gifting – maybe you got a Christmas gift last week and you’ve decided to give it to someone, that’s Re-Gifting. But today we’ll talk about Re-Gifting Christmas. Re-Gifting – the act of giving a gift that someone gave you. God gives us a GIFT; He gives us Jesus. 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for (Jesus) His indescribable gift!

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Re-Gifting Christmas
Sunday, December 29, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Re-Gifting – the act of giving a gift that someone gave you.
 
People do it; I’ve done it. Not to you!
 
So, is re-gifting OK?
 
Here is what etiquette experts have to say:
• Emily Post: The Emily Post Institute’s stance is that re-gifting is all right, but totally depends on context. They suggest that one should only re-gift if the item is brand new and in its original packaging, and if it will not create awkwardness with the sender or recipient. They emphasize that the gift must be something that the recipient actually wants.
 
• Jacqueline Whitmore: Ms. Whitmore, a business etiquette expert, gives the go-ahead for re-gifting, but reminds readers to “consider the taste” of the receiver and to destroy all evidence that the item is being re-gifted. She wisely suggests that if a gift is expired or really not desirable, just chuck it; don’t re-gift it.
 
Well, it’s just four days after Christmas so I’ll talk today about re-gifting, Christmas that is.
 
Because of Christmas we’ve gotten some wonderful gifts, the most important one is Jesus, God’s gift to everyone.
 
God gives us a GIFT; He gives us Jesus.
• 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for (Jesus) His indescribable gift!
 
Just as God is a giver, He wants us to be givers. The Apostle Paul said this –
• Acts 20:35 remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
 
God blesses us so we can bless others.
 
God gives us Hope – let’s re-gift that.
For someone stuck in a dark place the greatest comfort would be light. The light would bring hope.
• Isaiah 9:2 says – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. ​
 
Psalms 119:49 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
 
Because of God’s WORD or HIS PROMISES we can have HOPE & COMFORT. In uncertain times we’ll find confidence, comfort & hope from the Bible along with remembering what God has done in our life and the life of others we know. Revelation tells us we OVERCOME by the blood of the Lamb (the death of Jesus) the WORD (logos) (Jesus) of our testimony and that we love not our lives even unto death, that’s like saying “I’ll believe even if it kills me!
 
You could give hope to a child who has no food, that’d be a great re-gift.
God gives us Peace – let’s re-gift that.
 
Peace with God – God forgives us of our sins
• Romans 5:1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Peace Within – We receive His forgiveness and know we are accepted by Him
• Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.
 
Peace with Others – We offer forgiveness and we are able to be healed and free.
• Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
 
You could share a testimony if God ever gave you peace; He did if you’re born again.
 
God gives us Joy – let’s re-gift that.
Luke 2:8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
 
We can tell people who are sad or discouraged that Sorrow doesn’t have to last forever
• Psalms 30:5 … weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
 
God gives us Love – let’s re-gift that.
God GIVES Us His Love
• John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
God DEMONTRATES His Love To Us
• Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How has God ever demonstrated His love to you? You can re-gift it by telling your story or by sharing His Love with someone.
 
God’s Gift To You Is Not Only A Present For The Present – It’s A Present For Eternity!
 
Jesus didn’t come to give you religion, he came to give you a life – so unwrap the gift and enjoy all that Jesus came to bring to you.
 
If you have never received the gift from heaven do it today.
 
I pray that the LORD will bless and protect you, and that he will show you mercy and kindness. May the LORD be good to you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24 – 26
 
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. ROMANS 15:13

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Unwrapping Christmas – De-Stressing The Holidays

Unwrapping The meaning of Christmas – De-Stressing The Holidays

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 De-Stressing The Holidays – we’re in the Advent Season which is a time of resetting our focus on the reasons for the season. Each week we’re Unwrapping The Meaning of Christmas, this week we’re talking about how God has brought us Peace through the gift of His Son, Jesus.

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Christmas Unwrapped – Uncovering the Meaning of Christmas
De-Stressing The Holidays
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
The Christmas Holiday Season can certainly be Joy-Filled and of course, they can be Stress-Filled too. Maybe you had to stretch a little bit even to just read this post but I encourage you to read on, it’ll take only a few minutes…Here are some steps to take for De-Stressing The Holidays
 
1 – LOOK UP
It’s easy to get distracted… So we have to focus on things above, not earthly things. When we focus on the things of God we can better deal with the things of this earth. Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
 
2 – DRESS For The Holidays
During the holidays we can alleviate stress by reaching out to others. We can look around us and see that there are people who are in need. Not just in need of material things but also in need of compassion, kindness and patience Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Isaiah 61:3 – (Put on) the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
 
3 – FORGIVE Others
During the holidays there will be plenty of opportunities to forgive. From forgiving the person who takes your parking spot, to the rude cashier or the person who cuts you in a line to the more serious offenses of life. We have to forgive the friend or relative who has hurt us in the past. All of these things are opportunities for us to forgive, and forgive we must. Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
 
4 – LOVE Others
The key to it all is love. It always comes down to that one thing… love. It’s the thing that started it all with God sending His Son to us because He loved us. Jesus came to us with Compassion – Kindness – Humility – Gentleness – Patience
Jesus showed us the way to live. Love binds it all together. Love is the glue that can repair a broken life; it’s the glue that holds us together when our world is falling apart. Love Is The Key. Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity
 
LOVE IS THE BEAUTIFUL RIBBON ON THE GIFT OF LIFE
 
These are the steps to De-Stress The Holidays – If we live by these instructions we will have the powerful peace of God Rule Our Hearts Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
 
Check Out what’s happening during The Christmas Season at Living Water Church here
 

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Coming This Week 12/8

 
For the last Wednesday Morning Women’s meeting for 2019 there will be a brunch on December 11th @10am – please register here
 
There’s a lot more happening in December so why not click this link and see what’s on the calendar for you to enjoy the Christmas Season at Living Water Church

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Ladies Brunch and December Events

 
For the last Wednesday Morning Women’s Meeting there will be a Holiday Brunch at 10am on Wednesday, December 11th – please register here
 
There a lot happening this holiday season so why not click this link to see what’s happening for you to enjoy at Living Water Church this Christmas Season

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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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