So Close & Yet So Far

After The Resurrection Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
The Road To Emmaus – So Close & Yet So Far
 
Sometimes we can be so close to something and yet not see it, not appreciate it, not touch it.
 
Jesus one time said that the Kingdom of Heaven was at had – it’s in reach – it’s so close He added Repent (turn) and believe the Gospel (Good News)
 
The King was among them but they couldn’t see Him, they couldn’t appreciate Him, they couldn’t touch Him – So close and yet so far
 
Sometimes we’re looking for God in the spectacular or in people of renown – but there are so many times that God shows up in the obscure and ordinary.
 
The Road To Emmaus is such a place, obscure with ordinary people walking on it.
 
Luke 24:13   Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.   Luke 24:17   And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”   Luke 24:18   Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”   Luke 24:19   And He said to them, “What things?”So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”   Luke 24:25   Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.   Luke 24:28   Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.   Luke 24:30   Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.   Luke 24:32   And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.   Luke 24:36   Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”   Luke 24:40   When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
 

Two unknown and ordinary people on their way toward and obscure destination.   We do know one of their names – Cleopas – we don’t know the others – some scholars say person may have been Cleopas’ wife and that could make sense seeing that she’s left unnamed.   You see, in that time and culture women and children were generally disregarded and overlooked.   But Jesus loved to look at the overlooked – He loved to include the downcast – the disregarded.   After all, didn’t He protect the woman caught in the act of adultery – didn’t He use the little boys lunch to feed thousands of people?   He called the notorious tax collector Matthew to be His disciple? He touched the leper.   He healed a Roman soldiers child. He talked to the outcast at the Samaritan well.   He loved the unseen, disregarded and obscure people.


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Jazzy Gospel Concert

Mixed Company will be back on Sunday, May 5th for a great Jazzy Gospel Concert – It’s a $15– fundraiser for CAMP 22.6

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Friday, July 5 @7PM

LINK May 3rd @7PM

Friday, July 5 @7PM
LINKing people to people & people to God –
 

LINK Friday May 3rd 7pm 🎶

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Get ready for an amazing night where we connect with God and each other on a higher level


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National Day of Prayer Meeting

We’re gathering on Thursday, May 2nd @ 7PM for prayer, it’s the National Day of Prayer – let’s do this

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OUT OF YOUR HEART FLOWS

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.


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Blessed Are those Who Mourn

Mourning can be a very painful and difficult time. Jesus PROMISES comfort during those times. One way is when we focus more on what we had rather than what we’ve lost. That may sound contradictory but a key is in the remembering to offer thanks for what you had. Personally, this has eased the pain somewhat in my personal losses. Mourning doesn’t have to be morbid, it is actually therapeutic, there’s no set time but remember that Jesus PROMISES comfort to those who mourn.

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Living Water Easter

The Life Of Jesus

2019 Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 

His Birth was miraculous.   He was born as the Messiah.   He was the promised deliverer.   His life and ministry were marked with miracles and mercy.   But Jesus HAD to die.   The Bible teaches us that sin destroys lives, sin separates us from God, and the penalty for sin is death. But God didn’t want any of us to die for eternity so His plan was for one man to die for all of the sin of all of mankind.  

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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
 
JESUS HAD TO DIE – But no one took His life, He gave His life willingly as the payment for sin.
 
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. He laid down His life to pay for ALL of the sin for ALL of mankind No one took His life – He gave His life at the right time.
 
John 10:17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.
 
But if the Bible tells us that we are all sinners but Jesus never sinned, why did He have to die?
 
It’s true that He never sinned but He BECAME sin for us.
 
It’s said that He took upon Himself the sin of all of mankind and in doing that He became sin.
 
1 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
 
In order for sin to be fully paid for Jesus had to fully die and Jesus had a DNR – No one was to resuscitate Him.
 
But after He was fully dead and sin was fully killed the penalty was paid. It was then that the Glory of the Father touched Him and He was raised from the dead.
 
Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. So all the sins of all of mankind and all of the charges that were against us were nailed to the cross because He died was buried and was resurrected from the dead – that’s the hope we have, new life through Christ.
 
 
1 Corinthians 15:17 …if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
 

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Easter Production

One week before Easter join us for our NEW 2019 EASTER PRODUCTION, The life of Jesus is portrayed through song – dance – drama in this power filled production. You will sense at times that you are right there as the Savior touches people with His love and power, finally, giving His life for us. It doesn’t end at the cross… there’s so much more, most importantly His triumphant resurrection from the dead. Don’t miss this fabulous holiday production.
 
purchase your tickets today – call 631-722-4969 ext204 or online at http://www.lwfgc.tix.com
 
 
If you’re like me, you might be thinking there must be more to Easter than bunnies, baskets and jellybeans. Well, there is more… Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – HE IS ALIVE – What does all that mean? Come find out! I think you’ll love the casual, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly people you’ll meet. There’s something fun for your kids too.
 
The most important event in human history is about to be celebrated – the RESURRECTION OF JESUS
invite a friend to share the Easter Season with you!
Celebrate The Easter Season at Living Water Church
New 2019 Easter Production Friday, April 12th  @7:30pm
Sunday, April 14th  @3:00pm
Good Friday Service – April 19th @7:00pm
Easter Sunday Morning Services – April 21st @8:45am & 10:15am

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LivingWaterEaster

 
 
If you’re like me, you might be thinking there must be more to Easter than bunnies, baskets and jellybeans. Well, there is more… Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – HE IS ALIVE – What does all that mean? Come find out! I think you’ll love the casual, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly people you’ll meet. There’s something fun for your kids too.
 
 
The Easter Season at Living Water Church will be a great time to refresh and renew your faith – join us for these great events and don’t forget to invite your family and friends too!
 
The most important event in human history is about to be celebrated – the RESURRECTION OF JESUS
invite a friend to share the Easter Season with you!
Celebrate The Easter Season at Living Water Church All New 2019 Easter Production Friday, April 12th  @7:30pm
Sunday, April 14th  @3:00pm
Good Friday Service – April 19th @7:00pm
Easter Sunday Morning Services – April 21st @8:45am & 10:15am

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The Life Of Jesus

The Life Of Jesus
2019 Easter Season
Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Over the next three weeks we’ll be looking at the Life of Jesus   We’ll start with some of the prophecies concerning His birth along with some of the events surrounding His birth.   Next we’ll take a brief look at His life and ministry up to the last week of His life on earth.   On Easter weekend we’ll look at the final days of His life concluded with the miraculous resurrection.   After Easter we’ll look at the events leading to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost along with looking at the early church.
 
To begin with the birth of Jesus would be missing His eternal Deity so let’s take a look at that for a moment.
 
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…
 
Notice the word US – who’s the US that’s being referred to here?
 
We know from verse One that the Holy Spirit was part of that US
 
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 
Interestingly in verse one the Hebrew word for God is Elohiym which means the Supreme God and Elohiym is a plural word.
 
So it’s understandable that with God and the Spirit plural is covered – but, is there more? Yes, there is.
 
Take a look at John’s Gospel…
 
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
 
 
 
 
Who or what is the Word referred to here?
 
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
We see that the life of Jesus really goes back to the beginning of everything but on Earth we mark His life at His birth.
 
His birth is described as miraculous, most especially because He was actually born of a virgin, that’s a miracle.
 
But there’s more to the miraculous birth of Jesus, and it’s found in the prophecies about him and His birth.
 
Here are two notable prophecies.
 
Michah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
 
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
 
These prophecies were fulfilled and recorded in these Bible passages.
 
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.”   Matthew 1:22 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.”   Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…
 
 
There were several other prophecies from several different people from about 500 to 1000 years before the birth of Jesus.
 
Here are six more prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.
 
1 – The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Jeremiah 23:5 600B.C.
Jesus … the son of David …” Luke 3:23, 31 – 4 B.C.
 
2 – The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:13 – 487 B.C.   They gave him (Judas) thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 – 30 A.D.
 
3 – The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced. Psalm 22:16 – 1000 B.C.
They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there-Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.” Luke 23:33 – 30 A.D.
 
4 – People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing. Psalm 22:18 – 1000 B.C.
The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ” John 19:23-24 – 30 A.D.
 
5 – The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 – 500 B.C.
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and seHim on them Matthew 21:7 – 30 A.D.
 
6 – A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah. Malachi 3:1 – 500 B.C.
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.” John 1:26 – 27 A.D.
 
 
Professor of mathematics Peter Stoner gave 600 students a math probability problem that would determine the odds for one person fulfilling eight specific prophecies. First the students calculated the odds of one person fulfilling all the conditions of one specific prophecy, such as being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Then the students did their best to estimate the odds for all of the eight prophecies combined. The students calculated that the odds against one person fulfilling all eight prophecies are astronomical-one in ten to the 21st power. To illustrate that number, Stoner gave the following example: “First, blanket the entire Earth land mass with silver dollars 120 feet high. Second, specially mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it. Third, ask a person to travel the Earth and select the marked dollar, while blindfolded, from the trillions of other dollars.”¹
 
Stoner’s work was reviewed by the American Scientific Association, which stated, “The mathematical analysis … is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound, and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way.

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