Praise & Prayer – September 11th @7pm

We’re Better Together

 
 
On Wednesday, September 11th 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.
 
We’ll be looking for you to join with us because we’re better together.
 
The Gospel of John Bible Study starts on Monday, September 16th @7PM
 
Women’s Life Groups begin on Wednesday, September 18th @10AM & 7PM
 
Men’s Life Group begins on Wednesday, September 18th @7PM
 
 

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The Lost Son

Living Water Church

 

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 Parable of the Lost Son – The point is this…you’re never forgotten by God and you’re never too lost either

THE LOST SON
Sunday, September 1, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Probably everybody here have some things that they’d be ashamed to have other people know about. There’s probably some people here today who carry shame because of things they’ve done. But today I want you to know that God doesn’t want you to carry shame because the cross brings freedom from shame because of what Jesus has done for us.
 
Shame is a feeling of humiliation caused by wrong behavior and brings a loss of self respect.
 
There is absolutely no heavenly purpose for shame.
 
Sin is something we do, guilt is something we feel, shame is something we carry and it all leads to condemnation.
 
When a building is condemned it is declared unfit for use, that’s what shame and condemnation will do to you, it’ll tell you that your unfit for use, unfit for life, it’ll tell you you’re useless and hopeless. Shame will disqualify you.
 
In the Bible there’s a story about a young man who left home with a lot of money and big dreams of being free from his family and ready for a great time.
 
He told his father to give him the inheritance that would come to him when his father died, what he was saying was “I can’t wait until you die, I want it now.”
 
So he goes off with his pockets full and his imagination of fun and parties running in high gear.
 
After a while he loses it all and he says to himself
How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.
 
He makes his way home but then the most incredible things happens –
Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put iton him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on hisfeet.23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it,and let us eat and be merry;24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
In the culture of that day rings, robes, sandals & celebrations were not waiting for a person who had done what this guy did.
 
The kiss = ACCEPTANCE
The robe = FORGIVENESS
The ring = AUTHORITY –
The sandals = FAMILY – Servants didn’t wear sandals
 
Instead a ceremony of shame would take place, not the open arms of his father.
 
If a Jewish boy, in first-century Palestine, wastes his family inheritance among Gentiles and then dares to return home, the village performs what is called the kezazahceremony. In this ceremony, the village breaks a large pot in front of the boy, symbolically portraying and officially proclaiming the separation between the boy and the village.
 
The father, in this culture, is expected to sit in the house, emotionally withdrawn, and wait to hear what the son has to say for himself. The mother, on the other hand, can greet the poor boy with kisses before the kezazahceremony.
 
Although running is an act done mostly by servants, the mother is allowed to run a little bit to greet her returning son. However, a patriarch never runs. Doing so would be highly undignified and even contemptible.
 
In the parable, the father breaks all the rules and looks extremely undignified as he runs towards his son and plays the role of mother as he showers him with kisses! There will be no kezazah ceremony. Instead of shame there’s a celebration for the lost son has been found.
 
I have to get to my son with mercy before they get to him with judgment. I have to give him grace before they give him shame. My SON is home.
 
This is an incredible story of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.
 
Jesus took our sin and shame with Him to the cross, that’s why the cross brings freedom from shame.
 
All that it takes on our part is believing, not trying harder, just believing.
 
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
 
Isaiah tells us what happens because of what Jesus did for us
Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
 
2Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to besin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
 
If you think you’ve gone too far from God, you’re wrong.
If you think it’s too late for you, you’re wrong.
If you think He can’t forgive you, you’re wrong.
If you’re thinking of waiting, don’t wait, come right now…
 
HIS ARMS ARE OPEN and He’s saying what He
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest – Matthew 11:28

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Back To School Sunday

 
BACK TO SCHOOL SUNDAY CELEBRATION
 
School is starting up again and we want to make it a great beginning for all of our students, teachers, moms & dads  too.
 
The new school year can be exciting as well as stressful, so let’s to start the new school year off right.
 
On Sunday, September 1st @10am we’re having a special time for our kids. We’ll have fun with some great music and a really good lesson. There will be waffles & ice cream and we’ll finish the day with a special prayer for all of the students, teachers, moms & dads from Pastor Joel.
 
The celebration is for kids ages 4-12 and the prayers are for everyone.
 
We’ll be looking for you!

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Something’s Lost

Living Water Church

Something’s Lost

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 Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin – The point is this: PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD, they should matter to us ask Christians too.

 
 
Something’s Lost
Pastor George Dupree – August 25, 2019
 
If you’ve ever lost or misplaced something, you’ll be able to identify with the characters in the stories Jesus tells here. They’re the stories of a missing sheep and a missing coin.
 
Luke gives us the context for Jesus’ stories in the first two verses:
Luke 15:1 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people—even eating with them!
 
The religious leaders of the day weren’t comfortable that Jesus was hanging out with people with questionable backgrounds. In response Jesus tells three parables back-to-back-to-back.
 
The Lost SHEEP
Luke 15:3 So Jesus used this illustration: 4 “If you had one hundred sheep, and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? 5 And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. 6 When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. 7 In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
 
The Lost COIN
Luke 15:8 “Or suppose a woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she has found her lost coin. 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
 
In each of the stories the thing that’s lost MATTER
 
JESUS IS TRYING TO TEACH IS THAT PEOPLE MATTER
 
When they find what’s lost they CELEBRATE
 
What prompted Jesus to tell these stories? It was the complaining of the Pharisees. They were ticked off at Jesus because
 
HE CARED ABOUT PEOPLE THAT THEY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT.
 
In another parable, Jesus tells about a Samaritan who cares for a beaten and robbed man he passes on the roadside. Jesus told that story because when He preached that we ought to love our neighbor as ourselves, in Jesus’ mind, a neighbor is anyone nearby with a need.
 
What Jesus was trying to say to the Pharisees through the stories of the missing sheep and the missing coin is that all people mattered to Him, and therefore they ought to matter to them. He’d like us to receive that message, as well.
 
I pray that you’ll receive His love today. If you feel like you’re lost in life stop right where you are and look up, He’s right there reaching out to you, He loves you.
 
He is still saying today what He said two thousand years ago
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
 
Who Can I Invite To Church Next Sunday?
 

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Family Day BBQ

FAMILY DAY BBQ – A TIME TO SHARE A LAUGH, A MEAL AND A SWEET TREAT TO TOP IT OFF!

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Ice Cream

Join in the fun on Wednesday, August 28th @7PM for our Ice Cream Social and Comedy Night

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Parables

On Sunday, August 25th we’ll be looking at more of the Parables of Jesus

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Size Of A Mustard Seed

SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED

Sunday, August 4, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree

Mark 4:30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” 33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.     Even though the mustard seed is so small it can grow to something that is tremendously larger than its size.     The seed looks nothing like the end result.     Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. Job 8:7 Even though you’re not much right now, you’ll end up better than ever.     You don’t start where you end. There’s the journey, you start small but you can end big. In the middle is the questioning time but hold on, God is up to something good.     Don’t compare your first chapter to someone else’s chapter 10     Some things that come too fast can actually be dangerous.     Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;


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BBQ & Fun Night

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Come on out with your friends and family and enjoy some great food and games
 
please register online here https://www.lwfgc.org/bbq-registration/

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Guest Speaker

On August 7th we’ll have a great ConeXion with our friend Pastor Jared Iannicculli from Faith On Fire Church in Hicksville, NY – Join us fro a great word of inspiration and fellowship.

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