Chosen By God

Living Water Church

Chosen By God

Weekend Service August 8th, 2020

 

1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation…

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1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…
 
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I want to talk to you about how YOU are chosen by God.
 
Did you realize that you are God’s Chosen People?
 
You’re CHOSEN by God for great purposes and today we’ll talk about just that.
 
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There are so many examples in the Bible of how God has chosen people throughout history. Did you know that history is HIS-story and your story is found in HIS-story.
 
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We know that Adam & Eve were chosen to populate the earth
We know that Noah was chosen to save mankind.
We know that Joseph was chosen to save his people from famine
We know that Moses was chosen to deliver Israel from Egypt
We know that Rahab the harlot was chosen to save the spies in Jericho
We know that David was chosen to kill Goliath
We know that Nehemiah was chosen to rebuild the temple
We know that Mary was chosen to bring Jesus into the world
We know that John the Baptist was chosen to announce the Messiah
We know that Jesus was chosen to be the savior of the world
We know that the early disciples were chosen to turn the world upside down with the Gospel
 
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We know her simply as the woman at the well.
 
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We see her story in John’s Gospel chapter four and that’s just after where we read that Jesus didn’t come into this world to bring condemnation but instead He came to bring liberation, transformation salvation and a holy nation!
 
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It’s kind of funny because Jesus, as He sat by the well, said give me a drink, it’s funny because the WELL said give me a drink…
 
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John 4:3-7NKJV

3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

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Jesus HAD to go through Samaria, He NEEDED to go through Samaria. He had to because although everyone in town chose NOT to be with this lady Jesus CHOSE to pick her up from the ruins of her life and give her Living Water so her soul would never thirst again.
 
When they began to talk she started to get defensive and testy. That’s what hurt people will often do They’re so used to being picked on, ridiculed, marginalized, maligned and hurt that they are now automatically defensive.
 
Sometimes other people who’ve been abused and hurt in life are passive and easily thrown around, like the woman caught in adultery, but that’s a story for another day.
 
This lady starts talking about religion and Jesus wants to talk about relationship.
 
She talks about the opinions of the day that said there was a special place to worship but Jesus wanted her to know that she could come to God just like she was and she could come just where she was.
 
He said that God is a Spirit and people would worship Him in spirit.
 
He finally tells her to go get her husband to which she replies that she doesn’t have a husband and Jesus says true, you’ve had 5 husbands and know your with someone whose not your husband. PLEASE NOTICE that Jesus isn’t saying this to condemn her, He’s saying it so she can understand that God understands her human condition and He wanted to set her free.
 
He wanted her to know that He knew.
 
He knew how hard it was to be a woman in that day. He knew that a man didn’t have to love a woman to be married to her. He knew that a man didn’t have to honor or respect his wife. He know that a man could write a letter of divorce for anything he wanted to, not so a woman.
 
He knew that if a woman didn’t have a man to take care of her she’d be led to beg or worse.
 
He knew how mean people could be if they didn’t like someone, if they didn’t know anything about them. He knew that without Him, her life was destined for the trash heap of life.
 
When He communicated His care and concern her life was touched and forever changed.
 
He wanted he to know that she didn’t have to stay and outcast with a shame-filled life, he wanted her to know that she was chosen by God for a beautiful life. And what does she do? She proclaims the good news and she gives God praise. That was her call.
 
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Let’s look at the opening scripture for this message…
· 1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
 
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I Am An Influencer

Living Water Church

I Am An Influencer

July 25th & 26th Weekend Service – Pastor George Dupree

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The term influencer is a popular word in our society today. Maybe you’re familiar with it and then again maybe you’re not.
 
In today’s society an influencer is someone who has: the power to affect the purchasing decisions of others because of his or her authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with his or her audience.
 
Oftentimes a modern day influencer is a celebrity, someone who has anywhere from 1000 to tens of millions of followers, most notably on Instagram. By the way, my version of Microsoft Word doesn’t recognize Instagram as a correctly spelled word; I guess I’m just out of touch!
It wasn’t too long ago when we would think of influencers as teachers, parents, coaches, civic leaders etc. Can you think of someone in your life that has been an influencer to you?
 
Of course, not all influencers are good ones. I can remember being told that someone was a bad influence in my life.
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So what’s my point in this message?
 
My point is this YOU ARE AN INFLUENCER!
 
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An influencer has the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone.
 
In essence, an influencer influences people toward an intended goal. In marketing that would usually be geared toward the purchase of a product.
 
In life it would be geared toward fulfilling ones destiny.
 
A Christ following influencer will have the possibility of influencing someone to make a decision to begin to follow or to continue following Jesus.
 
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The young Pastor named Timothy was told by the older Apostle Paul that he was to be an intentional influencer.
 
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1 Timothy 4:11-16NLT

11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

 
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Paul was telling Timothy to lead by example. He was saying that because people will notice more of what we do than what you say.
 
However, what we say is very important too. For instance, you can use your words to be an encourager or an affirmer. If you look for it you can find SOMETHING to encourage someone with.
 
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Let’s be good influences and we’ll live a life that pleases God.
· Colossians 1:10 We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard…
 
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Be an influencer in what you say
· Ephesians 4:26 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
 
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Be an influencer in the way you live
· This kind of living is a lifestyle not just occasional actions.
· Be a person of prayer – worship – fellowship
 
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Be an influencer in the way you love
· John 13:34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
 
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Be an influencer in how you live your faith
· Galatians 5:6 When you’re placed into the Anointed One and joined to him, circumcision and religious obligations can benefit you nothing. All that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love.
 
 
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Be an influencer in your purity
· Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure of heart for they will see God.
 
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You will be helped in living in purity by surrounding yourself in godly community
 
By influencing in these ways we can change someone’s life, maybe even the whole world.
 
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Showing Kindness

 

Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

You Will Never Regret Being Kind

The Lord is giving us many opportunities to reach people who don’t know Him. The way we reach them is very important to God. In this passage He tells us to use wisdom, which He gives us freely when we ask. Wisdom will tell us what to do and when to do it. God wants us to reach out to the lost with the love of God, compassion. You see, we need to remember that people that don’t know the Lord are hurting and broken people. They are lost in the darkness of sin and need light and love to show them the way and bring a message of hope to them. If we will pray for God to open our eyes to the opportunities, I believe that we will see them more and more and He will give us the wisdom as to how we should reach these hurting people. Just remember the love and goodness of God when you first received Christ and present the Lord to others in the same way, you will never regret showing kindness and love to the lost.

 

Prayer – Father, I thank you today for wisdom and for opening my eyes to see what you see. Help me to make the most of every opportunity you give me today.


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We’re Re-Opening Church

 

We are VERY EXCITED to announce that we are RE-OPENING Living Water Church on Saturday, June 27th @7PM and Sunday, June 28th @10AM

If you haven’t taken the Church Re-Opening Survey please do that for us, it will help us very much in our Re-Opening Plans. Take the survey herehttps://www.lwfgc.org/re-opening-survey/

Here are a few points to remember about our Re-Opening

  • Social Distancing – we will endeavor to keep a safe distance in all areas of our building – families will be permitted to sit together and there will be a 2-chair space between non-family members as well as 6 feet between each row of chairs.
    We will have a full worship experience with singing and preaching as well as a time of prayer. Because there will be no children’s services available, our Church Service will be 45 minutes to be considerate of families who will bring their children, which we highly recommend.
  • There will be NO children’s services at this time, this includes Nursery – Kid’s Church – Switch Youth Group
  • Masks will be worn by all staff personal and masks are required for attendee’s – please bring your own mask, we will have masks on hand for those who don’t have one.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be at the main entrance and throughout the building.
    Please note that there is limited seating so we recommend that you arrive early to assure entrance.

    Even though we will have limited live services at the Church ALL services will continue online
 
 
Saturday at 7PM – at Church and Online
Sunday at 10AM – at Church and Online
Sunday at 1PM & 6PM – Online
Sunday at 11AM LW Youth Group ZOOM Meeting
Monday Bible Study at 7PM – Online
Tuesday Women’s ZOOM Group at 7PM
Tuesday Men’s ZOOM Group at 8PM
Wednesday Women’s Group on ZOOM at 10AM
The ConeXion on Wednesday at 7PM – Online
Thursday Night Rewind – Messages From the Vault at 7PM

 
 
 
If you need prayer for anything please let us know – click here

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Nothing Can Seperate Us


Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Walking In Love

 

As you walk in love you are walking in the power of Almighty God! No matter what you may face in this life the Apostle Paul reminds us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.

Any of the things that are listed in these verses in Romans can bring fear to our heart; but we must remember that the perfect love of God casts out fear.

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Fear can be quite convincing; but the Word of God is more powerful and convincing. Use his Word and speak to those things. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is like a shadow; it looks real but it’s not. Fear no evil; let Love show fear the door.

 

Prayer – Father, I thank You today that nothing can separate me from your love. Keep me focused on you today so I can walk in the Love of God.
 

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Stand Firm

 
I have found that the best way to stand firm in my faith is to do three simple things…

1 – Give God Praise

2 – Pray – with the Spirit and with understanding

3 – Meditate on the Scriptures

These three things help me to shift my attention to the Lord.

I hope you have a great day today, I know you will as you intentionally focus on the Lord.
 

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The Power Of Love

 

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love…

 

Walking in Love

 

To walk in love is to be like God. God is Love and everything He does is in Love. If we want to be more like Him we need to walk in love.

 

One way to walk in love is to listen to the small voice inside that tells us to show acts of kindness to people. Have you ever had the thought to call someone, just to say hello but put it off and then before you knew it days and even weeks have passed and you didn’t call. It could be that God put that person on your heart. Maybe they just needed to hear a friendly voice say, “Hello, I’ve been thinking about you”. So often it’s the little things that make big differences. Every time you think of someone you don’t need to call them; but you could just whisper a prayer of blessing for them. But sometimes you should give them a call, an email or a card; it could brighten up their day and you’ll be walking in love.

 

Prayer – Father, I thank You that You will help me to be sensitive today so that I may walk in love. I also want to thank you for your love in my life.


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Amazed In Emmaus

 

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. Pastor George Dupree will be talking about how Jesus will meet you when you’re going the wrong way how He’ll appear to you. He did that with the two people who were walking down the road to Emmaus. They were bewildered by what had just taken place, they watched Him die, they thought He was the One, now He was gone, but was He? We’ll look at how Jesus was revealed to them in the breaking of bread.

 

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Amazed In Emmaus
Online Communion Service
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – Pastor George Dupree
 
After Jesus was crucified there were two people leaving Jerusalem on a seven-mile journey to a town named Emmaus. We only know one of their names, he was Cleopas, his companion goes unnamed. They were distraught about the crucifixion of Jesus; they thought He was the one…
 
Here’s the story…
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Luke 24:13-43NKJV

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. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” 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?” 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.” 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.

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Jesus will meet you when you’re going the wrong way, he’ll appear to you.
 
He did that with the two people who were walking down the road to Emmaus. They were bewildered by what had just taken place, they watched Him die, they thought He was the One, now He was gone, but was He?
 
After their walk and talk Jesus breaks bread with them and their eyes were opened to who He was.
 
Before He went to the cross Jesus transformed the Passover meal into the Lord’s Supper. There He announced His body was to be broken for us, He was going to be the sacrificial lamb and His blood would be signifying the new covenant.
 
It’s no wonder that the two big celebrations from the Bible are the Passover and The Last Supper – both of which are represented in a meal.
 
Think about how a meal will be a connecting point for people, how it will be a place to disconnect from the outside world and connect with the ones we love. Think about this –
Jesus was revealed to the two men who walked with Him to Emmaus after the resurrection after they broke bread.
· 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.
 
As we break bread today and celebrate communion my question to you is
 
What does communion mean to you?

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Communion Sunday Online


Good Morning – I pray that you’re well and coming closer to God every day and in every way.

Pastor Carolyn and I are praying for you everyday and we long for the Celebration to come when we can all be together in Church.

Until then we are meeting online in several different ways. We have our weekend messages on

Saturday @7:00pm, Sunday @ 10:00am, 1:00pm and 6:00pm – Living Water Church Online
Monday Night Bible Study @7:00pm – Living Water Church Online
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study on ZOOM @10:30am – download the ZOOM app – https://zoom.us
The ConeXion on Wednesday Nights @7:00pm – Living Water Church Online
Thursday Night Rewind (Messages from the vault) @7:00pm – Living Water Church Online

The BEST way to view services in on the Church Online Platform – you connect there using the Living Water Church Online
Also you can view the service as it streams on the Living Water Church YouTube Channel, be sure to subscribe and you’ll be notified by email when the streaming is taking place.

Many of you may view the broadcast using Facebook, while this is an option it may be unreliable because Facebook will sometimes block the broadcast due to music content. Although we do have the licensing to stream the music we broadcast Facebook will not always recognize our licensing. We are working to resolve this but we can’t guarantee that the broadcast will not be blocked. That is why the best way to see the service is by using Living Water Church Online or Living Water Church YouTube Channel

This weekend we’ll be having Communion during our service, we hope you’ll join us and experience God’s Presence during this special time. All you’ll need is an open heart and crackers or bread and some kind of juice, they’re the symbols we use for communion.

Just like Jesus said “…I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you…” I feel the same way, I am eager to share in Communion with you this weekend.

If you need prayer let us know with an email at prayer@lwfgc.org or on the Church website at the prayer page

If you need or you know someone in need of food assistance the Joseph’s Storehouse, or food pantry, is open on Wednesday & Thursday from 10:30am – 2:30pm – please use the front door to check in.

We love you and we’re praying everyday for you.

Pastors George & Carolyn


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