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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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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Parable of the Soils

The Parable Of The Soils

Sunday, July 28, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree

Mark 4:1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. 2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:   Mark 4:3   “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”   Mark 4:9   And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”   Mark 4:10   But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.   Mark 4:13   And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”     Hard Hearts – defiant an stubborn – you know God is speaking to you but you just say NO   And the devil swoops in and steals that word that was just sown. Maybe another hard heart is thinking what you’re hearing is for someone else and not you. Another hard heart is procrastination – but tomorrow never comes, tomorrow is always tomorrow.   There’s a word sown, God is speaking to you but you say “you’re right God, I’m going to do that or I’m not going to do that and I’ll start tomorrow”. You’re convicted by the word but don’t act and the devil steals the seed and the conviction too.   Hard Hearts Get Robbed     Shallow and Stony Hearts – Yay, God is so good! Yay!   We receive the word with gladness and we’re so happy and we actually think nothing will ever go wrong with my life now. But then life happens and cruddy things happen and the heat is turned up and the little plant that has no deep roots is scorched and then it dies.   Being a Christian does not guarantee no problems, in fact the Word promises the opposite Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.   Shallow hearts are only in it for what they can get out of it.   This is when we get disillusioned; we believe something about God that God NEVER said!   Shallow Hearts Get Disillusioned.    

Thorny – Weedy – Cluttered Hearts – these hearts are cluttered and crowded and when the seed is sown and the plants grows it gets choked and what fruit is there can’t survive.
 
These thorns and weeds are the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches and the desire for more, more, more.   It’s hard; bit Jesus said don’t worry about these things.
 
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
 
Worry will crowd out the fruit in your life.
Then there’s the deceitfulness of riches. Notice it doesn’t say riches but it says the deceitfulness of riches. That the lie that says more money will mean less problems. So we strive for more money, we sell out for more money, we compromise our values for more money. We hate other people with more money that us. We steal, we cheat, we lie to get more money. All because we’ve been deceived into thinking that more money will solve all our problems.
 
When this weedy heart gets more money it buys more stuff thinking that more stuff will bring happiness only to find out that the more stuff clutters the soul and the fruit gets choked and stifled and withers and dies.
Sadly, we sometimes have so much stuff that we don’t have time and room for God in our life.
 
1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 
Cluttered Hearts Get Distracted And Suffocated  
 
These three hearts represent shallow or crowded roots. God wants us to have deep and strong roots.
 
Proverbs 12:3 A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
 
Proverbs 12:12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
 
Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
 
Good Ground – this is where the promise and the hope is.
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
 
Good Ground Produces Fruit
 
It’s been said that even a tenfold return was good in Palestine but here the good soil can actually produce a hundredfold.
 
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
 
This parable is designed to encourage us not guilt and frighten us.
 
So the point is this: there is hope for us, if we will guard our heart we can see that there will be fruit in our lives.

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Free Refills

 
 
You Will Be Filled With Something
Sunday, July 7, 2019 – By Pastor George M. Dupree
 
I believe that Christians are to be a people of enthusiasm.
 
Enthusiasm – 1. a. Great or intense feeling for a subject or cause. b. Ardent eagerness; zeal. 2. Something that inspires enthusiasm. 3. ARCHAIC. a. Excess of religious feeling. b. Fanatical religious zeal. [LLat. enthusiasmus < Gk. enthousiasmos<enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god < entheos, possessed : en-, in + theos, god.] The American Heritage Dictionary
Therefore, to be enthused is to be FILLED with God.
 
A wonderful quotation on enthusiasm is by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
 
Remember that the dictionary said that enthusiasm was an excess of religious feeling. Excess indicates abundance, overflowing & surplus. So when we are filled with God, enthusiastic, we are overflowing with the surplus of the Holy Spirit within.
 
Jesus called it rivers of living water.
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. {38} “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” {39} But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
 
During the feast, on the great day, the priest took pitchers of water and poured it down the temple steps, the water then cascaded down the temple steps. This was a celebration of the ending of wandering in the wilderness. In the wilderness there is not an excess of water, so this act signified an abundance of water. Water is a key ingredient of life, both in the natural and the spirit. Jesus then says that if you believe in Him as the scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being-your heart. I see a duality of meaning in this verse.
 
1. If you believe in Him according to what the scriptures say, not what human thinking says, out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.
2. If you believe in Him, the scriptures promise living water will flow from your heart.
 
When you are filled with God it gets expressed, because out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth will speak.
 
The word “filled” also speaks of something that should be ongoing and continuous. You could translate it “Be being filled with the Holy Spirit,” just like you have to put gas in your car.
 
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and RENEWAL by the Holy Spirit,
 
What’s the real reason for the spread of Christianity?
It’s people who are enthusiastic – It’s because of people who are filled with God.
 
Stagnation is not compatible with a real Spirit-filled experience.
 
When you appreciate what you have as much as Pentecostals do, you aren’t satisfied to experience it yourself. You think others should have the same opportunity to partake of the movement of the Spirit of God.
 
People are coming to church expecting to meet God.
 
The folks at Pew Research have been reporting for years that while the mainline churches are in drastic free fall, the group that “shows the most significant growth is the nondenominational family.”
 
When you are filled with God you will express it. You will praise the Lord, you will love others and reach out to them, you will draw from the anointing in your pastors, and then the pastor will preach with a powerful anointing.
You will accept people that society has rejected because you are filled with and moved by compassion.
 
You’ll realize that you have been freely forgiven so you want to share that love and forgiveness with others.
 
When you are filled with God you can change the world.
 
You will be filled with something, let it be with God, be filled with more-more of Him!

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Celebrating Freedom

 
Celebrating Freedom – Independence Day 2019
Living Water Church – Pastor George Dupree
 
Intent of the nation– The founding fathers of America most definitely wanted America to be one nation under God, not a nation without God.
 
No Separation– You will not find the phrase separation of church & state in any of the writings that laid the foundation for America. Some people say that Thomas Jefferson said that there should be a separation of church and state, in other words no religion in the government… but this is what he actually wrote to the Danbury Baptists in 1802 – Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
 
Absurdity– The phrase separation of church and state has been being thrown about for several decades and many people tend to believe it’s in the constitution or some other critical writing in our country. It’s just not there… William James (1842-1910) The father of modern Psychology said • “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.”
 
Our Government– The three branches of our government are based on scripture • Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our Judge, (JUDICIAL) The LORD is our Lawgiver, (LEGISLATIVE) The LORD is our King; (EXECUTIVE) He will save us
 
America’s Heritage – This nation was founded on the principles of Christianity. 52 out of the 55 people who drew up the constitution were evangelical Christians. 24 had Biblical Degrees
 
Karl Marx said– “Take away a heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.” Karl Marx, Founder of Communism
 
Patrick Henry said – It can not be emphasized too strongly and too often that this nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ” He also said “Give me liberty or give me death”
 
John Quincy Adams said– America’s constitution was written for moral and religious people, it will not work for any other people.”
 
George Washington said– “Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they attempt to remove religion from politics.”
 
At Valley Forge he said – “The smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
 
Abraham Lincoln said– “Whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord”
 
Benjamin Franklin said– “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? . . . I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”
 
Teddy Roosevelt said– The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our civic and social life that it would be impossible for us to figure what life would be if these teachings were removed.
 
Dwight D. Eisenhower said– Without God, there would be no American form of government, nor any way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help. It will continue to be.
 
In Conclusion
We as believers in Christ have the duty to study and prove that America’s government was designed to be One Nation Under God

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Summer 2019

Let’s Stay Connected This Summer – Check Out What’s Happening @LivingWaterChurch
CAMP 22.6 Kids Camp – Monday – Friday, July 8-12 – 9:00Am – 12:30PM – https://www.lwfgc.org/camp226
 
Water Baptism – Wednesday, July 17th @7:00PM – Registration & Information https://www.lwfgc.org/calendar
 
Family Movie Night – Wednesday, July 24th @7:00PM – Registration & Information  https://www.lwfgc.org/calendar
 
BBQ & Fun Night – Wednesday, July 31st @7:00PM – Registration & Information https://www.lwfgc.org/calendar
 
 
 

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Friday, July 5 @7PM

LINK

Friday, July 5 @7PM
Friday, October 26th @7PMLINKING PEOPLE TO PEOPLE AND PEOPLE TO GOD
FRIDAY, JULY 19th @7:00PM
 

At LINK you will be inspired by a network of people living life to the fullest. You will have the opportunity to listen to great music, hear a relevant & inspiring message, and meet people from every sphere of life Come on out for a great night of food, music and community with the greatest sense of purpose!

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Summer Water Baptism

 
Perhaps you’re wondering what it means to be baptized. Why should I be baptized? If I’ve already been baptized, do I need to be baptized again? Does it matter if I am sprinkled or immersed? The Bible teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism is a sign to the world of your Read more…

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