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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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Celebrating Palm Sunday

 

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 is Palm Sunday, the day we remember the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the Passover Feast. At the feast were some Greeks who had come to worship and they asked Philip if they could see Jesus. Pastor George Dupree will be talking about how important it is during this COVID-19 Pandemic for the Church to show Jesus to people…how will people see Jesus through you?

 

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Celebrating Palm Sunday – People Want To See Jesus
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Pastor George Dupree
 
The Passover Celebration is taking place and Jerusalem is overflowing with worshipers from all over the world. It’s the biggest feast day in Judaism. Passover represents freedom – freedom from slavery and bondage.
 
 
After centuries of slavery the children of Israel were freed from the land of Egypt. One day they were slaves and the next day they were free. Just like when we are born-again, one moment we’re a slave to sin; the next moment we’re free.
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II Corinthians 5:17NKJV

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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As the feast is approaching Jesus makes what is know as His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem He comes riding on a donkey as the King of Israel. It might seem strange to us that He would ride a donkey but there was great meaning to this.
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Matthew 21:1-11NKJV

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,‘Behold, your King is coming to you,Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:“Hosanna to the Son of David!‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

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Exodus 13:13NKJV

13 But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.

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Why A Donkey? – The donkey is an animal of peace; the horse is an animal of war. A king came riding upon a horse when he was intending to make war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to show that he was coming in peace. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem said that He came as the Prince of Peace.
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They took palm branches and went out to meet him shouting “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord – Blessed is the King of Israel. –John 12:13
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In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory.
Waving and placing palm branches was a sign of HONOR
 
They shouted Hosanna; which means Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
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An interesting thing is told to us from John’s Gospel about some people who were there
John 12:20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”
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Whether they know it or not people want to see Jesus. People want to know and experience something greater than what this life has to offer.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has also set eternity in the hearts of men
 
God has placed in the heart of man a desire for something more than this temporary life.
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Especially during this time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic people need the Hope that Jesus brings.
 
I am so happy to see so many Churches reaching out to people during this time – Churches are stepping up efforts to bring Hope to people by streaming services, sending words of encouragement over social media, text messages, phone calls, emails, written letters and cards, shopping for people, singing songs outside of houses and a myriad of other types of ways.
 
It’s a very sad time for people who are hospitalized to things other than COVID-19 and they can’t have visitors. Sad also for people afflicted with the virus and for the loved ones of people who have succumbed to the virus.
 
Church Let’s Let Our Light Shine In This Dark Time.
 
I pray that after this is over, and it will pass, that the Church will continue with string efforts to connect with one another and reach out to a world that needs Jesus.
 
What we want to think about today is –
How Do People See Jesus Through Us As Christians?
 

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Corona Worry

Worry About Corona Doesn’t Work

March 27, 2020 – Pastor George Dupree

 

Amid all of the concerns over the COVID-19 Pandemic I want to encourage you about your thinking during these difficult times.

 

First let’s make a distinction between worrying and concern. Concern is acknowledging a problem and taking steps to correct it. Worrying is going around in circles, fretting, not taking action.

 

Worry is something that nearly everyone is familiar with. Worry can best be defined as a chain of negative thoughts that have to do with fears about the future and regrets about the past.

 

Concern can be useful. Concern can be a method to resolve problems and anticipate and prepare for future events. For example, being concerned about a test will cause you to study, because by studying, you will reduce the negative feeling accompanying the concern. However, rather than solving problems, chronic worriers often simply generate more and more worries.

 

Excessive worry can become a significant problem. Since worry is often accomplished by a mixture of negative emotions, for example tension, fear, apprehension; and physical sensations such as muscle tension, heart palpitations, upset stomach — worrying can have a substantial impact on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Excessive worry can lead to impaired functioning — for example, excessive worry can distract someone from their work, or decrease enjoyment of good things that are happening. It’s been said that approximately 15% of the population spend eight hours a day worrying.

 

Luke 12:25-26 Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year, or even one day? 26 So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God’s care of you?

 

Peace Replaces Worry

John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid

 

Have you ever said, “I’m worried sick!”

If you have, there is medical evidence that you’re absolutely right on the mark. Worry can make you sick.

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t worry about it!” “That’s easier said than done,” you replied. It is hard to stop worrying. That’s because worry is a habit and it is as addictive as chemical abuse. Worry is emotional abuse of the self. It has absolutely no productive or positive qualities and it is always a negative, downward spiral.

 

Trust In God Cancels Worry

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

 

Prayer Brings Exceptional 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.

 

Are You Worried? Have A Little Talk With Jesus

Psalms 55:22 My LORD, I belong to you.

I tell you what worries me, and you won’t let me fall.

 

 


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How You See God

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20/20 Vision – How You See God

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. Today we’ll talk about How You See God – People have different ideas of what God is like, and they communicate with Him according to their perception…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

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20/20 Vision – How You See God
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
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People have different ideas of what God is like, and they communicate with Him according to their perception. Those who think He is rigid and austere keep their distance. Others, who see Him as formal and stiff, usually approach Him in the same way. Yet those who know Him as Father and Friend enjoy the blessing of a close, intimate relationship with Him — where you can call on Him anytime.
 
Luke 19:11-24TPT

11 At this time Jesus was getting close to entering Jerusalem. The crowds that followed him were convinced that God’s kingdom realm would fully manifest when Jesus established it in Jerusalem. 12 So he told them this story to change their perspective:“Once there was a wealthy prince who left his province to travel to a distant land, where he would be crowned king and then return. 13 Before he departed he summoned his ten servants together and said, ‘I am entrusting each of you with fifty thousand dollars to trade with while I am away. Invest it and put the money to work until I return.’ 14 “Some of his countrymen despised the prince and sent a delegation after him to declare before the royals, ‘We refuse to let this man rule over us! He will not be our king!’ 15 “Nevertheless, he was crowned king and returned to his land. Then he summoned his ten servants to see how much each one had earned and what their profits came to. 16 “The first one came forward and said, ‘Master, I took what you gave me and invested it, and it multiplied ten times.’ 17 “ ‘Splendid! You have done well, my excellent servant. Because you have shown that you can be trusted in this small matter, I now grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.’ 18 “The second came and said, ‘Master, what you left with me has multiplied five times.’ 19 “His master said, ‘I also grant you authority in my kingdom over five fortress cities.’ 20 “Another came before the king and said, ‘Master, here is the money you entrusted to me. I hid it for safekeeping. 21 You see, I live in fear of you, for everyone knows you are a strict master and impossible to please. You push us for a high return on all that you own, and you always want to gain from someone else’s efforts.’ 22 “The king said, ‘You wicked servant! I will judge you using your own words. If what you said about me is true, that I am a harsh man, pushing you for a high return and wanting gain from others’ efforts, 23 why didn’t you at least put my money in the bank to earn some interest on what I entrusted to you?’ 24 “The king said to his other servants, ‘Take the money he has and give it to the faithful servant who multiplied my money ten times over.’

 
Would an austere God say this – The LORD says, “Now, let’s settle the matter. You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow. Although your stains are deep red, you will be as white as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (TEV)
 
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YOU FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR:
 
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment.
“What sort of people live in the next town?” asked the stranger.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer, answering the question with another question.
“They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I’m happy to be leaving the scoundrels.”
“Is that so?” replied the old farmer. “Well, I’m afraid that you’ll find the same sort in the next town.
Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work.
Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. “What sort of people live in the next town?” he asked.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer once again.
“They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I’m sorry to be leaving them.”
“Fear not,” said the farmer. “You’ll find the same sort in the next town.”
 
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God Is GOOD
 
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. 9 The LORD isgood to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
 
Psalms 107:1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy
 
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
 

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Seeing Yourself As Generous

20/20 Vision – Seeing Yourself As Generous

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. Today we’ll talk about how we are created to be generous and how when see ourselves as generous we can begin to grow in generosity…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

 

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20/20 Vision – Seeing Ourselves As GENEROUS
Sunday, February 23, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
 
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Since we are created in the image of God, who is GENEROUS, we ARE generous. This thing is this…generosity is a matter of the heart. We are all born with a heart and our heart has to grow and be used in order to serve us as designed. In the same way our GENEROUS heart has to grow and be used in order to serve the purpose for which it was created. There are times when we want to be generous; we have the heart to be generous; that’s when there needs to be the actions of generosity to have the desire of our heart fulfilled.
 
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Acts 20:35TPT

35 I’ve left you an example of how you should serve and take care of those who are weak. For we must always cherish the words of our Lord Jesus, who taught, ‘Giving brings a far greater blessing than receiving.’”

 
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2 Corinthians 8:7 But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also EXCEL in this grace of giving. (The Passion Translation – make sure that you also excel in grace-filled generosity)
 
We know that grace is the power of God that enables us to live as God designed us to live.
 
Here we see that Paul is encouraging us to live generously by grace. He’s telling us to let God work in us by His grace so that we will become generous everyday in every way.
 
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Before you can EXCEL you need to learn the basics.
 
If you really want to be great at something you’ll need to be willing to take some lessons.
 
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2 Corinthians 9:7-11NIV

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.


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