Try Again

Try Again

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 Never Giving Up (on what’s right & good) – The point is this…things may look or feel hopeless BUT if God is behind it you should get in step with Him and keep trying…

 

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Luke 5:1-11NKJV

1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

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TRY AGAIN
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Luke 5:1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; NEVERTHELESS at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
 
Jesus sees two boats by the seashore; the men left the boats and are cleaning their nets after a long night of fruitless fishing. Jesus gets into Peter’s boat and preaches for a while, afterwards He says to Simon “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
 
This was an interruption for Simon: he was busy, he had to get the nets prepared for the next time he’s go fishing. What’s your reaction when the Lord interrupts your day?
He told Simon to TRY AGAIN – He knew he caught nothing all night but He said try again. With that “launch out” He also told him there would be a catch.
 
 
Maybe Simon didn’t want to do it, he was busy and tired but he said “nevertheless”. We don’t know exactly why he said yes, maybe he felt like it, maybe he thought if he did it he’d get rid of this preacher, who knows but the fact is he did it. And when he did he got the surprise of his life, a catch so big he needed another boat to help bring it in. They filled both boats with so much fish that they both began to sink!
 
Simon said NEVERTHELESS – Regardless of my experience today, regardless of my feelings or what I think, I’ll do it. Perhaps God just touched him and he decided to trust, to obey.
 
We read that obedience releases the gift of the Holy Spirit
Acts 5:32 We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God.
 
For Simon last night was a setback, but it turned into a setup.
And we know that all things work together for good! – Romans 8:28
 
Maybe you tried so hard and so many times and you’ve not seen the results you wanted, don’t give up – TRY AGAIN
 
Anybody can quit but NOT YOU; you’re better than that, you’re more than a conqueror, you can do all things through Christ.
 
Losers focus on what they’re going through, winners focus on what they’re going to. The Bible declares that we are going from glory to glory, agree with the Word and see it come to pass in your life.
 
What you’re going through today is the vehicle that’ll bring you into the plan from God for you.
 
 
When we say yes we put our trust in the Lord – Here’s some promises concerning trusting
† Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
 
† Psalms 125:1 Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
 
† Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
 
 
Don’t Give Up – Try Again
† Galatians 6:9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
 
Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
 
When Simon said nevertheless nothing was different –
 
Same Boat –
Same Nets –
Same Lake –
 
Well, one thing was different – Jesus was in the boat!
 
I don’t know what you’re facing today. Maybe you’ve toiled a long time with no results, please, try again; don’t give up. If God’s given you a word or a promise from His word hold on, try again and by all means, invite Jesus into your boat.
 
 
 
 

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The Road To Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.
 
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Switch Youth Group

 

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There’s Hope For You

 
 

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There’s Hope For You

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 HOPE – The point is this…things may look or feel hopeless BUT there is hope for you…

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There Is Hope For You
Pastor George M. Dupree – Sunday, September 29, 2019
 
Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 23 So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!
 
Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
 
Hope Is An Anchor For Your Soul – Get Ahold Of It
Hebrews 6:17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil
 
Stay In The Scriptures – They Give Us Hope
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
 
Staying In The Scriptures is a part of working out your salvation.
 
This is where the good soil in your life is worked and you’ll produce fruit in this soil.
It’s not easy – but it’s worth it.
 
Learn to be full of HOPE, that’s right, you have to learn to be full of HOPE. There are things that you can practice to be full of HOPE.
 
1. Study the WORD.
2. Say the WORD.
3. Surround yourself with POSSITIVE people, not doubters and complainers.
4. Stay full of PRAISE.
5. Stay in FELLOWSHIP, don’t stay home from CHURCH when you can come, you’ll be built up
 
The daily discipline of being in the Word sustains your HOPE
 
Psalms 119:81 My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word.
 
Psalms 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
Psalms 119:147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.
 
Praise Nurtures Hope
Romans 5:2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
 
Job 14:6 For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. 8 Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, 9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.
 
You may be in a difficult time right now but it’s subject to change.
Maybe your marriage is shaky – but that’s subject to change
Maybe your child is going in a bad way – but that’s subject to change
Maybe your finances are depleted – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re sick right now – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re having trouble in school – but that’s subject to change
Maybe you’re without a job – but that’s subject to change
 
Be A Prisoner Of Hope
Zechariah 9:11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
 
You can be a prisoner to a lot of things:
1. Anger
2. Doubt
3. Bitterness
4. Hatred
5. Fear
 
But you can be a prisoner of HOPE
 
No matter what you face you can expect God to be with you and help you get through it.
 
Maybe He’ll remove it, maybe He’ll give you the courage to go through it, either way He’ll be with you.
Keep on BELIEVING –
Keep On HOPING –
God Is Able To Do More than You IMAGINE –
 
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
 
Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.
 
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Upside Down Kingdom

 

Upside Down Kingdom

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 Kingdom of God – The point is this…things in His Kingdom operate differently than the way we are used to them and we have to assimilate to the new Kingdom

 

The Upside Down Kingdom
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
 
Repent – to think differently, to reconsider morally, feel compunction
Compunction – a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
 
When you repent you change your thinking, which changes your direction, which changes your actions which changes your habits, which changes your life.
 
It happens because of GRACE – receive – believe – become
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
 
Jesus is baptized
 
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
 
And soon after that Jesus said
Luke 4:43 I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.
 
The Kingdom of God was primary for Jesus to preach, the Kingdom signifies an entirely different way of living, that’s why it’s often referred to as an UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM
 
We’re encouraged to SEEK His Kingdom
Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 
Does anyone have keys that they don’t know what they’re for? We can have keys but if we don’t know what they unlock they’re useless.
 
Jesus said in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 
Jesus wants us to have the Kingdom to have keys that unlock the treasures of a Kingdom Life.
 
The Keys Of The Kingdom
Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
 
Peter said something very significant here; he said that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed one, the son of the living God.
 
And Jesus responds that He will build His Church upon that revelation, and He will give him the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
 
Keys represent authority and access.
 
Jesus gives us authority so whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 
With the authority from God we can lock (bind) and loose (unlock)
 
Jesus told several stories or parables about what the Kingdom was like but we see that Paul tells us precisely what it is
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 
Righteousness – not perfect people, not self-righteous, but people who are right with God because they have repented, turned to God.
 
Peace – not the absence of turmoil or struggle but peace with God because of repentance, turning to God which does lead to peace within.
 
Joy – joy is not happiness which is dependent upon what happens, but and inner strength and calm delight.
 
When we live our lives with US as king we don’t have these three things but when we live with Jesus as King we do have those things. That’s why the verse closes with the term IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
 
 

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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

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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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Something’s Lost

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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.
 
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