Back To School Pryers

 

This weekend we’ll be praying a Blessing from God over Students, Teachers & Parents at these three weekend services at LivingWaterChuch

In these tumultuous times we know that we need God’s Blessing more than ever. With all of the changes that students, teachers, school workers & parents are facing in this new and very different school year we will be declaring a powerful blessing that will encourage and strengthen everyone.
Won’t you please join us as we link our faith together and put our trust in God.

May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace — Numbers 6:24-26

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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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The Church Is An Influencer

 

Living Water Church

The Church Is An Influencer

August 1st Weekend Service with Pastor George Dupree

 
 
As the Church we have a great opportunity to influence our world to know and have a relationship with our God.
 
 
I want people to know that although we call this building our Church it’s really just a building. It means an awful lot to us, of course.
 
The Church Is Not A Building – The Church Is People
 
In the Bible when you see the English word Church the Greek language word is ekklesia which, in essence, means those who have been called out. Peter tells us that we have been called out of darkness…
 
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I Peter 2:9NKJV

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;

 
 
The love of Christ is a central element of Christian beliefs. It refers to the love of Jesus Christ for humanity, the love of Christians for Christ, and the love of Christians for others.
 
The love FOR Christ is a reflection of His love for his Church.
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Jesus said if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our HOME with him. – John 14:23
 
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Saint Augustine wrote that “the common love of truth unites people, the common love of Christ unites all Christians”
 
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Moses said you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. – Deuteronomy 6:5
 
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Relationship with God begins with the heart – The Center of a person.
 
The soul encompasses mans essence, all that he is.
 
Might in the Hebrew language means “very” what would it mean to love the Lord will all our “very-ness”? Interestingly, the Greek translation of this word is “power.” The Aramaic translation is “wealth.” Both of these may actually be pointing in the same direction, for the strength of a person is not simply who he is, but what he has at his disposal.
 
If Moses’s call to love God starts with our heart and then moves out to our being, could not our “very-ness” be one step bigger and include all our resources?
 
This means that the call to love God is not only with our physical muscle, but with everything we have available for honoring God.
 
 

The Church Is Under The Reign of Our Lord Jesus

 
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Philippians 2:10-11NKJV

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 
 

The Church Will Have An Impact On Our World

 
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Acts 4:13KJV

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

 
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Acts of the Apostles 17:6NLT

6 Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too.

 
 

We Are The Church

 
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Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? — I Corinthians 3:16
 
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And Jesus Gave His Life For Us and for all the world so let’s influence others toward Christ.
 
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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

 
 
 
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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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