Wednesday, 17 February 2021 09:18
What Is Your Treasure?Written by Jeron Parkins
Most of our days we don’t stop and ask questions about our purpose or what the meaning of life is. It’s usually in a time of hardship or after we’ve achieved some goal that we slow down enough to ask “What’s the point of my life?” or reflect, “I thought once I got to the top, I’d be happier or feel content – why don’t I?”
In the words of J.I. Packer from his book Knowing God: “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God… Once you become aware that the main busines that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord. The world today is full of sufferers from the wasting disease which Albert Camus focused as absurdism (“life is a bad joke”), and from the complaint which we may call Marie Antoinette’s fever, since she found the phrase that describes it (“nothing tastes”)… What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3:7-8).
We don’t often think like the Apostle Paul did, and while we can assent to what J.I. Packer wrote, most of us aren’t living with the goal of knowing God. Why not?
A writer named Skye Jethani, in his book With, reflects on why we settle for smaller and less important goals in life: “It has been my experience that when most people hear or think about God, they have a less than complete and sometimes entirely flawed, vision of who he is. As a result they do not tend to desire him At best they see him as a useful instrument for achieving something more desirous but if their vision were enlarged and corrected, if they could see his unrivaled beauty, grasp his unconditional love, perceive his radiant glory, and experience his untainted goodness, then it would become obvious that he is much more than a deity to simply tolerate or a device to employ. In other words, God would cease to be how we acquire our treasure, and he would become our treasure.”
What if we thought about Jesus as our treasure and made it the goal of our life to know him and be with him? Given how great He is, it would be a goal worth living for. My we pursue Jesus, seek after Jesus and his Kingdom as passionately and seriously as we would in pursuing precious gold and jewels. If Jesus isn’t your treasure, what lesser thing is? Why live for what won’t ultimately satisfy when God invites us to know and experience him? This is what you were made for!
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).
Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…
WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING MEET this Saturday
Come cheer on the quizzers on Saturday, February 20th here at Living Water Bible Fellowship. Quiz kids should arrive by 8:30 and if you are coming as guests please be seated by 8:45. If you have questions please contact Rosemary Bertin at 719-588-6304.
We continue our sermon series from 1st Peter. Greg Bervig will give an update on the Bringing Life Project. Pete Devine will share his testimony as he is being nominated for a second term on the Elder Board.
SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY
SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, and TEEN STUDY
There are masks available at the welcome desk in the lobby. We encourage you to wear masks at our worship services and be wise with your interactions.
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME March 7
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 7
PRAYER MEETING Wednesday, March 10
Join us for a time of interceding for our nation, for our community, for our church and for one another. We will meet with the Lord in worship and then bring our requests before the throne of grace. 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM CONFERENCE March 13
Living Water is affiliated with a network of churches known as Converge Worldwide (https://www.converge.org) and our regional network is known as Converge Rocky Mountain (https://www.convergerockymountain.org/). Our regional conference is taking place virtually on Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm. You are invited to attend. Simply hit this link to register for free: https://www.convergerockymountain.org/ Tod Bolsinger, author and resilience expert, is the Keynote speaker at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and there are break out sessions that focus on different ministry topics. The business meeting starts at 12:45 pm and will be finished by 2:00 pm.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins March 14
EAGLE LAKE CAMP REGISTRATION
Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children.
Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12 Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm Cost: $200
Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!
NURSERY POSITIONS OPEN
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE April 2
EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES April 4
I’m so excited for Resurrection Sunday! I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world. Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter Worship Services on April 4th at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am. Nursery available at 9:30 and 11:00. Services will be a bit shorter so we will keep the kids in the services with parents – children’s ministry will resume on April 11.
BAPTISM SUNDAY April 11
BABY DEDICATIONS May 2
COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER PROJECT/GROWTH ACTIVITY
Come join us for a life changing summer you will never forget. The 14 day Crush Fear summer project is an outdoor adventure that equips you to better follow Jesus and expand His kingdom. The project is located at Three Trails Ranch near the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado.
When: May 23th - June 6th, 2021
Cost: $485 - $100 deposit holds your spot.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3
REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16
EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23
Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st. Families get $25 off if they register before January 31. Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6
We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM
ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m.
Meets at 827 First Street. Free Dinner and Studying the Bible. Contact Forrest 970-462-5925
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.
MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.
Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.
Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table). If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link
SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.
“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for serving the Lord!