Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:17
On How to Live During a RevolutionWritten by Jeron Parkins
So the title of this devotional is bit dramatic, but it seems to me that our country is truly undergoing a radical revolution of beliefs, values and practices. It seems like everything is being questioned and evaluated. Schools, buildings and streets around the nation are getting new names and famous brands such as the Washington Redskins, Aunt Jemima, Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Suess books, and dozens of other longstanding “institutions” are being rebranded and repackaged to avoid any offense. We live in such a wild time that even maleness and femaleness seem to be under attack! I suppose that I like calling what’s happening a revolution as people are truly trying to bring about a new culture and a new world. There might be some good that is happening. If the sin of racism is less, great! If there is less sexual violence in our culture, wonderful! But revolution is a big stick that isn’t very precise. It’s hard to be precise and just when you are trying to purge everything, it’s hard to see any good in what has been accomplished in the past or remember any positive impact. When you are on the warpath, everything looks like a target.
As a byproduct, if you love to criticize and tear down others it’s a golden age! So many mass media sites, personal blogs and vlogs, and social media pages seem to thrive on “exposing” what’s wrong (never mind if its libel or slander merely gossip as long as people continue to like your page!). Negativity and attack is selling like never before. But this can only go on for so long. The pendulum is bound to swing back.
What an opportunity for Christians! If we intentionally decide to live in the ways of Jesus we will be so distinctive and we will have so many chances to share the gospel. Just look at this short list of ways that Christians are supposed to be distinct. What a time for us to shine in the darkness by rejecting the cultural trend and living by God’s word!
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (Romans 12:14).
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).
“To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Romans 12:20).
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor” (Romans 13:9-10).
God’s word calls us to bless when we are cursed. Speak well of others when they tear you apart (even on social media). Do good to those who are seeking to harm you. Seek peace with those who are trying to go to war with you. (Who can live like this? Those who have faith in the God who rules over all. Those who follow a Lord who was “cancelled” for righteousness sake, but who came back from the dead. Those who believe that God can rescue and bless and reward even when the “powers that be” go on the warpath. Those that believe that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” can freely choose to live like no others.).
We might look back and appreciate some of what’s happening in this revolution. Maybe we will see this as a time when some idols fell or wicked practices ended. But it seems like this time may become a time when Christians are on the chopping block, when our values are on the cancellation list. How should we respond? We should respond as Jesus would. We should respond virtuously and with the gospel. When we have can’t be silent about a social issue or must fight against evil, we go to the appropriate authorities in a godly and honorable way and speak the truth in love. When we have to stand against evil we don’t become evil in our ways but in all our behaviors and in all our words we remember that we are ambassadors for Jesus. We could win a battle here and there by being harsh or meanspirited or by using worldly tactics, but do such means win a hearing for the gospel among the lost? Our mission is to make disciples, not enemies. We choose to live such good lives among the pagans, that though they accuse us of doing wrong, they will be silenced by the weight of our obviously good lifestyles. Their slander won’t hold much ground among those who have only experienced our love, generosity, kindness and mercy. In our politics let us always be the people who humbly treat the “other side” with goodness and grace, concerned about their welfare, giving them the benefit of the doubt and seeing the best in them (in other words treat them as you would want to be treated). When we have to call out evil or stand against sin, let us do so as those who are not “holier than thou” but as those who have received forgiveness instead of what we deserved; as those who have been shown mercy, let us be merciful to others.
Here’s some of what’s happening in the near future at Living Water…
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 7
Come hear reports on what’s happening at Living Water and where we are going in the future! We’ll be electing Officers, Elders and Deacons as well as voting on our new 2021/22 church budget. The meeting begins at 1:00 pm. We aren’t having a potluck meal this year but for those that RSVP’d to attend the meeting, we will have food available after second service.
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
MOVIE NIGHT, March 26
Passion of the Christ will be shown in the Sanctuary on the big screen and at the same time a movie for kids will be offered in the Sprung Building.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, APRIL 2
RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICES April 4
Please start inviting people 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
Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children.
Please contact Pastor Bo for more information.
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!
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
May God bless you today!
May you live in hope today!