Thursday, 03 June 2021 09:01

Thinking of Heaven

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Saw the rainbow in the picture below "over" my house yesterday. I wish I was a photographer and could have brought out the intensity of the colors - nevertheless it was glorious (made me think of heaven and what it must be like around God's throne - Revelation 4:3).  The beauty of the bow in the sky was given by God as a sign of his covenant with all humanity -  "God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth" (Genesis 9:12-16).  The rainbow should be a reminder of God's goodness and severity.  God did judge the evil of people when he destroyed life in the flood - his character is such that he will always be repulsed by sin and his divine wrath is the expression of his holy displeasure against human rebellion and unrighteousness.  But his goodness, his generosity towards humanity, it is amazing - when he sees the rainbow he remembers the covenant never to flood the world again - instead of giving humanity what it deserves, he chooses mercy.  We should be incredibly thankful that God is longsuffering and patient with sinners.  His mercy towards humans is incredible! As Christians, as we ponder the mercy of God in the Noahic Covenant, let us also remember the greater Noah - Christ has saved us from the waters of death - and the New Covenant through Jesus, "When God's wrath was propitiated by his own Son on the cross, so that all who are in Christ might find grace instead of wrath" (R. Kent Hughes, see Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2).  God is good and merciful, his common grace towards all is astounding, but let us not forget that there will be a day of judgment and only those who have turned in faith for salvation to the greater Noah (who is also the judge - see John 5:22) will stand: "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).

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THIS SUNDAY

Our sermon text for Sunday, June 6 is Daniel chapter five – we will be talking about God’s goodness and wrath and what living in right-relationship with Him means. 

Children’s Ministry is back for the rest of June during the 10:45 service.

Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser following second service, then Waves Kids vs. Pastors Quiz Off. There will also be a Bake sale, Dessert and Silent Auction in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds go to get the quiz kids to their World meet in Washington State.     

FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th

The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.

COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23

From Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  We haven't gotten together in a bit so I think it is time to feast and fellowship together as leaders. After we eat I want to let you know about some things we've got in the works in terms of Community Groups and discipleship as we move toward the fall. The Pastors and staff have been viewing the opening of the new building as an opportunity to look at things afresh and make necessary changes in our ministries that we have been wanting to change. Community Groups won't necessarily change, but I want to show you that we now have a plan and approach to discipleship to know exactly where CGs fit in the overall ministry of the church. Will and Alison Hickman have volunteered to open up their home; thanks Hickman's! We will plan on the regular burgers and brats. I will reach out as we get closer to ask people to bring food to the BBQ and give you the Hickman's address. See you Wednesday, June 23 at 6 pm at Will and Alison Hickman's house!

  • JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER  The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year!  The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.”  We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP RALLY FOR CHRIST JUNE 18-19  The youth group is having a special speaker visit Alamosa the weekend of June 18-19 and there will be some special activities for teenagers here at the church that weekend. Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information to come!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15  Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP

Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNHWLI_PF5zrQkwWDLQMEquQXCyLwg">https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc

Pastor Bo has invitations to camp for your kids to give out to their friends! Please contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or find him on Sunday to pick up some invitations.

SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS

Do you have a summer activity or hobby that you love?  Or are you starting a Bible study this summer or a topical study?  How about sharing it with others?  The Community Group Team wants to invite you to start a group for summer.  Why not Garden with others?  4 Wheeling?  Dirt Biking?  Fishing?  Art and Crafts?  Climbing?  Camping?  RV Trips?  Picnics?  Trips with other families and kids?  Let’s live in community!  If you want to lead a group or an event, please send your contact information and group activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 589-6351 

  • Pastor Jeron is doing a “Long and exhausting day hikes to isolated mountain lakes” group on Mondays this summer (weather and injuries permitting). If you want to get on the list for updates on what hike is coming up, please email Jeron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13

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We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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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://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNGKCPFA_4g9cf-oAyzVPHzN_B6XFw">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

Jeron Parkins

Senior Pastor