Thursday, 08 October 2020 10:50
HopeWritten by Jeron Parkins
Our Community Group focused on the topic of hope Tuesday night. How’s your level of hope these days? Are you hopeful or living in dread / despair? Hope is hard to define but it’s basically an expectation for something good to come about in the future. It seems to me that for the most part, Americans are a hopeful people. We are generally optimistic that better days are ahead. Obviously our hopefulness is being seriously challenged in 2020! For most of us, our level of hope or our hopefulness probably depends on what the object of our hope is. For instance, I wish I could promise you that the election is going to go your preferred way. What we learn about hope, is that it can be dashed or destroyed if it is placed on something that isn’t reliable or trustworthy (how’s your football team doing, by the way? Sorry to bring that up if its bad). But it’s hard to live hopefully if you are continually seeing promises broken or dreams crushed. Hope is kind of a byproduct of faith, and if you are placing your faith in someone or something that isn’t trustworthy, it’s hard to have a solid hope. For us Christians our hope flows out of our faith in God (his character and being) and his promises, so we can live with a high level of hope. For instance one of the verses we read on Tuesday was Romans 8:24-25. “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it patiently.” In the context the author is talking about the fact that we have been promised a new life after this life, a glorious experience of resurrection and heaven. He explains that we are faithfully awaiting that day when we will be physically adopted into God’s family and physically redeemed (we have been saved and yet we are still waiting for Jesus to come back to be physically saved). By God’s grace, believing God led to our salvation and believing God’s promises fill us with hope. Hope that is seen? It’s not hope anymore but fulfilled promise! One day we won’t need hope or faith because we’ll be with the Lord!
Do you want to live in hope? Turn to God and his promises. Remind yourself of what he’s promised you. I don’t know where I got it, but a definition of Christian hope is “The confident expectation in God and his promises.” We are so blessed as Christians to be able to live in hope! But maybe you don’t have a lot of hope today? Some people lack hope because they don’t remember what God’s promised! It’s hard to be hopeful if your eyes are only focused on worldly issues and events instead of what God is doing in the world. How can you grow in hope? Take the time to remember his love for you and remember that nothing can separate you from his love. Take the time to remember that he has plans for you, and that they will be fulfilled no matter what happens in this crazy world. Recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past and know that he is going to be faithful and consistent in the future. If you haven’t been reading the Bible, start again! Let God build your hope by listening to His Word. If you are overloading on the news or are watching the daily Covid counts, maybe the devil is stealing the joy of your coming salvation and stoking fear / despair. It’s ok to fast from the news or fast from social media (or fast from that guy that is always talking politics or doom and gloom!) until you can see the world once again from the divine perspective – yes the world is struggling, but Jesus is Lord and he has already won the victory! We get hope by believing God’s promises, having faith in Him, and trusting what he’s said about the future. May the Lord bless you with an abundance of faith, hope and love today!
Here’s some of what’s happening in the coming weeks at Living Water…
MEMBERSHIP CLASS COMING SOON
WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD
Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. Our Fall class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics. This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to serve him in the realm of civic engagement and politics. We got started last night by watching the Vice-Presidential Debate and we’ll spend some time on Oct 14 discussing 2020 Democratic and Republican party platforms with the goal of getting to the values and principles that underlay political positions and stances. The Class will be recorded (audio) and you can access it through our church website www.livingwateralamosa.org
NEW EVANGELISM GROUP
BABY DEDICATIONS Sunday, October 18
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES will be available October 18
The shoeboxes are here! If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped.
BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25
TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 31
“FALL BACK” TIME CHANGE, November 1
MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13
CPR TRAINING NOVEMBER 14
Cost is $25. If you are serving in a ministry at Living Water the church will pay for your CPR Training. Contact John Harr 588-2539. Please register by Nov 1st.
If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:
- Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
- Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
- If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
- Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly
ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue. Free Dinner and Studying the Bible. Contact Forrest 970-462-5925
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.
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building). Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions.
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. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction.
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
If we already have your kids in our system, just find their names, check them in and print some identification labels – there will be people present to help! Then come into the sanctuary for worship! All the children will start out in the worship service and then midway through the service they will be released (after the Lord’s Supper, we will sing the Doxology as a sign for them to go) and they will be escorted from the lobby to the Sprung Building (children can of course can stay in the whole worship service with parents and not participate in children’s ministry). After the service go and pick up your kids in the Sprung Building using your printed label as identification.
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.
WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION
AN AREA WHERE WE NEED TO GROW
We’ll never be perfect as a church (because the church isn’t made up of perfect people nor will we have perfect systems) but one area that we struggle with is welcoming our newcomers and visitors. Would you take the time to try to connect with folks that are new? It is hard to enter a church but it is so wonderful when people try to include you in their lives! This is especially needed on Sunday mornings during the second worship service. It’s a challenge as a good portion of folks in that service arrive late so it’s hard to greet people, but I’ve noticed that visitors during our second service aren’t connected with as most of our “mature” believers and outreach focused folks attend first service. Maybe you would consider become a “missionary” to the second worship service and making it your mission to reach out to visitors and help newcomers connect with our church family?
Thanks for reading!