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Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:23

Nothing Is Impossible With God

Can you see it?  When you look at the above picture, can you see the walls and smell the fresh paint?  The people walking into the classrooms on the second story?  Energized children riding up and down (and up and down) the elevator and learning of the Father’s love?  The hugs and laughter in the hallways?  The moms gathered for coffee and the kids in the indoor play area on a cold winter day?  Babies exploring the new nursery?  The heads bowed in prayer in adult Sunday School?  Dozens of teens singing to the Lord Jesus their rescuer?   

Nothing is Impossible with God.  “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of the Cyrus kind of Persia… Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1:1-4).  The Lord of heaven and earth had decreed through Jeremiah that after 70 years that he would bring a remnant of his people back to the promised land.  But nobody would have bet on it.  Jerusalem was so thoroughly destroyed and the nation so devastated it was impossible to imagine.  After a few generations in Babylon the Jewish traditions and faith were greatly diminished.  The people had become secular and few remembered their former way of life, let alone what it was to live in Israel.  Would the way back to Jerusalem really open?  How could it?  The Babylonians had slave labor in the Israelites. They had a class of people who helped their economy.  Would they send them back?  No way!  But God is greater than any circumstance or obstacle and nothing is impossible with God.  God brought the Persians to world dominance and after they had shockingly overthrew the mighty Babylonians, God moved in the life of the Persian king to institute a new policy.  He decreed that the Jews could go home! 

Nothing is impossible with God.  After a large group of exiles returned to Jerusalem and Judah and began rebuilding the temple, they faced opposition from the non-Jewish people in the area.  They spoke negatively of the Jews intentions, and told a later king of Persia that they intended to rebel and stop paying taxes.  Surely the Persian leadership, and all the government, who were hungry for revenue and dominion would shut the Jewish people down and keep them from rebuilding the temple.  Not so!  After many years Darius the king made a decree, saying this to those who opposed God’s people:  “Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your[a] associates the governors who are in the province Beyond the River, keep away. Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River. And whatever is needed—bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests at Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill. May the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who shall put out a hand to alter this, or to destroy this house of God that is in Jerusalem. I Darius make a decree; let it be done with all diligence” (Ezra 6:6-12). 

What?  How?  This couldn’t happen!  Those who opposed Israel were made to contribute money and resources to help them rebuild their temple and strengthen the Jewish nation?  How is this possible?  It is possible because God wanted it to happen and decreed it to happen.  When I read the book of Ezra this morning I counted six times when Ezra attributed what was happening in him and through him to God’s power, saying, “for the hand of the Lord was on him.” 

Church, when God decides to accomplish something it is as good as accomplished.  So we live by faith that Christ is building his church. We live by faith that the kingdom will come.  We live by faith that he is with us.  We live by faith that he will give us what we need to make disciples for he has sent us.  We expect opposition.  We expect struggle.  We expect hardships and difficulties in doing God’s will because we live in a world where God’s plans are opposed.  But if it’s God’s will it will be done.  There were those who doubted the temple would be rebuilt (read the book of Ezra).  There were those who doubted that the walls would be rebuilt (read the book of Nehemiah).  But as the people acted in faith the temple went up and the walls were set.  Can you see it? 

“Lord Jesus, we ask you would stir us to do your will.  Lord Jesus, move in us to step out in faith and seek to make disciples.  May the Word of God spread from our lips into our community and may we see many turn to you.  We know it’s possible because you saved us, and if you can save us, you can save anyone!  Our great God, we lift up the building project to you.  As we prepare to pour the concrete pad next week and as we plan on erecting the walls in September, we ask Lord that you would bless this project for the sake of your great name.  We ask that it would be a tool that would contribute greatly to making disciples for you.  We ask that you would protect the workers Lord and let the building be enclosed before the cold weather comes.  We ask that you would provide all the funding Lord.  We ask you, the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, to glorify yourself by moving in people to contribute in such a manner that we would one day be debt free.  Nothing is impossible for you Jesus!  Lord, we know that a building is just a tool, and that it is you working through your people who accomplish the task of reaching the nations.  So fill us with your Spirit.  Give us a love for people that we haven’t had before.  Break our hearts for the lost and help us see them as you do.  Our sweet Jesus, make us sing again your songs of deliverance and may lives be changed as your salvation is made known by this grateful church.  We ask this all Lord in keeping with who you are in what you want to see happen.  In your name Jesus, Amen.”


Here’s some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the near future…

PLAYGROUND WORKDAY This Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 

We are gearing up for playground re-installation.  The site is being prepped today for installation of equipment, turf and a fence.  Everyone is invited to come and help this Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m. where we hope to install most of the major equipment (contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Please bring landscaping rakes and shovels, gloves and be prepared for warm weather! 

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WOMENS MINISTRY TEAM is planning to meet Sunday, August 30th

Geri Fleming is the new Ministry Team Director.  Please contact her if you are able to come or are interested in serving with the Women’s Ministry Team this Fall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Join the ladies at Carrol Park at 12:15 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair.  If weather is bad meeting will be moved to Fellowship Hall. 

FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING has started.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   
  • SUNDAY NURSERY is likely to start SEPTEMBER 13.  Please contact Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 
  • COMMUNITY GROUPS are starting in SEPTEMBER.  Please contact Pastor Bo if you are interested in starting a group or want to learn more about groups This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

Thanks for reading! 


May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you,

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:33

Dear Church Family and Friends

Dear Church Family and Friends,

We’ve been able to serve a lot of people in our buildings this summer.  I’m so grateful!  From a Funeral on Monday, to this week’s recitals by the Sandie Wehe Music Studios to starting a Saturday night service in July, to a Movie Night by the Family Team to last week’s Global Leadership Summit to Vacation Bible School in late July to Eagle Lake Camp in early July to various ministries such as Reign Youth Group and Community Groups and Bible Studies it really hasn’t seemed all that different from other summers.  Obviously being one building down (we saw the Reign Building be dismantled in June along with the playground) we’ve had to be more flexible, but things have worked out! Whew! Lots of people have made this all possible. Thank you Jordan Curtis and team (Eagle Lake), Harley Kincannon and team (VBS) for stepping out in faith and having excellent outreach ministries for children!  Thanks Cliff and Cari for making it possible for the youth group to meet over the summer.  I especially want to thank Kenny and Rose Bertin for going the extra mile in working with and around all these ministries, both in tech and cleaning – your efforts have been noticed!  Also Pastor Luke and the worship team have had to adjust a lot (and clear the stage a lot) to make things happen – thank you! 

As we go into the Fall, let’s pray for God’s grace to be on our church.  May we be a like a shining city on the hill for Christ!  Would you please pray for all the ministries re-launching this Fall?  And if you are looking for a place to serve, here’s a partial list of ministries you can pray for or possibly help with:  Community Groups.  Project Growing Hope.  Homeschooling Groups.  Mothers of Preschoolers.  Anchored College Ministry.  Waves Bible Quizzing.  Tidal Waves Bible Study.  Reign Youth Group.  Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry.  Women’s Ministry Team.  Family Team.  Wednesday in the Word.  Men’s Prayer Breakfast.  Safety Team.  Projection Team.  Video Team.  Sound Team. 

New Building Construction is coming along great!  We will start to see some big changes soon as the floor will be poured and the building will actually start to be erected. What a great tool this will be for making much of Jesus and blessing our community!  Please continue to pray for the workers safety, for the work to be completed on time and under budget.  Please be praying for God to provide the finances needed over the coming years – even that we could be at place of being debt free!  Up to this point, by God’s grace, we are right on target in our fundraising goals and to meet our year one fundraising goal we are praying for $60,000 to be pledged or given over the next three months.  Please continue to pray for this endeavor!  We have informational folders in the lobby or you can visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ 


Here’s some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the near future…

PLAYGROUND WORKDAY Saturday, August 22:  We are gearing up for playground re-installation.  Dirt is being brought in today and tomorrow.  Next week there will be plenty of small projects for you to help with (contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) leading up to a general playground workday on Saturday, August 22 where we hope to install most of the major equipment. 

WOMENS MINISTRY TEAM will meet on Sunday, August 30th at Carrol Park at 12:15 p.m. (weather permitting).  Geri Fleming is the new Ministry Team Director.  Please contact her if you are able to come or are interested in serving with the Women’s Ministry Team this Fall.

FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

Please pray for the SLV as schools are reopening and teachers, administrators and parents are trying to make it happen.  May everyone be given an extra measure of patience and strength in the days ahead. Let’s pray, and pray and pray some more for things to go as well as possible this Fall in relation to the kids and their education.  But let’s especially pray for a special time in our valley’s history to arise in the near future when many people will come to Christ.  May there be a revival of the Christians and may there be a harvest among the lost!


Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 06 August 2020 08:50

Walking With Jesus in Unity

As Christians there will always be political or social issues in which we won’t see things the same way.  At times, as in any family, church members will be in disagreement on how to proceed or come to different conclusions on a decision that needs to be made.  It’s normal.  Across America churches are being put into some difficult situations with their brothers and sisters in Christ regarding the wearing of masks.  Maybe you’ve felt the tension?  Maybe you’ve become frustrated with a fellow Christian?   A Deacon gave me his opinion that we have 3 different views of mask wearing among the members of Living Water.  View #1 is that we should wear our masks at all times in public and that it is the loving thing to do and it will help us be good witnesses to our lost neighbors.  View #2 is the viewpoint that if the government or the business wants us to wear a mask, fine, but they are not sure whether it helps or not.  Those holding this view are skeptical and irritated by the mask mandate and likely won’t voluntarily wear a mask, but will wear the mask if it’s required.  View #3 is the outlook that people are welcome to wear masks but it shouldn’t be imposed on everyone by the government.  These folks say if people are worried about getting sick, let them wear masks, but we aren’t going to do so.  Those who are not worried about it should be treated as adults who are free to choose whether or not to wear a mask, as this virus isn’t nearly as deadly as what was anticipated, or they feel that their rights are being taken away unconstitutionally.  There are likely more than these three views or variations of each of them that are held to by people in our church and in many congregations across the land. 

Whatever view you hold and for whatever reasons, let’s not let it come between our relationships, or hinder our mission as a church.  We have been reconciled to God through Christ and therefore are part of the same family and commissioned for the same purpose.  The enemy would love to separate us from one another over this issue.  He would love to make the body weak and unable to stand for Christ in unity.  We might be very uncomfortable or even upset at someone for holding a view we have rejected but let us remember that this issue will pass and the only one who wins if followers of Christ separate is Satan.  Keep loving your brother and sister who looks at this situation differently than you do.  This is a situation where Ephesians 4:2 applies:  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  It’s fine (and good) to dialog and even debate in love, but don’t let your anger overflow to scorch a brother or sister in Christ who doesn’t see things as you do. 

Over the last 5 months we as an Elder Board we have asked the Lord for discernment and wisdom for how to address this situation.  In our meetings we’ve looked deeply at passages such as Romans 13:1-7 (the importance of submitting to governmental authority), 1st Corinthians 13 (the importance and application of love) and Hebrews 10:24-25 (the importance of continuing to meet).  As Elders we haven’t seen things the same way and all three views listed above are present on our Board.  But we are united under Jesus and will continue to find a consensus that we think pleases the Lord and puts us in the best position to fulfill our mission, while at the same time respecting our elected officials and not taking unwise risk (it’s impossible to live life well or to live an authentic Christian life without taking on some risk).  It has seemed best for us to offer services and meetings which are “touchless” and are encouraging folks to avoid physical contact (not shake hands, etc.) and are continuing to encourage everyone to wear masks when they enter our facilities and urge those who are at greater risk (the elderly and those who have pre-existing conditions) to be very cautious in engaging with activities or meetings at the church. 

Thankfully at this time the San Luis Valley is seeing a very low number of cases of the virus.  Let’s pray for better and better days ahead, lets keep serving one another in love, and let’s stay unified in the mission to exalt Christ as Lord.  There are thousands and thousands of people who need salvation and Jesus has called us to work together to see the gospel proclaimed.  Our church is all about seeing lives changed through the gospel but we can’t do it well if we aren’t united.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well!  We will likely see the concrete pad being poured in the by mid-August.  Our own Allan Haverfield (and crew) has been working on some bathroom plumbing before the concrete comes.  Last night our tech team (Dale, Kenny and AJ) met with the architect to make some adjustments.  Financially we are right on target for our fundraising goals – praise God!  So you know, our current target is to see $60,000 pledged or given over the next three months to reach our year one goal.  Please continue to pray for this endeavor!  We have informational folders in the lobby or you can visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/  Pray for the continued safety of the workers. 

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FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Tomorrow August 7

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This is a mask friendly event literally...kids will get to pick out a mask and keep it. We will have children size breathing masks and also adult size masks if you should need one. 

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 FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 9. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

rightnowmedia

You have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for reading! 

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45). 

Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:48

Joy!

Dear Church,

It’s been such a treat to host Eagle Lake Camps and VBS this summer!  What a joy to see kids laughing and having fun with their peers!  More importantly there are a lot of kids in our community that have heard the gospel or are hearing the gospel this summer at Living Water.  We had several children receive Christ through Eagle Lake’s ministry and we’re praying for the children attending VBS this week that there would be children saved.  While the problems in the world might get a lot of our attention, let’s not forget that God is still moving in our midst.  Jesus is working through his church, by the power of the Spirit, to change lives.  What a privilege to be part of an eternal work!  Do you have a story to tell of someone being saved recently or a gospel conversation you had with someone?  I’d love to hear about it and perhaps share it with the congregation.  May the Lord give you grace this week to minister to others in the name of Jesus. 


Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well.  We took a big step forward this week with the concrete stem walls being poured.  We will likely see the concrete pad being poured in the by mid-August.  If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted lots of information on the project.  Thank you for your consistent financial giving.  Your pledges and financial contributions are huge!  Church please be in prayer for the new building.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget.  Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future. 

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SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

This Sunday, August 2 we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper at both services.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

This Saturday, August 1 we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper at the Saturday service. 

Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

The Summit takes place this Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Register at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

MOVIE NIGHT AUGUST 7 AT 6:30

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FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 9. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

rightnowmedia

You have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

NEW DEACON CHAIRMAN

Recently Larry Gardner officially took over as the new Deacon Board chair.  Rick Dunnahoo has served on the Deacon Board for many years, including the last three years (at least) as Deacon Chairman.  He’s done an excellent job, especially in the areas of communication and administration, bringing a lot of order and structure to the ministry.  Thank you Rick for your faithfulness in serving Jesus as a Deacon!  Remember members, that if you need prayer or are in need of help, you can reach the Deacons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for reading! 

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45). 

Thursday, 16 July 2020 12:15

What It’s Supposed To Be

There is a trend among larger churches deciding to not have public worship services until 2021.  Instead of setting arbitrary reopening dates that are likely to get changed because of fluctuating virus rates or political decisions, they are calling their members to meet together in homes and in more intimate settings for worship, Bible study, prayer and outreach.  Like so many other institutions and traditions that seemed unchangeable, even megachurches which have focused on attracting people to massive and excellent productions are being forced to change their practices.  While lamenting Covid-19’s negative impact, it is a great time for us to ask what is the church supposed to be like, what is it supposed to look like?  While gathering together with the saints for the preaching of the Word and the exalting of Christ through public expressions of faith will always have its place, we should recognize that coming together in a large group of people once a week isn’t the be all and end all of what it means to be the church. We should look again and appreciate what it means to have a community of people who know your name and are part of your life in a real way.  Christians need to have authentic, intimate community with other believers.  Yet this isn’t something we typically find or accomplish in large group settings.  I can’t help but see balance in the early mega-church practices described in Acts 2 (read verses 42-47).  They attended large gatherings at the temple and in the temple courts but then gathered in small groups in homes spread throughout the city.  Different types of gatherings are helpful and positively impactful upon our faith.  As the church spread outside of Jerusalem, believers everywhere continued to meet in large groups on the Lord’s day but they also lived life together during the week.  I’ve noticed on Sunday mornings that new people (especially second service which most of our mature leaders don’t attend) aren’t usually approached and made to feel welcomed because the regular attenders are talking with their friends and family whom they haven’t seen during the week.  I think many Christians are starved for fellowship during the week and they try to make Sunday mornings a time of fellowship, even though Sunday mornings are by nature more impersonal due to larger numbers.  But new people come to church services with the expectation that the church will be “friendly” and “welcoming.” They often leave disappointed but their expectation was unrealistic because a worship service is to focus on the vertical relationship with God, not on the horizontal relationships among the believers.  And what little time our folks have before and after services to mingle were focused on their friends, not on finding new relationships with newcomers. We’ve tried to address this through various official leaders who are to be focused on the newcomers, but even those in official positions tend to drift into investing their time with people they already know.  Our Deacon Board is working on a plan to address this, which I’m excited about.

In my “ideal church,” what it’s supposed to look like is that everyone gathers for a local worship service once a week (it’s not possible of course in our economy for everyone to do so as some people have to work on the Lord’s Day).  There is something powerful and impactful about the large group gathering even if you didn’t experience a spiritual “high” every week.  In my ideal church practice, the saints should faithfully gather in a more intimate group during the week for one-another ministry, for prayer, for fellowship and for studies that seek to apply the word of God to life.  Every visitor and new person should be directed to a home group or a community group or a Bible study where people can know their name and help them grow in Christ.  These groups don’t gather to talk weather or politics but to intentionally pursue Christ and maturity in him.  Again, in my ideal church, these groups aren’t merely meeting for 90 minutes and then separated for a week without talking.  Rather, the members (helped along by a well-trained group leader who sees this ministry as very important) are reaching out to each other during the week, praying for each other, finding ways to eat together or recreate together, and looking for ways to enfold other friends or acquaintances into the group.  Undoubtedly doing life together would be a big shift for people.  It would require a lot of transparency and humility and flexibility.  Doing church deeply would entail giving up certain things that our culture says is important or perhaps learning to doing activities together that we tend to do solo (doing life together could mean shared gardening plots, carpooling to the front range for appointments, watching the game in community or signing up kids on the same traveling sports teams or clubs).  What’s the payoff?  The bigger goal in all this is changed lives and God’s glory.  Lives aren’t changed only by a preacher or a worship team from a distance, but more often up close and personal.  Discipleship best happens in loving relationships where we are helped by others to love and follow Jesus Christ. 

Are you in community?  I urge you to pursue it.  Lord willing we’ll be able to keep having worship services in person and they won’t be banned.  Even if that comes, may all who call LWBF their church have a place in the body of Christ where they can love and be loved, serve and be served, disciple and be discipled.  The church is a wonderful organism (though because it’s filled with imperfect people it won’t ever be perfect and not without problems).  Jesus’ ideal however is that all the people he’s redeemed would experience it and participate in it, for to be saved is not only to be reconciled to God and forgiven but to be incorporated into his body, the church.    

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…


NEW SATURDAY SERVICE starts this Saturday

After consultation with and approval from the Elder Board, I’m happy to announce that we’re going to offer a third worship service on Saturday nights at 6:00 p.m.  Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks.  I was silently hoping that by this time the number cases would have dropped to the point where it would be very little risk to all folks coming on Sunday mornings, but things aren’t moving in the right direction.  So Saturday nights will be for our church family and others who have to wear a mask or feel that it’s essential to wear a mask.  This “mask-only” service starts this Saturday, July 18.  I’m excited to preach the Word and to reconnect with folks who I’ve only “seen” online since March when we stopped having regular services.  We’re still praying about how to do things musically (as its summer and we don’t want to overload worship team members) but I’m confident that as time goes on that we’ll find our rhythm (pun intended). 

SUNDAY SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We’ll be returning to the Acts Sermon Series.  Also Loren and Alaina Holland, our church planting missionaries serving in Rome, Italy will be sharing a bit of their lives and ministry.  We are still waiting to restart nursery and children’s ministry till the time seems right.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky with Covid-19 still present in our community. We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging or shaking hands!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances or health situation.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.

YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE July 24 and 25

The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on!  It is taking place July 24-25th.  The location has changed due to our construction project.  It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart).  If you want to donate items and drop them off, please Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748). 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27 - 31

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GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

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The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 21) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

REIGN UPDATE

Our youth group had a major adjustment this summer as they couldn’t go to Gallup, NM for their annual mission trip. In lieu of that they have been serving various people around the community this week through yard work, painting projects and washing windows.  They are also spending a lot of time in devotions and lessons and are just trying to grow closer as a group.  It’s a tough time to be a teenager!  I’m so grateful that there is a community for them at Living Water!  Cliff and Cari would like to invite all incoming 6th graders to start attending youth group August 5th (Wednesday nights at 6:30) and then we will do a fall kickoff end of August beginning of September.

NEW DEACON CHAIRMAN

After the annual meeting (way back in March) the Deacons were going to meet to elect a new chairman and other officers. Because of Covid-19 some of what they wanted was put on hold.  At this week’s Deacon Meeting, Larry Gardner officially took over as the new Deacon Board chair.  Rick Dunnahoo has served on the Deacon Board for many years, including the last three years (at least) as Deacon Chairman.  He’s done an excellent job, especially in the areas of communication and administration, bringing a lot of order and structure to the ministry.  Thank you Rick for your faithfulness in serving Jesus as a Deacon!  Remember members, that if you need prayer or are in need of help, you can reach the Deacons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT

For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water.  We’re currently seeking new members.  While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.  

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.


Thanks for reading! 

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you,

Jeron

Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:24

It has been a busy week at Living Water!

Dear Church,

It has been a busy week at Living Water!  On the west side of our campus construction continues full bore and on the east side of our campus we have a bunch of kids running around at Eagle Lake Camp.  Pastor Luke is getting ready to preach this Sunday and he and Anna (and Samuel) are getting ready to move to their home in Alamosa. Pastor Bo and Jenna are celebrating the arrival of newborn Charles and I’ve been taking the next seminary intensive course (via Zoom from 8-5 p.m.) in my ongoing pastoral studies.  Pastor Greg has family in town and Janice is hosting a granddaughter. 

What’s happening in your life?  I feel so disconnected from so many of you.  They don’t offer a seminary course on “How to Pastor During a Pandemic” so I’m a bit lost as to how to be your shepherd from a distance or how to move the church forward during this time of “Safer at Home.”  Nevertheless, I’d love to hear how you’ve navigated the last five months.  Are there some issues that you are working through that are challenging?  Are you doing ok?  How I can pray for you?   I’m out of the office till next week, but feel free to drop me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or maybe we could meet for lunch here at the church?  While it’s easy to be alone during this time, know that it’s not good to be alone (mostly).  God has given you a community of faith, a family in Christ, to share life with.  Please, please stay connected.  P.S. I’m shooting for a long hike on Saturday in the mountains if you want to fishing (catching not guaranteed).


WORSHIP SERVICES at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Pastor Luke is going to preach on Worship this Sunday. We are still waiting to restart nursery and children’s ministry till the time seems right.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky with Covid-19 still present in our community. We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging or shaking hands!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances or health situation.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

NEW SATURDAY SERVICE

After consultation with and approval from the Elder Board, I’m happy to announce that we’re going to offer a third worship service on Saturday nights at 6:00 p.m.  Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks.  I was silently hoping that by this time the number cases would have dropped to the point where it would be very little risk to all folks coming on Sunday mornings, but things aren’t moving in the right direction.  So Saturday nights will be for our church family and others who have to wear a mask or feel that it’s essential to wear a mask.  This “mask-only” service starts Saturday, July 18.  I’m excited to preach the Word and to reconnect with folks who I’ve only “seen” online since March when we stopped having regular services.  We’re still praying about how to do things musically (as its summer and we don’t want to overload worship team members) but I’m confident that as time goes on that we’ll find our rhythm (pun intended). 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well.  Many local contractors have been hired and the project is positively impacting the local economy. If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted a ton of information. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone with your consistent financial giving.  You pledges and financial contributions are huge!  Church please be in prayer for the new building.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget.  Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future. 

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YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE July 24 and 25

The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on!  It is taking place July 24-25th.  The location has changed due to our construction project.  It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart).  If you want to donate items and drop them off, please Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748). 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27 - 31

vbs2020

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

gls2020

The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT

For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water.  We’re currently seeking new members.  While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.  

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.


Thanks for reading! 

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you,

Jeron

Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:19

When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

Dear Church,

May you have a wonderful Independence Day weekend! 

Below is a short devotion and some of what’s coming up at our church in the weeks ahead.

Please be praying for Pastor Bo and Jenna as baby Charles should be here soon! 

Just a heads up, next week with Eagle Lake Camp on site, it will likely be a little hard to get ahold of folks at the church as Janice will be helping with the camp and several pastors are out (Jeron attending seminary conference, Luke preparing to move and studying for his first sermon on July 12, and Bo at home with the baby). 

When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

This week the foundations of our new church building are being prepared.  Large trenches are being dug for huge amounts of concrete and rebar to be put in place to provide firm footing (see pictures below).  Knowing what is underneath the Christian Education building will allow me to enter that building with confidence, trusting that it won’t be shaken. 

I don’t know how you are processing the current happenings in our society, but it fills many with anxiety and worry. What was unimaginable (no school, no baseball, no church) became reality.  So much has been shut down and restricted these last 4 or 5 months and ideas that seemed outlandish and insane six months ago are being trumpeted as reasonable and rational (no handshakes, no police).  “What’s going to happen next?” is a question that isn’t conducive for peace.  Change can be good (less racism for instance, or less sickness through common sense of washing hands) but I wonder what things are going to look like when the dust settles?  Our elected officials are under great pressure to bring massive change without seemingly having an end goal in mind.  Are we standing on anything secure?  What “foundations” (the bases of social order, the ground rules for living in society) are going to be in place after this coming election?  There could be a lot of good that comes about of course, and if so, great!  But so much to think about.  So much to worry about.  What shall we do?

1 In the Lord I take refuge.

    How then can you say to me:

    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;

    they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

    at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,

    what can the righteous do?”

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes everyone on earth;

    his eyes examine them.

5 The Lord examines the righteous,

    but the wicked, those who love violence,

    he hates with a passion.

6 On the wicked he will rain

    fiery coals and burning sulfur;

    a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the Lord is righteous,

    he loves justice;

    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 11 was written by David in a time of crisis.  We aren’t told what is happening, but apparently this is a time when he was being unjustly hunted down and attacked.  He had no power or hope to change the circumstances.  David has been told (probably by someone that meant well) that he should flee for his safety (verse 2), that he should take refuge in the mountains.  And we know historically that he did flee from King Saul into the wilderness for a season.  So here he is advised again to run, for after all, when justice or the rules of society are thrown out (verse 3), what else can you do but flee?  David’s answer and what we are to remember, church, is that “The Lord is in his holy temple; The Lord is on his heavenly throne” (verse 4) and therefore we should take our refuge in the Lord (verse 1).  We have all probably felt the desire to flee to a mountain cabin.  What the scriptures tell us is to put our hope and trust in the Lord.  We are to remember that He is the righteous judge.  He examines the righteous and the wicked (verses 4-5) and he will eventually bring justice (verses 6-7).  All things will eventually be made right because of the character of the Lord, and the upright will see his face (verse 7). 

What then does it mean to take refuge in the Lord?  It means to build our lives on foundations that cannot be shaken.  Society will go on changing the rules until Jesus comes back, but there is security in God. Taking refuge in the Lord means to make the decision to turn our lives over to him.  It means to live by faith in God.  To entrust our lives and our future to his loving care.  If we have already been living a God-pleasing life of loving Him and others then it means to carry on with the same behavior even when the world hates it.  To take refuge in him, if we have been living selfishly or sinfully however, means to repent and by his grace conform our practices to his will and then rely on his protection and power. The foundation that we should build our life upon, the foundation that can’t be shaken, is God.  Are you turning to the Lord today, living by faith in his plan and purposes?  The news can (and will) tell you all kinds of reasons why you should be terrified, and why you should give up, but you can say in response, “In the Lord I take refuge” and know that whatever comes, you are never out of his sight or outside of his love or outside of his loving and good purposes.

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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EAGLE LAKE CAMP, JULY 6 - 10  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Please see the website for questions or updates www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater or contact Jordan Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (719) 271-6606. We are still in need of counselor homes for the week for 6 people. If you are ready to serve as a Host Family, please fill out the Host Family Questionnaire online at www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE July 24 and 25

The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on!  It is taking place July 24-25th.  The location has changed due to our construction project.  It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart).  If you want to donate items and drop them off, please Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748). 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27 - 31

vbs2020

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

gls2020

The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

bringinglife

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thanks for your prayers!  At this point the project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well. Many local contractors have been hired and the project is positively impacting the local economy. If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted a ton of information. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone with your consistent financial giving.  You pledges and financial contributions are huge!  Church please be in prayer for the new building.  Feel free to pull into the lot and pray over the site.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  We are still looking for a few key contractor bids to come in.  Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget.  Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future. 

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SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT

For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water.  We’re currently seeking new members.  While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.  

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for Reading and for Praying,

Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,

Jeron

Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:22

Are You Ready to Die Well?

As Christians we have a living hope of a wonderful life after death (1 Peter 1:3-5: “Because of his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you”).  Because of Jesus’ tangible and physical resurrection (not just a spiritual transition, Luke 24:39: “Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have”) and due to our union with him we know that the grave isn’t the end, but the beginning of a beautiful new life after this life, immediately after our death (Luke 23:43: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”), which will eventually lead to a glorious resurrected life when Jesus returns (1 Corinthians 15:52: “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.”).  Our eternal home, the New Jerusalem, the New Heaven and Earth, are described in garden like, Eden like terms lived in perfect community (Revelation 21-22).  This reality doesn’t take away the pain or grief of death for those who go on living (John 11: 35-36: “Jesus wept. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’), nor does the biblical reality mean that we as Christians won’t have some anxiety or even some feelings of fear regarding their death; it is only natural to feel nervous about leaving this life.  But Christ’s victory on the cross and his defeat of death should fundamentally change our perspective on death (Philippians 1:21: “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” 2nd Corinthians 5:1: “For we know that if our earthly tent is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands.”).  Though death is an enemy and it’s futile to say that there isn’t an awfulness to it, we can state because of what God has done in raising Jesus, “Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55), and while we grieve over the loss of our dead in Christ we shouldn’t grieve hopelessly in view of the resurrection of Jesus and the Bible’s promises that believers will rise again. 

Of course many in our culture don’t have this living hope.  Death is greatly feared, so much so that people refuse to talk about the reality of their mortality.  For many, the ultimate fear in life is death.  Covid-19 has put the topic of death in front of all of us in a remarkable way that cancer or AIDS or nursing homes has failed to do, especially among our older or more vulnerable community members.  Americans are scared to death, some to the point of saying that until a vaccine is developed which offers a high rate of protection they, will stay in hiding or hibernation indefinitely (see this sad article of one man’s deciding that he is going to live out his days in isolation because of Covid-19, even planning on not seeing his 7 year old grandson grow up https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/23/opinions/isolation-seniors-coronavirus-andelman/index.html).

So that leads me to pastoral questions:  Christian, are you ready to die or not?  Have you made peace with the fact that you are mortal and that your life will soon be over?  Frankly there are Christians who haven’t, who pretend that they will live forever.  They are terrified of death and avoid the subject at all costs.  The problem with this is that they don’t die very well and neither, I would argue do they live very well. Dying, before modern medicine and heroic end of life measures, used to be much more definitive.  You got a disease, and that was it.  In previous centuries most people died at home, now more than 80% die in a hospital or a care facility.  Now death is prolonged (Christians are often, ironically, the ones who fight most against death, taking every opportunity to try to stay alive longer) and death is usually overseen by professionals instead of loved ones.  These realities make it hard to die well.  What do I mean?  Instead of making peace with God or with others, many refuse to acknowledge that the end has come.  They keep fighting (cheered on by others or forced by others who selfishly don’t want to lose them) and undergo treatments that offer a meager chance of hope but leave them with terrible side effects and days of zombie like existence.  It was easier to die well in the past because there were less options and when the writing was on the wall about your demise you didn’t feel like you had to be some kind of hero and fight to the bitter end.  You accepted the end of the journey as God’s will and while you didn’t hasten death or pretend it wasn’t an enemy, you could come to a peace with it.  And in the meantime you could do things like ask for forgiveness from someone you offended or enjoy your grandchildren with a clear mind, sharing with them your love and your stories.  Dying well means leaving this life with your house in order, with an emphasis on restoring relationships and setting up your family to live well after you are gone. Dying well means having a real conversation with your spouse about his re-marriage, giving him permission to do so.  Dying well means talking with your kids about what a good life looks like and where you’ve failed.  Dying well means taking the time to confess your sins to God as you prepare to meet your maker – these kind of things could take several months and if refuse to recognize that you are guaranteed death (90 year old Christians who demand a heart transplant?) you might never have the courage to tie up the loose ends or make good on promises or forgive your enemy.  Are you really living if your whole goal in life is not to die?  Are you really entering authentically into deeper relationships (you were made for relationship with God and others) if all you are doing is fighting death?  Better to let go of your life and turn it over to the Lord for his purposes (Jesus says that’s when you actually find it, by the way, when you turn it over to him. Matthew 10:39).

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I don’t think we should be caviler or reckless; we don’t go looking for death as this life belongs to God and we are to steward it well for his glory.  He is not pleased when we waste our lives or throw them away.  Rather I think it means that we can live boldly in Jesus’ name, not fearing what the world fears.  Not living to avoid death, but living well with the truth that our time is short and giving ourselves fully into efforts that are of eternal weight (again, loving God and loving people).  It seems to me that making peace with death is also coming to grips with what a well lived live might look like. “It is only by facing death and accepting the reality of my coming death that I can become authentically alive” (Kallistos Ware). 

Yes, there is evil in death.  It is an enemy.  “Yet there is no evil so great that God cannot bring joy and goodness from it.  That is why death deserves our attention in life.  Because we instinctively want to avoid it, to turn our face away, it is good to look death in the eye and constantly remind ourselves that our hope is in God, who defeated death” (Rob Moll).  Coming to grips with death allows us to live fully while we are alive. My we be able to say this at our end: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  There is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing” (2nd Timothy 4:7-8). 

Here’s some of what’s happening with our church in the weeks ahead…


 

WORSHIP SERVICES at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

If you choose to come to worship this Sunday, we want you to understand that Covid-19 is still being spread in our community.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky (and not only because you are coming into the presence of the Living God!).  With a lot of people being asymptomatic while carrying the virus there is always a chance that you’ll be at risk of exposure, especially in a context where there will be singing and where people will want to shake hands or give hugs.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging or shaking hands!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances or health situation.  If you are sick stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Also, we’d love for you to use some hand sanitizer when you come in, or wash your hands upon entry.  Rose Bertin is doing a great job of keeping the church clean, but the less germs we can carry in, the better!  We are still discussing when to restart Children’s Ministry and Nursery. If you have little kids we have taken out a lot of seats in the balconies so that there will be plenty of room for little ones to move around.  FYI: If you want to come but you desire lots of social distancing, the 10:45 service is less heavily attended. 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thanks for your prayers!  At this point the project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well. Many local contractors have been hired and the project is positively impacting the local economy. If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted a ton of information. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone with your consistent financial giving.  You pledges and financial contributions are huge!  Church please be in prayer for the new building.  Feel free to pull into the lot and pray over the site.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  We are still looking for a few key contractor bids to come in.  Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget.  Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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EAGLE LAKE CAMP, JULY 6-10  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Please see the website for questions or updates www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater or contact Jordan Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (719) 271-6606. We are still in need of counselor homes for the week for 6 people. If you are ready to serve as a Host Family, please fill out the Host Family Questionnaire online at www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE

The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on!  It is taking place July 17 and 18.  The location has changed due to our construction project.  It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart).  If you want to donate items and drop them off, please call the office (589-6351) and we will arrange to open up the storage unit during office hours, or you can contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748) for drop off on Wednesday evenings. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27-31 

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

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The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT

For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water.  We’re currently seeking new members.  While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.  

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for Reading and for Praying,

Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,

Jeron

Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:07

Church, We Need to Pray

"When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3).  When the world seems to be falling apart, what are God’s people to do?  Give up and drown in a bottle?  Spend more time on Facebook?  Watch more Fox News or CNN?  Act like those who have no hope?  NO!  In the day of trouble God’s people seek the Lord.  We turn our eyes to God and we pray!  Church, if there has ever been a time for us to pray it is now!  If you are not in the habit of praying below there is a list of suggested topics to get you started (the list comes from Debbie Przybylski at Intercessors Arise).  If our hope isn’t in God at this time, what hope do we have? 

Thank God for how He is working in the nations -“How awesome is the Lord most High, the great King is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:2, 8).

Pray for unity in the body of Christ -“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).

Pray for revival among God’s people - “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).

Pray for your governmental and spiritual leaders -“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Pray that God's people will walk in holiness and obedience -“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Pray for the fear of the Lord in your land - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).

Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field - “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Pray that the Church will reach out to the poor, needy and imprisoned -“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).

Pray for the salvation of the lost -“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

Pray that God will use children and youth mightily for His glory - “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’” (Matthew 11:25).

Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards -“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place -“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them” (Psalm 119:129).

Pray that God's people will know how to effectively wage spiritual warfare -  “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(Ephesians 6:10-11).

Pray the promises of God in His Word over the nations - “The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory” (Psalm 102:15).

Here are some things that are happening in our congregation…


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

With the removal of the Reign Building complete (thanks again David Bower and crew!) local contractors are now preparing the site for construction.  Underground infiltrators were removed and now loads of dirt are being brought in and the ground is being compacted.  Please pray for the workers safety, for the project to be finished on time and under budget, and for God to continue to provide the finances.  We had a breakthrough in the last weeks in regards to our playground design as we realized that we could greatly expand our play area and outdoor spaces for kids.  The new playground area is going to be built up on the south and west sides of the Sprung Building in such a way that we won’t lose much parking while at the same time the kids will be safe and have lots more room to run and play. The new play area will be connected to the indoor play area in the new building and make it an excellent place for families to gather during the week and fellowship, both summer and winter. Sometime soon we will have an official gathering for church wide prayer over the project.   

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WORSHIP SERVICES at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

We understand that not everyone will be ready to return to in-person services at this time. Everyone’s situation is different and perhaps in your case it’s better for you to stay home and utilize our live-stream.  No problem!  If however, you are coming this Sunday to attend a worship service, we want you to understand that Covid-19 is still being spread.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky (and not only because you are coming into the presence of the Living God!).  With a lot of people being asymptomatic there is always a chance that you’ll be at risk of exposure, especially in a context where there will be singing and where people will want to shake hands or give hugs.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances.  If you are sick stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Also, we’d love for you to use some hand sanitizer when you come in, or wash your hands upon entry.  Rose Bertin is doing a great job of keeping the church clean, but the less germs we can carry in, the better!  Children’s Ministry and Nursery will likely resume in July. If you have little kids we have taken out a lot of seats in the balconies so that there will be plenty of room for little ones to move around.  FYI: If you want to come but you desire lots of social distancing, the 10:45 service is less heavily attended. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP
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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

***A Great Way to Support the Camp is by opening your home to house Camp Counselors*** Please contact Jordan Curtis if you have questions.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (719) 271-6606. If you are ready to serve as a Host Family, please fill out the Host Family Questionnaire online at www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

Online Registration:

www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

Camp Update Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teh9yx1880g

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27-31

 

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

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The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

SUMMER BIBLE READING

Are you in the Word?  Is the Word in you?  With the month of June arriving Monday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading goal.  For instance, have you ever read the New Testament?  You can easily do it in 90 days at about 15 minutes a day or if you can do it in 60 days at about 25 minutes.  If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend:  https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html  Pastor Bo has also printed out a summer reading plan that he borrowed from another church, available for you on the lobby desk here at the church. 

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for Reading and for Praying,

Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,

Jeron

Thursday, 04 June 2020 11:40

What Would God Have Us Do?

The unjust death of George Floyd and the destructive protests remind us that the world is still bent and not what it should be (did we really need to be awakened to this fact?).  While there is still so much good in the world and things aren’t nearly as bad as they could be, we should all feel a sense of sadness at the sin we’ve witnessed.  I don’t know about you but I long for Jesus to come back.  I long for the Kingdom of God to replace the fallen systems and broken politics of humanity.  Jesus said we should pray for the Kingdom to come.  So let’s do that.  But, what else?  Shouldn’t we be doing something to make a difference in people’s lives and change the world while we wait? 

Currently I’m taking a course at Denver Seminary (thanks church family for letting me do this – I think it’s making me a better Shepherd and Elder) and the class is focused on applying theology and doctrines in practical ways to ministry.  Honestly some of the books I’m reading are over my head, but one of the things that keeps coming out is that our future as Christians should influence our present activities in this world – in fancy language, our ethics should be shaped by our eschatology.  We understand that the world God is bringing about is going to be much different.  When the reign of God is fully implemented there will be no more injustice or sin or broken-ness.  But these future realities mean that as citizens of the coming Kingdom of Heaven we should live by different values than what is emphasized in fallen human culture, which has no hope.  Not only that, but we who are of the Kingdom should seek to change our world in the present to reflect as much as possible what is to come.  We are mistaken, suggest my authors, if we think God is happy with us sitting back and waiting for the glorious day of the Lord’s arrival, without attempting to help people or change the world as it stands.  A quote that sticks out: “One cannot live in the present under the announcement of this reign and remain passive in the face of everything that contradicts it” (Andrew Purves). 

While we are happy to keep ourselves out of the world’s messes, I don’t believe that God is happy with us Christians minding our own business and living in our Christian safe houses while the world burns.  I know my impulse is to circle the wagons and take on a bunker mentality of withdrawal - but that is not our calling.  To not engage is wrong because God in love engaged this lost world to reconcile it to himself and we are now his representatives, his ambassadors who are called to participate in his same mission.  While understanding that the world’s fallen state isn’t going to change dramatically until Jesus comes, we should come to grips that we were made to be salt and light, to represent his values and truth in the world, which is rotting and in the dark without his salvation and love. 

So what would it mean to seek to bring the future into the present?  A short description of life in the eternal kingdom:  Under God’s reign there will be no shortage of love.  We will live with people in community from every tribe, people group and language.  There will be perfect justice.  Everyone will have what they need. There will be no one without a home.  Joy and Peace will be the norm.  Sickness and death and loss will be unheard of so also grief and sorrow will be no more.  God will be worshiped and loved and receive what is due him.  Nobody will be without purpose or meaning.   

If we catch a vision of what’s ahead, we can see the contrast with the present and then seek to change current situations or circumstances.  Since this email isn’t meant to be a book, let me throw out just a few ideas.  One day there won’t be any orphans or widows; in the kingdom everyone will be family.  Right now there are lots of children who need a home and need parents.  As Christian activists and ambassadors for Jesus, is God is calling our church to engage in bringing forth a reflection of the future kingdom by becoming foster parents? Adopting orphans or moving widows into our homes?  Another idea: Right now there are some very lonely people in our community because of Covid-19 policies or because there is a separation between different racial groups.  As we think about the future community we will have in heaven, maybe we work to bring isolated and lonely people together in Jesus’ name in some way?  Or we seek to bridge the racial divides through some creative program or initiative?  Maybe it’s just a matter of starting to invite people to our homes who we haven’t in the past hosted?  What do you see that isn’t in keeping with God’s vision?  Maybe you can see it changed in Jesus’ name?  While this world won’t be unbent completely before Jesus returns, we can take our dissatisfaction with the way things are and seek to do something about it in and through Jesus’ power.

Obviously the best thing we can do is to share and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is the ultimate counter-cultural, get people in line with the kingdom action we could ever take!  Let’s be known as a church that is all about positively changing lives for the glory of God in the name of Jesus.


 

PROGRESS! 

Thanks David Bower and Crew for Donating your Time, Talents and Machinery toward the removal of the Reign Building

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The Reign Building was a tool we used intensely for about 8 years.  We bought the old house and converted it for Youth Group Meetings, Bible Studies, Community Groups, Community Gatherings and Meetings, Overnight Stays for Church Groups, Staff Offices and Safety Team Offices.  My best memories of the house was taking some power naps on the couch!  Over the coming year (The estimated timeline for the new Christian Education and Community Building completion is July 2021) the Cross Building will be heavily used. Reign Youth Group will be meeting on Wednesday Nights in the Cross Building.  As the Reign Building was coming down it was great to see how many parts of the building were re-tasked or donated towards other projects.  Over the years its been incredible to see how Jesus has blessed us with the tools we need for participating in his work of ministry.  Please be praying for the Bringing Life Project – there are prayer cards in the lobby packets – but we are lifting up three prayers regularly to the Lord right now – 1) Safety of Workers  2) On Time and Under Budget Completion of Building and 3) Though we have a construction loan we are praying that God would provide the funds to see this project finished debt free. 

WORSHIP SERVICES!

Our doors will be open this Sunday for worship!  Service times are 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.  We will be observing the Lord’s Supper so please use the opportunity to spend time with Jesus this week in prayerful, self-examination and confession in preparation.  There will be a table in the lobby where you’ll find bread and juice in a safe, prepackaged form – please pick up the elements as you come into the sanctuary.  If you joining us from home, please prepare cup and bread so you can also participate at the appropriate time.  Children’s Ministry and Nursery will likely resume in July.  Regarding the receiving of financial offerings and tithes for the Lord, Tithe and Offering Boxes are mounted on the lobby walls.  If you have little kids we have taken out a lot of seats in the balconies so that there will be plenty of room for little ones to move around.  We understand that not everyone will be ready to return. Everyone’s situation is different and perhaps in your case it’s better for you to stay home.  No problem!  If however, you are coming this Sunday to bless the Lord, we want you to understand that Covid-19 is still being spread.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky (and not only because you are coming into the presence of the Living God!).  With a lot of people being asymptomatic there is always a chance that you’ll be at risk of exposure, especially in a context where there will be singing and where people will want to shake hands or give hugs.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances.  If you are sick stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Also, we’d love for you to use some hand sanitizer when you come in, or wash your hands upon entry.  Rose Bertin is doing a great job of keeping the church clean, but the less germs we can carry in, the better!

PASTOR BO AND JENNA HUTCHES UPDATE

Thanks for those of you who have been praying for the Hutches!  Jenna worked at the hospital and last week she learned that she tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  Jenna is in the last month of her pregnancy and is obviously tired, maybe more-so with the presence of the virus.  Bo said that they haven’t had fevers for several days, and are both doing fine now. They were told that the baby shouldn’t have any issues.  Bo will be out of the office probably through next week.  Please pray for them as they prepare for the arrival of their son.     

SUMMER BIBLE READING

Are you in the Word?  Is the Word in you?  With the month of June arriving Monday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading goal.  For instance, have you ever read the New Testament?  You can easily do it in 90 days at about 15 minutes a day or if you can do it in 60 days at about 25 minutes.  If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend:  https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html  Pastor Bo has also printed out a summer reading plan that he borrowed from another church, available for you on the lobby desk here at the church. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

 

Online Registration:

www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

 

Camp Update Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teh9yx1880g

ON THE JOB DISCIPLESHIP

Some of you have been helping Kenny and Clair Minnick feed and minister to a group of local homeless folks.  Kenny’s hope has been to share the gospel with them and at the same time help them change their station in life.  As we enter summer he has an idea about how to help them prepare for a career.  He has launched a landscape ministry / business that seeks to get these folks working.  Here’s what Kenny said in a recent email:  “We started out with a rake and the power of Jesus and went door to door soliciting work no job too small or too big and Jesus has blessed our efforts – we now have a weed eater, a lawn mower, shovels and rakes and various hand tools. So now we are praying for a blower, chain saw and rototiller – we are willing to buy and would graciously accept donations.  This is all at the ground level.  Please continue praying for the ministry for protection, work leads and if anyone has any lawn maintenance, clean up or light hauling please contact me at 562-569-0424.  The apostle Paul said if they don’t want to work don’t let them eat – help us help them and train them up in a way they should go, when they are old it will not depart from them”

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

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Thanks for reading!
Jeron

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