On this 1ST Sunday of the new year, the new decade, and the new season our Living Waters church body came together corporately to praise, worship, and celebrate our living Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. It was one of our biggest attended services in recent memory, and 2020 looks like a brighter year for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Homestead Florida.
Our Lead Pastor Bob kicked-off a new message series today about Noah, the ark, the raven, the dove, and the olive tree. We are descendants of Noah, the ark represents the church, the raven represents death, destruction, and Satan, the dove represents life, love, and God, and the olive tree represents peace. Pastor Bob said that we’ll explore the story of Noah from mostly Genesis 7 and 8 over the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to it. I loved today’s clear and concise introductory message. It’s actually inspired a few future sermons of my own.
After another forty days – Noah opened the window he had made in the boat, and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. He also released a dove to see if the water had receded, and it could find dry ground. But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. After waiting another seven days – Noah released the dove again. This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back. (Genesis 8:6-12 NLT)
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