Basic Church Info

living_waters_church_of_God_2013Please see our Church Info pages for more detailed information about what we offer and to meet our leaders and teachers.

We are a family oriented church promoting growth and development in faith in Christ.

We invite you and your whole family to come visit us!

We hold regular services of worship each Sunday with Sunday School for all ages.

Sunday School – 9:30 AM
Sunday Service – 10:30 AM

On Wednesdays we hold the Christian Learning in Action (CLIA) Bible study in the sanctuary for adults and in classrooms for children and teens.

CLIA Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Royal Rangers – Wednesdays 7:00 PMlivingthewordbold

Amped is our Youth Group for ages 12-18

We welcome you to join us or contact us from the Contact Us page link if you have any questions.

Church Office Hours:
Monday – Wednesday – Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
724-222-1558
965 Weirich Avenue Washington, PA 15301

There is joy in fellowship in Christ among His followers. We would love to have you join with us in worship whether just visiting the Washington, PA area, or if you are looking for a church home.

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Apr 16

Hollywood’s Newest Interpretation of Noah

You might want to read “Sympathy for the Devil” by Dr. Brian Mattson before going to see “Noah.”

 

It is highly unlikely that there has ever been any Hollywood movie about biblical topics that was 100 percent biblical. Seriously, how likely is it that Jesus looks like James Caviezel in the “The Passion of the Christ” movie or Diogo Morgado in “The Bible” TV miniseries and “Son of God” movie? The success of biblical movies and shows has drawn the attention of Hollywood, but as usual the real meaning behind the success is lost. People are hungry to know God. It is in our DNA (Genesis 1:26-27). However, only those who know God, those who know salvation through the shed blood of Jesus, those who know the word of God (the Bible) are going to be able to create movies and TV shows about biblical concepts that even come close to satisfying this hunger to know God.

It is by no stretch of the imagination to see that there are going to be movies released in these times that will make an attempt to be biblical but fail miserably. As of this writing we have “God’s Not Dead” and “Noah” playing at the same time in theaters. “God’s Not Dead” is a positive movie of hope that directly speaks of Jesus as being the Christ. It talks plainly about what it takes to be saved. It is a winner as far as Christians are concerned when it comes to faith-based movies. “Noah” is not even touted as being biblical. Rather, it is being referred to by those involved in the project as an interpretation of the story from the bible that uses a lot of interpretive license. However, it seems that there is more going on behind the scenes of the movie than meets the eye. Is it downright Satanic in origin and intent? Is there an ungodly motive of the director/writer and other creative minds behind the movie’s inception?

Dr. Brian Mattson explains quite a bit about what he saw when he went to a viewing of the movie “Noah.” An article he wrote on his blog is quite revealing. The details mentioned in the article are discoverable through personal study. Though the exact doctrine of Dr. Mattson is not known by us (part of his education was at a Presbyterian theological seminary), his treatment of what he saw in the movie “Noah” is quite interesting. The title of his blog post about the movie “Noah” is aptly titled “Sympathy for the Devil.”

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Apr 07

Randy DonGiovanni

Randy and Lori DonGiovanni

Randy and Lori DonGiovanni

Randy DonGiovanni is the guest speaker at Living Waters Church of God through Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The two powerful messages he delivered Sunday morning and Sunday evening are available at the Sermon Archives page. You can listen to them now, and we hope to see you out at the church Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 PM for the rest of the special services.

Click on the logo to go to Randy’s website.randydonlogo

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Mar 14

We Just Added Convenient Online Giving to the Website

We added the ability to securely give tithes and offerings online for Living Waters Church of God. This will be helpful for those who work different schedules and for those who may be on vacation and still want to tithe or give an offering. It is not about getting more; it is about offering convenience to those who do or were planning to give anyway.

There are those who wish to pay tithes in a timely manner who may have to miss service for one reason or another.  Special projects or urgent needs can also quickly be funded by not only attendees of Living Waters but others who have indicated a desire to give. We had this happen when we were raising funds for the Restavek children in Haiti. People who did not even attend Living Waters were wanting to make donations to that worthy cause. The online giving option would have made it exceptionally easy.

In the Main Menu at the top of every page, the Online Giving option now appears. At the Online Giving page is a link to our secure site for using checks, check cards, or Visa or MasterCard for paying a tithe or giving an offering. Take a few moments to register the first time you use the system. This way you can view or print a record of all of your online giving activity anytime you desire. The Quick Give option just requires an email address. If you do have a registered account under that email address, it will add the amount to your record. Those who wish to make sure that online giving amounts are properly credited to the correct user account should always login first and then give.

If you have any questions, please ask!

CLICK HERE to take a look at the secure online giving site, or click on Online Giving in the Main Menu at the top of the page. You can register now without needing to complete a financial transaction.

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Mar 08

Two Minute Bible – Works Cannot Save You

You are not going to get to heaven based on how many Brownie points you have.

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Mar 06

Be Careful of Only Studying the Bible Forensically

This is how it usually goes with studying the Bible. New Christians read the Bible and discover all the wonderful events and people of God’s Holy Word.  Stories told in younger years of Noah and the Ark and miracles God performed through Moses as the Hebrews were delivered from the bondage under pharaoh are now alive and fresh in their minds again. The milk of the word is enjoyed as they grow and begin to bear fruit as followers of Christ.

Then the battles come and go, and the word is stood upon to walk in victory. During difficult times, believers turn daily to the Bible for instruction, encouragement and strength. The meat of the word begins to be enjoyed as the faithful mature in Christ. This growth is not a chronological thing. Some believers get there sooner rather than later. Reading the Bible then gives way to word studies. This gives way to in-depth study. Knowledge is gained, and it is a joy to experience God’s Holy Spirit revealing things as the depths of the Word are plumbed.

There is, however, something to watch out for when the study of God’s Word reaches a certain level. The desire to only study the Bible in a forensic manner can lead to missing out rather than learning more. Christians can end up taking the same approach to studying God’s Word as those forensic experts on TV crime dramas take when analyzing bodies for clues.

Forensic: relating to the use of scientific knowledge or methods in solving crimes.
From Merriam-Webster.com.
Retrieved March 6, 2014, from, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forensic

Is it wrong to study the bible like this? Not at all. In fact, it reveals to those ready for the meat of the Word extremely powerful spiritual knowledge that is yet hidden to the babes in Christ who are living on the milk of the Word. However, those forensic experts that study bodies for clues to solve crimes miss out on understanding and appreciating the lives of the very people who used to be alive in those bodies they are examining. Choosing to exclusively take the forensic approach to studying God’s Word can lead to missing out on the spiritually renewing fact that the Word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12)!

The problem comes in when the Bible begins to only be studied as a thing rather than the Living Word from our Creator. If this begins to happen, take a step back and reread those favorite events in the Bible just to enjoy the stories they are telling. See the events of Bible heroes unfold once again as if reading them for the first time.

The day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus is fast approaching. I like to take time to read the stories of the life of Jesus in the four Gospels around this time. As of this writing, I am reading Luke’s account of the life of Jesus. As I read I am seeing new things and remembering old things. Though I do stop to pick apart some clues about details I never noticed before, I am also just enjoying rereading the telling of the earthly life and ministry of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Feb 28

The Day Pastor Mike Singo Planned to Preach “Why We Worship”

Here is how it works in the spiritual realm when the Holy Spirit is involved. God puts a message on Pastor Mike’s heart to preach the message “Why we Worship.” It is available under February 23rd of the Sermon Archives page. God also puts it on someone else’s heart to sing a song. This person does not claim to be a singer, and had never done anything like this before at Living Waters Church of God.

She was nervous to the point of tears before the service began when her and someone else was praying for what she was about to obediently do. She had no idea why God put it on her heart to sing a song, but she went ahead and sang unto the Lord out of obedience.

She sang the song in front of the congregation to a soundtrack her husband played for her from the sound booth. She got a laugh from the crowd when she cued him to start the song by saying, “Go ahead baby.” After the song was over, there was applause. Then the worship team went to the platform to lead worship. However, worship already had begun before anyone even showed up for church on Sunday February 23, 2014.

The worship leader paused her singing as she felt God’s Spirit ministering to her. Others on the worship team continued to play and sing unto the Lord. Another woman from the congregation felt prompted to minister to the worship leader, and they spent several minutes in tears and a hug at the podium. A brother in the Lord from the congregation then felt lead to speak what the Lord put on his heart for the youth and other members in the congregation that day.

Pastor Mike’s message of “Why We Worship” lasted 24 minutes. He indicated that he would, if the Lord wills, continue in the subject the following Sunday. The ministry that day to everyone who received from the Lord began with hearts open to worship giving a living example of the message put on Pastor Mike’s heart to preach. As Pastor Mike points out in the message, the history of the word “worship” means worthship, or that God is, “worthy of our adoration and praise.” It is one of the reasons Christians gather together. The building is not the church, it is the people in it.

There is a lot more that the Holy Spirit orchestrated that Sunday. All of it came out of hearts willing to be obedient and put the will of God first and foremost. Now was everyone present at Living Waters Church of God that Sunday of “one accord” of “one mind?” Probably not, but can you imagine what may have happened if everyone was?

There is no random occurrence (Romans 8:28).

 

 

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Feb 18

Love Dare Bible Study Begins March 8

The Love Dare Bible Study

We Dare You!

How important is your marriage? We do routine maintenance on our cars. We mow the lawn to keep it looking nice. We would take immediate action at the first sign of termites or roaches appearing in our homes. A marriage is much more important than cars, lawns or bugs!

We want you to make a 40 day investment in your marriage. The Love Dare is coming to Living Waters Church of God in Washington, PA.

This is the perfect chance to make dysfunctional marriages functional, and great marriages even greater. It is for married couples in the church as well as married couples in the community.

Marriage crises abound. Think of who you could invite to join us for this incredible group experience. Plan on joining us for the Love Dare and fireproof your marriage. Your are welcome to attend even if your spouse cannot attend. You can share the lessons at home.

Please prayerfully consider signing up at the Welcome Center at Living Waters Church of God.

Love Dare Bible Study

Location: Living Waters Church of God
When: Begins Saturday March 8
Continues: 8 consecutive Saturdays (Subject to change)
Time: 6pm to 8pm (approximately 2 hours per study)
Cost: Materials – 1 book per couple at $9.00

This study is based on the movie “Fireproof.”

Adults are invited to come out for a free showing of the movie “Fireproof” Saturday February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

The movie will be shown in the sanctuary. Seating is limited to the capacity of the sanctuary.

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Jan 23

Two Minute Bible – From Covering to Cleansing of Sin

Why cover it up when sin can be washed away? You cannot save yourself. There is nothing you can do to be able to stand perfect before God on your own. Even the Old Testament sacrifices of the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins (Hebrews 10:4).

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Jan 22

Faith and Fear (Supplemental to CLIA Class Wednesday January 15, 2014)

This article is a supplemental to the Wednesday CLIA class on January 15, 2014. Though a lot of ground was covered discussing faith and fear with Hebrews 11 being the foundation text, there are some parts that time did not permit elaborating on during class. If you are at the home page of the website, it is suggested you click on the title of the article. The app that permits you to just hold your cursor over scripture references to see them displayed works better on some browsers when the reader is at the article page.

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27 said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Studying that single verse reveals a wealth of information in the definitions of the words it was translated from.

Where it says ” I keep under,” King James English reveals little to us about the original thought Paul was likely trying to convey.  Using just a Strong’s Concordance reveals so much more. We see that “keep under” comes from the Greek word ὑπωπιάζω (hupōpiazō) that is defined as meaning, “to hit under the eye (buffet or disable an antagonist as a pugilist), that is, (figuratively) to tease or annoy (into compliance), subdue (one’s passions): – keep under, weary.”

In class Wednesday night we talked about faith and fear with references on building faith and conquering fear. The bowl of candy passed around on a night where some were participating in a corporate fast was to point out realities of myriad temptations that work to tempt us out of the will of God. Fasting is the act of YOU (the spirit YOU that lives in your physical body) working to bring that body YOU live in under subjection to YOUR will that YOU are daily yielding to God.

Paul compared it to beating the body into submission in 1 Corinthians 9:27. No, he was not suggesting you smack yourself silly when temptation in any form comes. He was making the point in seriousness and severity of how important it is for the spirit YOU alive in that body to be the one in control of the flesh rather than the flesh controlling YOU. Remember in Matthew 18:8-9 where Jesus said, “And if thine eye offend thee . . .” (entices you to sin)? What was the severe command there? No, it was not a literal command to tear out your eyeball; it was Jesus making the point of the lengths you need to go to be the one in control of your flesh rather than your flesh controlling you.

I use “YOU” in all capital letters to point out that YOU are more than the sum of your fleshly parts. Remember when it was mentioned in class how our bodies are made up of about a trillion cells? Do you remember when it was also mentioned that about ten times that amount comprise the bacterial flora of our guts that help us digest our food so that the flesh stays alive? Now, are the bacteria in your gut YOU? Are the cells that make up your eyeballs YOU? It depends on how you define YOU.

As Pastor Mike Singo has pointed out many times, we are trichotomous (divided into three parts) beings. We have a body (flesh), soul (mind) and spirit. The meeting point where spirit and body connect is the mind. The spiritual battle rages in the mind as the flesh wars against the spirit. The flesh is at enmity with (hostile against) God (Romans 8:7).

The YOU that remains after the flesh is dead and buried is the spirit. However, your spirit is not some blank hull. No, that two-way street between the spirit and the mind allows the real YOU to control the flesh, and it allows your spirit to take in all the memories, emotions and other input available in the mind. The spiritual YOU will one day live in a new body, but this flesh we are all living in is corrupted by sin. It is made up of the elements of this earth (copper, zinc, iron etc.). It decays back into the earth once YOU leave it at death. While in your flesh YOU are responsible for bringing it under subjection daily.

The bowl of candy passed around was not a joke in class just because people were fasting. It was taking advantage of a real situation to make a point about the lusts of the flesh that draw us away. Sure, it was just a bowl of candy, but are not all the lusts that entice us like candy during a fast? And each candy favorite is unique to the one who desires it. I remember one person taking a lollipop and another accepting a creamy caramel hard candy. It is good that those who indicated they were participating in the corporate fast did refuse the candy.

Real temptations come as we determine in our hearts to serve God just like candy in a bowl during a fast. The temptations (lusts of the flesh) are often wrapped up in pretty wrappers by our enemy. The flavor of the temptations is also often sweet or savory at first. However, just as sweet candy may lead to tooth decay, and many of the most savory foods often lead to heart disease, any lust that is conceived to the point of sin definitely brings death (James 1:13-15).

So, what does that have to do with faith and fear?

We talked about things we are afraid of when it comes to faith. We feel called to do certain things in the Kingdom of God, yet we are afraid at times to step out and begin or to continue walking in faith. We talked about how we trust the brakes on our cars more than we trust God at times. Few would test out the brakes on their cars before heading down the steep driveway at Living Waters Church of God. However, each one of us has more than likely thrown out a fleece as Gideon did because we need confirmation after confirmation before stepping out in faith to do something we really feel God is telling us to do.

Hebrews chapter 11 calls us to remember what faith can accomplish. Written to Hebrews, this chapter spoke to them on a personal level about the faith they were supposed to be practicing now.  They knew all the stories of the mighty heroes of their history as a people from the time they were children. The stories of heroes who were giants in faith were used by Paul to elaborate on what faith can accomplish. Noah, Moses, Joseph, Samson and others are mentioned. The miracles accomplished through the faith they lived are touched on in Hebrews 11.

In Hebrews 11:5-6, we see the contrast of Enoch who walked so much in faith that God translated Him to Paul, making the point that ” . . .without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The word “rewarder” means “remunerator,” and that is tied to a payment. There is a payoff to faith! Not because we deserve it, but because God desires to grant it. Abraham’s faith was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). The contrast is how it is impossible to please God without faith.

Moses and his people who he led out of Egypt under the guidance of God were, by faith, able to cross the Red Sea as if by dry land. When the Egyptians tried to cross in pursuit of them, they drowned (Hebrews 11:29). Faith had a payoff for those who had it, For those who did not, it resulted in a loss.

Still, what does that have to do with faith and fear?

Faith begins by walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Does that happen overnight? Maybe, for some. One of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of faith. Like other gifts, there seems to be times where the gift of faith is situational. The scripture says how spiritual gifts are ” . . .divided severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:11). I say situational meaning based on the circumstances one may be in and according to the will of the Holy Spirit.

We see, according to the Bible, that there is an office of prophecy (Ephesians 4:11) and a gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 12:10). One may be called to be a prophet while others may exhibit the gift of prophecy at certain times and places. So, there is the gift of faith that is given as the Holy Spirit wills, and there is the overall faith we are to grow daily in our lives.

Growing faith?

Yes, growing faith. Remember the mustard seed? If you plant that tiny seed, it grows into a plant big enough to be a home for birds. The key to understanding a concept about faith in the mustard seed scriptures (Mark 4:30-32) is that the seed was planted, and it was a real seed. In other words, the spiritual YOU takes a tiny amount of REAL faith and PLANTS it where God wants YOU to PLANT it, and then it grows into what everyone then sees as a miracle payoff from the Living God! This is also why we have the scripture that tells us to not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

Okay, so where is the fear part?

This ties into the armor of God in Ephesians 6, especially the shield of faith in verse 16. Ephesians 6:16 reads, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Notice that it says, “Above all . . .”

YOU need all of the parts of the armor intact and in place. However, I know what it is like to lay down the shield of faith. I was almost spiritually killed when I did it. My wife felt led to point out all the armor pieces I had intact and in place, and how I was missing the shield of faith during a difficult time. That was her walking in the gifts of the Spirit helping me.

Without the shield of faith in place, there is no defense against the fiery darts shot at YOU by our enemy. Strong’s Concordance defines them as fiery missiles, spears or arrows. When you start getting shot at, fear comes. Would you stand there and let me shoot real flaming arrows at you and smile at me the whole time? However, if you had a shield that was guaranteed to stop and extinguish every single one of them, you would not be afraid.

The fiery darts Paul mentioned were to convey a spiritual meaning using a concept. He used examples from physical reality referring to brutalities inflicted in warfare using weapons such as bows with arrows that are on fire. Flaming arrows kill people and set entire cities on fire. We know that our battle as Christians is a spiritual one. We do not arm ourselves with bows and arrows or guns and bullets to fight against our enemy, the devil. The weapons of our spiritual warfare are not carnal (pertaining to the flesh) (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). However, as Christians, we are very familiar of the damage that can be inflicted on us spiritually as our enemy attacks us if we let down our spiritual armor or shield.

Oh, if there was enough time to add in the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and how it has both offensive and defensive uses. If I did, this article would be much longer.

When do the arrows start to fly? As soon as you pick up that shield of faith and begin to wield it! You are not supposed to put it down once you pick it up. However, we do lower it at times, and we may get a bit lackadaisical in wielding the shield of faith at times. This is especially true if we start walking by sight and not by faith.

It happens when we start to follow the flesh. It begins when we start to follow a way that seems right to us (Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25). It initiates when we fail to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5), and when we stop trusting in the Lord with all of our heart and begin leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-8).

Now understand something else Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV when he was talking about the flesh. He said, ” . . .and bring it into subjection . . .” The word “subjection” means to be a slave driver in controlling the flesh. To enslave it to YOUR will that, in turn, YOU yield to God. The flesh is not supposed to control YOU or YOUR mind where the flesh and the spirit connect. Why? Well, the rest of the verse sums it up nicely where it says, ” . . . lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

We could continue making these connections in God’s word forever. I hope this gets us all thinking about faith and conquering the fears that hold us back from even planting a mustard seed of it.

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Jan 20

Two Minute Bible – Preparing for Storms

The sunny skies are always inviting. Big fluffy white clouds against a bright blue backdrop are naturally soothing. However, storms do come. Being prepared for bad weather as well as the various storms of life that try to weaken our faith is the smart thing to do.

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