Fully Alive in Christ
Here at Living Waters Rogue Valley, we answer the question, “What do YOU look like fully alive in Jesus?” We have a mission to break people free from religious bondage and invite them into who the Father intended them to be when He created them—that they could carry and exhibit a life fully reconciled to God through Christ.
Walking in the Dark - Steve Mickel
November 21, 2021 • 43 MIN
"Our world is filled with grief, uncertainty, and confusion. It can feel like we are being blown about the storms; like the light has gone out and the sun will never rise again. It can feel like we are chasing the sun, but it’s always just out of reach…someone told me, we have to stop chasing the light, turn around and walk through the night, and catch the sun on its way back up – that’s what lament is – it’s walking through the dark in order to get to the light." Watch Steve Mickel as he concludes our season of lament. He shared his personal story of grief, loss, and the power of finding Jesus in the darkness. Having Steve and Suzanne with us filled our hearts with hope for our personal and corporate journey in Lament.
The Joy of Lament - Angie Richey
November 14, 2021 • 42 MIN
We have invited Angie Richey, President of Life Pacific University in San Dimas, California, to speak this year at our women's conference but will also be speaking to us this Sunday. Angie currently serves as a member of the Foursquare Board of Directors and serves on the NextGen Sub-Committee of the National Church Committee. Angie with her husband founded the Gathering, a simple church network of house churches that continues strong after a decade. She has been married to business owner, pastor, and strategic executive coach, Lew Richey for 27 years, and they with two young adult children. She is also one of Kim’s childhood friends and is very trusted and loved by our team at Living Waters.
The Gift of Lament - Bo Stern-Brady
November 8, 2021 • 44 MIN
This week, we are honored to have Bo Stern-Brady. Bo is a friend of ours in ministry from way back. We have been loved and encouraged by her over the years, and we can’t wait for you to meet her! Bo is a pastor, speaker, and author (newlywed, mom, and grandma!) She has written three excellent books, “Ruthless,” “When Holidays Hurt,” and “Beautiful Battlefields.” “Beautiful Battlefields” is a great book and we cannot recommend it highly enough! She wrote it after her own fierce and unexpected battle when her husband Steve was diagnosed and later died from ALS. We believe that her walk with Jesus through those battles and the fires, in grief and loss, will speak directly to our communal and individual lament and infuse our hearts with hope that we are not alone, even amid the darkest moments.
Recognizing Lament in Light of Sin - Drew Berryessa
October 31, 2021 • 47 MIN
Lament is exercising our ability to feel sadness and grieve by giving time, space, voice and expression to our deep sorrow over pain, loss, and disappointment. Lamenting is admitting that there are parts of ourselves and our lives that are undone, feeling them, and inviting God into them - because when God is with us in it, being undone does not mean we are unsafe or unprotected! Everything that we lament in this life is rooted in the fact that sin broke the world and it broke humanity and it broke the perfect relationship we have with our Father. When sin entered in, it broke the communal picture of what God intended for us. In this message, we will walk through recognizing lament in light of sin. Watch Drew as he unpacks this topic for us and how we should engage our hearts and minds with the Father.
An Introduction to Lament - Ryan & Kate Rhoden
October 24, 2021 • 47 MIN
Lament is exercising our ability to feel sadness and grieve by giving time, space, voice and expression to our deep sorrow over pain, loss, and disappointment. Lamenting is admitting that there are parts of ourselves and our lives that are undone, feeling them, and inviting God into them - because when God is with us in it, being undone does not mean we are unsafe or unprotected! We believe it's okay to be sad as we look at all the things we have been through as a church and community, and the things we have all been through individually. We are in this together, and that means we can grieve together. If you are feeling the intensity of this season and you'd like to join us in connecting with God in our pain, loss and disappointment before we head into a New Year, we invite you to engage with us the next several weeks. We will have lots of different types of daily content as well as guest speakers coming in to guide us along the way. But step one is to watch this introduction to a season of Lament from Ryan and Kate. We are with you as we embrace sadness, sit with it, gently and patiently find its source, and allow God to meet us.
Acts 15 - Overcoming Religion - Ryan Rhoden
October 17, 2021 • 52 MIN
In Acts 15, the early church was experiencing division from both Jews and Gentiles. Both groups were being challenged to step out of their familiar culture and change to meet together and build something new. The Jews were being asked to come out of their past “religious culture” and relinquish their demands and expectations on others to follow the Law and be circumcised. The Gentiles were being asked to come out of their past “religious culture” that included sacrifices to idols and sexual indulgence as part of idol worship. The new believers were spared from RELIGION, without being given LICENSE to do whatever they desired. Both of these exist within the “church” today, and and to function in community we must not let our pendulum swing into either LICENSE or RELIGIOSITY.
Acts 14 - The Gospel That Flourishes In Every Context - Ryan Rhoden
October 10, 2021 • 43 MIN
Despite continued trials, despite a variety of changing settings and situations, regions and people, despite opposition in the places they were, and opposition following them from the places they’d been – the Gospel flourished and the church grew. During Paul and Barnabas missionary journey, they ministered to a multitude of people with diverse nationalities and backgrounds, cities with different Governors, leaders and systems in place, powerful cities and poor cities, to religious people and non-religious people, to Jews and Gentiles…AND THE GOSPEL FLOURISHED IN EVERY CONTEXT.
Acts 13 - The Beauty of Repentance - Drew Berryessa
October 3, 2021 • 42 MIN
Throughout the Book of Acts, there is a constant invitation to repent. Not the turn-or-burn coercion to believe, but a beautiful exhortation to return to the truth of who God says we are through the finished work of the Cross and reminds us what has been made right.
Acts 12 - Nothing is Hopeless to the Lord - Kim Butcher
September 26, 2021 • 36 MIN
It is interesting how we can read a passage of scripture throughout our lives, but when reading it, it feels new and fresh and sometimes feels like something we are reading for the first time. This happened to me as I was reading Acts 12 and prepping my message for this past Sunday. Peter is the leader of the disciples, the chief spokesman for them in a very exciting but scary time of life. The gospel is spreading, and people are coming to know Jesus as their savior and are being filled with God’s Spirit, and the Jewish people are doing all they can to stop it.
Act 11 - The Gift of Inclusion - Drew Berryessa
September 19, 2021 • 45 MIN
This week's message was from Acts 10 and 11. It was the moment the gospel, and full inclusion into the Kingdom of God was given to the Gentiles. Cornelius and his family were the first ushered in, a shift that all of us reap the benefit of. But what we often forget is that this gift of inclusion to the Gentiles was promised by God, first to Abram (Abraham) well over 2000 years ago. There was a lot of smoke obscuring that promise by the time Cornelius and His family were filled with the Holy Spirit! Nevertheless, the promise was still there all along.
Acts 10 - Suddenlies - Living in the Awe of God - Niesje Lenae
September 12, 2021 • 37 MIN
I have been hearing stories pop up everywhere of God inviting families, couples, single friends into sudden shifts in their life- and these shifts may be physically challenging but the YES to follow Jesus into the unknown is bringing them so much joy! There is a grace to experience sudden shifts in your mentality, your daily life.
Acts 9 - Our Radical Yes - Kim Butcher
August 29, 2021 • 30 MIN
As we are walking through the book of Acts, what we see is that Jesus ascended into heaven and the promised Holy Spirit fell upon all those waiting for the gift that the Father promised them. We read this in Acts 2. The Gospel of Jesus was being shared and people were following “The Way”, which meant they were giving their lives to Jesus and being filled with God’s spirit. Thousands of people were coming to know Jesus daily. So now they are living a new way of life - being led by God’s spirit in them. The fullness of the Holy Spirit residing in them and walking out each step they took with them.
Acts 9 - When Saul Encountered Jesus - Kim Butcher
August 22, 2021 • 36 MIN
Saul was an angry man. We can say that he was a terrorist - He is persecuting the church and people are afraid. Christians know about him. They know what He is doing and can you imagine how hopeless and how scared they must have felt in that moment. Their lives were in danger because of their beliefs and because of who they were following. So he is on this mission and the absolute impossible happens. Saul encounters Jesus!
Acts 8 - When God Uses Difficult Circumstances - Drew Berryessa
August 15, 2021 • 37 MIN
Even in the most difficult circumstances, God is at work. What we are going through may not be ideal, but we can trust that God is holding, comforting, and strengthening us.
Acts 7 - Lessons We Can Learn From Stephen - Ryan Rhoden
August 1, 2021 • 41 MIN
As we continue our Community of Transformation Series from the book of Acts, there are key lessons we can learn from Stephen as we navigate our time today as a follower of Jesus. Join us for chapter 7 of Acts.
Acts 6 - Living on Purpose - Ryan Rhoden
July 25, 2021 • 33 MIN
Join us as we continue our series on Communities of Transformation.
Acts 6 - Renewed Unity in Jesus - Ryan Rhoden
July 18, 2021 • 32 MIN
Can a church model health and God's solutions where culture is struggling with racial, ethnic/national or political division? Acts is showing us a way to reclaim our places of influence in order to show the world what healthy community, connection and especially disagreement can look like. As we walk in the Spirit and tear down our own walls that want to divide us and keep us from becoming a a true community of transformation, God will use that to bring solutions to the problems that our wold it struggling with.
Acts 5 - Activating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Kim Butcher
July 11, 2021 • 34 MIN
The gifts are for today just as much as they were for those written about in the Bible. Gifts like, prophecy, words of knowledge, gift of wisdom, gift of healing, gift of tongues - these gifts are given to us by Holy Spirit and partnered with Him in seeing the Supernatural take place in and around our lives! As we continue in Acts 5 - we are going to talk about the apostles that said yes to believing in Jesus - they believed that He was the son of God and that he died and resurrected on the 3rd day. These were the guys that were in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, when they were told by Jesus, before He ascended into Heaven, to wait in Jerusalem to receive the gift that was promised to them by the Father - which was the gift of the Holy Spirit.
People of Prayer / People of Action - "Church Out" Sunday - Ryan Rhoden
July 4, 2021 • 10 MIN
Watch this short encouragement from Ryan and be empowered as you go about during our "Church Out" Sunday. When we have a “Church Out” Sunday, it isn’t a Sunday without something, it’s a Sunday with unlimited opportunity to engage God in a new and unique way! Read more about Church Out Sunday at our website.
Acts 5 - Representing Jesus Well - Drew Berryessa
June 27, 2021 • 31 MIN
Watch Drew kick us back into our series, “Community of Transformation.” Here, he challenges us to represent Jesus well not just in our words, but also in our affection and our actions towards people we might not agree with.
Holding the Door Open - A Father's Day Message - Niesje Lenae
June 20, 2021 • 54 MIN
Within our STORIES lies the power we need to overcome. Some of us struggle to recognize the overcoming power in our own story, as so many of them still hold loose ends, moments of intense loss, or perhaps unanswered questions. Paul so beautifully reminds us that it is “in our weakness” that Jesus is seen and made strong – and therefore we can boast in our weakness! It is often our own stories of brokenness and pain that Jesus rides in with overcoming power. Are there parts of your story that feel unfinished, pending, or irredeemable? “What was that about God?” “Where are you in this?” Are there seasons of pain or loss that have yet to be filled with Jesus’ strength, comfort, and healing perspective? I want to share a piece of my own story with you regarding my journey with fathering. Father’s Day can be tinged with questions, memories and grief for so many of us and whether we had amazing or broken dads – we all feel the effects of our relationship with them on our connection with God. I want to share with you my raw journey of both pain and healing and let you in on the continually unfolding miracle of how Jesus has healed and met me. I pray that the Holy Spirit would meet you in a deep healing of places that still feel muddied or confusing in your own journey, and that His Spirit would ignite you with Hope for the story He is telling through your life. “And they overcome by blood of the lamb and the WORD of their testimony…” Revelation 12:11
Acts 4 - Spirit-Filled Community - Ryan Rhoden
June 6, 2021 • 49 MIN
ACTS is a call out of our individuality & independence, and dare I say sometimes “isolation” - to come together around Jesus, the one who is GREATER than anything that DIVIDES US. The quality & sustainability of our current REFORMATION in the “church” will be determined by what we REFORM around and I pray it is only Jesus.
Acts 2 - The New Covenant of Forgiveness - Ryan Rhoden
May 9, 2021 • 30 MIN
Acts 2 is the CRUX of the Bible, the moment when everything comes together. The completion of the puzzle that allows us to finally step back and (with our finite minds attempt to) comprehend the mystery, sovereignty, wisdom and power of God to bring about His redemptive purposes.
Acts 2 - Transformational Community - Ryan Rhoden
May 2, 2021 • 16 MIN
The Book of Acts tells the story of how the church was born, grew together, was then scattered, spreading the story of Jesus everywhere they went (Acts 8:4). This series will challenge and commission us to continue the story they began in Acts...to lay down our lives as to carry Jesus to people right where they're at by living as a part of a Spirit-filled, transformational community of fully alive Jesus followers. Acts doesn’t have an ending...The implication being that we are God’s (Spirit-filled) people, and the expectation is that we are continuing the work God started through this small community of believers.
Acts 1 - Our Kingdom Calling - Drew Berryessa
April 25, 2021 • 36 MIN
Have you ever found yourself in a place that you just couldn’t see the hand of the Lord working on your behalf? Or maybe the way the circumstances were playing out did not meet your hopes or expectations? You are in very good company! This week we are beginning our journey through the book of Acts. Acts is the powerful account of how the early church, filled with the power and the authority of the Holy Spirit, changed the course of human history and ushered in the advance of the Kingdom of God here on Earth. But in the opening moments of the book, we catch a glimpse of the final exchange between Jesus and His disciples before he ascends to heaven, and one final question is lingering in the hearts and mind of those whom Jesus is leaving His mission: Acts 1:6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The Space Between - The Disciples' Interaction - Kim Butcher
April 18, 2021 • 34 MIN
We are talking about the 40 days that Jesus walked the earth after the resurrection until he ascended into heaven - The Space Between. we are focusing on three of the disciples and their interaction with Jesus during that 40 days in the book of John in chapters 20 and 21. With all that our world is facing these days - with things going on in our nation and how divided it can feel - I really believe that as we take a look at these three disciples, there are some things the Lord just wants to remind us of and encourage us in as believers.
The Space Between - Resurrection & Ascension - Ryan Rhoden
April 11, 2021 • 42 MIN
For forty days between the resurrection and His ascension into heaven, history was still unfolding through Jesus! As we move toward our series on Acts, understanding this period is vital as the groundwork is laid for DISCIPLES and FOLLOWERS of Jesus to carry the Good News of reconciliation to the Nations. Jesus' resurrection had changed everything, and while his followers were struggling to comprehend, Jesus faithfully shared what had, and would take place. A New Covenant had been established. A Kingdom had come. History had shifted, and an assignment had been given that followers of Jesus still carry to this day!
Hope Remains - Easter Sunday - Ryan Rhoden
April 4, 2021 • 34 MIN
We are anticipating a powerful day - and praying for a shift to take place in our church as we shake off the dust of 2020 and embrace the fullness of HOPE for 2021! Hope isn't a feeling, it's a perspective that can only be found in the supernatural reality AND PERSON of Jesus that we celebrate on Easter!
A Triumphal Tragedy - Ryan Rhoden
March 28, 2021 • 46 MIN
Welcome to the beginning of a beautiful walk through the last days of Jesus' ministry on earth. We are setting a daily rhythm as we lead up to Easter, beginning with this message as Ryan breaks down the last days of Jesus in a message called "A Triumphal Tragedy".
Joseph's Heart of Forgiveness - Kim Butcher
March 21, 2021 • 36 MIN
We have been walking through the life of Joseph for the past few months, on this video we will conclude this series as we get to the key verse, Genesis 50.20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Joseph lived a life of forgiveness and because of that he was not distracted by or focused on what happened to him, but he saw what the Lord was doing and participated and partnered with the Lord in accomplishing all that God had set before him.
Joseph's Restoration and Rise to the Palace - Ryan Rhoden
March 14, 2021 • 41 MIN
How did his restoration and rise happen? How did he do it? How could he walk from PRISON to the PALACE so easily? Is this how he envisioned the fulfillment of his childhood dream unfolding? The fact it is included in the text is to highlight that the reader would recognize the connection. How often does God give us a sense, or a direction, or a “dream”, and we imprint it with our circumstances and expectations? Join us as we worship and hear Ryan unpacks the "other side of the darkness" and what we can learn from Joseph's rise from prison to palace.
Joseph and the Time in Between - Drew Berryessa
March 7, 2021 • 37 MIN
What do we do in the time gap between our promise and the delivery of that promise? What do we do when we feel like God has forgotten us? What do we do when the promises are not coming true? How do we posture hearts and character and our actions and spirits in contending for over a decade or more of pain and frustration and disappointment like Joseph? Watch Drew as he tackles these difficult questions and gives us practical tools on how to navigate the "some time later" moments of our journey between the promise and its fulfillment.
Joseph in Prison - Ryan Rhoden
February 28, 2021 • 32 MIN
As I’ve studied this story, this is what I see that stands out: How his relationship with his father formed him, and his how his dreams gave him purpose. Joseph had an IDENTITY and a PURPOSE that stood the test. It’s one thing to THINK you know who you are when things are good, because it’s theoretical. But when a trial hits, the truth is revealed. Difficulty and testing reveal where our identity is rooted, but it also shows us what we’re LIVING FOR. Joseph carried a DREAM that God used to deposit PURPOSE in his heart, and it oriented him through all the storms he would encounter.
Joseph in Potiphar's House - Ryan Rhoden
February 21, 2021 • 39 MIN
Joseph’s story is a STORY OF LOSS. He loses the protection and favor of his father. He loses the respect and love of His family. He even loses his position in Potiphar’s house. But what remained? His identity. Living as a son, even when distanced from his father and family. What was put into him remained intact…(What our father puts in us is unshakeable). Where we draw our identity is established in difficulty, but testing also reveals where it is rooted. For Joseph, he remained rooted in his. It’s one thing to know who you are when things are good, because it’s theoretical. But when a trial hits, the truth is revealed. Joseph was living in his father’s favor and resources, but the events that came against him required him to choose to continue to live in that identity, regardless of what was going on around him. Watch as Ryan continues our series, From the Prison to the Palace: A Series on the Life of Joseph.
Joseph and his Brother's Jealousy - Kim Butcher
February 14, 2021 • 32 MIN
In this message, Kim will be continued our series on the life of Joseph, focusing on the effects of JEALOUSY on his brother's hearts. Joseph’s brothers allowed their jealousy to grow inside them. They allowed the filter of how they saw life to be through this jealousy and it then grew to the point that they wanted to kill their brother. We may never get to that point - but the way we think of someone else or how we treat them can be just as bad. It is time that we kill Jealousy in our lives and walk with the Lord as He celebrates what is happening in those lives around us - and in our own life. Let’s choose to be aware of what is happening in our heart and bring it to the Lord. He wants to meet you in the exact place that you are in right now - and He wants you to be fully alive in this life! Watch this message and find out how to best counterattack jealousy in your life.
Joseph and his Father's Favor - Ryan Rhoden
February 7, 2021 • 43 MIN
Today feels like a perfect Father’s Day message! It's all about the Favor of a Father and what it imparts to Joseph, and to us. At LW, we speak often of the POWER OF A FATHER...one who builds us up and calls us out into manhood, womanhood, and identity. (To be TAUGHT who we are, and TRAINED how to live it out). Watch as Ryan unpacks the Father's Favor from the story of Joseph.
Joseph's Family History - Drew Berryessa
January 31, 2021 • 37 MIN
Drew launched us into a new series, From the Prison to the Palace beginning with Joseph's family history. This is a 10,000 foot overview of the Family History of Joseph from Abraham to Joseph’s birth. When examining the historical narrative of Genesis 12 forward, we see the Lord offering his covenantal promises over and over again. And we see His people making choices that reveal their doubt, fear, disobedience, etc. Yet God faithfully uses every choice to fulfill His promises. The story of Jospeh is how God interacted with imperfect humanity in the backdrop of his perfect plan. And that story is also our story.
Inheritance - Kim Butcher
January 24, 2021 • 27 MIN
Knowing WHO WE ARE and WHO WE BELONG TO is our identity. Walking it out is OUR INHERITANCE. When we speak of inheritance, we are not talking about money or possessions; we are talking about the GOD’S SPIRIT coming - and resting so powerfully ON and moving THROUGH our lives that we will never be the same. All that God is, accessed by faith in Jesus Christ, and made manifest in us AND around us by the indwelling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit - which we steward for His purposes and glory. We have been made right with our Father through Jesus Christ. And because we have a Father? We have an inheritance.
Identity - Ryan Rhoden
January 17, 2021 • 40 MIN
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” AW Tozer. What you believe about God will determine your relationship with God. It will also inform what you believe about yourself, and what you believe about yourself determines how you live out your faith. There’s nothing I want more than for my kids to know that they are loved, and to know who they are! I believe that’s true of God’s heart toward each of us…and why Jesus came.
Intimacy - Ryan Rhoden
January 10, 2021 • 42 MIN
Intimacy with the God through the Holy Spirit is our foundation.