A Weekend to Remember

Strengthen you marriage with a 2 1/2 day couple’s retreat! 

   One of the first places where the presence (or lack of presence) of the fruit of the Holy Spirit shows up is in our marriages.  Marriages are one of the battlegrounds where Christians experience the attack of the world, the flesh, and the devil the most.  In order to equip couples to excel and thrive in this area, Living Water Fellowship encourages couples to take time to provide vital maintenance for this relationship.  

   We have created a group with FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember to help couples save money while protecting and enhancing their marriage.  We are encouraging couples to sign up for the Weekend to Remember in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor on February 16th – 18th, 2018.  You can use the group name: LWFMarriage to save $100 per couple for those dates- or any Weekend to Remember getaway in the USA. 

Make the investment in your biggest asset! 

-Pastor Joseph for Living Water Fellowship

Go to: http://www.familylifeministries.org/weekend-to-remember/

Use our group code to receive a $100 discount per couple: LWFMarriage

2017 Year In Review

God has been very gracious to Living Water Fellowship in 2017!  I know that the year is not officially over yet, but we are making a transition.  In past years we have made an anniversary video for the church plant anniversary in September of each year.  In the future we will start doing Year In Review videos that start and end with a calendar year.  So this year, the video went from Christmas of 2016 through September 2017.  Next year the 2018 video will not be released until January 2019.   So there you have it!  Enjoy the video:

The Seven Thousand That Still Love God

Travel Weary?

As I travel along in my journey each week, I often have moments where I feel alone.  Or perhaps I just feel weary.  You might experience the same thing.  There are several things I do when I start finding myself losing focus and feeling alone. 

First, the Word of God

Spending time in the Word every day is absolutely indispensable- without this daily connection to Christ we can start shriveling up on the Vine.  Many days when I start feeling alone, it has less to do with actually being alone physically and more to do with trying to ‘go it alone’ spiritually.  We were designed by our Creator to have daily fellowship with Him. 

Also, the Bible is where we read accounts of other servants of God who have felt alone and discouraged.  Elijah, for example. He was so discouraged he wanted to die and be with God.  But God told him, “I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (You can read the whole story in 1 Kings 19)


Second, the Fellowship of the Saints

Peter Marshall Graber & Luke Button making pizza

Spending time with other Christians is absolutely vital.  We need each other.  The Spirit of Christ in each of us encourages us when we bump into each other during the week.  Plan to ‘bump’ into other Believers.  Not just Sunday morning, but all throughout the week.  Talk about your faith on purpose.  

This part of dealing with feeling alone seems very basic, but it is profound.  Choose to not be alone.  Connect with fellow Christians, even if it means phone calls, emails, or social media.  Be intentional. 

Third, Awareness of the Church in the rest of the world

One of my all time favorite strategies for those times when I feel disconnected or alone is to choose to be reminded of the Kingdom of Christ throughout the world.  There are a number of things I do on purpose in order to be aware of what is happening in the Church around the world.  Here are two of them. 

The Lausanne Movement.  I have signed up for email updates from the Lausanne Movement, you can see the latest one at this link.  This is a group of Christians representing many nations from around the world, on purpose meeting to discuss things that are close to our hearts as Believers.  I have never been to one of the gatherings, but I hope some day I can be.  Until then I have signed up for the email updates and I occasionally read things on the website. 

Dispatches From the Front.  This film series from Frontline Missions International and Dr. Tim Keesee are powerful. You can be transported around the world and see how the body of Christ is functioning. Dr. Keesee’s perspective is absolutely refreshing and encouraging. I highly recommend getting this whole set and watching them with your family.  

Here is the trailer of the one I watched most recently: 

This 15 minute video shows the backstory and the motivation for Dr. Tim Keesee:


And this video explains the vision behind this film series. 

You can see all the trailers here at this link: https://www.dispatchesfromthefront.org/

Take heart!  God is at work all around the world! You are not alone.  Press in to the Word. Be intentional about connecting with other Believers.  Educate yourself about the work of God around the world.  


-Pastor Joseph 

LWF Welcomes Justin & Abigail Blocker

Living Water Fellowship is excited to welcome Justin & Abigail Blocker and their two little daughters!  Justin is called to pastoral ministry and has spent the last three years being prepared for ministry by the pastors at Living Water Fellowship in Bulverde, Texas.  Justin is here for a one year internship with LWF Denver to continue his pastoral training.  

Justin is gifted in music, teaching the Word, and has a heart for discipleship.  We are looking forward to this next season with Justin and Abi at Living Water Fellowship. 

3 Year Anniversary

As we look back over the last 3 years, we are so grateful for all the Lord has done!


“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.”  Ps. 150:1-2

Pastor Ernie Steps Down


In September Pastor Ernie Gilbert announced that he would be stepping down from his role as a pastor of Living Water Fellowship.  His last Sunday as a pastor at LWF was on October 9th.  The fellowship prayed with the Gilbert family as they step into this new season in their lives. 

 In 2013, Pastors Ernie Gilbert and Joseph Graber were sent out by the pastors of Living Water Fellowship of Bulverde, Texas: Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler, Al Mendenhall, Doug Swanson, and Philip Telfer to plant an elder led, family integrated, Spirit filled church in the Denver, Colorado area.  The past three years have been times of blessing and growth attended by the usual struggles of a church plant.  

Now that Pastor Ernie has stepped down, Pastor Joseph will continue as the sole pastor while we prayerfully consider the future.  We are committed to a plurality in leadership and will seek God’s heart how to restore multiple eldership to Living Water Fellowship. 

We praise God for His faithfulness these past three years! 

Following is the letter from Pastor Ernie that he sent to the Fellowship after he made the announcement: 

Dear Living Water Family,
  As I stated last Sunday, I am stepping down from the leadership of LWF Denver. I am staying on a month leading up until the time I go to Israel. After that we will not be in leadership here anymore.
  It is clear to me that I have too many irons in the fire.  I am leaving because I am too busy to do anything really well right now. This decision was hard to make but we know this is the right one. Julie and I and the kids are of one accord in this and that is important.
  Since I have told Joseph and Stacie, we have had unity and cooperation. They aim to help me leave with honor and leave the door open for our possible return later down the road if the Lord so leads us back. I love that heart and attitude and I believe it really reflects the heart of Christ as well as the Living Water Fellowship heart of preferring one another!
I do thank you, the church, for everything you all have done for us and I look gratefully on all that we have been through in these past 3 years. We thank each one of you for the love you have poured out upon us since we started this journey almost exactly 3 years ago. Words cannot express our gratitude and love for each of you! Please know we will stay as much a part of your lives as we can.
 I ask for your prayers as we now go on to the next chapter and that I can lead my family better through this next season of life. I really look forward to seeing God’s next plan unfold.
God bless you all and thanks for walking this road with us.
I love you all,

Here is the letter Pastor Joseph sent to the Fellowship: 

Dear Fellowship,
 ​Let’s honor Pastor Ernie’s request to pray for him and the Gilbert family​ during this time of transition. We are grateful for all the ways that God has blessed LWF through the ministry of Pastor Ernie and the Gilbert family. Stacie and I have been blessed to walk with Ernie and Julie and their family during this time and really appreciate their friendship. We also stand with them in prayer that in this next season of their life they will sense God’s presence always near and be free to fully relax in Christ and to effectively walk the paths that He leads them down.
Stacie and I sense God’s continuing call and blessing for me to fulfill the role as one of the pastors of Living Water Fellowship. The past three years have been an incredible journey of seeing God at work and getting to know so many of you. We are excited about what God is continuing to do through the families at Living Water Fellowship. We look forward to walking with you into this next season. There will be changes. Some of them will be difficult. But God will always be faithful.

Let’s keep in mind this verse that encapsulates our motto:
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

As a church, some of our core values are marriage and family. Because of this we are able to release Pastor Ernie from his pastoral responsibilities and in brotherly love wish him well as he chooses to set aside more time for his wife and family during this next season. However, it is not my desire to be the sole pastor of Living Water Fellowship. Please join me in praying for direction and provision for our next step. I am grateful for our Deacons, Sam Miller an Bob Chartier. They have been an encouragement to both Pastor Ernie and I. I would appreciate your support as we move forward.
Following I have listed a few ways you can help support this time of transition at LWF:
If you have any questions, please take the time to chat with Pastor Ernie or myself. One of the blessings of the way that we are structured is that even though Pastor Ernie is stepping down from his responsibilities as a pastor, he is welcome to continue in our fellowship for this next season. In an effort to stop gossip we ask that you be quick to bring questions to us to help clear things up.
Sunday, October 9th will be Pastor Ernie’s last day in the role as a pastor of LWF. We will designate that day as a day of remembrance and testimony of what God has done these past three years at LWF.
Thank you for your love and prayers! We love each of you!
– Pastor Joseph


Save The Storks

Brittany Barden visited this Sunday, July 3rd, to share about a special new prolife ministry called, Save The Storks.



Save the Storks provides mobile ultrasound services to pregnancy centers across America. We got to tour one of their new state of the art mobile units.  IMG_9457

Michael, one of the bus drivers, explains the well-thought-out design of this new unit.IMG_9459


It was so exciting to hear about how many lives have been saved through this ministry.  Watch the video below to hear the vision of Save the Storks, how it began and where it’s going as they move forward into the calling that God has given them of saving the lives of the unborn.

Conference on Marriage and Parenting Teens



Conference on Marriage and Parenting Teens

Norm Wakefield – The calling of God in Norm’s life has given him a heart for men and their families. His calling as a child of God has birthed an emphasis on the gospel and relationship with Jesus Christ. It forms the basis for wisdom in all aspects of life and is the strength of Elijah Ministries. As a husband, Norm longs to see marriages that glorify God. His calling as a father of four, has given him a heart for family. When God called Norm into the pastoral ministry, God led him to disciple and encourage men. Leading people into the presence of God has come from his calling as a worship leader. The desire of his heart is to see God glorified in His people as they apply God’s Word to their lives.

September 11-13, Friday ~ Sunday.

 Arvada Covenant Church ~ 5555 Ward Rd, Arvada, CO 80002

Attendees: Ages 13 and up. (Childcare not provided)
Cost: $30 per couple or $45 per family – Saturday lunch included in price
Registration deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Registration required because of limited space! Registration must be received by September 8th.  You may register online or by mail.

To Register Online Follow These Instructions:

  • Send an email to LWFDenver@gmail.com with the following information
    • Name
    • Preferred email address
    • Number of people attending
  • Follow the link to register online
  • Select Other and enter $30 for a couple or $45 for family
  • Under Designation select ‘Event Registration’
  • Enter your name in the additional information box
  • Click Here to Pay the Registration Fee Online


Mail: Send check and registration form to:
Living Water Fellowship
PO Box 19025
Golden, CO 80402

This event is hosted by Living Water Fellowship, Denver.
If you need more information, please contact one of our pastors: Ernie Gilbert 720-244-1714 or Joseph Graber 361-798-0314

Spirit of Elijah

Event Schedule:

Friday Evening, 7:00 pm – Sept. 11
Time of Worship
The Father’s Heart Revealed: What are the most powerful, encouraging words a dad can hear or say? Discover and be encouraged as you listen to “The Father’s Heart Revealed.” This message will produce confidence to face any situation or relationship in life and give you vision for how you can best reflect the heart of our Father in heaven.

Saturday Morning, 9:00 am– Sept 12
Time of Worship
Living from an Eternal Perspective: What makes your family distinct from other families is the perspective from which we teach and live – an eternal perspective. You’ll learn how to live in heaven while you are on the earth and bring the presence and power of God near to your children as you live your life before them and teach them daily.

Saturday Noon – Lunch provided

Saturday Afternoon– 1:00 pm Sept 12
The Power of Humility in Parenting: When parents display humility, their children are attracted not only to them, but to Jesus Christ. You’ll be encouraged as you see the power of humility in the lives of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul.

Saturday Afternoon – 3:00 pm Sept 12
Ears to Hear: A Foundational Lesson for Life: Jesus often repeated, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Why did He say that? Norm will answer this question as well as explain one of the most foundational teachings given by the Lord Jesus. Understanding this lesson is the key to not raising deluded children who know facts, but don’t know Christ.

Sunday Morning – 10:00 am, Sept 13 – Church Sermon at Living Water Fellowship
3101 S. Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Live to Love: When we come to stand before Christ, our confidence before Him will be based on how His love has been expressed through our lives. Because of this, living to love is important. Most know they ought to love, but many struggle with loving others. Norm explains how God’s kind of love can flow through our lives and what hinders the outpouring of His love.

Other Information

Mission – The mission of Elijah Ministries is to build the Kingdom of God and the local church by equipping men and their families to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Presently, this mission is accomplished through speaking at men’s, family, and couples’ retreats, church conferences, homeschool conventions, as well as audio and video resources, and printed materials.

History – The ministry was begun in 1994 while Norm Wakefield was pastor of Coast Community Church in Fountain Valley, California. In 1999, Elijah Ministries was organized with its own board of directors and now functions as a distinct non-profit ministry.

Doctrinal Statement – Believing that the Bible is our rule for faith and practice, all aspects of the ministry, from its organization to the content of messages, are founded upon God’s Word and consistent with the Philadelphia Confession of Faith, Having stated above, without diminishing the importance of holding to sound doctrine, it is affirmed that the basis for fellowship between believers is not doctrine, but faith and love in Jesus Christ.