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10.16.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REthink Pt. 5


This Sunday, October 16th, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued on our REthink series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.


“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”(Romans 12:2, NKJV)

There is a brain cell killer that threatens us everyday called stress.

Stress creates free radicals that literally kill brain cells. A steroid hormone called “Cortisol” is released by stress. Cortisol creates a surplus of the neurotransmitter glutamate. Glutamate creates free radicals, unattached oxygen molecules, that attack brain cells much in the same way that oxygen attacks metal, causing it to rust.

So, simply put, stress makes your brain rust!

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but how you deal with stress is actually a choice.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

You cannot choose the stressful situations that come to you, but you can choose what you think about them and how you respond to them.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

You can’t control all the things life throws at you, but you can control what you throw at yourself.

Here is a list of five things to never waste brain cells on:

  1. What stirs up strife
  2. Thinking evil of others
  3. What other people think of you
  4. What’s none of your business
  5. What you can’t change

There are so many arguments that do not matter. Social media increases the stress levels for many people with the tremendous number of arguments and disagreements on every issue. Just because you’re invited to an argument, doesn’t mean you need to attend!

Even if you’re right, the stress it produces is not worth the fight. Pick battles that promote peace. Protect your brain cells from needless, stupid arguments.

“For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.” Proverbs 26:20-22

Thinking negatively or evil of others sets toxins off in your brain that can affect your whole body. There’s no way you want to entertain these thoughts. If you continue to focus on all the faults and negative qualities of someone, that’s what they will be to you. You must learn how to take those thoughts captive.

If we could read a poll of your thoughts, I wonder how many would be obsessing over what people think about us?

“Yet the best path is seldom the easiest road; therefore, it is encumbered upon true leaders to brave the crowds and make the right call…the noble choice…the courageous decision. This often means that leaders must risk being misunderstood, not liked, or even viciously opposed.” – Kris Valloton (Do You Have the Guts to be a Great Leader)

If you have lived your life as a people pleaser, let God begin your journey out of that wilderness today.

You can’t waste brain cells on what people think about you. People are fickle, and if they think one thing today, they’ll probably change their minds tomorrow. Continue to live out truth, and it will eventually speak for itself. Gossip kills your brain cells!

You’re wasting energy and creating stress worrying over what’s already happened and can’t be changed. You can learn and improve next time, but let go of the mistakes of the past.

If you can’t change it, there is no grace in trying. If you can change it, God will show you the part you’re responsible for, then trust Him with the rest.

After traipsing through paths of uncertainty and clouds of confusion, you look around frantically to realize you’re lost, wandering alone in a brain fog of hopelessness.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom

Worship directs us toward the master of the universe who holds the compass of life. As we surrender our frets and fears to His promise we find ourselves surrounded by his steadfast strength. In worship we realize we are not alone. As His presence fills the cavities of despair with renewed hope, our brain fog turns into a glory F.O.G. The Favor Of God!

Stop worrying about what you don’t know and determine to focus on what you do know.

“I will praise You, for am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my souls knows very well.” Psalm 139:14

We know that He loves us! He loves you and made you for a purpose. Knowing this truth takes your focus off your fear, and on to His faithfulness.

Where will your mind wander today? Whenever you are swayed to wander down the rabbit hole of worry, flip it into a prayer of faith, or a song of worship. As you continue to thoughtfully make that decision, you will find your mind walking in the F.O.G, The Favor Of God.


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10.09.2016 – Ps. Paul Godawa – REthink Pt. 4


This Sunday, October 9th, 2016, our guest speaker, Pastor Paul Godawa from Poland, unpacked an amazing message that continued our series REthink here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.


“He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.'” (Matthew 13:31-32)

The mustard seed that is mentioned in this scripture is the Kingdom of Heaven. Take the mustard seed of the Kingdom and do something with that seed so that you can become free.

There are seeds that God sows, and there are seeds that man sow. God sows into your heart, while man sows into your life. God can change your heart, but only you can change your life.

There are promises set for you in Heaven, and when you choose to take that seed, and do something with it to help it grow, then you will begin to see those promises in your reality.

God gives you these seeds, but you have to take responsibility for the seed. In order to help your seed grow, you must REarrange your environment by believing the truth over the facts.

Most of the time people are focusing on the seed, and not the environment the seed grows in.

Here are three things to help you REarrange your environment:

  1. Your inner environment. What’s going on inside your soul? How is your heart?
  2. Environment of relationships. Who inspires you?
  3. Your natural environment. What brings you joy?

By asking yourself these questions, and choosing to REarrange your life, you will being to bring growth to your mustard seed. Once you manufacture your environment to change your negative emotions, your excitement will bring joy to the moment.

When you REarrange your environment, you can become a tree.


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10.02.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REthink Pt. 3


This Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued our REthink series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.


“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, NKJV)

God’s thoughts are good. As you realize this truth, you can REtrain your brain.  You don’t have to be enslaved or imprisoned to your own thought processes.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice…Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:4 & 6, NKJV)

There are three major mind REnewal keys that the Apostle Paul points out here:

  1.  Always REjoice! Joy is the first key to the REnewing of your mind. You can’t be in joy and be depressed at the same time. You can’t be in joy and be in fear at the same time. He says rejoice always!
  2. Be anxious for nothing! If you always rejoice, you will never be anxious.
  3. Pray about everything with thanksgiving.

The reality is we have been programmed to worry and be negative. Because it’s familiar, we kinda like it. Over time, we end up with the tendency to worry over praise, or to have fear over praying. But here is the good news: If you have the propensity for worry, you have the potential for creativity.

Genesis 1 says that God “hovered,” or “brooded,” over the formless world and brought order into chaos. The devil wants you to negatively “brood” over your life and turn the order God destined over you into chaos. We all know we should pray about our problems instead of worrying about them; but let’s be honest, most of us worry way more than we pray. The Word says “be anxious for nothing, but with prayer and supplication…let your requests be made known.” Just talk to God and ask Him about it. When the potential for worry comes, stop, even for ten seconds, and pray. 

When you rejoice and choose to be anxious for nothing, the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind. Peace is a state more than a relationship or attitude. It’s the condition of being peaceful or tranquil. It’s the total absence of conflict with what you are at peace with. 

This peace, he says, surpasses all understanding. God’s peace is better than your mind. It’s greater than your reasoning, and guards you against your reasoning. Living a life of peace is a choice you have to make. If you don’t like your train of thought, jump off the train! Your mind has the capacity to go anywhere. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Paul continues in verse eight with truth. Reality is, we live in a world of non-truth. This verse is what your thoughts should look like.

Have you been thinking through the lies in your head, instead of the God’s truth? Are you ready to REthink?


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09.25.2016 – Ps. Kris White – REthink Pt. 2

This Sunday, September 25th 2016, Pastor Kris White continued our series REthink here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

REthink: Thinking God’s Thoughts

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)

Praying brings a renewing of the mind and creates a better mindset. The definition of mindset is a “fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to, and interpretations of, situations.” In other words, a mindset is an inclination or a habit.

Each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s one thought per second in every waking hour! Amazingly, 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative.

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” (James Allen)

Where is your mind?

How can we know God’s thoughts?

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Here’s a few points highlighting God’s thoughts toward us found in scripture:

  1. God’s thoughts for you are good. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:13-14)
  2. God’s thoughts are life. (Deuteronomy 30:19, John 10:10)
  3. God’s thoughts are creative. (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:27)
  4. God’s thoughts are peace. 
  5. God thinks like a winner. 

A thought is actually an electrical impulse. Every time you have a thought, your body releases chemicals that are sent throughout your entire body. Good thoughts release “feel good” chemicals, while bad thoughts release harmful chemicals that cause feelings of fear and stress.

These chemicals affect every cell in your body, as well as your emotions and attitude. Your attitude reflects the condition of your mind, and your emotions and attitude affect your physical health. For example, anxious, fearful thoughts result in feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety. These feelings have a huge impact on your health.

Toxic thoughts and feelings lead to physical illness and disease. Research shows that unhealthy thoughts leave behind harmful waste in our bodies that can cause sicknesses such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, ulcers, depression and more. Your thoughts can either make you healthy, more intelligent and creative, or they can damage your body, weaken your intellect and shut down your creativity.

Our thoughts are real and take up space in our brains. They can actually look like little trees with branches in brain scans. What is even more amazing is that these little trees (thoughts) can grow and shrink depending on what you choose to think about. For instance, if you dwell on a thought all day long and keep rehearsing it in your head, that thought-tree will grow more branches and get bigger, taking up more space in your brain. Think a single thought long enough and it actually becomes ingrained into your brain and becomes part of who you are.

This means you have the power to change your personality, responses, and habits by taking control of your thoughts.

We have no problem using our imaginations to worry. We have no problem imagining all the ways to fail or go wrong!
We need to redeem our creative imaginations to influence every mountain.

“If you can worry, you can create and think the thoughts of God.” (Pastor Kris White)

There are creative solutions on the inside of you. If you solve the King’s problems, you will have the King’s heart. Learn to REthink – take your thoughts captive, and use the creativity God put inside of you to change your world.

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