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09.18.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REthink

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This Sunday, September 18th, 2016, Pastor Duane White began our new series titled REthink at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

REthink: It’s All in Your Head

We are still in the year of the RE! And as were are closing in on the end of the year, we want to take some time to REthink.

What is the standard to get us to rethink something? Life and circumstances can cause us to rethink our position or belief on something, which can be good,  but if we have no standard to measure our thoughts by, then we can rethink things and come to wrong conclusions.

We want to rethink according to the Word of God. In Romans, Paul tells us not to conform to the world that we live in, or to become accustomed to worldly standards.

“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)

Every generation has a “system of thinking.” You can probably think of some that are distinct to your generation. As you move through seasons of life, you naturally embrace the system of thinking of the season you are moving into.

So how do we change? By being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Don’t be outwardly fashioned, but be inwardly changed. Your mind is merely a collection of thoughts. Every wrong thought needs to change so that the metamorphosis Paul is speaking of transforms your inner most thought processes in order to bring your mind back to where it would have been if it wasn’t marred by a fallen world.

The present continuous tense in this verse indicates PROCESS! Deeply rooted thoughts don’t change overnight, and you won’t transform in an instant; it’s a lifetime process. Your mind is never so renewed that it no longer needs renewal. 

The enemy wants to get you to be blind to the truth and to look at life through his distorted lens as a perverted viewpoint, which creates wrong thinking.

“Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)

If you are unbelieving, you are letting the devil blind your mind from the truth! So how do we fight that? What weapons do we use?

 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-5)

If we don’t take our thoughts captive, we become prisoners to our own through processes. Vain imagination is the opposite of Godly imagination. Godly imagination is stifled by vain imagination. You were created to create the future, but God can never use you to create a world you can not imagine. God is wanting to release a spirit of creativity through the power of Godly imagination, but reasoning that demands verdicts contrary to what God is saying can blind us to seeing this creativity.

It all begins with a thought. If you change your thoughts, you can change your mind. Change your mind and you can change the world.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)

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09.11.2016 – Ps. Bob Cook – The Power of Legacy

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This Sunday, September 11th, 2016, Pastor Bob Cook, associate pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX, unpacked an amazing message on The Power of a Legacy.

The Power of Legacy:

 “Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts.” (Ps. 145:4, The Message)

National Grandparents Day is a day that falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day of each year. It’s not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers. It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband, Joseph L. McQuade.

They had fifteen children, forty-three grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over sixty years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001 followed by Mrs. McQuade  in 2008.

There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:

  1. To honor grandparents.
  2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
  3. To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

Mrs. McQuade did not envision the holiday as particularly belonging to grandparents. Instead, she saw it as a day of celebration involving the whole family, a day to connect the generations.

The first Grandparents Day was in West Virginia in 1973. It was in 1979 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day.

In part, the proclamation reads:

Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own, or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions. We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.

Here is a comment made by one member of the Canadian parliament speaking on behalf of the motion:

I do not hold grandparents to be glorified babysitters but rather as parents surrogates who bring love, a continuance of generational values, and a sense of the child’s worth to the integrity of the family… I was brought up by a grandparent. My parents both worked outside the home for most of my life. They needed to for economic reasons. It was my grandmother who nurtured me, gave me a sense of worth and molded in many ways the course my life was to take. My grandmother was my role model, my mentor, and my confidant.

One of the most intriguing things about Grandparents Day is that it portrays a Biblical principle, and it’s always good when our thoughts and plans line up with God’s plan!

God is a generational God. He often declared Himself to Israel as The God of Abraham, Issac, Jacob. This was not a ritualistic religious formula, but rather a powerful declaration of His faithfulness and intention to continually bless our offspring and us eternally.

As grandparents and parents, we have a biblical responsibility to teach our children God’s Word and the principles of how to properly apply it to their lives. Why is this important? Because He will visit the iniquity of the fathers to the 3rd and 4th generation, but keeps His covenant blessings on those who obey to a thousand generations.

God wants us to have generational blessing and continuity, not generation gaps or conflicts. Each generation usually has a major life event or factors that will impact their world view and value formation.

What is important to one generation may not be the most important thing to another. There are different perspectives that often lead to conflicts and negative views of the following generation.

Here are some examples:

“Boys and girls talk back in school nowadays without even knowing it. There is no respect, dignity, discipline, responsibilities or manners. They have too much money, and confused children are being turned out into a confused world.”

Here’s another:

“The children now love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, and they no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, misbehave before company and tyrannize their teachers.” – Plato speaking of the younger generation in 423 B.C.

Different is not always bad. We need to change our perspective. We need a God perspective to tell us how to live the way 2 Corinthians 10 tells us:

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way – never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” (2 Cor. 10: 5-6, MSG).

How do I turn that into a legacy? Psalm 78 addresses this question. The writer speaks of God’s instructions handed down to them by their ancestors and what they must now do.

“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statures for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their ancestors – a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.” (Psalm 78:4-8)

Verses four and five tell us the what, and verses six through eight tell us the why. 

There are three reasons why:

  1. So the next generation will know and in turn teach their children
  2. They will trust God, not forget and keep His commands
  3.  They will not repeat our mistakes

You’ve been adopted into the family of God . We have a Good Father who is willing to teach us because He loves us tremendously. Change your legacy by accepting His provision for you.

How will you change your legacy?

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09.04.2016 – Ps. Duane White – For The Win pt. 4

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This Sunday, September 4th, 2016 Pastor Duane White concluded our series, For The Win, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas by talking about finishing our race well.

#ForTheWin: Finishing Well

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25, NIV)

It matters how we run our race. It’s not good enough to merely squeak by. There is a lot more at stake than most people understand.

You may say, “But, I’m a nobody. It doesn’t matter how I run. No one even knows I’m running anyway!” That is not true! God knows and God cares. He created you, and God creates nothing without purpose. There are more people watching you than you think. It has been said in a study done by several sociologists that the average person can affect 10,000 people over the course of their life.

Or maybe you’re thinking, “What I do with my life is my personal business, and it affects no one else. I should be free to do anything I want.” Wrong again. The decisions that you make affect others whether you realize it or not.

While there are private decisions we make in life, there are no personal decisions in life. How you live affects more than just you.

Here are four results of running your race well:

  1. It brings glory and honor to God.
  2. It honors the sacrifice of those who went before you.
  3.  It creates synergy with those running with you.
  4.  It inspires and empowers those coming after you.

Dr. Bobby Clinton on the Timeline of Your Life wrote out a healthy lifetime:

  • Your 20’s – Discovery Phase
    • Who am I? What is my gifting mix?
  • Your 30’s – Development Phase
    • What’s my major role? 
  • Your 40’s – Doing/Building Phase
    • What am I building?
  • Your 50’s – Transitional “Thinking” Phase
    • What is my ultimate contribution? 
  • Your 60’s – Transitional “Doing” Phase
    • Who can I empower?
  • Your 70’s+ – Impartation Phase
    • How many torches can I light?

You may be thinking that, due to your past, you are nowhere near this timeline. That’s OK! Wherever you are, let God help you fill in the gaps and get back on track. Or you may be thinking that you’re the next generation coming behind, and you don’t need to worry about your 40s right now. That’s also not the truth! To finish well, you must begin with the end in mind!

Start living your legacy now! If you are behind on that timeline, it’s not too late! You can catch up. If you are on track, then keep running and don’t run alone. To those of you who are near the end of your journey, impart all you can! Find someone to pour all that wisdom into. We need you on the team. You are valuable to us, and we want these to be your best years.

It doesn’t matter where you came from or what kind of crazy that has been put up on your family tree. Throw the tree called the cross into and hit the reset button. It can start with you! All it takes is one person in a family line to change it all.

Another thing to remember is to run in your lane. Run your race. All effective leaders have a sense of destiny. A leader who knows his/her giftedness is prepared to move toward a major role which will bring focus to their life. A focused life is a life dedicated to exclusively carrying out God’s unique purposes through it, by identifying the focal issues, the life purpose or ultimate contribution, which allows an increasing prioritization of life’s activities around the focal issues, and results in a satisfying life of being and doing.

So ask yourself, how will you finish your race well?

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08.28.2016 – Ps Kris White – For The Win Pt. 3

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This Sunday, August 28th, 2016 Pastor Kris White continued our series For The Win at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

#ForTheWin: Course Correction

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews  7-11, NIV)

Here are two questions for you about your race:

  1. Can you receive correction, or are you uncoachable?
  2. Are you listening to the coaches, the crowd or the critics?

We all see the need to correct children. We all see the great need children have to be corrected.

Patrick Murphy, the Alabama Softball coach said:

“Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kids get used to someone being tough on them. It’s life, get over it.”

We are all about correcting children, but we are not so crazy about being corrected as adults.

The definition of correction is “a change made to something in order to correct or improve it, or the action of making such a change.” Maybe the key word to why we as adults don’t like correction is this five letter word change. 

“My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.”(Hebrews 12: 5-6, MSG)

Can you receive correction or are you uncoachable? God the Father is the head coach, and He sent the Holy Spirit as a personal trainer. He will assign different experts to impart truth, skill, and wisdom for your race.

When was the last time you were corrected? How did you respond?

Here are some characteristics of a teachable spirit:

  1. View counsel and correction as a valuable lesson. Receive Godly counsel and following the Holy Spirit with wise counsel.
  2. Take responsibility when you drop the ball and, do not blame or make excuses. Your responsibility will determine your reach.
  3. Humble yourselves. Do not be argumentative or have a haughty “know-it-all” attitude.
  4. Receive feedback without being offended.
  5. Receive feedback without feeling insecure or rejected.
  6. Be willing to be reshaped. Be mature and grow to let God finish His perfect work.

“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19)

Are you listening to the coaches, the crowd, or the critics?

This will determine your whole race!

  • Who are the coaches? Are they there to make you better?
  • Who is the crowd? Are they fickle people who are hanging around for the show? Or cannot be trusted because their opinion is swayed by the moment? Or do they say what you want to hear and then they’re gone when you really need them?
  • Who are the critics?

Theodore Roosevelt – Excerpt from the speech, “Citizenship In A Republic,” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Here are some important things to remember about criticism: 

  1. Consider the Source.
    • What’s your relationship to them? What’s their motivation? Is there any truth in what they’re saying?
  2. Don’t take it personally.
    • It’s not about you; it’s about the person’s agenda. Don’t worry about what people are thinking about you. They are really thinking about themselves.
  3. There’s only one way to avoid criticism:
    • “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
  4. Assign them their seat.
    • The critics aren’t going away, but you can decide where they sit in your race! And the role they will play.

So, how will you choose to run your race? How will you choose to let people influence your race?

 

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