Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the conclusion of the 21 days of prayer and fasting with testimonies, special music and Duane’s final message in the Faith For the Future series. WE ARE ALSO STEPPING OUT IN FAITH FOR A FUTURE “BRIDGE BUILDING” AND TURNING IN OUR BUILDING PLEDGES!

Challenged to GROW

(Watch funny video from Sunday by clicking on pic.)

Yes, we’ve almost completed our 21 days of prayer and fasting for the 2010 Challenge! In these past weeks God has really challenged me personally to receive a NEW STRENGTH for this decade.

Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “Those who WAIT (hope in, expect) on the Lord will gain NEW STRENGTH, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not get tired, and they will walk and be weary.”

I found myself frustrated a few weeks ago and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. (Ok, lack of coffee might have been part of the problem, but I knew it was deeper than that!) Then during morning prayer, I felt God showing me that I couldn’t go into this year with the same faith of last year, or the same power–I needed a NEW STRENGTH, which meant I was going to have to grow!

Psalm 84:7 – “…we go from STRENGTH to STRENGTH before we appear before Him…”
2 Corinthians 3:18 – “…transformed from GLORY to GLORY…”
Romans 1:17 – “…revealed from FAITH to FAITH…”

I so appreciate how God never expects us to be perfect, but to keep growing and being “reshaped” from faith to faith, strength to strength and glory to glory. I once heard a great man of God say, “The price of greatness is your ability to be RESHAPED.” During this last week of the 21 days, let’s ask God how He needs to grow and reshape us, and give us the STRATEGY we need to walk out the 36 weeks!

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to SHAPE the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended SHAPE of our lives there in him. Romans 8:29 (Message)

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Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

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