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07.02.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Timeless Ten Pt. 6

This Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message on our Timeless Ten series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Timeless Ten: How to Manage Anger

“You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13, NKJV)

This commandment is a great one to look at what a game changer Jesus was, because He uses this commandment to raise the bar.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill, for assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment,’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:18-22, NKJV)

The Old Covenant dealt with how men acted, but in this New Covenant, He is dealing with the heart. Also in the Old Covenant the emphasis was how man behaves, while in this New Covenant, He is emphasizing what man really believes. Jesus was getting to the root issues, not just fruit that results from the root. If you cut off the root, you have no fruit.

So, the root here is anger. The world is an angry place right now, and most people don’t have a clue as how to deal with their anger.

Unmanaged or uncontrolled anger ultimately leads to violence, and we have become unsensitized to violence like never before.

At its core, this commandment is teaching us the sanctity of human life from conception to the elderly. We look at how we can break this commandment physically, or literally, but we can break this commandment passively. We can break this commandment verbally.

Anger manifests in several ways, and here are a few:

  • The maniac.
  • The mute.
  • The manipulator. 

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored, than anything on which it is poured,” – Seneca 50 AD.

The reality is,  if you are really honest, you have been one or maybe all of these at some point in your life.

How do you manage your anger?

  1. Admit your anger issues. In order to stop defeating yourself, you must stop deceiving yourself. Open up and be honest
  2. Deal with anger immediately.
  3. Understand anger.
  4. Stop & think before you speak.
  5. Be being filled with the Holy Spirit.

You see, if you don’t talk it out, then you will take it out. You could take it out on yourself, on others, and on God. The issue is not “getting rid” of anger, so that you never get angry again, but how you express it in a non-destructive manner.

“Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” (Ephesians 4:26, NKJV).

You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. Don’t let your anger turn into a grudge or bitterness. It takes more inner strength to forgive than to get revenge. Unmanaged anger makes us do odd things to get even with those you are angry with.

Understanding anger is usually covering a hurt, and under the hurt is an expectation, while under the expectation is a need. If you are giving a level ten response to a level two situation, you need to dig deeper to find out what needs to be healed.

Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Learn to think before you speak, and when you think you blew it, admit it and move on. Anger never gives you what you want. It is actually quite the opposite.

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God,” (James 1:19–20, NKJV).

One of the fruit of the spirit is self control. God’s presence in your life brings self control.

Society says the law breaker is a criminal, but Jesus said every criminal act begins in the heart. Society tries to reform people, but Jesus can truly transform people.

The Father cares deeply how his kids relate to one another, and unmanaged anger affects our relationships deeply.

“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift,” (Matthew 5:23–24, NKJV).

How are you doing with this commandment? Everyone has broken this commandment in one way or another.

Have you committed murder in your heart?
Have you committed murder with your words?
Is your anger, whether passive or aggressive, going unchecked?

You have a choice. God gives us the choice to receive His grace to change.

The good news for us is, God’s son Jesus was murdered, so that all murderers can go free. There is freedom from every form of anger.

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06.25.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Timeless Ten Pt. 5

This Sunday, June 26th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our Timeless Ten series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Timeless Ten: Catch Your Breath

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11, NIV)

The pace of life is so hectic. We think the busier we are, the more important we are. We wear “busy-ness” like a badge of honor. You can burn the candle at both ends and find out we are not that bright after all.

The fourth truth in our Timeless Ten series deals with this issue:

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8, NIV)

When is the Sabbath?

For the Hebrew people, is was the seventh day of the week, which in our calendar today would be Saturday. The early church was forced to worship from the evening after the Sabbath and the morning of the first day of the week. In the third century Christianity began to have an influence on society, and in AD 321, Constantine required people to take one day a week off for rest and worship on the first day of the week. That is why we still worship on the first day of the week.

It has nothing to do with the day of the week necessarily. Saturday is not holy. Sunday is not holy. Rather, the practice of sabbath that is what God made holy. Sabbath means to cease, or to cease from our labor. It’s a reminder that God’s work is much more productive than yours. 

Like most of the commandments, people have turned the sabbath into a religious rule, rather than God’s beautiful intention.

“And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’” (Mark 2:27, NKJV)

This command is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. It is for our benefit, not for God’s.

How do we keep the Sabbath?

Here are three principles to help you honor the Sabbath:

  1. A day to rest our bodies.
  2. A day to recharge our soul (mind, will, and emotions).
  3. A day to be renewed spiritually.

Our bodies need rest; God made it that way, and we are not going to change that fact. So the principle of having a little time each week to let our bodies catch up is for us, not for God.

Life is filled with external noise and internal noise. External noise will never fully be eliminated, but internal noise must be eliminated to keep your connection with God. Constant connection to life’s external noise will keep us from the ability to eliminate internal noise.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” (Hans Hoffman)

Sabbath is about connection. In it’s simplest form, life is about our connection to God, and our connection to His people. So it stands to reason that the enemy is constantly trying to stop that connection. Connecting with God weekly in a sabbath, will always result in truly engaging with people.

Worship renews our spirit like sleep renews our body. Many people worship their work, they work at their play, and they play at their worship.

Sabbath is about simplification. Simplification is really about priorities. When God speaks to you about simplification, He’s not referring to a mess free, perfect-looking life. God is not afraid of a mess, but in the midst of the mess, He wants to build a real home you can enjoy.

The reality is that simplicity is not simple. The journey to simplification can actually be a complex process.

“Amid the confused relentlessness of modern life our weary lives dream of simplicity.” – Charles Wagner

We must face the reality that the world is not going to slow down, technology is not going away, and 24/7 access to information is increasing not decreasing. The journey to simplicity is practically more challenging. Life never drifts towards simplicity; it takes effort and focus. 

Sabbath is about connection, simplification, and rhythm. The idea of rhythm is central to God instituting a Sabbath. God created the world and then He rested. He didn’t rest because He was worn out, but to model the rhythm of work and rest. God designed life to be lived in a rhythm.

Are you giving God His time, His day, first? Are you resting in Him?

When we learn live in the rest of God, we get the rest of God. When we learn to live in the rest of God, ceasing from our labor, we get the rest of God, all the parts we have not seen. There are parts of God you have not yet seen. There are dimensions of God you have not yet explored. There are realms in God you have not yet experienced. Don’t you want the rest?

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06.18.2017 – Ps. Cody White – Timeless Ten Pt. 4

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th, 2017, Pastor Cody White unpacked an amazing message to continue our Timeless Ten series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Timeless Ten: Honor Your Mother and Father

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

After the first three Commandments, God begins to show us how to deal with certain relationships in our lives. He begins with the family by saying that we should honor our Father and Mother.

“Honor your father and mother, this is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:2-3)

These verses do not necessarily mean that God is going to do something to you because you have chosen to dishonor your mother and father; but rather, it is because you have chosen to do something to yourself. Choosing to dishonor your parents can cause something to happen on the inside of you that will not sit well with you, and when you begin to carry this thing throughout your life, you won’t live long because it’s eating at you. That disdain for your parents will affect your living and your well-being.

“Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, ‘Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?’ Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, ‘A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.’ And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” (Mark 6:1-5)

Although this last verse states that Jesus could no longer do any miracles due to their unbelief, He still managed to heal a few sick people before he left.

There are two ways that the Bible defines honor. It can be defined as the Hebrew word kabod, which means glory, or weight, heavy, or to give weight to a person. It is also defined as the Hebrew word timao, which means a value by which the price is fixed. You give value to your Father and your Mother, but that value is not up for barter. We are supposed to give value to our Father and Mother, but what we do is we give them honor based on how much we are willing to say that they are worth.

You are meant to give your Father and your Mother value that is a fixed price. It is not open to negotiation. You do not have the right to lower the value.

The challenge to this is that we have constantly been fed a steady diet of dishonor by the movies, tv shows, and social media that we take part in. Everywhere you look they are dishonoring the father figure, and we’ve got to stop dumbing down Dad. If the enemy can distort your view of the father figure, then that is how you will see the Heavenly Father.

Here are a few principles of honor:

  1. Honor opens the door of access.
  2. Honor is freely given and not always earned.
  3. Honor is for those who bring order in our lives.
  4. Honor is put on display by listening and responding.

When you dishonor, you are choosing to shut yourself away from things that might be inside of people, and when you honor, you might unlock something inside of them that you have never seen before. What would happen if you choose to honor your mother and father? You might unlock something that you have never seen them do before. You will never know if you continue to dishonor.

We honor because we want to be honorable.

“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:5)

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)

There was a treasure in the field; but not only did the man purchase the treasure, he purchased the field too. We all have treasure inside of us, but we also have a lot of dirt too. We can’t just honor the treasure; we must honor people for all of their dirt too. You can’t get hung up on all the dirt and miss the treasure. We are called to honor the whole field.

God loved us despite our dirt and our mess. We can’t dishonor someone despite all of their dirt.

“Honor is when we value someone for who they are without stumbling over who they are not.” -Bill Johnson

If you want the promise that comes with this Commandment, you have to choose to accept all of the dirt that comes with them. When you choose to honor the field, you get the treasure. Then you thank God for the treasure that lies within them. You can find treasure in anyone.

If it is hard to honor someone, then God will give you the grace to honor them. We are called to honor those to whom honor is due. We are called to bring honor to those who bring order to our lives.

You will never honor if you choose to never forgive. You have to find the treasure in the midst of your parents dirt. You are called to honor. 

 

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06.11.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Timeless Ten Pt. 3

This Sunday, June 11th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing to continue our series Timeless Ten here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Timeless Ten: It’s All in the Name

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7, NIV)

When a baby is born, the first thing that people usually ask is, “what is the baby’s name”? Names are very important, and when people remember your name, it is a big deal. It makes you feel valued, thought about, and loved.

There are certain names that conjure up different emotions associated with that particular name. It could be a good association or a bad association. Think about the different emotions you feel when you hear the name Adolf Hitler versus the name Mother Theresa.

To the Hebrews, a name was a big deal. They labored greatly and thought intently before they named a child because God had taught them the importance of a name. In fact, when they encountered God, they would call that place by a name associated with the part of God they encountered. These are what we call the Jehovah names of God, such as Jehovah Jireh (provider), Jehovah Rapha (healer), Jehovah Shalom (peace).

A name represents a nature. The Hebrews were naming the place to declare to the world the nature of God that had been revealed to them by the encounter. The names we use for God represents our true view of God, and speaks volumes as to what we really believe about His true nature and character. 

The third commandment says that you shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. How do we misuse the name of the Lord?

If you grew up in church, you were probably taught that this commandment means that you do not cuss using the name of God. Now, while that can be considered a gross simplification of this truth, it is still true, we should not use God’s name as an expletive. Using His literal name as an expletive is rampant in our society. The media and movies are huge for using Jesus’ name as a cuss word.

Isn’t it funny though how society has chosen those names, the ones that should be associated with a loving God, instead to swear with? Could one reason that this happens be perhaps that there is a deeper, more sinister plot than just to get people to “cuss” in the name of the Lord? Is it possible that using God’s name that way is not the problem, but rather the by-product of a deeper problem? Is it possible that we could live our whole life and never use God’s name as an expletive, but still misuse the Name of the Lord?

Remember a name represents a nature, so are we “misusing” the name of God by “mis-representing” His nature? In other words, are you truly representing the true nature of God with what you are saying about God? Or, have you let bad theology cause you to associate things with His name that are contrary to His nature?

Have you ever wondered why, when a hurricane destroys the coastline, or a tornado ravages a city, or lightning strikes and destroys a building, the insurance companies want to call it “an act of God?” But, if storms are from God, and Jesus rebuked the storm in Mark 4, then He was rebuking His heavenly Father.

Isn’t it odd how, when something goes well society says, “Man, that person is lucky!” But when something goes wrong, many times even non-Christians will say, “God why are you letting this happen to me!?” When something bad happens and we shake our fists at the air and scream “Why won’t you fix this God,” we may not be cussing in His name, but we are certainly not understanding or representing Him well.

Could it be that we have fallen into the trap of letting wrong thinking about the character and nature of God cause us to misuse His name?

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” -A.W. Tozer

When you hear someone say “God,” what comes to your mind? Creator? Redeemer? King? Judge?

He is a creator, that is true; but before God created, He had it in mind for us to be born and come to know him and be born into his family as his children. Before God was a creator He was a good, loving Father. Creation is what He does but a Father is who he is.

He is a redeemer. We messed up and needed redemption. He redeems because He is a Father who wants His kids back in the family.

He is King because He wants his children to reflect His rule, reign, and authority in the Kingdom. A king is always looking for an heir. Kingdom activity is a result of a relationship with the Father.

He is a judge, but He judges not to punish us, but to pass out rewards. As a dad, sometimes you have to “judge” which kid is right, but that is not to condemn the one that’s wrong, but to protect the family. God is not a judge who sometimes fathers, but a father who sometimes judges.

  • If you first think of God as creator, He is some distant figure that cares little about you or your issues.
  • If you see Him first only as redeemer, then maybe you owe him a debt to pay back because of the price he paid.
  • If you see Him first as king, then maybe you are a mere subject of the Kingdom, and on good days He’s a good king, but on bad days he’s a mean king.
  • If you see Him first as judge then maybe He is the man upstairs that is waiting to beat you over the head when you mess up.

We must remember: God is always first a Father!

Now, depending on your interactions with your earthly father, that could trigger all kinds of thoughts and emotions. The lenses through which you view God will distort, or make clear, every situation you face. Not only is it important to view God first as Father, it’s imperative we know what kind of Father He is.

God is a good, loving Father. God Created the world as your playground. He loved His kids so much that He would pay any price to get His family back. He is a King, but you are His prince or princess. His judgement has been, and always will be, in your favor, and He is now only judging to give you bigger rewards.

The revelation that He is a good and loving Father changes how you view everything. Tragedy is not God’s way of punishing you for your sin or some distant-figure-in-the-sky’s passive aggressive way of dealing with humanity, but rather the result of the fallen world we live in. Your Heavenly Father is working all things together for your good and He is using you to RE-create His good in the world.

His name is good because He is good.

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31, NKJV)

We are called to represent His name in the earth. We are called to RE-present His name in the earth. To present that beautiful name for what it really is.

It’s All in the Name. 

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