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10th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Thank you everyone who made The Bridge Church 10th Anniversary a great CELEBRATION! We appreciate our generous friends who traveled to join us or sent greetings and cards from Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam, Poland and across many States. It’s such a blessing to be connected to the body of Christ around the world! 

Friday morning kicked off the weekend with the O2 Network Leaders Day. Stuart Bell, leader of Alive Churches and Ground Level Network UK spoke first, followed by Bishop Tony Miller from The Gate Church in Oklahoma City. The day cumulated in a panel discussion with the aforementioned ministers as well as Louis Kotze, pastor of Hatfield Church in Pretoria, South Africa. Friday night the completion of the new coffee bar and cafe spaces in the foyer surprised everyone as they enjoyed the lattes and chats with old and new friends. Pastor Duane shared a stirring word for the future where he asked the poignant question, “Who’s Next?”

Saturday morning started with a bang as outreach teams passed out diapers at the MLK Center, mowed lawns and canvassed neighborhoods. Many people were prayed for and connections made to bless our community. 

Saturday night dazzled as we realized how well The Bridge cleans up! With the pews removed and the space for tables utilized, we held the first event in the auditorium. Everyone enjoyed the fun photo booth donated by Blazin’ Events and the great food by Fresh Food Catering. Danielle Vasquez and Cody White emceed the night and showed us some interesting “Then & Now” photos. Graham and Marie Catto received honors for their investment through LTS, Paul and Perrianne Brownback (The Abbey Church) received the “Super, or HUPER, friend” award for being such awesome support and friends to The Bridge. Every person who attended the first Bridge service received a gold star trophy and Kelly Fleming won a golden mic trophy for her 10 year participation on the worship team! Bishop Miller challenged us with a message about being “tied to the post” when God has need of you. Finally, Kris Dillard topped off the evening with a special song written in honor of the celebration. The lyrics were prophetically powerful. “You are mine, I’m taking you higher, higher. Do you mind if I take you over the top.” Everyone cheered with the unexpected ending tagline of “Huper x 10”.  

Sunday morning marked Day 100 of our 100 Days of Praise. Joey Hughes began the service by reading Psalm 150 and praise erupted in the packed-out house! The Bridge Kids paraded through the auditorium dressed in bright, crazy clothes and waved banners and streamers as part of their Sunday Praise Party. Bishop Miller continued where Pastor Duane left off on the Friday night with how Joshua was called to be NEXT. He shared from Joshua 3:1-5 how we are called to clarity, courage, concentration and consecration. People had the opportunity to give in the Rise and Build offering and ensure The Bridge continues to push forward to pursue all God has for the NEXT 100 years!

The grand finale was our Unhinged worship night with special guests, Bethel recording artist, Leeland. It was such a powerful worship event as over 400 people sang songs such as “The Lion and the Lamb” and “Perfect Love” and “Invisible.” After Leeland concluded the evening, people enjoyed food trucks in the parking lot and gathered on the front lawns laughing and eating together. “All Ages, All Races, and All Kinds.” The best is yet to come.


04.09.2017 – Bishop Tony Miller – 10th Anniversary Celebration

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This Sunday, April 9th, 2017, our guest speaker, Bishop Tony Miller from The Gate Church in Oklahoma City, gave an amazing message at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX in celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary.

10th Year Anniversary Celebration:

“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubitsa in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:1-5)

There are three things that The Lord wants to reintroduce to you in your life:

  1. God wants to reintroduce you to Him. There are things about God that you haven’t figured out yet, and when you step into a new season, God reveals Himself to you in ways you haven’t known before. He shows you a part of Him that you haven’t yet discovered.
  2. God wants to reintroduce you to your promise. You begin to recognize the many ways that God works His promises in your life. Those promises are bigger than you think they are.
  3. When God brings you to a divine moment where it is between you and Him, He reintroduces you to you. You find out things about you that you didn’t know. God will begin to show you things that only you are meant to deal with.

God can do something that blows your mind today, but when you wake up the next morning, He can do something to blow it even further. Only God can exceed Himself.

The further you walk with God, the more you see His intentionality. God never randomly does something. God is intentional with your life, and He sees what you can’t see because He’s trying to get you somewhere you’ve never been.

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-7)

There are some things in your life, that if you hadn’t have buried them, then you wouldn’t have ended them. If God had not buried them, you would still be there trying to dig them up, and recreate them, and God keeps telling you that that day is over in your life, and He wants to change you. Today is a new day, and He’s got a brand new day for you!

Joshua was given an assignment to convince a group of people to move out of their content ways so that he could guide them and show them that God had something much more for them.

Here are four things that you can use to help you:

  1. Clarity. God will bring clarity to who you are meant to be, and where you are meant to go.
  2. Courage. You have to have the courage to go after God and what He is doing.
  3. Concentration. The demand of about what God is going to do in your life is going to demand concentration. 
  4. Consecration. Chose to be set a part for the purpose God gave you.

When ordinary people give themselves to a vision that is God born, many peoples lives will be changed.

You can watch the full message here:


04.02.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Faith Pt. 5

2017.04.02 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, April 3rd, 2017. Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to finish out our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Faith:

Seeing and hearing are connected in the life of a believer. Especially when it comes to the subject of faith.

Here are a few simple principles about sound and hearing that will help you:

  1.  What you hear affects what you believe. 
  2. Significant forces make a significant sound. 
  3. Sound precedes sight.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).

What you see you produce, and what you hear you believe. Hearing drives belief and belief drives behavior. Faith comes by hearing the promise of God, but doubt and fear come by hearing the problem of the devil. What you hear affects how you feel about what you see. 

You can see the same image set to different music and it changes what you feel about the image. For example, in movies there is something called mood music. Alfred Hitchcock was the master mind behind the science of this. With the right sound track, you can scare somebody in an instant. The original music that is written for a film is called the score, or you could call it the background music, and the score is critical as to how the production makes you feel.

Your perception of what you are seeing is massively shaped by what you hear while your seeing it. The devil has mood music that he uses to influence what you believe. He is constantly trying to re-write the score of your life. If the devil is presenting you with a problem, then he sets it to scary music to make you even more afraid.

If you want to change the movie of your life let God change the score. 

Faith is an act and the first act of faith is speaking the right thing. So faith speaks the score that God has written over your life. When the devil brings a problem to scare you… SING THE PRAISE SCORE OVER your life. Believing is the attitude of faith, speaking is the initial act of faith.

Their will be other acts of obedience that will follow, but the first act of faith is to agree with God.

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Romans 10:9–10, NKJV).

Everything that comes from God is accessed the same way. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. The spirit of faith must be spoken.

“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV).

What you really believe, you will ultimately speak.

Have you noticed that oftentimes, not always but often, God doesn’t want to speak to you about where you are, but where He says you are headed? Why is that? Because He knows if you listen to His word faith will come and you will begin to speak the truth.

To truly live by faith, you never speak where you are, you speak where you are going. Facts never change the truth, but the truth can definitely change the facts.

Sound precedes movement, and movement precedes sight. For example, you hear the train long before you see the train. Therefore the sound reaches much farther than the sight. The exception to that is light. Nothing travels faster than light, that’s why you see the lightning before you hear the thunder. God is light, so with Him, what you see precedes what you hear, but then you need to say what you saw.

Bottom line is, you are like the train, and your sound precedes your sight. Wherever the sound goes the power will follow. As a Christian, you have the most powerful force in the earth in you, The Resurrection of the Power of Jesus Christ. The creator of the universe lives in you, but the sound you make will determine where you go.

You can’t make a depressing sound and live in joy. 
You can’t make a defeated sound and live in victory. 
You can’t make a hateful sound and walk in love. 
You can’t make a gossiping sound and live in unity. 
You can’t make a sound of fear and stay in faith. 

Your destiny is voice activated. Heaven, and all of its resources, are attracted to the sound of faith, but Hell, and all it’s resources, are attracted to the sound of fear and doubt. 

Faith is the door to the supernatural power of God. Fear is the door to the supernatural power of the devil. Which door do you want to access?
Believing and speaking are the hinges to that door.

Will you reach out and touch Jesus?

 


03.26.2017 – Ps. Cody White – Over the Top Faith Pt. 4

2017.03.26 - Message by Ps. Cody White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, March 26th, 2017, Pastor Cody White unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Over the Top Faith:

“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God. Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement[a] to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” (Daniel 6:4-12, ESV)

You may wonder sometimes, “Why is it so hard to tell people about Jesus?”

As a Christian, no matter what you do in life, you should always do it with a spirit of excellence. You have to learn to share your faith with others.

Not only was Daniel aware of the law that was made about praising another God, he immediately went to his room, opened the window, and began to pray to the one true God. God has called us to keep the window open. Don’t let culture tame you and keep you from doing what God has called you to do.

You may be struggling with boldness, but what you need to know is that by reading and speaking out God’s word, you are given boldness in Him. We can be bold because we have Christ in us.

“When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

 “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’

for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:23-31)

Your friends matter, and your solution to receiving boldness is to simply pray for boldness. Ask your friends to pray for you. When you continue to speak out the Word of God, you will receive that boldness to share the gospel with everyone. 

We are called as christians to love God and love people. Step out and choose to be bold in your faith.

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