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2.26.2017 – Ps. Rusty Griffin – A Thousand Moments of New

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This Sunday, February 26th, 2017, our special guest speaker, Pastor Rusty Griffin from Christian City Fellowship Church in Sealy, TX, unpacked an amazing message on A Thousand Moments of New here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

A Thousand Moments of New:

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:4-7)

A beginning to anything is made of a thousand moments. In a time of new beginnings, a thousand little moments will make you successful.

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Josh. 1:7-9)

Concentrate on those thousand little moments in life. We have some good meditators within this world, and by choosing to meditate on God’s Word, it begins to make your way prosperous.

Pursuit is the evidence of desire. 

“O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Ps. 119:97-104; MEM)

Let’s meditate on God’s word, because a thousand little moments of blessings start now. Discover the new in you. Responsibility is like desire; it takes pursuit.

There are breakout seeds in you right now. There is more in you that looks the same, but different in a new level. God will start with you right where you’re at. He knew you would be there before you arrived, and He has been waiting there for you. God’s will doesn’t have to make sense; you just have to have faith.

Discover the new in you! 

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02.19.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Praise Pt. 4

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This Sunday, February 19th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Over the Top here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Praise:

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.” (1 Chronicles 16:23, NKJV)

Why is it important that your praise should be audible?

  • Your mind responds to your voice, so when you sing your praises to God, you are renewing your mind.
  • Your inward praise must have an outward expression.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16, NKJV)

Twice Paul commands us to sing our praises to God and to one another, but yet we seldom speak of that. Paul gives us three types of songs to sing to God and one another:

  1. Psalms: a collection of songs in scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit and meant for us to sing as praise to God.
  2. Hymns: human composed songs conveying truth and wisdom from scripture.
  3. Spiritual Songs (or new songs): spontaneous songs that well up from our spirit in praise to God.

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.” (Psalm 134:2, NKJV)

Why do we lift our hands?

  1. We lift our hands in celebration.
  2. It is the universal sign for surrender.
  3. We lift our hands in expression.
  4. We lift our hands as an offering.
  5. It is symbolic of the cherubim in scripture (crying holy, holy, holy).
  6. We lift our hands as if we are reaching out to our Father, like when children reach up to someone to hold them.
  7. It is a sign that you are ready to receive. 

Why do we clap?

“Clap your hands all you people shout unto God.” (Psalm 47:1)

There is something powerful and spiritual that happens when you clap. Even though this method is mentioned only once in the Bible, that doesn’t mean that it is insignificant or unimportant. However if we can clap in praisewhich is only mentioned once, how much more can we do what is mentioned several times?

Why do we play musical instruments?

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!” (Psalm 150:3–5, NKJV)

Instruments are not just an accompaniment of worship, but rather, worship in and of itself. However, we should not be dependent on them. This is why, if we are mature when it comes to our praise, the style of worship should not matter. We shouldn’t even need instruments to praise Him, but we should use them to praise Him, and to enhance our corporate worship.

Why do we kneel, bow, and prostrate?

“Come worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

Why do we dance?

“Let them praise his name with dancing!” (Psalm 149:3)

Dance is mentioned on so many occasions in scripture. The first appearance of God’s people dancing as an act of worship is found in the book of Exodus.

“Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.” (Exodus 15:20)

This joyful dance to the Lord, led by Miriam, followed Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea and celebrated Israel’s newfound freedom from slavery. However, dancing is not always presented in a positive light in the Bible. Soon after Miriam’s dance of praise, the Israelites were found dancing before a golden calf in worship.

“When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.” (Exodus 32:19)

On this occasion dancing was part of a wicked, idolatrous carousal. Thus, dancing is a mode of expression that can be used for good or for evil.

Why do we shout?

 “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!” (Psalm 66:1)

Why do we give?

“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:8–9, NKJV)

The word for glory here is weighty substance, and their money all weighed something. God says twice to worship, with your weight or offering, in the beauty of His holiness, so the more you understand the beauty of His holiness, the more you will want to give. Your giving is an act of praise and worship. What you give to God in an offering is an indicator of the value, or worth, that you place on Him.

Why do we stand?

“Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD! You who STAND in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God.” (Psalm 135:1–2, NKJV)

Standing denotes respect and indicates alertness.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13, NKJV)

You could say it this way, “Put on the whole armor of God so that you can stand up in the evil day, and when you’ve done all you can do to stand, keep standing!”

Sometimes, the most appropriate praise you can give, is to simply stand in faith. 

Are you ready to go Over the Top in your praise?

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2.12.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Praise Pt. 3

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This Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Pastor Duane White interviewed Robert & Lia Young about their incredible testimony of healing and provision, and then he shared a message continuing our series on Over The Top Praise here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Over the Top Praise:

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.”(Psalm 113:3, NIV)

Where should you praise God? Everywhere! 

From God’s perspective, the sun is always rising, and it never has a place where is sets, so therefore everywhere is a great place to praise Him. You can never travel to a place where you are the east or the west, so wherever you find yourself, that is a good place to praise Him.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” (Psalm 91:1–2, NKJV)

Praise God privately. If you don’t have a private praise life, then you are robbing yourself of personal victory.

Corporately praise the Lord. Our corporate worship should be an overflow of our private worship, and it should be contagious for others who come in. Praising God together releases unity. 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore,” (Psalms 133:1-3).

Your praise isn’t just for the church, it’s for the world.  When they see and hear your song, many will trust in the Lord. Don’t be afraid to let the world hear your story, your praise, your life song. 

When should you praise God? When we feel like it.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (James 5:13, NIV)

If you get that new job, praise God for it! If you get a miracle, praise God for it! If something great happens, praise God for it! But, you should also praise God when you don’t feel like it.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5, NKJV)

Some people accuse people who are bold and expressive about their praise of being caught up in emotionalism. Praising God when everything is going right is anything but emotionalism. Praise is a discipline that requires our initiative regardless of our emotions or feelings. To not praise merely because you don’t feel like it is the epitome of emotionalism. Praise requires emotions, in fact it can change your emotions, but it is the opposite of emotionalism. 

We should also praise God now! 

“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,”(Psalm 34:1, NKJV).

Just like your body can’t store up vitamins, your spirit can’t store up praise. You can’t live off last week’s praise. Now is the time! If you are a morning person the Bible talks about praising Him in the morning. If you are a night person, the Bible talks about praising Him in the midnight hour. The point is, the time to praise God is now!

If everything is great, praise Him.
If it’s not, praise Him.
If you feel like it, praise Him.
If you don’t feel like it, praise Him.

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation,” (Habakkuk 3:17&18 NKJV).

We don’t know what you’ve been facing, but a true praiser always says:

Yet I Will Praise Him!”

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02.05.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over The Top Praise Pt. 2

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This Sunday, February 5th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked more on our series Over the Top Praise here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Praise:

Why do you praise?

Here are a few things that can give you a Biblical foundation and reasonable understanding as to why we should praise God:

  1. We are commanded in His Word to do so.
  2. He is worthy of our praise.
  3. It is a good and beautiful thing.
  4. We were created to praise Him.
  5. He is enthroned in our praise.
  6. There is power in praise.
  7. Praise releases in the natural realm what is happening in spiritual realm.

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!  Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!  Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!  Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”(Ps 150:1-6, NKJV)

God doesn’t ask us to praise Him, He commands it. He isn’t some sort of narcissistic deity that needs humanity to praise Him. He is God whether you praise Him or not. God doesn’t require that you praise him because He needs it, but because He knows that you need to praise Him. 

He commands it because He knows that praise lifts you to a higher perspective, and when you praise Him you become like Him. God’s command for you to praise Him is not for Him, it’s for you, but it is a command none the less.

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.” (Psalm 48:1, NKJV)

Our praise is an outward and public profession of our inward conviction of just how great God is.

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.”(Psalm 147:1, NKJV)

Praising God is good and pleasant and beautiful. You are hard wired to worship and praise the Father. All of creation declares His praise therefore we should too. You were chosen to praise God.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light,” (1 Peter 2:9, NKJV).

God loves our praise. God loves your praise so much that He lives in the middle of it. Not only does God live in the middle of your praise, He rules in your life from the middle of your praise, and from His throne is released healing, blessings, favor, and so much more. 

Your praise is a weapon. Choose to go Over the Top. 

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