04.16.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World

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This Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to begin our new series Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World, here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX on Easter Sunday.

Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World

“And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.  And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”  For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified,”   (Mark 15:1-15).

Jesus stands before Pilate, and during this time there is a custom that at the Passover one criminal can be set free, and so enters this confusing plot-twist character named Barabbas. This guy is hours from his execution, and he deserves to die. Jesus on the other hand is innocent and has done nothing wrong.

Pilate is very certain that the crowd will pick Jesus to be set free because it was just a week ago that they lined the streets with palm leaves to welcome Jesus into the city. Jesus is their hero; surely they will set him free, but then the unthinkable happens. The same crowd that cried Hosanna, now cries crucify Him.

Jesus is enough. Jesus knew that the Father would have to treat Jesus like Barabbas, so that He could treat Barabbas like Jesus.

Barabbas on the other hand thought that it was the people that set him free, but instead, it was the love of the Father. 

This love can’t easily be described with simple, cute, or easy words; to do it justice is not possible. We would need to use words like: unfathomable love, furious love, fierce love, or scandalous: a love that shocked the world. 

This is the greatest love story of all time, but it’s not a love story like any other. This is not the love of a man for a woman – that love pails in comparison to this. This is a love story of a Father for His Son. Not his Son Jesus, but His son Barabbas. 

When you break up the name Barabbas, you see bar, which means son, or pure and clean, and you see abba, which means father or daddy. The literal meaning for Barabbas is Son of the Father. Barabbas was the son the Father who was lost and wanted back.
You are Barabbas. We are Barabbas.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8, NKJV).

While we were at our worst, the Father, through Jesus, gave His best. While Barabbas was at His worst, the Father gave His best. 

Why did God do this? It was to buy him back. He loved His wayward son, Barrabas, who had incredible worth to the Father.  He could have purchased his freedom with gold or silver. He could have used any currency He wanted, but He chose to purchase him, me, you, us with His blood. 

He loved you so  much, He thought you were to die for!

The greatest part of this love story is not that Jesus died, but Jesus did not stay dead. He conquered death and the grave because God raised Him from the dead. The Father treated Jesus like Barabbas so that he could treat Barabbas like Jesus, and when He raised Jesus from the dead every Barabbas can be raised up and seated in heavenly places with Him. You are Barabbas.

“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross,” (Colossians 2:13-14, The Message).

“He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets,” (Colossians 2:15, The Message).

Something happened from Friday to Sunday. If our love story ended on Friday, it’s a great story, but it has no power to change you. But from Friday to Sunday, everything changed.

All you have to do is believe and receive. 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,”(John 1:12, NKJV).

Choosing to believe and receive what God has for you, is becoming who God has called you to become.

Are you ready to receive the power to become His Son or Daughter today?


03. 27.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REclaimed: Old Things Made New Pt. 4

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This week Pastor Duane White shared the last message to our REclaimed: Old Things Made New series on Easter Sunday March 27th, 2016 at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

REclaimed: Old Things Made New:

On this Easter Sunday, Pastor Duane White unpacked our very last REclaimed: Old Things Made New message by explaining how old things today are bought and made new. He gave the example of furniture – how we can purchase old and tattered desks and tables to be made new by sanding, painting and staining.

He gave five definitions to the word RE-claim:

  1. to rescue from an undesirable state; to restore to a previous natural state
  2. to obtain from a waste product
  3. to recall from wrong or improper conduct: reform.
    • Humanity is MALFUNCTIONING and we need a serious recall!
    • Jesus came to Reclaim humanity and bring it back to the state it was in before Adam and Eve messed it all up!
  4. to demand or obtain the return of
    • Jesus came and WHIPPED the devil in his own territory in order to get His family back.
  5. to regain possession of

Reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned. For example, some of the items that Pastor Duane talked about were not bad, but had just been abandoned and lost their purpose.

You may feel like the whole world has abandoned you and you have no purpose for your life, but Jesus paid a price to reclaim your destiny. That’s why we call Him the REDEEMER. Redeem means to buy back, to get, or win something back. Jesus came to buy back your life from the enemy of your soul. He didn’t pay for your life with money or precious metal. He paid back your life with His own blood!

His blood paid for it ALL!

Jesus was beaten and bled in His body to REclaim your health!
He was bruised and bled internally to REclaim your emotional health and heal your INNER wounds!
He bled in His is heart so He could REclaim your broken heart!
He was beaten and bled from His face to REclaim your image!
He bled in His mind so He could REclaim your mind!
He bled from His eyes to REclaim God’s vision over your life!
He bled in His hands to REclaim your destiny to lay hands on the sick and heal them!
He bled in His feet to REclaim your feet to bring the Good News to the world!
HIS BLOOD breaks the chain!
His BLOOD RECLAIMED it ALL!!!

Every need you have ever had, or currently have, or will ever have, Jesus bled to REclaim it back to God’s original intention!

He came to REclaim your destiny and purpose and REstore you to God’s original intention for your life. Your destiny is REclaimed, but your spirit is REborn!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

Jesus REclaimed your destiny, but when you are born again, you are not merely a better version of the old you. That may be what it looks like on the outside, but on the inside, your spirit is REmade! YOU ARE BORN AGAIN!

“For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, TLB)

Jesus came into the humanity, and paid the ultimate price so humanity could come in to Christ! You’ve been RECLAIMED, so you can be REBORN, simply RECEIVE!

To hear more about being REclaimed and Made New, watch the full message here:


Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday Service

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Looking for fun and FREE Easter events in Denton, Texas? The Bridge Church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26th at 12pm AND Easter Sunday Service Sunday, March 27th at 10:30am.

Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 26th

You’re invited to join us for a FREE Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26th at 12pm at The Bridge Church (4582 Fishtrap Rd. Denton, TX 76208). We’ll have bounce houses, games, hot dogs, snow cones from Kona Ice, and an egg hunt for kids (infant through 11 years old) all FOR FREE. We’ll also have special appearances by the Easter Bunny, as well as some other fun superheroes and princesses you may recognize! AND we’re giving away bicycles to two lucky guests! You don’t want to miss this! For more information, you can check out our Facebook event here. The event will start at 12pm, with the egg hunt beginning at 1pm. We will have egg zones for all ages!

Easter Sunday Service – Sunday, March 27th

Please join us Sunday, March 27th at 10:30am for our special Easter Sunday service. We will be continuing our series RECLAIMED – Old Things Made New, featuring a powerful and dynamic message from Pastor Duane White. We will also have a special kids service packed with fun games and prizes! Hope to see you there!


Easter Service in Denton, Texas 2015

Easter Service in Denton Texas 2015

 Easter Service in Denton

We are so excited to invite you to our 2015 Easter service in Denton, Texas this year in our new home (4582 Fishtrap Rd, Denton, TX 76208)! We’ll have a dynamic message and music for the whole family, as well as a special kids’ service packed with games and prizes!

You're Invited! Experience our Easter Service in Denton at The Bridge Church in Denton New Home 4582 Fishtrap Road, Denton, Texas 76208

Meeting at our New Home This Easter

We’re also very pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our Easter Service in Denton, Texas in our new home! After nearly 8 years of being a mobile church (currently meeting at the Gateway Center on the UNT campus), we have purchased a beautiful facility where we can continue to rise and build in this region. Our new building is located at 4582 Fishtrap Road, Denton TX 76208.

Dynamic Message & Music for the whole family

Service Starts at 10:30am

Starting Easter Sunday, we will be meeting at 10:30am for our main services. Spanish translation is available for the service as well. If you would like more information on The Bridge Church, please visit our main website at www.findthebridge.com. You can also learn about our core values here, and our mission and vision here. We hope to see you there for our Easter Service in Denton.

It’s easy to confuse mission & vision. Many corporations have long, convoluted mission statements that are paragraphs if not pages long… at The Bridge we like to keep things simple. A mission is an assignment, and our mission is: “Connecting people to life by knowing, growing, and going.” Our vision is to be a resourcing church where all ages, all races, and all kinds influence their world.