Struggle is a Sign of Life

Phil 3:7-11

Its one thing to suffer because of foolish choices. Its a different kind of suffering when it comes in the midst of serving God. Jesus learned obedience by those things which He suffered. The first thing God did after baptizing Jesus in His spirit was lead Him into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.

Struggle is a sign of life.

Dead men have no struggle.

The fact that you are struggling is proof you haven't been defeated! There is a special intimacy created (the ability to know Jesus more) when we choose to continue walking closely with and trusting Him in the midst of our struggle.

Lessons I've Learned from Donnie

Fantastic night as Dean honored Donnie Moore with a message entitled "Lessons Ive Learned From Donnie". He closed the night with 3 things he knew to do that Donnie would love:
1) Invitation to Christ- We saw 10-15 people saved(most we have ever had on a Monday night!)
2)Dean ripped a phonebook in half for Donnie!
3)Invited people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit(apprx 20-30 people were filled!) There is a party in Heaven and Donnie is there!!

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM DONNIE

1)If you find an excuse dont pick it up.
Dont complain about what you permit.

2)Life doesnt wait on the wounded.
You have no right to anything youre unwilling to pursue.
Dont waste time being a victim. There are no victims in Christ, only victors.

3)Everybody is redeemable.
"If Im guilty of anything, let it be that I believed the best in people."

4)Be kind.
"We're easily impressed by the numbers but let me tell you about the one."

5)Ministry is not built, its given.
Let God open the doors.

6)Be available.
In a world where our heroes are untouchable, we want to be available to young people who are seeing us as larger than life.

7)Give an invitation.
Share the Gospel and give people a chance to meet Jesus.

8)Live in the altar.
God can do more in 10 seconds at an altar than man can do with 10 years of counsel.

9)Preach the baptism of Holy Spirit.
A man with an experience is never at the hand of a man with an argument.

10)Know Jesus loves me.
Theres nothing we can do to cause God to stop loving us because theres nothing we did that caused Him to start loving us.

Who is Branding You?

Who are you when theres no one around to impress?

#1 – He knew who He was
John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power...

If you don’t know who you are then you let people call you anything!

Its not what people call you that matters soo much than what you answer to.

#2 He knew who sent Him
John 13:3 - ....and that he had come from God…

You don’t need the approval of others because you were sent by God!

If God is for you, who can be against you?

#3 He knew who was going to reward Him
John 13:3 - ....and was returning to God…

When the crowd says, "Everyone's doing it!" You can tell them, "Well if everyone's doing it then it won't be hard for you to go find someone else to do it with."

#4 He knew who the crowd was
John 13:11 - For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

If youre gonna follow the crowd, find out where the crowd is going.

How much longer are you going to let the crowd BRAND you?