The Hope Revolution, Pt.2

Prayer #2: Dear Father, we ask that you supernaturally bless and use every single piece of marketing, outreach, and invite power going out into our community for our 5 Christmas Services as we start this hope revolution. We pray for person and every family that gets one of our 15,000 mailers that they would be encouraged to come and find hope in Christ. We pray for every person who hears one of our radio ads that they would feel moved to visit our church for the first time. We pray for every person who sees one of our Facebook ads that they would click on it and want to check out our church for Christmas services. And most importantly we pray for our church family that is lovingly inviting their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members to celebrate Christmas at The Dialogue Church! Use our church to start a hope revolution in this city and beyond! In Jesus’ name, amen!

Christmas Services at The Dialogue Church, Dates & Times:
Sunday, Dec.21st at 9:00am, 10:30am, & 12noon
Wednesday, Dec.23rd at 4:30pm & 6:00pm

For more info visit http://www.thedc.tv.

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The Hope Revolution, Pt.1

The manger didn’t just give us a holiday, it gave us the God-Man, Jesus Christ. He is an unstoppable force of hope! He is the kind of hope that keeps growing until He overthrows everything that has been holding us back. He is the hope that sets the captives free, makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see! During this Christmas season, we are launching THE HOPE REVOLUTION!

And I’m inviting you to join us…to join the uprising of hope, as we take back this city and this region from the systems of defeat that surround us! It’s time we overthrow every thought and every action that is holding us back! It’s time we become hope revolutionaries, just like the Jesus!

For the next 12 days we will pray for this hope revolution to start in our hearts and to spread across New England and the nations!

Prayer #1: Father, may your hope fill us to overflowing. God, may we let go of the thoughts of defeat, shame, guilt and fear that are holding us back from your best. We believe that because Jesus was born, HOPE IS ALIVE! No matter what situation and scenario we may be facing, HOPE IS ALIVE! Today, we declare HOPE IS ALIVE in my heart! I’m not backing down from what you’ve called me to do. We as a movement of hope revolutionaries are not backing down from you’ve called us to do. WE ARE THE HOPE REVOLUTION! In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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10 Easter 2014 Celebrations

Easter at The Dialogue Church was full of reasons to praise God for his faithfulness! Here are some of them:

1. 642 people in attendance! Record breaking in every way!

2. 32 precious souls invited Jesus Christ to be their Forgiver and Leader at The Dialogue Church! WOW! By far my favorite number!

3. Our staff worked endless hours leading the way! I love you guys deeply!

4. Our volunteers are the most hardcore followers of Jesus I know! Thank you for giving your best to Jesus!

5. So many friends and family who were invited to Easter are excited to come back this weekend!

6. I love, love, love hearing the stories of life change! Nothing better!

7. Our church’s faith has been stretched in ways that can’t be reversed! My vision has been enlarged in ways that can’t be shrunk! We aren’t the same church now that we were before Easter weekend! Glory to God!

8. This year’s SPECIAL EASTER OFFERING has been epic! Thank you church! So grateful for your generosity!

9. The best is yet to come! We are just getting started!

10. Jesus is STILL ALIVE!

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4 KEYS TO INVITING YOUR FRIENDS TO EASTER, Pt.5

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13 NLT)

#4. BE EAGER: READY TO HELP – PRACTICE HOSPITALITY

When you are having brand new guests over for dinner you make a big deal out of it. You pull out the best plates and glasses. You clean the house a bit. You make sure your under wear aren’t lying around on the kitchen floor. You tell the kids to be on the their best behavior. You bribe them with toys ;-)

And when your guests arrive at the front door and ring the door bell, you aren’t like what the heck are these people doing, I’m not getting up just to open the door, unreal. Hey, You don’t know how to open a door, seriously.

When you open the door, you aren’t like, “Oh its you. Well, come in I guess.” If they bring over a food item, you aren’t like, “that looks disgusting, keep that outside.” And you spouse is like, “oh honey no, don’t put it outside, the dog might try to eat it.” “You’re right, he might throw up if even looks at it.”

You are still in your underwear. “Hey guys, just clear off that couch over there, I’m going to watch a move in my bedroom” and you go an walk into another room to sit and watch tv by yourself. Your spouse calls out from the kitchen, “hey would you guys mind fixing yourselves a bowl of cereal, we didn’t have time to put anything together.”

YOU WOULDN’T DO THIS AT HOME TO FIRST TIME GUESTS AND YET THIS IS HOW WE ACT SOMETIMES AT CHURCH…like we are so inconvenienced by the presence of those who don’t know Jesus or are new to the church scene.

A CHURCH ON SUNDAY IS A LIKE A FAMILY HAVING GUESTS OVER. And we aren’t just serving up any old food, we are serving up the bread of life, samples of the Savior, the Lunch that lives for ever, the Meal that never dies! WE ARE LIKE A FAMILY EXPECTING GUESTS! And how do you act when guests come over your house?

WE BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME IN OUR HOUSE! That’s what we want to do in God’s House, make people feel welcome!

Everything we do here at The Dialogue Church is with the first time guest in mind! We open doors for our guests, we clean the building, we make sure the restrooms smell nice, and we have adequate signage so people know where they are going. We need to provide more parking, so that’s not a hassle for our guests.

When my oldest daughter was about 2 years old she WOULD MAKE A BIG MESS WHENEVER SHE ATE. I’m talking mashed carrots in her hair, up her nose, in her ears! I swear she got more food outside of her mouth than actually in her mouth. But we loved her nonetheless! I don’t care how messy she gets, I love her and want to bless her!

THIS IS HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT YOU & ME AND EVERY SINGLE OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET, regardless of their background.

And we are called to reach everybody, not just the people who have it all together!

CHURCH GETS MESSY WHEN YOU A REACHING PEOPLE FAR FROM GOD. CHURCH IS MESSY WHEN YOU BUILD A CHURCH THAT UNCHURCHED PEOPLE LIKE TO ATTEND.

When you are reaching people, they bring their messes with them. If you don’t want any messes in your church, then don’t reach any people and you’ll be fine. AND NOT EVERYBODY IS COMFORTABLE WITH THE MESS! Thank God Jesus is!

A REAL CHURCH IS MESSY BECAUSE A REAL CHURCH IS REACHING REAL PEOPLE. AND REAL PEOPLE ARE REALLY MESSY. If you don’t like messes then won’t like churches reaching people for Christ.

JESUS was ATTRACTED MESSY PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY WERE BLESSED BY HIM. DO PEOPLE FEEL BLESSED WHEN THEY ARE AROUND YOU? DO PEOPLE FEEL ENCOURAGED AND BUILT UP WHEN THEY ARE AROUND YOU? Or do they walk away feeling like a dump truck of negativity and disappointment was just unloaded on them? Do they feel like they need to go take a shower after you heaped guilt and condemnation on them?

When we are eager to help people in their times of need it’s opens up opportunities to share God’s love like never before! So pray, God open my eyes to the opportunities all around to help people who are far from you and to practice hospitality in God’s house!

Join us for Easter at The Dialogue Church! For more info visit www.thedc.tv/easter.

 

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4 KEYS TO INVITING YOUR FRIENDS TO EASTER, Pt.4

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. (Romans 12:12 NLT)

#3. BE EXPECTANT: REJOICE IN OUR CONFIDENT HOPE

When you start sharing your faith, all hell is going to break loose! There is going to be trouble and trials!

BE PATIENT IN TROUBLE AND KEEP ON PRAYING.

When those you are sharing Christ with see you in trouble they are immediately going to INVESTIGATE YOUR LIFE like a detective on a crime scene. They want to see what you are made of, they want to see if this thing YOU ARE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT makes a difference when it really matters!

The Bible says to hold your ground, be patient in trouble and keep on praying! What does that mean? That MEANS KEEP BELIEVING IN GOD’S BEST EVEN WHEN YOU ARE SEEING THE WORST! Even when you circumstances are at their worst, keep believing in God’s best. Keep praying God’s best over your family and future! Keep speaking God’s best over your circumstances until you see GOD’S BEST TAKING PLACE!

GOD WILL MEET YOU AT THE LEVEL OF YOUR EXPECTATION! If you have big faith, you will see a big God. If you have little faith, you will see a little God.

If you are walking around thinking, speaking, and acting like God can’t handle your debt, or this addiction is bigger than God, or your recent relationship turmoil is too much for the God of the universe THEN GUESS WHAT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AND IT’S NOT GOING TO DO MUCH FOR THOSE WATCHING OUR LIVES and wondering if God can really make a difference in these areas that matter most!

IF YOU ARE PRAYING FOR RAIN, BRING AN UMBRELLA. THIS IS WHY WE ARE DOING 4 SERVICES ON EASTER! WE ARE PRAYING FOR 600, SO WE ARE MAKING SURE WE HAVE 600 SEATS AVAILABLE ACROSS THE 4 SERVICES!

YOU CAN’T GO AROUND CALLING YOURSELF A LOSER AND EXPECT TO LIVE A LIFE OF VICTORY. In life you can be the victim or the victor, but you can’t be both. In Christ, YOU ARE THE VICTOR! Now, start thinking and acting like the champion you were born to be.

PRAY FOR ONE

Who are you praying for that needs Jesus in their life? Who are you inviting to Easter at The Dialogue Church?

KEEP PRAYING FOR THEM AND NEVER QUIT.

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4 KEYS TO INVITING YOUR FRIENDS TO EASTER, Pt.3

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Romans 12:11 NLT)

#2. BE ENTHUSIASTIC: WORK HARD & SERVE WITH PASSION

IF YOU AREN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT THE CAUSE, THE CLASS, THE MINISTRY, THE MESSAGE, THE CHURCH THEN WHY WOULD THOSE AROUND YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF IT.

The Bible wouldn’t say NEVER BE LAZY unless God knew we would be tempted to be lazy. The Bible wouldn’t say, SERVE THE LORD ENTHUSIASTICALLY unless God knew that we would be tempted to just go through the motions.

The truth is ministry, leadership, and evangelism are exhausting. It’s overwhelming and the work never ends. And sometimes when you don’t see the fruit you want to see, or you don’t see the change you want to see, then its easy to give up, its easy to think, maybe this isn’t going to work, maybe I’m just wasting my time, nobody is responding and I’m just killing myself.

The enemy wants you to throw in the towel, but the Bible says to serve the Lord enthusiastically!

I always love when someone in our church says, “PASTOR, DON’T TAKE THIS PERSONALLY, BUT WE’RE LEAVING.” [typically in an email and after “much” prayer]

And I’m like really. Don’t take it personally…Really? Because I’ve just poured the last 2 years of my life into you, paid bills for you, loved on you, served you, invest in you. AND THAT WAS ALL VERY PERSONAL! I’ve opened my house, my family, and my life up to you. I’ve shared everything with you. I’VE PUT MY ENTIRE LIFE ON THE LINE FOR THIS MINISTRY! And you want to leave and SUDDENLY IT’S NOT PERSONAL.

When someone comes to me and says that, I like to say, “Hey don’t take this personally. I mean it’s nothing against you, but YOUR KIDS UGLY ;-)

Sorry, BUT IT CAN ONLY BE PERSONAL. Ministry is very personal. And that’s why it’s painful.

IF YOU NEVER FEEL OVERWHELMED OR COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED THEN YOU AREN’T REALLY SERVING JESUS. SERVING JESUS IS EXHAUSTING. IN FACT, WALKING IN YOUR CALLING IS HARD WORK! IF YOU NEVER FEEL DRAINED, THEN YOU AREN’T HEADED TOWARD YOUR DESTINY!

And sharing Jesus with those far from God is absolutely draining, but don’t get lazy, your harvest is coming!

Your passion is contagious, and it will infect those around you, somehow, and in some way! Keep sharing Jesus!

 

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4 KEYS TO INVITING YOUR FRIENDS TO EASTER, Pt.2

God has called each one of us to be an ambassador of His love to those who don’t know Him yet. In doing that I believe there some keys to sharing our faith so we can be more effective.

Key #1 – BE ENCOURAGING: REALLY LOVE THEM

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:9-10 NLT)

MY WIFE IS MY BIGGEST FAN. SHE HAS A POSTER OF ME IN OUR BEDROOM [just kidding]. EVERYBODY ELSE ON A SUNDAY COULD HAVE HATED THE SERMON. BUT SHE SAYS ONE KIND WORD, LIKE “HUN, I REALLY GOT A LOT OUT OF THE PART WHEN YOU SAID…GREAT JOB.”After her encouraging words I’M LIKE READY TO GO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN BACKWARDS ON MY HANDS.

Words have creative power. And YOUR WORDS HOLD THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH. So SPEAK LIFE.

If you want to share God’s love with an audience who is willing to listen, then you’ve got to really love. You can love them by SPEAKING LIFE INTO THEM! Believing in them! Rooting them on! Be an encourager for Christ in their life!

YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO ENCOURAGING!

I’VE NEVER MET SOMEONE WHO WAS LIKE, MAN YOU ARE JUST TOO DARN ENCOURAGING. YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING, I HATE IT. STOP.

YOU CAN’T OVER ENCOURAGE, JUST ASK YOUR SPOUSE. THEY DESIRE MORE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM YOU.

WE HAVEN’T BEEN CALLED TO CRITICIZE THE LOST, BUT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THEM!
You don’t have to boycott every cause, every company, every person who thinks and lives differently from you. YOU CAN’T REACH A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE PICKETING AGAINST.

JESUS NEVER CARRIED A PROTEST SIGN, HE CARRIED A CROSS! So maybe, as a church it’s time we stop carrying our protest signs and talking about everything we are against and we start carrying the cross and talking about everything we are FOR BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS. HOW ABOUT THIS? LOST PEOPLE WE ARE FOR YOU AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, GOD IS FOR YOU!

TO the PEOPLE WHO ARE FAR FROM GOD, GOD IS FOR YOU & SO ARE WE! We want to really love you, sometimes we just screw that up and we don’t. Sometimes we care more about making a point than pointing you to Jesus!

Reaching people for Jesus requires that we REALLY LOVE PEOPLE FAR FROM GOD! The Apostle emphasizes that we REALLY love them, because we will get hurt, we will get rejected, and we will be tempted to fake it because it’s painful to keep loving someone who doesn’t want to be loved. But that’s how we learn to really love people!

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