How To… Dream Big

Why did God give you and I an imagination?

Ephesians 3:20 ESV
Ephesians 3:20 MSG

Why would God speak to us in dreams?

Acts 2:17

Psalm 33:11

If an imagination is thinking without limitations and dreaming is God communicating to us without limitation then having a dream is learning to live without limitation.

Romans 8:10-12

Proverbs 19:21

Big dreams are lived out in little ways every day.

Psalm 90:12

1 Corinthians 12:12

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6

How To… Communicate With God

7 Prayers I am Praying Over My Church in 2017

  1. Remind us, it begins right here!
  2. Help us take our commitment to finance and otherwise support our mission more seriously
  3. Help us reach the next 180 who need to know Jesus
  4. Lead each one of us to Own Our Growth
  5. Lead us to welcome discipleship from one another
  6. Open more doors in more communities and bless us with the necessary means to reach them!
  7. Give us greater impact in our communities in 2017

We are not spending a half hour sermon on prayer today because communicating with God is difficult. We are taking this half hour because of the importance of prayer!

How the Bible teaches us to pray:

Matthew 6:9

Hebrews 4:16

1 Thessalonians 5:17 & Ephesians 6:18

Psalm 5:3 & James 1:6-7

James 2:26 & Jeremiah 32:16

For many Christians, prayer has become an escape from responsibility. Rather, prayer should lead us into the very acts and exploits for our God.
– Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Isaiah 58:6-7

James 5:16

2 Kings 19:14-16


Jesus on How To Communicate with God: Matthew 6:9-13


Slow down and do some dialoguing with God!

How To… Own Your Growth

I Corinthians 9:24-27

John 5:14 and 8:11

A lesson from physical therapy: Push up to the pain then focus on strengthening the other areas of your life.


When you don’t own your growth…
life chooses your battles,
circumstances choose the arena,
your enemies choose the weapons
and your preparation chooses the outcome!


What are you doing under the circumstances?
– Carman Licciardello


Romans 12:2-6

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

When we struggle, the first tendency is to disconnect. Because we don’t want to talk about it. We’re embarrassed we have problems. We often just don’t want to deal with it.

Jesus said He is a vine and we are the branches of that vine. God gave us His Family, the church, the Body to do life together not alone.

John 15:1-8



When we struggle, a second tendency is to focus inward.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 and Matthew 6:31-33 if we want His help, to focus on others. But when we need His help we often do the exact opposite!

When you and your problems are the biggest thing in your life, everything is major!

The Upside Down Kingdom

When we are struggling we need to be “solving” other people’s problems, ministering to their needs, etc.

How To serve even when you struggle – watch this video!



Four areas: Prayer, Bible, Giving, Reach


The Bible doesn’t say much about endings.

Jesus said He will be with us forever and even His words will never pass away. When Paul talked about his purpose being finished on the earth he went straight into what was next, not an ending, just a transition!

Matt 28:20, Matt 24:35, 2 Tim 4:7-8


But the Bible does speak a lot about beginnings!

Genesis 1:1 & John 1:1 “In the beginning…”
John 2:11 “This beginning of signs…”
John 8:44 even tells us about Satan’s beginning, that “he was a murderer”
John 3:3 Jesus tells Nicodemus, and us, about a New Birth
And the prophet Zechariah tells us to not “despise small beginnings…” Zech 4:10

Jesus told Simon Peter to take the 1st step out of the boat and another time to cast his net before he caught any fish. Jesus healed a blind man by sending him to wash his eyes before his sight was restored. Elisha told Naaman to dip in the river before he was healed. And we are told to give and if we do, afterwards, – NOT BEFORE – “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap”!

Matt 14:29, John 21:6, John 9:7, 2 Kings 5:14, Luke 6:38

Just like these today who are choosing to be obedient in baptism. Baptism is the first command we have once we begin to follow Jesus!

Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:48, Acts 13:24, Acts 22:16

The story of the Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20:1-16

It doesn’t matter WHEN you begin, just that you don’t wait any longer to do so!

How To… Own Your Reach


Matthew 13:3-8

If you want to fulfill the Great Commission, help reach the world and impact generations

If you want to reach your friends and the 20k+ in our communities not affiliated with any church,

If you want to reach every member of your family!

Acts 16:30 -34

Acts 11:13-14, John 4:46-53, Joshua 2:1-20, 6:22-25



24/7/52 Consistency

Hypocrisy is one of the most often used excuses people give for not attending church!

James 3:6-12

If you want to reach your community you can’t worship Jesus on Sunday morning and bless out the waitress on Sunday afternoon.

If you want to reach your family you can’t amen the preacher today then live something else the rest of the week.

[ctt template=”3″ link=”8cd32″ via=”no” ]If you want to reach your friends you can’t tell everyone “I’m blessed” at church then whine about everything in your life on facebook.[/ctt]

Be Real

[ctt template=”3″ link=”oV974″ via=”no” ]People who don’t know Jesus see what Christianity looks like while watching you.[/ctt]


Share Jesus

You don’t need a 15lb KJV Bible & a streetcorner to share the love of Jesus!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”j37Ga” via=”no” ]“Everyone should attend a church they brag about!”[/ctt]


Have a sense of urgency

Mark 13:31-33, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 7:29, Romans 13:11, 1 Peter 4:7

Why the urgency?

7,195 people will die in the US today, and tomorrow, and every day after that!

How To… Shut Down Temptation

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Uop70″ via=”no” ]Temptation doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. The choices we make open the door.[/ctt]

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

[ctt template=”3″ link=”oJ70k” via=”no” ]Don’t choose actions, words or a path that will delay a promise, end a relationship, destroy a blessing or lead to death.[/ctt]

[ctt template=”3″ link=”7aR3t” via=”no” ]There are a ton of things you CAN do, things you CAN say, things you CAN choose in life, if you don’t care about the outcome.[/ctt]

Adam and Eve chose death, they choose to embrace temptation

Genesis 3:3

Rather choose actions, words and paths that lead to life, promise, hope, joy, peace, fulfillment, health, etc!

Joshua 24:15

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Live in the Freedom You Received in Jesus

Freedom from addictions, yesterday, fear, abuse, bitterness, guilt, judgment, shame, anxiety, selfishness, obsessions, grief, darkness, anger, evil, materialism, jealousy, greed, immorality, lust, enslavement and sin! Freedom from anything holding you back! Sing it! Live in it!

Galatians 4:4-12

Galatians 5:1

How to shut down temptation and be truly free

1. Confess (profess, acknowledge, praise) Jesus as Lord

Romans 10:9-10

2. Purpose to not walk in your sin anymore

John 5:14

3. Do right things, things that lead to life!

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How to Experience Real Freedom, Forever

Blockbuster – Despicable Me 3

Live In the Present

[ctt template=”3″ link=”T382J” via=”no” ]Some people live in the past because it’s the last place they were happy.[/ctt]

Exodus 16:19-20

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Zo7J7″ via=”no” ]Some people, like procrastinators, live in the future, focused on what might be instead of what is.[/ctt]

Proverbs 27:1

Live For Something Bigger Than Yourself


[ctt template=”3″ link=”uaB2P” via=”no” ]Only those who live for something bigger than themselves find fulfillment in life.[/ctt]

Those people we label as “great” or “heroic” had this in common, that they lived for something bigger than themselves.
Jesus, Ghandi, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, etc.

Blockbuster — Cars 3

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

He isn’t talking about Mater!

Wisdom is best, if you have the opportunity and willingness to do something with it.

Not every prison has bars.

“Racing data: tire pressure, downforce, weight distribution, aerodynamics. The racing world is changing.” – Natalie Certain

Times are always changing. Ideals, attitudes, and styles, too.

If you are not learning on a continual basis you have already been left behind.

[ctt template=”3″ link=”3CV8Y” via=”no” ]Those who have it figured out are doomed to never learn again.[/ctt]


But some things never change:
– the rules of sportsmanship, right & wrong,
– the rewards of integrity,
– the necessity of commitment and hard work, etc

There is only one thing we have on this earth that lasts forever.
Matthew 24:35


The Cars 3 formula is Youth + Experience + Wisdom = Winning

“I just never thought I couldn’t.”
– Lightning McQueen

“Get ready for what’s comin’. More speed, more horsepower. More of everything.”
– Doc Hudson

“Hud saw something in you that you don’t even see in yourself.”
– Smokey Yunick

“Hud loved racing, but coaching you?! I’d never seen the old grump so happy. Racing wasn’t the best of his life, you were.”
– Smokey Yunick

“I’ve always wanted to be a racer, because of you.”
– Cruz Ramirez


No matter who, what or where you are, everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance.” – Sally Carrera

Blockbuster — Dunkirk

We are all just ordinary people with the potential to do extraordinary things.

Dunkirk History –

  • In May of 1940, Germany launches “Plan Yellow” or “Manstein Plan” which invades Southern France.
  • It was only 45 miles – 39 nautical miles – from England, which would have been roughly two hours to travel by boat in 1940. While on land, Germany exploited the British and French army by using their famous blitzkrieg strategy, a swift and relentless attack on the opposition. Germany pushed both armies back to Dunkirk.
  • By May 27th, 400,000 British and French forces are pushed back all the way to Dunkirk.
  • Many British soldiers ask, “Where is the Royal Air Force?” They were getting bombed day and night by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force.
  • On May 14, 1940, the BBC delivered a nationwide announcement from the British government: “The Admiralty have made an order requesting all owners of self-propelled pleasure craft between 30ft and 100ft in length to send all particulars to the Admiralty within 14 days from today if they have not already been offered or requisitioned.” 
  • The Germans destroyed 177 Allied aircraft and sunk more than 200 ships, including six British and three French destroyers. However, RAF and French Air Fighters shot down 240 German aircraft.
  • An estimated 338,000 Allied soldiers were rescued during the evacuation, which was officially known as Operation Dynamo. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and government officials had at first predicted that it would only be possible to rescue around 45,000 men before German forces blocked further evacuations. British citizens helped to shatter that estimate by offering their own boats and lives to help assist in the Dunkirk rescue.

There is no hiding from this!


You Get What You Go For.

Jeremiah 38:2-10

God didn’t intend for you to face adversity alone!

Jeremiah 38:11-13

Even when you do things right, difficult situations can happen, but God will bring you out of the tough places to help change people’s lives.

Isaiah 42:6-7

When you pursue God and His plan, no matter the cost, it will not only change your life, but also the people around you.