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The Church of Our Dreams

Series: An Awesome Church
1/25/14
Crossing a barren wilderness, alone and at night, Jacob lay down and slept, using a stone for a pillow. In his dreams he saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

This dream was a revelation from God. Jacob heard God calling him by name and making him the same promise that he had made to Abraham and Isaac.  God revealed to Jacob the future that He desired, that He intended for His people. That’s what vision is all about. It is God’s intended future for His people.

V 16 says, that when Jacob awoke, “he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”For that reason the title of this series is An Awesome Church. We want to be an awesome place, where people encounter God, and their lives are transformed.

Today’s message is titled “The Church of Our Dreams,” because Jacob’s dream reveals to us several key truths about God’s vision for His people that I believe God is also speaking to His Church at this time.

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Wednesday Series: That Happens in Church?
1/22/14
Paul could very well have addressed 1 Corinthians to "the church at Pembroke Pines" or whatever city where your church is located, because it is just as applicable to the church today, as it was then. The issues they faced, the things that were happening in that church, still happen in church today.

This message deals with the commendation of the church, the condition of the church, and the call of the church.

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The Prayer of Agreement

Series: Pray Like Jesus
Matt 18:18-20 gives us an amazing promise! Something powerful happens when God’s people pray in agreement. Prayer’s get answered. Heaven is moved and earth is impacted.

When we come into agreement we have the authority to bind the works of darkness, and release the storehouses of heaven’s blessings on earth. There is tremendous power in the prayer of agreement.

But what is the prayer of agreement? It means much more than just saying the same words, or saying “Amen” as someone leads in prayer.

Today, we want to look carefully at the pray of agreement, what it entails and how to pray it, so we too can move heaven to impact earth.

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Series: Pray Like Jesus 1/12/14

(Luke 22:39-46)
I recently read an article online that said, “It is rare to hear of a church holding a prayer meeting any longer, and even rarer to hear of a church with a regular monthly or weekly prayer meeting...corporate prayer...is...in danger of extinction.... The corporate body of Christ in the Western World... seems to be suffering from prayerlessness” (Scott Roberts, What Keeps Us From Corporate Prayer).

Jesus tells us that when the church gathers together in prayer, it has the power to move heaven and impact earth in a manner beyond what is possible when we pray alone.

So if we want to see God move mightily again, if we want to see things change in our lives, our homes, our church, our community and our nation, we need to return to the practice of corporate prayer that was central in the ministry of Jesus and the early church.

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Personal Prayer


Series: Pray Like Jesus (Luke 22:39-46) - 1/6/14
This was one of the most crucial moments in Jesus’ life, and it was also a pivotal moment in the lives of his disciples and the purpose of God’s kingdom. It was a moment of intense spiritual warfare. It was a time above all times that the disciples should have been praying, but instead they were sleeping. And if we would be honest, there’s a lot more of ourselves in the disciples than we would like to admit. The spirit is willing but our flesh is weak.

In contrast to the disciple, Jesus submitted the weakness of his flesh in prayer. He fought the spiritual battle in prayer, and he won the victory in prayer, so that he could do the will of the Father.

As we see Jesus praying in this passage, it teach us several powerful lessons on prayer.

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