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Summary: Getting and keeping the ball rolling

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29, December 2002

Dakota Community Church

Building Momentum

Introduction:

Common theme on testimony night – highs and lows -Over all positive, the goal is consistence in the storms and the celebrations!

Matthew 7: 24-27

24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

Since the summer we have been picking up speed! -What we have is momentum.

This week I want to look at where it comes from and what it can do, next week how to keep it going and build on it for 2003.

1. Momentum is a force of strength.

In sports, a train against a brick wall, steering the passat.

- Many times momentum is the only difference between winning and losing.

- With momentum teams play over their heads, without it they play down.

- The number one church problem is low moral.

Psalm 78

O my people hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old- 3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.

12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall. 14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. 15 He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; 16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers. He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;

24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. 25 Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat. 26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens and led forth the south wind by his power. 27 He rained meat down on them like dust, flying birds like sand on the seashore.

Remember when we met in the basement at Dan’s? Remember when we got into the lawn bowling building? Remember when Jake moved here married Joan and got us off of CD’s for worship?

Remember when we came to this new building?

Remember when we used to have only twenty people some Sundays?

Remember when Randy brought out Don and Cindy?

When Chris turned it around and started KOZ?

Remember when Jamie and Lisa fell in love and got married?

When Michelle took over the Nursery and Laura started teaching a class?

Remember when we had eighty people out for our Christmas concert and the biggest offering month in our history – last month!

Remember when we paid off our sound system, got an LCD projector, a sign, a phone number, a yellow page ad, a laptop, and a web site?


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