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Summary: I’m talking about a vision deep inside that speaks to your very soul. I’m talking about that thing which you were born to do.

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19, June 2005

Dakota Community Church

Tapping into the Power of a Dream

Introduction:

I am not talking about everybody’s got a dream lotto commercial.

That is about escape not reality.

I’m talking about a vision deep inside that speaks to your very soul.

I’m talking about that thing which you were born to do, that thing that draws on the limits of your talents and abilities.

I’m speaking of that which speaks to your highest ideals and sparks in you a sense of destiny.

My dream has been the fuel that drives my life.

- From Bible College success

- From 7 – 75 kids in 8months.

- Frustrations at Christianview

Who spilled pop on the key board? Who put football shaped dents in the sanctuary walls? How do you know all the characters on the Simpson’s?

Then there are more serious issues like raising my boys in freedom from religious oppression.

Issues like building a Church on relationships not on marketing.

Illustration:

E-mail From former youth group member from 10 yrs ago:

hey man how are you? im not doing too bad. working alot and have a girlfriend. so i guess im doing good now. other than that i havent started a career in music yet. i would love to and i feel its something iv always wanted to do.

You know looking back to when i first started going to Church. You helped me turn around from what i thought would be a long life of depression. You have no idea what impact you had on my life. Not only you but the rest of your family. i miss you guys being around and playing ball hockey. i might give you guys a call some time soon. e-mail whenever you like. I’il be here.

Tell the rest of the family I said hey and god bless.

But hasn’t it taken too long? Why keep going? Why don’t you just quit?

Isaiah 40: 25-31

"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1. A dream gives you direction.

It becomes the target! You know what you are aiming for.

No one sets out with the intention of being the guy who labors all week and then blows his pay check in the pub, heads home to a wife he hates and endures the kids complete disrespect.

Joel 2: 28-29

"And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.


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