Dedication service

Darius Johnston
Dedication for Lifegate, Burleson--May 19, 2019

Exodus 31:1-3 NIV
Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts

v. 3—I have filled him with the Spirit of God…

Zechariah 4:6 NIV
So he said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty.

v. 3--… with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts

Exodus 35:34 NIV
…the ability to teach others.

2 Timothy 2:15 NLT
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.


Exodus 36:6-7 NIV
6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: "No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

Family/ Parenting Struggles

Part 5

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Three ways that might have gotten you on the struggle bus:


Exodus 2:3 “You shall not have other Gods before me.”

Matthew 22:37 ‘Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’


2 Corinthians 9:6 “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."

Galatians 6:4-7 “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”


Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.”

How do we get off the Struggle Bus:


A. Be intentional with your time

Psalms 126:2-3 “We were filled with laughter,
    and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
    “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
    What joy!”

Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

B. Be intentional with your words

Philippians 2:2
“Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”

Philippians 2:3 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

Marriage Struggles

Struggle Bus
Part 4
Marriage Struggles

Three reasons marriages struggle:

1. Wrong Expectations

2. Poor Communication

a. Family expectations…

b. Calendar expectations…

c. Money expectations…

d. Children expectations…

3. Divided Vision

Amos 3:3 NLT
“Can two people walk together
    without agreeing on the direction?

Ephesians 5:21-27Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
25 For husbands, this means
love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”

Three things to get you off of the marriage struggle bus:

1. Hope

Colossians 1:19 MSG “all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his (CHRISTS) death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

2. Help

3. Habits

Four habits you can institute for a great marriage:

A. Communicate daily

B. Attend church weekly

C. Date at least monthly

Two Elements of a good date:

a. Face to face

b. Side by side

D. Get away yearly