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September 17, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't be anaccumulator of biblical facts.
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  • That's not a strong platformfor your life.
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  • You want to be a practitionerof the truth you know.
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  • A studious practitioner,a devoted practitioner,
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  • a committed practitioner.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again.
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  • Now, we are living in such anextraordinary season that isn't
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  • frightening to me.
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  • It's exciting.
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  • We're seeing the pages ofScripture come alive all
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  • around us.
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  • I want to invite you.
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  • I want to be certain that you'retaking time on a daily basis to
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  • pray, to read your Bible.
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  • I know you're watching someChristian television.
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  • That's how we get thisappointment, but your prayers,
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  • your time in the Word of God isan important--it's such
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  • an important aspect forstabilizing not only your life,
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  • but for the body of Christ.
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  • If we each own that space, if weeach keep our spiritual immune
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  • system healthy, we're preparedto speak into this season to
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  • lead however the Lordasks us to.
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  • Folks, there is violencein our cities.
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  • There is propaganda in the--on the airwaves.
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  • There's deception in anunprecedented way.
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  • We desperately need the churchto be awake.
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  • And I don't mean just gatheringin a building.
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  • We're workin' on that too.
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  • With God's help, he'll deliverus from the leaders who are
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  • trying to close the churches.
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  • But the church is all of us whoname Jesus as Lord, wherever we
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  • happen to be gathered at themoment.
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  • And we've got to have the timein the Word of God and praying
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  • to stand as we need to.
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  • Our topic today is"The Lord of the Days."
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  • God is the one who watchesover our days.
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  • We're gonna open our Bibles.
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  • We're opening our hearts to takeour stand as the church in
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  • this season.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: Our titlefor this session
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  • is "The Lord of Days."
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  • The Lord of days.
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  • It's important to understandthat God is the dispenser of
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  • our days.
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  • We can do all the things we canto protect and care for
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  • ourselves, but ultimately eachone of our days belongs to
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  • the Lord.
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  • They're a gift from him.
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  • He gives to us the privilege ofserving him, of investing our
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  • days under his watchful care.
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  • Throughout Scripture fromGenesis to the book of
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  • Revelation, we are consistentlyreminded that our days are in
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  • God's hands.
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  • Now, he created uswith a free will.
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  • We have a choice.
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  • We can do whatever we would likewith our days, but the
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  • persistent advice of Scriptureis to offer our days to
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  • the Lord.
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  • And this entire lesson reallygrows out of that notion that
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  • the Lord is the one who ordersour days.
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  • We can make our plans and we canbuild our schedules, and I like
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  • to do all of those things, butour days are in the
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  • Lord's hands.
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  • Now, I want to turn that phrasea bit and talk with you a minute
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  • about the day of the Lord,because I believe the awareness
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  • of the day of the Lord, the dayof the Lord's return.
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  • The Scripture talked a lot aboutJesus's first coming to
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  • the earth, the advent,Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.
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  • Hundreds of propheciesaround that.
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  • Well, there's even greaternumber of scriptural insights
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  • into the day of the Lord, theday of the Lord's return to
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  • the earth.
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  • In 2 Peter chapter 3, in verse9, we were given a little
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  • insight into why that daysometimes to be delayed.
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  • It says, "The Lord is not slowin keeping his promise, as some
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  • understand slowness.
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  • He's patient with you, notwanting anyone to perish, but
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  • everyone to come to repentance.
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  • But the day of the Lordwill come."
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  • I know the sentence doesn't stopthere, but there's an idea you
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  • don't wanna miss.
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  • The day of the Lord's returnwill come.
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  • And it says, "It willcome like a thief.
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  • The heavens will disappear witha roar, and the elements will be
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  • destroyed by fire, and the earthand everything in it will be
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  • laid bare."
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  • Why the delay?
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  • Because God is patient and hedoesn't want anyone to perish,
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  • but he wants everyone to come torepentance.
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  • If you want a prayer to pray foryour neighbors, for your
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  • co-workers, for your family, foranybody in your sphere of
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  • influence, if you want abiblically-directed prayer, you
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  • want everyone you know to cometo repentance before the Lord.
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  • Not a one-time repentance, arepentant life, a life where you
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  • keep those accounts short.
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  • Now, to prepare us for theLord's return, there's some
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  • things that the Scripture tellsus are going to happen.
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  • Just as certainly as he told usthat the Messiah would be born
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  • in Bethlehem and that he wouldbe sent to Egypt, he's told us
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  • some things about the seasonbefore he comes back.
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  • In Habakkuk 3, in verse six--Iknow you read Habakkuk a lot.
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  • It said, "He stood and shookthe earth.
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  • He looked and made the nationstremble, and the ancient
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  • mountains crumbled and the ageold hills collapsed.
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  • His ways are eternal."
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  • One of the most significantcharacteristics about the
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  • conclusion of this age is God'sdeclaration that he's going to
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  • shake the earth.
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  • He made the statement in the OldTestament through the Prophet
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  • Haggai, but it was picked up andrepeated in the New Testament in
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  • the book of Hebrewsin chapter 12.
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  • But it's not unique to those twopassages, it's a theme that God
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  • is the one who orders the earth,and before his Son returns, he's
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  • going to shake the earth.
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  • And the objective he tells us ofthe shaking is so that we will
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  • listen intently and respond.
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  • He wants our attention.
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  • God is the one shakingall things.
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  • The objective of the shakingisn't just to be intrusive,
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  • or obnoxious, or todemonstrate his power.
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  • The objective of the shaking isto expose all of those things
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  • which can be shaken so that ifwe have placed our trust in
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  • something that's temporary, orfragile, or unstable, that we
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  • have an opportunity to say tothe Lord, "I'm sorry.
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  • I've been an idolater.
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  • I've been looking to somethingthat was unstable, something
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  • that could be shaken, somethingthat could fall.
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  • I've put my hope in it and mytrust in it.
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  • I built my plans around it.
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  • God, I'm sorry."
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  • And if the circumstances ofrecent weeks and months have
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  • brought great anxiety to you, Iwould submit to you that there
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  • may be a place you need to do alittle review of where your
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  • trust has been seated, where areyour joy was derived if your
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  • hobbies have been interruptedand your routines have
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  • been disheveled.
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  • And God is shaking this to helpus gain clarity if we've placed
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  • our trust in the wrong place,because the other outcome of the
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  • shaking is the one stable,unshakeable thing that's being
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  • revealed is the kingdom of God.
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  • And you and I want to beparticipants in that.
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  • Haggai 2, it's a message theprophet is giving to Zerubbabel.
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  • You may not know him.
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  • He's not a familiar character,particularly in the
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  • Old Testament.
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  • Zerubbabel is the one who hadthe assignment to rebuild
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  • the temple.
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  • It had been destroyed in 587 bythe Babylonians, and Zerubbabel
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  • goes back as a returning exileto rebuild the temple.
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  • And this is the message from theprophet, Haggai chapter 2:4,
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  • "'Now take courage,' declaresthe Lord.
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  • 'Take courage.
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  • You and all the people of theland, take courage,' declares
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  • the Lord, 'and work, for I amwith you,' declares the Lord
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  • of hosts.
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  • 'As for the promise which I madeyou when you came out of Egypt,
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  • my Spirit is abidingin your midst.
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  • Don't fear.'
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  • For thus says the Lordof hosts."
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  • Do you have the imagination thatGod still speaks into the earth?
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  • I hope so.
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  • "For thus says the Lord ofhosts, 'Once more in a little
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  • while, I'm going to shake theheavens and the earth, and the
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  • sea also and the dry land.
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  • I'll shake all the nations; andthey will come with the wealth
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  • of all the nations, and I'llfill this house with glory,'
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  • says the Lord of hosts.
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  • 'The silver is mine and the goldis mine,' declares the Lord.
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  • 'The latter glory of this housewill be greater than the former,
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  • and in this placeI'll give peace,'
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  • declares the Lord of hosts."
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  • I think it's noteworthy that thepassage begins by saying,
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  • "Take courage."
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  • If God is saying you're gonnaneed courage, folks, we're gonna
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  • need some courage.
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  • We're not going to find what Godhas for us without strength
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  • and courage.
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  • You oughta look at the person onyour right and say,
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  • "You're gonna need somestrength and courage."
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  • Some of you didn't participate.
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  • Now try the person on your left.
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  • Say, "You look like you needa double portion."
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  • I'll take a double portion.That's okay.
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  • We're gonna need courage.
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  • And then God saidyou gotta do the work.
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  • This isn't something we just sitpassively by and watch God do.
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  • Did you know for the church tocomplete our assignment so that
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  • the Lord can return to the earthis going to take the church
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  • at work?
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  • I'm not suggesting we earn God'sblessings.
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  • You know better, but I amsuggesting that Jesus didn't die
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  • on a cross so we could bepassive.
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  • He's given us an assignment andyou'll find God's people busy.
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  • When we meet God in Genesischapter 1, he's working.
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  • He's been working ever since.
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  • I can't wait to see whatthat's gonna look like.
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  • And then God promiseshis abiding presence.
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  • He said, "You don't haveto be afraid.
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  • I'll be with you.
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  • I was with you, Zerubbabel,when you came out of Egypt."
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  • Wait a minute.
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  • Zerubbabel didn't go to Egypt.
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  • He's clearly referencingthe exodus.
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  • Zerubbabel lived hundredsof years after that.
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  • Zerubbabel was deliveredfrom Persia.
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  • He's one of the exiles when theBabylonians came and took
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  • them away.
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  • But God is linking what he'sdoing in Zerubbabel's day to
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  • what he had done generationsearlier when he delivered the
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  • slaves from Egypt.
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  • He said, "I was with you whenyou came out of Egypt, and I was
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  • with you in the exile, and I'llbe with you at the end of
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  • the age."
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  • The same faithfulness of Godthat brought the slaves from the
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  • brick pits or the exiles backfrom Persia is the same Spirit
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  • of God that indwells you and meand will see us through
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  • this season.
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  • We're not alone.
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  • We're not left to our ownstrength and our own wisdom.
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  • Just as Moses and his crew had apillar of cloud and a pillar of
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  • fire, we have the overshadowingprotection of Almighty God
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  • with us.
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  • And he's revealing to us theextent to which we would have
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  • imagined other things securedour lives.
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  • Governments, and Constitution,and Bills of Right, and the
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  • strength of economies, andresources that we
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  • can accumulate.
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  • And I'm not opposed to any ofthose things.
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  • I believe we have aresponsibility to defend them
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  • and we've been entrusted tothem--with them.
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  • But our future is secure,justice in our lives come from
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  • Almighty God.
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  • Now, I think it's important tonote that shaking is not some
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  • new thing.
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  • As bizarre as 2020 is, it's notthe first time, folks, we bumped
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  • into shaking.
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  • In fact, shaking has always beena part of life.
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  • I've told you before the summaryon that.
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  • Life's just harder than I wouldprefer it to be.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • And it'd be better with me ifweeds didn't grow.
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  • I think it'd be nice if youmowed your grass and it just
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  • stayed mowed until you wereready for the exercise of mowing
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  • again and you can say, "You cangrow for a day or two now."
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  • I mean, there are many,many things about life
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  • that are more difficult.
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  • Life comes filledwith disappointments,
  • 00:11:41.249 --> 00:11:43.752
  • things that we don't want,things that are intrusions.
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  • They're unwelcome.
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  • It comes with disasters.
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  • Evil is expressed and touchesour lives, death.
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  • The Bible describes deathas an enemy.
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  • Funeral services are a part ofmy job description, folks.
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  • Death is still amongst us.
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  • I understand Jesus defeated it,but it's still an enemy
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  • amongst us.
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  • Our crops still fail, our kidsstill rebel, our business plans
  • 00:12:07.876 --> 00:12:11.179
  • collapse, our dreams don'talways come true.
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  • Sometimes we just do dumb thingsand have to pay a stupid tax.
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  • Shaking has always been a partof our life.
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  • Falling down is not the problem.
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  • We all understandwe're gonna fall down.
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  • You'd never learnto walk without it.
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  • You'd never learn to bemobile or agile.
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  • The will to get back up is whatmakes all the difference.
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  • And we're struggling withthat a little bit.
  • 00:12:35.670 --> 00:12:38.406
  • We lost our balance this year.
  • 00:12:38.439 --> 00:12:40.875
  • The rug got pulledout from under us.
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  • And then we're a littledisoriented.
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  • We're a little wobbly.
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  • We sat down and somebody broughtus food, and we thought, "Well,
  • 00:12:46.414 --> 00:12:48.183
  • this isn't bad."
  • 00:12:48.216 --> 00:12:51.252
  • We found the alternatives.
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  • We need the will to get back up.
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  • Shaking is not a new thing.
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  • In fact, the Bible tells usJesus told us that personal
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  • shaking is inevitable.
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  • It's a mandatory partof the journey.
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  • If you're gonna make a journeythrough time, your world's gonna
  • 00:13:04.799 --> 00:13:07.368
  • get shaken.
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  • male announcer: Through prayer,we are not alone in facing
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  • challenges or problems.
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  • We have help from Almighty God.
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  • Allen Jackson: Matthewchapter 7, and verse 24,
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  • it's a familiar parable.
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  • It's the parable ofthe two builders.
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  • One builds on the rock and onebuilds on the sand.
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  • You remember it?
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  • Jesus is speaking.
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  • He said, "Everyone who hearsthese words of mine and puts
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  • them into practice is like awise man."
  • 00:14:11.499 --> 00:14:13.801
  • You want to be a wise manin Jesus from Jesus's
  • 00:14:13.835 --> 00:14:16.938
  • vantage point?
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  • How many of you wannabe wise in Jesus's eyes?
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  • Here's the path.
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  • You don't need to know Greekor Hebrew or Aramaic.
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:25.246
  • "If you hear my wordsand put them into practice,
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  • you're a wise man who builthis house on a rock.
  • 00:14:27.949 --> 00:14:32.687
  • And the rain came down, and thestreams rose, and the winds blew
  • 00:14:32.720 --> 00:14:36.557
  • and beat against that house, yetit didn't fall because it had
  • 00:14:36.591 --> 00:14:40.328
  • its foundation on the rock.
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  • But everyone who hears thesewords of mine and doesn't put
  • 00:14:42.764 --> 00:14:45.199
  • them into the practice is like afoolish man."
  • 00:14:45.233 --> 00:14:47.769
  • Now, there's a category you wantto avoid, I would submit.
  • 00:14:47.802 --> 00:14:51.439
  • If Jesus tells you the line forthe fools, you want to listen to
  • 00:14:51.472 --> 00:14:57.478
  • the characteristics he'sdescribing.
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  • He said, "It's somebody wholistens to these words of mine."
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  • It's not somebodywho doesn't listen.
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  • They've got Bibles.They go to church.
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  • They go to Bible study.
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  • They listen to these words ofmine, but they don't put them
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  • into practice.
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  • He said that's a foolish person.
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  • I don't want to be in a linethat Jesus calls foolish.
  • 00:15:13.895 --> 00:15:18.399
  • "A foolish man who built hishouse on the sand.
  • 00:15:18.433 --> 00:15:20.401
  • The rain came down, and thestreams rose, and the winds blew
  • 00:15:20.435 --> 00:15:22.837
  • and beat against the house,and it fell with a great crash."
  • 00:15:22.870 --> 00:15:26.607
  • Two men, two persons,equal opportunities,
  • 00:15:26.641 --> 00:15:29.811
  • different choices.
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  • They both heard Jesus's words.
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  • They both had a choice to makeabout what to do with them.
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  • One builds on the rock, putsJesus's words into practice.
  • 00:15:35.283 --> 00:15:38.820
  • One builds on an unstableplatform, hears Jesus's words
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  • and ignores them,is not a practitioner.
  • 00:15:42.256 --> 00:15:44.726
  • There's an enormous differencebetween a student of Scripture
  • 00:15:44.759 --> 00:15:47.895
  • and a practitioner of Scripture.
  • 00:15:47.929 --> 00:15:51.532
  • Don't be an accumulator ofbiblical facts.
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  • That's not a strong platform foryour life.
  • 00:15:54.802 --> 00:15:59.474
  • You want to be a practitioner ofthe truth you know, a studious
  • 00:15:59.507 --> 00:16:04.012
  • practitioner, a devotedpractitioner, a
  • 00:16:04.045 --> 00:16:07.482
  • committed practitioner.
  • 00:16:07.515 --> 00:16:10.385
  • Both of those people heardJesus's words.
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  • They both heard Jesus's words.
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  • What's most intriguing is thestorms came to both lives.
  • 00:16:17.125 --> 00:16:21.329
  • In both cases, they had the samerain, the same rising streams,
  • 00:16:21.362 --> 00:16:24.999
  • the same winds.
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  • They both faced the shaking.
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  • One stood and one didn't.
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  • Please don't be surprised.
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  • The Scripture says, "Don't besurprised at the painful trials
  • 00:16:35.843 --> 00:16:39.414
  • you're going through."
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  • It's in Peter.
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  • He said, "Your brothersthroughout the world are
  • 00:16:42.750 --> 00:16:44.318
  • undergoing similar sufferings."
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  • Shaking is not new.
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  • It comes with a purpose.
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  • It comes for an alignment,for adjustment, for review.
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  • It's important not justto endure it,
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  • but to be trained by it.
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  • It's about the discipline andthe formation of your character.
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  • There have been voicesthroughout my life that seem to
  • 00:17:10.011 --> 00:17:12.080
  • have some interest in theformation of my character.
  • 00:17:12.113 --> 00:17:15.216
  • I never liked them.
  • 00:17:15.249 --> 00:17:18.486
  • You know, my parents used tosay, "This will be good
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  • for you."
  • 00:17:20.054 --> 00:17:21.389
  • If they said that, I knew itwasn't gonna feel good for me.
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  • "We have a job for you.It'll be good for you."
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  • Didn't feel good for me.
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  • My friends we're goin'to the lake.
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  • I thought skiing would begood for me.
  • 00:17:30.465 --> 00:17:33.401
  • They thought cleaning stallswood.
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  • I had teachers who wouldgive me assignments.
  • 00:17:36.737 --> 00:17:38.473
  • They said, "We think you havepotential that you're
  • 00:17:38.506 --> 00:17:40.541
  • not utilizing, do this."
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  • I don't want to do that.
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  • The formation of yourcharacter--I'm not that much
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  • different with God.
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  • I mean, if we really peeled itdown and distilled it, you know,
  • 00:17:52.487 --> 00:17:55.790
  • God, what I wanna do is I wantto be sure I end up with you.
  • 00:17:55.823 --> 00:18:02.096
  • And God said, "No, I'd reallyrather help you lay up treasure
  • 00:18:02.130 --> 00:18:04.966
  • in heaven.
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  • I'd rather show you how to letmy character be formed in you so
  • 00:18:07.602 --> 00:18:13.207
  • that every day under the suncould be a reflection of my
  • 00:18:13.241 --> 00:18:16.878
  • glory in the broken vessel thatyou are."
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  • You're like, "Well..."
  • 00:18:22.150 --> 00:18:24.285
  • No really, that's what we'regonna do.
  • 00:18:24.318 --> 00:18:28.489
  • And therein comes the rub,but that isn't just my opinion.
  • 00:18:28.523 --> 00:18:31.292
  • It actually is biblical.
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  • Hebrews 12, verse 5, "Have youforgotten that word of
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  • encouragement that addresses youas sons?"
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  • If he tells you that what'scoming is a word of
  • 00:18:38.232 --> 00:18:40.201
  • encouragement, it's not going tosound encouraging.
  • 00:18:40.234 --> 00:18:44.272
  • "My son, don't make light of theLord's discipline and don't lose
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  • heart when he rebukes you.
  • 00:18:47.008 --> 00:18:49.577
  • Because the Lord disciplinesthose he loves and he punishes
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  • everyone he accepts as a son.
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  • Endure hardship as discipline.
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  • God is treating you as sons.
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  • For what son is not disciplinedby his father?"
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  • You know, I hear a lot of talkamongst the church world.
  • 00:19:05.092 --> 00:19:08.396
  • I live in that world and read alot of literature in that world,
  • 00:19:08.429 --> 00:19:11.432
  • and we talk a lot about the loveof God and the the
  • 00:19:11.465 --> 00:19:15.269
  • abiding presence.
  • 00:19:15.303 --> 00:19:16.637
  • Those are all true things, buthe's also a Father who
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  • disciplines us.
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  • He's not our buddy.
  • 00:19:22.944 --> 00:19:26.681
  • I think we diminish God when wetry to recreate him in the image
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  • of somebody we just wanna hangout with.
  • 00:19:30.851 --> 00:19:33.588
  • When we're in his presence, wewill find ourselves in a posture
  • 00:19:33.621 --> 00:19:37.725
  • that acknowledges he's great.
  • 00:19:37.758 --> 00:19:42.730
  • You want to grow in your respectfor God and your reverence
  • 00:19:42.763 --> 00:19:46.000
  • for God, not your presumptionabout him.
  • 00:19:46.033 --> 00:19:49.637
  • God isn't manipulated because wecan quote our favorite verse.
  • 00:19:49.670 --> 00:19:56.410
  • I want to trust him.
  • 00:19:56.444 --> 00:19:57.745
  • I want to know his love.
  • 00:19:57.778 --> 00:19:59.146
  • I want to understandhis comfort.
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:01.949
  • But I don't want to diminishmy respect for him.
  • 00:20:01.983 --> 00:20:06.120
  • God is forming his character inus so that we can be a church
  • 00:20:06.153 --> 00:20:10.491
  • that bears greater fruit than wecould have at the beginning of
  • 00:20:10.524 --> 00:20:13.694
  • this year.
  • 00:20:13.728 --> 00:20:15.896
  • If I had made the announcementat the beginning of spring last
  • 00:20:15.930 --> 00:20:18.666
  • year, "We're gonna have churchoutside all summer," you would
  • 00:20:18.699 --> 00:20:23.771
  • not have squealed with delight.
  • 00:20:23.804 --> 00:20:28.909
  • God is working something in us.
  • 00:20:28.943 --> 00:20:31.679
  • It's a good thing.
  • 00:20:31.712 --> 00:20:34.348
  • I'll give you another Jesuspassage, Matthew 13.
  • 00:20:34.382 --> 00:20:37.218
  • It's a familiar parable.
  • 00:20:37.251 --> 00:20:38.552
  • It's the parable of the sower.
  • 00:20:38.586 --> 00:20:40.988
  • Jesus is talking to a group ofhis disciples.
  • 00:20:41.022 --> 00:20:43.491
  • He says, "Blessed are your eyesbecause they see you, and your
  • 00:20:43.524 --> 00:20:46.127
  • ears because they hear.
  • 00:20:46.160 --> 00:20:48.462
  • For I tell you the truth, manyprophets and righteous men
  • 00:20:48.496 --> 00:20:52.767
  • longed to see what you see butthey didn't see it, and to hear
  • 00:20:52.800 --> 00:20:56.003
  • what you hear but theydidn't hear it."
  • 00:20:56.037 --> 00:20:58.706
  • Did you hear that?
  • 00:20:58.739 --> 00:21:00.074
  • Many righteous people and manyprophets had a longing to see
  • 00:21:00.107 --> 00:21:03.611
  • and hear things from the Lordthat they weren't given the
  • 00:21:03.644 --> 00:21:05.880
  • privilege of seeing and hearing.
  • 00:21:05.913 --> 00:21:08.416
  • Are you willing to serve theLord if he doesn't give you the
  • 00:21:08.449 --> 00:21:10.384
  • privilege of seeing and hearingwhat you want?
  • 00:21:10.418 --> 00:21:15.990
  • I hope so.
  • 00:21:16.023 --> 00:21:17.325
  • I hope we're learning to dothat, that your relationship
  • 00:21:17.358 --> 00:21:19.827
  • with God isn't driven byconvenience, or comfort, or
  • 00:21:19.860 --> 00:21:22.029
  • ease, or what he's gonna do foryou, but what you're willing to
  • 00:21:22.063 --> 00:21:24.999
  • do on his behalf.
  • 00:21:25.032 --> 00:21:27.301
  • But what intrigues me more thanwhat Jesus was saying, there
  • 00:21:27.335 --> 00:21:29.804
  • were a lot of people that willlook forward to the opportunity
  • 00:21:29.837 --> 00:21:32.640
  • that you have.
  • 00:21:32.673 --> 00:21:34.008
  • I would submit to you that youand I are a blessed generation
  • 00:21:34.041 --> 00:21:38.012
  • to be able to live in a seasonthat is welcoming
  • 00:21:38.045 --> 00:21:40.348
  • Jesus's return.
  • 00:21:40.381 --> 00:21:43.417
  • You need to know that many, manyrighteous people of many ages
  • 00:21:43.451 --> 00:21:48.089
  • have longed for this day, inspite of the disruptions that
  • 00:21:48.122 --> 00:21:52.460
  • come with it and the troublesthat come with it.
  • 00:21:52.493 --> 00:21:56.063
  • We shouldn't grumble or complainand be embittered.
  • 00:21:56.097 --> 00:21:59.667
  • Well, isn't that the problemthat's so easy to see in the
  • 00:21:59.700 --> 00:22:01.535
  • exodus generation.
  • 00:22:01.569 --> 00:22:03.471
  • For hundreds of years, theycried out to the Lord and the
  • 00:22:03.504 --> 00:22:05.773
  • Lord sent them a deliverer andopened a pathway of freedom, and
  • 00:22:05.806 --> 00:22:09.510
  • their response was, "This ismore difficult than we thought
  • 00:22:09.543 --> 00:22:12.012
  • it would be.
  • 00:22:12.046 --> 00:22:13.748
  • Couldn't we just go backto Egypt?"
  • 00:22:13.781 --> 00:22:16.217
  • We don't want to grumble, andcomplain, and be embittered.
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:18.686
  • We've been entrusted with agreat honor and
  • 00:22:18.719 --> 00:22:20.654
  • a responsibility.
  • 00:22:20.688 --> 00:22:23.424
  • Now, Jesus goes on in theparable to explain it.
  • 00:22:23.457 --> 00:22:25.726
  • I just brought you theexplanation.
  • 00:22:25.760 --> 00:22:27.595
  • You know, the farmer sows seedand it falls in four separate
  • 00:22:27.628 --> 00:22:30.765
  • locations, and each locationgets a different outcome.
  • 00:22:30.798 --> 00:22:33.901
  • And Jesus explains, "When anyonehears the message about the
  • 00:22:33.934 --> 00:22:37.138
  • kingdom and doesn't understandit, the evil one comes and
  • 00:22:37.171 --> 00:22:39.640
  • snatches away what wassown in his heart.
  • 00:22:39.673 --> 00:22:42.510
  • This is the seed sownalong the path."
  • 00:22:42.543 --> 00:22:44.278
  • You have an imagination thatevil wants to diminish what God
  • 00:22:44.311 --> 00:22:47.281
  • wants to do in your life.
  • 00:22:47.314 --> 00:22:50.317
  • That evil isn't neutral.
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  • And then Jesus said, "The secondcategory is the one who received
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  • the seed that fellon rocky places.
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  • That's the person who hears theWord and at once receives it
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  • with joy, but he has no root andhe lasts only a short time.
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  • When trouble or persecutioncomes because of the Word, he
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  • quickly falls away."
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  • Jesus acknowledges that troubleand persecution will come
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  • because of your alignmentwith the Word of God.
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  • We haven't had a greatdeal of persecution
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  • because of our faith.
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  • That hasn't been our storyup til this point.
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  • It will increasingly bea part of our journey.
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  • That's not a negativeconfession.
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  • That's a biblically informedawareness of the season
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  • in which we live.
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  • We gotta get tougher.
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  • We've been hiding andindifferent.
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  • We didn't wanna forfeitopportunities, or relationships,
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  • or social platforms, or businessdeals because of our faith
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  • because not everybodyembraced it.
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  • And so we got a little quiet onthe uniqueness of Jesus and we
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  • were reluctant to say Jesusis the way, the truth,
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  • and the life.
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  • I don't want to be one of thosepeople whose life is a
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  • rocky place.
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  • And then Jesus said, "There'sone who received the seed that
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  • fell among thorns, and that'sthe person who hears the Word
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  • but the worries of life and thedeceitfulness of wealth choke it
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  • and they make it unfruitful."
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  • Worries and the pursuit ofwealth can cause the Word of God
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  • in our lives to be unfruitful.
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  • That should sober us.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now, we haveplenty of challenges.
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  • Our nation's in turmoil.
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  • We've got a virus that's stilla challenge.
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  • We're praying that our schoolscan stay intact as much
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  • as possible.
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  • But I'm not discouraged.
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  • In fact, I'm encouraged.
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  • What we're watching comes rightout of the pages of the Bible.
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  • You don't need to befilled with fear.
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  • Be filled with faith.
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  • We need to speak God's truthinto the circumstances.
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  • Your prayers make a difference.
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  • Our God is a deliverer, arestorer, a renewer, and if we
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  • will trust him, we will see amoving of the Spirit of God
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  • that exceeds anythingin our lifetime.
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  • Don't look at the darkness.
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  • Turn to the light.
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  • Let's pray before we go.
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  • Father, I thank you for everyperson that I have the privilege
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  • of standing with today.
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  • Lord, you know the details andcircumstances.
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  • I pray you'll bring strength totheir bodies, peace to their
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  • minds, hope to their souls,hear their prayers.
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  • Lord, galvanize us to standwith your truth in this season
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  • with a boldness that comesfrom your throne.
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  • I thank you for it inJesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: Through prayer,we are not alone in facing
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  • Allen Jackson: God doesn't wannatake your will away from you.
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  • He's asking you to yield itto him.
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  • That same will that we've usedfor ungodliness, and rebellion,
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  • and stubbornness, andperversion, and immorality,
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  • God's saying, "Will you offeryourself to me?"
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  • This is our watch, church.
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