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Becoming Today Who You Need to be Tomorrow

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August 15, 2020
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Becoming Today Who You Need to be Tomorrow

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore you ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof doubt away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness,fill us with the light of day ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,Amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen! ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: This isthe day the Lord has made,
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And hellovisitors, and hello
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  • church family.
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  • Thank you for joining us.
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  • The Bible says the same spiritthat raised Jesus Christ from
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  • the dead dwells insideof us right now.
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  • May that Holy Spirit stir in youand give you the power to grasp
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  • the depth and the length and thewidth and the height of God's
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  • love for you.
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  • You are so loved.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: Amen, andif you're watching live on TV,
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  • we want to recommend that youshare this, maybe start
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  • a viewing party or share it onyour Facebook or whatever it is
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  • that you're watching.
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  • I think that people today aregonna be really encouraged by
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  • especially the musicand the interview.
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  • I have a message today that Ithink will encourage people
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  • during this toughcoronavirus time.
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  • I'm also gonna be talking aboutUFOs and murder hornets,
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  • but we'll cross that bridgewhen we get to it.
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  • But we're so glad you'rejoining us today.
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  • Let's begin witha word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so muchthat you love us.
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  • Thank you, God, that you'venot abandoned us.
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  • And we thank you that the futureis a lot brighter than it feels.
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  • We just trust, God, that you arealways moving us in the
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  • direction of what is good.
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  • Good for us, goodfor your kingdom.
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  • Lord, we thank you that everysingle day we can change and
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  • develop and make progress in ourlives, and become the kinds of
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  • people you called us to be.
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  • Lord, forgive us of our sins,renew us, restore us, help us to
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  • be more like Christ.
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  • It's in his name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turnaround and shake the hands of
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  • the person next to you and sayGod loves you and so do I.
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  • male announcer: As"Hour of Power" continues
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  • to have a powerful positiveimpact all over the world,
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  • "Today is the day whichthe Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it."
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  • Bobby Schuller: For 50 years,"Hour of Power" has been sharing
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  • the joy of the Lordthrough Word and song,
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  • and it's because of generouspeople like you
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  • that we've been ableto stay on the air.
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  • Today, we really need yourfinancial support to help
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  • carry us through the summerslump and into the fall.
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  • With the ongoing challengesof the COVID-19 pandemic,
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  • we're really livingin an uncertain time,
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  • and the message of hopewe proclaim is needed now
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  • more than ever.
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  • Please prayerfully considersupporting this ministry
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  • so we can keep sendingthe good news of Jesus Christ
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  • around the world.
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  • Thank you and rememberas always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, Romans 4:1-5.
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  • What then, shall we say, thatAbraham our forefather,
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  • according to the flesh,discovered in this matter?
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  • If in fact Abraham was justifiedby works, he has something to
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  • boast about, but not before God.
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  • What does Scripture say?
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  • Abraham believed God,and it was credited to him
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  • as righteousness.
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  • Now, to the one who works, wagesare not credited as a gift, but
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  • as an obligation.
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  • However, to the one who does notwork, but trusts God, who
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  • justifies the ungodly, theirfaith is credited
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  • as righteousness.
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  • Church, family,faith pleases God.
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  • Amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful joyful, Lord,we adore thee ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold like flow'rsbefore thee ♪
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  • ♪ healthy as the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the doubtof dark away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us with the light ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us with the light ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, fill us withthe light of day! ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore Thee ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love; ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before Thee ♪
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  • ♪ Op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness; ♪
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  • ♪ Drive the darkof doubt away; ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us withthe light of day! ♪
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  • ♪ Light of day! ♪
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  • ♪ Come join the chorus ♪
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  • ♪ the mighty,mighty chorus ♪
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  • ♪ Which the morningstars began; ♪
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  • ♪ Father loveis reigning o'er us ♪
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  • ♪ Watches over everything ♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore Thee ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love; ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before Thee ♪
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  • ♪ Op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness; ♪
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  • ♪ Drive the darkof doubt away; ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us withthe light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, we need you,yes we do ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ Oh-oh-oh-oh ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ With the light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ With the light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ With the light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ With the light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ With the light of day, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us withthe light of day! ♪
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  • ♪ Light of day! ♪♪
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  • male announcer: Dawn Barton isan author and finder of joy.
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  • She has endured greater pain andmore trials than most people
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  • will ever face.
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  • Yet, while dealing with loss andheartbreak, she found a way to
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  • maintain joy.
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  • Her new book, "Laughing throughthe Ugly Cry and Finding
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  • Unstoppable Joy," chronicles herlife and how she discovered an
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  • intimate relationship with Jesusamong the difficulties
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  • and hardship.
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  • She hopes that all her readerscan learn to do the same and
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  • find unexpected joy, regardlessof what comes their way.
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  • Dawn Barton: Joy is a choice.
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  • Joy is God, God is joy, and thatis truly what I feel like my
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  • purpose on our planet today is.
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  • male announcer: Pleasewelcome Dawn Barton.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller:Dawn, hi, welcome.
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  • We're so glad to have you today.
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  • Tell people, first of all, howyou came to faith.
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  • Dawn Barton: Oh my goodness.
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  • Well, I was raised what I kindacall Catholic-light, and
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  • throughout my life I have--
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  • We had a daughter who passedaway from a rare bacterial
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  • pneumonia, and then in thatseason when that happened,
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  • I broke up with God.
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  • God didn't break up with me,but I broke up with God.
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  • And I just thought I wasn'tgonna worship a God that took
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  • babies from mommies, And I wasangry, and I was mad, and six
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  • months after that I was raped,and it went to full jury trial.
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  • But from that time, after mydaughter died, God is so
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  • fantastic, you know, he justsprinkled this beautiful path
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  • back to him.
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  • And so it wasn't until my 30sthat I fully, totally, utterly,
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  • and completelygave myself to him.
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  • It took me, it took mea little bit.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: Yeah,I can't imagine, I mean,
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  • I imagine that there's so manythings people can suffer
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  • in life, but losing a childI think has to be
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  • at the top of the list.
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  • I mean, I'd rather be torturedthan to lose one of my kids.
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  • I can't imagine whatyou went through.
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  • But that wasn't the end for you.
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  • I mean, the list of differentthings you went through
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  • are enormous.
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  • Would you be okay kinda sharingsome of those other things that
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  • you had to face, you know,in your life?
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  • Dawn Barton: Absolutely.
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  • Well as I said, we lost ourdaughter, and then a few months
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  • later a man broke in my home andI was raped, it went to a full
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  • jury trial, and then I wasdiagnosed several years later
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  • with stage three triple negativebreast cancer.
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  • My husband battled withalcoholism, he's more than five
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  • years sober today, my mother hada brain aneurism that burst,
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  • and my sister passed awayfrom breast cancer as well,
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  • a different kind, but she also--
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  • And, you know, not to mentiondivorce and the normal things
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  • that maybe we hear a little bitmore often and through all
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  • hardships in life.
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  • We lost my uncle, he was one ofthe great loves of my life in
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  • March with COVID, and my auntwas in the parking lot by
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  • herself and I remember drivingto their house, and I was
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  • supposed to be speaking on joythe next day, and I thought, I
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  • can't, there will never be joyagain, I will never laugh again.
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  • In that moment, in that feeling,I was devastated.
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  • And then an hour later, I gotover there, we were in her
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  • living room and hugging my aunt,and we were laughing.
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  • Because there is always laughterand joy, even around the
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  • tsunamis of pain.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: I thinkthat such an important point is
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  • just because right now youemotionally feel like I'm never
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  • gonna be happy again, I'm nevergoing to be joyful, I'm never
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  • gonna beat this thing that I'mfacing, you know, maybe for some
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  • people it's depression oranxiety or addiction or things
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  • like that.
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  • You just sometimes have thesemoments where it's like I'm
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  • never gonna be happy again.
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  • But it's a fleeting moment,right?
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  • You just got to ride itlike a wave.
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  • Dawn Barton: Yeah, and I lovethe saying, joy is a focus and
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  • it brings about the feeling.
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  • So we have to be on purpose allthe time for that focus of joy.
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  • I don't think it just sits back,that we sit back and watch
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  • Netflix and it just happens,although I've done a lot of
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  • that lately.
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  • I think that it has to be anon-purpose behavior.
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  • Just like we get dressed and weput on a shirt, we put on
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  • a purpose of seeking joy.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: What doyou say to the people that are
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  • watching today, we have a lot ofpeople who are not churched, who
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  • say, can I still have, like, howimportant is faith in Christ to
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  • have this joy?
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  • Like, can you still have it andnot have a faith, or do you have
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  • it to some degree?
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  • What do you think about that?
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  • Dawn Barton: Well, I can tellyou, I've been through like
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  • without it and I had beenthrough like with it, and there
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  • is a very different joy that isthe joy of God, a divine joy
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  • versus just joy.
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  • I can tell you that because Ihad been in both places.
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  • I have gone throughheartache with him, well--
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  • he was always with me, right?
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  • I just want to make that clear,he's always with you, whether
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  • you're in it or not, he's there.
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  • But it feels very different.
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  • There's a covering that happenswhen you seek God.
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  • And I'm not sayingmy faith was perfect.
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  • You know, it took me a while, ittook me baby steps.
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  • That doesn't mean you have to beout there quoting perfect
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  • Scripture for you to have divinejoy at all, that's not what
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  • it means.
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  • It can be baby steps for people.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: I thinkthat one thing is it kind of
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  • feels like this book is just forpeople who have gone through
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  • horrible tragedies, but it'sreally for everybody.
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  • Who do hope reads this book?
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  • I mean, who were you thinking ofwhen you wrote your
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  • book, really?
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  • Dawn Barton: Well, I hope everyperson on the planet earth.
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  • [laughing]
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  • I actually, believe it or not,I wrote it to myself.
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  • I wrote it to the woman I was 15years ago, when I was thinking,
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  • ooh, this is hard to say, that Iwasn't worthy of his love, that
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  • I just, I thought, I can't quotethe perfect Scripture, I wasn't
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  • raised in the perfect Christianhousehold, therefore I will
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  • never be worthy of thatunstoppable love that he
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  • gives us.
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  • And it took me a whileto come to that.
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  • So I'm talkin' to her.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: Yeah,what do you say to that girl
  • 00:14:37.760 --> 00:14:39.194
  • who's watching today, and she'sbeen maybe bullied or even raped
  • 00:14:39.228 --> 00:14:42.831
  • or faced some horrible thing inher life where she or he just
  • 00:14:42.865 --> 00:14:47.002
  • says, I'm not worthy of God'slove, I'll never be worth
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  • anything, I'll never be clean,I'll never be beautiful,
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  • I'll never be loved.
  • 00:14:52.174 --> 00:14:53.509
  • What do you say to that person?
  • 00:14:53.542 --> 00:14:57.313
  • Dawn Barton: You are soridiculously loved, more than
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  • you could probably ever wrapyour head around it.
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  • Like, a love that we truly ashumans cannot even understand.
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  • And you are so worthy.
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  • And you are so enough, and youare so fantastic.
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  • And I hope that if you don't--take it from me, who doesn't
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  • know you and was a girlwhere you are today--
  • 00:15:15.931 --> 00:15:18.801
  • that you are enough, you areworthy, you are fantastic.
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  • That's just what I keep goingback to, that you're so enough.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller:Amen, Dawn,
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  • that's a great word to end on.
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  • Dawn Barton, thisbook was so good,
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  • and I want to recommend itto all of you
  • 00:15:30.713 --> 00:15:32.014
  • who are watching at home.
  • 00:15:32.047 --> 00:15:34.049
  • "Laughing through the Ugly Cry"with Dawn Barton is such a fun
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  • journey, you'll enjoy it.
  • 00:15:38.387 --> 00:15:39.688
  • It's a tragedy, you see a lot ofthis dark side of her life, but
  • 00:15:39.722 --> 00:15:43.559
  • if you need encouragement, ifyou wanna be smiling and
  • 00:15:43.592 --> 00:15:45.928
  • laughing again, I encourage youto get this book.
  • 00:15:45.961 --> 00:15:47.496
  • Dawn Barton,thank you so much,
  • 00:15:47.529 --> 00:15:49.098
  • what a privilegeit was to have you.
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  • And thanks for encouraging us.We love you.
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  • Dawn Barton: Thank you.
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  • Thank you so much for having me,it was a joy.
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller:God Bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I keep fighting voicesin my mind ♪
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  • ♪ that say I'm not enough ♪
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  • ♪ Every single lie that tells meI will never measure up ♪
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  • ♪ Am I am more thanjust the sum ♪
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  • ♪ of every highand every low? ♪
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  • ♪ Remind me once againjust who I am ♪
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  • ♪ because I need to know ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am lovedwhen I can't feel a thing ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am strongwhen I think I am weak ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am wholewhen I am falling short ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't belong,you say I am yours ♪
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  • ♪ And I believe ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I believewhat you say of me ♪
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  • ♪ Taking all I have ♪
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  • ♪ and now I'm laying itat your feet ♪
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  • ♪ You'll haveevery failure, God ♪
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  • ♪ you'll haveevery victory ♪
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  • ♪ You'll haveevery failure, God ♪
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  • ♪ you'll have every victory ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am lovedwhen I can't feel a thing ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am strongwhen I think I am weak ♪
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  • ♪ You say I am wholewhen I am falling short ♪
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  • ♪ When I don't belong,you say I am yours ♪
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  • ♪ And I believe ♪
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  • ♪ I believe whatyou say of me ♪
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  • ♪ And I believe ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I believewhat you say of me ♪♪
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  • Pastor Bobby Schuller: Well, forall of you who are at home,
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  • would you join me and stand andhold your hands out like this as
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  • a way of receivingfrom the Lord?
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  • single week.
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  • Let's say it together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God,it's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today, we're beginning a seriescalled Chutzpah which, we'll get
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  • to what that word means if youdidn't grow up in LA
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  • or New York.
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  • But Chutzpah is a series onfaith that, during especially
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  • this tough time, we can bepeople of faith, bold people who
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  • do great things for God.
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  • Even though we have all sorts ofnew restrictions and changes, we
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  • can trust that during this timethat God is involved in your
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  • life, that God is powerfulenough, and that God's gonna get
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  • you through whatyou're going through.
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  • We're all in a stage, aren't we?
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  • It's all this we--all of us arein this weird time where we
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  • don't know what's coming next inthe world or in our lives, but I
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  • can promise you this.
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  • Have faith in God, trust in him,and you're gonna make
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  • better decisions.
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  • Your path is gonna bestraighter.
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  • The difficulties that you face,you'll be given divine strength
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  • to get through them.
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  • And God will prepare you for theseason that is to come.
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  • Man, the world's getting weird,isn't it?
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  • It's interesting how weird2020 has been.
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  • And of course we're facingCOVID-19, but then there was
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  • the strange thing aboutmurder hornets.
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  • Look at those things!
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  • That's crazy.
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  • And you remember the Sahara dustthat was supposedly blowing, it
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  • was blowing across the AtlanticOcean, making its way
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  • to Florida?
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  • We have, of course, incredibleprotests happening all the time.
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  • See recently in different partsof Europe even now, protests not
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  • related to Black Lives Matter,other things like Catholic
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  • protests and other protestsregarding the COVID stuff.
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  • And apparently a few weeks ago,too, the US government declared
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  • and released some videosof UFOs!
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  • Who knew that wascoming in 2020?
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  • And then even a few days agohere in LA, we had an earthquake
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  • at 4:30 in the morning.
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  • And it just seems like, online Imean, the joke is every week
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  • it's something else, isn't it?
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  • I think it was Christine Caineput a thing on her Instagram,
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  • it said, you know, I missprecedented times.
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  • Man, what I would do for someprecedented times!
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  • That would be great!
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  • Just somethin' reallyprecedented.
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  • It's like everything is 20%harder than it used to be.
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  • Even simple stuff like washingthe dishes or getting some gas
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  • or any other kind of task thatyou have to do at work, there's
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  • something in the airwith COVID-19.
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  • Aside from the virus, there'slike a worrisome, anxious
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  • feeling that makes a drag on ourcreativity, on our projects,
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  • and on our work.
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  • And it makes it very easy towant to sort of just Netflix and
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  • chill all day, you know?
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  • To just relax.
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  • And there's nothing wrong withsome of that, but it makes it so
  • 00:29:09.764 --> 00:29:12.167
  • easy to want to just do nothing,to stop growing as a person,
  • 00:29:12.200 --> 00:29:18.206
  • to stop learning, to stopdeveloping, to stop seeking
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  • after God, to stop memorizingthe Word.
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  • And this lag, it puts a drain onall of us.
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  • But, you want to know something?
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  • I think almost everyone isexperiencing this.
  • 00:29:33.421 --> 00:29:37.559
  • I think almost everyone isfeeling this worry that kind of
  • 00:29:37.592 --> 00:29:42.463
  • always is drainingour energy today.
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  • And you know what that means?
  • 00:29:45.533 --> 00:29:47.101
  • That means if you are the kindof person, and you are, that
  • 00:29:47.135 --> 00:29:50.505
  • says, yes, I feel theseemotions, yes, I feel this lack
  • 00:29:50.538 --> 00:29:54.409
  • of energy, but today I chooseto continue to develop
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  • as a disciple, to developas a person.
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  • I choose that tomorrow I will bea step closer to my destiny than
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  • I am today.
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  • If you're the one-in-a-milliontype person that does that, then
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  • when tomorrow comes, what wouldbe setbacks for others are gonna
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  • be opportunities for you.
  • 00:30:18.099 --> 00:30:20.034
  • Because you've grown, you'veread, you've learned, you've
  • 00:30:20.068 --> 00:30:23.204
  • developed, you've gained wisdom,you've worked on your life
  • 00:30:23.238 --> 00:30:29.244
  • as a person and as a disciple.
  • 00:30:29.277 --> 00:30:31.412
  • In other words,
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  • this is my messagefor you today.
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  • Have faith and trust in the Lordthat things are gonna
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  • turn around.
  • 00:30:38.486 --> 00:30:39.821
  • And by doing so, youwill gain more energy.
  • 00:30:39.854 --> 00:30:42.357
  • So, become today, the personthat you need to be tomorrow.
  • 00:30:42.390 --> 00:30:48.396
  • Don't wait until tomorrow comesto be the person you need to
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  • be then.
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  • Start today.
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  • Become today the person you needto be tomorrow.
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  • Let me tell you, becoming thatperson is a hard thing, not an
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  • easy thing.
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  • It takes practice, discipline,hard work, perseverance, good
  • 00:31:05.546 --> 00:31:10.285
  • habits, and most of all faith.
  • 00:31:10.318 --> 00:31:13.454
  • And if today you become the kindof person that you need to be
  • 00:31:13.488 --> 00:31:17.358
  • tomorrow, then when tomorrowcomes, those setbacks, those
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  • traps that are gonna be therefor so many people that didn't
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  • take advantage of thisopportunity, those things are
  • 00:31:25.099 --> 00:31:27.936
  • gonna be opportunities for you.
  • 00:31:27.969 --> 00:31:30.772
  • So be ready, be prepared, havefaith, and trust that things
  • 00:31:30.805 --> 00:31:36.678
  • will turn around.
  • 00:31:36.711 --> 00:31:38.313
  • I can't tell you how many peoplehave said, especially when this
  • 00:31:38.346 --> 00:31:42.850
  • thing started, Bobby, is theRapture gonna come?
  • 00:31:42.884 --> 00:31:46.187
  • Has the time comefor the Lord's return?
  • 00:31:46.220 --> 00:31:48.823
  • Well, my response is almostalways the same.
  • 00:31:48.856 --> 00:31:50.825
  • I hope so.
  • 00:31:50.858 --> 00:31:52.293
  • I really do.
  • 00:31:52.327 --> 00:31:53.895
  • There is a crown of glory forthose who look forward to the
  • 00:31:53.928 --> 00:31:57.031
  • return of the Lord.
  • 00:31:57.065 --> 00:31:58.399
  • And be ready for it.
  • 00:31:58.433 --> 00:32:00.001
  • Why wouldn't you be ready forsomething like the Rapture?
  • 00:32:00.034 --> 00:32:02.704
  • Why wouldn't you have your heartset on the Lord?
  • 00:32:02.737 --> 00:32:04.973
  • Even if the Rapture doesn'tcome, death comes for us all.
  • 00:32:05.006 --> 00:32:08.042
  • And are you ready for that?
  • 00:32:08.076 --> 00:32:09.410
  • Are you ready to approachthe throne of God?
  • 00:32:09.444 --> 00:32:11.746
  • Are you ready to look at theLord and the eyes and take an
  • 00:32:11.779 --> 00:32:14.449
  • accounting for your life?
  • 00:32:14.482 --> 00:32:16.084
  • Do you know the Lord Jesus?
  • 00:32:16.117 --> 00:32:17.452
  • Have you depended on him foryour life and for your soul?
  • 00:32:17.485 --> 00:32:20.388
  • If you haven't, decide today tobecome that kind of person.
  • 00:32:20.421 --> 00:32:23.925
  • Decide today to be readyfor that event.
  • 00:32:23.958 --> 00:32:26.761
  • Is the Rapture coming?
  • 00:32:26.794 --> 00:32:28.229
  • Probably not.
  • 00:32:28.262 --> 00:32:30.298
  • Statistically, probably not.
  • 00:32:30.331 --> 00:32:31.699
  • But you should stillbe ready for it.
  • 00:32:31.733 --> 00:32:33.434
  • You should be ready for death,because if you are ready for
  • 00:32:33.468 --> 00:32:36.104
  • death, it won't be death foryou, it'll be life.
  • 00:32:36.137 --> 00:32:38.806
  • So prepare today for the personyou need to be tomorrow.
  • 00:32:38.840 --> 00:32:43.077
  • I certainly understand, youknow, I said more confidently
  • 00:32:43.111 --> 00:32:46.014
  • when COVID-19 came that itwasn't the Rapture.
  • 00:32:46.047 --> 00:32:48.549
  • Every single day I become alittle less confident.
  • 00:32:48.583 --> 00:32:51.085
  • Every time we see somethin' likemurder hornets in the news.
  • 00:32:51.119 --> 00:32:55.723
  • But it probably isn't cominganytime soon.
  • 00:32:55.757 --> 00:32:59.360
  • But if it is, praise the Lord,I hope it does.
  • 00:32:59.394 --> 00:33:02.630
  • And maybe I'm wrong,I hope I'm wrong.
  • 00:33:02.663 --> 00:33:05.633
  • You know, there was a time wheneverybody was convinced that the
  • 00:33:05.666 --> 00:33:08.770
  • end of the world had come.
  • 00:33:08.803 --> 00:33:10.104
  • There's been lots of times likethat but I think, as a fan of
  • 00:33:10.138 --> 00:33:12.840
  • history, there's never been atime like that more so than when
  • 00:33:12.874 --> 00:33:16.377
  • the Black Death, pestilence,global pandemic hit the world.
  • 00:33:16.411 --> 00:33:22.417
  • The Black Death, also thebubonic plague, came to a
  • 00:33:23.418 --> 00:33:27.055
  • Genoese port from China on someflees who were on some rats who
  • 00:33:27.088 --> 00:33:32.593
  • made their way into Italy andinto Europe.
  • 00:33:32.627 --> 00:33:37.432
  • And within the 14th century,they say almost half the world's
  • 00:33:37.465 --> 00:33:41.669
  • population, not only old people,but children, everyone, died
  • 00:33:41.702 --> 00:33:46.941
  • this terrible, painful death.
  • 00:33:46.974 --> 00:33:49.944
  • It was an amazing, historicevent, a horrible event, and you
  • 00:33:49.977 --> 00:33:54.582
  • see the journals of priests andkings and leaders, many of whom
  • 00:33:54.615 --> 00:34:00.221
  • were physically dying orwatching everyone they know die.
  • 00:34:00.254 --> 00:34:03.091
  • I mean, think of that, 50%.
  • 00:34:03.124 --> 00:34:04.459
  • Imagine if 50% of everybody youknew died within a couple
  • 00:34:04.492 --> 00:34:07.895
  • of years, and died horribly.
  • 00:34:07.929 --> 00:34:11.466
  • They thought it wasthe end of the world.
  • 00:34:11.499 --> 00:34:13.501
  • They thought that Godwas cursing them.
  • 00:34:13.534 --> 00:34:15.803
  • They thought that, you know, theworst thing that had ever
  • 00:34:15.837 --> 00:34:18.573
  • happened had come.
  • 00:34:18.606 --> 00:34:19.907
  • And, in fact, it had, actually,but what they didn't know was
  • 00:34:19.941 --> 00:34:23.244
  • that this global pandemic wouldactually lead to a good thing.
  • 00:34:23.277 --> 00:34:28.416
  • I know that sounds horrible,it's horrible that all those
  • 00:34:28.449 --> 00:34:30.852
  • people died, but it actuallyleads many historians say, to
  • 00:34:30.885 --> 00:34:35.189
  • things like the Reformation, notonly the Protestant Reformation
  • 00:34:35.223 --> 00:34:39.060
  • but the new Reformation of theCatholic Church, and led to the
  • 00:34:39.093 --> 00:34:42.230
  • Enlightenment, and led to thingslike the printing press and the
  • 00:34:42.263 --> 00:34:45.967
  • free exchange of information anddemocracy.
  • 00:34:46.000 --> 00:34:48.769
  • And the reason it did this is itshowed people that many of the
  • 00:34:48.803 --> 00:34:52.106
  • institutions that claim to haveall this incredible power, well,
  • 00:34:52.140 --> 00:34:55.810
  • the people from thoseinstitutions were dying.
  • 00:34:55.843 --> 00:34:58.312
  • I also think that those whosurvived, survived maybe
  • 00:34:58.346 --> 00:35:01.382
  • with a sense of, yes,trauma in one hand,
  • 00:35:01.415 --> 00:35:03.551
  • but gratitude in the other.
  • 00:35:03.584 --> 00:35:05.853
  • A sense that life is fickle,and the best of life is worth
  • 00:35:05.887 --> 00:35:10.591
  • pursuing, I don't know.
  • 00:35:10.625 --> 00:35:12.093
  • But what I can say is that mosthistorians point to that
  • 00:35:12.126 --> 00:35:14.962
  • pandemic as a time that changedthe world forever.
  • 00:35:14.996 --> 00:35:18.933
  • You look at the 14th century,and it for sure was the thing
  • 00:35:18.966 --> 00:35:23.004
  • that made the Enlightenment andthe Reformations and many other
  • 00:35:23.037 --> 00:35:26.941
  • modes of technology and changes,good changes within the church,
  • 00:35:26.974 --> 00:35:30.378
  • it happened as a result of thathorrible, terrible thing that I
  • 00:35:30.411 --> 00:35:33.648
  • don't think was from God, Ithink was from Satan.
  • 00:35:33.681 --> 00:35:36.350
  • But it's still interesting tothink that these types of events
  • 00:35:36.384 --> 00:35:39.921
  • tend to bring about, if not theRapture, they tend to bring
  • 00:35:39.954 --> 00:35:43.891
  • about a new sort of world.
  • 00:35:43.925 --> 00:35:47.528
  • And that's whatI think is coming.
  • 00:35:47.562 --> 00:35:50.031
  • I think we are already on acourse to enter a new kind
  • 00:35:50.064 --> 00:35:52.934
  • of world.
  • 00:35:52.967 --> 00:35:54.302
  • A lot of people are worried thatthat new world is going to be
  • 00:35:54.335 --> 00:35:57.738
  • communistic or socialistic innature, I don't think it
  • 00:35:57.772 --> 00:36:01.142
  • will be.
  • 00:36:01.175 --> 00:36:02.510
  • I think it'll be the opposite ofthat, and have hope in that,
  • 00:36:02.543 --> 00:36:04.445
  • because communismand socialism kills.
  • 00:36:04.478 --> 00:36:08.015
  • I think that you will see that,as the world goes on, that
  • 00:36:08.049 --> 00:36:11.252
  • actually what may happen as aresult of this is people will
  • 00:36:11.285 --> 00:36:15.256
  • find the values of technologyand the free exchange
  • 00:36:15.289 --> 00:36:18.426
  • of information.
  • 00:36:18.459 --> 00:36:20.328
  • I think that you're gonna see alower value on government and a
  • 00:36:20.361 --> 00:36:24.265
  • higher value on the individual.
  • 00:36:24.298 --> 00:36:26.634
  • As people are able to exchangeideas and information with one
  • 00:36:26.667 --> 00:36:31.172
  • another, think about thisfor a moment.
  • 00:36:31.205 --> 00:36:33.274
  • Right now we are seeing themiddleman in so many areas of
  • 00:36:33.307 --> 00:36:37.478
  • life disappear.
  • 00:36:37.511 --> 00:36:39.480
  • How many brokers are sort ofvanishing, and travel agents and
  • 00:36:39.513 --> 00:36:44.285
  • even doctors.
  • 00:36:44.318 --> 00:36:45.620
  • You know, doctors are incrediblyimportant, nurses are important,
  • 00:36:45.653 --> 00:36:48.289
  • and they're on the front lines,we're thankful for them.
  • 00:36:48.322 --> 00:36:50.658
  • But my brother-in-law, who is amedical doctor, told me, it's
  • 00:36:50.691 --> 00:36:54.762
  • amazing that anyone, anyone canaccess all the information that
  • 00:36:54.795 --> 00:36:59.767
  • medical doctors do today.
  • 00:36:59.800 --> 00:37:01.102
  • It's the first time it's everbeen available.
  • 00:37:01.135 --> 00:37:02.770
  • You can read all the research,you can watch Youtube videos,
  • 00:37:02.803 --> 00:37:05.940
  • you can read articles, you candiscover everything that these
  • 00:37:05.973 --> 00:37:08.476
  • middle managers had.
  • 00:37:08.509 --> 00:37:10.177
  • What if the world that is tocome is actually going to be a
  • 00:37:10.211 --> 00:37:13.414
  • world with less government, aneven smaller world?
  • 00:37:13.447 --> 00:37:16.917
  • You know, when we were in Nepalonce, I remember Nepal, we were
  • 00:37:16.951 --> 00:37:20.721
  • in Kathmandu, which is actuallya pretty big city in the 12th
  • 00:37:20.755 --> 00:37:23.858
  • poorest country in the world.
  • 00:37:23.891 --> 00:37:25.626
  • And it was sort of anarchisticand actually when we were there,
  • 00:37:25.660 --> 00:37:28.663
  • we were there when the king hadbeen overthrown and so it was
  • 00:37:28.696 --> 00:37:30.564
  • literal anarchy.
  • 00:37:30.598 --> 00:37:31.932
  • But the street lawswere already that way.
  • 00:37:31.966 --> 00:37:34.969
  • And I remember watching that,people in Nepal and downtown
  • 00:37:35.002 --> 00:37:38.806
  • Kathmandu on little motorcyclesand cars and bikes, it seemed
  • 00:37:38.839 --> 00:37:42.043
  • like there was no rhymeor reason, and yet there
  • 00:37:42.076 --> 00:37:44.178
  • was never an accident.
  • 00:37:44.211 --> 00:37:45.880
  • They were a bunch of, like,bees or ants
  • 00:37:45.913 --> 00:37:47.348
  • just voom-voom-voom-voomswerving around
  • 00:37:47.381 --> 00:37:49.417
  • and in front of each other.
  • 00:37:49.450 --> 00:37:51.485
  • And I think the world may becomea little bit more like that.
  • 00:37:51.519 --> 00:37:54.855
  • I think there's gonna be morefreedom, because there's gonna
  • 00:37:54.889 --> 00:37:57.625
  • be more information.
  • 00:37:57.658 --> 00:37:59.327
  • And I think that scares a lot ofauthoritarian governments, that
  • 00:37:59.360 --> 00:38:02.663
  • they can't control the narrativeand they can't control
  • 00:38:02.697 --> 00:38:05.032
  • the message.
  • 00:38:05.066 --> 00:38:06.400
  • And maybe that's a good thing.
  • 00:38:06.434 --> 00:38:07.802
  • Maybe God's gonna use that tobring the Gospel to more people.
  • 00:38:07.835 --> 00:38:11.839
  • Can you imagine if I could tellthe apostle Paul that I, a
  • 00:38:11.872 --> 00:38:15.276
  • pastor, am able to preach tomillions of people around the
  • 00:38:15.309 --> 00:38:19.380
  • world, in countries all over theworld, in different languages?
  • 00:38:19.413 --> 00:38:23.451
  • And that it would be so easy, Ijust have to get up here and do
  • 00:38:23.484 --> 00:38:26.253
  • it and that a team of peoplewould make it possible so that
  • 00:38:26.287 --> 00:38:29.290
  • you, whether you're in HongKong, or Amsterdam, or Sydney,
  • 00:38:29.323 --> 00:38:34.061
  • or Dallas, Texas, no matterwhere you are, you're able to
  • 00:38:34.095 --> 00:38:37.798
  • receive and share in a globalchurch environment, where we
  • 00:38:37.832 --> 00:38:41.569
  • worship the Lord Jesus together.
  • 00:38:41.602 --> 00:38:43.104
  • Can you imagine if I'd told theapostle Paul that?
  • 00:38:43.137 --> 00:38:45.873
  • Well, he wouldn't havebelieved it.
  • 00:38:45.906 --> 00:38:47.541
  • Or perhaps he would have,because Paul was a man of faith.
  • 00:38:47.575 --> 00:38:51.912
  • All of this to simply say, a lotof people want to say that the
  • 00:38:51.946 --> 00:38:55.649
  • world to come is gonna bea bad thing.
  • 00:38:55.683 --> 00:38:58.886
  • But what if it's a good thing?
  • 00:38:58.919 --> 00:39:00.354
  • What if God has a world comingwhere the Gospel is going to be
  • 00:39:00.388 --> 00:39:04.925
  • preached in an even moreprofound and powerful way to
  • 00:39:04.959 --> 00:39:08.729
  • people who couldn't get itbefore?
  • 00:39:08.763 --> 00:39:10.064
  • And what if you're preparedfor that world?
  • 00:39:10.097 --> 00:39:11.699
  • What if you're ready?
  • 00:39:11.732 --> 00:39:13.033
  • What if we take this time tobecome the kind of person today
  • 00:39:13.067 --> 00:39:16.337
  • that you're gonna needto be tomorrow.
  • 00:39:16.370 --> 00:39:18.205
  • Do it!
  • 00:39:18.239 --> 00:39:19.540
  • Don't miss this opportunity!
  • 00:39:19.573 --> 00:39:20.908
  • Ninety-nine out of 100 peopleare gonna take this time to eat
  • 00:39:20.941 --> 00:39:23.511
  • more cookies and watch more TV.
  • 00:39:23.544 --> 00:39:25.780
  • But what if you're the kind ofperson who says, no, I'm gonna
  • 00:39:25.813 --> 00:39:28.215
  • take some time to learn, togrow, to go deeper in my faith,
  • 00:39:28.249 --> 00:39:32.553
  • to understand this bookwhen I have more time
  • 00:39:32.586 --> 00:39:35.256
  • and the ability to do.
  • 00:39:35.289 --> 00:39:36.957
  • I don't care that I have thislag, I don't care that I don't
  • 00:39:36.991 --> 00:39:39.627
  • feel as much energy, I don'tcare than I'm worried,
  • 00:39:39.660 --> 00:39:41.962
  • I'm gonna go after the Lordwith all my heart.
  • 00:39:41.996 --> 00:39:44.298
  • I'm going to become the kind ofperson today that I need to
  • 00:39:44.331 --> 00:39:47.535
  • be tomorrow.
  • 00:39:47.568 --> 00:39:49.236
  • Do it, and you'll behappy you did.
  • 00:39:49.270 --> 00:39:51.705
  • So today, we'retalking about faith.
  • 00:39:51.739 --> 00:39:53.641
  • Faith makes it possibleto do this.
  • 00:39:53.674 --> 00:39:56.944
  • Faith is trusting that, evenwhen everything's bad, even when
  • 00:39:56.977 --> 00:40:00.247
  • everything is murky, when it'slike the whole world is covered
  • 00:40:00.281 --> 00:40:03.851
  • in fog, you say, I don't care,because someone's holding
  • 00:40:03.884 --> 00:40:07.188
  • my hand.
  • 00:40:07.221 --> 00:40:08.989
  • Someone who sees when I amblind, he's holding my hand and
  • 00:40:09.023 --> 00:40:13.294
  • is carrying me.
  • 00:40:13.327 --> 00:40:14.662
  • And that person is the LordJesus Christ.
  • 00:40:14.695 --> 00:40:16.997
  • If you're holding onto his handtightly, there's nothing that
  • 00:40:17.031 --> 00:40:20.100
  • can keep you from a greatfuture, a great future was
  • 00:40:20.134 --> 00:40:25.172
  • coming to you if you seek firsthis kingdom and
  • 00:40:25.206 --> 00:40:28.409
  • his righteousness.
  • 00:40:28.442 --> 00:40:29.777
  • If you hold his hand throughthis tough time, you'll get
  • 00:40:29.810 --> 00:40:32.179
  • where you need to be.
  • 00:40:32.213 --> 00:40:34.648
  • That's what faith is.
  • 00:40:34.682 --> 00:40:37.017
  • And it's in the 1st centuryduring the Roman Empire that the
  • 00:40:37.051 --> 00:40:40.821
  • apostle Paul, maybe we can callhim Rabbi Paul, is bringing the
  • 00:40:40.855 --> 00:40:44.992
  • Gospel to the Gentiles in a newand fresh way.
  • 00:40:45.025 --> 00:40:48.762
  • And he's preaching that theGentiles will not be saved
  • 00:40:48.796 --> 00:40:53.667
  • by works.
  • 00:40:53.701 --> 00:40:55.069
  • They should do righteousness,they should do what is good,
  • 00:40:55.102 --> 00:40:57.872
  • they should do what is right,but that won't save them.
  • 00:40:57.905 --> 00:41:00.474
  • What will save them is faith.
  • 00:41:00.508 --> 00:41:02.476
  • And this is, of course, theGospel that we proclaim, the
  • 00:41:02.510 --> 00:41:04.612
  • Gospel that we believe, that Godsaves us just as we are, that he
  • 00:41:04.645 --> 00:41:07.581
  • rescues us by faith, by Gracethrough faith.
  • 00:41:07.615 --> 00:41:12.086
  • And this is what Paul ispreaching in.
  • 00:41:12.119 --> 00:41:14.488
  • And as he's doing this, thereare other Christians who are
  • 00:41:14.522 --> 00:41:19.593
  • deeply Orthodox Jewish, whodisagree with him.
  • 00:41:19.627 --> 00:41:23.898
  • And they go to the Gentiles andthey say, well, now that you are
  • 00:41:23.931 --> 00:41:26.567
  • a Christian, you have to obeythe food laws, and you have to
  • 00:41:26.600 --> 00:41:30.971
  • dress the right way, and youhave to obey the views on
  • 00:41:31.005 --> 00:41:34.341
  • Sabbath, and you can't do thingslike spit on the Sabbath, and
  • 00:41:34.375 --> 00:41:37.611
  • you can't do things like eatkernels--oh, and by the way,
  • 00:41:37.645 --> 00:41:40.314
  • men, you need to be circumcised.
  • 00:41:40.347 --> 00:41:44.151
  • Imagine being a 36-year-oldfather of five and you've just
  • 00:41:44.184 --> 00:41:47.321
  • become a Christian and you getthis bait and switch where all
  • 00:41:47.354 --> 00:41:49.790
  • of a sudden another pastor comesand he says, all right, time to
  • 00:41:49.823 --> 00:41:52.393
  • get circumcised, sir.
  • 00:41:52.426 --> 00:41:55.563
  • And so this is creating problemsin the church, and Paul
  • 00:41:55.596 --> 00:41:58.465
  • continues, you see it throughall of his letters,
  • 00:41:58.499 --> 00:42:00.568
  • reemphasizing the idea that, no,we're justified through the
  • 00:42:00.601 --> 00:42:03.671
  • righteousness of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:42:03.704 --> 00:42:05.673
  • He was circumcisedso we don't need to be.
  • 00:42:05.706 --> 00:42:07.441
  • He lived the law perfectly andgave his life on the cross so
  • 00:42:07.474 --> 00:42:12.012
  • that he became sin that we couldbecome the righteousness of God.
  • 00:42:12.046 --> 00:42:16.317
  • Okay, we're getting too deepinto--we know the Gospel.
  • 00:42:16.350 --> 00:42:19.053
  • The Gospel is that you're savedby grace through faith.
  • 00:42:19.086 --> 00:42:21.388
  • And one of the ways that hecommunicates this idea is
  • 00:42:21.422 --> 00:42:24.325
  • through the story of Abraham.
  • 00:42:24.358 --> 00:42:27.861
  • He says in Romans chapter 4,What shall we say that Abraham,
  • 00:42:27.895 --> 00:42:33.901
  • our forefather according to theflesh, discovered in
  • 00:42:35.803 --> 00:42:40.441
  • this matter?
  • 00:42:40.474 --> 00:42:41.775
  • If, in fact, Abraham wasjustified by works, he had
  • 00:42:41.809 --> 00:42:46.981
  • something to boast about.
  • 00:42:47.014 --> 00:42:49.416
  • But not before God.
  • 00:42:49.450 --> 00:42:52.252
  • What does the Scripture say?
  • 00:42:52.286 --> 00:42:55.155
  • Abraham believed God,and it was credited to him
  • 00:42:55.189 --> 00:42:59.693
  • as righteousness.
  • 00:42:59.727 --> 00:43:02.062
  • Now to the one who works, wagesare not credited as a gift but
  • 00:43:02.096 --> 00:43:06.567
  • as an obligation.
  • 00:43:06.600 --> 00:43:08.802
  • In other words, if you work forsomeone and they pay you,
  • 00:43:08.836 --> 00:43:11.805
  • they have to pay you.
  • 00:43:11.839 --> 00:43:13.340
  • All right?
  • 00:43:13.374 --> 00:43:14.708
  • However, to the one who does notwork, but trusts in God who
  • 00:43:14.742 --> 00:43:17.845
  • justifies the ungodly, theirfaith is accredited to
  • 00:43:17.878 --> 00:43:21.582
  • his righteousness.
  • 00:43:21.615 --> 00:43:22.916
  • In other words, if it's not byyour own works then, if it's by
  • 00:43:22.950 --> 00:43:25.219
  • your works, it's just like youearned it, you know?
  • 00:43:25.252 --> 00:43:27.388
  • But if it's not by your works,it's a gift of a loving father
  • 00:43:27.421 --> 00:43:29.790
  • to you.
  • 00:43:29.823 --> 00:43:31.125
  • Just like, I'm gonna rescue you,I'm gonna forgive you, you don't
  • 00:43:31.158 --> 00:43:32.860
  • have to do anything, you justhave to trust in me.
  • 00:43:32.893 --> 00:43:34.795
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:43:34.828 --> 00:43:37.231
  • David says the same thing whenhe speaks the blessedness of the
  • 00:43:37.264 --> 00:43:40.901
  • one to whom God creditsrighteousness apart from works.
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  • All right., sorry,I'm going too far.
  • 00:43:44.204 --> 00:43:45.539
  • Okay, we get it.
  • 00:43:45.572 --> 00:43:46.874
  • Abraham is justified by faith.
  • 00:43:46.907 --> 00:43:49.810
  • Now, in Greek, when Paul iswriting the word for faith is
  • 00:43:49.843 --> 00:43:54.515
  • probably, I don't actuallydidn't look here,
  • 00:43:54.548 --> 00:43:56.283
  • it's probably--or pistis,
  • 00:43:56.316 --> 00:43:57.951
  • but remember whenJesus preached, even though his
  • 00:43:57.985 --> 00:44:02.656
  • words are written in Greek andthen translated to English, he
  • 00:44:02.690 --> 00:44:05.492
  • originally spoke in Aramaic,which is like a dialect
  • 00:44:05.526 --> 00:44:08.562
  • of Hebrew.
  • 00:44:08.595 --> 00:44:10.030
  • And the same thing with Paul.
  • 00:44:10.064 --> 00:44:11.699
  • You know, Paul speaks Greek andwrites in Greek, and probably
  • 00:44:11.732 --> 00:44:15.135
  • speaks some Latin, but he sayshe's a Hebrew of Hebrews, and he
  • 00:44:15.169 --> 00:44:19.006
  • was a rabbi.
  • 00:44:19.039 --> 00:44:20.374
  • In other words, he studies inHebrew, and the Hebrew word for
  • 00:44:20.407 --> 00:44:23.911
  • faith that is used for Abrahamis a word called hasah.
  • 00:44:23.944 --> 00:44:29.850
  • Everybody use that guttural.
  • 00:44:29.883 --> 00:44:31.185
  • For the Germans, it's easy,for the rest of us, it's
  • 00:44:31.218 --> 00:44:32.953
  • pretty tough.
  • 00:44:32.986 --> 00:44:34.788
  • Hasah.
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  • In this era of COVID you makesure you're six feet away from
  • 00:44:36.857 --> 00:44:39.460
  • someone beforeyou say that word.
  • 00:44:39.493 --> 00:44:41.195
  • Hasah, hasah, it means faith.
  • 00:44:41.228 --> 00:44:46.266
  • And this is where we get theYiddish word chutzpah.
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  • Chutzpah.Chutzpah.
  • 00:44:51.405 --> 00:44:54.074
  • All right.
  • 00:44:54.108 --> 00:44:55.442
  • All of us who are from maybe LAor New York, we know what
  • 00:44:55.476 --> 00:44:57.344
  • chutzpah is, but maybe you'refrom Minnesota, or maybe you're
  • 00:44:57.377 --> 00:44:59.313
  • from some regions of Canada andyou don't have any Jewish
  • 00:44:59.346 --> 00:45:02.282
  • friends, or you're not Jewishyourself, and you don't really
  • 00:45:02.316 --> 00:45:04.384
  • know what this chutzpahword means.
  • 00:45:04.418 --> 00:45:06.053
  • Chutzpah, think about that, justfor those of you who do know,
  • 00:45:06.086 --> 00:45:09.223
  • chutzpah and hasah.
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  • Chutzpah, that Yiddish word, isa way of saying faith.
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  • I love It.
  • 00:45:18.098 --> 00:45:19.533
  • Chutzpah is shameless audacity,impudence, you might say gall or
  • 00:45:19.566 --> 00:45:25.572
  • nerve, it's the ability toabandon social norms to get
  • 00:45:25.906 --> 00:45:31.912
  • something maybe you want.
  • 00:45:34.248 --> 00:45:36.750
  • I love the story Lois Tverbergtells about chutzpah when she's
  • 00:45:36.784 --> 00:45:40.654
  • in Jerusalem.
  • 00:45:40.687 --> 00:45:42.890
  • And you know in Jerusalem,there's so much traffic.
  • 00:45:42.923 --> 00:45:45.526
  • I remember when we were there,we had a tour guide that says,
  • 00:45:45.559 --> 00:45:48.128
  • one of the great things aboutJerusalem is all of the lights
  • 00:45:48.162 --> 00:45:50.764
  • come with noises, because everytime a light turns green every
  • 00:45:50.798 --> 00:45:54.501
  • car honks instantly.
  • 00:45:54.535 --> 00:45:55.869
  • If you're from Jerusalem,you know.
  • 00:45:55.903 --> 00:45:57.204
  • Like the light turns green andeverybody goes honk!
  • 00:45:57.237 --> 00:45:59.773
  • So people in Jerusalem, tons oftraffic, you know, and most
  • 00:45:59.807 --> 00:46:05.179
  • people take the bus every day.
  • 00:46:05.212 --> 00:46:07.714
  • I think it's called the egg busor something like that.
  • 00:46:07.748 --> 00:46:09.783
  • And you get on this bus and it'sso amazing to see the eclectic
  • 00:46:09.817 --> 00:46:13.420
  • nature of these Middle Easternfolks, most of them Jewish,
  • 00:46:13.453 --> 00:46:17.157
  • some Palestinian,others getting on the bus.
  • 00:46:17.191 --> 00:46:20.060
  • And there are different types ofJewish, you know, some Ethiopian
  • 00:46:20.093 --> 00:46:22.996
  • or some Russian, but they're allJewish, you know?
  • 00:46:23.030 --> 00:46:26.500
  • And she tells the story aboutthis lady who gets on the bus,
  • 00:46:26.533 --> 00:46:29.603
  • and she doesn't pay the fare,she just kinda scuttles past the
  • 00:46:29.636 --> 00:46:32.172
  • driver and goes and sits down inthe front seat like this.
  • 00:46:32.206 --> 00:46:35.742
  • And the driver looks at her andeverybody knows what's going on,
  • 00:46:35.776 --> 00:46:38.612
  • he says, madam where you going?
  • 00:46:38.645 --> 00:46:41.748
  • Madam?
  • 00:46:41.782 --> 00:46:43.183
  • The fee please, madam.
  • 00:46:43.217 --> 00:46:45.419
  • And she looks outthe window like this.
  • 00:46:45.452 --> 00:46:48.922
  • And they're on a one-way streetin downtown Jerusalem, and there
  • 00:46:48.956 --> 00:46:53.260
  • are cars backing up behind them,and everybody's honking, it's
  • 00:46:53.293 --> 00:46:56.330
  • goin' like, all of Jerusalem iscoming to a halt because this
  • 00:46:56.363 --> 00:46:59.433
  • lady will not pay the fee, andthe driver, who also has
  • 00:46:59.466 --> 00:47:03.470
  • chutzpah, he says,madam, the fee.
  • 00:47:03.503 --> 00:47:04.972
  • She starts barking at him.
  • 00:47:05.005 --> 00:47:06.373
  • he puts his feet up, puts thebus into park, turns it off.
  • 00:47:06.406 --> 00:47:11.445
  • Keep in mind, there's stillpeople behind them barking and
  • 00:47:11.478 --> 00:47:13.714
  • honking, opens a newspaper,and begins to read.
  • 00:47:13.747 --> 00:47:17.751
  • And this stand-off is goingon forever.
  • 00:47:17.784 --> 00:47:19.987
  • Meanwhile, everybody in the busis screaming at the lady and
  • 00:47:20.020 --> 00:47:22.556
  • she's refusing to go.
  • 00:47:22.589 --> 00:47:24.391
  • Finally, she gets off the busand leaves.
  • 00:47:24.424 --> 00:47:26.493
  • But that is chutzpah.
  • 00:47:26.526 --> 00:47:28.896
  • That's her and him havingchutzpah.
  • 00:47:28.929 --> 00:47:31.465
  • It is this, I love it, LoisTverberg was, she's saying, you
  • 00:47:31.498 --> 00:47:35.102
  • know, I'm from Minnesota, andwe're very, we would go out of
  • 00:47:35.135 --> 00:47:39.306
  • the way to make sure that whatwe do is polite, you know?
  • 00:47:39.339 --> 00:47:42.843
  • That we're well-mannered, thatwe don't violate these things.
  • 00:47:42.876 --> 00:47:45.812
  • And she said it was such alesson to learn that that is, in
  • 00:47:45.846 --> 00:47:50.083
  • a roundabout way, the Hebrewword for faith.
  • 00:47:50.117 --> 00:47:55.289
  • That idea that I just don'tcare, I'm gonna press into God,
  • 00:47:55.322 --> 00:47:58.825
  • I'm coming after Godwith all my heart.
  • 00:47:58.859 --> 00:48:00.694
  • And as this series goes on,we're gonna talk more and more
  • 00:48:00.727 --> 00:48:04.698
  • about the stories in the Biblewhen you see this played out.
  • 00:48:04.731 --> 00:48:07.801
  • And Jesus even teaches itin the Parables,
  • 00:48:07.834 --> 00:48:10.904
  • and we'll look at those.
  • 00:48:10.938 --> 00:48:12.272
  • But this is the word, I believe,that Paul uses to describe
  • 00:48:12.306 --> 00:48:16.343
  • Abraham's faith,and it looks like this.
  • 00:48:16.376 --> 00:48:17.978
  • You know, Abraham was 75 whenGod said, at that time, Abram,
  • 00:48:18.011 --> 00:48:24.017
  • he said, Abram, leave the landof your fathers, the land of the
  • 00:48:25.018 --> 00:48:28.956
  • Chaldeans, and go to the landI'm preparing for you.
  • 00:48:28.989 --> 00:48:32.592
  • And I'm gonna make you into agreat nation and you're gonna
  • 00:48:32.626 --> 00:48:34.828
  • have all these children.
  • 00:48:34.861 --> 00:48:36.196
  • And Abraham it hasn't happenedyet, and he's feeling frustrated
  • 00:48:36.229 --> 00:48:40.334
  • at God, and he cries out to God,and he says, Lord, when am I
  • 00:48:40.367 --> 00:48:45.472
  • gonna have my child?
  • 00:48:45.505 --> 00:48:46.840
  • And he's sad because he says,this promise is not gonna come
  • 00:48:46.873 --> 00:48:51.311
  • to pass, and all of my stuff isgoing to go to my servant, and
  • 00:48:51.345 --> 00:48:54.314
  • then I'm not gonna haveany kids.
  • 00:48:54.348 --> 00:48:55.983
  • And God comes and he says,Abram, you know, takes him by
  • 00:48:56.016 --> 00:49:00.187
  • the hand, takes him outside outof the tent and shows him the
  • 00:49:00.220 --> 00:49:02.823
  • starry night.
  • 00:49:02.856 --> 00:49:04.157
  • I know I've told this story amillion times, I love Abraham.
  • 00:49:04.191 --> 00:49:06.660
  • But at this time, he's Abram,great father.
  • 00:49:06.693 --> 00:49:11.031
  • This is the real desert pictureof a starry night.
  • 00:49:11.064 --> 00:49:12.866
  • Can you imagine that?
  • 00:49:12.899 --> 00:49:16.003
  • Can you see the littlephotographer in the bottom?
  • 00:49:16.036 --> 00:49:19.840
  • He says, Abram, lookat the stars of the sky.
  • 00:49:19.873 --> 00:49:25.379
  • Look.
  • 00:49:25.412 --> 00:49:27.514
  • Your children willoutnumber the stars.
  • 00:49:27.547 --> 00:49:31.118
  • And you know what Abram said?
  • 00:49:31.151 --> 00:49:34.588
  • Imagine God giving you a promiseand he's showing you the stars,
  • 00:49:34.621 --> 00:49:37.090
  • and this is mean when he goes,how do I know?
  • 00:49:37.124 --> 00:49:40.594
  • That's chutzpah!
  • 00:49:40.627 --> 00:49:41.995
  • How do I know?
  • 00:49:42.029 --> 00:49:43.363
  • Prove it to me!
  • 00:49:43.397 --> 00:49:44.698
  • How do I know?
  • 00:49:44.731 --> 00:49:46.099
  • This is where God makes covenantwith Abraham.
  • 00:49:46.133 --> 00:49:47.934
  • And Paul says, and the Torahsays, that when God told him
  • 00:49:47.968 --> 00:49:53.340
  • this, that he believed God, andGod credited to him
  • 00:49:53.373 --> 00:49:59.046
  • as righteousness.
  • 00:49:59.079 --> 00:50:01.515
  • See, faith pleases God.
  • 00:50:01.548 --> 00:50:03.917
  • When God tells you something andlike a child you just believe
  • 00:50:03.950 --> 00:50:07.120
  • and you trust and you take hishand in the middle of the fog,
  • 00:50:07.154 --> 00:50:09.823
  • he loves that about you.
  • 00:50:09.856 --> 00:50:11.691
  • He loves your faith.
  • 00:50:11.725 --> 00:50:13.226
  • He loves your boldness.
  • 00:50:13.260 --> 00:50:15.128
  • He loves that, unlike the otherking's servant, you're like a
  • 00:50:15.162 --> 00:50:18.131
  • king's child who doesn't mindcoming into the king's bedroom
  • 00:50:18.165 --> 00:50:21.401
  • at 3:00 in the morning to askfor a glass of water or a cookie
  • 00:50:21.435 --> 00:50:24.871
  • or to go on a walk.
  • 00:50:24.905 --> 00:50:26.239
  • That's the kind of chutzpahfaith God wants from you.
  • 00:50:26.273 --> 00:50:29.209
  • That's the kind of faith youhave, and never lose it.
  • 00:50:29.242 --> 00:50:33.780
  • Believe and trustduring this tough time.
  • 00:50:33.814 --> 00:50:39.686
  • When everyone says, it's bad andit's getting worse, believe
  • 00:50:39.719 --> 00:50:43.957
  • you're the kind of person that'spreparing for a world that's
  • 00:50:43.990 --> 00:50:47.127
  • gonna be better.
  • 00:50:47.160 --> 00:50:49.663
  • Believe that you already live inthat world, that's called the
  • 00:50:49.696 --> 00:50:52.199
  • kingdom of God.
  • 00:50:52.232 --> 00:50:53.900
  • And trust that while you'rehere, God's gonna prepare you
  • 00:50:53.934 --> 00:50:57.404
  • today to become the person thatyou need to be tomorrow.
  • 00:50:57.437 --> 00:51:02.742
  • Become today the personyou need to be tomorrow.
  • 00:51:02.776 --> 00:51:07.581
  • Trust in him.
  • 00:51:07.614 --> 00:51:09.082
  • Don't make the mistakesof laziness,
  • 00:51:09.116 --> 00:51:11.618
  • apathy, procrastination.
  • 00:51:11.651 --> 00:51:13.720
  • That's what everybodyelse is doing.
  • 00:51:13.753 --> 00:51:15.856
  • That's not you.
  • 00:51:15.889 --> 00:51:17.491
  • Don't be like the 99, be likethe one!
  • 00:51:17.524 --> 00:51:20.527
  • The one who says, I will not belazy, I will become today
  • 00:51:20.560 --> 00:51:25.499
  • who I need to be tomorrow.
  • 00:51:25.532 --> 00:51:28.902
  • When you can't plan, and who canplan today, you can train.
  • 00:51:28.935 --> 00:51:33.640
  • When you can't plan,you can train.
  • 00:51:33.673 --> 00:51:36.109
  • You can prepare.
  • 00:51:36.143 --> 00:51:38.011
  • Paul says that he's finishedrunning the race and that being
  • 00:51:38.044 --> 00:51:41.648
  • a disciple of Jesus is likebeing a marathon runner.
  • 00:51:41.681 --> 00:51:45.519
  • You know, if you wanted to goout today, if unless you're Bill
  • 00:51:45.552 --> 00:51:47.888
  • Gaultiere or some other in-shapeperson, you probably can't go
  • 00:51:47.921 --> 00:51:51.992
  • out and run a marathon today.
  • 00:51:52.025 --> 00:51:53.793
  • But you could if you prepared.
  • 00:51:53.827 --> 00:51:55.662
  • You could if, over the next fewmonths, you trained, and you ate
  • 00:51:55.695 --> 00:51:58.765
  • right, and you started running alittle bit, and then running a
  • 00:51:58.798 --> 00:52:01.401
  • lot, you could run a marathon.
  • 00:52:01.434 --> 00:52:03.336
  • And that's what life is like.
  • 00:52:03.370 --> 00:52:05.605
  • It's not about just arriving ata marathon and going, it's about
  • 00:52:05.639 --> 00:52:08.675
  • being ready when everybody elseis being lazy.
  • 00:52:08.708 --> 00:52:12.512
  • It's preparing when everybodyelse is just being entertained.
  • 00:52:12.546 --> 00:52:16.883
  • It's being that unique, specialperson that you are that says,
  • 00:52:16.917 --> 00:52:21.021
  • today I'm gonna learn the Word,today I'm gonna learn a skill,
  • 00:52:21.054 --> 00:52:24.591
  • today I'm going to become theperson that God needs me to
  • 00:52:24.624 --> 00:52:27.561
  • be tomorrow.
  • 00:52:27.594 --> 00:52:28.929
  • And when that time comes,you'll be so glad you did.
  • 00:52:28.962 --> 00:52:31.831
  • I know many of you are doing itnow, keep doing it.
  • 00:52:31.865 --> 00:52:34.534
  • Keep reading.
  • 00:52:34.568 --> 00:52:35.969
  • You know, the average, you say,I'm too busy to read, or--
  • 00:52:36.002 --> 00:52:39.005
  • You know, the average CEO, whotends to work 60 to 80 hours per
  • 00:52:39.039 --> 00:52:43.043
  • week, the average CEO in arecent study reads 60 nonfiction
  • 00:52:43.076 --> 00:52:46.580
  • books per year?
  • 00:52:46.613 --> 00:52:49.316
  • And if they can do it,you can do it.
  • 00:52:49.349 --> 00:52:51.585
  • And you can do it for somethingbetter, for the sake of
  • 00:52:51.618 --> 00:52:53.753
  • the Gospel.
  • 00:52:53.787 --> 00:52:55.088
  • There's so much information onYoutube and MasterClass and so
  • 00:52:55.121 --> 00:52:58.658
  • many things that you can dotoday to become the person
  • 00:52:58.692 --> 00:53:02.162
  • you're gonna be tomorrow.
  • 00:53:02.195 --> 00:53:03.663
  • Hear this, friends.
  • 00:53:03.697 --> 00:53:05.232
  • Your habits are perfectlydesigned to give you the results
  • 00:53:05.265 --> 00:53:10.937
  • you're getting.
  • 00:53:10.971 --> 00:53:13.106
  • Change your habits.
  • 00:53:13.139 --> 00:53:15.141
  • Change a little thing.
  • 00:53:15.175 --> 00:53:16.576
  • I know everybody says, have biggoals, and I like big goals,
  • 00:53:16.610 --> 00:53:18.878
  • but maybe have asmall goal for once.
  • 00:53:18.912 --> 00:53:21.181
  • Maybe decide you're going toread just, not one chapter,
  • 00:53:21.214 --> 00:53:23.950
  • but one verse ofthe Bible every day.
  • 00:53:23.984 --> 00:53:26.486
  • Maybe you're gonna watch,not a long Masterclass,
  • 00:53:26.519 --> 00:53:29.022
  • but a two-minute video on someskill you wanna develop.
  • 00:53:29.055 --> 00:53:32.592
  • Just start doing little thingsin your life.
  • 00:53:32.626 --> 00:53:35.595
  • And when you get those smallvictories, you'll start to grow.
  • 00:53:35.629 --> 00:53:38.698
  • And I remember one person sayingonce, I couldn't get to flossing
  • 00:53:38.732 --> 00:53:42.302
  • so I made a deal with myselfthat I didn't have to floss
  • 00:53:42.335 --> 00:53:44.771
  • everything I'd just doone tooth a day.
  • 00:53:44.804 --> 00:53:47.474
  • He said pretty soon I wasdoing my whole mouth,
  • 00:53:47.507 --> 00:53:49.676
  • he couldn't believe it.
  • 00:53:49.709 --> 00:53:51.611
  • But there is something to that,there's some some value in that.
  • 00:53:51.645 --> 00:53:54.581
  • And more than anything, morethan anything, follow
  • 00:53:54.614 --> 00:53:59.753
  • Jesus today.
  • 00:53:59.786 --> 00:54:01.221
  • Stop waiting to makethat choice.
  • 00:54:01.254 --> 00:54:05.558
  • Many of you are ridingthe fence.
  • 00:54:05.592 --> 00:54:08.061
  • You know that following Christmeans there's gonna be some
  • 00:54:08.094 --> 00:54:10.630
  • things in your life you're gonnahave to walk away from.
  • 00:54:10.664 --> 00:54:13.266
  • Some things that youreally enjoy.
  • 00:54:13.300 --> 00:54:15.535
  • For some of you, it meansthere's gonna be a friendship or
  • 00:54:15.568 --> 00:54:17.637
  • a relationship or a job you'regonna have to walk away from.
  • 00:54:17.671 --> 00:54:21.308
  • But that choice is a choice youneed to make not tomorrow,
  • 00:54:21.341 --> 00:54:25.478
  • but today.
  • 00:54:25.512 --> 00:54:26.813
  • All joking aside, we never knowwhen the Rapture is going to
  • 00:54:26.846 --> 00:54:29.149
  • happen, we never know when deathwill come for us.
  • 00:54:29.182 --> 00:54:32.218
  • But when it comes,be ready for it.
  • 00:54:32.252 --> 00:54:35.388
  • Become the person todayyou're going to need to be
  • 00:54:35.422 --> 00:54:38.391
  • when death comes for you.
  • 00:54:38.425 --> 00:54:39.726
  • I know many of you are, but makea choice today to follow Christ
  • 00:54:39.759 --> 00:54:44.331
  • with all your heart.
  • 00:54:44.364 --> 00:54:45.899
  • Don't be a half-Christian, don'tbe a Christian in name only.
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  • Be a disciple, be someone who'stotally committed to the Lord,
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  • and make that commitment today.
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  • Don't wait another second,follow after Christ with all
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  • your heart today, and your lifewill never be the same.
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  • If you do everything else if youbuild the world's greatest
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  • enterprise, if you become abillionaire, if you become
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  • uber-famous, but you don't knowthe Lord, it was all
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  • for nothing.
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  • It's the most important thing inthe world, and the better you
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  • know him and the more you knowhim, everything else will
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  • be blessed.
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  • You don't have to do anythingexcept this, believe and make a
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  • choice today that for the restof your life you will follow
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  • after Christ with all your heartand all your soul.
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  • And you will be saved.
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  • Love the Lord with all yourheart, and love your neighbor
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  • as yourself, and you will livein eternal life.
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  • That's a promise fromthe Word of God.
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  • Friends, thank youfor joining us today.
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  • And I want to pray with all ofyou who are going through tough
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  • times, and I also want to prayfor those of you who want to
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  • receive the Lord today.
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  • Father, we come to you inJesus's name.
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  • And for those of us who alreadydisciples and seeking after you,
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  • we pray, God, that you wouldprepare us professionally, that
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  • you would prepare usacademically, that you would
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  • prepare us biblically, that youwould prepare us with faith,
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  • that you would fill us with HolySpirit power, that you would
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  • bring to the forefront ourspiritual gifts, that for some
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  • of US you would even bring in uscharismatic gifts, gifts to
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  • teach, to preach, to prophesy,to heal, to work in your name
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  • for the sake of the Gospel.
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  • And for those of us who havewalked away or don't know you,
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  • Lord, forgive us of our sins,Lord, forgive us of our sins.
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  • We cry out to you, God.
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  • Help us to walk in your ways, toseek after what is good and not
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  • what is evil, to love what isgood and hate what is evil,
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  • and to seek after youwith all our heart.
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  • To love you and to love ourneighbor with all our heart.
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  • To love our enemies, to love thepeople that criticize us and
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  • hate us and put us down, help usto feel real love in our hearts
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  • for them and for you, God.
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  • It's all we want.
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  • And we ask this inJesus's name, amen.
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