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September 26, 2020
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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 is the daythe Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be gladin it, good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller:And welcome church familyand welcome visitors.
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  • Thank you forworshiping with us.
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  • You know, God is the only onewho can see the big picture
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  • of your life, the only personthat exists.
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  • You can trust him even duringthe coronavirus, because he is
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  • on your side and you areso loved by him.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We're so,so excited to have
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  • Pastor Bayless Conley asour guest speaker today,
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  • and he'll be preachingfor us later.
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  • Well, let's begin the servicewith a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so much foreverything you've given us,
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  • everything you're doing for us.
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  • We thank you, Lord, that whenwe're suffering, when we're
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  • going through hard times,when we're facing challenges,
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  • we're not alone.
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  • Lord, just because we can't hearyou doesn't mean you're
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  • not speaking.
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  • We pray, Father, you give usears to hear, give us eyes
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  • to see.
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  • Help us, Lord, to listen to yourHoly Spirit, to be full of the
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  • Spirit, and learn to be morelike Jesus in everything we do.
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  • It's in his name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turn tothe person next to you and say,
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  • "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As a special reminderof how much you mean to us
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  • and how much youare loved by Jesus,
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  • we've designed a beautifulgift just for you.
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  • The Beloved art plaquefeatures the phrase
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  • "I am the Beloved of God"
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  • from Pastor Bobby'sCreed of the Beloved
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  • and is yours witha gift of just $20.
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  • This colorful keepsake measures4 inches by 4 inches
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  • and comes with a single dowelto create an easel back,
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  • making it easy to displayin your home or office.
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  • In addition tothe The Beloved plaque,
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  • with your gift of $30 or more,
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  • we'll send youThe Beloved necklace.
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  • Cast in silver metal, thisdelicate lariat necklace
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  • has a 30-inch chain and featuresa trendy bar-drop pendant
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  • engraved with the word beloved.
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  • Call, write, or go onlineand request
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  • The Beloved art plaquefor your gift of $20,
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  • or the art plaque and necklacefor your gift of $30 or more.
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  • Bobby: As we adjust toa new normal in this season,
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  • even while things are stillrapidly changing around us,
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  • it's more important than everto walk in our identity
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  • as people loved by God.
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  • In times such as this,you and I can bring
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  • the boundless and far-reachinglove of Jesus
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  • to a frightenedand desperate world.
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  • This is whatthe "Hour of Power" is about,
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  • and it's why weneed your generous support
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  • to continue going strongin these uncertain times.
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  • Please prayerfully considergiving to 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 always rememberGod loves you and so do we.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, Mark 14:22.
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  • "And as they were eating,Jesus took bread, blessed it
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  • and broke it, and gave it tothem and said, 'Take, eat.
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  • This is my body.'
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  • Then he took the cup, and whenhe had given thanks he gave it
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  • to them, and theyall drank from it.
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  • And he said to them, 'This is myblood of the new covenant, which
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  • is shed for many.'"
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  • Church family, Jesus does notregret the cross.
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  • To him, you have alwaysbeen worth it, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Erica Rodriguezis an incredibly gifted speaker
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  • who has traveled the world tohelp those who are marginalized
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  • and in need.
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  • Shaped through her own trialsand circumstances, her mission
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  • is to empower others to findbeauty and purpose in
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  • their brokenness.
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  • She currently works with herhusband in their organization,
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  • Rescue a Generation, whichserves youth and
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  • urban communities.
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  • Erica has been a member of the"Hour of Power" team for the
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  • past few years and is currentlyour live stream host.
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  • Please welcome Erica Rodriguez.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Erica, hi.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining us.
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  • Sorry for the social distancing,but hopefully it's good.
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Yeah, it's anhonor to be here, honestly.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Well, we really,really appreciate you being
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  • a part of our team.
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  • And so many people on the livestream have, you know, had you
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  • pray for them or comment to themon Facebook.
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  • And you and your husband Josehave this amazing ministry, and
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  • I want people to hear about yourheart and what the Lord is doing
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  • in your ministry.
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  • So, welcome.
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  • We're so glad to have you, like,to actually interview.
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  • So tell everybody a little bitabout how you came to faith,
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  • because you didn't really growup with a close relationship
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  • with God.
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Yeah, so it'san interesting story.
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  • In the '90s when drugs just kindof stepped into the scene, my
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  • father, he actually sold drugsto an undercover cop and ended
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  • up getting sentenced to prisonfor about a year, and it was in
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  • there where he had this justradical encounter with God.
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  • And so when he got out, he andmy mother, they were married,
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  • and so because of his faith, shesaid yes to Jesus.
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  • And so we went on this journeyof kind of going to church, but
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  • then when I was the age of nine,my parents got divorced.
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  • And from there, we kind of justleft God and I didn't really
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  • want much to do with the church.
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  • It was probably three yearslater where we found a local
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  • church that we got into and wereally loved it, but my mom, she
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  • was one of the moms she waslike, "Well, I don't want to
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  • force this religion on you, soI'm gonna give you guys
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  • a choice."
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  • So she gave us a choice, and forme, I had saw a lot in the
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  • church as a child and so itkinda put this distaste in
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  • my mouth.
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  • And so I was like, "Okay, well,I don't want church."
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  • So I went on this journey ofreally discovering me.
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  • I went on this journey trying tofigure out what my purpose was
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  • on the earth, and so I wentthrough this season of drugs,
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  • and alcohol, partying.
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  • And then the best way I candescribe this moment, one night
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  • I was in my bedroom.
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  • It was late at night and I hadthis Joseph-like moment where I
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  • wrestled with God.
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  • And as a child, people wouldcall me Mookie, and it was this
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  • name that I had become.
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  • And I remember--
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  • Bobby Schuller: What'sMookie mean?
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Mookie,it was just a nickname
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  • that they gave me.
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  • I started goin' to Compton Highschool and I wanted to be cool.
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  • I wanted it to fit in, so theywere like, "We're gonna call--"
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  • my parents called me Mook-Mookgrowing up.
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  • It's a weird name.
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  • And so they're like, "Well,we're gonna call you Mookie."
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  • And so I took this name, got ittattooed on me, and it just
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  • became part of my identity.
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  • And I remember late atnight when I was in the--
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  • in my bedroom, I justwrestled with God.
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  • I said, "God, I'm not gonna getup from this place until you
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  • bless me."
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  • And I remember for the firsttime ever I heard God's voice,
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  • and I remember he said--I knewit wasn't my language 'cause I
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  • didn't have church language.
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  • He said, "Get ready.
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  • You're getting ready to givebirth to a new you."
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  • And literally from that moment,like, I had this encounter.
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  • I didn't say the prayer inchurch, I made a decision that
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  • night in my bedroom that I'mgoing to follow this God.
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  • Like, I heard about that.
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  • I've read about that.
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  • I've heard my grandparentstalk about.
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  • And I just went on this journeyof really following after God,
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  • and literally the restis history.
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  • I got plugged into a localchurch, went to Bible college,
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  • and now God is just blowing mymind just with his faithfulness.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That isso awesome.
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  • I love the words, "Lord, I'm notgonna let you go until you
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  • bless me."
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  • It reminds me of Jacob,you know?
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  • It's the same words that he sayswhen he's wrestling.
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  • And isn't it interesting, I lovehow you didn't--I mean,
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  • praying a prayer isa great way to, you know,
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  • have an event tobecome a Christian,
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  • but for a lot of people it was--for me too,
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  • I didn't pray a prayer.
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  • I responded to an altar call,but I didn't go down.
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  • I just made a decisionin my head.
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  • I was like, "I'm gonna--I'm done riding the fence.
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  • I'm going to follow after God."
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  • And it sounds likewhat happened to you.
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  • It was like you just--something clicked.
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Absolutely.
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  • I think sometimes weunderestimate the power
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  • of a made-up mind.
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  • You know, you can look into theBible, like even with Daniel.
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  • Like, he didn't want to defilehis body before the living God
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  • so he purposed in his heart notto defile God.
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  • And so it was one of thosemoments where, you know, I'm
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  • gonna make this decision.
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  • It doesn't have to be thisextravagant thing, but I'm going
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  • to make up in my mind that nomatter what, I'm going to follow
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  • after this.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Your husbandJose has, like, a similar kind
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  • of troubled upbringing too.
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  • I met him downstairs.Grew up in North Tulsa.
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  • People don't know it's like avery dangerous part of Tulsa,
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  • was in a gang, and also had aradical, like, coming to faith.
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  • Went to my alma mater, ORU.
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  • And now you guys are--how didyou guys meet?
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  • And you started this ministrytogether and really you're doing
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  • some great stuff.
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Okay, so wehave, like, a millennial story.
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  • Long story short, I went on amissions trip in 2017.
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  • The guy that I was dating atthat time passed away.
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  • And of course, I was workinghere at "Hour of Power" and I
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  • was in the Donor DevelopmentDepartment, and so Jose kind of
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  • reached out to me.
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  • He was one of the people thatdonated to the missions trip, so
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  • we kind of knew of each other,but it was casual.
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  • And he reached out and he'slike, "Hey, I'd love to know
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  • just how you guys do it.
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  • How do you build relationshipswith your donors?"
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  • And so from there, we kind ofbuilt this casual friendship,
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  • and it wasn't until monthslater, maybe almost a year
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  • later, where we juststarted dating.
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  • So we met literallyoff Facebook.
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  • Thank God for Facebook.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.
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  • That's so great.
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  • And now you guys have a big partof your mission in ministry is
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  • really to reach themarginalized, right?
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  • To reach people who feel leftout.
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  • Maybe sometimes you guys feltkinda left out, or maybe you
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  • didn't feel like you belonged,or you didn't want to be in a
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  • stuffy, super religious,legalistic environment.
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  • You seem like you really gotahold of the Spirit and you want
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  • to bring that to people.
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  • How does that workin your ministry?
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  • That's what you guysare doing, right?
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Yeah,absolutely.
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  • I think most of our story has todo with feeling overlooked,
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  • rejected, and abandoned.
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  • And I know for my husband, but Ican speak for myself is, you
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  • know, I purposed in my heartyears ago that I will spend the
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  • rest of my life speaking andreaching the broken, the
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  • marginalized, and those whopeople often overlook
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  • or outcast.
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  • And so when we came together andwhen God brought us together, it
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  • was a no-brainer, you know?
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  • He had already founded theorganization three years ago
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  • and so when we came togetherit just made all the sense.
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  • His purpose mergedwith my purpose.
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  • We often say our destiniesaligned, and so we've watched
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  • God, like, literally breathe oneverything that we do because we
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  • knew from little childs--fromkids that we were called to
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  • reach these students.
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  • And so we've watched Godliterally transform the hearts
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  • of so many.
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  • Bobby Schuller: I love watchingcouples do ministry together,
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  • by the way.
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  • Hannah and I do ministrytogether, and a lot of the
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  • couples I've seen that arereally happy.
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  • God doesn't call every couple todo ministry together, but when
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  • he does, it's really a fun thingto be a part of.
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  • And do you just feel that way?
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  • You feel like God uses yourstrengths and weaknesses to help
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  • each other and it draws youcloser as you do
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  • ministry together?
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  • Erica Rodriguez: Yeah, it'sfunny 'cause, like, I feel like
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  • a lot of married couples in thebeginning, like the argument is,
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  • "We're so different."
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  • But funny thing is, Jose and I,when we first started dating, we
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  • laugh about that.
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  • We're different.
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  • We've embraced our differencesin such a way that we know that
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  • we don't need another Erica andwe definitely don't need
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  • another Jose.
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  • And so it's cool to see likehow--you know, 'cause I--
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  • Jose's very ambitious.
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  • He's very driven.
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  • And I, on the other hand, can bevery timid, and so God uses both
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  • of those.
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  • So in moments where he wants tostep out before faith or before
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  • God, that's when I come in.
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  • Or when there's moments where Iallow fear to grip me, he said,
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  • "No, I believe that thisis what God--"
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  • So we watch God literally useour personalities, our DNA,
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  • and our wiring to do the workof the ministry.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.
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  • Well, Erica Rodriguez, thank youso much for being with us today,
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  • and I hope people, especiallyonline, get, you know, a better
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  • feel for what you do.
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  • And we are prayingfor you and Jose.
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  • We just believe in what you'redoing and can't wait to see God
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  • continue to just manifestincredible things
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  • in the things you're doing.
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  • And we're just so, so gladto be partnered with you,
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  • and we love you guys.
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  • Erica Rodriguez: We love youguys too, of course.
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  • Bobby Schuller: All right,God bless you, thanks, Erica.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Comforter and Friend ♪
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  • ♪ how we needyour touch again ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Let your power fall ♪
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  • ♪ Let your voice be heard ♪
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  • ♪ Come and changeour hearts ♪
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  • ♪ as we standon your Word ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh-oh ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, we want youto rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Comforter and Friend ♪
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  • ♪ how we needyour touch again ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Let your power fall ♪
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  • ♪ Let your voice be heard ♪
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  • ♪ Come and changeour hearts ♪
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  • ♪ as we standon your Word ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Holy Spirit ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit, rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh ♪♪
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  • announcer: As a special reminderof how much you mean to us
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  • and how much youare loved by Jesus,
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  • Bobby: As we adjust toa new normal in this season,
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  • even while things are stillrapidly changing around us,
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  • it's more important than everto walk in our identity
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  • as people loved by God.
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  • In times such as this,you and I can bring
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  • the boundless and far-reachinglove of Jesus
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  • to a frightenedand desperate world.
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  • This is whatthe "Hour of Power" is about,
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  • and it's why weneed your generous support
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  • to continue going strongin these uncertain times.
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  • Please prayerfully considergiving to 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 always rememberGod loves you and so do we.
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  • Tyler Perry: My father was a manwho was quite abusive, and he
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  • did what he knew how to do.
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  • Everything that was passed ontohim, he passed it onto me,
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  • but I broke the generationalcurse there.
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  • But I had to learn to forgivehim, so that's what all of my
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  • work has been about.
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  • There was an underlying messageof Christianity and forgiveness
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  • no matter how broad the comedy.
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  • As you're watching anything thatI've done, you'll see that
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  • there's an underlying message ofthe power of God's forgiveness.
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  • Robert Schuller: Well, becauseit's so beautiful, I'm asking
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  • you to read this Scripture thismorning, and to thank you for
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  • what you have donewith your hurts.
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  • You've turned them into halos.
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  • Tyler Perry: Thank you,Dr. Schuller.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • I chose a Scripture today fromGenesis 50:19-21 because I so
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  • love the story of Joseph and allhe had been through.
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  • And this is when he sees hisbrothers again after they've
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  • done all kinds of things to himand tried to rob him of
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  • his dream.
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  • "Joseph said to them,'Don't be afraid.
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  • I am in the place of God.
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  • You intended to harm me, but Godintended it for good to
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  • accomplish what is now beingdone, the saving of many lives.
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  • So then, don't be afraid.
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  • I will provide for youand your children.'
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  • And he reassured themand spoke kindly to them."
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  • May God add a blessing to thereading and the hearing
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  • of his Word.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ The King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ whose goodnessfaileth never ♪
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  • ♪ I nothing lackif I am his ♪
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  • ♪ and he is mine forever ♪
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  • ♪ And he is mine forever ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Where streamsof living water flow ♪
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  • ♪ my ransomed soulhe leadeth ♪
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  • ♪ And wherethe verdant pastures grow ♪
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  • ♪ with food celestial feedeth ♪
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  • ♪ Never failingruler of my heart ♪
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  • ♪ Everlastinglover of my soul ♪
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  • ♪ On the mountain highor in the valley low ♪
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  • ♪ the King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ The King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ Lost and foolishoft I strayed ♪
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  • ♪ but yet in lovehe sought me ♪
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  • ♪ And on his shouldergently laid ♪
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  • ♪ and home rejoicingbrought me ♪
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  • ♪ In death's dark veil,I fear no ill ♪
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  • ♪ with thee, dear Lord,beside me ♪
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  • ♪ Thy rod and staffmy comfort still ♪
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  • ♪ Thy cross beforeto guide me ♪
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  • ♪ Never failingruler of my heart ♪
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  • ♪ Everlastinglover of my soul ♪
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  • ♪ On the mountain highor in the valley low ♪
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  • ♪ the King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ The King of lovemy Shepherd is, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Never failingruler of my heart ♪
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  • ♪ Everlastinglover of my soul ♪
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  • ♪ On the mountain highor in the valley low ♪
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  • ♪ the King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ Never failingruler of my heart ♪
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  • ♪ Everlastinglover of my soul ♪
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  • ♪ On the mountain highor in the valley low ♪
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  • ♪ the King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ The King of lovemy Shepherd is ♪
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  • ♪ And so through allthe length of days ♪
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  • ♪ thy goodness faileth never ♪
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  • ♪ Good Shepherd,may I sing your praise ♪
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  • ♪ within your house forever? ♪
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  • ♪ Within your house forever ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you,Madeline Reynolds.
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  • We really appreciate you so muchfor leading us in worship.
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  • And thank you, orchestra and allthe choir members.
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  • There really is so much workthat goes into preparing worship
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  • in this bizarre environment, butwe're just so thankful for you
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  • all and all the--all the hoursof work that you've put in
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  • leading up to thisworship service.
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  • And we're so thankful for you.
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  • We're so glad you'rejoining us today.
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  • And wherever you are, wejust wanna say thank you
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  • for continuing to supportthis ministry.
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  • I know we continue to lay it onthick a little bit about giving,
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  • but it is one of those timeswhere we really do need your
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  • support and you've continued tosow into this ministry.
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  • Really, we just want you to knowwe appreciate that and we thank
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  • you for that.
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  • Wherever you are, we want you toknow that God is on your side,
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  • that God has for you, that Godis good, that God is not angry
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  • at you, that he's forgiven you,and that you always have a path
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  • before you.
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  • It's not always easy, but a paththat leads to life, that you can
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  • follow Christ.
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  • And we hope that today you'llmake that decision to follow
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  • Christ with all your heart.
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  • Well, wherever you are, wouldyou please stand with us?
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  • Hold your hands out like this asa way of receiving from
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  • the Lord.
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  • We're gonna say this creedtogether as we do every
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  • single week.
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Thank you.You can be seated.
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  • Well, we're just so happy towelcome back my good friend,
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  • Pastor Bayless Conley,to the "Hour of Power."
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  • He was with us a few weeks ago,and you know, he's just--
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  • whenever we can get him to comepreach here, I told our team,
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  • I'm like, "Just, if he can come,I will just bow out and just be
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  • so stoked to have him preach."
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  • If you're unfamiliar withBayless, he's the founder and
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  • lead pastor of Cottonwood Churchhere in Orange County.
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  • He's just a man so full of theSpirit, has an amazing story of
  • 00:30:14.596 --> 00:30:18.299
  • being called to ministry, and Ijust love this man with all
  • 00:30:18.333 --> 00:30:22.237
  • my heart.
  • 00:30:22.270 --> 00:30:23.605
  • Would you please welcome thegreat and powerful
  • 00:30:23.638 --> 00:30:24.939
  • Bayless Conley.
  • 00:30:24.973 --> 00:30:27.642
  • Hey, Bayless.
  • 00:30:27.675 --> 00:30:29.010
  • Bayless Conley: Mr. Bobby.
  • 00:30:29.043 --> 00:30:30.345
  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you, sir.
  • 00:30:30.378 --> 00:30:31.713
  • God bless you.
  • 00:30:31.746 --> 00:30:33.047
  • Bayless Conley: Sounded likethe great and powerful Oz.
  • 00:30:33.081 --> 00:30:34.415
  • It is an honor to be with youagain today.
  • 00:30:34.449 --> 00:30:37.118
  • And I was thinking as I wassitting there during the worship
  • 00:30:37.151 --> 00:30:40.021
  • time, which I thoroughlyenjoyed, about a story I heard
  • 00:30:40.054 --> 00:30:43.658
  • about a country preacher.
  • 00:30:43.691 --> 00:30:47.161
  • It seems that his wife was awayvisiting her mother, and he
  • 00:30:47.195 --> 00:30:51.332
  • didn't normally do it, butsomething struck him to just go
  • 00:30:51.366 --> 00:30:54.702
  • and look through her things.
  • 00:30:54.736 --> 00:30:56.137
  • And he's in the closet, sort oflooking through her stuff.
  • 00:30:56.170 --> 00:30:59.173
  • He'd never done it before.
  • 00:30:59.207 --> 00:31:00.541
  • And he found this box.
  • 00:31:00.575 --> 00:31:02.710
  • It's this ornate box.
  • 00:31:02.744 --> 00:31:04.045
  • He said, "What is that?"
  • 00:31:04.078 --> 00:31:05.413
  • He opens it up and there's threeeggs in the box and there's a
  • 00:31:05.446 --> 00:31:09.984
  • wad of money there with a rubberband around it.
  • 00:31:10.018 --> 00:31:12.921
  • He estimated it was, you know,$800 or $900.
  • 00:31:12.954 --> 00:31:17.392
  • And he thought,"What in the world!"
  • 00:31:17.425 --> 00:31:19.961
  • Anyway, she gets back thatafternoon from visiting her mom.
  • 00:31:19.994 --> 00:31:22.931
  • They're sitting down in thekitchen, enjoying supper.
  • 00:31:22.964 --> 00:31:26.067
  • He says, "Babe, I got aconfession to make.
  • 00:31:26.100 --> 00:31:28.703
  • You know, I went through yourstuff today and I found this box
  • 00:31:28.736 --> 00:31:31.873
  • in the closet under some of yourclothes.
  • 00:31:31.906 --> 00:31:35.109
  • And there was three eggsin the box."
  • 00:31:35.143 --> 00:31:37.779
  • He said, "What's that about?"
  • 00:31:37.812 --> 00:31:39.781
  • She said, "Well honey, everytime you preach a bad sermon,
  • 00:31:39.814 --> 00:31:45.153
  • I put an egg in the box."
  • 00:31:45.186 --> 00:31:47.422
  • He said, "Really?"
  • 00:31:47.455 --> 00:31:48.790
  • She said, "Yeah, I do.
  • 00:31:48.823 --> 00:31:50.124
  • Every bad sermon, Iput an egg in the box."
  • 00:31:50.158 --> 00:31:51.793
  • And he began thinking, "Well,that's actually pretty good.
  • 00:31:51.826 --> 00:31:55.596
  • I've been preaching in ourlittle country church for years
  • 00:31:55.630 --> 00:31:58.399
  • and years, and to only have, youknow, three bad sermons."
  • 00:31:58.433 --> 00:32:03.071
  • And then he said, "Well, therewas also this big wad of money
  • 00:32:03.104 --> 00:32:05.540
  • in there.
  • 00:32:05.573 --> 00:32:06.874
  • What's that about?"
  • 00:32:06.908 --> 00:32:08.242
  • She said, "Well, every time Iget a dozen eggs, I sell them,
  • 00:32:08.276 --> 00:32:10.345
  • and that's where the moneycame from."
  • 00:32:10.378 --> 00:32:13.247
  • Well listen, I just want you topray that I don't put an egg in
  • 00:32:13.281 --> 00:32:17.485
  • the box today.
  • 00:32:17.518 --> 00:32:19.654
  • I do have something on my heartto share with you and I want to
  • 00:32:19.687 --> 00:32:22.957
  • talk to you about the LastSupper.
  • 00:32:22.991 --> 00:32:26.561
  • But I'd like to back up and talkabout the last supper before the
  • 00:32:26.594 --> 00:32:30.198
  • Last Supper.
  • 00:32:30.231 --> 00:32:31.733
  • It actually took place at thehouse of Simon the leper.
  • 00:32:31.766 --> 00:32:35.136
  • We read about it in Mark chapter14, verses 3 through 9. It says,
  • 00:32:35.169 --> 00:32:40.341
  • "And being in Bethany at thehouse of Simon the leper, as he
  • 00:32:40.375 --> 00:32:43.945
  • sat at the table, a woman camehaving an alabaster flask of
  • 00:32:43.978 --> 00:32:48.049
  • very costly oil of spikenard.
  • 00:32:48.082 --> 00:32:50.785
  • Then she broke the flask andpoured it on his head.
  • 00:32:50.818 --> 00:32:53.921
  • But there were some who wereindignant among themselves and
  • 00:32:53.955 --> 00:32:56.357
  • said, 'Why was thisfragrant oil wasted?
  • 00:32:56.391 --> 00:32:59.394
  • For it might have been sold formore than 300 denarii and given
  • 00:32:59.427 --> 00:33:02.864
  • to the poor.'
  • 00:33:02.897 --> 00:33:04.232
  • And they criticized her sharply.
  • 00:33:04.265 --> 00:33:06.934
  • But Jesus said, 'Let her alone.
  • 00:33:06.968 --> 00:33:09.170
  • Why do you trouble her?
  • 00:33:09.203 --> 00:33:10.705
  • She has done a good work for me.
  • 00:33:10.738 --> 00:33:12.907
  • For you have the poor with youalways, and whenever you wish
  • 00:33:12.940 --> 00:33:16.411
  • you may do them good, but me youdo not have always.
  • 00:33:16.444 --> 00:33:20.415
  • She has done what she could.
  • 00:33:20.448 --> 00:33:22.050
  • She has come beforehand toanoint my body for burial.
  • 00:33:22.083 --> 00:33:25.420
  • Assuredly, I say to you,wherever this gospel is preached
  • 00:33:25.453 --> 00:33:28.990
  • in all the world, what thiswoman has done will also be told
  • 00:33:29.023 --> 00:33:32.894
  • as a memorial to her.'"
  • 00:33:32.927 --> 00:33:36.631
  • So this takes place in Bethanyat the house of Simon the leper.
  • 00:33:36.664 --> 00:33:41.803
  • Now, Simon was a common name inIsrael.
  • 00:33:41.836 --> 00:33:44.238
  • We are not sure who he was otherthan undoubtedly he was a leper
  • 00:33:44.272 --> 00:33:48.376
  • that Jesus had healedduring his ministry.
  • 00:33:48.409 --> 00:33:52.013
  • Also present at this meal areMary, Martha, and their brother,
  • 00:33:52.046 --> 00:33:58.052
  • Lazarus, who has been raisedfrom the dead.
  • 00:33:58.753 --> 00:34:02.990
  • And if you you put the differentGospels together, you know, John
  • 00:34:03.024 --> 00:34:07.061
  • adds some pieces that Markdidn't have, and you find this
  • 00:34:07.095 --> 00:34:10.431
  • story in the different Gospels,and apparently it was Mary that
  • 00:34:10.465 --> 00:34:13.868
  • took this alabaster flask andbroke it.
  • 00:34:13.901 --> 00:34:17.705
  • And she actually anointed thehead of Jesus and his feet, as
  • 00:34:17.738 --> 00:34:21.709
  • we find from reading elsewhere.
  • 00:34:21.742 --> 00:34:24.745
  • Now, alabaster was a marble thatwas quarried in Egypt, and this
  • 00:34:24.779 --> 00:34:30.351
  • flask itself was incrediblyexpensive.
  • 00:34:30.384 --> 00:34:34.388
  • It was a very,very valuable item.
  • 00:34:34.422 --> 00:34:37.458
  • And then it had this aromaticoil of spikenard and it's also
  • 00:34:37.492 --> 00:34:42.296
  • very expensive.
  • 00:34:42.330 --> 00:34:43.664
  • In fact, we're given the valueof it, 300 denarii.
  • 00:34:43.698 --> 00:34:46.467
  • In one of the other Gospels, itsays that was equivalent to a
  • 00:34:46.501 --> 00:34:49.670
  • full year's wage.
  • 00:34:49.704 --> 00:34:52.840
  • It was an absolutelyextravagant gift.
  • 00:34:52.874 --> 00:34:56.777
  • Now, imagine everything that youmade working for a year, every
  • 00:34:56.811 --> 00:35:01.215
  • cent you saved, all the hoursyou spent working, and you took
  • 00:35:01.249 --> 00:35:04.418
  • it all and you gave it in oneoffering to the Lord.
  • 00:35:04.452 --> 00:35:09.323
  • Well, that's what she did.
  • 00:35:09.357 --> 00:35:12.493
  • The question is, why?
  • 00:35:12.527 --> 00:35:15.530
  • Why such extravagance?
  • 00:35:15.563 --> 00:35:17.565
  • Why would Mary place such a highvalue on Jesus?
  • 00:35:17.598 --> 00:35:23.204
  • Well, it's because Jesus hadchanged her life.
  • 00:35:23.237 --> 00:35:27.508
  • She had sat at his feet andheard his Word, and it affected
  • 00:35:27.542 --> 00:35:32.880
  • her to the depths of our soul.
  • 00:35:32.914 --> 00:35:35.183
  • It had changed her.
  • 00:35:35.216 --> 00:35:37.485
  • She, and her sister Martha, andLazarus, and Jesus, they were
  • 00:35:37.518 --> 00:35:40.655
  • sort of the singles group of theNew Testament.
  • 00:35:40.688 --> 00:35:43.057
  • Jesus often went to Martha'shouse, also in Bethany, and we
  • 00:35:43.090 --> 00:35:47.695
  • find the four of them together.
  • 00:35:47.728 --> 00:35:49.564
  • And just to have a friendshipwith Jesus would've been
  • 00:35:49.597 --> 00:35:52.500
  • so valuable.
  • 00:35:52.533 --> 00:35:53.968
  • And then the fact that Jesusraised her brother from
  • 00:35:54.001 --> 00:35:58.005
  • the dead.
  • 00:35:58.039 --> 00:35:59.507
  • Now, experiencing that kind oflove, and profound wisdom, and
  • 00:35:59.540 --> 00:36:04.212
  • power, often it inspiresextravagant generosity.
  • 00:36:04.245 --> 00:36:10.251
  • And I was out golfing in acouple of weeks ago with our
  • 00:36:10.851 --> 00:36:14.222
  • oldest son Harrison.
  • 00:36:14.255 --> 00:36:16.624
  • And it was just the two of us,so they put us with two
  • 00:36:16.657 --> 00:36:18.759
  • strangers and we madea foursome.
  • 00:36:18.793 --> 00:36:20.728
  • And you know,they were nice guys.
  • 00:36:20.761 --> 00:36:22.563
  • We sorta hit it off from 'em--we hit it off with them.
  • 00:36:22.597 --> 00:36:25.399
  • We're joking around.
  • 00:36:25.433 --> 00:36:26.734
  • And it might have been theeighth or ninth hole, an errant
  • 00:36:26.767 --> 00:36:29.503
  • shot comes and landsin front of our tee box.
  • 00:36:29.537 --> 00:36:33.107
  • And these guys drive up in theircart and I recognized 'em.
  • 00:36:33.140 --> 00:36:36.577
  • One of them was a friend ofmine, and the guy driving the
  • 00:36:36.611 --> 00:36:38.813
  • car, I had actually just donehis wedding on Catalina Island
  • 00:36:38.846 --> 00:36:43.517
  • the week before.
  • 00:36:43.551 --> 00:36:45.653
  • And so they're there, they don'trecognize me.
  • 00:36:45.686 --> 00:36:47.622
  • I've got a hat on.
  • 00:36:47.655 --> 00:36:49.257
  • And the guy's about to take ashot and I start heckling him.
  • 00:36:49.290 --> 00:36:52.660
  • That's not something you do on agolf course.
  • 00:36:52.693 --> 00:36:56.130
  • Very, very bad.
  • 00:36:56.163 --> 00:36:57.632
  • And he looked up with an angryexpression, and I took my hat
  • 00:36:57.665 --> 00:37:00.835
  • off and I bowed, and they went,"Bayless!"
  • 00:37:00.868 --> 00:37:03.237
  • And we joked back and forth, andyou know, he went ahead and hit
  • 00:37:03.271 --> 00:37:06.507
  • the shot, and they went on.
  • 00:37:06.540 --> 00:37:07.842
  • And I told our son Harrison, Isaid, "The guy driving the car,
  • 00:37:07.875 --> 00:37:11.012
  • I just did his wedding.
  • 00:37:11.045 --> 00:37:12.480
  • He married our friend Keith'sdaughter."
  • 00:37:12.513 --> 00:37:15.416
  • And the guys with us overheardme speaking to my son, and one
  • 00:37:15.449 --> 00:37:20.288
  • of the guys looks at me andsays, "Okay, you're either
  • 00:37:20.321 --> 00:37:22.356
  • a photographer or you'rea preacher."
  • 00:37:22.390 --> 00:37:25.293
  • I said, "Well, I'm nota photographer.
  • 00:37:25.326 --> 00:37:27.028
  • I am a preacher.
  • 00:37:27.061 --> 00:37:28.362
  • You got it."
  • 00:37:28.396 --> 00:37:29.730
  • And I thought, "What betteropportunity, you know, to talk
  • 00:37:29.764 --> 00:37:32.533
  • about the Lord than right now?"
  • 00:37:32.566 --> 00:37:33.868
  • So I sort of launched into mytestimony, how I was messed up
  • 00:37:33.901 --> 00:37:38.606
  • on drugs and I got saved in astreet mission, and I talked
  • 00:37:38.639 --> 00:37:42.310
  • about how good Jesus had been tome and basically shared the plan
  • 00:37:42.343 --> 00:37:46.347
  • of salvation.
  • 00:37:46.380 --> 00:37:47.682
  • And I ended it by saying,"Eternity will not be long
  • 00:37:47.715 --> 00:37:51.452
  • enough to say thank you."
  • 00:37:51.485 --> 00:37:55.456
  • And I actually meant it with allof my heart.
  • 00:37:55.489 --> 00:37:58.626
  • To say thank you to the Lordvocally, to say thank you to him
  • 00:37:58.659 --> 00:38:03.064
  • through giving, and to say thankyou to him through serving.
  • 00:38:03.097 --> 00:38:07.401
  • And you know, though generosityand gratitude are the natural
  • 00:38:07.435 --> 00:38:11.605
  • response to the unmerited favorthat he shows us, it's not
  • 00:38:11.639 --> 00:38:15.209
  • always the case because thoughit's the natural response,
  • 00:38:15.242 --> 00:38:18.913
  • it's not automatic.
  • 00:38:18.946 --> 00:38:20.681
  • We still have a free will.
  • 00:38:20.715 --> 00:38:22.583
  • And in this story, we cometo a great contrast.
  • 00:38:22.616 --> 00:38:27.088
  • Judas, who was the ringleader,actually spoke out against when
  • 00:38:27.121 --> 00:38:31.659
  • they sharply criticized Mary.
  • 00:38:31.692 --> 00:38:34.295
  • You know, the other Gospelwriters tell us that it was
  • 00:38:34.328 --> 00:38:36.297
  • Judas that was doing thespeaking.
  • 00:38:36.330 --> 00:38:38.532
  • And he said, "Hey, we could havesold this for a fortune and we
  • 00:38:38.566 --> 00:38:43.070
  • could've gotten all this moneyfrom selling it and we could've
  • 00:38:43.104 --> 00:38:45.606
  • helped the poor."
  • 00:38:45.639 --> 00:38:47.341
  • But the Bible said he didn't saythat because he cared for the
  • 00:38:47.375 --> 00:38:49.944
  • poor, but because he was athief, and he was the one that
  • 00:38:49.977 --> 00:38:54.014
  • kept their money box, and he wasskimming off the top.
  • 00:38:54.048 --> 00:38:56.951
  • And he thought, "Man, this wholeoffering, it's gone.
  • 00:38:56.984 --> 00:39:00.421
  • It's all been poured out onJesus and I'm not gonna be able
  • 00:39:00.454 --> 00:39:03.624
  • to steal anything from it."
  • 00:39:03.657 --> 00:39:05.059
  • And apparently it just sentJudas over the edge.
  • 00:39:05.092 --> 00:39:10.431
  • The very next thing we read inMark 14, verse 10 says, "Then
  • 00:39:10.464 --> 00:39:15.035
  • Judas Iscariot, one of thetwelve, went to the chief priest
  • 00:39:15.069 --> 00:39:18.439
  • to betray him to them.
  • 00:39:18.472 --> 00:39:20.207
  • And when they heard it, theywere glad and promised to give
  • 00:39:20.241 --> 00:39:22.643
  • him money so he sought how hemight conveniently betray him."
  • 00:39:22.676 --> 00:39:27.548
  • And of course, we knowhe betrayed Jesus
  • 00:39:27.581 --> 00:39:29.917
  • for 30 pieces of silver.
  • 00:39:29.950 --> 00:39:34.021
  • Matthew 27:9, it says, "It wasthe value of him
  • 00:39:34.054 --> 00:39:39.493
  • that was priced."
  • 00:39:39.527 --> 00:39:41.295
  • That was all the value thatJudas and the chief priest put
  • 00:39:41.328 --> 00:39:45.900
  • on Jesus, 30 pieces of silver.
  • 00:39:45.933 --> 00:39:48.169
  • And according to Exodus chapter21, 30 pieces of silver was
  • 00:39:48.202 --> 00:39:52.673
  • the price of a common slave.
  • 00:39:52.706 --> 00:39:57.745
  • You know, I had a friend.
  • 00:39:57.778 --> 00:39:59.079
  • He and his wife we're gonna havea garage sale.
  • 00:39:59.113 --> 00:40:01.115
  • And so they're putting out intheir driveway all these little
  • 00:40:01.148 --> 00:40:03.651
  • knickknacks and bits offurniture, and he found this
  • 00:40:03.684 --> 00:40:07.121
  • crystal dish or this glass dishin the house.
  • 00:40:07.154 --> 00:40:10.591
  • And you know, it was in a drawerand so he went ahead and put
  • 00:40:10.624 --> 00:40:14.361
  • this little glass dish out forsale.
  • 00:40:14.395 --> 00:40:16.564
  • And he's outside at the moment,his wife is in the house doin'
  • 00:40:16.597 --> 00:40:19.900
  • somethin', and somebody'sbrowsing through all
  • 00:40:19.934 --> 00:40:21.769
  • their stuff.
  • 00:40:21.802 --> 00:40:23.103
  • He says, "Hey, I'll give you 75cents for that glass dish."
  • 00:40:23.137 --> 00:40:27.341
  • He said, "Sold."
  • 00:40:27.374 --> 00:40:28.943
  • So he sells the dishfor 75 cents.
  • 00:40:28.976 --> 00:40:32.112
  • A couple of days later, his wifesays, "Honey, I can't find my
  • 00:40:32.146 --> 00:40:36.484
  • crystal dish.
  • 00:40:36.517 --> 00:40:37.818
  • Have you seen it?"
  • 00:40:37.852 --> 00:40:39.220
  • He says, "Well, I sold itin the yard sale."
  • 00:40:39.253 --> 00:40:43.023
  • She said, "What?
  • 00:40:43.057 --> 00:40:44.892
  • How much did you sell it for?"
  • 00:40:44.925 --> 00:40:47.528
  • He sheepishly said,"Seventy-five cents?"
  • 00:40:47.561 --> 00:40:51.232
  • She said, "It was worth hundredsof dollars."
  • 00:40:51.265 --> 00:40:55.069
  • Apparently it'd been in herfamily for a long, long time.
  • 00:40:55.102 --> 00:40:58.138
  • It was a very rare, valuablepiece of crystal and he had
  • 00:40:58.172 --> 00:41:03.477
  • grossly undervalued it.
  • 00:41:03.511 --> 00:41:05.880
  • Needless to say, he was in thedog house for a few days
  • 00:41:05.913 --> 00:41:09.283
  • after that.
  • 00:41:09.316 --> 00:41:10.851
  • But when it says that they gavethe 30 pieces of silver to
  • 00:41:10.885 --> 00:41:15.856
  • Judas, in the Greek language itsays literally they waded out to
  • 00:41:15.890 --> 00:41:20.661
  • him, meaning they wadedout on a scale.
  • 00:41:20.694 --> 00:41:24.231
  • So if you just picture, here'sthis scale.
  • 00:41:24.265 --> 00:41:26.433
  • And clink, clink, clink, clink,clink, clink, clink,
  • 00:41:26.467 --> 00:41:32.473
  • 30 small pieces of silver.
  • 00:41:33.474 --> 00:41:37.344
  • On the other side of the scale,the one who created all the
  • 00:41:37.378 --> 00:41:42.016
  • silver and all the gold, the onewho created the planet that the
  • 00:41:42.049 --> 00:41:46.287
  • silver and the gold were in, theone who created the solar system
  • 00:41:46.320 --> 00:41:50.457
  • that the planet was in, the onewho created the galaxy that the
  • 00:41:50.491 --> 00:41:53.494
  • solar system was in, the one whocreated the universe that the
  • 00:41:53.527 --> 00:41:58.432
  • Galaxy was in.
  • 00:41:58.465 --> 00:42:00.234
  • And on the other side, clink,clink, clink, 30 small pieces
  • 00:42:00.267 --> 00:42:06.273
  • of silver.
  • 00:42:07.942 --> 00:42:10.311
  • Now, Judas, like Mary, hadlistened to Jesus teach.
  • 00:42:10.344 --> 00:42:15.683
  • He was there when the waves laiddown and the wind hushed at
  • 00:42:15.716 --> 00:42:20.521
  • his Word.
  • 00:42:20.554 --> 00:42:21.855
  • He saw Jesus walk on the water.
  • 00:42:21.889 --> 00:42:24.658
  • Judas saw the sick healed.
  • 00:42:24.692 --> 00:42:26.493
  • He saw the dead raised.
  • 00:42:26.527 --> 00:42:28.429
  • He participated in the healingministry himself when Jesus sent
  • 00:42:28.462 --> 00:42:32.967
  • him and the other disciples out.
  • 00:42:33.000 --> 00:42:34.868
  • When the loaves and the fishmultiplied, that miracle took
  • 00:42:34.902 --> 00:42:37.938
  • place at the hands of Judas andthe other disciples as they
  • 00:42:37.972 --> 00:42:41.642
  • distributed the food to themultitude.
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  • And yet he placed almost novalue on Jesus whatsoever.
  • 00:42:45.145 --> 00:42:51.151
  • What a contrast.
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  • We have Mary who's extravagantlygenerous and Judas places almost
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  • no value at all.
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  • And I think it just shows us,when it comes to Christ, it's
  • 00:43:02.396 --> 00:43:05.766
  • basically all inor not in it all.
  • 00:43:05.799 --> 00:43:09.670
  • You know, Jesus said, "The onethat doesn't gather with me
  • 00:43:09.703 --> 00:43:11.839
  • scatters abroad."
  • 00:43:11.872 --> 00:43:13.173
  • He leaves no middle room there,no gray areas.
  • 00:43:13.207 --> 00:43:16.677
  • And that's not to saythat we don't grow.
  • 00:43:16.710 --> 00:43:18.779
  • Yes, we go from faith to faith,from glory to Glory.
  • 00:43:18.812 --> 00:43:22.182
  • We're being conformedinto his image.
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  • But the idea is this,that God is just looking
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  • for a heart that is all his.
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  • He shows himself strong on thebehalf of those whose hearts are
  • 00:43:31.925 --> 00:43:35.162
  • totally his.
  • 00:43:35.195 --> 00:43:36.730
  • And I think the questionbecomes, how much do we
  • 00:43:36.764 --> 00:43:42.770
  • value Jesus?
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  • It's important to consider.
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  • Are we like Mary?
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  • Do we give and do weserve with joy?
  • 00:43:49.109 --> 00:43:51.412
  • Or are we more like Judas,reluctant, even resentful when
  • 00:43:51.445 --> 00:43:57.451
  • it comes to giving the Lordour time, our treasure,
  • 00:43:57.718 --> 00:44:02.823
  • or our talent?
  • 00:44:02.856 --> 00:44:04.658
  • And you know, our hearts and ourgiving, they are connected.
  • 00:44:04.692 --> 00:44:07.394
  • Jesus said, "Where your treasureis, there your heart will
  • 00:44:07.428 --> 00:44:10.564
  • be also."
  • 00:44:10.597 --> 00:44:12.966
  • But you know, the most importantvaluation is not the one that we
  • 00:44:13.000 --> 00:44:17.237
  • place on the Lord, but it's thevalue that he has placed
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  • upon us.
  • 00:44:21.275 --> 00:44:23.477
  • And in this story in Mark, wemove next to the Passover meal
  • 00:44:23.510 --> 00:44:26.747
  • or what we refer toas the Last Supper.
  • 00:44:26.780 --> 00:44:30.651
  • The Passover meal wasboth a picture of the past
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  • and a prophecy of the future.
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  • It was a picture of the past.
  • 00:44:38.125 --> 00:44:39.593
  • It was away for Israel toremember how God had redeemed
  • 00:44:39.626 --> 00:44:43.430
  • them and delivered them fromcruel, Egyptian bondage,
  • 00:44:43.464 --> 00:44:46.834
  • something they never could havedone on their own.
  • 00:44:46.867 --> 00:44:50.437
  • It took an interventionfrom God.
  • 00:44:50.471 --> 00:44:53.407
  • And as they partook of thatPassover meal, they remembered
  • 00:44:53.440 --> 00:44:57.211
  • back to Egypt, when they werethere and God worked miracles.
  • 00:44:57.244 --> 00:45:02.049
  • And then the final miracle,every family killed a lamb, and
  • 00:45:02.082 --> 00:45:06.353
  • then they took the blood of thatlamb and put it over the door of
  • 00:45:06.386 --> 00:45:09.123
  • their home.
  • 00:45:09.156 --> 00:45:10.491
  • And when that angel of deathcame through the land of Egypt
  • 00:45:10.524 --> 00:45:13.894
  • and killed the firstborn, it hadto pass over every home where
  • 00:45:13.927 --> 00:45:18.232
  • there was blood on the door.
  • 00:45:18.265 --> 00:45:19.566
  • And that's where the term"Passover" comes from.
  • 00:45:19.600 --> 00:45:23.070
  • And so God brought them out ofthe land of Egypt.
  • 00:45:23.103 --> 00:45:27.741
  • But it's also a prophecypointing to Jesus.
  • 00:45:27.775 --> 00:45:31.545
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7 says, "Forindeed Christ our Passover was
  • 00:45:31.578 --> 00:45:37.451
  • sacrificed for us."
  • 00:45:37.484 --> 00:45:38.852
  • It all pointed as a type and ashadow to Christ and what he
  • 00:45:38.886 --> 00:45:43.257
  • would do for humanity.
  • 00:45:43.290 --> 00:45:45.893
  • And it goes on in verse 22 ofMark 14, "As they were eating,
  • 00:45:45.926 --> 00:45:50.364
  • Jesus took bread, blessed andbroke it, and gave it to them
  • 00:45:50.397 --> 00:45:54.134
  • and said, 'Take, eat.
  • 00:45:54.168 --> 00:45:55.502
  • This is my body.'
  • 00:45:55.536 --> 00:45:56.837
  • Then he took the cup, and whenhe'd given thanks, he gave it to
  • 00:45:56.870 --> 00:45:59.773
  • them and they all drank it.
  • 00:45:59.807 --> 00:46:02.176
  • And he said to them, 'This is myblood of the new covenant which
  • 00:46:02.209 --> 00:46:05.312
  • is shed for many.'"
  • 00:46:05.345 --> 00:46:08.882
  • You know, Jesus appeared to theApostle Paul, and he writes
  • 00:46:08.916 --> 00:46:12.519
  • about it in 1 Corinthians 11.
  • 00:46:12.553 --> 00:46:13.954
  • And the Lord actually talked toPaul about this Passover meal.
  • 00:46:13.987 --> 00:46:19.426
  • He says, "As often as you do it,do it in remembrance of me."
  • 00:46:19.459 --> 00:46:23.430
  • He didn't say how often, but,"As often as you do it, do it
  • 00:46:23.463 --> 00:46:26.633
  • and remember what I'veaccomplished for you."
  • 00:46:26.667 --> 00:46:28.535
  • He said, "This bread is my bodythat's broken for you,"
  • 00:46:28.569 --> 00:46:34.308
  • referring to what we read inIsaiah chapter 53, that by his
  • 00:46:34.341 --> 00:46:40.347
  • stripes, we were healed.
  • 00:46:42.015 --> 00:46:43.517
  • And you know, Jesus took thecrown of thorns on his head, and
  • 00:46:43.550 --> 00:46:48.856
  • the first thing that happenedwhen man sinned in the garden
  • 00:46:48.889 --> 00:46:53.393
  • was that the earth began toproduce thorns.
  • 00:46:53.427 --> 00:46:56.163
  • It was a sign of the curse thathad come upon humanity, that had
  • 00:46:56.196 --> 00:46:59.900
  • come upon the world.
  • 00:46:59.933 --> 00:47:01.235
  • And by Jesus taking that crownof thorns, he was symbolizing
  • 00:47:01.268 --> 00:47:04.972
  • that he was taking our curseupon himself.
  • 00:47:05.005 --> 00:47:09.810
  • His back was laid open with thatRoman whip, and the Scripture
  • 00:47:09.843 --> 00:47:12.779
  • declares, "By his stripes, weare healed."
  • 00:47:12.813 --> 00:47:17.551
  • And then he said, "The cuprepresents my blood."
  • 00:47:17.584 --> 00:47:20.487
  • It liberates us fromthe bondage of sin.
  • 00:47:20.520 --> 00:47:25.058
  • You know, I was reading recentlyabout some of the early
  • 00:47:25.092 --> 00:47:29.663
  • travelers that came across theprairie, those that migrated
  • 00:47:29.696 --> 00:47:33.667
  • west looking for a new life.
  • 00:47:33.700 --> 00:47:36.203
  • And they would come with theirwagons and everything that they
  • 00:47:36.236 --> 00:47:39.539
  • owned, and the one thing theywere most afraid of was
  • 00:47:39.573 --> 00:47:42.843
  • prairie fires.
  • 00:47:42.876 --> 00:47:45.045
  • Sometimes the wind would whipup, lightning maybe would start
  • 00:47:45.078 --> 00:47:48.382
  • a fire, or maybe a bit of glass,that some previous traveler had
  • 00:47:48.415 --> 00:47:52.119
  • thrown out a broken bottle, andthe sun glinting off that and
  • 00:47:52.152 --> 00:47:55.188
  • the heat would light the prairiegrass on fire.
  • 00:47:55.222 --> 00:47:57.891
  • And there was these ferociouswinds would come and literally
  • 00:47:57.925 --> 00:48:01.261
  • would make a wall of fire thatthe wind would blow.
  • 00:48:01.295 --> 00:48:04.431
  • And it would travel so quicklyyou couldn't outrun it.
  • 00:48:04.464 --> 00:48:08.302
  • And they dreaded prairie fires,and many, many of those early
  • 00:48:08.335 --> 00:48:12.572
  • pilgrims lost their lives, losteverything they owned due to
  • 00:48:12.606 --> 00:48:16.710
  • prairie fires.
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  • And I read this story, there'sone small group and they're
  • 00:48:18.111 --> 00:48:20.514
  • traveling, and they see smoke inthe distance.
  • 00:48:20.547 --> 00:48:23.617
  • And sure enough, there's aprairie fire coming their way.
  • 00:48:23.650 --> 00:48:26.253
  • The wind is blowing strongly,directly at them.
  • 00:48:26.286 --> 00:48:29.489
  • And then they see this wall offire coming and there's no way
  • 00:48:29.523 --> 00:48:33.160
  • to outrun it.
  • 00:48:33.193 --> 00:48:34.695
  • And one of them with thepresence of mind went a ways
  • 00:48:34.728 --> 00:48:37.998
  • behind them and lit the prairiegrass behind them on fire.
  • 00:48:38.031 --> 00:48:41.568
  • And so now they're standing inthe middle, there's a wall of
  • 00:48:41.601 --> 00:48:44.204
  • fire raging towards them, andbehind them there's a wall of
  • 00:48:44.237 --> 00:48:47.441
  • fire going away from them.
  • 00:48:47.474 --> 00:48:49.576
  • And then what they did once thatfire behind them went far
  • 00:48:49.609 --> 00:48:52.612
  • enough, they pulled the wagonsand everything on that burned
  • 00:48:52.646 --> 00:48:55.549
  • over ground.
  • 00:48:55.582 --> 00:48:57.150
  • And they were there and a littlegirl's holding onto her daddy's
  • 00:48:57.184 --> 00:49:00.153
  • legs, saying, "Daddy, are wegonna die?
  • 00:49:00.187 --> 00:49:02.823
  • Is the fire going to kill us?"
  • 00:49:02.856 --> 00:49:04.992
  • He said, "No honey, we're safe.
  • 00:49:05.025 --> 00:49:07.160
  • The fire can't come whereit's already burned."
  • 00:49:07.194 --> 00:49:11.331
  • My friend, I cling to theblood-soaked cross of Jesus
  • 00:49:11.365 --> 00:49:15.902
  • Christ because the fire of God'swrath has already burned there
  • 00:49:15.936 --> 00:49:20.974
  • and it is the only safe place.
  • 00:49:21.008 --> 00:49:23.543
  • He has already judged sin atthat cross and Christ has poured
  • 00:49:23.577 --> 00:49:27.381
  • out his blood.
  • 00:49:27.414 --> 00:49:28.749
  • And when I put my faith in hisprecious shed blood, I am safe.
  • 00:49:28.782 --> 00:49:32.786
  • You are safe.
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  • It is an amazing thing.
  • 00:49:34.788 --> 00:49:36.289
  • And when we partake of thatPassover meal, we remember that
  • 00:49:36.323 --> 00:49:40.394
  • we're saved from sin and fromthe eternal consequences of sin.
  • 00:49:40.427 --> 00:49:46.266
  • And Jesus said, "This is the newcovenant in my blood."
  • 00:49:46.299 --> 00:49:50.971
  • You know, the Old Testament wordfor "covenant,"
  • 00:49:51.004 --> 00:49:54.207
  • it's a Hebrew word, "beriyth."
  • 00:49:54.241 --> 00:49:56.109
  • It means to cutwhere blood flows.
  • 00:49:56.143 --> 00:49:57.978
  • And when they would have acovenant, each party, they would
  • 00:49:58.011 --> 00:50:02.315
  • kill an animal normally and shedits blood, and then one party
  • 00:50:02.349 --> 00:50:06.253
  • would say, "Okay,I'll do this for you.
  • 00:50:06.286 --> 00:50:07.921
  • You do this for me.
  • 00:50:07.954 --> 00:50:09.523
  • I'll provide this for you.
  • 00:50:09.556 --> 00:50:10.891
  • You provide that for me.
  • 00:50:10.924 --> 00:50:12.225
  • If you get in trouble,I'll come help you.
  • 00:50:12.259 --> 00:50:13.960
  • If I'm in trouble, you come helpme," and they would lay down in
  • 00:50:13.994 --> 00:50:17.097
  • the terms of the covenant.
  • 00:50:17.130 --> 00:50:19.366
  • But in the New Testament, theword used by Jesus here
  • 00:50:19.399 --> 00:50:23.236
  • is a Greek word "diatheke."
  • 00:50:23.270 --> 00:50:25.639
  • It's not the same.
  • 00:50:25.672 --> 00:50:27.007
  • It literally meansan unequal covenant.
  • 00:50:27.040 --> 00:50:29.142
  • It's a covenant where one partydoes all of the giving and the
  • 00:50:29.176 --> 00:50:33.180
  • other party does all of thereceiving.
  • 00:50:33.213 --> 00:50:35.449
  • One party provides everything,and on the other side they just
  • 00:50:35.482 --> 00:50:41.021
  • humbly receive.
  • 00:50:41.054 --> 00:50:44.024
  • My friend, Christhas done it all.
  • 00:50:44.057 --> 00:50:47.627
  • He shed his precious blood.
  • 00:50:47.661 --> 00:50:49.262
  • He's provided salvation.
  • 00:50:49.296 --> 00:50:50.931
  • He's provided peace.
  • 00:50:50.964 --> 00:50:53.767
  • He's opened the way for us tospend an eternity with God.
  • 00:50:53.800 --> 00:50:58.071
  • Our part is to humbly receive.
  • 00:50:58.105 --> 00:51:02.042
  • And if you're watching rightnow, wherever you might be,
  • 00:51:02.075 --> 00:51:04.744
  • if you've never openedyour heart to Jesus Christ,
  • 00:51:04.778 --> 00:51:07.180
  • I want to encourage you.
  • 00:51:07.214 --> 00:51:09.483
  • He is there with you.He loves you.
  • 00:51:09.516 --> 00:51:12.652
  • And he will not turn you away.
  • 00:51:12.686 --> 00:51:16.189
  • Now, I have sort of a postscriptI'd like to add to this story as
  • 00:51:16.223 --> 00:51:20.694
  • it goes on.
  • 00:51:20.727 --> 00:51:22.062
  • You know, they finished thePassover meal.
  • 00:51:22.095 --> 00:51:24.998
  • Still in Mark 14, in verse 25,"Jesus said, 'Assuredly, I say
  • 00:51:25.031 --> 00:51:30.270
  • to you, I will no longer drinkof the fruit of the vine until
  • 00:51:30.303 --> 00:51:34.674
  • the day when I drink it new inthe kingdom of God.'
  • 00:51:34.708 --> 00:51:37.978
  • And when they had sung a hymn,they went out to the Mount
  • 00:51:38.011 --> 00:51:41.882
  • of Olives."
  • 00:51:41.915 --> 00:51:43.950
  • Jesus had faith in the comingkingdom.
  • 00:51:43.984 --> 00:51:47.354
  • He spoke of drinking this fruitof the vine new in the kingdom
  • 00:51:47.387 --> 00:51:51.191
  • of God.
  • 00:51:51.224 --> 00:51:52.526
  • The Bible says, "Eye hasn'tseen, ear hasn't heard, nor
  • 00:51:52.559 --> 00:51:55.328
  • entered into the heart of manthe things that God has prepared
  • 00:51:55.362 --> 00:51:58.131
  • for those who love him."
  • 00:51:58.165 --> 00:52:00.233
  • So Jesus knew therewas a coming kingdom.
  • 00:52:00.267 --> 00:52:03.336
  • Thank you.
  • 00:52:03.370 --> 00:52:05.005
  • But he also knew what wasdirectly coming in front of him.
  • 00:52:05.038 --> 00:52:11.044
  • He knew that in his immediatefuture there was suffering.
  • 00:52:12.078 --> 00:52:16.650
  • There would be ridicule.
  • 00:52:16.683 --> 00:52:17.984
  • There would be torture.
  • 00:52:18.018 --> 00:52:20.387
  • There will be a terrible deathon a cross.
  • 00:52:20.420 --> 00:52:24.491
  • And he also knew his disciples.
  • 00:52:24.524 --> 00:52:27.327
  • He knew that shortly one wouldbetray him, one would deny him,
  • 00:52:27.360 --> 00:52:31.498
  • one would doubt him, and all ofthem would forsake him and
  • 00:52:31.531 --> 00:52:36.469
  • run away.
  • 00:52:36.503 --> 00:52:37.804
  • He knew that was coming.
  • 00:52:37.837 --> 00:52:40.240
  • And what does Jesus do?
  • 00:52:40.273 --> 00:52:43.376
  • He chooses to sing.
  • 00:52:43.410 --> 00:52:48.882
  • He knew what lay in front of himand they sang a hymn.
  • 00:52:48.915 --> 00:52:52.886
  • My friend, sometimes when youfeel the least like worshiping
  • 00:52:52.919 --> 00:52:56.489
  • God, it's the most importanttime to worship God.
  • 00:52:56.523 --> 00:53:02.329
  • And at the Passover meal, it wastraditional to sing what is
  • 00:53:02.362 --> 00:53:06.099
  • referred to as the Great Hallel.
  • 00:53:06.132 --> 00:53:09.202
  • They would sing Psalm 113through Psalm 118.
  • 00:53:09.236 --> 00:53:13.073
  • At the commencement, they wouldsing Psalm 113 through 115.
  • 00:53:13.106 --> 00:53:17.577
  • At the end, they would singPsalm 115 through 118.
  • 00:53:17.611 --> 00:53:23.617
  • Now, the last words that theywould have sung, the last words
  • 00:53:23.750 --> 00:53:29.756
  • that Jesus and his discipleswould have sung after that
  • 00:53:30.123 --> 00:53:33.226
  • Passover meal were, "Oh, givethanks to the Lord for he is
  • 00:53:33.260 --> 00:53:38.198
  • good, for his mercyendures forever."
  • 00:53:38.231 --> 00:53:44.237
  • Let that be our declaration,that we expect to see the
  • 00:53:45.171 --> 00:53:49.075
  • goodness of the Lord in the landof the living, even during this
  • 00:53:49.109 --> 00:53:52.045
  • difficult time that we're allgoing through.
  • 00:53:52.078 --> 00:53:55.048
  • My friend, he is good.
  • 00:53:55.081 --> 00:53:57.751
  • He's the Lord who does notchange and he's already provided
  • 00:53:57.784 --> 00:54:02.122
  • everything for us.
  • 00:54:02.155 --> 00:54:05.892
  • I pray that you turn on yourexpecter and anticipate to see
  • 00:54:05.925 --> 00:54:10.664
  • the goodness of God in yourfamily, in your life, in our
  • 00:54:10.697 --> 00:54:15.368
  • church, in the world.
  • 00:54:15.402 --> 00:54:17.504
  • In fact, I'm convinced that theprecious fruit of the earth is
  • 00:54:17.537 --> 00:54:21.074
  • ripening and I believe thatwe're gonna see a global harvest
  • 00:54:21.107 --> 00:54:25.745
  • of souls.
  • 00:54:25.779 --> 00:54:27.080
  • God is doing things, my friend.
  • 00:54:27.113 --> 00:54:28.882
  • He is good and he loves you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Bayless, thankyou so much for that
  • 00:56:02.175 --> 00:56:03.576
  • encouraging word.
  • 00:56:03.610 --> 00:56:04.944
  • And we just are so grateful thatyou're joining us today and that
  • 00:56:04.978 --> 00:56:08.114
  • you've been with us, and we justwant you to know that you can
  • 00:56:08.148 --> 00:56:10.550
  • make that decision today.
  • 00:56:10.583 --> 00:56:12.385
  • You can make a decision rightwhere you are to seek after God
  • 00:56:12.419 --> 00:56:15.755
  • with all your heart, with allyour soul, and with all
  • 00:56:15.789 --> 00:56:18.224
  • your mind.
  • 00:56:18.258 --> 00:56:19.592
  • I promise you that your lifewill never be the same.
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  • Well, thank you forjoining us today.
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  • Would you rise forthe benediction?
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  • And now, the Lord bless youand keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shineupon you and be gracious
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  • unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenanceupon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father,and of the Son,
  • 00:56:37.944 --> 00:56:39.946
  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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