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July 4, 2020
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  • male announcer: The followingprogram is paid for by the
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  • ministry partners of the "Hourof Power" and viewers like you.
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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 likeflowers before you, ♪
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  • ♪ opening to the sunabove. ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the clouds of sinand sadness. ♪
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  • ♪ Drive the dark ofdoubt away. ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortalgladness, ♪
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  • ♪ fill us with thelight 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.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And hellovisitors and church family.
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  • Thank you for joining us.
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  • You know, as we continue to bein this chaotic time, the Bible
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  • tells us not to fix our eyes onwhat is seen, but to fix our
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  • eyes on what is unseen, becausewhat is seen is temporary but
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  • what is unseen is eternal.
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  • God is with you and you cantrust him.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And for anybodywho's joining us wherever you
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  • are, we just want you to know welove you.
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  • And we know this is a toughtime, but we want to be there.
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  • We're encouraging you.
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  • And if you feel alone, we wantyou to know you're not alone.
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  • Not only is the Lord with you,we're with you.
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  • There are people in your lifewho love you, And just remember,
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  • all of this will end soon andlife will go back to, something
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  • new probably than the oldnormal, I hope, but no matter
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  • what happens, just trust thatGod's gonna bring you, I
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  • believe, from victory tovictory.
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  • You're about to see one of thegreatest things happen in your
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  • life and I'm just gonna trustit's gonna be true to you.
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  • So keep hope alive, keep yourchin up, and know we're with you
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  • and we're praying for you.
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  • Let's begin with a Word ofprayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so much forall you've given to us and we
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  • just want you to know that welove you.
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  • Everything we're doing, Lord, isfor you.
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  • This is all for you.
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  • And we ask, God, that you wouldhelp those of us who in this
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  • time are feeling bored, lonely,worried about the future.
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  • Give us a sense of peace.
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  • I pray that you'd send your HolySpirit to fill the hearts and
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  • minds of everyone under thesound of my voice.
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  • Lord, we love you and we thankyou.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray,amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen.
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  • Turn around to the person nextto you and say, "God loves you
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  • and so do I."
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  • male announcer: For 50 years,"Hour of Power" has been sharing
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  • the good news of God's lovearound the world and empowering
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  • others to do the same.
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  • milestone year, our team hascreated a special gift that we
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  • Schuller's mini devotional book,"God's Minute III: 365 Daily
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  • Bobby Schuller: As a faithfulfriend and supporter of the
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  • "Hour of Power," you have comealongside us in a difficult time
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  • and infused fresh hope.
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  • While July and August aretraditionally challenging for us
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  • as a ministry, this year thesummer slump is hitting us
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  • especially hard.
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  • With the lingering effects ofthe COVID-19 crisis, we're
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  • desperately in need of financialsupport.
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  • Because I know you understandthe importance of our mission,
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  • I'm asking for your help today.
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  • Thank you for your continuedprayer and generosity.
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  • And remember as always, Godloves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, 2 Corinthians
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  • 5:18, "All this is from God whoreconciled us to himself through
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  • Christ and gave us the ministryof reconciliation, that God was
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  • reconciling the world to himselfin Christ, not counting people's
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  • sins against them, and he hascommitted to us the message
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  • of reconciliation.
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  • We are therefore Christ'sambassadors as though God were
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  • making his appeal through us.
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  • We implore you on Christ'sbehalf, be reconciled to God."
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  • Church family, we areambassadors to the king, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I love the the Lord. ♪
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  • ♪ He heard my cry ♪
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  • ♪ and pitied every groan. ♪
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  • ♪ So long as I live ♪
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  • ♪ and troubles rise, ♪
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  • ♪ I hasten to, ♪
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  • ♪ to his throne. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I love, I love,I love the Lord. ♪
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  • ♪ I love him becausehe heard me. ♪
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  • ♪ He heard meas I cried. ♪
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  • ♪ And he pitied me,yes he did. ♪
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  • ♪ He pitied every groan. ♪
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  • ♪ So long as I live,long as I live, ♪
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  • ♪ and as long asmy troubles, ♪
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  • ♪ as long as they rise, ♪
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  • ♪ I hasten to, to, to--♪
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  • ♪ I will hasten tohis throne. ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, I am comingto you, my Lord. ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, I will. ♪
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  • ♪ I can only get therewith you, my Lord. ♪
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  • ♪ I'll hasten to his throne. ♪♪
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  • male announcer: Ryan Romeo is apastor and author who also co
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  • founded the Outcry Tour, aworship tour that saw almost a
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  • million people attend in threeyears.
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  • His new book, "Head in theClouds, Feet on the Ground," is
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  • a practical guide to pursuingour dreams and the calling God
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  • has for us.
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  • Please welcome Ryan Romeo.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Ryan, hi,welcome.
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  • We're so glad you're joining usthis morning and thanks for
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  • being here.
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  • How you doin'?
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  • Ryan Romeo: Bobby, thank you somuch for having me on.
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  • I'm doin' great.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Tell us a littleabout how you came to faith and
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  • how you developed this hugepassion for ministry.
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  • Ryan Romeo: Yeah, so I came toknow Jesus when I was in
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  • high school.
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  • And I grew up in Tucson,Arizona.
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  • It is not the Bible belt, forsure, and I was the first
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  • Christian in my family.
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  • And a youth pastor reached outto me and asked me to come play
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  • guitar at his small group and heasked me to lead worship and I
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  • had no idea what that meant, notcoming from a Christian place.
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  • And I always joke I startedleading worship before I was
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  • a Christian.
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  • And I went to the small group,started leading worship, and I
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  • came to know Jesus through that,just through relationship.
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  • And so by the time I was alittle bit later on in life, I
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  • started to follow Jesus reallystrong and my parents were like,
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  • "What are you doing?
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  • What is this new thing thatyou've got goin' on?"
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  • But from the beginning, worshipwas just such a big part of what
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  • I did.
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  • And worship, I knew the Lord wasreally speaking to me about
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  • using that in my life and Ireally had no idea how big it
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  • would get and, you know, howmuch time it would take to
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  • get there.
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  • But the Lord was really rightfrom the beginning when I came
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  • to know him was imparting somedreams to me, some visions that
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  • seemed far beyond what I couldever accomplish on my own.
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  • Bobby Schuller: There's so muchwisdom in what you just said.
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  • I mean, for people who arewanting to win, you know, young
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  • people especially to the Lord,it's so important to incorporate
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  • people who are not Christiansinto what you're doing.
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  • I did that when I was a worshipleader, the same type of thing,
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  • and so many people wereencouraged, came to faith, you
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  • know, improved their lives justby having a purpose, a sense
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  • of community.
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  • And I just really love thatstory and I also love the way in
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  • which music, which is thisuniversal language everybody
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  • speaks, I mean, there's neverbeen a movement, any civil
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  • movement, any religiousmovement, that didn't have its
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  • own music.
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  • And I think it's--you know,it's all unique to the movement,
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  • you know?
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  • And as a worship leader, I knowyou believe in that.
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  • And before we get to your book,I just--tell the people about
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  • Outcry and the tour and how thatplayed a big role in what you've
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  • done and all of that.
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  • Ryan Romeo: Yeah, so Outcry, wetook that off the ground in
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  • about 2014.
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  • My friend, Shane, and I, ShaneQuick and I, we had been
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  • dreaming about Outcry for a longtime.
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  • And for about four years, wewere dreaming, and praying, and
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  • asking the Lord what he wantedto do, and at just the right
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  • moment--it always feels likeGod does that at just the right
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  • moment--it opened up and we hada connection with
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  • Hillsong United.
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  • And my friend Shane called meand he said, "Hey, Hillsong
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  • wants to do a tour, but theydon't want to do kind of the
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  • normal Hillsong tour.
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  • They want to jump on a tour."
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  • And he said, "What if we turnedOutcry into a tour?"
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  • And we had never really thoughtof it being a tour until that
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  • point, and at that point we justsaid, Okay, if Hillsong United
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  • says yes, we are going to reallytake that as a Word from the
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  • Lord and we're going to moveforward.
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  • And the one thing that we werereally passionate about, we are
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  • really passionate about unity inthe church, talking about how
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  • these different camps.
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  • You know, the first tour we had,we had Hillsong, but we had
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  • Bethel, we had people that, youknow, they were saying, "That
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  • wouldn't work," you know?
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  • All of the naysayers in our lifewere going, "That won't work
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  • together," but unity was a bigdeal for us, talking about the
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  • power of the local church, mecoming from a local church
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  • position, saying, "Look, thelocal church is the greatest
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  • movement in all of history.
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  • The church is not dying.
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  • The church is not in decline.
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  • The greatest days of the churchare ahead," this was the
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  • heartbeat of our messaging.
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  • So when it came to doing a tour,we said, "Okay, why not?
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  • Let's take it to a lot ofcities."
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  • And by the time it took off theground, it felt like we couldn't
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  • stop it even if we wanted to.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And how couldyou?
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  • I mean, it's like some of thebiggest names.
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  • You know, you talk about Shane,Hillsong, Bethel, those who
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  • don't know, these are thebiggest names in Christian
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  • music, have sold tens ofmillions of records, and sold
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  • out arenas.
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  • Oh yeah, that's unreal.
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  • Ryan Romeo: We took a risk on ayoung artist named
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  • Lauren Daigle.
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  • She sent us her rough album andwe took her out on the road.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That'sincredible.
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  • Ryan Romeo: She outgrew us.
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  • She outgrows pretty quick.
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  • Bobby Schuller: What an awesomething for you.
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  • Ryan Romeo: But yeah, it'samazing.
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  • It's amazing to see what theLord can do, and that's really
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  • what happened with Outcry.
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  • As soon as it took off, it tooka life of its own and the Lord
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  • grew us a lot, showed us a lot,and I've got to be in places, in
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  • rooms I never imagined I wouldbe sitting in.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, so you hadthis dream as a pastor and a
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  • worship leader and it blew upinto like maybe the best thing
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  • literally by any measurement itcould've been in terms
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  • of success.
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  • So I just think it's so great.
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  • I love hearing stories like thatand I love your book.
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  • Your book is called, "Head inthe Clouds, Feet on the Ground,"
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  • and it's a book about dreams,goals, passion, living for
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  • something bigger.
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  • I love this, but tell us--tellour audience about what the book
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  • is about, why you wrote it, andwhat you hope readers get when
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  • they get into this book.
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  • Ryan Romeo: Yeah, I think somany of us in life right now,
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  • especially in kind of theChristian world, we look at
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  • dreams kind of in two differentways.
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  • One, it's like, oh, life is allabout your dreams, and you know,
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  • you get out of college andyou're goin', "I want my dream
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  • job right away."
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  • And I knew--I'm like, "That'snot the appropriate way to look
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  • at dreams."
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  • But on the other extreme, youknow, we have the kinda
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  • curmudgeons in our life that aregoing, "Ah, you know, I had to
  • 00:14:43.799 --> 00:14:46.835
  • walk barefoot, you know, in thesnow both ways to give up on my
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  • dream and you should too."
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  • And I knew--I go, You knowwhat?
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  • There's somewhere in betweenwhere we got to know that these
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  • dreams that God gave us is partof the DNA, part of the wiring
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  • that God made us to have, and tostart looking at them with real
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  • purpose and saying, "The Lordgave me this dream."
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  • Whether it's just an inkling,maybe it's this prophetic echo
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  • of what I'm actually going to bedoing, but he gave me
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  • this passion.
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  • He created me unlike anybodyelse on earth and I am to start
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  • pursuing this dream and to do itwith open hands, knowing that
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  • he's gonna lead the direct--lead our direction.
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  • And that is, for me, the biggestthing when I was writing
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  • this book.
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  • I wanted people to be releasedinto these dreams, but also
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  • understanding having their feeton the ground.
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  • There's the head in the cloudsaspect of it, but having your
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  • feet on the ground, doing allthings as if unto Christ, it
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  • says in Colossians, saying,"Okay, this moment, it may not
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  • feel very special."
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  • Maybe I'm working at Starbucks.
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  • Maybe I have a terrible boss andI'm going, "Lord, how does this
  • 00:15:43.826 --> 00:15:46.962
  • fit in the scheme of things?"
  • 00:15:46.996 --> 00:15:49.031
  • And to really understand thatevery moment is God-breathed,
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  • every moment is God-ordained,and when we treat it with
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  • purpose, God gives us even moreand more responsibility as we
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  • start being faithful with thesmall things.
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  • So that for me was a really bigdeal with this book.
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  • And you look at the life ofJoseph, Joseph really was like
  • 00:16:04.246 --> 00:16:07.116
  • the archetype when I was lookingat this book going, "Gosh, his
  • 00:16:07.149 --> 00:16:09.718
  • life is so much like mine."
  • 00:16:09.752 --> 00:16:11.587
  • But there's one verse whenPotiphar is talking about Joseph
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  • and he says, "I see that theLord is with you and that
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  • everything you do prospers."
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  • And that showed me that Josephtook this moment that was not
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  • like him climbing the corporateladder.
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  • He is a slave in a householdthat really has no upward
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  • mobility for him, but he'sreally faithful, and he works
  • 00:16:29.938 --> 00:16:33.142
  • really hard, and he makes it sothat Potiphar goes, "I see that
  • 00:16:33.175 --> 00:16:36.512
  • the Lord is with you andeverything you do prospers."
  • 00:16:36.545 --> 00:16:38.647
  • So that really is the heartbehind this book, that we could
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  • keep dreaming, keep thatchildlike part of us alive, but
  • 00:16:40.916 --> 00:16:43.952
  • keep grounded in the momentsthat we're at.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Amen, I feellike, you know, there's a lot of
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  • people during this season thathave had a chance to think and
  • 00:16:48.057 --> 00:16:51.393
  • dream, and now that we're kindof it feels like kind of
  • 00:16:51.427 --> 00:16:54.229
  • emerging from the cave a littlebit now, that there are a lot of
  • 00:16:54.263 --> 00:16:57.800
  • people who are trying to figureout, "Is this dream I have in my
  • 00:16:57.833 --> 00:17:00.369
  • heart from the Lord?
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  • And if it is, how do I go aboutit?
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  • What's my first step?"
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  • And I feel like your book isperfect for someone like that.
  • 00:17:05.707 --> 00:17:08.210
  • In fact, if you're at home oryou know somebody that's working
  • 00:17:08.243 --> 00:17:11.113
  • on a dream, I wanna encourageyou to get this book.
  • 00:17:11.146 --> 00:17:13.415
  • It's anywhere books are sold.
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  • It's "Head in the Clouds, Feeton the Ground" by Ryan Romeo.
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  • Ryan, thank you so much forjoining us.
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  • We appreciate you so much.
  • 00:17:19.755 --> 00:17:21.123
  • And anything next on the horizonfor Outcry?
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  • Ryan Romeo: Yeah, we're prayingjust like you said.
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  • I mean, we feel like we'recoming out of, you know,
  • 00:17:26.862 --> 00:17:28.931
  • dreaming, and so we've got somestuff on the horizon, some
  • 00:17:28.964 --> 00:17:31.834
  • things that I'm really lookin'forward to.
  • 00:17:31.867 --> 00:17:33.302
  • But Bobby, thank you so much forhaving me.
  • 00:17:33.335 --> 00:17:35.370
  • It was an honor to be on yourshow.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thanks so much.
  • 00:17:36.738 --> 00:17:38.073
  • It was such a joy.
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  • God blessings to you and yourfamily.
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  • Ryan Romeo: You too, thanks.
  • 00:17:40.776 --> 00:17:43.812
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I push and pull, goback and forth ♪
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  • ♪ finding myself ♪
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  • ♪ pounding on a locked door. ♪
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  • ♪ I try and make it out alonewithout your help, ♪
  • 00:18:02.965 --> 00:18:07.436
  • ♪ but I know I'llnever win this war. ♪
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  • ♪ I can never be, ♪
  • 00:18:09.938 --> 00:18:11.540
  • ♪ never be free without you. ♪
  • 00:18:11.573 --> 00:18:15.110
  • ♪ I can never be, never beme without you. ♪
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  • ♪ This is the sound ofchains breaking. ♪
  • 00:18:21.850 --> 00:18:25.387
  • ♪ This is the beat ofa heart changing. ♪
  • 00:18:25.420 --> 00:18:28.991
  • ♪ This is a song of asoul forgiven. ♪
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  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:18:34.630 --> 00:18:38.400
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn, myfreedom hymn. ♪
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  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn,my freedom hymn. ♪
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  • ♪ I take a breath of freedomin knowing my life ♪
  • 00:18:49.278 --> 00:18:53.849
  • ♪ is better off inyour hands. ♪
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  • ♪ The past is gone. ♪
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  • ♪ What's done is done. ♪
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  • ♪ Now I'm alive and I know I'llnever win this war. ♪
  • 00:18:59.021 --> 00:19:02.090
  • ♪ I can never be, never be mewithout you. ♪
  • 00:19:02.124 --> 00:19:08.230
  • ♪ I can never be, never be freewithout you. ♪
  • 00:19:08.830 --> 00:19:15.003
  • ♪ This is the sound ofchains breaking. ♪
  • 00:19:15.037 --> 00:19:17.940
  • ♪ This is the beat of aheart changing. ♪
  • 00:19:17.973 --> 00:19:21.476
  • ♪ This is a song of asoul forgiven. ♪
  • 00:19:21.510 --> 00:19:26.582
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:19:27.049 --> 00:19:30.519
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn,my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:19:30.552 --> 00:19:35.791
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn,my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:19:37.092 --> 00:19:43.699
  • ♪ Who the Son sets freeis free indeed. ♪
  • 00:19:47.035 --> 00:19:52.941
  • ♪ Who the Son sets freeis free indeed. ♪
  • 00:19:53.742 --> 00:20:00.215
  • ♪ Who the Son sets freeis free, I'm free. ♪
  • 00:20:00.249 --> 00:20:07.756
  • ♪ This is the sound ofchains breaking. ♪
  • 00:20:08.857 --> 00:20:11.960
  • ♪ This is the beat of aheart changing. ♪
  • 00:20:11.994 --> 00:20:15.063
  • ♪ This is a song of asoul forgiven. ♪
  • 00:20:15.097 --> 00:20:19.801
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:20:19.835 --> 00:20:22.471
  • ♪ This is the sound ofchains breaking. ♪
  • 00:20:22.504 --> 00:20:25.240
  • ♪ This is the beat of aheart changing. ♪
  • 00:20:25.274 --> 00:20:27.976
  • ♪ This is a song of asoul forgiven. ♪
  • 00:20:28.010 --> 00:20:32.314
  • ♪ This is my freedomhymn. ♪
  • 00:20:32.347 --> 00:20:36.585
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn, ♪
  • 00:20:36.618 --> 00:20:38.620
  • ♪ my freedom hymn. ♪
  • 00:20:38.654 --> 00:20:42.090
  • ♪ This is my freedom hymn, ♪
  • 00:20:42.124 --> 00:20:44.426
  • ♪ my freedom hymn. ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you forjoining us on the
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  • "Hour of Power" today.
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  • We hope you've found incrediblehope and inspiration from
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  • this program.
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  • The past few months have beenchallenging as we've learned to
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  • navigate our changing world inthe midst of this crazy,
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  • crazy time.
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  • Since the dawn of theCoronavirus pandemic, life as we
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  • know it has been altereddramatically and each of us have
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  • found ourselves in a position wenever saw coming.
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  • Hannah Schuller: While we allwant things to go back to the
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  • way they were, it's helpful toremember that Jesus never
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  • promised us an existence withouttrials or hard times.
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  • The Bible says that faith is thesubstance of things hoped for
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  • and the evidence of things notseen.
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  • Trusting in the goodness and thegreater purpose and God is the
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  • fuel that empowers us to lookfor meaning beyond this
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  • present pain.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Though we'removing through the COVID-19
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  • Hannah Schuller: We will keepforging ahead and bringing the
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  • Chuck Norris: There is hope outthere.
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  • There is a way.
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  • All you've got to do is believein yourself, and strive toward
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  • it, and find somebody that cangive you the guidance that
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  • is necessary.
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  • Church is a very good way.
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  • You know, faith and--you've gotto have faith in God.
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  • Someone has asked me, am I areligious person?
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  • I said, "Of course, you cannever achieve success in life
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  • without believing and havingfaith in God."
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  • There's no way to have the driveand overcome the obstacles in
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  • life unless you have that faithin God.
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  • Because through life, there's somany trials and tribulations.
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  • In achieving goals in life,there's so many obstacles in the
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  • way trying to stop you.
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  • And if you don't have that faithand that determination, there's
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  • no way you can overcome thoseobstacles en route to those
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  • goals in life.
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  • Maiya Sykes: Good morning,church family.
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  • We are so honored to be in yourliving room this very
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  • wonderful day.
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  • Remember, God is with youalways.
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  • You do not have to be in churchto celebrate the love of God.
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  • Let's do that together.
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  • ♪ I once was lostin sin, ♪
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  • ♪ but Jesus took me inand then a light ♪
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  • ♪ from heaven filledmy soul. ♪
  • 00:25:03.218 --> 00:25:06.421
  • ♪ He filled my heartwith love. ♪
  • 00:25:06.454 --> 00:25:08.456
  • ♪ He wrote myname above. ♪
  • 00:25:08.490 --> 00:25:10.492
  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesusmakes it all right. ♪
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  • ♪ Let's just have a little talkwith Jesus. ♪
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  • ♪ Tell him all about yourtroubles. ♪
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  • ♪ He'll hear yourfaintest cry. ♪
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  • ♪ He'll answer by and by. ♪
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  • ♪ When you feel thatprayer wheel turning, ♪
  • 00:25:23.271 --> 00:25:24.973
  • ♪ then you know thatfire's burning. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesusmakes it all right. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, sometimes my waylooks drear without ♪
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  • ♪ an ounce of cheer,and then a cloud ♪
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  • ♪ of darkness hidesthe light of day. ♪
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  • ♪ The mist of sin may rise andcloud the stormy skies, ♪
  • 00:25:39.454 --> 00:25:43.692
  • ♪ but just a littletalk with Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ makes it okay. ♪
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  • ♪ Just have a little talkwith Jesus. ♪
  • 00:25:48.129 --> 00:25:49.864
  • ♪ Tell him aboutyour troubles. ♪
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  • ♪ He will hear your faintest cryand answer by and by. ♪
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  • ♪ When you hear thatprayer wheel turning, ♪
  • 00:25:56.371 --> 00:25:58.239
  • ♪ you know thatfire's burning. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesusmakes it all right. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with. ♪
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  • ♪ I once was lost in sin,but Jesus took me in. ♪
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  • ♪ Then a light from heavenfilled my soul. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesusmade it all right. ♪
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  • ♪ He will hear your faintest cryand answer by and by. ♪
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  • ♪ When you hear that prayerwheel turning, you ♪
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  • ♪ know that the fire'sburning. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesusmakes it all right. ♪
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  • ♪ Boy, just a little talk withJesus makes it all--say ♪
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  • ♪ it again. ♪
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  • ♪ Just a little talk with Jesus,that makes it all right. ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hold your handsout as a way of receiving
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  • from the Lord.
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  • Let's say this 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 people say aboutme.
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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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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today I'm gonna talk about thelast name.
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  • Now, God has lots of names forhis people, but I've talked
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  • about six or seven of them andtoday I'm going to talk about
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  • the last one, and that is this.
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  • You are an ambassador.
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  • You're not a salesperson.
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  • You're not just a Christian.
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  • You're not just someone whobelieves.
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  • The Scripture tells us thatwe're an ambassador.
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  • An ambassador is someone whogoes to another people on behalf
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  • of the king or on behalf of thecountry to negotiate, to talk,
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  • to develop relations, to trade.
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  • And when this ambassador goes,she or he brings with them a
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  • sense of power, the ability tomake a deal, the ability to
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  • declare war or declare peace.
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  • And God has asked you in thisage to be an ambassador.
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  • In a time when people areafraid, people are struggling,
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  • there is a lot of anger, there'sa lot of fear, there's a lot of
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  • negativity, God is asking you tobe a representative of the
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  • kingdom of God.
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  • That is a hopeful, peacefulperson.
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  • You are an ambassador and thatmeans a whole, whole lot to me
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  • and it means a lot to the Lord.
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  • I remember so many ambassadorsthat came into my life that
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  • helped me develop into theperson I am.
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  • You obviously think of parents,and family members, and things
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  • like that, but there was onecouple in particular.
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  • There was--it was actually twoneighbors we had, one to the
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  • right of us when we lived inBurbank and a couple that live
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  • behind us.
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  • The guy to the right--both ofthem are wonderful people and
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  • both are more Christians.
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  • The guy to the right, he wasthis wonderful old man and I
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  • would go over to his house andhe would--I was 15.
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  • He'd teach me how to use tools.
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  • He would teach me how to buildthings and teach me how to
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  • fix things.
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  • And he taught me stuff aboutlocksmithing, and clocks, and
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  • stuff like this, and was reallya wonderful man.
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  • But he would say this thing,"Don't go to the Meacham's."
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  • You know, he was like, "There isthis family behind you, this
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  • couple, and they are strange."
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  • Well, I came to find out theydidn't really know each other,
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  • the Meachams and this guy.
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  • So eventually, my sister, whodidn't hear this warning from
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  • this neighbor, began going tothe Meacham's house.
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  • I forget how she met them.
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  • And she would go over there onregular occasions.
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  • She would hear from them andfound out they were very
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  • committed Christians.
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  • They would pray with her.They would talk to her.
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  • And all of a sudden Angie, mysister, began to have this
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  • radical transformation.
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  • And so various members of ourfamily began to go there.
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  • Finally, I went over, and Ithink the reason he said, "Don't
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  • go to the Meachams," is 'causethey were Pentecostal.
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  • Now, you know, in Christianity,there are--there's Christianity
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  • and then there's these bundlesof groups, you know?
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  • Catholics, and Presbyterians,and Baptists, and all that.
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  • You know, various sorts that areeither on the fringes, and then
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  • there's this group, a group thatI've hailed from many times, the
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  • Pentecostals, the Charismatics,these Spirit-filled type people.
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  • And if you don't understandthem, if you just look at them
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  • from the surface, they can seemvery weird.
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  • But like I said last week,there's nothin' wrong with bein'
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  • weird for God.
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  • Just be weird for him.
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  • And I remember going over thereand I remember one time they,
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  • like, prophesied over my lifeand it ended up being
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  • totally true.
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  • And they prayed--but they werenot--they weren't really weird.
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  • They were just sweet, loving.
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  • It was this old couple and theybecame a sanctuary for me and
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  • for members of my family.
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  • And I wasn't really a Christianat the time.
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  • I mean, I would have calledmyself a Christian but I had no
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  • real deep relationship with God.
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  • I didn't--you know, I was intosome things that were definitely
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  • not Christian.
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  • And I remember during that timejust having something begin to
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  • change in me because of thisolder couple.
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  • They were, in a way, the guidethat I needed to be pointed in
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  • the direction of God.
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  • It was not long after that I didcome to a radical conversion of
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  • faith, but I always felt likewithout the Meachams I don't
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  • know if our family on my mom'sside would have gone through
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  • this radical transformation.
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  • And I know I personally wouldnot have and I'm pretty sure my
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  • sister wouldn't have either.
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  • It's interesting because Iremember when my grandpa said
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  • once, he said, "In the kingdomof God, there are some people
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  • who plant the seed.
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  • There are some people who carefor it.
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  • You know, they water the seedand make it grow.
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  • There are some who trim thetree.
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  • And there are some who take theharvest."
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  • But then he said, "But there aresome who go to hard, dry ground
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  • and they till the soil.
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  • They prepare it for theplanter."
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  • And he looked at me and he said,"Bobby, that's what I do."
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  • And he did do that.
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  • He went to people that wantednothing to do with God and he
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  • softened their heart.
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  • And that's what the Meachams didfor me.
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  • They weren't trying to convertme.
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  • They weren't trying, they werejust there.
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  • They were just a loving, HolySpirit-filled presence that a
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  • 15-year-old me needed.
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  • They were, like, in their 80s Ithink and they were just so full
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  • of life and it became contagiousfor me.
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  • And I want you to know--youthink about, the Meachams passed
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  • away many years ago, long beforeI started ministry, but just in
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  • my life alone, the reach that"Hour of Power" has.
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  • I'm just one person that theyreached.
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  • They're not famous.
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  • Nobody knows who they arereally, in the worldly sense.
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  • But I think about the impactthat they've had, how many
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  • people like me in their 80-someyears of life did they touch in
  • 00:34:13.267 --> 00:34:18.106
  • the way they touched me.
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  • How many rolling effects havethey had, maybe on history,
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  • because they knew they wereambassadors for God.
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  • That's what you are.
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  • You are God's ambassador.
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  • You may not have a big ministry.
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  • You may not have millions offollowers.
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  • You may not have books thatyou've published, or CDs that
  • 00:34:41.929 --> 00:34:46.467
  • have gone out, or albums thathave gone out to tons of people,
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  • but every day that you'refaithful to God, to loving your
  • 00:34:50.671 --> 00:34:54.842
  • neighbor with all your heart,and loving God with all your
  • 00:34:54.876 --> 00:34:57.879
  • heart, and representing hiskingdom everywhere you go, the
  • 00:34:57.912 --> 00:35:00.982
  • kingdom of reconciliation, andof peace, and of brotherly
  • 00:35:01.015 --> 00:35:04.719
  • kindness, you will see when youget to the end, when things are
  • 00:35:04.752 --> 00:35:09.457
  • truly weighed, the effect thatyour decision to do the next
  • 00:35:09.490 --> 00:35:14.829
  • right thing had on history.
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  • People today always look at thebig, famous things that make the
  • 00:35:18.900 --> 00:35:23.504
  • big impact, but God looks at thelittle things, people who were
  • 00:35:23.538 --> 00:35:28.409
  • faithful in a chain of eventsthat led to the good things that
  • 00:35:28.442 --> 00:35:34.382
  • needed to happen.
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  • Don't worry, when you get to theend of life, you will recognize
  • 00:35:36.117 --> 00:35:40.021
  • that the tough things that werehard to do when nobody was
  • 00:35:40.054 --> 00:35:43.491
  • looking, the faithfulness to begood to your neighbor, to love
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  • people, even love your enemies,to listen, to make the sacrifice
  • 00:35:46.661 --> 00:35:52.266
  • for the kingdom of God was worthit.
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  • God will look at you and say heis proud of you, and I'm proud
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  • of you.
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  • You're doing a great job.
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  • Keep your chin up and keepcontinuing to show to the world
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  • the life, the love, and themercy of God.
  • 00:36:07.114 --> 00:36:10.484
  • You're making a bigger impactthan you know.
  • 00:36:10.518 --> 00:36:12.320
  • And it reminds me of the chaostheory.
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  • I hate talking about thisbecause pastors say you gotta
  • 00:36:15.489 --> 00:36:17.925
  • stop doin' this, but this theorythat the smallest flap of a
  • 00:36:17.959 --> 00:36:21.462
  • butterfly's wings in Alaska cancreate a tornado in Texas.
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  • We have no idea the impact thatthe good that we're doing in
  • 00:36:27.568 --> 00:36:31.005
  • this world is having sometimesfor generations.
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  • You're making a bigger impactthan you know, so continue to be
  • 00:36:34.875 --> 00:36:38.446
  • an ambassador.
  • 00:36:38.479 --> 00:36:39.780
  • To be an ambassador in abiblical sense means to take the
  • 00:36:39.814 --> 00:36:44.719
  • name or to carry the name, tocarry the name of God.
  • 00:36:44.752 --> 00:36:49.757
  • Now, when we talk about God,sometimes we talk about his
  • 00:36:53.828 --> 00:36:58.232
  • office and sometimes we talkabout his name.
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  • When you say "God," you're notsaying his name, you're saying
  • 00:37:03.738 --> 00:37:08.042
  • his office.
  • 00:37:08.075 --> 00:37:10.077
  • When you say "Yahweh," when yousay "Jesus," you're saying
  • 00:37:11.012 --> 00:37:15.716
  • his name.
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  • So when I--when you say"Pastor" to me, you're not
  • 00:37:17.585 --> 00:37:21.422
  • saying my name.
  • 00:37:21.455 --> 00:37:22.890
  • You're saying my office.
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  • When you say "Bobby" or "PastorBobby" to me, you're saying
  • 00:37:24.592 --> 00:37:28.129
  • my name.
  • 00:37:28.162 --> 00:37:29.463
  • It's personal.
  • 00:37:29.497 --> 00:37:31.065
  • When you say "Pastor Bobby,"you're combining both, my office
  • 00:37:31.098 --> 00:37:34.402
  • and my name.
  • 00:37:34.435 --> 00:37:36.504
  • And today I wanna talk about thename of the Lord.
  • 00:37:36.537 --> 00:37:39.240
  • Not just God, but what Yahweh--what it means to have this name,
  • 00:37:39.273 --> 00:37:43.577
  • Yahweh, in our lives.
  • 00:37:43.611 --> 00:37:46.380
  • The Jews begin, in a way, trulycarrying the name of God before
  • 00:37:46.414 --> 00:37:52.653
  • this, but really at the burningbush experience.
  • 00:37:52.687 --> 00:37:56.257
  • Moses is out in the field and hesees this bush and it's burning.
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  • It wouldn't be super strange tosee a bush on fire in the middle
  • 00:38:02.763 --> 00:38:06.567
  • of the desert, but to see itburning, and still burning yet,
  • 00:38:06.600 --> 00:38:11.138
  • and not consuming the greenleaves, to see a green bush
  • 00:38:11.172 --> 00:38:16.744
  • that's not burning down, butjust continues to light up like
  • 00:38:16.777 --> 00:38:20.481
  • this is a curious thing at theleast.
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  • We know the story, that Mosesapproaches the bush and it's God
  • 00:38:24.251 --> 00:38:27.755
  • or an Angel of the Lord, we'renot sure, that speaks out to
  • 00:38:27.788 --> 00:38:30.324
  • Moses and tells him to take hisshoes off, that he's on
  • 00:38:30.358 --> 00:38:32.660
  • holy ground.
  • 00:38:32.693 --> 00:38:34.762
  • He approaches the bush and thebush tells him that his people
  • 00:38:34.795 --> 00:38:38.833
  • who have been enslaved byPharaoh are to be set free.
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  • If you don't know the story, gowatch, you know, "Ten
  • 00:38:43.070 --> 00:38:45.773
  • Commandments," or "Prince ofEgypt," or something.
  • 00:38:45.806 --> 00:38:47.375
  • I assume most of us know thestory, but Moses approaches the
  • 00:38:47.408 --> 00:38:51.178
  • bush and Moses asks this--asksGod, the office, a question.
  • 00:38:51.212 --> 00:39:00.254
  • He clearly knows what he'sseeing is God or is divine.
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  • He knows that this is hispeople's God.
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  • Remember, Moses is more Egyptianin the story than he is Jewish
  • 00:39:08.129 --> 00:39:11.532
  • yet, right?
  • 00:39:11.565 --> 00:39:12.900
  • He's ethnically Jewish and hismother who sort of raised him is
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  • Hebrew, but he's also veryEgyptian.
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  • He's a prince.He's wealthy.
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  • He's educated in Egyptianoccult stuff.
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  • And the ancient world believedthat to have the name of a god--
  • 00:39:26.080 --> 00:39:32.019
  • of course, we believe there'sonly one God, but they believed
  • 00:39:32.052 --> 00:39:34.288
  • in many gods, and to have thename of a god in a way was to
  • 00:39:34.321 --> 00:39:38.292
  • take a bit of that god's powerwith you.
  • 00:39:38.325 --> 00:39:42.296
  • So it's interesting that whenMoses asks this curious burning
  • 00:39:42.329 --> 00:39:46.500
  • bush, "What is your name?"
  • 00:39:46.534 --> 00:39:50.237
  • that's chutzpah.
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  • That's a very--that's a boldquestion to ask a burning bush,
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  • "What is your name?"
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  • And it could be, this is Bobbytalking, that Moses wants more
  • 00:40:06.454 --> 00:40:11.525
  • than an order.
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  • He wants power to act on behalfof this God.
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  • The bush says to him, "I Am thatI Am," et cetera, and tells him,
  • 00:40:21.469 --> 00:40:25.840
  • "My name is Yahweh."
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  • Yahweh, which sounds like,"I Am."
  • 00:40:29.043 --> 00:40:32.079
  • I could go on and on about theYahweh name.
  • 00:40:32.112 --> 00:40:34.315
  • We don't have time this morning,but the most important thing to
  • 00:40:34.348 --> 00:40:37.618
  • know is that God gives this nameto Moses and it is a treasure.
  • 00:40:37.651 --> 00:40:43.557
  • For Moses, this name means thathe speaks with authority
  • 00:40:43.591 --> 00:40:48.295
  • for God.
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  • It means that he has God'spower, right?
  • 00:40:49.997 --> 00:40:52.633
  • In many ways, he does.
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  • He splits the ocean and he turnshis cane to a snake and heals,
  • 00:40:54.101 --> 00:40:57.137
  • et cetera, but he alsorepresents God to Pharaoh
  • 00:40:57.171 --> 00:40:59.507
  • and Aaron.
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  • And this name becomes this veryimportant thing.
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  • I have a slide here.
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  • This is from the Church ofSaint-Germain-des-Prés.
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  • My French is terrible.It's from a church in Paris.
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  • It's the oldest church in Parisand you can see here is the name
  • 00:41:15.256 --> 00:41:18.559
  • of the Lord in Hebrew, withoutthese dageshes, but it's--in
  • 00:41:18.592 --> 00:41:24.798
  • English, we would say Y-H--Y-H-W-H.
  • 00:41:24.832 --> 00:41:31.605
  • Yahweh, or Yu-huv-hah, or Yuh.
  • 00:41:31.639 --> 00:41:38.012
  • We don't know, but it suresounds like breathing, like
  • 00:41:38.045 --> 00:41:40.281
  • life, like power.
  • 00:41:40.314 --> 00:41:42.583
  • And it means, "I Am that I Am,"or it means, "He that will be,"
  • 00:41:42.616 --> 00:41:46.453
  • or something along that line.
  • 00:41:46.487 --> 00:41:48.622
  • And this name as it was given tothe Hebrew people became
  • 00:41:48.656 --> 00:41:54.228
  • effectively the banner underwhich they would do things.
  • 00:41:54.261 --> 00:41:59.033
  • And they, as we are, becameambassadors for God, whose name
  • 00:41:59.066 --> 00:42:04.705
  • is Yahweh, whose name is Yahweh,and were to carry or take this
  • 00:42:04.738 --> 00:42:13.080
  • name with them as a sign ofpower, that our power does not
  • 00:42:13.113 --> 00:42:18.385
  • come from man, it doesn't comefrom anything, it comes
  • 00:42:18.419 --> 00:42:21.855
  • from God.
  • 00:42:21.889 --> 00:42:23.691
  • And as we carry this name withus, we carry something that
  • 00:42:23.724 --> 00:42:26.994
  • gives us power, that gives usauthority, but most importantly
  • 00:42:27.027 --> 00:42:32.032
  • represents what kind of God weserve, a God who is merciful, a
  • 00:42:32.066 --> 00:42:41.809
  • God who is peace-loving andkind, a God who is joyful.
  • 00:42:41.842 --> 00:42:48.115
  • Do you know God is joyful?
  • 00:42:48.148 --> 00:42:50.951
  • Dallas Willard says God is themost joyful person in the
  • 00:42:50.985 --> 00:42:53.320
  • universe, just full of joy,overflowing.
  • 00:42:53.354 --> 00:42:57.725
  • And this is what God is like.
  • 00:42:57.758 --> 00:43:00.294
  • The ancient world had neverheard of a God like that.
  • 00:43:00.327 --> 00:43:04.398
  • And everywhere they went, theydeclared this name, Yahweh, the
  • 00:43:04.431 --> 00:43:09.703
  • Lord is One.
  • 00:43:09.737 --> 00:43:14.742
  • So I want to ask you a question.
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  • If you went to a Christianschool, Catholic school, or
  • 00:43:16.310 --> 00:43:20.147
  • something like that, youprobably memorized the
  • 00:43:20.180 --> 00:43:22.149
  • Ten Commandments.
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  • What does the third commandmentmean?
  • 00:43:24.818 --> 00:43:28.989
  • The third commandment, in theJewish context, says, "You shall
  • 00:43:29.023 --> 00:43:33.260
  • not take the name of the Lordyour God in vain."
  • 00:43:33.293 --> 00:43:36.497
  • What does it mean to take theLord's name in vain?
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • You have to be imaginative here.
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  • I'm assuming you know what Imean when I say this, but if you
  • 00:43:45.439 --> 00:43:47.474
  • say the curse word or cursephrase, "GD," right, if I say,
  • 00:43:47.508 --> 00:43:53.080
  • "GD," you know what I'm saying,right?
  • 00:43:53.113 --> 00:43:56.784
  • If you say that, are you takingthe name of the Lord in vain?
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  • And the--if you're splittinghairs, okay, if you're splitting
  • 00:44:01.355 --> 00:44:04.425
  • hairs, you're technically nottaking the name of the Lord in
  • 00:44:04.458 --> 00:44:08.562
  • vain because G, God, isn't hisname, it's his office.
  • 00:44:08.595 --> 00:44:14.635
  • So to bellow out, "GD," that's asin, it's always a sin, it's
  • 00:44:14.668 --> 00:44:18.639
  • always bad, you shouldn't do it,but you're not technically
  • 00:44:18.672 --> 00:44:23.077
  • breaking this commandment totake the name of the Lord
  • 00:44:23.110 --> 00:44:25.746
  • in vain.
  • 00:44:25.779 --> 00:44:27.181
  • So what does it mean then?
  • 00:44:27.214 --> 00:44:28.582
  • It doesn't mean probably whatyou think it means.
  • 00:44:28.615 --> 00:44:32.553
  • Before we get to what it meansto take his name in vain, let's
  • 00:44:32.586 --> 00:44:35.622
  • answer the question, "What doesit mean to simply take
  • 00:44:35.656 --> 00:44:37.658
  • his name?"
  • 00:44:37.691 --> 00:44:39.059
  • The Jews carried or took thename of the Lord, and that meant
  • 00:44:39.093 --> 00:44:42.296
  • to carry God's name.
  • 00:44:42.329 --> 00:44:43.964
  • To take God's name meant tobecome his family.
  • 00:44:43.997 --> 00:44:50.070
  • What did it mean when Hannahtook my name, the name Schuller?
  • 00:44:50.104 --> 00:44:54.208
  • It meant that we became a newfamily.
  • 00:44:54.241 --> 00:44:56.577
  • We became Mr. And Mrs. Bobby andHannah Schuller.
  • 00:44:56.610 --> 00:44:59.279
  • She took my name and she hasnever taken my name in vain.
  • 00:44:59.313 --> 00:45:02.683
  • That's a stupid joke, I'm sorry.
  • 00:45:02.716 --> 00:45:04.952
  • No, but we have--and my kidshave this name Schuller, right?
  • 00:45:04.985 --> 00:45:08.122
  • When you took the Lord's name,you became--you entered into
  • 00:45:08.155 --> 00:45:12.493
  • covenant with him.
  • 00:45:12.526 --> 00:45:14.161
  • He became your God and youbecame his people.
  • 00:45:14.194 --> 00:45:17.931
  • And by taking the Lord's name asyou would in marriage or any
  • 00:45:17.965 --> 00:45:21.268
  • other way of taking a name, youtook upon yourself
  • 00:45:21.301 --> 00:45:25.773
  • representing him.
  • 00:45:25.806 --> 00:45:31.078
  • So for the Jews, to take God'sname means two things really.
  • 00:45:31.111 --> 00:45:34.648
  • It means, one, to treasure thisname Yahweh.
  • 00:45:34.681 --> 00:45:39.319
  • Jews, just to be careful, have--they don't utter the
  • 00:45:39.353 --> 00:45:42.790
  • name Yahweh.
  • 00:45:42.823 --> 00:45:44.291
  • And in fact, I'm careful to dothat myself.
  • 00:45:44.324 --> 00:45:46.760
  • I think it's appropriate here ina sanctuary and in a sermon.
  • 00:45:46.794 --> 00:45:51.298
  • And ancient Jews would utter thename, but because they were so
  • 00:45:51.331 --> 00:45:55.235
  • worried, eventually theystopped.
  • 00:45:55.269 --> 00:45:56.637
  • They stopped pronouncing it.
  • 00:45:56.670 --> 00:45:58.272
  • So we actually don't know how totechnically pronounce the name
  • 00:45:58.305 --> 00:46:01.408
  • of God.
  • 00:46:01.441 --> 00:46:02.743
  • We guess, because there's novowels in Hebrew, so we have to
  • 00:46:02.776 --> 00:46:05.279
  • guess what the vowels are.
  • 00:46:05.312 --> 00:46:08.015
  • And when they write it, as theyread it, like even today, if a
  • 00:46:08.048 --> 00:46:12.119
  • Jewish person is reading aHebrew text, they won't
  • 00:46:12.152 --> 00:46:14.087
  • say Yahweh.
  • 00:46:14.121 --> 00:46:15.422
  • They'll say Adonai, which is theHebrew word that means
  • 00:46:15.455 --> 00:46:17.524
  • "My Lord."
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  • Ultra Orthodox today won't evensay Adonai.
  • 00:46:19.993 --> 00:46:22.062
  • They will say "Hashem," whichmeans "The Name."
  • 00:46:22.095 --> 00:46:24.164
  • So they're even putting anotherlayer between them and God.
  • 00:46:24.198 --> 00:46:27.067
  • But it's this idea that, like,God gave us this treasure and we
  • 00:46:27.100 --> 00:46:31.805
  • have to respect it.
  • 00:46:31.839 --> 00:46:33.340
  • We have to fear it.
  • 00:46:33.373 --> 00:46:34.875
  • We have to treat it withdignity.
  • 00:46:34.908 --> 00:46:37.244
  • But that has a deeper meaning toit.
  • 00:46:37.277 --> 00:46:38.812
  • The deeper meaning is this.
  • 00:46:38.846 --> 00:46:40.848
  • Because he's given you his name,it is the sign of the covenant,
  • 00:46:40.881 --> 00:46:43.951
  • that you are his people and thatwherever you go, you
  • 00:46:43.984 --> 00:46:48.589
  • represent him.
  • 00:46:48.622 --> 00:46:50.057
  • In other words, to take the nameof the Lord means to represent
  • 00:46:50.090 --> 00:46:53.193
  • him whenever you do things.
  • 00:46:53.227 --> 00:46:55.529
  • It'd be--think of all thethings in the secular world you
  • 00:46:55.562 --> 00:46:58.832
  • do in the name of something.
  • 00:46:58.866 --> 00:47:00.667
  • A police officer might say,"Stop in the name of the--of
  • 00:47:00.701 --> 00:47:05.005
  • the law," right?
  • 00:47:05.038 --> 00:47:07.074
  • You know you might see, "Openthe door in the name of
  • 00:47:07.107 --> 00:47:09.676
  • King George."
  • 00:47:09.710 --> 00:47:11.111
  • It's interesting, if I--as anAmerican, I have veiled contempt
  • 00:47:11.144 --> 00:47:16.016
  • for monarchies.
  • 00:47:16.049 --> 00:47:17.751
  • You know, it's just not in ourblood.
  • 00:47:17.784 --> 00:47:19.586
  • But you know, there is somethingfun about when you go to England
  • 00:47:19.620 --> 00:47:22.789
  • or any other monarchy,everything is the king's or the
  • 00:47:22.823 --> 00:47:25.325
  • queen's, right?
  • 00:47:25.359 --> 00:47:26.693
  • It's the queen's lawn, thequeen's highway, the
  • 00:47:26.727 --> 00:47:31.331
  • queen's hall.
  • 00:47:31.365 --> 00:47:32.933
  • Every boat says, "HMS," HerMajesty's Service.
  • 00:47:32.966 --> 00:47:36.870
  • So, and then everything that thearmy does and others do, they do
  • 00:47:36.904 --> 00:47:39.806
  • in the name of the queen or inthe name of the king.
  • 00:47:39.840 --> 00:47:42.075
  • So people who come frommonarchies or kingdoms
  • 00:47:42.109 --> 00:47:47.714
  • understand that whether or notyou say it, as a British soldier
  • 00:47:47.748 --> 00:47:53.253
  • back in the day, when you wore ared coat, you represented
  • 00:47:53.287 --> 00:47:56.056
  • King George.
  • 00:47:56.089 --> 00:47:59.092
  • As a French soldier, when youput on a blue coat, you
  • 00:47:59.126 --> 00:48:01.762
  • represented King Louis.
  • 00:48:01.795 --> 00:48:04.197
  • You carried with you a name thatwas a culture, that was a way of
  • 00:48:04.231 --> 00:48:09.336
  • doing war, that was a way ofnegotiating, it was a way of
  • 00:48:09.369 --> 00:48:11.838
  • even silly things like eating,and telling jokes, and
  • 00:48:11.872 --> 00:48:14.574
  • a language.
  • 00:48:14.608 --> 00:48:16.877
  • You, as someone who carriesGod's name, represent him
  • 00:48:16.910 --> 00:48:22.849
  • everywhere you go.
  • 00:48:22.883 --> 00:48:24.551
  • In other words, everything wedo, whether we like it or not,
  • 00:48:24.584 --> 00:48:29.089
  • if you're a believer, you do itin the name of Jesus.
  • 00:48:29.122 --> 00:48:34.661
  • Therefore, a Jewishunderstanding of taking the
  • 00:48:34.695 --> 00:48:38.732
  • Lord's name in vain is either,one, disrespecting the name,
  • 00:48:38.765 --> 00:48:42.469
  • which we all understand, usingit in curse language or not
  • 00:48:42.502 --> 00:48:46.540
  • treating it with fear, the waythat it's supposed to be, but
  • 00:48:46.573 --> 00:48:49.376
  • two, and more importantly, it'sto falsely represent that what
  • 00:48:49.409 --> 00:48:56.316
  • you're doing is from God whenit's not.
  • 00:48:56.350 --> 00:49:00.687
  • And you can see why it may bethat taking the Lord's name in
  • 00:49:00.721 --> 00:49:06.126
  • vain is worse than murder.
  • 00:49:06.159 --> 00:49:10.097
  • How can you say something likethat?
  • 00:49:10.130 --> 00:49:12.866
  • Well, here are some big, obviousexamples of taking the Lord's
  • 00:49:12.899 --> 00:49:16.336
  • name in vain.
  • 00:49:16.370 --> 00:49:18.005
  • The Crusades, right?
  • 00:49:18.038 --> 00:49:20.374
  • God did not order the Crusades.
  • 00:49:20.407 --> 00:49:22.109
  • God did not want the Crusades.
  • 00:49:22.142 --> 00:49:24.578
  • But through the Crusades,millions of innocent women and
  • 00:49:24.611 --> 00:49:28.081
  • children were effectively killedin the name of the church or
  • 00:49:28.115 --> 00:49:31.852
  • killed in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:49:31.885 --> 00:49:35.122
  • The Inquisitions, divine rightof kings, defense of slavery in
  • 00:49:35.155 --> 00:49:40.894
  • the south, false prophecy.
  • 00:49:40.927 --> 00:49:44.664
  • We had that all the time when Iwas in college at a
  • 00:49:44.698 --> 00:49:46.466
  • Charismatic college.
  • 00:49:46.500 --> 00:49:48.135
  • We had people that would say,like, "The Lord wants us
  • 00:49:48.168 --> 00:49:49.970
  • to marry."
  • 00:49:50.003 --> 00:49:51.905
  • You know and the girl would say,like, "Well, the Lord needs to
  • 00:49:51.938 --> 00:49:55.409
  • tell me."
  • 00:49:55.442 --> 00:49:57.077
  • You know, this kind of thing.
  • 00:49:57.110 --> 00:49:59.079
  • Or a false gospel, you know?
  • 00:49:59.112 --> 00:50:00.881
  • Preaching a gospel that's apartfrom what Paul told.
  • 00:50:00.914 --> 00:50:05.252
  • Any of these, saying that thisevil thing we're doing is from
  • 00:50:05.285 --> 00:50:11.625
  • the Lord is truly what it meansto take the Lord's name in vain.
  • 00:50:11.658 --> 00:50:16.696
  • It means to represent him in away that is false.
  • 00:50:16.730 --> 00:50:21.835
  • You can see how this has causedso much harm, not only directly
  • 00:50:21.868 --> 00:50:28.275
  • through things like murder andrape, but even more so by
  • 00:50:28.308 --> 00:50:32.179
  • harming people's view of God.
  • 00:50:32.212 --> 00:50:35.749
  • Satan loves it when we take theLord's name in vain.
  • 00:50:35.782 --> 00:50:40.720
  • It makes his job very easy.
  • 00:50:40.754 --> 00:50:44.891
  • I remember when my mom talkedabout when she got locked out of
  • 00:50:44.925 --> 00:50:48.795
  • a--on a roof by her youthpastor, who said that this was
  • 00:50:48.829 --> 00:50:52.699
  • for her good so she'd stopsinning.
  • 00:50:52.732 --> 00:50:54.601
  • That was taking the Lord's namein vain.
  • 00:50:54.634 --> 00:50:57.737
  • Or when a church used to tell myuncle because he had long hair
  • 00:50:57.771 --> 00:51:02.142
  • that he was Charles Manson andthat by shaming him he would
  • 00:51:02.175 --> 00:51:07.681
  • be--but that was taking theLord's name in vain.
  • 00:51:07.714 --> 00:51:09.983
  • They were falsely representingGod to people.
  • 00:51:10.016 --> 00:51:16.022
  • And remember, that is--to God,it's an abomination.
  • 00:51:16.056 --> 00:51:21.495
  • Okay.
  • 00:51:21.528 --> 00:51:22.963
  • To also take the Lord's name invain means to not do something
  • 00:51:22.996 --> 00:51:29.536
  • when you--so like, well,there's sins of commission, like
  • 00:51:29.569 --> 00:51:32.239
  • what we just said, but there'salso sins of omission, which is
  • 00:51:32.272 --> 00:51:36.977
  • like the good Samaritan story.
  • 00:51:37.010 --> 00:51:38.912
  • You know, someone needs to behelped and you do nothing.
  • 00:51:38.945 --> 00:51:41.648
  • If Moses had been given theLord's name and didn't go to
  • 00:51:41.681 --> 00:51:44.317
  • Pharaoh, he would have taken thename in vain.
  • 00:51:44.351 --> 00:51:47.521
  • All of this to simply say I'm soproud of you that you have not
  • 00:51:47.554 --> 00:51:52.859
  • taken the Lord's name in vain,but you have understood that
  • 00:51:52.893 --> 00:51:56.029
  • everywhere you go, you areproclaiming his kingdom and his
  • 00:51:56.062 --> 00:52:02.035
  • glory in a world that needspeople like you.
  • 00:52:02.068 --> 00:52:07.941
  • Well friends, I'm going tooslow.
  • 00:52:07.974 --> 00:52:09.276
  • I haven't even gotten to theScripture and the sermon time is
  • 00:52:09.309 --> 00:52:11.378
  • already over, so let me justfinish with the Scripture.
  • 00:52:11.411 --> 00:52:15.448
  • This is from Paul who saysyou're an ambassador, and that's
  • 00:52:15.482 --> 00:52:17.884
  • effectively what it means.
  • 00:52:17.918 --> 00:52:19.352
  • An ambassador means to besomeone like you who carries the
  • 00:52:19.386 --> 00:52:22.956
  • Lord's name in the spirit ofreconciliation and peace.
  • 00:52:22.989 --> 00:52:28.261
  • Paul says, "Therefore, if anyoneis in Christ, the new creation
  • 00:52:28.295 --> 00:52:36.436
  • has come: the old has gone, andthe new is here!"
  • 00:52:36.469 --> 00:52:40.874
  • You're a new creation.You're a new creation.
  • 00:52:40.907 --> 00:52:43.677
  • God has--forget all the things,you think, "Oh, I don't wanna be
  • 00:52:43.710 --> 00:52:47.781
  • a hypocrite, or I don't--"God has totally changed.
  • 00:52:47.814 --> 00:52:50.750
  • Today is a new day.
  • 00:52:50.784 --> 00:52:52.085
  • Doesn't matter what you've done,the Lord can forgive you if you
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  • trust in him and he will.
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  • Paul says, "All this is fromGod, who reconciled us to
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  • himself through Christ and gaveus the ministry
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  • of reconciliation."
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  • Just listen to how often thatword "reconciliation" is making
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  • itself known.
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  • "That God was reconciling theworld to himself in Christ, not
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  • counting people's sins againstthem.
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  • And he has committed to us themessage of reconciliation.
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  • We are therefore Christ'sambassadors, as though God were
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  • making his appeal through us.
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  • We implore you on Christ'sbehalf to be reconciled to God."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • It means that as an ambassador,your job is to go into these
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  • chaotic, angry places and be areconciler.
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  • Be someone who brings peopletogether and doesn't split
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  • them up.
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  • Be someone who brings peace andnot the sword.
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  • Be someone who brings life andnot death.
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  • Be someone who bringsencouragement and
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  • not discouragement.
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  • To not discount the huge impactyou can make on someone's life
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  • just because you said a kindword, or just because you put an
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  • arm around them and encouragedthem, or just because you
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  • decided even in a place likesocial media to not be, you
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  • know, bitter and angry, but tobe kind.
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  • In all the things that you'redoing, that you recognize, man,
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  • God has given me his name.
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  • He's given me his power, hislife, his joy.
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  • Everywhere I go, I'm just gonna,like, I picture it this way.
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  • David said, "My cup runnethover."
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  • I think it's like--picture yourlife as one in which you're so
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  • full of God's life, you justchoose to kinda, like, spill
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  • a little bit.
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  • You know, you just kinda like--you go into a room and just be
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  • you and just kinda spill God'slife and love to your neighbors
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  • and just watch how much of ablessing that can make.
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  • Friends, all of this to say thatI'm so proud of you.
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  • And don't think that you'rehaving some small impact.
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  • I want you to know that as youcontinue to do the next right
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  • thing, you continue to noticehurting people, you continue to
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  • notice people who are alone orpeople who are beat up, and you
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  • heal them, and you speak tothem, and you encourage them,
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  • and you lift them up, and youlove them, and you share your
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  • faith with them, and you prayfor them, and you send them
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  • encouraging notes, I want you toknow it seems like that's not a
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  • big thing, it's a--it really,especially in a time like this,
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  • can have such a huge impact.
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  • You are an ambassador for theLord, for Jesus, an ambassador
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  • of reconciliation and I'm soglad you're doing what
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  • you're doing.
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  • I'm so proud of you.
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  • Keep doing it and trust thatGod's gonna make a huge impact
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  • for the kingdom through you.
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  • I know he will.Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you so muchthat you've given us your
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • And I just pray in Jesus's namefor all of the sleeping heroes,
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  • all of those who think thatthey're too messed up, or they
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  • have too much baggage, or maybethey have too much sin in their
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  • life, or they have a past, thatwe just first just thank you God
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  • that you can wash us clean, andand renew us, and refresh us,
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  • and restore us, and give us anew mind, and new habits, and
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  • new behaviors.
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  • But we don't have to wait forall of those things.
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  • We don't have to be perfect tobe an ambassador for
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  • your kingdom.
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  • There is no perfect ambassador.
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  • We just pray humbly, Lord, thatyour Holy Spirit would work
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  • through us, that we would usewhat we have to be an
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  • encouragement to our neighbor,to be a representative of your
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  • life and love.
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  • Lord, we thank you so much.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray,amen.
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  • Well, thank you for joining ustoday, and now for
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  • the benediction.
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  • The Lord bless you and 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, andof the Son, and of the Holy
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  • Spirit, amen.
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