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It's Not Stretching if it Dosen't Hurt

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November 9, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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It's Not Stretching if it Dosen't Hurt

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • And I'm honored to be a member of this life-changing ministry.
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  • It's hard to believe, but next year
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  • we will celebrate 50 years of "Hour of Power."
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  • In 1970 the "Hour of Power" began broadcasting
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  • its positive message of hope,
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  • and today, "Hour of Power" with Bobby Schuller
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  • continues to make an impact all around the world.
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  • To celebrate our heritage, we're thrilled to offer
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  • the new 2020 wall calendar,
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power.'"
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  • Filled with historic photographs,
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  • encouraging Scriptures, and descriptive captions,
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  • this 13-month calendar will remind you
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  • of the vital role you play in our past, present, and future.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request your 2020
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  • "Hour of Power" wall calendar.
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  • We're asking for your gift of $20 or more.
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  • Thank you for watching the "Hour of Power"
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  • and for your ongoing generous support
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  • to help keep this program on the air.
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  • Now, let's join the service.
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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 like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of 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 day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome, church family and visitors.
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  • We always enjoy being with you.
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  • Thank you so much for being here.
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  • And today know that God made you unique on purpose for a purpose,
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  • and that purpose is so good.
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  • Thank you again for being here. We love you.
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  • Bobby: We are so glad that you're in the house today or
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  • watching on television, and we're gonna pray that this
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  • just ends up being a life full of joy, full of goodness,
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  • and that you leave this building or turn your television set off
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  • full of joy, full of life.
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  • So, Father, we thank you for calling us here and we pray in
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  • Jesus's name that you would help us, Lord, to keep our chin up
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  • and to see, Father, where you're taking us,
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  • to see the big picture.
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  • Lord, we thank you that you love us just as we are,
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  • not as we should be.
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  • Lord, we thank you that even now you look at us and you say that
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  • we're not what we do or what we have or what others say about us
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  • but that we are your beloved sons and daughters.
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  • Lord, we thank you and we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As the "Hour of Power" celebrates
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  • 50 years of broadcast television in the New Year,
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  • we're excited to offer the brand-new one-of-a-kind
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power'"
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  • 2020 wall calendar.
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  • Filled with historic photos, encouraging Scriptures,
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  • and an encapsulated history, this 13-month calendar
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  • is yours with a gift of $20 or more.
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  • As you enjoy it throughout the year,
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  • we pray it reminds you of the vital role you play
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  • in the past, present, and future of this ministry
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  • and of our gratitude for you.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include
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  • our uniquely designed "Thankful Heart" stoneware mug.
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  • This 16-ounce artisan mug is designed for wrapping your hands
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  • around for comforting warmth.
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  • We've embossed the word "thankful" on the exterior
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  • as a reminder of how grateful we are
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  • for your continued prayers and support.
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  • Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request these one-of-a-kind resources
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  • designed to uplift and inspire you in the New Year.
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  • Bobby: Your generous financial gift will ensure
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  • that our legacy continues to unfold
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  • for another 50 years so that new generations
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  • can know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
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  • In this season of gratitude and joy,
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  • I'm so thankful for your love and support.
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  • We can't do this without you,
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  • so thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • Ah-ah-ah-ah
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  • Ah-ah-ah
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  • You're my strength when I am weak
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  • you are the treasure that I seek
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  • You are my all in all
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  • Seeking you as a precious jewel
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  • Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
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  • You are my all in all
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
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  • rising again I bless your name
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  • You are my all in all
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  • When I fall down you pick me up
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  • When I am dry you fill my cup
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  • You are my all in all
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • Worthy is your name
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message, 1 Kings 17:12:
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  • "'As surely as the Lord your God lives,' she replied,
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  • 'I don't have any bread-- only a handful of flour in a jar
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  • and a little olive oil in a jug.
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  • I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal
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  • for myself and my son, that we may eat it--and die.'
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  • Elijah said to her, 'Don't be afraid.
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  • Go home and do as you have said.
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  • But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have
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  • and bring it to me, and then make something
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  • for yourself and your son.
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  • For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:
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  • "The jar of flour will not be used up
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  • and the jug of oil will not run dry
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  • until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.'"
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  • She went away and did as Elijah had told her.
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  • So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman
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  • and her family."
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  • Church family, stretching in our generosity opens the door
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  • to God's miraculous abundance, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Anne Beiler is the founder of the world famous
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  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels.
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  • However, Auntie Anne's would have never started if it wasn't
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  • for the trauma and pain she'd experienced in her life.
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  • Her new book, "The Secret Lies Within,"
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  • tells how she found purpose in her pain.
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  • Please welcome Anne Beiler.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Anne, thank you so much for being here today,
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  • and we're excited to read your book.
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  • I have to tell you, how many of you have had an Auntie Anne's
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  • pretzel and just love it?
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  • Me too.
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  • Very proud.
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  • Those pretzels are amazing.
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  • I'm not sure what you put in it. I think it's a big secret.
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  • Anne Beiler: Every pretzel is rolled with love.
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  • That's it.
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  • Bobby: Is that what you call butter?
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  • Anne: That's right. Bobby: Awesome.
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  • Well, Anne, thank you so much for being here.
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  • Now, you're finally writing this book,
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  • and it's really a very personal book, isn't it?
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  • It's coming from your heart in a deep place.
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  • Anne: Absolutely, I've lived many years.
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  • I had great success but I also had great struggle.
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  • Growing up on the farm as a little Amish girl,
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  • I was taught pretty much that life is good and God is harsh.
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  • And I was confused but after seven decades of life's
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  • experiences, I know today that life is hard and God is good.
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  • I don't confuse the two anymore.
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  • So I was really not prepared for the tragedy that my husband and
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  • I experienced when our 19-month-old little girl was
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  • killed on our farm instantly and when Angie made her ascent
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  • into heaven, I began my gradual descent into a world
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  • of spiritual confusion and emotional pain
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  • because I thought that life is good and God is harsh.
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  • Why did he allow this to happen to me?
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  • And I went into this real dark place and stayed there
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  • for a long time.
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  • During--very soon after her death and I went to my pastor
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  • for help and he took advantage of me my first meeting with him
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  • and I stayed--because of a secret that I kept,
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  • I stayed in that abusive relationship
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  • for seven long years.
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  • And the grief of Angie was deep, but the despair of my abuse
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  • was even deeper, and I could hardly bear it.
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  • Bobby: I can't imagine that where you lose a child and then
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  • you go to a minister who's someone who's supposed to be
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  • a symbol of goodness, trust, somebody that--
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  • and he takes advantage of you in this way
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  • and you're feeling-- I mean, you must
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  • have been feeling all sorts of horrible stuff on the inside,
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  • shame and fear and confusion and all of this stuff and--
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  • Anne: Yeah, just pain, blame,
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  • and shame and confusion, for sure.
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  • And I stayed there because I really believed the lies that
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  • Satan really told me every day is that you're unlovable,
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  • you're unforgivable, and you're unchangeable.
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  • And if your husband ever finds out about this,
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  • he will divorce you.
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  • So when you can't share your secrets, you stay in this place
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  • of darkness that eventually destroys you.
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  • Bobby: So what happened for you?
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  • I mean, the book is called, "The Secret Lies Within."
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  • It's a great wordplay, I mean, but for you, did you tell your
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  • husband and what was that experience like and did you tell
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  • a friend and how did you--isn't it crazy how when you're going
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  • through a difficult time, there are so many things that keep us
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  • from being honest about our depression, our fears,
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  • our struggles, our losses.
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  • Anne: In our pain, we believe many lies.
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  • That's what I-- I really believe that.
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  • And through the years, the good news is that when you're in this
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  • kind of pain, this darkness, every time you talk to Jesus,
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  • he's there.
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  • He hears you and he cares.
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  • And that's what I did for seven years and the three things I
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  • learned during that time was the bedside prayers--
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  • three types of confession: bedside prayers,
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  • the journaling which I began which David did--
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:52.050
  • how many songs did David write?
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  • We love David 'cause he was real, right?
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  • And then the third type is the one-to-another confession
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  • found in James 5:16.
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  • At one point, God said to me, "Get up off your knees and go
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  • tell your husband what's going on in your life."
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  • I really wanted just stay on my knees, you know, because--
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  • Bobby: That must have been really scary too.
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  • Anne: It was so scary and I knew--I believed
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  • that Jesus would deliver me.
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  • But he said, "Get up off your knees."
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  • And when I did, I began this journey of the James 5:16 model,
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:21.250
  • confess your faults one to another.
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  • That was the beginning of my freedom and that was the
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  • beginning when God began to redeem not only my life
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  • but my marriage, my family, and that Auntie Anne's was a part
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  • of that redemption plan, which is unbelievable to me.
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  • Bobby: So Auntie Anne's came out of that, that whole deep--
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  • Anne: Out of our pain, our purpose.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, your pain became your story, your--
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  • Anne: Yeah, absolutely.
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  • And then God gave me this beautiful--
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:48.260
  • through a simple pretzel he gave me a platform
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  • to share my story for God's glory.
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  • And you know what, Bobby?
  • 00:20:54.140 --> 00:20:55.260
  • God's glory is becoming my story.
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  • I love him so much for his redemption.
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  • Bobby: Well, we appreciate you so much
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  • and what you're doing for anybody.
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  • It's so interesting because the church should be a place where,
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  • when we're going through a difficult time,
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  • we can be honest with what we're going through
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  • and be surrounded by people who love us.
  • 00:21:13.240 --> 00:21:15.230
  • And I think the church is changing but very often,
  • 00:21:15.240 --> 00:21:17.220
  • for some people, church has been an experience of shame,
  • 00:21:17.230 --> 00:21:21.070
  • of rejection, of isolation, judgment,
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  • and that's not at all what the Scriptures represent
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  • or what Christ represents.
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  • It's forgiveness, love, loving us right where we're at.
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  • He's not in a hurry for us to change or be different.
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  • He loves us just as we are, not as we should be.
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  • And that's your story, isn't it?
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  • Anne: Absolutely, and I love the fact that I--
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  • God has taught me how to bring all of my deeds
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  • into the light and go into the light as he is in the light.
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  • And as I do that, then I have fellowship with you and the
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  • whole body of Christ and others and then his blood cleanses us
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  • from all sin and that's how I stay free today.
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  • I use this ongoing confession, bring all of my deeds,
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  • and I share my life whenever I need to,
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  • and that's what keeps me free.
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  • Bobby: Well, Anne, thank you.
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  • Thank you for your pretzels, which are delicious.
  • 00:22:07.010 --> 00:22:08.290
  • Anne: You're welcome.
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  • Bobby: And thank you so much for being vulnerable and honest
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  • to share your story with people.
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  • We know that a lot of people around the world and in this
  • 00:22:13.230 --> 00:22:15.230
  • church are being touched deeply and encouraged because
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:18.140
  • of what you've said to us today.
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  • Anne: Thank you, Bobby.
  • 00:22:20.040 --> 00:22:21.130
  • Bobby: We thank you, and we love you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Hannah: Hi, friends.
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  • We're so happy to have you join us in worship today.
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:33.150
  • You are the beloved of God, and we love you.
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  • Bobby: As the end of the year approaches,
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  • and we gather with friends and family
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  • to remember and express the gift of gratitude,
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  • we can choose to embrace God's goodness, regardless
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  • of challenging circumstances or difficult times.
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  • Hannah: Psalm 107 says: "Give thanks to the Lord
  • 00:22:50.010 --> 00:22:53.080
  • for he is good.
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  • His love endures forever."
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  • Because of who God is, we can grow
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  • through every season knowing that everything will work out
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  • according to his good plan and purpose.
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  • Bobby: That's right.
  • 00:23:07.140 --> 00:23:08.240
  • As the "Hour of Power" enters its 50th year
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  • of broadcasting the good news of Jesus,
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  • our legacy is a testimony to his unfading faithfulness
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  • through times of trial and triumph.
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  • And your continued support makes it all possible.
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  • As a thank you for your friendship,
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  • we'd love to send you
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power'"
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  • 2020 wall calendar.
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  • announcer: Call, write, or go online to request this
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  • the brand-new one-of-a-kind
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power'"
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  • 2020 wall calendar.
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  • Filled with historic photos, encouraging Scriptures,
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  • and an encapsulated history, this 13-month calendar
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  • is yours with a gift of $20 or more.
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  • As you enjoy it throughout the year,
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  • we pray it reminds you of the vital role you play
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  • in the past, present, and future of this ministry
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  • and of our gratitude for you.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include
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  • our uniquely designed "Thankful Heart" stoneware mug.
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  • This 16-ounce artisan mug is designed for wrapping your hands
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  • around for comforting warmth.
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  • We've embossed the word "thankful" on the exterior
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  • as a reminder of how grateful we are
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  • for your continued prayers and support.
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  • Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request these special offers.
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  • Your generous gift will enable us to start 2020 positioned
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  • for even greater growth.
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  • Bobby: This year has been challenging for "Hour of Power,"
  • 00:24:31.170 --> 00:24:33.230
  • but because of your willingness to come alongside us,
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:36.180
  • we are walking by faith into our 50th year of ministry.
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  • Your generous financial gift will ensure that our legacy
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  • continues to unfold for another 50 years so new generations
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  • can know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
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  • Thank you, and remember as always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • 00:24:54.100 --> 00:25:04.090
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:14.090
  • 00:25:14.100 --> 00:25:24.090
  • 00:25:24.100 --> 00:25:34.090
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  • I've got so much to thank God for
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  • So many wonderful blessings
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  • Snd so many open doors
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  • A brand-new mercy
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  • Slong with each new day
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  • That's why I praise you
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  • And for this I give you
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  • The praise
  • 00:26:32.230 --> 00:26:41.030
  • 00:26:41.040 --> 00:26:46.280
  • Oh, thanks, Father, for sending me on my way
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  • For letting me see the sunshine
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  • Of a brand-new day
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  • A brand-new mercy along with each new day
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  • That's why I praise you
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  • For this I give you praise
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  • You're Jehovah-Jireh
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  • You've been my provider
  • 00:27:29.280 --> 00:27:33.190
  • And so many times you've met my needs
  • 00:27:33.200 --> 00:27:38.090
  • So many times you've rescued me
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  • I wanna thank you for the blessings
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  • You give to me each day
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  • That's why I praise you
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  • For this I give you praise
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  • 00:28:04.050 --> 00:28:14.050
  • For every mountain you've brought me over
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  • For every trial you've seen me through
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  • For every blessing, hallelujah
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  • For this I give you praise
  • 00:28:39.240 --> 00:28:49.210
  • For every mountain you've brought me over
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  • For every trial you've seen me through
  • 00:28:58.050 --> 00:29:06.290
  • For every blessing, hallelujah
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  • For this I give you the praise
  • 00:29:14.120 --> 00:29:24.070
  • For every mountain you've brought me over
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  • For every trial you've seen me through
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  • For every blessing, hallelujah
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  • For this I give you the praise
  • 00:29:48.130 --> 00:29:58.130
  • For every mountain you've brought me over
  • 00:29:58.170 --> 00:30:06.190
  • For every trial you've seen me through
  • 00:30:06.200 --> 00:30:15.160
  • For every blessing, hallelujah
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  • Hallelujah
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  • For this I give you
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  • the praise
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Friends, will you hold your hands out like this
  • 00:30:51.250 --> 00:30:53.040
  • as a way of receiving from the Lord?
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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 people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. 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 and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
  • 00:31:19.230 --> 00:31:23.030
  • Well, recently, I got a text from a friend.
  • 00:31:23.040 --> 00:31:26.110
  • I think this is called an intersectional graph,
  • 00:31:26.120 --> 00:31:29.070
  • I don't know, but he sent this to me to basically prod me
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  • and tease me, you know, this is--
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  • what do bank robbers, DJs, and preachers
  • 00:31:35.110 --> 00:31:38.030
  • have in common?
  • 00:31:38.040 --> 00:31:39.230
  • And as you can see on the graph, bank robbers and DJs,
  • 00:31:39.240 --> 00:31:43.170
  • "Everybody on the floor."
  • 00:31:43.180 --> 00:31:46.110
  • DJs and preachers, "Are you with me?"
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  • Preachers and bank robbers, "Give me your money."
  • 00:31:49.160 --> 00:31:53.250
  • And what do all three have in common?
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  • "Put your hands up."
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  • Look, I grew up in the church and have been surrounded
  • 00:32:02.020 --> 00:32:04.290
  • by so many denominations, styles of preachers and thinkers,
  • 00:32:05.000 --> 00:32:10.080
  • and I can say that one of my greatest concerns
  • 00:32:10.090 --> 00:32:14.290
  • when preaching the gospel,
  • 00:32:15.000 --> 00:32:16.210
  • especially when it comes to generosity,
  • 00:32:16.220 --> 00:32:18.140
  • is all of the baggage that comes with preachers in general,
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  • don't--let's not even get into televangelists, shall we?
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  • I mean, there's such a messed-up history by leaders in the church
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  • who have used money for their own, whatever, benefit,
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  • and sometimes, for me, that makes me feel like
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  • if I wanna reach people on television or people
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  • in this church, I can't talk about generosity
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  • because it'll put this big shield, you know,
  • 00:32:42.130 --> 00:32:44.240
  • this big wall will go up, and people will think,
  • 00:32:44.250 --> 00:32:47.020
  • well, I just want your money.
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  • And I want you to know that that's something
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  • that weighs on me, and so first I would say
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  • that in this church, this church actually votes
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  • on my salary so if more money comes in,
  • 00:32:57.050 --> 00:32:59.200
  • I don't get, like, a raise or a bonus or anything.
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  • I don't, like, get more money.
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  • The reason we want people to give is because we can reach
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  • hurting people, we can do better music, we can have a larger
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  • and better campus, we can feed more people.
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  • So, so much of the money that we get--
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  • most of the money that we get--
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  • all the money we get is used to help hurting people.
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  • I just believe in the gospel and that's why--
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  • that's why I force myself every single fall
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  • to do a series on stewardship, and if that's you
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  • and you're watching, but you think,
  • 00:33:29.190 --> 00:33:31.080
  • "Oh, Bobby just wants my money,"
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  • today when I talk about giving, give to someone else.
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  • If that's something that's hanging you up,
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  • give to someone in need.
  • 00:33:37.200 --> 00:33:39.000
  • Give to another church.
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  • Give to another organization that you do trust.
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  • But be a giver, and you won't regret it.
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  • Being a giver, being a generous person, is key to a happy life
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  • and it's key to being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:33:48.230 --> 00:33:52.030
  • So we're getting into a stewardship series
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  • and the reason we Christians call this stewardship
  • 00:33:54.120 --> 00:33:57.280
  • is because we really aren't kings.
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  • We're stewards.
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  • It reminds me of--those of you, I don't know if you've seen
  • 00:34:02.160 --> 00:34:06.240
  • "Lord of the Rings."
  • 00:34:06.250 --> 00:34:09.090
  • Actually, if you haven't seen "Lord of the Rings"
  • 00:34:09.100 --> 00:34:12.210
  • I am super-jealous of you, because I wish I could just
  • 00:34:12.220 --> 00:34:16.000
  • sit down and watch "Lord of the Rings"
  • 00:34:16.010 --> 00:34:17.280
  • for the first time again.
  • 00:34:17.290 --> 00:34:20.130
  • It's that amazing. It's that good.
  • 00:34:20.140 --> 00:34:23.250
  • But there's a scene in "Lord of the Rings" or in the books,
  • 00:34:23.260 --> 00:34:26.060
  • "Lord of the Rings" where Gandalf arrives to Gondor
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  • which is the sort of capital city of the humans and there
  • 00:34:29.170 --> 00:34:33.160
  • is this steward, and the steward sits on the little throne
  • 00:34:33.170 --> 00:34:36.110
  • just below the big throne and the steward's job is
  • 00:34:36.120 --> 00:34:38.260
  • to sort of lead while the king is gone.
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  • And Gandalf, the wizard, is bringing with him the guy
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  • who's supposed to be the king, Aragorn,
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  • and there's this bitter exchange that goes between them.
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  • And the steward says, "I know about Aragorn.
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  • I know who you're bringing."
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  • And he says, "Gondor is mine."
  • 00:34:57.020 --> 00:34:59.130
  • And Gandalf says to the steward, "Authority is not given you
  • 00:34:59.140 --> 00:35:03.260
  • to deny the return of the king."
  • 00:35:03.270 --> 00:35:07.270
  • And the steward says, "Gondor is mine."
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  • And the reason I'm nerding out like this is because I think
  • 00:35:13.170 --> 00:35:18.100
  • that we forget sometimes that we are sitting
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  • in the steward's chair, not in the throne.
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  • That everything we have, whether we're rich or we're poor,
  • 00:35:26.230 --> 00:35:30.170
  • if you are a believer, you have claimed that everything
  • 00:35:30.180 --> 00:35:34.070
  • you have belongs to God.
  • 00:35:34.080 --> 00:35:38.020
  • You died in your baptism.
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  • You attested to this idea that in your baptism,
  • 00:35:42.010 --> 00:35:45.160
  • you died with Christ so that you could be raised
  • 00:35:45.170 --> 00:35:48.010
  • with Christ into new life.
  • 00:35:48.020 --> 00:35:50.010
  • If you claimed that, you took the crown off of your head
  • 00:35:50.020 --> 00:35:52.280
  • and you gave it to Jesus and you said,
  • 00:35:52.290 --> 00:35:54.290
  • "Lord, everything I have is yours."
  • 00:35:55.000 --> 00:35:59.100
  • And when that happens, we become stewards, not queens, not kings.
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  • We become stewards, where we steward God's money,
  • 00:36:03.170 --> 00:36:07.290
  • God's stuff.
  • 00:36:08.000 --> 00:36:09.170
  • Everything we have is his.
  • 00:36:09.180 --> 00:36:11.200
  • When you were baptized, you gave him your heart,
  • 00:36:11.210 --> 00:36:15.010
  • your body, your everything.
  • 00:36:15.020 --> 00:36:18.210
  • And this is what it means, in fact, to truly trust your life
  • 00:36:18.220 --> 00:36:21.170
  • to God is to let go and to trust that he's better
  • 00:36:21.180 --> 00:36:26.290
  • at these things than we are.
  • 00:36:27.000 --> 00:36:30.140
  • So we do.
  • 00:36:30.150 --> 00:36:31.280
  • We steward and we trust it to the Lord.
  • 00:36:31.290 --> 00:36:34.070
  • And I think that very often, as we do that,
  • 00:36:34.080 --> 00:36:37.090
  • we actually become more blessed.
  • 00:36:37.100 --> 00:36:39.190
  • We actually have more in our life.
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  • We have more given to us.
  • 00:36:41.110 --> 00:36:43.000
  • But God will always do things to stretch us,
  • 00:36:43.010 --> 00:36:47.110
  • not only in our giving, but in all aspects of life.
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  • I remember--you know, stretching is so good for you.
  • 00:36:50.170 --> 00:36:52.240
  • It really is.
  • 00:36:52.250 --> 00:36:54.080
  • And I remember when I was a kid, I took this thing called
  • 00:36:54.090 --> 00:36:57.080
  • Tae Kwon Do which is a Korean style of martial art,
  • 00:36:57.090 --> 00:37:01.080
  • and I think it worked well for me.
  • 00:37:01.090 --> 00:37:03.050
  • I would say I probably learned more about fighting from hockey
  • 00:37:03.060 --> 00:37:06.240
  • than I did Tae Kwon Do.
  • 00:37:06.250 --> 00:37:08.290
  • Hockey, they say, "Just pull the shirt over the guy's head
  • 00:37:09.000 --> 00:37:10.280
  • and knee him in the nose," and that was very effective.
  • 00:37:10.290 --> 00:37:15.230
  • In Tae Kwon Do I had this great coach.
  • 00:37:18.020 --> 00:37:20.160
  • His name was Master Miley.
  • 00:37:20.170 --> 00:37:22.090
  • He taught me and my brother and my stepmom and we knew him for
  • 00:37:22.100 --> 00:37:25.150
  • years and he was always pushing us to be champs, you know?
  • 00:37:25.160 --> 00:37:28.270
  • And I remember there was this thing where we would stretch
  • 00:37:28.280 --> 00:37:32.130
  • and I wouldn't go very low and I didn't like stretching.
  • 00:37:32.140 --> 00:37:34.110
  • I hated stretching.
  • 00:37:34.120 --> 00:37:36.170
  • And he goes, "Schuller, go deeper into your stretch."
  • 00:37:36.180 --> 00:37:41.180
  • And I was like, "Master Miley, it hurts."
  • 00:37:41.190 --> 00:37:44.150
  • And he said, "Schuller, it's not stretching
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  • if it doesn't hurt a little."
  • 00:37:47.140 --> 00:37:51.080
  • It's not stretching if it doesn't hurt a little.
  • 00:37:51.090 --> 00:37:53.280
  • And this is how our giving should be,
  • 00:37:53.290 --> 00:37:55.260
  • this is how our discipleship should be.
  • 00:37:55.270 --> 00:37:57.250
  • Stretching is good for you, by the way.
  • 00:37:57.260 --> 00:37:59.280
  • More and more, they're saying that stretching is something
  • 00:37:59.290 --> 00:38:02.030
  • we should do for our personal health.
  • 00:38:02.040 --> 00:38:04.010
  • When you stretch, it opens up your body.
  • 00:38:04.020 --> 00:38:06.090
  • When you stretch, it makes you stronger.
  • 00:38:06.100 --> 00:38:08.170
  • When you stretch, you become more flexible.
  • 00:38:08.180 --> 00:38:10.260
  • There's some evidence that shows you'll live longer and,
  • 00:38:10.270 --> 00:38:13.070
  • especially, you'll sleep better.
  • 00:38:13.080 --> 00:38:16.200
  • This is true when we stretch in our generosity.
  • 00:38:16.210 --> 00:38:19.150
  • When we help people who are in need,
  • 00:38:19.160 --> 00:38:21.100
  • when we give to our charities,
  • 00:38:21.110 --> 00:38:22.270
  • when we use the stuff we've got to help people
  • 00:38:22.280 --> 00:38:26.260
  • in need, especially to the point where it stretches.
  • 00:38:26.270 --> 00:38:29.270
  • It doesn't tear, but it stretches,
  • 00:38:29.280 --> 00:38:32.000
  • it's good for you.
  • 00:38:32.010 --> 00:38:33.190
  • It's gonna make you more flexible.
  • 00:38:33.200 --> 00:38:35.030
  • It's gonna make you healthier.
  • 00:38:35.040 --> 00:38:36.200
  • It's gonna make you stronger.
  • 00:38:36.210 --> 00:38:38.020
  • You're gonna live longer and you're gonna sleep better.
  • 00:38:38.030 --> 00:38:40.260
  • So I wanna say to all of you who give and many of you do,
  • 00:38:40.270 --> 00:38:44.040
  • are just so generous, to people in need, to this church,
  • 00:38:44.050 --> 00:38:47.050
  • to other charities.
  • 00:38:47.060 --> 00:38:48.230
  • I wanna say I believe that any generous person I brought up
  • 00:38:48.240 --> 00:38:51.020
  • here, if I put a mic in their face and asked them,
  • 00:38:51.030 --> 00:38:53.200
  • almost every single person would say,
  • 00:38:53.210 --> 00:38:55.150
  • "I've never regretted being generous.
  • 00:38:55.160 --> 00:38:58.250
  • I've never regretted giving to someone in need."
  • 00:38:58.260 --> 00:39:03.010
  • And so that leads me--that stretching thing leads me
  • 00:39:03.020 --> 00:39:06.160
  • to a famous story in the Old Testament,
  • 00:39:06.170 --> 00:39:09.040
  • the story of the widow of Zarephath.
  • 00:39:09.050 --> 00:39:13.190
  • This is a famous story where she has the sort of never-ending
  • 00:39:13.200 --> 00:39:17.230
  • jar of oil and bin of flour and it's this miracle story
  • 00:39:17.240 --> 00:39:23.050
  • that comes from Elijah.
  • 00:39:23.060 --> 00:39:24.230
  • Well, it begins like this.
  • 00:39:24.240 --> 00:39:26.030
  • The book of Kings is a story about the kings of Israel
  • 00:39:26.040 --> 00:39:28.040
  • that shows how most of them were evil.
  • 00:39:28.050 --> 00:39:30.120
  • There was--I think there was 8 good ones, but the rest,
  • 00:39:30.130 --> 00:39:33.080
  • I think it's 32, were all pretty much bad
  • 00:39:33.090 --> 00:39:35.090
  • and they get worse and worse and worse,
  • 00:39:35.100 --> 00:39:36.260
  • and probably, the very worst is Ahab.
  • 00:39:36.270 --> 00:39:39.240
  • And that's just how the story begins.
  • 00:39:39.250 --> 00:39:41.190
  • Ahab, who is the king of Israel, it says, according to the Word,
  • 00:39:41.200 --> 00:39:45.120
  • that "Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord
  • 00:39:45.130 --> 00:39:49.210
  • than any of those before him."
  • 00:39:49.220 --> 00:39:53.090
  • What did Ahab do?
  • 00:39:53.100 --> 00:39:55.170
  • Ahab married a woman from Sidon, famously known Jezebel,
  • 00:39:55.180 --> 00:40:01.090
  • who brought with her two gods: Baal and Asherah.
  • 00:40:01.100 --> 00:40:06.270
  • And when they married, Jezebel began training the Israelite
  • 00:40:06.280 --> 00:40:10.290
  • people to worship Baal and Asherah.
  • 00:40:11.000 --> 00:40:14.180
  • In fact, Ahab himself built a temple to Baal
  • 00:40:14.190 --> 00:40:18.080
  • and put Asherah poles around.
  • 00:40:18.090 --> 00:40:20.040
  • So if you're not familiar with these pagan gods,
  • 00:40:20.050 --> 00:40:22.100
  • Asherah is the Hebrew word probably for Astarte
  • 00:40:22.110 --> 00:40:25.250
  • who's a little more well known, and she is the goddess
  • 00:40:25.260 --> 00:40:29.140
  • of fertility, lust, sex, and war.
  • 00:40:29.150 --> 00:40:34.190
  • Imagine what worship of Astarte would be,
  • 00:40:34.200 --> 00:40:37.110
  • a goddess of sex and war.
  • 00:40:37.120 --> 00:40:39.100
  • I mean, it's not good images that come to mind and probably
  • 00:40:39.110 --> 00:40:41.220
  • not stuff we should talk about in church.
  • 00:40:41.230 --> 00:40:43.270
  • And alongside her was the god Baal who is the most famous
  • 00:40:43.280 --> 00:40:47.200
  • and evil of the pagan gods.
  • 00:40:47.210 --> 00:40:49.220
  • Baal, of course, appears constantly.
  • 00:40:49.230 --> 00:40:51.260
  • Baal is also the god of fertility, rain, dew, and
  • 00:40:51.270 --> 00:40:55.130
  • thunder, and Baal often functions in the Canaanite
  • 00:40:55.140 --> 00:40:59.030
  • pantheon as sort of like a Zeus-type figure where he's,
  • 00:40:59.040 --> 00:41:02.020
  • like, a god but he's, like, the king of all the gods.
  • 00:41:02.030 --> 00:41:06.010
  • And Baal almost always takes this form in the ancient world.
  • 00:41:06.020 --> 00:41:09.280
  • This is a picture of what happens with a golden calf,
  • 00:41:09.290 --> 00:41:12.080
  • for example, when Moses is on the mountain and, as Aaron says,
  • 00:41:12.090 --> 00:41:16.020
  • a bunch of gold falls into a fire and this cow
  • 00:41:16.030 --> 00:41:18.090
  • came out, you know?
  • 00:41:18.100 --> 00:41:20.170
  • And it always takes--here's an actual image that's about
  • 00:41:20.180 --> 00:41:23.160
  • 2.000 years old of a Baal idol and worship of Baal almost
  • 00:41:23.170 --> 00:41:29.090
  • always--you're like, "Why is this so evil?
  • 00:41:29.100 --> 00:41:31.260
  • Why is worshiping other gods so evil?"
  • 00:41:31.270 --> 00:41:33.220
  • And we forget that the--that what the contemporary readers
  • 00:41:33.230 --> 00:41:36.270
  • of this book knew was that Baal worship
  • 00:41:36.280 --> 00:41:39.130
  • meant sacrifice of children.
  • 00:41:39.140 --> 00:41:42.040
  • It meant the abuse of the weak.
  • 00:41:42.050 --> 00:41:45.010
  • It meant turning your back on the poor.
  • 00:41:45.020 --> 00:41:47.200
  • And this idol, because it was a symbol of fertility, of lust,
  • 00:41:47.210 --> 00:41:52.040
  • of getting everything, of greed, this symbol would be in front
  • 00:41:52.050 --> 00:41:57.220
  • of usually farms and markets and places of prosperity.
  • 00:41:57.230 --> 00:42:02.260
  • And one of the most amazing things is that for thousands
  • 00:42:02.270 --> 00:42:05.240
  • and thousands of years, this weird image of a golden bull
  • 00:42:05.250 --> 00:42:10.210
  • in front of places of prosperity, in front of markets
  • 00:42:10.220 --> 00:42:14.080
  • and farms as a symbol of taking everything
  • 00:42:14.090 --> 00:42:17.150
  • and having everything, has existed throughout time
  • 00:42:17.160 --> 00:42:20.160
  • and finally was phased out around the industrial era.
  • 00:42:20.170 --> 00:42:24.000
  • And I'm so glad to say that finally this image is gone.
  • 00:42:24.010 --> 00:42:29.060
  • This is the raging bull in front of Wall Street,
  • 00:42:30.090 --> 00:42:34.240
  • which actually appeared out of nowhere.
  • 00:42:34.250 --> 00:42:37.180
  • The artist who made it didn't get permission to put it there.
  • 00:42:37.190 --> 00:42:41.070
  • He just, in the middle of the night in 1987,
  • 00:42:41.080 --> 00:42:43.100
  • he just came and dropped it off.
  • 00:42:43.110 --> 00:42:45.190
  • And it's been in New York ever since.
  • 00:42:45.200 --> 00:42:48.120
  • And I would ask this question, you know, I love the spirit of
  • 00:42:48.130 --> 00:42:51.020
  • industry, I love the American spirit of building and making
  • 00:42:51.030 --> 00:42:56.140
  • and of business and all of these things, it's amazing,
  • 00:42:56.150 --> 00:42:59.240
  • but I also love the American spirit of generosity,
  • 00:42:59.250 --> 00:43:03.150
  • of helping the weak, of caring for those
  • 00:43:03.160 --> 00:43:05.090
  • who are in need.
  • 00:43:05.100 --> 00:43:06.260
  • And what this bull symbol does for me when I see it,
  • 00:43:06.270 --> 00:43:10.080
  • is it highlights all the stuff I hate about Wall Street
  • 00:43:10.090 --> 00:43:13.120
  • while forgetting all the things I love about it.
  • 00:43:13.130 --> 00:43:17.030
  • This is an image of lust.
  • 00:43:17.040 --> 00:43:18.290
  • Give me more. Take, take, take.
  • 00:43:19.000 --> 00:43:23.060
  • And isn't it the problem we have with Wall Street?
  • 00:43:23.070 --> 00:43:25.140
  • Nobody has a problem with businesses being trade
  • 00:43:25.150 --> 00:43:27.220
  • and people making money and businesses thriving
  • 00:43:27.230 --> 00:43:29.250
  • and jobs being created.
  • 00:43:29.260 --> 00:43:31.120
  • That's a wonderful thing.
  • 00:43:31.130 --> 00:43:33.270
  • Anyway, this bull is starting to appear all over.
  • 00:43:33.280 --> 00:43:37.060
  • They just built one in Shanghai.
  • 00:43:37.070 --> 00:43:39.030
  • I think they just built one in Amsterdam.
  • 00:43:39.040 --> 00:43:40.200
  • Who knows?
  • 00:43:40.210 --> 00:43:42.000
  • A Baal will be coming to a town near you very soon.
  • 00:43:42.010 --> 00:43:46.100
  • To me, I think that for all of us,
  • 00:43:46.110 --> 00:43:48.270
  • we should make money and thrive and succeed
  • 00:43:48.280 --> 00:43:51.190
  • and live in abundance but for the purpose
  • 00:43:51.200 --> 00:43:54.080
  • of helping people, for the purpose of leaving a legacy,
  • 00:43:54.090 --> 00:43:58.090
  • for the purpose of building and lifting up the next generation.
  • 00:43:58.100 --> 00:44:01.220
  • And I'm so glad that I serve a church that believes in that,
  • 00:44:01.230 --> 00:44:04.050
  • that really does.
  • 00:44:04.060 --> 00:44:05.240
  • And you're one of those people.
  • 00:44:05.250 --> 00:44:07.040
  • And I wanna make sure that we never allow Baal to sit
  • 00:44:07.050 --> 00:44:09.160
  • at the throne of our heart, that it's never about me.
  • 00:44:09.170 --> 00:44:13.060
  • That although I want you to fulfill your dreams and do
  • 00:44:13.070 --> 00:44:16.000
  • amazing things and make money,
  • 00:44:16.010 --> 00:44:18.100
  • I also want you to experience the joy of helping
  • 00:44:18.110 --> 00:44:21.130
  • people in need, the joy of being generous
  • 00:44:21.140 --> 00:44:23.190
  • to charities that you love, and the joy of using your money
  • 00:44:23.200 --> 00:44:27.060
  • to make your city, your town, your world, a better place.
  • 00:44:27.070 --> 00:44:30.110
  • It's an amazing feeling and if you've never done it,
  • 00:44:30.120 --> 00:44:32.140
  • I want to encourage you to stretch yourself to do that.
  • 00:44:32.150 --> 00:44:35.290
  • Anyway, so Baal is the god of prosperity.
  • 00:44:36.000 --> 00:44:38.190
  • He's the god of rain and the god of dew and because Ahab has been
  • 00:44:38.200 --> 00:44:43.230
  • sacrificing children and turning his back on the poor and raised
  • 00:44:43.240 --> 00:44:47.040
  • up this temple to Baal, God raises up a prophet to judge
  • 00:44:47.050 --> 00:44:51.010
  • Ahab and this is Elijah.
  • 00:44:51.020 --> 00:44:53.000
  • He's maybe the most important prophet other than Moses
  • 00:44:53.010 --> 00:44:55.110
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:44:55.120 --> 00:44:56.280
  • I mean, he's so key.
  • 00:44:56.290 --> 00:44:58.080
  • He's the Messianic figure, and he comes in and says to Ahab,
  • 00:44:58.090 --> 00:45:02.020
  • "Ahab, because of the evil that you have done," listen,
  • 00:45:02.030 --> 00:45:05.290
  • "God will remove all rain and dew from Israel.
  • 00:45:06.000 --> 00:45:10.120
  • Because you've bowed down to the god of rain and dew
  • 00:45:10.130 --> 00:45:13.130
  • and not to God, the God is going to remove rain and dew."
  • 00:45:13.140 --> 00:45:18.040
  • And from that point on, the whole land becomes dry
  • 00:45:18.050 --> 00:45:21.110
  • and for 3 1/2 years there's no rain
  • 00:45:21.120 --> 00:45:23.250
  • and all the farms die and incredible famine
  • 00:45:23.260 --> 00:45:26.220
  • and hunger comes to the land, and Ahab
  • 00:45:26.230 --> 00:45:29.030
  • continues to kill children and bow down to Baal.
  • 00:45:29.040 --> 00:45:33.240
  • In this time, Elijah, because the land is becoming difficult
  • 00:45:33.250 --> 00:45:37.020
  • to live in, God says to Elijah, "There is a widow--"
  • 00:45:37.030 --> 00:45:42.290
  • This is just great.
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  • "I have directed a widow there in Zarephath to supply you
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  • with all that you need."
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  • And what I love about this story is that that widow has no idea.
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  • When God says this to Elijah, that word is incredibly poor
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  • and struggling.
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  • And the idea that God's going to use her to supply the man of God
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  • with what he needs is awesome.
  • 00:46:05.240 --> 00:46:08.040
  • Elijah travels up to Sidon which, interestingly,
  • 00:46:08.050 --> 00:46:11.140
  • is the home of Jezebel who brought all of this stuff
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  • and he goes to the city gates and he sees this woman.
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  • She's clearly struggling.
  • 00:46:19.130 --> 00:46:22.180
  • Her face is gaunt, her fingers are bony,
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  • and yet she's young and beautiful
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  • but tired and hungry.
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  • She's gathering up sticks, and as she's gathering,
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  • the man of God approaches and he says to her,
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  • "Woman, would you get me some water?"
  • 00:46:37.110 --> 00:46:41.070
  • And yet because of her culture she believes it's right to
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  • welcome a stranger.
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  • She looks at him and she says,
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  • "Okay, I'll get you some water."
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  • And so she begins to kind of walk away,
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  • and as she's walking away very slowly
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  • to get some water, he says, "Wait, woman,
  • 00:46:50.250 --> 00:46:52.200
  • also please bring me some bread.
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  • I'm hungry."
  • 00:46:55.020 --> 00:46:56.250
  • And with that she sort of doesn't know what to do.
  • 00:46:56.260 --> 00:47:01.090
  • Finally, she looks up at the man of God.
  • 00:47:01.100 --> 00:47:03.020
  • She says, "I can't do that.
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  • I've only got a small handful of flour and an ounce of oil left.
  • 00:47:07.120 --> 00:47:13.280
  • And I'm planning to make one more loaf of bread and then my
  • 00:47:13.290 --> 00:47:18.110
  • son and I are gonna eat it, and then we're gonna die,
  • 00:47:18.120 --> 00:47:22.020
  • because that's all we have left."
  • 00:47:22.030 --> 00:47:26.110
  • And what I love is that Elijah is a man of passion and he looks
  • 00:47:26.120 --> 00:47:30.160
  • at her and he says--it's funny 'cause I've read this story
  • 00:47:30.170 --> 00:47:33.180
  • over and over and over this week.
  • 00:47:33.190 --> 00:47:35.070
  • I even read it in Hebrew and when I heard Hannah read it,
  • 00:47:35.080 --> 00:47:37.190
  • I noticed something that I hadn't noticed the whole time.
  • 00:47:37.200 --> 00:47:40.080
  • You know, the first thing that Elijah says to her is,
  • 00:47:40.090 --> 00:47:43.150
  • "Don't be afraid."
  • 00:47:43.160 --> 00:47:47.200
  • He comforts her and then he says, "Give me the bread."
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  • Can you imagine that?
  • 00:47:53.030 --> 00:47:55.020
  • She--can you imagine that?
  • 00:47:55.030 --> 00:47:56.260
  • "My son and I are gonna eat this bread and die,"
  • 00:47:56.270 --> 00:47:58.190
  • and he's like, "Can I have it?"
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • He says, "Don't be afraid.
  • 00:48:04.280 --> 00:48:06.250
  • Make me some bread, and then there will be some
  • 00:48:06.260 --> 00:48:09.270
  • left over for you."
  • 00:48:09.280 --> 00:48:11.200
  • And the most amazing thing is this woman does it.
  • 00:48:11.210 --> 00:48:17.040
  • For those of you who are parents,
  • 00:48:17.050 --> 00:48:19.200
  • can you imagine having a child, a little kid,
  • 00:48:19.210 --> 00:48:23.050
  • who's starving, what that feels like?
  • 00:48:23.060 --> 00:48:26.220
  • I remember going on missionary trips and seeing starving
  • 00:48:26.230 --> 00:48:29.040
  • children with their mothers or fathers and I couldn't imagine
  • 00:48:29.050 --> 00:48:32.190
  • what it would be like to be totally helpless as a parent
  • 00:48:32.200 --> 00:48:35.250
  • and your kid is saying to you, "Mommy, I'm hungry.
  • 00:48:35.260 --> 00:48:38.180
  • Mommy, I'm so hungry.
  • 00:48:38.190 --> 00:48:40.070
  • Do you have any food, Mommy?
  • 00:48:40.080 --> 00:48:41.190
  • I'm so hungry it hurts. My stomach hurts."
  • 00:48:41.200 --> 00:48:44.100
  • And this woman who is herself starving, and her son is
  • 00:48:44.110 --> 00:48:48.030
  • starving, she sees something in the prophet and God is tugging
  • 00:48:48.040 --> 00:48:53.030
  • on her heart to be generous in the most unbelievable way
  • 00:48:53.040 --> 00:48:57.020
  • and she had faith and she gave him her last bit of bread.
  • 00:48:57.030 --> 00:49:04.280
  • And even though she was a Gentile and even though
  • 00:49:04.290 --> 00:49:07.050
  • she was a pagan, God saw her faith
  • 00:49:07.060 --> 00:49:11.040
  • and he accredited it to her as righteousness.
  • 00:49:11.050 --> 00:49:15.260
  • And from that day on, she had all the bread she needed.
  • 00:49:15.270 --> 00:49:18.290
  • She had all the oil she needed.
  • 00:49:19.000 --> 00:49:20.230
  • And Elijah moved in her house and there was this magic bowl
  • 00:49:20.240 --> 00:49:23.190
  • of oil and bread.
  • 00:49:23.200 --> 00:49:25.060
  • It just never ran out.
  • 00:49:25.070 --> 00:49:26.160
  • Every time they went to it, there was more flour
  • 00:49:26.170 --> 00:49:28.120
  • and more oil.
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  • She didn't know that when God said, "I have directed a widow
  • 00:49:30.250 --> 00:49:34.080
  • there to supply you with food," she didn't know--
  • 00:49:34.090 --> 00:49:37.060
  • she didn't know that God was gonna work
  • 00:49:37.070 --> 00:49:38.230
  • a miracle in her life,
  • 00:49:38.240 --> 00:49:40.050
  • and that wasn't the first bit of provision.
  • 00:49:40.060 --> 00:49:42.200
  • So Elijah's living there for years now and still it never
  • 00:49:42.210 --> 00:49:45.210
  • runs out and one day, her son, that same son that was starving
  • 00:49:45.220 --> 00:49:49.270
  • and now has--you know, he's a little fat,
  • 00:49:49.280 --> 00:49:51.210
  • and he's feeling good.
  • 00:49:51.220 --> 00:49:53.180
  • That same son, one day he begins to get sick
  • 00:49:53.190 --> 00:49:56.170
  • and he's come down with something
  • 00:49:56.180 --> 00:49:58.150
  • and nobody seems to know what's wrong.
  • 00:49:58.160 --> 00:50:00.160
  • And he's getting worse and worse.
  • 00:50:00.170 --> 00:50:03.000
  • And finally, one day, that little boy dies.
  • 00:50:03.010 --> 00:50:07.110
  • And Elijah goes downstairs and wonders what the commotion is.
  • 00:50:07.120 --> 00:50:11.090
  • And with tears in her eyes, she looks up at Elijah and she says,
  • 00:50:11.100 --> 00:50:16.230
  • "Man of God, why have you come here?
  • 00:50:16.240 --> 00:50:20.230
  • Have you come here to remind me of my sin?
  • 00:50:20.240 --> 00:50:24.130
  • Have you come here to kill my son?"
  • 00:50:24.140 --> 00:50:28.120
  • Elijah doesn't even respond.
  • 00:50:28.130 --> 00:50:30.020
  • He sees the little boy, he bursts into tears,
  • 00:50:30.030 --> 00:50:34.020
  • picks him up in his arms, runs up the stairs,
  • 00:50:34.030 --> 00:50:38.030
  • lays the little boy on the table,
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  • and, you know, the thing I love about Jews,
  • 00:50:40.200 --> 00:50:42.150
  • they don't pray like Christians.
  • 00:50:42.160 --> 00:50:43.250
  • You know, we pray like, "Lord, if it be thy will,
  • 00:50:43.260 --> 00:50:47.010
  • upon thy throne, wilt thou heal this little child unto thee?"
  • 00:50:47.020 --> 00:50:53.180
  • That's not how Jews pray, man.
  • 00:50:53.190 --> 00:50:55.180
  • They pray-- the Hebrew word, actually,
  • 00:50:55.190 --> 00:50:57.170
  • for this type of faith is chutzpah.
  • 00:50:57.180 --> 00:51:00.260
  • They pray--Elijah looks at God and he says,
  • 00:51:00.270 --> 00:51:04.100
  • "Lord, what have you done?
  • 00:51:04.110 --> 00:51:06.170
  • Are you going to kill this little boy?
  • 00:51:06.180 --> 00:51:08.150
  • Are you gonna allow this little kid to die, Lord?"
  • 00:51:08.160 --> 00:51:11.210
  • And Elijah just is shrieking and weeping over this boy.
  • 00:51:11.220 --> 00:51:16.240
  • And he lays himself over the boy three times, crying out to God.
  • 00:51:16.250 --> 00:51:24.170
  • This number three is really important, by the way,
  • 00:51:24.180 --> 00:51:27.000
  • in a Hebrew context.
  • 00:51:27.010 --> 00:51:29.070
  • I remember I had a rabbi that tell me any time you see
  • 00:51:29.080 --> 00:51:31.120
  • a number in the Tanakh, in the Jewish Bible,
  • 00:51:31.130 --> 00:51:34.130
  • it's there for a reason.
  • 00:51:34.140 --> 00:51:36.230
  • The number one always points to--
  • 00:51:36.240 --> 00:51:38.200
  • well, can you guess?
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  • Just guess. God.
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  • One is God.
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  • "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one."
  • 00:51:45.230 --> 00:51:49.200
  • Two is a symbol for the law because Moses brings
  • 00:51:49.210 --> 00:51:52.240
  • down the law in two tablets.
  • 00:51:52.250 --> 00:51:56.230
  • Let me see, 12 is a symbol for the 12 tribes of Israel.
  • 00:51:56.240 --> 00:51:59.250
  • Ten is a symbol for the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:51:59.260 --> 00:52:01.250
  • Forty is a symbol of completion.
  • 00:52:01.260 --> 00:52:03.190
  • So all these numbers are meant to invoke deeper meaning.
  • 00:52:03.200 --> 00:52:07.100
  • What's the number three?
  • 00:52:07.110 --> 00:52:09.010
  • Anybody wanna guess?
  • 00:52:09.020 --> 00:52:10.190
  • As Christians, we're tempted to say, like, God,
  • 00:52:10.200 --> 00:52:12.040
  • or Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • 00:52:12.050 --> 00:52:14.130
  • But in a Jewish context, three is the symbol for Abraham,
  • 00:52:14.140 --> 00:52:19.160
  • Isaac, and Jacob.
  • 00:52:19.170 --> 00:52:22.100
  • Three is the symbol for covenant.
  • 00:52:22.110 --> 00:52:24.130
  • And what's so amazing is that this boy is a Gentile.
  • 00:52:24.140 --> 00:52:27.280
  • He's not a Jewish kid and yet--
  • 00:52:27.290 --> 00:52:31.250
  • and yet Elijah is laying himself, saying,
  • 00:52:31.260 --> 00:52:35.180
  • "God, remember your covenant with me."
  • 00:52:35.190 --> 00:52:39.170
  • He's saying to God, "God, don't do this to me.
  • 00:52:39.180 --> 00:52:44.030
  • Don't call me here to this widow to be her provision
  • 00:52:44.040 --> 00:52:47.160
  • and let her son die.
  • 00:52:47.170 --> 00:52:49.160
  • Remember the faith that she had, giving her last loaf of bread
  • 00:52:49.170 --> 00:52:54.290
  • to a stranger so that he wouldn't die,
  • 00:52:55.000 --> 00:52:57.160
  • knowing that her son might.
  • 00:52:57.170 --> 00:52:59.130
  • Remember that faith.
  • 00:52:59.140 --> 00:53:01.040
  • Heal this boy."
  • 00:53:01.050 --> 00:53:03.130
  • And that third time, shrieking, crying out to God,
  • 00:53:03.140 --> 00:53:07.040
  • his chest begins to move.
  • 00:53:07.050 --> 00:53:10.090
  • His eyes wake up, and that becomes the second miracle.
  • 00:53:10.100 --> 00:53:14.220
  • This is the first time in the Bible that there is
  • 00:53:14.230 --> 00:53:17.110
  • a resurrection story, that somebody is raised back to life.
  • 00:53:17.120 --> 00:53:22.040
  • And I love this story because we don't know
  • 00:53:22.050 --> 00:53:24.250
  • what the woman's sin is or what shame she's feeling.
  • 00:53:24.260 --> 00:53:28.100
  • We know she's not Jewish.
  • 00:53:28.110 --> 00:53:30.070
  • We know all is that she just saw someone in need
  • 00:53:30.080 --> 00:53:34.190
  • and gave her son's bread to him in faith,
  • 00:53:34.200 --> 00:53:39.010
  • and God blessed her for it.
  • 00:53:39.020 --> 00:53:40.240
  • He's a good God.
  • 00:53:40.250 --> 00:53:42.170
  • And I just wanna show you that very often sometimes in life,
  • 00:53:42.180 --> 00:53:47.080
  • see, her provision for the prophet was her provision too.
  • 00:53:47.090 --> 00:53:51.290
  • Her provision for the prophet was God's plan to save her son
  • 00:53:52.000 --> 00:53:55.180
  • and to do this amazing thing in her life,
  • 00:53:55.190 --> 00:53:59.120
  • and very often our--
  • 00:53:59.130 --> 00:54:01.000
  • when God stretches us to give, when God stretches us to do
  • 00:54:01.010 --> 00:54:03.290
  • something for people in need, very often that becomes
  • 00:54:04.000 --> 00:54:09.040
  • the thing that opens up abundance in our life.
  • 00:54:09.050 --> 00:54:11.250
  • I remember when Pastor Robert Morritz who--
  • 00:54:11.260 --> 00:54:15.080
  • Morris, who is a pastor at Gateway in Dallas,
  • 00:54:15.090 --> 00:54:17.200
  • a great church.
  • 00:54:17.210 --> 00:54:19.120
  • He used to be an itinerant preacher,
  • 00:54:19.130 --> 00:54:21.060
  • and so he always relied on the generosity of other people,
  • 00:54:21.070 --> 00:54:24.070
  • and he never knew where money was gonna come from.
  • 00:54:24.080 --> 00:54:26.060
  • It was like Eastman I talked about last week where you get
  • 00:54:26.070 --> 00:54:28.240
  • donations from speaking at churches and from books
  • 00:54:28.250 --> 00:54:31.160
  • and things like this.
  • 00:54:31.170 --> 00:54:32.260
  • You kind of always piece it together and he usually had
  • 00:54:32.270 --> 00:54:35.220
  • an outlook of where he was gonna be financially
  • 00:54:35.230 --> 00:54:37.160
  • based on how many churches he would be invited to.
  • 00:54:37.170 --> 00:54:40.150
  • So he gets invited to this one church and it's the only church
  • 00:54:40.160 --> 00:54:43.020
  • he has all month and he's asking God,
  • 00:54:43.030 --> 00:54:45.250
  • "Lord, how am I supposed to get through this month
  • 00:54:45.260 --> 00:54:47.220
  • and, you know, put food on the table for my family?"
  • 00:54:47.230 --> 00:54:51.210
  • And so he goes to this church and in the service there's a
  • 00:54:51.220 --> 00:54:54.130
  • missionary who gives a testimony about what she's doing
  • 00:54:54.140 --> 00:54:57.180
  • or something, and God puts it on his heart,
  • 00:54:57.190 --> 00:55:00.100
  • "Give whatever money you get as a gift tonight,
  • 00:55:00.110 --> 00:55:03.230
  • give that to the missionary."
  • 00:55:03.240 --> 00:55:06.080
  • Well, the funny thing was when the service was over,
  • 00:55:06.090 --> 00:55:08.150
  • the church took this great gift together,
  • 00:55:08.160 --> 00:55:11.080
  • and in this case they actually did give it to Pastor Morris
  • 00:55:11.090 --> 00:55:14.100
  • and the amazing thing was it was the biggest donation
  • 00:55:14.110 --> 00:55:16.200
  • he'd ever gotten, and it was all he needed
  • 00:55:16.210 --> 00:55:18.240
  • to get through the month.
  • 00:55:18.250 --> 00:55:20.210
  • And he was so excited and elated and then he remembered,
  • 00:55:20.220 --> 00:55:24.260
  • "God told me to give whatever I got tonight to that missionary,"
  • 00:55:24.270 --> 00:55:30.050
  • and in this amazing story, he signs over the check.
  • 00:55:30.060 --> 00:55:32.250
  • He gives it to the missionary and later that night, there's
  • 00:55:32.260 --> 00:55:35.210
  • somebody at the table when they're eating together, there's
  • 00:55:35.220 --> 00:55:38.050
  • this man in a suit he had never met before and the guy says,
  • 00:55:38.060 --> 00:55:42.080
  • "Robert, how much money did you get tonight from the church?"
  • 00:55:42.090 --> 00:55:46.030
  • And he says, "Oh, it was a fair amount."
  • 00:55:46.040 --> 00:55:48.050
  • And he says, "Well, do you have the check?"
  • 00:55:48.060 --> 00:55:50.280
  • And he says, "No, I don't have it with me right now."
  • 00:55:50.290 --> 00:55:54.170
  • He goes, "Well, where is it?"
  • 00:55:54.180 --> 00:55:56.060
  • And then he says he lied.
  • 00:55:56.070 --> 00:55:57.200
  • He goes, "Oh, it's in the car."
  • 00:55:57.210 --> 00:55:59.060
  • And he says the man leans over and he goes,
  • 00:55:59.070 --> 00:56:01.000
  • "It's not in the car."
  • 00:56:01.010 --> 00:56:03.060
  • He goes, "I know you gave it away,
  • 00:56:03.070 --> 00:56:05.130
  • and God wanted me to give you this."
  • 00:56:05.140 --> 00:56:07.110
  • And he handed him a check for ten times
  • 00:56:07.120 --> 00:56:09.270
  • what he had given to the missionary.
  • 00:56:09.280 --> 00:56:12.050
  • So two things.
  • 00:56:12.060 --> 00:56:13.240
  • In your giving, always use wisdom.
  • 00:56:13.250 --> 00:56:15.130
  • You know, I'm telling you to stretch, not to tear.
  • 00:56:15.140 --> 00:56:18.170
  • And I went to Oral Roberts University, I've seen people do
  • 00:56:18.180 --> 00:56:21.150
  • some crazy things, and not all of them were wise.
  • 00:56:21.160 --> 00:56:24.220
  • So use wisdom.
  • 00:56:24.230 --> 00:56:26.220
  • But also learn in your giving to start listening to the Lord
  • 00:56:26.230 --> 00:56:29.270
  • the way Pastor Morris did when he felt God say,
  • 00:56:29.280 --> 00:56:33.120
  • "Give whatever--this thing you're gonna need tonight,
  • 00:56:33.130 --> 00:56:35.170
  • give it to the missionary."
  • 00:56:35.180 --> 00:56:37.160
  • I want you to start practicing that, just put--
  • 00:56:37.170 --> 00:56:39.270
  • dip your toe in the water and begin listening
  • 00:56:39.280 --> 00:56:41.230
  • for needs of your neighbor,
  • 00:56:41.240 --> 00:56:43.180
  • needs for people who are struggling.
  • 00:56:43.190 --> 00:56:45.060
  • Maybe at your job or in the neighborhood you live,
  • 00:56:45.070 --> 00:56:47.180
  • and watch how God brings your generosity to life.
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  • Father, we thank you and we love you and I just pray your
  • 00:56:52.170 --> 00:56:55.120
  • abundant blessing over everyone under the sound of my voice.
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  • Lord, we love you, and we thank you,
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  • and we give back what we can.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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