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November 16, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • As we move into the new year, we are excited to announce
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  • our Legacy of Hope challenge campaign designed to propel
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  • the "Hour of Power" into the next 50 years of ministry.
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  • We want you to be a part of this life-changing experience.
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  • In just a few weeks, you will have the opportunity
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  • to join us in a special year-end challenge
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  • made possible by an anonymous friend.
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  • Your participation in this time-sensitive campaign
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  • will enable "Hour of Power" to finish the year strong
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  • and launch us into 2020
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  • with a secure financial foundation.
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  • Your engagement with us in this season is vital
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  • as we look to the future of the ministry.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you become part
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  • of the living legacy of "Hour of Power"
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  • and offer hope to people around the world.
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  • I invite you to prayerfully consider your year-end giving
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  • and help the "Hour of Power" finish 2019 strong
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  • as we can begin 2020 primed for increased growth and impact.
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  • Thank you for your help.
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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: Welcome church family and visitors.
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  • It is refreshing to be with you.
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  • Thank you for being here today.
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  • Today know the truth that you are fearfully
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  • and wonderfully made.
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  • You have never been a mistake.
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  • You are called and you are so, so loved by the living God.
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  • Thank you again for being here.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby: We really are so glad that you're in the house today,
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  • and we're excited to hear from Voices of Hope this morning.
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  • That'll be great.
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  • And also overjoyed to hear from Jefferson Bethke who's here
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  • to talk about his new book.
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  • Jefferson, we're so glad you're here, welcome.
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  • More than anything, we're just so excited that you're here,
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  • and, you know, we believe that everybody is here for a reason
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  • and that being here and taking time to be a part of this just
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  • makes God's heart swell with joy.
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  • And I think it's an awesome thing.
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  • So, let's begin with a Word of prayer.
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  • Father, 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, thank you that we can be our true selves and we just ask
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  • in Jesus's name that you'd help us to be more like Christ
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  • every day to work harder and harder at it,
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  • but also not to beat ourselves up.
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  • Lord, I pray everybody would leave here feeling encouraged,
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  • full of life, and we thank you, Lord.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen, turn around and shake the hand of the person
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  • next to you 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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  • around for comforting warmth.
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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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  • 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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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Jefferson Bethke: What if I told you Jesus came
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  • to abolish religion?
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  • announcer: Jefferson Bethke is an author and content creator
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  • with his wife Alyssa.
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  • Jefferson: Three miles per hour.
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  • Yes, specifically three miles per hour, why?
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  • Because that's the precise speed you are going when you are
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  • walking in a peaceful and loving way.
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  • announcer: They've written eight books, five workbooks,
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  • and have created e-courses on relationships, theology,
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  • and identity.
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  • His new book, "To Hell With The Hustle."
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  • Jefferson: I'm so excited, I hope it blesses you.
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  • This is available anywhere books are sold.
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  • announcer: Looks at how we should let go of what our
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  • culture tells us to do and embrace the life
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  • God wants for us.
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  • Jefferson: My salvation is freely mine and forgiveness is
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  • my own, not based on my merits, but Jesus's obedience alone.
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  • announcer: Please welcome Jefferson Bethke.
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  • Bobby: Jefferson, hi. It's so great to have you back.
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  • It's so good to have you in the house.
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  • We're friends, and I love this idea of this book that came out.
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  • And one thing that I think is really cool is you say this
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  • creed that we say every Sunday with your family in the morning.
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  • Tell me about that.
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  • Jefferson Bethke: Yeah, which got it totally from you,
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  • totally stole it.
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  • Hope that was okay.
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  • I got your permission, I remember texting you.
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  • But yeah, it's such a gift that we brought that that you do
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  • on Sunday to our table every single morning.
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  • We say it to our kids.
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  • My favorite part about it with our kids too, I don't think you
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  • do it here in church, is at the end of it, every kid gets
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  • an M&M, which is totally that, you know, the law of the Lord.
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  • That yeah, right here it's totally us playing off that that
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  • the law of the Lord is sweet, like honey on my lips and I
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  • tried honey, it was too messy so I went with fake American sugar.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, that's good. That's an old Jewish thing too.
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  • That's what they used to do in the Midrash.
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  • That's great.
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  • Well, super, we're so glad you're here and on that thing,
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  • you know, a lot of people might think, oh, that seems offensive
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  • to name a book "To Hell With The Hustle,"
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  • but really you mean it literally, don't you?
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  • I mean, you think that, you think that this spirit
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  • of hurry is from hell, that it's a bad thing,
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  • that it's eroding our discipleship.
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  • Tell us about this book and it's exciting.
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  • Jefferson: Yeah, yeah, like I told you before, my wife thought
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  • of the title so get mad at her.
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  • Bobby: We'll blame her.
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  • Jefferson: Yeah, exactly.
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  • Yeah, I mean, it's a serious problem, and we wanted to name
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  • it something that made the problem serious,
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  • made people take it seriously.
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  • I think I forget where I was reading it, but someone called
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  • hustle and hurry almost the fundamental iniquity.
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  • It's like man, I don't know how to spell that.
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  • But what they meant by that is it's this baseline sin at some
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  • level because when you're hustling and hurrying, then you
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  • cannot, it's incompatible with walking with Jesus.
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  • You cannot listen to him when you're hustled and hurried.
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  • You cannot be in his cadence and be in his pace.
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  • And so then because of that, it's this baseline thing that
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  • then allows something else to you that you go in another
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  • direction that's not God's design for you.
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  • Bobby: And I mean, of course, I believe that when you're in a
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  • hurry, it's hard to be listening to the needs of others.
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  • When you're in a hurry, it's really hard to empathize
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  • with others, to think clearly.
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  • But what about, I mean, there's so many people that struggle
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  • with this that are enthusiastic, which is a good thing, full of
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  • energy, which is a good thing.
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  • How does someone who is just wakes up in the morning excited
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  • about life, that also because of that tend to be a little more
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  • hurried, how do we find the balance, you know?
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  • Jefferson: Well, I think Jesus is a perfect example, right?
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  • So, you see Jesus, he wasn't just vegging out watching
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  • football or something like that, right?
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  • He was a man of intention.
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  • He was a man of purpose, and he was a man going somewhere.
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  • He was on his way to Jerusalem during his ministry, but yet it
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  • was clear because of his cadence, or his pace,
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  • on that mission, he was able to be uninterrupted.
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  • I think that's a really good question we can ask ourselves.
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  • You're probably too hustled and too hurried if you're not able
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  • to be interrupted, and I think it's like 80%
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  • of Jesus's miracles were miracles of interruption,
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  • meaning he wasn't planning to do that.
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  • He was paying attention to the moment God had come in,
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  • and he was able to actually enter into that moment.
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  • Bobby: You're a spoken word artist, and you rap quickly,
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  • even you're talking, responding my questions is almost hurried.
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  • Is there something about--
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  • Jefferson: This is me non-hurried.
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  • Bobby: This is non-hurried? Jefferson: This is non-hurried.
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  • Bobby: I'm just asking, is this is this something that--
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  • it's something I struggle with, personally.
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  • I, you know, Russ Jacobson, who's kind of the ying to my
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  • yang says Bobby Schuller's glass is half full
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  • and the other half was delicious.
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  • So, I'm always known as this enthusiastic positive person.
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  • I struggle with this, is this something you struggle
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  • with personally to hurry?
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  • Jefferson: Yes, yes, clearly in how I talk as well.
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  • But and you should ask my wife 'cause this is my non-hurried
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  • voice, so she gets the hurried voice at home.
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  • But yeah, I think all of us do.
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  • Like this is the air we're breathing.
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  • This is the water we're swimming in in the west.
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  • And I think to be faithful followers of Jesus, you
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  • constantly have to be asking, in your contextual cultural moment,
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  • what do we, as 21st century followers of Jesus,
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  • have to resist?
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  • Because there's always things every culture has to resist to
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  • be a faithful follower of Jesus.
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  • To me, it's hurry and hustle, that God actually calls us to be
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  • non-anxious, faithful presences in our culture to our neighbors
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  • in our workplaces, and that does something beautiful.
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  • Bobby: How has slowing down for you affected your life
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  • personally, has it?
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  • Have you seen a change in your parenting or in your marriage?
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  • Jefferson: In everything.
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  • I mean, first of all, like, you know, whoever parents
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  • well when you're hurried, right?
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  • that's the worst moments, right?
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  • The times I've lost my temper, the times I've been angry,
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  • whatever in marriage as well, when I get frustrated, we
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  • get in arguments.
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  • It's always coming out of a place of hurry.
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  • One thing I'll say is that I've noticed when you live in God's
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  • cadence, God's music, I kind of use that analogy and you're
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  • listening to that tune and you're trying to dance to it,
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  • what it does is it lets you hear his voice better, right?
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  • I think I like to talk about in the book where I say everything
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  • in the world is screaming at you and when something's screaming
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  • at you, it gets your attention without you looking at it.
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  • But I think God is the only thing that actually whispers
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  • when he tries to talk, and to hear a whisper, you have to be
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  • paying attention and I think you can only pay attention
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  • when you're non-hurried and non-hustled.
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  • Bobby: When I hear hustle instead of hurry in the title of
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:12.030
  • your book, it makes me think of competition,
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  • makes me think of grinding out a win.
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  • And there's a good side of that, the the sort of American
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  • industrialist, the entrepreneur, the spirit to pursue your dreams
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  • and grind out your vision.
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  • But on the flip side of that, I think there might be somebody
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  • when they hear you're talking about hustle, they're like,
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  • "Well, are you saying I can't achieve?"
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  • Or wouldn't you--here's the real question, do you think slowing
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  • down makes you less successful?
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  • Jefferson: No, and I could go on and on, but I'll try to give
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  • the quickest analogy that I think is really helpful.
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  • Chick-fil-A anyone else love Chick-fil-A?
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  • Okay, they make four to five times the amount of revenue per
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  • store in the nation than any other fast food chain,
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  • right, per year.
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  • So, they make more, four to five times than any other fast food
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  • chain per store per year, but yet they're closed 52 days less
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  • than those businesses, so to me that sounds like a perfect
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  • picture of I think God can do more with less.
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  • And so, Chick-fil-A is the ultimate metaphor
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  • for our spiritual lives, amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, and I think one of the reasons they do that is
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:13.240
  • they're encouraging people to spend time with their families,
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  • to slow down and to go to church.
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  • And I think that's--
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  • Jefferson: And they're more successful and they make more,
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  • but they're open less.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, wow.
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  • Well, Jefferson, I just want to encourage everybody
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  • to get this book, "To Hell With The Hustle."
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  • If you know a successful person, a driven person, this is not
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  • gonna discourage them from being successful.
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  • If anything, you'll find out, I realized in my life when I
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  • slowed down and became more successful, more clear in my
  • 00:16:36.240 --> 00:16:39.260
  • thinking, and I was able to do a better job of discerning what
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:43.050
  • was a total waste of my time and what was useful, and that
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  • made me more, you know, more productive actually.
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  • So, Jefferson, thank you so much for your work.
  • 00:16:49.270 --> 00:16:51.270
  • It's blessing a lot of people.
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  • We appreciate your ministry. You're the best.
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  • Jefferson: Thank you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: Hi, friends.
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  • We're so happy to have you join us in worship today.
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  • You are the beloved of God, and we love you.
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  • Bobby: As the end of the year approaches,
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:12.040
  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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,"
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  • but because of your willingness to come alongside us,
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  • 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.
  • 00:19:24.120 --> 00:19:26.120
  • 00:19:27.270 --> 00:19:37.260
  • Teach me how to love You
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  • Show me how to trust You
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  • More than with my words or with a song
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  • No, it's not been easy
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  • To live life down on my knees
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  • But with faith I know I'll carry on
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  • There is more to see than with my eyes
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  • But fear sometimes can leave me paralyzed
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  • I realize that I'm not in control
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  • Yet it is well with my soul
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  • The enemy's against me, Arrows all around me
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  • Never knew the fight would last so long
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  • In seasons of depression, I plead for Your protection
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:06.150
  • Make me right, I'm tired of being wrong
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  • Every time there's hope, it seems to die
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  • And the voices all around me feed that lie
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  • Everything I see tells me to let go
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:38.060
  • Yet it is well with my soul
  • 00:21:38.140 --> 00:21:46.040
  • It is well, it is well
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  • With my soul, with my soul
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  • Oh, it is well
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  • it is well with my soul
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  • It is well, it is well
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  • With my soul, with my soul
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  • It is well
  • 00:22:20.080 --> 00:22:23.030
  • it is well with my soul
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  • My soul
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • My soul
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  • With my soul
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  • My soul
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • It is well with my soul
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  • With my soul
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  • My soul
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • My soul
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  • This fight I'm in is not of flesh and blood
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  • The weapons that I need are in Your love
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  • Lord, don't You ever let me go
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  • You make it well with my soul
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  • You make it well with my soul
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: Voices of Hope and Sarah Grandpre,
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:58.000
  • you are such a gift to this church.
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  • Thank you.
  • 00:24:00.120 --> 00:24:02.110
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • In preparation for the message, 2 Samuel 23:14.
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  • "At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine
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  • garrison was at Bethlehem.
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  • David longed for water and said, 'Oh, that someone would get me a
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  • drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!'
  • 00:24:24.260 --> 00:24:30.000
  • So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine
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  • lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem
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  • and carried it back to David.
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  • But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out
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  • before the Lord.
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  • 'Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!' he said.
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  • 'Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk
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  • of their lives?'
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  • And David would not drink it.
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  • Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors."
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  • Church family, may we lead through generosity and give
  • 00:25:06.240 --> 00:25:10.240
  • wastefully to reach the next generation, amen.
  • 00:25:10.250 --> 00:25:17.290
  • 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:25.060
  • I see the son waking up the morning
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  • reviving dreams
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  • I feel the wind on my back with promise
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  • reminding me
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  • There's a garment of praise for heaviness
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  • There's a new song burning inside my chest
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  • I'm living in the goodness that He brings
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Lift your head up
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  • Let your faith arise
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Our God is for us
  • 00:26:10.040 --> 00:26:12.030
  • He brought us back to life
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  • Get your hopes up
  • 00:26:16.150 --> 00:26:18.190
  • Lift your head up
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  • Let your faith arise
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He brought us back to life
  • 00:26:28.220 --> 00:26:33.080
  • 00:26:33.090 --> 00:26:43.080
  • 00:26:43.090 --> 00:26:49.240
  • I see the son waking up the morning
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  • reviving dreams
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  • I feel the wind on my back with promise
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  • reminding me
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  • There's a garment of praise for heaviness
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  • There's a new song burning inside my chest
  • 00:27:09.250 --> 00:27:15.080
  • I'm living in the goodness that He brings
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Lift your head up
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  • Let your faith arise
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He brought us back to life
  • 00:27:35.180 --> 00:27:40.020
  • 00:27:40.030 --> 00:27:50.020
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  • Christ before me, Christ behind me
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  • I am firmly held
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  • In his mercy never-ending
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  • I remind myself
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Lift your head up
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  • Let your faith arise
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  • Get your hopes up
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He brought us back to life
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us on the "Hour of Power."
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  • We're so grateful that you're watching.
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  • And if you're ever in the Los Angeles,
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  • Orange County area,
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  • come down to Shepherd's Grove and worship with us.
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  • If you have kids, bring them.
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  • We'll teach them the things of God.
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  • We'll make you feel right at home.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this creed 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.
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  • Today we're continuing our fall series on stewardship, which is
  • 00:30:02.260 --> 00:30:09.280
  • a very Christiany way of saying money, of talking about our
  • 00:30:09.290 --> 00:30:14.040
  • money being not ours, but God's and what do we do with it
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  • and how are we wise with it and how should we be generous?
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  • Or should we be generous? And how generous should we be?
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  • And today we're gonna talk about that.
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  • We're talking about the value of actually
  • 00:30:25.210 --> 00:30:27.270
  • leading with generosity.
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  • I remember when I was a teenager and had a new bustling faith,
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  • that there were people in my life who, at the time, gave me
  • 00:30:35.170 --> 00:30:39.290
  • sums of money that I thought were just incredible amount
  • 00:30:40.000 --> 00:30:43.060
  • of money to do ministry type things or to be involved
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  • in these different things.
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  • And I look back and I'm so grateful.
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  • And one example, a guy who gave me $50 a week to play guitar
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  • for a little high school group.
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  • I mean, to me, that was like easily, you know,
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  • 460 cups of Ramen.
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  • I mean, that was like a year's worth of food.
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  • So, I want us to talk about the value of leading our teams.
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  • If you're, everybody in this space is a leader,
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  • the right definition of leadership means someone
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  • who influences, some of us influence a lot of people.
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  • Some of us influence a few people but if you're a parent,
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  • you're a leader.
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  • If your grandparent, you're a leader.
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  • You lead your colleagues, you're leading people in this church
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  • when you engage with them.
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  • And it's important that when we lead
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  • if we're trying to lead people to a certain place,
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  • which we should be doing as Christians
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  • leading people to the light, that we use generosity as one
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  • of the most effective means of leadership, in other words,
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  • that we give to our teams, we give to people
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  • who are following us.
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  • We think that investing in children,
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  • investing in those on our teams is one of the best things
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  • we can do with our money and with our time.
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  • And I want to encourage you that especially when it comes to
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  • to children or to worship, I believe that you almost want to
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  • give so much that someone in the room might be tempted
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  • to look at you and say, "Why all this waste?
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  • Why this waste?"
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  • This is a central theme actually in the scriptures,
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  • and we're gonna jump right into it, okay?
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  • So, one of my favorite stories in the Bible,
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  • especially when I was a teenager and loved movies
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  • like "Braveheart," and "300,"
  • 00:32:26.210 --> 00:32:28.270
  • and things like this, it was fun for me, as a kid, to read these,
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  • you know, amazing war stories about David and his men
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  • and all this stuff.
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  • And one of them, towards the end of 2 Samuel is a story
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  • about David's 30 brave men.
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  • These were guys that were just beasts.
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  • I mean, they were insane at fighting.
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  • They were just tough and grizzly.
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  • There were three of them that say, okay,
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  • these are the three that are the chief among the 30.
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  • The first was the chief of the chiefs,
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  • the greatest of the greatest was a guy named Josheb.
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  • Everybody say Josheb.
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  • Even sounds tough, doesn't it?
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  • Josheb was a chief and they say in one battle,
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  • he himself killed 800 men.
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  • To give an example of how tough and, you know,
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  • war strong this guy was.
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  • The second who was, for some reason very famous,
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  • a guy named Eleazar.
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  • It says that Eleazar was with King David and they were
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  • defending this area called Pas Dammim.
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  • It was probably maybe a hill or a pass through one of the
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  • mountains, and they believed that this pass was, you know,
  • 00:33:40.000 --> 00:33:43.260
  • important, it was strategic.
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  • And they're trying to hold this position against the
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  • Philistines, and there is Eleazar, the captain of the
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  • unit, and they're fighting hand to hand melee combat,
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  • and something happens and everybody leaves.
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  • But the captain Eleazar, holds his ground and just continues
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  • to fight with his sword.
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  • And it says that he fought for hours and hours and it said that
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  • he actually, all by himself, won this great victory holding the
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  • Pas Dammim, and eventually the troops returned to Eleazar
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  • but only to strip and sort the dead.
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  • Pretty sweet, huh, that Old Testament coolness.
  • 00:34:23.140 --> 00:34:27.020
  • Finally, the third in the group was a guy named Shama,
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  • who was surrounded in a lentil field all by himself.
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  • We don't know how many, but all of these guys, almost like
  • 00:34:33.210 --> 00:34:36.140
  • a Bruce Lee type figure, he was able to fight off every single
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  • soldier that surrounded him.
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  • And so, because of exploits like these and other legends, these
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  • three guys become these just amazing fighters and soldiers,
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  • and they are young.
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  • They are tougher than a coffin nail.
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  • They are scarred and muscular and trained
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  • and tuned to suffering.
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  • And they are holed up in a cave with the other 30 men and the
  • 00:35:02.130 --> 00:35:07.000
  • vast army with King David in the cave of Oudalan.
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  • It's a stronghold and they're wanting to siege and take back
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  • David's hometown, the city of Bethlehem.
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  • We got all that?
  • 00:35:18.130 --> 00:35:20.150
  • Okay, so super, it's a war thing, obviously.
  • 00:35:20.160 --> 00:35:23.060
  • Okay, so they're held up in a cave.
  • 00:35:23.070 --> 00:35:26.190
  • Now, David is a king, but he's also a general and he has been
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  • with these men through thick and thin, through victory, through
  • 00:35:31.230 --> 00:35:35.130
  • sacrifice and now they're holed up in a cave.
  • 00:35:35.140 --> 00:35:39.270
  • And it's a cave, but it's also the desert,
  • 00:35:39.280 --> 00:35:42.140
  • and everybody is thirsty.
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  • Have you ever been super thirsty?
  • 00:35:45.020 --> 00:35:47.210
  • You ever been super thirsty?
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  • I remember times when I've been thirsty.
  • 00:35:49.210 --> 00:35:52.020
  • You know, being hungry is one thing, being thirsty
  • 00:35:52.030 --> 00:35:54.110
  • is somehow way worse.
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  • Even when I was writing this sermon, it's, you know, late
  • 00:35:56.170 --> 00:35:59.160
  • fall here in Orange County, California,
  • 00:35:59.170 --> 00:36:03.010
  • and it was like 100 degrees, with 15-mile-an-hour
  • 00:36:03.020 --> 00:36:06.140
  • blow dryer wind,
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  • and I was like riding this sermon.
  • 00:36:09.000 --> 00:36:10.290
  • I was seven miles into my walk and, man, I was thirsty.
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  • There's nothing around, and there's this gas station
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  • and I was like, I would kill for a Diet Coke.
  • 00:36:15.260 --> 00:36:18.100
  • I just, Lord, a Diet Coke, and then I remembered I drink--
  • 00:36:18.110 --> 00:36:23.070
  • you know, like a lot of those gas stations, they have like
  • 00:36:23.080 --> 00:36:25.110
  • the small it's like 40 ounces.
  • 00:36:25.120 --> 00:36:27.190
  • And then there's like the middle, it's like 60 ounces.
  • 00:36:27.200 --> 00:36:30.040
  • And then the, you know, big Big Gulp which is like those, looks
  • 00:36:30.050 --> 00:36:34.130
  • like those water things that you use, you know, that they drop
  • 00:36:34.140 --> 00:36:38.080
  • off at your door and you need a strong person to--
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  • and that was what I got.
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  • It cost me a whole 97 cents.
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  • And no, I enjoyed it.
  • 00:36:45.220 --> 00:36:48.060
  • But anyway, but when you drink, you know, something, you're so
  • 00:36:48.070 --> 00:36:50.130
  • thirsty and you drink something amazing like a Gatorade or a
  • 00:36:50.140 --> 00:36:52.240
  • Diet Coke, and it feels like your head just gets all this
  • 00:36:52.250 --> 00:36:55.210
  • relief and you can almost feel your heart pulse
  • 00:36:55.220 --> 00:36:57.260
  • and your temples.
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  • And so, this is how David is.
  • 00:37:00.020 --> 00:37:01.290
  • He's in the desert and he's drinking cave water, okay?
  • 00:37:02.000 --> 00:37:05.080
  • Cave water, everybody say cave water.
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  • Cave water, imagine it's gonna be brown.
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  • It's gonna have bat dung in it, maybe some other stuff,
  • 00:37:12.260 --> 00:37:16.280
  • some moss.
  • 00:37:16.290 --> 00:37:18.280
  • And so, the water has to be strained and boiled for
  • 00:37:18.290 --> 00:37:22.130
  • dysentery to make sure all the worms and everything
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  • is out of it.
  • 00:37:24.290 --> 00:37:26.280
  • And even when it's handed to you, it's gonna be handed either
  • 00:37:26.290 --> 00:37:28.260
  • hot or room temperature, and it's gonna have
  • 00:37:28.270 --> 00:37:31.210
  • a grayish brown color.
  • 00:37:31.220 --> 00:37:34.030
  • And David is thirsty, and his hometown is occupied by
  • 00:37:34.040 --> 00:37:38.260
  • the enemy and someone hands him another cup
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  • of dirty brown cave water.
  • 00:37:42.010 --> 00:37:45.160
  • He looks at this thing, and he takes a sip and he just says out
  • 00:37:45.170 --> 00:37:49.180
  • loud in his frustration, "Oh, that someone would get me
  • 00:37:49.190 --> 00:37:53.120
  • a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem,"
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  • and takes that cup and throws it against the wall.
  • 00:37:57.160 --> 00:37:59.260
  • "You know, I'm a king and I'm stuck in a cave
  • 00:37:59.270 --> 00:38:02.070
  • drinking cave water.
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  • This isn't fair," you know?
  • 00:38:04.010 --> 00:38:06.140
  • Well, of course, his men hear this,
  • 00:38:06.150 --> 00:38:08.100
  • and they know he's frustrated.
  • 00:38:08.110 --> 00:38:10.000
  • They know he doesn't mean it literally.
  • 00:38:10.010 --> 00:38:11.270
  • But Josheb, you know, the one that, the guy that killed
  • 00:38:11.280 --> 00:38:14.130
  • 800 people all by himself?
  • 00:38:14.140 --> 00:38:16.150
  • He pulls those other two guys, Eleazar, the guy with frozen
  • 00:38:16.160 --> 00:38:19.120
  • sword hands, and Shama, the guy who defended the lentil field
  • 00:38:19.130 --> 00:38:23.220
  • he's like, "Hey, guys, hey, hey, guys, hey, hey, hey,
  • 00:38:23.230 --> 00:38:27.210
  • what if we did that?
  • 00:38:27.220 --> 00:38:30.000
  • No seriously, what if we did that?
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  • What if we went like, broke through the enemy lines and like
  • 00:38:32.020 --> 00:38:34.070
  • got some Bethlehem water and like brought it back
  • 00:38:34.080 --> 00:38:36.130
  • to King David?
  • 00:38:36.140 --> 00:38:38.090
  • What if we did that?"
  • 00:38:38.100 --> 00:38:40.090
  • So, they get all dressed up in their light armor and they
  • 00:38:40.100 --> 00:38:42.090
  • grabbed their spear and put on a little helmet,
  • 00:38:42.100 --> 00:38:44.100
  • and they go through the enemy camp.
  • 00:38:44.110 --> 00:38:47.040
  • So, it's not an actual military line.
  • 00:38:47.050 --> 00:38:49.130
  • There's no fight going on.
  • 00:38:49.140 --> 00:38:51.160
  • They just like sneak up to the military camp and just start
  • 00:38:51.170 --> 00:38:53.210
  • running through the camp towards the gate of Bethlehem.
  • 00:38:53.220 --> 00:38:56.120
  • Now, picture the gate.
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  • At a military camp you're gonna have tents,
  • 00:38:57.230 --> 00:38:59.200
  • and there's gonna be guys like sitting down,
  • 00:38:59.210 --> 00:39:02.000
  • you know, hanging up their clothes and cooking bacon
  • 00:39:02.010 --> 00:39:04.060
  • and other people playing dice.
  • 00:39:04.070 --> 00:39:06.080
  • And they're just hanging out and all of a sudden you see these
  • 00:39:06.090 --> 00:39:08.250
  • three Hebrew soldiers go running through.
  • 00:39:08.260 --> 00:39:12.280
  • "And what was that? What was that?"
  • 00:39:12.290 --> 00:39:14.290
  • They all come popping out and they look and they see these
  • 00:39:15.000 --> 00:39:17.000
  • three guys running, darting towards something at the gate.
  • 00:39:17.010 --> 00:39:19.120
  • And everybody gets grabs their weapons, they start running
  • 00:39:19.130 --> 00:39:21.160
  • in their underwear, whatever, and they're chasing
  • 00:39:21.170 --> 00:39:23.110
  • after these guys.
  • 00:39:23.120 --> 00:39:25.010
  • And one guy kneels down and he starts filling up
  • 00:39:25.020 --> 00:39:26.110
  • with the other.
  • 00:39:26.120 --> 00:39:27.210
  • The other two guys are fighting them off.
  • 00:39:27.220 --> 00:39:29.010
  • He's like "Hurry, get some water."
  • 00:39:29.020 --> 00:39:30.110
  • And they're fighting.
  • 00:39:30.120 --> 00:39:31.210
  • When they break through, they run
  • 00:39:31.220 --> 00:39:33.010
  • and they get out of the camp.
  • 00:39:33.020 --> 00:39:34.140
  • And the Philistines shake their fists, and say,
  • 00:39:34.150 --> 00:39:35.240
  • "You get out of here.
  • 00:39:35.250 --> 00:39:37.040
  • This is our town."
  • 00:39:37.050 --> 00:39:39.040
  • And these three mighty men come to David, sweaty and covered
  • 00:39:39.050 --> 00:39:43.210
  • in mud and blood and cuts and bashes,
  • 00:39:43.220 --> 00:39:47.010
  • and they have this thing of, you know, Bethlehem Evian
  • 00:39:47.020 --> 00:39:52.000
  • and they're like, "Here you go, sir.
  • 00:39:52.010 --> 00:39:55.210
  • Here you go."
  • 00:39:55.220 --> 00:39:58.070
  • Now, picture this, King David is in utter shock.
  • 00:39:58.080 --> 00:40:02.160
  • He didn't even know they were gone.
  • 00:40:02.170 --> 00:40:04.220
  • They bring this thing of fresh ice-cold water
  • 00:40:04.230 --> 00:40:09.080
  • from his fountain, and he's thirsty and they're thirsty.
  • 00:40:09.090 --> 00:40:13.070
  • Everybody's sick of bat water.
  • 00:40:13.080 --> 00:40:15.060
  • And here he is holding it and he looks at all the men
  • 00:40:15.070 --> 00:40:21.130
  • and they're all wondering what's gonna happen,
  • 00:40:21.140 --> 00:40:23.250
  • what's his speech gonna be.
  • 00:40:23.260 --> 00:40:25.260
  • And he says, "Far be it for me to do this, Lord."
  • 00:40:25.270 --> 00:40:32.020
  • Some prayer, huh?
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  • "Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk
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  • of their lives?"
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  • And it said, the Bible says he took the water
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  • and he poured it out as a sacrifice to the Lord.
  • 00:40:44.160 --> 00:40:49.230
  • Now, everybody there, everybody here who's listening to this,
  • 00:40:49.240 --> 00:40:53.060
  • you might ask this question, why such waste?
  • 00:40:53.070 --> 00:41:02.050
  • What a waste.
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  • At least give it to the guys that brought it to him.
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  • But I want to guarantee you something,
  • 00:41:08.080 --> 00:41:10.150
  • none of those men there said, "Why such waste?"
  • 00:41:10.160 --> 00:41:14.210
  • Nobody there was frustrated or confused.
  • 00:41:14.220 --> 00:41:18.260
  • These were Jews, and they understood the message.
  • 00:41:18.270 --> 00:41:22.210
  • Everyone there was inspired.
  • 00:41:22.220 --> 00:41:26.020
  • Now, through the centuries rabbis have talked a lot about
  • 00:41:26.030 --> 00:41:28.140
  • this very, very cool, very bravado kind of story.
  • 00:41:28.150 --> 00:41:32.220
  • In the Midrash, the faith lesson comes down to two really
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  • popular ones and I think they're both very useful in this
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  • discussion, especially when it comes to generosity.
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  • The first is this, when David did that, see,
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  • there's something about David.
  • 00:41:47.170 --> 00:41:49.170
  • People really, really liked David a lot.
  • 00:41:49.180 --> 00:41:52.030
  • The fact that these three guys literally risked their lives
  • 00:41:52.040 --> 00:41:54.280
  • to get him a glass of water is evidence that there was
  • 00:41:54.290 --> 00:41:58.120
  • something alluring, endearing, something about David that just
  • 00:41:58.130 --> 00:42:03.130
  • caused people to want to be around him, to follow him,
  • 00:42:03.140 --> 00:42:06.140
  • to impress him, to get, you know,
  • 00:42:06.150 --> 00:42:09.050
  • to be in his inner circle.
  • 00:42:09.060 --> 00:42:11.170
  • And I think that it's things like this that make David
  • 00:42:11.180 --> 00:42:15.050
  • a great leader.
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  • David's message to his men when he poured it out before
  • 00:42:17.020 --> 00:42:19.070
  • the Lord was, "We drink together or not at all."
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  • It was a call to take Bethlehem back.
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  • You think David didn't want to drink that water?
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  • Of course he wanted to drink that ice-cold Bethlehem water,
  • 00:42:28.250 --> 00:42:31.040
  • but he poured it out because he believed, as Simon Sinek says,
  • 00:42:31.050 --> 00:42:34.200
  • "Leaders eat last, leaders drink last," that the purpose
  • 00:42:34.210 --> 00:42:39.220
  • of a leader is to invest in, to serve,
  • 00:42:39.230 --> 00:42:42.270
  • and to give to one's team.
  • 00:42:42.280 --> 00:42:45.110
  • The generosity to the team is what it's all about.
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  • This is what David believed, and this is what Jesus teaches us.
  • 00:42:49.090 --> 00:42:51.270
  • Remember, the last shall be first, the first shall be last.
  • 00:42:51.280 --> 00:42:56.270
  • This is a practice that's actually used in
  • 00:42:56.280 --> 00:42:59.010
  • the military according to that same book
  • 00:42:59.020 --> 00:43:01.190
  • is General George J. Flynn who talks about
  • 00:43:01.200 --> 00:43:04.100
  • how in the Marines, there's no rule about this at all,
  • 00:43:04.110 --> 00:43:08.250
  • but when the Marines go to the mess hall to eat,
  • 00:43:08.260 --> 00:43:11.120
  • they always eat from the junior to the senior.
  • 00:43:11.130 --> 00:43:15.220
  • So, the privates and the corporals, they eat first
  • 00:43:15.230 --> 00:43:18.200
  • and then on and on it goes until the highest officers present
  • 00:43:18.210 --> 00:43:21.260
  • are the ones who eat last.
  • 00:43:21.270 --> 00:43:23.280
  • And very often, sometimes those officers
  • 00:43:23.290 --> 00:43:26.090
  • will serve the infantry.
  • 00:43:26.100 --> 00:43:28.100
  • And this is just one thing about how leadership is meant to be
  • 00:43:28.110 --> 00:43:31.190
  • done in the Marines, or how leadership is done
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  • in effective groups.
  • 00:43:33.290 --> 00:43:36.210
  • It clearly says that the purpose of our achievement
  • 00:43:36.220 --> 00:43:40.250
  • is not about the leader.
  • 00:43:40.260 --> 00:43:43.020
  • It's not about the one leading the charge.
  • 00:43:43.030 --> 00:43:45.100
  • It is about us as a team reaching a common goal.
  • 00:43:45.110 --> 00:43:49.020
  • And if you're a leader, if you're a CEO or a pastor
  • 00:43:49.030 --> 00:43:52.020
  • or, you know, a group leader or a dad or a mom,
  • 00:43:52.030 --> 00:43:55.020
  • it is so important to remember that this is one
  • 00:43:55.030 --> 00:43:58.090
  • of the best things we can do to invest our time
  • 00:43:58.100 --> 00:44:00.250
  • and our money in effectively leading our children,
  • 00:44:00.260 --> 00:44:03.200
  • that we all say we eat together, or we don't eat at all.
  • 00:44:03.210 --> 00:44:06.180
  • We drink together, or we don't drink at all,
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  • and this was a call to take back Bethlehem,
  • 00:44:09.010 --> 00:44:10.280
  • and they do take it back.
  • 00:44:10.290 --> 00:44:13.060
  • So, be generous to your team if you're a leader.
  • 00:44:13.070 --> 00:44:15.200
  • But the second, and actually more important thing,
  • 00:44:15.210 --> 00:44:18.090
  • was that when David received this water,
  • 00:44:18.100 --> 00:44:22.050
  • it's almost like it's the most precious gift
  • 00:44:22.060 --> 00:44:25.050
  • he's ever received.
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  • And remember, he doesn't waste it.
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  • He doesn't just pour it out like he's getting rid of it.
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  • The Bible says he pours it out like as an act of worship
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  • to the Lord, which is actually
  • 00:44:36.200 --> 00:44:38.150
  • a part of the Levitical worship, that he actually
  • 00:44:38.160 --> 00:44:40.110
  • pours out this--it's like this water is so special,
  • 00:44:40.120 --> 00:44:43.220
  • and so sacred, that no man is worthy to drink of it.
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  • Only the Lord, only the Lord deserves something this great.
  • 00:44:49.010 --> 00:44:52.220
  • It is, to me, the Midrash is that we give the very,
  • 00:44:52.230 --> 00:44:57.180
  • very best that we have, that's what we give together.
  • 00:44:57.190 --> 00:45:01.090
  • Our first fruits, Abel's fruits, not Cain's, that we give
  • 00:45:01.100 --> 00:45:05.250
  • the best of what we have in worship to the Lord.
  • 00:45:05.260 --> 00:45:12.000
  • And I think this is so, so important that as we worship
  • 00:45:12.010 --> 00:45:15.220
  • the Lord, and as we give to the Lord, that we do it in a way
  • 00:45:15.230 --> 00:45:20.120
  • that some people that don't know the Lord might ask,
  • 00:45:20.130 --> 00:45:23.070
  • "What a waste.
  • 00:45:23.080 --> 00:45:25.050
  • What a waste."
  • 00:45:25.060 --> 00:45:27.110
  • I love this part about the Bible, this teaching that it
  • 00:45:27.120 --> 00:45:30.130
  • brings balance to the practicality of everyday life,
  • 00:45:30.140 --> 00:45:34.030
  • that some things are meant to be just over the top
  • 00:45:34.040 --> 00:45:37.230
  • in their generosity.
  • 00:45:37.240 --> 00:45:40.160
  • One story that's a totally a hyperlink back to this story
  • 00:45:40.170 --> 00:45:43.210
  • is the story of the alabaster jar.
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  • In Mark chapter 14, Jesus is in Bethany.
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  • Now, how many of you are named Bethany?
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  • Don't raise your hand actually.
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  • The word "Bethany" in Hebrew--
  • 00:45:55.190 --> 00:45:57.210
  • it's a beautiful name, isn't it, Bethany?
  • 00:45:57.220 --> 00:45:59.220
  • My sister-in-law's named Bethany.
  • 00:45:59.230 --> 00:46:01.150
  • actually means House of affliction in Hebrew.
  • 00:46:01.160 --> 00:46:05.010
  • That's, and I think it's silly but anyway, house of affliction.
  • 00:46:05.020 --> 00:46:09.180
  • And it's probably we think about Mary and Martha in Bethany with
  • 00:46:09.190 --> 00:46:13.220
  • Lazarus and in this case, he's at the house of Simon the leper.
  • 00:46:13.230 --> 00:46:17.190
  • Scholars believe the Bethany was actually a leper colony.
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  • And it might be that Mary and Martha were lepers, or it might
  • 00:46:21.130 --> 00:46:23.270
  • be that they were actually like nurses or saintly women
  • 00:46:23.280 --> 00:46:27.170
  • who were there to care for those who were lepers.
  • 00:46:27.180 --> 00:46:30.060
  • But it's important that you recognize that Jesus was there
  • 00:46:30.070 --> 00:46:33.190
  • with them, and lepers in Jesus's day, because of House of Shammai
  • 00:46:33.200 --> 00:46:38.110
  • and the very strict views of leprosy and Levitical law,
  • 00:46:38.120 --> 00:46:44.020
  • if you were a leper, you were outcast.
  • 00:46:44.030 --> 00:46:46.120
  • So, imagine having a daughter, a son, a husband, or wife,
  • 00:46:46.130 --> 00:46:49.050
  • or good friend, and they come down with some form of leprosy.
  • 00:46:49.060 --> 00:46:53.170
  • Well, they become outcasts and they have to go live
  • 00:46:53.180 --> 00:46:56.060
  • in these isolated colonies.
  • 00:46:56.070 --> 00:46:59.170
  • And back in those days, it wasn't like full-blown leprosy
  • 00:46:59.180 --> 00:47:02.280
  • alone where, you know, you have fingers and toes falling off.
  • 00:47:02.290 --> 00:47:05.080
  • It was like if you had eczema or like bad, really bad dandruff or
  • 00:47:05.090 --> 00:47:09.020
  • something like that, that could be a case, if someone didn't
  • 00:47:09.030 --> 00:47:12.020
  • like you, that they could bring up against you that now you have
  • 00:47:12.030 --> 00:47:15.000
  • to live outside of the city and you have to be
  • 00:47:15.010 --> 00:47:18.090
  • in this place in Bethany.
  • 00:47:18.100 --> 00:47:21.130
  • It's there that Jesus is at the house of Simon the leper, and
  • 00:47:21.140 --> 00:47:25.190
  • they're all--when they eat, when Jews in those days would eat
  • 00:47:25.200 --> 00:47:30.090
  • they would, they would--I'm trying to think of something
  • 00:47:30.100 --> 00:47:33.060
  • other than what I said in the first service
  • 00:47:33.070 --> 00:47:35.110
  • that was inappropriate.
  • 00:47:35.120 --> 00:47:37.100
  • But they lean--I don't know how else to describe this.
  • 00:47:37.110 --> 00:47:40.170
  • They lean on their--like, okay, so think about them laying on
  • 00:47:40.180 --> 00:47:45.040
  • their side with like one hand like this, or could go this way,
  • 00:47:45.050 --> 00:47:48.210
  • and use your right hand to eat.
  • 00:47:48.220 --> 00:47:51.080
  • And so, everybody sits around this low table in that way.
  • 00:47:51.090 --> 00:47:54.120
  • And as he's doing this, talking to everybody eating, enjoying
  • 00:47:54.130 --> 00:47:57.260
  • the company, a woman comes in and she has this alabaster jar.
  • 00:47:57.270 --> 00:48:02.290
  • It seems like in the marked text, nobody has any idea
  • 00:48:03.000 --> 00:48:06.030
  • who this woman is.
  • 00:48:06.040 --> 00:48:08.140
  • And she just comes before the Lord and she begins weeping
  • 00:48:08.150 --> 00:48:13.120
  • and pouring this--she pours this whole thing on his feet.
  • 00:48:13.130 --> 00:48:17.080
  • Now, the Bible tells us that this alabaster jar was worth
  • 00:48:17.090 --> 00:48:21.000
  • 300 denari, which is an incredible,
  • 00:48:21.010 --> 00:48:24.240
  • incredible sum of money.
  • 00:48:24.250 --> 00:48:27.160
  • We know from another part of the text that 200 denari is enough
  • 00:48:27.170 --> 00:48:30.270
  • to feed 5.000 people.
  • 00:48:30.280 --> 00:48:33.260
  • The translators say that 300 denari is roughly
  • 00:48:33.270 --> 00:48:36.130
  • a good year's salary.
  • 00:48:36.140 --> 00:48:38.180
  • We could say that for inflation, this was
  • 00:48:38.190 --> 00:48:41.200
  • 40.000 or 50.000 US dollars of perfume.
  • 00:48:41.210 --> 00:48:47.000
  • And we don't know why she has it.
  • 00:48:47.010 --> 00:48:49.160
  • A lot of people speculate, and I'll tell you my theory.
  • 00:48:49.170 --> 00:48:54.040
  • The Bible doesn't say it, but there's some evidence for this,
  • 00:48:54.050 --> 00:48:56.150
  • that was a leper and someone gave her this perfume.
  • 00:48:56.160 --> 00:49:00.190
  • As an outcast now, maybe she's a beautiful woman.
  • 00:49:00.200 --> 00:49:03.190
  • Maybe it was a gift from her father.
  • 00:49:03.200 --> 00:49:06.030
  • And maybe it was given to her to hide the smell of the sores
  • 00:49:06.040 --> 00:49:10.040
  • or the sickness.
  • 00:49:10.050 --> 00:49:12.100
  • She's embarrassed about it.
  • 00:49:12.110 --> 00:49:14.080
  • And so she uses just a little drop.
  • 00:49:14.090 --> 00:49:16.040
  • You know, so it lasts ten years, just a little drop to put on her
  • 00:49:16.050 --> 00:49:18.130
  • sores to maybe help it smell better, or look better,
  • 00:49:18.140 --> 00:49:21.110
  • or feel better, or maybe it helps her.
  • 00:49:21.120 --> 00:49:24.170
  • One day in desperation, she sees the great rabbi, and she's just
  • 00:49:24.180 --> 00:49:30.110
  • we don't know why she's weeping, but she just pours out the whole
  • 00:49:30.120 --> 00:49:35.050
  • thing, $50.000 worth of this stuff on Jesus's feet
  • 00:49:35.060 --> 00:49:41.190
  • and wipes it with her hands.
  • 00:49:41.200 --> 00:49:44.040
  • And the disciples rebuke her, Judas in particular.
  • 00:49:44.050 --> 00:49:50.080
  • And they say these words, "Why this waste?"
  • 00:49:50.090 --> 00:49:58.180
  • They say specifically, "That jar could have been sold
  • 00:49:58.190 --> 00:50:04.290
  • and the money could have been given to the poor.
  • 00:50:05.000 --> 00:50:08.080
  • It could have fed 7.000 people, let's say, and you just poured
  • 00:50:08.090 --> 00:50:13.110
  • it out and wasted it on Jesus's feet, no less."
  • 00:50:13.120 --> 00:50:19.060
  • And Jesus looks at his disciples and rebukes him.
  • 00:50:19.070 --> 00:50:22.150
  • Jesus, the guy that always stands up for the poor, Jesus
  • 00:50:22.160 --> 00:50:25.190
  • that says that in the end of days we'll be separated into
  • 00:50:25.200 --> 00:50:28.080
  • sheep and goats and it will based be based on who we helped
  • 00:50:28.090 --> 00:50:31.080
  • and cared for, he rebukes his disciples, and he says,
  • 00:50:31.090 --> 00:50:34.230
  • "This is a beautiful thing that she is done,
  • 00:50:34.240 --> 00:50:37.170
  • and wherever the gospel is preached,
  • 00:50:37.180 --> 00:50:39.260
  • she will be remembered."
  • 00:50:39.270 --> 00:50:42.010
  • Wow, that is saying something, isn't it?
  • 00:50:42.020 --> 00:50:44.130
  • He says, "You will--the poor you will always have,
  • 00:50:44.140 --> 00:50:46.270
  • but me you will only have for the short amount of time."
  • 00:50:46.280 --> 00:50:50.220
  • I think that there is a Midrash and this as well, that that very
  • 00:50:50.230 --> 00:50:54.170
  • often in the church, I feel like we tended to take sides when it
  • 00:50:54.180 --> 00:50:58.000
  • comes to issues of caring for the poor, for example, or other
  • 00:50:58.010 --> 00:51:01.230
  • things where we think that all the money needs to go
  • 00:51:01.240 --> 00:51:04.040
  • to this one thing.
  • 00:51:04.050 --> 00:51:06.010
  • But here's a clear case of Jesus, one of the greatest
  • 00:51:06.020 --> 00:51:08.010
  • advocates of the poor also advocating that sometimes
  • 00:51:08.020 --> 00:51:11.220
  • there's like a waste in the way that we that we worship.
  • 00:51:11.230 --> 00:51:17.260
  • And guess what, there's also sometimes a waste
  • 00:51:17.270 --> 00:51:20.100
  • in the way that we reach our kids or our families.
  • 00:51:20.110 --> 00:51:24.230
  • Many of us, we know people who are like Judas.
  • 00:51:24.240 --> 00:51:27.070
  • By the way, do you know that Mark 14 says that after this
  • 00:51:27.080 --> 00:51:29.280
  • moment, this was the last straw for Judas.
  • 00:51:29.290 --> 00:51:33.070
  • This, it's after this story when he looks at him and says,
  • 00:51:33.080 --> 00:51:36.160
  • "That money's supposed to go to the poor."
  • 00:51:36.170 --> 00:51:38.110
  • And Jesus says, "No, this is a beautiful thing she's done.
  • 00:51:38.120 --> 00:51:40.280
  • She'll be remembered."
  • 00:51:40.290 --> 00:51:42.270
  • It's that moment that Judas leaves and goes
  • 00:51:42.280 --> 00:51:45.060
  • to the Sadducees and says, "Okay, I'll turn him in.
  • 00:51:45.070 --> 00:51:47.160
  • I'm done with this."
  • 00:51:47.170 --> 00:51:50.130
  • I have to remember that.
  • 00:51:50.140 --> 00:51:51.230
  • I remember when I was in college, just coming out
  • 00:51:51.240 --> 00:51:54.220
  • of college, and can I tell you, I knew everything.
  • 00:51:54.230 --> 00:51:58.120
  • Oh man, I was an advocate, oh man, I was a living saint,
  • 00:51:58.130 --> 00:52:04.240
  • just knew it all.
  • 00:52:04.250 --> 00:52:06.180
  • And I--and everybody was doing it wrong.
  • 00:52:06.190 --> 00:52:09.020
  • If only they had me in charge, they would know.
  • 00:52:09.030 --> 00:52:11.180
  • And I remember coming to the Crystal Cathedral
  • 00:52:11.190 --> 00:52:15.100
  • as a college pastor and being a Schuller feeling, okay,
  • 00:52:15.110 --> 00:52:20.070
  • being critical of my own church.
  • 00:52:20.080 --> 00:52:22.240
  • And I remember when I was leading a group there,
  • 00:52:22.250 --> 00:52:25.160
  • talking to a young man in my group.
  • 00:52:25.170 --> 00:52:28.060
  • In a way probably part of this was trying to be motivated
  • 00:52:28.070 --> 00:52:30.070
  • to be a cool or accepted by him.
  • 00:52:30.080 --> 00:52:32.200
  • I looked at him and I said, at Crystal Cathedral,
  • 00:52:32.210 --> 00:52:35.150
  • I let us look at all of this stuff, "This could have been
  • 00:52:35.160 --> 00:52:38.010
  • used to help the poor."
  • 00:52:38.020 --> 00:52:40.100
  • And he said, "Help the poor?"
  • 00:52:40.110 --> 00:52:42.090
  • I said, "Yeah."
  • 00:52:42.100 --> 00:52:44.010
  • He said, "We do help the poor."
  • 00:52:44.020 --> 00:52:45.220
  • I was like, "No, I mean, think about like this can be
  • 00:52:45.230 --> 00:52:47.240
  • a homeless shelter.
  • 00:52:47.250 --> 00:52:49.120
  • This could be groceries."
  • 00:52:49.130 --> 00:52:51.040
  • And he said, "When was the last time you helped the poor?"
  • 00:52:51.050 --> 00:52:54.030
  • I said, you know, it hasn't been that long, I don't know.
  • 00:52:54.040 --> 00:52:58.120
  • The truth was years sitting around playing
  • 00:52:58.130 --> 00:53:03.050
  • World of Warcraft.
  • 00:53:03.060 --> 00:53:06.260
  • "When was the last time you helped the poor?"
  • 00:53:06.270 --> 00:53:09.050
  • I was like, "I don't know."
  • 00:53:09.060 --> 00:53:11.010
  • He's like, "Well, we went to the food shelter just last Saturday
  • 00:53:11.020 --> 00:53:13.100
  • and fed 100 kids."
  • 00:53:13.110 --> 00:53:15.130
  • I was like, "Oh, that's great.
  • 00:53:15.140 --> 00:53:17.060
  • That's great. That's great."
  • 00:53:17.070 --> 00:53:19.020
  • And he said, "And also on Thursday, we handed out
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  • groceries to people all over town here."
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  • I was like, "Oh, that's also really, that's, that's great."
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  • He's like, "And we have inner city kids that come and do a
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  • breakdancing on Friday nights and many of them,
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  • they have no place to go and there's hundreds of them."
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  • I was like, "Oh, that's awesome."
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  • He's like, "You should come sometime, because it sounds
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  • like you haven't helped the poor in a while."
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  • I was like, "Oh yeah, I probably should, I should do that."
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  • Isn't it interesting how we just assume that if there's a lot
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  • of money spent on some beautiful thing that money
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  • is not spent on the other thing?
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  • And that's how we're like in the church, so quick to judge,
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  • so quick to criticize each other.
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  • In fact, I became--I was an advocate for the poor,
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  • did serve a lot for the poor and still am.
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  • And one thing I started to notice is the Crystal Cathedral
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  • was a gift to the poor.
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  • Many of the poor folks that, you know, homeless people,
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  • they would go to the gym, and take a shower,
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  • and put a suit on.
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  • And there's probably people like that here I'm sure.
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  • They'd go to church, and they'd see their friends,
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  • and they'd have a great time.
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  • I remember one guy in particular, a guy named Ray.
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  • I said, "Ray, can we try and get you an apartment?
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  • 'Cause he was like a part of our church.
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  • We all knew he was homeless.
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  • He struggled with paranoid schizophrenia.
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  • I said, "We want to get you an apartment."
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  • And he looked at me, and he said,
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  • "Bobby, I've been like this for 20 years.
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  • I can't live in an apartment."
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  • He's like, "When I have my moments, I think things are
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  • watching me and there's something in the corner,
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  • and I run away."
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  • He's like, "I can't live in an apartment."
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  • He said, "Just keep this church alive, this is my home."
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  • I just thought, whoa, that's powerful.
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  • See, we're so self-righteous, aren't we, when we think,
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  • give it to the poor.
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  • Always advocate for the poor, always be a profit for the poor,
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  • but don't, don't be too quick to judge the woman who pours
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  • the alabaster jar on the feet of Jesus.
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  • There's something really beautiful about giving so much
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  • to the Lord that someone looks and says, "What a waste.
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  • Why such waste?"
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  • And I think this is especially true when it comes to children.
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  • I'll just finish with this.
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  • This is a phrase my father-in-law
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  • loves to use a lot.
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  • Hannah's dad loves teenagers, loves reaching teenagers.
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  • And he's a businessman, and he's taken so much of the money
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  • that he could have used to open another location, another,
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  • you know, he has a retail company.
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  • But he used that money to have volleyball courts for kids,
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  • and to create places where kids could work and raise money
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  • and support missions.
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  • And there was a lot of time that he could have used to be more
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  • successful in his business, but he said, "No, I wanted my first
  • 00:55:53.060 --> 00:55:57.060
  • fruits to go towards my kids and my kids' friends so that I don't
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  • care if it was wasteful for my business, I wanted people
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  • to be reached for the gospel of Christ."
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  • And God has blessed him for it.
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  • I was one of those kids.
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  • I was the kid that he paid $50 to go and play worship
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  • for that I said at the beginning,
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  • and it changed my life.
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  • And I also married Hannah, although I would say there
  • 00:56:19.210 --> 00:56:21.210
  • was an inverse order.
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  • I was in love with Hannah before I met her dad, so that's--
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  • So give wastefully.
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  • Give to the Lord and give to people who are in need, and
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  • don't be worried in the things you do with your time, to your
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  • children, and to teens, and to reaching kids, and permissions.
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  • The place that the Lord has put in your heart,
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  • don't be afraid to pour out the water.
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  • Don't be afraid to look at your team and say,
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  • "We're gonna cross the finish line together."
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  • And always remember that generosity is one of the best
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  • ways you can lead people.
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  • Lord, we thank you that there's no more generous person
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  • in the whole world than you.
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  • You so loved the world that you gave,
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  • and we're so thankful for your Son Jesus.
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  • It's in his name we pray, amen.
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