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It Had to Happen Part 2

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July 4, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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It Had to Happen Part 2

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  • - When you're in the middle
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  • of a storm it seems
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  • like there is often no sense
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  • of guidance.
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  • And when your boat is being
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  • blown around and you have no
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  • control over it,
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  • God sent me with a message
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  • for you today.
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  • It had to happen,
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  • because, while the wind
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  • was controlling the boat,
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  • God was controlling the wind.
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  • I don't need a reason.
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  • I got a revelation.
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  • God is with me.
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  • He is good.
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  • He does good.
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  • It had to happen.
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  • The very place where you
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  • were injured will be
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  • the very place that your purpose
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  • comes forth from.
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  • - Today, I want you
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  • to announce my sermon title,
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  • look at your neighbor
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  • and tell them,
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  • "Neighbor, it had to happen".
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  • And let me read Acts 27:20,
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  • Paul is in the middle
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  • of a miracle,
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  • but he's also in the middle
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  • of a mistake.
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  • And sometimes the two
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  • are the same thing.
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  • And for me I hear Paul,
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  • okay he's on a ship
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  • that he doesn't believe
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  • he rightfully belongs on,
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  • taken as prisoner for a crime
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  • that he didn't commit.
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  • Being accused of things that
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  • he didn't do and I hear when
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  • he's talking,
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  • I, kind of, hear two things.
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  • I hear faith, it will happen
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  • and I hear frustration,
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  • this didn't have to happen.
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  • Sometimes people don't need
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  • a reason when they're
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  • in the middle of a storm.
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  • What they need is someone
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  • to reassure them that God
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  • is with you and so am I.
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  • And here's Paul standing
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  • in the middle of a storm
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  • and God doesn't tell Paul
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  • a whole series of explanations.
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  • He doesn't give him a reason.
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  • He gives him a revelation.
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  • The Bible says, Act 28:1,
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  • "Once safely on shore we found
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  • out that the island
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  • was called Malta".
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  • Malta means refuge.
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  • So the grace of God does not
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  • always prevent the consequence
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  • but it gives you
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  • a place to land.
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  • The Bible says that those
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  • islanders were so kind
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  • to the prisoners,
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  • 276 of them in all,
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  • that they built them a fire.
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  • And Paul was such a good dude
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  • that he decided to help.
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  • So, they're building a fire,
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  • and Paul doesn't want to stand
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  • over there like me
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  • at a Love Week event,
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  • looking like some lazy preacher
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  • who doesn't know how
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  • to do anything.
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  • And Paul grabs a piece of wood.
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  • Look, it's right there
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  • in verse 3.
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  • "He gathered a pile of brush
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  • wood, and as he put it
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  • on the fire, trying to help,
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  • a snake came out."
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  • So, let's go back to everything
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  • that's happened to Paul.
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  • He's imprisoned
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  • for preaching the Gospel.
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  • He's shipwrecked,
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  • because the sailors are too
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  • stupid to follow his advice.
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  • Now, he's cold, on Malta.
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  • We're talking about Malta!
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  • Stuck and stranded,
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  • shivering and cold, uncertain
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  • in an unfamiliar place.
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  • And just as he thinks he's made
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  • it to safety,
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  • he gets struck by a snake!
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  • This is almost comical!
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  • Unless you've been there --
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  • just when you thought
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  • the fight was going to be over,
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  • here comes something else!
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  • Have you ever?
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  • And the snake pops up,
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  • out of the fire that Paul
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  • was simply trying to help
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  • them build,
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  • on an island called Malta,
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  • where he never even planned
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  • to go, and the Bible says
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  • it fastened itself to his hand!
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  • So, this is not
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  • some quick little --
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  • this snake bit down on Paul!
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  • And watch what the people did,
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  • because you've got
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  • to be careful about people.
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  • Let me tell you, you've got
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  • to be careful about people,
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  • because when that happened,
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  • people will always assign
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  • a reason to why you're going
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  • through what you're
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  • going through.
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  • Well, if I were her husband,
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  • I would have left her.
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  • People will say stuff
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  • like that, not to you.
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  • They never say it to you,
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  • they just think it about you.
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  • They think that the reason
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  • bad things happen to you
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  • is because of something
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  • that you did.
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  • Well, the islanders are watching
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  • this guy, who's got a snake
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  • on his hand,
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  • who just came crawling out
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  • of the sea with some seaweed
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  • around his ears, and he claims
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  • to be a preacher,
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  • and he claims to be a servant
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  • of God.
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  • And so, if you're
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  • a servant of God,
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  • why isn't God protecting you?
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  • Has the devil tried to convince
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  • you lately that if you really
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  • had a God, you wouldn't be
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  • going through what you're
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  • going through?
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  • And so, they stood back.
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  • They stood back and said,
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  • this dude.
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  • When they saw the snake
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  • hanging from his hand,
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  • which means it was there
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  • for a minute.
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  • When they saw the snake
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  • hanging from his hand,
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  • they drew their own conclusions.
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  • He must have
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  • done something wrong.
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  • He must be a murderer.
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  • He must be out
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  • of the will of God.
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  • "For though he escaped the sea,
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  • the goddess Justice has not
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  • allowed him to live."
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  • I love the next verse,
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  • because Paul preaches
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  • one of the most powerful sermons
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • Watch this.
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  • When Paul saw them all looking,
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  • he knew he had a captive
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  • audience, and verse 5
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  • says that when Paul
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  • saw them looking, he said --
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  • and this may not
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  • be in your Bible.
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  • I'm reading from the TSV,
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  • the Taylor Swift Version.
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  • He said, players gonna play,
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  • play, play, play, play.
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  • Come on, y'all.
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  • Go back to 2014
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  • with me for a minute.
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  • And haters gonna hate,
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  • hate, hate, hate, hate.
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  • Five times, that's a quintuplet
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • Heartbreakers gonna break,
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  • break -- we get the point,
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  • Pastor.
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  • You don't have to quote
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  • the whole chorus and the verse.
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  • Paul's response --
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  • that's the word, response.
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  • Watch this.
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  • He didn't say a word.
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  • He didn't try to convince them
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  • that God was with him.
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  • He didn't feel sorry
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  • for himself.
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  • He didn't go on Facebook
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  • and write a response post.
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  • Watch what he did.
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  • He did what you've got to learn
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  • how to do when you make it
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  • through the storm and all hell
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  • breaks loose on the shore!
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  • Come on, when they talk
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  • about you, when it looks
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  • like this is the end,
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  • when you've been through it
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  • and it keeps coming!
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  • The Bible said Paul
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  • shook it off!
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  • Touch seven people and say,
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  • shake it off!
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  • Shake it off.
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  • Shake if off right now,
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  • before it gets in your system!
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  • Shake it off right now,
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  • before it kills you!
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  • Shake it off right now,
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  • while they're standing
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  • You got to do it right now.
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  • Right now,
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  • you got to shake it off.
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  • You don't take a vote
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  • from the island committee to see
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  • whether or not
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  • they think God is with you.
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  • No.
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  • Paul's saying
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  • I got a revelation.
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  • God already told me I'm going
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  • on this island.
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  • I already know he'll never
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  • leave me or forsake me.
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  • I already know
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  • I'm more than a conqueror.
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  • I already know.
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  • So if I'm going to Rome
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  • I can't die on Malta.
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  • And when the snake fell off
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  • of Paul's hand
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  • and died in the fire,
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  • it wasn't a surprise to him.
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  • He knew it had to happen.
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  • It had to happened.
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  • Somebody say,
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  • "It had to happen".
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  • I had to survive.
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  • I had to make it.
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  • I had to get through it.
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  • God had to prove his power.
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  • I feel your presence, Lord.
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  • For everybody who's been
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  • wondering why you've been
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  • stuck on the "why land" --
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  • you know what I'm saying?
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  • You've been so busy trying
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  • to figure out a reason
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  • and God is trying
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  • to give you a revelation.
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  • Not just you but everybody
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  • watching you.
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  • God wants everybody
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  • to see you shake it off.
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  • God wants everybody around you
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  • to see you trust Him
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  • though he slay you.
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  • And that's why the snake
  • 00:09:01.020 --> 00:09:01.260
  • had to bite him because faith
  • 00:09:02.010 --> 00:09:05.010
  • doesn't prevent me
  • 00:09:05.010 --> 00:09:06.030
  • from getting bit.
  • 00:09:06.080 --> 00:09:09.080
  • Faith doesn't prevent
  • 00:09:09.080 --> 00:09:10.070
  • me from washing up
  • 00:09:10.070 --> 00:09:11.220
  • on the shore.
  • 00:09:11.220 --> 00:09:13.180
  • What I love about it is that
  • 00:09:13.180 --> 00:09:14.150
  • after Paul shook the snake off,
  • 00:09:14.160 --> 00:09:17.160
  • the people stood back
  • 00:09:17.160 --> 00:09:18.070
  • and watched to see what
  • 00:09:18.070 --> 00:09:19.040
  • was going to happen next.
  • 00:09:19.040 --> 00:09:21.020
  • Because that's what they do.
  • 00:09:21.020 --> 00:09:23.010
  • They don't bring you
  • 00:09:23.010 --> 00:09:23.200
  • an ice pack or an aspirin.
  • 00:09:23.200 --> 00:09:26.000
  • Talk to me.
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  • They will stand there
  • 00:09:28.230 --> 00:09:29.120
  • and watch you.
  • 00:09:29.120 --> 00:09:30.040
  • And Bible says, "that they
  • 00:09:30.040 --> 00:09:31.010
  • were shocked" because they
  • 00:09:31.010 --> 00:09:31.260
  • expected him to swell up.
  • 00:09:31.260 --> 00:09:33.070
  • You know, you got some people
  • 00:09:33.070 --> 00:09:34.160
  • that are surprised
  • 00:09:34.160 --> 00:09:35.100
  • that you made it and surprised
  • 00:09:35.100 --> 00:09:36.290
  • you're still happy.
  • 00:09:36.290 --> 00:09:39.000
  • You know they thought when
  • 00:09:39.000 --> 00:09:39.280
  • they broke your heart you
  • 00:09:39.280 --> 00:09:40.290
  • were going to quit
  • 00:09:40.290 --> 00:09:41.270
  • but look at you in church,
  • 00:09:41.270 --> 00:09:43.070
  • worshipping God,
  • 00:09:43.070 --> 00:09:44.180
  • serving God, believing God.
  • 00:09:48.140 --> 00:09:51.140
  • Look at you.
  • 00:09:51.140 --> 00:09:53.140
  • Look at you.
  • 00:09:56.130 --> 00:09:59.130
  • So they're, like, oh,
  • 00:09:59.130 --> 00:10:02.020
  • let's see what happens next.
  • 00:10:02.020 --> 00:10:04.200
  • Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:10:04.200 --> 00:10:05.060
  • "Let's see what happens next".
  • 00:10:05.060 --> 00:10:07.240
  • So the waited a long time
  • 00:10:07.240 --> 00:10:10.120
  • and, then when the saw that
  • 00:10:10.120 --> 00:10:12.170
  • he didn't swell up or turn
  • 00:10:12.170 --> 00:10:14.160
  • into a walker,
  • 00:10:17.010 --> 00:10:20.010
  • they changed their minds.
  • 00:10:20.010 --> 00:10:21.090
  • This is why you cannot put
  • 00:10:21.090 --> 00:10:22.080
  • your confidence in people.
  • 00:10:22.080 --> 00:10:25.040
  • "They changed their minds
  • 00:10:25.040 --> 00:10:26.100
  • and said, 'He's a God'".
  • 00:10:26.120 --> 00:10:29.120
  • One minute he's a murderer
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:31.140
  • now he's a God.
  • 00:10:32.140 --> 00:10:35.140
  • One-minute Hosanna the next
  • 00:10:35.140 --> 00:10:38.000
  • minute crucify him.
  • 00:10:38.020 --> 00:10:41.020
  • cannot be to people.
  • 00:10:42.220 --> 00:10:45.220
  • Even when I preach, I love you
  • 00:10:45.220 --> 00:10:48.090
  • but I can't preach for you.
  • 00:10:48.090 --> 00:10:50.080
  • I can preach to you
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:51.060
  • but I can't preach for you
  • 00:10:51.060 --> 00:10:52.260
  • because the things that I say
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:53.260
  • that you need to hear make you
  • 00:10:53.260 --> 00:10:54.220
  • cross your arms
  • 00:10:54.220 --> 00:10:55.170
  • and get an attitude.
  • 00:10:55.170 --> 00:10:57.000
  • Well, sit back and take it,
  • 00:10:57.000 --> 00:10:58.050
  • honey, because if God sent it,
  • 00:10:58.050 --> 00:10:59.110
  • I'm going to say it.
  • 00:11:07.060 --> 00:11:10.060
  • Alright.
  • 00:11:10.060 --> 00:11:10.250
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:11.180
  • Let me show you one more thing.
  • 00:11:11.180 --> 00:11:13.160
  • So he shakes off the snake.
  • 00:11:13.160 --> 00:11:14.160
  • They think he's going to die.
  • 00:11:14.160 --> 00:11:15.100
  • He doesn't die.
  • 00:11:15.100 --> 00:11:17.120
  • And a cool place to end a sermon
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:20.140
  • I think but I want to give you
  • 00:11:20.140 --> 00:11:22.130
  • help you.
  • 00:11:25.230 --> 00:11:27.000
  • Let me just see from a show
  • 00:11:27.000 --> 00:11:27.260
  • of hands, is there anybody
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:30.050
  • in here who has found yourself
  • 00:11:30.050 --> 00:11:31.120
  • in Malta recently?
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.180
  • It could be a season.
  • 00:11:32.180 --> 00:11:33.230
  • It could be --
  • 00:11:33.230 --> 00:11:34.120
  • Malta represents, yeah,
  • 00:11:34.120 --> 00:11:35.120
  • that stuck place.
  • 00:11:35.120 --> 00:11:36.080
  • I think these are the kinds
  • 00:11:36.080 --> 00:11:37.010
  • of question, generic questions,
  • 00:11:37.010 --> 00:11:38.060
  • that people ask because we know
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:39.090
  • that it's guaranteed
  • 00:11:39.090 --> 00:11:40.010
  • to get 100% participation.
  • 00:11:40.010 --> 00:11:42.020
  • I mean, who doesn't feel stuck
  • 00:11:42.020 --> 00:11:42.270
  • from time to time?
  • 00:11:43.070 --> 00:11:46.070
  • That's, kind of,
  • 00:11:46.070 --> 00:11:46.280
  • the point, isn't it?
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:48.290
  • Is that we all
  • 00:11:48.290 --> 00:11:49.170
  • must go through Malta.
  • 00:11:51.060 --> 00:11:54.060
  • And Paul at this point
  • 00:11:54.060 --> 00:11:55.030
  • in the story
  • 00:11:55.030 --> 00:11:55.250
  • has a decision to make.
  • 00:11:55.250 --> 00:11:58.040
  • Misery or mission.
  • 00:11:58.080 --> 00:12:01.100
  • Misery or mission
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:03.150
  • because we already read
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:05.030
  • that it was rainy and cold.
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:06.180
  • We already read
  • 00:12:06.180 --> 00:12:07.120
  • that it was unfamiliar.
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:08.200
  • We already read
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:09.160
  • that the man almost died.
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:12.190
  • And now, he has a decision
  • 00:12:12.190 --> 00:12:13.160
  • to make and so do you about
  • 00:12:13.160 --> 00:12:15.100
  • this season of your life.
  • 00:12:15.100 --> 00:12:18.020
  • Paul didn't decide
  • 00:12:18.020 --> 00:12:18.230
  • to go to Malta but now he has
  • 00:12:18.230 --> 00:12:21.000
  • to decide what to do
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:22.040
  • while he's there.
  • 00:12:23.060 --> 00:12:26.060
  • And he can sit and wait
  • 00:12:26.060 --> 00:12:27.070
  • to get off this stupid island
  • 00:12:27.180 --> 00:12:30.180
  • or he can swim.
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:36.160
  • He can do on Malta
  • 00:12:37.170 --> 00:12:40.170
  • what he did in Jerusalem.
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:45.240
  • Alright.
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:46.170
  • So Paul, they think he's
  • 00:12:46.170 --> 00:12:48.210
  • a God now, right?
  • 00:12:48.210 --> 00:12:50.060
  • So they're, like, hey,
  • 00:12:50.060 --> 00:12:51.290
  • this guy's important.
  • 00:12:51.290 --> 00:12:53.170
  • And apparently the chief
  • 00:12:53.170 --> 00:12:54.130
  • of island hears about it
  • 00:12:54.130 --> 00:12:57.000
  • and he wants to have dinner with
  • 00:12:57.000 --> 00:12:59.150
  • this guy who can survive
  • 00:12:59.150 --> 00:13:01.210
  • a snake bite.
  • 00:13:01.210 --> 00:13:03.240
  • So your opportunities in life
  • 00:13:03.240 --> 00:13:06.020
  • will be the byproduct of
  • 00:13:06.020 --> 00:13:07.070
  • adversity that you go through.
  • 00:13:07.290 --> 00:13:10.290
  • And he gets invited to the home
  • 00:13:10.290 --> 00:13:13.160
  • of the official on the island
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:15.190
  • because he was able to stand up
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:16.190
  • under the trial.
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:17.150
  • You keep praying
  • 00:13:17.150 --> 00:13:18.030
  • for the opportunity but you
  • 00:13:18.030 --> 00:13:19.130
  • don't want to stand up under
  • 00:13:19.130 --> 00:13:20.100
  • the adversity.
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:21.220
  • Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:22.120
  • "It had to happen".
  • 00:13:22.120 --> 00:13:24.100
  • I had to go through something.
  • 00:13:24.100 --> 00:13:25.250
  • I had to prove perseverance.
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:27.270
  • That's the only way my faith
  • 00:13:27.270 --> 00:13:28.270
  • could grow to enable
  • 00:13:28.270 --> 00:13:29.240
  • the opportunity.
  • 00:13:29.240 --> 00:13:32.190
  • So there was a estate nearby.
  • 00:13:32.190 --> 00:13:33.270
  • Look at this in verse 7,
  • 00:13:33.270 --> 00:13:34.290
  • "There was an estate nearby
  • 00:13:34.290 --> 00:13:36.280
  • that belonged to Publius",
  • 00:13:36.280 --> 00:13:39.260
  • which is, incidentally,
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:41.280
  • a baby name that is available
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:43.110
  • to any of you who are looking
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:44.110
  • for something to name your child
  • 00:13:44.110 --> 00:13:45.220
  • that will get them beat up.
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:49.260
  • This guy is important
  • 00:13:49.260 --> 00:13:50.270
  • and he wants to see the guy who
  • 00:13:50.270 --> 00:13:52.060
  • was able to stand up after
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:54.170
  • the snake bite
  • 00:13:54.170 --> 00:13:56.050
  • and survived the ship wreck.
  • 00:13:56.050 --> 00:13:58.120
  • "And he welcomed
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:13:59.030
  • all of them into the home
  • 00:13:59.030 --> 00:14:01.140
  • and showed generous hospitality
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:03.000
  • for three days."
  • 00:14:03.000 --> 00:14:03.250
  • And I'm imagining Paul's
  • 00:14:03.250 --> 00:14:04.280
  • thinking this is nice.
  • 00:14:04.280 --> 00:14:07.000
  • "But at some point,
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:07.290
  • during Paul's stay he learns
  • 00:14:07.290 --> 00:14:09.270
  • that Publius has a problem".
  • 00:14:09.270 --> 00:14:11.170
  • Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:12.070
  • "Publius has a problem".
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:15.040
  • And Publius' problem is about
  • 00:14:15.040 --> 00:14:16.230
  • to become Paul's opportunity
  • 00:14:18.020 --> 00:14:21.020
  • because Publius' father
  • 00:14:21.020 --> 00:14:22.150
  • was sick in bed
  • 00:14:22.150 --> 00:14:24.060
  • with the Malta fever
  • 00:14:24.240 --> 00:14:27.240
  • and it's bad.
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:29.280
  • He's got temperatures
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:31.020
  • and dysentery and Paul,
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:34.130
  • when he heard about it,
  • 00:14:34.130 --> 00:14:36.130
  • went in to see him.
  • 00:14:36.130 --> 00:14:38.140
  • Now, the way I picture it
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:39.290
  • and maybe I'm using too much
  • 00:14:39.290 --> 00:14:41.120
  • imagination but I imagine
  • 00:14:41.120 --> 00:14:43.280
  • that they're sitting down
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:44.270
  • to a meal and Paul sees
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:46.270
  • and says, "Who is that?"
  • 00:14:48.280 --> 00:14:50.130
  • and Publius says, "It's my dad",
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:52.170
  • and Paul says,
  • 00:14:52.170 --> 00:14:53.080
  • "What's wrong with him?"
  • 00:14:53.080 --> 00:14:54.200
  • And Publius says,
  • 00:14:54.200 --> 00:14:56.020
  • "He's sick and there's nothing
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:57.230
  • we can do about it".
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.130
  • I imagine about right here
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:00.290
  • is where Paul started smiling
  • 00:15:00.290 --> 00:15:03.070
  • which seems, kind of,
  • 00:15:03.070 --> 00:15:04.050
  • this is the moment that Paul
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:06.220
  • realizes there was a reason
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:10.010
  • There was a reason
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:13.040
  • the hurricane hit.
  • 00:15:13.040 --> 00:15:14.100
  • There was a reason the ship
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:16.010
  • had to break apart.
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:17.200
  • There's a reason
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:18.240
  • we had to run aground on Malta.
  • 00:15:18.260 --> 00:15:21.260
  • Paul said, "Can I see him?
  • 00:15:22.140 --> 00:15:25.140
  • Can we have a moment?"
  • 00:15:25.210 --> 00:15:28.210
  • And the Bible says
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:29.160
  • him he prayed for him.
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:34.110
  • And watch the next part.
  • 00:15:34.110 --> 00:15:36.040
  • You're gonna love this.
  • 00:15:36.040 --> 00:15:37.240
  • You look, kind of, military.
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:38.240
  • Can I use you for an example?
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:42.020
  • Sit down.
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:43.130
  • Everybody sit down.
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:48.070
  • Paul went in and prayed
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:51.260
  • for him and after prayer --
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:54.280
  • somebody say,
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:55.150
  • "It had to happen".
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:57.100
  • Come on Missouri,
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:15:57.250
  • "It had to happen".
  • 00:15:57.250 --> 00:16:00.110
  • You had to be here
  • 00:16:00.110 --> 00:16:01.090
  • at this sermon today.
  • 00:16:01.090 --> 00:16:02.070
  • There is something God
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:02.280
  • wanted to speak to you.
  • 00:16:02.280 --> 00:16:04.050
  • You had to be here
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:06.140
  • with the ZZ Top beard, goatee,
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:08.230
  • you had to be right there
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:10.090
  • in that section.
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:17.030
  • And Paul put his hand on
  • 00:16:17.030 --> 00:16:19.020
  • Publius' dad's head and when
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:23.030
  • he put his hand on his head
  • 00:16:23.290 --> 00:16:26.290
  • the Bible says, "He was healed",
  • 00:16:26.290 --> 00:16:29.250
  • which is a miracle
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:30.230
  • all in its own.
  • 00:16:30.230 --> 00:16:33.130
  • But what made it even more
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:34.080
  • amazing to me was to realize
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:37.150
  • that the same hand
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:39.180
  • that the healing came through
  • 00:16:39.180 --> 00:16:42.170
  • was the same hand that had
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:43.290
  • a snake hanging from it just
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:46.190
  • three days ago.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:49.240
  • Oh, come on, you ought to start
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:50.210
  • praising God right now.
  • 00:16:50.210 --> 00:16:52.240
  • What you went through that
  • 00:16:52.240 --> 00:16:54.280
  • didn't kill you, that's it.
  • 00:17:01.120 --> 00:17:04.120
  • So let me
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:05.150
  • have your chair, Sissy.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:06.190
  • Paul says, "I can't keep
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:08.210
  • the snake from biting me",
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:10.100
  • touch somebody and say,
  • 00:17:10.100 --> 00:17:11.060
  • "It had to happen".
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:13.090
  • The other day Abby came up to me
  • 00:17:13.090 --> 00:17:14.180
  • and she said,
  • 00:17:14.180 --> 00:17:15.240
  • Elijah just bit me.
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:17.170
  • I said, did you bite him back?
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:20.030
  • She said, no, sir.
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:21.100
  • I said, go upstairs and tell
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.140
  • your brother you can bite me
  • 00:17:23.140 --> 00:17:25.190
  • again if you want to but daddy
  • 00:17:25.190 --> 00:17:28.020
  • said to tell you if you bite me
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:30.200
  • I bite back.
  • 00:17:30.200 --> 00:17:32.040
  • Now, that might not
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:32.290
  • be good parenting
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:34.220
  • but this is good preaching.
  • 00:17:34.220 --> 00:17:36.130
  • Somebody tell the Devil,
  • 00:17:36.130 --> 00:17:38.120
  • "I bite back".
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:45.240
  • I bite back.
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:53.290
  • Same hand that the snake bit
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:57.140
  • became the hand
  • 00:17:57.140 --> 00:17:58.020
  • that the healing came from.
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:18:00.040
  • What did you go through
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:00.280
  • that you wish you wouldn't have
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:01.280
  • gone thorough, that you never
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.020
  • should have gone through?
  • 00:18:03.020 --> 00:18:04.080
  • I came to declare
  • 00:18:04.080 --> 00:18:05.150
  • over your life,
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:06.170
  • it does not matter the reason.
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:09.010
  • What matters is your response.
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:11.090
  • You're on Malta now.
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:12.290
  • Malta is what you make of it.
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:15.070
  • The Bible says, "After he laid
  • 00:18:15.070 --> 00:18:16.290
  • his hands on that mans head,
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:19.220
  • word got around the
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:20.250
  • whole island --",
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.070
  • this guy's got something.
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:23.170
  • This guy's got something.
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:25.050
  • This guy knows somebody.
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:26.240
  • When he put his hand
  • 00:18:26.240 --> 00:18:28.010
  • on the father's head,
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:29.070
  • the Bible said,
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  • "The whole island came,
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  • and all of a sudden now
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  • Publius had to turn his house
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  • into a church building
  • 00:18:36.030 --> 00:18:37.250
  • and the whole island
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  • got healed".
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  • It had to happen.
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:51.100
  • It had to happen.
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  • The whole island got healed.
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  • I'm sorry I messed up your hair
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  • but it had to happen.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:04.060
  • I feel like I got something
  • 00:19:04.060 --> 00:19:04.280
  • on me right now
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:05.210
  • Release.
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:13.130
  • It's about the release.
  • 00:19:14.000 --> 00:19:17.000
  • When Paul was going through
  • 00:19:17.000 --> 00:19:18.000
  • the storm he said,
  • 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:18.260
  • "We must run aground
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  • on some island".
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  • Somebody say,
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:21.140
  • "It had to happen".
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:24.260
  • And Paul thought he needed
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  • Malta but it turns out Malta
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:31.040
  • needed Paul.
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  • There's a purpose for it.
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  • I don't need a reason,
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  • I got a revelation.
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:47.140
  • God is with me.
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  • He is good.
  • 00:19:49.200 --> 00:19:50.070
  • He does good.
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  • It had to happen.
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:19:55.120
  • It had to happen.
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:57.120
  • I'm not saying God did it.
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:20:00.020
  • I'm saying he'll use it now.
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  • What are you going
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:05.060
  • to do on Malta?
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:07.210
  • That small place.
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:10.130
  • You been changing diapers
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:11.140
  • feeling like nobody appreciates
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:12.230
  • you, that's your Malta.
  • 00:20:15.140 --> 00:20:18.140
  • You've been praying for a ring
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:19.160
  • and you can't even get a text
  • 00:20:19.160 --> 00:20:20.120
  • back, that's your Malta.
  • 00:20:27.010 --> 00:20:30.010
  • I never wanted to be on Malta
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:31.250
  • but Paul said now that I'm here,
  • 00:20:31.250 --> 00:20:33.190
  • who can I heal?
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  • Matter of fact,
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  • y'all got anymore snakes?
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  • I wish another snake would
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:43.180
  • bite me 'cause if that much
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:45.220
  • power can come from the pain
  • 00:20:45.220 --> 00:20:47.250
  • who else can I heal?
  • 00:20:47.250 --> 00:20:49.240
  • Who else can I heal?
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:51.120
  • God why did you bring me?
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:52.220
  • This must be Malta.
  • 00:20:58.210 --> 00:21:01.230
  • And while they were getting
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.030
  • ready for a wreck,
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:05.000
  • God was positioning them
  • 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:07.060
  • for a revival.
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:15.290
  • This is the mistake, that turned
  • 00:21:15.290 --> 00:21:18.190
  • into a miracle, that turned
  • 00:21:18.190 --> 00:21:20.240
  • into a mission.
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:24.090
  • And I want you to know today,
  • 00:21:24.090 --> 00:21:26.000
  • the forty-eight percent of you
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:29.100
  • that God sent me to preach to,
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:32.140
  • who are spending three months
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:33.140
  • on Malta right now.
  • 00:21:33.180 --> 00:21:36.180
  • I want you to know
  • 00:21:36.180 --> 00:21:37.070
  • that your supply
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:39.260
  • Did you get it over here?
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:45.280
  • Your supply
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:47.200
  • is in your assignment.
  • 00:21:47.200 --> 00:21:49.150
  • He could have sat there on Malta
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:52.150
  • moping about what he went
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:54.050
  • through on the Adriatic Sea
  • 00:21:54.210 --> 00:21:57.210
  • but he turned it into a mission
  • 00:21:57.210 --> 00:21:59.090
  • and the whole island got healed.
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:01.070
  • Maybe what you went through
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:02.180
  • wasn't even about you.
  • 00:22:03.150 --> 00:22:06.150
  • Maybe it's generational.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:10.240
  • And that's what I told my dad
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:11.260
  • before he died, I said,
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:13.090
  • I know your life was hard.
  • 00:22:13.090 --> 00:22:14.220
  • I know it was a living hell.
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:16.040
  • I know your father abused you.
  • 00:22:16.040 --> 00:22:17.190
  • I know you had to suffer
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:18.170
  • through many things
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:21.060
  • but you broke it.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.150
  • You broke it.
  • 00:22:25.090 --> 00:22:28.090
  • It had to -- you had to go
  • 00:22:28.090 --> 00:22:29.270
  • through so I wouldn't have to,
  • 00:22:29.270 --> 00:22:32.110
  • so I can preach,
  • 00:22:32.110 --> 00:22:33.270
  • so I can stand --
  • 00:22:33.270 --> 00:22:35.100
  • sometimes it's not about us.
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:44.240
  • And Paul decided to bite back
  • 00:22:45.060 --> 00:22:48.060
  • with his hand still swollen
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:49.090
  • from the snake bite.
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:53.020
  • Sucked that poison out
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.050
  • and turned it into power.
  • 00:23:00.070 --> 00:23:03.070
  • I thought about calling
  • 00:23:03.070 --> 00:23:03.290
  • this sermon,
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:05.190
  • "I'm bit but I'm not bitter".
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:10.120
  • I'll preach
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:11.010
  • that in three years.
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:13.140
  • But for now, God wanted you
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:14.130
  • to know that it had to happen.
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:20.020
  • It had to happen.
  • 00:23:20.260 --> 00:23:23.260
  • Even the rejection.
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:25.130
  • My friend said,
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:26.030
  • "Do you really believe
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:27.120
  • that it had to happen"?
  • 00:23:27.120 --> 00:23:29.290
  • And I said, "Well, I don't know
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:33.140
  • but you know what I choose to.
  • 00:23:34.280 --> 00:23:37.280
  • It made who I am,
  • 00:23:37.280 --> 00:23:39.000
  • what I went through.
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:41.200
  • It made me who I am".
  • 00:23:46.080 --> 00:23:49.080
  • I want to look in the camera
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:50.080
  • because we have 14 locations
  • 00:23:50.080 --> 00:23:51.240
  • right now and I want you
  • 00:23:51.240 --> 00:23:53.010
  • to stand on your feet at every
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:54.120
  • location and realize
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:57.120
  • that healing is in your hands.
  • 00:23:58.140 --> 00:24:01.160
  • That God brought you to Malta.
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:05.040
  • And when you're in the middle
  • 00:24:05.040 --> 00:24:05.260
  • of a storm it seems
  • 00:24:05.260 --> 00:24:06.250
  • like there's often
  • 00:24:06.280 --> 00:24:09.280
  • no sense of guidance.
  • 00:24:11.040 --> 00:24:14.040
  • And when your boat is being
  • 00:24:14.040 --> 00:24:14.260
  • blown around
  • 00:24:14.260 --> 00:24:15.210
  • and you have no control over it,
  • 00:24:15.210 --> 00:24:17.090
  • it's a scary thing to be out
  • 00:24:17.090 --> 00:24:18.050
  • on the Mediterranean Sea with
  • 00:24:18.050 --> 00:24:19.190
  • nothing to look at for light.
  • 00:24:21.150 --> 00:24:24.150
  • And to arrive at a cold place
  • 00:24:24.150 --> 00:24:27.120
  • only to be met by the sting
  • 00:24:27.120 --> 00:24:29.060
  • of a viper, yeah.
  • 00:24:30.060 --> 00:24:33.060
  • I've been there before
  • 00:24:33.060 --> 00:24:34.050
  • in my own life but God sent me
  • 00:24:34.050 --> 00:24:35.140
  • with a message for you today.
  • 00:24:36.200 --> 00:24:39.200
  • It had to happen
  • 00:24:39.200 --> 00:24:42.010
  • because while the wind
  • 00:24:42.010 --> 00:24:44.220
  • was controlling the boat,
  • 00:24:44.220 --> 00:24:46.210
  • God was controlling the wind.
  • 00:24:50.060 --> 00:24:53.060
  • I'm not saying he did it
  • 00:24:54.030 --> 00:24:57.030
  • but if God allowed
  • 00:24:57.030 --> 00:24:58.240
  • it you can accept it.
  • 00:24:59.130 --> 00:25:02.150
  • And if you can accept it,
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:05.120
  • the very place where were you
  • 00:25:05.120 --> 00:25:06.140
  • were injured will be
  • 00:25:06.140 --> 00:25:07.280
  • the very place that your purpose
  • 00:25:07.280 --> 00:25:10.100
  • comes forth from.
  • 00:25:10.100 --> 00:25:12.130
  • It had to happen.
  • 00:25:12.130 --> 00:25:14.200
  • It had to happen.
  • 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:21.000
  • Even the mistakes,
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:23.060
  • it had to happen because God
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:25.090
  • needed me here
  • 00:25:25.090 --> 00:25:27.140
  • - So many people have written
  • 00:25:32.150 --> 00:25:33.100
  • to me about the message that
  • 00:25:33.100 --> 00:25:34.150
  • I shared with you today,
  • 00:25:34.150 --> 00:25:35.250
  • "It Had to Happen: Making Sense
  • 00:25:35.250 --> 00:25:38.070
  • of Life's Setbacks",
  • 00:25:38.070 --> 00:25:39.290
  • and I think it's because we all
  • 00:25:39.290 --> 00:25:41.070
  • have those why questions.
  • 00:25:41.070 --> 00:25:43.130
  • Why did I have to go through
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:44.120
  • that season?
  • 00:25:44.120 --> 00:25:45.190
  • Why did I lose
  • 00:25:45.190 --> 00:25:46.120
  • that relationship?
  • 00:25:46.120 --> 00:25:47.120
  • Why am I struggling
  • 00:25:47.120 --> 00:25:48.060
  • like I'm struggling?
  • 00:25:48.060 --> 00:25:49.130
  • Why can't I get it together?
  • 00:25:49.130 --> 00:25:50.220
  • Why?
  • 00:25:50.220 --> 00:25:51.030
  • Why?
  • 00:25:51.030 --> 00:25:51.180
  • Why?
  • 00:25:51.180 --> 00:25:52.130
  • And while this message doesn't
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:53.120
  • answer all those why questions,
  • 00:25:53.120 --> 00:25:55.190
  • it can show you how --
  • 00:25:55.190 --> 00:25:57.120
  • how to move forward,
  • 00:25:57.120 --> 00:25:58.240
  • how to turn your misery
  • 00:25:58.240 --> 00:26:00.200
  • into ministry.
  • 00:26:00.200 --> 00:26:01.190
  • That sounds cliché,
  • 00:26:01.190 --> 00:26:02.270
  • but it really is all about
  • 00:26:02.270 --> 00:26:04.030
  • finding purpose in the pain,
  • 00:26:04.030 --> 00:26:05.190
  • and if you've been asking those
  • 00:26:05.190 --> 00:26:06.230
  • why questions about a situation
  • 00:26:06.230 --> 00:26:09.020
  • in your life,
  • 00:26:09.020 --> 00:26:10.110
  • or the life of someone that you
  • 00:26:10.110 --> 00:26:11.090
  • love, I want you to call
  • 00:26:11.090 --> 00:26:12.220
  • or go online right now
  • 00:26:12.220 --> 00:26:14.120
  • "It Had to Happen: Making Sense
  • 00:26:16.110 --> 00:26:18.040
  • of Life's Setbacks".
  • 00:26:18.040 --> 00:26:19.280
  • When you do, I'm going
  • 00:26:19.280 --> 00:26:20.160
  • to include a companion message.
  • 00:26:20.160 --> 00:26:22.060
  • It's called "It Will Happen".
  • 00:26:22.060 --> 00:26:23.170
  • - Oh, I love that one.
  • 00:26:23.170 --> 00:26:24.170
  • - It's the prequel.
  • 00:26:24.170 --> 00:26:25.160
  • It's the message about preparing
  • 00:26:25.160 --> 00:26:27.040
  • for setbacks and believing
  • 00:26:27.040 --> 00:26:28.110
  • the goodness of God,
  • 00:26:28.110 --> 00:26:29.210
  • in spite of anything
  • 00:26:29.210 --> 00:26:30.210
  • that you go through,
  • 00:26:30.210 --> 00:26:31.270
  • in spite of any storm,
  • 00:26:31.270 --> 00:26:33.090
  • and I want you to request
  • 00:26:33.090 --> 00:26:34.080
  • this message today.
  • 00:26:34.080 --> 00:26:35.180
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:26:35.180 --> 00:26:36.050
  • I love that Scripture
  • 00:26:36.050 --> 00:26:37.000
  • that reminds me of how God works
  • 00:26:37.000 --> 00:26:39.100
  • all things together for
  • 00:26:39.100 --> 00:26:41.010
  • our good, even when we don't
  • 00:26:41.010 --> 00:26:42.160
  • understand it, even when we're
  • 00:26:42.160 --> 00:26:44.130
  • frustrated with what's happening
  • 00:26:44.130 --> 00:26:46.150
  • in the moment.
  • 00:26:46.150 --> 00:26:47.250
  • But, there's a revelation
  • 00:26:47.250 --> 00:26:49.060
  • of God's love that allows us
  • 00:26:49.060 --> 00:26:52.020
  • to experience His grace
  • 00:26:52.020 --> 00:26:53.190
  • in the midst of our most
  • 00:26:53.190 --> 00:26:54.200
  • difficult storms.
  • 00:26:54.200 --> 00:26:56.030
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:26:56.030 --> 00:26:56.270
  • It's true, and I want you to get
  • 00:26:56.270 --> 00:26:58.070
  • ahold of this resource
  • 00:26:58.070 --> 00:26:59.110
  • right now, so call or go online
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  • and request, "It Had to Happen,
  • 00:27:01.260 --> 00:27:03.220
  • Making Sense
  • 00:27:03.220 --> 00:27:04.240
  • of Life's Setbacks".
  • 00:27:04.240 --> 00:27:06.180
  • When you do, we're going to
  • 00:27:06.180 --> 00:27:07.170
  • include a bonus message,
  • 00:27:07.170 --> 00:27:08.200
  • as well as a booklet called,
  • 00:27:08.200 --> 00:27:09.240
  • "I Can Handle It", to give you
  • 00:27:09.240 --> 00:27:11.100
  • some faith affirmations
  • 00:27:11.100 --> 00:27:12.230
  • to make it through your storm
  • 00:27:12.230 --> 00:27:14.210
  • and come out stronger
  • 00:27:14.210 --> 00:27:15.180
  • on the other side.
  • 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:16.260
  • And if you want, we have some
  • 00:27:16.260 --> 00:27:17.220
  • additional resources you can
  • 00:27:17.220 --> 00:27:19.010
  • ask about that will help you
  • 00:27:19.010 --> 00:27:20.100
  • defeat the lies of the enemy,
  • 00:27:20.100 --> 00:27:22.130
  • quiet your spirit,
  • 00:27:22.130 --> 00:27:23.100
  • and know that God is in control.
  • 00:27:23.100 --> 00:27:24.220
  • So, respond right now,
  • 00:27:24.220 --> 00:27:26.040
  • and we are so grateful
  • 00:27:26.040 --> 00:27:27.120