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  • Make a connection, make a connection
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  • at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Are you building a house or a home?
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  • That's the question that Skip Heitzig is addressing
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  • today on "The Connection."
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  • You don't need to be a builder to know the difference
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  • between a house and a home.
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  • A house is built with materials, a home is built with love.
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  • Today, Pastor Skip leads us through Psalm 127 as we learn
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  • that, no matter what kind of house we live in,
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  • we can have a great home.
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  • So, tell us about your home.
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  • Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And just a reminder, at the conclusion of this broadcast,
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  • we'll show you how you can support this ministry
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  • financially, and receive a valuable resource with your gift
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  • to "The Connection."
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  • As we study through this psalm in this series called
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  • "Playlist," we learn about God's character and his
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  • design for our lives.
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  • Let's turn to Psalm 127 as Skip begins.
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • How much time and energy do you spend managing your house as
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  • compared to building up your home?
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  • In this message, Pastor Skip challenges you to consider what
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  • is more important, projects or people?
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  • Please open your Bible to Psalm 127.
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  • Skip Heitzig: For decades, the American dream has
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  • included owning your own home.
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  • That's for years what was said, that you would have your own
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  • house, so many cars in a garage, et cetera, et cetera.
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  • Today, the American dream is more like being able to keep
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  • the home that you're in.
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  • And unfortunately, we have seen over the past few years an
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  • economic downtrend where people have lost homes in this country.
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  • And they estimated about 5 million foreclosures in the
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  • United States of America since that--since that slump began.
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  • But, though you may lose your house,
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  • you never have to lose your home.
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  • And there is a difference between those two entities that
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  • I want to show you out of Psalm 127.
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  • Now, you know to get back on this page.
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  • Psalms, the book of Psalms, is essentially a list of worship
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  • songs that was sung in the ancient temple,
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  • or on the way up to the ancient temple,
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  • as is the case of this psalm.
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  • So, we're dealing with the lyrics of songs.
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  • It's the Word of God, but these are song lyrics.
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  • And for the most part, usually I would never recommend that a
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  • person govern their lives based on the lyrics of songs
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  • if you know what I mean.
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  • You can have great songs with happy little melodies,
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  • but the advice in songs I would say isn't always the
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  • best to say the least.
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  • If I go back to 1970, there was that Steven Stills song that
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  • said, "If you can't be with the one--or if you can't be with the
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  • one you love, then love the one you're with."
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  • That's not good advice if you want a long-term
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  • relationship with anybody.
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  • Or Bob Dylan's song, "Everybody must get stoned,"
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  • not good advice in general.
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  • There's a country western title, a song that says,
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  • "Dropkick me, Jesus, through the goalposts of life."
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  • I don't want to be dropkicked by anybody through
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  • the goalpost of life.
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  • The worst lyrics of all that I think that were ever penned
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  • were written by Curtis Mayfield in 1970,
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  • and the lyrics go like this, "If there's a hell below,
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  • we're all going to go, so don't worry."
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  • See what I mean by the worst lyrics?
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  • If you're going to govern your life,
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  • don't listen to that song to do it.
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  • But we are in God's playlist.
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  • And here are some lyrics that I would recommend you get not only
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  • good advice from, but you govern your life according because
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  • Psalm 127 tells us what is not important and what is important.
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  • That no matter what kind of a house you live in,
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  • you can have a great home.
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  • So, Psalm 127 begins in my Bible by saying a song of ascents.
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  • That is, as people would ascend up toward Jerusalem,
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  • they would sing this refrain.
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  • And then notice who the author is.
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  • It says it was written by Solomon,
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  • it's of Solomon.
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  • And he writes, "Unless the Lord builds the house,
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  • they labor in vain who build it.
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  • Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchmen
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  • stays awake in vain.
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  • It is vain for you to rise up early,
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  • to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows,
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  • for so he gives his beloved sleep.
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  • Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.
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  • The fruit of the womb is a reward.
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  • Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
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  • so are the children of one's youth.
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  • Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.
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  • They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak
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  • with their enemies in the gate."
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  • I don't know if you caught just the reading of this psalm shows
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  • that there are two different parts.
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  • There's a division sort of right in the middle,
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  • but more lopsided.
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  • Verses 1 and 2 is different from verse 3, 4, and 5.
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  • The first component, or the strophe of the psalm as that's
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  • called lyrically, the first strophe deals with
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  • things that are vain.
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  • And the next strophe, verse 3, 4,
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  • and 5, deal with things that are valuable.
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  • Vain versus valuable.
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  • Or let me divide it this way, a house built on vanity versus
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  • a home built on value.
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  • We notice that the author is Solomon,
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  • and Solomon is uniquely qualified to write about
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  • these matters for two reasons.
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  • The first is that he was very wise.
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  • The Bible says in 1 Kings chapter 4 that he had
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  • great insight and understanding.
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  • God gave him wisdom.
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  • In fact, it says in that very same chapter that he was wiser
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  • than any other person.
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  • So, he's uniquely qualified because of his wisdom.
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  • The second reason Solomon is qualified is that he failed to
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  • heed the wisdom God gave him.
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  • And he was himself, though a great builder,
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  • he was also a failure relationally.
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  • Solomon, I like to think of him as the Donald Trump of
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  • the 10th century BC.
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  • That guy was an incredible overachiever.
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  • He built the temple in Jerusalem,
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  • he built his own house in Jerusalem,
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  • he built another palace in the forest of Lebanon
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  • just for the summer.
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  • He built another wife of his another palace to live in,
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  • that was the daughter of Pharaoh.
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  • And besides all of that, he built cities,
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  • whole cities, the city of Hazor, the city of Megiddo,
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  • the city of Gezer, the city of Bethoron,
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  • the city of Tadmur out in the desert, and other towns.
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  • This guy built a lot.
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  • However, though he did all of that,
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  • he failed to take his own advice many times.
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  • And he failed relationally.
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  • Anybody remember how many wives he had?
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  • Seven hundred wives. Come on, that's messed up.
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  • Seven hundred wives, plus three hundred other women called
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  • concubines, he had a thousand women in his life.
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  • Socrates used to tell his young students,
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  • "By all means, get married.
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  • If you find a good wife, you'll be extremely happy.
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  • If you find a bad wife, you'll become a philosopher."
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  • Interesting how much philosophy Solomon gives out.
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  • But God preserves some of it as the very inspired Word of God.
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  • Psalm 127 is one such item.
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  • And as we go through these five verses,
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  • I want to offer to you four decisions that you should make,
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  • four decisions, four values that will turn any house into a home.
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  • These are values to build your life on.
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  • Now, whether you are starting out and just starting to get
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  • your own family together, or you're single and you don't yet
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  • have your own family, or maybe you've grown up and raised a
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  • family, or you've made a mistake relationally and God will give
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  • you a do-over, I'm not sure.
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  • Wherever you're at, these are all values for every one
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  • of us to turn a house into a home.
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  • Let me give you the first.
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  • Reject empty activities.
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  • That's the first, reject empty activities.
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  • Look at verse 1 and verse 2.
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  • He says, "Unless the Lord builds the house,
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  • they labor in vain."
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  • Vain means empty or valueless.
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  • "They labor in vain who build it.
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  • Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchmen
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  • stays awake in vain.
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  • It is vain for you to rise up early,
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  • to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows,
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  • for so he gives his beloved sleep."
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  • In other words, we need to learn the difference between what
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  • is vain and what is valuable.
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  • And you'll notice in verse 1 that two structures are
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  • mentioned, a house and a city.
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  • A house needs building.
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  • A city, having been already built,
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  • needs to be guarded.
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  • In writing that, Solomon mentions or realizes the basic
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  • drive that all of us have for fulfillment.
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  • And that there are many people who strive to attain fulfillment
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  • by building things, making things,
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  • doing things, and then preserving the things that they
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  • have created, which was Solomon's case.
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  • As soon as Solomon got to the throne of Israel,
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  • he made a treaty with the king of Tyre,
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  • his name was Hiram.
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  • And here was the deal, "You give me all the wood that I need to
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  • build all the things that I want to build.
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  • That is the cedars of Lebanon, cypress from Lebanon.
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  • And I in exchange will give you oil,
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  • and wheat, and wine from Israel."
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  • So, he gets all of that wood from Lebanon,
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  • and lots of local stone around the area.
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  • And he goes on a 20-year building spree.
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  • Takes them seven and a half years to build the house they
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  • called it, the temple, the house of the Lord.
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  • It took him 13 years to build his own personal house,
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  • shows you his priorities right there.
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  • And he just goes on this 20-year building spree.
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  • After building the temple, the house of the Lord,
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  • when he dedicates the temple, listen to what
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  • God warns him about.
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  • The Lord says to Solomon, "If you,
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  • Solomon, or any of the kings who succeed you ever turn away from
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  • following me, this house," the temple,
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  • "this house will become a heap of ruins."
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  • I don't know if it was because the Lord said that or not,
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  • but there's an interesting archeological discovery that
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  • they have found over in Israel.
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  • In all of the cities that Solomon built,
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  • there's a special gate they call Solomon's Gate.
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  • And it shows us that he was not just a builder,
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  • but he was a preserver.
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  • He wanted to guard the cities that he built.
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  • So, there's a gate called Solomon's Gate.
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  • And if we were ate Megiddo today,
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  • I would show you this gate.
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  • It's a structure that has four interlocking gates.
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  • So, if you were an invader and you got through the first gate,
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  • you would now be in a corridor facing three more gates,
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  • so sort of a stop, go through, stop, go through.
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  • And on either side were areas for archers to shoot at you with
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  • arrows and to give you a warm welcome.
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  • They would pour hot oil on you if you were an invader.
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  • That's a warm welcome.
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  • And this gate of Solomon was unique to his building process
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  • in the cities that he occupied to trap the enemy.
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  • However, one thing we know is for certain as we
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  • look at biblical history.
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  • Solomon turned away from following the Lord.
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  • And the kings after him turned away from following the Lord.
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  • And all the things he built, all the houses he built and the
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  • cities that he built were all left in ruins.
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  • It was all, you might say, vain.
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  • You'll notice the threefold repetition of that word in verse
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  • 1, "They labor in vain who build it."
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  • Also in verse 1, "The watchmen stays awake in vain."
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  • And look at verse 2, "It's vain for you to get up early,
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  • and to sit up late, and eat the bread of sorrows."
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  • When you see that word here, it should ring a bell for you
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  • because it's a very specific solomonic word.
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  • I don't know if that's an adjective or not,
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  • solomonic word.
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  • It's peculiar to Solomon, he wrote a book called Ecclesiastes
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  • in which he used that word a lot, right?
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  • Twenty-two times he uses the word "vanity."
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  • Two times he uses the word "vain."
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  • Two more times in that book, he uses the superlative phrase
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  • "vanity of vanity, all is vanity."
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  • He wrote that little book, Ecclesiastes,
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  • when he was at a very dark period of his own life.
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  • Everything had lost its luster.
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  • He seemed to be going through lots of activity,
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  • lots of motions, and no accomplishments.
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  • The word "vain" means empty, fruitless,
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  • vapid, whatever word you want to assign to it.
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  • All of that has the idea of just nothingness, nothingness.
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  • Let me ask you something.
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  • Do you ever slow down long enough or stop long enough to
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  • evaluate yourself?
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  • Do you slow down enough to evaluate the activities that you
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  • were doing and simply ask yourself,
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  • "Are these activities significant?
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  • Are they significant?
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  • Are these vain activities or valuable activities?"
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  • Do you ever feel like you're in a rat race and the rats are
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  • winning the race?
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  • I have a lot of hobbies, there's a lot of interests that I have.
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  • And because of that, I know my tendency to
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  • get distracted and off course.
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  • And I have to evaluate myself regularly because my distraction
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  • levels are much higher.
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  • There are some people who just love to build,
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  • and organize, and work, and accomplish.
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  • But just slow down long enough to ask, why?
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  • Let me give you three questions to ask yourself,
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  • three little questions that help in self-evaluation to see if
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  • something's a value or if something's vain.
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  • Question number one, how has God most gifted me to
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  • meet the needs of others?
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  • How has God uniquely gifted me to meet the needs of others?
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  • Now, I'm turning my focus on others by that question.
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  • Once I have the answer to that question,
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  • how I'm uniquely gifted to meet the needs of others,
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  • ask yourself this question, how am I exercising and honing those
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  • gifts according to God's plan for my life?
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  • And then the third question is this,
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  • am I trying to build something God doesn't want me to have?
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  • Those are good questions for self-evaluation so that your
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  • labor and your watching is not, in his words,
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  • for nothing, vain.
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  • So, reject empty activities, number one.
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  • Here's the second decision, avoid unnecessary anxieties.
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  • Would you look more carefully at verse 2?
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  • It is vain, empty, worthless, profitless,
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  • it is vain for you to rise up early,
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  • to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows,
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  • for so he gives his beloved sleep.
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  • What that little verse describes in poetic fashion is the
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  • artificial lengthening of the day by adding more hours to your
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  • workload, and then on top of that adding worry to the hours
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  • that you're lengthening your day with.
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  • That's the idea of eating the bread of sorrows,
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  • it's anxiety, it's worry.
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  • The living Bible translates it, "It's senseless for you to work
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  • so hard from early morning till late at night,
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  • fearing you will starve to death."
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  • Some of you have discovered that anxiety is a tireless tyrant.
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:13.140
  • Back in 1851, can you remember that far back?
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  • Good, some of you are laughing, that was a joke for
  • 00:18:19.070 --> 00:18:21.030
  • those of you who weren't.
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  • Back in 1851, in London, England in Hyde Park,
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  • there was an exhibition called the Crystal Palace Exhibition.
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  • And it was basically people gathering together,
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  • showing off their inventions.
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  • And in 1851, steam was all the rage,
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  • not iPhones, steam, because that was what powered things.
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  • And so, they had on display there steam plows,
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  • steam locomotives, steam looms, steam organs,
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  • and even a steam cannon that shot real cannon
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  • balls all based on steam.
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  • But what got everybody's excitement up was one machine,
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  • one machine that had 7.000 moving parts.
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  • When you switched this machine on with steam power,
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:14.130
  • all sorts of things began to happen.
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  • Pulleys began to pull, whistles began to whine,
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:22.050
  • bells began to ring, gears began to turn 7.000 parts.
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  • The ironic thing is that machine did absolutely nothing.
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  • It made noise, and it turned around and
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  • around inside of itself.
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  • And everybody ooh'd and ahh'd because,
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  • "Listen to that, look at that."
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  • But if you were to ask someone, "What does it actually do?"
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  • the answer would be, "It does nothing."
  • 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:51.260
  • Well, worry is like that.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:55.150
  • You expend so much mental energy,
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  • but you accomplish nothing.
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.070
  • And Solomon wants to point out that there's a few
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:03.210
  • things about personal anxiety.
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  • First, it is unproductive, just like that machine.
  • 00:20:06.070 --> 00:20:09.080
  • It is unproductive.
  • 00:20:09.090 --> 00:20:11.030
  • Notice what he says, "It is vain.
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  • It is vain, it is empty for you to rise up early
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  • and to sit up late."
  • 00:20:18.180 --> 00:20:22.080
  • I found a little study from the University of Wisconsin about
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:25.110
  • worry, about anxiety.
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  • It did a study, and it looked at what people worry about in life.
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  • And here were their findings.
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  • They found that 40% of the things that most people
  • 00:20:37.230 --> 00:20:41.270
  • worry about never will happen.
  • 00:20:41.280 --> 00:20:45.270
  • They never actually happen, so that's pretty vain, right?
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  • Forty percent of all that activity are about things
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:52.030
  • that will never happen.
  • 00:20:52.040 --> 00:20:53.150
  • Thirty percent of the things most people worry about are
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:56.110
  • things regarding the past that you can't change anyway.
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:59.290
  • That's pretty vain and empty to worry about that, right?
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  • So, now you're up to 70%.
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  • Twelve percent were worries over the criticisms
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  • of others leveled at us.
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  • Most of it is untrue, but we worry about it.
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  • Ten percent of the things we worry about is about personal
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  • health issues, which last time I check doesn't improve when
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:23.140
  • you worry, but it actually gets worse.
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:26.280
  • They discovered only 8%, about 8% of all the things people
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  • worry about are things that will actually occur
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:35.100
  • and are legitimate concerns.
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.150
  • So, you get his drift, it is vain, it is unproductive.
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  • Second thing Solomon wants you to know, it's unhealthy.
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  • Because he says, "To eat the bread of sorrows," that's a
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:51.220
  • pretty poor diet, isn't it, the bread of sorrows.
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:53.270
  • "What are you eating for breakfast?"
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:55.070
  • "A little bread of sorrows here, toasted,
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:57.070
  • a little butter and jam.
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  • Want some?" "No, thank you."
  • 00:21:59.040 --> 00:22:00.290
  • It's an unhealthy diet to eat the bread of sorrows.
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:07.040
  • Medical science for years over and over again proves the point
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:12.280
  • that anxiety, worry is bad for your health.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:16.190
  • I looked up on Web MD the other day and they had this little
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:19.100
  • statement, "Worry will affect the body.
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:22.190
  • When worry becomes excessive, it can cause you
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:25.020
  • to become physically ill."
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  • Here's some examples.
  • 00:22:29.030 --> 00:22:30.130
  • A clinic in Great Britain examined 500 patients,
  • 00:22:30.140 --> 00:22:35.040
  • and they made the statement that one-third of the visual problems
  • 00:22:35.050 --> 00:22:38.280
  • exhibited by those in this study were due directly
  • 00:22:38.290 --> 00:22:43.100
  • to worry and stress.
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:45.270
  • Another study from Northwestern University said that worry
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:49.250
  • restricts the flow of saliva in the mouth.
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:53.010
  • That's important because saliva neutralizes the
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.180
  • acid in the mouth.
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:22:57.040
  • So, when you restrict the flow of saliva in the mouth,
  • 00:22:57.050 --> 00:22:59.270
  • tooth decay increases.
  • 00:22:59.280 --> 00:23:02.240
  • Another study of 5.000 students from 21 different universities
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:08.050
  • yielded this: worriers get lower grades.
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:12.250
  • So, I suppose if you want to be a flunky with poor vision
  • 00:23:12.260 --> 00:23:15.170
  • and no teeth, be a worrier.
  • 00:23:15.180 --> 00:23:19.070
  • It's unhealthy.
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:20.230
  • It's unproductive, it's unhealthy,
  • 00:23:20.240 --> 00:23:24.040
  • and here's the third, it's unbecoming of a child of God.
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  • It's unbecoming of a child of God.
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:32.130
  • That scene in this little phrase,
  • 00:23:32.140 --> 00:23:34.170
  • "For so he," God, "gives his beloved sleep."
  • 00:23:34.180 --> 00:23:39.260
  • Now, I don't want you to walk away misunderstanding this.
  • 00:23:39.270 --> 00:23:42.260
  • I'm not saying that if you have insomnia,
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:45.160
  • it's because you don't have enough faith,
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:46.270
  • or you're not really a mature Christian.
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:48.080
  • There's lots of reasons for that.
  • 00:23:48.090 --> 00:23:50.180
  • There's lots of physiological reasons.
  • 00:23:50.190 --> 00:23:52.170
  • But the point that he is making is this person who adds to the
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:57.030
  • workload worry on top of that is simply showing a lack of trust
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:24:03.170
  • in the wisdom and the provision of the God he
  • 00:24:03.180 --> 00:24:06.080
  • or she says he trusts in.
  • 00:24:06.090 --> 00:24:09.240
  • it's unbecoming of a child of God.
  • 00:24:09.250 --> 00:24:12.110
  • So, the first two decisions, reject empty activity.
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  • Second, avoid unnecessary anxiety.
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  • And here's the third, cultivate relational priorities.
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  • Cultivate relational priorities.
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  • Verse 3, "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.
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  • The fruit of the womb is a reward."
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  • You'll notice that there's a turn in the psalm.
  • 00:24:38.180 --> 00:24:41.070
  • We're not talking about building anything anymore,
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:43.010
  • we're not talking about guarding anything anymore.
  • 00:24:43.020 --> 00:24:45.230
  • We're off of building a house, and now we're talking about
  • 00:24:45.240 --> 00:24:50.180
  • shaping a home and the relationships within it.
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  • There's three words I want to draw your attention
  • 00:24:54.190 --> 00:24:55.280
  • to in the psalm.
  • 00:24:55.290 --> 00:24:57.110
  • First is the word "Lord."
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:24:59.170
  • And if you saw, it's mentioned three times that word.
  • 00:24:59.180 --> 00:25:03.040
  • He is mentioned three times with that title, "Lord."
  • 00:25:03.050 --> 00:25:07.120
  • He's also implied another three times,
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:09.250
  • so a total of six times this psalm either directly or
  • 00:25:09.260 --> 00:25:14.080
  • indirectly speaks about the Lord and the
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:16.180
  • relationship with the Lord.
  • 00:25:16.190 --> 00:25:18.100
  • Then notice the word "womb" in verse 3.
  • 00:25:18.110 --> 00:25:22.150
  • Womb can only refer to one person in a family,
  • 00:25:22.160 --> 00:25:25.100
  • and who's that?
  • 00:25:25.110 --> 00:25:27.100
  • The wife, the mother, right?
  • 00:25:27.110 --> 00:25:29.170
  • The fruit of the womb, not the fruit of the loom,
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  • the fruit of the womb is the child that comes from the woman.
  • 00:25:32.080 --> 00:25:38.060
  • And then children is a word mentioned two times.
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  • So, here we're not dealing with a house built on vanity,
  • 00:25:41.230 --> 00:25:46.230
  • but a home built on value.
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