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100 Days of Faith: I Choose To Honor God

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March 22, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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100 Days of Faith: I Choose To Honor God

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  • Allen Jackson: The topic is whatkind of a life will God reward,
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  • and here's seven things that Godwill respond to.
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  • I've given you some versesto kinda invite you into it,
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  • but a few minuteswith a concordance or online,
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  • you could build a library fullof verses because they come
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  • from the heart of Scripture.
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  • And the first one in this listis I intend to honor God in my
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  • home.
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  • I intend to honor God in myhome.
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  • This is the private part of yourfaith.
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  • We say about our homes that'spersonal, that's private, it's
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  • nobody business what I doin the privacy of my own home.
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  • Well, I beg to disagree.
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  • It's very much God's businesswhat you do in your home.
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  • God has an opinion.
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  • You're not just a Christianin public.
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  • You're not just a Christfollower at Church.
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  • Who you are at home is very muchan expression of your faith.
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  • Joshua 24, Joshua says ifserving the Lord seems
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  • undesirable to you, then choosefor yourselves whom you'll
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  • serve.
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  • You've got a choice in this,folks.
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  • It's not mandatory, but Joshuasays, "As for me and my
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  • household, we will servethe Lord."
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  • Now, when I say home, we tendto default into-- to family
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  • and marriage and thoserelationships, and that's a part
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  • of it, but it begins personally.
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  • See, God has assignments for youas a part of his unique creation
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  • as you stand in the privacyof your home.
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  • Fellas, what's it mean to bea godly man?
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  • You better have some ideasaround that 'cause God will
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  • reward you for being a godlyman.
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  • Or you'll forfeit the rewards ifyou don't choose to be a godly
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  • man.
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  • [ringing].
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  • He's calling with a list rightnow.
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  • [congregation laughing].
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  • Timing is everything.
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  • Now, there are family roles;and if you're a godly man,
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  • you're probably gonna haveto understand what it means
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  • to be a godly husband.
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  • You don't get to do that on yourown.
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  • God's given us his perspective.
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  • Say I don't care about God's--that's fine, but understand
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  • this: you ignore God'sperspective, you forfeit
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  • the reward.
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  • It's up to you.
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  • What's it mean to be a godlyfather?
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  • Important issues, God said thatyou're-- as a man, you have
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  • a responsibility to bring somespiritual leadership into that
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  • home.
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  • I don't know much about that.
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  • It's time to learn.
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  • I mean, you're not off the hook.
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  • What's it mean to be a godlywoman?
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  • We learn a lot.
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  • You know what it is to bea fashionable woman.
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  • That's not evil, but I wouldsubmit to you it's more
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  • important to know how to bea godly woman.
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  • What's it mean to be a godlywife?
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  • I understand the culture's gota lot of ideas around that.
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  • You better know what God hasto say.
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  • If you think he's old fashionedor out-- antiquated
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  • or out of date, you better takeit up with him.
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  • I don't think you'll have a lotof luck with that.
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  • What's it mean to be a godlymom?
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  • You see, God has written someassignments for us, and I intend
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  • to honor God in my home.
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  • Now, it doesn't mean, every--there is no perfect home.
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  • Do we get that?
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  • A lot of us are frozen.
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  • You know, I'll be more godlywhen my husband becomes
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  • a spiritual leader in my house.
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  • May never happen.
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  • Don't forfeit your reward 'causehe won't lead.
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  • I'll be a more spiritual--greater spiritual leader in my
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  • home when my wife honors mein the way the Bible says.
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  • You may forfeit your reward.
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  • You don't control other people.
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  • You better choose to honorthe Lord, and the truth is none
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  • of us have perfect homes, noneof us.
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  • Norman Rockwell painted fantasy.
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  • You know who Norman Rockwell is?
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  • Saturday Evening Post, rememberthe famous picture
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  • of Thanksgiving dinner?
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  • That beautifully golden brownturkey?
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  • All those smiling people around?
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  • You know what happened rightafter they took the picture
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  • from which he painted that?
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  • Somebody threw the turkeyat somebody else.
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  • But my intent is to honor Godin my home.
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  • I'm going to do that.
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  • Before you teach your kidsto sing Rocky Top, you better
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  • teach them that Jesus is Lord.
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  • Before you teach them that rolltide* is an expression of evil,
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  • you better teach them to honorJesus.
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  • [congregation applauding].
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  • And they will learn a whole lotmore by watching you, they're
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  • gonna catch more truth from youthen you're going to teach them.
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  • The kids tell on you rightover there in the preschooling
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  • every week, all right?
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  • Number two, I intend to workwith integrity.
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  • This is the public part of mylife.
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  • When I leave my home, I'mstepping into the marketplace,
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  • into the workplace, and my faithgoes with me.
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  • I'm gonna work with integrity.
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  • Look at Colossians 3:23,"Whatever you do, work at it
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  • with all your heart as workingfor the Lord, not for men."
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  • There may be a company's nameor somebody's name on your
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  • paycheck, but you go to workin the name of the Lord.
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  • I'm gonna work with integrity.
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  • All of us.
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  • I know work is a four letterword, but it's not a profane
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  • word.
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  • Your work is an expressionof worship every bit as much as
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  • what you do when the music playsand the vocalist invite you
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  • into a chorus.
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  • You worship just as muchon Monday morning, when you go
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  • to the marketplace as youworship on Sunday morning, when
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  • you come to God's house.
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  • I'm gonna work with integrity.
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  • See, the reality is that lifecomes with assignments.
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  • Everybody's life does.
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  • You put them into categories.
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  • Some of our assignments areabout provision.
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  • We've gotta sustain ourselves.
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  • Everybody has to.
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  • It's a partof the pronouncement.
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  • A part of our assignment isabout protection, caring
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  • for the people and the thingsthat you care about.
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  • A part of it is about parenting,the responsibility to help those
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  • who are coming along behind us.
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  • Those assignments come to allof us, but I'm going to do them
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  • with integrity.
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  • The way you care for yourchildren is an expression
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  • of your heart towards God.
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  • If you make an idol of them,there's no room for God.
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  • If you'd rather them be happythan godly, you missed it.
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  • I'm not opposed to happiness,but godliness is better.
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  • The Bible says godlinesswith contentment is great gain.
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  • The way we interact with ourcoworkers is an expression
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  • of our belief.
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  • The integrity with which wework, are we trustworthy?
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  • Are we on time?
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  • Are we truthful?
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  • Do we facilitate unityand cooperation, or we
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  • disruptive?
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  • It's an expression of our faith.
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  • If you have supervisoryresponsibilities, the integrity
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  • with which you engage with otherpeople is an expression of your
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  • belief system.
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  • Are you compassionate?
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  • Are you fair?
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  • Are you concerned?
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  • Are you engaged?
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  • Are you willing to do tasks?
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  • Or do you want other peopleto do things that you have no
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  • business of doing yourself, nointention of doing?
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  • I will work with integritybecause as I work, I work
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  • for the Lord.
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  • Work's not an intrusion in yourlife.
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  • God works.
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  • When we meet God in the firstpage of the Bible, God is
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  • at work.
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  • In the beginning, God createdthe heavens and the earth.
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  • He worked for six days before hetook a day off.
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  • He's still working.
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  • Heaven is not permanentretirement.
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  • Amen, Pastor, that is an awesomepoint.
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  • Number three, I intend to teachchildren to respect God and his
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  • people.
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  • We have an assignmentfor the generations coming
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  • behind us.
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  • If you have little peoplein your home, it's a very
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  • personal assignment.
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  • There's names attached to it,but we all share an assignment
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  • for the generations who werecoming behind us to teach them
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  • to respect God and his people.
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  • How else are they goingto learn?
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  • In Matthew 18, Jesus isspeaking, he said, "If anyone
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  • causes one of these little oneswho believes in me to sin, it
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  • would be better for him to havea large millstone hung
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  • around his neck and to bedrowned in the depths
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  • of the sea."
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  • That's pretty serious language.
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  • Jesus said if you're gonna causelittle people to stumble
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  • in their faith, let me makea suggestion, the best thing
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  • you've got to look forward to isa big rock, deep water,
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  • and a short rope connecting you'cause when you see me, it's
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  • gonna be worse than that.
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  • You see, logically, if youbelieve in a reward, you also
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  • have to believe in God'sjudgment.
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  • So I'm not only interestedin the rewards that are
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  • available, I wanna be certain Idon't get in the wrong line.
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  • I don't want to be in the goatline.
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  • We have a responsibilityto that.
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  • We work diligently around thisplace to encourage children,
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  • to help them so that gettingto know the Lord is something
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  • in their life that bringsenthusiasm and excitement.
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  • We'll have some funaround church.
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  • We will tell them the truth,but it doesn't have to be
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  • painful every week.
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  • When I was a kid, church wasawful.
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  • They put me in a roomwith somebody that didn't want
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  • to be there with us.
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  • We could tell.
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  • They didn't hide it very well.
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  • They were checking their watch,looking at us, looking
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  • at the watch.
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  • It's like they got the shortstraw and they got locked
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  • in the room with the anklebiters.
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  • They were waiting for somebodyto come release them.
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  • We have hundreds of peopleengaged around here on a weekly
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  • basis in serving with childrenin some ways that are exciting.
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  • Next week, we've got a whole--we got a replacement
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  • for the tree in FellowshipSquare coming.
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  • It's not a tree, you gotta comesee.
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  • Kids matter.
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  • We don't ask for cancer.
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  • Allen: Number four, I intendto receive and extend
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  • forgiveness.
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  • I need forgiveness.
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  • Too often, I think we imagineforgiveness as a necessary
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  • component of the new birth,and it is a part of that,
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  • but growing and maturingin the Lord is recognizing our
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  • need to be continually cleansed,and the doorway into receiving
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  • forgiveness is a biblical word,it's called repentance.
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  • God, I'm wrong.
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  • See, we're never going to growup in the Lord unless we become
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  • very adept at acknowledgingto the Lord I need to adjust--
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  • make a direction adjustment.
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  • It isn't just that I wasforgiven at the new birth, I
  • 00:11:54.395 --> 00:11:57.332
  • want to walk in the forgivenessof God 'cause I'm continually,
  • 00:11:57.365 --> 00:12:00.535
  • consistently in need of beingcleansed.
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  • See, our thinking has beena middle-- I think a little
  • 00:12:05.140 --> 00:12:07.108
  • misaligned here.
  • 00:12:07.142 --> 00:12:08.476
  • It's like planting a gardenand saying I weeded it.
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  • If you only did it once, you'regonna have more weeds then
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  • produce, right?
  • 00:12:15.483 --> 00:12:20.054
  • It's like saying my teeth, Ibrushed them.
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  • Hope you sit on this sideof the church.
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  • I'm over here.
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  • We need-- we want to be the bestrepenters in the world.
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  • It's not the ungodly that needsto change to make a difference
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  • in our world, it's the peopleof God.
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  • God's power and the presenceof his people is an unstoppable
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  • force on planet earth.
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  • And if we will get our heartsaligned with the purposes
  • 00:12:46.548 --> 00:12:49.584
  • of God, we will see God'spurposes break forth in the most
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  • remarkable ways, but it beginswith our willingness to repent.
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  • That's true.
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  • We wanna-- I intend to receiveforgiveness and to extend
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  • forgiveness.
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  • I'm going to be a good forgiver.
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  • You can't afford to carrythe burden of anger
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  • and resentment and bitternessand hatred.
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  • It will cause you to forfeityour rewards.
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  • Now, forgiveness doesn't meanyou get back in line for further
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  • mistreatment.
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  • Forgiveness doesn't mean that Iapprove of what happened.
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  • Forgiveness simply means Icancel the debt.
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  • I'm not owed anything, notrestitution, not an apology, I
  • 00:13:26.788 --> 00:13:30.658
  • set you free because I wantto be free.
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  • You cannot afford the luxuryof holding on to unforgiveness,
  • 00:13:34.596 --> 00:13:39.133
  • resentment, bitterness, anger,you can't.
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  • Some of you've held it so long.
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  • Some of you are mad at God.
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  • Disappointments have come, yourlife pattern didn't emerge as
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  • you anticipated it would,and you're hurt and you're
  • 00:13:49.210 --> 00:13:52.480
  • angry, and it's left you frozenin a space.
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  • The ability to forgive will setyou free to a life that God will
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  • reward.
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  • Number five, I intendto cooperate with the Holy
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  • Spirit.
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  • I'm going to cooperate with him.
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  • Jesus said to his disciples-- wehad Jesus on earth for 33 years,
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  • and just before he left, he saidit's better for you if I go away
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  • because if I go, the father willsend you another Helper.
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  • Jesus said it was better for youand me if he left and the Holy
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  • Spirit came.
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  • I believe he told the truth.
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  • And most of us get prettyexcited about Jesus's return,
  • 00:14:27.282 --> 00:14:30.151
  • appropriately, but we tendto overlook or downplay or even
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  • be unconcerned with the presenceof the Spirit of God
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  • on the earth today.
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  • May I suggest that'sunfortunate.
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  • Cooperate with him.
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  • Cooperate with him.
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  • He won't come where he's notinvited.
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  • He won't force you to dosomething you don't want to do,
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  • but if you will yield to himand cooperate with him,
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  • the power of God will be madeevident in your life.
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  • And far too often, we beginthese discussions with what
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  • we're not gonna do.
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  • I'll tell you one thing I'm notgonna do, Pastor, I'm not gonna
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  • be one of those emotionalpeople.
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  • You're not gonna get meinto worship and get me
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  • to clapping my handsand smiling.
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  • There'll be no hand raisingwhere I'm at, no sorry.
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  • I grew up in an appropriate kindof a place, and when I pray, I
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  • bow my head and I fold my handsand I frown.
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  • Well, I'm happy for you,and the truth is you can raise
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  • your hands and be a flatout pagan.
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  • I've been to enough concerts.
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  • There's a lot of handsin the air, a lot of things
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  • in their hands.
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  • It was not Jesus, all right?
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  • I'm not confused, but I do knowthe Bible talks about all sorts
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  • of postures of worshipand expressions of worship.
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  • There's not a single oneor a single style,
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  • and cooperating with the HolySpirit will eventually touch
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  • your emotions because the thingsthat touch your emotions, you
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  • have passion for, and if you'venever had any passion for God,
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Somebody will say, well, youknow, I know it's in the Bible.
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  • You're not gonna get mein praying for people and laying
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  • hands on people and speakingin tongues and all that stuff.
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  • Do you understand the naturethat you're saying Holy Spirit,
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  • you're welcome in my life,but I'm not raising this hand
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  • and I'm not praying that prayerand I'm not acting like that.
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  • Well, isn't that a wide doorof invitation you have extended
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  • to the Creator of all things?
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  • I intend to cooperatewith the Holy Spirit.
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  • All right?
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  • Number six, I intend to livegenerously.
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  • I'm going to live generously.
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  • Our brief journey through timecompared to your eternity is
  • 00:16:31.973 --> 00:16:37.979
  • just about like that.
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  • It's brief.
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  • But your journey through time isgoing to determine your
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  • opportunities for all eternity.
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  • And sometimes, we don't listen,we don't-- either we don't have
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  • an awareness or we've missedGod's counsel and we don't
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  • understand.
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  • We spend our effort in timetrying to accumulate power
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  • or position or esteem or favoror blessing or resources,
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  • and we're holding on to themdesperately, and the truth is
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  • you're not taking any of itwith you.
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  • You're not taking any of itwith you.
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  • The only way to get anythingon the ledger in eternity is
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  • to handle in time in the waythat God directs us to.
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  • And God says lead a generouslife.
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  • Hold things loosely.
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  • It's not your time.
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  • God's given you this day.
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  • Use some of this dayfor the purposes of God.
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  • They're not just your giftsand talents and abilities.
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  • God gave them to you.
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  • Use them for his glory.
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  • It's not just your money.
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  • God has entrusted it to you.
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  • Give generously.
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  • You're not taking it with youanyway.
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  • Well, what's that look like?
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  • Well, there's several waysto get to that.
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  • The Bible talks about the tithe.
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  • It says the first tenth belongsto the Lord.
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  • I believe that I believethe first tenth of what comes
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  • to you is the Lord's.
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  • It belongs to the place whereyou get fed spiritually,
  • 00:17:57.892 --> 00:18:00.228
  • wherever that is.
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  • Now, some will say, well, that'sOld Testament.
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  • You are absolutely right,Obi-wan, it is, and you're not
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  • under the law.
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  • I'm not suggesting to you it'slegalistic.
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  • I wouldn't give it to youin those terms at all, but I
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  • would suggest to you in the NewTestament, Jesus didn't set
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  • aside the boundaries of the law.
  • 00:18:16.244 --> 00:18:17.545
  • God didn't go soft on murder.
  • 00:18:17.578 --> 00:18:20.414
  • In fact, Jesus said that the lawsaid if you commit murder,
  • 00:18:20.448 --> 00:18:23.518
  • you're guilty.
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  • But I say if you're angry enoughto commit murder, you're guilty.
  • 00:18:24.919 --> 00:18:26.687
  • Did he lower the standardor raise it?
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  • He raised it, didn't he?
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  • He said the law says if youcommit adultery, you're guilty.
  • 00:18:31.592 --> 00:18:33.794
  • But I say if you just wantto commit adultery, you're
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  • guilty.
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  • Did he lower the standardor raise it?
  • 00:18:37.231 --> 00:18:39.500
  • I think the same is truewith generosity.
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  • I don't think it's just a tenth.
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  • If you really want to getdown in the weeds and argue
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  • Scripture, I think new covenant,it's all the Lord's.
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  • I'm good with the tithe, Pastor.
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  • Works for me too.
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  • Live generously.
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  • And finally, number seven, Iintend to complete my
  • 00:18:56.284 --> 00:18:58.319
  • assignment.
  • 00:18:58.352 --> 00:18:59.954
  • I intend to complete myassignment.
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  • Folks, unless you're intentionalabout it, I don't believe you
  • 00:19:02.823 --> 00:19:07.595
  • ever will.
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  • I don't believe you'll getto the finish line unless you
  • 00:19:09.630 --> 00:19:11.933
  • intend to.
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  • I know that's a seriousstatement.
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  • I think we've been presumptiveon our faith.
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  • Look at Hebrews 10 and verse 36.
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  • It says you need to persevereso that when you've done
  • 00:19:22.343 --> 00:19:24.178
  • the will of God, you willreceive what he's promised.
  • 00:19:24.212 --> 00:19:26.948
  • In order to receive the promise,you have to persevere.
  • 00:19:26.981 --> 00:19:29.684
  • Perseverance assumes resistance.
  • 00:19:29.717 --> 00:19:35.723
  • If it isn't difficult, you don'thave to persevere.
  • 00:19:36.524 --> 00:19:39.360
  • You just enjoy your wayto the promises.
  • 00:19:39.393 --> 00:19:42.463
  • So there's gonna be resistance.
  • 00:19:42.496 --> 00:19:43.831
  • The book of Revelation iswritten to those who overcome.
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  • We're gonna have to overcomesome things.
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  • Look at 1 Corinthians 9.
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  • Says, "Don't you know thatin a race, all the runners run,
  • 00:19:50.238 --> 00:19:53.207
  • but only one gets the prize."
  • 00:19:53.241 --> 00:19:54.675
  • Apparently in the kingdomof God, there's no participation
  • 00:19:54.709 --> 00:19:57.044
  • trophies.
  • 00:19:57.078 --> 00:19:58.779
  • There's no social promotionin God's school.
  • 00:19:58.813 --> 00:20:01.415
  • He will leave youin kindergarten
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  • for the duration.
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  • He will not be embarrassed thatyou're 73 years old
  • 00:20:05.686 --> 00:20:08.122
  • in kindergarten.
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  • Run in such a way as to getthe prize.
  • 00:20:11.492 --> 00:20:15.162
  • Run in such a way as to getthe prize.
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  • You know, I've discoveredsomething.
  • 00:20:19.133 --> 00:20:21.269
  • At the starting line, we alllook good.
  • 00:20:21.302 --> 00:20:25.139
  • At the starting line,everybody's-- your clothes are
  • 00:20:25.172 --> 00:20:27.041
  • clean.
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  • Your hair is fixed.
  • 00:20:28.442 --> 00:20:30.411
  • You're stretching.
  • 00:20:30.444 --> 00:20:31.746
  • Your checkingout the opposition.
  • 00:20:31.779 --> 00:20:34.248
  • Everybody feels good, feelslike my day today.
  • 00:20:34.282 --> 00:20:37.585
  • Feeling good, trained up.
  • 00:20:37.618 --> 00:20:39.920
  • In fact, I bet some of youstarted the year and decided
  • 00:20:39.954 --> 00:20:42.023
  • you're gonna get littlehealthier, going to work
  • 00:20:42.056 --> 00:20:44.058
  • out a little more consistently.
  • 00:20:44.091 --> 00:20:45.426
  • Anybody do that?
  • 00:20:45.459 --> 00:20:46.761
  • I bet some of you wentand bought some new clothes, new
  • 00:20:46.794 --> 00:20:49.163
  • pair of shoes, some new shorts,a few new tops.
  • 00:20:49.196 --> 00:20:52.400
  • Probably tried them on before hegot to the gym or wherever
  • 00:20:52.433 --> 00:20:54.735
  • you're gonna go work out,standing in front of the mirror.
  • 00:20:54.769 --> 00:20:57.004
  • Oh, I can do that, sucking in mygut in my new clothes.
  • 00:20:57.038 --> 00:21:00.675
  • In fact, I look so good in mynew stuff, I think I'm not even
  • 00:21:00.708 --> 00:21:02.677
  • sure I need to work out anymore.
  • 00:21:02.710 --> 00:21:06.380
  • I just-- I think it was thoseold workout clothes makin' me
  • 00:21:06.414 --> 00:21:09.016
  • look old and run-down.
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:10.351
  • Got some new clothes.
  • 00:21:10.384 --> 00:21:11.719
  • I'm lookin' fine.
  • 00:21:11.752 --> 00:21:13.321
  • Let's go get a donut.
  • 00:21:13.354 --> 00:21:17.992
  • Then you get to the gym or youget to the starting line
  • 00:21:18.025 --> 00:21:19.860
  • of the race in your new clothes,you're thinking I hope everybody
  • 00:21:19.894 --> 00:21:21.862
  • notices how good I'm looking.
  • 00:21:21.896 --> 00:21:24.765
  • I've observed something.
  • 00:21:24.799 --> 00:21:26.100
  • You get to the finish line, it'snot pretty.
  • 00:21:26.133 --> 00:21:29.904
  • Your hair is a mess, your sweatrunning off of you.
  • 00:21:29.937 --> 00:21:34.742
  • There's not enough oxygen
  • 00:21:34.775 --> 00:21:36.077
  • [gasping].
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:38.646
  • You're not smiling and wavingat the cameras.
  • 00:21:38.679 --> 00:21:40.648
  • You're trembling.
  • 00:21:40.681 --> 00:21:42.450
  • If you end very far, you know,you got jelly legs, you don't
  • 00:21:42.483 --> 00:21:44.885
  • dare move your hands 'cause ifyou stand up, you're gonna
  • 00:21:44.919 --> 00:21:46.587
  • wiggle when you walk and peopleare gonna laugh.
  • 00:21:46.620 --> 00:21:49.590
  • So I'm just hanging on righthere.
  • 00:21:49.623 --> 00:21:50.991
  • Thank you, I'm good.
  • 00:21:51.025 --> 00:21:52.360
  • [gasping].
  • 00:21:52.393 --> 00:21:54.595
  • That's the finish line.
  • 00:21:54.628 --> 00:21:56.931
  • If you did it right, there'snothing left.
  • 00:21:56.964 --> 00:21:59.967
  • It's like you want to go backout and try again.
  • 00:22:00.000 --> 00:22:01.836
  • You're spent.
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  • Run in such a way as to getthe prize.
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  • Do you hold the imaginationwith your faith?
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  • It's going to take your best.
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  • Where are the great effortsof your life?
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  • And please don't talk to meabout where they used to be.
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  • I'm talkin' about now.
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  • To finish well, you've gotto keep making an effort.
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  • Where are you drilling down?
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  • Where are you making sacrifices?
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  • Where are you reordering?
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  • Are you in on a 100 days yet?
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  • I want to finish well.
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  • I want to complete this thing.
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  • I intend to complete myassignment.
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  • Now, three things for every day.
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  • I want to grow, I intend to readmy Bible, and I intend to pray.
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  • Then I gave you seven that arein the mix for evaluating a life
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  • that God will reward.
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  • I intend to honor God in myhome.
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  • I'm gonna work with integrity.
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  • That's private and public.
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  • I intend to teach children,the generations behind me,
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  • to respect God and his people.
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  • I intend to receive and extendforgiveness.
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  • I've got to be forgiven.
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  • I need forgiveness.
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  • I'm not doin' this perfectly.
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  • And I'll forgive those around methat bring pain and anguish
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  • and discomfort to my life.
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  • I intend to cooperatewith the Holy Spirit.
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  • I'm not lookin' for safeand secure and normal.
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  • The way my grandparents did itwas awesome, but I need
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  • a different response.
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  • The world's gotten tougher.
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  • I'm going to cooperatewith the Holy Spirit.
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  • I'm going to live generously,open hands.
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  • It isn't mine.
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  • And I intend to complete myassignment.
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  • Folks, I don't want you to missthe rewards God has for you.
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  • I don't wanna miss mine.
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  • And I don't want one of youto miss what God has for you.
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  • Give the Lord your best.
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  • Start the year with a littlefocus on the Lord.
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  • I'm not asking for an enormouscommitment of time out of your
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  • day, but you can find 20minutes.
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  • Now, let's just see what Godwill do.
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  • Amen?
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  • All right, why don't youto stand with me?
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Father, thank you, thank youfor your Word.
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  • Thank you for the strengthto begin a new year.
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  • We praise you for it, Lord,for your goodness and your
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  • mercy, that you've left us here,Lord, we have an assignment,
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  • and I pray that as we looktoward these weeks ahead, that
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  • you will help us.
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  • Lord, help us to turn our heartsand our thoughts
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  • and towards you, to havelistening ears and seeing eyes.
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  • Lord, we wanna cooperatewith you.
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  • Forgive us when we've beenunconcerned.
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  • Forgive us when we've beenfocused on many things other
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  • than you.
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  • Lord, we come-- we invite youinto our lives in a new way.
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  • I thank you for it.
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  • I thank you for every personhere, Lord, that you have a plan
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  • to bring them to a good place,a place where your blessings are
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  • more evident, that we livein such a way that when our days
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  • are spent and our strength isgone, you can respond to each
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  • and every one of us well done.
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  • I thank you for it in Jesus'sname, amen.
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  • announcer: Take a moment tolisten to Pastor Allen
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  • reading an excerpt from his newbook entitled,
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  • of the rest of your life.
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  • in our lives we often haveno choice in the matter.
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  • the winter seasons in our lives,the mourning, the dying,
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  • the tearing down.
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  • And though we don't have thepower to avoid these seasons
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  • we do have the power tocultivate habits that lead us
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  • to better outcomes duringthose times.
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  • I want to invite you to chooseto have a season
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  • of cultivating these lifechanging habits.
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