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February 5, 2017
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Doing Big Things With Big Faith

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Well, we're so happy to have Anthony Evans
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  • in the house today, and he was here 7 years ago
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  • at the Crystal Cathedral.
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  • And Anthony's a talented singer and a worship leader and he's
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  • found success in both Hollywood and the church,
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  • letting his faith lead him in his work.
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  • So, would you welcome with me Anthony Evans?
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  • Anthony Evans: Thank you.
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  • Bobby: Hi! Anthony: Hi!
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  • Bobby: So, great to see you. Anthony: Glad to be here.
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  • Really glad to be here. Thank you.
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  • Bobby: So you were on the "Hour of Power" 7 years ago
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  • and then you were on "The Voice" and that sort of
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  • opened up a whole world for your ministry and your life.
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  • That was maybe 5, 6 years ago.
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  • Anthony: Yeah, about 5 or 6 years ago.
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  • Bobby: So, what's been going on in your life since then?
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  • I mean, your whole career has really taken off.
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  • Anthony: Yeah, it was redirected just a little bit.
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  • I'm so grateful for being a preacher's kid and growing up
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  • in church and everything, but that was a little bit
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  • different than church, you know?
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  • Bobby: Your dad's Tony Evans.
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  • Anthony: Yes.
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  • Bobby: A pastor in Dallas, big pastor.
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  • Anthony: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.
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  • So, it was amazing for me to do something
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  • outside of the four walls of church.
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  • I remember calling my dad when I got the call to do "The Voice"
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  • and feeling like something was--I was like, can I do this?
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  • Is this okay?
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  • You know, just 'cause it was so different.
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  • And he said, "As long as you don't compromise your faith,
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  • have a great time."
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  • And so, I went and did that
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  • and was on Christina Aguilera's team.
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  • And I remember her sitting down with me when we first started
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  • the show at her house and she said, "Okay, this--
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  • you lead worship, now what is that?
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  • Like explain that to me."
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  • And in that moment because I was doing--using churchy words
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  • and she was looking at me like, "What are you talking about?"
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  • I realized I should know how to speak and how to interact with
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  • somebody who does not live within these four walls.
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  • And so, it created a passion in me to start
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  • to broaden what I do.
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  • Bobby: So, you--so you're hanging with Christina Aguilera.
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  • She's cool. And Jewel?
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  • You also--I mean, you had an experience with
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  • a number of different musicians.
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  • And now being--you know, growing up in Texas, right,
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  • and being a worship leader, and then being on "The Voice,"
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  • and then now you live in Hollywood and you're
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  • really singing in L.A. as a Christian,
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  • but not always to Christians.
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  • So, working with, you know, everyday, big performers
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  • like that, you know, I know you want to have
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  • an impact on their lives.
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  • Have they had an impact on your life?
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  • Anthony: Oh, 100%.
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  • Christina did end up in many different ways.
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  • And then on the show, Jewel was an advisor of mine
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  • and she sat down with me and said, "Okay I get it.
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  • You're a preacher's kid. You grew up in church.
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  • But to me, that's the tip of the iceberg and I need to know
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  • what's going on underneath the surface of you because I don't
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  • necessarily--and a lot of people here won't resonate with all
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  • that information, so I need to know--I need you to be
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  • authentic, vulnerable, and transparent and tell us
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  • more of your story so we can connect there
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  • and it'll be a cumulative part of who you are."
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  • So, it really made me want to just communicate authentically
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  • and be about relationship and not just about the knowledge
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  • I have of my faith initially.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, what's a way in which you were vulnerable?
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  • Anthony: Well, this whole new album,
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  • it's called "Back To Life" and honest lyrics,
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  • not just writing things so that people's ears are tickled
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  • or that I'm doing the cliché stuff
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  • to make sure that I'm resonating.
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  • And there was a point, one of the ways I was being
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  • a preacher's kid--we can get used to coming indoors,
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  • shaking hands, kissing babies, you know, making
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  • everybody think everything's all right.
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  • I had to get to a point where I had to be authentic
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  • about the fact that I-- this wasn't necessarily
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  • resonating with me all the way.
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  • I sat down with my dad and I felt left, lost, abandoned.
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  • I had gone through a broken engagement but then had to go
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  • lead worship the next day, which that's not a fun feeling.
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  • It didn't feel like-- it didn't feel great.
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  • But I felt left, and lost, and abandoned and my dad said,
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  • "You have got to realize that your feelings
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  • don't have intellect and as--"
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  • Bobby: Say that again.
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  • Anthony: He said, "You have to realize that your feelings
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  • do not have intellect.
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  • You always have to bounce them off of the truth.
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  • They can be the caboose, they cannot be the engine."
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  • So, that was--I had to be honest with where I was at that moment
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  • and through that honesty and vulnerability, I have found
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  • deeper connections with people because they resonate with me
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  • because their story involves some kind of heartbreak
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  • or kind--you know?
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  • So, it's been very encouraging the stories
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  • that have come through.
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  • Bobby: So, as an artist, you approach your newest album
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  • in that way where you really just wanna be vulnerable.
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  • And it's not all like the typical lyrics always that you
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  • get on Christian albums.
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  • There's a lot of your heart in there and--
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  • Anthony: Absolutely. Yeah, that's what I want to do.
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  • Bobby: Well, your album just came out,
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  • and I know it's an amazing album.
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  • Go check it out.
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  • And I know we'll be blasting it through the house
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  • on my little Sonos.
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  • But thank you so much.
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  • And what--you're gonna be singing for us today.
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  • What's the song that you're singing?
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  • Anthony: I'm gonna do a couple of them.
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  • "Your Great Name" is a song I recorded a few years ago
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  • on an album called "Home."
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  • And then "See You Again" is the first single from
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  • the album "Back To Life" that just came out.
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  • And so, I'm really excited. We're excited to be here.
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  • Bobby: Awesome.
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  • Well, it is really such an honor to have you here, Anthony.
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  • And would you please welcome with me Anthony Evans?
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  • God bless you.
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  • Anthony: Thank you. Thanks again.
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  • I've seen darkness shattered by light
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  • I've seen joy break after the night
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  • I wanna see it again
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  • I've seen tragic and hopeless days
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  • turn to stories of amazing grace
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  • I want to see it again
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  • Oh come, Lord, like a rushing wind
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  • We are desperate for your presence
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  • Revive us by your Spirit within
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  • We want to see you again
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  • see you again
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  • Oh come, Lord, like a rushing wind
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  • We are desperate for your presence
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  • Revive us by your Spirit within
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  • We want to see you again
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  • see you again
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  • Ooh, we want to see you again
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  • We remember all the great things you have done
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  • We believe that greater things are still to come
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  • We remember all the great things you have done
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  • We believe that greater things are still to come
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  • Oh come, Lord, like a rushing wind
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  • We are desperate for your presence
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  • Revive us by your Spirit within
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  • We want to see you again
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  • see you again
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  • We want to see you again
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  • see you again
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome. We're so glad you're here.
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  • Thank you for joining us today,
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  • and we believe God has a Word for you.
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  • If you live in Orange County or L.A.,
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  • come down and worship with us.
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  • We'd love to meet you.
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  • If you've got kids, or a nephew, or something, bring them.
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  • We'll teach them the things of God.
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  • And I wanna shake your hand and give you a big old hug.
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  • So, Hannah and I would love to meet you,
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  • so please come down to Shepherd's Grove.
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  • This is a place that believes in the dignity
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  • of every single human being.
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  • You belong here even before you believe.
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  • Well, friends, we say this creed every single Sunday,
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  • and I'm gonna invite you to do it.
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  • Would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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  • We're gonna say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • And that is your greatest treasure.
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  • Your greatest treasure is that you're treasured
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  • by a loving and a good God.
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  • And man, is that the truth. He treasures you.
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  • And today we're gonna talk about faith.
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  • Faith is trusting the Word of God that it is true,
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  • that it is--that God is for you,
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  • that God loves you, that God will bless you
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  • and you believe that.
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  • To have faith in God means to have faith that God has
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  • the best for us in mind,
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  • that God wants us to go to heaven,
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  • that God wants us to thrive, that God wants us to do well.
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  • And he does.
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  • I remember when I was a kid, I went to this Baptist school
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  • and it was a great school, actually.
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  • It was--I had a great experience.
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  • But you know, every batch of apples has a got
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  • a rotten one in it somewhere.
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  • And I had this teacher and she sat us all down.
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  • I think I was in 4th or 5th grade,
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  • which means I had to be maybe 10, you know, we're kids.
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  • And we sit down and we're learning
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  • a Bible study about Noah.
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  • And she asked the class, "Class, how did God destroy
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  • the world the first time?"
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  • And we said, "With the flood.
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  • He destroyed the world with the flood."
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  • And then she said, "And what is the rainbow?"
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  • "It's a promise that he won't destroy the world again."
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  • She's like, "No!
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  • It's a promise that he won't destroy the world again
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  • with a flood."
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  • I'm like, "Oh, okay."
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  • And she goes, "So what does that mean?
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  • What does that mean?"
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  • "We don't know."
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  • "That he's gonna destroy the world again with fire."
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  • She didn't say it like that, but I--you know?
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  • She said, "He's gonna destroy the whole world with fire."
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  • We're like, "Oh, he's gonna destroy the world with--
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  • that's what the rainbow means."
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  • And we're like yeah.
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  • And she said, "You know, God will--
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  • burns things to purify them."
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  • I'm like, I don't know about that, but okay.
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  • And she said--she said, "And that's what hell is.
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  • Hell is where you will go if you don't confess all your sins."
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  • And so, we were like, "Okay."
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  • And she's like, "In other words--"
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  • Basically what she said was-- and she kept going on this,
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  • "If you don't confess every single sin you've ever done
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  • at the point of your death, you go to hell."
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  • Like you've gotta not only remember them all.
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  • That'd be hard for me. I got a lot.
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  • You got to remember them all, and you gotta confess them,
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  • and like so if I pull my sister's hair, and then,
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  • you know, she stabs me to death, that's it.
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  • I'm going to hell.
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  • But she can confess it and go to heaven.
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  • And anyway, so this was a problem for me because it was
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  • a dialogue about the character and the nature of God.
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  • I mean, to me that sounds like God's a mean, old man looking
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  • to throw me into hell, looking for any reason to get me
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  • to go to hell and one little thing he's gonna get me, huh?
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  • So, I talked to my mom about this and she said,
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  • "That's stupid.
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  • That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard."
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  • She goes, "You're-- no, you're saved by--
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  • you're saved by grace, not by your works."
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  • And you don't have to worry about confessing every sin.
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  • It's good to confess your sins. You should do that.
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  • It's good for you.
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  • It's gonna make you a better person.
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  • It's gonna make you a more Jesus kind of person.
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  • But God is not a cranky, old man looking to throw you into hell.
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  • There is a hell. There is a heaven.
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  • But I guarantee you that there is no one in the whole universe
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  • that wants you to go to heaven and not to hell more than God.
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  • If you can't believe that, how can you trust in God?
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  • How can you?
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  • God is a loving Father, and he wants you--
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  • he wants you to choose him.
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  • He wants you to be in heaven when you die.
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  • And more than that, he wants heaven to open up
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  • to you right now!
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  • God wants you to live a thriving good life.
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  • If it is good, it is from God.
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  • If it is not good, it is not from God.
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  • God gives only what is good.
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  • He does not give what is not good for you.
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  • He loves you!
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  • And if we talk about having faith in the character of
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  • someone who doesn't have character, that's not faith.
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  • Faith in God is not just believing in him,
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  • it's trusting that God's ways are better than my ways,
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  • not only for God but for me.
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  • Look, if my kids--my ways for my children are better
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  • for my kids than my kids' ways for my kids, amen?
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  • Right?
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  • So, God will ask us and command us to do things
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  • we don't wanna do, but part of living by faith is trusting that
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  • that's the best way to be.
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  • Loving your enemies takes a lot of faith.
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  • To love your enemies is trusting that that's the best thing
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  • for me, for God, and for my enemy.
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  • It's the best thing, even though it's a terrible,
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  • horrible thing to do.
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  • Who wants to love their enemy, huh?
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  • But it's amazing and it requires faith.
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  • In Matthew, chapter 8, today's scripture reading we read
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  • this story about--the famous story of the centurion.
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  • And in Jesus' day, centurions were not religious people.
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  • They were not liked by the religious elite.
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  • They were outsiders. They were enemies.
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  • They were pagans. They worshiped pagan gods.
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  • They went to pagan festivals.
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  • They observed pagan sexual rites among other
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  • bizarre things that were very Roman in those days.
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  • So, they were not considered men of faith, huh?
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  • They were not considered godly men.
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  • They didn't consider themselves godly men.
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  • They were practical. They were military men.
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  • And this centurion in particular was hated because,
  • 00:15:11.210 --> 00:15:14.080
  • well, he was a soldier.
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  • And in those days, the Roman empire occupied Israel.
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  • And although Israel was a vassal in the sense that it got to have
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  • its own puppet king and, you know, have its own cultures
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  • and laws, there was always the Roman empire looking over them.
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  • They hated that.
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  • In the temple, there was this--if you look in the
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  • old--the temple was the center of Jewish life and just next
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  • to the temple attached to it was a giant fortress,
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  • higher than the temple called Antonia Fortress.
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  • And there would be a garrison of Roman troops with bows
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  • and arrows ready to fire on the people in the temple
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  • if anybody got out of line.
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  • So, there was this dominant tyrannical rule
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  • of the Roman empire.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:02.090
  • So, the Jews hated the Romans. They were outsiders.
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  • Here's this new Jewish rabbi, this hero, this--people were
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  • calling him a prophet and he's going around healing people,
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  • and he's preaching, and he's obviously anointed by God,
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  • and yet there's something really annoying about him
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  • and that's that he's inviting people to the table
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  • that aren't supposed to be there.
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  • It's bugging people.
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  • But here--and in their narrative,
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  • you have to remember that in the Septuagint--
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  • in the apocryphal literature rather,
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  • there is a story that after the Jewish people slay all the
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  • enemies in warfare, they will gather for this massed feast
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  • where the most pure, most holy will eat
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  • of the behemoth and leviathan.
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  • It's this kind of heavenly end of the world image.
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  • So, hold that in your mind as we get into the story.
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  • So, the evil pagans, they'll be dead or cast outside
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  • where there's weeping and gnashing of teeth,
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  • but the religious elite will be at the table.
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  • This centurion comes to Jesus.
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  • And he says, "Lord, my servant is sick, he's paralyzed.
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  • He needs you. I need you to heal him."
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  • Jesus says, "You want me to come to your house and heal him?"
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  • The centurion says, "No, Lord, I'm not worthy
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  • to have you under my roof.
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  • I tell this man go, and he goes.
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  • I tell him to come, and he comes.
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  • And they do it.
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  • Simply say the word and it will be so."
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  • Now, what Jesus says is offensive.
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  • He says not in all of Israel have I seen
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  • such faith like this man.
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  • He says, "I tell you that at the table in the end of time,
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  • many will come--"
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  • That's pagans.
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  • "Many will come from the east and from the west, but many
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  • of those who are children of the kingdom will be cast out
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  • where there's weeping and gnashing of teeth."
  • 00:17:50.260 --> 00:17:53.110
  • What is he saying there?
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  • That, "At my table, those who have faith will sit here and
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  • those who have pride and self righteousness will not."
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  • And he says to this man, "Your servant is well."
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  • And on that day, he was made well.
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  • For the centurion, all he needed was a Word from God.
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  • That's it.
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  • He didn't need him to come to his house.
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  • He didn't need him to lay hands on him.
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  • He just had faith in the Word of God that it was true and that
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  • is central to the Christian belief is that faith
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  • is what saves us, not our works.
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  • We respond in our works to faith but in the end,
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  • it's every day trusting that God is faithful,
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  • God is true, that God will do the saving,
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  • that everything I do in life is in assistance to him,
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  • that he's the one doing the work and I'm along for the ride.
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  • That's faith and that's how you live.
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  • Faith is trusting God in what you do.
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  • Faith is released. It's not had, it's released.
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  • It's what it makes you do. It's courage.
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  • Courage is doing what you're scared of but still doing it.
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  • Faith doesn't mean you're not scared.
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  • Faith means you trust God enough to move forward.
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  • So, three things, number one, pray with faith,
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:17.000
  • not with sympathy.
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:19.230
  • Pray with faith not with sympathy.
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  • I remember when Hannah and I, we were with a small gathering
  • 00:19:22.290 --> 00:19:26.280
  • of pastors in Houston, and Dottie Osteen, this beautiful
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:33.080
  • but older, little woman-- Joel Osteen's mom,
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:38.020
  • was praying for us pastors.
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  • And she prayed different than most Christians pray.
  • 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:44.050
  • When she prayed it was like she was wrestling with God,
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:46.280
  • like she was warring with God.
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:48.270
  • So, she's praying, and she's like, "Come on, God!
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  • Come on! You've gotta heal Cohen!
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:54.230
  • How's Hannah gonna do your work if Cohen is sick all the time!
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  • You've got to heal him!"
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:20:00.110
  • And she'd like pace around, like she's at--she's not done yet.
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  • She's like wait, she's like, "Come on, God!
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  • You gotta--you gotta heal him!"
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  • When she prayed, it was as though she actually believed God
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  • would hear her prayer and do it.
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.280
  • It wasn't like, "Oh Lord, we pray in thine holy name."
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:20.120
  • No, she was like "Hey, hey, hey!"
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  • That's somebody who's praying with faith, not with sympathy.
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  • That's someone who was told that she was gonna die of cancer
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:35.220
  • in a month and received a miracle from God and today,
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  • 25 years later, is walking in complete health.
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  • So...
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  • Number two, when you wait, wait with faith, not with worry.
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  • Wait with faith, not worry.
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  • Faith is so much about walking day by day
  • 00:20:58.170 --> 00:21:00.230
  • than it is about leaping.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:02.230
  • Faith is about every day just trusting its gonna be alright.
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  • Faith means I don't see--I don't see the future but God does
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  • and its good and I trust in him.
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  • And that's what you do.
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  • You walk and you wait with faith.
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  • I'm so proud of you that in the suffering and the challenges
  • 00:21:14.290 --> 00:21:17.230
  • of life, you wait with faith because you know God
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:21.160
  • will come through because he always does, and you can.
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:25.040
  • And number three, when you act, act with faith,
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:29.070
  • not with second-guessing.
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  • Look, I--this is one I really believe in big time.
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  • If God has asked you to do something, do it.
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  • If God has asked you to do something--if he's asked you
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  • to put your hand to the plow, don't look back, just do it.
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  • If you don't make a decision, time will make
  • 00:21:45.270 --> 00:21:47.200
  • a decision for you.
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:49.290
  • If you have a flight to Atlanta at 2:00 today and you decide
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:54.020
  • not to get on that flight, that flight will leave without you.
  • 00:21:54.030 --> 00:21:57.030
  • You've decided.
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  • So, when you decide not to go somewhere,
  • 00:21:59.230 --> 00:22:01.290
  • when you second-guess, when you move towards a dream
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:04.110
  • that God has given you in your heart,
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:06.080
  • do it with all your heart.
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:07.220
  • Do it with all your heart. And don't give up.
  • 00:22:07.230 --> 00:22:10.050
  • And go towards that goal and don't second-guess yourself.
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:14.230
  • Once you've made a decision and you believe it's from God,
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:16.220
  • go for it.
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:18.120
  • And eventually, if it's not where you're supposed to go,
  • 00:22:18.130 --> 00:22:20.190
  • God will make it crystal clear.
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  • You won't have to guess, amen? Act with boldness.
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:26.120
  • Look, faith pleases God.
  • 00:22:26.130 --> 00:22:29.190
  • And people admire boldness and enthusiasm anyway.
  • 00:22:29.200 --> 00:22:32.050
  • I can tell you from experience, you can make the rest up
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  • at the end if you mess up.
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  • I've done it plenty of times.
  • 00:22:36.280 --> 00:22:38.280
  • So, when you pray, pray with faith not with sympathy.
  • 00:22:38.290 --> 00:22:43.080
  • When you wait, wait with faith not with worry.
  • 00:22:43.090 --> 00:22:46.210
  • And when you act, act with faith, with boldness,
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  • not with second-guessing yourself all the time, amen?
  • 00:22:49.190 --> 00:22:53.280
  • God really does speak to you.
  • 00:22:53.290 --> 00:22:56.010
  • God really does speak to you through knowledge.
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:58.110
  • He really does put ideas in your heart.
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:00.210
  • When you're a person of faith, you've trusted your life to God
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  • and that is a very, very good thing, amen?
  • 00:23:03.120 --> 00:23:07.260
  • I can't let you leave here without giving you
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:10.080
  • the opportunity to connect with God.
  • 00:23:10.090 --> 00:23:12.220
  • Today is a great day to become a Christian.
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:16.050
  • In a moment, I'm gonna ask you to come down
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  • so I can pray with you to receive Jesus Christ
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  • as your Savior.
  • 00:23:19.210 --> 00:23:21.080
  • Are you at peace with God?
  • 00:23:21.090 --> 00:23:25.220
  • If you died today, do you know where you'd spend eternity?
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  • Do you come today and you've completely lost your faith,
  • 00:23:31.280 --> 00:23:34.270
  • or maybe and more like you--
  • 00:23:34.280 --> 00:23:36.240
  • maybe you've been watching on television
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:38.240
  • or you just visiting today and you need to make
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:41.130
  • a decision to follow Christ.
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:44.000
  • I'm gonna invite you today to come forward
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  • and let me pray with you.
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  • I'm gonna ask that whoever you are,
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  • I want you to know that no--
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  • nobody here, if you were to come down here,
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  • would blame you or judge you.
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  • All we would do is cheer with every angel in heaven
  • 00:23:57.140 --> 00:24:00.210
  • to know that your name is in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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  • So this morning, I'm not gonna take a long time.
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  • Just give me 2 minutes.
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  • If wherever you are, every head up, everybody looking around,
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  • looking at your neighbor, looking at behind you to see
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  • if there's somebody.
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  • Look, if you're gonna do something great for God,
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  • it begins with courage.
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  • Every journey with God begins with an act of courage.
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  • Doing something that's-- scares ya.
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  • So, today if you wanna receive Jesus Christ as your Savior
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  • and become a Christian, I want you to stand right where you are
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  • and come down here and let me give you a big hug
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  • and pray for you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Wherever you are, come on down.
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  • Stay right here. Stay here.
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  • Stay here just as you are.
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  • Just stand where you are, come down.
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  • Stand up for God.
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  • Anyone, just come on down.
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  • Give it just a few more minutes.
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  • If you want to receive Christ, just stand up and come down.
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  • I'll give you a big old hug and we'll pray together.
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  • All right guys, I'm gonna pray with you.
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  • Would you just come around this way?
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  • And everyone, if you're here, when I became a Christian,
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  • you know, there was somebody giving an altar call like this
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  • and I just sat in my seat, but that was still a time
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  • when my life was changed.
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  • So, let's all pray this together.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving and repeat after me?
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  • Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
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  • I am a new creation in you. I'm the beloved of God.
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  • I'm called, I'm favored, I'm forgiven, I'm chosen,
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  • and I trust you, God.
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  • Fill me with your Holy Spirit. And in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Thank you, guys. Just go to this room.
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  • We're gonna give you a little book and pray with you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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