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  • - Joel A'Bell: Hi,
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  • and welcome to the "Best
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  • of Hillsong Conference."
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  • We're so excited today
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  • to showcase some of the years,
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  • I guess, and so many different
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  • things that have been happening
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  • at Hillsong Conference.
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  • is a global conference.
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  • It's in Sydney, it's in London,
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  • it's in New York,
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  • but really, it all started
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  • with humble beginnings.
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  • One of the great things about
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  • Hillsong Conference has always
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  • been that we've got to learn
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  • from so many other churches.
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  • The people that come,
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  • we get to share ideas together,
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  • we get to work
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  • things out together,
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  • practice things together.
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  • We've learned a lot from you.
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  • We've learned a lot from those
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  • who have attended conference,
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  • those that have contributed,
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  • and, really, together,
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  • we've become better.
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  • And this message will
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  • inspire you, it will help you.
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  • Let's lean in together and learn
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  • all that we can from today
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  • on the "Best
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  • - Brian Houston: I think you
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  • all know that Rick Warren
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  • is a absolute statesman
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  • in the body of Christ.
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  • His church is an extraordinary
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  • church in Orange County
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  • and now with campuses
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  • in all sorts of other parts
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  • of the world.
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  • And of course, you did write,
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  • "Purpose Driven Life."
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  • Of course, when you were
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  • going to be coming,
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  • I guess it's 2 years ago now,
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  • you were unable to come.
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  • You had to cancel
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  • because of the sudden loss
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  • of your son.
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  • And of course,
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  • we all were loving you then
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  • and praying for you then
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  • and still pray for you
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  • and Kay now, and do you
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  • wanna talk at all, a little,
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  • about your journey
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  • with all of that?
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  • - Rick Warren: You know,
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  • many of you know
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  • that 2 years ago my youngest son
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  • a 27-year battle
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  • with mental illness.
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  • It was the worst day of my life.
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  • It was the day that I prayed
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  • would never happen,
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  • and it was the day that
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  • I feared would happen.
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  • Matthew was born
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  • with mental illness.
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  • He was brilliant.
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  • He was a brilliant young man,
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  • tender heart, tortured mind.
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  • Some of you struggle
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  • with mental illness,
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  • and I wanna remove
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  • the stigma from it right now.
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  • You know, if I--
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  • if my heart stops working
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  • and I take a pill for it,
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  • there's no shame in that.
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  • If my liver stops working
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  • and I take a pill for that,
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  • there's no shame in that.
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  • If my spleen stops working
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  • and I take a pill for that,
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  • there's no shame in that.
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  • Why is it if my brain
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  • stops working and I take
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  • a pill for it, I'm supposed
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  • to keep it a secret?
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  • It's just another organ, okay?
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  • And we're all--we live
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  • in a broken world,
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  • and I don't know if you've
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  • figured this out,
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  • your body doesn't work right.
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  • It's not perfect.
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  • I can see it's not perfect.
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  • And I would say to you with--
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  • who've struggled with
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  • mental illness, your chemistry
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  • is not your character.
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  • Your illness
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  • is not your identity.
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  • You have an illness,
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  • but it's not who you are.
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  • Who you are is who you are
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  • in Christ.
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  • It's one of the things we do
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  • with Celebrate Recovery.
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  • You know, 25 years ago we
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  • started Celebrate Recovery,
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  • which is now used in,
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  • I don't know, 40.000,
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  • 50.000 churches.
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  • It's a biblically based recovery
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  • program based on the actual
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  • Beatitudes that we developed
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  • and now well over hundreds
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  • of thousands of people
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  • have gone through recovery.
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  • And the difference between
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  • Celebrate Recovery
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  • and Alcoholics Anonymous
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  • is in AA, when you stand up,
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  • for the rest of your life
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  • you say, "Hi, my name is Rick,
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  • and I'm an alcoholic."
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  • And you're basically making
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  • your illness your identity.
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  • - Brian: That's right.
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  • - Rick: And so it's different
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  • at Celebrate Recovery.
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  • We say, no, you stand up
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  • and say, "Hi, my name's Rick
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  • and I'm a follower
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  • of Jesus Christ
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  • who struggles with alcohol."
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  • See the difference?
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  • My primary identity
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  • is in Christ, but I struggle,
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  • and we all struggle.
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  • And Matthew, when he came to me
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  • at 17 years of age in tears
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  • and he said, "Dad,
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  • it's real obvious
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  • I'm not gonna be healed."
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  • We've had the best
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  • prayer warriors,
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  • the best intercessors,
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  • deliverance people,
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  • everybody in the world,
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  • we've had the best doctors,
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  • the best therapists.
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  • We've gone
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  • to the best universities.
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  • And he says, "It's real clear
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  • I'm not gonna be healed
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  • of my mental illness.
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  • Why can't I just die
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  • and go to heaven?"
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  • Do you know how gut-wrenching
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  • that is for a father
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  • to hear a child say that?
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  • And I had to say, "Matthew,
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  • I understand your pain,
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  • but as a father,
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  • I cannot give up hope.
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  • I have to believe that either A:
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  • you will be healed miraculously,
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  • or B: you will find a way
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  • to manage the illness
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  • the rest of your life."
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  • He made it 10 more years.
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  • He was the most courageous
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  • young man I've ever met.
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  • Every day would get up
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  • and face his pain and keep going
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  • and keep going and keep going.
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  • The week that Matthew died is
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  • what I call the Battle for Hope.
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  • It was the week after Easter.
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  • That Easter I had done
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  • 14 services to nearly
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  • 60.000 people in attendance.
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  • About 4.000 people had come
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  • to Christ.
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  • It was a big victory,
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  • and I had preached on "The Hope
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  • of the Resurrection."
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  • Monday I got up, and I announced
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  • that I was gonna write
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  • the first book--
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  • and I'm in it right now--
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  • since "Purpose Driven Life"
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  • and it's called
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  • "The Hope You Need."
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  • Tuesday I got up
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  • and I announced publicly that
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  • for the first time in 32 years
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  • I was gonna allow my sermons
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  • to be on the radio.
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  • I'd never allowed 'em
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  • on television and radio
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  • for 32 years.
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  • And I said I'm gonna allow
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  • that on, and we're gonna call it
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  • "Daily Hope."
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  • So you can see
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  • the parallel here.
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  • "The Hope You Need" and--first,
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  • "The Hope of the Resurrection,"
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  • "The Hope You Need,"
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  • "Daily Hope."
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  • On Wednesday I got up
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  • and I said, "I'm starting
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  • a new series this weekend called
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  • "What Do You Do
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  • When Life Feels Hopeless?"
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  • So every day I'm dealing
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  • with hope.
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  • Thursday of that week,
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  • an article came out
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  • in "Christianity Today,"
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  • a large magazine in America,
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  • and it said,
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  • "Rick Warren's final frontier,
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  • taking the gospel
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  • to the last 3.000 tribes,"
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  • and it was talking about
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  • taking hope to the 3.000 tribes.
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  • Friday of that week, I stood up,
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  • and I felt like my chest
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  • was caving in.
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  • And Kay said, "Are you--
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  • you think you're having
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  • a heart attack?"
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  • I said, "No, I think
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  • I just got bronchitis."
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  • So they--my staff took me
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  • to the doctor, and they said,
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  • "You have pneumonia.
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  • You've got double pneumonia."
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  • Well, that's typical.
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  • I often get it after doing
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  • 15 services at Easter.
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  • And so I called up Tom Holladay,
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  • my associate pastor who's here.
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  • Said, "Tom, you're gonna have
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  • to preach the message
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  • this weekend.
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  • And I don't want you to do
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  • the message I was gonna do
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  • out of 2 Chronicles 20
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  • on when you are facing your
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  • greatest battles, but I want
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  • you to do a message called,
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  • 'What To Do
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  • On the Worst Day of Your Life.'
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  • And I want you to take
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  • the passage of David at Ziklag,
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  • when they go back to that city
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  • and the city's been burned down
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  • and the women and children
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  • have been taken hostage
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  • and all the men had been killed.
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  • And I want you to do
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  • a message called,
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  • 'What To Do
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  • On the Worst Day of Your Life,'
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  • not knowing that the next day
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  • would be the worst day
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  • of my life.
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  • So I did hope, hope, hope, hope,
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  • hope, hope, preaching hope.
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  • And we didn't hear from Matthew,
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  • and I went to his house
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  • and Kay and I were standing
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  • out in front of the house
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  • and we were afraid of what
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  • we were--might found out.
  • 00:07:24.270 --> 00:07:27.070
  • And the door was locked.
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  • And we're waiting for the police
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  • to come and break down the door
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  • of my son's house to find
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  • the worst news of my life.
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  • And Kay and I were standing
  • 00:07:37.050 --> 00:07:38.050
  • in front of that house
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  • embracing each other, sobbing.
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  • Sobbing.
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  • And Kay reached up
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  • and she grabbed her necklace
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  • which had two words on it.
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  • It was the title
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  • of her last book.
  • 00:07:50.270 --> 00:07:51.230
  • It said "Choose Joy."
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  • And I thought, "How in the world
  • 00:07:57.020 --> 00:07:58.020
  • do you do that?
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  • How do you choose joy
  • 00:07:59.240 --> 00:08:00.270
  • when your heart is falling apart
  • 00:08:00.270 --> 00:08:02.230
  • in a thousand pieces?"
  • 00:08:04.010 --> 00:08:07.010
  • And I will tell you today
  • 00:08:07.010 --> 00:08:07.250
  • I wouldn't be here
  • 00:08:07.250 --> 00:08:08.230
  • if it weren't for a Small Group.
  • 00:08:08.230 --> 00:08:11.030
  • Small Group that I've been in.
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  • Within 30 minutes,
  • 00:08:12.110 --> 00:08:13.120
  • my Small Group showed up
  • 00:08:13.120 --> 00:08:14.230
  • and they didn't preach to me,
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  • they didn't speak to me.
  • 00:08:15.240 --> 00:08:16.290
  • They just hugged me.
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  • And when we found the bad news
  • 00:08:19.120 --> 00:08:20.170
  • about Matthew, they said,
  • 00:08:20.170 --> 00:08:21.280
  • "We're not leaving you alone."
  • 00:08:21.280 --> 00:08:23.050
  • Our Small Group,
  • 00:08:23.050 --> 00:08:24.070
  • had been in it 13 years,
  • 00:08:24.070 --> 00:08:25.020
  • "We're coming to your house.
  • 00:08:25.020 --> 00:08:26.010
  • We're sleeping at your house."
  • 00:08:26.010 --> 00:08:26.290
  • And they slept in the kitchen
  • 00:08:26.290 --> 00:08:27.270
  • and they slept on the floor.
  • 00:08:27.270 --> 00:08:29.000
  • "We're not leaving you alone."
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  • Do you have anybody
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  • in your life like that?
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  • More important, do you have
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  • anybody in your life
  • 00:08:35.050 --> 00:08:36.030
  • that knows you would depend--
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  • you could be there
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  • in their crisis?
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  • The thing that makes Saddleback
  • 00:08:40.020 --> 00:08:41.040
  • different than any other church
  • 00:08:41.040 --> 00:08:43.000
  • in America is this.
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  • We're the only church in America
  • 00:08:44.010 --> 00:08:45.000
  • that has more people
  • 00:08:45.000 --> 00:08:45.290
  • in Small Groups than come
  • 00:08:45.290 --> 00:08:46.270
  • on the weekend.
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  • Yesterday, our Sunday,
  • 00:08:48.150 --> 00:08:49.280
  • we had maybe 26.000 people
  • 00:08:49.280 --> 00:08:51.170
  • in church but I have over 40.000
  • 00:08:51.170 --> 00:08:54.130
  • in Small Group Bible study
  • 00:08:54.130 --> 00:08:55.170
  • in over 8.000 Small Groups.
  • 00:08:55.170 --> 00:08:58.090
  • I have over
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  • 8.000 Small Group leaders.
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  • And that's why in 2013 which
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:04.000
  • was the worst year of my life,
  • 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:05.060
  • it was the best year
  • 00:09:05.060 --> 00:09:06.060
  • of Saddleback Church.
  • 00:09:06.060 --> 00:09:08.100
  • When Matthew died,
  • 00:09:08.100 --> 00:09:09.110
  • I took off 4 months and I--
  • 00:09:10.080 --> 00:09:13.080
  • for a grief sabbatical.
  • 00:09:13.080 --> 00:09:15.000
  • And a bunch of dear friends
  • 00:09:15.000 --> 00:09:16.000
  • like Judah Smith,
  • 00:09:16.000 --> 00:09:17.290
  • Mark Driscoll, Stephen Furtick,
  • 00:09:17.290 --> 00:09:20.070
  • Perry Noble and--but there were
  • 00:09:20.070 --> 00:09:21.210
  • a lot of friends,
  • 00:09:21.210 --> 00:09:22.230
  • a lot of young guys that I had
  • 00:09:22.230 --> 00:09:23.220
  • mentored and befriended,
  • 00:09:23.220 --> 00:09:25.070
  • came and preached for me
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:26.070
  • for 16 weeks.
  • 00:09:26.070 --> 00:09:28.260
  • And I was gone from the church
  • 00:09:28.260 --> 00:09:30.020
  • for one-third of the year,
  • 00:09:30.020 --> 00:09:31.190
  • and it was the greatest year
  • 00:09:31.190 --> 00:09:32.200
  • of our growth.
  • 00:09:32.200 --> 00:09:34.090
  • Our average attendance the year
  • 00:09:34.090 --> 00:09:35.230
  • that Matthew died went up.
  • 00:09:35.230 --> 00:09:37.160
  • The average went up 4.200 people
  • 00:09:37.160 --> 00:09:39.210
  • weekly average attendance
  • 00:09:39.210 --> 00:09:41.210
  • in 1 year.
  • 00:09:42.010 --> 00:09:45.010
  • I would say to you
  • 00:09:45.010 --> 00:09:47.090
  • that after that happened,
  • 00:09:47.210 --> 00:09:50.210
  • I probably received
  • 00:09:50.210 --> 00:09:51.220
  • 35.000 letters of condolences
  • 00:09:51.220 --> 00:09:54.190
  • But the ones that meant the most
  • 00:09:58.090 --> 00:09:59.120
  • to me weren't from kings
  • 00:09:59.120 --> 00:10:00.130
  • and queens and prime ministers
  • 00:10:00.130 --> 00:10:01.230
  • and rock stars.
  • 00:10:01.230 --> 00:10:04.080
  • The ones that meant the most
  • 00:10:04.080 --> 00:10:05.090
  • that Matthew had led to faith
  • 00:10:07.270 --> 00:10:09.200
  • in Christ.
  • 00:10:09.200 --> 00:10:12.170
  • And I remember writing
  • 00:10:12.170 --> 00:10:13.210
  • in my journal that day,
  • 00:10:14.100 --> 00:10:17.100
  • "In God's garden of grace,
  • 00:10:17.100 --> 00:10:20.100
  • even broken trees bear fruit."
  • 00:10:21.100 --> 00:10:24.100
  • Now here's the little
  • 00:10:24.100 --> 00:10:25.100
  • dirty secret.
  • 00:10:25.100 --> 00:10:26.100
  • We're all broken.
  • 00:10:26.100 --> 00:10:28.000
  • We're all mentally ill.
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  • We all have obsessions.
  • 00:10:30.190 --> 00:10:31.240
  • We all have compulsions.
  • 00:10:31.240 --> 00:10:33.020
  • We all have fears.
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:34.000
  • We all have worries.
  • 00:10:34.000 --> 00:10:35.050
  • You've probably thought times,
  • 00:10:35.050 --> 00:10:36.110
  • "Am I going crazy right now?"
  • 00:10:37.130 --> 00:10:40.130
  • We're broken,
  • 00:10:40.130 --> 00:10:41.250
  • but you're not crazy.
  • 00:10:41.250 --> 00:10:42.270
  • I want you to turn
  • 00:10:42.270 --> 00:10:43.230
  • to the person next to you, say,
  • 00:10:43.230 --> 00:10:44.200
  • "I'm broken but I'm not crazy."
  • 00:10:44.200 --> 00:10:45.170
  • Go ahead.
  • 00:10:45.170 --> 00:10:46.150
  • - Rick: I got this hat
  • 00:10:51.180 --> 00:10:52.150
  • in the mail, and I still
  • 00:10:52.150 --> 00:10:53.130
  • don't know how he discovered it,
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:55.100
  • one of my nine mentors
  • 00:10:55.100 --> 00:10:56.170
  • in my life.
  • 00:10:56.170 --> 00:10:57.240
  • And there was a hat and it said,
  • 00:10:57.240 --> 00:10:59.090
  • "Rick," handwritten note,
  • 00:10:59.090 --> 00:11:00.240
  • "I wore this to 11
  • 00:11:00.240 --> 00:11:01.230
  • presidential inaugurations.
  • 00:11:01.230 --> 00:11:03.200
  • You're the man now.
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:05.020
  • I love you.
  • 00:11:05.020 --> 00:11:06.050
  • I believe in you, my son.
  • 00:11:06.050 --> 00:11:07.050
  • Signed Billy."
  • 00:11:07.050 --> 00:11:08.090
  • It was from Billy Graham.
  • 00:11:08.090 --> 00:11:09.240
  • - Brian: Wow.
  • 00:11:09.240 --> 00:11:11.050
  • - Rick: Then I'm going--
  • 00:11:11.050 --> 00:11:12.080
  • I'm starting to put this hat on.
  • 00:11:12.080 --> 00:11:13.140
  • "Oh, god, please don't make
  • 00:11:13.140 --> 00:11:14.250
  • my head be too big
  • 00:11:14.250 --> 00:11:15.230
  • - Brian: What advice would you
  • 00:11:24.160 --> 00:11:25.120
  • give to pastors, not when
  • 00:11:25.120 --> 00:11:27.040
  • it is in their good times,
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:28.150
  • but when they're in the valley,
  • 00:11:28.150 --> 00:11:29.250
  • the toughest times?
  • 00:11:29.250 --> 00:11:31.080
  • - Rick: Well, the very first
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:32.060
  • important thing and we've said
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:33.080
  • it already, it's in your book.
  • 00:11:35.140 --> 00:11:38.140
  • You like that?
  • 00:11:38.140 --> 00:11:39.220
  • I want 5% of the royalty.
  • 00:11:39.220 --> 00:11:41.000
  • - Brian: I like that.
  • 00:11:41.260 --> 00:11:44.260
  • - Rick: You gotta love people.
  • 00:11:44.260 --> 00:11:47.040
  • You know, guys come to me
  • 00:11:47.040 --> 00:11:48.060
  • all the time.
  • 00:11:48.060 --> 00:11:49.080
  • I've probably trained
  • 00:11:49.080 --> 00:11:50.030
  • as many pastors as anybody
  • 00:11:50.030 --> 00:11:51.030
  • in the world.
  • 00:11:51.030 --> 00:11:52.040
  • Over 400 thousand pastors
  • 00:11:52.040 --> 00:11:53.090
  • have gone through
  • 00:11:53.090 --> 00:11:54.070
  • purpose-driven training.
  • 00:11:54.070 --> 00:11:55.190
  • And a lot of guys come up to me
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:56.170
  • and they wanna impress me
  • 00:11:56.170 --> 00:11:57.150
  • and say, "Rick, I just love
  • 00:11:57.150 --> 00:11:58.150
  • to preach."
  • 00:11:58.150 --> 00:11:59.120
  • That never impresses me.
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:01.000
  • I don't care if you love
  • 00:12:01.000 --> 00:12:02.000
  • to preach.
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:02.260
  • I wanna know, "Do you love
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:03.240
  • the people you preach to?"
  • 00:12:03.270 --> 00:12:06.270
  • It's all about love.
  • 00:12:06.270 --> 00:12:09.060
  • This man, there's something
  • 00:12:09.060 --> 00:12:10.220
  • he loves more than preaching.
  • 00:12:10.220 --> 00:12:11.270
  • He loves people.
  • 00:12:11.270 --> 00:12:13.210
  • And that shows.
  • 00:12:13.210 --> 00:12:15.110
  • they will follow you.
  • 00:12:17.130 --> 00:12:19.110
  • They don't follow you
  • 00:12:19.110 --> 00:12:20.270
  • because of all these
  • 00:12:20.270 --> 00:12:21.230
  • other reasons.
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:22.220
  • They come because you
  • 00:12:22.220 --> 00:12:23.200
  • genuinely love.
  • 00:12:23.200 --> 00:12:26.010
  • And so the first thing I would
  • 00:12:26.010 --> 00:12:27.060
  • say, if you can't love people,
  • 00:12:27.060 --> 00:12:29.010
  • get out of the ministry.
  • 00:12:29.010 --> 00:12:31.170
  • You don't belong.
  • 00:12:31.170 --> 00:12:32.190
  • Don't call yourself a pastor
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:34.000
  • if all you wanna do is preach.
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:37.150
  • You gotta love people.
  • 00:12:37.150 --> 00:12:39.070
  • And the second thing I would say
  • 00:12:39.070 --> 00:12:41.190
  • is be humble or you stumble.
  • 00:12:42.100 --> 00:12:45.100
  • Remember the lesson
  • 00:12:45.100 --> 00:12:46.120
  • of the whale.
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:47.090
  • When you get to the top
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:48.080
  • and you're ready to blow,
  • 00:12:48.080 --> 00:12:49.110
  • that's when they harpoon you.
  • 00:12:50.060 --> 00:12:53.060
  • It is not by accident that
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:54.080
  • the most blessed ministries
  • 00:12:54.080 --> 00:12:55.180
  • in the world are also
  • 00:12:55.180 --> 00:12:56.200
  • the most criticized.
  • 00:12:56.200 --> 00:12:58.270
  • If you're gonna call the shots,
  • 00:12:58.270 --> 00:12:59.270
  • you're gonna take the shots.
  • 00:12:59.270 --> 00:13:01.050
  • And you have to say,
  • 00:13:01.050 --> 00:13:02.060
  • "God, give me a tough skin
  • 00:13:02.060 --> 00:13:03.080
  • and a tender heart,"
  • 00:13:03.080 --> 00:13:04.170
  • and do not, do not, do not
  • 00:13:05.210 --> 00:13:08.210
  • respond to Internet critics.
  • 00:13:10.050 --> 00:13:13.050
  • I will tell you this.
  • 00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:14.270
  • I am most like Jesus Christ
  • 00:13:14.270 --> 00:13:16.240
  • when I refuse to defend myself.
  • 00:13:17.030 --> 00:13:20.030
  • Jesus stood before Pilate
  • 00:13:20.030 --> 00:13:22.150
  • and they couldn't nail him
  • 00:13:22.150 --> 00:13:24.150
  • on anything.
  • 00:13:24.150 --> 00:13:26.070
  • "He did this, he did this."
  • 00:13:26.070 --> 00:13:27.170
  • And you know, they said,
  • 00:13:27.170 --> 00:13:28.210
  • "He wants to take over your job,
  • 00:13:28.210 --> 00:13:30.100
  • Pilate."
  • 00:13:30.100 --> 00:13:31.200
  • Pilate goes, "Is that true?
  • 00:13:31.200 --> 00:13:33.100
  • You want my job?"
  • 00:13:33.100 --> 00:13:36.040
  • He--and the Bible says,
  • 00:13:36.040 --> 00:13:37.020
  • "And he spake not a word
  • 00:13:37.020 --> 00:13:38.270
  • unto them."
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:40.210
  • I am most like Christ
  • 00:13:40.210 --> 00:13:42.170
  • when I refuse to defend myself.
  • 00:13:42.170 --> 00:13:44.180
  • Now he--let me say this
  • 00:13:44.180 --> 00:13:46.020
  • and you can go back
  • 00:13:46.020 --> 00:13:47.000
  • to the next question.
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:48.020
  • If you're a pastor, you need
  • 00:13:48.020 --> 00:13:49.140
  • to realize that critics are
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:50.260
  • actually good for your ministry
  • 00:13:50.260 --> 00:13:52.110
  • if you respond in the right way.
  • 00:13:52.110 --> 00:13:55.030
  • Because when critics criticize
  • 00:13:55.030 --> 00:13:56.190
  • me and I refuse to retaliate
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:14:00.020
  • but I only bless them back,
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:02.170
  • I get more anointing.
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:05.060
  • So it actually helps me.
  • 00:14:05.060 --> 00:14:07.090
  • Every time somebody
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:08.120
  • criticizes me and I refuse
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:09.290
  • to defend myself, it actually
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:11.180
  • gives me greater power,
  • 00:14:11.180 --> 00:14:12.270
  • greater anointing,
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:14.020
  • greater blessing.
  • 00:14:14.020 --> 00:14:15.200
  • - Brian: That's awesome.
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:16.240
  • - Brian: But one thing is clear
  • 00:14:24.200 --> 00:14:25.140
  • about you.
  • 00:14:25.140 --> 00:14:26.130
  • You do love people, but you
  • 00:14:26.130 --> 00:14:27.180
  • also specifically love pastors.
  • 00:14:27.180 --> 00:14:29.120
  • - Rick: I do.
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:30.090
  • - Brian: And you reach out
  • 00:14:30.090 --> 00:14:31.080
  • to pastors constantly and do
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:33.220
  • what you can to support them
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:34.240
  • and help them.
  • 00:14:34.240 --> 00:14:35.230
  • Why do you love pastors so much?
  • 00:14:35.230 --> 00:14:38.150
  • - Rick: My father was a pastor.
  • 00:14:38.150 --> 00:14:39.250
  • My grandfather was a lay pastor.
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:41.140
  • My great-grandfather was
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:42.160
  • a pastor; he was led to Christ
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:44.010
  • by a guy named
  • 00:14:44.010 --> 00:14:45.010
  • Charles Spurgeon and sent
  • 00:14:45.010 --> 00:14:46.050
  • to America as a church planner.
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:48.220
  • And so my brother-in-law
  • 00:14:48.220 --> 00:14:51.200
  • is a pastor, and I have uncles
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:53.090
  • who are pastors.
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:54.100
  • I've just always loved pastors.
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:55.160
  • I believe it is
  • 00:14:55.160 --> 00:14:56.170
  • the greatest calling in life
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:58.170
  • to be given responsibility for
  • 00:14:58.170 --> 00:15:00.190
  • a flock of God, responsible--
  • 00:15:00.290 --> 00:15:03.290
  • If God has called you to pastor,
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:05.100
  • never step down to be
  • 00:15:05.100 --> 00:15:06.170
  • the prime minister of your
  • 00:15:06.170 --> 00:15:07.170
  • country, because actually
  • 00:15:10.040 --> 00:15:13.040
  • the church is gonna last
  • 00:15:13.040 --> 00:15:14.100
  • and the country isn't.
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:17.100
  • And so this is an amazing thing
  • 00:15:17.100 --> 00:15:19.140
  • and we must hold it with
  • 00:15:19.140 --> 00:15:20.180
  • an open hand.
  • 00:15:20.180 --> 00:15:21.160
  • Every week--Saddleback is now
  • 00:15:21.160 --> 00:15:24.050
  • 35 years old.
  • 00:15:24.050 --> 00:15:25.060
  • We just had
  • 00:15:25.060 --> 00:15:26.040
  • our 35th anniversary at Easter.
  • 00:15:26.040 --> 00:15:28.070
  • You know, I started
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.070
  • the church 35 years ago,
  • 00:15:29.070 --> 00:15:30.230
  • and so pastors have this
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:34.070
  • amazing responsibility.
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:36.080
  • Now, a lot of people say,
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:37.290
  • "Well, my church isn't very big,
  • 00:15:37.290 --> 00:15:39.040
  • so it's not important."
  • 00:15:39.040 --> 00:15:40.090
  • Did you know that pilots,
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:42.180
  • when they fly a plane,
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:44.120
  • they have to fill out a roster
  • 00:15:44.120 --> 00:15:46.080
  • and the roster says
  • 00:15:46.080 --> 00:15:47.080
  • how many people are flying
  • 00:15:47.080 --> 00:15:48.090
  • on that plane, and they still
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:49.230
  • call them today souls.
  • 00:15:49.230 --> 00:15:51.270
  • They'll say, "There are 18 souls
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:53.160
  • on this plane.
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:54.140
  • There are 100 souls
  • 00:15:54.140 --> 00:15:56.040
  • on this plane.
  • 00:15:56.040 --> 00:15:57.030
  • There are 75 souls
  • 00:15:57.030 --> 00:15:58.010
  • on this plane."
  • 00:15:58.010 --> 00:15:59.030
  • No pilot would ever say,
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:01.020
  • "Well, I've only got 15 souls,
  • 00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:02.210
  • - Brian: That's true.
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:08.230
  • - Rick: It's a matter of life
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:09.220
  • or death.
  • 00:16:09.220 --> 00:16:10.220
  • There is no correlation between
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:13.000
  • the size and the strength
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:14.100
  • of a church.
  • 00:16:14.100 --> 00:16:16.070
  • A church can be big and strong
  • 00:16:16.070 --> 00:16:17.290
  • or it can be big and flabby.
  • 00:16:17.290 --> 00:16:20.060
  • It can be small and strong
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:21.130
  • or be small and wimpy.
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:22.270
  • Big is not necessarily better.
  • 00:16:22.270 --> 00:16:24.090
  • Small is not better.
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:26.010
  • Better is better.
  • 00:16:26.010 --> 00:16:27.250
  • Healthy is better.
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.160
  • And so I've always been
  • 00:16:29.160 --> 00:16:30.130
  • about church health
  • 00:16:30.130 --> 00:16:32.260
  • and helping people balances
  • 00:16:32.260 --> 00:16:34.180
  • the Great Commandment
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:35.220
  • and the Great Commission.
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:36.230
  • There are five verbs in
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:37.250
  • the Great Commandment
  • 00:16:37.250 --> 00:16:38.210
  • and Great Commission.
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:39.170
  • You get those five things,
  • 00:16:39.170 --> 00:16:41.000
  • you'll make it.
  • 00:16:41.000 --> 00:16:42.060
  • If you love people
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:43.020
  • and do those five things.
  • 00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:44.270
  • - Brian: Awesome.
  • 00:16:44.270 --> 00:16:46.050
  • I know that you have had quite
  • 00:16:46.050 --> 00:16:48.140
  • a bit of connection with Bono,
  • 00:16:48.140 --> 00:16:49.280
  • and I know that you did meet
  • 00:16:49.280 --> 00:16:51.150
  • the Pope and got a lot
  • 00:16:51.150 --> 00:16:52.180
  • of criticism for it.
  • 00:16:52.180 --> 00:16:54.050
  • And--which comes
  • 00:16:54.050 --> 00:16:56.030
  • with the territory.
  • 00:16:56.030 --> 00:16:57.160
  • And I know that you did have
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:16:59.220
  • the opportunity to host
  • 00:16:59.220 --> 00:17:01.040
  • before Obama first term
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:04.170
  • as president a kind of a debate
  • 00:17:04.170 --> 00:17:07.060
  • inside your own church
  • 00:17:07.060 --> 00:17:08.120
  • between President Obama
  • 00:17:08.120 --> 00:17:09.220
  • and then it would have been
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:11.040
  • McCain, wouldn't it?
  • 00:17:11.040 --> 00:17:12.150
  • - Rick: Right.
  • 00:17:12.150 --> 00:17:13.160
  • - Brian: And tell us
  • 00:17:13.160 --> 00:17:14.160
  • a little bit about that.
  • 00:17:14.160 --> 00:17:15.160
  • - Rick: Well, I have
  • 00:17:15.160 --> 00:17:16.140
  • zero interest in politics
  • 00:17:16.170 --> 00:17:19.170
  • because I don't believe they
  • 00:17:19.170 --> 00:17:21.230
  • ultimately will change anything.
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.180
  • You can make a law saying
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:25.000
  • you cannot be a bigot anymore,
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:26.130
  • but you won't turn a bigot
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:27.130
  • into a lover.
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:28.110
  • Only Jesus can change
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:29.100
  • your heart.
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:30.150
  • If I thought you could change
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:32.100
  • society simply by laws,
  • 00:17:32.100 --> 00:17:33.220
  • I'd be a politician,
  • 00:17:33.220 --> 00:17:35.020
  • but I really believe that
  • 00:17:35.020 --> 00:17:36.020
  • only ultimately people's lives
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:37.220
  • are changed by changing
  • 00:17:37.220 --> 00:17:38.260
  • their heart
  • 00:17:38.260 --> 00:17:39.280
  • and their motivation.
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:40.270
  • And I have known most
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:42.100
  • of the US presidents
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:43.270
  • in my lifetime, did inauguration
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:46.150
  • prayers for two.
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:48.080
  • I'll tell you a funny story.
  • 00:17:48.080 --> 00:17:49.120
  • There's--most people
  • 00:17:49.120 --> 00:17:50.160
  • don't know this one.
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:51.160
  • I did the prayer
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:52.150
  • for President Bush.
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:53.210
  • Four years later,
  • 00:17:53.210 --> 00:17:54.180
  • Obama called and asked
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:55.140
  • if I would do the prayer
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:56.120
  • for his thing and when I was
  • 00:17:56.120 --> 00:17:57.210
  • at Bush it was so freezing cold.
  • 00:17:57.210 --> 00:18:00.180
  • I told Kay, "If I ever do
  • 00:18:00.180 --> 00:18:02.180
  • this again, I gotta get a hat,"
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:04.190
  • 'cause it's just so cold
  • 00:18:04.190 --> 00:18:05.250
  • in Washington in January.
  • 00:18:05.250 --> 00:18:07.230
  • And so 4 years later,
  • 00:18:07.230 --> 00:18:08.220
  • when Obama called and said,
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:10.020
  • "I want you to do the prayer
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:11.020
  • for my inauguration," I said,
  • 00:18:11.020 --> 00:18:13.100
  • "Where do you get a hat?"
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:14.100
  • They said, "You gotta go up
  • 00:18:14.100 --> 00:18:15.080
  • to Hollywood, to Mad Hatters.
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:16.150
  • It's where all of the orthodox
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:17.260
  • Jews get their fedoras."
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:19.130
  • So I walked in and the owner
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:20.150
  • of this place,
  • 00:18:20.150 --> 00:18:21.120
  • he looks like Carlos Santana,
  • 00:18:21.120 --> 00:18:23.030
  • and we just kinda hit it off
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:24.120
  • and we're talking
  • 00:18:24.120 --> 00:18:25.120
  • and he sells me a nice hat.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:26.170
  • And I thought, "Well, I'll wear
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:28.080
  • this hat to the inauguration.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.210
  • And then my daughter-in-law
  • 00:18:29.210 --> 00:18:32.200
  • got a brain tumor about the size
  • 00:18:32.200 --> 00:18:34.020
  • of a grapefruit,
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:35.250
  • and I left the hotel I was in
  • 00:18:36.210 --> 00:18:39.210
  • and rushed to UCLA hospital
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:40.270
  • to that surgery
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:42.260
  • and I left the hat so I lost it.
  • 00:18:43.120 --> 00:18:46.120
  • And so I thought, "Oh, man,
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:47.160
  • I don't have time to go buy
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:48.200
  • another hat."
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:49.240
  • And I'm kind of chintzy anyway,
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:51.110
  • I don't like to spend
  • 00:18:51.110 --> 00:18:52.100
  • a lot of money.
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:53.100
  • My idea of--my philosophy
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:54.180
  • in fashion is I wear
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:55.160
  • what doesn't itch.
  • 00:18:55.190 --> 00:18:58.190
  • If I got a good pair of jeans
  • 00:18:58.190 --> 00:18:59.200
  • and a nice T-shirt,
  • 00:18:59.200 --> 00:19:00.190
  • I'm okay, you know.
  • 00:19:00.190 --> 00:19:01.260
  • I don't need a whole lot.
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:03.140
  • And so I thought, "I don't wanna
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:04.220
  • go buy another hat."
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:05.250
  • And about a week later,
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:06.250
  • I got this hat in the mail
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:08.060
  • and I still don't know how
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:09.130
  • he discovered it,
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:10.230
  • one of my nine mentors
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:12.000
  • in my life.
  • 00:19:12.000 --> 00:19:13.040
  • And there was a hat and it said,
  • 00:19:13.040 --> 00:19:14.200
  • "Rick," handwritten note,
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:15.280
  • "I wore this to 11
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:17.030
  • presidential inaugurations.
  • 00:19:17.030 --> 00:19:19.000
  • You're the man now.
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:20.130
  • I love you.
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:21.170
  • I believe in you, my son.
  • 00:19:21.170 --> 00:19:22.170
  • Signed Billy."
  • 00:19:22.170 --> 00:19:23.180
  • It was from Billy Graham.
  • 00:19:23.180 --> 00:19:25.260
  • And so then I'm going--
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:29.060
  • I'm starting to put this hat on.
  • 00:19:29.060 --> 00:19:30.130
  • "Oh, god, please don't make
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:31.250
  • my head be too big
  • 00:19:31.250 --> 00:19:32.230
  • for Billy Graham's hat."
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:35.060
  • I could not handle the shame.
  • 00:19:35.060 --> 00:19:37.090
  • Warren's head is too big
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:39.100
  • for Billy Graham's hat.
  • 00:19:39.100 --> 00:19:40.140
  • So I put it on and it actually
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:41.270
  • fit and so I wore Billy Graham's
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:43.230
  • hat to the 12th inauguration.
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:45.240
  • - Brian: That is very cool,
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:46.210
  • very cool.
  • 00:19:46.270 --> 00:19:49.270
  • So one last question.
  • 00:19:49.270 --> 00:19:51.010
  • of your life.
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:54.100
  • Still got plenty of years
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:55.090
  • ahead of you.
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:56.110
  • You look pretty healthy.
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:57.290
  • What I wanna know is what is the
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:19:59.110
  • one thing that is your greatest
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:01.280
  • priority in this last season
  • 00:20:01.280 --> 00:20:04.220
  • of life in ministry?
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:07.060
  • - Rick: Well, I thought
  • 00:20:07.060 --> 00:20:08.010
  • about that a lot, Brian.
  • 00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:09.130
  • And of course, I'm gonna
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.160
  • continue to invest in pastors
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.260
  • and I do believe deeply
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:14.130
  • in the local church.
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:17.210
  • I do believe this message
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:18.260
  • of hope, as I told you the story
  • 00:20:18.260 --> 00:20:20.150
  • of hope with Matthew.
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:22.190
  • That book got postponed for
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:23.230
  • a little while, and it's gonna
  • 00:20:23.230 --> 00:20:24.270
  • come out in the fall,
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:26.170
  • on "The Hope You Need."
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:27.200
  • It's basically
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:28.220
  • on the Lord's Prayer.
  • 00:20:28.220 --> 00:20:30.000
  • And there are ten phrases
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:32.000
  • in the Lord's Prayer.
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:33.150
  • Each of the phrases
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:34.260
  • of the Lord's Prayer gives us
  • 00:20:34.260 --> 00:20:36.230
  • a different picture of God:
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:38.250
  • God as Father, God as provider,
  • 00:20:38.250 --> 00:20:40.160
  • God as protector,
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:41.160
  • God as defender, deliverer.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.060
  • Each of the phrases gives us
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:44.250
  • an antidote to one of the basic
  • 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:46.220
  • human problems: guilt, worry,
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:49.040
  • And each of them is
  • 00:20:51.080 --> 00:20:52.210
  • a step of renewal for renewing
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:54.290
  • my church, my family,
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:56.280
  • and my personal life.
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:58.120
  • So the future to me is all
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:00.210
  • about hope.
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:01.250
  • There are a lot of guys today
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:03.180
  • who are discouraged,
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:05.250
  • particularly pastors,
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:06.290
  • and they may have this
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:08.000
  • sinking feeling that the best
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:09.210
  • of my life is behind me.
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:12.190
  • Maybe the best of my ministry,
  • 00:21:12.190 --> 00:21:14.010
  • the best of my church,
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:15.070
  • is behind.
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:16.090
  • And because of my reading of
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.050
  • Scripture, I totally deny that.
  • 00:21:18.050 --> 00:21:21.010
  • I totally deny that and I
  • 00:21:21.010 --> 00:21:22.060
  • believe that our best days
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.120
  • are ahead of us.
  • 00:21:23.120 --> 00:21:24.150
  • And you just must be willing
  • 00:21:24.150 --> 00:21:26.170
  • to believe in faith.
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:27.210
  • What are you expecting God
  • 00:21:27.210 --> 00:21:28.240
  • to do in your life?
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:33.090
  • Without even knowing you
  • 00:21:33.090 --> 00:21:34.080
  • I can tell you exactly
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:35.100
  • what God's doing in your life.
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:36.130
  • He's doing what you
  • 00:21:36.130 --> 00:21:37.120
  • expect him to do.
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:39.170
  • No more and no less.
  • 00:21:39.170 --> 00:21:41.120
  • Because every time God moves out
  • 00:21:41.120 --> 00:21:42.190
  • of heaven and moves on earth,
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:43.230
  • it's 'cause somebody believed.
  • 00:21:43.230 --> 00:21:45.080
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:21:45.080 --> 00:21:46.100
  • "Without faith it is impossible
  • 00:21:46.100 --> 00:21:47.120
  • to please God."
  • 00:21:47.120 --> 00:21:48.210
  • The Bible says, "Whatsoever's
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:49.270
  • not of faith is sin."
  • 00:21:49.270 --> 00:21:51.060
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:52.040
  • "The just shall live by faith."
  • 00:21:52.040 --> 00:21:53.170
  • The Bible says, "According
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.170
  • to your faith it will be done
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:55.190
  • unto you."
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:56.180
  • Become a promise person,
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:59.110
  • and if you get usable
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.050
  • - Brian: Thank you so much.
  • 00:22:04.280 --> 00:22:06.250
  • - Rick: Nothing is more
  • 00:22:11.020 --> 00:22:12.020
  • important in your life
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:13.100
  • than you learning how to hear
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:15.030
  • the voice of God and distinguish
  • 00:22:15.030 --> 00:22:16.220
  • it from Satan's voice,
  • 00:22:16.220 --> 00:22:18.110
  • other people's voice,
  • 00:22:18.110 --> 00:22:19.180
  • and your own voice.
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:21.140
  • You know, the Bible is full
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:22.200
  • of examples of God speaking
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:25.050
  • to people over and over
  • 00:22:25.050 --> 00:22:27.010
  • and over and over.
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:28.070
  • So what's the problem today?
  • 00:22:28.070 --> 00:22:30.220
  • Does God have laryngitis?
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:33.210
  • Has he got a sore throat?
  • 00:22:33.220 --> 00:22:36.220
  • Why can't you hear God speak
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:38.170
  • - Rick: And I wanna talk to you
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:49.140
  • this morning about hearing
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:52.250
  • the voice of God.
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:55.240
  • Nothing is more important in
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:57.070
  • your life than you learning how
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:22:59.170
  • to hear the voice of God
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:01.000
  • and distinguish it
  • 00:23:01.000 --> 00:23:02.000
  • from Satan's voice,
  • 00:23:02.000 --> 00:23:03.090
  • other people's voice,
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:04.120
  • and your own voice.
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:08.140
  • Nothing is more important
  • 00:23:08.140 --> 00:23:09.180
  • than that.
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:10.260
  • You know, the Bible
  • 00:23:14.110 --> 00:23:15.090
  • is full of examples
  • 00:23:15.090 --> 00:23:16.140
  • of God speaking to people
  • 00:23:16.140 --> 00:23:19.040
  • over and over and over and over.
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:20.180
  • So, what's the problem today?
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:23.150
  • Does God have laryngitis?
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:26.120
  • Has he got a sore throat?
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:29.110
  • Why can't you hear God speak
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:31.080
  • to you on a regular basis?
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:35.180
  • And the answer is
  • 00:23:35.180 --> 00:23:37.220
  • because we're not tuned in.
  • 00:23:37.220 --> 00:23:40.120
  • How do you test an impression?
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:46.020
  • Because a lot of you
  • 00:23:46.020 --> 00:23:46.260
  • can't figure it out.
  • 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:50.000
  • You know, the longer you walk
  • 00:23:50.000 --> 00:23:51.050
  • with the Lord--I've walked with
  • 00:23:51.050 --> 00:23:52.060
  • Jesus Christ for over 50 years.
  • 00:23:52.060 --> 00:23:54.240
  • I know the voice
  • 00:23:54.240 --> 00:23:55.170
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:56.170
  • I know when he speaks to me.
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  • There's no doubt in my mind.
  • 00:23:57.220 --> 00:24:00.190
  • And the Bible says that hearing
  • 00:24:00.190 --> 00:24:01.210
  • God's voice and being able
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:03.020
  • to distinguish it is important
  • 00:24:03.020 --> 00:24:04.280
  • for three reasons.
  • 00:24:04.280 --> 00:24:06.010
  • First, it proves you are
  • 00:24:06.010 --> 00:24:07.290
  • a child of God.
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:08.290
  • Jesus said, "My sheep
  • 00:24:08.290 --> 00:24:10.160
  • hear my voice."
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:14.140
  • The Bible tells us in the Book
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:16.050
  • of John, chapter 8, verse 47,
  • 00:24:16.050 --> 00:24:19.050
  • "He who belongs to God
  • 00:24:19.050 --> 00:24:20.280
  • hears God's voice.
  • 00:24:20.280 --> 00:24:23.110
  • And he who does not belong
  • 00:24:23.110 --> 00:24:24.120
  • to God does not hear it."
  • 00:24:24.120 --> 00:24:27.080
  • Not only that, it protects you
  • 00:24:27.080 --> 00:24:28.080
  • from mistakes.
  • 00:24:28.080 --> 00:24:29.130
  • Job 33 talks about that.
  • 00:24:29.130 --> 00:24:31.190
  • And not only that, it is the key
  • 00:24:31.190 --> 00:24:33.190
  • to a productive life.
  • 00:24:33.190 --> 00:24:34.240
  • Anything I have been able
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:35.270
  • to accomplish in my life
  • 00:24:35.270 --> 00:24:37.100
  • is by the grace of God
  • 00:24:37.100 --> 00:24:38.250
  • and because I was able
  • 00:24:38.250 --> 00:24:40.130
  • to discern what God was saying
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:42.210
  • in that moment.
  • 00:24:42.210 --> 00:24:44.090
  • Nothing is more important
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:46.060
  • than you to be able to say,
  • 00:24:46.060 --> 00:24:47.250
  • "Speak, Lord; I'm listening,"
  • 00:24:48.280 --> 00:24:51.280
  • and then not have any doubt
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:53.150
  • that it was God who was
  • 00:24:53.150 --> 00:24:55.130
  • talking to you.
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:59.030
  • Now to hear God's voice,
  • 00:24:59.030 --> 00:25:01.050
  • you've gotta start with
  • 00:25:01.050 --> 00:25:02.250
  • an attitude of submission.
  • 00:25:02.250 --> 00:25:05.060
  • You surrender in advance.
  • 00:25:05.060 --> 00:25:07.050
  • It's not, like, "Tell me, Lord,
  • 00:25:07.050 --> 00:25:08.120
  • and then I'll decide
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:09.110
  • what to do."
  • 00:25:09.110 --> 00:25:11.040
  • It's a matter of,
  • 00:25:11.040 --> 00:25:12.040
  • "I've already decided yes,
  • 00:25:12.040 --> 00:25:13.220
  • now just tell me what
  • 00:25:13.220 --> 00:25:14.200
  • the instructions are."
  • 00:25:16.010 --> 00:25:19.010
  • The best example
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:19.280
  • of this is Moses.
  • 00:25:19.280 --> 00:25:21.210
  • Now you can divide Moses' life
  • 00:25:21.210 --> 00:25:22.290
  • into three phases: 40, 40, 40.
  • 00:25:22.290 --> 00:25:25.120
  • He spent 40 years
  • 00:25:25.120 --> 00:25:26.230
  • in the wilderness,
  • 00:25:26.230 --> 00:25:27.250
  • in the desert, but before that
  • 00:25:27.250 --> 00:25:29.170
  • he spent 40 years
  • 00:25:29.170 --> 00:25:31.160
  • in Pharaoh's court learning
  • 00:25:31.160 --> 00:25:33.090
  • to be a somebody.
  • 00:25:33.090 --> 00:25:35.140
  • Then he spent 40 years
  • 00:25:35.140 --> 00:25:36.130
  • in the desert
  • 00:25:36.130 --> 00:25:37.100
  • learning to be a nobody.
  • 00:25:37.100 --> 00:25:39.110
  • And then he spent
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:40.050
  • the final 40 years of his life
  • 00:25:40.050 --> 00:25:41.100
  • being God's somebody.
  • 00:25:41.130 --> 00:25:44.130
  • And the episode I want us
  • 00:25:44.130 --> 00:25:45.180
  • to look at for just a second
  • 00:25:45.180 --> 00:25:47.070
  • happens two-thirds
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.150
  • through his life.
  • 00:25:48.150 --> 00:25:49.160
  • Moses is 80 years old.
  • 00:25:49.160 --> 00:25:51.270
  • It's at the end
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:53.000
  • And the Bible says in Exodus
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:57.040
  • chapter 4, "Then the Lord,"
  • 00:25:57.070 --> 00:26:00.090
  • this is when he's at the burning
  • 00:26:00.090 --> 00:26:01.100
  • bush, "says to Moses,
  • 00:26:01.290 --> 00:26:04.290
  • 'What is in your hand?'
  • 00:26:07.040 --> 00:26:10.040
  • And Moses says,
  • 00:26:10.040 --> 00:26:11.070
  • 'It's a staff.'"
  • 00:26:11.070 --> 00:26:13.090
  • That, by the way, is the second
  • 00:26:13.090 --> 00:26:14.100
  • most important question in life,
  • 00:26:14.100 --> 00:26:16.000
  • The first question in life is,
  • 00:26:18.090 --> 00:26:19.200
  • "What have you done
  • 00:26:19.200 --> 00:26:20.160
  • with my Son, Jesus Christ?"
  • 00:26:20.160 --> 00:26:21.290
  • I hope you know the answer
  • 00:26:21.290 --> 00:26:22.270
  • to that one.
  • 00:26:22.270 --> 00:26:24.050
  • But the second most important
  • 00:26:24.050 --> 00:26:25.090
  • is what is in your hand.
  • 00:26:25.090 --> 00:26:27.030
  • Now let's do this picture.
  • 00:26:27.030 --> 00:26:28.140
  • Moses is out in the wilderness
  • 00:26:28.140 --> 00:26:31.050
  • and he's tending sheep.
  • 00:26:31.050 --> 00:26:34.030
  • And one day he sees
  • 00:26:34.030 --> 00:26:34.290
  • this burning bush
  • 00:26:34.290 --> 00:26:37.020
  • and he walks up to it
  • 00:26:37.020 --> 00:26:38.070
  • and the voice comes
  • 00:26:38.070 --> 00:26:39.080
  • out of the burning bush, says,
  • 00:26:39.080 --> 00:26:40.100
  • "Moses, this is holy ground.
  • 00:26:40.230 --> 00:26:43.230
  • Take off your shoes."
  • 00:26:43.230 --> 00:26:46.220
  • So Moses takes off his shoes.
  • 00:26:46.220 --> 00:26:49.180
  • And then God says to Moses,
  • 00:26:49.180 --> 00:26:51.280
  • "What is in your hand?"
  • 00:26:55.120 --> 00:26:58.120
  • Moses, "Well, it's a staff.
  • 00:26:58.120 --> 00:26:59.220
  • It's just a shepherd's staff.
  • 00:26:59.220 --> 00:27:01.100
  • It's just an old stick."
  • 00:27:01.100 --> 00:27:03.180
  • God says, "Throw it down."
  • 00:27:03.180 --> 00:27:06.120
  • And he throws it down
  • 00:27:06.120 --> 00:27:07.120
  • and it becomes a what?
  • 00:27:07.120 --> 00:27:09.220
  • A snake, a serpent.
  • 00:27:09.220 --> 00:27:11.050
  • Something that was dead
  • 00:27:11.050 --> 00:27:12.190
  • comes alive.
  • 00:27:13.100 --> 00:27:16.100
  • And then he says, "Pick it up."
  • 00:27:17.030 --> 00:27:20.030
  • So Charlton Heston leans over--
  • 00:27:20.030 --> 00:27:22.010
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:27:22.010 --> 00:27:23.160
  • Oh, you saw that movie.
  • 00:27:23.160 --> 00:27:24.270
  • And he picks it up.
  • 00:27:24.270 --> 00:27:26.080
  • Once he picks up the snake,
  • 00:27:26.080 --> 00:27:27.250
  • it becomes what?
  • 00:27:27.250 --> 00:27:30.050
  • A stick again.
  • 00:27:30.050 --> 00:27:31.120
  • It just dies.
  • 00:27:31.120 --> 00:27:32.170
  • Now is that not the strangest
  • 00:27:32.170 --> 00:27:33.220
  • story you've ever heard?
  • 00:27:33.220 --> 00:27:36.140
  • God says, "Whaddya got?"
  • 00:27:36.140 --> 00:27:38.180
  • "A stick."
  • 00:27:38.180 --> 00:27:39.200
  • "Throw it down."
  • 00:27:39.200 --> 00:27:40.190
  • Becomes a snake.
  • 00:27:40.190 --> 00:27:41.190
  • "Pick it up."
  • 00:27:41.190 --> 00:27:42.190
  • Becomes a stick again.
  • 00:27:42.190 --> 00:27:43.200
  • That's, like, one
  • 00:27:45.270 --> 00:27:46.290
  • of the strangest stories
  • 00:27:46.290 --> 00:27:48.020
  • in the Scripture.
  • 00:27:48.060 --> 00:27:51.060
  • Well, I know a couple of things.
  • 00:27:51.060 --> 00:27:53.280
  • I know one--number one,
  • 00:27:53.280 --> 00:27:55.080
  • God never does a miracle
  • 00:27:55.080 --> 00:27:56.190
  • to show off.
  • 00:27:56.280 --> 00:27:59.280
  • God doesn't say, "Hey,
  • 00:27:59.280 --> 00:28:01.080
  • I've just learned this new trick
  • 00:28:01.080 --> 00:28:02.100
  • at the Magic Castle.
  • 00:28:02.100 --> 00:28:03.100
  • It's really cool.
  • 00:28:03.100 --> 00:28:04.290
  • You can really dazzle friends
  • 00:28:04.290 --> 00:28:05.290
  • with it at the next
  • 00:28:05.290 --> 00:28:06.290
  • cocktail party.
  • 00:28:06.290 --> 00:28:07.240
  • Watch this.
  • 00:28:07.240 --> 00:28:08.210
  • Throw the stick down,
  • 00:28:08.210 --> 00:28:09.120
  • becomes a snake.
  • 00:28:09.120 --> 00:28:10.080
  • Pick it up, it becomes
  • 00:28:10.080 --> 00:28:11.030
  • a stick again.
  • 00:28:11.030 --> 00:28:12.010
  • Wow, that'd be really cool.
  • 00:28:12.010 --> 00:28:12.290
  • Everybody'll love that."
  • 00:28:12.290 --> 00:28:13.290
  • God never does a miracle
  • 00:28:13.290 --> 00:28:16.270
  • to show off.
  • 00:28:16.270 --> 00:28:19.100
  • He's always trying to teach
  • 00:28:19.100 --> 00:28:20.080
  • a lesson.
  • 00:28:20.080 --> 00:28:21.090
  • Every miracle is a parable,
  • 00:28:21.090 --> 00:28:22.060
  • and every parable is a miracle.
  • 00:28:22.060 --> 00:28:24.130
  • The miracle of divine truth.
  • 00:28:24.130 --> 00:28:26.200
  • - Rick: God is saying this
  • 00:28:31.040 --> 00:28:32.010
  • to you today,
  • 00:28:32.010 --> 00:28:33.110
  • "What is in your hand?
  • 00:28:33.110 --> 00:28:36.090
  • What's your identity?
  • 00:28:36.090 --> 00:28:37.270
  • What's your income?
  • 00:28:37.270 --> 00:28:39.210
  • What's your influence?"
  • 00:28:39.210 --> 00:28:41.220
  • However great or small it is,
  • 00:28:41.220 --> 00:28:43.280
  • God is saying, "Do you know
  • 00:28:43.280 --> 00:28:45.220
  • - Rick: The second thing I know
  • 00:28:55.190 --> 00:28:56.130
  • about this is when God asks you
  • 00:28:56.130 --> 00:28:57.230
  • a question, he already knows
  • 00:28:58.030 --> 00:29:01.050
  • the answer.
  • 00:29:01.170 --> 00:29:04.170
  • When God asks you a question,
  • 00:29:04.170 --> 00:29:06.120
  • he wants you to know the answer.
  • 00:29:07.240 --> 00:29:10.240
  • God knew what was
  • 00:29:10.240 --> 00:29:12.060
  • in Moses' hand.
  • 00:29:12.060 --> 00:29:13.100
  • He knew 1.000 years before Moses
  • 00:29:13.100 --> 00:29:14.080
  • was born what would be
  • 00:29:14.080 --> 00:29:15.020
  • When God says,
  • 00:29:17.040 --> 00:29:17.250
  • "What's in your hand,"
  • 00:29:17.250 --> 00:29:18.240
  • he's going, "Do you recognize
  • 00:29:19.080 --> 00:29:22.080
  • what's in your hand?"
  • 00:29:22.080 --> 00:29:24.200
  • Now the key to this whole story
  • 00:29:24.200 --> 00:29:26.210
  • is understanding the symbolism
  • 00:29:26.210 --> 00:29:28.270
  • of the staff, because the staff
  • 00:29:28.270 --> 00:29:31.140
  • represents three things in
  • 00:29:31.140 --> 00:29:33.090
  • Moses' life: his identity,
  • 00:29:35.120 --> 00:29:38.120
  • his income, and his influence.
  • 00:29:39.260 --> 00:29:42.260
  • First, the staff represents
  • 00:29:42.260 --> 00:29:44.200
  • It represents who he is.
  • 00:29:47.220 --> 00:29:49.080
  • Every occupation
  • 00:29:50.000 --> 00:29:53.000
  • has its own symbol.
  • 00:29:53.000 --> 00:29:54.180
  • If I wear a stethoscope
  • 00:29:54.180 --> 00:29:55.270
  • round my neck,
  • 00:29:55.270 --> 00:29:56.290
  • you figure I'm a doctor.
  • 00:29:56.290 --> 00:29:57.290
  • If I've got on a white coat,
  • 00:29:57.290 --> 00:29:59.200
  • it means I'm a technician
  • 00:29:59.200 --> 00:30:02.100
  • or a lab technician
  • 00:30:02.100 --> 00:30:03.120
  • or a scientist.
  • 00:30:03.120 --> 00:30:05.000
  • The shepherd's staff, you know,
  • 00:30:05.000 --> 00:30:06.220
  • it's a staff with a little crook
  • 00:30:06.220 --> 00:30:07.240
  • at the end of it,
  • 00:30:07.240 --> 00:30:08.240
  • is a symbol of what Moses was.
  • 00:30:08.240 --> 00:30:11.160
  • He was a shepherd.
  • 00:30:12.200 --> 00:30:15.200
  • It was a symbol of who he was.
  • 00:30:16.000 --> 00:30:19.000
  • The shepherd's staff is
  • 00:30:19.000 --> 00:30:20.050
  • the symbol of a shepherd.
  • 00:30:20.210 --> 00:30:23.210
  • Second, it's not only
  • 00:30:23.210 --> 00:30:24.280
  • the symbol of his identity,
  • 00:30:24.280 --> 00:30:26.150
  • it's a symbol of his income,
  • 00:30:26.150 --> 00:30:28.190
  • because in those days you
  • 00:30:28.190 --> 00:30:30.250
  • could tell a person's wealth
  • 00:30:30.250 --> 00:30:32.170
  • by how many animals they had.
  • 00:30:32.290 --> 00:30:35.290
  • All your wealth was stored
  • 00:30:35.290 --> 00:30:37.030
  • in livestock.
  • 00:30:37.030 --> 00:30:38.050
  • You didn't have stocks and bonds
  • 00:30:38.050 --> 00:30:39.170
  • and banking accounts
  • 00:30:39.170 --> 00:30:41.130
  • and savings certificates.
  • 00:30:41.130 --> 00:30:44.050
  • And so it was real easy to find
  • 00:30:44.050 --> 00:30:45.110
  • out how wealthy a person was.
  • 00:30:45.110 --> 00:30:47.060
  • If you got a lot of animals,
  • 00:30:47.060 --> 00:30:48.080
  • you're rich.
  • 00:30:48.080 --> 00:30:49.270
  • You got a few animals,
  • 00:30:49.270 --> 00:30:50.260
  • you're okay.
  • 00:30:50.260 --> 00:30:52.170
  • If you got no animals,
  • 00:30:52.170 --> 00:30:53.150
  • you're poor.
  • 00:30:53.150 --> 00:30:55.220
  • And so the flock, the shepherd's
  • 00:30:55.220 --> 00:30:58.060
  • staff represents not only
  • 00:30:58.060 --> 00:30:59.190
  • his identity but his income.
  • 00:30:59.190 --> 00:31:02.010
  • He made his living
  • 00:31:02.010 --> 00:31:03.150
  • tending sheep, and all
  • 00:31:03.150 --> 00:31:05.020
  • of his assets were tied up
  • 00:31:05.020 --> 00:31:07.050
  • in his flocks.
  • 00:31:07.050 --> 00:31:08.160
  • That's why in
  • 00:31:08.160 --> 00:31:09.150
  • the Book of Proverbs it says,
  • 00:31:09.150 --> 00:31:10.150
  • "Know well the condition
  • 00:31:10.150 --> 00:31:11.240
  • of your flocks."
  • 00:31:12.040 --> 00:31:15.040
  • A modern translation
  • 00:31:15.040 --> 00:31:16.020
  • of that would be, "Know
  • 00:31:16.020 --> 00:31:17.060
  • your business interests well."
  • 00:31:17.060 --> 00:31:19.110
  • Today, instead of saying, "Know
  • 00:31:19.110 --> 00:31:20.230
  • the condition of your flocks,"
  • 00:31:20.230 --> 00:31:21.290
  • God would say, "Know
  • 00:31:21.290 --> 00:31:22.290
  • the condition of your stocks
  • 00:31:22.290 --> 00:31:25.020
  • and your bonds."
  • 00:31:25.020 --> 00:31:27.000
  • But in those days,
  • 00:31:27.000 --> 00:31:28.040
  • your livelihood was tied up
  • 00:31:28.040 --> 00:31:30.150
  • in animals.
  • 00:31:30.150 --> 00:31:32.130
  • So it represents
  • 00:31:32.130 --> 00:31:33.110
  • not only his identity,
  • 00:31:33.110 --> 00:31:36.110
  • it represents his income,
  • 00:31:36.110 --> 00:31:38.240
  • how much money he had,
  • 00:31:38.240 --> 00:31:39.230
  • his wealth, his source
  • 00:31:39.230 --> 00:31:41.130
  • of provision in his life.
  • 00:31:41.130 --> 00:31:43.270
  • And then the third thing it
  • 00:31:43.270 --> 00:31:45.120
  • represents is it represents
  • 00:31:45.120 --> 00:31:46.270
  • his influence.
  • 00:31:46.270 --> 00:31:49.070
  • What do you use a staff for
  • 00:31:49.070 --> 00:31:51.160
  • if you're a shepherd?
  • 00:31:51.160 --> 00:31:52.190
  • You move them--use it to move
  • 00:31:52.190 --> 00:31:54.110
  • sheep from point A to point B.
  • 00:31:54.110 --> 00:31:57.060
  • You either pull 'em or you poke
  • 00:31:57.060 --> 00:31:58.270
  • 'em, by hook or by crook.
  • 00:31:59.100 --> 00:32:02.120
  • And you move people,
  • 00:32:02.120 --> 00:32:03.210
  • you move sheep
  • 00:32:03.210 --> 00:32:05.010
  • with a shepherd's staff.
  • 00:32:05.010 --> 00:32:06.030
  • It represents his influence.
  • 00:32:06.100 --> 00:32:09.100
  • And God is saying to Moses,
  • 00:32:10.220 --> 00:32:13.220
  • "I want you to lay down your
  • 00:32:13.220 --> 00:32:16.100
  • identity and your income
  • 00:32:17.050 --> 00:32:20.050
  • and your influence,
  • 00:32:20.050 --> 00:32:22.010
  • and I want you to give it to me.
  • 00:32:22.060 --> 00:32:25.060
  • And if you give it to me,
  • 00:32:25.060 --> 00:32:26.240
  • I will make it come alive.
  • 00:32:28.220 --> 00:32:31.220
  • I'll do a miracle with it
  • 00:32:31.220 --> 00:32:32.280
  • if you give it to me,
  • 00:32:32.280 --> 00:32:34.050
  • if you lay it down.
  • 00:32:34.050 --> 00:32:35.120
  • But every time you pick it up
  • 00:32:35.160 --> 00:32:38.160
  • and you take it back,
  • 00:32:38.160 --> 00:32:39.230
  • it's gonna die.
  • 00:32:39.230 --> 00:32:42.100
  • It just goes back to dirty
  • 00:32:42.100 --> 00:32:44.170
  • old dead stick."
  • 00:32:45.130 --> 00:32:48.130
  • God is saying this to you today,
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  • "What is in your hand?"
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  • What's your identity?
  • 00:32:57.020 --> 00:33:00.040
  • What's your income?
  • 00:33:00.060 --> 00:33:03.060
  • What's your influence?
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  • However great or small it is,
  • 00:33:05.200 --> 00:33:07.290
  • God is saying, "Do you know
  • 00:33:07.290 --> 00:33:09.200
  • what I've put in your hand?
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  • And if you lay it down,
  • 00:33:12.100 --> 00:33:13.220
  • I will make it come alive.
  • 00:33:13.220 --> 00:33:15.130
  • But every time you take it back,
  • 00:33:15.130 --> 00:33:17.060
  • it's going to die."
  • 00:33:18.180 --> 00:33:21.180
  • Now, this simple little story,
  • 00:33:21.260 --> 00:33:24.260
  • I suggest to you, is one
  • 00:33:24.260 --> 00:33:26.090
  • of the most important stories
  • 00:33:26.090 --> 00:33:27.160
  • in history, because if this
  • 00:33:27.270 --> 00:33:30.270
  • had not happened,
  • 00:33:31.050 --> 00:33:34.050
  • there would be no Exodus,
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  • there would be
  • 00:33:36.280 --> 00:33:38.000
  • no Ten Commandments,
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  • there would be no nation
  • 00:33:39.270 --> 00:33:40.250
  • of Israel,
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  • there would be no Messiah,
  • 00:33:42.150 --> 00:33:44.260
  • there would be no death
  • 00:33:44.260 --> 00:33:45.250
  • on the cross then,
  • 00:33:45.250 --> 00:33:46.250
  • and there would be no church,
  • 00:33:46.250 --> 00:33:47.240
  • and we wouldn't be sitting here
  • 00:33:47.240 --> 00:33:48.180
  • today, if Moses
  • 00:33:48.180 --> 00:33:49.230
  • hadn't done that.
  • 00:33:49.260 --> 00:33:52.260
  • It's a pivotal point in history.
  • 00:33:52.260 --> 00:33:55.200
  • "What is in your hand?"
  • 00:33:57.230 --> 00:34:00.250
  • And he lays it down
  • 00:34:00.250 --> 00:34:02.140
  • and God says,
  • 00:34:02.140 --> 00:34:03.180
  • "I will make it come alive
  • 00:34:03.180 --> 00:34:05.020
  • and I will do miracles."
  • 00:34:05.020 --> 00:34:07.120
  • Now, it is interesting
  • 00:34:07.120 --> 00:34:08.270
  • that after this happens
  • 00:34:08.270 --> 00:34:10.190
  • in Exodus 3 and 4,
  • 00:34:10.190 --> 00:34:12.280
  • never again in the Bible
  • 00:34:13.060 --> 00:34:16.060
  • is it called Moses' staff.
  • 00:34:16.210 --> 00:34:19.210
  • From this point on,
  • 00:34:19.210 --> 00:34:21.070
  • every time this stick is
  • 00:34:21.230 --> 00:34:24.230
  • mentioned in Scripture
  • 00:34:24.230 --> 00:34:25.230
  • it is no longer called
  • 00:34:25.230 --> 00:34:26.220
  • Moses' staff, it is called
  • 00:34:26.220 --> 00:34:28.170
  • the Rod of God.
  • 00:34:30.260 --> 00:34:33.260
  • And it is the Rod of God
  • 00:34:33.260 --> 00:34:35.260
  • that God uses to do
  • 00:34:35.260 --> 00:34:36.250
  • all the miracles in the Exodus.
  • 00:34:36.250 --> 00:34:39.190
  • He does all the ten plagues
  • 00:34:39.190 --> 00:34:42.000
  • through the Rod of God.
  • 00:34:42.000 --> 00:34:43.270
  • Moses takes the Rod,
  • 00:34:43.270 --> 00:34:45.290
  • dips it in the Nile River
  • 00:34:45.290 --> 00:34:47.060
  • and it turns red as blood.
  • 00:34:47.060 --> 00:34:50.000
  • He holds up the Rod of God
  • 00:34:50.000 --> 00:34:51.190
  • at the Red Sea and it splits.
  • 00:34:51.190 --> 00:34:53.230
  • He takes the Rod of God
  • 00:34:53.230 --> 00:34:55.020
  • and he hits the rock at Marah
  • 00:34:55.020 --> 00:34:56.180
  • and water comes out to feed
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  • a million thirsty Jews.
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  • Every single miracle from
  • 00:35:01.200 --> 00:35:03.250
  • that point on was done
  • 00:35:03.250 --> 00:35:05.260
  • through the Rod of God.
  • 00:35:08.070 --> 00:35:11.070
  • What is in your hand?
  • 00:35:11.180 --> 00:35:14.180
  • And if I don't get anything else
  • 00:35:14.180 --> 00:35:15.210
  • done or any more of this message
  • 00:35:15.210 --> 00:35:17.050
  • completed, I would say to you,
  • 00:35:17.050 --> 00:35:19.050
  • you need to take your identity,
  • 00:35:19.050 --> 00:35:20.260
  • your influence,
  • 00:35:20.260 --> 00:35:21.250
  • and you need to lay it down
  • 00:35:24.000 --> 00:35:25.220
  • and God says, "If you do,
  • 00:35:25.220 --> 00:35:26.270
  • I will make it come alive."
  • 00:35:27.000 --> 00:35:30.000
  • And I could tell you
  • 00:35:30.000 --> 00:35:31.020
  • 1.000 personal stories
  • 00:35:31.020 --> 00:35:33.080
  • about that.
  • 00:35:33.240 --> 00:35:36.240
  • Hearing the voice of God starts
  • 00:35:36.240 --> 00:35:38.290
  • with the example of Moses
  • 00:35:38.290 --> 00:35:40.230
  • being willing to submit,
  • 00:35:40.230 --> 00:35:43.030
  • to surrender, to yield,
  • 00:35:43.030 --> 00:35:45.120
  • to give up his identity,
  • 00:35:45.120 --> 00:35:47.020
  • his influence, and his income
  • 00:35:47.020 --> 00:35:48.250
  • for the global glory of God.
  • 00:35:50.000 --> 00:35:53.000
  • When you do that, now you are
  • 00:35:53.060 --> 00:35:56.060
  • in a position to hear God speak.
  • 00:35:56.090 --> 00:35:59.090
  • And God spoke to Moses
  • 00:35:59.090 --> 00:36:00.240
  • - Rick: You can't make God
  • 00:36:05.040 --> 00:36:06.170
  • stop loving you.
  • 00:36:06.170 --> 00:36:08.220
  • You can try, but you will fail,
  • 00:36:08.220 --> 00:36:11.070
  • because God's love is not based
  • 00:36:11.070 --> 00:36:12.180
  • on your behavior.
  • 00:36:12.180 --> 00:36:13.250
  • - Rick: Now I want you to write
  • 00:36:25.040 --> 00:36:26.040
  • down a couple of things.
  • 00:36:26.040 --> 00:36:27.110
  • Here are a couple
  • 00:36:27.110 --> 00:36:28.100
  • of prerequisites
  • 00:36:28.100 --> 00:36:29.080
  • for hearing God.
  • 00:36:29.080 --> 00:36:30.160
  • Number one, I must believe
  • 00:36:30.160 --> 00:36:32.280
  • that God cares about the details
  • 00:36:32.280 --> 00:36:34.250
  • of my life.
  • 00:36:34.250 --> 00:36:36.090
  • I must believe that God cares
  • 00:36:36.090 --> 00:36:38.220
  • And the Bible tells us
  • 00:36:41.080 --> 00:36:42.060
  • in Matthew 10:30, "God knows
  • 00:36:42.060 --> 00:36:43.280
  • even the hairs on your head.
  • 00:36:43.280 --> 00:36:46.110
  • He's got 'em all counted."
  • 00:36:46.110 --> 00:36:47.130
  • Now for some of you,
  • 00:36:47.130 --> 00:36:48.150
  • that's not too hard.
  • 00:36:48.150 --> 00:36:51.000
  • But God knows every hair on your
  • 00:36:51.000 --> 00:36:52.240
  • head and the original color.
  • 00:36:54.100 --> 00:36:57.100
  • And how many fell out
  • 00:36:57.100 --> 00:36:58.070
  • in the sink this morning.
  • 00:36:58.150 --> 00:37:01.170
  • God is OD-ing on details
  • 00:37:01.240 --> 00:37:04.240
  • in your life.
  • 00:37:04.240 --> 00:37:06.010
  • There's nothing in your life
  • 00:37:06.010 --> 00:37:07.040
  • that God doesn't know.
  • 00:37:07.040 --> 00:37:08.170
  • realize that God wants to speak
  • 00:37:10.190 --> 00:37:11.150
  • to you, you've gotta realize
  • 00:37:11.150 --> 00:37:12.150
  • that God cares about
  • 00:37:12.150 --> 00:37:13.150
  • every detail of your life.
  • 00:37:13.150 --> 00:37:14.150
  • There's no detail
  • 00:37:14.150 --> 00:37:15.130
  • he does not care about.
  • 00:37:15.130 --> 00:37:17.150
  • Why?
  • 00:37:17.150 --> 00:37:18.140
  • Because the Bible says God
  • 00:37:18.140 --> 00:37:20.110
  • is love.
  • 00:37:20.130 --> 00:37:23.130
  • It doesn't say God has love.
  • 00:37:23.130 --> 00:37:24.210
  • It says God is love.
  • 00:37:24.210 --> 00:37:25.230
  • It is the essence of his nature,
  • 00:37:25.230 --> 00:37:26.250
  • it is his character,
  • 00:37:26.250 --> 00:37:27.260
  • it is who God is.
  • 00:37:27.260 --> 00:37:28.240
  • Everything in the universe
  • 00:37:28.240 --> 00:37:30.020
  • was created for God to love.
  • 00:37:30.020 --> 00:37:32.040
  • God is a God of love.
  • 00:37:32.040 --> 00:37:33.180
  • If you weren't created in God's
  • 00:37:33.180 --> 00:37:35.170
  • image and if God was not
  • 00:37:35.170 --> 00:37:37.180
  • a God of love, there would be
  • 00:37:37.180 --> 00:37:38.230
  • no love in your life.
  • 00:37:38.230 --> 00:37:39.250
  • The only reason you have
  • 00:37:39.250 --> 00:37:40.240
  • the ability to receive love
  • 00:37:40.240 --> 00:37:42.010
  • and give love is because
  • 00:37:42.010 --> 00:37:43.060
  • you have a creator who loves.
  • 00:37:44.100 --> 00:37:47.100
  • God thought up love.
  • 00:37:47.290 --> 00:37:50.290
  • You were created to be loved
  • 00:37:50.290 --> 00:37:52.090
  • by God.
  • 00:37:52.090 --> 00:37:53.070
  • You wanna know why your heart
  • 00:37:53.070 --> 00:37:54.050
  • is beating right now?
  • 00:37:54.050 --> 00:37:55.050
  • You wanna know why you're
  • 00:37:55.050 --> 00:37:56.000
  • breathing this next breath?
  • 00:37:56.000 --> 00:37:56.260
  • God made you to love you.
  • 00:37:56.260 --> 00:37:59.190
  • He made you to love you.
  • 00:37:59.190 --> 00:38:01.290
  • And God's love is unlike
  • 00:38:01.290 --> 00:38:03.000
  • anybody else's love
  • 00:38:03.000 --> 00:38:04.000
  • because it's unconditional,
  • 00:38:04.000 --> 00:38:05.080
  • 'cause it's not based
  • 00:38:05.080 --> 00:38:06.070
  • on what you do.
  • 00:38:06.070 --> 00:38:07.190
  • It's based on who he is.
  • 00:38:07.190 --> 00:38:09.270
  • It's not based on your conduct.
  • 00:38:09.270 --> 00:38:11.150
  • It is based on his character.
  • 00:38:13.050 --> 00:38:16.050
  • God will never love you
  • 00:38:16.050 --> 00:38:17.020
  • any more than he does
  • 00:38:17.020 --> 00:38:18.010
  • this very moment right now.
  • 00:38:18.010 --> 00:38:20.270
  • God will never love you any less
  • 00:38:20.270 --> 00:38:22.180
  • than he does in this moment
  • 00:38:22.180 --> 00:38:23.220
  • right now.
  • 00:38:23.220 --> 00:38:25.110
  • God loves you on your good days
  • 00:38:25.110 --> 00:38:26.130
  • and your bad days.
  • 00:38:26.130 --> 00:38:27.130
  • He loves you when you think
  • 00:38:27.130 --> 00:38:28.110
  • you deserve it, when you think
  • 00:38:28.110 --> 00:38:29.110
  • you don't deserve it.
  • 00:38:29.110 --> 00:38:31.130
  • He loves you when you feel it,
  • 00:38:31.130 --> 00:38:32.240
  • and he loves you
  • 00:38:32.240 --> 00:38:33.240
  • when you don't feel it.
  • 00:38:33.240 --> 00:38:35.150
  • You can't make God
  • 00:38:35.150 --> 00:38:36.260
  • stop loving you.
  • 00:38:36.260 --> 00:38:39.020
  • You can try, but you will fail,
  • 00:38:39.020 --> 00:38:41.150
  • because God's love is
  • 00:38:41.150 --> 00:38:43.010
  • not based on your behavior.
  • 00:38:43.010 --> 00:38:44.100
  • It's based on who he is.
  • 00:38:46.120 --> 00:38:49.120
  • So the first thing I must
  • 00:38:49.120 --> 00:38:50.100
  • realize if I wanna hear
  • 00:38:50.100 --> 00:38:51.210
  • God speak--speak, Lord,
  • 00:38:51.240 --> 00:38:54.240
  • I'm listening--
  • 00:38:54.240 --> 00:38:55.290
  • is I gotta believe that
  • 00:38:55.290 --> 00:38:56.290
  • God's interested in the details
  • 00:38:56.290 --> 00:38:57.270
  • of my life because he loves me,
  • 00:38:57.270 --> 00:38:59.150
  • and love pays attention.
  • 00:39:01.220 --> 00:39:04.220
  • I'll just throw this one in.
  • 00:39:04.220 --> 00:39:06.000
  • Dads, I have dads tell me all
  • 00:39:06.000 --> 00:39:08.210
  • the time, "I don't understand
  • 00:39:08.210 --> 00:39:09.230
  • what my wife and kids want.
  • 00:39:09.230 --> 00:39:10.270
  • I give 'em everything
  • 00:39:10.270 --> 00:39:11.250
  • they want."
  • 00:39:11.250 --> 00:39:12.180
  • You know what they want?
  • 00:39:12.180 --> 00:39:13.170
  • They want you.
  • 00:39:13.170 --> 00:39:14.280
  • They want your attention.
  • 00:39:14.280 --> 00:39:16.240
  • Attention is the greatest gift
  • 00:39:16.240 --> 00:39:18.140
  • you can give somebody
  • 00:39:18.140 --> 00:39:19.210
  • because you're saying,
  • 00:39:19.210 --> 00:39:20.200
  • "I value you.
  • 00:39:20.200 --> 00:39:21.220
  • I'm willing to give you my time.
  • 00:39:21.220 --> 00:39:22.230
  • I'm willing to give you
  • 00:39:22.230 --> 00:39:23.250
  • my attention, my eyes."
  • 00:39:23.250 --> 00:39:26.030
  • I believe that God cares
  • 00:39:26.030 --> 00:39:27.240
  • about every detail in my life.
  • 00:39:27.240 --> 00:39:28.290
  • And the other prerequisite
  • 00:39:28.290 --> 00:39:29.260
  • for hearing God is
  • 00:39:29.260 --> 00:39:30.290
  • I must believe that God
  • 00:39:30.290 --> 00:39:32.130
  • wants to answer my questions,
  • 00:39:32.150 --> 00:39:35.150
  • my problems.
  • 00:39:38.170 --> 00:39:39.180
  • That God wants to answer.
  • 00:39:39.180 --> 00:39:40.280
  • I have to believe that.
  • 00:39:40.280 --> 00:39:42.020
  • James 1:5-6,
  • 00:39:42.020 --> 00:39:44.160
  • "If you wanna know what God
  • 00:39:44.160 --> 00:39:45.170
  • wants you to do, ask him,
  • 00:39:45.170 --> 00:39:47.130
  • and he'll gladly tell you,
  • 00:39:47.130 --> 00:39:48.230
  • for he's always ready
  • 00:39:48.230 --> 00:39:49.230
  • to give wisdom to those
  • 00:39:49.230 --> 00:39:51.080
  • who ask him,
  • 00:39:51.080 --> 00:39:52.170
  • and he won't resent it.
  • 00:39:52.170 --> 00:39:53.220
  • But when you ask, be sure that
  • 00:39:53.220 --> 00:39:55.050
  • you expect him to tell you."
  • 00:39:55.050 --> 00:39:56.290
  • You have to ask in faith,
  • 00:39:56.290 --> 00:39:58.000
  • not in doubt.
  • 00:39:58.000 --> 00:39:59.020
  • God is not playing games
  • 00:39:59.020 --> 00:39:59.200
  • Some of you think God is trying
  • 00:40:01.220 --> 00:40:02.110
  • to hide his will from you.
  • 00:40:02.110 --> 00:40:03.240
  • I talked to somebody
  • 00:40:03.240 --> 00:40:04.180
  • between the breaks yesterday,
  • 00:40:04.180 --> 00:40:06.000
  • and I said, "How are you doing?"
  • 00:40:06.000 --> 00:40:06.260
  • He goes, "I just don't know
  • 00:40:06.260 --> 00:40:07.280
  • what God wants me to do."
  • 00:40:07.280 --> 00:40:10.140
  • And he thinks that maybe God
  • 00:40:10.140 --> 00:40:11.180
  • is maybe hiding it from him.
  • 00:40:11.180 --> 00:40:13.200
  • God doesn't play games
  • 00:40:13.200 --> 00:40:15.030
  • with his will.
  • 00:40:15.030 --> 00:40:17.030
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:40:17.030 --> 00:40:18.020
  • "You have not," because what?
  • 00:40:18.020 --> 00:40:20.100
  • "You ask not."
  • 00:40:20.100 --> 00:40:21.130
  • Over 20 times
  • 00:40:21.130 --> 00:40:22.110
  • in the New Testament
  • 00:40:22.110 --> 00:40:23.090
  • we are commanded to ask.
  • 00:40:23.090 --> 00:40:25.020
  • "Ask and it shall be given."
  • 00:40:25.020 --> 00:40:26.110
  • "Seek and you'll find."
  • 00:40:26.110 --> 00:40:27.160
  • "Knock and the door
  • 00:40:27.160 --> 00:40:28.130
  • will be opened."
  • 00:40:28.130 --> 00:40:29.100
  • Over and over and over,
  • 00:40:29.100 --> 00:40:30.030
  • God never shuts his storehouse
  • 00:40:32.050 --> 00:40:33.130
  • til you shut your mouth.
  • 00:40:33.270 --> 00:40:36.270
  • You have not
  • 00:40:36.270 --> 00:40:38.180
  • because you ask not.
  • 00:40:38.180 --> 00:40:39.270
  • You must believe that God
  • 00:40:39.270 --> 00:40:40.280
  • wants to answer your questions.
  • 00:40:40.280 --> 00:40:42.160
  • God is more willing to talk
  • 00:40:42.160 --> 00:40:44.030
  • to you than you are willing
  • 00:40:44.030 --> 00:40:45.060
  • to listen.
  • 00:40:45.210 --> 00:40:48.210
  • Speak, Lord, I'm listening.
  • 00:40:48.210 --> 00:40:51.100
  • And one of the keys is
  • 00:40:51.100 --> 00:40:52.150
  • you must be specific,
  • 00:40:52.150 --> 00:40:53.200
  • and I've learned this:
  • 00:40:53.200 --> 00:40:55.080
  • that the more specific
  • 00:40:55.080 --> 00:40:56.210
  • my question is to God--
  • 00:40:56.210 --> 00:40:58.030
  • and I often do this at night.
  • 00:40:58.030 --> 00:40:59.270
  • Often when I get ready to go
  • 00:40:59.270 --> 00:41:01.190
  • to bed, I ask God a question.
  • 00:41:01.190 --> 00:41:03.280
  • "Lord," and I'll ask this
  • 00:41:03.280 --> 00:41:05.080
  • question about my life,
  • 00:41:05.080 --> 00:41:06.130
  • my ministry, my family,
  • 00:41:06.130 --> 00:41:07.180
  • whatever.
  • 00:41:07.180 --> 00:41:08.150
  • And then I go to sleep
  • 00:41:08.150 --> 00:41:09.150
  • and I let the Holy Spirit work
  • 00:41:09.150 --> 00:41:10.180
  • on my subconscious.
  • 00:41:10.180 --> 00:41:13.030
  • And more times than not
  • 00:41:13.030 --> 00:41:14.040
  • I've woke--awakened
  • 00:41:14.040 --> 00:41:15.160
  • with the solution.
  • 00:41:15.160 --> 00:41:16.130
  • Why?
  • 00:41:16.130 --> 00:41:17.130
  • Because I was relaxed and God
  • 00:41:17.130 --> 00:41:18.150
  • - Rick: One of the models is
  • 00:41:23.150 --> 00:41:25.140
  • in a little-known book
  • 00:41:25.140 --> 00:41:26.280
  • at the end of the New--
  • 00:41:26.280 --> 00:41:28.010
  • Old Testament.
  • 00:41:28.010 --> 00:41:28.290
  • It's called the Book
  • 00:41:28.290 --> 00:41:29.280
  • of Habakkuk.
  • 00:41:29.280 --> 00:41:31.150
  • And I, as a pastor,
  • 00:41:31.150 --> 00:41:32.200
  • like to always teach my people
  • 00:41:32.200 --> 00:41:34.010
  • these little books,
  • 00:41:34.010 --> 00:41:35.090
  • because when you get to heaven,
  • 00:41:35.090 --> 00:41:36.260
  • I don't want you
  • 00:41:36.260 --> 00:41:37.200
  • to be embarrassed.
  • 00:41:37.200 --> 00:41:40.060
  • I don't want Habakkuk come
  • 00:41:40.060 --> 00:41:41.200
  • up to you and say, "Hey...
  • 00:41:41.200 --> 00:41:43.030
  • [clearing throat]
  • 00:41:43.030 --> 00:41:44.060
  • How'd you like my book?"
  • 00:41:44.060 --> 00:41:45.160
  • And you go, "Oh, oh,
  • 00:41:45.160 --> 00:41:46.180
  • Mr. Habakkuk, I didn't even know
  • 00:41:46.180 --> 00:41:47.190
  • you were in the Bible."
  • 00:41:47.190 --> 00:41:49.200
  • - Rick: So how do you
  • 00:41:59.060 --> 00:42:00.070
  • receive guidance from God?
  • 00:42:00.070 --> 00:42:02.060
  • How do you hear the voice
  • 00:42:02.060 --> 00:42:03.100
  • of God?
  • 00:42:03.100 --> 00:42:05.140
  • Well, the model,
  • 00:42:05.140 --> 00:42:06.230
  • at least one of the models
  • 00:42:06.230 --> 00:42:08.280
  • is in a little-known book
  • 00:42:08.280 --> 00:42:10.100
  • at the end of the New--
  • 00:42:10.100 --> 00:42:11.150
  • Old Testament.
  • 00:42:11.150 --> 00:42:12.100
  • It's called the Book
  • 00:42:12.100 --> 00:42:13.030
  • And I, as a pastor,
  • 00:42:15.050 --> 00:42:16.050
  • like to always teach my people
  • 00:42:16.050 --> 00:42:17.190
  • these little books because--
  • 00:42:17.190 --> 00:42:20.010
  • and I'm teaching this
  • 00:42:20.010 --> 00:42:20.260
  • to you today because when
  • 00:42:20.260 --> 00:42:21.280
  • you get to heaven,
  • 00:42:21.280 --> 00:42:23.040
  • I don't want you
  • 00:42:23.040 --> 00:42:24.000
  • to be embarrassed.
  • 00:42:24.000 --> 00:42:26.130
  • I don't want Habakkuk come up
  • 00:42:26.130 --> 00:42:28.050
  • to me--come up to you
  • 00:42:28.050 --> 00:42:29.080
  • and say, "Hey...
  • 00:42:29.080 --> 00:42:30.100
  • [clearing throat]
  • 00:42:30.100 --> 00:42:31.090
  • How'd you like my book?"
  • 00:42:31.090 --> 00:42:33.030
  • And you go, "Oh, oh,
  • 00:42:33.030 --> 00:42:34.020
  • Mr. Habakkuk, I didn't even know
  • 00:42:34.020 --> 00:42:35.060
  • you were in the Bible."
  • 00:42:35.060 --> 00:42:37.050
  • That would be embarrassing.
  • 00:42:37.050 --> 00:42:40.030
  • So, pastors, there are major
  • 00:42:40.030 --> 00:42:42.040
  • truths in the minor prophets
  • 00:42:42.140 --> 00:42:45.140
  • and you need to study those.
  • 00:42:45.140 --> 00:42:46.260
  • In Habakkuk, we find the model
  • 00:42:46.260 --> 00:42:49.090
  • for hearing the voice of God.
  • 00:42:49.090 --> 00:42:51.110
  • And in chapter 1 of Habakkuk,
  • 00:42:51.130 --> 00:42:54.130
  • Habakkuk asks God six questions,
  • 00:42:54.130 --> 00:42:56.120
  • very specific questions.
  • 00:42:56.120 --> 00:42:58.100
  • And in chapter 2,
  • 00:42:58.100 --> 00:42:59.150
  • he gets a very specific answer.
  • 00:42:59.280 --> 00:43:03.000
  • Let me read it to you.
  • 00:43:03.000 --> 00:43:04.060
  • Habakkuk chapter 2,
  • 00:43:04.060 --> 00:43:05.070
  • verses 1 and 2.
  • 00:43:05.070 --> 00:43:06.200
  • These are the five things you do
  • 00:43:06.200 --> 00:43:09.120
  • to hear the voice of God.
  • 00:43:11.020 --> 00:43:14.020
  • "I will climb up in my
  • 00:43:14.020 --> 00:43:15.090
  • watchtower and I will wait.
  • 00:43:18.030 --> 00:43:21.030
  • And I will look to see
  • 00:43:21.050 --> 00:43:24.050
  • what the Lord will say.
  • 00:43:24.050 --> 00:43:26.230
  • Then the Lord gave me
  • 00:43:26.230 --> 00:43:27.240
  • this answer, 'Write down
  • 00:43:28.020 --> 00:43:31.020
  • what I reveal to you
  • 00:43:31.020 --> 00:43:33.280
  • so that you can read it
  • 00:43:34.140 --> 00:43:37.140
  • at a glance.'"
  • 00:43:37.140 --> 00:43:39.050
  • Now, Habakkuk models
  • 00:43:39.050 --> 00:43:40.190
  • the voice of God.
  • 00:43:43.160 --> 00:43:44.250
  • "Speak, Lord, I'm listening."
  • 00:43:44.250 --> 00:43:47.040
  • Okay, write these down.
  • 00:43:47.040 --> 00:43:48.200
  • Here's step number one.
  • 00:43:48.200 --> 00:43:49.240
  • If you wanna hear
  • 00:43:49.240 --> 00:43:50.230
  • the voice of God in your life,
  • 00:43:50.230 --> 00:43:52.090
  • and these will become
  • 00:43:52.090 --> 00:43:53.110
  • second nature to you when
  • 00:43:53.110 --> 00:43:54.110
  • you get to be as old as I do,
  • 00:43:54.110 --> 00:43:55.160
  • if you practice it
  • 00:43:55.160 --> 00:43:56.160
  • all your life.
  • 00:43:56.160 --> 00:43:57.170
  • Number one is withdraw.
  • 00:43:57.170 --> 00:44:00.140
  • Withdraw.
  • 00:44:00.140 --> 00:44:01.160
  • In other words, I pull back,
  • 00:44:01.160 --> 00:44:03.030
  • I get alone with God
  • 00:44:03.030 --> 00:44:04.250
  • in a quiet place.
  • 00:44:04.250 --> 00:44:07.070
  • Habakkuk says, "I will climb
  • 00:44:07.070 --> 00:44:09.090
  • into my watchtower."
  • 00:44:09.090 --> 00:44:10.260
  • That's a Hebrew expression
  • 00:44:10.260 --> 00:44:11.250
  • that means just getting alone.
  • 00:44:11.250 --> 00:44:14.120
  • You can't hear God's voice
  • 00:44:14.120 --> 00:44:17.040
  • if you've got your ear buds in,
  • 00:44:17.190 --> 00:44:20.190
  • if you're always listening
  • 00:44:20.190 --> 00:44:21.220
  • to something else,
  • 00:44:21.220 --> 00:44:23.050
  • if you're always surrounded
  • 00:44:23.050 --> 00:44:24.110
  • by noise.
  • 00:44:24.110 --> 00:44:25.250
  • The Bible tells us
  • 00:44:25.250 --> 00:44:26.250
  • that Jesus often withdrew
  • 00:44:26.250 --> 00:44:28.120
  • to a lonely place and prayed.
  • 00:44:28.120 --> 00:44:30.220
  • Often means it's a habit.
  • 00:44:30.220 --> 00:44:32.040
  • Do you have that habit?
  • 00:44:32.040 --> 00:44:34.010
  • Some of you can't stand
  • 00:44:34.010 --> 00:44:35.010
  • to be alone.
  • 00:44:35.010 --> 00:44:37.100
  • It scares you,
  • 00:44:37.100 --> 00:44:38.030
  • it freaks you out.
  • 00:44:38.030 --> 00:44:39.090
  • It makes you nervous.
  • 00:44:39.090 --> 00:44:40.290
  • You can last in silence
  • 00:44:40.290 --> 00:44:42.000
  • about 3 seconds, then you
  • 00:44:42.000 --> 00:44:44.090
  • gotta turn on your MP3 player
  • 00:44:44.090 --> 00:44:46.080
  • or whatever.
  • 00:44:46.080 --> 00:44:48.060
  • What you've gotta do
  • 00:44:48.060 --> 00:44:49.060
  • with withdraw, you gotta remove
  • 00:44:49.060 --> 00:44:50.080
  • every distraction as possible.
  • 00:44:50.160 --> 00:44:53.160
  • I withdraw, get alone and quiet.
  • 00:44:53.160 --> 00:44:54.250
  • I will climb my watchtower.
  • 00:44:54.250 --> 00:44:56.000
  • Number two, you wait.
  • 00:44:56.000 --> 00:44:57.180
  • You withdraw, then you wait.
  • 00:44:58.050 --> 00:45:01.070
  • He says, "I will wait."
  • 00:45:01.170 --> 00:45:04.170
  • So what does that mean?
  • 00:45:04.170 --> 00:45:05.150
  • That means I calm my thoughts
  • 00:45:05.150 --> 00:45:06.180
  • and I calm my emotions.
  • 00:45:06.180 --> 00:45:08.090
  • NIV translation says,
  • 00:45:08.090 --> 00:45:09.210
  • "I will station myself."
  • 00:45:09.210 --> 00:45:11.170
  • What does it mean, station?
  • 00:45:11.170 --> 00:45:12.170
  • It means you don't move.
  • 00:45:12.170 --> 00:45:14.110
  • You be still.
  • 00:45:14.110 --> 00:45:15.210
  • You calm down.
  • 00:45:15.210 --> 00:45:16.230
  • Hurry is the death of prayer.
  • 00:45:18.030 --> 00:45:21.030
  • "God, I need you to talk to me,
  • 00:45:21.030 --> 00:45:21.270
  • but I need something really
  • 00:45:21.270 --> 00:45:23.010
  • quick 'cause I'm in a hurry.
  • 00:45:23.010 --> 00:45:25.220
  • I'm going to Starbucks."
  • 00:45:26.020 --> 00:45:29.020
  • Then you're not gonna hear God.
  • 00:45:29.020 --> 00:45:30.230
  • God speaks to those
  • 00:45:30.230 --> 00:45:32.030
  • who wait on him.
  • 00:45:32.030 --> 00:45:34.120
  • You gotta withdraw
  • 00:45:34.120 --> 00:45:35.200
  • and you gotta wait.
  • 00:45:35.200 --> 00:45:36.240
  • God speaks to those
  • 00:45:36.240 --> 00:45:37.230
  • who take the time to listen.
  • 00:45:37.230 --> 00:45:39.180
  • And he--and in that waiting
  • 00:45:39.180 --> 00:45:41.050
  • period, what you do is you calm
  • 00:45:41.050 --> 00:45:42.240
  • your body and you calm your mind
  • 00:45:42.250 --> 00:45:45.250
  • and you calm your emotions.
  • 00:45:45.250 --> 00:45:48.010
  • Now, how do you do that?
  • 00:45:48.010 --> 00:45:49.040
  • You do it the way David did.
  • 00:45:49.040 --> 00:45:50.040
  • David shows us how to do this
  • 00:45:50.040 --> 00:45:51.160
  • in Scripture.
  • 00:45:51.160 --> 00:45:52.190
  • The first thing you do
  • 00:45:52.190 --> 00:45:53.200
  • is you relax your body.
  • 00:45:53.200 --> 00:45:54.200
  • Psalm 46, David says, "Be still.
  • 00:45:57.260 --> 00:46:00.280
  • Be still and know
  • 00:46:00.280 --> 00:46:02.240
  • that I am God."
  • 00:46:02.240 --> 00:46:03.220
  • Modern translation,
  • 00:46:03.220 --> 00:46:04.200
  • Rick Warren translation,
  • 00:46:04.200 --> 00:46:05.210
  • "Sit down and shut up."
  • 00:46:06.100 --> 00:46:09.100
  • Be still.
  • 00:46:09.100 --> 00:46:12.000
  • Everybody right now just take
  • 00:46:12.000 --> 00:46:12.280
  • a deep breath and let it out.
  • 00:46:16.110 --> 00:46:19.110
  • And then you just kinda move
  • 00:46:19.110 --> 00:46:20.130
  • your muscles a little bit
  • 00:46:20.130 --> 00:46:21.140
  • and you just kinda, you know,
  • 00:46:21.140 --> 00:46:23.100
  • shake it out and you
  • 00:46:23.100 --> 00:46:24.070
  • just relax and you just be quiet
  • 00:46:25.070 --> 00:46:28.070
  • and you let go of tension
  • 00:46:28.070 --> 00:46:29.240
  • and you get comfortable.
  • 00:46:29.240 --> 00:46:31.000
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:46:31.000 --> 00:46:31.270
  • "David sat before the Lord."
  • 00:46:31.270 --> 00:46:34.210
  • I'll be honest with you,
  • 00:46:34.210 --> 00:46:36.000
  • I don't kneel in prayer
  • 00:46:36.000 --> 00:46:36.290
  • very much.
  • 00:46:36.290 --> 00:46:37.260
  • Why?
  • 00:46:37.260 --> 00:46:38.240
  • It hurts.
  • 00:46:38.240 --> 00:46:40.110
  • And when I'm in pain,
  • 00:46:40.110 --> 00:46:41.150
  • I can't hear the voice of God.
  • 00:46:42.050 --> 00:46:45.050
  • I hear God much easier
  • 00:46:45.050 --> 00:46:46.160
  • in my La-Z-Boy chair or prone,
  • 00:46:48.240 --> 00:46:51.240
  • So you relax your body
  • 00:46:55.070 --> 00:46:56.210
  • and then you just sit
  • 00:46:56.210 --> 00:46:57.270
  • in silence.
  • 00:46:57.270 --> 00:46:58.280
  • Psalm 62, verse 5 says,
  • 00:46:58.280 --> 00:47:00.040
  • "My soul waits in silence
  • 00:47:00.040 --> 00:47:02.070
  • for God."
  • 00:47:02.070 --> 00:47:03.160
  • Until you get comfortable
  • 00:47:03.160 --> 00:47:04.290
  • with silence,
  • 00:47:04.290 --> 00:47:06.220
  • hear the voice of God.
  • 00:47:09.140 --> 00:47:12.120
  • Until you get comfortable
  • 00:47:12.120 --> 00:47:14.000
  • with silence.
  • 00:47:14.000 --> 00:47:16.040
  • Now, you just be quiet.
  • 00:47:16.040 --> 00:47:18.290
  • I say it like this.
  • 00:47:18.290 --> 00:47:20.160
  • Inner calm gives me
  • 00:47:20.160 --> 00:47:22.180
  • the intercom to God.
  • 00:47:23.100 --> 00:47:26.100
  • Inner calm creates the intercom,
  • 00:47:26.100 --> 00:47:28.260
  • the channel,
  • 00:47:28.260 --> 00:47:30.180
  • to hearing the voice of God.
  • 00:47:30.180 --> 00:47:32.170
  • And if you don't hear the voice
  • 00:47:32.170 --> 00:47:34.020
  • of God, you're just hoping
  • 00:47:34.020 --> 00:47:35.150
  • for the best in life.
  • 00:47:35.150 --> 00:47:38.100
  • As I said, almost everything
  • 00:47:38.100 --> 00:47:39.210
  • I've done in life,
  • 00:47:39.210 --> 00:47:40.250
  • I just move when God says move,
  • 00:47:40.250 --> 00:47:42.200
  • and I wait when God says wait.
  • 00:47:42.200 --> 00:47:44.150
  • And I go slow
  • 00:47:44.150 --> 00:47:45.170
  • when God says slow,
  • 00:47:45.170 --> 00:47:46.130
  • and I run when God says run,
  • 00:47:46.130 --> 00:47:48.010
  • and I just listen to the voice
  • 00:47:48.010 --> 00:47:50.050
  • of God.
  • 00:47:50.050 --> 00:47:52.070
  • It's not that hard once
  • 00:47:52.070 --> 00:47:53.170
  • you learn how to do it.
  • 00:47:53.170 --> 00:47:55.050
  • You withdraw and you wait.
  • 00:47:55.210 --> 00:47:58.210
  • And you relax your body
  • 00:47:58.210 --> 00:47:59.240
  • and you sit in silence.
  • 00:47:59.240 --> 00:48:01.030
  • You cannot force this.
  • 00:48:01.030 --> 00:48:02.110
  • It takes time.
  • 00:48:02.110 --> 00:48:04.040
  • Habakkuk does is he says,
  • 00:48:06.100 --> 00:48:09.000
  • "I will look to see what
  • 00:48:09.000 --> 00:48:11.180
  • the Lord will say."
  • 00:48:11.180 --> 00:48:12.260
  • Here's the third thing he does.
  • 00:48:12.260 --> 00:48:14.000
  • Read the Word of God.
  • 00:48:14.000 --> 00:48:16.280
  • "I will look to see what
  • 00:48:17.130 --> 00:48:20.130
  • the Lord will say."
  • 00:48:20.130 --> 00:48:22.220
  • Now, that doesn't even
  • 00:48:22.220 --> 00:48:23.190
  • sound right, does it?
  • 00:48:23.190 --> 00:48:24.200
  • Why does it say look to see
  • 00:48:24.200 --> 00:48:25.210
  • what God says?
  • 00:48:25.210 --> 00:48:26.210
  • Makes more sense to say
  • 00:48:26.210 --> 00:48:27.240
  • listen to hear what God says.
  • 00:48:27.240 --> 00:48:29.240
  • But it doesn't say
  • 00:48:29.240 --> 00:48:30.210
  • listen to hear what God says.
  • 00:48:30.210 --> 00:48:31.230
  • It says look to see
  • 00:48:31.230 --> 00:48:33.030
  • what God says.
  • 00:48:33.030 --> 00:48:34.080
  • God's will is found
  • 00:48:34.080 --> 00:48:36.170
  • It's found right here
  • 00:48:42.150 --> 00:48:43.240
  • in the Word of God.
  • 00:48:43.240 --> 00:48:45.140
  • It's all right there.
  • 00:48:45.140 --> 00:48:47.050
  • his Word.
  • 00:48:49.070 --> 00:48:49.250
  • Now I want you to write
  • 00:48:49.250 --> 00:48:50.230
  • this down.
  • 00:48:52.000 --> 00:48:55.000
  • Stop waiting for a voice
  • 00:48:55.000 --> 00:48:56.190
  • and start looking for a verse.
  • 00:48:57.210 --> 00:49:00.230
  • That was worth the price
  • 00:49:00.230 --> 00:49:01.250
  • of the conference.
  • 00:49:01.250 --> 00:49:02.220
  • You can go home now.
  • 00:49:02.220 --> 00:49:05.150
  • Stop waiting for a voice,
  • 00:49:05.150 --> 00:49:07.210
  • some sign in the sky,
  • 00:49:07.210 --> 00:49:10.180
  • and start looking for a verse.
  • 00:49:10.230 --> 00:49:13.230
  • God has already said
  • 00:49:13.230 --> 00:49:15.110
  • an awful lot right here.
  • 00:49:15.110 --> 00:49:18.050
  • And you look for it.
  • 00:49:18.050 --> 00:49:19.290
  • Now--but I wanna add
  • 00:49:19.290 --> 00:49:21.060
  • to this also.
  • 00:49:21.060 --> 00:49:22.060
  • When he says, "I will look
  • 00:49:22.060 --> 00:49:23.110
  • to see what God will say,"
  • 00:49:23.110 --> 00:49:25.040
  • because God often speaks to us
  • 00:49:25.040 --> 00:49:27.170
  • in mental pictures.
  • 00:49:27.170 --> 00:49:30.070
  • He does this hundreds of times
  • 00:49:30.070 --> 00:49:31.110
  • in Scripture.
  • 00:49:31.110 --> 00:49:33.110
  • And he speaks to us in a visual
  • 00:49:33.110 --> 00:49:35.200
  • And so a lot of times as I'm
  • 00:49:39.120 --> 00:49:40.150
  • just sitting outside in the
  • 00:49:40.150 --> 00:49:42.100
  • morning, alone with God,
  • 00:49:42.100 --> 00:49:44.030
  • and I'll say, "Jesus, is there
  • 00:49:44.030 --> 00:49:45.030
  • anything you wanna say to me?"
  • 00:49:45.030 --> 00:49:46.110
  • And I'll just wait
  • 00:49:46.110 --> 00:49:47.290
  • and I'll worship and I'll read.
  • 00:49:48.000 --> 00:49:51.000
  • And I'll wait some more
  • 00:49:51.000 --> 00:49:52.020
  • and I'll be quiet.
  • 00:49:52.020 --> 00:49:54.010
  • And sometimes he says,
  • 00:49:54.010 --> 00:49:55.010
  • "No, everything's fine."
  • 00:49:55.010 --> 00:49:56.270
  • And sometimes go,
  • 00:49:56.270 --> 00:49:58.160
  • "You need to work on this."
  • 00:49:58.160 --> 00:50:00.250
  • But about 80% of the stuff
  • 00:50:00.250 --> 00:50:02.010
  • God says to me
  • 00:50:02.010 --> 00:50:03.010
  • is just encouragement.
  • 00:50:03.010 --> 00:50:05.030
  • I had a lady in my church one
  • 00:50:05.030 --> 00:50:06.000
  • she'd come up to me
  • 00:50:08.020 --> 00:50:08.270
  • and she said,
  • 00:50:08.270 --> 00:50:10.010
  • "God just convicted me of--"
  • 00:50:10.010 --> 00:50:12.070
  • and then the next week,
  • 00:50:12.070 --> 00:50:13.230
  • "God just really got me on--"
  • 00:50:13.230 --> 00:50:16.040
  • and then the next week,
  • 00:50:16.040 --> 00:50:17.070
  • "God just criticized me for--"
  • 00:50:17.070 --> 00:50:19.080
  • and on.
  • 00:50:19.080 --> 00:50:20.120
  • And finally,
  • 00:50:20.120 --> 00:50:21.080
  • after about 6 months, I said,
  • 00:50:21.080 --> 00:50:22.070
  • "Ma'am, does God ever say
  • 00:50:22.070 --> 00:50:23.060
  • anything nice to you?
  • 00:50:23.140 --> 00:50:26.140
  • I don't think you're dialed
  • 00:50:26.140 --> 00:50:27.220
  • into the same God I know,
  • 00:50:28.050 --> 00:50:31.050
  • 'cause it's always--
  • 00:50:31.050 --> 00:50:32.080
  • I think you are projecting
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  • on God."
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  • Step number four,
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  • I withdraw to a secret place.
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  • I wait and I calm my thoughts
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  • and emotion.
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  • And then I read.
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  • I will look to see what
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  • the Lord will say.
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  • I write down the insights
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  • I receive.
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  • And Habakkuk,
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  • this is the fourth thing, says,
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  • "Then the Lord gave me
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  • the answer, 'Write down
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  • what I reveal to you.'"
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  • Chapter 1, Habakkuk writes down
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  • what he said to God,
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  • and in chapter 2 he writes down
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  • what God says back to him.
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  • Is it okay to write down your
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  • prayers and read them to God?
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  • Uh, duh!
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  • They're called
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  • the Book of Psalms.
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  • So that's how we got
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  • a lot of the Bible.
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  • Okay, finally,
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  • the fifth thing is review.
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  • I review regularly
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  • what God has taught me and I--
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  • He says, "Write down
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  • what I reveal to you
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  • so you can read it at a glance."
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  • Now, why should you write down
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  • the impressions that God
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  • gives to you in your time,
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  • a quiet time?
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  • Because one of the things
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