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James Bond and the Red Solo Cup

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August 22, 2016
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Church by the Glades

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  • male: Good morning, and welcome to Church by the Glades
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  • with Pastor David Hughes.
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  • We are so glad that you're here.
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  • We've got a great show for you today
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  • that I know is going to encourage you.
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  • So stick around. It's gonna be awesome.
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  • female: At Church by the Glades,
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  • we like to say, "No perfect people allowed."
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  • Which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcome when you visit.
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  • So in case you haven't check us yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • All the glory and the honor,
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  • all the praise belongs to you.
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  • We are standing in the presence of the one
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  • who make all things new.
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  • Death is gone.
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  • Fear is gone, all gone.
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  • Victory's won because of who you are.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new, all things new.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new, all things new.
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  • The old life is gone.
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  • New life has begun.
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  • You have overcome.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new.
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  • Yeah, yeah.
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  • All the glory and all the honor,
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  • all the praise belongs to you
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  • We are standing in the presence of the one
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  • who makes all things new.
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  • Death is gone.
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  • Fear is gone, all gone.
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  • Victory's won because of who you are.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new, all things new.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new, all things new.
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  • The old life is gone.
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  • New life has begun.
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  • You have overcome.
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  • Jesus, you make all things new.
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  • Yeah, yeah.
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  • You take my mistakes and make miracles.
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  • All of the pain and make miracles.
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  • You take my mistakes and make miracles.
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  • female: Okay, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into the teaching.
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  • So if you have a Bible nearby, go ahead and grab it,
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  • or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also want to take notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments could make a big
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  • impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • David Hughes: So what is up, Church by the Glades?
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  • Hey, glad you're here today.
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  • If you are new, if you are a guest, my name is David.
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  • I am one of the pastors here at CBG.
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  • We're honored you're with us.
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  • We're in a series we've entitled "Family Bond,"
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  • a little bit of a spy theme.
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  • But we're studyin' family. We're studyin' relationships.
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  • We've been talking about marriage, of course, parenting.
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  • Had a beautiful example of a blended family last week.
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  • A little talk about dating, singleness.
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  • But I'm so blessed that God has given me a family.
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  • My family's awesome because my family is perfect.
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  • No, we're far from it, far from it.
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  • But what a blessing those imperfect people are in my life.
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  • And I'm so grateful for Lisa and my three kids.
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  • But there's another family I'm super excited about.
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  • I'm grateful to be part of this family. It's you.
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  • I think people undervalue how much of life hinges on bein'
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  • part of a good church family.
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  • And so if you're here for the first time, this is my family.
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  • We have a family conversation every weekend.
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  • Typically, our conversation is fun and encouraging.
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  • Occasionally, a little serious family conversation.
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  • Here's my question today: "How does your family roll when it
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  • comes to a family meal?"
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  • How does your family roll?
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  • I mean, do you prefer, like, a nice restaurant,
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  • or home cookin'?
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  • Let's vote, all campuses, all campuses, all four campuses.
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  • Okay, who would say, "Yeah, a nice restaurant.
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  • I want someone else to do the cooking and the cleaning.
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  • Oh, yeah, who would say,
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  • "No, no, no, give me some home cookin'.
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  • I'm a homebody, oh."
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  • I was thinkin' about Dade County.
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  • Dade County, when you guys get out some day,
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  • that first meal.
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  • That first meal, you wanna go to South Beach to some nice
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  • restaurant, or go to Mama's house for Mama's cooking?
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  • And I don't know about the other campuses,
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  • but on this campus, the winner far and away
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  • was a home-cooked meal.
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  • All right, now, here's a question, home-cooked people.
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  • When your family eats a meal, are you a formal family,
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  • or kind of a casual, fun family?
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  • I can tell by what room you eat most your meals.
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  • Who would say, "Okay, at home we eat most of our meals in the
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  • kitchen around the kitchen table"?
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  • Who would say that? All right.
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  • Who would say, "No, we actually like to use the dining
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  • room with some frequency.
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  • We actually dine in our dining room."
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  • All right, you're probably a little more formal.
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  • We have a dining room in our house.
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  • We've used it, like, twice in 6 years.
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  • Theoretically, you can eat in our dining room.
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  • Okay, let's be real honest.
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  • Who would say, "Okay, guess what? None of the above.
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  • Most of our meals are in the family room,
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  • watching TV, eatin', like, pizza."
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  • Did that last night.
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  • I watched the latest James Bond movie with my boys,
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  • eatin' pizza in the family room.
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  • All good, all good.
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  • Here's one way I can tell if your family is a formal family
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  • or a fancy, you know, or fun family.
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  • What kind of glasses, what kind of cups, do you use?
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  • James Bond, James Bond, it's always the martinis,
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  • shaken not stirred.
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  • In fact, any time you see James Bond dining in a movie,
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  • it's always formal, right?
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  • He always has the dinner jacket. He's very suave.
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  • He's very sophisticated.
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  • He knows every nuance of etiquette.
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  • So James Bond, formal kinda guy.
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  • Now, if you use crystal, I mean, that's formal.
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  • That's dining room stuff. You're a formal family.
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  • We don't have china.
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  • We never got china when we first got married.
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  • So the nicest glasses we have, this is for my house,
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  • we use these blue--they're pretty nice.
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  • So if you're a guest and special guest and come to my house,
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  • we might break these out, give you--we love a good cup
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  • of coffee in my family.
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  • Use a mug.
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  • By the way, I recommend this: drink coffee before church.
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  • If you drink caffeine, I preach better.
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  • Not sure why that is.
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  • But listen, why, you might use these kinda glasses.
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  • Here's the glass we use, like,
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  • most the time in the Hughes family.
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  • We, for years, have used an old, beat-up,
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  • ghetto plastic cup.
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  • In fact, if I'm being dead honest,
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  • we don't just use the plastic cup.
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  • Most of the time now, here's the cup we use in my family.
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  • We use, we use the red Solo cup.
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  • I know the great theologian Toby Keith sang
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  • a song about Solo cups.
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  • We don't use 'em for beer pong or something.
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  • We use it to--my family drinks a lot of water,
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  • and so here's, what happens is you go to the pantry.
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  • You get your red Solo cup.
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  • You go then to the kitchen counter and you pull out,
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  • you know, and get, what?
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  • A Sharpie, and you write your name on the cup.
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  • And then you use it all week long, all week long.
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  • We don't just use it once and throw it away.
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  • And every Tuesday, Lisa throws out the cups and
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  • we start afresh.
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  • So that's what we do. We write names on the cup.
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  • Or I liked it when the kids were small.
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  • I'd do their cup and I'd draw a picture.
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  • Like, I drew a picture this week.
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  • Zane turned 7, so I put him in a superhero,
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  • "Captain 7," I wrote down on it, you know?
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  • Nicknames, when Victoria was small,
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  • she loved to be called, "Baby V," you know?
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  • So I'd put "Baby V" on her cup and do a smiley
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  • face on the opposite side.
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  • Baby V, right?
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  • Just, you know, nicknames on the cup,
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  • just to make it a little fun.
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  • But we roll with the red Solo cup. This may surprise you.
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  • There's lots of cup conversation in your Bible,
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  • lots of talk about cups in the Bible.
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  • There's a guy named Nehemiah, Old Testament hero,
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  • rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem.
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  • But before he had that job, he had this job.
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  • He was called "the cup bearer to the king."
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  • There's this really cool Old Testament story in Genesis about
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  • Joseph, one of the heroes, and he's tryin' to figure out if his
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  • brothers are sincere in repentance,
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  • so he takes his fancy, fancy, his glass,
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  • his cup, he hides it in his brothers' baggage to see if
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  • they'd be honest and unselfish.
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  • In Revelation, God pours out the cup of his justice on the earth.
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  • All kinds of cup conversation in the Bible you may not know.
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  • And what I wanna do today, surprising way,
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  • I've never taught on this before.
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  • I wanna teach you on the rich, deep,
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  • theological meaning of the red Solo cup.
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  • So underappreciated how many theological takeaways we can
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  • have from the red Solo cup.
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  • So today it's all about red Solo cups.
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  • They're not expensive, you know?
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  • You take 'em. You use 'em.
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  • You discard 'em. You know how that goes.
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  • It's a red Solo cup. What's the big deal?
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  • No, no, great teaching tool.
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  • A teaching tool, means, give ya a couple ideas.
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  • Jot these down if you want.
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  • When I think of a cup, maybe this cup represents my life.
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  • Or this cup represents your life.
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  • This cup represents Y-O-U.
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  • If you're bein' dead honest before the Lord,
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  • and your life, which is represented by a cup,
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  • is your life kinda empty?
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  • Would you say, "Well, David, there's some nice things and
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  • some nice people in my life, but in many profound ways,
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  • my life is, it's empty.
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  • It's lacking spiritual satisfaction.
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  • I'm lacking a sense of God's peace or God's purpose.
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  • I'm frustrated.
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  • I'm fear--my life, yeah, my life is kinda empty."
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  • When I say, "Three," all four campuses,
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  • loudly, say the word "empty."
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  • Ready? One, two, three.
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  • Empty.
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  • "My life, my life is a little empty.
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  • I'm feelin' a little empty."
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  • Well, if that's the case, let me give you some
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  • ideas to think about.
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  • When I think of a cup, now, I'm not a cook.
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  • But you cooks, you know, one way you use a cup is to measure.
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  • A good cook might measure out, you know,
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  • half a cup of sugar, or a whole cup of flour, right?
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  • A cup of salt, maybe. That's a lot of salt.
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  • That's not healthy for ya. But it's a measure.
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  • So if your life is somewhat empty,
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  • how full does God want your life to be of his goodness.
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  • How full does God want your life to be of his grace,
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  • of his mercy, of his power?
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  • You might be surprised to find out that God is very generous
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  • when it comes to his grace.
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  • God loves to lavish us in his goodness and his kindness.
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  • And so if you want good things in your life,
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  • if you want, here's one of the best one.
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  • The Bible talks about one of the birthrights of a believer is
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  • that God wants to give us something called "J-O-Y," joy.
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  • God wants to give us joy.
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  • Now, go, "Oh, okay, how much joy does God want to give me?"
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  • And by the way, not happiness.
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  • Happiness is based on circumstances,
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  • environments, and events that are fluid by design.
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  • Joy is something more profound.
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  • It's based on your relationship with God.
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  • So how much joy does God wanna pour into my joy cup?
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  • Let me show you some verses.
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  • John 10:10's a great verse.
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  • The speaker in this verse is Jesus himself.
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  • How much joy does God wanna give us.
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  • Jesus in John 10:10, look at this.
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  • Read the Word when I land there.
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  • Jesus said: "'I have come that they may have life,
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  • and have it to the--'"
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  • "Want your life to be full,
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  • and abundant, and supremely satisfied with the good things.
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  • I want your life to be full."
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  • Let me show you another time.
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  • Jesus, this time in John 15, verse 11.
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  • John 15, verse 11, I love this promise. It's about joy.
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  • "'These things I've spoken to you that my joy,
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  • my joy,'" see, this joy's not something we work up or well up
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  • with our own resolve, or effort, or even attitude,
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  • though attitude's very important.
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  • It's something that God wants to give us. It's his joy.
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  • "So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be--"
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  • So based on this, man, God wants my joy.
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  • Pretend this purple liquid represents joy,
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  • or goodness, or grace.
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  • Man, God wants to so fill your joy cup,
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  • not just a few drops, not a little bit,
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  • but he wants it full, right?
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  • Full. Full, oh, I spilled.
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  • Guess what? That's okay.
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  • 'Cause in Psalm 23, it says, "This is about joy."
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  • Look at Psalm 23, verse 5 on the screen, all campuses.
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  • It says: "God, you prepare a table before me
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  • in the presence of my enemies.
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  • You anoint my head with oil;" get ready,
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  • "my cup--" Man, here the psalmist says,
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  • "God, though I have some enemies,
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  • and issues, and challenges, your joy is so profound that it's not
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  • just full, it is overflowing in my life."
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  • God wants his grace, God wants his goodness,
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  • God wants his power to so flavor your life
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  • that it overflows with joy.
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  • Now, someone's goin', "Man, that sounds good.
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  • How do I get me some of that joy stuff?"
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  • Well, Christian, what unlocks joy in your life?
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  • Now, it's not the same as salvation.
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  • All right, so what unlocks the joy?
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  • Because then we all want this.
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  • We all want the joy and the grace of God
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  • spilling out on our life.
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  • Okay, I think for the Christian here's what unlocks God's joy.
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  • It's takin' the cup that is my life and making sure I surrender
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  • faith demonstrated by obedience.
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  • When I obey, I position myself to receive
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  • the full favor of heaven.
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  • When I obey what God tells me to do in his Word,
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  • when I align my life and my relationships and priorities
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  • with Scripture, when I obey, I position God to bless me.
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  • We're not saved by obeying. We don't earn salvation.
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  • I'm not talkin' about salvation.
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  • I'm talkin' about blessing, or favor,
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  • or advancement grace, all right?
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  • I need to obey.
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  • When I say, "Three," loudly say the word, "Obey."
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  • One, two, three.
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  • Obedience unlocks the favor of God.
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  • Now, now, somebody's goin', "Okay."
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  • 'Cause you're like a technical person.
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  • You think things through very carefully.
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  • You're probably lookin' for a bit of a loophole
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  • in the Bible here.
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  • Maybe you're an attorney who got saved.
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  • All right, you're thinkin', someone's thinkin',
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  • like, "Okay, how much obedience do I gotta bring to the table
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  • for God to overflow my life with joy?
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  • How much?"
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  • 'Cause we all have those issues of obedience we struggle with.
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  • I don't care how long you've been a Christian,
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  • how godly you are, we all have that,
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  • "Hey, God, these seven commandments I'm down for.
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  • I got these.
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  • And these next two, I wrestle with some but I'm trusting you.
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  • But this one, I don't know if I can give you this one.
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  • This one's my hang-up."
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  • Someone, "Amen," that.
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  • "Yes, I'm giving you nine out of ten."
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  • That's a high 90, right?
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  • That's pretty good.
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  • Is that enough to secure God's peace,
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  • his power, the fullness of his joy?
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  • Well, let me answer that like this with Scripture.
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  • The first miracle of Jesus, I love this miracle.
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  • It shows up in John chapter 2.
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  • Turn there if you want to, John chapter 2.
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  • Let me give you a detail in this narrative.
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  • You know the first story of Jesus, his first miracle.
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  • He's in a place called Canaan. It's a wedding.
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  • And they run out of what? They run out of what?
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  • The wineglasses are empty.
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  • "Oh my gosh. We're out of wine. This reception--"
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  • It's kind of a social scandal back in the day
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  • if you run out of wine.
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  • And so Mother Mary says,
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  • "Hey, Jesus, will you step up and do something?"
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  • And so he's gonna provide and resource this need
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  • in a powerful way.
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  • Now, I just wanna clarify something right now.
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  • Jesus, at a wedding, turning water into wine,
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  • is a miracle.
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  • You at Chipotle turning water into Sprites is theft.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Not a miracle.
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  • Don't ask for the water cup and go steal a soft drink, right?
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  • Especially if you're wearin' a Church by the Glades
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  • shirt don't do that.
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  • All right, all right, so anyways,
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  • anyways, there's always a faith action step before every
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  • miracle, very important.
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  • There's always something that God calls people to do by faith
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  • before every single miracle in the Bible, every single time.
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  • So where is it in this story?
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  • We'll go to, like, chapter 2, go to verse 5, I think it is.
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  • Mary says this: "The mother said to the servants,
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  • 'Do whatever Jesus tells you.'"
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  • That's awesome mama advice right there.
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  • If you can, just got that and walked away today,
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  • you'd be a richer person, a more blessed person.
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  • "Do whatever it is Jesus tells you to do."
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  • Whatever God says in his Word that you're resisting,
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  • I don't care if it's illogical, counterintuitive,
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  • do whatever Jesus tells you to do, amen?
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  • Why are you so quiet?
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  • That's awesome advice right there. Go, Mary.
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  • And so verse 6: "Nearby stood six stone water jars,
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  • the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washings,
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  • each holding twenty to thirty gallons."
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  • So these containers, these vessels,
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  • were big, like, 20 and 30 gallons.
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  • "And Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water.'"
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  • This was, by the way, a very labor-intensive task.
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  • They don't have indoor plumbing.
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  • So these servants are running back and forth with whatever
  • 00:18:34.210 --> 00:18:37.060
  • smaller thing they have.
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  • And they're coming to fill up these big jars,
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  • or these big cups, with water.
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  • But look how they do it.
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  • "'Fill them with water'; so they filled them to the--"
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:49.050
  • Why does the Bible give us that detail? I think here's why.
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  • It's pointin' these guys, that they didn't even know Jesus,
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  • had never seen a miracle before.
  • 00:18:54.240 --> 00:18:56.200
  • But there's something so compelling about the command of
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:58.210
  • Christ, they thought, "You know, we're not gonna just obey.
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  • We're gonna obey to the brim.
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  • We're gonna obey till there's no room to obey in a bigger way.
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  • Our obedience is gonna be so consistent,
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  • so holistic, that we're gonna obey to the uttermost."
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:12.030
  • See, a lot of us, with God, we look for the lowest common
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  • denominator of obedience.
  • 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:17.050
  • "What's the least I can do, God, and maybe still be blessed?"
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  • Wrong mentality, right?
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  • Parents, parents, think about your kids.
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  • Think about your teenagers. It's probably just my kids.
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  • My kids are great kids, but my kids have done this to me.
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  • Probably yours have never done this to you.
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  • Your kids, your teenagers, you ever asked them to do something,
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  • and they obey you, but it seems like their mentality is to obey
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  • you in the smallest way they possibly can?
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  • As slow, as little, just enough not to get
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  • in trouble or yelled at.
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  • Anybody? Anybody?
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  • Draggin' their feet. Rollin' their eyes, right?
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  • They're obeying, "Oh, oh, man."
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  • It's just--in fact, how 'bout an example?
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  • I'll just--where's my obedience cup?
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:56.210
  • Obedience cup? There it is. Obedience cup.
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  • What if you asked your teenager, "Hey,
  • 00:19:58.180 --> 00:20:00.060
  • would you please put seeds," sunflower seeds are good for ya,
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  • "would you please put seeds in the obedience cup?"
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:07.010
  • So you ask your teenager, "Charlie,
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:08.140
  • Victoria, would you please put--?"
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  • Hang on.
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:14.090
  • Dude, these are, like, sealed like nobody's business.
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  • There we go, all right, "Please put seeds in the obedience cup."
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:21.130
  • And your teenager says, "Oh, oh, I'll do it. Done.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:30.070
  • Dad, you said, 'Seeds.'
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  • I put in two, right? That's seeds."
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  • It's, like, the most minimal way they could obey.
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  • And when your kids do that, parents,
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:38.210
  • aren't you just warmed in your heart?
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  • Aren't you moved?
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  • Aren't you thinkin', "Oh, you are so phenomenal.
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  • How can I bless you? How can I be generous with you?
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:46.150
  • How can--you want those new shoes.
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  • Let's go to the mall right now.
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  • Let me give you--ahh, you--"
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:51.000
  • No, you're like, "Seriously? I'm gettin' the bare minimal?"
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:55.230
  • Here's how you want your kids to obey.
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:57.030
  • "Hey, Charlie, Victoria, put seeds in the obedience cup."
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:21:00.080
  • "Dad, you got it. You got it, Dad.
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  • I'll obey. Man, I'll obey to the top. I'll obey to the brim.
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  • Guess what? I'll over obey.
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  • Man, I'll bring it.
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  • Man, it's not--" It's like that kid,
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:19.090
  • you know, meets you in the morning,
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:20.200
  • like, "Hey, Dad, you told me to clean up the room,
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:22.230
  • but you didn't tell me which one,
  • 00:21:22.240 --> 00:21:24.040
  • so I woke up early and banged them all out.
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  • Dad, Dad, wake up, Dad. Wake up. Dad, Dad," right?
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  • I actually want to obey God 'cause,
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:36.200
  • you know, God's commandments are my good anyways.
  • 00:21:36.210 --> 00:21:40.050
  • And so here's what I found that happens.
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  • If you wanna be blessed, the door of God's blessing swings on
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:45.280
  • the hinge of obedience.
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  • Yeah, I'd tweet that right there.
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  • I'd tweet that. That's good. Here's what that means.
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  • Some of you guys are not havin' this big,
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  • full blessed life the way that God desires because you've
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:21:59.090
  • barely cracked up the obedience door.
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  • And big blessings can't fit through that tiny crack
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  • of your compromising obedience.
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  • Measure. Measure.
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  • I'll wait for it. But that's helpful.
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:14.210
  • And then, and then really quickly,
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  • if I'm just being honest, second thing,
  • 00:22:16.020 --> 00:22:17.110
  • and we'll kind of move on.
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:18.220
  • When it comes to the Solo cup, you think of,
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:20.030
  • I think of, is they're ordinary, right?
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  • I invite you to my house.
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  • "Hey, would you please come to my house for a dinner?"
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  • And you show up.
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  • I'm like, "Here, here's your cup. Here's your Sharpie."
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  • You're like, "Okay, I don't feel very special."
  • 00:22:31.000 --> 00:22:32.130
  • If I had this kinda glass, you're like,
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  • "Oh, this is special.
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  • But David gave me this kind. They're kinda ordinary."
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  • Solo cups, by definition, they're inexpensive.
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  • They're ordinary. They're unspecial.
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  • They're disposable, right?
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  • Man, they're kind of cheap.
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  • There's somebody that says,
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  • "You know, that's the way I feel about my life.
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  • I know God probably chooses and uses,
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  • like, really talented people, or really connected people,
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  • kinda fancy people.
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  • They are vessels, biblical word "vessels,"
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  • that he can fill and use.
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  • But I'm like an ordinary, unspecial,
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  • red Solo cup kind of Christian.
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  • I don't think God has any unique plan for me.
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  • I'm probably a throwaway kinda person."
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  • In fact, even worse, somebody here,
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  • you've been harmed in life.
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  • Someone has marginalized you. Someone has wounded you.
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  • Or maybe you've made a few mistakes
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  • and you feel like life has labeled you.
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  • And you're like, "Well, you know,
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  • God could never choose and use me because
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  • my life is really messy, messy."
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  • And what do you do with a messy, old, broken, Solo cup?
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  • Right? Get rid of it.
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  • Guess what? You're wrong.
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  • You are wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
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  • What kinda person does God use?
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  • I think God uses all different kinds of people.
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  • I think God uses the kind of fancy people in life,
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  • but he uses the kind of the ordinary people in life in
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  • extraordinary ways.
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  • Why do I believe that? I read my Bible.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 2, verses 20-21 says: "In God's house,
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  • in God's family, there are all kinds of cups.
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  • Some are fancy. Some are made of gold and silver.
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  • Others, though, they're kind of ordinary.
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  • They're made of clay and wood, or maybe red plastic.
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  • But God can choose to use and fill anyone
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  • who's surrendered to him."
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  • So if you feel like, "Man, I have failed," or,
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  • "I'm addicted," or, "I have been abandoned.
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  • I have been labeled, man.
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  • Life has, you know, sin has so tarnished my life that I can
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  • never be used in any real way by God."
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  • I just wanna tell ya I think you're wrong.
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  • And the answer's found in this, another cup,
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  • the cup of the Lord.
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  • In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, in verse 21 it uses that phrase,
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  • "The cup of the Lord," referring to Communion,
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  • or Lord's Supper.
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  • We're gonna have a Lord's Supper moment here in just a moment.
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  • And I think when Jesus took the Passover Seder,
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  • already a special, symbolic meal,
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  • and he layered on top of that a deeper,
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  • more profound level of symbolism,
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  • that all of a sudden, now that cup and that bread would point
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  • to his body and his blood given as a sacrifice.
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  • See, we can have his joy not because something we do,
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  • it's something he has done.
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  • And I was thinking through that original Communion,
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  • or Lord's Supper.
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  • I thought about the guest list.
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  • Who did Jesus invite to join him on that night
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  • just before he was arrested?
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  • Who was there?
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  • It was all the fancy people, right?
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  • He invited all the politicians, and the Roman leaders,
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  • and the religious professionals, and the high priests.
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  • Did he invite those people? No, who'd he invite? Disciples.
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  • By definition in Acts, disciples were described as,
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  • "Ordinary men."
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  • Ordinary, unspecial men, ordinary men,
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  • but they had been with Jesus.
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  • And that's what makes the difference.
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  • And so these ordinary guys were having dinner with him.
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  • And see, it wasn't because they were worthy
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  • or they were qualified.
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  • They were there because he was worthy.
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  • And he is supremely qualified.
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  • And let's even drill down a little bit.
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  • Think about the people. Think about the individuals.
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  • Peter. Peter was there.
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  • Peter. One cup said Peter's name on it, right?
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  • Peter, he was there because he never got it wrong.
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  • He always did and said the right things in the Bible.
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  • No, every time Peter's talking in the Gospels,
  • 00:26:07.130 --> 00:26:08.290
  • he's saying somethin' stupid.
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  • Very impulsive, very rash, that very evening he denies the Lord.
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  • How 'bout these two?
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  • How 'bout James and John?
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  • Bible says James and John, Jesus was talking about his death,
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  • and they're arguin' about who's gonna sit
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  • in his right and his left.
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  • They're worried about politics. Are you kiddin' me?
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  • What messy guys they were.
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  • Matthew, Matthew, before his salvation,
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  • was a crooked tax collector.
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  • Thomas was a doubter. Nathanial was a whiner.
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  • Judas, ahh, Judas.
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  • And so what qualified them was not they were special.
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  • He was special.
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  • male: Thanks so much for checking out the
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  • show this morning.
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  • We are honored that you would tune in today,
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  • and we hope that today's message would continue to be a source of
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  • inspiration and encouragement as you go forward into your week.
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  • and our campuses are the perfect place to make that happen.
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  • We have two locations here in South Florida with nine services
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  • and there you'll find all the times,
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  • directions, and more information about who we are.
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  • female: Well, that's it for the show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here, and we'll look forward to seeing you
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  • next time at Church by the Glades.
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