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Parkland Strong Part 2

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March 26, 2018
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Church by the Glades

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Parkland Strong Part 2

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  • - Hello, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments, we're going to hear
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  • from Pastor David Hughes as he shares
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  • about how to live life to the fullest.
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  • It's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and you're going to be encouraged, so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades, we like to say
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  • no perfect people allowed which means
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  • that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit,
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  • so just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peak of some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • We'll be the light of this city
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  • We're gonna get bright in this city
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  • And we don't fear the dark 'cause we know we gotú
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  • What it takes to itgnite in this city
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  • We are, we are, we are, we are
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  • We are, we are, we are
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  • We are the light of this city
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  • And we're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna
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  • Get bright now
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • We're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna
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  • Get bright now
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • We're gonna get bright now
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through
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  • And ignite your life
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  • Ignite your light in us through us
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite your life
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  • Ignite your light in us through us
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite your life
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  • Ignite your light in us through us
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite your life
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  • Ignite your light in us through us
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Through us
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  • (Upbeat music)
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  • We are, we are, we are, we are
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  • We are, we are, we are
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  • We are the light of this city
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  • And we're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna
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  • Get bright
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  • We are, we are, we are, we are
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  • We are, we are, we are
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  • We are the light of this city
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  • And we're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna
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  • Get bright now
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  • - Alright, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into today's teaching,
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  • so if you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up
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  • on your phone or your tablet.
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  • You might also wanna take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - Why do you all see Jesus as this gentle,
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  • loving, soft-spoken, right, this pale, frail,
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  • blue-eyed decaf-sipping white boy?
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Walking around in flip flops, a bathrobe, feathered hair
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  • giving out candy to babies.
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  • That ain't Jesus.
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  • You'll read instead about a righteous revolutionary.
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  • A man of power, a man of generational, social impact.
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  • You'll read how He champions marginalized people.
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  • Man, Jesus rocks.
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  • But do yourself a favor.
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  • No person who's ever lived,
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  • forget the religious and spiritual impact.
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  • Is that the sociological impact of Jesus Christ.
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  • No king, no Caesar, no president, no general
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  • can rival the impact in history of this Rabbi.
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  • Check it out.
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  • And then, but the bigger question
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  • is not do you know him informationally,
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  • do you know him relationally?
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  • That's the game-changer, and if you do a little homework,
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  • you're gonna find out three things
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  • about Jesus really quickly.
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  • Three things.
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  • Number one, Jesus showed us how to live.
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  • Jesus showed us how to live.
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  • You wanna see, as you read the gospels,
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  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, one life lived to perfection.
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  • One life that was always on point.
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  • You wanna see one life, not a long life,
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  • merely three decades three years,
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  • but lived so well, so extraordinary,
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  • just if you read the gospel with an open mind,
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  • you will be blown away.
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  • His mercy, His compassion, His genius, His oratory,
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  • His words, His works, His tenacious pit bull kinda love.
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  • One thing I've loved in recent days, loyalty.
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  • I've seen loyalty displayed
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  • among the teenagers of our city.
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  • I've seen people and parents gathering up together
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  • to encourage and doesn't matter who's white,
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  • who's Latin and who's black and who's young
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  • and who's old and who's male and who's female
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  • and who's Catholic and who's Protestant
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  • and who's a Jew or who's a Gentile
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  • or who's a Muslim or agnostic.
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  • We've all come together, beautiful loyalty
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  • that Jesus, man, he's a pit bull
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  • when it comes to tenacious love.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • You'll read that Jesus gets angry.
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  • - [Woman In Crowd] Yes.
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  • - Take that with your feathered hair, precious eyes,
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  • Precious Moment eyes Jesus.
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  • He gets angry when people are being victimized,
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  • oppressed, He gets mad.
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  • A lot of us are moving from shock to sadness
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  • to a bit of anger.
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  • Anger can be productive, but don't get lost in anger.
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  • Anger will consume you.
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  • But what you mainly learn when you've studied
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  • the life of Jesus, the way He lived life,
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  • you'll see the power of a life completely
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  • and perfectly devoted to the purposes of God.
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  • He wraps His life perfectly around the purposes
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  • of the Heavenly Father.
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  • He lives His life on purpose and on point
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  • 'cause everything He does and everything He says
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  • is trying to live up to the map the Father has for Him.
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  • Purpose is a powerful thing, and a divine purpose.
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  • Purpose is so big.
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  • In fact, to make sure you're with me today,
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  • when I say three, all campuses, shout the word purpose.
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  • Ready, one, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Purpose.
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  • - Great job.
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  • Purpose is huge.
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  • In fact, that was the buy in for me.
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  • It's something that attracted me.
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  • I gave my heart to Christ as a nine year old boy.
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  • Man, nine year old boy, I kinda made
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  • a nine year old decision to receive Christ.
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  • But as a 19 year old, 18, 19 year old,
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  • I really began to surrender my life wholistically
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  • to God, not perfectly, but all in.
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  • You know the difference, where before it was kinda like,
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  • yeah, I'm a Christian and God gets a little sliver
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  • of my Sunday, but I thought, no, all of it,
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  • and for me, the buy in was purpose,
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  • 'cause I was a freshman, sophomore in college,
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  • and they were asking me big questions
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  • like what's your major gonna be?
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  • Well, why is that important?
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  • Well, your major sets you up for your career.
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  • I gotta choose what I'm gonna be when I grow up?
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  • Major, career, then a lotta people
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  • meet their spouse in college.
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  • I might be dating someone I'm gonna marry?
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  • That's a scary thought.
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  • You actually marry someone you date.
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  • Think when you date people.
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  • And listen, that's a big thing,
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  • 'cause a lot of us, we've dated someone,
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  • looking back, go what was I thinking?
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  • Who's ever dated someone, looking back,
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  • they're like, oh my gosh.
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  • What was I thinking?
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  • That person.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand.
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  • Who's ever dated someone back when you were single like,
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  • oh my gosh, he was such a loser.
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  • She was mean as a.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand.
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  • Whoever thought?
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  • And at the moment you didn't realize.
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  • See, if your hand's not up, you're that weird,
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  • crazy person we all dated.
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  • Just raise your hand next time.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • And so look, I'm not unintelligent.
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  • I'm thinking, wow, I'm making
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  • these huge decisions on my own, or
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  • I believe what I was taught growing up in the church,
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  • there is a God, and this God's a genius.
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  • This God knows all information there is to know
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  • past, present, and future, knows all data there is.
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  • His genius, His intellect is unlimited.
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  • I know some things.
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  • He knows everything.
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  • And then He loves me more than I love myself.
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  • So who has a better plan for David's life?
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  • David or the unlimited, loving God?
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  • Purpose is what got ahold of me.
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  • Purpose.
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  • Jesus lived on God's point and purpose perfectly.
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  • Other people sometimes, they're not perfect,
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  • but they're powerful like Billy Graham.
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  • Billy Graham was so wrapped around the Father's purposes.
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  • Billy Graham, the great evangelist, passed away this week.
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  • 99 years of age, and he's going to Heaven.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • And if you don't know about Billy Graham,
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  • I'll quickly give you the Wikipedia on Billy Graham.
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  • He's been a preacher since the '40s.
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  • He's met with every President since Truman.
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  • He's called America's Pastor.
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  • He's so revered, his body will lay in state
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  • in the Capitol rotunda.
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  • That is an honor afforded to only four people
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  • in American history who are not professional politicians.
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  • He preached the gospel of Jesus,
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  • by best estimates, to 215 million people live.
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  • Live.
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  • And millions of people are in Heaven
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  • because of the way Billy Graham used the one life gave him.
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  • He wasn't a perfect man, but he definitely
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  • was living out God's purpose in his life
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  • in a powerful way.
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  • Now when Billy passed, all my colleagues,
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  • 'cause all preachers, man,
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  • we admired the great Billy Graham.
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  • We look up to his integrity.
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  • Man, his effectiveness, and so everybody posted
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  • something on IG about him, and pictures of him preaching
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  • back in the day maybe to a massive crowd.
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  • I didn't post that.
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  • I post something that I hadn't seen in a long time.
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  • Actually saw this with my own eyes
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  • at the Billy Graham Library in North Carolina.
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  • I posted they have his decision card
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  • when he was a 16 year old boy at a massive church meeting
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  • where he walked forward old school
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  • and gave his heart to Christ.
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  • He gave his heart to Christ as a teenager back in the '30s,
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  • and they have the card that he filled out
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  • with all his information when he made that pivotal
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  • life-changing decision.
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  • When he gave his heart, I'm being convicted
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  • that I am a sinner.
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  • I am believing that Christ died for me.
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  • I now receive Him as my personal savior,
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  • and with His help, I purpose confessing Him before men.
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  • Name, Billy Graham.
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  • Then it has the date.
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  • How cool is that?
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  • And here's the crazy thing.
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  • We just saw Billy go to heaven,
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  • but there's so much potential in this room.
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  • There's so much talent in this room.
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  • We have such amazing teams in the wave,
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  • I'm thinking maybe, just maybe,
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  • this generation's Billy Graham is in the room right now.
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  • This generation's Billy Graham
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  • who's gonna bring good news to men's,
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  • he or she is in the room right now.
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  • I think maybe, if someone will fully surrender
  • 00:11:54.190 --> 00:11:57.260
  • to the power of God's purpose,
  • 00:11:57.260 --> 00:12:00.100
  • get excited about it, defend it,
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:05.000
  • not sacrifice God's purpose for your life
  • 00:12:05.000 --> 00:12:07.090
  • on the altar, stupidity, substance, sexuality, or sin,
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:10.250
  • how God may use you to be the next Billy Graham.
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  • The next world-changer might be in our midst right now.
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  • That's why, though you're young, don't screw up your life.
  • 00:12:18.210 --> 00:12:20.250
  • You can't afford the luxury of being immature and stupid.
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  • Let's make this thing amazing.
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  • Now here's the crazy thing.
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  • Someone's going, alright, David,
  • 00:12:25.140 --> 00:12:26.210
  • look, I'm definitely no Billy Graham.
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  • I'm no Billy.
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  • I couldn't preach.
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  • I get that.
  • 00:12:29.260 --> 00:12:32.040
  • Actually, God made one Billy Graham.
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  • What he has for you is unique and amazing,
  • 00:12:33.260 --> 00:12:36.120
  • but you can do something.
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  • You can shepherd in some way.
  • 00:12:37.190 --> 00:12:39.050
  • In fact, the reason I posted the decision card was this.
  • 00:12:39.050 --> 00:12:41.120
  • I heard a story that when Billy Graham was saved,
  • 00:12:41.120 --> 00:12:43.100
  • Billy wasn't really a church kid.
  • 00:12:43.100 --> 00:12:44.170
  • He was kinda in and out of church, mainly out,
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:46.090
  • and there was this big church meeting in his town,
  • 00:12:46.090 --> 00:12:48.050
  • hometown of Charlotte, and they brought in
  • 00:12:48.050 --> 00:12:49.230
  • a guest speaker, wasn't the home pastor, Mordecai Ham,
  • 00:12:49.230 --> 00:12:52.130
  • and they had this big ol' meeting,
  • 00:12:52.130 --> 00:12:53.260
  • and Billy and a friend decided last minute to come.
  • 00:12:53.260 --> 00:12:55.290
  • And like most teens, they were rolling kinda late, amen?
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:59.230
  • Come on.
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  • My son Charlie's awesome.
  • 00:13:00.260 --> 00:13:02.040
  • If he has to leave the house at 7:15,
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:03.290
  • his ideal is to wake up at 7:12,
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:05.200
  • brush his teeth, hop in the car.
  • 00:13:05.200 --> 00:13:07.260
  • That's the way he likes to roll.
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:09.020
  • So Billy and his buddy, two teenagers
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:10.210
  • come walking the back tunnel, and they were late,
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:13.170
  • and the room was packed out, and it wasn't
  • 00:13:13.170 --> 00:13:16.010
  • their home church, so they looked around
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:17.110
  • and they felt uncomfortable and awkward.
  • 00:13:17.110 --> 00:13:18.190
  • They were looking for a couple seats
  • 00:13:18.190 --> 00:13:20.090
  • and there were no seats.
  • 00:13:20.090 --> 00:13:21.070
  • The music was going.
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:22.230
  • There's no place to sit, so they turned around to leave,
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  • and a volunteer, listen, a volunteer quick on his feet,
  • 00:13:24.130 --> 00:13:28.050
  • an usher saw the two boys about to leave,
  • 00:13:28.050 --> 00:13:30.240
  • chased them, "Hey guys, guys, guys," he said.
  • 00:13:30.240 --> 00:13:32.170
  • "Look, I'll find you a couple seats.
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  • "You stand right there.
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:34.230
  • "I'll find you a few seats."
  • 00:13:34.230 --> 00:13:36.060
  • And he walked down, and finally, he spotted two seats,
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:37.270
  • and he waved 'em down.
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  • They took their seats.
  • 00:13:38.240 --> 00:13:40.100
  • And at that meeting, both Billy and his friend
  • 00:13:40.100 --> 00:13:43.110
  • gave their heart to Christ.
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  • - [Woman In Congregation] Amen.
  • 00:13:45.130 --> 00:13:46.080
  • (congregation clapping)
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:47.060
  • =Listen, listen, listen, listen.
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  • Thank you, thank you, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on.
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:50.230
  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Hang on.
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  • Wait for it.
  • 00:13:52.170 --> 00:13:53.120
  • And because Billy gave his heart to Christ,
  • 00:13:54.170 --> 00:13:58.180
  • millions of people met him in Heaven
  • 00:13:58.180 --> 00:14:02.270
  • because he gave his heart to Christ
  • 00:14:02.270 --> 00:14:04.250
  • and gave his life to God's purpose,
  • 00:14:04.250 --> 00:14:07.000
  • millions of people are now in Heaven
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:09.060
  • because of Billy Graham and an anonymous volunteer usher.
  • 00:14:09.060 --> 00:14:14.060
  • (congregation clapping)
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  • You never know the powerful, eternal way
  • 00:14:16.140 --> 00:14:20.140
  • that God's gonna use you, but you gotta do something.
  • 00:14:20.140 --> 00:14:24.260
  • You gotta do something.
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:26.050
  • Jesus showed us how to live life,
  • 00:14:26.050 --> 00:14:30.050
  • and I know He didn't live long.
  • 00:14:30.050 --> 00:14:33.080
  • 33.
  • 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:34.230
  • I've learned this last week as I've talked to parents
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:38.080
  • and sweet, sad spouse and loved ones,
  • 00:14:38.080 --> 00:14:40.250
  • that some of these were remarkable people who.
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:43.180
  • One little girl had just turned 14.
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  • That's too young.
  • 00:14:47.280 --> 00:14:48.270
  • That is too young.
  • 00:14:48.270 --> 00:14:50.230
  • But I've learned this, that those short,
  • 00:14:50.230 --> 00:14:52.230
  • short on years, long on purpose.
  • 00:14:53.220 --> 00:14:56.280
  • That a life can be both beautiful and brief,
  • 00:14:56.280 --> 00:14:59.130
  • so I can't promise you'll be 99 years of age.
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  • I can't promise you'll be like Billy and be,
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  • we'd all probably take that right now.
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  • 99, I'm good.
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  • I'd take 99.
  • 00:15:06.220 --> 00:15:07.290
  • That'd be awesome, but some of the most
  • 00:15:07.290 --> 00:15:09.140
  • effective lives in history were short lives.
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:12.090
  • JFK died at 46.
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:14.010
  • The great Martin Luther King never saw his 40th birthday.
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:16.240
  • Alexander the Great died at 32.
  • 00:15:16.240 --> 00:15:19.020
  • Joan of Arc who freed her nation from oppression died at 19.
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  • I think the key is this.
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  • Take the day and the moment God's given you right now
  • 00:15:24.020 --> 00:15:26.090
  • and live it to the full.
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  • Live it on point, on God's purpose,
  • 00:15:27.290 --> 00:15:30.000
  • so whether your life is long or short,
  • 00:15:30.000 --> 00:15:31.110
  • and by the way, I hope you live to be 99, man.
  • 00:15:31.110 --> 00:15:33.050
  • That's awesome, but what is 99 compared to eternity?
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  • Alright, God is the God of forever.
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  • Our God is the God of Heaven.
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:39.080
  • Our God is the God of eternity,
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:40.250
  • and if you live 99 years,
  • 00:15:40.250 --> 00:15:42.120
  • what is that compared to life eternal?
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  • I'll tell you what it is.
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  • It's a drop in the ocean.
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  • Ever go to the ocean?
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  • One person.
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  • We live in Florida.
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:54.130
  • It was not a trick question.
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:55.120
  • But guess what, it's kinda true.
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:57.000
  • They moved to Florida more than two years ago,
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:15:59.200
  • 'cause the first two years, you go to the beach every day,
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:01.070
  • like, "Oh, I love the beach."
  • 00:16:01.070 --> 00:16:02.210
  • And after while, like, "Yeah, I went to the beach
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:04.030
  • "back in, I think it was '83, 1983,
  • 00:16:04.030 --> 00:16:06.060
  • "last time I went to the beach."
  • 00:16:06.060 --> 00:16:07.090
  • I don't know why we do that,
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:10.040
  • but if you've ever been to the beach
  • 00:16:10.040 --> 00:16:11.210
  • in a quiet moment on a day without a lotta waves,
  • 00:16:11.210 --> 00:16:14.130
  • you've looked at that horizon,
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:15.270
  • you just thought, man, that just goes on and on.
  • 00:16:15.270 --> 00:16:17.080
  • You actually try to look.
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:18.150
  • Where's the end of that ocean,
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:19.230
  • and of course we know we can't see the end of it.
  • 00:16:19.230 --> 00:16:22.030
  • 3/4 of the earth's surface is covered in ocean,
  • 00:16:22.030 --> 00:16:24.220
  • but here's eternity.
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:27.160
  • God promises eternity.
  • 00:16:27.160 --> 00:16:29.090
  • You take Billy Graham's 99 years.
  • 00:16:29.090 --> 00:16:31.020
  • It's like this little drop
  • 00:16:31.020 --> 00:16:32.160
  • in that massive global ocean of eternity.
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:35.290
  • Use your drop well.
  • 00:16:38.030 --> 00:16:39.230
  • Use your little drop,
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:40.290
  • use this brief journey on the earth well.
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:44.270
  • Jesus showed us how to live.
  • 00:16:44.270 --> 00:16:46.080
  • (congregation clapping)
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:49.080
  • Two more ideas.
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  • These'll be really quick.
  • 00:16:50.060 --> 00:16:51.040
  • This is not a symmetrical talk.
  • 00:16:51.040 --> 00:16:51.240
  • Don't worry.
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:53.000
  • Number two, Jesus showed us how to die.
  • 00:16:53.000 --> 00:16:54.160
  • Christ showed us how to die.
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  • His story has a violent ending.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:59.110
  • His life, He didn't die of a disease or old age
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:01.250
  • or a chariot accident or something.
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:04.170
  • Jesus was murdered.
  • 00:17:04.170 --> 00:17:06.280
  • Evil, violent men killed, who always was loving,
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:12.110
  • always was kind, always was merciful, and they took Him.
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:16.000
  • It was horrible injustice, and they murdered Him.
  • 00:17:16.000 --> 00:17:20.050
  • Now if that was the end of the Jesus story,
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:21.210
  • it would still be remarkable and inspiring.
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:23.170
  • What a man, what a life, what a martyr, what a tragedy.
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:27.270
  • And listen, when Jesus was murdered,
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:30.230
  • God the Father did not do that.
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:33.040
  • God didn't cause that.
  • 00:17:34.210 --> 00:17:36.160
  • What happened in our city on Valentine's Day,
  • 00:17:36.160 --> 00:17:39.000
  • God didn't do that.
  • 00:17:39.000 --> 00:17:39.280
  • That broke God's heart as well.
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:42.030
  • That was someone taking the God-given gift
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:45.110
  • of free will and horribly, violently,
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:48.230
  • and wickedly misusing that gift.
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:51.160
  • So God didn't cause the death of Jesus, but He used it.
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:56.160
  • He purposed it.
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.120
  • Here's how, on the screen right now,
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:00.240
  • is a very famous verse, very powerful verse in my opinion.
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:03.100
  • Romans 5:8, says, here's what was going on
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:05.150
  • as Christ died, because you and I fall short.
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:07.200
  • We're something the Bible calls sinners.
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:09.040
  • Means we've all been selfish, stupid, and made decisions
  • 00:18:09.040 --> 00:18:13.010
  • we regret, but Jesus took care of that.
  • 00:18:13.010 --> 00:18:14.170
  • But God demonstrates His own love for us in this.
  • 00:18:14.170 --> 00:18:17.150
  • While we were still sinners, Christ died
  • 00:18:17.150 --> 00:18:20.070
  • - [Congregation] For
  • 00:18:20.070 --> 00:18:21.140
  • - for us.
  • 00:18:21.140 --> 00:18:22.200
  • Says the death of Christ was as a sufficient,
  • 00:18:22.200 --> 00:18:24.180
  • single substitution and sacrifice.
  • 00:18:24.180 --> 00:18:28.080
  • An atonement.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.150
  • The sinless one died for sinful people.
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.290
  • So God even used that.
  • 00:18:30.290 --> 00:18:32.140
  • So Jesus' death was not without purpose.
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:34.180
  • Jesus died.
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:35.230
  • So He showed us how to live.
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:37.290
  • He showed us how to die,
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:39.140
  • and again, if that was the end of the Jesus story,
  • 00:18:39.140 --> 00:18:41.070
  • a remarkable story, but a sad story,
  • 00:18:41.070 --> 00:18:43.220
  • but number three, Jesus showed us how to live again.
  • 00:18:43.220 --> 00:18:47.280
  • Christ showed us how to live again.
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:49.180
  • (congregation clapping)
  • 00:18:49.180 --> 00:18:50.240
  • The cross is not the end of the Jesus story.
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:53.210
  • I don't care which gospel you pick.
  • 00:18:53.210 --> 00:18:55.180
  • It's an important chapter.
  • 00:18:55.180 --> 00:18:57.000
  • That's Christ paying for the sins
  • 00:18:57.000 --> 00:18:58.270
  • of the entire human family,
  • 00:18:58.270 --> 00:19:00.140
  • but three days later, my king throat punches death.
  • 00:19:00.140 --> 00:19:05.140
  • Three days later, my king rises from the dead.
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:09.070
  • Three days later, my king puts an end to the grave.
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:14.030
  • Three days later, my king puts death to death.
  • 00:19:14.030 --> 00:19:17.260
  • That's the end of the story.
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:19.130
  • He lives again.
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:21.010
  • He rules still.
  • 00:19:21.010 --> 00:19:22.150
  • He reigns in Heaven,
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:24.100
  • and He offers you life in His name.
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:28.050
  • (congregation clapping)
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:31.130
  • You all sit down.
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:34.140
  • Normally when you stand up, I wrap up and quit,
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:35.200
  • but I'm not smart enough to do it this time.
  • 00:19:35.200 --> 00:19:37.180
  • So, we have been broken-hearted
  • 00:19:38.170 --> 00:19:41.230
  • the last week and a half in this area.
  • 00:19:42.280 --> 00:19:44.290
  • God's heart breaks, too.
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:48.000
  • You get a chance, if you read John's gospel,
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:52.060
  • make sure you catch chapter 11.
  • 00:19:52.060 --> 00:19:53.220
  • I love chapter 11.
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:54.170
  • It's really great story.
  • 00:19:54.170 --> 00:19:55.260
  • That is, maybe if I could pick one miracle
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:19:58.100
  • outside the resurrection of Christ to go visit.
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:20:01.000
  • Doc Brown rolled up in the DeLorean time machine.
  • 00:20:01.000 --> 00:20:03.240
  • I'd wanna go to that one, and it's Lazarus, friend of Jesus.
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:08.090
  • He's dead.
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:09.260
  • And he was close with Lazarus' two sisters, Mary and Martha,
  • 00:20:09.260 --> 00:20:12.260
  • and they send word to Jesus, hey,
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:14.160
  • 'cause he was really, really, super ill.
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:16.000
  • Very, very sick, gravely ill,
  • 00:20:16.000 --> 00:20:17.270
  • and Jesus gets the message, and by the time He gets there,
  • 00:20:17.270 --> 00:20:19.230
  • Lazarus is dead.
  • 00:20:19.230 --> 00:20:20.290
  • He's dead four days.
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.080
  • He's in a tomb, and the sisters are devastated.
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:25.020
  • And when they hear that Jesus is there,
  • 00:20:26.080 --> 00:20:27.150
  • they have these co-mingled emotions.
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:29.010
  • They love Jesus, but they're grieving for their brother.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:31.200
  • Almost a little anger.
  • 00:20:31.200 --> 00:20:33.080
  • You almost read where they say
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:34.230
  • there's a subtext of indictment,
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:36.000
  • like, Jesus, thank you for being here,
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:37.220
  • but if you'd have been here sooner.
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:40.110
  • If you'd have gotten here in time.
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:42.190
  • Ever feel like God's running late?
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:44.100
  • God's not showing up when you prayed that God would show up,
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:47.130
  • and then what's Jesus gonna do?
  • 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:49.050
  • Jesus had terrible manners at funerals.
  • 00:20:49.050 --> 00:20:51.200
  • He had just terrible etiquette.
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:53.050
  • He would always show up and raise the dead person.
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:54.280
  • Ruins the funeral every time,
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:57.010
  • and so He's gonna do that.
  • 00:20:57.010 --> 00:20:58.130
  • He's gonna have 'em roll away the stone
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:20:59.270
  • and call the name, and the dead man's gonna walk
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:01.220
  • in just a few moments, but when He sees the sisters
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.260
  • just sobbing, it says in John 11:35,
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:08.000
  • it's the shortest verse in the Bible,
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  • Jesus wept.
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  • The incarnate, unlimited, sovereign maker of the universe,
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  • God Himself, cried with the sisters
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  • knowing He's about to save the day.
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  • I think heaven has been weeping this last week,
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  • but God's still gonna save the day.
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  • - [Woman] Amen.
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  • - Someone's gonna make a choice.
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  • You see, He offers you, Jesus does, eternal life.
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  • He offers you that ocean of Heaven,
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  • and this is a moment, when we lose people like this,
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  • we recognize our own mortality.
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  • We don't like to think about that,
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  • but someday, hopefully many, many decades from now,
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  • your life will come to an end.
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  • And here's my question.
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  • Do you know for certainty when your life comes to the end,
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  • you're gonna spend forever with God in Heaven
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  • because of your relationship with Jesus?
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  • He said to Mary and Martha, said not to worry.
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  • I am the resurrection and the life,
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  • and he who believes in Me, though dead,
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  • yet shall he live.
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  • - [Woman] Amen.
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  • - He is the key to Heaven, and it's open to everybody.
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  • Open to everybody.
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  • You gotta choose.
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  • You gotta choose.
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  • He won't force Heaven on you.
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  • He won't make you spend.
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  • He recognizes your free will,
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  • even your free will to stiff-arm God at this moment,
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  • but there's somebody here,
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  • you wanna give your heart to Christ.
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  • And choices matter so much.
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  • I wanna ask you, if you don't know for certain,
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  • you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior,
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  • will you choose to know Him today?
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  • I'm not gonna embarrass you, put you on the spot,
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  • we're not gonna do an altar call,
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  • but right now, at all of our campuses,
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  • and surely in this room, will you choose Jesus?
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  • Will you choose to bring a victory
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  • out of what has been so terrible for our city?
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  • In fact, if you missed last week or forgot last week,
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  • I've been preaching the same little short sermon
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  • for about 12 days now, and I've been telling people,
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  • don't get lost in the question why.
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  • The why question, I don't think, is very helpful.
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  • We're never gonna find the answer why this horrible thing
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  • and this evil happened.
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  • Why.
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  • I said last week, a better question is who.
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  • And I gave you three who questions.
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  • I won't repeat all three, but the final one
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  • I think is vital for us to continue to think about
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  • in the wake of something
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  • so tragic so evil, and so violent.
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  • I think we still choose who wins.
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  • Who wins.
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  • We didn't get to choose who we lost.
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  • What was stolen from us has been stolen from us.
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  • The fact these lives were cut short, we can't choose
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  • to pray some magical prayer and go back and change that.
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  • We can't choose that, but I think we can choose
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  • that evil takes no more from us.
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  • - [Woman] Amen.
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  • - That violence takes no more.
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  • I'm gonna choose that gunman will take nothing else
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  • from me, my family, my church, or my city.
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  • You see, if we don't make that choice, evil wins.
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  • If we don't make that choice, violence wins.
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  • If we don't make that choice, hatred wins,
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  • and if hatred and violence, those things win,
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  • the darkness wins.
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  • I refuse to let Nikolas Cruz have the final word here.
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  • I refuse to let the gunman win.
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  • I think, in honor of the 17, that we choose together
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  • that life is gonna win, that courage is gonna win,
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  • that grace is gonna win, that unity is gonna win,
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  • because if we choose that, they did not die in vain.
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  • If we chose that, Luke wins, and Jaime wins,
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  • and Meadow wins, and Martin wins,
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  • and Chris wins, and Alyssa wins,
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  • and Gina wins, and Carmen wins,
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  • and Helena wins, and Joaquin wins,
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  • and Peter wins, and Nicholas wins,
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  • and Scott wins, and Alaina wins,
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  • and Cara wins, and Alex wins.
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  • And Coach Feis wins.
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • Remain standing.
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  • This is your moment.
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  • Remain standing, don't leave.
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  • This is somebody's moment to give your heart to Christ,
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  • to make a choice, a brilliant choice,
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  • in light of what we lost, you're gonna choose
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  • the ultimate and eternal victory.
  • 00:25:07.240 --> 00:25:09.210
  • Okay, David, I don't know for certain and sure I'm saved.
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  • I talked to, man, a full-grown, six foot three
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  • muscled up ex-athlete last night
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  • who wanted to talk to me after church
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  • about I need to know that I have eternity covered,
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  • and he prayed a brilliant prayer
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  • to give his heart to Christ,
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  • and if you wanna do that, the clearest verse
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  • in the Bible on salvation is probably Romans 10:9,
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  • it's on the screen right now.
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  • Look where it lands.
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  • This is the God promise.
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  • This says, if you confess with your mouth
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  • Jesus as Lord, Lord means master.
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  • Lord means you make him the CEO of your life.
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  • And believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead,
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  • that His resurrection is reality,
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  • it says you will be
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  • - [Congregation] Saved.
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  • - Again, you will be
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  • - [Congregation] Saved.
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  • - That's the promise of God to you.
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  • So, PD, how do I express that?
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  • Okay, same chapter, Romans 10:13 says,
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  • for anyone who will call upon the name of the Lord
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  • will be saved, so I ask everyone in the room
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  • to bow their head and close your eyes,
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  • and if you don't know for certain and sure
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  • that you know Jesus and know salvation,
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  • you wanna make sure that you've punched
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  • your ticket to Heaven, eternity,
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  • I wanna lead you in a salvation prayer right now
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  • to help you make life's greatest choice.
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  • No need to pray out loud.
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  • God's a genius.
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  • He can read your mind.
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  • Pray something like this.
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  • Pray,
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  • dear Jesus, yeah.
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  • I'm in.
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  • I want it.
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  • I'm saying yes.
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  • I'm saying yes to forgiveness.
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  • I'm saying yes to salvation.
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  • I'm saying yes to Heaven, because I am saying yes to You.
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  • Come into my life.
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  • I make you my Lord.
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  • I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sin.
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  • I believe you arose again, and you're alive right now,
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  • and you are saving me because you always keep your promises,
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  • and I make this prayer.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Put your hands together.
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  • Get somebody around you if you prayed that prayer.
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  • If you prayed that prayer, great job.
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  • - Thanks so much for checking out the show today.
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  • We're honored that you would tune in,
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  • and we hope that today's message
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  • would continue to be a source of inspiration
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  • and encouragement as you go forward into your week.
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  • (upbeat music)
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