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How to Treat Good (But Imperfect) People Part 2

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September 21, 2019
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How to Treat Good (But Imperfect) People Part 2

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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white
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  • Longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Forward at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: The church is made up of imperfect people
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  • trusting in a perfect Savior, but God still calls us to honor
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  • one another.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip shows you how
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  • Paul affirmed the sacrifice of Epaphroditus, and how you can
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  • also encourage your brothers and sisters in the faith.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Your messenger.
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  • Your messenger.
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  • It means your ambassador, your delegate.
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  • The word "apostolon," we get the word "apostle" from that,
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  • somebody set out on a task.
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  • So, Epaphroditus volunteered to be the guy set
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  • out by the Philippians to make a 6-week, 800-mile journey
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  • to serve Paul, to be their messenger.
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  • There's something I'd like you to do.
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  • Next time a missionary comes to town, and we have our
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  • missionaries from the field come back during the year.
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  • They set up a kiosk often in the foyer.
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  • Sometimes we'll, on Wednesday night, bring them up, and pray
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  • for them, and hear from them.
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  • Next time you see a missionary back home, would you mind going
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  • up to them and just give 'em a good word, a word
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  • of encouragement?
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  • Thank them for going to the field on your behalf.
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  • You go, "On my behalf?"
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  • Yes, on your behalf. You're not there.
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  • You didn't go. I didn't go.
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  • So, they are sent out by us, from us, and they're out there
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  • in very difficult situations.
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  • And it's always great when somebody acknowledges that they
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  • did that.
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  • You thank them for that.
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  • My dad was a fisherman, and I mean, he was into fishing.
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  • And he had his buddies, and he tried to get us into fishing,
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  • and it's like, "Whatever."
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  • I really wasn't into it.
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  • And sorry if you're a fisherman and you hear that.
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  • I've disappointed you, perhaps.
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  • But when they would talk about fishing, I mean, man, they
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  • were just so into where they would go hunting or fishing,
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  • and if I were to-- let's say you are a fisherman here.
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  • You're really good at it.
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  • If I were to ask you, "Okay, think of the best place you can
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  • think of in your mind right now.
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  • Best place you've ever gone fishing," you probably won't say
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  • Shady Lakes over here.
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  • Although that's a great place for your family, 'cause they
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  • stock at full of fish.
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  • You can throw your little line in there and get fish any day
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  • of the week, but it's probably not your favorite.
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  • I'm gonna hear something probably like this, "Oh man, I
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  • know this place, but it's so far away and it's hard to get to.
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  • And once you get there, you gotta hike in and camp out.
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  • And it's kind of difficult and dangerous, but man the fish
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  • are hungry."
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  • That's missions. That's missions.
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  • Willing to go to another difficult place because the fish
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  • are hungry there.
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  • So, treat your ambassadors, your messengers, with respect
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  • and love.
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  • Well, there's a fifth that Paul mentions about Epaphroditus,
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  • and that is also in verse 25.
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  • "The one who ministered to my need."
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  • Look at all five of them.
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  • "Brother," "Fellow worker," "Fellow soldier,"
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  • "Your messenger," and "The one who ministered to my need."
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  • Paul isn't just throwing that in.
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  • He's using a very particular term here
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  • for "Ministered to my need."
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  • The word he uses is the word "leitourgias."
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  • We get the word "liturgy" from that.
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  • It speaks about a sacred duty, like a priest would perform,
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  • a sacerdotal duty, a sacred duty of a priest.
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  • So, what the Apostle Paul is doing with his friend
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  • and brother Epaphroditus is taking his service and elevating
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  • it to the performance of a sacred task.
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  • Now, I have a question for you.
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  • Have you done that with your occupation?
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  • Do you go to work and go, "I hate my job."
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  • You say, "God, why do I have this job?"
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  • Or do you go to the job and say,
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  • "I am here by divine appointment.
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  • God called me to this and I am embracing this as a calling
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  • of God to discover what people he wants me to reach."
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  • When I used to work in medicine and radiology, and I would share
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  • the gospel with people when there were breaks or we had time
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  • to have discussions.
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  • I remember one guy came up to me that I worked with and he said,
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  • "Skip, you ever think about getting out of this
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  • and getting into full-time ministry?"
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  • And I remember I said to him,
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  • "Let me let you in on a little secret.
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  • I am in full-time ministry right now."
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  • He said, "What do you mean?"
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  • I said, "Well, I'm talking to you.
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  • I've invited you to church.
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  • You won't go to church, so I'm here right now talking to you.
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  • And I see this as my full-time ministry."
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  • And and I love that Paul does that with Epaphroditus, takes
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  • his service as ministering, brings it up to the level
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  • of a sacred duty.
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  • Like the housewife who had a sign above her sink that read,
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  • "Divine service rendered here three times daily."
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  • She saw that as a calling from God to minister to her
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  • family, a sacred duty from the Lord.
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  • So, all said, learn to look at people through the lens
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  • of their strengths, of their attributes,
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  • of their beneficial qualities.
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  • Don't always notice their faults.
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  • Start noticing their strengths.
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  • Now, I have to say something.
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  • This won't come naturally for some of us.
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  • For some of us, we have been conditioned to be so negative
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  • that if you put us in a situation where we meet
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  • new people, we immediately go negative.
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  • We pick out all the faults, all the problems,
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  • all the reasons that can't be done.
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  • Blah, blah, blah.
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  • So, you need to be trained by God's grace, and hopefully
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  • this message will help a little bit to start looking
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  • for positive traits.
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  • Because you can find positive traits in the worst people.
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  • So, there was a woman who always complimented everyone and it
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  • drove her friend nuts.
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  • And one day, her friend said, "You know, I think you would
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  • probably even compliment the devil."
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  • And she thought about that and said, "Well, you gotta
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  • admit, he is persistent."
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  • So it can be done, and Paul did it.
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  • He acknowledged his strengths.
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  • Here's the second principle in treating good
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  • but imperfect people.
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  • Not only acknowledge our strengths,
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  • accept their shortcomings.
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  • Accept their shortcomings.
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  • Okay, let me tell you what's happening here,
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  • because you read it.
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  • Epaphroditus makes 800-mile journey,
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  • 6-week journey, comes to Rome.
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  • He gets sick.
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  • And the word is a very strong word.
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  • It's the same word used of Lazarus when he
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  • got sick and died.
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  • Paul says, "Epaphroditus almost died."
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  • So, he comes and gets sick, either on the journey or while
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  • he is in Rome.
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  • And Epaphroditus finds out that the Philippians found out that
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  • he was sick, so when they found out that he was sick, they got
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  • all distressed.
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  • Well, when Epaphroditus found out that they found out,
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  • and that when they found out they got distressed,
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  • he's distressed 'cause they're distressed.
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  • He's anxious 'cause they're anxious.
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  • He's concerned 'cause they're concerned.
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  • And so, watch this, verse 25, "Yet I considered it necessary
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  • to send to you Epaphroditus."
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  • Epaphroditus came from Philippi.
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  • He's sending him back to Philippi.
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  • Verse 26, "Since he was longing for you all and was distressed
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  • because you heard he was sick."
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  • Go down to verse 28, "Therefore, I sent him the more eagerly,
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  • that when you see him you may rejoice,
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  • and I may be less sorrowful."
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  • Okay, normally when a guy gets sick and gets better,
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  • you just write a letter and say, "He's better now.
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  • Don't worry yourselves. He's good.
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  • He's healthy. Everything's great."
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  • But what Paul does, he goes, "I'm writing this letter,
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  • and you, Epaphroditus, are taking it back.
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  • I'm sending you back.
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  • You stay back," why?
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  • Well, look at verse 26 just one more time.
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  • "He was longing for you all."
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  • The word means a deep, intense longing, a deep desire,
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  • a yearning for.
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  • So, the New English Translation renders it, "He greatly missed
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  • all of you."
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  • Here's what I think is happening.
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  • I think that not only did Epaphroditus get physically
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  • sick, he has a bad case of home sickness as well.
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  • He's yearning for them.
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  • He misses them. He misses home.
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  • And now he hears that they're distressed
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  • that he was distressed.
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  • He goes, "Oh!"
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  • He's pining away.
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  • So, Paul says, "You know, I found it necessary just to send
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  • him back home.
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  • I'm sending him back to you. He's comin' back.
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  • Therefore, receive him."
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  • Now, I see this as Paul's gracious attitude in overlooking
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  • a young man's weakness.
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  • He's not making a big deal of it.
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  • He's honoring and building them up,
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  • but he's sending him back home.
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  • "He's yearning for you. I'm sending him back home."
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  • Now, follow me here.
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  • I believe Paul the Apostle himself has grown in grace
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  • a little bit.
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  • What do I mean?
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  • While on his first missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas take
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  • a young man, Barnabas's nephew named John Mark.
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  • John Mark gets homesick, runs back to Jerusalem.
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  • When they went to Pamphylia, he goes, "I'm out of here."
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  • Goes back home.
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  • So, when the journey's done and Paul says, "You know,
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  • Barney," that's Barnabas, "we gotta go back and visit all
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  • those places one more time and see all those people
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  • who made their decisions to follow Christ."
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  • And Barney goes, "Awesome, I'm going to take John Mark,
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  • my nephew, again."
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  • Paul goes, "No, you're not.
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  • He left us the first trip.
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  • He flaked out one time.
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  • He is not going back with us again."
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  • Well, an argument broke out between Barney and Paul,
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  • and they went their separate ways.
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  • That was then, this is now.
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  • Now we have Epaphroditus, who was longing for you all.
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  • And Paul says, "I'm sending him back home,"
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  • but he does it very graciously.
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  • He makes it easier for Epaphroditus
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  • to go back home.
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  • He does not say, "I am sending Epaphroditus, the wimp, back
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  • to you, the weasel, so he can stay with you in Philippi,
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  • the guy who couldn't cut it."
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  • He's very gracious with him.
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  • He makes it easy for him to go back home.
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  • male announcer: Skip Heitzig met recently with bestselling
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  • author, Joel Rosenberg, where they talked about current
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  • pressure in the epicenter.
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  • Joel Rosenberg: On the one hand, Israel is the most endangered
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  • country in the world.
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  • Now, if you're about to try to get people to go
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  • out and tour, I've got another part of that also, but let me
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  • just start by saying, you know, Iran wants
  • 00:12:44.070 --> 00:12:46.090
  • to eliminate us, right?
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  • The term they use is they want to annihilate, wipe us
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  • off the map, right?
  • 00:12:50.160 --> 00:12:51.250
  • And Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, armed,
  • 00:12:51.260 --> 00:12:55.080
  • supplied, trained, funded, terror regime in Southern
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  • Lebanon, they want to annihilate us, right?
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:03.020
  • Hamas, in their charter, the terrorist group in Gaza,
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  • they wanted to annihilate and liquidate the Jewish people
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  • in the State of Israel.
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  • So, you know, there's not many countries in the world where
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  • there are active enemies that talk about the complete genocide
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  • of a people and the elimination of a nation.
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  • So, that's very targeted, you know?
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  • You think, "Why would you-- why would you want to live there?"
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  • Well, so that's the-- that's the one hand.
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  • On the other hand, Israel and Israelis are feeling more
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  • secure today than at any other time in human history.
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  • Most Jews are like, "Yeah, people hate us.
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  • We get it.
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  • We're Jewish," you know?
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  • Have you-- You know, have you seen all the movies
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  • throughout history, going back to, you know, Charlton Heston
  • 00:13:42.290 --> 00:13:47.260
  • taking on Yul Brenner in, you know, in "The Ten Commandments"?
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  • I mean, come on, people, yeah, they've hated us.
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  • Read the Bible.
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  • That's the story.
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  • But just 'cause they hate us doesn't mean we're always
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  • in grave danger.
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  • We have the most powerful air force in the region.
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  • We have the most powerful ground force.
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  • We have missile defenses that actively shoot down the rockets,
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  • most of them, 90% of them, that are inbound.
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  • Skip Heitzig: That's the Iron Dome?
  • 00:14:13.170 --> 00:14:14.260
  • Joel Rosenberg: The Iron Domes, David's Sling, Patriot,
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  • The Arrow.
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:18.290
  • It's a crisscrossing network of systems that can do just
  • 00:14:19.000 --> 00:14:22.150
  • mortars and rockets, but also ICBMs.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Wow.
  • 00:14:25.210 --> 00:14:27.000
  • Joel Rosenberg: So, we also have nuclear sub-- well, they're not.
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:31.250
  • They're diesel submarines, but they're advanced,
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  • state-of-the-art submarines that are parked right off the coast
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  • of Iran, with, so I guess, missiles that can take
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  • out entire Iranian cities.
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  • They're just-- they're just-- these guys just live there
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  • under the water, just waiting for the moment, and then they
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  • switch with another.
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  • Like, we have-- you know, so we have treaties now,
  • 00:14:51.210 --> 00:14:54.170
  • peace treaties, with Egypt.
  • 00:14:54.180 --> 00:14:56.200
  • You know, Egypt has been our main enemy for 4.000 years,
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:59.260
  • like, but they're not now.
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  • And you and I have been to Egypt.
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  • We see what's going on and the relationship
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  • between the Egyptian leadership and the Israeli leadership.
  • 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:09.270
  • Peace treaty with Jordan.
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  • My point is, we are both the most endangered country
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:14.060
  • in the world, Israel is, and feeling more secure than
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  • ever in human history.
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  • That's a conundrum.
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  • It's the very conundrum that lays the groundwork
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  • for the prophecies of the war of Gog and Magog, but even if
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:29.160
  • you don't go down that road, it's just an interesting moment.
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:32.150
  • People who come on your tours--
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  • Skip Heitzig: They feel secure.
  • 00:15:34.010 --> 00:15:35.160
  • Joel Rosenberg: They have friends that say,
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  • "Why would you do that?
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:38.060
  • Are you crazy?
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  • You know, I mean, Skip's a nice guy, but I mean, come on, you
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:40.270
  • know, why don't you go to the Caribbean?"
  • 00:15:40.280 --> 00:15:42.100
  • And then they come back like, Oh my gosh, that was so amazing.
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  • I never felt in danger.
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  • I want to live there, right?
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:47.060
  • And you can hardly get them on the plane to come back.
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:50.010
  • And so, that's a conundrum.
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:53.250
  • But it's fun.
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  • It's an exciting moment.
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  • But we had a hundred rockets fired at us last week from Gaza.
  • 00:15:56.170 --> 00:16:00.030
  • Skip Heitzig: Last week?
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  • Joel Rosenberg: Last week, a hundred, and yet we've got--
  • 00:16:01.140 --> 00:16:03.230
  • you know, last year we had 450 in two days,
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  • during a two-day period.
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:09.210
  • So, 450 rockets fired at your country, and yet the last
  • 00:16:09.220 --> 00:16:12.170
  • several years, we've had record tourism every single year.
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:17.150
  • There's not enough beds, and there's not enough hotels,
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:19.120
  • there's not enough buses.
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  • People want to come and they're not being thrown
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  • by these things.
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  • Conundrum.
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  • Skip Heitzig: There was a family, and the kids decided
  • 00:16:28.130 --> 00:16:31.000
  • to give Dad, for his birthday, a genealogical record of his
  • 00:16:31.010 --> 00:16:35.090
  • family history.
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  • He had always wanted to know who his relatives were in the past,
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:40.000
  • where he had come from, so the kids got together
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  • and said, "Let's give that gift to Dad."
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  • They hired a biographer to look in the records and find
  • 00:16:44.080 --> 00:16:48.140
  • out the different family tree.
  • 00:16:48.150 --> 00:16:50.150
  • Well, the biographer came to the family, got the kids
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:54.020
  • aside and said, "Well, we have a problem.
  • 00:16:54.030 --> 00:16:56.240
  • It seems that in your family history, there's this Uncle
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  • George who, down in Alabama, killed somebody.
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  • He's a murderer and he was sentenced to death
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  • by the electric chair."
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  • And they thought, "Oh, man, that's a blot
  • 00:17:11.290 --> 00:17:14.000
  • on our family record.
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  • That's the black sheep of the family.
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  • We don't want that in there.
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  • At the same time, that's part of our history.
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  • You have to write about it."
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  • So they said, "Just go ahead and include it."
  • 00:17:21.260 --> 00:17:24.090
  • Well, when the biographer was done and presented the journal
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  • of the family records, they were delighted in the way he treated
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  • Uncle George.
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  • He put it this way, "Uncle George occupied a chair
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  • of electronics at an important government institution.
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  • He was attached to his position with the strongest of ties
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  • and his death came as a real shock."
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  • Come on, you gotta hand it to the biographer for adding
  • 00:17:53.230 --> 00:17:57.210
  • a little finesse and grace to the story of Uncle George,
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  • making the truth a little easier.
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  • Now, you remember that Paul the Apostle calls the church
  • 00:18:08.020 --> 00:18:11.060
  • by the title "The body of Christ."
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  • And he said the church is like a human body.
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  • There are parts of it that are noticeable, there are parts
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  • of it that you don't see, but are very vital.
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  • And so he writes this, 1 Corinthians 12, "Those parts
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  • of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
  • 00:18:25.200 --> 00:18:30.090
  • and those parts that we think are less honorable, we treat
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  • with special honor."
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  • See, everybody has strengths and everybody has weaknesses.
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  • Everybody has assets, everybody has deficits.
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  • Everyone is gifted in some area, everyone is not gifted
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  • in other areas.
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  • But friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.
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  • And when you can overlook certain people's faults
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  • and foibles, it goes a long way.
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  • That's how you treat good but imperfect people,
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  • acknowledge their strengths and accept their shortcomings.
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  • Let me give you a-- please, go ahead.
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  • I'll let you respond, sorry.
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  • Let me give you a third and we'll close.
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  • Affirm their sacrifice.
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  • Now, watch verse 27.
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:23.080
  • Paul says, "For indeed," or, really, man,
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:26.230
  • "He was sick almost unto death, but God had mercy on him.
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  • And not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow
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  • upon sorrow."
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  • Verse 29, "Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness
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  • and hold such men in esteem.
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  • For because of the work of Christ, he became--"
  • 00:19:45.230 --> 00:19:48.160
  • or, "He came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:51.090
  • what was lacking in your service toward me."
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  • Now, consider something for a moment.
  • 00:19:54.130 --> 00:19:57.200
  • Paul the Apostle says, "I got a guy here with me who's working
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:20:03.210
  • with me who's-- who got really, really, really sick,
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:10.280
  • and he almost died."
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  • Really?
  • 00:20:14.260 --> 00:20:16.260
  • A guy with Paul got sick?
  • 00:20:16.270 --> 00:20:21.270
  • Paul the Apostle, the one who moved in the miraculous?
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:24.070
  • Paul the Apostle, the one the Bible says had sweat bands
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  • taken from him, laid on sick people, and they got better?
  • 00:20:27.130 --> 00:20:32.060
  • How do you get somebody with Paul who's sick?
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:34.010
  • Because Christians get sick.
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  • Don't ever think, "Well, if you're a child of God and you
  • 00:20:37.180 --> 00:20:40.070
  • have faith in Jesus, you just get snapped on the forehead,
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:43.110
  • hallelujah, and you're healed."
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  • That's just weird.
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  • Epaphroditus got sick and he almost died, Paul said.
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  • He admitted it.
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  • And it wasn't just Epaphroditus.
  • 00:20:58.070 --> 00:20:59.250
  • There was Timothy that Paul writes a letter to and says,
  • 00:20:59.260 --> 00:21:02.080
  • "Hey, I know you have a stomach problem.
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  • Take some wine for it," which was, in antiquity, medicine.
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  • "Take some medicine for your stomach."
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  • Not, "Come to a healing service.
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  • If you have enough faith, you'll be healed."
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  • Just take medicine.
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:15.090
  • So, you got Epaphroditus and Timothy both got sick.
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  • Not only that, but Trophimus the Ephesian, it says in 2
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:22.100
  • Timothy chapter 4, Paul says, "I left him at Miletus sick."
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  • But not only was he sick, Paul left him sick and walked away.
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:30.280
  • So, not only Timothy, not only Epaphroditus, not only
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:33.190
  • Trophimus, but even Paul got sick.
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  • Paul talked about a thorn in the flesh, 2 Corinthians 12,
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:39.250
  • an adversity, an infirmity that he had.
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  • He said, "I prayed three times that the Lord would remove it."
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:45.210
  • Effectively God said no, because he said,
  • 00:21:45.220 --> 00:21:48.200
  • "My grace is all you need."
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:51.040
  • And so he "said, I will then glory in my infirmity."
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  • I'll glory in my sickness.
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  • I won't glory only if I'm healed of it.
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:58.190
  • But godly people can get sick too.
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  • It doesn't mean you lack faith.
  • 00:22:01.290 --> 00:22:04.040
  • Now, I will say I do not understand physical healing.
  • 00:22:04.050 --> 00:22:07.140
  • I love when it happens, but if you asked me to give you
  • 00:22:07.150 --> 00:22:10.020
  • a formula, I can't.
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:11.280
  • And if you say, well, you oughta say you just have enough faith
  • 00:22:11.290 --> 00:22:13.260
  • and you'll be healed, I won't because that's not biblical.
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  • I've prayed for people and I've watched them get healed
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:20.290
  • before my eyes on some occasions.
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  • I prayed for other people and they got worse and died
  • 00:22:24.050 --> 00:22:28.060
  • on other occasions.
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  • So, this is what I know.
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:30.270
  • God does want our faith and does engender our faith, but healing
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:36.140
  • is according to God's sovereign plan and purpose, period.
  • 00:22:36.150 --> 00:22:41.020
  • So, he was sick.
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  • And he affirms that this guy sacrificed almost to the point
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  • of death.
  • 00:22:46.260 --> 00:22:48.050
  • So, verse 30, look at it, "For the work of Christ,
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:50.150
  • he came close to death, not regarding his life."
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  • The two words, "Not regarding," is a word "parabouleuomai."
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  • Don't expect you to ever remember that word.
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  • It's a Greek word that means to throw the dice, to gamble,
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:11.070
  • to bet on, to put all of the chances upon.
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  • He's saying Epaphroditus placed his very life in danger, risking
  • 00:23:15.000 --> 00:23:20.180
  • it all, putting all of his chances on God.
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  • You might say a gambler for God.
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  • And he made it all the way from Philippi to Rome, got sick.
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  • I'm sending him home, but you got to affirm
  • 00:23:31.110 --> 00:23:36.030
  • that he made a sacrifice.
  • 00:23:36.040 --> 00:23:37.130
  • And so Paul says, "Therefore receive him," verse 29,
  • 00:23:37.140 --> 00:23:41.190
  • "in the Lord with all gladness."
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  • Receive him like Jesus would receive him.
  • 00:23:44.010 --> 00:23:48.030
  • And he says, "Hold such men in esteem," those servants who
  • 00:23:48.040 --> 00:23:52.140
  • sacrificed for the gospel.
  • 00:23:52.150 --> 00:23:53.280
  • Respect them. Admire them.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul said, "Respect those who work hard
  • 00:23:56.200 --> 00:23:59.270
  • among you, who are over you in the Lord,
  • 00:23:59.280 --> 00:24:03.110
  • and who admonish you.
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  • Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work."
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:10.110
  • We have a little saying around here that we teach our
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:12.240
  • staff about honor.
  • 00:24:12.250 --> 00:24:15.070
  • It goes like this, "Honor up, honor down, honor all around."
  • 00:24:15.080 --> 00:24:19.210
  • So we want those above you to be honored, your supervisors,
  • 00:24:19.220 --> 00:24:23.190
  • your bosses, the one who cast the vision,
  • 00:24:23.200 --> 00:24:26.220
  • the one who hired you, you honor them.
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  • You honor spiritual leaders, but you also honor down.
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  • You don't say, "I'm to be honored."
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  • You go, "No, how can I honor and serve you?"
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  • Those that you give directions to, those who help
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  • out in a variety of ways, you honor them.
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  • You affirm them.
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  • Honor up, honor down, honor all around.
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  • A guest speaker, honor the guest speaker.
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  • A guest musician, honor the guest musician.
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  • Because it's so easy to overlook those who serve.
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  • Ushers, those who take care of your kids in the Sunday
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  • School room, people who smile at the doors and walk you
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  • from the parking lot, and the VIP treatment,
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  • the security.
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  • Thank them.
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  • Don't cop an attitude, "No, you can't look at my backpack.
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  • None of your business."
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  • Yes it is, when you bring a backpack into a group
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  • of people where you could hide something dangerous in it.
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  • May I please see it? Don't cop an attitude.
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  • Thank them. Honor them.
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  • Affirm their sacrifice.
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  • Listen, a pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae
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  • removed from a kick in the pants,
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  • is miles ahead in results.
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  • A few more pats on the back for these volunteers, not kicks
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  • in the pants.
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  • So, learn to be a servant.
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  • Learn to bless a servant.
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  • Now, let me just end by saying to you, no matter if you're
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  • a lion, or a golden retriever, or an otter, or hardworking
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  • beaver, on behalf of heaven, thank you.
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  • Thank you for serving God and serving God's people,
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  • and being willing to take time, and give to them, and help us
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  • all grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
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  • male announcer: As the body of Christ, it's important
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  • to treat one another well, regardless of our shortcomings.
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