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June 10, 2019
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  • REMEMBER THIS: IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN,
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  • GOD IS FOR YOU.
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  • HE'S ON YOUR SIDE.
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  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY
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  • WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • THIS IS THE DAY FOR A NEW BEGINNING.
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  • AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND.
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • I WANT TO START WITH THINGS THAT WE'RE AFRAID OF.
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  • I LOOKED THIS UP THE OTHER DAY -
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  • THE TOP FEARS OF AMERICANS .
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  • WE ALL HAVE A CERTAIN THINGS WE'RE AFRAID OF.
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  • SOME HAVE A FEAR OF SMALL SPACES - CLAUSTROPHOBIA.
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  • OTHERS HAVE A FEAR OF HEIGHTS.
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  • OTHERS HAVE A FEAR OF INSECTS.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A FEAR OF INSECTS?
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  • I MEAN I HAVE A REASONABLE FEAR.
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  • I MEAN I DON'T WANT TO LIKE HANG OUT WITH
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  • INSECTS, BUT - AND I DON'T GET THAT ALARMED
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  • IF I HAVE TO KILL A SPIDER OR SOMETHING;
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  • BUT SOME PEOPLE, THEY FLIP YOU KNOW.
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  • MY WIFE, IF A MOTH IS IN THE ROOM,
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  • SHE GOES INTO A PANIC.
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  • I THINK AS A YOUNG GIRL SHE USED TO LIVE IN MALAYSIA.
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  • HER FATHER WORKED FOR AN OIL COMPANY, AND I THINK
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  • SOME BIG GNARLY MALAYSIAN MOTH GOT
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  • IN HER HAIR AND SHE STILL...
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  • YOU KNOW BECAUSE SHE HAS THAT BEAUTIFUL HAIR AND
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  • I THINK THAT SHE STILL THINKS IT'S GOING TO
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  • HAPPEN SO SHE SCREAMS AND I RUN DOWNSTAIRS
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  • AND I CAPTURE, USUALLY KILL, THE MOTH.
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  • WHEN I WAS IN HAWAII RECENTLY, I GOT UP IN
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  • THE MORNING THERE WAS A BIG GIANT CENTIPEDE
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  • GOING ACROSS THE FLOOR.
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  • YOU DO NOT WANT TO STEP ON A CENTIPEDE.
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  • SO THERE'S A FEAR OF INSECTS AND OTHER THINGS;
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT ALMOST EVERYONE'S NUMBER ONE FEAR IS?
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  • IT'S THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING?
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  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
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  • OKAY I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO COME UP
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  • AND SPEAK RIGHT NOW.
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  • [laughter]
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  • SERIOUSLY. NO.
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  • THAT WOULD BE LIKE WORST-CASE SCENARIO.
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  • YOU KNOW, I HAD THAT FEAR TOO.
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  • I NEVER ASPIRED TO BE A PUBLIC SPEAKER.
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  • THIS WAS NOT SOMETHING I WANTED TO DO SOMEDAY, BUT
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  • AFTER I BECAME A CHRISTIAN GOD GAVE ME A GIFT TO
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  • PREACH THE GOSPEL AND TO TEACH THE WORD, MUCH TO
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  • MY SHOCK AND I MIGHT EVEN ADD MY DELIGHT.
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  • BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT NOT EVERYONE IS CALLED TO
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  • DO, BUT I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU THAT EVEN IF YOU'RE
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  • NOT CALLED TO BE A PUBLIC SPEAKER, YOU ARE CALLED TO
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  • BE A COMMUNICATOR OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
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  • AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO PREACH TO DO THAT.
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  • IN FACT, SOME OF THE BEST EVANGELISTS I KNOW DON'T
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  • HAVE PULPITS AND THEY'RE NOT IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWDS.
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  • THEY'RE JUST REALLY GOOD AT ENGAGING
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  • PEOPLE ONE-ON-ONE IN CONVERSATIONS
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  • ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • BUT WHENEVER WE USE THE WORD "EVANGELIZE"
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  • OR 'EVANGELIZING" OR "PREACHING THE GOSPEL,"
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  • A LOT OF US CRINGE.
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  • WE JUST DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.
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  • IN FACT, MOST CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH.
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  • I READ THAT 95% OF ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE NEVER LED
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  • ANOTHER PERSON TO CHRIST.
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  • NOW, I DON'T THINK THAT'S TRUE HERE AT HARVEST.
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  • TO PROVE THAT POINT, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER
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  • PERSONALLY LED SOMEONE TO JESUS CHRIST?
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  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
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  • I LIKE THAT THE CAMERAMAN IS HOLDING HIS HAND UP.
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  • THAT'S VERY GOOD.
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  • THANK YOU FOR THAT.
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  • SO THAT IS A LOT OF YOU, SO YOU'RE NOT IN THE
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  • CURRENT CULTURAL STREAM OF MANY PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH
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  • TODAY AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THAT.
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  • BUT A LOT OF TIMES WE CRINGE AT THE IDEA OF
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  • ARTICULATING OUR FAITH.
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  • SO I'M GOING TO TAKE THE WORD EVANGELISM AND SET IT
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  • ASIDE FOR A MOMENT AND I'M GOING TO PUT ANOTHER WORD
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  • IN ITS PLACE - RECOMMENDATION.
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  • A RECOMMENDATION.
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  • WE ALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
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  • ALL THE TIME AND WHAT IS A RECOMMENDATION?
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  • IT'S JUST SOMETHING WE LIKE THAT
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  • WE TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT.
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  • I MEAN IF YOU'RE IN A TOWN YOU'VE NOT BEEN TO BEFORE,
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  • AND YOU'RE GOING TO A RESTAURANT YOU'VE NOT
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  • VISITED BEFORE, YOU MIGHT GO TO YELP.
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  • HEY, WHAT KIND OF A YELP REVIEW DO THEY HAVE?
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  • I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF YELP NECESSARILY BECAUSE I'M
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  • THINKING WHO ARE THESE RANDOM PEOPLE AND WHY
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  • SHOULD I CARE ABOUT THEIR OPINION?
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  • BUT I KNOW OTHERS, "OH. GOT A GOOD YELP REVIEW,"
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  • AND I'VE BEEN TO PLACES THAT HAD A GOOD YELP
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  • REVIEW AND I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS ALL THAT GOOD.
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  • AND I KNOW PEOPLE THAT ARE WHAT WE CALL "FOODIES" -
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  • YOU KNOW THEY'RE REALLY INTO FOOD AND IF
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  • THEY SAY "GREG, GO TO THIS RESTAURANT"
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  • I WILL GO WITHOUT HESITATION.
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  • AND I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE, IF THEY SAY, "THIS IS
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  • THE BEST RESTAURANT EVER" IT'S GOING TO BE SOME
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  • OF THE WORST FOOD YOU HAVE EVER EATEN.
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  • THEY HAVE NO SENSE OF GOOD FOOD.
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  • AND SO WHEN THEY SAY GO THERE, I MAKE A MENTAL
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  • NOTE: AVOID THAT PLACE AT ALL COSTS. RIGHT.
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  • BUT WE ALL GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • I MEAN I ALWAYS HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT EVERYTHING.
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  • THEY'RE NOT RIGHT NECESSARILY,
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  • BUT I HAVE AN OPINION.
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  • FOR INSTANCE, YOU KNOW FOR LATE-NIGHT EATING IT'S
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  • KIND OF HARD TO BEAT IN-N-OUT BURGER RIGHT?
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  • AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO IN-N-OUT BURGER MY ORDER
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  • IS I GET A BURGER ANIMAL STYLE.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS? ANIMAL STYLE?
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  • AND THEN I ALSO ADD CHOPPED PEPPERS.
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  • I RECENTLY REALIZED THIS: WHEN I GO TO IN-N-OUT
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  • FOR LUNCH IT'S NOT THE SAME AS EATING
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  • THERE LATE AT NIGHT.
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  • I THINK IT'S THE IDEA OF YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO
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  • THIS AND THIS IS WHY I LIKE IT SO MUCH.
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  • IT'S USUALLY AFTER A BIBLE STUDY.
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  • WE'RE DRIVING HOME AND IN-N-OUT.
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  • SHOULD WE? OH, NO. WE SHOULDN'T.
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  • YEAH, YOU KNOW WE'RE THERE RIGHT? ANIMAL STYLE.
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  • AND YOU EVEN GET HEARTBURN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
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  • BUT IT WAS KIND OF THAT "YEAH, WE WEREN'T
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  • SUPPOSED TO BUT WE DID IT.
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  • WE'RE LIVING ON THE EDGE."
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  • [laughter]
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  • SEE, IT'S EASY FOR ME TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • DISNEYLAND. WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO EAT AT DISNEYLAND?
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  • IS IT THIS RESTAURANT OR THAT RESTAURANT?
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  • MY FAVORITE THING TO EAT AT DISNEYLAND IS THE CORN DOG.
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  • I THINK THEY HAVE AN EPIC CORN DOG.
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  • I GOT ONE THE OTHER DAY.
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  • I HAVEN'T BEEN TO THE PARK FOR A LONG TIME.
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  • I WENT IN THERE AND I ORDERED THAT CORN DOG
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  • AND IT WAS FANTASTIC.
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  • I DID GO INTO A FOOD COMA AFTERWARDS
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  • BUT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD.
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  • SO YOU KNOW, I HAVE ALL THESE OPINIONS.
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  • OH, IF YOU'RE HERE ORDER THAT.
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  • IF YOU GO THERE, DO THIS OTHER THING.
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  • WE ALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS EVERY SINGLE DAY,
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  • BUT THEN WHEN IT COMES TO TALKING ABOUT
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  • JESUS WE CLAM UP.
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  • SO HERE'S THE RECOMMENDATION WE OUGHT TO BE MAKING:
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  • THAT'S THE RECOMMENDATION.
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  • [applause]
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  • WHAT? YOU'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT BURGERS
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  • AND NOT ABOUT JESUS?
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  • SO YOU KNOW, WE CRINGE AT EVANGELISM.
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  • OH, EVANGELISM. OKAY. RECOMMENDATION. ENDORSEMENT.
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  • YOU BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR SOMETHING.
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  • THAT IS REALLY WHAT SHARING THE GOSPEL
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  • REALLY IS. WELL HERE IN ROMANS 9,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO READ A LITTLE OF ROMANS 8
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  • BUT WE'RE GOING TO TOUCH ON ROMANS 9.
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  • WE HAVE THE APOSTLE PAUL WHO IS BURDENED
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  • FOR HIS FELLOW JEWS. HE WAS A JEW.
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  • HE CAME TO BELIEVE IN JESUS AS HIS MESSIAH AND
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  • HE HAD A HEART FOR HIS OTHER JEWISH BROTHERS
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  • AND SISTERS WHO HAD NOT BELIEVED YET.
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  • HE WANTED THEM TO BELIEVE.
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  • SO WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT BURDEN THAT HE HAD IN A
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  • MOMENT BUT LET'S SORT OF PICK UP WHERE
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  • WE LAST LEFT OFF.
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  • AND IF YOU'RE TAKING NOTES, HERE'S POINT NUMBER
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  • ONE: GOD CAUSES ALL THINGS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD
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  • TO THOSE THAT LOVE HIM.
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  • THAT, OF COURSE, IS BASED ON ROMANS 8:28, "AND WE
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  • KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO
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  • THOSE THAT LOVE GOD AND ARE THE CALLED
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  • ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE."
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  • THE BIBLE DOES NOT NECESSARILY SAY THAT
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  • GOD MAKES BAD THINGS GOOD, BUT IT DOES SAY
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  • HE CAN CAUSE ALL THINGS TO WORK
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  • TOGETHER ULTIMATELY FOR GOOD.
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  • AS YOU LIVE LIFE FOR A WHILE, SOMETIMES YOU
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  • DISCOVER THAT THE THINGS THAT YOU THOUGHT WERE GOOD
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  • WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER ACTUALLY WERE SORT OF BAD.
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  • AND SOME OF THE THINGS YOU THOUGHT WERE BAD WERE
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  • IN OTHER WAYS KIND OF GOOD.
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  • THERE'S A LOT OF SURPRISES IN LIFE, BUT GOD IS IN
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  • CONTROL OF OUR LIFE AND HE WORKS
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  • ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
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  • 2. SALVATION MAKES YOU INVINCIBLE.
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  • THAT MEANS THAT NO ONE OR NO THING CAN EVER STOP GOD
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  • FROM LOVING YOU BECAUSE GOD IS FOR YOU EVEN WHEN
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  • OTHERS ARE AGAINST YOU.
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  • SO CONTEXTUALLY, BEFORE WE READ THESE VERSES PAUL HAS
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  • JUST SPOKEN ABOUT HOW GOD HAS LOVED US, HOW GOD HAS
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  • CHOSEN US, HOW HE HAS JUSTIFIED US AND MADE
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  • US RIGHT BEFORE HIM.
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  • SO NOW WE PICK UP WITH THESE WORDS IN ROMANS 8:31.
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  • I'LL READ TO VERSE 34.
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  • WHO DARES ACCUSE US WHOM GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN?"
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  • ANSWER: "NO ONE..."
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  • WHO WILL CONDEMN US?"
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  • HERE'S THE ANSWER: "NO ONE..."
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  • WE'LL STOP THERE.
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  • SO PAUL ASKED THIS QUESTION: IF GOD IS
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  • FOR US, WHO CAN EVER BE AGAINST US?
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  • WELL, THE ANSWER IS ACTUALLY A LOT OF
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  • PEOPLE ARE AGAINST US.
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  • I MEAN IF YOU STAND UP FOR JESUS CHRIST, YOU'RE GOING
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  • TO HAVE PEOPLE OPPOSE YOU.
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  • IN FACT, WE'RE EVEN TOLD IN 2 TIMOTHY 3:12, "ALL
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  • THAT LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS WILL SUFFER
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  • PERSECUTION." PAUL IS NOT SAYING YOU WILL NOT HAVE
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  • ENEMIES IF YOU FOLLOW AND STAND UP FOR JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THE FACT IS YOU'LL HAVE SOME NEW ENEMIES,
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  • IF YOU'RE A TRUE CHRISTIAN.
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  • BUT THE POINT PAUL IS MAKING IS:
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  • WHO OR WHAT ARE THESE ENEMIES WHEN YOU COMPARE
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  • THEM TO GOD HIMSELF?
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  • THE ANSWER IS THEY ARE NOT TO BE FEARED.
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  • I DON'T WANT YOU TO MISS WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 31.
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  • HE SAYS, "IF GOD IS FOR YOU," BUT YOU MIGHT WRITE
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  • THE WORD "SINCE" RIGHT NEXT TO "IF".
  • 00:10:14.150 --> 00:10:17.180
  • CIRCLE THE WORD "IF", WRITE "SINCE" - THAT
  • 00:10:17.210 --> 00:10:20.070
  • WOULD BE A BETTER TRANSLATION.
  • 00:10:20.100 --> 00:10:21.170
  • "SINCE GOD IS FOR YOU..." IF YOU REMEMBER NOTHING
  • 00:10:21.200 --> 00:10:25.120
  • ELSE THAT I TELL YOU TODAY, REMEMBER THIS:
  • 00:10:25.150 --> 00:10:28.020
  • GOD IS FOR YOU. HE'S ON YOUR SIDE.
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:34.060
  • [applause]
  • 00:10:34.090 --> 00:10:36.080
  • I KEEP MY EYES ON YOU.
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:41.170
  • WHAT ELSE COULD I DO WHEN THE SKY IS FALLING DOWN,
  • 00:10:41.200 --> 00:10:52.010
  • CRUMBLES TO THE GROUND.
  • 00:10:52.040 --> 00:10:54.040
  • IT CRUMBLES TO THE GROUND.
  • 00:10:54.070 --> 00:10:58.050
  • BUT I SEE HEAVEN BREAKING THROUGH.
  • 00:10:58.080 --> 00:11:04.030
  • YOU ARE MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.
  • 00:11:04.060 --> 00:11:09.230
  • MAY YOUR SPIRIT BURN THIS TOWN.
  • 00:11:09.260 --> 00:11:14.160
  • THERE IS FIRE ALL AROUND.
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:16.230
  • THERE IS FIRE ALL AROUND.
  • 00:11:16.260 --> 00:11:21.090
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME.
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:27.010
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME LORD.
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:32.240
  • YOU ARE NEAR, YOU ARE NEAR, YOU ARE NEAR ME, LORD,
  • 00:11:32.270 --> 00:11:45.020
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:46.080
  • 00:11:46.110 --> 00:11:58.110
  • NOW HONESTLY WE DON'T ALWAYS FEEL AS
  • 00:11:58.140 --> 00:11:59.260
  • THOUGH GOD IS FOR US BECAUSE THINGS ARE
  • 00:11:59.290 --> 00:12:02.170
  • HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES THAT DON'T MAKE ANY SENSE,
  • 00:12:02.200 --> 00:12:05.170
  • AND THINGS SEEM TO GO FROM BAD TO WORSE AND WE SAY,
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:09.160
  • "GOD CERTAINLY COULDN'T BE FOR ME IN THIS SITUATION."
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:13.210
  • LIKE JACOB IN GENESIS 42:36, WE COMPLAIN,
  • 00:12:13.240 --> 00:12:17.100
  • "ALL THESE THINGS ARE AGAINST ME.' WELL, NO.
  • 00:12:17.130 --> 00:12:21.210
  • IT STILL SAYS GOD IS FOR YOU, BUT THEN THERE ARE
  • 00:12:21.240 --> 00:12:24.100
  • TIMES YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF AND YOU SEE YOUR FAILINGS
  • 00:12:24.130 --> 00:12:27.180
  • AND YOUR SINFULNESS AND YOUR FLAWS AND YOU THINK
  • 00:12:27.210 --> 00:12:31.090
  • "HOW COULD GOD EVER BE FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME?
  • 00:12:31.120 --> 00:12:34.210
  • HOW COULD GOD EVER LOVE SOMEONE LIKE ME?"
  • 00:12:34.240 --> 00:12:38.140
  • AND THE ANSWER IS HE DOES, BUT REMEMBER THIS:
  • 00:12:38.170 --> 00:12:41.180
  • SEE GOD CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE. I CAN'T.
  • 00:12:47.250 --> 00:12:50.220
  • GOD WILL SEE ONE DAY YOU'RE GOING TO BE THIS MAN.
  • 00:12:50.250 --> 00:12:53.210
  • ONE DAY YOU'RE GOING TO BE THIS WOMAN.
  • 00:12:53.240 --> 00:12:55.250
  • YOU'RE GOING TO BE SO LIKE MY SON JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:12:55.280 --> 00:12:59.020
  • THROUGH ALL OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE THAT
  • 00:12:59.050 --> 00:13:01.180
  • I'VE EITHER ORCHESTRATED OR ALLOWED AND YOU'RE
  • 00:13:01.210 --> 00:13:04.120
  • GOING TO BE MOLDED INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:06.190
  • SO YEAH, YOU SEE SHORTCOMINGS,
  • 00:13:06.220 --> 00:13:09.050
  • BUT GOD SEES THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
  • 00:13:09.080 --> 00:13:11.190
  • 3. GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE THINGS
  • 00:13:11.220 --> 00:13:14.150
  • YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED THEM.
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:16.130
  • LOOK AT VERSE 32.
  • 00:13:19.130 --> 00:13:20.120
  • "SINCE HE DID NOT SPARE EVEN HIS OWN SON,
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:22.270
  • BUT GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL,
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:24.180
  • WON'T HE ALSO GIVE US EVERYTHING ELSE?"
  • 00:13:24.210 --> 00:13:29.060
  • SEE, PAUL'S POINTING OUT THAT GOD PROVED HIS LOVE
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:31.220
  • FOR YOU BY SENDING HIS SON JESUS TO DIE FOR YOU.
  • 00:13:31.250 --> 00:13:36.050
  • THEREFORE, HE'S GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOU.
  • 00:13:36.080 --> 00:13:38.240
  • PAUL IS ARGUING FROM THE LESSER TO THE GREATER.
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:42.050
  • HIS POINT IS: LOOK, WHILE YOU WERE A SINNER GOD GAVE
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:45.120
  • HIS BEST SENDING HIS SON TO DIE FOR YOU, WILL HE
  • 00:13:45.150 --> 00:13:48.150
  • THEN NOT GIVE YOU ALL THAT YOU NEED NOW
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:50.160
  • THAT YOU ARE HIS CHILDREN?
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:52.100
  • LISTEN, HE'LL EVEN GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU NEED
  • 00:13:52.130 --> 00:13:55.160
  • BECAUSE EPHESIANS 3:20 SAYS HE IS ABLE TO DO
  • 00:13:55.190 --> 00:13:58.250
  • EXCEEDINGLY ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT WHICH
  • 00:13:58.280 --> 00:14:02.110
  • WE COULD ASK OR THINK.
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.020
  • KNOW THIS: YOU DO NOT FOLLOW A STINGY GOD.
  • 00:14:04.050 --> 00:14:08.190
  • YOU'RE NOT SERVING A GOD THAT IS RELUCTANT
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:11.150
  • TO SHOW AFFECTION TOWARD YOU.
  • 00:14:11.180 --> 00:14:14.060
  • YOU'RE SERVING A GOD THAT LOVES TO BLESS YOU.
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:16.270
  • A GOD WHO WANTS TO LAVISH HIS LOVE ON YOU.
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:20.240
  • A GOD THAT IS FOR YOU.
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:23.100
  • JESUS EVEN SAID, "IT IS YOUR FATHER'S GOOD
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:26.120
  • PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM." OUR GRANDSON
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:31.050
  • CHRISTOPHER RECENTLY FRACTURED HIS ARM.
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:34.090
  • HE RAN INTO A POLE SOMEHOW AT SCHOOL
  • 00:14:34.120 --> 00:14:37.060
  • AND HE SAID IT WAS SORE.
  • 00:14:37.090 --> 00:14:39.120
  • WE DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS FRACTURED, BUT HE WAS
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:41.160
  • STILL SENSITIVE AND SO A FEW DAYS WENT BY AND HE
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:44.130
  • WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND THEY DID AN X-RAY
  • 00:14:44.160 --> 00:14:46.070
  • AND NOW THEY HAVE TO PUT IT IN A CAST.
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:48.170
  • AND ACTUALLY, HE WAS KIND OF EXCITED
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:50.050
  • ABOUT GETTING A CAST.
  • 00:14:50.080 --> 00:14:51.090
  • THAT'S A BOY FOR YOU, RIGHT.
  • 00:14:51.120 --> 00:14:52.290
  • SO I CALLED HIM UP AND I SAID, "CHRISTOPHER,
  • 00:14:53.020 --> 00:14:55.280
  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO LITTLE BOYS
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:58.040
  • WHO HAVE TO GET A CAST?"
  • 00:14:58.070 --> 00:15:00.100
  • HE SAID, "NO, POPPA. WHAT?"
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:02.030
  • I SAID, "THEY GO TO THE TOY STORE
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:03.210
  • AND GET A REALLY GOOD TOY!"
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:05.120
  • [laughter]
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:06.190
  • I JUST MADE THAT UP.
  • 00:15:06.220 --> 00:15:07.210
  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHER
  • 00:15:07.240 --> 00:15:08.170
  • BOYS, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS
  • 00:15:08.200 --> 00:15:10.050
  • TO MY GRANDSON OR OUR GRANDDAUGHTER.
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:12.250
  • SO THAT'S SOMETHING I WANTED TO DO.
  • 00:15:12.280 --> 00:15:16.060
  • SOMETHING I'M HAPPY TO DO, AND IN THE SAME WAY,
  • 00:15:16.090 --> 00:15:19.140
  • GOD LOVES TO BLESS US.
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:22.030
  • JESUS BASICALLY ARGUED THIS BY POINTING OUT,
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:24.290
  • LOOK, GOD TAKES CARE OF THE FLOWERS.
  • 00:15:25.020 --> 00:15:27.250
  • HE'S AWARE OF THEM.
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.010
  • GOD IS AWARE OF EVERY LITTLE BIRD
  • 00:15:29.040 --> 00:15:31.260
  • THAT FALLS TO THE GROUND.
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:33.140
  • IF GOD TAKES CARE OF THE FLOWERS AND OF THE BIRDS,
  • 00:15:33.170 --> 00:15:35.280
  • WILL HE NOT ALSO TAKE CARE OF YOU?
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:39.160
  • WE PUT A BIRDFEEDER ON A TREE IN OUR BACKYARD.
  • 00:15:39.190 --> 00:15:43.110
  • WE CAN SEE IT IN THE MORNING AND I WILL PUT
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:46.130
  • SEED IN THIS BIRDFEEDER AND THE BIRDS LIKE THE
  • 00:15:46.160 --> 00:15:48.120
  • SEED, BUT I WENT WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTER ALLIE TO A
  • 00:15:48.150 --> 00:15:51.140
  • STORE THE OTHER DAY AND THEY HAD THIS SEED THAT
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:54.000
  • SAID IT ATTRACTED COLORFUL BIRDS.
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:56.260
  • I THOUGHT, WELL, LET'S TRY IT OUT.
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:58.140
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY PUT IN THIS SEED, BUT THESE
  • 00:15:58.170 --> 00:16:00.260
  • BIRDS ARE STINKING' FLIPPING OUT.
  • 00:16:00.290 --> 00:16:02.290
  • THEY'RE LIKE THERE ARE SO MANY BIRDS THERE
  • 00:16:03.020 --> 00:16:05.130
  • AND THEY EAT IT UP SO QUICKLY.
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:06.230
  • THEY'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT IT.
  • 00:16:06.260 --> 00:16:08.200
  • I GO OUT AND I REFILL IT ALL THE TIME.
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:11.000
  • OH, I'M RUNNING LOW ON SEED.
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.060
  • I HAVE TO GO GET SOME MORE SEED FOR THE BIRDS.
  • 00:16:12.090 --> 00:16:14.000
  • NOW I HAVE A STRAY CAT I TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT COMES
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:16.190
  • TO MY HOUSE AND I GIVE HIM MILK.
  • 00:16:16.220 --> 00:16:19.050
  • I GIVE MILK TO STRAY CATS. I GIVE SEED TO BIRDS.
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.210
  • IF I DO THAT FOR ANIMALS, WON'T I TAKE CARE OF MY
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:25.190
  • OWN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN?
  • 00:16:25.220 --> 00:16:27.240
  • IN THE SAME WAY, GOD IS SIMPLY SAYING,
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:30.060
  • "LOOK, WON'T I CARE EVEN MORE FOR YOU?
  • 00:16:30.090 --> 00:16:32.160
  • YOU'RE MY CHILDREN."
  • 00:16:32.190 --> 00:16:34.190
  • 4. JESUS CHRIST IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:42.110
  • INTERCEDING MEANS HE'S REPRESENTING YOU.
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:45.180
  • HE'S DEFENDING YOU. HE'S SPEAKING UP FOR YOU
  • 00:16:45.210 --> 00:16:49.290
  • AND THAT'S FOUND HERE IN VERSE 33.
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:52.010
  • "WHO WILL CONDEMN US?
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:53.160
  • NO ONE - FOR CHRIST JESUS DIED FOR US AND WAS RAISED
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:57.230
  • TO LIFE FOR US AND HE IS SITTING AT THE PLACE OF
  • 00:16:57.260 --> 00:17:00.270
  • HONOR AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND INTERCEDING FOR US."
  • 00:17:01.000 --> 00:17:05.080
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:07.030
  • CHRIST IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW
  • 00:17:07.060 --> 00:17:10.050
  • AND HE'S CALM ABOUT IT.
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:12.210
  • NOTICE THAT IT SAYS HE'S SITTING AT THE PLACE
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:15.160
  • OF HONOR AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND.
  • 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:17.250
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN WE GET BAD NEWS OUR HEART JUMPS AND
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:23.010
  • OUR STOMACH DROPS AND MAYBE WE GET UP AND START
  • 00:17:23.040 --> 00:17:25.290
  • WALKING AROUND IN CIRCLES AND PACING, BUT JESUS IS
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:28.260
  • RELAXED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER BECAUSE
  • 00:17:28.290 --> 00:17:31.270
  • HE KNOWS THE OUTCOME.
  • 00:17:32.000 --> 00:17:34.170
  • WE ALWAYS READ OF HIM SITTING AT THE RIGHT
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:37.040
  • HAND OF THE FATHER.
  • 00:17:37.070 --> 00:17:38.160
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE TIME WE READ OF HIM STANDING AT
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:42.030
  • THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.
  • 00:17:42.060 --> 00:17:43.250
  • YOU KNOW WHEN THAT WAS?
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:45.130
  • IT WAS WHEN STEPHEN THE FIRST MARTYR
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:47.240
  • OF THE CHURCH WAS KILLED.
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:51.010
  • GOD GAVE TO HIM A VISION OF GLORY AND HE SAYS,
  • 00:17:51.040 --> 00:17:53.210
  • "LOOK! I SEE JESUS STANDING AT THE RIGHT
  • 00:17:53.240 --> 00:17:56.220
  • HAND OF THE FATHER."
  • 00:17:56.250 --> 00:17:58.110
  • SO IT'S ALMOST AS THOUGH JESUS STOOD UP
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:18:00.070
  • AND SAID "COME ON HOME, SON.
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:02.000
  • WELCOME." BUT HE'S SITTING THERE INTERCEDING FOR YOU.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:06.040
  • YOU CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THAT.
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:07.190
  • 5. NOT ONLY IS JESUS CHRIST INTERCEDING FOR YOU,
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:11.170
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU AS WELL.
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:14.220
  • VERSE 26, "IN THE SAME WAY THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:18.030
  • WEAKNESS, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR,
  • 00:18:18.060 --> 00:18:20.080
  • BUT THE SPIRIT HIMSELF INTERCEDES FOR US THROUGH
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:25.150
  • WORDLESS GROANS." SO LET'S SUM IT UP.
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:29.060
  • IF GOD GAVE YOU HIS BEST, WHY ARE YOU WORRIED?
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:34.080
  • NOTHING OR NO ONE WILL EVER SEPARATE YOU FROM
  • 00:18:34.110 --> 00:18:38.020
  • THE LOVE OF GOD - THAT IS POINT NUMBER SIX.
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:42.020
  • LOOK AT ROMANS 8. LET'S READ VERSES 38-39.
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:50.230
  • WHAT AN AMAZING STATEMENT THAT IS.
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:21.060
  • NOTHING IN HUMAN EXPERIENCE CAN SEPARATE
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:24.110
  • US FROM GOD'S LOVE BECAUSE VERSE 38 SAYS
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:28.070
  • NEITHER DEATH NOR LIFE.
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:29.230
  • NOTHING IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM - NOT SATAN NOT ANY
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:33.130
  • DEMON - CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD'S LOVE BECAUSE
  • 00:19:33.160 --> 00:19:36.150
  • VERSE 38 SAYS NEITHER ANGELS NOR DEMONS.
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:40.040
  • NOTHING IN TIME BE IT THE FUTURE OR THE PAST WILL
  • 00:19:40.070 --> 00:19:43.010
  • SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD'S LOVE BECAUSE HE SAYS AGAIN
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:45.280
  • IN VERSE 38 NEITHER OUR FEARS FOR TODAY
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:48.230
  • NOR OUR WORRIES ABOUT TOMORROW.
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:51.250
  • NOTHING IN ALL OF CREATION WILL SEPARATE YOU FROM
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:53.290
  • GOD'S LOVE BECAUSE PAUL SAYS IN VERSES 38 TO 39
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:57.240
  • NOT EVEN THE POWERS OF HELL CAN
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:19:59.200
  • SEPARATE US FROM GOD'S LOVE.
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:01.190
  • NO POWER IN THE SKY ABOVE OR THE EARTH BELOW.
  • 00:20:01.220 --> 00:20:04.130
  • NOTHING IN ALL CREATION WILL SEPARATE US FROM THE
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:08.100
  • LOVE OF GOD THAT IS REVEALED IN JESUS.
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:11.140
  • SO THAT IS ROMANS 8.
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:14.120
  • WHAT A TREASURE TROVE OF MATERIAL.
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:18.020
  • NOW WE COME TO ROMANS 9. PAUL SHIFTS GEARS.
  • 00:20:18.050 --> 00:20:21.260
  • AND IN SOME WAYS, THE SUBJECT IS SO DIFFERENT
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:25.080
  • IT ALMOST SEEMS TO NOT FIT BUT WHEN YOU REALLY
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:28.180
  • THINK ABOUT IT, IT FITS PERFECTLY.
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:31.000
  • PAUL GOES FROM THE JOY AND VICTORY OF ROMANS 8
  • 00:20:31.030 --> 00:20:34.120
  • TO THE SORROW AND BURDEN OF ROMANS 9.
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:38.140
  • WHILE HE WAS FOCUSED ON CHRIST IN ROMANS 8,
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:41.070
  • HE'S REJOICING. BUT NOW THAT HE FOCUSES
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:44.040
  • ON LOST PEOPLE IN ROMANS 9,
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:47.040
  • HE'S WEEPING AND PAUL MAKES AN AMAZING STATEMENT.
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:51.130
  • HE BASICALLY SAYS HE WOULD BE WILLING TO GO TO HELL
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:55.170
  • IF OTHER PEOPLE COULD GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:58.150
  • LET'S READ ROMANS 9:1-3.
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:01.260
  • THIS IS AN AMAZING STATEMENT FROM PAUL.
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:26.290
  • AGAIN, HE'S EFFECTIVELY SAYING "I WOULD GO TO HELL
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:29.220
  • IF OTHERS COULD GO TO HEAVEN." I'M SO THANKFUL
  • 00:21:29.250 --> 00:21:33.140
  • WE DON'T HAVE TO TRADE OUR SALVATION
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:34.270
  • FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S. I'M SO THANKFUL
  • 00:21:35.000 --> 00:21:38.040
  • THE PRICE HAS BEEN PAID BY JESUS AT
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:40.120
  • THE CROSS FOR MY SALVATION, FOR YOUR
  • 00:21:40.150 --> 00:21:42.280
  • SALVATION AND FOR THE SALVATION OF ANY OTHER
  • 00:21:43.010 --> 00:21:45.230
  • PERSON WHO BELIEVES.
  • 00:21:45.260 --> 00:21:47.070
  • BUT IT SHOWS HOW MUCH PAUL CARED WHEN HE SAID
  • 00:21:47.100 --> 00:21:50.160
  • "I WOULD GIVE UP MY OWN ETERNAL HOPE IF MY FELLOW
  • 00:21:50.190 --> 00:21:54.140
  • JEWS WOULD BELIEVE." HE REMINDS US A LOT OF MOSES.
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:59.040
  • OF COURSE, MOSES WAS DIRECTED BY THE LORD TO
  • 00:21:59.070 --> 00:22:02.170
  • TAKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE OUT OF CAPTIVITY IN EGYPT
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:06.220
  • AND LEAD THEM TO THE PROMISE LAND.
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:09.070
  • WELL, AS THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY THERE, THE LORD SUMMONS
  • 00:22:09.100 --> 00:22:12.060
  • MOSES TO MOUNT SINAI TO RECEIVE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.
  • 00:22:12.090 --> 00:22:17.080
  • AND THERE IN TABLETS OF STONE, THE FINGER OF GOD
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:20.230
  • WROTE THOSE GREAT COMMANDMENTS DOWN.
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:24.080
  • NOW MOSES LEFT AARON IN CHARGE.
  • 00:22:24.110 --> 00:22:27.200
  • AARON WAS LIKE THE WORST BABYSITTER OF ALL TIME
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:30.270
  • BECAUSE LITERALLY ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE UNDER AARON.
  • 00:22:31.000 --> 00:22:35.190
  • SO HERE COMES MOSES DOWN FROM MOUNT SINAI AND HE
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:38.210
  • HEARS THIS NOISE AND IT'S A BIG PARTY
  • 00:22:38.240 --> 00:22:42.110
  • AND WHAT DOES MOSES SEE?
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  • A BUNCH OF ISRAELITES DANCING AROUND
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  • A GOLDEN CALF NAKED.
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  • AND AARON SEES MOSES, MOSES WITH THE TABLETS.
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  • HE SEES HIM AND HE SAYS, "I KNOW THIS LOOKS BAD.
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  • I CAN EXPLAIN EVERYTHING." AND THEN ONE OF THE LAMEST
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  • EXCUSES OF ALL TIME, AARON SAYS,
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  • "LOOK, MOSES, I JUST... I TOLD EVERYONE
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  • BRING ME YOUR EARRINGS AND YOUR RINGS
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  • AND YOUR GRILLS AND YOUR EVERYTHING,
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:12.150
  • YOU KNOW, AND WE THREW IT IN THE FIRE
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  • AND A GOLD CALF JUST APPEARED.
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.130
  • SO WHAT ELSE COULD WE DO BUT STRIP OFF
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  • OUR CLOTHES AND WORSHIP IT?"
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  • YEAH. THAT'S NOT WORKING.
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  • NOW GOD SAYS TO MOSES, "I'M GOING TO JUDGE THESE
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:25.070
  • PEOPLE AND DESTROY THEM." NOW THIS IS INTERESTING
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  • BECAUSE EARLIER, MOSES GOT FRUSTRATED WITH THE JEWISH
  • 00:23:28.210 --> 00:23:31.180
  • PEOPLE AND HE SAID "I WANT YOU TO JUDGE THESE PEOPLE.
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  • I'M SO DONE WITH THEM." NOW THIS TIME GOD SAYS,
  • 00:23:34.190 --> 00:23:38.130
  • "I'M GOING TO JUDGE THEM." AND HERE'S WHAT MOSES SAYS
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  • TO THE LORD THAT REMINDS US OF PAUL: HE SAYS TO THE
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:44.200
  • LORD IN EXODUS 32, 'LORD, PLEASE FORGIVE THEIR SIN.
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  • BUT IF NOT, THEN BLOT ME OUT OF THE BOOK THAT
  • 00:23:50.070 --> 00:23:53.290
  • YOU'VE WRITTEN." JUST LIKE PAUL.
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  • "LORD, IF THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD TAKE, TAKE MY NAME
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:23:59.200
  • OUT OF YOUR BOOK SO THEY CAN BE SPARED." AND IN THE
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:03.030
  • ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, THERE'S AN INTERESTING PAUSE THERE.
  • 00:24:03.060 --> 00:24:06.240
  • IT'S NOT A WORD.
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:07.270
  • IT'S ACTUALLY A PAUSE - A SUDDEN BREAKING OFF - IN
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:11.230
  • THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE.
  • 00:24:11.260 --> 00:24:13.250
  • SO THE WAY MOSES SAID IT WOULD'VE BEEN LIKE THIS:
  • 00:24:13.280 --> 00:24:16.170
  • GOD, PLEASE FORGIVE THEIR SIN.
  • 00:24:16.200 --> 00:24:20.110
  • [pause]
  • 00:24:20.140 --> 00:24:22.290
  • BUT IF NOT, BLOT MY NAME.
  • 00:24:23.020 --> 00:24:26.060
  • IT'S LIKE HE HAS TO THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:27.120
  • "IT'S PRETTY HEAVY WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY.
  • 00:24:27.150 --> 00:24:29.120
  • PLEASE FORGIVE THEM OF THEIR SIN, BUT IF NOT,
  • 00:24:29.150 --> 00:24:33.070
  • BLOT MY NAME OUT OF THE BOOK."
  • 00:24:33.100 --> 00:24:35.130
  • WELL, MOSES PASSED THE TEST.
  • 00:24:35.160 --> 00:24:36.280
  • THE LORD WAS NEVER GOING TO JUDGE THEM.
  • 00:24:37.010 --> 00:24:38.060
  • MOSES HAD TURNED INTO AN INTERCESSOR.
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:40.260
  • THIS IS WHAT THE LORD WANTED HIM TO DO,
  • 00:24:40.290 --> 00:24:43.010
  • AND THIS IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS US TO DO.
  • 00:24:43.040 --> 00:24:45.080
  • HE WANTS US TO CARE ABOUT PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW
  • 00:24:45.110 --> 00:24:48.000
  • HIM, BUT WE DON'T LIKE TO DO THIS.
  • 00:24:48.030 --> 00:24:51.010
  • WE CLAM UP. WE'RE RELUCTANT TO DO IT.
  • 00:24:51.040 --> 00:24:54.020
  • WE DON'T LIKE TO SHARE.
  • 00:24:54.050 --> 00:24:55.120
  • LOOK, UNCHALLENGED FACT OF THE UNIVERSE: WE DON'T
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:59.000
  • LIKE TO SHARE IN GENERAL.
  • 00:24:59.030 --> 00:25:01.230
  • THINK ABOUT TO YOUR EARLIEST DAYS, A LITTLE
  • 00:25:01.260 --> 00:25:03.140
  • CHILD, YOU KNOW, AND YOU WERE TOLD TO SHARE.
  • 00:25:03.170 --> 00:25:06.120
  • YOU KNOW, TAKE A LITTLE TODDLER, THEY'RE JUST
  • 00:25:06.150 --> 00:25:08.180
  • SITTING THERE ON THE FLOOR AND YOU GIVE
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:10.020
  • THEM A NICE SHINY NEW TOY.
  • 00:25:10.050 --> 00:25:12.110
  • "HERE YOU GO." THEY'RE SO HAPPY.
  • 00:25:12.140 --> 00:25:14.260
  • THEY'RE PLAYING WITH IT AND THEN YOU SAY "SHARE
  • 00:25:14.290 --> 00:25:17.230
  • IT." AND THEY GO FROM HAPPINESS TO MISERY.
  • 00:25:17.260 --> 00:25:21.160
  • THEY FIGHT OVER IT.
  • 00:25:21.190 --> 00:25:22.240
  • THEY HIT EACH OTHER OVER IT.
  • 00:25:22.270 --> 00:25:24.130
  • DO WE EVER OUTGROW THIS?
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:26.140
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO A BLACK FRIDAY SALE?
  • 00:25:26.170 --> 00:25:28.130
  • [laughter]
  • 00:25:28.160 --> 00:25:30.110
  • PEOPLE ARE ASSAULTING EACH OTHER AT TARGET
  • 00:25:30.140 --> 00:25:32.230
  • OR WALMART OR WHEREVER TO GET THAT FLAT SCREEN
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:35.220
  • OR WHATEVER THEY'RE FIGHTING OVER.
  • 00:25:35.250 --> 00:25:37.180
  • WE DON'T LIKE TO SHARE.
  • 00:25:37.210 --> 00:25:39.050
  • IT'S NOT IN OUR NATURE TO SHARE.
  • 00:25:39.080 --> 00:25:41.010
  • WE WANT IT FOR US.
  • 00:25:41.040 --> 00:25:42.090
  • AND IF THEY DON'T HAVE IT, THAT'S TOO BAD FOR THEM
  • 00:25:42.120 --> 00:25:44.110
  • AND WE CAN BE THAT WAY AS CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:25:44.140 --> 00:25:46.130
  • I DON'T WANT TO SHARE.
  • 00:25:46.160 --> 00:25:48.000
  • WELL GOD NEEDS TO CHANGE OUR HEART.
  • 00:25:48.030 --> 00:25:50.200
  • SO WE HAVE THE HEART OF AN INTERCESSOR.
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:52.230
  • LISTEN, STOP LOOKING AT NONBELIEVERS AS THE
  • 00:25:52.260 --> 00:25:55.130
  • ENEMY AND UNDERSTAND THEY'RE NOT THE ENEMY.
  • 00:25:55.160 --> 00:25:58.120
  • THEY'RE UNDER THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:00.290
  • THE ENEMY IS THE DEVIL AND SCRIPTURE TELLS US IN
  • 00:26:01.020 --> 00:26:04.290
  • 2 TIMOTHY 2:26, "MY PRAYER IS THAT THEY WILL COME TO
  • 00:26:05.020 --> 00:26:09.220
  • THEIR SENSES AND ESCAPE FROM THE DEVIL'S TRAP, FOR
  • 00:26:09.250 --> 00:26:13.030
  • THEY'VE BEEN HELD CAPTIVE BY HIM TO DO WHATEVER HE
  • 00:26:13.060 --> 00:26:15.200
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