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From Obstacles to Opportunity

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September 28, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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From Obstacles to Opportunity

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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome visitors, welcome church family.
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  • We love being with you.
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  • Thank you for being here today.
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  • You know, often when we're going through tough times,
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  • we pray for deliverance, and that's good.
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  • But sometimes God wants to give us a gift within the struggle,
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  • and that's wisdom.
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  • Thank you again for being here. You are so loved.
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  • Bobby: We love you guys.
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  • Let's begin with a Word of prayer.
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  • Father, thank you so much that you love us.
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  • Thank you that your Holy Spirit is always doing a good work
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  • within us if we simply trust.
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  • Father, we pray this morning, whatever difficulty we're going
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  • through, whatever trial we're facing, whatever it is that
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  • we're persevering, we pray, God, that you give us wisdom
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  • and knowledge and we ask it in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • Pastor Bobby wants to send you
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  • the Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • With the words of the creed etched in glass,
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  • this floral-adorned ornament will be a stunning addition
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  • to your home or patio.
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  • This 7 1/2 by 7-inch metal-framed suncatcher
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  • is secured with a twine hanger for easy display.
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  • We'll send you this one-of-a-kind decoration
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  • with your generous financial gift of $25 or more.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include Pastor Bobby's
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how to develop
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  • meaningful connections, the kind that enable you
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  • to lead by putting other people first.
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  • We'll also include this two-sided "Connect to Cultivate"
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  • reminder card with Proverbs 22:6 on the front and reminders
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  • of ways to cultivate relationships on the back.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these valuable
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  • resources and learn to reestablish and strengthen
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  • the relationships in your life.
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  • Bobby: There has never been a greater need
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  • for real relationships with God, with our spouses,
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  • our children, and our grandchildren
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  • than there is today.
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  • Our fast-paced culture, the demands placed on our time,
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  • and the pressures of social media,
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  • have led to a breakdown in genuine connection.
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  • That is why it's important that we learn to cultivate
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  • true authentic relationships,
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  • the kind that are grounded in Christ.
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  • Nothing has the power to transform generations
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  • like knowing their worth in Jesus.
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  • Hannah: You may be seated.
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  • In preparation for the message, James 1:1 through 6.
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  • "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
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  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
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  • whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know
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  • that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
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  • Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature
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  • and complete, not lacking anything.
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  • If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
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  • who gives generously to all without finding fault,
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  • and it will be given to you.
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  • But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
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  • because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
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  • blown and tossed by the wind."
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  • Church family, when we face challenges, may our first
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  • thought be to pray for wisdom, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: Praise the Lord you His angels,
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  • you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey His Word.
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  • You His servants who do His will, praise the Lord
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  • all his works everywhere in his dominion.
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  • Gracious God, our praise is for you this day.
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  • Our Creator, Sustainer, our Deliverer, and our friend in
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  • your wondrously creative and gracious presence,
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  • you have acted to bring us life.
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  • Today we awaken to the world around us, and we pray for the
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  • flood victims on the east coast in the Bahamas,
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  • The displaced from war torn Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq,
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  • and the Ukraine.
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  • We pray, as we look around us, for the homeless
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  • and the hungry from our communities.
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  • We hold all of these folks up to you in our prayers as we seek
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  • ways to engage with them in their struggle.
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  • We lift up our local leaders from whatever city we hail from,
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  • the mayor, the city officials, the police and emergency
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  • services and God, we thank you for them and we ask you to be
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  • with their families, and that you would accompany them
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  • in their work.
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  • Lord, there are those among us today who, though victory
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  • has been proclaimed, they are discouraged.
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  • Lord, they've lost hope in their life.
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  • With them, Lord, we all pray that in your great love, that
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  • you, Lord, would answer with your sure salvation and rescue
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  • us from the swamp of our circumstances.
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  • We pray this day for you to be with our staff, and the
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  • teachers, and the children's ministry in this time
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  • of transition.
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  • Lord, bless the decisions made and the people who serve,
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  • and most of all, the children who participate.
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  • We thank You, Lord, for the safe return of our pastor Bobby
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  • and his family.
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  • Fill him, God, with the Holy Spirit, and anoint the message
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  • you have for us through his words this day.
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  • We pray, Lord, that you would bless the tithes and offerings
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  • as we bring them, and that you would translate these gifts for
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  • use in the work of your kingdom here and around the world.
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  • And Father, we pray this prayer, and all of our prayers, in the
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  • name of your son Jesus who taught us all to pray together,
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  • saying, "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
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  • Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth
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  • as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts,
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  • as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
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  • and the glory forever, amen.
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  • The head that once was crowned with thorns
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  • Is crowned with glory now
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  • The Savior knelt to wash our feet
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  • Now at His feet we bow
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  • The One who wore our sin and shame
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  • Now robed in majesty
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  • The radiance of perfect love
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  • Now shines for all to see
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  • Your name
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  • Your name Is victory
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  • All praise will rise To Christ our King
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  • Your name
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  • Your name Is victory
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  • All praise will rise To Christ our King
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  • The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
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  • Was borrowed for three days
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  • His body there would not remain
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  • Our God has robbed the grave
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  • Our God has robbed the grave
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  • In you we live, Lord
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  • In you we live
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  • Your name
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  • Your name Is victory
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  • All praise will rise To Christ our King
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  • Your name
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  • Your name Is victory
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  • All praise will rise To Christ our King
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  • By Your spirit I will rise From the ashes of defeat
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  • The resurrected King is resurrecting you and me
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  • In Your name I come alive To declare Your victory
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  • The resurrected King is resurrecting me
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  • The resurrected King is resurrecting me
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  • I'm alive, I'm alive
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  • I'm alive in you, Lord, yes
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim: Well, I must say it's been a difficult week for me.
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  • My wife went away.
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  • Well, not in that way.
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  • I mean, she she went with a friend on a trip to Minnesota
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  • in the fall, so I'm praying for her.
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  • Not that Minnesota's a bad place,
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  • but it's just different than Southern California.
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  • But I've been alone and with the cat during the week,
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  • and Obie's a beautiful little cat, but not quite the same.
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  • So, I've been thinking about, I've been thinking about how
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  • much I love my wife, and how much I miss her.
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  • So, I've been looking for a way to appreciate her
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  • when she returns.
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  • And so, I'm thinking about various gifts or whatever.
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  • But I was thinking that's what we do when we come to worship.
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  • We have an opportunity to show our love, and appreciation,
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  • and devotion, and dedication to the Lord
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  • who has loved us beyond measure.
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  • And so, as we come to bring our tithes and offerings
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  • this day, I pray that might be in your heart that we are
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  • showing our love for this God who has really reached
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  • into our lives with his great love.
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  • God bless you as you bring your gift.
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  • Will the ushers please come forward?
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I are so happy
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  • you've joined us in worship today,
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  • and we'd like to say thank you for all the ways
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  • you continue to support "Hour of Power" worldwide
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  • on its mission.
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  • God is on the move, and great things are happening.
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  • You know, I love the Greek proverb that says,
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  • "Society grows great when old men plant trees
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  • whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
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  • How many of us are sitting in the shade of trees
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  • that were planted by a parent, a grandparent,
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  • a teacher, or a mentor?
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  • I don't know about you, but I wanna be a person like that,
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  • someone who is so rooted in Christ
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  • that their witness will transform future generations
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  • and enable them to know their worth in Jesus.
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  • Hannah: Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child
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  • in the way he should go and when he is old
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  • he will not depart from it."
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  • In our own parenting, Bobby and I believe it's so important
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  • to connect with them and teach them how to connect with others.
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  • By affirming the dignity of those around us
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  • and agreeing with what Jesus says about them,
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  • we change the world one relationship at a time.
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  • Bobby: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • we wanna send you the beautiful Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • We believe that internalizing the powerful truths
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  • in this creed can transform your life.
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  • and not what people say about you,
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  • your true identity as God's beloved will take root
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  • in your heart, and you will be transformed.
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how
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  • to develop meaningful connections,
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  • the kind that enable you to lead by putting other people first.
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  • We'll also include this two-sided "Connect to Cultivate"
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these
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  • valuable resources and learn to reestablish
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  • and strengthen the relationships in your life.
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  • Bobby: The "Hour of Power" would not be on the air today
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  • if it weren't for you and people like you who bless us
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  • with their generous gifts.
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  • Your financial support keeps the "Hour of Power" on the air
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  • and enables us to make a positive difference
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  • in the lives of viewers around the world.
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  • We simply just can't do it without you.
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  • So please call, write, or go online
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  • with your generous gift today.
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  • God loves you, and so do we.
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  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:22.270
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  • The timeless theme
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  • Earth and Heaven will pass away
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  • It's not a dream
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  • God will make all things new that day
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  • Gone is the curse
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  • from which I stumbled and fell
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  • Evil is banished to eternal hell
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  • No more night, no more pain
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  • No more tears, never crying again
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  • And praises to the Great I Am
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  • We will live in the light of the risen Lamb
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  • See all around
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  • all the nations bow down to sing
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  • The only sound
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  • is the praises to Christ, our King
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  • Slowly the names of the book are read
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  • I know the King
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  • so there's no need, no need to dread
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  • No more night, no more pain
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  • No more tears, never crying again
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  • And praises to the Great I Am
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  • We will live in the light of the risen Lamb
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  • See over there, there's a mansion
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  • oh, prepared just for me
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  • where I will live with my Savior eternally
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  • And there will be no more night
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  • no more pain
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  • No more tears, never crying again
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  • And praises to the Great I Am
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  • We will live in the light of the risen Lamb
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  • All praises to the Great I Am
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  • We're gonna live
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  • we're gonna live in the light
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  • of the risen Lamb
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  • the Lamb
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us today.
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  • It really is amazing that TV and the Internet allow us to connect
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  • the whole world together in one worship service,
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  • and we really consider you a part of our church.
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  • We're so glad you're joining us today.
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  • And if you're ever in Irvine, please come down
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  • to Shepherd's Grove and worship with us.
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  • We would love to meet you.
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  • If you've got kids, bring them. We love children.
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  • So, bring them, and we'd love to teach them the things of God.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this as a way
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  • of receiving from the Lord?
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not that I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today's message, I truly believe will change your life if you can
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  • take it to heart and apply it as much as possible in your life.
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  • So, it is a life-changing message if you hear
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  • what I'm about to say.
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  • But that second part it is, if you're going through a tough
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  • time, if you're going through a trial right now, it can be a
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  • hard sermon to hear.
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  • And what we're gonna talk about today is that when
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  • we go through our trials, God can use those trials
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  • to really improve us.
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  • Every loss and trial can be a doorway
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  • to a better version of you.
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  • This is ancient wisdom.
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  • It is deeply embedded in Judaism and old-school Christianity.
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  • I say old-school Christianity because very often as we try to
  • 00:28:53.040 --> 00:28:57.060
  • encourage people in the church today, which we should do, I'm a
  • 00:28:57.070 --> 00:29:00.080
  • big encourager, we forget sometimes that when we're going
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  • through difficult and tough times, God is very often
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  • attempting to do a good work in us if we'll just allow the power
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  • of the Spirit to do something great.
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  • So, if you're going through a hard time right now, sickness,
  • 00:29:19.010 --> 00:29:22.150
  • financial challenges, maybe you're being sued,
  • 00:29:22.160 --> 00:29:25.240
  • maybe you're facing something difficult, maybe family crisis,
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  • and it just feels like you can't take anymore.
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  • First, let me say, you will get through this, you will.
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  • You've gotten through everything else.
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  • God will carry you through.
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  • But second, don't miss out on the opportunity to receive
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  • the great treasure that is within the experience
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  • of suffering itself.
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  • When you're going through a difficult and tough time,
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  • this is the question we often ask, "What does this mean?"
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  • Especially with health things, job things, family things,
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  • we ask the question, "What does this mean?
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  • What will happen to this or that?"
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  • And this is not the question we should ask, nor should we
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  • catastrophize and assume that because it's bad now,
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  • everything will end.
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  • Rather, don't ask, "What does this mean?"
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  • Don't catastrophize, but rather ask God for wisdom.
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  • God loves it when we're going through a tough time that we ask
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  • for wisdom and knowledge before asking for deliverance.
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  • God always believes that within you, because of the Holy Spirit,
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  • when you go through difficult circumstances, God can take
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  • what Satan intended for evil, or what some person
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  • intended for evil, and turn it to good in your life.
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  • But it happens when in the struggle we're going through
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  • we ask, "Lord, just give me wisdom.
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  • Lord, give me knowledge."
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  • And the more you do that in your life, you'll find at the
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  • greatest bit of wisdom you got was when you went through
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  • tough times, when you went through trials.
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  • Many of you have had some tough times and a lot of them you
  • 00:31:21.160 --> 00:31:24.080
  • could live without, but a lot of them you think I could not--
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  • I wouldn't be the person I am today if I didn't go through
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  • that thing back there.
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  • God not only carried me through, but something happened
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  • in my soul, and in my mind, in my life, that changed me
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  • for the better forever.
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  • And I think this is something that drives Satan crazy is that
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  • if we endure with perseverance and seek to grow as people
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  • through our suffering, it's like we level up.
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  • That's a video game person talking, sorry.
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  • But you get this through your experience,
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  • through your suffering, through your challenges.
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  • You get this reformed self.
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  • You draw nearer to the person of Christ in you.
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  • And that brings me to a very famous story,
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  • the story of Solomon.
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  • If you've grown up in church, or if you've grown up in a
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  • synagogue, you've probably for sure heard this story.
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  • It's very famous, and it really is at the heart of much
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  • of Judaism's, and therefore Christianity's, emphasis on
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  • seeking wisdom before seeking the other things in life.
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  • You hear it in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus is talking
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  • about the needs, and the things that we have in life,
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  • and the clothing, and food, and things that we seek after.
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  • And he says, "But seek first his kingdom
  • 00:32:49.250 --> 00:32:53.030
  • and his righteousness," effectively wisdom and goodness.
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  • Seek first those things, then all these other things
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  • will be added to you.
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  • So, it's deeply embedded in our faith in Judaism.
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  • So, it's a great story.
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  • So, Solomon has just become king.
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  • He's a young guy. Maybe he's mid 20s.
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  • Maybe he's about 30, we don't really know.
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  • All we know is he's pretty young.
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  • And of course, in those days, it's a tribal community.
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  • Usually the chief is an older guy.
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  • It's a face culture, so you always honor the elders.
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  • So, you've got a king coming in who's kind of a young guy,
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  • and this is working against him.
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  • Worse than that, his dad was King David, the King David.
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  • Now, King David is a legend to us but, you know, when Solomon
  • 00:33:36.160 --> 00:33:39.250
  • comes on the scene, David has died and he is just,
  • 00:33:39.260 --> 00:33:44.060
  • he has been shrouded in legend.
  • 00:33:44.070 --> 00:33:46.200
  • I mean, there's so many stories that people love to tell about
  • 00:33:46.210 --> 00:33:50.260
  • David, for example, we still tell it, David and Goliath.
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  • You know, there are these two armies facing each other,
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  • and there's this gigantic evil version of Shaquille O'Neal
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  • with a giant sword and armor, and he comes out and he wants
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  • to do this ancient thing where instead of two armies fighting,
  • 00:34:06.130 --> 00:34:10.040
  • you have two heroes fight and then the other one,
  • 00:34:10.050 --> 00:34:12.160
  • you know, yields.
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  • And so, he's challenging, mocking the Hebrew people
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  • to fight him.
  • 00:34:18.170 --> 00:34:20.110
  • And of course, nobody's gonna fight this guy,
  • 00:34:20.120 --> 00:34:22.060
  • just a humongous man.
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  • And David, who's effectively a boy, says, "Who
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  • is that uncircumcised Philistine?"
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  • And walks out as Goliath is mocking him.
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  • You know, David has no armor, no sword.
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  • He's just got this little piece of leather
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  • that's not even really a slingshot.
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  • You have to kind of whip it around like--
  • 00:34:39.210 --> 00:34:41.270
  • and as the guy is mocking him,
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  • David takes this rock, runs toward him,
  • 00:34:44.100 --> 00:34:46.050
  • goes whoo-whoo-whoo, wha!
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  • Throws it, he gets him right between the eyes.
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  • Goliath falls back, David rushes and grabs a sword out of his
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  • scabbard, goes whack right on his neck, pulls his head up,
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  • blood dripping everywhere, shows it to the Philistine,
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  • throws it at them, and they all flee.
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  • That is an awesome story. That's awesome.
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  • He's a kid. This is how he starts.
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  • This is how he starts, it's not even though how he finishes.
  • 00:35:09.040 --> 00:35:13.070
  • And he's got all these epic stories of battles he's won
  • 00:35:13.080 --> 00:35:18.050
  • when he's running away from Saul.
  • 00:35:18.060 --> 00:35:20.060
  • He sneaks in to a cave when Saul is relieving himself on a wall,
  • 00:35:20.070 --> 00:35:24.280
  • and he cuts a tassel off of his thing to show him,
  • 00:35:24.290 --> 00:35:27.080
  • "I could have killed you, and I didn't."
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  • And he pours out the sacred water of Bethlehem for his men.
  • 00:35:29.120 --> 00:35:32.080
  • He's the guy that conquers Jerusalem and carries
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  • the Ark of the Covenant into the city.
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  • All this to say, this is who Solomon's coming after.
  • 00:35:37.010 --> 00:35:41.060
  • Green behind the ears, kind of a kid, he's got brothers
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  • who want to be king.
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  • He's got tribal elders who don't want him to be king.
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  • He's got the Egyptians in the south.
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  • He's got the Assyrians and the North.
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  • These are some of the biggest, baddest empires that have ever
  • 00:35:56.290 --> 00:36:00.050
  • existed in human history, and he's got to lead these people.
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  • He's got mega problems.
  • 00:36:05.240 --> 00:36:07.280
  • What is the first thing Solomon does as king?
  • 00:36:07.290 --> 00:36:12.130
  • He gathers all of Israel, all of the elders, all of the people,
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  • for a worship service.
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  • They go to the high place of Gibeon, which at that time
  • 00:36:19.160 --> 00:36:22.240
  • the temple hadn't been built yet.
  • 00:36:22.250 --> 00:36:25.010
  • The ark was in Jerusalem, but there were still what was
  • 00:36:25.020 --> 00:36:27.130
  • called the bronze altar in the tabernacle at Gibeon,
  • 00:36:27.140 --> 00:36:30.080
  • which is the same tabernacle Moses used to go
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  • around the wilderness.
  • 00:36:33.110 --> 00:36:35.130
  • And he gathers everyone there and makes a sacrifice
  • 00:36:35.140 --> 00:36:37.210
  • of a thousand animals to God.
  • 00:36:37.220 --> 00:36:40.140
  • Now, for us remember, that sacrifice was wealth.
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  • He was giving up stuff he could have traded for weapons.
  • 00:36:43.280 --> 00:36:47.220
  • He was giving up food.
  • 00:36:47.230 --> 00:36:49.250
  • He was giving up a effectively a lot of money and basically
  • 00:36:49.260 --> 00:36:54.120
  • burning it on a pyre, as was the custom, to effectively say,
  • 00:36:54.130 --> 00:36:59.130
  • "Lord, everything we have, all that we have is from you.
  • 00:36:59.140 --> 00:37:04.110
  • Without you, we have nothing.
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  • With you, we have everything.
  • 00:37:06.170 --> 00:37:08.170
  • Without you, we will lose.
  • 00:37:08.180 --> 00:37:10.150
  • With you, we will have the victory."
  • 00:37:10.160 --> 00:37:12.130
  • And as a young man very wisely begins his reign by effectively
  • 00:37:12.140 --> 00:37:15.290
  • saying, "God, we are your people," and nothing happens.
  • 00:37:16.000 --> 00:37:23.070
  • It says he gives a speech, but he doesn't say what he said,
  • 00:37:23.080 --> 00:37:26.070
  • effectively, almost seems like it was not a memorable speech.
  • 00:37:26.080 --> 00:37:30.080
  • He wondered did he mess up, did he inspire people.
  • 00:37:30.090 --> 00:37:33.150
  • Doesn't say anything, just says he gave a speech,
  • 00:37:33.160 --> 00:37:36.150
  • and everybody kind of went home.
  • 00:37:36.160 --> 00:37:38.220
  • He went into his royal tent that night and went to bed,
  • 00:37:38.230 --> 00:37:42.280
  • and somewhere in the night privately,
  • 00:37:42.290 --> 00:37:45.260
  • God shows up to Solomon.
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  • I wonder what that was like.
  • 00:37:48.090 --> 00:37:50.200
  • A lot of the great details in these ancient stories are left
  • 00:37:50.210 --> 00:37:53.130
  • out in large part because Jewish people from the past had to
  • 00:37:53.140 --> 00:37:57.060
  • memorize all these stories, so more details is more memorizing.
  • 00:37:57.070 --> 00:38:01.180
  • But you know, did he appear to him in a dream?
  • 00:38:01.190 --> 00:38:06.140
  • Did he appeared to him in the room?
  • 00:38:06.150 --> 00:38:08.120
  • Doesn't matter, but God appears to Solomon and says to him,
  • 00:38:08.130 --> 00:38:13.180
  • "What would you ask of me?"
  • 00:38:13.190 --> 00:38:17.010
  • What would you ask? What is he saying?
  • 00:38:17.020 --> 00:38:18.290
  • Anything in the world, what do you want?
  • 00:38:19.000 --> 00:38:20.210
  • You can have, one thing, what do you want?
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  • Ask for anything.
  • 00:38:23.110 --> 00:38:25.260
  • Now, think about it, if God appears to you tonight in the
  • 00:38:25.270 --> 00:38:29.160
  • middle of the night, two in the morning,
  • 00:38:29.170 --> 00:38:31.190
  • your room fills up with light, and I sleep with a fan.
  • 00:38:31.200 --> 00:38:34.260
  • Your fan turns off. Any fan fans here?
  • 00:38:34.270 --> 00:38:39.200
  • Oh, awesome. We should start a club.
  • 00:38:39.210 --> 00:38:46.120
  • Anytime I see a fan and it's like no noise,
  • 00:38:46.130 --> 00:38:48.060
  • like why would you buy it?
  • 00:38:48.070 --> 00:38:52.200
  • Okay, anyway.
  • 00:38:53.250 --> 00:38:57.060
  • So God, God appears in your room tonight and he looks at you
  • 00:38:57.070 --> 00:39:01.050
  • and he says, "Jim, John, Sarah, Michelle, what do you need?
  • 00:39:01.060 --> 00:39:08.040
  • What do you want?
  • 00:39:08.050 --> 00:39:09.250
  • Say it, what do you want?"
  • 00:39:09.260 --> 00:39:12.000
  • I'll tell you what I would say, "Lord, heal my son," you know?
  • 00:39:12.010 --> 00:39:19.090
  • "Lord, bring more children to our church.
  • 00:39:19.100 --> 00:39:22.150
  • Lord, give me 50 Eagles' donors."
  • 00:39:22.160 --> 00:39:27.190
  • I think of all of these things that if just this one thing
  • 00:39:27.200 --> 00:39:30.050
  • happened, everything would be better, easier.
  • 00:39:30.060 --> 00:39:33.260
  • It would change my life, my church's life,
  • 00:39:33.270 --> 00:39:36.120
  • my family's life forever.
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  • I would absolutely say those things.
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  • You think Solomon had it easier than I have it?
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  • Certainly not.
  • 00:39:45.130 --> 00:39:47.120
  • Solomon facing some of the biggest challenges any king
  • 00:39:47.130 --> 00:39:51.070
  • has ever faced, and he's got real imminent problems
  • 00:39:51.080 --> 00:39:55.130
  • that need to be solved right now.
  • 00:39:55.140 --> 00:39:58.080
  • And when God offers him anything, what does he ask for?
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  • Wisdom.
  • 00:40:02.110 --> 00:40:04.280
  • He sits up in his bed, and he looks at the Lord, and he says,
  • 00:40:04.290 --> 00:40:09.070
  • "Give me wisdom and knowledge that I can lead your people."
  • 00:40:09.080 --> 00:40:16.240
  • And God looks at him and he says, "Because from your heart,
  • 00:40:16.250 --> 00:40:20.270
  • your deepest desire was not--"
  • 00:40:20.280 --> 00:40:24.040
  • And this is what I love is that God names all the things
  • 00:40:24.050 --> 00:40:26.290
  • that Solomon didn't ask for that he could have.
  • 00:40:27.000 --> 00:40:31.010
  • He says, "First, you didn't ask for wealth.
  • 00:40:31.020 --> 00:40:34.050
  • You didn't ask for possessions and honor.
  • 00:40:34.060 --> 00:40:37.180
  • You didn't ask for a long life," or we might say to solve
  • 00:40:37.190 --> 00:40:40.230
  • our health problems.
  • 00:40:40.240 --> 00:40:43.020
  • "And you didn't ask for the death of your enemies."
  • 00:40:43.030 --> 00:40:45.130
  • Now, I--just to stand back for a second.
  • 00:40:45.140 --> 00:40:47.190
  • I think if we could chill out with God in heaven for a day
  • 00:40:47.200 --> 00:40:50.120
  • and like receive all, you know, prayers via email
  • 00:40:50.130 --> 00:40:53.260
  • and analyze them, my guess is you can group 90% of prayers
  • 00:40:53.270 --> 00:40:57.180
  • into these four things.
  • 00:40:57.190 --> 00:40:59.280
  • "I need money. I need health.
  • 00:40:59.290 --> 00:41:02.030
  • I need you to kill my enemies.
  • 00:41:02.040 --> 00:41:06.060
  • And yet we have these challenges that we face.
  • 00:41:06.070 --> 00:41:08.070
  • Lord, deliver us from these problems."
  • 00:41:08.080 --> 00:41:10.120
  • And God says deliberately, "You didn't ask for wealth.
  • 00:41:10.130 --> 00:41:12.260
  • You didn't ask for possessions and honor.
  • 00:41:12.270 --> 00:41:14.240
  • You didn't ask for a long life.
  • 00:41:14.250 --> 00:41:16.180
  • And you didn't ask for death of your enemies.
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  • Instead, because I can see in the deepest part of your heart
  • 00:41:19.030 --> 00:41:22.270
  • that your will is totally all you want is wisdom and
  • 00:41:22.280 --> 00:41:26.260
  • knowledge, I'm gonna give you wisdom and knowledge
  • 00:41:26.270 --> 00:41:30.140
  • like no one before you has ever had.
  • 00:41:30.150 --> 00:41:34.220
  • And then he said, "And I'm also going to give you wealth.
  • 00:41:34.230 --> 00:41:39.180
  • And I'm also gonna give you honor."
  • 00:41:39.190 --> 00:41:43.130
  • And the third one he says with a caveat, "And if you obey
  • 00:41:43.140 --> 00:41:45.180
  • my commands, I will also give you a long life."
  • 00:41:45.190 --> 00:41:50.080
  • But he does not say, "I will give you the death
  • 00:41:50.090 --> 00:41:52.040
  • of your enemies."
  • 00:41:52.050 --> 00:41:53.260
  • I wonder why that is, by the way.
  • 00:41:53.270 --> 00:41:56.120
  • Could it be that Abraham's blessing that, "I will bless you
  • 00:41:56.130 --> 00:42:02.000
  • and you will be a blessing to the Gentiles,
  • 00:42:02.010 --> 00:42:04.140
  • you will be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth,
  • 00:42:04.150 --> 00:42:06.190
  • every ethnicity, every culture, every language,
  • 00:42:06.200 --> 00:42:09.150
  • you will bless them," right?
  • 00:42:09.160 --> 00:42:11.150
  • "You will make them happy,
  • 00:42:11.160 --> 00:42:13.150
  • you will help their cups overflow."
  • 00:42:13.160 --> 00:42:16.150
  • And what Jesus teaches us that, you know,
  • 00:42:16.160 --> 00:42:19.040
  • "You've heard that it was said Love your neighbor
  • 00:42:19.050 --> 00:42:23.000
  • and hate your enemy.
  • 00:42:23.010 --> 00:42:24.240
  • But I say love your enemies and pray for those
  • 00:42:24.250 --> 00:42:26.160
  • who persecute you."
  • 00:42:26.170 --> 00:42:28.050
  • Maybe there's wisdom and that part of gaining wisdom is
  • 00:42:28.060 --> 00:42:30.060
  • learning that anytime you destroy an enemy, it's almost
  • 00:42:30.070 --> 00:42:33.020
  • always replaced by another, that maybe the wisdom
  • 00:42:33.030 --> 00:42:37.260
  • is turning your enemies into your friends.
  • 00:42:37.270 --> 00:42:42.040
  • Maybe that's one of the things that Solomon's about to learn,
  • 00:42:42.050 --> 00:42:44.220
  • and that's the one thing that God does not promise to Solomon.
  • 00:42:44.230 --> 00:42:50.090
  • Anyway, I think it's wonderful and it seems like it really
  • 00:42:50.100 --> 00:42:53.180
  • stirs God's heart that even though Solomon is going through
  • 00:42:53.190 --> 00:42:56.240
  • all these challenges, he doesn't ask for deliverance,
  • 00:42:56.250 --> 00:42:59.020
  • he asks for wisdom.
  • 00:42:59.030 --> 00:43:01.000
  • What if we were that way?
  • 00:43:01.010 --> 00:43:02.280
  • What if when we were going through our tough times,
  • 00:43:02.290 --> 00:43:04.290
  • and we're just like, "Lord, just get me through this.
  • 00:43:05.000 --> 00:43:06.250
  • Lord, help my financial problem.
  • 00:43:06.260 --> 00:43:08.150
  • Lord, help my job problem.
  • 00:43:08.160 --> 00:43:10.130
  • Lord, you know, help my health problem."
  • 00:43:10.140 --> 00:43:12.180
  • We just said, "Lord, give me wisdom.
  • 00:43:12.190 --> 00:43:15.020
  • All I ask is for wisdom and knowledge that I can lead
  • 00:43:15.030 --> 00:43:17.160
  • a good life and be a good person."
  • 00:43:17.170 --> 00:43:20.030
  • I believe that that would stir God's heart, and I believe
  • 00:43:20.040 --> 00:43:23.090
  • it is very rare for God to receive a prayer like that.
  • 00:43:23.100 --> 00:43:26.210
  • Let's start praying that way.
  • 00:43:26.220 --> 00:43:28.190
  • Should we start praying that way?
  • 00:43:28.200 --> 00:43:30.090
  • Should we start asking God for wisdom?
  • 00:43:30.100 --> 00:43:33.150
  • So then, there's two versions of the story.
  • 00:43:33.160 --> 00:43:38.020
  • The first version is in 1 Kings, and it tells a very famous story
  • 00:43:38.030 --> 00:43:43.100
  • about Solomon that shows how wise he is at such a young age.
  • 00:43:43.110 --> 00:43:48.100
  • And it goes like this.
  • 00:43:48.110 --> 00:43:50.130
  • There were two prostitutes who lived together,
  • 00:43:50.140 --> 00:43:53.040
  • and no one else lived in that house.
  • 00:43:53.050 --> 00:43:55.210
  • And they both became pregnant at the same time, and delivered
  • 00:43:55.220 --> 00:43:58.180
  • two babies at roughly the same time, just a few days apart.
  • 00:43:58.190 --> 00:44:03.010
  • They're both nursing their boys and they fall asleep, and one
  • 00:44:03.020 --> 00:44:07.110
  • falls asleep on the baby and smothers him to death.
  • 00:44:07.120 --> 00:44:11.170
  • In the middle of the night, that woman takes her dead baby,
  • 00:44:11.180 --> 00:44:15.000
  • who's only a few days old, and puts it at the breast
  • 00:44:15.010 --> 00:44:17.100
  • of the other mother, and takes the living baby
  • 00:44:17.110 --> 00:44:20.120
  • and puts it at her own breast.
  • 00:44:20.130 --> 00:44:22.200
  • And then when they wake up in the morning,
  • 00:44:22.210 --> 00:44:24.180
  • the other mother wakes up to this dead child.
  • 00:44:24.190 --> 00:44:28.130
  • And of course, two babies at the same, you know, general race,
  • 00:44:28.140 --> 00:44:32.120
  • it's gonna be hard to tell at only a few days old who's whose.
  • 00:44:32.130 --> 00:44:35.160
  • But mothers know, don't they?
  • 00:44:35.170 --> 00:44:37.010
  • Mother knows every little detail.
  • 00:44:37.020 --> 00:44:40.210
  • And so, these women are brought before King Solomon
  • 00:44:40.220 --> 00:44:43.070
  • who is judging these, effectively, court cases.
  • 00:44:43.080 --> 00:44:48.040
  • And they tell the story and one points and says,
  • 00:44:48.050 --> 00:44:50.150
  • "No, it's my baby."
  • 00:44:50.160 --> 00:44:51.280
  • And the other one says, "No, it's my baby.
  • 00:44:51.290 --> 00:44:53.060
  • It's my baby. It's my baby."
  • 00:44:53.070 --> 00:44:55.000
  • Go back and forth and he says, "Bring me a sword."
  • 00:44:55.010 --> 00:44:57.230
  • And they bring him this giant, awesome sword
  • 00:44:57.240 --> 00:45:00.200
  • made of valyrian steel, and it's scary.
  • 00:45:00.210 --> 00:45:03.270
  • And he's holding it and he says, "Now, cut the baby in half
  • 00:45:03.280 --> 00:45:11.290
  • and give one half to each mother," right?
  • 00:45:12.000 --> 00:45:16.090
  • And the first woman says, "No, Lord, give her the baby,
  • 00:45:16.100 --> 00:45:20.290
  • only let him live!"
  • 00:45:21.000 --> 00:45:23.060
  • And the second woman says, "No, cut him in half.
  • 00:45:23.070 --> 00:45:25.270
  • If we both can't have him, then he shouldn't live."
  • 00:45:25.280 --> 00:45:29.240
  • And Solomon says, "Give the baby to the first one.
  • 00:45:29.250 --> 00:45:32.030
  • She's the mother."
  • 00:45:32.040 --> 00:45:34.110
  • And of course, you know, this is brilliant, especially, you know,
  • 00:45:34.120 --> 00:45:37.100
  • 1000 B.C., you know, that this king is not only able
  • 00:45:37.110 --> 00:45:42.130
  • to discern so rightly, but to create such
  • 00:45:42.140 --> 00:45:44.200
  • a display of justice.
  • 00:45:44.210 --> 00:45:47.200
  • It's just a great story.
  • 00:45:47.210 --> 00:45:49.070
  • And then, so that displays sort of a small taste
  • 00:45:49.080 --> 00:45:51.220
  • of his great wisdom.
  • 00:45:51.230 --> 00:45:53.160
  • But then the other story in 2 Chronicles just says
  • 00:45:53.170 --> 00:45:56.110
  • that after he asks for wisdom from God, he's just becomes
  • 00:45:56.120 --> 00:46:00.230
  • incredibly wealthy.
  • 00:46:00.240 --> 00:46:02.240
  • Seems to be that he's maybe trading chariots
  • 00:46:02.250 --> 00:46:04.220
  • or something with the south, but you just observe
  • 00:46:04.230 --> 00:46:07.080
  • that he has this incredible wealth.
  • 00:46:07.090 --> 00:46:09.120
  • Okay, so this story then about Solomon, through his trials,
  • 00:46:09.130 --> 00:46:13.200
  • through one of the most probably challenging days of his life,
  • 00:46:13.210 --> 00:46:16.260
  • asks God for what?
  • 00:46:16.270 --> 00:46:19.080
  • Wisdom.
  • 00:46:19.090 --> 00:46:21.070
  • This becomes embedded in the Jewish mind.
  • 00:46:21.080 --> 00:46:23.170
  • Now, fast forward to the Scripture reading for today.
  • 00:46:23.180 --> 00:46:25.280
  • It's James chapter 1.
  • 00:46:25.290 --> 00:46:28.150
  • Now, the Book of James was written by James, the brother
  • 00:46:28.160 --> 00:46:32.230
  • of Jesus, after the resurrection and ascension.
  • 00:46:32.240 --> 00:46:35.250
  • And may I just say that there are many arguments for why Jesus
  • 00:46:35.260 --> 00:46:40.030
  • was raised from the dead, but my favorite is that this guy
  • 00:46:40.040 --> 00:46:43.240
  • had four brothers, and they all believed he was God.
  • 00:46:43.250 --> 00:46:48.220
  • Do you have a brother? Anybody here?
  • 00:46:48.230 --> 00:46:52.090
  • Yeah, okay.
  • 00:46:52.100 --> 00:46:54.130
  • If you've got a brother, and it doesn't matter how great he--
  • 00:46:54.140 --> 00:46:56.290
  • he can be the greatest guy ever and one day he's like,
  • 00:46:57.000 --> 00:46:59.150
  • "I'm the Son of God."
  • 00:46:59.160 --> 00:47:01.290
  • You're gonna be like Yeah, I don't know.
  • 00:47:02.000 --> 00:47:06.010
  • At least one of them's gonna be like I don't know about that.
  • 00:47:06.020 --> 00:47:10.020
  • The fact that his four brothers proclaimed his resurrection that
  • 00:47:10.030 --> 00:47:14.220
  • he was the Messiah to me having a brother, I don't know.
  • 00:47:14.230 --> 00:47:19.290
  • That speaks volumes to me, I don't know about you.
  • 00:47:20.000 --> 00:47:22.020
  • But anyway, one of them is James, who is the leader
  • 00:47:22.030 --> 00:47:24.160
  • of the church in Jerusalem, and he's a rabbi.
  • 00:47:24.170 --> 00:47:28.020
  • I mean, the guy is a Hasidic orthodox rabbi.
  • 00:47:28.030 --> 00:47:30.250
  • He's followed all the rules, just as Jesus was.
  • 00:47:30.260 --> 00:47:33.250
  • He's totally a Jewish guy, and he's speaking to a Jewish
  • 00:47:33.260 --> 00:47:38.170
  • audience that has this Solomon-asking-for-wisdom story
  • 00:47:38.180 --> 00:47:43.150
  • sort of embedded in their mind and in their culture.
  • 00:47:43.160 --> 00:47:46.280
  • And the Book of James, which is often called a letter,
  • 00:47:46.290 --> 00:47:49.080
  • was actually a sermon and the sermon was so powerful that they
  • 00:47:49.090 --> 00:47:52.280
  • then sent it to the-- it says the 12 tribes.
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  • They sent it all over the world for everyone to read.
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  • And he begins with this opening statement,
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  • "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
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  • whenever you face trials of many kinds."
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  • Why?
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  • Why would that be pure joy to face a trial?
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  • "Because you know that the testing
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  • of your faith produces perseverance.
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  • Let perseverance--"
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  • Everybody say, "Let perseverance."
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  • See, this is something Hannah knows when she memorized it.
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  • It's something you don't really have to do.
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  • You just have to let it happen, just let it happen.
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  • "Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be,"
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  • and this is a promise, number one, mature.
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  • Number two-- mature is a funny one.
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  • Nobody here is praying for maturity.
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  • I just guarantee that.
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  • How many of you prayed for maturity?
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  • "I'm mature, I don't want it, I don't need it."
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  • Maturity is a part of wisdom.
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  • We had a pastor once who used to mock maturity.
  • 00:49:00.080 --> 00:49:02.280
  • We were in college, and he would say something like,
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  • "Everybody always says ma-toor, ma-toor,
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  • it sounds like manure."
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  • And then, but anyway people asking for maturity.
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  • So, this is a part of the promise,
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  • that you'd be complete, you know,
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  • God would make you complete.
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  • And finally, lacking nothing.
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  • You just live a life completely without lack if you let--
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  • if you let it finish its work within you and you persevere.
  • 00:49:33.010 --> 00:49:36.150
  • And then he says, "If any of you lacks wisdom," you should what?
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  • Ask God.
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  • Who asked God for wisdom?
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  • Solomon, and look at what how God blessed him.
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  • God not only gave him wisdom, he gave him a wealth,
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  • and possessions, and power, and honor, and 40 years
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  • of effective reign, and he died at a ripe old age.
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  • So, if we lack wisdom, we should ask God.
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  • And he says, who gives generously to everyone
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  • without finding fault.
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  • What do you mean without finding fault?
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  • Doesn't mean--it doesn't matter how sinful you are, how dumb of
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  • mistake you made, how in the rut you are, how far behind you are,
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  • if you ask God for wisdom, he will be overjoyed with it
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  • and he will give it to you in abundance.
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  • So, ask and watch what he does with it.
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  • What if whenever we were going through difficult times,
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  • we just said, "Lord, give me wisdom in this.
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  • Give me knowledge."
  • 00:50:39.280 --> 00:50:41.170
  • You know, it's good that we pray for God's deliverance.
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  • The Bible tells us to pray for those things, it does,
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  • but it also tells us to pray for wisdom.
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  • "Lord, let this change me."
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  • That reminds me of something that's so important to the
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  • Christian walk.
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  • When we can't change something, we ask God to change us.
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  • "Lord, use this thing to change me.
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  • Use this thing to change me."
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  • It's amazing how many times I have seen in my life
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  • for just trying to serve the Lord and it feels like
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  • it's one failure after another.
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  • It's just swimming upstream.
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  • I'm not getting anywhere and I look back at those failures,
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  • most of which are embarrassing.
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  • And I recognize that God was training me, he was doing a good
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  • work in me, he was preparing me for something else.
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  • One of the most obvious examples is my bizarre run-in
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  • with television.
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  • My whole like my whole young adult life, not knowing at all
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  • that I would be doing this someday.
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  • I still remember when I was 18, I was asked to go to Hanover by
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  • David Mainse, a wonderful man passed away a couple years ago,
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  • pastor and he owned various TV channels, and to be like
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  • effectively like a news anchor type person.
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  • And I got to interview all these superstars, and famous deejays.
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  • And I would like cover these things.
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  • It was called the Expo 5000.
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  • So that was, you know, they had all these expos
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  • for different countries.
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  • So, I'd go through thing.
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  • And I had like no experience with television.
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  • And really, honestly, I don't know why I went on this thing.
  • 00:52:12.150 --> 00:52:14.150
  • I was just like, "Sure, I'll take a free trip to Germany."
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  • And so, I'm speaking to this camera and if you've ever spoken
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  • to a camera before on video, it just kind of does
  • 00:52:20.030 --> 00:52:23.010
  • something to you.
  • 00:52:23.020 --> 00:52:25.050
  • It's hard to be you. It's hard to be natural.
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  • It's hard.
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  • And I got up there and I would just try and say a simple intro,
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  • and I would do multiple takes.
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  • And there's a whole crew standing around watching me
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  • and I just keep messing up.
  • 00:52:35.030 --> 00:52:37.020
  • And this was exacerbated by the fact that I had pretty bad acne,
  • 00:52:37.030 --> 00:52:40.090
  • so that would like really pop on camera.
  • 00:52:40.100 --> 00:52:43.050
  • And just the whole thing was really humiliating for me.
  • 00:52:43.060 --> 00:52:45.200
  • And I even remember what's like these, the whole crew took
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  • a lunch 'cause I was taking too long.
  • 00:52:48.100 --> 00:52:51.210
  • I really, I was like, all right.
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  • And I felt like nobody wanted to work with me, and rightly so.
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  • I wasn't good.
  • 00:52:58.030 --> 00:53:00.090
  • But I couldn't leave, I couldn't escape,
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  • I couldn't get out of this.
  • 00:53:02.070 --> 00:53:03.220
  • And over time, I learned how to speak to a camera.
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  • And it took months of grinding through this embarrassing,
  • 00:53:05.190 --> 00:53:09.000
  • and that's the word, humiliating process every day, getting
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  • dressed, getting showered, just rubbing my forehead thinking,
  • 00:53:13.010 --> 00:53:16.080
  • can I do this another day?
  • 00:53:16.090 --> 00:53:18.220
  • And then years later, we were invited to do the show called
  • 00:53:18.230 --> 00:53:21.130
  • "The Messengers," which was TLC's biggest show.
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  • I was asked to be a judge.
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  • We were kind of in a transition point in our life, didn't know
  • 00:53:27.120 --> 00:53:30.060
  • what we were gonna do and all of a sudden,
  • 00:53:30.070 --> 00:53:32.060
  • I was invited to like judge these people's speeches.
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  • I had studied religions and philosophy and things,
  • 00:53:34.240 --> 00:53:37.160
  • so I was--they thought I was a good fit.
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  • And I was on TV all the time, and this was gonna
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  • be a big show.
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  • We had this big thing and I got to meet, you know,
  • 00:53:43.240 --> 00:53:45.230
  • Dan Rather and all these other famous people.
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  • You remember Dan Rather.
  • 00:53:47.180 --> 00:53:49.230
  • Anyway, so, so, and I thought this was my thing.
  • 00:53:49.240 --> 00:53:56.250
  • It paid me really well.
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  • I was like this is awesome.
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  • This is gonna be like the thing I do.
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  • I'm gonna be a TV star.
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  • Have you ever heard of "The Messengers"?
  • 00:54:03.240 --> 00:54:05.190
  • I know, I know.
  • 00:54:05.200 --> 00:54:07.170
  • It actually, you know, it didn't--it actually didn't rate
  • 00:54:07.180 --> 00:54:10.110
  • terribly, but it didn't rate well enough to endure 2007,
  • 00:54:10.120 --> 00:54:14.190
  • which was the time when everything was being shaken up
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  • and the network didn't renew the show.
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  • It was a good show though.
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  • That was a bummer for me, felt like another failure,
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  • felt like another embarrassment.
  • 00:54:23.230 --> 00:54:26.020
  • Little did I know that four years later,
  • 00:54:26.030 --> 00:54:29.110
  • Crystal Cathedral would go bankrupt.
  • 00:54:29.120 --> 00:54:31.090
  • We were doing a church plant, and that some of the folks here
  • 00:54:31.100 --> 00:54:34.120
  • at this ministry said, "Hey, you know, we need you
  • 00:54:34.130 --> 00:54:37.020
  • to come and preach."
  • 00:54:37.030 --> 00:54:39.280
  • Nancy Warshaw was downstairs and John, who was the CEO
  • 00:54:39.290 --> 00:54:45.110
  • at the time, my grandparents and some others said,
  • 00:54:45.120 --> 00:54:47.170
  • "You should go, just preach."
  • 00:54:47.180 --> 00:54:49.100
  • And so, I did it and it was just easy.
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  • The cameras didn't bug me.
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  • The makeup didn't bug me.
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  • It did the first time, you know, but then I was like that helps
  • 00:54:55.140 --> 00:54:58.070
  • with the acne, so it evened out, you know?
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  • And I just see that God in those, what I thought were
  • 00:55:03.120 --> 00:55:06.170
  • humiliating failures, was God preparing me,
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  • you know, for this.
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  • I would have never, ever started a TV ministry.
  • 00:55:11.110 --> 00:55:14.000
  • I had no idea the amazing effect that TV and live streaming can
  • 00:55:14.010 --> 00:55:19.110
  • have for all of you at home.
  • 00:55:19.120 --> 00:55:21.280
  • Some of us here, we don't understand the impact
  • 00:55:21.290 --> 00:55:23.290
  • it's having on people all around the world.
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  • It really is changing lives.
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  • I'm so thankful that God, you know, trained me,
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  • that I went through the arduous process back then instead
  • 00:55:32.000 --> 00:55:36.050
  • of now, that I came in in a way, not totally prepared,
  • 00:55:36.060 --> 00:55:39.180
  • but prepared enough.
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  • And that's what happens.
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  • Wisdom, our difficulties and our challenges that we face,
  • 00:55:43.200 --> 00:55:47.140
  • they come through our suffering.
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  • They come through our embarrassing mistakes.
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  • You have to be bad at something before you're good at it.
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  • It's just that simple.
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  • Very often we don't think about how all those moments
  • 00:55:57.120 --> 00:56:00.280
  • that we wish, you know, we hadn't gone through,
  • 00:56:00.290 --> 00:56:04.000
  • maybe can make us a little bit wiser.
  • 00:56:04.010 --> 00:56:07.220
  • So, if you're going through something today,
  • 00:56:07.230 --> 00:56:09.190
  • I want to encourage you to pray for God's deliverance,
  • 00:56:09.200 --> 00:56:13.170
  • pray for God's help.
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  • He will help you.
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  • He will get you through this.
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  • But first, pray for wisdom and you will please the heart
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  • of God, and he will give it to you in abundance.
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  • So Lord, we ask that in Jesus's name.
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  • Father, through all of our trials, all of our difficulties,
  • 00:56:26.280 --> 00:56:33.010
  • all of the things that we have to face in the coming weeks,
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  • perhaps you feel anxious or nervous about it.
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  • Lord, we just ask, give us wisdom.
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  • Give us give us everything we need to achieve victory for you.
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  • And it's in your name we pray, amen.
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  • Bobby: Have a great day, guys.
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  • We're so glad that you came to worship with us and pray
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  • that your day is just full of joy and full of life.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make
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  • his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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