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Love Unconditionally

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October 3, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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Love Unconditionally

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • GOD BLESS YOU! IT'S ALWAYS A
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  • JOY TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES.
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  • AND IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR AREA,
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  • PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART OF
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  • ONE OF OUR SERVICES.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.
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  • BUT THANKS SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN
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  • TODAY AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
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  • COMING OUT.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY.
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  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS ELDERLY MAN.
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  • HE'D HAD A SERIOUS HEARING
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  • PROBLEM FOR MANY YEARS.
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  • HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND WAS
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  • FITTED WITH THIS STATE OF THE
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  • ART HIGH TECH HEARING AID TO
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  • WHERE HE COULD HEAR 100%.
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  • HE WENT BACK A MONTH LATER FOR
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  • A CHECK UP. THE DOCTOR SAID,
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  • "WOW, YOUR HEARING IS PERFECT.
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  • YOUR FAMILY MUST BE SO EXCITED
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  • THAT YOU CAN HEAR AGAIN."
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  • HE SAID, "NO, I HAVEN'T TOLD MY
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  • FAMILY YET. I JUST SIT AROUND
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  • AND LISTEN TO THE DIFFERENT
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  • CONVERSATIONS AND I'VE CHANGED
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  • MY WILL THREE TIMES."
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • HOLD UP YOUR BIBLE.
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  • SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT.
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT THE WORD
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  • OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS:
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  • MY MIND IS ALERT.
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  • MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME. GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
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  • ABOUT LOVING UNCONDITIONALLY.
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  • IT'S EASY TO LOVE PEOPLE THAT
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  • ARE JUST LIKE US.
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  • PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE US,
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  • DRESS LIKE US, WORSHIP LIKE US.
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  • THAT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF
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  • EFFORT. BUT WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE
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  • THAT ARE DIFFERENT THAN US?
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  • PEOPLE THAT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND,
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  • WE DON'T AGREE WITH. AS FAR AS
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  • WE'RE CONCERNED, THEY'RE MAKING
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  • POOR CHOICES.
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  • IT'S EASY TO SIZE THEM UP FROM
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  • THE EXTERIOR, PUT THEM IN A BOX,
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  • AND THINK "THEY'RE NOT FOR ME.
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  • THEY'RE ODD. I'M GOING TO KEEP
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  • MY DISTANCE."
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  • BUT GOD'S LOVE IS NOT EXCLUSIVE;
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  • IT'S INCLUSIVE. IT DOESN'T
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  • EXCLUDE PEOPLE THAT ARE
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  • DIFFERENT. IT DOESN'T WRITE
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  • PEOPLE OFF BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT
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  • WHERE THEY SHOULD BE IN LIFE.
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  • IT DOESN'T IGNORE SOMEONE
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  • BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT MEETING OUR
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  • STANDARDS. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
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  • SAYS, "I'M GOING TO LOVE YOU
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  • EVEN IF I DON'T AGREE WITH YOU.
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  • I MAY NOT AGREE WITH YOUR
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  • LIFESTYLE, YOUR DOCTRINE, HOW
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  • YOU'RE RAISING YOUR CHILDREN,
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  • THE FRIENDS YOU'RE CHOOSING.
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  • BUT I KNOW THIS, YOU ARE MADE IN
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  • THE IMAGE OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND
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  • I AM NOT CALLED TO JUDGE YOU.
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  • I AM CALLED TO LOVE YOU."
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  • WE HAVE TO REALIZE EVERY PERSON
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  • IS ON A JOURNEY. WHERE THEY ARE
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  • RIGHT NOW IS NOT WHERE THEY'RE
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  • GOING TO END UP. THEY'RE NOT A
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  • FINISHED PRODUCT. THEY'RE STILL
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  • ON THE POTTER'S WHEEL.
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  • BUT SO OFTEN, WE JUDGE PEOPLE
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  • FOR WHERE THEY ARE TODAY. WE
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  • WRITE THEM OFF AND THINK, "I'M
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  • NOT GOING TO ASSOCIATE WITH
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  • THEM. THEY'RE A MESS. THEY'RE
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  • DONE."
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  • NO, GOD WILL USE YOU TO PLANT
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  • SEEDS IN THEIR HEART. YOUR
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  • LOVE, YOUR FRIENDSHIP, YOUR
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  • ENCOURAGEMENT IS A PART OF
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  • THE PLAN GOD HAS DESIGNED FOR
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  • THEIR LIFE. GOD IS COUNTING ON
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  • US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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  • DON'T HAVE A "HOLIER THAN THOU"
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  • ATTITUDE. TAKE OFF THE
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  • JUDGMENTAL GLASSES. IF NOT FOR
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  • THE GRACE OF GOD, YOU COULD BE
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  • RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE. THE SAME
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  • THINGS THAT WE'RE TEMPTED TO BE
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  • JUDGMENTAL AND CRITICAL ABOUT,
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  • IF NOT FOR GOD'S GOODNESS, WE
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  • COULD BE STRUGGLING WITH AS
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  • WELL. AND IF YOU HAD WALKED IN
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  • THEIR SHOES, BEEN RAISED IN
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  • THEIR FAMILY, FOUGHT THE
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  • BATTLES THAT THEY FOUGHT, YOU
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  • WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE
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  • WHERE THEY ARE.
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  • THE AREAS THAT YOU'RE STRONG IN,
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  • YOU DIDN'T JUST HAPPEN TO BE
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  • STRONG, THAT'S THE MERCY OF GOD
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  • ON YOUR LIFE.
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  • AND WHEN WE SHOW THIS
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  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, PEOPLE MAY
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  • NOT RESPOND RIGHT AWAY. IT MAY
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  • NOT SEEM LIKE IT'S DOING ANY
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  • GOOD. THEY KEEP MAKING POOR
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  • CHOICES. BUT HERE'S THE KEY.
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  • THOSE SEEDS NEVER DIE.
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  • RESEARCHERS FOUND SEEDS NOT
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  • LONG AGO THAT WERE OVER 4.000
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  • YEARS OLD. THEY HAD BEEN SEALED
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  • IN AN AIRTIGHT COFFIN.
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  • WHEN THEY PLANTED THAT SEED,
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  • MUCH TO THEIR AMAZEMENT, IT TOOK
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  • ROOT AND GREW. STILL ALIVE
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  • THOUSANDS OF YEARS LATER.
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  • IN THE SAME WAY, THE SEEDS OF
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  • HOPE, MERCY, ENCOURAGEMENT THAT
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  • YOU PLANT IN OTHER PEOPLE THEY
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  • NEVER DIE. IT MAY LOOK LIKE
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  • IT'S NOT DOING ANY GOOD.
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  • BUT THE REASON IT'S NOT GROWING
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  • IS BECAUSE OF THE SOIL OF THEIR
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  • HEART. IT'S HARD AND ROCKY.
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  • THAT SEED COULD NOT TAKE ROOT.
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  • THE GOOD NEWS IS THE SEED IS
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  • STILL ALIVE. AND AT THE RIGHT
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  • TIME, GOD WILL SOFTEN THEIR
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  • HEART, LOOSEN UP THAT SOIL, AND
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  • THE SEED YOU'VE SOWN WILL TAKE
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  • ROOT AND BRING A HARVEST.
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  • NOTHING YOU'RE DOING HAS BEEN
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  • WASTED.
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  • EVERY TIME YOU SHOW LOVE, YOU
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  • ARE SOWING THESE SEEDS.
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  • BUT SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT WE
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  • HAVE TO CONVICT PEOPLE.
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  • WE HAVE TO TELL THEM WHAT
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  • THEY'RE DOING WRONG, POINT OUT
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  • ALL THEIR FAULTS; MAKE SURE THEY
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  • REALLY FEEL GUILTY.
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  • NO, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ONE
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  • THAT CONVICTS. YOU JUST KEEP
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  • SOWING THESE SEEDS, SHOWING
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  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, AND AT THE
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  • RIGHT TIME THEY WILL COME TO
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  • LIFE.
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  • NOT LONG AGO, I WAS ABLE TO PRAY
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  • WITH ONE OF THE LEADING POP
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  • STARS OF OUR DAY. THIS PERSON
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  • IS WORLD FAMOUS, VERY POPULAR,
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  • BUT ALSO A LITTLE DIFFERENT, A
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  • LITTLE FAR OUT. I COULD HAVE
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  • HAD A "HOLIER THAN THOU"
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  • APPROACH AND THOUGHT, "I AM
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  • NOT GOING TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH
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  • THEM. PEOPLE WILL CRITICIZE.
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  • PEOPLE WON'T UNDERSTAND."
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  • THIS PERSON SEEMED TO STAND FOR
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  • JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE
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  • STAND FOR. BUT JESUS SAID,
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  • "IT'S THE SICK WHO NEED A
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  • DOCTOR, NOT THE HEALTHY."
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  • AND I HAVE LEARNED, I'M NOT HERE
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  • TO JUDGE, I'M HERE TO LOVE.
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  • WE DON'T HAVE TO STRAIGHTEN
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  • EVERYBODY OUT. ALL WE HAVE TO
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  • DO IS SOW THE SEEDS. THE
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  • SCRIPTURE SAYS, "LOVE NEVER
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  • FAILS."
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  • WHEN YOU SHOW LOVE, YOU'RE
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  • SHOWING GOD. WHEN YOU'RE
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  • MERCIFUL, UNDERSTANDING,
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  • ACCEPTING THAT HEALS, THAT
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  • RESTORES, THAT BRINGS NEW LIFE.
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  • AND FOR TOO LONG, THE CHURCH IN
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  • GENERAL HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR WHAT
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  • WE'RE AGAINST.
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  • "WE'RE AGAINST THIS AND AGAINST
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  • THAT. AND IF YOU LIVE LIKE THIS
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  • YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE."
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  • WE'VE BEEN GOOD AT TELLING
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  • PEOPLE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE.
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  • BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR
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  • WHAT I'M AGAINST. I WANT TO BE
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  • KNOWN FOR WHAT I AM FOR.
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  • I AM FOR PEOPLE. I AM FOR NEW
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  • BEGINNINGS. I'M FOR SECOND
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  • CHANCES. I'M FOR YOU BECOMING
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  • EVERYTHING GOD'S CREATED YOU
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  • TO BE.
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  • SEE, THAT YOUNG POP STAR, WHERE
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  • THEY ARE RIGHT NOW IS NOT WHERE
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO END UP. THAT
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  • SEED MAY TAKE ROOT IN A WEEK,
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  • IN A YEAR, OR THIRTY YEARS.
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  • IT'S NOT UP TO ME; IT'S UP TO
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  • GOD. HE'S DESIGNED THE PLAN FOR
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  • THEIR LIFE. OUR PART IS TO
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  • SIMPLY KEEP SHOWING THIS
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  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
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  • NOT, "I'LL LOVE YOU IF I AGREE
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  • WITH YOU. I'LL ACCEPT YOU IF
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  • YOU FIT INTO MY LITTLE BOX."
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  • NO, OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE,
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  • "IF YOU HAVE GOOD MORALS OR NO
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  • MORALS, I'M STILL GOING TO LOVE
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  • YOU. IF YOU'RE CLEAN AND SOBER
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  • OR YOUR STRUNG OUT AND
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  • ADDICTED, I'M STILL GOING TO
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  • LOVE YOU. IF YOU'RE GAY OR
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  • STRAIGHT, REPUBLICAN OR
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  • DEMOCRAT, BLACK OR WHITE,
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  • MUSLIM OR CHRISTIAN, BELIEVER
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  • OR ATHEIST, IT DOESN'T MATTER.
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  • I'M STILL GOING TO LOVE YOU."
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  • JESUS SAID, "BY THIS WILL ALL
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  • MEN KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY
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  • DISCIPLES IF YOU HAVE LOVE ONE
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  • FOR ANOTHER."
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  • NOTICE, HE DIDN'T SAY IT'S BY
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  • HOW SPIRITUAL WE ARE OR HOW MANY
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  • TIMES WE COME TO CHURCH OR HOW
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  • MANY SCRIPTURES WE CAN QUOTE;
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  • HOW MANY MIRACLES TAKE PLACE.
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  • NO, THEY'LL KNOW BY OUR LOVE FOR
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  • OTHER PEOPLE. WHAT WOULD THIS
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  • WORLD BE LIKE IF INSTEAD OF
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  • JUDGING PEOPLE WE REALLY START
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  • LOVING PEOPLE.
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  • SO THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU.
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  • THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO. GOD
  • 00:07:39.160 --> 00:07:41.000
  • MADE THEM DIFFERENT. MAYBE
  • 00:07:41.000 --> 00:07:42.190
  • THEY'RE NOT WHERE THEY SHOULD
  • 00:07:42.190 --> 00:07:43.280
  • BE IN LIFE RIGHT NOW. THAT'S
  • 00:07:43.280 --> 00:07:45.200
  • OKAY. THEY'RE ON A JOURNEY.
  • 00:07:45.200 --> 00:07:47.180
  • THEY'RE NOT A FINISHED PRODUCT.
  • 00:07:47.180 --> 00:07:49.050
  • PERHAPS THEY DON'T WORSHIP LIKE
  • 00:07:49.050 --> 00:07:50.240
  • YOU, THEY COME FROM A DIFFERENT
  • 00:07:50.240 --> 00:07:52.160
  • DENOMINATION, A DIFFERENT
  • 00:07:52.160 --> 00:07:54.040
  • CULTURE, MAYBE EVEN A DIFFERENT
  • 00:07:54.040 --> 00:07:57.010
  • FAITH. THAT'S OKAY. DON'T SHUT
  • 00:07:57.010 --> 00:07:58.260
  • THEM OUT.
  • 00:07:58.260 --> 00:07:59.260
  • OUR GOD IS THE GOD OF THE WHOLE
  • 00:07:59.260 --> 00:08:01.220
  • EARTH. HE'S NOT A WHITE GOD,
  • 00:08:01.220 --> 00:08:04.200
  • A BLACK GOD, A MEXICAN GOD, A
  • 00:08:04.200 --> 00:08:06.090
  • KOREAN GOD. HE'S SIMPLY GOD.
  • 00:08:06.140 --> 00:08:09.140
  • AND THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC,
  • 00:08:09.140 --> 00:08:11.120
  • AND JACOB LOVES THE MUSLIMS JUST
  • 00:08:11.120 --> 00:08:13.120
  • AS MUCH AS HE LOVES THE
  • 00:08:13.120 --> 00:08:14.130
  • CHRISTIANS. HE LOVES THE
  • 00:08:14.130 --> 00:08:15.210
  • HINDUS, THE ATHEISTS, HE'S THE
  • 00:08:15.210 --> 00:08:17.170
  • GOD OF ALL FLESH.
  • 00:08:17.170 --> 00:08:20.140
  • BUT SO MANY TIMES WE HAVE THIS
  • 00:08:20.140 --> 00:08:21.180
  • NARROW VIEW OF GOD. WE HAVE OUR
  • 00:08:21.180 --> 00:08:24.030
  • LITTLE CIRCLE OF WHAT WE
  • 00:08:24.030 --> 00:08:25.280
  • BELIEVE AND WHO WE THINK IS
  • 00:08:25.280 --> 00:08:27.210
  • RIGHT AND WE EXCLUDE EVERY ONE
  • 00:08:27.210 --> 00:08:29.120
  • ELSE. WE POINT OUT THEIR
  • 00:08:29.120 --> 00:08:31.110
  • FAULTS, WHAT THEY'RE DOING
  • 00:08:31.110 --> 00:08:32.230
  • WRONG, WHERE WE DON'T AGREE.
  • 00:08:32.230 --> 00:08:34.180
  • NO, THEY DON'T BAPTIZE LIKE WE
  • 00:08:34.180 --> 00:08:36.180
  • BAPTIZE. THEY DON'T TAKE
  • 00:08:36.180 --> 00:08:37.210
  • COMMUNION LIKE WE DO. WE FOCUS
  • 00:08:37.210 --> 00:08:39.120
  • ON THE THINGS THAT SEPARATE US.
  • 00:08:39.120 --> 00:08:42.080
  • BUT THE LONGER I LIVE, THE MORE
  • 00:08:42.080 --> 00:08:44.020
  • I REALIZE HOW BIG GOD'S CIRCLE
  • 00:08:44.020 --> 00:08:46.090
  • IS. HOW WIDE HIS MERCY EXTENDS.
  • 00:08:47.210 --> 00:08:50.210
  • WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN, WE'RE
  • 00:08:50.210 --> 00:08:51.240
  • GOING TO BE SURPRISED AT WHO'S
  • 00:08:51.240 --> 00:08:53.000
  • THERE.
  • 00:08:53.000 --> 00:08:54.150
  • WELL, JOEL, WHAT ABOUT THEIR
  • 00:08:54.150 --> 00:08:55.110
  • FALSE DOCTRINE? WHAT ABOUT YOUR
  • 00:08:55.110 --> 00:08:56.180
  • FALSE DOCTRINE? NOBODY IS
  • 00:08:56.180 --> 00:08:58.240
  • CORRECT 100%.
  • 00:08:58.240 --> 00:09:01.250
  • THE REASON DENOMINATIONS WERE
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:03.130
  • ESTABLISHED IN THE FIRST PLACE
  • 00:09:03.130 --> 00:09:05.000
  • WAS TO TRY TO PROTECT THE
  • 00:09:05.000 --> 00:09:06.100
  • DOCTRINE THAT THEY BELIEVE WAS
  • 00:09:06.100 --> 00:09:07.260
  • RIGHT.
  • 00:09:07.260 --> 00:09:09.150
  • VICTORIA WAS RAISED IN A CHURCH
  • 00:09:09.150 --> 00:09:11.020
  • THAT BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE THE
  • 00:09:11.020 --> 00:09:12.110
  • ONLY ONES GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:09:12.110 --> 00:09:14.110
  • WHEN WE GOT MARRIED, I ASKED
  • 00:09:14.110 --> 00:09:15.170
  • HER, "CAN I PLEASE GO TO HEAVEN
  • 00:09:15.170 --> 00:09:16.250
  • TO?"
  • 00:09:16.250 --> 00:09:19.180
  • GALATIANS 5 SAYS, "DON'T THINK
  • 00:09:19.180 --> 00:09:21.050
  • THAT YOUR GROUP IS THE ONLY ONE
  • 00:09:21.050 --> 00:09:22.270
  • THAT'S RIGHT."
  • 00:09:22.270 --> 00:09:24.250
  • I HEARD SOMEBODY SAY, "THINKING
  • 00:09:24.250 --> 00:09:25.270
  • THAT YOUR CHURCH IS THE ONLY
  • 00:09:25.270 --> 00:09:27.220
  • CHURCH IS LIKE FILLING YOUR
  • 00:09:27.220 --> 00:09:29.150
  • BATHTUB WITH WATER AND CALLING
  • 00:09:29.150 --> 00:09:31.090
  • IT THE PACIFIC OCEAN."
  • 00:09:31.090 --> 00:09:34.020
  • WE'RE ALL MISSING IT SOMEWHERE.
  • 00:09:34.020 --> 00:09:35.230
  • THE MAIN THING IS THAT WE AGREE
  • 00:09:35.230 --> 00:09:37.150
  • THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, HE
  • 00:09:37.150 --> 00:09:39.020
  • ROSE FROM THE DEAD, AND NOW HE'S
  • 00:09:39.020 --> 00:09:40.220
  • OUR SAVIOR. MY LOVE FOR YOU IS
  • 00:09:41.100 --> 00:09:44.100
  • BIGGER THAN A THEOLOGICAL
  • 00:09:44.100 --> 00:09:45.290
  • DIFFERENCE. IT'S BIGGER THAN
  • 00:09:45.290 --> 00:09:47.260
  • WHAT CHURCH YOU BELONG TO.
  • 00:09:47.260 --> 00:09:49.150
  • IT'S BIGGER THAN WHAT FAITH YOU
  • 00:09:49.150 --> 00:09:50.200
  • PRACTICE. IT'S EVEN BIGGER THAN
  • 00:09:50.200 --> 00:09:53.010
  • A POLITICAL OR PHILOSOPHICAL
  • 00:09:53.010 --> 00:09:54.110
  • DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:56.100
  • I DON'T HAVE TO SEE EYE TO EYE
  • 00:09:56.100 --> 00:09:57.100
  • WITH YOU IN ORDER TO LOVE YOU.
  • 00:09:57.100 --> 00:09:59.280
  • AND IF YOU DRAW A CIRCLE TO SHUT
  • 00:09:59.280 --> 00:10:01.020
  • ME OUT, I'M GOING TO DRAW A
  • 00:10:01.020 --> 00:10:02.090
  • BIGGER CIRCLE TO SHUT YOU IN.
  • 00:10:03.080 --> 00:10:06.080
  • WHEN YOU LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY,
  • 00:10:06.080 --> 00:10:08.000
  • YOU HAVE A WIDE CIRCLE.
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:10.210
  • YOU'RE NOT JUDGING EVERYBODY TO
  • 00:10:10.210 --> 00:10:11.270
  • SEE IF THEY FIT INTO YOUR LITTLE
  • 00:10:11.270 --> 00:10:13.110
  • BOX.
  • 00:10:13.110 --> 00:10:14.190
  • THAT'S THE AMAZING THING ABOUT
  • 00:10:14.190 --> 00:10:15.230
  • LAKEWOOD. THAT'S WHAT MAKES
  • 00:10:15.230 --> 00:10:16.260
  • THIS PLACE SO GREAT, THE
  • 00:10:16.260 --> 00:10:18.030
  • VARIETY. THERE ARE WHITES,
  • 00:10:18.030 --> 00:10:19.280
  • BLACKS, HISPANICS, ASIANS,
  • 00:10:19.280 --> 00:10:22.220
  • INDIANS, RICH, POOR, YOUNG ,
  • 00:10:23.110 --> 00:10:26.110
  • OLD, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS,
  • 00:10:26.110 --> 00:10:28.200
  • PROTESTANTS, CATHOLICS,
  • 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:30.100
  • LONGHORNS, AGGIES, JEWISH,
  • 00:10:30.100 --> 00:10:32.000
  • BUDDHIST, ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE
  • 00:10:32.000 --> 00:10:34.110
  • HERE. THIS IS WHAT HEAVEN IS
  • 00:10:34.110 --> 00:10:36.060
  • GOING TO BE LIKE.
  • 00:10:36.060 --> 00:10:38.170
  • WE MIGHT AS WELL LEARN TO LIKE
  • 00:10:38.170 --> 00:10:40.120
  • PEOPLE DOWN HERE. THAT PERSON
  • 00:10:40.120 --> 00:10:42.260
  • YOU THINK HAS SO MUCH FALSE
  • 00:10:42.260 --> 00:10:45.060
  • DOCTRINE, THEY'RE SO FAR OFF
  • 00:10:45.060 --> 00:10:46.130
  • COURSE, YOU BETTER LEARN TO
  • 00:10:46.180 --> 00:10:49.180
  • LIKE THEM. THEY'LL PROBABLY BE
  • 00:10:49.180 --> 00:10:50.060
  • NEXT DOOR TO YOU IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:50.060 --> 00:10:51.140
  • THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
  • 00:10:51.140 --> 00:10:53.030
  • PEOPLE THERE WE WEREN'T
  • 00:10:53.030 --> 00:10:53.230
  • EXPECTING.
  • 00:10:53.230 --> 00:10:55.100
  • GOD'S MERCY IS FROM EVERLASTING
  • 00:10:55.100 --> 00:10:56.100
  • TO EVERLASTING. IT'S BIGGER,
  • 00:10:56.100 --> 00:10:58.170
  • BROADER, FAR REACHING.
  • 00:10:58.220 --> 00:11:01.240
  • BUT A LOT OF TIMES, RELIGION
  • 00:11:01.240 --> 00:11:03.080
  • TRIES TO PUSH PEOPLE AWAY.
  • 00:11:03.080 --> 00:11:05.110
  • GOD IS ALWAYS PULLING PEOPLE IN.
  • 00:11:05.140 --> 00:11:08.140
  • IT'S NOT ABOUT, "DO YOU KEEP ALL
  • 00:11:08.140 --> 00:11:09.170
  • THE RULES?
  • 00:11:09.170 --> 00:11:11.080
  • HAVE YOU PERFORMED PERFECTLY
  • 00:11:11.080 --> 00:11:12.220
  • YOUR WHOLE LIFE?"
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:13.280
  • IT'S ABOUT THE CONDITION OF YOUR
  • 00:11:13.280 --> 00:11:15.170
  • HEART. DO YOU HAVE A HEART TO
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:17.160
  • PLEASE GOD? DO YOU BELIEVE IN
  • 00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:19.100
  • THIS RESURRECTED SAVIOR?
  • 00:11:19.180 --> 00:11:22.180
  • IT'S INTERESTING, WHEN JESUS WAS
  • 00:11:22.180 --> 00:11:23.240
  • ON THE CROSS, THERE WAS A
  • 00:11:23.240 --> 00:11:25.050
  • CRIMINAL HANGING NEXT TO HIM
  • 00:11:25.050 --> 00:11:27.250
  • BEING CRUCIFIED AS WELL.
  • 00:11:27.250 --> 00:11:30.030
  • THIS MAN HAD DONE A LOT OF
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:31.030
  • WRONG, LIVED A LIFE THAT HE
  • 00:11:31.030 --> 00:11:32.180
  • WASN'T PROUD OF. BUT BEFORE HE
  • 00:11:32.180 --> 00:11:34.160
  • DIED, HE LOOKED AT JESUS AND
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:36.020
  • SAID, "PLEASE REMEMBER ME WHEN
  • 00:11:36.020 --> 00:11:38.140
  • YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM."
  • 00:11:38.140 --> 00:11:41.120
  • HE SIMPLY ACKNOWLEDGED WHO
  • 00:11:41.120 --> 00:11:43.050
  • JESUS WAS. HE IN EFFECT, CALLED
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:45.230
  • ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 00:11:45.230 --> 00:11:48.080
  • JESUS SAID, "THIS DAY, I WILL
  • 00:11:48.080 --> 00:11:50.000
  • SEE YOU IN PARADISE."
  • 00:11:50.000 --> 00:11:51.290
  • THAT CRIMINAL HE DIDN'T PRAY A
  • 00:11:51.290 --> 00:11:54.070
  • LONG SINNER'S PRAYER. HE NEVER
  • 00:11:54.070 --> 00:11:55.290
  • GOT BAPTIZED IN WATER. HE NEVER
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:57.230
  • ATTENDED CHURCH. THAT WAS
  • 00:11:57.230 --> 00:11:59.130
  • SIMPLY THE MERCY OF GOD.
  • 00:11:59.130 --> 00:12:02.130
  • IT DOESN'T ALWAYS FIT INTO OUR
  • 00:12:02.130 --> 00:12:03.090
  • THEOLOGY.
  • 00:12:03.090 --> 00:12:05.120
  • I WAS READING ABOUT STEVE JOBS,
  • 00:12:05.120 --> 00:12:07.030
  • THE FOUNDER OF APPLE, ONE OF THE
  • 00:12:07.030 --> 00:12:09.040
  • MOST BRILLIANT MINDS THAT'S EVER
  • 00:12:09.040 --> 00:12:10.090
  • LIVED. HE WAS ADOPTED AS A
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:12.110
  • CHILD AND RAISED A LUTHERAN. HE
  • 00:12:12.160 --> 00:12:15.160
  • WENT TO CHURCH EVERY WEEK
  • 00:12:15.160 --> 00:12:16.250
  • GROWING UP. BUT AT THE AGE OF
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:18.170
  • 13, HE STARTED QUESTIONING HIS
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:21.050
  • FAITH. HE EVENTUALLY DROPPED
  • 00:12:21.050 --> 00:12:22.230
  • OUT OF CHURCH. HE GAVE UP ON
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:24.070
  • CHRISTIANITY AND TRIED
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:25.280
  • DIFFERENT RELIGIONS. YEARS
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:27.240
  • LATER, AT THE AGE OF 56, HE WAS
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:30.130
  • LYING ON HIS DEATHBED WITH
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:33.020
  • PANCREATIC CANCER. JUST AS HE
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:35.030
  • WAS ABOUT TO PASS WITH HIS
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:36.260
  • FAMILY ALL AROUND HIM, TAKING
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:38.290
  • HIS FINAL BREATH, HE OPENED HIS
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:40.260
  • EYES, LOOKED UP AND SAID THREE
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:43.130
  • TIMES, "OH WOW! OH WOW!
  • 00:12:43.130 --> 00:12:45.250
  • OH WOW!"
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:47.290
  • AND I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE, BUT
  • 00:12:47.290 --> 00:12:49.130
  • THAT SEEMS TO ME LIKE HE WAS
  • 00:12:49.130 --> 00:12:51.060
  • SEEING HEAVEN. IF HE WAS SEEING
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:53.130
  • HELL, HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN
  • 00:12:53.130 --> 00:12:55.050
  • SAYING, "OH WOW!" HE WOULD HAVE
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:57.210
  • BEEN SAYING, "OH NO! OH NO!"
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:13:01.050
  • HE LOOKED UP WITH AMAZEMENT IN
  • 00:13:01.050 --> 00:13:03.000
  • GREAT ANTICIPATION.
  • 00:13:03.100 --> 00:13:06.100
  • WHAT AM I SAYING? THE MERCY OF
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:07.080
  • GOD IS WIDE. WHY DO WE TRY TO
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:09.220
  • MAKE IT SO NARROW AND THINK,
  • 00:13:09.220 --> 00:13:11.020
  • "MY LOVED ONE'S NEVER GOING TO
  • 00:13:11.020 --> 00:13:12.220
  • MAKE IT".
  • 00:13:12.220 --> 00:13:13.260
  • "JOEL, MY COWORKER, HE DOESN'T
  • 00:13:13.260 --> 00:13:14.290
  • HAVE A CHANCE. YOU SHOULD HEAR
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:15.280
  • HIM TALK."
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:16.290
  • NO, THEY'RE ON A JOURNEY. GOD
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:18.230
  • IS USING YOU TO PLANT SEEDS IN
  • 00:13:18.230 --> 00:13:20.220
  • THEIR HEART. THEY DON'T NEED TO
  • 00:13:20.220 --> 00:13:22.200
  • HEAR ANOTHER SERMON.
  • 00:13:22.200 --> 00:13:25.000
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:26.140
  • WHAT THEY'RE DOING WRONG.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:27.260
  • THEY ALREADY KNOW THAT, JUST
  • 00:13:27.260 --> 00:13:29.110
  • LOVE THEM. LET YOUR LIFE BE THE
  • 00:13:29.110 --> 00:13:31.250
  • SERMON. AND AT THE RIGHT TIME,
  • 00:13:31.250 --> 00:13:33.260
  • THOSE SEEDS WILL COME TO LIFE.
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:36.010
  • WE DON'T KNOW, SOME PEOPLE MAY
  • 00:13:36.010 --> 00:13:37.020
  • BE ON THEIR DYING BED AND GOD
  • 00:13:37.020 --> 00:13:39.020
  • WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO THEM.
  • 00:13:39.020 --> 00:13:41.180
  • THEY WILL FEEL THIS
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:42.080
  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE PULLING
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:43.170
  • STAY TUNED FOR MORE OF
  • 00:13:45.030 --> 00:13:46.100
  • > CHUCK PRYOR: WHEN YOU THINK
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:48.150
  • ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHERE IS THE
  • 00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:49.210
  • NEGATIVITY COMING FROM THAT'S
  • 00:13:49.210 --> 00:13:51.050
  • COMING AGAINST YOU?
  • 00:13:51.050 --> 00:13:52.150
  • THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:53.130
  • NEGATIVITY CAN ROB YOU OF
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:55.150
  • FREEDOM, FAVOR, AND BLESSING.
  • 00:13:55.150 --> 00:13:57.180
  • BUT THE TRUTH IS YOU CAN RISE
  • 00:13:57.180 --> 00:13:59.200
  • ABOVE IT ALL.
  • 00:13:59.200 --> 00:14:00.260
  • TODAY, WE WANT TO SEND YOU
  • 00:14:00.260 --> 00:14:01.240
  • JOEL'S NEW 3-PART SERIES
  • 00:14:01.240 --> 00:14:03.200
  • AS A WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:05.090
  • FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:06.080
  • MINISTRY. WITH EACH AUDIO
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:07.210
  • AND VIDEO MESSAGE, YOU'LL
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:08.260
  • LEARN HOW TO EMPTY OUT THE
  • 00:14:08.260 --> 00:14:10.210
  • BAD AND FILL UP WITH THE
  • 00:14:10.210 --> 00:14:12.160
  • GOODNESS OF GOD. THIS
  • 00:14:12.160 --> 00:14:14.070
  • MESSAGE CAN BECOME THE KEY
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:15.260
  • IN YOUR HAND TO RISE TO
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:17.120
  • THE LIFE THAT GOD HAS FOR
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:19.040
  • YOU. DON'T WAIT. GO TO
  • 00:14:19.040 --> 00:14:20.010
  • JOELOSTEEN.COM OR CALL
  • 00:14:20.010 --> 00:14:22.020
  • I RECEIVED A POEM IN THE MAIL
  • 00:14:26.020 --> 00:14:28.050
  • CALLED "HEAVEN'S SURPRISE".
  • 00:14:28.050 --> 00:14:30.110
  • IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
  • 00:14:30.110 --> 00:14:31.180
  • I WAS SHOCKED, BEWILDERED AND
  • 00:14:31.180 --> 00:14:33.210
  • CONFUSED WHEN I ENTERED HEAVEN'S
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:35.200
  • DOOR.
  • 00:14:35.200 --> 00:14:37.060
  • NOT BY THE BEAUTY, OR THE
  • 00:14:37.060 --> 00:14:38.060
  • LIGHTS, NOR IT'S DECOR.
  • 00:14:38.060 --> 00:14:40.290
  • IT WAS THE PEOPLE IN HEAVEN THAT
  • 00:14:40.290 --> 00:14:42.220
  • MADE ME SPUTTER AND GASP,
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:45.130
  • THE SINNERS, THE CHEATERS,
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:46.260
  • THE LIARS, AND THE TRASH.
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:49.100
  • THERE STOOD THE KID FROM SECOND
  • 00:14:49.100 --> 00:14:50.280
  • GRADE THAT STOLE MY LUNCH MONEY
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:53.050
  • TWICE.
  • 00:14:53.050 --> 00:14:54.290
  • NEXT TO HIM WAS MY NEIGHBOR WHO
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:56.180
  • NEVER SAID ANYTHING NICE.
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:59.020
  • HERB, WHO I THOUGHT WOULD BE
  • 00:14:59.020 --> 00:15:00.200
  • ROTTING IN HELL, WAS SITTING ON
  • 00:15:00.200 --> 00:15:02.160
  • CLOUD NINE DOING QUITE WELL.
  • 00:15:03.040 --> 00:15:06.040
  • I ASKED JESUS, "WHAT'S THE DEAL?
  • 00:15:06.040 --> 00:15:08.070
  • I'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR TAKE.
  • 00:15:08.070 --> 00:15:10.020
  • HOW DID ALL THESE SINNERS GET
  • 00:15:10.020 --> 00:15:11.140
  • UP HERE? IT MUST HAVE BEEN A
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:12.280
  • MISTAKE. AND WHY IS EVERYONE SO
  • 00:15:12.280 --> 00:15:15.040
  • QUIET, SO SOMBER? PLEASE GIVE
  • 00:15:15.040 --> 00:15:17.220
  • ME A CLUE."
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:19.210
  • JESUS SAID, "IT'S BECAUSE
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:21.010
  • THEY'RE ALL IN SHOCK, THEY NEVER
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:22.260
  • THOUGHT THEY'D BE SEEING YOU."
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:24.240
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:28.040
  • WE CAN ALL SAY, "WHERE WOULD WE
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.120
  • BE WITHOUT THE MERCY OF GOD?"
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:32.240
  • WHEN WE DIDN'T DESERVE IT.
  • 00:15:32.240 --> 00:15:34.140
  • WHEN WE MADE MISTAKES, GOD
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:35.260
  • SHOWED US HIS UNCONDITIONAL
  • 00:15:35.260 --> 00:15:37.140
  • LOVE. HE'S ASKING US TO SHOW
  • 00:15:37.140 --> 00:15:39.290
  • THIS SAME LOVE TO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:39.290 --> 00:15:42.090
  • DON'T LOOK AT THEM THROUGH EYES
  • 00:15:42.090 --> 00:15:43.280
  • OF JUDGMENT, LOOK AT THEM
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:45.060
  • THROUGH EYES OF MERCY.
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:47.030
  • "WELL, JOEL, I DON'T THINK SHE
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:48.010
  • SHOULD BE WEARING THAT IN
  • 00:15:48.010 --> 00:15:50.030
  • CHURCH. THAT'S NOT
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:51.010
  • APPROPRIATE." MAYBE NOT BUT I
  • 00:15:51.010 --> 00:15:52.180
  • WOULD RATHER HER BE IN HERE
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:54.020
  • THAN OUT IN THE CLUBS.
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:55.070
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:57.040
  • YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT SHE'S BEEN
  • 00:15:57.040 --> 00:15:58.090
  • THROUGH. YOU HAVEN'T WALKED IN
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:15:59.260
  • HER SHOES. BEFORE YOU JUDGE
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:02.270
  • HER, GET TO KNOW HER.
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:04.260
  • BEFORE YOU WRITE HER OFF, LISTEN
  • 00:16:04.260 --> 00:16:06.050
  • TO HER STORY. THERE'S USUALLY A
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:08.290
  • GOOD REASON PEOPLE ARE THE WAY
  • 00:16:08.290 --> 00:16:10.220
  • THEY ARE. AND WE'VE GOT TO GIVE
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:12.020
  • THEM ROOM WHILE THEY'RE IN THE
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:13.260
  • PROCESS OF CHANGING.
  • 00:16:13.260 --> 00:16:15.190
  • IF WE'RE JUDGMENTAL, HOLIER THAN
  • 00:16:15.190 --> 00:16:16.270
  • THOU, LOOK DOWN ON THEM, THAT'S
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:18.050
  • NOT GONG TO HELP THEM TO MOVE
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:19.250
  • FORWARD. THAT'S CONDITIONAL
  • 00:16:19.250 --> 00:16:21.070
  • LOVE.
  • 00:16:21.070 --> 00:16:22.270
  • IF YOU MEET ALL MY DEMANDS, THEN
  • 00:16:22.270 --> 00:16:24.110
  • I'LL LOVE YOU. THEN I'LL ACCEPT
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:25.180
  • YOU.
  • 00:16:25.180 --> 00:16:27.000
  • NO, GOD FREELY GAVE US MERCY,
  • 00:16:27.000 --> 00:16:29.040
  • LET'S FREELY GIVE OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:16:29.040 --> 00:16:30.070
  • MERCY.
  • 00:16:30.070 --> 00:16:32.280
  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS YOUNG COUPLE.
  • 00:16:32.280 --> 00:16:34.070
  • THEY WERE EATING BREAKFAST AT A
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:35.110
  • SMALL DINER ONE MORNING AND THEY
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:37.040
  • HAD THEIR ONE YEAR OLD BABY BOY
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:38.190
  • IN THE HIGH CHAIR. AND AS THEY
  • 00:16:38.190 --> 00:16:40.200
  • WERE EATING, THE LITTLE BOY
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:41.270
  • STARTED SMILING REAL BIG,
  • 00:16:41.270 --> 00:16:44.000
  • HITTING THE TABLE VERY EXCITED.
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:46.080
  • THE MOM TURNED AROUND TO SEE
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:47.230
  • WHAT WAS CAUSING ALL THE
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:48.260
  • EXCITEMENT. THERE WAS AN
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:50.050
  • ELDERLY MAN SITTING AT THE
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:52.030
  • TABLE BEHIND HER. THIS MAN
  • 00:16:52.030 --> 00:16:53.210
  • LOOKED TO BE HOMELESS. HIS HAIR
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:55.230
  • WAS DISHEVELED, HE HADN'T
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:57.090
  • SHAVED, CLOTHES VERY DIRTY,
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:17:00.120
  • SMELLED REALLY BAD. HE SAID TO
  • 00:17:00.120 --> 00:17:02.070
  • THE LITTLE BOY VERY LOUDLY,
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:04.020
  • "HOW YOU DOING LITTLE BUDDY?"
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:06.090
  • EVERYBODY IN THE RESTAURANT
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:07.270
  • TURNED TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:09.260
  • THE MOM WAS KIND OF EMBARRASSED
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:11.070
  • AND SHE NODDED AT THE MAN.
  • 00:17:11.070 --> 00:17:12.260
  • SHE TURNED AROUND BACK TO HER
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:16.030
  • TABLE AND TRIED TO GET HER
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:17.020
  • BABY'S ATTENTION AWAY FROM HIM.
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:18.140
  • BUT THE MAN KEPT TALKING TO HIM,
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:19.280
  • PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO AND PATTY
  • 00:17:19.280 --> 00:17:21.190
  • CAKE. THIS LITTLE BABY WAS
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:23.140
  • BEING TOTALLY ENTERTAINED,
  • 00:17:23.140 --> 00:17:25.230
  • TOTALLY TAKEN BY THIS MAN.
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:27.220
  • SOMEWHAT SO, INSTEAD OF JUST
  • 00:17:27.220 --> 00:17:29.000
  • SMILING, NOW THE BABY WAS
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:30.120
  • CACKLING, LAUGHING OUT LOUD.
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:33.040
  • THE PARENTS BOWED THEIR HEADS
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:34.270
  • AND JUST ATE AS FAST AS THEY
  • 00:17:34.270 --> 00:17:35.280
  • COULD, TRYING TO GET FINISHED.
  • 00:17:35.280 --> 00:17:37.170
  • THEY FINALLY WERE THROUGH WITH
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:39.070
  • BREAKFAST. IT WAS RAINING
  • 00:17:39.070 --> 00:17:40.190
  • OUTSIDE. THE HUSBAND WENT TO
  • 00:17:40.190 --> 00:17:41.190
  • PULL THE CAR UP FRONT.
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.120
  • THE MOM GOT UP FROM THE TABLE,
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:45.050
  • PICKED UP HER LITTLE BABY AND
  • 00:17:45.050 --> 00:17:46.120
  • HEADED TOWARD THE COUNTER TO
  • 00:17:46.120 --> 00:17:47.220
  • PAY. UNDER HER BREATH, SHE
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.180
  • THOUGHT, "GOD, PLEASE HELP ME
  • 00:17:49.180 --> 00:17:50.260
  • TO GET OUT OF HERE WITHOUT ANY
  • 00:17:50.260 --> 00:17:52.080
  • MORE COMMOTION."
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:54.240
  • BUT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE
  • 00:17:54.240 --> 00:17:56.120
  • HOMELESS MAN GOT UP AND STOOD IN
  • 00:17:56.120 --> 00:17:58.050
  • LINE BEHIND HER. WHEN THE
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:00.080
  • LITTLE BABY SAW HIM STEP OUT,
  • 00:18:00.080 --> 00:18:02.290
  • HE PUT OUT BOTH ARMS, LEANED
  • 00:18:02.290 --> 00:18:05.080
  • AWAY FROM THE MOTHER AND
  • 00:18:05.080 --> 00:18:07.010
  • REACHED OUT TO THE MAN. BEFORE
  • 00:18:07.010 --> 00:18:09.000
  • YOU KNEW IT THE BABY WAS IN A
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:11.040
  • TOTAL STRANGER'S HANDS. IT
  • 00:18:11.040 --> 00:18:13.090
  • LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE OLD
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:14.220
  • FRIENDS. AT ONE POINT, THE
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:17.060
  • LITTLE BABY LAID HIS HEAD ON
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:18.290
  • THE HOMELESS MAN'S SHOULDER.
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:20.220
  • THE HOMELESS MAN CLOSED HIS EYES
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.200
  • JUST TAKING IT ALL IN. HIS
  • 00:18:22.200 --> 00:18:24.210
  • HANDS, DIRTY, ROUGH, FULL OF
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:26.210
  • GRIME, PADDED THE LITTLE BOY
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:28.150
  • SOFTLY ON THE BACK. THE MOTHER
  • 00:18:28.150 --> 00:18:30.270
  • STOOD AND WATCHED ALL IN
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:32.070
  • AMAZEMENT. IN A COUPLE OF
  • 00:18:32.070 --> 00:18:33.290
  • MOMENTS, HE HANDED THE LITTLE
  • 00:18:33.290 --> 00:18:35.070
  • BOY BACK AND SAID GENTLY, "YOU
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:37.000
  • TAKE CARE OF THIS LITTLE BOY."
  • 00:18:37.000 --> 00:18:39.140
  • SHE SAID WITH A LUMP IN HER
  • 00:18:39.140 --> 00:18:40.280
  • THROAT, "I WILL."
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:43.100
  • SHE WALKED TOWARD THE DOOR TO
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:45.290
  • LEAVE AND SMALL TEARS STARTED
  • 00:18:45.290 --> 00:18:46.260
  • RUNNING DOWN HER CHEEKS.
  • 00:18:46.260 --> 00:18:48.040
  • SHE SAID, "GOD, PLEASE FORGIVE
  • 00:18:48.040 --> 00:18:49.080
  • ME." SHE HAD JUST WITNESSED
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:51.160
  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE SHOWN THROUGH
  • 00:18:51.160 --> 00:18:53.180
  • THE INNOCENCE OF A LITTLE BABY.
  • 00:18:53.210 --> 00:18:56.210
  • THE BABY DIDN'T SEE THE MAN'S
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:58.200
  • DIRT, THE MAN'S GRIME, THE MAN'S
  • 00:18:58.200 --> 00:19:01.000
  • DISHEVELED HAIR. THE BABY SAW
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:04.200
  • THE MAN THROUGH EYES OF LOVE.
  • 00:19:04.200 --> 00:19:06.150
  • THE MOTHER SAW THE MAN THROUGH
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:07.250
  • EYES OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:19:07.250 --> 00:19:09.260
  • MY PRAYER IS, "GOD HELP US TO
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:12.060
  • HAVE THIS SAME INNOCENCE OF A
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:13.270
  • LITTLE BABY AND NOT JUDGE PEOPLE
  • 00:19:13.270 --> 00:19:15.240
  • BY THE EXTERIOR, BY WHAT THEY
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:17.140
  • WEAR, BY THE MISTAKES THEY'VE
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:18.220
  • MADE. BUT GOD LET US SEE PEOPLE
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:20.160
  • THROUGH EYES OF LOVE. THE
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:23.130
  • SCRIPTURE SAYS, "TO THE PURE,
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:25.150
  • ALL THINGS ARE PURE."
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:28.090
  • ONE WAY TO KNOW HOW PURE YOUR
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:29.130
  • HEART IS IS HOW MUCH DO YOU
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:31.070
  • JUDGE?
  • 00:19:31.070 --> 00:19:32.250
  • WHEN YOUR HEART IS PURE, YOU
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:34.050
  • DON'T HAVE A CRITICAL SPIRIT.
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:36.210
  • YOU DON'T HAVE A HOLIER THAN
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:37.160
  • THOU ATTITUDE. YOU'RE FULL OF
  • 00:19:37.160 --> 00:19:38.260
  • MERCY. YOU GIVE PEOPLE THE
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:40.270
  • BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:43.130
  • AND I FOUND MUCH OF OUR JUDGMENT
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:45.040
  • IS SIMPLY THE CULTURE WE WERE
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:47.120
  • RAISED IN.
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:48.280
  • WHEN OUR SON, JONATHAN, WAS 8 OR
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:50.040
  • 10 YEARS OLD, HE LIKED TO WEAR
  • 00:19:50.040 --> 00:19:51.190
  • HIS HAIR REAL MESSY. IT LOOKED
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:53.160
  • LIKE HE JUST GOT OUT OF BED.
  • 00:19:53.160 --> 00:19:55.110
  • THAT WAS THE STYLE. ONE TIME,
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.010
  • WE WERE GOING SOMEWHERE AND I
  • 00:19:57.010 --> 00:19:58.040
  • SAID, "JONATHAN, BUDDY, YOU
  • 00:19:58.040 --> 00:19:59.080
  • NEED TO COMB YOUR HAIR."
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:00.200
  • HE LOOKED AT ME STRANGELY AND
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:01.270
  • SAID, "DAD, I JUST DID." HE
  • 00:20:01.270 --> 00:20:03.280
  • WOULD COME HOME FROM THE MALL
  • 00:20:03.280 --> 00:20:04.270
  • WITH VICTORIA AND SAY, "DAD,
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:05.290
  • LOOK AT THESE NEW BLUE JEANS!"
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:07.170
  • THEY'D HAVE HOLES IN THE KNEES,
  • 00:20:07.170 --> 00:20:09.010
  • TORN, FADED, WORN OUT. IT
  • 00:20:09.010 --> 00:20:11.070
  • LOOKED LIKE THEY'RE 20 YEARS
  • 00:20:11.070 --> 00:20:12.130
  • OLD. I USED TO ALWAYS ASK, "DID
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:13.230
  • YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THOSE
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:15.020
  • THINGS?" (LAUGHTER) CULTURES
  • 00:20:15.020 --> 00:20:17.010
  • CHANGE.
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:19.030
  • TOO OFTEN, WE JUDGE WHAT WE
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:20.060
  • DON'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:21.280
  • WHEN MY FATHER WAS GROWING UP,
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:23.280
  • BACK IN THE 1930'S HE WORE WHAT
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:26.030
  • THEY CALLED A ZOOT SUIT. THE
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:28.140
  • PANTS CAME WAY UP HERE ALMOST
  • 00:20:28.140 --> 00:20:30.050
  • TO YOUR CHEST. THE JACKETS WERE
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:31.230
  • REAL LONG. DADDY HAD HIS HAT
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:34.040
  • COCKED PERFECTLY TO THE SIDE.
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:37.050
  • OUT OF HIS POCKET, HE HAD THIS
  • 00:20:37.050 --> 00:20:38.040
  • LONG GOLD CHAIN.
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:40.010
  • AS A TEENAGER, HE'D WALK AROUND
  • 00:20:40.010 --> 00:20:41.110
  • SWINGING THAT CHAIN LIKE A COOL
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:43.010
  • CAT. HE HAD BLING BEFORE WE
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:45.040
  • CALLED IT BLING.
  • 00:20:45.040 --> 00:20:47.150
  • IN HIS DAY, HE WAS THE ONE THAT
  • 00:20:47.150 --> 00:20:49.270
  • WAS FAR OUT. YET GOD CALLED HIM
  • 00:20:49.270 --> 00:20:51.250
  • TO BECOME A PASTOR, THE FOUNDER
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:53.230
  • OF OUR CHURCH.
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:56.130
  • AND BEFORE YOU JUDGE THAT YOUNG
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:57.180
  • PERSON THAT HAS WILD HAIR, CRAZY
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:20:59.290
  • CLOTHES, WEARING BLING; NO, YOU
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:02.190
  • DON'T KNOW HOW GOD IS GOING TO
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:04.070
  • USE THEM. THEY MAY BE YOUR NEXT
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:06.160
  • PASTOR, YOUR NEXT DOCTOR, THE
  • 00:21:06.160 --> 00:21:08.170
  • NEXT PRESIDENT.
  • 00:21:08.170 --> 00:21:10.240
  • JOHN 7:24 SAYS, "BE HONEST IN
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:12.210
  • YOUR JUDGMENT OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:21:12.210 --> 00:21:15.030
  • DO NOT DECIDE AT A GLANCE,
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:17.120
  • SUPERFICIALLY, AND BY
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:19.000
  • APPEARANCES. HOW MANY TIMES DO
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:20.200
  • WE LOOK AT SOMEONE AND IN A
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:22.160
  • SPLIT SECOND WE DECIDE WHETHER
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:24.120
  • OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO LIKE
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:25.190
  • THEM?
  • 00:21:25.190 --> 00:21:26.230
  • WELL, HE'S GOT A TATTOO, HE'S
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:27.190
  • GOING TO HELL. HE'S GOT LONG
  • 00:21:27.190 --> 00:21:28.260
  • HAIR, HE'S A TROUBLE MAKER.
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:32.040
  • HE'S WEARING BLING. I'M SURE
  • 00:21:32.040 --> 00:21:33.030
  • HE'S OUT STEALING SOMEWHERE.
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:34.190
  • NO, GIVE EVERYBODY ROOM TO
  • 00:21:34.190 --> 00:21:37.140
  • BECOME WHO GOD'S CREATED THEM
  • 00:21:37.140 --> 00:21:40.030
  • TO BE.
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:41.040
  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS MAN. HE
  • 00:21:41.040 --> 00:21:42.140
  • VISITED A VERY FORMAL HIGH-END
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:44.200
  • CHURCH. HE WAS WEARING BLUE
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:46.150
  • JEANS, A COWBOY HAT, AND OLD
  • 00:21:46.150 --> 00:21:48.210
  • COWBOY BOOTS. HE WALKED IN ON A
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:51.150
  • SUNDAY MORNING AND SAT ON THE
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:53.010
  • THIRD ROW. THE CONGREGATION WAS
  • 00:21:53.010 --> 00:21:55.080
  • APPALLED. MANY OF THEM SENT
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:57.070
  • NOTES TO THE PASTOR EXPRESSING
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:21:58.230
  • THEIR CONCERNS.
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:00.230
  • AFTER THE SERVICE, THE PASTOR
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:02.080
  • TOLD THE MAN THAT HE NEEDED TO
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:04.060
  • ASK GOD WHAT HE SHOULD WEAR
  • 00:22:04.060 --> 00:22:06.160
  • BEFORE HE COMES BACK TO HIS
  • 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:07.240
  • CHURCH.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:09.120
  • THE MAN SHOWED UP THE NEXT
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:10.190
  • SUNDAY DRESSED EXACTLY THE SAME.
  • 00:22:10.190 --> 00:22:13.010
  • THE PASTOR SCOLDED HIM. HE
  • 00:22:13.010 --> 00:22:14.200
  • SAID, "I TOLD YOU TO ASK GOD
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:16.000
  • WHAT TO WEAR BEFORE YOU COME
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:17.140
  • BACK TO MY CHURCH."
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:19.010
  • THE MAN SAID, "I DID ASK GOD.
  • 00:22:19.010 --> 00:22:20.290
  • BUT HE TOLD ME HE DIDN'T KNOW
  • 00:22:20.290 --> 00:22:23.000
  • BECAUSE HE'S NEVER BEEN HERE
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:24.140
  • BEFORE."
  • 00:22:25.140 --> 00:22:28.140
  • WHAT'S MY POINT? YOU KNOW MY
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:30.190
  • POINT. DON'T JUDGE BY THE
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.290
  • EXTERIOR.
  • 00:22:33.000 --> 00:22:36.000
  • I FOUND WHETHER I WEAR A SUIT
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:37.240
  • OR WHETHER I WEAR BLUE JEANS,
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:39.160
  • IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:40.150
  • ANOINTING. IT'S NOT AFFECTED BY
  • 00:22:40.150 --> 00:22:42.070
  • COTTON OR DENIM. FOR MY BROTHER
  • 00:22:42.070 --> 00:22:44.090
  • PAUL'S SAKE, OR POLYESTER.
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:46.200
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:22:46.200 --> 00:22:48.130
  • WHAT AFFECTS THE ANOINTING IS
  • 00:22:48.130 --> 00:22:49.240
  • THE ATTITUDE OF OUR HEART.
  • 00:22:49.240 --> 00:22:52.230
  • THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU, ACT
  • 00:22:52.230 --> 00:22:54.080
  • LIKE YOU, DRESS LIKE YOU, THAT'S
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  • ALL RIGHT. THEY'RE ON A
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  • JOURNEY. THEY'RE NOT A FINISHED
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  • PRODUCT.
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  • JESUS MADE IT REALLY SIMPLE.
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  • DON'T JUDGE AND YOU WON'T BE
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  • JUDGED.
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  • YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND SOMEONE
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  • BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
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  • THEM TO LOVE THEM. YOU DON'T
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  • HAVE TO AGREE WITH THEM TO
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  • ACCEPT THEM. THAT'S WHY IT'S
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  • CALLED UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
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  • I HEARD A STORY ABOUT A LADY AND
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  • HER HUSBAND. THEY HAD A DOG
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  • NAMED LUCKY. AND WHENEVER THEY
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  • HAD COMPANY FOR THE WEEKEND,
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  • THEY WOULD ALWAYS WARN THEIR
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  • GUESTS TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN'T
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  • LEAVE THEIR SUITCASES OPEN.
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:28.000
  • BECAUSE LUCKY LOVED TO SNEAK IN,
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  • GET SOMETHING OUT, AND TAKE IT
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  • DOWN TO THE BASEMENT WHERE HIS
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  • TOY BOX WAS SO HE COULD PLAY
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  • WITH IT LATER. THEY WERE ALWAYS
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  • FINDING THEIR BELONGINGS DOWN
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  • THERE.
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  • ONE DAY THE LADY WAS DIAGNOSED
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  • WITH BREAST CANCER. SHE WAS IN
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  • THE HOSPITAL FOR THREE WEEKS.
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  • THE HUSBAND WOULD TAKE LUCKY ON
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  • HIS NIGHTLY WALKS BUT IT JUST
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  • WASN'T THE SAME. LUCKY LOVED
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  • THIS LADY. HE STAYED WITH HER
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  • IN THE HOUSE EVERYWHERE SHE
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  • WENT. SHE CAME HOME AFTER THE
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:54.190
  • SURGERY AND WAS VERY WEAK.
  • 00:23:54.190 --> 00:23:57.050
  • THE LADY COULDN'T MAKE IT
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  • UPSTAIRS TO THE BEDROOM.
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  • SO, SHE JUST LAID DOWN ON THE
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:01.030
  • COUCH. LUCKY WAS RIGHT BY HER
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  • SIDE. YOU COULD TELL THAT LUCKY
  • 00:24:03.010 --> 00:24:05.030
  • DIDN'T LIKE THIS LADY FEELING
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:07.060
  • BADLY. AND THE LADY DOZED OFF
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  • TO SLEEP. SHE WOKE UP AN HOUR
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  • LATER AND IT WAS HARD TO
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:13.000
  • BREATHE. SHE WAS HOT AND FELT
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  • ALL THESE THINGS POKING HER.
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  • AND SHE BEGAN TO PANIC.
  • 00:24:17.140 --> 00:24:19.010
  • AND THOUGHT, "WHAT'S HAPPENING
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:19.230
  • TO ME?"
  • 00:24:19.230 --> 00:24:21.080
  • SOON HER CONCERN GAVE WAY TO A
  • 00:24:21.080 --> 00:24:22.200
  • SMILE. LUCKY HAD GONE DOWN TO
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  • THE BASEMENT AND GOT ALL OF HIS
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:27.090
  • TOYS AND BROUGHT THEM BACK AND
  • 00:24:27.090 --> 00:24:29.030
  • PLACED THEM ON THE LADY.
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  • WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING, HE MADE
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  • TRIP AFTER TRIP TRYING TO MAKE
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  • HER FEEL BETTER. NOW, SHE WAS
  • 00:24:34.180 --> 00:24:36.200
  • LITERALLY COVERED WITH HIS
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  • LOVE.
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  • THAT'S MY CHALLENGE TO US TODAY.
  • 00:24:40.160 --> 00:24:42.270
  • START COVERING PEOPLE WITH LOVE.
  • 00:24:42.270 --> 00:24:45.040
  • IT'S EASY TO COVER PEOPLE WITH
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:46.120
  • JUDGMENT, COVER WITH
  • 00:24:46.120 --> 00:24:48.020
  • CONDEMNATION, COVER WITH GUILT,
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:50.020
  • BUT LET'S START COVERING PEOPLE
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:51.170
  • WITH LOVE. LOVE HEALS. LOVE
  • 00:24:51.170 --> 00:24:53.180
  • BRINGS DOWN BARRIERS. LOVE PUTS
  • 00:24:53.180 --> 00:24:56.160
  • PEOPLE BACK ON THEIR FEET.
  • 00:24:56.160 --> 00:24:58.250
  • AND YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND
  • 00:24:58.250 --> 00:25:00.180
  • SOMEONE BUT THAT'S OKAY.
  • 00:25:00.180 --> 00:25:02.170
  • HAVE A WIDE CIRCLE OF LOVE.
  • 00:25:02.170 --> 00:25:05.060
  • REMEMBER, THEY'RE ON A JOURNEY.
  • 00:25:05.060 --> 00:25:07.100
  • WHERE THEY ARE IS NOT WHERE
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:08.170
  • THEY'RE GOING TO END UP.
  • 00:25:08.170 --> 00:25:10.230
  • GOD IS COUNTING ON US TO MAKE A
  • 00:25:10.230 --> 00:25:12.180
  • DIFFERENCE, TO PUSH THEM
  • 00:25:12.180 --> 00:25:14.010
  • FORWARD, SHOW MERCY,
  • 00:25:14.010 --> 00:25:15.290
  • BE UNDERSTANDING, GIVE THEM
  • 00:25:15.290 --> 00:25:17.270
  • THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.
  • 00:25:17.270 --> 00:25:19.270
  • IF YOU'LL HAVE THIS
  • 00:25:19.270 --> 00:25:21.020
  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, NOT ONLY
  • 00:25:21.020 --> 00:25:22.290
  • WILL YOU HELP OTHERS, BUT YOUR
  • 00:25:22.290 --> 00:25:24.130
  • OWN LIFE WILL IMPROVE. YOU'LL
  • 00:25:24.130 --> 00:25:26.070
  • HAVE MORE JOY, BETTER
  • 00:25:26.070 --> 00:25:27.220
  • RELATIONSHIPS, AND I BELIEVE AND
  • 00:25:27.220 --> 00:25:29.250
  • DECLARE, YOU WILL OVERCOME EVERY
  • 00:25:29.250 --> 00:25:31.210
  • OBSTACLE, AND LIVE THE LIFE OF
  • 00:25:31.210 --> 00:25:33.170
  • VICTORY GOD HAS IN STORE.
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:35.130
  • IN JESUS' NAME. IF YOU RECEIVE
  • 00:25:35.130 --> 00:25:37.040
  • IT, CAN YOU SAY, "AMEN" TODAY.
  • 00:25:37.040 --> 00:25:38.250
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  • JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:44.200 --> 00:25:47.020
  • WOULD YOU PRAY THIS SIMPLE
  • 00:25:47.020 --> 00:25:48.010
  • PRAYER WITH ME? JUST SAY,
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  • "LORD JESUS, I REPENT OF MY
  • 00:25:49.140 --> 00:25:52.030
  • SINS.
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:53.170
  • COME INTO MY HEART.
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  • I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR."
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  • FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT
  • 00:25:57.280 --> 00:25:59.170
  • SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE YOU GOT
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  • BORN AGAIN.
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  • GET IN A GOOD BIBLE-BASED
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  • CHURCH. KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE.
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  • HE'S GOING TO TAKE YOU PLACES
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  • > CHUCK PRYOR: WHEN YOU THINK
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  • ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHERE IS THE
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  • NEGATIVITY COMING FROM
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  • AGAINST YOU?
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  • THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE
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  • NEGATIVITY CAN ROB YOU OF
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  • BUT THE TRUTH IS YOU CAN RISE
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  • ABOVE IT ALL.
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  • IS A BRAND NEW INSPIRING
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  • JOEL THAT WILL HELP YOU
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