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The Rewards of Faithfulness

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June 19, 2019
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Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin

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The Rewards of Faithfulness

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  • - If you ever get discouraged
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  • on your job, if you ever get
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  • discouraged in your family,
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  • if you ever get discouraged
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  • in the call of God on your life,
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  • you need to remember a hero
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  • in the Bible that I'm gonna
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  • preach about,
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  • His name is Matthias.
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  • He is mentioned by Luke,
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  • who wrote the Book of Acts.
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  • In this one passage,
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  • his name comes up,
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  • and it is in reference
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  • to the prophecy in the Book
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  • of Psalms of one of the apostles
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  • that would betray Jesus
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  • and have to be replaced.
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  • And that is what was happening.
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  • They had been in the Upper Room
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  • about seven days after
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  • the resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • The disciples, 120 of them,
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  • were assembled, praying.
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  • And around the seventh day,
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  • they said you know,
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  • we've been praying,
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  • and we need to fill the slot.
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  • There's one missing place,
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  • and according to the scripture,
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  • we should put someone
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  • in the place of Judas
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  • who hung himself
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  • and betrayed the Lord.
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  • And that's exactly what was
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  • taking place in this scripture.
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  • And they began to pray.
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  • They began to say Lord,
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  • you know the hearts of men.
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  • You know who we need to choose.
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  • And I want you to notice
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  • the qualifications that it took
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  • to be named.
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  • And notice the word apostleship.
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  • This was not just a leader
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  • in the church,
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  • in the first church.
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  • This was apostleship.
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  • This is same status as Simon
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  • Peter, and James, and John,
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  • and Matthew,
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  • and all of the apostles.
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  • All 12 of the apostles.
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  • Of course, Judas hung himself,
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  • and now somebody is going
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  • to be elevated to that position,
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  • and here's the qualifications
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  • for it.
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  • Wherefore, find men who
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  • accompanied us all the time
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  • through the in and outs of Jesus
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  • and who were with us,
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  • listen to this, from the baptism
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  • of John 'til He was taken up
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  • in the resurrection 40 days
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  • after He rose from the dead,
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  • and He went up on a cloud
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  • into Heaven to sit at the right
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  • hand of the Father.
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  • That was the qualifications.
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  • And only two fulfilled
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  • that criteria.
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  • And it was a man by the name
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  • of Justus, and it was a man
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  • by the name of Matthias.
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  • And when they had prayed,
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  • they -- this is almost funny.
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  • But they cast lots.
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  • They rolled the dice.
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  • That's like some of you do
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  • when you buy your lottery
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  • ticket in the name of Jesus.
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  • And they actually said now,
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  • God, we're picking a leader,
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  • and we need you to lead us.
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  • This is funny, isn't it?
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  • And they cast lots, and they
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  • said now if you get the --
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  • I don't know if they used
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  • toothpicks or what, but if you
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  • get the short toothpick,
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  • you're the loser, and the guy
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  • with the -- I don't know
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  • how they did it, but it was
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  • basically a natural contest
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  • that they used something,
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  • and many believe it was dice
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  • or something like dice.
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  • And one of 'em chose a number
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  • or whatever, and whoever got it,
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  • welcome to the exclusive 12
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • But the real qualification
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  • was they had to be faithful.
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  • They had to be there
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  • from beginning to end.
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  • I'm preaching tonight
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  • on the rewards of faithfulness.
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  • It really didn't matter,
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  • they were saying.
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  • It really doesn't matter.
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  • One is about as good
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  • as the other because
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  • they're both faithful.
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  • And so just roll the dice
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  • and see who God wants
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  • to choose tonight.
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  • And so they chose an apostle,
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  • and it fell on Matthias,
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  • and he was numbered
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  • among the 11 apostles.
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  • The only place that he's
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  • mentioned in scripture.
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  • He's chosen to be an apostle.
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  • And what was the qualification?
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  • Why did they choose him?
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  • Notice that it wasn't about
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  • his preaching.
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  • Notice that it wasn't who
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  • could sing the best.
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  • It didn't have anything
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  • to do with his
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  • leadership qualities.
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  • It was simply the fact
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  • that he was looking for --
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  • they were looking
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  • for an apostle,
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  • and this person had to be
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  • faithful through the ins
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  • and outs of Jesus.
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  • It speaks of faithfulness.
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  • It speaks and denotes of being
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  • there in and out.
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  • Doing, serving behind the scenes
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  • with no recognition.
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  • With nobody praising him.
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  • Never coming up
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  • in the scriptures,
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  • neither one of these men.
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  • They weren't doing it for any
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  • other reason.
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  • They were serving
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  • in their place.
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  • We don't even know
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  • what they did.
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  • But they followed
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  • the disciples around.
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  • They hung around.
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  • They were not talked about.
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  • They never performed a miracle.
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  • They never preached.
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  • They never sung.
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  • They didn't do -- they might
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  • have built a campfire
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  • or something like that.
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  • But they did nothing that caused
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  • them to be recognized
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  • in man's eyes.
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  • Qualifications.
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  • Not based on talent.
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  • Not based on skill.
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  • Not based on education.
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  • God's trying to tell us
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  • that when I'm choosing my last
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  • apostle, I'm not choosing based
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  • on their knowledge,
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  • or even their scripture quoting,
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  • or their ability to get up
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  • in front of people.
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  • I'm choosing on the basis
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  • of faithfulness and loyalty.
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  • I'm choosing on the basis
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  • of whether or not they've been
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  • there, and they were consistent,
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  • and they were faithful.
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  • And I'm saying to you that God
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  • has called you to do things
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  • that may seem small to you.
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  • But I don't care how small
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  • and insignificant it seems,
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  • He will not overlook
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  • your faithfulness.
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  • If you give a cup of water
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  • in my name, I will reward you
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  • one day at the judgment
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  • seat of Christ.
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  • You may not be able to rub
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  • shoulders with great people.
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  • All of that stuff.
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  • But one day, one way you can
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  • be equal with everybody is,
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  • they may can outdo me
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  • in other things, but you need
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  • to say they can't outdo
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  • me in faithfulness.
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  • They were there from the baptism
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  • to the resurrection.
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  • And I'm saying to you
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  • that if people never recognize
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  • what you do for the Lord,
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  • the real boss is upstairs,
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  • and He sees, and He knows.
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  • Matthias had to be with
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  • Him constantly.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • From the time that Jesus
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  • went in and out,
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  • the verse said.
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  • You know, there's times when
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  • Jesus is in, and it feels
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  • like revival.
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  • And it feels like, woo,
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  • I got chill bumps on top
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  • of my chill bumps,
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  • and it's awesome,
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  • and God is here.
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  • And that's awesome,
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  • and people love that.
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  • But sometimes it feels like
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  • Jesus has left the building.
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  • But he said the people
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  • that are in --
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  • that are there with the ins
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  • and outs of Jesus.
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  • So you stay faithful in the Word
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  • whether you feel like it or not,
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  • and you stay faithful in prayer,
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  • and you stay faithful
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  • in your commitment
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  • to God and to His house.
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  • You just stay faithful.
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  • You're there when Jesus is in,
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  • and you're there
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  • when Jesus is out.
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  • You're there --
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  • and I know He's always with us,
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  • but the tangible presence of God
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  • you don't always feel.
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  • So sometimes you're going
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  • through a valley.
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  • You're going through
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  • a dry spell.
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  • You're going through
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  • a wilderness.
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  • But you stay faithful through
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  • the ins and outs of Jesus.
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  • You just keep praising Him
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  • whether you feel like it or not.
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  • And sometimes you feel like
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  • lifting your hands,
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  • and other times you just do it
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  • 'cause the Bible said do it.
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  • And you worship God.
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  • I'm telling you,
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  • that is faithfulness and loyalty
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  • to God, and He will not let
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  • it go unrewarded.
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  • There are too many
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  • greenhouse Christians.
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  • They bloom in a protected
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  • environment only.
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  • As long as they have no wind,
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  • they have no rain,
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  • they have no storm,
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  • they're faithful to God.
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  • But when the elements hit,
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  • and the storm hits,
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  • and the rain falls, you find
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  • them weak, and you find them
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  • in situations where they lose
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  • their faithfulness to God
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  • because things are not
  • 00:09:09.040 --> 00:09:10.080
  • going perfect.
  • 00:09:10.080 --> 00:09:13.070
  • But He's looking for people
  • 00:09:13.070 --> 00:09:14.170
  • who will stay with Him
  • 00:09:14.170 --> 00:09:16.120
  • through the ins and outs
  • 00:09:16.120 --> 00:09:17.140
  • because the truth is,
  • 00:09:17.140 --> 00:09:18.220
  • He's using those times to expand
  • 00:09:18.220 --> 00:09:21.060
  • your faith and your trust.
  • 00:09:21.060 --> 00:09:22.250
  • He's using those times to teach
  • 00:09:22.250 --> 00:09:24.250
  • you that you don't always
  • 00:09:24.250 --> 00:09:26.160
  • have to feel God to know
  • 00:09:26.160 --> 00:09:28.110
  • that He's with you.
  • 00:09:28.110 --> 00:09:29.200
  • But there is a settled
  • 00:09:29.200 --> 00:09:30.250
  • confidence and a peace
  • 00:09:30.250 --> 00:09:32.140
  • in your soul that says come
  • 00:09:32.140 --> 00:09:34.070
  • what may,
  • 00:09:34.070 --> 00:09:35.070
  • He will never leave me.
  • 00:09:35.070 --> 00:09:36.260
  • He will never forsake me.
  • 00:09:36.260 --> 00:09:38.200
  • I'm not afraid of the future.
  • 00:09:38.200 --> 00:09:40.170
  • I'm not afraid of tomorrow.
  • 00:09:40.170 --> 00:09:42.090
  • I'm not afraid of any bad report
  • 00:09:42.090 --> 00:09:44.230
  • 'cause the Lord is with me.
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:49.020
  • There'll be times in your life
  • 00:09:49.020 --> 00:09:50.100
  • when you feel like Jesus
  • 00:09:50.100 --> 00:09:51.150
  • has exited the building.
  • 00:09:51.190 --> 00:09:54.190
  • Where did He go?
  • 00:09:54.190 --> 00:09:55.200
  • What's wrong with the church?
  • 00:09:55.200 --> 00:09:58.200
  • Why aren't we having a move
  • 00:09:58.200 --> 00:09:59.210
  • of God?
  • 00:09:59.210 --> 00:10:00.270
  • But what I've found is if I'm
  • 00:10:00.270 --> 00:10:02.010
  • faithful through the ins
  • 00:10:02.010 --> 00:10:03.040
  • and outs, He always rewards
  • 00:10:03.290 --> 00:10:06.290
  • my faithfulness.
  • 00:10:06.290 --> 00:10:09.260
  • If you get discouraged
  • 00:10:09.260 --> 00:10:10.240
  • like that and say where's God,
  • 00:10:11.000 --> 00:10:14.000
  • you have to remember if you're
  • 00:10:14.000 --> 00:10:15.100
  • involved in nothing but just
  • 00:10:17.220 --> 00:10:20.220
  • being faithful --
  • 00:10:20.220 --> 00:10:22.280
  • and I may be preaching
  • 00:10:22.280 --> 00:10:23.190
  • to somebody who feels
  • 00:10:23.190 --> 00:10:24.160
  • like quitting tonight.
  • 00:10:24.200 --> 00:10:27.200
  • You can't quit.
  • 00:10:27.210 --> 00:10:30.210
  • This is no quitting place.
  • 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:33.240
  • He'll have no pleasure
  • 00:10:33.240 --> 00:10:34.240
  • in you if you draw back.
  • 00:10:34.240 --> 00:10:36.290
  • We're not of those
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:37.210
  • who draw back.
  • 00:10:37.210 --> 00:10:40.110
  • Set your face like a flint.
  • 00:10:40.110 --> 00:10:42.180
  • Put your hand to the plow,
  • 00:10:42.180 --> 00:10:43.290
  • and double up
  • 00:10:43.290 --> 00:10:44.260
  • on your dedication,
  • 00:10:44.260 --> 00:10:47.250
  • and make up your mind.
  • 00:10:47.250 --> 00:10:48.280
  • I will not stop reaping
  • 00:10:48.280 --> 00:10:50.240
  • the harvest.
  • 00:10:50.240 --> 00:10:51.200
  • As a matter of fact,
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:52.150
  • I'm gonna give more than
  • 00:10:52.150 --> 00:10:53.140
  • I've ever given of my life
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:55.060
  • to the kingdom of God
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:56.150
  • 'cause one day
  • 00:10:56.150 --> 00:10:57.090
  • the trumpet's gonna sound.
  • 00:10:57.090 --> 00:10:59.050
  • And the Lord is coming back,
  • 00:10:59.050 --> 00:11:00.210
  • and His reward is with Him,
  • 00:11:00.210 --> 00:11:02.200
  • the scripture said.
  • 00:11:02.200 --> 00:11:04.120
  • Everybody take a praise break,
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:05.260
  • and thank Him if you found
  • 00:11:05.260 --> 00:11:07.140
  • that there's power
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:08.230
  • in just being there.
  • 00:11:08.230 --> 00:11:10.260
  • I've watched some of you.
  • 00:11:10.260 --> 00:11:12.170
  • You're my children in the Lord.
  • 00:11:12.170 --> 00:11:14.170
  • I've watched some of you,
  • 00:11:14.170 --> 00:11:15.200
  • and you came in struggling,
  • 00:11:15.200 --> 00:11:17.110
  • and you came in with stuff
  • 00:11:17.110 --> 00:11:19.010
  • going on.
  • 00:11:19.010 --> 00:11:19.290
  • But I've just watched you.
  • 00:11:19.290 --> 00:11:20.260
  • You just keep coming,
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:22.020
  • and you just keep coming.
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:23.100
  • And your marriages might
  • 00:11:23.100 --> 00:11:24.140
  • have been weak, but they
  • 00:11:24.140 --> 00:11:25.210
  • just keep coming in and out,
  • 00:11:25.210 --> 00:11:27.190
  • in and out, in and out.
  • 00:11:27.190 --> 00:11:28.290
  • And you know what?
  • 00:11:28.290 --> 00:11:30.030
  • They're strong in the Lord.
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:31.190
  • They're seeing the blessings
  • 00:11:31.190 --> 00:11:33.020
  • of God on their life.
  • 00:11:33.020 --> 00:11:34.050
  • God'll do it for anybody
  • 00:11:34.050 --> 00:11:35.270
  • in this room who'll
  • 00:11:35.270 --> 00:11:37.180
  • be faithful to Him.
  • 00:11:37.180 --> 00:11:39.160
  • But this wishy washy stuff?
  • 00:11:39.160 --> 00:11:41.020
  • This hit, skip,
  • 00:11:41.020 --> 00:11:41.250
  • and miss stuff?
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.010
  • That doesn't work
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:43.220
  • in the kingdom.
  • 00:11:43.220 --> 00:11:45.090
  • You just disqualified yourself
  • 00:11:45.090 --> 00:11:46.260
  • from high places God
  • 00:11:46.260 --> 00:11:48.160
  • would have taken you to.
  • 00:11:51.210 --> 00:11:54.210
  • He'll overlook somebody
  • 00:11:54.210 --> 00:11:55.250
  • that's a lot smarter than you
  • 00:11:55.250 --> 00:11:57.160
  • and give it to you
  • 00:11:57.160 --> 00:11:58.100
  • if you're faithful.
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:12:01.180
  • The highest calling
  • 00:12:01.180 --> 00:12:02.170
  • in the New Testament church
  • 00:12:02.170 --> 00:12:04.020
  • is apostleship, and all the guy
  • 00:12:04.060 --> 00:12:07.060
  • did to get it was,
  • 00:12:07.060 --> 00:12:09.070
  • I was there.
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:14.040
  • I love that.
  • 00:12:14.040 --> 00:12:15.110
  • Don't you love that?
  • 00:12:15.110 --> 00:12:16.190
  • That kind of gives us hope.
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:19.250
  • You know, I can look back
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:20.190
  • on my life
  • 00:12:20.190 --> 00:12:21.120
  • and the past 25 years.
  • 00:12:21.120 --> 00:12:22.160
  • If I haven't done nothing else,
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:24.040
  • I've been here.
  • 00:12:26.270 --> 00:12:29.270
  • Isn't that right?
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:31.020
  • Shout about it.
  • 00:12:31.020 --> 00:12:31.280
  • Praise God.
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  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:12:33.200 --> 00:12:35.050
  • Sometimes we let the devil
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:36.100
  • just put us down and tell us
  • 00:12:36.100 --> 00:12:38.010
  • how sorry we are.
  • 00:12:38.010 --> 00:12:39.080
  • But you need to remind him --
  • 00:12:39.080 --> 00:12:40.170
  • you couldn't be faithful
  • 00:12:40.170 --> 00:12:41.220
  • when you were in God's presence
  • 00:12:41.220 --> 00:12:43.120
  • looking at Him,
  • 00:12:43.120 --> 00:12:44.120
  • and I've been faithful,
  • 00:12:44.120 --> 00:12:45.090
  • and I've never seen Him.
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:46.120
  • Hallelujah!
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:47.240
  • But one day I'm gonna see Him.
  • 00:12:48.150 --> 00:12:51.150
  • One day I'm gonna behold Him.
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  • You got to learn
  • 00:12:59.110 --> 00:13:00.070
  • how to hang tough.
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:02.160
  • You know, that's a surfer term.
  • 00:13:02.160 --> 00:13:05.120
  • That when the pressure
  • 00:13:05.120 --> 00:13:06.140
  • of the waves, my son-in-law Ben
  • 00:13:06.170 --> 00:13:09.170
  • is a surfer.
  • 00:13:09.170 --> 00:13:11.170
  • And he said to hang ten,
  • 00:13:11.170 --> 00:13:13.070
  • the way you hang ten is you have
  • 00:13:13.070 --> 00:13:14.120
  • to have strong pressure
  • 00:13:14.120 --> 00:13:15.290
  • on the back of the board.
  • 00:13:15.290 --> 00:13:17.240
  • And he said and what they
  • 00:13:17.240 --> 00:13:19.100
  • have to do - to keep the board
  • 00:13:19.100 --> 00:13:20.270
  • from going over,
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:21.270
  • they have to run all the way
  • 00:13:21.270 --> 00:13:23.010
  • to the end of the surf board.
  • 00:13:23.010 --> 00:13:25.250
  • And he said the reason
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:26.250
  • it's called hang ten
  • 00:13:26.250 --> 00:13:28.060
  • is you hang your toes over.
  • 00:13:29.260 --> 00:13:32.260
  • And sometimes you feel
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:33.240
  • like you're going through
  • 00:13:33.240 --> 00:13:34.210
  • the storm.
  • 00:13:34.210 --> 00:13:35.130
  • What do you do?
  • 00:13:35.130 --> 00:13:36.030
  • You just hang ten.
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:37.050
  • Just hang in there through
  • 00:13:37.080 --> 00:13:40.080
  • the ins and the outs.
  • 00:13:40.080 --> 00:13:42.080
  • Through the ups and the downs.
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:44.260
  • Tell the devil you can't,
  • 00:13:44.260 --> 00:13:47.030
  • I don't care what anybody
  • 00:13:47.030 --> 00:13:48.040
  • says about me,
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:49.020
  • they're not running me off.
  • 00:13:51.110 --> 00:13:54.110
  • That's what you have to do.
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:56.160
  • Don't bail out.
  • 00:13:56.160 --> 00:13:58.050
  • Don't give up
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:13:59.020
  • at the slightest problem.
  • 00:13:59.020 --> 00:14:00.030
  • The Bible said if you faint
  • 00:14:00.030 --> 00:14:02.230
  • in the day of adversity,
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:04.030
  • your strength is weak.
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:07.090
  • Stay strong,
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:08.080
  • and especially in adversity.
  • 00:14:08.080 --> 00:14:09.230
  • Stay strong in the Word of God.
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:13.060
  • Put on the whole armor of God.
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:15.030
  • That's why it's so important
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:16.120
  • to read this book.
  • 00:14:16.120 --> 00:14:17.230
  • Because if you'll read
  • 00:14:17.230 --> 00:14:18.190
  • this book when you think you
  • 00:14:18.190 --> 00:14:20.180
  • don't need it, God'll bring
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:22.070
  • it out of you when you
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:23.120
  • do need it.
  • 00:14:23.120 --> 00:14:25.020
  • And that, you don't,
  • 00:14:25.020 --> 00:14:25.280
  • that word you read tonight
  • 00:14:25.280 --> 00:14:27.070
  • may mean nothing to you.
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:28.160
  • And you may think well,
  • 00:14:28.160 --> 00:14:29.100
  • it's just another word.
  • 00:14:29.100 --> 00:14:30.040
  • But you get up tomorrow,
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:31.090
  • and here comes the devil right
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:32.250
  • at you, and the Holy Spirit
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:34.260
  • will bring up that word you
  • 00:14:34.260 --> 00:14:36.000
  • read last night.
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.020
  • When the enemy comes in like
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:38.040
  • a flood, the spirit of the Lord
  • 00:14:38.040 --> 00:14:39.200
  • will raise up a standard
  • 00:14:39.200 --> 00:14:40.230
  • again him.
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:41.150
  • And that's the power of just
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:42.240
  • being faithful
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:44.110
  • in spiritual things.
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:51.190
  • Now I want you to see this.
  • 00:14:51.190 --> 00:14:53.140
  • So Matthias,
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:55.080
  • his greatest moment, you know,
  • 00:14:56.200 --> 00:14:59.200
  • faithfulness gives
  • 00:14:59.200 --> 00:15:00.180
  • you glimpses of intimacy.
  • 00:15:01.220 --> 00:15:04.220
  • He had been there.
  • 00:15:04.220 --> 00:15:07.100
  • Every miracle Jesus
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:08.110
  • had performed, he was there.
  • 00:15:08.140 --> 00:15:11.140
  • Every sermon Jesus had preached,
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.190
  • he was there.
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:16.080
  • He was an eye witness.
  • 00:15:16.080 --> 00:15:17.280
  • He was there.
  • 00:15:17.280 --> 00:15:19.100
  • So here's the great thing
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:20.110
  • about that.
  • 00:15:21.230 --> 00:15:24.230
  • If somebody said I don't believe
  • 00:15:24.230 --> 00:15:26.100
  • Jesus raised Lazarus
  • 00:15:26.100 --> 00:15:27.140
  • from the dead.
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:29.230
  • I believe that's exaggeration
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:31.290
  • about those 10 lepers
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:33.030
  • getting healed.
  • 00:15:33.030 --> 00:15:34.090
  • I don't believe
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:35.060
  • that actually happened.
  • 00:15:35.060 --> 00:15:36.150
  • I don't believe that He rose
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:39.290
  • from the dead and went
  • 00:15:39.290 --> 00:15:41.090
  • to Heaven.
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:42.100
  • I don't believe it.
  • 00:15:42.100 --> 00:15:43.120
  • Now watch Matthias.
  • 00:15:43.120 --> 00:15:44.140
  • Here comes Matthias.
  • 00:15:44.140 --> 00:15:45.230
  • And he slips up his hand,
  • 00:15:45.230 --> 00:15:47.210
  • and he makes his
  • 00:15:47.210 --> 00:15:48.170
  • only contribution
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:50.290
  • to the kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:57.030
  • I was there.
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:03.250
  • Oh, come on.
  • 00:16:07.250 --> 00:16:10.250
  • I doubt Lazarus really
  • 00:16:10.250 --> 00:16:12.240
  • was dead four days.
  • 00:16:13.260 --> 00:16:16.260
  • I was there.
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:26.000
  • A man with an experience
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:27.190
  • is never at the mercy of a man
  • 00:16:27.190 --> 00:16:29.050
  • with an argument.
  • 00:16:29.050 --> 00:16:30.170
  • Everybody shout right there.
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:32.150
  • Boy, if you were there,
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:33.220
  • and you saw it for yourself,
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:35.080
  • they can argue and tell you
  • 00:16:35.080 --> 00:16:36.220
  • you're crazy and it's not real.
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:38.090
  • But I know what I have
  • 00:16:38.090 --> 00:16:40.140
  • experienced is real 'cause
  • 00:16:40.140 --> 00:16:43.020
  • it happened to me,
  • 00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:44.140
  • and I saw it with my own eyes.
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:50.210
  • A man with an experience
  • 00:16:50.210 --> 00:16:52.020
  • is never at the mercy
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:53.230
  • of a man with an argument.
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:57.020
  • That's why I like old people.
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:02.270
  • There's something about
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:03.190
  • those gray-headed saints
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:06.170
  • that they've just been there.
  • 00:17:06.170 --> 00:17:08.200
  • And when stuff comes,
  • 00:17:08.200 --> 00:17:09.270
  • they don't freak out.
  • 00:17:09.270 --> 00:17:11.030
  • They don't fall to pieces.
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:12.280
  • Something in them rises up
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:14.230
  • and says well, I've seen Him
  • 00:17:14.230 --> 00:17:16.130
  • go -- take me through the valley
  • 00:17:16.130 --> 00:17:18.100
  • of the shadow before.
  • 00:17:18.100 --> 00:17:20.000
  • I've seen Him let the cabinet
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:22.230
  • get empty before.
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:23.290
  • I've seen the bank account
  • 00:17:23.290 --> 00:17:25.120
  • go down to nothing before.
  • 00:17:25.120 --> 00:17:27.020
  • But I have been young,
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:29.040
  • and now I'm old, and I've never
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:30.100
  • seen the righteous forsaken
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:32.060
  • or His seed begging for bread.
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:34.280
  • God is faithful
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:36.150
  • when we are faithful.
  • 00:17:36.150 --> 00:17:37.240
  • And even when we're not
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:38.230
  • faithful, He's faithful.
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:41.190
  • Somebody praise Him.
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.260
  • Somebody praise Him.
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:50.270
  • I go to prepare a place for you
  • 00:17:52.090 --> 00:17:55.090
  • that where I am,
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:56.070
  • there you may be also.
  • 00:17:56.070 --> 00:17:57.140
  • I still believe in Heaven.
  • 00:17:57.140 --> 00:18:00.070
  • I still believe the trumpet
  • 00:18:00.070 --> 00:18:01.150
  • is gonna sound.
  • 00:18:01.150 --> 00:18:04.030
  • I still believe that through
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:05.180
  • the rapture or through death,
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:08.170
  • there is another world.
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:13.050
  • And I'll never have to face God
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:15.020
  • for my sins 'cause I have been
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:18.010
  • covered from the womb
  • 00:18:18.010 --> 00:18:19.280
  • to the tomb.
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:21.210
  • The blood of Jesus has cleansed
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:24.030
  • me from all unrighteousness.
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  • But I will face God
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  • at the judgment seat of Christ.
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  • The bimah.
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  • The bimah.
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  • It was an exalted area where
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  • the Romans would bring their
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  • champions, and they would stand
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  • like at the Olympics
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  • on a pedestal.
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  • And they would be rewarded
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  • either a silver, or a bronze,
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  • or a gold medal.
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  • And the Bible is very clear.
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  • My salvation is settled,
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  • but my reward -- I'm not working
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  • for my salvation.
  • 00:19:07.000 --> 00:19:08.030
  • I'm working for my reward.
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  • And I'm gonna tell you,
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  • a sobering thought
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  • is how I live right now.
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  • One of the crowns
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  • is the crown of righteousness.
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:24.250
  • It means right standing.
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  • It means you take
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  • the right stand.
  • 00:19:26.280 --> 00:19:29.020
  • It matters, the life.
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:30.290
  • It matters, personal purity,
  • 00:19:31.010 --> 00:19:34.010
  • and holiness, and fighting
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  • and resisting sin
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  • and temptation.
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:39.090
  • All that stuff matters.
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  • It matters because one day
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  • we shall stand before
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  • the judgment seat of Christ,
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  • and the bimah, the light of God
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  • will shine on us before all
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  • of Heaven, and all of our works
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:52.290
  • will be examined.
  • 00:19:52.290 --> 00:19:55.120
  • But I'm gonna tell you,
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  • it matters if you're doing
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  • something in your local church
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  • for the kingdom of God.
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:04.130
  • It's the only thing that --
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:05.290
  • when the Bible talks about
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  • the eye of the needle?
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  • You know, it's hard
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  • for a rich man to go to Heaven.
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:13.290
  • It'd be as hard for a camel
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  • to go through the eye
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  • of the needle.
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:18.060
  • And then we start thinking well,
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:20.210
  • how in the world can a camel
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:22.030
  • go through the eye
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  • of the needle?
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  • It's like a rich man
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  • in a Porsche trying to go
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:29.070
  • through a hotel revolving door
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  • in that Porsche.
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  • He can't -- he can ram into
  • 00:20:34.020 --> 00:20:35.100
  • that door, but that Porsche
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:36.130
  • is not gonna go through
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  • that revolving door.
  • 00:20:37.290 --> 00:20:39.080
  • Here's the point.
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  • It's not that rich people
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  • can't go to Heaven.
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:42.030
  • Watch.
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  • You can't take the -- you can
  • 00:20:43.250 --> 00:20:45.020
  • go through the door, sir,
  • 00:20:45.020 --> 00:20:46.080
  • but you gotta get out
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  • of the car.
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  • The Porsche and all the stuff
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  • is gonna be left on this side.
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  • You can go through the blood
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  • of Jesus Christ, but you're
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  • not taking any of it with you,
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:57.150
  • and it's not gonna matter
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  • when you stand at the judgment
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  • seat of Christ.
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  • Only what you've done for Him
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  • will make it through.
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  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:10.020
  • So that's why he said
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:11.290
  • be a joyful giver because man,
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:15.000
  • you're securing blessings
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:17.240
  • in eternity.
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:21.090
  • And joyfully serve the Lord.
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:23.050
  • With gladness serve Him.
  • 00:21:23.230 --> 00:21:26.230
  • So here's my point.
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  • He's gone to prepare
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  • a place for us.
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  • And the Bible said that there
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  • are foundations in that city
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  • called New Jerusalem.
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  • Twelve foundations
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  • made of precious stone.
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  • Jewels.
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:39.070
  • And it says this in Revelation.
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  • And the names of the 12 apostles
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  • are engraved
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  • in the 12 foundations.
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  • So one of the foundations
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  • is Peter, and one
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  • of the foundations is John,
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  • and one of the foundations
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:52.210
  • is named after Matthew,
  • 00:21:52.210 --> 00:21:54.060
  • and it goes on, and on, and on.
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  • Every one of them have
  • 00:21:56.000 --> 00:21:56.290
  • a foundation.
  • 00:21:56.290 --> 00:21:58.010
  • Can you see the angel work
  • 00:21:58.010 --> 00:21:59.180
  • crews finishing up?
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:01.090
  • They're engraving names,
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  • and they get
  • 00:22:02.190 --> 00:22:03.090
  • to the twelfth foundation.
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:04.260
  • And the angel work crew with
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:06.020
  • their hard hats hold up,
  • 00:22:06.020 --> 00:22:08.000
  • and they say Lord,
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:09.120
  • who would you like for us
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:10.120
  • to put here
  • 00:22:10.120 --> 00:22:11.260
  • on the this final foundation?
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:13.260
  • The 12 apostles,
  • 00:22:13.260 --> 00:22:15.000
  • the 12 foundations where all
  • 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:16.260
  • of the redeemed will live
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:19.200
  • for eternity
  • 00:22:19.200 --> 00:22:20.200
  • in the New Jerusalem.
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:21.270
  • No weeping, no sorrow,
  • 00:22:21.270 --> 00:22:23.230
  • joy unspeakable, full of glory.
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:27.010
  • But there's a name missing
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:29.020
  • on the top foundation.
  • 00:22:29.020 --> 00:22:30.070
  • What name would you like
  • 00:22:30.070 --> 00:22:31.190
  • for me to put?
  • 00:22:31.190 --> 00:22:32.250
  • And the Lord says put Matthias.
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:38.020
  • Well, who is that?
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:39.080
  • Doesn't matter if you know
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:40.050
  • their name.
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:40.280
  • I know their name.
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:42.270
  • And put their name --
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:43.260
  • put his name.
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:44.280
  • Let him be numbered among
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  • the apostles.
  • 00:22:47.100 --> 00:22:50.100
  • And when I get to Heaven,
  • 00:22:50.140 --> 00:22:53.140
  • you know where I'm gonna run to?
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:56.060
  • I'm gonna run and put my fingers
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:57.180
  • in the engraved name of Matthias
  • 00:22:57.180 --> 00:22:59.170
  • and say I didn't preach
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:00.180
  • like Peter, and I didn't
  • 00:23:00.180 --> 00:23:02.130
  • work miracles like Paul,
  • 00:23:02.130 --> 00:23:04.150
  • and I didn't write any books
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:06.120
  • like Matthew.
  • 00:23:06.120 --> 00:23:09.070
  • But Lord, I sure can identify
  • 00:23:09.070 --> 00:23:10.210
  • with this man.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:11.170
  • I was there.
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:13.210
  • I was faithful, and God has
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:16.140
  • rewarded me for my faithfulness
  • 00:23:16.230 --> 00:23:19.230
  • with all eternity.
  • 00:23:19.230 --> 00:23:20.250
  • Stand to your feet and just
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:21.240
  • give God praise
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:23.150
  • for His faithfulness,
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:25.150
  • and thank Him for a moment.
  • 00:23:25.150 --> 00:23:26.240
  • Just honor Him all over
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  • this room.
  • 00:23:27.270 --> 00:23:29.100
  • All of you who feel
  • 00:23:29.100 --> 00:23:30.170
  • like you're not worthy
  • 00:23:30.170 --> 00:23:31.190
  • of anything in the kingdom,
  • 00:23:31.190 --> 00:23:33.010
  • put your hands together,
  • 00:23:33.010 --> 00:23:34.180
  • and thank Him that He has
  • 00:23:34.180 --> 00:23:35.260
  • a place for you.
  • 00:23:35.260 --> 00:23:38.230
  • - Well, I pray today,
  • 00:23:48.000 --> 00:23:48.230
  • that this message
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:49.080
  • has touched you,
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:50.060
  • and we would love
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  • to hear from you;
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  • dial the number
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  • that's on the screen
  • 00:23:52.040 --> 00:23:53.050
  • or go online,
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  • and make contact with us,
  • 00:23:54.140 --> 00:23:55.280
  • and tell us what Christ
  • 00:23:55.280 --> 00:23:57.200
  • has done in your life.
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:23:59.030
  • If this ministry has been
  • 00:23:59.030 --> 00:24:00.020
  • a blessing to your life,
  • 00:24:00.020 --> 00:24:01.230
  • if you're someone
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  • who wants to see messages
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  • like this heard
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  • all around the world,
  • 00:24:04.210 --> 00:24:06.110
  • I wanna encourage you,
  • 00:24:06.110 --> 00:24:07.280
  • this month is partnership month,
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:10.200
  • and we're believing
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:11.170
  • for 1.000 new partners,
  • 00:24:11.170 --> 00:24:14.000
  • this month.
  • 00:24:14.000 --> 00:24:14.250
  • I can't tell you
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:15.180
  • the countless lives that
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:17.110
  • we have the opportunity
  • 00:24:17.110 --> 00:24:19.000
  • to minister to,
  • 00:24:19.000 --> 00:24:20.010
  • on a weekly basis.
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  • We hear from them
  • 00:24:21.110 --> 00:24:22.160
  • from all over the world,
  • 00:24:22.160 --> 00:24:24.110
  • and we hear it every day,
  • 00:24:24.110 --> 00:24:25.230
  • through our prayer line,
  • 00:24:25.230 --> 00:24:27.040
  • and we know that lives
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:28.220
  • are being changed for eternity.
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:31.020
  • It only happens because
  • 00:24:31.020 --> 00:24:32.080
  • of faithful people like you.
  • 00:24:32.080 --> 00:24:34.040
  • Because you continue
  • 00:24:34.040 --> 00:24:35.100
  • to pray for us,
  • 00:24:35.100 --> 00:24:36.080
  • and give so generously.
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:38.050
  • And, I need you;
  • 00:24:38.050 --> 00:24:39.020
  • I need you to step up.
  • 00:24:39.020 --> 00:24:40.080
  • Some of you, you know,
  • 00:24:40.080 --> 00:24:41.190
  • you watch this program
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  • every week.
  • 00:24:42.130 --> 00:24:43.000
  • You're 1 of the 1.000
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  • that our team is praying for,
  • 00:24:44.270 --> 00:24:46.220
  • this month, that will say,
  • 00:24:46.220 --> 00:24:48.040
  • "I'm gonna be a faithful
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  • supporter.
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  • Month after month,
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  • I'm going to help preach
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  • the gospel around the world."
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  • We do two things with
  • 00:24:56.160 --> 00:24:57.150
  • all the money that comes in.
  • 00:24:57.150 --> 00:24:59.090
  • Number one, we pay for air-time,
  • 00:24:59.090 --> 00:25:01.210
  • which is a big undertaking,
  • 00:25:01.210 --> 00:25:03.190
  • secondly, we take the resources
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  • and we take the gospel,
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:08.110
  • through action, like ministries
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  • like this children's home
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  • that we're finishing up,
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  • and we rescue children
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  • who would end up
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  • in sex-trafficking,
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  • who would end up homeless,
  • 00:25:19.250 --> 00:25:22.090
  • but we're providing a safe home,
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  • three meals a day,
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  • medical attention, clothing,
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  • and the best of all:
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  • we're introducing them
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  • to the love of Jesus Christ
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  • and who Jesus is.
  • 00:25:32.210 --> 00:25:34.170
  • I'm simply asking today
  • 00:25:34.170 --> 00:25:36.050
  • from my heart to yours:
  • 00:25:36.050 --> 00:25:38.280
  • do you wanna help fulfill
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  • the great commitment?
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:41.260
  • Can you help us, today?
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  • Here's my announcer
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  • - ANNOUNCER: This month,
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  • join Jentezen
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  • and Cherise Franklin
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  • in preaching the gospel
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  • around the world
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  • by becoming
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  • a Connection Partner.
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  • When you do,
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  • to the Partner Gateway,
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  • custom created
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  • partner teachings,
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  • every penny you give
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  • around the world
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  • and helping complete
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  • life-saving projects,
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  • like the Youth For Tomorrow
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  • Children's Home.
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  • a Connection Partner today,
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  • because we can't do everything,
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  • but together,
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  • we can do something amazing
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