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August 7, 2019
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  • Come join us for our simulcast for Living Proof live
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  • in 2019, September 28th.
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  • Our home base will be Woodstock, Georgia,
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  • but the beauty of it is you can come from anywhere.
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  • You don't have to go anywhere to come as long
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  • as you have online access.
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  • You can do it from home.
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  • You can do it anywhere that you can throw in your headphones.
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  • You can do it with a small group.
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  • You can do it at a church that may have a gathering
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  • that is going to be a host church for the event.
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  • Wherever it might be, come be part of it.
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  • We can't wait to see what God would speak over us.
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  • We'll worship, we'll be in the Word of God,
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  • and we anticipate him doing more than we could ask or imagine.
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  • I hope so much you'll join us.
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  • So starting, first of all, I'm going to read to you
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  • out of Matthew 21.
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  • I want to give you a little bit of our context here.
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  • If you'll look toward the beginning of that chapter,
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  • you're going to see that this is the triumphal entry.
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  • For many of you who are in churches in your local areas,
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  • you have probably heard exactly this sermon here recently
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  • because it would have been just before Easter.
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  • I am coming in--Jesus coming in on the back of this colt,
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  • this colt that had never been ridden on before.
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  • And them crying out to him, "Hosanna, blessed is he
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  • "who comes in the name of the Lord.
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  • Hosanna to the son of David."
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  • And then you're going to see that he goes in, he immediately
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  • goes into the temple and starts turning over tables,
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  • he starts cleaning the place out.
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  • There is money rolling everywhere.
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  • There are pigeons flying from the pigeons' salesmen,
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  • giving him offerings to bring.
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  • It is a madhouse.
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  • And then right there in that very mess,
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  • he does a gorgeous thing.
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  • He heals the blind and the lame.
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  • And then we pick up in verse 18.
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  • So Matthew 21, verse 18 through 22, "In the morning, as he,"
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  • and that's Jesus, "was returning to the city, he became hungry.
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  • "And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it
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  • "and found nothing on it but only leaves.
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  • "And he said to it, 'May no fruit ever come from you again.'
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  • And the fig tree withered at once."
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  • I want you to just try to wrap your mind around the fact
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  • that this is the God man.
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  • And often I think to myself,
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  • "What would it have been like to be in the heavenly?"
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  • It's an eternal glory, fully God, and now you are going
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  • to limit yourself, your Godness--fully God is going
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  • to be stuffed in about what?
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  • A hundred and seventy,
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  • 175 pounds of human flesh and bone
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  • and muscle and you're suddenly subject to all the things
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  • the physical body has to have.
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  • You thirst, you've got to have food to eat,
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  • and you've got to have rest.
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  • And so how annoying to be God and to have to walk up
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  • to a fig tree and it's got no fruit on it?
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  • And I thought, "Isn't it interesting that it says
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  • it has a lot of leaves but no fruit?"
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  • Because I think that speaks a lot about the church today.
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  • If I could be so bold, man, we got us some leaves going,
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  • don't we?
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  • We got us some leaves, but where is our fruit?
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  • Because leaves can be really misleading, but Jesus said,
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  • "You will know a tree by its fruit."
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  • No figs on this tree.
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  • So I mean, he just curses the thing and it just--
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  • that's it.
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  • "Don't even.
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  • And next time I walk past you, you better be dead."
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  • And so it says in verse 20, "When disciples saw it,
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  • "they marveled, saying, 'How did the fig tree wither at once?'
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  • And Jesus answered them," look at this,
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  • "'Truly I say to you, if you have faith
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  • "'and do not doubt, you will not only do what
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  • "'has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this
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  • "'mountain, "Be taken up and thrown into the sea,"
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  • it will happen.'"
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  • Somebody say, "It will happen."
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  • "Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith."
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  • I wonder how long it's been for you.
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  • I wonder how many people in this room had really given fully to
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  • the thing, but a mountain didn't move and you decided,
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  • "Maybe this thing is just going to be about doing
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  • "the right thing and maybe it's got nothing to do
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  • with faith at all."
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  • Only the Scripture says over and over again,
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  • "Without faith, it is impossible to please him."
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  • And this is a call to come back to our faith.
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  • Now, we are not those original disciples,
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  • but we are Jesus's followers today.
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  • And I do believe in Jesus's name that when it came to obstacles,
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  • they got in our way of doing what Jesus has called us to do
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  • and being who Jesus has called us to be.
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  • Oh, I believe we were meant to have faith that says,
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  • "You know what, mountain? I'm really sick of you.
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  • "I'm going to need you to move.
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  • "And I'm going to need what is not bearing fruit in my life
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  • "to just go ahead and wither up and die and let's get on
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  • to the fruit bearing."
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  • Anybody got that much guts?
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  • Let's get on with it.
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  • I'm really getting tired of that which is withering and dead,
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  • and now let's just get on with the real life fruit bearing.
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  • I think that is part of what is at stake this weekend for us.
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  • I got to tell you something. I love this about Jesus.
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  • I don't know what this will mean to any of you, but I just love
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  • how he'll construct time.
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  • You know, he's not only the God of time,
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  • he is the God of timing.
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  • And some weeks ago, I just decided just of the Spirit,
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  • I don't have any--I was going to say randomly,
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  • but it had to be him.
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  • I just decided, "You know what I'm going to do?"
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  • I'd come to the end of something I've been doing for my quiet
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  • time, I thought--because I tell women to do this all the time.
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  • I tell women, "Start at Matthew 1:1 and read
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  • "all of the way through your New Testament and get
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  • "to the very last verse of Revelation 22
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  • "and then I'm going to ask you, 'Who is Jesus?'
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  • "based on your reading of Matthew 1:1
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  • all the way through Revelation 22."
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  • I tell people that constantly.
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  • That is your Jesus.
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  • If anyone is teaching you any other Jesus,
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  • that is not the real Jesus.
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  • The real Jesus is right there in the Scriptures described to you:
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  • Matthew 1:1 through Revelation 22.
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  • And so I just decided, "You what I believe I'm going to do?"
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  • And so I've just been reading in Matthew, and this morning--so it
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  • must have been 21 days ago exactly.
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  • I was on this exact chapter in this exact place in my reading
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  • early this morning.
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  • I thought, "Why do you do that?
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  • "Who is the man that you are mindful of us?
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  • "Who is this Son of Man that you care for us?
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  • "You who put the stars in the heavens, why did you care that
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  • "it would be this very day that I would be on that very chapter
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  • that I'm going to teach this very night?"
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  • I want you to hear it and I want you to see it.
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  • I'm going to have it on the screen for you
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  • so that you can read it.
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  • This is now that same portion.
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  • It's going to have our keyword in it, which we're also going to
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  • hear in our major translations in just a moment
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  • in other passages.
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  • But I want you to hear it out of the Message so that
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  • you can see the word.
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  • So same passages, it's going to be 21 and 22 out of Matthew 21.
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  • "But Jesus was matter of fact; 'Yes--and if you embrace this
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  • "'kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor
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  • "'feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph
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  • "'over huge obstacles.
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  • "'This mountain, for instance, you'll tell,
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  • "'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump.
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  • "'Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make
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  • "'it a part of your believing prayer, gets included
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  • as you lay hold of God.'"
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  • I want you to hear it now in Mark's version.
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  • This is also out of the Message.
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  • This is Mark 11:22 through 24.
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  • Listen to this, and you can also read the words
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  • as I read it to you.
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  • "Jesus was matter of fact: 'Embrace this God-life,
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  • "'really embrace it and nothing will be too much for you.
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  • "'This mountain, for instance, just say, 'Go jump in the lake,'
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  • "'no shuffling or shilly-shallying,
  • 00:09:31.290 --> 00:09:34.060
  • "'and it's as good as done.
  • 00:09:34.070 --> 00:09:36.000
  • "'That's why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything,
  • 00:09:36.010 --> 00:09:38.210
  • "'ranging from small to large, include everything as you
  • 00:09:38.220 --> 00:09:43.080
  • embrace this God-life and you'll get God's everything.'"
  • 00:09:43.090 --> 00:09:49.270
  • This particular event is going to center around the word
  • 00:09:49.280 --> 00:09:53.290
  • in the Scripture, embrace.
  • 00:09:54.000 --> 00:09:57.110
  • We are here to be called and challenge to fully embrace this
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  • kingdom life, to fully embrace this God-life, to not just keep
  • 00:10:03.060 --> 00:10:10.060
  • this Jesus thing a part of our lives and even an important part
  • 00:10:10.200 --> 00:10:16.250
  • of our lives, but to let it invade us completely from
  • 00:10:16.260 --> 00:10:21.010
  • our skin to our bone marrow.
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  • This is the blessed embrace.
  • 00:10:25.170 --> 00:10:28.110
  • Now, the Bible uses the term embrace the same way for
  • 00:10:28.120 --> 00:10:31.280
  • the most part that we would use it in our common vernacular,
  • 00:10:31.290 --> 00:10:36.090
  • in our own English language.
  • 00:10:36.100 --> 00:10:39.040
  • For instance, we'll see it, the word embrace, in physical terms
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:42.270
  • that we're going to get to in a moment because that is where
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  • we're going tonight so that we can draw a picture of it very
  • 00:10:45.200 --> 00:10:49.180
  • vividly so that we're ready for it in spiritual terms tomorrow.
  • 00:10:49.190 --> 00:10:54.000
  • So the word embrace is used in physical terms in the Scriptures
  • 00:10:54.010 --> 00:10:57.070
  • in relational terms.
  • 00:10:57.080 --> 00:10:59.200
  • In other words, if you said, "I am really trying to embrace
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:03.120
  • my daughter's fiancé."
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  • that would be using embrace in relational terms,
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  • in philosophical terms.
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  • It would be used that same way to embrace an idea or to embrace
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  • a way of life.
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  • For instance, we have fully embraced social media.
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  • We've embraced a life of technology in this
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  • Western culture.
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  • It's also in spiritual terms.
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  • This is where we're going to see a turn that we're going to take
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  • with Scripture because this is where it departs from worldly
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  • things in spiritual terms, and here's what I want to do.
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  • I want to split hairs with you between religious terms
  • 00:11:38.150 --> 00:11:42.150
  • and spiritual terms because we got religious terms,
  • 00:11:42.160 --> 00:11:45.110
  • for instance, here recently.
  • 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:47.020
  • I'm just thinking of a sentence that I have seen the word
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:49.170
  • embrace used in recently.
  • 00:11:49.180 --> 00:11:51.070
  • Recently, I read an article about an evangelical leader
  • 00:11:51.080 --> 00:11:55.260
  • who has now embraced, still as a believer in Christ,
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:12:00.050
  • the Greek Orthodox Church.
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  • He used the word embrace.
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  • That was--that's a religious use of the word embrace
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  • within their spiritual.
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  • And I want to go far enough to work into what is
  • 00:12:10.210 --> 00:12:13.020
  • of the Holy Spirit and not just religious.
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  • And the reason why I want to bring this up is because when
  • 00:12:15.200 --> 00:12:17.210
  • I was a little girl, I embraced religion a long, long, long time
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:24.220
  • before I embraced the Jesus life.
  • 00:12:25.110 --> 00:12:28.130
  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:29.260
  • So it's just a kind of a normal part of how we might grow up
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  • in the church.
  • 00:12:34.040 --> 00:12:35.280
  • I embraced being a Baptist before I knew how to really live
  • 00:12:35.290 --> 00:12:39.210
  • out following Christ himself.
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:45.100
  • You could embrace Methodism, Catholicism, Pentecostalism,
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:50.270
  • every other ism and still not fully embrace the Jesus life,
  • 00:12:50.280 --> 00:12:57.280
  • and you and I are here to be challenged to come fully in
  • 00:12:59.130 --> 00:13:03.290
  • and fully embrace it.
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  • There's a world of difference between accepting and embracing.
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  • That's number one.
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  • And you know why I can say there's a world of difference?
  • 00:13:14.150 --> 00:13:17.060
  • Because do you remember when we saw in Eugene Peterson's
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:19.140
  • translation that he said accept.
  • 00:13:19.150 --> 00:13:22.270
  • No, not accept this God-life, not accept this kingdom-life.
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  • He said, "Embrace it, fully embrace it."
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  • That you and I are living for this time when we look at this
  • 00:13:32.240 --> 00:13:36.140
  • world and we think it's such a God-forsaken world.
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  • No, it is not.
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  • "For God so loved this world that he gave his only begotten
  • 00:13:40.210 --> 00:13:45.000
  • "son that whosoever believed in him would not perish
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  • but have everlasting life."
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:54.270
  • Anybody else got a little joy on them today?
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  • We're going to lift it up and let the name of Jesus
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  • go forth in this place in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
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  • And I think what God's going to remind us of today
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:16.050
  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's going to tie up every thread
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  • where you are concerned?
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  • That he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're going to get some confidence in him today
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say hallelujah?
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
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  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • Listen, we--I know this is hard to accept because we know
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  • what failures and weaklings we tend to be, but we are proof
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  • that God is not forsaken this world.
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  • We're still here.
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  • We're still here ministering his love to people.
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  • And so he's saying there's a world of difference
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  • because we are kingdom-living people in a very dark world
  • 00:16:09.020 --> 00:16:15.050
  • where Satan reigns as prince of the power of heir.
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  • World of difference because I think a lot of people
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  • in this room, just like I was growing up, have accepted Jesus.
  • 00:16:26.140 --> 00:16:32.160
  • But I'm not asking you this weekend if you
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:34.170
  • have accepted Jesus.
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  • I'll probably will ask you at some point.
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:39.230
  • But what I'm asking you is, have you fully embraced this
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  • kingdom life, this God-life?
  • 00:16:45.040 --> 00:16:50.150
  • Because there is a huge difference between accepting
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:54.010
  • Christ and embracing this Jesus life.
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:56.230
  • The inner action of the satisfaction,
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:17:00.160
  • whole different level.
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:03.030
  • It can be the difference between hearing the promises of God
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  • and seeing them actually fulfilled.
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  • Because he's saying, "Listen, there were things that I called
  • 00:17:10.170 --> 00:17:12.270
  • "you for obedience to me.
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:15.240
  • "You keep saying, 'Why didn't you bring that through?'
  • 00:17:15.250 --> 00:17:18.130
  • "And I keep saying to you, 'I told you, obey me on this,
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:22.290
  • "'come and embrace it fully, come and yield to my spirit,
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  • and let me do what I've come to do in you.'"
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  • It's a whole different level of fruit bearing.
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  • We can accept Christ and just bear
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  • tiny, tiny, tiny little figs.
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  • We can embrace him and our lives bear much fruit to the glory
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  • of God the Father.
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  • We're going to explore the word embrace in physical terms first
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  • because we want it to be so sealed in our mind to have such
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  • a vivid picture of what it looks like to physically embrace
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  • something that by the time we're moving into something we are
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  • spiritually embracing, that thing is all the way down
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  • in our bones.
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  • It will get it.
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  • Now, I'll tell you what the word embrace means because I love
  • 00:18:20.020 --> 00:18:22.260
  • to look up word origins.
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:25.140
  • That the word embrace, it was originally a middle English word
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  • that means to encircle, surround, or enclose.
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  • It's the Latin word in.
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  • The in is the in meaning in just like it means for us.
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  • That last part of it is bracchium meaning arm.
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  • So the word embrace means in arms.
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  • So when you and I are going to study, embrace--when we're going
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:56.210
  • to embrace something, it means as far from you as you could
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  • reach your arms around and touch your fingertips.
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  • When you really embrace something, here it is.
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  • Here it is.
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  • So I want you to think in this space right here.
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  • If you've got enough room, I just want you to put your
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:17.190
  • fingertips together right now right out in front of you
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  • because that, my friend, that's an embrace.
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  • So we're going to be talking about what is in the space of
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:28.250
  • your embrace 'cause we're talking about this Jesus life
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:34.000
  • being so close and intimate to us that it is what is held
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  • the closest in our arms this blessed embrace.
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  • I love that.
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  • Now, let me ask you a question.
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  • Why do we--almost instinctively, when we have not seen someone
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  • we love in a long time, why do we embrace them?
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  • I just want you to think about it.
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  • I mean, it--was it learned behavior or is it something
  • 00:20:06.110 --> 00:20:11.190
  • innate in us?
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  • Because if it's learned behavior, then I--I'm going to
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  • tell you.
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  • I have an 18-month old granddaughter that crawls up
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  • into my lap, puts her arms around my neck, and lays her
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  • head on my shoulders and tries to wind her feet around my back.
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  • Now, I've never done that to her one time nor has anyone else.
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  • The other day she was at our house, she did that with me.
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  • It had been about a week since we had seen them.
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  • And she did that with me and stayed there, crawled down, went
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  • over to my husband Keith, put her arms up for him, gone up,
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:51.130
  • did the same thing with him.
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  • And we knew she was saying, "Man, I missed you."
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  • You want to embrace.
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  • You want to embrace.
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  • It's a powerful thing, something in us.
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:13.080
  • You know, there are all sorts of dynamics when it comes
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  • to embracing.
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  • Let me just use a lesser word, hug, for a moment.
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:21.250
  • Because there's always the question of to hug
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  • or not to hug?
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  • That is the question because they're all sorts of things that
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:31.240
  • are involved in a hug because there can be--what we're after
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:38.070
  • is the reciprocal exact same intensity hug.
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  • That's what we're looking for.
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:47.120
  • Now, anyone hug harder than the other, but you're always
  • 00:21:47.130 --> 00:21:51.120
  • wondering like, "Oh, I hope I didn't--"
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:53.210
  • You know, there's this feeling we want exactly the same
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:56.130
  • intensity of a hug.
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  • But there's also the chilly hug.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • When you hug someone, but they were not glad you did.
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:09.150
  • Now, they put their arms around you sort of, but there was
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:13.130
  • no real commitment to the embrace.
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  • It was just a chilly hug where you walked away and wished you
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:20.180
  • had not hugged at all.
  • 00:22:20.190 --> 00:22:23.190
  • You know, there's that hug where it's the non-committal where you
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:26.290
  • go back and forth.
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  • "Is this someone a hugger or not?"
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:32.190
  • That's--and this is me a lot.
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  • I'm trying to read their facial expression.
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  • I met someone and--I met a group of people coming tonight
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  • and one of them was pretty new to me.
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:43.010
  • And I hugged all the rest of them and I looked at him
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  • and went, "Are you a hugger?"
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  • And because I needed to know.
  • 00:22:46.200 --> 00:22:48.090
  • I needed to know because where I come from, if we're talking
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.170
  • to you, we're sitting on your person.
  • 00:22:50.180 --> 00:22:53.160
  • It's just my kind of people.
  • 00:22:53.170 --> 00:22:56.150
  • And then there are--oh, this is the worst one of all.
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:23:00.190
  • There is the one-way hug.
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  • Oh, it's the worst one.
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:06.080
  • It's the worst one.
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:07.260
  • It's when you hug someone--I have someone in my life
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:10.220
  • like this.
  • 00:23:10.230 --> 00:23:12.220
  • You know, there are people in your life that you can avoid
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:16.080
  • and there are other people in your life you can't.
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:20.070
  • Could I hear a hearty amen from someone?
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  • And I have one of those.
  • 00:23:24.270 --> 00:23:27.120
  • And I think we love each other, but every time I hug her
  • 00:23:27.130 --> 00:23:31.200
  • I get this...
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:34.070
  • I mean, it's stiff and it's awkward and there's nothing
  • 00:23:34.080 --> 00:23:36.210
  • going, nothing going.
  • 00:23:36.220 --> 00:23:38.180
  • It is the zero-response hug.
  • 00:23:38.190 --> 00:23:42.160
  • And then there is the won't-let-you-go hug.
  • 00:23:42.170 --> 00:23:46.020
  • Now, let me tell you how this goes for me because I am
  • 00:23:46.030 --> 00:23:52.000
  • a hugger, but I don't want it to be a really long time.
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:56.000
  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:57.220
  • I just--not really.
  • 00:23:57.230 --> 00:23:59.080
  • I'm kind of counting the seconds.
  • 00:23:59.090 --> 00:24:01.030
  • I'm sort of into 10, 10 and below, 10 and below.
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  • But every once in a while--have you just kind of sort
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  • of breaking loose and they're still on?
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  • They are still on.
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  • And then you go back for the second round
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  • because what else can you do?
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  • So you're in for the second round, but in the second round
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  • I'm always like "Then this should be only about 3 seconds."
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  • Really the second round-- now, here's what I do.
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  • Here's how you know with me.
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  • Because if it's starting to get long, I start patting.
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  • Reason why I do that is because it's half as much, half as much.
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  • I start patting and in a way that's me going ten, nine,
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  • eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero, break.
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  • It's awkward.
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  • There's a lot of awkwardness that can be involved in it.
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  • That's what happens.
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  • But as we continue splitting hairs so that our concept
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  • will come into clear focus, this is what I want you to know.
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  • That a hug and an embrace are not the same things.
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  • We're talking about a deeply spiritual concept
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  • called embracing.
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  • Number two is this: A hug requires an arm.
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  • An embrace takes the heart. An embrace takes the heart.
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  • Where our concept is in play--and even when I look
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  • up--when I looked at Merriam Webster's definition
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  • of it, there was the wording that it is often in the context
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  • of affection, that an embrace is often with affection.
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  • And you're thinking, "Well, now a hug is two--"
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  • Yes, yes, yes. Yes, it is.
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  • Very often is. It can be the same thing.
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  • But I'm saying really to hug you, I don't even need two arms.
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  • Now, if I'm going to embrace you, my arms need to go
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  • all the way around.
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  • Man, if I'm going to hug you, I can just sort of do this
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  • right here and I'll just start with the patting.
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  • Just start right here because it's going use--it's going to go
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  • quickly on one-arm hug.
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  • That's one thing. That's one thing.
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  • All it takes. I don't even have to know you.
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  • I've hugged people I don't know all the time.
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  • Airports.
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  • I love it. I love it.
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  • But it's not the same because a hug only takes an arm,
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  • but an embrace takes the heart.
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  • An embrace is a way of putting your hearts together.
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  • Because we can hug something that we don't want to bring into
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  • this because we're going to be heart to heart
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  • and chest to chest with what we embrace.
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  • There's a little bit of Jacob in all of us, isn't there?
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  • And sometimes God will lead us through a wrestling match
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  • so that he can wrestle out that deceptive part of us
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  • and bring out the one willing to wrestle honestly and truthfully.
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