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  • We've been talking about outsiders.
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  • And so, since Paul gave them that name, we decided, okay,
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  • then we'll call, if we're in the faith, inside the faith.
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  • We're in Christ, okay, we'll go with that name, insider.
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  • But here's what I want to show you, Christ establishes
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  • this gorgeous work between these insiders that
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  • the enemy would love to tear apart.
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  • So, we've looked at a little bit of our relationship with
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  • outsiders, but now let's look at our relationship with one
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  • another because, does anybody agree with me,
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  • we could use a little help?
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  • The devil is going to do his job.
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  • He's not getting tired of his job.
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  • Galatians 2, verse 11,
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  • he's gonna refer. This is Paul again.
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  • He's gonna refer to Cephas.
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  • Cephas is Peter, it's just another name for Peter.
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  • So, that's the Apostle Peter that many of us who are
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  • in the faith are very familiar with in the Scripture,
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  • so keep that in mind.
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  • It says in Galatians 2, verse 11.
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  • "But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to
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  • his face, because he stood condemned.
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  • For before certain men came from James, he was eating with
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  • the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back
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  • and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
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  • And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
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  • so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy."
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  • Okay, here's what he's saying.
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  • He's saying, when Paul--when Peter was with us, he was like
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  • totally eating with the Gentiles.
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  • He was like getting into it with us.
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  • He came in, he realized if these have been accepted
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  • just like we have.
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  • He was totally about the brotherhood,
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  • totally about the fellows in the fellowship,
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  • just totally into it until people from James.
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  • What would that have been?
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  • James was the head of the Jerusalem church.
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  • And so, these would have been those with Jewish backgrounds
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  • that then came to see the work that was going on in Antioch
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  • for the gospel.
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  • So, when they get there all the sudden, Peter does not want
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  • to have anything whatsoever to do with the Gentiles.
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  • And he's all about sitting with the Jews.
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  • And I mean, it made Paul furious and he said,
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  • "I just oppose him to his face."
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  • Well, that's another story, but we'll not get into that.
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  • But I want you to notice something that is
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  • so fascinating.
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  • Do you see in that verse, and your translation may say it
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  • a little bit differently, do you see where it says in verse 13,
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  • "And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
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  • acted hypocritically along with him"?
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  • I've got to show you, I've gotta tell you, this is one of those
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  • words that has that prefix as S-Y-N
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  • that you'll also see in some variances S-U-N.
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  • Don't let that confuse you, just that's the prefix
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  • that means together.
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  • This is the word that's being used here.
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  • In the Greek, it's one word with that prefix S-Y-N
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  • on the front of it.
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  • You want to see it together, hypocritical together.
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  • I mean, it just blew my mind that there is a compound word
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  • in the Scriptures that means hypocritical together.
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  • In other words, let's just be hypocritical together.
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  • We'll partner.
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  • We're fellows in hypocrisy.
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  • I mean, is that stunning?
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  • Why don't one of us quit?
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  • If we see where we have gotten brought into that,
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  • and we're in this little group of people
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  • that constantly talks this way about other
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  • believers 'cause in this little group that
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  • criticizes maybe the staff at the church all the time,
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  • and then goes to their face, and
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  • "Oh, you just could not drip with more honey and sugar.
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  • I mean it's like, all this, all this, assault them behind their
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  • back, and then assault them to their face, assault them--and
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  • we got our fellow hypocrites.
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  • And I want you to know, there's a name for us when we have
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  • our little huddles and we're just hypocrites together.
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  • We don't want any part that. Let's not fight it.
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  • Let's go ahead and own it and let's repent.
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  • Let's repent and go, "I want to be a lot of things together,
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  • hypocrites together does not happen to be one of them."
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  • You get to quit your partner hypocrite, you really do.
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  • You get to drop out.
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  • And it may be, because they're really gonna want you.
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  • It may be that you have to really say,
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  • "Actually, you know what?
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  • I'm not doing that anymore."
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  • Anybody?
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  • "I'm just not doing it anymore.
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  • Don't want to do it anymore."
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  • We give that up.
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  • Listen, there are things that need to be said.
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  • And am I suggesting that leadership is never ever opposed
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  • or confronted in godly ways?
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  • I would never suggest such a thing.
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  • There is no leadership in the church that should be beyond
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  • question ever.
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  • If you are in a situation where your leadership cannot be
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  • questioned at all, and does not place themselves in
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  • accountable positions with a group of elders or deacons
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  • or fellow leaders, something is wrong, something is very wrong.
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  • And that's a toxic situation.
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  • We don't want hypocrisy.
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  • Now, I want to show you something.
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  • This is so cool.
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  • Tell me what four said again, number four,
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  • "Treating dissimilar insiders like outsiders is tremendously
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  • unlike Christ."
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  • Go back to Colossians and let me show you the beauty of this.
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  • Paul is gonna practice the opposite of this, and he
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  • does it right in Colossians.
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  • This is part of what drove me to want to teach out of it
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  • is the part that I'm about to show you.
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  • I just think this is so cool.
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  • Notice that he's gonna talk about two groups of people.
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  • Now, they're all fellows.
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  • Everybody say, "They're all fellows."
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  • All of these are his fellows that he's talking about here,
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  • but he is going to draw out two different kinds of people
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  • within those fellows.
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  • So, he says in verse 10, "Aristarchus my fellow prisoner
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  • greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you
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  • have received instructionS--if he comes to you, welcome him),
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  • and Jesus who is called Justus."
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  • Listen carefully to 11, "These are the only men of
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  • the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God,
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  • and they have been a comfort to me."
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  • He's saying that,
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  • "these are people with a background like mine.
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  • They understand where I'm coming from."
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  • They probably understand the good of it
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  • and the bad of it.
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  • They would have known the hardship of becoming
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  • a Messianic Jew, of receiving Christ as Savior
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  • with so much opposition among their world to them.
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  • They'd have also known what they loved, how they loved
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  • the feasts, and how they loved the way they were trained up in,
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  • prayer and trained up in the Word of God.
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  • There would have been so many things that they loved.
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  • He said, "They're a comfort to me."
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  • I wonder if there are people, do you get to fellowship with some
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  • people that have a very similar kind of spiritual background
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  • to yours, for better and for worse?
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  • Anybody know what I mean?
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  • In my staff back at Living Proof Ministries, we have everything
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  • you can imagine, every kind of denomination.
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  • Well, let's see, we have about seven different denominations
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  • under our active roof day in and day out,
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  • and it's a beautiful thing.
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  • But those ones that are from my same background,
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  • we can sort of lean into one another every now
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  • and then it just, there's just a comfort.
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  • But what about the ones that aren't?
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  • Well, there's something beautiful there.
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  • Watch what he does here.
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  • This is Epaphras now, it's the very next verse.
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  • So, he's talked about the one that come from the same
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  • background that came to know Christ, how they comfort him.
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  • Verse 12, "Epaphras,
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  • who is one of you," what's he talking about?
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  • Now, he's a Gentile believer and he said, "a servant of Christ
  • 00:09:08.000 --> 00:09:11.270
  • Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his
  • 00:09:11.280 --> 00:09:14.160
  • prayers," I'm coming back to that, "that you may stand mature
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  • and fully assured in all the will of God."
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  • Look at verse 13, "For I bear him witness that he has worked
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  • hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis."
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  • What can we do with people who come from a very,
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  • very different background?
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  • Maybe that even feel not, they're not only not a comfort
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  • to us, they feel uncomfortable to us.
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  • Would anybody admit that?
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  • Or maybe we don't get out enough to even know.
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  • But if we get out of our exact same similar people enough
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  • to get with some other fellows, sometimes we're like,
  • 00:09:51.260 --> 00:09:54.270
  • "Okay, awkward, awkward."
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  • But because we have to get used to one another,
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  • we have to get used to one another.
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  • And but we hang in there, and press in.
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  • And you know what he says?
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  • Listen, "I bear him witness, I bear him witness.
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  • He works hard for the sake of the gospel."
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  • I love that.
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  • But listen, if we won't go look, we're never gonna bear witness.
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  • It's a beautiful thing to go, you know, you're insulting them
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  • and all and you're categorizing them, and you've got them all
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  • in your stereotypes, but I'm gonna tell you something,
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:23.220
  • I've been with those people.
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  • They love Jesus, they're saved as Billy Graham,
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  • and I bear them witness.
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  • They work hard for the gospel.
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  • Anybody?
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  • Take up for your fellows.
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  • Take up for your fellows.
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  • So often we'll know different than what we hear somebody
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  • saying, but we will not say it.
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  • We will not say it.
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  • That's when our salt is not just salt.
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  • That's when our salt is pretense and we just lack guts.
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  • Every now and then, the salt needs to be, "You know what?"
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  • Say it sweetly.
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  • "I know some--do you know any of them?
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  • 'Cause you cannot believe how hard they work
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  • for the gospel.
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  • They love Jesus.
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  • I love you."
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  • Understand, understand?
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  • Okay, listen, I gotta tell you just recently, I'm always,
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  • for many, many years, had the privilege of being able
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  • to serve in non-charismatic and charismatic environments, and
  • 00:11:17.260 --> 00:11:23.040
  • Pentecostal environments, and non-Pentecostal environments.
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  • I've had a lot of freedom where that's concerned,
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  • and I would not trade it for anything.
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  • But a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance,
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  • I've been invited to speak in a stream.
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  • You know, all of our denominations have
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  • many different streams within them.
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  • Presbyterians, several different.
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  • Anglicans, several different.
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  • Certainly, there's more kinds of Baptists than you can even shake
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  • a stick at, as my grandmother would say, or hit with a stick.
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  • There's just, there's just
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  • and same would be true in
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  • among Pentecostals.
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  • And so, this was a stream
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  • I had never served before.
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  • So, I was very, very anxious to go, very, very thankful
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  • for the privilege, but
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  • I go in, first thing that happens is I go into a room
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  • where the leadership is praying, they're already gathered.
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  • The big event is out there and it's starting in a few minutes.
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  • But I came in time to pray with the leadership.
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  • And they're praying, and they draw me in with them.
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  • And it's about eight of us praying together.
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  • And so, the bishop is there over his entire, what
  • 00:12:28.170 --> 00:12:31.050
  • I would call a denomination, his entire assembly.
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  • And when the prayer is over, he looks at me and he greets me,
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  • and it's just the warmest greeting.
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  • He looks me in the eye said, "I want you to hear me."
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  • Strongly said, "We are so glad that you are here.
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  • We want you here and you're welcome here."
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  • It was just so warm and so welcoming.
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  • But then he said this, "And if you're wondering if we're
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:54.060
  • the kind that killed the snakes, we are but we don't do it
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  • until later in the evening."
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  • I mean, it--of course, he was kidding.
  • 00:13:00.100 --> 00:13:05.060
  • I mean, it was perfection.
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  • And he had me.
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  • I was in the palm of that man's hand.
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  • You know why?
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  • Because he met me with salt.
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  • I mean, that was salty.
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  • That was, and he had me.
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  • He just had me.
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  • I mean and I had to tell the whole group,
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  • and they just fell out.
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  • It was just hilarious because he was just going,
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  • "I know what the stereotype is here.
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  • I'm just gonna go with it a second.
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  • Let me just go with a second."
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little bit of joy on them today?
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  • We're gonna lift it up and let the name of Jesus
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  • go forth in this place in such power
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  • 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 gonna remind us of today
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  • is it we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up
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  • every thread 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 gonna get some confidence in him today in his ability
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  • 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
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  • the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • I've deliberately started following and reading works
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:32.030
  • of far more fellow Christians of color,
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:35.090
  • and my world and my heart has just exploded.
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  • I'm so thankful.
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  • I've come I just want--this is the world we live in.
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  • Let's not be scandalized by what I'm about to say.
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  • I've also started following, reading articles and books,
  • 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:49.070
  • by our fellow believers who are singles that have, with much
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:54.270
  • dignity and humility, testified to having lifelong same-sex
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:16:00.100
  • attraction, but they have chosen, in their fellowship
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  • with Christ, to fellowship with him in the tremendous
  • 00:16:03.170 --> 00:16:08.180
  • sacrifice of celibacy, that this is how they believe.
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  • "I want to follow him, and this is what I believe the Scriptures
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:17.180
  • say and this is how I want to follow him."
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  • And I've been so blessed by just reading,
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  • getting to know my culture, getting to understand it
  • 00:16:24.130 --> 00:16:28.230
  • through the lens of the gospel.
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  • This--we were entrusted to this world, not our parents' world,
  • 00:16:30.220 --> 00:16:34.250
  • this world.
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  • Are we gonna act like we don't know what's happening, or are we
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  • gonna deal, and are we gonna try to find good conversation
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  • to have, good dialogue that has some salt on it?
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  • If we don't, what were we in this world for?
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  • Now, I gotta show you something gorgeous.
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:54.040
  • Turn with me now, Philippians 1,
  • 00:16:54.050 --> 00:16:56.130
  • let me show you a Word in verse 27.
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  • "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel--
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  • so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:04.110
  • you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:09.020
  • striving side by side for the faith of the gospel."
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  • That's gonna be our calling side by side.
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  • We got our fellows.
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  • We got Pentecostal fellows.
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  • We have got Baptist fellows.
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  • We got Methodist fellows.
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  • We've got some Anglican fellows.
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  • We got some Presbyterian fellows.
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  • We got all sorts of fellows, and we're gonna know, we're gonna
  • 00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:31.020
  • walk out this door side by side with them just literally adhered
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:36.290
  • at the shoulders so the enemy cannot come between us.
  • 00:17:37.000 --> 00:17:40.260
  • We don't have to agree on everything.
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:43.140
  • We can agree in the Lord, as I'm about to show you now.
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  • So, he's gonna say some of those same words.
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  • It's a gorgeous word.
  • 00:17:49.040 --> 00:17:50.230
  • I want to show it to you.
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  • It is Word--you know what?
  • 00:17:52.000 --> 00:17:54.050
  • I'm gonna read the verse to you before I show you the Word
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:56.060
  • because it will have more impact that way.
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  • Philippians 4:2 and 3, "I entreat Euodia--"
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  • really strange name, it's a woman's name.
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  • "And I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche
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  • to agree in the Lord.
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  • Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women,
  • 00:18:11.150 --> 00:18:15.200
  • who have labored side by side with me in
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:18.010
  • the gospel together with Clement and the rest of
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:20.020
  • my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life."
  • 00:18:20.030 --> 00:18:21.270
  • In other words, these women have been serving side by side
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  • with him, but they cannot agree with one another.
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  • Now, don't just think this is the women.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 1:10 through 12, 1 Corinthians 1 though--
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  • it's the men.
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  • It's the men acting this way.
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  • So, it's not just the women.
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  • But I want you to see the Word now that is translating,
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  • to strive together,
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  • to strive together.
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  • You're gonna be able to see the Word.
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  • You know that that little prefix S-U-N or S-Y-N
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  • is going to be together.
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  • That's a fellow so and so.
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  • And then the rest of that word,
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  • do you see the word "athletics" in it?
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  • Can you see that athleo in it?
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  • That is the word that means together with, to strive with,
  • 00:19:01.210 --> 00:19:05.090
  • to contend with someone, to be on his side, to exhort oneself,
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  • to strive with or together, to help or aid.
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  • It's a beautiful word.
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  • It's used both in Philippians 1:27, and in 4:2 and 3,
  • 00:19:14.090 --> 00:19:19.080
  • and it's about people that he's been like side by side,
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:21.090
  • striving together, on the same team.
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:24.220
  • But here's the interesting part about it.
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:26.270
  • He is saying in 4:2 and 3,
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  • that these women who have fought at his side
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:32.210
  • with him, fought the darkness at his side,
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:36.010
  • are in a fight with one another.
  • 00:19:36.020 --> 00:19:39.030
  • Do you realize what the devil has to gain
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:41.260
  • when we're all in a fight?
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:45.040
  • But what kind of power?
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  • I don't think we begin to wrap our minds around the kind of
  • 00:19:47.140 --> 00:19:50.190
  • power that we really do have through the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:50.200 --> 00:19:55.260
  • when we band together and we contend on the same team
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  • as different as we may be.
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  • But he'll come in as often as he can and cause a fight between
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  • people who fight powerfully together, fight the darkness,
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  • and now instead they are distracted,
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  • fighting with one another.
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  • It's the most interesting thing, their names, Euodia.
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  • Do you see that E-U?
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  • That means good.
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  • Do you see the rest of that word?
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  • Do you see odious in that word?
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  • Do you see odor in that word?
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  • It means good smell.
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  • It means fragrant.
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  • Euodia means fragrant.
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  • The name Syntyche means to be fortunate.
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  • So, here's fragrant and fortunate in a big fight.
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  • I mean, there's fragrant and fortunate.
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  • Everybody knew everybody.
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  • Would you contend with them and would you help them to please
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  • get along with one another?
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  • Because they are powerful side by side striving for the gospel.
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  • I am asking God to perform works of restoration in this house.
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  • If you are in a fight with somebody in this house,
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  • settle that thing today.
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  • You don't have to agree, you can agree in the Lord.
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  • You can agree that Jesus Christ is Lord and Master,
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  • and that he is worthy of us lay down our differences.
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  • Even if we can't necessarily work together or live together,
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  • we can come and agree in the Lord and put away
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  • our swords against one another.
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  • If there's somebody you're in a fight with elsewhere,
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  • you know what?
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  • Let them fight by themselves.
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  • You start fighting the darkness, let them--and they just
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  • keep swatting at you, let 'em, let 'em.
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  • Just--just keep salting them.
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  • They assault you, salt 'em.
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  • And just I mean under your breath, just be praying,
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  • "God, help me.
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  • God, help me.
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  • Help me, Jesus, help me.
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  • Help me."
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  • Couple of days ago, I knew I was gonna be away from Willa,
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  • my little 22-month-old granddaughter for these days
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  • while I was gone.
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  • I could hardly stand it.
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  • I went by and grabbed her and brought her home with me,
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  • and she helped me pack.
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  • And oh, it's just the cutest thing.
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  • And so, I changed a dirty diaper and so, I was getting her
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  • a clean diaper, you know, getting diaper on her.
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  • And I stood her back to her feet and she glanced over at that
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  • diaper and she went, "Eww."
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:25.140
  • And she said it real accusatory like--I looked at her I went,
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  • "You did it.
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  • That is not Bibi's diaper, I promise you.
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  • I don't know what you're ewwing about because that diaper
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  • belongs to you."
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  • We're all about oohing, and we made the mess ourselves.
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  • That's all I'm saying.
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  • That's all I'm trying to say.
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  • All right, now, I want you to look.
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  • We're gonna narrow this thing down.
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  • God help me, God help me.
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  • Now, I want you to look back at Colossians verse 12 again.
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  • "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets
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  • you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you
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  • may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God."
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  • Is there a group of people that you fight for?
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  • And I'm gonna challenge you, pass this to your family.
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  • Of course, we want to fight for our family, of course we do,
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  • but I think that we are living in
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  • a Christian culture that is losing
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  • the Christ-like perspective, that the family of God trumps
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  • all else, that that is what--he loves the traditional family.
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  • Praise God.
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  • Let's--we've got to pray for our marriages.
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  • We've got to pray for our children if we're married
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  • and have children.
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  • If you are an aunt, you got to pray for your nieces and
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  • nephews, your grandchildren.
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  • By all means, let's pray for our families, but what investment,
  • 00:24:00.090 --> 00:24:04.060
  • striving investment in prayer do you make in the church?
  • 00:24:04.070 --> 00:24:09.070
  • In my journal, I take on this little group of young speakers,
  • 00:24:09.080 --> 00:24:12.280
  • and teachers, and writers.
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  • They're the ones I strive for.
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  • I strive for protection over their homes.
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  • I strive for them, especially if I can kind of see something
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  • derailing, I'm striving in prayer.
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  • I feel very called to them.
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  • I strive for these young women that God is raising up to do
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  • something a little bit similar.
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  • Is there a group?
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  • 'Cause you and I are all about today reconnecting
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  • with the body of Christ, being intentional in our relationship.
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  • Who do you strive for in prayer?
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  • I mean, that you're willing to agonize for them,
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  • power in prayer, power in prayer.
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  • "When very different fellows double up our forces, we become
  • 00:24:51.150 --> 00:24:55.070
  • a triple threat," why?
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  • Because Jesus said, "When two or three agree in a matter of
  • 00:24:57.180 --> 00:25:03.170
  • prayer in my name, I'm here in their midst."
  • 00:25:03.180 --> 00:25:06.000
  • He's so delights in our unity that when we come together
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  • and agree in the Lord, let me tell you something, when we're
  • 00:25:09.260 --> 00:25:12.050
  • willing, there's a little motion that we do at Living Proof
  • 00:25:12.060 --> 00:25:15.120
  • that I want to teach you.
  • 00:25:15.130 --> 00:25:16.190
  • Some of you are gonna go, "You know, that's so corny
  • 00:25:16.200 --> 00:25:18.150
  • that I can't even stand it, and I'm not about to do it."
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  • And I understand that.
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  • But you know, I'm just gonna tell you something,
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  • sometimes corny works.
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  • It really does, it really does.
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  • And we got this thing that we do.
  • 00:25:27.070 --> 00:25:28.220
  • There's 14 of us on staff together, a number of
  • 00:25:28.230 --> 00:25:30.200
  • volunteers, but 14 of us that really labor day in and day out.
  • 00:25:30.210 --> 00:25:33.260
  • We purposely keep Living Proof small.
  • 00:25:33.270 --> 00:25:36.140
  • Under the roof, we do a lot of contract work with bigger groups
  • 00:25:36.150 --> 00:25:40.020
  • like LifeWay, but we keep our inside group pretty small
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:45.240
  • so that it does not just get beyond what we can deal with.
  • 00:25:45.250 --> 00:25:49.130
  • But so we're very, very close,
  • 00:25:49.140 --> 00:25:51.160
  • and we strive together in prayer.
  • 00:25:51.170 --> 00:25:53.050
  • And, you know, in a group like that, in any kind of group,
  • 00:25:53.060 --> 00:25:56.040
  • we sort of take turns on who's going through something
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  • that's the hardest right then.
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  • Does that makes sense?
  • 00:26:01.210 --> 00:26:02.290
  • And listen, when somebody cries out, because all of us have
  • 00:26:03.000 --> 00:26:06.000
  • tribulations, all of us have troubles, but then we'll know
  • 00:26:06.010 --> 00:26:08.220
  • that one of us is really suffering.
  • 00:26:08.230 --> 00:26:10.200
  • One of us lost a son a couple of years ago to suicide, and
  • 00:26:10.210 --> 00:26:15.110
  • we've got this thing that we do, and we don't even have to say
  • 00:26:15.120 --> 00:26:17.250
  • we're gonna do it.
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  • Everybody knows that we do it.
  • 00:26:18.240 --> 00:26:20.000
  • If we find out from one of our sisters, like we'll all just be
  • 00:26:20.010 --> 00:26:22.120
  • standing around and will realize that she's going through
  • 00:26:22.130 --> 00:26:24.150
  • something and she'll just like say to us what trouble's
  • 00:26:24.160 --> 00:26:27.140
  • going on in her marriage or whatever.
  • 00:26:27.150 --> 00:26:29.100
  • We have this little motion that we do, and it's this--and we
  • 00:26:29.110 --> 00:26:33.120
  • always do the sound with it because what that means
  • 00:26:33.130 --> 00:26:36.240
  • is we are drawing our swords.
  • 00:26:36.250 --> 00:26:39.240
  • We're pulling that sword out of the sheath, and we are
  • 00:26:39.250 --> 00:26:42.030
  • holding it in the air, and we are gonna fight the good fight
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  • of faith for them.
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  • God's gonna give you a plank.
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  • Sometimes you'll feel strong enough to swim,
  • 00:26:56.280 --> 00:27:00.090
  • but if you don't, grab a plank and kick your legs.
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  • And I want to tell you why this is important.
  • 00:27:03.210 --> 00:27:05.260
  • Do you know how many people fall apart in their spiritual lives
  • 00:27:05.270 --> 00:27:09.270
  • because their community of faith fell apart?
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  • We must never get Jesus confused with people, never.
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