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Be a Better You: The Priority of People

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December 23, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Be a Better You: The Priority of People

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people be
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people bett
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better t
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better tha
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better than
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better than an
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better than anyo
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better than anyone
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: He saw potential in people better than anyone.
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  • He treated people differently than any religious leader
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  • had ever treated them.
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  • That's why they wanted to be around Him.
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  • Think about this.
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  • Jesus Christ, God's Son, came to earth, and the sinners
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  • wanted to hang out with Him.
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  • ROBERT: I want to share with you a message that I feel like
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  • the Lord gave me, called, "The Priority of People",
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  • "The Priority of People."
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  • So, I really have something in my heart about God
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  • stirring us up again for the lost.
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  • Stirring us up again for lost people and seeing lost people
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  • come to Christ.
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  • So, this summer is -- well, my study break is when the Lord
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  • started speaking this message to me that I'm gonna share
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  • with you today, and let me tell you how He started
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  • speaking it to me.
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  • It's gonna shock you.
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  • All the family was around.
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  • You know, we have three kids who are married,
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  • so that's six grown children, and eight grandchildren,
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  • and we were talking about Texas, about the bluebonnets,
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  • about the hill country.
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  • When you're just talking about the bluebonnets
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  • and the hill country, pretty soon you're gonna talk about
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  • the Bluebonnet Café in Marble Falls,
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  • and then you're gonna talk about Luckenbach, Texas,
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  • and if you know about Luckenbach,
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  • you're gonna talk about Willie Nelson.
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  • So, this is what we were doin' that was very spiritual
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  • on our family vacation.
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  • We started talkin' about Willie Nelson and
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  • our favorite Willie Nelson songs.
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  • So, my point is we were talking about that,
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  • and I went to bed.
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  • You know how you have a song going through your mind?
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  • "You Are Always on My Mind."
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  • And I started thinking, what's always on my mind?
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  • What's always on your mind?
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  • If we had the ability -- you know, we have television
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  • cameras here.
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  • If we had the ability to point a camera at you
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  • and what was on your mind came up on the screen --
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  • okay, relax!
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  • We don't have that technology!
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  • Okay?
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  • We don't have that technology.
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  • But if we did, for some of you it'd be family,
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  • and sometimes during different seasons it's different things
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  • that's kind of always on your mind, right?
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  • Okay, so it could be your family,
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  • it could be your business is struggling, it could be
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  • a health situation,
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  • it could be your marriage.
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  • You know, it could be things like that.
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  • But if we pointed a camera at Jesus, and it would come up
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  • on the screen, what would come up on the screen?
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  • People.
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  • People were always on His mind.
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  • And again, as I said, we go through different seasons.
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  • When you fell in love, again, since we're talkin'
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  • about Texas, if you were in Texas when you fell in love,
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  • it was either Bubba or Bertha.
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  • When my son was young, James, I've told you before
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  • he's a fisherman.
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  • Fishing was always on his mind.
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  • He got up early on Saturday mornings and he watched
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  • every fishing show.
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  • But, he learned how to fish.
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  • He could catch fish.
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  • As a matter of fact, a man in our church took him fishing
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  • a while back, and they were catchin' some,
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  • and James said, can we go to another part of the lake
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  • that I saw on the way out here?
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  • And the guy said, you know what?
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  • I remembered your stories about James being this great
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  • fisherman, so I said okay.
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  • So, he said, we went to another part of the lake
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  • and I said, James, I don't think I've ever seen anybody
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  • fishin' over here.
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  • And James went like this, um-hmm.
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  • And then, he caught this fish, and then he caught
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  • this fish, and then he caught this fish,
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  • and he caught eight fish like that.
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  • And the guy said to me, I thought it was funny the way
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  • he said it.
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  • He said, Robert, I just want you to know.
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  • I've never doubted your stories about James,
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  • but I'll never doubt 'em again!
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So when he was young, fishing was always on his mind.
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  • But you think about, just think about it with me
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  • for a moment.
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  • Jesus, everywhere He went, what was on His mind?
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  • People.
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  • People.
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  • Matter of fact, he said to fishermen, who had fish
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  • on their mind, you've had fish on your mind.
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  • You're gonna have people on your mind for the rest
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  • of your life.
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  • I'm gonna change it.
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  • I'm gonna change your mind.
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  • Mark 6:34 says, "And Jesus, when He came out,
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  • saw many people and was moved with compassion towards them
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  • because they were sheep not having a shepherd,
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  • and He began to teach them many things."
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  • We were talking to elders this last week and I said,
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  • my life purpose is to teach God's Word.
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  • That's my life purpose, to teach people God's Word.
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  • The reason I love to teach God's Word
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  • is because I love people.
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  • It's not that I love teaching, I love people.
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  • I love helping people.
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  • I love to teach people.
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  • You know, I don't love to teach dogs, you know?
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  • Or cats, I'd hate to teach cats, you know?
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  • Teach a cat, you know.
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  • At least a dog would look at you like he's kind
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  • of interested, you know, but a -- so, anyway.
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  • Even on the most difficult day of Jesus' life,
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  • on the cross, He had people on His mind.
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  • Think about it.
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  • He had His mother's welfare on His mind.
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  • He told John to take care of His mother.
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  • He's nailed to a cross, and He has His mother on His mind.
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  • He has the thief beside Him on His mind.
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  • He has the people who nailed Him to the cross on His mind,
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  • because He said the famous prayer, "Father, forgive them."
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  • Let me just take the pronoun, "them",
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  • and replace it with a noun.
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  • Father, forgive these people.
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  • They don't know what they're doing.
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  • So, why did Jesus have people on His mind so much?
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  • Why?
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  • Well, I've got three reasons.
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  • Of course, you know I'd have three,
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  • so I've got three reasons.
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  • Here's the first reason, the heart of the Father.
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  • Jesus knew the heart of the Father better than anyone
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  • ever have.
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  • Would you agree with that?
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  • He knew the heart of His Father!
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  • Everywhere He went, He's trying to reach people.
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  • You know, when we started the church,
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  • I started with a motto that's still our motto today.
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  • It's not a vision statement or a mission statement,
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  • it's just a motto, "We're all about people."
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  • And in the early days, I had some people question me
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  • and say, well, shouldn't we be all about God?
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  • And I said, we are all about God.
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  • But if we're all about God, then we should be all about
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  • what God's all about, and God's all about people.
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  • Everywhere Jesus went, He focused on people.
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  • Every time He thought that the Pharisees were placing
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  • a higher value on something rather than someone,
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  • He would correct them.
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  • You know, they placed a high value on the law.
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  • Here's what He was sayin'.
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  • Hey, guys, the law, people weren't made for the law.
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  • Remember, the Sabbath was part of the law.
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  • People weren't made for the Sabbath, the Sabbath
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  • was made for people.
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  • He's always tryin' to bring 'em back to the Father's heart.
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  • The reason we gave that was to get people.
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  • It's all about people.
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  • One time, Jesus was denied passage through Samaria.
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  • I don't know if you remember this, but here's what His
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  • disciples said.
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  • You want us to call down fire on them, Lord?
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  • Here in essence is what He said.
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  • You don't know the heart of My Father very well, do you?
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  • That wouldn't be the heart of My Father.
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  • One of the famous parables that He tells is the parable
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  • of the prodigal son.
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  • It's actually one part.
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  • It's one-third of one big parable, the lost coin,
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  • the lost sheep, and the lost son.
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  • Here's what precedes it.
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  • Here's Luke 15, if you're there in your Bibles, Verse 1.
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  • "Then all of the tax collectors and the sinners
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  • drew near to Him, and the Pharisees and the scribes
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  • complained, saying, "This man receives sinners."
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  • Now, I put in parentheses, "people".
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  • See, Jesus, it never bothered Him what kind
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  • of people they were.
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  • If they were people, He was interested.
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  • He receives people and He eats with them, so He spoke
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  • this parable then, and again, it's a three-part parable.
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  • Here's what He was saying.
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  • With all of your learning, you don't have a clue
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  • about My Father's heart.
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  • I'm eatin' with people.
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  • I'm talkin' with people.
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  • I'm trying to help people.
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  • That's what it's all about.
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  • It's not all about your rules and regulations,
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  • it's about people.
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  • So He tells the parable of the lost coin, and the lost
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  • sheep, and the lost son, and He says, everybody rejoices
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  • when they find what they were looking for.
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  • And He says this, right straight up.
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  • He says, I'm telling you, all of heaven rejoices over
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  • one person that repents.
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  • So, it's not just we're all about people;
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  • we're all about every person.
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  • We have a little saying that we've been saying around here
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  • with the staff this year, prioritize the person.
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  • Sometimes when you're all about people, you can be
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  • so focused on the event that you're having with hundreds
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  • of people, you forget the one person that's trying
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  • to talk to you right then.
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  • So, we've been saying to the staff, prioritize the person.
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  • Every person's valuable.
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  • I've told you this before, but I'm gonna tell you a little
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  • something new that happened this week to me.
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  • Yeah, it was this week, Tuesday.
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  • I've had a difficult time understanding, most of my life,
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  • why anyone would love me.
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  • Because of some things in my life, my background,
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  • I've just had a tough time.
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  • And so, I've said to Debbie, many, many times,
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  • why do you love me?
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  • And she'd say, well, because you're a good husband
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  • and a good father.
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  • Well, what if I weren't a good husband and a good father?
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  • Would you still love me?
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  • You know, so I remember one of these nights we were goin',
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  • and she'd say, well, because you're kind.
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  • Well, what if I weren't kind?
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  • You know, you just can't win when a person's dealing
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  • with this, and I just couldn't figure it out.
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  • I mean, Debbie finally said to me, because I do!
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  • Shut up and go to sleep!
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  • So, I was telling Dr. Henry Cloud about this this week.
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  • Many of you know, Dr. Henry Cloud is a life coach and he's
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  • a psychologist, too, so he's tryin' to help me get
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  • uncrazy, you know?
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  • So, I was tellin' him about, I said, I've just
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  • always had this thing.
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  • It's just difficult for me to understand why Debbie
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  • loves me, or why God loves me, why anyone would love me.
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  • And he said to me, just this Tuesday, he said, well,
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  • I can tell you why God loves you, because He's loving.
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  • And I don't know why, at my age, and pastoring as long
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  • as I have, it never hit me like that.
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  • He said, Robert, God loves you because He's loving,
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  • not because you did something.
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  • Just, He's just loving.
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  • He just loves.
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  • I just want you to understand.
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  • Jesus knew that His Father loved people.
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  • He just knew it.
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  • So, everywhere He went, that's why He had people on His mind.
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:01.170
  • Here's the second reason I think He had people on His mind
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  • everywhere He went, He knew the reality of eternity.
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  • He knew the reality of eternity better than anyone
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  • who'd ever lived.
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  • Jesus said things like this.
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  • Matthew 25:46, this is Jesus speaking.
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  • "And these will go away into everlasting punishment",
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  • everlasting, "but the righteous into eternal life."
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  • Luke 16:23, it's about the rich man, Lazarus.
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  • It says, "In hell and in torment, He looked up and saw
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  • Abraham in the distance, and Lazarus at his side."
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  • Okay.
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  • Abraham was a real person that lived.
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  • Lazarus was a real person that lived.
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  • And He's talking about a man who lived.
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  • He said there was a certain rich man and there
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  • was a certain beggar.
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  • He didn't make this story up.
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  • This isn't a parable.
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  • He's talking about a real person, and Jesus said, in hell.
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  • He walked around more than any other person.
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  • I want you to think about this, more than any other
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  • religious leader ever, talking about an impending
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  • eternal destination and judgment for every person.
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  • If you'd cut that out of the Bible, you'd have to cut out
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  • a lot of Jesus' words, because He continued to talk
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  • about eternity and everlasting punishment,
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  • an eternity with God and eternity without God.
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  • It's something that, if I believed it, and I'm saying
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  • that tongue in cheek, 'cause I know we do believe it,
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  • but if I believed it as much as Jesus believed it, it would
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  • cause me to live differently when I speak with neighbors.
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  • It'd cause me to live differently when I speak
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  • with someone I just meet on the street.
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  • If I really believe that that person's gonna be separated
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  • from God for all eternity, we need to be reminded of this.
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  • This is why Jesus did everything He did, because
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  • no houses, no bank accounts, no land makes it
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  • to the other side.
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  • There's only one thing that makes it to the other side,
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  • and that's people.
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  • People last forever.
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  • There's a good tweet if you want get a tweet.
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  • People last forever.
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  • It's the only thing that lasts forever.
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  • And Jesus knew that!
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  • It caused Him to change His travel plans and go through
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  • Samaria to talk to the woman who'd been married five times.
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  • It caused Him to tell a rich young ruler the truth.
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  • It caused Him to weep over a city, because He knew
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  • that there was eternity on the way.
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  • You know, when we give, God takes our giving and He uses
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  • it to help people.
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  • But, I want you to think about this.
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  • How much money have you sent ahead?
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  • Jesus said, you know, store up treasure.
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  • I mean, Jesus said it, so you better think about it.
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  • So, what does your bank account look like, financially?
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  • That's one thing you can think about.
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  • But, what if there were other accounts,
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  • like for serving in the church?
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  • Well, some of you say, well, I can't give, like a businessman,
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  • I can't load up an 18-wheeler, and I give my tithe,
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:56.250
  • but it's not very much.
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  • But you volunteer, so what does your serving account
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  • look like?
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  • It could be overflowing.
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  • It could be more than some businesspeople.
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  • What does your praying account look like?
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  • What does your loving account look like?
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:11.230
  • Okay, but here's the one we want to talk about.
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  • What does your witnessing account look like?
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  • Now, I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad, 'cause
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  • I'm thinking about this myself.
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:21.020
  • What does our leading people to Christ account look like?
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  • How many people are in heaven, yes, because we give,
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  • and because we pray, and because we love,
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  • and because we serve.
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  • But, how many people are gonna be in heaven because
  • 00:14:31.170 --> 00:14:33.230
  • we personally led them to Christ?
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:37.090
  • I think we've got to come to that point where Jesus,
  • 00:14:37.120 --> 00:14:40.150
  • you know, told, go out and compel them to come in.
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  • I'm sending you out as sheep among wolves.
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  • Go, and go right now!
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  • Their eternity is coming.
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  • You never know when eternity's gonna happen
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  • for some person, so go right now.
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:55.170
  • When I used to do revivals, we'd do a youth night.
  • 00:14:55.200 --> 00:14:59.000
  • We'd have free pizza, you know, that night.
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  • And then I would meet with the kids about 5:00 or 5:30,
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  • and I would say, okay, now there's a record that I set
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  • that I don't think any of you can break, but it's how
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  • many kids you can get in one car.
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:15.050
  • Now, these weren't kids, these were teenagers,
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  • so junior high and high school.
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  • This guy in the church let me use, I was there at church.
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  • He let me use his Oldsmobile.
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  • Do any of you remember Oldsmobiles?
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  • Okay.
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:27.280
  • They used to be like 40 feet long, you know.
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  • And so, I got, like 17 young people in the car.
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:34.070
  • So, I used to do this just out of my own pocket.
  • 00:15:34.100 --> 00:15:36.070
  • I just used to say, hey, whoever brings the most tonight
  • 00:15:36.100 --> 00:15:39.240
  • gets a $50 bill, and if anyone breaks my record,
  • 00:15:39.270 --> 00:15:42.100
  • you get a $100 bill.
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:43.150
  • Here was the reason I was doing it, because if I could
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:46.120
  • get them there, they could hear the gospel,
  • 00:15:46.150 --> 00:15:49.090
  • and it could change their eternal destination.
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  • I knew it.
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  • So, I remember one meeting, I think we were in Georgia,
  • 00:15:52.150 --> 00:15:56.190
  • and they started talkin'.
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:15:57.250
  • Hey, a guy beat your record, a guy beat your record.
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  • So, we went out.
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  • I mean, they're piled in.
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  • They have to be in the car for me to count 'em, you know?
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:04.150
  • So, they're hangin' out there everywhere, and so
  • 00:16:04.180 --> 00:16:07.050
  • they start getting out of the car, and it was 17.
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:09.210
  • I said, well, you tied my record, but you didn't beat it.
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  • And he said, I'm not finished, and he walked around
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  • and opened the trunk.
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  • Six guys got out of the trunk.
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  • [Laughter]
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:21.260
  • Okay, but why did I do that?
  • 00:16:21.290 --> 00:16:25.040
  • Because there really is a heaven, there really is a hell,
  • 00:16:25.070 --> 00:16:29.190
  • and this is why Jesus had people on His mind
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:31.230
  • everywhere He went.
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.130
  • And here's the third reason that He had people on His mind,
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:37.070
  • is because He knew the potential of people.
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:42.270
  • Better than anyone, He knew the potential of people.
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  • Look at Luke 19, a few pages over from Luke 15.
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  • Verse 5 says, "And when Jesus came to the place,
  • 00:16:49.050 --> 00:16:50.220
  • He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus make
  • 00:16:50.250 --> 00:16:53.120
  • haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.
  • 00:16:53.150 --> 00:16:56.080
  • So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
  • 00:16:56.110 --> 00:16:59.070
  • But when they saw it", these are the ones always
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:02.000
  • complaining about Him being with sinners, "they all
  • 00:17:02.030 --> 00:17:04.230
  • complained, saying,"He's gone to be a guest
  • 00:17:04.260 --> 00:17:07.140
  • with a man who is a sinner."
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  • Can I say something here?
  • 00:17:10.130 --> 00:17:11.140
  • Do you realize how radically inclusive Jesus was?
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  • Rich, poor, well-known, forgotten, hurting, healing,
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:22.080
  • black, white, brown, different races, different tribes,
  • 00:17:22.110 --> 00:17:25.270
  • different nations, different ethnicities,
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  • He included everyone.
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  • We need to be the same way.
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  • It doesn't matter where a person comes from or what
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:35.000
  • a person's gone through, we need to see them
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:37.160
  • like Jesus saw them.
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:38.200
  • This is a person that Jesus died for.
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:42.210
  • "Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Lord,
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:45.160
  • Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor, and if I've
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.280
  • taken anything from anyone by false accusation,
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:50.020
  • I restore it fourfold."
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:51.070
  • Okay.
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:52.230
  • Who else could have seen generosity in a greedy
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:57.000
  • person, Zacchaeus?
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:18:02.230
  • Jesus.
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  • Everyone saw him as greedy.
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  • Jesus saw him as generous.
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:07.120
  • He saw potential.
  • 00:18:07.150 --> 00:18:09.210
  • If this person can meet Me, he'll go from greedy
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:13.240
  • to generosity.
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:14.260
  • Who else could have seen purity in a prostitute?
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:19.250
  • Jesus.
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:20.220
  • Mary Magdalene.
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.090
  • Who else could have seen boldness in a bumbling disciple?
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  • Peter, and Jesus saw it.
  • 00:18:27.210 --> 00:18:30.050
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:18:30.080 --> 00:18:31.150
  • Okay, I've got a really good question for you.
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  • Who else could have seen the potential in you, but Jesus?
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  • Do you know what Jesus thinks when He looks at people?
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  • Here's what He thinks.
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  • All things are possible with this person and My power.
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  • That's good, isn't it?
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  • [Applause]
  • 00:18:53.270 --> 00:18:54.210
  • All things are possible!
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  • And no limits with this person.
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  • I don't care what his background is,
  • 00:18:58.280 --> 00:19:00.190
  • what he's been through, what he's been in bondage to.
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  • Doesn't matter.
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:04.010
  • With My power, he can do anything I want him to do.
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  • No limits.
  • 00:19:07.280 --> 00:19:09.050
  • Hey, here's one about me.
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:11.000
  • Who could have seen a preacher in a little boy who
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:13.110
  • had a speech impediment?
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:15.220
  • I've told you this before.
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.010
  • When I was young, I couldn't pronounce my Rs, and you know,
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:20.130
  • if your name is Tom Lane, it doesn't matter.
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:23.100
  • When your name is Robert Morris --
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:26.040
  • [Laughter]
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  • It wasn't that funny, Lee!
  • 00:19:31.010 --> 00:19:33.040
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:33.070 --> 00:19:35.250
  • This is Lee Mimms, a good friend of mine.
  • 00:19:35.280 --> 00:19:37.110
  • He's been a Hollywood producer for 50 years,
  • 00:19:37.140 --> 00:19:39.140
  • or whatever, produced the Olympics and produced
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:43.110
  • presidential inaugurations.
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:45.230
  • Anyway, so he helps with our university and we have
  • 00:19:45.260 --> 00:19:47.210
  • the thing this Tuesday night where we give an award out
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:50.250
  • every year, and Lee's come to help us with that.
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:52.190
  • We're giving it to Kathie Lee Gifford, who's been
  • 00:19:52.220 --> 00:19:54.080
  • a good friend of The King's University,
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:56.030
  • if you didn't know.
  • 00:19:56.060 --> 00:19:56.280
  • So, it just wasn't that funny.
  • 00:19:57.010 --> 00:19:58.060
  • I just wanted you to know, so.
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:19:59.100
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:04.170
  • Listen, it doesn't matter what the person's in bondage
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:07.210
  • to, once they meet Jesus.
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:10.080
  • He can take care of it.
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  • He saw potential in people better than anyone.
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  • He treated people differently than any religious
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  • leader had ever treated them.
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  • That's why they wanted to be around Him.
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  • Think about this.
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  • Jesus Christ, God's Son, came to earth,
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  • and the sinners wanted to hang out with Him.
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  • That's how non-religious He was.
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  • There's a statistic, when you're a pastor,
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  • you kind of learn all of these surveys and statistics.
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  • There's a statistic that I don't want
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  • Gateway Church to become.
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  • I don't want any person to become this that attends here.
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  • The statistic is, the longer that you're saved, the less you
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  • witness and the less you lead people to Jesus.
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  • I would think it'd be the opposite.
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  • I would think the longer you know Jesus, the more you'd want
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  • to talk about Him, and we've got to get to that place.
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  • About a week ago, maybe a week and a half, Debbie
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  • and I stopped to get gas at a place, and we were comin'
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  • in about a two hour drive and stopped to get gas,
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  • went to the bathroom, and I wanted to get, you know,
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  • something to drink, and so I went in.
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  • So, she went on back out to the car and I was at the counter
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  • to pay for some peanuts and root beer or somethin'.
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  • And so, the lady in front of me though was counting out
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  • pennies and dimes and nickels, and one quarter.
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  • She bought $1.32 worth of gas, $1.32.
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  • And so, I walked out and I said to them, after they got
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  • their $1.32, it was a man and a woman.
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  • I said, can I buy you a tank of gas?
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  • And they said, well, yeah.
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  • And then, you know, I carry $100 bills to give to people.
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  • I only had one left in my wallet.
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  • I told Debbie, when I got in the car, I said I wished
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  • I'd have had four or five.
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  • I would have emptied my wallet.
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  • She said, you did empty your wallet.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • You gave them everything you had.
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  • That was all you had.
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  • So, I pulled the $100 bill out and gave it to them.
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  • I also said, I want to give you this, too.
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  • And the guy said, why are you doing this?
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  • I said, I used to be on drugs.
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  • I was really messed up.
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  • There was no hope for my life.
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  • And a guy told me how much God loves me, and that Jesus
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  • died on the cross for all of my sins, and that if I'd
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  • give Him control of my life, He'd change my life.
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  • And I gave Him control and He changed my life,
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  • and the reason I do things like this is because I want everyone
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  • to know, and I want you to know, the two of you,
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  • I want you to know that God loves you,
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  • that Jesus died on the cross for you,
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  • and if you'll give Him control of your life,
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  • He'll change your life.
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  • And they both started crying and hugged me.
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  • I want us to be a people, even more than we are, like Jesus.
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  • Here's what you might be thinkin'.
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  • When you say Jesus had people on His mind, they were,
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  • but I'm not Jesus.
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  • Yeah, but He's in you, and you have His mind,
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  • according to Scripture.
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  • What's always on His mind?
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  • People.
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  • Guess what?
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  • We have the mind of Christ.
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  • We have the mind of Christ.
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  • So, everywhere we go, people are gonna be on our minds.
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  • I want to encourage you to be a blessing
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  • to someone this week.
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  • I really believe that because you watched
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:23:58.220
  • this program, the Holy Spirit is reminding you,
  • 00:23:58.250 --> 00:24:02.000
  • just like I gave to that family at the gas station,
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:06.100
  • I think He's reminding all of us that people are always
  • 00:24:06.130 --> 00:24:10.180
  • on His heart and they should always be on our hearts.
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  • So, look for an opportunity to bless someone this week.
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  • People are the reason that Jesus came to this earth,
  • 00:24:19.140 --> 00:24:23.090
  • and people are the reason that we reach out, and we show
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  • compassion, and we give, and we love,
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  • and we serve.
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  • I love you guys so much.
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  • Please watch next time.
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  • I'm gonna continue this series.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joining us for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares how you can "Be a Better You."
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  • Jesus taught us that building our lives on His teachings
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  • is like constructing a house on a foundation that is solid,
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  • firm, and secure.
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  • But do you know what is truly foundational for us
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  • as a follower of Jesus?
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  • Wouldn't it be amazing to get a glimpse of the priorities
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  • that are on God's heart for your life, and to really know
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  • what's most important to Him in our relationship with Him,
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  • and with the people around us?
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  • In this six-part series,
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  • "Be a Better You: Blueprints for Christian Living"
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  • Pastor Robert gives us a glimpse into the priorities
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  • of God's heart.
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  • Each message teaches a new principle that you can use
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  • to develop a blueprint for building your life on what
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  • matters most to God.
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  • He shares insight on solid Biblical truths
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  • that will help you to grow and mature in your faith,
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  • and in your love toward others.
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  • Right now we will send you this six-message series on CD
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  • as our special thank you for sending in your best gift
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  • As always, we want to thank you for watching,
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  • and for your continued support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris ministries.
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  • Every miracle, every step of faith
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  • Every victory rises up to say
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  • We are the monuments of Your faithfulness
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  • Every captive soul that has been set free
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  • Stand and testify we have been redeemed
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  • We are the monuments Of Your faithfulness
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  • Yeah
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  • We are the monuments
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  • Hallelujah
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changes in your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
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  • that there is so much more to life.
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  • With humor, passion, and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secrets of Living Your Best Life."
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