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Matt & Laurie Crouch host Hillsong Conference 2016 with Steven Furtick and Holly Furtick and music by Hillsong Worship

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Praise | November 8, 2016

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  • My wealth is in the cross
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  • There's nothing more I want
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  • - Matt Crouch: The "Praise
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  • the Lord" program comes to you
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  • right here from Sydney and we
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  • welcome you to Hillsong 2016.
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  • And I will count all else
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  • as loss
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  • The greatest
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  • - Steven Furtick: The fact that
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  • you're under attack isn't a sign
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  • that you're doing it wrong.
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  • It's a sign that you're
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  • on the right track.
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  • And all my wealth
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  • is in the cross
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  • - Matt: We're in Sydney
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  • together and Steven Furtick's
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  • taking main stage.
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  • - Steven: If you ever discover
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  • that I am the righteousness
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  • of God in Christ, if you
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  • ever did it and get free,
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  • it's gonna mean damage
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  • to the kingdom of darkness.
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  • When I stand in glory
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  • - Matt: We're experiencing
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  • really a phenomenon.
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  • You're gonna have to come to one
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  • to experience.
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  • - Steven: Praise is not
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  • a feeling in my life.
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  • In fact,
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  • praise is my way of life.
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  • Be my confession
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  • - Steven: I choose to believe
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  • I will see the goodness
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  • of the Lord.
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  • C'mon, lift up
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  • a shout just because.
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  • - Matt: After he preaches,
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  • both Steven and Holly are gonna
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  • join us backstage and get into
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  • more ministry with
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  • Steven and Holly Furtick.
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  • Right now, Steven,
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  • take the main stage.
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  • My heart is set on Christ
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  • as loss
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  • The greatest of my crowns
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  • mean nothing to me now
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  • and all my wealth
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  • is in the cross.
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  • There's nothing more I want
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  • than just to know his love.
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  • My heart is set on Christ
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  • and I will count
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  • all else as loss.
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  • The greatest of my crowns
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  • mean nothing to me now for
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  • I counted up the cost and
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  • all my wealth is in the cross
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  • Whoa.
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  • Yes, all my wealth
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  • is in the cross.
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  • My wealth is in the cross.
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  • Yes, all my wealth
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  • is in the cross.
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  • - male: Hallelujah!
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • - Steven: All right.
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  • You may be seated.
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  • Look at this in your Bible
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  • Hopefully, this will be
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  • I'm looking for you to get
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  • involved with this message.
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  • So I'm gonna open the book.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • Acts chapter 16,
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  • verse 22 through 26.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Here goes the Bible.
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  • "The crowd joined in the attack
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  • against Paul and Silas,
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  • and the magistrates ordered them
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  • to be stripped
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  • and beaten with rods."
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  • Happy little sermon for
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  • the night session of conference.
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  • "After they had
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  • been severely flogged,
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  • they were thrown into prison,
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  • and the jailer was commanded
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  • to guard them carefully.
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  • And when he received these
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  • orders, he put them in the inner
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  • cell and fastened their feet
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  • in the stocks.
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  • About midnight Paul and Silas
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  • were praying and singing hymns
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  • to God, and the other prisoners
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  • were listening to them.
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  • And suddenly there was
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  • such a violent earthquake that
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  • the foundations of the prison
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  • were shaken.
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  • At once all the prison doors
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  • flew open, and everyone's
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  • chains came loose."
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  • I feel freedom
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  • in the house tonight.
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  • And I wanna share with you on
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  • the subject, "Chain reactions."
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  • Chain reactions.
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  • It's kind of interesting
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  • how in your life one thing
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  • leads to another, isn't it?
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  • And usually at the time that
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  • you're going through something
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  • you don't know what
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  • it's leading to.
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  • If you did, it would be easier
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  • to go through hard things
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  • because you would know
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  • what it was leading to.
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  • You know, the Bible says,
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  • "All things work together
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  • for the good of those who love
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  • God, called according to
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  • his purpose," Romans 8:28,
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  • but you don't always know how
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  • this is gonna work together
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  • and what it's gonna work
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  • together with for your good.
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  • You just have to kinda trust
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  • in the end it's gonna be good
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  • when God gets done with it.
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  • And we have this saying we say.
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  • We say, "It's all good," but
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  • really it's not all good.
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  • What we mean when we say,
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  • "It's all good,"
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  • is we mean it's gonna be good
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  • when God gets done with us.
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  • So if you're going through
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  • something in your life right
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  • now, you need to know by faith
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  • that when God gets done,
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  • it's gonna be good.
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  • Touch somebody and say,
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  • "It's gonna be good
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  • when God gets done."
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  • But kinda knowing how that's
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  • gonna work out, you don't always
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  • know how one thing is going to
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  • lead to another and life
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  • gives you that perspective
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  • but you don't always have
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  • the perspective when you're in
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  • the midst of it.
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  • You don't always have
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  • the perspective, I guess,
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  • in the process to know what the
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  • end product is going to be.
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  • Like, for instance, when
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  • Pastor Mickey White handed me
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  • a copy of this book called,
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  • "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire," by
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  • Pastor Jim Cymbala,
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  • the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church,
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  • I didn't know that I would
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  • come across a sentence
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  • on page 23 of that book.
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  • I was 16 years old.
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  • "And the sinner said, 'I
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  • despaired at the thought that
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  • my life might slip by
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  • without God showing himself
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  • mightily on our behalf.'"
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  • I don't know how,
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  • as a 16-year-old, the thought of
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  • my life slipping by
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  • resonated with me, you know.
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  • You would think that's a little
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  • deep but, as I read on in his
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  • book, you know, he was talking
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  • about being a pastor, seeing God
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  • move in a great way in his city,
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  • and I was reading the stories
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  • and I just got a sense, man,
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  • from this book that
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  • Pastor Mickey handed me and
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  • he said that I had to read it
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  • and we were gonna talk about it.
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  • But I didn't know when he
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  • handed me the book and gave me
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  • an assignment that I would come
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  • across a sentence on page 23 and
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  • that I would get a vision from
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  • just reading that one thing that
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  • one day I would be a pastor,
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  • I'd start a church.
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  • And I kinda knew it a little bit
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  • at age 16.
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  • I mean, I say now that
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  • I knew it at age 16.
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  • Really, at the time, I can
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  • explain it to you now like I saw
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  • that it was this definite thing
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  • but, really, at the time,
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  • it was more like a sense,
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  • an impression.
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  • And now, I can tell you about
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  • it and I can say, "Oh, well,
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  • when I read that book at age 16,
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  • that's where God started to
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  • speak to me that I was gonna be
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  • a pastor one day."
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  • But if I were really 16 talking
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  • to you about it, I couldn't
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  • explain it that clearly because
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  • you can't really see it
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  • when you're in it.
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  • You can only see how it
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  • connected, looking back at it.
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  • You know what I mean?
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  • Like, I could tell you all
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  • the events that led up to
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  • me marrying Holly.
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  • I could tell you how
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  • Derek didn't take her out
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  • on a date and so I did.
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  • I could tell you how that
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  • was the greatest decision
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  • of her life.
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  • Now, she didn't know at the time
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  • that Derek the Disappointment,
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  • that's the nickname
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  • I've given him,
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  • was leading her to her destiny.
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  • How many of you know that
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  • sometimes your disappointment
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  • is leading you to your destiny?
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  • And I bring it up because in
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  • Acts chapter 16, Paul
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  • is taking the gospel to Europe.
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  • The gospel's never been to
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  • Europe before.
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  • He's taking the gospel to
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  • Philippi, the Macedonian region,
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  • to be exact.
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  • He's in Europe but he didn't
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  • originally wanna go to Europe.
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  • He wanted to go to the province
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  • of Asia and, because the door
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  • was closed for where he wanted
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  • to go, he was forced to go
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  • where he didn't know
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  • that he needed to go.
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  • And because he was forced to go
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  • where he didn't know he needed
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  • to go, the gospel went
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  • where God wanted it to go.
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  • But I bet he didn't see it
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  • while he was in it.
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  • It's pretty to preach about now
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  • that we have Acts chapter 16
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  • canonized and crystallized
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  • but when you're in it,
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  • it's different.
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  • Touch your neighbor
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  • and tell 'em, "It's different
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  • when you're in it."
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  • It's different when you're in
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  • it, you know, you can look
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  • back on it and say, "Well,
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  • you know, this led to that."
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  • And I was talking
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  • to a guy one time.
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  • He had been through something
  • 00:08:58.240 --> 00:08:59.230
  • really painful.
  • 00:08:59.230 --> 00:09:00.290
  • He said something profound.
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  • I said, "Man, I'm sorry you
  • 00:09:01.270 --> 00:09:02.260
  • had to go through that."
  • 00:09:02.260 --> 00:09:03.210
  • And he said, "Oh, no, no, no,
  • 00:09:03.210 --> 00:09:04.170
  • no, no, don't apologize that
  • 00:09:04.170 --> 00:09:05.150
  • I had to go through it."
  • 00:09:05.150 --> 00:09:06.170
  • And what he said had a lot
  • 00:09:06.170 --> 00:09:07.240
  • of wisdom to it.
  • 00:09:07.240 --> 00:09:08.210
  • He said, "I wouldn't have chosen
  • 00:09:08.210 --> 00:09:10.270
  • it but I wouldn't change it."
  • 00:09:13.000 --> 00:09:16.000
  • And what he was saying is:
  • 00:09:16.000 --> 00:09:17.210
  • now that I see what God used
  • 00:09:17.210 --> 00:09:19.270
  • it for in my life, even though
  • 00:09:21.020 --> 00:09:24.020
  • at the time I was praying and
  • 00:09:24.020 --> 00:09:26.180
  • asking God, "Anything but this,"
  • 00:09:27.230 --> 00:09:30.230
  • now that I see how one thing led
  • 00:09:32.260 --> 00:09:35.260
  • to another, how if Derek would
  • 00:09:35.260 --> 00:09:38.010
  • have taken me on a date, I
  • 00:09:38.010 --> 00:09:40.080
  • never would have met my destiny.
  • 00:09:40.080 --> 00:09:42.210
  • Now that I see that if I had
  • 00:09:42.210 --> 00:09:44.210
  • got what I wanted, I wouldn't
  • 00:09:44.210 --> 00:09:46.070
  • be where I needed to be.
  • 00:09:46.070 --> 00:09:49.060
  • But it's different
  • 00:09:49.060 --> 00:09:51.230
  • when you're in it.
  • 00:09:51.230 --> 00:09:54.020
  • What we see in Acts chapter 16
  • 00:09:54.020 --> 00:09:56.050
  • is the gospel making progress.
  • 00:09:56.050 --> 00:09:58.180
  • As the gospel is making progress
  • 00:09:58.260 --> 00:10:01.260
  • or we could say,
  • 00:10:01.260 --> 00:10:02.200
  • "As the gospel is advancing,"
  • 00:10:02.200 --> 00:10:04.280
  • there is an attack.
  • 00:10:04.280 --> 00:10:07.040
  • And see, one thing we need to
  • 00:10:07.040 --> 00:10:09.170
  • understand about the nature of
  • 00:10:09.170 --> 00:10:12.090
  • growth in our lives, the growth
  • 00:10:12.090 --> 00:10:15.000
  • of God's kingdom, is that
  • 00:10:15.000 --> 00:10:17.010
  • the attack and the advancement
  • 00:10:17.210 --> 00:10:20.210
  • always go hand in hand.
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:23.210
  • Paul is now in Europe
  • 00:10:25.160 --> 00:10:28.160
  • and he's having some success
  • 00:10:28.160 --> 00:10:29.200
  • sharing the gospel.
  • 00:10:29.200 --> 00:10:30.210
  • He converted a woman named Lydia
  • 00:10:30.210 --> 00:10:32.130
  • and he turned around to this
  • 00:10:32.130 --> 00:10:35.130
  • one girl that was following him
  • 00:10:35.130 --> 00:10:37.060
  • around and he commanded an evil
  • 00:10:37.060 --> 00:10:39.080
  • spirit to come out of her in
  • 00:10:39.080 --> 00:10:40.220
  • the name of Jesus and the spirit
  • 00:10:40.220 --> 00:10:42.070
  • obeyed and--but you know,
  • 00:10:43.000 --> 00:10:46.000
  • the attack and the advance
  • 00:10:46.210 --> 00:10:49.210
  • always go hand in hand.
  • 00:10:49.210 --> 00:10:51.150
  • I like country preachers, man.
  • 00:10:51.150 --> 00:10:53.090
  • I heard one country preacher
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:54.290
  • say one time, he said, "If you
  • 00:10:54.290 --> 00:10:56.250
  • hadn't had a head-on collision
  • 00:10:56.250 --> 00:10:58.250
  • with the devil lately,
  • 00:10:58.250 --> 00:11:00.060
  • you might be headed
  • 00:11:00.060 --> 00:11:01.070
  • in the same direction he is."
  • 00:11:01.070 --> 00:11:03.260
  • That's what the country
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:05.080
  • preacher said.
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:07.030
  • And you know, it's kinda true.
  • 00:11:07.030 --> 00:11:09.280
  • It's kinda true.
  • 00:11:09.280 --> 00:11:11.080
  • I remember a little while ago,
  • 00:11:11.080 --> 00:11:13.090
  • our church was going through
  • 00:11:13.090 --> 00:11:14.200
  • some criticism and stuff.
  • 00:11:14.230 --> 00:11:17.230
  • And I asked God to make it stop.
  • 00:11:17.230 --> 00:11:20.010
  • I was, like, "God, stop it,"
  • 00:11:20.010 --> 00:11:22.020
  • 'cause it didn't seem fair
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:22.240
  • and I didn't like it.
  • 00:11:22.240 --> 00:11:23.240
  • It didn't feel good.
  • 00:11:23.240 --> 00:11:24.170
  • They were saying stuff about me
  • 00:11:24.170 --> 00:11:25.120
  • and some of it wasn't true.
  • 00:11:25.120 --> 00:11:27.040
  • And I didn't like it,
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:28.100
  • didn't feel good.
  • 00:11:28.100 --> 00:11:29.040
  • And I asked God,
  • 00:11:29.040 --> 00:11:30.040
  • could he make it stop.
  • 00:11:30.040 --> 00:11:30.270
  • And I felt like what he was
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:32.070
  • saying back to me was, "Yeah,
  • 00:11:32.070 --> 00:11:33.250
  • I can stop it but if I stop
  • 00:11:33.250 --> 00:11:36.040
  • the attack, I'll have to stop
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:39.060
  • the accompanying blessing
  • 00:11:39.060 --> 00:11:41.130
  • that brought about the attack."
  • 00:11:41.130 --> 00:11:44.130
  • Sometimes we get so comfortable
  • 00:11:44.130 --> 00:11:47.130
  • and complacent that we assume
  • 00:11:48.090 --> 00:11:51.090
  • that if we're facing an attack,
  • 00:11:51.090 --> 00:11:53.140
  • we must be doing
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:54.230
  • something wrong.
  • 00:11:54.230 --> 00:11:56.180
  • But I came with
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:57.190
  • an announcement tonight.
  • 00:11:57.190 --> 00:11:59.030
  • Sometimes, the fact that
  • 00:11:59.030 --> 00:12:01.130
  • you're under attack isn't a sign
  • 00:12:01.130 --> 00:12:04.080
  • that you're doing it wrong.
  • 00:12:04.080 --> 00:12:05.250
  • It's a sign that you're
  • 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:06.270
  • on the right track.
  • 00:12:06.270 --> 00:12:08.270
  • And the devil sees that
  • 00:12:08.270 --> 00:12:10.060
  • you have determined and decided
  • 00:12:10.060 --> 00:12:12.150
  • in your heart, in your mind,
  • 00:12:12.150 --> 00:12:14.290
  • in your spirit, that
  • 00:12:14.290 --> 00:12:16.180
  • I'm gonna make a difference.
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:18.020
  • Let me share something with you.
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  • The devil doesn't have to attack
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:21.060
  • apathetic people.
  • 00:12:21.060 --> 00:12:22.240
  • It's only the people who have
  • 00:12:22.240 --> 00:12:23.250
  • made up their mind,
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:25.010
  • "I'm not staying where I am.
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:26.090
  • I'm not living for just me.
  • 00:12:26.090 --> 00:12:28.060
  • I'm gonna make a difference
  • 00:12:28.060 --> 00:12:29.080
  • in my world.
  • 00:12:29.080 --> 00:12:30.080
  • I'm breaking out of the confines
  • 00:12:30.080 --> 00:12:31.250
  • of what's comfortable for me and
  • 00:12:31.250 --> 00:12:33.160
  • I'm stepping into my calling."
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:36.060
  • Those are the people
  • 00:12:36.060 --> 00:12:38.020
  • who are attacked.
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:40.190
  • One thing I've been praying
  • 00:12:40.190 --> 00:12:42.150
  • for more than ever.
  • 00:12:42.150 --> 00:12:44.190
  • In the last 3 years I've been
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:45.210
  • praying this for myself and
  • 00:12:45.210 --> 00:12:47.010
  • for the people that I pastor.
  • 00:12:47.010 --> 00:12:48.250
  • I pray it for you tonight.
  • 00:12:48.250 --> 00:12:50.110
  • Is that God will bless
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:52.070
  • my perspective.
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:54.060
  • You know, I pray for God
  • 00:12:54.060 --> 00:12:56.000
  • to bless all kinds of things
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:57.120
  • in my life.
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:12:59.270
  • But I realize lately that
  • 00:12:59.270 --> 00:13:01.140
  • my perspective is everything.
  • 00:13:02.280 --> 00:13:05.280
  • If God could give me the right
  • 00:13:06.020 --> 00:13:09.020
  • perspective no matter
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:11.030
  • what happens in my situation
  • 00:13:11.030 --> 00:13:13.290
  • I'm gonna be all right.
  • 00:13:15.060 --> 00:13:18.060
  • Would you do me a favor,
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:19.260
  • kind of weird, I know.
  • 00:13:19.260 --> 00:13:21.000
  • Can you just do
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:21.240
  • it this one time?
  • 00:13:21.240 --> 00:13:23.070
  • Put your hand on your
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:24.010
  • own head and say,
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:26.000
  • "God, bless my perspective."
  • 00:13:26.000 --> 00:13:28.290
  • And let me tell you
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:29.270
  • why I had you do that.
  • 00:13:29.270 --> 00:13:31.120
  • Because your perspective is
  • 00:13:31.120 --> 00:13:34.070
  • the product of your connections.
  • 00:13:34.270 --> 00:13:37.270
  • So your perspective--if your
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:39.190
  • perspective is off, every time
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:41.030
  • you face an attack, every time
  • 00:13:41.030 --> 00:13:44.030
  • you face an adversity,
  • 00:13:44.030 --> 00:13:46.100
  • every time you face something
  • 00:13:46.100 --> 00:13:47.230
  • that's out of the ordinary,
  • 00:13:47.230 --> 00:13:48.290
  • you're gonna retreat.
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:50.070
  • But if God would bless your
  • 00:13:50.070 --> 00:13:52.060
  • perspective, you're gonna
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:54.050
  • have the courage to advance
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:57.250
  • even in the face of attack.
  • 00:13:57.250 --> 00:13:59.210
  • That's what I want us to get
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:01.060
  • this week, is the kind
  • 00:14:01.060 --> 00:14:02.140
  • of courage to get down deep
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.220
  • and say, "If God is for me,
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:06.130
  • who can be against me?"
  • 00:14:06.130 --> 00:14:08.010
  • But you have to have
  • 00:14:08.010 --> 00:14:09.100
  • a perspective of power.
  • 00:14:09.100 --> 00:14:10.290
  • If you have a perspective of
  • 00:14:10.290 --> 00:14:11.290
  • power, this is what David had.
  • 00:14:11.290 --> 00:14:14.100
  • He said, "I dealt with the lion,
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:16.060
  • I dealt with the bear.
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:17.280
  • Who is this uncircumcised
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:19.270
  • Philistine that he should defy
  • 00:14:19.270 --> 00:14:21.170
  • the armies of the living God?"
  • 00:14:21.170 --> 00:14:23.100
  • What did he do?
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:24.070
  • He made the connection
  • 00:14:24.070 --> 00:14:25.160
  • between his past battles
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:28.020
  • and his present battle.
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:29.240
  • If God did it before,
  • 00:14:29.240 --> 00:14:31.000
  • he can do it again.
  • 00:14:31.000 --> 00:14:32.190
  • I feel like preaching.
  • 00:14:32.190 --> 00:14:33.180
  • Does anybody feel like helping?
  • 00:14:34.250 --> 00:14:37.250
  • God bless my perspective.
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:41.200
  • Because your perspective
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:44.170
  • will either become your prison
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:49.200
  • or your passport.
  • 00:14:52.100 --> 00:14:55.100
  • Your perspective on
  • 00:14:55.230 --> 00:14:58.230
  • the challenge that you're facing
  • 00:14:58.230 --> 00:15:01.030
  • to keep you bound or
  • 00:15:03.230 --> 00:15:05.180
  • your passport to set you free.
  • 00:15:08.130 --> 00:15:11.130
  • I brought a dude named Buck with
  • 00:15:11.130 --> 00:15:12.160
  • me to Australia the first time
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.020
  • I came and he couldn't
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:15.270
  • And Buck is kinda funny.
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:20.240
  • You can ask my team.
  • 00:15:20.240 --> 00:15:21.200
  • Buck is kinda hilarious.
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:22.290
  • Buck is kinda stubborn.
  • 00:15:22.290 --> 00:15:24.160
  • 'Cause he flew with me
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:25.170
  • and he was flying.
  • 00:15:25.170 --> 00:15:26.170
  • We're going from Charlotte,
  • 00:15:26.170 --> 00:15:27.130
  • North Carolina, to
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:29.020
  • the West Coast, to Los Angeles,
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:30.280
  • and then we were coming
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:32.250
  • to Australia.
  • 00:15:32.250 --> 00:15:33.290
  • And he flew with me from
  • 00:15:33.290 --> 00:15:34.250
  • Charlotte to Los Angeles
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:36.030
  • but he didn't have a passport.
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:37.200
  • And I said, "Well, what are
  • 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:39.270
  • you gonna do when we get
  • 00:15:39.270 --> 00:15:41.010
  • to Los Angeles?"
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:41.290
  • He said, "I don't know.
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:42.210
  • I'm gonna just go to the gate
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:43.150
  • and see what they say."
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:46.200
  • How American is this
  • 00:15:46.200 --> 00:15:47.210
  • perspective, by the way?
  • 00:15:47.210 --> 00:15:50.180
  • "See what happens.
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:52.100
  • Better let me on that plane."
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:53.190
  • But how many know that you're
  • 00:15:53.190 --> 00:15:56.160
  • not getting out of the country
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:16:00.100
  • without a passport?
  • 00:16:00.290 --> 00:16:03.290
  • And here's where I want us to go
  • 00:16:03.290 --> 00:16:04.260
  • for the rest of the time that
  • 00:16:04.260 --> 00:16:06.090
  • I have with you wonderful
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:07.210
  • people tonight.
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:08.220
  • The Bible says, "Enter
  • 00:16:08.220 --> 00:16:11.130
  • his gates with thanksgiving
  • 00:16:11.270 --> 00:16:14.270
  • and his courts with praise."
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:18.290
  • See, the way I see it,
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:21.080
  • in the kingdom of God,
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:23.070
  • praise is my passport.
  • 00:16:24.150 --> 00:16:27.150
  • Praise is my way out of
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:30.100
  • my situation even before
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:33.290
  • I get out of my situation.
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:36.110
  • Paul and Silas prove it
  • 00:16:36.110 --> 00:16:38.100
  • in Acts chapter 16.
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.090
  • It says that "the crowd joined
  • 00:16:40.090 --> 00:16:42.030
  • in the attack against Paul and
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:43.190
  • Silas, the magistrates ordered
  • 00:16:43.190 --> 00:16:45.290
  • them to be stripped and beaten
  • 00:16:46.100 --> 00:16:49.100
  • with rods."
  • 00:16:49.100 --> 00:16:51.160
  • Stripped, that's taking away
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:53.230
  • your dignity.
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:55.240
  • Stripped, that's a position of
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:58.000
  • vulnerability and shame.
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:01.190
  • Stripped, that's where something
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:03.100
  • is taken off of your life.
  • 00:17:03.100 --> 00:17:05.250
  • Stripped, that's where you feel
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:07.230
  • like you have no defense.
  • 00:17:07.230 --> 00:17:09.230
  • Stripped and beaten.
  • 00:17:09.230 --> 00:17:12.190
  • Beaten down perhaps emotionally
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:15.070
  • in the room tonight.
  • 00:17:15.070 --> 00:17:17.030
  • Beaten down perhaps
  • 00:17:17.030 --> 00:17:18.210
  • by continual failures.
  • 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:21.240
  • Beaten down by the last thing
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:23.040
  • that you prayed that God would
  • 00:17:23.040 --> 00:17:24.050
  • do and it hasn't happened yet.
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:26.150
  • Stripped and beaten with rods.
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:30.130
  • "After they had been severely
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:34.000
  • flogged, they were thrown
  • 00:17:34.000 --> 00:17:36.220
  • into prison,
  • 00:17:36.220 --> 00:17:38.150
  • and the jailer was commanded
  • 00:17:38.150 --> 00:17:40.160
  • to guard them carefully."
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:45.090
  • Now, this jailer, he has
  • 00:17:46.130 --> 00:17:49.130
  • important orders, you know?
  • 00:17:49.130 --> 00:17:52.060
  • 'Cause he's gotta keep Paul
  • 00:17:52.060 --> 00:17:53.090
  • in prison and that's kinda hard.
  • 00:17:53.220 --> 00:17:56.220
  • It's kinda hard to keep somebody
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:17:58.150
  • in prison who knows
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:18:00.120
  • how to praise.
  • 00:18:01.030 --> 00:18:04.030
  • It's kinda...
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:11.210
  • I always want to be more of
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:14.120
  • a Bible teacher.
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:16.070
  • I always get up and I'm, like,
  • 00:18:16.070 --> 00:18:17.090
  • I'm gonna teach, I'm not gonna
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:18.040
  • act, you know, scream
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:19.080
  • and yell and stuff.
  • 00:18:19.080 --> 00:18:20.280
  • People don't like all that.
  • 00:18:20.280 --> 00:18:22.280
  • Something gets on me when
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:24.040
  • I start--get up here, man.
  • 00:18:24.040 --> 00:18:26.020
  • I just get--and one time this
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:28.180
  • guy said to me, he was, like,
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:30.040
  • "I really like the way you work
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:31.160
  • the crowd, bro.
  • 00:18:31.160 --> 00:18:33.140
  • That's good that you work
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:34.060
  • the crowd, man.
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:35.030
  • I saw you.
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:35.230
  • I saw you work the crowd."
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:37.150
  • And I said this back to him.
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  • I was pretty proud of
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:41.140
  • my response.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:42.030
  • I said, "I don't really look
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:44.080
  • at it like working the crowd.
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:46.180
  • I look at it like I'm putting
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.190
  • the crowd to work."
  • 00:18:47.190 --> 00:18:50.100
  • See, because if you get the Word
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:53.240
  • and you're passive--I have
  • 00:18:53.240 --> 00:18:56.170
  • this one message I teach about
  • 00:18:56.170 --> 00:18:57.170
  • the power of receptivity.
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  • You can download it sometimes.
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  • A little thing I teach,
  • 00:19:02.050 --> 00:19:03.110
  • its got some things start with
  • 00:19:03.110 --> 00:19:04.020
  • the letter A down at the end.
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:04.290
  • You can get it later.
  • 00:19:04.290 --> 00:19:06.030
  • But I said, "If you don't work
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:08.240
  • the Word, if you don't
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  • practice praise--"
  • 00:19:14.030 --> 00:19:17.030
  • See, let me tell you something.
  • 00:19:17.030 --> 00:19:18.050
  • By the time I finish this sermon
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:19.280
  • in a few minutes,
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:20.250
  • I'm not gonna be much longer.
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:22.210
  • I'm not gonna be in front of you
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:23.130
  • very long but by the time
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:24.240
  • I finish, we're gonna praise
  • 00:19:24.240 --> 00:19:27.040
  • Paul and Silas out of prison.
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  • We're gonna do that together
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  • from the top to the floor,
  • 00:19:33.220 --> 00:19:36.100
  • from the front to the back.
  • 00:19:36.100 --> 00:19:39.050
  • We're gonna praise Paul
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  • and Silas out of prison.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.260
  • But if you just think this
  • 00:19:41.260 --> 00:19:42.260
  • is hype, you won't get
  • 00:19:42.260 --> 00:19:45.050
  • the heart behind it.
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:48.070
  • If you just think, "Oh, that's
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:49.040
  • hype, this is praise, you know,
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:50.180
  • praise.
  • 00:19:50.180 --> 00:19:51.250
  • I don't really do that praise
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:52.240
  • thing," let me explain
  • 00:19:52.240 --> 00:19:54.000
  • something to you.
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.000
  • You're gonna need
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:56.150
  • this praise thing.
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:59.020
  • And if you don't practice praise
  • 00:19:59.020 --> 00:20:01.080
  • before you get thrown in
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:03.020
  • the prison at the midnight hour,
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:06.170
  • how in the world do you think
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:07.290
  • you're gonna praise?
  • 00:20:07.290 --> 00:20:08.280
  • I mean, that's what we came to
  • 00:20:08.280 --> 00:20:09.260
  • conference for.
  • 00:20:09.260 --> 00:20:11.100
  • This is praise practice.
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:14.030
  • I said this is praise practice.
  • 00:20:14.100 --> 00:20:17.100
  • C'mon, this is praise practice.
  • 00:20:17.100 --> 00:20:19.210
  • And they commanded this guard,
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:21.140
  • they said, "Keep Paul
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  • and Silas on lockdown.
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  • Keep 'em on lockdown 'cause
  • 00:20:25.000 --> 00:20:25.260
  • they're stirring something up."
  • 00:20:25.260 --> 00:20:27.130
  • And you know, I feel like
  • 00:20:27.130 --> 00:20:28.100
  • the enemy has been commanded to
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.000
  • keep some of you on lockdown
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:31.210
  • because he knows what's
  • 00:20:31.210 --> 00:20:32.210
  • in you and if he knows, no,
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:34.060
  • he knows if it ever gets loose
  • 00:20:34.060 --> 00:20:35.090
  • and if you ever get free
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:36.180
  • and you ever get liberated
  • 00:20:36.180 --> 00:20:38.000
  • from insecurity and selfishness
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:40.050
  • and flesh and carnality and all
  • 00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:42.200
  • of the things that are keeping
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:44.070
  • you bound, the addiction
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:45.120
  • that's keeping you
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  • in a position of shame.
  • 00:20:46.130 --> 00:20:47.230
  • If you ever discover that
  • 00:20:47.230 --> 00:20:49.110
  • I am the righteousness of God
  • 00:20:49.110 --> 00:20:50.230
  • in Christ.
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:51.260
  • If you ever get it and get free,
  • 00:20:51.260 --> 00:20:53.250
  • it's gonna mean damage to
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:55.110
  • the kingdom of darkness.
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:59.280
  • So he guarded them carefully.
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:02.170
  • He had one job.
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:04.170
  • He had one job.
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:07.210
  • And he did one thing right that
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.150
  • guaranteed that Paul and Silas
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:12.110
  • couldn't get out of the prison
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:16.070
  • and he did one thing wrong
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.260
  • that guaranteed
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  • that they couldn't stay.
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  • Can I show you?
  • 00:21:20.010 --> 00:21:21.260
  • Can I show you?
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:23.150
  • It says, "When he," verse 24,
  • 00:21:23.190 --> 00:21:26.190
  • "received these orders,
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:29.010
  • he put them in the inner cell
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:30.260
  • and fastened their feet
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  • in the stocks."
  • 00:21:31.170 --> 00:21:32.100
  • Now what did he do right?
  • 00:21:33.160 --> 00:21:36.160
  • He put their feet in the stocks.
  • 00:21:36.280 --> 00:21:39.280
  • It's gonna be kinda hard for
  • 00:21:39.280 --> 00:21:41.200
  • them to get out with their feet
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:44.220
  • fastened in the stocks.
  • 00:21:45.010 --> 00:21:48.010
  • But what he did wrong
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:50.110
  • is a little bit more subtle
  • 00:21:50.110 --> 00:21:51.230
  • and you missed it.
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:53.050
  • It was right there in the
  • 00:21:53.050 --> 00:21:54.220
  • verse and you missed it.
  • 00:21:54.220 --> 00:21:56.170
  • I'm gonna show you now.
  • 00:21:56.170 --> 00:21:57.110
  • I'm gonna back up.
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:21:58.030
  • This is a remedial lesson.
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:02.160
  • He put their feet in the stocks
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:05.070
  • but the Bible says this is
  • 00:22:05.070 --> 00:22:06.190
  • where he made his mistake.
  • 00:22:06.190 --> 00:22:08.190
  • He put them in the inner cell.
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  • You missed it again.
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  • All right, one more time.
  • 00:22:19.240 --> 00:22:21.110
  • He put them, plural,
  • 00:22:22.080 --> 00:22:25.080
  • in the inner cell, singular.
  • 00:22:27.200 --> 00:22:30.200
  • What he should not have done
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:35.080
  • that he did was put them
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:38.160
  • in the same cell together.
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:43.000
  • What he should have done
  • 00:22:43.000 --> 00:22:45.290
  • if he wanted to keep them
  • 00:22:45.290 --> 00:22:47.270
  • there is keep them separated.
  • 00:22:49.270 --> 00:22:52.270
  • You know what the devil
  • 00:22:52.270 --> 00:22:54.050
  • should not have done this week?
  • 00:22:54.050 --> 00:22:56.260
  • He shouldn't have let us
  • 00:22:56.260 --> 00:22:58.110
  • get together like this,
  • 00:22:58.110 --> 00:23:01.030
  • from all these churches
  • 00:23:01.030 --> 00:23:03.040
  • and all these nations
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:05.270
  • and all these backgrounds.
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:08.010
  • He should not--touch
  • 00:23:08.010 --> 00:23:09.090
  • your neighbor and say,
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:10.130
  • "The devil shouldn't have
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:11.160
  • let you sit next to me."
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:14.080
  • C'mon, I told you you were gonna
  • 00:23:14.080 --> 00:23:15.030
  • need a partner tonight.
  • 00:23:15.030 --> 00:23:17.020
  • So you need a partner.
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:18.020
  • You need a partner.
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:18.290
  • 'Cause imagine, imagine it.
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:20.090
  • All right, let's say they
  • 00:23:20.090 --> 00:23:21.120
  • would have put Paul in prison
  • 00:23:21.120 --> 00:23:22.200
  • and he would have been
  • 00:23:22.200 --> 00:23:23.220
  • there by himself.
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:24.240
  • We know that Paul had a tendency
  • 00:23:24.240 --> 00:23:26.090
  • to be a little--a little grumpy,
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:28.120
  • right?
  • 00:23:28.120 --> 00:23:29.180
  • I mean, he was holy, he's
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:30.230
  • amazing but Paul--Paul could get
  • 00:23:30.230 --> 00:23:32.220
  • a little bit of an attitude.
  • 00:23:32.220 --> 00:23:34.120
  • So let's say he put Paul in one
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:35.260
  • cell and Silas in another.
  • 00:23:37.130 --> 00:23:40.130
  • Paul might have tossed
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:42.060
  • and turned all night.
  • 00:23:42.060 --> 00:23:43.140
  • Maybe at some point during
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:44.120
  • the night, as he can't get
  • 00:23:44.120 --> 00:23:46.130
  • comfortable 'cause they beat him
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:47.270
  • on the right side and they beat
  • 00:23:47.270 --> 00:23:50.260
  • him on the left side and he
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:54.260
  • can't lay on his back but his
  • 00:23:54.260 --> 00:23:56.120
  • feet are fastened in the stocks
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:23:58.080
  • so he can't turn over.
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:01.240
  • Maybe some point during
  • 00:24:01.240 --> 00:24:03.170
  • the night, Paul starts thinking,
  • 00:24:04.090 --> 00:24:07.090
  • "I serve God for this?"
  • 00:24:08.120 --> 00:24:11.120
  • You know how you start thinking
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:13.090
  • when you're by yourself.
  • 00:24:17.010 --> 00:24:20.010
  • "I sacrificed for this?
  • 00:24:21.030 --> 00:24:24.030
  • God, I was trying to serve you.
  • 00:24:25.070 --> 00:24:28.070
  • You know,
  • 00:24:28.070 --> 00:24:29.000
  • I'm a pretty smart man.
  • 00:24:29.000 --> 00:24:29.260
  • I think I could make a living
  • 00:24:29.260 --> 00:24:30.220
  • doing something else.
  • 00:24:30.220 --> 00:24:32.150
  • I--sign up for this."
  • 00:24:32.150 --> 00:24:33.140
  • I'm not saying Paul would have
  • 00:24:33.140 --> 00:24:34.290
  • thought this way but
  • 00:24:34.290 --> 00:24:36.020
  • I'm saying he could have.
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:37.170
  • Had it not been for Silas
  • 00:24:37.170 --> 00:24:40.090
  • in the same cell.
  • 00:24:41.040 --> 00:24:44.040
  • 'Cause right about the time Paul
  • 00:24:44.040 --> 00:24:45.230
  • start thinking... "I didn't sign
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:51.110
  • up for this," and he's trying
  • 00:24:51.220 --> 00:24:54.220
  • to fall asleep, you know,
  • 00:24:54.220 --> 00:24:56.260
  • he's trying to fall asleep.
  • 00:24:56.260 --> 00:24:58.030
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:24:58.030 --> 00:25:00.220
  • the same cell, everybody say,
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:01.160
  • "Same cell."
  • 00:25:01.160 --> 00:25:03.080
  • That was his mistake.
  • 00:25:03.080 --> 00:25:04.020
  • Silas was in the same cell.
  • 00:25:04.020 --> 00:25:06.000
  • And all of a sudden, it's about
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:07.210
  • midnight and Paul's finally
  • 00:25:07.210 --> 00:25:09.100
  • may be about to doze off
  • 00:25:09.100 --> 00:25:10.110
  • and he starts hearing...
  • 00:25:11.210 --> 00:25:14.210
  • My hope is built
  • 00:25:15.110 --> 00:25:18.110
  • on nothing less.
  • 00:25:22.120 --> 00:25:25.120
  • Paul's over here.
  • 00:25:25.120 --> 00:25:26.060
  • Paul's, "Shut up, Silas!
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:33.220
  • Tryin' to sleep."
  • 00:25:35.030 --> 00:25:38.030
  • Silas sang...
  • 00:25:38.030 --> 00:25:40.090
  • Than Jesus' blood
  • 00:25:40.150 --> 00:25:43.150
  • and righteousness
  • 00:25:46.020 --> 00:25:49.020
  • Paul, finally Paul said,
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:52.080
  • "All right, fine..."
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:54.150
  • I dare not trust
  • 00:25:54.150 --> 00:25:56.120
  • And Silas sang.
  • 00:25:56.120 --> 00:25:58.180
  • The sweetest frame
  • 00:25:58.270 --> 00:26:01.290
  • And then Paul sang...
  • 00:26:01.290 --> 00:26:04.090
  • But wholly lean
  • 00:26:04.090 --> 00:26:06.260
  • He's starting to smile now
  • 00:26:06.260 --> 00:26:08.040
  • 'cause he's starting to
  • 00:26:08.040 --> 00:26:09.030
  • think about how he has
  • 00:26:09.030 --> 00:26:12.010
  • a firm foundation.
  • 00:26:12.010 --> 00:26:13.280
  • And then Silas sang...
  • 00:26:13.280 --> 00:26:15.120
  • On Jesus' name
  • 00:26:15.120 --> 00:26:18.010
  • And then Paul starts singing
  • 00:26:18.010 --> 00:26:19.260
  • a little harmony.
  • 00:26:19.260 --> 00:26:20.160
  • He sang--
  • 00:26:20.160 --> 00:26:21.130
  • On Christ
  • 00:26:22.030 --> 00:26:25.030
  • the solid Rock, I stand
  • 00:26:28.130 --> 00:26:31.130
  • All other ground
  • 00:26:31.130 --> 00:26:34.070
  • is sinking sand
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:39.180
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:26:39.180 --> 00:26:41.230
  • All other ground
  • 00:26:41.230 --> 00:26:44.050
  • is sinking sand
  • 00:26:45.090 --> 00:26:48.090
  • Then Paul starts getting
  • 00:26:48.090 --> 00:26:49.140
  • happy and he remembered
  • 00:26:49.140 --> 00:26:50.270
  • hymn number 387
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:52.210
  • out the Baptists' hymnal.
  • 00:26:52.210 --> 00:26:54.050
  • He sang...
  • 00:26:54.050 --> 00:26:54.270
  • What can wash away
  • 00:26:56.110 --> 00:26:59.110
  • High note!
  • 00:26:59.260 --> 00:27:02.280
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:27:02.280 --> 00:27:05.040
  • Silas sang...
  • 00:27:05.040 --> 00:27:05.270
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:27:05.270 --> 00:27:08.160
  • of Jesus
  • 00:27:08.240 --> 00:27:11.240
  • And Paul sang
  • 00:27:11.240 --> 00:27:13.190
  • What can make...
  • 00:27:13.190 --> 00:27:15.230
  • Silas sang...
  • 00:27:15.230 --> 00:27:16.230
  • Me whole again
  • 00:27:17.150 --> 00:27:20.150
  • I didn't say Silas
  • 00:27:20.150 --> 00:27:21.010
  • was a good singer.
  • 00:27:21.010 --> 00:27:22.020
  • And Paul sang...
  • 00:27:22.020 --> 00:27:23.020
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:27:23.020 --> 00:27:24.160
  • Now the Bible says
  • 00:27:28.260 --> 00:27:29.170
  • that everybody in the prison
  • 00:27:29.170 --> 00:27:30.230
  • heard 'em singing.
  • 00:27:30.230 --> 00:27:32.060
  • I think we can do one better
  • 00:27:32.060 --> 00:27:33.210
  • than listen to 'em sing.
  • 00:27:33.210 --> 00:27:35.130
  • I think we can sing with 'em
  • 00:27:35.130 --> 00:27:37.080
  • tonight.
  • 00:27:37.080 --> 00:27:37.290
  • I think we ought to start
  • 00:27:37.290 --> 00:27:40.020
  • give a perspective of praise.
  • 00:27:44.030 --> 00:27:47.030
  • Sing, Ohh!
  • 00:27:47.030 --> 00:27:50.000
  • Precious is
  • 00:27:50.290 --> 00:27:53.290
  • The flow
  • 00:27:53.290 --> 00:27:54.240
  • C'mon!
  • 00:27:54.240 --> 00:27:55.190
  • That makes me
  • 00:27:56.040 --> 00:27:59.040
  • white as snow
  • 00:28:00.020 --> 00:28:03.020
  • No other fount
  • 00:28:04.200 --> 00:28:07.200
  • I know
  • 00:28:07.200 --> 00:28:09.260
  • Sing it, Silas!
  • 00:28:09.260 --> 00:28:10.240
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:28:10.240 --> 00:28:13.150
  • of Jesus
  • 00:28:14.050 --> 00:28:17.050
  • C'mon, lift your hands.
  • 00:28:17.050 --> 00:28:18.100
  • Your feet might be bound
  • 00:28:18.100 --> 00:28:19.060
  • but your hands aren't.
  • 00:28:19.060 --> 00:28:21.250
  • Ohhh!
  • 00:28:21.280 --> 00:28:24.280
  • That makes me white
  • 00:28:26.010 --> 00:28:29.010
  • C'mon now.
  • 00:28:29.150 --> 00:28:32.150
  • Let's do it.
  • 00:28:38.160 --> 00:28:41.160
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:28:41.160 --> 00:28:44.060
  • of Jesus
  • 00:28:44.090 --> 00:28:47.090
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:28:47.090 --> 00:28:48.210
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:28:50.060 --> 00:28:53.060
  • C'mon, this side be Paul.
  • 00:28:53.060 --> 00:28:54.240
  • You be Paul.
  • 00:28:54.240 --> 00:28:55.270
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:28:58.050 --> 00:29:01.070
  • C'mon, Hillsong.
  • 00:29:01.070 --> 00:29:02.110
  • Silas sang--
  • 00:29:02.110 --> 00:29:03.120
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:29:03.120 --> 00:29:06.050
  • of Jesus
  • 00:29:06.050 --> 00:29:08.170
  • Everybody sing.
  • 00:29:08.170 --> 00:29:10.160
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:29:10.160 --> 00:29:13.160
  • of Jesus
  • 00:29:15.090 --> 00:29:18.090
  • C'mon, let's up this.
  • 00:29:18.090 --> 00:29:20.020
  • - Matt: We are backstage right
  • 00:29:24.020 --> 00:29:25.050
  • here in Sydney, Australia.
  • 00:29:25.050 --> 00:29:27.050
  • The Hillsong Conference
  • 00:29:27.050 --> 00:29:28.130
  • is underway.
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  • Steven, Holly, okay, just a few
  • 00:29:29.170 --> 00:29:32.170
  • minutes ago, we were at church
  • 00:29:32.170 --> 00:29:34.030
  • together and you were rolling
  • 00:29:34.030 --> 00:29:35.060
  • all over the stage.
  • 00:29:35.060 --> 00:29:37.070
  • Can you explain yourself,
  • 00:29:37.070 --> 00:29:37.280
  • please?
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  • - Steven: Yeah, that's gonna
  • 00:29:38.150 --> 00:29:39.060
  • need some context.
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  • - Matt: Yeah, that's gonna need
  • 00:29:39.230 --> 00:29:40.150
  • some, please.
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  • - Steven: Well, we were with
  • 00:29:41.000 --> 00:29:41.210
  • Paul and Silas in prison.
  • 00:29:41.210 --> 00:29:42.260
  • And we were talking about how
  • 00:29:42.260 --> 00:29:44.010
  • the jailer who is responsible
  • 00:29:44.010 --> 00:29:46.150
  • for guarding them put them in
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  • the biggest mistake.
  • 00:29:51.120 --> 00:29:52.150
  • He should have kept them
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  • separate.
  • 00:29:53.040 --> 00:29:54.040
  • So I was demonstrating
  • 00:29:54.040 --> 00:29:55.080
  • that Paul and Silas, when
  • 00:29:55.080 --> 00:29:56.160
  • they got together, you know,
  • 00:29:56.160 --> 00:29:57.290
  • two or three touch or greet,
  • 00:29:57.290 --> 00:29:59.200
  • how when we come together
  • 00:29:59.200 --> 00:30:00.250
  • there's power in our praise.
  • 00:30:00.250 --> 00:30:02.060
  • So yeah, I was demonstrating,
  • 00:30:02.060 --> 00:30:03.270
  • you know, with little antics
  • 00:30:03.270 --> 00:30:05.090
  • to help the point come across.
  • 00:30:05.090 --> 00:30:06.210
  • - Holly Furtick: I was glad
  • 00:30:06.210 --> 00:30:07.200
  • that he didn't have white pants
  • 00:30:07.200 --> 00:30:08.180
  • on.
  • 00:30:08.180 --> 00:30:09.110
  • - Steven: Yeah, I had my
  • 00:30:09.110 --> 00:30:10.100
  • rolling around on the stage
  • 00:30:10.100 --> 00:30:11.080
  • jeans.
  • 00:30:11.080 --> 00:30:12.140
  • My motocross jeans.
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  • - Matt: Okay, what is the--what
  • 00:30:14.110 --> 00:30:15.140
  • did we want the audience--how
  • 00:30:15.140 --> 00:30:16.250
  • did we prepare the audience
  • 00:30:16.250 --> 00:30:17.230
  • for your sermon, your segment,
  • 00:30:17.230 --> 00:30:20.080
  • of the big Hillsong Conference?
  • 00:30:20.080 --> 00:30:21.150
  • What do you want us to,
  • 00:30:21.150 --> 00:30:23.040
  • you know, we're gonna jump in
  • 00:30:23.040 --> 00:30:23.250
  • and out of it.
  • 00:30:23.250 --> 00:30:24.200
  • What do you wanna--how do
  • 00:30:24.200 --> 00:30:25.160
  • we prepare for what you're
  • 00:30:25.160 --> 00:30:26.180
  • gonna bring to the world?
  • 00:30:26.180 --> 00:30:28.020
  • - Steven: Well, I think prepare
  • 00:30:28.020 --> 00:30:28.290
  • is a good word for it because
  • 00:30:28.290 --> 00:30:31.040
  • the message that I'm bringing is
  • 00:30:31.040 --> 00:30:32.080
  • about chain reactions, talking
  • 00:30:32.080 --> 00:30:34.060
  • about how one thing leads to
  • 00:30:34.060 --> 00:30:35.100
  • another, about how praise
  • 00:30:35.100 --> 00:30:38.010
  • is a perspective and, really,
  • 00:30:38.010 --> 00:30:39.150
  • how you have to practice
  • 00:30:39.150 --> 00:30:40.270
  • praise before you get
  • 00:30:40.270 --> 00:30:42.130
  • in a difficult situation.
  • 00:30:42.130 --> 00:30:43.230
  • You know, so I want people to
  • 00:30:43.230 --> 00:30:45.250
  • understand that what they're
  • 00:30:45.250 --> 00:30:47.000
  • going through right now in life
  • 00:30:47.000 --> 00:30:48.090
  • is not random.
  • 00:30:48.090 --> 00:30:49.140
  • And how if you can have
  • 00:30:49.140 --> 00:30:50.180
  • the faith to praise God before
  • 00:30:50.180 --> 00:30:52.040
  • you can see the result, you
  • 00:30:52.040 --> 00:30:53.090
  • can make it through anything.
  • 00:30:53.090 --> 00:30:54.080
  • - Laurie Crouch: I love
  • 00:30:54.080 --> 00:30:55.120
  • the praise is your passport.
  • 00:30:55.120 --> 00:30:56.230
  • That was great.
  • 00:30:56.230 --> 00:30:58.100
  • And the other one
  • 00:30:58.100 --> 00:30:59.220
  • was your prison.
  • 00:30:59.220 --> 00:31:00.220
  • - Steven: It can become--so
  • 00:31:00.220 --> 00:31:02.140
  • praise is your passport but your
  • 00:31:02.140 --> 00:31:04.070
  • perspective will either become
  • 00:31:04.070 --> 00:31:06.220
  • your prison or your passport.
  • 00:31:06.220 --> 00:31:08.100
  • If you can have a perspective of
  • 00:31:08.100 --> 00:31:09.070
  • praise, you can get out, even if
  • 00:31:09.070 --> 00:31:11.080
  • you don't get out of the
  • 00:31:11.080 --> 00:31:12.060
  • situation, in your spirit,
  • 00:31:12.060 --> 00:31:13.270
  • you'll have the freedom to know
  • 00:31:13.270 --> 00:31:14.270
  • that God's gonna work this out
  • 00:31:14.270 --> 00:31:16.120
  • for good.
  • 00:31:16.120 --> 00:31:17.080
  • So is your perspective
  • 00:31:17.080 --> 00:31:18.160
  • your prison or your passport?
  • 00:31:18.160 --> 00:31:19.290
  • - Matt: You know, when you were
  • 00:31:19.290 --> 00:31:21.170
  • preaching, your sermon made me
  • 00:31:21.170 --> 00:31:23.120
  • think about something that
  • 00:31:23.120 --> 00:31:24.280
  • happened, you know,
  • 00:31:24.280 --> 00:31:26.090
  • back in the '80s to TBN.
  • 00:31:26.090 --> 00:31:28.180
  • So you're watching TBN.
  • 00:31:28.180 --> 00:31:30.020
  • My father, Paul Crouch,
  • 00:31:30.020 --> 00:31:32.090
  • was president of TBN
  • 00:31:32.090 --> 00:31:34.040
  • back in the 1980s and one day
  • 00:31:35.030 --> 00:31:38.030
  • the federal government decided
  • 00:31:38.030 --> 00:31:40.180
  • that legislation that forced
  • 00:31:41.000 --> 00:31:44.000
  • cable systems to carry
  • 00:31:44.000 --> 00:31:46.080
  • broadcast channels, just wiped
  • 00:31:46.080 --> 00:31:48.080
  • that whole legislation out.
  • 00:31:48.080 --> 00:31:50.040
  • Went all the way to
  • 00:31:50.040 --> 00:31:50.290
  • Supreme Court and they struck
  • 00:31:50.290 --> 00:31:53.070
  • "must carry."
  • 00:31:53.070 --> 00:31:54.110
  • That meant that my dad
  • 00:31:54.110 --> 00:31:56.180
  • got notification one day in
  • 00:31:56.180 --> 00:31:58.260
  • the office that no longer does
  • 00:31:58.260 --> 00:32:01.240
  • the channels that he had blood,
  • 00:32:01.240 --> 00:32:03.200
  • sweat, and tears, gotten
  • 00:32:03.200 --> 00:32:05.100
  • the partners to help buy,
  • 00:32:05.100 --> 00:32:07.140
  • were now basically obsolete.
  • 00:32:07.140 --> 00:32:10.010
  • It was literally the day my dad
  • 00:32:10.010 --> 00:32:12.160
  • would have said was the worst
  • 00:32:12.160 --> 00:32:13.240
  • day in TBN history.
  • 00:32:13.240 --> 00:32:16.000
  • What he didn't realize is that
  • 00:32:16.000 --> 00:32:18.230
  • 10 years later, that legislation
  • 00:32:18.230 --> 00:32:21.050
  • would be rediscussed, resent to
  • 00:32:22.130 --> 00:32:25.130
  • the Supreme Court, and upheld.
  • 00:32:25.130 --> 00:32:27.200
  • So there was 10 years when we
  • 00:32:27.200 --> 00:32:29.190
  • were buying TV channels at rock
  • 00:32:29.190 --> 00:32:31.260
  • bottom, discounted, bargain
  • 00:32:31.260 --> 00:32:33.230
  • basement prices, and that
  • 00:32:33.230 --> 00:32:36.070
  • Trinity really grew
  • 00:32:36.070 --> 00:32:38.220
  • in a season that God, I believe,
  • 00:32:38.220 --> 00:32:41.160
  • orchestrated but my dad wouldn't
  • 00:32:41.160 --> 00:32:44.010
  • have seen it then, see?
  • 00:32:44.010 --> 00:32:45.110
  • So he wasn't able to praise God
  • 00:32:45.180 --> 00:32:48.180
  • in the early '80s for
  • 00:32:48.180 --> 00:32:50.150
  • "must carry" being struck.
  • 00:32:50.150 --> 00:32:52.110
  • He couldn't praise.
  • 00:32:52.110 --> 00:32:53.090
  • He was angry.
  • 00:32:53.090 --> 00:32:54.130
  • He was fighting against that.
  • 00:32:54.130 --> 00:32:55.260
  • He didn't realize that that was
  • 00:32:57.090 --> 00:33:00.110
  • really the greatest opportunity
  • 00:33:00.110 --> 00:33:01.240
  • in the TBN history, that we grew
  • 00:33:01.240 --> 00:33:04.000
  • the most, we had enough
  • 00:33:04.000 --> 00:33:05.280
  • resources to buy the channels.
  • 00:33:05.280 --> 00:33:07.260
  • No one else wanted 'em.
  • 00:33:07.260 --> 00:33:09.030
  • And then one day, the value of
  • 00:33:09.030 --> 00:33:11.180
  • them increased because "must
  • 00:33:11.180 --> 00:33:13.080
  • carry" was--so the idea that
  • 00:33:13.080 --> 00:33:16.000
  • there is things in your life
  • 00:33:16.000 --> 00:33:17.120
  • that you think is terrible that
  • 00:33:17.120 --> 00:33:19.130
  • really are a great opportunity
  • 00:33:19.130 --> 00:33:21.060
  • is really what you were
  • 00:33:21.060 --> 00:33:21.260
  • preaching about.
  • 00:33:21.260 --> 00:33:22.140
  • - Steven: Exactly, because
  • 00:33:22.140 --> 00:33:24.020
  • isn't that faith in action?
  • 00:33:24.020 --> 00:33:26.070
  • You said he wasn't able to
  • 00:33:26.070 --> 00:33:27.140
  • praise God.
  • 00:33:27.140 --> 00:33:28.090
  • He was fighting.
  • 00:33:28.090 --> 00:33:29.030
  • I would argue that praise is
  • 00:33:29.030 --> 00:33:30.150
  • sometimes offensive.
  • 00:33:30.150 --> 00:33:33.000
  • Praise isn't always in church,
  • 00:33:33.000 --> 00:33:34.230
  • "Thank you, Lord."
  • 00:33:34.230 --> 00:33:36.190
  • Praise is sometimes doing
  • 00:33:36.190 --> 00:33:38.030
  • battle, you know.
  • 00:33:38.030 --> 00:33:39.090
  • Praise is send you to first.
  • 00:33:39.090 --> 00:33:42.010
  • Praise is sometimes not just
  • 00:33:42.010 --> 00:33:43.150
  • demonstrated through our words
  • 00:33:43.150 --> 00:33:45.040
  • that we sing but through our
  • 00:33:45.040 --> 00:33:46.020
  • actions we take.
  • 00:33:46.020 --> 00:33:47.000
  • So to me, faith in action is
  • 00:33:47.080 --> 00:33:50.080
  • knowing I've been through enough
  • 00:33:50.080 --> 00:33:51.260
  • battles, I've seen God come
  • 00:33:51.260 --> 00:33:53.210
  • through enough times, that I
  • 00:33:53.210 --> 00:33:55.150
  • don't know how right now but I'm
  • 00:33:55.150 --> 00:33:56.120
  • gonna take the next step God has
  • 00:33:56.120 --> 00:33:57.200
  • called me to take, I'm gonna do
  • 00:33:57.200 --> 00:33:58.240
  • the next thing that I know that
  • 00:33:58.240 --> 00:33:59.250
  • he's given me to do, and trust
  • 00:33:59.250 --> 00:34:01.160
  • that on the other side of this,
  • 00:34:01.160 --> 00:34:03.110
  • I'm gonna understand it.
  • 00:34:03.110 --> 00:34:04.230
  • That's what I mean by praise
  • 00:34:04.230 --> 00:34:06.050
  • becoming your perspective.
  • 00:34:06.050 --> 00:34:08.050
  • It's saying, "God, this doesn't
  • 00:34:08.050 --> 00:34:08.290
  • feel good right now.
  • 00:34:08.290 --> 00:34:09.210
  • I don't like it.
  • 00:34:09.210 --> 00:34:10.170
  • I wouldn't even choose it but I
  • 00:34:10.170 --> 00:34:12.030
  • know that you're gonna use it
  • 00:34:12.030 --> 00:34:13.190
  • for something good in my life."
  • 00:34:13.190 --> 00:34:15.010
  • So I think a lot of times when
  • 00:34:15.010 --> 00:34:16.030
  • we say, "Praise God no matter
  • 00:34:16.030 --> 00:34:18.010
  • what you're going through," to
  • 00:34:18.010 --> 00:34:19.180
  • the person who's really hurting
  • 00:34:19.180 --> 00:34:20.150
  • it's, like, "You don't know what
  • 00:34:20.150 --> 00:34:21.170
  • I'm going through."
  • 00:34:21.170 --> 00:34:22.150
  • And we all have things
  • 00:34:22.150 --> 00:34:24.010
  • in our lives.
  • 00:34:24.010 --> 00:34:24.230
  • Holly, me, we have things
  • 00:34:24.230 --> 00:34:25.280
  • in our lives that we wouldn't
  • 00:34:25.280 --> 00:34:27.290
  • necessarily thank God for it but
  • 00:34:27.290 --> 00:34:29.150
  • we thank God in it because we
  • 00:34:29.150 --> 00:34:31.140
  • know when he's done with it, all
  • 00:34:31.140 --> 00:34:32.190
  • things are gonna work together
  • 00:34:32.190 --> 00:34:33.210
  • for the good.
  • 00:34:33.210 --> 00:34:34.180
  • So I think that's what we mean
  • 00:34:34.180 --> 00:34:35.140
  • by that.
  • 00:34:35.140 --> 00:34:36.060
  • - Matt: What's something in
  • 00:34:36.060 --> 00:34:37.250
  • your guys' life, draw back in
  • 00:34:37.250 --> 00:34:39.240
  • the memory banks, and what's
  • 00:34:39.240 --> 00:34:42.090
  • something that was just not
  • 00:34:42.090 --> 00:34:43.180
  • willing, you know, at the time
  • 00:34:43.180 --> 00:34:46.170
  • it was not something--
  • 00:34:46.170 --> 00:34:48.270
  • think of something.
  • 00:34:48.270 --> 00:34:50.010
  • Help the people understand
  • 00:34:50.010 --> 00:34:51.100
  • that if you're on TV it's not
  • 00:34:51.100 --> 00:34:53.030
  • like nothing ever bad happens,
  • 00:34:53.030 --> 00:34:54.020
  • you know.
  • 00:34:54.020 --> 00:34:54.240
  • I mean, and it'll encourage
  • 00:34:54.240 --> 00:34:56.040
  • them, I think, to tell something
  • 00:34:56.040 --> 00:34:58.010
  • really crappy that happened to
  • 00:34:58.010 --> 00:34:59.120
  • you guys, you know?
  • 00:34:59.120 --> 00:35:00.150
  • - Steven: Okay, okay.
  • 00:35:00.150 --> 00:35:02.210
  • I can certainly encourage people
  • 00:35:02.210 --> 00:35:04.160
  • with a crappy incident from my
  • 00:35:04.160 --> 00:35:06.020
  • life.
  • 00:35:06.020 --> 00:35:06.290
  • I have a huge catalog.
  • 00:35:06.290 --> 00:35:08.100
  • I was just sharing with
  • 00:35:08.100 --> 00:35:10.260
  • someone--I'm kinda glad you
  • 00:35:10.260 --> 00:35:12.090
  • asked that because I was talking
  • 00:35:12.090 --> 00:35:13.170
  • about my dad.
  • 00:35:13.170 --> 00:35:14.220
  • My dad died couple of years ago.
  • 00:35:14.220 --> 00:35:17.060
  • He suffered with ALS or
  • 00:35:17.060 --> 00:35:19.010
  • Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • 00:35:19.040 --> 00:35:22.040
  • When he was dying, I remember
  • 00:35:22.040 --> 00:35:23.210
  • and this is kind of a cool story
  • 00:35:23.210 --> 00:35:25.240
  • I haven't had the opportunity to
  • 00:35:25.240 --> 00:35:26.280
  • tell much but my dad and I had
  • 00:35:26.280 --> 00:35:29.060
  • a complicated relationship at
  • 00:35:29.060 --> 00:35:30.290
  • the end.
  • 00:35:30.290 --> 00:35:32.010
  • I don't know if you've seen
  • 00:35:32.010 --> 00:35:33.140
  • anybody with ALS suffer.
  • 00:35:33.140 --> 00:35:34.160
  • We kind of watched him lose
  • 00:35:34.160 --> 00:35:35.220
  • everything.
  • 00:35:35.220 --> 00:35:37.040
  • We watched him lose his mind
  • 00:35:37.040 --> 00:35:38.140
  • a little bit as well.
  • 00:35:38.140 --> 00:35:40.110
  • And there were several moments
  • 00:35:40.110 --> 00:35:41.110
  • where he became very
  • 00:35:41.110 --> 00:35:42.140
  • threatening, very aggressive.
  • 00:35:42.140 --> 00:35:44.090
  • He and my mom had to separate
  • 00:35:44.090 --> 00:35:45.210
  • for a while.
  • 00:35:45.210 --> 00:35:46.220
  • So it was a kind of rough
  • 00:35:46.220 --> 00:35:49.090
  • couple of years, really.
  • 00:35:49.090 --> 00:35:52.090
  • But I got to experience
  • 00:35:52.090 --> 00:35:55.070
  • something pretty cool.
  • 00:35:55.070 --> 00:35:56.120
  • It's, like, at the point that
  • 00:35:56.120 --> 00:35:58.050
  • I had worked through
  • 00:35:58.050 --> 00:35:59.220
  • the forgiveness issue with my
  • 00:35:59.220 --> 00:36:00.210
  • dad, at the point that my mom
  • 00:36:00.210 --> 00:36:02.090
  • had decided to take him back in,
  • 00:36:02.090 --> 00:36:04.090
  • even though he had
  • 00:36:04.090 --> 00:36:05.030
  • threatened her life.
  • 00:36:05.030 --> 00:36:06.110
  • You know, once we took care of
  • 00:36:06.110 --> 00:36:07.210
  • the safety issue with that and
  • 00:36:07.210 --> 00:36:09.280
  • now she was able to care for him
  • 00:36:09.280 --> 00:36:11.020
  • in a really feeble state.
  • 00:36:11.020 --> 00:36:13.010
  • There was one Sunday that I was
  • 00:36:13.010 --> 00:36:14.220
  • preaching at Elevation Church
  • 00:36:14.220 --> 00:36:16.100
  • and, of course, you know, people
  • 00:36:16.100 --> 00:36:18.120
  • do see us on TV and they don't
  • 00:36:18.120 --> 00:36:20.020
  • know sometimes we're preaching
  • 00:36:20.020 --> 00:36:21.090
  • while at home our dad is dying
  • 00:36:21.090 --> 00:36:23.040
  • and threatening our mom's life,
  • 00:36:23.040 --> 00:36:24.190
  • you know?
  • 00:36:24.190 --> 00:36:25.230
  • They kind of think that we're
  • 00:36:25.230 --> 00:36:26.180
  • singing songs on our harp when
  • 00:36:26.180 --> 00:36:27.190
  • we're not on TV
  • 00:36:27.190 --> 00:36:28.160
  • or something like that.
  • 00:36:28.160 --> 00:36:30.000
  • but I remember preaching one
  • 00:36:30.000 --> 00:36:31.040
  • Sunday and you'll remember this.
  • 00:36:31.040 --> 00:36:32.060
  • - Holly: Yeah.
  • 00:36:32.060 --> 00:36:32.270
  • - Steven: It was--I preached
  • 00:36:32.270 --> 00:36:34.120
  • at 9:30, Worship Experience at
  • 00:36:34.120 --> 00:36:36.010
  • Elevation Church, and
  • 00:36:36.010 --> 00:36:39.000
  • something told me don't preach
  • 00:36:39.000 --> 00:36:39.250
  • the next one at 11:30.
  • 00:36:39.250 --> 00:36:41.030
  • Leave right now.
  • 00:36:41.030 --> 00:36:42.160
  • Play the video back.
  • 00:36:42.160 --> 00:36:43.290
  • And so I thought that was kind
  • 00:36:43.290 --> 00:36:46.150
  • of weird but I did it.
  • 00:36:46.150 --> 00:36:48.000
  • And thought maybe it was God
  • 00:36:48.000 --> 00:36:50.050
  • telling me not to preach it.
  • 00:36:50.050 --> 00:36:51.070
  • Maybe I wasn't gonna preach good
  • 00:36:51.070 --> 00:36:52.000
  • at 11:30 or something.
  • 00:36:52.000 --> 00:36:53.200
  • And when I was leaving,
  • 00:36:53.200 --> 00:36:55.100
  • something told me to go by
  • 00:36:55.100 --> 00:36:56.080
  • and see my dad.
  • 00:36:56.080 --> 00:36:57.030
  • We had moved my mom and dad to
  • 00:36:57.030 --> 00:36:58.130
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, where
  • 00:36:58.130 --> 00:36:59.130
  • we live so we can help take care
  • 00:36:59.130 --> 00:37:01.000
  • of them.
  • 00:37:01.000 --> 00:37:02.010
  • And at the moment I pulled in
  • 00:37:02.010 --> 00:37:04.170
  • the driveway and walked in
  • 00:37:04.170 --> 00:37:05.270
  • the house, my dad was pulling up
  • 00:37:05.270 --> 00:37:07.250
  • the livestream of the Elevation
  • 00:37:07.250 --> 00:37:09.180
  • service on his iPad, okay?
  • 00:37:09.180 --> 00:37:12.180
  • Now I'm coming up to preach
  • 00:37:12.180 --> 00:37:14.080
  • as I'm walking in the door
  • 00:37:14.080 --> 00:37:15.220
  • and he's confused.
  • 00:37:15.220 --> 00:37:16.170
  • He's laying in his bed, he's
  • 00:37:16.170 --> 00:37:17.150
  • lost his mobility at this point.
  • 00:37:17.150 --> 00:37:18.290
  • And he's looking at it,
  • 00:37:18.290 --> 00:37:20.200
  • he's confused.
  • 00:37:20.200 --> 00:37:21.100
  • He goes, "How are you here
  • 00:37:21.100 --> 00:37:23.020
  • and there?"
  • 00:37:23.020 --> 00:37:24.110
  • And I said, "Well,
  • 00:37:24.110 --> 00:37:25.050
  • I came to see you."
  • 00:37:25.050 --> 00:37:26.240
  • Here's the interesting thing
  • 00:37:26.240 --> 00:37:27.150
  • about that.
  • 00:37:27.150 --> 00:37:28.180
  • At the moment where my dad and
  • 00:37:28.180 --> 00:37:29.240
  • I, our relationship was at
  • 00:37:29.240 --> 00:37:31.010
  • the worst, he told me, "You care
  • 00:37:31.010 --> 00:37:32.190
  • more about preaching than you
  • 00:37:32.190 --> 00:37:33.260
  • care about me," and he had
  • 00:37:33.260 --> 00:37:35.150
  • pitted the ministry
  • 00:37:35.150 --> 00:37:36.180
  • against himself.
  • 00:37:36.180 --> 00:37:37.180
  • He had made almost like,
  • 00:37:37.180 --> 00:37:38.270
  • that--here's what he said.
  • 00:37:38.270 --> 00:37:40.260
  • He said, "If you ever wanna
  • 00:37:40.260 --> 00:37:41.280
  • prove to me that I matter to
  • 00:37:41.280 --> 00:37:42.270
  • you, if you ever wanna prove to
  • 00:37:42.270 --> 00:37:44.280
  • me that you love me, cancel one
  • 00:37:44.280 --> 00:37:46.270
  • of your preaching engagements
  • 00:37:46.270 --> 00:37:48.060
  • and come see me."
  • 00:37:48.060 --> 00:37:49.250
  • So I didn't think about it
  • 00:37:49.250 --> 00:37:50.250
  • in all of this.
  • 00:37:50.250 --> 00:37:51.210
  • You know, like, again,
  • 00:37:51.210 --> 00:37:52.140
  • we don't know what God is doing.
  • 00:37:52.140 --> 00:37:53.260
  • We don't--we just had these
  • 00:37:53.260 --> 00:37:54.210
  • little impressions.
  • 00:37:54.210 --> 00:37:55.160
  • We don't have a master plan
  • 00:37:55.160 --> 00:37:56.080
  • to it.
  • 00:37:56.080 --> 00:37:56.290
  • God has a plan.
  • 00:37:56.290 --> 00:37:57.230
  • We don't see it.
  • 00:37:57.230 --> 00:37:58.170
  • So here I am, walking in.
  • 00:37:58.170 --> 00:38:00.140
  • I'm coming up on the iPad.
  • 00:38:00.140 --> 00:38:01.260
  • I lay down beside him,
  • 00:38:01.260 --> 00:38:03.250
  • watch myself preach, which is
  • 00:38:03.250 --> 00:38:05.100
  • a really awkward experience.
  • 00:38:05.100 --> 00:38:06.270
  • I don't recommend it.
  • 00:38:06.270 --> 00:38:08.060
  • But I watched myself preach,
  • 00:38:08.060 --> 00:38:09.040
  • with my dad, and at the end of
  • 00:38:09.040 --> 00:38:10.240
  • it, I hug him, I leave.
  • 00:38:10.240 --> 00:38:12.020
  • We left for a family vacation
  • 00:38:12.020 --> 00:38:13.280
  • and that night I got the call,
  • 00:38:13.280 --> 00:38:15.150
  • "Your dad only has
  • 00:38:15.150 --> 00:38:17.010
  • a few more hours.
  • 00:38:17.010 --> 00:38:17.250
  • You need to get here right now,"
  • 00:38:17.250 --> 00:38:18.280
  • from my mom.
  • 00:38:18.280 --> 00:38:19.260
  • It was the last time
  • 00:38:19.260 --> 00:38:20.240
  • I was with him.
  • 00:38:20.240 --> 00:38:21.260
  • I had no idea it would be
  • 00:38:21.260 --> 00:38:22.250
  • the last time that I would ever
  • 00:38:22.250 --> 00:38:23.260
  • have a conversation with him.
  • 00:38:23.260 --> 00:38:25.180
  • And I look at that chain of
  • 00:38:25.180 --> 00:38:27.120
  • events, right?
  • 00:38:27.120 --> 00:38:28.150
  • I look at every horrible thing
  • 00:38:28.150 --> 00:38:30.020
  • that happened, every time that I
  • 00:38:30.020 --> 00:38:31.140
  • had my dad cuss me out, cuss my
  • 00:38:31.140 --> 00:38:34.020
  • mom, stuff that is hard to even
  • 00:38:34.130 --> 00:38:37.130
  • summarize in a format like this.
  • 00:38:37.130 --> 00:38:39.100
  • But in the moment of seeing that
  • 00:38:39.100 --> 00:38:42.010
  • God was still involved in all of
  • 00:38:42.010 --> 00:38:43.250
  • that, his childhood, he watched
  • 00:38:43.250 --> 00:38:45.140
  • his father commit suicide.
  • 00:38:45.140 --> 00:38:47.010
  • He found his father dead
  • 00:38:47.010 --> 00:38:48.210
  • at age 8, on his 8th birthday.
  • 00:38:48.210 --> 00:38:50.290
  • Just to see the arc of this life
  • 00:38:50.290 --> 00:38:52.230
  • that was very painful, a painful
  • 00:38:52.230 --> 00:38:54.200
  • ending but to see the sweetness
  • 00:38:54.200 --> 00:38:56.050
  • in it and to know that even
  • 00:38:56.050 --> 00:38:58.030
  • at the very end, God was still
  • 00:38:58.030 --> 00:38:59.290
  • bringing things together,
  • 00:38:59.290 --> 00:39:01.140
  • working it together for his good
  • 00:39:01.140 --> 00:39:02.130
  • and I was there with him
  • 00:39:02.130 --> 00:39:03.180
  • for his last breath.
  • 00:39:03.180 --> 00:39:04.140
  • And the last thing that I did
  • 00:39:04.140 --> 00:39:06.090
  • was cancel preaching at
  • 00:39:06.090 --> 00:39:08.090
  • my church to come be with him.
  • 00:39:08.090 --> 00:39:10.040
  • And so that's what I mean by
  • 00:39:10.040 --> 00:39:12.070
  • all things work together
  • 00:39:12.070 --> 00:39:13.240
  • for the good.
  • 00:39:13.240 --> 00:39:15.040
  • I didn't love to watch my dad
  • 00:39:15.040 --> 00:39:17.180
  • defecate on himself.
  • 00:39:17.180 --> 00:39:18.260
  • I didn't love to watch my dad as
  • 00:39:18.260 --> 00:39:20.190
  • he gasped for breath, but I'm
  • 00:39:20.190 --> 00:39:23.100
  • glad I got to be there with him
  • 00:39:23.100 --> 00:39:24.150
  • as he took his last breath and I
  • 00:39:24.150 --> 00:39:26.070
  • see God's faithfulness in that.
  • 00:39:26.070 --> 00:39:28.020
  • - Laurie: Yeah.
  • 00:39:28.020 --> 00:39:28.280
  • - Matt: Wow.
  • 00:39:28.280 --> 00:39:29.220
  • Wow!
  • 00:39:29.220 --> 00:39:32.070
  • So the lesson for everyone
  • 00:39:32.070 --> 00:39:34.020
  • for this sermon is?
  • 00:39:34.020 --> 00:39:36.070
  • - Steven: I want you to know
  • 00:39:36.070 --> 00:39:37.080
  • that what you're going through
  • 00:39:37.080 --> 00:39:38.230
  • isn't random.
  • 00:39:38.230 --> 00:39:40.110
  • You might not see the reason
  • 00:39:40.110 --> 00:39:41.190
  • right now.
  • 00:39:41.190 --> 00:39:42.170
  • You don't have to see the reason
  • 00:39:42.170 --> 00:39:44.070
  • or make something up, put it on
  • 00:39:44.070 --> 00:39:46.110
  • a bumper sticker right now.
  • 00:39:46.110 --> 00:39:47.260
  • You don't even have to like it.
  • 00:39:47.260 --> 00:39:49.160
  • You don't have to feel it.
  • 00:39:49.160 --> 00:39:50.290
  • Faith is not a feeling.
  • 00:39:50.290 --> 00:39:52.120
  • Faith is a decision.
  • 00:39:52.120 --> 00:39:54.030
  • Make the decision right now to
  • 00:39:54.030 --> 00:39:56.060
  • know that "God, I would rather
  • 00:39:56.060 --> 00:39:58.160
  • go through this with you
  • 00:39:58.160 --> 00:40:00.010
  • than without you.
  • 00:40:00.010 --> 00:40:01.070
  • So even though I wouldn't choose
  • 00:40:01.070 --> 00:40:03.030
  • what I'm going through right
  • 00:40:03.030 --> 00:40:04.030
  • now, I know that I'm gonna
  • 00:40:04.030 --> 00:40:05.290
  • get on the other side of it
  • 00:40:05.290 --> 00:40:07.000
  • and realize that you had
  • 00:40:07.000 --> 00:40:08.030
  • a purpose in it."
  • 00:40:08.030 --> 00:40:09.170
  • And I speak that over your life
  • 00:40:09.170 --> 00:40:10.190
  • today, that on the other side of
  • 00:40:10.190 --> 00:40:12.070
  • this, you're gonna see that God
  • 00:40:12.070 --> 00:40:14.040
  • was working in all things.
  • 00:40:14.040 --> 00:40:15.260
  • When God gets done with what's
  • 00:40:15.260 --> 00:40:17.290
  • happening in your life right
  • 00:40:17.290 --> 00:40:19.030
  • now, it's going to be good.
  • 00:40:19.030 --> 00:40:20.180
  • I'm not saying that it is good.
  • 00:40:20.180 --> 00:40:22.030
  • I'm not saying that everything
  • 00:40:22.030 --> 00:40:23.080
  • that happens to you is even
  • 00:40:23.080 --> 00:40:24.140
  • the will of God but he works
  • 00:40:24.140 --> 00:40:26.120
  • all things together according
  • 00:40:26.120 --> 00:40:27.190
  • to the counsel of his will.
  • 00:40:27.190 --> 00:40:29.120
  • And I want you to have
  • 00:40:29.120 --> 00:40:30.110
  • a great confidence and hope
  • 00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:31.030
  • in that right now.
  • 00:40:31.030 --> 00:40:32.240
  • - Holly: Amen.
  • 00:40:32.240 --> 00:40:34.010
  • - Laurie: And that's just
  • 00:40:34.010 --> 00:40:34.200
  • trusting God.
  • 00:40:34.200 --> 00:40:35.130
  • Trusting that I know--it's
  • 00:40:35.130 --> 00:40:37.170
  • like going through labor.
  • 00:40:37.170 --> 00:40:39.040
  • I know--there is a point
  • 00:40:39.040 --> 00:40:40.070
  • I remember when you're this big
  • 00:40:40.070 --> 00:40:42.120
  • and you look down and it hit me
  • 00:40:42.120 --> 00:40:44.000
  • the first time, this baby, this
  • 00:40:44.000 --> 00:40:46.110
  • thing, is coming out one way or
  • 00:40:46.110 --> 00:40:48.070
  • the other and this is actually
  • 00:40:48.070 --> 00:40:50.060
  • probably gonna hurt really bad.
  • 00:40:50.060 --> 00:40:53.050
  • But I'm gonna go through it and
  • 00:40:53.050 --> 00:40:54.190
  • I'd rather go through it with
  • 00:40:54.190 --> 00:40:55.260
  • God than without God, because
  • 00:40:55.260 --> 00:40:58.070
  • we all go through it.
  • 00:40:58.070 --> 00:40:58.290
  • - Steven: And you had
  • 00:40:58.290 --> 00:40:59.180
  • more than one baby.
  • 00:40:59.180 --> 00:41:00.100
  • - Laurie: And I did.
  • 00:41:00.100 --> 00:41:00.290
  • - Steven: So after you had the
  • 00:41:00.290 --> 00:41:01.210
  • first one, you realized,
  • 00:41:01.210 --> 00:41:03.040
  • "Okay," on the second,
  • 00:41:03.040 --> 00:41:04.010
  • "I'm not gonna die.
  • 00:41:04.010 --> 00:41:05.030
  • This is a process.
  • 00:41:05.030 --> 00:41:06.180
  • - Matt: As long as I have
  • 00:41:06.180 --> 00:41:07.140
  • an epidural, I'm gonna not die,
  • 00:41:07.140 --> 00:41:08.240
  • yeah.
  • 00:41:08.240 --> 00:41:09.110
  • - Laurie: And then you get
  • 00:41:09.110 --> 00:41:10.010
  • the greatest gift
  • 00:41:10.010 --> 00:41:10.230
  • you've ever been given.
  • 00:41:10.230 --> 00:41:11.170
  • - Steven: Yeah, yeah.
  • 00:41:11.170 --> 00:41:12.070
  • - Laurie: That's what God does
  • 00:41:12.070 --> 00:41:13.010
  • for us.
  • 00:41:13.010 --> 00:41:13.200
  • - Steven: That's cool.
  • 00:41:13.200 --> 00:41:14.130
  • - Laurie: Right, Holly?
  • 00:41:14.130 --> 00:41:15.010
  • - Matt: Your thoughts, Holly?
  • 00:41:15.010 --> 00:41:16.030
  • - Holly: Yeah, you know, I
  • 00:41:16.030 --> 00:41:17.100
  • just--I love the idea that when
  • 00:41:17.100 --> 00:41:18.270
  • it's hard and you can't see
  • 00:41:20.200 --> 00:41:23.200
  • what God is doing but you just--
  • 00:41:23.200 --> 00:41:25.290
  • you push through and you--and
  • 00:41:25.290 --> 00:41:27.070
  • sometimes it's even a sacrifice
  • 00:41:27.070 --> 00:41:28.150
  • to push through and to praise
  • 00:41:28.190 --> 00:41:31.190
  • and to thank God even though
  • 00:41:31.190 --> 00:41:33.190
  • you don't know what he's doing
  • 00:41:33.190 --> 00:41:35.020
  • 'cause you just know he's gonna
  • 00:41:35.020 --> 00:41:36.050
  • come out on the other side.
  • 00:41:36.050 --> 00:41:37.070
  • And to be able to look back on
  • 00:41:37.070 --> 00:41:38.030
  • moments like that and moments
  • 00:41:38.030 --> 00:41:40.030
  • like the one that you shared and
  • 00:41:40.030 --> 00:41:41.240
  • know, "I don't know how this is
  • 00:41:41.240 --> 00:41:43.220
  • gonna turn out but I know that
  • 00:41:43.220 --> 00:41:45.240
  • God's gonna come through
  • 00:41:45.240 --> 00:41:46.270
  • because he has before
  • 00:41:46.270 --> 00:41:48.080
  • and he always does."
  • 00:41:48.080 --> 00:41:49.140
  • - Matt: Final thoughts before
  • 00:41:49.140 --> 00:41:50.140
  • we go back into you rolling
  • 00:41:50.140 --> 00:41:51.220
  • around on the stage.
  • 00:41:51.220 --> 00:41:53.070
  • - Steven: Yeah, remember this,
  • 00:41:53.070 --> 00:41:54.040
  • remember this.
  • 00:41:54.040 --> 00:41:55.040
  • You can survive any what, so
  • 00:41:55.040 --> 00:41:57.280
  • no matter what you go through,
  • 00:41:57.280 --> 00:41:58.220
  • when you know your what.
  • 00:41:58.220 --> 00:42:00.150
  • And we're talking about Paul
  • 00:42:00.150 --> 00:42:02.100
  • in prison.
  • 00:42:02.100 --> 00:42:03.030
  • Well, Paul was in prison
  • 00:42:03.030 --> 00:42:04.220
  • more than once, right?
  • 00:42:04.220 --> 00:42:06.000
  • Do you remember one time when he
  • 00:42:06.000 --> 00:42:07.280
  • was talking about his chains,
  • 00:42:07.280 --> 00:42:09.080
  • he said, "These chains actually
  • 00:42:09.080 --> 00:42:11.050
  • serve to advance the gospel"?
  • 00:42:11.050 --> 00:42:12.260
  • That's a decision he made
  • 00:42:12.260 --> 00:42:15.020
  • to see it that way.
  • 00:42:15.020 --> 00:42:16.060
  • And the only thing we really
  • 00:42:16.060 --> 00:42:17.020
  • ever get to be in complete
  • 00:42:17.020 --> 00:42:18.180
  • control of is our perspective.
  • 00:42:18.180 --> 00:42:20.010
  • So I'm just praying that this
  • 00:42:20.010 --> 00:42:21.100
  • message, this word, will help
  • 00:42:21.100 --> 00:42:23.110
  • shape your perspective to see
  • 00:42:23.110 --> 00:42:25.020
  • God's purpose in any situation.
  • 00:42:25.020 --> 00:42:26.260
  • Because there's real power
  • 00:42:26.260 --> 00:42:28.120
  • in that, isn't there?
  • 00:42:28.120 --> 00:42:29.130
  • When I say, "You know what?
  • 00:42:29.130 --> 00:42:30.160
  • that I may be able to keep
  • 00:42:32.260 --> 00:42:34.140
  • the devil from.
  • 00:42:34.140 --> 00:42:35.200
  • He can attack an area
  • 00:42:35.200 --> 00:42:36.180
  • of my life.
  • 00:42:36.180 --> 00:42:37.160
  • He can even attack my body.
  • 00:42:37.160 --> 00:42:38.170
  • But he can't have my mind.
  • 00:42:38.170 --> 00:42:39.220
  • And once you realize you have
  • 00:42:39.220 --> 00:42:40.200
  • that privilege, that
  • 00:42:40.200 --> 00:42:42.040
  • right as a child of God,
  • 00:42:42.040 --> 00:42:42.240
  • it's pretty powerful.
  • 00:42:42.240 --> 00:42:43.270
  • - Laurie: That's beautiful.
  • 00:42:43.270 --> 00:42:44.220
  • - Matt: Love it.
  • 00:42:44.220 --> 00:42:45.130
  • Let's go back into the arena,
  • 00:42:45.130 --> 00:42:46.230
  • right here.
  • 00:42:46.230 --> 00:42:47.200
  • Hillsong Conference, Sydney.
  • 00:42:47.200 --> 00:42:49.060
  • Let's go back into church.
  • 00:42:49.060 --> 00:42:50.100
  • - Steven: Grab your grace
  • 00:42:50.100 --> 00:42:51.260
  • partner and put your hand on
  • 00:42:51.260 --> 00:42:53.200
  • their shoulder and tell 'em,
  • 00:42:53.200 --> 00:42:55.080
  • "You be Paul.
  • 00:42:55.080 --> 00:42:58.020
  • And I'll be Silas.
  • 00:42:58.030 --> 00:43:01.050
  • And we'll praise our way
  • 00:43:01.050 --> 00:43:03.240
  • See, that's the key word,
  • 00:43:08.040 --> 00:43:09.280
  • together.
  • 00:43:09.280 --> 00:43:11.130
  • Together.
  • 00:43:11.130 --> 00:43:12.290
  • Together.
  • 00:43:12.290 --> 00:43:15.010
  • Together.
  • 00:43:15.010 --> 00:43:17.130
  • We're not alone!
  • 00:43:21.110 --> 00:43:24.110
  • Holly told me about a study.
  • 00:43:24.110 --> 00:43:26.130
  • She said that they did a
  • 00:43:26.130 --> 00:43:28.090
  • research experiment and please
  • 00:43:28.090 --> 00:43:29.220
  • do not write me any animal
  • 00:43:29.220 --> 00:43:30.250
  • rights e-mails because I did not
  • 00:43:30.250 --> 00:43:33.160
  • conduct this study but they put
  • 00:43:33.160 --> 00:43:34.290
  • the monkeys--they took some
  • 00:43:34.290 --> 00:43:36.240
  • monkeys and they put the monkeys
  • 00:43:36.240 --> 00:43:39.220
  • through a severe test of trials.
  • 00:43:39.220 --> 00:43:42.220
  • They exposed 'em to bright
  • 00:43:42.220 --> 00:43:44.210
  • lights and loud sounds and they
  • 00:43:44.210 --> 00:43:47.130
  • did the experiment that they
  • 00:43:47.130 --> 00:43:48.230
  • measured the stress level of
  • 00:43:48.230 --> 00:43:50.140
  • the monkeys.
  • 00:43:50.140 --> 00:43:51.270
  • Again, don't be offended to me
  • 00:43:51.270 --> 00:43:53.250
  • that they did this to these
  • 00:43:53.250 --> 00:43:55.040
  • poor monkeys.
  • 00:43:55.040 --> 00:43:56.100
  • Holly's the one who told me
  • 00:43:56.100 --> 00:43:57.040
  • the story, so.
  • 00:43:57.040 --> 00:43:59.050
  • But she told me that when
  • 00:43:59.050 --> 00:44:01.020
  • they took the monkeys and
  • 00:44:01.020 --> 00:44:02.270
  • they separated 'em, their
  • 00:44:03.200 --> 00:44:06.200
  • stress levels were twice
  • 00:44:06.200 --> 00:44:09.090
  • as high as when they put 'em
  • 00:44:09.090 --> 00:44:10.180
  • in the same cage together.
  • 00:44:11.230 --> 00:44:14.230
  • Paul and Silas began
  • 00:44:18.010 --> 00:44:21.010
  • singing praises to God.
  • 00:44:23.120 --> 00:44:26.120
  • Your perspective is a result
  • 00:44:27.130 --> 00:44:30.130
  • of your connections.
  • 00:44:30.200 --> 00:44:33.200
  • C'mon, let's make a connection
  • 00:44:33.200 --> 00:44:35.160
  • with heaven tonight.
  • 00:44:35.160 --> 00:44:37.160
  • In the presence of God, let's
  • 00:44:37.270 --> 00:44:40.270
  • get ready for the midnight hour
  • 00:44:40.270 --> 00:44:42.250
  • while we've got the lights
  • 00:44:42.250 --> 00:44:44.030
  • shining over us.
  • 00:44:44.030 --> 00:44:46.000
  • C'mon, give him a grace shout.
  • 00:44:46.000 --> 00:44:48.080
  • Give him a grace shout
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  • Give him a grace shout
  • 00:44:50.030 --> 00:44:53.290
  • - Steven: And the Bible says
  • 00:44:55.290 --> 00:44:58.290
  • that suddenly everyone's chains
  • 00:45:01.210 --> 00:45:04.210
  • came loose.
  • 00:45:06.120 --> 00:45:09.120
  • There was a chain reaction and
  • 00:45:11.000 --> 00:45:14.000
  • when they used what was loose.
  • 00:45:16.040 --> 00:45:19.040
  • See, I can't move my feet
  • 00:45:19.040 --> 00:45:20.280
  • but I can lift my voice.
  • 00:45:21.020 --> 00:45:24.020
  • And when they used
  • 00:45:24.020 --> 00:45:26.120
  • what was loose,
  • 00:45:26.120 --> 00:45:27.210
  • it shook free what was bound.
  • 00:45:28.000 --> 00:45:31.000
  • And the foundations were shaken.
  • 00:45:34.010 --> 00:45:37.010
  • Maybe next time I come back,
  • 00:45:37.120 --> 00:45:40.120
  • I'll get to tell you about
  • 00:45:40.120 --> 00:45:41.080
  • how that prison guard, after
  • 00:45:41.080 --> 00:45:43.220
  • everyone's chains were loose,
  • 00:45:43.220 --> 00:45:45.210
  • not only was led to Christ by
  • 00:45:45.210 --> 00:45:47.070
  • Paul, not only did Paul's prison
  • 00:45:47.140 --> 00:45:50.140
  • serve a purpose but he washed
  • 00:45:50.140 --> 00:45:52.250
  • it, bandaged Paul.
  • 00:45:52.250 --> 00:45:54.290
  • His whole family was led
  • 00:45:54.290 --> 00:45:56.010
  • to Christ.
  • 00:45:56.010 --> 00:45:56.190
  • Now here's what
  • 00:45:56.190 --> 00:45:59.070
  • I wanna tell you.
  • 00:45:59.070 --> 00:46:01.000
  • If your perspective
  • 00:46:01.000 --> 00:46:03.190
  • is connected to your pain,
  • 00:46:03.190 --> 00:46:06.050
  • you'll lose your praise.
  • 00:46:06.050 --> 00:46:08.160
  • But if your perspective is
  • 00:46:08.170 --> 00:46:11.170
  • connected to your purpose,
  • 00:46:12.000 --> 00:46:15.000
  • you'll be able to say, "Even if
  • 00:46:15.010 --> 00:46:18.010
  • I'm stripped and even if I'm
  • 00:46:19.000 --> 00:46:22.000
  • beaten, all things," somebody
  • 00:46:22.000 --> 00:46:24.070
  • shout, "All things work together
  • 00:46:24.280 --> 00:46:27.280
  • for the good of those
  • 00:46:28.020 --> 00:46:31.020
  • who love him."
  • 00:46:31.020 --> 00:46:32.210
  • Does anybody love him
  • 00:46:32.210 --> 00:46:33.250
  • C'mon, do you love him?
  • 00:46:40.000 --> 00:46:43.000
  • And many scholars suggest
  • 00:46:43.000 --> 00:46:45.000
  • that perhaps this jailer and his
  • 00:46:45.000 --> 00:46:47.160
  • family along with Lydia were
  • 00:46:47.160 --> 00:46:49.260
  • some of the first church members
  • 00:46:49.260 --> 00:46:51.020
  • Paul had to spend the night in
  • 00:46:53.270 --> 00:46:56.270
  • prison so that the gospel could
  • 00:46:56.270 --> 00:46:59.230
  • be set free on a continent.
  • 00:47:01.260 --> 00:47:04.260
  • I thought it was appropriate.
  • 00:47:06.040 --> 00:47:09.040
  • Man, I feel something happening
  • 00:47:09.040 --> 00:47:11.180
  • for somebody right now because
  • 00:47:11.180 --> 00:47:13.010
  • you've been in a tight space,
  • 00:47:13.010 --> 00:47:15.290
  • you've been feeling like you
  • 00:47:15.290 --> 00:47:17.040
  • don't matter very much.
  • 00:47:17.040 --> 00:47:18.120
  • You've been feeling like
  • 00:47:18.120 --> 00:47:19.080
  • you don't have a reason
  • 00:47:19.080 --> 00:47:19.270
  • to praise God.
  • 00:47:19.270 --> 00:47:20.240
  • In fact, it's been kind of hard
  • 00:47:20.240 --> 00:47:21.190
  • for you at Conference 'cause
  • 00:47:21.190 --> 00:47:22.200
  • you look around at how happy
  • 00:47:22.200 --> 00:47:24.050
  • everybody else is and
  • 00:47:24.050 --> 00:47:25.190
  • how everybody else seems to
  • 00:47:25.190 --> 00:47:27.110
  • be filled with so much joy but
  • 00:47:27.110 --> 00:47:29.060
  • the truth of the matter is,
  • 00:47:29.060 --> 00:47:30.170
  • it's kind of hard for you
  • 00:47:30.170 --> 00:47:31.100
  • to praise God.
  • 00:47:31.100 --> 00:47:32.130
  • But if you'll give him
  • 00:47:32.130 --> 00:47:33.070
  • a sacrifice of praise,
  • 00:47:33.070 --> 00:47:35.020
  • if you'll make a decision praise
  • 00:47:35.020 --> 00:47:37.020
  • is not a feeling in my life.
  • 00:47:37.020 --> 00:47:38.220
  • In fact, praise
  • 00:47:38.220 --> 00:47:39.170
  • is my way of life.
  • 00:47:39.170 --> 00:47:40.220
  • Praise is my decision.
  • 00:47:40.220 --> 00:47:42.270
  • I choose to believe I will see
  • 00:47:43.060 --> 00:47:46.060
  • the goodness of the Lord.
  • 00:47:46.060 --> 00:47:48.250
  • C'mon, lift up a shout just
  • 00:47:48.250 --> 00:47:50.060
  • because.
  • 00:47:50.060 --> 00:47:52.100
  • because.
  • 00:47:52.100 --> 00:47:54.270
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:47:54.290 --> 00:47:57.120
  • - Steven: Man, I guess I
  • 00:47:59.050 --> 00:48:02.070
  • thought it was appropriate
  • 00:48:02.070 --> 00:48:04.190
  • to talk about chain reactions.
  • 00:48:04.190 --> 00:48:07.120
  • How a song that two men sang
  • 00:48:08.140 --> 00:48:11.140
  • in a prison cell ended up having
  • 00:48:11.200 --> 00:48:14.200
  • an impact on a continent.
  • 00:48:15.260 --> 00:48:18.260
  • I thought it would be
  • 00:48:18.260 --> 00:48:20.040
  • interesting because 30 years
  • 00:48:20.040 --> 00:48:22.230
  • ago, a little group of people,
  • 00:48:24.150 --> 00:48:27.150
  • I've heard it was 150, I heard
  • 00:48:27.150 --> 00:48:30.010
  • it was 300, I don't know how
  • 00:48:30.010 --> 00:48:31.150
  • many it was technically
  • 00:48:31.150 --> 00:48:33.260
  • but it wasn't 30.000.
  • 00:48:33.260 --> 00:48:36.030
  • A group of people started
  • 00:48:36.050 --> 00:48:39.050
  • singing and worshiping God
  • 00:48:39.050 --> 00:48:41.180
  • at a little conference.
  • 00:48:41.180 --> 00:48:44.060
  • And what was happening with that
  • 00:48:44.060 --> 00:48:46.010
  • little group of people praising
  • 00:48:46.010 --> 00:48:47.290
  • God, set off a chain reaction
  • 00:48:49.280 --> 00:48:52.280
  • and now the song that was
  • 00:48:52.280 --> 00:48:55.090
  • started in a little warehouse
  • 00:48:56.010 --> 00:48:59.010
  • with a group of faithful people
  • 00:48:59.010 --> 00:49:01.080
  • who believe that the Word of God
  • 00:49:01.080 --> 00:49:03.130
  • is not chained and is not bound,
  • 00:49:03.130 --> 00:49:06.030
  • is now ringing out, touching
  • 00:49:06.030 --> 00:49:08.150
  • every continent of the earth.
  • 00:49:08.150 --> 00:49:10.220
  • I think we ought to give God
  • 00:49:10.220 --> 00:49:12.080
  • praise for his faithfulness.
  • 00:49:12.230 --> 00:49:15.230
  • C'mon, let's start
  • 00:49:15.230 --> 00:49:17.220
  • something tonight.
  • 00:49:17.220 --> 00:49:19.040
  • C'mon, let's set something
  • 00:49:19.040 --> 00:49:20.030
  • up for the next season
  • 00:49:20.030 --> 00:49:21.280
  • of your life.
  • 00:49:21.280 --> 00:49:22.250
  • Let's set something up that's
  • 00:49:22.250 --> 00:49:24.110
  • gonna touch your community.
  • 00:49:24.110 --> 00:49:26.000
  • How many believe your praise
  • 00:49:26.000 --> 00:49:27.150
  • in this place can affect
  • 00:49:27.150 --> 00:49:29.140
  • your life back home?
  • 00:49:29.140 --> 00:49:31.040
  • If you believe it,
  • 00:49:31.040 --> 00:49:32.130
  • give him a shout!
  • 00:49:32.130 --> 00:49:33.290
  • Give him a shout!
  • 00:49:40.050 --> 00:49:43.050
  • Repeat after me,
  • 00:49:43.050 --> 00:49:44.090
  • "My praise breaks chains."
  • 00:49:48.170 --> 00:49:51.170
  • You have a decision to make.
  • 00:49:51.290 --> 00:49:54.290
  • Are you gonna let your chains
  • 00:49:54.290 --> 00:49:57.290
  • break your praise or are you
  • 00:49:58.050 --> 00:50:01.050
  • gonna let your praise
  • 00:50:01.090 --> 00:50:04.090
  • break your chains?
  • 00:50:10.080 --> 00:50:13.080
  • Say it again,
  • 00:50:13.080 --> 00:50:15.290
  • "My praise breaks chains."
  • 00:50:17.070 --> 00:50:20.070
  • I put that on Instagram one time
  • 00:50:20.070 --> 00:50:23.000
  • and somebody corrected me.
  • 00:50:23.000 --> 00:50:24.070
  • They said, "Jesus Christ the Son
  • 00:50:24.070 --> 00:50:25.100
  • of God, the Messiah, is only one
  • 00:50:25.100 --> 00:50:26.230
  • who can break chains."
  • 00:50:26.230 --> 00:50:29.080
  • Yeah, but you know when
  • 00:50:29.080 --> 00:50:30.240
  • he does it?
  • 00:50:30.240 --> 00:50:31.200
  • See, when I praise him,
  • 00:50:37.210 --> 00:50:39.010
  • it sets off a chain reaction.
  • 00:50:39.070 --> 00:50:42.070
  • When I lift him up, c'mon,
  • 00:50:42.070 --> 00:50:44.090
  • he draws near to me.
  • 00:50:46.250 --> 00:50:48.190
  • Let's break some chains in this
  • 00:50:48.190 --> 00:50:49.110
  • place.
  • 00:50:49.110 --> 00:50:51.160
  • C'mon, somebody is counting
  • 00:50:51.160 --> 00:50:53.160
  • on you to be freed.
  • 00:50:53.160 --> 00:50:55.190
  • Pastors, let's break some
  • 00:50:55.190 --> 00:50:57.160
  • chains.
  • 00:50:57.160 --> 00:50:58.290
  • Worship leaders,
  • 00:50:58.290 --> 00:51:00.190
  • let's break some chains.
  • 00:51:00.190 --> 00:51:02.170
  • Moms, dads,
  • 00:51:02.170 --> 00:51:04.080
  • let's break some chains.
  • 00:51:04.080 --> 00:51:06.080
  • Young people,
  • 00:51:06.080 --> 00:51:07.040
  • Young people,
  • 00:51:07.040 --> 00:51:10.080
  • [music]
  • 00:51:10.100 --> 00:51:13.170
  • Behold the Father's heart.
  • 00:51:26.080 --> 00:51:29.080
  • The mystery
  • 00:51:29.080 --> 00:51:30.290
  • As deep cries out to deep,
  • 00:51:37.160 --> 00:51:40.160
  • oh how desperately
  • 00:51:40.160 --> 00:51:42.090
  • he wants us.
  • 00:51:45.170 --> 00:51:48.170
  • The things of earth
  • 00:51:48.270 --> 00:51:51.270
  • stand next to him
  • 00:51:51.270 --> 00:51:53.260
  • like a candle to the sun.
  • 00:51:56.180 --> 00:51:59.180
  • Unfailing Father,
  • 00:52:01.220 --> 00:52:04.220
  • what compares to his
  • 00:52:05.020 --> 00:52:08.020
  • great love.
  • 00:52:11.160 --> 00:52:14.160
  • Behold his holy Son,
  • 00:52:18.030 --> 00:52:21.030
  • the Lion and the Lamb
  • 00:52:21.030 --> 00:52:23.280
  • given to us.
  • 00:52:24.200 --> 00:52:27.200
  • The Word became a man
  • 00:52:29.070 --> 00:52:32.070
  • that my soul
  • 00:52:32.070 --> 00:52:33.130
  • should know its Savior.
  • 00:52:37.160 --> 00:52:40.160
  • Forsaken for the sake
  • 00:52:40.160 --> 00:52:42.290
  • of all mankind,
  • 00:52:42.290 --> 00:52:45.230
  • salvation is in his blood.
  • 00:52:48.080 --> 00:52:51.080
  • Jesus Messiah,
  • 00:52:53.190 --> 00:52:56.190
  • the righteous died for love.
  • 00:53:01.160 --> 00:53:04.160
  • It wasn't over
  • 00:53:06.210 --> 00:53:09.210
  • for he is the risen One.
  • 00:53:14.190 --> 00:53:17.190
  • Then sings my soul,
  • 00:53:21.000 --> 00:53:24.000
  • then sings my soul,
  • 00:53:27.180 --> 00:53:30.180
  • how great your love is,
  • 00:53:34.020 --> 00:53:37.020
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:53:38.280 --> 00:53:41.280
  • C'mon.
  • 00:53:41.280 --> 00:53:43.150
  • Then sings my soul,
  • 00:53:46.280 --> 00:53:49.280
  • then sings my soul,
  • 00:53:53.150 --> 00:53:56.150
  • how great your love is,
  • 00:53:59.200 --> 00:54:02.220
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:54:06.260 --> 00:54:09.260
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:54:09.260 --> 00:54:17.120
  • Behold I have a friend,
  • 00:54:27.250 --> 00:54:30.250
  • the Spirit breathing
  • 00:54:30.250 --> 00:54:33.080
  • holy fire within.
  • 00:54:34.070 --> 00:54:37.070
  • My ever present help,
  • 00:54:39.090 --> 00:54:42.090
  • speaking truth
  • 00:54:42.090 --> 00:54:43.040
  • when I can't find it.
  • 00:54:47.010 --> 00:54:50.010
  • Light up this broken heart,
  • 00:54:50.010 --> 00:54:53.010
  • light my way,
  • 00:54:53.010 --> 00:54:55.110
  • until my time
  • 00:54:55.110 --> 00:54:56.060
  • on earth is done.
  • 00:54:58.080 --> 00:55:01.100
  • O Holy Spirit, breathe
  • 00:55:03.230 --> 00:55:06.230
  • in me like kingdom come.
  • 00:55:11.110 --> 00:55:14.110
  • O Holy Spirit,
  • 00:55:16.060 --> 00:55:19.060
  • let your work in me be done.
  • 00:55:22.130 --> 00:55:25.130
  • Oh yeah.
  • 00:55:25.130 --> 00:55:27.120
  • Then sings my soul,
  • 00:55:30.190 --> 00:55:33.190
  • then sings my soul,
  • 00:55:37.040 --> 00:55:40.040
  • how great your love is,
  • 00:55:43.140 --> 00:55:46.140
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:55:49.290 --> 00:55:52.290
  • Then sings my soul,
  • 00:55:56.170 --> 00:55:59.170
  • then sings my soul,
  • 00:56:03.050 --> 00:56:06.050
  • how great your love is,
  • 00:56:09.160 --> 00:56:12.160
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:56:16.020 --> 00:56:19.020
  • Then sings my soul,
  • 00:56:22.140 --> 00:56:25.140
  • then sings my soul,
  • 00:56:29.050 --> 00:56:32.050
  • how great your love is,
  • 00:56:35.140 --> 00:56:38.140
  • how great your love is.
  • 00:56:42.020 --> 00:56:45.020
  • Then sings my soul, my God.
  • 00:56:49.280 --> 00:56:52.280
  • He who was and is to come.
  • 00:56:56.170 --> 00:56:59.170
  • Prepare the way until
  • 00:57:00.130 --> 00:57:03.130
  • the work on earth is done.
  • 00:57:09.150 --> 00:57:12.150
  • Watch as the clouds
  • 00:57:12.150 --> 00:57:15.000
  • he rides swing low.
  • 00:57:15.270 --> 00:57:18.270
  • Lift up the sound
  • 00:57:18.270 --> 00:57:21.170
  • as he makes
  • 00:57:21.170 --> 00:57:22.250
  • our praise his throne.
  • 00:57:28.000 --> 00:57:31.000
  • C'mon,
  • 00:57:31.000 --> 00:57:31.190
  • lift up the sound.
  • 00:57:31.190 --> 00:57:32.270
  • lift up the sound.
  • 00:57:32.270 --> 00:57:34.170
  • Behold the Lord our God
  • 00:57:43.140 --> 00:57:46.140
  • will lead us home.
  • 00:57:48.210 --> 00:57:51.210