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October 1, 2019
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Victory with Paul Daugherty

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Little Things Matter

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  • When he sinned, he was quick to repent.
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  • And he wasn't just repenting because he got caught,
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  • he was repenting because he knew get broke God's heart.
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  • He wanted to live a righteous life.
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  • I'm telling you today, there is fresh starts
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  • waiting for you today at this altar,
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  • there's fresh mercy and grace.
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  • One little act of saying, Lord, I need you.
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  • Hi, I'm Paul.
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  • Almost 10 years ago, my dad, my hero, my pastor,
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  • passed away unexpectedly.
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  • He built a big church,
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  • and left some pretty large shoes to fill.
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  • When he died, I didn't just lose my dad,
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  • I lost my faith, I lost my purpose, and my future,
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  • but God showed up and restored my faith,
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  • and He gave me a message of hope to share with you.
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  • You're here on purpose.
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  • God's not finished with you yet.
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  • Your best days are right in front of you,
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  • and you have victory in your life
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  • because Jesus lives in you.
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  • (applause)
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  • Jesus says this, He says whoever can be trusted
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  • with the little things
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  • can also be trusted with the big things,
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  • and whoever is dishonest with the little things
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  • will also be dishonest with the big things.
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  • Jesus cared about the little things.
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  • Jesus looked at how people treated little people.
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  • Jesus looked at how people would handle the little things
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  • that they were stewarded over,
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  • that they were responsible for.
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  • In the Song of Solomon chapter 2 verse 15,
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  • it says it was the little foxes that spoiled the vineyard.
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  • Catch the little foxes because it's the little foxes
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  • that ruin the entire vineyard.
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  • Not the big things, it's the small things,
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  • its the little things,
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  • it's the little sins, the little glances,
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  • the little things we do that cost us our integrity.
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  • Paul, t's not that big of a deal,
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  • the company will never notice.
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  • Hey, I just took a couple extra things
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  • that I wasn't supposed to take.
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  • I padded the expense account.
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  • I took a little bit more money,
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  • but no one will notice, but God will.
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  • And it's the little foxes
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  • that oftentimes take down the big leaders.
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  • It's the little things,
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  • it's the little things that no one wants to talk about.
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  • The little things that people think
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  • it's not that big of a deal,
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  • you're being way too legalistic, it's all grace, baby,
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  • and yet it's the little things
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  • that lead to some pretty big consequences.
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  • Oh God, help us to come back to a place of integrity
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  • to care about the little things.
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  • I was in Brazil recently preaching,
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  • and I asked the people,
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  • we started to walk in this little jungle area
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  • down near a river where there was crocodile.
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  • And I said, you know, man, tell me about these crocodiles,
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  • and they said oh, they grow big,
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  • there's you know, 10 foot, 11 foot crocodiles in here,
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  • and there's also huge snakes.
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  • The further you go up in Brazil,
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  • the northern part of Brazil,
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  • there's the anacondas, there's jaguars and tigers
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  • and huge monkeys, and you know, I was getting so excited,
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  • I love this kind of stuff.
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  • I was like tell me about it, tell me your stories,
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  • have you ever encountered a jaguar or a crocodile?
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  • Did you ever have to fight an anaconda?
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  • And they're like you watch way too many movies.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • But I said no, I want to know,
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  • I want to know about the big animal attacks.
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  • They said well, honestly,
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  • more people die from the little animals in Brazil
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  • than the big ones.
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  • There's a little frog in Brazil, small little frog,
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  • and it's a poisonous frog.
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  • And if you touch the back of this frog,
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  • you could die in less than 30 minutes.
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  • They said it's the little animals
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  • that have killed more people in Brazil than the big ones.
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  • It's not like big crocodile attacks,
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  • it's the little malaria, it's the little flies,
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  • it's the little things that are brought more sickness,
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  • more disease, more death to people than the big things.
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  • It's the little things in our life.
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  • If we don't pay attention to the little things,
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  • we're gonna end up in some pretty bad situations.
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  • It's important to care about the little things,
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  • in the same way, little things can make a hug difference
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  • in a positive way.
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  • I've met some people in the gym that I admire,
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  • that are strong and in shape and healthy and skinny,
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  • and I'm like how did you do it?
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  • Did you work out in the gym
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  • like six hours a day for 60 days?
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  • And they're like no, I did like a 30 minute workout,
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  • and I was in there like four days this week.
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  • What, four days, 30 minutes?
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  • Yeah, and I cut out some carbs, I ate some proteins,
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  • I didn't eat past 7:00 p.m.,
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  • 30 minutes a day, 15 minutes of cardio,
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  • 15 minutes of weights, and I was out.
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  • I'm looking at their body like that's not true.
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  • You had to have done some big workouts.
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  • No, it's the small stuff repeated over time
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  • that led to great results.
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  • It's the little things we do
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  • that can make a huge difference in our lives.
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  • Whether it's parenting, whether it's marriage,
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  • most marriages that end in divorce,
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  • it's not over some big sins,
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  • it's over the little things that someone neglects to do,
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  • it's the little things that he forgot,
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  • it's the little things that she said, the little things.
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  • Little things can make a huge difference.
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  • How do you handle when your in a conversation
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  • and people start talking bad
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  • about another person that you know?
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  • Do you join in or do you walk away?
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  • Paul, it's a little thing, it's not like I committed murder.
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  • It's a little thing, it's just a little gossip,
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  • just a little lust, it's just a little sin,
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  • but it's the little sins, Ecclesiastes 10:1 says
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  • it's just the little foolishness that can ruin a reputation.
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  • There was the pastor in the early 1800s
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  • and his name was Reverend Robert James.
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  • He had a Baptist church in Texas.
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  • He had two sons and they really wanted a dog.
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  • They were begging their father,
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  • please get us a dog, please get us a dog,
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  • and he was so busy with the church,
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  • he felt bad because he was always preaching,
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  • and he felt like these boys need to play with something
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  • and they need to stay out of trouble,
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  • I should get them a dog but I don't really want to buy a dog
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  • and so one day this stray dog
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  • wandered and Reverend Robert James' yard,
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  • true story, so he finds the dog,
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  • there's no collar around the dog's neck,
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  • and he takes the dog in and he says boys, I found you a dog.
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  • Now this was a very distinct dog,
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  • it's a black dog with three white hairs on the tail,
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  • three white hairs sticking out of the tail.
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  • And so, you know, the boys, they were loving this dog.
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  • A few days went on, they loved this dog do much,
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  • they were having so much fun, they named this dog,
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  • they took this dog, they made this dog their own,
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  • and all of a sudden,
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  • signs started getting posted around the town
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  • of a lost dog.
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  • A reward for a lost dog,
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  • a black dog with three white hairs on the back of its tail.
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  • And the pastor had this feeling, he was conflicted.
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  • But my boys just got this dog, they love this dog.
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  • He felt so bad, he felt like the right thing to do
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  • was to let his boys keep the dog.
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  • So he got some black paint that he had.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • And he painted those three white hairs black.
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  • The owner came knocking door to door looking for his dog
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  • and came to the pastor's door,
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  • knocked on the reverend's door,
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  • and the two boys opened the door and the father came,
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  • and all the sudden the dog ran up.
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  • The owner was looking at this dog,
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  • it looked so familiar, this is my dog, this is my dog,
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  • and the owner who had been knocking on doors
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  • was holding papers and the reverend said well, hold on,
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  • let me see those paper.
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  • This paper says that your dog has three white hairs
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  • on the back of its tail.
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  • The father's boys were watching their dad,
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  • he was masterfully manipulating this owner of the dog.
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  • It's was so beautiful, the way he was deceiving him.
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  • I mean, they had heard all of his home run sermons,
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  • but this one they would never forget.
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  • This one stood out.
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  • They watched their dad manipulate,
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  • and he said I don't think this dog
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  • has those three white hairs.
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  • You said yours has three white hairs, I don't see that.
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  • The owner said yeah, yeah, you're right, that's not him
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  • it looks just like him, but yeah, that's your boys' dog.
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  • The owner walked away, the pastor smiled,
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  • he shut the door, he was so happy
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  • that he had got to keep the dog.
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  • His boys looked at him, they would never forget that.
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  • Reverend Robert James, he wrote in his memoirs
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  • we kept the dog, but I lost my boys.
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  • His sons were Frank and Jesse James,
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  • the notorious criminals that went on to do so much crime
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  • around the United States.
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  • Robbing banks, cheating people, stealing from people.
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  • He said I kept the dog, but I lost my boys.
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  • They hung out with me every day,
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  • but they lost respect for me.
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  • You might think well, no one sees it,
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  • no one will know, but God knows, and you know,
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  • and you can't fool yourself
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  • because you will live in the house you're building.
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  • You will live out the life with the character.
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  • Proverbs 22 says a good name is worth more than anything.
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  • And God's not looking for us to be perfect,
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  • but He's looking for us to aim to live our lives right,
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  • to do things right by people,
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  • to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
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  • David said and Psalm 101:2,
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  • I will be careful to lead a blameless life.
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  • Now, we know David was not blameless.
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  • If you know the story of David in the Bible,
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  • you know you committed adultery, he committed murder,
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  • he didn't do things right as a father,
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  • he made some big mistakes, and yet, at the end of his life,
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  • the Lord forgave him.
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  • And the Lord still said he was a man after God's own heart.
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  • Now here's what we can learn from David.
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  • David was not perfect but he was surrendered.
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  • When he sinned, he was quick to repent,
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  • and he wasn't just repenting because he got caught,
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  • he was repentant because he knew it broke God's heart.
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  • He wanted to live a righteous life.
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  • One little act of repentance can cover a mountaintop of sin.
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  • One little act of humility to say Lord, I was wrong,
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  • can cover a multitude of dark living.
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  • I'm telling you today, there is fresh starts
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  • waiting for you today at this altar.
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  • There's fresh mercy and grace.
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  • One little act of saying Lord, I need you.
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  • I'm not been living right, I've been cheating people,
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  • I've been doing things wrong but from this day forward.
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  • See, I think about the story of Zacchaeus,
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  • he was a wee little man.
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  • How many of y'all remember the story of Zacchaeus?
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  • A wee little man was he
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  • He climbed up on a sycamore tree
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  • To see what he can see
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  • Anyways, for all us Sunday school kids,
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  • we know about Zacchaeus.
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  • He was a little man, and he had made some little sins.
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  • He had cheated people of money, right?
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  • He was a tax collector, he cheated people a lot of money,
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  • but when Jesus met Zacchaeus, one little act of repentance
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  • and Zacchaeus' heart was changed.
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  • Jesus isn't looking for perfect man and perfect women
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  • who've never sinned,
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  • He's looking to see
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  • if you'll do a little thing called surrender,
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  • and say Lord, I'm sorry.
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  • Zacchaeus said from this day forward,
  • 00:10:43.260 --> 00:10:45.110
  • I'm gonna repay those who I've cheated,
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  • I'm gonna make things right,
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  • and Jesus said today salvation has come to your home.
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  • That little act of humbling yourself
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  • in the eyes of your boy.
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  • You and Ashley going to Growing Kids God's Way,
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  • that little extra thing, it can go a long way.
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  • - I was dropping my son Liam off at school this last week
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  • and we had left the house with just enough time
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  • to get to school at 8:00 a.m.
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  • We were gonna be there on time.
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:28.270
  • I left about 14 minutes, you know, before 8:00 a.m.
  • 00:12:28.270 --> 00:12:31.240
  • And I knew that as long as all that lights turned green
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  • and you know, as long as long as I'm driving
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  • maybe a mile over the speed limit,
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:39.050
  • oh Jesus, help me with the little things,
  • 00:12:39.050 --> 00:12:41.110
  • that I was gonna be okay, I was gonna be okay.
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:44.290
  • So we get here and everything was fine,
  • 00:12:44.290 --> 00:12:48.100
  • he had a minute to get inside the church,
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  • to get inside the school,
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  • and I said okay, Liam, it's time to get out,
  • 00:12:51.280 --> 00:12:54.110
  • it's time to get out, we gotta get out now.
  • 00:12:54.110 --> 00:12:55.250
  • You know, I'm rushing him, he's like okay, okay.
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:12:57.080
  • He's grabbing his backpack he's five years old,
  • 00:12:57.080 --> 00:12:58.260
  • he's grabbing his lunch box
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  • and he had this little toy,
  • 00:13:00.200 --> 00:13:02.070
  • he's trying to fix this little toy
  • 00:13:02.070 --> 00:13:03.180
  • that broke while we were in the car ride,
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:05.110
  • and I said Liam we gotta go now, now, now.
  • 00:13:05.110 --> 00:13:07.280
  • He had taken about five or six seconds,
  • 00:13:07.280 --> 00:13:10.090
  • and I was like have we don't have five more seconds,
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:12.070
  • you have 55 seconds to get to your classroom right now.
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  • We've got to get moving.
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:16.270
  • And he's like okay Daddy, okay, I'll hurry.
  • 00:13:16.270 --> 00:13:18.210
  • And he took five more seconds and I got frustrated,
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  • I said that's it you're getting disciplined after school,
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  • we're going straight to class.
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  • So I can pulled him out, we went into class,
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  • I walked out of the school building
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  • and all the sudden the Holy Spirit started talking to me.
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  • I heard God speak into my heart
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  • Paul, you were harsh with Liam.
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  • I was like hold on, I'm his father.
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  • Is that you God?
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  • Or is that the devil or is that God?
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  • This feels like condemnation.
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  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:13:43.260 --> 00:13:45.090
  • (laughs) And God said no, you were harsh.
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  • He's five years old.
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  • You were trying to rush him out of the car,
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  • he took five or six seconds, and you lost your temper.
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  • And you said you're gonna discipline him after school.
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  • And I said well, God, you know, he was testing my patience,
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:03.100
  • he was testing my patience.
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  • And I heard God say now you know how I feel
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  • with you.
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  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:09.260
  • I felt like God said
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  • I've put up with your 33 year old immature self every day.
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  • You test my patience, but I'm patient with you.
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  • You can be patient with your five year old son.
  • 00:14:18.230 --> 00:14:21.280
  • I said but God, he needs to be faster.
  • 00:14:21.280 --> 00:14:25.030
  • And so anyways, I'm talking right now in the truck to God,
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:29.040
  • and God said don't spank him after shool,
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  • don't discipline him.
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  • You need to be patient with him.
  • 00:14:33.060 --> 00:14:34.240
  • And I felt this conviction from God.
  • 00:14:35.280 --> 00:14:37.150
  • Now it's a little conviction,
  • 00:14:37.150 --> 00:14:39.010
  • and I could have blown it off,
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  • I could have said I'm the dad,
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  • I'm not apologizing to my son,
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  • he's five years old, I'm 33, I don't apologize to,
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  • and God said you need to apologize to Liam.
  • 00:14:47.100 --> 00:14:49.070
  • So after school, I found Liam, and I cam to him,
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  • and he already remembered what had happened earlier.
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  • He said Daddy, please, please don't spank me,
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  • please don't discipline me.
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  • I hugged him, I said Liam, Daddy was wrong.
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:03.280
  • I said I'm sorry, I got impatient with you.
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:06.260
  • Now, I'm not like, I don't get it all right all the time,
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:09.240
  • so I'm telling a good story on me,
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:11.050
  • but I can tell some bad stories on me.
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  • Don't think I'm a perfect dad, I'm not.
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:15.060
  • But in that moment, I apologized.
  • 00:15:15.060 --> 00:15:17.120
  • I said Liam, I was wrong, and I'm sorry.
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  • And he said Daddy, I'm sorry, I'll never do it again.
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:22.240
  • I'll be faster next time, and you know, I was like no, Liam,
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  • it's okay, you're five years old, it's okay.
  • 00:15:26.120 --> 00:15:29.190
  • And he was like well, I'll do better next time,
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  • I'll do better.
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  • And I said Liam, even if you don't,
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  • it's okay, I love you, I'ma be more patient with you.
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  • And he hugged me,
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  • I said I'm sorry, Daddy was wrong.
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  • He said it's okay, Daddy,
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  • I've been wrong too before (laughs).
  • 00:15:40.220 --> 00:15:42.140
  • (congregation laughs)
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  • This kid is just amazing, I love Liam.
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:45.230
  • But, I love all our kids the same, no favorites.
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  • Benny, Mac, Liam, they're all amazing.
  • 00:15:50.170 --> 00:15:53.180
  • But you know, little words can go a long way.
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:57.150
  • Little words like I'm sorry could save a marriage.
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  • Little words like I was wrong.
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  • I was wrong.
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  • How about the next time you're corrected in your company
  • 00:16:06.040 --> 00:16:08.140
  • instead of defending yourself,
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:09.270
  • just go in to your supervisor
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:11.040
  • and say I'm sorry I'll do better next time.
  • 00:16:11.040 --> 00:16:13.170
  • Those little, humbling acts we do
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:15.250
  • that don't seem like a big deal
  • 00:16:15.250 --> 00:16:17.070
  • can go a long ways with God
  • 00:16:17.070 --> 00:16:19.080
  • and a long ways in relationships.
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.170
  • How many people their pride won't let them say I'm sorry.
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:25.040
  • Their pride won't let them say I love you.
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:27.090
  • Their pride won't let them say I was wrong.
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:30.060
  • Their pride won't let them say I forgive you.
  • 00:16:30.060 --> 00:16:32.120
  • James 3:5 says
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  • the tongue is a small thing.
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  • It's a very little thing,
  • 00:16:36.140 --> 00:16:38.120
  • and yet it can create heaven or hell on earth.
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:41.240
  • It can release mass destruction or bring mass healing.
  • 00:16:41.240 --> 00:16:46.020
  • The tongue.
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  • Consider what a great forest is set on fire
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:50.090
  • by a small spark.
  • 00:16:50.090 --> 00:16:53.010
  • A small spark.
  • 00:16:53.010 --> 00:16:55.120
  • In 1991, my mom and dad they had this little inkling
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:58.120
  • in their heart that they were supposed to go to Russia.
  • 00:16:58.120 --> 00:17:00.220
  • Now they were born in Magnolia, Arkansas
  • 00:17:00.220 --> 00:17:02.240
  • or they grew up in Magnolia, Arkansas,
  • 00:17:02.240 --> 00:17:05.000
  • and they moved here to Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 00:17:05.000 --> 00:17:07.020
  • to go to Oral Roberts University.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:08.230
  • And then a little inkling that they were supposed to serve
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:11.040
  • in a church right here in Tulsa,
  • 00:17:11.040 --> 00:17:12.280
  • and then a little inkling
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:14.040
  • that they were supposed to start a ministry
  • 00:17:14.040 --> 00:17:15.150
  • on this side of Tulsa called Victory.
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:17.150
  • And then in 1991, they had the feeling
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:19.270
  • that they were supposed to go to Russia.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:21.240
  • And my dad had this little feeling
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:23.090
  • that he was supposed to write
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:24.140
  • this little book called This New Life,
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:25.240
  • just 30 pages, just a little book.
  • 00:17:25.240 --> 00:17:27.270
  • And they decided to act on that little thing,
  • 00:17:29.070 --> 00:17:32.050
  • and it went to a town in Russia
  • 00:17:32.050 --> 00:17:33.210
  • that most people haven't heard of called Saint Petersburg.
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:35.240
  • Everyone knew about Moscow but Saint Petersburg,
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:38.120
  • what, Saint Petersburg?
  • 00:17:38.120 --> 00:17:39.150
  • Where is Saint Petersburg?
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:40.280
  • We know about Moscow.
  • 00:17:40.280 --> 00:17:42.190
  • But they went to Saint Petersburg,
  • 00:17:42.190 --> 00:17:44.170
  • and they took that little book,
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:46.060
  • and today, millions of lives have been saved and impacted
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:49.140
  • because that little act of obedience in 1991.
  • 00:17:49.140 --> 00:17:52.090
  • You see, little things can lead to huge results.
  • 00:17:53.240 --> 00:17:58.110
  • It's not standing on a stage.
  • 00:17:58.110 --> 00:18:00.060
  • You know what God spoke to me this last week?
  • 00:18:00.060 --> 00:18:01.260
  • He said Paul, you apologizing to your son
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:04.200
  • was a bigger sermon than any sermon
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:06.170
  • you've preached in the last year.
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:08.080
  • That little act of humbling yourself
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:10.080
  • in the eyes of your boy,
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:12.090
  • you and Ashley going to Growing Kids God's Way,
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:14.170
  • that little class you attend
  • 00:18:14.170 --> 00:18:16.040
  • is gonna make a huge result as parents.
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:19.180
  • That little connect group you start,
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:21.030
  • that little conversation you have
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:22.250
  • with your teenage daughter,
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:24.130
  • that little thing you do at your company,
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:26.280
  • that little extra thing, it can go a long way.
  • 00:18:26.280 --> 00:18:31.110
  • One time, there was this woman who came
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:33.200
  • to a supper that Jesus was having.
  • 00:18:33.200 --> 00:18:35.080
  • This was close to Easter, close to His crucifixion.
  • 00:18:35.080 --> 00:18:39.150
  • And he knew what was gonna happen,
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:41.020
  • the disciples didn't know.
  • 00:18:41.020 --> 00:18:42.090
  • He knew that He was headed towards cross,
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:44.030
  • and that three little nails was gonna change everything
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:46.230
  • for the the entire world.
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:48.210
  • And this woman comes in with a alabaster jar of perfume.
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:54.090
  • And it was full of very expensive perfume.
  • 00:18:54.090 --> 00:18:58.110
  • In fact, it was worth a year's wages,
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:00.050
  • and she broke it, she poured it out on Jesus's feet,
  • 00:19:00.050 --> 00:19:03.260
  • and it was the most beautiful smelling aroma,
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:08.020
  • but they were indignant, they were frustrated,
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:10.050
  • how dare she do this?
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:11.190
  • And Judas especially,
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:13.030
  • he said this could have been used to help the poor.
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:16.000
  • Why did she waste this money on you, Jesus?
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:19.080
  • Why did she waste this on your feet?
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:22.120
  • And Jesus said you don't understand.
  • 00:19:22.120 --> 00:19:23.230
  • This little act of surrender is gonna be shared
  • 00:19:23.230 --> 00:19:26.090
  • all around the world for the rest,
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:27.130
  • for the rest of the world.
  • 00:19:27.130 --> 00:19:30.050
  • It's gonna be talked about for centuries from now.
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:32.130
  • People are gonna talk about this woman's little act
  • 00:19:32.130 --> 00:19:34.250
  • of surrender, this little act of worship.
  • 00:19:34.250 --> 00:19:36.060
  • How many have heard this story
  • 00:19:36.060 --> 00:19:37.060
  • about this woman who poured out?
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:38.170
  • Yeah, yeah, look around the room.
  • 00:19:38.170 --> 00:19:40.030
  • This is so true, Jesus prophesied
  • 00:19:40.030 --> 00:19:41.240
  • that it would've been talked about
  • 00:19:41.240 --> 00:19:43.020
  • and that everyone would know about this story.
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:46.010
  • And Judas was so mad
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:47.120
  • that he left that meeting that very night,
  • 00:19:49.050 --> 00:19:51.030
  • the Bible says that very night,
  • 00:19:51.030 --> 00:19:52.100
  • Judas, he went to the Pharisees,
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:55.040
  • and he said what can I get in exchange for Jesus?
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:19:58.160
  • What will you give me in exchange for Jesus?
  • 00:19:58.160 --> 00:20:00.260
  • And they said well, we'll give you 30 silver coins.
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:06.230
  • 30 silver coins.
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.180
  • It's equivalent about $20 today.
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.250
  • And you might be here today and you say well, Paul,
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  • I would never sell Jesus out for 20 bucks.
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  • I would never give up my relationship with Jesus for $20,
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  • for 30 silver coins.
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  • But how do you handle the little things,
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  • how you handle the little things.
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  • Couple weeks ago, my boys, they wanted to build a tree house
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  • and so I was looking for some wood to build a tree house.
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  • I wanted to do just a, you know, a DIY project,
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  • do it yourself, and so I saw on Google
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  • you can build tree houses with wood pallets.
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  • So I was driving around town,
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  • I saw these wood pallets behind a company
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  • and they were near a dumpster
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  • and I thought no one will care, it's would pallets,
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  • they're probably going into the trash anyway,
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  • so I'll just grab a few, but I had this little conviction,
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  • everybody say little conviction.
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  • Yeah, little conviction.
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  • Sometimes that's all you have,
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  • it's just a little conviction.
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  • You're in the heat of a moment,
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  • all you have is just this little voice.
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  • And I have this little conviction,
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  • no, don't don't take this,
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  • go an ask the owner of the company if you can have it.
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  • Now you guys might think
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  • well, Paul, it's going in the trash,
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  • it's not that big of a deal it's for your boys.
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  • But I had to follow that little voice.
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  • I had to follow that little conviction.
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  • I haven't always done all the little things right,
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  • but I'm trying my best from this day forward.
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  • I've been trying my best.
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  • Every year in my life,
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  • I want to get better at the little things.
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  • Every day of my life I want to get better
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  • at doing the little things right.
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  • I want to become a man of integrity.
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  • I don't care if I get famous,
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  • I just want to be a man that's in the eyes of God
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  • that's pleasing to God.
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  • At the end of the day, I just want to do things right
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  • in the eyes of God.
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  • And so I went to the owner of the company,
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  • and I said hey, can I have like one or two
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  • of those wood pallets behind your building?
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  • Remember, 30 silver coins, $20.
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  • And he said I can't believe you would ask me.
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  • Most people would just take it.
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  • He said they're by the dumpster.
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:10.060
  • I said yeah, but I guess I just wanted
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  • to make sure it was okay.
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  • He said yeah, you can have them.
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  • In fact, take all of them.
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  • I would have thought that by taking a few wooden pallets,
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  • I was getting a steal of a deal.
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  • Oh yeah, I got two wooden pallets, no one's gonna know.
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  • I'ma build an awesome tree house.
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  • But because I asked for permission, he said take them all.
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  • Integrity opens the door
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  • for so much more favor in your life.
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:35.270
  • Doing the right thing pays off.
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  • It's 30 silver coins, but it's your relationship with God,
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  • it's your honesty, it's your integrity,
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  • it's three small hairs on the back of a dog's tail.
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  • It's not that big a deal,
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  • no, it's your integrity, it pays off.
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  • It's the little things.
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  • When my father had passed away,
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:54.150
  • I had gotten very discouraged and depressed.
  • 00:22:54.150 --> 00:22:57.060
  • And all of a sudden,
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  • I started getting these random text messages
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  • from an unknown number,
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  • and they were encouraging text messages.
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  • Hey Paul, you're a mighty man of God,
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  • you're doing a great job, don't quit,
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  • don't give up, God's for you,
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  • things are gonna get better,
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  • your best days are in front of you.
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  • And I didn't know who this number was,
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:11.270
  • but it always hit me at the right time,
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  • at the times where I was so discouraged,
  • 00:23:14.020 --> 00:23:15.290
  • and just wanted to throw in the towel.
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:18.000
  • And I thought my wife had gotten another phone
  • 00:23:18.000 --> 00:23:20.000
  • and that she was texting me from some unknown number
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:22.190
  • to encourage me.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.040
  • I said babe, are you texting me from an unknown number?
  • 00:23:24.040 --> 00:23:26.010
  • She goes no, let me see that number,
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  • I'ma call this woman right now.
  • 00:23:27.200 --> 00:23:29.090
  • It wasn't a woman.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • (laughs) But there was a guy in our church,
  • 00:23:31.200 --> 00:23:35.030
  • a young guy in our church, Tay Gomez, a teenager,
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:38.000
  • that had gotten my number from his parents,
  • 00:23:38.000 --> 00:23:39.160
  • and he was texting me about once a month,
  • 00:23:39.160 --> 00:23:41.210
  • and those little text messages
  • 00:23:41.210 --> 00:23:43.020
  • that probably took him like one minute to send,
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:46.100
  • that little text message
  • 00:23:46.100 --> 00:23:47.260
  • that probably barely took him a minute to think of to type,
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  • it hit me right when I needed it.
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  • This week, one little text message you send
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  • could save someone's life.
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  • One apology, one I love you to your son
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  • could divert them from the wrong path
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  • to get on the right path.
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  • One I forgive you could save someone
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  • from doing something really dumb.
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  • One altar call response,
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  • one person's act to go in the water
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  • to get baptized is going to save their entire destiny,
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  • their eternity is being saved and changed
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  • because of one little act of obedience.
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  • Hey, I pray that message spoke to you, encouraged you,
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  • and reminded you that little things matter.
  • 00:24:30.270 --> 00:24:34.020
  • Little things like reading your Bible,
  • 00:24:34.020 --> 00:24:35.270
  • like praying, like going to church,
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  • like watching this sermon.
  • 00:24:37.210 --> 00:24:39.090
  • Little things like saying a prayer
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  • and saying Lord, I need your help today.
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  • Just like you heard in the message,
  • 00:24:43.200 --> 00:24:45.040
  • the different stories about little things made a huge impact
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  • you could do a little thing right now,
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  • and change the course of your life.
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  • Why don't you say a little prayer with me?
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  • And I'm not saying that this little prayer
  • 00:24:54.240 --> 00:24:56.160
  • is gonna fix everything,
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  • but I'm saying it's the right step for you.
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  • It's the step of humility, it's the step of surrender,
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  • it's the step of saying Lord, I want your help.
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  • Just say these words with me,
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:07.050
  • say Jesus, I'm all yours.
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  • I asked for your mercy and grace today.
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  • Lord, I need you,
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  • and God, I surrender to you.
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  • Let your will be done in my life, in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • I believe not only are you going to heaven someday
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  • when you step into eternity,
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  • but I also believe that you're gonna experience
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  • God's supernatural help right here on this earth.
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  • God's gonna give you the victory.
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