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November 9, 2016
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The Reasons For Go

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  • - Bil Cornelius: I went
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  • to the cross.
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  • I was beaten.
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  • I was spat upon.
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  • I was lied to.
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  • I was betrayed.
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  • They gambled away my clothes.
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  • They made fun of me.
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  • They literally killed me
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  • and I rose again.
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  • I did all that so that you could
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  • go and make disciples
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: How you guys doin'?
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  • Good to see you guys.
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  • Glad you guys are here.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • Today we're starting a brand-new
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  • series called, "Go."
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  • The Bible is very clear
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  • about going
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  • and making disciples, and so
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  • we are supposed to go somewhere
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  • and do something with our lives.
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  • And so I wanna talk to you
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  • about that today.
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  • Pull out notes if you would.
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  • Get something to write with.
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  • Grab a pen or a pencil.
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  • Prick your finger,
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  • whatever works.
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  • And so I want you to write some
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  • stuff down.
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  • God wants more from us,
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  • so he can do more through us.
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  • I really believe that.
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  • God wants more from us,
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  • so he can do more through us.
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  • And so that's what this entire
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  • series is about.
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  • It's about going for Christ.
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  • Going for Jesus.
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  • Going to make a difference
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  • with your life.
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  • Going to fulfill your purpose.
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  • We are getting bold.
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  • We're taking huge steps of
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  • faith, because I've discovered
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  • that's where God is.
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  • God is where you take the steps
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  • of faith.
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  • If you want to know where Christ
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  • is, he is always in your bold
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  • new step that he leads you
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  • to take.
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  • Let's look some Scripture today
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  • as we talk about this.
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  • Look at Matthew chapter 28.
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  • This is the foundation verse
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  • for the entire series, not to
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  • mention the entire church.
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  • Matthew 28:19 says, "Therefore
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  • Go and make disciples of all
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  • nations, baptizing them in the
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  • name of the Father and the Son
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  • and the Holy Spirit, and
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  • teaching them to obey everything
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  • I have commanded you.
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  • And surely I am with you always,
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  • to the very end of the age."
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  • Have you ever felt like you
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  • couldn't sense God in your life?
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  • Have you ever felt like,
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  • "I feel like God's kind of far?
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  • I pray and I don't feel like
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  • he's hearing me," or, "I don't
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  • feel like I'm connecting,"
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  • or "I haven't heard from God
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  • in awhile."
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  • Have you ever felt that way?
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  • Anybody who can relate to this
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  • who, kind of, like, feel God is
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  • distant sometimes in your life?
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  • Can I tell you that the people
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  • who God is not distant in their
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  • life are the people going
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  • somewhere?
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  • See, if you're doing something,
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  • if you're going somewhere
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  • for Christ, then you suddenly
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  • realized he's there.
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  • He's close to you.
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  • He is walking with you.
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  • That's why he says,
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  • "If you'll go, if you'll go and
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  • make disciples, you will sense
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  • that I am with you."
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  • Now, he is with you.
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  • That's a promise.
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  • But you will sense
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  • that he's with you.
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  • He will make himself known to
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  • you in new and fresh ways when
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  • you're going somewhere for him.
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  • Let's look at
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  • Galatians chapter 3, verse 2.
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  • This verse really hit me hard.
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  • I'm just tellin' you this sermon
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  • was not written, by the way,
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  • in the last week.
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  • This was written over several
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  • months as I've been praying,
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  • seeking God.
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  • And so I've sort of been slowly
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  • loading my gun in the last
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  • And the reason why is because
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  • I said, "God, I really need to
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  • hear from you,"
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  • 'cause this is a series
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  • that sets our church
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  • on a new trajectory
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  • on where we're going.
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  • It's a big deal what God has
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  • next for you and for me,
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  • 'cause we are the church.
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  • Look at Galatians chapter 3,
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  • verse 2.
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  • He says, "Let me put this
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  • question to you," this is the
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  • Message translation, "How did
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  • your new life begin?
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  • Was it by working your heads off
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  • to please God?
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  • Or was it by responding
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  • to God's Message to you?
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  • Are you going to continue
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  • this craziness?"
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  • Now, listen, listen, listen.
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  • "For only crazy people would
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  • think they could complete by
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  • their own efforts what was begun
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  • by God."
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  • So you get saved, you experience
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  • a radically, transforming power
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  • of Christ in your life, and then
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  • you pick up a Bible and you're
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  • told you're supposed to do this,
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  • and do this, and do that.
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  • And don't do this, and don't do
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  • that, and don't do this,
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  • and don't do that.
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  • And you begin to do those
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  • and follow those rules.
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  • And pretty soon you find
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  • yourself acting like a Christian
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  • without Christ.
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  • Busy doing the work of God,
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  • for God, without God.
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  • Have you ever been there?
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  • I have.
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  • And what happens is you end up
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  • having, sort of, behavior
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  • modification rather than the
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  • power of God flowing
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  • through you on a daily basis.
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  • It goes on to say this:
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  • "If you weren't smart enough
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  • or strong enough to begin it,
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  • how do you suppose
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  • you could perfect it?
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  • Did you go through this whole
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  • painful learning process
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  • for nothing?
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  • It is not yet a total loss,
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  • but it certainly will be
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  • if you keep this up!"
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  • This Scripture is telling
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  • us this.
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  • It's saying, "You may be going
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  • through some difficult times.
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  • Don't waste your pain.
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  • Let it be a reminder
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  • that God started that all,
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  • and he'll finish it all.
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  • You need to rely upon him."
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  • Here's what this verse
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  • meant to me, personally:
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  • almost 18 years ago
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  • we founded this church on faith,
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  • my wife and I and our one son
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  • at the time.
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  • He was 6 weeks old.
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  • Now he's, like, this huge dude,
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  • and he's like, "Hey dad,
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  • can I borrow the car?"
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  • And so I'm like,
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  • "What happened?"
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  • He used to sleep on my chest
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  • like this, and now he's huge in
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  • the front row with all these
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  • muscles hanging off him.
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  • I'm like, "What in the world?"
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  • But I remember we--all three of
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  • us moved down here and
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  • we didn't know a single person
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  • in the city.
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  • We came by faith.
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  • I remember just saying,
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  • "Oh, God,
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  • you gotta do something.
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  • There's no one here.
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  • There's no people.
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  • There's no budget.
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  • There's no building.
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  • There's no anything.
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  • We just need you desperately."
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  • And God showed up.
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  • And God began
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  • to move powerfully.
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  • And what was started
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  • in the Spirit grew like crazy.
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  • And people began getting saved,
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  • and lives are being changed,
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  • and they were inviting
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  • their friends,
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  • and the place kept growing.
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  • And the biggest problem we had
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  • was we had to keep adding
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  • services to accommodate the
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  • people, because God was just
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  • moving so powerfully.
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  • And that describes probably
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  • the first 10 to 11 to 12 years
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  • of our church.
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  • It was phenomenal.
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  • It's still phenomenal.
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  • But there was just* growth,
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  • this curse to me.
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  • You guys have been on the
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  • journey, and you remember it's
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  • just insane what God has done.
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  • And at the same time this is
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  • going on unbeknownst to me,
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  • there was a shift going on in
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  • some of our key leaders,
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  • our key staff members.
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  • And all of the sudden
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  • within a 1 and a half year
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  • period of time
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  • almost all of our top staff,
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  • our entire executive team left
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  • within months of each other.
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  • And the pain that caused me,
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  • and listen very carefully:
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  • they are wonderful people,
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  • and I love them dearly
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  • to this day,
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  • And you begin to say, "God is
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  • there something wrong with me?
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  • Is there's something wrong."
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  • And I began to say,
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  • "God, what are you doing?
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  • I don't understand."
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  • And God began to say,
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  • "I'm not closing an old thing,
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  • See, everybody wants a new
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  • thing, but no one's willing to
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  • let their--you got to have night
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  • before you can have a new day.
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  • So don't be discouraged with
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  • what you're going through.
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  • God has a plan.
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  • And your night will only be
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  • so long.
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  • God has a new day.
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  • You gotta know he has a plan
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  • even when we don't see it, even
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  • when we don't understand it.
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  • He has a plan.
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  • And God began to stir in me.
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  • And then God brought me to a
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  • point and then* saying,
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  • "So let me get this straight.
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  • You were gonna depend upon me to
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  • start this thing, but then all
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  • of the sudden you thought, 'Now
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  • we got the building, we got the
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  • people, we got a budget.
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  • Now we can just, kind of, put it
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  • in motion to where we don't
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  • really need to depend upon God
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  • that much.
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  • We can just, kind of do it.
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  • Hey, God, we'll just let you
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  • And God's like,
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  • "I'll dry that up,
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  • 'cause I want you
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  • to depend upon me."
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  • Maybe you're there.
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  • Maybe that's where you're at.
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  • And so God says, "All right,
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  • are you gonna quit
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  • depending upon me?
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  • It started with me.
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  • You can't become all God
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  • has for you until you admit
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  • you're not there.
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  • And so we begin
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  • to make internal changes.
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  • Some of them by force,
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  • 'cause people moved on.
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  • Some of them by choice.
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  • And guess what?
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  • In the last 2 years
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  • we are on the grow.
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  • We are growing again.
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  • There is momentum.
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  • God is doing something new.
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  • He's doing something fresh.
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  • People are getting saved.
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  • Lives are getting changed.
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  • And the truth is those years
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  • weren't a waste,
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  • 'cause we needed the process.
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  • We needed that time.
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  • But God has been speaking to me.
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  • And our mission--in fact,
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  • so we hired Joy.
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  • She comes in.
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  • She's a corporate executive
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  • for 25 years.
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  • She's a turn-around specialist.
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  • She turns around factories
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  • and all kinds of big companies.
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  • And she says to me,
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  • "We need to have
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  • a corporate mission statement."
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  • I was like, "Corporate
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  • mission--yeah, that sounds
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  • really cool.
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  • I'll go find one
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  • on the internet.
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  • I dunno."
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  • And so she says, "Well, here's
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  • what it looks like."
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  • And she sends me
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  • a bunch of examples.
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  • "And here's this,
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  • and this, and that."
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  • And I was, like, "Oh, okay."
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  • And she says,
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  • "Go home and pray."
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  • Like, "Get outta here and come
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  • back with a Word from God."
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  • And I was, like,
  • 00:08:04.170 --> 00:08:05.070
  • "Okay, I can do that.
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  • I know how to do that.
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  • I don't know jack squat about
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  • the corporate stuff,
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  • but I'll go do that."
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  • And so I've been, you know,
  • 00:08:09.120 --> 00:08:10.130
  • I've always immersed myself in
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  • spiritual development,
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  • personal development,
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  • and all that kind of stuff.
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  • And she's immersed herself,
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  • you know, the last 25 years in
  • 00:08:14.180 --> 00:08:16.060
  • corporate development, you know?
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  • And I was like, "I know a little
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  • bit about that,
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  • but you know a whole lot."
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  • And, you know, she's like,
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  • "I don't know much about
  • 00:08:20.160 --> 00:08:21.020
  • personal development, but I know
  • 00:08:21.020 --> 00:08:21.230
  • a whole lot about corporate."
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  • So, basically, it was, kind of,
  • 00:08:22.200 --> 00:08:23.090
  • a meshing of both those visions.
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  • And so she said, "What is your
  • 00:08:24.280 --> 00:08:27.050
  • corporate mission statement?"
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  • "Let me go away.
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  • I wanna pray."
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  • And I began to write stuff out,
  • 00:08:29.050 --> 00:08:29.260
  • and I was, like,
  • 00:08:29.260 --> 00:08:30.110
  • "No, that's not it.
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  • That's not it."
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  • And, finally, I just said,
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  • "I don't know what else to say
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  • other than we're supposed to
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  • take as many people to heaven
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  • with me before I die.
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  • Period."
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  • And I came in
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  • and I told her that.
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  • And she was, like,
  • 00:08:39.250 --> 00:08:40.160
  • "That's brilliant."
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  • I said, "What do you mean?
  • 00:08:41.120 --> 00:08:43.140
  • That's, kind of, simple."
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  • She goes, "Right.
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  • That's the brilliance.
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  • It's not complicated."
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  • You know the toys that don't
  • 00:08:48.000 --> 00:08:48.280
  • break don't have a lot of parts?
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  • Have you ever noticed that?
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  • Like, the toys you kept from
  • 00:08:53.070 --> 00:08:54.050
  • when you were a kid aren't those
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  • transformers with 72 parts.
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  • Those were broken
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  • the second day, right?
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  • It's the ones that were simple.
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  • It's the little toy gun.
  • 00:09:00.150 --> 00:09:02.060
  • There's just not that many
  • 00:09:02.060 --> 00:09:03.080
  • moving parts, right?
  • 00:09:03.080 --> 00:09:04.040
  • That's the one you kept for when
  • 00:09:04.040 --> 00:09:05.140
  • you're an adult to be like,
  • 00:09:05.140 --> 00:09:06.040
  • "Yeah, yeah, that was my toy
  • 00:09:06.040 --> 00:09:06.240
  • back in the day," right?
  • 00:09:06.240 --> 00:09:07.140
  • You kept that one.
  • 00:09:07.140 --> 00:09:08.050
  • You kept the little doll,
  • 00:09:08.050 --> 00:09:09.190
  • you know, that you're mother
  • 00:09:09.190 --> 00:09:11.130
  • or grandmother kept sewing
  • 00:09:11.130 --> 00:09:12.080
  • the eyes back in.
  • 00:09:12.080 --> 00:09:12.280
  • I mean, that's the stuff you
  • 00:09:12.280 --> 00:09:13.210
  • still have, right?
  • 00:09:13.210 --> 00:09:14.170
  • It's the simple stuff.
  • 00:09:14.170 --> 00:09:15.140
  • And, so, the simpler it is the
  • 00:09:15.140 --> 00:09:16.270
  • more powerful it is.
  • 00:09:16.270 --> 00:09:19.250
  • So having said that,
  • 00:09:19.250 --> 00:09:21.150
  • over several years
  • 00:09:21.150 --> 00:09:22.160
  • of painful toil and prayer,
  • 00:09:22.160 --> 00:09:24.190
  • God has made it abundantly clear
  • 00:09:24.190 --> 00:09:26.140
  • that the vision we had
  • 00:09:26.140 --> 00:09:27.230
  • 17 and a half years ago
  • 00:09:27.230 --> 00:09:29.260
  • we now have clarified
  • 00:09:29.260 --> 00:09:31.100
  • once again.
  • 00:09:31.100 --> 00:09:32.000
  • Our mission is: To take as many
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  • people to heaven as we can
  • 00:09:34.220 --> 00:09:36.200
  • before we die.
  • 00:09:36.200 --> 00:09:38.000
  • Period."
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  • Let me show you a Scripture
  • 00:09:38.200 --> 00:09:39.110
  • on this.
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  • Acts 13:36.
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  • It says this: "Now when David
  • 00:09:40.210 --> 00:09:42.040
  • had served God's purpose in his
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  • own generation, he fell asleep."
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  • It's just--they refer back to
  • 00:09:45.090 --> 00:09:46.090
  • David in Acts.
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  • It says, now, David, what God
  • 00:09:48.100 --> 00:09:48.280
  • told him to do, basically,
  • 00:09:48.280 --> 00:09:49.190
  • he served his purpose
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  • in his generation and he died.
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  • May that be said of you and me
  • 00:09:51.240 --> 00:09:53.010
  • that we just do exactly
  • 00:09:53.010 --> 00:09:54.070
  • what God tells us to do,
  • 00:09:54.070 --> 00:09:55.150
  • and then we'll die.
  • 00:09:55.150 --> 00:09:56.090
  • That's it.
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  • That's all we're called to do.
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  • I don't wanna do what
  • 00:09:58.210 --> 00:09:59.110
  • you're supposed to do.
  • 00:09:59.110 --> 00:10:00.090
  • You do need to do
  • 00:10:00.090 --> 00:10:01.020
  • what I'm supposed to do.
  • 00:10:01.020 --> 00:10:01.230
  • We're supposed to do what we're
  • 00:10:01.230 --> 00:10:03.130
  • supposed to do.
  • 00:10:03.130 --> 00:10:04.180
  • And so my goal and this church's
  • 00:10:04.180 --> 00:10:06.250
  • goal is to take as many people
  • 00:10:06.250 --> 00:10:07.270
  • to heaven before we die.
  • 00:10:08.020 --> 00:10:11.020
  • Period.
  • 00:10:11.020 --> 00:10:12.100
  • It's not complicated.
  • 00:10:12.100 --> 00:10:13.080
  • "Oh, hold on, pastor.
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:13.290
  • You know, I'm really into
  • 00:10:13.290 --> 00:10:14.190
  • worship and I like discipleship,
  • 00:10:14.190 --> 00:10:16.180
  • and I--"
  • 00:10:16.180 --> 00:10:18.030
  • Those are all part of it.
  • 00:10:18.030 --> 00:10:20.020
  • That's a huge part of it.
  • 00:10:20.020 --> 00:10:21.170
  • But what good is worship if it
  • 00:10:21.170 --> 00:10:24.060
  • doesn't lead to more people
  • 00:10:24.060 --> 00:10:25.070
  • getting saved?
  • 00:10:25.070 --> 00:10:27.200
  • "Well, because I'm growing
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:28.270
  • closer to Christ."
  • 00:10:28.270 --> 00:10:29.170
  • You are growing closer
  • 00:10:29.170 --> 00:10:30.070
  • to Christ.
  • 00:10:30.070 --> 00:10:30.270
  • But if you want Christ's heart,
  • 00:10:30.270 --> 00:10:33.200
  • he's about his lost children.
  • 00:10:33.200 --> 00:10:35.120
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:10:35.120 --> 00:10:38.110
  • That's his heart.
  • 00:10:38.110 --> 00:10:39.260
  • "Well, I like discipleship."
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:41.050
  • I do, too.
  • 00:10:41.050 --> 00:10:42.050
  • I didn't say
  • 00:10:42.050 --> 00:10:42.250
  • that was bad, either.
  • 00:10:42.250 --> 00:10:43.150
  • Those are wonderful things.
  • 00:10:43.150 --> 00:10:44.070
  • "I like to learn
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:44.250
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:10:44.250 --> 00:10:45.150
  • I'm really into theology."
  • 00:10:45.150 --> 00:10:46.050
  • Great.
  • 00:10:46.050 --> 00:10:46.250
  • So am I.
  • 00:10:46.250 --> 00:10:47.150
  • I teach it every week.
  • 00:10:47.150 --> 00:10:48.210
  • Those are all great things.
  • 00:10:48.210 --> 00:10:50.080
  • But can I tell you something
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:51.050
  • about the devil, real quick?
  • 00:10:51.050 --> 00:10:52.150
  • I don't know him that well, but
  • 00:10:52.150 --> 00:10:53.110
  • I know a couple things about him
  • 00:10:53.110 --> 00:10:54.210
  • 'cause he picks on me a lot.
  • 00:10:54.210 --> 00:10:55.110
  • And, so, here's the one thing
  • 00:10:55.110 --> 00:10:56.010
  • I do know.
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:56.210
  • Are you ready for this?
  • 00:10:56.210 --> 00:10:57.110
  • Here's what I know: he is great
  • 00:10:57.110 --> 00:10:59.090
  • with you having incredible
  • 00:10:59.090 --> 00:11:00.120
  • worship experiences,
  • 00:11:00.120 --> 00:11:01.120
  • and he'll never mess with that.
  • 00:11:01.120 --> 00:11:03.170
  • He's great with you knowing
  • 00:11:03.170 --> 00:11:04.170
  • the Bible up and down.
  • 00:11:04.170 --> 00:11:06.020
  • And he's cool with that.
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:07.140
  • As long as you don't tell
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:09.080
  • No problem.
  • 00:11:14.170 --> 00:11:15.100
  • As long as you're comfortable
  • 00:11:15.100 --> 00:11:16.290
  • thinking that you're--all
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:17.290
  • you're supposed to be doing
  • 00:11:17.290 --> 00:11:18.240
  • all you're supposed to be
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:19.150
  • doing and let everyone else
  • 00:11:19.150 --> 00:11:20.250
  • around you go to hell,
  • 00:11:20.250 --> 00:11:23.200
  • and he's good with it.
  • 00:11:23.200 --> 00:11:26.020
  • Because a disciple that's not
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:30.040
  • multiplying in the kingdom
  • 00:11:30.040 --> 00:11:32.070
  • of God is useless.
  • 00:11:33.110 --> 00:11:36.110
  • "Pastor, that seems harsh."
  • 00:11:36.110 --> 00:11:37.110
  • It is.
  • 00:11:37.110 --> 00:11:38.070
  • I hope it hurt.
  • 00:11:38.070 --> 00:11:39.260
  • It was supposed to,
  • 00:11:39.260 --> 00:11:42.060
  • because we're not just supposed
  • 00:11:42.060 --> 00:11:43.280
  • to be godly people.
  • 00:11:43.280 --> 00:11:45.100
  • Do I wanna be godly,
  • 00:11:45.100 --> 00:11:46.080
  • which means to be like God?
  • 00:11:46.080 --> 00:11:47.060
  • Yes, absolutely.
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:48.140
  • But you know what?
  • 00:11:48.140 --> 00:11:49.040
  • Godliness is to be like God.
  • 00:11:49.040 --> 00:11:50.060
  • What did God do?
  • 00:11:50.060 --> 00:11:50.260
  • He communicated with people
  • 00:11:50.260 --> 00:11:52.080
  • that needed him.
  • 00:11:52.080 --> 00:11:54.160
  • That's part of being godly.
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  • Look at Matthew 28,
  • 00:11:57.120 --> 00:11:58.270
  • verse 16.
  • 00:11:58.270 --> 00:11:59.180
  • Let's put go in context, right?
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:02.130
  • Remember we read at the
  • 00:12:02.130 --> 00:12:03.030
  • beginning it says, "Therefore go
  • 00:12:03.030 --> 00:12:04.130
  • and make disciples?"
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:05.030
  • What's the therefore there for?
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:06.120
  • Right?
  • 00:12:06.120 --> 00:12:07.030
  • What was before it?
  • 00:12:07.030 --> 00:12:07.240
  • Well, I mean, there's only--you
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:08.210
  • only use the word therefore
  • 00:12:08.210 --> 00:12:09.140
  • unless there's something
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:10.050
  • before it.
  • 00:12:10.050 --> 00:12:10.250
  • You're tying in together.
  • 00:12:10.250 --> 00:12:11.160
  • So, "Blah, blah,
  • 00:12:11.160 --> 00:12:12.060
  • blah, blah, blah,
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:12.260
  • therefore go make disciples."
  • 00:12:12.260 --> 00:12:13.290
  • What's the blah, blah,
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:14.190
  • blah, blah?
  • 00:12:14.190 --> 00:12:15.100
  • What is that?
  • 00:12:15.100 --> 00:12:15.250
  • Check it out.
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:16.200
  • "Then the 11 disciples went
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  • to Galilee, to the mountain
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  • where Jesus had told them to Go.
  • 00:12:19.010 --> 00:12:22.000
  • When they saw him they worshiped
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  • him, but some doubted."
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  • Important note.
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  • I wanna just make a point
  • 00:12:26.110 --> 00:12:27.010
  • real quick.
  • 00:12:27.010 --> 00:12:27.210
  • Those of you who say, "Well, I
  • 00:12:27.210 --> 00:12:28.190
  • mean, I'll be Jesus' follower,
  • 00:12:28.190 --> 00:12:30.010
  • if I could actually see him."
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  • Really?
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  • 'Cause they did
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  • and they still doubted.
  • 00:12:32.150 --> 00:12:34.160
  • So the whole thing about, "Well,
  • 00:12:34.160 --> 00:12:35.230
  • if I have any physical evidence,
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:37.040
  • if I could actually see Jesus,
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:38.040
  • then I'll follow Jesus."
  • 00:12:38.040 --> 00:12:39.020
  • Not necessarily.
  • 00:12:39.020 --> 00:12:41.010
  • He literally dies.
  • 00:12:41.010 --> 00:12:42.050
  • They all see him die.
  • 00:12:42.050 --> 00:12:43.010
  • He raises again in new life.
  • 00:12:43.010 --> 00:12:44.050
  • And they're like,
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:44.230
  • "Hey, what's up?"
  • 00:12:44.230 --> 00:12:45.130
  • "I'm here."
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:46.030
  • And then some of them are like,
  • 00:12:46.030 --> 00:12:46.240
  • "I don't know.
  • 00:12:46.240 --> 00:12:47.140
  • I'm just not sure I believe."
  • 00:12:47.140 --> 00:12:50.050
  • He's literally in front of you,
  • 00:12:50.050 --> 00:12:52.010
  • and they still doubted.
  • 00:12:52.010 --> 00:12:54.060
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:12:54.060 --> 00:12:54.260
  • People hold on
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:56.030
  • to doubt--listen, listen.
  • 00:12:56.030 --> 00:12:57.020
  • Ready for this?
  • 00:12:57.020 --> 00:12:57.230
  • Doubt can become a belief,
  • 00:12:59.020 --> 00:13:02.040
  • because all the evidence is in
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:03.120
  • front of them, and they--"No,
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:04.060
  • I'm gonna believe that this
  • 00:13:04.060 --> 00:13:05.090
  • isn't real."
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:07.180
  • Doubt can be so prevalent it
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:10.120
  • becomes your belief.
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:12.150
  • You believe in doubt.
  • 00:13:12.150 --> 00:13:13.210
  • "I will hold on to doubt."
  • 00:13:13.210 --> 00:13:15.220
  • This is how we live in denial in
  • 00:13:15.220 --> 00:13:16.220
  • relationship, right?
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:18.010
  • Whole 'nother point.
  • 00:13:18.010 --> 00:13:18.210
  • Don't let me go off on that.
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:21.010
  • "Then Jesus came to them
  • 00:13:21.010 --> 00:13:21.250
  • and said."
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:22.260
  • So check this out.
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.160
  • He shows back up.
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  • He's died.
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  • He's resurrected, right?
  • 00:13:26.110 --> 00:13:28.020
  • And he showed himself in front
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:29.020
  • of them.
  • 00:13:29.020 --> 00:13:29.170
  • He saw--they saw him.
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:30.110
  • They worshipped him.
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:30.280
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:13:30.280 --> 00:13:31.160
  • He walked up to them and
  • 00:13:31.160 --> 00:13:32.050
  • was like, "Hey, check it out.
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:33.030
  • See that?
  • 00:13:33.030 --> 00:13:33.210
  • See that?
  • 00:13:33.210 --> 00:13:34.220
  • See the scars?
  • 00:13:34.220 --> 00:13:36.160
  • See the scars from the crown
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:38.260
  • of thorns that I wore?
  • 00:13:38.260 --> 00:13:39.220
  • You see how they turned by body
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:40.210
  • into holy hamburger meat?
  • 00:13:40.210 --> 00:13:43.190
  • You see all I went through?
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  • Come, come on.
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:47.060
  • Come touch it.
  • 00:13:47.060 --> 00:13:47.260
  • Come on, Thomas.
  • 00:13:47.260 --> 00:13:48.200
  • I know you're doubting.
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:49.110
  • Come touch it.
  • 00:13:49.110 --> 00:13:50.070
  • Come see.
  • 00:13:50.070 --> 00:13:51.150
  • Come experience it.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:52.230
  • Give me a hug
  • 00:13:52.230 --> 00:13:53.090
  • and see how real I am.
  • 00:13:53.090 --> 00:13:54.120
  • Feel the scars."
  • 00:13:54.120 --> 00:13:56.050
  • So he says, "Come on."
  • 00:13:56.050 --> 00:13:56.290
  • And they worshiped him.
  • 00:13:56.290 --> 00:13:58.150
  • But notice he doesn't say,
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:00.120
  • "Thanks, that's what I needed.
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:01.100
  • That's cool.
  • 00:14:01.100 --> 00:14:01.250
  • I just wanted to make sure
  • 00:14:01.250 --> 00:14:02.110
  • you knew I was real.
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:03.040
  • See ya."
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:03.270
  • He doesn't do that.
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:04.150
  • He goes, "Now you're here.
  • 00:14:04.150 --> 00:14:05.170
  • This is why we gathered.
  • 00:14:05.170 --> 00:14:06.250
  • Thank you for worshipping me.
  • 00:14:06.250 --> 00:14:07.260
  • Now you know I'm real.
  • 00:14:07.260 --> 00:14:08.260
  • Now, therefore--I went
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:12.120
  • to the cross.
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:14.130
  • I was beaten.
  • 00:14:14.130 --> 00:14:15.060
  • I was spat upon.
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:16.100
  • I was lied to.
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:17.130
  • I was betrayed.
  • 00:14:17.130 --> 00:14:18.180
  • They gambled away my clothes.
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:19.250
  • They made fun of me.
  • 00:14:19.250 --> 00:14:21.010
  • They did everything
  • 00:14:21.010 --> 00:14:21.240
  • they needed.
  • 00:14:21.240 --> 00:14:22.140
  • They literally killed me,
  • 00:14:22.140 --> 00:14:23.120
  • and I rose again.
  • 00:14:23.120 --> 00:14:24.100
  • I did all that so that
  • 00:14:24.100 --> 00:14:25.240
  • you could go and make disciples
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:32.120
  • of all nations."
  • 00:14:33.270 --> 00:14:36.270
  • That's the "why."
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:39.000
  • So I want you to write something
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:39.290
  • down that may challenge you,
  • 00:14:39.290 --> 00:14:41.250
  • especially if you've grown up
  • 00:14:41.250 --> 00:14:42.170
  • in church, I'm gonna challenge
  • 00:14:42.170 --> 00:14:43.050
  • you, right now.
  • 00:14:43.050 --> 00:14:45.050
  • Number two: When you focus
  • 00:14:45.050 --> 00:14:45.210
  • on being a Christian
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:46.220
  • you become complacent.
  • 00:14:47.100 --> 00:14:50.100
  • When you focus on being a
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.100
  • Christian you become complacent.
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:52.050
  • When you focus on going
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:53.010
  • for Jesus, you begin to live
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:55.090
  • by raw faith.
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:58.220
  • Again, if you focus on
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:00.240
  • being--"Well, I just wanna
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:01.180
  • worship God, and serve him,
  • 00:15:01.180 --> 00:15:03.120
  • and go with my small group,
  • 00:15:03.120 --> 00:15:04.240
  • and go to Christian concerts,
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:05.260
  • and listen to Christian radio,
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:06.240
  • and watch Christian television,
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:07.180
  • and go to Christian events,
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:08.110
  • and hang around Christians,
  • 00:15:08.110 --> 00:15:09.050
  • and--" Great, I like all
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:10.220
  • of that, too.
  • 00:15:10.220 --> 00:15:12.150
  • I lead a lot of that stuff.
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:14.130
  • I have no problem with that.
  • 00:15:14.130 --> 00:15:16.170
  • But if you think the job is done
  • 00:15:16.170 --> 00:15:18.070
  • because you seem holy, that's
  • 00:15:18.110 --> 00:15:21.110
  • the most shallow thing in the
  • 00:15:21.110 --> 00:15:23.010
  • world you could possible do.
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:24.050
  • Everyone knows
  • 00:15:24.050 --> 00:15:24.220
  • that maturity happens
  • 00:15:24.220 --> 00:15:25.180
  • when you can reproduce, right?
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:30.060
  • Isn't that the very definition
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:31.130
  • of physical maturity?
  • 00:15:31.130 --> 00:15:32.170
  • "Hey mom.
  • 00:15:32.170 --> 00:15:33.140
  • Hey, mom.
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:34.090
  • Hey, mom."
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:36.010
  • Whoa.
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:36.270
  • Something happened.
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:38.200
  • And all of a sudden, whoa,
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:39.210
  • wait a minute.
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:40.110
  • This means you can
  • 00:15:40.110 --> 00:15:41.220
  • actually reproduce.
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:42.170
  • We need to have some
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:43.290
  • conversations about what you're
  • 00:15:43.290 --> 00:15:45.160
  • not gonna be doing for awhile
  • 00:15:45.160 --> 00:15:46.240
  • until the right--" Right?
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:47.190
  • And so the reality is that
  • 00:15:47.190 --> 00:15:48.240
  • maturity always ties
  • 00:15:48.240 --> 00:15:49.250
  • to reproduction.
  • 00:15:49.250 --> 00:15:51.270
  • You know, if you were a
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:53.210
  • researcher, and you were
  • 00:15:53.210 --> 00:15:54.210
  • researching a cure for cancer,
  • 00:15:54.210 --> 00:15:56.050
  • and you actually stumbled upon
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.160
  • the right ingredients of this,
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:01.130
  • and this, and that
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:02.070
  • pharmaceutically, whatever it
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:03.090
  • would be, if you actually put
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:05.020
  • all those components together
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:06.190
  • and actually created a cure--and
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:08.260
  • let's say you had cancer,
  • 00:16:08.260 --> 00:16:10.090
  • so you were very motivated.
  • 00:16:10.090 --> 00:16:12.020
  • Would you take that one vial
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:14.030
  • that you created and just think,
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:15.280
  • "Ah, I'm not really gonna double
  • 00:16:15.280 --> 00:16:17.080
  • check the ingredients.
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:17.280
  • I know this works.
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:18.230
  • And so I'm just--I'm not worried
  • 00:16:18.230 --> 00:16:20.030
  • about that.
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:20.230
  • I'm just gonna go
  • 00:16:20.230 --> 00:16:21.130
  • and take it, and then I'm just
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:22.030
  • gonna inject it.
  • 00:16:22.030 --> 00:16:22.230
  • And you know what?
  • 00:16:22.230 --> 00:16:23.170
  • Goal achieved.
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:24.290
  • I'm healed."
  • 00:16:24.290 --> 00:16:27.290
  • You would say,
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:28.190
  • "I know you need it.
  • 00:16:28.190 --> 00:16:29.270
  • And we want you to have it.
  • 00:16:29.270 --> 00:16:31.190
  • And we understand how horrible
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:32.240
  • this is, but do you comprehend
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:36.170
  • how many hospitals around the
  • 00:16:36.170 --> 00:16:38.100
  • world are full of people that
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:41.270
  • need what you just found?
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:45.120
  • Please do not be so selfish to
  • 00:16:45.120 --> 00:16:47.130
  • stop with yourself.
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:50.190
  • Before we do that--then we
  • 00:16:50.190 --> 00:16:52.030
  • will--can we find out the
  • 00:16:52.030 --> 00:16:54.020
  • ingredients so we can multiply
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:56.160
  • it, and end one of the greatest
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:59.180
  • detriments to mankind,
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:02.120
  • and save the world from cancer?"
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:04.290
  • Wouldn't you agree with me that
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:05.290
  • that would be the right
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:06.150
  • approach?
  • 00:17:06.150 --> 00:17:09.140
  • So how is it different if we
  • 00:17:11.010 --> 00:17:14.010
  • have Christ and we know he's the
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:16.160
  • answer, and, yet, we're cool
  • 00:17:16.160 --> 00:17:19.120
  • just, like, "Nah, man, I'm good.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:21.110
  • I'm gonna go to church.
  • 00:17:21.110 --> 00:17:24.020
  • Oh, yeah.
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:25.040
  • I'm good."
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:26.070
  • Have you seen the world lately?
  • 00:17:26.070 --> 00:17:27.250
  • Have you been watching
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:29.040
  • the news lately?
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:29.240
  • Have you been to school lately?
  • 00:17:30.270 --> 00:17:33.270
  • Have you seen what's going
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:34.130
  • on around us?
  • 00:17:34.130 --> 00:17:35.170
  • I'm pretty confident that you
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:38.140
  • should be aware, and we should
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:39.210
  • be aware that people need Jesus.
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:41.250
  • They need the Lord.
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:42.260
  • I don't mean that judgmentally.
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:43.220
  • I mean, I need him, too.
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:44.240
  • And so if I have the cure, why
  • 00:17:44.240 --> 00:17:47.190
  • am I not giving it to the world?
  • 00:17:47.190 --> 00:17:49.240
  • Look at Ecclesiastes 11:4.
  • 00:17:49.240 --> 00:17:51.000
  • It says, "If you wait for
  • 00:17:51.000 --> 00:17:52.020
  • perfect conditions,
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:52.220
  • you'll never get anything done."
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:54.180
  • If you begin to say,
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:55.170
  • "God, I'll go do what you want
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:56.180
  • me to do when I can afford it,"
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:57.240
  • you'll never do it.
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:17:58.140
  • If you have kids and you can
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:17:59.080
  • afford 'em and never have 'em--I
  • 00:17:59.080 --> 00:18:00.200
  • still can't afford our kids.
  • 00:18:00.200 --> 00:18:01.110
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:18:01.110 --> 00:18:02.200
  • And, in fact, they're becoming
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:04.110
  • more and more unaffordable.
  • 00:18:04.110 --> 00:18:05.060
  • That's how they finally
  • 00:18:05.060 --> 00:18:05.280
  • figured out at age 18
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:06.290
  • they need to move on,
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:07.190
  • 'cause they're so unaffordable.
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:08.260
  • You're like,
  • 00:18:08.260 --> 00:18:09.170
  • "I can't take anymore.
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:10.070
  • Get outta the house," right?
  • 00:18:10.070 --> 00:18:10.270
  • That's how it happens, I think.
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:12.170
  • No, the reality is that you
  • 00:18:12.170 --> 00:18:13.280
  • can't afford kids.
  • 00:18:13.280 --> 00:18:15.080
  • You're not ready for that.
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:16.140
  • You just do it, right?
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:17.180
  • You don't start a business
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:19.100
  • because the market's good.
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:20.260
  • Doesn't make--if you do that
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:21.280
  • you're never gonna start
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:22.180
  • your business.
  • 00:18:22.180 --> 00:18:23.080
  • You don't go back to school
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:24.010
  • because you're just ready
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:24.250
  • to go back to school.
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:25.170
  • You just start.
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:26.190
  • Whatever God leads you to do,
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:27.250
  • you just go do it.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:28.180
  • You don't wait till
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:29.150
  • you're ready emotionally,
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.220
  • you're ready spiritually.
  • 00:18:30.220 --> 00:18:31.150
  • You don't--no, you ready
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:32.170
  • yourself, but it doesn't mean
  • 00:18:32.170 --> 00:18:34.050
  • you're ever gonna feel like
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:34.280
  • everything is perfectly
  • 00:18:34.280 --> 00:18:36.030
  • in place.
  • 00:18:36.030 --> 00:18:36.230
  • It's just not gonna happen.
  • 00:18:36.230 --> 00:18:38.090
  • That's why is says in the
  • 00:18:38.090 --> 00:18:38.290
  • Scripture if you wait for
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:39.190
  • perfect conditions you'll never
  • 00:18:39.190 --> 00:18:40.090
  • get anything done.
  • 00:18:40.090 --> 00:18:41.000
  • You'll never even start.
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:42.170
  • Check out the Scripture
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:43.080
  • in Zachariah 4.
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:44.150
  • It says, "Do not despise these
  • 00:18:44.150 --> 00:18:45.190
  • small beginnings, for the Lord
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:46.220
  • rejoices to see the work begin."
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:48.290
  • It doesn't say the Lord rejoices
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:50.090
  • to see you learn about what
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:51.100
  • you're supposed to do.
  • 00:18:51.100 --> 00:18:52.120
  • It doesn't say the Lord rejoices
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  • to see you commit to it.
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  • It says, "The Lord rejoices,"
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  • when?
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:59.090
  • "When you begin."
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  • When you start.
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  • And then it says,
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  • "To see the plumb line
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  • in Zerubbabel's hand."
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:05.130
  • Zarebbabel was lead by God
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  • to begin working on the temple.
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  • He says the plumb line, that's.
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  • just a tool, he says, "I'm gonna
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  • get excited,"
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  • God says, "I'm gonna get excited
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  • when I see the tool
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  • in your hand."
  • 00:19:14.020 --> 00:19:14.220
  • In other words, "Lord, I'm gonna
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  • go back to school."
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  • Awesome.
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  • God says, "I'm gonna get excited
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  • when I see you walk in the class
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  • with books in your hand, 'cause
  • 00:19:20.020 --> 00:19:20.230
  • you said that for how many years
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  • and haven't done it?"
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  • "Oh, Lord, I'm gonna finally
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  • start that business."
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:25.200
  • And God says, "I'm gonna get
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  • excited when you down at the
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  • courthouse and you're getting
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  • the official paperwork to start
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  • a business.
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  • That's when I get excited."
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.050
  • And he says, "When is the work
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  • gonna begin?"
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  • That's when God gets excited and
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  • behind what he told you to do.
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  • Ephesians 3:20 is a key verse
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  • that we always use around here
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  • because it's so powerful to us.
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  • This is a verse I write in--if
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  • anyone ever asks me to sign a
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:47.080
  • book I write this verse, 'cause
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:48.170
  • I figured even if they skip the
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:49.170
  • book and read the verse then it
  • 00:19:49.170 --> 00:19:50.150
  • was worth it, 'cause this verse
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:52.150
  • is so powerful.
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:53.050
  • It says, "Now all glory to God,
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:54.200
  • who is able, through his mighty
  • 00:19:54.200 --> 00:19:56.030
  • power at work," where?
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:58.180
  • "Within us, to accomplish
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  • infinitely more than we might
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  • ask or think."
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:03.240
  • Another translation says,
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:04.180
  • "Imagine."
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:06.050
  • "Glory to him in the church and
  • 00:20:06.050 --> 00:20:07.190
  • in Christ Jesus through all
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  • generations forever and ever!
  • 00:20:08.280 --> 00:20:11.110
  • Amen."
  • 00:20:11.110 --> 00:20:12.010
  • In other words, God can do more
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  • than you can even imagine.
  • 00:20:13.070 --> 00:20:15.140
  • And he wants to start now,
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  • and he wants you to quit
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  • waiting for better conditions.
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:20.060
  • Just get going.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:20.280
  • And, so, this last challenge
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:24.030
  • is a big one.
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:24.250
  • And I wanna challenge you to
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:26.060
  • quit just being a Christian
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  • and start becoming a missionary.
  • 00:20:31.000 --> 00:20:34.000
  • Number three: Commit to being
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:37.240
  • a missionary for our generation.
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:40.220
  • What does a missionary do?
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  • A missionary goes somewhere
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  • uncomfortable, often too hot or
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:45.170
  • too cold, lacking amenities.
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  • They leave their comfort zone.
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:48.290
  • They leave all the stuff that
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:50.000
  • they own.
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:50.210
  • They sell it off
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  • or give it away.
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:52.290
  • They shrink down to almost
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:54.030
  • nothing that can be packed, and
  • 00:20:54.030 --> 00:20:55.090
  • then they go to a foreign land
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:56.260
  • where they don't know anyone,
  • 00:20:56.260 --> 00:20:57.220
  • they don't know the language,
  • 00:20:57.220 --> 00:20:58.120
  • they have to learn a language,
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:20:59.160
  • they have to go to language
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  • school, they have to learn all
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  • this stuff, they have to talk to
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  • their kids about how life is
  • 00:21:02.220 --> 00:21:03.200
  • gonna be different, and they go
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:05.000
  • in the middle of nowhere, why?
  • 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:06.210
  • So that more people get saved.
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:09.240
  • Guys, there are people that will
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:11.040
  • cross an ocean so that
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:12.070
  • people--so they can take more
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:13.160
  • people to heaven with them,
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:14.100
  • right?
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:15.000
  • But we won't even cross the
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  • street.
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  • It's time for that to change.
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  • God wants you and I to be
  • 00:21:21.080 --> 00:21:23.210
  • missionaries.
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:26.020
  • We have our in-laws with us, my
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:27.170
  • brother-in-law and
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:28.220
  • sister-in-law.
  • 00:21:28.220 --> 00:21:29.120
  • I wanna embarrass them quickly.
  • 00:21:29.120 --> 00:21:30.200
  • Sorry.
  • 00:21:30.200 --> 00:21:31.110
  • But I want you guys to
  • 00:21:31.110 --> 00:21:32.010
  • stand--and you're whole family.
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:32.260
  • This is an amazing missionary
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:34.100
  • family from Honduras.
  • 00:21:34.100 --> 00:21:35.080
  • Would you guys just stand
  • 00:21:35.080 --> 00:21:36.000
  • real quick?
  • 00:21:36.000 --> 00:21:36.200
  • I just wanna honor them.
  • 00:21:36.200 --> 00:21:37.100
  • Incredible people.
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:43.250
  • Thank you.
  • 00:21:43.250 --> 00:21:45.020
  • You know, Dave and I
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:47.170
  • are both blessed to have married
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:49.030
  • the Lander girls.
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:50.130
  • And they're pretty awesome.
  • 00:21:50.130 --> 00:21:52.050
  • And they really are.
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:52.250
  • We really both married way
  • 00:21:52.250 --> 00:21:54.070
  • above ourselves.
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:54.270
  • We both admit that openly.
  • 00:21:54.270 --> 00:21:56.080
  • And--but I'll tell you
  • 00:21:56.080 --> 00:21:57.080
  • somethin'.
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:58.000
  • It takes a special person to
  • 00:21:58.000 --> 00:21:59.100
  • just up and move half way around
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:00.260
  • the world.
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:01.160
  • And what's really cool, I was
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:02.210
  • talking to him today, and he was
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.140
  • telling me about being
  • 00:22:08.140 --> 00:22:09.070
  • on the field for the first year.
  • 00:22:09.070 --> 00:22:12.070
  • He's a doctor.
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:14.050
  • He would never tell you this,
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:15.000
  • but he could be making a half a
  • 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:16.010
  • million to a million five
  • 00:22:16.010 --> 00:22:17.250
  • But here he is
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:21.050
  • in the mission field.
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:21.230
  • And he was talking about how
  • 00:22:21.230 --> 00:22:24.060
  • God's blessed his ability
  • 00:22:24.060 --> 00:22:25.200
  • to do this.
  • 00:22:25.200 --> 00:22:26.100
  • And he began to describe the
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:28.000
  • things that they do.
  • 00:22:28.000 --> 00:22:28.200
  • And he began to talk about how
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:30.060
  • they love tithing and that they
  • 00:22:30.060 --> 00:22:31.180
  • give above and beyond their
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:32.290
  • tithe to the needs around them.
  • 00:22:32.290 --> 00:22:34.190
  • And I'm thinking, "Let me get
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:36.020
  • this straight.
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:36.220
  • You're a missionary and you're
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:39.190
  • giving above you're tithe to
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:42.220
  • missions?
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:43.140
  • Aren't you the missionary?"
  • 00:22:45.030 --> 00:22:48.030
  • It just humbled me.
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:48.270
  • It embarrasses me as a Christian
  • 00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:51.270
  • at what men and women of God
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:54.120
  • do around the world, and we're
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.010
  • unwilling to tell our neighbor
  • 00:22:56.010 --> 00:22:57.200
  • We are missionaries just like
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.240
  • they are.
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:05.170
  • And they're on the frontlines
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:06.290
  • and they're in the spec-ops
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.070
  • of God's kingdom, no question
  • 00:23:08.070 --> 00:23:09.120
  • about it.
  • 00:23:09.120 --> 00:23:10.250
  • And I have mad props,
  • 00:23:10.250 --> 00:23:13.220
  • respect for them.
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:16.000
  • And we do support them.
  • 00:23:16.000 --> 00:23:17.010
  • You don't even have to ask me.
  • 00:23:17.010 --> 00:23:18.030
  • But here's the reality:
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:22.270
  • we're all missionaries here.
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:25.090
  • We should be living
  • 00:23:25.090 --> 00:23:26.030
  • and giving like missionaries.
  • 00:23:26.070 --> 00:23:29.070
  • Here's what a missionary does:
  • 00:23:29.070 --> 00:23:31.040
  • a missionary gives God the yes
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:33.250
  • before they know what
  • 00:23:33.250 --> 00:23:34.240
  • that means.
  • 00:23:34.240 --> 00:23:35.140
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:23:35.140 --> 00:23:36.260
  • 'Cause there's a whole word in
  • 00:23:36.260 --> 00:23:39.020
  • need around this.
  • 00:23:39.020 --> 00:23:40.200
  • People need Jesus desperately.
  • 00:23:40.200 --> 00:23:42.220
  • In fact, in case you're
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:43.130
  • wondering, I checked into this.
  • 00:23:43.130 --> 00:23:45.050
  • I went to the mall yesterday.
  • 00:23:45.050 --> 00:23:46.240
  • I just wanted to see if there
  • 00:23:46.240 --> 00:23:47.180
  • were any lost people there.
  • 00:23:47.180 --> 00:23:49.040
  • They're all there.
  • 00:23:49.040 --> 00:23:51.190
  • I was like, "Wow.
  • 00:23:51.190 --> 00:23:52.170
  • This place is packed."
  • 00:23:52.170 --> 00:23:54.050
  • And have you heard the stats
  • 00:23:54.050 --> 00:23:55.080
  • on deaths lately?
  • 00:23:55.080 --> 00:23:56.000
  • One-hundred out of one-hundred
  • 00:23:56.000 --> 00:23:57.100
  • people die.
  • 00:23:57.100 --> 00:23:58.000
  • It's crazy.
  • 00:23:58.000 --> 00:23:59.210
  • Which means
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:00.130
  • they all need the Lord.
  • 00:24:00.130 --> 00:24:01.120
  • Every one of 'em.
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:02.030
  • So I went to the mall,
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:02.250
  • and I just wanted to give you a
  • 00:24:02.250 --> 00:24:04.020
  • picture of how many lost people,
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:05.120
  • how many spiritually lost people
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:06.220
  • are around us.
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:07.120
  • So I took a picture at the mall
  • 00:24:07.120 --> 00:24:08.060
  • just to show you.
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:08.260
  • I took a quick selfie with a
  • 00:24:08.260 --> 00:24:09.200
  • bunch of lost people, so you
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:10.280
  • could see how many lost people
  • 00:24:10.280 --> 00:24:11.280
  • there are.
  • 00:24:11.280 --> 00:24:12.180
  • Check out this picture.
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:13.080
  • Look at all those lost people.
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:14.120
  • Oh, you can't see 'em?
  • 00:24:14.210 --> 00:24:17.210
  • That is an amazing picture, by
  • 00:24:17.210 --> 00:24:18.280
  • the way, I just have to mention.
  • 00:24:18.280 --> 00:24:21.070
  • If there's ever a picture that
  • 00:24:21.070 --> 00:24:22.070
  • will sell selfie sticks, that's
  • 00:24:22.070 --> 00:24:23.290
  • But, see, the problem,
  • 00:24:26.200 --> 00:24:27.160
  • the reason we don't see
  • 00:24:27.160 --> 00:24:28.080
  • lost people in our lives
  • 00:24:28.080 --> 00:24:30.020
  • is 'cause we gotta get ourselves
  • 00:24:30.020 --> 00:24:32.060
  • out of the picture.
  • 00:24:36.010 --> 00:24:39.010
  • They're all there.
  • 00:24:39.010 --> 00:24:41.020
  • They're all there.
  • 00:24:41.020 --> 00:24:42.050
  • We just have to get the focus
  • 00:24:42.050 --> 00:24:43.230
  • off ourselves.
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:44.200
  • You know, behind every selfie
  • 00:24:44.200 --> 00:24:46.010
  • is 37 pictures that just didn't
  • 00:24:46.010 --> 00:24:47.080
  • make the cut,
  • 00:24:47.080 --> 00:24:48.020
  • you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:50.140
  • The reality is this: we are so
  • 00:24:50.140 --> 00:24:52.290
  • focused on lookin' good.
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:56.090
  • "I wanna look spiritual.
  • 00:24:56.090 --> 00:24:56.280
  • Okay, one more, one more.
  • 00:24:56.280 --> 00:24:57.290
  • No, hold on, one more.
  • 00:24:57.290 --> 00:24:58.290
  • Okay, wait, one, one more."
  • 00:24:58.290 --> 00:24:59.230
  • I can't tell you how many times
  • 00:24:59.230 --> 00:25:00.180
  • I've been doing that in Wal-mart
  • 00:25:00.180 --> 00:25:01.140
  • lately and have some guy--I'm
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:02.090
  • like, "Yeah, it's your pastor."
  • 00:25:02.210 --> 00:25:05.210
  • But here's the reality.
  • 00:25:05.210 --> 00:25:06.220
  • Here's the reality.
  • 00:25:06.220 --> 00:25:08.160
  • We get so self-absorbed we even
  • 00:25:08.160 --> 00:25:10.250
  • make our prayers, our Bible
  • 00:25:10.250 --> 00:25:12.250
  • studies, our get-togethers,
  • 00:25:12.250 --> 00:25:14.290
  • out church services--we
  • 00:25:14.290 --> 00:25:15.230
  • make it all about ourselves.
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:16.260
  • There's a whole world that needs
  • 00:25:16.260 --> 00:25:19.140
  • the Lord, so will you join me?
  • 00:25:19.250 --> 00:25:22.250
  • Will you join me to take as many
  • 00:25:23.150 --> 00:25:26.150
  • people to heaven as we can
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:28.130
  • before we die, period?
  • 00:25:29.050 --> 00:25:32.050
  • Will you?
  • 00:25:32.050 --> 00:25:33.200
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:42.190 --> 00:25:43.130
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:44.270
  • I've got a question for you.
  • 00:25:44.270 --> 00:25:46.090
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:46.090 --> 00:25:47.190
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:47.190 --> 00:25:49.040
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:49.040 --> 00:25:50.280
  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:25:50.280 --> 00:25:52.250
  • go to heaven because
  • 00:25:52.250 --> 00:25:53.250
  • you know Jesus?
  • 00:25:53.250 --> 00:25:55.160
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:25:55.160 --> 00:25:56.110
  • me right now?
  • 00:25:56.110 --> 00:25:57.110
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:25:57.110 --> 00:25:58.080
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:58.080 --> 00:25:59.130
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:59.130 --> 00:26:01.290
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:01.290 --> 00:26:03.080
  • for me to pay the price for
  • 00:26:03.080 --> 00:26:04.210
  • my sins and I believe
  • 00:26:04.210 --> 00:26:06.090
  • you rose again.
  • 00:26:06.090 --> 00:26:07.080
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:07.080 --> 00:26:08.190
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:11.130
  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
  • 00:26:11.130 --> 00:26:13.040
  • - female announcer: Have you
  • 00:26:16.280 --> 00:26:17.180
  • ever wondered what God says
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:18.100
  • about today's most
  • 00:26:18.100 --> 00:26:19.090
  • controversial subjects?
  • 00:26:19.090 --> 00:26:20.230
  • - Bil: God has too many great
  • 00:26:20.230 --> 00:26:21.290
  • plans for your life for you to
  • 00:26:21.290 --> 00:26:23.040
  • be addicted to any substance.
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  • - announcer: As a thank you
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  • for your gift of any amount
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  • "Frequently Asked Questions."
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  • - Bil: This is not gonna last
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  • forever.
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  • There is hope for you.
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  • Christ has a purpose for you.
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  • There is goodness in your life.
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  • There's so much to do.
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  • - announcer: In this
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  • enlightening four-DVD message
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  • series Pastor Bil takes a look
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  • at today's hardest questions
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  • and provides
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  • biblical answers to your most
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  • frequently asked questions.
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  • - Bil: Well, we're still
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  • gonna seek Jesus, love him,
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  • and love people.
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  • or more, you will receive
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