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November 30, 2016
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Reclaiming the Name of God

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  • Bobby Schuller: Good morning and welcome.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Good morning and welcome.
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  • Thanks for joining us today.
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  • Thanks for joining us today.
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  • For all of you who are on television, we want you to know
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  • For all of you who are on television, we want you to know
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  • that we love you and if you're ever in this area,
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  • that we love you and if you're ever in this area,
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  • we live, we're pretty close to Disneyland.
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  • we live, we're pretty close to Disneyland.
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  • Come visit our church.
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  • Come visit our church.
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  • We'd love to meet you here at Shepherd's Grove.
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  • We'd love to meet you here at Shepherd's Grove.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign as receiving?
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  • as a sign as receiving?
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  • And we're gonna say this together as we do every week.
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  • And we're gonna say this together as we do every week.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • I want to begin by reminding you that you have something good
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  • I want to begin by reminding you that you have something good
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  • to give to this world.
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  • to give to this world.
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  • Many of us, we think that we have nothing,
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  • Many of us, we think that we have nothing,
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  • we have very little, we don't have anything to offer.
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  • we have very little, we don't have anything to offer.
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  • But I know you have something good to give this world
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  • But I know you have something good to give this world
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  • and the worst thing you can do is keep it all to yourself.
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  • and the worst thing you can do is keep it all to yourself.
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  • You have something good to give.
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  • You have something good to give.
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  • You are the light of your world and when I say your world,
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  • You are the light of your world and when I say your world,
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  • I mean that 15 feet of space around you.
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  • I mean that 15 feet of space around you.
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  • All around you, there are people, you may not recognize
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  • All around you, there are people, you may not recognize
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  • it, that need you, that want what you have and God
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  • it, that need you, that want what you have and God
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  • is asking you to give it to them.
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  • is asking you to give it to them.
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  • The purpose of religion, of good religion, is generosity.
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  • The purpose of religion, of good religion, is generosity.
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  • The whole reason we have church is just to give, to give this
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  • The whole reason we have church is just to give, to give this
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  • music, to give knowledge, to give beauty to do whatever
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  • music, to give knowledge, to give beauty to do whatever
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  • we can, and especially to give you the Word of God.
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  • we can, and especially to give you the Word of God.
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  • And if you think about Christianity,
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  • And if you think about Christianity,
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  • Christianity begins with a gift.
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  • Christianity begins with a gift.
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  • For God so loved the world that he?
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  • For God so loved the world that he?
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  • That he gave.
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  • That he gave.
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  • He gave us the greatest treasure in the world, Jesus Christ.
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  • He gave us the greatest treasure in the world, Jesus Christ.
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  • The purpose of religion in general is to give a gift.
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  • The purpose of religion in general is to give a gift.
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  • We give the gift of eternal life that was given to us
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  • We give the gift of eternal life that was given to us
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  • in the life and body of Jesus Christ.
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  • in the life and body of Jesus Christ.
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  • And that's so important because we are in this series
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  • And that's so important because we are in this series
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  • of the Ten Commandments.
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  • of the Ten Commandments.
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  • This was on my heart for a long time,
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  • This was on my heart for a long time,
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  • and I was really hesitant to preach
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  • and I was really hesitant to preach
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  • on the Ten Commandments because, you know,
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  • on the Ten Commandments because, you know,
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  • we're the face of positive Christianity.
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  • we're the face of positive Christianity.
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  • It's hard--I don't want to fall into this temptation of sin
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  • It's hard--I don't want to fall into this temptation of sin
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  • management but the more I study the Ten Commandments,
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  • management but the more I study the Ten Commandments,
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  • and my grandpa believed this too,
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  • and my grandpa believed this too,
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  • the more I believe that the Ten Commandments are
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  • the more I believe that the Ten Commandments are
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  • ten steps to a Godly society, a society of dignity,
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  • ten steps to a Godly society, a society of dignity,
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  • a society where people are treated
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  • a society where people are treated
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  • with dignity and respect.
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  • with dignity and respect.
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  • And if you've come here very often at all,
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  • And if you've come here very often at all,
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  • you know that we believe that every single human
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  • you know that we believe that every single human
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  • being deserves dignity, even our enemies.
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  • being deserves dignity, even our enemies.
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  • Everyone deserves dignity because everyone
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  • Everyone deserves dignity because everyone
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  • is loved by God.
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  • is loved by God.
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  • So, the first commandment we talked about was,
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  • So, the first commandment we talked about was,
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  • "I'm the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt,
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  • "I'm the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt,
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  • out of the land of slavery."
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  • out of the land of slavery."
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  • The second is, "You shall have no other gods before me."
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  • The second is, "You shall have no other gods before me."
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  • Today, we're gonna talk about the third commandment.
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  • Today, we're gonna talk about the third commandment.
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  • The third one is, "You shall not take the name
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  • The third one is, "You shall not take the name
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  • of the Lord your God in vain.
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  • of the Lord your God in vain.
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  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."
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  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."
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  • So, I remember when Hannah and I were with a couple
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  • So, I remember when Hannah and I were with a couple
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  • and we were talking about this series as it was coming up.
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  • and we were talking about this series as it was coming up.
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  • She said, "What do think are the most--what do you think is the
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  • She said, "What do think are the most--what do you think is the
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  • most misunderstood of the Ten Commandments?"
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  • most misunderstood of the Ten Commandments?"
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  • And without even blinking I absolutely said,
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  • And without even blinking I absolutely said,
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  • the third commandment.
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  • the third commandment.
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  • Everybody thinks, "Do not take the name
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  • Everybody thinks, "Do not take the name
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  • of the Lord your God in vain" means something it doesn't.
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  • of the Lord your God in vain" means something it doesn't.
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  • This command is not about profanity, it's not.
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  • This command is not about profanity, it's not.
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  • Oh, my God.
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  • Oh, my God.
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  • Did I just break the third commandment?
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  • Did I just break the third commandment?
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  • I hope not, I'm in the pulpit. It's a little crass.
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  • I hope not, I'm in the pulpit. It's a little crass.
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  • It's disrespectful to say things like that.
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  • It's disrespectful to say things like that.
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  • And profanity is certainly not good but this commandment is not
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  • And profanity is certainly not good but this commandment is not
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  • about that although it is, first of all,
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  • about that although it is, first of all,
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  • God is not God's name,
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  • God is not God's name,
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  • Yahweh is.
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  • Yahweh is.
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  • God is God's office but more than that, this commandment is
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  • God is God's office but more than that, this commandment is
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  • not about what you say as much as it is how you act.
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  • not about what you say as much as it is how you act.
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  • And just give me a minute, I'm gonna explain
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  • And just give me a minute, I'm gonna explain
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  • what this command really means.
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  • what this command really means.
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  • So, God's people, in the Book of Exodus,
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  • So, God's people, in the Book of Exodus,
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  • are in slavery.
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  • are in slavery.
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  • They've been enslaved by the Egyptians and God calls
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  • They've been enslaved by the Egyptians and God calls
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  • this young man at the time Moses into a cave.
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  • this young man at the time Moses into a cave.
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  • "Moses come in."
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  • "Moses come in."
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  • And there's God the burning bush.
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  • And there's God the burning bush.
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  • God speaks to Moses and he says,
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  • God speaks to Moses and he says,
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  • "Moses, I'm going to send you to Pharaoh,
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  • "Moses, I'm going to send you to Pharaoh,
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  • and you're going to lead me people out of captivity
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  • and you're going to lead me people out of captivity
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  • and into the Promised Land."
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  • and into the Promised Land."
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  • He says, "I am the God of your ancestors
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  • He says, "I am the God of your ancestors
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  • and the God of Israel."
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  • and the God of Israel."
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  • And then Moses says, "When I go to the children of Israel,
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  • And then Moses says, "When I go to the children of Israel,
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  • whom shall I say sent me?
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  • whom shall I say sent me?
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  • What is your name?"
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  • What is your name?"
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  • God says, "I will certainly be with you for I am that I am.
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  • God says, "I will certainly be with you for I am that I am.
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  • Therefore tell them Yahweh has sent you."
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  • Therefore tell them Yahweh has sent you."
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  • God says that he's giving Moses his name and that also means
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  • God says that he's giving Moses his name and that also means
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  • that by carrying his name, the very presence of God himself
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  • that by carrying his name, the very presence of God himself
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  • is with Moses.
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  • is with Moses.
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  • And almost more importantly, the authority of God is on Moses
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  • And almost more importantly, the authority of God is on Moses
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  • to do the things God can do to bring about the freedom
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  • to do the things God can do to bring about the freedom
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  • of God's people.
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  • of God's people.
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  • And the reason that's so important is that when you do
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  • And the reason that's so important is that when you do
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  • things in God's name, you do it with authority and with power.
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  • things in God's name, you do it with authority and with power.
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  • As Christians, we do it in the name of Jesus.
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  • As Christians, we do it in the name of Jesus.
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  • All that we do is in the name of Jesus.
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  • All that we do is in the name of Jesus.
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  • When we pray, it's in the name of Jesus,
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  • When we pray, it's in the name of Jesus,
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  • especially when we pray for a miracle.
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  • especially when we pray for a miracle.
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  • We're praying for it in the name of God.
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  • We're praying for it in the name of God.
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  • What does it mean?
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  • What does it mean?
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  • That means if you are a Christian or a Jew,
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  • That means if you are a Christian or a Jew,
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  • if you're a religious person, you do things
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  • if you're a religious person, you do things
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  • in the name of God.
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  • in the name of God.
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  • Whatever you do, you do it in the name of God
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  • Whatever you do, you do it in the name of God
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  • whether you like it or not.
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  • whether you like it or not.
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  • You carry his name which means you carry his personality,
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  • You carry his name which means you carry his personality,
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  • his person, his authority with you.
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  • his person, his authority with you.
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  • The third commandment, do not carry the name of the Lord your
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  • The third commandment, do not carry the name of the Lord your
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  • God in vain should be carrying, not take in Hebrew, is this,
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  • God in vain should be carrying, not take in Hebrew, is this,
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  • carrying the name of the Lord your God that vain means
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  • carrying the name of the Lord your God that vain means
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  • doing evil in God's name, doing evil in God's name.
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  • doing evil in God's name, doing evil in God's name.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • It means acting on God's behalf when God didn't ask you
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  • It means acting on God's behalf when God didn't ask you
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  • to act on his behalf.
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  • to act on his behalf.
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  • You know, we're a positive place.
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  • You know, we're a positive place.
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  • We don't like sin management, but I have to just say that in
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  • We don't like sin management, but I have to just say that in
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  • Christianity sometimes people, people have gotten rid of
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  • Christianity sometimes people, people have gotten rid of
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  • the idea that some sins are worse than others,
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  • the idea that some sins are worse than others,
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  • but that's actually not in the Bible.
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  • but that's actually not in the Bible.
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  • It's the phrase I think that says,
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  • It's the phrase I think that says,
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  • "All sins are equal in the eyes of God."
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  • "All sins are equal in the eyes of God."
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  • It's one of those Bible verses that doesn't exist.
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  • It's one of those Bible verses that doesn't exist.
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  • It's not there. All sin separates us from God.
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  • It's not there. All sin separates us from God.
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  • All sin is not from God and will lead to death but some sin
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  • All sin is not from God and will lead to death but some sin
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  • are worse than others.
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  • are worse than others.
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  • You know that.
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  • You know that.
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  • Until you learn something otherwise,
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  • Until you learn something otherwise,
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  • you know that stealing your neighbor's newspaper
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  • you know that stealing your neighbor's newspaper
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  • is not as bad as murder, right?
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  • is not as bad as murder, right?
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  • So, let's not be silly.
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  • So, let's not be silly.
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  • There are sins that are worse than others.
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  • There are sins that are worse than others.
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  • So that begs the question, well, what's the worse one?
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  • So that begs the question, well, what's the worse one?
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  • What's the worst sin there is?
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  • What's the worst sin there is?
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  • According to the Ten Commandments
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  • According to the Ten Commandments
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  • in Jewish tradition, the third commandment
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  • in Jewish tradition, the third commandment
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  • is the worst one, carrying or taking the name
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  • is the worst one, carrying or taking the name
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  • of the Lord's name in vain is the worst sin in the Bible.
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  • of the Lord's name in vain is the worst sin in the Bible.
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  • Very simply, the only thing worse than murder
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  • Very simply, the only thing worse than murder
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  • is murdering in God's name.
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  • is murdering in God's name.
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  • Why?
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  • Why?
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  • If God is the source of all life,
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  • If God is the source of all life,
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  • everything good in this world,
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  • everything good in this world,
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  • and we do evil in this name, as Dennis Prager says,
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  • and we do evil in this name, as Dennis Prager says,
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  • "When you murder in God's name, you don't just kill the person,
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  • "When you murder in God's name, you don't just kill the person,
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  • you kill God."
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  • you kill God."
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  • Of course, you can't kill God but what he means by that
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  • Of course, you can't kill God but what he means by that
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  • is you attack.
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  • is you attack.
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  • The main thing that gives life, meaning, purpose,
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  • The main thing that gives life, meaning, purpose,
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  • and eternal life to everybody who needs it.
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  • and eternal life to everybody who needs it.
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  • In this world, evil done in the name of God is the greatest
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  • In this world, evil done in the name of God is the greatest
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  • argument against Christianity, the most commonly used
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  • argument against Christianity, the most commonly used
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  • and the hardest one to defend against.
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  • and the hardest one to defend against.
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  • So, this year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
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  • So, this year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
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  • I remember where I was when this happened.
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  • I remember where I was when this happened.
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  • I was in a cafeteria in college in Oklahoma.
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  • I was in a cafeteria in college in Oklahoma.
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  • It happened at 7 o'clock my time.
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  • It happened at 7 o'clock my time.
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  • I was getting ready to go to class and the north tower
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  • I was getting ready to go to class and the north tower
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  • was on fire.
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  • was on fire.
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  • And at the time they were reporting
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  • And at the time they were reporting
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  • that an accident had happened.
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  • that an accident had happened.
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  • An American Airlines, I think it was, flight or United,
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  • An American Airlines, I think it was, flight or United,
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  • I can't remember which was the first,
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  • I can't remember which was the first,
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  • accidentally flew into the tower.
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  • accidentally flew into the tower.
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  • They were reporting on it.
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  • They were reporting on it.
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  • They were saying what was happening and maybe 20 of us
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  • They were saying what was happening and maybe 20 of us
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  • students or so were in this little cafeteria watching the
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  • students or so were in this little cafeteria watching the
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  • screen when all of a sudden, a second plane hit the second
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  • screen when all of a sudden, a second plane hit the second
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  • tower and all of us just froze.
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  • tower and all of us just froze.
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  • And the commentators on the news froze.
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  • And the commentators on the news froze.
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  • And what we didn't know was that the world
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  • And what we didn't know was that the world
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  • would never, ever be the same again.
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  • would never, ever be the same again.
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  • This was one of the greatest evils I've ever seen in my life,
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  • This was one of the greatest evils I've ever seen in my life,
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  • probably you too.
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  • probably you too.
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  • And my guess is every single person in this room and everyone
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  • And my guess is every single person in this room and everyone
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  • watching on TV knows exactly where you were
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  • watching on TV knows exactly where you were
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  • when you saw this happen.
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  • when you saw this happen.
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  • Obviously, thousands of innocent, good people died from
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  • Obviously, thousands of innocent, good people died from
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  • all around the world, children.
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  • all around the world, children.
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  • So, the murder was, obviously, heinous and evil,
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  • So, the murder was, obviously, heinous and evil,
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  • but the thing that makes it so maddening is
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  • but the thing that makes it so maddening is
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  • that it was done in the name of God.
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  • that it was done in the name of God.
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  • What's so maddening is the 19, young men in their 20s who did
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  • What's so maddening is the 19, young men in their 20s who did
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  • this thought the instant they were going into those buildings,
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  • this thought the instant they were going into those buildings,
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  • they were going to heaven.
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  • they were going to heaven.
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  • They will be judged.
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  • They will be judged.
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  • There's something very frustrated about that
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  • There's something very frustrated about that
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  • and just after that, I'll tell you, atheist activism in America
  • 00:10:50.030 --> 00:10:50.040
  • and just after that, I'll tell you, atheist activism in America
  • 00:10:50.040 --> 00:10:54.190
  • went to an all-time high, an all-time high.
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  • went to an all-time high, an all-time high.
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  • So, the suffering that we experience, some of these evils,
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  • So, the suffering that we experience, some of these evils,
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  • when they're especially done in the name of religion
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  • when they're especially done in the name of religion
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  • are so, so evil, so evil.
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  • are so, so evil, so evil.
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  • I'm saying all this because in the darkness of this world,
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  • I'm saying all this because in the darkness of this world,
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  • God needs Christians like you.
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  • God needs Christians like you.
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  • He needs men and women of God like you to stand in the gap.
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  • He needs men and women of God like you to stand in the gap.
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  • And I will say that on 9/11 men and women of God stood
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  • And I will say that on 9/11 men and women of God stood
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  • in the gap and they stood for what was right.
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  • in the gap and they stood for what was right.
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  • And people came out to help and every flag in America
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  • And people came out to help and every flag in America
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  • was flying, Democrats, Republicans, everybody.
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:37.090
  • was flying, Democrats, Republicans, everybody.
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  • We're all united. It was amazing.
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  • We're all united. It was amazing.
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  • I mean, it was like this one moment of,
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  • I mean, it was like this one moment of,
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  • I mean incredible unity.
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  • I mean incredible unity.
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  • And anyway, it's very sad.
  • 00:11:48.160 --> 00:11:48.170
  • And anyway, it's very sad.
  • 00:11:48.170 --> 00:11:54.260
  • There's a great book called, "Blue Like Jazz."
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:54.270
  • There's a great book called, "Blue Like Jazz."
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  • It came out 10, 15 years ago.
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  • It came out 10, 15 years ago.
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  • I read it in seminary.
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  • I read it in seminary.
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  • It's this great story about this guy Donald Miller.
  • 00:12:01.010 --> 00:12:01.020
  • It's this great story about this guy Donald Miller.
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  • He was going to a school at Reed College in Oregon,
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  • He was going to a school at Reed College in Oregon,
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  • and it's like one of the most liberal colleges
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  • and it's like one of the most liberal colleges
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  • in America in Portland, Oregon,
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  • in America in Portland, Oregon,
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  • which is like, you know, keep Portland weird,
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  • which is like, you know, keep Portland weird,
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  • one of the weirdest cities in the world proudly.
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  • one of the weirdest cities in the world proudly.
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  • And while he's there, they had this thing called the
  • 00:12:18.020 --> 00:12:18.030
  • And while he's there, they had this thing called the
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  • Renaissance Festival, which is a big, you know,
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  • Renaissance Festival, which is a big, you know,
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  • festival they put on in the college.
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  • festival they put on in the college.
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  • They have security come so that the police don't have to be
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  • They have security come so that the police don't have to be
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  • there, and there are a lot of drugs, lots and lots of drugs.
  • 00:12:27.250 --> 00:12:27.260
  • there, and there are a lot of drugs, lots and lots of drugs.
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  • And Donald was studying at this very liberal college.
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  • And Donald was studying at this very liberal college.
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  • There was a handful of Christians,
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  • There was a handful of Christians,
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  • he and like a handful of his friends, they decided
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  • he and like a handful of his friends, they decided
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  • they were gonna have like a coming out of the closet party
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  • they were gonna have like a coming out of the closet party
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  • where they were gonna tell everybody as afraid
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  • where they were gonna tell everybody as afraid
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  • as they were, that they were Christians.
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:44.050
  • as they were, that they were Christians.
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  • They were trying to think of a way to do this.
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:45.230
  • They were trying to think of a way to do this.
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  • And being in their class, they were constantly hearing
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:47.280
  • And being in their class, they were constantly hearing
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  • about the inquisitions, and the crusades, and all this stuff.
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:50.150
  • about the inquisitions, and the crusades, and all this stuff.
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  • And so, this is what they decided to do
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  • And so, this is what they decided to do
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  • at this basically drug fest.
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:56.110
  • at this basically drug fest.
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:58.070
  • They put together a confessional booth and on the thing it said,
  • 00:12:58.070 --> 00:12:58.080
  • They put together a confessional booth and on the thing it said,
  • 00:12:58.080 --> 00:13:06.070
  • "For the confession of sin."
  • 00:13:06.070 --> 00:13:06.080
  • "For the confession of sin."
  • 00:13:06.080 --> 00:13:08.160
  • And Donald Miller dressed up like a monk and sat inside this
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:08.170
  • And Donald Miller dressed up like a monk and sat inside this
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:13.050
  • confessional booth and then on the other side was a chair
  • 00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:13.060
  • confessional booth and then on the other side was a chair
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:16.130
  • where people were invited to come in.
  • 00:13:16.130 --> 00:13:16.140
  • where people were invited to come in.
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:18.240
  • But here was the twist, people would come in thinking they had
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:18.250
  • But here was the twist, people would come in thinking they had
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:22.020
  • to confess their sins but instead what they did is they
  • 00:13:22.020 --> 00:13:22.030
  • to confess their sins but instead what they did is they
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:24.220
  • confessed the sins of religious people to those
  • 00:13:24.220 --> 00:13:24.230
  • confessed the sins of religious people to those
  • 00:13:24.230 --> 00:13:28.060
  • who came into the booth.
  • 00:13:28.060 --> 00:13:28.070
  • who came into the booth.
  • 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:29.200
  • So, the booth actually became a place of asking for forgiveness.
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:29.210
  • So, the booth actually became a place of asking for forgiveness.
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:34.290
  • So, the first guy that comes in, he sits down he goes,
  • 00:13:34.290 --> 00:13:35.000
  • So, the first guy that comes in, he sits down he goes,
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:37.120
  • "Okay, what is it? I gotta confess my sins?
  • 00:13:37.120 --> 00:13:37.130
  • "Okay, what is it? I gotta confess my sins?
  • 00:13:37.130 --> 00:13:39.140
  • I got a lot, man." And he said, "No, not today."
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:39.150
  • I got a lot, man." And he said, "No, not today."
  • 00:13:39.150 --> 00:13:44.210
  • And he's dressed like a monk.
  • 00:13:44.210 --> 00:13:44.220
  • And he's dressed like a monk.
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:46.030
  • "The purpose for this is for me to apologize for you.
  • 00:13:46.030 --> 00:13:46.040
  • "The purpose for this is for me to apologize for you.
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  • I'm so sorry for the ways in which religious people
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:49.150
  • I'm so sorry for the ways in which religious people
  • 00:13:49.150 --> 00:13:53.060
  • have hurt you."
  • 00:13:53.060 --> 00:13:53.070
  • have hurt you."
  • 00:13:53.070 --> 00:13:55.110
  • And the guy, "You're serious, aren't you?"
  • 00:13:55.110 --> 00:13:55.120
  • And the guy, "You're serious, aren't you?"
  • 00:13:55.120 --> 00:13:58.010
  • He said, "I am.
  • 00:13:58.010 --> 00:13:58.020
  • He said, "I am.
  • 00:13:58.020 --> 00:14:00.020
  • I'm really sorry for the ways that religious people
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:00.030
  • I'm really sorry for the ways that religious people
  • 00:14:00.030 --> 00:14:03.040
  • have hurt you."
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:03.050
  • have hurt you."
  • 00:14:03.050 --> 00:14:04.230
  • He said the guy began to tear up and they then had a nice,
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:04.240
  • He said the guy began to tear up and they then had a nice,
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:08.110
  • long conversation about faith and Christ
  • 00:14:08.110 --> 00:14:08.120
  • long conversation about faith and Christ
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:11.100
  • And they had multiple people come through and he said
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:11.110
  • And they had multiple people come through and he said
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:13.020
  • it was just a constant stream of tears and hugs.
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:13.030
  • it was just a constant stream of tears and hugs.
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:18.000
  • We will never understand the depth of pain that is caused
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:18.010
  • We will never understand the depth of pain that is caused
  • 00:14:18.010 --> 00:14:23.050
  • by people who do evil in the name of God.
  • 00:14:23.050 --> 00:14:23.060
  • by people who do evil in the name of God.
  • 00:14:23.060 --> 00:14:26.120
  • Not only are people treated poorly, they're treated poorly
  • 00:14:26.120 --> 00:14:26.130
  • Not only are people treated poorly, they're treated poorly
  • 00:14:26.130 --> 00:14:31.080
  • by whom they think is God who's supposed to be the source
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:31.090
  • by whom they think is God who's supposed to be the source
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:35.180
  • of all love in this world.
  • 00:14:35.180 --> 00:14:35.190
  • of all love in this world.
  • 00:14:35.190 --> 00:14:37.040
  • So, you get cut off from God, what do you have left?
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:37.050
  • So, you get cut off from God, what do you have left?
  • 00:14:37.050 --> 00:14:40.080
  • Jesus, when he's looking in the Sermon on the Mount
  • 00:14:40.080 --> 00:14:40.090
  • Jesus, when he's looking in the Sermon on the Mount
  • 00:14:40.090 --> 00:14:42.060
  • and he's talking to all of these people he says,
  • 00:14:42.060 --> 00:14:42.070
  • and he's talking to all of these people he says,
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  • "You are the salt of the earth.
  • 00:14:45.000 --> 00:14:45.010
  • "You are the salt of the earth.
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  • If the salt loses its saltiness, it's no longer good for anything
  • 00:14:46.230 --> 00:14:46.240
  • If the salt loses its saltiness, it's no longer good for anything
  • 00:14:46.240 --> 00:14:50.110
  • except to just be thrown out and trampled by men.
  • 00:14:50.110 --> 00:14:50.120
  • except to just be thrown out and trampled by men.
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:54.110
  • You're the salt of the world."
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:54.120
  • You're the salt of the world."
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:56.250
  • People need what you have, they need it.
  • 00:14:56.250 --> 00:14:56.260
  • People need what you have, they need it.
  • 00:14:56.260 --> 00:15:02.150
  • People need you.
  • 00:15:02.150 --> 00:15:02.160
  • People need you.
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:05.000
  • We oftentimes lose what Jesus is saying when he says that we're
  • 00:15:05.000 --> 00:15:05.010
  • We oftentimes lose what Jesus is saying when he says that we're
  • 00:15:05.010 --> 00:15:07.290
  • the salt of the earth 'cause we think of salt as just
  • 00:15:07.290 --> 00:15:08.000
  • the salt of the earth 'cause we think of salt as just
  • 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:10.070
  • the cheapest thing you can put on your French fries,
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:10.080
  • the cheapest thing you can put on your French fries,
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:12.120
  • and I put a lot of it on my French fries.
  • 00:15:12.120 --> 00:15:12.130
  • and I put a lot of it on my French fries.
  • 00:15:12.130 --> 00:15:13.270
  • I love salt.
  • 00:15:13.270 --> 00:15:13.280
  • I love salt.
  • 00:15:13.280 --> 00:15:17.190
  • But salt is one of the cornerstones of civilization.
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:17.200
  • But salt is one of the cornerstones of civilization.
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:22.230
  • Almost any city that was established in the ancient world
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:22.240
  • Almost any city that was established in the ancient world
  • 00:15:22.240 --> 00:15:25.120
  • couldn't be established unless they had salt.
  • 00:15:25.120 --> 00:15:25.130
  • couldn't be established unless they had salt.
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:28.010
  • You know why?
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:28.020
  • You know why?
  • 00:15:28.020 --> 00:15:29.240
  • We've had refrigerators so long, we forget.
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:29.250
  • We've had refrigerators so long, we forget.
  • 00:15:29.250 --> 00:15:33.150
  • Yeah, salt is used to store food.
  • 00:15:33.150 --> 00:15:33.160
  • Yeah, salt is used to store food.
  • 00:15:33.160 --> 00:15:35.180
  • You can't store food or clean food without salt.
  • 00:15:35.180 --> 00:15:35.190
  • You can't store food or clean food without salt.
  • 00:15:35.190 --> 00:15:38.240
  • Pickles, beef jerky won't exist without salt.
  • 00:15:38.240 --> 00:15:38.250
  • Pickles, beef jerky won't exist without salt.
  • 00:15:38.250 --> 00:15:45.140
  • And I remember my grandma, the first time I realized this,
  • 00:15:45.140 --> 00:15:45.150
  • And I remember my grandma, the first time I realized this,
  • 00:15:45.150 --> 00:15:48.230
  • my grandma would tell me growing up in the Ozarks
  • 00:15:48.230 --> 00:15:48.240
  • my grandma would tell me growing up in the Ozarks
  • 00:15:48.240 --> 00:15:51.040
  • how they would store food.
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:51.050
  • how they would store food.
  • 00:15:51.050 --> 00:15:53.040
  • They would salt everything and the stuff they couldn't salt,
  • 00:15:53.040 --> 00:15:53.050
  • They would salt everything and the stuff they couldn't salt,
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:55.290
  • she would dig a hole outside, like milk and stuff,
  • 00:15:55.290 --> 00:15:56.000
  • she would dig a hole outside, like milk and stuff,
  • 00:15:56.000 --> 00:15:58.200
  • put it in the ground.
  • 00:15:58.200 --> 00:15:58.210
  • put it in the ground.
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:00.090
  • Put some ice on it and cover it up and that was how
  • 00:16:00.090 --> 00:16:00.100
  • Put some ice on it and cover it up and that was how
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:02.210
  • you kept food clean.
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:02.220
  • you kept food clean.
  • 00:16:02.220 --> 00:16:06.010
  • We have refrigerators and so, we're separated from that
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:06.020
  • We have refrigerators and so, we're separated from that
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:08.110
  • but we forget the fact that salt preserves.
  • 00:16:08.110 --> 00:16:08.120
  • but we forget the fact that salt preserves.
  • 00:16:08.120 --> 00:16:11.190
  • Salt becomes the source of all nourishment for hungry people.
  • 00:16:11.190 --> 00:16:11.200
  • Salt becomes the source of all nourishment for hungry people.
  • 00:16:11.200 --> 00:16:17.060
  • You nourish people. You are a source of nourishment.
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:17.070
  • You nourish people. You are a source of nourishment.
  • 00:16:17.070 --> 00:16:21.230
  • And the second thing about salt is that salt's incredibly
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:21.240
  • And the second thing about salt is that salt's incredibly
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:24.050
  • valuable when this was written.
  • 00:16:24.050 --> 00:16:24.060
  • valuable when this was written.
  • 00:16:24.060 --> 00:16:26.050
  • You know the term salary?
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:26.060
  • You know the term salary?
  • 00:16:26.060 --> 00:16:28.190
  • That comes become Roman soldiers were paid in salt, salary, salt.
  • 00:16:28.190 --> 00:16:28.200
  • That comes become Roman soldiers were paid in salt, salary, salt.
  • 00:16:28.200 --> 00:16:34.070
  • Lightbulb. Pretty sweet.
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:34.080
  • Lightbulb. Pretty sweet.
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:36.210
  • Anything that starts with the word, the letters S-A-L probably
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:36.220
  • Anything that starts with the word, the letters S-A-L probably
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:40.060
  • have something do with salt like salad, salted vegetables.
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:40.070
  • have something do with salt like salad, salted vegetables.
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:43.060
  • Salami, salted meats.
  • 00:16:43.060 --> 00:16:43.070
  • Salami, salted meats.
  • 00:16:43.070 --> 00:16:44.270
  • I could go on and on but I won't.
  • 00:16:44.270 --> 00:16:44.280
  • I could go on and on but I won't.
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:48.280
  • Salt is very, very precious commodity and at times, it was,
  • 00:16:48.280 --> 00:16:48.290
  • Salt is very, very precious commodity and at times, it was,
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:54.100
  • you know, the idea of sprinkling salt on stuff.
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:54.110
  • you know, the idea of sprinkling salt on stuff.
  • 00:16:54.110 --> 00:16:57.180
  • Only the super wealthy would do something like that.
  • 00:16:57.180 --> 00:16:57.190
  • Only the super wealthy would do something like that.
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.100
  • Salt was almost always mixed into some kind
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:16:59.110
  • Salt was almost always mixed into some kind
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:01.060
  • of a sauce and spread.
  • 00:17:01.060 --> 00:17:01.070
  • of a sauce and spread.
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:03.030
  • So, salt was extremely valuable
  • 00:17:03.030 --> 00:17:03.040
  • So, salt was extremely valuable
  • 00:17:03.040 --> 00:17:05.090
  • and that's what Jesus says to you.
  • 00:17:05.090 --> 00:17:05.100
  • and that's what Jesus says to you.
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.150
  • Not only do you preserve people but what you have
  • 00:17:07.150 --> 00:17:07.160
  • Not only do you preserve people but what you have
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:10.020
  • is so valuable.
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:10.030
  • is so valuable.
  • 00:17:10.030 --> 00:17:12.210
  • It's so valuable. People need you.
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:12.220
  • It's so valuable. People need you.
  • 00:17:12.220 --> 00:17:16.060
  • People need you.
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:16.070
  • People need you.
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:17.250
  • And what you've got is so good and I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:17.260
  • And what you've got is so good and I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:17:17.260 --> 00:17:20.150
  • Keep doing what you're doing to the people who need you because
  • 00:17:20.150 --> 00:17:20.160
  • Keep doing what you're doing to the people who need you because
  • 00:17:20.160 --> 00:17:22.260
  • Jesus then says, "You are the light of the world,
  • 00:17:22.260 --> 00:17:22.270
  • Jesus then says, "You are the light of the world,
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:26.100
  • a city on a hill cannot be hidden, neither do people
  • 00:17:26.100 --> 00:17:26.110
  • a city on a hill cannot be hidden, neither do people
  • 00:17:26.110 --> 00:17:29.200
  • light a lamp and put it under a bushel."
  • 00:17:29.200 --> 00:17:29.210
  • light a lamp and put it under a bushel."
  • 00:17:29.210 --> 00:17:32.090
  • No, they put it on its stand and it gives light
  • 00:17:32.090 --> 00:17:32.100
  • No, they put it on its stand and it gives light
  • 00:17:32.100 --> 00:17:34.080
  • to the whole house.
  • 00:17:34.080 --> 00:17:34.090
  • to the whole house.
  • 00:17:34.090 --> 00:17:37.030
  • We also forget in Jesus' day, there was no electricity.
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:37.040
  • We also forget in Jesus' day, there was no electricity.
  • 00:17:37.040 --> 00:17:41.010
  • There was no like, you know, matches.
  • 00:17:41.010 --> 00:17:41.020
  • There was no like, you know, matches.
  • 00:17:41.020 --> 00:17:44.210
  • The way people usually did fire and light back in those days is
  • 00:17:44.210 --> 00:17:44.220
  • The way people usually did fire and light back in those days is
  • 00:17:44.220 --> 00:17:48.060
  • in the middle of a town, you'd have this thing called a hearth
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:48.070
  • in the middle of a town, you'd have this thing called a hearth
  • 00:17:48.070 --> 00:17:51.010
  • and everybody would be to walk to the hearth.
  • 00:17:51.010 --> 00:17:51.020
  • and everybody would be to walk to the hearth.
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:52.290
  • If you were rich, you know, you could just, you usually lived
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:53.000
  • If you were rich, you know, you could just, you usually lived
  • 00:17:53.000 --> 00:17:55.120
  • towards the center of town, but if you weren't,
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:55.130
  • towards the center of town, but if you weren't,
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:57.030
  • you lived in the outskirts.
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:17:57.040
  • you lived in the outskirts.
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.210
  • And when you needed fire, you know, the kid or somebody
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:17:58.220
  • And when you needed fire, you know, the kid or somebody
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:00.280
  • would have to take a torch or something,
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:00.290
  • would have to take a torch or something,
  • 00:18:00.290 --> 00:18:03.030
  • walk all the way to the center of town,
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:03.040
  • walk all the way to the center of town,
  • 00:18:03.040 --> 00:18:05.030
  • light a torch and come back if the neighbors
  • 00:18:05.030 --> 00:18:05.040
  • light a torch and come back if the neighbors
  • 00:18:05.040 --> 00:18:07.020
  • weren't around or whatever.
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:07.030
  • weren't around or whatever.
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:08.270
  • Or if you've ever been camping and you've tried to use flint,
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:08.280
  • Or if you've ever been camping and you've tried to use flint,
  • 00:18:08.280 --> 00:18:11.290
  • lighting stuff with flint takes forever.
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:12.000
  • lighting stuff with flint takes forever.
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:13.230
  • It is such a pain.
  • 00:18:13.230 --> 00:18:13.240
  • It is such a pain.
  • 00:18:13.240 --> 00:18:15.140
  • And you could try and do that for 30 minutes,
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:15.150
  • And you could try and do that for 30 minutes,
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:17.140
  • but so what people typically did as a convenience,
  • 00:18:17.140 --> 00:18:17.150
  • but so what people typically did as a convenience,
  • 00:18:17.150 --> 00:18:19.280
  • they have these little clay lamps filled
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:19.290
  • they have these little clay lamps filled
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:22.260
  • with olive oil typically.
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:22.270
  • with olive oil typically.
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.280
  • And they had a like a little like a candle.
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:24.290
  • And they had a like a little like a candle.
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:26.220
  • It was just lit like a candle burning.
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:26.230
  • It was just lit like a candle burning.
  • 00:18:26.230 --> 00:18:28.200
  • And then they'd have these little clay bushels or sometimes
  • 00:18:28.200 --> 00:18:28.210
  • And then they'd have these little clay bushels or sometimes
  • 00:18:28.210 --> 00:18:30.260
  • baskets and when they left the home, they would leave the lamp
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:30.270
  • baskets and when they left the home, they would leave the lamp
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:34.240
  • burning but place this little dome with holes on it over
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:34.250
  • burning but place this little dome with holes on it over
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:40.190
  • the lamp so that, you know, if something fell on it,
  • 00:18:40.190 --> 00:18:40.200
  • the lamp so that, you know, if something fell on it,
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:42.170
  • their house wouldn't burn down.
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:42.180
  • their house wouldn't burn down.
  • 00:18:42.180 --> 00:18:44.040
  • It protects it from burning but it has holes in it
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:44.050
  • It protects it from burning but it has holes in it
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:46.050
  • so it can get air.
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:46.060
  • so it can get air.
  • 00:18:46.060 --> 00:18:47.260
  • And then when they come home, they have all the fire they need
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:47.270
  • And then when they come home, they have all the fire they need
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  • on their little candle.
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  • on their little candle.
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  • So, when they come home, they would just take this bushel off
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  • So, when they come home, they would just take this bushel off
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  • and then it'd be like turning the light on
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  • and then it'd be like turning the light on
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  • and the whole room would go wooh!
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  • and the whole room would go wooh!
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  • And light up.
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  • And light up.
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  • That's what he says you're like.
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  • That's what he says you're like.
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  • Why are you hiding your light under a bushel?
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  • Why are you hiding your light under a bushel?
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  • Hide it under a bushel
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  • Hide it under a bushel
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  • Thank you.
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  • Thank you.
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  • A couple of you got it.
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  • A couple of you got it.
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  • I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • Yeah, this idea that so many of you have been,
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  • Yeah, this idea that so many of you have been,
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  • you have this light in you, this light.
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  • you have this light in you, this light.
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  • You could light up the whole room, light up the whole world,
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  • You could light up the whole room, light up the whole world,
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  • but you've got it under a bushel.
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  • but you've got it under a bushel.
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  • Take it off. Start shining.
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  • Take it off. Start shining.
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  • Maybe you're afraid 'cause you say,
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  • Maybe you're afraid 'cause you say,
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  • "I can't shine for Christ 'cause I'm not perfect."
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:32.200
  • "I can't shine for Christ 'cause I'm not perfect."
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  • Welcome to the club. You're a human being.
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  • Welcome to the club. You're a human being.
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  • You're gonna make mistakes, we all do.
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  • You're gonna make mistakes, we all do.
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  • You think, "Ah, you don't know.
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  • You think, "Ah, you don't know.
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  • People know my past."
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  • People know my past."
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.060
  • You know, the devil loves to remind you of your past,
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:43.070
  • You know, the devil loves to remind you of your past,
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  • doesn't he?
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  • doesn't he?
  • 00:19:46.260 --> 00:19:48.080
  • But God loves to remind you of your future.
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  • But God loves to remind you of your future.
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  • It's very good.
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  • It's very good.
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  • And I think that the fact that if you have a big like nasty
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  • And I think that the fact that if you have a big like nasty
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  • past, praise God for that that you've been rescued
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  • past, praise God for that that you've been rescued
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  • from that and that God is working on you.
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  • from that and that God is working on you.
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  • You have a testimony.
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  • You have a testimony.
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  • You can tell people, "Look at the ways in which
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  • You can tell people, "Look at the ways in which
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  • God has used my life."
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  • God has used my life."
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:04.220
  • So, you have something good to give to people.
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:04.230
  • So, you have something good to give to people.
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  • Don't be ashamed of your faith.
  • 00:20:09.170 --> 00:20:09.180
  • Don't be ashamed of your faith.
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  • Don't be afraid to help others, to defend others,
  • 00:20:12.220 --> 00:20:12.230
  • Don't be afraid to help others, to defend others,
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  • to say good, encouraging things to others.
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  • to say good, encouraging things to others.
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  • Man, there's so many times where I said the smallest,
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  • Man, there's so many times where I said the smallest,
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  • little thing to somebody and I said it in passing
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:23.120
  • little thing to somebody and I said it in passing
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  • and later found out that was a really big deal to them.
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:26.250
  • and later found out that was a really big deal to them.
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  • Don't discredit your words.
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:30.040
  • Don't discredit your words.
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  • Don't discredit what you have to give to a hurting world.
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  • Don't discredit what you have to give to a hurting world.
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  • Be aware of the needs of the people
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  • Be aware of the needs of the people
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  • in the 15 feet of space around you.
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  • in the 15 feet of space around you.
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  • They are there.
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  • They are there.
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  • Have listening ears and meet the needs of people
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  • Have listening ears and meet the needs of people
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  • who are hurting, and we're all hurting.
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  • who are hurting, and we're all hurting.
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  • Be the kind of person that is always available
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  • Be the kind of person that is always available
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  • to shine the light.
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  • to shine the light.
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  • I think that sometimes we hide, and this is a temptation for me
  • 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:56.010
  • I think that sometimes we hide, and this is a temptation for me
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  • to hide that I'm a pastor.
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  • to hide that I'm a pastor.
  • 00:21:01.290 --> 00:21:03.190
  • I once went golfing with a guy and over here at Riverview
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:03.200
  • I once went golfing with a guy and over here at Riverview
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  • and if you've ever been to Riverview,
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  • and if you've ever been to Riverview,
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  • it is the cheapest golf course within about 10 miles of here.
  • 00:21:10.090 --> 00:21:10.100
  • it is the cheapest golf course within about 10 miles of here.
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  • But it's pretty good, pretty good.
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  • But it's pretty good, pretty good.
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  • But you can go for about 12 bucks.
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  • But you can go for about 12 bucks.
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  • So, I'm golfing with a guy.
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  • So, I'm golfing with a guy.
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  • He's completely drunk and he's got his shirt off,
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  • He's completely drunk and he's got his shirt off,
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  • which that's a first.
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  • which that's a first.
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  • But I liked this guy.
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  • But I liked this guy.
  • 00:21:24.140 --> 00:21:26.010
  • And we were having a great time and we were about nine holes in.
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:26.020
  • And we were having a great time and we were about nine holes in.
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  • Of course, he was cussing like a sailor but was still very funny,
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:29.220
  • Of course, he was cussing like a sailor but was still very funny,
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  • I'm not gonna lie, and very fun.
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  • I'm not gonna lie, and very fun.
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:36.040
  • And about hole eight or nine he says,
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:36.050
  • And about hole eight or nine he says,
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  • "So, what do you do for a living?"
  • 00:21:39.090 --> 00:21:39.100
  • "So, what do you do for a living?"
  • 00:21:39.100 --> 00:21:41.210
  • [congregation laughing]
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • I wanted to say social worker so bad.
  • 00:21:51.090 --> 00:21:51.100
  • I wanted to say social worker so bad.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • And the saddest thing about this is when I told the guy I was
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:21:58.040
  • And the saddest thing about this is when I told the guy I was
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  • a pastor, he just played over there the rest of the time.
  • 00:22:00.120 --> 00:22:00.130
  • a pastor, he just played over there the rest of the time.
  • 00:22:00.130 --> 00:22:06.030
  • And that's not his fault.
  • 00:22:06.030 --> 00:22:06.040
  • And that's not his fault.
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  • That's the fault of a lot of religious people who have made
  • 00:22:07.170 --> 00:22:07.180
  • That's the fault of a lot of religious people who have made
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  • him feel like an outsider when he's messed up
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:12.040
  • him feel like an outsider when he's messed up
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  • or when he's having too much fun or whatever.
  • 00:22:13.290 --> 00:22:14.000
  • or when he's having too much fun or whatever.
  • 00:22:14.000 --> 00:22:18.090
  • So, some of us are like that with our faith.
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:20.160
  • So, some of us are like that with our faith.
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:25.070
  • Sometimes we don't want to let people know that we go to church
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:25.080
  • Sometimes we don't want to let people know that we go to church
  • 00:22:25.080 --> 00:22:30.090
  • or that we're a Christian because of some of the things
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:30.100
  • or that we're a Christian because of some of the things
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:32.220
  • Christians do that we don't like or maybe we're not proud
  • 00:22:32.220 --> 00:22:32.230
  • Christians do that we don't like or maybe we're not proud
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  • of this or that in our life.
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:37.110
  • of this or that in our life.
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:40.010
  • You need to let people know you're a Christian so God gets
  • 00:22:40.010 --> 00:22:40.020
  • You need to let people know you're a Christian so God gets
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:43.020
  • the credit for how great you are, and you are great.
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:43.030
  • the credit for how great you are, and you are great.
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:47.120
  • It's always the bad Christians, very often that are like,
  • 00:22:47.120 --> 00:22:47.130
  • It's always the bad Christians, very often that are like,
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:49.270
  • "I'm a Christian.
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  • "I'm a Christian.
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  • You're going to hell."
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:51.160
  • You're going to hell."
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:55.180
  • Guys, we need believers who are sane, happy,
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:55.190
  • Guys, we need believers who are sane, happy,
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:23:01.240
  • joy-filled, life-giving, imperfect encouragers
  • 00:23:01.240 --> 00:23:01.250
  • joy-filled, life-giving, imperfect encouragers
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  • and that's what you are.
  • 00:23:06.020 --> 00:23:06.030
  • and that's what you are.
  • 00:23:06.030 --> 00:23:07.230
  • You're doing a great job.
  • 00:23:07.230 --> 00:23:07.240
  • You're doing a great job.
  • 00:23:07.240 --> 00:23:11.000
  • You're doing so much better than you think,
  • 00:23:11.000 --> 00:23:11.010
  • You're doing so much better than you think,
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:13.200
  • so let your light shine.
  • 00:23:13.200 --> 00:23:13.210
  • so let your light shine.
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:15.160
  • Let people see in you what they need to see in God,
  • 00:23:15.160 --> 00:23:15.170
  • Let people see in you what they need to see in God,
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  • a God who loves them, who cares for them,
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:18.190
  • a God who loves them, who cares for them,
  • 00:23:18.190 --> 00:23:21.030
  • who's involved with their lives.
  • 00:23:21.030 --> 00:23:21.040
  • who's involved with their lives.
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  • That's you.
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:22.260
  • That's you.
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  • People need you and what you've got is good
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:24.120
  • People need you and what you've got is good
  • 00:23:24.120 --> 00:23:27.100
  • and they need more of it.
  • 00:23:27.100 --> 00:23:27.110
  • and they need more of it.
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:29.010
  • You're doing great. I'm proud of you.
  • 00:23:29.010 --> 00:23:29.020
  • You're doing great. I'm proud of you.
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  • A lesson here, do your best and God will take care of the rest.
  • 00:23:31.060 --> 00:23:31.070
  • A lesson here, do your best and God will take care of the rest.
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  • If you believe it, say amen.
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  • If you believe it, say amen.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you that you love us.
  • 00:23:41.080 --> 00:23:41.090
  • Father, we thank you that you love us.
  • 00:23:41.090 --> 00:23:44.090
  • And I just want to pray over my friends in Jesus' name for all
  • 00:23:44.090 --> 00:23:44.100
  • And I just want to pray over my friends in Jesus' name for all
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  • that are watching on television and all that are here
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  • that are watching on television and all that are here
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:49.090
  • in this church, Lord, that you'd show us what you see,
  • 00:23:49.090 --> 00:23:49.100
  • in this church, Lord, that you'd show us what you see,
  • 00:23:49.100 --> 00:23:52.150
  • that you're proud of us.
  • 00:23:52.150 --> 00:23:52.160
  • that you're proud of us.
  • 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:54.130
  • You've forgiven us of our mistakes and our sin
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  • You've forgiven us of our mistakes and our sin
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  • and you so believe in our future.
  • 00:23:56.270 --> 00:23:56.280
  • and you so believe in our future.
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:59.260
  • You call us loved. You call us talented.
  • 00:23:59.260 --> 00:23:59.270
  • You call us loved. You call us talented.
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  • You call us blessed.
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  • You call us blessed.
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  • Lord, we receive it and I pray in Jesus' name that every person
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  • Lord, we receive it and I pray in Jesus' name that every person
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  • hearing my voice would be the light of the world, would take
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  • hearing my voice would be the light of the world, would take
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  • that bushel off and be brave and do things to encourage others,
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  • that bushel off and be brave and do things to encourage others,
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  • serve others, and give to others.
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  • serve others, and give to others.
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  • We thank you.
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  • We thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen?
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen?
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  • male announcer: When you give to our ministry,
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  • we want to say a small thank you,
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  • we want to say a small thank you,
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  • so when you give a gift of $20 or more,
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  • so when you give a gift of $20 or more,
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  • we will send you this classic angel ornament.
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  • we will send you this classic angel ornament.
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  • Bobby: Every single week, we get literally
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  • Bobby: Every single week, we get literally
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  • thousands of letters from people all around the world
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  • thousands of letters from people all around the world
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  • who tell us that their lives were radically transformed.
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  • who tell us that their lives were radically transformed.
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  • Every single letter we get, we open and we read it.
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  • Every single letter we get, we open and we read it.
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  • Every prayer request we get, we pray for those people.
  • 00:24:48.220 --> 00:24:48.230
  • Every prayer request we get, we pray for those people.
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  • And every time we do it, our team is so encouraged
  • 00:24:52.060 --> 00:24:52.070
  • And every time we do it, our team is so encouraged
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  • and we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • and we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing,
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing,
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  • that's your doing.
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  • that's your doing.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making such
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making such
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  • a big impact on people's lives.
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  • a big impact on people's lives.
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  • This is crazy, like, every week, we have to raise
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  • This is crazy, like, every week, we have to raise
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  • lots and lots of money to pay for airtime.
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  • lots and lots of money to pay for airtime.
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • we go off the air, and we're so, so thankful
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  • we go off the air, and we're so, so thankful
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  • for your generosity.
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  • for your generosity.
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  • Here's one story that was touched
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  • Here's one story that was touched
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • "Dear Bobby, I am an inmate at a correctional facility
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  • "Dear Bobby, I am an inmate at a correctional facility
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  • here in Tennessee.
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  • here in Tennessee.
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  • I have been incarcerated since February 1998
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  • I have been incarcerated since February 1998
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  • but only recently discovered "Hour of Power."
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  • but only recently discovered "Hour of Power."
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian because of the message
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian because of the message
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  • Jesus gives through you, and even I,
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  • Jesus gives through you, and even I,
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  • a sinner who is locked away for a crime,
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  • a sinner who is locked away for a crime,
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  • still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • You have helped me realize that though many
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  • You have helped me realize that though many
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  • may look down upon me, God controls everything.
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  • may look down upon me, God controls everything.
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  • I am forgiven, loved,
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  • I am forgiven, loved,
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  • and want to be a part of life again.
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  • and want to be a part of life again.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • It's scary to consider what that will be like,
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  • It's scary to consider what that will be like,
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  • but you have given me hope and faith.
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  • but you have given me hope and faith.
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  • I thank you and I send you this high five in praise
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  • I thank you and I send you this high five in praise
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  • and gratitude for what Christ does through you.
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  • and gratitude for what Christ does through you.
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  • Bobby: Kasy, we want you to know you really are
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  • Bobby: Kasy, we want you to know you really are
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  • a part of this church family.
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  • a part of this church family.
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  • High five right back at you.
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  • High five right back at you.
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  • Seriously, you're not what you do.
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  • Seriously, you're not what you do.
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  • You're not what you have.
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  • You're not what you have.
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  • You're not what people say about.
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  • You're not what people say about.
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  • We believe that for you.
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  • We believe that for you.
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  • We love you and we're rooting for you.
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  • We love you and we're rooting for you.
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  • For everybody else that's watching on TV,
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  • For everybody else that's watching on TV,
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  • we just want you to know that this is one of thousands
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  • we just want you to know that this is one of thousands
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  • of stories of people who are touched
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  • of stories of people who are touched
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  • because of your giving.
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  • because of your giving.
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  • So, thank you and please continue to support
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  • So, thank you and please continue to support
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  • this ministry as we reach people all around the world.
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  • this ministry as we reach people all around the world.
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  • announcer: This week when you give to our ministry,
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  • announcer: This week when you give to our ministry,
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  • we want to say a small thank you,
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  • we want to say a small thank you,
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  • so when you give a gift of $20 or more,
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  • so when you give a gift of $20 or more,
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  • we will send you this classic angel ornament.
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  • Let it be a reminder of Luke 2:11,
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  • Let it be a reminder of Luke 2:11,
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  • "And the angel said unto them,
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  • "And the angel said unto them,
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  • 'Today in the town of David, a Savior is born,
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  • 'Today in the town of David, a Savior is born,
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  • Christ our Lord.'"
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  • Christ our Lord.'"
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