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November 15, 2016
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The Ten Commandments: Treasure the God Who Treasures You

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  • Bobby Schuller: All right.
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  • Can you stand with me as we say our confession together?
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  • Hold your hands like this as a sign of receiving.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend, Jesus,
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  • and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • Well, today, we're continuing our series on the Ten
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  • Commandments, and I believe the Ten Commandments
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  • were meant to be obeyed.
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  • I don't believe they were created to shame us or to show
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  • us how sinful we are, and so, today, we're going to talk
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  • about the Second Commandment.
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  • But first, I want to tell you a story.
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  • Anybody like the game Monopoly?
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  • Come on. Everybody likes Monopoly.
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  • Monopoly is, the only game better than Monopoly
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  • is Settlers of Catan and maybe Risk.
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  • Now, Monopoly is this amazing game that most of us have
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  • played, and the astonishing thing about Monopoly is not only
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  • that everybody has played it, but somehow, nearly
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  • every game of Monopoly has some kind of visceral,
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  • violent response at some point in the game.
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  • There's always that one guy that's like,
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  • "What if this money was real?"
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  • There's something about this game that oddly and
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  • consistently, across the board, no pun intended,
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  • seems to cause people to get angry.
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  • What's that about?
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  • I remember when I was a kid, and I was getting good at Monopoly,
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  • and I was playing with my next door neighbor and best friend,
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  • Ian, and I remember Ian and I were playing a great game,
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  • and it was great because I was winning.
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  • I had hotels on all the green ones, which basically meant
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  • absolute victory, but I hadn't sealed the deal yet.
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  • We got up to get some snacks or something.
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  • I had just stacks of Monopoly money,
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  • all my hotels, things were going great.
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  • We came back, and the Monopoly game was gone, and I saw
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  • my sister and Ian's older sister walking away with our Monopoly.
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  • They packed it up. We hadn't even finished.
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  • They hadn't asked us or anything and packed it up, and they were
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  • going over to Ian's house, laughing at us, literally,
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  • locked the door behind us, and we freaked out because, first of
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  • all, we weren't done; and second of all, that's disrespectful.
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  • So, we went over to the neighbor's house
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  • and started banging on the door.
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  • "Let us in. We need our game back."
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  • I started, and this is important, I had been saving up.
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  • I had been skipping lunch for several weeks and saving up my
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  • $2 to buy the Legends of Zelda, a Link to the Past, and I
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  • started pounding on my neighbor's door to get our game
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  • back, and I broke the window, and I had to use the $31
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  • I had saved up to pay to fix the window.
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  • So, the irony here is, of course, though I felt rich with
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  • Monopoly, it cost me real money because I was angry.
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  • So, in all honesty, I think there's something about this
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  • game, Monopoly, that actually touches on kind of a deep need
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  • that many of us, maybe even all of us, for sure by times, feel:
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  • A need for money, a need for money, a need to feel like I've
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  • made it, like I've succeeded, especially here in America.
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  • All of us usually, at one point in our lives, have had
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  • that dream of being rich.
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  • The game of Monopoly actually came out during the Great
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  • Depression and was an instant success, and I think one of
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  • the reasons it was so successful is because people felt that
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  • feeling, that need, that fantasy of being wealthy, of being rich,
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  • in the midst of poverty so deeply that the game
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  • briefly created that fantasy, that,
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  • "Whoa. I actually made it."
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  • John Ortberg tells just like a great story about Monopoly.
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  • He says he used to play his grandma at Monopoly,
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  • and she would always win.
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  • She would always win. She would ruin him.
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  • She'd take all of his stuff, and she said, "Son, one day,
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  • you'll learn to play the game."
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  • And one summer, he got together with one of his friends, and
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  • they just played Monopoly every single day, and he said,
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  • "That summer, I learned to play the game.
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  • I learned that the game was about total acquisition.
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  • I learned that money was the way that you kept score and that the
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  • goal was to accumulate as much wealth as possible and destroy
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  • your opponents," and he said, "I learned to play the game,
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  • and I got the chance to finally play my grandma again,"
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  • and he said, "I just obliterated her.
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  • I mean, I took every deed, all of her money.
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  • I destroyed her," and she said, "John, now that you learned to
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  • play the game, I'm going teach you something else.
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  • It all goes back in the box."
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  • And he said, "Well, I didn't want it to go back in the box."
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  • He said, "All that money, all your houses and hotels,
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  • all those deeds, they all go back in the box."
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  • He said, "For many of us, we forget.
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  • In the end, all the stuff that we have, all the things that
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  • we have accumulated, they go back in the box.
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  • All your money, all your trophies, all your clothes
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  • and your nice things, all of your tech, everything.
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  • Even your body, even your bustling portfolios.
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  • Everything goes back in the box.
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  • I think we live in an era where money has become
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  • an idolatry for us.
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  • We live in an era where we trust money more than we trust God.
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  • Of course we do. It's raw power.
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  • We can see it.
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  • We can get almost anything with it.
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  • The more money we have, the more we can do.
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  • It empowers us.
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  • And, in the end, I believe money is a blessing.
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  • I want good people to have money if they have a good character,
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  • but, in the end, if money becomes the most important thing
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  • in your life, it will degrade you and degenerate you.
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  • When money becomes the most important thing in a society,
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  • the society becomes degraded and degenerated.
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  • I hope you thrive in business.
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  • I hope you succeed.
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  • I hope you have nice things, but I hope more than anything that
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  • you know God and that God is in the first place in your life
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  • and that you don't need the material things in your life,
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  • and with all your heart, you need God.
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  • And you do.
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  • You are that type of person.
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  • You are becoming the kind of person whose eyes are opening to
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  • the fact that money will not supply the needs that you think
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  • it will and that it won't give you the freedom,
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  • and that's the word, isn't it?
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  • The freedom that you think it will give you.
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  • Only God can give us freedom.
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  • Money will come and go, but the promises of God
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  • will sustain us forever.
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  • When money becomes first in society, the society degenerates
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  • and degrades, and you deserve dignity because, in a community
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  • where money is king and only the rich have value.
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  • The Second Commandment is,
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  • "You shall have no other gods before me.
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  • You shall not make an idol for yourself."
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  • And in our tradition, in the Jewish tradition, reform
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  • tradition, you shall have no other Gods before me
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  • is the Second Commandment.
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  • It gets lumped with idols, and I think that's appropriate
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  • because the purpose of idols, it's easy for us to go,
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  • "Oh, well, we don't have idols."
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  • I mean, you see idols if you go to, you know, parts of Asia and
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  • Africa, but you don't really see many of those here
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  • in the U.S., but you do, don't you?
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  • They're different.
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  • They take a different form, and they take a different color.
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  • Idolatry in the Old Testament and in the ancient world is a
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  • very common thing, and it was even common for the Jews,
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  • even though it was against their laws.
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  • I've always wondered why the Jews constantly fell back
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  • into idolatry, and I'll tell you in just a moment, but I think
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  • idolatry was essentially when people in the ancient world
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  • would put their trust and put their worth-ship
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  • into this graven image.
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  • Just like money, it's something they can see.
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  • It's something they can measure.
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  • It's something they can point to and gather around.
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  • God is invisible, right?
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  • So, idolatry becomes this temptation.
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  • I can trust in this thing I can see.
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  • And every idol, ancient idol, especially,
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  • they're so abominable looking.
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  • Like, many of the idols that you see is like a, you know,
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  • half-scorpion, half-woman, you know?
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  • Half-horse, half-man,
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  • and they look like abominations, you know?
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  • Like a weird mix of human and animal to form some kind
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  • of a monster, and I think that's appropriate because I think
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  • it's a reflection of what idolatry does to the soul.
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  • Paganism and idolatry, idol worship, has always dragged
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  • people down, degraded people and degenerated people.
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  • The idol worship of the pagan days included things
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  • like human sacrifice, slavery, drugs, prostitution.
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  • Very often, those prostitutes were children
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  • and slaves themselves.
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  • They were acts of worship that would draw people into sort
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  • of an animal-type behavior, not like the angels,
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  • not glorified, not dignified.
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  • And your greatest need in life and the greatest
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  • human need in general is dignity.
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  • Idolatry takes that away.
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  • Have you ever experienced degradation because
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  • of the idolatry of our world?
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  • You ever felt less than
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  • because you didn't have designer clothing on?
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  • You ever felt less than because your car wasn't washed, or you
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  • didn't have a nice car, or you didn't have the status in your
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  • academic circles or professional circles that others had?
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  • Maybe you structured your whole life around trying to attain
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  • these things, and your soul withered or got stretched too
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  • thin, and you looked back and realized that you spent
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  • so much time pursuing these things
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  • that you don't really live for what mattered.
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  • And I think the overemphasis, good things are good things,
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  • and it's okay to have, but, if they become
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  • the most important thing, they degrade the soul, but not you.
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  • That is not you.
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  • You have nice things.
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  • That's fine, but, for you, the most important thing
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  • in your life is God.
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  • And, by putting God first, everything comes
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  • in its right place.
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  • Everything comes in its right place, and, when God is first,
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  • people are lifted up like the angels,
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  • not degraded like animals.
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  • When God is first in a society, people are valued, and I want
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  • to reiterate that I say, "God," not "religion"
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  • because religion can become an idol too.
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  • And I hate to say it because I love the Bible, but even the
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  • Bible can become an idol.
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  • Bibliolatry, they call it, when you know the Bible,
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  • but you don't know God.
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  • And I just want to say that, when God is first,
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  • then his children are valued.
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  • We actually listen to what he says when he says, "Love me with
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  • all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • The society that lifts up God and loves God is a society that
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  • gives dignity and value to every human being.
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  • That's why I always believe in starting with the heart before
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  • starting with actions, that you know you are loved by God,
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  • that you are valued.
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  • You have done enough.
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  • You are enough.
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  • You have enough in Jesus' name.
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  • Receive it.
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  • Eternal life will come from God, and you'll never lose that.
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  • When God is first in your life,
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  • everything falls in its right place.
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  • We treasure all sorts of things, don't we?
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  • Everybody has their treasures.
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  • Everybody has their favorite, kids have their favorite toys.
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  • Everybody has treasures.
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  • Do you know what God's treasure is?
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  • It's you.
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  • It's you.
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  • More than creation, more than Yosemite,
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  • more than all the stars in all the galaxies.
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  • You are God's treasure.
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  • He loves you.
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  • And so, today, I say to you, treasure the God
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  • who treasures you.
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  • Many theologians like me, especially in our tradition
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  • or reform tradition, teach this idea that God is stoic.
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  • The word we use in seminary is "God is impassable."
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  • That's just not true.
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  • Impassable means that God doesn't experience emotions
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  • or is not affected emotionally by your actions.
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  • That's false.
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  • You can only get that idea from Plato.
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  • You don't get that from a Bible.
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  • God does have emotions.
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  • I don't know how you can read stories about God's wrath
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  • and anger or God's joy or grace
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  • or blessing and think
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  • that God isn't an emotional creature.
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  • God is emotional, and that's a good thing.
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  • By the way, being emotional is not a bad thing.
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  • Took me eight years to realize that.
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  • Being emotional is a very good thing, and God is emotional,
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  • and God is the most joy-filled being in the universe,
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  • and you are his treasure.
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  • So, treasure the God who treasures you because one
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  • of those emotions that God experiences is jealousy.
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  • He's jealous for you.
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  • God is jealous. I always think it's great.
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  • You know, like, boyfriends and girlfriends, they all kind of
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  • like it when their boyfriend or girlfriend gets jealous, right?
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  • It's kind of fun when you're dating because it's like, or
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  • like somebody that you're interested in.
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:49.180
  • Maybe you're not dating yet, and then, like, that person you're
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  • interested in gets jealous when somebody else, you know,
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  • flirts or something.
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  • We all love that. Why?
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  • Why do you love that when somebody's jealous over you?
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  • Because it means they care.
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  • It means that maybe you didn't know, but they are, like,
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  • passionately into you, and God cares for you, and God is
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  • jealous for you, and, if you turn your heart to other things,
  • 00:15:06.200 --> 00:15:11.180
  • it actually stirs the wrath of God.
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  • God is in the dilemma of the king.
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  • The dilemma of the king is this, that he doesn't know
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  • who really loves him, right?
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  • Like, for a king, all of the people that are in his life,
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  • they either love him because they're going to get something
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  • from him, or they love him because they're afraid of him.
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  • And that is not what God wants from you or from me.
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  • God just wants to know us, and even though he should be feared,
  • 00:15:45.230 --> 00:15:50.290
  • and even though there's much to get from him,
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  • it's good to know God.
  • 00:15:54.010 --> 00:15:56.040
  • That's why, when I preach, I always think it's a bad idea
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  • to use hell to scare people into knowing God or even to use
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  • Heaven to encourage people to know God because
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  • I don't think that's the reason to know God.
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  • I think the best reason to know God is that God
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  • is just worth knowing.
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  • There is nothing more life-giving, enriching,
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  • fulfilling, than knowing God today and knowing him
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  • in every moment and being with him constantly.
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  • That is Heaven to me.
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  • God is worth knowing and wants to know you.
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  • Some of us in our relationship with God,
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:36.140
  • we're like gold diggers, you know?
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  • We're just with him for the money, and once
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:42.040
  • the money leaves, she gone, right?
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  • That's it, right?
  • 00:16:45.260 --> 00:16:48.000
  • We want God to give us this and give us that, and God does give
  • 00:16:48.010 --> 00:16:53.050
  • those things, but is that why you're with God?
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  • Even Heaven, is that why?
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  • Some of you, you feel like you're in an arranged
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  • marriage with God.
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  • Maybe you're born in your faith.
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  • You know, many of you, maybe you're afraid of God.
  • 00:17:05.260 --> 00:17:09.070
  • So, you have all these reasons that you're in a relationship
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  • with him, but God just wants you.
  • 00:17:11.010 --> 00:17:17.230
  • God wants the man or the woman who says,
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  • "Take my clothes. Take my car.
  • 00:17:21.140 --> 00:17:23.090
  • Take my reputation. Take everything.
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  • Even take my body, but give me Christ."
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  • God wants that person, and you know, I believe, ironically,
  • 00:17:30.200 --> 00:17:34.090
  • that God loves to bless that person, the person who says,
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:39.030
  • "More than anything, I want the Lord,
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  • and you can take everything else.
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  • Just give me him."
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  • I believe that because Solomon, when God asked Solomon,
  • 00:17:45.070 --> 00:17:50.050
  • "I'll give you anything. What do you want?"
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:51.220
  • What did Solomon say?
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  • "Lord, give me wisdom," and God said, "I'll give you wisdom,
  • 00:17:53.110 --> 00:17:56.090
  • and I'll give you everything else
  • 00:17:56.100 --> 00:17:58.120
  • because you asked for the right thing."
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  • I believe that, when you put God first, God will put you first.
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  • I believe, if you put God second, God will put you second.
  • 00:18:07.060 --> 00:18:11.060
  • And, if you put God last,
  • 00:18:11.070 --> 00:18:12.160
  • God will put you last.
  • 00:18:12.170 --> 00:18:14.160
  • But not you.
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  • You put God first, and he will keep you first.
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  • He will give you a life that thrives if he is in the first
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:22.100
  • place in your life, and he is.
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  • I know he is.
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  • Everything good comes from God.
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:28.030
  • Everything that is life-giving, everything that is good comes
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  • from Heaven, and all of that is made available to you
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  • when you put God first.
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  • Jesus teaches us in his Sermon on a Mount.
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  • He says, "Store up for yourselves."
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  • He says, "Do not store yourselves treasure on the earth
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  • where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, but
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:51.040
  • store up yourselves treasures in the Heavens where moth
  • 00:18:51.050 --> 00:18:54.210
  • and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:58.060
  • steal, for where you are treasure is,
  • 00:18:58.070 --> 00:19:01.100
  • there your heart will be also."
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  • You cannot serve both God and money.
  • 00:19:03.130 --> 00:19:10.110
  • I think, if Jesus was preaching today, he might say
  • 00:19:10.120 --> 00:19:12.030
  • something like this store for yourselves.
  • 00:19:12.040 --> 00:19:15.040
  • This is, I know, a little cheesy, but I like it, okay?
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  • Just roll with me here.
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:19.260
  • I think Jesus would say, "Build up for yourselves
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:22.060
  • a spiritual portfolio."
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:24.220
  • Many times, we think the treasures in the Heavens means,
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:27.090
  • like, when I go to Heaven, and I die, and if I did a lot of good
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:30.120
  • stuff, and I worked really hard, I'm going to be like Scrooge
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:33.080
  • McDuck, and I'm going to swim in my pool filled with gold coins,
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  • and I hope that's true, but I don't think it is.
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  • I don't think that's what treasures in the Heavens are.
  • 00:19:41.120 --> 00:19:43.200
  • I think treasures in the Heavens are treasures that
  • 00:19:43.210 --> 00:19:46.190
  • are actually accessible for you even now.
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:52.080
  • I'm going talk more about that in just a minute.
  • 00:19:52.090 --> 00:19:53.230
  • But I remember Russ, Pastor Russ, told me a story.
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:56.180
  • He said, "You know," he was a chaplain at this care facility,
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:20:01.190
  • and it was the nicest care facility in Orange County,
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:05.030
  • and his job was to go around and minister to the people
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:07.170
  • who were sick and dying.
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:09.080
  • And, as he went around, he would find these men and women who
  • 00:20:09.090 --> 00:20:14.060
  • would go from the hospital to hospice to the last place where
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:19.240
  • they would die, and he said each room would get smaller, and
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:24.000
  • you'd have these people who were the wealthiest, most powerful
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:26.200
  • people in California and sometimes in the world, going
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:31.030
  • from one room, smaller and smaller, in a robe, naked,
  • 00:20:31.040 --> 00:20:36.020
  • laying on a bed, staring at a ceiling, filled with regret.
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:42.180
  • And he said many of these people would look back, and they would
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:44.260
  • just say, "I wish I spent more time with my family.
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:49.140
  • I wish I did this. I wish I did that."
  • 00:20:49.150 --> 00:20:52.180
  • He said these were presidents of universities and politicians and
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:56.150
  • multi-millionaire businessmen, just filled with regret.
  • 00:20:56.160 --> 00:21:03.240
  • He said, "You know, coming from the corporate world," he said,
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:06.220
  • "that made me want to spend more time with my family."
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:11.290
  • Not you.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.010
  • You will not finish that way.
  • 00:21:14.020 --> 00:21:17.190
  • No matter how wealthy and powerful you are, you're going
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:21.010
  • to finish well, and you'll know, when you get to the end of your
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:24.170
  • life, that you made the right decisions and that you spent
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:27.180
  • your time pursuing something that matters.
  • 00:21:27.190 --> 00:21:32.270
  • I know you will.
  • 00:21:32.280 --> 00:21:34.210
  • I know you will.
  • 00:21:35.180 --> 00:21:37.110
  • I believe that, if Christ were teaching the Ten Commandments,
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:39.280
  • he'd say, "Build up for yourselves a spiritual
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:41.190
  • portfolio," and I think that means more than just,
  • 00:21:41.200 --> 00:21:47.120
  • like, a crown in Heaven.
  • 00:21:47.130 --> 00:21:48.260
  • I think it means storing up for yourself good works,
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:53.230
  • time with people that you care about.
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:56.220
  • I think it means knowledge.
  • 00:21:56.230 --> 00:21:59.140
  • I think it means a deep relationship with God and
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:01.180
  • with others, and I think it especially means wisdom.
  • 00:22:01.190 --> 00:22:05.270
  • If you gain wisdom, the Bible promises
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:08.250
  • that you'll gain wealth.
  • 00:22:08.260 --> 00:22:10.070
  • You will.
  • 00:22:10.080 --> 00:22:11.270
  • If you gain righteousness and integrity,
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.280
  • that's a Heavenly treasure.
  • 00:22:13.290 --> 00:22:15.270
  • You'll gain favor with God and man.
  • 00:22:15.280 --> 00:22:17.220
  • That's a promise from Scripture.
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:20.090
  • Let me ask you a question, okay?
  • 00:22:20.100 --> 00:22:22.290
  • All right.
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  • If you were offered the choice to be given a million dollars
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  • cash or the knowledge of how to make a million dollars,
  • 00:22:29.250 --> 00:22:35.010
  • which one would you pick?
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  • You are liars, liars.
  • 00:22:38.010 --> 00:22:41.260
  • You may say knowledge, but, when that million-dollar check or
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:45.130
  • that briefcase overflowing with blue bills is staring at you,
  • 00:22:45.140 --> 00:22:50.020
  • and you're like, "Well, I could do both.
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:51.200
  • I can learn as I, why not get a nice head start
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:55.070
  • and make two million?"
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  • I think there's about 3% of us, and I'm not sure I would be one
  • 00:22:58.260 --> 00:23:01.200
  • of them, that would take the knowledge piece, and we all
  • 00:23:01.210 --> 00:23:05.190
  • know, we all know that the knowledge is the better choice,
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:10.140
  • but do we have the constitution and the faith to really
  • 00:23:10.150 --> 00:23:13.230
  • choose the right thing?
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:16.180
  • Because that question is very similar to many of the things
  • 00:23:16.190 --> 00:23:20.150
  • we choose in life.
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  • We know God should be first.
  • 00:23:22.110 --> 00:23:24.080
  • We know these other things should be first in our life, but
  • 00:23:24.090 --> 00:23:26.080
  • sometimes, when these other things present themselves, look.
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:31.020
  • Let me just answer the question why you should take knowledge.
  • 00:23:31.030 --> 00:23:34.040
  • If you were given that million dollars, it's probably gone.
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  • You know, you're going to be like the guys from "Dumb and
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:39.200
  • Dumber" that get that briefcase, and then they fill it up with
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:42.260
  • IOUs, 250 thou, that's a car.
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  • Just keep that one.
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  • Pursue Heaven and all of its treasures and all of its joys,
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:52.000
  • and you will finish this world blessed, and you will finish
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:54.290
  • rich in the right kind of way.
  • 00:23:55.000 --> 00:23:58.030
  • In the end, money, power, status, won't matter.
  • 00:23:58.040 --> 00:24:07.100
  • And, if they matter to you the most, you'll wish you could go
  • 00:24:07.110 --> 00:24:10.060
  • back and start all over, and you'll wish you could have spent
  • 00:24:10.070 --> 00:24:13.090
  • more time with your kids, and you'll wish you would have spent
  • 00:24:13.100 --> 00:24:15.220
  • more time worshipping and doing the things you love
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:18.200
  • and resting and living.
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:23.140
  • Not you.
  • 00:24:23.150 --> 00:24:25.090
  • You will pursue what is good and what is right.
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  • The Holy Spirit has revealed it to you.
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  • There are some things that do not go back in the box.
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  • There are some things you can attain in this life
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  • that you cannot lose.
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  • You've attained some of them.
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  • Attain more.
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  • Pursue those things, and your life will be blessed, amen?
  • 00:24:45.260 --> 00:24:50.090
  • Hannah Schuller: Here's another life the Lord is
  • 00:24:51.230 --> 00:24:53.030
  • touching because of your generosity.
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:55.210
  • Steven: Dear Pastor Bobby, I'm currently incarcerated for
  • 00:24:55.220 --> 00:24:58.070
  • theft, but I may not be a typical convict.
  • 00:24:58.080 --> 00:25:01.030
  • Like you, I was a full-time minister for 25 years.
  • 00:25:01.040 --> 00:25:04.110
  • After a painful experience at a church where I served for many
  • 00:25:04.120 --> 00:25:07.060
  • years, I was left with a deep wound and later attempted
  • 00:25:07.070 --> 00:25:10.140
  • to take my own life.
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:12.060
  • My life spiraled downward, and I began gambling and stealing,
  • 00:25:12.070 --> 00:25:15.220
  • which led to where I am now, but now, my pride and my life
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:18.230
  • has been broken into pieces.
  • 00:25:18.240 --> 00:25:20.190
  • I tell you this to say how much I need Hour of Power each week.
  • 00:25:20.200 --> 00:25:23.290
  • Thanks to your messages, God is putting me back together.
  • 00:25:24.000 --> 00:25:26.240
  • This week, you said, "This is your life story,
  • 00:25:26.250 --> 00:25:29.040
  • and you haven't read the ending yet."
  • 00:25:29.050 --> 00:25:30.240
  • Though I have lots of guilt and need to forgive myself, I know
  • 00:25:30.250 --> 00:25:33.090
  • God's love is irrevocable, and he can still use me.
  • 00:25:33.100 --> 00:25:36.290
  • Thanks for helping me on this journey.
  • 00:25:37.000 --> 00:25:39.010
  • You are God's vessel to me each week.
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  • He uses you in a powerful way, so thank you.
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  • Sincerely, Steven.
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  • Hannah: Steven, the hardest thing about your story is from
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:50.140
  • the saying that we only receive the amount of love we think
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:53.260
  • we deserve, and, if you are anything like me, it is
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  • so easy to feel riddled with guilt and shame.
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  • But the Lord has made you worthy, Steven, of the most
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  • profound love known to human kind, right now,
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  • where you are, in your jail cell.
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  • And gambling and theft addiction,
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  • that is not your story.
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  • That may be one chapter of your story, but the Lord is calling
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  • you to dream big and to create a story that changes souls.
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  • Bobby: That's right, Steven, we're behind you 100%
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  • and can't wait to see how God works in your life.
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  • For everybody else that's watching, you know, this is just
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  • one of thousands of stories of people who have been touched
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • Summer is a tough time for charities.
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  • A lot of times, they see a big dip.
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  • We saw that, and so, we need your support now more than ever
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  • so we can continue to help people like Steven.
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  • Let it be a daily reminder that you are beloved just as you are.
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  • Your support is changing lives, so,
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