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Where the Wild Things Are Part 1

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July 7, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • You take on the character of what you come in contact with. You know the funniest thing to
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  • me about huckleberry picking is how everyone hands suddenly become purple you become
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  • like who you spend time with. Let me just ask you a practical question, are you giving Jesus time?
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  • Well thank you so much for joining us here on fresh life tv we in a series of messages called
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  • chasing huckleberries don't worry we'll explain everything about what that means but I
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  • hope you'll enjoy this message from gods word and that it will move you forward in your journey of following Jesus
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  • Hey, who's ready to jump in to God's word?Are you excited?All right,grab your Bible, join
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  • me in Mark chapter 9. Mark chapter 9.We're in a series of messages, as you know, called
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  • Chasing Huckleberries.
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  • We're glad to have those of you who are joining us on television and the internet as well, in
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  • addition to our locations. Thanks for joining us on the internet and TV.
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  • I've been getting some mail, some digital correspondence, as well, from people who are
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  • outside of our location.It's pretty cool that huckleberries grow in every place where Fresh Life
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  • has church.Every state,Fresh Life has a church,huckleberries grow there. Well, that's a
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  • good thing for you, but for the tens and tens and tens and thousands of other people who
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  • watch on a screen,it's been frustrating for them.Because here we are celebrating and
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  • rejoicing, dare I say bragging, about how much better we are than them because of our huckleberries.
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  • And the people want to know what does a huckleberry taste like? And that's a hard question
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  • to answer, but I did find a good response. In researching for this series, I found a book on
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  • Amazon called,The Huckleberry Book and so I've been reading the Bible, don't get me
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  • wrong, but I've also been doing a little research in The Huckleberry Book for the series, and I
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  • found a good response,because you know, you get asked that question, well, what does a
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  • huckleberry actually taste like? And here's the answer I found in The Huckleberry Book.
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  • For those who have tasted mountain huckleberries, no description is needed.And for those
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  • who haven't, description is impossible.Sorry friends. How do you describe the colors in
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  • yesterday's sunset, the smell of today's breeze,or the taste of a waterfall? So there you have
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  • it, we can't tell you,you'll have to come and find it for yourself. Come visit us at Fresh Life any
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  • time you want and we'll hook you up, so long as it's between July and early October.
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  • Hey,Mark chapter 9 amazing passage of scripture,are you there yet? If you don't have a copy
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  • of God's word, we have it of course,on the screen for you. It says, in verse 1, and he said to
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  • them,that he is Jesus to them as the disciples, assuredly I say to you that there are some
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  • standing here who will not taste huckleberries--I'm sorry,no, I got confused-- who will not taste
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  • death till they see the Kingdom of God present with power.
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  • That's a funny announcement to make to group of people.Hey, guess what guys, newsflash,
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  • some of you are not going to die until you see the Kingdom of God present with power. And he
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  • didn't tell them who and he didn't tell them how long that was going to take.So they're just
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  • walking around going,OK,is it today, is it today? If I see the Kingdom of God present with
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  • power, I might die shortly thereafter. So they were walking around with their head on a swivel.
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  • Verse 2. Now, after six days-- OK, what a relief--it was only a week. After six days, Jesus took
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  • Peter, James, and John, these are three of his apostles,and led them up on a high mountain.
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  • Everyone say a high mountain.
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  • Apart by themselves and he was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining.What
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  • does that mean?Well,look exceedingly white. Yeah, but how white? Like snow. What kind of
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  • snow? Well,it was so white that it was whiter than any launderer on earth could make them.
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  • Mark,could we get a few more details, please about his outfit? What the heck?
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  • And Elijah appeared to them with Moses. So there's that, right? you read it super casual like,
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  • that always happens to you.Like people who have been dead for a long time, always just
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  • randomly hang on a mountaintop while someone's clothes are glowing white, whiter than any
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  • launderer on earth can make them And then there's two dead people like, Bruce Willis status,
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  • just hanging out.No big deal. Just another day in the life.
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  • And they, Moses and Elijah, were talking with Jesus. Then Peter-- it's always a problem when
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  • the conversation begins with then, Peter. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is
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  • good for us to be here. Translation, this is awesome. Let us make three Tabernacles, one for
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  • you,one for Moses, and one for Elijah. Why did he say this? Because he did not know what to
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  • say. Because they were greatly afraid.
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  • And a cloud came and overshadowed them and a voice came out of the clouds saying, this is
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  • my beloved Son, hear him. Suddenly, when they had looked around they saw no one any
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  • more, but only Jesus with themselves. Now, as they came down from the mountain he
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  • commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen till the son of man had
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  • risen from the dead.
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  • Father, we pray that you just speak to us powerfully through this word. We ask that you would
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  • just have your way and that your will will be done. Like a patient would say to a surgeon in
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  • giving the release,do whatever you know needs to be done.I'm going to be out here with this
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  • anesthesia for a bit.I trust you know what you're doing with a scalpel. I trust you know what to
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  • do with the sutures after the fact.
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  • God, we don't want to so much impose our agenda on this time. We know your word is living
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  • and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword, able to pierce the division of soul and spirit,
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  • of joy and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. So we would
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  • just pretty much lie back and allow you to do what you want to do. Our only prayer is that when
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  • we leave this moment,we would have the wisdom to do what you tell us to do after this
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  • operation. That we would follow the doctor's orders and not think we know better. We ask this
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  • in Jesus' name and everyone who agreed said, together-- Amen
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  • We've been for some time discussing huckleberries.We've talked about how they respond to
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  • fire and how it takes a while, but they can actually do better at growing after a fire has been
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  • through the area.We've talked about leaves and how frustrating it is when you're looking for
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  • fruit to find only leaves.And we compared that to what God feels like when he sees this big, I
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  • love God, but then we live like idiots.
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  • I love Jesus, but then we are harsh to our fellow man.Our God doesn't want to see just a big
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  • religious show,he wants to see something real in our hearts. He wants to see something pure
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  • in our hearts. He hate hypocrisy.We can bring him our brokenness, we can bring him our sin,
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  • we can bring him our mistakes, but he doesn't want us just to have nothing but leaves.
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  • And then last week we talked about how if we're going to love huckleberries, you got to be
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  • bear aware.You got to know that as you hunt these things,there are other things hunting
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  • them.We talked about how there's opposition and how there's an enemy who has another
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  • plan.And we just need to be aware so that we're not caught off guard by the things that hes
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  • trying to do as he brings temptation and as he brings trial into our lives.
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  • And this week,the final week, the finale of the series,I'm excited to talk to you about my
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  • favorite thing about huckleberries and that is that they are wild and cannot be controlled by
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  • man's hand. Huckleberries refuse to be controlled. So to go out looking for huckleberries is by
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  • definition,to have to go where the wild things are.That's the title of my message. Come on,
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  • somebody. I'll eat them, I love them so.
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  • And that's true. There are no huckleberry farms.You will never meet anybody like, hey what
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  • are you doing? What do you? I'm a huckleberry farmer,I harvest the huckleberries. At this
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  • moment in time, they are completely wild and have eluded every attempt, though it's been
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  • tried,universities and scientists have tried to bring them under our control,to domesticate
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  • them, but the huckleberry has persisted. And that's part of the pleasure of having a huckleberry
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  • milkshake.You know,every single berry was someone went out into the wilderness and pulled
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  • them from the bush and brought them to you, in a cup. Right. That's an amazing thing. They
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  • have not been successfully domesticated.
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  • Now, all berries and all crops, they started out that way.I mean, strawberries weren't
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  • domesticated until the 1700's, believe it or not. Now, the blueberry wasn't domesticated until
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  • 1916. So all berries,all plants they started out like, oh,what's this unruly thing growing? Let's
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  • try and bring this into our farm and get it to grow. And it takes scientists, it takes botanists,
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  • years and years and and season after season to figure it out. And they're-- I've even read of
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  • ongoing studies in Idaho and Montana and Oregon and Washington. This is the stuff I do
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  • through the week for you guys.
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  • They've been trying to domesticate it, but huckleberries have just remained wild. They've been
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  • unsuccessful at bringing them in to a farm and growing them in mass. And one of the reasons
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  • is where, where the wild things are. They are so hard to domesticate because of where they
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  • like to grow.So what you would say,well,where do they like to grow? The answer is higher.
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  • Higher up, higher up.That's our final H of the series.We started out talking about hardship and
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  • then we talked about hypocrisy and then we talked about the fact that berries are hunted by a
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  • lot of different creatures and we're ending here.
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  • Higher is where you got to go if you want to get a berry.Higher up, further up and further in.
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  • How high exactly?Well,between 2000 and 11.000 feet above sea level is where you will find
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  • huckleberries with a real jackpot between the 4.000 and the 6.000 foot mark. But the cool thing
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  • about them is as the season goes on, they just grow higher and higher and higher. They begin
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  • to bloom low and then they bloom high, and I love that parallel to our text.Because here the
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  • disciples had this amazing moment in time and where did it occur? Where were these wild
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  • things they got to see?Verse 2. On a high mountain. On a high mountain He was transfigured before them.
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  • I've actually done a little research and Bible scholars tend to think this occurred on the highest
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  • mountain that surrounds the Sea of Galilee. How high exactly? About 9.000 feet above sea
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  • level.In other words,within the range of where you can grow huckleberries. That's just
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  • awesome.Come on, I'm not trying to say, there were huckleberries in the Bible, I'm just saying,
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  • it's cool that Jesus took them 9.000 feet up and there they witnessed the Kingdom of God
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  • present with power.Jesus, who is God, who from eternity past is the express image of his
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  • glory,who had packaged himself into humanity.
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  • You see,at Bethlehem when Christ was born, we did not see the absence of divinity, but the
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  • addition of humanity.He all throughout his time on Earth was still fully God. He didn't lay aside
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  • his being God,He laid aside the divine use of his privileges as He allowed himself to be
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  • packaged up in frail humanity and He was subject to infirmities, just like us. So He didn't lay
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  • aside deity, He added on humanity.
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  • And so being fully God,and fully man, He would be able to hang on the cross and with one
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  • hand to take the hand of God and with His other hand to take the hand of man and to bring us
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  • back into connection.To bring us back into relationship with God. Because death is separation
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  • and so through His death,He was able to bring together us and our creator who loves us. And
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  • so that's the story for 33 years on the Earth, He was God,but wrapped up in flesh so you
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  • couldn't see the glory that was always there.
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  • And here on the mountaintop, as Moses in a previous time got tot a glimpse of God's glory,
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  • on Mount Sinai,as God hid him in the cleft of a rock, and God's glory passed by, the
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  • experience so profound so so altering that Moses literally glowed for days after the incident,
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  • just like that,these disciples just got a peek. It was almost like he just, peeked just for a
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  • second. He couldn't let it all out or it would have melted their faces off, Indiana Jones style. I
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  • mean, it would have been a bad scene, right?
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  • But He just let them see, just a moment,and it caused his glow His clothes to glow and and it
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  • was just an absolutely profound and moving experience.Now,what's with the people from the
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  • Old Testament showing up? Well, Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets. And
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  • that would be a way to basically describe the whole system of the Old Testament. The whole
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  • system of how to approach God, the law and the prophets.Moses brought down these 10
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  • commandments that were God's word on how to live and Elijah has been nicknamed the
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  • mightiest of the miracle working prophets. So basically,you had the entire religious system of
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  • the Old Testament represented in these two people who came here on this day to confer with Jesus
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  • Another gospel tells us that they spoke with Jesus about the cross. And I love this so much
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  • because it's almost as though as the Old Testament led to the new, they were here on this day
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  • to hand the baton to Jesus to say, we did all that we were supposed to do. All that came before
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  • was to lead to you Jesus.Here you go, you're the anchor. Let's go, come on.
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  • And so they're here bowing their knee essentially, to Jesus Christ, which is what Hebrew says,
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  • that God in the past times,in various places, spoke to the Father's through the prophets, has
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  • now, in these last days spoken to us through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, you could say, is the
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  • Father's last word on salvation. He is the word, the word who was with God and who was God.
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  • Jesus declared the Father.He is the word of God made visible and made audible to us. He
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  • came as the lifeguard into the deep end of the pool to save us. And Moses and Elijah are here
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  • saying, you're the man now,dog, Sean Connery style,Finding Forrester. Anybody remember
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  • that movie? Great movie. Anyhow,
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  • Wether you recognize it or not you are at war with yourself. There's anxiety, selfishness, self sabotoging
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  • tendencies, narcissism,the black dog of depression, the inability to do the great
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  • things you long to do.
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  • practical tools from gods word to help you win the war against yourself.
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  • Anyhow, I love so much that the Bible says, that after Moses and Elijah had come and God,the
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  • Father, spoke and gave His praise over the situation,His stamp of approval on all of this, the
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  • Bible says,that Moses and Elijah faded into the background.And verse 8 puts it this way, and
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  • they saw only Jesus.They saw only Jesus. You see, here's the beauty and the power of this
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  • moment, those who would want to return to the Old Testament are doing what Moses and
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  • Elijah would say, not to do.
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  • You see, we're returning to the 10 commandments, returning to a system that we would build.
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  • Returning to a religious ideology that we would say,we can box it up and here's how you have
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  • to do it,and here's how you approach God. Moses and Elijah, they faded into the background
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  • leaving only Jesus because it's not a religious approach you need, it's a relationship with God
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  • made possible through his Son. It's not about what you can do, it's about what He has done for
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  • you. That's the power of the gospel.
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  • And it is alone,how one can be made right with God and heal from what plagues us within,but
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  • only Jesus remain.And we are so quick to try and rebuild these old systems. But here, Jesus,
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  • as he put it in John chapter 5, the searching the scriptures,for in them thinking you have
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  • eternal life,trying to go to Leviticus,trying to rebuild this religious construct,these are they
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  • Jesus said, which testify of me
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  • So the whole point of the Old Testament was to get things ready for Jesus.And this moment
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  • here is when Moses and Elijah, the figureheads of the Old Testament, came to say, it's all
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  • about Jesus.Everything we were writing about,it was just a preview of coming attractions and
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  • once the movie comes out,you don't need to watch the preview no more, you can watch the movie
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  • So many churches full of religion today, so many people trying to get right with God, all they're
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  • doing is watching the preview. We have the movie. Let's go straight to Jesus.Let's keep it
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  • about Jesus.That's what we're all about. So that's what's happening here.This is a super
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  • significant moment and it occurred on High Mountain.And I love that because what we've
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  • learned of huckleberries,and what we've learned here of this moment of following Christ, as
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  • they went up higher on the mountain, Christ was transfigured before them.
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  • I am going to tell you something The truth is in our walks with God, we are kind of climbing a
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  • mountain.And here's my whole sermon in a sentence, the higher you climb, the more glory
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  • you'll find.You will always find frustration if you try and move forward and walk in your walk with
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  • God without being willing to risk higher elevation.We have to keep going up.
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  • And so of the journey of faith and of chasing after huckleberries, I've boiled down some
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  • takeaway truths so jot these down real quickly,OK?Here's the first one, there are six of them
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  • try and catch them all.
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  • The first is this,little by little eventually becomes a lot. I got discouraged the first time I went
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  • huckleberry picking.I told you about some of the attempts where I tried to go huckleberry
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  • picking,didn't work out so good. You got nothing but leave,right? But when we finally found
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  • them and my family was there,and it was like,oh,my gosh,here they are, there are
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  • huckleberries everywhere.And we've all got containers and it's a beautiful view, I thought OK, I
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  • shall get one and I put it in my bucket. And I watched it hit and I thought, oh, my gosh. OK.
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  • It was the least satisfying sound I've ever heard in my life I wish I could say, oh, this is going to
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  • be a great day.I literally thought,we should go. We should tell them these are poisonous, let's
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  • just go,we'll go buy some huckleberry licorice at the gift shop, right? Because it was so pitiful,
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  • blink.I was like, oh, my gosh. You know what kids, I like raspberries. Driscoll, let's go get some.
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  • You can have all you could eat, all the raspberries for days, right, they're delicious. And
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  • because it just seemed so pathetic.
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  • But here's the thing,the power of just not being discouraged by the small beginning. If you just
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  • keep going.Just keep going. Just keep going. Just--pretty soon, you look down, you go, I've
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  • made some momentum.I've not made some-- I made-- I covered some ground. It's the same
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  • thing with hiking.I haven't done a lot of hiking, but I've done a little hiking, enough to know that
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  • one step,you look to the top and you're like, is there a chairlift?Like, what's happening here?
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  • We've evolved beyond this, this is barbaric and savage. Somebody, please, pave that, blow a
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  • hole in it, get me to the top. - let's go to Disneyland, we'll go to the top of the Matterhorn. I'll
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  • take you all the way to Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain,any mountain you want. There's
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  • a splash at the end of one of them, but you can ride to the top.
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  • You know the problem with walking?You only can get there one step at a time. And when you
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  • take that one little step,you look up at all that you need to cover and it can be overwhelming. I
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  • wonder if you ever felt like that in your walk with God.You had great hopes when you gave
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  • your life to Jesus.You had great hopes at the beginning of a new year. You had great hopes
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  • when God spoke to you in a moment, you thought this time it's going to be different.
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  • But then you try to react differently to your spouse. Then you try to respond differently to
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  • temptation.Then you tried to quit yelling at your kids.Just me? And then you found yourself
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  • discouraged by the pitiful smallness of your first attempt at holiness, and you almost got
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  • discouraged like,forget about it But what I came to say,is just keep going. One little thing after
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  • another little thing.One berry after another berry.
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  • Come on, just take another step. I don't care if it's ugly or pretty. Just keep walking, just keep
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  • going.I just came to tell you, if you just keep going, little y little, eventually becomes a lot. You
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  • can't expect that you can give the devil 20 years, then come to church for three weekends and
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  • ook at your life and expect to see a different version of yourself. You can't steal from God, but
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  • then try one time and expect the heavens to open up and rain down on you.
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  • You can't eat unhealthy things in entertainment and read books that are going to rot your soul,
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  • but then read three versions of scripture and expect to see yourself represent Christ. You've got
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  • to get into a groove.You've got to grow all up and grow.You've got to keep going. If you don't
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  • grow weary-- come on, is anybody with me? It's just that steadiness, that steadiness. I don't
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  • want my walk with Jesus to be like, a firework that is big,and I love God, and explodes.I don't
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  • want to be a good dad on Instagram. I don't want to be a good husband only on date night.
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  • I don't want to be a good pastor only for the big conference or the big thing, I want steadiness
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  • I want to preach when I'm 50,I want to preach when I'm 70, I want to still be walking with
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  • Jesus.I want to still be holy, I want to fight for integrity,I want to be financially smart and make
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  • good investments.And when it comes time to retire,I don't want to hang on to a job that would
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  • hurt the church and hurt me because I have no other choice I want to have made good
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  • investments and been smart with it so I can make the right decision.Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • I want to think long term.I want to think the big picture.I want to be a great grandfather. I want
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  • 100 years from now,if Christ hasn't come back, for people to be able to talk about what
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  • happened when,what God did at Fresh Life, not that it flamed out in scandal.Not that it was
  • 00:23:39.060 --> 00:23:44.120
  • taken out by some device of the enemy. But that we were smart, that we were bear aware, that
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  • we made right decisions.Little by little, eventually becomes a lot.
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  • Don't you be discouraged,who are watching this show in prison. Don't you be discouraged,
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  • who have been through three divorces.Don't you let somebody write you off. Your best days
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  • are still to come.You just got to make some good decisions to sow some good seeds. Come
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  • on,is there anybody who just believes God's going to do something powerful? It's going to take
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  • a while,but you're going to be committed to it just like He's committed to it. All right that's just
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  • the first of six, I'm just talking. Sit down.
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  • All rightI got second for you. The second is this, you take on the character of what you're in
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  • contact with. You now what I love about huckleberry picking? You can't hide that you did it. You
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  • see people walking around town with purple fingers, right?I guess you could fake it.Purple
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  • poser, putting paint on your pinky. You'll watch it on the TV like, what are they talking about?
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  • When you spend an afternoon picking berries, your hands are purple, your face is purple. My
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  • dog had a purple mustache.
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  • I didn't know dogs like huckleberries.Tabasco loved huckleberries. Yeah, I got a dog named,
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  • Tabasco.Although, at this point, I almost kind of give him cat status because he's a neutered
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  • poodle. And so I was like, he was almost a cat, he's just a half a cat, he's a half a dog, half a
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  • cat.But anyhow, Tabasco-- I heard that you got to train them to eat the berries of the bush, not
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  • the berries in the bucket because they'll take all your little by little, eventually be got eaten by
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  • your dog.They got their face in your bucket. But you've got to watch out because Tabasco has
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  • purple ears right now. He's a messy huckleberry eater
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  • But it's because of what's your touching, it's what color is on you. Here's my question, are you
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  • touching Jesus?Are you touching God's word? You take on the character of what you're in
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  • contact with. Are you spending time with Christ? Are you spending time in His word? Are you
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  • making it a priority in your life to let these things touch you, to let these things get in you?
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  • You will become more like Chris as you spend time with Christ. You cannot outlive your friends
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  • so spend time with Jesus,just like you would spend time with a friend. You can tell when
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  • people hang out with each other. They start talking the same they got the same jokes, they got
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  • the same mannerisms, they're posting the same style of stuff, they're interested in these things.
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  • Get yourself interested in what God is interested in by letting his word get-- let his word dwell in you richly.
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  • I love that from Kalash.Let God's word dwell in you richly. Someone said, you could translate
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  • that, let God's word be home in your heart. You can tell when someone's at home in your
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  • house because they put their feet up, they don't have to dress up. Really when someone
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  • makes themselves at home,they don't even knock any more,they just come in. Love God's
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  • word, put its feet up on the coffee table. Is there a formal relationship, a stiff relationship that
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  • you have with God's word?Where it's only let into one specific part of your house, where you
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  • clean up your house, then bring it-- OK, you can sit here.OK, great, we're going to move over here.
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  • No.We don't want God's word to only have access to the formal dining room of our heart. We
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  • want to let God's word into the bedroom. We want to let God's word into the den. We want to
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  • let God's word into the office. We want to let God's word dwell in us richly because you take on
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  • the character of what you're in contact-- all right, there's the third, jot this down.
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  • You see more of what you stare at. What I noticed about huckleberry picking and what I notice
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  • about life is that things you stare at, you tend to see more of. When I first got into a patch of
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  • huckleberries and I got a style, I got a style and it's like, I find a good patch and I just lie
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  • down into a bush.Like,make myself a La Z Boy out of a bush. My fingertips aren't the only
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  • things that are purple,all my jean thighs for my picking pants What? Like, you don't have
  • 00:27:33.290 --> 00:27:39.210
  • picking pants.No, they're just skinny jeans, whatever.So but, I make sure black ones. You
  • 00:27:39.230 --> 00:27:44.170
  • know, otherwise there would be a real problem in light denim. But I should invest in some
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  • picking pants, if you ever have come across a good pair. What? Like, you-- just stop, get off it Levi
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  • So I'm lying in a bush as all good sentences begin, right?So I was lying in a bush and I'm
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  • picking huckleberries.And when I would first get in there I would do a pretty decent job of
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  • getting them all out and then I would contemplate leaving.But then just as I was-- I would get
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  • ready to leave,I would see one more out of the corner of my eye, and I'd grab it.And then as
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  • I'm grabbing,I'm like,holy,all your friends are still here.Hey, guys. OK, I'm going to be here a
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  • while.And then I'd pick it clean And then I would you know what? I should just check one
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  • last time. I would lift the bush up a little bit, my goodness gracious, they're hiding under the leaves.
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