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Feelings vs. Action

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June 15, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore You
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before You
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  • Op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • Drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome church, family and visitors.
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  • Today if you've been carrying around a dream or a goal,
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  • I want to encourage you to take some action.
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  • In the words of Zig Ziglar, you don't have to be great to start,
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  • but you have to start to be great.
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  • We love you.
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  • Thank you for being here today.
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  • Bobby: That's a good line.
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  • Zig Ziglar, I met him years ago with my grandpa
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  • at a motivational thing.
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  • He was just a really kind man, really good guy.
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  • So, let's begin this morning with a word of prayer
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  • and thank the Lord.
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  • Father, we thank you so much that you love us, that you've
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  • gathered us here, and Lord, we come from so many different
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  • backgrounds, opinions, places, and we thank you, God,
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  • that you wanted us all here, that we gather in your name,
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  • and that you promise that when we walk in your kingdom,
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  • that we'll continue to grow, and we'll continue to do
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  • great things in your name.
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  • Lord, we love you so much.
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  • And it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: Do you feel stuck in a rut
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  • and ready for change?
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  • The solution for real transformation may be easier
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  • than you think.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size,
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  • you can request Pastor Bobby's new book,
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  • "Change your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
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  • plus the exclusive audio CD
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind."
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  • In this special companion CD, you'll hear prayers
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  • in the Scriptures read by Bobby and Hannah.
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  • Call or go online today, and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's brand-new book
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  • plus the exclusive audio disk,
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind,"
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  • designed to help you change your life
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  • by changing your thoughts.
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  • Request these encouraging resources today and learn that
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  • by changing your thoughts, you can change your world.
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  • Bobby: Changing how you think is critical
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  • to changing your life.
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  • I know this is easier said than done,
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  • but that's why I've written a book about it.
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  • It's a personal and practical approach to understanding
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  • biblical keys that will not only transform the way you think,
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  • but the way you live.
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  • Hannah: You may be seated.
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  • The words of Joshua found in Joshua 24:13.
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  • "So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities
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  • you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards
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  • and olive groves that you did not plant.
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  • Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.
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  • Throw away the gods of your ancestors worshiped beyond
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  • the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
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  • But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you,
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  • then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
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  • whether the gods of your ancestors served
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  • beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites,
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  • in whose land you are living.
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  • But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
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  • Church family, may we be people of action
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  • and faithfulness, amen.
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  • Bobby: Our guest today is Remi Adeleke.
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  • And his story is one I've shared before.
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  • He's just embodies strength and perseverance.
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  • He's a former Navy SEAL, and he's also an actor
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  • and an author.
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  • So, we're thankful for you.
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  • And so, his life is an amazing life.
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  • It's documented in his new book "Transformed."
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  • Would you please welcome with me again Remi Adeleke?
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  • Hi, Remi, so glad to have you here.
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  • What a joy.
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  • Well, you have an amazing story.
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  • I really want to encourage people to get this book
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  • and read about it, but let's just hear some of it.
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  • First of all, you joined the military.
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  • You began in the Navy, and you became a SEAL.
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  • Tell me about that journey and how you got there.
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  • Remi Adeleke: Well, the journey was filled
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  • with a lot of obstacles.
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  • One, I couldn't swim when I joined the Navy.
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  • Bobby: Now, hold on, you couldn't swim?
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  • Remi: I couldn't swim, but I had this bright idea
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  • that I wanted to be a SEAL.
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  • I was skinny.
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  • I didn't have the academic scores.
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  • And so, just getting into SEAL training, you know,
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  • just took a lot, a lot of fighting
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  • and a lot of persevering.
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  • But eventually after a year of joining,
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  • I was accepted into the program.
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  • I met the qualifications.
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  • Bobby: That's amazing.
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  • Now, don't Navy SEALs, they have to swim, right?
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  • Remi: They have to swim a lot.
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  • Bobby: Underwater and I'm like I'm watching
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  • too many movies or something.
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  • Remi: No, you're spot on. And I eventually figured it out.
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  • And but training was really hard for me.
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  • A lot of what I struggled with was the water,
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  • but eventually I got through.
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  • Bobby: And it's cold water too, right?
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  • That's a big part of it.
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  • Remi: Very cold. That was my kryptonite.
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  • Bobby: Wow, yeah.
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  • So, you, of course, for you, you're a committed Christian.
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  • It's a big part of your story.
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  • Did you grow up in the church as a disciple of Jesus or--
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  • Remi: Yeah, well, you know, my mom, she would take
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  • my brother and I to church when we were young,
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  • and I did not like it at all.
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  • And as I grew into my teenage years, I strayed, you know?
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  • I strayed completely away from the church, and I would
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  • fluctuate between atheism and agnosticism, depending
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  • on the day of the week.
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  • But one day, I hit rock bottom, and I had my rock bottom moment.
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  • And in that time, that's when I cried out to Jesus 'cause
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  • my brother would tell me all the time,
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  • "When you hit rock bottom, cry out to Jesus."
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  • And so, I did and that's when my life began to transform.
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  • Bobby: Wow, of course, Jesus is that rock, isn't he,
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  • that rock that we hit?
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  • And isn't it great to have someone in your life
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  • like your brother to sort of guide you in that path?
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  • It's amazing.
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  • And you actually weren't born in the States, right?
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  • You're born in West Africa.
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  • Remi: I was born in West Africa, I lived
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  • the first five years of my life in Nigeria.
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  • My dad, he was a well-known Nigerian engineer
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  • and because of his success, we lived a life of wealth.
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  • And in 1987, the Nigerian government stripped us of
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  • everything, so we went from rich to poor, and that's why my mom
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  • brought us to the States.
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  • Bobby: Yeah.
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  • And you're dad died, didn't he?
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  • Remi: Yes, yes, he died October 1987.
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  • Bobby: Wow.
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  • So it's amazing, I mean, all of this is in your book
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  • and it's incredible that you came from, you know, just being
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  • impoverished in Nigeria, to being a successful actor,
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  • and a Navy SEAL, and just a man who has committed
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  • his life to God.
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  • I think it's just awesome.
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  • So, we're so thankful for you.
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  • So, your SEAL background then eventually led to you filming
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  • a scene for like a TV show.
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  • Tell me about how that happened.
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  • Remi: Yeah, I was sitting in my computer one day writing
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  • papers for grad school, and I got the phone call from a woman
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  • who worked with a director by the name of Michael Bay.
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  • Bobby: I've heard of him. Remi: Yeah.
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  • And they were looking for somebody to play a role
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  • in a little film called "Transformers," and I raised
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  • my hand and said, "Yeah, I'll do it."
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  • And one day turned into six months and that's what
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  • kind of opened up the doors for me to get into acting.
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  • Bobby: That's awesome. You were a villain, right?
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  • Remi: Villain in the beginning, but I turned into
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  • a good guy towards the end.
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  • Bobby: That's great. It's like your real life.
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  • Remi: Exactly, exactly, transformed.
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  • Bobby: And actually, that leads so that that really is
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  • a big part of your story, right?
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  • You utterly were transformed through--
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  • and what transformed you?
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  • What do you think was the main thing that led
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  • to that transformation?
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  • Remi: Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, I fought against faith in Christ
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  • for a long period of time, and I tried to fix myself.
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  • I tried to transform myself and nothing worked
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  • for many, many years.
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  • And then finally, you know, I hit that rock, and that's where
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  • that transformation took place.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, that's amazing. I just want people to hear this.
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  • There's so many people that think, you know, that, that they
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  • can never be a person for the Lord, a good person.
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  • They can never beat their addiction.
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  • They can never be a good dad, a good husband,
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  • a good teacher, they can't ever get an education.
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  • A lot of these things they can never, you know,
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  • succeed at their work.
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  • What do you say to those people that are--
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  • that just look at you and they're like,
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  • "I could never be like that guy."
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  • Remi: I say to them, look at me.
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  • Read my book, read my story, see who I used to be,
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  • and I'm a prime example.
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  • So, I just say, you know, look at me,
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  • look at so many other people.
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  • You know, look at Paul. Look at, you know, Peter.
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  • Look at all these people.
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  • Those examples are great examples.
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  • Bobby: Well, I hope that the person that takes your advice
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  • can take it to someone else too.
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  • And it's an amazing book.
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  • The book is "Transformed" by Remi Adeleke, and Remi,
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  • we thank you so much.
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  • We want to encourage you to read this book, to get it.
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  • Maybe give it to somebody that's going through a valley.
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  • I think it'd make a great gift.
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  • And it's an amazing, amazing story.
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  • There's so much more that we didn't get to.
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  • But Remi, thank you and appreciate your story.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Remi: God bless you.
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  • Thank you. Thank you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
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  • In green pastures he makes me lie down
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  • He restores my soul and leads me on for his name
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  • for his great name
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  • Surely goodness, surely mercy
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  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • You prepare a table right before me
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  • in the presence of my enemies
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  • Though the arrow flies
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  • and the terror of night is at my door
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  • I trust you, Lord
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  • Surely goodness, surely mercy
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  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • Even though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death
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  • I will fear no evil
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  • Even though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death, you are on my side
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  • Even though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil
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  • Even though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death, you are by my side
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  • Surely goodness, surely mercy
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  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: Let's take time for prayer together.
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  • Would you join me?
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  • Gracious God, we gather here today to choose
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  • whom we will serve.
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  • And for us, we choose to serve the great God, the awesome God.
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  • And Lord, as we do, we admit we've fallen short of what
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  • you've called us to be.
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  • We've not trusted you.
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  • We've not loved one another, even ourselves.
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  • And Lord, this day we come seeking your mercy,
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  • your promised forgiveness, and we believe it's there for us.
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  • Thank you, Lord.
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  • Today we offer prayer for anyone here today who's mourning
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  • the loss of a friend or a loved one.
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  • Lord, we think of those who have been damaged
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  • through broken relationships, and who pray for reconciliation.
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  • Lord, today we bow in humble repentance, Lord, because we
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  • know we've fallen short of what you've given for us to be.
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  • And Lord, we ask that you would come in your mercy
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  • and help us to love one another.
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  • Help us to trust you, and even to love ourselves
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  • as you love us.
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  • Lord, today we pray that you would anoint our Pastor Bobby
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  • as he brings your message for us.
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  • May we be receptive, and may our hearts be open, and our hands
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  • and feet ready to act to obey your spoken Word.
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  • Lord, we offer prayer for the offering that will soon be
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  • collected and we ask that you would use it to the purposes
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  • of your kingdom, and that you would bless the lives
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  • of those who bring these gifts.
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  • And now, Lord, listen well as we pray the prayer you taught your
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  • Son and who taught us to pray together, saying, "Our Father,
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  • who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
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  • thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts
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  • as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
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  • and the glory forever, amen."
  • 00:21:58.290 --> 00:22:02.210
  • You know, I was thinking about worship and the different parts
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  • of worship and how when we take offering,
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  • this plate comes past us.
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  • Remember in the days when we used to take our coins
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  • and our currency and our checks,
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  • and we put it in a plate.
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:18.110
  • Well, now what do we do?
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  • We text it in, or we send it in, or whatever, and some of us put
  • 00:22:19.230 --> 00:22:21.270
  • it in the plate, but that plate is significant because I think
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:27.280
  • it signifies our participation as worshipers because the plate
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  • comes by, we receive the plate, we receive the blessings
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  • of the Lord and as we place our offering in the plate or even,
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  • you know, simulatively, we place our offering,
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  • we place our lives in the plate.
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  • We participate in the furtherance of the gospel here
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  • at Shepherd's Grove through Shepherd's Grove,
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  • to the local community and the world.
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  • I invite the ushers forward now, and may we have a sense
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  • of participating together in the kingdom work of God.
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  • God bless you as you give.
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  • Bobby: As a pastor, husband, father, and friend,
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  • I know that we can find ourselves in places
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  • of frustration and discouragement,
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  • wanting to see change
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  • but not knowing how to make it happen.
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  • Today I wanna show you the path to transformation
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  • and receiving the best God has for your life.
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  • You see, the solution isn't to make more money,
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  • find a new spouse, get a new job,
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  • buy new stuff, or anything like that.
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  • The solution is to change the way you think,
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  • because when you change your thoughts,
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  • you will change your life, and ultimately,
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  • change the whole world around you.
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  • Hannah: Proverbs 23:7 shows us:
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  • "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
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  • In other words, you become what you think about.
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  • If you're hearing this today and realize
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  • that you are limiting yourself and God
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  • through the way you think, we want to encourage you
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  • that there's no better time than today
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  • for you to make a change.
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  • Right here and now, you can take an important step
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  • towards the amazing future God has for you
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  • by changing the way you think.
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  • announcer: Do you feel stuck in a rut and ready for change?
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  • The solution for real transformation may be easier
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  • than you think.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size,
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:24.110
  • you can request Pastor Bobby's new book,
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  • "Change your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
  • 00:24:26.220 --> 00:24:29.040
  • plus the exclusive audio CD
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind."
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  • In this special companion CD, you'll hear prayers
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  • in the Scriptures read by Bobby and Hannah.
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  • Call or go online today,
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  • and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's brand-new book
  • 00:24:44.150 --> 00:24:46.130
  • plus the exclusive audio disk,
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind,"
  • 00:24:48.150 --> 00:24:51.010
  • designed to help you change your life by changing your thoughts.
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  • Request these encouraging resources today
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  • and learn that by changing your thoughts,
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  • you can change your world.
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I have personally experienced
  • 00:25:01.230 --> 00:25:03.180
  • the power of changing our thoughts
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  • in order to change our lives.
  • 00:25:05.140 --> 00:25:07.060
  • We know this is easier said that done,
  • 00:25:07.070 --> 00:25:09.020
  • but that's why I've written a book about it.
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  • It's a personal and practical approach
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  • to understanding biblical keys that will
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:15.120
  • not only transform the way you think,
  • 00:25:15.130 --> 00:25:17.080
  • but the way you live.
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  • Request your copy
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  • of "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World."
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:21.280
  • In fact, consider requesting multiple copies to give
  • 00:25:21.290 --> 00:25:24.130
  • to those you know and love who need this message.
  • 00:25:24.140 --> 00:25:28.070
  • Thank you for all you do for "Hour of Power."
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  • We can't share the good news of Jesus without your help,
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  • and we're honored to be serving God with you.
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  • Remember, as always, God loves you and so do we.
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  • 00:25:39.290 --> 00:25:54.070
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
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  • Hold your hands out like this as a way of receiving,
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  • and let's say this: "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. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, we want to say good morning to everybody watching
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  • at home who can't be with us here today.
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  • But anyway, we welcome you if you're joining us.
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  • Wherever you are, we want you to know that we love you.
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  • And if you're ever here in Irvine, please come and join us.
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  • We'd love to meet you.
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  • And if you live nearby, come join our church.
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  • We'd love to call you family.
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  • We'll make you feel right at home.
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  • Well, today we are continuing in my series on my book,
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  • which is "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World."
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  • And I hope that all of you are able to get a copy of this book.
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  • I think it'll make a big difference.
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  • One thing I'm not able to speak on because of time
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  • is the spiritual disciplines that we include at the end
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  • of each chapter.
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  • So, in order to change our thoughts, we don't just,
  • 00:29:48.290 --> 00:29:51.020
  • you know, will it.
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  • We don't just to learn, but we have to practice things.
  • 00:29:52.240 --> 00:29:54.210
  • We have to train our mind to think differently, and when
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  • we do that, everything in our life changes.
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  • Very often in life, people hate their circumstances,
  • 00:30:01.290 --> 00:30:04.190
  • but they nurture the kind of thinking that gets them there.
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  • The way that we change our thoughts is through spiritual
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  • disciplines, through training, through studying and meditating
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  • on God's Word, and these things can make all the difference in
  • 00:30:13.160 --> 00:30:16.140
  • the world, not just in our relationship with God, but in
  • 00:30:16.150 --> 00:30:19.060
  • our relationship with our spouse, our kids, our grandkids,
  • 00:30:19.070 --> 00:30:22.180
  • our neighbors, and can change, affect how we feel at work,
  • 00:30:22.190 --> 00:30:26.100
  • how we do at work, what we do for fun, how enjoyable life is.
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  • Aren't those things important?
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  • And so, we want to talk about that today.
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  • Today, I want to talk about the importance of action in regards
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  • to faith, that if we want to be people of faith,
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  • we have to be people who take action.
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  • And in fact, today, I think that there are some people who are
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  • impulsive, who don't think, that just act and sometimes
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  • they act really stupidly.
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  • Anybody done that before?
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  • I've done it before.
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  • But most people in my experience are not impulsive,
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  • especially people of faith.
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  • Very often, people of faith do the opposite.
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  • They spend too much time thinking, too much time
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  • wondering what's the right way to go.
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  • And very often out of boredom, laziness, the inability to say
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  • no to one thing in order to say yes to another,
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  • don't make any decision at all.
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  • Anybody done that?
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  • And what I've seen is that it's if you're going to bend
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  • the stick in one direction or another,
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  • bend it in the direction of action.
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  • Be a person who has a bias towards action.
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  • And I think this can make all the difference.
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  • Have you ever made a split-second decision
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  • in your life, and maybe you look back and you're like,
  • 00:31:39.090 --> 00:31:41.250
  • "If I hadn't done, made that decision at that time,"
  • 00:31:41.260 --> 00:31:45.170
  • maybe it seems small at the time,
  • 00:31:45.180 --> 00:31:47.200
  • but you look back, your whole life is different.
  • 00:31:47.210 --> 00:31:50.220
  • Maybe you decided to ask that girl for her number.
  • 00:31:50.230 --> 00:31:54.010
  • Maybe you decided to, those of you watching at home,
  • 00:31:54.020 --> 00:31:56.090
  • to try a new church.
  • 00:31:56.100 --> 00:31:58.050
  • Maybe you're here because you decided, you know, 20 years ago,
  • 00:31:58.060 --> 00:32:01.160
  • you were gonna visit this church and you've been here ever since.
  • 00:32:01.170 --> 00:32:04.230
  • You've made all sorts of friends,
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  • or you met your spouse here or something like that.
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  • We can think of times like that that happened to us.
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  • I actually had an experience like that for myself.
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  • Many of you know the story with me and Hannah.
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  • I was sort of this loser who had a crush on this gorgeous girl
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  • who had a boyfriend who happened to be a friend of mine.
  • 00:32:19.230 --> 00:32:23.040
  • And for years and years, you know,
  • 00:32:23.050 --> 00:32:25.080
  • wanted to date Hannah and then finally the time came
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  • when she finally broke up with this guy.
  • 00:32:27.190 --> 00:32:30.000
  • And with her brother, who was one of my close friends,
  • 00:32:30.010 --> 00:32:32.100
  • and another friend, they were out in California
  • 00:32:32.110 --> 00:32:34.120
  • visiting me from Oklahoma.
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  • And we weren't dating at all, but there was, I thought,
  • 00:32:36.220 --> 00:32:39.280
  • maybe some chemistry.
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  • And her brother's wedding, Chris was gonna be in a week in Tulsa,
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  • which was 2.000 miles away.
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  • I was 19 years old and broke and had no way of getting to Tulsa
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  • if I wanted to go to this wedding.
  • 00:32:52.290 --> 00:32:54.240
  • And she said, "Man, I wish you were coming
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  • to my brother's wedding."
  • 00:32:56.130 --> 00:32:58.000
  • And I thought to myself, I sort of am, too, now.
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  • I said, "I'll tell you what, Hannah, I will come to your
  • 00:33:01.190 --> 00:33:03.210
  • brother's wedding if you make me one promise, give me the first
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  • or the last dance of the wedding."
  • 00:33:08.180 --> 00:33:11.060
  • Everybody say "Aww."
  • 00:33:11.070 --> 00:33:13.220
  • And she said, "I'll one up you.
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  • If you come to my brother's wedding next week," okay,
  • 00:33:16.180 --> 00:33:19.100
  • it's like four days away, "I will give you both."
  • 00:33:19.110 --> 00:33:25.040
  • And you know what I said?
  • 00:33:26.160 --> 00:33:29.120
  • I didn't think--I didn't know how I was gonna get there.
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  • I didn't have the money to get there.
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  • I didn't know how it was gonna happen, but I looked at her
  • 00:33:33.290 --> 00:33:37.070
  • and I said, "I'll be there."
  • 00:33:37.080 --> 00:33:39.160
  • And I looked back and had I not gone out to that wedding,
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  • I think she would have gotten back together
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  • with her old boyfriend, or maybe she would have started
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  • dating someone else because it would have been two months
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  • before I would have gone back to Oklahoma.
  • 00:33:50.190 --> 00:33:53.090
  • Hannah had just like, you know, vultures flying over her.
  • 00:33:53.100 --> 00:33:57.090
  • These are men who want to date her, like 30 guys that are all
  • 00:33:57.100 --> 00:34:00.190
  • waiting on the, you know, on the boundaries just ready
  • 00:34:00.200 --> 00:34:04.040
  • to pounce when she's single.
  • 00:34:04.050 --> 00:34:06.270
  • Many of them, much better looking than me,
  • 00:34:06.280 --> 00:34:10.280
  • and not as charismatic though, not as charismatic.
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  • Anyway, and I look back and I think if I hadn't made that
  • 00:34:16.140 --> 00:34:19.130
  • split-second decision that I need to be at this wedding,
  • 00:34:19.140 --> 00:34:23.200
  • I don't know how I'm gonna get there.
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  • I don't know how I'm gonna do it but if I have to walk,
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  • I will be there.
  • 00:34:27.210 --> 00:34:29.070
  • And if I hadn't made that decision,
  • 00:34:29.080 --> 00:34:31.140
  • we probably wouldn't be married today.
  • 00:34:31.150 --> 00:34:33.200
  • And I think this is so important that we learn in life that so
  • 00:34:33.210 --> 00:34:36.050
  • much of our successes in life is not spinning our wheels so much,
  • 00:34:36.060 --> 00:34:40.020
  • not spending so much time deliberating and thinking.
  • 00:34:40.030 --> 00:34:43.020
  • I'm a person who believes in thinking and reflection,
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  • but sometimes there are these moments when God asks us
  • 00:34:45.140 --> 00:34:48.210
  • to move in faith.
  • 00:34:48.220 --> 00:34:51.270
  • There are some moments where God asks us to have courage and
  • 00:34:51.280 --> 00:34:57.020
  • courage is always associated with action to do something,
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  • to make a choice that's uncomfortable,
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  • to make a choice that is narrow, that is difficult,
  • 00:35:05.080 --> 00:35:08.280
  • but to make that choice and to do that thing.
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  • I want to encourage you to do that today.
  • 00:35:11.120 --> 00:35:13.090
  • God is always, always asking us to make choices between good
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  • and evil, between right and wrong, between here or there.
  • 00:35:17.190 --> 00:35:21.110
  • And this is important.
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  • The Scripture from today, Joshua Chapter 24 finishes the end of
  • 00:35:23.140 --> 00:35:27.180
  • the Book of Joshua, which is really the end,
  • 00:35:27.190 --> 00:35:32.250
  • kind of the end of the story of the Torah.
  • 00:35:32.260 --> 00:35:35.080
  • The first five books of the Bible, and then Joshua, which is
  • 00:35:35.090 --> 00:35:37.260
  • the sixth, begin with the story of how the Jewish people became
  • 00:35:37.270 --> 00:35:41.130
  • a people, how they come in covenant with God,
  • 00:35:41.140 --> 00:35:44.030
  • and how God's fulfillment of his kingdom and his covenant
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  • with them is giving them a home, Israel.
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  • And they finally possessed the land.
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  • They're in this place and they have to make a decision.
  • 00:35:53.000 --> 00:35:55.140
  • And part of Joshua's final words to his people is,
  • 00:35:55.150 --> 00:35:58.270
  • is this is in Joshua 24:13.
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  • He says, "So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and
  • 00:36:01.250 --> 00:36:05.100
  • cities in which you did not build; and you live in them and
  • 00:36:05.110 --> 00:36:09.050
  • eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.
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  • Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.
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  • Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond
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  • the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
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  • But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you,
  • 00:36:26.110 --> 00:36:30.010
  • then choose for yourselves."
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  • Choose, there it is.
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  • "This day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors
  • 00:36:33.230 --> 00:36:39.240
  • served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites,
  • 00:36:39.250 --> 00:36:43.110
  • in whose land you are living.
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  • But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
  • 00:36:46.170 --> 00:36:51.210
  • Famous passage.
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  • You know, Joshua is saying that many of you, he's not talking
  • 00:36:53.250 --> 00:36:57.100
  • to--but many of you, the people of Israel want to serve both
  • 00:36:57.110 --> 00:37:01.090
  • Yahweh God and the gods of their ancestors.
  • 00:37:01.100 --> 00:37:04.240
  • They want to serve God as like the chief of all gods,
  • 00:37:04.250 --> 00:37:08.040
  • but they also want to not leave behind, you know,
  • 00:37:08.050 --> 00:37:11.060
  • the gods of their grandmothers, these pagan gods.
  • 00:37:11.070 --> 00:37:14.030
  • And he almost sort of says, it's like if you're gonna go
  • 00:37:14.040 --> 00:37:17.020
  • that way, fine, but don't be in the middle.
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  • Don't do both.
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  • He says, "Today, make a choice."
  • 00:37:23.220 --> 00:37:27.120
  • Incidentally, this was Billy Graham's favorite
  • 00:37:27.130 --> 00:37:29.220
  • Bible verse to preach on, because Joshua lays
  • 00:37:29.230 --> 00:37:32.130
  • before people this choice, either choose to follow the Lord
  • 00:37:32.140 --> 00:37:36.140
  • or choose to reject him.
  • 00:37:36.150 --> 00:37:38.220
  • Choose God or choose the gods of your ancestors, but choose,
  • 00:37:38.230 --> 00:37:42.290
  • make a choice today, not tomorrow, not the next day,
  • 00:37:43.000 --> 00:37:47.130
  • but make a choice today.
  • 00:37:47.140 --> 00:37:50.110
  • And of course, Billy Graham's call to people was to choose the
  • 00:37:50.120 --> 00:37:53.280
  • Lord, and to choose him today, and to follow God,
  • 00:37:53.290 --> 00:37:57.160
  • and to trust your life to God, and to know him,
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  • and to be a disciple of Jesus.
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  • I hope you make that choice today.
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  • Whoever you are, I just believe so much that if you give
  • 00:38:04.140 --> 00:38:07.220
  • your life to God, and you trust in his ways,
  • 00:38:07.230 --> 00:38:10.210
  • and serve him all the days of your life,
  • 00:38:10.220 --> 00:38:12.270
  • that when you come to the end of your life,
  • 00:38:12.280 --> 00:38:14.180
  • you'll look back and you'll be so glad you did.
  • 00:38:14.190 --> 00:38:17.260
  • But for those of you who I think maybe have already made
  • 00:38:17.270 --> 00:38:20.210
  • that choice, probably most of the people in this room,
  • 00:38:20.220 --> 00:38:23.090
  • many of the people watching on television,
  • 00:38:23.100 --> 00:38:25.260
  • that maybe you've made that choice already.
  • 00:38:25.270 --> 00:38:28.060
  • But what we forget is that's not the only choice
  • 00:38:28.070 --> 00:38:30.110
  • we make as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:38:30.120 --> 00:38:32.270
  • And life is full of very difficult decisions.
  • 00:38:32.280 --> 00:38:36.090
  • It's there's all sorts of forks in the road that we
  • 00:38:36.100 --> 00:38:38.240
  • have to take.
  • 00:38:38.250 --> 00:38:40.190
  • And today, God is also perhaps asking you to make a choice
  • 00:38:40.200 --> 00:38:43.200
  • there, to make a choice about your job, to make a choice about
  • 00:38:43.210 --> 00:38:47.200
  • starting a business, to make a choice about dating again,
  • 00:38:47.210 --> 00:38:50.230
  • maybe after your husband or wife has passed away,
  • 00:38:50.240 --> 00:38:54.100
  • and to believe that maybe there's limitless possibilities
  • 00:38:54.110 --> 00:38:57.260
  • in your future if you trust your life to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:38:57.270 --> 00:39:03.190
  • So, I think that very often-- I know I do this,
  • 00:39:03.200 --> 00:39:07.190
  • some of us do this-- is overthinking,
  • 00:39:07.200 --> 00:39:10.100
  • or we can't make a choice because
  • 00:39:10.110 --> 00:39:12.000
  • we're afraid, or probably for me, the most common thing,
  • 00:39:12.010 --> 00:39:16.030
  • I can't make a choice because I'm bored or lazy.
  • 00:39:16.040 --> 00:39:19.000
  • You ever feel that way?
  • 00:39:19.010 --> 00:39:20.160
  • You're just like, "I just--let's wait.
  • 00:39:20.170 --> 00:39:22.240
  • The path of least resistance, kick the can down the road.
  • 00:39:22.250 --> 00:39:25.150
  • I don't need to make a choice today.
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  • I'll do it, just I'll do it later."
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  • No?
  • 00:39:30.290 --> 00:39:32.160
  • Apparently not.
  • 00:39:32.170 --> 00:39:34.110
  • Every decision, and this is a famous proverb from
  • 00:39:34.120 --> 00:39:36.120
  • the medieval age, every decision is a thousand renunciations.
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  • I think all of us unconsciously know this.
  • 00:39:40.150 --> 00:39:43.120
  • If you say yes to one guy, you're saying no to all
  • 00:39:43.130 --> 00:39:46.030
  • the other guys, for those of you who are dating.
  • 00:39:46.040 --> 00:39:48.040
  • If you say yes to one girl, you're saying no
  • 00:39:48.050 --> 00:39:50.030
  • to all the other girls.
  • 00:39:50.040 --> 00:39:52.000
  • I think men struggle today with, in particular with marriage,
  • 00:39:52.010 --> 00:39:55.110
  • because many men today don't want to say yes to one woman
  • 00:39:55.120 --> 00:39:59.150
  • for the rest of their life because it means saying no
  • 00:39:59.160 --> 00:40:01.290
  • to every other woman for the rest of their lives.
  • 00:40:02.000 --> 00:40:05.020
  • And yet in doing this, they're missing out on so much
  • 00:40:05.030 --> 00:40:07.150
  • of the joy, life, love, and companionship that comes through
  • 00:40:07.160 --> 00:40:11.070
  • a committed relationship and through marriage.
  • 00:40:11.080 --> 00:40:14.050
  • Very often, many of us, we don't want to leave our job
  • 00:40:14.060 --> 00:40:18.030
  • for a better job because we don't want to say no
  • 00:40:18.040 --> 00:40:20.150
  • to the stability of our income.
  • 00:40:20.160 --> 00:40:22.160
  • Many of us, we don't want to commit our lives to God because
  • 00:40:22.170 --> 00:40:24.210
  • we will have to say no to some things that are immoral in our
  • 00:40:24.220 --> 00:40:27.020
  • lives, and on and on it goes that very often many of us are
  • 00:40:27.030 --> 00:40:30.270
  • missing out on the best things life has to offer,
  • 00:40:30.280 --> 00:40:33.290
  • not because we don't want to say yes to one thing.
  • 00:40:34.000 --> 00:40:36.080
  • But we know that saying yes to that one thing
  • 00:40:36.090 --> 00:40:38.060
  • means no to another.
  • 00:40:38.070 --> 00:40:41.190
  • And that's why hard choices are such a key to a successful,
  • 00:40:41.200 --> 00:40:47.230
  • joyful life.
  • 00:40:47.240 --> 00:40:49.250
  • One of my favorite quotes that I think every leader,
  • 00:40:49.260 --> 00:40:53.020
  • in particular, has to remember, whether you're a manager,
  • 00:40:53.030 --> 00:40:55.280
  • or a pastor, or leading a sports team, or whatever group it is
  • 00:40:55.290 --> 00:40:59.120
  • that you're leading, it's the fact that leaders
  • 00:40:59.130 --> 00:41:01.280
  • have to make hard choices.
  • 00:41:01.290 --> 00:41:03.250
  • Jerzy Gregorek, who is an Olympic trainer, said,
  • 00:41:03.260 --> 00:41:06.120
  • "Hard choices, easy life.
  • 00:41:06.130 --> 00:41:09.090
  • Easy choices, hard life."
  • 00:41:09.100 --> 00:41:14.250
  • So, today I want you to inherit a new thought and that new
  • 00:41:14.260 --> 00:41:18.140
  • thought is that I can break through overthinking
  • 00:41:18.150 --> 00:41:22.080
  • by taking action now.
  • 00:41:22.090 --> 00:41:25.180
  • I can break through overthinking by taking action now.
  • 00:41:25.190 --> 00:41:32.030
  • Now, when you see in the Bible, God clearly loves faith.
  • 00:41:32.040 --> 00:41:37.060
  • Faith pleases God. It's in the Bible, I believe it.
  • 00:41:37.070 --> 00:41:41.020
  • And what you see is that when faith is reflected
  • 00:41:41.030 --> 00:41:44.150
  • in the stories of the Bible, it's almost always
  • 00:41:44.160 --> 00:41:46.220
  • associated with action.
  • 00:41:46.230 --> 00:41:49.090
  • When somebody needs a miracle or a breakthrough from God,
  • 00:41:49.100 --> 00:41:52.260
  • faith isn't just thinking or believing something to be true.
  • 00:41:52.270 --> 00:41:57.020
  • Faith is also responding to the belief in that thing.
  • 00:41:57.030 --> 00:42:01.010
  • So, for example, when the leper cries out to Jesus,
  • 00:42:01.020 --> 00:42:05.040
  • "Jesus, heal me," what does Jesus tell the leper?
  • 00:42:05.050 --> 00:42:07.250
  • "Go and show yourself to the priest."
  • 00:42:07.260 --> 00:42:10.080
  • So, as he's talking to him, he's still a leper but he's saying,
  • 00:42:10.090 --> 00:42:14.000
  • "If you step out in faith and walk to Jerusalem and show
  • 00:42:14.010 --> 00:42:16.250
  • yourself as a Samaritan to a Jewish priest,"
  • 00:42:16.260 --> 00:42:20.000
  • which would have been a very uncomfortable,
  • 00:42:20.010 --> 00:42:21.290
  • difficult thing to do, "you'll be healed."
  • 00:42:22.000 --> 00:42:25.280
  • Or when the lady to be healed of her bleeding disease
  • 00:42:25.290 --> 00:42:30.000
  • has to touch the hem of Jesus's garment.
  • 00:42:30.010 --> 00:42:32.040
  • She has to plow through people and reach out and do something
  • 00:42:32.050 --> 00:42:35.030
  • that she thinks is maybe pretty uncomfortable.
  • 00:42:35.040 --> 00:42:38.120
  • Or when Jesus puts the mud in the eyes of a blind man
  • 00:42:38.130 --> 00:42:41.130
  • and tells him to go and wash on the Sabbath, which is
  • 00:42:41.140 --> 00:42:44.280
  • in a way something you're not supposed to do.
  • 00:42:44.290 --> 00:42:47.230
  • So, here it is, you have so many times that faith
  • 00:42:47.240 --> 00:42:50.130
  • is associated with action.
  • 00:42:50.140 --> 00:42:52.230
  • And the great thing is that those actions almost
  • 00:42:52.240 --> 00:42:56.080
  • always lead to breakthrough.
  • 00:42:56.090 --> 00:42:57.250
  • What of my great--one of the most famous stories is when
  • 00:42:57.260 --> 00:42:59.260
  • Peter walks on water.
  • 00:42:59.270 --> 00:43:01.270
  • We always talk about how Jesus walked on water,
  • 00:43:01.280 --> 00:43:03.220
  • but we forget Peter walked on water too.
  • 00:43:03.230 --> 00:43:05.180
  • That's pretty cool, don't you think?
  • 00:43:05.190 --> 00:43:08.120
  • Now, in Jesus's day, to be a student of a rabbi
  • 00:43:08.130 --> 00:43:11.290
  • was a big deal.
  • 00:43:12.000 --> 00:43:13.220
  • Rabbis only called students to do exactly what they did.
  • 00:43:13.230 --> 00:43:17.060
  • So, when a disciple would follow a rabbi as a mentor,
  • 00:43:17.070 --> 00:43:20.180
  • they would kind of want to be a clone of them.
  • 00:43:20.190 --> 00:43:22.250
  • So, if the rabbi was left handed, the students
  • 00:43:22.260 --> 00:43:25.080
  • would try and right left handed.
  • 00:43:25.090 --> 00:43:27.120
  • Literally, these teenagers who would follow a rabbi
  • 00:43:27.130 --> 00:43:30.000
  • would very often try and walk in the footsteps of the rabbi like
  • 00:43:30.010 --> 00:43:32.270
  • put their feet where their feet went.
  • 00:43:32.280 --> 00:43:35.080
  • And the rabbi believed that the students not only can but should
  • 00:43:35.090 --> 00:43:39.030
  • do everything he did the same way he did it.
  • 00:43:39.040 --> 00:43:42.080
  • Now, this is important because when the disciples are following
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  • Jesus, they have to do miracles 'cause he does miracles.
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  • Have you ever caught that?
  • 00:43:49.110 --> 00:43:51.090
  • And you actually see throughout the Bible before
  • 00:43:51.100 --> 00:43:53.120
  • the resurrection and crucifixion, Jesus telling them
  • 00:43:53.130 --> 00:43:56.090
  • to cast out demons, to heal people, to preach, to speak,
  • 00:43:56.100 --> 00:44:00.150
  • to proclaim the kingdom of heaven.
  • 00:44:00.160 --> 00:44:02.180
  • And so, everywhere they're going, they're actually doing
  • 00:44:02.190 --> 00:44:05.100
  • the amazing things that Jesus does.
  • 00:44:05.110 --> 00:44:09.090
  • And finally, one of these great stories, you have this thing
  • 00:44:09.100 --> 00:44:12.200
  • where the disciples are out on the water,
  • 00:44:12.210 --> 00:44:15.050
  • and it's nighttime, and it's stormy,
  • 00:44:15.060 --> 00:44:17.260
  • and they're kind of scared, and then all of a sudden,
  • 00:44:17.270 --> 00:44:20.200
  • you know, 'cause they're afraid of water, they see
  • 00:44:20.210 --> 00:44:23.070
  • this ghostly figure walking through the mists on the lake.
  • 00:44:23.080 --> 00:44:27.260
  • They go, "Oh, what's that?
  • 00:44:27.270 --> 00:44:29.050
  • And it's Jesus, you know, he's walking he's like, "Hey, guys."
  • 00:44:29.060 --> 00:44:34.250
  • And all of them just can't believe it.
  • 00:44:34.260 --> 00:44:37.000
  • Imagine that actually happening where, you know,
  • 00:44:37.010 --> 00:44:40.120
  • you actually see your rabbi walking on water.
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  • And what is the thought that comes to Peter's mind?
  • 00:44:43.190 --> 00:44:46.260
  • "I am a disciple of Jesus.
  • 00:44:46.270 --> 00:44:50.030
  • If Jesus can walk on water, I can walk on water."
  • 00:44:50.040 --> 00:44:54.280
  • See, this is the thing that a lot of Christians have not
  • 00:44:54.290 --> 00:44:57.040
  • inherited from the Bible that is squarely they're culturally.
  • 00:44:57.050 --> 00:45:01.270
  • Disciples do what the rabbi does, not only can they,
  • 00:45:01.280 --> 00:45:06.200
  • but they should.
  • 00:45:06.210 --> 00:45:09.010
  • And so, Peter says to Jesus, "All right, if you can walk
  • 00:45:09.020 --> 00:45:11.260
  • on water, I guess I gotta walk on water."
  • 00:45:11.270 --> 00:45:14.270
  • And he says, "Jesus, if you would, Master, Rabbi,
  • 00:45:14.280 --> 00:45:18.160
  • have me walk on the water to you."
  • 00:45:18.170 --> 00:45:21.160
  • Jesus looks at Peter and he says to him, "Come."
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  • Now, the water's deep.
  • 00:45:25.140 --> 00:45:27.040
  • Back then, most fishermen and sailors couldn't swim.
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  • We don't know if Peter can swim, so he may be stepping
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  • to his death.
  • 00:45:33.150 --> 00:45:35.080
  • But Jesus says, "Come."
  • 00:45:35.090 --> 00:45:37.050
  • He gets out of the boat, and it's storming and somehow his
  • 00:45:37.060 --> 00:45:39.280
  • feet get purchase on the surface of the water and he
  • 00:45:39.290 --> 00:45:43.150
  • takes one step after another, and walks towards Jesus.
  • 00:45:43.160 --> 00:45:47.140
  • And then the winds begin to blow and he begins to sink.
  • 00:45:47.150 --> 00:45:50.090
  • I always pictured him sort of sinking as if you would
  • 00:45:50.100 --> 00:45:52.290
  • if you'd walked on a lake full of Jell-O, you know?
  • 00:45:53.000 --> 00:45:56.090
  • You're not poof, like you would in water.
  • 00:45:56.100 --> 00:45:58.070
  • It's kind of like quicksand, you know?
  • 00:45:58.080 --> 00:46:00.200
  • By the way, I thought when I was a kid, I would run into a lot
  • 00:46:00.210 --> 00:46:03.060
  • more quicksand than I have an adult, just a random thought.
  • 00:46:03.070 --> 00:46:08.040
  • I was ready at 9 years old.
  • 00:46:08.050 --> 00:46:11.050
  • Anyway, so here is Peter and he begins to sink,
  • 00:46:11.060 --> 00:46:14.020
  • and Jesus saves him.
  • 00:46:14.030 --> 00:46:15.270
  • And then the famous line Jesus looks at him and he pulls him up
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  • out of the water and he says to Peter, "Why did you doubt?"
  • 00:46:18.240 --> 00:46:24.070
  • Now, very often this is taught as, "Why did you doubt in God,"
  • 00:46:24.080 --> 00:46:29.100
  • or something like this?
  • 00:46:29.110 --> 00:46:31.070
  • But the real question is, "Why did you doubt
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  • that you can do what I can do?"
  • 00:46:33.170 --> 00:46:37.090
  • This is so important.
  • 00:46:37.100 --> 00:46:39.030
  • If you don't think this is true, I mean there's many places where
  • 00:46:39.040 --> 00:46:41.060
  • Jesus is constantly challenging his disciples to do what he did.
  • 00:46:41.070 --> 00:46:45.020
  • But one of the most famous places it says in John chapter
  • 00:46:45.030 --> 00:46:48.060
  • 14, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me,
  • 00:46:48.070 --> 00:46:53.010
  • will do the works."
  • 00:46:53.020 --> 00:46:55.020
  • Everybody say, "Do the works."
  • 00:46:55.030 --> 00:46:57.200
  • See, it's action. It's not about just ideas.
  • 00:46:57.210 --> 00:47:02.220
  • It's about doing something.
  • 00:47:02.230 --> 00:47:04.230
  • "Will do the works I have been doing, and they will do,"
  • 00:47:04.240 --> 00:47:08.290
  • everybody say, "even greater things.
  • 00:47:09.000 --> 00:47:14.010
  • They will do even greater things than these,
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  • because I am going to my Father."
  • 00:47:16.170 --> 00:47:20.030
  • Now, we are left to interpret that however we want according
  • 00:47:20.040 --> 00:47:22.160
  • to our various traditions, but Jesus said it and I believe it.
  • 00:47:22.170 --> 00:47:25.280
  • It is the Word of God and it is true.
  • 00:47:25.290 --> 00:47:28.050
  • We are called to do the works he did,
  • 00:47:28.060 --> 00:47:30.200
  • and to do even greater things.
  • 00:47:30.210 --> 00:47:33.050
  • So, for us, faith--if we're saved by grace through faith,
  • 00:47:33.060 --> 00:47:37.190
  • it's not just faith that God exists or faith in the cross
  • 00:47:37.200 --> 00:47:42.010
  • and resurrection, it is that, but it's also an action
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  • that this affects the way we behave,
  • 00:47:44.290 --> 00:47:49.070
  • it affects the things we do.
  • 00:47:49.080 --> 00:47:51.290
  • Very squarely, God has called you to do greater things.
  • 00:47:52.000 --> 00:47:55.270
  • And so, my challenge to you, and I believe it's in accordance
  • 00:47:55.280 --> 00:47:59.030
  • with the Word of God and inspired by the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:47:59.040 --> 00:48:02.020
  • is to take action today.
  • 00:48:02.030 --> 00:48:05.200
  • To align your faith, align your decisions, align your goals
  • 00:48:05.210 --> 00:48:11.030
  • with real action with applying for that class,
  • 00:48:11.040 --> 00:48:14.280
  • or emailing this person, or calling that guy or that gal,
  • 00:48:14.290 --> 00:48:19.030
  • to actually marry your convictions to action.
  • 00:48:19.040 --> 00:48:25.080
  • One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was
  • 00:48:25.090 --> 00:48:28.070
  • to go fishing with my dad and my grandpa.
  • 00:48:28.080 --> 00:48:31.230
  • My Grandpa Schuller, who was a minister and the founder
  • 00:48:31.240 --> 00:48:34.200
  • of this church, was so big on the idea that faith
  • 00:48:34.210 --> 00:48:40.010
  • was not just what we believe,
  • 00:48:40.020 --> 00:48:42.070
  • but it was believing and acting that anything is possible,
  • 00:48:42.080 --> 00:48:46.120
  • changing our imagination to understand what it means
  • 00:48:46.130 --> 00:48:50.030
  • that anything could be possible, and to take action
  • 00:48:50.040 --> 00:48:53.200
  • in that direction.
  • 00:48:53.210 --> 00:48:55.150
  • And so, I remember when I first came to faith like as
  • 00:48:55.160 --> 00:48:57.120
  • a 16 year old, I was actually pretty legalistic and rigid.
  • 00:48:57.130 --> 00:49:02.000
  • I think it's as a 16 year old coming from where I was,
  • 00:49:02.010 --> 00:49:04.290
  • I needed almost a really strict religious environment,
  • 00:49:05.000 --> 00:49:09.130
  • as weird as that sounds.
  • 00:49:09.140 --> 00:49:11.030
  • I kind of needed rules.
  • 00:49:11.040 --> 00:49:12.260
  • I needed like black and white, do this, don't do that.
  • 00:49:12.270 --> 00:49:15.230
  • And although I don't think that's good for most disciples,
  • 00:49:15.240 --> 00:49:20.040
  • at the time, I feel like as a kid, I needed it.
  • 00:49:20.050 --> 00:49:23.030
  • But what that meant was that anybody who was sort of outside
  • 00:49:23.040 --> 00:49:27.070
  • of those rules or outside of my exact definition of what's right
  • 00:49:27.080 --> 00:49:33.260
  • and wrong, or good and evil, or Christian or not Christian,
  • 00:49:33.270 --> 00:49:37.230
  • then I would always wonder, is this person a heretic?
  • 00:49:37.240 --> 00:49:39.280
  • And by the way, one of those people on the list was
  • 00:49:39.290 --> 00:49:42.030
  • my grandpa, who by the way, I was very close to.
  • 00:49:42.040 --> 00:49:45.090
  • But I had this--I never told him ever in his life,
  • 00:49:45.100 --> 00:49:48.010
  • even just before he died, that I had.
  • 00:49:48.020 --> 00:49:50.180
  • But there were like two years where I'm like,
  • 00:49:50.190 --> 00:49:52.160
  • "I'm pretty sure my grandpa might be a heretic."
  • 00:49:52.170 --> 00:49:57.030
  • And so, it was during this time that he gave me his newest book
  • 00:49:57.040 --> 00:50:01.270
  • called, "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:50:01.280 --> 00:50:05.280
  • And we were fishing on a boat.
  • 00:50:05.290 --> 00:50:07.170
  • Do we have a picture of him?
  • 00:50:07.180 --> 00:50:09.140
  • So, this is one of my favorite pictures of my grandpa.
  • 00:50:09.150 --> 00:50:11.090
  • That's what he was really like just always joyful
  • 00:50:11.100 --> 00:50:13.230
  • and huggable and lovable.
  • 00:50:13.240 --> 00:50:16.100
  • And I remember, you know, we would sit in the boat,
  • 00:50:16.110 --> 00:50:19.080
  • and my dad was always really into fishing, but kind of
  • 00:50:19.090 --> 00:50:21.270
  • my grandpa and I spent a lot of time just talking and waiting,
  • 00:50:21.280 --> 00:50:24.210
  • and he would drink coffee.
  • 00:50:24.220 --> 00:50:26.170
  • And and I would have Diet Coke.
  • 00:50:26.180 --> 00:50:28.030
  • And anyway, and I remember he said, "Read this book to me."
  • 00:50:28.040 --> 00:50:31.050
  • Because we were bored, you know?
  • 00:50:31.060 --> 00:50:32.230
  • This is my new book, and I'm looking at it,
  • 00:50:32.240 --> 00:50:34.050
  • "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:50:34.060 --> 00:50:35.130
  • And in my head, I'm thinking if it's going to be,
  • 00:50:35.140 --> 00:50:36.240
  • it's up to God, all right, you heretic.
  • 00:50:36.250 --> 00:50:39.040
  • You know, I'm like, take this book back.
  • 00:50:39.050 --> 00:50:41.040
  • This what I'm thinking in my head, but you know,
  • 00:50:41.050 --> 00:50:43.110
  • an incredible also respect and love for my grandpa.
  • 00:50:43.120 --> 00:50:45.090
  • So, I took this book and he goes,
  • 00:50:45.100 --> 00:50:47.200
  • "Read this book to me, read this title."
  • 00:50:47.210 --> 00:50:50.010
  • And I said, "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:50:50.020 --> 00:50:51.160
  • He goes, "No, read it, you know, with passion."
  • 00:50:51.170 --> 00:50:54.160
  • I said, "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:50:54.170 --> 00:50:57.150
  • He said, "No, with passion," you know?
  • 00:50:57.160 --> 00:51:00.200
  • Like, "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:51:00.210 --> 00:51:03.060
  • He's like, "No."
  • 00:51:03.070 --> 00:51:04.230
  • He's like really getting bothered by this.
  • 00:51:04.240 --> 00:51:06.270
  • He's like, "Like this, 'If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me.'"
  • 00:51:06.280 --> 00:51:16.110
  • And so like, at this point, I'm really trying to make fun
  • 00:51:16.120 --> 00:51:18.170
  • of him, so I actually do it like that times ten.
  • 00:51:18.180 --> 00:51:22.120
  • I go, and I hold the book, almost like I'm in Macbeth
  • 00:51:22.130 --> 00:51:24.050
  • or something like, "If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me."
  • 00:51:24.060 --> 00:51:32.190
  • You know, and finished with a smile.
  • 00:51:32.200 --> 00:51:35.020
  • And then the funniest thing is he goes,
  • 00:51:35.030 --> 00:51:36.270
  • "Yes, perfect, perfect."
  • 00:51:36.280 --> 00:51:40.140
  • And you know what really helped me though,
  • 00:51:40.150 --> 00:51:44.230
  • is I ended up taking that book home and I read it.
  • 00:51:44.240 --> 00:51:47.220
  • It was the first and only time I read one of my grandpa--
  • 00:51:47.230 --> 00:51:51.280
  • it was not the only time.
  • 00:51:51.290 --> 00:51:53.150
  • It was the first time I read one of my grandpa's books.
  • 00:51:53.160 --> 00:51:55.140
  • And it really helped me understand what he was doing.
  • 00:51:55.150 --> 00:52:00.270
  • He was trying to help people understand that God,
  • 00:52:00.280 --> 00:52:06.090
  • because of God, they can do anything, but that God
  • 00:52:06.100 --> 00:52:09.100
  • still required a choice.
  • 00:52:09.110 --> 00:52:12.270
  • God required of us courage, as defined by action.
  • 00:52:12.280 --> 00:52:19.030
  • And that was important.
  • 00:52:19.040 --> 00:52:20.250
  • Later on when we would spend a lot of time together,
  • 00:52:20.260 --> 00:52:22.210
  • I found out that he was actually a pretty deep theologian.
  • 00:52:22.220 --> 00:52:26.200
  • You know, he wrote a whole commentary
  • 00:52:26.210 --> 00:52:28.090
  • on Calvin's institutes of the Christian religion?
  • 00:52:28.100 --> 00:52:30.080
  • Which is like volumes and volumes.
  • 00:52:30.090 --> 00:52:32.090
  • I mean, he wrote a commentary on it.
  • 00:52:32.100 --> 00:52:33.280
  • I haven't even read it.
  • 00:52:33.290 --> 00:52:35.170
  • And I couldn't read it, it'd be take forever.
  • 00:52:35.180 --> 00:52:39.020
  • So, what I found is that he really wanted people to see,
  • 00:52:39.030 --> 00:52:42.250
  • everyday people, not theologians,
  • 00:52:42.260 --> 00:52:45.020
  • he wanted everyday people to understand that God loves people
  • 00:52:45.030 --> 00:52:49.030
  • who believe that anything is possible in their life,
  • 00:52:49.040 --> 00:52:52.080
  • and that they ought to take action and see in that action,
  • 00:52:52.090 --> 00:52:55.170
  • the great thing that God could do.
  • 00:52:55.180 --> 00:52:58.020
  • Later on I realized that for are those who are in covenant
  • 00:52:58.030 --> 00:53:01.030
  • with God, at this point, if it's going to be,
  • 00:53:01.040 --> 00:53:03.100
  • it really is up to me.
  • 00:53:03.110 --> 00:53:05.090
  • Let me ask you a question, if Bill Gates said to me,
  • 00:53:05.100 --> 00:53:08.140
  • "Bobby, I want to give you $10 million to build a new
  • 00:53:08.150 --> 00:53:13.010
  • children's center at your new campus."
  • 00:53:13.020 --> 00:53:15.150
  • You know, Bill Gates, you know?
  • 00:53:15.160 --> 00:53:17.050
  • "All you have to do is call my secretary, set up an appointment
  • 00:53:17.060 --> 00:53:20.030
  • with, for lunch with me, and I'm gonna bring the check,
  • 00:53:20.040 --> 00:53:22.050
  • and I'm gonna hand it to you."
  • 00:53:22.060 --> 00:53:23.270
  • At that point, who's it up to?
  • 00:53:23.280 --> 00:53:26.070
  • Is it up to Bill Gates, or is it up to me?
  • 00:53:26.080 --> 00:53:28.160
  • I mean, ultimately, it's up to Bill Gates but really
  • 00:53:28.170 --> 00:53:30.220
  • at that point, it's up to me.
  • 00:53:30.230 --> 00:53:32.220
  • All I have to do is make a phone call and go to lunch
  • 00:53:32.230 --> 00:53:35.240
  • with Bill Gates, and I will have a children's center.
  • 00:53:35.250 --> 00:53:39.020
  • And I think this is very, very true in many ways of our faith.
  • 00:53:39.030 --> 00:53:43.080
  • If it's going to be, it's up to you.
  • 00:53:43.090 --> 00:53:46.100
  • Take action today.
  • 00:53:46.110 --> 00:53:48.080
  • Take action today and see the great things that God
  • 00:53:48.090 --> 00:53:51.120
  • can do in your life.
  • 00:53:51.130 --> 00:53:53.030
  • Maybe today, you say, "Bobby, you don't understand, I can't.
  • 00:53:53.040 --> 00:53:54.270
  • All I've done is fail, fail, fail.
  • 00:53:54.280 --> 00:53:57.020
  • I'm exhausted. I don't have the energy."
  • 00:53:57.030 --> 00:53:59.260
  • Reminds me of the old parable.
  • 00:53:59.270 --> 00:54:02.230
  • They say that back in the day with circuses that when you
  • 00:54:02.240 --> 00:54:05.220
  • would raise a circus elephant from a baby, as a little baby,
  • 00:54:05.230 --> 00:54:08.290
  • they would, you know, put a stake in the ground and tie
  • 00:54:09.000 --> 00:54:11.080
  • a chain to that stake.
  • 00:54:11.090 --> 00:54:13.060
  • And as a baby, it can't pull it out.
  • 00:54:13.070 --> 00:54:15.000
  • But as the elephant grows, you know, elephants are some
  • 00:54:15.010 --> 00:54:17.010
  • of the strongest animals on the planet.
  • 00:54:17.020 --> 00:54:19.050
  • They can pull whole trees out by the roots.
  • 00:54:19.060 --> 00:54:22.210
  • But as they grow into adults, they feel just that little tug,
  • 00:54:22.220 --> 00:54:25.230
  • that little stop, and they sit down, and they give up.
  • 00:54:25.240 --> 00:54:29.070
  • I think many of us are like that in our hearts.
  • 00:54:29.080 --> 00:54:31.210
  • Maybe when we were younger when we didn't have the ability to do
  • 00:54:31.220 --> 00:54:34.090
  • some of the things we wanted to do, or maybe in our childhood,
  • 00:54:34.100 --> 00:54:36.240
  • we were just always told you can't do anything,
  • 00:54:36.250 --> 00:54:38.260
  • you're worthless, you can't achieve anything.
  • 00:54:38.270 --> 00:54:41.010
  • We feel this little tug, a little bit of resistance
  • 00:54:41.020 --> 00:54:42.270
  • and we give up.
  • 00:54:42.280 --> 00:54:44.260
  • But little do you know that God has given you everything you
  • 00:54:44.270 --> 00:54:46.220
  • need to do whatever you need to do in his name,
  • 00:54:46.230 --> 00:54:50.120
  • that like an elephant, you have this incredible strength inside
  • 00:54:50.130 --> 00:54:52.290
  • of you, but it won't be realized unless you take action.
  • 00:54:53.000 --> 00:54:57.070
  • Many of us say, "Bobby, you don't understand.
  • 00:54:57.080 --> 00:54:59.060
  • If I do this thing, if I, you know, try and reestablish
  • 00:54:59.070 --> 00:55:03.100
  • a, you know, relationship with my kids, or if I try
  • 00:55:03.110 --> 00:55:06.290
  • and confess something to a friend or a spouse,
  • 00:55:07.000 --> 00:55:10.090
  • you don't understand how messy things will be."
  • 00:55:10.100 --> 00:55:13.060
  • But I think that's also, you know,
  • 00:55:13.070 --> 00:55:15.050
  • important to understand that messy's okay too.
  • 00:55:15.060 --> 00:55:18.190
  • It's okay for things to be messy sometimes.
  • 00:55:18.200 --> 00:55:21.070
  • Whenever you spring clean your house,
  • 00:55:21.080 --> 00:55:23.060
  • everything gets messier before it gets cleaner, doesn't it?
  • 00:55:23.070 --> 00:55:25.260
  • You pull all the stuff out of the closets and other things,
  • 00:55:25.270 --> 00:55:28.180
  • and it looks like the house is dirtier, not cleaner,
  • 00:55:28.190 --> 00:55:31.070
  • but it's actually on its way to getting better.
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  • Proverbs 14:4 says, "Where there are no ox, the manger is clean.
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  • But from the strength of ox, comes abundant harvest."
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  • You know what he's saying, right?
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  • If you don't have ox, your barn is gonna be clean all the time,
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  • but you're not gonna have a harvest, that if you want
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  • to have a harvest, you have to be okay with dirty barns.
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  • Farmers get it, right? Right, farmers?
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  • You get it.
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  • And that's it. That's it.
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  • We have to be okay with messy.
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  • We have to be okay with rejection.
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  • We have to be okay with failure.
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  • And we have to learn that all of those things might be
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  • associated with action, but when we take action,
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  • because of what God's called us to do,
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  • we're gonna feel so, so glad we did.
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  • Father, we thank you, and we love you.
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  • Lord, we ask in Jesus's name that you would help us today.
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  • Maybe there's certain things in our life that have been
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  • on the sidelines, and we need to take action.
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  • Lord, I pray your Holy Spirit would just address and speak
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  • to those things to everyone under the sound of my voice.
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  • Help us, Lord, to understand what it is you
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  • want us to do next.
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  • Lord, we trust you, we love you.
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  • In Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
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  • Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
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  • Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
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  • Our grateful songs before thy throne arise
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby: Well, thank you for being here today
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  • and hope you leave feeling encouraged and full of life.
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  • And now, the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace.
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  • In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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