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God Loves You and So Do I

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June 29, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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God Loves You and So Do I

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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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  • Hannah Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made,
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  • and we will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning, church family.
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  • Bobby is on his way. He will be here soon.
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  • We're so grateful to have you here.
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  • We love you.
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  • You know, a few years ago I decided that I needed
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  • to memorize the Ten Commandments.
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  • I'm, like, you know, "I've been a Christian long enough,
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  • I should know these things."
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  • So I wrote them all out on a massive banner and I hung it on
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  • the back of the wall in our bedroom and one day I walked in.
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  • I saw Bobby just standing there, like, looking at them all, and
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  • he said, "Hannah, which one of these do you think Christians
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  • struggle with the most?"
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  • So I started looking at them.
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  • I thought, "Maybe it's idols.
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  • You know, it's easy to make things idols in our lives, and
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  • after studying them long enough, we say, "You know what?
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  • I think it's keeping a day of rest."
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  • I think Christians in the Western world really struggle
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  • with keeping that day of rest.
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  • And today Bobby is gonna be speaking on this,
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  • so it's a great day to be here.
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  • Thank you for coming. We love you.
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  • Would you join me in prayer?
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  • Lord Father, we worship you today, and we thank you for your
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  • goodness to us, Lord.
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  • Help us to be bold as Christians, Lord.
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  • Help us to protect our days of rest, Lord.
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  • We worship you and we give you this time.
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  • This time is for you and for your glory and your honor.
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  • And in your holy and powerful name we pray, 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: The words of Paul the apostle in Hebrews 4:9: "There
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  • remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for
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  • anyone who enters God's rest also rest from their works,
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  • just as God did from his.
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  • Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so
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  • that no one will perish by following their example of
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  • disobedience.
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  • For the word of God is alive and active.
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  • Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to
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  • dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the
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  • thoughts and attitude of the heart."
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  • Church family, rest is not a waste of time.
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  • God desires to meet us in places of rest, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • If I told you my story
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  • you would hear hope that wouldn't let go
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  • And if I told you my story
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  • you would hear love that never gave up
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  • And if I told you my story
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  • you would hear life, but it wasn't mine
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  • If I should speak, then let it be of the grace
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  • that is greater than all my sin
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  • of when justice was served and where mercy wins
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  • of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
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  • Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of him
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  • If I told you my story
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  • you would hear victory over the enemy
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  • And if I told you my story
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  • you would hear freedom that was won for me
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  • And if I told you my story
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  • you would hear life overcome the grave
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  • If I should speak, then let it be of the grace
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  • that is greater than all my sin
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  • of when justice was served and where mercy wins
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  • of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
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  • Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of him
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  • This is my story, this is my song
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  • Praising my Savior all the day long
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  • This is my story, this is my song
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  • Praising my Savior all the day long
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  • For the grace that is greater than all my sin
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  • of when justice was served and where mercy wins
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  • of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
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  • Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of the grace
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  • that is greater than all my sin
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  • of when justice was served and where mercy wins
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  • of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
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  • Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of him
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  • Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of him
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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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.
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:53.130
  • Today, with your generous gift of any size,
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:55.150
  • you can request Pastor Bobby's new book,
  • 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:57.250
  • "Change your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
  • 00:22:57.260 --> 00:23:00.100
  • plus the exclusive audio CD
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:02.190
  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind."
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:05.240
  • In this special companion CD, you'll hear prayers
  • 00:23:05.250 --> 00:23:08.200
  • in the Scriptures read by Bobby and Hannah.
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  • Call or go online today,
  • 00:23:11.130 --> 00:23:13.050
  • and for your generous gift of any size,
  • 00:23:13.060 --> 00:23:15.200
  • we'll send you Bobby's brand-new book
  • 00:23:15.210 --> 00:23:17.190
  • plus the exclusive audio disk,
  • 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:19.200
  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind,"
  • 00:23:19.210 --> 00:23:22.070
  • 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
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  • the power of changing our thoughts
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  • in order to change our lives.
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  • We know this is easier said that 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
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  • to understanding biblical keys that will
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  • not only transform the way you think,
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  • but the way you live.
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  • Request your copy
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  • of "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World."
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  • In fact, consider requesting multiple copies to give
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  • to those you know and love who need this message.
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  • 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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  • Bobby: One of the things that we do every patriotic or most
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  • patriotic weekends is we take a moment to say thank you
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  • to the men and women in the Armed Forces,
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  • and so today we have the Armed Forces Salute,
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  • which will be a montage of various hymns
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  • from the Departments of the Military and we're gonna ask
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  • that when your song comes on, that you stand during your song
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  • so we can all recognize you and thank you for all you've done.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you all for being here today.
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  • Let's say this creed together.
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  • Would you hold your hands out like this as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I 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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  • Okay, well, today we are continuing a series on my new
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  • book, "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
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  • in which we really are trying to teach and train ourselves
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  • to think differently.
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  • We believe that our circumstances are the result of
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  • our thinking, that if we want different circumstances in life
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  • we have to change our thinking.
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  • And today, one of the big changes we wanna talk about is
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  • the importance of investing in you, the importance of rest,
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  • of play, and of making sure you have time for you and God,
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  • time for you to recharge, time for you to grow,
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  • and to be a person, to be an individual.
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  • Those of you who have--who are parents of young children,
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  • you know it's easy to not feel like a person anymore, right?
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  • No, maybe, no, I feel that way all the time as a father
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  • of young kids.
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  • No, there are so many times when in our giving, in our helping,
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  • in our sharing, we forget that we need to have a full glass.
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  • And that God has given us, even commanded us, to Sabbath.
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  • Sabbath is not meant to be something that cripples us
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  • or something that should be legalistic.
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  • Jesus himself said, "God made Sabbath for people,
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  • not people for Sabbath," right?
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  • So very clearly, Sabbath is a gift for us.
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  • And so we're gonna talk about what's--how Sabbath informs the
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  • value of a human life and how we should make sure to always take
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  • time to invest in ourselves.
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  • You are worth investing in,
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  • you're worth growing and developing.
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  • So I wanna start with kind of an embarrassing story.
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  • Those of you who may or may not know, I love games.
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  • I love all sorts of games.
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  • I enjoy board games, chess is my favorite but I actually have
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  • to chill out with chess because I start to actually go crazy.
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  • I really do.
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  • Like, life becomes this thing and--I enjoy video games too.
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  • I always have.
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  • Lots of adult men like video games, all right,
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  • before you go off and--
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  • And I had this one game called "World--"
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  • This is so embarrassing.
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  • It's called "World of Warcraft," that I enjoyed immensely.
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  • It's hard to explain how much I enjoyed this video game,
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  • "World of Warcraft."
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  • It's one of the nerdiest things someone can do, but 10 million
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  • of us nerds gathered every day in a place called Azeroth online
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  • which is a grand, beautiful, you know, online world, very much
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  • like the Matrix where you go in and you create this character.
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  • You're this fake character, and you can, you know, you gain
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  • powers and you go on quests and it's actually a lot of fun.
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  • And people would ask, "How do you win the game?"
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  • And the answer is you don't win the game.
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  • You just live in the game.
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  • It's like going into the Matrix.
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  • It's a world full of games.
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  • Anyway, all of this to say that one of the most impressive
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  • things about this game, "World of Warcraft," is that not only
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  • is it probably at the time the most successful video game ever,
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  • but was also the most addictive game ever.
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  • Apparently, there are three people who died playing
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  • "World of Warcraft" because they were so into it they forgot
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  • to get food and water.
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  • You laugh.
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  • This is serious, this is serious stuff.
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  • 'Cause, as we all know, playing video games for days without
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  • sleeping is a very joyful life-giving thing to do.
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  • Just kidding.
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  • No, and one of the questions that emerged from it is why is
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  • "World of Warcraft" so addictive and why are a lot
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  • of these games so addictive?
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  • And one of the findings was that there is this innate human need
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  • for personal progress.
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  • This need to feel like I am making progress in my life and
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  • what a lot of games do that make them so addictive is give the
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  • person a sense that they're making progress.
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  • You level up, you get new weapons.
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  • I know I'm sounding dorky.
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  • I'm gonna move on pretty soon.
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  • But my point is simply to say that one thing I learned from
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  • this is that measurable progress is addictive.
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  • And it's addictive because we all want it.
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  • We wanna feel like we're growing.
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  • We wanna feel like we're further along now than we were
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  • a year ago.
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  • We wanna really feel like we're learning, we're achieving,
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  • that our life matters.
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  • And this is important, this is not a bad thing.
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  • It's not a bad thing to have a desire to learn.
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  • It's not a bad thing to have a desire to grow.
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  • It's not a bad thing to wanna go back to school or to, you know,
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  • excel at your job or to get a promotion.
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  • These are wonderful things that can help us really feel like
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  • we're making progress.
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  • But the thing I want you to hear today is that, yes, we are all
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  • to make measurable progress; yes, we all wanna grow, but the
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  • way that God measures progress and the right kind of progress
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  • is different than the way the world measures progress.
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  • The world measures progress by the outer life,
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  • but God measures progress by the inner life, obviously.
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  • You know, so much and we keep saying that so much of the outer
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  • life experience is a manifestation of the inner life
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  • of your character, of your work ethic, of your world view,
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  • of your values, of your intelligence, if you desire to
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  • learn and grow, of how amiable you are and how good
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  • you are with people.
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  • What we forget is though the world may look at you and say,
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  • "Oh, he's a doctor and he's rich.
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  • Or she's successful or she's been, you know, whatever,
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  • president or a--of a company or something like this.
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  • Those things are impressive to the world but to God what's
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  • impressive is to see your heart, is to see how you've changed.
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  • And I think on the long enough--on a long enough
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  • timeline we will see that our outer life will ultimately
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  • reflect our inner life.
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  • And then if you have a choice to measure your progress,
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  • measure what's happening in your heart, in your character.
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  • Are you growing in integrity? Are you smarter?
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  • Are you learning? Are you braver?
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  • Are you closer to God? And these things matter.
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  • Jesus, actually, in fact, teaches us to not pursue
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  • treasures on earth but treasures in, and I want everybody
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  • to say this, the heavens.
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  • So in the Bible, when God talks about treasures in heaven
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  • or the kingdom of heaven, it's-- in Greek it's actually plural.
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  • It's "the heavens, the kingdom of the heavens,
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  • treasures in the heavens.
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  • And this is important because when an English translator
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  • converts that word to heaven, they're imputing
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  • their own world view.
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  • So in America we view earth as here and heaven as up there
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  • where we go when we die, you know, if we do--
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  • if we trust our lives to the Lord.
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  • I was gonna make a joke about heaven, but then I backed off,
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  • so that's good.
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  • I'm--see, I'm making progress.
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  • We're all growing. We're all growing.
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  • So in Jesus's world view in the cosmology of that day,
  • 00:36:32.030 --> 00:36:37.050
  • heaven wasn't just a place I go to when I die.
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  • There were actually sort of three levels
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  • in the cosmology of heaven.
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  • There was the third heaven which Paul sort of oddly refers to in
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  • one of his letters, "I went--
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  • I had this experience when I went to the third heaven."
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  • That's the heaven we think it, right?
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  • Then there's the second heaven which is the sky and the stars
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  • and the dome, the firmament over earth which is how 1st century
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  • Jews would have viewed the world.
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  • But then there's the first heaven,
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  • which is the air around us.
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  • So that the same space of heaven where I go when I die is in many
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  • ways similar to the heaven I experience all around me.
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  • All this to simply say when Jesus talks about treasures in
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  • the heavens, everybody say, "treasures in the heavens."
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  • That sounds different than "treasures in heaven,"
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  • doesn't it?
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  • Because treasures in heaven when we think of it we think,
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  • "When I go to heaven, I'm gonna get, like, a report card
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  • and the better my grades, the bigger my pile of gold
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  • and I'm gonna have, like, a mansion and a Ferrari,
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  • and I'm gonna breathe underwater.
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  • All of that is hogwash.
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  • When Jesus is talking about treasures in heavens, he's
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  • talking about treasure you can access now from heaven.
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  • It'd be like saying, "Putting money in the bank."
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  • You don't--if you put money in the bank, you don't actually
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  • take cash anymore and bring, like, a wad of cash to the
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  • teller and then they put it in, like, a vault and then you gotta
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  • go back to the vault and, like, take out your money.
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  • No, that's not how it works, is it?
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  • Most of us get a direct deposit from our job.
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  • We don't even technically see the money, and then we access
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  • the money today, here and now, through cards and checks
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  • and things like that.
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  • This is very much how treasures in heaven are.
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  • It is spiritual treasures that cannot rust or--
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  • I know this is very philosophical.
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  • Just stay with me. You're gonna like this.
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  • There are treasures we access now,
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  • that it's not just something we get when we die.
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  • It affects our lives today.
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  • So a great heavenly treasure that is so obvious
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  • is wisdom, right?
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  • Wisdom.
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  • It's something no one can take from you.
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  • It's something you'll always have: education,
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  • it's something nobody can take from you.
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  • It's something you'll always have.
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  • Integrity, character, favor from God, faith.
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  • These are heavenly treasures that not only affect our lives
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  • when we die but they affect our lives now.
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  • This is important because Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount makes
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  • it so important that we make sure so much of our life
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  • is storing up treasures in the heavens.
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  • The way I interpret this means spending time with the Lord and
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  • growing as a person, to not feel guilty or to not feel like it's
  • 00:39:20.000 --> 00:39:24.160
  • selfish to learn to grow and to wanna make personal progress.
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  • That quite the opposite, that God really wants us to grow
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  • as people, not only in our character but in how we think
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  • and how we deal in the world around us.
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  • And gosh, there has never been a better time
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  • to grow personally, has there?
  • 00:39:41.010 --> 00:39:42.280
  • I mean, there are so many--there are a lot of negative and bad
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  • things out there but think about all the availability you have
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  • through the Internet to information and YouTube videos
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  • and all sorts of exchanges of ideas.
  • 00:39:52.140 --> 00:39:55.120
  • It's an amazing time to be alive and to grow and to learn.
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  • Isn't that awesome?
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  • And we're just thankful to God that we get to live in such a
  • 00:40:01.130 --> 00:40:03.080
  • time like this, that such a vast body of knowledge is available
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  • to anyone who wants it.
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  • And so today I want to encourage you.
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  • The message today is "Invest In You."
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  • Learn that when you invest in yourself, in personal growth,
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  • God's way, in your character, in faith, in knowledge,
  • 00:40:20.090 --> 00:40:24.060
  • that it will reap a harvest the rest of your life.
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  • You don't have to feel guilty about having some you time.
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  • You don't have to feel guilty about taking a break.
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  • You don't have to feel guilty that you need some time away
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  • from your kids or your spouse or your best friend.
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  • It's okay to say no sometimes to people you love
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  • so you can have some you time.
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  • Can I get an "Amen" from anybody who feels exhausted sometimes?
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  • Disciples of Jesus should not feel exhausted all the time.
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  • We should be recharging our battery so that we can be
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  • everything God has called us to be.
  • 00:40:56.170 --> 00:40:59.290
  • Now, in the Jewish history, this is key to who they are as a
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  • people and it's located squarely in the Shabbat, in Sabbath.
  • 00:41:04.040 --> 00:41:09.100
  • That, for Jews, one day a week is always dedicated to not doing
  • 00:41:09.110 --> 00:41:14.060
  • any work, not doing any trade, and resting and learning.
  • 00:41:14.070 --> 00:41:18.000
  • Learning is a big part of it, that you gather in the synagogue
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  • and that you study the Torah and that children and women and
  • 00:41:21.010 --> 00:41:24.290
  • everybody, even back then, were invited to teach and learn and
  • 00:41:25.000 --> 00:41:28.290
  • grow in the Word of God and to contribute to the body of
  • 00:41:29.000 --> 00:41:32.220
  • knowledge from that community.
  • 00:41:32.230 --> 00:41:35.260
  • I think it's so funny because, you know, when Jews started
  • 00:41:35.270 --> 00:41:38.260
  • doing this there were very few groups, at least in the Orient,
  • 00:41:38.270 --> 00:41:42.290
  • that really had a day off like this.
  • 00:41:43.000 --> 00:41:45.240
  • Most people in the Roman Empire, for example, worked every day.
  • 00:41:45.250 --> 00:41:48.270
  • And so this really caused the Jewish people to stand out and
  • 00:41:48.280 --> 00:41:52.150
  • to be different when a guy would go down to the Jewish shoemaker
  • 00:41:52.160 --> 00:41:55.260
  • and want his shoes fixed and there's a sign on the door:
  • 00:41:55.270 --> 00:41:58.080
  • "Sorry, I got the day off."
  • 00:41:58.090 --> 00:41:59.210
  • That was weird back then.
  • 00:41:59.220 --> 00:42:01.240
  • That was totally foreign and it made them stand out
  • 00:42:01.250 --> 00:42:04.070
  • and, in fact, probably annoyed some people.
  • 00:42:04.080 --> 00:42:06.290
  • But I believe is one of the many reasons why the Jewish people
  • 00:42:07.000 --> 00:42:09.260
  • have throughout history been so successful, is they learned
  • 00:42:09.270 --> 00:42:13.070
  • that work comes out of rest.
  • 00:42:13.080 --> 00:42:15.250
  • That good decisions come out of learning and growing.
  • 00:42:15.260 --> 00:42:20.180
  • So, in fact, this fits squarely in the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:42:20.190 --> 00:42:23.120
  • I think it's very funny how many people,
  • 00:42:23.130 --> 00:42:25.130
  • especially in L.A. and southern California,
  • 00:42:25.140 --> 00:42:27.120
  • as a pastor I talk to people, and they say,
  • 00:42:27.130 --> 00:42:29.250
  • "What do you do for a living?"
  • 00:42:29.260 --> 00:42:31.090
  • And I say, "I'm a pastor," and they--I hear this a lot:
  • 00:42:31.100 --> 00:42:33.100
  • "I'm not religious.
  • 00:42:33.110 --> 00:42:35.030
  • I'm just spiritual.
  • 00:42:35.040 --> 00:42:36.260
  • I just follow the Ten Commandments."
  • 00:42:36.270 --> 00:42:38.120
  • And I hear this all the time.
  • 00:42:38.130 --> 00:42:40.000
  • I think, "You don't follow the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:42:40.010 --> 00:42:41.220
  • That just means you don't murder.
  • 00:42:41.230 --> 00:42:43.090
  • You follow one of the Ten Commandments.
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  • Congratulations. Such a moral person."
  • 00:42:44.290 --> 00:42:49.270
  • I remember once when I was working with a TV crew in L.A.
  • 00:42:49.280 --> 00:42:52.290
  • and, you know, it was L.A., L.A., you know, we were working
  • 00:42:53.000 --> 00:42:56.180
  • on a secular television show and the executive producer was
  • 00:42:56.190 --> 00:42:59.130
  • a pretty good friend of mine and we were talking about religion,
  • 00:42:59.140 --> 00:43:02.120
  • and he grew up Catholic, was not religious anymore.
  • 00:43:02.130 --> 00:43:04.140
  • And he said this exact thing, you know,
  • 00:43:04.150 --> 00:43:06.070
  • "I love the Ten Commandments."
  • 00:43:06.080 --> 00:43:07.290
  • We were at this big meal with the cast and crew.
  • 00:43:08.000 --> 00:43:09.180
  • There was probably 20 of us there.
  • 00:43:09.190 --> 00:43:11.050
  • And I said--he goes--we started having this religious
  • 00:43:11.060 --> 00:43:13.100
  • conversation only probably 'cause I was there and they--
  • 00:43:13.110 --> 00:43:16.080
  • I was making him feel awkward, probably, but he said,
  • 00:43:16.090 --> 00:43:19.230
  • "I just follow the Ten Commandments."
  • 00:43:19.240 --> 00:43:21.230
  • And everybody sort of nods and I says,
  • 00:43:21.240 --> 00:43:23.190
  • "Yeah, I mean, that's amazing."
  • 00:43:23.200 --> 00:43:25.050
  • I said, "If you guys are following the Ten Commandments
  • 00:43:25.060 --> 00:43:27.190
  • you're like 99% of the way, congratulations."
  • 00:43:27.200 --> 00:43:32.040
  • And then they're, like, "Oh, thank you."
  • 00:43:32.050 --> 00:43:33.260
  • And I go, "What are the Ten Commandments?"
  • 00:43:33.270 --> 00:43:36.140
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:43:36.150 --> 00:43:42.010
  • And this guy started-- he's, like--
  • 00:43:42.020 --> 00:43:44.010
  • everybody erupted in laughter,
  • 00:43:44.020 --> 00:43:45.180
  • the way you did because no one at the table could name,
  • 00:43:45.190 --> 00:43:48.180
  • like, six accurately, let alone ten.
  • 00:43:48.190 --> 00:43:51.150
  • In fact, they named two right and one wrong
  • 00:43:51.160 --> 00:43:54.040
  • and then they just, like, gave up and it became a game.
  • 00:43:54.050 --> 00:43:56.140
  • People were going up.
  • 00:43:56.150 --> 00:43:58.030
  • The most popular wrong one was,
  • 00:43:58.040 --> 00:43:59.160
  • "Thou shalt not commit immorality."
  • 00:43:59.170 --> 00:44:04.000
  • "Thou shalt not do bad stuff," Commandment 9.
  • 00:44:04.010 --> 00:44:10.250
  • So I look at all and I said, "Do you honor God as your only god?
  • 00:44:10.260 --> 00:44:14.140
  • Do you honor the Sabbath?
  • 00:44:14.150 --> 00:44:16.090
  • Do you honor your father and your mother?"
  • 00:44:16.100 --> 00:44:19.040
  • These are some commandments that are not very popular, you see.
  • 00:44:19.050 --> 00:44:22.000
  • And so I don't mean that to be judgmental at all, you know.
  • 00:44:22.010 --> 00:44:27.090
  • I mean it simply to say that God wanted his people, his covenant
  • 00:44:27.100 --> 00:44:32.010
  • people, to set aside a day not just to honor God and that to
  • 00:44:32.020 --> 00:44:36.140
  • honor the Sabbath means in many ways to not just honor the value
  • 00:44:36.150 --> 00:44:40.100
  • of God but honor the value of a human being.
  • 00:44:40.110 --> 00:44:43.250
  • That a human being is not a slave, that a human being
  • 00:44:43.260 --> 00:44:47.080
  • is not a machine.
  • 00:44:47.090 --> 00:44:48.280
  • It's a living person with a soul and a heart and emotions that
  • 00:44:48.290 --> 00:44:52.020
  • needs to play and rest and enjoy life, not just work.
  • 00:44:52.030 --> 00:44:56.220
  • And it's so important that in a very industrious,
  • 00:44:56.230 --> 00:44:59.210
  • achievement-oriented place like the United States, we need to
  • 00:44:59.220 --> 00:45:03.040
  • regain some of this idea of what Sabbath means for us.
  • 00:45:03.050 --> 00:45:08.080
  • And so I was really trying to get across what Sabbath means--
  • 00:45:08.090 --> 00:45:10.210
  • and this is Bobby language, okay?
  • 00:45:10.220 --> 00:45:12.130
  • This is not pulled from a theological dictionary.
  • 00:45:12.140 --> 00:45:14.170
  • But to honor the Sabbath means to pray, you know, to pray to
  • 00:45:14.180 --> 00:45:18.280
  • God, to spend time communing, to play, to do things that are
  • 00:45:18.290 --> 00:45:22.050
  • joyful and fun, that are not work-oriented at all, to learn,
  • 00:45:22.060 --> 00:45:26.290
  • particularly to learn the Bible, to gather around God's Word.
  • 00:45:27.000 --> 00:45:30.170
  • And instead of putting rest I used a new word
  • 00:45:30.180 --> 00:45:32.200
  • because I think we need some fresh language.
  • 00:45:32.210 --> 00:45:35.100
  • To chill. To just chill.
  • 00:45:35.110 --> 00:45:38.280
  • Now, I think when I wrote this out, chill,
  • 00:45:38.290 --> 00:45:41.100
  • that is what God wants us to do.
  • 00:45:41.110 --> 00:45:43.080
  • There's an inner rest too and it's not that I'm just not
  • 00:45:43.090 --> 00:45:46.050
  • working, but that I take a day to just, like, you know,
  • 00:45:46.060 --> 00:45:49.000
  • it's that feeling you get if you were, like, sitting on a porch
  • 00:45:49.010 --> 00:45:51.120
  • in a rocking chair with a glass of iced tea.
  • 00:45:51.130 --> 00:45:53.260
  • You're just chilled, you're not worried about everything,
  • 00:45:53.270 --> 00:45:56.130
  • you're not worried about work.
  • 00:45:56.140 --> 00:45:58.060
  • You take a mental and soul break from all your worries and you
  • 00:45:58.070 --> 00:46:01.080
  • just chill because you can just trust it to the Lord.
  • 00:46:01.090 --> 00:46:04.190
  • So to Sabbath means to pray, to play, to learn, and to--
  • 00:46:04.200 --> 00:46:09.150
  • just chill, guys, just chill.
  • 00:46:09.160 --> 00:46:11.270
  • And that's what we wanna do. We wanna regain some of this.
  • 00:46:11.280 --> 00:46:14.200
  • This was in a--and this is who-- the author of Hebrews.
  • 00:46:14.210 --> 00:46:18.200
  • We don't know who the author was and could have been a woman,
  • 00:46:18.210 --> 00:46:22.060
  • by the way.
  • 00:46:22.070 --> 00:46:24.040
  • And I really hope it was but, anyway, the author says:
  • 00:46:24.050 --> 00:46:27.070
  • "There remains, then, a Sabbath--"
  • 00:46:27.080 --> 00:46:29.170
  • So this is New Testament, okay? This is not Old Testament.
  • 00:46:29.180 --> 00:46:32.180
  • "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest
  • 00:46:32.190 --> 00:46:34.230
  • for the people of God."
  • 00:46:34.240 --> 00:46:36.120
  • So what he or she is talking about in this book by the way
  • 00:46:36.130 --> 00:46:39.230
  • is this promise that God's people shall enter his rest.
  • 00:46:39.240 --> 00:46:44.250
  • And that doesn't mean death.
  • 00:46:44.260 --> 00:46:46.260
  • It means that there will be--
  • 00:46:46.270 --> 00:46:49.050
  • it's the opposite of restlessness.
  • 00:46:49.060 --> 00:46:51.030
  • That those who are cursed will never enter God's rest.
  • 00:46:51.040 --> 00:46:53.250
  • They'll always be restless and anxious and worried.
  • 00:46:53.260 --> 00:46:57.030
  • Even when they're not fighting, they'll be afraid.
  • 00:46:57.040 --> 00:46:59.190
  • But that those who honor the Sabbath will enter God's rest
  • 00:46:59.200 --> 00:47:02.160
  • which has this bigger arching thing to it that they'll have
  • 00:47:02.170 --> 00:47:06.160
  • a relaxed, restful peace of mind in life and in their society
  • 00:47:06.170 --> 00:47:12.190
  • and how they treat one another.
  • 00:47:12.200 --> 00:47:14.130
  • Imagine how that would affect our political dialogues,
  • 00:47:14.140 --> 00:47:17.190
  • our religious dialogues, if everybody would just chill.
  • 00:47:17.200 --> 00:47:20.040
  • That would help.
  • 00:47:20.050 --> 00:47:21.230
  • male: Amen.
  • 00:47:21.240 --> 00:47:23.140
  • Bobby: Amen, thank you. Everyone just needs to chill.
  • 00:47:23.150 --> 00:47:25.250
  • Everyone, okay, anyway.
  • 00:47:25.260 --> 00:47:28.150
  • So there--so then talking about this promise of entering God's
  • 00:47:28.160 --> 00:47:31.190
  • rest, this author says: "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest
  • 00:47:31.200 --> 00:47:37.030
  • for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest
  • 00:47:37.040 --> 00:47:43.010
  • also rests from their works, just as God did from his."
  • 00:47:43.020 --> 00:47:48.070
  • That's a big part of the Jewish thing.
  • 00:47:48.080 --> 00:47:50.060
  • It's like to never rest is to be, like,
  • 00:47:50.070 --> 00:47:52.060
  • "I'm tougher than God," because even God rested.
  • 00:47:52.070 --> 00:47:55.220
  • This is a big part of the Jewish narrative.
  • 00:47:55.230 --> 00:47:58.280
  • "Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest,
  • 00:47:58.290 --> 00:48:03.150
  • so that no one will perish by following that example
  • 00:48:03.160 --> 00:48:07.170
  • of disobedience."
  • 00:48:07.180 --> 00:48:09.200
  • And then, "For the word of God is alive and active.
  • 00:48:09.210 --> 00:48:14.110
  • Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even
  • 00:48:14.120 --> 00:48:17.220
  • to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
  • 00:48:17.230 --> 00:48:21.060
  • it judges the thoughts and attributes of the heart."
  • 00:48:21.070 --> 00:48:25.160
  • So that the reason he or she finishes with this is because
  • 00:48:25.170 --> 00:48:30.080
  • part of that Sabbath-rest should be studying God's Word.
  • 00:48:30.090 --> 00:48:33.270
  • So there should be or you could be--think of it even that way.
  • 00:48:33.280 --> 00:48:37.280
  • There could be in your life some time where one day a week
  • 00:48:37.290 --> 00:48:42.280
  • you just decide, "I'm not gonna answer the phone.
  • 00:48:42.290 --> 00:48:46.270
  • I'm not gonna respond to emails.
  • 00:48:46.280 --> 00:48:49.280
  • I'm going to bond deeply with my friends and family or I'm gonna
  • 00:48:49.290 --> 00:48:53.120
  • have a day to myself to just be with God, to pray
  • 00:48:53.130 --> 00:48:57.070
  • and to sit quietly and to do what I wanna do.
  • 00:48:57.080 --> 00:49:01.190
  • And I'm not gonna just spend it, you know, watching TV,"
  • 00:49:01.200 --> 00:49:04.080
  • unless it's the "Hour of Power," a running gag.
  • 00:49:04.090 --> 00:49:08.170
  • "But I'm going to enjoy, you know, this day in a way that God
  • 00:49:08.180 --> 00:49:12.260
  • has called me do so I can feel like I'm growing
  • 00:49:12.270 --> 00:49:16.060
  • and making progress personally in my life."
  • 00:49:16.070 --> 00:49:20.020
  • So don't feel guilty for having a time or having a day
  • 00:49:20.030 --> 00:49:24.060
  • set apart for you.
  • 00:49:24.070 --> 00:49:26.200
  • And you deserve it. You deserve a break.
  • 00:49:26.210 --> 00:49:30.040
  • You deserve rest.
  • 00:49:30.050 --> 00:49:32.050
  • And God just can't wait to spend some time with you.
  • 00:49:32.060 --> 00:49:35.280
  • I remember once when Hannah and I went on a vacation.
  • 00:49:35.290 --> 00:49:39.190
  • I remember that for so long I was--we were both just frazzled
  • 00:49:39.200 --> 00:49:44.010
  • for days because I had to get the rental car and then I had
  • 00:49:44.020 --> 00:49:46.070
  • to get my luggage and then we had to check into the thing
  • 00:49:46.080 --> 00:49:48.190
  • and we had to go here, and I really was, like,
  • 00:49:48.200 --> 00:49:51.160
  • hurrying up to rest.
  • 00:49:51.170 --> 00:49:54.090
  • And I remember thinking for so long, "I need a vacation.
  • 00:49:54.100 --> 00:49:58.130
  • I need to get out of this place I'm in and I need a vacation."
  • 00:49:58.140 --> 00:50:02.140
  • And I think I started to realize if I need a vacation all
  • 00:50:02.150 --> 00:50:05.120
  • the time, something in my normal life needs to change.
  • 00:50:05.130 --> 00:50:08.250
  • Vacations are great.
  • 00:50:08.260 --> 00:50:10.170
  • If anything, this message is about take a vacation.
  • 00:50:10.180 --> 00:50:13.040
  • But if every single day we're, like, "I won't be happy til I
  • 00:50:13.050 --> 00:50:16.100
  • have a vacation," we probably need to rethink how we're living
  • 00:50:16.110 --> 00:50:21.110
  • our life to make sure that we have some time to grow
  • 00:50:21.120 --> 00:50:25.060
  • personally, to pray, to play, to learn, and to chill.
  • 00:50:25.070 --> 00:50:32.020
  • Just chill.
  • 00:50:32.030 --> 00:50:34.070
  • [laughing]
  • 00:50:34.080 --> 00:50:35.290
  • It's interesting because there is a skit that my sister
  • 00:50:36.000 --> 00:50:38.180
  • Brittany sent me on "SNL" with Adam Sandler where he has this
  • 00:50:38.190 --> 00:50:42.190
  • thing called Romano Tours and it's a commercial, and he starts
  • 00:50:42.200 --> 00:50:45.190
  • talking about all these great things that you do in Italy and
  • 00:50:45.200 --> 00:50:47.230
  • he's, like, "But I wanna warn you if you're sad at home,
  • 00:50:47.240 --> 00:50:52.080
  • you will be sad in Italy."
  • 00:50:52.090 --> 00:50:56.010
  • And he just keeps going.
  • 00:50:56.020 --> 00:50:57.210
  • He's, like, "If your marriage isn't working at home,
  • 00:50:57.220 --> 00:51:00.270
  • it's not gonna start working when you're in It'ly."
  • 00:51:00.280 --> 00:51:05.040
  • He's, like, "I wanna remind you that I can take you on a hike
  • 00:51:05.050 --> 00:51:08.280
  • but we can't make you a person who likes hiking.
  • 00:51:08.290 --> 00:51:13.160
  • I can take you to the beach but I can't make you a person
  • 00:51:13.170 --> 00:51:17.200
  • who all of a sudden looks good in a swimming suit."
  • 00:51:17.210 --> 00:51:21.110
  • And it just goes on and on, you know?
  • 00:51:21.120 --> 00:51:24.270
  • And it really strikes it home because I feel like so many of
  • 00:51:24.280 --> 00:51:27.160
  • us just begin to fantasize in our work and other things
  • 00:51:27.170 --> 00:51:30.270
  • about some other life I'll have someday.
  • 00:51:30.280 --> 00:51:33.270
  • And I guess my encouragement to you is this.
  • 00:51:33.280 --> 00:51:36.100
  • You have all the power, everything you need, today,
  • 00:51:36.110 --> 00:51:40.150
  • to have the kind of life you want right now.
  • 00:51:40.160 --> 00:51:43.170
  • Because the kind of life you want doesn't require more money,
  • 00:51:43.180 --> 00:51:47.050
  • it doesn't require more of the things that you think.
  • 00:51:47.060 --> 00:51:50.020
  • I find so often that when people finally get more money
  • 00:51:50.030 --> 00:51:52.140
  • or finally get retirement or finally get a vacation,
  • 00:51:52.150 --> 00:51:55.060
  • they carry into that place, the restlessness, anxiety, fear,
  • 00:51:55.070 --> 00:51:59.270
  • worry, anger, that they didn't deal with when they were
  • 00:51:59.280 --> 00:52:03.190
  • in the valley.
  • 00:52:03.200 --> 00:52:05.180
  • This is so, so important. This is not a judgment.
  • 00:52:05.190 --> 00:52:07.280
  • It's to say that I just want--I feel like the Lord wants to tell
  • 00:52:07.290 --> 00:52:10.270
  • you that you can find rest, joy, life,
  • 00:52:10.280 --> 00:52:14.150
  • wherever you are right now.
  • 00:52:14.160 --> 00:52:17.080
  • I think many of us, we have this Monday lens of life.
  • 00:52:17.090 --> 00:52:20.230
  • How many of you know what the first day of the week is?
  • 00:52:20.240 --> 00:52:23.210
  • Just say it.
  • 00:52:23.220 --> 00:52:25.200
  • Okay, we've trained you. We've trained you, okay?
  • 00:52:25.210 --> 00:52:27.270
  • But if you were to go--most people would say,
  • 00:52:27.280 --> 00:52:29.240
  • "Monday is the first day of the week."
  • 00:52:29.250 --> 00:52:31.190
  • But when you look on every calendar on earth, the first day
  • 00:52:31.200 --> 00:52:35.030
  • of the week is Sunday.
  • 00:52:35.040 --> 00:52:37.070
  • Sunday is the beginning of the week, the day of the sun.
  • 00:52:37.080 --> 00:52:40.210
  • And Monday is the second day, the day of the moon, right?
  • 00:52:40.220 --> 00:52:43.180
  • So you begin with Sunday and this is also, even though it's a
  • 00:52:43.190 --> 00:52:47.040
  • Christian way of doing the week, you know, Judaism,
  • 00:52:47.050 --> 00:52:51.000
  • everything begins with dark to light, rest to work, so, like,
  • 00:52:51.010 --> 00:52:55.110
  • Sabbath isn't all day Saturday.
  • 00:52:55.120 --> 00:52:57.110
  • It's actually Friday night and Saturday morning because
  • 00:52:57.120 --> 00:53:00.140
  • for Jewish people a day begins when the sun goes down.
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  • A week--and then for us, as Christians, we carry that over.
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  • A week begins, not with work but with rest.
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  • So even though it's such an important mental thing that on
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  • Sunday or any day of the week, it doesn't have to be Sunday but
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  • for most people, it's Sunday, the beginning of the week
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  • we rest, we play, we put our families first.
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  • We put our rest first.
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  • We put our personal growth and all of these things first.
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  • It's so important.
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  • And then there's so much more joy in life, in the job,
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  • that maybe we would normally kind of hate.
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  • Many people feel guilty investing in themselves, doing
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  • things to grow personally, but I wanna--
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  • I want you to inherit a new thought.
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  • The thought to inherit is this: "Investing in myself is one
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  • of the best ways to invest in the people I love."
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  • This was a revelation that Hannah had that I think a lot of
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  • parents can deal with or anybody who's feeling really busy,
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  • serving all the time, this idea that resting, that investing,
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  • all of these things, in myself is one of the best ways
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  • to invest in the people I love.
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  • One time, I heard a great interview from Sara Blakely,
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  • who is the founder and CEO of Spanx.
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  • Now, if you don't know what Spanx are, don't google it,
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  • just trust me.
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  • Spanx are this thing that you wear that just
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  • kind of keeps everything in.
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  • I don't know how--only--I think only women wear them, right?
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  • Maybe not. Maybe everybody wears them.
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  • Maybe I'm wearing them. I won't tell you.
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  • But anyway, she's an incredibly successful businessperson
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  • and they were asking her advice on--she's a multibillionaire.
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  • They were asking her advice, financial advice,
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  • on how to do well financially.
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  • And she's, like, you know, "People are gonna tell you do
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  • all this and that with your money," but she says,
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  • "the main thing is to invest in yourself."
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  • And she says, quote, "We spend a lot of money in our culture
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  • on entertainment but we spend very little money
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  • on the inner work of ourself.
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  • That's an investment that ends up reaping benefits
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  • for the rest of your life."
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  • I know she's talking about financial things.
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  • I think this idea exceeds--it's very similar to what I think
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  • Jesus is getting in in the Sermon on the Mount
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  • when he says, "Store away treasures in heaven."
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  • Because those treasures, wisdom, knowledge, personal growth,
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  • time with your family, these are things that are going to--
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  • these kinds of memories, experiences, and progress,
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  • they're going to affect you the rest of your life.
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  • Living as a disciple of Jesus is like breathing.
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  • You can't just exhale all the time.
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  • You have to inhale too.
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  • I think a lot of the ministry, the service, and the things
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  • we do, that's like exhaling.
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  • But you can't do that all the time, you run out of breath.
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  • You also have to take time between you and the Lord,
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  • time to read, time to grow, or to take a class
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  • and to just inhale like this.
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  • Technologically, we're at a crazy time and our bodies
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  • are not agreeing with it.
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  • You know, it used to be, before cell phones,
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  • that boredom was a hard thing to fix.
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  • But now we have our phones.
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  • The average person looks at their phones 120 times a day.
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  • So anytime we feel bored, we reach for our phones.
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  • It's nothing to feel guilty about, except to say that before
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  • phones, in our biology, boredom was a good thing that caused us
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  • to reflect on our life, to think about our relationships,
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  • and to activate us to do things that would
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  • cause us to grow personally.
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  • And so I wanna encourage you to do things like read like crazy.
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  • Just read, non-fiction especially,
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  • just read all the time.
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  • Enjoy reading.
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  • Don't read books that are boring to you.
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  • If a book is boring, the first couple of chapters,
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  • just toss it away, unless it's my new book,
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  • and which you should keep-- stay with it.
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  • Stay with it.
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  • You'll--
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  • Make time for God.
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  • Make time to pray every day.
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  • If you're worried about something, pray about it.
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  • Stop trying to handle it on your own.
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  • Maybe you need to take a class.
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  • Maybe that's gonna be a great way for you to meet some new
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  • people is through some class that you wanna enroll in.
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  • Whatever it is, I want you to understand that you are worth
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  • investing in, that you can't just give all the time, that you
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  • can't just be a thirsty person spraying down people with water,
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  • but God wants you to be overflowing with joy
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  • and life and goodness.
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  • So let's do it.
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  • Father, we thank you and we thank you that you love us, that
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  • you've given us Sabbath rest and that that Sabbath rest is a
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  • symbol of something even greater that you don't want us
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  • to lose our humanity in our work and our worries.
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  • Lord, help us to continue to grow and to feel like we're
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  • making progress in our life.
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  • Show us what's something we can do next in our lives.
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  • We love you so much and it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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