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Grace is Looking for You

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July 23, 2019
27:30

Joel Osteen

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • IT'S ALWAYS A JOY TO COME INTO
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  • YOUR HOMES.
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  • IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR AREA
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  • PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART
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  • OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. BUT THANKS
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  • SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN. THANK
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  • YOU AGAIN FOR COMING OUT.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY.
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  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS MAN.
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  • HE WAS IN A DARK RESTAURANT.
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  • HE SAID TO THE LADY SITTING NEXT
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  • TO HIM, "WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR
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  • A BLONDE JOKE?"
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  • SHE SAID, "WELL, BEFORE YOU TELL
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  • ME YOU SHOULD KNOW I'M BLONDE,
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  • SIX FOOT TALL AND A PROFESSIONAL
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  • BODYBUILDER.
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  • THE LADY NEXT TO ME IS BLONDE,
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  • SIX FOOT TWO AND A PROFESSIONAL
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  • WRESTLER.
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  • AND THE LADY NEXT TO HER IS
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  • BLONDE, SIX FOOT FIVE AND
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  • THE KICKBOXING CHAMPION
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  • OF THE WORLD.
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  • NOW DO YOU STILL WANT TO TELL
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  • ME?"
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  • HE THOUGHT ABOUT IT A MOMENT AND
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  • SAID, "NO, NOT IF I'M GOING TO
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  • HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT THREE TIMES."
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  • (LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE)
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  • HELP ME, JESUS. GIVE ME A RIDE
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  • HOME TODAY. (LAUGHTER)
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT
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  • THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS:
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  • MY MIND IS ALERT.
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  • MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME. GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
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  • ABOUT HOW GRACE IS LOOKING FOR
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  • YOU.
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  • SO OFTEN WE THINK THAT GOD IS
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  • ONLY INTERESTED IN THE "GOOD
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  • PEOPLE," THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE
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  • IT ALL TOGETHER, PEOPLE THAT
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  • NEVER MAKE MISTAKES, NEVER
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  • GIVE INTO TEMPTATION.
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  • IF YOUR PERFORMANCE IS GOOD
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  • ENOUGH THEN YOU CAN EXPECT
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  • GOD'S GOODNESS.
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  • BUT IF YOU EVER GET OFF COURSE,
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  • IF YOU EVER FAIL, YOU EVER HAVE
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  • DOUBTS, GOD SAYS, "TOO BAD.
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  • IT'S YOUR FAULT. IF YOU DON'T
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  • WANT ME, I WILL LEAVE YOU
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  • ALONE. I WON'T BOTHER YOU."
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  • THE TRUTH IS, IT'S JUST THE
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  • OPPOSITE.
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  • WHEN YOU BLOW IT GOD,
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  • DOESN'T TURN AWAY FROM YOU.
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  • HE TURNS TO YOU.
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  • HIS GRACE COMES LOOKING FOR YOU.
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  • WHEN YOU HAVE DOUBTS GOD DOESN'T
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  • SAY, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?
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  • YOU NEED TO HAVE MORE FAITH."
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  • NO, GOD WILL EVEN PASS OVER
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  • PEOPLE WITH FAITH AND COME TO
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  • YOU, THE ONE THAT HAS DOUBTS.
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  • JESUS TOLD A PARABLE ABOUT A
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  • SHEPHERD THAT HAD A HUNDRED
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  • SHEEP BUT ONE OF THEM WENT
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  • ASTRAY.
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  • THE SHEPHERD LEFT THE 99 AND
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  • WENT LOOKING FOR THE ONE.
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  • WHAT WAS THAT?
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  • GRACE CAME LOOKING.
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  • BUT WE TEND TO WRITE PEOPLE OFF
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  • AND THINK, "GOD WOULDN'T HAVE
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  • ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM.
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  • JOEL, THEY MAKE FUN OF ME FOR
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  • COMING TO CHURCH. SHE'S LIVING
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  • THE WRONG KIND OF LIFE.
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  • HE'S OUT THERE ON DRUGS."
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  • NO, DO YOU REALIZE THAT OVER
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  • HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS
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  • WRITTEN BY A MAN THAT AT ONE
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  • TIME HATED BELIEVERS?
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  • SAUL WAS THE MAIN ENEMY OF THE
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  • CHURCH. HE WAS HAVING BELIEVERS
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  • PUT IN PRISON.
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  • BUT ONE DAY WHILE HE WAS
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  • TRAVELING TO DAMASCUS, ON HIS
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  • WAY TO PERSECUTE MORE BELIEVERS,
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  • A BRIGHT LIGHT SHINED DOWN FROM
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  • HEAVEN, KNOCKED HIM FLAT ON HIS
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  • BACK. A VOICE BOOMED OUT,
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  • "SAUL, WHY DO YOU KEEP
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  • PERSECUTING ME?"
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  • LONG STORY SHORT, SAUL BECAME
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  • THE APOSTLE PAUL AND WROTE
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  • MORE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
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  • THAN ANYONE ELSE.
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  • WHAT HAPPENED?
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  • GRACE CAME LOOKING FOR SAUL.
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  • DON'T EVER WRITE ANYBODY OFF.
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  • YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, YOUR
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  • FRIENDS, MAY BE MAKING POOR
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  • CHOICES.
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  • IN THE NATURAL YOU THINK,
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  • "THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO FULFILL
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  • THEIR DESTINY. THEY'RE NEVER
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  • GOING TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT."
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  • YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER GRACE
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  • IS LOOKING FOR THEM.
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  • YOU MAY WRITE THEM OFF BUT
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  • GOD DOESN'T WRITE THEM OFF.
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  • GOD KNOWS HOW TO GET THEIR
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  • ATTENTION.
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  • IF GOD CAN CHANGE SAUL, THE
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  • GREATEST ENEMY OF THE CHURCH AND
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  • TURN HIM INTO THE GREATEST ASSET
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  • OF THE CHURCH, GOD CAN TOUCH
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  • YOUR LOVED ONE.
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  • GOD CAN TURN YOUR SON AROUND.
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  • GOD CAN CHANGE YOUR DAUGHTER.
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  • THIS SAME MAN, PAUL, WROTE IN
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  • THE BOOK OF ROMANS ABOUT THE
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  • GRACE THAT GOD FREELY GIVES US.
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  • IF ANYONE UNDERSTOOD GRACE IT
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  • WOULD BE PAUL.
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  • ONE TRANSLATION OF THE WORD
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  • "FREELY" THAT HE SPECIFICALLY
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  • USED IS "PROMISCUOUS," MEANING
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  • THAT GOD'S GRACE WILL GO TO
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  • ANYBODY. IF SOMEONE IS
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  • PROMISCUOUS THEY'RE LOOSE.
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  • THEY'RE UNRESTRAINED. THEY'LL
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  • BE WITH ANYONE. IT DOESN'T
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  • MATTER.
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  • THAT'S THE WAY GOD'S GRACE IS.
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  • YOU CAN BE HIGH ON DRUGS AND
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  • GRACE IS LOOKING FOR YOU.
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  • YOU CAN BE WORKING IN THE WRONG
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  • KIND OF PLACE. GRACE IS LOOKING
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  • FOR YOU.
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  • YOU CAN BE CHEATING PEOPLE,
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  • DISHONEST, NO INTEGRITY AND GOD
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  • WILL LEAVE THE 99 AND COME AFTER
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  • YOU.
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  • YOU CAN BE DISCOURAGED,
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  • DEPRESSED, ABOUT TO GIVE UP
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  • ON LIFE. THE GOOD NEWS IS RIGHT
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  • NOW GRACE IS LOOKING FOR YOU.
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  • YOU MAY HAVE MADE MISTAKES.
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  • YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE
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  • IN LIFE.
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  • YOU COULD EASILY SIT ON THE
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  • SIDELINES, LET THE ACCUSING
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  • VOICES CONVINCE YOU THAT YOU'RE
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  • ALL WASHED UP. NOTHING GOOD IS
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  • IN YOUR FUTURE.
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  • NO, RIGHT NOW, GRACE IS COMING
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  • TO YOU. GOD IS SAYING,
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  • "I'M NOT MAD AT YOU. I'M MADLY
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  • IN LOVE WITH YOU. I'M NOT
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  • HOLDING ANYTHING AGAINST YOU.
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  • I'M NOT KEEPING A RECORD OF YOUR
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  • MISTAKES. I'M NOT EVEN
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  • INTERESTED IN YOUR PAST. I'M
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  • INTERESTED IN YOUR FUTURE."
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  • FRIENDS, IT DOESN'T MATTER TO
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  • GOD WHERE YOU'VE BEEN.
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  • IT MATTERS TO GOD WHERE YOU'RE
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  • GOING.
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  • THAT'S WHY HE IS COMING AFTER
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  • YOU. THAT'S WHY HE WON'T LEAVE
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  • YOU ALONE. HIS GRACE WILL NEVER
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  • GIVE UP. HE LOVES YOU TOO MUCH
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  • TO LET YOU MISS YOUR DESTINY.
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  • YOU CAN TURN AWAY AGAIN AND
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  • AGAIN AND AGAIN BUT YOU KNOW
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  • WHAT? GRACE WILL KEEP COMING.
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  • WHEREVER YOU GO GRACE WILL KEEP
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  • LOOKING. YOU CAN'T OUTRUN THE
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  • GRACE OF GOD.
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  • YOU CAN'T DO TOO MUCH WRONG TO
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  • KEEP IT AWAY. YOU CAN'T TURN
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  • AWAY TOO MANY TIMES.
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  • GOD'S GRACE WILL KEEP COMING,
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  • SAYING, "I'VE GOT SOMETHING
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  • BETTER. I'VE GOT FORGIVENESS.
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  • I'VE GOT MERCY. I'VE GOT
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  • RESTORATION. I'VE GOT A NEW
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  • BEGINNING."
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  • IF YOU WILL SHAKE OFF THE GUILT,
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  • THE CONDEMNATION AND START
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  • MAKING CHOICES THAT HONOR GOD,
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  • GOD WILL DO FOR YOU WHAT HE DID
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  • FOR PAUL.
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  • HE WILL BLESS YOU IN SPITE OF
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  • YOUR MISTAKES. HE WILL MAKE
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  • SOMETHING GREAT OUT OF YOUR
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  • LIFE IN SPITE OF YOUR PAST.
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  • GOD NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU.
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  • DON'T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.
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  • RECEIVE THE GRACE. BELIEVE THAT
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  • THERE IS SOMETHING AMAZING IN
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  • YOUR FUTURE.
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  • JOHN, CHAPTER 4, JESUS WAS ABOUT
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  • TO LEAVE JUDEA AND TRAVEL HOME
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  • TO GALILEE BUT HE SAID TO HIS
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  • DISCIPLES, "I MUST GO THROUGH
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  • SAMARIA."
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  • WELL, SAMARIA WASN'T NECESSARILY
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  • THE SHORTEST ROUTE. NOT ONLY
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  • THAT, IN THOSE DAYS THE
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  • SAMARITANS WEREN'T FRIENDLY WITH
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  • THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
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  • HIS DISCIPLES SAID,
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  • "JESUS, THAT'S THE LONG WAY.
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  • WE'LL GO A BETTER ROUTE.
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  • PLUS, WE MIGHT HAVE SOME
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  • PROBLEMS WITH THE SAMARITANS."
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  • JESUS SAID, "NO. I HAVE TO GO
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  • THIS WAY. I HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT.
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  • THERE IS SOMEBODY I NEED TO
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  • MEET."
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  • THEY GOT TO SAMARIA.
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  • THEY WERE TIRED AND HUNGRY.
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  • JESUS SAT DOWN BY A WELL.
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  • HE ASKED HIS DISCIPLES TO GO
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  • INTO TOWN AND GET SOME FOOD.
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  • IN A LITTLE WHILE THIS SAMARITAN
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  • WOMAN CAME OUT TO DRAW WATER
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  • FROM THE WELL.
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  • SHE HAD BEEN MARRIED FIVE TIMES,
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  • BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF HEARTACHE
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  • AND PAIN IN LIFE. SHE WASN'T A
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  • RESPECTED WOMAN, WASN'T
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  • CONSIDERED A GOOD WOMAN,
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  • A MORAL WOMAN. SHE WAS LOOKED
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  • DOWN ON AND SEEN AS
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  • SECOND-CLASS.
  • 00:07:04.060 --> 00:07:05.290
  • NO DOUBT WHEN SOME OF THE PEOPLE
  • 00:07:05.290 --> 00:07:07.020
  • IN TOWN SAW HER THEY WOULD
  • 00:07:07.020 --> 00:07:08.130
  • SNICKER, "THERE'S THAT LADY
  • 00:07:08.130 --> 00:07:10.070
  • BEEN MARRIED FIVE TIMES. STAY
  • 00:07:10.070 --> 00:07:11.220
  • AWAY FROM HER."
  • 00:07:11.220 --> 00:07:13.220
  • YET THE WHOLE REASON JESUS SAID,
  • 00:07:13.220 --> 00:07:14.290
  • "I MUST GO THROUGH SAMARIA" WAS
  • 00:07:14.290 --> 00:07:16.270
  • TO MEET THIS WOMAN.
  • 00:07:17.090 --> 00:07:20.090
  • JESUS STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION
  • 00:07:20.090 --> 00:07:21.100
  • WITH HER, TOLD HER ALL ABOUT HER
  • 00:07:21.100 --> 00:07:22.290
  • LIFE, THEN HE REVEALED HIMSELF
  • 00:07:22.290 --> 00:07:25.180
  • AS THE MESSIAH TO HER.
  • 00:07:25.180 --> 00:07:28.040
  • WHEN THE DISCIPLES CAME BACK
  • 00:07:28.040 --> 00:07:29.270
  • FROM BUYING FOOD AND SAW JESUS
  • 00:07:29.270 --> 00:07:31.150
  • TALKING TO THIS WOMAN THE
  • 00:07:31.150 --> 00:07:32.290
  • SCRIPTURE SAYS THEY WERE AMAZED
  • 00:07:32.290 --> 00:07:35.030
  • AND BEWILDERED.
  • 00:07:35.030 --> 00:07:37.060
  • NOT ONLY WAS JESUS TALKING TO A
  • 00:07:37.060 --> 00:07:39.030
  • WOMAN, NOT ONLY A SAMARITAN, BUT
  • 00:07:39.030 --> 00:07:41.270
  • OF ALL PEOPLE, THIS LADY.
  • 00:07:41.270 --> 00:07:44.140
  • EVERYBODY KNEW SHE HAD A
  • 00:07:44.140 --> 00:07:46.230
  • BAD REPUTATION. SHE CAME FROM
  • 00:07:46.230 --> 00:07:48.290
  • THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS.
  • 00:07:48.290 --> 00:07:51.050
  • SHE WAS MAKING POOR CHOICES.
  • 00:07:51.050 --> 00:07:53.090
  • BUT THIS IS WHAT GRACE IS ALL
  • 00:07:53.090 --> 00:07:55.200
  • ABOUT. IT'S PROMISCUOUS.
  • 00:07:55.200 --> 00:07:57.180
  • IT DOESN'T JUST COME TO THE
  • 00:07:57.180 --> 00:07:58.170
  • PEOPLE THAT YOU MIGHT THINK;
  • 00:07:58.170 --> 00:07:59.270
  • THE "GOOD PEOPLE," THE FINE
  • 00:07:59.270 --> 00:08:01.180
  • UPSTANDING PEOPLE.
  • 00:08:01.180 --> 00:08:03.000
  • NO, IT GOES TO PEOPLE LIKE THIS
  • 00:08:03.000 --> 00:08:04.150
  • LADY THAT HAVE MADE MISTAKES,
  • 00:08:04.150 --> 00:08:06.070
  • PEOPLE THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH
  • 00:08:06.070 --> 00:08:08.020
  • HEARTACHE AND PAIN, PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:08:08.020 --> 00:08:09.220
  • THINK, "JOEL, IT'S TOO LATE.
  • 00:08:09.220 --> 00:08:10.230
  • I'VE BLOWN IT. I DON'T DESERVE
  • 00:08:10.230 --> 00:08:11.250
  • IT."
  • 00:08:11.250 --> 00:08:13.090
  • THIS IS WHAT GRACE IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:08:13.090 --> 00:08:15.030
  • THAT DAY WAS A TURNING POINT IN
  • 00:08:15.030 --> 00:08:16.120
  • HER LIFE.
  • 00:08:16.120 --> 00:08:18.040
  • "WELL, JOEL. MY COWORKERS, THEY
  • 00:08:18.040 --> 00:08:19.140
  • DON'T EVEN BELIEVE IN GOD."
  • 00:08:19.140 --> 00:08:21.050
  • THAT'S ALRIGHT. GRACE IS
  • 00:08:21.050 --> 00:08:22.110
  • LOOKING FOR THEM.
  • 00:08:22.110 --> 00:08:23.280
  • "WELL, JOEL. HE'S OUT SELLING
  • 00:08:23.280 --> 00:08:25.120
  • DRUGS. GOD DOESN'T HAVE
  • 00:08:25.120 --> 00:08:26.180
  • ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIM."
  • 00:08:26.180 --> 00:08:28.000
  • SURE HE DOES. GRACE IS LOOKING
  • 00:08:28.000 --> 00:08:28.250
  • FOR HIM.
  • 00:08:28.250 --> 00:08:30.140
  • "WELL, SHE'S WORKING IN THE
  • 00:08:30.140 --> 00:08:31.080
  • CLUBS."
  • 00:08:31.080 --> 00:08:32.140
  • THAT'S OKAY. GRACE CAN GO INTO
  • 00:08:32.140 --> 00:08:33.180
  • A CLUB. GOD'S GRACE KNOWS NO
  • 00:08:33.180 --> 00:08:36.110
  • BOUNDARIES, HAS NO LIMITATIONS.
  • 00:08:36.110 --> 00:08:39.000
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:08:39.000 --> 00:08:40.260
  • "WELL, THEY DON'T WORSHIP LIKE
  • 00:08:40.260 --> 00:08:42.020
  • ME, JOEL. THEY COME FROM A
  • 00:08:42.020 --> 00:08:43.180
  • DIFFERENT FAITH."
  • 00:08:43.180 --> 00:08:45.080
  • THAT DOESN'T STOP GOD. GRACE IS
  • 00:08:45.080 --> 00:08:46.260
  • LOOKING FOR THEM. OUR TITLES
  • 00:08:46.260 --> 00:08:49.040
  • DON'T SET A BOUNDARY FOR THE
  • 00:08:49.040 --> 00:08:50.150
  • CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:08:50.150 --> 00:08:52.070
  • "WELL, THEY'RE MUSLIM. THEY'RE
  • 00:08:52.070 --> 00:08:53.150
  • BUDDHIST. THEY'RE HINDU."
  • 00:08:53.150 --> 00:08:55.090
  • THAT DOESN'T STOP GOD. OUR GOD
  • 00:08:55.090 --> 00:08:56.140
  • IS ALL-POWERFUL.
  • 00:08:56.140 --> 00:08:58.070
  • OUR RELIGIOUS NAMES, OUR
  • 00:08:58.070 --> 00:08:59.050
  • DIFFERENT AFFILIATIONS, THAT
  • 00:08:59.050 --> 00:09:00.250
  • CAN'T STOP THE CREATOR OF
  • 00:09:00.250 --> 00:09:01.250
  • THE UNIVERSE. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:04.120
  • THIS WOMAN WAS A SAMARITAN.
  • 00:09:04.120 --> 00:09:06.100
  • THEY CAME FROM A DIFFERENT FAITH
  • 00:09:06.100 --> 00:09:08.250
  • YET SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT
  • 00:09:08.250 --> 00:09:10.180
  • GOD REVEALED HIMSELF TO AS THE
  • 00:09:10.180 --> 00:09:12.110
  • MESSIAH.
  • 00:09:12.110 --> 00:09:14.110
  • NOT TO THE JEWISH LEADERS.
  • 00:09:14.110 --> 00:09:16.000
  • NOT TO THE RABBIS IN THE
  • 00:09:16.000 --> 00:09:17.110
  • SYNAGOGUE.
  • 00:09:17.110 --> 00:09:18.250
  • IN TODAY'S LANGUAGE, NOT TO THE
  • 00:09:18.250 --> 00:09:20.170
  • POPE. NOT THE MINISTER ON
  • 00:09:20.170 --> 00:09:22.250
  • TELEVISION BUT TO THE GIRL
  • 00:09:22.250 --> 00:09:24.150
  • WORKING IN THE CLUBS. TO THE
  • 00:09:24.150 --> 00:09:26.010
  • YOUNG MAN THAT'S NEVER BEEN
  • 00:09:26.010 --> 00:09:27.080
  • TO CHURCH. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:27.080 --> 00:09:29.120
  • THE LONGER I LIVE THE MORE
  • 00:09:29.120 --> 00:09:30.220
  • I REALIZE GOD WILL SAVE WHO
  • 00:09:30.220 --> 00:09:32.200
  • HE WANTS TO SAVE. (AMEN.)
  • 00:09:32.200 --> 00:09:34.240
  • GOD WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHO HE
  • 00:09:34.240 --> 00:09:36.020
  • WANTS TO HAVE MERCY. HIS GRACE
  • 00:09:36.020 --> 00:09:38.130
  • IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:09:38.130 --> 00:09:40.090
  • DON'T HAVE THE BEST REPUTATION,
  • 00:09:40.090 --> 00:09:42.210
  • FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE BLOWN IT
  • 00:09:42.210 --> 00:09:44.040
  • AND FAILED, FOR PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:09:44.040 --> 00:09:45.050
  • HAVE MADE A MESS.
  • 00:09:45.050 --> 00:09:47.270
  • IT CAN PENETRATE ANY SITUATION.
  • 00:09:47.270 --> 00:09:49.200
  • ARE YOU WRITING SOMEONE OFF?
  • 00:09:49.200 --> 00:09:52.030
  • THINKING THAT THEY'RE TOO FAR
  • 00:09:52.030 --> 00:09:53.050
  • OUT THERE, THEY'RE NEVER GOING
  • 00:09:53.050 --> 00:09:54.090
  • TO CHANGE.
  • 00:09:54.090 --> 00:09:55.210
  • OR ARE YOU WRITING YOURSELF OFF?
  • 00:09:55.210 --> 00:09:57.220
  • THINKING YOU'VE MADE TOO MANY
  • 00:09:57.220 --> 00:09:58.280
  • MISTAKES, YOU'VE MISSED TOO MANY
  • 00:09:58.280 --> 00:10:00.090
  • OPPORTUNITIES. NOW YOU HAVE TO
  • 00:10:00.090 --> 00:10:01.290
  • SIT ON THE SIDELINES.
  • 00:10:01.290 --> 00:10:03.180
  • NO, GRACE IS COMING TO YOU.
  • 00:10:03.180 --> 00:10:05.250
  • NO MISTAKE YOU'VE MADE IS TOO
  • 00:10:05.250 --> 00:10:07.130
  • MUCH FOR THE MERCY OF GOD.
  • 00:10:07.130 --> 00:10:09.010
  • NOTHING YOU'VE DONE HAS
  • 00:10:09.010 --> 00:10:10.220
  • CANCELLED YOUR DESTINY. YOU CAN
  • 00:10:10.220 --> 00:10:12.240
  • STILL BECOME WHO GOD HAS
  • 00:10:12.240 --> 00:10:14.220
  • CREATED YOU TO BE.
  • 00:10:14.220 --> 00:10:16.240
  • NOW QUIT LISTENING TO THOSE LIES
  • 00:10:16.240 --> 00:10:18.000
  • TELLING YOU THAT YOU'VE SEEN
  • 00:10:18.000 --> 00:10:19.060
  • YOUR BEST DAYS AND YOU HAD YOUR
  • 00:10:19.060 --> 00:10:20.240
  • CHANCE.
  • 00:10:20.240 --> 00:10:21.280
  • NO, GOD IS THE GOD OF ANOTHER
  • 00:10:21.280 --> 00:10:23.220
  • CHANCE. HE WILL NEVER GIVE UP
  • 00:10:23.220 --> 00:10:26.020
  • ON YOU. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:10:26.020 --> 00:10:27.200
  • HIS CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:29.000
  • IRREVOCABLE. HIS GRACE IS GOING
  • 00:10:29.000 --> 00:10:31.220
  • TO KEEP COMING TO YOU.
  • 00:10:31.220 --> 00:10:33.220
  • YOU MAY IGNORE IT TODAY BUT IT
  • 00:10:33.220 --> 00:10:34.260
  • WILL BE THERE TOMORROW AND THE
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:36.230
  • NEXT WEEK AND NEXT MONTH, EVEN
  • 00:10:36.230 --> 00:10:38.060
  • NEXT YEAR.
  • 00:10:38.060 --> 00:10:40.040
  • THIS IS WHAT JONAH DID IN THE
  • 00:10:40.040 --> 00:10:41.070
  • SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:10:41.070 --> 00:10:42.060
  • GOD TOLD HIM TO GO TO THE CITY
  • 00:10:42.060 --> 00:10:43.090
  • OF NINEVEH BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO
  • 00:10:43.090 --> 00:10:44.280
  • GO THERE. HE WENT THE OTHER
  • 00:10:44.280 --> 00:10:46.090
  • DIRECTION. HE ENDED UP BEING
  • 00:10:46.090 --> 00:10:48.030
  • THROWN OVERBOARD INTO THE
  • 00:10:48.030 --> 00:10:50.050
  • MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN.
  • 00:10:50.050 --> 00:10:52.010
  • HE SHOULD HAVE DROWNED.
  • 00:10:52.010 --> 00:10:53.160
  • IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE END BUT
  • 00:10:53.160 --> 00:10:54.240
  • GRACE SHOWED UP IN THE FORM OF A
  • 00:10:54.240 --> 00:10:56.150
  • WHALE. THIS BIG FISH SWALLOWED
  • 00:10:56.150 --> 00:10:58.280
  • HIM. THREE DAYS LATER SPIT HIM
  • 00:10:58.280 --> 00:11:00.220
  • OUT ONTO DRY GROUND.
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:03.040
  • WHAT AM I SAYING?
  • 00:11:03.040 --> 00:11:04.060
  • YOU CAN'T OUTRUN GOD'S GRACE.
  • 00:11:04.060 --> 00:11:06.100
  • WHEREVER YOU GO, GRACE IS GOING
  • 00:11:06.100 --> 00:11:07.200
  • TO COME LOOKING FOR YOU.
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:10.140
  • MOSES, WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MAN,
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:12.100
  • HE MURDERED A MAN. HE HAD TO
  • 00:11:12.100 --> 00:11:14.190
  • FLEE FOR HIS LIFE. [HE] SPENT
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:17.050
  • YEARS ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.110
  • DESERT. IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD
  • 00:11:18.110 --> 00:11:20.020
  • MISSED HIS DESTINY, BUT
  • 00:11:20.020 --> 00:11:21.270
  • 40 YEARS LATER, GRACE CAME
  • 00:11:21.270 --> 00:11:23.200
  • LOOKING FOR HIM.
  • 00:11:23.200 --> 00:11:25.090
  • GOD SAID, "MOSES, I HAVE NOT
  • 00:11:25.090 --> 00:11:26.260
  • FORGOTTEN ABOUT MY CALLING ON
  • 00:11:26.260 --> 00:11:29.140
  • YOUR LIFE. YOU MAY HAVE DELAYED
  • 00:11:29.140 --> 00:11:30.280
  • IT BUT YOU DIDN'T CANCEL IT.
  • 00:11:30.280 --> 00:11:32.220
  • YOU'RE STILL GOING TO FULFILL
  • 00:11:32.220 --> 00:11:33.270
  • WHAT I HAVE PUT YOU HERE
  • 00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:35.080
  • TO DO." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:11:35.080 --> 00:11:36.130
  • AND LIKE MOSES, YOU MAY HAVE
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:37.160
  • MADE CHOICES THAT HAVE DELAYED
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:39.070
  • YOUR DESTINY BUT GOD IS SAYING,
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:41.030
  • "YOU HAVE NOT CANCELLED YOUR
  • 00:11:41.030 --> 00:11:42.220
  • DESTINY. YOU CAN STILL FULFILL
  • 00:11:42.220 --> 00:11:45.000
  • YOUR PURPOSE. YOU CAN STILL
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:46.180
  • ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS."
  • 00:11:46.180 --> 00:11:48.230
  • YOU NEED TO GET READY. GOD IS
  • 00:11:48.230 --> 00:11:49.270
  • GOING TO BRING OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:51.200
  • BACK ACROSS YOUR PATH THAT YOU
  • 00:11:51.200 --> 00:11:53.140
  • MISSED OUT ON. YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:54.250
  • STILL BECOME WHO GOD HAS
  • 00:11:54.250 --> 00:11:56.170
  • CREATED YOU TO BE. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:11:56.170 --> 00:11:58.280
  • A PASTOR FRIEND OF MINE STOPPED
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:00.020
  • BY A SMALL CONVENIENCE STORE ONE
  • 00:12:00.020 --> 00:12:01.190
  • EVENING TO PICK UP SOME MILK.
  • 00:12:01.190 --> 00:12:03.280
  • THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN IN LINE
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:05.080
  • BEHIND HIM THAT WAS BUYING
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:06.120
  • CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL.
  • 00:12:06.120 --> 00:12:08.180
  • HE LOOKED VERY DISTRAUGHT.
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:10.240
  • YOU COULD TELL THAT HE WAS ON
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:11.120
  • DRUGS.
  • 00:12:11.120 --> 00:12:12.140
  • THIS PASTOR KNEW HE WAS SUPPOSED
  • 00:12:12.140 --> 00:12:14.050
  • TO REACH OUT TO HIM, TALK TO
  • 00:12:14.050 --> 00:12:15.110
  • HIM, PRAY FOR HIM, ENCOURAGE
  • 00:12:15.110 --> 00:12:16.130
  • HIM.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:17.260
  • HE WAS GOING TO DO IT AFTER THEY
  • 00:12:17.260 --> 00:12:18.250
  • BOTH HAD PAID, OUTSIDE THE
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:20.030
  • STORE.
  • 00:12:20.030 --> 00:12:21.090
  • BUT WHEN THE CLERK TURNED HIS
  • 00:12:21.090 --> 00:12:22.230
  • BACK THE YOUNG MAN RAN OUT THE
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:24.120
  • STORE, JUMPED IN HIS CAR AND
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:26.020
  • SPED OFF; STOLE THOSE ITEMS.
  • 00:12:26.020 --> 00:12:28.260
  • THE PASTOR'S FAMILY WAS OUT IN
  • 00:12:28.260 --> 00:12:29.280
  • THE CAR WAITING.
  • 00:12:29.280 --> 00:12:31.240
  • THEY SAW ALL THIS TAKE PLACE.
  • 00:12:31.240 --> 00:12:33.060
  • THEY SAID, "DAD, HE WENT THAT
  • 00:12:33.060 --> 00:12:34.030
  • WAY IN A BLUE CAR."
  • 00:12:34.030 --> 00:12:36.140
  • THIS PASTOR FELT SO COMPELLED
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:38.070
  • THAT HE HAD TO FIND THAT MAN.
  • 00:12:38.070 --> 00:12:40.130
  • THEY GOT IN THE CAR AND STARTED
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:41.230
  • DRIVING THROUGH THE COMMUNITY
  • 00:12:41.230 --> 00:12:43.140
  • LOOKING FOR THAT BLUE CAR.
  • 00:12:43.140 --> 00:12:44.180
  • WHAT WAS THAT?
  • 00:12:44.180 --> 00:12:46.040
  • GRACE, LOOKING FOR THAT YOUNG
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.090
  • MAN, TRACKING HIM DOWN.
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:49.200
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "GOD CAME TO
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:50.270
  • SEEK AND TO SAVE THOSE THAT ARE
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:53.170
  • LOST."
  • 00:12:53.170 --> 00:12:54.230
  • SEEK MEANS, "TO GO AFTER, TO
  • 00:12:54.230 --> 00:12:56.110
  • PURSUE, TO TRACK DOWN."
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:59.060
  • ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER ONE OF
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:00.230
  • THE KIDS SAID, "DAD, THERE IT
  • 00:13:00.230 --> 00:13:01.220
  • IS." THEY SPOTTED THE BLUE CAR
  • 00:13:01.220 --> 00:13:03.290
  • AT ANOTHER GROCERY STORE.
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:06.100
  • THE PASTOR WENT IN. THE YOUNG
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:07.210
  • MAN HAD ANOTHER BASKET OF
  • 00:13:07.210 --> 00:13:09.030
  • ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES.
  • 00:13:09.030 --> 00:13:10.250
  • HE WAS GOING TO STEAL THEM
  • 00:13:10.250 --> 00:13:11.290
  • AGAIN. WHEN HE SAW THE PASTOR
  • 00:13:11.290 --> 00:13:14.070
  • HE NEARLY PASSED OUT.
  • 00:13:14.070 --> 00:13:15.280
  • (LAUGHTER) THE PASTOR SAID,
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:16.290
  • "YOUNG MAN, GOD'S HAND IS ON
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:18.100
  • YOUR LIFE. THIS IS NOT THE WAY
  • 00:13:18.100 --> 00:13:20.070
  • YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE LIVING.
  • 00:13:20.070 --> 00:13:21.290
  • YOU'RE BETTER THAN THIS.'
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.280
  • HIS EYES GOT REAL BIG. HE SAID,
  • 00:13:23.280 --> 00:13:25.070
  • "WHO ARE YOU?" HE SAID, "I'M A
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:27.000
  • PASTOR HERE IN TOWN. GOD SENT
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:28.200
  • ME TO TRACK YOU DOWN TO LET
  • 00:13:28.200 --> 00:13:31.040
  • YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A DESTINY
  • 00:13:31.040 --> 00:13:32.270
  • TO FULFILL." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:13:32.270 --> 00:13:34.140
  • HE BEGAN TO TREMBLE AND TEARS
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:36.150
  • CAME DOWN HIS CHEEKS. HE SAID,
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:38.280
  • "I'M A HEROIN ADDICT. I'VE GONE
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:40.230
  • TO REHAB AGAIN AND AGAIN AND
  • 00:13:40.230 --> 00:13:43.070
  • AGAIN BUT I JUST CAN'T QUIT."
  • 00:13:43.070 --> 00:13:45.270
  • THE PASTOR SAID, "TONIGHT IS
  • 00:13:45.270 --> 00:13:46.270
  • YOUR NIGHT. IF YOU'RE WILLING
  • 00:13:46.270 --> 00:13:48.140
  • TO WALK AWAY, THE POWER OF
  • 00:13:48.140 --> 00:13:50.090
  • THOSE ADDICTIONS ARE GOING
  • 00:13:50.090 --> 00:13:51.180
  • TO BE BROKEN."
  • 00:13:51.180 --> 00:13:53.130
  • HE PUT THE CIGARETTES BACK, PUT
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:54.230
  • THE ALCOHOL AWAY AND THAT NIGHT
  • 00:13:54.230 --> 00:13:56.160
  • WAS HIS NEW BEGINNING. THAT WAS
  • 00:13:56.160 --> 00:13:58.020
  • HIS TURNING POINT.
  • 00:13:58.020 --> 00:13:59.040
  • TODAY, HE IS TOTALLY FREE,
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:00.180
  • LIVING A CLEAN, SOBER LIFE.
  • 00:14:00.180 --> 00:14:02.250
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:14:02.250 --> 00:14:04.140
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "GOD SO
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:05.280
  • LOVED THE WORLD."
  • 00:14:05.280 --> 00:14:08.070
  • IT DOESN'T SAY, "GOD SO LOVED
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:10.050
  • THE GOOD PEOPLE. GOD SO LOVED
  • 00:14:10.050 --> 00:14:12.080
  • PEOPLE THAT HAVE IT ALL
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.210
  • TOGETHER."
  • 00:14:13.210 --> 00:14:14.270
  • NO, GOD LOVES PEOPLE WITH
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:16.040
  • ADDICTIONS. GOD LOVES PEOPLE
  • 00:14:16.040 --> 00:14:18.100
  • THAT HAVE GOTTEN OFF COURSE.
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:19.290
  • GOD LOVES PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE
  • 00:14:19.290 --> 00:14:21.060
  • MISTAKES.
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:22.220
  • HIS GRACE IS UNRESTRAINED.
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:24.260
  • IN FACT, PAUL SAID, "WHERE SIN
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:26.180
  • ABOUNDS GRACE DOES MUCH MORE
  • 00:14:26.180 --> 00:14:28.120
  • ABOUND."
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:29.260
  • YOU WOULD THINK THE FURTHER YOU
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:31.100
  • GOT AWAY FROM GOD THE LESS
  • 00:14:31.100 --> 00:14:33.080
  • INTERESTED HE WOULD BE.
  • 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:35.200
  • BUT IT'S JUST THE OPPOSITE.
  • 00:14:35.200 --> 00:14:37.090
  • GOD LEAVES THE 99 AND COMES
  • 00:14:37.090 --> 00:14:39.100
  • SEARCHING FOR YOU.
  • 00:14:39.100 --> 00:14:41.150
  • WHEN YOU GO THE WRONG WAY,
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:42.170
  • LIKE JONAH, GOD IS GOING TO
  • 00:14:42.170 --> 00:14:43.240
  • SEND A WHALE.
  • 00:14:43.240 --> 00:14:45.190
  • WHEN YOU GET OFF COURSE, LIKE
  • 00:14:45.190 --> 00:14:46.260
  • THIS YOUNG MAN WITH ADDICTIONS,
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:48.140
  • GOD IS GOING TO HAVE SOMEBODY
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:49.110
  • COME TRACK YOU DOWN.
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:51.060
  • WHEN YOU MAKE A MESS OF YOUR
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:52.060
  • LIFE, LIKE THE LADY AT THE WELL,
  • 00:14:52.060 --> 00:14:54.080
  • GOD IS GOING TO SAY, "I MUST GO
  • 00:14:54.080 --> 00:14:55.260
  • THROUGH SAMARIA. I MUST LET YOU
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:57.250
  • KNOW I HAVE A NEW BEGINNING."
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:15:00.140
  • I READ A STORY ABOUT AN OLDER
  • 00:15:00.140 --> 00:15:01.210
  • GENTLEMAN THAT WAS ON HIS DEATH
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:03.120
  • BED. HE WAS IN A SMALL HOSPITAL
  • 00:15:03.120 --> 00:15:05.260
  • ALL ALONE IN THE FOOTHILLS OF
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:08.030
  • THE SIERRA MOUNTAINS IN
  • 00:15:08.030 --> 00:15:09.210
  • CALIFORNIA. IT WAS CLOSE TO
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:11.030
  • MIDNIGHT.
  • 00:15:11.030 --> 00:15:12.230
  • JUST AS HE WAS ABOUT TO PASS,
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.060
  • ONE OF THE NURSES CALLED HER
  • 00:15:14.060 --> 00:15:15.240
  • MINISTER, FATHER O'MALLEY, AND
  • 00:15:15.240 --> 00:15:18.200
  • ASKED IF HE WOULD COME AND PRAY
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:19.230
  • FOR THE MAN.
  • 00:15:19.230 --> 00:15:21.100
  • THERE WAS A BIG STORM TAKING
  • 00:15:21.100 --> 00:15:22.060
  • PLACE OUTSIDE; WIND, RAIN,
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:23.260
  • STREETS WERE FLOODED. HE SAID
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:25.150
  • HE WOULD GET THERE AS QUICKLY
  • 00:15:25.150 --> 00:15:27.010
  • AS HE COULD.
  • 00:15:27.010 --> 00:15:28.080
  • WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 30
  • 00:15:28.080 --> 00:15:29.080
  • MINUTE DRIVE TOOK HIM OVER TWO
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:30.280
  • HOURS. FATHER O'MALLEY SHOWED
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:32.160
  • UP AT THE HOSPITAL AT 3:00 IN
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:34.040
  • THE MORNING. THE NURSE SAID,
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:35.280
  • "WE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THIS
  • 00:15:35.280 --> 00:15:37.090
  • MAN. HE HAS NO FAMILY. NO
  • 00:15:37.090 --> 00:15:39.040
  • FRIENDS COME TO SEE HIM. HE'S
  • 00:15:39.040 --> 00:15:41.030
  • BEEN IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:43.010
  • THE LAST TWO YEARS BUT HE WON'T
  • 00:15:43.010 --> 00:15:44.130
  • OPEN UP TO ANYONE. HE'S NOT
  • 00:15:44.130 --> 00:15:46.090
  • FRIENDLY AT ALL."
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:48.020
  • FATHER O'MALLEY WENT IN AND
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:49.060
  • SAID, "HELLO, SIR. I WAS
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:50.090
  • PASSING BY TONIGHT AND I
  • 00:15:50.090 --> 00:15:51.220
  • THOUGHT I'D STOP IN AND SEE HOW
  • 00:15:51.220 --> 00:15:53.070
  • YOU'RE DOING."
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:54.250
  • THE MAN SAID VERY GRUFFLY, "YOU
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:56.090
  • WEREN'T PASSING BY. IT'S 3:00
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:57.210
  • IN THE MORNING. YOU KNOW I'M
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:15:59.160
  • ABOUT TO DIE."
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:01.020
  • FATHER O'MALLEY PRAYED FOR HIM
  • 00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:02.240
  • FOR A FEW MINUTES. THEN HE
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:04.080
  • SAID, "IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'D
  • 00:16:04.080 --> 00:16:05.130
  • LIKE TO TALK ABOUT? ANYTHING
  • 00:16:05.130 --> 00:16:06.220
  • YOU NEED TO MAKE RIGHT?"
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:09.030
  • THE MAN WOULDN'T SAY A WORD.
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:10.210
  • SO FATHER O'MALLEY STARTED
  • 00:16:10.210 --> 00:16:12.020
  • TALKING ABOUT THE BIG STORM
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:13.130
  • OUTSIDE, ABOUT THE FOOTBALL
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:14.120
  • SEASON, ON AND ON.
  • 00:16:14.120 --> 00:16:15.250
  • EVENTUALLY, THE MAN OPENED UP,
  • 00:16:15.250 --> 00:16:18.030
  • JOINED IN THE CONVERSATION.
  • 00:16:18.030 --> 00:16:20.030
  • ABOUT THREE HOURS LATER, CLOSE
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:21.240
  • TO DAYBREAK, HE SAID, "FATHER
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:23.220
  • O'MALLEY, THERE IS ONE THING
  • 00:16:23.220 --> 00:16:25.230
  • I HAVE TO GET OFF MY CHEST.
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:27.200
  • I'VE NEVER TOLD ANYONE AND IT'S
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:29.170
  • HAUNTED ME MY WHOLE LIFE."
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:32.030
  • HE TOLD HOW HE HAD WORKED AS
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:33.240
  • A SWITCHMAN AT THE RAILROAD
  • 00:16:33.240 --> 00:16:35.210
  • HIS WHOLE CAREER. ONE NIGHT
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:38.060
  • 31 YEARS EARLIER, TWO DAYS
  • 00:16:38.060 --> 00:16:40.060
  • BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE AND THE
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:41.250
  • CREW WERE DRINKING HEAVILY.
  • 00:16:41.250 --> 00:16:44.160
  • THERE WAS A BIG STORM OUTSIDE
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:46.000
  • THAT NIGHT AS WELL, A LOT OF
  • 00:16:46.000 --> 00:16:47.070
  • WIND, HARDLY ANY VISIBILITY.
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:48.290
  • THEY NEEDED SOMEBODY TO GO OUT
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:50.230
  • AND MAKE THE SWITCH FOR THE
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:52.110
  • OVERNIGHT FREIGHT TRAIN.
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:53.190
  • HE WAS DRUNK SO HE VOLUNTEERED
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:55.110
  • TO DO IT. HE ACCIDENTALLY HIT
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:57.190
  • THE WRONG BUTTON AND THAT
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.190
  • FREIGHT TRAIN SLAMMED INTO A
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:01.110
  • PASSENGER CAR, KILLING A YOUNG
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:03.120
  • COUPLE AND THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS.
  • 00:17:03.120 --> 00:17:06.030
  • HE SAID, "NOBODY HAS EVER KNOWN
  • 00:17:06.030 --> 00:17:07.230
  • WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT NIGHT.
  • 00:17:07.230 --> 00:17:10.020
  • I'VE LIVED WITH THE GUILT AND
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:11.070
  • THE SHAME. I HAVEN'T EVER BEEN
  • 00:17:11.070 --> 00:17:13.060
  • BIG ENOUGH TO EVEN ADMIT TO THE
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:14.170
  • FAMILY THAT IT WAS MY FAULT AND
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:16.180
  • TO TELL THEM HOW SORRY I REALLY
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:18.080
  • AM."
  • 00:17:18.080 --> 00:17:20.020
  • THERE WAS A LONG, LONG PAUSE.
  • 00:17:20.020 --> 00:17:21.230
  • FATHER O'MALLEY EVENTUALLY
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.150
  • GENTLY TOOK THE MAN'S HAND AND
  • 00:17:23.150 --> 00:17:24.280
  • SAID, "SIR, THE PEOPLE IN THAT
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:27.000
  • CAR WERE MY PARENTS AND MY
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:29.140
  • SISTERS AND IF I CAN FORGIVE
  • 00:17:29.140 --> 00:17:31.160
  • YOU, YOU CAN BE CERTAIN GOD
  • 00:17:31.160 --> 00:17:33.060
  • FORGIVES YOU AS WELL."
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:34.280
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:37.010
  • WHAT IS THAT?
  • 00:17:37.010 --> 00:17:38.170
  • GRACE CAME LOOKING FOR HIM.
  • 00:17:38.170 --> 00:17:40.000
  • THAT'S HOW GOOD GOD IS. EVEN
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:42.230
  • WHEN WE RUN AWAY GOD RUNS
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:44.200
  • TO US. EVEN WHEN WE DON'T
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.210
  • MEASURE UP GOD SAYS,
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:48.000
  • "THAT'S OKAY. I FORGIVE YOU
  • 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:49.040
  • ANYWAY."
  • 00:17:49.040 --> 00:17:50.180
  • "WELL, JOEL. HE DOESN'T DESERVE
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:52.180
  • IT. IT WAS HIS FAULT. HE
  • 00:17:52.180 --> 00:17:54.060
  • BROUGHT THE TROUBLE ON
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:55.080
  • HIMSELF."
  • 00:17:55.080 --> 00:17:56.040
  • THAT'S WHAT GRACE IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:17:56.040 --> 00:17:57.250
  • YOU CAN'T EARN IT. YOU DON'T
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:17:59.130
  • HAVE TO BE GOOD ENOUGH.
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.040
  • IT'S A FREE GIFT. ALL YOU HAVE
  • 00:18:01.040 --> 00:18:03.070
  • TO DO IS RECEIVE IT.
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:05.150
  • DON'T GO YOUR WHOLE LIFETIME
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:06.290
  • LIKE THIS MAN, LIVING GUILTY,
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:09.130
  • CONDEMNED, BEATING YOURSELF UP
  • 00:18:09.130 --> 00:18:11.140
  • FOR PAST MISTAKES, THINKING THAT
  • 00:18:11.140 --> 00:18:12.290
  • YOU HAVE TO PAY GOD BACK BY
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:14.150
  • GIVING UP YOUR PEACE, YOUR JOY,
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:16.080
  • YOUR HAPPINESS.
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:16.240
  • LISTEN, THE PRICE HAS ALREADY
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:18.050
  • BEEN PAID 2000 YEAR AGO.
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:20.130
  • IT'S NOT OUR GOODNESS.
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:21.210
  • IT'S GOD'S GOODNESS.
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:23.120
  • GOD HAS MADE US WORTHY.
  • 00:18:23.120 --> 00:18:25.150
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:26.180
  • BUT WE THINK, "GOD IS NEVER
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:27.170
  • GOING TO HELP ME. I BROUGHT
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:28.250
  • THIS TROUBLE ON MYSELF."
  • 00:18:28.250 --> 00:18:30.170
  • BUT THINK OF IT AS A FATHER.
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:32.090
  • IMAGINE OUR SON JONATHAN,
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:34.190
  • MAYBE FIVE YEARS OLD.
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:35.220
  • I HEAR HIM SCREAMING,
  • 00:18:35.220 --> 00:18:37.030
  • "DADDY! COME HELP ME!"
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:38.040
  • I LOOK OUTSIDE AND HE IS HANGING
  • 00:18:38.040 --> 00:18:40.010
  • FROM A TREE BRANCH, KIND OF HIGH
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:42.050
  • IN THE AIR, HOLDING ON FOR DEAR
  • 00:18:42.050 --> 00:18:43.200
  • LIFE. IF HE FALLS HE'S GOING TO
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:45.000
  • GET HURT.
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:46.090
  • I WOULDN'T SAY, "HANG ON,
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:47.070
  • JONATHAN. LET ME THINK ABOUT
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:48.180
  • HOW GOOD YOU'VE BEEN LATELY."
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:50.100
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:18:50.100 --> 00:18:51.220
  • "VICTORIA, HAS JONATHAN BEEN
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:52.180
  • CLEANING HIS ROOM? HAS HE BEEN
  • 00:18:52.180 --> 00:18:54.060
  • TREATING HIS SISTER RIGHT?"
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:55.160
  • "DAD! HURRY! COME HELP ME!"
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:56.290
  • "JUST A SECOND, JONATHAN. I'VE
  • 00:18:56.290 --> 00:18:57.290
  • GOT TO CHECK YOUR REPORT CARD."
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:18:59.000
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:18:59.000 --> 00:19:00.040
  • THAT WOULDN'T EVEN ENTER INTO
  • 00:19:00.040 --> 00:19:00.270
  • MY MIND. THAT'S MY SON.
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:02.270
  • I'M GOING TO DO ANYTHING I CAN
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:03.280
  • TO HELP HIM. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:07.210
  • THAT'S THE WAY OUR HEAVENLY
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:09.190
  • FATHER IS. EVEN WHEN YOU MAKE
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:11.160
  • THE MISTAKE, EVEN WHEN YOU
  • 00:19:11.160 --> 00:19:13.170
  • BRING THE TROUBLE ON YOURSELF,
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.070
  • GOD IS SO MERCIFUL, HE SAYS,
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:17.150
  • "I'LL STILL HELP YOU TO GET
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:18.250
  • OUT."
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:19.130
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED AMAZING
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:21.070
  • GRACE. YOU DON'T DESERVE IT.
  • 00:19:21.070 --> 00:19:22.220
  • YOU DIDN'T EARN IT. IT'S JUST
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:24.260
  • THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:27.080
  • ONE TIME IN THE SCRIPTURE, JESUS
  • 00:19:27.080 --> 00:19:29.110
  • WAS TRAVELLING THROUGH A TOWN.
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:30.280
  • THERE WAS A MAN NAMED ZACCHAEUS,
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:33.000
  • THE CHIEF OF THE TAX COLLECTORS.
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:35.020
  • HE WANTED TO SEE JESUS BUT HE
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:36.150
  • WAS A SMALL MAN. THE STREETS
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:38.020
  • WERE PACKED, SO CROWDED.
  • 00:19:38.020 --> 00:19:39.220
  • HE DECIDED TO CLIMB UP INTO A
  • 00:19:39.220 --> 00:19:41.140
  • TREE TO GET A BETTER VIEW.
  • 00:19:41.140 --> 00:19:43.150
  • AS JESUS CAME PASSING BY, OUT OF
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:45.200
  • THE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:47.020
  • PEOPLE SCREAMING, WAVING, TRYING
  • 00:19:47.020 --> 00:19:49.040
  • TO GET HIS ATTENTION, JESUS
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:50.250
  • STOPPED, LOOKED UP IN THE TREE
  • 00:19:50.250 --> 00:19:53.050
  • AND SAID, "ZACCHAEUS, COME DOWN.
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:55.060
  • I WANT TO GO TO YOUR HOUSE AND
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:56.030
  • HAVE DINNER."
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:58.040
  • THEY HAD NEVER MET BEFORE BUT
  • 00:19:58.040 --> 00:19:59.080
  • JESUS KNEW HIS NAME.
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:01.270
  • THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS; THE
  • 00:20:01.270 --> 00:20:03.110
  • PHARISEES, THEY GOT VERY UPSET.
  • 00:20:03.110 --> 00:20:05.170
  • THEY COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:06.280
  • JESUS WOULD WANT TO ASSOCIATE
  • 00:20:06.280 --> 00:20:08.210
  • WITH ZACCHAEUS - A TAX
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:10.130
  • COLLECTOR.
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:11.220
  • THEY WERE KNOWN FOR BEING
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:12.210
  • DISHONEST, CHEATING PEOPLE,
  • 00:20:12.210 --> 00:20:14.150
  • TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEM.
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:16.040
  • THEY HAD A BAD REPUTATION.
  • 00:20:16.040 --> 00:20:18.070
  • THEY THOUGHT, "IF JESUS WERE FOR
  • 00:20:18.070 --> 00:20:19.160
  • REAL HE WOULD KNOW HE WAS GOING
  • 00:20:19.160 --> 00:20:21.190
  • TO DINNER WITH THE WRONG KIND OF
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:23.060
  • PERSON."
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:25.170
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "THEY WERE
  • 00:20:25.170 --> 00:20:26.210
  • DISPLEASED THAT HE WAS THE GUEST
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:28.190
  • OF A NOTORIOUS SINNER."
  • 00:20:28.190 --> 00:20:31.140
  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING? OUT OF
  • 00:20:31.140 --> 00:20:33.030
  • ALL THE PEOPLE THERE THAT DAY
  • 00:20:33.030 --> 00:20:34.130
  • JESUS WENT HOME WITH THE MOST
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:35.260
  • NOTORIOUS SINNER. THIS DIDN'T
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:37.290
  • LINE UP WITH THE PHARISEE'S
  • 00:20:37.290 --> 00:20:40.050
  • THEOLOGY. THEY THOUGHT THAT
  • 00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:41.210
  • JESUS WOULD REBUKE ZACCHAEUS
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:44.100
  • OR AT LEAST IGNORE HIM, BUT
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:46.250
  • CERTAINLY, NOT GO HOME WITH
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:48.010
  • HIM.
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:49.170
  • BUT THIS IS WHERE GRACE SHOWS
  • 00:20:49.170 --> 00:20:51.000
  • OFF. GRACE COMES TO THE LEAST
  • 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:53.010
  • LIKELY, TO THOSE THAT DON'T
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:54.290
  • DESERVE IT, TO THOSE THAT HAVE
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:56.060
  • MADE A MESS.
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:57.150
  • RELIGION SAYS, "STAY AWAY, MAN.
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:58.250
  • YOU'RE BAD."
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:00.090
  • GOD SAYS, "I'M COMING TO SEE
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:01.080
  • YOU. I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:02.120
  • BETTER."
  • 00:21:02.120 --> 00:21:03.030
  • JESUS DIDN'T PREACH TO
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:04.250
  • ZACCHAEUS. HE DIDN'T BERATE
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:06.220
  • HIM, SAY, "YOU LOUSY SINNER.
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  • ZACCHAEUS, WHAT DO YOU MEAN
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:09.280
  • CHEATING PEOPLE? YOU OUGHT TO
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:10.280
  • BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF."
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  • HE SIMPLY LOVED HIM.
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  • HE SHOWED HIM MERCY.
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  • HE BECAME HIS FRIEND.
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  • AND ZACCHAEUS, OF HIS OWN FREE
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:18.020
  • WILL SAID, "FROM THIS DAY
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:19.160
  • FORWARD I'M GOING TO GIVE HALF
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:20.260
  • MY INCOME TO THE POOR. AND IF
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:22.070
  • I'VE HARMED OR CHEATED ANYBODY
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:24.000
  • I'M GOING TO MAKE THINGS
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:24.240
  • RIGHT."
  • 00:21:24.240 --> 00:21:26.090
  • HE CHANGED HIS WAYS NOT BECAUSE
  • 00:21:26.090 --> 00:21:28.090
  • HE WAS SHAMED INTO IT BUT
  • 00:21:28.090 --> 00:21:29.290
  • BECAUSE HE WAS LOVED INTO IT.
  • 00:21:29.290 --> 00:21:31.290
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "IT'S THE
  • 00:21:31.290 --> 00:21:33.120
  • GOODNESS OF GOD THAT LEADS
  • 00:21:33.120 --> 00:21:35.050
  • TO REPENTANCE."
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:37.020
  • BUT SOME PEOPLE, ALL THEY'VE
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:37.240
  • HEARD ABOUT IS HOW MAD GOD IS AT
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:39.260
  • THEM, HOW THEY NEED TO DO
  • 00:21:39.260 --> 00:21:41.060
  • BETTER, HOW THEY DON'T MEASURE
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:42.210
  • UP. BUT WHEN YOU REALLY
  • 00:21:42.210 --> 00:21:44.230
  • UNDERSTAND THE GRACE OF GOD,
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:46.190
  • THE FACT THAT GOD IS FOR YOU,
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:48.120
  • AND EVEN IF YOU'RE A MOST
  • 00:21:48.120 --> 00:21:50.120
  • NOTORIOUS SINNER, GOD IS NOT
  • 00:21:50.120 --> 00:21:52.060
  • HOLDING THAT AGAINST YOU.
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:54.150
  • IF JESUS WERE HERE ON EARTH
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:56.010
  • TODAY, HE WOULD SAY, "I WANT TO
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:57.040
  • COME OVER AND HANG OUT WITH YOU
  • 00:21:57.040 --> 00:21:58.210
  • TODAY."
  • 00:21:58.210 --> 00:22:00.060
  • GRACE IS LOOKING FOR YOU.
  • 00:22:00.060 --> 00:22:01.200
  • IF YOU'LL RECEIVE IT, QUIT
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:03.110
  • BEATING YOURSELF UP, LIVING
  • 00:22:03.110 --> 00:22:04.200
  • GUILTY AND CONDEMNED, THEN
  • 00:22:04.200 --> 00:22:06.040
  • YOU'LL HAVE THE POWER TO BREAK
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:08.130
  • STRONGHOLDS AND ANYTHING THAT'S
  • 00:22:08.130 --> 00:22:09.200
  • HOLDING YOU BACK.
  • 00:22:09.200 --> 00:22:11.150
  • WHEN JESUS SPOKE TO THE WOMAN
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:13.050
  • THAT WAS CAUGHT IN ADULTERY ALL
  • 00:22:13.050 --> 00:22:16.000
  • THE MEN WANTED TO STONE HER
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:17.180
  • BUT JESUS SAID, "YOU THAT ARE
  • 00:22:17.180 --> 00:22:19.090
  • WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:20.170
  • STONE" AND EVERYBODY WALKED
  • 00:22:20.170 --> 00:22:21.230
  • AWAY.
  • 00:22:21.230 --> 00:22:23.150
  • JESUS SAID TO THE LADY, "NEITHER
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:24.190
  • DO I CONDEMN YOU. NOW GO AND
  • 00:22:24.190 --> 00:22:26.190
  • SIN NO MORE."
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:29.140
  • HE DIDN'T SAY, "GO AND SIN NO
  • 00:22:29.140 --> 00:22:31.060
  • MORE. THEN I WON'T CONDEMN YOU.
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:33.190
  • LADY, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.
  • 00:22:33.190 --> 00:22:35.060
  • START MAKING BETTER CHOICES.
  • 00:22:35.060 --> 00:22:36.250
  • THEN I'LL FORGIVE YOU."
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:37.270
  • NO, HE SAID, "I DON'T CONDEMN
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:40.020
  • YOU. NOW GO AND CHANGE YOUR
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:41.080
  • WAYS."
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:42.100
  • SEE, THE PRINCIPLE IS IF PEOPLE
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:43.220
  • FEEL CONDEMNED, THEY FEEL
  • 00:22:43.220 --> 00:22:45.080
  • BERATED, TOLD THAT THEY DON'T
  • 00:22:45.080 --> 00:22:46.220
  • MEASURE UP, THEN THEY DON'T
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:48.060
  • CHANGE. THEY LIVE GUILTY,
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:49.250
  • FEELING BAD ABOUT THEMSELVES,
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:51.170
  • WEIGHTED DOWN BY LIFE. BUT WHEN
  • 00:22:51.170 --> 00:22:53.140
  • YOU KNOW YOU'RE NOT CONDEMNED,
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:55.000
  • YOU KNOW GOD IS NOT HOLDING
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:56.190
  • YOUR MISTAKES AGAINST YOU,
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:58.200
  • WHEN YOU REALIZE GOD IS SAYING,
  • 00:22:58.200 --> 00:23:00.030
  • "I WANT TO COME TO YOUR HOUSE.
  • 00:23:00.030 --> 00:23:02.060
  • I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND. OTHER
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.200
  • PEOPLE MAY HAVE WRITTEN YOU OFF
  • 00:23:03.200 --> 00:23:05.010
  • BUT I DON'T WRITE YOU OFF.
  • 00:23:05.010 --> 00:23:06.220
  • I KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER.
  • 00:23:06.220 --> 00:23:08.190
  • I KNOW HOW AMAZING YOU ARE."
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:10.170
  • THAT'S WHEN YOU'LL HAVE THE
  • 00:23:10.170 --> 00:23:11.200
  • POWER TO REALLY CHANGE.
  • 00:23:11.200 --> 00:23:13.140
  • YOU MAY HAVE MADE MISTAKES.
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:15.030
  • YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
  • 00:23:15.030 --> 00:23:16.100
  • THOSE ACCUSING VOICES THEY'LL
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:18.060
  • REMIND YOU OF ALL YOUR
  • 00:23:18.060 --> 00:23:19.070
  • SHORTCOMING, EVERYTHING THAT
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.100
  • YOU'VE DONE WRONG. BUT BY FAITH
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:22.250
  • YOU'VE GOT TO HEAR GOD SAYING
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:24.190
  • TO YOU, "I DON'T CONDEMN YOU.
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:27.000
  • I'M NOT HOLDING ANYTHING AGAINST
  • 00:23:27.000 --> 00:23:28.220
  • YOU. I'M NOT KEEPING A RECORD
  • 00:23:28.220 --> 00:23:30.220
  • OF YOUR MISTAKES."
  • 00:23:30.220 --> 00:23:32.200
  • FRIENDS, GRACE IS COMING TO YOU
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:34.090
  • TODAY. I'M ASKING,
  • 00:23:34.090 --> 00:23:35.260
  • "WILL YOU RECEIVE IT?"
  • 00:23:35.260 --> 00:23:38.020
  • WILL YOU SHAKE OFF THE GUILT AND
  • 00:23:38.020 --> 00:23:39.210
  • CONDEMNATION? WILL YOU PUT YOUR
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:41.070
  • SHOULDERS BACK, HOLD YOUR HEAD
  • 00:23:41.070 --> 00:23:43.010
  • UP HIGH? NOTHING YOU'VE DONE
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:44.180
  • HAS CANCELLED YOUR DESTINY.
  • 00:23:44.200 --> 00:23:47.200
  • SOME OF YOU ARE KIND OF DOWN ON
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:48.230
  • YOURSELF, FOCUSED ON ALL THE
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:50.030
  • WAYS THAT YOU DON'T MEASURE UP.
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:52.240
  • BUT JUST LIKE JESUS SAID,
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:54.030
  • "I MUST GO THROUGH SAMARIA TO
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:56.040
  • MEET THAT WOMAN THAT'S BEEN
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:57.110
  • BEATEN DOWN BY LIFE."
  • 00:23:57.110 --> 00:23:59.070
  • GOD IS SAYING, "I MUST GET TO
  • 00:23:59.070 --> 00:24:01.070
  • YOU AND LET YOU KNOW MY MERCY
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:03.230
  • IS BIGGER THAN ANY MISTAKE.
  • 00:24:03.230 --> 00:24:05.290
  • I'M NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR PAST.
  • 00:24:05.290 --> 00:24:07.260
  • I'M INTERESTED IN YOUR FUTURE.
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:09.230
  • I MUST LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU
  • 00:24:09.230 --> 00:24:11.110
  • ARE FORGIVEN. YOU ARE REDEEMED.
  • 00:24:11.110 --> 00:24:13.110
  • IT'S NOT THE END. I HAVE A NEW
  • 00:24:13.110 --> 00:24:15.000
  • BEGINNING. YOUR BEST DAYS ARE
  • 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:16.190
  • STILL OUT IN FRONT OF YOU."
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:18.130
  • NOW, YOU MAY NOT DESERVE THIS.
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:20.110
  • YOU MAY BE THE LEAST LIKELY.
  • 00:24:20.110 --> 00:24:22.010
  • THAT'S WHAT GRACE IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:24:22.010 --> 00:24:24.080
  • IT'S PROMISCUOUS.
  • 00:24:24.080 --> 00:24:25.270
  • IT'S UNRESTRAINED.
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:27.030
  • IT GOES TO ANYONE.
  • 00:24:27.030 --> 00:24:28.180
  • IF YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS GRACE
  • 00:24:28.180 --> 00:24:30.000
  • GOD WILL DO FOR YOU WHAT HE DID
  • 00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:32.010
  • FOR PAUL. HE WILL BLESS YOU IN
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:34.070
  • SPITE OF YOUR MISTAKES. HE WILL
  • 00:24:34.070 --> 00:24:36.070
  • STILL MAKE SOMETHING GREAT OUT
  • 00:24:36.070 --> 00:24:38.040
  • OF YOUR LIFE IN SPITE OF YOUR
  • 00:24:38.040 --> 00:24:39.080
  • PAST.
  • 00:24:39.080 --> 00:24:40.230
  • LIKE JONAH, EVEN WHEN YOU BRING
  • 00:24:40.230 --> 00:24:42.040
  • THE TROUBLE ON YOURSELF, GOD
  • 00:24:42.040 --> 00:24:43.150
  • WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU GET
  • 00:24:43.150 --> 00:24:44.170
  • OUT.
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:45.130
  • LIKE WITH THE YOUNG MAN WITH
  • 00:24:45.130 --> 00:24:46.200
  • ADDICTIONS, GOD IS GOING TO
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:48.030
  • TRACK DOWN YOUR LOVED ONES.
  • 00:24:48.030 --> 00:24:50.020
  • HE IS GOING TO SEARCH OUT YOUR
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:51.060
  • RELATIVES THAT ARE OFF COURSE,
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:52.250
  • SET THEM FREE, CAUSE THEM TO
  • 00:24:52.250 --> 00:24:54.110
  • FULFILL THEIR DESTINIES.
  • 00:24:54.110 --> 00:24:56.110
  • I BELIEVE AND DECLARE GRACE IS
  • 00:24:56.110 --> 00:24:57.250
  • COMING OUR WAY.
  • 00:24:57.250 --> 00:24:59.100
  • IF YOU RECEIVE IT CAN YOU SAY,
  • 00:24:59.100 --> 00:25:00.230
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