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August 28, 2019
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  • Come, join us for our simulcast for Living Proof Live in 2019.
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  • September 28, our home base
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  • will be Woodstock, Georgia.
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  • But the beauty of it is, you can come from anywhere.
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  • You don't have to go anywhere to come
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  • as long as you have online access.
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  • You can do it from home,
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  • you can do it anywhere that you can throw in your headphones,
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  • you can do it with a small group,
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  • you can do it at a church that may have that gathering
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  • that is going to be a host church for the event.
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  • Wherever it might be, come be part of it.
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  • We can't wait to see what God would speak over us.
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  • We'll worship, we'll be in the Word of God,
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  • and we anticipate him doing more than we could ask or imagine.
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  • I hope so much you'll join us.
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  • When I am suffering, I'm gonna ask to be delivered,
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  • just like he asked to be delivered
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  • from his thorn in the flesh,
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  • and said in Corinthians chapter 12,
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  • "I'm gonna ask to be delivered."
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  • I don't want to just go looking for suffering.
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  • I don't want to have to be a self-style martyr.
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  • I don't want that. I don't want that.
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  • But if the Lord leaves it,
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  • then I wanna try to embrace
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  • and milk every drop of Jesus,
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  • every drop of the Spirit that suffering has to offer me,
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  • everything it's got to offer me.
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  • Would you land in Luke chapter 15,
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  • right about verse 11?
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  • "There was a man who had two sons,
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  • "and the younger of him said to his father,
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  • "'Father, give me the share of property
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  • "that is coming to me,'
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  • "and he divided his property between them.
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  • "Not many days later, the younger son gathered
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  • "all that he had,
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  • "and he took a journey into a far country.
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  • "And there he squandered his property in reckless living.
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  • "And when he had spent everything,
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  • "a severe famine arose in that country,
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  • "and he began to be in need.
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  • "So, he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens
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  • of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs."
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  • In order to understand the story well,
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  • you have to understand
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  • he's talking to a Jewish audience,
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  • and it would have been the worst thing,
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  • talking about the least-kosher thing there was.
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  • Talk about the horrifying occupation of great shame,
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  • keeping and feeding pigs.
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  • Verse 16, "And he was longing to be fed with the pods
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  • that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything."
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  • In other words, he got to a point,
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  • he wasn't even as good as the pigs.
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  • Talk about unsheltered.
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  • Verse 17, "When he came to himself,
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  • "he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants
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  • "have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
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  • "I will arise and go to my father,
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  • and I will say to him,"
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  • Now, watch his speech, "'Father, I have sinned
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  • "'against heaven and before you.
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  • "'I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
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  • "Treat me as one of your hired servants.'
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  • And he arose, and he came to his father."
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  • But while he was still a long,
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  • he was a long way off,
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  • his father saw him
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  • and felt compassion.
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  • He saw him from a distance, from a distance.
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  • Could not even see the dirt on his face,
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  • and from a distance,
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  • and he was just moved, viscerally.
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  • I mean, primal, pity compassion,
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  • and it says, and he ran, he ran.
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  • You know who the father is in this picture,
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  • because he's talking about the kingdom of God.
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  • I don't care how many times you've heard this story before,
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  • can somebody try to get this with me?
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  • Do you understand with me that your Father saw you from afar?
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  • And I mean, was overwhelmed with compassion,
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  • overwhelmed, and that your Father,
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  • I want you to picture Jesus, because Jesus is how
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  • he--Jesus says to Phillip, "Listen, if you've see me,
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  • you've seen the Father,"
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  • so if you kind of need to picture what he's like,
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  • okay, picture me,
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  • I am he with flesh wrapped around him.
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  • So, I just want you to picture Jesus in his robes,
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  • in his sandals.
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  • They're flapping on the bottom of his feet, and I mean,
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  • he, like, takes off running, running.
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  • I know what it's like to be the parent of a young adult,
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  • and we don't run all that fast now,
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  • so I mean, when I run, I mean it.
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  • I don't run on accident anymore.
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  • I run on purpose, and so, here he is, he's running.
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  • He's just running, he's just running,
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  • and here's his son, he's got his speech ready to go.
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  • Don't you know while he sees him coming toward him,
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  • he's just thinking,
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  • "Okay, I gotta get my words straight.
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  • It's been so long since I've seen him,
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  • and no telling what I look like."
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  • Watch these verbs.
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  • "His father saw him, pitied him, ran and embraced him,
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  • and kissed him."
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  • Do you remember what embrace means?
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  • It means this close.
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  • It means his arms wrapped all the way around him.
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  • When was the last time you had been such a wreck,
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  • and you deserved to be thrown out,
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  • and somebody held you tight in their arms?
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  • They did not care how you smelled to them,
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  • they did not care what you had been through,
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  • they were so glad to see you
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  • that they held you close, chest to chest,
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  • heart to heart.
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  • And he kissed him.
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  • Any of this sound familiar?
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  • Wait a sec, Jacob left Peniel,
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  • limping as he walked,
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  • and he saw Esau in the distance,
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  • and he bowed seven times,
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  • but Esau was full run.
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  • Is he running to kill me?
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  • And he throws his arms around him,
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  • and he kisses him, and they weep.
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  • By no means am I suggesting to you
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  • that Esau is prefiguring God,
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  • or the father of the prodigal, but I am going to tell you
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  • that the wording is so similar in the Greek translation
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  • of the Old Testament that it is stunning.
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  • And I will say to you this,
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  • when you and I look like our Father,
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  • that's how we act.
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  • Did you hear all those verbs?
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  • He saw, he pitied, he ran,
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  • he embraced, he kissed.
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  • Look at that intensity.
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  • Do you just need to know?
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  • Do you realize that your God feels
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  • and responds to you intensely?
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  • Some of you in this room, you long to be intensely wanted.
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  • For someone to feel intensely about you.
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  • You have him.
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  • You have him, someone who would run to you.
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  • Someone who would run to you.
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  • Someone who would embrace you.
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  • And while you're going through your whole speech,
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  • he's just, like, smooching you all over your face.
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  • Like, you're trying to talk, and you're just patting him,
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  • but he's just smooching all over you,
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  • like he's not even listening to you apologize.
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  • But the beautiful thing is, the father in Luke 15
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  • goes just a little bit further,
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  • because he turns around and says, "Bring his ring.
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  • "Bring him the best robe, and go kill the fatted calf,
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  • "because my son, who was lost, has been found.
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  • "He who was dead to us is alive,
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  • and we shall celebrate."
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  • Somebody needs to know that these are the verbs
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  • of your Father toward you.
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  • He sees you even when you are a long, long way off.
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  • He pities the state that you have been in.
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  • He runs toward you.
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  • He embraces you.
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  • He smooches all over your face,
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  • and then he throws a party because you are home.
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  • Oh, I'm just gonna let you rest with that one a minute,
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  • because if you can come home to somebody better than that,
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  • you go right ahead.
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  • Someone who knows everything, everything, everything.
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  • You got no bull before God, no bull before God,
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  • no bull before God.
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  • Nobody can stand up before him today
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  • in their righteousness,
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  • because he can read your thoughts.
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  • He can read your motives and your attitudes,
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  • your coldness towards someone.
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  • Nobody can stand righteously before him.
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  • The psalmist said in Psalm 103, "He knows how we were formed,
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  • and he remembers that we are dust."
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  • Number six is this, wholly embrace the one
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  • who has embraced you.
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  • His arms are around you.
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  • Just throw yours around him.
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  • Just throw yours around him.
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  • Just throw 'em around him.
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  • What you got to lose but a whole lot of defeat.
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  • What you got to lose
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  • but that feeling that you're not loved.
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  • What you got to lose?
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  • Wholly embrace the one who has embraced you.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little joy on 'em today?
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  • We're gonna lift it up
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  • and let the name of Jesus go forth in this place
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  • in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
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  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
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  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up
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  • every thread where you are concerned,
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  • that he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're gonna get some confidence in him today
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say, "Hallelujah"?
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
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  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • Here's what we're gonna do next.
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  • I want to read you this portion out of Ecclesiastes chapter 3,
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  • because many of you know the rhythm
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  • that goes with this word,
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  • because it's very much written in poetry.
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  • And so, I want you to say it with me all the way
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  • from verse 1 to verse 5, every single line of it.
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  • So, would you just start reading this with me?
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  • "For everything there is a season
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  • "and a time for every matter under heaven.
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  • "A time to be born, and a time to die.
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  • "A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.
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  • "A time to kill, and a time to heal.
  • 00:14:03.020 --> 00:14:07.000
  • "A time to break down, and a time to build up.
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  • "A time to weep, and a time to laugh,
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  • "a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
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  • "A time to cast away stones,
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  • and a time to gather stones together."
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  • Here we go, "A time to embrace, and a time
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  • to refrain from embracing."
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  • Number seven, know there is a time to embrace
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  • and a time to refrain.
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  • So, let's talk about some of the clear-cut ones.
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  • I wanna read you something, I'm gonna have it on the screen
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  • for you in just a moment,
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  • but this is God speaking through the prophet Jeremiah,
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  • and he's prophesying over the captivity
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  • that is about to come to God's very own people,
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  • and the destruction that is about to come upon them,
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  • and the destruction about to come on Jerusalem.
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  • And he has warned them, and warned them,
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  • and this is God's way,
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  • because when you look at the captivity
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  • and the destruction that the people of God
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  • have fallen into in Biblical history,
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:16.070
  • know that over and over, prophets were sent going,
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  • "Repent, repent, repent, repent."
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  • God is very slow.
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  • He is longsuffering and slow to come to that point.
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  • He is ever looking for us to turn, and when we wait,
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  • and wait, and we don't turn, he goes,
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  • "I'm gonna tell you something,
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  • "I've told you over, and over, and over again,
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  • and this is about to burn."
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  • And this is what happened to the people of God
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  • in the Old Testament when they were taken
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  • just as the word said they would be,
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  • taken captive by the Babylonians.
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  • "You have it coming to you.
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  • "I've measured it out precisely, God's decree.
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  • It's because you forgot me and embraced the Big Lie."
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  • Do you see how it's in capital letters?
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  • Man, that just stood out to me.
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  • "The Big Lie, that so-called god Baal."
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  • Now, for them, that was their era.
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  • Now, all in the world this means to us is idolatry,
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  • just idolatry.
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  • An idol is anything that we just, like, worship.
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  • Our self can become an idol, our image can become an idol.
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  • Money can become an idol.
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  • Power, notoriety, fame, celebrity can become an idol.
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  • All of these things, impressing people can become an idol.
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  • Just idolatry, but what he's saying,
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  • and what I wanna put on you,
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  • if you would consider it, is that when we embrace
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  • the big lie,
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  • and how many of you, because I get to hold my hand up
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  • on this one, how many of you have already learned
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  • what it's like to embrace the big lie
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  • and be devastated by it?
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  • To know the destruction of embracing the big lie.
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  • And if there's anything you and I wanna let go of today,
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  • because we really do get to,
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  • we can't make anybody else's decision for them,
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  • but we can make it for ourselves.
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  • And so, what we've gotta know,
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  • listen, we've got to be in the Scriptures.
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  • We've got to know the Scriptures,
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  • because we will not be able to recognize the big lie,
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  • or all the little lies,
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  • if we don't know what the truth is.
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  • There's a lot of talk going on in social media
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  • right now about orthodoxy.
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  • What is Christian orthodoxy?
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  • What is it that we believe most firmly?
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  • What are the deal-breakers to us?
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  • And I want to give you a few, because I want you to know,
  • 00:17:50.280 --> 00:17:54.010
  • so that you know,
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  • because here's what we've got in play before us.
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  • We're gonna have a lot of people in our lives that we dearly
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  • love, but we do not want to embrace their beliefs.
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  • And we gotta know where we stand and what,
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  • in our minds, is something
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  • we are not gonna let go of.
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  • Because you're gonna have to, for instance,
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  • listen, I'm gonna embrace my children.
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  • Many, many people write me, and my girls are--love,
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:26.020
  • love Jesus, and I'm so thankful for that,
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:28.050
  • but I've heard from many, many people along the way,
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:30.070
  • "This is the situation my son is in."
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  • "This is the situation my daughter is in,
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  • what would you suggest I do?"
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  • Love your children, love your children.
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  • But what happens is this, everybody stay with me here.
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  • Whoever we embrace, we might think,
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  • "Well, I'm never gonna believe like they do."
  • 00:18:48.220 --> 00:18:51.030
  • Well, the thing about it, in our metaphor,
  • 00:18:51.040 --> 00:18:53.270
  • you're chest to chest with 'em,
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  • and so I'm just gonna tell you, it is much harder,
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:19:02.050
  • much harder to filter truth from a lie
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  • when you are chest to chest, relationally speaking,
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:12.070
  • in embracing living with somebody
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  • of a different kind of belief system or doctrine.
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:19.010
  • So, what I'm gonna--I'm not saying we don't do it,
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  • I'm saying we better be very, very, very careful,
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  • because the nature,
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  • our natural man is going to slide
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  • because we are being affected by that embrace.
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  • There's a thin layer of skin between the two of us
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  • anytime we are embracing.
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  • Some of those people, we need to be loving right here,
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  • right here.
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  • I'm gonna hold your hand, I'm gonna love you to pieces,
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:50.140
  • but whether or not you're getting in right here,
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  • you know what?
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:54.040
  • I gotta be very careful who gets in right here.
  • 00:19:54.050 --> 00:19:55.250
  • Now, I'm not going saying that to 'em,
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:19:57.050
  • but I am saying it to you,
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  • because we gotta protect ourselves.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:00.090
  • Let's talk about a little bit of orthodoxy.
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  • These are some things we believe.
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  • These are some things that, to me, this--if you believe
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:07.200
  • differently, I still love you to pieces,
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  • I love you, I will hug you, I will embrace you,
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  • but living an embrace, that might be a different story.
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  • I'll hold hands, I'll swing hands,
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:23.260
  • but these are some things
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  • that are just like this is orthodoxy to us.
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  • Jesus Christ is the sinless Son of God,
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  • completely God, fully God,
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  • putting on human flesh and blood, fully man,
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  • fully God, the Son of God, the Son of Man.
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  • He came in flesh and blood.
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  • The reason why I make a big deal of that is because in 1 John,
  • 00:20:48.000 --> 00:20:50.280
  • John the Beloved makes a big deal of it.
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  • He says, "Anybody that says he has not come in the flesh,
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  • then, you know, you're not part of us."
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  • That's the spirit of antichrist,
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  • so that's the reason why I make a big deal of it.
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  • That he came and lived a sinless life,
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  • that he gave his life on the cross as a penalty
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  • for all of our sins, to pay for our sins,
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  • to redeem us from our sins.
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  • He paid for all of our sins on the cross.
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  • He was stone-cold dead, that is very important,
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  • that is part of the orthodoxy of our belief system.
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  • He is the Son of God, the only one.
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  • He came and lived a sinless life.
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  • He gave his life, the Son of God,
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  • for us, for the penalty of our sins,
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  • was stone-cold dead, put in a tomb,
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  • and was raised from the dead on the third day.
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  • He ascended, then, that 40 days later,
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  • he ascended to the right hand of God,
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  • where he is seated, making intercession for us
  • 00:21:48.140 --> 00:21:51.220
  • until he returns and sets up his government.
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:55.190
  • Now, that is basically the orthodoxy
  • 00:21:55.200 --> 00:22:00.040
  • about Jesus Christ himself,
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:02.190
  • who is the way, truth, and the life,
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:05.100
  • and no one comes to the Father but through him.
  • 00:22:05.110 --> 00:22:07.290
  • That is what we consider our Christian belief system.
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:12.130
  • We believe that the Word of God is God-breathed.
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:17.190
  • It is inspired, and it is authoritative.
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  • That it is complete.
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  • There is no adding to it, or no taking away from it.
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:26.150
  • This is orthodoxy.
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:28.180
  • So, when we've got someone in our life that feels different,
  • 00:22:28.190 --> 00:22:32.120
  • and a lot of people will, and listen,
  • 00:22:32.130 --> 00:22:34.050
  • we're supposed to be lights to the world.
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:35.270
  • This is where this becomes--it's just not black and white here.
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:40.050
  • Those are black and white beliefs,
  • 00:22:40.060 --> 00:22:42.170
  • but we're gonna have people in our lives
  • 00:22:42.180 --> 00:22:44.070
  • that are gonna feel just as strongly
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:47.190
  • about a whole different thing, and what I'm saying to you is,
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:51.150
  • if they are in your embrace, you guard your heart.
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:55.260
  • You guard your heart.
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:57.100
  • You guard your heart.
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  • And I'm gonna ask you another question.
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  • Do you have someone in your life
  • 00:23:00.180 --> 00:23:02.290
  • that would tell you if your doctrine was slipping?
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  • Because I got more people than I know what to do with.
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  • I'm asking you, do you know who would tell you?
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  • Who would tell you?
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  • Who would tell you?
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  • We believe this according to 2 Timothy 2.
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  • We believe, I'm gonna say it word-for-word out
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  • of that chapter.
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  • That, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord
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  • must turn away from evil."
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  • That's our belief system.
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  • That's our belief system.
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  • We gotta know the Scriptures.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • We're not gonna do any favors to this world when we think,
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  • "No, I just wanna be loving."
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  • That is loving, that is loving.
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  • I want to, too, I want to be just--I want there
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  • to be liberality in my love.
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  • That I treat everyone with dignity,
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  • as loved by God, Jesus Christ, every person you encounter.
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  • Jesus Christ died for them.
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  • He died for them, gave his life for them,
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  • but we are the light of the world,
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  • and we have got to stick with the Scriptures.
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  • We cannot decide now, "Oh, you know what,
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  • this is all changed now."
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  • Do you think every generation coming up to now
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  • has not said the same thing?
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  • Every century of Christians has gone, "You know what?
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  • This is different now."
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  • This is a hard world we're living in,
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  • we gotta hold on to truth and love,
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  • truth and love.
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  • We are people of conviction, and we are people of compassion,
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  • and neither one of 'em is up for grabs.
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  • I'm gonna be compassionate to people who feel differently
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  • than I do, but I've got to have my convictions.
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  • Know what they are, know the Scriptures,
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  • know what to embrace, what not to embrace,
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  • because to embrace the ways of the world
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  • that carry us away from these things
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  • is what the Scriptures call idolatry.
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  • It's spiritual adultery in Biblical terms.
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  • And so, we gotta figure out, you see, Solomon,
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  • this is one place where embracing is used
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  • in a very literal context.
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  • Because Solomon, after all this wisdom,
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  • he embraced the ways of his culture,
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  • because he just embraced one woman after another,
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  • after another, after another, after another.
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  • I'm just gonna say this one time,
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  • who is in your bed?
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  • And I think you know I'm not talking about
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  • your husband.
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  • And you don't have to be ashamed around me, because remember,
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  • I did not live a sheltered life, but I am gonna tell you,
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  • when someone is in your embrace, they got direct access,
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  • direct access to your heart, direct access to your heart.
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  • Here's the thing, we don't want to just keep our hands
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  • folded over our chest, embracing ourselves,
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  • I'm not into that, you're not into that.
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  • I wanna be an embracing person.
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  • I want to be, and I don't wanna just embrace people
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  • just like me,
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  • because if I embrace people just like me,
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  • then I never do grow,
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  • and I never do minister, so how do we do it?
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  • Well, we gotta walk in the Spirit,
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  • and we gotta keep telling God over and over,
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  • and go, "You check me on this. You check me on this.
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  • When I start sliding here, you check me on this, Lord.
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  • You check me on it."
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  • I wanna love like you.
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  • I wanna love like you.
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  • I wanna love like you.
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  • Anybody tired of your pattern defining your person?
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  • Because you and I are gonna discuss
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  • what it is that defines us.
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  • Because if you can get down to what defines you,
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  • you will be able to discover what is motivating
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  • many, many decisions.
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