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Grace and Grit Part 4

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May 29, 2019
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  • We were called to good works which God prepared beforehand
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  • that we should walk in it.
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  • Yes, there's being.
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  • I don't have any doing if I don't have any being.
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  • But out of the being comes the doing.
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  • There is activity for-- there's jobs for us to do.
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  • And you're just going like, "Well, I don't know which one."
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  • Just go try one. Try one.
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  • And women say, "I've just--I feel
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  • like I'm called to ministry, I don't know what to do."
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  • Meet the next need 'cause, really,
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  • that's why we're here, meet needs.
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  • My youngest grandchild is 15 months old,
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  • and just recently she's learned to walk.
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  • She didn't have any reason to walk
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  • 'cause we picked her up, all of us, all of us.
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  • She has too much older brothers and sisters.
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  • They-- I mean, she just did this...
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  • We pick her up, she had no use for her legs whatsoever.
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  • It's a wonder we do not just carry her
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  • to college like this in years to come
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  • because we never-- she just did this...
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  • and we all just picked her up.
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  • She is just the funniest little baby,
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  • and when she first started to stand,
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  • you know how they do, and she'd go, "Whooa."
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  • I mean, she could even voice, "Whoa,"
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  • because at first when you're trying to stand
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  • on those feet, you feel wobbly.
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  • But after a while, you start, kind of like,
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  • digging the soles of your feet down in the sand
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  • and learning how to stand and become mighty.
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  • I wanna tell you something, I wanna be very, very careful
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  • about what I'm about to say because I do know
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  • how many people struggle terribly
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  • with honest-to-goodness mental illness
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  • where the things I am about to say to you
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  • are not easy, if even possible,
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  • without medical help.
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  • I want you to know I acknowledge that in every way,
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  • so please know I'm not talking about that,
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  • but I'm asking for all of you
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  • to listen, one way or the other, to this
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  • because what I'm gonna tell you
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  • is that even some of us I think, would you permit me
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  • to say it this way and not take offense to it.
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  • I am this far from crazy at all times.
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  • Is anybody else where you're just like
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  • you know you're knocking on crazy--like, I just like,
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  • I know I--and there are times that I think to myself,
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  • "You could really go there right now.
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  • Are you going to?"
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  • That I have to just go, like, "No, no."
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  • Do you all have up here in British Columbia,
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  • do you all have leafcutter ants?
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  • Do you know what I'm talking about?
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  • Look 'em up. Look 'em up.
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  • Look up a video on YouTube and you'll see 'em
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  • because they're just fascinating.
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  • They're all over our property back home in Houston.
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  • And they carry little sheaves, little pieces, of leaf
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  • that are a whole lot bigger than they are
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  • and they just walk like this with their little leaves,
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  • like, here's the ants and they're all--
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  • would be like 300 of 'em in a row
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  • and they're all carrying their leaves like this.
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  • Well, I will go all over my property
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  • and I'm trying not to step on a leafcutter ant
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  • because, oh my word, I'm gonna smash an ant.
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  • And then I finally had to go, "Do you know what,
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  • "just walk and don't look down because, Beth,
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  • "there's a lot to worry about in this world.
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  • "If you're gonna use up a ten on the leafcutter ants,
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  • "I don't know how you're gonna make it
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  • "when somebody calls you to come stand beside them
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  • in the death of their loved one."
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  • Is anybody going there with me?
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  • If we're using a ten on how upset we are
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  • that our interior decorator did not show up today,
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  • what are we gonna do when we're in a crisis?
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  • If I'm worried about the-- and I like leafcutter ants,
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  • but I can't--I got other things to worry about.
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  • If I kill one of 'em, I'm sorry.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • What can I do?
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  • You know, sometimes, this morning it happened to me.
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  • I was putting on my contact, and as it came toward my eye,
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  • I wanted to scream, "No, no!"
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  • Well, you know, put your contact in.
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  • Are we just gonna go with it?
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  • All of us, I mean, what a lot of us are doing,
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  • we're just like going with it.
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  • We have an emotional urge
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  • and we're just like going with it, like, every, like,
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  • instead of just going, like, "You know what, stop."
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  • We're just going with it.
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  • Everything that overtakes us was, no, I really could say,
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  • "You know what, actually, no.
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  • "I have that opportunity here to really be neurotic.
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  • "I believe I'm going to say no to it.
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  • No to you, neurosis, today."
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  • Anybody, is anybody getting this with me today
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  • because, you know what, I'm just gonna say to you,
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  • we don't have to be as crazy as we are.
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  • Is that fair to say?
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  • Some of us are nuts.
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  • I'm one of 'em.
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  • But we don't have to be as crazy as we are.
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  • We could just go, where I can, I'm just gonna go,
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  • "Actually, no.
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  • "I'm not gonna give way to every single urge
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  • and everything I feel."
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  • Angela Duckworth talks about in the book,
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  • "Grit," what she calls fragile perfects.
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  • Now, I've never been a fragile perfect,
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  • but some of you have,
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  • and what she's talking about is the person
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  • that has succeeded at so many things,
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  • I mean, fabulous grades, very, very--
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  • just had all the accolades.
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  • And then the first time failure comes along, they can't get up.
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  • They cannot get up.
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  • And I mean, a lot of 'em just like,
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  • they're--they never get up again because why?
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  • 'Cause they're so-- they've not gone through enough
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  • to make them strong.
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  • They're fragile.
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  • Listen, fragility is real.
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  • We are breakable.
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  • We are breakable, but our brokenness
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  • can be used by God to bring us healing,
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  • to put us back together again into a whole new person
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  • that has got a strength that we never had before.
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  • And already give up on perfect.
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  • Give up on it.
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  • And get up after failure.
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  • Because our grace is gonna have to be gritty.
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  • Nothing on earth can get grittier than grace.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 12,
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  • a very, very familiar chapter to a lot of you.
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  • We're talking about nothing on earth
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  • can get grittier than grace.
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  • We've been talking about grit and grace.
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  • Well, we've been talking about the fusion of them,
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  • the melding of them together, and let me tell you something,
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  • grace can get gritty because we
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  • have been profoundly graced by God.
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  • But he also is telling us in his Word
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  • that it is that very grace that can give us the grit
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  • to get back up when we have been thrown back
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  • in a time of tremendous weakness.
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  • Watch what happens here
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  • in verses 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians,
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  • chapter 12, verses 8 and 9.
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  • The apostle Paul writes: "Three times
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  • "I pleaded with the Lord about this,
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  • that it should leave me."
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  • He's talking about his thorn in the flesh.
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  • "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you,
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  • "for my power is made perfect in weakness.'
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  • "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
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  • in my weaknesses,
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  • so that the power of Christ may rest on me."
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  • So here's the thing, there are days
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  • that we wake up feeling strong in our person
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  • and then we're strong in the might of the Lord.
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  • There are other times and in seasons
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  • when we are just knocked flat on the ground.
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  • Some months ago, I was under so much pressure,
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  • was a lot of things coming together at the same time,
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  • and I was serving at a place
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  • where a lot of people were all like,
  • 00:08:51.130 --> 00:08:54.090
  • "We've prayed about this for years
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  • and, I mean, this is it."
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  • And I was listening to all their intercession.
  • 00:08:58.020 --> 00:08:59.280
  • It was all about, and then "Beth," and "Beth,"
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  • and I was thinking, "Beth's got nothing."
  • 00:09:01.200 --> 00:09:05.050
  • It was just like it all--
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  • it was coming from every side
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  • and there's the pressure and the stress
  • 00:09:09.040 --> 00:09:10.180
  • 'cause I'm going like,
  • 00:09:10.190 --> 00:09:11.280
  • "I don't think you guys understand this.
  • 00:09:11.290 --> 00:09:14.110
  • "I don't have this.
  • 00:09:14.120 --> 00:09:16.260
  • "I mean, I'm telling you, Jesus, if you don't come through,
  • 00:09:16.270 --> 00:09:20.030
  • "we got--I got nothing going here.
  • 00:09:20.040 --> 00:09:22.190
  • I got nothing going here."
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  • And I just so it's-- it was all coming at once,
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  • and then a whole lot of circumstances going at once,
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  • and I was on my way back to the hotel
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  • and the thing was starting the next--
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  • but it wasn't just that thing.
  • 00:09:33.240 --> 00:09:35.030
  • It was a thousand things at once,
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  • and I just told the Lord, "It's too much.
  • 00:09:36.160 --> 00:09:40.250
  • "It's too much.
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  • "Lord, the pressure's too much.
  • 00:09:42.160 --> 00:09:44.070
  • "The stress is too much.
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  • It's just too much for one person."
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  • Now, I'mma tell you something.
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  • I know that there are people that take objection to this.
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  • Maybe it's just because I'm this close to nuts.
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  • I did not hear any audible voice,
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  • nothing, nothing.
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  • I did not see any visions.
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  • There was no smoke that puffed up all of a sudden.
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  • But I'm gonna tell you,
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  • as sure as I'm standing in front of you,
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  • that a thought came into my head as clear as a bell
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  • and not anything I remotely wanted to think.
  • 00:10:16.280 --> 00:10:20.260
  • I felt like the Holy Spirit was whispering to my heart,
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  • "I built you for this."
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  • And it was like, I mean, I couldn't even whine.
  • 00:10:30.040 --> 00:10:35.290
  • It was, like, over.
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  • It was the oddest thing, it was, like, I mean, it--
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  • I didn't have anything else to say.
  • 00:10:40.200 --> 00:10:42.280
  • So I just, like, got up the next--
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  • it was so odd because it sort of came off me.
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  • I felt like he's showing you,
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  • get out from under the spout of human pressure
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  • and move over purposely.
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  • Move over purposely,
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  • under the spout of Holy Spirit power.
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  • Just scoot-- just change your spout.
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  • Are you under a lot of pressure?
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  • Okay, scoot out from under it and go over here
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:06.180
  • and get under the water pressure of the Holy Spirit,
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  • the living water, and let it just hit.
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  • And when I got up the next morning,
  • 00:11:12.200 --> 00:11:14.150
  • I mean, that part of me, my physical self
  • 00:11:14.160 --> 00:11:16.170
  • still sort of kind of wanted to whine and get nervous,
  • 00:11:16.180 --> 00:11:19.070
  • but I was like, "I'm built for this, I'm built for--"
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  • You know, I looked in the mirror 'cause I'm
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  • kind of a small thing, and I thought,
  • 00:11:23.200 --> 00:11:27.210
  • "I don't look built for this.
  • 00:11:27.220 --> 00:11:33.240
  • "But I'm built for this.
  • 00:11:33.250 --> 00:11:36.220
  • "I'm built for this.
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:38.240
  • "Doesn't mean I can't fail at it,
  • 00:11:38.250 --> 00:11:41.000
  • "but it means whatever my God puts before me.
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:42.260
  • "You know what, I'm built for this.
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  • I'm built for this. I'm built for this."
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  • Ephesians 2:10, NIV: "For we are God's handiwork,
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  • created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
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  • which God prepared in advance for us to do."
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:55.100
  • If it's a work he gave you to do in the power of the Holy Spirit,
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  • oh yes, you can, you wanna know why?
  • 00:11:59.050 --> 00:12:01.010
  • Because you were built for that.
  • 00:12:01.020 --> 00:12:03.130
  • Would you look at one another and say,
  • 00:12:03.140 --> 00:12:04.230
  • "You were built for that, girl.
  • 00:12:04.240 --> 00:12:06.030
  • "You were built for that. You were built for that.
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:08.250
  • You were built for that."
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:10.050
  • Now, listen, okay, of course, y'all are aware,
  • 00:12:10.060 --> 00:12:13.110
  • many of you I would suppose,
  • 00:12:13.120 --> 00:12:14.240
  • of that scene in Esther chapter 4
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  • where this huge, horrible plan has been contrived
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  • by someone that has been given tremendous authority
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  • by the emperor in Persia,
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  • and he has got a plan for a holocaust of the Jews,
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  • and we don't read that as some kind of a fable
  • 00:12:35.260 --> 00:12:39.290
  • because we know how genocides
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  • can take place on this globe to our absolute horror
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:47.150
  • while we're over here, like, going to Kroger
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  • and getting our groceries
  • 00:12:49.230 --> 00:12:51.020
  • and something, like, on the other side of the earth
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  • is happening that is beyond our comprehension.
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  • We know it can happen.
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  • Well, they go to Esther and give her word,
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  • "You've got to go to the king," and she said,
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:03.050
  • "I can't go to the king.
  • 00:13:03.060 --> 00:13:05.190
  • "You can't just go to the king.
  • 00:13:05.200 --> 00:13:09.140
  • "You have to be summoned to the king.
  • 00:13:09.150 --> 00:13:11.290
  • And he hasn't summoned me in a month."
  • 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:16.120
  • And so they were just like, "Well--"
  • 00:13:16.130 --> 00:13:18.050
  • I wanna read this little portion to you
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:20.000
  • out of Esther chapter 4 where it says then
  • 00:13:20.010 --> 00:13:22.200
  • that Mordecai tells her in verse 12:
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  • "Mordecai told them to reply to Esther,
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:27.220
  • "'Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace
  • 00:13:27.230 --> 00:13:29.250
  • "'you will escape any more than all the other Jews.
  • 00:13:29.260 --> 00:13:31.280
  • "'For if you keep silent at this time,
  • 00:13:31.290 --> 00:13:33.250
  • "'relief and deliverance will rise
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:35.250
  • "'for the Jews from another place,
  • 00:13:35.260 --> 00:13:37.130
  • "'but you and your father's house will perish.
  • 00:13:37.140 --> 00:13:40.050
  • "'Who knows whether you have not come to this kingdom
  • 00:13:40.060 --> 00:13:43.080
  • "for such a time as this?'
  • 00:13:43.090 --> 00:13:46.100
  • "Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai,
  • 00:13:46.110 --> 00:13:48.110
  • "'Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa,
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:50.290
  • "'and hold a fast on my behalf,
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:52.190
  • "'and do not eat or drink for three days or nights.
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:55.050
  • "'And I and my young women will also fast as you do.
  • 00:13:55.060 --> 00:13:58.140
  • And then I will go to the king, though it is against the law,'"
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:01.170
  • and listen, it was punishable by death,
  • 00:14:01.180 --> 00:14:03.200
  • "'and if I perish, I perish.'"
  • 00:14:03.210 --> 00:14:08.000
  • I'm about to say the hardest thing,
  • 00:14:08.010 --> 00:14:11.090
  • but it's just biblical, and if we could--
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:15.280
  • there's nothing easy about this.
  • 00:14:15.290 --> 00:14:18.180
  • I'm just saying: what if, what if we moved
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  • into the mentality that because we are children of God,
  • 00:14:23.030 --> 00:14:28.070
  • because our eternity has been settled,
  • 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:32.170
  • that if blank happens, well then blank.
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  • This life is not all I have.
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  • It's a vapor in eternity.
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  • (announcer) Curiosity is hardwired into us.
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  • We have an inborn need to question,
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  • to seek after what we don't know and understand.
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  • (Beth) I am so full of joy this morning.
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:46.020
  • 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
  • 00:15:52.230 --> 00:15:56.210
  • in such power and in such presence.
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:16:00.060
  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:04.130
  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:07.120
  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
  • 00:16:07.130 --> 00:16:11.010
  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:12.210
  • every thread where you are concerned,
  • 00:16:12.220 --> 00:16:15.280
  • that he who started the plan knows how to end it?
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:20.190
  • We're gonna get some confidence in him today
  • 00:16:20.200 --> 00:16:23.180
  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
  • 00:16:23.190 --> 00:16:29.210
  • Can somebody say, "Hallelujah"?
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:32.040
  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
  • 00:16:32.050 --> 00:16:35.090
  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:39.030
  • Thank you, God.
  • 00:16:39.040 --> 00:16:41.010
  • Psalm 126.
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:44.180
  • These are about the exiles that, by the way,
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:47.290
  • if somebody can relate like I can,
  • 00:16:48.000 --> 00:16:50.070
  • that, by the way, had sinned themselves into exile.
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:57.070
  • They disobeyed into exile,
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:17:00.290
  • and still God blessed them to come home.
  • 00:17:01.000 --> 00:17:06.090
  • And God remained with them and God was still their God
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:09.290
  • though they had been disciplined.
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:11.140
  • And it says in Psalm 126:
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:13.200
  • "When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
  • 00:17:13.210 --> 00:17:16.170
  • "we were like those who dreamed.
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:19.090
  • "Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
  • 00:17:19.100 --> 00:17:21.130
  • "and our t tongue with shouts of joy;
  • 00:17:21.140 --> 00:17:24.030
  • "and then they said among the nations,
  • 00:17:24.040 --> 00:17:25.220
  • "'The Lord has done great things for them.'
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:28.030
  • "The Lord has done great things for us;
  • 00:17:28.040 --> 00:17:31.270
  • and we are glad."
  • 00:17:31.280 --> 00:17:34.090
  • I want to say the simplest thing to you:
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:36.230
  • has the Lord done great things for you?
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:40.260
  • Then be glad.
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:43.010
  • You cannot imagine how your gladness
  • 00:17:43.020 --> 00:17:45.050
  • will impact your sphere of influence.
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:49.120
  • Do you know--do you remember where it says in Proverbs 31,
  • 00:17:49.130 --> 00:17:53.010
  • at the very end of it, if you're familiar with it,
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:54.270
  • look later if you're not,
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:56.250
  • it says that our children rise up and call her blessed.
  • 00:17:56.260 --> 00:18:00.110
  • Do you know that that word
  • 00:18:00.120 --> 00:18:02.040
  • that translates in the Hebrew into blessed means happy?
  • 00:18:02.050 --> 00:18:06.110
  • It means happy.
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:07.240
  • In fact, I'm reading to you out of "Word Biblical Commentary's,"
  • 00:18:07.250 --> 00:18:11.160
  • very translation of it
  • 00:18:11.170 --> 00:18:14.060
  • that says, I've got it down here:
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:16.070
  • "Her children rise up and call her happy."
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:20.150
  • Your children do not need you to be
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.080
  • successful in moneymaking,
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:35.250
  • sophisticated and all together
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:40.220
  • perfect,
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:49.090
  • but let me tell you, it is some blessed kids
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:52.070
  • that could simply say, "I had a happy mom."
  • 00:18:52.080 --> 00:18:56.040
  • Never devalue the power of happy.
  • 00:18:59.180 --> 00:19:05.080
  • That in all of life's sadness and in all of the difficulty
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:11.070
  • and all the disappointments, which are very real,
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:14.110
  • and your kids, if you're a mom, get to see you process that
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.230
  • and you do it as a real person.
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:18.140
  • We grieve, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope.
  • 00:19:18.150 --> 00:19:24.060
  • But that our baseline is,
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:26.290
  • "My God has been good to me and I'm glad.
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:32.230
  • I'm glad."
  • 00:19:32.240 --> 00:19:35.220
  • There are times--did you see what the captives said?
  • 00:19:35.230 --> 00:19:40.200
  • "We were like those who dream
  • 00:19:40.210 --> 00:19:43.220
  • and our mouths were filled with laughter."
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:46.130
  • I wanna speak this blessing over you.
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:49.060
  • May your God be so good to you
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:51.210
  • that you have to throw your head back and laugh
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:54.160
  • over how ridiculous, how ridiculous it is.
  • 00:19:54.170 --> 00:20:00.270
  • I gotta tell you something silly.
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:02.070
  • Can I take the time to tell you something silly?
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:04.140
  • Okay, some five years ago,
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:08.260
  • I just started, on the side, working on fiction.
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:15.080
  • It doesn't compete with Bible study, curriculum,
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:20.100
  • non-fiction where I-- it was just a way,
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:22.170
  • just kind of an outlet for creative writing.
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:25.080
  • I love to just be let loose,
  • 00:20:25.090 --> 00:20:27.150
  • and there's not a lot of room for that in curriculum.
  • 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:30.110
  • There's a little bit. Curriculum is my calling.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:32.280
  • It's what I have-- I have to study,
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  • I have to be in research.
  • 00:20:36.220 --> 00:20:38.270
  • That is part of who I am.
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:40.200
  • I can't even exist without it.
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:42.200
  • It's the meat on my bones.
  • 00:20:42.210 --> 00:20:47.180
  • But just like, on the side, I just started doing this thing
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:50.060
  • because God had really put it on me,
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:52.120
  • I mean, just forcefully,
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:53.290
  • through every conceivable direction,
  • 00:20:54.000 --> 00:20:56.130
  • then in these years for the rest of my life,
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:59.170
  • after we had done this thing over and over and over again,
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:03.010
  • keep doing this, but start broadening the field.
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:05.190
  • And I really felt that he put on me,
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  • "You start sowing seed in other fields.
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:10.250
  • "You just take the gospel in whatever form,
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:13.200
  • "in whatever form, however it reaches,
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:16.160
  • "and that you just take it and go.
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:18.230
  • "Anywhere I open a door for you, you just go.
  • 00:21:18.240 --> 00:21:21.080
  • "The more different it is, the better.
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:23.030
  • "You just go, sow the gospel
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  • and sow that seed in that new soil,"
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:28.050
  • and so, man, I just--I thought,
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:29.150
  • "It'll never get done, it'll never get done.
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  • God will never prioritize the time to get it done."
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:32.200
  • Just kept doing it, just kept doing it,
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:34.020
  • just kept doing it, and then one day,
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.150
  • I just, like, "Whoa, I'm like--" this thing is this thick.
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:40.240
  • And gritty. Talk about gritty.
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  • I don't even know how to write a pretty story
  • 00:21:44.020 --> 00:21:47.170
  • because I didn't have one.
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:50.080
  • But I hope it's got a powerful story to it.
  • 00:21:50.090 --> 00:21:53.060
  • But that, when it first came out,
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  • it's set in New Orleans,
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  • and so the Tyndale team that produced it,
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  • came to New Orleans where we were gonna have a book signing.
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  • I mean, it was launching.
  • 00:22:03.010 --> 00:22:04.100
  • It was the day it was launching.
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  • Think it had gone on the shelves the day before.
  • 00:22:07.210 --> 00:22:09.240
  • We went to New Orleans 'cause that's where it was set.
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:11.140
  • We had dinner that night
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:13.240
  • at a restaurant right downtown,
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:18.220
  • and that night when we came out of the restaurant,
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:22.050
  • we were on the square
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  • because some of the story takes place on the square,
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  • and we were heading to one of the little restaurants
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  • where so much of the storyline has taken place,
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:32.070
  • and as we were walking that way,
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:34.020
  • fireworks started behind it.
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:36.020
  • I mean, fireworks.
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:37.190
  • I'm just talking about right behind it,
  • 00:22:37.200 --> 00:22:39.070
  • right behind it was-- is the Mississippi River.
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:41.070
  • But I mean, like, it's black of night, fireworks.
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:43.170
  • Well, we were like, "This is so ridiculous."
  • 00:22:43.180 --> 00:22:45.080
  • It was, like, so silly 'cause we kind of said to one another,
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:48.290
  • "I mean, how coincidental is this?"
  • 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:50.160
  • Well, we kept asking people, "What are those for?
  • 00:22:50.170 --> 00:22:52.230
  • What's the occasion?"
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:54.030
  • Everybody said, "We have no idea.
  • 00:22:54.040 --> 00:22:55.130
  • We have absolutely no idea."
  • 00:22:55.140 --> 00:22:56.230
  • I mean, it was-- no one could tell us anything.
  • 00:22:56.240 --> 00:22:58.260
  • No one could tell us anything. We finally just stood there.
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:01.090
  • The thing went on for ten solid minutes.
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:02.270
  • We just stood there like this, just stood there like this.
  • 00:23:02.280 --> 00:23:05.090
  • And we thought, "Dare we,
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:09.240
  • "dare we think
  • 00:23:09.250 --> 00:23:13.290
  • "that he might be just outrageous enough
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:18.190
  • "to go, 'You took a huge risk.
  • 00:23:18.200 --> 00:23:21.090
  • "'You went way out there to try to obey me,
  • 00:23:21.100 --> 00:23:25.200
  • and I'm just gonna throw a few fireworks.'"
  • 00:23:25.210 --> 00:23:29.280
  • And I'm gonna tell you something, here was--
  • 00:23:29.290 --> 00:23:32.160
  • here's what we could do.
  • 00:23:32.170 --> 00:23:34.060
  • We could either go,
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:35.160
  • "No way under heaven would God do that.
  • 00:23:35.170 --> 00:23:37.060
  • That's a stupid thing to even think."
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:39.030
  • Here's what we could also think,
  • 00:23:39.040 --> 00:23:40.130
  • and this is what we chose to think:
  • 00:23:40.140 --> 00:23:41.230
  • "There could be a hundred different people
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:43.030
  • "on this square that he's doing that for,
  • 00:23:43.040 --> 00:23:45.210
  • "but do you know what?
  • 00:23:45.220 --> 00:23:48.110
  • We were one of 'em. We were one of 'em."
  • 00:23:48.120 --> 00:23:53.100
  • And I don't know if he was doing it for us or not,
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:57.170
  • but I think if I thank him just in case,
  • 00:23:57.180 --> 00:24:03.020
  • maybe he'll be okay with that.
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:06.220
  • Because I'm gonna throw my head back and go,
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:10.090
  • "You are ridiculously good.
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:14.000
  • "You, God, are ridiculously good.
  • 00:24:14.010 --> 00:24:17.280
  • "I don't even understand such ridiculous grace
  • 00:24:17.290 --> 00:24:22.130
  • "that you would want us to know
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:25.190
  • "that you approved of us in all our flaws,
  • 00:24:25.200 --> 00:24:29.010
  • "in all our foolishness, that you looked at us,
  • 00:24:29.020 --> 00:24:33.140
  • nodded, and went, 'Way to hang in there.'"
  • 00:24:33.150 --> 00:24:36.140
  • Number five is this, and with this we end.
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  • We'll forget all the grit at the grace of his face.
  • 00:24:45.260 --> 00:24:51.130
  • Oh, you can have some grit now, girlfriend,
  • 00:24:51.140 --> 00:24:55.040
  • because you're gonna forget all of that
  • 00:24:55.050 --> 00:24:59.220
  • at a glimpse of the grace
  • 00:24:59.230 --> 00:25:04.050
  • of his gorgeous face.
  • 00:25:04.060 --> 00:25:07.080
  • Sometimes, I think you need to be told
  • 00:25:11.210 --> 00:25:15.290
  • that your girlhood hopes
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:19.000
  • of living happily ever after do come true.
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:25.110
  • We really will live happily ever after.
  • 00:25:25.120 --> 00:25:31.010
  • Matthew chapter 25 says in the NIV rendering
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:35.210
  • that the Master will say to us,
  • 00:25:35.220 --> 00:25:37.230
  • "Well done, good and gritty servant.
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:44.060
  • Enter in to your Master's--"
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:47.050
  • Check out the translation for yourself.
  • 00:25:47.060 --> 00:25:49.140
  • "Enter in to your Master's happiness."
  • 00:25:49.150 --> 00:25:52.230
  • Some of you have not been taught that you have a happy Savior.
  • 00:25:52.240 --> 00:25:57.000
  • I beg to differ.
  • 00:25:57.010 --> 00:26:01.020
  • He has extravagant joy
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:02.120
  • beyond anything you have ever known
  • 00:26:02.130 --> 00:26:03.220
  • and anything you've ever experienced.
  • 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:05.020
  • He could make you laugh
  • 00:26:05.030 --> 00:26:06.120
  • like nobody on the earth can make you laugh.
  • 00:26:06.130 --> 00:26:07.250
  • He can bring up a lightness in your soul
  • 00:26:07.260 --> 00:26:09.200
  • at their hardest moment.
  • 00:26:09.210 --> 00:26:11.000
  • All of a sudden, this joy just begins to break in
  • 00:26:11.010 --> 00:26:13.080
  • and you think, "What in the world is this,
  • 00:26:13.090 --> 00:26:15.030
  • "this alien joy that has overtaken me,
  • 00:26:15.040 --> 00:26:16.290
  • "this alien peace that has come into my chaos?
  • 00:26:17.000 --> 00:26:19.070
  • What in the world is up with this?"
  • 00:26:19.080 --> 00:26:23.240
  • And all that grit
  • 00:26:23.250 --> 00:26:25.200
  • will just disintegrate
  • 00:26:29.120 --> 00:26:33.060
  • in the grace of his face.
  • 00:26:34.250 --> 00:26:39.010
  • 00:26:39.020 --> 00:26:46.010
  • 00:26:46.020 --> 00:26:49.100
  • We lose the power of the cross when we take
  • 00:26:51.160 --> 00:26:55.170
  • the razor-sharp edge off the sword of the Spirit.
  • 00:26:55.180 --> 00:26:59.230
  • When it no longer can divide
  • 00:26:59.240 --> 00:27:01.190
  • between soul and spirit and marrow.
  • 00:27:01.200 --> 00:27:04.140
  • When we've now made it so dull that it no longer causes us
  • 00:27:04.150 --> 00:27:09.030
  • to look at some passage and go, "I have no idea what that means,
  • 00:27:09.040 --> 00:27:12.040
  • but that nearly scares the life out of me."
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