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Different Kinds Of Friends

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May 16, 2019
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Time of Grace with Mark Jeske

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  • [ANNOUNCER] The following
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  • program is sponsored by
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  • friends and partners of
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  • Time of Grace.
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  • [PASTOR MICHAEL NOVOTNY]
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  • As a church, would you
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  • consider yourself to be
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  • close or cliquey?
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  • Because you all told me
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  • both.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [PASTOR MICHAEL
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  • NOVOTNY] Back in 2014, I
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  • came here to Appleton to
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  • be the pastor of this
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  • church and one of the
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  • first things on my agenda
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  • was to meet as many
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  • members of our church
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  • family as I could.
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  • And so for months and
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  • months and months, I set
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  • up every member visits, I
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  • got to go into your homes
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  • and living rooms, I got to
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  • know your families and
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  • your stories, your
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  • spiritual journeys, and I
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  • asked so many of you what
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  • your favorite part of our
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  • church was and if there's
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  • one thing you wish you
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  • could change about your
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  • church family, what it
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  • would be?
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  • And what I remember from
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  • those conversations was
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  • this theme that came up
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  • again and again and again
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  • and again of how close so
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  • many of you felt to one
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  • another.
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  • Some of you just gushed
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  • about the community that
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  • you found here at our
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  • But I found out after a
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  • few more visits that not
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  • everyone in the church was
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  • There were some of you who
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  • cautiously and
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  • respectfully said, "You
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  • know, Pastor, sometimes I
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  • feel like our church can
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  • be a little, I don't know,
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  • And I would drive home in
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  • my car after those
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  • conversations and I would
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  • ask myself, "What's really
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  • going on at this place?"
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  • I mean, is there something
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  • exclusive and cliquey and
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  • sinful that I have to
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  • address as a pastor?
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  • And for years, I've been
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  • wrestling with those
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  • questions; trying to
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  • decide what's wise and
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  • what's not.
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  • What's biblical and what
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  • isn't?
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  • But just recently, I
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  • really feel like I put my
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  • finger on the heart of the
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  • issue.
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  • I think the heart of the
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  • issue, what causes so much
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  • drama and
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  • misunderstanding, is many
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  • Christians don't
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  • understand the difference
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  • between what the Bible
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  • calls friendship and what
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  • the Bible calls
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  • fellowship.
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  • And if you don't know how
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  • to define those two words
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  • and what they look like in
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  • practice, there's going to
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  • be misunderstandings, hurt
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  • feelings, missed
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  • blessings, and the church
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  • will be just like every
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  • other pick and choose
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  • I think about this quote
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  • from a man named Dietrich
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  • Bonhoeffer.
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  • Ever heard that name
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  • before?
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  • He was a Lutheran pastor
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  • who actually tried to
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  • assassinate Hitler, which
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  • is pretty cool for a
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  • pastor to do.
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  • Many years ago, he said
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  • this.
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  • He said, "The one who
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  • wants more than what
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  • Christ has established
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  • does not want Christian
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  • brotherhood.
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  • He's looking for some
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  • extraordinary social
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  • experience which he has
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  • not found elsewhere." Can
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  • you grasp what he's
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  • saying?
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  • He's saying if you walk
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  • into a church and you're
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  • just looking for some
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  • extraordinary social
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  • experience like, "Wow!
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  • This is so - I just made
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  • my first 10 best friends
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  • the first Sunday that I
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  • walked in through the
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  • door." He said wait, wait.
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  • Is that what Jesus
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  • commanded his church
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  • people to do?
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  • Is that what he
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  • established in the
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  • Christian church?
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  • That we all be best
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  • friends, stand up in each
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  • other's weddings, carry
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  • each other's caskets?
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  • Bonhoeffer says if you
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  • expect the church to
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  • become like your personal
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  • season of friends, you
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  • might be disappointed when
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  • On the other hand, author
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  • David Horne, who's written
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  • a really great Christian
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  • book on friendship and
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  • fellowship, he kind of
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  • counters with these words.
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  • He says, "The oft times
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  • freely swinging barn door
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  • of relationships," - how's
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  • that for a picture?
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  • "That we find in our
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  • churches today suggest
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  • that we might not fully
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  • take seriously the
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  • implications of the fact
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  • that Jesus' call to love
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  • one another is first and
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  • foremost a divine
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  • command." David Horn is
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  • asking, you know, why is
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  • it that some people come
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  • to a church and they leave
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  • as fast as they came?
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  • And they want to join the
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  • church and have a meeting
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  • with the pastor and
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  • they're really excited and
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  • then six months later, you
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  • wonder where they are?
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  • And they signed up for a
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  • Bible study and they get
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  • to the end of it and then
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  • they're gone.
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  • Why do people connect and
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  • disconnect so quickly?
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  • If the church is supposed
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  • to be different, why are
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  • the front doors like a
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  • barn door that's swinging
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  • back and forth, people
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  • come and people go and
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  • instead of finding
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  • something so powerful here
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  • that they just want to
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  • come and stay.
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  • He said maybe, just maybe,
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  • people who have made
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  • friends in the church have
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  • forgotten that there's
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  • something bigger at work
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  • here; a divine command
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  • from the Son of God
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  • himself to actually love
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  • one another.
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  • And so that's the tension
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  • I want to explore with you
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  • today: What is friendship
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  • and what does it look like
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  • in the church?
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  • And what is fellowship?
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  • What can't we miss as we
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  • practice Christian love in
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  • the church?
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  • So if you're taking notes
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  • in your program, I'd love
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  • for you to write this
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  • down; that I want you to
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  • leave today with a clear
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  • understanding of the
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  • difference between
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  • friendship and fellowship.
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  • And if Jesus can teach us
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  • the difference between the
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  • two, we're going to be a
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  • stronger church and a
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  • stronger Christian
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  • So let's start with Jesus
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  • and ask the question what
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  • would Jesus do?
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  • Or maybe a better question
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  • to ask is what did Jesus
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  • do?
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  • You might know, 2.000
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  • years ago, Jesus, who is
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  • God, actually came down
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  • from heaven and walked on
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  • this earth for 33 years
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  • and he had interactions,
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  • conversations and
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  • relationships, with
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  • people.
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  • So what do those
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  • relationships look like?
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  • Well, let me show you by
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  • revealing my favorite
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  • friends, my Jesus - if
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  • you're a member of our
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  • church, you know that I
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  • love my Jesus action
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  • figures.
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  • Alright, so this is our
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  • Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • And you might know that
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  • when he started doing
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  • ministry and teaching it
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  • was so profound and it was
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  • so amazing, when he
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  • started doing miracles and
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  • turning water into wine
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  • and healing sick people
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  • and raising dead people,
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  • thousands and thousands of
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  • people flocked to him.
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  • And yet, Jesus didn't
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  • spend an equal amount of
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  • time with all the
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  • thousands.
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  • Instead, very early in his
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  • ministry, let me show you
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  • what happened in Mark 3.
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  • It says, "Jesus went up on
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  • a mountainside and called
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  • to him those he wanted and
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  • they came to him." These
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  • are the 12 he appointed.
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  • "Simon, (to whom he gave
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  • the name Peter); James son
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  • of Zebedee and his brother
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  • John (to them he gave the
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  • name Boanerges, which
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  • means Sons of Thunder)." I
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  • love that; that's like a
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  • WWE tag team wrestling
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  • name, isn't it?
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  • The Sons of Thunder!
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  • [Pastor: Laughter]
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  • "Andrew, Philip,
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  • Bartholomew, Matthew,
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  • Thomas, James son of
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  • Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon
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  • the Zealot and Judas
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  • Iscariot, who betrayed
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  • him." Thousands of people
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  • listened to him, even
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  • hundreds of people said
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  • they believed in him, but
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  • Jesus chose to spend the
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  • vast majority of his time
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  • with these 12 that we call
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  • the apostles.
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  • And because Jesus is God
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  • and because God is good,
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  • it couldn't have been bad
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  • for Jesus to prefer some
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  • people more than others.
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  • But then it gets really
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  • interesting because as you
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  • keep reading through
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  • Mark's gospel, you find
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  • out that Jesus actually
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  • didn't spend equal amounts
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  • of time with these twelve.
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  • Let me jump ahead to a
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  • scene where a frantic
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  • father comes to Jesus.
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  • His daughter's sick and
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  • she ends up dying and
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  • Jesus is about to perform
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  • this crazy miracle when he
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  • raises her from the dead
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  • and look what happens in
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  • Mark 5.
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  • It says, "He, Jesus, "did
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  • not let anyone follow him
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  • except Peter, James and
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  • John the brother of
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  • James." Remember those
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  • three guys that Jesus gave
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  • the sweet nicknames to?
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  • You're not just going to
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  • be Simon, you're going to
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  • be Peter, which means
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  • "rock." And you're not
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  • just going to be James and
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  • John, you're going to be
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  • Boanerges, the Sons of
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  • Thunder.
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  • So Jesus hung out with
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  • Rocky and the Sons of
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  • Thunder [Audience:
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  • Laughter].
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  • They got sweet nicknames
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  • and the rest of the guys
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  • didn't so, you know,
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  • here's Jesus and he
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  • invites with him Peter,
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  • and he invites with him
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  • James, and he invites with
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  • him John.
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  • And it wasn't just a
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  • one-time thing.
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  • You know, here's your turn
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  • to spend with me.
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  • We know of no other story
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  • where Thomas and Matthew
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  • and Bartholomew that got
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  • that kind of special
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  • treatment.
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  • In fact, if you jump ahead
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  • to Mark 9, one of the
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  • biggest moments of Jesus'
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  • ministry, it says, "After
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  • six days, Jesus took
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  • Peter, James and John with
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  • him and led them up a high
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  • mountain where they were
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  • all alone.
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  • There he was transfigured
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  • before them." The
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  • transfiguration of Jesus.
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  • He kind of pulled back the
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  • veil so they could see his
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  • glory; his face shone like
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  • the sun.
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  • He was about to come down
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  • the mountain and go to a
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  • cross and die but first he
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  • wanted to show people that
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  • he actually was God, full
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  • of power and majesty and
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  • glory.
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  • And then that big moment -
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  • who saw it?
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  • The crowds?
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  • Nope?
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  • The twelve?
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  • Nope, just the three;
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  • Jesus' three closest
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  • friends.
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  • And if that weren't
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  • interesting enough, then
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  • we jump ahead to the night
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  • that Jesus was betrayed.
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  • In Mark 14, it says,
  • 00:08:59.230 --> 00:09:00.190
  • "they" the apostles, "went
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  • to a place called
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  • Gethsemane, and Jesus said
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  • to his disciples, 'Sit
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  • here while I pray.' He
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  • took Peter, James and John
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  • along with him and he
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  • began to be deeply
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  • distressed and troubled.'"
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  • That's fascinating to me.
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  • Like in front of all the
  • 00:09:15.230 --> 00:09:17.220
  • apostles, Jesus said - you
  • 00:09:17.220 --> 00:09:19.040
  • know, Judas was gone to
  • 00:09:19.040 --> 00:09:20.080
  • betray him - "You eight,
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  • you stay here.
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  • But Peter and James and
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  • John, I need you with me.
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  • I need you to pray with
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  • me.
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  • I'm overwhelmed." It's
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  • like Jesus was having a
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  • birthday party and he
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  • didn't wait for the
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  • privacy; he passed out
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  • only three invitations in
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  • But because Jesus is God
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  • and God is always good,
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  • that kind of behavior
  • 00:09:42.030 --> 00:09:44.200
  • couldn't have been bad.
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  • If that weren't
  • 00:09:48.070 --> 00:09:48.270
  • fascinating enough, then
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  • As we read through the
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  • gospels, we find out that
  • 00:09:53.150 --> 00:09:54.100
  • Jesus didn't just prefer
  • 00:09:54.100 --> 00:09:55.070
  • the 12 apostles and he
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  • didn't just prefer these
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  • three guys.
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  • There was actually one man
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  • that had a closer
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  • relationship to him than
  • 00:09:59.260 --> 00:10:01.160
  • all the others: The
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  • On the night that Jesus
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  • would be betrayed, he made
  • 00:10:06.190 --> 00:10:07.170
  • a prediction of his
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:08.110
  • betrayal.
  • 00:10:08.110 --> 00:10:09.010
  • He said, "One of you is
  • 00:10:09.010 --> 00:10:10.050
  • going to stab me in the
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  • back." And look at what
  • 00:10:11.040 --> 00:10:13.040
  • John's gospel says.
  • 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:14.260
  • In John 13 it says, "His
  • 00:10:14.260 --> 00:10:15.260
  • disciples started at one
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  • another, at a loss to know
  • 00:10:16.260 --> 00:10:17.260
  • which of them he meant.
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  • One of them, the disciples
  • 00:10:19.230 --> 00:10:20.270
  • whom Jesus loved, was
  • 00:10:20.270 --> 00:10:22.040
  • reclining next to him.
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  • Simon Peter motioned to
  • 00:10:23.240 --> 00:10:24.240
  • this disciple and said,
  • 00:10:24.240 --> 00:10:26.240
  • 'Ask him which one he
  • 00:10:26.240 --> 00:10:27.140
  • means.'" So they're
  • 00:10:27.140 --> 00:10:30.070
  • sitting at a table and not
  • 00:10:30.070 --> 00:10:31.160
  • everyone can sit right
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:32.130
  • next to Jesus.
  • 00:10:32.130 --> 00:10:34.130
  • And even Peter, who
  • 00:10:34.130 --> 00:10:35.200
  • becomes one of the most
  • 00:10:35.200 --> 00:10:36.160
  • famous apostles, doesn't
  • 00:10:36.160 --> 00:10:37.160
  • get the prime seat at
  • 00:10:37.160 --> 00:10:39.210
  • Jesus' side.
  • 00:10:39.210 --> 00:10:40.110
  • He has to sit next to him
  • 00:10:40.110 --> 00:10:41.120
  • and ask this man, John,
  • 00:10:41.120 --> 00:10:43.180
  • what Jesus meant.
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:44.080
  • And did you catch the
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:45.220
  • special nickname John had?
  • 00:10:45.260 --> 00:10:48.260
  • Not just one of the Sons
  • 00:10:48.260 --> 00:10:49.120
  • of Thunder; he was called
  • 00:10:49.120 --> 00:10:50.070
  • "the disciple whom Jesus
  • 00:10:51.000 --> 00:10:54.000
  • loved." When people looked
  • 00:10:54.000 --> 00:10:56.180
  • at how close Jesus was to
  • 00:10:56.180 --> 00:10:57.260
  • John, they were like best
  • 00:10:57.260 --> 00:10:58.240
  • friends.
  • 00:10:58.240 --> 00:10:59.140
  • They said that's the guy
  • 00:10:59.140 --> 00:11:01.060
  • that Jesus loves.
  • 00:11:01.060 --> 00:11:03.100
  • No one else got that name.
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:04.040
  • He wasn't called one of
  • 00:11:04.040 --> 00:11:05.020
  • the people that Jesus
  • 00:11:05.020 --> 00:11:05.280
  • loved, but the disciple
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:08.110
  • that Jesus loved.
  • 00:11:08.110 --> 00:11:11.090
  • And because Jesus is God,
  • 00:11:11.090 --> 00:11:13.010
  • and because God is always
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:13.200
  • good, this friendship
  • 00:11:13.200 --> 00:11:16.010
  • could not have been bad.
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:19.280
  • So what do we learn from
  • 00:11:19.280 --> 00:11:20.140
  • the fascinating story of
  • 00:11:20.140 --> 00:11:21.080
  • Jesus' relationships?
  • 00:11:21.080 --> 00:11:23.230
  • We essentially learn that
  • 00:11:23.230 --> 00:11:24.150
  • friendship is not a sin.
  • 00:11:25.180 --> 00:11:28.180
  • Being selective,
  • 00:11:28.180 --> 00:11:30.030
  • preferring some people's
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:31.040
  • company over everyone's
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:32.090
  • company, is not wrong.
  • 00:11:32.090 --> 00:11:33.160
  • It's not sinful; it's
  • 00:11:33.160 --> 00:11:35.130
  • actually Christ-like.
  • 00:11:35.130 --> 00:11:37.160
  • You can't accuse people of
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:38.250
  • being in a clique because
  • 00:11:38.250 --> 00:11:39.180
  • they just hang out with
  • 00:11:39.180 --> 00:11:40.100
  • three, or even just one,
  • 00:11:40.100 --> 00:11:42.160
  • because Jesus Christ was
  • 00:11:42.160 --> 00:11:43.150
  • never cliquey.
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:45.020
  • He was perfect and
  • 00:11:45.020 --> 00:11:45.250
  • compassionate and kind and
  • 00:11:45.250 --> 00:11:48.000
  • yet, he spent more time
  • 00:11:48.000 --> 00:11:48.220
  • with some than others.
  • 00:11:48.220 --> 00:11:49.250
  • "Friendship includes a
  • 00:11:49.250 --> 00:11:50.250
  • few," and remember that
  • 00:11:50.250 --> 00:11:52.120
  • word, "a few preferred
  • 00:11:52.130 --> 00:11:55.130
  • companions." You can't
  • 00:11:55.130 --> 00:11:58.010
  • spend equal time with
  • 00:11:58.010 --> 00:11:58.220
  • everyone; there's some
  • 00:11:58.220 --> 00:11:59.130
  • that you just prefer being
  • 00:11:59.130 --> 00:12:00.140
  • with for 1.000 different
  • 00:12:00.140 --> 00:12:01.160
  • reasons and it's not
  • 00:12:01.160 --> 00:12:02.160
  • sinful if you do.
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:07.020
  • One of the coolest things
  • 00:12:07.020 --> 00:12:07.200
  • about being a Christian is
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:08.160
  • to know that we always
  • 00:12:08.160 --> 00:12:09.210
  • have Jesus.
  • 00:12:09.210 --> 00:12:11.090
  • There's always someone who
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.090
  • wants to talk with us;
  • 00:12:12.090 --> 00:12:13.070
  • someone who wants to bear
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:14.070
  • our burdens and hear our
  • 00:12:14.070 --> 00:12:15.060
  • prayers.
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  • Someone who prefers us.
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:17.070
  • Someone who loves to be in
  • 00:12:17.070 --> 00:12:18.170
  • our company and that gives
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:20.050
  • us such hope as we wait
  • 00:12:20.050 --> 00:12:21.110
  • for God to provide those
  • 00:12:21.110 --> 00:12:22.080
  • people who prefer us, too.
  • 00:12:22.270 --> 00:12:25.270
  • So one of the best things
  • 00:12:25.270 --> 00:12:26.150
  • we can do as a spiritual
  • 00:12:26.150 --> 00:12:27.170
  • community is to protect
  • 00:12:27.170 --> 00:12:29.040
  • and to support and to lift
  • 00:12:29.040 --> 00:12:30.080
  • up and encourage Christian
  • 00:12:30.080 --> 00:12:32.110
  • But we can't stop there
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  • because if you just had
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:40.200
  • your little circle of
  • 00:12:40.200 --> 00:12:41.100
  • preferred companions and I
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:42.180
  • had mine, well then this
  • 00:12:42.180 --> 00:12:45.020
  • church wouldn't be that
  • 00:12:45.020 --> 00:12:45.250
  • much different than a
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:46.150
  • soccer league, the
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:48.060
  • workplace, the middle
  • 00:12:48.060 --> 00:12:49.290
  • school.
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:51.210
  • And that's why we have to
  • 00:12:51.210 --> 00:12:52.090
  • remember something else
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:52.260
  • that Jesus taught;
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:53.120
  • something, in fact, that's
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:54.160
  • even better than
  • 00:12:54.160 --> 00:12:55.260
  • friendship; something the
  • 00:12:55.260 --> 00:12:57.250
  • Now, I never thought
  • 00:13:02.100 --> 00:13:03.060
  • previously that fellowship
  • 00:13:03.060 --> 00:13:05.000
  • was actually better than
  • 00:13:05.000 --> 00:13:06.100
  • friendship until I talked
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:08.180
  • with Rich.
  • 00:13:08.180 --> 00:13:11.060
  • Rich is a mentor of mine
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:12.090
  • and he's really, really,
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:13.000
  • really smart.
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:14.080
  • He teaches at a Bible
  • 00:13:14.080 --> 00:13:15.070
  • school that I attended and
  • 00:13:15.070 --> 00:13:16.230
  • a couple of months ago, I
  • 00:13:16.230 --> 00:13:18.130
  • was trying to pitch to
  • 00:13:18.130 --> 00:13:20.010
  • Rich this message.
  • 00:13:20.010 --> 00:13:22.080
  • I'd been thinking about it
  • 00:13:22.080 --> 00:13:23.100
  • and I shared with him and
  • 00:13:23.100 --> 00:13:24.240
  • I said, "Here's what I'm
  • 00:13:24.240 --> 00:13:25.150
  • thinking." Like there's
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:26.280
  • this scale of zero to 10
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:30.000
  • when it comes to
  • 00:13:30.000 --> 00:13:30.200
  • relationships.
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  • Zero's like your worst
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  • enemy; you hate these
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:33.120
  • people and 10 is like your
  • 00:13:33.120 --> 00:13:35.010
  • best friend; you'd pick
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:36.160
  • and prefer them every
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:37.090
  • single time.
  • 00:13:37.090 --> 00:13:39.200
  • And I said to Rich, I
  • 00:13:39.200 --> 00:13:40.060
  • think friendship on the
  • 00:13:40.060 --> 00:13:41.040
  • scale, those are the
  • 00:13:41.040 --> 00:13:42.070
  • people that are like an
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:42.270
  • eight or a nine or a ten.
  • 00:13:42.270 --> 00:13:44.220
  • Rich said, "Mike, why your
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:45.230
  • scale of zero to 10 of
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:47.010
  • brotherly love, phileo
  • 00:13:47.010 --> 00:13:48.250
  • love, be only a seven - or
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:51.010
  • I should say - an eight,
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  • nine and 10 and yet,
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  • agape, this unconditional
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  • love for all people be
  • 00:13:54.130 --> 00:13:55.290
  • like a six or seven?
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:57.030
  • It doesn't make
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  • theological sense." And I
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  • thought oh, my goodness,
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  • he's right.
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  • This is why I love this
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  • man.
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  • Because how powerful is it
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  • when you actually love
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:07.130
  • people who aren't like
  • 00:14:07.130 --> 00:14:08.050
  • you?
  • 00:14:08.050 --> 00:14:10.040
  • How amazing is it when you
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:11.130
  • actually care about people
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:12.190
  • and they care about you
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  • even if you're not best
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:14.140
  • friends?
  • 00:14:14.140 --> 00:14:16.110
  • How amazing is it when you
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  • don't just avoid those
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:18.290
  • kind of awkward people but
  • 00:14:18.290 --> 00:14:20.040
  • you throw your arms open
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  • to welcome and include the
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  • people who will never
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:24.150
  • stand up in your wedding
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:25.110
  • or carry your casket?
  • 00:14:25.110 --> 00:14:28.020
  • What makes the Christian
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:29.010
  • church unique is not
  • 00:14:29.010 --> 00:14:29.290
  • phileo love; everyone has
  • 00:14:29.290 --> 00:14:32.030
  • friends, it doesn't matter
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:32.230
  • what you believe.
  • 00:14:32.230 --> 00:14:33.130
  • What makes the Christian
  • 00:14:33.130 --> 00:14:34.170
  • church unique is agape.
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  • People who learn about
  • 00:14:37.220 --> 00:14:38.140
  • God's all-inclusive love
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:39.200
  • for the world that they
  • 00:14:39.200 --> 00:14:40.100
  • imitate it in their
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:41.030
  • spiritual community.
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:43.220
  • I think about Jesus'
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:44.120
  • powerful words from
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:45.020
  • Matthew 5; look what Jesus
  • 00:14:45.020 --> 00:14:46.170
  • said.
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:48.110
  • He said, "If you love
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:49.010
  • those who love you, what
  • 00:14:49.010 --> 00:14:50.040
  • reward will you get?
  • 00:14:50.040 --> 00:14:52.080
  • Are not even the tax
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:53.010
  • collectors doing that?
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  • And if you greet only your
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:56.160
  • people," like your own
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:14:57.190
  • friends, "what are you
  • 00:14:57.190 --> 00:14:58.120
  • doing more than others?
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:14:59.070
  • Do not even pagans do
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:00.090
  • that?
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  • Be perfect, therefore, as
  • 00:15:01.170 --> 00:15:02.250
  • your heavenly Father is
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:05.240
  • perfect." Do you catch
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:07.160
  • what Jesus is saying?
  • 00:15:07.160 --> 00:15:09.160
  • Like people who hang out
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:10.110
  • and greet one another and
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  • love each other, like the
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:12.250
  • tax collectors do that,
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  • the pagans - you don't
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  • have to know anything
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:15.240
  • about God to have friends.
  • 00:15:15.240 --> 00:15:17.160
  • He says, I'm calling you
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  • to something bigger than
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  • that; the love and the
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  • heart of God.
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  • To be perfect, mature, as
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  • your heavenly Father is
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:24.160
  • perfect.
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:27.000
  • And so this is a beautiful
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:27.250
  • challenge for you and for
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:28.260
  • me; it's our next fill in
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  • the blank.
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  • That friendship includes
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  • just the few preferred
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:33.080
  • companions but real
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:34.060
  • fellowship, this unique
  • 00:15:34.060 --> 00:15:35.070
  • thing in the church,
  • 00:15:35.070 --> 00:15:36.070
  • includes all fellow
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:38.030
  • Christians.
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  • It throws open its arms
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  • wide and it blesses every
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  • soul who walks through the
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  • Now I won't lie to you,
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:49.080
  • this is really, really
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:51.010
  • challenging.
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  • It's beautiful but it's
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  • difficult and especially
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:55.130
  • for those of you who are a
  • 00:15:55.130 --> 00:15:56.040
  • little more quiet and you
  • 00:15:56.040 --> 00:15:57.000
  • like your small circle of
  • 00:15:57.000 --> 00:15:58.150
  • people that you know, it's
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:15:59.150
  • going to be hard for you
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  • after church.
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:04.080
  • And here's why you should
  • 00:16:04.080 --> 00:16:04.260
  • do it: Because that's what
  • 00:16:04.260 --> 00:16:07.000
  • When you were born into
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  • this world, were you
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:12.090
  • conceived and born into
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  • God's inner circle?
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  • Nope.
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  • Did the sinless Jesus and
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  • the sinful you have a
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:20.090
  • whole lot in common
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  • spiritually?
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  • Nope.
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:24.190
  • But what did Jesus do?
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:27.040
  • He opened his arms so you
  • 00:16:27.040 --> 00:16:29.140
  • could be inside the
  • 00:16:29.140 --> 00:16:30.050
  • circle.
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:32.100
  • I think about the great
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:32.270
  • words of Ephesians 2.
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:35.030
  • It says, "Remember that at
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:35.270
  • that time," like before
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:37.030
  • you were a Christian, "you
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:37.240
  • were separate from Christ
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:38.290
  • without hope and without
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:40.160
  • God in the world.
  • 00:16:40.160 --> 00:16:42.120
  • But now in Christ Jesus,
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:43.250
  • you who were once far away
  • 00:16:43.250 --> 00:16:45.020
  • have been brought near by
  • 00:16:45.020 --> 00:16:47.070
  • the blood of Christ." It's
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:49.200
  • the blood of Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:50.280
  • that opens up his arms,
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:52.090
  • literally, on a cross that
  • 00:16:52.090 --> 00:16:54.040
  • we could be welcomed into
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:55.050
  • God's family.
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:57.010
  • That we're not outside the
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:16:58.000
  • conversation, we're not
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:16:58.290
  • outside the circle.
  • 00:16:58.290 --> 00:16:59.260
  • Instead, God is so good he
  • 00:16:59.260 --> 00:17:01.060
  • invites us in and he calls
  • 00:17:01.060 --> 00:17:02.110
  • us his friends.
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:04.010
  • We don't have to be
  • 00:17:04.010 --> 00:17:04.160
  • strangers.
  • 00:17:04.160 --> 00:17:05.010
  • We don't have to be
  • 00:17:05.010 --> 00:17:05.210
  • without hope.
  • 00:17:05.210 --> 00:17:06.110
  • We don't have to be
  • 00:17:06.110 --> 00:17:07.010
  • without God.
  • 00:17:07.010 --> 00:17:07.210
  • We can experience true
  • 00:17:07.210 --> 00:17:08.170
  • fellowship with a perfect
  • 00:17:08.170 --> 00:17:09.200
  • God for ever and ever
  • 00:17:09.200 --> 00:17:12.130
  • because Jesus isn't just
  • 00:17:12.130 --> 00:17:13.100
  • into phileo love,
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:14.110
  • brotherly love.
  • 00:17:14.110 --> 00:17:15.010
  • He's into unconditional,
  • 00:17:15.010 --> 00:17:16.200
  • freely given, agape.
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:20.180
  • I hope that you and I can
  • 00:17:20.180 --> 00:17:21.080
  • practice that in the days
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:22.110
  • to come because it is so
  • 00:17:22.110 --> 00:17:24.170
  • beautiful when we do and
  • 00:17:24.170 --> 00:17:27.110
  • you've proven it to me.
  • 00:17:28.060 --> 00:17:31.060
  • You know, this past
  • 00:17:31.060 --> 00:17:31.210
  • November, I celebrated a
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  • birthday and you might
  • 00:17:32.120 --> 00:17:34.230
  • know when my birthday is
  • 00:17:34.230 --> 00:17:35.210
  • but my closest friends do.
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:37.000
  • And so two of my friends
  • 00:17:37.000 --> 00:17:39.210
  • decided to surprise me on
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:40.280
  • my birthday.
  • 00:17:40.280 --> 00:17:41.180
  • I came in here early to
  • 00:17:41.180 --> 00:17:42.120
  • get ready for church on a
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:43.090
  • Sunday morning, I walked
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.090
  • into my very organized,
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:45.280
  • beautiful Type A office,
  • 00:17:45.280 --> 00:17:48.040
  • and do you know what I
  • 00:17:48.040 --> 00:17:48.200
  • saw?
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:50.120
  • I'll show you a picture.
  • 00:17:50.120 --> 00:17:51.260
  • I saw this [Pastor and
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:52.290
  • Audience: Laughter] Five
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:55.010
  • hundred post-it notes!
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:56.160
  • I twitched a little bit
  • 00:17:56.160 --> 00:17:57.150
  • and I said, "What enemy
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:17:58.180
  • has done this to me?"
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:17:59.200
  • [Audience: Laughter] And
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:01.250
  • then I realized it was
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:02.150
  • some really good friends.
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:03.100
  • Five hundred notes.
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:04.030
  • Except they didn't just
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:04.230
  • like punk me and put these
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:06.090
  • random notes in my office.
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:08.080
  • They actually gave me a
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:08.250
  • great gift and it was from
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:10.210
  • you; I saved it.
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:13.070
  • These friends had reached
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:14.020
  • out to our church
  • 00:18:14.020 --> 00:18:14.220
  • fellowship, the members of
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:15.280
  • our church family, and
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:16.250
  • they had asked, "What do
  • 00:18:16.250 --> 00:18:17.220
  • you appreciate about
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:19.070
  • Pastor Mike?"
  • 00:18:19.070 --> 00:18:21.220
  • And you all gave 500
  • 00:18:21.220 --> 00:18:23.000
  • And we might not be best
  • 00:18:26.040 --> 00:18:27.020
  • friends and I might not be
  • 00:18:27.020 --> 00:18:29.060
  • at your next birthday
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:30.000
  • party but I can't tell you
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:31.060
  • what love like this means
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:33.140
  • to a man like me.
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:34.040
  • It's hard to fight back
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:37.190
  • the emotion as I'm just in
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:38.150
  • this building all by
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:39.110
  • myself reading encouraging
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:40.290
  • word after encouraging
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:42.080
  • word.
  • 00:18:42.080 --> 00:18:42.280
  • I actually saved a couple
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:43.210
  • of my favorites.
  • 00:18:43.210 --> 00:18:46.070
  • Note 162 says, "Mike has
  • 00:18:46.070 --> 00:18:48.170
  • an awesome kickball kick."
  • 00:18:49.050 --> 00:18:52.050
  • [Audience: Laughter] Yes,
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:52.230
  • I do.
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:53.080
  • I was at a party one time
  • 00:18:53.080 --> 00:18:53.280
  • and they let me play with
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:54.180
  • the kid's kickball and I -
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:55.240
  • my soccer skills came into
  • 00:18:55.240 --> 00:18:57.050
  • use - and I bombed this
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:58.060
  • thing like into the lake
  • 00:18:58.060 --> 00:18:59.150
  • in the back of the yard
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:00.230
  • and I became like the
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:01.130
  • coolest pastor these kids
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:02.140
  • had ever seen [Audience:
  • 00:19:02.140 --> 00:19:03.090
  • Laughter].
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:03.190
  • Thank you for remembering
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:04.070
  • that.
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:05.030
  • Number 66: Mike laughs at
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:06.170
  • his own jokes [Audience:
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:07.180
  • Laughter].
  • 00:19:07.240 --> 00:19:10.240
  • Yes, I do.
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:11.140
  • Somebody's got to!
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:13.130
  • But this one got to me.
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:15.170
  • This little green piece of
  • 00:19:15.170 --> 00:19:16.060
  • paper was sitting right on
  • 00:19:16.060 --> 00:19:17.070
  • the chair of my office.
  • 00:19:17.090 --> 00:19:20.090
  • It says, "Mike cherishes
  • 00:19:20.090 --> 00:19:21.160
  • his wife," which is a
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:25.270
  • really nice thing to say
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:27.000
  • But what you couldn't have
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:34.010
  • known, what my friends
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:34.290
  • couldn't have known, is
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:35.190
  • the night before I had a
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:37.110
  • And despite everything I
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:41.200
  • preach and unconditional
  • 00:19:41.200 --> 00:19:42.280
  • love and you first makes
  • 00:19:42.280 --> 00:19:44.060
  • us blessed, I was thinking
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:45.150
  • my opinion, my preference,
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:47.160
  • my wants and I was just an
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:50.020
  • idiot of a husband.
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:50.240
  • And I woke up like you do
  • 00:19:53.260 --> 00:19:55.150
  • when you really mess
  • 00:19:55.150 --> 00:19:56.050
  • things up and you feel
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:19:58.080
  • pathetic and weak and
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:00.200
  • guilty and I kind of moped
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:03.040
  • my way into church and I
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:04.020
  • walk into my office and I
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:05.010
  • All of you speaking such
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:09.110
  • encouraging words but do
  • 00:20:09.110 --> 00:20:10.070
  • you know what I feel about
  • 00:20:10.070 --> 00:20:11.130
  • myself?
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:13.180
  • Like these people don't
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:14.140
  • know.
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:15.040
  • "He cherishes his wife." I
  • 00:20:16.190 --> 00:20:19.190
  • But then my friends left
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:24.010
  • me a really incredible
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:25.080
  • gift.
  • 00:20:25.080 --> 00:20:27.130
  • On my computer, I think
  • 00:20:27.130 --> 00:20:29.020
  • you can see it in that
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:29.220
  • picture, was a white
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:30.120
  • envelope.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:32.140
  • And after I read all the
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:33.070
  • post-it notes, I picked up
  • 00:20:33.070 --> 00:20:35.050
  • this envelope and inside
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:36.250
  • was a piece of paper and
  • 00:20:36.250 --> 00:20:39.050
  • it was another long list.
  • 00:20:39.050 --> 00:20:40.080
  • None of the things that
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:41.140
  • you said about me but what
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:43.280
  • That because the blood of
  • 00:20:46.290 --> 00:20:47.220
  • Christ, there was a list
  • 00:20:47.220 --> 00:20:48.170
  • that said, Mike, you're
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:49.080
  • forgiven and you're saved.
  • 00:20:49.260 --> 00:20:52.260
  • And you're redeemed.
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:53.170
  • And you're holy.
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:54.270
  • And God delights in you,
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:56.170
  • you're redeemed and you're
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:20:58.240
  • justified.
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:00.260
  • Just promise after promise
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:01.140
  • after promise.
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:01.280
  • And I realized how blessed
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  • we are when we don't just
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  • have good friends but we
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  • have fellow Christians;
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  • people who speak
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  • encouraging words but,
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  • even more, people who know
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  • us so well and they bring
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  • us back to the one thing
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  • we all need: Forgiveness
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  • in Christ.
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  • So brothers, sisters,
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  • those of you who are my
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  • friends and those of you
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  • who are just fellow
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  • believers in Jesus Christ,
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  • let's exalt these two
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  • great gifts from God -
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  • friendship and fellowship.
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  • We and our community will
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  • be truly blessed when we
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  • do.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Dear Jesus, Thank you so
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  • much for loving us when
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  • I know there are so many
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  • religions in this world
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  • that say we have to earn
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  • it and our karma has to be
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  • good and we have to be
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  • better people than we are.
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  • I'm so grateful that
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  • Christianity's so
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  • radically different.
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  • Thank you, God, for grace;
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  • for unconditional love.
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  • Thank you for saying such
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  • good things about us when
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  • we are so far from being
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  • great.
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  • I thank you, God, for your
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  • forgiveness and your love
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  • for me and for all of
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  • these people.
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  • Thank you, God that you
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  • prefer to be in our
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  • company; that you are our
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  • friend because your Son
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  • died on the cross and was
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  • raised from the dead.
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  • I pray for everyone here
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  • today who doesn't know you
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  • that they would see
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  • something so powerful in
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  • this place, this would be
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  • different than a sport's
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  • field, different than the
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  • workplace; that there'd be
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  • real love for all the
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  • different kinds of people.
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  • God, help us to be
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  • different and may that
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  • bright light draw this
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  • community to your cross
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  • and to your unconditional
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  • love.
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  • I pray, God, in your mercy
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  • that you'd give us good
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  • friends.
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  • I think of the power of my
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  • friendships here in this
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  • church; people who know
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  • everything about me and
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  • yet, they don't run away.
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  • They still like me, they
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  • still spend time with me,
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  • they still forgive me in
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  • Jesus' name.
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  • I want that for everyone
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  • here, God.
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  • So would you give us
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  • patience to wait until
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  • those relationships come?
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  • And if we have them, would
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  • you just draw us to our
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  • knees in praise and
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  • worship that you put grace
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  • on top of grace and give
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  • us blessing after
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  • blessing?
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  • Thank you, God, for our
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  • friendships; thank you for
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  • this fellowship.
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  • I pray that we could
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  • leverage both for your
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  • glory and for our good.
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  • I pray all these things,
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  • Jesus, in your beautiful,
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  • powerful name, Amen.
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  • [PROMOTION] We have
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  • exciting news!
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  • Here at Time of Grace, we
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  • have bold and aggressive
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  • plans to spread the gospel
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  • to new cities and new
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  • states so that real people
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  • with real stories and real
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  • souls can hear about the
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  • real Jesus.
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  • We love the fact that the
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  • gospel is not just some
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  • rule that we have to keep.
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  • It's this incredible news
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  • that allows us to escape
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  • from shame and from guilt
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  • and instead to find grace
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  • and freedom and purpose in
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  • Jesus.
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  • And that's why this is
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  • such an exciting time to
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  • give!
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  • Recently, a very generous
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  • impact of the gifts that
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  • you give.
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  • And I think about that -
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  • doubling the impact;
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  • doubling the amount of
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  • people, the amount of
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  • souls, the amount of
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  • stories we're going to
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  • hear about Jesus - and God
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  • willing, their lives and
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  • their futures will be
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  • [PASTOR MICHAEL NOVOTNY]
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  • As we transition to this
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  • new stage of Time of
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  • Grace's history, we hope
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  • that God continues to
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  • bless the message that we
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  • share and this transition
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  • that we've been through.
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  • And that's why today, I
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  • just want to tell you a
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  • little bit about myself;
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  • the things I'm passionate
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  • about and the principles
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  • that really drive my
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  • preaching, my teaching,
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  • Is it just me or is the
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  • Bible kind of a tough book
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  • to read?
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  • I mean, think about it for
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  • a second - how many other
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  • books do you attempt to
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  • read that are 2.000 years
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  • old, written by a bunch of
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  • Jewish dudes who wrote
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  • poetry and prophecy and
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  • lived on the other side of
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  • the planet?
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  • For me, the Bible's only
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  • the kind of book that I
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  • read that way and so many
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  • people try to read the
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  • Bible but they find it
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  • difficult.
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  • And so, my passion is that
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  • every time I stand up here
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  • in church, that I would
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  • try and make the Bible
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  • clear.
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  • That's why I love the
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  • screens in our church; we
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  • can put up a passage, we
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  • can look at it together,
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  • we can study it and figure
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  • out how all the words fit
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  • together because if we get
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  • it, if the meaning is
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  • clear, God is going to
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  • mess with our hearts in
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  • all the right ways.
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  • In the gospel of Luke,
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  • Jesus talks about the
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  • incredible impact that
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  • earthly things like money
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  • can make.
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  • No one can buy a ticket to
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  • get into heaven but when
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  • we support the spread of
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  • the gospel, more and more
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  • people can hear about the
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  • Jesus who is the ticket to
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  • heaven.
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  • So especially to all of
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  • you who are Grace
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  • Partners, who make a
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  • monthly donation, thank
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  • you so much for your
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  • support.
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  • My wife and I actually
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  • joined you this past year;
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  • decided to support this
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  • ministry as we got more
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  • and more connected to it
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  • and we would be honored if
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  • you would join us in that
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  • journey.
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  • I had a chance on social
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  • media to connect with a
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  • young man from the
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  • Dominican Republic and
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  • share the gospel of Jesus
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  • with him.
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  • At the same time, a man
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  • reached out to our
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  • ministry from Pakistan;
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  • grateful that we were
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  • talking about Jesus.
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  • All of these races and all
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  • of these cultures and yet,
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  • we come together on the
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  • one thing that matters
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  • most; the gospel of Jesus.
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  • more hope and more peace
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  • and more joy to more
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  • people.
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  • Would you consider
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  • supporting our mission to
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  • spread the gospel to all
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