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Mike Novotny | Friend Request Part 4: Friends Unlike Me

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May 30, 2019
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  • [PASTOR MIKE NOVOTNY]
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  • Maybe Christianity isn't
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  • about comfort; maybe it's
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  • not about being liked.
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  • If Jesus was the most
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  • loving person in human
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  • history and he was
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  • tortured and put on a
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  • cross, then maybe if we
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  • follow in his footsteps,
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  • it's not going to be easy.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [PROMOTION] We
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  • to new cities and new
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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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  • 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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  • And I think about that -
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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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  • changed.
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  • [PASTOR MIKE NOVOTNY] How
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  • many of you have great
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  • friends, close friends,
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  • who don't believe what you
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  • believe?
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  • When's the last time you
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  • had coffee with an
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  • atheist?
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  • An agnostic?
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  • When's the last time you
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  • prayed at the dinner table
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  • and there was a Buddhist
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  • or a Hindu or a Muslim or
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  • a skeptic sitting next to
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  • you?
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  • What would he say to you?
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  • Well, thankfully, I know
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  • the answer to that
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  • question because 2.000
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  • years ago, the night
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  • before Jesus died, he
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  • prayed a prayer and
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  • someone heard it.
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  • In fact, his friend John,
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  • one of his closest
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  • friends, heard that prayer
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  • and he actually wrote it
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  • down in the Bible in the
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  • gospel of John.
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  • And in that prayer, I'm
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  • just going to share a
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  • snippet of it with you
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  • today, Jesus is going to
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  • say exactly what he wants
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  • from you and me as we're
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  • following Jesus; as we
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  • live in a world and do
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  • life with so many people
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  • who aren't sure about
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  • Jesus just yet.
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  • So let me show you a
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  • little snippet of this
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  • prayer from John 17.
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  • Jesus said this: Father,
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  • my prayer is not that you
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  • take them, the Christians,
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  • out of the world, but that
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  • you protect them from the
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  • evil one.
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  • They are not of the world
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  • even as I am not of it.
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  • Sanctify them by the
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  • truth.
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  • Your word is truth.
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  • Now in that little prayer,
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  • I want to teach you three
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  • things that are vitally
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  • important for your
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  • friendships, your
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  • relationships on this
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  • earth.
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  • And here's the first one,
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  • if you're taking notes on
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  • your app or in your
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  • program, the first thing
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  • that Jesus prayed is that
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  • Christians would not
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  • In other words, Jesus was
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  • praying that you would not
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  • do what this guy did.
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  • This is a depiction of an
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  • ancient Christian named
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  • Simon or Simeon Stylites.
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  • Ever heard of him before?
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  • He lived around the year
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  • 400 A.D.
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  • and Simeon did not want to
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  • be a hypocrite when it
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  • came to his faith.
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  • He didn't just want to
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  • say, you know, I believe
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  • in Jesus but then be
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  • conformed to the pattern
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  • of this world.
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  • He wanted to speak the
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  • words of Jesus, live the
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  • life of Jesus, follow the
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  • path of Jesus, and he
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  • realized, like so many of
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  • you do, that's pretty
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  • hard.
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  • That when you go to work
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  • or you go to school or you
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  • turn on the TV, not
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  • everyone embraces the
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  • values of Jesus; it's
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  • really difficult to do
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  • And so, old Simeon came up
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  • with this idea.
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  • He built himself a
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  • platform - I think it was
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  • about this size?
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  • - and he put the platform
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  • on top of a tall stone
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  • pillar.
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  • He climbed up somehow to
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  • the top and he spent the
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  • day there.
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  • Way, way up, far away,
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  • from the bad influence of
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  • the world.
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  • And then he spent two days
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  • there, and then 10, and
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  • then 20, and then 37
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  • years.
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  • [Pastor: Laughter] This
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  • man lived on a platform,
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  • raised up in the sky, for
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  • - don't ask me what he did
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  • with bathroom breaks and
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  • the details; I don't know
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  • the details of that story.
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  • I do know that he lived up
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  • there for the rest of his
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  • life until one day someone
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  • came and they saw old
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  • Simeon slumped over dead
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  • on his platform.
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  • So what do you think Jesus
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  • would say about that?
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  • He would say, "Not
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  • impressed." But I am
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  • worried that this spirit
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  • of Simeon still exists in
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  • many Christian churches
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  • and in many Christian
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  • hearts.
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  • It's kind of this idea
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  • that the world is
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  • dangerous and the world
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  • can pressure me in bad
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  • ways so I should stay away
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  • from the world.
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  • Let me give you a few
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  • examples.
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  • I know some parents that
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  • send their kids to a
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  • Christian school - like
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  • preschool, kindergarten,
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  • eighth grade, even high
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  • school - because more than
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  • anything they want to keep
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  • their kids away from those
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  • kids.
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  • I know some parents that
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  • if their kid made it to a
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  • high school graduation
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  • and, you know, they were
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  • still a virgin and they
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  • never got drunk and they
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  • never got high and they
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  • came to church every
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  • Sunday, they would be so,
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  • so happy and proud of
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  • their children even if
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  • their children never told
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  • a single non-believer the
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  • gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • It's comfortable and it's
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  • easy and it's tempting but
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  • Jesus never ever intended
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  • us to insulate our lives
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  • and not rub shoulders with
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  • people of this world.
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  • In fact, think for a
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  • second about the New
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  • Testament.
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  • The men who heard this
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  • prayer; what did they do
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  • and where did they go?
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  • To Christian suburbia;
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  • away from the bad people?
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  • No.
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  • Do you know the names of
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  • the books of the New
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  • Testament?
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  • Romans.
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  • Was Rome famous for
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  • Christianity?
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  • No, pagan gods.
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  • Corinth?
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  • My goodness, do you know
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  • about Corinth?
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  • Prostitution, sexual sin
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  • was just what people did
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  • and that's right where the
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  • Christians went.
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  • Philippians, Roman
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  • soldiers who wanted
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  • nothing to do except with
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  • the gods of Rome.
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  • Galatians, Ephesians were
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  • Artemists; the goddess of
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  • fertility was worshipped.
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  • They did not run away from
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  • the world like Simeon;
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  • they rushed into it.
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  • And you can guess why.
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  • In fact, you don't need to
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  • guess because Jesus went
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  • there just three verses
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  • later.
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  • Look what he said in John
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  • 17:20: "My prayer is not
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  • for them alone.
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  • I pray also for those who
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  • will believe in me through
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  • their message." Now if
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  • you're not a Christian
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  • just yet, this is a super
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  • cool verse.
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  • Two thousand years ago,
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  • when Jesus prayed, he was
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  • praying for people who
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  • didn't believe just yet.
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  • He didn't just pray for
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  • his people, his followers.
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  • He also prayed for the
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  • people who weren't sure,
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  • who had questions, who
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  • didn't believe.
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  • And he wanted his friends
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  • to right out into the
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  • middle of relationships
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  • and neighborhoods and
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  • cities so that maybe
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  • people could hear the
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  • message and come to
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  • believe it.
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  • And I'm smiling as I look
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  • at some of you because
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  • that's why you're here.
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  • You didn't just stumble
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  • across our church's
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  • website.
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  • You didn't just find like
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  • a church pen at a
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  • restaurant, "Oh, my
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  • goodness!
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  • I should go there." I
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  • would bet almost all of
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  • you who are guests are
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  • here because of someone;
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  • because a friend, a
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  • boyfriend, a girlfriend, a
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  • best friend, a roommate, a
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  • next door neighbor that
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  • you knew and loved and
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  • trusted who didn't
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  • separate themselves from
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  • your life, they loved you
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  • and they invited you to
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  • come.
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  • I heard a story this past
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  • week of one woman who
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  • thought that this place
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  • was like a cult and she
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  • was never ever going to
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  • come here until someone
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  • loved her and invited her
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  • and now she loves what
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  • she's found in Jesus and
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  • the gospel and in God's
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  • grace.
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  • I love how my predecessor
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  • here at the church used to
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  • talk about this.
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  • It's kind of an awkward
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  • analogy; I just want to
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  • prepare you in advance.
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  • It kind of grosses me out
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  • but it's pretty powerful.
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  • Pastor Ski used to say, "I
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  • want people to get my
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  • sticky, oozy, Jesus on
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  • them." [Pastor: Laughter]
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  • Okay, I'm kind of a clean
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  • person so I don't like
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  • that analogy but I like
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  • what he's saying.
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  • He's like, I want this
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  • Jesus to just come out of
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  • me.
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  • Like, the hope that I
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  • have, the forgiveness, the
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  • confidence that my best
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  • friend is running the
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  • universe; I want it to
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  • come out of my pores.
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  • And when I do life with
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  • people, when I have a cup
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  • of coffee, when I share a
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  • beer, when I'm shoulder to
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  • shoulder with people who
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  • aren't so sure, they get a
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  • little bit of this Jesus,
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  • they hear the message, and
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  • maybe one day they'll
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  • believe it.
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  • Now, I know it's
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  • complicated.
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  • I know it's hard.
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  • I've hung out with friends
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  • and I've gotten caught up
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  • and conformed; it's why
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  • we're tempted to stay
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  • back.
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  • But you know what I do;
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  • that we can't take our
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  • Jesus and just throw it
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  • over the wall to those
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  • unbelieving people.
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  • They're going to have to
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  • see Jesus in us before
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  • they want to about Jesus
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  • from us.
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  • And so here's my question
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  • and my challenge to you:
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  • What could you do this
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  • week to connect with
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  • someone who isn't sure
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  • about the gospel?
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  • What neighbors, friends,
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  • classmates, teammates
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  • could you connect with?
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  • Who could you grill out
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  • with in the days to come?
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  • Who could you watch the
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  • playoff game with this
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  • week?
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  • What person could you
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  • invite out to coffee?
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  • What relationship could
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  • you invest in?
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  • Not with a string
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  • attached, not with an
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  • agenda, but just to love
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  • people like God loves
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  • people?
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  • Because if we do that,
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  • just like has happened in
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  • so many of our stories,
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  • people might hear the
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  • message and believe it.
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  • Jesus also prayed,
  • 00:09:55.110 --> 00:09:56.150
  • "Father, don't let them
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  • sell out." Remember the
  • 00:09:59.050 --> 00:10:02.050
  • words that he spoke?
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  • Let me take you back to
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  • John 17.
  • 00:10:04.140 --> 00:10:06.080
  • He said, "Father, my
  • 00:10:06.080 --> 00:10:06.280
  • prayer is not that you
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  • take the Christians out of
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  • the word but that you
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  • protect them from the evil
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  • one.
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  • They are not of the world
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  • even as I am not of it.
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  • Sanctify them by the
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  • truth.
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  • Your word is truth." Jesus
  • 00:10:19.250 --> 00:10:22.250
  • wanted you in the world
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  • but not to be of the
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  • world.
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  • He knew - in fact, Jesus
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  • knew this would be so
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  • difficult - that he
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  • actually had to pray for
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  • you.
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  • He had to think about you
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  • and say, "Father, protect
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  • them from the evil one."
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  • The evil one is just a
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:37.240
  • nickname for the devil,
  • 00:10:37.240 --> 00:10:38.160
  • right?
  • 00:10:38.160 --> 00:10:39.060
  • And Jesus knew the devil
  • 00:10:39.060 --> 00:10:39.260
  • wants to put you in a
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:40.180
  • blender of the world's
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:42.150
  • behavior and push that red
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  • button and pulse it into
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  • what you say and what you
  • 00:10:46.060 --> 00:10:47.020
  • think and how you live is
  • 00:10:47.020 --> 00:10:47.290
  • no different than anyone
  • 00:10:47.290 --> 00:10:49.000
  • else in this world.
  • 00:10:49.000 --> 00:10:51.170
  • Jesus prayed, "Father,
  • 00:10:51.170 --> 00:10:52.250
  • protect them from that.
  • 00:10:52.250 --> 00:10:54.020
  • I'm not like the people of
  • 00:10:54.020 --> 00:10:55.130
  • this world.
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  • Don't let my followers be
  • 00:10:56.030 --> 00:10:57.150
  • like everyone else in this
  • 00:10:57.150 --> 00:10:58.140
  • world.
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  • Sanctify them.
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  • Make them different and
  • 00:11:00.190 --> 00:11:01.260
  • make them wonderful." Do
  • 00:11:01.260 --> 00:11:04.090
  • you know what it means to
  • 00:11:04.090 --> 00:11:06.050
  • sell out?
  • 00:11:06.050 --> 00:11:08.150
  • Now, we talked about that:
  • 00:11:08.150 --> 00:11:09.050
  • "He sold out," or "Don't
  • 00:11:09.050 --> 00:11:10.180
  • be a sellout." I can
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  • consulted, you know, that
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  • high academic standard;
  • 00:11:13.120 --> 00:11:14.260
  • the urban dictionary
  • 00:11:15.160 --> 00:11:18.160
  • [Audience: Laughter] and
  • 00:11:18.160 --> 00:11:19.020
  • this was their definition
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:19.200
  • for a sellout.
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  • A sellout is, "A human
  • 00:11:20.090 --> 00:11:21.290
  • being who abandons their
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:24.140
  • convictions to impress
  • 00:11:24.140 --> 00:11:26.210
  • people." See, Jesus knew
  • 00:11:27.150 --> 00:11:30.150
  • in your heart is this deep
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  • desire and craving to be
  • 00:11:32.070 --> 00:11:34.000
  • liked.
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  • I mean, when you're the
  • 00:11:35.270 --> 00:11:36.170
  • new kid at the school what
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  • you really, really want is
  • 00:11:37.250 --> 00:11:39.240
  • to be liked.
  • 00:11:39.240 --> 00:11:41.280
  • And even if you grow up
  • 00:11:41.280 --> 00:11:42.150
  • and you're 25 or 45 or 65,
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:44.200
  • when you move to a new
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:45.130
  • neighborhood, when you get
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:46.240
  • a new job, you want people
  • 00:11:46.240 --> 00:11:48.290
  • to like you.
  • 00:11:48.290 --> 00:11:49.190
  • To want to hang out with
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  • you.
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  • To accept you.
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  • To smile.
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  • To laugh at the things
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:54.170
  • that you say and so Jesus
  • 00:11:54.170 --> 00:11:56.170
  • knew he'd have to pray,
  • 00:11:56.170 --> 00:11:58.040
  • "Father, they want to be
  • 00:11:58.040 --> 00:11:58.270
  • liked and they're going to
  • 00:11:58.270 --> 00:12:00.240
  • be so tempted to sell out,
  • 00:12:01.090 --> 00:12:04.090
  • to abandon their
  • 00:12:04.090 --> 00:12:04.290
  • convictions, to hide what
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:06.050
  • I've taught them, to deny
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  • it or at least not to say
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.120
  • it in public.
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  • Don't let the evil one get
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  • to them, Father.
  • 00:12:11.130 --> 00:12:12.030
  • Protect them from that
  • 00:12:12.030 --> 00:12:13.120
  • temptation." So what about
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:17.020
  • you?
  • 00:12:17.020 --> 00:12:19.020
  • Where are you most tempted
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:20.250
  • to sell out?
  • 00:12:20.250 --> 00:12:21.150
  • What things that Jesus
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:24.150
  • taught, what ways did he
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:26.290
  • want you to live, that in
  • 00:12:26.290 --> 00:12:28.140
  • certain company you really
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:31.070
  • don't want to do and you
  • 00:12:31.070 --> 00:12:32.290
  • don't want to say?
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  • Like if you're hanging out
  • 00:12:33.190 --> 00:12:36.090
  • with your Savior, your
  • 00:12:36.090 --> 00:12:37.130
  • grandmother, and your
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:38.200
  • pastor, what would be
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:40.140
  • different about what you
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:41.160
  • would - how you would
  • 00:12:41.160 --> 00:12:42.190
  • behave in that circle
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:43.270
  • compared to hanging out
  • 00:12:43.270 --> 00:12:45.030
  • with your buddies from
  • 00:12:45.030 --> 00:12:45.210
  • college?
  • 00:12:45.210 --> 00:12:47.230
  • What are you tempted to
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:48.170
  • change about your
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:49.290
  • I suppose the answer to
  • 00:12:53.230 --> 00:12:54.250
  • that question is going to
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:55.150
  • be different for all of us
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:57.280
  • but I want to encourage
  • 00:12:57.280 --> 00:12:58.200
  • you to think about that in
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:00.020
  • the days to come.
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:01.070
  • Where am I different?
  • 00:13:01.070 --> 00:13:03.140
  • Where do I sell Jesus out?
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:06.050
  • Where do I want to be
  • 00:13:06.050 --> 00:13:07.020
  • people-pleasure instead of
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:08.290
  • a Savior pleaser?
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  • When do I keep things
  • 00:13:11.120 --> 00:13:12.040
  • quiet in the college
  • 00:13:12.040 --> 00:13:13.140
  • classroom, on the sports
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  • field, because I really
  • 00:13:14.270 --> 00:13:16.160
  • want these people to like
  • 00:13:16.160 --> 00:13:17.120
  • me and I know if I say
  • 00:13:17.120 --> 00:13:18.150
  • that, no one's going to
  • 00:13:18.150 --> 00:13:20.100
  • smile.
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:24.070
  • See, it's going to be
  • 00:13:24.070 --> 00:13:25.000
  • hard.
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:26.210
  • And you might found out
  • 00:13:26.210 --> 00:13:27.080
  • that if you don't sell
  • 00:13:27.080 --> 00:13:27.230
  • out, people will treat you
  • 00:13:27.230 --> 00:13:29.190
  • kind of like they treated
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:30.200
  • Jesus.
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:31.100
  • That instead of being this
  • 00:13:31.100 --> 00:13:33.220
  • vanilla, bland,
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:36.000
  • wishy-washy person, you're
  • 00:13:36.000 --> 00:13:37.030
  • going to be polarizing.
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  • If you stand up, if you
  • 00:13:40.040 --> 00:13:41.060
  • don't abandon your
  • 00:13:41.060 --> 00:13:42.030
  • convictions - even if
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:43.090
  • you're gentle and humble
  • 00:13:43.090 --> 00:13:44.140
  • and kind and respectful,
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:46.050
  • which you need to be -
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:47.270
  • there are some people who
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:48.170
  • are going to hate you and
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:51.130
  • there are some people who
  • 00:13:51.130 --> 00:13:52.010
  • are going to be interested
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  • in you.
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  • It might cost you in the
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  • short term but Jesus knows
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  • that if you speak with
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  • authority and you live
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  • with conviction, doors are
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  • going to open and people
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  • I think about a story I
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  • heard many years ago from
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  • a Christian named Ajith.
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  • Ajith was a pastor in Sri
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  • Lanka where there's an
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  • incredible temptation to
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  • sell out the teachings and
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  • the beliefs of Jesus.
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  • There aren't many
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  • Christians in Sri Lanka
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  • and many of the people who
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  • aren't Christians aren't
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  • ambivalent about religion;
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  • they're very passionate
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  • about religion and they do
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  • not like Christianity.
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:30.020
  • In fact, Ajith told us at
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  • the time of the
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  • presentation the Sri
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  • Lankan government was
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  • debating a law that would
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  • make it illegal to talk
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  • about Jesus with anyone
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  • under the age of eighteen.
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  • So if you try to tell your
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  • 17 year old neighbor the
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  • gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.080
  • the punishment would be
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  • But they refused to sell
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  • out.
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  • And then it got worse.
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  • The neighbors were so mad
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  • at these Christians trying
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  • to change them, trying to
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  • judge their religion, that
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  • 140 Christian churches
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  • were bombed, destroyed, or
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  • damaged.
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  • But they didn't sell out.
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  • In fact, Ajith told this
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  • amazing story.
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  • His son came up to him -
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  • in the midst of all this
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  • pressure.
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  • I mean, what would his
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  • life be like growing up
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  • around so many people who
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  • did not believe what he
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  • believed?
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:21.090
  • He said, "Dad, you know
  • 00:15:21.090 --> 00:15:22.170
  • what I think we should do?
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  • We should start a prison
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  • ministry," and Ajith said,
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:30.000
  • "Well, why?"
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  • And he smiled and said,
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  • "So there's a church when
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  • we get there." [Audience:
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  • Laughter] Now think of
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  • that.
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  • That kid was not going to
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  • sell out.
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  • He knew that if all of the
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  • apostles were murdered for
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  • following Jesus, except
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  • for John who was boiled in
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  • oil, maybe Christianity
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:52.030
  • isn't about comfort.
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  • Maybe it's not about being
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  • liked.
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  • If Jesus was the most
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  • loving person in human
  • 00:15:57.290 --> 00:15:59.020
  • history and he was
  • 00:15:59.020 --> 00:15:59.270
  • tortured and put on a
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  • cross, then maybe if we
  • 00:16:00.290 --> 00:16:02.050
  • follow in his footsteps
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  • it's not going to be easy.
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:07.170
  • But then something
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:08.040
  • happened: A tsunami.
  • 00:16:08.270 --> 00:16:11.270
  • In 2004, a tsunami rocked
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  • Sri Lanka and people
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  • suffered in catastrophic
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  • ways but the Christians
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  • once again did not sell
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  • out.
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:21.060
  • They did not sell out on
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:22.110
  • the belief that Jesus
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  • calls us to love our
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  • enemies and to pray and
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:27.110
  • bless those who hate us.
  • 00:16:27.110 --> 00:16:30.030
  • And so they stepped up and
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  • they blessed their
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  • neighbors.
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  • They got their hands dirty
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  • grabbing stones and
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  • rebuilding the homes of
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:37.110
  • the very men who destroyed
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  • And people noticed.
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:44.280
  • I mean, when you're a man
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:45.270
  • who has hated your next
  • 00:16:45.270 --> 00:16:47.030
  • door neighbor and now he's
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:48.220
  • over helping you rebuild
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  • your home so your children
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  • can sleep with a roof over
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  • their head, you notice.
  • 00:16:53.160 --> 00:16:56.160
  • Some of those people
  • 00:16:56.160 --> 00:16:57.000
  • apologized.
  • 00:16:57.000 --> 00:16:57.170
  • They said, "I was there.
  • 00:16:57.170 --> 00:16:59.160
  • I destroyed your church
  • 00:16:59.160 --> 00:17:01.260
  • and I was wrong," and the
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:04.000
  • So brothers and sisters,
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:08.040
  • do not sell out.
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  • Even if they don't like
  • 00:17:08.270 --> 00:17:11.270
  • you, even if they hate
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:12.190
  • you, even if they talk
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:14.070
  • about you because one day
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:15.190
  • a tsunami is going to hit
  • 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:16.190
  • their lives and what
  • 00:17:16.190 --> 00:17:19.050
  • they're going to need is
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:19.250
  • 200 percent truth.
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  • They're going to need
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  • someone who has
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:23.250
  • convictions; who doesn't
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:25.130
  • just conform to the ways
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  • of the world but has found
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:27.180
  • something so powerful in
  • 00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:28.290
  • Jesus that it's worth
  • 00:17:28.290 --> 00:17:30.240
  • suffering for.
  • 00:17:30.240 --> 00:17:31.160
  • And when the cancer comes
  • 00:17:31.160 --> 00:17:34.010
  • and when they're facing
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  • death and when they love
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  • their job and when the
  • 00:17:35.220 --> 00:17:36.150
  • marriage doesn't work,
  • 00:17:36.150 --> 00:17:37.230
  • when life feels empty as
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.060
  • if there is no God, they
  • 00:17:39.060 --> 00:17:40.090
  • will be curious and they
  • 00:17:40.090 --> 00:17:41.050
  • will come to the one who
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:42.200
  • never backed down and yet
  • 00:17:42.200 --> 00:17:44.190
  • always loved.
  • 00:17:44.190 --> 00:17:47.050
  • Jesus prayed that you
  • 00:17:47.050 --> 00:17:47.250
  • would be that kind of
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:48.150
  • Christian, that would not
  • 00:17:48.150 --> 00:17:49.180
  • separate, and would not
  • 00:17:49.180 --> 00:17:51.000
  • sell out.
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:54.280
  • But then there's one last
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:56.240
  • thing that Jesus prayed
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:58.030
  • for.
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  • Last thing I want to share
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  • with you today is our
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:01.090
  • final fill in the blank
  • 00:18:01.090 --> 00:18:02.010
  • where Jesus prayed that
  • 00:18:02.010 --> 00:18:03.000
  • you and I would be
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  • Now, sanctified is a fancy
  • 00:18:07.150 --> 00:18:08.170
  • Bible word that we don't
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:09.200
  • use too often so here's my
  • 00:18:09.200 --> 00:18:10.250
  • definition of it: Is it to
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:11.230
  • be wonderfully different.
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:15.020
  • Growing up, my pastor told
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:15.290
  • me to be sanctified was to
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:17.030
  • be set apart or to be made
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:19.160
  • holy, which kind of means
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:21.070
  • that you're different not
  • 00:18:21.070 --> 00:18:22.110
  • in a bad way but a holy
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:23.130
  • way; a wonderful way.
  • 00:18:23.130 --> 00:18:24.270
  • And Jesus was praying the
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.070
  • night before he died that
  • 00:18:26.070 --> 00:18:27.070
  • you would be wonderfully
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.000
  • different.
  • 00:18:29.000 --> 00:18:31.090
  • And then he made you that
  • 00:18:31.090 --> 00:18:32.030
  • way.
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:35.030
  • This is kind of like my
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:35.190
  • lightbulb moment when I
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:36.130
  • was thinking about this.
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:37.030
  • In John 17, Jesus prays
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:38.220
  • that the Father would
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:39.280
  • sanctify you.
  • 00:18:39.280 --> 00:18:41.160
  • Remember the words at the
  • 00:18:41.160 --> 00:18:42.180
  • very end of his prayer?
  • 00:18:42.180 --> 00:18:43.170
  • "Sanctify them by the
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:44.250
  • truth.
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:45.150
  • Make them wonderfully
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:46.050
  • different.
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:47.060
  • Father, your word is
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:48.060
  • truth." You don't have to
  • 00:18:48.060 --> 00:18:50.000
  • wait for God to accept
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:51.090
  • you.
  • 00:18:51.090 --> 00:18:51.290
  • The blood of Jesus makes
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:52.190
  • you perfect now and
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:53.220
  • acceptable now and
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:54.290
  • delightful to God right
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:56.210
  • now.
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:57.110
  • Have you Christians ever
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:58.010
  • thought about that?
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:18:58.210
  • You're wonderfully
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:18:59.170
  • different.
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:02.150
  • And the peace that you
  • 00:19:02.150 --> 00:19:03.010
  • have?
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:04.110
  • When this world is
  • 00:19:04.110 --> 00:19:05.140
  • freaking out about the
  • 00:19:05.140 --> 00:19:06.170
  • latest headline and this
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:07.200
  • happened, do you know what
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:08.160
  • we believe?
  • 00:19:08.160 --> 00:19:09.270
  • That our best friend is at
  • 00:19:09.270 --> 00:19:11.090
  • the right hand of God the
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:12.130
  • Father and everything in
  • 00:19:12.130 --> 00:19:15.070
  • this broken world is
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:16.030
  • underneath his feet.
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:18.140
  • That everything that
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:19.040
  • happens, God has plans for
  • 00:19:19.040 --> 00:19:20.170
  • us and we don't just say
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:21.150
  • that because it's a nice
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:22.060
  • Hallmark saying.
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:23.210
  • Jesus said he is ruling
  • 00:19:23.210 --> 00:19:24.260
  • over everything for the
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:25.240
  • good of his church.
  • 00:19:25.240 --> 00:19:27.000
  • In all things he's working
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:28.130
  • for the good of those who
  • 00:19:28.130 --> 00:19:30.080
  • love him.
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:30.280
  • And while the world's
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:32.190
  • trying to figure it out,
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:33.170
  • we can just smile and have
  • 00:19:33.170 --> 00:19:34.140
  • this peace that goes
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:35.040
  • beyond understanding.
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:36.010
  • What you and I believe is
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:37.130
  • You see, if you're here
  • 00:19:42.040 --> 00:19:43.110
  • today in church or you're
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:44.060
  • listening to this podcast
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:46.050
  • or watching this program,
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:47.110
  • we Christians do not think
  • 00:19:47.110 --> 00:19:49.130
  • that we're like better
  • 00:19:49.130 --> 00:19:50.110
  • than non-Christians.
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:51.100
  • We struggle with the same
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:53.040
  • temptation; we commit the
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:54.040
  • same sins.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:54.240
  • But we do believe that
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:55.230
  • what he believe is better
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:57.200
  • We don't believe that
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:01.070
  • karma is a great way to
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:02.010
  • live; you just get what
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:03.180
  • you got coming.
  • 00:20:03.180 --> 00:20:04.080
  • We believe that grace and
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:05.060
  • forgiveness and the free
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:06.190
  • gift of Jesus is
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:07.170
  • ridiculously better.
  • 00:20:07.170 --> 00:20:10.120
  • We believe in a God that
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:11.110
  • accepts us because of what
  • 00:20:11.110 --> 00:20:12.270
  • Jesus did; that he did
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:13.260
  • everything for us.
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:14.210
  • He doesn't put all of our
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:15.160
  • good works on this side of
  • 00:20:15.160 --> 00:20:17.020
  • the scale and our sins on
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:18.110
  • this side of the scale
  • 00:20:18.110 --> 00:20:19.020
  • and, "Oh, you better hope
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:19.220
  • you're good enough."
  • 00:20:19.220 --> 00:20:20.120
  • Instead, he just accepts
  • 00:20:20.120 --> 00:20:21.190
  • and cleanses and loves;
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:22.230
  • that it's infinitely
  • 00:20:22.230 --> 00:20:23.150
  • better.
  • 00:20:23.150 --> 00:20:25.090
  • Instead of just believing
  • 00:20:25.090 --> 00:20:26.010
  • that we're here by chance
  • 00:20:26.010 --> 00:20:27.050
  • and it's just survival of
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:28.030
  • the fittest and make
  • 00:20:28.030 --> 00:20:28.260
  • something of these brief
  • 00:20:28.260 --> 00:20:30.080
  • moments you have in life,
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:31.230
  • we believe something so
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:32.220
  • much better.
  • 00:20:32.220 --> 00:20:33.120
  • That this life, no matter
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:34.240
  • how challenging, is like
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:36.080
  • one inch of a 40.000 foot
  • 00:20:36.080 --> 00:20:38.170
  • rope and instead what's
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:39.170
  • coming for us is pure joy
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:41.120
  • and happiness.
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:42.160
  • We are wonderfully
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:43.160
  • different because of
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:44.060
  • message of Jesus is
  • 00:20:44.060 --> 00:20:45.270
  • wonderfully different.
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:49.060
  • And if people hear that
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:49.230
  • from you, it will change
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.250
  • them.
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:52.150
  • If people see that peace
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:55.040
  • in you, they'll ask about
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:57.030
  • it.
  • 00:20:57.030 --> 00:20:59.270
  • Now I think about Nhia's
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:00.200
  • story.
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:03.100
  • Some of you have met Nhia
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:04.040
  • here at our church; she
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  • works with the Time of
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  • Grace team.
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  • Nhia did not grow up with
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  • Jesus.
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  • She was actually born in
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  • Thailand in a Hmong
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  • refugee camp and she grew
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  • up in a family that was
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  • not Christian.
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  • They practiced Shamanism
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  • and Animism and other
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  • really popular Eastern
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  • religions but not Jesus.
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  • But then when she was in
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  • high school, she met some
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  • people who did follow
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  • Jesus.
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  • And instead of taking a
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  • step away, seeing her as
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  • like dangerous because she
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  • wasn't a Christian, they
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  • loved her and they
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  • invested in her.
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  • And there was one girl in
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  • particular that was
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  • interesting.
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  • Her name is Margie.
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  • Margie got a wicked form
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  • of cancer when she was in
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  • high school and she prayed
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  • that Jesus would make it
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  • better but he didn't.
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  • Margie actually died
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  • before she made it to
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  • college and Nhia noticed.
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  • Because Margie was not
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  • afraid and she was not
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  • bitter; she did not shake
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  • her fist at God who let
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  • this happen.
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  • She knew Jesus; that he
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  • had conquered death and
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  • she didn't need to be
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  • afraid of it.
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  • And Nhia noticed: How do
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  • you suffer like that?
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  • They gathered at Margie's
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  • funeral and there was a
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  • message of hope in Jesus
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  • Christ.
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  • And the next year, when
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  • Nhia herself went off to
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:25.100
  • college, there were more
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  • Christian friends except
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  • this time she was curious
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  • and had questions.
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  • And she asked and they
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  • answered.
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  • And now if you'd meet
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  • Nhia, she is wonderfully
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  • different.
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  • She believes that there is
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  • a big God; who's bigger
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  • than life and death and
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  • everything that we face.
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  • And that's what Jesus
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  • So back to my original
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:50.070
  • question: Do Christians
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  • have friends who are not
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  • Christians?
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  • Should you run away from
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  • them?
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  • No, no, no.
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  • Jesus prayed the very
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  • night before he died that
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  • you would not separate,
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  • you would not sell out.
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  • Instead, you would just be
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  • what you already are by
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  • his life, death, and
  • 00:23:02.100 --> 00:23:03.000
  • resurrection: Wonderfully
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  • different.
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  • We have the most amazing
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  • friend in Jesus.
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  • Let's introduce our
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  • friends to that friend.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Jesus, I think of where
  • 00:23:20.070 --> 00:23:21.080
  • this started for each of
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  • us.
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  • Even if we come from a
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  • long line of Christians,
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  • there was someone
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  • generations ago who had
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  • the courage and the
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  • boldness to love someone,
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  • to invest in them, and to
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:33.150
  • share the good news.
  • 00:23:33.150 --> 00:23:35.250
  • And so I thank you for
  • 00:23:35.250 --> 00:23:36.150
  • those people whose faces
  • 00:23:36.150 --> 00:23:37.190
  • we don't know and names we
  • 00:23:37.190 --> 00:23:39.120
  • can't name; who crossed
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  • the street and spoke to
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  • their neighbor.
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  • Who invited their new
  • 00:23:44.070 --> 00:23:44.260
  • boyfriend to church and he
  • 00:23:44.260 --> 00:23:46.130
  • believed the gospel and
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:47.050
  • now generations of
  • 00:23:47.050 --> 00:23:47.240
  • Christians have come from
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  • it.
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  • And I pray, God, that we
  • 00:23:50.250 --> 00:23:51.210
  • could do that for other
  • 00:23:51.210 --> 00:23:52.110
  • people.
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:54.120
  • There are so many people
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:54.270
  • in our world who have no
  • 00:23:54.270 --> 00:23:55.180
  • clue; they think church is
  • 00:23:55.180 --> 00:23:56.240
  • just some institution and
  • 00:23:56.240 --> 00:23:58.110
  • organization and they
  • 00:23:58.110 --> 00:23:59.100
  • don't know what we talk
  • 00:23:59.100 --> 00:24:00.120
  • about here - about grace
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  • and mercy and hope in your
  • 00:24:01.290 --> 00:24:03.110
  • Son.
  • 00:24:03.110 --> 00:24:04.210
  • They think it's all
  • 00:24:04.210 --> 00:24:05.110
  • hypocrisy and that
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:06.030
  • Christians think they're
  • 00:24:06.030 --> 00:24:06.230
  • better than other people
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:07.190
  • and, God, we can break
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:08.240
  • that stereotype if we run
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:11.030
  • with your help into their
  • 00:24:11.030 --> 00:24:11.290
  • lives and we love them
  • 00:24:11.290 --> 00:24:13.160
  • like only you can.
  • 00:24:13.160 --> 00:24:15.180
  • So God, would you help us?
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:17.260
  • I think of our church;
  • 00:24:17.260 --> 00:24:18.260
  • just hundreds of people,
  • 00:24:18.260 --> 00:24:20.250
  • thousands of people,
  • 00:24:20.250 --> 00:24:21.180
  • between our two campuses.
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:22.230
  • And if we could just go
  • 00:24:22.230 --> 00:24:24.110
  • into this community and
  • 00:24:24.110 --> 00:24:25.100
  • invest in one or two
  • 00:24:25.100 --> 00:24:26.120
  • people this year, there
  • 00:24:26.120 --> 00:24:28.120
  • could be a new Pentecost!
  • 00:24:28.120 --> 00:24:30.280
  • There could be hundreds of
  • 00:24:30.280 --> 00:24:31.160
  • people being baptized;
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:33.020
  • thousands of people being
  • 00:24:33.020 --> 00:24:34.020
  • interested; tens of
  • 00:24:34.020 --> 00:24:34.280
  • thousands would hear the
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:35.220
  • good news that Christ has
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:37.080
  • risen, he is King, and he
  • 00:24:37.080 --> 00:24:38.240
  • wants to be our friend.
  • 00:24:38.240 --> 00:24:41.090
  • So God, we are praying
  • 00:24:41.090 --> 00:24:41.250
  • today that you would do
  • 00:24:41.250 --> 00:24:42.160
  • more than we ask, expect,
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:44.080
  • or imagine.
  • 00:24:44.080 --> 00:24:46.090
  • And so many of us love
  • 00:24:46.090 --> 00:24:47.100
  • people in our families, in
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:48.230
  • our circle of friends, who
  • 00:24:48.230 --> 00:24:49.180
  • don't know you just yet.
  • 00:24:49.180 --> 00:24:52.010
  • Help us not to be offended
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:53.010
  • by the differences in
  • 00:24:53.010 --> 00:24:53.240
  • beliefs and behavior.
  • 00:24:53.240 --> 00:24:55.000
  • Give us patience and
  • 00:24:55.000 --> 00:24:55.150
  • kindness and wisdom and
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:57.040
  • intelligence with our
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:57.250
  • answers.
  • 00:24:57.250 --> 00:24:59.100
  • God, help us to be bright
  • 00:24:59.100 --> 00:25:00.090
  • lights in this dark world
  • 00:25:00.090 --> 00:25:01.210
  • that's searching for you
  • 00:25:01.210 --> 00:25:02.160
  • and doesn't know it just
  • 00:25:02.160 --> 00:25:03.240
  • yet.
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  • We pray all these things
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:06.000
  • with confidence because
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:07.100
  • you love the sounds of
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:08.200
  • your friend's voices and
  • 00:25:08.200 --> 00:25:10.070
  • we pray them all in Jesus'
  • 00:25:10.070 --> 00:25:10.250
  • beautiful name and all
  • 00:25:10.250 --> 00:25:12.100
  • God's people who wanted
  • 00:25:12.100 --> 00:25:13.010
  • this to be true, join
  • 00:25:13.010 --> 00:25:14.120
  • their voices and they
  • 00:25:14.120 --> 00:25:15.020
  • said, "Amen." Amen.
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  • [PASTOR MIKE NOVOTNY] As
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  • we transition to this new
  • 00:25:17.130 --> 00:25:18.010
  • stage of Time of Grace's
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:18.280
  • history, we hope that God
  • 00:25:18.280 --> 00:25:20.210
  • continues to bless the
  • 00:25:20.210 --> 00:25:21.280
  • message that we share and
  • 00:25:21.280 --> 00:25:23.220
  • this transition that we've
  • 00:25:23.220 --> 00:25:24.180
  • been through.
  • 00:25:24.180 --> 00:25:25.260
  • And that's why today, I
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:26.130
  • just want to tell you a
  • 00:25:26.130 --> 00:25:27.000
  • little bit about myself;
  • 00:25:27.000 --> 00:25:29.020
  • the things I'm passionate
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  • about and the principles
  • 00:25:30.000 --> 00:25:30.280
  • that really drive my
  • 00:25:30.280 --> 00:25:32.070
  • preaching, my teaching,
  • 00:25:32.070 --> 00:25:33.150
  • I've got to tell you, I
  • 00:25:36.200 --> 00:25:37.120
  • love people!
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  • I love Muslim people and
  • 00:25:38.200 --> 00:25:40.180
  • atheist people and church
  • 00:25:40.180 --> 00:25:42.110
  • people and people who have
  • 00:25:42.110 --> 00:25:43.110
  • questions and people who
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  • have doubts.
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  • I love my neighborhood and
  • 00:25:45.180 --> 00:25:47.000
  • my soccer teams; I love
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  • meeting people who live
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  • around the church.
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  • I love hearing their
  • 00:25:50.110 --> 00:25:51.010
  • stories.
  • 00:25:51.010 --> 00:25:52.040
  • Every person that you see
  • 00:25:52.040 --> 00:25:53.040
  • today is a person that God
  • 00:25:53.040 --> 00:25:54.050
  • loves; a person that Jesus
  • 00:25:54.050 --> 00:25:56.070
  • was literally thinking
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:25:57.030
  • about when he gave his
  • 00:25:57.030 --> 00:25:58.190
  • life on the cross.
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  • And so, I want us to be a
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:01.150
  • people who invest in our
  • 00:26:01.150 --> 00:26:03.000
  • neighbors no matter what
  • 00:26:03.000 --> 00:26:03.250
  • they believe, who show
  • 00:26:03.250 --> 00:26:05.100
  • compassion and kindness to
  • 00:26:05.100 --> 00:26:06.160
  • our neighbors no matter
  • 00:26:06.160 --> 00:26:07.100
  • how they behave.
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:08.200
  • I want us to be bright
  • 00:26:08.200 --> 00:26:09.240
  • lights in a dark world;
  • 00:26:09.240 --> 00:26:11.070
  • that the glory of Jesus
  • 00:26:11.070 --> 00:26:12.070
  • would be seen.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • In the gospel of
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  • Luke, Jesus talks about
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  • the 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
  • 00:26:28.080 --> 00:26:29.050
  • 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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