Can't See You Part 2

October 20, 2022 | 251 | 27:29

Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Allen Jackson Ministries | Can't See You Part 2 | October 20, 2022
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  • Allen jackson: faith doesn't mean you check your brain
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  • At the door.
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  • You're gonna need your brain for the journey.
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  • You better take it.
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  • How do we see faith?
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  • I would suggest to you that faith is made visible in
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  • Faithful obedience.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen jackson: it's an honor to be with you again.
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  • We're gonna continue our study on can't you see?
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  • It's a simple idea.
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  • If you have to ask the question when you're talking to somebody
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  • Else, "can't you see?"
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  • The answer's no, they probably can't.
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  • And because we're all at different levels of spiritual
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  • Development, we gain strength together because sometimes
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  • You'll have perception of something that i don't or
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  • Sometimes i'll have understanding
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  • That you might not.
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  • In the same way, some of us see colors better than others, or
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  • Some of us have some physical gifts around sports or for doing
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  • Math, we don't all see and understand in the same way.
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  • But as you grow physically, you develop an awareness of your
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  • Senses and how to interact with the world we live in.
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  • It's a developmental process from your infancy right through
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  • The rest of your life because your sensory perception changes.
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  • The way that your senses work when you're a teenager are not
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  • The same as the way they'll work when you're in
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  • Your 60s or your 70s.
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  • Well, our spiritual senses change too.
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  • We have to develop an awareness of them, we have to learn to be
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  • Dependent upon faith and know that our faith changes
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  • With the seasons of our lives and our maturity.
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  • It's a part of growing up spiritually, and it's important
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  • For us to flourish.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: so, here's the idea.
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  • I want to suggest that we develop a sense of faith, a
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  • Sense of faith, an awareness of god, perhaps, in a new way.
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  • When you get an earth seat--earth suit, you get five
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  • Senses with which to negotiate life, to experience life.
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  • You can see and you can hear.
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  • You can taste. you can feel.
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  • What'd i leave out?
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  • Smell. thank you.
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  • You get--that's your equipment for interacting
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  • With our physical world.
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  • It's a very helpful set of things and each one describe
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  • A bit of a separate life experience.
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  • Taste is very different than sight.
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  • Your sight is very different than what you hear.
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  • I mean, play with it a little bit.
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  • How does red sound?
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  • Well, what a stupid question.
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  • They're two different ways of experiencing the world.
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  • What does something that tastes bitter look like?
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  • Well, goofy, don't ask me that question.
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  • I can think of something that tastes bitter
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  • And i can see that.
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  • But, you know, something that tastes bitter,
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  • How does it sound?
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  • I don't know.
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  • I'm confused.
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  • You see, our senses are integrated.
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  • If i say something--if i say to you something is sharp or
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  • Prickly, i'm describing something that is determined
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  • By feel or touch.
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  • But you will immediately integrate that sense of touch
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  • With the picture.
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  • You'll see a knife or a cactus or a needle.
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  • Well, what i'm suggesting is we need to integrate faith into our
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  • Portfolio of perception, that we want to cultivate a sense of
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  • Faith, a sense of seeing from a god perspective, the same way
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  • You have cultivated your other senses.
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  • You grow into those.
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  • Have you been with a new baby lately?
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  • They don't have a fully functional set of sensory tools.
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  • They're limited.
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  • Their dexterity is limited, their perception is limited,
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  • Their ability to interpret sound is limited.
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  • Their ability to make sound is pretty functional.
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  • But as they mature and grow, they're able to begin to--those
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  • Senses develop and their ability to process information.
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  • Well, in a very similar way, as we grow up in the lord, we want
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  • To cultivate this sense of faith and integrate it into our life
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  • Perspective so that we don't just walk by sight physically.
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  • We could walk by faith, that we could see our world, not just
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  • From the tool set of our physical senses and our ability
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  • To process something rationally, but that we have set our mind on
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  • Heavenly things, that we have set our heart on the things of
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  • God so that we have another set of sensory information to help
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  • Us process the decisions so that we can lead an overcoming life.
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  • When i say, "i heard the jingling of a sleigh bell," most
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  • Of you pretty--got a pretty clear picture.
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  • How do you see faith?
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  • What does that look like?
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  • It's not being foolish or presumptive.
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  • It's not being bizarre.
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  • Faith isn't bizarre.
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  • The most faith-filled people i've ever known have been
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  • Understated, have been unassuming.
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  • Faith doesn't mean you check your brain at the door.
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  • You're gonna need your brain for the journey.
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  • You better take it.
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  • How do we see faith?
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  • I would suggest to you that faith is made visible in
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  • Faithful obedience.
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  • If you want me to shorten it even a little bit more, i think
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  • Your faith is evident in your faithfulness.
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  • If you're not a faithful person, you're not a person of faith,
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  • Period.
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  • I'm done with the conversation.
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  • But i think the word "obedience" needs to be included
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  • Because the presentation, the visibility of faith, is
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  • Really most clear in your faithful obedience to the lord.
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  • Jesus said, "the greatest one amongst you
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  • Is the servant of all."
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  • On the night when he's about to be betrayed and abandoned and
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  • All the torment is coming, jesus washes the disciples' feet.
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  • And he said, "this doesn't mean much to you right now but in the
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  • Days to come, think about what i've done for you."
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  • I mean, they're still quibbling about who's the greatest.
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  • Peter's saying, "no, no, no, you're not touching me."
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  • "peter, you're gonna deny me."
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  • "no, no, these other guys.
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  • I'm with you, lord.
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  • They're a little inconsistent, but i will never abandon you."
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  • I mean, don't you know--i mean, think of all the emotions jesus
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  • Is feeling, and he decides to wash their feet.
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  • If you want to--how do you see your faith?
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  • What would it look like to put it on a canvas, to demonstrate
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  • It, to measure it?
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  • I think it's directly correlated to our faithful obedience to the
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  • Lord.
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  • Proverbs 29:18 says, "where there is no vision," the new
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  • International version says, "where there's no revelation,"
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  • Interchangeable.
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  • In the hebrew you could go either way with it, i think.
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  • Where there's no vision, where there's no insight, where
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  • There's no understanding, the people are unrestrained.
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  • We've lost our vision of god.
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  • How do we have rampant immorality and perversion and
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  • Ungodliness and wickedness and greed?
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  • And that's within the church.
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  • We've lost our vision of god.
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  • We have a vision of orders of religious activity and religious
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  • Behaviors and religious services, but we have very
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  • Little vision of god.
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  • What's god doing in the earth?
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  • What's he up to?
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  • What's his--what's his endgame?
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  • What's his objective?
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  • What would he like to see happen?
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  • What's his desire for our children?
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  • We need a vision for that.
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  • We've settled for wanting an upgrade and the label in our
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  • Clothes or the car we drive or the place where we vacation
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  • Or becoming more adept at social media or something.
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  • We've lost our vision of the lord.
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  • What's it mean to be the people of god?
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  • What are the ramifications of that?
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  • What are the implications of that?
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  • Some of it is beyond us.
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  • Very clearly in scripture, there are times and seasons, in the
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  • Same way we have physical seasons.
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  • It's springtime in tennessee's, it's planting season.
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  • I hope you're all working on your gardens and preparing
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  • Vegetables to share with me.
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  • If you're not, pray about it.
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  • I think the lord would lead you to do that.
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  • I'm kidding, kind of.
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  • But it's that time of the year, we understand that.
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  • You can break the ground.
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  • You can plant the seeds.
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  • There's an expectation that the things will grow, much less so
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  • In november in tennessee.
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  • Angus called today and he said, "laddie, it's springtime
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  • Where you are.
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  • We're going into autumn."
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  • Well, that's because you're on the bottom of the world.
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  • Things are messed up down there.
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  • I can't--seasons make a difference.
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  • Well, there are seasons when the visibility of god, the
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  • Involvement of god, is diminished.
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  • Whole big blocks of time, generations of people where
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  • God's engagement was small.
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  • 1 samuel 3, we talked about samuel a moment ago.
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  • The boy samuel ministered before the lord under eli.
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  • He was the priest.
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  • In those days, the word of the lord was rare.
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  • There weren't very many visions.
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  • It's an interesting wordplay.
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  • One night eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could
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  • Barely see.
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  • And in the previous sentence, it says that there were no visions
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  • Because the word of the lord was small.
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  • In the next sentence, it says eli couldn't see.
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  • I know it's talking about physical sight and spiritual
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  • Sight, but i don't believe it was lost on the author.
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  • In psalm 74, it's a passage.
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  • It's really a lament, that psalm.
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  • It is a statement of woe because of the judgment of god that has
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  • Come upon his people.
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  • And it says, "we are given no miraculous signs; no prophets
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  • Are left, and none of us knows how long this will be."
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  • What a difficult sentence.
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  • We have no god perspective, and we don't know
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  • How long it will last.
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  • Amos, the prophet, said, "the days are coming, declares the
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  • Sovereign lord, when i will send a famine through the land, not a
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  • Famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing
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  • The words of the lord.
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  • Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east,
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  • Searching for the word of the lord, but they won't find it."
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  • It has my intention.
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  • Ezekiel 7, "prepare chains, because the land is full of
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  • Bloodshed and the city is full of violence.
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  • I will bring the most wicked of the nations to take possession
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  • Of their houses; i'll put an end to the pride of the mighty, and
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  • Their sanctuaries will be desecrated.
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  • Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor up on rumor.
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  • They will try to get a vision from the prophet; the teaching
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  • Of the law by the priest will be lost, as will the counsel
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  • Of the elders."
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  • Did you ever listen to what's happening around us and think,
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  • What has happened to us?
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  • What happened to the common sense that our grandparents
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  • Lived with?
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  • It has my attention.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen: we are walking through a season of instability,
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  • Unprecedented in recent years.
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  • We've never seen anything quite like this.
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  • But i don't believe it's a time to be afraid.
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  • I believe it's a time for a courageous response
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  • From god's people.
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  • Well, the team has pulled together some prayers
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  • That we've been leaning on here at the church
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  • Centered in the cross and its provision for our lives.
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  • You see, our stability doesn't come from the government,
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  • Or a political party, or an elected leader;
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  • It comes to us through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • It's not just our provision for eternity,
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  • It's not just a get-out-of-hell-free card.
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  • Allen: and then there's the alternative to that.
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  • There are seasons when god's moving and there's interaction
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  • And the presence of the spirit is so abundant that it causes
  • 00:15:13.828 --> 00:15:17.031
  • Jealousy amongst the ungodly.
  • 00:15:17.031 --> 00:15:20.568
  • Well, we just read from amos, or from ezekiel, says that god has
  • 00:15:20.568 --> 00:15:23.738
  • Empowered the wicked to bring judgment upon his people and
  • 00:15:23.738 --> 00:15:29.344
  • That his presence is minimal.
  • 00:15:29.344 --> 00:15:32.447
  • There are other times when his presence is so abundant, so
  • 00:15:32.447 --> 00:15:36.451
  • Prolific, that it causes the wicked to be angry at god's
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  • People because of the influence they had.
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  • Acts chapter 5--now remember, the cultural scenario is
  • 00:15:44.125 --> 00:15:49.364
  • Anti-christ.
  • 00:15:49.364 --> 00:15:51.666
  • They stood on the streets of jerusalem and said, "crucify
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  • Him."
  • 00:15:54.202 --> 00:15:56.804
  • So, it isn't a friendly atmosphere for jesus people.
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  • Were just two chapters away from the first martyr
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  • After the ascension.
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  • Stephen's gonna be murdered in these streets,
  • 00:16:06.481 --> 00:16:08.282
  • So it's a very tense time.
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  • It says, "more and more men and women believed, believed in the
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  • Lord and were added to their number."
  • 00:16:15.356 --> 00:16:16.691
  • In spite of the resistance, the opposition, the persecution,
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  • There is a growing commitment to the lord.
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  • In the amos and in the ezekiel passage, we're talking about the
  • 00:16:26.834 --> 00:16:30.538
  • Covenant people of god secure in their own land.
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  • But there's been so much indifference, the people have
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  • Ignored the lord for so long that there's nobody even left to
  • 00:16:35.343 --> 00:16:39.447
  • Give a god perspective.
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  • And in the book of acts in the face of the persecution and the
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  • Intensity and the threats, it says, "more and more men and
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  • Women are believing in the lord and being added to the number.
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  • As a result, the people brought the sick into the streets and
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  • Laid them on beds and mats so that at least peter's shadow
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  • Might fall on some of them.
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  • Crowds gathered from the towns around jerusalem, bringing their
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  • Sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were
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  • Healed.
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  • The high priest and all of his associates, who were members of
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  • The party of the sadducees-- "the sadducees were the most
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  • Wealthy, powerful, politically influential people in the city
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  • Of jerusalem.
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  • They're also the religious group that didn't believe in the
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  • Resurrection of the dead.
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  • That's why they're sad, you see?
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  • It's not original.
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  • "members of the parties of the sadducees,
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  • Were filled with jealousy."
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  • What are they jealous about?
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  • This expanding influence of the disciples.
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  • The people in the city are listening to them.
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  • They're stirring all the villages around jerusalem.
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  • They're not looking at us with the same admiration
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  • They used to look at us.
  • 00:17:55.022 --> 00:17:56.424
  • "didn't we kill this guy?
  • 00:17:56.424 --> 00:17:58.759
  • Haven't we threatened these people?
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  • Aren't these the ones that we had flogged a few weeks ago?"
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  • "they arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
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  • But during the night an angel of the lord opened the doors of the
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  • Jail and brought them out.
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  • 'go stay in the temple courts and tell the people the full
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  • Message of this new life.'" they have enough vision.
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  • You know what they did?
  • 00:18:20.982 --> 00:18:22.316
  • They went and stood in the temple courts and started
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  • Preaching again.
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  • "didn't they arrest us when we were here yesterday?"
  • 00:18:26.254 --> 00:18:27.855
  • "yeah, yeah, yeah, but didn't the angel let us out last
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  • Night?"
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  • That scenario doesn't hold because forward, go much farther
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  • In the story.
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  • Herod's gonna behead one of them,
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  • And he's gonna arrest peter.
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  • And peter's gonna stay in jail for a period of time.
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  • And when peter's released, he goes in the middle of the night
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  • To the house where the church is praying and he said, "tell the
  • 00:18:49.510 --> 00:18:51.812
  • Brothers i'm leaving town for a while."
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  • So, i'm not suggesting an arrogance or a brashness, but i
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  • Am suggesting there's these two seasons.
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  • There's a diminished place and there's a place of abundance,
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  • And it doesn't have everything to do with
  • 00:19:07.228 --> 00:19:10.431
  • The political circumstances.
  • 00:19:10.431 --> 00:19:12.033
  • One is very intense and there's great persecution.
  • 00:19:12.033 --> 00:19:14.168
  • And yet, there's an abundance of god's involvement.
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  • And the other's a relatively secure setting where you're
  • 00:19:18.773 --> 00:19:21.209
  • The--in the majority of opinion, but the word of the lord is
  • 00:19:21.209 --> 00:19:24.378
  • Pretty small.
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  • I'll add one more component to this, that proximity doesn't
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  • Equal awareness.
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  • In luke 24, many of you know this passage, it is the road to
  • 00:19:32.320 --> 00:19:38.159
  • Emmaus story, which is celebrated if you have a
  • 00:19:38.159 --> 00:19:42.196
  • Christian heritage.
  • 00:19:42.196 --> 00:19:43.931
  • This is post resurrection, but jesus hasn't been fully--hasn't
  • 00:19:43.931 --> 00:19:49.303
  • Fully engaged all of the disciples yet.
  • 00:19:49.303 --> 00:19:51.339
  • So, the story is still trying to find its way through, and
  • 00:19:51.339 --> 00:19:53.608
  • They're still frightened and hiding.
  • 00:19:53.608 --> 00:19:55.243
  • And there's a great deal of discouragement.
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  • And these two men are taking a road away from the city
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  • Of jerusalem.
  • 00:20:00.047 --> 00:20:01.515
  • They have been disciples.
  • 00:20:01.515 --> 00:20:04.151
  • They said, "we had hoped that he was the messiah.
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  • We had hoped that.
  • 00:20:06.821 --> 00:20:08.155
  • We don't have that hope any longer.
  • 00:20:08.155 --> 00:20:09.490
  • The romans killed him."
  • 00:20:09.490 --> 00:20:12.226
  • And they meet jesus on the road to emmaus and they don't
  • 00:20:12.226 --> 00:20:16.330
  • Recognize him.
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  • There's a fascinating interplay here, and i'm not gonna take the
  • 00:20:17.999 --> 00:20:20.801
  • Time to unpack it.
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  • But if you will read it and look at all the words that talk about
  • 00:20:22.136 --> 00:20:24.138
  • Recognition or seeing or understanding, there's a
  • 00:20:24.138 --> 00:20:27.074
  • Fascinating unfolding in this.
  • 00:20:27.074 --> 00:20:29.210
  • "some of our companions went to the tomb and they found it just
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:32.413
  • As the women had said, but they didn't see him."
  • 00:20:32.413 --> 00:20:37.718
  • The women said--the body wasn't there, and the women said they
  • 00:20:37.718 --> 00:20:40.321
  • Saw an angel that said he's risen.
  • 00:20:40.321 --> 00:20:42.023
  • But our friends didn't see him, so we're not sure we believe.
  • 00:20:42.023 --> 00:20:50.064
  • "and jesus said to them, 'how foolish you are, and how slow of
  • 00:20:50.064 --> 00:20:54.835
  • Heart to believe."
  • 00:20:54.835 --> 00:20:57.638
  • I'm intrigued.
  • 00:20:57.638 --> 00:20:58.973
  • He didn't say how slow of intellect.
  • 00:20:58.973 --> 00:21:01.876
  • He said, "'your hearts are slow to grasp this.
  • 00:21:01.876 --> 00:21:05.179
  • How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
  • 00:21:05.179 --> 00:21:09.450
  • Did not the messiah have to suffer these things and then
  • 00:21:09.450 --> 00:21:12.053
  • Enter his glory?' and then beginning with moses and all the
  • 00:21:12.053 --> 00:21:16.490
  • Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the
  • 00:21:16.490 --> 00:21:18.592
  • Scriptures concerning himself."
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  • Do you have the imagination that if you were gonna tell the jesus
  • 00:21:20.861 --> 00:21:22.863
  • Story, you'd start with moses?
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  • Most of us would start with matthew or mark or gabriel
  • 00:21:26.734 --> 00:21:30.404
  • Coming to talk to mary.
  • 00:21:30.404 --> 00:21:34.875
  • Started, jesus started with moses said, "moses knew all
  • 00:21:34.875 --> 00:21:39.180
  • About me."
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:41.315
  • We read that a moment ago.
  • 00:21:41.315 --> 00:21:43.517
  • He regarded disgrace for the sake of christ, it says in
  • 00:21:43.517 --> 00:21:45.853
  • Hebrews 11.
  • 00:21:45.853 --> 00:21:47.421
  • It's of greater value than the treasures of egypt.
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  • I want to come back to the question,
  • 00:21:50.157 --> 00:21:51.859
  • What is it you're seeing?
  • 00:21:51.859 --> 00:21:55.162
  • What is it that brings fear to you or anxiety
  • 00:21:55.162 --> 00:21:56.731
  • To you or joy to you?
  • 00:21:56.731 --> 00:21:58.232
  • What are you aspiring to?
  • 00:21:58.232 --> 00:21:59.700
  • What do you think's gonna secure our future?
  • 00:21:59.700 --> 00:22:01.369
  • What are we looking at exactly?
  • 00:22:01.369 --> 00:22:03.104
  • Can't you see?
  • 00:22:03.104 --> 00:22:08.676
  • "as they approached the village they were going, jesus acted as
  • 00:22:08.676 --> 00:22:10.478
  • If he were going further.
  • 00:22:10.478 --> 00:22:12.113
  • But they urged him strongly, 'stay with us.
  • 00:22:12.113 --> 00:22:13.981
  • It's nearly evening days; the day's almost over.'
  • 00:22:13.981 --> 00:22:16.384
  • So he went in to stay with him.
  • 00:22:16.384 --> 00:22:17.785
  • When he was at the table, he took bread and gave thanks.
  • 00:22:17.785 --> 00:22:19.687
  • He broke it."
  • 00:22:19.687 --> 00:22:21.021
  • Does that sound familiar?
  • 00:22:21.021 --> 00:22:22.523
  • Last time we heard that phrase attached to jesus, he's having
  • 00:22:22.523 --> 00:22:25.726
  • The passover meal, the end of the passover meal
  • 00:22:25.726 --> 00:22:27.962
  • With the disciples.
  • 00:22:27.962 --> 00:22:29.296
  • He took bread, and he gave thanks and broke it.
  • 00:22:29.296 --> 00:22:32.566
  • I don't think luke is using his words sloppily.
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  • Began to give it to them.
  • 00:22:37.505 --> 00:22:38.839
  • "then their eyes were opened.
  • 00:22:38.839 --> 00:22:41.041
  • They recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight."
  • 00:22:41.041 --> 00:22:45.312
  • Where'd he go?
  • 00:22:45.312 --> 00:22:47.848
  • Well, god created both the visible and the invisible.
  • 00:22:47.848 --> 00:22:51.519
  • He opened their eyes.
  • 00:22:51.519 --> 00:22:52.853
  • It wasn't just his physical, it was their hearts he opened.
  • 00:22:52.853 --> 00:22:55.489
  • They had seen him. they had talked to him.
  • 00:22:55.489 --> 00:22:57.725
  • They didn't recognize him.
  • 00:22:57.725 --> 00:22:59.293
  • So, you can be walking with jesus.
  • 00:22:59.293 --> 00:23:00.928
  • You can be talking about scripture but be completely
  • 00:23:00.928 --> 00:23:03.964
  • Oblivious to what god is doing.
  • 00:23:03.964 --> 00:23:07.501
  • They're disciples. they're invested.
  • 00:23:07.501 --> 00:23:10.438
  • They know peter and james and john.
  • 00:23:10.438 --> 00:23:12.406
  • They've been there for some of jesus's teaching.
  • 00:23:12.406 --> 00:23:14.341
  • They've heard the miracle stories.
  • 00:23:14.341 --> 00:23:16.177
  • They're connected.
  • 00:23:16.177 --> 00:23:19.814
  • So, now this is personal to me.
  • 00:23:19.814 --> 00:23:21.282
  • I'm talking to the lord through my days going,
  • 00:23:21.282 --> 00:23:23.517
  • "lord, help me to see.
  • 00:23:23.517 --> 00:23:25.719
  • Open my eyes."
  • 00:23:25.719 --> 00:23:31.425
  • "they asked they others, 'were not our hearts burning within
  • 00:23:31.425 --> 00:23:33.527
  • Us?'" oh, after the fact, everybody's got a god story.
  • 00:23:33.527 --> 00:23:39.800
  • "they got up and returned at once to jerusalem."
  • 00:23:39.800 --> 00:23:41.769
  • Seven miles back the other way.
  • 00:23:41.769 --> 00:23:43.103
  • "they found the eleven and those with them, assembled together
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  • Saying, 'it is true!
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  • The lord has risen and has appeared to simon.'" when they
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  • Got back, by the time they get back the crew, "it's true."
  • 00:23:50.110 --> 00:23:56.984
  • "then the two told what had happened on the way, and how
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  • Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread."' so
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  • Proximity doesn't mean you can see.
  • 00:24:05.593 --> 00:24:07.728
  • You can sit in church and be clueless.
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  • You can have a bible and not understand.
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  • You can sing along with the katinas.
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  • We need god's help.
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  • We need a vision from the lord.
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  • We need a hungering and thirsting for the things
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  • Of the lord.
  • 00:24:27.114 --> 00:24:28.516
  • I want to go back to that verse colossians 3 and 1.
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  • I'm done.
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  • "since you had been raised with christ, set your hearts on
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  • Things above.
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  • Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
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  • How do you improve your vision?
  • 00:24:40.661 --> 00:24:43.764
  • By setting your heart and your minds on things above.
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  • It'll take discipline. it'll take some practice.
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  • It'll have a lot to do with your friends, what you do with your
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  • Discretionary time, what your dreams are about,
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  • What you're aspiring to.
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  • And then if you want to cultivate the sense of faith, if
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  • You want that to grow in you, i believe that happens by a
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  • Persistent application of faithful obedience.
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  • Do all those little things that you know you're supposed to do.
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  • Serve, give, be kind, forgive, be faithful in the truth that
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  • You know, and watch god give you insight, understanding, vision.
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  • He will.
  • 00:25:27.441 --> 00:25:31.278
  • It's the story of the book.
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  • I brought you a prayer.
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  • It's paul's prayer for the church at ephesus.
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  • I monkeyed with the pronouns a little bit just
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  • To make it more personal.
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  • But i confessed.
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  • I said adapted from.
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  • So, those of you that are hardcore purists, you can go
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  • Compare it and put it back to--but let's stand.
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  • We can read this prayer together.
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  • And i'm gonna give you the punch line.
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  • We pray that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened.
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  • Can't see much in the dark.
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  • Your physical eyesight does not work in the
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  • Complete absence of light.
  • 00:26:07.181 --> 00:26:09.216
  • Light is required, and spiritual light is required for your sense
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  • Of faith to be able to see.
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  • And that's what paul's praying for his friends in ephesus.
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  • Let's read it together.
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  • "heavenly father, we keep asking that the god of our lord jesus
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  • Christ, the glorious father, may give us the spirit of wisdom and
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  • Revelation, so that we may know him better.
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  • We pray also that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened in
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  • Order that we may know the hope to which you have called us, the
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  • Riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints, and
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  • The incomparable the great power for us who believe.
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  • That power is like the working of your mighty strength, which
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  • You exerted in christ when he raised him from the dead and
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  • Seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above
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  • All rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title
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  • That can be given, not only in the present age,
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  • But also in the one to come.
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  • Amen."
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  • There's an age to come that is so much better than this
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  • Present, evil age.
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  • God bless you.
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