The Eyes of a Prophet

October 9, 2022 | 241 | 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 | The Eyes of a Prophet | October 9, 2022
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  • Allen: it's an honor to be with you again.
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  • Our topic today is the 'eyes of a prophet.'
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  • You know, in the hebrew bible,
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  • There were three offices that god put in place.
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  • The king, it's an administrative role, the priest who represent
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  • The people to god.
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  • You brought your offerings to the priest, they presented them
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  • To god on your behalf, and then the office of the prophet.
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  • The prophet was god's perspective upon the people.
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  • The prophets weren't so much future tellers, is they were
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  • Helping the people understand god's attitude towards their
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  • World and themselves.
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  • I would submit to you we desperately need to live with
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  • The eyes of a prophet.
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  • Grab your bible and a notepad, ask god for an understanding
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  • Heart, i trust he has something for us today.
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  • Pastor allen: so i wanna ask you a question, it's a
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  • Rhetorical question i don't want you to answer, but you can
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  • Reflect on it certainly far beyond the time we have
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  • In this session.
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  • What do you know about this present order?
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  • The present world order, biblically,
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  • What could you say about it?
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  • When i started to answer that question, i started filling
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  • Pages with scriptures and i knew it was beyond the scope
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  • Of what we could do.
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  • But the bible has a great deal to say about this current world
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  • Order and particularly the current season we're in.
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  • Matthew chapter 24, many of you know it's jesus's most lengthy
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  • Prophetic discourse, i just gave you one verse, he said, "nation
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  • Will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
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  • There will be famines and earthquakes in various places."
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  • In the language of the new testament, when he said
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  • Literally is there'll be both national conflict
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  • And escalating ethnic conflict.
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  • So what's one thing we can count on in this present world order?
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  • There's gonna be increasing conflict between people,
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  • Groups, and nations.
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  • So when i hear people yammering on about how we're a global
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  • Community, and we're all gonna work together, god said
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  • Something else will happen.
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  • I know there's a world leader coming, but the only person
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  • That's gonna unify this place before the prince of peace
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  • Comes, is the antichrist.
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  • You need to pay attention, you need to think, you need to look
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  • At the world through your biblical filter.
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  • Don't just look through your naive glasses.
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  • Jesus said not only that, but he said there would be disruptive
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  • Disasters that would continue.
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  • He said, this isn't the end, he said this is just the beginning
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  • The end is yet to come.
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  • But he said, these things will increase, there will be
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  • Increasingly disruptive disasters.
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  • Isn't that happy news?
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  • Romans 1 gives us a little different perspective, but it's
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  • A description of this present order.
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  • "the wrath of god is being revealed from heaven against all
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  • The godlessness and the wickedness of men who suppress
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  • The truth by their wickedness."
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  • And he's gonna describe a downward progression
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  • Of human character.
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  • "since what may be known about god is plain to them, because
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  • God has made it plain to them.
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  • For since the creation of the world god's invisible qualities,
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  • His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen,
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  • Being understood from what has been made,
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  • So that men are without excuse."
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  • Every human being knows there's a god.
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  • I know some deny it, and some prefer to talk around it, and
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  • Some prefer not to acknowledge it, and some pretend to be too
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  • Intellectually sophisticated to believe in a creator.
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  • God said, everybody knows there's a god.
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  • "for although they knew god, they neither glorified him as
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  • God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and
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  • Their foolish hearts were darkened.
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  • And although they claimed to be wise, they became fools."
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  • If you, if you looked for kind of a description of what we're
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  • Watching through the windows of our lives these days,
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  • That's pretty close.
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  • Talks about the godlessness and the wickedness of men, the
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  • Suppression of the truth.
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  • Did you know that when you refuse to acknowledge the truth
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  • That you side with wickedness?
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  • Please don't practice that.
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  • There's consequences for standing for the truth, i
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  • Understand that, but it's worth it.
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  • It says that a revelation of god is plain to all.
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  • That everybody has had a revelation of god.
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  • Now we'll be responsible for the revelation that we have.
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  • If you speak english, you have access to more information about
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  • God than in any people group that have ever lived.
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  • There'll be a higher standard of expectation for us.
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  • It says that we're aware of god, but we refuse to glorify him.
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  • We refuse to give glory to him and honor to him, we wanna act
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  • As if we can solve our problems.
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  • I hear these discussions so frequently that we're going to
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  • Solve global problems.
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  • The hubris, that's a fancy word for saying you're
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  • Just arrogant and uppity.
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  • Folks, we've been here for millennia.
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  • If we're good enough to solve the problems,
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  • What have we been doing?
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  • There is no solution for humanity apart from the prince
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  • Of peace and the redemptive work of the cross and the
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  • Transformation that comes to our hearts.
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  • The church has a message that the world desperately needs.
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  • And i hear these discussions and the arrogance with which they
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  • Deliver their pronouncements, and they're willingness to crush
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  • Anyone who gets in their way.
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  • It's not a spirit that you wanna entrust your future to.
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  • We're aware of god, but we refuse to give glory to him or
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  • Even to be thankful to him.
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  • And then god says because of that, he hands
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  • Us over to something.
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  • Futility is the word that's used.
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  • They become futile, which means your effort doesn't bear fruit.
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  • Lots of effort, lot of expenditure, lot of energy, lots
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  • Of resources, but fruitlessness.
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  • Futility, foolishness, and limited awareness, the phrase
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  • Is, "their foolish hearts were darkened."
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  • When you're in the dark,
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  • Your awareness is significantly diminished.
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  • Things are not clear to you, that are very clear
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  • When the light is up.
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  • And when you refuse to glorify god or to be thankful, that is
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  • The downward progression.
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  • There's a futility that comes to your life, you behave in ways
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  • That are foolish to people that can see with clarity, and you
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  • Have increasingly limited awareness.
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  • And their last expression of that downward progression
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  • Is that they'll claim to be wise, while they act
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  • In the most absurd ways.
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  • You are watching that happen.
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  • To the point it's the theater of the absurd on a daily basis.
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  • And people with letters after their names and great influence
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  • And great power and celebrity are saying these things to you
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  • As if it's the expression of wisdom, and they've stepped
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  • So far away from god refusing to glorify him or
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  • To be thankful to him.
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  • I thought i would just, the examples are so abundant.
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  • One of the lines that we have heard for decades, and this is
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  • Not about current parties, your politicians, folks,
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  • This is much deeper.
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  • This has been happening to us for a season now long time.
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  • The difference in our attitude towards first responders in 911
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  • And today is staggering to me.
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  • If you had told us the week after 911, we would have the
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  • Attitude that's currently in vogue, it was impossible.
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  • There's another line that's been repeated over, and over, and
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  • Over, and over, and over again, for years now, and it's men and
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  • Women are the same.
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  • We're just the same.
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  • We look at our daughters and say, "you can do anything that
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  • Anyone else can do."
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  • We have hammered that into their minds, and their hearts, and
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  • Their soul, and their spirit.
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  • "you can just do anything."
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  • "well, i wanna play football with the boy."
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  • "you can do it."
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  • Last few days kathy and i have had an opportunity a couple
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  • Times to watch a little bit of the tennis tournament
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  • In new york, us open.
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  • Wow!
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  • I didn't think of myself as a couch potato,
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  • But when i watched them, i clearly am.
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  • And we watched a bit of the men's bracket and the women's
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  • Bracket, they're both entertaining, they both
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  • Demonstrate tremendous talent, incredible athletic ability.
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  • But it's very apparent, they're different.
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  • They're different in the rules, what's necessary to win the
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  • Match, in the requirements.
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  • There are measurable differences in their play.
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  • One's not better, one's not less, they're just different.
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  • If they're not different, why do we need a men's bracket
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  • And the women's bracket?
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  • Let's just play tennis.
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  • But we watched that and we can't process the statement that we've
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  • Been pounding into the heads of our kids.
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  • No wonder they're confused.
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  • No wonder there's confusion in them.
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  • We should stop saying to them we're the same and that you can
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  • Do anything else someone else can do.
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  • We're the creators of the confusion.
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  • Again, not better or worse, it's not about weakness and strength
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  • Or ability or lack thereof or opportunity.
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  • I wanna offend everybody equally,
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  • I'll pick a different topic.
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  • But there's some enormous gaps in what we say and what we
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  • Watch, and we're not reconciling them and we're just being swept
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  • Along with the narrative further and further into ungodly places
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  • Until we get to the point that, well we don't know who should
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  • Compete with whom for whatever, 'cause our language and our
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  • Practice doesn't match up.
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  • And we get to the point where it's so absurd and we don't know
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  • What to say, 'cause we've left the truth
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  • So far back down along the road.
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  • Different topic, equally insane.
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  • I can't tell you how many times you hear in the course of the
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  • Week, "our economy is in really good shape.
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  • We're doing good."
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  • And most of us don't say much 'cause we're making money.
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  • Our houses are worth more, we're just stacking
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  • The cash someplace.
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  • Yay yes!
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  • Well, in just round numbers, my rounding is not huge but the
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  • Annual revenue for the us government, government doesn't
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  • Make money, they collect ours.
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  • But the annual revenue is about $4 trillion, that's a lot.
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  • I started to bring some things to demonstrate how much a
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  • Trillion was, but never mind $4 trillion, that's a lot of money.
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  • The government spends on an annual basis about $7 trillion.
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  • If you're doing the heavy lifting on that, that's a $3
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  • Trillion a year deficit, okay.
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  • Our current debt just in round numbers exceeds $30 trillion.
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  • You know, just reduce the trillion to a 10.000 and put
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  • That into your home and you behave in that way, the
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  • Description for you financially is bankrupt.
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  • You're in a hole that's too deep to come out of.
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  • And yet the people talking at us going, "things are great, just
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  • Awesome, cherry, rosie, sunny, wonderful.
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  • Nothing to see here."
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  • And those of you that are in the midst of this, if you're
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  • Managing people or working in an office or working in somewhere
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  • In the public square, you recognize there's changes in the
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  • Workforce, changes in work habits, there's inflation that
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  • Is so dramatic, really, it's unsettling.
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  • There's supply chain problems.
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  • Once upon a time we use to order things and have them delivered.
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  • Now we order things and we begin to pray and we start to plan for
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  • What it might look like six months from now.
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  • It's become normative and it's not addressed,
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  • Nobody's really talking about it.
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  • We have international competition, we're told what we
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  • Have is international aggression.
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  • Other nations doing their very best to steal whatever
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  • Opportunity they can gain from us, while we act rather naively
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  • Like we don't notice.
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  • I mean, it can be the forms of entertainment we use, we we're
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  • Watching them through a worldview that doesn't come to
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  • Us biblically or it's the way we handle the resources that we're
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  • Entrusted with, where we're not really paying much attention to
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  • What's being said or done.
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  • The idea that i've handed you for months and i'll give it back
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  • To you again, is you need to on a regular basis, watch and
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  • Listen, think, think and then act upon listening.
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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
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  • Some prayers that we've been leaning on
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  • Here at the church, centered in the cross
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  • And its provision for our lives.
  • 00:14:03.292 --> 00:14:05.194
  • 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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  • It's everything we need, the scripture says,
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  • For life and godliness made available to us
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  • Through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • These prayers will ground you on a daily basis
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  • To help you triumph over fear, anxiety, uncertainty.
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  • We're not alone.
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  • Almighty god has made provision for us and it's through
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  • The cross of his son jesus.
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  • Take these prayers, put 'em into your life on a daily basis.
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  • They'll strengthen you, your family, your friends.
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  • They'll make a difference.
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  • Enjoy the prayers.
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  • Into all the moments of your life.
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  • Make prayer a habit and see how the power of god begins
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  • To move in your home, your work, your relationships,
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  • And your circumstances.
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  • It's a daily way to strengthen your faith, grounding you
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  • Allen: hey, this is pastor allen jackson.
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  • I want to give you a personal invitation to join us
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  • Here on our campus in middle tennessee
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  • At world outreach church for our fall festival.
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  • It starts the weekend of september the 24th
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  • And will continue through the first three weekends in october.
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  • Saturday night, our church service will be outdoors.
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  • You can enjoy the beautiful fall weather in tennessee.
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  • After service, we'll enjoy a worship concert together
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  • Featuring special guest artists each week
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  • That'll include matthew west, meredith andrews, kari jobe,
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  • Cody carnes, and big daddy weave.
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  • There'll be food trucks.
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  • You can bring your favorite camp chair.
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  • Sunday mornings services are back inside.
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  • It'll be a different sermon, but we'll be in the building.
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  • Church is located just 30 minutes
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  • Southeast of nashville.
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  • So fit in some time to see the greater middle tennessee area.
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  • I look forward to seeing you on campus this fall.
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  • You don't want to miss this opportunity
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  • To gather with god's people.
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  • Pastor allen: those are the old things,
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  • There's some new things coming.
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  • This is really fun.
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  • Revelation 21, "and he who sits on the throne said,
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  • I'm making all things new.
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  • Write these words are faithful and true.
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  • And then he said to me, it is done,
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  • I'm the alpha and the omega."
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  • The a and the z, the beginning and the end.
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  • "i will give to the one who thirst from the spring of the
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  • Water of life without cost.
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  • He who overcomes will inherit these things, and i will be his
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  • God and he will be my son."
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  • Please note that the outcome is to the one who overcomes.
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  • You're gonna have to overcome some stuff, just decide.
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  • Just, i'm gonna be an overcomer, i'm not gonna be an over looker,
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  • I'm not gonna be an underwhelmer,
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  • I'm gonna overcome.
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  • Your journey through time comes with challenges.
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  • Some are just, some are unjust, some of our own making.
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  • Some come to us because evil exists, the menu is diverse, but
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  • The challenges arrive.
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  • We're gonna have to determine to be overcomers church.
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  • Prior to covid, we used to define overcoming as "somebody
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  • Was sitting in my seat and i'm just trying to overcome that and
  • 00:18:22.818 --> 00:18:25.187
  • Manage to make it through worship
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  • Without emotional disruption."
  • 00:18:26.522 --> 00:18:30.492
  • 'cause you know, unsettling that can be, "i'm used to watching
  • 00:18:33.195 --> 00:18:35.797
  • The service from that vantage point and on the other side of
  • 00:18:35.797 --> 00:18:38.667
  • The room, i'm not quite certain that the holy spirit ever visits
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  • There because i sat with those people and then i was almost
  • 00:18:40.802 --> 00:18:46.008
  • Confirmed that he doesn't visit there."
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  • We have a little different perspective now i thank god
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  • We're growing up a bit.
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  • Now there's some new things i told you, i wanna give you just
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  • Two or three examples.
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  • I'm gonna touch them really quickly, i'm gonna do my best
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  • Not to dwell on them.
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  • In 2 corinthians 5:17 it says, "if any man is in christ, he's a
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:08.130
  • New creature; old things have passed away,
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  • All things are become new."
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  • To be a christ follower, it's very important to understand, we
  • 00:19:12.668 --> 00:19:15.537
  • Invite people towards the redemptive work of the cross.
  • 00:19:15.537 --> 00:19:17.439
  • We're not inviting him to join a church, to be religious, to
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  • Change their vocabulary words, or their dress code.
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  • Those things may happen, but those things happen from the
  • 00:19:22.778 --> 00:19:24.880
  • Inside out, they don't happen from the outside.
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  • What happens to us through that profession of faith and that
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  • Simple expression of faith and acceptance of jesus of nazareth
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  • As lord of your life, is a miracle of supernatural
  • 00:19:34.256 --> 00:19:37.459
  • Proportions, there's a new creature brought to life in you.
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  • And because of that, everything becomes new.
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  • New futures, new possibilities, new hopes, new opportunities,
  • 00:19:43.465 --> 00:19:46.868
  • You're no longer defined by your past or the failures or the evil
  • 00:19:46.868 --> 00:19:49.905
  • That has buffeted at you.
  • 00:19:49.905 --> 00:19:52.608
  • See we're not just improved, and updated, and repaired, and
  • 00:19:52.608 --> 00:19:55.544
  • Restored, and refreshed, we're not just version 2.0, we're a
  • 00:19:55.544 --> 00:19:59.214
  • Totally new creation.
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  • Don't you wanna know my jesus?
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  • "i don't know if i wanna go to church."
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  • I'm not asking you to go to church, i'm not sure we'll let
  • 00:20:07.022 --> 00:20:08.757
  • You come to church.
  • 00:20:08.757 --> 00:20:11.793
  • Church is for people that wanna honor the lord and give their
  • 00:20:11.793 --> 00:20:13.895
  • Heart to him and learn about him.
  • 00:20:13.895 --> 00:20:15.597
  • If you don't wanna do that, it probably wouldn't be a good fit
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  • For you, we'd make you miserable.
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  • "would you like to talk about jesus?
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  • He's changed my life, i think he'd changed yours."
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  • I used to think he was gonna take things away from me.
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  • Take away a good time, or take away pleasure, or take away
  • 00:20:27.609 --> 00:20:29.911
  • Happiness, or he wanted my money, like he needed my money.
  • 00:20:29.911 --> 00:20:36.018
  • He's brought something new to my life,
  • 00:20:36.084 --> 00:20:37.586
  • He would bring something new to your life.
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  • You're a new creature in christ.
  • 00:20:40.155 --> 00:20:41.657
  • Revelation 2 says you get a new name.
  • 00:20:41.657 --> 00:20:43.892
  • "he who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says
  • 00:20:43.892 --> 00:20:45.494
  • To the churches.
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  • To him who overcomes, i will give some of the hidden manna.
  • 00:20:46.828 --> 00:20:49.665
  • I will also give him a white stone with
  • 00:20:49.665 --> 00:20:51.767
  • A new name written on it."
  • 00:20:51.767 --> 00:20:54.002
  • A new name.
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  • I smile, when i hear us stumping our chest and talking about,
  • 00:20:56.104 --> 00:20:58.473
  • You know my people.
  • 00:20:58.473 --> 00:21:03.011
  • You know a lot of times we define our faith
  • 00:21:03.011 --> 00:21:04.346
  • In terms of my people.
  • 00:21:04.346 --> 00:21:05.681
  • "you know, my people just don't believe that way."
  • 00:21:05.681 --> 00:21:08.617
  • "yeah, i've seen some of you people, you go to church and
  • 00:21:08.617 --> 00:21:10.652
  • You're a little emotional.
  • 00:21:10.652 --> 00:21:11.987
  • Well, my people we're not like that."
  • 00:21:11.987 --> 00:21:15.390
  • Or my people do this or my people did that.
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  • Folks, if you're a christ follower, you got a new name and
  • 00:21:17.392 --> 00:21:20.529
  • If you're more proud of your people than you are the name
  • 00:21:20.529 --> 00:21:22.464
  • God's given you, you're confused.
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  • "is he talking about our family in a bad way."
  • 00:21:29.171 --> 00:21:30.906
  • No, i'm not.
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  • Don't send me a note.
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  • I give you a couple of examples.
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  • Saul of tarsus, you know him as the apostle paul,
  • 00:21:35.777 --> 00:21:37.713
  • He got a new name.
  • 00:21:37.713 --> 00:21:39.448
  • But with a new name came a new assignment, a new set of
  • 00:21:39.448 --> 00:21:41.450
  • Friends, a new set of enemies, a new set of adversaries, a new
  • 00:21:41.450 --> 00:21:45.354
  • Set of sacrifices.
  • 00:21:45.354 --> 00:21:48.190
  • So you think in terms of a new name and it just comes with,
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:50.659
  • 'cause the new name's got a bigger bank account.
  • 00:21:50.659 --> 00:21:54.563
  • Now that's true, there are certainly more resources with
  • 00:21:54.563 --> 00:21:56.598
  • The new name, but it comes with some responsibilities too.
  • 00:21:56.598 --> 00:22:00.135
  • But in 1 timothy chapter 1, paul is talking a bit about his past,
  • 00:22:00.135 --> 00:22:03.205
  • He's reminiscing a bit.
  • 00:22:03.205 --> 00:22:04.873
  • He said, "i thank christ jesus our lord, who has given me
  • 00:22:04.873 --> 00:22:07.075
  • Strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me
  • 00:22:07.075 --> 00:22:09.644
  • To his service."
  • 00:22:09.644 --> 00:22:11.747
  • Please note that the expression of authority there, he said, "i
  • 00:22:11.747 --> 00:22:14.549
  • Was appointed to service by the lord.
  • 00:22:14.549 --> 00:22:18.387
  • I didn't choose this, i was appointed to this place.
  • 00:22:18.387 --> 00:22:22.023
  • I accepted the assignment, but the appointment
  • 00:22:22.023 --> 00:22:24.126
  • Came from above."
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  • I hope you live with the notion you've even been appointed to
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  • This place in history.
  • 00:22:29.798 --> 00:22:32.434
  • "well, i don't like it."
  • 00:22:32.434 --> 00:22:33.769
  • Wow, when you see the boss, if you want to,
  • 00:22:33.769 --> 00:22:37.038
  • You can take it up with him.
  • 00:22:37.038 --> 00:22:39.374
  • You spend too much time taking it up now, you may not see the
  • 00:22:39.374 --> 00:22:41.309
  • Boss in the way you want to.
  • 00:22:41.309 --> 00:22:45.046
  • "he's given me the strength that he considered me faithful,
  • 00:22:45.113 --> 00:22:46.748
  • Appointing me to a service for even though i was once a
  • 00:22:46.748 --> 00:22:48.917
  • Blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, i was shown mercy
  • 00:22:48.917 --> 00:22:56.057
  • Because i acted in ignorance and unbelief."
  • 00:22:56.057 --> 00:22:58.260
  • Paul just said in the book, i mean, he got put in the book
  • 00:22:58.260 --> 00:23:04.933
  • That "i was a blasphemer and a violent man, and i persecuted
  • 00:23:04.933 --> 00:23:10.872
  • People that believed in god."
  • 00:23:10.872 --> 00:23:14.376
  • Most of us just like to let bygones to be bygones.
  • 00:23:14.376 --> 00:23:18.013
  • We didn't wanna tell those chapters of our story.
  • 00:23:18.013 --> 00:23:21.483
  • Paul said, i got a new name.
  • 00:23:21.483 --> 00:23:23.952
  • I have a new assignment.
  • 00:23:23.952 --> 00:23:28.623
  • Slightly different context, but equally dramatic in john 20,
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  • It's resurrection day.
  • 00:23:32.894 --> 00:23:35.297
  • Jesus has appeared to his disciples and thomas wasn't
  • 00:23:35.297 --> 00:23:37.499
  • There, and you know the report.
  • 00:23:37.499 --> 00:23:40.202
  • So what's the label we give thomas?
  • 00:23:40.202 --> 00:23:43.004
  • Doubting thomas.
  • 00:23:43.004 --> 00:23:44.673
  • For two millennia, we've been calling old doubting thomas,
  • 00:23:44.673 --> 00:23:47.876
  • Knuckleheaded doubting thomas.
  • 00:23:47.876 --> 00:23:51.046
  • None of the other disciples would believe
  • 00:23:51.046 --> 00:23:52.481
  • Until they saw jesus.
  • 00:23:52.481 --> 00:23:54.950
  • They went to the tomb and it was empty, jesus told them more than
  • 00:23:54.950 --> 00:23:57.686
  • One time, "i'm gonna die, i'm gonna be buried, three days
  • 00:23:57.686 --> 00:24:00.288
  • Later, i'll rise again.
  • 00:24:00.288 --> 00:24:02.424
  • Mary, the women go to the tomb, they came back and said, "we,
  • 00:24:02.424 --> 00:24:04.893
  • Talked to the lord, he's not there, but he's okay."
  • 00:24:04.893 --> 00:24:07.195
  • We don't believe you, we don't call him doubting peter and
  • 00:24:07.195 --> 00:24:12.067
  • Doubting james and doubting john.
  • 00:24:12.067 --> 00:24:14.936
  • But old thomas, we just tattooed that right over his forehead.
  • 00:24:14.936 --> 00:24:19.074
  • Old doubting thomas.
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  • Well, "a week later the disciples were in the house
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  • Again and thomas was with them.
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  • The doors were locked, and jesus came and stood among them and
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  • Said, 'peace be with you.'"
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  • How did he do that? i don't know.
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  • Don't care, he got in.
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  • "then he said to thomas, 'put your finger here and see my
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  • Hands and reach out your hand and put it into my side.'"
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  • It's important that you understand jesus
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  • Is not offering anything
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  • To thomas that he hadn't already extended to the other disciples.
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  • And there's no record whatsoever in scripture that thomas broke
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  • Faith with jesus at that point.
  • 00:24:55.610 --> 00:24:58.647
  • Jesus had stopped doubting and believe, and thomas said to him,
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  • "my lord and my god."
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  • I think you ought to be believing thomas,
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  • Faithful thomas.
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  • I've been to india, there was a computer crash and they lost all
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  • The video evidence, but there's a monument there where thomas
  • 00:25:16.765 --> 00:25:21.603
  • Had gotten as far as the coast of india with the gospel.
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  • And at least by tradition, he was killed with the spear.
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  • Like i said, they lost the video it must have been
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  • A failure in the cloud.
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  • But tradition says, that old believing thomas made it all the
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  • Way to india, a new name.
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  • You see, when jesus comes into your life, it should write a
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  • Different kind of a future.
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  • You shouldn't be a more polite secularist.
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  • You shouldn't just be a kinder person.
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  • You shouldn't become a person with just kind of a little
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  • Better general morality.
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  • There's a total new authority in your life,
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  • You're a new creature.
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  • Whole new set of parameters, a whole new set of objectives, a
  • 00:26:09.484 --> 00:26:12.253
  • Whole new set of goals, a whole new set of values,
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  • A whole new set of authority over your life.
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  • Folks, we've lived too far in the world.
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  • Pastor allen: our god is not a god of condemnation, quite the
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  • Opposite, he is a god of redemption and restoration.
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  • So we begin to talk about god's justice and his judgment, we
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  • Need to understand that every one of us needs mercy and
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  • Forgiveness and grace.
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  • That's not an excuse for sloppy living.
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  • If you're intentionally practicing ungodliness, stop it
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  • It'll destroy you.
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  • But it also means i don't want you to carry the burdens of
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  • Guilt and shame, that's the purpose of the cross.
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  • So i wanna pray to prayer with you before we go, we're gonna
  • 00:26:49.024 --> 00:26:50.892
  • Give that pass to the lord, so that we can
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  • Stand uprightly before him.
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  • Father, i thank you that through the blood of jesus, we have been
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  • Redeemed out of the hand of the devil.
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  • That we've been justified, sanctified,
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  • Made clean before you.
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  • We receive that now in jesus's name, amen.
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