Restored Or Rebuked Part 1

October 26, 2022 | 256 | 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 | Restored Or Rebuked Part 1 | October 26, 2022
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  • Allen jackson: it's an honor to be with you today.
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  • Our topic in this session is "america will be
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  • Restored or rebuked."
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  • Is god in the process of writing a new future for us, or is he
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  • Bringing his judgment upon us?
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  • It's a very important question, and it should be more
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  • Than theoretical.
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  • I don't think the challenges that face us are really rooted
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  • In politics, i think, ultimately, they're spiritual,
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  • Which means the church, god's people, are at the center
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  • Of that equation.
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  • And it's wrong of us to look through the windows of our
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  • Churches and think that the problems we face are because
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  • Of the hearts of the pagans, the ungodly.
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  • I believe the real challenge lies in the hearts
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  • Of the faithful.
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  • Will we be awakened to the purposes of god in a new way,
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  • Or will we continue to behave as we have and just want
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  • A different outcome?
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  • It's a challenge, and it's a serious one, and it's worth
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  • Grappling with, because the spirit of god is
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  • Moving amongst us.
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  • I'm seeing people respond to god in ways i never have before, and
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  • I want to be one of those people, and i believe
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  • You do, too.
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  • Grab your bible, get a notepad, but most of all, let's open our
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  • Hearts to god's purposes in this season as we never have before.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: i want to start a new series tonight, really to walk
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  • Us through this month, i hope, while we have the opportunity
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  • To be outdoors a bit.
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  • I want to talk about our nation.
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  • And i'm not sure i've got the title just where i want it,
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  • We'll start with this tonight, "america: restored or rebuked."
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  • And i understand it could be both, but i'm confident that god
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  • Is dealing with our nation, which means he's dealing
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  • With his people in our nation.
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  • And i don't want to ignore that, i don't want to look away from
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  • That, i don't wanna whistle until i think it's over.
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  • I want to pay attention.
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  • And i want to take a few weeks with you and see if we
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  • Can understand it.
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  • We're gonna look at a little bit of history from time to time.
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  • We're gonna pay a bit of attention to current events
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  • From time to time.
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  • But most of all, we're going to look at the word of god and see
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  • If we can understand what god's message to us and god's message
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  • For us might be in this most unique season.
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  • Because it's a unique season, and however we were behaving at
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  • The beginning of 2020, god is clearly asking us for
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  • A different response.
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  • The goal is not to go back to where we were and resume.
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  • We don't want to hit reset, we want to understand the lesson so
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  • That we walk through this season and come out with a new cadence,
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  • And a new rhythm, and a new set of responses, a new
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  • Understanding of the lord.
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  • And so, i pray that these weeks, i trust the lord will lead us
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  • Through them.
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  • The idea i want to start with is this notion that the christian
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  • Faith is an integral part of this nation.
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  • It's impossible to understand our nation apart from
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  • The christian faith.
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  • You have to cut out things, and ignore things,
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  • And push them away.
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  • It's not a declaration that we've done everything right,
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  • Or we've always been perfect, but the christian faith, and the
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  • Christian worldview, and a biblical worldview has been a
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  • Part of this nation since before we were a nation.
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  • The people who came here, many of them came with a desire
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  • Trying to find freedom to worship jesus without the
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  • Intervention of the state.
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  • I like to say that christianity is as american as apple pie,
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  • And i like apple pie, so that's a compliment.
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  • You know, it's just you can't understand us without that.
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  • Now, it's important to note that god's not an american.
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  • I'm not confused.
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  • This isn't an attempt to prop up our nation with some sort
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  • Of crude nationalism.
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  • When you get to heaven, they won't be playing the
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  • "star spangled banner" in the elevators, i promise.
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  • In fact, you know, when you're standing at the pearly gates,
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  • You won't look behind him and see a flag pole with the red,
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  • White, and blue flapping in the breeze.
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  • So, i'm not confused about that, and yet i'm quite confident god
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  • Has blessed us.
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  • We are a nation that is so uniquely blessed, and that's not
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  • Some blinded egoism.
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  • You know, right now i understand, and it isn't really
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  • Just right now, it's been true for several decades.
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  • It was true when i was still in the academic circles, and that's
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  • Been a bit, but it's popular to diminish and
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  • Discredit our nation.
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  • To malign those who preceded us.
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  • To find the worst parts of their character and celebrate them,
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  • Push them forward.
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  • None of us could withstand that type of inspection, none of us.
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  • There's a powerful spirit of division at work in our midst
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  • Right now, more powerful than i've seen in my lifetime.
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  • It's seeking to divide us around any possible distinction that
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  • Can be established, whether it's race, sex, the region in which
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  • We live, the income that we earn or we haven't earned, our
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  • Responses to covid, whether we're masked or unmasked,
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  • Whether we're vaccinated or unvaccinated.
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  • I can tell you god is not the author of this division, that it
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  • Emerges from a dark place with a very demonic intent, and we have
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  • To guard our hearts, not to be angry, not to be resentful,
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  • Not to be embittered.
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  • We have to find ways to stand together and work together
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  • Towards a better future.
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  • You know, i've had the privilege of traveling some in my life,
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  • Not a great deal, but some.
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  • I've been to asia, and africa, and south america, and europe,
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  • The middle east, and i can tell you there is no place
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  • Like the usa.
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  • There's not a rough approximation someplace else,
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  • There just isn't.
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  • Our freedoms and liberty, our abundance and opportunities,
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  • They're unique in the world.
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  • And it's very misleading and manipulative for those that have
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  • Authority in our nation, or platforms in our nation, or
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  • Microphones in our nation, to tell us that we're just
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  • Like everybody else.
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  • It's just not true.
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  • And i love to travel and go, i've got friends all over the
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  • Earth, but there's no place quite like where we live.
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  • The truth is, together we have struggled forward, to borrow a
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  • Phrase from the constitution, "working to form a more
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  • Perfect union."
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  • And the biblical worldview has been the cohesive force that's
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  • Held us together.
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  • Again, imperfectly as we have struggled our way forward.
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  • 2020 brought us to a crossroad, a point of decision as a nation,
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  • And especially for the church.
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  • We heard at first when they said close, close your doors,
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  • And we said, "sir, yes, sir."
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  • We entered a season of tremendous turbulence
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  • And upheaval.
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  • Now, it very well could be the beginning of
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  • A great awakening in our nation.
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  • We've had them before, we've had them repeatedly.
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  • I don't know just yet.
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  • It could just as easily be the rumbling of
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  • A cataclysmic collapse.
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  • I think that is equally possible, because the outcome
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  • Is just not clear to me yet.
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  • I think the church is at the center of that.
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  • The future is not gonna be decided by politicians or
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  • Ideologies, it's gonna be about something else.
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  • It's not gonna be about nation states or armies.
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  • It may be played out in those arenas, but the truth is
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  • Spiritual forces are at work, and the outcomes are going to be
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  • Evident in many ways, but the determining factors are going
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  • To be spiritual.
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  • And the question on the table, above all others to me, is what
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  • Will the church do?
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  • And i don't mean this congregation, but church with a
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  • Capital c.
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  • What will the church do?
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  • Will we sound like that group in the exodus generation that said
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  • We liked it better in egypt?
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  • We don't like moses.
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  • Will we respond like joshua and caleb and say we believe the
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  • Lord will complete what he has begun in us?
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  • What will the church do?
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  • What we're watching right now is almost--
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  • It strains at the limits of credulity.
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  • It's just almost unbelievable.
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  • Our southern border is wide open.
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  • We cannot maintain our autonomy as a nation with that practice.
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  • We will lose our identity as a nation, it's unsustainable.
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  • And it's no longer just about central america, there are
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  • People coming from all over the globe to cross that border, and
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  • Our leaders could care less on either side of the aisle.
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  • This is not a partisan comment.
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  • We're walking through a season of economic confusion.
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  • It's as if we are totally bewildered.
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  • We are bankrupt.
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  • I don't have a degree in economics,
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  • But you don't need one.
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  • But we're continuing to spend like a bunch of drunken sailors,
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  • And that's an insult to sailors.
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  • There is no free.
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  • There is no free.
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  • If you're getting something for free, somebody else is making a
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  • Sacrifice for you to have it.
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  • In fact, if we extrapolate on that just a bit, there is no
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  • Success without sacrifice.
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  • You will not sustain success without sacrifice.
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  • If you have some success and you didn't sacrifice for it, you're
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  • Enjoying somebody else's sacrifice.
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  • We've gotta wake up.
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  • We just separated the notion of work and outcomes.
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  • We've come to imagine work as optional, something that
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  • Should be fulfilling.
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  • No, that's called a hobby, recreation, vacation.
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  • Work is hard.
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  • It's where you do things you wouldn't do if somebody wasn't
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  • Paying you with people that you wouldn't hang out with unless
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  • Somebody was paying you, that's work, and the bible
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  • Advocates it.
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  • It says god works.
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  • As a matter of fact, when we first meet him in genesis,
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  • He's workin' a six-day week.
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  • We're watching the idea of family be intentionally
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  • Dismantled fundamentally, from the nature of marriage and what
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  • Marriage means.
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  • We've said, we've redefined it.
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  • I'm quite certain god hasn't.
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  • But then we began to attack the roles within marriage that
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  • The bible hands us.
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  • We have attacked masculinity and said it's toxic,
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  • As if it's evil.
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  • We've lost our balance.
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  • I'm pretty confident that the metrosexuals in birkenstocks
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  • Wouldn't have taken the beaches of normandy.
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  • And we're watching it happen, and we're staying silent,
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  • And mute, and distracted.
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  • Lawlessness is replacing our respect for authority.
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  • It's not brand new, it hasn't happened with just the current
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  • Administration, it's been in place for quite a season now.
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  • But it's escalating, it's gained a momentum, it's breaking into
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  • An exponential growth curve from riots in our cities, violence,
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  • Murder, to open discussions about defending the police and
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  • Replacing them with social workers, that's nuts.
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  • That's a greek word, it means i disagree.
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  • We have open borders and we tell our border agents to stand down,
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  • It's unbelievable.
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  • And in the midst of that, there's a remarkable ambivalence
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  • In the church.
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  • Could we just get together and study our bible?
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  • Could we sing our favorite choruses?
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  • We don't really have to talk about what's goin' on in the
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  • World, do we?
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  • It's gonna pass.
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  • Now, i don't know.
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  • I don't know what the outcome is just yet.
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  • I believe we as a nation deserve god's judgment, but i also know
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  • God delights in showing mercy, and so i have some hope that he
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  • Could look upon us with mercy and grace.
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  • I think all of those things will be affected, but i think the
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  • Point of the challenge is our hearts.
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  • We're not powerless, we're not insignificant.
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  • It doesn't mean that lots of people care about our opinion,
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  • Allen: you know, i was taught as a young person
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  • And occasionally you'd find someone with a highlighter
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  • Fetish and they would highlight something in their bible,
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  • But for the most part, you didn't touch it.
  • 00:14:13.903 --> 00:14:15.771
  • It was a sacred book and you wanted it to last for decades.
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  • Well, at this point in my life, i've got a different opinion.
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  • My bible is the most important book that i ever read,
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  • And when i read it, i want to keep every note,
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  • Allen: there's two points of reference i want to invite you
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  • To consider with me.
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  • One is our role as citizens of a nation.
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  • I have a little blue passport, i use it when i travel.
  • 00:17:33.602 --> 00:17:37.172
  • It says i'm a citizen of the united states of america.
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  • It gives me some certain status.
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  • Gives me the freedom to come and go, when that used to be
  • 00:17:42.277 --> 00:17:44.546
  • A legal thing.
  • 00:17:44.546 --> 00:17:47.983
  • You know, we have a system for legal immigration.
  • 00:17:47.983 --> 00:17:53.255
  • It's a broad enough door to accommodate about a million
  • 00:17:53.255 --> 00:17:55.257
  • People a year.
  • 00:17:55.257 --> 00:17:57.526
  • Illegal is a problem.
  • 00:17:57.526 --> 00:18:01.763
  • If you have a bank account, there's a pathway for you to
  • 00:18:01.763 --> 00:18:04.299
  • Make a legal withdrawal from the bank account.
  • 00:18:04.299 --> 00:18:06.435
  • If you do that, no harm, no foul, it's your money.
  • 00:18:06.435 --> 00:18:11.173
  • An illegal withdrawal has repercussions,
  • 00:18:11.173 --> 00:18:14.943
  • We call that stealing.
  • 00:18:14.943 --> 00:18:18.514
  • You might call it urgent, an imminent need, a great desire,
  • 00:18:18.514 --> 00:18:25.020
  • But it's not yours.
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:27.623
  • And welcoming those people across the border is issuing to
  • 00:18:27.623 --> 00:18:31.326
  • Them something that's not theirs, and it's not going to
  • 00:18:31.326 --> 00:18:36.365
  • Solve global poverty, we're confused.
  • 00:18:36.365 --> 00:18:41.303
  • I don't know what the agenda is, i have some opinions,
  • 00:18:41.303 --> 00:18:43.906
  • But it's just an opinion.
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  • But i can tell you that there is an agenda.
  • 00:18:45.941 --> 00:18:50.679
  • So, we're citizens of a nation, and with that
  • 00:18:50.679 --> 00:18:53.448
  • Come responsibilities.
  • 00:18:53.448 --> 00:18:55.951
  • We're also citizens of the kingdom, and with that come
  • 00:18:55.951 --> 00:19:00.455
  • Responsibilities, and those two positions have to live
  • 00:19:00.455 --> 00:19:04.726
  • In parallel.
  • 00:19:04.726 --> 00:19:09.531
  • I want to talk a bit about that.
  • 00:19:09.531 --> 00:19:10.899
  • John chapter 18 and verse 36, jesus is speaking.
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  • He's being interviewed by a roman governor, a man with
  • 00:19:14.069 --> 00:19:16.238
  • Tremendous power, because he's an official with the roman
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  • Government, and the power that he exercises comes from
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  • Caesar in rome.
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  • It's backed up by the roman legions that are
  • 00:19:29.885 --> 00:19:31.620
  • Occupying jerusalem.
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  • And jesus is standing before him, he's been delivered up to
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  • Pilate, and those that have delivered him to the roman
  • 00:19:37.326 --> 00:19:39.595
  • Governor would prefer that jesus be crucified.
  • 00:19:39.595 --> 00:19:41.730
  • That's a roman punishment, it's not a jewish punishment.
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  • The jews don't crucify people.
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  • And so, pilate's interviewing jesus, and jesus says to him in
  • 00:19:48.837 --> 00:19:53.041
  • John 18:36, "my kingdom is not of this world.
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  • If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest
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  • By the jews."
  • 00:19:59.615 --> 00:20:02.251
  • But now, now's a timing word, right now, he said, "my kingdom
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  • Is from another place."
  • 00:20:06.021 --> 00:20:08.724
  • So jesus is standing before a roman governor as a citizen of
  • 00:20:08.724 --> 00:20:12.194
  • The nation of israel, and he said i'm a king, but my kingdom
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  • Is from another realm.
  • 00:20:17.933 --> 00:20:21.403
  • Now, you and i have citizenship in a nation, most of us i
  • 00:20:21.403 --> 00:20:24.206
  • Suspect, in this nation.
  • 00:20:24.206 --> 00:20:26.475
  • But i pray most of us have citizenship in the kingdom
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  • Of god.
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  • You have to be born into that kingdom.
  • 00:20:31.613 --> 00:20:35.017
  • Jesus said that in john 3, that nobody enters the kingdom of god
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  • Unless they're born again.
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  • It requires a birth of the spirit, not a physical birth.
  • 00:20:40.122 --> 00:20:44.159
  • And the bible tells us very simply that comes by believing
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  • In your heart and confessing with your mouth that jesus of
  • 00:20:46.595 --> 00:20:48.864
  • Nazareth is lord, that jesus of nazareth is the messiah, the son
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  • Of god, that you accept him as lord of your life, and something
  • 00:20:52.701 --> 00:20:56.004
  • Supernatural happens to you.
  • 00:20:56.004 --> 00:20:58.440
  • You're delivered from a kingdom of darkness and an eternal
  • 00:20:58.440 --> 00:21:00.809
  • Separation from god, and you're welcomed into the eternal
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  • Kingdom of the living god.
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  • It's the greatest miracle that will ever touch your life.
  • 00:21:06.715 --> 00:21:08.684
  • Don't say you've never seen a miracle.
  • 00:21:08.684 --> 00:21:10.085
  • If you're a christ follower, you are one, that's true.
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  • In matthew 26, we get a little more window into
  • 00:21:16.291 --> 00:21:18.393
  • This discussion.
  • 00:21:18.393 --> 00:21:19.728
  • Jesus said if my kingdom was in this world, he said my servants
  • 00:21:19.728 --> 00:21:23.598
  • Would be messing you up right now, mister governor.
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  • But my kingdom is not of this realm, so you're okay.
  • 00:21:29.404 --> 00:21:33.041
  • Pilate gets frustrated.
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  • I didn't put it in your notes, but he says to jesus, "don't you
  • 00:21:34.376 --> 00:21:36.244
  • Understand i have the power to crucify you or to set you free?"
  • 00:21:36.244 --> 00:21:41.950
  • Jesus said, "you don't have any authority over me unless dad
  • 00:21:41.950 --> 00:21:46.488
  • Gave it to you."
  • 00:21:46.488 --> 00:21:49.458
  • So, jesus tells us something else, that his kingdom has
  • 00:21:49.458 --> 00:21:53.362
  • Authority over the kingdoms of this world.
  • 00:21:53.362 --> 00:21:58.633
  • It's important to know, because when you're working out
  • 00:21:58.633 --> 00:22:01.236
  • Allegiances in your mind, he wants your allegiance to the
  • 00:22:01.236 --> 00:22:04.272
  • Kingdom of god to supersede your allegiance to any earthly
  • 00:22:04.272 --> 00:22:07.476
  • Kingdom, it's important.
  • 00:22:07.476 --> 00:22:12.214
  • It could be at some point in our future.
  • 00:22:12.214 --> 00:22:14.983
  • There's a principle in historic christianity about
  • 00:22:14.983 --> 00:22:18.186
  • Civil disobedience.
  • 00:22:18.186 --> 00:22:19.821
  • The times when a state becomes so ungodly, so wicked in the
  • 00:22:19.821 --> 00:22:24.526
  • Laws that they pass, that they put christ followers in a place
  • 00:22:24.526 --> 00:22:28.296
  • Of having to choose obedience to the kingdom of god over
  • 00:22:28.296 --> 00:22:31.366
  • Obedience to civil authority.
  • 00:22:31.366 --> 00:22:36.138
  • I'm not suggesting we're there just yet, i'm not trying to
  • 00:22:36.138 --> 00:22:38.407
  • Incite rebellion, i'm telling you to understand you have
  • 00:22:38.407 --> 00:22:42.611
  • Citizenship in more than one place, but your citizenship in
  • 00:22:42.611 --> 00:22:45.781
  • The kingdom of god supersedes your citizenship to the
  • 00:22:45.781 --> 00:22:48.984
  • United states of america.
  • 00:22:48.984 --> 00:22:50.685
  • So, when i say christianity is as american as apple pie, i'm
  • 00:22:50.685 --> 00:22:57.492
  • Not advocating some sort of crude nationalism.
  • 00:22:57.492 --> 00:23:02.230
  • Look in colossians chapter 3 in verse 1. it says, "since you've
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:05.834
  • Been raised with christ, set your hearts on things above."
  • 00:23:05.834 --> 00:23:10.405
  • That's plain spoken.
  • 00:23:10.405 --> 00:23:13.675
  • Since you've been raised with christ, the bible says that
  • 00:23:13.675 --> 00:23:17.312
  • Spiritually we were raised to life again, a newness of life, a
  • 00:23:17.312 --> 00:23:19.948
  • New kind of life by our identification with christ when
  • 00:23:19.948 --> 00:23:22.684
  • He was raised from the dead.
  • 00:23:22.684 --> 00:23:24.419
  • So then the instruction is to set your hearts on things above.
  • 00:23:24.419 --> 00:23:27.722
  • It's a good question, where's your heart tonight?
  • 00:23:27.722 --> 00:23:29.624
  • If your heart is focused on the things of this world, you're
  • 00:23:29.624 --> 00:23:32.093
  • Anxious, 'cause everything around us is shaking.
  • 00:23:32.093 --> 00:23:37.199
  • Our stability is in question.
  • 00:23:37.199 --> 00:23:38.767
  • Our future is not certain.
  • 00:23:38.767 --> 00:23:41.570
  • Dr. fauci can't decide from one day to the next whether we
  • 00:23:41.570 --> 00:23:43.805
  • Should have christmas, as if he were in charge.
  • 00:23:43.805 --> 00:23:53.849
  • "set your hearts on things above where christ is seated at the
  • 00:23:55.116 --> 00:23:58.453
  • Right hand of god."
  • 00:23:58.453 --> 00:23:59.921
  • We're getting a picture of a kingdom that's above the earthly
  • 00:23:59.921 --> 00:24:03.058
  • Kingdoms that we see.
  • 00:24:03.058 --> 00:24:04.659
  • "set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,"
  • 00:24:04.659 --> 00:24:07.562
  • It's repeated.
  • 00:24:07.562 --> 00:24:09.264
  • "here on earth," in these realms, "there's no greek or
  • 00:24:09.264 --> 00:24:13.802
  • Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian,
  • 00:24:13.802 --> 00:24:16.838
  • Scythian, slave or free, but christ is all, and is in all."
  • 00:24:16.838 --> 00:24:22.644
  • In the kingdom of god to which we are adherent as christ
  • 00:24:22.644 --> 00:24:26.314
  • Followers, all those other things that bring separation to
  • 00:24:26.314 --> 00:24:29.484
  • Us are irrelevant.
  • 00:24:29.484 --> 00:24:31.553
  • I'm not an american christian, or a british christian, or a
  • 00:24:31.553 --> 00:24:35.891
  • South african christian, i'm a christ follower.
  • 00:24:35.891 --> 00:24:39.995
  • We're not white, or black, or red, or green, or blue, we are
  • 00:24:39.995 --> 00:24:43.331
  • Christ followers.
  • 00:24:43.331 --> 00:24:45.934
  • All those other divisions come behind the label that i am first
  • 00:24:45.934 --> 00:24:50.071
  • And foremost a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.
  • 00:24:50.071 --> 00:24:53.942
  • We stand united under the lordship and the headship of
  • 00:24:53.942 --> 00:24:56.778
  • Jesus of nazareth in his eternal kingdom.
  • 00:24:56.778 --> 00:25:01.583
  • That doesn't mean we don't identify with all those other
  • 00:25:01.583 --> 00:25:03.618
  • Subsets, those are all accurate descriptions of who we may be,
  • 00:25:03.618 --> 00:25:07.556
  • But they are secondary to serving jesus.
  • 00:25:07.556 --> 00:25:10.659
  • Well, i don't like hyphenated christian labels.
  • 00:25:10.659 --> 00:25:16.331
  • I'm not an independent, interdenominational christ
  • 00:25:16.331 --> 00:25:18.633
  • Follower, i'm a christ follower.
  • 00:25:18.633 --> 00:25:24.873
  • When you get to heaven, you're not gonna get a little laminated
  • 00:25:24.873 --> 00:25:26.608
  • Tagged with your congregations name on it,
  • 00:25:26.608 --> 00:25:28.977
  • I'm pretty confident.
  • 00:25:28.977 --> 00:25:32.914
  • Your national identity, and any other part of your identity,
  • 00:25:32.914 --> 00:25:36.084
  • That is affixed to time is a part of this present
  • 00:25:36.084 --> 00:25:40.021
  • World order.
  • 00:25:40.021 --> 00:25:42.624
  • Don't imagine that it brings uniqueness to you, it brings an
  • 00:25:42.624 --> 00:25:47.429
  • Assignment to you.
  • 00:25:47.429 --> 00:25:51.366
  • Our kingdom identity is from another realm, it's an
  • 00:25:51.366 --> 00:25:54.035
  • Eternal identification.
  • 00:25:54.035 --> 00:25:57.672
  • Now, it's important to understand your decision about
  • 00:25:57.672 --> 00:26:00.408
  • Your kingdom identity has to be made while you're in time.
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  • While you're in your earth suit you get to make a decision about
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  • Where you'll spend eternity, and you won't get to revisit it.
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  • We're not gonna do this over, grasshopper.
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  • Allen: you and i carry dual citizenship.
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  • We belong to an eternal kingdom and then we belong to a nation
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  • State here on planet earth, and we've got responsibilities in
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  • Both of those realms.
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  • It's a serious set of responsibilities, one that the
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  • Spirit of god is awakening us to as never before, let's pray.
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  • Father, i thank you that you've called us not only out of sin
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  • And darkness, but that you called us into the kingdom of
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  • Your son, and i pray that you would awaken us to our
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  • Assignment as ambassadors.
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  • To be storytellers for jesus.
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  • To take the the assignment of what jesus has done in us and
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  • Share it with our world.
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  • Give us a new boldness, and a new insight, and a new
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  • Discernment, in jesus's name, amen.
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