Restored or Rebuked Part 2

October 27, 2022 | 257 | 27:29

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Allen Jackson Ministries | Restored or Rebuked Part 2 | October 27, 2022
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  • Pastor allen jackson: it's an honor to be with you again.
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  • We're walking through a series about our nation, based on
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  • America and what god is doing in our midst.
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  • Are we experiencing his judgment, or will we see an
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  • Awaking and outpouring of his spirit?
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  • I don't believe the outcome on that is just clear yet, not
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  • Because god doesn't know what he would do, but i believe the
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  • Opportunity for god's people to choose him, can change
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  • An outcome.
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  • He's inviting us to break out of our routines of just attending
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  • Church and mindlessly going through the routines of a
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  • Religious observance, and truly yielding our lives to him in
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  • Ways as we never have before.
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  • We have witnessed one of the most precipitous declines of
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  • Christian influence in the history of the christian church;
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  • It can't be okay with us.
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  • We've got to understand god is asking us to stand for his truth
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  • And yield to him more fully than ever before.
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  • The problem isn't someone else; it's about our willingness
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  • To change.
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  • What an exciting time we are in to serve the lord.
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  • Grab your bible and a notepad, most of all, just to begin
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  • Quietly saying, "lord, i will follow you wherever you lead."
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor allen: now, the points seem simple but they're not,
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  • Because there's an enormous emotional pool, and there's
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  • Generational pools, and there's some powerful influences in our
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  • Lives that work to mix this.
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  • And i think we can see that pretty simply in the scripture.
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  • The disciples, our good friends, our heroes in the new testament,
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  • Had some very real national aspirations.
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  • Not inappropriate, not wicked, but sometimes misdirected.
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  • In acts chapter one, they ask a question to jesus, it's in
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  • Verse 6.
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  • It says, "when they met together, they asked jesus,
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  • 'lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom
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  • To israel?'"
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  • It's the only question recorded that they have asked
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  • Jesus in that 40 day window between his resurrection and
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  • His ascension.
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  • So you think it's uppermost on their mind?
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  • Are you gonna restore the kingdom to israel now?
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  • "by that, are you gonna restore israelite autonomy?
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  • Can we be done with the romans?
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  • Can we stop paying taxes to them?
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  • Can we stop the indignity of the abuse of our women?
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  • Can we stop the humiliation of being occupied in front of
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  • Our children?
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  • Are you gonna restore the kingdom to israel?
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  • We know who you are, we're convinced of who you are, we
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  • Watched you die on a roman cross, and we've seen you alive,
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  • And you've shown us the signs of your passion, there's no
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  • Question about who you are.
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  • Are you gonna restore the kingdom to israel now?"
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  • You can feel the angst, the passion and the anxiousness
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  • In them.
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  • "lord, are you gonna bring an awakening to our nation, or are
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  • You gonna leave us under the authority of darkness?"
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  • Now, i wanna put it back into context, acts chapter 1, "in my
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  • Former book, theophilus, i wrote about all that jesus began to do
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  • And to teach."
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  • What's the former book?
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  • It's luke.
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  • Luke wrote two books in the new testament.
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  • Gentile, non-jew.
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  • Wrote the gospel that bears his name and the book of acts, the
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  • Gospel is the jesus story, the book of acts is the story of the
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  • Emerging church.
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  • "in the former book, i wrote all about that jesus began to do and
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  • To teach until the day he was taken up to heaven,
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  • After giving instructions through the holy spirit to the
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  • Apostles he had chosen.
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  • After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave
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  • Many convincing proofs that he was alive.
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  • He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke
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  • About the kingdom of god."
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  • Can you imagine a 40 day seminar in the kingdom of god with a
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  • Resurrected messiah?
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  • Woo, i'd like to have the videos to that class, wouldn't you?
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  • I'd watch those on youtube.
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  • And the disciples, one question after 40 days, "are you gonna
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  • Restore the kingdom now to israel?
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  • You gonna send the romans home?"
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  • "on one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them
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  • This command: 'don't leave jerusalem, but wait for the gift
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  • My father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
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  • John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized
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  • With the holy spirit."
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  • They had a 40 day seminar with the resurrected christ, and
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  • Jesus said, "don't leave this city, don't begin your
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  • Assignment until you're baptized with the holy spirit."
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  • I would submit to you, i'm an advocate for learning and study,
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  • But i don't believe you'll ever study so much that you don't
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  • Need the baptism in the spirit.
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  • I don't think we're gonna out-study peter, james,
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  • And john.
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  • "so when they met together, they said, 'lord, are you at this
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  • Time going to restore the kingdom to israel?'"
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  • And jesus didn't say, i quit, you bunch of knuckleheads.
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  • "he said, 'it is not for you to know the times or the dates
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  • The father has set by his own authority.'"
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  • It's just not your business.
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  • "'but you will receive power when the holy spirit comes on
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  • You, and you'll be my witnesses in jerusalem, and all judea and
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  • Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'
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  • And after he said this, he was taken up before their eyes, and
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  • A cloud hid him from their sight."
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  • Last words have heightened significance.
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  • Jesus' last words to the disciples are, "you'll be
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  • Empowered to be witnesses for me in jerusalem, judea, samaria,
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  • And to the utter most parts of the earth."
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  • The disciples are acting--asking, about a
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  • Nationalistic objective: "are you gonna restore
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  • Our nation?"
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  • Jesus hands them a kingdom assignment.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • He said, "i understand the desire of your heart, i need you
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  • To hear the desire of my heart.
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  • You'll be empowered to be witnesses for me.
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  • The nation is secondary."
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  • And if you follow 'em through the book of acts,
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  • They lived it out.
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  • They lived it out.
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  • Now, it's worth noting, i wanna step back in time now, there's
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  • Some back story to that day.
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  • They've spent 3 years with jesus, he recruited them, some
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  • Of 'em as fishermen, some of 'em as tax collectors, some of 'em
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  • In other ways, but i'm certain when they began, they fully
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  • Imagined a 30 or 40 year run with jesus; he was a young man
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  • When they said they would follow him; they didn't know it was
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  • Gonna be a 3-year journey.
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  • You know, following the lord is not what you would expect
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  • It to be.
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  • I've been walking with him a while now, and i can tell you it
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  • Doesn't look like i expected it to be.
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  • He surprises me consistently.
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  • If you don't intend for the lord to surprise you, you're not
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  • Gonna follow him very far.
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  • He's in charge.
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  • See, we've got a real fundamental problem: we don't
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  • Really want to follow him; we just want him to do what we want
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  • Him to do.
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  • We want him to keep us healthy and make us prosper, and our
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  • Kids say, "yes."
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  • Well, yes to us and no to drugs.
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  • But we don't really wanna follow, we don't want him like
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  • Taking us somewhere we didn't intend to go.
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  • So we're gonna step back, matthew chapter 21.
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  • Jesus is talking to the leaders, the religious leaders.
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  • "he said, 'have you never read the scriptures: 'the stone
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  • The builders rejected, has become the capstone; the lord
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  • Has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
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  • He's quoting the prophets.
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  • "therefore i tell you," this is one of those "i tell you the
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  • Truth" statements.
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  • "therefore, i tell you that the kingdom of god will be taken
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  • Away from you and given to a people who will produce
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  • Its fruit."
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  • He just pronounced the nation of israel under interdict.
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  • He said, "i am withdrawing from you the assignment you've
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  • Been given."
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  • The incarnate son of god says to the leaders in the city, this is
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  • Long before the cross, "i tell you the kingdom of god's gonna
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  • Be taken away from you."
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  • They've been the covenant people of god for century upon century;
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  • It's their identity.
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  • It's not enough, it's not adequate for us to say, "we have
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  • Been a christian nation."
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  • Okay, are we living like one now?
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  • It's a very important question.
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  • We should not live presumptive, arrogant, prideful lives.
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  • It's a very dangerous position.
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  • "i tell you, the kingdom of god will be taken away from you and
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  • Given to the people who will produce its fruit."
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  • Outcomes matter.
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  • "he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on
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  • Who it falls will be crushed.
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  • When the chief priests and the pharisees heard jesus' parables,
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  • They knew he was talking about them."
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  • They knew he was talking about them.
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  • Well, part of your brain says, well then humble yourselves.
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  • "lord i'm sorry, forgive us for our stubbornness.
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  • How could we have been so arrogant, so self-righteous,
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  • So conceited?
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  • Father, be--"
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  • They could have done that, just like we can, but that's not
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  • Their response.
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  • They were afraid that they understood he was talking about
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  • Them so, "they looked for a way to arrest him--"
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  • We gotta shut him down; he's a problem.
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  • We can't afford for him to keep talking like this,
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  • "--but they were afraid of the crowd."
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  • Now that's matthew, in luke chapter 19, this is the day of
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  • The triumphal entry.
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  • This is all back story to acts chapter 1.
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  • The disciples are not dramatically far away from the
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  • Attitudes of their leaders.
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  • "when he came near the place where the road goes down the
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  • Mount of olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to joyfully
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  • Praise god in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.
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  • 'blessed is the king who comes in the name of the lord!'
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  • 'peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'
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  • Some of the pharisees in the crowd said to jesus, 'teacher,
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  • Rebuke your disciples!'
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  • And he said, 'i tell you if they keep quiet, the stones will
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  • Cry out.'"
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  • This is a big day, this is the closest to a truly public
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  • Celebration of jesus that he will see on this side of
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  • The grave.
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  • I've walked the path down that mount of olives many, many, many
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  • Times; but on this particular day, it's lined with people
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  • Joyfully praising the lord, "blessed is he who comes in the
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  • Name of the lord."
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  • They're laying their cloaks in the road, the palm branches, the
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  • Children are worshiping the lord.
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  • It's an amazing day.
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  • I mean, in many points, the most celebrated point of jesus'
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  • Public ministry.
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  • Look at the next verse, "as he approached jerusalem and he saw
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  • The city, he wept over it."
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  • Not tears of joy.
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  • "if you had only known on this day what would bring you
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  • Peace--but it's hidden from your eyes.
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  • The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an
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  • Embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on
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  • Every side."
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  • He's describing a siege, when a foreign army literally encircles
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  • The city, no one in, no one out, will starve you into submission.
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  • "they will dash you to the ground, you and the children
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  • Within your walls.
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  • They will not leave one stone on another, because you didn't
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  • Recognize the time of god's coming to you."
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  • Oh, it's easy to shake our heads and say that 1st century jewish
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  • Community missed jesus.
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  • I'm far more interested right now in the 21st century
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  • Christian community.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor allen: you know, i was taught as a young person,
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  • Pastor allen: matthew 28, "the eleven disciples went
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  • To galilee, to the mountain where jesus had told them to go.
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  • When they saw him, they worshiped him, but
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  • Some doubted."
  • 00:16:11.427 --> 00:16:12.762
  • This is an interesting sentence.
  • 00:16:12.762 --> 00:16:14.263
  • They went to meet him, the disciples, all of them that
  • 00:16:14.263 --> 00:16:16.999
  • Went, they follow the instructions he had given them;
  • 00:16:16.999 --> 00:16:20.503
  • And when they got there, some worshiped and some doubted.
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  • We're gonna have to decide which group we're gonna be in.
  • 00:16:24.974 --> 00:16:30.679
  • There's a shaking taking place.
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  • Some worshiped him and some doubted, "then jesus came to
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  • Them and said, 'all authority in heaven and on earth has been
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  • Given to me.
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  • Therefore you go and make disciples of all nations,
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  • Baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and
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  • The holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything i have
  • 00:16:46.962 --> 00:16:50.599
  • Commanded you.
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  • And surely i am with you always, to the very end of the age."
  • 00:16:51.801 --> 00:16:54.303
  • There's that assignment again.
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  • His abiding presence, his abiding presence is if we accept
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  • The assignment.
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  • I don't know any place in scripture that's ever amended
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  • It, nor that it's been rescinded, set aside.
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  • I think we still have an assignment to be witnesses
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  • For him.
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  • The disciples started in their hometown.
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  • They started in the places where they gathered with people.
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  • They told their jesus story, they prayed for the sick, they
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  • Didn't leave there until they had so much success, so much
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  • Effectiveness there, that the jealousy of the adversaries of
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  • Jesus forced them out of there.
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  • And the best way i know to highlight the impact that made
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  • Upon jesus' friends, is when they wrote their jesus story.
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  • Remember acts chapter 1, the promise was he said, "you stay
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  • In jerusalem until you're baptized in the holy spirit,
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  • Because when you are, you'll be empowered to be witnesses
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  • For me."
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  • Okay, and then the story starts.
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  • But when it came time for them to tell the jesus story, how do
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  • You think they're gonna tell it?
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  • I brought it to you, john chapter 1.
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  • This is john the baptist, he said, "i wouldn't have known
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  • Him, except that the one who sent me to baptized with water
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  • Told me, 'the man on whom you see the spirit come down and
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  • Remain is he who will baptize with the holy spirit.
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  • I have seen and i testify that this is the son of god.'"
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  • When john introduces us to jesus, the apostle john when he
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  • Introduces us to his close friend, remember the apostle
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  • John revelation chapter 1, he's on the isle of patmos, and he
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  • Has a vision, and he sees jesus, and he falls at his feet like
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  • He's dead, right?
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  • When that john writes his jesus story, how does he introduce his
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  • Friend to us?
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  • He said, "he's the one who'll baptize you with the
  • 00:18:54.323 --> 00:18:55.925
  • Holy spirit."
  • 00:18:55.925 --> 00:18:58.561
  • Think of all the things he could have said about jesus.
  • 00:18:58.561 --> 00:19:01.997
  • Think of what he says about him in revelation chapter 1, how
  • 00:19:01.997 --> 00:19:04.667
  • He's--what he looks like, how his countenance is, what he
  • 00:19:04.667 --> 00:19:08.737
  • Holds in his hands.
  • 00:19:08.737 --> 00:19:10.005
  • Think of all the things he could have said, the miracles he saw.
  • 00:19:10.005 --> 00:19:15.044
  • He's the one who will baptize you with the holy spirit.
  • 00:19:15.110 --> 00:19:17.880
  • Now, matthew, mark, and luke, the synoptic gospels, they share
  • 00:19:17.880 --> 00:19:20.883
  • Some common material.
  • 00:19:20.883 --> 00:19:25.688
  • Scholars think that matthew and luke had access to mark when
  • 00:19:25.688 --> 00:19:28.991
  • They wrote their stories.
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  • So they give kind of a similar synopsis of jesus' life.
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  • So it's not surprising that they use similar language, but it is
  • 00:19:35.497 --> 00:19:38.701
  • Surprising that they all four say the same thing.
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  • There are very few aspects of jesus' life in ministry that are
  • 00:19:41.203 --> 00:19:44.073
  • Repeated in all four gospels.
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  • But in all four gospels, the introduction they give to jesus
  • 00:19:47.243 --> 00:19:50.512
  • Is the same.
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  • Matthew 3, "i baptize you with water for repentance.
  • 00:19:52.114 --> 00:19:54.483
  • But after me will come one who is more powerful than i, who
  • 00:19:54.483 --> 00:19:57.553
  • Sandals i am not fit to carry.
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  • He will baptize you with the holy spirit and fire."
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  • Luke 3, "john answered them, 'i baptize you with water.
  • 00:20:04.226 --> 00:20:06.996
  • But one more powerful than i will come, the thongs of whose
  • 00:20:06.996 --> 00:20:10.332
  • Sandals i am not worthy to untie.
  • 00:20:10.332 --> 00:20:12.067
  • He will baptize you with the holy spirit and with fire.'"
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  • Mark chapter 1, "this was his message: 'after me will come
  • 00:20:16.505 --> 00:20:19.508
  • One more powerful than i, the thongs of whose sandals i'm not
  • 00:20:19.508 --> 00:20:21.944
  • Worthy to stoop down and untie.
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  • I'll baptize you with water, but he'll baptize you with the
  • 00:20:23.612 --> 00:20:26.682
  • Holy spirit."
  • 00:20:26.682 --> 00:20:29.118
  • What do you think they want us to know about jesus?
  • 00:20:29.118 --> 00:20:34.189
  • Just maybe that he would baptize you with the holy spirit.
  • 00:20:34.256 --> 00:20:38.527
  • I'm not here tonight to argue for an experience, we'll talk
  • 00:20:38.527 --> 00:20:40.629
  • About that in some other sessions, but i want you to hear
  • 00:20:40.629 --> 00:20:43.699
  • What jesus said: "don't leave this city until you are
  • 00:20:43.699 --> 00:20:48.904
  • Empowered to be witnesses for me."
  • 00:20:48.904 --> 00:20:53.075
  • "lord, are you gonna restore our nation?
  • 00:20:53.075 --> 00:20:56.545
  • We're tired of the romans."
  • 00:20:56.545 --> 00:20:59.448
  • "wrong question," he said.
  • 00:20:59.448 --> 00:21:03.452
  • So is it possible?
  • 00:21:03.452 --> 00:21:06.555
  • My prayer for our nation again, is that he would pour out his
  • 00:21:06.555 --> 00:21:09.491
  • Spirit upon us.
  • 00:21:09.491 --> 00:21:13.195
  • I can't think of a better outcome for our children and our
  • 00:21:13.195 --> 00:21:15.364
  • Grandchildren; but i don't know, i can't tell just yet.
  • 00:21:15.364 --> 00:21:19.168
  • I can tell you what i believe the determining factor will be:
  • 00:21:19.168 --> 00:21:21.770
  • The response of the church.
  • 00:21:21.770 --> 00:21:24.940
  • It's not about politics, or elections, or social media, or
  • 00:21:24.940 --> 00:21:28.610
  • Tech giants, or billionaires funding their evil schemes.
  • 00:21:28.610 --> 00:21:35.584
  • Don't spend your time soaking up all the conspiracy theories on
  • 00:21:35.584 --> 00:21:38.354
  • The internet, it's not helpful.
  • 00:21:38.354 --> 00:21:40.089
  • Spend your time in your bible talking to the lord.
  • 00:21:40.089 --> 00:21:42.658
  • I don't want you to be ignorant of what's happening in the
  • 00:21:42.658 --> 00:21:45.761
  • World, but a few minutes a day will do that, then spend your
  • 00:21:45.761 --> 00:21:49.131
  • Time with the lord.
  • 00:21:49.131 --> 00:21:52.634
  • Spend your time talking to people, being a witness to what
  • 00:21:52.634 --> 00:21:55.337
  • You know to be the truth about jesus.
  • 00:21:55.337 --> 00:21:59.608
  • That is the most secure response in a season of insecurity.
  • 00:21:59.608 --> 00:22:05.013
  • Let's begin to bear fruit like we've never born fruit before.
  • 00:22:05.013 --> 00:22:08.951
  • Bring people with you, tell your neighbors about jesus.
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  • I have a question: in what way is your obedience to the lord,
  • 00:22:14.723 --> 00:22:18.293
  • In what way is your pursuit of the lord different today than at
  • 00:22:18.293 --> 00:22:21.263
  • The beginning of 2020?
  • 00:22:21.263 --> 00:22:24.133
  • I want you to think about that.
  • 00:22:24.133 --> 00:22:27.102
  • How are you behaving differently?
  • 00:22:27.102 --> 00:22:30.372
  • Or are you just saying, "oh, no, no, no, i'm born again, i was
  • 00:22:30.372 --> 00:22:32.808
  • Baptized, i'm good to go.
  • 00:22:32.808 --> 00:22:35.177
  • I'm tired of the wicked 'cause the wicked are bringing some
  • 00:22:35.177 --> 00:22:36.945
  • Trouble on us."
  • 00:22:36.945 --> 00:22:40.516
  • I can hear jesus saying, "i can make people like you out
  • 00:22:40.516 --> 00:22:42.684
  • Of rocks."
  • 00:22:42.684 --> 00:22:46.088
  • Are we willing to grow, are we willing to change, are we
  • 00:22:50.259 --> 00:22:54.163
  • Willing to give god a larger place in our hearts?
  • 00:22:54.163 --> 00:22:56.865
  • If we will, he'll move heaven and earth.
  • 00:22:56.865 --> 00:23:01.003
  • And if he pours out his mercy upon our nation, hallelujah.
  • 00:23:01.003 --> 00:23:04.840
  • I will lead the parade, god has blessed us, and i will
  • 00:23:04.840 --> 00:23:07.209
  • Acknowledge his blessings upon us, i'm gonna do it repeatedly
  • 00:23:07.209 --> 00:23:10.479
  • For these next few weeks, but i'm not confused.
  • 00:23:10.479 --> 00:23:12.815
  • We have a kingdom assignment.
  • 00:23:12.815 --> 00:23:17.219
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:23:17.286 --> 00:23:20.022
  • How many of us will be willing to say, "lord, here we are,
  • 00:23:20.022 --> 00:23:24.126
  • Send us.
  • 00:23:24.126 --> 00:23:26.361
  • We want all that you have for us.
  • 00:23:26.361 --> 00:23:29.198
  • We don't wanna start any discussion by saying what we
  • 00:23:29.198 --> 00:23:30.999
  • Won't do for you.
  • 00:23:30.999 --> 00:23:35.471
  • Holy spirit, you're welcome in our lives, fill us
  • 00:23:35.471 --> 00:23:40.142
  • To overflowing."
  • 00:23:40.142 --> 00:23:43.145
  • "do i have to speak in tongues?"
  • 00:23:43.145 --> 00:23:44.379
  • No, but you could.
  • 00:23:44.379 --> 00:23:47.249
  • I mean, do you have to?
  • 00:23:47.249 --> 00:23:51.753
  • "do i have to cooperate with the lord?"
  • 00:23:51.753 --> 00:23:53.455
  • No, but you could.
  • 00:23:53.455 --> 00:23:58.727
  • "well, i know somebody that loved the lord a lot
  • 00:23:58.727 --> 00:24:00.095
  • And didn't," okay.
  • 00:24:00.095 --> 00:24:04.600
  • I wanna pray with you, why don't we stand?
  • 00:24:08.537 --> 00:24:13.308
  • It's an exciting time.
  • 00:24:13.308 --> 00:24:17.079
  • We're right there at the cusp of change, god is moving in
  • 00:24:17.079 --> 00:24:23.418
  • The earth.
  • 00:24:23.418 --> 00:24:25.854
  • We didn't choose it, we didn't initiate it, we didn't cause it,
  • 00:24:25.854 --> 00:24:30.125
  • But god called us to this season.
  • 00:24:30.125 --> 00:24:33.662
  • "lord, here we are.
  • 00:24:33.662 --> 00:24:35.998
  • Send us lord, we're willing, we're--whatever you have
  • 00:24:35.998 --> 00:24:39.368
  • For us."
  • 00:24:39.368 --> 00:24:42.604
  • That's it, that's his--
  • 00:24:42.604 --> 00:24:44.806
  • But everybody won't cheer, everybody won't applaud,
  • 00:24:48.510 --> 00:24:51.513
  • Everybody go, okay.
  • 00:24:51.513 --> 00:24:53.582
  • "we're still gonna follow you."
  • 00:24:53.582 --> 00:24:58.754
  • May the lord's anointing come upon you in such power, in such
  • 00:24:58.754 --> 00:25:02.958
  • Demonstrable ways, in such remarkable ways, that the
  • 00:25:02.958 --> 00:25:05.861
  • Enemies of god can't stand it.
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  • See, we've had a different approach, where we just kind of
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  • Wanna be stealth, covert; no, i don't wanna be covert.
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  • I don't wanna stay in the middle of the road.
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  • I don't wanna be lukewarm.
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  • You ready?
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Lord, we offer ourselves to you tonight as living sacrifices.
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  • Have your way within us.
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  • Lord, we ask for your mercy upon our nation.
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  • We're a nation in need of mercy; we've turned our backs on you.
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  • Not the ungodly, or the wicked, or the pagans, lord, those of us
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  • That fill all your churches and sing the choruses, we have been
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  • Of divided heart and mind, and we have been lukewarm
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  • Oftentimes and indifferent; and lord, we're sorry and we come to
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  • Repent, and we ask for your mercy upon us as a people.
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  • Look upon us with mercy.
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  • Pour out your spirit upon us once again.
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  • But lord, more than that, empower us to be witnesses
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  • For you.
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  • Let your anointing come upon us; holy spirit we need your help.
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  • Give us a revelation of yourself that will move us.
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  • Forgive us for when we've been reluctant or hesitant, when
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  • We've been disinterested or indifferent.
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  • Lord we offer ourselves to you tonight, have your way within
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  • Us, that your purposes come forth within us.
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  • Give us a new boldness, a new anointing, a new hunger, a new
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  • Thirsting, let the fear of the lord grow in our hearts as
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  • Never before.
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  • We praise you for it tonight.
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  • We wanna be faithful to what you created us for.
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  • Teach us to encourage one another and strengthen
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  • One another.
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  • We thank you for what we will see you do.
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  • In jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • Hallelujah, lord bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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