Seeing And Understanding Part 1

October 12, 2022 | 244 | 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 | Seeing And Understanding Part 1 | October 12, 2022
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  • Allen jackson: but you have to purposefully focus your
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  • Attention, stop on a daily basis to give thanks to god for what
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  • He's doing in the earth.
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  • It will help you. it'll break the heaviness.
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  • It'll--it will dispel some of the darkness.
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  • We need the hope that comes from the conversations around
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  • What we see god doing.
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  • Allen jackson: it's good to be with you again.
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  • Our topic is "seeing and understanding."
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  • Now, when it comes to spiritual things,
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  • I think for the most part we haven't even looked.
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  • We're not necessarily closed to them.
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  • We're not disinterested.
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  • I don't even think we're aware that there's anything
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  • To be seen.
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  • It isn't really that complicated.
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  • If you want to catch fish, you've gotta go where to look
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  • For fish.
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  • If you're going--if you need vegetables at the grocery store,
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  • You need to know where to look for those.
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  • Well, if you want to see god moving,
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  • You need to know where to look.
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  • And what would you--would you recognize it if you saw it?
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  • Unfortunately, we think of the expressions of god in our world
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  • As the formulation of a worship service,
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  • A specific time in the week, a specific location.
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  • We stop and we have our little god moment,
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  • And if there's anything for god to be done or said or
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  • Accomplished, it needs to fit into that
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  • Point on the calendar.
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  • The rest of the week is ours.
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  • That is a very deficient way to imagine god's involvement
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  • In our lives.
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  • God has more for us than that.
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  • I don't want you to be a fanatic or bizarre.
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  • I don't want you to check your brain
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  • Or your emotions at the door.
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  • I want you to use all the gifts god has given you.
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  • But i want to ask you to begin to open your heart to seeing
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  • What god is doing in our world with new eyes and understanding
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  • And with a new heart.
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  • Get your bible and a notepad.
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  • But most of all, let's say yes to the lord.
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  • Allen: we're working through this little series around the
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  • Idea visions of the future, a god perspective.
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  • And in this particular session, i want to spend some time
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  • Exploring with you a bit how we can improve our spiritual
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  • Vision, how we can see and understand with greater clarity
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  • Beyond our five physical senses.
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  • I'm not in opposition to those.
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  • God gave them to us. they're important.
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  • But we need a perspective, we need a screen.
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  • We need a context for understanding our world beyond
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  • Our five senses, or we're really denying our faith,
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  • Because the scripture says that those who worship god must
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  • Worship him in spirit, and that means it's beyond
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  • Your sensory apparatus.
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  • They're wonderful tools god gave us,
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  • But he didn't intend for them to dominate us.
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  • They're intended to enrich our lives.
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  • We are witnesses to a most remarkable time
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  • In human history.
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  • The spirit of god is moving in the earth in some very
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  • Unprecedented ways, certainly in any time in my life experience.
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  • I'm seeing god do things that i never imagined he would,
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  • The way he's gathering people on a typical weekend.
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  • We gather for more than 60 different christian traditions.
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  • And when i say tradition, i mean denomination or labels of one
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  • Sort or another.
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  • That idea would've been totally impossible just
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  • A few decades ago.
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  • You couldn't have kept the peace.
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  • We were so determined that we were right about some subset of
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  • Our faith, and it was hard for us to extend a hand of
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  • Fellowship to one another.
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  • And god has broken down so many barriers so that we could stand
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  • Together under the headship of jesus.
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  • And the authority of his words, filled with his spirit,
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  • That we can celebrate the things that bring us together and not
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  • The things that separate us.
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  • The spirit of god is moving in the earth
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  • In the most remarkable ways.
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  • I was--able to participate in a zoom call this week with some
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  • Pastors and church leaders from ukraine,
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  • And belarus, and the czech republic, czechoslovakia.
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  • And they were sharing what god was doing,
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  • And it was not an easy call.
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  • There was a woman--
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  • She was taking the call from her automobile.
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  • And she said, "i am on the front lines."
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  • And another person spoke up and said,
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  • "i'm no hero. i'm afraid."
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  • And another pastor spoke up and said,
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  • "we haven't had water for more than a week now."
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  • But they weren't complaining.
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  • Most of them had sent their families to other places.
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  • The church in czechoslovakia--
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  • Wow, say that three times really quickly.
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  • In the czech republic, they had more than 150 people from the
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  • Ukraine that were living in their church,
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  • Until they could find homes for them to stay,
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  • Until they could go back home safely.
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  • And in the midst of that, they had hope,
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  • And faith, and confidence that god was moving.
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  • They understood it is more than a political conflict
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  • Or a military conflict.
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  • They understood there were spiritual consequences to that.
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  • It was humbling to me. it was sobering to me.
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  • It certainly wasn't about parties.
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  • But they said, "we're trusting god to secure our futures."
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  • We need a different kind of vision,
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  • A different kind of awareness.
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  • And it is unusual for a week to slip past us here without
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  • Multiple reports of god's supernatural involvement in the
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  • Lives of those around us.
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  • In fact, it happens with such frequency,
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  • I'm concerned sometimes we take it for granted.
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  • You know, we baptized hundreds of people last weekend.
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  • We baptized 40 or more last night.
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  • And we act as if that's normal.
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  • That's not. that's, like, weird.
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  • I mean, godly weird, but that's not normal.
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  • I've done ministry a long time, and people don't travel from
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  • Multiple states to say, "i'm beginning a spiritual journey in
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  • A new way, and i wanted to make a special effort
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  • To honor god in my life."
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  • The miracle stories that come, people whose lives are changed,
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  • Whose physical bodies are healed,
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  • Week after week, we hear those stories.
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  • God is moving in the earth.
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  • You have to make a determined, intentional choice to focus your
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  • Attention on that, to share their stories.
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  • When you have your talk moments, don't just complain about what's
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  • Happening in the earth.
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  • Share those good news of what god is doing.
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  • It doesn't have the same platforms that some of the other
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  • Information does.
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  • It's not as popular.
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  • Good news doesn't travel as quickly as bad news.
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  • You know that.
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  • Gossip travels far more quickly than compliments.
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  • I didn't call your name. i'm just observing a fact.
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  • Okay, you can relax.
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  • But you have to purposefully focus your attention.
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  • Stop on a daily basis to give thanks to god for what he's
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  • Doing in the earth.
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  • It will help you. it'll break the heaviness.
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  • It will dispel some of the darkness.
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  • We need the hope that comes from the conversations around what we
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  • See god doing.
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  • It's true.
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  • Now, it's equally true--now, i don't want to deny it nor do i
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  • Want to in any way suggest it isn't true,
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  • That there are growing expressions of evil.
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  • It's certainly more rampant, more brazen,
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  • More aggressive than any time that i can remember.
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  • I mean, you know, one example.
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  • Recently, it's become very apparent that our children
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  • Are not being targeted.
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  • They have been targeted in some very aggressive ways.
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  • And for all the things that covid was not,
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  • One of the benefits out of that is because parents were engaged
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  • In the educational process in some new ways.
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  • It uncovered the degree to which education
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  • Had yielded to indoctrination.
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  • And not in every school and not in every classroom.
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  • You can't make those blanket statements.
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  • But it certainly came far more aware.
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  • It's been living in the higher educational levels for decades.
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  • To be honest, when i was completing some graduate-level
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  • Education, some very fine, celebrated institutions,
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  • They were filled with the most ungodly,
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  • Wicked things in the midst of theological studies.
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  • It was so bizarre, we'd think, "well,
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  • That'll never make it to the mainstream."
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  • I was wrong 'cause now they're teaching it
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  • To our elementary children.
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  • And the shocking part, as you watch all that happen is when
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  • It's been uncovered or made public,
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  • The perpetrators have defended their intent to shape the
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  • Worldview of our children.
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  • They're arguing it's their prerogative and the parents
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  • Should stand on the sidelines.
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  • Please don't yield to that.
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  • God entrusted those children to your care.
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  • They're your responsibility.
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  • You will give an account for them.
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  • It's important.
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  • In fact, i would put it this way.
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  • Church leaders, nor educators, nor the medical community should
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  • Be influencing children towards
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  • Embracing gender confusion or homosexuality.
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  • That's not their assignment.
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  • But this all fits in to this discussion around what we see
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  • And how we understand our world.
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  • Our presentation of christianity hasn't been wrong,
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  • But it's been incomplete.
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  • We have had an extraordinary focus on conversion and being
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  • Born again, which is a necessity.
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  • I don't want to diminish that, but we haven't
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  • Talked a lot beyond that.
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  • We've had these polite debates about whether god still does
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  • Miracles, or they ended with the last of the apostles,
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  • Or some other goofy conversation.
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  • Folks, our heroes in the bible, almost without exception,
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  • Didn't simply lead their lives for the outcome that it would
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  • Have upon their time under the sun,
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  • While they were in an earth suit.
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  • They led their lives with the perspective of the larger
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  • Purposes of god, and their decisions were informed by the
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  • Imaginations that their lives were one component of what god
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  • Was doing through the generations,
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  • And they wanted to hold their space.
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  • It was certainly true of abram.
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  • He left his home, reoriented his entire life,
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  • Changed all of his relationships,
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  • Because god promised something that was far beyond his own
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  • Journey under the sun.
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  • It was true with joseph, it was true with moses,
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  • It was true with king david, it was true with daniel.
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  • We are still reading daniel's writings to understand what's
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  • Ahead of us.
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  • And daniel spent his entire life as a slave in babylon,
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  • So his faith wasn't focused on just happiness,
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  • And comfort, and convenience.
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  • Much of daniel's life was difficult,
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  • And yet god said he was highly esteemed.
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  • And it carries right into the new testament with the disciples
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  • That jesus recruited.
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  • They didn't just get a bigger fishing business because they
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  • Got to know jesus.
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  • They didn't have the best boats on the lake because jesus was
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  • Their friend.
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  • I'm not opposed to your boat.
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  • Don't start a new rumor.
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  • I do well enough on my own.
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  • It's okay.
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  • But they understood that the purpose of the intersection of
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  • Their lives with jesus and the kingdom of god brought a totally
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  • Different perspective to them.
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  • It's true with paul.
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  • It's true with john.
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  • It's true with all of our heroes.
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  • How have we missed this?
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  • How is it we have accepted the routine of faith?
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  • Attend a worship service, have a polite little prayer.
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  • Perhaps you read your bible a bit,
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  • And then we just kind of fold our arms,
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  • And it's my life.
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  • No.
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  • That's a very deficient, incomplete perspective of faith.
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  • So, how do we learn to see more? how can we open our hearts?
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  • I'm not trying to raise the bar on you.
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  • I'm telling you god has more for us than we've talked about.
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  • And maybe it's taken some of the disruptions.
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  • Maybe it's taken the comfort and convenience that was our
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  • Lives not too far in the past, being put in the blender for us
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  • To begin to say, "lord, is it possible we have not listened as
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  • Carefully as we might have?
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  • Is it possible that we've preferred the perspective of the
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  • People around us to be cheering for us more than you cheering
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  • For us?"
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  • Folks, i want the lord to be pleased with me.
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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.
  • 00:12:17.318 --> 00:12:18.787
  • Well, the team has pulled together some prayers
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  • That we've been leaning on here at the church
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  • Centered in the cross and its provision for our lives.
  • 00:12:22.624 --> 00:12:25.960
  • You see, our stability doesn't come from the government,
  • 00:12:25.960 --> 00:12:28.096
  • 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 in 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 fo 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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  • Female announcer: being a person who prays
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  • Is not about how many minutes you invest.
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  • It's about intentionally inviting god
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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 to move
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  • 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 here on
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  • Our campus in middle tennessee, world outreach
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  • Church for our fall festival.
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  • It starts the weekend of september the 24th and will
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  • 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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  • They'll include matthew west, meredith andrews,
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  • Kari jobe, 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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  • Be a different sermon, but we'll be in the building.
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  • Church is located just 30 minutes 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 to
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  • Gather with god's people.
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  • Allen: this notion of cultivating spiritual
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  • Awareness--i will get to your outline,
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  • I promise you.
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  • I may not finish it, but i'll at least get there,
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  • Which is better than i did on easter, right?
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  • I just gave you one and then did something else.
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  • Jesus, the scripture very clearly tells us
  • 00:15:54.569 --> 00:15:58.039
  • About jesus's life.
  • 00:15:58.039 --> 00:16:00.041
  • We read that in the gospels.
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  • From the point of his conception to the point of his
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  • Resurrection, we have jesus's story for that 33-year window
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  • When he walked around with an earth suit.
  • 00:16:09.550 --> 00:16:12.553
  • But that's not all we know about jesus.
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  • Jesus is all over the old testament.
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  • It says he gave--we read it in an earlier session that he
  • 00:16:18.726 --> 00:16:21.396
  • Accompanied the hebrew slaves when they left egypt,
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  • That he was with them in their journey through the wilderness.
  • 00:16:25.033 --> 00:16:28.669
  • Multiple places in the new testament tell us that our new
  • 00:16:28.669 --> 00:16:31.406
  • Testament friends would take the books of the old testament and
  • 00:16:31.406 --> 00:16:35.209
  • Tell the jesus story to their contemporaries.
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  • Jesus was engaged with adam's descendants
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  • Long before bethlehem.
  • 00:16:40.782 --> 00:16:44.052
  • And then it's equally clear that after he ascended back to heaven
  • 00:16:44.052 --> 00:16:46.921
  • In acts chapter 1 that he was still engaged with the unfolding
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  • Story of his people in the earth.
  • 00:16:51.492 --> 00:16:53.327
  • In acts chapter 9, he steps onto the road in damascus and grabs
  • 00:16:53.327 --> 00:16:56.798
  • One saul of tarsus by the back of the neck and says,
  • 00:16:56.798 --> 00:16:59.100
  • "just what do you think you're doing?"
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:02.503
  • And in the same chapter, he's in ananias's home saying,
  • 00:17:02.503 --> 00:17:04.906
  • "i've got an assignment for you."
  • 00:17:04.906 --> 00:17:06.641
  • Jesus before bethlehem, after the ascension.
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  • Now here's the challenge.
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  • I want to ask you to think about your life in time,
  • 00:17:13.448 --> 00:17:17.351
  • The days you get under the sun with an earth suit,
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  • And your life beyond that.
  • 00:17:20.922 --> 00:17:23.724
  • If you only think about your life in time,
  • 00:17:23.724 --> 00:17:26.160
  • You have a very limited spiritual awareness.
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:31.566
  • 1 corinthians chapter 15 and verse 19 says,
  • 00:17:31.566 --> 00:17:35.303
  • "if only for this life we have hope in christ,
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  • We're to be pitied more than all men."
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  • That's pretty plain.
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  • If our faith is only for this life,
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  • It's a pitiful place.
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  • Do i believe that your faith has merit,
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  • Impact in time?
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  • Absolutely i do. we talk about that a good bit.
  • 00:17:50.485 --> 00:17:54.755
  • But it's only, it's the tip of the iceberg.
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  • Look at psalm 139, verse 13.
  • 00:17:57.959 --> 00:18:00.828
  • "you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my
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  • Mother's womb.
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  • I praise you because i'm fearfully and wonderfully
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  • Made; your works are wonderful.
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  • I know that full well."
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  • God knew you before your parents saw you.
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  • He wrote your story before your parents had a gender reveal.
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  • It's important, it is very important
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  • To let that settle within you.
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  • It'll clarify for you the debate and discussion
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  • About when life begins.
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  • It will help you.
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  • It'll help you sort through some of the challenges that we're
  • 00:18:33.928 --> 00:18:36.130
  • Facing as a culture.
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:38.399
  • It really isn't unclear or confusing.
  • 00:18:38.399 --> 00:18:42.069
  • You have a life beyond the life
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  • That you will lead under the sun.
  • 00:18:44.772 --> 00:18:47.508
  • But your opportunities to impact outcomes and rewards are
  • 00:18:47.508 --> 00:18:52.847
  • Determined with your days under the sun.
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  • And you only get one time.
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  • There's no do-overs, grasshopper.
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  • Look in philippians chapter 1.
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  • This is paul. he's writing to a church.
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  • He said, "to me to live is christ,
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  • And to die is gain."
  • 00:19:10.531 --> 00:19:12.033
  • He said, "if i continue in my earth suit,
  • 00:19:12.033 --> 00:19:14.535
  • There's some benefit for my jesus assignment.
  • 00:19:14.535 --> 00:19:18.339
  • But it's better for me to get out of this suit."
  • 00:19:18.339 --> 00:19:22.076
  • He said, "there's something better for me than the frailty
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  • Of a human body and the limits that come with that."
  • 00:19:24.579 --> 00:19:27.715
  • Again, he has an understanding and insight that for most of us
  • 00:19:27.715 --> 00:19:31.252
  • It's just right on the periphery, the edge
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  • Of what's even credible.
  • 00:19:33.854 --> 00:19:36.524
  • "to live is christ and to die is gain.
  • 00:19:36.524 --> 00:19:38.359
  • If i'm to go on living in the body,
  • 00:19:38.359 --> 00:19:40.027
  • This will mean fruitful labor for me.
  • 00:19:40.027 --> 00:19:43.064
  • Yet, what shall i choose?
  • 00:19:43.064 --> 00:19:44.799
  • I don't know.
  • 00:19:44.799 --> 00:19:46.467
  • I'm torn between the two.
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  • I desire to depart and be with christ,
  • 00:19:48.869 --> 00:19:51.772
  • Which is better by far, but it's more necessary for you that i
  • 00:19:51.772 --> 00:19:55.876
  • Remain in the body."
  • 00:19:55.876 --> 00:19:58.012
  • Again, paul's suggestion is that his life isn't finished when the
  • 00:19:58.012 --> 00:20:02.316
  • Pump in the middle of his body stops beating.
  • 00:20:02.316 --> 00:20:06.587
  • It's a seamless thing.
  • 00:20:06.587 --> 00:20:07.922
  • He said, "i have an existence that is not determined by my
  • 00:20:07.922 --> 00:20:10.658
  • Physical strength or lack thereof,
  • 00:20:10.658 --> 00:20:14.095
  • And what's ahead of me is better than anything i'm going to
  • 00:20:14.095 --> 00:20:16.464
  • Experience in my physical body.
  • 00:20:16.464 --> 00:20:19.333
  • But there is a purpose. there is an assignment.
  • 00:20:19.333 --> 00:20:21.902
  • There's a benefit for me staying in this present condition."
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  • You have a life beyond time.
  • 00:20:25.273 --> 00:20:32.546
  • So, what's our response?
  • 00:20:32.546 --> 00:20:34.015
  • If that's true--and i believe it is--what's the appropriate
  • 00:20:34.015 --> 00:20:37.118
  • Response from us?
  • 00:20:37.118 --> 00:20:38.719
  • Romans 12 says, "i urge you, brothers,
  • 00:20:38.719 --> 00:20:40.588
  • In view of god's mercy, offer your body as a living sacrifice,
  • 00:20:40.588 --> 00:20:45.993
  • Holy and pleasing to god--
  • 00:20:45.993 --> 00:20:47.595
  • This is your spiritual act of worship."
  • 00:20:47.595 --> 00:20:49.730
  • We understand the words in that sentence,
  • 00:20:49.730 --> 00:20:51.999
  • But the meaning of it i think is a little obscure to us.
  • 00:20:51.999 --> 00:20:55.303
  • It was written to an audience for whom the animal sacrificial
  • 00:20:55.303 --> 00:20:58.039
  • System was normal.
  • 00:20:58.039 --> 00:21:00.274
  • They were still taking animals to the priests.
  • 00:21:00.274 --> 00:21:02.777
  • If you visited jerusalem for one of the annual festivals,
  • 00:21:02.777 --> 00:21:07.548
  • The sacrifices were a very significant part of that visit.
  • 00:21:07.548 --> 00:21:11.085
  • In fact, the aroma of the daily sacrifices--the animal was laid
  • 00:21:11.085 --> 00:21:15.556
  • On the altar, and then the fire that consumed it--you've all
  • 00:21:15.556 --> 00:21:19.493
  • Smelled the--no disrespect, but you've smelled the grill when
  • 00:21:19.493 --> 00:21:23.364
  • There's something on that.
  • 00:21:23.364 --> 00:21:24.799
  • Imagine that aroma lifting over jerusalem to remind you every
  • 00:21:24.799 --> 00:21:27.601
  • Day of the significance of that sacrifice.
  • 00:21:27.601 --> 00:21:31.005
  • And before an animal was put on the altar,
  • 00:21:31.005 --> 00:21:33.441
  • It was slaughtered, and the blood was captured.
  • 00:21:33.441 --> 00:21:36.944
  • There were some rather specific instructions for how to do that.
  • 00:21:36.944 --> 00:21:39.747
  • By the time that animal was placed on the altar,
  • 00:21:39.747 --> 00:21:41.982
  • It was emptied of any self-determination.
  • 00:21:41.982 --> 00:21:44.385
  • No animal ever jumped off the altar.
  • 00:21:44.385 --> 00:21:47.321
  • That was addressed before they got there.
  • 00:21:47.321 --> 00:21:49.523
  • So, paul is borrowing on that broad experience of his
  • 00:21:49.523 --> 00:21:52.626
  • Audience, and he says "offer yourself as a living sacrifice.
  • 00:21:52.626 --> 00:21:57.865
  • Offer your body," he says, "as a living sacrifice."
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  • Lord, i'm yours.
  • 00:22:00.935 --> 00:22:04.505
  • I had a plan, and i had a dream, and i had a set of agendas,
  • 00:22:04.505 --> 00:22:07.942
  • And i'm tempted just to ask you to bless those.
  • 00:22:07.942 --> 00:22:10.077
  • But is there anything i might do for you?
  • 00:22:10.077 --> 00:22:13.547
  • And i know we're in church.
  • 00:22:13.547 --> 00:22:14.882
  • We'll go, "that's very good, pastor."
  • 00:22:14.882 --> 00:22:17.985
  • But in the reality of our lives, down there where we really live
  • 00:22:17.985 --> 00:22:21.322
  • And think and dream and have aspirations,
  • 00:22:21.322 --> 00:22:25.126
  • This takes a lifetime of incremental work.
  • 00:22:25.126 --> 00:22:29.430
  • It does.
  • 00:22:29.430 --> 00:22:31.599
  • In fact, it takes the spirit of god to help us gain any momentum
  • 00:22:31.599 --> 00:22:35.035
  • In this direction at all.
  • 00:22:35.035 --> 00:22:37.271
  • But then we have to choose to say to that old carnal,
  • 00:22:37.271 --> 00:22:40.908
  • Selfish part of me--and you, too--i have to say,
  • 00:22:40.908 --> 00:22:45.079
  • "you will not dominate the agenda.
  • 00:22:45.079 --> 00:22:49.517
  • Look at ephesians 4 and verse 1.
  • 00:22:49.517 --> 00:22:51.018
  • "as a prisoner for the lord, i urge you to live a life worthy
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  • Of the calling you have received."
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  • We've taken that, and we've twisted this into some sort of a
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  • Confining observance of rules.
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  • You know what i've learned about religious rules?
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  • Your rules make sense to you, and my rules are stupid.
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  • We grew up in many different traditions,
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  • And there are some things that come from that tradition.
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  • You may not be as engaged in it as you once were,
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  • But i assure you it has some residual impact upon you.
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  • The kind of music we should sing,
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  • How communion should be observed,
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  • Or when communion should be observed,
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  • What the presentation of the gospel should look like,
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  • The wardrobe of the person presenting,
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  • Or the people who were there, all sorts of things.
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  • And while they all have some connection to scripture,
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  • Very few of those things would keep us out of the kingdom of
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  • God, but they make great sense to us.
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  • They're important to us. they have value to us.
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  • And i've observed, you know, when you meet somebody and their
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  • Rules are different than you, that's just the dumbest thing
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  • I've ever heard.
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  • I've told this story before, but i went to india some years ago,
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  • And there was a group of us traveling.
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  • And when we came off the plane, our host met us,
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  • And there was clearly some problem.
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  • They were uncomfortable with us, and they took us aside and said,
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  • "your women."
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  • "yeah?"
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  • "they have on lipstick and jewelry."
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  • I mean, we'd flown forever.
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  • Really, what most of them had on were wedding rings.
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  • So, we had a little meeting and said,
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  • "they've requested that we lose the lipstick and the jewelry."
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  • And we had like--we had a major theological crisis.
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  • And i wasn't sure which was more important,
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  • But clearly it was all important.
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  • So, we managed to work through that,
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  • And we showed up for our first public session when our hosts
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  • All arrived, and some of them came in traditional clothing
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  • With their stomachs exposed.
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  • Well, clearly, on our side of the aisle,
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  • We had some rules we wanted to talk about.
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  • And my takeaway was your rules make sense,
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  • And my rules are stupid.
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  • It's so easy.
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  • So, what i think paul is saying, "to live a life worthy of the
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  • Calling you have received," i don't think he's talking about
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  • Just adherence to rules, but to yield your life
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  • To the lordship of jesus.
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  • To offer yourself as a living sacrifice.
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  • Look at 1 peter.
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  • "i urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,
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  • Abstain from sinful desires.
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  • They war against your soul."
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  • War is a harsh word.
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  • You've been watching pictures of war lately.
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  • You know, they show us the horrors of war,
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  • And we're aghast.
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  • Folks, war is horrible.
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  • When the outcomes really matter, people don't play fair.
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  • Have we forgotten?
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  • Have you forgotten those conflicts where we bombed major
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  • Population centers, everybody involved in the process?
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  • War is horrific, it's evil, it's wicked.
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  • It's why we try to avoid it. it's not sports.
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  • We use lots of war language in our sports.
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  • And i like sports, but it's not war.
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  • The participants are making multiple millions of dollars.
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  • There are celebrities that are endorsing soup.
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  • They may pull a muscle or need surgery to repair an injury.
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  • We all go home at the end of the day.
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  • War is different.
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  • He says, "live your lives as aliens and strangers in the
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  • World, to abstain from the desires
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  • Which war against your souls.
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  • We're told to abstain from something, and it's not easy.
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  • It's a war.
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  • And most of us go, "well, i just choose not to engage."
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  • I believe in grace and the god of love.
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  • I like to read the new testament.
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  • Good, read revelation.
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  • Allen: i don't like to deliver religious lectures.
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  • If i wanted to do that, i'd stay in the university.
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  • I love making a journey with people and
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  • Getting to know the lord better.
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  • I want to pray with you.
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  • Let's offer ourselves as living sacrifices to god.
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  • We want his best in our lives. let's pray.
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  • Father, i thank you that you love us,
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  • That you have a purpose for us.
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  • I pray that you'll give us understanding hearts and eyes to
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  • See what you've called us to be.
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  • We offer ourselves to you today.
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  • We want to serve you with all that we are
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  • And all that we have.
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  • In jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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