Seeing and Understanding Part 2

October 13, 2022 | 245 | 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 2 | October 13, 2022
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  • We struggle over a one-sentence prayer.
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  • "what will people think?" who cares?
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  • I want 'em to think i'm a nut for jesus.
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  • Cc by aberdeen captioning 1-800-688-6621 aberdeen.io
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  • Allen jackson: it's an honor to be with you again.
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  • Our topic is "seeing and understanding."
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  • Now, we live in a season of tremendous turmoil and
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  • Upheaval and change.
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  • It's coming at us so rapidly and of such a magnitude
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  • That it's disorienting.
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  • It's frightening sometimes.
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  • We need god's help in establishing perspective so we
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  • Can navigate true north which is the direction we go.
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  • The ideas coming at us are often so illogical.
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  • They're so un-rooted from a biblical worldview that it's
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  • Tremendously disorienting.
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  • We can't respond always with a logical answer to the craziness
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  • That's coming at us.
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  • We have to know what our foundation is in christ.
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  • We're gonna look at the word of god and see if we can interpret
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  • Better what god is doing and how we can recognize his invitations
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  • Before us.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: now, how does the lord begin to give us insight?
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  • What would that look like if your insight,
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  • Understanding, spiritual vision began to grow?
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  • What would you anticipate?
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  • Where would you think that that might begin to
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  • Change in your life?
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  • Well, there's some words, and they're
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  • A little uncomfortable to us.
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  • Dreams, visions, scripture, not as a burden or an intrusion,
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  • But if you'll give it an authoritative place,
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  • It will begin to define your reactions and responses to life.
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  • You don't read the bible to decide what you believe.
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  • You allow the bible to read you
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  • To see if you're compliant or not.
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  • Reading the bible to decide what you believe is as nonsensical as
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  • Reading the tax code and deciding what you believe.
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  • They will put you in jail.
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  • You know how disrespectful it is to god to read your bible and
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  • Decide what you will and you won't accept?
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  • And then we have this language: "well,
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  • That's just not how me and my people believe."
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  • Well, if you and your people are in charge of heaven and earth
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  • And everything under it, you rock on with your bad selves,
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  • But if we truly are under the authority of almighty god,
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  • It might just be in our best interest to yield.
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  • So what's it gonna look like if we begin to gain some insight,
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  • Dreams, visions, a new role of scripture?
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  • The person and the work of the holy spirit is essential.
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  • Judgments.
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  • One of the ways to understand what god is doing and
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  • Communicating is through his judgments.
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  • Judgment can be for you.
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  • It doesn't have to be against you.
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  • One of the most helpful leadership principles i have
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  • Ever come across is, if i can observe what god is blessing,
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  • I will do more of that.
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  • Aren't i clever?
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  • You know, if god seems to be adding momentum to that,
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  • I think, well, maybe we should do that
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  • A little more frequently.
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  • So god's judgments are a way of gaining insight.
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  • Look in acts chapter 9.
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  • This is jesus at the center of this chapter now,
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  • But he left earth in acts chapter 1,
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  • But he's not done with us.
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  • His earth suit left, but he's clearly back.
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  • Says, "in damascus there was a disciple named ananias,
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  • And the lord called to him in a vision."
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  • So ananias has a vision, and he sees jesus.
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  • Now, jesus was just on the road to damascus in this same
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  • Chapter, and he says to ananias--did you know jesus
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  • Knows the disciples in every community?
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  • You know this.
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  • You've read it dozens of times where jesus says--
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  • We stand before the lord, and we say, "lord,
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  • I did this and this and this," and he said,
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  • "i never knew you."
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  • Folks, you wanna live in such a way that the lord knows you.
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  • He knows the people.
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  • We act like he's gone, he's not paying any attention,
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  • It doesn't matter that much to him.
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  • What has caused us to believe that lie?
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  • He died for his church.
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  • He said, "i will build my church,
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  • And hell can't stop it."
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  • I promise you, he knows his disciples.
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  • "the lord called him in a vision,
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  • 'ananias,' and he said, 'yes, lord.'
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  • And the lord said, 'go to the house of judas
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  • On straight street.'"
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  • Put judas's house in google maps.
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  • "there's a man there, saul, from tarsus.
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  • He's praying, and in a vision, he has seen a man named ananias
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  • Come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
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  • So this is a vision-intense chapter,
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  • And ananias talks back to the lord.
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  • Now, when i think of a vision, i think it's like maybe you're not
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  • Asleep, but you have a scenario in front of you.
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  • It's like you're watching some digital presentation.
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  • He had a vision of the lord, and "he was smiling at me."
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  • But, in this case, the lord has a message for ananias: "i need
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  • You to go to this house at this address and pray for this man."
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  • Well, this is what's fun to me.
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  • Look at what ananias says: "ananias answered,
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  • 'lord, i've heard many reports about this man and all the harm
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  • He's done to your saints in jerusalem.
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  • Just in case you missed it, he's come here to do harm to us.'"
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  • We're talkin' about something that wars against your soul.
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  • Ananias is a disciple of the lord.
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  • The lord knows him by name, and the lord has appeared to him to
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  • Give him an assignment,
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  • And ananias is arguin' with him
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  • With a vision of the lord.
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  • "yeah, i heard you.
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  • That house over there.
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  • Saul. but let me tell you about saul.
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  • Dude is flat-out messed up, and he's got some serious authority,
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  • And he's here to do some serious damage to the believers,
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  • So i appreciate the vision and all, but no."
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  • Can we describe that as a war in the soul?
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  • Do you think that you and i are gonna receive a vision of the
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  • Lord, an understanding of further obedience with the lord
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  • And go, "oh, this is gonna be wonderful"?
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  • I don't think so.
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  • We didn't get that perspective from reading our bible.
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  • It's more likely gonna elicit a response where he goes,
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  • "whoa, wait a minute.
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  • I knew another crackpot that took a response like that,
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  • And it didn't work out so well."
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  • You see, we haven't heard, we haven't understood,
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  • We haven't seen more because you weren't willing to engage in
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  • That internal challenge.
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  • "oh, i'm born again.
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  • I've been baptized.
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  • I read my bible most days.
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  • I go to church a good bit."
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  • Watch what the lord says: "the lord said to ananias,
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  • 'well, in that case, just skip it altogether.'
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  • 'this man is a chosen instrument to carry my name before the
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  • Gentiles, and i'll show him how much he must suffer
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  • For my name.'"
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  • Are you willing to have a revelation,
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  • An insight, an understanding that might make you feel
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  • Vulnerable, that might even lead you towards a pathway that was
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  • Defined by more suffering than if you didn't have the vision or
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  • The insight or the understanding?
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  • Again, we have perverted the gospel.
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  • I'm not in any way opposed to the blessings of the lord.
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  • They are abundant, and his mercies are new every morning,
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  • But i don't follow the lord just because it's easy every day,
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  • Or i don't want to.
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  • Acts chapter 20, it says this is paul: "compelled by
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  • The spirit--" he's on his way to jerusalem,
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  • And every place he stopped, somebody tells him not to go.
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  • And he says, "now, compelled by the spirit,
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  • I'm going to jerusalem."
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  • So what's his compulsion?
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  • The spirit of god.
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  • He says, "i'm compelled by the holy spirit to go to jerusalem."
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  • So this isn't just like--this isn't on his bucket list: "i've
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  • Always wanted to get back there.
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  • I know the best falafel stand on king david street."
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  • He says, "i'm compelled by the spirit.
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  • I'm going to jerusalem, not knowing what
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  • Will happen to me there.
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  • I only know that in every city the holy spirit warns me that
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  • Prison and hardships are facing me.
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  • However, i consider my life worth nothing to me,
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  • If only i may finish the race and complete the task that the
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  • Lord jesus has given me."
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  • The warnings that he's receiving are legitimate.
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  • They're truthful, they are informed,
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  • But they're to enable him to be prepared,
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  • Not to dissuade him.
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  • The warnings aren't coming to initiate an avoidance
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  • Of the conflict.
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  • It's to enable him to be mentally,
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  • Emotionally, and spiritually prepared.
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  • Paul's awareness of the purpose of his life provides the context
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  • For understanding the message.
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  • If you didn't have his sense of purpose,
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  • If you didn't have the context, the message would just dissuade
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  • You and would've interrupted the purposes of god.
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  • So a part of seeing and understanding beyond our
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  • Physical senses is a commitment to the purposes of god.
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  • John the baptist, "i have to decrease--
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  • Jesus can increase."
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  • We have to be serious about this in a different kind of a way.
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  • You see, i believe that what is in front of us is less likely
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  • That you can navigate successfully the life you would
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  • Like to have apart from the help of almighty god.
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  • We've lived through a long, extended season of relative calm
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  • And opportunity and abundance, and then you've been able to
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  • Negotiate, for the most part, with just some modest
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  • Interventions from the lord.
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  • I don't believe we will finish this age with that pattern.
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  • I think we're gonna need an understanding,
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  • An insight, a vision beyond what we've had.
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  • Look at mark 10: "they were on their way up to jerusalem,
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  • And jesus is leading the way, and the disciples were
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  • Astonished, while those following were afraid."
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  • Have you got the context? they're headed to jerusalem.
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  • There's already been tension in jerusalem.
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  • Jesus can't really go in public in jerusalem any longer.
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  • There's so much anger against him.
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  • Do you have that?
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  • All these people that say jesus was all about love,
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  • There was so much loving for jesus that he couldn't
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  • Go to jerusalem.
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  • They didn't love him. "he's leading the way," it says.
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  • You can see him. it's a long walk from jericho.
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  • It's about 18 miles from jericho to jerusalem.
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  • It's uphill all the way, and jesus,
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  • I can see him on that dusty, hot road,
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  • And the disciples are astonished that he's going back,
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  • And the rest of the people in the entourage,
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  • They're just flat-out afraid.
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  • "and he took the 12 aside, and he told them what was gonna
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  • Happen to him.
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  • 'we're going up to jerusalem, and the son of man will be
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  • Betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.
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  • They'll condemn him to death and will hand him over to the
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  • Gentiles, who will mock him, spit on him,
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  • Flog him, and kill him.
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  • Three days later he will rise.'"
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  • Now, i would submit to you, that is about as clear of a message
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  • As you could have.
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  • There's no big words.
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  • There's no theological subtlety.
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  • It's just the facts, and joe friday would've been proud of
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  • That delivery message.
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  • And it's delivered from a credible source.
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  • Jesus is the one that said it to them.
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  • It wasn't a donkey.
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  • It wasn't an angel.
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  • It wasn't written on a wall.
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  • This is the most remarkable person i've ever known,
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  • Speaking to them in the plainest of language.
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  • Allen: hey, we are walking through a season of
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  • Instability 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, i believe it's a
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  • Time for a courageous response from god's people.
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  • Well, the team has pulled together some prayers we've been
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  • Leaning on here at the church centered in the cross and its
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  • Provision for our lives.
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  • You see, our stability doesn't come from the government or a
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  • Political party or an elected leader; it comes to us through
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  • The cross of jesus christ.
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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, for life and
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  • Godliness made available to us through the cross of
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  • Jesus christ.
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  • These prayers will ground you on a daily basis to help you
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  • Triumph over fear, anxiety, uncertainty.
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  • We're not alone.
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  • Almighty god has made provision for us, and it's through the
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  • Cross of his son jesus.
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  • Take these prayers, put them into your life on a daily basis.
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  • It starts the weekend of september the 24th
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  • And will continue through the first three weekends in october.
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  • Saturday night, our church service will be outdoors.
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  • You can enjoy the beautiful fall weather in tennessee.
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  • Featuring special guest artists each week
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  • That'll include matthew west, meredith andrews, kari jobe,
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  • So fit in some time to see the greater middle tennessee area.
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  • Allen: is it possible that our own preferences and our own
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  • Desires and our own ambitions could cause us to be spiritually
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  • Blind and deaf?
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  • Yes, it's possible, and when we do so,
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  • We're unprepared.
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  • We're not like paul headed for jerusalem with an awareness of
  • 00:16:03.711 --> 00:16:06.247
  • What's coming.
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  • We're more like peter, totally oblivious.
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  • We're caught up in the stream of what's happening,
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  • Being swept along by it, and by the end of the run,
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  • We'll be weeping and broken.
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  • Now, jesus restored him, but his lack of insight,
  • 00:16:17.358 --> 00:16:21.496
  • His lack of understanding put him at a deficit.
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  • I wanna suggest to you that we can begin to see
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  • More as jesus did.
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  • He said we could do the things he'd done.
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  • In fact, he said the things that he had done would be exceeded
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  • Through our lives.
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  • I'll give you just some examples--it's not easy--
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  • In mark chapter 1, in verse 23.
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  • This is mark chapter 1. help me out.
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  • That's very near the beginning of mark's gospel.
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  • Like, this is the opening chapter.
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  • Jesus is in the synagogue in capernaum.
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  • "there was a man in the synagogue who was possessed by
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  • An evil or equally literally an unclean spirit,
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  • A man in a synagogue with an unclean spirit,
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  • And he cried out, 'what do you want with us,
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  • Jesus of nazareth?
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  • Have you come to destroy us?
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  • I know who you are, the holy one of god.'"
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  • The unclean spirit has more spiritual awareness than anybody
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  • Else in the synagogue except jesus.
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  • Nobody's identified him as the messiah yet.
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  • Again, but part of this lesson really hinges on your conviction
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  • That your willingness to believe that there is life beyond what
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  • Your five senses help you understand.
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  • "without faith," the bible says, "nobody can please god."
  • 00:17:38.639 --> 00:17:42.443
  • It tells us that faith is believing in what is--seeing
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  • What we cannot see.
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  • "there's an unclean spirit, and a man in the synagogue
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  • Says, 'i know who you are.
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  • You're the holy one of god.'
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  • And jesus said sternly,
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  • 'be quiet, and come out of him,' and the evil spirit shook the
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  • Man violently and came out of him with a shriek."
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  • We would've seen the synagogue.
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  • We would've been evaluating architecture,
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  • Decoration, scripture portions, the abilities of the musical
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  • Presenters, and jesus saw an unclean spirit.
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  • We typically think of those as being reserved for developing
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  • Places or expressions of evil that are so gross that even
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  • Ungodly people would go, "now, that's evil."
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  • But this is a person in a synagogue making an attempt and
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  • An effort to worship the lord, who is troubled
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  • By an evil spirit.
  • 00:18:37.965 --> 00:18:39.300
  • You see, we've had the wrong imagination that evil is present
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  • Always because of evil intent on the part of a person,
  • 00:18:43.304 --> 00:18:47.575
  • But one of the things that influences your life and mine
  • 00:18:47.575 --> 00:18:49.877
  • Are unclean spirits.
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  • It's much more convenient to say,
  • 00:18:52.580 --> 00:18:53.915
  • "oh, i just don't believe in that."
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  • Oh, well, bless your heart.
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  • I would point out that jesus did,
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  • And the fact that you're a child of god doesn't remove
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  • You from the harassment.
  • 00:19:06.460 --> 00:19:07.795
  • If jesus is harassed by an unclean spirit in a synagogue,
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  • I think it's safe to imagine that you and i might suffer some
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  • Disruptions by unclean spirits.
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  • Look in luke 6: "on another sabbath he went into the
  • 00:19:21.008 --> 00:19:25.580
  • Synagogue--" now, he's not in the bar.
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  • He's not in some wicked place.
  • 00:19:28.216 --> 00:19:29.550
  • "he's in the synagogue and was teaching,
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  • And a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.
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  • The pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a
  • 00:19:35.256 --> 00:19:37.858
  • Reason to accuse jesus," not for a reason to support him,
  • 00:19:37.858 --> 00:19:43.197
  • Not to determine if he was telling the truth.
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  • They're just looking for a reason to accuse him.
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  • Please don't spend your life in the skeptic seat.
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  • You know, there's a whole class of us that are churched folks,
  • 00:19:51.973 --> 00:19:56.377
  • And we have been coached and trained and invested in
  • 00:19:56.377 --> 00:20:01.249
  • Ourselves in being skeptics.
  • 00:20:01.249 --> 00:20:04.819
  • Took me a while, but i finally found the weakness.
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  • They almost got me to believe.
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  • These people are in the synagogue where jesus is
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  • Teaching from the scripture, and it is of absolutely no value to
  • 00:20:14.295 --> 00:20:18.733
  • Them because of the condition of their heart.
  • 00:20:18.733 --> 00:20:23.271
  • They have no vision, they have no insight,
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  • They have no understanding, and they don't care about it.
  • 00:20:25.973 --> 00:20:28.843
  • They're not engaging in that war in their soul.
  • 00:20:28.843 --> 00:20:31.579
  • They wanna maintain their place and their privilege and their
  • 00:20:31.579 --> 00:20:34.282
  • Prestige and their resources and the good address that they
  • 00:20:34.282 --> 00:20:37.752
  • Believe they have.
  • 00:20:37.752 --> 00:20:40.588
  • So they're listening to jesus, trying to find a reason to
  • 00:20:40.588 --> 00:20:43.691
  • Accuse him, and jesus-- "so they watched him closely to see if he
  • 00:20:43.691 --> 00:20:46.627
  • Would heal on the sabbath,"
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  • 'cause that would be a bad thing.
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  • "and jesus knew what they were thinking."
  • 00:20:51.232 --> 00:20:52.733
  • I love that little thought.
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  • "jesus knew what they were thinking."
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  • Folks, there are realities beyond your five senses.
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:03.978
  • "and he said to the man with the shriveled hand,
  • 00:21:03.978 --> 00:21:05.479
  • 'get up and stand in front of everyone.'"
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  • He's not gonna do this quietly.
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  • Jesus could've met the man outside
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  • The synagogue after service.
  • 00:21:10.584 --> 00:21:14.455
  • He could've sent him a text and say,
  • 00:21:14.455 --> 00:21:15.823
  • You know, "meet me by the shore of the lake later today."
  • 00:21:15.823 --> 00:21:19.894
  • He was having none of that.
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  • He has him stand up in the synagogue.
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  • "'get up and stand in front of everybody.'
  • 00:21:25.666 --> 00:21:27.001
  • So he got up and stood there.
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  • And jesus said to them, 'i ask you,
  • 00:21:28.336 --> 00:21:30.104
  • Which is lawful on the sabbath, to do good or to do evil,
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  • To save life or to destroy it?'
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  • He looked around at them all, then he said to the man,
  • 00:21:36.544 --> 00:21:38.379
  • 'stretch out your hand,' and he did so,
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  • And his hand was completely restored.
  • 00:21:39.780 --> 00:21:42.583
  • And they were furious and began to discuss with one another what
  • 00:21:42.583 --> 00:21:46.887
  • They might do to jesus."
  • 00:21:46.887 --> 00:21:50.024
  • You know, there's so much there, and our time's about gone,
  • 00:21:50.024 --> 00:21:52.693
  • But if jesus's objective was a long life,
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  • If he wanted to live to be deep into his 80s,
  • 00:21:55.930 --> 00:22:00.901
  • If he wanted a ministry that stretched across decades,
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  • If he wanted to establish the brand,
  • 00:22:05.539 --> 00:22:09.477
  • If he had wanted more public approval,
  • 00:22:09.477 --> 00:22:12.847
  • He would've never ministered to that man that day,
  • 00:22:12.847 --> 00:22:15.850
  • At least, not in the synagogue.
  • 00:22:15.850 --> 00:22:18.052
  • He knew what his antagonists were thinking.
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  • He understood it was a very tense situation.
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  • He could've been silent, and no one would've known what was
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  • Forfeited that day.
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  • He could've just taken a pass.
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  • You couldn't have criticized him.
  • 00:22:37.505 --> 00:22:39.140
  • He didn't heal everybody he met.
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  • Not every sick person in israel got well.
  • 00:22:42.076 --> 00:22:46.480
  • Not every sick person in the synagogue got well.
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  • Jesus could've been quiet.
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  • I'm reading that and thinking about it,
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  • And it changes my heart.
  • 00:22:55.589 --> 00:22:57.825
  • I'm thinkin', "god, one of the reasons my vision is so limited
  • 00:22:57.825 --> 00:23:01.495
  • And my understanding is so incomplete is i'm not willing to
  • 00:23:01.495 --> 00:23:04.665
  • Take the--if you showed me, i'm not gonna do anything."
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  • We struggle over a one-sentence prayer.
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  • "what will people think?" who cares?
  • 00:23:12.740 --> 00:23:16.844
  • I want 'em to think i'm a nut for jesus.
  • 00:23:16.844 --> 00:23:22.483
  • You know, let's talk.
  • 00:23:22.483 --> 00:23:23.918
  • "you mean, you want me to have a spiritual conversation?
  • 00:23:23.918 --> 00:23:25.519
  • I don't know my bible. i'm not an expert."
  • 00:23:25.519 --> 00:23:27.388
  • No kidding.
  • 00:23:27.388 --> 00:23:29.657
  • Have you been listening to the experts lately?
  • 00:23:29.657 --> 00:23:34.028
  • "no mask, one mask, two mask, three masks,
  • 00:23:34.028 --> 00:23:36.697
  • Everywhere, nowhere, you little people, old people."
  • 00:23:36.697 --> 00:23:44.705
  • And there's some truth in there somewhere, somewhere.
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  • And you and i won't talk about our faith because we don't
  • 00:23:48.642 --> 00:23:51.178
  • Understand everything?
  • 00:23:51.178 --> 00:23:53.314
  • That's not why we're not talkin' about it.
  • 00:23:53.314 --> 00:23:57.184
  • We don't like the exposure.
  • 00:23:57.184 --> 00:23:59.286
  • "what will they think? what will they say?
  • 00:23:59.286 --> 00:24:02.089
  • I don't wanna be judgmental.
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  • I certainly don't wanna be critical.
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  • I don't wanna forfeit an opportunity.
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  • They might have another faith."
  • 00:24:09.196 --> 00:24:10.531
  • We've spent decades, we have drunk very deeply from an idea
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  • That, if one person is offended by your perspective,
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  • That you should keep your perspective to yourself.
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  • That has dominated academia.
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  • It's dominated the corporate setting.
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  • It's dominated most of our social settings.
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  • Is that true?
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  • We have drunk so deeply from that idea until now we stand
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  • Where there are worldviews being expressed that i am
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  • Diametrically opposed to, and they're telling me to be quiet.
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  • Not only are they not--they're not willing to be silent.
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  • They're telling me they're just gonna shut me up.
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  • Is it possible that we didn't see,
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  • And we didn't understand, and we're complicit?
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  • I think so.
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  • Jesus says to the man, "you just stand up in front
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  • Of all these people."
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  • And i think, when he's sayin' it,
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  • He's lookin' his adversaries right in the eye.
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  • "yeah, you stand up over there."
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  • They got their phones up.
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  • They're gonna videotape the whole thing.
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  • "stretch out your hand."
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  • The people are overjoyed, the man is thrilled,
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  • And his adversaries are angry.
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  • Jesus chose to act, to extend an opportunity for freedom,
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  • Knowing that it provided fuel for his critics
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  • And his adversaries.
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  • I think it's safe to say he wasn't seeking
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  • To negotiate a peace.
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  • "i'll meet you on sunday, and we'll pray for you."
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  • He was more determined to invite the willing into a new kind of a
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  • Life, and he still is.
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  • I wanna see in new ways.
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  • I wanna understand with more depth than i have understood.
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  • I want there to be a purpose for my life that extends beyond
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  • Politely attending church services.
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  • I wanna participate in what god is doing in this very unique
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  • Season in human history, and i believe you do too.
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  • I brought you a prayer. why don't we stand together.
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  • We can pray this prayer together.
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  • We're gonna keep workin' on this.
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  • If you found the prayer, it's on your notes.
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  • I'll put it on the screens.
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  • If you're watching online at home,
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  • Just let the lord show you.
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  • I'm kidding.
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  • Let's say it together: "heavenly father,
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  • Nothing is hidden from your sight,
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  • You know all things.
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  • Open our hearts to understand and our eyes to see so that we
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  • May walk in the fullness of what you created us for.
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  • Give us the courage to choose truth and to walk uprightly
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  • Before you.
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  • Give us our daily bread, deliver us from evil.
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  • Yours is the power and the glory forever, amen."
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  • God bless you.
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