Spiritual Blindness - Cause and Cure Part 1

October 10, 2022 | 242 | 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 | Spiritual Blindness - Cause and Cure Part 1 | October 10, 2022
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  • Allen jackson: it's good to be with you again.
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  • We're working through a series talking about the eyes of a
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  • Prophet; and in this session we're going to talk specifically
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  • About spiritual blindness, what causes it and how to cure it.
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  • You know, just the fact that we're christ follower does not
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  • Mean that we just automatically have discernment.
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  • That comes into our lives as we learn to cooperate with the holy
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  • Spirit, as we learn the word of god and we learn about the
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  • Character of god.
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  • It seems to me for far too long god's people have been groping
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  • In the darkness trying to understand what god wants of us.
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  • I believe it's possible to see with clarity god's purpose for
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  • Your life; his plan for your life, his objectives for
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  • Your life.
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  • We've had our eyes closed and been in the dark for too long.
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  • It's time for new eyes and new eyesight.
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  • Grab your bible. get a notepad.
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  • Most of all, open your heart.
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  • Allen: we started a series last night that i want to
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  • Continue under the general theme of "the eyes of a prophet."
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  • Not foretelling, not anticipating the future,
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  • A prophetic perspective is seeing the world as god sees it.
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  • The biblical notion of a prophet is not someone who knows who's
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  • Going to win the super bowl; it's far more invested in what
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  • God has to say to the people on earth.
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  • The priest represents the people on earth to god.
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  • The priest brings the sacrifices and offers them to god.
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  • The priests offer the prayers to god, but the prophetic
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  • Perspective is to represent god's perspective to the people.
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  • What does god have to say or think about what's happening in
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  • Our hearts and in our midst?
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  • And i would submit to you that we increasingly need to be able
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  • To see our world with a god perspective.
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  • Now, that comes to us in several ways, through scripture
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  • Predominantly by understanding god's character and his nature.
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  • But in this session i want to, with the help of god, explore
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  • With you a little bit about spiritual blindness, about the
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  • Cause of that and some of the cures for that because it seems
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  • To me that that is an epidemic with which we are struggling a
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  • Bit; and i would start with this idea of old things and
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  • New things.
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  • Most of us are a little reluctant to embrace change.
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  • Some of you are maybe change agents, but for most of us
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  • Change is a little awkward.
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  • It's uncomfortable.
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  • We like to sit in the same spot, park in the same place, sit next
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  • To the same people, then on those unfortunate times when
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  • You're asked to move like outdoors it's kind
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  • Of threatening.
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  • "maybe i'll just livestream. i don't like the outdoors."
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  • Or we go outdoors, and on sunday morning you know what
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  • That means.
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  • There's going to be people come on sunday morning that aren't
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  • Normally here and they're going to disrupt your routine.
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  • "why do we have to fool with this stuff?
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  • Just foolishness. what are they thinking?
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  • I don't like to change."
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  • I didn't call your name, and i don't think they put
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  • Your picture on the screen.
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  • Revelation 21 and verse 4 god said he will wipe every tear
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  • From our eyes and there'll be no more death, or mourning, or
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  • Crying, or pain; for the old order of things has passed away.
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  • God describes this to the present world order, not
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  • The--this ball of matter that's hurtling through space and
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  • Orbiting our sun, but the present world order very clearly
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  • Is temporary.
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  • He said it's going to pass away. he calls it an old thing.
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  • It's an old order.
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  • It's not going to define our future.
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  • So you don't want to get too invested in this.
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  • You don't want to hold too tight.
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  • You don't want to imagine that your ultimate success or failure
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  • Should be evaluated by the criteria of this present world
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  • Order 'cause it's temporary.
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  • You want to have aspirations that reach beyond it.
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  • We're going to talk a bit more about that.
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  • Jesus taught us to pray this way.
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  • You remember it?
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  • When the disciples asked for a prayer lesson, he said, "pray
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  • This way: 'our father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
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  • Your kingdom come.
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  • Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"
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  • Jesus said we were to be change agents that the will of
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  • God would be done on the earth.
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  • That's not going to be done in the abstract and
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  • The theoretical.
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  • It's not about more sermonizing, it's about people giving
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  • Expression to god's will for humanity.
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  • Jesus told us to pray that way.
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  • That's a radically--radical prayer, but i would submit to
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  • You that for the most part i think contemporary american
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  • Christendom is--has very limited vision about this present
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  • World system.
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  • I think we're just fully invested.
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  • In fact, it's pretty difficult if you eliminated where you sit
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  • On the weekend.
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  • If we couldn't talk about church attendance and your
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  • Participation around that community of faith, what's the
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  • Evidence that we're christ followers, what's the evidence
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  • In your words in the communication you have with your
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  • Friends and how you do business and what you say to people with
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  • Whom you do business?
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  • I think we can define that to a great extent as
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  • Spiritual blindness.
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  • What's the--how does that emerge?
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  • Well, how do we find ourselves in that place?
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  • It's not willful.
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  • None of us would intentionally, purposefully give up vision
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  • Physically or spiritually.
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  • In fact, we work hard to enhance our vision.
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  • We have checkups and we get tools to enhance our vision, and
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  • If it declines with age we want to artificially improve it so we
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  • Don't forfeit that.
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  • Well, i don't want anything to diminish my spiritual vision.
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  • I don't want to accept diminished spiritual awareness.
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  • That's more debilitating than accepting a limited
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  • Physical vision.
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  • In 2 timothy chapter 4 and verse 9 paul's writing from a roman
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  • Prison to timothy, a young man he's mentored.
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  • This was the fastest means of communication he had available.
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  • Their internet was down, so he's writing a letter.
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  • He said, "do your best to come to me quickly.
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  • Hurry, timothy.
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  • Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and gone
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  • To thessalonica, and crescens has gone to galatia, and titus
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  • To dalmatia.
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  • Luke is with me.
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  • Get mark and bring him with you.
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  • He's helpful to me in my ministry."
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  • He said demas, because he loved this world, he walked away.
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  • When he wrote the letter to the colossian church, he wrote it
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  • From paul and from demas.
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  • He was with him.
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  • By the time he's been arrested in rome we don't know the cause
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  • Of it, we don't know the root of it beyond what he said, that
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  • Demas's affinity for the world was so great he chose that over
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  • Faithfulness and fidelity to the lord.
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  • It's a cautionary sound.
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  • It's a yellow light that should be flashing in front of all
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  • Of us.
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  • You want to evaluate the degree to which we're engaged and
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  • Meshed in the present world order: our dreams, our
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  • Aspirations, our measures of success or failure, what we find
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  • Affirming or threatening or challenging.
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  • The world we can see is changing violently, rapidly
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  • In unprecedented ways, both at spee--in speed and magnitude,
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  • And if we're too invested in those systems it brings a lack
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  • Of spiritual awareness to us because to hold to god
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  • Perspective will set you apart.
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  • That whole notion of being salt and light--one thing you know,
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  • If you're in the darkness light is different.
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  • It's a personal evaluation.
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  • It's something to reflect on.
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  • It's something to walk around a bit with the lord and say,
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  • "lord, where in my heart am i too much aligned with the people
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  • Who don't serve you?
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  • Am i more comfortable in ungodly settings than i am
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  • In godly settings?"
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  • I'll give you examples. i do church professionally.
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  • I've done it for a long time.
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  • I'm with christians, and i've had conversation after
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  • Conversation with people telling me the kind of worship places
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  • Where they're just uncomfortable.
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  • You know, they don't want to do too much of this, or they don't
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  • Want to do too much of this, or they don't do enough of this, or
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  • They don't do enough--i mean, they're--you know, we've got--we
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  • Bring all these preferences.
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  • Think about the places--the ungodly places where you're
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  • Comfortable doing business, recreating.
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  • Think how you can adjust your emotions or your preferences in
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  • Order to accomplish a goal in those settings.
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  • Are we willing to lean into our faith with that same kind
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  • Of determination?
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  • If not, we've got some work to do.
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  • It's affecting our spiritual vision.
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  • What do you do with your time, your free time, your
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  • Discretionary time?
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  • Seasons of life come with less or more of that, i understand
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  • That, but everybody has a bit of discretion over what you do with
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  • Your time, what you coach your children to do, what you
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  • Encourage them to invest in.
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  • How's that different than what the secular, godless
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  • Cultures do?
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  • This present world order in john 14, jesus is speaking.
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  • He said, "i'll not speak with you much longer.
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  • The prince of this world is coming."
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  • He's referring to satan, and he said he's the prince
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  • Of this world.
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  • You don't want to be too invested in anything over which
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  • Satan is the prince.
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  • John 18 jesus said, "my kingdom," he's talking to
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  • Pilate, "my kingdom is not of this world.
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  • I have a kingdom, but it's not this present world order."
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  • Folks, we're living for something else.
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  • You know that, right?
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  • I enjoy life.
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  • I'm not suggesting that.
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  • I'm not suggesting some ascetic response where we move into the
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  • Desert and live in a cave, but this world is not the ultimate
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  • Evaluation of our faith.
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  • In 1 corinthians 3 it says the wisdom of this world is
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  • Foolishness in god's sight.
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  • You'll have to meditate on that a bit.
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  • There's a lot of this world's wisdom that gets pumped at us.
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  • It cascades over us like a waterfall: conventional wisdom,
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  • Culture, what you can say and what you can't say.
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  • Culture is no longer about follow the science.
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  • What a joke.
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  • Science is about observation and deduction.
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  • That is the scientific method.
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  • It doesn't begin with a predetermined conclusion, then
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  • Try to find the data to support it.
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  • And i'm not talking about covid, i'm talking about how we live in
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  • Our world.
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  • We have stepped away from that for all of our hype and bluster
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  • About being rationalists.
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  • We're not rationalists.
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  • We're being mentally manipulated by all sorts of propaganda.
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  • What do you know about this present world order?
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  • The prince of this world order, jesus said is the father
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  • Of lies.
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  • The truth is not in him.
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  • That cascades over us so frequently with such magnitude
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  • We become oblivious to the degree it's happening.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen: hey, 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 from
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  • God's people.
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  • Well, the team has pulled together some prayers and we've
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  • Been leaning on here at the church centered in the cross and
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  • Its 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 our provision for eternity, it's not just a
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  • Get-out-of-hell free card, it's everything we need, the
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  • Scripture says, for life and godliness made available to us
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  • Allen: i'll tell you a line that we've heard over and
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  • Over and over again for decades now.
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  • So this isn't about any current anything, this is nothing to do
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  • With politics, this is the culture in which we live.
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  • We've said over and over again there's no difference between
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  • Men and women.
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  • Anybody heard that at least once?
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  • "we're the same.
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  • Teach your kids."
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  • And this is just as--it's as prevalent within the church as
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  • It is without.
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  • "tell your children they can do anything they want to do.
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  • They're no different."
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  • It's been just hammered into us.
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  • God made us male and female.
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  • Not better or worse, not lesser or greater, not one significant
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  • And not one insignificant, but different, but we don't act like
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  • That, we don't talk like that, we don't teach our kids that.
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  • Had a little bit--a couple times this week kathy and i we
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  • Were--we sat down and we turned on the television, and there's a
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  • Tennis tournament going on, freakish athletes, us open.
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  • Anybody see it?
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  • In new york city.
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  • I mean, amazing athletes, world-class.
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  • There's a men's bracket and a women's bracket, and i watched
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  • Some of each and i can--they were both entertaining, both
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  • Just freakishly gifted athletes, both the men's and the women's
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  • Draw, but they're different.
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  • They're different in the rules.
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  • They're different in how long they play.
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  • They're different in measurable outcomes.
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  • They're not the same.
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  • I know i said it, like, out loud in front of god and everybody,
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  • But you've all watched it.
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  • You know it's true.
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  • Not one greater, not one lesser, not one better, but they're not
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  • The same.
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  • So maybe we should stop saying we're just the same and we do
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  • The same things.
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  • We're angry because they're creating confusion in
  • 00:16:27.201 --> 00:16:29.003
  • Our children.
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  • They couldn't create confusion with our children if we hadn't
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  • Been sowing the seeds of confusion in our
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  • Children ourselves.
  • 00:16:34.208 --> 00:16:38.646
  • Again, it's not about greater or lesser.
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  • You see, the prince of this world will bring deception
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  • Anyway he can, any lie, any twist 'cause he'll build on it.
  • 00:16:45.887 --> 00:16:49.057
  • It'll compound until you find yourself in the theater of the
  • 00:16:49.057 --> 00:16:51.526
  • Absurd, which is where we are these days.
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  • "how do you identify?"
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  • As godly, imperfect, but that's my choice.
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  • If i haven't annoyed everybody, let me pick--i'll give you
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  • Another example.
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  • I'd like to offend equally.
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  • How many of you have heard the line sometime that our economy
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  • Is in wonderful shape?
  • 00:17:18.319 --> 00:17:21.589
  • "things are great.
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  • Things are really good.
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  • Nothing to see here.
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  • Just keep moving."
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  • And we have some personal experiences to kind of affirm
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  • It, so we don't pay much attention 'cause there's a lot
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  • Of money floating around, a lot of cash.
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  • Our houses are worth more and we're stacking cash.
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  • You have an appraisal done just so you feel better
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  • About yourself.
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  • We're all smart investors these days.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • "all right? economy is doing great."
  • 00:17:47.915 --> 00:17:49.250
  • You kind of think, "maybe not, but i don't want to look
  • 00:17:49.250 --> 00:17:51.786
  • 'cause i'm stacking cash.
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  • I got an appraisal that told me i did."
  • 00:17:53.121 --> 00:17:59.427
  • Until you just kind of sort of stop and look at the reality for
  • 00:17:59.427 --> 00:18:02.497
  • A minute and it's a little less comforting.
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  • Our annual revenue in the united states--government doesn't make
  • 00:18:07.502 --> 00:18:09.937
  • Money, they just collect ours, right?
  • 00:18:09.937 --> 00:18:12.907
  • You know governments don't have money, right?
  • 00:18:12.907 --> 00:18:15.076
  • Okay, just so we--but our annual revenue--i rounded this a bit
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  • But within appropriate measures.
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  • Annual revenue is about $4 trillion, trillion.
  • 00:18:20.748 --> 00:18:26.020
  • I started to bring you some demonstrations to try to show
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:27.555
  • You what a trillion looks like, but it's not to the point really
  • 00:18:27.555 --> 00:18:30.591
  • The government spending on an annual basis right now.
  • 00:18:30.591 --> 00:18:35.229
  • Not these emergency measures, not covid responses, not
  • 00:18:35.229 --> 00:18:37.899
  • International responses, not the $3 1/2 trillion we've given away
  • 00:18:37.899 --> 00:18:42.570
  • In the last 90 days in front of an election.
  • 00:18:42.570 --> 00:18:44.972
  • Not that stuff, just our annual government spending
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  • Is $7 trillion a year.
  • 00:18:48.442 --> 00:18:53.080
  • If you're doing the math on this, even with new math, that
  • 00:18:53.080 --> 00:18:55.883
  • Means there's an annual deficit of $3 trillion.
  • 00:18:55.883 --> 00:19:05.793
  • Okay?
  • 00:19:05.860 --> 00:19:07.428
  • On top of that, we currently have a national debt of about
  • 00:19:07.428 --> 00:19:10.164
  • $30 trillion.
  • 00:19:10.164 --> 00:19:13.935
  • So an income of 4, we're spending 7, and we're 30 in
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  • The hole.
  • 00:19:17.205 --> 00:19:20.074
  • Change the zeros on that.
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  • Just imagine that's your home.
  • 00:19:21.409 --> 00:19:24.478
  • What's the description of that?
  • 00:19:24.478 --> 00:19:28.683
  • Well, how about we just say big trouble ahead 'cause that's
  • 00:19:28.683 --> 00:19:32.720
  • Not sustainable.
  • 00:19:32.720 --> 00:19:36.023
  • That's just not sustainable no how many--no matter how many
  • 00:19:36.023 --> 00:19:39.594
  • Tens of thousands of agents you hire to go get more money from
  • 00:19:39.594 --> 00:19:41.896
  • The people.
  • 00:19:41.896 --> 00:19:45.600
  • And on top of that, add what you're watching.
  • 00:19:45.600 --> 00:19:47.635
  • You see, we see this; the changes in the workforce, how
  • 00:19:47.635 --> 00:19:54.342
  • We're working, how we want to work or don't want to work, the
  • 00:19:54.342 --> 00:19:58.512
  • Lack of available labor to work.
  • 00:19:58.512 --> 00:20:02.650
  • Add to that inflation.
  • 00:20:02.650 --> 00:20:05.653
  • I know they say there's not much, but the places i go the
  • 00:20:05.653 --> 00:20:10.925
  • Numbers are changing.
  • 00:20:10.925 --> 00:20:13.327
  • They're going to have to make it digital to keep up with it.
  • 00:20:13.327 --> 00:20:17.431
  • The supply chain interruptions; things are not available like we
  • 00:20:17.431 --> 00:20:20.401
  • Have been accustomed historically to them
  • 00:20:20.401 --> 00:20:22.803
  • Being available.
  • 00:20:22.803 --> 00:20:25.840
  • Try making a purchase of some durable goods.
  • 00:20:25.840 --> 00:20:27.808
  • Go to the grocery store.
  • 00:20:27.808 --> 00:20:29.243
  • There's a difference in what's available and when it's
  • 00:20:29.243 --> 00:20:30.578
  • Available and how it's available.
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  • Nobody talks about it much. we don't say it.
  • 00:20:33.347 --> 00:20:35.483
  • It's kind of impolite in polite company, but
  • 00:20:35.483 --> 00:20:38.286
  • Something's different.
  • 00:20:38.286 --> 00:20:41.589
  • And the international competition.
  • 00:20:41.589 --> 00:20:45.026
  • We're told, you know, we are a global community.
  • 00:20:45.026 --> 00:20:46.727
  • We are all working together. excuse me?
  • 00:20:46.727 --> 00:20:49.397
  • There's more aggressiveness in the international marketplace
  • 00:20:49.397 --> 00:20:51.465
  • Than anytime i can remember, and yet the messaging that's
  • 00:20:51.465 --> 00:20:56.871
  • Cascading over us is, "oh, nothing to see here.
  • 00:20:56.871 --> 00:20:59.740
  • Our economy is in great shape."
  • 00:20:59.740 --> 00:21:02.810
  • And they'll go grab a statistic or something and say, "see?"
  • 00:21:02.810 --> 00:21:07.648
  • They don't want you to pay attention to what
  • 00:21:07.648 --> 00:21:09.183
  • You're watching.
  • 00:21:09.183 --> 00:21:10.518
  • They don't want you to pay attention to your experience.
  • 00:21:10.518 --> 00:21:12.019
  • They don't want you to pay attention to the workforce where
  • 00:21:12.019 --> 00:21:14.221
  • You are or the one you're trying to maintain.
  • 00:21:14.221 --> 00:21:17.425
  • They don't want you to pay attention to the grocery store,
  • 00:21:17.425 --> 00:21:19.327
  • If you go to the lumberyard and try to order something.
  • 00:21:19.327 --> 00:21:23.564
  • I've been inviting you for several months to a pattern of
  • 00:21:23.564 --> 00:21:26.067
  • Watching, listening, thinking, and then acting upon that
  • 00:21:26.067 --> 00:21:32.173
  • Because this present world order is not forthright.
  • 00:21:32.173 --> 00:21:35.776
  • We need a god perspective; and you can find it in athletics,
  • 00:21:35.776 --> 00:21:41.482
  • You can find it in business.
  • 00:21:41.482 --> 00:21:42.817
  • We could talk about these--we could have pulled slice after
  • 00:21:42.817 --> 00:21:44.785
  • Slice after slice of what's being pushed at us, shown to us,
  • 00:21:44.785 --> 00:21:48.856
  • And told that it's normal.
  • 00:21:48.856 --> 00:21:51.292
  • Our southern border is secure.
  • 00:21:51.292 --> 00:21:57.431
  • Well, we need to read if--it's ludicrous in light of 9/11.
  • 00:21:57.498 --> 00:22:02.002
  • We have a completely open border for the people of the world to
  • 00:22:02.002 --> 00:22:04.905
  • Come across it with no vetting whatsoever.
  • 00:22:04.905 --> 00:22:07.274
  • Do you think we're more beloved in the global community today
  • 00:22:07.274 --> 00:22:09.643
  • Than we were on 9/11?
  • 00:22:09.643 --> 00:22:11.145
  • I promise you we're not, but we don't talk about that.
  • 00:22:11.145 --> 00:22:17.685
  • This present world order it's as if we're blind.
  • 00:22:17.685 --> 00:22:20.654
  • I saw a wonderful quote from ronald reagan, president reagan.
  • 00:22:20.654 --> 00:22:24.792
  • Seemed appropriate.
  • 00:22:24.792 --> 00:22:26.127
  • He said, "if some among you fear taking a stand because you're
  • 00:22:26.127 --> 00:22:28.596
  • Afraid of reprisals, reprisals from customers, reprisals from
  • 00:22:28.596 --> 00:22:33.300
  • Clients or even government, recognize that you're just
  • 00:22:33.300 --> 00:22:37.138
  • Feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."
  • 00:22:37.138 --> 00:22:45.012
  • May i humbly suggest that it's time for us to begin to lead
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  • With our faith.
  • 00:22:49.283 --> 00:22:51.752
  • Bring your faith into the discussion.
  • 00:22:51.752 --> 00:22:53.554
  • Bring your faith into your business settings.
  • 00:22:53.554 --> 00:22:55.556
  • Take your faith to the ball fields with your children.
  • 00:22:55.556 --> 00:22:58.459
  • If they won't pray on the field before the game, you pray in the
  • 00:22:58.459 --> 00:23:00.428
  • Stands with the parents.
  • 00:23:00.428 --> 00:23:02.863
  • You get your child and you pray with them before they go on
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  • The field.
  • 00:23:05.332 --> 00:23:07.234
  • You pray for the coach where he can hear you.
  • 00:23:07.234 --> 00:23:09.303
  • "god, help this coach to be godly with these young people
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  • Today in jesus' name."
  • 00:23:11.739 --> 00:23:14.742
  • Call him by name.
  • 00:23:14.742 --> 00:23:20.181
  • If your kid's talented enough, they will not be offended by
  • 00:23:20.247 --> 00:23:22.550
  • Your prayer.
  • 00:23:22.550 --> 00:23:27.221
  • I promise.
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  • We're going to have to start to lead with
  • 00:23:29.056 --> 00:23:31.725
  • Our faith a little bit.
  • 00:23:31.725 --> 00:23:33.360
  • If your doctor doesn't want to pray for you,
  • 00:23:33.360 --> 00:23:34.695
  • Pray for your doctor.
  • 00:23:34.695 --> 00:23:36.030
  • "well, you know, i went to the doctor and my doctor
  • 00:23:36.030 --> 00:23:39.133
  • Didn't pray for me."
  • 00:23:39.133 --> 00:23:40.468
  • Pray for him or her.
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  • "before you treat me and certainly before you cut on me,
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  • God, help this person.
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  • They're well-trained, but give them your wisdom today in
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  • Jesus' name."
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  • "my company is not a godly place."
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  • I know. it's why god sent you.
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  • You're the torch bearer. you're the salt.
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  • "it was hard." no kidding?
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  • I'm pretty sure if you interviewed--if there's any of
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  • Those folks left that waited ashore at normandy, they would
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  • Describe that as a difficult day followed by many more difficult
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  • Days, followed by several difficult weeks.
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  • This present world order, folks, we've been blind.
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  • We just been numbly walking along, accepting what was handed
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  • To us, reciting the messages that were given to us, acting
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  • Like it made perfect sense.
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  • "we're all the same."
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  • No, we're not.
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  • God's doing something.
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  • Revelation 21, "he who was seated on the throne said, 'i'm
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  • Making everything new.'
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  • And he said, 'write this down, for these words are trustworthy
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  • And true.'"
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  • God said he's going to make everything new.
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  • Everything.
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  • This present order is going to pass away.
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  • This physical ball of matter is going to get an update.
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  • God's going to make everything new.
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  • He said no more crying or pain or tears.
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  • Look at hebrews 10.
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  • "therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the
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  • Most holy place by the blood of jesus."
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  • He's not talking about a tabernacle or a temple,
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  • He's talking about coming into the presence of god.
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  • We only come there--you don't come there because you joined
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  • The right church, 'cause you got a wrc lanyard, don't you wish,
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  • But by the blood of jesus.
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  • "by a new and a living way opened for us through the
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  • Curtain, that is, his body."
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  • See, what i'm talking to you about, i understand it's going
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  • To take some courage and some boldness, i understand there is
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  • Some risk involved.
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  • I was reading yesterday one of mother teresa's speeches.
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  • It was actually the speech presentation she made at the
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  • Presidential prayer breakfast in 1994.
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  • When she challenged the sitting president, she made her
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  • Presentation as a pro-life presentation standing before a
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  • President who had vetoed multiple times bans on partial
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  • Birth abortion.
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  • Mother teresa, all 5 feet of her, spent her life serving the
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  • Poor, and the courage to stand behind that podium in the center
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  • Of washington dc in a collection of powerful people and stand up
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  • For the sanctity of human life, but she made a statement that it
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  • Stuck in my heart.
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  • She said it cost jesus something to love us.
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  • Folks, the gre--the cross is free to every person no matter
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  • Your race, your ethnicity, your iq, your income.
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  • Everybody can come to the foot of the cross, but to serve jesus
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  • You have to take up your cross.
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  • Allen: sometimes when we talk about current events, people are
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  • Filled with fear or anxiety or stress.
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  • Wrong response.
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  • Psalm 37 says not to fret because of evildoers.
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  • We're not supposed to be filled with anxiety and worry.
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  • We can be truthful about what's happening in our world, but
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  • We have to believe that almighty god will bring us
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  • Through triumphantly.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, forgive us when we've worried about things that you're
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  • Not worried about, when we've been anxious about things you're
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  • Not anxious about.
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  • We cast all those cares on you.
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  • And i thank you that you will lead us through this season
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  • Victoriously, that your provision is sufficient in
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  • Jesus' name, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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