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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Allen Jackson: You need to knowwithout any question, with
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  • absolute certainty, that youhave the ability to help another
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  • person be born again, to findtheir way into the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • That's not about finding pastoror getting them to church, you
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  • need that tucked into yourportfolio, you don't want to
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  • meet the King and not be able topass that test.
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  • If I could choose, I would saythat the requirement for coming
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  • back to church the third week isbringing somebody with you that
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  • you've led to the Lord.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again.
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  • Our topic in this sessionis The Essentials,
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  • essentials of our faith.
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  • Now, it doesn't matter what theenterprise is, our ability to
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  • consistently perform withexcellence is totally invested
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  • in how well we understand thefundamentals, and the consistent
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  • attention we give to them.
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  • And so often in Christianity, Ithink we kind of learn the
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  • basics and then we think we wantto move on, move past it.
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  • Well that wouldn't work, if youwere a doctor and you said you
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  • know I don't wanna be botheredany longer with the
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  • fundamentals, washing my handsbetween patients seems like such
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  • an encumbrance.
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  • You know, particularly thisyear, we've learned a whole lot
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  • about personal hygiene all overagain, haven't we?
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  • Washing our hands, not touchingour faces, all the things that
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  • have come with our wonderfulintroduction to COVID.
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  • Well those same principles comeback to our faith, understanding
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  • the need we have for theredemptive work of Jesus,
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  • why we need forgiveness,how forgiveness comes to us,
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  • what righteousness is.
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  • Those aren't just things welearn as beginners in our
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  • Christianity, those are thefoundation for whatever we
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  • become as Christ followers.
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  • Whatever challenge we facetoday, the outcome that we're
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  • looking for is linked tounderstanding the redemptive
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  • work of Jesus, what heaccomplished with us through his
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  • death on the cross, his burialand his resurrection.
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  • So we don't want to leave thosein the rearview mirror, we wanna
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  • invite them very much into theforefront of our thoughts, of
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  • our prayers, of our faith, andwe need the help of the
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • In truth, we need a revelation,we need something that goes
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  • beyond our study, our intellect,our understanding,
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  • enduring sermons.
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  • We need the Holy Spirit to giveus a revelation of how, through
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  • the cross, Jesus has madevictory available for you
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  • and me.
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  • Well that's our goal in thissession.
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  • We're gonna open our Bibles,open our hearts, and then before
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  • we go I'll come back, we willpray together and ask the Spirit
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  • of God for just that kind of arevelation, to put our feet in a
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  • new place.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: The topic thisweek is The Essentials, and I
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  • really want to hand you sometools, I don't imagine that the
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  • topics are gonna be brand newideas to you but they need to be
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  • more than something you'refamiliar with.
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  • My objective is to hand it toyou so that you could take this
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  • outline and you could reproduceit in a discussion with another
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  • person; not in the same way Iwould, you can do better, you
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  • can put it in the context ofyour life and your stories and
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  • your God experience.
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  • One of the most powerful aspectsof your faith is your ability to
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  • articulate what God has done inyour life, 'cause that's not a
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  • theory, that's not really up fordebate, it's not about somebody
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  • else's opinion.
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  • You can tell your God story butyou need, around that, the
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  • Scripture so that you could helpsomebody else begin their own
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  • journey with the Lord.
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  • We're never going to see thechange in the hearts and minds
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  • of the people of our nation,we're never going to find a
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  • better pattern, a better course,we're not gonna see Jesus back
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  • in our schools, and Jesushonored on our college campuses,
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  • and truth returned to the publicsquare until the church of Jesus
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  • Christ is awakened and it beginsto become an unrelenting
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  • advocate for Jesus of Nazareth,and that's up to you and me.
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  • We've got to recalibrate, I knowI'm preaching to the choir,
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  • you're sitting outside on aWednesday night, but sometimes
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  • even the choir needsa good lesson.
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  • So we're gonna start this weekwith this; Stephen Covey, I read
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  • years ago a quote from him,and it's appropriate.
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  • He said, "The main thing is tokeep the main thing the main
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  • thing," and we can get so heatedup about architectural styles
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  • and musical styles, and allthat's been peeled away from us
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  • this year.
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  • We were so thrilled just to betogether we'd come outside, and
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  • we've had to change our musicalarrangements so the drums and
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  • the bass didn't disturbneighbors more than
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  • absolutely necessary.
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  • So how we worship and theformats we worship, we've had a
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  • string of musical guests formultiple weeks now, the styles
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  • change week to week but the onewe worship doesn't change; the
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  • main thing is to keep the mainthing the main thing.
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  • You need to know without anyquestion, with absolute
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  • certainty, that you have theability to help another person
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  • be born again, to find their wayinto the kingdom of God.
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  • That's not about finding pastoror getting them to church, you
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  • need that tucked into yourportfolio, you don't want to
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  • meet the king and not be able topass that test.
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  • If I could choose, I would saythat the requirement for coming
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  • back to church the third week isbringing somebody with you that
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  • you've led to the Lord; I don'tget to choose.
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  • Luke chapter 19, in verse 1,we're gonna follow Jesus, he's
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  • on his way to Jerusalem but he'sgoing to walk through the city
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  • of Jericho.
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  • If you're traveling down theJordan Valley from Galilee, the
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  • northern part of Israel, andyou're headed to Jerusalem, you
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  • go south down the Jordan Valleyuntil you get to Jericho.
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  • It's a big Oasis, one of theoldest cities in the world,
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  • right beside the Dead Sea, thelowest place below sea level on
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  • planet Earth, and you take aright and you're gonna climb 18
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  • miles up the hills to Jerusalem.
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  • It's a hot place, it's a goodplace in the winter, it's a
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  • miserable place in the summer.
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  • "Jesus entered Jericho, he'spassing through," smart man.
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  • "And there was a man there bythe name of Zacchaeus, he was a
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  • chief tax collector and he waswealthy, and he wanted to see
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  • who Jesus was but being a shortman, he couldn't because of the
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  • crowd, so he ran ahead andclimbed a tree to see him since
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  • Jesus was coming that way.
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  • When Jesus reached the spot, helooked up, and he said to him,
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  • 'Zacchaeus, come downimmediately, I have to stay at
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  • your house today.'
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  • So he came down at once andwelcomed Jesus gladly, and when
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  • the people saw this they beganto mutter, 'He's gone to be the
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  • guest of a sinner,' butZacchaeus stood and said to the
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  • Lord, 'Look, here and now, Igive half my possessions to the
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  • poor, and if I've cheatedanybody out of anything I'll pay
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  • back four times the amount.'
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  • And Jesus said to him, 'Todaysalvation has come to this
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  • house, because this man, too, isa son of Abraham.
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  • For the Son of Man came to seekand to save what was lost.'"
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  • Jesus came to the Earth on anassignment, it was a search and
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  • rescue mission, searching forpeople who would accept the
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  • message that they might bedelivered from the dominion
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  • of darkness and broughtinto the kingdom of light.
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  • He said, "I came to search forand to save those who were
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  • lost," Jesus is still up to thatin the Earth and you and I are
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  • his ambassadors.
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  • It's not the pastor's job, it'snot the evangelist's job, it's
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  • not the denomination's job, it'snot the organized church's job,
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  • you and I are responsible totake the good news of Jesus
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  • Christ into our relationshipnetwork.
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  • You don't want people who youwould call friend, going to Hell
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  • 'cause you and I didn't have thecourage to tell them the truth
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  • about Jesus; that will beawkward.
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  • It'll be more awkward ifsomebody else tells them the
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  • story and they get excited abouttheir faith, and they come back
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  • to you, "Oh yeah, I knew that,""Well why didn't you tell me?"
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  • We want to develop a comfortlevel with this, "Well some
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  • people won't like it," somepeople don't like your fashion
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  • sense but you're gonna keep it,some people don't like the way
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  • you smell but you're notchanging your cologne.
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  • What is this sense that we'reafraid we'll offend somebody
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  • with Jesus?
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  • Now the parable or the story ofZacchaeus and Jericho is
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  • intriguing, we could spend ourwhole time there, I don't want
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  • to do that.
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  • He's a thief, he's the mostdespised person in town, the
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  • Romans discovered the mosteffective way to raise taxes
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  • wasn't to bring in an outsiderbut to recruit a local person,
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  • they knew who the wealthy peoplewere, they knew the normal trade
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  • practices in the community, sothey would take a local citizen
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  • and then stand beside them theauthority of a Roman soldier.
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  • Well human nature being what itwas, the tax collectors, if
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  • you're willing to betray yourpeople for the Romans, you'll be
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  • willing to extort money that theRomans don't need so you can
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  • line your own pocket.
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  • So Luke says to us, "Zacchaeuswas a tax collector and he's
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  • wealthy," and the first thing hesays after he gives the
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  • invitation to Jesus is, "If I'vestolen anything," and you can
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  • see all the eyes rolling in theaudience, "If you've stolen
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  • anything, scumbag?"
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  • Now, they're muttering, "Jesuswent to be with a sinner,"
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  • yes he did, it's howwe got in the door.
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  • And Zacchaeus changed his life,he drops off the record, we
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  • don't hear any more about him,but the message of what Jesus
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  • was doing, the value of one,that's a consistent theme in
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  • Jesus's ministry; the shepherdthat leaves the 99 sheep to go
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  • find the one.
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  • Every one of us has somebody inour sphere of influence, in our
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  • constellation, that needs tohear a God story, what is it
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  • gonna take for us to be willingto share it?
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  • How desperate are times going tohave to become?
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  • Now we have a universal problem,and because God is just, if
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  • there's a universal problem he'sgonna provide a
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  • universal solution.
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  • If we share a problem thenthere's gonna be a resolution
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  • that's equally accessible, it'simportant to understand both
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  • sides of the equation.
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  • Romans chapter 5, in verse 12,says this, "Just as sin entered
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  • the world through one man anddeath through sin, and in this
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  • way death came to all menbecause all sinned."
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  • Every one of us, apart from thegrace and mercy of God, stands
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  • convicted of being a sinner.
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  • It's not about the depth of yourdepravity or how gross the
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  • darkness you walked in, if wetransgress on one point we're
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  • guilty of breaking the lawbecause God's standard is
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  • absolute perfection, he's notgrading on a curve.
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  • And the message of Scripture, Ican bring you many-many verses,
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  • it says that we're all guilty,it's a universal problem of the
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  • human race, we are born in sin.
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  • We don't have to be taught tolie, we have to teach our
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  • children to share, we don't haveto teach them to be selfish, we
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  • come hardwired with that stuff.
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  • So we have a problem but thesolution is equally available to
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  • everybody, so the $64.000question becomes: how can I
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  • be righteous?
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  • It's a big religious word, itjust simply means the ability to
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  • stand in the presence of Godwithout fear, without guilt, and
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  • without shame.
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  • Now, it's an important question,because every one of us are
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  • gonna stand in the presence ofGod, no one's gonna be excluded.
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  • You can't test out, you can'tsend your wife or your husband
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  • or your pastor, your parentscan't go on your behalf, so what
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  • is necessary to be able to standbefore the creator of all things
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  • in righteousness?
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  • it's an important question.
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  • Well there's two approaches, youcan choose to establish it on
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  • your own, through your innategoodness by a comparative
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  • system, "I'm better thansomebody else," or God has made
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  • it available to you through agift; and they're mutually
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  • exclusive options, you can'tchoose both.
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  • If you're gonna do it on yourown, the gift is of no benefit
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  • to you, Romans chapter 3, inverse 21, invites us into a
  • 00:12:13.191 --> 00:12:18.396
  • discussion on this.
  • 00:12:18.429 --> 00:12:19.731
  • It says, "Now," it's a timingword, previously there was a
  • 00:12:19.764 --> 00:12:24.035
  • different circumstance, "But nowa righteousness from God apart
  • 00:12:24.068 --> 00:12:28.406
  • from law has been made known,to which the law
  • 00:12:28.439 --> 00:12:30.375
  • and the prophets testify.
  • 00:12:30.408 --> 00:12:32.443
  • This righteousness from Godcomes through faith in Jesus
  • 00:12:32.477 --> 00:12:35.980
  • Christ to all who believe."
  • 00:12:36.014 --> 00:12:38.683
  • There is a righteousness fromGod, a righteousness that passed
  • 00:12:38.716 --> 00:12:42.887
  • God's standard, that'sestablished by God himself, and
  • 00:12:42.921 --> 00:12:47.225
  • it says it comes, "Through faithin Jesus the Messiah to all
  • 00:12:47.258 --> 00:12:51.229
  • who believe."
  • 00:12:51.262 --> 00:12:52.564
  • So just as much as all havesinned, all have access to a
  • 00:12:52.597 --> 00:12:55.867
  • righteousness from God throughfaith in Jesus Christ, no matter
  • 00:12:55.900 --> 00:13:01.039
  • who we've been, no matter ouraccent, no matter the color of
  • 00:13:01.072 --> 00:13:04.209
  • our skin, no matter what nationour passport is issued from, not
  • 00:13:04.242 --> 00:13:09.981
  • about our economic status norour IQ, it's available to
  • 00:13:10.014 --> 00:13:12.984
  • everyone who believes.
  • 00:13:13.017 --> 00:13:14.352
  • It says, "There isno difference...
  • 00:13:14.385 --> 00:13:16.120
  • we have all sinned and fallenshort of the glory of God, and
  • 00:13:16.154 --> 00:13:20.191
  • we're all justified freely byhis grace through the redemption
  • 00:13:20.225 --> 00:13:23.761
  • that came by Christ Jesus."
  • 00:13:23.795 --> 00:13:26.764
  • Redemption's another technicalword, to be redeemed is to be
  • 00:13:26.798 --> 00:13:29.567
  • bought back from someplace;Jesus paid a price that we owed
  • 00:13:29.601 --> 00:13:33.838
  • that we didn't have the capacityto pay, he redeemed us from a
  • 00:13:33.872 --> 00:13:37.342
  • life of being enslaved to sin.
  • 00:13:37.375 --> 00:13:40.712
  • "God presented Jesus as asacrifice of atonement, through
  • 00:13:40.745 --> 00:13:44.949
  • faith in his blood.
  • 00:13:44.983 --> 00:13:46.951
  • He did this to demonstrate hisjustice, because in his
  • 00:13:46.985 --> 00:13:49.420
  • forbearance he had leftthe sins committed
  • 00:13:49.454 --> 00:13:51.389
  • beforehand unpunished."
  • 00:13:51.422 --> 00:13:53.958
  • Prior to Jesus's death on thecross God withheld judgment,
  • 00:13:53.992 --> 00:13:58.997
  • there were animal sacrificesmade, the animal sacrifice
  • 00:13:59.030 --> 00:14:01.900
  • wasn't a legitimate substitutefor the life of the human beings
  • 00:14:01.933 --> 00:14:06.638
  • but God, in his forbearance,withheld judgment if the people
  • 00:14:06.671 --> 00:14:09.941
  • would make the animal sacrificebecause God knew he was sending
  • 00:14:09.974 --> 00:14:13.811
  • his son to be the sacrificefor all sin.
  • 00:14:13.845 --> 00:14:19.851
  • "He did it to demonstrate hisjustice at the present time, so
  • 00:14:19.951 --> 00:14:23.888
  • as to be just and the one whojustifies those who have faith
  • 00:14:23.922 --> 00:14:28.026
  • in Jesus."
  • 00:14:28.059 --> 00:14:30.828
  • Again, it's a powerful passageof Scripture, there is a
  • 00:14:30.862 --> 00:14:33.665
  • righteousness that comes to usfrom God, not from ourselves,
  • 00:14:33.698 --> 00:14:37.402
  • not from our affiliation with aparticular congregation or
  • 00:14:37.435 --> 00:14:40.238
  • denomination, not because youread the right translation or
  • 00:14:40.271 --> 00:14:43.975
  • your beverage list is betterthan mine.
  • 00:14:44.008 --> 00:14:47.145
  • A righteousness that comes to usfrom God, it comes through faith
  • 00:14:47.178 --> 00:14:51.149
  • in Jesus the Messiah, everyonehas access, it said; everyone
  • 00:14:51.182 --> 00:14:57.188
  • has access, think of that.
  • 00:14:57.922 --> 00:15:01.225
  • There's a cry in our nationtonight for justice, we don't
  • 00:15:01.259 --> 00:15:05.096
  • have equal access before thelaw, the treatment differs
  • 00:15:05.129 --> 00:15:08.433
  • depending on so many factors.
  • 00:15:08.466 --> 00:15:10.234
  • It's human nature, it's existedacross civilization from the
  • 00:15:10.268 --> 00:15:13.838
  • beginning until today, but thereis a God who's just and everyone
  • 00:15:13.871 --> 00:15:19.344
  • has access to thisrighteousness.
  • 00:15:19.377 --> 00:15:23.181
  • "God presented Jesus as thesacrifice of atonement," God is
  • 00:15:23.214 --> 00:15:27.852
  • the source of justice, that isso important to establish in
  • 00:15:27.885 --> 00:15:31.356
  • your heart.
  • 00:15:31.389 --> 00:15:32.690
  • If we want justice in ournation, if we want justice in a
  • 00:15:32.724 --> 00:15:35.626
  • legal system, if we want justicein our political system it will
  • 00:15:35.660 --> 00:15:39.831
  • emanate because all of thosethings are yielded to the
  • 00:15:39.864 --> 00:15:42.533
  • righteous principles of Godbecause he is the source of
  • 00:15:42.567 --> 00:15:45.937
  • justice, there is no other.
  • 00:15:45.970 --> 00:15:49.107
  • We can't ignore the principlesof God and behave in an ungodly
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:52.643
  • fashion and imagine that justicewill be available to us, it's
  • 00:15:52.677 --> 00:15:56.547
  • not possible.
  • 00:15:56.581 --> 00:15:58.983
  • Don't apologize because youbelieve in the Word of God,
  • 00:15:59.017 --> 00:16:02.253
  • don't flinch because you're anadvocate for Jesus, he is the
  • 00:16:02.286 --> 00:16:06.057
  • source of justice, and then inan expression of amazing grace,
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:12.096
  • God is the one who justifies.
  • 00:16:13.264 --> 00:16:16.734
  • God is the onewho justifies, wow.
  • 00:16:16.768 --> 00:16:22.774
  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
  • 00:16:25.343 --> 00:16:27.345
  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
  • 00:16:27.378 --> 00:16:30.548
  • the course and the direction ofour nation, and I believe
  • 00:16:30.581 --> 00:16:34.152
  • because of our faith we havebeen uniquely blessed by God.
  • 00:16:34.185 --> 00:16:38.489
  • Now our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
  • 00:16:38.523 --> 00:16:41.759
  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms I assure you our
  • 00:16:41.793 --> 00:16:45.196
  • freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:16:45.229 --> 00:16:48.132
  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads, it's a line of
  • 00:16:48.166 --> 00:16:50.568
  • demarcation, we're gonna choosea direction very soon and it's
  • 00:16:50.601 --> 00:16:53.104
  • not about an election.
  • 00:16:53.137 --> 00:16:54.672
  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
  • 00:16:54.705 --> 00:16:58.009
  • has proven to be in our history,we need a God perspective.
  • 00:16:58.042 --> 00:17:01.112
  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of the
  • 00:17:01.145 --> 00:17:03.581
  • wicked, the great challenge weface is the indifference of the
  • 00:17:03.614 --> 00:17:06.751
  • faithful, we've got to havea heart change.
  • 00:17:06.784 --> 00:17:10.021
  • Well I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
  • 00:17:10.054 --> 00:17:12.924
  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them with
  • 00:17:12.957 --> 00:17:14.659
  • you, we put them in a book,"God Bless America Again."
  • 00:17:14.692 --> 00:17:17.662
  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation, he called
  • 00:17:17.695 --> 00:17:20.131
  • us into existence and he hassustained us, what we will be in
  • 00:17:20.164 --> 00:17:23.668
  • the future has more to do withthe hearts of God's people than
  • 00:17:23.701 --> 00:17:26.571
  • a politician or a politicalparty or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now I need totake a minute because the
  • 00:17:58.636 --> 00:18:00.371
  • tenacity of self-righteousness,it's a problem for religious
  • 00:18:00.404 --> 00:18:05.176
  • people, and if you come tochurch outdoors on a Wednesday
  • 00:18:05.209 --> 00:18:07.311
  • night you're religious, you'rebordering on fanatical; in fact,
  • 00:18:07.345 --> 00:18:13.351
  • you probably crossed the border.
  • 00:18:14.085 --> 00:18:16.988
  • And the tendency we have, toimagine ourselves better than
  • 00:18:17.021 --> 00:18:19.824
  • someone else, we read the righttranslation, we worship in the
  • 00:18:19.857 --> 00:18:23.895
  • right way, we believe the mostright things, and we imagine
  • 00:18:23.928 --> 00:18:29.100
  • that somehow those thingscommend us to God.
  • 00:18:29.133 --> 00:18:32.970
  • And out of that, the soil ofself-righteousness, springs
  • 00:18:33.004 --> 00:18:36.741
  • pride, and pride bringsdestruction every time so we've
  • 00:18:36.774 --> 00:18:42.780
  • gotta guard our hearts againstthis, Jesus talked about it
  • 00:18:42.947 --> 00:18:46.184
  • a great deal.
  • 00:18:46.217 --> 00:18:47.518
  • In Luke 18, Jesus is speaking,and the audience he's addressing
  • 00:18:47.552 --> 00:18:51.789
  • Luke introduces, he says, "Tosome who were confident of their
  • 00:18:51.822 --> 00:18:54.625
  • own righteousness," they wereconfident that their status with
  • 00:18:54.659 --> 00:18:58.729
  • God was good.
  • 00:18:58.763 --> 00:19:01.399
  • I don't want to livepresumptively, I don't want to
  • 00:19:01.432 --> 00:19:04.468
  • live in great fear, shrinking interror or dread, but I don't
  • 00:19:04.502 --> 00:19:08.906
  • want to live with a swagger oran arrogance or
  • 00:19:08.940 --> 00:19:11.409
  • a boisterousness.
  • 00:19:11.442 --> 00:19:12.777
  • Folks, I like to kneel to pray,I like to close my eyes and bow
  • 00:19:12.810 --> 00:19:17.281
  • my head, I like to read my Biblein quiet places, I want there to
  • 00:19:17.315 --> 00:19:21.385
  • be a consistent stream ofexpressions before Almighty God
  • 00:19:21.419 --> 00:19:25.523
  • that I am yielding to him.
  • 00:19:25.556 --> 00:19:28.759
  • I want to serve other people, Idon't want to stay engaged, I'm
  • 00:19:28.793 --> 00:19:33.631
  • not trying to figure out how tosay, "I have done my the
  • 00:19:33.664 --> 00:19:36.734
  • essential business, I've readthe right prayer, I've been
  • 00:19:36.767 --> 00:19:39.770
  • dipped in the right pool," but Idon't wanna point at those
  • 00:19:39.804 --> 00:19:43.741
  • things and say, "I've done thesignificant things for God."
  • 00:19:43.774 --> 00:19:46.978
  • I wanna work into my heart thiswillingness to say, "God, I
  • 00:19:47.011 --> 00:19:49.714
  • don't know you like I need to,I'm not done following you, I'm
  • 00:19:49.747 --> 00:19:54.051
  • not done saying yes to you, I'venot done making sacrifices
  • 00:19:54.085 --> 00:19:57.755
  • for you."
  • 00:19:57.788 --> 00:19:59.090
  • Abraham followed God all of hislife, he had a promise fulfilled
  • 00:19:59.123 --> 00:20:02.493
  • in Isaac, and God said, "I wantyou to offer that young man
  • 00:20:02.526 --> 00:20:05.529
  • as a sacrifice," and Abrahamsaid, "Where?"
  • 00:20:05.563 --> 00:20:09.367
  • I want to build that into myheart, I don't wanna be
  • 00:20:09.400 --> 00:20:13.671
  • overconfident in my status withGod, I want to treat it with
  • 00:20:13.704 --> 00:20:17.275
  • dignity and respect andattention every day, and I would
  • 00:20:17.308 --> 00:20:21.679
  • encourage you to do the same.
  • 00:20:21.712 --> 00:20:24.649
  • "To some who were confident oftheir own righteousness and
  • 00:20:24.682 --> 00:20:26.751
  • looked down on everybody else,Jesus told this parable:
  • 00:20:26.784 --> 00:20:29.987
  • 'Two men went upto the temple to pray,
  • 00:20:30.021 --> 00:20:31.756
  • one a Pharisee and theother a tax collector.
  • 00:20:31.789 --> 00:20:34.759
  • And the Pharisee stood andprayed about himself, "God,
  • 00:20:34.792 --> 00:20:37.061
  • I thank you I'm not like othermen, robbers and evildoers and
  • 00:20:37.094 --> 00:20:41.532
  • adulterers, or even likethis tax collector."'"
  • 00:20:41.565 --> 00:20:44.035
  • He points at somebody.What a happy man.
  • 00:20:44.068 --> 00:20:48.939
  • "I fast twice a week,I give a tenth of all I get."
  • 00:20:48.973 --> 00:20:54.045
  • And Jesus said,"But the tax collector--"
  • 00:20:54.078 --> 00:20:56.013
  • who everybody knows is a thief,he's a traitor--
  • 00:20:56.047 --> 00:21:00.284
  • "The tax collectorstood at a distance,
  • 00:21:00.318 --> 00:21:01.919
  • he wouldn't even look up toheaven, but he beat his
  • 00:21:01.952 --> 00:21:03.921
  • breast and said, 'God, havemercy on me, I'm a sinner.'"
  • 00:21:03.954 --> 00:21:07.725
  • Jesus said, "I tell you thetruth," and you know by now when
  • 00:21:07.758 --> 00:21:09.860
  • you hear that phrase, right?
  • 00:21:09.894 --> 00:21:11.896
  • Pay attention, 'cause what'scoming is shocking.
  • 00:21:11.929 --> 00:21:14.632
  • Jesus said, "I tell you, thethief and the extortionist and
  • 00:21:14.665 --> 00:21:18.269
  • the traitor went homejustified before God,
  • 00:21:18.302 --> 00:21:23.507
  • and not the other man."
  • 00:21:23.541 --> 00:21:26.210
  • Not the man that kept the rulesand paid his tithes and knew the
  • 00:21:26.243 --> 00:21:29.780
  • Scripture, but the thief wenthome, because, "Everyone who
  • 00:21:29.814 --> 00:21:32.750
  • exalts himself will be humbledand he who humbles himself will
  • 00:21:32.783 --> 00:21:35.486
  • be exalted."
  • 00:21:35.519 --> 00:21:39.357
  • You want to give attention toyour heart, for my own sake, the
  • 00:21:39.390 --> 00:21:44.862
  • condition of my heart requiresas much attention as weeding a
  • 00:21:44.895 --> 00:21:48.399
  • flower bed or a garden, it's nota once-a-summer event.
  • 00:21:48.432 --> 00:21:53.838
  • If you don't give attention toit on a daily basis, if you
  • 00:21:53.871 --> 00:21:57.041
  • ignore it for three or four daysyou'll get so far behind it's
  • 00:21:57.074 --> 00:21:59.343
  • almost impossible to catch up.
  • 00:21:59.377 --> 00:22:02.113
  • Give attention to the conditionof your heart, don't let
  • 00:22:02.146 --> 00:22:05.249
  • arrogance or pride orunforgiveness or resentment
  • 00:22:05.282 --> 00:22:07.752
  • or bitterness orself-righteousness,
  • 00:22:07.785 --> 00:22:09.687
  • you can't afford for themto flourish there.
  • 00:22:09.720 --> 00:22:13.591
  • Understand thatself-righteousness, there's a
  • 00:22:13.624 --> 00:22:15.793
  • tenacity to it, there's anaggressiveness in the way it
  • 00:22:15.826 --> 00:22:21.098
  • will creep back into your life.
  • 00:22:21.132 --> 00:22:23.768
  • I don't want it, I don't wannahave tolerate it.
  • 00:22:23.801 --> 00:22:28.172
  • Allen Jackson: One of thebreakthroughs that came in my
  • 00:22:28.205 --> 00:22:29.840
  • spiritual life and growth iswhen I realized that I was not
  • 00:22:29.874 --> 00:22:33.244
  • going to out-study evil.
  • 00:22:33.277 --> 00:22:35.012
  • I like to learn, I like to learnthe information, get the facts,
  • 00:22:35.045 --> 00:22:39.083
  • I could have been a professionalstudent, but we're not going
  • 00:22:39.116 --> 00:22:42.453
  • out-study evil, weneed God's help.
  • 00:22:42.486 --> 00:22:45.022
  • That's why the person of theHoly Spirit is so integral to
  • 00:22:45.055 --> 00:22:47.958
  • our spiritual development andthe freedom in which we want to
  • 00:22:47.992 --> 00:22:50.628
  • live, he's our teacher, he's ourguide, "He will make known to
  • 00:22:50.661 --> 00:22:54.732
  • us," Jesus said, "What Jesus hasaccomplished for us with his
  • 00:22:54.765 --> 00:22:58.269
  • redemptive work."
  • 00:22:58.302 --> 00:22:59.770
  • If the Holy Spirit has been alittle outside of your comfort
  • 00:22:59.804 --> 00:23:02.706
  • zone or your spiritualawareness, there are some simple
  • 00:23:02.740 --> 00:23:05.309
  • things, you can, we can justbegin to say, "Holy Spirit, help
  • 00:23:05.342 --> 00:23:07.511
  • me, give me listening ears andeyes to see your receptive
  • 00:23:07.545 --> 00:23:10.781
  • heart," he will cooperatewith us.
  • 00:23:10.815 --> 00:23:13.284
  • Wherever we exalt Jesus, theHoly Spirit is there to help us,
  • 00:23:13.317 --> 00:23:18.022
  • we're gonna ask for supernaturalhelp in understanding God's
  • 00:23:18.055 --> 00:23:21.625
  • provision for the victories thatwe need in our life today, God
  • 00:23:21.659 --> 00:23:25.529
  • is our deliverer, not aninstitution, not a pastor, not a
  • 00:23:25.563 --> 00:23:29.166
  • denomination, God is ourdeliverer and the Holy Spirit
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:32.269
  • is our helper.
  • 00:23:32.303 --> 00:23:33.604
  • Let's pray.
  • 00:23:33.637 --> 00:23:34.939
  • Father, I thank you for yourWord, for the truth that it
  • 00:23:34.972 --> 00:23:36.774
  • brings to us.
  • 00:23:36.807 --> 00:23:38.209
  • I thank you for what Jesus hasaccomplished for us with his
  • 00:23:38.242 --> 00:23:41.145
  • redemptive work, but I'm mostgrateful for the Holy Spirit who
  • 00:23:41.178 --> 00:23:45.115
  • resides within us, to help us,to direct us, to strengthen us.
  • 00:23:45.149 --> 00:23:49.653
  • Lord, we present ourselves todayas living sacrifices, may we
  • 00:23:49.687 --> 00:23:52.289
  • have listening ears andreceptive hearts to all the
  • 00:23:52.323 --> 00:23:55.192
  • truth that we need for thefreedom in this season today.
  • 00:23:55.226 --> 00:23:59.263
  • I thank you for what you'll do,in Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:23:59.296 --> 00:24:03.334
  • God Bless you, andyou keep listening.
  • 00:24:03.367 --> 00:24:06.470
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:06.504 --> 00:24:12.943
  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
  • 00:24:12.977 --> 00:24:14.979
  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
  • 00:24:15.012 --> 00:24:18.215
  • the course and the direction ofour nation, and I believe
  • 00:24:18.249 --> 00:24:21.819
  • because of our faith we havebeen uniquely blessed by God.
  • 00:24:21.852 --> 00:24:26.190
  • Now our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
  • 00:24:26.223 --> 00:24:29.426
  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
  • 00:24:29.460 --> 00:24:32.830
  • freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:24:32.863 --> 00:24:35.799
  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads, it's a line of
  • 00:24:35.833 --> 00:24:38.202
  • demarcation, we're gonna choosea direction very soon, and it's
  • 00:24:38.235 --> 00:24:40.771
  • not about an election.
  • 00:24:40.804 --> 00:24:42.339
  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg is
  • 00:24:42.373 --> 00:24:45.776
  • proven to be in our history, weneed a God perspective.
  • 00:24:45.809 --> 00:24:48.812
  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of the
  • 00:24:48.846 --> 00:24:51.248
  • wicked, the great challenge weface is the indifference of the
  • 00:24:51.282 --> 00:24:54.418
  • faithful, we've got to havea heart change.
  • 00:24:54.451 --> 00:24:57.688
  • Well, I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
  • 00:24:57.721 --> 00:25:00.624
  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them with
  • 00:25:00.658 --> 00:25:02.359
  • you, we put them in a book,"God Bless America Again."
  • 00:25:02.393 --> 00:25:05.296
  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation, he called
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  • us into existence and he hassustained us, what we will be in
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  • the future has more to do withthe hearts of God's people than
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  • Allen Jackson: So when we seepeople struggling with sin, the
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  • goal isn't to be tolerant andsay, "Oh, it doesn't matter."
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  • It does matter, it will destroyyou but there is a way out of
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  • it, it doesn't have to hold youin bondage.
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  • But we'll have to humbleourselves enough to say,
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  • "I choose God's way,I'll choose God's pathway,"
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  • and we've been reluctant.
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  • Sin is proliferating becausewe've been reluctant to speak
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