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The Love of God Part 2

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November 4, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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The Love of God Part 2

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  • Allen Jackson: That's the battlewe're watching right now,
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  • it's just the 21st centuryedition.
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  • It was introduced to us by avirus from China but it's being
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  • sustained by something farbeyond a virus or epidemiology
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  • or healthcare, or whether ourchurches are opened or closed,
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  • there's a battle ragingfor our hearts and souls,
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  • forget of the nation,for the church.
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  • [applause]
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen Jackson: Again,this notion of resistance,
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  • antagonism, to the person ofJesus is not a new thing, John
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  • is trying to help us understandsomething.
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  • And we bump into it, we go, ohman, we've been too boisterous,
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  • we've been too loud, we've beentoo assertive, maybe we better
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  • back up, be quiet, they don'tlike Jesus, shh.
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  • If we don't know our Bibles,we'll be completely caught
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  • off guard.
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  • John 16, in verse 1, Jesus isspeaking now, he said,
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  • "All this I have told you sothat you'll not go astray.
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  • They will put you out of thesynagogue."
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  • Jesus told them straight up whatwas coming, but I want you to
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  • hear the rest 'cause there's agreater pressure coming than the
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  • closing of our churches, folks.
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  • I don't know if it's coming thisyear, I don't even know if it's
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  • coming next year, but I thinkit's very reasonable expectation
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  • that in my lifetime there's awhole lot greater pressure
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  • coming to us than closingour churches.
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  • We're gonna have to decidewhat we believe and in whom
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  • we believe, and when we're gonnastand.
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  • "I've told you this so that youwon't go astray.
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  • They're gonna put you out of thesynagogue; in fact, the time is
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  • coming when anyone who kills youwill think he's offering
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  • a service to God.
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  • And they'll do such thingsbecause they have not known
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  • the Father or me.
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  • I've told you this so that whenthe time comes you'll remember
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  • that I warned you.
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  • I didn't tell you this at firstbecause I was with you."
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  • Now remember the context inwhich Jesus is speaking is he's
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  • talking to a Jewish audience andhe's telling them that their
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  • Jewish brothers and sisters aregonna oppose them even
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  • to the point of death.
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  • This isn't across ethnic linesor racial lines or cultural
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  • lines, there'll be that kind ofdivision within.
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  • We won't go back to Matthew 24today, but in Matthew 24 Jesus
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  • is talking about the same seasonand he describes the beginning
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  • of this as, "The beginning ofbirth pains."
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  • My Dad was a vet so I've seena lot of different things born,
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  • horses and calves and kittensand puppies,
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  • and the odd strange thing.
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  • But I have observed something,and I never had given birth
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  • myself but I've watched a lot,and once those contractions
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  • begin they're gonna continueuntil there's a delivery,
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  • and they're gonna increase inboth frequency and strength;
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  • "The beginning of birth pains."
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  • Revelation chapter 1, who wrotethe book of Revelation?
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  • John, not a trick question, soJohn chapter 16 and the book of
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  • Revelation share the commonauthor.
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  • Revelation chapter 1, "I, John,your brother and companion in
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  • the suffering and the kingdomand the patient endurance that
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  • are ours in Jesus, was on theisland of Patmos because
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  • of the Word of God and thetestimony of Jesus;" he's not
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  • on a mission trip.
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  • The book of Revelation iswritten that near the end of
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  • John's life, he's an old man,his peer group is gone,
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  • Peter and John, and Peterand James, they're gone,
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  • they'd been martyred.
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  • And John's alone and he said, "Iwas on the island of Patmos,"
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  • and he's writing this letter andhe said, "I'm your brother and
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  • your companion in the sufferingand the kingdom of God and in
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  • patient endurance that are oursin Jesus.
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  • I was on the island of Patmosfor the Word of God and
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  • my testimony about Jesus."
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  • He hasn't taken a Mediterraneancruise, he's in exile, he's been
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  • put on an island without thefreedom to leave, he's in prison
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  • because of the testimony ofJesus, do you think he reflected
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  • on the words that he put onparchment in John 16?
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  • "They'll put you outof the synagogue."
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  • See, by this point in John'slife, by the time he writes
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  • Revelation 1, he has personalexperience with the possibility
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  • of suffering, his brother,James, has been murdered
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  • by Herod the king some yearsearlier.
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  • It's Acts 12, it says, "It wasabout this time that King Herod
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  • arrested some who belongedto the church, intending
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  • to persecute them, and he hadJames, the brother of John,
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  • put to death with the sword."
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  • And still John didn't quit, hedidn't abandon his mission
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  • activity, he didn't stop talkingabout Jesus; in fact, from the
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  • best we can tell, he tapedthe accelerator to the floor
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  • and said, "Let's go."
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  • John is on the island of Patmoswith a portfolio filled with
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  • Jesus antagonists and he's stillan advocate, he's experienced so
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  • much since Jesus recruited heand his brother on the shores
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  • of Galilee.
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  • It's in Matthew 4:21, we readthat, Jesus, "Going on from
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  • there, saw two brothers,James the son of Zebedee
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  • and his brother John.
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  • They were in a boat with theirfather preparing their nets,
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  • and Jesus called them andimmediately they left the boat
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  • and their father andthey followed him."
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  • When we bump into John inRevelation 1, he's come a long
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  • way from the shores of Galilee.
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  • In fact, in that same1st chapter of Revelation,
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  • John has this visit from Jesus,can you imagine?
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  • We don't have any record thatJohn has seen Jesus since
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  • the ascension, since that dayon the Mount of Olives years
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  • and years earlier.
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  • Well Jesus stepped back intotime and recruited Saul of
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  • Tarsus for Paul the Apostle,but John, as far as we know,
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  • it wasn't a part ofthe entourage that day
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  • and nobody saw him but Saul;but in Revelation 1,
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  • Jesus comes to talkto his friend,
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  • John says this, it's verse 12.
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  • "I turned around to see thevoice that was speaking to me."
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  • In verse 17, "When I saw him,I fell at his feet
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  • as though dead."
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  • He gave a rather lengthydescription that I, just for the
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  • sake of time, "He placed hisright hand on me and he said,
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  • 'Don't be afraid, I'm the Firstand the Last, I'm the Living
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  • One, I was dead, and beholdI'm alive forever and ever,
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  • and I hold the keys of deathand Hades.'"
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  • He saw his friend and he fellat his feet as though dead.
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  • Folks, we're gonna see Jesusone day, we are,
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  • and I would submit we wanna liveto get ready for that.
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  • He's gonna extend to us a handmarked by a nail print,
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  • well I think we at least wantto callus from serving him.
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  • The notion that there would beantagonism or resistance or
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  • people who don't agree or maybeeven some sort of a cost
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  • attached to our advocacy, we aretold that from the beginning of
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  • the story.
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  • The idea that we can be Jesusadvocates with no disagreement,
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  • with everybody cheering, with achoir going, "Yes," is nonsense
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  • that doesn't come from the Wordof God.
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  • In fact, in Revelation 6, again,it's so plain, Jesus told us in
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  • his own Words but it tells usthroughout the narrative.
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  • In revelation 6:9, it says,"When he opened the fifth seal,
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  • I saw under the altar the soulsof those who had been slain
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  • because of the Word of Godand the testimony
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  • they had maintained."
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  • I believe our generation isbeing shaken a little bit.
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  • Who are we going to be,what are we becoming?
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  • Now please understand, this isnot a new reaction to the people
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  • of God, this isn't something newin our history, it's not some
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  • subtle part of Scripture.
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  • Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Famein your Bible, it lists all
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  • these heroic characters beforewe get to the New Testament.
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  • In Hebrews 11, in verse 36, itsays, "Some faced jeers and
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  • flogging, while others werechained and put in prison; they
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  • were stoned and they were sawedin two; they were put to death
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  • by the sword.
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  • And they went about insheepskins and goatskins,
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  • destitute, persecutedand mistreated--
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  • the world was not worthyof them.
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  • They wandered in deserts andmountains, and in caves and
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  • holes in the ground, they werecommended for their faith."
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  • These weren't faithless people,these were faith-filled people,
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  • and this is before the NewTestament; this is before Paul
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  • and his merry band to folksstart traveling around the
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  • Mediterranean having the loveof Jesus beaten out of them;
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  • before Paul and Silas are inprison at midnight and singing;
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  • before Stephen is martyred inthe streets of Jerusalem; before
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  • James is murdered by Herod.
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  • The message of God in our worldfaces antagonism, there's a
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  • conflict in our Earth, we'reintroduced to this in the
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  • opening chapters of Genesis.
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  • Satan, through deception,disrupts God's purposes,
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  • you know the story, and thatpattern continues throughout
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  • the pages of Scripture.
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  • Jesus's entry into time,through the incarnation,
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  • is a demonstration of God's lovefor humanity, his love for you
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  • and me.
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  • Jesus provides an irreversibledeliverance for the descendants
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  • of Adam if we will receive it,we're delivered from his
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  • authority for all eternity.
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  • The triumph of the cross tookback the authority which Satan
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  • had gained in Eden, it's anunderstandable response
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  • therefore, from Satan, thehatred of Jesus, his followers,
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  • his initiatives, it's beenconsistent through history.
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  • His attempts to obscure the workof Jesus, he can't undo it,
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  • he can't reverse it so he'll doeverything in his power to
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  • obscure it, confuse it, diminishit, he'll deny it, deceive you
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  • to get you to not believe it.
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  • That's the battle we're watchingright now, it's just
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  • the 21st century edition.
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  • It was introduced to us by avirus from China but it's being
  • 00:11:30.715 --> 00:11:34.452
  • sustained by something farbeyond a virus or epidemiology,
  • 00:11:34.486 --> 00:11:39.791
  • or healthcare, or whether ourchurches are opened or closed,
  • 00:11:39.824 --> 00:11:43.661
  • there's a battle raging forour hearts and souls,
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  • forget of the nation,for the church.
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  • [applause]
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  • It's a collection of sermons,and I reworked them to put it
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  • into a coherent fashion,I believe it'll be a strength
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  • to you.
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  • From the founding of our nationuntil today, in fact, before the
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  • founding of our nation whenWilliam Bradford came with the
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  • Separatists, the Puritans, untiltoday, time and time again,
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  • and depression, he's revived usagain; time and again,
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  • Allen Jackson: And it's adistortion of reality to suggest
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  • and for our Lord, those valueswill be swept out of our
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  • Allen Jackson: I'm justabout done but I want
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  • to ask you to take just a momentwith me and reflect
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  • for a minute.
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  • For some of us that's a lot toreflect on, for some of us it's
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  • a lot less, but everybody's gota story and I just want you to
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  • use your story.
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  • But to reflect upon yourpersonal experience regarding
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  • the person of Jesus, what hasyour experience been,
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  • what are you a witness to?
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  • And then this is really gonnabear, it's worth an investment
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  • of time beyond the moments we'regonna spend with it, a legal pad
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  • and some notes, or yourcomputer, it would be worth
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  • taking some time andthoughtfully going through it.
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  • I'll give you a bit of myreflections: when I was a boy,
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  • I was once, don't laugh, we readScripture in public schools.
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  • In fact, prayer and the pledgeof allegiance were a daily part
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  • of our training in the publicschools, Bibles were distributed
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  • by the Gideons in the publicschools, it was common to pray
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  • together in our school athleticactivities before or after game,
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  • sometimes both,it's just normal stuff.
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  • The 10 Commandments were postedprominently in schools and
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  • many other public places; atChristmas time, nativity scenes
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  • were commonplace on publicproperty, they were as normal as
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  • seeing a Christmas tree;Bibles were welcome anywhere;
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  • schools, businesses,government buildings.
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  • In fact, a business, if theysaid they didn't welcome,
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  • if the Bible wasn't welcomethere, I question whether
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  • the business wouldhave succeeded.
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  • Billy Graham's crusades were acommon part of primetime
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  • television on the majorbroadcast network, if you
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  • remember that, you rememberGeorge Beverly Shea singing.
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  • Hearing Dr. Graham tell us howto be saved and was as familiar
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  • as the introduction to ABC'sWide World of Sports, the thrill
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  • of victory and the agony ofdefeat; if you'll respond to the
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  • invitation, the buses will waitwhile you come; it was a part of
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  • the fabric of our lives.
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  • Wednesday evening was a churchnight, it was protected in the
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  • calendar of the community,Sunday was church day, activity
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  • was limited, it was a day forworship and family.
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  • In fact, our best clothing, andwe didn't have a lot of clothing
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  • but the best we had we reservedit for worship.
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  • When I began to put those thingsdown, do you know what my
  • 00:16:03.621 --> 00:16:05.156
  • response was?
  • 00:16:05.189 --> 00:16:06.691
  • "How quaint, oh..."
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  • See, you're like looking throughthe looking glass at some other
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  • time and place, except that wasmy story.
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  • Today, and again, I want you tomake your own journey, but
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  • today, Jesus is not welcome inour schools nor is he welcomed
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  • in government owned property,and tragically, nor is he
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  • welcome in our military.
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  • Bibles, we're told, they'redivisive and they should be
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  • limited to private places.
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  • Church attendance, that'sdeclining, and those who attend
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  • church to a great extent areunclear about the divinity of
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  • Jesus or the authority ofScripture.
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  • Those who are willing toidentify as Christians,
  • 00:16:56.507 --> 00:16:59.644
  • typically, they don't want to beseen as too zealous.
  • 00:16:59.677 --> 00:17:04.215
  • It's not unintentional,we understand that such
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  • designations lead to ostracismand we don't want to be limited.
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  • Christian symbols, they're nolonger welcome on public
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  • property; Christian prayers,we're told, are divisive;
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  • Christian holidays, they have tobe repurposed or diminished;
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  • Sundays, oh, those are forrecreation and refreshing.
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  • Pretty accurate description, Ithink, of our current culture.
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  • So it shouldn't surprise us thatour churches are closed nor that
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  • many of our pastors and leadersand churches have capitulated,
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  • the outcome is clear,Jesus told us in advance.
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  • Even the orchestrator of theopposition knows his fate,
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  • that's why the hatred is sointense.
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  • Now what's not clear is ourpersonal response, what will we
  • 00:17:53.264 --> 00:17:57.535
  • do, how will we respond to thelove of God and to the person
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  • of Jesus?
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  • This is very personal, thisisn't institutional, this isn't
  • 00:18:05.009 --> 00:18:07.478
  • denominational, this isn't aboutwhether you read Greek or
  • 00:18:07.512 --> 00:18:10.148
  • Hebrew, what are we going to do,how are we going to respond to
  • 00:18:10.181 --> 00:18:13.217
  • the love of God and the personof Jesus?
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  • Will we stand?
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  • Will we strengthen one another?
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  • Will we pretend that we don'thear the turmoil?
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  • Will we turn away from our sin?
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  • Will we choose to be identifiedwith Jesus?
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  • We prefer the admiration of thecrowds, it's not a new problem,
  • 00:18:30.268 --> 00:18:33.504
  • it's as old as theJesus story is;
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  • we're just the latest edition.
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  • I don't want you to feel uniqueor picked on or mistreated,
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  • I want you to understandyou've been entrusted
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  • with a sacred opportunity.
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  • I'm not frightened orthreatened, I'm not even
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  • particularly anxious, Jesus toldus what was gonna happen.
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  • To be honest, I'm a littleexcited, we're getting close
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  • to the King.
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  • [applause]
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  • And when I read what John wroteand I think about what John
  • 00:19:10.975 --> 00:19:15.146
  • endured, I have to have sometime for reflection and I don't
  • 00:19:15.179 --> 00:19:23.387
  • mean Bible study, I've gottalook at my heart.
  • 00:19:23.421 --> 00:19:27.892
  • I'm telling you, John had toovercome some things,
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  • and I don't hear any backup inhim, "You're gonna banish me
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  • to an island?
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  • You do what you gotta do,"and then God gives him
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  • the Revelation.
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  • What have we imagined it meansto be a Christian?
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  • We leave if we don't like themusic or the seat's not
  • 00:19:49.880 --> 00:19:52.116
  • comfortable or the sermon wenttoo long, really?
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  • We withhold our money if theydon't do what we want them
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  • to do, for real?
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  • What have we become?
  • 00:20:03.928 --> 00:20:10.501
  • I want to close with onelast passage from John,
  • 00:20:10.534 --> 00:20:14.305
  • it's the last chapter of thebook of Revelation, verse 7.
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  • This is Jesus's messagethrough his best friend,
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  • "Behold, I'm coming soon.
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  • Blessed is he who keeps theWords of the prophecy in
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  • this book.
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  • I, John, I'm the one who heardand saw these things, and when
  • 00:20:32.089 --> 00:20:35.760
  • I'd heard and seen them, I felldown to worship at the feet of
  • 00:20:35.793 --> 00:20:37.995
  • the angel who was showing themto me.
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  • But he said to me, 'Don't dothat, I'm a fellow servant with
  • 00:20:40.331 --> 00:20:44.068
  • you, and with your brothers theprophets, and all who keep
  • 00:20:44.101 --> 00:20:47.038
  • the Words of this book,worship God.'"
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  • Did you hear the message?
  • 00:20:53.377 --> 00:20:55.112
  • We've just got invited to standnext to John, and Peter
  • 00:20:55.146 --> 00:20:59.583
  • and James and Matthew, andthe prophets, and whoever
  • 00:20:59.617 --> 00:21:04.989
  • your heroes are.
  • 00:21:05.022 --> 00:21:06.490
  • "I'm a fellow servant with you,with all the angels, with your
  • 00:21:06.524 --> 00:21:09.593
  • brothers the prophets, and allwho keep the words of the book."
  • 00:21:09.627 --> 00:21:12.363
  • I want to be in that list, Iwant to receive the love of God.
  • 00:21:12.396 --> 00:21:22.373
  • We're gonna have to overcomea little bit, it's okay,
  • 00:21:22.406 --> 00:21:25.643
  • it's not new, we're notthe first generation,
  • 00:21:25.676 --> 00:21:31.315
  • we're not the first time.
  • 00:21:31.349 --> 00:21:32.950
  • It's been a little difficult fora season but we can't overcome,
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  • God loves us enoughto wake us up.
  • 00:21:37.254 --> 00:21:43.227
  • Want you to stand with me, Ithink we ought to do exactly
  • 00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:47.231
  • what John said, we're gonnaworship the Lord for a minute.
  • 00:21:47.264 --> 00:21:50.267
  • Now I know for some of you thisis a bridge too far, so here's
  • 00:21:50.301 --> 00:21:54.839
  • my suggestion, I'm kidding.
  • 00:21:54.872 --> 00:22:01.445
  • We have much to thank the Lordfor, I really want you to go
  • 00:22:01.479 --> 00:22:05.816
  • away and think a little bitabout your journey, and what
  • 00:22:05.850 --> 00:22:09.854
  • faith has looked like and whatit looks like, and what
  • 00:22:09.887 --> 00:22:12.456
  • we're gonna do--I won't accept it, folks,
  • 00:22:12.490 --> 00:22:16.961
  • I've yielded the last time.
  • 00:22:16.994 --> 00:22:21.365
  • I don't even know fully whatthat means, but I can tell you
  • 00:22:21.399 --> 00:22:25.870
  • when they said, "Be tolerant,"like we can't be tolerant to
  • 00:22:25.903 --> 00:22:30.441
  • ungodliness and immorality,and perversion and wickedness
  • 00:22:30.474 --> 00:22:33.644
  • and hate; it doesn't help.
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  • [applause]
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  • We're going to have to learnto pray, can we just thank
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  • the Lord for his goodness to us,that he's waking us up again?
  • 00:22:46.023 --> 00:22:48.793
  • Lord, we thank you today, wepraise you, Lord, that our
  • 00:22:48.826 --> 00:22:52.897
  • circumstances may be unpleasantand the season may be
  • 00:22:52.930 --> 00:22:55.666
  • inconvenient but you stilloccupy the throne; that Jesus is
  • 00:22:55.699 --> 00:23:00.137
  • still the name above all names,that he's Lord of all.
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  • We praise you that God is stillon the throne,
  • 00:23:03.841 --> 00:23:06.110
  • that he's the Creator andthe sustainer of all things.
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  • We give you glory today, thatyou watch over your people in
  • 00:23:09.413 --> 00:23:13.184
  • the earth, that we're not aloneor isolated, we bless your name,
  • 00:23:13.217 --> 00:23:17.588
  • that we may be banished orexiled and you still bring us
  • 00:23:17.621 --> 00:23:20.257
  • revelations, we praise youfor it today.
  • 00:23:20.291 --> 00:23:23.327
  • We give you glory and honor,you are worthy above all others,
  • 00:23:23.360 --> 00:23:27.198
  • we praise you, that you'vecalled us out of the kingdom of
  • 00:23:27.231 --> 00:23:30.434
  • darkness into the kingdom ofyour Son, that through the blood
  • 00:23:30.468 --> 00:23:33.938
  • of Jesus we've been redeemedand sanctified and justified,
  • 00:23:33.971 --> 00:23:38.309
  • that you've washed usand made us clean.
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  • I thank you that every claimagainst us has been swept away
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  • by the blood of Jesus, we giveyou glory today and honor and
  • 00:23:44.715 --> 00:23:48.853
  • praise and thanksgiving.
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  • Let the earth be filled with thepraises of the living God.
  • 00:23:50.921 --> 00:23:55.326
  • We bless you today, you areworthy, you are worthy,
  • 00:23:55.359 --> 00:23:59.263
  • you are worthy.
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  • Let Jesus's name be exalted.
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  • Father, awaken your peoples,shake us from our slumber,
  • 00:24:04.502 --> 00:24:10.007
  • we are listening, we wannacooperate.
  • 00:24:10.040 --> 00:24:12.877
  • Help us to use our voices andour influence for your glory and
  • 00:24:12.910 --> 00:24:16.313
  • your honor, that we not beafraid or intimidated or
  • 00:24:16.347 --> 00:24:19.416
  • threatened, give us asupernatural boldness.
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  • We praise you for it, we thankyou for what you're doing today,
  • 00:24:22.520 --> 00:24:27.191
  • in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hallelujah, give the Lorda hand.
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