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May 12, 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 Most Abundant Life: Our Awesome God

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  • Allen Jackson: Now, thisweekend, I want to focus on one
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  • particular idea thatthe Scripture unveils to us
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  • because it is essential to thisnotion.
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  • It's very simple.
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  • It's this, that God isthe creator and the designer
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  • of all things.
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  • In Genesis chapter 1 and verse1, that's very
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  • near the beginning of the Bible,all right?
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  • If you're not a biblicalscholar, and you don't know
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  • where to find that, goto the table of contents,
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  • and it's the next page, okay?
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  • In fact, it's probably the mostwell-known verse in all
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  • of the Bible.
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  • I suspect you know it.
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  • It says in the beginning...
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  • See, you're so smart.
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  • God created the heavensand the earth, and there's
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  • a couple of ways to lookat that, and you can think,
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  • "Boy, that was a big bucket."
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  • It was gonna be a bestsellerand we needed a really punchy
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  • first line and that seemedto have a scope and breadth
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  • and enough influence that wecould start with this.
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  • Or you could imagine that it'san essential idea for the rest
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  • of the entire story thatin the beginning God created
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  • the heavens and the Earth.
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  • I would vote for the latterof those two options.
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  • That it changes everything nowif that was the only place it
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  • was stated in the Bible you candismiss it.
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  • You can shrug your shouldersand say hey, it's a good
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  • intro line.
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  • We've all searched for an introline for something we were
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  • putting together.
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  • But it's far more than that.
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  • The notion of God as creator isa part of the fabric
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  • of Scripture.
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  • It's asserted in all the books.
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  • It's asserted in allthe historical time periods.
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  • All the characters you knowso well from reading the Bible
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  • affirm it throughout the pagesof Scripture.
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  • I brought you just a setof representative samples.
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  • It's by no means an inclusivelist, but I wanted you to see
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  • the breadth of this ideain Scripture, because I'm going
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  • to ask you to make a choicetoday before you leave this
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  • place with regard to this ideaand this principle.
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  • Look at Exodus 31 that would bethe second book of the Bible
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  • in case you don't know.
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  • It says, "It's a sign between meand the sons of Israel forever.
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  • For in six days, the Lord madeheaven and earth,
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  • but on the seventh day he ceasedfrom labor and was refreshed."
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  • Every Sabbath is a reminder thaton the previous six days God is
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  • the creator.
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  • When we have a day of rest, whenwe have a weekend, when we take
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  • a break from our labor a partof that is to reflect
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  • upon Almighty God, the creatorof heaven and Earth
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  • and everything that is in it.
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  • In the book of Deuteronomy,chapter 4 it says: "Indeed ask
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  • now concerning the former days,which were before you
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  • since the day that God createdman on the Earth and enquire
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  • from one end of the heavensto the other, has anything been
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  • done like this great thingor has anything been heard
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  • like it?"
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  • Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,Numbers, Deuteronomy; the books
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  • of Moses, the heartof the Hebrew Bible,
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  • the beginning books of the Bibleaffirm God as creator.
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  • We move into the historicalnarrative the books
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  • about the judgesand the monarchies and the kings
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  • of Israel and the prophets.
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  • The theme is carried forwardthere.
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  • In 1 Chronicles 16: "Allthe gods of the peoples are
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  • idols, but the Lord madethe heavens."
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  • We've been learning principlesof interpreting our Bible
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  • reading, our Bibleand and here's one idea that is
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  • helpful: if you find an ideathat is asserted, repeated
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  • throughout the courseof Scripture in all sorts
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  • of historical context and socialcontext.
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  • It isn't just because it's agood idea, it's because it's
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  • an idea that's difficult to holdor an idea that is consistently
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  • challenged.
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  • See, I think we could imaginethat the 21st century is
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  • the first group of peopleto ever have the idea that we
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  • were too smart to believe thatGod created the heavens
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  • and the Earth.
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  • It's easy to believe kinda havethat historical arrogance
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  • and think, "Well, our generationis so enlightened that we face
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  • a unique challenge.
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  • You know, back in the day it waseasy to believe that."
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  • But that's not whatthe Scripture suggests.
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  • If we go all the way backto ancient Israel
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  • and the monarchiesand the prophets are necessary
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  • to remind the people thatthere's all sorts of gods
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  • to choose from, all kindsof idols, and all those idols
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  • had economic benefits that werepromised and social status that
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  • was promised.
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  • The Canaanite fertility god,you'd get better crops
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  • and better income and moresecurity if you'd worshiped
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  • the Baals or the Asherah,or the Egyptian gods that you've
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  • seen from-- with Hollywood'shelp with the heads of animals
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  • and the bodies of human beings.
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  • And the prophets remind us thatthey're all idols, they're all
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  • pretenders, they have no innatepower, but there is one true
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  • God, the Almighty God that isthe creator of heaven and Earth.
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  • It's an idea you gotta sort out,you gotta wrestle with it
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  • and the fact that you wrestlewith it does not make you
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  • a faithless person or a personwith a hard heart, it makes
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  • you human.
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  • And the fact that it ischallenged in our generation
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  • doesn't mean we are smarter thanthe previous generation, it
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  • means in every generation,there's a spirit that challenges
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  • God and that hasn't diminishedin the 21st century in case you
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  • haven't noticed.
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  • 2 Kings 19: "Hezekiah prayedto the Lord and said, 'Lord
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  • the God of Israel, you areenthroned above the cherubim.
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  • You are the God, you alone areall the kingdoms of the Earth,
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  • you who have made heavenand Earth.'" In Nehemiah chapter
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  • 9 it says, "You alone arethe Lord, you made the heavens,
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  • the heaven of heavens with alltheir host."
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  • First we'll turn the page.
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  • I know I skipped a verse,it's okay.
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  • "You made the heavens,the heaven of heavens with all
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  • their hosts, the Earth and allthat's on it the seas and all
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  • that's in them.
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  • You give life to all of themin the heavenly host bows
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  • down before you."
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  • Some of you will rememberNehemiah is the cup bearer
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  • to the Persian king.
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  • He's a foreigner livingin a foreign land.
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  • In this period of Israelitehistory, we call it The Exile:
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  • Jerusalem has been destroyed,the temple has been destroyed.
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  • A proportion of the populationhad been deported.
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  • They've lived in Babylon and nowPersia.
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  • There's an empire change.
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  • Nehemiah is this placeof prominence and he is
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  • asserting again the notion thatGod is the creator
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  • of the heavens and the Earthand everything that is in them.
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  • It's a season when it would bevery important to be reminded
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  • of that not only arethe Israelites living
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  • in a foreign land in the midstof a group of people who don't
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  • worship the God of Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob in the midst
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  • of a pagan culture with pagantemples and pagan rituals
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  • and they no longer havethe privilege of offering daily
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  • sacrifices and their holidaysaren't celebrated as broadly as
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  • they were when they werein their homeland.
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  • They also have the historicalremembrance and the personal
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  • stories-- they've seen Jerusalemdestroyed by a foreign army.
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  • They saw the temple of AlmightyGod torn down.
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  • They're no longer celebratingPassover in Jerusalem in the way
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  • that they had for hundredsand hundreds of years.
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  • I don't have the imaginationnor the language to try
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  • to convey to you the emotionalhit that would be.
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  • I have to thinking it would beroughly analogous to to seeing
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  • Washington D.C. leveled with allthe buildings that you know so
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  • well and the monuments that area part of our history and you
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  • see them obliteratedby an adversary.
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  • It would shake your confidenceit would cause you to reevaluate
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  • your faith and what you trustedin and what your source was
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  • a Nehemiah is sayingto the people of God, you alone,
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  • Lord, made the heavens.
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  • The Earth and all that's on it,you made it; the seas and all
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  • that's in them.
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  • He's asserting the majestyand the power and the strength
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  • of Almighty God.
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  • We can't afford to lose thatthought.
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  • In Job 38, you know the storyof Job.
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  • Some scholars think it's oneof the oldest, if not
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  • the oldest, book in the Bible.
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  • Job was a man of great success,great affluence, a godly man.
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  • In fact, God brags about Jobwhen Satan presents himself.
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  • He says there's nobody in allthe Earth like Job.
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  • And Satan says it's only becauseyou blessed him so much.
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  • Do you know that God wantsto bless you?
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  • I smile, sometimes asChristians, we get so--
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  • we debate some odd things.
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  • God wants good things for you.
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  • "Well, well, I don't serve Godfor good things."
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  • Okay, but he still wants goodthings for you.
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  • Well, I understand you can'tevaluate your spiritual
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  • wellbeing or your spiritualhealth by the label in your
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  • clothing or the balance in youraccounts, that's nonsense.
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  • But can we settle the idea thatGod wants good things for you?
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  • The Bible says that abundance isa blessing and poverty
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  • is a curse.
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  • Now I know godly people thatstruggle with a little, doesn't
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  • mean that there's something--that the fact that you're
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  • in a difficult season doesn'tmean, you're diminished.
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  • In fact, Job goes through is oneof those seasons.
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  • He loses everything he has: heloses his wealth, he loses his
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  • family, he loses almost allof his friends, he loses any
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  • status, he has-- he eventuallyeven loses his health.
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  • It's an awkward book because Godgives some sense of permission
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  • for that to happen to Job.
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  • Can you think of any place elsein the Bible where God gives
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  • permission for someone tobe sifted?
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  • Remember, what Jesus saidto Peter?
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  • "Peter, I've prayed for you.
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  • The devil has asked permissionto sift you."
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  • And Jesus says, "But it's okay,I've prayed that your faith
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  • won't fail."
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  • I've always thought that wasan odd prayer.
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  • If I had been Peter I'd say,"No, Lord, pray it won't happen.
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  • Tell the devil to leaveme alone.
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  • I mean, I know, you pray it."
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  • See, life is more challengingthan we'd like.
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  • It's why you can't letpossessions be the barometer
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  • of where you are with the Lordbut don't let it get in your
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  • heart that God doesn't want goodthings for you.
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  • But finally after Job'slost everything and
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  • his friends role in.
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  • What friends Job had.
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  • They start pointing out allthe reasons why they think Job
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  • has been beset with thesecalamities and none of them is
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  • giving a true God perspective,and when God's had enough he
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  • steps into the conversation.
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  • That's what you have, it's Job38 and 2.
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  • It says, "Who is this thatdarkens counsel by words
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  • without knowledge?"
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  • In The Living Bible God said ifyou're so smart, who is it
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  • that's chattering in this room?
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  • I love this passage: "Now girdup your loins like a man, and
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  • I will ask you, and youinstruct me."
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  • But a hitch up your britches,I'm about to ask you
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  • some questions.
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  • "Where were you when I laidthe foundation of the Earth?
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  • Tell me if you haveunderstanding."
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  • If you're so smart, tell me howI made this place?
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  • God never steps away from that,it's the ultimate assertion
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  • of his authority, his power.
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  • Some of you prefer the NewTestament in Mark chapter 10.
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  • Jesus is speaking, he says, "Butfrom the beginning of creation
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  • God made them male and female."
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  • I think it's worth noting thatJesus believed God was
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  • the creator.
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  • If you're a believer in Jesus, Idon't believe Jesus was playing
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  • dumb because he lived in the 1stcentury.
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  • Jesus said he was the truth,the way, the truth, and the life
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  • and if he understood God to becreator I think it's probably
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  • in your best interest, and mine,to accept what Jesus taught us.
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  • That's probably also worthnoting, at least in passing,
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  • that Jesus said God made themmale and female.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • I'm an advocate for choiceand freedom and opportunity
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  • and options, but we have drunkso deeply of that notion that we
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  • can choose our futures that weimagine some choices God hasn't
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  • given to us.
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  • Mark 13, Jesus is speakingagain, he said, "For those days
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  • will be a time of tribulationsuch has not occurred
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  • since the beginning of creation,which God created, until now."
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  • Again, he's acknowledging God ascreator.
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  • In Romans chapter 1 it says,"Since the creation of the world
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  • his invisible attributes, hiseternal power, and divine nature
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  • have been clearly seen beingunderstood through what has been
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  • made so that they arewithout excuse."
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  • Paul makes a brilliantpresentation in Romans chapter 1
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  • and at the heart of it is thisnotion: that in creation there
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  • is a revelation of God.
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  • His eternal power and divineattributes are made plain in his
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  • creation so that every humanbeing is without an excuse.
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  • It's a clear acknowledgement asGod as creator, but Paul goes
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  • on to say that we refuseto acknowledge the creator
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  • and instead, we chooseto worship created things.
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  • Now, that isn't justabout idols: images made
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  • in the form of animals or peopleor something else.
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  • When you worship creation--ourgeneration I think is filled
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  • with this notion as anygeneration, perhaps, it's far
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  • more fashionable you get farmore momentum in the public
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  • arena of discussion if you'reinterested in saving the whales
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  • or the Spotted owlsor the Tennessee Walking Horses,
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  • then if you initiated discussionon acknowledging God has
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  • the creator.
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  • What have we done?
  • 00:13:42.780 --> 00:13:44.082
  • We're more willing to worshipcreation than we are the one who
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  • created it.
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  • Now, I believe we havea responsibility of stewards
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  • of the Earth and everythingthat's in it, to the care
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  • for the planet in which we live,but I don't want to worship
  • 00:13:52.390 --> 00:13:55.093
  • the rainforest, I wantto worship the one who
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  • created them.
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  • And there is some culturalpressure on that point--
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • But it's helpful to understandit's not a new idea.
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  • This challenge is not somethingthat has emerged in the 21st
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  • century, and those voices thatsuggest you're intellectually
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  • a little off for a littleuninformed or a little
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  • simplistic or little antiquatedbecause you believe in a God who
  • 00:14:20.919 --> 00:14:24.722
  • created the heavens and theEarth are not new voices.
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  • In fact, they're the voices thatgo all the way back to Genesis 1
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  • when the voice said in thegarden, "Did God really say?"
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  • There has been a spiritin the Earth challenging
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  • the authority of Almighty Godfrom our introduction
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  • to the story.
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  • So, don't apologize because youchoose to believe in God.
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  • Don't feel somehow inadequateor ill prepared or antiquated,
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  • you're not.
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  • In the days ahead of you whenyou will be most grateful
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  • because you choseto believe in him.
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  • Allen: Any number of the mostbrilliant scientists in our
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  • world today embrace an ideaof intelligent design.
  • 00:15:51.943 --> 00:15:56.214
  • They look at our world, ourcreation, and then they say that
  • 00:15:56.247 --> 00:15:59.984
  • the order, the specificity,the exactness of our world
  • 00:16:00.018 --> 00:16:03.354
  • demands an explanationbeyond just random occurrence.
  • 00:16:03.388 --> 00:16:09.460
  • That to look at the worldand say it just happened is
  • 00:16:09.494 --> 00:16:17.869
  • perhaps not the highest and bestuse of our intellect.
  • 00:16:17.902 --> 00:16:23.441
  • Now, I know we've sat in allsorts of settings with highly
  • 00:16:23.474 --> 00:16:26.310
  • qualified people that useenormous words and then they've
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  • helped you with that but Iwanna-- I just wanna walk you
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  • through that general notion.
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  • This is a book and it's a Biblebut let's just call it a book.
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  • You know, publishing and bookshave had an enormous impact
  • 00:16:38.256 --> 00:16:41.392
  • on the world, but just imaginethat you get a book.
  • 00:16:41.426 --> 00:16:45.363
  • Well, I know the paper comesfrom trees so let's just imagine
  • 00:16:45.396 --> 00:16:47.665
  • that sometime backin the primordial whatever,
  • 00:16:47.698 --> 00:16:50.568
  • a tree fell in the woods and itbegan to deteriorate as happens
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  • and as it did remarkably thatwood deteriorated into paper
  • 00:16:58.976 --> 00:17:08.486
  • in page form and they all piledup very neatly.
  • 00:17:08.519 --> 00:17:14.425
  • Now, in the wood where the treefell there were snails
  • 00:17:14.459 --> 00:17:20.031
  • and an undisproportionatepopulation of snails migrated
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  • to where this paper hadpiled up.
  • 00:17:24.035 --> 00:17:28.206
  • And when the snails died loand behold, they contained
  • 00:17:28.239 --> 00:17:31.909
  • a dye, ink-like.
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  • And when the snails died thatdye stained the paper
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  • from the tree in such a precisepattern that one day you would
  • 00:17:43.354 --> 00:17:50.928
  • recognize it as language.
  • 00:17:50.962 --> 00:17:55.166
  • And one day, where this tree hadfallen and these snails had
  • 00:17:55.199 --> 00:17:58.202
  • died, a cow walked up.
  • 00:17:58.236 --> 00:18:04.142
  • And that cow died right therewhere the tree died
  • 00:18:04.175 --> 00:18:07.311
  • and the snails died and someof the hide from that cow
  • 00:18:07.345 --> 00:18:12.750
  • managed to wrap itself around.
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  • And then one dark night, therewas a storm and lightning struck
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  • the cow hide and the paperand a ribbon occurred.
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  • Now, you will laugh at my littlestory and mock me in public
  • 00:18:32.436 --> 00:18:38.342
  • 'cause that seems improbableto you but you're willing
  • 00:18:38.376 --> 00:18:42.213
  • to believe that I just happened.
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  • Poof.
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  • The number of things that wouldhave to happen precisely
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  • in exactness, in order for thisto happen, make believing that
  • 00:18:57.695 --> 00:19:05.603
  • this just happened,child's play.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Now, why do we care?
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  • I don't want to have a debatewith the scientific community.
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  • I'm not tryin' to pick a fightwith the academics.
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  • I enjoy learning and study,but if you imagine that God is
  • 00:19:26.057 --> 00:19:30.428
  • the creator, it changeseverything about your
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  • relationship with him.
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  • Almighty God becomes your ally.It's the stuff of Scripture.
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  • Look with me in Romans chapter 8it says, "What then shall we say
  • 00:19:40.805 --> 00:19:44.342
  • in response to this?
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  • If God is for us, who can beagainst us?"
  • 00:19:45.843 --> 00:19:50.581
  • If God is on your sidedo you really care who's
  • 00:19:50.615 --> 00:19:52.917
  • on the other side?
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  • It's not bothering me much.
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  • And what is the limit of God'sconcern for you?
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  • It's expressed in the very nextverse: "He who did not spare his
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  • own son, but gave him upfor us all.
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  • How will he not also,along with him, graciously give
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  • us all things?"
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  • What has God given?
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  • What has he done on your behalf?
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  • He offered his son.
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  • We had a problem we couldn'tresolve on our own.
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  • We were powerless to overcomethe deficit we faced and God
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  • provided his son.
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  • "Who will bring any chargeagainst those whom God
  • 00:20:27.318 --> 00:20:29.620
  • has chosen?
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  • It is God who justifies."
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  • Who is the one who justifiesyou and me?
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  • The creator.
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  • "Who is he that condemns?
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  • Christ Jesus, who died, morethan that who was raised to life
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  • is at the right hand of Godand is also interceding for us."
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  • You know Jesus is for you notbecause you're perfect.
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  • The whole Jesus storyacknowledges we're not perfect.
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  • The reason the cross isnecessary, the reason the grave
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  • was filled is our failuresand the reason the tomb was
  • 00:20:58.082 --> 00:21:02.853
  • empty was for our justification.
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  • The Bible gives us permissionto come boldly before the throne
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  • of grace in our time of need notin our time of perfection.
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  • If you're in a place today whereyou have stumbled and fallen
  • 00:21:14.598 --> 00:21:17.568
  • and drop the ball or takenthe wrong path whatever metaphor
  • 00:21:17.601 --> 00:21:20.705
  • you use for being ungodly, don'twalk away from God, walk
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  • towards him.
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  • God has made provisionfor you and me.
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  • We don't have to pretend asChrist followers, we can come
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  • to the Lord and say, "Oh, Lord,help me.
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  • Help me, I'm wrong."
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  • And Jesus will intercedefor you.
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  • That is an abundant life.
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  • Who shall separate usfrom the love of Christ: trouble
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  • or hardship or persecutionor famine or nakedness
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  • or danger or sword?
  • 00:21:50.935 --> 00:21:52.236
  • It isn't that we believein an abundant life just because
  • 00:21:52.269 --> 00:21:54.505
  • of ease and comfort, that's notthe point at all.
  • 00:21:54.538 --> 00:21:58.609
  • In fact, there are times life isnot easy and it isn't
  • 00:21:58.642 --> 00:22:00.778
  • comfortable for everybody.
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  • But our hope in timeand in eternity is linked
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  • to Almighty God.
  • 00:22:08.419 --> 00:22:09.887
  • Now way back at the beginningof the year when we started this
  • 00:22:09.920 --> 00:22:12.156
  • study, I invited you towardsa breakthrough this year.
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  • It's beyond your power or yourresources or your immune system
  • 00:22:16.794 --> 00:22:19.897
  • or your connections; it'ssomething God does on
  • 00:22:19.930 --> 00:22:22.099
  • your behalf.
  • 00:22:22.133 --> 00:22:23.701
  • God is in that business and Ididn't want the year to come
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  • to a conclusion withoutrevisiting that invitation.
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  • Hundreds of you have sharedwith me breakthrough stories,
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  • but we're not done yet.
  • 00:22:32.877 --> 00:22:35.079
  • We're not-- God's timing is oneof the most inscrutable parts
  • 00:22:35.112 --> 00:22:38.015
  • of my relationship with him.
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  • I don't understand that.I'll be candid with you.
  • 00:22:39.817 --> 00:22:42.153
  • When I read my Bible I don'tunderstand it.
  • 00:22:42.186 --> 00:22:44.588
  • I know Daniel and the lion's denis a wonderful story and I'm
  • 00:22:44.622 --> 00:22:47.258
  • grateful to Daniel walkedout of the den, but if you were
  • 00:22:47.291 --> 00:22:49.760
  • Daniel wouldn't it have beenbetter if God had intervened
  • 00:22:49.794 --> 00:22:52.329
  • before you met the cats?
  • 00:22:52.363 --> 00:22:56.801
  • Would you've been willingto give that testimony that your
  • 00:22:56.834 --> 00:22:58.936
  • enemies were a rock from heavenfell on them and you never had
  • 00:22:58.969 --> 00:23:03.574
  • to go to the lions' den.
  • 00:23:03.607 --> 00:23:04.909
  • I like the story of the threeguys that went in the furnace
  • 00:23:04.942 --> 00:23:07.211
  • and came out and didn't evensmell smoky, but it'd be all
  • 00:23:07.244 --> 00:23:09.814
  • right with me if I didn't haveto go in the furnace.
  • 00:23:09.847 --> 00:23:13.317
  • I'm grateful God delivered Peterfrom a prison, that he sent
  • 00:23:13.350 --> 00:23:16.020
  • an angel to wake him up,and the chains fell away,
  • 00:23:16.053 --> 00:23:18.189
  • and the door swung open but ifit's all the same with you
  • 00:23:18.222 --> 00:23:20.858
  • I'd just skip the weekprison, huh?
  • 00:23:20.891 --> 00:23:25.629
  • So, God's timing I can'talways--I don't know,
  • 00:23:25.663 --> 00:23:28.933
  • but I believe in God.
  • 00:23:28.966 --> 00:23:30.267
  • Look at Ephesians 6 in verse 10:"Finally, be strong in the Lord
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  • and in his mighty power."
  • 00:23:33.904 --> 00:23:36.440
  • That's a wonderful sentence.
  • 00:23:36.474 --> 00:23:38.175
  • What's the strength ofour lives?
  • 00:23:38.209 --> 00:23:40.511
  • The power of God.
  • 00:23:40.544 --> 00:23:42.913
  • What enables us to stand?
  • 00:23:42.947 --> 00:23:44.548
  • The power of God.
  • 00:23:44.582 --> 00:23:46.417
  • The next sentence is a bit moreawkward: "Put on the full armor
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  • of God so that you cantake your stand against
  • 00:23:49.920 --> 00:23:52.022
  • the devil's schemes."
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  • I'd rather not.
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  • I'd just would be happy if Godwould do that but apparently
  • 00:23:57.094 --> 00:24:01.265
  • it's a part of the assignmentthat comes with creation.
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  • God created us to take a stand.
  • 00:24:03.601 --> 00:24:07.538
  • And he says put on your armorand take your stand.
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  • This is not something which youcan forfeit.
  • 00:24:10.641 --> 00:24:13.310
  • You can't be conscientiousobjector.
  • 00:24:13.344 --> 00:24:16.380
  • You're either being an overcomeror you're being overcome.
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  • It explains a great deal.
  • 00:24:21.819 --> 00:24:23.554
  • Sitting in church does not makeyou a Christ follower.
  • 00:24:23.587 --> 00:24:26.056
  • You have to decide to puton the armor and to take
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:28.192
  • a stand.
  • 00:24:28.225 --> 00:24:29.760
  • Many of you would like differentoutcomes in the world, different
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  • outcomes for your childrenand your grandchildren,
  • 00:24:32.363 --> 00:24:34.632
  • but you're busy and your life'stoo crowded and you don't really
  • 00:24:34.665 --> 00:24:36.834
  • think about it, you just wishsomebody else would do that.
  • 00:24:36.867 --> 00:24:40.437
  • And God has touched us and saidyou're the somebody else;
  • 00:24:40.471 --> 00:24:44.174
  • I called you to go into allthe world and make disciples
  • 00:24:44.208 --> 00:24:46.410
  • of all nations.
  • 00:24:46.443 --> 00:24:47.778
  • "No, that's what we haveour pastor for."
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  • It's a great idea, it justdoesn't happen to be biblical.
  • 00:24:50.881 --> 00:24:55.286
  • God's called each andevery one of us.
  • 00:24:55.319 --> 00:24:58.589
  • Look at Psalm 100 inverse 2, it says,
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  • "Serve the Lord with gladness.
  • 00:25:01.892 --> 00:25:03.260
  • Come before him withjoyful singing.
  • 00:25:03.294 --> 00:25:05.563
  • Know that the Lordhimself, it is God.
  • 00:25:05.596 --> 00:25:07.298
  • It is he who has made us and notwe ourselves."
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  • There's a themeemerging here.
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  • The one who made us hasinvited us to serve the Lord
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  • with gladness to come beforehim with joyful singing.
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  • It's in that that we begin toknow that there is a God.
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  • Serving the Lord is notsomething for hyper Christians,
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  • for super Christians, forexceptional Christians.
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  • We are all called to bedisciple makers.
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  • announcer: Jesus is theultimate anchor for our souls.
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  • Today when you give, you'llreceive Pastor Allen's sermon CD
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  • "Unwavering on the Rock."
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  • Loaded with Biblical truth, itreveals how your faith in God
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  • in the Lord, and make decisionsthat impact the future.
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  • "Unwavering on the Rock" isyours when you give today.
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