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May 21, 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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  • Allen Jackson: A topicfor the weekend is Holy
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  • and Godly lives.
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  • Thank you for that enthusiasticresponse.
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  • I'm excited too.
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  • There's a verse of Scripture,that's been rumbling
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  • around inside of me for a bit.
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  • So it made it to the outlinethis week, 2 Peter 3, "The day
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  • of the Lord will comelike a thief."
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  • That's the day of the Lord'sreturn.
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  • You know he's coming backto the earth just as certainly
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  • as he came to Bethlehem,but he's coming, you know, there
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  • isn't any event in scripturethat has more prophetic
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  • direction towards it thanJesus's second return coming.
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  • But it's still says he'll comelike a thief.
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  • We'll be unprepared.
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  • It'll be unexpected by most.
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  • Don't be in that group.
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  • "When he comes the heavens willdisappear with a roar
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  • and the elements will bedestroyed by fire and the Earth
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  • and everything in it will belaid bare.
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  • Since everything will bedestroyed in this way what kind
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  • of people ought you to be?"
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  • I wanna submit to you that'sa very important question.
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  • The King of kings, the judgeof all the earth.
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  • The judge of the livingand the dead.
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  • The Creator of heaven and earthis coming back to the earth
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  • in bodily form to see youand me.
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  • What kind of people ought weto be?
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  • I would submit to you thatdeserves more than a casual
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  • glance, or a passing answer,or a shrug of the shoulders
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  • and say, "Well, I saidthe sinner's prayer."
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  • What kind of people ought weto be?
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  • Last week of June we're takinga tour to Israel, about 200
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  • of us going which means thistime of the year our phones are
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  • ringing a lot.
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  • People say, you know, "What kindof shoes do I need to take?
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  • Do I need a hat?
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  • How powerful does the sunscreenneed to be in the Middle East?"
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  • It needs to be inside.
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  • "Did Jesus sit on this rock?"
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  • I mean, the questions that willcome.
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  • "How much eat a snacks do I needto put in my suitcase?"
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  • Appropriate questions, it's 10day trip.
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  • Then we'll answer thousandsof questions before we're done.
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  • Jesus is coming back.
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  • What kind of people ought weto be?
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  • It's a very important question.
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  • And if I had to distill itdown just a simple sentence
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  • or two in my best simplesouthern expression, I'll tell
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  • ya if I had to put itin the essential of this you
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  • need to be a person who's givenyour life to serving the Lord.
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  • Period.
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  • I'm not talking about sittingin church, and I'm not talking
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  • about a podium or a sermon.
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  • You can be a butcher, a baker,a candlestick maker, but you
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  • have given your life to servingthe Lord.
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  • That's your goal.
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  • That's your objective.
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  • If you're not that kindof person, his second coming is
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  • not gonna be a great thing.
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  • We ought to be a people whoserve the Lord.
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  • You know in this particularseason of our culture, serving
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  • is not particularly fashionable.
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  • You know, cultural trends arelike a pendulum.
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  • You know fashions like that.
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  • Once upon a time I remember whenbell bottoms were here.
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  • When they left I thought we'dnever see those rascals again.
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  • Here they came.
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  • Where we live long enough it'llcome back again, Lord help us
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  • all.
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  • Well, there was a time in ourin our nation's history when
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  • serving was fashionable.
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  • In fact, there was a time whenthe finest families, the young
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  • men and women from the finestfamilies in our country,
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  • the most affluent, the mostsocially upwardly mobile,
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  • the most celebrated, servedon the mission field as
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  • Christian missionaries.
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  • That's hard to believe, isn'tit?
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  • Their journeys would be recordedon the front pages of the finest
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  • most influential newspapersin our nation.
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  • Let's just almostbeyond imagination.
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  • That sounds like a fairy tale,doesn't it?
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  • Can you imagine the evening newsgiving us updates on young
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  • people who were serving asmissionaries for the Gospel
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  • of Jesus Christaround the world?
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  • That's our history.
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  • And that's not just ancienthistory, in the 1960s.
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  • I mean for some of you that'sancient, but hey.
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  • The Peace Corps was founded.
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  • We sent thousands and thousandsof young Americans
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  • around the world.
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  • It wasn't for the Gospel thistime, but it was to serve
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  • the people of the world.
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  • Serving was still fashionable.
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  • Not so much today.
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  • Somebody shared a survey with methis week.
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  • They said that young people'sprimary objective, their number
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  • one goal in the survey was to befamous.
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  • Not successful, not wealthy, notpowerful.
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  • Just famous.
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  • Well, go viral.
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  • Serving is not as fashionableanymore.
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  • Look at John 15:13.
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  • You've already seen iton the screens.
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  • Greater love has no one thanthis that he lay down his life
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  • for his friends.
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  • It doesn't necessarily mean youoffer yourself as a martyr.
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  • You put somebody else isinterested in front of your own.
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  • You serve.
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  • Romans 12, therefore, I urge youbrothers in view of God's Mercy
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  • to offer your bodies as livingsacrifices Holy and pleasing
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  • to God.
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  • This is worship.
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  • It says offering your body asa living sacrifice to God.
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  • If you're workin'through the books of Moses
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  • with us, if you're doin'the Bible reading, all those
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  • animals and the sacrifices,and do this with that part,
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  • and this is what that otherpart, but before those animals
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  • became a sacrifice as theirlives were forfeited they were
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  • slaughtered, but the NewTestament says to for you and me
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  • to offer our bodies as a livingsacrifice, by the time that
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  • sacrifice made it to the altarit was void of any self
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  • determination.
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  • No lamb got off the altar.
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  • Offer our bodies as a livingsacrifice.
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  • We think of worship in termsof music.
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  • I hear the discussions, "Whatkind of worship do you like."
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  • "Well, I'm a hymns person."
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  • Not me, I like contemporaryworship, I like the drums.
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  • Good rhythm line.
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  • I'm like a pillow.
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  • We're confused, folks, that'sabout musical tastes, and style,
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  • and preference.
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  • And I appreciate that we havedifferent taste.
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  • There's nothing wrong with thatbut that doesn't make it
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  • worship.
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  • Worship is about offeringyourself.
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  • It says that's just yourreasonable expression
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  • of worship.
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  • That's not extraordinary.
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  • That's not bizarre.
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  • That's not for hyper Christians.
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  • Look at Romans 5.
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  • "You see, at just the righttime, when we were still
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  • powerless.
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  • Christ died for the ungodly.
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  • Very rarely will anyone diefor a righteous man.
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  • Though for a good man someonemight possibly dare to die,
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  • but God demonstrates his ownlove for us in this: While we
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  • were still sinners, Christ diedfor us.
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  • Since we have now been justifiedby his blood how much more shall
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  • we be saved from God's wraththrough him?"
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  • Here's the bargain.
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  • God did something for us, whilewe were still ungodly
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  • and rebellious he sent his sonto offer himself as a sacrifice
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  • for you and me.
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  • And our reasonable servicein return for that isn't
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  • to offer ourselves as martyrs.
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  • But to offer ourselvesin serving the King of kings.
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  • That's the essence.
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  • What kind of people ought weto be?
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  • We ought to be a peoplecommitted to serving the king.
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  • It'll make your life better.
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  • It'll make our world better.
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  • I understand there's a wholemyriad of voices in this season
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  • that say there's really nohistorical evidence that
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  • a culture can be transformed.
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  • That my individual choice is notreally that important after all.
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  • So I should just do what's bestfor me what brings me the most
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  • pleasure.
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  • It gives me the most opportunityensures my kids have the best
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  • future.
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  • After all they're my primaryassignment and my primary
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  • responsibility.
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  • It's mostly about me and mine.
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  • Well, I disagree.
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  • Our own national history, forgetthe rest of the world, our own
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  • national history resonateswith the courage of generations
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  • of men and women, who have madeenormous sacrifices so that we
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  • might enjoy the freedomsand the liberty which define us
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  • today.
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  • The life that you and I lead hasnot come to us without cost.
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  • It hasn't come to uswithout there having been
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  • a tremendous price paid.
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  • Now, I know again, it's kindof the trend today to imagine
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  • that economic wellbeings areobvious choice for first
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  • priority in our lives.
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  • How do we get the most?
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  • Who will give us the mostfor the least?
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  • Who will ensure my wellbeing?
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  • Who'll take care of me?
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  • Well, I want to publicly thankGod that there have been people
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  • with an other viewthroughout our history.
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  • Because we're here today,because there have been
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  • generation after generationafter generation that held
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  • a different view than the onethat is most-- is the one that
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  • is most prevalent today.
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  • The American Revolution.
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  • It began because a looselyorganized group of people felt
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  • that the tyranny of Britain wasnot acceptable on a distant
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  • continent.
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  • And a group of ragtagfrontiersmen, loosely organized,
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  • underfunded with very littleinternational support to speak
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  • of, with the odds steeplystacked against them, decided
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  • to stand against the mostpowerful military in the world.
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  • And they came out of the woodsand from behind the plows.
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  • And the emerging citiesin America, and they stood
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  • up to the British regulars.
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  • The outcome was clear.
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  • All the observers understood it.
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  • The British would crushthe rebellion.
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  • Those that had dared to standagainst them would forfeit their
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  • freedom at the least and theirlives more than likely.
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  • And against all probability,in the most unlikely of outcomes
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  • our nation was born.
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  • I've read book after book.
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  • Where there were eyewitnessaccounts from British soldiers
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  • that said they had GeneralWashington in their sights
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  • with a shot that could not bemissed and somehow he escaped.
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  • I thank God for those menand women.
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  • But it wasn't a one time thing.
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  • Our history is filledwith turning points, with lines
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  • drawn in the sand, where therewas a generation of people who
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  • said they would make a sacrificefor our nation.
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  • We have a battlefield in our owncommunity.
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  • Battle of Stones River.
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  • There's not very many weeks thatgo past that I don't drive
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  • by that battlefield and I'mreminded of the sacrifice that
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  • was made so that we would havefreedom today.
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  • I hear people say, "There'snothing worth dying for."
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  • What a self absorbed idea.
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  • There's nothing worth dying for.
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  • I would question what you'reliving for.
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  • You know the Lincoln Douglasdebates?
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  • You ever heard of those?
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  • Remember from high schoolhistory?
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  • You know you had a coach lockedin a room with you.
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  • He didn't want to be there.
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  • You didn't want to be there.
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  • History got left someplace.
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  • I had that too.
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  • I liked coaches, but it stilldidn't help the history much.
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  • Well, the line is that if wedon't if we don't remember our
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  • history we're doomed to repeatit.
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  • Well, there was a seriesof seven debates between Abraham
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  • Lincoln and Stephen Douglasfor an Illinois state election.
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  • And they're celebrated is oneof the finest examples of logic
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  • and political debate in Americanhistory.
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  • Steven Douglas was pro slaveryand Lincoln opposed it.
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  • It was the idea that woulddefine his life before it was
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  • finished.
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  • And Douglas is argument wentlike this that slavery--
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  • the slavery question couldn't bedecided on a national basis.
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  • It was about choice.
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  • And regions of the country,and states of the country,
  • 00:12:10.522 --> 00:12:12.957
  • and pockets of the countryshould have the privilege
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  • of making the choices that woulddetermine their economic well
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  • being.
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  • And no federal governmentor other group of people had
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  • the privilege of making thosechoices for them.
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  • And he argued eloquentlyand passionately.
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  • And then Lincoln responded.
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  • And Lincoln said he too wasan advocate for choice.
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  • But then when the choices of oneindividual reached so broadly as
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  • to meant to diminishthe opportunity of liberty,
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  • and freedom, or threatenthe life of another individual,
  • 00:12:43.421 --> 00:12:46.357
  • we didn't have that freedomof choice.
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  • And he stood in oppositionto slavery.
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  • It's startling to me that 100or so years later, we're still
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  • arguing about choice.
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  • And the freedom to impactanother life because it's
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  • inconvenient for me.
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  • The Civil War wasn't settledwith a debate.
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  • It was settledwith the bloodiest conflict
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  • in the history of our nation.
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  • It's not the first time,a nation has been polarized.
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  • It's not the first time, we'vehad laws that were immoral
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  • and ungodly on our books.
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  • And it took tremendousdetermination and focus
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  • and courage to standagainst them.
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  • See, the history of our nationhas what is brought liberty
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  • and freedom to us today.
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  • It's enabled us to takethe light of the Gospel of Jesus
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  • Christ to the nationsof the world.
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  • That's not up for debate.
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  • Allen: Mark chapter 10.
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  • Jesus and his disciples arehaving a discussion.
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  • We get to listen in.
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  • It's a pretty intense thing.
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  • James and John come to Jesus,they have a request.
  • 00:14:47.045 --> 00:14:49.280
  • And Jesus says, "What do youwant me to do for you?"
  • 00:14:49.314 --> 00:14:51.015
  • And they replied, "Let one of ussit at your right hand,
  • 00:14:51.049 --> 00:14:53.318
  • and the other at your leftin your glory."
  • 00:14:53.351 --> 00:14:55.887
  • Well, there you go.
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  • Why not just go for the wholeenchilada, fellas?
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  • They're not asking for extradessert, or if they can stay
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  • up late for an hour and watchthe end of the ballgame.
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  • We wanna sit on the throneson either side of you.
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  • Jesus answers them, "You don'tknow what you're asking.
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  • You don't know what you'reasking.
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  • Can you drink the cup I drinkor be baptized with the baptism
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  • I'm baptized with?"
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  • You know, selfish ambition willblind you.
  • 00:15:26.351 --> 00:15:31.789
  • It will blind you.
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  • They are completely blindedto the magnitude of the request
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  • they're making.
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  • They simply want to bepreeminent amongst their peer
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  • group 'cause this request isdirected at the other amongst
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  • that original 12.
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  • We want to be ahead of them.
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  • And Jesus said, "You don't knowwhat you're asking.
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  • Can you drink the cup I'lldrink?"
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  • And their answer is very short,too short, "We can."
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  • It's not recordedin the Gospels, but church
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  • history tells us that both Jamesand John were martyred.
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  • They drank that cup.
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  • I promise you they didn'tunderstand what they were saying
  • 00:16:04.322 --> 00:16:07.458
  • when they responded to Jesus.
  • 00:16:07.492 --> 00:16:08.826
  • And Jesus said, "You thinkyou'll drink the cup I drink
  • 00:16:08.860 --> 00:16:11.295
  • and be baptized with the baptismI'm baptized with but to sit
  • 00:16:11.329 --> 00:16:14.766
  • at my right hand or left is notfor me to grant.
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  • These places belong to thosefor whom they have been
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  • prepared.
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  • It's not mine to give thataway."
  • 00:16:21.105 --> 00:16:24.375
  • When the ten heard about thisthey became indignant with James
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  • and John.
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  • I'm thinkin' Mark tamped thatdown a little bit.
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  • What do you think?
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  • I'm thinkin' when the other tenheard about James and John, they
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  • were more than just a littleagitated.
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  • I'm thinking if Jesus hadn'tbeen present, they might have
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  • taken them out back.
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  • At the very least at the dinnertable, I'm thinkin' they open
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  • the book of Genesis and readthem about Joseph and his dreams
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  • and handed them some brochuresfor tours in Egypt.
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  • They were indignant with them.
  • 00:16:54.739 --> 00:16:56.941
  • What do you mean you want to bepromoted above us, you want
  • 00:16:56.974 --> 00:17:00.578
  • to be elevated ahead of us?
  • 00:17:00.611 --> 00:17:03.181
  • These are the Jesus' closestfriends.
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  • These are the best of the best.
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  • This is the A-Team.
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  • They're the ones travelingwith him, teaching with him,
  • 00:17:08.519 --> 00:17:10.688
  • learning with him, and they'rearguing about selfish ambition
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  • amongst themselves.
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  • Jesus recognizes the moment.
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  • Verse 42, it says Jesus calledthem together.
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  • And he said, "You know those whoare regarded as rulers
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  • of the Gentiles lord itover them.
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  • And their high officialsexercise authority over them.
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  • Not so with you.
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  • Instead whoever wants to becomegreat among you must become your
  • 00:17:29.006 --> 00:17:30.875
  • servant and whoever wants to befirst must be slave of all.
  • 00:17:30.908 --> 00:17:34.312
  • Even the Son of man didn't cometo be served but to serve
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  • and to give his life as a ransomfor many."
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  • Jesus is trying to give thema different vantage point, one
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  • that's different from their ownleaders and the leaders
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  • in the secular world.
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  • He said, "I'm the most powerfulperson you've ever met.
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  • I speak to the storms, and Icast out demons, and blind eyes
  • 00:17:50.728 --> 00:17:54.132
  • are opened, and even the deadcome back to life.
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  • And I'm here to serve you."
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  • Jesus opened a portfolioand a new idea.
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  • We call it servant leadership.
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  • That the greatest amongst you isthe one who has the greatest
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  • expression of service.
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  • The best summary I ever heardon servant leadership came
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  • from a business guy.
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  • His name was Ken Blanchard.
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  • He wrote a book called, "The OneMinute Manager."
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  • You gotta be old to rememberthat.
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  • It's a short little book.
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  • My favorite.
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  • I heard him give a presentationone time.
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  • He was a new Christian.
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  • He came to faith later in hislife and he was telling how he
  • 00:18:29.066 --> 00:18:32.036
  • was working out his faith and hewas kind of a bumpy road
  • 00:18:32.069 --> 00:18:34.372
  • for him.
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  • You can tell he's trying to sortit all out.
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  • He had a lot of habits that werepretty ingrained.
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  • And he said, you know, "Theytell me I'm supposed to pray
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  • every day before I leavethe house."
  • 00:18:40.411 --> 00:18:41.712
  • He said, "I keep leavingthe house and forgetting
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  • to pray."
  • 00:18:43.214 --> 00:18:44.515
  • And he swore about itfor a minute.
  • 00:18:44.549 --> 00:18:46.551
  • And he said, "But I got thisfigured out.
  • 00:18:46.584 --> 00:18:47.952
  • I gotta plan in place.
  • 00:18:47.985 --> 00:18:49.287
  • So I'd never leave the house nowwithout praying."
  • 00:18:49.320 --> 00:18:51.155
  • He said, "I took all of myshoes, and I put them
  • 00:18:51.189 --> 00:18:52.890
  • under the bed."
  • 00:18:52.924 --> 00:18:55.927
  • And he said, Invariably, "I gota plane to catch or a meeting
  • 00:18:55.960 --> 00:18:58.062
  • to get to and I'm hurryingaround to get dressed.
  • 00:18:58.095 --> 00:18:59.864
  • And I'm late and I'm tryin'to get out of the house and I
  • 00:18:59.897 --> 00:19:01.332
  • can't find my shoes."
  • 00:19:01.365 --> 00:19:04.435
  • He said, "Ah, I put themunder the bed."
  • 00:19:04.468 --> 00:19:05.803
  • And then he gets down and said,"I'm down on my knees swearing
  • 00:19:05.836 --> 00:19:07.138
  • because my shoes areunder the bed."
  • 00:19:07.171 --> 00:19:10.408
  • He said, "Then I remembered thatI'm supposed to pray before I
  • 00:19:10.441 --> 00:19:12.443
  • leave the house.
  • 00:19:12.476 --> 00:19:14.979
  • So before I get my shoes on, Ihave my prayer."
  • 00:19:15.012 --> 00:19:16.647
  • He said, "Now, I pray every daybefore I leave.
  • 00:19:16.681 --> 00:19:19.450
  • I liked his honesty."
  • 00:19:19.483 --> 00:19:22.453
  • But he said this, he said,"Servant leadership doesn't mean
  • 00:19:22.486 --> 00:19:25.823
  • that you get coffee for everyoneall the time.
  • 00:19:25.856 --> 00:19:29.427
  • It means you're willing to getcoffee for anyone at any time."
  • 00:19:29.460 --> 00:19:33.898
  • See, Jesus didn't capitulate.
  • 00:19:33.931 --> 00:19:36.701
  • He said to his disciples, "We'regoing to Jerusalem, and when I
  • 00:19:36.734 --> 00:19:38.769
  • get there these are the thingsthat are gonna happen to me."
  • 00:19:38.803 --> 00:19:42.773
  • And Peter took him asideand said, "Never, Lord, that
  • 00:19:42.807 --> 00:19:44.675
  • should never happen to you."
  • 00:19:44.709 --> 00:19:46.043
  • And he said, "Get behind me,Satan."
  • 00:19:46.077 --> 00:19:48.379
  • Jesus didn't get the disciplestogether say, "What do y'all
  • 00:19:48.412 --> 00:19:50.281
  • think I should do?
  • 00:19:50.314 --> 00:19:51.983
  • How do you think we should winthis battle?"
  • 00:19:52.016 --> 00:19:55.052
  • He told them what the objectivewas.
  • 00:19:55.086 --> 00:19:57.822
  • And then he did everythingin his power to help them get
  • 00:19:57.855 --> 00:20:00.925
  • across their finish line.
  • 00:20:00.958 --> 00:20:03.694
  • "Peter, I've prayed for you thatyour faith wouldn't fail."
  • 00:20:03.728 --> 00:20:05.463
  • He showed up on Resurrectionevening to go find that crew
  • 00:20:05.496 --> 00:20:10.001
  • and say, "Stop doubtingand believe."
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  • He met with them in Acts 1before he went back to heaven
  • 00:20:13.804 --> 00:20:16.340
  • and he said, "Don't leaveJerusalem until you're baptized
  • 00:20:16.374 --> 00:20:19.243
  • in the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:19.277 --> 00:20:21.078
  • You're gonna be empowered to bewitnesses for me."
  • 00:20:21.112 --> 00:20:24.782
  • He served them so they couldfinish their course.
  • 00:20:24.815 --> 00:20:29.687
  • What kind of people ought weto be?
  • 00:20:29.720 --> 00:20:33.324
  • We're gonna serve the Lord.
  • 00:20:33.357 --> 00:20:34.825
  • Offer our lives as sacrificesto him.
  • 00:20:34.859 --> 00:20:39.463
  • It won't diminish you.
  • 00:20:39.497 --> 00:20:40.798
  • It won't rob you.
  • 00:20:40.831 --> 00:20:42.166
  • It won't take something awayfrom you.
  • 00:20:42.199 --> 00:20:43.501
  • It's fulfilling.
  • 00:20:43.534 --> 00:20:44.869
  • 1 Corinthians 12 says, "We'rea body and all the parts
  • 00:20:44.902 --> 00:20:47.571
  • of the body need one another."
  • 00:20:47.605 --> 00:20:49.073
  • If you're gonna do anythingof lasting significance
  • 00:20:49.106 --> 00:20:51.342
  • with your life, it's gonnainvolve other people, and that
  • 00:20:51.375 --> 00:20:55.379
  • includes your faith.
  • 00:20:55.413 --> 00:20:56.714
  • People say, "I don't haveto have a church to be
  • 00:20:56.747 --> 00:20:58.082
  • a Christian."
  • 00:20:58.115 --> 00:20:59.417
  • You're right, you don't.
  • 00:20:59.450 --> 00:21:00.785
  • You can accept the Lordin the parking lot at Walmart.
  • 00:21:00.818 --> 00:21:03.587
  • You don't need a priest,or a pastor, professional clergy
  • 00:21:03.621 --> 00:21:05.990
  • person.
  • 00:21:06.023 --> 00:21:07.325
  • I could not agree with you morewholeheartedly, but you will
  • 00:21:07.358 --> 00:21:08.926
  • never grow to maturityby yourself.
  • 00:21:08.959 --> 00:21:11.929
  • We need one another.
  • 00:21:11.962 --> 00:21:14.265
  • I know, that's awkward,and messy, and sloppy, but it's
  • 00:21:14.298 --> 00:21:16.867
  • how we grow up.
  • 00:21:16.901 --> 00:21:19.637
  • It's how we're refinedand prepared.
  • 00:21:19.670 --> 00:21:22.707
  • We actually need one another.
  • 00:21:22.740 --> 00:21:25.910
  • I don't want you to go to heavenwith a pacifier and pampers.
  • 00:21:25.943 --> 00:21:30.214
  • I want to help us grow up.
  • 00:21:30.247 --> 00:21:32.149
  • We've got to have a willingnessto be changed.
  • 00:21:32.183 --> 00:21:35.052
  • Being a Christ follower isabout change, and growing up,
  • 00:21:35.086 --> 00:21:37.855
  • and maturing in the Lord.
  • 00:21:37.888 --> 00:21:40.024
  • In Philippians 3, Paul tells ushis resume and he's proud of his
  • 00:21:40.057 --> 00:21:43.194
  • resume.
  • 00:21:43.227 --> 00:21:44.528
  • He takes it point by point.
  • 00:21:44.562 --> 00:21:45.863
  • Says mines better than yours.
  • 00:21:45.896 --> 00:21:47.231
  • And he starts on the eighth daywhen he was circumcised.
  • 00:21:47.264 --> 00:21:50.134
  • I mean, you're proud of yourresume when you start there.
  • 00:21:50.167 --> 00:21:54.772
  • And then he says, "But allof those things I consider as
  • 00:21:54.805 --> 00:21:57.174
  • loss for the sake of knowingJesus."
  • 00:21:57.208 --> 00:21:58.976
  • He said, "I made a big changein my life."
  • 00:21:59.009 --> 00:22:02.079
  • He wasn't being criticalor condemning his heritage.
  • 00:22:02.113 --> 00:22:04.415
  • He celebrated.
  • 00:22:04.448 --> 00:22:05.783
  • He lived it his whole life.
  • 00:22:05.816 --> 00:22:07.718
  • But he said, "I've hadto continue to change to serve
  • 00:22:07.752 --> 00:22:10.187
  • the Lord."
  • 00:22:10.221 --> 00:22:11.555
  • So, do we, we have falleninto a trap of thinking our God
  • 00:22:11.589 --> 00:22:14.158
  • story is told in terms of whenwe were at the new birth took
  • 00:22:14.191 --> 00:22:16.794
  • place in our livesand the baptismal that we found.
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  • Folks, the question on the tableis what kind of people ought we
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  • to be?
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  • And it involves change today.
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  • I have a photograph.
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  • Allen at 16.
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  • I was a healthy motor scooter.
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  • My body fat was single digits.
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  • My cardiovascular system wasamazing.
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  • My metabolism was a roaringfurnace.
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  • I thought a full packageof oreos and a half a gallon
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  • of ice cream was a starter set.
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  • And it had no impact.
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  • I got blood work, folks, I wasone healthy motor Scooter.
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  • I went to the doctor a few weeksago.
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  • I took him the pictureand the blood report.
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  • And that inconsiderate,ungrateful, disrespectful human
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  • being took blood and said hereally didn't care how healthy I
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  • was at 16.
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  • He wanted to know how healthy Iwas now that I'm into my
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  • thirties.
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  • Don't mock.
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  • We've been a little guiltyof that kind of naivete with our
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  • spiritual lives.
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  • We tell our stories about backin the day.
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  • And I'm gratefulfor the stories.
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  • Healthy at 16 was a blessing.
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  • But the real question is how amI caring for myself today?
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  • And the real question for youand me is where are we changing
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  • with the Lord today?
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  • What are you learning about God?
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  • In what ways are you gaining newstrength?
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  • And finally, we need to knowabout mercy and grace.
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  • Look in John 1:17, "The law wasgiven through Moses; grace
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  • and truth came through JesusChrist."
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  • Grace and truth, you know whatgrace is?
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  • It's the unearned, undeservedblessing, kindness, goodness
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  • of God.
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  • That pairing of grace and truthis important.
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  • Does things for you and me thatwe clearly don't deserve.
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  • Brings blessings to us.
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  • Good things to us.
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  • Deliverance to us.
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  • But you will not live in freedomunless you combined
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  • with the grace of God the truthof God.
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  • Jesus said, "You'll knowthe truth and the truth will
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  • bring freedom."
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  • He didn't say you will receivegrace and the grace will bring
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  • freedom.
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  • Because if you receive the graceof God and you don't choose
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  • the truth of God to go with ityou will forfeit the freedom
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  • that the grace seems to bebringing.
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  • The Bible says you can renderthe grace of God ineffective
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  • and unproductive.
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  • We need the truth.
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  • You need the truth.
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  • It's the reason the Bible saysbuy the truth and don't sell it.
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  • You see, our stories is we'rea broken lot.
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  • There aren't any perfect peoplein the church.
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  • This is not the hall of fame,folks.
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  • This is the hospital.
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  • We're not perfect.
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  • But God works through crackedpots like you and me.
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  • And the reason he does that isthrough those cracks in our
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  • lives, the glory of God isreflected and resonates.
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  • And people look at our livesand to go, "Only God could've
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  • caused that outcome from thatcrackpot."
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  • You go, "Absolutely right.
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  • Get next to me.
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  • There's room for another potin the crackpot pile over here."
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  • C'mon.
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  • And God gets the gloryand the honor.
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  • We're not perfect people.
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  • Think of your heroesfrom the Bible.
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  • Abraham was the impatient one.
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  • We call him the father of ourfaith.
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  • Jacob was a deceiver.
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  • Moses was a murderer.
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  • David was an adulterer.
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  • Peter was a denier.
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  • Thomas was a doubter.
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  • Paul was a persecutor.
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  • And Allen, and you can fillin some of those blank
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  • for yourself.
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  • And put your name on the listtoo.
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  • Grace and truth.
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  • We need both.
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  • Grace without truth isunsustainable.
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  • God enables us to changeby the power of his truth.
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  • And if you don't intendto change you make the grace
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  • of God of no effect.
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  • Mercy and Grace.
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  • What kind of people ought weto be.
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  • I would submit to you we oughtto be a people who choose
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  • to serve the Lord.
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  • God's given you giftsand abilities in a sphere
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  • of influence.
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  • Don't let the great effortsof your life be for things that
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  • are temporary.
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  • While you're attending to allof those things in life requires
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  • you to attend to with the greatpassion of your life
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  • be to serve the Lord.
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