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Sticks, Stones, and Words

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May 26, 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: It'sgood to be with you again, it's
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  • such a privilege to have a fewminutes together each week
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  • to open the Word of God,to invite the Spirit of God
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  • into our lives, to standtogether in Jesus's name,
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  • and this generation.
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  • Our lesson today ison the authority of our words
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  • and in the book of James it saysthat if we didn't--never
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  • transgress in our words thatwe're perfect people.
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  • Most difficult part of my personto control is my mouth.
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  • My word's get me in trouble,but there is tremendous
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  • spiritual authority in thewords we use.
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  • How we choose to use our wordsto bless the Lord, to open our
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  • lives to God's very best.
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  • We're gonna take a few minuteswith the Word of God and open
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  • our lives to invite Godinto help us.
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  • The Holy Spirit's our teacher.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • God has something good foryou today.
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  • Allen: I want to talk to youabout words, but I really have
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  • a bigger agenda.
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  • I'm going to suggest to you thatthere is a spiritual authority
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  • in your words.
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  • That the words you speakin spiritual authority as
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  • a concept biblically that'sintertwined.
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  • They're really inseparable.
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  • And if you haven't thoughtabout it much or you don't think
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  • about it much, you're forfeitingsomething that God has entrusted
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  • to you.
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  • But I have a secondary agendathat is related to that.
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  • See I think those of us thatattend church, particularly
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  • in America, we are--kindof imagine that our stability
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  • and our opportunitiesto flourish and all of those
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  • things are securedby the government, or our
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  • history, or the integrity of ourfounding documents,
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  • or something.
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  • I would submit to you thatthe freedoms and liberties
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  • and the things that we know havecome from Almighty God.
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  • And the degree that the churchis a healthy vital influence
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  • in our culture, those thingswill remain for the generations
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  • that follow us.
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  • And the degree to the church isdiminished, and weakened,
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  • and silenced, those thingswill disappear.
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  • And the idea that's kindaflourished in our hearts
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  • and we're all, I think,susceptible to this is that
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  • there's a time on Sunday morningwhen we're Christians.
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  • We find a building that lookslike a Christian place and we go
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  • in and we do Christian.
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  • We spray up, and clean up,and sit up, and shut up,
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  • and for a momentand about an hour or so we try
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  • to fool our neighbors.
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  • But when we leave church, we'vedone Christian, now we're gonna
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  • go do life.
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  • And we have friends and werecreate, and we do business,
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  • and we do all the things thatdefine us.
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  • We have homes and lives,not bad, not evil.
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  • What I want to suggest to youis that the notion of your
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  • spiritual life was neverintended to be confined
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  • to a church building.
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  • Or to a time block onSunday morning.
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  • That it was intended to beintegrated into the breadth
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  • of your life.
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  • And there's no clear expressionof this that I can think
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  • of from Scripture than thisnotion of the spiritual
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  • authority of your words, who youare and what you say 24/7 is
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  • an expression of your spirituallife for good or for evil.
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  • Something's being expressedwhether you intend it or you
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  • don't intend it.
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  • It's a mistake to think thatintent is required to have
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  • a consequence.
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  • I think of some of the goofythings I've done in my life
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  • and some of the stupid tax I'vehad to pay.
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  • Very few of those things wereinitiated 'cause I had
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  • the intent to cause myself pain.
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  • So don't get confused and goI didn't intend it.
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  • That's not the point.
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  • There is an authority in yourwords.
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  • I know it's not a concept wethink about it and it can be
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  • taken to some goofy places, someodd places, don't do that.
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  • And don't reject the ideabecause you've seen people do
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  • goofy things whether people doweird things with food, but I
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  • still intend to have lunch.
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  • So don't reject the truth,because you've seen something
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  • that you disagreed with.
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  • I wanna submit to you thatprayer is a utilization of your
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  • words for God directed outcomes.
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  • We've been spending a lotof time for a few years now
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  • talking about prayer and howto unleash it in our lives.
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  • We bring weekly prayers, we talkabout how to pray just sentence
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  • prayers in the context of ourdaily interaction with people.
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  • See, for too long I think wehave linked prayer to public
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  • gatherings of Christians as ifprayer was some sort of a public
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  • service announcementat the beginning of a gathering
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  • of Christians.
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  • We don't really attach valueto it.
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  • It's one of the--whenthe Christians get together, we
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  • begin with a prayer and whenwe're done with our gathering we
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  • close with a prayer and then youknow it's time to run
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  • to the restaurant.
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  • But prayer is more than thatit's using your words for God
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  • directed, God inspired outcomes.
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  • Words aren't just empty uselessconveyors of messages.
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  • The words you chooseand the words directed
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  • towards you have an impact.
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  • Yeah.
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  • And we're going to unpack someScriptures with this idea.
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  • But maybe if we use another ideaof the types of calories that
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  • you consume.
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  • Whether they're healthful or notwill define your physical health
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  • and wellbeing.
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  • Now that's reality.
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  • The impact isn't often immediatebut it is certain.
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  • Well I would submit to youthere's an analogy the words you
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  • use and the words you receivehave a defining influence
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  • in your life.
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  • The impact isn't often immediatebut it is certain.
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  • It's worth considering.
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  • I'll give you a verseof Scripture, it's not in your
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  • notes, but it's a very familiarverse that illustrates
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  • this point.
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  • In Romans chapter 10, in verse9, it says if you believe
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  • in your heart and confesswith your mouth that Jesus is
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  • Lord you'll be saved.
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  • Salvation is kind of a loadedword in the New Testament, has
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  • lots of meaningsand implications,
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  • but fundamentally it means youcan be a part of the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • How do you become a participantin the kingdom of God?
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  • You have to believe in yourheart and confess with
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  • your mouth.
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  • What ignites thattransformation?
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  • The New Testament speaks ofit as a new birth.
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  • What ignites that birthin your life?
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  • Joining a church?
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  • Passing a theological exam?
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  • Being kind, or moral,or generous, or benevolent?
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  • Maintaining your marital vows?
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  • Being a good parent?
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  • Being a gifted athlete?
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  • What qualifies you to enterthe kingdom of God?
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  • Your words are necessary.
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  • See, I think we havetrivialized words.
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  • We thought, "Ah,there's nothing."
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  • There is something to it.
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  • There is something to it.
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  • There's something into yourspiritual wellbeing
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  • and the wellbeing of you asa person is related to the words
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  • you use and what you dowith the words that are directed
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  • towards you.
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  • Some of us have carriedthe impact of words that were
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  • spoken to us decades ago.
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  • And have been either unaware,or unwilling to unload
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  • the impact of those words.
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  • I've told you on many occasionsthat the first chapters
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  • of the book of Genesis give usthe big rock ideas of the Bible.
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  • That in those first 11 chapters,we're introduced to the primary
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  • themes of Scripture.
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  • In Genesis chapter one, we'reintroduced, it says, "In
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  • the beginning God."
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  • The Bible makes no attemptto discuss it with us
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  • the origins of God, where hecame from it.
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  • It doesn't--we're not giventhat information.
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  • What this book tells us isthe relationship,
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  • the interactivitybetween Almighty God and Adam
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  • and his descendants onplanet Earth.
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  • That's what this book is about.
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  • But in Genesis 1 it says, "Inthe beginning God created
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  • the heavens and the earth."
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  • God is identified asthe creative force, the creative
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  • power behind all living thingson planet earth.
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  • And that first chapter isthe creation narrative.
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  • It's echoed again in the secondchapter.
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  • But what is the--what isthe instrument God used
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  • to create the earthand everything that's in it?
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  • His word.
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  • It says, "God said, 'Let therebe light,' and the lights
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  • came on."
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  • And God said, and God said, it'sused repetitively.
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  • It's not just a literaryfunction.
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  • It's used repetitivelyfor emphasis that God's word was
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  • the authority that brought orderto the chaos that was
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  • this place.
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  • When we're introducedto the story.
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  • And God's word still bringsorder in this world.
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  • Not just his written word, hisword in your heart from your
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  • mouth makes a difference.
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  • Now, I have finally gottento your notes, there's hope.
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  • Let's start with this notionfrom Scripture that words carry
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  • with them an authorityand authority for which we are
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  • going to be accountable.
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  • We start in Proverbs chapter 21,it says, "He who guards his
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  • mouth and his tongue keepshimself from calamity."
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  • I have no interest at thisseason in my life of being
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  • involved in unnecessarycalamity.
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  • I try to avoid them now wheneverpossible.
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  • I used to think they were funnot so much.
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  • All right, if I havethe invitation to be a part
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  • of some enormous calamity,I will defer and send you.
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  • And we're given somecounsel here.
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  • It says, "He who guards hismouth and his tongue
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  • avoids calamity."
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  • You think about guardingyour words?
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  • You guard your home.
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  • You guard your finances.
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  • You probably guard your kids.
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  • You guard your--how many of youlocked your car when you
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  • park today?
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  • You think you go to churchwith thieves?
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  • Bunch of suspicious people.
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  • You're used to guarding thingsin your life.
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  • You guard your data.
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  • You guard your information.
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  • Well, the Scripture tells us weshould guard our mouth and our
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  • tongue because what comesout of it has an impact
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  • on the events of our lives.
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  • Say I don't believe that.
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  • I know, that's why I read itto you.
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  • We have to decide what to dowith the truth of Scripture.
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  • Look at Proverbs 18, "The tonguehas the power of life and death,
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  • and those who love it will eatits fruit."
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  • So there is power in the wordsthat come out of your mouth.
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  • Hebrew poetry is typicallywritten in couplets, two ideas
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  • that are pushed togetherand to get the full meaning
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  • of the presentation you neednote both parts.
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  • That's true here.
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  • The first statement is there'spower in your tongue for a life
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  • or death, for good or for evil.
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  • And the second phrase has dowith what you believe.
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  • He says those who love it willeat its fruit.
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  • If you believe it, it will bringgood things to you.
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  • If you ignore it the opposite istrue.
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  • There is power in the spiritualauthority for good or for evil
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  • in the words you speak.
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  • Matthew chapter 12, Jesus isspeaking.
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  • He said, "I tell you--" there'sa pattern that Jesus uses when
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  • he's teaching.
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  • Oftentimes he'll begin a phraseand said, "I tell you
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  • the truth," or "I tell you."
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  • And I've told you before thatwhen you see those phrases
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  • it's a warning.
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  • It's like a caution light thatwhat he's about to say next is
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  • so unusual he has to say I'mtelling you the truth before he
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  • tells you.
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  • Because it's outside yourexpectation.
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  • So he's kinda queuing usup to what's coming next we
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  • probably wouldn't have imagined.
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  • He said, "I tell you that menwill have to give an account
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  • on the day of judgment for everycareless word they have spoken."
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  • Jesus said that.
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  • I know it's in the Bible and youread it like it's normal,
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  • but that's a little surpriseto me.
  • 00:10:57.806 --> 00:10:59.140
  • How may of you thinkingabout judgment before Almighty
  • 00:10:59.174 --> 00:11:00.909
  • God are worried about yourwords?
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  • I'm thinkin' about somebehaviors, some events, some
  • 00:11:04.946 --> 00:11:08.616
  • activities, some things Iconsented to, some things
  • 00:11:08.650 --> 00:11:11.286
  • I didn't stand up against.
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  • And Jesus is ignoringall of that.
  • 00:11:14.122 --> 00:11:16.725
  • He said, "You're gonna haveto give an account on the day
  • 00:11:16.758 --> 00:11:18.460
  • of judgment for your carelesswords," not you're intentionally
  • 00:11:18.493 --> 00:11:21.663
  • mean spirited words.
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  • For your careless words.
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  • "For by your words, you'll beacquitted and by your words,
  • 00:11:26.801 --> 00:11:29.971
  • you'll be condemned."
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  • Words have more authority thanwe thought about.
  • 00:11:31.873 --> 00:11:35.210
  • Words carry with thema spiritual authority.
  • 00:11:35.243 --> 00:11:38.246
  • Words have an impact on youractions and your behaviors,
  • 00:11:38.279 --> 00:11:41.816
  • and the consequences of youractions and your behaviors.
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  • This is a fundamental idea.
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  • This isn't like crazyChristianity or the the lunatic
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  • fringe of our faith.
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  • This is at the heart of it.
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  • How many of you knowthe biblical word "repentance"?
  • 00:11:53.862 --> 00:11:56.664
  • Repentance is something that isexpressed verbally.
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  • Repentance that is onlya thought is not repentance.
  • 00:11:59.634 --> 00:12:04.405
  • Repentance is about a changeof heart and a change
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  • of behavior, but those changesare ignited initiated by a words
  • 00:12:07.842 --> 00:12:12.514
  • you say, by words you express.
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  • "God, I'm sorry.
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  • I have been wrong.
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  • My choices were wrong.
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  • My behavior was wrong.
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  • My attitude was wrong.
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  • I repent.
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  • I wanna go a new way."
  • 00:12:25.193 --> 00:12:26.494
  • If you don't express thosewords, the consequences of your
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  • behavior is coming to you.
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  • It's through repentance, wereceive mercy and grace and we
  • 00:12:34.035 --> 00:12:38.740
  • are deliveredfrom the consequence we
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  • justly deserve.
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  • Words have authority.
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  • We've been a little casualwith this.
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  • I just don't think it's beenon our radar screen.
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  • Allen: The story of beinga Christ follower is the story
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  • of transformation.
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  • We aren't Christians becausewe're perfect.
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  • Being a Christ follower is notan outside in proposition.
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  • It's not a set of a dozen rulesthat we keep better than
  • 00:13:51.579 --> 00:13:54.115
  • everybody else.
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  • Therefore, God accepts usinto his inner fold.
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  • Being a Christ follower,the Bible describes it as
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  • a new birth.
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  • There's something ignitedin you, initiated in you.
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  • It's launched with your words,but God responds with his grace
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  • and his mercy.
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  • Transformation is ignited.
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  • And we are changed incrementallybit by bit, day by day till
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  • the character of Jesus Christ isformed in us.
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  • Not pretending to be Christlikebut seeking to honor God
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  • with our words, our actions, ourbehaviors.
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  • It's the same idea when you seea child born.
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  • You look into the the glassat the hospital and you see
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  • those new infantsin the hospital nursery.
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  • They're not done, it'sa beginning.
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  • It's the igniting of a lifetimeof change, and transformation,
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  • and learning, and adapting,and new skills, and new
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  • responses.
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  • If you respond to the world whenyou're 30 like you did when you
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  • were 3 you've missed something.
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  • And as Christ followers, we arebeing transformed.
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  • We often make the mistake in ourdesire to present ourselves as
  • 00:14:54.442 --> 00:14:57.245
  • mature Christians.
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  • Not mature chronologically,but somehow suggesting we have
  • 00:15:00.148 --> 00:15:02.750
  • mastered this thing.
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  • We step away from our desireto be changed.
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  • Folks, we need to be changed.
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  • The way I knew God last week isnot adequate for the challenges
  • 00:15:08.856 --> 00:15:11.693
  • I face this week.
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  • There are needs that lifebrings.
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  • I don't know about you, but lifeis harder than I wish it were.
  • 00:15:15.596 --> 00:15:19.233
  • It comes with more challenges,and more problems, and more
  • 00:15:19.267 --> 00:15:22.337
  • obstacles, and growing olderdoesn't diminish those.
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  • I need to know God in a new way.
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  • I need to be changed.
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  • Can we lose this pretense thatwe've got it all mastered?
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  • Let's say with Isaiah, "Woe isme.
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  • I need your help."
  • 00:15:38.486 --> 00:15:39.787
  • And God doesn't respondwith criticism.
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  • He said, "I've made preparationfor your transformation."
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  • Isn't that wonderful?
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  • Now it doesn't absolve usof responsibility.
  • 00:15:46.995 --> 00:15:49.797
  • James is the in your face bookin your Bible.
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  • In James chapter 3, it says, "Weall stumble in many ways."
  • 00:15:53.601 --> 00:15:57.572
  • You look at the person on yourright and say, "You look
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  • like a stumbler to me."
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  • Takes one to know one, allright?
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  • "If anyone has never at faultin what he says, he's a perfect
  • 00:16:07.915 --> 00:16:11.119
  • man, able to keep his whole bodyin check."
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  • I know it's in the Bible,but that's a staggering
  • 00:16:13.721 --> 00:16:15.523
  • statement to me.
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  • He said, "If you're ableto manage your words, the rest
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  • of yourself is pretty easyto manage."
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  • Well, you know, reflectively Ikinda get that there was a time
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  • in my life, if you pushed me,I'd push you back 'cause I
  • 00:16:24.599 --> 00:16:28.302
  • healed quickly and it reallydidn't matter that much to me.
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  • At this season in my life if youpush me, I'll go get somebody
  • 00:16:31.606 --> 00:16:33.741
  • bigger than you to push youback.
  • 00:16:33.775 --> 00:16:37.078
  • But I still find I have to becareful with my words, because
  • 00:16:37.111 --> 00:16:39.313
  • I'll launch those rascalsin a heartbeat.
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  • And James is reminding us thatwe have a responsibility
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  • for the words that we speak, notto be casual with them.
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  • Look at Psalm 39, psalmist said,"I'll watch my ways and keep my
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  • tongue from sin.
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  • I'll put a muzzle on my mouth aslong as the wicked are in my
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  • presence."
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  • I grew up in a veterinariansoffice.
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  • So muzzle is an image that I'mfamiliar with.
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  • We didn't muzzle very many dogs.
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  • They brought in dogsto the clinic that were mean
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  • or are aggressive and they cantypically be handle, especially
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  • if we get the ownerout of the room.
  • 00:17:11.045 --> 00:17:14.015
  • There were techniques, or ways,or strength, or all sorts
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  • of ways, but occasionally youbrought a dog that was
  • 00:17:18.052 --> 00:17:20.054
  • so disrespectful of authority,that was so unconditional,
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  • unconcerned that you hadto muzzle him.
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  • They were so aggressive,so assertive.
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  • It was a warning.
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  • It's a warning to something thatwas out of control, unmanaged,
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  • undisciplined.
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  • And the psalmist is using thatimage.
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  • He said, "There's times I needa muzzle for myself."
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  • There's sometimes I find I haveto if not literally at least
  • 00:17:41.976 --> 00:17:45.313
  • figuratively put my hand over mymouth.
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  • We've been a littleundisciplined with our words.
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  • Why does it matter?
  • 00:17:51.686 --> 00:17:52.987
  • Because there's authorityin your word, for good
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  • and for bad.
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  • Please don't treat themcasually, it's a spiritual
  • 00:17:57.425 --> 00:17:59.327
  • principle, it's a biblicalprinciple, it's at the heart
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  • of Scripture.
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  • We're introduced to itin the first chapter
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  • of the Bible.
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  • This isn't some subtext, somesubtle hint in Scripture.
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  • It's a primary theme.
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  • I went back to the bookof Proverbs.
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  • Proverbs is a book of wisdom.
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  • Proverbs is a book that willtell you the outcome
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  • at the beginning of an idea.
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  • That's a tremendous advantage.
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  • It's like knowing the scoresto all the NFL games
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  • before the season begins.
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  • That might be an advantage.
  • 00:18:27.822 --> 00:18:30.358
  • For some behaviors.
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  • Well the book of Proverbs tellsyou the outcome
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  • at the beginning.
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  • And I went to the bookof Proverbs and I pulled out all
  • 00:18:35.630 --> 00:18:37.398
  • the verses that said somethingabout our words, or our mouth,
  • 00:18:37.431 --> 00:18:40.768
  • or what we speak.
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  • And two things become clear,there's a direct connection
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  • between what's in your heartand what comes out of your
  • 00:18:45.273 --> 00:18:47.175
  • mouth.
  • 00:18:47.208 --> 00:18:48.543
  • Your mouth is like the overflowvalve.
  • 00:18:48.576 --> 00:18:51.045
  • See, I thought when I was a kidthe only real issue with words
  • 00:18:51.078 --> 00:18:53.214
  • was not to use profanity.
  • 00:18:53.247 --> 00:18:55.483
  • You didn't want to get caughtusing profanity by somebody that
  • 00:18:55.516 --> 00:18:58.853
  • didn't like it 'cause there wasa consequence.
  • 00:18:58.886 --> 00:19:02.523
  • So, I thought if you just learnto have what a handful of words
  • 00:19:02.557 --> 00:19:04.725
  • you were good to go, the restof it didn't matter.
  • 00:19:04.759 --> 00:19:07.795
  • But what I've been awakenedto is the idea that what's
  • 00:19:07.828 --> 00:19:09.630
  • coming out of my mouth is reallyan indicator of what's
  • 00:19:09.664 --> 00:19:11.332
  • in my heart.
  • 00:19:11.365 --> 00:19:14.068
  • And it is possible that I hit mythumb with a hammer, praise
  • 00:19:14.101 --> 00:19:16.837
  • the Lord might not come rollingout of me.
  • 00:19:16.871 --> 00:19:22.210
  • But I have discovered that ifthe more praise the Lord I put
  • 00:19:22.243 --> 00:19:24.512
  • in my heart, the better chanceI got of gettin' that
  • 00:19:24.545 --> 00:19:26.447
  • out under pressure.
  • 00:19:26.480 --> 00:19:29.150
  • Well, the book of Proverbs leadsus towards that.
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  • I just made a cursory list.
  • 00:19:30.718 --> 00:19:32.053
  • This is by no means an inclusivelist of the way that words can
  • 00:19:32.086 --> 00:19:35.356
  • diminish or strengthen your life'cause both are true.
  • 00:19:35.389 --> 00:19:39.727
  • We can start with the negative,the diminishing.
  • 00:19:39.760 --> 00:19:41.462
  • Look at Proverbs 11 says the--"By the mouth of the wicked its
  • 00:19:41.495 --> 00:19:45.433
  • cities destroyed."
  • 00:19:45.466 --> 00:19:48.502
  • Proverbs 12, "Reckless wordspierce like a sword."
  • 00:19:48.536 --> 00:19:51.239
  • 15, "A deceitful tongue crushesthe spirit," that's harsh
  • 00:19:51.272 --> 00:19:54.408
  • language.
  • 00:19:54.442 --> 00:19:55.776
  • What do you think it takesto crush the spirit
  • 00:19:55.810 --> 00:19:57.878
  • of something?
  • 00:19:57.912 --> 00:19:59.880
  • Tremendous disaster, greatfinancial loss, a horrific
  • 00:19:59.914 --> 00:20:03.884
  • physical diagnosis?
  • 00:20:03.918 --> 00:20:06.153
  • It's not what the Scripturesays.
  • 00:20:06.187 --> 00:20:07.488
  • It says a deceitful tongue cancrush the spirit.
  • 00:20:07.521 --> 00:20:12.393
  • Proverbs 26, "Flattering mouthworks ruin."
  • 00:20:12.426 --> 00:20:16.163
  • Or 13, "He who speaks rashlywill come to ruin."
  • 00:20:16.197 --> 00:20:19.834
  • Proverbs 12, "An evil man istrapped by his sinful talk."
  • 00:20:19.867 --> 00:20:23.037
  • Do you think of words asan entrapment, a snare?
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:27.241
  • Those are powerful words.
  • 00:20:27.275 --> 00:20:28.576
  • Destroy, pierced, crush, trap,lead astray, all of those
  • 00:20:28.609 --> 00:20:32.980
  • outcomes are related to wordsused casually or destructively.
  • 00:20:33.014 --> 00:20:39.020
  • Now if it's truein the negative, it's even more
  • 00:20:39.053 --> 00:20:40.688
  • true in the positive.
  • 00:20:40.721 --> 00:20:42.023
  • Look at Proverbs 10.
  • 00:20:42.056 --> 00:20:43.391
  • It says, "The mouthof the righteous is a fountain
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  • of life."
  • 00:20:45.026 --> 00:20:46.427
  • The Bible was written by personsthat inhabit the Middle East,
  • 00:20:46.460 --> 00:20:48.596
  • it's predominantly a desert.
  • 00:20:48.629 --> 00:20:50.431
  • The most precious resourcein the Middle East is water.
  • 00:20:50.464 --> 00:20:54.168
  • It was an antiquity and it stillis today.
  • 00:20:54.201 --> 00:20:57.371
  • So if you have a fountain,you're a wealthy, influential,
  • 00:20:57.405 --> 00:21:00.508
  • powerful person.
  • 00:21:00.541 --> 00:21:02.476
  • And it says the mouthof the righteous is a fountain
  • 00:21:02.510 --> 00:21:05.313
  • of life.
  • 00:21:05.346 --> 00:21:07.281
  • Proverbs 10 again, "The lipsof the righteous know what is
  • 00:21:07.315 --> 00:21:09.684
  • fitting."
  • 00:21:09.717 --> 00:21:11.018
  • Chapter 15, "The heartof the righteous weighs it's
  • 00:21:11.052 --> 00:21:12.820
  • answers.
  • 00:21:12.853 --> 00:21:14.155
  • The tongue brings healing, isa tree of life."
  • 00:21:14.188 --> 00:21:17.491
  • Proverbs 21, "He who guards hismouth and his tongue keeps
  • 00:21:17.525 --> 00:21:20.294
  • himself from calamity."
  • 00:21:20.328 --> 00:21:23.230
  • Proverbs 12:19, "Truthful lipsendure forever, a lying tongue
  • 00:21:23.264 --> 00:21:26.834
  • lasts only a moment."
  • 00:21:26.867 --> 00:21:28.769
  • Truthful words endure.
  • 00:21:28.803 --> 00:21:31.939
  • Lies are temporary.
  • 00:21:31.972 --> 00:21:33.307
  • What are you going to giveyourself to?
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  • You know truth is not heldin high esteem in our culture
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  • in this season.
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  • We don't particularly championthe truth any longer.
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  • It's unfortunate.
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  • Decide to be a personof the truth.
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  • Not simply in the words that youchoose and the things that you
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  • advocate for but in what you useyour words to support.
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  • It's important.
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  • It has an influence in yourlife.
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  • Now I want to wrap thisup with an idea that to me is
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  • the most hopeful and this wholediscussion.
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  • And it has to dowith the opportunity that this
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  • represents for all of us.
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  • You know we're a large groupof people.
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  • We come from a lot of differentbackgrounds, many places
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  • in life, many placesin the world.
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  • We have different giftsand abilities that God has given
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  • us.
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  • We're not all the same.
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  • It's okay.
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  • Every one of us is different.
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  • Just as your thumb print isunique or your--other aspects
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  • of your person are unique.
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  • God's given you abilitiesand gifts and I don't always get
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  • the gifts and abilitiesI would like.
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  • I always thought it would'vebeen better if I could have
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  • played in the NBA.
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  • Particularly now that the salarycap is shifted.
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  • I see those contracts.
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  • I'm pretty certain it wasan oversight on God's part.
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  • He intended me to be 6'10and gifted.
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  • I'm not.
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  • Just take my word for it.
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  • You know some of us haveathletic gifts, physical gifts,
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  • some have musical gifts, somehave creative abilities.
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  • Some have crazy intellectualcapacity.
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  • Some of you are relationallygifted.
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  • You can sit with a groupof people and make everybody
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  • feel at home and help getto know one another.
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  • We have different giftsand abilities.
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  • And sometimes it's easy to befrustrated by the gifts you
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  • don't have or look at the giftsthat somebody else has.
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  • "God, I wish I'd I had those."
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  • Sometimes it feels like lifecircumstances, some people were
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  • born to families that were moreintact than others.
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  • Now all of us come from torquedfamilies.
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  • Some more so than others.
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  • Or maybe you came from a placethat you think is disadvantaged.
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  • And because they accentwith what you speak,
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  • or the schools you attended,or some opportunity that was not
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  • extended to you.
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  • It's easy to be frustrated.
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  • But folks on this point, God hasentrusted to you and me words.
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  • He's put authority in your lap.
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  • You have an authority and itdoesn't matter the accent
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  • with which you deliver it,or the education that supports
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  • it, or how sociallysophisticated you are.
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  • God has given to you and mean authority.
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  • What will we do with it?
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  • The New Testament talks about usbeing ambassadors.
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  • Ambassadors don't lead armies.
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  • They're not generals.
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  • They don't command scoresof tanks or flights of jet
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  • aircraft.
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  • But they represent the authorityof a nation, of a kingdom.
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  • With your words.
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  • See don't limit your faith asa Christ follower to a worship
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  • service or a church building.
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  • Allen: One of the mostremarkable aspects of Scripture,
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  • I don't know that's ever reallyexplained, is the authority that
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  • God has invested in you and me,in human beings.
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  • In Genesis, in the garden, whenGod had created Adam, it says
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  • that he gave him authorityover all of his creation.
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  • And even though we fell, eventhough we committed sin and we
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  • forfeited so much, God hasinvested in our lives
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  • a spiritual authority.
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  • And our words are thedelivery system for that
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  • spiritual authority.
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  • It's why the invitationand the opportunity to pray
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  • for one another becomeso important.
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  • To bless your family, to givethanks to God, to use your words
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  • to unleash the power of Godon our behalf.
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  • Any idea can be misusedor misapplied, but it doesn't
  • 00:25:08.322 --> 00:25:11.492
  • diminish the truth of somethingbecause someone misuses it.
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  • Somebody may misuse their car,but it doesn't mean that the car
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  • is not a helpful tool.
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  • I want to plant the seed thatyou begin to use your words
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  • on a daily basis to bless God,to give thanks to God, to push
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  • back on the heaviness inyour life.
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  • If you're discouraged or despairis present, begin to give thanks
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  • to God for the good things thathe's done on your behalf
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  • and you'll see the joyof the Lord begin to fill
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  • your heart.
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  • I want to pray with youbefore we go.
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  • Father, we thank you for yourgoodness to us, for your grace,
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  • and your mercy.
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  • We love you.
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  • Let the joy of the Lord fill ourhearts this day in Jesus's name,
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  • amen.
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  • God bless you.
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