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Through The Cross: Deliverance and Freedom

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May 7, 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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Through The Cross: Deliverance and Freedom

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  • Allen Jackson: It'sgood to be with you again.
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  • We're continuing our studyon leading our lives
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  • through the cross.
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  • To be a Christ follower is somuch more than simply changing
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  • our address in eternity.
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  • It's more than imagining we'regonna spend all of eternity in
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  • the presence of God.
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  • It's about how welead our lives in time.
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  • God's provision for you andme isn't just about heaven,
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  • it's about today,and that is such
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  • a valuable part of our journey.
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  • We're gonna look atthe Word of God today,
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  • and understand how God's powermakes a difference in our lives
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  • right now with the challengeswe face, enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: I would submit to youthat if Jesus is interested in
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  • putting together his church,
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  • we have to have afundamental change.
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  • Now, I didn'tstart there, in fact,
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  • I started far, faraway from there.
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  • I came to faithoutside the church.
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  • I grew up ina--when I was a kid,
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  • it was very fashionable forchurches to minimize faith.
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  • "Time" magazine said,"God is Dead" on the cover,
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  • and if you wereeducated and sophisticated,
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  • faith wasn'tparticularly celebrated,
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  • not too different than today.
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  • And so, I came tofaith outside the church,
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  • and I became aChristian when I was a boy,
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  • and my parents saw to it that wewere nurtured in Christianity,
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  • and the Scripture,and those things.
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  • It was a part of my--but churchwas not at the center of my
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  • journey, church was kind of anancillary part of my journey,
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  • so I didn't value church.
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  • And I had to growand learn some things.
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  • You know, in theBook of Revelation,
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  • when John has this great,incredible revelation from
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  • Jesus, he's at theend of his life,
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  • he's an old man, andhis friends are gone,
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  • his peer group hadmostly been executed,
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  • and John is alone.
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  • He's exiled on Patmos,and it's the Lord's day,
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  • it's the Sabbath, and hehears a voice behind him.
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  • And when he turns, it's Jesus,and John falls on his face like
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  • he's dead, he says.
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  • And when he looks up, he seesJesus standing in the midst of
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  • his church.
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  • Do you know he's still payingattention to the church in here?
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  • He is, it has tomatter to you, and to me,
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  • and as I said, Ididn't start there.
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  • I started with a prettygood bias against the church.
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  • I had a life plan, and itdidn't include ministry.
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  • I announced when I was four whatI wanted to do professionally,
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  • and I didn't waiver.
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  • I held to that right through allof my--when I was a little kid
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  • until I got up to college.
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  • I had a life plan.
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  • I knew theprofession I wanted to be in,
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  • I picked an educational trackbased on the objective I wanted,
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  • under the incomerange I wanted to earn.
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  • I knew the respect that Ithought was attached to that
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  • profession, it was the wayI wanted to live my life,
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  • that was my passion.
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  • And I was a Christian, Iwanted God to bless my plan,
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  • but I built my whole life, Imade all of my choices and built
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  • the schedule for my lifearound me pursuing that dream,
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  • and off I went.
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  • I left here when Igraduated from high school,
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  • and I was gone.
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  • Murfreesboro in the rearviewmirror was a yay God day for me.
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  • And I was doing okay with that,I was doing okay with that.
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  • Now, there was alittle inner turmoil in me,
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  • 'cause I'd hear myself sayingto people from time to time,
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  • 'cause my faith wouldcome up, and I'd say,
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  • "Oh, yeah, Christianity isthe most important part of
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  • who I am as a person."
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  • But I knewintellectually I was dishonest,
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  • because inside of me, thereal passion in my life,
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  • and the objective of mylife was getting my way.
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  • I just wantedenough Christianity
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  • to have fire insurance.
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  • In the event there was aGod, I didn't wanna go south,
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  • and I don't mean Alabama.
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  • But I didn't want enough faithto really influence my social
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  • agenda too much, soI compartmentalized
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  • my life pretty well.
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  • And I was almostthrough college that way,
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  • and it was time for me tomake a commitment
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  • to the next stageof my education.
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  • I was about to finish that, andI remember I had lunch in the
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  • cafeteria, and I had a few
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  • minutes before myafternoon class.
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  • I went back to my dorm room,and I was sitting in there,
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  • and I leaned backagainst the wall,
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  • and I picked up a Biblethat was laying there.
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  • And I wasn't familiarwith God's voice in my life,
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  • but on the inside of me, Iheard the Lord say something.
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  • I heard the Lordsay, "You can go."
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  • And I knew in themoment what he meant.
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  • I knew that the doorway tograduate school was opened for
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  • me, because it was time tomake those applications,
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  • it was very much my focus.
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  • And I knew that thebarriers wouldn't be there,
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  • and I knew I'dhave an open pathway,
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  • and I knew that what Ihad been working to do,
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  • 'cause I'd prayedabout it, you know,
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  • I was agood-enough-Christian kid.
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  • But something thathad never happened
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  • to me before happened that day.
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  • I got cold chills,because I was very,
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  • very aware I'd been givenpermission for my own will,
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  • my way, and that Ihad never one time,
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  • not the first time, said to God,"What do you have for my life,"
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  • because I didn't wanna know.
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  • I knew what Iwanted for my life.
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  • I knew how muchmoney I wanted to make,
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  • I knew what kind ofcars I wanted to drive,
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  • and to be honest, I was afraidto ask God what he wanted.
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  • I thought he might want me to gofloat on a river in the Amazon,
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  • and eat bugs, and wear leaves,and I thought somehow serving
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  • God was someloathsome, burdensome,
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  • horrific--and I didn'tknow what to do that day.
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  • I didn't answer, Ididn't say a word,
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  • I didn't celebrate.
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  • To finish the story, I need toscroll forward a little bit.
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  • Christmas break, Icame home to Tennessee,
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  • and we had a family friendthat--she'd been a friend of our
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  • family, it was a woman who'dbeen a friend of our family for
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  • many, many years,since I was a small boy.
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  • When I knew her at that season,I thought she was an old lady,
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  • she was probably 60, whichis kind of embarrassing now,
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  • but I thought shewas 1.000 years old.
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  • She wore a wig,and she tottered,
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  • and she ate healthfood before it was cool,
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  • and she was weird.
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  • She was, she'd beena missionary to Cuba
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  • when she was a young woman.
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  • She has been widowed and she hadserved the Lord her whole life.
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  • She lived on the West Coast, andshe'd come to visit our family
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  • for Christmas, and wecalled her Aunt Mary.
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  • She'd been kind of apart of our family,
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  • and in and outthrough the years,
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  • and she was there for Christmas.
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  • And I was going back to college,I was attending Oral Roberts
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  • University in Oklahoma.
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  • And she had known of OralRoberts for many years,
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  • and she'd alwayswanted to see the campus,
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  • and she said to me, "Allen,could I ride with you when you
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  • go back to campus?
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  • I would like to see ORU."
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  • Well, it was just exactly what ayoung college boy wanted to do.
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  • I didn't want to put an old ladyin the car with me and make a
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  • cross-country trip,I didn't have
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  • any other optionsI could think of.
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  • But, I grew up inthe South, so I said,
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  • "Yes, ma'am, let's do that."
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  • And we got in the carthat morning to go,
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  • and we had one of thosewonderful Tennessee ice storms.
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  • We used to have those beforeclimate change, ha, ha, ha.
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  • And a trip I couldnormally make in about,
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  • oh, 11 hours, 11 ½hours took 18 hours.
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  • And about Jackson that day,the heat quit working in my car,
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  • praise the Lord.
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  • So, I had givenAunt Mary my coat,
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  • and she was huddled overthere in her side of the car,
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  • under kind of apile of blankets,
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  • and coats, and I was just havinga praise-the-Lord moment driving
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  • down the highway.
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  • And about every 30 minutes,she'd pull the coats back and
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  • ask me a question.
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  • What I was studying,how I felt about it,
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  • she was excavating my soul in30-minute increments
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  • for 18 hours.
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  • And we got to Tulsa, andI took her to the hotel,
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  • and I went tocampus to check in,
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  • and when I wasdepositing her, she said,
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  • "Before we saygoodbye," she said,
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  • "I would like sometime to pray with you."
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  • And I thought tomyself, "You know,
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  • I just spent 18 hoursin the car with you,"
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  • and I said, "Of course."
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  • And so, when I'd finishedwhat I needed to do on campus,
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  • I went back, andshe said, "Allen,
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  • I've listened toyou all day long,
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  • and you are filledwith anger and hate."
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  • And I said, "Yes, ma'am, I am."I wasn't hiding from it.
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  • When I'd startedmy degree program,
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  • there were more than300 of us together,
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  • and at that point,there were fewer than 30.
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  • My friends would come to my dormroom with tears in their eyes.
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  • Guys would come to myroom with tears and say,
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  • "My advisor says I'mtoo stupid to do this
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  • and that I should drop out."
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  • And I'd get intheir face and say,
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  • "You go tell theadvisor"--and then I'd use some
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  • not-so-Christian suggestions.
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  • And it had gottenpersonal to me.
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  • Now, they weren'tgonna make me quit.
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  • They weren't gonna standbetween me and my objective.
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  • I didn't care what theydevised to make it difficult,
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  • or what they did, itjust didn't matter to me.
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  • It was no longerabout academics or a GPA,
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  • it was personal.
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  • And I was using theanger, and the resentment,
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  • and the hatred to fuel thedetermination I thought I needed
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  • to beat them at their game.
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  • I wasn't even trying to hide it.
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  • I didn't think theywere playing fair,
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  • so I thought I was justifiedin what I was holding on to.
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  • And without God's help, you usethe inappropriate behavior of
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  • others to fuel your owninappropriate behavior.
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  • And Aunt Mary lookedat me, and she said,
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  • "Allen, do you think youcould forgive those people?"
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  • And I was afraidI'd lose my edge,
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  • and I said,"Well, I don't know."
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  • And she said, "If youcan't forgive them,
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  • you're chained to them."
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  • And I was a young man,and she was a very kind,
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  • patient person,because it took me a while,
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  • but she stayed with me untilI could forgive those folks.
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  • And I offloaded all thatanger, and resentment,
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  • and bitterness, and hatred.
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  • I didn't have to fightthem every day anymore,
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  • because before that,every morning was a battle,
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  • and every test was personal.
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  • And she stayed, when wegot done it was late,
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  • I don't remember howlate, I was exhausted,
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  • and she said,"Well, before you go,
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  • can I pray with you?"
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  • And I thought, "You know,why not, at this point?"
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  • And she prayed for me, and shelooked up about halfway through
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  • her prayer, shesaid, "Oh, Allen,
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  • have you ever thoughtabout the ministry?"
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  • And I said, "No,ma'am," because I hadn't,
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  • it had never crossed my mind.
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  • You see, when I was akid and went to church,
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  • the people at the frontof the room wore long,
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  • black robes andvestments, and if they smiled,
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  • we all got nervous.
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  • And I knew I couldn't do that.
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  • I knew I wouldn'tmake it two weeks,
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  • they'd fire me, orI'd humiliate them,
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  • I just knew that was not aworld I could flourish in.
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  • And so, I had no imagination ofwhat ministry might look like,
  • 00:11:30.515 --> 00:11:33.218
  • because, I know Icould not do that.
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  • So, she said, "Well,before you go," she said,
  • 00:11:36.187 --> 00:11:37.589
  • "I want you to know howto help somebody be free."
  • 00:11:37.622 --> 00:11:41.826
  • She said, "I want you to knowhow to help somebody else find
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  • the kind of forgiveness andfreedom that you found tonight."
  • 00:11:44.929 --> 00:11:48.533
  • And so, she took a few minutesand kind of walked me through
  • 00:11:48.566 --> 00:11:50.401
  • that process, andI've looked back
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  • at that night so many times.
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  • I went back to campus, and itwasn't too long after that I had
  • 00:11:54.372 --> 00:11:57.876
  • that--where I started,where I finished lunch,
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  • and I leaned back,and the Lord said, "You can go."
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  • And I didn't knowwhat that meant,
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  • I didn't know--becauseI didn't really know
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  • what the Lord wanted.
  • 00:12:08.353 --> 00:12:09.654
  • I didn't fit inthe ministry world.
  • 00:12:09.687 --> 00:12:10.989
  • And I didn't have the courageto say I'd go into the ministry,
  • 00:12:11.022 --> 00:12:13.825
  • but I went to myadvisor and said,
  • 00:12:13.858 --> 00:12:15.160
  • "You know, I can't finish thisdegree program," and they got
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  • angry with me.
  • 00:12:18.863 --> 00:12:20.632
  • I didn't have theguts to do ministry,
  • 00:12:20.665 --> 00:12:21.966
  • so I just chose anotherprofessional degree and said,
  • 00:12:22.000 --> 00:12:23.535
  • "I'll finish this inthe window I've got."
  • 00:12:23.568 --> 00:12:26.571
  • The Lord worked itout, I came back,
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  • but the Lord taught me thechurch--I read that verse in
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  • Matthew 16 where Jesussaid I'll build my church,
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  • and that was my beginning point.
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  • 00:12:37.682 --> 00:12:40.018
  • strength, or value, or momentumto what you're doing with the
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  • Allen: Don't be critical ofthose people that you know that
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  • are around you whostruggle to believe in God,
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  • encourage them.
  • 00:13:37.008 --> 00:13:39.310
  • If there's people in your sphereof influence that struggle with
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  • faith, orstruggle with obedience,
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  • or struggle with thewhole notion of God,
  • 00:13:43.514 --> 00:13:44.916
  • rather than beangry, or judgmental,
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  • or critical, orcondemning, encourage them.
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  • You've got a little bit moredevelopment or developed
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  • trust than they do.
  • 00:13:53.124 --> 00:13:54.826
  • But, on the otherend of the spectrum,
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  • if there's somebody in yoursphere of influence who has
  • 00:13:56.394 --> 00:13:59.430
  • faith beyond you, theyknow God in ways you don't,
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  • they trust God for waysthat you think maybe,
  • 00:14:02.400 --> 00:14:03.968
  • frankly, is just a littlegoofy, don't mock them, grow.
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  • You may not grow tobecome exactly what they are,
  • 00:14:11.075 --> 00:14:13.244
  • but say to the Lord, "Lord,I don't even understand
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  • what that would mean.
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  • I'm uncomfortablewith the dialogue,
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  • and with the discussion,"but rather than mock it,
  • 00:14:19.083 --> 00:14:21.319
  • or make fun of it,or shut it down,
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  • say, "Lord, I'd like to grow."
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  • See, imagine yourselfnot in a static place,
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  • not frozen, nothaving accomplished,
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  • and achieved, and become,but as someone in transition.
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  • And all along the way, youcan use your life experience to
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  • encourage those whoare struggling to trust,
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  • and then God, ifyou'll open your eyes,
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  • he'll put people around you whowill challenge you to trust him
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  • in new ways.
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  • And you'll betempted to think,
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  • "Oh, that's strange,or odd, or weird,
  • 00:14:50.114 --> 00:14:51.616
  • or bizarre, I don't everwanna be that kind of Christian.
  • 00:14:51.649 --> 00:14:54.285
  • I'm not praying out loud inpublic for another person.
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  • Thank God I go to a moretraditional kind of a place.
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  • They won't catch mecarrying my Bible in public,
  • 00:15:02.927 --> 00:15:04.629
  • that's for weirdos."
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  • You have no idea the thingsI--when I first started in the
  • 00:15:07.632 --> 00:15:10.234
  • ministry, when Ifirst--I would say,
  • 00:15:10.268 --> 00:15:13.204
  • in public from a pulpit,"When I come to church,
  • 00:15:13.237 --> 00:15:15.740
  • I will teach the Word of God.
  • 00:15:15.773 --> 00:15:18.409
  • And if people don't wanna comehear the Word of God taught,
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  • they can just go to hell."
  • 00:15:20.278 --> 00:15:24.782
  • Wasn't I a happy, clappy fella?
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  • You're not gonna catch me doinggoofy things to let people--now
  • 00:15:30.021 --> 00:15:32.223
  • what have we got?
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  • We got camels, andemus, and doughnuts,
  • 00:15:33.591 --> 00:15:40.898
  • and--and we wannahave people come in,
  • 00:15:44.268 --> 00:15:45.570
  • and they'reoffended, and say, "Pastor,
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  • I have no idea why we have tohave a doughnut at church."
  • 00:15:46.938 --> 00:15:48.940
  • I say, "Well, 'cause there'ssome people in the community
  • 00:15:48.973 --> 00:15:51.576
  • that don't get up inthe morning going,
  • 00:15:51.609 --> 00:15:52.910
  • 'I've got to hear asermon.'"
  • 00:15:52.944 --> 00:15:58.750
  • And yes, I will bribe 'emwith a doughnut.
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  • And here's the awkwardtruth, we Christians,
  • 00:16:10.628 --> 00:16:12.563
  • when we're not at church, weactually smile and have fun,
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  • it's just when we come here,we pretend we live
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  • in this frozen state.
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  • We learn to trust, andas we learn to trust,
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  • there's a tension in ourlives, and it's a faith tension.
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  • It crosses all thoseboundaries that separate us.
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  • It's that tensionbetween what we can see
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  • and what we can't see.
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  • In Hebrewschapter 11 and verse 3,
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  • it says, "By faith, weunderstand that the universe was
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  • formed at God's command, sothat what is seen was not made
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  • out of what was visible."
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  • It's a paradox.
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  • It says that what we seewas made out of something
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  • that we can't see.
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  • Now, it's not an odd statementthat we find in the New
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  • Testament, the author of Hebrewsis really just reiterating the
  • 00:16:51.402 --> 00:16:54.338
  • introductory verses ofthe Bible in Genesis,
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  • where it says,"In the beginning,
  • 00:16:56.741 --> 00:16:58.042
  • God created theheavens and the earth."
  • 00:16:58.076 --> 00:16:59.677
  • The Bible says God's aSpirit, and that God,
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  • a Spirit, broughtorder to our world.
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  • So, the author of Hebrews isjust repeating the idea that's
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  • the introduction to our Bible,that something unseen has given
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  • shape to ourmaterial, physical world.
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  • Now, we can say that in church,and we kind of nod our ascent
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  • with a knowing look, as ifthat makes perfect sense,
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  • but that createsa tension in us, all of us.
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  • See, when we discussthe spiritual things,
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  • we tend to dismiss them.
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  • We kind of set 'em aside to theperiphery of our awareness and
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  • our lives, because afterall, it deals with the unseen,
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  • and that's just a little weird.
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  • We're a rationalcrew, and I own that,
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  • I'm as rational as anybody.
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  • I'm a logical person.
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  • I mean, that part ofme is important to me.
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  • I had a feeling once, I paidsomeone to help me find it.
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  • I took a picture of it,I put it on the wall,
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  • I acknowledged the day and thenwent back to my rational self.
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  • I like both sidesof the equation,
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  • the balance, I'm inwith being rational.
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  • I don't wannavoid our intellect,
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  • but when we dismiss spiritualthings because they deal with
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  • the unseen, it's more than justunfortunate, it's rebellion.
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  • The Bible says that every one ofus knows innately that there is
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  • a God, every one of us,and when we ignore it,
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  • when we push it aside, it'snot just that we're choosing to
  • 00:18:17.822 --> 00:18:20.625
  • celebrate our rational self,
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  • we're rebellingagainst that truth.
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  • So, I would submit we've got tograpple a little bit with this
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  • tension between theseen and the unseen.
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  • And it isn't this strange, weaccept the impact of unseen
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  • forces in our daily lives allthe time without thinking
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  • it's strange or weird.
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  • We don't think we've forfeitedour intellectual capacity.
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  • I had the flu this week,they tell me I'm not contagious
  • 00:18:44.549 --> 00:18:47.818
  • today, but I had the flu, andthey said that's a viral thing.
  • 00:18:47.852 --> 00:18:52.456
  • Now, I've neverseen a virus, oh,
  • 00:18:52.490 --> 00:18:54.725
  • I've seen a picturetaken with an electron
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  • microscope of a virus.
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  • You've never seen avirus, but you believe in 'em.
  • 00:18:58.829 --> 00:19:03.201
  • Because most of you won'tcome near the altar today,
  • 00:19:03.234 --> 00:19:06.437
  • just on the outside chance
  • 00:19:06.470 --> 00:19:07.772
  • the doctor got itwrong, ha, ha, ha.
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  • And most of you haven't evenseen an electron microscope,
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  • and if you saw one, you wouldn'tknow what to do with it.
  • 00:19:14.812 --> 00:19:17.114
  • But they'll show you a grainylittle black-and-white picture
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  • and say, "That'sa virus," you go,
  • 00:19:19.383 --> 00:19:20.685
  • "Oh yes, I believe that."
  • 00:19:20.718 --> 00:19:22.653
  • I had a mom this week tell meshe'd taken her child to the
  • 00:19:22.687 --> 00:19:24.589
  • doctor, and the doctor--theyhad other children at home,
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  • and the doctor said don'tlet your child breathe
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  • on the other children.
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  • Imagine if we said that when youpicked up your kids
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  • across the hall.
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  • "I noticed somethingspiritual about your child,
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  • don't let thembreathe on the other ones."
  • 00:19:37.668 --> 00:19:39.370
  • You'd say, "I'm nevergoing back to church,
  • 00:19:39.403 --> 00:19:40.938
  • those people are too weird."
  • 00:19:40.972 --> 00:19:45.509
  • We understand the impactof things we can't see,
  • 00:19:45.543 --> 00:19:48.179
  • gravity, how many ofyou believe in gravity?
  • 00:19:48.212 --> 00:19:51.482
  • About a third of you, what dothe rest of you believe in?
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  • If you didn't raise yourhand, go home and find a mirror.
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  • Whether you believein gravity or not,
  • 00:20:01.859 --> 00:20:03.160
  • it believes in you, it does.
  • 00:20:03.194 --> 00:20:09.667
  • And maybe you're highly educatedand sophisticated with a
  • 00:20:09.700 --> 00:20:12.003
  • terrific IQ, and you can standon the roof of the church and
  • 00:20:12.036 --> 00:20:16.173
  • say, "You know, I havedecided gravity is a hoax.
  • 00:20:16.207 --> 00:20:19.410
  • I can't see it, Ican't weigh it,
  • 00:20:19.443 --> 00:20:21.045
  • I can't taste it, I donot believe in gravity,
  • 00:20:21.078 --> 00:20:24.048
  • therefore it doesn't affect me."
  • 00:20:24.081 --> 00:20:25.383
  • You step off that roof, at arate of about 9.8 meters per
  • 00:20:25.416 --> 00:20:28.853
  • second, squared, youwill be introduced
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  • to Mr. Gravity, it's true.
  • 00:20:30.655 --> 00:20:36.227
  • There's all kinds of ways unseenthings impact our--this room is
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:39.230
  • filled with radio waves.
  • 00:20:39.263 --> 00:20:40.564
  • You can't see them, butif you have a receiver,
  • 00:20:40.598 --> 00:20:43.401
  • you can tune 'em in and you canlisten to somebody talk other
  • 00:20:43.434 --> 00:20:45.036
  • than me, think of that.
  • 00:20:45.069 --> 00:20:48.239
  • Broadcast television, youknow, it's done on radio waves,
  • 00:20:48.272 --> 00:20:50.675
  • too, they just adda visual component
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  • to the audio component.
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  • When you're borninto this world,
  • 00:20:55.613 --> 00:20:56.914
  • you get an earth suit,and your earth suit
  • 00:20:56.947 --> 00:20:58.316
  • has a sensory capacity.
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  • You can hear, andsee, and taste,
  • 00:20:59.884 --> 00:21:01.686
  • and smell, and touch, but it'svery naive to think that the
  • 00:21:01.719 --> 00:21:06.123
  • sensory tools that your earthsuit came with contacts
  • 00:21:06.157 --> 00:21:09.327
  • the only reality that exists.
  • 00:21:09.360 --> 00:21:13.664
  • Spiritual things matter asmuch as physical things matter.
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  • The Bible tells usthat when we worship,
  • 00:21:18.936 --> 00:21:20.438
  • the angels arepresent, spiritual beings.
  • 00:21:20.471 --> 00:21:24.909
  • Now, my sensory tools that myearth suit came with does not
  • 00:21:24.942 --> 00:21:28.713
  • include angel perception,I don't have that tool.
  • 00:21:28.746 --> 00:21:35.319
  • But I believe they're hereevery week when we gather.
  • 00:21:35.353 --> 00:21:38.656
  • In fact, through theyears, on many occasions,
  • 00:21:38.689 --> 00:21:40.658
  • not one or two, onmultiple occasions,
  • 00:21:40.691 --> 00:21:42.593
  • people have come tome, different people,
  • 00:21:42.626 --> 00:21:43.994
  • after services,and say, "Pastor,
  • 00:21:44.028 --> 00:21:45.896
  • during worship, I saw an angel,or several angels," and they've
  • 00:21:45.930 --> 00:21:48.899
  • been different sizes,and different places,
  • 00:21:48.933 --> 00:21:50.668
  • and different--all kinds.
  • 00:21:50.701 --> 00:21:52.370
  • I believe it to be as true asthat this podium is sitting
  • 00:21:52.403 --> 00:21:54.438
  • here, but I don't havethe tools to see them.
  • 00:21:54.472 --> 00:21:57.908
  • But you know, when wetalk about trusting God,
  • 00:21:57.942 --> 00:22:00.044
  • we're talking about living inthis tension between what we see
  • 00:22:00.077 --> 00:22:02.446
  • and what we don't see.
  • 00:22:02.480 --> 00:22:03.781
  • I don't want you to checkyour brain at the door,
  • 00:22:03.814 --> 00:22:05.116
  • use your intellect, butlet's not deny the existence of
  • 00:22:05.149 --> 00:22:09.587
  • spiritual things.
  • 00:22:09.620 --> 00:22:12.056
  • Don't allow your pride of selfto limit your existence to your
  • 00:22:12.089 --> 00:22:15.860
  • five senses.
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  • God is bigger than us.God is bigger than us.
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  • Now, the real challenge towandering off your outline is
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  • how you land the plane.
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  • I will finish this eveningwhat we didn't do today,
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  • but let me come back to what ourobjective is with this notion of
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  • "Through the Cross."
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  • If I were to give an examinationthis morning in this room,
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  • ten questions aroundthe crucifixion of Jesus,
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  • I suspect most of you couldpass a general examination.
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  • You would knowwhere he was crucified,
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  • probably whoordered his crucifixion,
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  • some could name the manwho volunteered his tomb,
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  • how long he was buried, whetheror not he was--you could pass a
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  • general-knowledgeexam about the cross,
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  • that's not whatI'm talking about.
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  • I'm talking about learning tolive so that the reality of the
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  • cross, what was enacted throughJesus's death and resurrection
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  • begins to impact ourlives, physically,
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  • emotionally, spiritually.
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  • You see,challenges come with life,
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  • to good and bad people, topeople doing the best they know
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  • and people doing wicked things.
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  • Challenges come to life.
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  • Some come internally,some come externally,
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  • and we don't have thestrength left to ourselves to
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  • successfully negotiateevery one of those challenges,
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  • we just don't.
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  • We live in a worldthat's filled with sin.
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  • We are creatures born into sin,and we need the help of God,
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  • the atonement is theBiblical word for it.
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  • So, when we talk about learningto live through the cross,
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  • we wanna learn how not only tocome to the cross as a point of
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  • entry into the kingdom of God,but how that we can bring the
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  • power of God into our lives tohelp us negotiate the challenges
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  • of the journey of life.
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  • Now, that's morethan playing church,
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  • and that's morethan joining a group,
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  • or learning a newvocabulary set, or pretending.
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  • I'm not interestedin pretending,
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  • life's too short, it really is.
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  • announcer: Jesus is the ultimateanchor for our souls.
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  • Allen: Now, theBible gives us a word,
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  • it says we're saved.
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  • Jesus said byfaith, we're saved.
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  • Well, salvation is morethan just an eternal destiny,
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  • it affects everyaspect of our being.
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  • It's about deliverancefrom unclean spirits,
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  • it's healing to ourbodies, peace to our minds,
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  • God's provision for our lives.
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  • It includes everything that Godhas made available for you and I
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  • to lead triumphant lives.
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  • Through the crossof Jesus Christ,
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  • we have been deliveredfrom the realm of darkness,
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  • and brought into thekingdom of the Son of God,
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  • where all of theprovision for our lives
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  • is made available to us.
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  • Now, we don't always live inthe fullness of that provision,
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  • so we learn, by faith,to appropriate that.
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  • Whatever challengeyou're facing today,
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  • whatever needs you have, throughthe cross of Jesus Christ,
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  • it's been addressed.
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  • Let's receive togetherGod's provision in our lives.
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  • Are you willing tomake that prayer with me?
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  • Father, I thank you thatthrough the blood of Jesus,
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  • you have delivered me outof the hand of the devil.
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  • That you have translated meinto the kingdom of your Son,
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  • and in that, Father, you havemade provision for every need
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  • that I have, body,soul, and spirit.
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  • I thank you for it today.
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  • I put my trust in you,I put my hope in you,
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  • in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you, and be free.
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