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August 26, 2020
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson:That he died in
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  • exhausting thepunishment of my ungodliness and
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  • wickedness and yours too,if you'll believe it.
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  • And he was raised to life againthat I might be justified.
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  • And if you'll acknowledge who heis and choose him as Lord of
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  • your life, he will transformyour journey through time and
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  • give you an assignmentfor all eternity.
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  • Now what are you doing withthe person of Jesus?
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  • It's an important question.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, it'sgood to be with you again.
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  • Our topic this week is "TheWeapons of Our Warfare."
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  • Here's the awkward reality.
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  • God has sent us on anassignment into a conflict.
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  • That's the truth.
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  • There's a conflict in the earth.
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  • In this season, it's a littleeasier to see.
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  • There's a virus that we'restruggling against, it came from
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  • a far-away place, we've gotviolence in our cities, we've
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  • got unrest in our streets,we've got political confusion.
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  • You don't need a lot ofdiscernment to recognize the
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  • conflict, but you need a Godperspective to understand
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  • our spiritual role in it.
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  • There's never been a moreimportant time for the
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  • church to be thechurch than right now.
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  • I'm honored to have thesemoments with you.
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  • I hope you'll do more than justuse this as a Bible study.
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  • We are preparing ourselvesto take our place.
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  • In fact, before we're done withthe program today, we're going
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  • to have Communion together.
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  • You want to go get what youneed, if you need a cracker and
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  • a glass of water, you can use aChips Ahoy and a cup of milk,
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  • you don't have to have itofficially sanctioned from
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  • the church building, just beprepared to share in Communion
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  • with us.
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  • We're gonna take our place.
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  • We're going to listen to ourLord cooperate with the
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  • Holy Spirit, implement theweapons he has given to us,
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  • and we're gonna see thename of Jesus exalted
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  • in our nation as never before.
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  • The Spirit of God is moving, lethis righteousness rain upon us.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen: 1 Corinthianschapter 2 in verse 8
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  • gives us a little windowinto this warfare.
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  • It says this.
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  • "None of the rulers of thisage," and he's not talking about
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  • the governmental administrativerulers, the spiritual rulers of
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  • this age, none of themunderstood Jesus's death.
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  • "For if they had, they wouldn'thave crucified the Lord
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  • of glory."
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  • If they had understood what washappening on that cross,
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  • they would've never letJesus get close to it.
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  • They were howling with a demonicglee when the Roman centurion
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  • stretched Jesus out and beganto nail into that cross.
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  • They thought they'd won whenJudas agreed to betray him, or
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  • he came to Gethsemane and soldhim out with a kiss.
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  • That there was a hellishcelebration.
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  • They thought they had triumphedover the Messiah.
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  • What they failed to do inBethlehem, what they didn't
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  • accomplish in the temptationin the wilderness, they had
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  • accomplished through subterfugeand plots and schemes.
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  • They didn't understand.
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  • They didn't understand thatthrough the brutal defeat of the
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  • cross, God was gonna give thegreatest victory that humanity
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  • would ever know.
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  • Paul said they would have nevercrucified the Lord of glory.
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  • It's easy to say.
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  • In fact, it's been the attitudeof scholars for a few decades.
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  • It's easy to say that theJews rejected Jesus.
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  • But that is not an adequateexplanation of what
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  • we're reading.
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  • There was a tremendousspiritual conflict unfolding.
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  • Jesus was sweating great dropsof blood, his disciples who'd
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  • been mentored by the greatestteacher our world has ever known
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  • are muddling through the streetsof Jerusalem in some sort
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  • of a confused state.
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  • There's a tremendousbattle going on.
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  • There's a battle inthe earth right now.
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  • We're struggling with our ownthoughts and our own emotions
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  • and our own choices.
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  • There's so many voices coming atus and so many perspectives and
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  • we're agitated anddisgruntled and frustrated.
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  • There's violence in our streets,it's inexplicable.
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  • We have more freedom and libertyand opportunity than any nation
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  • in the world, and we're boilingand seething with anger.
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  • There was a tremendous spiritualconflict unfolding at the end
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  • of Jesus's life.
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  • Many believed he was theMessiah, but some did not.
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  • The hatred that was expressedtowards Jesus was irrational,
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  • the murderous intentwas disproportional.
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  • The only way to adequatelyunderstand that is
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  • to acknowledge there wasa spiritual force at work
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  • influencing human behavior.
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  • We are watching thatin the 21st century.
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  • An irrational hatred of thespirit and the story of
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  • Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • It's why the churchunderstanding the weapons
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  • that have been given to usis so significant.
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  • The hatred is extendedbeyond Jesus.
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  • I don't have much time, butthe hatred of his friends.
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  • We need clarity.
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  • The objective of Satan and hiskingdom, in the simplest terms,
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  • was Jesus's destruction.
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  • Failing that, it's todisrupt his purpose.
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  • Failing that, to destroyhis followers.
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  • And if they can't accomplishthat, they'll seek to distract
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  • his followers, to diminish hisfollowers, to impede his
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  • followers, any tactic whatsoeverthat's available to delay
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  • Jesus's purpose for his people.
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  • And I have to say, there'sadequate evidence that he is
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  • successful with many thingsin that list of objectives.
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  • But he is not successful inthwarting, in stopping Jesus's
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  • purpose for his people.
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  • I'll give you one example fromthe book of Acts chapter 19.
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  • Paul and his crew are travelingthe Mediterranean, they're
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  • ministering, God is doingextraordinary miracles in the
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  • language of Luke, as hewrites the book of Acts.
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  • And in Ephesus, God began tomove in a remarkable way.
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  • You know, God is doing somethingpretty remarkable around here.
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  • We've been meeting outside nowfor about a dozen weeks,
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  • hundreds of us every week.
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  • We sit in the rain, we sit inthe sun, we sit in the humidity.
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  • Many of us bring our own chairson Saturday nights.
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  • We've put up the pools andhundreds of people have been
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  • baptized, people are coming fromnot just around our community,
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  • they're coming fromaround the region.
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  • God is moving in a unique way.
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  • We are responding.
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  • It's not something God is doingapart from us, we are coming up
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  • here kneeling, putting our facesin the ground and saying,
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  • God, we have to be different.
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  • Well, in a similar way, God wasdoing something in Ephesus.
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  • It says, "When this became knownto the Jews and the Greeks to
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  • everybody," Jews and Greeks arethe two categories, "living in
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  • Ephesus, they were seized withfear and the name of the Lord
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  • Jesus was held in high honor."
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  • If you wanna know whatwe're up to, that's it.
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  • We want the name of Jesus to beheld in high honor.
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  • We want him to be esteemed,respected.
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  • And "many of those who believedcame and openly confessed their
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  • evil deeds."
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  • We're not doing something new.
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  • Those who believed Jesus was theMessiah came and said, we have
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  • to be different.
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  • And "a number who'd practicedsorcery brought their scrolls
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  • together and burnedthem publicly."
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  • They were separating themselvesfrom instruments of ungodliness
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  • and wickedness.
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  • "When they calculated the valueof the scrolls it came
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  • to 50.000 drachmas."
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  • A drachma was a coin ofequivalent of about a day's
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  • wage, over $5 million if theywere earning $100 a day.
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  • A lot of money destroyed becauseit had been used for wickedness.
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  • Don't tolerate wickednessin your life.
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  • Don't excuse it, don't justifyit, don't explain it away,
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  • get rid of it.
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  • And it says in verse 20, "Inthis way, the Word of the Lord
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  • spread widely and grewin power."
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  • May it be so here.
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  • May of the Word of the Lordspread widely and grow in power,
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  • as the name of Jesus isheld in high esteem.
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  • We're not just having churchservices 'cause we're bored.
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  • Let Jesus's name be exalted.
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  • Let his name be lifted up.
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  • Let his Spirit move amongst usthat we could be separated from
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  • the things that separate usfrom the purposes of God.
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  • If you tolerate wickedness, youwill not participate in the
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  • kingdom of God.
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  • You won't.
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  • I don't care that you walkedthe aisle and you got dipped
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  • in a pool.
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  • You can't lead a wicked life andinherit the kingdom of God.
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  • We have been deceivedfor too long.
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  • You can't give your heart to thethings of this world and
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  • occasionally give God a glanceand think that the kingdom of
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  • God will be opened to you.
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  • We've been deceived.
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  • So what happens in Ephesus?
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  • The whole region is beingstirred by what God is doing.
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  • You think, well, there'd beparades and parties
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  • and celebrations.
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  • Same chapter, it's Acts 19 verse23, it says at "About that time,
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  • there arose a great disturbanceabout what was happening.
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  • The silversmith," we'regiven his name.
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  • Named Demetrius, he made silvershrines for the god of Ephesus.
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  • And he "brought in no littlebusiness for the craftsman.
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  • He called them together alongwith the workmen who were
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  • in related trades."
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  • You got everybody together thathe had any influence with.
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  • And he said, "You know,we receive a good income
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  • from this business.
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  • And you see and hear how thisfellow Paul has convinced and
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  • led astray large numbers ofpeople here in Ephesus, and in
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  • practically the wholeprovince of Asia.
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  • He says that manmade godsare no gods at all."
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  • They know they're manmade,they're making them!
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  • But it's lining their pockets.
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  • And they said, we gottashut this guy down.
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  • And they start a riot.
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  • The whole city is stirred.
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  • They drag part of Paul's teamsinto the arena.
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  • And Paul wants to go address thecrowd and his friends physically
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  • restrain him, if you go inthere, they will tear you apart.
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  • So we have two things happeningin Ephesus simultaneously.
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  • We need this in our imagination.
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  • This remarkable moving of theSpirit of God, and this horrific
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  • expression of hatred andviolence and accusation
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  • and condemnation.
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  • The answer isn't negotiate,because what's stirring the
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  • disruption in Ephesus isn'ta silversmith, it's a spirit.
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  • And what's creating theconfusion and the fear and
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  • the hatred in our nation isn'tpolitical or scientific
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  • or economic.
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  • Those may all be expressions ofit, there was an economic
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  • component to this, but youcouldn't start a riot every time
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  • your business had a downturn.
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  • We have lots of businesses thatare facing collapse in this
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  • season, they're not leadingriots and looting other people.
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  • There is a spiritualbattle raging.
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  • There was a demonic responsein Ephesus.
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  • And we're seeing anunprecedented demonic response
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  • in this season, a lack of truthfrom just about every source of
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  • information we can imagine.
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  • Now the question is, and it'sthe one that I'm asked probably
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  • more than anything else, it'sreally a statement, is that we
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  • have to do something.
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  • We have to do something, Pastor.
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  • Allen, what are we gonna do?
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  • Oh, it's gonna take more thanthis session, but I'll give you
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  • a couple of pieces.
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  • We live in this world.
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  • We're still creatures of time,so a part of our response has
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  • to deal with this world.
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  • We have to choose to becomepeople of the truth.
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  • The alternative to that isto be people of the lie.
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  • You can't negotiate with evil,you can't bargain with evil,
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  • you can't reason with evil.
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  • The only thing evil will yieldto is a power greater
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  • than itself.
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  • And we have to determine tobecome people of the truth.
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  • We'll try to tell the truthabout ourselves we'll tell
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  • the truth to ourselves, we'll beadvocates for the truth,
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  • and we will notcover for the lie.
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  • [applauding]
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  • Secondly, I would submit, wehave to become intentional,
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  • purposeful, enthusiasticambassadors for the
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  • King of kings andthe Lord of lords.
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  • I'm for Jesus.
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  • I believe he's the son of God.
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  • I believe he was born in astable in Bethlehem, that he
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  • grew to maturity, that he taughtthe Scripture to the people
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  • in the 1st century, that hewalked the hills of Israel.
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  • I believe that he raised thedead and opened blind eyes and
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  • turned water into wine, and hewalked on the waves in the
  • 00:14:00.498 --> 00:14:03.134
  • Sea of Galilee, and he spoketo the wind and it grew still.
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  • I believe he was arrested in thecity of Jerusalem.
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  • He was crucified by the Romanson a hill outside the walls of
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  • the city, that he was buried ina borrowed tomb and God raised
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  • him to life again.
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  • That he died in exhausting thepunishment of my ungodliness
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  • and wickedness, and yours too,if you'll believe it.
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  • And he was raised to life againthat I might be justified.
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  • And if you'll acknowledge who heis and choose him as Lord of
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  • your life, he will transformyour journey through time
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  • and give you an assignmentfor all eternity.
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  • Now what are you doingwith the person of Jesus?
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  • It's an important question.
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  • Are you his ambassador?
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  • Are you a covertundercover agent?
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  • I hope that people who know youknow your enthusiasm for Jesus
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  • to be greater than yourenthusiasm for anything else,
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  • for your hobby of choice,for your sports team of choice.
  • 00:14:55.053 --> 00:14:59.624
  • Those things are okay, a hobbyis fine, a sports team is okay,
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  • but your enthusiasm for Jesusneeds to be the primary
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  • enthusiasm of your life.
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  • We haven't done greatwith that, folks.
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  • We haven't.
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  • And I think God has givenus a little opportunity.
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  • People, the truth ambassadorsparticipate in the systems that
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  • are available to us.
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  • Vote, for heaven's sake.
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  • I don't like the candidates.
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  • Repent!
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  • We're not electing pastors.
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  • Even more importantly, recognizeyour assignment, spiritually,
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  • to stand watch.
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  • You have a God-given assignmentto stand guard over important
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  • things in our society.
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  • Over family, over schools, overuniversities, over how business
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  • is conducted.
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  • Where do you think righteousnessand truth are going to come from
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  • if not from those individualsassigned to be salt and light?
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  • The schools and the careof our children is a part
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  • of our assignment.
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  • The construct of the family isour expression of faith
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  • in this world.
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  • Don't tell me where you worship,I want to know more about how
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  • you're influencing theconstruction of family
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  • in the generationin which we live.
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  • Don't use your voice, don't useyour authority, don't use your
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  • resources to work against thepurposes of God and imagine
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  • you belong to him.
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  • That's important.
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  • Jude chapter 1 in verse 20 says,"Build yourselves up in the most
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  • holy faith and prayin the Holy Spirit.
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  • Keep yourselves in God's love asyou wait for the mercy of our
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  • Lord Jesus Christ to bringyou to eternal life.
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  • Be merciful to those who doubt,snatch others from the fire and
  • 00:16:57.508 --> 00:17:02.447
  • save them, to others show mercymixed with fear--hating even the
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  • clothing stained bycorrupted flesh.
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  • Snatch others from the fire.
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  • Now that's a response for thetemporal world, the temporary
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  • world we're passing through.
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  • Those are all things we can leanin towards, they're assignments
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  • every one of us cangive expression to.
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  • Well, not everybody will agree,not everybody will like it.
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  • Ya think?
  • 00:17:31.175 --> 00:17:35.313
  • But there's another assignment,and it's more to the spiritual
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  • side of the equation, and we'llunpack it more as we go
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  • through this week.
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  • But it has to do with worship,and with repentance,
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  • and with hope.
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  • You need all three of those as aroutine part of your faith life.
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  • Worship, repentance, and hope.
  • 00:17:53.064 --> 00:17:55.700
  • Worship is about directing yourthoughts, your emotions,
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  • and your anticipationtowards the Lord.
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  • It's not about music.
  • 00:18:01.239 --> 00:18:03.341
  • I'm okay with music, but worshipis something else.
  • 00:18:03.374 --> 00:18:06.377
  • It's directing your thoughts,and your emotions, and the
  • 00:18:06.410 --> 00:18:09.180
  • anticipation of your lifetowards the things of the Lord.
  • 00:18:09.213 --> 00:18:13.184
  • Repentance you're a bit morefamiliar with, I suspect.
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  • Repentance has two meanings.
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  • It's a change of thought and achange of direction of behavior.
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  • And repentance isn't somethingyou do at the beginning of your
  • 00:18:21.659 --> 00:18:23.694
  • spiritual life, repentance issomething you do with the same
  • 00:18:23.728 --> 00:18:26.330
  • frequency that you batheor you brush your teeth.
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  • It should be a daily habit.
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  • Did I pick up anything todaythat would impede or hinder
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  • or limit my effectivenessfrom the Lord?
  • 00:18:37.208 --> 00:18:41.946
  • It's not some blanket statement,God, if I ever did anything,
  • 00:18:41.979 --> 00:18:45.416
  • at any time, to anyone, long,long ago and far, far away,
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • That's really not repentance.
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  • Repentance is far more specific.
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  • Psalm 19 in verse 9 says,"The fear of the Lord is pure,
  • 00:19:00.364 --> 00:19:03.968
  • enduring forever."
  • 00:19:04.001 --> 00:19:06.437
  • "The fear of the Lord is pure."
  • 00:19:06.470 --> 00:19:09.774
  • We don't talk a lotabout purity.
  • 00:19:09.807 --> 00:19:13.978
  • You know we talk a lot thesedays about fear of a virus and
  • 00:19:14.011 --> 00:19:17.215
  • is the environment clear, is theair clear, are you projecting
  • 00:19:17.248 --> 00:19:21.118
  • microscopic particulateswhen you speak?
  • 00:19:21.152 --> 00:19:25.590
  • We're aware of things that wedidn't pay any attention
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  • to a few months ago.
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  • I pray we come out of this timewith a heightened awareness of
  • 00:19:29.327 --> 00:19:34.198
  • what it means to be purewith the Lord.
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  • Not the pagans or the wickedthe people of God.
  • 00:19:36.801 --> 00:19:40.705
  • To be pure with the Lord, to beclean before the Lord, to walk
  • 00:19:40.738 --> 00:19:44.508
  • in purity and holiness, toaspire to that, to long
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  • for that, to desire that morethan you desire to lose a few
  • 00:19:50.181 --> 00:19:55.853
  • pounds or to take a vacationor whatever.
  • 00:19:55.886 --> 00:19:59.123
  • Lord, I want to be purein your sight.
  • 00:19:59.156 --> 00:20:02.059
  • Holy before you.
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  • Show me what thatwould look like.
  • 00:20:04.762 --> 00:20:07.765
  • Well, repentance is thepathway to that cleansing.
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  • You should've received theelements of Communion when you
  • 00:20:14.972 --> 00:20:17.174
  • came in tonight.
  • 00:20:17.208 --> 00:20:19.710
  • Handy dandy little plastic cup.
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  • If you're not here on campuswith us and you've got access,
  • 00:20:22.780 --> 00:20:24.915
  • you can use a cracker or a sliceof Wonder Bread, you can use
  • 00:20:24.949 --> 00:20:27.251
  • a Twinkie, you can have a cup ofmilk, you can have a Diet Coke
  • 00:20:27.285 --> 00:20:31.088
  • and take Communion.
  • 00:20:31.122 --> 00:20:33.157
  • I don't mean to bedisrespectful, but it isn't
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:34.992
  • about the uniquedelivery system.
  • 00:20:35.026 --> 00:20:40.097
  • Communion is a tangibleexpression of what Jesus did
  • 00:20:40.131 --> 00:20:44.268
  • for us through offering himselfas a sacrifice on the cross
  • 00:20:44.302 --> 00:20:48.239
  • and his resurrection.
  • 00:20:48.272 --> 00:20:51.008
  • And we've typically receivedCommunion in church, and I'm
  • 00:20:51.042 --> 00:20:53.744
  • grateful for that, but I'mfar more concerned that you
  • 00:20:53.778 --> 00:20:57.048
  • and I understand thesignificance of Communion
  • 00:20:57.081 --> 00:20:59.750
  • and know how to receive it forourselves and our families.
  • 00:20:59.784 --> 00:21:03.688
  • And I want you to have itin mind as you're preparing
  • 00:21:03.721 --> 00:21:05.690
  • for Communion.
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  • If you're here and you needa miracle, we want to
  • 00:21:07.091 --> 00:21:08.826
  • pray with you.
  • 00:21:08.859 --> 00:21:10.161
  • You say, "Well, I came last weekand I needed a miracle."
  • 00:21:10.194 --> 00:21:13.331
  • Okay.
  • 00:21:13.364 --> 00:21:15.199
  • If you still need the miracle,I would continue to
  • 00:21:15.232 --> 00:21:17.935
  • present myself.
  • 00:21:17.968 --> 00:21:20.304
  • It's not an expression of doubtor faithlessness,
  • 00:21:20.338 --> 00:21:23.874
  • it's persistence.
  • 00:21:23.908 --> 00:21:26.410
  • And I would also inviteyou forward if you're
  • 00:21:26.444 --> 00:21:28.512
  • willing to repent.
  • 00:21:28.546 --> 00:21:29.847
  • Say, "I don't know that I haveanything to repent of."
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  • Are you willing to presentyourself to the Lord and say,
  • 00:21:31.582 --> 00:21:33.517
  • is there anything inme displeasing to you?
  • 00:21:33.551 --> 00:21:38.556
  • Folks, we have to do something.
  • 00:21:38.589 --> 00:21:41.292
  • The trajectory we are onwill bring destruction.
  • 00:21:41.325 --> 00:21:46.530
  • The problem in our nation is notthe leaders we have elected,
  • 00:21:46.564 --> 00:21:49.900
  • it's the hearts of the peoplewho live on Main Street.
  • 00:21:49.934 --> 00:21:54.105
  • And if we don't orchestratea change in our hearts,
  • 00:21:54.138 --> 00:21:59.009
  • our circumstances willdeteriorate further.
  • 00:21:59.043 --> 00:22:03.247
  • If we do change, I believe we'llsee the power of God and he will
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:07.852
  • rain righteousness upon us inthis generation as we have
  • 00:22:07.885 --> 00:22:11.789
  • never seen before.
  • 00:22:11.822 --> 00:22:14.658
  • I believe we're seeing thebeginning of it, but it's just
  • 00:22:14.692 --> 00:22:17.228
  • barely the beginning.
  • 00:22:17.261 --> 00:22:20.564
  • Have you got your Communion?
  • 00:22:20.598 --> 00:22:21.932
  • I saw everybody passing it out.
  • 00:22:21.966 --> 00:22:23.934
  • If you can peel off thatcellophane layer at the top.
  • 00:22:23.968 --> 00:22:27.371
  • If you can't peel thatcellophane layer off, you really
  • 00:22:27.405 --> 00:22:29.306
  • do need to repent.
  • 00:22:29.340 --> 00:22:32.843
  • Communion isn't somethingthat we dreamt up,
  • 00:22:32.877 --> 00:22:35.045
  • Jesus implemented it.
  • 00:22:35.079 --> 00:22:38.215
  • It's the notion that goesall the way back to the
  • 00:22:38.249 --> 00:22:39.750
  • Passover meal.
  • 00:22:39.784 --> 00:22:43.020
  • Jesus, on the night he wasbetrayed, took bread and said,
  • 00:22:43.053 --> 00:22:45.322
  • "This bread is my bodybroken for you.
  • 00:22:45.356 --> 00:22:48.325
  • As often as you eat this, dothis in remembrance of me."
  • 00:22:48.359 --> 00:22:51.028
  • Let's receive together.
  • 00:22:51.061 --> 00:22:54.732
  • And then you can justpeel back that foil.
  • 00:22:54.765 --> 00:22:58.469
  • And then he took a cup, and hesaid, "This cup is a new
  • 00:22:58.502 --> 00:23:00.838
  • covenant," a new contract,"sealed with my own blood.
  • 00:23:00.871 --> 00:23:05.109
  • And as often as you drink it,you proclaim my death until
  • 00:23:05.142 --> 00:23:07.845
  • you see me again."
  • 00:23:07.878 --> 00:23:09.647
  • Let's drink together.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Father, I thank you.
  • 00:23:19.557 --> 00:23:21.826
  • I thank you for these men andwomen, but nothing is hidden
  • 00:23:21.859 --> 00:23:26.030
  • from you.
  • 00:23:26.063 --> 00:23:28.466
  • I thank you for the blood ofJesus Christ, for his body that
  • 00:23:28.499 --> 00:23:34.138
  • was broken for us and his bloodthat was shed for us.
  • 00:23:34.171 --> 00:23:38.476
  • That we might be forgiven.
  • 00:23:38.509 --> 00:23:39.810
  • Forgive us of our sins.
  • 00:23:39.844 --> 00:23:42.880
  • But we don't say it casually.
  • 00:23:42.913 --> 00:23:44.215
  • Holy Spirit, we ask youto help us.
  • 00:23:44.248 --> 00:23:47.618
  • If there are parts of our livesand our story that we have not
  • 00:23:47.651 --> 00:23:51.722
  • yielded to you, that we haven'theld in repentance before you,
  • 00:23:51.755 --> 00:23:56.360
  • bring them to our awareness.
  • 00:23:56.393 --> 00:23:58.762
  • Not that we would be bent withguilt or shame, but that we
  • 00:23:58.796 --> 00:24:02.132
  • might be free fromthe curse of sin.
  • 00:24:02.166 --> 00:24:06.537
  • Bring it to our awareness,we invite you.
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  • We don't want to ignore itor excuse it or justify it.
  • 00:24:09.740 --> 00:24:14.078
  • We want to lay itbefore you tonight.
  • 00:24:14.111 --> 00:24:16.680
  • Thank you, Holy Spirit,for helping us.
  • 00:24:16.714 --> 00:24:20.551
  • Walk with us through this week.
  • 00:24:20.584 --> 00:24:23.888
  • We thank you for itin Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:24:23.921 --> 00:24:29.527
  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:24:29.560 --> 00:24:30.861
  • You better give the Lorda hand, huh?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:33.931 --> 00:24:36.934
  • Pastor Allen: Hey,it's Pastor Allen.
  • 00:24:40.271 --> 00:24:41.572
  • You know, we are walkingthrough a season of
  • 00:24:41.605 --> 00:24:43.440
  • unprecedented disruption.
  • 00:24:43.474 --> 00:24:45.676
  • I think it's the greatest threatto our stability as a nation
  • 00:24:45.709 --> 00:24:49.113
  • in my lifetime.
  • 00:24:49.146 --> 00:24:50.481
  • And it came unexpectedly, and itwas presented in a package that
  • 00:24:50.514 --> 00:24:53.317
  • we didn't understand and we'restill sorting out what to do
  • 00:24:53.350 --> 00:24:56.387
  • with that.
  • 00:24:56.420 --> 00:24:57.721
  • Well, there've been a lot ofunintended consequences and
  • 00:24:57.755 --> 00:24:59.089
  • outcomes, and one has been anavalanche of anxiety and fear
  • 00:24:59.123 --> 00:25:03.494
  • and worry.
  • 00:25:03.527 --> 00:25:04.862
  • And it's as true within the bodyof Christ as it is without.
  • 00:25:04.895 --> 00:25:08.399
  • Well, we've got a resource thatI think will help, I collected
  • 00:25:08.432 --> 00:25:11.602
  • some work I had done and putit in a book on
  • 00:25:11.635 --> 00:25:14.171
  • "Freedom From Worry."
  • 00:25:14.204 --> 00:25:15.639
  • There are some things that, ifyou didn't have faith in God,
  • 00:25:15.673 --> 00:25:18.142
  • that would bring anxiety to you.
  • 00:25:18.175 --> 00:25:19.877
  • But Jesus said we can cast allour anxiety on him, because he
  • 00:25:19.910 --> 00:25:22.713
  • cares for us.
  • 00:25:22.746 --> 00:25:24.081
  • We don't have to lead lives thatare bent over with fear and
  • 00:25:24.114 --> 00:25:27.318
  • worry and confusion and anxiety.
  • 00:25:27.351 --> 00:25:29.853
  • If you'll take the time to readthis book, meditate on it,
  • 00:25:29.887 --> 00:25:32.423
  • let the Spirit of God help yougive it application, it'll bring
  • 00:25:32.456 --> 00:25:35.492
  • freedom to your lifefrom anxiety.
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  • Hope you enjoy it.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: Jesus hasoffered us his peace and told us
  • 00:25:40.564 --> 00:25:42.466
  • not to worry, yet manyChristians still wrestle with
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  • anxiety every day.
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  • In Pastor Allen Jackson's book,"Freedom from Worry," you'll
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