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What Should We Do? Part 1

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October 20, 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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What Should We Do? Part 1

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I'm justan individual, nobody knows
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  • my name or pays attention to me,I don't have access
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  • to great power or resources.
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  • What should we do?
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  • Well I'd like to politely pushback on those ideas for just
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  • a moment.
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  • You have access to the creatorof heaven and earth.
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  • Your names are known inthe halls of heaven.
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  • There are angels that have beendispatched at your disposal.
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  • We aren't just church attendersor religionists or ethicists
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  • or moralists, we are childrenof the King
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  • and we are on assignment.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey,it's Pastor Allen,
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  • and welcome to church.
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  • Actually I was bringing youinto church with us.
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  • We've been having churchtogether now
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  • for about ten weeks.
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  • We're meeting outside,it's the safest way for us
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  • to be together.
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  • A lot of chaos these daysacross our nation.
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  • There's never been a moreimportant season for the church
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  • to be awake to who we are.
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  • Our healthcare professionals areworking diligently to protect us
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  • from a virus, our economists areworking really hard to help us
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  • figure out how to let oureconomy come back to life,
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  • our leaders at every level,mayors and our governors
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  • and at the national level,are working hard
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  • to figure a way through this.
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  • But folks, the church has gotto be the church.
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  • There's a spiritual componentto this battle.
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  • It's not going to be resolved ina laboratory with scientists or
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  • around a discussion table in anegotiation between politicians.
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  • It's a spiritual battleunderneath it all.
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  • And the church's authority andthe church's voice is very,
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  • very important.
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  • Our topic this week is,"God Bless America Again."
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  • I believe God called our nationinto existence.
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  • We're not perfect,we've never been perfect.
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  • We're comprised of people, andas long as we've got people
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  • involved our weaknesses and ourfrailties are in existence, it's
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  • why we need the redemptive workof Jesus, it's what makes the
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  • message that the church holdsessential in this time.
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  • The ultimate key to the problemswe face as a people comes
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  • from the transformationof the human heart.
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  • Our laws being correct are goodbut justice ultimately is gonna
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  • come from the King of Kings,from the Lord of Lords,
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  • from the Prince of Peace.
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  • The church has a message,it's important in this season.
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  • I hope you'll take a fewminutes, open your Bibles, get a
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  • notepad, most of all open yourheart and ask God what he has
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  • for you, and then listen.
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  • I trust God, and I'm counting onhis church in this season.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our tools,you know the words, I'm not sure
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  • we're familiar with them fullyor comfortable with their
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  • authority and their power, butknowing the Word of God so that
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  • you know the character of God,being a person of prayer,
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  • standing in the name of Jesus,the authority of Jesus' blood.
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  • Those components changed thecourse of human history.
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  • And the delivery system forthose tools is the church of
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  • Jesus Christ in the earth.
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  • It's not about the label of thechurch where you worship or the
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  • denomination you prefer or themusical style that suits your
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  • own personal taste or thearchitecture that is most
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  • pleasing to you esthetically.
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  • All of those things may havesome place, but they're
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  • not primary.
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  • We stand under the headship ofJesus of Nazareth.
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  • We're his body.
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  • We're placed on this earth on anassignment.
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  • And it's not personally driven.
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  • It's not selfishly motivated.
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  • Well I want to start for just aminute with the influence of
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  • Christianity upon our nation.
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  • Once upon a time I earned adegree in history.
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  • And unfortunately the historythat I learned in school is
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  • seldom taught these days.
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  • I can tell you this, thatChristianity has been the single
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  • most profound influence inshaping the values, the course,
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  • and the direction of our nation.
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  • And I believe because of ourfaith we have been uniquely
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  • blessed by God.
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  • I've had the privilege oftraveling a bit around the world
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  • and I can tell you that thenations of the world do not
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  • enjoy the liberties and thefreedoms, the abundance and
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  • the opportunities that wejust take for granted.
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  • If it were universal in scope,there wouldn't be millions of
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  • people making terrificsacrifices to come to
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  • this nation.
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  • Christian influences in oursociety have resulted in things
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  • like tolerance.
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  • The majority of the world is farless tolerant.
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  • The rights that have been givento women, children's rights,
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  • civil rights, the safe havenfor immigrants.
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  • Christians have stood in thevanguard, the forefront,
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  • of all of those ideas as theyinfluenced and changed
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  • our culture, our society,and shaped our nation.
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  • Christians have led the fightfor the poor, for children,
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  • for women, for the abolitionof slavery.
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  • It's very important that weunderstand that tolerance
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  • and freedom do not stand alone.
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  • They're not ideals that havethe infrastructure to support
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  • themselves, they requirea framework of values.
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  • And it's the Judeo-Christianfaith that has provided such
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  • a framework for our nationfor more than 200 years.
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  • What separates the United Statesfrom so many cultures
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  • of the world is the influenceof our Christian faith.
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  • Oh I know it's chic these daysto mock it, to denigrate it,
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  • to try to separate it from thepublic square, but in order to
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  • sell that message to the generalpopulation you have to strip us
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  • of our history and pray thatwe're so ignorant we won't wake
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  • up and listen towhat's being said.
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  • Because it does takea rewriting of our story.
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  • We assume that our attitudeof inclusivity and tolerance
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  • is a worldwide attitude.
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  • I assure you, it is not.
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  • In the majority of the world,the poor, women, children,
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  • minority groups, the powerless,they're tyrannized.
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  • Now, our nation's not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value sets which spawnedour freedoms, I assure you
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  • our freedoms will not persist.
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  • And if the church isn't willingto stand up and be an advocate
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  • for our faith, and for our Lord,those values will be swept out
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  • of our culture, out of ourschools, and off our
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  • college campuses.
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  • We have been given theassignment to be salt and light.
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  • You and I are watchingthe 21st century edition
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  • of this challenge.
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  • And if you haven't realized ityet, I assure you, there's a
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  • battle underway for the heartand soul of America.
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  • And again the question,what should we do?
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  • How do we respond?
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  • I'm just an individual, nobodyknows my name or pays attention
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  • to me, I don't have access togreat power or resources.
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  • What should we do?
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  • Well I'd like to politely pushback on those ideas
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  • for just a moment.
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  • You have access to the Creatorof heaven and earth.
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  • Your names are knownin the halls of heaven.
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  • There are angels that have beendispatched at your disposal.
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  • We aren't just church attendersor religionists or ethicists
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  • or moralists, we are childrenof the King.
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  • And we are on assignment.
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  • [clapping]
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  • I would submit that we need tobegin by giving attention to
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  • a right relationship with God.
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  • Not presuming upon itin arrogance and
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  • self-righteousness, imaginingthat we've done everything that
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  • should be done.
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  • But to give attention to a rightrelationship with God.
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  • In 1 Peter chapter 5 in verse 6,the fisherman says, humble
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  • yourselves under God's mightyhand, that he may lift you up in
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  • due time.
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  • God is the one who will bringpromotion to our lives.
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  • If we will honor him asindividuals, as families,
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  • as a nation, God will continueto promote us.
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  • If we dishonor him, we will findourselves with God as
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  • an adversary.
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  • Cast all your anxiety on him,he cares for you.
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  • Be self-controlled and alert.
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  • Your enemy the devil prowlsaround like a roaring lion
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  • looking for someone to devour.
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  • Peter's reminding us thatwe have an adversary.
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  • Again, not a particularlypopular idea to hold,
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  • that there is someone who standsin opposition to God's purposes
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  • in your life.
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  • You know this.
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  • You experience it on a dailybasis in your thoughts, in your
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  • emotions, in your carnal self,in all sorts of external
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  • expressions around you.
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  • The decision to honor God, tochoose God, to do the best you
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  • know before God, does not gounchallenged in your life.
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  • In fact, you ought to turn tothe person on your right, and
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  • I can see it, and say to them,I can see God's purposes
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  • are really challenged in you.
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  • [laughs]
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  • Maybe not.
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  • How do we humble ourselves?
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  • Peter said to humble ourselvesbefore God's mighty hand.
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  • Humility is something that isacquired indirectly.
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  • You can't order it on Amazon,you can't go to Walmart
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  • and pick it up, or Home Depot.
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  • Humility develops within youwhile you're occupied with
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  • something else.
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  • But if Peter, nearing the end ofhis life, thought that humbling
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  • ourselves before God's mightyhand was the first step in
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  • God's program for our promotion,we need to understand it.
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  • Well I believe I can hand youa key to self-humbling
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  • in the sight of God.
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  • I want to go back tothe Old Testament,
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  • it's Leviticus chapter 16.
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  • God is about to give anassignment to his people
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  • through Moses.
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  • In fact, God commands Mosesto give an announcement
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  • to the people.
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  • He said, this shall be a statuteforever for you, in the seventh
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  • month, on the tenth day of themonth, you shall afflict your
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  • souls, and do no work at all,whether a native of your own
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  • country or a stranger who dwellsamong you.
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  • For on that day, the priestshall make atonement for you,
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  • to cleanse you that, you may beclean from all your sins
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  • before the Lord.
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  • It's a sabbath of solemn restfor you, and you shall afflict
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  • your souls.
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  • It's a statute forever.
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  • God through Moses is giving anassignment to the Jewish people.
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  • He's telling to celebrateon an annual basis,
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  • year after year, forever.
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  • If they intend to be identifiedas the people of God,
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  • they're to pause and recognizea day of atonement.
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  • Some of you will know it by itsHebrew title, Yom Kippur.
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  • And the Jewish people, from thatday until this, for more than
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  • 3.400 years or so, have honoredthat celebration of the day
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  • of atonement.
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  • They kept the day of atonementwhen they were in concentration
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  • camps, they kept the day ofatonement when they were
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  • dispersed through the nationsof the world.
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  • The language that Moses usedwhen he made the announcement is
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  • worth just a moment's attention.
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  • He said, you shall afflictyour souls.
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  • He said, this is a statuteforever, never to be released.
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  • It's not about your location orthe language you speak, or your
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  • economic status, or whetheryou're blessed or
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  • you're struggling.
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  • It's a statute forever that youshould afflict your soul.
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  • Some of the modern translationswill say, humble yourself.
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  • The Hebrew word is for soul,it's not inappropriate to
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  • translate it for yourself,but the notion has to do
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  • with what our soul is.
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  • In Acts 27:9, when the day ofatonement is referenced by the
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  • Apostle Paul, he said, it's justsimply referred to as the Fast.
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  • It's capitalized because theaudience reading that in the
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  • book of Acts would haveunderstood they were talking
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  • about that day of atonement.
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  • So what is fasting?
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  • In its simplest definitionit's abstaining from food
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  • for spiritual purposes.
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  • It means you missed a meal notto shrink your waistline
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  • but in pursuit of God.
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  • And God said to his people thatif you don't do this
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  • on an annual basis,you're no longer my people.
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  • It's a way of cultivatinghumility in your life.
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  • Why does fasting have anythingto do with our
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  • spiritual condition?
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  • Well I think to understand thatwe have to understand a bit
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  • about the function of our soul.
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  • We are complex persons.
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  • You are a spirit, you live in abody, and you have a soul.
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  • Your body's temporary,that rascal is wearing out,
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  • you're born withan expiration date.
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  • Isn't that annoying?
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  • If you haven't had enoughbirthdays yet to figure
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  • that out, just hang on,we forgive you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I can tellyou this, that Christianity has
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  • been the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course, and the directionof our nation.
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  • And I believe becauseof our faith we have been
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  • uniquely blessed by God.
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  • Now our nation's not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value set which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you
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  • our freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:13:26.654 --> 00:13:29.157
  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our nationis at a crossroads,
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  • it's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
  • 00:13:39.534 --> 00:13:41.302
  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we faceisn't about the depravity
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  • of the wicked, the greatchallenge we face is
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  • the indifferenceof the faithful.
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  • We've got to havea heart change.
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  • Well I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put 'em in a book, "God BlessAmerica Again."
  • 00:13:57.385 --> 00:13:59.120
  • There's no question Godhas blessed this nation,
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  • he called us into existenceand he has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Your soulhas some very
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  • specific functions.
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  • Your soul as generally describedhouses your will,
  • 00:14:43.464 --> 00:14:48.803
  • your intellect,and your emotions.
  • 00:14:48.836 --> 00:14:51.806
  • That part of your person thatresponds to life with, I want,
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  • I think, and I feel.
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  • And those are powerful, powerfulforces in your personality.
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  • Our soul is arrogant andself-assertive, and the Bible
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  • coaches us that if we're goingto live in the blessing of God
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  • we have to learn to subdueour selfish soul.
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  • To say that what I want and whatI think and what I feel will not
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  • dominate the course of my life.
  • 00:15:20.668 --> 00:15:24.605
  • In Moses' language, we haveto subdue our soul, to afflict
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  • our soul, to bring it underGod's authority,
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  • under God's discipline.
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  • David understood it.
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  • In Psalm 35, in verse 13, hesaid, as for me, when they were
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  • sick, my clothing was sackcloth.
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  • Putting on sackcloth was anoutward expression of humility
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  • when you were mourningor grieving.
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  • I humbled my soul with fasting.
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  • The Bible tells us that Davidwas a man after God's own heart,
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  • and yet he was a man with manyweaknesses.
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  • Some of his failures weremonumental.
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  • And he faced many challengesboth within his own family
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  • and his family systemand externally.
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  • From the moment that God gaveDavid an assignment there was a
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  • consistent challenge before him.
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  • And in spite of all of themistakes David made God said he
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  • was a man after his own heart.
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  • David understood howto humble his soul.
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  • I believe it's what kept him.
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  • And I'm submitting to you today,it's a lesson that you and I
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  • need to learn.
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  • Not in theory.
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  • But if we're going to respond tothe greatest challenge we have
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  • seen in decades in our nation,far more threatening than 9/11,
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  • this season we're walkingthrough.
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  • This isn't some externalchallenge that we can identify
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  • as an enemy combatant andmobilize to stand against it.
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  • The challenges we're facingthese days are coming
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  • from multiple frontsand they're within us,
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  • within our own hearts.
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  • And the only way through this isto cooperate with Almighty God.
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  • He is the only one that canbring deliverance and freedom
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  • and bring clarity to theconfusion and dispel the fear.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ.
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  • If we don't imagine that we havea place of authority and
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  • responsibility then it's easyfor the politicians to say that
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  • we're not essential and to lockthe buildings.
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  • If we believe that the Creatorof heaven and earth has called
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  • us to be difference-makersin a season such as this,
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  • then we will not relent.
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  • I'm gonna give you just amoment, a brief overview
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  • of some of the biblicalexpressions of fasting.
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  • This is not some subtle themeof Scripture.
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  • In 1 Samuel 31, it's the lastchapter of the book of 1 Samuel.
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  • In fact, it's the last verseof that book.
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  • Samuel and his son, Jonathan,I'm sorry, Saul, the King Saul
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  • and his son, Jonathan,were killed in battle
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  • on the same day.
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  • There was a transitionin the nation of Israel,
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  • it's a transition in the textof Scripture.
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  • And in 1 Samuel 31 in 13 itsays, they took their bones and
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  • buried them under a tamarisktree at Jabesh, Gilead,
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  • and they fasted seven days.
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  • It feels like such a simplesentence.
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  • In fact it's easier to just blowpast it if you're doing your
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  • reading and you're on any kindof a timeline, or you've got
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  • some objective you're workingtoward.
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  • They came and took the bones ofSaul and Jonathan and they
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  • fasted for seven days.
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  • It was an agrarian society,they're farmers, they work
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  • with their hands, they had cropsto tend, cattle to care for,
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  • they couldn't afford tosequester themselves
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  • in the house and rest, and yetthey fasted for seven days.
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  • If you take a step back from theverse I would submit to you that
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  • that single verse is more thana transition between books,
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  • it's a transition point in theunfolding of Scripture.
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  • 1 Samuel, it's a book aboutdecline, division, and defeat.
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  • The Philistines have defeatedIsrael, the Israelites have fled
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  • eastward, David's camp at theend of that book, he's still
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  • living as a fugitive and hiscamp has been raided, the
  • 00:19:10.998 --> 00:19:14.135
  • families and their possessionshave been carried away, and
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  • David's own men are speakingof killing him.
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  • 2 Samuel is an entirelydifferent book, it's a book
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  • about recovery and reunionand victory.
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  • And it seems to me that thetransition point, the hinge
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  • between those two narratives andthe two different directions is
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  • that one simple little sentenceabout the men of Jabesh, Gilead,
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  • that they fasted for seven days.
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  • You're not convinced.
  • 00:19:44.899 --> 00:19:46.234
  • Let me give you another example.
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  • A familiar story,the book of Jonah.
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  • You know Jonah, he's a prophet.
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  • Sometimes a nonprofit.
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  • You know his story, I won'tbelabor it, God gave Jonah
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:58.813
  • an assignment to go to Ninevehand to preach,
  • 00:19:58.846 --> 00:20:01.015
  • tell them that God's judgmentwas coming upon the city.
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  • But Jonah didn't want Nineveh tobe spared, he wanted Nineveh to
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  • be destroyed.
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  • He was an astute enough observerof the rising of nations to know
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  • that Nineveh presented thegreatest threat to his own
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  • people and he wanted God'sjudgment to fall upon them.
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  • So Jonah refused the assignmentand went the other way.
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  • Well after Jonah had a littlefishing adventure, he finally
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  • got to the city of Nineveh.
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  • Jonah 3 in verse 4, "On thefirst day, Jonah started
  • 00:20:27.441 --> 00:20:29.977
  • into the city, he proclaimed,forty more days and Nineveh
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  • will be overturned.
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  • And the Ninevites believed God.
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  • They declared a fast, and allof them, from the greatest
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  • to the least, put on sackcloth.
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  • And when the news reached theking of Nineveh he rose from his
  • 00:20:43.291 --> 00:20:45.660
  • throne and he took off his royalrobes and covered himself
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  • with sackcloth and he sat downin the dust.
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  • And he issued a proclamation inthe city, by the decree of the
  • 00:20:52.066 --> 00:20:54.635
  • king and his nobles, let everyman or beast, herd or flock,
  • 00:20:54.669 --> 00:20:58.072
  • taste nothing.
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  • Let man and beast be coveredwith sackcloth.
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  • Let everyone urgently callon God.
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  • Let them give up their evil waysand their violence.
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  • Who knows?
  • 00:21:07.048 --> 00:21:08.382
  • God may yet relent and withcompassion turn from his fierce
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  • anger so thatwe will not perish."
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  • They had one messagefrom a foreigner.
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  • Somebody that, if he spoketheir language,
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  • he spoke it with an accent.
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  • They had no reason to trust him.
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  • They had no reason to listento him.
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  • They had no reason to cooperatewith him.
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  • In fact, it's inexplicable fromjust a logical,
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  • rational approach to the text.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, I'mso grateful for this time we
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  • have together because I believeit's so important for the church
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  • to be standing together.
  • 00:21:41.916 --> 00:21:43.851
  • Now we've got to deal withthe fear and the confusion
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  • and the anxiety, that'sour responsibility.
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  • I will make a suggestion.
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  • Treat fear like it's a person,a person without a body,
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  • when you're tempted to be afraidor frightened about the future
  • 00:21:54.095 --> 00:21:56.697
  • of what's happeningor uncertain.
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  • Speak to it, in Jesus' name,you go.
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  • You have no authority over me,no power over me,
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  • no right to me.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • Again, the church and ourspiritual authority is essential
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  • to the victory in coming throughthis turbulent time.
  • 00:22:09.377 --> 00:22:13.147
  • Now once upon a time I earned adegree in history and I remember
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:16.417
  • a phrase that a professortaught me, that if we forget
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  • our history we're doomedto repeat it.
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  • One of the things that's intension right now is what part
  • 00:22:20.988 --> 00:22:22.923
  • of our history do we keep?
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  • We don't just keep the goodparts, we don't just keep the
  • 00:22:24.759 --> 00:22:27.461
  • parts that suit us, or the partsthat we're proud of, because if
  • 00:22:27.495 --> 00:22:30.731
  • we sweep it clean and we forgetit we'll repeat it,
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  • the generations who follow uswill repeat it.
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  • The Bible's a good pattern, weknow King David had a tremendous
  • 00:22:36.470 --> 00:22:39.140
  • victory over Goliath, and weknow he committed adultery
  • 00:22:39.173 --> 00:22:42.109
  • with Bathsheba and then hadher husband murdered.
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  • The Bible didn't expunge therecord and only give us
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  • the good news.
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  • And I understand angst and painand hurt and problems with our
  • 00:22:48.215 --> 00:22:51.051
  • history, but the reality iswe need that larger picture
  • 00:22:51.085 --> 00:22:54.989
  • to help us make better choicesgoing forward.
  • 00:22:55.022 --> 00:22:58.092
  • Again this isn't about anger,this is about the church
  • 00:22:58.125 --> 00:23:00.995
  • understanding the power,the spiritual power we have
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  • to invite one another towardsthe purposes of God
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  • in this generation.
  • 00:23:08.302 --> 00:23:09.737
  • Righteousness and peace and joycome from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:23:09.770 --> 00:23:14.008
  • So what we wanna do is invitethe Holy Spirit
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  • into the public square.
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  • You and I can do that fromthe privacy of our own homes
  • 00:23:17.912 --> 00:23:19.947
  • with our prayersand our Bibles open.
  • 00:23:19.980 --> 00:23:22.383
  • God is moving,and we're a part of it.
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  • I want to pray with youbefore we go.
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  • Father, I thank youfor this time together.
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  • I thank you for your church inthe earth I thank you that
  • 00:23:28.456 --> 00:23:31.091
  • through the blood of Jesus wehave been delivered out of the
  • 00:23:31.125 --> 00:23:33.594
  • hand of the enemy, that our sinshave been washed away, that
  • 00:23:33.627 --> 00:23:36.764
  • we've been made clean, we'vebeen made whole, that we have a
  • 00:23:36.797 --> 00:23:40.401
  • message to share with oneanother and with the world about
  • 00:23:40.434 --> 00:23:44.038
  • the redemptive purposes andpower of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Give us your wisdomand your courage.
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  • In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:23:53.481 --> 00:23:55.483
  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I can tellyou this, that Christianity has
  • 00:23:56.817 --> 00:23:58.586
  • been the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course, and the directionof our nation.
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  • And I believe becauseof our faith we have been
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  • uniquely blessed by God.
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  • Now our nation's not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value set which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you
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  • our freedoms will not persist.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our nationis at a crossroads,
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  • it's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon, and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
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  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we faceisn't about the depravity
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  • of the wicked, the greatchallenge we face
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  • is the indifferenceof the faithful.
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  • We've got to havea heart change.
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  • I worked for several weeks andput together some lessons that
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  • I've shared with our church andI want to share them with you.
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  • We put them in a book,"God Bless America Again."
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  • There's no question Godhas blessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existenceand he has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: If you'restruggling to believe, if there
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  • are places where doubt andskepticism hold a place in
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  • your thoughts and your emotions,perhaps you you doubt that the
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  • blood of Jesus is sufficient toset you free, that you failed so
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  • gloriously and so magnificentlyand so frequently that you're
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  • relegated to the second classcitizenry of the kingdom.
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  • Or perhaps your battle iselsewhere.
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  • you feel like you'd have tolower yourself to believe the
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  • Word of God, to be inspired andauthoritative and directive.
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  • Whatever the source may be,whatever avenue it's taken,
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  • because our adversary is cleverand he'll put us in bondage
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  • with whatever lie we're willingto listen to.
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  • But if we will pause and invitethe Holy Spirit into our lives
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  • with a spirit of humility andrepentance, the barriers
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  • to belief will crumble.
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  • You'll be able to believewhere you have stood
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  • as a staunch skeptic.
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  • Jesus gave us the formula,repent and believe.
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