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August 2, 2016
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Bil Cornelius

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Straight Outta Excuses: Make Some Noise

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  • - Bil Cornelius: See, the devil
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  • says that, "You're a failure."
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  • God says, "You're a winner."
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  • The devil says,
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  • "You're rejected."
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  • God says, "You're accepted."
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  • The devil says,
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  • "You're your sin."
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  • God says, "No, you're the
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  • righteousness of Christ."
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  • You see, God, what he speaks
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  • over you is the truth.
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  • It's not what the devil
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  • says you are or what you have
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  • done that matters.
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  • It's what God says you are.
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  • And he says, "You're his child,
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  • and you are of greatness."
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  • - Bil: You are the church,
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • How you guys doin'?
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  • Great to have you here.
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  • So today I wanna talk
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  • about how to make some noise
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  • with our lives.
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  • 'Cause God wants us to do that.
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  • Maybe you've got the noises
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  • because your phone's
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  • buzzin', right?
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  • Every time you
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  • get a little notification
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  • from Fakebook, right?
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  • Or you get something
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  • from Instagram, or whatever,
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  • you know, you get these
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  • little pings, right?
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  • And so someone tagged you,
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  • or liked you, or you know,
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  • or whatever, right?
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  • Or you got an email, or some
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  • kinda text message, right?
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  • We have constant noise
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  • going on in our lives.
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  • Daniel was like
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  • that in the Bible.
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  • Daniel had to face the fact that
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  • he had a lot of worldly noise
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  • crowding out his faith.
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  • And so let's look up Scripture
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  • Daniel chapter 1.
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  • Check out what's goin' on here.
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  • It says, Daniel 1, verse 2:
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  • "The Lord let [the] King
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  • of Judah fall into his power,"
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  • into another king's power,
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  • "as well as some of the vessels
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  • of the house of God.
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  • [The other king] placed the
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  • vessels in the treasury
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  • of his gods."
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  • Daniel was in high school
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  • or college.
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  • We're not sure exactly,
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  • but he was in the top schools
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  • in Israel.
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  • And so he grew up like any other
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  • kid, you know, just dreaming of
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  • doing big things with his life.
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  • He was very successful.
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  • I mean, Daniel had like a 4.0,
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  • really smart.
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  • He was an athlete.
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  • He had some friends.
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  • And they all hung out together.
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  • And they just all kinda had it
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  • goin' on.
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  • They all had their, you know,
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  • Jerusalem letterman jackets on.
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  • I mean, they were cool, okay?
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  • They had it goin' on.
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  • And the king, this other king,
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  • came in and overthrew Israel.
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  • So Daniel's perfect little world
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  • of popularity, and good grades,
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  • and goin' somewhere, and letter
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  • of intent to the right schools,
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  • all of that stuff just got
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  • jacked up.
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  • You ever had your circumstances
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  • that you were planning
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  • on get messed up?
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  • You ever had the plans and the
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  • dreams that you thought were
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  • gonna take place exactly in a
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  • certain way just not pan out?
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  • That was Daniel.
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  • He had his plans, man.
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  • He was in control.
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  • He had it goin' on.
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  • And all of that got messed up.
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  • See, this other king comes in
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  • and takes over Israel.
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  • And the first thing says is,
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  • "I want the sharpest young men
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  • from this kingdom.
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  • Extract them from their homes,
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  • and put them under my care.
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  • And we're gonna teach them
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  • our ways, our literature,
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  • our schooling, and our gods."
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  • So Daniel found himself having
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  • to fight for his faith in a
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  • world that had gone mad.
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  • We have a problem,
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  • in case you haven't noticed.
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  • And so we are in desperate need
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  • of something in our lives
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  • to change.
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  • You know, our mission statement,
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  • let's say it together.
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  • Can we real quick?
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  • Our job is to do what?
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  • To take as many people to heaven
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  • as we can before we die, period.
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  • Do you know there's a devil who
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  • also has a mission statement?
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  • His plan is to take
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  • as many people to hell before
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  • he dies, period.
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  • That's his mission.
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  • And he is good at business.
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  • See, the truth is we are
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  • in a battle whether we like it
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  • or not.
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  • We can either face it
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  • or continue to live in denial.
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  • But there's a lot of noise
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  • around us, and it's drowning out
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  • our faith.
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  • That's where Daniel
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  • was in his life.
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  • The first thing you need to know
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  • about the noise we hear, number
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  • one, would you write this down?
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  • You live in a world run
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  • You live in a world run
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  • by another king.
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  • Whether you like it or not,
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  • it's just the truth.
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  • Have you noticed how simple it
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  • is today to get screwed up?
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  • Have you noticed that?
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  • If you just kinda go on easy
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  • street, and just don't worry
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  • about whatever, just let
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  • whatever float in your living
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  • room, whatever float in your
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  • mind, just let whatever
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  • influence in through any
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  • relationship that comes your
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  • way, you will get screwed up.
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  • We know that there is a
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  • spiritual enemy out to jack us
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  • up, and we live in a world run
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  • by him.
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  • Check out Daniel chapter 1,
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  • verse 3.
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  • It says: "Bring some of
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  • the [best] young men,"
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  • this is the other king, right?
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  • The king that doesn't follow
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  • the God of Israel.
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  • It says,
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  • "Bring the [best] young
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  • men handsome and competent
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  • to serve in the king's palace;
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  • they were to be taught
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  • literature and language
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  • of the Chaldeans.
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  • The king assigned them a
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  • daily portion," underline that,
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  • "a daily portion of the royal
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  • rations of food and wine.
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  • They were to be educated for
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  • three years Among them were
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  • Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,
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  • and Azariah."
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  • Those were his boys, right?
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  • "The palace master gave them
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  • other names: Daniel he called
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  • Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called
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  • Shadrach, Mishael he called
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  • Meshach, and Azariah he called
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  • Abednego."
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  • Now, we're probably gettin' into
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  • some familiar names now.
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  • You're like, "Oh, oh,
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  • I know who that is.
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  • That's Shadrach, Meshach,
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  • and Abednego.
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  • Okay, I got it," right?
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  • Some of you who grew up in
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  • church, you're like, "Okay, now
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  • I'm cluin' in," right?
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  • Okay, but before we get to that,
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  • let me back up and just cover a
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  • couple things.
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  • And since they were to get that,
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  • the king gave them a portion
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  • of rationed foods
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  • from the royal table.
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  • Let me explain what that means.
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  • It's really not about the food.
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  • There is such a thing as
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  • the Daniel diet, which is just,
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  • you know, 'cause Daniel,
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  • in a moment, he says,
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  • "Hey, please don't,
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  • I don't wanna eat this food.
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  • Instead, can you just give me
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  • vegetables, and fruit,
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  • and water only?
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  • Test me in 10 days.
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  • See if I look better.
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  • See if it's okay," right?
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  • And we call that,
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  • "The Daniel diet."
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  • But let's set aside the health
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  • issue for a moment because what
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  • really is goin' on with Daniel
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  • is that these foods at the
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  • king's table were first animals
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  • that were sacrificed
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  • to false gods.
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  • So he said, "I don't wanna
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  • consume this particular meat,
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  • and these animals that were
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  • given to a false god.
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  • I am not going to," what?
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  • "I'm not gonna feed on trash."
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  • Isn't that good?
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  • And the king gave them
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  • a daily portion of trash.
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  • And I can tell ya right now, the
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  • world we live in, if you just
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  • listen to whatever's on the
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  • radio, turn on the TV and watch
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  • whatever's on TV, if you just
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  • listen to the average philosophy
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  • being taught in our public
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  • schools, and I know there's some
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  • good Christian schoolteachers
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  • that come to our church.
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  • We all know that there's some
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  • great Christians.
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  • But they're not in control
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  • If you just listen to what we're
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  • being fed daily on the news, you
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  • and I are being fed a daily
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  • portion of crap, whether you
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  • admit it or not.
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  • It's true.
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  • Can you say, "Crap," in church?
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  • We just did.
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  • It's really true.
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  • We're being fed a daily portion
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  • of lies.
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  • We're being fed a daily portion
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  • of wrong priorities.
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  • Just listen to the average song.
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  • It really is.
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  • And so this is not, let's all,
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  • you know, become Puritans,
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  • and let's all throw away
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  • our cell phones.
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  • And no, I'm not talkin'
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  • about that.
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  • But if you can't at least
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  • distinguish between what's truth
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  • and what's a lie, you're gonna
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  • have a serious problem.
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  • So Daniel had to learn how to
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  • distinguish between what was
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  • true and what was a lie because
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  • this king said, "I'm gonna teach
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  • you every day false stuff about
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  • my false gods, and then I want
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  • you to even eat food based upon
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  • my false gods."
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  • Number two,
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  • would you write this down?
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  • You are being given a daily
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  • portion of wrong thinking
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  • every single day.
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  • In fact, the number one thing
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  • the devil wants to do is not
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  • just teach you
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  • how to do the wrong things.
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  • But once you begin to partake
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  • in some of those wrong things,
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  • Let me tell you what that means.
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  • To change your name is to attach
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  • something to you that's not
  • 00:07:43.010 --> 00:07:44.160
  • actually true.
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  • The devil wants to relabel you.
  • 00:07:46.030 --> 00:07:49.030
  • You see, we are Christians, and
  • 00:07:49.030 --> 00:07:50.150
  • that actually means something.
  • 00:07:50.150 --> 00:07:51.240
  • You know, the word "Christian"
  • 00:07:51.240 --> 00:07:52.180
  • means "little Christ."
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  • Did you know that?
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  • That's what your name is.
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  • If you're a Christian, if you've
  • 00:07:56.130 --> 00:07:58.010
  • given your life to Christ,
  • 00:07:58.010 --> 00:07:59.030
  • then you are a little Christ.
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  • You're a smaller version
  • 00:08:00.240 --> 00:08:02.040
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:08:02.040 --> 00:08:02.260
  • Wow, that's pretty cool, right,
  • 00:08:02.260 --> 00:08:04.210
  • to be a little Christ.
  • 00:08:04.210 --> 00:08:05.220
  • I was lookin' at these names.
  • 00:08:05.220 --> 00:08:06.230
  • And the master, the palace
  • 00:08:06.230 --> 00:08:08.210
  • master comes along and says,
  • 00:08:08.210 --> 00:08:09.280
  • "Let's change Daniel's name."
  • 00:08:09.280 --> 00:08:10.240
  • You know, Daniel's name,
  • 00:08:10.240 --> 00:08:11.170
  • you know why they wanted
  • 00:08:11.170 --> 00:08:12.070
  • to change his name?
  • 00:08:12.070 --> 00:08:12.270
  • 'Cause his name meant
  • 00:08:12.270 --> 00:08:13.190
  • "the Lord is my judge."
  • 00:08:13.190 --> 00:08:15.070
  • The king comes in and says,
  • 00:08:15.070 --> 00:08:16.030
  • "No, I wanna be your judge.
  • 00:08:16.030 --> 00:08:16.290
  • I don't want the Lord
  • 00:08:16.290 --> 00:08:17.190
  • to be your judge.
  • 00:08:17.190 --> 00:08:18.090
  • I'm your judge.
  • 00:08:18.090 --> 00:08:18.290
  • I'll tell you whether
  • 00:08:18.290 --> 00:08:19.190
  • you're being successful or not."
  • 00:08:19.190 --> 00:08:21.090
  • 'Cause oftentimes, successful
  • 00:08:21.090 --> 00:08:22.150
  • in God's eyes is the complete
  • 00:08:22.150 --> 00:08:23.140
  • opposite of success
  • 00:08:23.140 --> 00:08:24.070
  • in the world's eyes.
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  • And so,
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  • whether we like it or not,
  • 00:08:27.110 --> 00:08:28.010
  • we're called to be different.
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  • We're called to stand apart.
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  • If we're exactly like the world,
  • 00:08:30.260 --> 00:08:32.060
  • then why would they wanna be
  • 00:08:32.060 --> 00:08:32.260
  • like us?
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  • We're supposed to be different.
  • 00:08:34.060 --> 00:08:35.110
  • So Daniel's name meant
  • 00:08:35.110 --> 00:08:36.250
  • "the Lord is my judge."
  • 00:08:36.250 --> 00:08:38.040
  • Hannaniah's name means
  • 00:08:38.040 --> 00:08:39.150
  • "God is gracious."
  • 00:08:39.150 --> 00:08:40.170
  • Mishael's name means
  • 00:08:40.170 --> 00:08:41.190
  • "who is like God, or godly."
  • 00:08:41.190 --> 00:08:43.030
  • Azariah's name means
  • 00:08:43.030 --> 00:08:43.280
  • All of these names have very
  • 00:08:45.290 --> 00:08:47.150
  • biblical meanings,
  • 00:08:47.150 --> 00:08:48.080
  • very God-centered meanings.
  • 00:08:48.080 --> 00:08:50.030
  • And so they were supposed
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  • to have their name, their life,
  • 00:08:51.020 --> 00:08:52.100
  • grounded in God.
  • 00:08:52.100 --> 00:08:53.130
  • And they came and changed
  • 00:08:53.130 --> 00:08:54.050
  • their names.
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  • You say, "What does
  • 00:08:54.250 --> 00:08:55.150
  • Belteshazzar mean?
  • 00:08:55.150 --> 00:08:56.050
  • What do all--what does Shadrach,
  • 00:08:56.050 --> 00:08:57.160
  • Meshach, and Abednego?"
  • 00:08:57.160 --> 00:08:58.060
  • All of those names were
  • 00:08:58.060 --> 00:08:59.140
  • derivatives of false gods.
  • 00:08:59.140 --> 00:09:01.260
  • They were trying to attach them
  • 00:09:01.260 --> 00:09:03.190
  • to false gods and false
  • 00:09:03.190 --> 00:09:05.020
  • priorities of the world more
  • 00:09:05.020 --> 00:09:06.150
  • than to godliness, right?
  • 00:09:06.150 --> 00:09:08.230
  • But here's the big point.
  • 00:09:08.230 --> 00:09:09.190
  • Here's the big point.
  • 00:09:09.190 --> 00:09:10.160
  • The devil wants you to unattach
  • 00:09:10.160 --> 00:09:12.180
  • your name to God's meanings, and
  • 00:09:12.180 --> 00:09:14.150
  • he wants you instead to attach
  • 00:09:14.150 --> 00:09:15.230
  • your name to things you've done.
  • 00:09:16.130 --> 00:09:19.130
  • But you're not what you've done.
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:20.290
  • You're who God says you are.
  • 00:09:20.290 --> 00:09:23.250
  • See, the devil says that,
  • 00:09:23.250 --> 00:09:25.060
  • "You're a failure."
  • 00:09:25.060 --> 00:09:25.270
  • God says, "You're a winner."
  • 00:09:25.270 --> 00:09:27.090
  • The devil says,
  • 00:09:27.090 --> 00:09:28.040
  • "You're rejected."
  • 00:09:28.040 --> 00:09:28.250
  • God says, "You're accepted."
  • 00:09:28.250 --> 00:09:30.140
  • The devil says,
  • 00:09:30.140 --> 00:09:31.040
  • "You're your sin."
  • 00:09:31.040 --> 00:09:31.270
  • God says, "No, you're the
  • 00:09:31.270 --> 00:09:32.280
  • righteousness of Christ."
  • 00:09:32.280 --> 00:09:34.040
  • You see, God, what he speaks
  • 00:09:34.040 --> 00:09:35.230
  • over you is the truth.
  • 00:09:35.230 --> 00:09:36.210
  • Don't let the devil label you,
  • 00:09:36.210 --> 00:09:38.000
  • because the label
  • 00:09:38.000 --> 00:09:38.200
  • becomes a libel.
  • 00:09:38.200 --> 00:09:39.180
  • It becomes a lie.
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  • It's not what the devil says you
  • 00:09:40.120 --> 00:09:42.130
  • are or what you have done
  • 00:09:42.130 --> 00:09:43.240
  • that matters.
  • 00:09:43.240 --> 00:09:44.140
  • It's what God says you are.
  • 00:09:44.140 --> 00:09:45.110
  • And he says, "You're his child,
  • 00:09:45.110 --> 00:09:47.070
  • and you are of greatness."
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  • That's what he says about you.
  • 00:09:51.100 --> 00:09:54.100
  • "Do not let the world squeeze
  • 00:09:54.160 --> 00:09:57.160
  • you into its molds," what it
  • 00:09:57.160 --> 00:09:59.050
  • says in Romans chapter 12.
  • 00:09:59.050 --> 00:10:00.220
  • I love that translation,
  • 00:10:00.220 --> 00:10:01.240
  • by the way.
  • 00:10:01.240 --> 00:10:02.210
  • Don't let the world squeeze you
  • 00:10:02.210 --> 00:10:04.030
  • into what they want you to be,
  • 00:10:04.030 --> 00:10:07.020
  • rather than what God says
  • 00:10:07.020 --> 00:10:08.250
  • that you are.
  • 00:10:08.250 --> 00:10:09.150
  • So that's the
  • 00:10:09.150 --> 00:10:11.020
  • And so three ways that we can
  • 00:10:13.030 --> 00:10:13.210
  • make some noise like Daniel, and
  • 00:10:13.210 --> 00:10:15.220
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
  • 00:10:15.220 --> 00:10:17.100
  • And by the way, a lot of times
  • 00:10:17.100 --> 00:10:18.240
  • people say, "Oh, this is the
  • 00:10:18.240 --> 00:10:19.200
  • part where he gets into
  • 00:10:19.200 --> 00:10:20.250
  • Daniel and the lions' den,
  • 00:10:20.250 --> 00:10:22.080
  • and how he didn't get eaten.
  • 00:10:22.080 --> 00:10:23.120
  • Or Shadrach, Meshach, and
  • 00:10:23.120 --> 00:10:24.080
  • Abednego, how they're thrown
  • 00:10:24.080 --> 00:10:25.060
  • into the fiery furnace
  • 00:10:25.060 --> 00:10:26.020
  • and they didn't burn, right?"
  • 00:10:26.020 --> 00:10:27.140
  • No, we're not gonna talk
  • 00:10:27.140 --> 00:10:28.040
  • about that.
  • 00:10:28.040 --> 00:10:29.000
  • Everybody wants the miracles.
  • 00:10:29.000 --> 00:10:30.090
  • Nobody wants to pray the price
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:31.100
  • before the miracles.
  • 00:10:31.100 --> 00:10:33.240
  • See, everybody wants the glory
  • 00:10:33.240 --> 00:10:35.170
  • of being in the arena.
  • 00:10:35.170 --> 00:10:37.120
  • Nobody wants to be in the gym
  • 00:10:37.120 --> 00:10:38.150
  • when no one's there,
  • 00:10:38.150 --> 00:10:39.060
  • still practicing.
  • 00:10:39.060 --> 00:10:41.220
  • See, at the end of the day we
  • 00:10:41.220 --> 00:10:42.190
  • have to be willing to pay the
  • 00:10:42.190 --> 00:10:43.240
  • price for greatness.
  • 00:10:43.240 --> 00:10:45.080
  • Because here's the truth,
  • 00:10:45.080 --> 00:10:45.290
  • is we all want God to bless us,
  • 00:10:45.290 --> 00:10:46.290
  • but we have to be blessable.
  • 00:10:47.090 --> 00:10:50.090
  • So I'd like to talk about what
  • 00:10:50.090 --> 00:10:51.130
  • Daniel, Shadrach, and Meshach,
  • 00:10:51.130 --> 00:10:53.000
  • and Abednego did before they
  • 00:10:53.000 --> 00:10:54.250
  • were ever famous, before they
  • 00:10:54.250 --> 00:10:57.000
  • ever made the big, bold,
  • 00:10:57.000 --> 00:10:58.160
  • miraculous moves.
  • 00:10:58.160 --> 00:11:00.260
  • Let's become blessable.
  • 00:11:00.260 --> 00:11:02.140
  • That's what we need to choose
  • 00:11:04.150 --> 00:11:05.190
  • to do, is to become blessable.
  • 00:11:05.190 --> 00:11:07.160
  • This is a big deal.
  • 00:11:07.160 --> 00:11:08.110
  • Look at the Scripture.
  • 00:11:08.110 --> 00:11:09.010
  • It says in Daniel chapter 1,
  • 00:11:09.010 --> 00:11:09.250
  • verse 8: "But Daniel resolved
  • 00:11:09.250 --> 00:11:12.010
  • that he would not defile
  • 00:11:12.010 --> 00:11:13.120
  • himself," would you underline
  • 00:11:13.120 --> 00:11:14.280
  • "resolved" and "not defile"?
  • 00:11:14.280 --> 00:11:17.040
  • I love that.
  • 00:11:17.040 --> 00:11:17.250
  • "He resolved to not defile
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:18.260
  • himself with the royal rations
  • 00:11:18.260 --> 00:11:19.290
  • of food and wine; so he asked
  • 00:11:19.290 --> 00:11:21.170
  • the palace master to allow him
  • 00:11:21.170 --> 00:11:22.280
  • not to defile himself The
  • 00:11:22.280 --> 00:11:24.060
  • palace master said to Daniel,
  • 00:11:24.060 --> 00:11:25.100
  • 'I am afraid of the king;
  • 00:11:25.100 --> 00:11:26.220
  • he has appointed your food
  • 00:11:26.220 --> 00:11:27.220
  • and your drink.
  • 00:11:27.220 --> 00:11:28.120
  • If he should see you in poorer
  • 00:11:28.120 --> 00:11:29.220
  • condition than the other young
  • 00:11:29.220 --> 00:11:31.160
  • men you would endanger
  • 00:11:31.160 --> 00:11:33.050
  • my head with the king.'"
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:33.270
  • He's saying,
  • 00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:34.120
  • "The king'll kill me.
  • 00:11:34.120 --> 00:11:36.190
  • I can't do this."
  • 00:11:36.190 --> 00:11:37.140
  • He was like,
  • 00:11:37.140 --> 00:11:38.040
  • "Hey, excuse me, sir.
  • 00:11:38.040 --> 00:11:38.280
  • I appreciate all the food.
  • 00:11:38.280 --> 00:11:39.230
  • Do you mind not feeding us this?
  • 00:11:39.230 --> 00:11:41.140
  • 'Cause this goes against my God.
  • 00:11:41.140 --> 00:11:43.080
  • I don't wanna eat this food that
  • 00:11:43.080 --> 00:11:44.180
  • was sacrificed to another god."
  • 00:11:44.180 --> 00:11:45.130
  • And he said, he did this whole
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:47.150
  • thing, "I'm gonna get killed.
  • 00:11:47.150 --> 00:11:49.160
  • You can't do this to me.
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:50.270
  • C'mon, Dan,
  • 00:11:50.270 --> 00:11:51.220
  • you know how this works."
  • 00:11:51.220 --> 00:11:52.130
  • He goes, "Look, look, look,
  • 00:11:52.130 --> 00:11:53.150
  • look, just try it out,
  • 00:11:53.150 --> 00:11:54.260
  • all right?
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:55.190
  • We're just asking you.
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:56.140
  • I can't eat this stuff.
  • 00:11:56.140 --> 00:11:57.230
  • I will not eat it.
  • 00:11:57.230 --> 00:11:58.220
  • I'm not gonna do it."
  • 00:11:58.220 --> 00:12:00.200
  • One of the powerful principle
  • 00:12:00.200 --> 00:12:02.080
  • that is so uncommon, this is
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:03.120
  • so counter-cultural
  • 00:12:03.120 --> 00:12:05.150
  • what I wanna tell ya next.
  • 00:12:05.150 --> 00:12:06.220
  • So many people are not willing
  • 00:12:06.220 --> 00:12:08.170
  • to do this.
  • 00:12:08.170 --> 00:12:09.070
  • What you decide on this next
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.130
  • point will determine whether
  • 00:12:10.130 --> 00:12:11.210
  • you're inviting God's power
  • 00:12:11.210 --> 00:12:12.240
  • into your life, or running God's
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:14.040
  • power away from your life.
  • 00:12:14.040 --> 00:12:16.130
  • Number one,
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:17.040
  • choose to make some noise.
  • 00:12:17.040 --> 00:12:17.270
  • Number one,
  • 00:12:17.270 --> 00:12:18.170
  • determine not to be defiled.
  • 00:12:18.280 --> 00:12:21.280
  • Determine not to be defiled.
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:24.110
  • Where are you allowing
  • 00:12:24.110 --> 00:12:27.110
  • Is it with what you're
  • 00:12:30.020 --> 00:12:31.000
  • listening to?
  • 00:12:31.000 --> 00:12:32.270
  • Is it with what you're saying
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:34.060
  • or what's coming in your ears
  • 00:12:34.060 --> 00:12:36.190
  • and your eyes?
  • 00:12:36.190 --> 00:12:38.200
  • I told the students
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:39.100
  • this last week.
  • 00:12:39.100 --> 00:12:40.000
  • "We all got our hands raised up
  • 00:12:40.000 --> 00:12:40.240
  • to God, but so many of you got
  • 00:12:40.240 --> 00:12:42.120
  • your hands raised up to God
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:43.270
  • right now,"
  • 00:12:43.270 --> 00:12:44.170
  • I told 'em straight up.
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:45.080
  • I'm just gonna be honest
  • 00:12:45.080 --> 00:12:46.000
  • with you.
  • 00:12:46.000 --> 00:12:46.200
  • It got a little rough in there.
  • 00:12:46.200 --> 00:12:48.180
  • I said, "You got your hands
  • 00:12:48.180 --> 00:12:49.110
  • raised up to God, and those same
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:50.210
  • hands later are gonna be feelin'
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:52.010
  • up your girlfriend."
  • 00:12:54.020 --> 00:12:57.020
  • I said, "We're honoring God with
  • 00:12:57.020 --> 00:12:58.130
  • our eyes, gazing upon the Lord,
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:12:59.270
  • and our eyes are gonna be gazing
  • 00:12:59.270 --> 00:13:01.100
  • upon somethin' on our phone or
  • 00:13:01.100 --> 00:13:02.000
  • our computer screens later
  • 00:13:02.000 --> 00:13:02.280
  • that's not honoring God.
  • 00:13:02.280 --> 00:13:05.250
  • We use our lips to sing to God.
  • 00:13:05.250 --> 00:13:07.040
  • We use our same lips to gossip
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:08.070
  • about our supposed friends."
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:09.180
  • You see, worship is not just an
  • 00:13:10.200 --> 00:13:13.200
  • experience where we worship
  • 00:13:13.200 --> 00:13:15.080
  • by singing.
  • 00:13:15.080 --> 00:13:16.200
  • But we gotta be givin' God
  • 00:13:16.200 --> 00:13:17.140
  • everything.
  • 00:13:17.140 --> 00:13:18.040
  • When no one's lookin', when
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:18.250
  • no one's around, who are we?
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:21.240
  • Are we willing to really stand
  • 00:13:21.240 --> 00:13:23.000
  • up for Christ when no one's
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:24.170
  • around, or are we allowing
  • 00:13:24.170 --> 00:13:25.180
  • ourselves to be defiled?
  • 00:13:25.180 --> 00:13:26.290
  • You see,
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:27.190
  • we gotta take God seriously.
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:28.090
  • But we also have
  • 00:13:28.090 --> 00:13:28.290
  • to take sin seriously.
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:29.290
  • See, as you get older, you have
  • 00:13:29.290 --> 00:13:31.070
  • a tendency to take sin
  • 00:13:31.070 --> 00:13:32.090
  • really seriously,
  • 00:13:32.090 --> 00:13:32.290
  • but not God very seriously.
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:33.270
  • When you're younger, you have a
  • 00:13:33.270 --> 00:13:34.280
  • tendency to take God very
  • 00:13:34.280 --> 00:13:35.270
  • seriously,
  • 00:13:35.270 --> 00:13:36.120
  • But if he can find someone who
  • 00:13:38.130 --> 00:13:39.010
  • takes God seriously and sin
  • 00:13:39.010 --> 00:13:40.050
  • seriously, now he can use you.
  • 00:13:40.050 --> 00:13:41.220
  • Now you're blessable.
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:42.220
  • Now you're set up to do some
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:43.210
  • miracles for God.
  • 00:13:43.210 --> 00:13:44.150
  • It's not one or the other.
  • 00:13:44.290 --> 00:13:47.290
  • It's both.
  • 00:13:47.290 --> 00:13:49.050
  • Are we serious about our faith,
  • 00:13:49.050 --> 00:13:50.180
  • or are we playin' church?
  • 00:13:50.180 --> 00:13:52.220
  • Which one's it gonna be?
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  • See, I believe that real worship
  • 00:13:53.160 --> 00:13:55.260
  • isn't happening on Sundays.
  • 00:13:55.260 --> 00:13:56.280
  • Real worship is happening on the
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  • Mondays when all your guys
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.080
  • at the oil rig group up and
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:01.010
  • they're tellin' a dirty joke,
  • 00:14:01.010 --> 00:14:01.290
  • and you say, "I don't wanna
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:02.190
  • be a part of that."
  • 00:14:02.190 --> 00:14:03.130
  • That was real worship.
  • 00:14:03.130 --> 00:14:04.110
  • Instead of doing your hands
  • 00:14:04.110 --> 00:14:05.070
  • this, you do this and say,
  • 00:14:05.070 --> 00:14:06.020
  • "I can't do that."
  • 00:14:06.020 --> 00:14:07.280
  • Maybe this is your real worship
  • 00:14:07.280 --> 00:14:09.130
  • this week, rather than this.
  • 00:14:10.150 --> 00:14:13.150
  • See, the truth is, is that real
  • 00:14:13.150 --> 00:14:15.080
  • worship is when we say,
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:16.050
  • "God, I'm gonna let it affect
  • 00:14:16.050 --> 00:14:17.110
  • my daily lifestyle.
  • 00:14:17.110 --> 00:14:18.140
  • I'm gonna let it change
  • 00:14:18.140 --> 00:14:19.110
  • who I am.
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:20.010
  • And I may look a little weird,
  • 00:14:20.010 --> 00:14:20.250
  • and I may look a little prudish,
  • 00:14:20.250 --> 00:14:22.050
  • but I will not be defiled
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:23.210
  • anymore, because I am a
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:24.220
  • Christian and I wanna honor God
  • 00:14:24.220 --> 00:14:26.040
  • with my life.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:26.240
  • And you are worthy of that, God.
  • 00:14:26.240 --> 00:14:28.080
  • I want to be holy."
  • 00:14:28.200 --> 00:14:31.200
  • Are we serious?
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:33.220
  • Are we serious about our faith?
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:36.060
  • Are we willing to be a man
  • 00:14:36.060 --> 00:14:38.070
  • or woman of God?
  • 00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:40.250
  • Are we willing to be
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:41.150
  • that person today?
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:42.260
  • That's what God wants
  • 00:14:42.260 --> 00:14:43.220
  • from you and me.
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:44.120
  • Determine not to be defiled.
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:46.230
  • Verse 11: "Then Daniel
  • 00:14:46.230 --> 00:14:47.230
  • asked 'Please test your
  • 00:14:47.230 --> 00:14:48.260
  • servants for ten days.
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  • Let us be given vegetables to
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:51.160
  • eat and water to drink then
  • 00:14:51.160 --> 00:14:53.010
  • compare our appearance with the
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:54.050
  • appearance of the [others] So
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:55.280
  • he tested them And at the
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:57.050
  • end of ten days they appeared
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:58.200
  • better than all the young men
  • 00:14:58.200 --> 00:15:00.060
  • who had been eating the royal
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:01.200
  • rations."
  • 00:15:01.200 --> 00:15:02.100
  • This is important.
  • 00:15:02.100 --> 00:15:03.000
  • Number two, pass your test.
  • 00:15:03.000 --> 00:15:05.130
  • Pass your test.
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:06.030
  • Here's the thing about tests.
  • 00:15:06.030 --> 00:15:07.120
  • I mean, if you're in school,
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:10.150
  • you know this.
  • 00:15:10.150 --> 00:15:11.050
  • You're like, "Aw, man, I feel
  • 00:15:11.050 --> 00:15:11.260
  • like there's always a test."
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:12.280
  • There is always a test.
  • 00:15:12.280 --> 00:15:14.170
  • But the reason--when you're in
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:15.160
  • school, you think, "Oh, as soon
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:16.120
  • as I'm out of school, it'll be
  • 00:15:16.120 --> 00:15:17.050
  • so great.
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:17.250
  • There'll be no more tests."
  • 00:15:17.250 --> 00:15:18.290
  • That's an example of someone
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:20.010
  • who clearly is not out
  • 00:15:20.010 --> 00:15:20.210
  • of school yet.
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:21.210
  • 'Cause everyone who's already
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:22.160
  • out of school knows,
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:23.060
  • "Oh no, those tests don't end."
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:24.150
  • Do they?
  • 00:15:24.150 --> 00:15:26.130
  • As soon as you get out of
  • 00:15:26.130 --> 00:15:27.250
  • school, then you end up with a
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:28.220
  • boss who's testy, right?
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:32.150
  • And you get coworkers who are
  • 00:15:32.150 --> 00:15:33.220
  • testy, and customers
  • 00:15:33.220 --> 00:15:35.070
  • who are testy.
  • 00:15:35.070 --> 00:15:36.030
  • In other words,
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:36.230
  • There's always a test.
  • 00:15:39.060 --> 00:15:40.130
  • But here's the great thing about
  • 00:15:40.130 --> 00:15:41.270
  • tests.
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:42.170
  • I've got some great news for you
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:43.280
  • that are in the middle
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:44.230
  • of a test right now.
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:45.130
  • Maybe it's your situation
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:46.090
  • at work.
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:46.290
  • Maybe it's a relationship you're
  • 00:15:46.290 --> 00:15:48.100
  • dealing with.
  • 00:15:48.100 --> 00:15:49.000
  • Maybe it's a moral test
  • 00:15:49.000 --> 00:15:49.200
  • you're facing.
  • 00:15:49.200 --> 00:15:50.100
  • "Am I gonna continue to be this
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:51.130
  • person, or am I gonna choose a
  • 00:15:51.130 --> 00:15:52.180
  • different to honor God this week
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:54.150
  • instead of what I did last week,
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:55.260
  • or last night,
  • 00:15:55.260 --> 00:15:56.160
  • or last hour even?
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:58.030
  • Am I gonna be different?"
  • 00:15:58.030 --> 00:15:58.280
  • Right?
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:15:59.180
  • Here's the great thing about
  • 00:15:59.180 --> 00:16:00.130
  • God's tests.
  • 00:16:00.130 --> 00:16:01.030
  • Every test that God gives you is
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:02.250
  • Isn't it great to know that?
  • 00:16:05.120 --> 00:16:08.050
  • And so here's all you have to
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:09.060
  • do, is say, "Lord, where is
  • 00:16:09.060 --> 00:16:11.050
  • someone who has faced
  • 00:16:11.050 --> 00:16:12.050
  • what I am facing?
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:13.140
  • And what did they do?
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:15.230
  • And those who have succeeded,
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:16.210
  • I wanna follow what they did.
  • 00:16:16.210 --> 00:16:17.260
  • Those who've failed,
  • 00:16:17.260 --> 00:16:18.160
  • I wanna do the exact opposite
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:19.160
  • of what they did."
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:21.090
  • Make sense?
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:22.190
  • Let me go, not to David, right?
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:26.000
  • He failed.
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:26.240
  • Let's go to Joseph.
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:27.160
  • What'd Joseph do?
  • 00:16:27.160 --> 00:16:28.110
  • He ran out of the house
  • 00:16:28.110 --> 00:16:29.070
  • as fast as he could.
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:30.290
  • "She wouldn't let go of me.
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:31.230
  • Then she can hold onto my shirt.
  • 00:16:31.230 --> 00:16:33.030
  • She can't have my body."
  • 00:16:33.030 --> 00:16:35.050
  • So he ran.
  • 00:16:35.050 --> 00:16:36.220
  • He got away from her
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:37.190
  • as fast as possible.
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:39.230
  • Well, but then he got
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:40.130
  • falsely accused.
  • 00:16:40.130 --> 00:16:41.040
  • Oh, yeah, that's a big test too,
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:42.140
  • by the way.
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:43.050
  • Because when the devil can't get
  • 00:16:43.050 --> 00:16:44.150
  • you in the normal things, he'll
  • 00:16:44.150 --> 00:16:45.050
  • just have someone lie about you.
  • 00:16:45.050 --> 00:16:47.140
  • That's how that works.
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:48.200
  • It is standard operating
  • 00:16:48.200 --> 00:16:50.030
  • procedure to be lied about
  • 00:16:50.030 --> 00:16:51.100
  • if you're being a person
  • 00:16:51.100 --> 00:16:52.110
  • of integrity.
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:53.010
  • 'Cause the devil can't get you
  • 00:16:53.010 --> 00:16:54.020
  • in the other stuff that he was
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:54.230
  • gettin' everyone else in, so
  • 00:16:54.230 --> 00:16:55.210
  • he's just gonna get someone
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:56.120
  • who's already caught up and
  • 00:16:56.120 --> 00:16:57.040
  • consumed just to lie about you.
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:17:00.100
  • You gotta be like Joseph, say,
  • 00:17:00.100 --> 00:17:01.110
  • "I'm gonna keep honoring you
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:02.080
  • "You know, man, my circumstances
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:05.250
  • are crumbling."
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:06.150
  • You're runnin' through the test
  • 00:17:06.150 --> 00:17:07.200
  • of circumstances.
  • 00:17:07.200 --> 00:17:08.120
  • We all have it.
  • 00:17:08.120 --> 00:17:09.040
  • You gotta be like Job.
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:10.000
  • "Though he slay me,
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:10.200
  • I will worship him.
  • 00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:11.140
  • God, I'm just gonna
  • 00:17:11.140 --> 00:17:12.040
  • stay focused on you.
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:12.240
  • I'm gonna keep my hand lifted
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:13.180
  • to you, and it's not gonna turn
  • 00:17:13.180 --> 00:17:14.160
  • into a fist.
  • 00:17:14.160 --> 00:17:15.060
  • It's gonna keep and stay open.
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:16.100
  • I'm gonna honor you anyways,
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:17.140
  • even though this doesn't make
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:18.040
  • sense to me.
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:18.240
  • I don't know why this happened
  • 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:19.200
  • to me.
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:20.100
  • I don't know why I'm goin'
  • 00:17:20.100 --> 00:17:21.020
  • through this.
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:21.230
  • I'm gonna pass this test."
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.200
  • You gotta make a decision.
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:25.180
  • You gotta pass your test.
  • 00:17:25.180 --> 00:17:27.170
  • Here's the tough thing
  • 00:17:27.170 --> 00:17:28.070
  • about tests.
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:28.270
  • It's really hard to pass one
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:29.190
  • you don't know you're in.
  • 00:17:29.190 --> 00:17:30.090
  • Can you imagine goin' to class
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:32.160
  • this week, and your professor or
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.020
  • your teacher says, "Okay, so we
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:35.050
  • have a test this week"?
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:36.010
  • And you go, "Could you give us
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:37.190
  • a review today?"
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:38.070
  • "Oh no, no review.
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:39.080
  • You just gotta be ready."
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:40.100
  • "Okay, so it is over the
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:42.040
  • chapters we've been covering?"
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:43.090
  • "I'm not gonna tell ya."
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.090
  • "Well, we've covered,
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:45.180
  • like, 3 chapters."
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:46.070
  • "I'm not gonna tell ya
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:46.270
  • which one it is."
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:47.250
  • "Okay, well, so it's in chapter
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:49.190
  • 1, 2, and 3, the ones
  • 00:17:49.190 --> 00:17:50.110
  • we just covered?"
  • 00:17:50.110 --> 00:17:51.000
  • "Oh no, I'm not gonna even tell
  • 00:17:51.000 --> 00:17:51.270
  • you which book it's in."
  • 00:17:51.270 --> 00:17:52.290
  • "What?"
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:55.260
  • "I'm not gonna even tell you
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:56.130
  • what subject.
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:56.260
  • It just can be anything
  • 00:17:56.260 --> 00:17:57.170
  • I wanna ask you."
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:17:59.130
  • I don't know about you.
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:17:59.290
  • I'm gonna fail that test.
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:01.130
  • I mean, "Can you at least tell
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:02.180
  • me the subject matter?"
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:03.290
  • Aren't you glad you at least
  • 00:18:03.290 --> 00:18:05.010
  • know the general area
  • 00:18:05.010 --> 00:18:06.050
  • you're being tested in?
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:07.140
  • What's really scary is when
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:08.220
  • you're in the middle of a test
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:09.130
  • and you don't even know
  • 00:18:09.130 --> 00:18:10.030
  • you're in it.
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:10.230
  • That's how you fail over and
  • 00:18:10.230 --> 00:18:11.260
  • over and over again.
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:12.240
  • How many of you guys will admit
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:13.150
  • that you keep fallin' into the
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:14.080
  • same areas again and again?
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:16.060
  • I got great news for you.
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:17.070
  • That means you know exactly
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:18.000
  • what the test is.
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:18.200
  • You already know
  • 00:18:18.200 --> 00:18:19.050
  • what's gonna be on it.
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:19.230
  • And so last week it was
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:21.070
  • a true/false test.
  • 00:18:21.070 --> 00:18:21.290
  • I put, "True,"
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:22.190
  • on point number 1,
  • 00:18:22.190 --> 00:18:23.120
  • and I failed it.
  • 00:18:23.120 --> 00:18:24.060
  • So this week I'm gonna write,
  • 00:18:24.060 --> 00:18:25.040
  • "False."
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:28.120
  • See, you don't even have
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:28.270
  • to be that smart, do ya?
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:30.070
  • You can't pass what
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:31.110
  • you won't identify.
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:32.080
  • Maybe right now you need to
  • 00:18:32.080 --> 00:18:33.000
  • write down on your notes
  • 00:18:33.000 --> 00:18:33.230
  • what your test is.
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:34.180
  • Or maybe some of you don't wanna
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:35.100
  • write it down 'cause of your
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:36.060
  • neighbor next to ya.
  • 00:18:36.060 --> 00:18:37.140
  • You just need to know
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:38.010
  • in your heart what it is.
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:39.250
  • And just think, "I'm gonna make
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:40.260
  • sure I pass that test
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:41.200
  • next time."
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:42.080
  • Turn to the person next to you
  • 00:18:42.080 --> 00:18:42.260
  • and say, "Pass the test."
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:45.050
  • You know why you need to pass
  • 00:18:45.050 --> 00:18:46.170
  • the test?
  • 00:18:46.170 --> 00:18:47.080
  • It's an act of worship.
  • 00:18:47.080 --> 00:18:49.080
  • Look at verse 17: "To these four
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:50.180
  • young men God gave knowledge and
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:51.280
  • skill in every aspect of
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:53.010
  • literature and wisdom;
  • 00:18:53.010 --> 00:18:54.020
  • Daniel also had insight into all
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:55.190
  • visions and dreams."
  • 00:18:55.190 --> 00:18:56.150
  • He had a special gift
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:18:57.060
  • in that area.
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:58.110
  • "The king spoke with them.
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:18:59.080
  • And among them all, no one was
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:00.270
  • found to compare with Daniel
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:02.040
  • [and his friends]
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:03.090
  • In every matter of wisdom
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:04.220
  • and understanding the king
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:05.180
  • found them ten times better."
  • 00:19:05.180 --> 00:19:08.130
  • Whoa, would you underline
  • 00:19:08.130 --> 00:19:10.010
  • "ten times better"?
  • 00:19:10.010 --> 00:19:11.180
  • God wants you to go 10x in
  • 00:19:11.180 --> 00:19:14.060
  • whatever it is that you do.
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:15.280
  • And by the way, whatever it is
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:17.270
  • that you really want in your
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:18.210
  • life, can I just help with
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:19.170
  • somethin' right now?
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  • This is a--okay, I'm gonna,
  • 00:19:20.120 --> 00:19:22.230
  • I would like to identify the
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  • moment of God right now for you
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  • Because I promise you this can
  • 00:19:26.280 --> 00:19:27.160
  • change your life.
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  • Whatever it is that you really
  • 00:19:27.280 --> 00:19:28.280
  • want in life, you think it's
  • 00:19:28.280 --> 00:19:29.270
  • gonna cost you twice as much.
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  • No, it's ten times the effort
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  • or you won't get it.
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  • So you can complain about it,
  • 00:19:34.250 --> 00:19:35.280
  • or you can just realize,
  • 00:19:35.280 --> 00:19:36.170
  • "It's gonna cost me ten times
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  • the amount of effort.
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:38.150
  • And I'm just gonna start payin'
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  • it so I can get it."
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:40.090
  • So just get over the fact
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  • it's gonna cost.
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  • You can either bellyache
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:44.070
  • or get started.
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  • Which one you want?
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  • It's gonna take you ten times
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  • the effort.
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  • I wanna tell you right now, when
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:49.100
  • I look at what God's done in our
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:50.070
  • ministry over the last 18 years,
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.080
  • it cost me at least 10 times
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  • what I thought
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:54.100
  • it was gonna cost me.
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  • And it's been worth
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  • 'Cause the fruit is more than
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:58.170
  • ten times bigger
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  • than I ever dreamed.
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  • It's worth it.
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  • It is worth it.
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  • Everybody throw a W.
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  • Worth it.
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  • It is.
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  • It's worth it.
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  • It's worth the effort.
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.120
  • But it's gonna take ten times
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  • more than you think.
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  • This is important, number three.
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • Excel at what you do
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  • for God's glory.
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  • Excel at what you do
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  • for God's glory.
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  • Determine not to be defiled.
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  • Pass your test.
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  • Excel at what you do
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  • for God's glory.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:29.260
  • Psalm 95:1 says: "Make a joyful
  • 00:20:29.260 --> 00:20:31.280
  • noise to the Rock
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  • of our salvation."
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  • When I was in college,
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  • Roger was a really nice guy.
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:41.020
  • He was funny.
  • 00:20:41.020 --> 00:20:42.290
  • But you had to really know him
  • 00:20:42.290 --> 00:20:44.080
  • and listen very carefully
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  • to get the joke.
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  • And let me tell you why.
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  • I'm not gonna make fun of him.
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  • I would never do that.
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:50.140
  • But I do need to imitate him for
  • 00:20:50.140 --> 00:20:52.290
  • just a moment, if that's okay,
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:54.080
  • to help you understand
  • 00:20:54.080 --> 00:20:55.080
  • Roger's situation.
  • 00:20:55.080 --> 00:20:56.220
  • So please, please, bear with me.
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:58.020
  • I'm not tryin' to insult anyone.
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:21:01.020
  • But Roger had a good mind.
  • 00:21:01.020 --> 00:21:03.130
  • He did.
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  • He was in college.
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:05.090
  • He was doin' good in college.
  • 00:21:05.090 --> 00:21:07.020
  • But he had a really rough body.
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:11.000
  • For example, Roger had virtually
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:12.180
  • no fine motor skills at all.
  • 00:21:12.190 --> 00:21:15.190
  • In fact, he couldn't even really
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:16.290
  • use his fingers 'cause his arms
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:18.100
  • were pulled in and he couldn't
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:20.140
  • straighten them.
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:22.110
  • And Roger could think
  • 00:21:22.110 --> 00:21:23.210
  • as fast as you and I.
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:25.060
  • He just couldn't speak it,
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:26.250
  • whatever he was thinking.
  • 00:21:26.250 --> 00:21:28.270
  • And so when he talked, he would
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:30.130
  • slur...try...real...hard.
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  • Not makin' fun of him.
  • 00:21:37.030 --> 00:21:39.060
  • Just want you to
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:39.270
  • understand Roger.
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:42.170
  • But when you talked to Roger,
  • 00:21:42.170 --> 00:21:43.250
  • and he had a wheelchair.
  • 00:21:43.250 --> 00:21:45.130
  • And he had learned, and it was
  • 00:21:45.130 --> 00:21:46.180
  • very difficult to do, how to
  • 00:21:46.180 --> 00:21:47.170
  • move that wheelchair.
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:49.150
  • Very tough to do,
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:51.080
  • but he had learned.
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:51.280
  • And technology was such
  • 00:21:51.280 --> 00:21:52.250
  • that he could do it.
  • 00:21:52.250 --> 00:21:53.170
  • And he came to this college
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:55.150
  • Bible study that I had the
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:56.090
  • And Jessica
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:21:59.030
  • and I would go there.
  • 00:21:59.030 --> 00:21:59.230
  • And at the time,
  • 00:21:59.230 --> 00:22:00.150
  • Jessica was my girlfriend.
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:01.130
  • We weren't even married yet.
  • 00:22:01.130 --> 00:22:02.270
  • And we'd talk to them
  • 00:22:02.270 --> 00:22:04.020
  • a little bit.
  • 00:22:04.020 --> 00:22:04.220
  • And he was actually
  • 00:22:04.220 --> 00:22:05.120
  • pretty funny.
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:06.020
  • But you had to say,
  • 00:22:06.020 --> 00:22:06.220
  • "What was that, Roger?"
  • 00:22:06.220 --> 00:22:07.160
  • And he'd say it again.
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:08.170
  • And you'd say, "I'm sorry, one
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:09.210
  • more--" And he'd say it, and
  • 00:22:09.210 --> 00:22:10.170
  • you'd realize, "Oh, man, he told
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:11.280
  • a joke, and it was funny."
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.040
  • I mean, he really had
  • 00:22:13.040 --> 00:22:14.200
  • But he just didn't have the same
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:17.130
  • opportunities that you
  • 00:22:17.130 --> 00:22:19.240
  • and I have.
  • 00:22:19.240 --> 00:22:22.160
  • One night, we're there at this
  • 00:22:22.160 --> 00:22:24.100
  • college Bible study that I had
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:25.200
  • the privilege of leading.
  • 00:22:25.200 --> 00:22:26.100
  • My girlfriend, Jessica, and I
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:28.280
  • And three or four rows behind me
  • 00:22:32.050 --> 00:22:33.260
  • I could hear somethin' goin' on
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:35.030
  • during worship, but I couldn't
  • 00:22:35.030 --> 00:22:35.280
  • make out what it was.
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:36.240
  • In fact, we were all singing to
  • 00:22:36.240 --> 00:22:37.200
  • God, tryin' to make a joyful
  • 00:22:37.200 --> 00:22:38.200
  • noise, tryin' to sing to God.
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.130
  • And as we're singing, I hear
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:43.040
  • this, to be honest with you,
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:45.070
  • hideous sound.
  • 00:22:45.070 --> 00:22:45.280
  • I mean, I was like,
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:46.290
  • "Whoa, what is that?
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:47.260
  • Is someone hurt behind us?
  • 00:22:47.260 --> 00:22:49.110
  • Like, what?"
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.060
  • And so I started to turn, but
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:52.200
  • then I realized I didn't wanna
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:53.150
  • make a scene.
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:54.080
  • So I didn't really turn.
  • 00:22:54.080 --> 00:22:55.000
  • I just kinda continued
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:55.230
  • to worship.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:56.140
  • But I kept thinkin',
  • 00:22:56.140 --> 00:22:57.150
  • "What am I hearing?"
  • 00:22:57.150 --> 00:22:58.280
  • Finally, I just kinda slowly
  • 00:22:58.280 --> 00:23:00.040
  • turned.
  • 00:23:00.040 --> 00:23:00.250
  • I shouldn't have, but I did.
  • 00:23:00.250 --> 00:23:02.110
  • I just couldn't help but wonder,
  • 00:23:02.110 --> 00:23:04.120
  • "What's goin' on behind me?
  • 00:23:04.120 --> 00:23:06.090
  • Somethin' sounds really bad.
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:08.030
  • Someone's not making
  • 00:23:08.030 --> 00:23:09.030
  • a joyful noise.
  • 00:23:09.030 --> 00:23:09.230
  • They're making a terrible
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:10.230
  • noise."
  • 00:23:10.230 --> 00:23:11.130
  • I slowly turned my head until I
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:14.220
  • See, Roger was never gonna be
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:19.060
  • able to keep up with the lyrics
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:20.110
  • on the screen like everyone else
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:21.280
  • was doin'.
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:23.030
  • He was never gonna be able
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:23.270
  • to sing in pitch.
  • 00:23:23.270 --> 00:23:24.170
  • That just wasn't gonna happen.
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:25.160
  • He did not have that skill
  • 00:23:25.160 --> 00:23:27.190
  • or ability.
  • 00:23:27.190 --> 00:23:30.060
  • But Roger was not going to be
  • 00:23:30.060 --> 00:23:32.120
  • denied the opportunity
  • 00:23:32.120 --> 00:23:35.040
  • to worship his God.
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:37.150
  • And I learned more about worship
  • 00:23:37.150 --> 00:23:39.230
  • than I learned in seminary, than
  • 00:23:39.230 --> 00:23:41.230
  • I learned in all of college, or
  • 00:23:41.230 --> 00:23:43.150
  • growin' up in church in that
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:45.220
  • moment, listening to Roger.
  • 00:23:45.220 --> 00:23:48.160
  • As I sat there, I began to weep.
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:51.140
  • 'Cause all I could hear, since
  • 00:23:51.140 --> 00:23:52.230
  • he couldn't keep up with the
  • 00:23:52.230 --> 00:23:53.170
  • lyrics, he didn't sound on cue,
  • 00:23:53.170 --> 00:23:56.170
  • and it didn't sound pretty.
  • 00:23:56.170 --> 00:23:57.100
  • In fact,
  • 00:23:57.100 --> 00:23:57.250
  • it sounded hideous to me.
  • 00:23:57.250 --> 00:23:58.180
  • But I believe that what he was
  • 00:23:58.180 --> 00:23:59.170
  • saying and singing and crying
  • 00:23:59.170 --> 00:24:01.060
  • out to God sounded like a joyful
  • 00:24:01.060 --> 00:24:03.120
  • noise to the Lord.
  • 00:24:03.120 --> 00:24:04.150
  • 'Cause all I could hear was,
  • 00:24:04.150 --> 00:24:06.010
  • "I...love...you...Jesus,"
  • 00:24:15.280 --> 00:24:18.280
  • over and over and over again.
  • 00:24:25.190 --> 00:24:28.190
  • Everything he had, and he didn't
  • 00:24:28.190 --> 00:24:31.060
  • have much, but what he had, he
  • 00:24:32.240 --> 00:24:35.240
  • was not gonna be denied the
  • 00:24:35.270 --> 00:24:38.270
  • opportunity to worship his God.
  • 00:24:40.100 --> 00:24:43.100
  • Everything he had just to get it
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:44.290
  • out of him,
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:45.250
  • "I...love...you...Jesus."
  • 00:24:54.120 --> 00:24:57.120
  • I just sat there and said,
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:24:59.080
  • "God, thank you for Roger.
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:02.040
  • Thank you for what a pure heart
  • 00:25:02.120 --> 00:25:05.120
  • of worship actually
  • 00:25:05.120 --> 00:25:07.020
  • sounds like."
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:08.160
  • 'Cause I believe that as he
  • 00:25:08.160 --> 00:25:09.250
  • worshiped, that God must have
  • 00:25:09.250 --> 00:25:12.100
  • wept that day and said, "Thank
  • 00:25:12.100 --> 00:25:13.230
  • you, my son for out-worshiping
  • 00:25:14.220 --> 00:25:17.220
  • the whole room tonight.
  • 00:25:17.220 --> 00:25:20.200
  • Thank you for showing what true
  • 00:25:21.270 --> 00:25:24.270
  • and complete devotion
  • 00:25:24.270 --> 00:25:27.110
  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
  • 00:25:36.200 --> 00:25:39.150
  • He is clearly moving today.
  • 00:25:39.150 --> 00:25:41.100
  • I got a question I'd like
  • 00:25:41.100 --> 00:25:42.040
  • to ask you.
  • 00:25:42.040 --> 00:25:43.030
  • Have you prayed this simple
  • 00:25:43.030 --> 00:25:44.050
  • prayer to receive Christ as your
  • 00:25:44.050 --> 00:25:45.270
  • Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:45.270 --> 00:25:47.000
  • If you've never done so, would
  • 00:25:47.000 --> 00:25:48.100
  • you pray this simple prayer with
  • 00:25:48.100 --> 00:25:49.200
  • me?
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:50.100
  • This is actually how you become
  • 00:25:50.100 --> 00:25:51.150
  • a Christian.
  • 00:25:51.150 --> 00:25:52.070
  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:52.070 --> 00:25:53.120
  • You can say: "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:53.120 --> 00:25:55.080
  • I realize I need you in my life.
  • 00:25:55.080 --> 00:25:57.140
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:25:58.250
  • to pay the price for all my
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:00.030
  • sins, and that you rose again
  • 00:26:00.030 --> 00:26:01.280
  • from the grave,
  • 00:26:01.280 --> 00:26:02.220
  • proving that you're God.
  • 00:26:02.220 --> 00:26:03.210
  • And now I ask you, I invite you
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:05.260
  • to come into my life.
  • 00:26:05.260 --> 00:26:07.060
  • Change me from within.
  • 00:26:07.060 --> 00:26:08.220
  • Be my Lord and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:08.220 --> 00:26:11.050
  • Thank you, Jesus,
  • 00:26:11.050 --> 00:26:12.130
  • for saving me."
  • 00:26:12.130 --> 00:26:13.160
  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:13.160 --> 00:26:14.170
  • we believe that Christ has come
  • 00:26:14.170 --> 00:26:15.220
  • into your life.
  • 00:26:15.220 --> 00:26:16.230
  • And that's what it means
  • 00:26:16.230 --> 00:26:17.160
  • to become a Christian.
  • 00:26:17.160 --> 00:26:18.250
  • Thanks so much for being a part
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  • of our program today.
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