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October 26, 2016
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A Simple Guide to Walking on Water: Words of Faith

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hold your hands like this,
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  • we're gonna say it together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am. No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry. I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • Well, we're in a series on faith and the importance and the role
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  • of faith in life.
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  • Faith essentially means trust, to trust in God and faith is
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  • what gives us hope to endure the challenges of life.
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  • And so, today we're gonna look at a sermon by James,
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  • the brother of Jesus who talks about the power of our words
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  • and how they guide our life in the way that like a rudder
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  • guides a ship.
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  • First of all, people need your words and you need your words.
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  • People need the good words that come from you.
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  • And I know this church and I know that nobody's perfect,
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  • but I believe that you have just the words that people need to
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  • endure the hardship of life.
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  • Your words are healing words. Your words are listening words.
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  • Your words are faith-building words,
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  • encouraging words and people need that.
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  • When people are battered down with messages,
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  • inundated with messages that say,
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  • "I'm not enough, I'll never make it," messages that cause people
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  • to feel shame, your words make all the difference in the world
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  • and I know that there are some people in your life
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  • that for them, you're like a fresh spring of water,
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  • like you're hot, they're exhausted but when they
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  • come to you, you have just the thing that they need to hear.
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  • And I believe as you continue to sort of operate in that,
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  • walk in that, you're gonna continue to make a big
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  • difference in people's lives as you're faithful to speak good
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  • words over people and it makes a big difference.
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  • Some of the most important words we can speak over people,
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  • and I hope I model this well, is words of encouragement.
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  • Words have incredible power.
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  • And so in Moses, for example, there's this kind of bizarre
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  • story that is so central in the Torah.
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  • It's at the end of the Torah where Moses is almost to the
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  • promised land or they're in the desert and he doesn't get to
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  • enter because instead of speaking to a rock,
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  • he hits a rock.
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  • And for Jews, this is such an important story because it was
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  • God's way of essentially saying the pen is mightier
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  • than the sword.
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  • It's a way of saying the profound nature of words and
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  • that the Jews were gonna be a people of God's law
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  • and God's Scriptures.
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  • God used words to create the world, the universe.
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  • He spoke it into being and the enemy,
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  • the devil, whatever, used words to destroy it.
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  • "Did God really say do not eat of that tree?"
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  • He's afraid that you'll become gods like him.
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  • And so, you see in the Scriptures this profound balance
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  • of good and evil is in many ways battled out through the words
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  • that are spoken and endorsed.
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  • So, the words that we speak can either give life or tear down
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  • and we already know that and yet,
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  • we use words in a way that can sort of cheapen them
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  • but not you.
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  • Your words give life.
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  • Your words are filled with intent,
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  • and wisdom, and especially encouragement,
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  • and healing and I'm proud of you.
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  • I think that the most important thing to having a successful
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  • life is to be a successful communicator,
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  • and I don't mean publicly, I mean the way that you talk and
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  • communicate with other people and I mean that
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  • in every aspect of life.
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  • If you want to change your life, change your words.
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  • If you want to succeed in life,
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  • improve your communication skills.
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  • And can I just say that nobody is born a good communicator?
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  • You should have seen my daughter Haven when she was born,
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  • she couldn't say anything.
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  • It was crazy. She's good now though.
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  • No, but it's a learned skill and many of us we think,
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  • "Well, I learned English."
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  • And can I just tell you, you never get good enough
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  • at the way that you say things?
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  • I think communicating, and the way we communicate,
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  • and the crafting of words should be at the heart
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  • of every education.
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  • If you're good at communicating, you're gonna be good at sales,
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  • you're gonna be good in your relationships,
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  • you're gonna be good in your job,
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  • you're gonna be good at parenting.
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  • And more than anything, you're gonna be good
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  • in your moral life.
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  • And what we're gonna see in a minute is the central thing
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  • to Christianity that a big part of our moral life
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  • is controlling what we say.
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  • So, you want to improve, think of the words you use as a skill
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  • that you're either good at or bad at and decide today,
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  • "I'm gonna get good at that.
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  • I'm gonna get better at that and every day I'm gonna work on the
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  • way I talk to people and, yes, I'm gonna work
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  • on the way I talk to God.
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  • And almost more importantly, I'm gonna work on the way
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  • I talk to myself."
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  • If you want to change your life, you begin by changing your words
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  • and you're gonna stop cursing yourself,
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  • you're gonna start blessing yourself.
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  • And I think when you're able to do that and recognize that
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  • that's not sinful, that's not selfish,
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  • that's not egotistical to encourage yourself,
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  • lift yourself up, or to receive encouragement from others,
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  • to receive a blessing from others,
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  • to receive thanks from others.
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  • "Oh, you don't need to thank me for that."
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  • So, if you want to succeed, improve your words,
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  • the words you say to others, the words you say to God and
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  • especially the words you say to yourself.
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  • So James, the Book of James, which you're reading from today,
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  • James, we don't really know--we know James came from James,
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  • the brother of Jesus but most scholars think James is actually
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  • a sermon, which is kind of fun.
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  • It's the only sermon in the Bible so it's very likely James
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  • wrote this out and then preached it in a church and it was such a
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  • popular sermon that it was passed around the church and
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  • became a part of the Bible.
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  • James chapter 3, verse 2 so he says,
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  • this is the Word of God, okay?
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  • "We all stumble in many ways."
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  • Is that true?
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  • Or slip up or mess up.
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  • "Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect,
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  • able to keep their whole body in check."
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  • Let me just pause here for a minute,
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  • did you catch that?
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  • The promise from the Word of God is that if you can control your
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  • speech, everything else in your life will come under control.
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  • He goes on to elaborate, "When we put bits into the mouths of
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  • horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal."
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  • Like that it's like the mouth, wherever the mouth goes,
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  • the whole body goes.
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  • It's true with the way you speak.
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  • "Or take ships, for example, although they are so large and
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  • are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very
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  • small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go."
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  • Anybody who controls their speech,
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  • controls their whole life
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  • and they're perfect and their whole body's in check.
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  • And he goes on later to say, and nobody's perfect 'cause nobody
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  • can control their speech, but you can get good at it.
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  • You can improve at it.
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  • How many times have you stayed up late at night,
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  • I can't tell ya how many times I stayed up late at night
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  • where I--my mess up is definitely something I said.
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  • It almost always is when you're up at night and you're like,
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  • "I shouldn't have said that to my friend,
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  • or my colleague, or my enemy, or to Hannah."
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  • Or you just, you're like, "Ah, I'm such an idiot.
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  • Why did I say that? I'm so stupid.
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  • I didn't mean that."
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  • And if you can just control what you say,
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  • you're getting control of your whole life.
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  • And in fact, I think when you change the things you say,
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  • you actually change your mindset.
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  • Like, one of the main ways Christians have trained is by
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  • reading Scripture aloud and meditating on Scripture,
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  • or reading prayers from, you know,
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  • mentors, or saints, or other men and women of God
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  • and praying it over themselves.
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  • And by saying these things over and over,
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  • they train their heart, I think what you say trains your heart
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  • and everybody sort of already knows this,
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  • that's why like sports teams always have their chants,
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  • you know, ooh, huh, ooh doo doo hah
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  • whatever they say, you know?
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  • I got, I think, an advanced copy of
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  • Joel Osteen's book, "You Can, You Will."
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  • This is a couple of years ago and I was running at Peter's
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  • Canyon with Chris Jenson, Chris took me to this place.
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  • This hill here, who knows what this is called? It's Big Red.
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  • If you love running in Orange or you're from the hills,
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  • you recognize that and it's always hot for some reason.
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  • And this is about a mile and a half into the run and this is
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  • how I would guess maybe a quarter mile to the very top,
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  • and it's like a 45-degree angle.
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  • And I had been running with Chris and this is the part that
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  • kills everybody, you know?
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  • And every time, even when I was getting into shape and I was
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  • getting really good at running, I could run Back Bay and I
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  • could do all this stuff, I couldn't get up this stinking
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  • hill, Big Red.
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  • I would always quit about two-thirds of the way,
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  • just past the pepper tree.
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  • Anyway, so, you know, every time I was like,
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  • "I'm gonna get up this hill."
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  • And I would get up and then I just wouldn't make it.
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  • So, it was a couple days before one of the runs I was gonna do
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  • and I just saw, I didn't even read it,
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  • I just saw Joel Osteen's book and it said,
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  • "You Can, You Will."
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  • And I was like, oh, that's cool.
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  • And then I forgot about it and then I'm like no wonder the guy
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  • sold so many books, that's a good Word.
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  • Four words and so I'm running and I'm already feeling tired.
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  • It's like a hundred degrees out there.
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  • I'm like, there's Big Red.
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  • I'm like, I want to get up that hill so bad.
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  • I tried so many times and I couldn't it and I was like,
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  • I'm running towards it I'm like, "You can, you will."
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  • And so, like I go--and as soon as I said that,
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  • goosebumps up my spine.
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  • I'm like, "You can, you will."
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  • And like so I start going up the hill.
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  • And then now my heart's pounding. I'm sweating.
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  • I'm like my body is turning like red hot.
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  • I'm getting close to the top. I'm like, "You can, you will.
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  • You can, you will."
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  • And I got to the top and I did it I was like, you can!
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  • I did it!
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  • And like if you're a runner, you know like
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  • my heart was exploding.
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  • Sometimes when you really push yourself,
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  • the capillaries in your lungs really open up and you taste
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  • iron from blood in your mouth, and your head throbs,
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  • and you want to die.
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  • You almost pass out, but I did it.
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  • My body had the ability to get up that hill,
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  • but I didn't have the right words.
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  • And my belief is that--and if you run you know,
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  • talking is not a good thing to do when you're running so
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  • actually it should have made it harder
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  • for me to get up to hill but it didn't.
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  • My body did not get me up that hill, words did.
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  • Those words, "You can, you will," got me to a place where I
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  • was gonna have to literally break a knee or die or get up
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  • that hill.
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  • And that was because I had the right words to get up that hill.
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  • And many of us, we have in our body what we need to get over
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  • the next challenge, to endure but we've been saying the wrong
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  • words, and we've been hearing the wrong words,
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  • and we're saying the wrong words over and over.
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  • We're stating the obvious.
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  • "This is hard. It's hot.
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  • This hill is steep. This is difficult."
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  • We already know that.
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  • Why don't you say something that you need to hear,
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  • you can and you will.
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  • "I can, I will."
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  • And to say it to someone else, "You can, you will."
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  • Sometimes it's all people need is the right words and they need
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  • to hear it over and over and over and over.
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  • And sometimes you need to hear it over and over.
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  • I think that words are very much like seeds.
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  • I think there's a--I referred to it briefly last week but this
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  • passage on the parable of the seeds,
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  • some fall on the hard road, some fall on the rock,
  • 00:11:58.290 --> 00:12:01.200
  • some fall on the floor, and some fall on good soil and that's
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  • about the Word of God but I think that's also true about
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  • words in general.
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  • I think even now as I'm speaking there's like,
  • 00:12:08.240 --> 00:12:11.090
  • just like casting seeds out there and some are gonna fall on
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  • the road and get gobbled up but some are gonna take root.
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  • There are gonna be some of you here today that what I'm saying
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  • is going to take root and it's gonna grow slowly over time and
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  • you won't recognize it but years from now your life will be
  • 00:12:23.000 --> 00:12:25.060
  • different because you received the Word of God today and some
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  • will just get gobbled up.
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  • But I think this is also true about the words we say and it's
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  • not just of the good words, also of the bad,
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  • that very often we're reaching into a bag of seed and we're
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  • just throwing it everywhere and then a bag of grain
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  • and we're throwing it everywhere.
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  • And so, we don't recognize it but we're sowing the good,
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  • the good seeds with the bad ones.
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  • And you know that when weeds and grain are planted together,
  • 00:12:50.260 --> 00:12:54.110
  • the weeds will win out so we have to be careful.
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  • You know, if you say a hundred encouraging,
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  • life-giving, wonderful things to somebody and you say one really
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  • hurtful thing, almost all the good stuff gets nixed out with
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  • the one word.
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  • Am I wrong or right?
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  • James continues to go on in chapter 9 he says,
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  • "With the tongue we praise our Lord and father and with it we
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  • curse human beings who have been made in God's likeness,
  • 00:13:19.100 --> 00:13:25.250
  • out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
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  • My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
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  • Can booth fresh water and salt water throw from the same
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  • spring?
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  • My brothers and sisters, can a fig free bear olives or a
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  • grapevine bear figs?
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  • Neither can a salt spring produce freshwater."
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  • We're gonna get disciplined as a church.
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  • We're gonna make a commitment together that our words are
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  • gonna be disciplined, and they're gonna be intentional,
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  • and we're gonna make sure that the words that we speak are
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  • encouraging, life giving, true, and wise,
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  • all right?
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  • I want to give you some secret sauce about pastoring,
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:09.280
  • okay, and pastoring is all about developing the learned skill of
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:15.260
  • using your words to heal people.
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  • And so, I probably can come up with about 30 of these and I
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  • almost did, but I want to give you the three on how to be
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  • pastoral in the way you speak.
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  • You ready for this?
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  • I'm gonna go quickly but if you do these things your life will
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  • be radically transformed, okay?
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:36.200
  • The first thing you need to learn about talking to somebody,
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  • what you say is not necessarily what they hear.
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  • That is so important.
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  • How many times did you, were your intentions so good,
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  • you said something nice to someone and later on you
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  • realized you hurt their feelings or it's like,
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  • "Oh, now I see why people like you so much."
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  • That's something somebody said to me once.
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  • Or like, "Oh, you're much smarter than I thought."
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  • These types of things that we say,
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  • we think we're saying something nice.
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  • We don't recognize that there is,
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  • that people don't always hear--those are obvious.
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:19.070
  • People don't always--what you're saying is not
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  • necessarily what people hear.
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  • You want to know if somebody heard you the right way,
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  • ask 'em.
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  • "Did I get that across to you the right way?
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  • I want you to know I really do love you,
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  • I really do care about you."
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  • So, it's so important to ask the question when you speak to
  • 00:15:34.120 --> 00:15:36.280
  • someone, "Are they hearing what I'm saying?"
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  • Okay?
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:41.290
  • Number two, and this is the most important thing,
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  • if I can give one piece of advice to something I have
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:46.200
  • learned in leading, in marriage, in counseling,
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  • it is this, people not only--this is such an important
  • 00:15:50.160 --> 00:15:54.100
  • nuance, people not only need to be heard,
  • 00:15:54.110 --> 00:15:56.250
  • they need to feel heard.
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  • People need to feel heard so there's a way and you'll learn
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  • this, there's a way when you're talking with your spouse,
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  • especially if you're having, you know,
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:07.180
  • an argument, or with your best friend,
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:09.220
  • or a colleague that maybe they've said it and you've heard
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:13.200
  • it and you've heard it and they've said it but they don't
  • 00:16:13.210 --> 00:16:17.140
  • feel like you heard them.
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  • It is so important to just go over the top make sure the
  • 00:16:19.240 --> 00:16:24.270
  • person you're talking feels heard.
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  • If they feel heard, you've won 90% of the battle right there
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:32.280
  • and that's true whether you're selling something to somebody,
  • 00:16:32.290 --> 00:16:36.020
  • whether you're trying to pitch an idea,
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:37.230
  • or whether you're trying to resolve a conflict with somebody
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  • you really care about.
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:42.150
  • When Hannah and I were going to premarital counseling before we
  • 00:16:42.160 --> 00:16:45.100
  • got married, he said, "The first thing I'm gonna teach
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  • you to do is how to have a fight."
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:49.020
  • And I was like, "We're never gonna have a fight.
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.200
  • She is so pretty. I'll just agree with her."
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:55.130
  • And he made us do this thing where it was like,
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:59.040
  • okay, you have an argument and you sit with someone and it's
  • 00:16:59.050 --> 00:17:06.130
  • like, "Bobby, you didn't help me with the dishes."
  • 00:17:06.140 --> 00:17:09.110
  • That's never happened, by the way.
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  • I always help with the dishes.
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  • Let's just hypothetically.
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  • "Bobby, you didn't help me with the dishes."
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  • And I'll say, "Okay well, but I also took out the trash though."
  • 00:17:17.260 --> 00:17:21.220
  • All right, that's how we normally do it.
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.130
  • But he said, "No, no, no, you can't do it that way."
  • 00:17:23.140 --> 00:17:25.030
  • "Bobby, you didn't help me with the dishes."
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  • "You're upset with me because I didn't help you
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  • with the dishes."
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  • "Yeah, and I'm upset because I want you to just notice that I
  • 00:17:32.130 --> 00:17:37.230
  • need help with things."
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  • "You want me to notice that you need help with things."
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:43.070
  • And it's amazing how but then you get to go.
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  • "Sometimes I don't feel like you notice that I take out the
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  • trash."
  • 00:17:49.240 --> 00:17:54.250
  • "Sometimes you don't feel like you should take
  • 00:17:54.260 --> 00:17:59.220
  • out the trash and you don't do it."
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  • No, no.
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  • "Sometimes--" You know, so this is what he taught us to do is
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:05.280
  • that see what happens when you have an argument with anybody is
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:10.180
  • it always escalates, right?
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:13.090
  • "You didn't help me with the dishes."
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:15.070
  • "But I took out the trash. You don't notice anything I do."
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:18.130
  • "Well, I hate--" Or whatever, you know?
  • 00:18:18.140 --> 00:18:19.270
  • This isn't a real argument by the way.
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:21.270
  • This is not--I'm just making this up.
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:24.220
  • But the--it's so important that in conflict or anything that the
  • 00:18:24.230 --> 00:18:30.250
  • person feels heard.
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:33.220
  • Another way is especially in healing so like if you have a
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:37.120
  • friend that's going through a bad breakup,
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:40.090
  • a divorce, a sickness, and you don't know what to do,
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:44.230
  • just listen, just listen to them.
  • 00:18:44.240 --> 00:18:47.120
  • Don't try and fix stuff.
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:49.050
  • But one of the best ways you can build their faith and encourage
  • 00:18:49.060 --> 00:18:51.280
  • them, give them their heart back is to feel their pain with them.
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:55.130
  • As I've said, many times the word "compassion" means to
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:58.070
  • suffer with so literally compassionate means that you
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:19:01.130
  • feel the pain of another person and that they feel you feel it.
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:06.190
  • Again, that they feel that you have heard them.
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:09.040
  • Finally, number three so what you say is not
  • 00:19:09.050 --> 00:19:14.200
  • what they necessarily hear.
  • 00:19:14.210 --> 00:19:16.030
  • People not only need to be heard,
  • 00:19:16.040 --> 00:19:17.240
  • they need to feel heard.
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:19.040
  • But three, and this is also very important,
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:22.130
  • if you have not heard, you will not be heard.
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  • And almost every argument is about two people that are not
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:29.040
  • hearing each other and two people that are in a hurry to be
  • 00:19:29.050 --> 00:19:33.060
  • heard first.
  • 00:19:33.070 --> 00:19:35.130
  • So, if you hear someone and they feel as though they've been
  • 00:19:35.140 --> 00:19:39.060
  • heard by you, they will now listen to what you have to say.
  • 00:19:39.070 --> 00:19:42.120
  • And this is not even just true in an argument.
  • 00:19:42.130 --> 00:19:43.280
  • I mean, I remember I was talking with a pastor and I already knew
  • 00:19:43.290 --> 00:19:47.040
  • what he was gonna say.
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:48.140
  • He was asking for advice for his church,
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:49.260
  • and I had the answer right there.
  • 00:19:49.270 --> 00:19:53.030
  • I was like, this guy needs to feel like I'm hearing him.
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:55.090
  • So, I just kept asking questions and kept asking questions and
  • 00:19:55.100 --> 00:19:58.240
  • then finally he said, "What can I do?"
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:20:01.080
  • So, I was able to share with him my thoughts and he really
  • 00:20:01.090 --> 00:20:05.160
  • received it well, but I don't think he would have received it
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:07.280
  • well if I had been in a hurry to just jump in there and tell him.
  • 00:20:07.290 --> 00:20:11.200
  • And being an encouraging person has so many rewards and ways in
  • 00:20:11.210 --> 00:20:16.090
  • which it's going to bless your life by encouraging other people
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:19.100
  • and this is one.
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:20.200
  • When you encourage people constantly,
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:23.010
  • people are convinced that you're on their side and,
  • 00:20:23.020 --> 00:20:26.070
  • you know, you probably are on most people's sides but when you
  • 00:20:26.080 --> 00:20:29.080
  • encourage someone, it's like you're rooting for them.
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:31.110
  • It's like being a fan of a team.
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:33.100
  • It's like you would do something to see them succeed.
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:36.180
  • If people are convinced you are on their side,
  • 00:20:36.190 --> 00:20:39.060
  • they're gonna receive whatever it is you have to say to them.
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:41.250
  • If they're not sure, if they don't trust you,
  • 00:20:41.260 --> 00:20:44.060
  • if they feel like you might be spiting them,
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:45.290
  • or that you're angry at them, or even jealous at them,
  • 00:20:46.000 --> 00:20:48.270
  • it's gonna be impossible for them to receive whatever wisdom
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:52.100
  • you have, even if it's the choicest best wisdom on earth.
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:55.180
  • If you're not encouraging them and if you're not hearing them,
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:58.210
  • they cannot receive from their heart,
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:00.260
  • they can't receive what you have to say.
  • 00:21:00.270 --> 00:21:03.020
  • But if you flip that around and you're a listening,
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:05.120
  • quiet, loving presence, anything you say,
  • 00:21:05.130 --> 00:21:08.180
  • they're gonna gobble up and they're gonna take it to heart.
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:10.140
  • So, you are doing great and remember that if you want to be,
  • 00:21:10.150 --> 00:21:15.160
  • if you want to be a person of faith,
  • 00:21:15.170 --> 00:21:17.000
  • you have to have words of faith.
  • 00:21:17.010 --> 00:21:19.040
  • If you want to be a healing person,
  • 00:21:19.050 --> 00:21:20.140
  • you have to have words of healing
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:22.040
  • and only words of healing.
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  • Discipline is so important that we make sure we do not ruin a
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:24.240
  • whole farm by one day selling a bunch of weeds in there.
  • 00:21:24.250 --> 00:21:33.220
  • You've gotta be careful.
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:35.020
  • Don't destroy your destiny with one word.
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  • In fact, one word can bring your destiny to life,
  • 00:21:38.150 --> 00:21:41.220
  • things like, "I can and I will."
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  • Stop bullying yourself and get good at listening to other
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:46.280
  • people and you'll make a big difference.
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  • You already are.
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:50.100
  • God's training you to be a pastoral, life-changing person.
  • 00:21:50.110 --> 00:21:53.110
  • You're gonna find incredible meaning by being there for
  • 00:21:53.120 --> 00:21:57.130
  • hurting people in the 15 feet of space around you,
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  • and I'm so proud of you guys and you're doing great.
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  • Amen?
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  • All right, let's pray.
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  • Father, we just take a moment now to open our hearts to you
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:11.100
  • and receive your Word both from the Scripture and from the Holy
  • 00:22:11.110 --> 00:22:16.140
  • Spirit.
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:18.160
  • Lord, I know one Word from you can change our lives forever.
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:23.000
  • And I also just want to take a moment if you're sitting here,
  • 00:22:23.010 --> 00:22:28.220
  • close your eyes, open your heart and if you have a question for
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:32.140
  • God, bring it to him now just in your mind.
  • 00:22:32.150 --> 00:22:39.020
  • And open your heart and your mind to a Word from God.
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  • Lord, we're listening to you.
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:49.000
  • And I pray, Father, that all of the many needs that are here as
  • 00:22:49.010 --> 00:22:52.250
  • we continue to listen, Lord, that you would speak
  • 00:22:52.260 --> 00:22:56.080
  • to our hearts.
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:57.180
  • So, to everyone here, I just want to say,
  • 00:22:57.190 --> 00:23:00.120
  • you are doing great.
  • 00:23:00.130 --> 00:23:01.220
  • You're doing a lot better than you think.
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  • Our default is shame and I just want to speak against shame and
  • 00:23:06.150 --> 00:23:11.080
  • lift you up and know that you can take your mask off.
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  • You can be you.
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  • You are loved just as you are, not as you should be.
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  • Receive God's love and joy today.
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  • Practice gratitude and be available and open to the words
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  • of the Holy Spirit today as he speaks good into your life.
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  • Remember, it's the enemy that is the persecutor of the brethren,
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  • but the Holy Spirit is the comforter so receive the comfort
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  • of the Spirit of God that says you are loved,
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  • you are enough, you are healed, good things are coming your way.
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  • I believe it.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Bobby: Here's another letter that we got,
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  • thanks to your support.
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  • female: Dear Bobby, at 19 my life collapsed.
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  • I was in an unhealthy relationship with an older man
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  • and then my father died from cancer.
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  • They were my darkest days.
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  • I felt paralyzed and apathic*.
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  • When I was at my lowest, my boyfriend started to use me.
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  • He complained about me and in the name of spicing up our
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  • relationship, he pressed me to be intimate with other men.
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  • I felt numb and worthless.
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  • Even as I write this, I feel that shame for allowing him to
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  • do this.
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  • I fantasized about ending my life to escape the suffering.
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  • During this time, I met a guy who saw me as a person
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  • and made me happy.
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  • Because of him, I finally left my abusive boyfriend.
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  • We started a new life in a new town and he proposed months
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  • later but still, inside I felt really hurt.
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  • I struggled because I didn't deserve this life.
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  • When someone was kind to me, it hurt me as much as it healed me.
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  • I felt I made too many mistakes to be loved.
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  • My life had turned around but my spirit was broken.
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  • I was curious about religion but didn't dare pray
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  • or go to church.
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  • What God would want me as his follower?
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  • Then, I found "Hour of Power."
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  • Your sermons healed my spirit and lifted the burden
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  • of my past.
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  • I still remember tears of relief running down my cheeks when you
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  • said that every sinner has a future and every saint has a
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  • past and that God does not love us as we should be but just as
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  • we are.
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  • I realized that God always loved me and would forgive me.
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  • It still thrills me that he is so good.
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  • After we married, my first wish I ever prayed for was fulfilled
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  • with the birth of our son Hendrik.
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  • I pray for him every night.
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  • He is a precious gift from God.
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  • I no longer feel like a bad person.
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  • I feel beloved and that I'm allowed to experience happiness.
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  • I am so, so grateful.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Hannah: We're not using your name on air but one highlight of
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  • my Holland trip was getting to meet you and your husband.
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  • You are brave and we are honored to have you as part of the
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  • "Hour of Power" family.
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  • Bobby: That's right. It was a highlight for me too.
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  • And for everybody else that's watching,
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  • this is just one of many stories of people that are deeply
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  • touched because of your generosity.
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  • If people stop giving to this ministry,
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  • this goes off the air.
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  • We don't help people anymore but because of you,
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  • we're changing the world.
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  • Hannah: Yes, thank you for your faithfulness.
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  • And even if you can't give, write to us, be brave.
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  • We want to hear your story.
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  • And remember that God loves you and so do we.
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