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September 22, 2016
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A Simple Guide to Walking on Water: Trust Not Clarity

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  • Bobby Schuller: Welcome. We love you.
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  • We reinforce that every single week here at Shepherd's Grove,
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  • by saying this creed every week that is 100% biblical and
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  • orthodox, and I'm gonna ask that you stand and say it with me.
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  • Hold your hands out like this.
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  • This is a way of, sort of--this is a posture of
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  • the life of the open hand.
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  • It's a posture of giving and receiving,
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  • and so we're gonna say this together: "I'm not what I do.
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  • 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. It's who I am.
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  • 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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  • We also wanna say hello to everybody that's watching online
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  • and everybody that's watching on the Hillsong Channel.
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  • I think today's the first day that we're on Hillsong Channel,
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  • which is pretty cool.
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  • So, if you don't know, there's a--the Hillsong Channel,
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  • we're on every day at noon.
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  • Anyway, well, great!
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  • Well, today we're beginning a series that took forever for us
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  • to name, and this is the title we landed on from our team:
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  • "A Simple Guide to Walking on Water."
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  • And so I just wanna begin by saying this: you can trust God.
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  • There are many things that erode our trust in God.
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  • Either we doubt that God exists, or we maybe believe that God
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  • exists, but we doubt that he even really cares about us,
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  • or we think that maybe he's punishing us.
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  • And I just wanna say to you today,
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  • you can trust God because he doesn't--he's not responding to
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  • your behavior, you know?
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  • God is gonna do in your life what he's gonna do in your life,
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  • and it's gonna be good.
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  • And all he asks is that you have faith.
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  • And faith is not a theological statement as much as it is a
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  • clinging to, a holding on to, a trusting on God.
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  • It doesn't necessarily mean saying all the right things,
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  • even believing all the right things.
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  • It means believing one thing: that God is faithful and that,
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  • no matter what I'm going through, he is faithful.
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  • And so I just wanna ask you what's happening
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  • in your life today?
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  • What are you bringing into this building today?
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  • What are you bringing to me or to this congregation or to God?
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  • What is it? What's that thing?
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  • Many of us are carrying this big,
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  • big thing on our shoulders.
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  • Is it depression?
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  • Maybe somebody here is struggling
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  • with chronic depression.
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  • They're embarrassed to tell the friends about it.
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  • Maybe they're embarrassed to admit
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  • that they're on medication.
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  • They think it's not from God or something.
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  • Being sick is not a sin, by the way.
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  • You can take a pill for depression.
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  • Maybe it's some sin, maybe it's some hidden
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  • addiction in your life.
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  • Maybe you don't have enough.
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  • Maybe your marriage is falling apart,
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  • and everybody thinks it's great.
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  • Maybe you're just so disappointment,
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  • and you thought you'd be somewhere else in your life now,
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  • and you're somewhere you didn't think you'd be.
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  • What are you bringing today?
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  • Well, whatever it is that you're bringing,
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  • I can tell you how to respond.
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  • Respond with faith. Today we're gonna let it go.
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  • We're gonna put it at that cross, and we're gonna remember
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  • that God has the best in store for us.
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  • Faith says "I can trust God even though I don't know what the
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  • heck is going on.
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  • Faith says that "I believe that my life is not limited to what
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  • I'm currently experiencing."
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  • Faith is the idea that your life is limitless because it is in
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  • the hands of a God who is limitless and a God who cares
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  • very much for you.
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  • It was hard for me to understand how God could love me uniquely
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  • until I had children.
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  • And I can tell you, if I had 4 billion children,
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  • I think I could love them, huh?
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  • My mom would be very happy to have
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  • 4 billion grandchildren, she says.
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  • But God really is involved in your life.
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  • He's into you. God is into you!
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  • He's thinking about you, watching you, involved in your
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  • life, and he has the ability to make all the difference.
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  • And what we don't understand is that,
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  • even though we don't understand, in the end, we will.
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  • You can trust God.
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  • Faith is the only response he wants from you.
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  • Faith is the fuel of breakthrough.
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  • Whenever the disciples, with Jesus,
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  • want to do something great, and they doubt,
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  • he just says, "Oh, you of little faith."
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  • All God needs is faith.
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  • Faith is the fuel of breakthrough,
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  • to simply believe, to say, "I don't know what the answer is.
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  • I don't know how I'm gonna get out of this.
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  • I don't know how I'm gonna solve this problem.
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  • I don't know how I'm gonna overcome this sickness,
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  • but faith says that, in spite of my age,
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  • in spite of my weakness, in spite of my sin,
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  • in spite of my addictions, in spite of all my flaws,
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  • in spite of all my broken relationships and all my
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  • failures, God is gonna be able to do something great in me.
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  • Faith says even broken trees bear fruit.
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  • Faith says that, even though I've failed a million times
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  • over, I shouldn't quit because I serve a God
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  • who never quits on me.
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  • Faith is the belief that, no matter what is happening,
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  • my life is not limited to what I am currently experiencing.
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  • Faith believes that "God is not punishing me," and he is not.
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  • God is not punishing you.
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  • And if you hear anything I'm saying,
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  • God is not punishing you!
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  • All of God's punishment went right there on the
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  • cross of Jesus Christ.
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  • All God has for you is blessing, and blessing,
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  • and more blessing upon it.
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  • He blesses you! He blesses you.
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  • If you respond to God with trust and faith,
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  • he blesses you.
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  • In every aspect of your life, he blesses you.
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  • And I can say with confidence that God is not punishing you
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  • because I know Jesus Christ, and that's not what he does.
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  • Jesus Christ shows us what God is like.
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  • He is the lens through which we are supposed
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  • to interpret Scripture.
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  • He is the lens in which we are supposed to understand
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  • the heart and mind of God.
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  • Jesus is God!
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  • And Jesus never goes around punishing people!
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  • He never goes around hurting people.
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  • I know he kicked over a couple tables.
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  • He never actually hurt anybody. Jesus came to bring life.
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  • And, yeah, he challenged people, and, yeah, he got
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  • angry at people, but he did it because he loved them.
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  • Jesus never goes to the Pharisees and says,
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  • "You know what?
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  • I'm gonna hurt your kids until you get your theology right and
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  • come back to me," right?
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  • Jesus doesn't go to sinful people and say, "You know what?
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  • Once you stop being a prostitute,
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  • then I'm gonna heal you."
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  • "Once you repent for a generational curse,
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  • then I'm gonna bless you."
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  • God is not punishing you. You are not cursed.
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  • You are blessed. You are not cursed.
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  • You are blessed.
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  • You're blessed. You're blessed.
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  • And it's not because of what you've done.
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  • It's what Christ did for us.
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  • You are blessed. Have faith!
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  • You say, "You don't know what I'm goin' through."
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  • I don't.
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  • And I'm sorry you're going through it.
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  • But what I know is that faith is the only thing that will give
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  • you the hope and the joy that you need to endure
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  • what you're enduring.
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  • Faith is the audacity to have joy and life in the midst of
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  • suffering and challenge.
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  • God has given you everything you need to endure.
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  • You're gonna endure, and you will.
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  • You are gonna get through. I know you guys!
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  • You will endure this.
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  • You will endure this, and you will come out on the other side,
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  • full of joy and full of life.
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  • If you believe it, give me a Pentecostal "Amen!"
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  • Amen! That's right!
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  • Everybody thinks, you know, everybody thinks, "Well,
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  • faith, man, I got a little faith, but I don't got a lot."
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  • And can I just tell you, that's all God needs.
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  • We always think we have to have tons and tons
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  • of faith to do great things.
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  • We think our faith is proportional to the fruit
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  • we bear in our life.
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  • It's not.
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  • You know how much faith Jesus said we need to do great things?
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  • He said we need the faith of a mustard seed.
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  • A mustard seed is so small, if I was holding it in my hand,
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  • you couldn't see it.
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  • He said, "If you got just that much,
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  • you can move mountains."
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  • And can I just say to you, we think we have to have,
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  • like, 98 or 92% faith, mostly faith,
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  • and then God can use us.
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  • And so we really try and build up our faith,
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  • and then we release our faith.
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  • And can I just tell you, if you've got 1% faith and,
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  • like, 99% of you is doubt and fear, and everything else
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  • but 1% is faith, that's enough.
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  • God can use that to move a mountain.
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  • All you need is just enough faith to not let go.
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  • That's all you need.
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  • All you need is faith, amen? All right!
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  • In Hebrews chapter 11, we see the classic definition of faith.
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  • So when you ask a pastor, "What's faith?"
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  • They say, "Faith is the substance of things hoped
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  • for, the evidence of things not seen."
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  • It's a beautiful line that many Christians have memorized.
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  • And let me read the NIV version: "Faith is the confidence of what
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  • we hope for, the assurance about what we do not see.
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  • This is what the ancients were commended for.
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  • By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's
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  • command, so that what is seen was not made
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  • out of what is visible."
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  • That is the core of faith.
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  • The core of faith is that what is seen,
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  • what you see, did not come from something else that was seen,
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  • that it came from something hidden.
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  • Faith is the idea that everything we're
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  • experiencing is a bit like Shakespeare said, a stage,
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  • and we're all players, and that there is this whole world.
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  • There is a whole--the Scriptures call it the great cloud of
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  • witnesses, a whole audience, watching us,
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  • those who have gone before us, rooting for you!
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  • You know you have a great, great, great, great, great,
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  • great, great, great-grandma or grandpa who's in heaven
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  • right now, watching and rooting for ya?
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  • There's a great cloud of witnesses,
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  • an audience that is watching this epic battle between good
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  • and evil, of which you are on one side or the other.
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  • You are not neutral, by the way.
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  • You're either on the dark side or the light side.
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  • Come to the light!
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  • And faith, it's this idea that there's this whole world behind
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  • what we are experiencing, and that's why people of faith
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  • believe in prayer more than anything.
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  • I believe, if we got to peek behind the curtain and see what
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  • prayer accomplishes, we would be tempted to do only that,
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  • to just simply pray all the time.
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  • If we actually could see what one small prayer,
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  • one act of faith can do for this world,
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  • we would be tempted to just pray all the time.
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  • Some of you do.
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  • And I just wanna say that that's what faith is.
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  • Faith is the belief that my life is not limited to what I'm
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  • currently experiencing.
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  • And faith is also a trust in God, trust in his love,
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  • trust in his faithfulness to get me through this
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  • challenge that I'm going through.
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  • And the author of Hebrew talks about Abraham and other great
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  • people, but he really emphasizes Abraham.
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  • And the story of Abraham, we believe that,
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  • after the fall, mankind was spiritually separated from God.
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  • And in Genesis, you see this long period of spiritual
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  • loneliness in the world where it's like God has disappeared.
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  • Where has he gone?
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  • And all of a sudden, God reappears to this man nobody's
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  • ever heard of, a nobody in the land
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  • of the Chaldeans, named Abram.
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  • And God says to Abram, "Go west."
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  • This name "Abram," by the way, means,
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  • "exalted father."
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  • So "Abram" literally means exalted father.
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  • So his whole life he's been called "exalted father."
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  • "Exalted father, take out the trash."
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  • "Exalted father, you go make your bed right now."
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  • "Exalted father, will you marry my daughter?"
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  • "Exalted father, will you work for me?"
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  • All of his life, Abram is called "exalted father," and he's now
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  • at the age of 70.
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  • And it's like this name is a cruel joke because he's here
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  • at what he thinks is the twilight of his life.
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  • He's 70, and that's really good for the ancient world.
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  • I know they ate organic back then, but reaching
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  • 70 was like pretty awesome.
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  • He'd made it all the way to 70, and God says--and he's called
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  • "exalted father," and he thinks he's at the end of his life,
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  • and what he doesn't realize is he's just at
  • 00:13:38.230 --> 00:13:40.060
  • the beginning of his big story.
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  • It's just begun at 70!
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  • And here he is, he thinks it's all over.
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  • He thinks his name is a cruel joke.
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  • And God whispers in his ear, "I'm Yahweh.
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  • And, Abram, I'm going to call you 'exalted father,' to not be
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  • an exalted father, but to be even more than that.
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  • I will call you Abraham, the father of many nations."
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  • It's like God puts his arm around Abraham and points
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  • to the stars in the sky and he says, he says,
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:15.150
  • like, "See all the stars in the sky?
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  • This will be your ancestors, and they will be a great nation.
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  • And I will be their God, and they will be my people."
  • 00:14:24.050 --> 00:14:28.070
  • The Scriptures say Abraham believed God,
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  • and it was credited to him as righteousness."
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  • Abraham believes God.
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  • And so he says, "Abraham, go west from,
  • 00:14:34.200 --> 00:14:38.100
  • like, the land of your fathers into a land I will show you that
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  • will be the Promised Land,' and this will be the place in which
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  • the whole world will be redeemed back unto me."
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  • And Abraham believes him, and here he is at 70,
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  • and he receives this calling.
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  • And at 75, he receives his promise, and he believes it.
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  • And, you know, it was from 75 to 100,
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  • before he actually had a kid.
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  • So God makes this covenant with Abraham at 75.
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  • It's already pretty late.
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  • His wife was 65, and she's 90 before she's pregnant.
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  • It's a miracle!
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  • And so Abraham, though he's living his whole life this
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:20.290
  • almost mocking name, "exalted father," God says,
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:23.100
  • "No, you're not only gonna be an exalted father,
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  • you're gonna be more than an exalted father.
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  • Through you, I'm gonna save the whole world."
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:29.070
  • And so here comes Abraham. He has this child.
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  • His 90-year-old wife, Sarai, which means "princess," her name
  • 00:15:31.200 --> 00:15:35.130
  • becomes "Sarah," which is "the mother of nations."
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  • And he has this child, Isaac. And Isaac is this miracle.
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  • So here's this 100-year-old man, 90-year-old woman,
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  • and can you imagine how much they loved this child?
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  • It's like they're, like, newlyweds with,
  • 00:15:51.260 --> 00:15:53.230
  • like, a new kid at the beginning of a new life in a new place.
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  • And this is just like God.
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  • This is the kind of thing God does.
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  • He gives us new life when we think it's all over.
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  • This is hope for us who think it's all over.
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  • You think your life is over? Your life doesn't end.
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  • So God says to Abraham, "I want you to take your miracle now--"
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  • when Isaac is 15 years old.
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  • He had promised him that the miracle would happen through
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  • this kid, and he said, "I want you to take this kid
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  • and sacrifice him on an altar."
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:32.030
  • And so this is, like, a bizarre story for those of us who live
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  • in the West, but we don't really get it,
  • 00:16:34.210 --> 00:16:38.010
  • but we don't understand is that, in the ancient Near East,
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:41.110
  • the view of gods was that they were, sort of, like,
  • 00:16:41.120 --> 00:16:43.180
  • to be avoided, very dangerous, and, like, you only appeal
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  • to them in, like, your darkest hour 'cause it's a big risk
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  • 'cause you don't know if they're gonna make it worse.
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  • The pagan gods have a lot of fun teasing people.
  • 00:16:55.070 --> 00:17:01.070
  • And so there's this moment where,
  • 00:17:01.080 --> 00:17:02.240
  • for the ancient reader, you read that God now asks this
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:06.250
  • 114-year-old man to take his 15-year-old promise
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  • and kill him on an altar.
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  • And I wonder what's going on in Abraham's mind?
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  • Like, he's getting to know God.
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:20.060
  • "Who is this God? What kind of God is this?
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  • Am I being punished? Am I being hurt?
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  • Has God forgotten me?"
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  • Those are not the thoughts in Abraham's mind.
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  • Commentary in Hebrews tells us that Abraham had gotten to a
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  • place where he trusted God so much,
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  • he simply assumed that if he killed his own son
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  • God would just raise him from the dead.
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  • And this was the faith on which Judaism and
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  • Christianity has been built on.
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  • Abraham is our father, not because he sired us,
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  • but because of his faith.
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  • His faith built us, and your faith will build
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  • the next generation.
  • 00:17:58.010 --> 00:18:00.090
  • "Abraham believed God, and it was a credit to
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:03.070
  • him as righteousness."
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  • Abraham had faith.
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  • And this story is really about this.
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.020
  • You know, you probably know the story.
  • 00:18:09.030 --> 00:18:10.260
  • God stops Abraham from killing Isaac and says,
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:13.050
  • "No," you know, and offers a goat.
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  • And it's an ancient prophetic way of teaching these people,
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  • that's not the kind of God you serve.
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  • This God is for you, not against you.
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  • This God blesses you. This God does not curse you.
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  • This is a God who's faithful to his covenant.
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  • And I want you to know you can trust God.
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  • It's gonna be okay. It really is!
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  • It's gonna be okay.
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  • Today you can smile and take a deep breath,
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:44.210
  • and you can be nice to people.
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:46.100
  • And whatever it is that's going on in your life,
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:49.150
  • you can be where you are and not somewhere else.
  • 00:18:49.160 --> 00:18:52.090
  • You can be present, relaxed, joy-filled, loving, and filled
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  • with life because a breakthrough is coming.
  • 00:18:55.240 --> 00:18:58.170
  • The amount of faith that you need to have is just simply
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  • enough to hang on and not let go.
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  • Do you have that? Of course, you do!
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  • I know you guys will have the victory.
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  • I believe in you.
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  • And so this is what I'm asking for you today.
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  • I want you to get a fresh vision for your life.
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  • Pray with that kind of faith, into all of the dark things in
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:18.180
  • your life, to believe that what you need will come to pass.
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  • Pray with faith. It pleases God!
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:24.130
  • He loves faith.
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:26.070
  • He loves faith, and he credits to his righteousness.
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  • And don't pray for what you need.
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  • Pray for what you want. Can I just say that?
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  • Pray for what you want! Stop praying for what you need.
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  • Because, if you get what you want,
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:38.240
  • you also get what you need.
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  • Am I right?
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  • The Lord convicted me recently to stop praying that Cohen would
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:44.190
  • be healed and to start praying that Cohen would be all the
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:47.160
  • things I want instead of the things I need.
  • 00:19:47.170 --> 00:19:50.070
  • I was praying, you know, and hoping that,
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:51.240
  • "Well, maybe he'll just live a normal life,
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:53.200
  • and maybe he'll be able to drive,
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  • and maybe he'll be able to go to school."
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:56.140
  • And it's like, stop that.
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  • That is not Christian. Do not limit God.
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:20:02.050
  • Do not limit your son in God's good world to a normal life.
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  • Pray that he will be a world-changer.
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  • Pray that he will be a genius.
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  • Pray that he will be a rule-breaker and a rule-bender
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  • and that he'll set and create new things in this world
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  • that nobody ever thought of.
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  • Pray that he'll be a leader.
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  • Pray that he'll be a great dad and a good person.
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  • And he will be those things.
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  • And so I've stopped praying that God would just heal my son,
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:26.180
  • believing that God's gonna do all these great things,
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:29.050
  • and he's gonna do that.
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  • He's gonna take care of epilepsy and everything
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.170
  • else my son's facing, right?
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:34.110
  • And the same for my wife and the same for this church.
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  • We're gonna pray for big things for this church,
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:39.110
  • bigger than we ever imagined.
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  • We're gonna do things that churches don't do,
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  • and we're gonna ask that God shows us what those things are
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  • so that we're not just a mundane--an everyday
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:48.290
  • gather-on-Sunday church, amen?
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:50.220
  • We're dreamers.
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  • We're gonna pray for what we want,
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  • not for what we need.
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  • We're gonna get 'em both, amen?
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  • God's gonna break through in your life, so have faith.
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  • Trust in him. Faith is awesome.
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:21:01.200
  • You are a dreamer, and you are a doer.
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  • And you are a doer!
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  • God is proud of the fact that you are taking risks,
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:10.170
  • that you're starting to do more scary things,
  • 00:21:10.180 --> 00:21:13.000
  • and that, even though it's keeping you up at night,
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:15.020
  • that you're taking new steps out of your comfort zones.
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  • God's proud of you and so am I.
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  • And you are a trusting person, and this is so important because
  • 00:21:20.220 --> 00:21:23.240
  • faith, in the end, is trust.
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  • It's not letting go.
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  • It's saying, "I don't know what's going on.
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  • I don't know what's happening, but I'm just gonna hang on for
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:32.150
  • the ride--for the ride!
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:34.100
  • Excuse me. Faith is trust, not clarity.
  • 00:21:34.110 --> 00:21:41.030
  • Faith is trust, not clarity.
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  • I read this story--actually, I heard Chad say it in a sermon
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:48.000
  • about Brennan Manning, about some other guy.
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:50.010
  • So there's this guy. Brennan Manning told the story.
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  • He went to Calcutta to visit Mother Teresa.
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  • And he got on a plane, and he traveled to the other side of
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:57.230
  • the world because he wanted Mother Teresa to pray for him
  • 00:21:57.240 --> 00:22:00.180
  • for clarity 'cause he was in this place in his life where
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:02.270
  • he needed an answer.
  • 00:22:02.280 --> 00:22:04.180
  • And so he finally meets Mother Teresa,
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:07.250
  • and he says, "I've traveled all this time.
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.160
  • I've spent all this money to get you to pray for me."
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:12.160
  • And she says, "Well, how can I pray for you?"
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:13.260
  • And he says, "I pray that you'll just pray for
  • 00:22:13.270 --> 00:22:17.120
  • clarity in my life."
  • 00:22:17.130 --> 00:22:20.140
  • And she says, "No. I'm not going to pray for that."
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:25.070
  • And he said, "Well, what do you mean?"
  • 00:22:25.080 --> 00:22:27.000
  • She said, "I'm not going to pray for clarity."
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:29.070
  • And he goes, "Well, you have clarity in your life."
  • 00:22:29.080 --> 00:22:30.290
  • She goes, "I've never had clarity.
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  • All I have is trust."
  • 00:22:33.190 --> 00:22:35.200
  • She said, "I will pray for trust for you.
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  • Clarity is the last thing you're clinging on to.
  • 00:22:37.160 --> 00:22:40.140
  • You want answers, but you don't realize that
  • 00:22:40.150 --> 00:22:42.120
  • you need to cling to God.
  • 00:22:42.130 --> 00:22:43.260
  • He is the only answer you need.
  • 00:22:43.270 --> 00:22:45.270
  • You're not gonna ever get clarity until it's all over."
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  • It will make sense in the end. I can promise you that.
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  • You'll look back, and you'll go, "Ah, I get it now.
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:56.000
  • I wish I would've just trusted God!"
  • 00:22:56.010 --> 00:22:59.090
  • It will make sense, but for now, God's asking
  • 00:22:59.100 --> 00:23:01.240
  • you to just trust him.
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  • He's asking you to just have faith, and you do.
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  • You've kept trusting him.
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  • You wouldn't be here if you didn't trust him.
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  • So cling to him.
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  • The weirdest thing about walking by faith is that you don't know
  • 00:23:09.170 --> 00:23:13.250
  • where you're walking, but you just know it's good.
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  • Stand with me. Let's pray.
  • 00:23:18.160 --> 00:23:20.160
  • Bobby: So I pray over you in Jesus' name,
  • 00:23:23.250 --> 00:23:25.210
  • receive what you're asking for, not what you need,
  • 00:23:25.220 --> 00:23:27.280
  • but what you want, and 100 times more than it.
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  • In Jesus' name, receive! Receive what you need today!
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  • It happens in the Spirit before it happens in the natural,
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  • so we believe that what is happening behind
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  • the curtain is on its way.
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  • Believe it and receive it in Jesus' name.
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  • It's coming.
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  • And when it comes, thank the Lord for it,
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  • because it's just the beginning.
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  • He is a life-giving, abundant, generous God,
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  • and he loves you!
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  • Be blessed in Jesus' name.
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  • So we receive it, Lord, and we thank you.
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  • And I receive all the things I'm wanting, God.
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  • I receive it from you, and I thank you that there are things
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  • happening behind the curtain, even now,
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  • that I cannot see, but I just trust you and thank you,
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  • Lord, that good is coming. We thank you.
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  • It's your story. It's your kingdom.
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  • It's your power. It's your world.
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  • We love you. Amen.
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  • announcer: When you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small thank you.
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  • So when you give a gift of $40 or more,
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  • we will send you a "Creed of the Beloved" tumbler.
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  • Let it be a reminder that God is your provider.
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  • Bobby: Every single week, we get literally thousands of
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  • letters from people all around the world who tell us that their
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  • lives were radically transformed.
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  • Every single letter we get, we open, and we read it.
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  • Every prayer request we get, we pray for those people,
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  • and every time we do it, our team is so encouraged,
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  • and we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing.
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  • That's your doing.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making such a big
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  • impact on people's lives.
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  • This is crazy!
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  • Like, every week, we have to raise lots and lots of
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  • money to pay for airtime.
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • we go off the air, and we are so,
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  • so thankful for your generosity.
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  • Here's one story that was touched because
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  • of your generosity.
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  • Kasy: "Dear Bobby, I am an inmate at a correctional
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  • facility here in Tennessee.
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  • I have been incarcerated since February,
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  • 1998, but only recently discovered "Hour of Power".
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian because of the message
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  • Jesus gives through you, and even I,
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  • a sinner, who is locked away for a crime,
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  • still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • You have helped me realize that, though many may look down upon
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  • me, God controls everything.
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  • I am forgiven, loved, and want to be a part of life again.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • It's scary to consider what that will be like,
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  • but you have given me hope and faith.
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  • I thank you, and I send you this high five in praise and
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  • gratitude for what Christ does through you."
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  • Bobby: Kasy, we want you to know you really are a part of
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  • this church family.
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  • High five, right back at you!
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  • Seriously, you are not what you do, you are not what
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  • you have, you are not what people say about you.
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  • We believe that for you.
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  • We love you, and we're rooting for you.
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  • For everybody else that's watching on TV,
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  • we just want you to know that this is one of thousands of
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  • stories of people who are touched because of your giving.
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  • So thank you, and please continue to support this
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  • ministry as we reach people all around the world.
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  • announcer: This week, when you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small thank you.
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  • So when you give a gift of $40 or more,
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  • or a recurring gift of $20 or more,
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  • we will send you a "Creed of the Beloved" tumbler.
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  • Every time you take a sip, let it be a reminder that God is
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  • your provider, and he unconditionally loves
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  • you just as you are.
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  • Your donations are what get this message out to people like
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  • Kasy, and with your help, millions more.
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