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August 30, 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: Friends, would you hold your hands out
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  • like this with me as we say this 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. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • 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 on a series on faith right now,
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  • and I'm convinced that you can't talk about faith
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  • without talking about faith words.
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  • So, I want to begin by saying this, first of all,
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  • people need your words.
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  • People need your words.
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  • The words you're saying to people, words of healing,
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  • words of hope, words of joy, and especially
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  • words of faith and encouragement,
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  • people need it because there are so many other
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  • words that are coming at them like, "You're not smart enough.
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  • You're not good enough. You're not young enough.
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  • You're not old enough. You're not educated enough."
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  • People need people like you to use your words of faith
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  • to change their life, change the world,
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  • and change their perspective.
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  • I know there are people in this world that rely
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  • on your words of healing.
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  • I am an encourager, naturally.
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  • I love encouraging people but I love the word "encouragement."
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  • Encouragement literally means to give heart to people.
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  • It comes from the French word coeur is heart.
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  • Encouraging somebody means to give them courage,
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  • to give them heart, to give them their soul back.
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  • How many of us feel as though our soul or our heart has been
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  • damaged, wounded, weakened because of a stressful week,
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  • a week in which somebody was critical to us, a week in which
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  • maybe somebody you love, they broke up with you, or maybe
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  • you're going through a trial in your family, or you just lost
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  • a dear friend, or whatever.
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  • It's so easy in life to lose heart and encouragement
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  • is the thing that gives us our heart back.
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  • And when we talk about encouragement, we're usually
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  • thinking in terms of words, words that are said to us.
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  • Your words are changing people's lives.
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  • So, today I want to encourage to keep using those words
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  • to give heart to people who need it, to lift, to heal,
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  • to give wisdom, to give truth.
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  • We need powerful, life-giving, positive words in our world.
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  • Now, the Bible, in particular, and Judaism especially,
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  • has a deep respect, and I almost want to say fear,
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  • of the power of words.
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  • There's an almost mystic view of words in our Jewish
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  • and Christian traditions.
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  • When you look through the Bible, you constantly see the way in
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  • which words seem to change things.
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  • Moses isn't allowed to go into the Promised Land because God
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  • wanted him to speak to the rock instead of hitting the rock.
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  • That was supposed to be a sort of lesson that words
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  • are more powerful than hitting, than violence.
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  • It was the first of way of somebody saying,
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  • the pen is mightier than the sword.
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  • You see that when the Holy Spirit lands on the church and
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  • enters into the lives of people, how does it come?
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  • In the form of fiery tongues, a new language enters into
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  • the heart and minds of believers,
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  • that's how the Holy Spirit comes upon people
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  • is in a new word, a new language.
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  • Jesus himself is referred to as the Word of God.
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  • In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God,
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  • the Word was God.
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  • The word became flesh and dwelt among us.
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  • When Jesus heals people, he usually does it by touching
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  • and with words.
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  • "Be healed. Lazarus, come forward."
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  • Words have power and we need to reclaim the creative,
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  • life-giving power of our words, to not waste our words and to
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  • not use our words to hurt others, but to use our words
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  • to build our faith and to build the faith of others,
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  • to give heart back to suffering and hurting people.
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  • You may not be healthy, you may not be strong,
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  • you may not be young but let me tell you,
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  • your words have power.
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  • And let me tell you that more than any of those things,
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  • your words can change somebody's life today.
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  • All of us, almost all of us can say something like,
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  • "I'll never forget when this person said this to me."
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  • Words that have taken root and for some of us,
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  • destroyed and for others of us, given life.
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  • God has a word for you today and God has a word
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  • for others through you.
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  • Let him work through you, let him speak through you and he is.
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  • You are speaking good words. You're encouraging people.
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  • You're lifting people up.
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  • You're telling the truth in love.
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  • You're sharing wisdom.
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  • You're studying God's Word and God is proud of you.
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  • You even think in the universe was created with words?
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  • In our tradition, we believe that the universe exists
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  • because God told it to.
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  • He said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
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  • "Let there be land," and there was land.
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  • "Let there be animals," and there was animals.
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  • And he said, "Let there be you," and there was you.
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  • He spoke you into existence and in the same way that God
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  • created the universe with words, the enemy,
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  • the devil destroyed the universe with words.
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  • "Did God really say if you eat from that tree
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  • that you would die?"
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  • He's saying that because he knows you'll become like him.
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  • Words give life, words destroy.
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  • Words build up, words tear down.
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  • A life-giving body of Christ should speak only words
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  • that give life, that encourage, that exhort, that correct,
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  • that repair, that lift and that's what we're doing.
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  • That's what we're doing.
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  • Your words build and your words are giving life to people.
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  • So, maybe you say today,
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  • "Bobby, I need a big change in my life."
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  • You want to change your life? Change your words.
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  • You want to succeed in life?
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  • Succeed at becoming a better communicator.
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  • That is exactly right.
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  • If you want to succeed at anything,
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  • improve in your communication.
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  • Let me tell you something, communicating is not
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  • a God-given gift.
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  • Communicating well is something that is learned
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  • and something that you get better at over time.
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  • Many of us say, "Oh, I learned how to speak English
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  • when I was young," or whatever language
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  • it is you're watching today.
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  • Many of us say, "Oh, I learned to speak my mother tongue
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  • when I was young.
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  • I've learned--"
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  • Let me tell you, there's so much nuance to language that you can
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  • always get better at what you say and the way you say it and
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  • you should never, ever stop improving your discipline of how
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  • you can communicate to others.
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  • If you can communicate well to others, you will be a dynamic,
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  • world-changing person, that's because nothing has
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  • more power than words.
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  • Now James is speaking to the church, a lot of people who
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  • study church believe that James was actually a sermon,
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  • not a letter, I don't know.
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  • We speculate.
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  • But in this sermon, James is talking about this very same
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  • thing, the power of the tongue and he says,
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  • "We all stumble in many ways.
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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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  • Do you like that promise?
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  • He says if anyone can control their talking or what they say,
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  • that they're gonna live a perfect life.
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  • That's a pretty profound statement.
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  • "When we put bits in the mouth of horses to make them obey us,
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  • we turn the whole animal.
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  • Or take ships for example, although they are so large and
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  • are driven by such strong winds, they are steered by a very small
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  • rudder wherever the pilot wants it to go."
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  • Your tongue, your words are the very thing that can turn
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  • the ship of your life around.
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  • Such a small part of your life has such a big effect
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  • on the outcome of your living.
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  • Do you believe it?
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  • James says if you can control what you say,
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  • you're never gonna slip up.
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  • Husbands, how many of you believe this, huh?
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  • I can't tell you how many times I have said something
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  • to a friend, or somebody on my staff,
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  • or to Hannah, or to one of my kids
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  • and I'm up all night going, man, I messed up.
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  • He says anyone that can control what they say
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  • never slips up and is perfect.
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  • And then he later says that's
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  • because nobody gets perfect at this.
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  • Nobody ever is 100% good at what they say.
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  • But I think what James is saying is the first thing we need to
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  • reclaim is our fear of words, our respect, I should say,
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  • of words, that we understand the power of words
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  • in the outcome of our lives.
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  • We think that what we feel ends up being what we say, but I
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  • think the Scripture is teaching us that as we adopt new words,
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  • that actually trains our heart.
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  • In other words, even if we feel one way, but speak another way,
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  • our heart will come in line with our mouth,
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  • not the other way around.
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  • If you want to get control of your heart, control of your
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  • emotions, if you want to get control of your life,
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  • if you feel like your life is completely out of control,
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  • get control of your words first.
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  • You do that and everything, I believe, will come in line
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  • over time with the things that you're saying.
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  • You want to train your heart, train your mind,
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  • begin by training your words.
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  • I remember there's this, I like to run sometimes
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  • and I never keep running.
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  • I always fall out of it.
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  • I'm in a running mood right now as you probably know.
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  • I talked about it last week.
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  • And I used to live--in Orange, there's this thing called
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  • Peters Canyon and this hill behind me is called Big Red.
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  • If you live in, you know, Santiago Hills around there,
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  • you might recognize it.
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  • This hill is about a mile into a 5-mile loop and first time I saw
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  • this, a good friend of mine Chris Jenson, he took me
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  • running who is an insane athlete.
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  • And anyway, I have never--I was never able to run up this hill.
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  • It's about probably a quarter mile
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  • and it's more than 45 degrees.
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  • It's like this, you know?
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  • And I've always wanted to be able to run up this hill.
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  • So, even as I started training and every time I would get to
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  • that hill, I would get so close, get halfway, three-quarters
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  • of the way up, and then I'd die.
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  • You know, and I'd just peter out and I couldn't get up.
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  • And I was like, man, I want to get up this hill and for weeks
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  • and weeks I was trying it.
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  • So, one day, I'm at the bookstore and, of course,
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  • I see Joel's new book, "You Can, You Will,"
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  • Joel Osteen, our buddy.
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  • And I was like, that is a good line, you can, you will.
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  • And so it was a like a couple days later I was jogging
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  • and I was already feeling tired and I'm like,
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  • I want to get up this hill.
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  • And I like start getting close to the hill, I'm almost there
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  • I'm like, you can, you will.
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  • I get closer I'm like, you can, you will.
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  • And I start going up the hill, I'm like, you can, you will!
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  • And I start going, like, you can, you will!
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  • And as I wanted to give up, you know, I'm getting farther
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  • and farther up the hill, 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 of the hill, I was like, I did!
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  • I did it! It was so awesome.
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  • And if you know anything about running,
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  • you shouldn't talk when you're running.
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  • It actually takes more energy when you talk,
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  • but let me tell you, words got me up that hill.
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  • Saying, "You can, you will," my heart was on fire.
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  • My legs were burning. My head was pounding.
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  • You know what?
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  • If you've been in sports at all, sometimes the capillaries in
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  • your lungs get so, I forget what the word, but you start to
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  • actually taste the iron from a little bit of blood in your
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  • mouth when you're really-- and I had all that going on.
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  • It was like 100 degrees.
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  • It was brutal and I got up that hill.
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  • I said I could and I did.
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  • Words will get you up the hill.
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  • Words will change your life.
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  • Control your words and you'll control your life.
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  • Have victory in your words,
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  • you'll have victory in your life.
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  • Have victory in what you say and your life will change.
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  • Change your words, change your life.
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  • It's that simple.
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  • And you train your words with the Word of God.
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  • I believe words are like seeds, that when we talk, it's like
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:09.230
  • we're just, reaching into a bag of seeds and just casting them
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  • out all around us, very much like the parable I read last
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  • week, the seed that falls on the road and some that fall--
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  • you know, that's about the Word of God
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  • but I think our words are very much the same way.
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  • And sometimes we're mixing our words.
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  • We have a bag of like wheat and a bag of weeds
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  • and we mix it all together sometimes and we're casting out,
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  • we're throwing out words of faith,
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  • and words of encouragement, and good things
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  • but then we're also throwing out all of this fear,
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  • and anger, and contempt, and victory.
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  • We're just mixing it all together.
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  • And can I just tell you when weeds and grain grow together,
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  • guess what wins?
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  • It's always the weeds.
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  • So, sometimes we have to repent and apologize and even get on
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  • our knees and say, "Lord, I want to get control of what I say
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  • because as I cast seeds in the world around me,
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  • I want to be planting good things.
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  • I want to look back when I get to heaven and when I'm judged,
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  • I want to look back and I want to see an orchard
  • 00:14:09.280 --> 00:14:14.130
  • of good things that grew from the words I said
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  • to my children, to my friends, and even to my enemies.
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  • I want to see that the result of my words was life-giving,
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  • and building, and encouraging, that I gave heart to people
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  • with what I said."
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  • James goes on to say in James chapter 9, "With the tongue we
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  • praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse human beings
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  • who have been made in God's likeness.
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  • 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 both fresh water and saltwater flow
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  • from the same spring?
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  • My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives
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  • or a grapevine bear figs?
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  • Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
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  • James is very bothered by the idea that you can pray
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  • and worship and thank God and then you can go and gossip
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  • about somebody, especially a friend,
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  • that you can sing hymns and ask God to help you,
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  • but then curse the people that you work with or live with.
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:26.270
  • You can say really hurtful cruel things to the people
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  • that need encouraging words for you the most
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  • and it's time to cut it off.
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  • Cut those dead branches off and become the kind of people
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  • that give life-giving, encouraging words,
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  • that we don't have saltwater coming from a fresh fountain.
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  • So, I wrote down 3 things, I can make a list of like 50,
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  • and I might even do that someday, but I wrote 3 things
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  • that's like communicating 101 and if you listen to these
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  • 3 things, I think it's gonna make a world
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  • of difference in your life.
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  • And the first is so important and this leads to the other two,
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  • what you say is not what they necessarily hear.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • How many times have you said something and it just came back
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  • to bite you and you thought you said something nice?
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  • You say to somebody like, "Oh, now I see why people like you.
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  • Oh, you're a lot smarter than I thought.
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  • Wow, you look great today, finally," right?
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  • "I just said something nice to him!"
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  • What you say is not necessarily what people hear.
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  • This is the first thing they teach us in seminary
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  • about when you preach.
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  • So, one of the most important questions you need to ask
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  • when you're communicating something important is not,
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  • "What am I saying?"
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  • As much as, "What are they gonna hear when I say it?"
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  • Okay, rule number two, and this is the most important one,
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  • people not only need to be heard, they need to feel heard.
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  • I remember when Hannah and I were, just before we got married
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  • we went to marriage counseling and the first thing he taught us
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:10.050
  • to do was how to have an argument.
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  • And so, he's like, "You're gonna get in a fight and we're gonna
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:15.270
  • lay some ground rules for when you get in your first fight."
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  • We're like, "We're not gonna fight.
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  • We're in love. Like, she's so beautiful.
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  • I'll agree with everything."
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  • The thing he taught us to do is that when you have an argument
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  • about something, you take turns and the other person doesn't
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  • get to go until they're able to repeat back what
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  • the first person just said.
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  • "I feel like you hurt my feelings."
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  • "Okay, it's my turn."
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  • And it's like, "No, no, no, you have to say it back to me.
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  • You feel like I hurt your feelings."
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  • "Yes."
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  • Only then can you move on and it was actually such great advice
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  • because it's taught us, we're not perfect.
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  • We've actually learned that sitting down and like doing
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:04.070
  • this kind of thing is so important.
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  • Do you feel heard?
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  • And I feel like, no matter who you're talking to,
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  • and even it's not a conflict, if it's somebody who is hurting,
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:14.280
  • feeling hurt is so important to the healing process.
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:18.070
  • I remember when I was in pastoral training
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  • with Jim Coch, Pastor Jim,
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  • I don't know where he is but I remember
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:24.110
  • sitting and there was this group of pastors who were in training
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  • on how to help people who are going through crisis.
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  • And I was, you have to visit people.
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:34.190
  • Pastors are always visiting people in hospitals and talking
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  • to people on the phone about, you know, hurting things.
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:40.280
  • But in this class, you had to write down
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  • your conversation with the person.
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  • So, I'm reading the conversation and I said something like,
  • 00:18:44.270 --> 00:18:48.200
  • I visited somebody in the hospital and I said,
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  • "Oh, have they got an X-ray yet?"
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  • They're like, "No, the X-ray hasn't come yet."
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  • And I said, "Oh, are they gonna do an MRI?"
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  • Like, "No, the MRI hasn't come yet."
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  • And Jim and I'm reading this conversation
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  • and Jim interrupts me and he goes, "Excuse me."
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  • I said, "Yeah." He goes, "Are you a doctor?"
  • 00:19:00.190 --> 00:19:04.090
  • I was like, "Well, not yet." "Are you a doctor?"
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  • I said, "No."
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  • And he goes, "Then why are asking about X-rays,
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:16.070
  • and prescriptions, and surgeries?"
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  • And he's like, "She's really sick and she needs her pastor."
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  • And it was really helpful to me.
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:25.180
  • I was like oh yeah, I'm not a doctor.
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  • I need to just listen, and comfort, and hug,
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  • and pray with my friend instead of trying to fix everything.
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  • Are your words fixing words or are your words healing words?
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  • People are not machines. Machines need fixing.
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  • People need healing.
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  • A friend of mine was--lost a job and I was reading
  • 00:19:47.060 --> 00:19:50.040
  • this conversation and Jim says to me,
  • 00:19:50.050 --> 00:19:52.180
  • "He's just been hit by a train and you're telling him
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:55.050
  • how to fill out an application for a new job.
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:58.250
  • You don't need to do that yet. He's not asking you to do that.
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  • He's asking you to be a loving friend and to comfort him
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  • in a hard time."
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:08.040
  • And you know, I'm so convinced, the reason this is so important,
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:12.230
  • this church is growing and that's a good thing,
  • 00:20:12.240 --> 00:20:14.140
  • but we don't have enough pastors to shepherd this church.
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  • If you've been coming here for a while, it's time
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:20.210
  • that you move from being a parishioner to a pastor.
  • 00:20:20.220 --> 00:20:23.060
  • Anyone in this room can become a pastor today
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  • and so much of it is doing this, becoming a listening,
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  • comforting, life-giving presence.
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.060
  • A pastor is not always a teacher.
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  • A pastor is quintessentially a shepherd,
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  • someone who guards, protects, guides, and heals.
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  • You can be a pastor today if you learn to simply use your words
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  • in a way that heal rather than fix, in a way that creates
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  • rather than tears down, in a way that lifts up
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  • rather than discourages.
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  • Finally, number three, if you have not heard,
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  • you will not be heard.
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  • So, not only does a person have to be heard, they have to feel
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:10.090
  • heard and if they don't feel heard, you will not be heard
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  • and that is where most arguments completely break down
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:16.200
  • is two people talking and not hearing each other.
  • 00:21:16.210 --> 00:21:20.050
  • That is where bad pastoral time breaks down.
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:23.210
  • A pastor or a chaplain tries to fix something and this hurting,
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:29.180
  • suffering person is not being heard,
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:32.140
  • is not, nobody's empathizing.
  • 00:21:32.150 --> 00:21:34.010
  • Nobody is feeling the pain of this person.
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  • So, if you want to be heard, first you have to know
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:38.150
  • that the person you're talking to feels it.
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  • You want to break through with your kids?
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  • Start hearing them and stop talking to them so much.
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  • Start listening and decide, "I am not going to give any advice
  • 00:21:45.240 --> 00:21:49.270
  • or any wisdom to my kids until I know I have heard
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  • and listened to them first."
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  • Doesn't mean you have to agree with them.
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  • Doesn't mean you have to do everything but it does mean they
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:22:00.280
  • need to feel like you have heard them and that you understand
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:04.130
  • where they're coming from.
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  • Until then, just forget it.
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.030
  • And may I add, and this is a bonus,
  • 00:22:08.040 --> 00:22:10.000
  • if you're not an encouraging person,
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:11.290
  • nobody is gonna listen to your so-called wisdom.
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  • If you're not encouraging, if people don't feel like you're
  • 00:22:17.010 --> 00:22:21.080
  • on their side, why would they want your wisdom?
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  • I don't listen to the wisdom of people who are
  • 00:22:25.230 --> 00:22:27.120
  • discouraging and mean-spirited, why?
  • 00:22:27.130 --> 00:22:30.110
  • Because it's hard to trust that person.
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  • It's not hard to think that maybe what they're saying
  • 00:22:32.240 --> 00:22:34.170
  • is out of anger, or spite, or jealousy.
  • 00:22:34.180 --> 00:22:38.110
  • When somebody's encouraging, when you really are convinced
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:42.090
  • this person's on my side, it is so easy to receive
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:45.220
  • the wisdom or the truth that they're giving you.
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:49.010
  • So, you want to break through to your kids,
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:50.270
  • you want to break through to the people you're leading?
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  • You need to begin first by listening
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:56.210
  • and by being encouraging.
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  • And let me encourage you, you're doing better than you think.
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  • Nobody has mastered communication.
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:08.180
  • Nobody has mastered their words. Every day you are growing.
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:13.030
  • You are committing to being a happy
  • 00:23:13.040 --> 00:23:14.190
  • and whole student of Jesus as you follow him.
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:17.170
  • As you commit to this church and all the other disciplines
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:20.050
  • you have in your life, God is gonna form in you
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  • life-giving words, words of faith,
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  • words that sound like you can, you will, words that speak
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  • goodness and miracles into our world.
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:33.010
  • As you improve in your words, you are gonna become
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:35.210
  • so powerful in this world and that thrills me and excites me.
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  • You're doing great!
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  • You're doing much better than you think and keep going.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you for your Word to us.
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  • Thank you that you've given us the Scriptures,
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:52.150
  • and we pray that we our whole lives would come
  • 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:55.010
  • in line with the written Word of God.
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  • And we pray that our lives would come in line with Jesus,
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:24:00.060
  • who is the living Word of God.
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  • And we pray, Father, that we be more like him
  • 00:24:01.250 --> 00:24:03.290
  • in everything we do.
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  • Lord, we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:09.280
  • Bobby: Here's another letter that we got,
  • 00:24:09.290 --> 00:24:11.090
  • thanks to your support.
  • 00:24:11.100 --> 00:24:14.050
  • female: Dear Bobby, at 19 my life collapsed.
  • 00:24:14.060 --> 00:24:17.200
  • I was in an unhealthy relationship with an older man
  • 00:24:17.210 --> 00:24:20.050
  • and then my father died from cancer.
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:22.220
  • They were my darkest days.
  • 00:24:22.230 --> 00:24:24.220
  • I felt paralyzed and apathetic.
  • 00:24:24.230 --> 00:24:27.110
  • When I was at my lowest, my boyfriend started to use me.
  • 00:24:27.120 --> 00:24:30.240
  • He complained about me and in the name of spicing up
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:33.040
  • our relationship, he pressed me to be intimate
  • 00:24:33.050 --> 00:24:35.090
  • 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
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  • for allowing him to 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
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  • and he proposed months later, but still,
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  • 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
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  • but didn't dare pray 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
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  • and lifted the burden of my past.
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  • I still remember tears of relief running down my cheeks
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  • when you said that every sinner has a future
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  • and every saint has a past and that God does not love us
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  • as we should be but just as 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
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  • was fulfilled with the birth of our son Hendrik.
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  • I pray for him every night. 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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  • but one highlight of my Holland trip was getting to meet you
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  • and your husband.
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  • You are brave and we are honored to have you as part
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  • of the "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
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  • But because of you, we're changing the world.
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