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February 12, 2017
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The Ten Commandments: The Golden Rule

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  • Bobby Schuller: Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
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  • All right, friends, this is something we do every Sunday.
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  • Would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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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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  • Amen, you can have a seat.
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  • So today we're talking about "The Narrow Road."
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  • And "The Narrow Road" is a series
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  • on how to be energized and alive.
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  • And so the series that we're in now is a study of these
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  • key teachings that Jesus gave during his life.
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  • And the thing we're gonna talk about today is love,
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  • particularly in the context of what's known
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  • as "the golden rule."
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  • Who can name the golden rule off the top of their hands?
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  • "Do unto others," so famous, right?
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  • "What you'd have them do unto you."
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  • So another way that Jesus would say this is,
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • So this is the golden rule.
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  • And what he says is, "This is the total fulfillment
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  • of my law and command."
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  • Now, I wanna talk a little bit of history
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  • 'cause I find this so fascinating.
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  • This saying, in a way, was a twist on an older saying.
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  • What Jesus said here that's so famous today was actually
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  • shocking because he changed the wording of something that was
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  • already common in his day.
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  • So there's two characters in the Gospels that a lot of people are
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  • unfamiliar with, kind of a villain and a hero.
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  • And any 1st-century reader of the Gospels probably
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  • would have known who these 2 people were.
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  • Their names were Hillel. Everybody say, "Hillel."
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  • Hillel's gonna be on my right. This is Hillel.
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  • Hi, Hillel. Nice to meet you. Hillel the Elder.
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  • And Shimei. Everybody say, "Shimei. Hillel. Shimei."
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  • It's a little bit wimpy.
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  • I'm gonna do it one more time: "Hillel. Shimei."
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  • All right, good.
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  • So, Hillel and Shimei, two educated Jewish men,
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  • both of them major influences on Jewish life today.
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  • And Hillel lived to be 120, the same age as Moses.
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  • He was the leader of the Jewish community and built this
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  • incredible Jewish school upon which today rabbinic
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  • Judaism is built on.
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  • He was one of the major influences of a book called
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  • "The Talmud" and "The Mishnah."
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  • And Hillel the Elder is an incredibly wonderful man.
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  • His contemporary, Shimei, created a different house
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  • called "The House of Shimei."
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  • But they were friends. They were competitors.
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  • But they worked together to build a,
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  • sort of, contemporary,
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  • for their day contemporary, view of Judaism.
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  • And so they were always arguing.
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  • Hillel's view of everything was Judaism is meant to be for the
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  • peace of the world, the shalom of the world.
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  • We're meant to reach out to the world,
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  • to be there for other people.
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  • Shimei said that the purpose of Judaism is holiness,
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  • rightness in the sense of separateness.
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  • And as they both get older, and they both lived to be a pretty
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  • ripe old age, they had these sort of two views.
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  • And they became the main two influencers and leaders of
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  • Jewish thought up until Jesus' day.
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  • Jesus would have been in his teens,
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  • maybe 12 to 18, when Hillel the Elder,
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  • or Hillel the Sage, died.
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  • And would've had a big influence on Jewish life.
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  • And Jesus would have heard many of his sermons and maybe even
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  • met him, which is astonishing.
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  • I'm surprised there's not more writing on that.
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  • And Shimei, who's always disagreeing with Hillel,
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  • takes over after Hillel dies.
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  • The golden rule is not original to Jesus in a way.
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  • It's sort of original to Hillel.
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  • But Hillel's rule we now call
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  • "the silver rule of reciprocity."
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  • And the way that it came about was this, this legend.
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  • Shimei is standing here, and Shimei is all about,
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  • you know, "Do all the Torah right.
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  • Gentiles stay away.
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  • If you're rich, it's 'cause God's blessing you.
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  • If it's poor, it's 'cause God's cursing you."
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  • Hillel says, "No, that's not true.
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  • It's you wanna do, you wanna follow Torah to the T,
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  • but Torah is meant to bring shalom to the world,
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  • to reach out to people, right?
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  • So that's two very different.
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  • One's cut off. One is integrated.
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  • So a Gentile comes to both of them and he says,
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  • "I wanna convert to Judaism.
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  • But before I convert, I want you to explain to me while standing
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  • on one foot," in other words, in a short amount of time,
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  • "the whole Torah."
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  • Shimei rebukes him in an angry way and storms out of the room.
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  • Hillel, however, who's a bit like Yoda from "Star Wars,"
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  • just to give you character, old man, lived to be 120,
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  • looks at the man.
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  • Still rebukes him.
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  • And then says this: "What is hateful for you,
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  • do not do to your fellow.
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  • This is the whole Torah. The rest is the explanation.
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  • Now go and learn."
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  • Okay, this saying that's now in the Talmud
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  • becomes a famous saying in Jesus' day.
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  • So people go around saying,
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  • "Don't do what is hateful to others."
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  • Or in other words, "Cause no harm," the Hippocratic Oath,
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  • for example, that the doctors take, very similar thing.
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  • "Don't hurt people. Don't harm people."
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  • So there's this view that there needs to be,
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  • like, you can keep to yourself.
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  • You can do your own thing. Just don't harm other people.
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  • So when Jesus is then asked how to inherit eternal life,
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  • he says, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • Or in other places he says, instead of saying,
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  • "Don't do to others what you wouldn't want them to do,"
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  • he says what?
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  • "Do. Do unto others what you'd have them do unto you."
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  • So he takes a famous saying and turns it around.
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  • Now, this is a big deal because in Jesus' day,
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  • Hillel has died.
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  • And as Jesus is teaching, very likely Shimei
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  • is the guy in control.
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  • So a lot of the legalistic, angry stuff is coming
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  • from Shimei people.
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  • And there are still some of these Hillel disciples around,
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  • but Shimei's kinda the big dog.
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  • And Jesus sort of takes the place of Hillel
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  • as a counter voice to Shimei. Isn't that interesting?
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  • And what he does, as he always does,
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  • he turns silver to gold.
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  • He takes what Hillel said that was true and good,
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  • "Cause no harm," and turns it to gold,
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  • "Love one another. Reach out to one another.
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  • Reach to others. Don't just segregate.
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  • Go to others. Reach out to other people.
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  • People need you. Don't just isolate yourself.
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  • You need to go to others."
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  • And that is Christian love.
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  • Both Hillel and Jesus were invoking Leviticus chapter 19.
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  • I'm glad you didn't know I was teaching on Leviticus today.
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  • You might not have come to church.
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  • But this is a good one. It's a good one.
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  • It starts with sounding like what Hillel said:
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  • "Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart," right?
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  • Don't hurt anybody.
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  • "Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not
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  • share in their guilt."
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  • Fair enough, keep 'em accountable.
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  • But then it says, "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge
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  • against anyone among your people, but," what?
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • And one time, one Pharisee asked Jesus,
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  • "How can I inherit eternal life?"
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  • And Jesus says to this Pharisee, "Well, what do you say?"
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  • And he says, "Love the Lord with all my heart,
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  • and love my neighbor as myself," something like that.
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  • "Love my neighbor as myself."
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  • And Jesus said, "Do this,
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  • and you will inherit eternal life," right?
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  • Simple enough.
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  • But then the Pharisee won't let it sit.
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  • Well, he says, "Well, who's my neighbor?"
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  • And in response to that question,
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  • Jesus tells the famous story of the good Samaritan.
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  • There's a man dying in the road and a bunch of religious people
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  • just walk around him and forget about him.
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  • But the Samaritan, that is the most unreligious,
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  • one of the most rejected people in the group
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  • in that day, stops.
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  • And he's the one who helps the man.
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  • In other words, it's the Samaritan
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  • who inherits eternal life.
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  • And the Samaritan is your neighbor.
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  • It's your near dweller.
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  • It's not just, it's anyone that's in the 15 feet of space
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  • around you.
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  • So Christian love is about what you do.
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  • It is proactive. It is empathetic.
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  • And it's actually quite simple. It means you care.
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  • Jesus totally, totally epitomizes Christian love
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  • in everything he does.
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  • He's proactive. God comes from heaven to us.
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  • He doesn't wait for us to go to him.
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  • He comes to us.
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  • Jesus said, "You did not choose me. I chose you."
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  • Jesus says, "You're my beloved," huh?
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  • And so God is proactive in his love to us,
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  • and he's empathetic.
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  • Jesus took on himself the nature of a man to know our pain,
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  • to know our suffering.
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  • And the cross, in and of itself, is total proactive,
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  • empathetic love.
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  • It is God knowing our suffering and our sin,
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  • dies to take our place that we can have life,
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  • purging the world of all sin and death
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  • in one great act of courage.
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  • That's Christian love. You wanna know Christian love?
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  • Look at the cross.
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  • Christian love is not easy.
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  • It's not easy to lay down your life for another.
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  • But Jesus says to us,
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  • "No servant is greater than his master.
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  • And I've served you, now go and serve one another."
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  • And that's what Christian love is, amen?
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  • And you're doing it, and I'm proud of you.
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  • See, and that's the thing, is Christian love doesn't walk away
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  • because it gets offended.
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  • Christian love doesn't judge.
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  • It seeks to understand.
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  • Christian love doesn't cut people out because of offense or
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  • anger or disagreement.
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  • The only time it cuts out is when there's boundaries.
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  • So love, so what is love?
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  • What is love?
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  • Anybody else hear it? As soon as I--it echoed.
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  • Sorry, I digress. What is love?
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  • See, I think that's one of the reasons that love can be boring,
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  • is because the answers are so bland
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  • and honestly are hard to understand.
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  • Love is very simple for Christians.
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  • Love means you care about somebody.
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  • It means you care.
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  • I remember once a guy told me a story about how he was caring
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  • for his mom, and he'd been caring for her for years,
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  • and he was beginning to resent her and resent where he was,
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  • and he was getting disappointed.
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  • And I said to him, "But you continue to care for her?"
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  • And he said, "Yeah."
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  • And I said, "Do you say mean things
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  • or do nasty things to her?"
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  • He said, "No, I've always taken care of her."
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  • I'm like, "Then you love your mom.
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  • Love is what you do and what you say.
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  • Love is not what you feel."
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  • And in fact, there's something really courageous about being
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  • faithful to care for someone in spite of the anger,
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  • resentment, exhaustion you might feel in the midst of that.
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  • Can I get an "amen"?
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  • So Christian love is not a feeling.
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  • Christian love doesn't mean you're a doormat.
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  • And Christian love trumps every command in the Bible.
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  • That if what you're doing is not loving,
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  • it's not Christian, because God is love, amen?
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:54.140
  • So Christian love, at its heart, means to care,
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  • particularly for the outcome of the individual.
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  • And Christian love is proactive and empathetic.
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  • And that is you.
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  • You are proactive and empathetic.
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  • You're not reactive. You're not angry.
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  • You're not judgy. And yet, you have principles.
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  • You have boundaries. You speak your mind.
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  • And sometimes you get angry, and that's okay.
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  • That doesn't mean you're not a loving person.
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  • And in fact, loving people sometimes are the most angry
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  • because they refuse to give up on people.
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  • The anger is their passion that they feel
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  • for the people they love.
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  • Can I get an "amen" from angry people?
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  • Amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • We don't wanna be angry, but we don't wanna turn our anger to
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  • shame either, right?
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  • So your love is proactive.
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  • Proactive love means it's brave.
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  • It means that it's not afraid of getting hurt.
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  • It's not afraid of messing up, 'cause it will mess up.
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  • It's not afraid of reaching out.
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  • And whether it's romantic love or friend love or whatever,
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  • whatever kind of love it is, love is brave and it requires
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  • courage because there's so much risk.
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  • We're risking fear of abandonment,
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  • fear of rejection, right?
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  • And so to reach out, to love other people,
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  • to love a stranger, to love someone in need,
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  • it requires courage.
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  • And you are so brave. Your love is brave.
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  • Your love is courageous. Your love is proactive.
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  • And that's a good thing.
  • 00:17:19.220 --> 00:17:21.010
  • An example of this, I remember when there was this girl I was
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  • so into in high school for a long time, many years.
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  • You've probably heard me tell this story.
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  • Her name was Hannah Presley.
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  • And she was dating some guy.
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  • And then she broke up with the guy.
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  • And then I moved away. And then I came back.
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  • And then there was this weird thing where I was,
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  • like, very tepidly, like, not seeking out this girl
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  • 'cause I didn't, you know?
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  • It was like--and then I remember I was like,
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  • "I'm just gonna go for it," right?
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  • "I'm gonna just put all my cards on the table."
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  • And I remember when we were getting to know each other,
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  • I said, "I will come out to your brother's wedding if you give me
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  • either the first dance or the last dance.
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  • And this was, her answer was so great.
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  • She said, "I'll give you both."
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  • Oh-ho-o, yes!
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  • Ba-ba-boom, that's what I'm talkin' about, yeah.
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  • First flight out, Orange County to Tulsa,
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  • Oklahoma, I was at that wedding.
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  • And it was funny because we danced,
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  • and there were other guys who were there.
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  • Aw, there's the picture.
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  • There were other guys there who wanted to dance with her.
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  • And I would kinda stand back and let them,
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  • and they wouldn't ask.
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  • And I feel like so many guys my age in college
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  • have gotten so wimpy.
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  • They don't ask girls to dance.
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  • They don't ask girls for numbers even though they like them.
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  • They don't tell girls they love them 'cause they're scared.
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  • So, if you're a young guy, man up.
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  • Be a man. Girls want men.
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  • Okay, can I get an "amen" from girls?
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  • All right, yeah.
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  • Okay, I don't look like a man there,
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  • but I'm only 18.
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  • So is she. And we weren't even dating.
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  • We were just, happened to be there at the same time and we
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:05.190
  • took this picture together, not knowing we'd be married 3 years
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  • later, 2 years later. Anyway, that's so cute.
  • 00:19:08.050 --> 00:19:11.140
  • So love is brave, right?
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:13.270
  • And whether it's romantic love, or friends,
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  • or loving anyone, it requires courage.
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  • It requires reaching out and doing very often what's
  • 00:19:17.290 --> 00:19:20.110
  • uncomfortable.
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  • Love is brave. It's proactive.
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  • It's not afraid of reaching out.
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  • And that's who you are. I'm so proud of you.
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  • I'm so proud of how brave you've been,
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  • how brave you are.
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  • And I know you're not gonna give up in your search for deep
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  • friendships and your need to care for those who are in need.
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  • I'm so, so proud of you.
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  • I'm so proud of how you've cared for your kids
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  • or those who've needed you.
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  • I'm so proud of you guys.
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  • Love is proactive. That's what Jesus did.
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  • You know, Jesus was the first disciple
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  • that was going to disciples. He was recruiting disciples.
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  • He didn't have 'em come to him like everybody else.
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  • So follow the Spirit. Listen to the Spirit of God.
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  • And if the Holy Spirit nudges you to share your faith with
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  • someone, or to pray with someone,
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  • or to hear from someone, listen to that.
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  • Be brave. Be proactive in your love.
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  • And you are. And I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:20:09.050 --> 00:20:11.030
  • So love is proactive.
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  • And love is empathetic.
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  • Love is empathetic.
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  • Empathy is medicine for the soul.
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  • The word "empathy"
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  • means that "you feel what somebody else feels."
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  • Or it's like you walk in that person's shoes.
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  • You used your imagination to really feel what that person's
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  • feeling and then say how that would feel in your own words.
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:37.020
  • I know I am one of the most enthusiastic guys,
  • 00:20:37.030 --> 00:20:39.240
  • positive guys, you'll ever meet.
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  • But one of the things I had to learn as a pastor--so very
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:44.100
  • often, when people were hurting and they'd come to me,
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  • I'd wanna encourage them out of it.
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  • "Pastor, I'm suffering." And I'd say, "It's okay.
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  • You're gonna be great. Things are gonna be all right."
  • 00:20:50.260 --> 00:20:53.040
  • And sometimes that's good, but a lot of times that feels like
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:56.070
  • rejecting the person's suffering,
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  • or it feels like I'm trying to fix it.
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  • I think if you're an encouraging person,
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:02.030
  • a positive person like me, be encouraging.
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  • Say encouraging things, but do it spontaneously,
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  • not reacting to somebody's suffering.
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  • So always say, "Hey, you look good today."
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.200
  • Or, "I'm thankful for you."
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  • Or, "You're gonna do great in life."
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  • Those are good things to say unless a person says,
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  • "I'm really suffering."
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  • And that's why people feel safe around you.
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:21.070
  • And that's why people are drawn to you.
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  • And that's a very good thing.
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  • Empathy is medicine for the soul.
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  • I remember Hannah and I,
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:29.290
  • you know, our son, Cohen, has gone through a lot.
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:32.020
  • He's doing much better, by the way.
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  • It's been over a year since he's had,
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  • about a year since he's had a seizure, which is great.
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  • And he's a little delayed, which is not great,
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  • but we are happy for that.
  • 00:21:38.210 --> 00:21:42.130
  • But I remember once when he was going through a rough time,
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:45.210
  • and Chad and I were flying to Israel,
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  • and we landed in Newark, New Jersey.
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:51.210
  • And both of our phones, you know,
  • 00:21:51.220 --> 00:21:53.280
  • right when we landed, filled with texts and voice mails that
  • 00:21:53.290 --> 00:21:57.200
  • Cohen had almost died.
  • 00:21:57.210 --> 00:21:59.200
  • So when Hannah found him, she thought he was dead.
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:02.000
  • She had total trauma.
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:03.260
  • She was like, she's still recouping from the pain of that
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:07.110
  • one experience.
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  • Later, the ambulance drivers who took him that time came another
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:12.260
  • time for another seizure, and I've never seen people so happy
  • 00:22:12.270 --> 00:22:16.030
  • to see--they thought he died 'cause they weren't able to,
  • 00:22:16.040 --> 00:22:18.240
  • were having trouble resuscitating him or something
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  • in ambulance.
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  • So it was very serious.
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  • And I sent Chad on to Israel.
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  • He went to lead that group.
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  • And we landed at like 11 or midnight,
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  • something like that.
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:31.290
  • And I was like, "Okay, I have to get back to California."
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:34.230
  • So the airline I was with, United,
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.000
  • is a good airline.
  • 00:22:37.010 --> 00:22:38.220
  • You hear that, United?
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  • Give me some free miles, free miles.
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:47.050
  • So they gave me a free ticket back home,
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:50.170
  • but it was at 5 in the morning.
  • 00:22:50.180 --> 00:22:52.220
  • So I had about 5 or 6 hours, and I decided,
  • 00:22:52.230 --> 00:22:54.190
  • "Okay, I'm gonna try and get some sleep."
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  • The only motel that had a room near the airport,
  • 00:22:56.200 --> 00:23:00.210
  • I went there, it was the jankiest thing.
  • 00:23:00.220 --> 00:23:02.010
  • There was a big pile of trash in the thing.
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  • I'm walking back to my motel room.
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:07.020
  • I walk by this, like, gang of guys walking by who are not
  • 00:23:07.030 --> 00:23:11.000
  • looking at me in a friendly way.
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:13.130
  • My room is under a stairwell.
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  • There's a prostitute smoking on it.
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  • And I go into my room, and like, there's cracks on the walls.
  • 00:23:17.280 --> 00:23:21.130
  • And it's, I don't know if it's clean.
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  • I lay in the bed, and it's just like the worst night of my life,
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.250
  • you know?
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:27.050
  • I don't know if my kid's okay. I don't know if my wife's okay.
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  • I don't sleep at all.
  • 00:23:28.230 --> 00:23:30.140
  • I lay there for about 2 hours and I realize,
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:32.080
  • "It's 3 in the morning. I haven't slept at all.
  • 00:23:32.090 --> 00:23:35.100
  • I just, okay, I'm just gonna go to the airport."
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  • Go back to the airport and I fly home.
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:38.280
  • And my mind is totally on Cohen and Hannah,
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:41.230
  • thinking about them.
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:43.070
  • I walk into the hospital and the first person I see is my
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  • sister-in-law Bonnie.
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  • And she is one of the most loving, serving people.
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  • And she comes up to me and she just gives me this big hug.
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  • And she says something like, "You have been through so much.
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  • You came all the way back, and all the
  • 00:24:00.180 --> 00:24:01.270
  • things you've gone through.
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:03.070
  • I'm so sorry you're going through so much.
  • 00:24:03.080 --> 00:24:05.210
  • I can't imagine what you've been through."
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:07.260
  • And it was weird because, one, I hadn't really thought about how
  • 00:24:07.270 --> 00:24:10.090
  • rough it was for me, even though it was.
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:13.190
  • But when she said that, not only did I recognize that,
  • 00:24:13.200 --> 00:24:15.220
  • but it pulled this, it's weird.
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:19.190
  • It, like, to just have my suffering recognized and hugged
  • 00:24:19.200 --> 00:24:24.000
  • out, it's like it didn't make it better,
  • 00:24:24.010 --> 00:24:26.130
  • but it gave me the strength to carry on and be there for Hannah
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:30.170
  • and Cohen in the way I needed to be.
  • 00:24:30.180 --> 00:24:32.160
  • See, that's what empathy does.
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:34.170
  • Christian love is proactive.
  • 00:24:34.180 --> 00:24:36.190
  • It's empathetic. So don't be afraid.
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  • Don't be afraid to love others.
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  • Don't be afraid to keep boundaries.
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  • Don't be afraid to open your heart
  • 00:24:42.230 --> 00:24:44.090
  • to new people and to love others.
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:47.100
  • God's gonna do a great thing in your life,
  • 00:24:47.110 --> 00:24:49.200
  • in your friendships, in your marriage,
  • 00:24:49.210 --> 00:24:51.140
  • in your relationships.
  • 00:24:51.150 --> 00:24:52.240
  • God's gonna do good things if you keep acting with faith,
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  • empathy, seeking to understand and being proactive.
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  • And that's who you are. I'm so proud of you.
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  • And I love you. Let's pray.
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  • Father, we only love others because you loved us first.
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  • How you've loved us and lavished us with so many blessings.
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  • We are so grateful.
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  • I pray, Lord, that you'd continue to galvanize,
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  • strengthen, reinforce the love that we have for one another.
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  • Help us to love the stranger, to love the enemy,
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  • to love those who persecute us and hate us.
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  • And help us to love our friends, our spouses,
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  • our church members, the people in our life that care for us.
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  • Lord, we thank you that you give us everything we need
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  • to be your loving people.
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  • We love you, God, Jesus' name, amen.
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  • male announcer: God is moving in miraculous ways through
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  • "Hour of Power."
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  • Thanks to our faithful Eagle Partners who provide the
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  • foundational support our ministry needs,
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  • we're able to continue sharing God's love
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  • and dignity with the world.
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  • Please prayerfully consider becoming an Eagle Partner today
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  • with a monthly gift of $50 or a 1-time gift of $600.
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  • As a thank you for your gift, Bobby will send you our recent
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  • book, "Releasing Joy."
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  • This leather-bound, 52-week devotional book features
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  • inspirational Scripture and teachings from Bobby for every
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  • week of the year.
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  • As a Golden Eagle Partner, with your gift of $100 a month or a
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  • 1-time gift of $1200, Bobby will send you a copy of "Releasing
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  • Joy" with your name beautifully embossed on the cover.
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  • Your steadfast support enables our ministry to maintain and
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  • extend its reach around the world.
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  • Call, write, or go online to become an Eagle Partner today.
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  • We are so thankful for you.
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  • Bobby: Hi, friends. Here at Shepherd's Grove
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  • and "Hour of Power," we're passionate about sharing
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  • God's love and dignity with the people in our community,
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  • both here in Orange County and throughout the world.
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  • And we consider you a valuable part of that community.
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  • Today I hope you'll consider joining our mailing list so we
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  • can better encourage and connect with you.
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  • We love you. Now we're rootin' for you.
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  • announcer: To join our mailing list,
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  • please call, write, or go online today.
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  • To thank you for joining, we'll send you back a special bookmark
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  • featuring the creed of the beloved.
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  • We hope it reminds you how much we love and appreciate having
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  • you as part of our community.
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  • Please call, write, or go online today.
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