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January 9, 2017
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How To Be Respected: Be True

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  • Hold your hands out like this as a sign of receiving,
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  • we're going to say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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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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  • Today, we're talking about the ninth commandment.
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  • We're in a series on the Ten Commandments.
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  • And the Ten Commandments are ten steps to godly dignity,
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  • to walking in everything God has called you to be,
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  • and to create a dignified society that respects
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  • one another.
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  • And the Ten Commandments are pretty simple,
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  • it's just rules of protecting the dignity of the individual
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  • to own property, to pay for their own way,
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  • to live life, to leave people alone in many ways.
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  • And man, we are in a time when we need the Ten Commandments.
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  • And today, on the ninth commandment,
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  • which is you shall not give false testimony
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  • against your neighbor.
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  • Now originally, this commandment was given to protect
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  • people from injustice.
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  • So, for example, if somebody accused you of murder,
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  • and then you were hanged, obviously that would be,
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  • you know, the ultimate example of bearing false witness.
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  • But traditionally, now that it's been accepted as pretty much
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  • a blanket statement, don't lie.
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  • And we're going to talk about that today,
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  • what does it mean to just be an honest,
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  • straight shooting person?
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  • And I want to affirm in you that if you are an honest,
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  • genuine, forward--straightforward person,
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  • I just want to affirm that's a very good thing.
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  • And I just want to speak that over you,
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  • that maybe you weren't until you got here today,
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  • but you are going to leave here with the courage to be honest
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  • with people, to be genuine, and to abandon all the people
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  • pleasing, all the fakeness that is such a temptation,
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  • especially in Orange County and LA,
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  • the need to be--the need for approval.
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  • Today, that stops.
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  • You don't need to prove anything to anyone.
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  • And if we were to accomplish anything today,
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  • what a gift that would be.
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  • The gift that would be this, that being honest is just the
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  • best way to live.
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  • That proving--constantly trying to prove things
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  • to others is a trap.
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  • So, I want to begin with this one principle,
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  • and that is this.
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  • Honesty is always better in the long run.
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  • If you can embrace that principle,
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  • you're going to have a free, full life.
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  • I just believe that the more honest you are in life,
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  • the less you try and exaggerate, or wear masks,
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  • or pretend, the freer, more joyful,
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  • more trustworthy you're going to be.
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  • And you are honest, and you are genuine,
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  • and you do speak the truth in love,
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  • and I'm proud of you.
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  • So today, I want to encourage you to speak truth,
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  • speak it in love, to live truly, and be you.
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  • And the more you learn to do that--and it is a skill.
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  • The more you learn to do that and not rely on deception to get
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  • through life, the richer and fuller your life is going to be,
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  • that's a promise.
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  • Maybe you know--think of someone who's,
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  • like, the most honest person you know.
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  • I'll give you a second, the most honest person you know.
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  • Very likely the most honest person you know might be the
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  • most ornery person you know, but they're probably very likeable,
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  • and you'd probably trust them with anybody.
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  • There's something about honest people that,
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  • although they can be rough around the edges,
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  • they're very likeable.
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  • At least they're likeable by you or they wouldn't be your friend.
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  • And compare that person to the most maybe dishonest
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  • person you know.
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  • I had a friend in college who seemed to just want to lie
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  • about everything.
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  • It was so funny, he was the guy that if you asked him a question
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  • about anything, he'd give you an answer even if it wasn't true.
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  • How does a car run?
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  • You know, it runs on tetrohydolitide made from--I
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  • made that word up, but so would he.
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  • So, that's the thing, that's my point.
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  • When you think of the dishonest people,
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  • you either don't trust them, you keep your distance from them,
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  • maybe they're dangerous to know.
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  • Or almost worse, you like feel bad for them.
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  • And I think it's a good place to begin because you're an honest
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  • person, you're a forthright person.
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  • And even though being honest comes at a cost,
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  • it is so worth it.
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  • Jesus teaches us to just simplify your life by just
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  • making your yes yes, and your no no.
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  • You don't have to swear, you don't want to have--you
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  • don't have to promise.
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  • To just be you and not worry about it,
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  • just be you and don't worry about it.
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  • In Jesus' day, in the Sermon on the Mount,
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  • he says, "You've heard that it was said long ago,
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  • 'Do not break your oaths, but keep the oaths you have
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  • made to the Lord.'
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  • But I tell you do not swear at all.
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  • Either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
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  • or by the earth, for it is his footstool;
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  • or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.
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  • Neither shall you swear by your head,
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  • for you cannot make one hair white or black.
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  • Simply let your yes be yes, and your no no.
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  • Anything beyond this comes from the evil one."
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  • And you know it comes from the evil one because when you go
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  • beyond a place of just being yes yes,
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  • and no no, you're in bondage, you're in bondage.
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  • But not you, your chains are broken.
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  • You get to be you today.
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  • All your mistakes, all your flaws,
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  • all your dirty secrets, it's okay because we've all got them,
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  • and we're all messed up.
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  • We are all, all messed up, okay?
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  • We're going to talk about that more--a little bit more today.
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  • But you know, there was a study that was done by Robert Feldman
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  • at the University of Massachusetts,
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  • and he wanted to see how honest people actually were.
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  • So, he did this study, he found out that in an average 10-minute
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  • conversation the average person would lie 3 times.
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  • Every time you have a conversation with someone over
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  • 10 minutes, they've probably lied to you 3 times,
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  • and you've probably lied to them 3 times.
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  • And most people have gotten so used to it,
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  • they don't even notice.
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  • How are you?
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  • I'm fine.
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  • How are your kids?
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  • They are great.
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  • What'd you do yesterday?
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  • You know, and the thing is--so, what was so interesting about
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  • this was, one, just to find out just that people sort of fold
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  • small lies into everyday conversations.
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  • They exaggerate, they change numbers,
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  • they change locations.
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  • And they almost do it intuitively, many people.
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  • And what they're doing is they're managing their ego.
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  • They're managing the way you perceive them.
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  • Ego is your ideal self.
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  • It's the part of you you want people to see.
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  • And so, when you're lying or doing other things,
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  • you're managing ego.
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  • You're wanting to maintain I call it the mannequin,
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  • the fake you, the ideal you, the pristine you,
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  • the beautiful, smart, holy, everything version of you
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  • that's kind of out here.
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  • And this is what you want people to see.
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  • And what was so funny is in this study,
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  • even though people would lie 3 times in a 10-minute
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  • conversation, well, the first question they asked was,
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  • "Are you a liar?"
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  • Nine--and no surprise--let me ask,
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  • who's a liar here, anybody?
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  • You guys, you know what I'm about to say,
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  • you already know.
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  • This is too--97% of people said, "No,
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  • I am not a liar."
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  • But 3% said, "You know, I'm just going to shoot straight with you
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  • this time, I am, I'm a liar."
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  • And here's what's funny,
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  • here's what's funny.
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  • The 3% that admitted to being a liar were 30% more honest
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  • in the study.
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  • Can we just say real quick what that shows me when I read that
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  • and reflected on that is that
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  • very often the people in your life
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  • that have the roughest edges,
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  • that have the most warts, that are the--you know,
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  • may not have it all together actually might be the most
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  • put-together people you know?
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  • Can we just say that all of us as human beings are terrific at
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  • hiding, and deceiving, and wearing masks?
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  • And what I want to say to you today is that when you look on
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  • Facebook and Instagram, or when you compare yourself to your
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  • friends, or your colleagues, or whatever,
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  • things are not going as well as they seem.
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  • And you do not need to compete with your neighbor
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  • with your ego.
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  • The more you lie, the more you deceive,
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  • and the more you put up a fake version of yourself,
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  • the more you're contributing to the overall societal problem of
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  • phoniness that has all of us trapped in deception,
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  • lies, exaggeration.
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  • That's not you, and you know it's not you.
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  • You're a good person, you're an honest person.
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  • And you don't need to hide that secret part of you
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  • because guess what?
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  • That part of you is probably--I believe is more lovable than
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  • the mannequin you're showing everybody.
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  • I just believe that with all my heart.
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  • I believe the true version of you is more likeable
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  • than the one you're trying to show everybody else.
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  • And not even likeable, loveable.
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  • You are loveable.
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  • You are worthy of love and belonging.
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  • You don't need to lie to get out of events.
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  • I'm just going to dramatic pause there.
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  • If you don't want to go somewhere,
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  • just tell someone, "I love you, you're great,
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  • I just don't feel like going. I'm tired right now."
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  • That's so much better than saying something else
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  • has come up.
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  • You don't need to lie to get people to respect you.
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  • You don't need to exaggerate your sales numbers,
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  • or how great your children are doing,
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  • or how great your neighborhood, or your income.
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  • You don't need to do those things.
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  • And especially if you're dating or dating again, just be you.
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  • Be the real you because the thing is vulnerable,
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  • honest, rough around the edges people are way more human than
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  • the perfect mannequins that we so often see
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  • here in Orange County.
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  • I like you just the way you are without all the pretense.
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  • You're doing great.
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  • And that's what makes you so refreshing.
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  • We need more people that courageously and bravely show
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  • their humanness to the world around them,
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  • especially if you're a Christian.
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  • We need more honest, real Christians who are
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  • like the taxpayer, and the woman at the well,
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  • and the prostitute that weeps at people's feet,
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  • and Jesus Christ himself.
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  • And fewer people like the Pharisees,
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  • who put together this fake image before everybody to
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  • show how holy they are.
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  • We need people like you, refreshing,
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  • honest, real human beings.
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  • You don't have to lie, you don't have to hide.
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  • You are worthy of love and belonging,
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  • skeletons in your closet and all.
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  • You are--you are--see, and that's the challenge is
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  • at the heart of all of this is fear.
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  • Fear, one, that I'm going to hurt somebody,
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  • which is, in its root, the ultimate fear that I'll be
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  • abandoned, or that I won't truly have love,
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  • or I won't keep the peace.
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  • All of us have two great needs,
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  • and they both need each other,
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  • they're not mutually exclusive.
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  • The first great need that you have is to be good.
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  • You need to be good because you're made in God's image,
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  • and God is good.
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  • So, you might think that your greatest need is to be happy,
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:14.220
  • or that your greatest need is, for example,
  • 00:12:14.230 --> 00:12:16.030
  • to succeed.
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  • But those are far from it.
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  • Your greatest need is to be good.
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  • Well, to be good and to be loved.
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  • So, this first need, let me explain it.
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  • If I said to you, "Joe, you are not a happy person."
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  • You might say to me, "You know what, you're right.
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  • I want to be happy in life."
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:32.060
  • Or I might say, "Joe, you're not a successful person."
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  • You're like, "I know, I'm going to get there some day."
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  • But if I say, "Joe, you are not a good person."
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  • Well, that's incredibly offensive, hurtful.
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  • How would you respond if somebody looked at you and said,
  • 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:50.000
  • "You are not a good person"?
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  • That's a terrible feeling.
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  • By the way, you are a good person.
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  • I almost want to just buttress that because it's such a
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:12:59.210
  • painful--it would be such a painful thing to hear because
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:02.090
  • it's such a huge need to be good.
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  • And that is why, when we do the things that we know we probably
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  • shouldn't do, we employ the inner attorney,
  • 00:13:09.030 --> 00:13:11.150
  • the inner Saul Goodman that goes to work for us that says like,
  • 00:13:11.160 --> 00:13:14.200
  • "It's all right, everybody's doing it."
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:16.170
  • Or, "It's okay."
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:18.020
  • So, nobody ever goes, "This is evil,
  • 00:13:18.030 --> 00:13:20.050
  • this is wrong.
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  • I'm just going to do it anyway."
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  • I mean, a few people do it, they're called sociopaths,
  • 00:13:22.280 --> 00:13:24.290
  • but most of us, most of us say, "Ah,
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  • I'll do it this one time," or, "it's not so bad."
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:30.100
  • And we ultimately get to work at either fixing it,
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:33.120
  • making it good, or shoving it down and justifying it.
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  • That's because you have an inner need to be good, okay?
  • 00:13:38.020 --> 00:13:40.130
  • So hold that, that's right here, your need to be good.
  • 00:13:40.140 --> 00:13:42.210
  • Here's this other huge, huge need that's even more important
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  • than this need to be good, and that is the need to connect
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  • deeply with others.
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  • It's basically been proved that the greatest human need is to
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:53.140
  • connect deeply with others, or in our faith in Christianity
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:56.110
  • would say to connect deeply with God,
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:58.010
  • and to connect deeply with others.
  • 00:13:58.020 --> 00:14:01.030
  • And sometimes, we think that in order to be loved--and
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:05.160
  • we'll frame that.
  • 00:14:05.170 --> 00:14:06.270
  • We don't usually say loved, but we'll say in order to have
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  • friends, in order to be invited to the party,
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:12.250
  • in order to excel in my job, in order to get my neighbor
  • 00:14:12.260 --> 00:14:16.150
  • to like me, or my colleagues, or my kids,
  • 00:14:16.160 --> 00:14:18.170
  • or my parents, or whatever, we have to violate,
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:23.050
  • in a part, our goodness.
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  • We have to abandon some of the things that make us who we are
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  • in order that we can fit.
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  • You first probably encounter this in high school.
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  • This is all high school is, is kids negotiating between
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  • goodness and love, goodness and being popular, accepted.
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  • If I want to be in this group, I have to dress a certain way,
  • 00:14:40.180 --> 00:14:42.200
  • act a certain way, say certain things.
  • 00:14:42.210 --> 00:14:45.070
  • I remember I could--I thought if I wanted to be in this group of
  • 00:14:45.080 --> 00:14:47.180
  • friends, I've got to cuss.
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:48.280
  • So, I was 14 years old, I learned it, man.
  • 00:14:48.290 --> 00:14:50.190
  • I was good at it.
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  • I was like, "If I just cuss, then I'll be a tough guy,
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:55.060
  • and I'll be in this group," right?
  • 00:14:55.070 --> 00:14:56.280
  • And although those aren't really the things that we wrestle with,
  • 00:14:56.290 --> 00:14:58.290
  • we find ourselves--and maybe it's not always sin,
  • 00:14:59.000 --> 00:15:01.010
  • but we find ourselves creating a hidden version of me so I can be
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:10.120
  • here, be loved, be accepted, be respected.
  • 00:15:10.130 --> 00:15:15.020
  • And can I just say that's very dangerous?
  • 00:15:15.030 --> 00:15:18.140
  • Because what ultimately could happen is that you create a fake
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  • version of yourself.
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  • You've got all these friends, and yet
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  • you feel incredibly lonely.
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  • Why?
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:30.070
  • Because they don't love you, they love your ego.
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  • They love the fake version of you that you've carefully
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:35.070
  • prepared for them.
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  • And can I just say you are much more loveable and likeable than
  • 00:15:37.140 --> 00:15:41.240
  • the fake person you've created?
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  • You are loveable, likeable, and needed just as you are as a
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  • human being, warts and all.
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  • We're all in process.
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  • We are all flawed.
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  • We all have ways that we withdraw,
  • 00:15:58.230 --> 00:16:01.190
  • ways that we hurt others, things we regret,
  • 00:16:01.200 --> 00:16:05.220
  • things we're ashamed of.
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  • And the more open and honest we are about these things,
  • 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:11.280
  • the deeper we go with people.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.120
  • The more we connect with people, the more people will respect
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  • you, and trust you, and love you.
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:18.000
  • And by the way, the more free they will be to be
  • 00:16:18.010 --> 00:16:20.250
  • vulnerable with you.
  • 00:16:20.260 --> 00:16:24.130
  • So, you can let that mask down, and you can let
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  • some of those walls down.
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  • And there are some people in your life you can really
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  • trust with your soul.
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  • You don't need to exaggerate in order to be respected.
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  • You can get rid of your public self,
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  • and show the world your secret self because
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:44.290
  • that's the real you.
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  • And I love that part of you.
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  • So, stop managing your reputation.
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:53.150
  • It doesn't need management.
  • 00:16:53.160 --> 00:16:55.120
  • You know, that's the thing, isn't it?
  • 00:16:55.130 --> 00:16:58.160
  • So often, a lot of the deception that we show to the world
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:02.150
  • is in need--we think our reputation needs,
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:05.180
  • well, a bit of work, and it needs some management.
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  • But can I tell you there's nothing worse than your--for
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.170
  • your reputation than being caught in a lie.
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  • And that's why being honest, being truly you is always
  • 00:17:14.240 --> 00:17:20.190
  • better in the long run.
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  • It's always better in the long run.
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  • Friends, it's pay now or pay later,
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  • but you're going to pay.
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  • Pay now, get it out of the way, be you,
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  • and be free.
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  • Be you, and then you'll really feel love.
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:37.020
  • Be you, and then you'll really grow into holiness.
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  • Be you, and you'll help others show all their struggles and
  • 00:17:40.080 --> 00:17:44.260
  • things too, and then you won't feel so alone anymore.
  • 00:17:44.270 --> 00:17:48.240
  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Okay, fine.
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:51.210
  • There are a lot of challenges to this idea of an honest life,
  • 00:17:53.160 --> 00:17:56.280
  • of being forthright, or speaking truly,
  • 00:17:56.290 --> 00:17:59.140
  • of shooting straight with people.
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  • Always gently, always kindly.
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  • But here's some question you might be asking.
  • 00:18:03.170 --> 00:18:05.150
  • You might be saying, "Pastor Bobby,
  • 00:18:05.160 --> 00:18:07.000
  • people will abandon me.
  • 00:18:07.010 --> 00:18:10.140
  • People see the true me, people will abandon me."
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:15.090
  • Can I just say I would rather be truly loved by 1 person than be
  • 00:18:15.100 --> 00:18:21.280
  • falsely loved by 1.000?
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:27.060
  • If people love a public, fake version of you,
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:32.050
  • you already know it's not you, it's a mannequin.
  • 00:18:32.060 --> 00:18:39.120
  • And I promise you most of the people in your life,
  • 00:18:39.130 --> 00:18:44.010
  • if you shoot straight with them about the hidden things in your
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:47.200
  • life, they will love you and respect you more,
  • 00:18:47.210 --> 00:18:52.200
  • and you won't feel so lonely.
  • 00:18:52.210 --> 00:18:57.150
  • That's why the gospel is so powerful.
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:19:00.190
  • We're all sinners, and we all deserve grace.
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:05.040
  • We don't deserve it, but we sure get it.
  • 00:19:05.050 --> 00:19:07.170
  • And that's what's so, so great about the gospel.
  • 00:19:07.180 --> 00:19:11.140
  • The more honest and vulnerable you are about the things you're
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:14.240
  • ashamed of in your life, the more love you'll feel,
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:20.230
  • the more you'll grow into the image of Christ,
  • 00:19:20.240 --> 00:19:23.190
  • and the more you'll learn to even treat yourself
  • 00:19:23.200 --> 00:19:26.090
  • with respect.
  • 00:19:26.100 --> 00:19:27.190
  • And you deserve respect just as you are, right?
  • 00:19:27.200 --> 00:19:31.020
  • Just as you are.
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  • It's not when you get everything right,
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:34.170
  • when you get your life all put together that you're truly a
  • 00:19:34.180 --> 00:19:37.090
  • Christian, or that you're truly loved by God.
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:39.100
  • You're loved right now just as you are,
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:42.180
  • warts and all.
  • 00:19:42.190 --> 00:19:44.050
  • Friends, God sees the deepest parts of your life.
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:47.200
  • All that hidden stuff, he sees all those things,
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:50.060
  • and he thinks you're terrific.
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:52.210
  • He's told me so right here.
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  • And I do too.
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  • I am on your side 100%, and so is every single person
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:20:01.140
  • in this church.
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  • You need to know that no matter what it is that you're going
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:07.010
  • through, a lot of people aren't going to help you
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:10.040
  • carry that burden.
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:11.220
  • There are some people in this world that are going to feel
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:13.150
  • closer to you and want to walk alongside of you.
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:18.130
  • So yeah, some people will abandon you,
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:21.110
  • but maybe that's okay.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.200
  • Maybe it's okay if some of those people abandon you.
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:27.200
  • Maybe you were already abandoned.
  • 00:20:27.210 --> 00:20:29.200
  • So, I think it's better to be truly loved by 1 person
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:35.080
  • than falsely loved by 1.000, as I said.
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  • Can I just say I don't think this is a sin,
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:41.240
  • but I do think there is a danger in chasing people?
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:46.270
  • I think that if they're--sometimes in life,
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.200
  • you know, there's certain people in our lives,
  • 00:20:48.210 --> 00:20:50.000
  • we're like, "Oh, I want them to be my friend," or,
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:51.190
  • "I want them to be in my life."
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:54.280
  • It's totally fine to reach out to those people,
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:56.170
  • but to sort of begin to chase after a person
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:21:00.100
  • I think is dangerous.
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:01.210
  • And the danger is when we pursue that person,
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:05.140
  • we feel as though, as I am, I'm probably not good enough
  • 00:21:05.150 --> 00:21:09.080
  • to be their friend, so let me put, like,
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:11.150
  • my best foot forward.
  • 00:21:11.160 --> 00:21:13.000
  • And what that means is let me bend the rules,
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:14.250
  • be a little fake, a little phony,
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:16.160
  • say I have certain hobbies I don't really have,
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:19.010
  • wear certain clothes I don't always wear,
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:20.250
  • talk a certain--talk a way I don't always talk.
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  • There's a danger in pursuing people.
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  • Friends, the best thing to do is to be truly you,
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:27.290
  • to be you, and to work on you, and to invest in you.
  • 00:21:28.000 --> 00:21:32.220
  • And do that, and the right people will come into your life,
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:35.080
  • and the wrong people will go.
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  • Work on becoming like Christ.
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  • Make a life that comes in line with the Word of God,
  • 00:21:40.180 --> 00:21:44.160
  • and just be you, and be honest.
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:47.260
  • And don't chase after people, and chase
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:49.200
  • after special relationships.
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:51.080
  • Just be you, and the right people will come into your life.
  • 00:21:51.090 --> 00:21:54.140
  • Because the real you is the best you,
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:56.090
  • it really is.
  • 00:21:56.100 --> 00:21:57.190
  • And the only way to connect
  • 00:21:57.200 --> 00:22:00.070
  • deeply with others is to be seen deeply.
  • 00:22:00.080 --> 00:22:05.120
  • The more people know and see into your life,
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:07.190
  • and the more you let them see into your life,
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:08.290
  • and the more they let you see into their lives,
  • 00:22:09.000 --> 00:22:11.240
  • the closer you are to that person.
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:14.190
  • That's why we'll always be closest to God because
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:17.230
  • he sees into our heart.
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:20.040
  • And I guess when we pray and we ask for heaven on earth,
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:22.120
  • in part that's what we're asking for is to create a community of
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:25.140
  • people who can just be themselves around each other,
  • 00:22:25.150 --> 00:22:29.100
  • and not hide anything, and what freedom there is in that.
  • 00:22:29.110 --> 00:22:33.130
  • You're a very lovely person, and you're doing a lot,
  • 00:22:33.140 --> 00:22:37.210
  • a lot better than you think.
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  • You're so loved by God and by me.
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  • I love you so much, and so does this church.
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  • You don't have to pretend.
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  • You can walk every day in grace.
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  • So, you are true.
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  • So, be true and stay true.
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  • Speak the truth,
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  • be true in everything you do, and you will be free.
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  • That's a promise.
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  • But you have to make a decision right now.
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  • You can't think about it, this is not an intellectual exercise.
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  • I am challenging you that today, before God and this church,
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  • you say in your heart, "I make a decision I'm going
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  • to be more honest."
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  • And that's between you and God, but I want you
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  • to think about that.
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  • Can I make a covenant with God that I'm going to be honest in
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  • my speech, honest in my life, that I'm going to really be me?
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  • I want to challenge you, be you, and watch as you start to go
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  • deeper with people as you stop needing all the things that you
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  • needed before that are not good for you.
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  • Watch as your life comes to life because you
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  • don't have to pretend.
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  • You don't have to withdraw so much.
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  • Have the courage to be you just as you are,
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  • and the truth will set you free, amen.
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  • Bobby: "Hour of Power" is passionate about bringing
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  • dignity and discipleship to hurting people
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  • all around the world.
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  • As we're getting close to 2017, we're dreaming about
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  • the big things we can do.
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  • And the more support we get, the more we're going to be
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  • able to accomplish.
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  • Would you consider making a year-end gift to this ministry?
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  • It would mean the world to me.
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  • Remember as always, God loves you,
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  • and so do we.
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  • Robert Dyer: My mother was diagnosed with cancer,
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  • and we could no longer go to church together.
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  • One Sunday while channel surfing,
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  • I found "Hour of Power."
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  • From that day forward, we never missed a service together.
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  • Before my mother passed, we looked forward to
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  • "Hour of Power" all week long.
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  • On Sunday mornings, we greeted each other with excitement,
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  • saying, "We get to go to church today."
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  • A doctor told her she had 2 months to live,
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  • but due to the nourishment of her faith through prayer and
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  • watching "Hour of Power," God decided that she was to live for
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  • another 26 months.
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  • Praise God.
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  • "Hour of Power" provided us with the opportunity to attend church
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  • when we needed it most, but were unable to go out.
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  • I still look forward to watching "Hour of Power" each week with
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  • the same eagerness as I did when my mother was here.
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  • I can still feel her holding my hand and saying,
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  • "God loves you, and so do I."
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  • God bless you and everyone there.
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  • Sincerely, Robert Dyer.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Robert, your letter really touched me,
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  • and I just hope that someday, I'll have that same relationship
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  • with my son that I could sit there and hold his hand,
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  • and we could worship God together.
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  • I want to say that's just a beautiful thing that you
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  • had with your mom.
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  • Bobby: We tell these stories because we want you to know when
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  • you give to "Hour of Power," you're not giving to us,
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  • to me and Hannah, you're giving to guys like Robert and his mom,
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  • people many times who can't even go to church,
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  • and some people who maybe they feel burned by church,
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  • and just can't muster up the energy to go
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  • back in the building.
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  • Or people who are going through time of despair,
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  • and we are there to encourage them.
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  • And it's your support that makes that possible.
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  • And something like an Eagle's donor,
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  • or somebody who gives as like a monthly thing and says,
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  • "You know, 'Hour of Power,' we're going to be behind you
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  • every single month," that makes all the difference to us because
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  • it helps us know how much we can do,
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  • and it helps us to be wise and prudent with our money.
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  • So, it's all of you who continue to support us,
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  • we are so thankful, and we want you to know that you are making
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  • a difference in the world through your generosity.
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  • male announcer: This week, when you give to our ministry,
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  • we want to say a small thank you.
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  • So, for any gift of $75 or more, we will send you this
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  • "I am the beloved of God" blanket.
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  • Whether a gift or a keepsake, let it remind you that you
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  • are truly loved just as you are.
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  • Your donations are what bring "Hour of Power" into the
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  • hospitals, prisons, and homes of people all around the world.
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  • So, thank you for your support.
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