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January 8, 2017
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It's Time to Come Together

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  • - Brian Houston:
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  • Well, hi there,
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  • I'm Brian Houston.
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  • Bobbie, my wife, and I, we're
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  • the pastors of Hillsong Church.
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  • We're so blessed to have
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  • the opportunity to reach people
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  • just like you with worship,
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  • with great, great teaching, with
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  • so many things that relate to
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  • making us all closer to Jesus.
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  • I know God has got a future and
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  • he's got a plan in your life.
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  • Well, today's program
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  • is coming to you right from
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  • Manhattan in New York City.
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  • I pray as you watch the program
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  • and hear biblical teaching,
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  • you'll be inspired
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  • and encouraged.
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  • - Carl Lentz: Hey,
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  • Hillsong Channel family.
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  • I'm so glad that you have taken
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  • the time to watch our program
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  • ever.
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  • And I pray it's a blessing.
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  • I've heard a lot of really cool
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  • reports of people from different
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  • walks of life who maybe can't
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  • come to church, but they can
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  • check out the show.
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  • So, huge shout out
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  • to anybody who's watching this
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  • from a prison or a correctional
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  • facility, we love you,
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  • we're praying for you,
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  • and anybody else.
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  • This message today is
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  • an important one I feel like
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  • for our church, and I pray
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  • it's a blessing to you.
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  • And we'd like to thank
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  • Craig Groeschel
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  • in particular,
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  • who pastors Life Church,
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  • small little thing in Oklahoma,
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  • who is a great friend of mine.
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  • And he gave me advice
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  • on a really special topic
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  • that I pray it's a blessing.
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  • So, the whole concept is about
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  • gathering unity that I think
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  • it's time to come together.
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  • So, I pray you check it out, get
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  • something out of it, and think
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  • about who in your life you can
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  • maybe search for peace with as
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  • opposed to getting pulled apart.
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  • So, check it out and
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  • get your popcorn ready.
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  • And tweet about it
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  • if you like it.
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  • I'm just kidding,
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  • you don't have to,
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  • @carllentznyc.
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  • - Carl: I want to preach today
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  • something a little bit maybe
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  • different in some ways.
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  • There are going to be moments
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  • in this message where you're not
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  • going to shout me down.
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  • And I'm going to speak directly
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  • to some issues in our culture
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  • 'cause I haven't preached
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  • in about 3 or 4 weeks, and there
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  • was a little thing that happened
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  • a couple weeks ago in culture
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  • that I feel like it's our duty
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  • as a church to address somewhat.
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  • And somebody said to me
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  • the other day,
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  • "When are you going to stop,
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  • you know,
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  • talking about politics?
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  • I mean, it's Christmas time,
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  • so surely you can get off
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  • the racism thing."
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  • And I thought,
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  • "That right there
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  • is the problem."
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  • And I'm going to preach today
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  • something I saw in my heart.
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  • And this is more
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  • of a family church message.
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  • If this is your home church,
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  • this is for you.
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  • If you're visiting,
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  • it can be for you.
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  • But I really feel like God's
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  • put something on my heart.
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  • I'm just going to open it up.
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  • It might be a series,
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  • it might not be.
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  • But I'll tell you one thing
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  • I'm going to do, I'm going
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  • to preach it, and you can
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  • definitely be engaged.
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  • If you're new or visiting,
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  • we don't believe you get any
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  • points for looking miserable.
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  • I don't know what kind of church
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  • you came from where they told
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  • you you can't enjoy Jesus,
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  • you can't enjoy church.
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  • Around here, we're okay
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  • with that, so you can smile.
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  • You can even, like,
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  • make the preacher feel like you
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  • actually like being in church.
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  • Yeah, there it is.
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  • Do single people come
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  • to the 10:00 a.m.?
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  • All right, I love you all.
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  • We're going to start doing all
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  • kinds of stuff for our amazing
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  • single fellows and ladies
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  • in this church
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  • in this next chapter.
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  • We're going to do mixers.
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  • Is that still a word?
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  • A mixer, we're going to do speed
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  • dating, Christian speed dating.
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  • You have to give your five
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  • favorite Bible verses and go,
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  • and see who you connect with.
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  • "Ephesians 3:20, you too?"
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  • It's going to be great.
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  • I've called this message,
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  • write it down if you feel led--
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  • there are no notes because
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  • I just finished it myself.
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  • And the rest of the services
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  • might get some notes.
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  • And they're also going to hear
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  • Josh Kimes later as well.
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  • Josh, I love you.
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  • I've called this message,
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  • "It's Time to Come Together."
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  • If you need a different title
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  • and you like Australians,
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  • you can call this message,
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  • "It's Time to Come Together."
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  • It's time to come together.
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  • I love things that create unity.
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  • That's why sometimes I love
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  • the holidays in general, but
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  • I like moments in culture where
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  • we get to come together,
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  • and we get to hang out.
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  • It's why I love Thanksgiving.
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  • I think we just spent so much
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  • time lately just sitting there
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  • looking at people we rarely see
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  • that I just was reminded
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  • that I'm such a holiday guy.
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  • Anybody else love the holidays?
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  • I love Thanksgiving.
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  • I wish we had more.
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  • There are other countries
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  • who have more holidays.
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  • I don't know how we get
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  • on that track, but we need
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  • to have a vote for that.
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  • But I was thinking every year
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  • when we land on Christmas time
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  • and I guess we're there,
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  • Black Friday actually happened.
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  • There were people who were
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  • dying out there on those sales,
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  • so be careful, y'all.
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  • Nothing is worth your life
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  • going into a mall
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  • with some ratchet crazy people,
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  • so watch your back.
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  • But every Christmas, I'm always
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  • reminded the same thing, that
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  • because of this moment in the
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  • calendar, so many people change
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  • the way they live, and the way
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  • they act, and the way they treat
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  • other people, and the amount
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  • of people they invite
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  • into their lives because,
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  • after all, it's Christmas time.
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  • How many times have you heard
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  • people say that
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  • "Well, it's Christmas time"?
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  • We're nicer, we're kinder.
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  • We let people cut us only
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  • in this moment in the counter
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  • 'cause, after all,
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  • it's Christmas.
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  • We give a little bit more money
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  • because, after all,
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  • it's Christmas.
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  • We hang out with people we would
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  • never allow in our lives
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  • because, at the end of the day,
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  • Uncle Johnny, he's family,
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  • and it's only once a year.
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  • It's Christmas, come on in.
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  • We reach out to people because
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  • that's what the calendar tells
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  • us to do, so we do really
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  • awesome personal things like
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  • send out mass texts.
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  • And nothing says,
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  • "You're special and I love you"
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  • like a text
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  • that 100 other people got.
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  • You can miss me with the mass
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  • texts this year, please, and a
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  • little turkey leg, and a little
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  • Santa emoticon, just keep it.
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  • If it's not for me,
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  • I don't want it.
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  • I don't want the same text
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  • everybody else got.
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  • But we do things like this
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  • because it's Christmas time.
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  • And then what happens is
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  • the moment the calendar changes,
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  • we go back to living
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  • our normal lives.
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  • And it's funny to me that
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  • Christmas time kind of for me
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  • represents how Christians
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  • should be living all the time.
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  • This cannot be a seasonal thing,
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  • where we only come together
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  • because the calendar told us to.
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  • Joy is not seasonal.
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  • Compassion is not seasonal.
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  • Reaching out to people who
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  • we kind of don't like,
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  • like our family,
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  • this is not seasonal.
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  • We need to get to the point
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  • where Christmas time is not that
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  • much different than any other
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  • time because the things that the
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  • culture loves about Christmas,
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  • why they love it and they don't
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  • even know it, is because it's
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  • the closest they can ever get to
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  • actually living like Jesus
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  • told us to live.
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  • Oh, come on.
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  • You can clap and shout
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  • if you want.
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  • I mean, sheesh,
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  • it's Christmas time after all.
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  • I grew up in a house where my
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  • family, I feel like my mom and
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  • dad did a great job of living
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  • like this all the time.
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  • And they just came and had
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  • a Thanksgiving with us and drove
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  • back, and my dad was reminding
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  • me that we always used to bring
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  • stragglers to every dinner.
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  • Not just Thanksgiving 'cause it
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  • was a part of, like,
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  • the Lentz family,
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  • where we were going to look out
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  • for people.
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  • And he said one Thanksgiving,
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  • I was actually late to our own
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  • Thanksgiving, and I told my dad
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  • I got some friends coming over.
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  • And I walked into the house,
  • 00:07:08.200 --> 00:07:09.270
  • and they were, like,
  • 00:07:09.270 --> 00:07:11.230
  • these dudes at our table.
  • 00:07:11.230 --> 00:07:13.220
  • And my dad was like,
  • 00:07:13.220 --> 00:07:14.100
  • "Carl, your friends are here."
  • 00:07:14.100 --> 00:07:15.040
  • I'm like,
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  • "Dad, those aren't my friends."
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  • Remember talking to one of
  • 00:07:18.190 --> 00:07:19.100
  • the guys, he's like,
  • 00:07:19.100 --> 00:07:19.270
  • "Yeah, I think we're
  • 00:07:19.270 --> 00:07:20.220
  • at the wrong house, man,
  • 00:07:20.220 --> 00:07:21.180
  • but this place is awesome, man.
  • 00:07:21.180 --> 00:07:23.010
  • The people are so cool."
  • 00:07:23.010 --> 00:07:25.170
  • And my dad says,
  • 00:07:25.170 --> 00:07:26.040
  • "Come on in,
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  • here's a seat for you."
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  • I want to live that kind of life
  • 00:07:27.200 --> 00:07:28.280
  • as a Christian, where it's
  • 00:07:28.280 --> 00:07:30.120
  • always time to come together,
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  • not just moments.
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  • How about you?
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  • Are you living a life that is
  • 00:07:35.180 --> 00:07:36.150
  • promoting unity?
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  • Are you waiting for December 25
  • 00:07:38.110 --> 00:07:40.100
  • to show up on your calendar
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  • to actually think about other
  • 00:07:41.150 --> 00:07:42.270
  • people and help other people
  • 00:07:42.270 --> 00:07:44.100
  • like Secret Santa?
  • 00:07:44.140 --> 00:07:47.140
  • That concept is awesome,
  • 00:07:47.140 --> 00:07:48.190
  • but that's also called
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  • the giving God requires give
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  • to people without any hope
  • 00:07:51.020 --> 00:07:52.090
  • of getting credit or return.
  • 00:07:52.270 --> 00:07:55.270
  • I'm going to throw this one note
  • 00:07:55.270 --> 00:07:56.280
  • at you, can you write this down?
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  • Look at somebody and say,
  • 00:07:59.100 --> 00:07:59.260
  • "It's time to come together."
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  • And then look back at them
  • 00:08:02.040 --> 00:08:02.200
  • and say,
  • 00:08:02.200 --> 00:08:03.050
  • "Then buy me lunch then,
  • 00:08:03.050 --> 00:08:03.290
  • let's do this.
  • 00:08:03.290 --> 00:08:04.220
  • Come together, you get the bill,
  • 00:08:04.220 --> 00:08:05.160
  • though."
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  • In a time where unity is needed,
  • 00:08:07.270 --> 00:08:10.270
  • beware of the effects
  • 00:08:10.270 --> 00:08:12.160
  • of a culture that is designed
  • 00:08:12.160 --> 00:08:14.170
  • to pull us apart.
  • 00:08:16.010 --> 00:08:19.010
  • Look at somebody one more time
  • 00:08:19.010 --> 00:08:19.250
  • and say,
  • 00:08:19.250 --> 00:08:20.160
  • "Unity," U-N-I-T-Y.
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  • Who sang that?
  • 00:08:28.200 --> 00:08:31.200
  • U-N-I-T-Y.
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  • Everything outside
  • 00:08:34.260 --> 00:08:35.260
  • of God's plan--
  • 00:08:35.260 --> 00:08:37.240
  • Wellmont was probably
  • 00:08:37.240 --> 00:08:38.100
  • rocking with that, by the way.
  • 00:08:38.100 --> 00:08:39.090
  • Would have be like, "U-N-I-T-Y."
  • 00:08:39.090 --> 00:08:42.000
  • Everything outside
  • 00:08:42.000 --> 00:08:42.280
  • of God's plan, by the way,
  • 00:08:42.280 --> 00:08:45.080
  • is inherently flawed.
  • 00:08:45.080 --> 00:08:47.230
  • So, God's kingdom is special,
  • 00:08:47.230 --> 00:08:49.140
  • his principles are special,
  • 00:08:49.140 --> 00:08:50.180
  • but anything outside of that,
  • 00:08:50.180 --> 00:08:52.110
  • it's leading people to things
  • 00:08:52.110 --> 00:08:53.290
  • that pull them away from unity:
  • 00:08:53.290 --> 00:08:55.230
  • selfish ambition, sin,
  • 00:08:55.230 --> 00:08:58.010
  • things that have nothing to do
  • 00:08:58.010 --> 00:08:59.080
  • with God.
  • 00:08:59.080 --> 00:09:00.060
  • So, when you step into the world
  • 00:09:00.060 --> 00:09:01.180
  • as a Christian, you need to be
  • 00:09:01.180 --> 00:09:02.280
  • aware that there are going to be
  • 00:09:02.280 --> 00:09:04.110
  • some effects of a culture where
  • 00:09:04.110 --> 00:09:06.180
  • everything outside of God's
  • 00:09:06.180 --> 00:09:08.120
  • principle is designed to pull
  • 00:09:08.120 --> 00:09:10.150
  • you apart from people because
  • 00:09:10.150 --> 00:09:11.210
  • the devil knows,
  • 00:09:11.210 --> 00:09:12.280
  • "If I can separate humanity,
  • 00:09:12.280 --> 00:09:14.130
  • and if I can get people away
  • 00:09:14.130 --> 00:09:15.240
  • and fighting
  • 00:09:15.240 --> 00:09:16.160
  • within themselves,
  • 00:09:16.160 --> 00:09:17.170
  • there's no way they're
  • 00:09:17.170 --> 00:09:18.060
  • ever going to see Jesus."
  • 00:09:18.060 --> 00:09:19.070
  • And you need to be careful that
  • 00:09:19.070 --> 00:09:20.250
  • the effects of this negative,
  • 00:09:20.250 --> 00:09:22.150
  • nasty, cynical, toxic culture
  • 00:09:22.190 --> 00:09:25.190
  • has not affected your ability
  • 00:09:25.190 --> 00:09:27.130
  • to believe for unity
  • 00:09:27.130 --> 00:09:28.270
  • in your lifetime.
  • 00:09:28.270 --> 00:09:30.250
  • And I'll just throw this out
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  • there--thank you for clapping
  • 00:09:31.170 --> 00:09:32.120
  • down there, I love it.
  • 00:09:32.120 --> 00:09:33.050
  • But I'll tell you this,
  • 00:09:33.050 --> 00:09:34.020
  • here's the obvious.
  • 00:09:34.020 --> 00:09:36.150
  • You know, we just elected
  • 00:09:36.150 --> 00:09:38.080
  • our 45th president.
  • 00:09:38.080 --> 00:09:40.070
  • And we don't need any cheering
  • 00:09:40.070 --> 00:09:42.010
  • or booing just for a moment, but
  • 00:09:42.060 --> 00:09:45.060
  • I don't remember a time in our
  • 00:09:45.060 --> 00:09:46.170
  • country--I mean, I'm only 38,
  • 00:09:46.170 --> 00:09:48.040
  • but still I don't remember ever
  • 00:09:48.040 --> 00:09:49.230
  • our country being as overtly
  • 00:09:49.230 --> 00:09:52.160
  • divided as it is right now.
  • 00:09:52.160 --> 00:09:55.010
  • Not just for people in the
  • 00:09:55.010 --> 00:09:55.250
  • world, people up in the church,
  • 00:09:55.250 --> 00:09:58.120
  • Christian on Christian crime.
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:10:00.280
  • On one hand, you have people
  • 00:10:00.280 --> 00:10:02.180
  • in our country who claim to be
  • 00:10:02.180 --> 00:10:03.270
  • Christians, and they claim to
  • 00:10:03.270 --> 00:10:05.080
  • love Jesus, and they are happy
  • 00:10:05.080 --> 00:10:07.210
  • about who's been elected,
  • 00:10:07.210 --> 00:10:09.090
  • and they say it's God's choice
  • 00:10:09.090 --> 00:10:10.290
  • literally.
  • 00:10:10.290 --> 00:10:11.180
  • "This is who God put in office,
  • 00:10:11.180 --> 00:10:13.110
  • and I couldn't be happier.
  • 00:10:13.110 --> 00:10:14.200
  • Finally, there's going to be
  • 00:10:14.200 --> 00:10:15.190
  • somebody who's going to promote
  • 00:10:15.190 --> 00:10:16.280
  • some conservative values again.
  • 00:10:16.280 --> 00:10:18.220
  • He's going to make America
  • 00:10:18.220 --> 00:10:19.170
  • great again."
  • 00:10:19.170 --> 00:10:20.140
  • So, we have that faction.
  • 00:10:20.140 --> 00:10:22.000
  • And then the other faction,
  • 00:10:22.000 --> 00:10:23.110
  • people who are Christians,
  • 00:10:23.110 --> 00:10:24.150
  • people who claim to love Jesus
  • 00:10:24.150 --> 00:10:26.030
  • are on the antithesis
  • 00:10:26.030 --> 00:10:27.270
  • of that view.
  • 00:10:27.270 --> 00:10:28.240
  • They're saying,
  • 00:10:28.240 --> 00:10:29.100
  • "Our country elected
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:30.120
  • a man that's been known to be
  • 00:10:30.120 --> 00:10:31.270
  • a bigot, that's been associated
  • 00:10:31.270 --> 00:10:33.060
  • with sexual assault
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:34.200
  • and verbal stuff,
  • 00:10:34.200 --> 00:10:35.230
  • and misogynistic behavior,
  • 00:10:35.230 --> 00:10:37.140
  • and X, Y, and Z."
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:38.200
  • And they're sitting
  • 00:10:38.200 --> 00:10:39.070
  • their frustrated, looking across
  • 00:10:39.070 --> 00:10:40.140
  • the aisle going,
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:41.180
  • "How could you believe
  • 00:10:41.180 --> 00:10:43.050
  • what you believe when we got
  • 00:10:43.050 --> 00:10:44.100
  • these other people looking
  • 00:10:44.100 --> 00:10:45.080
  • back at them saying
  • 00:10:45.080 --> 00:10:46.020
  • 'How could you believe
  • 00:10:46.020 --> 00:10:47.100
  • what you believe?'"
  • 00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:48.140
  • So, even in church, we have
  • 00:10:48.140 --> 00:10:49.280
  • people staring at each other
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:51.220
  • going, "Unity?
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:53.270
  • Come together with you?"
  • 00:10:55.070 --> 00:10:58.070
  • Which leaves me to this
  • 00:10:58.070 --> 00:10:59.000
  • statement right here,
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:10:59.220
  • write it down.
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  • Regardless of who holds
  • 00:11:00.170 --> 00:11:02.120
  • the office,
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:03.280
  • God still holds the future.
  • 00:11:03.280 --> 00:11:06.110
  • And in this we have hope.
  • 00:11:07.090 --> 00:11:10.090
  • Oh, we're going to come together
  • 00:11:10.090 --> 00:11:11.080
  • whether you like it or not.
  • 00:11:11.080 --> 00:11:14.070
  • This is not a political message
  • 00:11:14.070 --> 00:11:15.160
  • this morning, this is a message
  • 00:11:15.160 --> 00:11:16.240
  • about Christmas.
  • 00:11:19.200 --> 00:11:22.200
  • Regardless of who holds office,
  • 00:11:22.200 --> 00:11:24.260
  • our God still holds the future.
  • 00:11:24.260 --> 00:11:26.250
  • He is still in control,
  • 00:11:26.250 --> 00:11:28.030
  • and in this we have hope.
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:30.260
  • We are not
  • 00:11:30.260 --> 00:11:31.250
  • a Democratic Christians first,
  • 00:11:31.250 --> 00:11:33.170
  • we are not Republican Christians
  • 00:11:33.170 --> 00:11:34.220
  • first.
  • 00:11:34.220 --> 00:11:35.160
  • We are Jesus followers only.
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:37.260
  • And it is the mission that
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:39.110
  • unites us when all else fails.
  • 00:11:39.110 --> 00:11:42.030
  • - Carl: Because we got a whole
  • 00:11:45.200 --> 00:11:46.150
  • lot of other gifts and a whole
  • 00:11:46.150 --> 00:11:47.200
  • lot of other sounds that are
  • 00:11:47.200 --> 00:11:48.290
  • disconnected from the music,
  • 00:11:48.290 --> 00:11:50.280
  • and they're disconnected
  • 00:11:50.280 --> 00:11:51.250
  • from the band.
  • 00:11:51.250 --> 00:11:52.180
  • And we can't figure out why some
  • 00:11:52.180 --> 00:11:53.230
  • elements of culture cannot even
  • 00:11:53.230 --> 00:11:55.130
  • hear the gospel because some
  • 00:11:55.130 --> 00:11:56.250
  • people who are sitting in this
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:58.220
  • congregation, in this service
  • 00:11:58.220 --> 00:12:00.180
  • right now have yet to engage in
  • 00:12:00.180 --> 00:12:02.140
  • their gift that God has called
  • 00:12:02.140 --> 00:12:04.050
  • them to be fruitful in.
  • 00:12:04.050 --> 00:12:05.270
  • And if you did that, and you did
  • 00:12:05.270 --> 00:12:07.120
  • that, and I did what God has
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:09.050
  • called me to do, can you imagine
  • 00:12:09.050 --> 00:12:10.240
  • how many people could come
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:12.240
  • together under the name
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:13.260
  • of Jesus Christ?
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:14.220
  • - Carl: I'm going to read you
  • 00:12:20.260 --> 00:12:21.280
  • a Scripture, turn with me
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:22.230
  • to John chapter 17.
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:25.190
  • Our political persuasions aren't
  • 00:12:25.190 --> 00:12:27.010
  • going to keep us together.
  • 00:12:27.200 --> 00:12:30.200
  • Our passionate opinions aren't
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:31.240
  • going to keep us together.
  • 00:12:31.240 --> 00:12:32.290
  • It's the mission and the calling
  • 00:12:32.290 --> 00:12:34.260
  • from heaven that has
  • 00:12:34.260 --> 00:12:36.080
  • to supersede any offense
  • 00:12:36.080 --> 00:12:37.240
  • in your spirit,
  • 00:12:38.280 --> 00:12:41.280
  • any discouragement in your soul.
  • 00:12:41.280 --> 00:12:43.190
  • And Jesus prayed something out
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:46.040
  • loud, and there's actually not
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.070
  • that many recorded prayers of
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:48.190
  • Jesus in the Bible, so I think
  • 00:12:48.190 --> 00:12:50.050
  • it's a pretty big deal when
  • 00:12:50.050 --> 00:12:51.060
  • God saw a fit to make sure
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:52.230
  • that one of these landed
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:53.210
  • in this gospel that we read it.
  • 00:12:53.210 --> 00:12:56.190
  • Would you agree?
  • 00:12:56.190 --> 00:12:58.270
  • Some people are mad at me
  • 00:12:58.270 --> 00:12:59.150
  • right now and I haven't done
  • 00:12:59.150 --> 00:13:00.090
  • anything yet.
  • 00:13:02.290 --> 00:13:05.290
  • Jesus said this,
  • 00:13:05.290 --> 00:13:06.260
  • this is powerful.
  • 00:13:06.260 --> 00:13:08.120
  • And today, again, if you're new
  • 00:13:08.120 --> 00:13:09.150
  • or visiting, give me a wave,
  • 00:13:09.150 --> 00:13:10.120
  • first, second, or third time.
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:12.010
  • Awesome, love you,
  • 00:13:12.010 --> 00:13:13.000
  • so glad you're here.
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:13.210
  • Oh, hello.
  • 00:13:13.210 --> 00:13:14.230
  • You guys are way too close
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:15.200
  • to be visiting
  • 00:13:15.200 --> 00:13:16.130
  • in this kind of a message.
  • 00:13:16.130 --> 00:13:17.050
  • We need you to--
  • 00:13:17.050 --> 00:13:18.050
  • we'll have lunch first.
  • 00:13:18.050 --> 00:13:20.090
  • It's great to have you.
  • 00:13:20.090 --> 00:13:20.280
  • Where are you guys from?
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:22.200
  • Atlanta, ATL, Georgia.
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:26.260
  • Jesus said this, remember this
  • 00:13:26.260 --> 00:13:27.260
  • He's not talking about the world
  • 00:13:29.270 --> 00:13:30.180
  • in this moment, he's talking
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:31.200
  • about how Christians should take
  • 00:13:31.200 --> 00:13:33.240
  • care of each other.
  • 00:13:33.240 --> 00:13:35.020
  • And what he's believing for,
  • 00:13:35.020 --> 00:13:35.220
  • he says,
  • 00:13:35.220 --> 00:13:36.070
  • "My prayer is not
  • 00:13:36.070 --> 00:13:37.160
  • for them alone.
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:38.110
  • I pray also that those who will
  • 00:13:38.110 --> 00:13:40.120
  • believe in me through their
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:42.030
  • message, that all of them," you
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:44.010
  • ready for this, "may be one."
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.220
  • He's talking about Christians.
  • 00:13:45.220 --> 00:13:47.160
  • "Father, just as you are in me
  • 00:13:47.160 --> 00:13:48.260
  • and I am in you, may they also
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:50.250
  • be in us so that the world may
  • 00:13:50.250 --> 00:13:52.260
  • believe that you have sent me."
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:55.100
  • This gets heavy right here,
  • 00:13:55.100 --> 00:13:56.090
  • "I have given them
  • 00:13:56.090 --> 00:13:57.000
  • the glory that you gave me,
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:13:58.240
  • that they may be one
  • 00:13:58.240 --> 00:14:00.050
  • as we are one, I in them and
  • 00:14:00.050 --> 00:14:02.130
  • you in me, so that they may be
  • 00:14:03.080 --> 00:14:06.080
  • brought to complete unity.
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:09.000
  • Then the world will know that
  • 00:14:09.000 --> 00:14:11.230
  • you sent me and have loved them
  • 00:14:11.230 --> 00:14:13.250
  • even as you have loved me."
  • 00:14:14.040 --> 00:14:17.040
  • Come on, somebody, let me get
  • 00:14:17.040 --> 00:14:18.000
  • Think about what Jesus
  • 00:14:21.120 --> 00:14:22.030
  • is saying.
  • 00:14:22.030 --> 00:14:22.230
  • He's saying, "Lord, I pray that
  • 00:14:22.230 --> 00:14:23.240
  • you keep these people together
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:26.150
  • because united, the world will
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:28.150
  • see in the different church
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:30.080
  • culture, in the different
  • 00:14:30.080 --> 00:14:31.220
  • Christian culture, maybe there
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:33.000
  • is a God of love, maybe there is
  • 00:14:33.000 --> 00:14:34.210
  • a God that can bring broken
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:36.080
  • people together, every race,
  • 00:14:36.080 --> 00:14:37.270
  • every creed, every color."
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:39.110
  • Because they're supposed to be
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:40.160
  • able to look at the Christians
  • 00:14:40.160 --> 00:14:41.220
  • that are united
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:43.070
  • in their differences, in their
  • 00:14:43.070 --> 00:14:44.260
  • disagreements, and go,
  • 00:14:44.260 --> 00:14:46.080
  • "Wow, all I see is love."
  • 00:14:47.110 --> 00:14:50.110
  • So, if that was Jesus' prayer,
  • 00:14:50.110 --> 00:14:51.250
  • we need to talk about it today.
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:53.210
  • How are we doing
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:54.070
  • with the unity thing?
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  • How are you doing with
  • 00:14:56.090 --> 00:14:56.270
  • the state of your soul today?
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  • How much do you love other
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  • Christians that disagree
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  • with you?
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  • Forget about reaching the world
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  • if you can't even reach
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  • across the aisle.
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:06.280
  • But I think we can all agree
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  • that the church, you know,
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:10.020
  • has never really been unified.
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  • At best, we're disconnected.
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  • And again, if you're not
  • 00:15:15.050 --> 00:15:15.270
  • a Christian, I apologize for
  • 00:15:15.270 --> 00:15:17.010
  • talking about how embarrassing
  • 00:15:17.010 --> 00:15:18.110
  • some of church factions are, but
  • 00:15:18.110 --> 00:15:20.180
  • the stuff churches, you know,
  • 00:15:20.180 --> 00:15:22.060
  • bicker about over the years
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  • has been ridiculous.
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  • Everything from small to big,
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  • it used to be stuff like what
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  • you can wear in church.
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  • Let's fight about that.
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  • Even though Jesus said be
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  • united, let's fight about
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  • what you can wear.
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  • Dresses or no dresses, knees
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  • or no knees, hats or not hats.
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  • Or let's fight about music.
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  • I mean, contemporary,
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  • or old school 'cause Jesus,
  • 00:15:40.230 --> 00:15:42.000
  • you know, he loves some hymns.
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  • Some years ago, he changed
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  • his mind a little bit, he likes
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:46.110
  • contemporary hymns.
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  • Well, we need to have lights,
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  • we need to have no lights.
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  • And can people have tattoos,
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  • can they not have tattoos?
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  • Can you all worship with
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  • a hat or not?
  • 00:15:53.100 --> 00:15:53.280
  • This is grounds for division.
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  • We're trying to reach the world,
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:01.200
  • but yet the church is known for
  • 00:16:01.200 --> 00:16:02.270
  • the most ridiculous infighting
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:05.110
  • of all times, with the world
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:06.140
  • sitting there going,
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:07.070
  • "You want me to leave
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  • this broken for your broken?"
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  • One thing is for sure, we need
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  • to know who our enemies are
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  • and who our enemies are not
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  • so we don't get caught fighting
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  • the wrong battles.
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  • Can you write that down,
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  • Christian?
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  • We need to know who our enemies
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  • are and who are enemies are not
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:28.040
  • so we don't get caught fighting
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:29.230
  • the wrong battles.
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:32.200
  • Now, let me just give you some
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  • clues about who your enemies
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  • are and are not.
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  • Your enemies are not those
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  • that voted differently than you.
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  • Your enemies are not those
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  • that go to a church that does it
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:43.290
  • different than your church.
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  • Your enemies are not those
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  • that weren't raised the same way
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  • you were raised.
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  • I'll take it even further.
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  • If that didn't get you, your
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:53.000
  • enemies are not those that
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  • worship another God
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:56.240
  • and adhere to another religion.
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:59.000
  • Those are not your enemies.
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  • We have one common enemy,
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  • his name is Satan.
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:03.060
  • And the Bible says that we fight
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  • not against flesh and blood,
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  • but against the powers and
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:07.080
  • principalities of a whole
  • 00:17:07.080 --> 00:17:08.160
  • 'nother realm.
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  • That is our enemy.
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:10.190
  • And if we can join forces and
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:12.040
  • say, "Hey, let's stop fighting
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  • with this stuff here so we can
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  • actually go to the root of the
  • 00:17:15.160 --> 00:17:16.240
  • issue, which is sin up here,"
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  • maybe we can see some more
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  • revival in our cities.
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  • Yes, ma'am.
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  • But I want to come together
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  • as a Christian.
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  • I want to be somebody who's
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  • doing what I can do to come
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:35.030
  • together and bring unity because
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:36.250
  • there's so many people who are
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:38.000
  • desperately looking to see,
  • 00:17:38.000 --> 00:17:40.110
  • "Is the church for real?
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:43.140
  • 'Cause I hate where I am.
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  • Are you all for real?"
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  • The culture is showing itself
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  • for what it is.
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  • There are people who had faith
  • 00:17:48.100 --> 00:17:49.060
  • in the system,
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:50.020
  • they are sorely disappointed.
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  • Hello, church.
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  • There are people who are tired
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  • of systematic racism,
  • 00:17:54.190 --> 00:17:56.090
  • and they're open
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:56.260
  • for a new option as long as
  • 00:17:56.260 --> 00:17:57.270
  • that same systematic racism
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:17:59.040
  • isn't happening in the church.
  • 00:17:59.090 --> 00:18:02.110
  • Oh, it's so quiet.
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:03.000
  • I love it, I came ready
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:04.030
  • for that, I love it.
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  • Can I give you--
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:08.200
  • it is dead quiet.
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  • You would've thought
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  • I asked for money.
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  • You all want to take up
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  • an offering?
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:16.120
  • Can I give you, Hillsong Church,
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  • three ways that I believe that
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:20.040
  • we can actually begin to come
  • 00:18:20.040 --> 00:18:22.190
  • together more and more?
  • 00:18:22.190 --> 00:18:24.270
  • This isn't even a worldwide
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:25.170
  • thing, this is us here at little
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:27.020
  • Hillsong New York City.
  • 00:18:27.020 --> 00:18:29.010
  • Me as an ordinary Christian,
  • 00:18:29.010 --> 00:18:30.020
  • you as an ordinary Christian man
  • 00:18:30.020 --> 00:18:31.090
  • or woman, just three thoughts
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  • on how you can promote unity.
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  • This works with culture,
  • 00:18:35.010 --> 00:18:36.080
  • it works in your marriage,
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:39.030
  • works in your workplace.
  • 00:18:39.030 --> 00:18:40.080
  • How do you survive in a culture
  • 00:18:40.080 --> 00:18:41.280
  • that's increasingly hostile
  • 00:18:41.280 --> 00:18:44.020
  • to people who even mention
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:45.100
  • the name of Jesus?
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:47.080
  • I believe I got three ways, and
  • 00:18:47.080 --> 00:18:48.270
  • then we're going to worship, and
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:51.050
  • we'll go have lunch with people
  • 00:18:51.050 --> 00:18:53.020
  • that don't look like us.
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:55.090
  • People are like,
  • 00:18:55.090 --> 00:18:55.250
  • "Psh, we're not going
  • 00:18:55.250 --> 00:18:56.170
  • to take it that seriously.
  • 00:18:56.170 --> 00:18:59.080
  • It's a good message, pastor, but
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:00.100
  • I'm going to lunch with Bob."
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  • Number one, you ready?
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:12.020
  • This is okay up there?
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  • You got to realize that we
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:16.230
  • absolutely need each other.
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:21.060
  • We cannot do it alone.
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.150
  • We absolutely need each other,
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:25.170
  • cannot do it alone.
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:26.260
  • Can you imagine, if you start
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:27.240
  • looking at the people that
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:28.230
  • frustrate you and subconsciously
  • 00:19:28.230 --> 00:19:30.070
  • going, "We need you"?
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:33.100
  • Oh yeah, that's infuriating some
  • 00:19:33.100 --> 00:19:35.050
  • people right now.
  • 00:19:35.050 --> 00:19:36.010
  • Listen, and I know it's hard,
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:37.080
  • and I know this is a touchy
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:38.100
  • subject, but we got to talk
  • 00:19:38.100 --> 00:19:39.100
  • about it because the gospel
  • 00:19:39.100 --> 00:19:40.270
  • works best in the darkest
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:42.060
  • moments of culture.
  • 00:19:42.060 --> 00:19:43.100
  • And here's what
  • 00:19:43.100 --> 00:19:44.030
  • Romans chapter 12 says.
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:46.080
  • We need each other.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:46.290
  • Look at somebody and say,
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:47.190
  • It says, "For just as each of us
  • 00:19:50.050 --> 00:19:51.230
  • has one body with many members,
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:54.110
  • and these members do not all
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:55.110
  • have the same function, so in
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.060
  • Christ we, though many, form one
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:20:00.040
  • body, and each member belongs
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:02.190
  • to all the others.
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:03.260
  • We have different gifts,
  • 00:20:03.260 --> 00:20:05.010
  • according to the grace
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:06.050
  • given to each of us.
  • 00:20:06.050 --> 00:20:07.250
  • If your gift is prophesying,
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:09.100
  • then prophesy in accordance
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:10.210
  • with your faith.
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:11.120
  • If it is serving, then serve.
  • 00:20:11.120 --> 00:20:13.020
  • If it's teaching, then teach.
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:14.130
  • If it's to encourage,
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:15.150
  • then give encouragement.
  • 00:20:15.150 --> 00:20:16.230
  • If it's giving,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:17.110
  • then give generously.
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:18.170
  • If it's to lead, then lead.
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:20.150
  • If it's to show mercy,
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:21.190
  • I love the picture that the
  • 00:20:23.220 --> 00:20:24.170
  • body--the Bible paints of
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:26.070
  • the body of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:27.280
  • that we all do not have
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:29.010
  • the same function.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:30.120
  • We all cannot do the same thing.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:31.050
  • But if we realize that we need
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:33.090
  • everybody that claims the name
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:35.120
  • of Jesus to reach the world,
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:37.060
  • it's amazing how we stop getting
  • 00:20:37.060 --> 00:20:38.240
  • pushed away, and we start to
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:40.050
  • pull together 'cause we realize
  • 00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:41.220
  • we need everybody in here to be
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:43.180
  • a part of what God is doing.
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:45.250
  • Listen, if the local church is
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:47.000
  • supposed to be like a band that
  • 00:20:47.000 --> 00:20:48.230
  • makes the best noise so people
  • 00:20:48.230 --> 00:20:51.150
  • can hear who Jesus is,
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:52.280
  • we are a terrible band.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:55.150
  • And the music we make is awful
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:57.010
  • because we're like a band
  • 00:20:57.010 --> 00:20:58.150
  • full of, like, just trumpets.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:02.090
  • Because we got a whole lot of
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:03.090
  • other gifts, and a whole lot of
  • 00:21:03.090 --> 00:21:04.150
  • other sounds that are
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:05.190
  • disconnected from the music,
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:07.170
  • and they're disconnected
  • 00:21:07.170 --> 00:21:08.130
  • from the band.
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:09.050
  • And we can't figure out why some
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:10.140
  • elements of culture cannot even
  • 00:21:10.140 --> 00:21:12.040
  • hear the gospel.
  • 00:21:12.040 --> 00:21:13.090
  • It's because some people who are
  • 00:21:13.090 --> 00:21:14.150
  • sitting in this congregation,
  • 00:21:14.150 --> 00:21:16.120
  • in this service right now
  • 00:21:16.120 --> 00:21:17.240
  • have yet to engage in their gift
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:19.210
  • that God has called them
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:21.030
  • to be fruitful in.
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:22.130
  • And if you did that, and you did
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:23.260
  • that, and I did what God
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:25.150
  • has called me to do,
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:26.180
  • can you imagine how many people
  • 00:21:26.180 --> 00:21:28.290
  • could come together under
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:30.010
  • the name of Jesus Christ?
  • 00:21:30.010 --> 00:21:31.030
  • - Carl: But I do believe that
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:34.160
  • we have to guard our hearts
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:35.290
  • against the old religious way of
  • 00:21:35.290 --> 00:21:38.190
  • doing things that will tear away
  • 00:21:38.190 --> 00:21:40.000
  • at the fabric of what
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:41.060
  • a new relationship with Jesus
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:43.080
  • represents, which is God is not
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:44.290
  • trying to create uniform people
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:47.280
  • that look the same,
  • 00:21:47.280 --> 00:21:48.250
  • talk the same, act the same.
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:50.070
  • He picked 12 disciples that were
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:51.250
  • vastly different from each other
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:53.280
  • maybe so even today,
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:55.160
  • we can look back and say,
  • 00:21:55.160 --> 00:21:56.150
  • "The God that we serve
  • 00:21:56.150 --> 00:21:57.120
  • broke every stereotype,
  • 00:21:57.120 --> 00:21:59.110
  • he broke every racial rule,
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.120
  • he broke every gender weirdness
  • 00:22:01.120 --> 00:22:03.160
  • that this culture would try
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:04.200
  • to throw at us,"
  • 00:22:04.200 --> 00:22:05.140
  • because he's not about everybody
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:07.100
  • being a cookie cutter person.
  • 00:22:07.100 --> 00:22:08.200
  • He's actually into the diversity
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:10.110
  • of gifting that's in your soul.
  • 00:22:10.110 --> 00:22:12.030
  • - Carl: Unity is not the same
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:20.200
  • as uniformity.
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:22.160
  • Our strength is
  • 00:22:22.160 --> 00:22:23.240
  • in our diversity.
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:28.240
  • Unity is not the same
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:31.190
  • as uniformity.
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:34.230
  • Our strength is
  • 00:22:34.230 --> 00:22:35.170
  • in our diversity.
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:36.270
  • We have to start seeing
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:38.020
  • what should separate us
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:39.090
  • and celebrate it.
  • 00:22:40.030 --> 00:22:43.030
  • No factions,
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:45.060
  • no inner little weird divisions.
  • 00:22:45.060 --> 00:22:47.130
  • I don't think that all
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:48.110
  • Christians should look the same.
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:50.020
  • I don't think all churches
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:51.010
  • should look the same.
  • 00:22:51.010 --> 00:22:51.270
  • Thank God for churches who do it
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:53.060
  • different and sing it different.
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  • Thank God for our church
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  • that does it our way.
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  • But I do believe that we have to
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  • guard our hearts against
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  • the old religious way of doing
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  • things that will tear away
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  • at the fabric of what
  • 00:23:03.200 --> 00:23:05.030
  • a new relationship with Jesus
  • 00:23:05.030 --> 00:23:06.190
  • represents, which is God is not
  • 00:23:06.190 --> 00:23:08.090
  • trying to create uniform people
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  • that look the same,
  • 00:23:11.090 --> 00:23:12.090
  • talk the same, act the same.
  • 00:23:12.090 --> 00:23:13.170
  • He picked 12 disciples that were
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  • vastly different from each other
  • 00:23:15.060 --> 00:23:17.100
  • maybe so even today,
  • 00:23:17.100 --> 00:23:18.250
  • we can look back and say,
  • 00:23:18.250 --> 00:23:19.260
  • "The God that we serve
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:20.260
  • broke every stereotype,
  • 00:23:20.260 --> 00:23:22.190
  • he broke every racial rule, he
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.210
  • broke every gender weirdness
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  • that this culture would try
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:28.050
  • to throw at us,"
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  • because he's not about everybody
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  • being a cookie cutter person.
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  • He's actually into the diversity
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:33.200
  • of gifting that's in your soul.
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  • And we need to bring this out.
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  • We got to reject religion
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  • that tries to creep back in.
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  • I just went to Israel, and I've
  • 00:23:42.140 --> 00:23:43.230
  • been there a couple times,
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  • and I love it.
  • 00:23:45.030 --> 00:23:46.090
  • I'm not really into trips like
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:47.070
  • that, to be honest with you.
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:48.150
  • You all know how I feel about
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:49.050
  • camping and dust.
  • 00:23:51.070 --> 00:23:54.070
  • And if you've never been
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  • to Israel, and you're like,
  • 00:23:54.240 --> 00:23:55.260
  • you know what's funny
  • 00:23:55.260 --> 00:23:56.130
  • about Jerusalem?
  • 00:23:56.130 --> 00:23:57.150
  • It looks exactly like it does on
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  • jerusalem.com.
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  • So, don't feel bad
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  • if you've never been there.
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  • It is amazing.
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  • We were there, and every time I
  • 00:24:07.100 --> 00:24:08.050
  • go to Israel, it strikes me how
  • 00:24:08.190 --> 00:24:11.190
  • much tension is swirling in this
  • 00:24:12.210 --> 00:24:15.210
  • beautiful, beautiful place that
  • 00:24:15.210 --> 00:24:17.130
  • Jesus actually walked the earth.
  • 00:24:17.130 --> 00:24:19.100
  • All three major religions
  • 00:24:19.100 --> 00:24:20.100
  • converge on this one city.
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:22.210
  • And everywhere you look, you
  • 00:24:22.210 --> 00:24:23.260
  • can see the simplicity of Jesus
  • 00:24:23.260 --> 00:24:25.130
  • weaved in and out of all the
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:26.290
  • religious complexity, but it
  • 00:24:26.290 --> 00:24:28.220
  • blows my mind that in the very
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:30.170
  • same place that Jesus walked,
  • 00:24:30.170 --> 00:24:33.000
  • you can see the difference
  • 00:24:33.000 --> 00:24:33.290
  • between relationship
  • 00:24:33.290 --> 00:24:34.290
  • and religion.
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  • Religion, do it this way, must,
  • 00:24:36.240 --> 00:24:38.080
  • must happen like that.
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  • You can't preach like that,
  • 00:24:39.190 --> 00:24:40.180
  • you can't talk like that,
  • 00:24:40.180 --> 00:24:41.190
  • you can't look like that.
  • 00:24:41.190 --> 00:24:42.230
  • But yet, they're saying it
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  • standing on the ground that
  • 00:24:43.240 --> 00:24:44.280
  • Jesus bled and died for you
  • 00:24:44.280 --> 00:24:46.110
  • so you could look like that,
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:47.230
  • and you could walk like that.
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  • The Mount of Beatitudes,
  • 00:24:50.150 --> 00:24:51.200
  • which is my favorite place to go
  • 00:24:51.200 --> 00:24:52.150
  • to Israel, it's amazing where
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:53.190
  • Jesus preached that from.
  • 00:24:53.190 --> 00:24:54.270
  • But there was a sign that me
  • 00:24:54.270 --> 00:24:56.240
  • and Laura saw, can you all put
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:57.260
  • the sign up there?
  • 00:24:57.260 --> 00:24:58.230
  • This is just funny to me
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:24:59.140
  • 'cause it, like,
  • 00:24:59.140 --> 00:25:00.130
  • illustrates it perfectly.
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:01.150
  • Put it up there.
  • 00:25:02.170 --> 00:25:05.170
  • It's actually supposed to be
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:06.060
  • the place where Jesus said,
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:09.030
  • "Let anyone who is thirsty
  • 00:25:09.030 --> 00:25:10.080
  • come to me and drink."
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:13.010
  • "Water not for drink."
  • 00:25:14.130 --> 00:25:17.130
  • Scripture's living water
  • 00:25:17.130 --> 00:25:18.110
  • flow from within.
  • 00:25:18.110 --> 00:25:19.180
  • No entrance.
  • 00:25:19.180 --> 00:25:22.030
  • So, where Jesus said it from,
  • 00:25:22.030 --> 00:25:24.170
  • there is now a sign that says
  • 00:25:24.170 --> 00:25:27.120
  • you can't actually drink.
  • 00:25:27.120 --> 00:25:28.140
  • Jesus, "Drink living water."
  • 00:25:28.140 --> 00:25:30.100
  • No drinking!
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:32.040
  • "Come to me, anybody who's weary
  • 00:25:32.040 --> 00:25:33.150
  • and I'll give you rest."
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  • Don't come in here.
  • 00:25:34.120 --> 00:25:36.160
  • This is what the devil wants to
  • 00:25:36.160 --> 00:25:37.290
  • do to the sacrifice that Jesus
  • 00:25:37.290 --> 00:25:40.240
  • laid out so that the whosoevers
  • 00:25:40.240 --> 00:25:42.270
  • can actually come together.
  • 00:25:44.100 --> 00:25:47.100
  • Every time I've gone, I've got
  • 00:25:47.100 --> 00:25:48.050
  • in a fight with the same nun.
  • 00:25:49.120 --> 00:25:52.120
  • Here's why.
  • 00:25:52.120 --> 00:25:53.290
  • Not a fight, but I go there
  • 00:25:53.290 --> 00:25:55.010
  • every year knowing there's a
  • 00:25:55.010 --> 00:25:55.270
  • dress code, but something in me
  • 00:25:55.270 --> 00:25:57.020
  • just refuses to adhere to this.
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:26:00.070
  • So, I go there,
  • 00:26:00.070 --> 00:26:00.240
  • every year I get denied.
  • 00:26:00.240 --> 00:26:01.180
  • It's the fourth time
  • 00:26:01.180 --> 00:26:02.070
  • I got denied.
  • 00:26:02.070 --> 00:26:02.270
  • She's like,
  • 00:26:02.270 --> 00:26:03.120
  • "You can't come in
  • 00:26:03.120 --> 00:26:04.050
  • here with those clothes."
  • 00:26:04.050 --> 00:26:05.000
  • I said, "Ma'am, you understand
  • 00:26:05.000 --> 00:26:07.050
  • I want to go see
  • 00:26:07.050 --> 00:26:07.250
  • where Jesus spoke.
  • 00:26:07.250 --> 00:26:09.200
  • He had sandals, probably
  • 00:26:09.200 --> 00:26:11.160
  • shoeless and long hair.
  • 00:26:11.160 --> 00:26:13.000
  • You realize you wouldn't let
  • 00:26:13.000 --> 00:26:13.290
  • Jesus into his own pulpit,
  • 00:26:13.290 --> 00:26:15.170
  • right?"
  • 00:26:19.170 --> 00:26:22.170
  • What if I told you that we have
  • 00:26:22.170 --> 00:26:24.200
  • to guard our hearts against the
  • 00:26:24.200 --> 00:26:26.290
  • devil trying to get us to push
  • 00:26:26.290 --> 00:26:28.160
  • back from people who don't
  • 00:26:28.160 --> 00:26:30.140
  • look like us, think like us,
  • 00:26:30.140 --> 00:26:33.000
  • talk like us with the purposes
  • 00:26:33.000 --> 00:26:35.040
  • of fraying the power that
  • 00:26:35.040 --> 00:26:36.200
  • is the local church?
  • 00:26:36.200 --> 00:26:38.050
  • It has to start with us before
  • 00:26:38.050 --> 00:26:39.180
  • we point at our culture and say,
  • 00:26:39.180 --> 00:26:41.070
  • "Culture, you need to come to--"
  • 00:26:41.070 --> 00:26:42.140
  • How about we do it
  • 00:26:42.140 --> 00:26:43.100
  • in Hillsong New York City,
  • 00:26:43.100 --> 00:26:44.220
  • and continue to lead the way?
  • 00:26:45.230 --> 00:26:48.230
  • Number two, we have to realize
  • 00:26:48.230 --> 00:26:50.270
  • that we need to be known
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:52.010
  • for believing the best
  • 00:26:52.010 --> 00:26:53.260
  • and not assuming the worst.
  • 00:26:54.060 --> 00:26:57.060
  • Be careful of those who identify
  • 00:26:57.060 --> 00:27:00.060
  • themselves by what
  • 00:27:00.060 --> 00:27:01.110
  • they are against.
  • 00:27:02.000 --> 00:27:05.000
  • Anybody know anybody
  • 00:27:05.000 --> 00:27:05.160
  • like that at Wellmont?
  • 00:27:05.280 --> 00:27:08.280
  • Be careful of people who
  • 00:27:08.280 --> 00:27:11.020
  • they only identify themselves
  • 00:27:11.020 --> 00:27:13.060
  • by what they're against,
  • 00:27:13.060 --> 00:27:14.080
  • what they stand against.
  • 00:27:14.080 --> 00:27:16.150
  • "I'm against that,
  • 00:27:16.150 --> 00:27:17.110
  • and I'm against those people."
  • 00:27:17.110 --> 00:27:18.070
  • It's like their calling card.
  • 00:27:18.070 --> 00:27:19.210
  • And the only way they
  • 00:27:19.210 --> 00:27:20.210
  • can actually build their own
  • 00:27:20.210 --> 00:27:21.210
  • platform is to disparage
  • 00:27:21.210 --> 00:27:22.240
  • on others.
  • 00:27:22.240 --> 00:27:24.220
  • Oh, it happens in the church
  • 00:27:24.220 --> 00:27:25.180
  • world all the time.
  • 00:27:25.180 --> 00:27:26.110
  • Churches do it.
  • 00:27:26.110 --> 00:27:27.100
  • Oh, they--we push back
  • 00:27:27.100 --> 00:27:28.050
  • from things that we're not like,
  • 00:27:28.050 --> 00:27:29.140
  • and we say, "We're better.
  • 00:27:29.140 --> 00:27:30.150
  • We're not like that church.
  • 00:27:30.150 --> 00:27:31.180
  • That's who we are."
  • 00:27:31.180 --> 00:27:32.140
  • What kind of church are you,
  • 00:27:32.140 --> 00:27:33.100
  • Hillsong?
  • 00:27:33.100 --> 00:27:33.250
  • "We're not like that church."
  • 00:27:33.250 --> 00:27:35.220
  • What kind of calling card
  • 00:27:35.220 --> 00:27:36.140
  • is that?
  • 00:27:36.140 --> 00:27:37.140
  • What if we were to stand up here
  • 00:27:37.140 --> 00:27:38.070
  • every week and say,
  • 00:27:38.070 --> 00:27:38.290
  • "You know what our big thing is,
  • 00:27:38.290 --> 00:27:39.240
  • church?
  • 00:27:39.240 --> 00:27:40.150
  • We are known for not being like
  • 00:27:40.150 --> 00:27:41.250
  • that old dead church over there.
  • 00:27:41.250 --> 00:27:44.000
  • They have slower songs,
  • 00:27:44.000 --> 00:27:46.040
  • wooden pews,
  • 00:27:46.060 --> 00:27:49.060
  • preach long messages.
  • 00:27:49.060 --> 00:27:50.080
  • We're not like that,
  • 00:27:50.080 --> 00:27:51.010
  • we're a soul-winning church,
  • 00:27:51.010 --> 00:27:52.070
  • and we're about life,
  • 00:27:52.070 --> 00:27:53.070
  • and we're about this."
  • 00:27:53.070 --> 00:27:54.010
  • Now, how about
  • 00:27:54.010 --> 00:27:54.220
  • we just be about life?
  • 00:27:54.220 --> 00:27:56.070
  • How about we just sing it
  • 00:27:56.070 --> 00:27:57.040
  • like we sing it?
  • 00:27:57.040 --> 00:27:58.070
  • Can we be the type of Christians
  • 00:27:58.070 --> 00:27:59.180
  • that don't need to tear somebody
  • 00:27:59.180 --> 00:28:00.230
  • else down to make sure that
  • 00:28:00.230 --> 00:28:02.150
  • we actually look like God
  • 00:28:02.150 --> 00:28:03.200
  • is lifting us up?
  • 00:28:03.200 --> 00:28:05.150
  • Oh, and please believe the same
  • 00:28:05.150 --> 00:28:06.090
  • thing happens the other way.
  • 00:28:06.090 --> 00:28:07.120
  • People are like, "We're not like
  • 00:28:07.120 --> 00:28:08.070
  • that Hillsong Church over there.
  • 00:28:08.070 --> 00:28:09.260
  • We preach real messages here.
  • 00:28:09.260 --> 00:28:11.060
  • We're so deep, we're just stuck
  • 00:28:11.060 --> 00:28:13.100
  • in mud over here just in
  • 00:28:13.100 --> 00:28:14.130
  • the deep things of the Lord.
  • 00:28:14.130 --> 00:28:15.210
  • And we don't need lights,
  • 00:28:15.210 --> 00:28:16.210
  • and rock and roll stuff.
  • 00:28:16.210 --> 00:28:17.190
  • We've got one acoustic, that's
  • 00:28:17.190 --> 00:28:18.190
  • all they needed back in the day,
  • 00:28:18.190 --> 00:28:19.180
  • that's all we need now.
  • 00:28:19.180 --> 00:28:21.010
  • We don't need
  • 00:28:21.010 --> 00:28:21.180
  • the rock and roll stuff.
  • 00:28:21.180 --> 00:28:22.180
  • We don't wear hats and jeans
  • 00:28:22.180 --> 00:28:23.150
  • up in this church."
  • 00:28:23.150 --> 00:28:24.090
  • Can you just do what you do
  • 00:28:24.090 --> 00:28:25.110
  • and not try to disparage
  • 00:28:25.110 --> 00:28:26.220
  • somebody else?
  • 00:28:26.220 --> 00:28:27.180
  • Where have we gotten to in the
  • 00:28:27.180 --> 00:28:28.240
  • Christian faith, where you can't
  • 00:28:28.240 --> 00:28:30.050
  • just be who you are in Jesus
  • 00:28:30.050 --> 00:28:32.020
  • without making sure you know for
  • 00:28:32.020 --> 00:28:33.170
  • sure that I disagree with you,
  • 00:28:33.170 --> 00:28:35.270
  • and I disagree with you?
  • 00:28:35.270 --> 00:28:37.050
  • You know what speaks
  • 00:28:37.050 --> 00:28:37.240
  • the loudest?
  • 00:28:37.240 --> 00:28:38.160
  • Fruit.
  • 00:28:38.160 --> 00:28:39.160
  • You know what stands
  • 00:28:39.160 --> 00:28:40.080
  • the longest?
  • 00:28:40.080 --> 00:28:40.270
  • Love.
  • 00:28:40.270 --> 00:28:41.240
  • And if we can focus on these
  • 00:28:41.240 --> 00:28:42.260
  • things, it's amazing how many
  • 00:28:42.260 --> 00:28:44.160
  • more people can come together.
  • 00:28:45.020 --> 00:28:48.020
  • But I wonder what are you--what
  • 00:28:48.020 --> 00:28:49.060
  • are you known for, Christian?
  • 00:28:49.060 --> 00:28:51.190
  • It's a good thing
  • 00:28:51.190 --> 00:28:52.040
  • to ask yourself,
  • 00:28:52.040 --> 00:28:52.250
  • what are you known for?
  • 00:28:52.250 --> 00:28:54.020
  • I know what our church
  • 00:28:54.020 --> 00:28:54.180
  • is known for,
  • 00:28:54.180 --> 00:28:55.070
  • and I'm totally cool with it.
  • 00:28:55.070 --> 00:28:56.240
  • Right?
  • 00:28:56.240 --> 00:28:57.090
  • People can't stand us.
  • 00:28:57.170 --> 00:29:00.190
  • What about you?
  • 00:29:00.190 --> 00:29:01.110
  • What are you known for?
  • 00:29:01.110 --> 00:29:01.290
  • Do people look at you and go,
  • 00:29:01.290 --> 00:29:02.180
  • "That's the guy who hates--
  • 00:29:02.180 --> 00:29:03.160
  • oh, that's the guy who votes
  • 00:29:03.160 --> 00:29:04.270
  • for--oh, that's the guy--"
  • 00:29:04.270 --> 00:29:06.120
  • Or do they know you
  • 00:29:06.120 --> 00:29:08.260
  • for something else?
  • 00:29:10.170 --> 00:29:13.170
  • I think the worst way to start a
  • 00:29:13.170 --> 00:29:15.260
  • relationship is behind the walls
  • 00:29:15.260 --> 00:29:18.020
  • of preconceived notions
  • 00:29:18.020 --> 00:29:20.140
  • and ideas built on years
  • 00:29:20.140 --> 00:29:22.070
  • of misinformation.
  • 00:29:22.070 --> 00:29:24.220
  • Can I just say that light
  • 00:29:24.220 --> 00:29:25.130
  • little sentence?
  • 00:29:25.130 --> 00:29:27.210
  • What I mean by that is we act
  • 00:29:27.210 --> 00:29:28.170
  • like we want to go reach
  • 00:29:28.170 --> 00:29:29.260
  • the world, but we do it behind
  • 00:29:29.260 --> 00:29:31.010
  • giant walls.
  • 00:29:31.010 --> 00:29:33.050
  • So, let's go into the community
  • 00:29:33.050 --> 00:29:34.020
  • and reach people, but they can
  • 00:29:34.020 --> 00:29:35.010
  • barely see you up there in
  • 00:29:35.010 --> 00:29:37.060
  • your tower, your Christian tower
  • 00:29:37.060 --> 00:29:38.270
  • of protection.
  • 00:29:38.270 --> 00:29:40.280
  • The worst way to start
  • 00:29:40.280 --> 00:29:42.010
  • a relationship is behind
  • 00:29:42.010 --> 00:29:43.090
  • some walls.
  • 00:29:43.090 --> 00:29:45.000
  • This happens to me all the time
  • 00:29:45.000 --> 00:29:46.030
  • when I go to other churches.
  • 00:29:46.030 --> 00:29:47.080
  • Sometimes, they take me to stuff
  • 00:29:47.080 --> 00:29:48.150
  • that they built, and it's
  • 00:29:48.150 --> 00:29:49.110
  • awesome, but it's happened
  • 00:29:49.110 --> 00:29:50.070
  • again recently where this church
  • 00:29:50.070 --> 00:29:51.190
  • that I love,
  • 00:29:51.190 --> 00:29:52.060
  • they built a basketball court.
  • 00:29:52.060 --> 00:29:53.090
  • Great idea, right?
  • 00:29:53.090 --> 00:29:54.060
  • Going to reach the community,
  • 00:29:54.060 --> 00:29:54.290
  • it's going to be
  • 00:29:54.290 --> 00:29:55.150
  • the best thing ever.
  • 00:29:55.150 --> 00:29:56.120
  • First thing that the pastor did
  • 00:29:56.120 --> 00:29:57.090
  • was walk me in there
  • 00:29:57.090 --> 00:29:58.050
  • and there is a--literally,
  • 00:29:58.050 --> 00:29:59.070
  • there is a rule thing this big.
  • 00:30:00.260 --> 00:30:03.260
  • First thing you see when
  • 00:30:03.260 --> 00:30:04.220
  • you walk in, no fighting,
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  • no swearing, no dunking,
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  • no trash talk, no cursing,
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  • no gang colors.
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  • I can't be in here.
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  • You just took out everything
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  • that rules about basketball.
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  • Did you do this to reach some
  • 00:30:19.250 --> 00:30:21.070
  • apostles that have died,
  • 00:30:21.070 --> 00:30:22.270
  • or did you do this to reach
  • 00:30:22.270 --> 00:30:24.020
  • the community?
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  • Let me get this straight, you
  • 00:30:24.260 --> 00:30:26.100
  • built a basketball auditorium,
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  • and you spent money to put giant
  • 00:30:28.130 --> 00:30:30.190
  • rules so the moment somebody
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  • does walk in, they feel bad.
  • 00:30:32.130 --> 00:30:34.090
  • All they did was come to what
  • 00:30:34.090 --> 00:30:35.060
  • you told them to come, and they
  • 00:30:35.060 --> 00:30:36.150
  • see themselves on the wall,
  • 00:30:36.150 --> 00:30:38.040
  • and they are reminded
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  • that they don't belong.
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  • I'm not playing until
  • 00:30:40.030 --> 00:30:40.270
  • - Carl: You realize, Christian,
  • 00:30:45.270 --> 00:30:46.180
  • that when you pull the God card
  • 00:30:46.180 --> 00:30:48.050
  • and put it on your side,
  • 00:30:48.050 --> 00:30:49.130
  • you indirectly take it away
  • 00:30:49.130 --> 00:30:50.200
  • from somebody else's side.
  • 00:30:50.280 --> 00:30:53.280
  • There are times when I feel like
  • 00:30:53.280 --> 00:30:55.020
  • I got the God card, but I know
  • 00:30:55.020 --> 00:30:57.000
  • that if I tell somebody that,
  • 00:30:57.000 --> 00:30:58.180
  • it's a death sentence to
  • 00:30:58.180 --> 00:30:59.230
  • whatever view they had, so I'd
  • 00:30:59.230 --> 00:31:01.140
  • rather get to know them first.
  • 00:31:01.140 --> 00:31:02.240
  • "Well, God had his way.
  • 00:31:02.240 --> 00:31:04.110
  • God told me to do this."
  • 00:31:04.110 --> 00:31:05.180
  • The moment you do that on
  • 00:31:05.180 --> 00:31:06.280
  • a 50/50 debate, you are now
  • 00:31:06.280 --> 00:31:08.080
  • telling somebody that God's
  • 00:31:08.080 --> 00:31:09.130
  • not with them.
  • 00:31:09.130 --> 00:31:10.130
  • I would slow your roll
  • 00:31:10.130 --> 00:31:11.130
  • - Carl: I wonder in our lives,
  • 00:31:18.010 --> 00:31:19.040
  • have we've been doing
  • 00:31:19.040 --> 00:31:19.260
  • this to people?
  • 00:31:19.260 --> 00:31:21.170
  • Have we been putting rules up in
  • 00:31:21.170 --> 00:31:22.130
  • our house, putting rules up in
  • 00:31:22.130 --> 00:31:23.220
  • our minds so we're sitting there
  • 00:31:23.220 --> 00:31:25.040
  • playing the good Christian,
  • 00:31:25.040 --> 00:31:26.030
  • but in our mind, we have already
  • 00:31:26.030 --> 00:31:27.280
  • built up walls that are keeping
  • 00:31:27.280 --> 00:31:29.130
  • people out?
  • 00:31:29.130 --> 00:31:31.060
  • Instead of living the kind of
  • 00:31:31.060 --> 00:31:31.270
  • lives that allow people to come
  • 00:31:31.270 --> 00:31:33.050
  • in and get a little bit closer
  • 00:31:33.050 --> 00:31:34.140
  • to the God that we serve.
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  • Can you write this down, church,
  • 00:31:37.040 --> 00:31:38.010
  • you all still with me?
  • 00:31:38.010 --> 00:31:39.190
  • Oh, I got more.
  • 00:31:39.190 --> 00:31:40.110
  • I'm going to keep going.
  • 00:31:40.110 --> 00:31:43.080
  • We need to--we need to carry
  • 00:31:43.080 --> 00:31:44.290
  • our opinions and our convictions
  • 00:31:45.050 --> 00:31:48.050
  • with grace to unite
  • 00:31:48.050 --> 00:31:51.030
  • as many as we can.
  • 00:31:51.140 --> 00:31:54.140
  • Let me say it again, we need
  • 00:31:54.140 --> 00:31:55.070
  • to carry our convictions and our
  • 00:31:55.070 --> 00:31:57.130
  • opinions with grace so we can
  • 00:31:57.130 --> 00:31:59.150
  • unite as many as we can.
  • 00:31:59.150 --> 00:32:01.240
  • Striving for unity does not mean
  • 00:32:01.240 --> 00:32:03.000
  • laying down your view.
  • 00:32:03.000 --> 00:32:04.290
  • It does not mean aiding
  • 00:32:04.290 --> 00:32:06.120
  • and abetting other people's
  • 00:32:06.120 --> 00:32:07.110
  • bad views.
  • 00:32:07.110 --> 00:32:08.210
  • It just means you understand
  • 00:32:08.210 --> 00:32:09.170
  • my job as a Christian is
  • 00:32:09.170 --> 00:32:11.040
  • to bring people together.
  • 00:32:11.040 --> 00:32:12.060
  • I'm going to die being
  • 00:32:12.060 --> 00:32:13.080
  • a reconciler of peace.
  • 00:32:13.080 --> 00:32:14.260
  • That's what I'm called to do.
  • 00:32:14.260 --> 00:32:16.200
  • And you need to be careful,
  • 00:32:16.200 --> 00:32:17.260
  • church, as God continues
  • 00:32:17.260 --> 00:32:19.030
  • to build people's platforms in
  • 00:32:19.030 --> 00:32:20.150
  • this church, carry your opinions
  • 00:32:20.150 --> 00:32:22.200
  • with grace and reverence because
  • 00:32:22.200 --> 00:32:24.270
  • more important than your opinion
  • 00:32:24.270 --> 00:32:26.150
  • is your calling.
  • 00:32:26.150 --> 00:32:29.060
  • Is that clear enough?
  • 00:32:29.060 --> 00:32:30.010
  • I'll make it clear.
  • 00:32:30.010 --> 00:32:30.220
  • If you voted for Hillary,
  • 00:32:31.070 --> 00:32:34.070
  • okay, if you voted that way
  • 00:32:34.070 --> 00:32:35.150
  • in the election,
  • 00:32:35.150 --> 00:32:36.190
  • resist the temptation to be
  • 00:32:36.190 --> 00:32:38.140
  • discouraged and dismissive.
  • 00:32:39.070 --> 00:32:42.070
  • What I mean by that is there are
  • 00:32:42.070 --> 00:32:43.020
  • many people in our church
  • 00:32:43.020 --> 00:32:43.290
  • that would've gone that way
  • 00:32:43.290 --> 00:32:45.080
  • in this election.
  • 00:32:45.080 --> 00:32:46.240
  • And I stand with you, and I love
  • 00:32:46.240 --> 00:32:47.200
  • you, and I'm praying for you,
  • 00:32:47.200 --> 00:32:49.100
  • and I understand and completely
  • 00:32:49.100 --> 00:32:51.010
  • get how so many people can feel
  • 00:32:51.010 --> 00:32:52.250
  • unrest, can feel frustration.
  • 00:32:52.250 --> 00:32:54.280
  • But you have to fight
  • 00:32:54.280 --> 00:32:56.200
  • the temptation to be discouraged
  • 00:32:56.200 --> 00:32:59.060
  • and dismissive.
  • 00:32:59.060 --> 00:33:00.130
  • I talked to a guy the other day,
  • 00:33:00.130 --> 00:33:01.070
  • he said, "I refuse to even be
  • 00:33:01.070 --> 00:33:03.020
  • friends with people
  • 00:33:03.020 --> 00:33:03.280
  • who voted that other way."
  • 00:33:03.280 --> 00:33:05.050
  • And I said, "Bro, you don't
  • 00:33:05.050 --> 00:33:05.250
  • understand that fighting fire
  • 00:33:05.250 --> 00:33:07.060
  • with fire leads to more fire."
  • 00:33:07.060 --> 00:33:10.030
  • Don't let the devil hustle this
  • 00:33:10.030 --> 00:33:11.060
  • thing even more to get you to be
  • 00:33:11.060 --> 00:33:12.230
  • a very part of the very same
  • 00:33:12.230 --> 00:33:15.050
  • thing you are desperate
  • 00:33:15.050 --> 00:33:16.060
  • to change.
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  • Resist that.
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  • Be loud,
  • 00:33:17.190 --> 00:33:18.200
  • be positively disruptive.
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  • Exercise every civic opportunity
  • 00:33:20.140 --> 00:33:22.190
  • you have to stand for your
  • 00:33:22.190 --> 00:33:23.270
  • rights, protest what you got to
  • 00:33:23.270 --> 00:33:25.160
  • protest, revote what you got to
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  • revote, do whatever you got to
  • 00:33:27.100 --> 00:33:28.200
  • do, but carry it with grace
  • 00:33:28.200 --> 00:33:30.050
  • because higher than
  • 00:33:30.050 --> 00:33:31.130
  • your political opinion is
  • 00:33:31.130 --> 00:33:32.180
  • your calling as a Jesus Christ
  • 00:33:32.180 --> 00:33:34.220
  • follower, so you got
  • 00:33:34.220 --> 00:33:35.250
  • to carry it with grace.
  • 00:33:35.290 --> 00:33:38.290
  • And for those of you
  • 00:33:38.290 --> 00:33:39.160
  • Republicans, they're like,
  • 00:33:39.160 --> 00:33:40.170
  • "Yeah, tell them."
  • 00:33:40.170 --> 00:33:42.100
  • If you voted for Trump, resist
  • 00:33:42.130 --> 00:33:45.130
  • the temptation to be arrogant,
  • 00:33:45.160 --> 00:33:48.160
  • ignorant, and completely
  • 00:33:48.160 --> 00:33:50.050
  • insensitive to the views
  • 00:33:50.050 --> 00:33:51.230
  • of the majority of our country.
  • 00:33:55.030 --> 00:33:58.030
  • I'm not saying right, I'm not
  • 00:33:58.030 --> 00:33:59.260
  • saying wrong, but I'm saying you
  • 00:33:59.260 --> 00:34:02.010
  • have to carry your view with
  • 00:34:02.010 --> 00:34:04.020
  • reverence because now might
  • 00:34:04.020 --> 00:34:06.000
  • not be the time for your amazing
  • 00:34:06.000 --> 00:34:07.230
  • social media posts.
  • 00:34:07.230 --> 00:34:10.110
  • It might not be.
  • 00:34:10.110 --> 00:34:11.180
  • "But I'm proud."
  • 00:34:11.180 --> 00:34:12.090
  • It's not about you being proud,
  • 00:34:12.090 --> 00:34:14.010
  • it's about you being
  • 00:34:14.010 --> 00:34:14.220
  • a Christian.
  • 00:34:14.220 --> 00:34:15.070
  • What's the greater need, to
  • 00:34:15.070 --> 00:34:16.060
  • comfort those that need comfort,
  • 00:34:16.060 --> 00:34:17.230
  • to pick the heads up of the
  • 00:34:17.230 --> 00:34:19.190
  • weary, or make sure everybody
  • 00:34:19.190 --> 00:34:21.060
  • knows where you stand
  • 00:34:21.060 --> 00:34:22.130
  • on a political debate?
  • 00:34:22.130 --> 00:34:24.190
  • That's not the God that I know.
  • 00:34:24.190 --> 00:34:26.000
  • And please do not pull
  • 00:34:26.000 --> 00:34:27.060
  • the God card.
  • 00:34:27.060 --> 00:34:29.060
  • Save that.
  • 00:34:29.060 --> 00:34:32.010
  • You realize, Christian,
  • 00:34:32.010 --> 00:34:32.250
  • that when you pull the God card
  • 00:34:32.250 --> 00:34:34.140
  • and put it on your side,
  • 00:34:34.140 --> 00:34:35.210
  • you indirectly take it away
  • 00:34:35.210 --> 00:34:36.290
  • from somebody else's side.
  • 00:34:37.050 --> 00:34:40.050
  • There are times when I feel like
  • 00:34:40.050 --> 00:34:41.100
  • I got the God card, but I know
  • 00:34:41.100 --> 00:34:43.030
  • that if I tell somebody that,
  • 00:34:43.030 --> 00:34:44.240
  • it's a death sentence to
  • 00:34:44.240 --> 00:34:46.050
  • whatever view they had, so I'd
  • 00:34:46.050 --> 00:34:47.170
  • rather get to know them first.
  • 00:34:47.170 --> 00:34:48.270
  • "Well, God had his way.
  • 00:34:48.270 --> 00:34:50.130
  • God told me to do this."
  • 00:34:50.130 --> 00:34:51.250
  • The moment you do that
  • 00:34:51.250 --> 00:34:53.000
  • on a 50/50 debate,
  • 00:34:53.000 --> 00:34:54.040
  • you are now telling somebody
  • 00:34:54.040 --> 00:34:55.070
  • that God's not with them.
  • 00:34:55.070 --> 00:34:56.180
  • I would slow your roll
  • 00:34:56.180 --> 00:34:57.210
  • just a touch.
  • 00:35:00.070 --> 00:35:03.070
  • Are you allowed
  • 00:35:03.070 --> 00:35:03.220
  • to have your view?
  • 00:35:03.220 --> 00:35:04.120
  • Absolutely.
  • 00:35:04.120 --> 00:35:05.150
  • But my higher call as a
  • 00:35:05.150 --> 00:35:06.140
  • Christian is not to make sure
  • 00:35:06.140 --> 00:35:08.030
  • that my view gets out.
  • 00:35:08.030 --> 00:35:10.150
  • It's to make sure that I talk
  • 00:35:10.150 --> 00:35:11.160
  • about the love of Jesus,
  • 00:35:11.160 --> 00:35:13.260
  • the mission of the cross,
  • 00:35:13.260 --> 00:35:15.020
  • which is to unite people.
  • 00:35:15.020 --> 00:35:16.090
  • It's so much greater than which
  • 00:35:16.090 --> 00:35:17.210
  • way I politically lean.
  • 00:35:17.210 --> 00:35:19.280
  • It has to be the same for you
  • 00:35:19.280 --> 00:35:21.000
  • because our church is not called
  • 00:35:21.000 --> 00:35:23.100
  • to cause further division.
  • 00:35:23.100 --> 00:35:24.290
  • We are called to fight that
  • 00:35:24.290 --> 00:35:25.290
  • every day of our lives and bring
  • 00:35:25.290 --> 00:35:27.160
  • as many people together
  • 00:35:27.160 --> 00:35:28.190
  • as we can.
  • 00:35:28.190 --> 00:35:30.160
  • Come on, shout me down
  • 00:35:30.160 --> 00:35:31.050
  • if you're with me.
  • 00:35:33.020 --> 00:35:36.020
  • When faced with potential
  • 00:35:36.020 --> 00:35:37.050
  • confrontation, please remember
  • 00:35:37.050 --> 00:35:39.240
  • what you are for.
  • 00:35:40.290 --> 00:35:43.290
  • Some people I don't understand,
  • 00:35:43.290 --> 00:35:45.160
  • the first thing they go to
  • 00:35:45.160 --> 00:35:46.170
  • is what they're against.
  • 00:35:46.170 --> 00:35:48.100
  • As God uses you in your
  • 00:35:48.100 --> 00:35:49.100
  • workplace, is this okay if I
  • 00:35:49.100 --> 00:35:50.120
  • talk to you about your Monday?
  • 00:35:50.190 --> 00:35:53.190
  • Or maybe your Thanksgiving day
  • 00:35:53.190 --> 00:35:55.140
  • dinner next year?
  • 00:35:55.140 --> 00:35:57.100
  • I know people
  • 00:35:57.100 --> 00:35:57.290
  • who didn't eat with
  • 00:35:57.290 --> 00:35:58.170
  • their family because of this.
  • 00:35:58.170 --> 00:36:00.040
  • I know people who are planning
  • 00:36:00.040 --> 00:36:00.250
  • on not even acknowledging
  • 00:36:00.250 --> 00:36:01.210
  • their family because
  • 00:36:01.210 --> 00:36:02.150
  • of this very issue.
  • 00:36:02.150 --> 00:36:03.130
  • Trust me, it matters.
  • 00:36:03.130 --> 00:36:05.130
  • If some of you are in here
  • 00:36:05.130 --> 00:36:06.040
  • are like, "Get over it,"
  • 00:36:06.040 --> 00:36:06.270
  • you need to be here too.
  • 00:36:09.050 --> 00:36:12.050
  • What was I saying before
  • 00:36:12.050 --> 00:36:12.230
  • I got on that diatribe?
  • 00:36:13.200 --> 00:36:16.200
  • Oh yeah, when faced
  • 00:36:16.200 --> 00:36:17.100
  • with potential confrontation,
  • 00:36:17.100 --> 00:36:19.160
  • remember what you're for.
  • 00:36:19.160 --> 00:36:21.010
  • And there are some people who
  • 00:36:21.010 --> 00:36:21.230
  • the first thing they do is they
  • 00:36:21.230 --> 00:36:22.250
  • talk about what they're against,
  • 00:36:22.250 --> 00:36:24.000
  • and I don't get that.
  • 00:36:24.000 --> 00:36:25.080
  • I want to be the Christian who
  • 00:36:25.080 --> 00:36:26.160
  • is cognizant of just how many
  • 00:36:26.160 --> 00:36:28.260
  • amazing things that my God
  • 00:36:28.260 --> 00:36:31.110
  • is for.
  • 00:36:31.110 --> 00:36:32.030
  • Before I go into it, we're for
  • 00:36:32.030 --> 00:36:32.230
  • so many amazing things that if
  • 00:36:32.230 --> 00:36:35.190
  • I'm going to sit there and have
  • 00:36:35.190 --> 00:36:36.200
  • a debate with somebody, my first
  • 00:36:36.200 --> 00:36:37.200
  • job as a Christian, let me find
  • 00:36:37.200 --> 00:36:38.260
  • some common ground first.
  • 00:36:38.260 --> 00:36:40.170
  • Let me see where we can agree
  • 00:36:40.170 --> 00:36:41.230
  • before we go to some place that
  • 00:36:41.230 --> 00:36:43.280
  • could cause potential offense
  • 00:36:43.280 --> 00:36:45.190
  • or disruption.
  • 00:36:45.190 --> 00:36:46.180
  • That very may well be what God
  • 00:36:46.180 --> 00:36:48.120
  • calls me to do, but my first
  • 00:36:48.120 --> 00:36:49.230
  • go-to move is not going to be
  • 00:36:49.230 --> 00:36:52.020
  • the most condemning view
  • 00:36:52.020 --> 00:36:53.110
  • I have to make sure they know
  • 00:36:53.110 --> 00:36:54.160
  • what I stand against.
  • 00:36:54.160 --> 00:36:56.110
  • I met with a pastor friend
  • 00:36:56.110 --> 00:36:57.100
  • of mine who led a really big
  • 00:36:57.100 --> 00:36:59.010
  • church in a different
  • 00:36:59.010 --> 00:36:59.250
  • part of the country.
  • 00:36:59.250 --> 00:37:00.240
  • And he shifted the direction
  • 00:37:00.240 --> 00:37:01.260
  • of his church because of
  • 00:37:01.260 --> 00:37:03.000
  • a doctrinal issue that he
  • 00:37:03.000 --> 00:37:04.090
  • and I disagreed on heavily.
  • 00:37:04.090 --> 00:37:06.080
  • But when we went and we met,
  • 00:37:06.080 --> 00:37:08.050
  • 'cause I wanted to hear him out,
  • 00:37:08.050 --> 00:37:09.020
  • disagreed with him on every
  • 00:37:09.020 --> 00:37:10.230
  • front, but you know what we
  • 00:37:10.230 --> 00:37:11.280
  • started our conversation?
  • 00:37:11.280 --> 00:37:12.230
  • We started with
  • 00:37:12.230 --> 00:37:13.210
  • our shared love of Jesus.
  • 00:37:13.210 --> 00:37:15.150
  • And we went from there.
  • 00:37:15.150 --> 00:37:16.100
  • We love Jesus, we love
  • 00:37:16.100 --> 00:37:17.030
  • his grace, we talked about
  • 00:37:17.030 --> 00:37:18.080
  • how good God is.
  • 00:37:18.080 --> 00:37:19.090
  • We talked about how amazing
  • 00:37:19.090 --> 00:37:20.060
  • his Word is,
  • 00:37:20.060 --> 00:37:21.020
  • how real his promises are.
  • 00:37:21.020 --> 00:37:22.140
  • We got to what we disagreed
  • 00:37:22.140 --> 00:37:24.190
  • about, but we had walked
  • 00:37:24.190 --> 00:37:26.070
  • together in agreement
  • 00:37:26.070 --> 00:37:27.200
  • to that point.
  • 00:37:27.200 --> 00:37:29.100
  • And there's something about a
  • 00:37:29.100 --> 00:37:30.000
  • conversation that has agreement
  • 00:37:30.000 --> 00:37:31.140
  • equity and love equity
  • 00:37:31.140 --> 00:37:32.290
  • that makes the withdrawals
  • 00:37:32.290 --> 00:37:34.260
  • a little bit more palatable.
  • 00:37:34.260 --> 00:37:37.080
  • So, for some of you, I just want
  • 00:37:37.080 --> 00:37:38.130
  • to throw this in there 'cause
  • 00:37:38.130 --> 00:37:39.110
  • I know it's going to help.
  • 00:37:39.110 --> 00:37:40.060
  • There will be moments where
  • 00:37:40.060 --> 00:37:41.070
  • you're going to have a choice.
  • 00:37:41.070 --> 00:37:42.290
  • It's either to give your view,
  • 00:37:42.290 --> 00:37:44.290
  • or maybe give it some time
  • 00:37:44.290 --> 00:37:46.020
  • to breathe so you can walk the
  • 00:37:46.020 --> 00:37:47.250
  • journey with people so you can
  • 00:37:47.250 --> 00:37:48.280
  • pick the heads up of many.
  • 00:37:48.280 --> 00:37:50.120
  • God will give you a word on
  • 00:37:50.120 --> 00:37:51.170
  • when to say and how to say it,
  • 00:37:51.170 --> 00:37:53.200
  • but your primary call, remember,
  • 00:37:53.200 --> 00:37:55.220
  • is to search for peace,
  • 00:37:55.220 --> 00:37:58.020
  • and search for unity,
  • 00:37:58.020 --> 00:37:59.280
  • and pray for your leaders,
  • 00:37:59.280 --> 00:38:01.200
  • and pray for this country.
  • 00:38:01.200 --> 00:38:03.100
  • Whether you like it or not,
  • 00:38:03.100 --> 00:38:04.180
  • it shows the heart of our God
  • 00:38:04.180 --> 00:38:06.160
  • that even in the middle of sick,
  • 00:38:06.160 --> 00:38:07.280
  • toxic times, we're Christians
  • 00:38:07.280 --> 00:38:10.060
  • that live to a higher call.
  • 00:38:10.120 --> 00:38:13.120
  • Come on, somebody,
  • 00:38:13.120 --> 00:38:14.000
  • just say amen one time.
  • 00:38:14.000 --> 00:38:15.240
  • I'm sweating like it's
  • 00:38:15.240 --> 00:38:16.150
  • - Carl: "Here's a new command
  • 00:38:20.030 --> 00:38:20.230
  • I give you, love one another."
  • 00:38:20.230 --> 00:38:23.130
  • He didn't say be right.
  • 00:38:23.130 --> 00:38:24.200
  • He didn't say be loud.
  • 00:38:24.200 --> 00:38:26.020
  • He didn't say make sure
  • 00:38:26.020 --> 00:38:27.020
  • everybody knows where you stand.
  • 00:38:27.020 --> 00:38:28.140
  • He said,
  • 00:38:28.140 --> 00:38:29.000
  • "Can you just love people?"
  • 00:38:30.010 --> 00:38:33.010
  • Does that not encourage
  • 00:38:33.010 --> 00:38:33.220
  • anybody else?
  • 00:38:33.220 --> 00:38:34.170
  • It doesn't--it doesn't matter
  • 00:38:34.170 --> 00:38:35.130
  • who's in the White House,
  • 00:38:35.130 --> 00:38:36.120
  • they can't stop you from loving.
  • 00:38:36.120 --> 00:38:38.100
  • It doesn't matter who your boss
  • 00:38:38.100 --> 00:38:39.070
  • is, they can't stop you
  • 00:38:39.070 --> 00:38:40.100
  • from loving.
  • 00:38:40.100 --> 00:38:41.220
  • It doesn't matter how much money
  • 00:38:41.220 --> 00:38:42.240
  • you have or don't have, or
  • 00:38:42.240 --> 00:38:44.060
  • if you're sick or well, nobody
  • 00:38:44.060 --> 00:38:45.070
  • - Carl: Number three, we got to
  • 00:38:53.000 --> 00:38:54.090
  • realize this, we got to realize
  • 00:38:54.090 --> 00:38:55.190
  • that we must love like
  • 00:38:55.190 --> 00:38:57.070
  • Jesus loved.
  • 00:38:57.150 --> 00:39:00.170
  • Wellmont, do you hear me?
  • 00:39:01.250 --> 00:39:04.250
  • So, we got to realize that
  • 00:39:04.250 --> 00:39:05.210
  • we need each other, absolutely.
  • 00:39:06.280 --> 00:39:09.280
  • That's how we began this.
  • 00:39:09.280 --> 00:39:11.030
  • And we got to realize lastly,
  • 00:39:11.100 --> 00:39:14.100
  • we got to love like Jesus loved.
  • 00:39:14.100 --> 00:39:16.140
  • Does anybody ever get confused
  • 00:39:16.140 --> 00:39:17.070
  • on what God wants you to do?
  • 00:39:18.120 --> 00:39:21.120
  • I think Jesus in his grace knew
  • 00:39:21.120 --> 00:39:22.280
  • that was going to happen.
  • 00:39:22.280 --> 00:39:25.030
  • And there were so many
  • 00:39:25.030 --> 00:39:25.290
  • commandments and so many
  • 00:39:25.290 --> 00:39:27.130
  • religious hindrances that were
  • 00:39:27.130 --> 00:39:28.260
  • on people that Jesus did this.
  • 00:39:28.260 --> 00:39:30.280
  • It was like a teacher who comes
  • 00:39:30.280 --> 00:39:32.000
  • in and she's like,
  • 00:39:32.000 --> 00:39:32.290
  • "Okay, here's the real story.
  • 00:39:32.290 --> 00:39:33.280
  • You're trying to learn math?
  • 00:39:33.280 --> 00:39:34.280
  • Here's a calculator."
  • 00:39:34.280 --> 00:39:36.250
  • That's how I help my daughters
  • 00:39:36.250 --> 00:39:37.180
  • with math, by the way.
  • 00:39:37.180 --> 00:39:38.180
  • I'm such a good dad.
  • 00:39:38.180 --> 00:39:40.200
  • "Dad, you know fractions?"
  • 00:39:40.200 --> 00:39:41.120
  • "Absolutely, let me show you
  • 00:39:41.120 --> 00:39:42.170
  • on my phone right here.
  • 00:39:42.170 --> 00:39:44.220
  • See what I did there?"
  • 00:39:44.250 --> 00:39:47.250
  • Jesus said this, and I read--
  • 00:39:47.250 --> 00:39:49.270
  • my weird imagination, I read
  • 00:39:49.270 --> 00:39:51.070
  • Like, "All right, all right,
  • 00:39:53.110 --> 00:39:54.170
  • a new command I give you.
  • 00:39:54.170 --> 00:39:56.200
  • All right, a new--listen,
  • 00:39:56.200 --> 00:39:57.220
  • listen, just everybody be quiet.
  • 00:39:57.220 --> 00:39:59.070
  • A new command I give you,
  • 00:39:59.070 --> 00:40:01.260
  • love one another.
  • 00:40:01.260 --> 00:40:04.150
  • As I have loved you,
  • 00:40:04.150 --> 00:40:05.260
  • so you must love one another.
  • 00:40:05.260 --> 00:40:07.290
  • By this everybody will know
  • 00:40:07.290 --> 00:40:10.130
  • that you are my disciples,
  • 00:40:10.130 --> 00:40:12.020
  • He's talking to Christians
  • 00:40:15.010 --> 00:40:15.250
  • about Christians.
  • 00:40:15.250 --> 00:40:17.260
  • You all want to reach the world?
  • 00:40:17.260 --> 00:40:18.270
  • They're going to know
  • 00:40:18.270 --> 00:40:19.160
  • by how you love each other.
  • 00:40:19.160 --> 00:40:21.070
  • Your Instagram battles,
  • 00:40:21.070 --> 00:40:22.250
  • your little weird little
  • 00:40:22.250 --> 00:40:23.110
  • Facebook weird threads,
  • 00:40:23.110 --> 00:40:25.060
  • who has time for that stuff?
  • 00:40:25.060 --> 00:40:26.090
  • They're going to know,
  • 00:40:26.090 --> 00:40:27.260
  • people are going to know you
  • 00:40:27.260 --> 00:40:29.080
  • by your love.
  • 00:40:29.080 --> 00:40:30.260
  • So, Jesus was like, "I don't
  • 00:40:30.260 --> 00:40:31.260
  • want you to leave here y'all.
  • 00:40:31.260 --> 00:40:32.270
  • I'm about to go, I'm about to go
  • 00:40:32.270 --> 00:40:33.290
  • up to heaven, but I don't want
  • 00:40:33.290 --> 00:40:35.050
  • you to live one day in suspense
  • 00:40:35.050 --> 00:40:37.230
  • about what your primary call is.
  • 00:40:37.230 --> 00:40:40.000
  • All the commands,
  • 00:40:40.000 --> 00:40:41.000
  • throw them out.
  • 00:40:41.000 --> 00:40:41.210
  • Here's a new command I give you.
  • 00:40:41.210 --> 00:40:43.110
  • Love one another."
  • 00:40:43.110 --> 00:40:45.090
  • He didn't say be right.
  • 00:40:45.090 --> 00:40:46.140
  • He didn't say be loud.
  • 00:40:46.140 --> 00:40:47.270
  • He didn't say make sure
  • 00:40:47.270 --> 00:40:48.270
  • everybody knows where you stand.
  • 00:40:48.270 --> 00:40:50.080
  • He said,
  • 00:40:50.080 --> 00:40:50.240
  • "Can you just love people?"
  • 00:40:51.270 --> 00:40:54.270
  • Does that not encourage
  • 00:40:54.270 --> 00:40:55.160
  • anybody else?
  • 00:40:55.160 --> 00:40:56.100
  • It doesn't--it doesn't matter
  • 00:40:56.100 --> 00:40:57.040
  • who's in the White House,
  • 00:40:57.040 --> 00:40:58.060
  • they can't stop you from loving.
  • 00:40:58.060 --> 00:41:00.070
  • It doesn't matter
  • 00:41:00.070 --> 00:41:00.220
  • who your boss is,
  • 00:41:00.220 --> 00:41:01.180
  • they can't stop you from loving.
  • 00:41:01.180 --> 00:41:03.150
  • It doesn't matter how much money
  • 00:41:03.150 --> 00:41:04.190
  • you have or don't have, or
  • 00:41:04.190 --> 00:41:06.000
  • if you're sick or well, nobody
  • 00:41:06.000 --> 00:41:07.070
  • can stop you from your call.
  • 00:41:07.200 --> 00:41:10.200
  • Ah, I got to stop.
  • 00:41:10.200 --> 00:41:11.140
  • I want to leave you with this.
  • 00:41:11.140 --> 00:41:12.130
  • I wonder,
  • 00:41:12.130 --> 00:41:13.170
  • what will you be known for?
  • 00:41:13.170 --> 00:41:15.290
  • You got to start thinking
  • 00:41:15.290 --> 00:41:16.190
  • about that now.
  • 00:41:16.190 --> 00:41:19.080
  • I want to be known for the same
  • 00:41:19.080 --> 00:41:20.080
  • things Jesus was known for,
  • 00:41:20.080 --> 00:41:21.260
  • anybody else?
  • 00:41:21.260 --> 00:41:23.240
  • He was known for his love,
  • 00:41:23.240 --> 00:41:24.230
  • and he was known
  • 00:41:24.230 --> 00:41:25.080
  • for his bad company.
  • 00:41:25.270 --> 00:41:28.270
  • I love that,
  • 00:41:28.270 --> 00:41:29.220
  • he hangs with sinners, word.
  • 00:41:32.020 --> 00:41:35.020
  • When people say that,
  • 00:41:35.020 --> 00:41:35.200
  • I always say, "Yeah, you."
  • 00:41:37.240 --> 00:41:40.240
  • I just did a funeral,
  • 00:41:40.240 --> 00:41:41.260
  • as we close.
  • 00:41:41.260 --> 00:41:43.060
  • Last week, we flew back
  • 00:41:43.060 --> 00:41:44.000
  • from Israel, I took a red eye
  • 00:41:44.000 --> 00:41:45.130
  • to officiate a funeral of a dear
  • 00:41:45.130 --> 00:41:48.070
  • friend who I love, and I'd
  • 00:41:48.070 --> 00:41:49.120
  • gotten to know his mother
  • 00:41:49.120 --> 00:41:51.170
  • over the past 4 or 5 years.
  • 00:41:51.170 --> 00:41:53.000
  • And for the past three,
  • 00:41:53.000 --> 00:41:53.290
  • she battled cancer.
  • 00:41:53.290 --> 00:41:55.040
  • Every summer, we would sit
  • 00:41:55.040 --> 00:41:56.030
  • there around a pool,
  • 00:41:56.030 --> 00:41:57.060
  • just get to know her.
  • 00:41:57.060 --> 00:41:58.120
  • And she took a turn for
  • 00:41:58.120 --> 00:41:59.030
  • the worst and passed away,
  • 00:41:59.030 --> 00:42:01.030
  • and it was crushing, and I had
  • 00:42:01.030 --> 00:42:02.270
  • the honor of speaking at her--
  • 00:42:02.270 --> 00:42:03.290
  • we called it a celebration,
  • 00:42:03.290 --> 00:42:05.140
  • home going.
  • 00:42:05.140 --> 00:42:07.110
  • And I remember, you know,
  • 00:42:07.110 --> 00:42:10.020
  • hearing people get up
  • 00:42:10.020 --> 00:42:10.240
  • and talk about her.
  • 00:42:10.240 --> 00:42:12.180
  • And person after person after
  • 00:42:12.180 --> 00:42:13.190
  • person mentioned her love.
  • 00:42:13.290 --> 00:42:16.290
  • And it made me realize
  • 00:42:16.290 --> 00:42:18.130
  • what somebody told me
  • 00:42:18.130 --> 00:42:19.150
  • a long time ago, they said,
  • 00:42:19.150 --> 00:42:20.220
  • "Someday, you're going to be
  • 00:42:20.220 --> 00:42:21.240
  • responsible for your dash."
  • 00:42:21.240 --> 00:42:24.180
  • That dash sits in between
  • 00:42:24.180 --> 00:42:26.040
  • two dates that you have
  • 00:42:26.040 --> 00:42:27.120
  • no control over.
  • 00:42:27.120 --> 00:42:28.290
  • One date is the day you showed
  • 00:42:28.290 --> 00:42:30.180
  • up on the earth,
  • 00:42:30.180 --> 00:42:31.270
  • the other date is the day
  • 00:42:31.270 --> 00:42:33.070
  • you will leave this earth.
  • 00:42:33.070 --> 00:42:34.200
  • And someday, your grave stone
  • 00:42:34.200 --> 00:42:35.260
  • there will be a dash.
  • 00:42:35.260 --> 00:42:37.240
  • And that dash will represent
  • 00:42:37.240 --> 00:42:39.180
  • what you did, who you loved,
  • 00:42:39.180 --> 00:42:41.160
  • what impact you had,
  • 00:42:41.160 --> 00:42:42.290
  • legacy that you left.
  • 00:42:42.290 --> 00:42:44.090
  • And I started thinking
  • 00:42:44.090 --> 00:42:44.290
  • about my dash.
  • 00:42:44.290 --> 00:42:46.280
  • Because you know what this
  • 00:42:46.280 --> 00:42:47.240
  • beautiful heroic woman's dash is
  • 00:42:47.240 --> 00:42:49.150
  • going to say on her headstone?
  • 00:42:49.150 --> 00:42:51.190
  • It might just be a dash, but
  • 00:42:51.190 --> 00:42:52.290
  • person after person after person
  • 00:42:52.290 --> 00:42:55.010
  • got up and told stories about
  • 00:42:55.010 --> 00:42:57.260
  • this woman who didn't just love
  • 00:42:57.260 --> 00:42:59.210
  • people, she brought you in.
  • 00:42:59.210 --> 00:43:02.040
  • She didn't just give you a meal,
  • 00:43:02.040 --> 00:43:03.110
  • she gave you a family.
  • 00:43:03.110 --> 00:43:05.090
  • Heard a story about a little kid
  • 00:43:05.090 --> 00:43:06.070
  • who kept coming to their house.
  • 00:43:06.070 --> 00:43:07.220
  • He didn't have a mom or dad,
  • 00:43:07.220 --> 00:43:09.050
  • so this woman adopted the kid,
  • 00:43:09.050 --> 00:43:11.230
  • found out that the kid's mom
  • 00:43:11.230 --> 00:43:12.240
  • was in jail.
  • 00:43:12.240 --> 00:43:13.190
  • When the mom got out,
  • 00:43:13.190 --> 00:43:14.140
  • she adopted the mom.
  • 00:43:14.180 --> 00:43:17.180
  • You want to talk about
  • 00:43:17.180 --> 00:43:18.040
  • living like Jesus lived?
  • 00:43:18.040 --> 00:43:19.190
  • You want to talk about
  • 00:43:19.190 --> 00:43:20.070
  • her impact?
  • 00:43:20.070 --> 00:43:20.270
  • Not one person got up
  • 00:43:20.270 --> 00:43:21.240
  • and talked about her money.
  • 00:43:21.240 --> 00:43:23.150
  • Not one person got up and talked
  • 00:43:23.150 --> 00:43:24.230
  • about her political persuasion.
  • 00:43:24.230 --> 00:43:26.260
  • But person after person after
  • 00:43:26.260 --> 00:43:28.170
  • person was impacted by her love.
  • 00:43:28.170 --> 00:43:31.170
  • I do not know about you, but
  • 00:43:31.170 --> 00:43:33.020
  • I want to be the person, I want
  • 00:43:33.020 --> 00:43:35.060
  • to be a part of the church where
  • 00:43:35.060 --> 00:43:36.160
  • they talk about the love, not
  • 00:43:36.160 --> 00:43:38.190
  • the buildings, not the songs,
  • 00:43:38.190 --> 00:43:40.060
  • not the stuff, but what about
  • 00:43:40.060 --> 00:43:41.170
  • you and your family,
  • 00:43:41.170 --> 00:43:42.230
  • you and your house?
  • 00:43:42.230 --> 00:43:43.290
  • Will it be said of you,
  • 00:43:43.290 --> 00:43:45.110
  • "That right there, that person
  • 00:43:45.110 --> 00:43:46.120
  • knows Jesus, and I could tell
  • 00:43:46.120 --> 00:43:48.070
  • because of their love"?
  • 00:43:49.150 --> 00:43:52.150
  • Hillsong Church,
  • 00:43:52.150 --> 00:43:53.110
  • it's time to come together
  • 00:43:53.110 --> 00:43:55.160
  • in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:43:55.160 --> 00:43:56.180
  • If you're with me,
  • 00:43:56.180 --> 00:43:57.120
  • - female: Something I think
  • 00:44:01.110 --> 00:44:02.020
  • that I can do to bring peace in
  • 00:44:02.020 --> 00:44:03.010
  • my environment is just always
  • 00:44:03.010 --> 00:44:04.070
  • remembering who my Savior is,
  • 00:44:04.070 --> 00:44:06.010
  • and just remembering that we are
  • 00:44:06.010 --> 00:44:07.050
  • people, and that God's will
  • 00:44:07.050 --> 00:44:09.070
  • is for us to love one another
  • 00:44:09.070 --> 00:44:10.190
  • as he has loved us.
  • 00:44:10.190 --> 00:44:12.040
  • Like, I was traveling recently,
  • 00:44:12.040 --> 00:44:14.190
  • and I felt a little bit
  • 00:44:14.190 --> 00:44:15.250
  • uncomfortable 'cause I was in
  • 00:44:15.250 --> 00:44:17.070
  • a state where I felt that people
  • 00:44:17.070 --> 00:44:19.050
  • had views that differ from me.
  • 00:44:19.050 --> 00:44:22.020
  • But then when I remembered that,
  • 00:44:22.020 --> 00:44:23.130
  • you know, my purpose here is
  • 00:44:23.130 --> 00:44:24.150
  • just to love them, it just
  • 00:44:24.150 --> 00:44:25.150
  • changed my whole perspective
  • 00:44:25.150 --> 00:44:26.240
  • and my attitude.
  • 00:44:26.240 --> 00:44:27.170
  • - male: Carl's message about
  • 00:44:29.180 --> 00:44:31.040
  • loving like how Jesus loves us,
  • 00:44:31.040 --> 00:44:33.230
  • I think probably the main thing
  • 00:44:33.230 --> 00:44:35.090
  • is to give each other grace,
  • 00:44:35.090 --> 00:44:38.010
  • to not condemn one another,
  • 00:44:38.010 --> 00:44:39.260
  • to lead, as he said, with
  • 00:44:39.260 --> 00:44:42.070
  • building relationship, building
  • 00:44:42.070 --> 00:44:43.150
  • - female: To love more people
  • 00:44:45.170 --> 00:44:46.080
  • and to show more people more
  • 00:44:46.080 --> 00:44:47.250
  • love I think is sometimes to
  • 00:44:47.250 --> 00:44:49.000
  • forget you and to lose yourself.
  • 00:44:49.000 --> 00:44:51.070
  • I think that what keeps us away
  • 00:44:51.070 --> 00:44:53.040
  • from others is when we are
  • 00:44:53.040 --> 00:44:54.130
  • always so focused on who we are
  • 00:44:54.130 --> 00:44:55.250
  • and where we are.
  • 00:44:55.250 --> 00:44:57.000
  • But if you just take time to see
  • 00:44:57.000 --> 00:44:58.150
  • someone else and just love them
  • 00:44:58.150 --> 00:44:59.240
  • for who you are,
  • 00:44:59.240 --> 00:45:00.200
  • - male: I think the things that
  • 00:45:02.210 --> 00:45:03.250
  • I can do to make people feel
  • 00:45:03.250 --> 00:45:05.080
  • like they're more loved is,
  • 00:45:05.080 --> 00:45:06.110
  • for first of all, is outreach,
  • 00:45:06.110 --> 00:45:08.090
  • talking to people,
  • 00:45:08.090 --> 00:45:09.140
  • - female: It's not about, like,
  • 00:45:11.200 --> 00:45:12.290
  • you know, following religious
  • 00:45:12.290 --> 00:45:13.270
  • rules, it's about unity.
  • 00:45:13.270 --> 00:45:15.100
  • Like everything about unity
  • 00:45:15.100 --> 00:45:16.120
  • is like love.
  • 00:45:16.120 --> 00:45:17.140
  • And I just think it's so cool.
  • 00:45:17.140 --> 00:45:18.280
  • So, we're not supposed to be
  • 00:45:18.280 --> 00:45:19.250
  • the same, we're all supposed
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  • to be different and love God
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  • in our own way.
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  • And I just thought, like,
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  • it was so awesome.
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  • - male: And as you know our
  • 00:45:25.000 --> 00:45:26.110
  • church is a very diverse church.
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  • I mean, there's people from
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  • all different backgrounds,
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  • races, everything here.
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  • And I think that the main thing
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  • to do is to just start to
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  • understand each other,
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  • - female: For me,
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  • it's almost like you're family.
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  • Like your father is different
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  • from your mother is different
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  • from your brother,
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  • but what unifies you
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  • is your love for them.
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  • So, I think if you always--
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  • it always goes back to love,
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  • and you just focus on that,
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  • that's what helps you
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  • to remember.
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  • Hey, we're all going
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  • to be different, we're all going
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  • to have different opinions.
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  • And if we thought the same,
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  • we wouldn't be the same people,
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  • - female: The way I think that
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  • I should show more love is just
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  • to get out of my comfort zone,
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  • and just be there for people,
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  • pray for people.
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  • Like if you see anyone in need,
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  • just go out and just you talk
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  • to them, reach them.
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  • Like, be there for them,
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  • listen to them.
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  • You know, there's some people
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  • that are in need, and we just
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  • hold back because we're scared
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  • of rejection, or we're scared
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  • of how we look in front
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  • of other people.
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  • But that's not important.
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  • The most important thing is just
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  • doing what Jesus would've done
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  • and just, you know, reaching out
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  • to them, and being there
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  • - Brian: The very nature
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  • of the gospel is inclusive,
  • 00:46:27.250 --> 00:46:29.030
  • not exclusive.
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  • Everyone, you and me,
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  • we're invited into
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  • the story of grace,
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  • invited into a life filled
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  • with passion, with purpose,
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  • perspective, and peace.
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  • We believe in a God who designed
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  • you and me for a personal
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  • relationship with him
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  • and healthy relationships
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  • - Carl: Shout out to Franz
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  • behind the camera,
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  • not even allowed to cut it.
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  • That's what makes our show
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  • cooler than everybody is 'cause
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  • of people like this who are
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  • behind the camera
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  • making it work.
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  • Okay, I love you.
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  • I hope you liked the message.
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  • I hope it was a blessing.
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  • And the truth is we need unity.
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  • And no matter where you stand
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  • politically, no matter what
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  • you've known up until now,
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  • Jesus is the tie that binds,
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  • and his grace is what
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  • we can all stand on together.
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  • So, I pray you enjoyed
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  • the message.
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  • We're always going to be
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  • on this channel, same time,
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  • same place hopefully.
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  • And if you like it,
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  • let us know about it.
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  • And occupy all streets, do it
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  • with unity, and reach somebody
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  • you wouldn't normally reach.
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  • Go have lunch with somebody you
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  • would never have lunch with, and
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  • put that thing into practice.
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  • So, we love you.
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  • Occupy all streets #franz
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  • - Brian: Well, thanks
  • 00:47:45.100 --> 00:47:46.040
  • for joining us.
  • 00:47:46.040 --> 00:47:47.030
  • I hope you're being encouraged
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  • and uplifted as you hear
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  • teaching from across
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  • the global platform
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  • of Hillsong Church.
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  • I don't know
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  • your current circumstances.
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  • I may never have the opportunity
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  • to meet with you in person.
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  • But what I do know
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  • and can tell you today
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  • with the utmost confidence is
  • 00:48:00.290 --> 00:48:02.220
  • that God loves you.
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  • The Savior of the world, the
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  • maker of heaven and earth knows
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  • you, loves you, and desires
  • 00:48:07.160 --> 00:48:09.080
  • relationship with you.
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  • Here at Hillsong Church,
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  • we believe that the Bible is
  • 00:48:12.200 --> 00:48:13.240
  • the inspired Word of God,
  • 00:48:13.240 --> 00:48:15.100
  • that it is as relevant today
  • 00:48:15.100 --> 00:48:17.080
  • The very nature of the gospel is
  • 00:48:23.020 --> 00:48:23.270
  • inclusive, not exclusive.
  • 00:48:23.270 --> 00:48:26.200
  • Everyone, you and me, we're
  • 00:48:26.200 --> 00:48:28.180
  • invited into the story of grace,
  • 00:48:28.180 --> 00:48:30.160
  • invited to a life filled
  • 00:48:30.160 --> 00:48:32.050
  • with passion, with purpose,
  • 00:48:32.050 --> 00:48:33.210
  • perspective, and peace.
  • 00:48:33.210 --> 00:48:35.130
  • We believe in a God
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  • who designed you and me for
  • 00:48:36.120 --> 00:48:37.240
  • a personal relationship with him
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  • and healthy relationships
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  • with each other.
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  • Too many people misconceive God.
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  • They believe he's wanting
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  • to judge and punish them.
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  • Yet, Jesus said that he didn't
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  • come to condemn the world,
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  • but to save it.
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  • The Bible tells us that while
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  • we were still sinners,
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  • Christ died for us.
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  • He died in our place so that
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  • we could have the full,
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  • abundant life that he promises.
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  • Through that death on the cross
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  • and the power of his grace,
  • 00:49:02.270 --> 00:49:04.140
  • God can turn around the most
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  • devastating sin or failure
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  • What is it you need today?
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  • Perhaps it's peace or joy,
  • 00:49:12.280 --> 00:49:14.180
  • maybe it's simply relationship,
  • 00:49:14.180 --> 00:49:16.100
  • comfort, or wisdom.
  • 00:49:16.100 --> 00:49:17.270
  • His grace provides an answer
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  • to every problem, a way through
  • 00:49:19.030 --> 00:49:21.050
  • every obstacle, and enabling
  • 00:49:21.050 --> 00:49:23.050
  • power to do what we can't do
  • 00:49:23.050 --> 00:49:24.150
  • in our own power.
  • 00:49:24.150 --> 00:49:26.100
  • When we live out of the free,
  • 00:49:26.100 --> 00:49:27.170
  • unmerited favor of God,
  • 00:49:27.170 --> 00:49:29.110
  • we discover his grace is
  • 00:49:29.110 --> 00:49:30.210
  • all-encompassing
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  • and all-sufficient.
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  • Can I encourage you today?
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  • If you don't know this Jesus
  • 00:49:34.240 --> 00:49:35.290
  • that I'm talking about, consider
  • 00:49:35.290 --> 00:49:37.190
  • giving your life to him.
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  • It is my heart's desire that you
  • 00:49:39.120 --> 00:49:40.240
  • would make the decision today to
  • 00:49:40.240 --> 00:49:42.100
  • allow the work of Jesus to take
  • 00:49:42.100 --> 00:49:44.000
  • instant effect in your life, to
  • 00:49:44.000 --> 00:49:46.230
  • bring forgiveness, and restore
  • 00:49:46.230 --> 00:49:48.080
  • you to full relationship
  • 00:49:48.080 --> 00:49:49.210
  • with God.
  • 00:49:49.210 --> 00:49:50.220
  • Jesus said,
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  • "I am the way,
  • 00:49:51.150 --> 00:49:52.210
  • the truth, and the life.
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  • And everyone who calls on the
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  • name of the Lord will be saved."
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  • God already knows you.
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  • Now, he wants to be known
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  • by you.
  • 00:50:03.260 --> 00:50:05.050
  • It's as simple as this.
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  • Ask him to be
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  • the Lord of your life.
  • 00:50:07.120 --> 00:50:08.130
  • Confess that, like all of us,
  • 00:50:08.130 --> 00:50:09.240
  • you have sinned, and ask him
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  • to wash you clean and help you
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  • to walk with him.
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  • I believe he will do exactly
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  • what you ask.
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  • And that even now,
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  • you can be free, cleansed,
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  • and blameless in his sight.
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  • And if you're in vibrant and
  • 00:50:21.250 --> 00:50:22.270
  • personal relationship with God
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  • already, my prayer is that you
  • 00:50:24.150 --> 00:50:26.170
  • too would discover more of who
  • 00:50:26.170 --> 00:50:28.060
  • he is today, that you would find
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  • a great local church,
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  • immerse yourself in the truth of
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  • his Word, and surround yourself
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  • with other believers who can
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  • encourage you on the journey.
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  • When Bobbie and I started
  • 00:50:39.160 --> 00:50:40.210
  • Hillsong Church
  • 00:50:40.210 --> 00:50:41.240
  • now well over 30 years ago,
  • 00:50:41.240 --> 00:50:43.290
  • it was our desire to have
  • 00:50:43.290 --> 00:50:45.040
  • a congregation that was
  • 00:50:45.040 --> 00:50:46.090
  • youthful in spirit, generous
  • 00:50:46.090 --> 00:50:47.240
  • at heart, faith-filled in
  • 00:50:47.240 --> 00:50:49.120
  • confessions, loving in nature,
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  • and inclusive in expression.
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  • Sadly, I recognize that not
  • 00:50:53.220 --> 00:50:55.030
  • every community has a healthy
  • 00:50:55.030 --> 00:50:57.060
  • expression of the local church.
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  • And that's where we need also
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  • to be planted in the Word of God
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  • so that we could speak to
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  • our own song, claim victory,
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  • and rise up in Jesus' name.
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  • I pray you'll continue to join
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  • us here on the Hillsong Channel
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  • as we dig deeper into the things
  • 00:51:11.120 --> 00:51:13.020
  • of God, meditate on the truth of
  • 00:51:13.020 --> 00:51:15.030
  • his Word, encourage one another
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  • through life's tragedies, and
  • 00:51:17.020 --> 00:51:18.190
  • discover our unique callings,
  • 00:51:18.190 --> 00:51:20.120
  • passions, and purpose.
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  • I believe that together, we can
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  • grow in our faith, learn to live
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  • like Jesus, and continue to
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  • share the good news of the
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  • come to know the power and
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