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August 28, 2017
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The Revolution Has Begun

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  • - Terry Crist: When you think
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  • of some of the major revolutions
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  • that have taken place in
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  • history, what comes to mind?
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  • A violent uprising?
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  • People in the streets?
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  • Humvees rolling through
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  • neighborhoods?
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  • Tear gas?
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  • What is it that you imagine?
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  • Did you know that the greatest
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  • revolution in the history of the
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  • world took place without any of
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  • those things?
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  • In fact, it took place openly
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  • and publicly, in full view of
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  • the entire world, and most
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  • people were completely unaware
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  • of it.
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  • So, what was this revolution?
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  • Well, you'll have to stay tuned
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  • to hear more about it
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  • right here on this edition
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  • - Terry: Hello, I'm Terry
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  • Crist, the lead pastor of
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  • Hillsong Phoenix, and I wanna
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  • welcome you to another edition
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  • of "Café Theology."
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  • Do you know, it's been a really
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  • exciting season here on the
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  • show.
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  • And if you've enjoyed the
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  • program, as I hope you have, why
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  • don't you tell someone about it?
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  • If you have access to a Bible or
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  • a mobile device, why don't you
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  • just turn with me to the Gospel
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  • of Matthew chapter 4, and I'll
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  • begin in verse 17.
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  • The Bible says: "From that time
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  • Jesus began to preach, saying,
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  • 'Repent, for the kingdom of
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  • heaven is at hand.'"
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  • Just over 2.000 years ago,
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  • when Jesus entered into
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  • our world, he came to a people
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  • longing for a Deliverer
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  • who would liberate them
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  • from the oppression of Rome.
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  • At that point in time, the hope
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  • of the day was that someone
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  • would come and set up a
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  • messianic kingdom.
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  • And you can understand why.
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  • At that point in history, Rome
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  • was the ruling empire,
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  • completely in control,
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  • ruthlessly crushing all
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  • resistance, destroying any hope
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  • for freedom in the minds of the
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  • people.
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  • And as a result of that, Israel
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  • was deeply divided as a nation.
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  • That's what often happens when
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  • people are oppressed.
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  • Not only do they feel the weight
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  • of that oppression, but they
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  • fracture beneath it.
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  • It was in that conflicted
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  • environment that Jesus began his
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  • earthly ministry.
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  • But instead of training
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  • revolutionaries to overthrow
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  • Rome, he was far more interested
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  • in the condition of men's
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  • hearts.
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  • Instead of organizing a
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  • resistance movement, he was far
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  • more concerned about how his
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  • followers lived their lives.
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  • In fact, his interest in their
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  • spiritual condition seems
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  • to outweigh his concern
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  • for their political situation.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: You know, in many
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  • ways, Jesus stood as a Man
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  • without a country, a Man without
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  • earthly alliances and
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  • allegiances, a Man who offended
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  • everyone, and at times, was
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  • hated by everyone because of it.
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  • By befriending sinners and
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  • performing miracles on the
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  • Sabbath, he offended the
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  • Pharisees.
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  • By attending parties with tax
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  • collectors, prostitutes, and
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  • outsiders, he challenged the
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  • beliefs of the Essenes.
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  • By refusing to pick up a sword
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  • and fight with the Zealots, he
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  • offended them, and he wouldn't
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  • compromise with the Herodians
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  • who were, well, frankly,
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  • spineless wimps.
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  • Jesus offended every single
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  • special-interest group, and he
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  • stood alone in his beliefs,
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  • alone in his ways,
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  • alone in his agenda.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: In his very first
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  • message, Jesus announced that
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  • one era had come to an end, and
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  • a new one was beginning.
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  • But it wasn't going to be like
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  • anyone expected.
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  • This new era would be different,
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  • so different that most people
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  • would miss it.
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  • They would miss it because they
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  • expected the kingdom to be
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  • ushered in with force of might
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  • rather than a change of heart.
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  • And that's why Jesus began his
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  • earthly ministry with the words,
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  • "Repent, repent, for the kingdom
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  • of heaven is at hand."
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  • Now, what is the kingdom of
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  • heaven, and why does it require
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  • us to repent?
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  • Let's start with a basic
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  • understanding of what the
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  • kingdom is.
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  • The terms "kingdom of heaven"
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  • and "kingdom of God" are
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  • synonymous in Scripture.
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  • They're the same thing.
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  • In fact, the term "kingdom of
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  • heaven" is used 32 times in the
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  • Gospel of Matthew, and it seems
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  • to be because that Matthew is
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  • primarily writing to a Jewish
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  • audience, and the Jews would
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  • have been uncomfortable using
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  • the word "God."
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  • So, what is it?
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  • Well, the kingdom of God is
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  • simply the system and realm over
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  • which God rules.
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  • It's the rule and reign of God.
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  • It's his lordship, his kingship.
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  • Another way of looking at it is,
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  • the kingdom of God is the way
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  • things should be,
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  • the way God wants them to be.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: You know, deep within
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  • every one of us, we know that
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  • the world around us is not as it
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  • should be.
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  • I think it's just intuitive.
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  • We live on a planet ravaged by
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  • conflict, injustice, oppression,
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  • disease, pollution, starvation.
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  • Our hearts break as we see the
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  • people we love suffer.
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  • We see the plight of humanity on
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  • the evening news as it is
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  • expressed in the refugee crisis
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  • or in human trafficking.
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  • We see families under pressure
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  • and relationships strained.
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  • Our children struggle with
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  • issues of identity and
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  • abandonment.
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  • Politicians lie and deceive us,
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  • and the people we even trust
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  • occasionally betray us.
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  • The world is not as it should
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  • be.
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  • I recently came on the scene of
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  • an accident, and I saw a
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  • 19-year-old girl who had been
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  • thrown from her SUV.
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  • I had my family with me in the
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  • car, and we pulled over to the
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  • side of the road.
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  • And when I found a break in
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  • traffic, I ran out into the
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  • center of the road and began to
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  • pray for her.
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  • I knelt there by her with a
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  • couple of others who had rushed
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  • to her assistance as well, and
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  • as we were doing all that we
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  • could with what limited
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  • knowledge we had, there in the
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  • middle of the road, she passed
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  • away.
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  • And when she died in the middle
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  • of the road, I felt everything
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  • in me rebel against what I had
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  • witnessed.
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  • After the ambulance had come,
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  • and the police officers, and
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  • they had taken her away, I
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  • stumbled back to my family
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  • waiting in the car, and the only
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  • thing I could think was, "This
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  • is wrong.
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  • This is not the way God intended
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  • for things to be."
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: I've stood at the
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  • sites of natural disasters and
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  • had that same feeling.
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  • I've stood before caskets
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  • and had that same feeling.
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  • I've looked at oppressed people
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  • all over the world and felt that
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  • same sense of anger against the
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  • conditions which devalue and
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  • destroy humanity.
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  • We are not living in the world
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  • that God created.
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  • We're living in a world of our
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  • own making.
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  • In the beginning, a good God
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  • created a good world, and he
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  • placed good things in it to be
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  • stewarded by a good man and a
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  • good woman.
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  • The world as God created it was
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  • a world of peace and harmony, a
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  • world without sin and sickness
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  • and disease and death.
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  • All of that came in with the
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  • entrance of sin.
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  • We corrupted this planet.
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  • We're still in
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  • the same location,
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  • but this is not the world
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  • as God originally created it.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Religion's answer to
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  • what I've described is this:
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  • "Yeah, things are bad, but
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  • everything will be better in the
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  • sweet by and by."
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  • I was raised being taught that.
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  • It was as if the pain that we
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  • felt was something that we
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  • didn't know how to interpret in
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  • the light of God's kingdom,
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  • therefore, we postponed
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  • everything to heaven.
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  • And, you know, to some degree,
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  • there's truth in that.
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  • Heaven is the payoff for
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  • everything that we endure
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  • in the present.
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  • But what I want you to see is
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  • that Jesus was unwilling to
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  • postpone the kingdom of God to
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  • some future age.
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  • That's why he began his earthly
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  • ministry in Matthew chapter 4
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  • with that startling declaration.
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  • Jesus said, "The kingdom of
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  • heaven is at hand."
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  • Think about that, "At hand."
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  • In other words, God's good and
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  • glorious kingdom is so near that
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  • you can reach out and grasp it.
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  • It's here, it's in the present.
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  • It's working in unseen ways that
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  • eventually will become obvious.
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  • But don't ever mistake the fact
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  • that because it's not obvious,
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  • it's not present.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: A lot of people look
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  • at the miracle ministry of Jesus
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  • as nothing more than signs of
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  • compassion.
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  • I want to introduce a brand-new
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  • thought.
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  • These were the signs of a
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  • - Terry: You know, not once did
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  • Jesus ever subject the kingdom
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  • of God along with its promise
  • 00:11:07.080 --> 00:11:09.160
  • and possibilities to a future
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  • millennial age.
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  • In fact, he did the opposite.
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  • He threw wide open the door to
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  • heaven's provision for their
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  • lives 2.000 years ago, and that
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  • door remains open for us today.
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  • When he said, "The kingdom of
  • 00:11:27.020 --> 00:11:29.000
  • God is at hand," he meant it.
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  • And do you know that the proof
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  • of that was in his miracle
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  • ministry?
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  • Not only did he declare the
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  • kingdom to be present, but he
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  • performed miracles to prove just
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  • how present it was.
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  • Listen to Mark's Gospel chapter
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  • 4, and verse 23: "And he,"
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:52.270
  • Jesus, "went throughout all
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  • Galilee, teaching in their
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  • synagogues and proclaiming the
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  • gospel of the kingdom and
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  • healing every disease and every
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  • affliction among the people.
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  • So his fame spread throughout
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  • all Syria, and they brought him
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  • all the sick, those afflicted
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  • with various diseases and pains,
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  • those oppressed by demons, those
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  • having seizures, and paralytics,
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  • and he healed them."
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  • "He healed them."
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  • Do you know, many theologians
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  • fail to connect the signs and
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  • wonders and miracles ministry of
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  • Jesus to the establishment of
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  • the kingdom of God.
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  • A lot of people look at the
  • 00:12:29.230 --> 00:12:31.080
  • miracle ministry of Jesus as
  • 00:12:31.080 --> 00:12:32.270
  • nothing more than signs of
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:35.050
  • compassion.
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:37.030
  • I want to introduce a brand-new
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  • thought, and it's this idea that
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  • these weren't simply signs of
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  • compassion, although they were
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  • that.
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  • These were the signs of a
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  • revolution.
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  • These miracles were the act
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  • of Jesus overthrowing
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  • the kingdom of darkness.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Have you ever thought
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  • about what it must feel like to
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  • be in a country that is invaded
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  • by another?
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  • Perhaps many of you watching
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  • from around the world have been
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  • in that very situation.
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  • I haven't been, but I can
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  • imagine.
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  • Here are some signs.
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  • If you catch a glimpse of
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  • soldiers in camouflaged uniforms
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  • sneaking through the streets of
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  • your city, if you notice planes
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  • from an enemy country are flying
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  • just above your houseline, if
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  • key political leaders are being
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  • mysteriously assassinated, then
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  • you might expect, naturally,
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:43.030
  • legitimately, that you're in the
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  • midst of an invasion.
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  • And then, when the bullets start
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  • flying and the bombs start
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  • falling, your suspicions would
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  • be confirmed.
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  • You would know another nation,
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  • let's call it a foreign kingdom,
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  • is in the process of invading
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  • your land with the goal of
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  • conquering it.
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  • We understand what that kind of
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:04.160
  • invasion looks like.
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:06.160
  • But what if the kingdom that is
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:07.220
  • invading is a kingdom of a very
  • 00:14:07.220 --> 00:14:10.030
  • different sort?
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  • What if it's an invasion of
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:13.280
  • kindness and compassion rather
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  • than force and aggression?
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  • Wouldn't this be the sign of the
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  • coming of a different kind of
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  • kingdom?
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  • See, that's how I've come to
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:26.260
  • understand the signs and wonders
  • 00:14:26.260 --> 00:14:28.040
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:29.260
  • They are dramatic enactments of
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:33.070
  • his declaration.
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  • They are the kingdom of God
  • 00:14:35.010 --> 00:14:37.030
  • spread in a media beyond words.
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  • And they show us
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  • that the impossible has
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:45.030
  • now been made possible
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  • because the kingdom is here.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: What is it in your
  • 00:14:55.050 --> 00:14:56.030
  • life that you consider
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:57.120
  • impossible?
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  • Can I just say that if the
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  • answer to that is bound up in
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  • the nature and character of God,
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  • you have access to it because
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:07.030
  • the kingdom is here?
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:09.170
  • The kingdom is here.
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  • And when the kingdom comes,
  • 00:15:10.280 --> 00:15:12.270
  • everything becomes possible
  • 00:15:13.200 --> 00:15:16.200
  • because the kingdom has now
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:18.270
  • become available.
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  • I think signs and wonders
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  • confront the skeptics who demand
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:22.270
  • that we just accept our
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  • limitations in life.
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:26.080
  • They make a way for faith that
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  • something new, something
  • 00:15:28.170 --> 00:15:30.080
  • unprecedented, something
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  • previously impossible is now on
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  • the move, and they indicate that
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  • planet Earth, broken planet
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:40.040
  • Earth, has been invaded by a
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  • force of hope, a power greater
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  • than ourselves, a God
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  • who opposes injustice and
  • 00:15:47.170 --> 00:15:49.280
  • will not rest until his kingdom
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:52.200
  • is fully manifested and
  • 00:15:52.200 --> 00:15:54.270
  • his will is fully demonstrated.
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  • [music]
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:04.270
  • - Terry: This kingdom turns
  • 00:16:04.270 --> 00:16:06.140
  • ordinary ideas upside down and
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:09.080
  • inside out, and the challenge
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  • for us is to think like a
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:13.280
  • citizen of heaven, not like a
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:16.220
  • - Terry: The religious leaders
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  • of Jesus' day did not believe
  • 00:16:24.140 --> 00:16:26.150
  • the kingdom was among them for
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:27.270
  • one simple reason: they didn't
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:30.050
  • believe these signs were proper
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:32.180
  • evidences of the kingdom.
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:34.080
  • And Jesus is aware of that.
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:36.020
  • He is aware of their rejection
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:38.050
  • of his lordship and his kingdom.
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:40.280
  • Remember how he pleaded with
  • 00:16:40.280 --> 00:16:42.030
  • them in John 14?
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:43.290
  • He said: "'Believe me, that I am
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:47.000
  • in the Father, and the Father is
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:49.030
  • in me: or else believe me for
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.220
  • the very works' sake.'"
  • 00:16:51.280 --> 00:16:54.280
  • In other words, "If you can't
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  • receive my lordship based upon
  • 00:16:56.090 --> 00:16:57.280
  • my teaching,
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  • if you can't receive my kingdom
  • 00:16:59.120 --> 00:17:01.240
  • based upon my announcement
  • 00:17:01.240 --> 00:17:03.150
  • of its arrival, then at least
  • 00:17:03.150 --> 00:17:05.190
  • believe me and receive me
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  • for the very sake
  • 00:17:07.230 --> 00:17:08.270
  • of the miracles that
  • 00:17:08.270 --> 00:17:10.070
  • I've demonstrated before you."
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  • [music]
  • 00:17:14.040 --> 00:17:17.040
  • - Terry: You know, just like
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:18.000
  • the religious leaders of Jesus'
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:19.250
  • day, we often miss the kingdom
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:21.270
  • of God because we don't
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:23.190
  • understand the signs of the
  • 00:17:23.190 --> 00:17:24.240
  • kingdom.
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:25.270
  • And I think some people are
  • 00:17:25.270 --> 00:17:26.250
  • looking for alternative signs to
  • 00:17:26.250 --> 00:17:29.010
  • prove that the kingdom is at
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:30.140
  • hand.
  • 00:17:30.140 --> 00:17:31.280
  • For example, I know some people
  • 00:17:31.280 --> 00:17:33.130
  • that their faith is on a
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:34.220
  • rollercoaster.
  • 00:17:34.220 --> 00:17:35.270
  • They have a great week, they
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:37.040
  • think, "Wow, God is on the
  • 00:17:37.040 --> 00:17:38.230
  • move, and the kingdom is here."
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:41.070
  • They have a lousy week and they
  • 00:17:41.070 --> 00:17:42.160
  • go through a storm, and they
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:44.030
  • say, "Well, I guess this Bible
  • 00:17:44.030 --> 00:17:45.190
  • stuff really doesn't work."
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.180
  • They live up and down because
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:49.210
  • that they allow their
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:51.170
  • circumstances to inform their
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:53.040
  • faith instead of allowing their
  • 00:17:53.040 --> 00:17:54.280
  • faith to inform their
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:56.150
  • circumstances.
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:57.160
  • And they base the presence of
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:17:59.190
  • the kingdom of God upon what
  • 00:17:59.190 --> 00:18:02.150
  • they go through in life.
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:04.150
  • I think we may all do that to
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:06.120
  • some degree.
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:07.250
  • Each of us has our own little
  • 00:18:07.250 --> 00:18:09.170
  • list of personal indicators that
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:12.010
  • determine the present rule and
  • 00:18:12.010 --> 00:18:14.140
  • reign of Christ over all the
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:16.010
  • earth.
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:17.040
  • In other words, when my little
  • 00:18:17.040 --> 00:18:19.010
  • criteria is fulfilled, when my
  • 00:18:19.090 --> 00:18:22.090
  • personal list of indicators is
  • 00:18:22.090 --> 00:18:24.240
  • complete, then I'll acknowledge
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:27.250
  • the kingdom is at hand.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.200
  • But the truth is, God's
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:32.280
  • revolutionary kingdom is already
  • 00:18:32.280 --> 00:18:35.170
  • here.
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:36.140
  • It's advancing by servanthood
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:38.120
  • and humility.
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:39.180
  • It's expanding by faith, hope,
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:41.230
  • and love.
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:42.240
  • It begins with the poorest, the
  • 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:44.150
  • weakest, and the meekest.
  • 00:18:44.150 --> 00:18:46.150
  • It's growing to become a
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:48.020
  • movement that eventually
  • 00:18:48.020 --> 00:18:50.010
  • supplants the power structures
  • 00:18:50.010 --> 00:18:51.210
  • of this world.
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:52.210
  • The kingdom is here and is
  • 00:18:52.210 --> 00:18:55.110
  • coming.
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:56.140
  • The kingdom is now
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:58.000
  • and is in the future.
  • 00:18:58.000 --> 00:18:59.220
  • And the reason
  • 00:18:59.220 --> 00:19:00.180
  • the kingdom is present
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:02.120
  • is because the King has come.
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  • [music]
  • 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:11.000
  • - Terry: What kind of king
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:11.220
  • shows up anywhere without his
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:14.130
  • kingdom?
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:15.260
  • Because the kingdom isn't his
  • 00:19:15.260 --> 00:19:18.180
  • natural geography.
  • 00:19:18.180 --> 00:19:20.130
  • The kingdom is his right to rule
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:23.110
  • and reign.
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.130
  • And in the light of the arrival
  • 00:19:24.130 --> 00:19:25.160
  • of the kingdom, Jesus tells us
  • 00:19:25.160 --> 00:19:27.080
  • something.
  • 00:19:27.080 --> 00:19:28.260
  • He says, "You've gotta repent."
  • 00:19:29.200 --> 00:19:32.200
  • That's where we started this
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:33.140
  • episode, Matthew chapter 4,
  • 00:19:33.140 --> 00:19:35.160
  • verse 17: "Jesus said,
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:37.070
  • 'Repent, for the kingdom
  • 00:19:37.070 --> 00:19:38.260
  • of heaven is at hand.'"
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:40.270
  • Now that we've talked
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:41.210
  • about what the kingdom is, why
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:44.000
  • do we need to repent?
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:46.000
  • I once saw a cartoon strip of
  • 00:19:46.000 --> 00:19:47.050
  • two guys.
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  • One's in the courtroom standing
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:49.040
  • before the judge, and the judge
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:51.010
  • says to him, "Listen, it's,
  • 00:19:51.010 --> 00:19:53.020
  • 'Guilty,' or, 'Not guilty.'
  • 00:19:53.020 --> 00:19:55.090
  • You can't plead,
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:56.180
  • 'I gotta be me.'"
  • 00:19:56.180 --> 00:19:58.160
  • I think that's funny
  • 00:19:58.160 --> 00:19:59.190
  • because I think we've all tried
  • 00:19:59.190 --> 00:20:01.100
  • that before God.
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.230
  • "Lord, what do I have to repent
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:04.210
  • over?
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:05.280
  • This is just me bein' me."
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:08.150
  • God has a better plan for us,
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:10.100
  • and repentance is simply three
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:12.060
  • things: Number one, it's a
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:13.130
  • change in decision.
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:15.220
  • Number two, it's a change in
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:18.040
  • direction.
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:19.090
  • And number three, it's a change
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:21.140
  • in dimension.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:23.070
  • So, when Jesus says, "Come on,
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  • guys, you've gotta repent
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  • because of the arrival of my
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  • kingdom," what he's really
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  • saying is, "It's time to change
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  • your thinking about everything.
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  • Everything in this world is
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  • about to change, and you need to
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  • be ready for it."
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  • You see, the message is that God
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  • now sets the rules.
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  • And by giving up our old way
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  • of perceiving and believing
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  • and behaving,
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  • we can now be positioned
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  • to receive the kingdom and
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  • the new way God is revealing.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Did you know that
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  • Jesus didn't just subvert the
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  • power structures of the day?
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  • He subverted the very natural
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  • instincts of broken humanity.
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  • That's what the kingdom does,
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  • and that's why repentance is
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  • necessary.
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  • The message that the kingdom
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  • is at hand turns ordinary,
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  • everyday ideas on their head,
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  • challenges everything.
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  • That's what it means to repent.
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  • It means you've gotta change
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  • your way of thinking about
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  • everything because you're now
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  • living in an upside-down,
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  • inside-out kingdom.
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  • The rules have changed.
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  • In the kingdom of God, outsiders
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  • are now insiders.
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  • Weak is the new strong.
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  • Servanthood is the new power
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  • structure.
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  • Peace is the new battle cry.
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  • The poor in spirit are rich in
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  • faith.
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  • To live, you must die.
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  • To rule, you must serve.
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  • We are to love those who
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  • persecute us and pray for those
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  • who despise us and even hate us.
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  • This kingdom turns
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  • ordinary ideas upside down
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  • and inside out, and the
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  • challenge for us is to think
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  • like a citizen of heaven, not
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  • like a citizen of this world.
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: We're living in a
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  • time where our political
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  • structures are stressed to the
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  • breaking point.
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  • Our world has become
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  • increasingly global, and yet
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  • there's a counter move toward
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  • nationalism.
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  • And we're all thinking, "My
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  • tribe first.
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  • My people first."
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  • And we're putting ourselves
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  • first, when, in fact, we've been
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  • called, according to Matthew
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  • 6:33, to put the kingdom first.
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  • That's what Jesus said, "Seek
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  • first the kingdom, that kingdom
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  • that's here, that kingdom that
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  • turns ordinary ideas upside
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  • down, that kingdom that is
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  • upside down and inside out.
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  • Put that kingdom first,
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  • and allow me to show you
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  • a brand-new way of living."
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Why is that we keep
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  • repeating the same old broken
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  • patterns?
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  • Why is it that we keep doing the
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  • same thing that doesn't lead to
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  • life?
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  • What could happen if we, as
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  • God's people, would say, "Lord,
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  • I'm gonna put your kingdom
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  • first.
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  • I'm going the Jesus way.
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  • I'm gonna read through the
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  • Gospels.
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  • I'm gonna discover not only who
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  • he is but what he taught, and
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  • then I'm gonna say, regardless
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  • of who I am, this is the way I
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  • choose to live."
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  • The kingdom way is in putting
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  • the way of Jesus above our
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  • natural labels, our natural
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  • identifiers, our natural way of
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  • self-defining, self-describing,
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  • and then living out those
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  • descriptions.
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  • The kingdom way is God's way.
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  • And if we would put the kingdom
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  • way above our way, we would show
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  • the world around us a brand-new
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  • way, a higher way, a new and
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  • living way.
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  • Well, we've come to the end of
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  • the program, and I wanna thank
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  • you for spending this time with
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  • me.
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  • I really hope that I've said
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  • something today that helps you
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  • to see your place in this
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  • amazing story.
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  • Ultimately, God has a place for
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  • every single one of us in the
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  • story of his plan for humanity.
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  • And I hope you'll join me next
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  • week as we continue talking
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  • about the message that fueled
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  • the revolution we've talked
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  • about today.
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  • I'm gonna continue to unpack the
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  • words of Jesus when he taught us
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  • to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy
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  • will be done."
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  • That's one prayer we can all
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  • pray with the full assurance
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  • that God intends to answer it.
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  • I mean, why would God invite us
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  • to ask for something that he has
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  • no intentions of answering?
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  • But you can be sure
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  • that he does.
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  • And next week,
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  • we're gonna talk more
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  • about that right here on another
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  • - Terry: We're not praying in a
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  • vacuum.
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  • We're not praying out of
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  • ignorance.
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  • We're not just merely following
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  • the words of Jesus,
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  • but we're praying with the full
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  • engagement of our faith,
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  • understanding exactly what it is
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  • that we long for when
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