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August 7, 2017
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  • (uptempo music)
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  • - Hello, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments,
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  • we're going to hear from Pastor David Hughes
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  • as he shares about how to live life to the fullest.
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  • It's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and you're going to be encouraged, so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades,
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  • we like to say no perfect people allowed,
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  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek of some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • My heart will sing your praise again
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  • Jesus you're still enough
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  • Keep me within your love
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  • My heart will sing your praise again
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed me yet
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  • We've seen you move before Jesus
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  • We're trusting that you can do it again
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  • Give us faith God to believe in you
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  • To put our hope in you
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  • Come on, you sing
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • Oh
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  • Come on church, you sing.
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed me yet
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  • - All right guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into today's teaching.
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  • So if you've got a bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up
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  • on your phone or your tablet.
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  • You might also wanna take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - So what is up, what is up Church by the Glades?
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  • Good to see you.
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  • If you're new, we're in a series entitled
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  • The Big Comfy Couch, The Big Comfy Couch,
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  • and a few months ago in creating it, we're thinking,
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  • "What can we do on this stage to communicate
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  • "the idea of a big comfy couch?"
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  • And the best thing we came up with
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  • was a big comfy couch, big comfy couch.
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  • So listen, who grew up in a family where mom had the rule,
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  • no jumping on the bed, no jumping on the furniture?
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  • Who had that kind of rule?
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  • Come on, you had that rule.
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  • We had that rule growing up, right?
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  • No jumping on the furniture, but guess what?
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  • My mom was in the last service.
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  • She's not here at this service.
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  • Oh, yeah!
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  • Welcome to the comfy couch, new series,
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • Gonna be fun today.
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  • I do no tricks on the trampoline 'cause I might hurt myself
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  • and we're gonna have a great time,
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  • and we are pro-couch 'cause couches are just cool.
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  • We have a couch in our family room
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  • and man, we have great times there.
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  • I love being on the family couch
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  • talking to my teenagers about their day,
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  • hanging out with my wife, my seven year old.
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  • We curl up in the corner of the couch almost every night.
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  • That's our thing we do.
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  • Watch a little TV, his shows, The Thundermans, Henry Danger,
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  • something spiritual like The Simpsons.
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  • I love me the couch.
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  • But every couch it seems, if you have a big couch,
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  • a sectional or like a really deep couch
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  • that has that one spot on the couch, that prime spot,
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  • that when you get way back deep in that couch
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  • it's just so comfortable, maybe you have a pillow
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  • under your feet, that you get stuck.
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  • I don't mean literally.
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  • I mean, you can get up,
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  • but you don't wanna get up from that spot.
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  • That spot's so good and it's kind of hard to get up
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  • and you know, the wife says,
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  • "Hey, get the baby his sippy cup," and you're like,
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  • "Oh, you can drink my Dr. Pepper. It's just fine," right?
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  • You don't wanna get up.
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  • This series is about getting stuck, getting stuck.
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  • You know, if you're in a point in life
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  • there's no momentum, no progress, no growth,
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  • you have certain goals, but for some reason
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  • you're just not getting those goals achieved in your life,
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  • you're a little bit stuck, here's the big idea
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  • for the next three weeks, short series, just three weeks.
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  • Comfort is cool.
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  • The bible's pro-comfort, pro-rest,
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  • but sometimes we overly value personal comfort
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  • and you crave comfort to the point
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  • that comfort becomes the enemy of your success.
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  • You see, God wants us to grow.
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  • It's the doctrine of sanctification.
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  • God wants us to grow, to mature, to get better.
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  • God has incredible goals, God has potential for you,
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  • for you to find and fulfill,
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  • so this is your series to get yourself unstuck,
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  • for God to revisit your life
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  • with purpose, power, and momentum.
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  • So if you're a little bit too comfortable,
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  • this is your day to get off the big comfy couch.
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  • Amen?
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  • Let's get ourselves unstuck, all campuses, CBG.
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  • It's gonna be fun.
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  • We're gonna study some Old Testament today.
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  • We're gonna be in Judges chapter three, Judges chapter three
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  • and all of our campuses and locations,
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  • let's say that text together loudly.
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  • Ready?
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  • Judges chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] Three.
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  • - That was good.
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  • Find Judges chapter three.
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  • But again, as I deal with this series
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  • about getting too comfortable,
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  • there is a proper place for rest, re-energizing,
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  • recharging your life physically
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  • and spiritually that's appropriate.
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  • You stay in Judges, look what the king said,
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  • what Jesus said in Matthew.
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  • He said, "Are you tired, worn out, burned out on religion?
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  • "Come to me, get away with me,
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  • "and you'll recover your life.
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  • "I'll show you how to take a real rest.
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  • "Walk with me and work with me.
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  • "Watch how I do it.
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  • "Learn," this is so good.
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  • "Learn the unforced rhythms," come on.
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  • "Unforced rhythms of grace."
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  • You see, God wants there to be
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  • a rhythm in your life, a rhythm.
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  • When I say three, shout the word rhythm.
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  • Ready? One, two three.
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  • - [Congregation] Rhythm.
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  • - A rhythm, a rhythm, a rhythm.
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  • All right, let's just survey the crowd right now.
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  • Who out there, you're not braggin', just being honest.
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  • You have good natural rhythm.
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  • Who has rhythm? Who has rhythm?
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  • Oh, look at all these people, man.
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  • You're probably musical.
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  • You probably play an instrument, maybe percussion.
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  • Keep your hands up, keep your hands up.
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  • You should probably volunteer and join
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  • the Church by the Glades dance team
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  • 'cause you got moves, right?
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  • My teenagers have moves.
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  • Now, who would be on the other end of the rhythm continuum?
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  • Who has little to no rhythm?
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  • Who has like, raise your hand, raise your hand.
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  • I'd have you clap your hands, but you'd probably miss.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand.
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  • Right, my hand is up, my hand is up.
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  • I am so rhythmically challenged.
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  • In fact, you know, we have great worship
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  • at Church by the Glades, and if I'm not speaking,
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  • I'm on the front row and I'm worshiping,
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  • but if the worship leader's clapping and I'm clapping,
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  • I'm staring down my worship leader
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  • 'cause my rhythm is so bad, I'm like watching like,
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  • "Okay and here we go, here we go, here we go,
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  • "he's clappin', she's clappin', I'm good,"
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  • but if they stop, if they stop
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  • and do something else onstage I'm like.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • - Then I gotta change up my move.
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  • I normally go.
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  • My worship with my hand raised.
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  • If you're new, it doesn't mean I have a question.
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  • I'm worshiping, my hand raised, my hand raised,
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  • 'cause this requires no rhythm.
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  • That's why I do that.
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  • A lot of people have no rhythm to their life,
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  • or the rhythm you have is a rut.
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  • It's a rut, your rhythm is a rut.
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  • I mean, your life, not doing anything evil or wicked, right,
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  • you're not out there, you're not robbing banks,
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  • you're not selling crack cocaine to kids,
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  • but your life has no progress.
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  • Your life is stuck.
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  • Your life is routine.
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  • Your life looks like this.
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  • Maybe like you start your day, you wake up.
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  • You wake up, "Oh, I stayed up too late last night
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  • "watching Netflix and I'm tired."
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  • I drag myself to the kitchen,
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  • drink three cups of espresso, right.
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  • You wake up, go to work, go to work, go into my job.
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  • My job is uninspiring, it's not purposeful.
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  • It's kind of mundane, routine.
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  • No one appreciates me here.
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  • I just do it, it pays the bills, barely.
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  • Wake up, go to work, drive home.
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  • Driving 95, commuting, stuck in traffic,
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  • driving home, this is kind of dull.
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  • Wake up, go to work.
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  • This is your rhythm.
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  • This is your rhythm, right, rhythm of a rut.
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  • Wake up, go to work, drive home, hit the couch.
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  • Hit the couch, just veg on the couch.
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  • "I'm so tired," right?
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  • I'm too tired to interact with the family, talk to the wife.
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  • I'm just gonna watch TV, social media,
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  • veg out 'til the next day.
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  • The next day, what do you do?
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  • You wake up, go to work, drive home, hit the couch.
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  • Next day, wake up, go to work, drive home, hit the couch.
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  • Right, and you doing it day after day.
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  • You're not doing anything evil or wicked.
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  • You're just kind of stuck.
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  • The rhythm of a rut.
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  • It is routine without power or purpose.
  • 00:12:35.080 --> 00:12:38.150
  • See, God wants to energize your life with vision, vitality,
  • 00:12:39.270 --> 00:12:42.260
  • make your everyday matter, make it count,
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  • make you wake up on Monday excited, charge into your week
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  • knowing you're a person of divine destiny.
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  • He wants to get you unstuck.
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:52.240
  • If you're in a rut, if your rhythm is a rut,
  • 00:12:52.240 --> 00:12:55.220
  • if you're just kind of mundane and dull and bored,
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:58.000
  • God brought you here to get you unstuck today,
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  • and this is your new day, your new year, your new life.
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:04.270
  • So I'm gonna show you this because this is exactly
  • 00:13:04.270 --> 00:13:08.220
  • what's happening during the time of the judges.
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  • The judges ruled Israel kind of after Moses,
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  • Joshua, the judges before the kings,
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  • and it's the time of the most dysfunction
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  • during the time of the people of God in Israel.
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  • It's about 350 years, 10 to 12 generations,
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  • and people of God are making no progress at all.
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  • It is so much dysfunctional, dysfunction,
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  • and one thing is, pick you passage in Judges,
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  • you see the same mistakes made over and over,
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  • the same stupid over and over.
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  • Now listen, I'm not judging.
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  • I've been stupid before in my life.
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  • Who would say, "Yes, I've made a stupid decision,"
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  • one or two?
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  • Raise your hand.
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  • I've made a single stupid.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand, stupid,
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  • 'cause you're, if you're,
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  • I didn't mean to call you stupid.
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  • Sorry about that.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand,
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  • raise your hand, raise your hand,
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  • 'cause if you're not raising your hand,
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  • lying in church is stupid.
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:57.030
  • All right, now who's made that same stupid decision
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:14:00.140
  • more than once?
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  • Why do we do that?
  • 00:14:02.270 --> 00:14:04.120
  • Why do we do that, right?
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:06.290
  • All right, they're gonna do it in the Book of Judges,
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:09.020
  • and what's happening is they've been very successful,
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:12.050
  • stay with me, during the time
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  • before under leader General Joshua.
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  • They go and they take the promised land.
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  • Man, they make all kinds of progress, very successful.
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  • They take a ton of turf,
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  • and then it's the time of the Judges.
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:23.070
  • What are judges?
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  • They're not kings.
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  • They're charismatic individuals.
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  • They're heroes that got raises up, men and even a woman,
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  • and they lead Israel for a season,
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  • but what's happening is Israel's in the promised land
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  • and there's still some problems.
  • 00:14:35.150 --> 00:14:37.070
  • Let's go to chapter three Judges, a lengthy passage,
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  • and by the way, if you're here
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  • and you're a dude, if you're a man.
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  • If you're a man, you're like a guy, and you're like,
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  • "David, I just, I don't do the bible,
  • 00:14:47.040 --> 00:14:49.000
  • "especially the Old Testament narrative.
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:50.190
  • "I don't understand the weird names
  • 00:14:50.190 --> 00:14:52.030
  • "and I don't do the bible.
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:53.100
  • "I'm a dude, I don't read.
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:54.220
  • "I watch sports, I don't do the bible."
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  • Listen, this is a story for dudes.
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  • This is a passage for men.
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  • This narrative has all the stuff that men really enjoy.
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  • This has a vile villain.
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  • This has an intrepid hero, kind of a 007 James Bond
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  • Sean Connery kind of guy, Daniel Craig,
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  • has, let's see, oh, has violence and gratuitous violence.
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  • Even has bathroom humor, my brothers.
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  • This is a story for you.
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  • You're gonna enjoy this today.
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:22.010
  • We're in Judges chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] Three!
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  • - Chapter three, all campuses, here we go.
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  • What's happening, it says, "And the Lord."
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  • So they're in the promised land,
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  • but there are still a few haters in the promised land.
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  • While Joshua defeated most of the evil people,
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  • there were still some spiritual squatters.
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  • It wasn't their land, it was Israel's land,
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  • but they're there in the promised land.
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  • These are the nations the Lord left
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  • to test the Israelites, verse one.
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  • The reason there was a test, verse two,
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  • he wanted to teach the new generation
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  • how to fight, teach them warfare.
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  • You see, every generation must choose
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  • to follow God on its own.
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  • You can't make God choices for your kids or your grandkids.
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  • They gotta make those God choices for themselves.
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  • You can lead, be a good example,
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  • so this new generation after the Joshua generation
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  • has to learn how to fight the spiritual fight,
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:14.020
  • so they've left some of these haters,
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  • and they're not really nation states.
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  • They're more like warlords and vicious tribes
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  • or evil people, they're heinous.
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  • They're kind of like mafia families left in the land,
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  • but they've left there to teach and train
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  • the new generation in spiritual matters,
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  • all right, but what happens is,
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:33.100
  • I'll just cut through some of the verses.
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  • The people of God don't deal with these haters,
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  • dispatch and defeat them.
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  • They started to hang out with 'em.
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  • They started to do business with them.
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  • They started to do life with them.
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  • Read the following verses in Judges 3.
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  • Start to marry them.
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  • Wow.
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  • They start to worship their Gods.
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  • Who in the, are you kidding me?
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  • I mean, this is Israel after Moses and Joshua?
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  • They've seen those miracles like the Red Sea
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  • and the 10 plagues and the Walls of Jericho.
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  • They've seen that and they stop worshiping the true God
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  • and they're seduced by these pagan deities?
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  • They're spiritually contaminated?
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  • And then what happens?
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  • Well, you hang out with haters, they will turn on you,
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  • and these nasty people groups,
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  • I mean, the first time they get the upper hand,
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  • they turn on Israel and they oppress them,
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  • they marginalize them, they enslave them,
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  • and what happens is after maybe eight, nine years of this,
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  • Israel is so miserable, they turn to God and say,
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  • "God, we're sorry!
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  • "God, we blew it!
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  • "God, forgive us!"
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  • And what does God do?
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  • God forgives them.
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  • God forgives them.
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  • And then you read a couple of pages later and guess what?
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  • They do the same thing, same stupid, all over again.
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  • They're seduced again into paganism.
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  • The haters turn on them.
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  • They defeat them, they enslave them,
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  • and they ask God, "Please, we messed up again, forgive us,"
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  • and God raises up a judge, a charismatic leader,
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  • a rescuer, a hero, and it happens time and time and time.
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  • There's a rhythm in the story of Judges
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  • but it's ruinous rhythm.
  • 00:18:08.140 --> 00:18:09.260
  • It's a cycle and recycle of dysfunction.
  • 00:18:09.260 --> 00:18:13.020
  • They're not stupid one time.
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  • They're stupid over and over and over and over again.
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  • Does that sound like anybody you know?
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  • Don't point fingers.
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  • So here's one example, one example.
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  • Let's quickly hop into this narrative.
  • 00:18:25.270 --> 00:18:27.050
  • So let's start in verse 12, verse 12, verse 12.
  • 00:18:27.050 --> 00:18:30.020
  • So this whole thing just happened.
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  • They turned from God and they get in trouble
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:34.010
  • and they're in bondage and they cry out to God
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  • and God sends a hero, deliverer, and so that happens.
  • 00:18:36.210 --> 00:18:39.220
  • Now we get to verse 12, it begins like this.
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:41.230
  • One, two, three, "Once again."
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:44.070
  • It's a cycle.
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  • It's a rhythm, a ruinous rhythm.
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  • "The Israelites did evil in the Lord's sight
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  • "and the Lord gave King Eglon, Eglon of Moab."
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  • Eglon's the bad guy.
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  • He's the evil king, the advisor of vicious people,
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:19:00.090
  • "Gave Eglon control over Israel because of their evil.
  • 00:19:00.090 --> 00:19:04.120
  • "The Israelites were subject to Eglon,
  • 00:19:04.120 --> 00:19:07.050
  • "king of Moab, for 18 years."
  • 00:19:07.050 --> 00:19:09.180
  • 18 years of dysfunction.
  • 00:19:10.200 --> 00:19:12.090
  • Means you have a baby during this time, grew up,
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:15.150
  • be old enough to vote for Hillary or Donald.
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:18.200
  • Too soon? Sorry, too soon?
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:20.260
  • Anyways.
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:22.150
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:23.160
  • So what happens, verse 15.
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  • Again, the Israelites cried out to the Lord
  • 00:19:25.050 --> 00:19:27.190
  • and he gave them a hero, a deliverer,
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  • and the good guy's name is Ehud, Ehud.
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  • When I say three, shout the name Ehud.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Ehud.
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  • - Ehud, that's an awesome name, Ehud.
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  • Isn't that awesome? Isn't that awesome?
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  • I'm thinkin' like there's somebody here and you're pregnant
  • 00:19:39.290 --> 00:19:41.120
  • and haven't landed on a name, Ehud, Ehud, yeah, Ehud.
  • 00:19:41.120 --> 00:19:44.290
  • Don't name your kid Ehud, please.
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:46.150
  • That's a terrible name, but he's the hero,
  • 00:19:46.150 --> 00:19:48.090
  • and this great biblical detail
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:49.260
  • says he is a left-handed man.
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  • Any south paws?
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  • Excuse me, any south paws, any lefties, lefties?
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  • Raise your hand, lefties.
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  • Lefties, okay, lefty.
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  • He's a lefty.
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  • The son of Gera, the Benjamite,
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:03.020
  • and now the Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king.
  • 00:20:03.020 --> 00:20:07.210
  • See, sin always costs you something.
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.150
  • There's always a wage to sin.
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:11.170
  • And he goes, look at verse 16.
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:14.100
  • Here's the detail, verse 16, great detail in this narrative.
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  • Now, Ehud had made a double-edged sword.
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:19.260
  • Hang on, a double-edged sword, about a foot and a half long,
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  • which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.
  • 00:20:25.200 --> 00:20:28.230
  • Why all the detail?
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:29.240
  • Here's what's goin' on.
  • 00:20:29.240 --> 00:20:31.020
  • God's raising him up to take out the evil king.
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:33.000
  • Ehud's gonna be this hero, this James Bond guy,
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:35.240
  • and this king, Eglon's this evil vicious guy.
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:38.210
  • He's gonna take him out, right, and so he has the sword,
  • 00:20:38.210 --> 00:20:41.140
  • and we get the detail he's a lefty and lefties
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:43.180
  • were very rare, even rarer than today back in the day,
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:46.140
  • so he's gonna attach it to his right thigh,
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:48.220
  • so we know he wouldn't put it out here.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.170
  • You know why?
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:51.190
  • Because, because he's a lefty,
  • 00:20:51.190 --> 00:20:53.010
  • because has to go through TSA, security,
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:55.260
  • and they will pat him down, they will find it,
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.270
  • so he probably puts it on his inner thigh
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:20:59.150
  • 'cause who wants to pat down the inner thigh, right?
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:01.190
  • And they're gonna think folks are right-handed
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.160
  • so it's just God, God has a purpose for him,
  • 00:21:03.160 --> 00:21:05.210
  • so God's prepared him for the purpose he has for him.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:07.110
  • So, here's the sword.
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.030
  • He's gonna take out the king.
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:10.150
  • This is just so good.
  • 00:21:10.150 --> 00:21:11.220
  • Even more detail just kind of on verse 17.
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  • He presented the tribute to Eglon, king of Moab,
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  • who was a very fat man, very fat man,
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  • so he's callin' it out.
  • 00:21:21.190 --> 00:21:23.020
  • He shopped in the husky department, Eglon the evil king.
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  • "After delivering the payment,
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:27.040
  • "Ehud started home with those
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:29.020
  • "who had helped carry the tribute," verse 19,
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  • "But when Ehud reached the stone idols
  • 00:21:31.170 --> 00:21:33.270
  • "near Gilgal, he turned back.
  • 00:21:33.270 --> 00:21:37.050
  • "He came to Eglon and said, 'Hey, hey, king, king,
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  • ''I have a secret message for you.'"
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:44.130
  • The evil king commanded his servants, "Be quiet."
  • 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:46.240
  • "He sent them out of the room.
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:48.070
  • "Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone
  • 00:21:48.070 --> 00:21:50.030
  • "in the cool upstairs room, and Ehud said,
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:53.070
  • "'I have a message from God for you,'
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:55.190
  • "and King Eglon arose from his seat.
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:57.220
  • "Ehud reached with his left hand,
  • 00:21:57.220 --> 00:21:59.250
  • "pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:02.220
  • "and plunged it into the king's belly."
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  • Verse 22 is for the dudes, for the brothers, here we go.
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  • "The dagger went so deep that the handle
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  • "disappeared beneath the king's fat.
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  • "So Ehud did not pull the dagger,"
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  • like, "You just keep it now."
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  • And to make it even more gross,
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  • "And the king's bowels emptied."
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  • This is the inspired word of God right here.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Then Ehud, the hero, James Bond, went out to the porch.
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  • He shut the doors, the upper room behind him.
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  • He locked them.
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  • After he'd gone, the servants came
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  • and they found the doors of the upper room locked,
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  • and the servants of the king said,
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  • "Well, the king must be relieving himself
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  • "in the inner room of the house."
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  • Verse 25, they waited to the point of embarrassment.
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  • I guess this king needed more fiber
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  • in his diet or something.
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  • They waited to the point of embarrassment,
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  • but when they opened the doors,
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  • they took a key, unlocked them,
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  • there they saw their lord fallen to the floor dead.
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  • While they waited, Ehud got away.
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  • And I'll cut to the end.
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  • Ehud goes to the tribe of Ephraim,
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  • says, "Israelites, it's a new day.
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  • "Follow me, I think victory is ours."
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  • In fact, look at verse 28.
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  • Verse 28's on the screen.
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  • I love this great leadership right here.
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  • He says, "Follow me, for the Lord has given Moab,
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  • "your enemy, into your hands," so they followed him.
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  • What I love about this, a few weeks ago
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  • Pastor Corey said this, that faith has that ability
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  • to see things that are not yet visible, right?
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  • You don't have a lot of evidence for your victory,
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  • but you're believing God for your victory nonetheless.
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  • Ehud had this.
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  • He says, "Hey, follow me, Moab's gone down."
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  • Now in context, Moab has dominated
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  • the people of God for 18 years.
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  • They've oppressed us.
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  • They won every battle, every fight,
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  • but he says, "Guess what, victory's coming,"
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  • and the only bit of evidence he had,
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  • the only positive thing in the ledger,
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  • was one dead fat dude, but he could smell it.
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  • He could see it.
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  • He could spiritually sense it was a new day,
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  • it was a new time, there was a new rhythm,
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  • a new sound, a verse of victory, a beat of blessing,
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  • a rhythm of righteousness.
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  • "Follow me, the haters are going down.
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  • "Follow me, we're gonna be free, follow me."
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  • And it says in the following verses,
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  • 10.000 Moabites die, and the people of God
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  • have peace and prosperity for 80 years, 80 years.
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  • Oh my gosh, 80 years.
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  • Could you imagine if we had leadership in America
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  • that was so good that the next 80 years
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  • was peace and prosperity and advancements?
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  • Could you imagine that?
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  • 80 years, it says, and by the way, young people,
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  • it's a great story for young people,
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  • 'cause I think the hero Ehud was a young guy.
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  • Why? 'Cause it says after 80 years, the judge Ehud died.
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  • So he lived 80 years after the story
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  • about taking out the evil king.
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  • That means he was what, in his early 20s
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  • or a teenager when God used him?
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  • If you're a teen, don't think you gotta wait
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  • to be used by God.
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  • Don't be a young punk idiot screwing up your teenage years
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  • being undisciplined and unwise.
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  • Choose to let God use you right now.
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  • Wow, he changes the rhythm of his life.
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  • He changes the rhythm of his nation.
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  • They go from a rhythm that is a rut,
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  • from a rhythm that is ruinous,
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  • to a rhythm of righteousness.
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  • New day, new song.
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  • There's somebody here who's stuck.
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  • Let's change your rhythm.
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  • Let's change your rhythm.
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  • Gonna change your rhythm.
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  • Now, I have no rhythm.
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  • I know next to nothing about music,
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  • but the musical people tell me that a measure of music
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  • has four beats, has four beats.
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  • Is that right, music people?
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  • Is that right? Is that right?
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  • Help me out if I'm wrong.
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  • I'll look dumb.
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  • Four beats?
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  • I'm gonna give you four new beats
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  • for God to restructure the rhythm of your life, four beats.
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  • First one's this, first beat's this.
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  • Frustration, frustration.
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  • Put your hands together all campuses
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  • and applaud frustration.
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  • Come on, give it up for frustration, frustration.
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  • Raise your hand if you love to be frustrated.
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  • Raise your hand if you enjoy incredible frustration.
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  • Yeah, yeah, frustration, yeah!
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  • Of course nobody has their hand up right now, right?
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  • We're all like, "Heck no, man, I don't enjoy frustration."
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  • I mean, frustration's frustrating, and I'm normal.
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  • But at times in your life,
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  • though frustration always feels like your enemy,
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  • sometimes in your life frustration's actually your friend.
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  • Sometimes, because if we're living in dysfunction,
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  • what's going on in this story here?
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  • God left these haters, these people groups,
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  • for the new generation to learn, to trust him,
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  • learn, battle, learn to tighten their game,
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  • but instead of dealing with the dysfunction,
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  • they got comfortable with the dysfunction.
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  • They started doing life with the dysfunction.
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  • They start to marry the dysfunction.
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  • Preachin' to somebody here, right?
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  • Sorry.
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  • They started doing economics with the dysfunction.
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  • They started to worship with these people.
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  • See, denial is simply this.
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  • Denial is getting so comfortable with your dysfunction
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  • you start to pretend like it's not even there.
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  • - Well, that's it for our show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here and we look forward
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  • to seeing you next time on Church by the Glades.
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