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Blessed on the Mountain Top and the Valley

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January 22, 2018
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Church by the Glades

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  • - Hello and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments, we're going to hear
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  • from Pastor David Hughes as he shares about
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  • how how to live life to the fullest.
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  • It's gonna be ton of fun and you're going
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  • to be encouraged.
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  • - At Church by the Glades, we like to say
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  • 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 check us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of what
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  • you can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • Your love is deep enough to reach
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  • The deepest part of me
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love
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  • You arise to know, can't stop me anymore
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  • Because I found your love
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  • When I feel alone
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  • I have a place to go
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  • Because I found your love
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  • Great was the debt of sin
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  • Grace brought me back again
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  • Now I am rising up
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  • Won by the Savior's love
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  • Your love is higher than the stars
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  • Declaring who you are
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love is deep enough to reach
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  • The deepest part of me
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing contains your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing contains your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing contains your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing contains your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • It's higher than the stars
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  • Declaring who you are
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love is deep enough to reach
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  • The deepest part of me
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love is higher than the stars
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  • Declaring who you are
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  • Your love, uncontainable
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  • Your love is deeper enough to reach
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  • The deepest part of me
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  • Your love uncontainable
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  • Your love
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  • No, nothing contains your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • Nothing, no nothing can change your love
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  • Nothing, nothing, no nothing can change your love
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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, go ahead and
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  • grab it or pull it up on your phone or tablet.
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  • You might also want to 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's up Church by the Glades.
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  • And thank you for coming out today.
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  • If you are new, my name's David, I'm one of the pastors
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  • here at CBG.
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  • We're in a series we started last week
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  • entitled Soaring to Your Summit.
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  • The big idea is if you're living at the level of mediocrity,
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  • God wants to elevate your existence.
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  • God wants you to ascend.
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  • I believe it's God's will that you rise
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  • and we're gonna tell you how today.
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  • So glad you're here.
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  • I want to do this a little differently.
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  • There's all kinds of great mountain stories
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  • in the Bible where the context is a mountaintop.
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  • Turn to Mark chapter 9.
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  • I want to start with the text here quickly,
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  • Mark chapter 9, just to make sure that all
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  • of our campuses, that you're with me,
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  • let's say it, text together loudly, ready,
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  • Mark chapter?
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  • - [All] Nine.
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  • - Come on, so find that.
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  • If you forgot your Bible, don't sweat it.
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  • The verses will be on the big screen at every campus.
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  • If you're watching online or watching on home,
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  • go ahead and find Mark chapter 9.
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  • I want to read a text.
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  • It's a Jesus story.
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  • I always love me a good Jesus story, don't you,
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  • don't you love a story that's about the King
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  • and what he's doing with his disciples.
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  • It begins, Mark chapter 9, verse 2.
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  • It says after six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John.
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  • You get the guest list?
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  • Peter, James and John, just three disciples,
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  • not all 12, and he led them up a high mountain
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  • where they were all alone.
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  • There he was transfigured before them.
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  • I'll explain that in a moment.
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  • His clothes became dazzling white,
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  • whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.
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  • Now Luke adds that his began to shine like the sun.
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  • Verse 4, and there appeared before them Elijah
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  • and Moses who were talking with Jesus.
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  • Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, meaning teacher,
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  • it's good for us to be here.
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  • Let us put up three shelters, three tents.
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  • One for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah.
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  • He did not know what to say they were so frightened.
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  • Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them
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  • and a voice came from the cloud, this is my son
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  • whom I love, listen to him.
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  • By the way a little detail here, I won't preach this,
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  • but I'm so tempted, the blessing of God
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  • is not in the hearing, but the doing,
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  • the listening, the applying with Jesus,
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  • listen to him.
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  • Suddenly they looked around and no longer saw
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  • anyone with them except Jesus, verse 9.
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  • As they were coming down the mountain,
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  • Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone
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  • what they had seen until the Son of Man,
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  • the term he used for himself,
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  • the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
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  • And then just for fun, a little later in the same chapter,
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  • verse 31, Jesus says to the disciples,
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  • the Son of Man is going to be delivered
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  • into the hands of men and they will kill him,
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  • but after three days, he will rise.
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  • When I say three, shout the word rise, one, two, three.
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  • - [All] Rise.
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  • - That's the big idea behind this entire series
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  • in today's walk, God wants you to ascend.
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  • Now in the Bible, mountaintops of the environments
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  • of the supernatural.
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  • If you read the Bible consistently,
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  • you'll see every time there's a mountaintop,
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  • it almost seems there's a miracle or a moment
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  • of divine revelation, example, Moses received
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  • the Ten Commandments from the very hand of God
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  • on a mountaintop, Mount Sinai.
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  • Let's see, mountaintop, Elijah, Elijah,
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  • the great prophet of God, Elijah does battle
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  • with the 450 prophets of Baal and God responds
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  • with fire from Heaven that consumes,
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  • not just the sacrifice, but the wood and the stones
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  • for good measure that happened on a mountain, Mount Carmel.
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  • Now this is the mount of transfiguration.
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  • So mountains in the Bible are symbolic of the place
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  • where God shows up and shows off.
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  • And now valleys conversely, those are the
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  • environments of the struggle.
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  • The place of the problematic, is that place
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  • and time in life, the valley season,
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  • when there's no evident progress or momentum
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  • in your life.
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  • I mean right now you're on a mountaintop,
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  • maybe things are going great at work
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  • or great relationship or financially or maybe
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  • you're here today and you brought your tail in here,
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  • but you're in a valley, you limped through the doors,
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  • listen, great job, bring your tough times to church
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  • every single time.
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  • But you're in a valley right now.
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  • So, life has those peaks and valleys.
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  • This is a story, it happens on a mountain,
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  • the mountain of transfiguration's a story,
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  • shows up three places in your Bible,
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  • it shows up here in Mark, shows up in Matthew,
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  • shows up in Luke.
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  • By the way, you guys are being mellow today,
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  • but that's all right, I brought some ringers.
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  • This is may amen corner.
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  • Will you give it up for my amen corner right here.
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  • (applauding)
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  • And I invited them on the stage.
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  • These are people I love and I know
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  • and I do life with a a few staff,
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  • mostly awesome, crazy volunteers at Church by the Glades
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  • that we serve shoulder to shoulder and man,
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  • relationships and life are so important.
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  • This series is about climbing and sending
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  • who you're tethered to, very important if
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  • you're a climber and so listen, I brought them
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  • here for the purpose of encouragement
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  • because I think sermons and they're way better
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  • if they're a dialogue, not a boring monologue.
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  • The last thing I want to do is just talk to you
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  • and you spectate, so follow their lead
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  • because guess what, everybody at every campus today,
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  • you're part of the amen corner and I will preach
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  • better if you give me some love, all right,
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  • give me some love if it resonates.
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  • Okay, much more fun, much more engaged.
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  • So they're kind of leadership, modeling how to do that.
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  • All right, what are we talking about?
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  • Mountaintop, mountaintop, so Jesus goes to the mountaintop,
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  • he's transfigured, there are many great ways
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  • to study the Bible.
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  • I love to study it topically, thematically.
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  • My favorite's like this, just read through a story
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  • or a narrative and it's gonna ask the obvious questions,
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  • simple Bible study.
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  • Want to do that today?
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  • Want to do that?
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  • All right, here we go, here we go.
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  • So here's a question, I'll read this story,
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  • whether Mark's account or Matthew's or Luke's,
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  • why did Jesus not take all 12 disciples?
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  • I mean, he takes a subset, he takes Peter,
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  • James and John.
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  • The fact is if you read the gospels,
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  • if ever he doesn't take all 12, he takes a small
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  • group, he always takes the same three guys,
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  • always takes Peter, James and John.
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  • Always takes Peter, James and John.
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  • He takes P, J and J every time.
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  • He doesn't take the whole group and so they
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  • see kind of special things the other guys don't see,
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  • like when Jesus raised Jairus' daughter from the dead,
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  • he took only Peter, James and John.
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  • Garden of Gethsemane, he invites three disciples
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  • to go a little deeper in the garden and pray with him,
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  • he took Peter, James and John.
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  • So I love to ask the question why?
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  • God's not offended by that, so why do you think
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  • it's always Peter, James and John?
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  • Why is it always P, J and J getting
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  • the special invitation?
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  • Well, you notice the text doesn't say why,
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  • but we can speculate.
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  • One theory is this, it's kind of obvious
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  • maybe they were his favorites.
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  • Jesus had three favorite disciples.
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  • Now listen, if God wants to play favorites,
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  • I'm not gonna tell God what God can and cannot do.
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  • God wants to bless someone, God wants to favor someone,
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  • I'm fine with that.
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  • I'm not a jealous person.
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  • And God has the prerogative to do what God wants to do
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  • and God does bless people and favor people
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  • and sometimes it doesn't seem like it's fair.
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  • It seems like God gives some people more help than others,
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  • more blessing than others.
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  • Maybe it's favoritism.
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  • Now I don't believe that's what's going on here,
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  • because God calls us as his people
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  • not to play favorites.
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  • Especially in church.
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  • In fact, read if you want to James chapter 2.
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  • It's interesting, James tells us ancient
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  • congregation of God not to play favorites in church
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  • because what they were doing is this.
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  • If someone was famous or rich,
  • 00:11:38.170 --> 00:11:40.030
  • they got a good seat, but if somebody was like poor,
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  • I'm not sure how they evaluated that, they judged
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  • your chariot, you drove in or something,
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  • I don't know how, but if you were poor,
  • 00:11:46.010 --> 00:11:48.050
  • you had to stand in the back or sit on the ground.
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  • And James says don't do that, that's wrong,
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  • you're playing favorites in the house of God.
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  • Don't honor a rich person or a famous person
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  • over a poor person.
  • 00:11:58.070 --> 00:11:59.270
  • Now, so Church by the Glades, guess what?
  • 00:11:59.270 --> 00:12:02.160
  • We recognize God honors and esteems everyone.
  • 00:12:02.160 --> 00:12:06.000
  • So everyone in the room right now is a VIP.
  • 00:12:06.000 --> 00:12:09.050
  • You're a VIP, we're glad you're here.
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  • All right, here's a theory.
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:12.280
  • It's not that they were the favorites,
  • 00:12:12.280 --> 00:12:14.230
  • but maybe they were just a little closer,
  • 00:12:14.230 --> 00:12:16.070
  • they were a little closer.
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  • Maybe Jesus had a closer relationship.
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  • That makes a little sense to me because
  • 00:12:19.160 --> 00:12:21.120
  • parents should never play favorites,
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  • but you might have a child that you feel closer
  • 00:12:23.010 --> 00:12:25.000
  • with because you guys maybe share more in common,
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  • you have more natural rapport.
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  • Maybe that's the case.
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  • Maybe Jesus chose P, J and J because he had
  • 00:12:30.020 --> 00:12:33.000
  • a closer relationship.
  • 00:12:33.000 --> 00:12:34.190
  • Well, listen, if you want that, that's great.
  • 00:12:34.190 --> 00:12:37.090
  • I mean God wants to be as close with you
  • 00:12:37.090 --> 00:12:40.070
  • as you want to be with God.
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:41.200
  • You're closeness, your intimacy with God is on you.
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:44.150
  • James, chapter 4, verse 8 says draw near to God
  • 00:12:44.150 --> 00:12:47.260
  • and God will draw near to you, so once you're saved,
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:51.130
  • you can be as close to God, you can be as God hearted,
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  • if you seek heart after God, God is very findable,
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:57.260
  • so you want a closer walk with God, that's on you, amen?
  • 00:12:57.260 --> 00:13:01.130
  • Spend time in your word, time on your knees,
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:03.220
  • that's easy, right, so I can be as close as I want to be.
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.250
  • So, I thought about this, so maybe it's favoritism,
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:09.290
  • I don't think so.
  • 00:13:09.290 --> 00:13:11.110
  • Maybe they're closer, but here's the way to
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:13.060
  • kind of flip it.
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:14.120
  • Because there's somebody out there, you know,
  • 00:13:14.120 --> 00:13:15.270
  • I guess I'm not a very special or favorite Christian
  • 00:13:15.270 --> 00:13:18.070
  • because my Christian life is solid,
  • 00:13:18.070 --> 00:13:20.050
  • I know I'm a believer, but it's not flashy.
  • 00:13:20.050 --> 00:13:23.140
  • Like I know other Christians, man, their testimonies,
  • 00:13:23.140 --> 00:13:26.120
  • whoa, they're dramatic, right.
  • 00:13:26.120 --> 00:13:29.000
  • They were flashy.
  • 00:13:29.000 --> 00:13:30.070
  • Man, their prayer life, man, God, they pray
  • 00:13:30.070 --> 00:13:32.170
  • and God does these miracles in their life
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:34.090
  • and I never seem, I mean God answers my prayers,
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:36.080
  • you're thinking, but not in that overt way
  • 00:13:36.080 --> 00:13:38.180
  • and so I'm not I guess very spiritual,
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:40.160
  • I guess I'm not, here's a different way to think of it.
  • 00:13:40.160 --> 00:13:42.280
  • Maybe Jesus chose and continued to choose
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  • for these special assignments,
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:47.050
  • special mountaintop moments, Peter, James and John,
  • 00:13:47.050 --> 00:13:50.010
  • not because they were super spiritual,
  • 00:13:50.010 --> 00:13:52.010
  • but because they needed the extra help.
  • 00:13:52.010 --> 00:13:55.020
  • Maybe it's not that they were remarkable,
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:58.210
  • they were kind of remedial, right,
  • 00:13:58.210 --> 00:14:01.040
  • they weren't super spiritual, they were kind of slow
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:05.090
  • and Jesus thought, you know, I could take Matthew,
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:08.080
  • Thomas and Bartholomew, but they're doing great.
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  • Aw, there's Peter, James and John,
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  • come on guys, one more time.
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:15.120
  • Just like a good teacher might keep a student
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  • who struggles after class for a little extra help,
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:20.160
  • maybe that's it, so listen, you can envy that Christian
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:23.250
  • with a great dramatic story and the miracles,
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:26.160
  • maybe they just needed the extra help.
  • 00:14:26.160 --> 00:14:29.160
  • Maybe your Christian life isn't spectacular,
  • 00:14:29.160 --> 00:14:31.200
  • but it's solid and listen Christian,
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:34.200
  • you have the Holy Spirit, you have the scripture
  • 00:14:34.200 --> 00:14:37.220
  • and you have the church of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:37.220 --> 00:14:40.220
  • You have everything you need.
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:42.270
  • Why?
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  • I like the question why.
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  • Why, P, J and J?
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:48.060
  • It never says why.
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:51.020
  • I have one more idea, if I have time,
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:52.200
  • I'll share at the end.
  • 00:14:52.200 --> 00:14:53.280
  • But I wrote this down in my Bible as I read
  • 00:14:53.280 --> 00:14:55.180
  • through this story.
  • 00:14:55.180 --> 00:14:56.180
  • No matter why Jesus chose them,
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:58.140
  • been on the mountaintop and seeing this,
  • 00:14:58.140 --> 00:15:01.040
  • had to change to change them forever.
  • 00:15:01.040 --> 00:15:03.150
  • They would never see life the same.
  • 00:15:03.150 --> 00:15:04.230
  • In fact, they had something I want to call
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:06.140
  • a mountaintop POV, a mountaintop point of view.
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:11.000
  • If you ever get to the summit of Everest,
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:12.150
  • everything you see after that is gonna be different
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:15.000
  • and the few intrepid climbers who make it to
  • 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:18.100
  • the summit of the most famed mountain,
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:20.110
  • they will tell you they're never the same.
  • 00:15:20.110 --> 00:15:22.130
  • They never see life the same way, that's why they do it.
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:24.060
  • Now, multiply that feeling by about a gaskwillion
  • 00:15:24.060 --> 00:15:28.050
  • and that has to be how Peter, James and John
  • 00:15:28.050 --> 00:15:31.190
  • after being on the mountaintop with Jesus this day.
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:34.040
  • It's probably Mount Herman, 9.000 feet above sea level
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:36.280
  • and it's not the height or the altitude or the elevation,
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:39.210
  • it's seeing what happens to Jesus.
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:41.130
  • He is transfigured, he spiritually mutates.
  • 00:15:41.130 --> 00:15:44.010
  • The Bible's word is the word for metamorphosis.
  • 00:15:44.010 --> 00:15:46.010
  • Physically he is altered, his supernatural unlimited
  • 00:15:46.010 --> 00:15:49.270
  • divinity peaks out on that peak for the first time
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  • from his humanity.
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  • His clothes are glowing white.
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:56.020
  • It says in the other gospel, his face starts
  • 00:15:56.020 --> 00:15:57.290
  • to shine like the sun.
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  • He's the star maker, makes sense,
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:01.240
  • and they're so amazed at seeing Jesus transform
  • 00:16:01.240 --> 00:16:04.170
  • before them and they got to be thinking
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:06.170
  • oh, my gosh, we were right.
  • 00:16:06.170 --> 00:16:08.180
  • I mean think about these disciples.
  • 00:16:08.180 --> 00:16:10.120
  • Remember they left everything to follow Jesus.
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:12.050
  • They didn't give Jesus just a little sliver of Sunday,
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:14.220
  • they were leaving everything to follow Jesus
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:16.270
  • because years before they suspected,
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:18.200
  • I think he's the one.
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:20.010
  • These servants, these miracles, I think he's the one.
  • 00:16:20.010 --> 00:16:22.170
  • I'm gonna leave it all to follow him.
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  • I think he's the Messiah.
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:25.230
  • But on that mountaintop, their faith became sight.
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:29.230
  • What they suspected became substantial
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  • and they knew he truly was the son of God.
  • 00:16:31.120 --> 00:16:34.110
  • (applauding)
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  • And on the mountaintop, as his face shines like the sun,
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:40.010
  • the moment they start to fish for their Ray-Bans, right.
  • 00:16:40.010 --> 00:16:43.080
  • Oh, my gosh.
  • 00:16:43.080 --> 00:16:44.080
  • Who shows up?
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  • Who shows up?
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  • Who is it, Moses?
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  • And who?
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  • - [All] Elijah.
  • 00:16:50.120 --> 00:16:51.190
  • - Come on, come on church, amen corner,
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:52.120
  • who shows up?
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  • Moses and?
  • 00:16:53.120 --> 00:16:54.130
  • - [All] Elijah.
  • 00:16:54.130 --> 00:16:55.120
  • - Why?
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  • Why did God send Moses and Elijah?
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:58.110
  • Why did he pick those two Old Testament heroes, why?
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  • Why, check your Bible, check your Bible,
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:02.090
  • what's it say, what's it say?
  • 00:17:02.090 --> 00:17:03.220
  • Check your Bible, it doesn't say why does it?
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  • But I wondered why not Adam and Eve?
  • 00:17:05.180 --> 00:17:08.160
  • Why not David and Isaiah?
  • 00:17:08.160 --> 00:17:10.180
  • Why not Methuselah and Malachi?
  • 00:17:10.180 --> 00:17:13.190
  • Why these two characters and it doesn't say why.
  • 00:17:13.190 --> 00:17:17.200
  • So we got to speculate Bible scholars as to why.
  • 00:17:17.200 --> 00:17:19.090
  • There are many scholars say well, this is God
  • 00:17:19.090 --> 00:17:22.030
  • pointing to the past, pointing to like prophecy,
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:24.210
  • pointing to the Old Testament because all 39
  • 00:17:24.210 --> 00:17:27.090
  • books of the Old Testament were complete at this point
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:29.040
  • in the Jesus story and one way to subdivide
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:32.030
  • the Old Testament is by the law and then the prophets.
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:36.040
  • Broad categories, the law being the first five books,
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:38.280
  • the Torah, which means law, by the way and who wrote that?
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:41.120
  • Moses.
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:42.190
  • He's the lawgiver, then the most famous
  • 00:17:42.190 --> 00:17:44.100
  • of the prophets, the most famous of the prophets is Elijah.
  • 00:17:44.100 --> 00:17:46.200
  • So maybe it's God pointing to the past that Jesus
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:49.130
  • is the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy,
  • 00:17:49.130 --> 00:17:51.290
  • which he is.
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.130
  • Other scholars say, no, it's pointing to the future,
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:54.210
  • because church someday Jesus is coming again.
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:58.270
  • Someday our King is coming for his church.
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:01.150
  • Oh, man this world's not gonna spin out of control,
  • 00:18:01.150 --> 00:18:03.210
  • God's in control and some day and by the way,
  • 00:18:03.210 --> 00:18:07.090
  • so much prophecy has been fulfilled about the
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:09.160
  • second coming of Jesus, he could return
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:11.130
  • before I finish this sentence.
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:13.280
  • And maybe it's pointing to that because
  • 00:18:18.080 --> 00:18:20.040
  • when Jesus turns, what happens to us.
  • 00:18:20.040 --> 00:18:22.080
  • Well, Moses, Moses, Deuteronomy chapter 34, he dies.
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:26.200
  • By the way, he dies on a mountaintop, Mount Nebo,
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:28.240
  • not Mount Nemo, that's a fish, Mount Nebo,
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:31.130
  • and that was funny, come on you're giving
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:33.230
  • me nothing here guys, thank you, thank you.
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:35.110
  • Y'all all have heard that joke before, too.
  • 00:18:35.110 --> 00:18:37.030
  • Anyways, so and God buries him with God's
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:39.260
  • own hand so no one could take him to the grave
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:41.210
  • of Moses, but Moses died, but then Elijah,
  • 00:18:41.210 --> 00:18:44.240
  • Elijah never dies.
  • 00:18:44.240 --> 00:18:46.090
  • Elijah in 2 Kings chapter 2 is snatched,
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:50.080
  • he's taken into Heaven and never dies.
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:53.040
  • By a fiery chariot, I mean chariot, a really cool miracle.
  • 00:18:53.040 --> 00:18:55.160
  • Other people watching are like whoosh to Heaven.
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:57.110
  • So maybe it's foreshadowing what happens
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:59.020
  • when Jesus returns because what happens
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:01.010
  • if you die before Jesus returns?
  • 00:19:01.010 --> 00:19:03.010
  • You out of luck.
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:04.160
  • No, no, no, it says the dead in Christ, like Moses,
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:06.220
  • will rise and if you're still alive when
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:08.260
  • Jesus returns, those living are snatched into Heaven,
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:11.200
  • it's called the rapture.
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:13.160
  • So maybe the why, are you staying with me?
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:16.080
  • Why Moses and Elijah, the why is they're looking ahead
  • 00:19:16.080 --> 00:19:18.240
  • is prophecy, it's foreshadowing the second coming,
  • 00:19:18.240 --> 00:19:22.030
  • but guess what?
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:23.190
  • Those disciples P, J and J, they're not thinking why,
  • 00:19:23.190 --> 00:19:26.050
  • they're thinking whoa, you know why?
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:29.050
  • It's flipping Moses and Elijah.
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:33.150
  • I mean special effects, it might have happened
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:36.270
  • at night because it would take all day long
  • 00:19:36.270 --> 00:19:38.270
  • to climb Mount Herman.
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:40.070
  • If you're on the valley and you're seeing
  • 00:19:40.070 --> 00:19:41.210
  • a fireworks show go off, right, as Jesus is glowing,
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.060
  • and here's the two Holy heroes, Moses and Elijah.
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:47.120
  • And in this culture, they didn't celebrate,
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:50.190
  • you know, entertainers or politicians or athletes.
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:53.100
  • They celebrated celebrities, men and women of God
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:58.020
  • who had shaped their nation.
  • 00:19:58.020 --> 00:19:59.180
  • And two of their greatest heroes, Moses and Elijah.
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:03.000
  • Here's Peter, going, that's Elijah.
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:06.080
  • I got his holy Hebrew trading card right here.
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:08.180
  • Rookie, mint condition.
  • 00:20:08.180 --> 00:20:10.040
  • Got a Sharpie?
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:11.100
  • (laughing)
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:13.180
  • You know what love, Quincy, being a Christian for awhile,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:19.230
  • God'll give you a mountaintop moment.
  • 00:20:19.230 --> 00:20:23.080
  • It's different for all of us.
  • 00:20:23.080 --> 00:20:24.230
  • Maybe it's your salvation, maybe it's that moment
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:26.090
  • you trusted Jesus, which for me, it wasn't flashy.
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:28.110
  • I gave my heart to Christ because my parents
  • 00:20:28.110 --> 00:20:30.060
  • brought me up in church as a 9-year-old kid.
  • 00:20:30.060 --> 00:20:32.040
  • My testimony is dull.
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:33.280
  • My testimony is not like well, I was selling
  • 00:20:33.280 --> 00:20:36.170
  • crack cocaine on the streets as a 9-year,
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:39.190
  • no, it's not that.
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:41.020
  • But my salvation was solid because someone sat
  • 00:20:41.020 --> 00:20:42.090
  • down with me and got their Bible and showed
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:44.110
  • me some promises in the Bible about salvation
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:46.170
  • and I prayed a salvation prayer and based
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:49.060
  • on God's promises, not my emotions, promises,
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:51.290
  • I know I was saved that day.
  • 00:20:51.290 --> 00:20:53.160
  • If you don't know that.
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:55.060
  • (applauding)
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:57.210
  • If you're watching online, like six people are clapping
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:20:59.040
  • to that, man, it's awesome to know, thank you.
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  • Y'all need to wake up today.
  • 00:21:01.100 --> 00:21:03.200
  • Caffeine and communion wafers from now on.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:08.020
  • It's awesome to know you're saved.
  • 00:21:08.020 --> 00:21:09.260
  • So maybe your salvation was one of those mountaintop moments
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  • that kind of has marked you forever,
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  • framed your point of view forever.
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  • Maybe if it wasn't your salvation, but it was real,
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  • maybe it was your baptism.
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  • Because baptism is dramatic, can we be honest?
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  • Look, look, if you don't think it's dramatic,
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  • you've been in a Baptist kind of church too long,
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  • because getting people dunked is dramatic.
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  • Because we don't baptizes babies here,
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  • we baptize like grown ups.
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  • We get full grown people to get fully wet
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  • in front of other full grown people.
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  • That's a little weird, amen?
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  • And, but it's not a few people in the last few years,
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  • I think we baptized 6.000 people and here's
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  • the best part.
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  • I watch almost every single one and I've never
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  • yet heard one person come up out of the water
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  • going, that was a big mistake.
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  • I really feel bad about that.
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  • Not a once.
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  • But often people, it's a mountaintop moment,
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  • they're very emotional.
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  • They come out and they're pumping their fist
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  • and they're smiling and their hair's wet
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  • and snot down their face, they don't care
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  • or they're crying and they hug somebody.
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  • It's a mountaintop.
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  • Maybe for you it's your mountaintop moments
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  • with some prayer you prayed and God did step
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  • up in your life and God showed himself to be real.
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  • You prayed about a financial issue
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  • or a health issue.
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  • You prayed for someone who seemed so far gone
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  • to come to Christ and he or she got saved
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  • and gotta hang on to the mountaintop moments.
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  • Because sometimes life's a mountaintop,
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  • but a bunch of life is a valley.
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  • (applauding)
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  • But if you'll remember what God showed you,
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  • if you'll hand on to what God taught you
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  • on the mountaintop, you'll be fine in the valley.
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  • If you know and hang on to what God taught you
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  • on the mountaintop, if I remember what God taught me,
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  • if I remember God's promise on the mountaintop,
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  • I can deal with life's problem in the valley.
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  • So it changes your perspective, hanging onto
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  • those moments, man those moments mark you forever.
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  • Look, Peter, Peter, what's Peter's biggest mistake?
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  • What's the biggest bonehead thing Peter
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  • ever does in the Bible?
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  • Do you know?
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  • He denied Jesus, he denied Jesus, right.
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  • He made a couple of mistakes,
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  • they happened on mountains, too.
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  • On the Mount of Olives, Jesus said pray with me,
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  • he falls asleep.
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  • A little bit later, he's arrested and Jesus
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  • is on trial and Peter follows at a distance.
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  • He gets to the temple mount and Jesus is
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  • on trial right there and someone comes up to Peter
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  • and said hey, wait a minute, I think I saw
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  • you with Jesus, are you his disciple?
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  • And what did Peter do?
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  • He lied, he lied and said, no, I'm not.
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  • If Peter for just a moment could have stopped,
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  • caught himself and gone back in his mind
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  • to the mountaintop, Peter could have stopped,
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  • you know, I'm scared right now because I think
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  • you're about to crucify him, this might mean
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  • you're gonna crucify me, but a few months ago
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  • he invited me to go to the mountaintop.
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  • What I saw has changed me forever.
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  • You see, I saw, I saw his face shine like a star
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  • and I saw his clothes and I heard this booming
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  • voice from Heaven.
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  • I saw Moses and Elijah and I saw, what I saw,
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  • he is the Son of God and Messiah and I know
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  • I'm in a valley right now, he's in a valley right now,
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  • but I have not forgotten the mountaintop,
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  • so here, put the cuffs on, take me, too,
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  • I will die with him.
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  • (applauding)
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  • I can make it through the valley because
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  • I've been to the mountaintop with my God.
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  • It makes all the difference in the world.
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  • Now quickly, quickly, you're listening too slowly this time.
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  • I got one more observation, just kind of thinking
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  • this one through.
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  • Notice that Jesus does not let them
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  • stay on the mountaintop.
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  • They have this amazing moment with Jesus
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  • and they're seeing his divinity confirmed
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  • and this booming voice from Heaven
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  • saying this is my son who I love.
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  • Listen to him, here's Moses and Elijah
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  • and they're freaking out and by the way,
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  • preachers always like to bust on Peter.
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  • He's an easy target.
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  • It's not hard, right, and they bust on him
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  • in this story and I think they should
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  • because something he suggests here.
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  • In fact, let me come back and revisit these verses,
  • 00:24:55.000 --> 00:24:57.030
  • verse 5, Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it's good
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  • for us to be here, let's stop.
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  • Is that the greatest understatement in the whole Bible?
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  • Yes, it's good for us to be here, duh.
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  • And then he says let us put up three shelters,
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  • one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.
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  • This is so awesome, Jesus is great, look at this,
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  • let's go to Bass Pro and buy some tents and camping gear
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  • and make s'mores, just camp out.
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  • And the next verse says why he said this.
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  • He said it because he didn't know what to say.
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  • You know anybody like that,
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  • that they cannot handle dead air in a conversation?
  • 00:25:26.210 --> 00:25:28.070
  • You know someone like that, they just can't handle like,
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:30.000
  • like dead air, they've got to say something,
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  • something stupid and he's doing that.
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  • But look, let's cut him some slack.
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  • This is not a half bad idea.
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  • Come on, Christian.
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  • You're on a mountaintop with Jesus,
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  • let's just stop right there.
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  • You're on a mountaintop Stacy with Jesus
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  • and all of a sudden his face glows like the sun
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  • and here's Moses and Elijah.
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  • I'm not leaving that.
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  • I'm gonna stay there as long as God will let me
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  • stay there, so it's not a bad Idea.
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  • But you notice, Jesus disallows it.
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  • And it says in all three accounts
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  • that immediately he takes them to the mountaintop, where?
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  • Valley.
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  • Takes them about a day to climb down, valley.
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  • So they're exhausted to the valley.
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  • What's going on in the valley?
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:12.080
  • Chaos.
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  • You can read it.
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  • Read it in Mark, read it in Matthew,
  • 00:26:14.140 --> 00:26:15.140
  • read it in Luke.
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  • One story always follows the other.
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  • Mountaintop to the valley.
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  • What's taking place in the valley?
  • 00:26:19.210 --> 00:26:21.050
  • They're the multitude and nine frustrated disciples, why?
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  • All these people with diseases and sickness
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  • and they're marginalized and they're broken
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  • and there's like one dad in particular,
  • 00:26:27.290 --> 00:26:30.000
  • he's a desperate dad because his kid's like
  • 00:26:30.000 --> 00:26:31.100
  • a middle schooler and he has this issue
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  • and he has seizures and maybe it's demonic
  • 00:26:33.230 --> 00:26:35.110
  • or maybe it's some illness, I don't know,
  • 00:26:35.110 --> 00:26:36.290
  • but the disciples typically have authority
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  • over illness and demons.
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  • But they can't help this kid and the moment
  • 00:26:39.190 --> 00:26:42.100
  • you can't step up, there's always a hater
  • 00:26:42.100 --> 00:26:43.270
  • out there to criticize you and there's
  • 00:26:43.270 --> 00:26:45.190
  • some anti-Jesus haters going aha, bogus,
  • 00:26:45.190 --> 00:26:47.110
  • you can't help this guy, bogus.
  • 00:26:47.110 --> 00:26:49.060
  • And there's all this like negativity.
  • 00:26:49.060 --> 00:26:52.270
  • It's all in the valley.
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  • It's all in the valley.
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  • So Jesus makes them go to the valley.
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  • He makes them leave the mountaintop moment
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  • to go to the valley of human need.
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  • Why?
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  • I like the question why, why.
  • 00:27:06.140 --> 00:27:08.140
  • It doesn't say, but guess what, here's what
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  • I'm pretty confident of, here's why,
  • 00:27:09.210 --> 00:27:11.100
  • he's establishing our kingdom priorities.
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  • - Thanks so much for being here.
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  • We hope you were encouraged by today's teaching.
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  • Just so you know, it's not over yet.
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  • We're going to continue next time with part two
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  • of Pastor David's message and we hope to see you there.
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