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August 26, 2016
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  • Havia: Good morning, and welcome to Church by the Glades
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  • with Pastor David Hughes.
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  • My name is Havia, and we're absolutely thrilled
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  • that you're here.
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  • Today we've got an empowering message that we know will bring
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  • hope and encouragement to the start of your week.
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  • So stick around.
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  • It's going to be great.
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  • female: 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 will be welcome when you visit.
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  • So in case you haven't visited yet, here's a sneak peak of some
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  • of the amazing things that happen
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  • at Church by the Glades every week.
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  • Check it out.
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  • You've brought me to the water where my past
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  • can be swept away in the current of your mercy
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  • and I know I'll never be the same
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  • There's no limit to your promise
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  • Jesus, you have done it all for me
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  • Jesus, you have done it all for me
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing over me
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing
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  • over and over and over
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  • I will jump into the water
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  • where my soul can be satisfied
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  • And your love is overflowing
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  • from within me and it won't run dry
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  • There's no limit to your promise
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  • Jesus, you have done it all for me
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  • Jesus, you have done it all for me, oh
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing over me
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing
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  • over and over and over
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing over me
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  • Grace comes like a wave crashing
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  • over and over and over
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  • There is healing in the water
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  • with a love that flows so deep
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  • Wash over me. Wash over me
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  • Forgiveness in the water with a love that..
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  • female: So that was just a glimpse of what it's like
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  • to experience Church by the Glades on a weekend.
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  • We would love for you to come and see us some time.
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  • And we have two locations here in South Florida
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  • that you can visit.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com for all the times and directions.
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  • We'll see you soon.
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  • Havia: All right, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into the teaching.
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  • So if you've got a Bible nearby, go ahead and grab it,
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  • or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also wanna take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments could make
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  • a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • David Hughes: Other times, even cooler, I'm talkin' about
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  • this issue, but you're hearing something on this issue,
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  • a totally different thing.
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  • And God's impressing something very different on your heart
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  • 'cause the Holy Spirit can do that.
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  • I'm just tellin' you this.
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  • It's a beautifully dangerous prayer to pray
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  • as you walk through these tunnels, "I'm open.
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  • Speak to me.
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  • I mean, whatever, God.
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  • Inspire me.
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  • Direct me.
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  • Correct me.
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  • I'm open."
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  • Pray that prayer, watch out.
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  • Watch out.
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  • God is very relational.
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  • So anyways, so Zechariah has this, like, you know, vision,
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  • and God speaks to him by way of an angel personally, though
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  • there's thousands of people.
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  • Well, what does the angel say?
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  • This is really, really cool.
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  • The angel says, verse 14:
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  • "Now that you're gonna have a son, name him John.
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  • He'll be a joy and a delight to you.
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  • He's not just gonna be any kid.
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  • He's gonna be a good kid and a delightful kid.
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  • And many will rejoice his birth."
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  • So he's thinkin', Zechariah, no doubt, like, "Wow,
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  • I'm not just gonna have a kid.
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  • I'm a old man. I'm 'a have a kid finally.
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  • I'm 'a have a great kid, and have a great joy.
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  • He's gonna be a great man of God."
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  • And then look what the angel says next, verse 16: "Many of
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  • the people Israel he will bring back to the Lord their God."
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  • This is a priest hearing this.
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  • He's goin', "Oh my gosh."
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  • "And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and
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  • power of Elijah," famous, famous Old Testament prophet, "to
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  • turn the hearts of the fathers," relational, family, "to their
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  • children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--
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  • to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
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  • Man, and Zechariah asked one question when the angel's done.
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  • He's like, "No disrespect, but how?
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  • I mean, I'm, like, really old.
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  • We've been prayin' this prayer for years.
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  • I'm really old. My wife's old.
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  • I mean, she's post-menopausal.
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  • This can't happen."
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  • And the angel says, "My name is Gabriel.
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  • And I stand in the presence of the living God.
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  • And God has spoken.
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  • And when God speaks, it happens, guaranteed.
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  • And God has spoken this over you.
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  • Now, because you're questioning God, this will be a sign.
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  • You'll be without speech until the boy is born."
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  • You can read the rest of it, chapter 1.
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  • Zechariah comes out of the holy place, right, where he's been
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  • burning incense and all the thousands of worshipers are
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  • there, and he's, like, tryin' to do impromptu sign language,
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  • like, you know, what happened in there.
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  • And they're, like, they're aware he's seen a vision.
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  • And then it says this: "He finished his volunteer."
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  • He's a volunteer priest, no paycheck.
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  • "He's finished his volunteer service, several days, without
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  • the ability to speak."
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  • We got people at Church by the Glades, they get a slight
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  • case of the sniffles, they don't show up.
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  • This volunteer was gonna finish his commitment, responsible.
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  • And then he goes home, has to kinda share God's plan
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  • with his wife, Elizabeth, but he can't talk.
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  • My brothers, I wonder what that looked like.
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  • Did he just come home and like, pour a little cabernet,
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  • light a couple candles, put on the Marvin Gaye, look her
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  • in the eye, thinkin, "Baby, we gots to do God's will."
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  • Whatever he did, it works.
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  • And worked, and she conceives, and she's pregnant.
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  • She's old, but she's pregnant.
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  • Bible says, "She kept herself in seclusion for 5 months."
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  • You know why that is?
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  • 'Cause it's weird when a 85-year-old woman's walkin'
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  • around the maternity section at Walmart.
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  • "Does she have a baby bump?
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  • Does that old woman have a baby bump?"
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  • That's just awkward. That's weird.
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  • So she waited to be clear that God had blessed her in
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  • the latter part of her life in this supernatural way.
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  • And then they had the baby.
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  • And the neighbor's like, "Well, name him Zechariah Junior.
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  • That'd be a great name."
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  • No, that's a terrible name.
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  • And they asked the dad.
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  • "Dad, what do you think we should name him?" He can't talk.
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  • So he gets out the iPad and says, "Name him John."
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  • As soon as he says that, his voice comes back
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  • and he sings praises to God.
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  • And they had this remarkable, remarkable, remarkable kid
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  • that God uses in a huge way.
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  • God answers their prayer.
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  • Now, now, listen, I was thinking about
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  • what Zechariah and Elizabeth would be thinking about
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  • as they watched the boy grow.
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  • I was just thinkin' about that, right?
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  • What were they thinking, watching the boy--'cause they
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  • have a promise, "He's gonna be a delight, and a joy,
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  • and bring many people to God."
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  • What are they thinking about?
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  • Well, they're probably thinking like this.
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  • Zechariah's processing, "I come from a long line of priests.
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  • I'm a priest.
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  • My daddy was a priest.
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  • My granddaddy was a priest.
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  • I got priest, priest, priest."
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  • And Elizabeth also, all the way back to Aaron, man,
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  • priest, priest, priest.
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  • "So the angel told me that John's gonna be
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  • a great man of God.
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  • So I'm a priest.
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  • No doubt he's gonna grow up and be a priest.
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  • I'm a Levite.
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  • He'll be a Levite.
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  • I serve in the beautiful temple.
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  • He will serve God and do ministry in
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  • the beautiful temple.
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  • He'll be in Jerusalem 'cause I serve in Jerusalem.
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  • I have these cool priestly robes.
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  • He'll wear cool clothes like me.
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  • And man, God's gonna use him.
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  • He's gonna be a priest."
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  • That's not what happens.
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  • If you read the story, John grows up, does become
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  • a mighty man of God.
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  • But he never does ministry as a priest.
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  • He never does ministry in Jerusalem.
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  • He never does ministry in the temple.
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  • In fact, the Bible says, "He lives in the wilderness."
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  • He is homeless.
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  • He doesn't wear priestly robes.
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  • He wears weird clothes.
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  • And on top of that, the Bible says, "He eats bugs."
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  • An insectatarian, right?
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  • Now, God's gonna use him in a powerful way.
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  • But this kid is not turning out any way his parents imagined.
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  • This kid's a total surprise.
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  • He's an absolute non-conformist.
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  • He wears strange clothes, has a big, bushy beard, has long hair.
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  • He's a Hebrew hipster who lives in the wilderness.
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  • And no doubt, his mom and dad thought he'd be a priest, and be
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  • normal, and live in Jerusalem, and do ministry in the temple.
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  • Do your kids ever surprise you?
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  • You know, 'cause we, we're parents, man.
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  • We have dreams and goals for our kids.
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  • Now, sometimes we don't mean to.
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  • We make the mistake that we superimpose upon our kids
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  • unfulfilled dreams in our life.
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  • And we put that on them, like, "You know,
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  • I was never a great athlete.
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  • But man, I want my boy to be a great athlete."
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  • So he's in organized sports when he's only 3 years old.
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  • And you know, "I'm gonna make sure he's a great athlete
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  • 'cause I never was."
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  • Or, "Man, I never made a lot of money.
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  • I was not successful.
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  • But I hope my kids marry into a lot of money."
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  • And this, right?
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  • And all that kinda, and we don't mean to lay that on our kids.
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  • Proverbs 22:6 said: "Train up a child in the way he should go."
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  • Let your kid be the person that God has called your person
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  • to be, your kid to be.
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  • Let them go the way God has wired them, with their passions,
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  • their disposition, in the way that he or she should go.
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  • I know Zechariah thought, "He's gonna be a priest.
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  • He's gonna be normal.
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  • He's gonna dress with nice robes."
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  • Uh-uh, he was God's wild man.
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  • He was a non-conformist.
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  • He didn't fit in.
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  • And God used him in a powerful way.
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  • Look, they're our kids.
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  • They're not our clones.
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  • They're our kids.
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  • You don't want a clone.
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  • Clones are weird, right?
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  • Who wants a clone?
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  • You want your child to grow into the person, the man or woman,
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  • that God has designed them to be.
  • 00:11:34.130 --> 00:11:37.050
  • But guess what?
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  • Parents, it will surprise you.
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  • You'll think you got a plan.
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  • They got a--it'll surprise you. Why are we surprised by that?
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  • Your kids have been surprising you for years, haven't they?
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  • Put your hands together if your kids surprise you, ever--?
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  • In fact, remember how you thought parenting would go down
  • 00:11:54.200 --> 00:11:58.280
  • before you became a parent? Remember that?
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  • Remember imagining what it would be like to have kids
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  • before you had kids? Remember that conversation?
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  • "Oh, man, we should have a kid someday.
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  • We have a kid," like, "you'd be a wonderful mother."
  • 00:12:08.120 --> 00:12:10.120
  • Or, "You'd be a phenomenal father.
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  • Could you imagine little tiny versions of us?
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  • How cute would that be?
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  • Oh, having kids would be fun."
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  • Look, look, I don't mean to offend anybody.
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  • But if you're here and you're thinkin' about having kids,
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  • and you think you know what it's like to have kids,
  • 00:12:29.190 --> 00:12:33.160
  • you're in for a surprise.
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  • You have no idea how much about kids you don't have.
  • 00:12:35.010 --> 00:12:39.040
  • I mean, there are things that you don't even know are things
  • 00:12:39.070 --> 00:12:43.000
  • that become these impossible things once you have kids.
  • 00:12:43.030 --> 00:12:46.260
  • I mean, things right now, as you're, like, a couple, just
  • 00:12:46.290 --> 00:12:48.210
  • very simple things for you that are no big deal, if you got
  • 00:12:48.240 --> 00:12:50.190
  • kids, they become a thing.
  • 00:12:50.220 --> 00:12:53.090
  • I mean, things like leaving the house.
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:56.230
  • Just trying to get out the door, if you have kids, is a thing.
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  • I mean, I got, my son's 16.
  • 00:13:02.180 --> 00:13:05.090
  • My daughter's 14.
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  • I got two teenagers.
  • 00:13:06.270 --> 00:13:08.050
  • And I got my youngest one. He's just turned 7, all right?
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:10.010
  • So we're tryin' to leave the house, and I'm, Lisa will
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:11.180
  • tell you, I'm not a yeller.
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:13.050
  • I'm not a screamer. But man, leavin' the house is hard.
  • 00:13:13.080 --> 00:13:15.210
  • I don't yell.
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:18.060
  • I get a little louder. "Charlie! Victoria!
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  • C'mon, guys!
  • 00:13:20.250 --> 00:13:22.150
  • We are 10 minutes late!
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  • I told you guys 3 hours ago we were gonna leave at 5:30 to be
  • 00:13:24.230 --> 00:13:27.080
  • at church, and you guys are 10--c'mon, what is the problem?
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  • Zane, Zane, where is your, where, why do you not have
  • 00:13:30.190 --> 00:13:33.280
  • a shirt on? Go get a shirt.
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:35.190
  • You can't go to church topless.
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  • That's one of the rules.
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  • Go get ya a shirt. Charlie! Victoria! C'mon!
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  • Hey, are you hearing me?
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:43.050
  • Are you playin' on those iPhones?
  • 00:13:43.080 --> 00:13:45.040
  • Are you Snapchatting instead of gettin'--" Give your kids
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  • the nicest phone you can afford to give them.
  • 00:13:48.270 --> 00:13:51.220
  • 'Cause it's awesome when you take it back
  • 00:13:51.250 --> 00:13:53.230
  • when they misbehave.
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:56.120
  • "C'mon, guys!
  • 00:13:56.150 --> 00:13:58.030
  • You're makin' me late for church.
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.140
  • I'm the pastor!
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  • Zane, Zane, Zane, your shirt's on backwards, Zane.
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:02.060
  • Arms up. Arms up. Arms out. Arms up.
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  • Okay, now, buddy, where are your shoes?
  • 00:14:05.070 --> 00:14:07.140
  • You lost your shoes.
  • 00:14:07.170 --> 00:14:09.050
  • When did you see your shoes last?
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:11.010
  • On your feet?
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:12.170
  • Okay, go get different shoes.
  • 00:14:12.200 --> 00:14:14.050
  • Get the Velcro shoes because you can put those on yourself.
  • 00:14:14.080 --> 00:14:16.150
  • Okay, Zane's ready.
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  • Lisa, you look awesome.
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  • Charlie! Victoria!
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  • I'm leaving you. Uh-huh, I'm leavin'.
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:24.050
  • I'm walking to the car.
  • 00:14:24.080 --> 00:14:26.190
  • I'm gonna leave you behind.
  • 00:14:26.220 --> 00:14:28.180
  • I know you--I'm 'a leave." I am bluffing.
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:30.230
  • I've never left them behind one time.
  • 00:14:30.260 --> 00:14:33.020
  • Oh, wait, wait, and if you have little kids,
  • 00:14:33.050 --> 00:14:37.160
  • oh, exponentially harder, right?
  • 00:14:37.190 --> 00:14:40.080
  • Little kids, now you gotta add to that a PhD in mechanical
  • 00:14:40.110 --> 00:14:44.050
  • engineering just to get 'em in all the car seats right.
  • 00:14:44.080 --> 00:14:47.100
  • Just, the car seat's so confusing, like--and then you
  • 00:14:47.130 --> 00:14:50.100
  • need that itemized list of the 37 things you gotta bring.
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:53.120
  • Like, "Okay, we need the wipes.
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  • Need the diaper bag. Need the iPad. Need the binkie.
  • 00:14:55.040 --> 00:14:58.180
  • Need the juice sippy cups," right?
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:15:00.280
  • Like, all of that list.
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:02.150
  • And then as you're lockin' them in, as they're cryin', and
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:04.240
  • poopin', and snottin' in the backseat, you look at your car.
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:10.260
  • Once upon a time, you had a clean car.
  • 00:15:10.290 --> 00:15:14.240
  • Once upon a time, you had a cool, clean car.
  • 00:15:14.270 --> 00:15:18.260
  • You were the captain of the cool car club.
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:21.140
  • But now you traded in that cool car for a pre-owned minivan.
  • 00:15:21.170 --> 00:15:27.060
  • And you're lookin' at the seats.
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:30.180
  • Stains, juice, and petrified McDonald's french fries,
  • 00:15:30.210 --> 00:15:37.140
  • and, "I'm not sure what's growin' over there."
  • 00:15:37.170 --> 00:15:40.110
  • That's an aroma of poopy diaper in your car.
  • 00:15:40.140 --> 00:15:44.210
  • That's just trying to get out the door.
  • 00:15:44.240 --> 00:15:50.130
  • That's just trying to leave your house.
  • 00:15:50.160 --> 00:15:51.270
  • Like, if you're a couple right now, and you don't have any
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:53.100
  • kids, what does leaving the house look like for you?
  • 00:15:53.130 --> 00:15:55.080
  • It looks like this.
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  • "I think I wanna leave the house."
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  • "Okay."
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • Don't even get me started about sleep, bedtime, dating, driving,
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:18.090
  • insurance, braces, trying to get your kids to eat healthy food.
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  • Zane, my youngest, everything the boy eats is beige.
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  • Cookies are beige.
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  • French fries are beige.
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  • Mac and cheese, beige.
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  • Everything he eats is--how much money they cost.
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  • I need a moment.
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  • Listen, being a parent is hard.
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:59.140
  • But being a parent is awesome.
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  • High degree of difficulty, no doubt.
  • 00:17:09.160 --> 00:17:13.000
  • Maybe the toughest thing I've ever tried to do in my life.
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:14.160
  • But man, the payoff is so cool.
  • 00:17:14.190 --> 00:17:16.160
  • So, listen, here's poor Elizabeth and--they've been
  • 00:17:16.190 --> 00:17:19.020
  • prayin' for a baby for years.
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:20.240
  • They didn't just wake up when they were 85, go, "We should
  • 00:17:20.270 --> 00:17:24.000
  • pray for a kid," right?
  • 00:17:24.030 --> 00:17:25.110
  • They've been praying, and heaven has said nothing for decades.
  • 00:17:25.140 --> 00:17:28.240
  • And then God answers the prayer and she's pregnant.
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:31.230
  • And just think about all the drama, man.
  • 00:17:31.260 --> 00:17:33.050
  • They're like, "Oh, we gotta move out of our 55 and older condo
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:36.090
  • and find a new place."
  • 00:17:36.120 --> 00:17:37.190
  • And here's old Elizabeth, walkin' around Babies 'R Us,
  • 00:17:37.220 --> 00:17:39.040
  • and, "Do you take AARP discounts here?
  • 00:17:39.070 --> 00:17:41.010
  • Do you? Oh, it's never come up before?
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:43.110
  • 'Cause I could really use a little help because kids
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:44.280
  • are expensive."
  • 00:17:45.010 --> 00:17:46.080
  • And all this drama.
  • 00:17:46.110 --> 00:17:47.210
  • And then John's not gonna turn out any way they expect.
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:52.140
  • But he is still the answer to their prayers.
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:55.240
  • And so let me wrap this up quickly with just a quick word
  • 00:17:55.270 --> 00:18:00.070
  • for the parents.
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  • There's a cool Bible verse.
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.050
  • It's my only James Bond tie-in this week,
  • 00:18:03.080 --> 00:18:05.160
  • and it's a little tenuous.
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:07.010
  • But it says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, talks about in this
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:10.020
  • chapter, "One person by yourself, you're in trouble.
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:12.250
  • One person without relationships,
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:14.150
  • man, that's a problem.
  • 00:18:14.180 --> 00:18:15.280
  • Two people, two people, you help each other.
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  • You protect each other.
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  • But three," it says: "A bond of three cords
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:23.060
  • is not easily broken."
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:25.010
  • What are the three cords for a parent?
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  • Just write this down quickly. Cord number one, it is you.
  • 00:18:26.270 --> 00:18:29.090
  • It is the parents.
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  • You matter more than you know to your kids.
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:32.260
  • I saw a survey of 7.000 7th graders asked,
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:36.130
  • "Who's the biggest influence in your life?"
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  • Parents first, then peers.
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  • Parents, leverage your influence.
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  • Second one, faith.
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  • Best gift my mom and dad ever gave me.
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:49.110
  • My mom and dad, my mom was in the last service,
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:51.170
  • awesome people.
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:53.150
  • Not perfect people, but they gave us shelter and they gave us
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:55.180
  • three square meals a day.
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:57.080
  • And they gave us education.
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:58.180
  • And they gave us encouragement.
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:19:00.070
  • But the best thing my parents did, they were highly
  • 00:19:00.100 --> 00:19:02.250
  • intentional about passing off their faith in Jesus.
  • 00:19:02.280 --> 00:19:06.010
  • Best thing they could have done.
  • 00:19:06.040 --> 00:19:08.010
  • Best thing that my father did for me.
  • 00:19:08.040 --> 00:19:09.150
  • Now, faith is an individual decision.
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:13.050
  • We don't baptize babies.
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:14.260
  • You gotta choose baptism in the Bible.
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:16.280
  • But they did everything they could to help me make
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:19.120
  • the right God choice.
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:20.270
  • So I would say it is parents.
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:22.270
  • It's first you.
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:24.080
  • And then it is passing on your faith.
  • 00:19:24.110 --> 00:19:26.020
  • And number three, here's the third cord, church, church.
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:29.220
  • Anybody shocked the preacher thinks church is a good idea
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:32.150
  • for a family?
  • 00:19:32.180 --> 00:19:33.250
  • I do.
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:35.060
  • Now, I'm biased.
  • 00:19:35.090 --> 00:19:36.160
  • That doesn't make me wrong.
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:37.260
  • I mean, maybe church is not your thing.
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:39.190
  • Let's just back from the spiritual advantage of church.
  • 00:19:39.220 --> 00:19:41.240
  • Let's talk about the practical advantage.
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:43.100
  • It's hard for our kids.
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:44.280
  • Our kids face dangers and temptations we never faced
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:47.130
  • at their ages.
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:48.260
  • They're trying to navigate all this stuff.
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:50.250
  • But there's a resource called the church where a small army
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:55.090
  • of remarkable staff and valued volunteers will help me,
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:20:00.050
  • will ally with me, and ally with me and pour into my kids,
  • 00:20:00.080 --> 00:20:04.140
  • will partner with me as I parent my kids.
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:06.290
  • That all these cool people will, as I involve my kid in Kid's
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:09.290
  • Stuff Ministry, in The Wave, Glades Christian Academy, what
  • 00:20:10.020 --> 00:20:13.040
  • have you, these people will say things to my kids
  • 00:20:13.070 --> 00:20:16.000
  • I want my kids to hear.
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:18.150
  • And I got all these people who just wanna help me.
  • 00:20:18.180 --> 00:20:23.000
  • And so there's this spiritual synergy when you become
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:26.260
  • part of the church.
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:28.180
  • There's a faith and family fusion when you become part of
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:31.080
  • the church.
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:32.250
  • Every relationship in your life benefits.
  • 00:20:32.280 --> 00:20:36.110
  • Friendships, teenagers, man, friendships.
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:39.270
  • Where are your kids finding their friends?
  • 00:20:40.000 --> 00:20:42.030
  • It's easy to find knuckleheads.
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:44.000
  • They're everywhere.
  • 00:20:44.030 --> 00:20:45.170
  • Where do they find, maybe, some good friends who are trying
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:47.250
  • to make good decisions?
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:49.160
  • Well, here at this campus on Wednesday night we have
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:51.110
  • something called The Wave.
  • 00:20:51.140 --> 00:20:52.260
  • And between 500 and 600 teenagers show up.
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:57.140
  • Now, listen, they're not all perfect.
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:20:59.120
  • Not all perfect.
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.280
  • A lot of them have issues.
  • 00:21:01.010 --> 00:21:02.080
  • No perfect teenagers allowed at Church by the Glades.
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:04.240
  • But there are a lot of kids who are sincere, and they're trying
  • 00:21:04.270 --> 00:21:08.090
  • to make the right decisions.
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:09.230
  • And I am so glad my kids' best friends are not their
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.290
  • school friends or the neighborhood friends.
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:14.200
  • They're friends from the youth group here.
  • 00:21:14.230 --> 00:21:16.290
  • In fact, I can show you Charlie and Victoria's buddies.
  • 00:21:17.020 --> 00:21:19.070
  • They both Instagramed this in the last couple weeks.
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:21.260
  • This is Victoria's girls over here.
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:24.050
  • Victoria is kinda in the middle in the back.
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:26.050
  • But man, she hangs out with these beautiful, cool kids
  • 00:21:26.080 --> 00:21:28.260
  • who love the Lord.
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:30.090
  • And then Charlie, Charlie's been running with these guys
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:31.280
  • since 6th grade.
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:33.080
  • He's a sophomore now.
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:34.200
  • They started in a Bible study together that a volunteer,
  • 00:21:34.230 --> 00:21:37.020
  • a young man himself, Danny Summers, put together.
  • 00:21:37.050 --> 00:21:39.170
  • We invited these parents to drop off their kids at Chipotle.
  • 00:21:39.200 --> 00:21:41.230
  • Wasn't even really a church thing.
  • 00:21:41.260 --> 00:21:43.090
  • And they had a Bible study.
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:44.250
  • Would eat Chipotle burritos and then go play capture the flag.
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:48.230
  • And Charlie would come back sweaty, and stinky, and dirty,
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:51.270
  • and came back with these great friends.
  • 00:21:52.000 --> 00:21:53.290
  • And so I just love the synergy of these friendships.
  • 00:21:54.020 --> 00:21:56.250
  • So, you choose not just to show up.
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:22:00.170
  • Immerse yourself.
  • 00:22:00.200 --> 00:22:02.120
  • "Hey, David, I tried my kid in the youth group
  • 00:22:02.150 --> 00:22:04.050
  • and she didn't like it."
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:05.150
  • Three times, three times.
  • 00:22:05.180 --> 00:22:08.090
  • In fact, if you call the offices here and talk to the youth
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:10.280
  • department, they'll have people ready to receive your kid.
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:13.170
  • They'll help make that transition less awkward.
  • 00:22:13.200 --> 00:22:15.100
  • Three times, have 'em try it three times.
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:17.050
  • But you do that, and you know what the church becomes in
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:19.020
  • your life, what the church becomes in your family?
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:21.080
  • It becomes geese.
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  • I said, "Geese."
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  • The church becomes geese.
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  • What do I mean?
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  • Well, if you look at the way God designed the goose, they're not
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  • the most aerodynamic bird.
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  • They kind of have a fat body, and kinda stubby wings.
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  • But they fly on these migrations thousands
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  • and thousands of miles.
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  • Here's the secret.
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  • They don't fly alone.
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  • They fly in a flock.
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  • In fact, more than just a group, a flock.
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  • They fly in a formation.
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  • Ever seen geese fly?
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  • They fly in what?
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  • A formation that looks like a V.
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  • Why do they do that?
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  • To maximize their ability to soar.
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  • Because when they fly together in formation, the geese
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  • in the back draft, like a NASCAR driver,
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  • behind the geese in the front.
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  • That first goose cuts down upon the resistance.
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  • And what happens if the first goose gets tired, they don't
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  • fire him, get mad at him.
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  • He just drops back into the formation, and then someone else
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  • takes the lead.
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  • And because of that, they fly higher, and they fly further
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  • because they fly in a formation.
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  • Church should be that for you.
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  • You should find your place.
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  • I don't mean just show up. Find your place.
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  • Be part of a small group.
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  • Volunteer in ministry team.
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  • Make sure your kids are neck deep in our kids' ministry.
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  • And you fly like that.
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  • We help your kids fly further, soar higher, or go further.
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  • Now, two things about geese.
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  • Number one, they fly in that formation, the V.
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  • And the other thing, as they fly, they make a sound.
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  • Geese are distinctive for a certain sound.
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  • So when I say, "Three," I want you to do your best
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  • impression of a goose.
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  • Ready? One, two, three.
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  • Yeah, yeah, that's good. That's good.
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  • Don't quack. They don't quack.
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  • They, "Honk, honk, honk," right?
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  • They honk.
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  • Now, here's what scientists think the geese are doing
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  • when they honk at each other.
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  • They don't know.
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  • They have no idea why geese go, "Honk, honk, honk."
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  • But the best theory is, they're encouraging each other.
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  • It's geese talk for, "Honk, honk, honk, c'mon lead goose.
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  • Honk, honk, honk, I got your back.
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  • C'mon, honk, honk, honk, we're flyin' further together.
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  • Honk, honk, honk, honk, oh, look at the distance we're covering.
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  • Honk, honk, honk, honk."
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  • They think it's encouragement.
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  • So here's the plan.
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  • Immerse your family in the life of the church.
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  • Plug in. Drop into the formation.
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  • And then you show up on Sunday morning and I'll honk at you.
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  • I'll stand up here and honk at you.
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  • I'll go, "Honk, honk, honk, you are a person
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  • pregnant with God's potential.
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  • Honk, honk, honk, your relationships are not beyond
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  • the power of our God to redeem.
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  • Honk, honk, honk, oh, the future's gonna be bright.
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  • I believe that, in Jesus' name."
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  • So, Zechariah and Elizabeth
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  • didn't have a son who was a priest.
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  • He didn't wear royal robes.
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  • He wore weird clothes, clothes like Elijah wore
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  • centuries before.
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  • He never did ministry in Jerusalem.
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  • But his ministry was so powerful that multitudes from Jerusalem
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  • and all Judea came to the wilderness to hear him preach.
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  • The hand of God was so mighty upon John.
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  • He baptized thousands of people.
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  • And then he baptized King Jesus himself.
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  • And then Jesus said about John, this non-conformist, this man
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  • his parents trained to be the person that God had designed him
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  • to be, Jesus said about John, "The greatest person ever born
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  • of a woman."
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  • I don't know another way to be born than that.
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  • So Jesus is saying, "The greatest man of God
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  • who's ever lived."
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  • So, Church by the Glades, we've done a family relationship
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  • series with a James Bond theme.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Because months ago, I'm on the couch watchin' a football game,
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  • and my football team is losin'.
  • 00:26:05.230 --> 00:26:07.030
  • College game, Mac, and I'm stressin' out.
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  • My team is losin'. So I thought, "Forget this.
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  • I'll record this." And I started surfin' channels.
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  • And I got to "Skyfall."
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  • "Skyfall's" my favorite James Bond movie.
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  • And so Zane hops on the couch next to me.
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  • We watch James Bond.
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  • And Zane's like, "Wow, is he, like, a superhero?"
  • 00:26:20.120 --> 00:26:22.060
  • "No, buddy, he's more like a super spy."
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  • "But Daddy, the bad guys are about to get him."
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  • "Don't worry, son.
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  • Don't worry. I know it looks bad.
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  • I know James Bond has been captured by an evil villain.
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  • He's in the lair.
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  • He's in the prison, has six pairs of handcuffs,
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  • being guarded by mutant gorillas.
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  • He'll be okay.
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  • 'Cause in the end, you watch.
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  • James Bond is goin' to win.
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  • He's gonna overcome.
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  • He's gonna be victorious."
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  • Don't you want to win in your relationships?
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  • Don't you wanna win in your marriage?
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  • Don't you wanna win in your parenting?
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  • Don't you want those you love the most to enjoy everything
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  • the heavenly Father has for them?"
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  • Havia: Thanks so much for checking out the show
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  • this morning.
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  • We're honored that you would be with us today.
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  • And we hope that today's message would continue to be a source of
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  • inspiration and encouragement as you go forward into your week.
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  • female: Well, that's it for the show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here.
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  • And we'll look forward to seeing you next time
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  • on Church by the Glades.
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  • [music]
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