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  • (upbeat rock music)
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  • - Hello and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments,
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  • we're gonna hear from Pastor David Hughes
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  • as he shares about how to live life to the fullest,
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  • and it's gonna be a ton of fun.
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  • You're gonna be encouraged,
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  • so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades,
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  • we like to say No Perfect People Allowed,
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  • which means that, no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcome when you visit.
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  • So in case you haven't checked this out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peak at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • Lord how You've love me
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  • I don't deserve
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • More than I've asked for
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  • More than I'm worth
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • Once lost and now found
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  • Heaven came down
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  • And grace rescued me
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  • Hallelujah I am free
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  • From my sin and penalty
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  • At the cross You took my place
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  • With Your grace on top of grace
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  • Lord how You've loved me
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  • I don't deserve
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • More than I've asked for
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  • More than I'm worth
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • Hallelujah I am free
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  • From my sin and penalty
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  • At the cross You took my place
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  • With Your grace on top of grace
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  • With Your grace on top of grace
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  • Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh
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  • Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh
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  • Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh
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  • Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • Once lost and now found
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  • Heaven came down
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  • And grace rescued me
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • Once lost and now found
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  • Heaven came down
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  • And grace rescued me
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • Once lost and now found
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  • Heaven came down
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  • And grace rescued me
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  • Hallelujah I am free
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  • From my sin and penalty
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  • At the cross You took my place
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  • With Your grace on top of grace
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  • Hallelujah I am free
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  • From my sin and penalty
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  • At the cross You took my place
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  • With Your grace on top of grace
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  • With You grace
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  • 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,
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  • go ahead and grab it,
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  • or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also want to take some notes, too.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - So what is on Church by the Glades.
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  • Glad you're here.
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  • (applause)
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  • If you are new, welcome my name is David.
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  • I'm one of the pastors here at CBG.
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  • Thrilled you're with us.
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  • We have borrowed from pop culture
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  • the series entitled Views.
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  • At this campus, we have Fake Drake,
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  • Fake Drake up in the corner there.
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  • But, you know, a view or a perspective
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  • or the Biblical word vision is vital.
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  • Vision is so imperative,
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  • it says in Proverbs chapter 19,
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  • Without God's vision, God's people perish.
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  • Now, conversely, with God's vision,
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  • God's people flourish.
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  • And I wanna flourish, I wanna be blessed,
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  • I wanna prosper, I wanna know every good thing
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  • that heaven has in store for me.
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  • I know you do as well.
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  • So we're gonna have fun today
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  • studying one last promise.
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  • You take your Bibles, all campuses,
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  • and turn to Isaiah chapter 54.
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  • Isaiah chapter 54.
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  • All campuses turn to Isaiah 54,
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  • and I wanna start out in Matthew chapter 5
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  • and share with you something that
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  • my great King said about the Church.
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  • Jesus defined the very essence of the Church.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • He said, You are the light of the world.
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  • Like a shining city that cannot be hidden;
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  • no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket,
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  • instead the lamp is placed on a stand,
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  • where it gives light to everyone in the house.
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  • So in the same way
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  • let your good deeds shine out for all to see
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  • so that everyone will praise
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  • or give glory to your heavenly father.
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  • You are the light.
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  • You are the light.
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  • You are the light in a darkened world.
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  • The Church is a shining city on a hill.
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  • Now, I wanna preach on that.
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  • I also wanna preach on Isaiah chapter 54.
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  • Let's say it together.
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  • Isaiah chapter 54,
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  • but what Jesus says here in Matthew 5
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  • about the Church being this light of the world
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  • I think is so profound.
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  • Now, if you're new to Church by the Glades,
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  • I would be willing to wager,
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  • most of our church family
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  • did not grow up going to church.
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  • So if you don't have a lot of church background,
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  • you're probably in the majority around here,
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  • and most of us didn't go to a lot,
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  • maybe a little bit here and there.
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  • Maybe as a kid, you went to CCD class
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  • or went to little Sunday School
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  • or Vacation Bible School,
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  • or Hebrew School, I don't know.
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  • But I'm in the minority.
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  • My mom and dad, they blessed me and my brother and sister,
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  • they raised us up in the church.
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  • We were that family there every Sunday morning,
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  • Sunday night church, we were all the same way,
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  • Wednesday night church, Tuesday nigh visitation,
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  • if the doors were open, we were there.
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  • My parents took us to church
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  • every time we wanted to go to church.
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  • And every time we didn't want to go to church.
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  • We still went to church.
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  • They were the parents, we were the children,
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  • they called the shots, amen?
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  • And so, we're a blessing, we're a legacy
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  • and foundation they gave me.
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  • And listen, my church was cool.
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  • My church was a good church,
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  • solid church, Biblical church.
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  • As a kid, it was fun.
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  • I'm learning some awesome Bible stories,
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  • I'm learning these values,
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  • these people who were partnering with my parents
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  • to help me grow up right in songs.
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  • We had some great songs as a kid in church.
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  • And one of my favorite songs,
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  • I was like a six-year-old, seven-year-old,
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  • it was based on this verse,
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  • Matthew chapter 5,
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  • this passage where Jesus says,
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  • You are the light of the world.
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  • Maybe you remember, if went to church back in the day,
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  • remember this song,
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  • This Little Light of Mine?
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  • This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • I'm not gonna sing it for you,
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  • and you're welcome.
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  • (laughter)
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  • But, yeah, this little light of mine,
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  • I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it...
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  • - [Congregation] Shine.
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  • - Let it shine, let it shine, let it...
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  • - [Congregation] Shine.
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  • - Okay, so we all know that song.
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  • Now, that verse was okay.
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  • That's not the verse I love,
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  • it was verse two.
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  • 'Cause my church, growing up,
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  • was a really good church, a solid church,
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  • but kind of the vibe of my church is like...
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  • Shhhh.
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  • My church is real chill, real chill, real serious.
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  • Like, you know, somehow like being reverent
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  • was synonymous with being quiet all the time.
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  • But during that second verse,
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  • now the whole verse, but one word,
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  • we gotta shout it.
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  • So the first verse is
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  • this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • But verse two was, based on this part
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  • where Jesus said, you don't take a light
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  • and hide it under a basket.
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  • Now, have you heard of a bushel basket?
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  • So the second verse was like,
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  • hide it under a bushel, then we'd all shout...
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  • - [Congregation] No!
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  • - Right!
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  • Do you hide it under a bushel?
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  • - [All] No!
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  • - I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • Hide it under a bushel? - [All] No!
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  • - I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • I love getting a shout at church!
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  • I have a friend of mine...
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  • You shout in church!
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  • Come on, it's okay.
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  • This church is not a shhhh church.
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  • All right, so I have this buddy of mine.
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  • His name is Perry,
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  • and Perry is a really, really great leader
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  • and great Bible teacher
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  • and has led a large church in the Carolinas.
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  • But like a lot of us in ministry,
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  • he got a start in a small church,
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  • a small country church,
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  • like I got my first church job or staff job
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  • was in my college town,
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  • which is a little country church in Texas
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  • and I was like the youth pastor,
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  • which meant that you take care of the students,
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  • but anything that you need to have done,
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  • like I was the janitor if need be,
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  • van driver if need be.
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  • Anything that ministry involved
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  • is doing everything that needs to be done,
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  • and so it's good.
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  • So Perry, Perry,
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  • he's like the youth guy at this little church,
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  • but one day, they said,
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  • Hey, Perry, we got this kids choir,
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  • there's no one there to lead it,
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  • we need you to lead the kids choir,
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  • because next Sunday morning,
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  • we want them to sing in the big church,
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  • the grown-up church.
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  • Perry's like, I don't know anything about music,
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  • so he taught them, you know,
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  • This little light of mine,
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  • I'm gonna let it shine.
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  • So the kids stood up in front of all the grown-ups
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  • on that Sunday morning,
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  • and they did a good job, they're singing.
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  • But everything they sing it...
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  • We have a kids choir here at Church by the Glades.
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  • If you've ever seen the kids choir,
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  • there's always that one kid,
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  • there's always that one kid, bless their heart,
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  • they're a little off-tune or off-key
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  • and they don't have a good sense of personal volume.
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  • (laughter)
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  • Always singing, like, way louder than the other kids,
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  • and you don't make fun of that kid,
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  • but they can make you smile and giggle a little bit.
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  • So, in Perry's choir,
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  • it was a little girl.
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  • And she was off-key, and she was really loud,
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  • she just belt out,
  • 00:11:05.120 --> 00:11:06.120
  • This little light of mine!
  • 00:11:06.120 --> 00:11:09.010
  • I mean, she's just loud and people are smiling.
  • 00:11:09.010 --> 00:11:11.010
  • When they got to the second verse,
  • 00:11:11.010 --> 00:11:12.080
  • Perry noticed that she's been to a rehearsal,
  • 00:11:12.080 --> 00:11:14.030
  • and she had a lyrical issue.
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  • She sang the second verse this way,
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  • Hide it under a bush?
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  • Hell no!
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  • I'm gonna let it shine!
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  • (applause)
  • 00:11:24.120 --> 00:11:28.150
  • Hide it under a bush?
  • 00:11:30.140 --> 00:11:31.230
  • Hell no! I'm gonna let it shine.
  • 00:11:31.230 --> 00:11:33.280
  • That probably said more about the nature of
  • 00:11:33.280 --> 00:11:35.230
  • the casual conversation in her home than anything else.
  • 00:11:35.230 --> 00:11:38.180
  • (laughter)
  • 00:11:38.180 --> 00:11:40.210
  • But guess what?
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  • That's not bad, is it?
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:45.280
  • And that's not bad.
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  • Hide it under...
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  • If we are, if we truly are,
  • 00:11:47.280 --> 00:11:49.150
  • as our King said,
  • 00:11:49.150 --> 00:11:50.220
  • if we truly are the light of the world
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  • in a culture immersed in darkness and brokenness,
  • 00:11:54.030 --> 00:11:57.060
  • then we are the light of the world.
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  • We are, as the Church together,
  • 00:11:58.230 --> 00:12:00.230
  • a shining city on a hill.
  • 00:12:00.230 --> 00:12:03.170
  • We are a beacon of his grace, the light of his peace,
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:07.030
  • the power of his compassion.
  • 00:12:07.030 --> 00:12:09.070
  • If we are the light of the world,
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:12.060
  • if we are stewards
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:13.270
  • of the powerful transformative Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:13.270 --> 00:12:17.270
  • that has the ability to spiritually mutate
  • 00:12:17.270 --> 00:12:19.270
  • any messed-up individual, any broken culture,
  • 00:12:19.270 --> 00:12:22.280
  • have global impact.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:24.100
  • If we are the light of the world,
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  • hide it under a bush?
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  • - [All] Hell No!
  • 00:12:28.270 --> 00:12:30.060
  • (applause)
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  • - And thank you to those who cussed in church,
  • 00:12:32.140 --> 00:12:33.230
  • that's okay.
  • 00:12:33.230 --> 00:12:35.010
  • The word hell shows up a whole lot in your Bible,
  • 00:12:35.010 --> 00:12:36.180
  • and if it's not profound,
  • 00:12:36.180 --> 00:12:38.040
  • that's your proclamation, no.
  • 00:12:38.040 --> 00:12:40.060
  • We will not hide it under a bush.
  • 00:12:40.060 --> 00:12:42.030
  • We are the light of the world.
  • 00:12:42.030 --> 00:12:45.050
  • So one last week,
  • 00:12:45.050 --> 00:12:46.040
  • I get to talk about vision
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.140
  • because the vision is vital.
  • 00:12:47.140 --> 00:12:48.180
  • It's vital for an individual,
  • 00:12:48.180 --> 00:12:49.220
  • it's huge for a family,
  • 00:12:49.220 --> 00:12:51.000
  • and it's imperative for a church
  • 00:12:51.000 --> 00:12:52.230
  • to understand God's unique vision.
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:54.180
  • So Vision is the topic today.
  • 00:12:54.180 --> 00:12:56.110
  • Isaiah chapter...
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:58.060
  • Pardon me, chapter...
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  • - [Congregation] 54.
  • 00:13:00.140 --> 00:13:01.200
  • - Chapter 54 is the primary passage,
  • 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:03.200
  • and I gotta talk on vision one last time,
  • 00:13:03.200 --> 00:13:06.060
  • as Church by the Glades morphs and evolves
  • 00:13:06.060 --> 00:13:08.240
  • from four campuses, Sample Road, Sawgrass,
  • 00:13:08.240 --> 00:13:12.120
  • Dade CI, Homestead
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  • to a fifth campus
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  • downtown Fort Lauderdale starts today,
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:20.090
  • weekly services.
  • 00:13:20.090 --> 00:13:21.130
  • (applause)
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  • And so, I noticed that there is one amazing passage
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:27.290
  • on God's perspective for your life that was so huge
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:31.070
  • I neglected to teach this.
  • 00:13:31.070 --> 00:13:32.200
  • So I'm thrilled to have this opportunity
  • 00:13:32.200 --> 00:13:34.060
  • to share Isaiah 54 verse two with you.
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:37.160
  • And I wanna study this one verse,
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:39.000
  • this one powerful verse,
  • 00:13:39.000 --> 00:13:40.070
  • I'd do a little cross-referencing,
  • 00:13:40.070 --> 00:13:41.150
  • but this is the one I want you to press in,
  • 00:13:41.150 --> 00:13:42.190
  • and I want you to focus on.
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:44.120
  • It is so strong.
  • 00:13:44.120 --> 00:13:45.180
  • This is the size and the scale and the scope
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:48.110
  • of what God wants to do in your life.
  • 00:13:48.110 --> 00:13:50.020
  • In fact, here's one way you can determine
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:52.080
  • if it truly is God's vision,
  • 00:13:52.080 --> 00:13:54.230
  • call it what you will,
  • 00:13:54.230 --> 00:13:56.000
  • or God's purpose, your divine destiny,
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:57.210
  • and we really gotta hold of your little dream
  • 00:13:57.210 --> 00:13:59.240
  • or your little ideas,
  • 00:13:59.240 --> 00:14:01.040
  • when it's really God's vision for your life.
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:04.240
  • When you begin to perceive it,
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:06.070
  • your first response will be,
  • 00:14:06.070 --> 00:14:08.090
  • Whoa!
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:10.160
  • That's big!
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:13.160
  • That is so big, there's no way that's...
  • 00:14:14.180 --> 00:14:17.250
  • That's God's vision,
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  • when it staggers you and when it overwhelms you,
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:23.230
  • when you feel insignificant,
  • 00:14:23.230 --> 00:14:25.090
  • way too small because you are.
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:26.230
  • God's vision.
  • 00:14:26.230 --> 00:14:28.130
  • Isaiah 54 verse 2
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  • is about making preparation,
  • 00:14:29.270 --> 00:14:31.050
  • because vision and blessing
  • 00:14:31.050 --> 00:14:32.230
  • is all about your capacity to receive it.
  • 00:14:32.230 --> 00:14:35.120
  • God wants to bless you with something so big,
  • 00:14:35.120 --> 00:14:37.220
  • but are you sufficiently prepared to shoulder
  • 00:14:37.220 --> 00:14:39.160
  • the load of God's goodness in your life?
  • 00:14:39.160 --> 00:14:41.120
  • Isaiah 54 verse 2,
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  • I love what it says here.
  • 00:14:43.010 --> 00:14:44.130
  • It says in the screen right now,
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  • Enlarge the place of your tent,
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  • stretch your tent curtains wide,
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  • hold nothing back;
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  • lengthen your cords,
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  • strengthen your stakes.
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:56.260
  • Now, it's a metaphor
  • 00:14:56.260 --> 00:14:58.040
  • about erecting a tent in the ancient world,
  • 00:14:58.040 --> 00:14:59.260
  • but it's more than just directions
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:01.040
  • on how to put your tent in place.
  • 00:15:01.040 --> 00:15:03.060
  • This is so fat, I want you to study
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:04.290
  • some of the key words,
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:06.030
  • Enlarge the place of your tent,
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  • stretch your tent curtains wide,
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  • hold nothing back;
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  • lengthen your cords,
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:10.070
  • strengthen your stakes.
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:11.140
  • And I'm gonna tell you this verse is rich.
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  • I want you to press in.
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:13.140
  • I taught this verse one time before
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:14.200
  • in my 18 years of Church by the Glades.
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:16.210
  • I taught it about eight or nine years ago,
  • 00:15:16.210 --> 00:15:17.260
  • and last time I taught this one verse,
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:19.200
  • we gave away to the church family $50.000.
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:23.050
  • We passed the plate,
  • 00:15:24.230 --> 00:15:26.100
  • money was already in the plate,
  • 00:15:26.100 --> 00:15:27.260
  • and we gave you the money
  • 00:15:27.260 --> 00:15:29.150
  • to go bless other people.
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:30.250
  • Last time I taught this,
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:31.290
  • we gave away $50.000.
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:34.020
  • I'm not giving away $50.000 this time,
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:37.130
  • but you missed a good week in church
  • 00:15:37.130 --> 00:15:39.080
  • because we gave away $50.000.
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:41.100
  • All right, let's jump in here.
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:42.230
  • What words to begin...
  • 00:15:42.230 --> 00:15:44.000
  • How about enlarge the place of your tent.
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  • Stretch, stretch.
  • 00:15:46.250 --> 00:15:49.030
  • When I say three, say the word stretch.
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  • Ready one, two, three.
  • 00:15:50.150 --> 00:15:51.150
  • - [Congregation] Stretch!
  • 00:15:51.150 --> 00:15:52.130
  • - God wants to stretch you.
  • 00:15:52.130 --> 00:15:54.190
  • Now I've learned as I've, you know,
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:15:59.200
  • tried endeavored to grow in my relationship with Jesus.
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:02.060
  • In my journey, I've learned this,
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:03.110
  • that Jesus cares so much
  • 00:16:03.110 --> 00:16:05.110
  • that I feel loved.
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:07.200
  • He cares so much that I feel valued.
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:09.240
  • He cares greatly that I feel esteemed.
  • 00:16:09.240 --> 00:16:11.270
  • He cares very much that I feel purposeful.
  • 00:16:11.270 --> 00:16:15.120
  • But could give a rip whether or not I feel comfortable.
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:19.170
  • Now, I don't mean a lack of peace,
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:23.110
  • God gives us peace,
  • 00:16:23.110 --> 00:16:25.060
  • but God will make you uncomfortable all the time.
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:26.200
  • If you're truly growing in your relationship with Jesus,
  • 00:16:26.200 --> 00:16:29.080
  • God will stretch you,
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:31.060
  • and if you have to get uncomfortable,
  • 00:16:31.060 --> 00:16:32.290
  • being uncomfortable all the time.
  • 00:16:32.290 --> 00:16:34.150
  • And the moment you get to a place in your spiritual journey,
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:36.080
  • it's like I got this, I'm comfortable,
  • 00:16:36.080 --> 00:16:37.210
  • he will stretch you, why?
  • 00:16:37.210 --> 00:16:39.100
  • This is about capacity.
  • 00:16:39.100 --> 00:16:40.250
  • He must get you ready and prepared
  • 00:16:40.250 --> 00:16:42.120
  • to receive everything he has for you.
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:44.290
  • So he must stretch you to grow you.
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:48.020
  • Where do you need to grow?
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:49.100
  • Where in your life do you need to get better?
  • 00:16:49.100 --> 00:16:50.230
  • 'Cause God will stretch you in that arena
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:53.070
  • of your existence.
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:54.150
  • We understand this principle in life.
  • 00:16:54.150 --> 00:16:56.190
  • Athletics, athletics,
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:57.190
  • as a punk kid, I'm like 13,
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.190
  • I wanted to play football in high school the following year.
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:02.210
  • Now, I was mildly athletic, I was pretty coordinated,
  • 00:17:02.210 --> 00:17:05.070
  • but I was skinny.
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:07.000
  • I was skinny.
  • 00:17:07.000 --> 00:17:08.060
  • Now, my dad, if you guys met my dad,
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:09.120
  • my dad was a big guy, big shoulders,
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:10.280
  • big thick arms and legs.
  • 00:17:10.280 --> 00:17:12.140
  • I got my genetics from my mom's side of the family.
  • 00:17:12.140 --> 00:17:14.250
  • Small scrawny people,
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:16.140
  • so I'm six foot one, but I was skinny,
  • 00:17:16.140 --> 00:17:18.190
  • I was painfully skinny.
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:19.250
  • So our parents made me go
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:21.170
  • to a weightlifting gym at my church, actually.
  • 00:17:21.170 --> 00:17:23.270
  • My church had this little weightlifting club
  • 00:17:23.270 --> 00:17:25.250
  • called The Lord's Lifters,
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:27.010
  • had these old rusty weights riding,
  • 00:17:27.010 --> 00:17:29.040
  • and they made me go!
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:30.230
  • I'm skinny, I'm intimidated,
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:31.210
  • I walk in the front door,
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:32.190
  • and I'm like, oh my gosh,
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:33.170
  • there's all these muscly people,
  • 00:17:33.170 --> 00:17:34.150
  • and I'm the skinny scrawny.
  • 00:17:34.150 --> 00:17:35.190
  • And we'd have a trainer, we had a coach.
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:38.260
  • Coach Joe Giapolan.
  • 00:17:38.260 --> 00:17:40.110
  • Coach saw me, and he could tell I was intimidated,
  • 00:17:40.110 --> 00:17:41.260
  • he pulled me aside, he talked to me and said,
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:43.220
  • Don't worry, I'm gonna help you gain weight,
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:45.010
  • I'll help you get stronger,
  • 00:17:45.010 --> 00:17:46.080
  • I'll write you up a program,
  • 00:17:46.080 --> 00:17:47.100
  • I will supervise you,
  • 00:17:47.100 --> 00:17:48.100
  • I will encourage...
  • 00:17:48.100 --> 00:17:49.080
  • And I though, I could do this!
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:50.020
  • And so, what we did was,
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:50.250
  • once a month,
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:52.020
  • we were tested for getting stronger
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:53.100
  • a one rep max on bench press and squat.
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:56.290
  • My first max on bench press,
  • 00:17:56.290 --> 00:17:58.180
  • anybody remember what it was,
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:18:00.030
  • but if it was triple digits, I'd be surprised.
  • 00:18:00.030 --> 00:18:02.150
  • He found these little, teeny, tiny plates
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:04.200
  • to put on that old standard bar
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:06.070
  • to match my teeny, tiny scrawny arms,
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:07.290
  • and I worked really hard to...
  • 00:18:07.290 --> 00:18:09.160
  • (grunts)
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:10.110
  • One, got one.
  • 00:18:10.110 --> 00:18:11.240
  • But, guess what, I stuck with it.
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:14.010
  • I stuck with it, and I hung in there,
  • 00:18:14.010 --> 00:18:15.230
  • I came back and came back,
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:16.260
  • and I tried to eat and sleep
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:18.120
  • and work out hard.
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:19.230
  • Got to go to two and three,
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:21.090
  • and finally got to a point I could do 10 comfortably.
  • 00:18:21.090 --> 00:18:24.120
  • And when I hit 12 reps,
  • 00:18:24.120 --> 00:18:25.230
  • you know what he did?
  • 00:18:25.230 --> 00:18:27.070
  • Put in another teeny, tiny weight on each side.
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.150
  • And that's like five, six.
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:31.060
  • But after a while,
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:32.180
  • I could do 10, 12 comfortably, you know what he did?
  • 00:18:32.180 --> 00:18:34.120
  • He put on bigger plates.
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:36.150
  • When I could do that comfortably,
  • 00:18:36.150 --> 00:18:37.120
  • he put on what?
  • 00:18:37.120 --> 00:18:38.140
  • Bigger plates and bigger plates.
  • 00:18:38.140 --> 00:18:40.160
  • I mean, he was a mean coach.
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:42.220
  • He was a bad coach, he was sadis...
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:44.110
  • No, he was a good coach.
  • 00:18:44.110 --> 00:18:46.110
  • See, God wants to bless you
  • 00:18:49.050 --> 00:18:52.040
  • in such a massive way,
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:54.160
  • but he has to grow in you the faith muscle.
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:57.050
  • The spiritual is in you,
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:59.010
  • to shoulder the load
  • 00:18:59.010 --> 00:19:00.100
  • of the vision he has prepared for you.
  • 00:19:00.100 --> 00:19:03.020
  • So God's gonna stretch you,
  • 00:19:03.020 --> 00:19:05.100
  • he's gonna stretch you.
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:06.090
  • And it happens, it happens, see,
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:07.230
  • we develop, we grow, kind of a step at a time.
  • 00:19:07.230 --> 00:19:10.060
  • Incrementally, we grow, incrementally.
  • 00:19:10.060 --> 00:19:12.000
  • So what's that next step God wants you to take?
  • 00:19:12.000 --> 00:19:14.050
  • Where are you weak right now?
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:15.290
  • Maybe you're selfish, maybe you're not generous,
  • 00:19:15.290 --> 00:19:18.100
  • maybe you're afraid to witness
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:19.160
  • or invite someone to Christ.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:20.230
  • Maybe you don't know squat about your Bible.
  • 00:19:20.230 --> 00:19:22.110
  • Let's take a step together.
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:24.010
  • Let's start to grow incremental growth,
  • 00:19:24.010 --> 00:19:26.020
  • God's getting you ready to develop in you
  • 00:19:26.020 --> 00:19:28.070
  • a step at a time, because God has a plan.
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:30.100
  • I'm just telling you, I know what it is,
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  • it's customized for you, but it's big.
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  • And pick out any example in the Bible
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  • of any holy hero.
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  • Pick out somebody famous like David.
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  • How did David start out?
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  • Well, the story of David,
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  • who becomes an awesome guy later on,
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  • writes the Bible, and man after God's own heart.
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  • He starts out in a weird, broken, dysfunctional family.
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  • Jealousy, a bunch of kids,
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  • probably lower or middle-income.
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  • Anybody relate to a dysfunctional family?
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  • Anybody from a dysfunctional family?
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  • Some of you are in denial,
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  • raise your hands, all of us
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  • have a degree in dysfunction, all right.
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:02.050
  • So David grew up in this weird family,
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  • and what's his first responsibility he gets?
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  • His father, Jesse, is a shepherd,
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  • so he's probably elementary age.
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  • He's pre-teen, and they put him in charge,
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  • you know, farming family,
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  • of maybe a sheep, or a few sheep.
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  • Starts out watching a few sheep.
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  • He's responsible for a few sheep.
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  • What do you think his God gave him?
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  • More sheep.
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  • In fact, by the time you get to 1 Samuel chapter 16,
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  • he's watching the whole flock.
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  • Why is he watching the whole flock?
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  • 'Cause like a famous person came to town
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  • and came to their family
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  • to anoint a king from among his brothers.
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  • His did thinks so little of his potential,
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  • he leaves him outside,
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  • but at least he's responsible enough
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  • to watch the entire flock.
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  • And then in chapter 17,
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  • he's sharing his resume with a potential boss,
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  • because his opportunity to present himself
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  • is a little risky,
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  • and in the course of sharing his resume,
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  • he says, As I'm watching my dad's sheep,
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  • one day, I'm watching sheep,
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  • and a lion came out to devour the sheep,
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  • and I took out the lion.
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  • And, by the way, I had no bazooka,
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  • no rifle, no hand grenade.
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  • Primitive weapons, I look out a lion.
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  • Who has killed a lion this week?
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  • Anybody, no!
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  • David's a teenager, he's killed a lion.
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  • Has any predator more intimidating
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  • than an Asiatic lion,
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  • and he says, then there was a bear.
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  • A bear, a top carnivore, all right.
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  • A bear, I killed a bear with a club!
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  • Now, along the way,
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  • it's not that you can't share your whole story in a resume.
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  • Probably, no doubt, God got him ready
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  • for the lion, for the bear,
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  • there were some jackals, and a few coyotes,
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  • met an occasional cobra.
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  • But if you are David,
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  • and, by the way, David loved God very much.
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  • David had this heart for God.
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  • He's praying as he's watching the sheep,
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  • he's writing music and poetry,
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  • which later becomes the Book of Psalms.
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  • As he's doing this, he just loves God.
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  • Is he ever thinking like,
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  • God, what's up with the bears and the lions?
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  • I love you. I'm trying to serve you.
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  • I obey my father's authority.
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  • My brothers are knuckleheads,
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  • they're mean to me, but I'm kind to them.
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  • Why do you keep sending bears and lions?
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  • To stretch him,
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  • because God had a giant waiting for him in his future.
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  • And the way you get ready for a giant
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  • is you fight the bears and the lions,
  • 00:22:12.100 --> 00:22:14.080
  • and before that, the coyotes and the jackals
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  • and the cobras.
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  • And, before that, you watch all the sheep,
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  • then a few sheep.
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  • And before that, you got one sheep.
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  • Translation, you're the assistant, not manager,
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  • at Micky D's, you feel very underchallenged.
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  • Be the best assistant night manager
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  • they've ever seen.
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  • (applause)
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  • Get yourself ready for your next step,
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  • and that conflict is God allowing conflict in your life
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  • to prepare you for something great in your future.
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  • 'Cause it wasn't just a giant in his future,
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  • there was a crown in his future.
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  • And good king's gotta be tough
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  • and courageous and unselfish.
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  • God was stretching him.
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  • He wants to stretch you.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say,
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  • It's time for you to stretch.
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  • Come one, it's time for you to grow,
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  • it's time for you to get stronger and get better.
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  • We need to stretch.
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  • Back to the verse, quickly.
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  • First word, enlarge.
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  • When I say three, all campuses shout the word enlarge.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Enlarge!
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  • - Enlarge the place of your tent.
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  • Enlarge the place.
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  • Your Bible might say the place of your habitation,
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  • the place of your house.
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  • Is that a highlight if I say the word place?
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  • - [Congregation] Place.
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  • - Have you, that was terrible, but I'll take it.
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  • Have you found your place in the house?
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  • I mean the house of God?
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  • Have you found your place in his habitation?
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  • Well, I sit in the same seat every week, preacher.
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  • I don't mean that.
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  • Have you found your place to plug in and count,
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  • and are you serving, are you sweating,
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  • are you making a difference,
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  • are you serving the city,
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  • are you serving someone else,
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  • are you using your gifts for God's will,
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:50.180
  • have you found your place?
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:52.250
  • See, some of you have not found your place,
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:56.100
  • and you're hurting for space,
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  • and you can't handle the pace,
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  • and you're losing the race,
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  • no one being in your face.
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  • But you need to find your place in your house,
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  • because the house,
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  • I worked on that all week long.
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  • (applause)
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:08.200
  • Because part of God's personalized vision for your life
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:13.000
  • is eternal and will always involve the Church.
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:16.250
  • And so, place.
  • 00:24:18.000 --> 00:24:20.160
  • But the word is enlarge is the Hebrew word rachab,
  • 00:24:20.160 --> 00:24:22.220
  • which means to go big.
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  • God's telling you to go big.
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  • Go big, go small.
  • 00:24:26.250 --> 00:24:28.020
  • God wants you to go big,
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:29.080
  • God says, I'm so good with big stuff,
  • 00:24:29.080 --> 00:24:30.090
  • I speak in vast universes,
  • 00:24:30.090 --> 00:24:31.210
  • I've come to exist, I'm big.
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  • I want you to be part of my big plan.
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  • I want you in the future to go big.
  • 00:24:34.070 --> 00:24:35.230
  • So, right now, are you making a big preparation?
  • 00:24:35.230 --> 00:24:38.060
  • I mean, are you praying big,
  • 00:24:38.060 --> 00:24:40.030
  • are you studying big,
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:41.190
  • are you training big,
  • 00:24:41.190 --> 00:24:43.000
  • are you networking big?
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:45.010
  • Before God can enlarge your impact
  • 00:24:45.010 --> 00:24:47.220
  • or enlarge your influence,
  • 00:24:47.220 --> 00:24:48.270
  • he may need to enlarge your experience
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:50.290
  • or enlarge your capacity
  • 00:24:50.290 --> 00:24:52.180
  • or enlarge your education
  • 00:24:52.180 --> 00:24:54.230
  • or enlarge your skill set
  • 00:24:54.230 --> 00:24:56.230
  • or enlarge your environments.
  • 00:24:56.230 --> 00:24:59.080
  • Why are we adding campuses?
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:01.280
  • It's Biblical.
  • 00:25:01.280 --> 00:25:04.070
  • Before God can enlarge your impact,
  • 00:25:04.070 --> 00:25:06.100
  • he may need to enlarge your environments.
  • 00:25:06.100 --> 00:25:08.230
  • Go big.
  • 00:25:08.230 --> 00:25:10.190
  • God want's you to go big.
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:12.040
  • See, if he had a little dream for your life,
  • 00:25:12.040 --> 00:25:13.270
  • okay, here's my dream, God,
  • 00:25:13.270 --> 00:25:15.040
  • here's my script, here's my plan, God,
  • 00:25:15.040 --> 00:25:16.220
  • would you please initial here, here, here,
  • 00:25:16.220 --> 00:25:18.140
  • and sign off here?
  • 00:25:18.140 --> 00:25:20.220
  • God will probably say No.
  • 00:25:20.220 --> 00:25:22.280
  • Not a lot of interest in your plan,
  • 00:25:22.280 --> 00:25:24.110
  • and why, just no offense,
  • 00:25:24.110 --> 00:25:25.190
  • you plan, too small.
  • 00:25:25.190 --> 00:25:27.090
  • Too self-centered.
  • 00:25:28.180 --> 00:25:30.190
  • But I have a rachab, I have a large,
  • 00:25:30.190 --> 00:25:33.170
  • I have this go big plan
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:35.060
  • for your life with your name on it,
  • 00:25:35.060 --> 00:25:37.060
  • and I will empower you, and it's big.
  • 00:25:37.060 --> 00:25:39.220
  • When you get it, it will stagger you.
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:41.280
  • When you begin to sense it and perceive it,
  • 00:25:41.280 --> 00:25:43.130
  • and you all think,
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:44.180
  • oh my gosh, I can't you're right.
  • 00:25:44.180 --> 00:25:46.020
  • I'm overwhelmed.
  • 00:25:46.020 --> 00:25:46.290
  • You should be.
  • 00:25:46.290 --> 00:25:48.070
  • God's plan is always God-size.
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:50.220
  • Again, picking a hero in the Bible,
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:53.100
  • I love the story of Abram. Abram's an old guy.
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:55.240
  • The story shows up in the first part of Genesis.
  • 00:25:55.240 --> 00:25:57.170
  • God comes to this old guy with an old wife
  • 00:25:57.170 --> 00:25:59.150
  • and says, I'm gonna make you the father of a great nation.
  • 00:25:59.150 --> 00:26:02.250
  • Now, he's old, the Bible says beyond the years
  • 00:26:02.250 --> 00:26:05.090
  • of bearing children, but he and his wife,
  • 00:26:05.090 --> 00:26:07.190
  • and I think through the application's right there,
  • 00:26:07.190 --> 00:26:09.250
  • is, well, really God, okay,
  • 00:26:09.250 --> 00:26:12.070
  • what's that mean, I have this nephew named
  • 00:26:12.070 --> 00:26:13.290
  • Eleazar of Damascus, maybe I can adopt him,
  • 00:26:13.290 --> 00:26:16.230
  • and he becomes a father,
  • 00:26:16.230 --> 00:26:18.010
  • and God says No, you're gonna have a kid.
  • 00:26:18.010 --> 00:26:20.230
  • I'm gonna have a kid?
  • 00:26:20.230 --> 00:26:22.010
  • In fact, my vision for you is so big, Abram,
  • 00:26:22.010 --> 00:26:23.260
  • walk outside the tent.
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  • Walk outside the tent, enlarge the place of your tent,
  • 00:26:25.090 --> 00:26:28.030
  • stretch your curtains.
  • 00:26:28.030 --> 00:26:29.140
  • Let's stretch back the tent curtains wide,
  • 00:26:29.140 --> 00:26:30.200
  • 'cause walk outside and look up.
  • 00:26:30.200 --> 00:26:32.040
  • Ever been far away from city lights on a clear night,
  • 00:26:32.040 --> 00:26:35.020
  • look up and see how many stars there are?
  • 00:26:35.020 --> 00:26:37.020
  • In the desert, man, there's no competing city lights.
  • 00:26:37.020 --> 00:26:39.230
  • And he walks out in clear night,
  • 00:26:39.230 --> 00:26:41.160
  • and God says, Look at all the stars.
  • 00:26:41.160 --> 00:26:43.230
  • Can you count them?
  • 00:26:43.230 --> 00:26:46.230
  • Oh, man, I can't.
  • 00:26:46.230 --> 00:26:48.240
  • So shall your descendants outnumber
  • 00:26:48.240 --> 00:26:51.210
  • the stars of the heavens.
  • 00:26:52.170 --> 00:26:54.190
  • The plan is big.
  • 00:26:55.190 --> 00:26:57.100
  • And that's a plan God gave to a 99-year-old man
  • 00:26:57.100 --> 00:27:01.230
  • before the invention of Viagra.
  • 00:27:01.230 --> 00:27:03.070
  • (laughter)
  • 00:27:03.070 --> 00:27:05.210
  • Plan is big, it will overwhelm you.
  • 00:27:05.210 --> 00:27:09.020
  • - Thanks so much for checking out this show today.
  • 00:27:09.020 --> 00:27:10.280
  • We are honored that you would tune in,
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  • and we hope that today's message
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  • will continue to be a source of inspiration
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  • and encouragement, as you go forward into your week.
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  • - 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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