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Gator Tough Love Part 2

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November 3, 2017
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Church by the Glades

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Gator Tough Love Part 2

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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - Hello and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments,
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  • we're going to hear from Pastor David Hughes
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  • as he shares about how to live life to the fullest.
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  • It's gonna be a ton of fun
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  • and you're going to be encouraged
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  • so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades we like to say
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  • no perfect people allowed,
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  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh this feeling, you're alive in our hearts
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  • Shine your light, light a fire in the dark
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  • Like a mighty wind, we do life again
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  • We do life again
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  • Whether near or far
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  • Everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low
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  • You'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide with your in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Singing oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Come on, every hand up
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  • You sing
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  • Whether near or far
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  • Everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low
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  • You'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • We're singing oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • (cheering)
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  • - Today we're picking up on part two of a message
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  • that Pastor David began last week
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  • and we wanted to be able to give you some context,
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  • so here's a look back of some of what we learned together.
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  • - We do feel called here to be creative
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  • and God is a hyper-creative God
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  • and I think the church of the living God
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  • should reflect the character and creativity of God.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you're doing love in the real world,
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  • that's a world not always kittens and balloons and clowns.
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  • Your love must be strong.
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  • Let's talk about love in these terms.
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  • Tough love.
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  • What about tough love?
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  • How about gator tough love?
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  • It's a new metaphor I propose at Church by the Glades
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  • that love needs to have some power,
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  • some strength, some courage, some resolve.
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  • Gator tough love.
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  • Love does have a beautiful,
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  • kinda sweet component, a dimension like that
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  • but love is multidimensional
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  • and so Paul says, like, you guys got so many issues.
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  • You are so screwed up
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  • but your main issue is this.
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  • You are clueless when it comes to true love.
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  • You don't have a clue what it means
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  • to really, in a courageous, selfless way, love someone else.
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  • You're clueless when it comes to love.
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  • I don't think greeting cards, romantic greeting cards,
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  • are designed with men in mind.
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  • The reason this card is not designed for a man,
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  • there's a bunch of words on this card!
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  • And then after we pretend to read it for, like, 90 seconds
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  • we give, like, that nod like we're finished.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • And then we don't know what to do with it.
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  • And another reason I know they're
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  • not for men is the artwork.
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  • Are you serious?
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  • Men, I mean--
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  • These little babies.
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  • Butterflies, butterflies, love is butterflies.
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  • Not in my house it's not.
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  • (chuckles) Glitter.
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  • Men do not do glitter.
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  • This is not for men.
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  • They do not think of men.
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  • In fact, I know that is one aspect of love,
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  • this kind of, you know, ponies and unicorns and flowers ...
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  • 'Cause marriage is God's good idea.
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  • It goes all the way back to Genesis 2.
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  • Marriage.
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  • And guess what, originally speaking Adam and Eve
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  • were supposed to live a very long time.
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  • Forever.
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  • And marriage was a lifelong covenant.
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  • Therefore, I'm a go with God.
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  • Now, how do you make it, marriage, you know,
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  • 'til death do you part?
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  • Love must be patient.
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  • Must be patient.
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  • Must be long suffering.
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  • Meaning this.
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  • When it comes to my marriage, or even my friendships,
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  • or my kids, or my church, I'm not gonna quit.
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  • - All right, guys.
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  • It's time to go ahead and get into today's teaching.
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  • So if you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up
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  • on your phone or tablet.
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  • You might also want to take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - Let's come back verse four quickly.
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  • I like the next statement.
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  • It says here, verse four, it says love is patient,
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  • love is ...
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  • - [Congregation] Kind.
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  • - All right, somebody's going okay,
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  • wave the flag, hang on.
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  • Kind? Kind?
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  • Kind is, like, a gator tough word?
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  • Kind?
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  • Kind's kind of a butterfly and puppy words.
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  • You give a doily card for that.
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  • The pinky card for kind.
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  • Kind's kinda sweet and easy.
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  • Really?
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  • Kind is sweet and easy?
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  • If kind is so sweet and easy,
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  • why are there so few kind people in our world?
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  • If kind is so sweet and easy,
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  • why are there so few people habitually,
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  • consistently kind in our culture?
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  • If kind is so easy, why are there so many
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  • mean people out there?
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  • If kind is so easy and weak and anemic and sweet,
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  • why are there so many jerks in our world?
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  • I mean, good night.
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  • I live in south Florida.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • I love me some south Florida.
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  • I love the diversity, I love the culture,
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  • I love the climate, but guess what,
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  • there's some mean people in south Florida, Amen.
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  • There's some mean, abrasive, abrupt, rude, rude ...
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • There's some jerks.
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  • Who has a jerk in your life?
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  • Raise your hand, all campuses, got a jerk in your life?
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  • Awesome, man.
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  • Who brought your jerk to church today?
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  • Woo! (congregation laughing)
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  • That's a great thing, man.
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  • Bring him or her.
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  • They need to be here.
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  • Bring them next week.
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  • Now, don't tell them that you're a jerk, but bring 'em.
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  • Bring 'em.
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  • Now here is the deal.
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  • Someone's going David, I can't be kind.
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  • I can't be kind because all these mean,
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  • rude people around me.
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  • How do I be kind?
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  • They're mean.
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  • They're rude.
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  • They'll take advantage of me, man.
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  • They set the tone because they're so mean.
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  • Guess what, why are you letting other people
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  • control your emotions?
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  • Why are you letting your environment dictate your behavior?
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  • Be proactive.
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  • See, that's why--
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  • See, kind takes strength.
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  • Kind is awesome.
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  • I'm a raving fan of kind.
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  • Kind is undervalued in the relationship grid these days.
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  • Kind is a game changer.
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  • Kind will mess people up in beautiful ways.
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  • They hit you with an insult,
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  • you hit them upside their head with kind.
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  • It might just change everything.
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  • They're adversarial, they're abrasive, they're abrupt.
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  • You come back with some kind.
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  • Look, if it doesn't win the day, it'll throw 'em.
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  • They'll be like ...
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • I just told you what a--
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  • You were nice to me?
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  • Stop that!
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  • I don't know how to respond to nice.
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  • Guess what, kind, of course, is Biblical.
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  • Ephesians 4:32, "Be ye kind one to another."
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  • It's not just Biblical.
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  • It is godly.
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  • Romans 2:4, it's God's kindness
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  • that leads us to repentance.
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  • God, it says in 1 Peter 2:3, it says,
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  • "Taste the kindness of God
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  • "and see that our God is good."
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  • I want to reflect every component
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  • in the character of my God
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  • and my God is kind.
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  • I am a raving fan of kind.
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  • You just bust out some kindness on people habitually,
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  • what will happen?
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  • Watch what happens.
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  • Why?
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  • I can't do that 'cause they're mean.
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  • Here's where it takes strength.
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  • Don't let mean people control your emotional thermostat.
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  • (cheering)
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  • Now, I'm not saying be a doormat.
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  • Jesus said if someone strikes you one one cheek,
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  • turn the other cheek, but I'm assuming
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  • if he hits that one, it's on at that point, right?
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  • I'm not saying, you know, stay in something abusive,
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  • or dysfunctional, or dangerous.
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  • But traffic in kindness.
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  • Your default setting should be kindness.
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  • I'm telling you, it changes things.
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  • It changes people.
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  • It changes environments.
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  • Kindness is transformative
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  • and the meaner the culture,
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  • the power powerful kindness.
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  • Let me demonstrate by way of an illustration,
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  • a narrative, by the way it's not a true story.
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  • I tend to traffic in true stories.
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  • This is a fable
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  • but it's a story told about King Arthur.
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  • Story originates in the mid-1400s
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  • and King Arthur had been manipulated,
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  • had been deceived by an evil knight
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  • that he had to answer a riddle,
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  • this kind of mean, difficult riddle
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  • and if he did not answer the riddle correctly,
  • 00:10:46.080 --> 00:10:48.170
  • King Arthur, that there'd be damage done
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  • to his kingdom and to his knights.
  • 00:10:50.060 --> 00:10:53.170
  • Here was the riddle, by the way.
  • 00:10:53.170 --> 00:10:55.030
  • The riddle was, what is it that a woman really wants?
  • 00:10:55.030 --> 00:10:59.230
  • King Arthur was baffled as are most men to this day.
  • 00:10:59.230 --> 00:11:02.280
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:11:02.280 --> 00:11:06.080
  • I'd ask you guys to say Amen,
  • 00:11:06.080 --> 00:11:07.150
  • but you just left me hanging last time.
  • 00:11:07.150 --> 00:11:08.280
  • You know, what does a woman really want?
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  • We don't know.
  • 00:11:11.120 --> 00:11:12.100
  • What does she really want?
  • 00:11:12.100 --> 00:11:13.250
  • King Arthur didn't know and he, perplexed and feeling
  • 00:11:13.250 --> 00:11:15.110
  • the pressure, he had to find the answer
  • 00:11:15.110 --> 00:11:16.230
  • and finally an old woman, kind of weathered,
  • 00:11:16.230 --> 00:11:18.230
  • a wretched woman, a bit of a hag came forward
  • 00:11:18.230 --> 00:11:21.110
  • and said sire, I can give you the answer to your riddle
  • 00:11:21.110 --> 00:11:23.090
  • and save your kingdom, but I have a price.
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:25.290
  • Desperate, he said I don't care what your price is.
  • 00:11:25.290 --> 00:11:27.110
  • Give me the answer to the riddle.
  • 00:11:27.110 --> 00:11:29.150
  • She said, what is it a woman really wants?
  • 00:11:29.150 --> 00:11:32.130
  • She wants her own way.
  • 00:11:32.130 --> 00:11:34.080
  • Through which all the women loudly said.
  • 00:11:35.130 --> 00:11:36.170
  • (cheering)
  • 00:11:36.170 --> 00:11:39.020
  • Guys, if you got nothing helpful today, there it is.
  • 00:11:39.020 --> 00:11:41.050
  • They want their own way.
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  • That was the right answer to the riddle
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:45.030
  • and the kingdom was saved.
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:46.100
  • But then she said, now my price is this, sire.
  • 00:11:46.100 --> 00:11:48.250
  • I want to marry one of your young, handsome knights.
  • 00:11:48.250 --> 00:11:53.000
  • At that point, all of his typically brave, intrepid knights
  • 00:11:54.160 --> 00:11:56.010
  • started looking at the ground, stepping back.
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:58.050
  • Oh wow, marry the hag?
  • 00:11:58.050 --> 00:12:00.020
  • Oh.
  • 00:12:00.280 --> 00:12:02.040
  • Someone has to take this bullet for the team,
  • 00:12:02.040 --> 00:12:03.250
  • but I don't want it to be me.
  • 00:12:03.250 --> 00:12:04.230
  • They're all looking down.
  • 00:12:04.230 --> 00:12:05.290
  • Kicking in the sand.
  • 00:12:05.290 --> 00:12:07.080
  • Finally, one of his most noble knights,
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.270
  • after a pregnant pause,
  • 00:12:08.270 --> 00:12:10.070
  • Sir Gawain, steps forward and says, sire,
  • 00:12:10.070 --> 00:12:13.190
  • you've made a promise and your integrity
  • 00:12:13.190 --> 00:12:16.030
  • and the integrity of this realm is at stake
  • 00:12:16.030 --> 00:12:17.260
  • so I will marry this woman.
  • 00:12:17.260 --> 00:12:19.210
  • And though Sir Gawain had been manipulated
  • 00:12:19.210 --> 00:12:21.180
  • and controlled, he responded to this old woman,
  • 00:12:21.180 --> 00:12:23.280
  • his soon to be bride, with respect and with honor
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  • and with kindness.
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:29.060
  • They were married that day
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:30.150
  • and though he was very noble and brave knight,
  • 00:12:30.150 --> 00:12:31.270
  • before he opened the doors
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:33.050
  • to the bedchamber on the honeymoon,
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:35.200
  • he took a big breath, opened the doors,
  • 00:12:35.200 --> 00:12:39.170
  • and much to his amazement the old hag
  • 00:12:39.170 --> 00:12:41.070
  • had been transformed into a beautiful, young maiden.
  • 00:12:41.070 --> 00:12:44.140
  • With great excitement, he took his new bride in his arms,
  • 00:12:44.140 --> 00:12:47.090
  • began to kiss her.
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:48.060
  • She said, wait my love.
  • 00:12:48.060 --> 00:12:49.080
  • Something you must know.
  • 00:12:49.080 --> 00:12:50.140
  • I'm only beautiful 12 hours of every day
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:53.070
  • so it is your choice.
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:55.020
  • Am I beautiful by day or by night?
  • 00:12:55.020 --> 00:12:57.010
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:12:57.010 --> 00:13:00.130
  • Some of y'all are getting that kinda slower than others,
  • 00:13:02.270 --> 00:13:04.110
  • but that's okay.
  • 00:13:04.110 --> 00:13:05.090
  • Beautiful by day or by night?
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:07.070
  • And again, in an age when women's prerogative
  • 00:13:07.070 --> 00:13:09.190
  • and free will were not respected,
  • 00:13:09.190 --> 00:13:11.160
  • Sir Gawain, with kindness, said I can't make
  • 00:13:11.160 --> 00:13:15.190
  • that choice for you.
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:17.020
  • It is your beauty, it is your choice.
  • 00:13:17.020 --> 00:13:20.180
  • (congregation awing)
  • 00:13:20.180 --> 00:13:21.230
  • Aww.
  • 00:13:21.230 --> 00:13:22.180
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:25.020
  • And the legend goes because he responded with kindness
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:27.260
  • and respect, she was forever transformed
  • 00:13:27.260 --> 00:13:30.180
  • to a beautiful maiden 24/7.
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:32.230
  • That's not a true story.
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:34.230
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:13:35.250 --> 00:13:38.200
  • Darn.
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:39.150
  • That's not a true story,
  • 00:13:40.260 --> 00:13:43.010
  • but I found this in real life.
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:45.260
  • Kindness sometimes can transform
  • 00:13:45.260 --> 00:13:47.250
  • an ugly circumstance or an ugly person
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  • into something beautiful.
  • 00:13:50.280 --> 00:13:52.240
  • You step into an ugly, mean, tense environment
  • 00:13:52.240 --> 00:13:55.070
  • with kindness, habitually, and you stick with it
  • 00:13:55.070 --> 00:13:57.100
  • watch that transform those around you.
  • 00:13:57.100 --> 00:13:59.060
  • Kindness is powerful stuff.
  • 00:13:59.060 --> 00:14:01.100
  • I propose it is gator tough.
  • 00:14:01.100 --> 00:14:04.080
  • Let's get working to the passage.
  • 00:14:04.080 --> 00:14:05.130
  • Put your hands together right there, man.
  • 00:14:05.130 --> 00:14:06.140
  • I love the word.
  • 00:14:06.140 --> 00:14:07.200
  • Love is patient, love is kind.
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:09.230
  • I won't cover all these.
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:10.280
  • You got homework.
  • 00:14:10.280 --> 00:14:12.060
  • Let's come down to maybe verse five.
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:14.020
  • Verse five.
  • 00:14:14.020 --> 00:14:14.270
  • Love is not rude.
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:16.150
  • It is not self seeking.
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  • Wait for next week.
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:19.060
  • Next week's gonna be so good.
  • 00:14:19.060 --> 00:14:20.190
  • If you don't come to next week, you're a wimp.
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:21.270
  • Come next week.
  • 00:14:21.270 --> 00:14:22.290
  • A relational wimp and sissy.
  • 00:14:22.290 --> 00:14:24.000
  • It is not easily angered.
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:25.260
  • It keeps no record of wrongs.
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:28.080
  • Means this.
  • 00:14:29.230 --> 00:14:30.210
  • Love doesn't keep a ledger.
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:33.070
  • If you love someone, you don't get hysterical or historical.
  • 00:14:33.070 --> 00:14:37.120
  • Let me give you one of these phrases
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:43.060
  • 'cause you kinda missed it.
  • 00:14:43.060 --> 00:14:44.070
  • It was really rich.
  • 00:14:44.070 --> 00:14:45.130
  • Let me give it to you, there, verse five
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:46.200
  • in a different translation.
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:47.250
  • This is so good.
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:48.200
  • On the screen right now.
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:50.010
  • Love is not easily ...
  • 00:14:50.010 --> 00:14:51.250
  • - [Congregation] Provoked.
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:54.010
  • - Now, when I think about Louis,
  • 00:14:54.010 --> 00:14:55.230
  • man, I think about these cool gators.
  • 00:14:55.230 --> 00:14:57.140
  • I think about, you know, as far as the way
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:14:59.090
  • God made them up physically.
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:00.230
  • (gator hisses)
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:02.250
  • Right there on cue, man.
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:04.090
  • I think about these teeth, these incredible jaws
  • 00:15:04.090 --> 00:15:06.130
  • and powerful, you know, jaws and teeth,
  • 00:15:06.130 --> 00:15:08.060
  • but I also think about their hide.
  • 00:15:08.060 --> 00:15:10.010
  • Man, they have a thick skin, don't they?
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:11.260
  • They have a thick skin.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:13.020
  • By the way, that's gator cam right there.
  • 00:15:13.020 --> 00:15:14.110
  • They put a camera on the gator.
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:15.290
  • Is that awesome?
  • 00:15:15.290 --> 00:15:17.010
  • That's gator cam.
  • 00:15:17.010 --> 00:15:18.070
  • And they have an overhead view.
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:19.160
  • Where's that?
  • 00:15:19.160 --> 00:15:20.230
  • That's the swamp shot right there.
  • 00:15:20.230 --> 00:15:21.210
  • That's the pit point of view.
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:23.050
  • But they have thick skins.
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:25.220
  • To do love correctly, I do not need to be easily provoked.
  • 00:15:25.220 --> 00:15:28.240
  • I need to have a thick skin.
  • 00:15:28.240 --> 00:15:30.170
  • There are a lot of thin skinned people out there,
  • 00:15:30.170 --> 00:15:32.010
  • get their feelings hurt all the time,
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:33.120
  • get offended all the time.
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:34.280
  • As a Christ follower, the Bible says I should be very,
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:37.090
  • very slow to take offense.
  • 00:15:37.090 --> 00:15:40.090
  • Again, I don't mean abuse
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:42.040
  • or something weird or dysfunctional here,
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:43.230
  • but, I mean, some people always got their feelings hurt,
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:46.040
  • gotta tiptoe around them all the time,
  • 00:15:46.040 --> 00:15:48.160
  • walk on egg shells all the time
  • 00:15:48.160 --> 00:15:50.080
  • 'cause they're just, oh my feelings get hurt all the time
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:52.100
  • and they get offended.
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:53.190
  • Here's a problem if you take offense.
  • 00:15:53.190 --> 00:15:54.260
  • If you take offense with somebody,
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:56.120
  • after you've kind of assumed the posture of offense,
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:58.290
  • everything they do, whether it's offensive or not, bugs you.
  • 00:15:58.290 --> 00:16:03.250
  • You stay perpetually annoyed with that person.
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:06.010
  • You just stay and you cut yourself off with people.
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:08.180
  • The problem's not them, it's you.
  • 00:16:08.180 --> 00:16:10.080
  • You're being easily provoked.
  • 00:16:10.080 --> 00:16:12.200
  • In fact, I'm gonna lose the non-Christians
  • 00:16:15.050 --> 00:16:16.180
  • for just a couple seconds here.
  • 00:16:16.180 --> 00:16:18.290
  • If you're a Christian person,
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:21.050
  • we should be so slow to be provoked
  • 00:16:21.050 --> 00:16:23.060
  • 'cause the premise behind being provoked is this.
  • 00:16:23.060 --> 00:16:24.230
  • You owed me relationally a debt you didn't pay.
  • 00:16:24.230 --> 00:16:28.200
  • We have, like, this relationship contract
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:31.070
  • and I was entitled to something from you.
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:34.230
  • You did not deliver.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:35.210
  • Therefore, I am now offended.
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:37.100
  • See, as a Christian person, one of the basic foundations
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:39.080
  • of my faith is this.
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:40.220
  • God, who's a relational genius, who always responds
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:43.270
  • with relational perfection,
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:45.190
  • God did not give me what was owed to me relationally.
  • 00:16:45.190 --> 00:16:49.240
  • He did not give me what my behavior
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:51.140
  • entitled him to dispense to me
  • 00:16:51.140 --> 00:16:53.290
  • which was judgment.
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:55.140
  • The Bible teaches God is holy and I am sinful
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:59.120
  • for all have sinned and fallen short
  • 00:16:59.120 --> 00:17:01.020
  • of the glory of God.
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:02.090
  • Then it teaches the wages of sin is death
  • 00:17:02.090 --> 00:17:04.150
  • see, if God gave me what I was entitled to relationally,
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:07.020
  • if God gave me what I was owed,
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:08.020
  • he'd give me death.
  • 00:17:08.020 --> 00:17:09.180
  • He'd give me judgment.
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:10.190
  • He'd give me hell.
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:11.250
  • But God did not give me discipline.
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:13.100
  • He gave me grace and we should dispense to others
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:15.240
  • what God has gladly given to us.
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:17.230
  • We should give other people grace,
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:18.270
  • have some grace with people.
  • 00:17:18.270 --> 00:17:20.180
  • (congregation applauses)
  • 00:17:20.180 --> 00:17:23.110
  • But they're annoying!
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:25.070
  • But they're difficult!
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:27.030
  • But they're critical!
  • 00:17:27.030 --> 00:17:29.000
  • They have bad hygiene.
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:30.230
  • We're talking about tough love.
  • 00:17:32.070 --> 00:17:33.280
  • God wants you to learn to love in a tough way.
  • 00:17:33.280 --> 00:17:36.060
  • How's he gonna do it?
  • 00:17:36.060 --> 00:17:37.130
  • He's gonna give you someone tough to love.
  • 00:17:37.130 --> 00:17:39.270
  • I call them MGRs.
  • 00:17:39.270 --> 00:17:42.000
  • More Grace Required people.
  • 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:43.220
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:45.160
  • But as you love that person,
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:47.000
  • as you're patient with that person,
  • 00:17:47.000 --> 00:17:48.070
  • as you're habitually kind with that person,
  • 00:17:48.070 --> 00:17:49.270
  • okay, not a doormat.
  • 00:17:49.270 --> 00:17:51.020
  • As you're not provoked by that person,
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:52.170
  • you get more love muscle.
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:54.060
  • Man, you grow stronger.
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:55.140
  • The spiritual sinew of your ability
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:57.170
  • to love someone in a selfless way grows in your life.
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:18:00.140
  • Quickly, verse seven, verse six, verse seven.
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:02.180
  • This is so good right here.
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:03.220
  • It's on the screen right now.
  • 00:18:03.220 --> 00:18:04.290
  • Man, this is so strong.
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:06.000
  • Read these words loudly.
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:07.020
  • Love ...
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:08.130
  • - [Congregation] Always.
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:09.140
  • - We can go louder.
  • 00:18:09.140 --> 00:18:10.270
  • Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:14.250
  • always perseveres.
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:17.010
  • Wow, that's gator tough love right there.
  • 00:18:17.010 --> 00:18:20.140
  • In fact, look at the next few words in the next verse.
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:24.000
  • This is so rich.
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:25.000
  • This is so fat.
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:25.290
  • Just dwell on these.
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:27.030
  • Ready?
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:28.010
  • It's on the screen right now.
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:29.150
  • One, two, three.
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.130
  • Love ...
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:31.110
  • - [Congregation] Never fails.
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:34.020
  • (congregation applauses)
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:37.100
  • - I'm not trying to criticize greeting cards.
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:41.170
  • They're nice.
  • 00:18:41.170 --> 00:18:42.230
  • Give 'em to people and enjoy 'em.
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:44.000
  • I'm just saying, these are the little metaphors
  • 00:18:44.000 --> 00:18:45.140
  • of holding pinkies and doilies and glitter, butterflies.
  • 00:18:45.140 --> 00:18:49.040
  • It's too easy.
  • 00:18:53.290 --> 00:18:55.040
  • I don't live in a butterfly and doily world.
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:59.230
  • I live with awesome people, but real people
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:01.200
  • in a real world that sometimes they're tough to love.
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:04.220
  • Sometimes I'm worse.
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:06.170
  • It's gonna take some strength and some grits
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:10.000
  • and some spiritual teeth and bite.
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:12.040
  • I don't mean to injure someone else.
  • 00:19:12.040 --> 00:19:13.240
  • I just mean to hang onto them.
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:16.020
  • 'Cause relationships are hard.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:17.280
  • In fact, this is so hard.
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:19.100
  • It's a relationship swamp.
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:21.230
  • We swim in a relational ecosystem
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:24.080
  • and it's dangerous, it is perilous
  • 00:19:24.080 --> 00:19:26.050
  • it is not ...
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:27.210
  • It's about the heart, but it's not for the feint in heart.
  • 00:19:27.210 --> 00:19:29.240
  • In fact, I want to find a way
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:30.270
  • to demonstrate the difficulty
  • 00:19:30.270 --> 00:19:32.090
  • of swimming in these perilous relationship waters
  • 00:19:32.090 --> 00:19:35.080
  • and so way back with the creative team,
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:37.090
  • they said well, David, we could bring in some alligators
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:38.220
  • as a visual aid and you could do the end of the sermon
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:41.090
  • in the pit with the alligators.
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  • And that seemed like a really good idea back in January.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • But I just got to demonstrate what we're talking about.
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  • Justin, wanna make sure they're awake and--
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  • This one looks really awake.
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  • Leave him alone.
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  • He's good.
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  • I don't like the look on his face.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • Again, these guys are professionals.
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  • Dude, you're going right for him, too.
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  • (gator hisses)
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  • Yeah, he's awake.
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  • He's awake.
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  • He's good, he's good, he's good.
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  • And by the way, here's a cool thing about Justin.
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  • You've done this for years.
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  • You're a second generation.
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  • Your dad worked with exotic animals
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  • for this aquarium. - Yep.
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  • - And you have a passion for all kinds of wildlife,
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  • especially gators and you're, like,
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  • a great alligator wrestler.
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  • - I appreciate that very much.
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:34.070
  • - (chuckles) He's a big guy.
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  • He's very strong, but I know over the course of the years
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  • you've had some injuries from this.
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:40.030
  • - I've had some close calls
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  • and I've had some pretty bad things happen
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  • in the course of it.
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:44.070
  • - And the worst, yeah, that's not a tat.
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  • - He removed most of my bicep.
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  • - Wow.
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  • So he got ahold of your arm
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  • and you're lucky you didn't lose your arm.
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  • You're a big guy.
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  • I'm 6'1".
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:56.010
  • He's a big guy.
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  • I think you told me you were 260 at the time.
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:58.250
  • - Yep, yeah.
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:00.120
  • - How long did that gator put you in the hospital?
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:01.230
  • - I was in the hospital for a month and a half.
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:04.060
  • - Here's the cool thing.
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  • When you got out of the hospital,
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  • as soon as you were physically able,
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  • what was one of the first things you did?
  • 00:21:09.080 --> 00:21:10.220
  • - Got right back in that pit.
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  • - Got right back in the pit.
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  • (cheering) 'Cause he has
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  • a passion for this,
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  • has a passion.
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  • See, some people would love,
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:19.080
  • you've been burned, you've been hurt,
  • 00:21:19.080 --> 00:21:21.030
  • you've been bit, but when you've been bit
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  • don't quit, get back in the pit of relationships.
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:26.280
  • I feel like if it rhymes, it must be true.
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  • Rhymes, it must be anointed, right there.
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  • So you know what you're doing.
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  • These guys, truth telling here,
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  • there's a tiny piece of tape around their snouts
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:36.270
  • so that makes this, if I go in here, completely safe?
  • 00:21:36.270 --> 00:21:39.050
  • - Absolutely not.
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:41.070
  • (David laughs) Here's the thing.
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  • Their mouths are taped shut.
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  • These are wild animals.
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  • They're not trained.
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  • Just because the mouth is taped shut
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  • doesn't make them any less dangerous.
  • 00:21:48.030 --> 00:21:49.140
  • They use their tail and their face
  • 00:21:49.140 --> 00:21:51.070
  • almost like a broom and a dust pan
  • 00:21:51.070 --> 00:21:52.200
  • and they're gonna sweep anything towards their mouth.
  • 00:21:52.200 --> 00:21:54.050
  • So if he hits you with the tail, it's gonna hurt.
  • 00:21:54.050 --> 00:21:55.230
  • If he hits you with the face,
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  • it's like getting hit with a baseball bat.
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  • He'll break some bones.
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:22:00.030
  • - You told me last night, the tape, I won't die
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  • but I'll just break bones.
  • 00:22:01.130 --> 00:22:02.220
  • There you go.
  • 00:22:02.220 --> 00:22:03.190
  • So with that note ...
  • 00:22:03.190 --> 00:22:05.110
  • - [Justin] You're gonna go ahead and step right in.
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:08.010
  • - [David] Right here, right here?
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:09.280
  • - [Justin] He's the only one that's gonna get frisky.
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:11.130
  • - [David] Frisky's a nice word.
  • 00:22:11.130 --> 00:22:13.060
  • Those little puppies in the greeting cards.
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.170
  • They get frisky.
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:17.110
  • So these guys over here, he's growling at me too.
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:20.230
  • And he said you would think behind them's okay,
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:22.240
  • but to be beside them is where they do
  • 00:22:22.240 --> 00:22:25.000
  • that sweeping with their tail
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:26.270
  • and they go from 0 to 60, like ...
  • 00:22:26.270 --> 00:22:30.030
  • - [Justin] All it takes is something small to spook them,
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:33.020
  • something they don't like
  • 00:22:33.020 --> 00:22:34.170
  • and then, yes, it goes 0 to 60 in a couple of seconds.
  • 00:22:34.170 --> 00:22:37.290
  • - I was thinking about getting on this platform right here
  • 00:22:37.290 --> 00:22:39.220
  • but I'm really having some second thoughts right now.
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:41.180
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:41.180 --> 00:22:44.010
  • You're just laughing.
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:45.080
  • - [Justin] Real slow, real steady.
  • 00:22:45.080 --> 00:22:47.200
  • - It's okay, it's okay.
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:49.090
  • (cheering)
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:51.160
  • Okay, this could be, like, the most embarrassing
  • 00:22:53.160 --> 00:22:54.260
  • YouTube moment ever here.
  • 00:22:54.260 --> 00:22:56.060
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:58.020
  • It's okay, it's okay.
  • 00:22:58.020 --> 00:23:00.110
  • It's okay, it's okay.
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:02.090
  • (cheering)
  • 00:23:02.090 --> 00:23:04.280
  • I'm talking to him, like, a quiet voice
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:06.050
  • like he understands.
  • 00:23:06.050 --> 00:23:08.140
  • Dude, he is staring me down.
  • 00:23:08.140 --> 00:23:10.150
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:23:10.150 --> 00:23:12.070
  • These guys are kinda chilled.
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:14.090
  • I'll get back over here.
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:15.120
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:16.270
  • In relationships you need to have your space sometimes.
  • 00:23:16.270 --> 00:23:19.000
  • I'll get back over here.
  • 00:23:19.000 --> 00:23:21.000
  • And the plan was, I had, like, this last story to tell you,
  • 00:23:22.130 --> 00:23:24.230
  • this last story to kind of, like, sum all this up.
  • 00:23:24.230 --> 00:23:27.220
  • I was gonna tell the story in here,
  • 00:23:27.220 --> 00:23:29.070
  • but I think I'll step out here to tell the story.
  • 00:23:29.070 --> 00:23:30.240
  • Give it up for these two guys, man,
  • 00:23:30.240 --> 00:23:32.100
  • and their expertise.
  • 00:23:32.100 --> 00:23:34.000
  • (cheering)
  • 00:23:35.010 --> 00:23:36.270
  • I saw a story several years ago
  • 00:23:36.270 --> 00:23:38.110
  • about a little boy who was swimming
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:40.000
  • in a lake behind his house.
  • 00:23:40.000 --> 00:23:41.260
  • Now, if you have water behind your house
  • 00:23:41.260 --> 00:23:43.040
  • or near your house in South Florida,
  • 00:23:43.040 --> 00:23:44.230
  • just know there are things swimming
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:46.060
  • in those waters sometimes
  • 00:23:46.060 --> 00:23:47.140
  • and you got to be aware.
  • 00:23:47.140 --> 00:23:48.220
  • This little boy swam in this lake all the time.
  • 00:23:48.220 --> 00:23:50.220
  • His parents would always watch him.
  • 00:23:50.220 --> 00:23:51.280
  • This day his mom was watching.
  • 00:23:51.280 --> 00:23:53.050
  • What mom didn't know was a full size gator
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:55.240
  • had moved into that lake.
  • 00:23:55.240 --> 00:23:57.270
  • Much to her horror, she saw the gator about the same time
  • 00:23:57.270 --> 00:24:00.200
  • the gator saw the little boy.
  • 00:24:00.200 --> 00:24:02.170
  • The gator started to swim to the little boy.
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.020
  • She called for him to swim to shore
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:05.130
  • and she saw he wasn't gonna make it in time,
  • 00:24:05.130 --> 00:24:07.180
  • so mom threw herself in the water,
  • 00:24:07.180 --> 00:24:10.180
  • began to swim as quick as she could towards her son.
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:13.150
  • She arrived at the boy at the exact same time
  • 00:24:13.150 --> 00:24:15.170
  • that the gator did.
  • 00:24:15.170 --> 00:24:17.040
  • The gator grabbed the boy in his jaws on his legs.
  • 00:24:18.170 --> 00:24:21.140
  • The mom grabbed his arms.
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:23.020
  • Then moms, only moms can do this.
  • 00:24:23.020 --> 00:24:24.240
  • That mom, in the water, began to fight and to scratch
  • 00:24:24.240 --> 00:24:29.030
  • and to swim and to kick and she won a tug of war
  • 00:24:29.030 --> 00:24:32.160
  • with a live gator.
  • 00:24:32.160 --> 00:24:34.090
  • Saved her son's life, pulled him back to the shore.
  • 00:24:34.090 --> 00:24:38.050
  • Life and limb preserved.
  • 00:24:38.050 --> 00:24:40.180
  • But, of course he was hurt and he was bleeding.
  • 00:24:40.180 --> 00:24:42.280
  • Had to go to the hospital for several days,
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.100
  • get some stitches.
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:45.220
  • When he was released from the hospital,
  • 00:24:45.220 --> 00:24:47.010
  • the media was there and someone asked him,
  • 00:24:47.010 --> 00:24:49.000
  • said hey, would it be okay?
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:50.280
  • Could we see the scars?
  • 00:24:50.280 --> 00:24:52.250
  • The mom didn't know how to respond,
  • 00:24:53.290 --> 00:24:55.050
  • but the little boy said well, which ones?
  • 00:24:55.050 --> 00:24:56.160
  • The ones on my legs or the ones on my arms?
  • 00:24:56.160 --> 00:25:00.210
  • They said, on your arms?
  • 00:25:00.210 --> 00:25:02.160
  • He said yeah, yeah.
  • 00:25:02.160 --> 00:25:03.210
  • I have scars on my legs from the alligator
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:04.290
  • but I have scars on my arm from my mom.
  • 00:25:04.290 --> 00:25:08.080
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:25:08.080 --> 00:25:10.060
  • 'Cause my mom would not let me go.
  • 00:25:10.060 --> 00:25:12.260
  • There's this cool passage in Revelation 5
  • 00:25:12.260 --> 00:25:15.030
  • where John, the author of Revelation, sees Jesus.
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:18.090
  • It's no longer, like, earthly Jesus.
  • 00:25:18.090 --> 00:25:19.230
  • When you envision Jesus, you know,
  • 00:25:19.230 --> 00:25:21.000
  • you see bathrobe, flip flop wearing Jesus.
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:23.060
  • No, this is Jesus glorified.
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:25.050
  • This is Jesus in the full magnificent power of his divinity,
  • 00:25:25.050 --> 00:25:29.130
  • not limited by his humanity and his glorified body
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:32.100
  • but John calls him the lamb.
  • 00:25:32.100 --> 00:25:33.240
  • He knows a detail, a physical description about Jesus.
  • 00:25:33.240 --> 00:25:36.060
  • He says though he's glorified,
  • 00:25:36.060 --> 00:25:37.250
  • he's being worshiped and wow, all this stuff is going on,
  • 00:25:37.250 --> 00:25:40.020
  • he said he looked carefully
  • 00:25:40.020 --> 00:25:41.200
  • and on Jesus still are the scars, the wounds from the cross.
  • 00:25:41.200 --> 00:25:45.190
  • Isn't that incredible?
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.200
  • Though now Jesus is glorified throughout all eternity,
  • 00:25:48.200 --> 00:25:50.260
  • we will see this tangible evidence
  • 00:25:50.260 --> 00:25:52.040
  • that he is the God at Calvary.
  • 00:25:52.040 --> 00:25:54.230
  • That though he knew we were messed up
  • 00:25:54.230 --> 00:25:56.170
  • and screwed up and finite and falling,
  • 00:25:56.170 --> 00:25:58.150
  • he's a God who loved us so much
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:00.070
  • he would not let us go.
  • 00:26:00.070 --> 00:26:02.230
  • He clung tenaciously to a fallen, broken, rebel race.
  • 00:26:02.230 --> 00:26:05.180
  • He said I am the God who will not leave you nor forsake you.
  • 00:26:05.180 --> 00:26:10.000
  • I'm the God that won't quit on you
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:11.220
  • when you quit on yourself.
  • 00:26:11.220 --> 00:26:13.030
  • I'm the God that won't give up on you
  • 00:26:13.030 --> 00:26:14.210
  • when you give up on yourself.
  • 00:26:14.210 --> 00:26:16.030
  • When you fall, I will pick you back up
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:17.230
  • for that is my role in your life,
  • 00:26:17.230 --> 00:26:19.250
  • to be your redeemer.
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:21.020
  • I am the great God who will not let you go.
  • 00:26:21.020 --> 00:26:23.140
  • And we offer this invitation
  • 00:26:23.140 --> 00:26:25.040
  • in the name of Jesus, that king.
  • 00:26:25.040 --> 00:26:27.080
  • Father, we thank you for who you are.
  • 00:26:27.080 --> 00:26:28.240
  • You model for us relational perfection.
  • 00:26:28.240 --> 00:26:32.190
  • We need to love people and be patient with people
  • 00:26:32.190 --> 00:26:37.150
  • and suffer with people and be kind to people
  • 00:26:37.150 --> 00:26:40.080
  • and be slow to take offense with people
  • 00:26:40.080 --> 00:26:42.050
  • the way you have modeled for us with clarity.
  • 00:26:42.050 --> 00:26:44.050
  • So Jesus, may people recognize this church as your people.
  • 00:26:44.050 --> 00:26:48.100
  • As we love, as you have first loved us,
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:53.010
  • that is our prayer in the name of our great God,
  • 00:26:53.010 --> 00:26:55.170
  • as your church loudly and passionately says ...
  • 00:26:55.170 --> 00:26:59.260
  • - Hey guys, we're so honored that you would tune in today
  • 00:26:59.260 --> 00:27:02.110
  • and we hope that this message would continue
  • 00:27:02.110 --> 00:27:05.050
  • to be a source of inspiration and encouragement
  • 00:27:05.050 --> 00:27:07.210
  • as you go forward into your week.
  • 00:27:07.210 --> 00:27:10.140
  • - We would love to meet you
  • 00:27:11.140 --> 00:27:12.270
  • and our campuses are the perfect place to make that happen.
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  • We meet in multiple locations
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  • and have tons of services all weekend
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  • that you can experience.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com and there you'll find
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  • all the times, directions, and more information
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  • about who we are.
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