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The Secret to Having Everything You Ever Wanted

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February 28, 2018
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Church by the Glades

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  • - Hi, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • We're so excited you're here today.
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  • In the next few moments, we're going to hear from
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  • Pastor David Hughes as he shares about
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  • how we can live life to the fullest.
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  • So stick around, it's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and I know you'll be encouraged.
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  • - At Church by the Glades, we like to say
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  • no perfect people allowed, which means that no matter
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  • where you are in life, you will be welcomed 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 peek at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • Jesus, you're still enough
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  • Keep me within your love
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  • My heart will sing your praise again
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed me yet
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  • - We've seen you move before, Jesus.
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  • We're trusting that you can do it again.
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  • Give us faith, God, to believe in you.
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  • To put our hope in you.
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  • Come on, you sing.
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I've seen you move
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  • You move the mountains
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • You made a way
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  • Where there was no way
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  • And I believe
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • I'll see you do it again
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  • Oh
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  • - Come on, church, you sing.
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  • Your promise still stands
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  • Great is your faithfulness
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  • Faithfulness
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  • I'm still in your hands
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  • This is my confidence
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  • You've never failed me yet
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  • (congregation applauding)
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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, 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.
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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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  • - What is up, Church by the Glades?
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • Man, it's so good to see you, glad you're here.
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  • If you are new, my name is David,
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  • and we're in a series, a theme called #nofilter.
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  • Little bit of a social media take.
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  • Working through recently the Book of Philippians.
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  • We've been in Philippians chapter four.
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  • If you have a moment, find that text.
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  • Philippians four probably is my favorite chapter
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  • in the whole Bible, it's very optimistic, very positive.
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  • In fact, contained in this great chapter is a great verse,
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  • one of those iconic verses, Philippians 4:13
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  • where Paul says I can do all things
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  • through Christ who strengthens me.
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  • And Christians have clung to that verse
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  • throughout the generations, it is so profound.
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  • It's so inspiring, and so I wanna show you that verse
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  • and what's around that verse.
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  • We're gonna jump right to it.
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  • I wanna spend time in the latter half
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  • of Philippians chapter four, now the first half
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  • has most of the good stuff in my opinion,
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  • except that verse, verse 13.
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  • But let's get a running start, we'll pick it up
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  • in verse six, verse six it says
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  • be anxious for nothing.
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  • Let me stop right there, okay,
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  • who is a worrisome person, who tends to stress out?
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  • Who is stressed out today at all of our campuses,
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  • raise your hand, who's a stressed out person?
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  • Own it, all right, you worriers.
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  • The word of God is saying stop it.
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  • Cut it out, don't worry.
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  • And you're like, beautiful.
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  • Love to.
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  • How, how do I do it?
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  • I'd love to obey God's word.
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  • Well, the Bible says in verse six
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  • is in lieu of worrying, when you have that first
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  • worrisome thought, throw the brakes on it,
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  • put worry on the bench, and substitute something else.
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  • What do you substitute, prayer.
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  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, all things
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  • by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
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  • let your requests be made know to God.
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  • And the peace, that's what you're looking for,
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  • and look at the superlatives and surpassing peace.
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  • The peace of God, where it surpasses all comprehension,
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  • will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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  • Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
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  • whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
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  • whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence
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  • or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
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  • These things you have learned and received and heard
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  • and seen in me, integrity, practice these things
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  • and the God of peace, here peace is promised a second time.
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  • The God of peace will be with you.
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  • But new territory, he turns a corner here,
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  • the Apostle Paul, and he says this.
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  • But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly,
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  • that now at last you revived your concern for me.
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  • Indeed, you were concerned before,
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  • but you lacked opportunity.
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  • Look at verse 11, not that I speak for want,
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  • for I have learned to be content
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  • in whatever circumstance I am, wow.
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  • Verse 12, I know how to get along with humble means,
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  • and I know how to live in prosperity.
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  • In any and every circumstance, I've learned the secret
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  • of being filled and going hungry,
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  • both of having abundance and suffering need.
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  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthen,
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  • you couldn't help yourself, that's not even highlighted,
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  • you had to read some of that.
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  • Nevertheless, you've done well to share with me
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  • in my affliction, what's he talking about?
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  • Verse 15, as you yourselves also know, Philippians,
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  • at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia
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  • no church shared with me in the matter of giving
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  • and receiving, but you alone.
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  • For even in Thessalonica you sent a gift
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  • more than once for my needs.
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  • Here's what's going on, they have been financially
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  • supporting Paul's ministry, and now they're helping out
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  • Paul financially while he's in prison.
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  • Not that I seek for the gift itself, but I seek
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  • for the profit which increases to your account.
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  • Verse 18, but I have received everything in full
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  • and have an abundance, I am amply supplied,
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  • having received from Epaphroditus.
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  • That's a great name, isn't it, Epaphroditus.
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  • If you're pregnant, looking for a name,
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  • Epaphroditus.
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  • What you have sent, a fragrant aroma,
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  • an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.
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  • And look at verse 19, in fact, read the one word here.
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  • It says and my God will supply all,
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  • wow, all your needs according to his riches
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  • and glory in Christ Jesus.
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  • And there's like four more verses, some personal
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  • benediction, you can read that for homework,
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  • but I love me some Philippians chapter four,
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  • probably my favorite chapter in the Bible.
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  • Now there is a plethora of promises in this passage.
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  • This promise of resourcing in verse 19.
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  • This promise of peace twice in the early verses.
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  • This promise of strength and overcoming power in verse 13.
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  • All these promises, but a lot of us are a little cynical
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  • when someone makes a promise.
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  • In fact, some of you came back this week
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  • 'cause last week I made a promise.
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  • Remember last week I kind of got out there,
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  • I really didn't have it in my notes,
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  • and I just said come back next week
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  • and I will share with you a secret, a secret.
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  • And some of you guys, you're a little suspect, I get it.
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  • Why is that, just let me survey all of our campuses
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  • right now, whether you're at Lake Worth
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  • or downtown Fort Lauderdale,
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  • or you're at Homestead Correctional
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  • or Dade CI or Sample Road or here at Sawgrass,
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  • I want you to raise your hand if ever in your life,
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  • even once, someone made you a promise
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  • and did not fulfill that promise completely.
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  • They promised and maybe underdelivered
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  • or didn't deliver at all, raise your hand
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  • if that's ever happened to you.
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  • And if your hand's not up, you are dead.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • In fact, you know, overpromise and underdeliver,
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  • it happens to us pretty early in life.
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  • You know, early in life you have a memory
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  • of somebody let you down, true?
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  • Well, like three people, if you're watching online
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  • or on TV said true.
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  • I'll go first, I'll be candid.
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  • One of the most profound early memories,
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  • I'm like four years old, I remember one of those promises
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  • that I thought was amazing, but when it got fulfilled,
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  • I was let down.
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  • Here was the promise, it was something I saw on the back
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  • of a comic book, I'm reading like a Marvel Spider-Man
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  • comic book, and remember back in the day, like the last
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  • two pages had all these advertisements.
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  • And even as a little kid, I recognized some of these
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  • were promising things like, I don't know, x-ray glasses
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  • or the Charles Atlas Dynamic-Tension Training Program.
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  • We can take you from a wimp to a muscle guy
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  • in like six weeks.
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  • And I was so little, my guess was someone was reading this
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  • to me, 'cause I remember this one thing I saw there.
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  • I was so intrigued by this because they had an advertisement
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  • in the back of my comic book
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  • for sea monkeys, sea monkeys.
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  • Anybody here old enough to remember sea monkeys
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  • in the back of, all right, thank you fellow old,
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  • see, if you're younger like 35,
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  • you may not know what sea monkeys are.
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  • And if you're a kid, your dream pet is not a Labrador,
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  • it's not a Siamese, it ain't a Shih Tzu, right?
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  • Your dream pet as a kid is a monkey.
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  • Oh, if I can have a monkey, like I wanna teach the monkey
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  • to do things, right, oh, a monkey would be so cool.
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  • I could train it to do my chores and my homework, a monkey.
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  • Right, you don't think about the logistics, but a monkey.
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  • And here's sea monkeys.
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  • And so what's a sea monkey, is it like a chimpanzee
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  • with scuba gear?
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  • Is that like a baby gorilla with fins?
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  • But they had an illustration on the advertisement,
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  • and here it is, for only 13.95,
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  • you get amazing live sea monkeys.
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  • And here's the picture, they kinda look like
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  • seahorse creatures or something, seahorse people.
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  • They got little smiles and family units.
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  • Oh, this is great, this is great.
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  • In fact, as the research team drilled down,
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  • they found an advertisement that's really old,
  • 00:12:10.260 --> 00:12:12.120
  • they found another one.
  • 00:12:12.120 --> 00:12:13.260
  • Show me the next one, guys, the price is different.
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:15.010
  • For only a dollar.
  • 00:12:15.010 --> 00:12:16.140
  • If you saw this one, you're really old, right?
  • 00:12:16.140 --> 00:12:18.050
  • But I love the fine print, it says sea monkeys,
  • 00:12:19.160 --> 00:12:22.010
  • own a bowl full of happiness, instant pets, eager to please.
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:26.120
  • Then can even be trained.
  • 00:12:26.120 --> 00:12:27.260
  • Well, of course they can, look at them, right?
  • 00:12:27.260 --> 00:12:29.060
  • They look so intelligent, sea monkeys.
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:30.270
  • And so my mom was in the last service.
  • 00:12:32.020 --> 00:12:34.170
  • My mom and dad paid the $14, got me some sea monkeys.
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:38.040
  • And when you get sea monkeys, you get brine shrimp.
  • 00:12:38.040 --> 00:12:41.200
  • That's what a sea monkey is, that's a sea monkey.
  • 00:12:42.260 --> 00:12:45.070
  • Looks nothing like the illustration.
  • 00:12:45.070 --> 00:12:47.180
  • The illustration is this cute little family with fins,
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.290
  • faces, smiles, you can train 'em.
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:52.140
  • This is what you get, and they're actually
  • 00:12:52.140 --> 00:12:53.230
  • very, very small, they're not microscopic,
  • 00:12:53.230 --> 00:12:55.200
  • but they're really very tiny brine shrimp.
  • 00:12:55.200 --> 00:12:58.030
  • They have a couple eyes.
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:12:59.220
  • I don't even see a brain.
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:01.100
  • Just like a swallowing spot and the spinal cord, right?
  • 00:13:01.100 --> 00:13:03.160
  • That's all it is, and if you know brine shrimp,
  • 00:13:03.160 --> 00:13:06.060
  • you're probably a saltwater or aquarium enthusiast,
  • 00:13:06.060 --> 00:13:08.260
  • because brine shrimp sometimes are used to feed your fish
  • 00:13:08.260 --> 00:13:12.040
  • if you have a saltwater tank.
  • 00:13:12.040 --> 00:13:13.160
  • So sea monkeys, I'm excited, I think I'm getting
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:15.130
  • like a monkey or a monkey family, and I get brine shrimp.
  • 00:13:15.130 --> 00:13:18.220
  • I get fish food.
  • 00:13:18.220 --> 00:13:20.010
  • $14 for fish food.
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:24.000
  • And the first time in my young life, I'm like,
  • 00:13:24.000 --> 00:13:25.080
  • oh my God, man, somebody promised me this,
  • 00:13:25.080 --> 00:13:27.290
  • delivered me this.
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:30.200
  • And it just keeps happening, doesn't it?
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:33.210
  • Throughout you're life, we are bombarded with promises
  • 00:13:33.210 --> 00:13:37.020
  • and advertisements and things, these things, you see it
  • 00:13:37.020 --> 00:13:39.190
  • on TV all the time, these infomercials, right?
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:41.090
  • It will change your life.
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:43.030
  • It will transform your relationships.
  • 00:13:43.030 --> 00:13:44.270
  • It will alter your appearance.
  • 00:13:44.270 --> 00:13:47.130
  • So if you're a little suspect,
  • 00:13:47.130 --> 00:13:49.000
  • I promise something, it was audacious last week.
  • 00:13:49.000 --> 00:13:53.130
  • I promised if you came back this week, I would share
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:55.290
  • with you the secret to having everything
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:14:00.120
  • you've ever wanted.
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:02.010
  • - [Man] Yeah!
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:03.150
  • - Yeah, now look, no one's clapping, by the way.
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:05.000
  • It's okay, don't. (congregation applauding)
  • 00:14:05.000 --> 00:14:06.030
  • No, stop, stop, stop, stop.
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:07.100
  • No pity claps, no pity claps, no, no.
  • 00:14:07.100 --> 00:14:09.120
  • Listen, 'cause you're going, come on.
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:11.280
  • We're grown ups.
  • 00:14:11.280 --> 00:14:13.120
  • We're all a little jaded because we've had many times
  • 00:14:13.120 --> 00:14:15.140
  • people have promised us things and they don't fulfill
  • 00:14:15.140 --> 00:14:17.210
  • the promise, so here's the difference.
  • 00:14:17.210 --> 00:14:19.070
  • I'm basing this promise on something the Apostle Paul
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:21.130
  • says here in Philippians chapter four.
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:22.220
  • I'm basing this promise on the word of God.
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:25.200
  • And the word of God is the polar opposite
  • 00:14:25.200 --> 00:14:28.030
  • from the last two pages of a Marvel comic book
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  • with x-ray glasses and Charles Atlas training programs
  • 00:14:30.230 --> 00:14:34.070
  • and sea monkeys.
  • 00:14:34.070 --> 00:14:35.180
  • When God makes you a promise,
  • 00:14:35.180 --> 00:14:38.160
  • God delivers the goods every single time.
  • 00:14:38.160 --> 00:14:42.290
  • God never overpromises and underdelivers.
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:45.200
  • God never exaggerates for effect.
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:48.070
  • And if God makes you a clear promise in his word,
  • 00:14:48.070 --> 00:14:52.000
  • bank on the promises of God.
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:53.270
  • And Paul says that we can do all things
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:58.010
  • through Christ who strengthens us.
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:15:01.260
  • So here it is, is it true?
  • 00:15:01.260 --> 00:15:03.130
  • Can you really have everything,
  • 00:15:03.130 --> 00:15:06.100
  • everything, can you have everything?
  • 00:15:06.100 --> 00:15:08.090
  • Well, let's imagine you and I are having a little one-to-one
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:10.080
  • conversation, we're sipping some Starbucks together,
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:12.140
  • and I say, okay, let's do this, let's have this conversation
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:15.030
  • about everything you ever wanted, but you gotta be honest.
  • 00:15:15.030 --> 00:15:17.270
  • You gotta be beautifully blunt, you gotta be #nofilter,
  • 00:15:17.270 --> 00:15:20.240
  • transparent, what is everything you ever wanted?
  • 00:15:20.240 --> 00:15:24.000
  • If you're just being honest with me, we're talking together
  • 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:25.290
  • and you're being candid, you might say, okay, David,
  • 00:15:25.290 --> 00:15:29.010
  • everything, all right, uh,
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:31.030
  • maybe I would say
  • 00:15:31.030 --> 00:15:33.190
  • money.
  • 00:15:33.190 --> 00:15:35.110
  • I'd like to have me some money.
  • 00:15:35.110 --> 00:15:37.160
  • I mean, like a whole lot of money.
  • 00:15:37.160 --> 00:15:39.210
  • Anybody here, raise your hand at one of our campuses,
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:42.050
  • you'd like to have a little more money
  • 00:15:42.050 --> 00:15:43.200
  • if God wants to give out some more money, raise your hand.
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:46.040
  • Now some of y'all don't have your hand up, really?
  • 00:15:46.040 --> 00:15:48.000
  • If you'd like to have, oh, maybe someone didn't have
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:50.070
  • their hand up because, oh, Pastor David, excuse me,
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:51.280
  • Pastor David, the Bible does say
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:53.230
  • that money is the root of all evil.
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:55.280
  • Now I'm very spiritual and biblical, and money is the root,
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:59.100
  • no, Bible doesn't say that.
  • 00:15:59.100 --> 00:16:01.120
  • It says the love of money is the root of all evil.
  • 00:16:01.120 --> 00:16:04.080
  • Money, your money, you think money's evil?
  • 00:16:04.080 --> 00:16:06.080
  • Money's spiritually neutral, you can do good things
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:08.040
  • with money or bad things.
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.180
  • You think your money's all dirty and unspiritual?
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:10.280
  • Give me your money, give me your money
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:13.060
  • 'cause you think your money's bad, I'll take your money.
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:14.260
  • I'll do some beautiful things with your money.
  • 00:16:14.260 --> 00:16:16.190
  • I'll buy some nice things for my wife,
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:18.130
  • I'll buy some good things for my kids.
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.010
  • I'll buy myself a fly rod, that's spiritual right there.
  • 00:16:20.010 --> 00:16:22.200
  • I'll take some of that money you think is contaminated
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:25.090
  • or sinful or tainted and I'll give it to the church
  • 00:16:25.090 --> 00:16:27.130
  • of Jesus Christ, and we'll do amazing things,
  • 00:16:27.130 --> 00:16:30.030
  • changing people's lives.
  • 00:16:30.030 --> 00:16:31.280
  • Well, you can do great things with money.
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:33.290
  • In fact, a little time out right here.
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:36.200
  • I just read the latter part of Philippians chapter four,
  • 00:16:36.200 --> 00:16:38.140
  • and every single preaching colleague I have
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:40.220
  • would use those verses to teach you about generosity.
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:43.170
  • 'Cause that's why Paul's writing this, he's saying listen,
  • 00:16:43.170 --> 00:16:45.170
  • I'm in prison, and the prison system was back in the day
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:47.280
  • in Rome, he's in a Roman prison, was they would give you
  • 00:16:47.280 --> 00:16:50.180
  • just enough to maybe keep you alive.
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:53.060
  • So Dade County campuses, Paul didn't have a jumpsuit on.
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:56.260
  • Or tennis shoes, he's barefoot, he's in rags,
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:16:59.200
  • he's at the point of starvation, he's eating moldy bread.
  • 00:16:59.200 --> 00:17:02.000
  • He probably has dysentery 'cause they've been
  • 00:17:02.000 --> 00:17:03.130
  • giving him contaminated water.
  • 00:17:03.130 --> 00:17:04.260
  • But now because the Philippian church has resourced him
  • 00:17:04.260 --> 00:17:07.250
  • financially, he can buy some food for himself
  • 00:17:07.250 --> 00:17:10.200
  • and the other people with him there in the jail.
  • 00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:12.220
  • He's able to bless people 'cause they were generous.
  • 00:17:12.220 --> 00:17:15.120
  • God blesses us when we're open-handed with money.
  • 00:17:15.120 --> 00:17:19.200
  • The Bible teaches all the money belongs to him anyways.
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:22.240
  • And so most guys will preach on generosity,
  • 00:17:22.240 --> 00:17:25.000
  • but I won't do that.
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:26.130
  • But money is not a bad thing, money is a good thing.
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:29.150
  • I hope God bless you with a whole bunch of money
  • 00:17:29.150 --> 00:17:31.190
  • 'cause you want everything.
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:32.260
  • What's everything you ever wanted?
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:34.090
  • Okay, what else do you know, okay, okay, open door.
  • 00:17:34.090 --> 00:17:35.230
  • Car, car.
  • 00:17:35.230 --> 00:17:38.040
  • No, no, not the car I have right now.
  • 00:17:38.040 --> 00:17:39.290
  • Nice car, I want me a nice new car,
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:43.040
  • I want me a nice ride, I'd look good in a new car.
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:45.160
  • House, house, house.
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:47.240
  • I'm not homeless right now, I have a place, right,
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:49.170
  • but I'd like a nice house, big house, nice neighborhood.
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:53.080
  • What else would you say?
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:54.220
  • Fame, fame would be great, I'd like to be famous.
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:57.090
  • Be like Beyonce famous, right?
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.270
  • Like really famous and admired.
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:01.050
  • Lisa Hughes, my wife, said to my son, hey, I'm a cool mom.
  • 00:18:02.250 --> 00:18:05.120
  • She goes, no, there's only one cool mom,
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:06.190
  • that's Beyonce, Beyonce's a cool mom.
  • 00:18:06.190 --> 00:18:08.140
  • Popularity.
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:11.150
  • A lot of our young guns here in the house.
  • 00:18:11.150 --> 00:18:13.030
  • Oh, I could be more popular, I could be in with
  • 00:18:13.030 --> 00:18:14.190
  • the cool group, right, I'd like to be, social media,
  • 00:18:14.190 --> 00:18:17.140
  • I'd like to have a K on my Instagram.
  • 00:18:17.140 --> 00:18:19.200
  • Or I'd like to be verified, right?
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:21.120
  • Or maybe I wanna be Selena Gomez,
  • 00:18:21.120 --> 00:18:23.060
  • have 131 million followers, that's popular.
  • 00:18:23.060 --> 00:18:27.040
  • What else would you might have, everything,
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:28.130
  • everything I ever wanted.
  • 00:18:28.130 --> 00:18:29.210
  • Romance, relationship.
  • 00:18:30.190 --> 00:18:33.090
  • I'm single, I'm single, I want a holy hottie.
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:36.190
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:18:36.190 --> 00:18:38.180
  • My marriage, the sizzle's going out of my marriage.
  • 00:18:38.180 --> 00:18:40.050
  • I want more romance and I want him to notice me,
  • 00:18:40.050 --> 00:18:42.060
  • I want him to date me, I want him to court me
  • 00:18:42.060 --> 00:18:44.070
  • like he did 25 years ago.
  • 00:18:44.070 --> 00:18:46.060
  • What else, what else, these are not bad things.
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:50.180
  • Everything, every, health.
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:53.000
  • I'd like to be healthy, I'd like to be healthy.
  • 00:18:53.000 --> 00:18:54.220
  • Now I don't wanna eat healthy, but I wanna be healthy.
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:57.180
  • Speaking of that, while we're on it,
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:59.260
  • just everything, abs, abs would be nice, I'd like abs.
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:02.200
  • And I don't wanna actually exercise or anything,
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:04.150
  • but abs would be great 'cause you said everything.
  • 00:19:04.150 --> 00:19:08.050
  • And I look at this list, and your list may look like this,
  • 00:19:08.050 --> 00:19:10.230
  • may look something else, and this list,
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:12.220
  • this isn't a bad list.
  • 00:19:12.220 --> 00:19:14.270
  • Oh, by the way, since you're talking to your pastor,
  • 00:19:14.270 --> 00:19:16.270
  • it might hit you, (gasps)
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:18.150
  • oh, also I would like Jesus, Jesus.
  • 00:19:18.150 --> 00:19:21.230
  • Jesus, Jesus and his word, Jesus and his word
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:24.240
  • 'cause I'm talking to the pastor,
  • 00:19:24.240 --> 00:19:26.220
  • and so that should be on the list, too, right?
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:28.110
  • This is really, in fact, I'm messing with you.
  • 00:19:28.110 --> 00:19:30.130
  • Most of you guys would say this first
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:32.070
  • 'cause you're a Christian person, you love God,
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:34.080
  • and you're learning the value of scripture
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:36.040
  • and how it speaks so powerfully into your life,
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:37.240
  • so you'd probably put these on top,
  • 00:19:37.240 --> 00:19:40.020
  • but you'd have some of this stuff, too, and I would as well.
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:43.020
  • And again, if you're here and you're just a super spiritual
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:45.110
  • person and think this is all worldly and contaminated
  • 00:19:45.110 --> 00:19:48.260
  • and sinful, you're wrong.
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:52.000
  • These are okay, these are not, in fact, if you have these,
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.230
  • now when they become bad is when they have you,
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:59.230
  • right, if I fixate on these things, obsess on these things,
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:03.190
  • if I begin to worship these things and they're problematic,
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:07.090
  • I don't mean worship like you sing worship songs to
  • 00:20:07.090 --> 00:20:09.060
  • or pray to your money, but Jesus said
  • 00:20:09.060 --> 00:20:11.050
  • you cannot serve both God and money.
  • 00:20:11.050 --> 00:20:13.190
  • Notice he didn't say it's really hard to serve God
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:15.240
  • and money, it's really tough, you gotta be,
  • 00:20:15.240 --> 00:20:17.050
  • no, he says impossible.
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:18.220
  • You only got room for one thing in the first place.
  • 00:20:18.220 --> 00:20:21.270
  • So the first place goes to God.
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:24.070
  • But I would say these things, if you had to put like
  • 00:20:24.070 --> 00:20:26.010
  • a header on this or a title, I'd say this is good stuff
  • 00:20:26.010 --> 00:20:29.010
  • right here, this is good stuff.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:30.150
  • I hope God has blessed you
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:33.000
  • with a dose of some of this good stuff.
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:35.020
  • But over here, well if this is good stuff,
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:37.240
  • this is really good stuff.
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:41.170
  • This is the God stuff, the best stuff,
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:43.250
  • the ultimate stuff, the eternal stuff.
  • 00:20:43.250 --> 00:20:47.240
  • Jesus and his word, yeah, they have a king
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:51.010
  • and his kingdom, that's it, that's it.
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:54.100
  • If I can have that and a whole bunch of this,
  • 00:20:54.100 --> 00:20:57.140
  • I think it'd be everything.
  • 00:20:57.140 --> 00:20:58.250
  • But then we have Paul.
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:02.060
  • We've got Paul, poor, pitiful Paul.
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:05.130
  • Paul dressed in rags, Paul in a prison,
  • 00:21:05.130 --> 00:21:09.210
  • Paul in chains.
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.240
  • Paul mouthing off, saying I can do all things
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:16.140
  • through Christ who strengthens me.
  • 00:21:16.140 --> 00:21:19.240
  • And to break it down, Paul, at the moment
  • 00:21:19.240 --> 00:21:21.270
  • he pens this, has no money.
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:24.140
  • Of course has no car, no chariot, no mule.
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:29.080
  • He's homeless, he's in prison.
  • 00:21:29.080 --> 00:21:31.220
  • His fame, his fame's never been at a lower point.
  • 00:21:31.220 --> 00:21:33.290
  • Popularity, just a few loyal friends remain.
  • 00:21:33.290 --> 00:21:37.130
  • Romance, he's single, there's no romance,
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:39.060
  • there's no person in his life.
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:40.130
  • Good health, no, he probably is sick.
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:42.260
  • Six-pack, only 'cause he's malnourished maybe.
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:46.010
  • He has none of this.
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:49.050
  • Yet he pens the most optimistic chapter in all the Bible.
  • 00:21:50.160 --> 00:21:54.030
  • He has none of this.
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:56.250
  • All he has is this.
  • 00:21:56.250 --> 00:21:59.270
  • And he says, I can do all things
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:04.190
  • through Christ who strengthens me.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • And listen, most of these guys are clapping,
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  • but some are clapping thinking like, oh,
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  • poor pitiful Paul, he's delirious,
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  • he's hungry, he's sick, he's stir crazy
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  • 'cause these things are really good over here,
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  • these things are awesome over here.
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  • And I would just say, you know, verse 13
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  • is that famous verse, I mean this famous verse,
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  • like John 3:16 and Romans chapter 10 and verse nine
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  • and Proverbs three, five and six.
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  • You know, Romans 8:28, great verses, famous verse.
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  • But anytime there's a verse thrown your way,
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  • check out the context.
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  • Now tell you, the context was Paul was in prison,
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  • and the Philippians were supporting him because historically
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  • he had been their pastor.
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  • And so back in the past, he planted that church,
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  • now he's been moved on by the Holy Spirit,
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  • yet they continue to resource him, that is generosity.
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  • When you are generous and the kingdom purpose
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  • doesn't bless you at all personally.
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  • Meaning this, if you give money at Church by the Glades
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  • Sawgrass campus, we just renovated the kids building,
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  • so my kids benefits from that.
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  • But I give money and we're taking care of orphans
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  • in Haiti that I'll never see.
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  • That's a great purpose, and so they're doing that.
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  • They're blessing Paul though Paul is no longer with them.
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  • So that's the context historically.
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  • But anytime you read a verse, even a verse like
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  • Philippians 4:13, I can do all things,
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  • check out the textual context, meaning this,
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  • what's just before, what's just after in the text?
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  • In that chapter, you know, the verse before,
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  • the verse after, what,
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  • in fact, can I interrupt my own sermon?
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  • Is that okay, can I interrupt my own sermon?
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  • - [Man] Yeah.
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  • - Yeah, I'm going to just because
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  • I don't know where you're watching this in the world
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  • or when, but here in America, we had like a really ugly
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  • thing happen in Virginia yesterday.
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  • And we had these very hateful racist people,
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  • violence, and just despicable what happened.
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  • But for me, the crazy thing, whenever I see
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  • like a white supremacist group, there's always somebody
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  • holding a poster with a Bible verse on it.
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  • Like they're trying to justify their hatred
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  • and their bigotry and their violence with scripture.
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  • No, anytime someone does that, they've taken that verse
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  • out of context.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • Horribly out of context, and they're trying to twist
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  • a Bible verse to justify or rationalize their sin.
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  • Racism is sin and stupidity every single time.
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  • And if you see someone trying to use a Bible verse
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  • to justify it, they have violated the context,
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  • they have raped the scripture right there
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  • for their own purposes, that's what's happening.
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  • And by the way, I just wanna be very clear,
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  • racism is always sin.
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  • And here's just one more reason why
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  • I love me some Church by the Glades,
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  • that this church by God's grace for some reason
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  • is a multiracial church, just look around.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • And I'm gonna be just real candid here,
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  • I don't mean to offend anybody,
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  • and I'm please not trying to jam any other churches,
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  • but if you haven't noticed, I'm a white guy.
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  • Been a white guy my whole life.
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  • And if i wanted to, I could go to a church
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  • here in our region that has a lot more white people
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  • than people of other races, maybe even a church
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  • almost everybody's white.
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  • I could find you churches, and good churches,
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  • churches where everybody looks the same,
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  • votes the same, drives the same minivan.
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  • You know, everybody kinda, you know,
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  • maybe your Latin, you could find a church in this area
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  • where it's predominantly Latin.
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  • Or you're African American, you could find a great
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  • African American church where almost, if not everybody
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  • in the church, looks like you.
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  • And I get that.
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  • But there's something about a church that's diverse
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  • that I think is very powerful, we make a statement
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  • just by the way we do life together.
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  • And again, context, remember that context.
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  • Here's kind of a cool thing about context.
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  • The ancient world, the Roman world,
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  • Paul's in a Roman prison, Philippi is a Greek city
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  • in the Roman Empire.
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  • The Roman world was a racist world.
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  • Not just like in America we have racism, it was celebrated.
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  • If you're a good Roman, society expected you to be a racist.
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  • You're expected as a Roman to hate the Greeks.
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  • And the Greeks were racist.
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  • They looked down their nose at everyone else,
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  • including the Romans, and the Egyptians did the same,
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  • they were elitists, and the Syrians didn't like the Jews.
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  • And anti-Semitism, by the way, is as old as the Bible.
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  • So there's all this racism in the ancient world
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  • that's just expected.
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  • If you're a good Roman, you're a racist.
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  • And the first place the walls of racism begin to crumble
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  • was in a small fledgling minority faith, a marginalized
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  • faith expression called the Church of Jesus Christ.
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  • And the first place in the history of the Western world
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  • that people from different classes and races
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  • come together and are brothers is the church.
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  • And you can actually read about it in the Bible
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  • where it's proclaimed in the church, there's no Jew,
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  • no Gentile, no slave, no free,
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  • no male, no female, rather we're all one in Christ Jesus.
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  • And I think that is expressed so biblically and beautifully
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  • in a multiracial church, 'cause I'm white
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  • and you're black and you're Latin and you're Asian,
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  • but deep down, we bleed red.
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  • And we're more alike than we are different.
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  • And we'll celebrate our uniqueness
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  • and our unity at the same time.
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  • - Hey, guys, we're so honored that you would join us today
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  • and we hope that this message would continue to be
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  • a source of inspiration and encouragement
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  • as you go forward into your week.
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