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The Smallest Boat in the Bible Part 2

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September 6, 2017
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Church by the Glades

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The Smallest Boat in the Bible Part 2

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  • (driving rock music)
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  • - Hello, and welcome to church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments we're going
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  • 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
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  • at some of what you can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • (contemporary gospel music)
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • No
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  • Never fail
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  • He will never fail
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  • Never fail
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  • Our hope is revived
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  • In your presence
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  • As we sing to you
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  • Your Word Your word comes alive
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  • In your presence
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  • As we trust in you
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  • Our faith Our faith cannot be shaken
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  • Nothing can separate us
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • Never fail
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  • No
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  • He will never fail
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  • Never fail
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  • He
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  • He
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  • He's conquered death
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  • And given us victory
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  • He
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  • He
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  • He's conquered death
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  • And given us victory
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  • Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • The Lord is with us the Lord is with us
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  • Our God is for us
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  • He will never fail
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  • Never fail
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  • He will never fail
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  • No
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  • Never fail
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  • (driving rock music)
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  • - Alright, guys, it's time to
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  • 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,
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  • or pull it up on your phone or tablet.
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  • You might also wanna 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 did the other Hebrew parents do with their kids?
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  • Ever think about that one?
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  • 'Cause you know, they're killing their babies!
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  • They're killing their babies.
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  • So, you read about in the history books
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  • the great slave rebellion of the middle kingdom in Egypt.
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  • You read in The Bible about this insurrection
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  • where moms and dads, they don't have typical weapons,
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  • they grab pitchforks and stuff
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  • and do battle with these soldiers to save their families.
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  • You read about that.
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  • No, you don't!
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  • - [Woman] Right.
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  • - You know what the other parents did?
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  • No doubt with tears, and sadly,
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  • they surrendered their children
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  • to the culture to be destroyed.
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  • - Yeah. - Right.
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  • - As for this dad, I will not surrender
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  • my kids to the culture for their destruction.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • I don't care if you think
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  • I'm the weirdest parent on the block.
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  • I'm gonna love my kids
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  • and encourage my kids
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  • and draw protective boundaries for my kids.
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  • - [Woman] Good, good!
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  • - And, listen, listen,
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  • and immerse my kids in a subculture.
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  • (indistinct chattering)
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  • You see, there's a powerful, purposeful,
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  • energized, supernatural subculture.
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  • It's a group of non-conformists
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  • called the church of Jesus Christ,
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • and we're swimming against the stream.
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  • There's this riptide of ruin out there.
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  • There's this river of rebellion.
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  • Our kids are gettin' swept away, but guess what?
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  • No, we're puttin' our kids in this
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  • little bitty boat called the church
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  • and we're goin' the other way.
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  • So, I know I'm biased,
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  • I know you're here and you're a guest goin',
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  • "Oh, hey, shocker!
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  • "The preacher's big on church."
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  • I'm tellin' ya this, I'm a satisfied God customer, here.
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  • I am so thrilled my parents raised us in the house of God.
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  • They took us to church every time we wanted to go to church,
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  • and they took us to church
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  • every time we didn't wanna go to church.
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  • My parents were parents
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  • and made those decisions for us.
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  • Our church wasn't fun like this church.
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  • 'Cause I get it, your teenager thinks,
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  • "Dad, if I don't drug and party,
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  • "if I don't hook up,
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  • "if I don't blah blah blah,
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  • "I'll be the only one!
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  • "I'll be this weirdo.
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  • "I'll be standin' all by myself, I'll be,"
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no.
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  • We got a student ministry here.
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  • You saw our two youth pastors, these two jacked dudes.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • We got this ministry at Church by the Glades,
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  • depends on the campus,
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  • and listen, I know our church is a big church,
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  • and sometimes people rip on big churches,
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  • "Oh, mega churches, mega churches are large
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  • "and institutional, and they got these buildings."
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  • Guess what, I don't apologize our church is big.
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  • Praise God our church is big!
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  • A mega church (congregation applauding)
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  • should have a mega impact!
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  • And, when it translates to students,
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  • 'cause I have two high-schoolers,
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  • They gather up at this campus
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  • on Wednesday night for somethin' called The Wave.
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  • I even like the name, (congregation applauding)
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  • it's called The Wave, The Wave.
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  • Here's this river of destruction in our culture,
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  • but the wave is washing a different current
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  • with this thing called The Wave.
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  • Sample Road, we have something called The Wave.
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  • We're launching The Wave at Fort Lauderdale campus
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  • and at Lake Worth campus (congregation applauding)
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  • and it's this youth gathering
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  • and it's not just, oh, two or three weird kids
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  • that sit around and read their bibles.
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  • "Oh, look at the cute little weird kids,
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  • "the nerdy kids, no one else."
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  • No, these awesome, sharp, young people
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  • with phenomenal leaders (congregation applauding)
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  • and they gather up numbering in the hundreds!
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  • This campus has almost 500 kids on this campus.
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  • What is The Wave?
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  • This is The Wave.
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  • (soft electronic music)
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • And, parents, I know your kid
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  • might resist doing something new.
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  • Be the parent, help make a right decision.
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  • But, know this too, these guys do a great job
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  • constructing a very friendly experience for newbies.
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  • So there'll be someone there to receive them walking.
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  • We won't just throw them
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  • in the middle of the thing by themselves.
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  • And by the way, young people, listen.
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  • I know the pressure on you.
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  • I know what you face is so serious,
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  • but there's a little voice inside you saying it's wrong.
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  • There's a voice inside you sayin'
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  • you've been made for something
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  • powerful and purposeful and something better.
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  • Listen to that voice, man, don't go with culture.
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  • The great theologian Moana (chuckling) saying,
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  • "I'll be satisfied if I play along
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  • "but the voice inside sings a different song."
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  • That song is the Holy Spirit calling you
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  • to live a life that's extraordinary, great,
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  • to make a difference,
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  • to be powerful, (congregation applauding)
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  • but you gotta have the courage
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  • to swim against the current of culture.
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  • Decisions, Moses' parents make a remarkable decision.
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  • And there's power in numbers, guys!
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  • We get these kids, we get ourselves together,
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  • 'cause it's hard by yourself.
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  • If the devil can isolate you, he will chew you up.
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  • And by the way, as I say,
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  • parents, bring your kids to church.
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  • I don't mean bring 'em and drop 'em off.
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  • - [Congregation] Right!
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  • - I don't even mean bring 'em
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  • and just show up on Sunday and sit there.
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  • Thank you for bein' here.
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  • Most people don't go to church.
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  • You're at least here.
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  • Immerse yourself in the church.
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  • - [Congregation] Right.
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  • That's good.
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  • - Listen, dads, my parents brought me up in the church.
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  • My mom grew up, she had a church background,
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  • she knew The Bible.
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  • My dad did not become a Christian
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  • till he was in his late 20s.
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  • He didn't know his Genesis from his Revelation.
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  • That's intimidating when you're the guy.
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  • But, my dad just jumped in.
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  • My dad jumped in, in fact, my dad
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  • volunteered to teach kids' Sunday school class.
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  • He recognized, "Okay, I'll learn The Bible,
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  • "I'll stay one story ahead of the little kids."
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  • And that's the way he learned.
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  • Then he started coachin' the basketball league.
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  • So jump in, lead your family together.
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  • There's power in numbers.
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  • Alright, history, any weird history buffs like me?
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  • You watch History channel?
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  • Yeah, weird people, yeah, thank you!
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  • Alright, I lik watchin' those documentaries,
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  • you know, World War II documentaries.
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  • Of course, you know, the history of World War II,
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  • the Nazis were sweeping through Europe.
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  • The conquered Poland, they conquered Belgium,
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  • They took France in just a matter of a few months.
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  • The only free nation that remained, pretty much, the UK.
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  • And that's an island, you know, Great Britain's an island,
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  • and so Hitler's plan was to starve them out.
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  • His policy was the U-boats, unrestricted submarine warfare.
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  • Not just to take out the battleships,
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  • but to take out any ship,
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  • any supply ship, any merchant ship from any nation
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  • bringing food or resources to the UK.
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  • And it was successful.
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  • They were taking down all these ships,
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  • and Britain was starving
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  • until someone had the idea, "Let's sail together."
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  • They called it the convoy system.
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  • "Let's put all these boats together,
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  • "more eyes, more guns,
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  • "throw in a couple destroyers."
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  • The convoy system became this powerful thing,
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  • this armada of safety, these ships sailing together.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ, we are a convoy system.
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  • We are sailing to success.
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  • We're an armada doing battle together.
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  • Not just my family, not just your family.
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  • My kid needs your kid and your kid needs my kid,
  • 00:11:20.130 --> 00:11:23.090
  • and I need you and you need me.
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  • We're better together. (congregation applauding)
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  • Quickly, a few more decisions, and I'll let you go,
  • 00:11:28.100 --> 00:11:30.100
  • but this story is so rich with decisions,
  • 00:11:30.100 --> 00:11:32.050
  • like Pharaoh's daughter made a decision.
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  • Did you notice that?
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  • Pharaoh's daughter decided to hire a nurse.
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  • The Bible is pro full-time childcare,
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  • and all the ladies loudly said,
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  • "Amen!" (laughing) - [Women] Amen!
  • 00:11:45.180 --> 00:11:47.040
  • - I'm just kidding.
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  • She was wealthy, obviously,
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  • but she engages a nurse, and probably didn't even know
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  • the nurse she engaged, how God works out the details,
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:55.070
  • how God honors decisions,
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  • works out the details that the full-time nurse
  • 00:11:56.260 --> 00:11:58.190
  • just happens to be Moses' own biological mom!
  • 00:11:58.190 --> 00:12:01.220
  • - Right. - Yeah.
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:03.020
  • - Pharaoh's daughter didn't know that,
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  • but that's how it worked out.
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:06.080
  • And, so, if you think about it,
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:07.240
  • how did Moses learn about his rich, Hebrew heritage?
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  • His nurse.
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  • How did Moses learn about his true identity?
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  • The nurse.
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  • How did Moses learn about the true God?
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  • The nurse.
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  • It says in Hebrews chapter 11, verse 24,
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  • when he became a grown man,
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  • he disassociated with the Egyptians.
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  • He left the comfort of the palace to become a Hebrew.
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  • Why?
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  • The nurse, the nurse.
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  • Isn't it crazy?
  • 00:12:33.290 --> 00:12:35.070
  • Pharaoh's daughter's not a God-follower,
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  • she's a pagan, she's an idol worshiper,
  • 00:12:36.270 --> 00:12:38.240
  • but if you make God decisions,
  • 00:12:38.240 --> 00:12:41.010
  • God will all up in the stuff of lost people
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  • and they start makin' decisions to benefit and bless you.
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  • I mean, here, all these other families
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  • who just surrendered their babies,
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  • their babies were destroyed,
  • 00:12:49.280 --> 00:12:51.050
  • and because they made, Moses' parents,
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:53.280
  • a blessable decision, a prayed-over decision, no doubt,
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  • to put their baby in a boat, in the Nile
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  • to risk incurring the murderous wrath of Pharaoh,
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:02.290
  • it was no doubt a capital offense to try to save your baby,
  • 00:13:02.290 --> 00:13:05.120
  • but because they made that godly decision,
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  • God blesses that decision,
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  • and their baby is protected,
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:11.000
  • and ladies, did you notice the detail, too,
  • 00:13:11.000 --> 00:13:13.060
  • when she engaged the nurse, Moses' own mom, she pays her?
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  • Would you love to get paid for taking care of your own kid?
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  • - [Women] Yes! (applauding and cheering)
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  • - Only God can work it out.
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:25.200
  • Where Moses' mama now gets paid
  • 00:13:25.200 --> 00:13:28.070
  • for taking care of her own baby!
  • 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:30.100
  • (people softly laughing)
  • 00:13:30.100 --> 00:13:33.060
  • I mean, that's crazy, and by the way,
  • 00:13:33.060 --> 00:13:35.120
  • till he was weaned,
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  • and they would nurse a child back then
  • 00:13:36.190 --> 00:13:37.270
  • till the child was five or six, eww.
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:39.290
  • Anyways, five or six, (people laughing)
  • 00:13:39.290 --> 00:13:41.180
  • but plenty of time to mentor him
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  • and instill in him these values and his faith,
  • 00:13:43.040 --> 00:13:45.120
  • and she gets paid, she gets paid.
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  • Who but God, man?
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:49.130
  • Making godly decisions pays off!
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:52.030
  • Not always in money, but always in blessing.
  • 00:13:53.070 --> 00:13:56.030
  • But they made a counter-cultural decision
  • 00:13:56.030 --> 00:13:57.280
  • and she ends up gettin' paid.
  • 00:13:57.280 --> 00:13:59.080
  • I just love that detail of the story.
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:00.220
  • That blows my mind.
  • 00:14:00.220 --> 00:14:02.160
  • So, listen, as a parent, if you'll make
  • 00:14:02.160 --> 00:14:04.070
  • a counter-cultural decision,
  • 00:14:04.070 --> 00:14:05.240
  • and let me break that down,
  • 00:14:05.240 --> 00:14:07.020
  • 'cause that sounds so easy in church to go,
  • 00:14:07.020 --> 00:14:08.090
  • "Yeah, I'm gonna be counter-cultural!"
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:10.020
  • It means this, making a decision
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  • that's taught in God's word,
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:12.250
  • that if you do it, your unchurched,
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:14.160
  • unbelieving friends are gonna think you're nuts.
  • 00:14:14.160 --> 00:14:17.040
  • They're gonna look at that and go,
  • 00:14:17.040 --> 00:14:17.290
  • "What are you doing?
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:18.240
  • "That's crazy!
  • 00:14:18.240 --> 00:14:20.160
  • "Why you volunteering at the church?
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:22.020
  • "Why you serving there?
  • 00:14:22.020 --> 00:14:23.100
  • "You're giving your time away for free!
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:25.010
  • "They're taking advantage of you!"
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:26.140
  • - [Man] Right.
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:27.130
  • (woman laughing)
  • 00:14:27.130 --> 00:14:28.110
  • - "It's beautiful outside!
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:29.090
  • "You should be at the beach!
  • 00:14:29.090 --> 00:14:30.030
  • "You're at church?
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:31.010
  • "Really, you're at church?
  • 00:14:31.010 --> 00:14:31.250
  • "Your church does Moana!
  • 00:14:31.250 --> 00:14:33.040
  • "Is that even a church?
  • 00:14:33.040 --> 00:14:34.020
  • "I don't know what that is!
  • 00:14:34.020 --> 00:14:35.000
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:14:35.000 --> 00:14:36.080
  • "It's like Disney World
  • 00:14:36.080 --> 00:14:37.140
  • "and church had a baby, I don't understand!
  • 00:14:37.140 --> 00:14:38.210
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:41.100
  • "You're a teen, you're not
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:42.230
  • "gonna sleep around, tryin' to hook up, what?"
  • 00:14:42.230 --> 00:14:45.040
  • Counter-cultural.
  • 00:14:45.040 --> 00:14:47.040
  • Let me give you an example.
  • 00:14:47.040 --> 00:14:48.100
  • Here's one, people think you're nuts, giving.
  • 00:14:48.100 --> 00:14:50.220
  • The Bible teaches, as a Christian person,
  • 00:14:50.220 --> 00:14:52.050
  • I should be generous,
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  • I should take some of the money
  • 00:14:53.030 --> 00:14:54.110
  • that God gives to me, or blesses me,
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:56.000
  • and I should give some away.
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  • Even a tithe, 10%.
  • 00:14:57.120 --> 00:14:59.190
  • "Huh, what, 10%?
  • 00:14:59.190 --> 00:15:02.030
  • (laughing) Your unchurched friends hear that,
  • 00:15:02.030 --> 00:15:04.190
  • "You joined a cult, didn't you?
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:06.160
  • "Oh, my goodness!" (congregation laughing)
  • 00:15:06.160 --> 00:15:08.240
  • It's taught many places,
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:10.090
  • but God always promises to bless godly decisions.
  • 00:15:10.090 --> 00:15:13.120
  • Look at this one.
  • 00:15:13.120 --> 00:15:14.080
  • I'll just show you one.
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:15.150
  • And, by the way, if you're a guest,
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:16.210
  • "Oh, my gosh, they want my money!
  • 00:15:16.210 --> 00:15:18.050
  • "At Church by the Glades, they want my money!"
  • 00:15:18.050 --> 00:15:20.080
  • Did we pass an offering plate today?
  • 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:21.290
  • - [Congregation] No!
  • 00:15:21.290 --> 00:15:23.060
  • - You better be loud or I will pass it!
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:25.100
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:15:25.100 --> 00:15:26.210
  • Did we pass an offering plate today?
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:28.160
  • - [Congregation] No!
  • 00:15:28.160 --> 00:15:29.140
  • - No, and we're not going to,
  • 00:15:29.140 --> 00:15:30.160
  • not going to next week,
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:31.240
  • or the week after, or the week after.
  • 00:15:31.240 --> 00:15:33.050
  • Nothin' wrong with plates,
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:34.190
  • churches all across the world pass offering plates.
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:36.060
  • We don't do that, 'cause I feel
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:37.130
  • that puts a little pressure on you.
  • 00:15:37.130 --> 00:15:39.110
  • Makes you feel kinda weird.
  • 00:15:39.110 --> 00:15:40.170
  • "Oh, I better put five dollars in here,
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:42.090
  • "and five dollars will make all this happen!"
  • 00:15:42.090 --> 00:15:44.090
  • It won't, by the way, just sayin'.
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:46.010
  • Alright, so I don't do that to you,
  • 00:15:46.010 --> 00:15:48.160
  • but our people are generous.
  • 00:15:48.160 --> 00:15:49.180
  • Alright, give, why?
  • 00:15:49.180 --> 00:15:50.250
  • 'Cause The Bible teaches us that we're to give.
  • 00:15:50.250 --> 00:15:53.070
  • We wanna obey and align and make decisions
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:55.240
  • that align with the word of God
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:57.070
  • and then God blesses those blessable decisions.
  • 00:15:57.070 --> 00:15:59.290
  • So here's one place of the many places we're taught to give.
  • 00:15:59.290 --> 00:16:02.200
  • Check out Luke chapter six, verse 38.
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:05.000
  • So on the screen, every campus, I want you to read one word.
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:08.050
  • I know it's a four letter word,
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:09.190
  • but it's not really one of those kinda four letter words.
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:10.250
  • It's a good four letter word, ready?
  • 00:16:10.250 --> 00:16:12.060
  • One, two, three!
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:13.060
  • - [Congregation] Give!
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:14.070
  • - Give, give.
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:15.240
  • By the way, the speaker here is Jesus.
  • 00:16:15.240 --> 00:16:19.190
  • Ratchet up the credibility as high as it can go.
  • 00:16:19.190 --> 00:16:24.110
  • The way, the truth, and the life, Jesus, says,
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:27.030
  • "Give, and it will be given to you.
  • 00:16:27.030 --> 00:16:28.280
  • "A good measure, pressed down,
  • 00:16:28.280 --> 00:16:31.130
  • "shaken together, and running over,"
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:33.100
  • What?
  • 00:16:33.100 --> 00:16:34.050
  • He's not promising proportional giving.
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:38.190
  • Disproportional blessing.
  • 00:16:38.190 --> 00:16:40.060
  • - [Man] Yeah.
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:41.220
  • - Blessing in such a way, I won't be able to contain it.
  • 00:16:41.220 --> 00:16:43.210
  • He's gonna resource it, it doesn't always mean money.
  • 00:16:43.210 --> 00:16:45.200
  • Sometimes the best blessings are intangible things.
  • 00:16:45.200 --> 00:16:48.030
  • But, He promises if I will give, He will bless.
  • 00:16:48.030 --> 00:16:52.130
  • Now, I'm gonna show you that verse, and then it's on you.
  • 00:16:52.130 --> 00:16:56.160
  • Make a decision.
  • 00:16:56.160 --> 00:16:57.130
  • (indistinct chattering)
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:16:58.150
  • Make a decision.
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.230
  • Are you gonna trust God, or go with the culture?
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:01.220
  • 'Cause the culture doesn't teach give.
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:03.130
  • "Don't give!"
  • 00:17:03.130 --> 00:17:04.280
  • Culture teaches make all you can, keep all you can.
  • 00:17:04.280 --> 00:17:08.230
  • Make all you can, keep all you can,
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:11.120
  • bury the can somewhere so no one gets your can, right?
  • 00:17:11.120 --> 00:17:13.200
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:13.200 --> 00:17:15.030
  • But The Bible teaches the more I give,
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:16.200
  • the more blessed I'll be,
  • 00:17:16.200 --> 00:17:17.280
  • and so I wanna align with scripture.
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:19.140
  • It's counter-cultural.
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:21.060
  • Alright, quickly, quickly,
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:22.160
  • here's one for some of you guys.
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:24.140
  • You come all the time
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:25.220
  • and you hear a word from God.
  • 00:17:25.220 --> 00:17:27.070
  • You hear something clearly taught in the scripture
  • 00:17:27.070 --> 00:17:28.160
  • and here's what you do,
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:29.210
  • you don't make decisions well,
  • 00:17:29.210 --> 00:17:30.290
  • so here's what you decide every week.
  • 00:17:30.290 --> 00:17:31.270
  • You hear something and God kinda
  • 00:17:31.270 --> 00:17:33.030
  • touches your heart on this thing,
  • 00:17:33.030 --> 00:17:34.190
  • and you decide to go home and think about making a decision.
  • 00:17:34.190 --> 00:17:38.110
  • You go home, "Wow, thank you, pastor,
  • 00:17:39.170 --> 00:17:41.040
  • "I'mma go home, and I'm gonna
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:42.100
  • "pray about that, and think about that."
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:44.040
  • What you're really hopin' to do
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:45.100
  • is go home and forget about that.
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.040
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:47.090
  • Shake off the conviction of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:47.090 --> 00:17:48.170
  • and so, that's what you do.
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:50.030
  • For you guys that don't make decisions,
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:51.150
  • Moses' sister makes the decision,
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:54.120
  • I hope you caught this detail, it's so rich.
  • 00:17:54.120 --> 00:17:56.080
  • His sister's name is Miriam,
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:57.240
  • she's following the basket from the edge of the Nile.
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:17:59.290
  • She's gonna watch him to see what will happen.
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:01.210
  • She's kinda playin' like biblical lifeguard.
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:04.100
  • So, Moses' sister decided to seize the opportunity.
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:08.150
  • If you'd noticed in the detail,
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:13.050
  • she forcefully and proactively
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:16.000
  • inserts herself into the narrative.
  • 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:18.270
  • She seizes a moment, a fleeting window of opportunity.
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:23.230
  • It is brilliant!
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.030
  • She is crazy positive and crazy proactive.
  • 00:18:25.030 --> 00:18:28.220
  • "Well, David, I'd missed that,
  • 00:18:28.220 --> 00:18:30.000
  • "I didn't see that in the narrative.
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:31.070
  • "Where is that in the narrative?"
  • 00:18:31.070 --> 00:18:32.010
  • Okay, I'll put it on
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:33.060
  • the screen again, verse six, verse seven.
  • 00:18:33.060 --> 00:18:35.050
  • Every campus, check this out, look at the details.
  • 00:18:35.050 --> 00:18:37.050
  • I've highlighted a bit.
  • 00:18:37.050 --> 00:18:38.180
  • "Then Pharaoh's daughter opened the basket, saw the baby.
  • 00:18:38.180 --> 00:18:41.060
  • "He was crying."
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:42.050
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:18:42.050 --> 00:18:43.150
  • He's crying.
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:44.130
  • A little detail, he was crying.
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:45.200
  • I think, you know, God's into details.
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:47.150
  • People'll say the devil's in the details.
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:49.070
  • No, divinity's in the details
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:51.060
  • and I think, like, a little invisible angel
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:53.070
  • came at just the right time and pinched Moses.
  • 00:18:53.070 --> 00:18:54.260
  • Pinched the baby, then he cried,
  • 00:18:54.260 --> 00:18:56.120
  • 'cause some of you ladies are
  • 00:18:56.120 --> 00:18:57.200
  • suckers for a crying baby, right?
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:18:59.230
  • And so he's whimpering a little bit,
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:01.120
  • he cries, and it says she felt bad, or felt sorry for him.
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:05.240
  • "This is one of the Hebrew babies,"
  • 00:19:05.240 --> 00:19:08.150
  • so stop right there.
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:09.100
  • She knows he's a Hebrew.
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:11.210
  • All that stuff in the movies where Moses finds out,
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:13.050
  • "What, I'm a Hebrew?"
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:14.270
  • No, he knew the whole time.
  • 00:19:14.270 --> 00:19:16.050
  • Everybody knew the whole time.
  • 00:19:16.050 --> 00:19:17.260
  • And she knew her dad's law was,
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:19.190
  • "Well, it's a Hebrew baby,
  • 00:19:19.190 --> 00:19:21.050
  • "and my dad's decreed that we execute these babies.
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:23.150
  • "So, one of you servants take the baby
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:25.090
  • "out into the deep, drown the baby."
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  • No, no, because the baby cries
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  • and she's touched with compassion,
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  • God's in all these details,
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  • and then, it's the daughter.
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  • It's not Pharaoh's son.
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  • 'Cause if Pharaoh's son came home with a kid,
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  • Pharaoh'd go like, "Man, take that kid
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  • "and drown that kid in the Nile!"
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  • But it's the daughter.
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  • You daddies know how your daughters
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  • can get to you, right,
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  • how your daughters have it wrapped around your finger?
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  • She's thinkin', "I know what daddy said,
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  • "but I'm the daughter.
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  • "I'm gonna keep him."
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  • Look what happens, with details, right,
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  • "This is one of the Hebrew babies, she said,"
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  • - [Congregation] Then.
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  • - One more time.
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  • "She said.
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  • "Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter,"
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  • look at the progression.
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  • "Shall I go and get one of the
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  • "Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"
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  • This is so good!
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  • It didn't go down this way, like,
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  • "Look, look!"
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  • Pharaoh's daughter, she's,
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  • "Look, I found a baby, I found a baby,
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  • "Uh, I need a nurse, I need a nurse.
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  • "Does anyone know where I could find a full time nurse?
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  • "I'd like full time help.
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  • "Could someone go on careerbuilder.com
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  • "and find me a nurse, 'cause I think I need a nurse."
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  • No, no, no!
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  • She doesn't ask.
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  • This little girl, and she's probably nine, 10 or 11.
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  • Miriam sees an opportunity,
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  • she pops out from the reeds, and goes,
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  • "Hey, Mrs. Pharaoh, Mrs. Pharaoh!
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  • "I bet you need a nurse!
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  • "I think you probably need a nurse.
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  • "I happen to know a good nurse."
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  • She inserts herself proactively
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  • into the moment of opportunity and she seizes it.
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  • (indistinct chattering)
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  • This is so good, listen, listen, listen.
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  • Some people aren't clapping 'cause they're lazy Christians.
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  • (congregation laughing and applauding)
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  • Oh, too late now, too late now.
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  • Too late, sorry, too late. (congregation laughing)
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  • See, some of us think
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  • the Christian life is this passive thing.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:06.180
  • (people laughing)
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  • Passive.
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  • Why aren't ya doin' something?
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:16.200
  • "Oh, I'm just waitin' on the Lord.
  • 00:21:16.200 --> 00:21:18.190
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:21:18.190 --> 00:21:20.060
  • "I'm just prayin' and waitin' on the Lord, pastor, today.
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:23.070
  • "I'm just prayin' and waitin'.
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:25.260
  • "I'm here livin' in my mama's basement
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:27.270
  • "sittin' on a beanbag, watchin' cable,
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  • "eatin' Cheerios, waitin on the,"
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  • In Jesus' name, do something!
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:36.100
  • (congregation applauding)
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  • Get off your blessed ass-surance,
  • 00:21:37.140 --> 00:21:39.230
  • (congregation applauding and cheering)
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:43.170
  • "Well, I don't know that thing
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:46.020
  • "that God wants me to do.
  • 00:21:47.100 --> 00:21:48.080
  • "I don't know my purpose.
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  • "I don't know that thing, that ultimate thing."
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  • Great, I get it.
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  • But, do something positive in the meantime.
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  • Do somethin'.
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  • "I dunno what to do, I need a job!"
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  • Volunteer somewhere.
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  • Work on your education. Sharpen your resume.
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  • Do something positive and selfless in the meantime,
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  • 'cause listen, I found this,
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • God has a habit, when he calls you to that great thing,
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  • He always calls people who are already busy doing something.
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  • - [Woman] That's right!
  • 00:22:11.160 --> 00:22:12.240
  • - I can't find one time in The Bible
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  • God walks up to somebody in a hammock and says,
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  • "Hey, wake up, wake up, I got this thing for you to do,"
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  • right, okay, they're in the Lazyboy watchin' TV,
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  • "Hey, I got this thing, if you're not too busy,"
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  • No, He calls busy people.
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  • Later on, He's gonna call Moses,
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  • but Moses was busy tending sheep.
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  • He calls Elisha, but Elisha was busy plowin' the field.
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  • He calls Gideon, Gideon was busy threshing wheat.
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  • He calls Peter, James, and John,
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  • they're busy fishing, to be disciples.
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  • He calls Matthew to be a disciple as well,
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  • he's busy collecting taxes.
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  • He calls Paul to be an apostle,
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  • and Paul's busy persecutin' the church!
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • I know that's the wrong thing,
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  • but a least he's workin' hard at it!
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  • (congregation applauding and laughing)
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  • This is huge, listen.
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  • Do something.
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  • Make it happen!
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  • Get busy.
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  • Moses never woulda delivered
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  • if Miriam hadn't decided to seize an opportunity.
  • 00:23:01.120 --> 00:23:05.010
  • (congregation applauding)
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  • I'm outta time, but I got one last one,
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  • and I'm gonna get all up in your stuff,
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  • 'cause I'm just feelin' that way today.
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  • Don't worry, Tara'll be here next week.
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  • She's all nice.
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  • I'm feeling surly today.
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  • Let's talk about your decision.
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  • Your decision.
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  • 'Cause God's probably laid some
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:18.090
  • decision on your heart today.
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  • Make it.
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  • Make it and don't look back.
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  • Some of y'all are chronic second guessers.
  • 00:23:26.170 --> 00:23:30.190
  • You hedge your bets.
  • 00:23:30.190 --> 00:23:31.170
  • You massage your options.
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:33.210
  • Even when it comes to God, you got,
  • 00:23:33.210 --> 00:23:34.280
  • one foot in the kingdom, one foot in the world.
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  • Jump.
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  • (indistinct chattering)
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:43.180
  • So, Moses, you know the story, right?
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:47.270
  • He grows up and goes to the wilderness
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  • and has the burning bush thing,
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  • and then the let my people go thing,
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  • then the 10 plagues thing,
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  • and then Moses has the honor of
  • 00:23:55.010 --> 00:23:56.080
  • leading two million people out of slavery.
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  • Two million people out of slavery.
  • 00:23:59.190 --> 00:24:00.270
  • But, wait, but wait, that's awesome!
  • 00:24:00.270 --> 00:24:02.270
  • But that generation never enjoys the Promised Land.
  • 00:24:02.270 --> 00:24:06.250
  • They enjoy freedom but they
  • 00:24:06.250 --> 00:24:08.010
  • don't enjoy the Promised Land, why?
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:09.220
  • Read the next few books of The Bible.
  • 00:24:09.220 --> 00:24:11.060
  • They spend the whole time following God,
  • 00:24:11.060 --> 00:24:14.050
  • following Moses, goin' to the Promised Land, doin' this.
  • 00:24:14.050 --> 00:24:17.220
  • (soft music)
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  • - [Man] Wow!
  • 00:24:19.030 --> 00:24:20.110
  • - "Maybe we should go back to Egypt.
  • 00:24:20.110 --> 00:24:22.250
  • "I mean, liberty and freedom's kinda awesome,
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:25.060
  • "but it feels weird, and strange, and new.
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:27.050
  • "I understand it's dysfunctional, it's restrictive,
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:30.160
  • "but I understand the rules of slavery.
  • 00:24:30.160 --> 00:24:32.090
  • "Maybe we should go back.
  • 00:24:32.090 --> 00:24:33.080
  • "Should we go back?"
  • 00:24:33.080 --> 00:24:34.150
  • And, like a dozen times, they wonder,
  • 00:24:34.150 --> 00:24:36.120
  • they second guess the decision to follow God.
  • 00:24:36.120 --> 00:24:38.290
  • I guarantee they didn't learn that from Moses.
  • 00:24:38.290 --> 00:24:41.270
  • Moses was following God with all that he had.
  • 00:24:41.270 --> 00:24:45.190
  • Moses met God at a burning bush and never backed down.
  • 00:24:47.020 --> 00:24:51.080
  • Follow God, and don't turn around.
  • 00:24:51.080 --> 00:24:54.160
  • Don't look behind you.
  • 00:24:54.160 --> 00:24:56.040
  • So, ships and boats are the themes.
  • 00:24:56.040 --> 00:24:58.230
  • (light applauding)
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:00.130
  • A number of Europeans had
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:02.020
  • tried to conquer the mighty Aztecs,
  • 00:25:02.020 --> 00:25:04.250
  • a fearsome people, ferocious warriors.
  • 00:25:04.250 --> 00:25:07.070
  • Everyone had failed.
  • 00:25:07.070 --> 00:25:08.220
  • So, in 1519, Hernan Cortes
  • 00:25:08.220 --> 00:25:10.270
  • sailed from Spain with a small army.
  • 00:25:12.040 --> 00:25:14.120
  • The galleons crossed the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico,
  • 00:25:14.120 --> 00:25:18.210
  • and they landed on the beaches
  • 00:25:18.210 --> 00:25:20.050
  • of that country, and they were scared to death.
  • 00:25:20.050 --> 00:25:23.100
  • His soldiers recognized the Aztecs
  • 00:25:23.100 --> 00:25:25.080
  • had defeated everyone before them
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:26.180
  • and they were outnumbered and outgunned,
  • 00:25:26.180 --> 00:25:27.250
  • and they thought, "We have no chance!"
  • 00:25:27.250 --> 00:25:29.150
  • So, what did Cortes do?
  • 00:25:29.150 --> 00:25:30.220
  • He gathered all the soldiers together,
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:32.070
  • and he delivered this stirring speech,
  • 00:25:32.070 --> 00:25:34.260
  • and they were still scared to death.
  • 00:25:34.260 --> 00:25:36.220
  • They made plans to mutiny,
  • 00:25:36.220 --> 00:25:38.020
  • to get back on their boats
  • 00:25:38.020 --> 00:25:39.150
  • and sail back to Spain to cut and run.
  • 00:25:39.150 --> 00:25:42.230
  • So, know what Cortes did?
  • 00:25:42.230 --> 00:25:45.000
  • He burned the ships.
  • 00:25:45.000 --> 00:25:46.280
  • He burned his own ships in the harbor.
  • 00:25:46.280 --> 00:25:50.060
  • He set them aflame, and what he did was
  • 00:25:50.060 --> 00:25:51.290
  • he eradicated the exit strategy.
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:54.190
  • He made it crystal clear,
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:57.050
  • "We got one direction to go, now, boys, straight ahead!
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:26:00.280
  • "We got one direction to go.
  • 00:26:00.280 --> 00:26:02.070
  • "We can't get back!
  • 00:26:02.070 --> 00:26:03.220
  • "There's no way to get back to Spain!
  • 00:26:03.220 --> 00:26:05.150
  • "So we better take turf and win the day or die trying.
  • 00:26:05.150 --> 00:26:09.080
  • "That is our option."
  • 00:26:09.080 --> 00:26:10.220
  • For some of you, it is your time before the Lord
  • 00:26:10.220 --> 00:26:13.250
  • to burn the ships in the harbor,
  • 00:26:13.250 --> 00:26:17.000
  • it is your time to crucify your exit strategy!
  • 00:26:17.000 --> 00:26:21.000
  • (congregation applauding)
  • 00:26:21.000 --> 00:26:22.130
  • There's an old song we used to sing in the church,
  • 00:26:22.130 --> 00:26:24.070
  • "I have decided to follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:24.070 --> 00:26:27.160
  • "I have decided to follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:27.160 --> 00:26:30.170
  • "I have decided to follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:30.170 --> 00:26:33.140
  • "No turning back, no turning back,"
  • 00:26:33.140 --> 00:26:36.120
  • and someone today, you're gonna choose to follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:37.290 --> 00:26:42.040
  • Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
  • 00:26:42.040 --> 00:26:44.190
  • (people whooping)
  • 00:26:44.190 --> 00:26:45.140
  • Let me pray for you.
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:46.130
  • Father God, (upbeat music)
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  • I love this story.
  • 00:26:49.150 --> 00:26:50.230
  • It's a famous story, but here we glean new truth.
  • 00:26:50.230 --> 00:26:53.050
  • We see people making not reckless, but righteous decisions.
  • 00:26:53.050 --> 00:26:57.110
  • Parents making decisions, a sister making a decision.
  • 00:26:57.110 --> 00:27:00.270
  • We see decisions blessed by God.
  • 00:27:00.270 --> 00:27:02.220
  • We're called to make decisions.
  • 00:27:02.220 --> 00:27:04.080
  • They chart the course of our life,
  • 00:27:04.080 --> 00:27:06.040
  • and someone today is gonna choose to follow Christ already.
  • 00:27:06.040 --> 00:27:09.040
  • Prayer partners are taking their place.
  • 00:27:09.040 --> 00:27:11.180
  • They're gonna choose Jesus
  • 00:27:11.180 --> 00:27:13.060
  • and discover salvation and win new victory.
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  • We make this prayer in Jesus' name, amen!
  • 00:27:16.100 --> 00:27:19.230
  • - Well, that's it for the show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here,
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  • and we look forward to seeing you
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  • next time at Church by the Glades.
  • 00:27:24.290 --> 00:27:26.270
  • (exciting music)
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