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Why Tithing Doesn't Work

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April 11, 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,
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  • we're going to hear from Pastor David Hughes
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  • as he shares about how we can
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  • live life to the fullest, so stick around.
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  • 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,
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  • we like to say, "No perfect people allowed,"
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  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of
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  • what you can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • Heavy thundered
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  • And the world was born
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  • Life begins and ends
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  • In the dust you formed
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  • Faith commanded
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  • And the mountains moved
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  • Fear is losing ground to our hope in you
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  • Unstoppable God
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  • Let your glory go on and on
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  • Impossible things
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  • In your name they shall be done
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  • Freedom conquered
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  • All our chains undone
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  • Sin defeated
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  • Jesus has overcome
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  • Mercy triumphed
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  • When the third day dawned
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  • Darkness was denied
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  • When the stone was gone
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  • Unstoppable God
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  • Let your glory go on and on
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  • Impossible things
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  • In your name they shall be done
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  • Unstoppable God
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  • Let your glory go on and on
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  • Impossible things
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  • In your name they shall be done
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  • - Come on, you sing!
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  • Nothing shall be impossible
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  • Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
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  • We'll shout your praise forevermore
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  • Jesus our God unstoppable
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  • Nothing shall be impossible
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  • Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
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  • We'll shout your praise forevermore
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  • Jesus our God unstoppable
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  • Nothing shall be impossible
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  • Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
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  • We'll shout your praise forevermore
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  • Jesus our God unstoppable
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  • Nothing shall be impossible
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  • Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
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  • We'll shout your praise forevermore
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  • Jesus our God unstoppable
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  • Oh, oh, oh
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  • Unstoppable God
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  • Let your glory go on and on
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  • Impossible things
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  • In your name they shall be done
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  • Unstoppable God
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  • Let your glory go on and on
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  • Impossible things
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  • In your name they shall be done
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  • - So that was just a quick look
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  • of what it's like to experience
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  • Church by the Glades on a weekend.
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  • We would love for you to come see us sometime,
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  • and we have several locations
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  • right here in south Florida that you can visit.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com
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  • for all the times and directions.
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  • - All right, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into the teaching.
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  • So if you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it
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  • or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also want to take some notes, too.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - What's up, Church by the Glades?
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  • (congregants cheer) Welcome to a series
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  • of conversations entitled, Fearless.
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  • It's based on something in the Bible
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  • that's so powerful.
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  • I love what it says in 2 Timothy
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  • chapter one verse 17.
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  • It's on the screen right now
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  • at every single campus.
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  • Read the one word.
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  • "For God has not given us a spirit of...
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  • - [Congregants] Fear!
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  • - God is never the origin or the source of fear.
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  • What God gives is power, love,
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  • and clear thinking, a sound mind.
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  • Those things come from God.
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  • So how do we fear less?
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  • I know it's November,
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  • and for some people it's no shave November.
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  • How about no fear November, all right?
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  • (congregants cheer) We're gonna talk about
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  • how we deal with fear,
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  • and if you missed last week,
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  • last week was kind of a conversation
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  • based on the idea of, you know,
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  • sometimes God calls you into a new and better future.
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  • At the moment, you can be intimidated, have anxiety.
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  • How do you deal with that?
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  • If you missed last week,
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  • please go to our website, ChurchByTheGlades.com.
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  • You can see the teaching there.
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  • All those resources, by the way, are free.
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  • I just want you to have that.
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  • Or if you have someone in your life you love,
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  • and they just wrestle with warrior anxiety,
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  • please, please, please if you'll take them
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  • to that website, it'll help them so much.
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  • Have them watch that talk.
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  • But this is talk number two.
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  • Different kind of fear.
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  • I wanna talk to you about a fear that I have.
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  • I'll be candid, be open, transparent.
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  • I have a fear of french fries.
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  • (congregants laugh)
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  • Now, I love french fries.
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  • I'm not afraid to eat french fries,
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  • but I try to avoid french fries
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  • that I attempt to eat a healthier diet overall.
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  • High on the proteins.
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  • Stay away from those saturated fats,
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  • those empty carbs.
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  • But french fries, man.
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  • Here's my fear is when I do have a cheat day
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  • and I wanna enjoy a good french fry,
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  • oh, man, I want to enjoy a good french fry.
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  • I wanna make sure it's a good french fry.
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  • - [Congregant] Yeah!
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  • - If you eat a healthy diet
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  • and you break the diet,
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  • you wanna make sure that thing that you're eating,
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  • that cheat meal, is really, really good.
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  • So for me, I'm not gonna really eat these french fries
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  • because these french fries are from last night.
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  • For me, a french fry has a shelf life
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  • of about two and half minutes out of the fryer.
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  • I like my fries hot, and I will say this:
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  • Some restaurants have better french fries
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  • than other restaurants.
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  • Let me turn the table here.
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  • I got four selections.
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  • I want you to see. I want you to see 'em here, right?
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  • What I did was, you know,
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  • I thought we're this diverse church,
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  • have awesome campuses.
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  • Let's give it up to Dade County campus.
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  • What's up, Dade CI?
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  • What's up, Homestead?
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  • Great to see you guys with us today.
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  • Thanks for being here.
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  • But I ask some of our other campus pastors
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  • who has the best french fry in your area?
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  • And ironically, before I can ask the question,
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  • Pastor Eric Cunningham, who leads
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  • our Sample Road campus, Sample Road campus,
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  • give it up for Sample Road, Sample Road Campus.
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  • On Instagram, before he talked,
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  • he posted his favorite french fry yesterday.
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  • Great minds think alike,
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  • and he said Checkers have the best french fries.
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  • It was pretty interesting french fries trash talking
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  • taking place on his feed.
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  • So it represents Sample Road as Checkers.
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  • Now here at this campus, Sawgrass, Sawgrass.
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  • Look, I just love the classic service.
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  • We have a classic service here at Sawgrass,
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  • so I thought I'd pick a classic french fry for Sawgrass.
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  • And whose french fries is more classic than McDonald's?
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  • McDonald's.
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  • (cheering)
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  • McDonald's has a great, great french fry.
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  • Funny thing is, though, if you ever find one
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  • that your kid like dropped under the car seat
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  • like two years later, they look the same.
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  • They look the same, but they're awesome.
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  • And then I asked Pastor Larry Mayer,
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  • he's a pastor of our Lake Worth campus.
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  • Welcome, Lake Worth. Good to see you.
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  • I don't know much about french fries in Palm Beach county.
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  • There is this place called Dave's Last Resort,
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  • and they have amazing french fries.
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  • We drove these in last night.
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  • These are from Dave's Last Resort french fries,
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  • representing that campus.
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  • And then finally, we got this cool downtown
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  • Fort Lauderdale campus.
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  • (cheering)
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  • I'll be speaking in there live at five o'clock.
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  • If you've never been, come hang out with me and I love it.
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  • It's a smaller campus, and it's everything
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  • that's Church by the Glades.
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  • Our energy, our passion, our worship, our intels, our music
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  • is in this classic historic building.
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  • And the great thing is we do church at five.
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  • We do church at five, so it's so nice outside right now.
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  • When church is done, you don't have to take your car.
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  • You can walk about a half block to Las Olas,
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  • and there's like a dozen awesome restaurants.
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  • It was a great way to do church, alright?
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  • And I asked Pastor Mike Critch, he's our campus pastor,
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  • he lives in the East side,
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  • who has the best french fries near that campus?
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  • And there's place called ROK BRGR?
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  • Oh yeah, ROK BRGR has very creative custom burgers,
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  • but there's french fries.
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  • So these are the truffle fries from ROK BRGR.
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  • So today, we have before us a great theological question:
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  • who has the greatest french fries in South Florida?
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  • When I say three, at all campuses,
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  • I want you to shout out
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  • maybe one of these four or something else.
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  • Who has the best french fries?
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  • Ready? One, two, three!
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  • (congregants shouting)
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  • Yes! Awesome!
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  • And someone's thinking,
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  • "What does this have to do with the sermon?"
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  • Answer? Almost nothing.
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  • I just like french fries,
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  • like talking about french fries for a moment.
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  • And I'm tired, 'cause I stayed up late
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  • watching a football last night.
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  • (cheering)
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  • So a french fries, french fries...
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  • So I have a fear of eating a french fries
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  • that's not a good french fries.
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  • I want a good french fry.
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  • Fear comes in all different shapes and sizes.
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  • This is one weird thing.
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  • I have found in my years in doing ministry
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  • that really solid Christian people,
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  • not all but many are afraid of.
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  • When I bring up this weird thing in church,
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  • I almost never talk about this,
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  • but when I talk about this thing,
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  • people who love God sincerely say,
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  • awesome Christian people kinda wig out or freak out
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  • or get a little angry.
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  • In fact, when I put up one of the promises,
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  • 'cause there's a bunch of promises
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  • about this subject in the Bible,
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  • when I put up one last week,
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  • every time I put a verse up like this,
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  • there's like, in the room, there's this awkwardness.
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  • It's like a little uncomfortable.
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  • Like last week, I mentioned briefly kinda hit and run
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  • Malachi 3:10, and it talked about
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  • something called the tithe, that talks about the tithe.
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  • And I wanna put up the verse again,
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  • and I'll get to the front load of this
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  • so probably won't act all freaked out.
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  • But some of you guys have been freaked out by this verse.
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  • Here's what it says to do.
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  • Says, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse."
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  • Now, what is a tithe?
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  • Well, the actual word in the Hebrew is a tenth, a tenth.
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  • So bring the first 10% of whatever God gives you.
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  • Bring the first 10% to the temple storehouse.
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  • The clear modern day equivalent would be the local church.
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  • So there may be food in my house,
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  • so ministry is resource,
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  • so we can take care of people who need help.
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  • And then it says, "Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty."
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  • So the spokesman here is God himself.
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  • So God's commanding us,
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  • number one, so you bring the tithe.
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  • You bring the tithe. You give the tithe,
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  • and then he makes a promise.
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  • "And see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven
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  • "and pour out so much blessing
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  • "that there will not be room enough to store it."
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  • (congregants cheers)
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  • Now, if you're watching on television, watching online,
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:52.220
  • I have like maybe 15% of people clapping, most to be polite.
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  • Look, I'm just kidding.
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:58.280
  • It's one of those things that a lot of people,
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  • oh my gosh, yeah, the whole tithing thing.
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  • That's something I feel kinda weird about.
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  • And the funny thing is it's more than,
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:08.020
  • more than just hearing this one passage
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  • just kinda throw out the Bible.
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  • That as a person of faith, I bring 10%
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  • of whatever God gives to me
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  • back to God that's called the tithe.
  • 00:13:15.170 --> 00:13:17.080
  • But there's a bigger idea in the Bible.
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  • Guys, I'm gonna jump one slide on if it's okay.
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  • And what it says in Luke 6:38, here's another promise.
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  • It starts with a command, though.
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  • It's on the screen right now.
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  • When I says three, all campuses read the first word loudly.
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  • Ready? One, two, three!
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  • - [Audience] Give!
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  • - Alright, so give is pretty clear it's a command.
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  • Give. Not a suggestion, not asking,
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  • but here's the imperative.
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  • "Give, and it will be given to you.
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  • "A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
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  • "and running over, will be poured into your lap."
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  • And the speaker here by the way is Jesus.
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  • So Jesus is teaching, beyond the tithe man,
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  • just be radically generous.
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  • You give and look how my father is gonna give to you.
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  • So Malachi says, you bring the tithe
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:01.260
  • and watch the Heavenly Father open up
  • 00:14:01.260 --> 00:14:04.000
  • the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing.
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:06.070
  • Let me define blessing.
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  • Blessing is the tangible and intangible favor of God.
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  • Meaning there's sometimes material blessings;
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  • sometimes it's blessings so big
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  • you cannot put a price tag on it.
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  • But those intangible blessings, in my opinion,
  • 00:14:17.180 --> 00:14:19.220
  • are the best blessings.
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  • But here's the crazy thing.
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  • I met a lot of really solid Christian people
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  • who obey God, who honor what God says in the scripture
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  • in huge areas of their life.
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  • I mean, people who are great worshipers.
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  • People who have very active prayer lives.
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  • People who know and say the Bible.
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  • People who get unselfish and volunteer
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  • their limited time and serve in the house of God.
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  • People who are phenomenal God-obeyers
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  • in a lot of areas, but this one area,
  • 00:14:44.030 --> 00:14:47.080
  • they pump the brakes.
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:48.260
  • This one area makes them uncomfortable.
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:50.180
  • This one area intimidates them.
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  • This one area makes them afraid.
  • 00:14:52.100 --> 00:14:55.060
  • So I wanna talk about the tithe today.
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  • And if you're here for the first time,
  • 00:14:58.180 --> 00:15:00.100
  • I talk about this idea typically one weekend a year.
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  • Yeah, you pick that week and you're here for the first time.
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  • There's like less than a two percent chance
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  • you'd pick that weekend.
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  • So I probably won't talk about this for a long time,
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  • and I don't talk about it much
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  • 'cause I think some churches
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  • probably talk about it too much.
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  • Just my opinion, not trying to jam other churches,
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:18.220
  • but some churches is always about money and giving
  • 00:15:18.220 --> 00:15:21.070
  • and the offering and kinda everything God does,
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  • this tithe, you plant a financial seed,
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  • you plant a financial seed and God will do blah blah blah.
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  • I think it's been abused.
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  • And maybe I'm afraid I probably should teach about it more.
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  • I probably don't teach this idea exist throughout the Bible.
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  • And I always endeavor to teach you
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  • the word of God holistically.
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  • I probably should teach about it more.
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  • I don't teach about it enough to your detriment.
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  • 'Cause I'm afraid you'll look me in with the weird people
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  • that just talk about it all the time,
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  • so that's my fear issue.
  • 00:15:47.010 --> 00:15:49.000
  • But so many Christians who do other things so great
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  • just don't do this one.
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  • "I can't do the tithe thing."
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  • And I'm kinda wondering why that is.
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:15:58.280
  • I wonder, maybe we think that this promise is obsolete,
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  • or there's a catch or it's expired,
  • 00:16:02.180 --> 00:16:04.170
  • or somehow, this great promises like Malachi 3:10
  • 00:16:04.170 --> 00:16:07.170
  • don't apply to us or they're not relevant
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  • or maybe, maybe we think it's just not gonna really work.
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  • So I have a title for my talk today.
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:16.030
  • I've never given any titles,
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  • but here is the title for the message today.
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  • Here's the title: Why Tithing Doesn't Work.
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  • Why Tithing Doesn't Work.
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  • So you've all have suspected tithing doesn't work.
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  • Let's just explore that idea,
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  • 'cause I know a lot of Christians
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  • who do all these other amazing things the Bible teaches,
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  • but when it comes to tithing, they're like,
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  • "I can't do it. I can't do it like it doesn't work.
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  • "It doesn't work."
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  • So what? What?
  • 00:16:38.250 --> 00:16:40.060
  • Why are some reasons why tithing doesn't work?
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  • Take a few notes if you will.
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  • I'm gonna give you six or seven quickly.
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  • We're kinda hit this thing quickly and move on.
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  • Why tithing doesn't work?
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  • Here's one: maybe tithing doesn't work,
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  • maybe promises like Malachi 3:10
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  • or what Jesus said in Luke chapter six,
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  • maybe tithing doesn't work because God lied.
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  • Anybody uncomfortable with that behind me?
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  • Anybody like, "uh".
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  • Thank you for that Instagram.
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  • Stop. Don't Instagram that.
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  • Stop, stop. That's not true to context.
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  • Stop that. Stop that.
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  • Anybody like me to get rid of that?
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  • Get rid of that slide?
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  • Get rid of that giant slide?
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  • Alright, get rid of that slide.
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  • Get rid of that slide.
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  • Yes, yes, that's better. That's better.
  • 00:17:37.100 --> 00:17:39.050
  • That's better, right?
  • 00:17:39.050 --> 00:17:40.070
  • I have intentionally let that hang up there
  • 00:17:41.140 --> 00:17:42.290
  • for like 15 seconds just to watch you squirm.
  • 00:17:42.290 --> 00:17:46.060
  • But when it comes to Malachi 3:10,
  • 00:17:52.230 --> 00:17:54.190
  • a lot of us, we act like God
  • 00:17:54.190 --> 00:17:57.150
  • didn't tell the truth on that one.
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:17:59.020
  • And the crazy thing is we believe God
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:01.280
  • for way bigger things and other subjects.
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:04.120
  • You believe God for heaven.
  • 00:18:04.120 --> 00:18:07.030
  • You believe God, Christian for forgiveness.
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:09.010
  • All the sorry, rotten, selfish, embarrassing
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:12.020
  • and shameful things I've ever done,
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  • I really believe that Jesus took care
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  • of all of that on the cross.
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  • We believe in the miracles of the Bible.
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  • We believe Jesus rose upon his death
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  • and came back from the dead.
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  • We believe that God will give us purpose,
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  • adopts us as his children.
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  • We believe that God has prepared a place
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:28.170
  • called heaven for us and we're gonna spend forever there.
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  • We believe God for all these huge things,
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  • but we can't believe God when it comes to our money.
  • 00:18:33.150 --> 00:18:36.030
  • It's almost like in this one area,
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  • I know God you tell the truth all the time,
  • 00:18:39.160 --> 00:18:41.170
  • but in this one area, maybe he didn't
  • 00:18:41.170 --> 00:18:43.040
  • or maybe he's wrong or maybe God's confused.
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  • Maybe what God said was relevant
  • 00:18:44.290 --> 00:18:47.010
  • back 2000 years ago but times have changed.
  • 00:18:47.010 --> 00:18:49.100
  • See? 'Cause not one's not doing Malachi 3:10
  • 00:18:51.070 --> 00:18:54.100
  • because you're confused by it.
  • 00:18:54.100 --> 00:18:56.140
  • No one's going, "Oh I just don't understand
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:57.230
  • "the whole 10% thing.
  • 00:18:57.230 --> 00:18:58.210
  • "I'm kind of confused."
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:19:00.070
  • It was the fine print in that verse, the fine print.
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  • It was the forms you fill out, right?
  • 00:19:02.120 --> 00:19:04.070
  • The forms you fill.
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:06.030
  • It was the TV, like voiceover guy after a car commercial
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  • that talks really fast to explain all
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  • all the like, oh it's a ripoff, right?
  • 00:19:11.120 --> 00:19:13.130
  • No one's confused by this.
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:14.270
  • In fact, if you're confused,
  • 00:19:14.270 --> 00:19:16.240
  • I propose a new translation of the Bible.
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:19.020
  • See, there's a great translation called
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:20.080
  • the amplified version of the Bible.
  • 00:19:20.080 --> 00:19:22.020
  • If you ever go to that version,
  • 00:19:22.020 --> 00:19:23.090
  • you understand like more nuances.
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:24.180
  • Go on your phones to the amplified
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:26.090
  • version of the Bible, a new version,
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:27.220
  • and it makes every verse like twice as long.
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:30.020
  • Gives you all these different ideas
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  • and alternate translations and stuff from parenthesis.
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  • Go to the amplified version of the Bible.
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:35.090
  • Or if you're like me and have attention issues,
  • 00:19:35.090 --> 00:19:37.230
  • someone needs to invent the simplified version of the Bible.
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  • Maybe I will do that.
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  • The NDHSV, the New David Hughes
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  • Simplified Version of the Bible.
  • 00:19:45.270 --> 00:19:48.060
  • And Malichi 3:10, in that translation,
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:51.180
  • not the amplified but the simplified,
  • 00:19:51.180 --> 00:19:53.220
  • would simply be this:
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  • "I tithe; God blesses."
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  • Done. That's not confusing.
  • 00:20:01.060 --> 00:20:04.180
  • In fact, to be accurate, it would be:
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:06.290
  • I tithe and God blesses a lot.
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:11.060
  • 'Cause it says he will open up the floodgates of heaven
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:14.090
  • and pour out so much blessing
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:16.040
  • that I will not have room enough to contain it.
  • 00:20:16.040 --> 00:20:19.120
  • So here's my question.
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:20.200
  • So is God lying?
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:22.200
  • When you trust him for other things that are huge,
  • 00:20:24.020 --> 00:20:26.280
  • why the resistance in the one area?
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:29.200
  • Why do we push back in the one area?
  • 00:20:29.200 --> 00:20:32.020
  • Why do we kinda freak out
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:33.160
  • when it comes to the whole money thing?
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:35.280
  • See, I don't believe God ever lies.
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  • Post that, please.
  • 00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:41.230
  • I don't believe God ever lies.
  • 00:20:41.230 --> 00:20:43.270
  • It's impossible for God to lie.
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:45.070
  • God is the ultimate truth teller.
  • 00:20:45.070 --> 00:20:46.280
  • I believe some called the inerrancy of the Bible
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.180
  • means the Bible is truth without a mixture of error.
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  • I believe, man, when God speaks,
  • 00:20:51.080 --> 00:20:53.100
  • she can bank on everything God says.
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:55.240
  • God didn't exaggerate.
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:57.090
  • God doesn't embellish for effect.
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:20:59.070
  • God is accurate with every word he utters.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:02.210
  • Whether you agree or don't agree,
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:04.210
  • whether you believe it or disbelieve it, God speaks truth.
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:08.170
  • But in this one area, we disbelieve God
  • 00:21:08.170 --> 00:21:11.090
  • because I'm not quite sure why.
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:13.000
  • And we shouldn't.
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:14.060
  • Guess where all the lies come from?
  • 00:21:14.060 --> 00:21:15.150
  • Well, lies never come from God.
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:17.000
  • So like fear, if the origin is not God,
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:18.220
  • my guess is, that fear and lies come from the enemy.
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:22.010
  • In fact, Jesus said the enemy the devil,
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:23.230
  • he called him the father of all lies.
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  • It means, lying is his native tongue.
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  • He speaks lie in ease.
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  • Lying is his first language.
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  • He has no second language.
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  • And he's been so effective lying to God's people
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  • in this one area.
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  • But it says in Ephesians chapter six...
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  • This is your homework, Ephesians chapter six.
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  • This is a great passage about some called the armor of God.
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  • That God's given us this invisible spiritual armor
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  • to fight the attacks of the devil as the purpose of it,
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  • and gives us cool stuff like the helmet our salvation,
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  • the breastplate of righteousness,
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  • the shield of faith, our feet
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  • in the preparation of the Gospel,
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  • of the sword of the spirit which is the Bible,
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  • the word of truth.
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  • And then, it says we gird our loins.
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  • What does that even mean, gird our loins?
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  • Okay, in new translation, it gives us a belt.
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  • What is the belt?
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  • How do we gird our loins?
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  • Was it called the belt of prayer? No.
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  • The belt of holiness? No.
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  • It's called the belt of truth.
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  • Now, what's this whole belt or girding the loins?
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  • It's part of the armor that protects like this region.
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  • 'Cause you got some pretty important things
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  • in that part of your body, right?
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  • Got some parts of your body that are precious
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  • that you wanna keep safe. Amen?
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  • - [Congregants] Amen.
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  • - What do you have in those two areas?
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  • You got your sex organs and your wallet.
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  • (laughter)
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  • You got your junk and your cash. It's what you got.
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  • Wanna protect those areas.
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  • And what's it called is...
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  • Listen, it's called the belt of truth.
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  • The belt of truth.
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  • And maybe it's in recognition the devil's been so successful
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  • in culture spinning lies about our sex lives and our money,
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  • where lot of us say yes to God
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  • on all these things about prayer and worship
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  • and even salvation and volunteering,
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  • all of forgiving, kindness,
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  • but God, stay away from my sex life; that's mine.
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  • What you said is out of date, man.
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  • It's not relevant anymore,
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  • or God, hands off my money.
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  • And we're living like God has lied.
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  • God never lies.
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  • Everything else I say today,
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  • just hang on the fact that
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  • the only way Malachi 3:10 doesn't work
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  • is if God is lying.
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  • God doesn't lie.
  • 00:23:35.120 --> 00:23:36.100
  • And really, really quickly,
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  • to give us another.. I'll chew on that for a moment,
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:40.210
  • I give you some other little lesson test.
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  • Won't be as offensive as that giant slide.
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  • How about this? How about you maybe never tried?
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  • Maybe you never tried to tithe.
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  • One reason tithing doesn't work is you never tried it,
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  • and maybe because you're not a Christian.
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  • Guess what? If you're not a Christian, you shouldn't tithe.
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  • Oh my gosh, if you're not a Christian,
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  • we don't want your money.
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  • If you're here and you're like
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  • a first time guest by the way,
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  • ask the people around you.
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  • This is not something that we talk about very much.
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:04.120
  • It's not heavy-handed at all.
  • 00:24:04.120 --> 00:24:05.270
  • But if you're not a Christian and you think,
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:07.040
  • "Hey, I'd say God wants my money,"
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  • no, no, no, no, no.
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  • God does not want your money.
  • 00:24:09.220 --> 00:24:10.270
  • He's way more ambitious than that.
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  • He wants you. He wants all of you.
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  • He wants your heart, he wants the good,
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  • he wants the bad and the ugly,
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  • he wants you in a relationship, so he wants you.
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  • This is not about your money.
  • 00:24:22.170 --> 00:24:23.270
  • And maybe you're a Christian
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  • and you've never heard about this,
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:26.150
  • maybe you're newer Christian and maybe because
  • 00:24:26.150 --> 00:24:28.070
  • I don't talk about it very much, you're not aware of this,
  • 00:24:28.070 --> 00:24:30.120
  • so you don't do it 'cause you've never heard about it,
  • 00:24:30.120 --> 00:24:32.090
  • but you're kinda hearing about it today,
  • 00:24:32.090 --> 00:24:33.120
  • and by the way, as I share this,
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  • it's without condemnation or judgment.
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  • I'm trying to tell you the truth in love.
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  • So whether you do it or don't do it,
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  • that's kind of on you and God at this point.
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  • This is not like a requirement.
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  • I'm not gonna check your giving statement.
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  • You can't hangout here.
  • 00:24:46.010 --> 00:24:47.060
  • But when God speaks truth, it's always to your advantage.
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  • Write this down. Maybe you don't know how to give,
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  • 'cause we don't pass a plate.
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  • We don't pass a plate. Churches pass plate.
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  • Church are fine.
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  • But I thought like for the new people,
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  • no matter how I try to excuse them,
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  • whenever the plate comes by,
  • 00:25:01.200 --> 00:25:03.020
  • there's like that subtext to pressure like,
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  • I need to do something.
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:05.150
  • So here's how we give.
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  • There's offering boxes in the back
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  • of every room, every campus.
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  • Hey guys, guys in Dade County,
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  • I know you don't have any money to give right now,
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  • but someday, when you're free,
  • 00:25:16.110 --> 00:25:18.070
  • you should find a great local church,
  • 00:25:18.070 --> 00:25:19.250
  • get super involved, plug yourself in,
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  • just serve and volunteer and worship,
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  • and when you get a job, you should tithe.
  • 00:25:24.230 --> 00:25:26.250
  • And by the way, the way most people now give is online.
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  • Go to our website. You can give in our website.
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  • Oh, I love the new app, man.
  • 00:25:34.290 --> 00:25:36.110
  • I am not a techy person at all.
  • 00:25:37.090 --> 00:25:38.280
  • My kids will tell you I'm terrible in technology,
  • 00:25:38.280 --> 00:25:41.110
  • but the app, it is so easy.
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  • I'm going to the app that the young folks had to download.
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  • At the bottom, it says give.
  • 00:25:45.140 --> 00:25:46.210
  • And if you hit that, push pay right there.
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  • Lots of you guys, that's how you pay
  • 00:25:49.000 --> 00:25:50.020
  • people right now is online.
  • 00:25:50.020 --> 00:25:51.100
  • And so push pay, you put in the amount.
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  • You can set reoccurring gift.
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  • This is a tithe at Sawgrass campus.
  • 00:25:56.100 --> 00:25:58.250
  • And then you go to next slide
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  • and you just give your credit card information,
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  • your phone number, done.
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  • As easy. That's easy.
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  • You're all staring at me.
  • 00:26:06.190 --> 00:26:08.030
  • By the way, no one's taking out their phone all to do this.
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:11.020
  • But that's an easy way to give.
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  • So now you know how to give.
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  • Alright, write this down.
  • 00:26:15.000 --> 00:26:15.280
  • Maybe the tithe doesn't work
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  • because you didn't stick with it.
  • 00:26:17.220 --> 00:26:20.020
  • I've gotten this several times.
  • 00:26:21.190 --> 00:26:23.060
  • "Pastor David, I tried the tithing thing
  • 00:26:24.100 --> 00:26:26.240
  • "and it didn't work.
  • 00:26:26.240 --> 00:26:28.150
  • "The tithe didn't work for me."
  • 00:26:28.150 --> 00:26:30.000
  • I was like, "Really? You understood the principle?"
  • 00:26:30.000 --> 00:26:31.160
  • "Yeah, yeah, give God the 10%
  • 00:26:31.160 --> 00:26:33.290
  • "the way it teach in the Bible.
  • 00:26:33.290 --> 00:26:35.090
  • "And I tried it. No blessing, no resourcing.
  • 00:26:35.090 --> 00:26:38.190
  • "It didn't work."
  • 00:26:38.190 --> 00:26:39.240
  • I'm like, "Wow, really? That's just crazy.
  • 00:26:39.240 --> 00:26:41.120
  • "How long did you tithe?"
  • 00:26:41.120 --> 00:26:42.190
  • "Three weeks."
  • 00:26:42.190 --> 00:26:43.290
  • (laughter)
  • 00:26:43.290 --> 00:26:46.060
  • Now listen, God can bless individual actions.
  • 00:26:47.170 --> 00:26:51.060
  • But God really blesses habits and disciplines.
  • 00:26:52.190 --> 00:26:56.130
  • When you build a righteous routine in your life...
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:26:59.200
  • And forget money, any area of life.
  • 00:26:59.200 --> 00:27:01.200
  • Think about which is more blessable.
  • 00:27:01.200 --> 00:27:03.010
  • If I pray up an occasional random prayer,
  • 00:27:03.010 --> 00:27:05.200
  • "Oh God, I'm desperate.
  • 00:27:05.200 --> 00:27:06.290
  • "I got those exam. Help me out."
  • 00:27:06.290 --> 00:27:08.100
  • Or if I have a daily time with God in prayer,
  • 00:27:08.100 --> 00:27:10.290
  • if I have a quiet time.
  • 00:27:10.290 --> 00:27:12.040
  • If I read my Bible once every great while,
  • 00:27:12.040 --> 00:27:13.180
  • if I read my Bible every single day, which is more blessful?
  • 00:27:13.180 --> 00:27:16.160
  • - Hey guys, we're so honored that you joined us today.
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  • And we hope that this message
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  • would continue to be a source of inspiration
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  • and encouragement as you go for it into your week.
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