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January 7, 2017
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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Today on "The Connection" with Skip Heitzig,
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  • Skip asks the question: what do you give to the God who
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  • has given everything?
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  • The Bible tells us that he loves us consistently and
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  • provides for us faithfully.
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  • In light of that truth, what should our response be?
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  • Tell us how you respond to the love that God
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  • has showered upon you.
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  • Email us at MyStory@CalvaryAbq.org.
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  • support this ministry financially,
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  • at the end of the broadcast we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • So what do you give to the God who has given everything?
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  • We find the answer is in Psalm 100,
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  • as Skip Heitzig presents the message "All of Me."
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • How should we treat the one who loves us consistently and
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  • provides for us faithfully?
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  • In the message "All of Me," Pastor Skip explains that the
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  • only appropriate response to the one who gave us everything
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  • is to give ourselves to him.
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  • Skip Heitzig: If you had to live your life over again,
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  • what would you do differently?
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  • When I asked that question last night,
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  • somebody up front shouted out, "Everything."
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  • If you had to live your life all over again,
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  • what would you do differently?
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  • Some people might piously say, "Nothing."
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  • I don't think that's a great, nor is it an honest, answer.
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  • A group of 95-year-old men and women were asked that question.
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  • It was a little, sort of, a target survey.
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  • They asked these elderly men and women,
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  • "If you could live your life all over again,
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  • what would you do differently?"
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  • There were three answers that dominated the response.
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  • Listen to them: "I would reflect more," "I would risk more," and
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  • "I would do those things that would outlive me more."
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  • "I would reflect more," "I would risk more," and "I would do more
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  • things that would last or outlive me."
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  • In other words, if I had to live my life all over again,
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  • I would be more thoughtful.
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  • I would be more intentional with my life, with my family.
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  • I'd think about things. I'd weigh things out more.
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  • I would also get out of my comfort zones more and more,
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  • and I would make sure that my life counts.
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  • Now let me ask you as a believer in Christ.
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  • If you as a believer in Jesus could live your life all over
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  • again, what would you do differently?
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  • Would you pray less? Would you love God less?
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  • Would you obey God less? Would you help people less?
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  • I have never met folks on their deathbed who have
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  • ever said anything close to that.
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  • And I've never heard anyone say, "You know,
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  • I really regret in my Christian life that I prayed as much as I
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  • did, and helped people as much as I did,
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  • and worshiped and loved God as much.
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  • I really wish I would have done a little less of that."
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  • So with that said, let's today plan what our response to God
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  • is going to be from this day forward.
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  • How we're gonna spend the rest of our lives.
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  • What is our response going to be?
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  • And, you know, everybody on Earth has some response to God.
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  • Everyone.
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  • Every person responds to God in some manner.
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  • Some people will ignore him, completely ignore him.
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  • "He may be there.
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  • I'm not sure if there is a God, but I'm gonna live my life
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  • as though God doesn't exist."
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  • They ignore him.
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  • Another response people have is to abhor him.
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  • They just hate God. They hate the notion of him.
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  • Whenever you bring up God, they fidget,
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  • they squirm, or they leave the room,
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  • or they say something derogatory.
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  • They abhor him.
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  • A third response is some adore him.
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  • They adore him. They love him.
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  • The name of Jesus--they just respond.
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  • Their heart warms up.
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  • Now I know most of us would like to think we're in category
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  • number three, but not so fast.
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  • Let me explain category number three based on Psalm 100 to you,
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  • because I actually think that some who claim to
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  • adore God really ignore him.
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  • Oh, they'll tip their hat to him every now and then,
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  • or once a week, but they'll live their daily lives as though God
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  • really didn't exist, as they live on and make their choices.
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  • One person said, "A Christian is someone who feels sorry on
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  • Sunday for what he did on Saturday and will
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  • do again on Monday."
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  • That's not an appropriate response.
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  • Let me give to you out of Psalm 100 four appropriate responses
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  • that every follower of God should have.
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  • Four appropriate responses, and there's four
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  • words I'm gonna give you.
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  • Here they are: worship, serve, love, thank.
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  • Worship, serve, love, thank. They're easily memorable.
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  • You can say them.
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  • Let's say them: worship, serve, love, thank.
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  • Now I'm gonna explain those four words because
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  • those principles are found in our text.
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  • It's a short psalm, but it's a very powerful, powerful psalm.
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  • The language is lively and the theme is profound.
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  • Psalm 100 says, "A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
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  • Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands,"
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  • or all the earth.
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  • "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before
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  • his presence with singing.
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  • Know that the Lord, he is God; it is he who has made us,
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  • and not we ourselves; we are his people and the
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  • sheep of his pasture.
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  • Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
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  • and into his courts with praise.
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  • Be thankful to him, and bless his name.
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  • For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting,
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  • and his truth endures to all generations."
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  • The first word is "worship."
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  • But let me be more specific: worship the Lord joyfully.
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  • Worship the Lord joyfully. Verse 1, "Make a joyful shout."
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  • Some translations say, "A joyful noise to the
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  • Lord, all you lands!"
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  • The second part of verse 2, "Come before his
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  • presence with singing."
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  • Now we believe that this psalm was used in the temple,
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  • that it was a formal call to worship for pilgrims who were
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  • approaching the temple and coming into the courts to offer
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  • their sacrifices and to praise the Lord.
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  • It is still to this day used in synagogues.
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  • But you'll notice that it begins by saying,
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  • "Make a joyful shout."
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  • I discovered no less than 18 times,
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  • 17 or 18--again, it depends on which translation you use.
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  • Seventeen or eighteen times we are told to make a shout
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  • or a noise of joy unto the Lord.
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  • Now here's the thought behind that,
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  • if you've ever wondered.
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  • In ancient times, it was customary when you were
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  • in the presence of your king as a people,
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  • or if the king came into the presence of his subjects,
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  • that they would let out a shout of victory.
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  • It was their way of expressing.
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  • "Our king is strong and we are victorious because of him."
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  • Here's an example.
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  • In the book of Numbers, the twenty-third chapter,
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  • when Balaam the false prophet is hired by King Balak to curse the
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  • people of Israel, and God wouldn't let him do that.
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  • Do you know that story?
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  • So he looks over and sees the people spread out before him,
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  • and he says, "The Lord their God is with them,
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  • and the shout of a king is among them."
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  • They believed by that shout that the presence of
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  • God was with them.
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  • In Joshua chapter 6, they surround the city of Jericho,
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  • and the instructions of General Joshua to his troops are this,
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  • "Shout, for the Lord has given you this city."
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  • Here's another great story.
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  • In 1 Samuel, when the Philistines are fighting the
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  • Israelites, there's a crucial point in the battle when the
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  • Israelites ask for the Ark of the Covenant to be
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  • brought into their camp.
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  • Do you remember that story?
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  • "We want the ark brought into our camp."
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  • So the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the camp of the
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  • children of Israel, and this is what the text says,
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  • "When the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp,
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  • all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook.
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  • And the Philistines said, 'What is all the shouting in the
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  • Hebrew camp?'
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  • And then they learned that the ark of the Lord
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  • had come into the camp."
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  • To them, this signified the presence of their King,
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  • the presence of the Lord.
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  • Third chapter of the book of Ezra is another one.
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  • The temple has been rebuilt, and the Bible says,
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  • "All the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord."
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  • Now with just a sampling of the verses that I just read,
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  • it sounds like their worship was pretty alive,
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  • that they actually believed they were in the presence of God
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  • himself, and it was a joyful shout.
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, "Our happy God should be
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  • worshiped by a happy people; a cheerful people is in keeping
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  • with his nature and his acts."
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  • Now do you know that the Bible does not tell us how we
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  • are to sing to the Lord?
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  • That is, in terms of technique or beat or song choice.
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  • The Bible never says something like this,
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  • "Thou shalt sing to the Lord thy God with four-four beat.
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  • Three-four and two-four is strictly forbidden."
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  • There's none of those kinds of instructions.
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  • However, the Bible does say we are to sing,
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  • and the Bible does say here we are to shout,
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  • and the Bible does say it is to be joyful.
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  • Can we all agree that the Bible that we just
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  • read says those things?
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  • Now whenever this is brought up, and I do bring it up,
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  • there are rebuttals to it.
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  • There are excuses to it. Let me give you a few.
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  • "But I'm not a good singer.
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  • I don't sing 'cause I'm not a good singer."
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  • If you were to sing, others around you would sing
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  • louder just to drown you out.
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  • That's a positive. "But I'm not a good singer."
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  • Let me say this very respectfully and very
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  • tenderly: get over it.
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  • The Lord God Almighty has given you an adequate enough voice,
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  • an adequate enough instrument, to make a joyful noise unto him.
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  • Anybody can do this.
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  • Anybody can do a joyful noise, a joyful shout unto the Lord.
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  • I've told you what my camp counselor told me,
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  • told us when we were, years ago, at a summer camp.
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  • He said, "If God has given you a good voice,
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  • then use it in worship to him.
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  • If he has given you a bad voice, give it back to him."
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  • "I'm not a good singer."
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  • Let me just say to you non-musical people,
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  • the voice you have is the voice God has given you.
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  • And it applies to you and to me and to all of us what Jesus said
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  • in Mark chapter 12, "Love the Lord your God with all your
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  • heart, all your soul, all your mind," and
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  • what's the fourth one? "All your--"
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  • "All your strength." All your strength.
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  • Here's the second excuse: "I just don't feel like it."
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  • Okay, that's an act of will. You don't feel like it.
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  • I understand that we have bad days, bad weeks.
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  • Tragedy may have happened, and you come into the house
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  • of God, you don't feel like it.
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  • You don't feel happy. You don't feel good.
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  • You don't feel like expressing it.
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  • But can I just add something or say something
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  • in response to that?
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  • You don't feel like getting up early Monday morning and going
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  • to work, either, but I'll bet you'll do it.
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  • You will often do what you don't feel like doing
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  • because you gotta do it.
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  • You do it.
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  • It doesn't make it less real when you do it.
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  • Here's a third rebuttal: "Well, I'm not the emotional type."
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  • Okay, fair enough. I understand this one.
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  • "I'm not the emotional type."
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  • But let's suppose that you as a non-emotional person are teeing
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  • up on a par 3, and it's a perfect day.
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  • And you swing that club, and your ball goes so straight and
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  • so far, and you see it hit the green,
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  • and you watch it, with one shot, roll into the cup.
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  • Now you've gotten a hole-in-one. I have a question for you.
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  • Do you stand there and fold your arms and go, "How nice."
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  • No, you'll be 5 or 6 feet off the ground,
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  • and you'll be shouting and telling everybody.
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  • And I've seen some of you at Lobos
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  • games when our team scores.
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  • There's some emotion that goes on there.
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  • There's some excitement that goes on there.
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  • Or, maybe more to the point, when one of your sons
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  • or daughters at a game scores a point.
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  • You get pretty emotional about that.
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  • You know why people do that for those events?
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  • 'Cause those things are real to them.
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  • And when God is in your midst, if the Lord is real to you,
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  • you will engage him on some level of worship.
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  • Why is it that Christians think that enthusiasm for the most
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  • worthy thing in the all of the universe must
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  • somehow be carefully contained?
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  • God is not too excited about secret admirers.
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  • He likes to be told that you love him.
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  • You know, I hate to say this, but some folks are gonna even
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  • complain when they get to heaven.
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  • I think they will.
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  • It's gonna be too loud for 'em in heaven.
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  • It says they sang a song so loud,
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  • Isaiah said, that the doorposts of the temple shook.
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  • In Revelation 5, the song was a loud voice of praise unto the
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  • Lord, and some people won't like that.
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  • Some people are gonna complain 'cause of the lights,
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  • 'cause in heaven we're told that the heavenly Jerusalem has an
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  • iridescent shine, and that the light of the city comes from the
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  • Lamb of God, Jesus, himself, and he is compared to shining so
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  • brightly it's like the strength of the sun.
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  • That's a bright light. "Oh, it's too bright.
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  • I don't like that light."
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  • And some will complain about the haze in heaven.
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  • The vision that Isaiah saw in chapter 6 says the glorious
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  • singing shook the temple to the foundations,
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  • and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.
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  • That's the evidence of the shekinah glory of
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  • God in that covenant.
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  • Worship God joyfully.
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  • "Make a joyful shout to the Lord.
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  • Come before his presence with singing."
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  • That's an appropriate response.
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  • Here's a second: serve God gladly, serve God gladly.
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  • Verse 2, "Serve the Lord with gladness."
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  • So we have glad singing, number one.
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  • Number two, we have glad service.
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  • Singing joyfully is great.
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  • That's the first response when you're in the presence of the
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  • King, but God wants more than fans.
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  • God wants followers.
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  • Yes, I think we should respond to God on some level of emotion,
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  • but we should also respond with motion,
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  • following up the emotion with the motion of
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  • obeying what he says, serving him.
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  • There's an old saying that says, "It's not how high you jump.
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  • It's how straight you walk once you hit the ground."
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  • Okay, it's great to get all excited about the presence of
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  • the Lord, but then living and serving out that
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  • lifestyle is so important.
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  • You see, spiritual maturity isn't measured by glorious
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  • singing as much as by glad serving.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness.
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  • Have you ever seen somebody serving the Lord,
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  • but they moan when they do it?
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  • They moan.
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  • They're doing it, but they're complaining.
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  • They're griping. They're moaning.
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  • It's the worst.
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  • There was somebody like this in the New Testament.
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  • Her name was Martha. Remember Martha?
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  • And what's her sister's name? Mary.
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  • And she comes to Jesus.
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  • This is in Luke chapter 10, and she complained in her serving.
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  • "Lord, how come I'm the only one doing the work,
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  • and you're letting Mary, sort of, get away with it?
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  • I'm the one that's serving. I'm doing all the work."
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  • Mary, you remember, was at the feet of Jesus listening to his
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  • voice, listening to his message, worshiping him.
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  • And Jesus said to her, "Martha," the serving one,
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  • the one doing the work, 'cause she wasn't doing it with
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  • gladness, but with a moan, "Martha,
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  • Martha, you are distracted by much serving.
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  • Mary has chosen the better part," the better part,
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  • "which will not be taken from her."
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  • Why did he say that?
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  • 'Cause worshiping is a lot better than whining.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness.
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  • Now we have an Old Testament example of somebody who served
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  • the Lord while moaning.
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  • Can you remember his name? He's a prophet.
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  • That's a clue.
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  • He has a book named after him, and it's a very short book.
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  • Jonah.
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  • When God called Jonah to go to Nineveh,
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  • did he go, "Yes, Lord.
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  • Joyfully I'll serve you.
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  • I'd love to go and do whatever you want me to do and say
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  • whatever you want me to"?
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  • Did he do that?
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  • He went in the opposite direction.
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  • He went on a Princess Cruise all the way to Portugal.
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  • That's where he wanted to go, opposite direction.
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  • Nineveh is this way. He went that way.
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  • You know why he went that way? You know why he wasn't joyful?
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  • He couldn't stand the thought that God would forgive and be
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  • merciful to those he hated the most, the Ninevites.
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  • He couldn't stand that thought.
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  • Well, eventually, he went, but he didn't go joyfully.
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  • He went under duress, he went out of duty,
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  • and he went after he was dumped on the shore by a great fish.
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  • If you're gonna serve the Lord at all,
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  • please do it with gladness.
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  • Not with sadness, not with complaining,
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  • not with moaning, but with gladness, with joy.
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  • There was a time in church history, oh, it was in the
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:14.260
  • Middle Ages, when it was thought that if you're in the clergy, if
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  • you're like me, you should wear all black, all black.
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  • That is befitting what clergymen ought to wear,
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  • all black, and you ought to be very serious and austere and not
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:27.270
  • smile much, for this is serious business.
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:31.090
  • No wonder Oliver Wendell Holmes years later said,
  • 00:20:31.100 --> 00:20:34.220
  • "I would have entered the ministry, except all
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:36.090
  • the preachers I know look and act so much like undertakers."
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  • My apology if you're an undertaker and you
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  • have a joyful life.
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  • You do not have to be sad in order to be sanctified.
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  • You do not have to be gloomy in order to be holy.
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  • God wants whatever is done for him to be done with gladness,
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:21:01.270
  • and that goes for every activity,
  • 00:21:01.280 --> 00:21:03.210
  • including our financial giving.
  • 00:21:03.220 --> 00:21:06.090
  • Remember what Paul writes, 2 Corinthians 9,
  • 00:21:06.100 --> 00:21:09.080
  • "Let each one of you give as he purposes in his heart,
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:11.250
  • not grudgingly nor out of necessity;
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  • for God loves a cheerful giver."
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  • The Word in Greek is a "hilarious" giver.
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  • Let me just append that verse a little bit.
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  • God loves a cheerful giver. God also loves a cheerful liver.
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  • And I don't mean...don't mean that.
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:35.070
  • I mean he loves a life that is lived cheerfully for him.
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  • Do you know that serving the Lord
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  • gladly is great advertising?
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  • There's nothing more infectious and inspiring than genuine joy.
  • 00:21:44.030 --> 00:21:49.190
  • Sometime back, a newspaper in Boston,
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:53.060
  • Massachusetts, found out about a woman who was a cleaning lady at
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:59.060
  • an office complex, and she held the job for 40 years.
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  • They were interested in any lady doing the same boring.
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  • they said, monotonous job for 40 years.
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  • So they interviewed her, and they asked her pointblank,
  • 00:22:08.220 --> 00:22:11.160
  • "How could you do this?
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  • How could you for 40 years do the same boring,
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  • monotonous job of cleaning after people?"
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  • Here's her answer, "I don't get bored.
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  • I use cleaning materials that God made,
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  • I clean objects that belong to people that God made,
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  • and I make life more comfortable for them.
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  • My mop," she said, "is the hand of God."
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  • How's that for joyful service? "My mop is the hand of God."
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  • Two appropriate responses: worship God joyfully,
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  • serve God gladly.
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  • Here's a third: love. Love God intelligently.
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  • Love God intelligently.
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  • What's the first word in verse 3?
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  • Go ahead. You can speak to me.
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  • I can have a little interaction here.
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  • What's the first word? Know, know.
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  • The psalmist says, "Know that the Lord,
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:14.130
  • he is God; it is he who made us, and not we ourselves;
  • 00:23:14.140 --> 00:23:18.090
  • we are his people and the sheep of his pasture."
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  • The word "know" means what you think it means.
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  • It means to perceive something with understanding.
  • 00:23:23.070 --> 00:23:26.060
  • In other words, in relating to God,
  • 00:23:26.070 --> 00:23:29.050
  • there are certain things he wants us to know.
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  • I believe that Christians should be great thinkers,
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  • and I fear that some brain cells are seriously under exercised.
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  • Your mind matters to God.
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  • We just quoted it, but let me quote that one word again,
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  • "You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart,
  • 00:23:49.030 --> 00:23:51.070
  • soul, mind, and strength."
  • 00:23:51.080 --> 00:23:55.200
  • Your mind is important.
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  • In Romans chapter 12, Paul says, "Be transformed
  • 00:23:57.160 --> 00:24:01.230
  • by the renewing of your mind."
  • 00:24:01.240 --> 00:24:03.290
  • In Hosea chapter 1, verse 6, the Lord says,
  • 00:24:04.000 --> 00:24:06.180
  • "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
  • 00:24:06.190 --> 00:24:09.250
  • 2 Peter 3:18, Peter says, "Grow in the grace and knowledge of
  • 00:24:09.260 --> 00:24:14.220
  • our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:17.290
  • Let me just say to you it is okay to think
  • 00:24:18.000 --> 00:24:21.120
  • and be a Christian.
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  • In fact, it's imperative. He wants you to think.
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  • I want to engage your mind.
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  • I want you to think deeply about spiritual things.
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  • There's no sign in our foyer that says,
  • 00:24:31.020 --> 00:24:32.270
  • "Please Check Your Brains at This Door."
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  • You're to "know."
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  • And so, we're to love God intelligently.
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  • What exactly are you to know?
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  • You're to know his lordship, first of all.
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  • Notice it says, "Know that the Lord, he is God."
  • 00:24:46.220 --> 00:24:51.050
  • Can I paraphrase that? He's God, and you're not.
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  • He's the Lord, let him be that, and you're not."
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  • Know that the Lord, he is God."
  • 00:25:02.060 --> 00:25:04.240
  • What's the first commandment out of the Ten Commandments?
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  • "I am the Lord your God.
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  • You will have no other gods besides me."
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  • There is only one God. There are not two gods.
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  • There are not ten gods.
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  • There are not 300.000 gods you can choose from.
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  • There is only one true and living God,
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  • and there's only one way to that true and living God,
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  • and that is through his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • He is the Lord God, and you and I need him.
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  • I love how the 8-year-old prayed in Sunday school.
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  • Something like this, "Lord, bless our mommies,
  • 00:25:38.060 --> 00:25:39.260
  • daddies, our teachers, our brothers, and our sisters.
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  • And please, God, please take care of yourself,
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  • 'cause if anything happens to you, God, we're sunk."
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  • like salvation, heaven, worship, and prayer.
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  • You can also give them Skip's booklet,
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  • "A New Year's Revolution," where they will learn to live a life
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  • flowing with God's love.
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  • Order this collection by calling 800-922-1888,
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  • or by visiting ConnectionOnline.org/Offers.
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  • Order this limited-time resource today and start
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  • a new year's revolution.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for joining us for this teaching
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  • from Skip Heitzig at Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • "The Connection" is a presentation of Connection
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing
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  • truth in ever-changing times.
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