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January 14, 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: Hello, and welcome to "The Connection"
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  • with Skip Heitzig.
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  • As we continue our series called "Playlist," Skip asks the
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  • question, what do you give to a God who has given everything?
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  • In the message "All of Me," he explains that the only
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  • appropriate response to the one who has given us everything
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  • is to give ourselves to him.
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  • How about you? Have you given yourself to God?
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  • If so, tell us about it.
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  • Send an email to mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to 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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  • resource available to you for your gift to "The Connection."
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  • Pastor Skip explains that we are to be more than fans of God.
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  • We are to be followers of God.
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  • So, let's get started as we turn to Psalm 100 for the conclusion
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  • of the message "All of Me."
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through
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  • the 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: But I'm not a good singer.
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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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  • You, anybody can do this, anybody can do a joyful noise,
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  • 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 and 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,
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  • and to all of us what Jesus said in Mark chapter 12,
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  • "Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
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  • all your soul, all your mind."
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  • And 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,
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  • bad weeks, tragedy may have happened.
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  • And you come into the house 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
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  • and going to work either.
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  • But I 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 got to 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.
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  • I understand this one, I'm not the emotional type.
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  • But let's suppose that you, as a non-emotional person,
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  • are teeing up on a par three.
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  • And it's a perfect day.
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  • And you swing that club, and your ball goes so straight
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  • and 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.
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  • I have a question for you, do you stand there
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  • 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 Lobo 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 or daughters at
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  • a game scores a point, 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 all of the universe must somehow
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  • 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
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  • are going to even complain when they get to heaven.
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  • I think they will. It's going to be too loud for them in heaven.
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  • It says, "They sang a song so loud," Isaiah said,
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  • "that the doorposts of the temple shook."
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  • In Revelation 5, the song was a loud voice of
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  • praise unto the Lord.
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  • Some people won't like that.
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  • Some people are going to complain 'cause of the light.
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  • 'Cause in heaven, we're told that the heavenly Jerusalem has
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  • a 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.
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  • "Oh, it's too bright, 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,
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  • "The glorious 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 God
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  • in that covenant.
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  • "Worship God joyfully, 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 the second,
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  • "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, that's the first response when
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  • you're in the presence of the king.
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  • But God wants more than fans. 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 obeying
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  • 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
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  • of the Lord, but then living and serving out
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  • that life style 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. 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.
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  • Remember Martha, and what's her sister's name?
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  • Mary.
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  • And she comes to Jesus, and this is in Luke chapter 10.
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  • 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,
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  • listening to his voice, listening to his message,
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  • 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
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  • with gladness, but with a moan.
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  • "Martha, 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, 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, joyfully I'll serve you.
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  • I'd love to go and do whatever you want me to do,
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  • and say whatever you want me to--" 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's 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
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  • and be merciful to those he hated the most,
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  • 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 going to serve the Lord at all,
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  • please do it with gladness, not with sadness,
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  • not with complaining, not with moaning,
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  • but with gladness, with joy.
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  • There was a time in church history,
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  • oh, it was in the middle ages, when it was thought
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  • that if you're in the clergy, if you're like me,
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  • you should wear all black, all black.
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  • That is befitting what clergy men ought to wear, all black.
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  • And you ought to be very serious and austere,
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  • and not smile much, for this is serious business.
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  • No wonder Oliver Wendell Holmes years later said,
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  • "I would've entered the ministry,
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  • except all the preachers I know look and act
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  • so much like undertakers."
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  • My apology if you're an undertaker
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  • and you 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.
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  • And that goes for every activity,
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  • including our financial giving.
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  • Remember what Paul writes, 2 Corinthians 9,
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  • "Let each one of you give as he purposes in his heart,
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  • 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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  • I don't mean--I don't mean that.
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  • I mean, he loves a life that is lived cheerfully for him.
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  • Did you know that serving the Lord gladly
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  • is great advertising?
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  • There's nothing more infectious and inspiring than genuine joy.
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  • Some time back, a newspaper in Boston,
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  • Massachusetts found out about a woman who was a cleaning lady
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  • at 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 point blank,
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  • "How could you do this?
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  • How could you for 40 years do the same,
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  • boring, 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?
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  • "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 the third, love.
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  • 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, he is God.
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  • It is he who made us and not we ourselves.
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  • 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.
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  • In other words, in relating to God,
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  • 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,
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  • soul, mind, and strength.
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  • Your mind is important.
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  • In Romans chapter 12, Paul says, "Be transformed by the renewing
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  • of your mind."
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  • In Hosea chapter 1, verse 6, the Lord says,
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  • "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
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  • 2 Peter 3:18, Peter says, "Grow in the grace and knowledge
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • Let me just say to you it is okay to think
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  • and be a Christian, in fact, it's imperative.
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  • He wants you to think. 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,
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  • "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 are to know his lordship, first of all.
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  • Notice it says, "Know that the Lord, he is God."
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  • 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.
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  • What's the first commandment out of the 10 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.
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  • There are not two gods, there are not 10 gods,
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  • there are not 300.000 gods that 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,
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  • daddies, our teachers, our brothers, and our sisters.
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  • And please God, please take care of yourself 'cause if anything
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  • happens to you, God, we're sunk, amen."
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  • Sweet little prayer, but so profound.
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  • We totally depend on you. I know that you are the Lord.
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  • I know that you are God. And I depend on you.
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  • So, we're to know his lordship.
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  • We're also to know his craftsmanship.
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  • For Psalm 100, it says, "Know that the Lord,
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  • he is God, it is he who made us."
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  • You are an act of creation.
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  • You are a special creation of God.
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  • I've long marveled at the human body.
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  • I studied science and the sciences for years.
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  • And I just marvel at the human body that God created.
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  • And the first model he created out of nothing.
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  • Ex nihilo, completely out of nothing.
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  • I marvel that our brains have 100 billion cells in them,
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  • all performing complex activities.
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  • I marveled that the skin on our body has 2 million tiny sweat
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  • glands to regulate temperature no matter where we're at.
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  • I marveled that the heart is such a good pump that it could
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  • pump through the arteries and then return through the veins
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  • blood traveling, I'm told, 168 million miles every day.
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  • It's a marvel created by God.
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  • And by the way, the first model worked perfectly.
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  • God made man upon the earth, and he didn't go,
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  • "Ooh, I got to--I better do 2.0
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  • because 1.0 isn't working so well."
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  • The first model worked perfectly.
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  • And I'm not here to get into the intricacies of evolution
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  • versus creation.
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  • We've done that on many an occasion,
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  • but let's just ask a simple question.
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  • If evolution works, why do moms still have only two hands?
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  • Now, think about that one.
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  • And moms know exactly what I'm talking about 'cause
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  • by now, if evolution worked, they'd have like 18 hands,
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  • all that they do and all that they juggle.
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  • All that to say this, you are not a human accident.
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  • You are a divine incident.
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  • You are created by God for a purpose,
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  • know that, know that.
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  • Know his lordship, know his craftsmanship,
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  • and finally know his ownership.
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  • He says, "For we are his people, and we are the sheep
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  • of his pasture."
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  • We are his, we are God's.
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  • Now, how is it that we are God's?
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  • In two ways.
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  • One way if you're not a believer,
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  • two ways if you are.
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  • You are his, number one, by creation.
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  • He made you. If he made you, you belong to him.
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  • You are his work. That's number one.
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  • If you're a believer, you're his by another means,
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  • and that is by redemption.
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  • Not just by creation, but now by redemption.
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  • He paid for you. He paid the hefty price for you.
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  • That's what the anthem is going to be in heaven according
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  • to Revelation chapter 5.
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  • He says that you have redeemed us,
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  • saying this to Jesus, "You have redeemed us to God
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  • by your blood out of every tribe, kindred, tongue."
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  • We belong to him by redemption. So, he owns us.
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  • And ownership implies care.
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  • See, it really helps to know this.
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  • I belong to him because tomorrow,
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  • if the bottom drops out of your life,
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  • you can fall back on this.
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  • He owns me. If you lose your job, I'm his.
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  • If a disease comes into your life, I belong to him.
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  • He owns me.
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:25.170
  • Can you say, like Paul in Romans 8,
  • 00:19:25.180 --> 00:19:28.260
  • "For I am persuaded that neither death,
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  • nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
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  • nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:39.140
  • nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing is able
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  • to separate us from the love of God which is
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  • in Christ Jesus our Lord"?
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  • He said, "I'm persuaded, I know that.
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  • I know that."
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  • So, this is loving God intelligently.
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  • Worship him joyfully, serve him gladly,
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  • love him intelligently.
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  • Now, here's the fourth and we close,
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  • thank God consistently.
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  • Look at the last two verses.
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  • "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving," verse 4,
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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."
  • 00:20:20.170 --> 00:20:24.010
  • Now, can't you just picture whoever is singing this
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  • at the temple, inviting the worshippers to,
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:28.190
  • "Come on in. Come through these gates.
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  • And as you do, have a thankful heart.
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  • Enter his gates with thanksgiving."
  • 00:20:34.290 --> 00:20:40.060
  • There was once a little boy sitting next to his parents
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  • in church.
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  • And the little boy, sort of right in the middle of the
  • 00:20:46.020 --> 00:20:48.000
  • service, like right about now--well,
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:51.250
  • this is toward the end, but he was sitting there,
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  • and he leans to his dad.
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  • His dad and mom are there, but he says to his dad,
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:58.200
  • "Look, dad, mom would rather be home cooking dinner.
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  • You would rather be out on the golf course.
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:07.030
  • I would rather be playing football.
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  • So, why are we here?" he asked.
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  • That's a good question to ask. Why are you here?
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  • Why are we here?
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  • I suggest that we are here for all four of these responses:
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  • to engage in joyful worship, to serve God and his people,
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  • to engage our minds and learn of him,
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  • and to say, "Thank you, Lord,
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  • for your mercies and your goodness."
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  • Now, you might not feel like doing any of these,
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  • but you and I are called to do all of these.
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  • And we're called to thank him.
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  • And notice the psalmist gives us three reasons to thank him.
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  • Number one, he's good.
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  • Whether you've had a good week or not,
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  • is the Lord good?
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  • We thank him.
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  • Lord, thank you because you're good.
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  • That's your character, that's your nature.
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  • We thank him because he's merciful.
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  • His mercy is everlasting.
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  • It'll never run out, it'll be there tomorrow for you.
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  • And finally, because he's honest,
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  • and his truth endures to all generations.
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  • So, I think we agree that God deserves our thanks.
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:26.030
  • That's why Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5 said,
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  • "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in
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  • Christ Jesus for you."
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  • I know it's more fun to complain,
  • 00:22:36.120 --> 00:22:39.160
  • I know it's more enjoyable to whine,
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  • but it is more fitting and honorable to God
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  • to give him thanks.
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:48.000
  • Have you ever stopped to think about the worst time
  • 00:22:48.010 --> 00:22:50.250
  • in American history?
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:52.290
  • The worst generation that Americans ever
  • 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:56.240
  • experienced was the founding of this country.
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  • You're thinking, "I thought it was this day and age."
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:03.180
  • No, no, no, the very worst time in American history
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:06.050
  • was our pilgrim fathers settling this country.
  • 00:23:06.060 --> 00:23:09.010
  • Because during that time, I am told and what I have read that
  • 00:23:09.020 --> 00:23:12.020
  • they made about seven times more graves to bury the dead
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  • than they built houses to house the living.
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  • The death rate was enormous because of the deprivation
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  • and the conditions.
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  • Seven times more graves to bury the dead than houses
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  • to house the living.
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  • And yet, it was during that time they felt the necessity
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  • to take one day a year and call it Thanksgiving.
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  • And pause and go, "Thank you, Lord.
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  • We've made it this far."
  • 00:23:40.200 --> 00:23:43.080
  • And eventually our president, the very first president,
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  • George Washington signed that into law.
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  • And both houses of
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  • Congress agreed, isn't that a miracle?
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  • Probably the first time that ever happened,
  • 00:23:51.270 --> 00:23:53.060
  • both houses of Congress agreed that we ought to thank God for
  • 00:23:53.070 --> 00:23:58.000
  • his benefits towards us.
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:23:59.110
  • That was the worst time of our history.
  • 00:23:59.120 --> 00:24:01.270
  • And I know some of us are thinking,
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:04.150
  • "It's pretty bad now. The tax rate's pretty high."
  • 00:24:04.160 --> 00:24:07.040
  • You know, I read a story of a 92-year-old immigrant who came
  • 00:24:07.050 --> 00:24:12.080
  • to this country, and at 92 years of age sent a check
  • 00:24:12.090 --> 00:24:18.080
  • to the president.
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:20.210
  • This was a couple terms ago.
  • 00:24:20.220 --> 00:24:23.090
  • And he expressed deep gratitude for what this country
  • 00:24:23.100 --> 00:24:28.160
  • had afforded him.
  • 00:24:28.170 --> 00:24:29.270
  • Here's the note, "Dear Mr. President,
  • 00:24:29.280 --> 00:24:32.080
  • here is a check for $35.000 as a gift to say thank you
  • 00:24:32.090 --> 00:24:40.200
  • to the United States of America."
  • 00:24:40.210 --> 00:24:43.180
  • Who does that?
  • 00:24:43.190 --> 00:24:48.030
  • Yeah, I'm just going to give 35.000 extra dollars
  • 00:24:48.040 --> 00:24:49.260
  • to the government.
  • 00:24:49.270 --> 00:24:51.060
  • Here is an immigrant who knew what it was like in his country,
  • 00:24:51.070 --> 00:24:53.200
  • and is now in this country, and says,
  • 00:24:53.210 --> 00:24:55.050
  • "I never was afforded those kind of abilities to get ahead.
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  • Thank you."
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:01.030
  • So, let's just take ourselves and put ourselves here.
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  • God, this act of service that I'm doing is to say thank you.
  • 00:25:06.180 --> 00:25:10.020
  • Lord, this raised hand is to say thank you.
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  • Lord, this joyful task that I will perform is just to say
  • 00:25:12.280 --> 00:25:17.000
  • thank you.
  • 00:25:17.010 --> 00:25:19.050
  • If you had to live your life all over again,
  • 00:25:19.060 --> 00:25:22.180
  • what would you do differently?
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  • I hope you would say these things.
  • 00:25:25.160 --> 00:25:30.030
  • In essence, I would say, "All of me,
  • 00:25:30.040 --> 00:25:31.290
  • Lord, take all of me."
  • 00:25:32.000 --> 00:25:35.090
  • What do you give to the God who has everything?
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  • He only wants you, but he wants all of you.
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  • And he will not settle for anything less.
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  • or family member?
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  • Sometimes, it can be hard to articulate our beliefs
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  • to someone who doesn't understand.
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  • Help others in your life grasp the basic fundamentals of
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  • Christianity with this month's resource from "The Connection."
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  • For a suggested donation of $30 or more,
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  • you can give them a special compilation of Skip's teachings
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  • called, "What You Want Them to Know," where he addresses topics
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  • like salvation, heaven, worship, and prayer.
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  • You can also give them Skip's booklet "A New Year's
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  • Revolution," where they will learn to lead a life flowing
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  • with God's love.
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  • Order this collection by calling 800-922-1888,
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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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  • announcer: Thank you for joining us for this teaching
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  • from Skip Heitzig of 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 truth
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  • in ever changing times.
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