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The Power of Praise

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April 19, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: We're fightinga major virus, aren't we?
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  • This virus has threatenedour well-being.
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  • Our ability to fight this viruspersonally is tied
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  • to our immune system.
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  • The strongerthe immune system,
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  • the better the fight.
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  • The weaker the immune system,the weaker the fight.
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  • Well, there is an immune systemthat God has placed in society,
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  • it's called the church.
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  • The church is God'simmune system to fight
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  • the impact of the virusof sin and evil
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  • that affects our lifeand our world,
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  • and even opens up the doorfor the circumstances
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  • that we're facing todaymedically.
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  • Because the spiritual influencesand impacts the physical.
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  • I've said it many times,let me repeat it,
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  • everything visible and physicalis preceded by something
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  • invisible and spiritual.
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  • So, if you want to rectifythe visible and physical,
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  • you must identifyand correctly utilize
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  • the invisible and spiritual.
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  • And so, if all you seeis what you see,
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  • you do not see all there isto be seen.
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  • We do not see the virus,but we certainly see its effect.
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  • We don't see God,but his effects are very real.
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  • If the immune system of society,Christians and the church,
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  • if that immune system is weak,the door is open for all manner
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  • of evil, and yes, even diseaseto infiltrate the society.
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  • If you don't see that,then all you'll deal with
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  • is what you see.
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  • And you'll do the best you can.
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  • God gave two analogies.
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  • In Matthew chapter 5,verses 13 to 16 to talk about
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  • the special role of God's peopleand his church in the society.
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  • He says in verse 13,"You are the salt of the earth."
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  • He then goes on to sayin verse 14, 15, and 16,
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  • "You are the lightof the world."
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  • Salt and light.
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  • Don't misread this.
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  • He doesn't say you're the saltof the shaker.
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  • Says you're the saltof the earth.
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  • You have salt in a shakerand it doesn't do much
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  • for the decay in the meat
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  • because it's hanging outwith other salt.
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  • One of the things this virushas done is
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  • move the salt out of the shaker.
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  • God does this in the Biblein Acts chapter 8.
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  • God created disturbanceor allowed disturbance to move
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  • his people out of their comfortzone in Jerusalem so that
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  • they would get outinto the broader society.
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  • He used inconvenience.
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  • God is not just shaking society,he's shaking Christians.
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  • He's shaking the churchand he said,
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  • "You've been too comfortablein the shaker,
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  • hanging out with all the salt.
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  • It's time for you to be salton some meat that's decaying
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  • called the earth."
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  • You are the salt of the earth.
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  • You see, back in biblical days,salt was used as a preservative.
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  • Some of your great grandparentsor grandparents
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  • in the county may still do that,salting down the meat,
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  • because salt acts asan antibacterial agent.
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  • And it fights against decay.
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  • When you see decay in the world,in the culture, moral, social,
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  • racial decay,something has gone wrong
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  • with the presence of saltbeing in the decaying meat,
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  • allowing the decay to happenmuch more rapidly.
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  • No, we are to stymie the decayby our presence in the meat,
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  • not just in the shaker,that is in the church.
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  • We are to be in the society,making a difference for God.
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  • And he says you, and the Greektext literally means you
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  • and nobody else, because I workthrough my church to affect
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  • what happens in societyand in the culture.
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  • So, when you complainhow bad the culture is,
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  • you got to ask how saltyis the salt.
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  • In fact, can we evenfind the salt,
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  • or is it hidden in the shakerinside the cabinet?
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  • You are the salt of the earth.
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  • Not only was salta preservative,
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  • but salt creates thirst.
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  • You know, when peopledrink saltwater,
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  • they get more thirstybecause salt creates thirst.
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  • I remember one day,when I was at an airport
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  • and I was in the Admirals Club,and they asked
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  • if I wanted something to drink.
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  • I wanted some ginger ale,I got some ginger ale.
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  • When they brought methe ginger ale,
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  • they brought me a cup of snacks,peanuts and pretzels
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  • all full of salt.
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  • I didn't ask for that,I didn't order that,
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  • I just ordered a ginger ale.
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  • But they broughtthose snacks unrequested,
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  • and that was on purpose.
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  • They did thatbecause it's full of salt.
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  • And they knew that if I drank myginger ale and ate the snacks,
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  • I would order and payfor another ginger ale.
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  • They weren't just beingkind to me,
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  • they were invoking me to anotherdrink that I would pay for.
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  • Jesus says, "You are the saltof the earth."
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  • You know what our job is?
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  • To preserve, to hinderthe decay in society,
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  • and to create thirst for our Godand for his Savior.
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  • You see, if folk around youaren't getting thirsty
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  • because your faith isso vibrant, so real,
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  • then that means thatyou aren't creating thirst,
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  • I'm not creating thirst, thechurch is not creating thirst.
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  • How can we have all thesechurches on all these corners
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  • with all these programsand all these buildings
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  • and all these Christiansand all this activity,
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  • and still have all this chaosin society?
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  • The virus of racism,and culturalism, and classism,
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  • the virus of divorce,the virus of moral decay,
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  • how can we have all theseviruses and even pandemics?
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  • How can all this stuff be?
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  • Maybe it's because the saltcan't be located.
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  • There's a greatbiblical illustration
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  • of the importanceof God's presence in society
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  • with Sodom and Gomorrah.
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  • These were two cities locatedside by side,
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  • where God pronouncedin Genesis 18,
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  • he pronounced judgmentbecause it had decayed so badly.
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  • But then Abraham cameto God and said,
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  • "Will you destroy the righteouswith the wicked?"
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  • He cut a deal with God.
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  • He said, "If I can find50 righteous,
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  • will you save the cityfor the sake of the 50?"
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  • And God agreed with the deal.
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  • He says, "If you can find50 folk who do things my way,
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  • not their way, then I'll sparethe 500.000," or however many
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  • were living there,"for the sake of the 50."
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  • Abraham couldn't find 50,he said, "What about 40?"
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  • Couldn't locate 40, he said,"What about 30?"
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  • Couldn't locate 30, he said,"What about 20?"
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  • He even went down to tenand God said,
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  • "I'd still do the deal."
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  • So, why was Sodom andGomorrah destroyed?
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  • It wasn't just for its moraldecay or its oppression
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  • of the poor, both of whichwere present in that society.
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  • No, it was destroyed because therighteous couldn't be located.
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  • And they had a good manin town named Lot.
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  • But Lot suffered fromour disease of personal peace
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  • and affluence.
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  • He was so into his life,his world, his economics,
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  • that he missed the purposeof why God had him there.
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  • In fact, he lost his own family.
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  • When he was about to leave town,his wife remembered
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  • Neiman Marcus and Saks andthe mall, and she looked back
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  • and became a pillarof guess what?
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  • Salt.
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  • His two daughters leftwith him because
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  • his two sons-in-lawsrefused to go.
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  • They had an incestuousrelationship with their father.
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  • I mean, if Lot would have wonhis own family,
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  • that would have been six people.
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  • If they would have won one each,that would have been 12.
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  • Abraham would have found ten,and Sodom and Gomorrah
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  • would still be on the map.
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  • Why is our nation decaying?
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  • Our nation is decaying notjust because of the evil
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  • and the viruses thatare plaguing it.
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  • It's decaying becausethe righteous can't be located.
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  • He says, "You are the saltof the earth.
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  • And if the salt losesits saltiness," he says,
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  • "it becomes tasteless.
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  • And when it becomes tasteless,"he says,
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  • "who can make it salty again?
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  • It is no longer good foranything except to be thrown out
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  • and trampledunder the foot of men."
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  • What does he mean?
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  • Well, in Israel,most of the homes are flat.
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  • In biblical days, people woulddo things like we do on porches.
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  • They would have receptionson the roof,
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  • weddings on the roof.
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  • They would do thingson the rooftop,
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  • so there would bea lot of trodding,
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  • walking on the roof.
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  • After awhile, that wouldcreate holes in the roof,
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  • so it would rain in the house,so they had to patch up
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  • the roof.
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  • The way they would dothat was with gypsum.
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  • They would mix gypsumwith water,
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  • turn it into a paste,coagulate it with salt
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  • so it became like a clay,put it over the holes
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  • on the roof that had beentrodden on for so long.
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  • The sun would bake the gypsumthat's now mixed with water,
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  • tightened by salt, and harden itto be a sealant like tar
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  • on top of the roof so waterwouldn't get into the house.
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  • The problem was now the salt wasgood for nothing
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  • because gypsum is bitter.
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  • And so, you couldn't get thesaltiness of the salt because
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  • it got mixed and watered downby being mixed with gypsum.
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  • So, it was good nothingexcept to be walked on.
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  • Do you know the worldis walking on Christians
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  • and walking on the church?
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  • Do you know it's ignoring us,not paying attention to us,
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  • and not taking us seriously?
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  • Because we've gottentoo worldly,
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  • we've gotten too mixed upwith secularism,
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  • the secular way of thinking,the non-Christian approach
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  • to human definition,human sexuality,
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  • to the definition of marriage,to the meaning of parenting,
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  • to the role of children,to what it looks like
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  • to be God's representativein the workplace.
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  • See, we have--we haveadopted the media's definitions,
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  • the secular definitions,and we wonder why the viruses
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  • are getting worsein our society.
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  • That's because we've gottentoo mixed up with gypsum.
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  • And so, we're finding decay
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  • instead of developmentspiritually, in our lives,
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  • in our families,in our churches,
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  • and of coursein the broader society.
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  • You are the salt of the earth,so if you want to save
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  • the culture, Jesus is sayingit's up to you.
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  • Not just being a Christian,but being a disciple because
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  • he's talking to his disciples.
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  • That means you'rea full-time follower,
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  • not a part-time saint.
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  • You're a seven day a weeker,not a two hour a Sunday visitor.
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  • No, you are the saltof the earth.
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  • He goes on to say, "And you arethe light of the world."
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  • He says, "And you're notto be hidden.
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  • You're a city on a hill.
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  • You're not a lamp that'sunder a bed or under a basket."
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  • He says, "What good is that?
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  • You are the light."
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  • The last time I checked,light only has one job,
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  • one role, one responsibility,and that is to shine.
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  • Light goes public.
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  • Light that's offis not of value.
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  • Light always overrides darkness.
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  • What does he mean,you are the light of the world?
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  • He means you're the influencer,you're supposed to be
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  • the influencer.
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  • Christians are supposed to beinfluencing every segment
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  • of society, not just influencingchurch services.
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  • We're to beGod's representative.
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  • You're a doctor,you're not just a doctor,
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  • you're God's representativein the medical field
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  • so the medical field seeswhat God looks like
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  • when God helps hurting patients.
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  • If you're a lawyer,you're not just a lawyer,
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  • you're God's representativein the bar association
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  • so the bar association seeswhat God looks like
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  • when God tries a case.
  • 00:12:04.480 --> 00:12:05.782
  • If you're a business person,
  • 00:12:05.815 --> 00:12:07.116
  • you're not justa business person.
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:08.451
  • You're God's representative inbusiness so the business world
  • 00:12:08.484 --> 00:12:10.520
  • sees what God looks likewhen God cuts a deal.
  • 00:12:10.553 --> 00:12:12.655
  • If you're a teacher,you're not just a teacher.
  • 00:12:12.688 --> 00:12:14.791
  • You're God's representativein education so education sees
  • 00:12:14.824 --> 00:12:16.959
  • what God--what God looks likewhen he teaches truth.
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  • If you're a housewife,you're not just a housewife.
  • 00:12:19.896 --> 00:12:22.331
  • You're a demonstrationof what God looks like
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  • when God is managinga well ordered home.
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  • If you're a trash collector,you're not just
  • 00:12:27.804 --> 00:12:30.006
  • a trash collector, you're God'srepresentative in cleanliness
  • 00:12:30.039 --> 00:12:33.176
  • and stopping disease by the wayyou empty the trash.
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  • In everything you do,wherever you go,
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  • you're to be the light,that is the divine influence,
  • 00:12:38.548 --> 00:12:42.051
  • representing God.
  • 00:12:42.084 --> 00:12:43.519
  • We call that beinga kingdom representative.
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  • You are a kingdom representativewho has built a relationship
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  • with God, who is drawing near tohim in closeness relationship,
  • 00:12:49.058 --> 00:12:52.929
  • and then publiclyrepresenting him.
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  • You are the light of the world.
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  • What good is a lightthat stays off?
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  • If you're in a dark roomand it's pitch black,
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  • and you're bumping into things,and your family is bumping
  • 00:13:04.207 --> 00:13:07.543
  • into things and any visitorsare bumping into things, why?
  • 00:13:07.577 --> 00:13:10.313
  • Because they can't see clearly.
  • 00:13:10.346 --> 00:13:12.915
  • But if you turn on a flashlight,you've changed the equation,
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  • haven't you?
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  • Because the darkness nowmust submit to you,
  • 00:13:17.086 --> 00:13:19.255
  • and the people following youknow where to go.
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  • Our world is dark.
  • 00:13:21.824 --> 00:13:23.125
  • The problem is we've gotChristians as dark as the world,
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  • so they don't know where to go'cause we don't know
  • 00:13:25.595 --> 00:13:27.797
  • where to go.
  • 00:13:27.830 --> 00:13:29.131
  • We bumping into stuff,they bumping into stuff.
  • 00:13:29.165 --> 00:13:30.933
  • We complaining thatthey bumping into stuff.
  • 00:13:30.967 --> 00:13:32.735
  • They complaining that we bumpingas much as they're bumping,
  • 00:13:32.768 --> 00:13:35.071
  • so everybody's livingin darkness when God says
  • 00:13:35.104 --> 00:13:38.140
  • you're supposed to be the light.
  • 00:13:38.174 --> 00:13:39.842
  • Folks are supposed to knowwhich way to go
  • 00:13:39.876 --> 00:13:41.477
  • because they seeyou know where to go.
  • 00:13:41.510 --> 00:13:44.146
  • Why?
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  • Because you are followingthe light of the world.
  • 00:13:45.514 --> 00:13:47.917
  • He says, "What good is a lightthat's hidden?
  • 00:13:47.950 --> 00:13:49.886
  • What good is a light private?"
  • 00:13:49.919 --> 00:13:52.488
  • No, this is not a timefor secret agent Christians,
  • 00:13:52.521 --> 00:13:54.223
  • spiritual CIA representatives,and covert operatives.
  • 00:13:54.257 --> 00:13:58.094
  • No, this is the timewhen Christians go public
  • 00:13:58.127 --> 00:14:01.497
  • and they demonstratethey don't mind being known
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  • as followers of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:04.033 --> 00:14:07.670
  • I was invited in Dallas someyears ago to open up in prayer
  • 00:14:07.703 --> 00:14:10.907
  • for the city council meeting.
  • 00:14:10.940 --> 00:14:13.242
  • And they sent me a note,they said,
  • 00:14:13.276 --> 00:14:14.777
  • "Just don't mention Jesusbecause we have people here
  • 00:14:14.810 --> 00:14:17.713
  • who are not into religion,so just say general God."
  • 00:14:17.747 --> 00:14:22.184
  • Well, I went down thereand my prayer was basically,
  • 00:14:22.218 --> 00:14:25.087
  • "Now Lord, the city council hasasked me to come to you today
  • 00:14:25.121 --> 00:14:28.658
  • to contact you abouttheir decision making.
  • 00:14:28.691 --> 00:14:31.127
  • You told me if I wantedto get to you,
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:33.763
  • that the best way to do that isthrough the name of Jesus.
  • 00:14:33.796 --> 00:14:36.265
  • So, since they want meto get to you,
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  • I come to you in Jesus's name.
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  • First of all, I thank youfor creating the city council
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  • because if you didn'tcreate them,
  • 00:14:43.339 --> 00:14:44.707
  • then they couldn't be hereto make decisions.
  • 00:14:44.740 --> 00:14:47.209
  • And according to your Word,everything that was created
  • 00:14:47.243 --> 00:14:49.512
  • was created by Christ Jesus,so I have to thank Jesus
  • 00:14:49.545 --> 00:14:52.148
  • that they're here.
  • 00:14:52.181 --> 00:14:53.816
  • Then I want to thank youfor government
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  • because you created government.
  • 00:14:55.184 --> 00:14:56.953
  • It's supposed to bea ministry of God.
  • 00:14:56.986 --> 00:14:59.121
  • And that was writtenby Paul the Apostle,
  • 00:14:59.155 --> 00:15:00.856
  • that Apostle that met Jesuson the Damascus road.
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  • So Lord, I pray that you blesstheir decision making,
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  • that you give them wisdom.
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  • And I ask all of thisin Jesus's name, amen."
  • 00:15:08.230 --> 00:15:11.500
  • You see, if you don't wantto hear about Jesus,
  • 00:15:11.534 --> 00:15:13.069
  • don't invite me.
  • 00:15:13.102 --> 00:15:14.770
  • Because when you invite me,Jesus comes with me.
  • 00:15:14.804 --> 00:15:17.573
  • And he should come with you
  • 00:15:17.606 --> 00:15:19.241
  • and everybody who claims to bea Christian.
  • 00:15:19.275 --> 00:15:21.444
  • Why?
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  • We close our prayers in the nameof Jesus because that is
  • 00:15:22.812 --> 00:15:25.014
  • the mechanism God has givenfor us to access him.
  • 00:15:25.047 --> 00:15:29.685
  • And so, the Fatherin heaven says,
  • 00:15:29.719 --> 00:15:31.253
  • "How you treating the Son?"
  • 00:15:31.287 --> 00:15:32.588
  • Because how you treatingthe Son affects how the Father
  • 00:15:32.621 --> 00:15:34.790
  • views your discussion with him.
  • 00:15:34.824 --> 00:15:38.527
  • So, the question is,are you an influence,
  • 00:15:38.561 --> 00:15:41.030
  • or do you stay generic Godbecause that's safe?
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  • You don't want to betoo Christian.
  • 00:15:44.300 --> 00:15:47.069
  • Now, we're not talkingabout being bombastic,
  • 00:15:47.103 --> 00:15:48.704
  • but we are talkingabout being clear.
  • 00:15:48.738 --> 00:15:51.607
  • Not being likean undecided voter.
  • 00:15:51.640 --> 00:15:53.943
  • You know,we're in this political season,
  • 00:15:53.976 --> 00:15:56.746
  • and people decidingwho they're voting on.
  • 00:15:56.779 --> 00:15:59.548
  • Well, you know, we got toomany undecided Christians.
  • 00:15:59.582 --> 00:16:03.986
  • When a person decideswho they vote on,
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:05.521
  • they put it on their bumper,they put it in their yard,
  • 00:16:05.554 --> 00:16:08.190
  • they got placards going on, why?
  • 00:16:08.224 --> 00:16:10.059
  • They're declaringwho they're voting for.
  • 00:16:10.092 --> 00:16:12.061
  • I'm asking whoyou're voting for.
  • 00:16:12.094 --> 00:16:14.196
  • You're the salt of the earth,you're the light of the world.
  • 00:16:14.230 --> 00:16:16.766
  • Can we see your vote?
  • 00:16:16.799 --> 00:16:18.401
  • Let me put it another way.
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  • On your job, when you canget back to it, on your job,
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  • if they accuse youof being a visible,
  • 00:16:24.173 --> 00:16:26.242
  • verbal follower of Christ,
  • 00:16:26.275 --> 00:16:28.844
  • would you be convictedof all charges?
  • 00:16:28.878 --> 00:16:32.615
  • Or would you be found innocentof any charge because
  • 00:16:32.648 --> 00:16:36.052
  • you're not clear, you're a vaguefollower of Christ?
  • 00:16:36.085 --> 00:16:40.256
  • Oh, I'm not talking aboutwhether you go to church.
  • 00:16:40.289 --> 00:16:42.258
  • I'm not talking aboutwhether you believe in God.
  • 00:16:42.291 --> 00:16:43.692
  • I'm talking aboutwhether you are a visible,
  • 00:16:43.726 --> 00:16:45.294
  • verbal follower of Christbecause that will affect
  • 00:16:45.327 --> 00:16:49.031
  • how much of Christyou experience
  • 00:16:49.065 --> 00:16:51.033
  • and how much of impact you make.
  • 00:16:51.067 --> 00:16:54.170
  • When you decide, "I wantto get close to you, Lord Jesus,
  • 00:16:54.203 --> 00:16:58.674
  • and then, I wantto publicly represent you,"
  • 00:16:58.707 --> 00:17:00.576
  • now you've gotten God the Fatherand Jesus the Son's
  • 00:17:00.609 --> 00:17:04.246
  • undivided attention.
  • 00:17:04.280 --> 00:17:06.182
  • He says in verse 16, "Nowlet men see your good works."
  • 00:17:06.215 --> 00:17:11.053
  • Not just hear your good wordsbecause anybody can talk
  • 00:17:11.087 --> 00:17:13.589
  • a good game.
  • 00:17:13.622 --> 00:17:15.124
  • Let them see your good works.
  • 00:17:15.157 --> 00:17:18.027
  • Let them see the things you dothat are consistent
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:21.697
  • with my will,that's a good work.
  • 00:17:21.730 --> 00:17:23.632
  • That's not a good thing.
  • 00:17:23.666 --> 00:17:25.501
  • An atheist can do a good thing.
  • 00:17:25.534 --> 00:17:27.136
  • An atheist can bea philanthropist,
  • 00:17:27.169 --> 00:17:28.838
  • an atheist can build orphanages,an atheist can build hospitals.
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  • You don't have to believe in Godto do a good thing.
  • 00:17:31.941 --> 00:17:34.643
  • But we're not discussingdoing good things,
  • 00:17:34.677 --> 00:17:36.212
  • we're talkingabout doing good work.
  • 00:17:36.245 --> 00:17:38.013
  • A good work is a God-ordainedactivity that he can authorize,
  • 00:17:38.047 --> 00:17:43.552
  • for which he gets the credit.
  • 00:17:43.586 --> 00:17:45.321
  • In other words, if Godcan't be connected to it,
  • 00:17:45.354 --> 00:17:47.590
  • it's not a good work,it's a good thing.
  • 00:17:47.623 --> 00:17:49.992
  • He wants to be connected to it.
  • 00:17:50.025 --> 00:17:53.429
  • He wants it to be clear thathe is standing with you in it
  • 00:17:53.462 --> 00:17:57.733
  • and standing behind you for it,therefore you can't exclude him,
  • 00:17:57.766 --> 00:18:02.304
  • you can't push him offto the sideline,
  • 00:18:02.338 --> 00:18:04.340
  • you can't ignore him.
  • 00:18:04.373 --> 00:18:06.008
  • No, he says, "Let men seeyour good works."
  • 00:18:06.041 --> 00:18:08.577
  • You know, when you turnon your television,
  • 00:18:08.611 --> 00:18:10.679
  • you don't just want the sound,you want the sight.
  • 00:18:10.713 --> 00:18:12.815
  • You want sight and sound.
  • 00:18:12.848 --> 00:18:14.750
  • You want what is being saidto be supported
  • 00:18:14.783 --> 00:18:18.521
  • by what is being seen.
  • 00:18:18.554 --> 00:18:21.423
  • So, if you've not been a qualityrepresentative of God,
  • 00:18:21.457 --> 00:18:24.293
  • it's time to repent.
  • 00:18:24.326 --> 00:18:25.661
  • God accepts repentance.
  • 00:18:25.694 --> 00:18:27.196
  • That's where you just--you make it known, I am turning
  • 00:18:27.229 --> 00:18:30.699
  • from my secret agent status,I'm turning from just being salt
  • 00:18:30.733 --> 00:18:35.504
  • in the shaker, I'm turningfrom just being a SMO,
  • 00:18:35.538 --> 00:18:38.707
  • Sunday morning only.
  • 00:18:38.741 --> 00:18:40.075
  • I'm turning from being a bedsideBaptist or a mattress Methodist.
  • 00:18:40.109 --> 00:18:43.812
  • I'm turning from just beinga casual saint
  • 00:18:43.846 --> 00:18:46.415
  • to being a committed Christian.
  • 00:18:46.448 --> 00:18:48.350
  • And yes, I'm going to returnto your Word,
  • 00:18:48.384 --> 00:18:50.586
  • I'm going to return on my knees,and I'm going to return to
  • 00:18:50.619 --> 00:18:53.923
  • getting to know you intimately,and then representing you
  • 00:18:53.956 --> 00:18:57.126
  • publicly asyour kingdom representative.
  • 00:18:57.159 --> 00:19:00.029
  • Yes, I'm gonna--I'm gonna turnbecause one of the reasons
  • 00:19:00.062 --> 00:19:04.166
  • for this pandemic is to wake upthe church.
  • 00:19:04.200 --> 00:19:08.804
  • Now yes, he wants to wake upthe world,
  • 00:19:08.837 --> 00:19:10.372
  • but he wants to do itthrough a awakened church.
  • 00:19:10.406 --> 00:19:14.109
  • He wants us to stop sleeping,he wants us to return
  • 00:19:14.143 --> 00:19:16.612
  • to our first love, and he wantsto be that first love,
  • 00:19:16.645 --> 00:19:20.416
  • which means passionatelypursuing him
  • 00:19:20.449 --> 00:19:24.186
  • and then publiclyrepresenting him.
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:27.256
  • "Let men see your good works."
  • 00:19:27.289 --> 00:19:30.092
  • And then he says, "And glorifyyour Father who is in heaven.
  • 00:19:30.125 --> 00:19:36.398
  • And glorify your Fatherwho is in heaven."
  • 00:19:36.432 --> 00:19:41.637
  • That word "glory" is foundthroughout the Bible.
  • 00:19:41.670 --> 00:19:44.607
  • The theme of the Bible isthe glory of God
  • 00:19:44.640 --> 00:19:47.977
  • through the advancementof his kingdom.
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:49.878
  • That is the whole themeof all 66 books of the Bible,
  • 00:19:49.912 --> 00:19:55.184
  • the glory of God through theadvancement of his kingdom.
  • 00:19:55.217 --> 00:19:59.255
  • So, the question is, what doesthe word "glory" mean?
  • 00:19:59.288 --> 00:20:04.226
  • Let's talk about glory.
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:06.795
  • The word "glory" comes froma concept that means weighty.
  • 00:20:06.829 --> 00:20:11.300
  • You remember growing upin the day,
  • 00:20:11.333 --> 00:20:13.002
  • back in the day, old school?
  • 00:20:13.035 --> 00:20:14.803
  • You would say, "Boy,that dude sure is heavy."
  • 00:20:14.837 --> 00:20:19.108
  • Now, you weren't talkingabout his weight.
  • 00:20:19.141 --> 00:20:20.843
  • You were talking about how deepthey were in a particular area.
  • 00:20:20.876 --> 00:20:25.981
  • Maybe they were real smart,you'd say,
  • 00:20:26.015 --> 00:20:27.983
  • "That dude is sure--he sure is heavy."
  • 00:20:28.017 --> 00:20:30.452
  • You were talking aboutthe greatness of somebody
  • 00:20:30.486 --> 00:20:32.755
  • when you talked about theirheaviness, their weightiness.
  • 00:20:32.788 --> 00:20:37.059
  • Well, when the Bible talksabout the glory of God,
  • 00:20:37.092 --> 00:20:38.894
  • it's talking abouthis weightiness,
  • 00:20:38.927 --> 00:20:40.396
  • how heavy he is.
  • 00:20:40.429 --> 00:20:43.098
  • It's talking about giving himthe weight that his name is due,
  • 00:20:43.132 --> 00:20:48.904
  • treating him like he isand for what he's worth.
  • 00:20:48.937 --> 00:20:53.342
  • To glorify God means to put himon advertisement,
  • 00:20:53.375 --> 00:20:58.047
  • to put him on display,to create a banner
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:01.517
  • where he is clearly seen.
  • 00:21:01.550 --> 00:21:03.852
  • You and I are God'sadvertisement agency.
  • 00:21:03.886 --> 00:21:07.489
  • Christians individuallyand the church corporately,
  • 00:21:07.523 --> 00:21:09.925
  • we're the ad campaignfor the God of the Bible
  • 00:21:09.958 --> 00:21:13.595
  • through his Son,the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:13.629 --> 00:21:15.931
  • We're his ad agency.
  • 00:21:15.964 --> 00:21:17.633
  • So, the question is,what kind of advertisement
  • 00:21:17.666 --> 00:21:19.868
  • are we giving aboutour great God?
  • 00:21:19.902 --> 00:21:23.339
  • How are we advertising him?
  • 00:21:23.372 --> 00:21:25.541
  • Through the influence thatwe are making in a corrupt,
  • 00:21:25.574 --> 00:21:29.345
  • in a secular, and in a godlesssociety as salt and light,
  • 00:21:29.378 --> 00:21:35.751
  • and through the good workswe're demonstrating.
  • 00:21:35.784 --> 00:21:38.387
  • Those good works comein a lot of different ways.
  • 00:21:38.420 --> 00:21:41.023
  • It comes in ministeringto the homeless,
  • 00:21:41.056 --> 00:21:43.692
  • ministering to the poor, helpingthe widow and the orphan.
  • 00:21:43.726 --> 00:21:47.763
  • It comes through supportingthe up and out,
  • 00:21:47.796 --> 00:21:50.099
  • and the down and out with thegood news of sharing our faith.
  • 00:21:50.132 --> 00:21:53.268
  • When's the last timeyou witnessed to somebody
  • 00:21:53.302 --> 00:21:55.237
  • and asked them abouttheir eternal destiny?
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:21:58.240
  • When is the last timeyou've inconvenienced yourself
  • 00:21:58.273 --> 00:22:00.743
  • to make life betterfor somebody else?
  • 00:22:00.776 --> 00:22:03.178
  • At our church in Dallas,we've handed out cards,
  • 00:22:03.212 --> 00:22:05.681
  • and these cards peoplecan pick up for free
  • 00:22:05.714 --> 00:22:08.517
  • at the bookstore that's simplyour acts of kindness card.
  • 00:22:08.550 --> 00:22:11.587
  • And we say whenever you runacross somebody that has a need
  • 00:22:11.620 --> 00:22:15.724
  • that you see, and God promptsyou to meet that need in
  • 00:22:15.758 --> 00:22:19.194
  • some way, whether it's helpingan old lady across the street,
  • 00:22:19.228 --> 00:22:22.264
  • picking up groceriesfor somebody,
  • 00:22:22.297 --> 00:22:23.966
  • or helping a homeless person,get a meal,
  • 00:22:23.999 --> 00:22:26.135
  • it can come in a milliondifferent ways.
  • 00:22:26.168 --> 00:22:28.270
  • After you do thatact of kindness,
  • 00:22:28.303 --> 00:22:29.638
  • you hand them a card.
  • 00:22:29.671 --> 00:22:30.973
  • The card says, "This is an actof kindness from a member
  • 00:22:31.006 --> 00:22:33.108
  • of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowshiphere in Dallas.
  • 00:22:33.142 --> 00:22:35.177
  • And if you need anything else,here's how you can contact us."
  • 00:22:35.210 --> 00:22:38.881
  • And then, we say you praywith that person.
  • 00:22:38.914 --> 00:22:41.550
  • And then, after you praywith that person,
  • 00:22:41.583 --> 00:22:43.085
  • if there is an opportunity,you share the gospel
  • 00:22:43.118 --> 00:22:45.587
  • with that person.
  • 00:22:45.621 --> 00:22:46.955
  • So, we have hundredsand hundreds of people
  • 00:22:46.989 --> 00:22:48.657
  • from our congregation all overhanding out these cards,
  • 00:22:48.690 --> 00:22:51.326
  • doing good work.
  • 00:22:51.360 --> 00:22:52.661
  • In fact, one ladywho I ran into,
  • 00:22:52.694 --> 00:22:54.997
  • who one of our members hadhelped and given a card to
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  • because she was in a wheelchairand they had served her,
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  • when she--when the membergave them a card, she said,
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  • "Oh, you must befrom that church,
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  • Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,'cause y'all everywhere."
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  • Oh, that's what we want to hear,God's people are everywhere.
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  • 'Cause we're supposed to beeverywhere doing good stuff,
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  • good works, not just good thingsbecause we bring God into it
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  • and we bring the gospel into it.
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  • But we don't just tell peoplehow to get to heaven,
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  • we tell them how we can helpmake their life better on earth
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  • on our way to heaven.
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  • That's what good works do.
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  • You know, you can do goodas a bowler.
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  • You can look sophisticatedas a bowler.
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  • You know, they gotbowling pants, bowling shirts,
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  • bowling shoes,bowling socks,
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  • fancy bowling bags,fancier bowling balls.
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  • You put your three fingersin there,
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  • you can spin that thing.
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  • But if that ball is rollingdown the gutter,
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  • you're a good looking failure'cause how good you look
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  • is irrelevant to the impactyou're making.
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  • The goal of a bowler isto knock down pins,
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  • not look good.
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  • Now, if you can look goodwhile you knock down pins, good.
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  • But make sure you're knockingdown pins.
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  • How many pinsare you knocking down?
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  • How many pins will you knockdown when this pandemic is over,
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  • the virus is ceased, andthe world goes back to normal?
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  • Are you going to knock downsome pins, or are you just
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  • going to look goodin the bowling alley of church?
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  • Oh no, this is the timefor impact.
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  • This is the time for kingdompeople to make kingdom impact
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  • because you're an influencer,salt and light,
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  • because you represent the King.
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  • You know, in televisionand movies,
  • 00:24:26.221 --> 00:24:28.223
  • they show you previewsof coming attractions.
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  • Those are the hot clipsof the upcoming show,
  • 00:24:31.059 --> 00:24:33.829
  • fight scene, chase scene.
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  • Now, the movie may be terrible,but you never know about a clips
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  • because the clipsare always hot clips.
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  • Well, there's a big showcoming to town.
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  • God is the producer,the Holy Spirit is the director,
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  • Jesus is the superstar, and itwill be a worldwide production.
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  • It's called the kingdom of God.
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  • In the meantime, he's left youand me here as previews
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  • of coming attractions.
  • 00:24:51.013 --> 00:24:52.314
  • We're supposed to be the hotclips of the upcoming show
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  • so that when people seethe clips of our impact,
  • 00:24:55.117 --> 00:24:58.186
  • they raise the question,how much does it cost
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  • to watch the show?
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  • That's when we can tell themit doesn't cost anything.
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  • The price has already been paid.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:25:09.831 --> 00:25:15.771
  • Tony: One of the great offersof our Savior Jesus Christ
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  • is life, plus abundant life.
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  • That means a fulfilled life.
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  • So many people are existingbecause they don't possess
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  • the life of God.
  • 00:25:26.915 --> 00:25:28.684
  • If you don't know thatyou possess the life of God,
  • 00:25:28.717 --> 00:25:31.753
  • let's get that fixed right now.
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  • Jesus Christ isoffering you his life.
  • 00:25:34.122 --> 00:25:37.559
  • The Bible says he thathath the Son hath life.
  • 00:25:37.593 --> 00:25:41.463
  • So, if you want life,not existence,
  • 00:25:41.496 --> 00:25:43.832
  • the forgiveness of sins,the guarantee of heaven,
  • 00:25:43.865 --> 00:25:47.903
  • and having Jesus Christ involvedwith your life on earth,
  • 00:25:47.936 --> 00:25:51.640
  • all of that is in this packagecalled life.
  • 00:25:51.673 --> 00:25:53.842
  • And he's offering it to youfor free.
  • 00:25:53.875 --> 00:25:56.578
  • Now, not a lot is for freetoday, but this is,
  • 00:25:56.612 --> 00:25:59.948
  • life for free.
  • 00:25:59.982 --> 00:26:01.416
  • How do you get it?
  • 00:26:01.450 --> 00:26:02.751
  • You simply go to Jesus Christand trust him alone for it.
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  • You don't work for it,you don't earn it, you don't--
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  • you don't go to church for it.
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  • None of that can give you life.
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  • Only the person of Christcan give you life.
  • 00:26:12.995 --> 00:26:15.364
  • So, I'm going to pray a prayer,you pray it after me.
  • 00:26:15.397 --> 00:26:17.899
  • You just have to mean itfor yourself.
  • 00:26:17.933 --> 00:26:20.035
  • Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner.
  • 00:26:20.068 --> 00:26:23.639
  • I know I can't save myself.
  • 00:26:23.672 --> 00:26:26.842
  • But you've offered methe free gift of eternal life
  • 00:26:26.875 --> 00:26:30.278
  • in exchange for my sin.
  • 00:26:30.312 --> 00:26:34.016
  • So, I place my sinnext to your cross,
  • 00:26:34.049 --> 00:26:38.720
  • believing you diedas my substitute.
  • 00:26:38.754 --> 00:26:41.556
  • And I receive nowthe eternal life that you said
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  • you would give me for freeif I came to you for it.
  • 00:26:45.060 --> 00:26:50.666
  • So, I receive that now,
  • 00:26:50.699 --> 00:26:52.634
  • and thank youfor my new salvation.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless.
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