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  • Ed Young: The church should bethe most creative entity in
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  • the world.
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  • The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we findpurpose, and meaning, and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes withsomeone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks so much forwatching "Ed Young Television."
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  • You know, the next 30 minutes Ibelieve can change the course of
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  • your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in becauseI believe God is going to do
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  • some amazing things in your lifeand in mine.
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  • Ed Young: Sam-I-Am, what a greatcharacter in Dr. Seuss's book,
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  • "Green Eggs and Ham."
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  • He was the chief protagonist.
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  • He tried to get a guy named Joeyto eat green eggs and ham.
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  • Have you ever-- have you everread the book?
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  • Yeah, "Green Eggs and Ham,"Sam-I-Am.
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  • I thought about that becausethere's a guy in the Bible named
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  • Samuel, and I thought aboutcalling him Sam-I-Am because
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  • Sam-I-Am in the Bible was thechief protagonist during a very
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  • difficult time.
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  • And I thought, "You know what?
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  • I'd like to do a series onSamuel because he was one of the
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  • most influential characters inall of Scripture."
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  • This guy was a change agent.
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  • The land during the day, thewhole culture was anarchy.
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  • It was it was just off thereservation, sort of like our
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  • culture today with massshootings, and mayhem, and
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  • malcontent, and what's right iswrong, and what's wrong
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  • is right.
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  • People ask me all the time, "Ed,is our world going crazy
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  • or what?
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  • Ed, what's happened to us?
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  • Ed, I'd never seen anything likethis."
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  • Well, read the Bible.
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  • In this study, "Sam-I-Am," I'mgoing to talk about a number of
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  • names, and today's breakdownreads like a reality show
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  • on steroids.
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  • I'm just gonna warn you.
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  • You've got a bunch of chicanery,and comedy, and also
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  • some tragedy.
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  • And let's look at this versetogether, 1 Samuel chapter 1,
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  • verses 3 through 6. "Year afteryear, this man--" this man.
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  • Who was this man?
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  • Well, I'm gonna answer thatquestion-- "went out from his
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  • town to worship and sacrifice tothe Lord Almighty at a place
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  • called Shiloh."
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  • Shiloh was the religious cityestablished in the promised land
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  • when God's people almost tookover the whole thing.
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  • Because they didn't take overthe whole thing, because they
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  • didn't drive everyone out, theybegan to adopt some of the
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  • behavior of the neighboringnations and peoples.
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  • Thus we have what is right iswrong and what is wrong is right
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  • in today's culture and also inthis culture.
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  • "Year after year, this man--"who's this man?
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  • Elkanah.
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  • Don't you love that name?
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  • Elkanah.
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  • I just call him the Elk.
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  • And this is how I study, youknow, my Bible, so hopefully
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  • it'll help you.
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  • The Elk.
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  • So, the Elk had two wives:Hannah, we'll just call her H,
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  • and Peninnah.
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  • You can't make these names up.
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  • So Elk had some issues rightthere.
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  • Peninnah, I mean, all Elk had todo was wink at her and she
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  • got pregnant.
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  • Hannah was barren.
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  • She was going throughinfertility.
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  • Peninnah was jealous of Hannahbecause Hannah was
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  • Elkanah's favorite.
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  • I told you this is a realityshow.
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  • So they're going up as one bighappy family to Shiloh.
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  • They're goin' to church toworship.
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  • Hmm, okay, let's see whathappens there.
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  • Hophni and Phineas, at Shiloh,some more names.
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  • Wait a minute, you're confusingme.
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  • Just stay with me.
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  • "Hophni and Phineas, two sons ofEli, were priests there."
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  • Hophni and Phineas were theworst preacher's kids in the
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  • history of the world.
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  • Eli, poor thing, he was justasleep, asleep at the wheel.
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  • He didn't realize he was asleep.
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  • He was asleep, asleep as aspiritual leader, asleep to the
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  • things of God.
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  • His two sons, oh my goodnessgracious.
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  • Number one, they were abusingGod's sacrificial system.
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  • And number two, they were havingsexual relations with the women
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  • who volunteered at thetabernacle.
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  • That's not good.
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  • So that's the spiritualleadership during this day.
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  • I told you it was crazy.
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  • I want you to notice somethingthough.
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  • Hannah, you remember the H girl?
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  • Hannah was a powerful parent.
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  • Powerful.
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  • "Because the Lord had closedHannah's womb, her rival," yeah,
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  • there's bullying in the Bible,"kept provoking her in order to
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  • irritate her."
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  • So they're at church andPeninnah is, like, bullying
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  • Hannah because Hannah can't havekids.
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  • How do you handle haters in yourlife?
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  • How do you handle it whensomeone is fertile and
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  • you're not?
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  • Maybe they're fertile in thebusiness world.
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  • How does this guy do it?
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  • Everything he touches turns togold.
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  • He has another practice, oranother business, or another
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  • this, or another that.
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  • How does he do it?
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  • He's a jerk.
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  • I don't like him.
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  • And then he kind of puts it inyour face.
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  • Or maybe it's someone else.
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  • Maybe it's a lady or someone atschool, and they seem to get all
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  • of the accolades and all of thehonors, and they're fertile in
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  • so many areas, and they, like,jam you.
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  • They bully you.
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  • Maybe they go on social mediasay negative things about you.
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  • How do you handle people likethat?
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  • I want to get them back.
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  • I mean, I have a tough time withthat.
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  • I mean, I'm a competitive guy.
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  • I'm not gonna let them just saythat.
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  • That's my natural reaction.
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  • You know what Hannah did?
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  • The Bible says, yes, she wept.
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  • The Bible says, yes, she wascrushed.
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  • But it says she gave it to God.
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  • She let God take care of herhaters.
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  • How we handle haters determinesour destiny.
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  • How we handle the critics in ourlife really reveals to us what
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  • God will do and what God wantsto do in our existence.
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  • Her rival kept provoking her.
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  • Okay, but God's gonna answerHannah's prayer.
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  • God is gonna give her a bouncingbaby boy named Sam-I-Am.
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  • The name Samuel means "Heard ofGod" or "Heard from the Lord."
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  • "So I prayed for this child,"and you can read her prayer when
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  • you have time.
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  • It was a prayer of submission.
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  • She said, "God, it's your will."
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  • Also a prayer of sacrifice.
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  • She said, "God, if you give me ababy," check this out, "I'll
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  • give him back to you."
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  • Now, she meant she would takethe baby, after the baby had
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  • been weaned, three, four, orfive years of age, give him to
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  • Eli-- man, that's gonna take alot of faith-- to allow him to
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  • mentor Samuel.
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  • So she made this kinda vowbefore God, "God, you give me a
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  • baby, I'll give him to you."
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  • A powerful parent.
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  • And then she prayed a powerfulprayer, "I pray for this child
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  • and the Lord has granted me whatI ask of him, so now I give him
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  • to the Lord."
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  • Two things you need tounderstand when you read 1 and
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  • 2 Samuel.
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  • Two basic premises.
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  • Number one, when you'refaithful--
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  • F-A-I-T-H-F-U-L, right?
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  • Right?
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  • I'm a terrible speller.
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  • When you're faithful, whathappens?
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  • God blesses.
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  • When I'm obedient to God, Godblesses.
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  • What does it mean to be blessed?
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  • To be on the receiving end ofthe tangible and intangible
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  • favor of God.
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  • Do you know how God blessedHannah?
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  • She was barren, couldn't have ababy, and we're gonna find out
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  • she gave Samuel, after he'd beenweaned, to Eli.
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  • She had five more kids.
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  • God will bless your life.
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  • And I want to live in theblessed place.
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  • Now, I don't play games withGod.
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  • I don't say, "Okay God, I'mgonna follow you just because
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  • of blessings."
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  • No, no, no, I follow God becausehe's God, but a result of that
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  • will be the blessings of God.
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  • And the blessings are not alwayswhat necessarily I want or what
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  • I would say or have for my life,but they're even on another
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  • level because it's what God hasfor me.
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  • So I love Hannah.
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  • She's on a whole mother level,isn't she?
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  • Because she's a powerful parent,she's praying a powerful prayer.
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  • So if I'm faithful, 1 and 2Samuel tells me I'm going to
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  • be blessed.
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  • If I am disobedient-- I know I'mwriting over this but you can
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  • read it-- disobedient, I will bejudged.
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  • I'm faithful, I'm gonna beblessed.
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  • Disobedient, I'm gonna bejudged.
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  • 1 and 2 Samuel.
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  • Are we tracking?
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  • Okay, the plot clots, as I liketo say.
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  • A powerful parent praying apowerful prayer, "I give him to
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  • the Lord."
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  • And basically this is how tobecome a great parent.
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  • "For his whole life will begiven over to the Lord.
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  • And he worshiped the Lordthere."
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  • Ed Young: I just want to say,again, a huge thanks for your
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  • generosity and for youpartnering with us.
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  • No matter where you are, nomatter what age or stage you
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  • find yourself in life, we havetools, we have books, we have
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  • resources to help you in thisendeavor.
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  • So if you're not a part of ourfamily here, we'd love for you
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  • to become a part.
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  • You can see what to do on thescreen.
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  • So again, thanks for yourgenerosity, and let's go back to
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  • the message.
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  • Ed Young: So that's a powerfulparent praying a powerful prayer
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  • and she set forth powerfulpatterns early on.
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  • God's a God of the pattern.
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  • He's not chaotic.
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  • He's the God of the pattern, theGod of an order.
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  • That's why kids need order, kidsneed discipline, kids need
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  • a pattern.
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  • And I can look, quite frankly,at a person's church attendance,
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  • the pattern of attendance, and Ican predict with amazing
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  • accuracy their pattern ofblessings.
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  • It just goes together.
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  • So his whole life, he's going tobe given over to the Lord, and
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  • he worshiped the Lord there.
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  • I mean, he's a worshiperalready, but uh-oh, notice
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  • the contrast.
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  • You see, in this book of 1Samuel, specifically chapters 1,
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  • 2, and 3, and next week, we'lltalk about chapter 3, it's a
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  • chapter and chapters ofcontrast.
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  • You got infertility, fertility.
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  • You've got clarity, she'spraying, you've got confusion.
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  • Hannah is praying.
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  • You know what Eli thinks?
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  • She's drunk.
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  • Come on, Eli.
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  • He had no discernment.
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  • Discernment.
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  • Discernment is the ability tojudge that comes from God.
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  • Do you have discernment?
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  • Discernment comes from God, truediscernment.
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  • Have you ever wondered why smartpeople make such dumb decisions?
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  • They have no discernment.
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  • They're not hearing from God.
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  • I actually believe if Jesus isnot Lord of your life, there's
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  • no way you're gonna make theright decisions, as a parent, as
  • 00:14:26.178 --> 00:14:32.551
  • a person, as a single parent, asa kid.
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  • So look at the contrast.
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  • You've got purity, Samuel,versus impurity, Hophni
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  • and Phinehas.
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  • "So the sin of the young men,"that's Hophni and Phinehas, "was
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  • very great in the Lord's sight.
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  • For they were treating theLord's offering," uh-oh,
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  • "with contempt."
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  • This literally means-- I'm gonnadraw a foot here-- to kick.
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  • Just...
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  • who cares?
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  • So here people are bringing thisoffering and Hophni and Phineas
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  • are treating it with contempt.
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  • And then the Bible says theywere actually eating
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  • the offering.
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  • So on one hand, we've gotHannah.
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  • What did Hannah do?
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  • She gave her first, firstborn,Samuel to the Lord.
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  • What did God do?
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  • He blessed the rest.
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  • He blessed her with five kids.
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  • Throughout Scripture, we seethat.
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  • We give the first to the Lord,he blesses the rest.
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  • I give the first part of my dayto the Lord, he blesses
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  • the rest.
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  • I set the pattern of churchattendance, Sunday is the first
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  • day of the week, he blesses therest.
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  • I give the first portion of myincome to his house, he blesses
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  • the rest.
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  • A powerful parent, Hannah, inthe midst of craziness, praying
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  • a powerful prayer andestablishing a powerful pattern,
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  • because obviously Samuel pickedup what she was throwing down.
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  • "Samuel was ministering beforethe Lord, a boy," I love this,
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  • "wearing a linen ephod."
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  • Sounds like something Kanyewould wear.
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  • An ephod was made of 100% linenand it was it was representative
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  • of the righteousness and theholiness of God, purity.
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  • So if you were a priest, man,you wear the linen ephod.
  • 00:16:35.574 --> 00:16:41.947
  • Yeah, purity.
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  • Samuel lived a pure life.
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  • You know he was tempted, roomingnext to Hophni and Phineas.
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  • All of their immorality, all oftheir impurity.
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  • Purity.
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  • The more pure you are and I am,the more God's gonna use us.
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  • It's as simple as that.
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  • In your language and mylanguage, in your thought
  • 00:17:08.006 --> 00:17:12.678
  • process and my thought process,the way we handle sex, the way
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  • you handle it, the way I handleit.
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  • Purity.Purity.
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  • Lisa and I have been married for37 years.
  • 00:17:24.690 --> 00:17:28.961
  • We both have been faithful toone another sexually.
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  • We don't watch porn.
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  • I wouldn't do that.
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  • I wouldn't flirt with some otherperson.
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  • She wouldn't either.
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  • Man, it got quiet.
  • 00:17:49.114 --> 00:17:53.452
  • Because of the relationship.
  • 00:17:53.485 --> 00:17:56.755
  • And if I did that and she didthat, the activity, you know, is
  • 00:17:56.788 --> 00:18:02.995
  • just not gonna be there.
  • 00:18:03.028 --> 00:18:05.631
  • As a believer even on anotherplane, I should desire purity
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  • because of that relationship.
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  • I don't wanna do anything tohurt the heart of God or to
  • 00:18:17.576 --> 00:18:23.282
  • damage the commitment and thecovenant before him.
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  • Purity.
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  • We don't talk about that verymuch these days.
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  • Are you pure before God?
  • 00:18:32.758 --> 00:18:34.560
  • It's not legalistic, it's just arelationship situation.
  • 00:18:34.593 --> 00:18:39.198
  • Yet Samuel was pure in the midstof a lot of impurity.
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  • I love this little thing, don'tyou?
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  • Just technology.
  • 00:18:51.243 --> 00:18:53.545
  • "Now Eli, who was very old--"this is just really funny.
  • 00:18:53.579 --> 00:18:57.916
  • It's so funny.
  • 00:18:57.950 --> 00:18:59.284
  • You know, I want to laugh.
  • 00:18:59.318 --> 00:19:00.619
  • If I didn't laugh, I'd cry,but-- "heard," heard, heard, let
  • 00:19:00.652 --> 00:19:04.223
  • me draw a big ol' ear, heard,ears are hard to draw, heard,
  • 00:19:04.256 --> 00:19:08.093
  • "about everything his sons weredoing to all of Israel."
  • 00:19:08.126 --> 00:19:12.464
  • And that's something about sin.
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  • You know, when-- okay, when yourkids sin, if you know they're
  • 00:19:15.000 --> 00:19:18.870
  • sinning and you don't call themout, it's like you're
  • 00:19:18.904 --> 00:19:22.641
  • participating in that sin.
  • 00:19:22.674 --> 00:19:26.011
  • That's heavy, parents.
  • 00:19:26.044 --> 00:19:28.280
  • And why do we have kids anyway?
  • 00:19:28.313 --> 00:19:30.515
  • Oh, well, they're a result ofmaking love.
  • 00:19:30.549 --> 00:19:34.219
  • I know that.
  • 00:19:34.253 --> 00:19:35.587
  • Why did we have kids?
  • 00:19:35.621 --> 00:19:36.922
  • Well, I want a chip off the oldblock.
  • 00:19:36.955 --> 00:19:38.290
  • Why do we have kids?
  • 00:19:38.323 --> 00:19:39.625
  • I want a mini-me.
  • 00:19:39.658 --> 00:19:41.693
  • Why do we have kids?
  • 00:19:41.727 --> 00:19:43.061
  • I don't know, someone to carryon my legacy?
  • 00:19:43.095 --> 00:19:46.932
  • We have kids so we can reproducethe character of Christ so they
  • 00:19:46.965 --> 00:19:53.739
  • can glorify God, and they inturn can have kids and they can
  • 00:19:53.772 --> 00:19:57.676
  • glorify God.
  • 00:19:57.709 --> 00:19:59.344
  • Eli was an example.
  • 00:19:59.378 --> 00:20:02.581
  • He was an example.
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  • A bad one, but he was anexample.
  • 00:20:03.982 --> 00:20:07.919
  • So you're either a buildingblock, mom, dad, or a
  • 00:20:07.953 --> 00:20:11.523
  • stumbling block.
  • 00:20:11.556 --> 00:20:12.991
  • And this dude Eli was astumbling block, a blockhead.
  • 00:20:13.025 --> 00:20:19.264
  • This sin had the ripple effect.
  • 00:20:19.298 --> 00:20:23.302
  • It wasn't just between Hophni,and Phineas, and Eli, and God.
  • 00:20:23.335 --> 00:20:28.173
  • It was between, what does itsay, "All Israel."
  • 00:20:28.206 --> 00:20:32.944
  • God doesn't play around with it.
  • 00:20:32.978 --> 00:20:37.082
  • He said to them, "I mean, why doyou do such things?
  • 00:20:37.115 --> 00:20:42.721
  • I hear from all the people aboutthese wicked deeds of yours."
  • 00:20:42.754 --> 00:20:50.062
  • Maybe I did paint your yournursery the wrong color.
  • 00:20:50.095 --> 00:20:54.066
  • Maybe I didn't take you toChuck E. Cheese enough.
  • 00:20:54.099 --> 00:20:57.169
  • I don't know.
  • 00:20:57.202 --> 00:20:58.503
  • I mean, Eli, come on, my man.
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  • So here's what happens.
  • 00:21:01.973 --> 00:21:03.275
  • Because Eli didn't disciplinethem, God did the discipline
  • 00:21:03.308 --> 00:21:08.046
  • for him.
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:10.849
  • And you know what God did?
  • 00:21:10.882 --> 00:21:14.219
  • He took them out.
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  • He wiped them out.
  • 00:21:17.055 --> 00:21:19.624
  • You might be going, "Well, Wow,God wiped people out because of
  • 00:21:19.658 --> 00:21:23.595
  • their rebellion?
  • 00:21:23.628 --> 00:21:26.131
  • Because they abused thesacrificial system and were
  • 00:21:26.164 --> 00:21:30.736
  • having sexual relations with thepeople that worked at
  • 00:21:30.769 --> 00:21:34.139
  • the temple?"
  • 00:21:34.172 --> 00:21:35.741
  • Yeah.
  • 00:21:35.774 --> 00:21:37.109
  • Well, that's that's the OldTestament.
  • 00:21:37.142 --> 00:21:38.443
  • I mean, you know, the NewTestament, that new covenant is
  • 00:21:38.477 --> 00:21:40.812
  • about grace.
  • 00:21:40.846 --> 00:21:43.148
  • You remember when Jesus told thestory of the vine and
  • 00:21:43.181 --> 00:21:45.951
  • the branches?
  • 00:21:45.984 --> 00:21:47.285
  • He said if a vine doesn'tproduce fruit, sometimes the
  • 00:21:47.319 --> 00:21:53.091
  • branch is cut and thrown intothe fire.
  • 00:21:53.125 --> 00:21:59.664
  • I'm just telling you what theBible says.
  • 00:21:59.698 --> 00:22:04.436
  • '"So I hear from all thesepeople about these wicked deeds
  • 00:22:04.469 --> 00:22:09.040
  • of yours.'
  • 00:22:09.074 --> 00:22:10.542
  • His sons, however, did notlisten."
  • 00:22:10.575 --> 00:22:13.912
  • Eat again, a big-- "They did notlisten to their father's rebuke,
  • 00:22:13.945 --> 00:22:18.049
  • for it was the Lord's will toput them to death.
  • 00:22:18.083 --> 00:22:22.888
  • And the boy Samuel," again, lookat the contrast, "continued to
  • 00:22:22.921 --> 00:22:25.991
  • grow in stature and favor withthe Lord and with the people."
  • 00:22:26.024 --> 00:22:31.763
  • And I want you to notice too,you've got a powerful prayer,
  • 00:22:31.797 --> 00:22:36.935
  • you've got a parent who's alsopowerful, you've got this
  • 00:22:36.968 --> 00:22:41.373
  • pattern, and also you've gotthis amazing purpose that
  • 00:22:41.406 --> 00:22:46.745
  • Samuel discovered.
  • 00:22:46.778 --> 00:22:48.713
  • A powerful parent, I'll say itagain, praying a powerful
  • 00:22:48.747 --> 00:22:52.651
  • prayer, setting up a powerfulpattern, and giving us a
  • 00:22:52.684 --> 00:22:57.989
  • powerful purpose.
  • 00:22:58.023 --> 00:23:00.459
  • Yet sadly, many of us arepermissive parents.
  • 00:23:00.492 --> 00:23:08.133
  • Permissive parents prayingpermissive prayers, setting up
  • 00:23:08.166 --> 00:23:14.573
  • permissive patterns, and givingour kids permissive purposes.
  • 00:23:14.606 --> 00:23:22.180
  • Girls don't know what it meansto be ladies.
  • 00:23:22.214 --> 00:23:29.020
  • Boys don't know what it means tobe men.
  • 00:23:29.054 --> 00:23:31.189
  • We've emasculated males andfragmented females.
  • 00:23:31.223 --> 00:23:35.427
  • Gender confusion, are youkidding me?
  • 00:23:35.460 --> 00:23:41.333
  • What's right is wrong and what'swrong is right.
  • 00:23:41.366 --> 00:23:47.772
  • God's Word is truth.
  • 00:23:47.806 --> 00:23:53.111
  • God's Word is light.
  • 00:23:53.144 --> 00:23:55.614
  • God's Word is leaven.
  • 00:23:55.647 --> 00:23:59.684
  • And God wants you and me todiscover it, to stand, and to
  • 00:23:59.718 --> 00:24:06.224
  • live it out.
  • 00:24:06.258 --> 00:24:07.559
  • God has a great purpose for yourlife.
  • 00:24:07.592 --> 00:24:09.928
  • Mom, dad, student, child,family, single adult, God has a
  • 00:24:09.961 --> 00:24:18.236
  • difference-making, influentialplan for your life.
  • 00:24:18.270 --> 00:24:22.040
  • You can be Sam-I-Am.
  • 00:24:22.073 --> 00:24:26.545
  • Well, why was he able to dothis?
  • 00:24:26.578 --> 00:24:30.615
  • I mean, let's just go back.
  • 00:24:30.649 --> 00:24:32.350
  • Why was Samuel able to do allthis stuff?
  • 00:24:32.384 --> 00:24:34.953
  • He wasn't perfect.
  • 00:24:34.986 --> 00:24:36.288
  • We're going to find that out.
  • 00:24:36.321 --> 00:24:37.656
  • But why was he able to be suchan influencer?
  • 00:24:37.689 --> 00:24:43.161
  • Well, the title of the seriestells us, "Sam-I-Am."
  • 00:24:43.194 --> 00:24:53.204
  • Because Samuel knew the Great IAm, that's why he made such
  • 00:24:53.905 --> 00:25:03.915
  • a difference.
  • 00:25:07.185 --> 00:25:10.689
  • Do you know the Lord?
  • 00:25:10.722 --> 00:25:13.458
  • Do you know the Great I Am?
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