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Stir Crazy Part 2

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May 24, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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  • I like how the messagetranslation puts it in verse 20
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  • when he says, "They didn'tshut me up. They gave me a
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  • pulpit." Come on, somebody.Paul says they thought they
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  • were going to shut me upwhen they put me behind bars.
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  • Turns out they were turningon the PA system for my
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  • microphone to preach thegospel to some of the most
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  • influential people in theentirety of the Roman Empire,
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  • aka the empire on planetEarth at the time.
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  • And the infectious spread--I know too soon, I got to stop
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  • it with those kind of words.The spread of the kind of
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  • hope that would end uphappening where someone wouldget
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  • assigned to Paul's house arrestfor just a couple-- they
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  • probably had to start, you know,get someone else in here,
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  • right? And then that guygets saved, too.
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  • And this just so went fromperson to person to person that
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  • I'm going to just flash aheadto the end. Chapter 4, verse
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  • 22, when he's signing offand he's about to pull a
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  • Seacrest out, he says all theSaints greet you, oh, but
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  • especially those who are ofCaesar's household. Paul's
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  • two-year ministry stint in theslammer ended up leading
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  • people to Faith who workedin Caesar's household.
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  • We don't know what thatmeans, family members or if it
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  • means his cook and his butlerand the person who fed him
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  • grapes when he was layingout by the pool. But we know
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  • that people were coming toFaith in Christ all throughout.
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  • Why, why? Paul saw what youneed to see, a sort ofunselfish pragmatism.
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  • Hey, I'm in this situation, andI could cry about it, and
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  • I could be sad about it-- and,by the way, there's nothing
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  • wrong with either those things--but I'm not going to live
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  • there. I'm going to eventuallygo, OK, how can I actually
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  • look at this outside of myselfand say objectively, what
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  • is the good in it? What's tobe redeemed in it?
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  • I'm in chains. Yeah, but there'stwo sides to every chain.
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  • And I have to look at my sideand go, oh, darn. Or I could
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  • look at the other side of mychain and go, there's someone
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  • else on the other end ofthis line, and I have a choice.
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  • And when Paul realized that,he realized that we always
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  • have a choice, a choiceto rejoice.
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  • I could be sad about this, orI could rejoice in it. And
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  • the power of joy-- listen, thepower of joy, and I think
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  • the reason God's trying tocall his bride back to joy is
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  • that what happens to you nolonger has to control you. So
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  • there's an invincibility thatflows from joy. When you
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  • have joy, you have strength.And the Bible says the joy of
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  • the Lord becomes yourstrength.
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  • But it wasn't just being inprison that Paul saw
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  • pragmatically and unselfishlywas a good for other people,
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  • it was the results of therevival that was breaking out as
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  • in Rome or in Ephesus,wherever this took place that
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  • people were getting saved. Hesays it caused other people
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  • to begin to preach the gospel.And we'll talk about that in amoment.
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  • But he says some of themdid so with bad motives. Some of
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  • them did so, in fact, with awrong heart. Maybe they heard
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  • of the recognition Paul wasgetting or the renown, and
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  • they kind of wanted that. Andso he was hearing word that
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  • some people were badmouthinghim and preaching the gospel.
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  • Now, they weren't preachingthe gospel wrong, they were
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  • just preaching the gospel withwrong motives, which would
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  • be easy for him then to think,oh, how dare they.
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  • Instead, he goes, again,remember we're talking about
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  • pragmatism. I'm going to lookat it pragmatically. If
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  • they're preaching Christ withthat bad hearts, as long asChrist is getting preached.
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  • What a big man he was thateven in that situation, he
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  • chose to see the good in it.And I think there's power
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  • there. Because we're not goingto live in a world of
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  • fault-finding and motiveinspecting. Because whenyou're
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  • difficult to offend, you becomeeasy for God to bless,
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  • and Paul was difficult tooffend. He goes, eh, Jesus
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  • getting preached. What do Icare?
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  • Difficult to offend, easy forGod to bless, bigness of
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  • spirit, walking on a higherlevel in joy. Let's in our
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  • homes, let's in our lives, let'sin our co-working situation
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  • where everyone's kind of onpins and needles, right?
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  • Everyone's starting to feellike, did you give me the
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  • cold. Did you-- the Apollo 7dynamic of just sort of like
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  • wanting to get snippy with eachother. Let's just believe
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  • that God has a blessing forus as we choose joy.
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  • The third thing I see in Paul'stone and spirit that
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  • tapped into this beauty isthere is an unvarnished
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  • confidence-- unvarnished. Writethat down-- unvarnished
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  • confidence. What do I meanby that? I mean he was
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  • confident as to how this wasall going to play out even
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  • though he didn't know theparticulars. But it was an
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  • unvarnished confidence,meaning there was roughedges,
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  • and if you rubbed your handon it the wrong way, you'dget a splinter.
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  • It was not beautiful andmanicured. His confidencewasn't
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  • glossed over. He wasn't puttinga nice face on an ugly
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  • thing. And that is so crucialthat you understand that
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  • the hope you're meant tohave in this situation isn't
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  • meant to be one that's overlysanitized to where you have
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  • a naive or somewhat unrealisticsort of expectation for
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  • the level of difficulty inherentin the hope that Jesus gaveyou to walk in.
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  • We talked a few months back.Some of you might remember
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  • if you were with us early onin the year. As we were
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  • preaching, we referenced AdmiralJames Stockdale from the
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  • Vietnam War. He was a prisonerof war for eight years,
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  • and he endured like 20 savagebeatings in Vietnam. And he
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  • eventually came home and wasdecorated and celebrated andrightly so.
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  • And this guy was so incredible.He refused to even be
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  • weaponized 'cause they weretrying to use prisoners of
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  • war in propaganda videos,recording them saying, see,
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  • you're fine. I'm great.Everything's fine to show homea
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  • rosy view of how things weregoing. So he would-- this is
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  • incredible-- he would givehimself beatings at times if
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  • he was looking too pretty sothat when they tried to film
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  • him, it was a more realisticpicture of what was actually
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  • being done at home and justincredible. And he led the
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  • men in the prisoner of warcamp and helped them develop
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  • systems of Morse code andcommunicating with each other
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  • creatively to keep themorale alive.
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  • But what he said was that--and we referenced this
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  • incredibly of that quarantinethat they were dealing with
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  • in the POW camps was thatthe ones who often times died
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  • the soonest and didn't makeit out of that quarantine,
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  • out of that house arrest werethe ones who had sort of
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  • this optimistic, cheerful,we're all going to be OK.
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  • We'll be home by Valentine'sDay. We'll be home by
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  • Easter. Or no, we're going tobe home by my Mother's Day.
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  • And those who tried to rallyeach other are going, it's
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  • OK. It's going to be overquickly. We're going to be
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  • fine. We're going to be good.Which we would think oh,
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  • that's probably good that theyhad that sort of like, you
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  • know, overly varnished senseof confidence and optimism.
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  • He said those were the oneswho died the soonest, because
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  • that marker they had set aswe're going to get out of
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  • this soon and easily. Don'tworry about it. We're going
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  • to let's just think positivehere.
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  • When that day would comeand go, they would eventually
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  • grow jaded and grow cynicaland eventually despair, and
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  • so they were eaten up. The oneswho made it out of the
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  • situation alive were the oneswho said it doesn't really
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  • matter when we get out ofthis, and it doesn't really
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  • matter how hard it's going tobe, 'cause it's probably
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  • going to be terrible. We aregoing to make it out of
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  • this, and we will never give up.
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  • And those were the ones whosurvived and came home. And I
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  • shared this quote during thatseries Not Quickly Broken
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  • where he said, "You mustnever confuse faith that you
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  • will prevail in the end, whichyou can never afford to
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  • lose, with the discipline toconfront the most brutal
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  • facts of your current reality,whatever they might be."
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  • And I love that tension, whichJim Collins calls the
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  • Stockdale Paradox.
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  • And that paradox is that we'rehonest and open to give
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  • the unvarnished picture ofyou know what? This is awful,
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  • and this does suck, whateverwe're facing. Be it
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  • bereavement or be itunemployment or beingsome disease,
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  • you say, this is terrible. AndI'm not going to sugar
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  • coat it, not going to try andmake you think, oh, no,
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  • it's going to be OK. We're goingto be gumdrops and
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  • lollipops in just a few months,that there's a reality to
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  • the situation being bleak.
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  • But at the same time, thatthere's a grit and an absolute
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  • confidence that we are goingto make it through this.
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  • Those who can exhibit thatare the ones who are going to
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  • lead us into the future inthe coming days. In fact, as
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  • we look backwards in ourcountry, it was that really was
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  • at the heartbeat of our firstpresident that we ever had.
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  • I was reflecting in my notesand underlinings that I had
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  • done in a book by DavidMcCullough called 1776 just a
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  • while ago that I would highlyrecommend you if you've
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  • never read it, if you're lookingfor some quarantine
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  • reading, 1776, DavidMcCullough. He says this about
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  • President George Washington--who at that point was the
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  • General in the RevolutionaryWar-- he said that
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  • "Washington was not abrilliant strategist or a
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  • tactician. He was not evenreally a gifted orator. He was
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  • not an intellectual. But henever forgot what was at
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  • stake, and he never gave up.And his cardinal strength
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  • was seeing things as they were,not as he wished them to be."
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  • Do you hear that? It's aStockdale Paradox. He wasn'ta
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  • great speaker or even thatgreat of a strategist. But he
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  • never gave up and he neverpretended things that were
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  • terrible weren't. He didn'tsee things as he wished they
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  • were. He saw them as theywere but still didn't give up,
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  • anyway. That is the keyto joy, Church.
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  • Come on, Fresh Life, thestrength of the Lord that's
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  • going to bring us through thisstorm and the next one,
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  • which may even be worseand may be more complicated.
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  • Jesus said there's going to bewars, there's going to be
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  • rumors of wars, there's goingto be famines, there's
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  • going to be pestilences. So thisthat we're dealing with
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  • is what Jesus said was goingto be happening on this earth.
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  • The Earth is in labor pains,groaning. There's a
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  • brokenness to this world.Jesus is on the throne, but He
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  • has not tipped over thesubsequent dominoes that will
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  • unleash the life that He cameout of the grave with to
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  • the rest of this planet intoour bodies because He's
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  • seeking to win the hearts ofmen and women and boys and
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  • girls until that day. And wecan do that.
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  • We can click the Share buttonright now and be a part of
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  • Him getting more hope to morepeople. He said the gospel
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  • will be preached to the wholeworld before the end comes.
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  • We can be a part of thefulfillment of those prophecies
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  • doing something so simple asposting a status update to
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  • our Instagram story. And Godcan use the simplest gesture
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  • that you use as the five loavesand two fishes put into
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  • His hands to feet the multitudesin this sick world.
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  • We're not victims in thiscrisis. We are hospital agents
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  • sent into a sick world on behalfof the great physician
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  • Jesus who came to seek and tosave that which is lost.
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  • And so we have to have aconfidence. Yes, but one that's
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  • unvarnished, one with therough edges that says I'm not
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  • certain what's going to go down,but I know this. My King winsin the end.
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  • And Paul, Paul has that allover this passage. Paul says,
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  • I don't even know if I'm goingto make it out of here
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  • alive. And I don't even knowwhich I actually want to
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  • happen. I love his honesty. Wedidn't get to read it, but
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  • he goes on later and says,you know, I may die. I may
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  • live. And quite frankly, theyboth sound great, you know?
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  • Because if I live, I'm going toserve you. And if I die,
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  • well, that's pretty wickedawesome being with Jesus.
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  • Hey well we will resume ourteaching in just a mintute but
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  • I wanted to talk to you fora second about our Fresh Lifesummer Internship.
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  • It's coming up quickly.
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  • We are excited to welcomestudents and young people
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  • from all across the country andreally all over the place
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  • to come in to Fresh Life and bea part hands on
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  • of all that God is doing hereat the Church.
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  • This summer internship willlast from May to August
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  • and all the information can befound atfreshlife.church/internship.
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  • We're also so excited to beable to offer college credit.
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  • So if you're between the ages of18-25 and looking to maybegrow in your faith
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  • and take a step out intothe unknown and see whatGod could do.
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  • Or maybe you know someonewho's looking for that.
  • 00:12:34.242 --> 00:12:36.478
  • Let them know about theFresh Life Internship
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  • and we would love to haveyou take part.
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  • Paul, at that point, had alreadybeen to heaven one
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  • time, so he knew that was rad.So he didn't spend a lot
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  • of time on that. He just said tobe with Christ would be
  • 00:12:46.621 --> 00:12:48.824
  • far better than staying here.But what I want to do,
  • 00:12:48.824 --> 00:12:52.561
  • what I need to do, he says, isstay on this earth.
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  • So the sacrifice is not going toheaven. We think of
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  • death as some horrible thing.To Paul, the sacrifice
  • 00:12:59.968 --> 00:13:03.171
  • wouldn't be going to be withJesus, the sacrifice would
  • 00:13:03.171 --> 00:13:05.807
  • be staying here. So to some ofyou who've ever walked
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  • with, you know, maybe it'dbe better if I were dead, or
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  • you've had these thoughtsbombard you. Let me just tell
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  • you something. The sacrifice isstaying. And the living
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  • sacrifice that God's called usto live every day of is
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  • to choose to stay hereon this earth.
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  • Yeah, it would be amazingto go to heaven. Let's just go
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  • to heaven tomorrow. No,that's amazing. But we're called
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  • to sacrifice. Your body, whichwas paid for by Jesus,
  • 00:13:26.428 --> 00:13:29.698
  • His blood that dripped downto the ground, it bought
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  • you. So now, you're to live aliving sacrifice. For you
  • 00:13:32.167 --> 00:13:35.503
  • to take the easy way out andgo to heaven would be to
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  • abandon your post. You'reneeded here. You're called here.
  • 00:13:37.839 --> 00:13:40.876
  • The sacrifice is staying. Thejoy would be going. So
  • 00:13:40.876 --> 00:13:43.979
  • choose to live a life of aliving sacrifice because you
  • 00:13:43.979 --> 00:13:46.715
  • are not your own. You werebought at a price. And your
  • 00:13:46.715 --> 00:13:49.851
  • body and your heart and yourmind and your soul are
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  • God's, and He wants to useyou on this planet. So no, it
  • 00:13:52.721 --> 00:13:56.057
  • won't be easy, but you canchoose to have an unvarnishedconfidence.
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  • Now, you might be thinking,hold on, Levi. What about
  • 00:14:00.061 --> 00:14:03.465
  • where Paul says, I knowverse 19 that because of your
  • 00:14:03.465 --> 00:14:06.368
  • prayers, I'm going to get outof here. He says, because
  • 00:14:06.368 --> 00:14:10.205
  • you're praying, and God'sgoing to help me with His
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  • spirit, this will turn out formy deliverance. Do you
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  • think he's saying this isgoing to turn out like Acts
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  • 16, and I'm going to get outof the Philippian jail only
  • 00:14:17.712 --> 00:14:20.849
  • now, it's going to be theEphesian or the Roman jail?
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  • No, no. That's not at all whathe's saying. The word
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  • deliverance in the Greek isthe word salvation, sotíria,
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  • which is why theologiansdescribe studying salvation as
  • 00:14:29.724 --> 00:14:33.361
  • soteriology. I know I'm losingsome of you. Like, whoa,
  • 00:14:33.361 --> 00:14:35.897
  • whoa, glazing over, glazingover. Hold on, hold on. Staywith me.
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  • When we talk about someonegetting saved, like if you
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  • gave your life.
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  • Now, salvation is not fullor final in
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  • any one phase. There are, theysay, three phases to salvation.
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  • There's salvation in the past.That's justification
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  • where you believe in Jesus,and he justifies like a
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  • judge would. Bang, notguilty. Bang, paid in full.
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  • That's what happened becauseof Jesus's death on the
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  • cross. The moment you trust inChrist, your past iscompletely forgiven.
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  • But your future has a salvationto it as well, because
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  • when you do eventually go tobe with Jesus, there will
  • 00:15:09.698 --> 00:15:13.268
  • be a salvation from anythingthat's ever bad again,
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  • anything that defiles, anythingthat's horrible and hard
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  • and wicked. That's stillsalvation, too. So there are
  • 00:15:18.907 --> 00:15:21.276
  • aspects of your salvation thatare not yet a part of
  • 00:15:21.276 --> 00:15:25.046
  • your day-to-day life. You willexperience that.
  • 00:15:25.046 --> 00:15:27.649
  • There's a middle aspect, too.And the present form of
  • 00:15:27.649 --> 00:15:30.752
  • salvation is where you're savedfrom the power of sin
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  • day in and day out as youbecome more and more like
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  • Jesus. So where the past isjustification, the future is
  • 00:15:37.225 --> 00:15:40.996
  • glorification, the present iswhat the Bible refers to
  • 00:15:40.996 --> 00:15:45.266
  • as sanctification, which iswhere you're being more and
  • 00:15:45.266 --> 00:15:49.170
  • more refined, purified. You'regetting stronger. You're
  • 00:15:49.170 --> 00:15:53.341
  • getting more spiritual abs.You're developing that
  • 00:15:53.341 --> 00:15:55.977
  • spiritual six pack because ofall that work you're doing
  • 00:15:55.977 --> 00:15:58.446
  • walking with Jesus.
  • 00:15:58.446 --> 00:15:59.748
  • When Paul says I know thiswill turn out for my
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  • deliverance, he was saying, Iknow that this either is
  • 00:16:02.484 --> 00:16:05.820
  • going to end up with me beingglorified and going to
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  • heaven, or I become morelike Jesus. The point is no
  • 00:16:07.522 --> 00:16:11.292
  • matter how this ends, I win. Ibecome more like Christ
  • 00:16:11.292 --> 00:16:14.863
  • in a crisis, or I end up goingto be with him. And so
  • 00:16:14.863 --> 00:16:18.967
  • the problem is what exactly?Unvarnished confidence.
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  • The fourth and final is Isee in Paul-- I wish we could
  • 00:16:23.538 --> 00:16:29.611
  • take longer and to talk abouthow that courage spread
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  • out to the other soldiers, bythe way. I wish we could
  • 00:16:33.181 --> 00:16:35.183
  • talk about how even otherChristians were emboldened who
  • 00:16:35.183 --> 00:16:38.887
  • had been quiet about theirwitness. When they saw that
  • 00:16:38.887 --> 00:16:40.822
  • Paul could do it in a jail cell,they started doing it, too.
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  • I wish I could tell you thatwhen you hurt with hope,
  • 00:16:43.792 --> 00:16:46.995
  • you can help other people,because they'll begin to rise
  • 00:16:46.995 --> 00:16:50.298
  • up and take their platforms,take their microphones
  • 00:16:50.298 --> 00:16:52.500
  • because they're watching Godwork in you. I hope you
  • 00:16:52.500 --> 00:16:54.636
  • understand that it's not justabout what you're called
  • 00:16:54.636 --> 00:16:57.038
  • to do, it's about other eyesthat are watching you. As
  • 00:16:57.038 --> 00:16:59.641
  • you walk with Jesus, your littlechildren and your
  • 00:16:59.641 --> 00:17:02.410
  • friends and other people arelooking at you. How are
  • 00:17:02.410 --> 00:17:04.245
  • they going to respond to this?What are they doing? And
  • 00:17:04.245 --> 00:17:05.880
  • as they watch you crush it infaith, in joy, it will
  • 00:17:05.880 --> 00:17:09.684
  • give them courage as well.
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  • The fourth, 'cause I don't havetime to talk about any
  • 00:17:11.653 --> 00:17:13.688
  • of that, is Paul had-- why didou have joy, Church?
  • 00:17:13.688 --> 00:17:17.492
  • There was an unambiguousdefinition of success. This is
  • 00:17:17.492 --> 00:17:22.030
  • leadership one on one. Definethe win. Define the why.
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:28.336
  • You, in your organization,whether it's through Zoom
  • 00:17:28.336 --> 00:17:32.273
  • calls or through FaceTime, textmission statements,
  • 00:17:32.273 --> 00:17:35.243
  • published values, are, in anywork of leadership, always
  • 00:17:35.243 --> 00:17:39.447
  • trying to bring it back to why.
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  • Why are we doing this? Whydo we get into this in the
  • 00:17:41.382 --> 00:17:44.185
  • first place? What is the winhere? What is the goal. How
  • 00:17:44.185 --> 00:17:46.588
  • am I doing on time here? Oh,we're doing good. Do you
  • 00:17:46.588 --> 00:17:48.923
  • have anywhere to go?
  • 00:17:48.923 --> 00:17:49.624
  • We're at home. Where do wehave to be, right? We
  • 00:17:49.958 --> 00:17:52.760
  • always-- I just have to makesure I don't preach till
  • 00:17:52.760 --> 00:17:54.696
  • the next worship experience'cause the 11 o'clock will
  • 00:17:54.696 --> 00:17:56.564
  • be starting just a little bit,and they gotta get into
  • 00:17:56.564 --> 00:17:58.633
  • the waiting room. But are westill good?
  • 00:17:58.633 --> 00:18:01.136
  • Are you still tracking withme Is everybody still OK?
  • 00:18:01.136 --> 00:18:03.605
  • Can you let me know in thechat that you're still awake.
  • 00:18:03.605 --> 00:18:06.808
  • We didn't go back to sleep. Youwere back to the oven
  • 00:18:06.808 --> 00:18:09.210
  • for a second cinnamon roll.All right, grab one for me
  • 00:18:09.210 --> 00:18:12.280
  • as well because that soundsdelicious.
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:15.383
  • An unambiguous definitionof success is where there's a
  • 00:18:15.383 --> 00:18:18.052
  • laser-like focus on why we'rehere and what we're doing.
  • 00:18:18.052 --> 00:18:22.090
  • I was inspired this weeklistening to a conversation
  • 00:18:22.090 --> 00:18:25.660
  • between Simon Sinek andScott Harrison. One is a
  • 00:18:25.660 --> 00:18:28.897
  • prolific author and speaker,and the other leads
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  • Charity Water, one of ouroutreach partners.
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  • And in the conversation,Simon told the story I'd never
  • 00:18:33.168 --> 00:18:36.237
  • heard before about formerCEO of Nike Phil Knight, who
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  • at one point was giving anaddress, and he was trying to
  • 00:18:40.642 --> 00:18:42.977
  • really rally back to the "JustDo It," which has to us
  • 00:18:42.977 --> 00:18:46.314
  • become, you know, just likethe 23 logo in the Air
  • 00:18:46.314 --> 00:18:49.517
  • Jordan, you know, just anemblem, just something you seeon the wall all the time.
  • 00:18:49.517 --> 00:18:52.787
  • But you could tell in thisspeech that it was visceral
  • 00:18:52.787 --> 00:18:55.123
  • for Phil. It was in his blood.As he said to this
  • 00:18:55.123 --> 00:18:59.093
  • crowded convention center--use your imagination, he was
  • 00:18:59.093 --> 00:19:01.829
  • in a room with lots of people--he said everyone stand
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  • up if you like your run.Whole room up stands up. I
  • 00:19:04.132 --> 00:19:07.101
  • would've been seated, by theway. I do not like to run.
  • 00:19:07.101 --> 00:19:09.037
  • And he said, OK, how aboutif you run every single week,
  • 00:19:09.037 --> 00:19:12.140
  • stay standing. Everyone elsesit down. Some of the
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:15.543
  • people sat down at the edge.Like, OK, I ran one time
  • 00:19:15.543 --> 00:19:17.645
  • last year. I didn't realize itwas, do I actually like
  • 00:19:17.645 --> 00:19:19.781
  • to run currently. Like, I justlike the idea of running.
  • 00:19:19.781 --> 00:19:22.116
  • I like running clothes andrunning shoes, right?Athleisure.
  • 00:19:22.116 --> 00:19:25.653
  • And as the illustrationcontinued, he said, OK, how
  • 00:19:25.653 --> 00:19:29.657
  • about you run two to threetimes a week. Stay standing.
  • 00:19:29.657 --> 00:19:32.026
  • Few more people sat down.Now, there's some hardcore
  • 00:19:32.026 --> 00:19:34.896
  • runners, you know, kind ofexcited about this. And he
  • 00:19:34.896 --> 00:19:36.864
  • says, all right, how about ifyou run every day. Well, there'svery few now.
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  • But he ends with this. Howmany of you run if it's
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  • raining, run if it's snowing,run off it's freezing, run
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  • if it's-- there's a tornadogoing by, your running.
  • 00:19:48.843 --> 00:19:50.745
  • There's like seven people inthis crowded room. And he
  • 00:19:50.745 --> 00:19:54.682
  • says, we at Nike are the onesstanding under the
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  • lamppost cheering you on.That is what Just Do It means.
  • 00:19:58.152 --> 00:20:02.423
  • All right, there's anorganization that has a causeand
  • 00:20:02.423 --> 00:20:08.997
  • an unambiguous definitionof success. They are there to
  • 00:20:08.997 --> 00:20:13.401
  • champion the diehard so thatthey can continue to do
  • 00:20:13.401 --> 00:20:17.538
  • what they were born to do. Ah,are you not entertained? OK,we're back to Gladiator.
  • 00:20:17.538 --> 00:20:22.543
  • Paul, to me, has that level ofpersonal brand clarity.
  • 00:20:22.543 --> 00:20:29.384
  • How does he have joy? How ishe not being shaken by
  • 00:20:29.384 --> 00:20:33.421
  • these difficult situations?Because he says my earnest
  • 00:20:33.421 --> 00:20:37.392
  • expectation, the one thing--which the Greek, literally,
  • 00:20:37.392 --> 00:20:41.129
  • I can't even describe to youhow strong that is. What it
  • 00:20:41.129 --> 00:20:44.399
  • means when he says my earnestexpectation is he says,
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  • I'm on tiptoes, and I'm givingmyself a kinked neck
  • 00:20:46.901 --> 00:20:50.371
  • trying to see and makesure it happens.
  • 00:20:50.371 --> 00:20:53.041
  • I'm focused resolutely on onething more than anything
  • 00:20:53.041 --> 00:20:57.578
  • else. And he says this, thatChrist would be magnified
  • 00:20:57.578 --> 00:21:01.249
  • in my body whether I live ordie. I could care less so
  • 00:21:01.249 --> 00:21:06.654
  • long as I do so bringing glory,honor, fame, and renown
  • 00:21:06.654 --> 00:21:11.726
  • to the name of Jesus. Like,they're worried about Paul.
  • 00:21:11.726 --> 00:21:14.495
  • Are you going to get out?
  • 00:21:14.495 --> 00:21:15.463
  • What do I care if I live ordie-- is this not
  • 00:21:15.463 --> 00:21:17.632
  • incredible-- so long as I bringglory to Jesus. He sees
  • 00:21:17.632 --> 00:21:22.970
  • his personal life and hisbody and his resources,
  • 00:21:22.970 --> 00:21:25.573
  • everything he has, as a theater.And that resonated to
  • 00:21:25.573 --> 00:21:29.777
  • me 'cause my family's beenwatching all these
  • 00:21:29.777 --> 00:21:31.946
  • productions that have beenreleased to YouTube-- Joseph
  • 00:21:31.946 --> 00:21:33.981
  • and the Amazing TechnicolorDreamcoat.
  • 00:21:33.981 --> 00:21:36.117
  • And last night, we werewatching Phantom of the Opera,
  • 00:21:36.117 --> 00:21:38.753
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, he'sreleasing Broadway plays for
  • 00:21:38.753 --> 00:21:42.590
  • anybody to watch. And Jen andI were saying, like, this
  • 00:21:42.590 --> 00:21:44.258
  • is actually better than goingto the theater. You have
  • 00:21:44.258 --> 00:21:46.027
  • better seats. You're not reallystuffy. You're not full
  • 00:21:46.027 --> 00:21:48.196
  • of, you know, other people'spersonal space being
  • 00:21:48.196 --> 00:21:51.299
  • violated. And we were watching,you know, (SINGING)
  • 00:21:51.299 --> 00:21:52.700
  • Phantom of the Opera is hereinside my mind, right, and
  • 00:21:52.700 --> 00:21:57.772
  • this whole amazing thing. AndClover and Daisy were,
  • 00:21:57.772 --> 00:21:59.874
  • like, eating popcorn, loving it.And we were watching a theater.
  • 00:21:59.874 --> 00:22:03.010
  • And to think about Paulviewing his life as a theater.
  • 00:22:03.010 --> 00:22:07.315
  • And the Production is what?Well, it's Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:07.315 --> 00:22:11.819
  • Superstar. Paul's body, he viewsas the theater. And all
  • 00:22:11.819 --> 00:22:16.491
  • he wants to depict is thatJesus Christ is the
  • 00:22:16.491 --> 00:22:19.327
  • superstar. Whether I live ordie, nothing matters to me
  • 00:22:19.327 --> 00:22:23.064
  • more than Jesus Christ beingglorified. And he knew that
  • 00:22:23.064 --> 00:22:27.702
  • the thing that would, more thananything, accomplish
  • 00:22:27.702 --> 00:22:30.538
  • that is for him to live a lifeof joy.
  • 00:22:30.538 --> 00:22:32.206
  • Brand advertisement onlockdown for him if the castleof
  • 00:22:32.206 --> 00:22:37.545
  • his heart, which had the King inresidence there, had
  • 00:22:37.545 --> 00:22:41.749
  • joy flying high as a flag,declaring to the world that
  • 00:22:41.749 --> 00:22:45.353
  • someone on death row, thatsomeone in chains, that
  • 00:22:45.353 --> 00:22:47.922
  • someone about to bedecapitated, or someonewho was
  • 00:22:47.922 --> 00:22:50.425
  • doing really well still lived alife giving honor to
  • 00:22:50.425 --> 00:22:54.228
  • Jesus. He knew the secret, thesecret to being abased or
  • 00:22:54.228 --> 00:22:59.367
  • abounding, having money, nothaving money, having enough
  • 00:22:59.367 --> 00:23:03.704
  • to eat, being hungry, preachingto thousands, or telling
  • 00:23:03.704 --> 00:23:08.409
  • the gospel to one dude whoneeds Jesus, too, in this
  • 00:23:08.409 --> 00:23:11.779
  • house, to getting to fly aroundthe world doing what
  • 00:23:11.779 --> 00:23:14.515
  • we're doing, or gonna loveyour family well.
  • 00:23:14.515 --> 00:23:17.518
  • The secret to those things isthis-- Jesus Christ can
  • 00:23:17.518 --> 00:23:18.453
  • give me the power to do allthings. So for me, to live
  • 00:23:18.653 --> 00:23:27.128
  • is Christ. To die, that's gain.Paul had a very
  • 00:23:27.128 --> 00:23:33.468
  • unambiguous definition ofsuccess for his life. And what
  • 00:23:33.468 --> 00:23:38.072
  • a tragedy to win in life at thewrong things, to spend
  • 00:23:38.072 --> 00:23:42.410
  • your whole life climbing theproverbial ladder only to
  • 00:23:42.410 --> 00:23:45.780
  • discover at the end that it waspropped up against the wrongwall.
  • 00:23:45.780 --> 00:23:49.116
  • There are so many things in thisworld that if they are
  • 00:23:49.116 --> 00:23:51.719
  • your definition of success,that right now, you can't
  • 00:23:51.719 --> 00:23:54.422
  • control those, can you? Rightnow, and, really, in all
  • 00:23:54.422 --> 00:23:58.326
  • of life, we're so fragile, we'reso frail, we're so
  • 00:23:58.326 --> 00:24:03.397
  • easily prevented, it justshows you how quickly
  • 00:24:03.397 --> 00:24:06.100
  • everything can change. Butthis is the beautiful thing.
  • 00:24:06.100 --> 00:24:09.804
  • If your number one thing isChrist and His glory, that
  • 00:24:09.804 --> 00:24:14.175
  • can never be taken fromyou even if your life is.
  • 00:24:14.175 --> 00:24:19.280
  • So what to do when you'refeeling stir-crazy. Stir like
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:26.587
  • crazy. Stir. Hebrews 10:24, "--one another up to do love
  • 00:24:26.587 --> 00:24:32.360
  • and good works." "Stir-- 2Timothy 16-- "up the gift of
  • 00:24:32.360 --> 00:24:36.931
  • God which is in you to thelaying on of hands." "Stir--
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  • 2 Peter 3:1-- "by way of remind,your pure minds
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  • because of the scripturesyou've heard."
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  • "Stir-- Exodus 35:21-- "yourheart up to be willing with
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  • Spirit to give offerings tothe Lord's work," which
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  • we've learned is Fellowship.When you feel like you're
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  • being stirred like crazy, whichPaul even had other
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  • people trying to stir him tocraziness, it actually says
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  • that in verse 17. They're tryingto stir up trouble for
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  • me. Stir your own heart up todo what God's called you
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  • to do. And no matter whathappens, He'll be glorified
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  • and you will walk in joy.
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  • I want to end this message bypointing you to a sunrise
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  • that could save your life. I waswatching an interview
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  • this week. And in theinterview, it was brought upthat
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  • in the early 1900s, there wassomeone who, from New York
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  • City, moved to Paris to learnthe art of making statues
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  • and to perfect his skill. Hecobbled together the
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  • resources possible to get ona ship over to France.
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  • And while he was there, hisname, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
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  • What a beautiful name-- AugustusSaint-Gaudens. He found
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  • himself making statues andworking to hone his craft, but
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  • he was struggling withdepression and struggling with
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  • anxiety and struggling with agreat sense of difficulty.
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  • Maybe he was being cloisteredup in this workshop, you
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  • know, working on these statuesday in and day out.
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  • And one night in despair in thedarkness of the Parisian
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  • night, he ended up walkingout in the street and decided,
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  • I'm going to kill myself. And hecame to this bridge, and
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  • it was dark, and he felt cold,he felt alone. And he
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  • walked to the middle of thebridge. It was a famous
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  • bridge called the Bridgeof the Arts.
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  • And he stood at the middleof the bridge-- I'm watching
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  • this on YouTube-- and decided,I'm going to throw myself
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  • into these cold watersbelow where I'll perish. Andjust
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  • as he was about to, he sawa little flicker of light on
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  • the horizon and realized itwas the sunrise. And he
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  • stopped what he was doingand stood there and watched as
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  • the sun rose, filling the citywith light
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  • The Louvre, which was in thedistance, became illuminated
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  • and began to glow. The wholeriver began to change. And
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  • he literally said these wordsstanding there at the
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  • bridge. I don't want to die.I want to live. And he
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  • walked away from that bridgea changed man. The light and
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  • the hope of light, morning,dawn changed his perspective.
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  • And I don't know if you'redealing with dark thoughts
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  • like that or just anxiety ordifficulty or a sense of
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  • hopelessness. But what I doknow is that in your
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  • situation, the sunrise couldchange your life.
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