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September 19, 2020
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore you ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof doubt away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness,fill us with the light of day ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,Amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen! ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the daythe Lord has made.
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  • Let us rejoice and be gladin it, good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcomevisitors and church family.
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  • Thank you forworshiping with us.
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  • You know, the same God whodivided the waters from the land
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  • and created the sun and the moonto govern the sky thought of you
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  • and knew that the world neededone of you too?
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  • You are not an accident.
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  • You are on purpose,and you are so loved.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We're so gladthat you're with us today and
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  • let's open witha Word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so muchthat you love us just as we are,
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  • not as we should be.
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  • We thank you, God, that so manyof the things that we dislike
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  • about ourselves are a part ofthe process of becoming who you
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  • want us to be as your disciples.
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  • Thank you, Lord, that everysingle person under the sound of
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  • my voice is treasured by you;that when you see us, you don't
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  • see us with wrath and anger.
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  • You're not embittered towardtowards us, but you love us and
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  • you're for us.
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  • And I want everybody under thesound of my voice, Lord,
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  • to understand yourlove this morning.
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  • I want them to be fullof your Spirit.
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  • I want them to know the richnessof your kindness, and mercy,
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  • and favor towards them.
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  • Help us to have faith and tobelieve it.
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  • And it's in the mighty name ofJesus we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turnaround and bump the elbow of the
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  • person next to you and say,"God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As a special reminderof how much you mean to us
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  • and how much youare loved by Jesus,
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  • Bobby: As we adjust toa new normal in this season,
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  • even while things are stillrapidly changing around us,
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  • it's more important than everto walk in our identity
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  • as people loved by God.
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  • In times such as this,you and I can bring
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  • the boundless and far-reachinglove of Jesus
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  • to a frightenedand desperate world.
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  • This is whatthe "Hour of Power" is about,
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  • and it's why weneed your generous support
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  • to continue going strongin these uncertain times.
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  • Please prayerfully considergiving to this ministry
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  • so we can keep sendingthe good news of Jesus Christ
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  • around the world.
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  • Thank you, and always rememberGod loves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message,
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  • Philippians 3:7-13, "Butwhatever were gains to me
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  • I now consider lossfor the sake of Christ.
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  • What is more, I considereverything a loss because of the
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  • surpassing worth of knowingChrist Jesus my Lord, for whose
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  • sake I have lost all things.
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  • I consider them garbage that Imay gain Christ and be found in
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  • him, not having a righteousnessof my own that comes from the
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  • law, but that which is throughfaith in Christ, the
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  • righteousness that comes fromGod on the basis of faith.
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  • Brothers and sisters, I do notconsider myself yet to have
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  • taken hold of it, but one thingI do, forgetting what is behind
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  • and straining toward what isahead.
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  • I press on toward the goal towin the prize for which God
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  • has called me heavenwardin Christ Jesus."
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  • Brothers and sisters, we striveto not dwell on the past,
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  • but to press forwardand finish well, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I can see the cloudsroll in ♪
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  • ♪ I can feel the winds,they try and shake me ♪
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  • ♪ I will not be moved ♪
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  • ♪ My feet are on the rock ♪
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  • ♪ I can feel the waters rise ♪
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  • ♪ I can hear the howlinglies that haunt me ♪
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  • ♪ Fear will not get me ♪
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  • ♪ My feet are on the rock ♪
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  • ♪ When I feel my hopeabout to break ♪
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  • ♪ I will cling to yourunchanging grace ♪
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  • ♪ Let the waters comeand the earth give way ♪
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  • ♪ I'll be dancingin the rain ♪
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  • ♪ My feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ I can seethe morning light ♪
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  • ♪ I can feel the joyon the horizon ♪
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  • ♪ Here my faith is found ♪
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  • ♪ I stand on solid ground ♪
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  • ♪ When I feel my hopeabout to break ♪
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  • ♪ I will cling to yourunchanging grace ♪
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  • ♪ Let the waters comeand the earth give way ♪
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  • ♪ I'll be dancingin the rain ♪
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  • ♪ My feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ On Christ, the solid rockI stand ♪
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  • ♪ All other groundis sinking sand ♪
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  • ♪ So stomp your feetand clap your hands ♪
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  • ♪ Our feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ On Christ, the solid rockI stand ♪
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  • ♪ All other groundis sinking sand ♪
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  • ♪ So stomp your feetand clap your hands ♪
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  • ♪ Our feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ On Christ, the solid rockI stand ♪
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  • ♪ All other groundis sinking sand ♪
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  • ♪ So stomp your feetand clap your hands ♪
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  • ♪ Our feet are on the rock ♪
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  • ♪ When I feel my hopeabout to break ♪
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  • ♪ I will cling to yourunchanging grace ♪
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  • ♪ Let the waters comeand the earth give way ♪
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  • ♪ I'll be dancingin the rain ♪
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  • ♪ When I feel my hopeabout to break ♪
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  • ♪ I will cling to yourunchanging grace ♪
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  • ♪ Let the waters comeand the earth give way ♪
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  • ♪ I'll be dancingin the rain ♪
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  • ♪ My feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ My feet areon the rock ♪
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  • ♪ Our feet areon the rock ♪♪
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  • male announcer: Gerald Fadayomiis a pastor, author,
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  • and nonprofit founder.
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  • He's served as a student pastor,focusing on helping students
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  • grow their faith, and alsofounded the nonprofit, The
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  • Stello Initiative, which helpsyoung adults find places to give
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  • back through service-basedevents.
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  • His most recent book, "When LifeGives You Lemons," is a
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  • practical look at how tonavigate adversity in all
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  • seasons of life.
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  • Please welcome Gerald Fadayomi.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Gerald,hi, welcome.
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  • We're so glad to have youthis morning.
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: It's so greatto be with you, Bobby.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hey, where areyou joining us from during this
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  • crazy COVID time?
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: We're inAtlanta, Georgia Hangin' out
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  • at home right now.
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  • My wife is on the front lawnwith my identical
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  • twin baby girls.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.That's great.
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  • Well, we're so bummed we can'thave you here visiting with us
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  • in person in California, butthank you for taking the time
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  • this morning to be with us andto talk about your new book,
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  • which is awesome.
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  • But before we get there, tell usa little bit about your life and
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  • your journey and kinda how youcame to know Jesus.
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: Yeah,absolutely.
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  • So I was born and raisedin Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • Grew up in a singleparent household.
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  • My dad left in the third grade.
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  • At 16, my biological mom went tojail for aggravated stalking.
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  • She was diagnosed withschizophrenia.
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  • I didn't know that at the time,but that led to just a
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  • misunderstanding of the world.
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  • And so she ended up in prison,and so at 16 years old I was on
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  • my own.
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  • I actually walked away from thechurch because having a mom who
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  • was a Christian and seeing thatthings weren't going her way, I
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  • had this misunderstanding of whoGod was, and I thought that
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  • following Jesus meant that Iwouldn't have trials in life.
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  • And so I walked away from thechurch, I became a club promoter
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  • in Atlanta for three years,threw parties all over the city.
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  • And after three years of doingthat, and losing three friends
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  • to murder, one friend tosuicide, it led me back to the
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  • church, and that's when I madethe decision to follow Jesus.
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  • And so I've been a Christian forabout 10 years now, and man, the
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  • trials that have come my wayhave definitely been a huge part
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  • of why I chooseto follow Jesus now.
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  • Bobby Schuller: I can't imaginelosing three friends to murder.
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  • What is the story there?
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  • I mean, did it all happen at thesame time or was it different?
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: Yeah,it was in the same year.
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  • So being a club promoter, therewere a lot of things that came
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  • with the lifestyle: drinking,partying, smoking, and a lot of
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  • drugs unfortunately.
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  • And so I made some really goodfriends who were good people,
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  • but who had lost their way.
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  • And because of the lifestyle wewere in, unfortunately that was
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  • the result.
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  • Bobby Schuller: It'sinteresting, one of the things I
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  • noticed that you said is thatyou sort of walked away from
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  • your faith as a kid because youbelieved that, you know,
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  • following Christ meant youwouldn't have any adversity,
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  • whereas a lot of people walkaway from the faith because they
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  • grow up in an environmentthat's, like, too strict or,
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  • like, really has a dark spiritabout it, you know,
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  • uber legalistic.
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  • But there is that other sidewhere there's some traditions
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  • that are--that actually teachthis, like, if you have enough
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  • faith--like, I heard a guy sayonce, "If Paul had enough faith,
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  • he wouldn't be persecuted."
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  • You know, that kinda crazything, you know, that--so, and
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  • this has become a big part ofyour message, right, is how
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  • adversity plays in our walk.
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  • How has that worked out for you?
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  • I mean, how has your view ofadversity taken shape?
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: Yeah,absolutely.
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  • So as I mentioned in my story, Ifaced a lot of adversity, but as
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  • of recent, 2020, my girls wereborn in the middle of
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  • the pandemic.
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  • And because I had a pendingcoronavirus test, I actually
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  • wasn't able to be there for thebirth of my firstborn kids.
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  • And so I've faced a lot ofadversity, and honestly
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  • I handled most of itpoorly in my life.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Wait,can I stop you there?
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  • Let me just--so you had twins,and you had taken a COVID test,
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  • and you were waitingto get the results.
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  • So you didn't even get to be inthe hospital when your twins
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  • were born?
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: Yeah,so I wasn't there
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  • when they were born.
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  • When they were born, my wifecouldn't see them or hold them
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  • for two days becauseof her pending test.
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  • So we got negative test results,we saw our girls for two days,
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  • and then we found out that theNICU where our girls were was
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  • going to be shut downindefinitely, and so the first
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  • month of their life we saw 'ema total of four days.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Oh,that's incredible.
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  • I'm so sorry to hear that.
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  • Was that your first kids?
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  • Hannah Schuller: Yeah,they're our firstborn.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And soit's already crazy, too,
  • 00:12:32.434 --> 00:12:33.736
  • when you're a new parent.
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  • Like, I remember when we tookour first daughter home.
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  • I was like, "They're just gonnalet us take this baby home?"
  • 00:12:36.438 --> 00:12:39.041
  • I mean, you know?
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  • I just remember watching her asa baby, like, thinking, like,
  • 00:12:40.476 --> 00:12:42.745
  • "Is she breathing?"
  • 00:12:42.778 --> 00:12:44.079
  • Like, you know, wewere just nervous.
  • 00:12:44.113 --> 00:12:45.447
  • And you had to be so nervousbeing outside--you know,
  • 00:12:45.481 --> 00:12:49.151
  • outside of the hospital, andlike--you might even wonder,
  • 00:12:49.185 --> 00:12:52.922
  • like, "Are these my kids?"
  • 00:12:52.955 --> 00:12:55.191
  • you know, stuff likethat, you know?
  • 00:12:55.224 --> 00:12:56.892
  • Gerald Fadayomi: Well, they'reso cute, I'm like, "They could
  • 00:12:56.926 --> 00:12:58.427
  • not have come from me."
  • 00:12:58.460 --> 00:12:59.762
  • You know what I mean?
  • 00:12:59.795 --> 00:13:03.499
  • But yes, I faced a lot ofadversity, and in this season
  • 00:13:03.532 --> 00:13:06.068
  • I've really held strong toRomans 8:28, "And we know that
  • 00:13:06.101 --> 00:13:09.605
  • in all things God works togetherfor the good of those who love
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  • him and who've been calledaccording to his purpose."
  • 00:13:11.874 --> 00:13:14.009
  • And for me, I always read thatverse, and I think a lot of us
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  • do just being AmericanChristians, that God works all
  • 00:13:16.745 --> 00:13:18.848
  • things together accordingto my purpose, right?
  • 00:13:18.881 --> 00:13:20.549
  • If things are going my way,according to my plans and my
  • 00:13:20.583 --> 00:13:22.918
  • purposes, then God is good.
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  • But the moment that they aren't,that's when we begin
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  • to question.
  • 00:13:26.856 --> 00:13:28.190
  • And so I think the shift for mehas been understanding that the
  • 00:13:28.224 --> 00:13:30.392
  • purpose of God for us asbelievers is to become more like
  • 00:13:30.426 --> 00:13:33.662
  • Jesus and to lead more people toknow Jesus.
  • 00:13:33.696 --> 00:13:35.931
  • And so that means any moment,adversity, trial, situation that
  • 00:13:35.965 --> 00:13:40.002
  • has that end result is actuallygood for us even if it's painful
  • 00:13:40.035 --> 00:13:42.805
  • in the moment.
  • 00:13:42.838 --> 00:13:44.707
  • And we see Paul--I mean, Paul'ssuch a good example of
  • 00:13:44.740 --> 00:13:46.442
  • that, right?
  • 00:13:46.475 --> 00:13:47.776
  • Like, leading people to knowJesus in prison, right?
  • 00:13:47.810 --> 00:13:49.111
  • Like, so for me, I've just hadto shift as I look at adversity
  • 00:13:49.144 --> 00:13:53.649
  • to go, "Man, this may bedifficult, it may be painful,
  • 00:13:53.682 --> 00:13:56.085
  • but so was the cross."
  • 00:13:56.118 --> 00:13:57.453
  • And so just 'cause it'sdifficult doesn't mean it's not
  • 00:13:57.486 --> 00:13:59.054
  • good and that it can't be usedfor good.
  • 00:13:59.088 --> 00:14:00.990
  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, so you'resaying that a big part of being
  • 00:14:01.023 --> 00:14:03.926
  • a disciple of Christ meanschanging this way that you
  • 00:14:03.959 --> 00:14:06.795
  • experience adversity, youexperience even tragedy, that
  • 00:14:06.829 --> 00:14:10.933
  • although those adversities andtragedies don't always come from
  • 00:14:10.966 --> 00:14:13.469
  • God, God can use them toactually improve your life, to
  • 00:14:13.502 --> 00:14:17.072
  • improve your future, improveyour family, improve your walk
  • 00:14:17.106 --> 00:14:19.942
  • with God, and make you a morejoyful person.
  • 00:14:19.975 --> 00:14:22.311
  • And this is something that a lotof people probably don't
  • 00:14:22.344 --> 00:14:23.946
  • understand about our faith.
  • 00:14:23.979 --> 00:14:25.915
  • Gerald Fadayomi: Totally,totally.
  • 00:14:25.948 --> 00:14:27.283
  • And it's all through the pagesof Scripture, right?
  • 00:14:27.316 --> 00:14:28.617
  • Like from Joseph to Paul, we seetrials and adversity used--
  • 00:14:28.651 --> 00:14:32.588
  • Job is another example--
  • 00:14:32.621 --> 00:14:34.189
  • trials and adversity usedto grow our faith
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  • and lead us into deeperintimacy with God.
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  • Bobby Schuller: You do sucha good job in your book.
  • 00:14:37.493 --> 00:14:38.961
  • It's a small book so it's easyto read and easy to get through,
  • 00:14:38.994 --> 00:14:42.131
  • but so, so useful.
  • 00:14:42.164 --> 00:14:43.465
  • "When Life Gives You Lemons:Three Must-Ask Questions for
  • 00:14:43.499 --> 00:14:47.102
  • Navigating Seasons ofAdversity."
  • 00:14:47.136 --> 00:14:49.171
  • You actually--did you finishwriting this just as
  • 00:14:49.204 --> 00:14:51.373
  • COVID started?
  • 00:14:51.407 --> 00:14:52.708
  • Isn't that a big--that's inhere, right?
  • 00:14:52.741 --> 00:14:54.410
  • Gerald Fadayomi: Yeah, I wroteit in the middle of COVID.
  • 00:14:54.443 --> 00:14:56.345
  • So my girls were born, I wasreminded of a sermon that I
  • 00:14:56.378 --> 00:14:58.814
  • preached about a year ago, and Ihad this moment with the Holy
  • 00:14:58.847 --> 00:15:01.984
  • Spirit where he said to me,"Hey, you can preach this is
  • 00:15:02.017 --> 00:15:04.787
  • true, but now I need you to livelike it's true."
  • 00:15:04.820 --> 00:15:07.256
  • And so I started writing, andjournaling, and processing these
  • 00:15:07.289 --> 00:15:09.825
  • thoughts, and I thought maybethis would be helpful for
  • 00:15:09.858 --> 00:15:11.627
  • someone else.
  • 00:15:11.660 --> 00:15:12.995
  • So in about three months, whichis uncommon for a book, I wrote
  • 00:15:13.028 --> 00:15:15.230
  • this book and tried to get itout to be helpful to people.
  • 00:15:15.264 --> 00:15:17.232
  • Bobby Schuller: It's so good.
  • 00:15:17.266 --> 00:15:18.600
  • What do you think it's the onebit of advice you would give to
  • 00:15:18.634 --> 00:15:20.502
  • people who--you know, so manypeople are going through
  • 00:15:20.536 --> 00:15:22.738
  • hard times.
  • 00:15:22.771 --> 00:15:24.073
  • A lot of people are facingdepression.
  • 00:15:24.106 --> 00:15:26.008
  • I've felt depressionduring this time.
  • 00:15:26.041 --> 00:15:27.943
  • A lot of people, you know,anxiety about the future,
  • 00:15:27.977 --> 00:15:30.546
  • anxiety about the world,election years, protests, people
  • 00:15:30.579 --> 00:15:35.184
  • losing their business, peoplerunning out of money.
  • 00:15:35.217 --> 00:15:37.820
  • I mean, there's so muchadversity, angst, and trials.
  • 00:15:37.853 --> 00:15:41.123
  • What adversity would you give tothat one person that's looking
  • 00:15:41.156 --> 00:15:43.692
  • to you and just saying,"What do I do?
  • 00:15:43.726 --> 00:15:45.027
  • What do I do right now?
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:46.328
  • What can I change?"
  • 00:15:46.362 --> 00:15:47.663
  • Gerald Fadayomi: I think the onething I would say is the story
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  • that you're living right now isnot the end of the story.
  • 00:15:49.898 --> 00:15:52.568
  • It's just a chapter.
  • 00:15:52.601 --> 00:15:54.203
  • If you feel like it's over,it's not, right?
  • 00:15:54.236 --> 00:15:56.438
  • And the reason I can say thatwith such confidence is because
  • 00:15:56.472 --> 00:15:58.741
  • when Jesus went to the grave,everyone thought the story
  • 00:15:58.774 --> 00:16:01.243
  • was over.
  • 00:16:01.276 --> 00:16:02.611
  • Nobody was standing outside ofan--outside of the grave
  • 00:16:02.644 --> 00:16:05.014
  • waiting for himto come out, right?
  • 00:16:05.047 --> 00:16:06.348
  • Like, everyone thought the storywas over, but three days later
  • 00:16:06.382 --> 00:16:08.717
  • he rose from the gravevictorious.
  • 00:16:08.751 --> 00:16:10.152
  • And so we know moments that mayfeel like the end are not
  • 00:16:10.185 --> 00:16:13.188
  • necessarily the end.
  • 00:16:13.222 --> 00:16:14.656
  • And so I'd say to you, if you'regoing through a hard season
  • 00:16:14.690 --> 00:16:16.592
  • right now, man, like, I get it.
  • 00:16:16.625 --> 00:16:18.961
  • I know what it's like.
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  • I know it feels like.
  • 00:16:20.362 --> 00:16:21.663
  • But God wants to use it, and soit's not the end of the story.
  • 00:16:21.697 --> 00:16:23.665
  • It's just a chapter and we getto turn the page.
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  • And with the help of ourHeavenly Father, we get to write
  • 00:16:25.267 --> 00:16:27.403
  • a new story and we get todetermine how we come out of
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  • this adversity.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.
  • 00:16:31.040 --> 00:16:32.341
  • Well, thank you so much,Gerald Fadayomi.
  • 00:16:32.374 --> 00:16:33.842
  • Am I saying yourlast name right?
  • 00:16:33.876 --> 00:16:35.544
  • Gerald Fadayomi: Crushed it,crushed it.
  • 00:16:35.577 --> 00:16:36.879
  • Bobby Schuller: Yes,awesome, great.
  • 00:16:36.912 --> 00:16:38.247
  • I crushed it like I crush lemonswhen I make lemonade.
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  • Gerald Fadayomi: Good one.
  • 00:16:40.949 --> 00:16:42.251
  • Bobby Schuller: Hey,that's awesome.
  • 00:16:42.284 --> 00:16:43.619
  • So the book is called, "WhenLife Gives You Lemons:
  • 00:16:43.652 --> 00:16:44.987
  • Three Must-Ask Questionsfor Navigating Seasons
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  • of Adversity."
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  • Gerald, thank you so much.
  • 00:16:48.457 --> 00:16:49.758
  • We appreciate you.
  • 00:16:49.792 --> 00:16:51.126
  • We wanna encourage everybody togo get this book.
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:52.461
  • If you need some hope, andencouragement, and some
  • 00:16:52.494 --> 00:16:53.829
  • practical ways to kinda get yourspirits up and learn that all of
  • 00:16:53.862 --> 00:16:57.032
  • this adversity that you're goingthrough, God's gonna use it to
  • 00:16:57.066 --> 00:16:59.668
  • your favor.
  • 00:16:59.701 --> 00:17:01.003
  • He's gonna use it to help youdraw closer to him, to have more
  • 00:17:01.036 --> 00:17:03.639
  • joy, not less, to be a strongerperson, not a weaker person.
  • 00:17:03.672 --> 00:17:06.942
  • This is the kinda thing Geraldwants to get to you, and I wanna
  • 00:17:06.975 --> 00:17:09.378
  • encourage you to get it.
  • 00:17:09.411 --> 00:17:11.013
  • Gerald Fadayomi: Come on,thanks, Bobby.
  • 00:17:11.046 --> 00:17:12.381
  • Bobby Schuller: Hey, Gerald,thank you so much.
  • 00:17:12.414 --> 00:17:13.715
  • God bless ya.
  • 00:17:13.749 --> 00:17:15.084
  • Stay safe and go hug your kids.
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  • So happy for you guys.
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  • Take care, bye.
  • 00:17:18.387 --> 00:17:20.355
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Kevin Sorbo: Movies that dealtwith God, dealt with church sort
  • 00:20:05.487 --> 00:20:08.624
  • of had a cheesy appeal to thembefore, and they were shot
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  • not well.
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  • It's a whole different ballgamenow, and I think it's important
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  • that you do these movies.
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  • Don't necessarily preachto the choir.
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  • I want the choir to come.
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  • I do want the choir to comeand--but you want to reach out
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  • to those people, those agnosticsthat are floating out there,
  • 00:20:22.804 --> 00:20:25.507
  • that maybe--
  • 00:20:25.540 --> 00:20:26.842
  • I call them the independentvoters.
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  • Are they gonna go Democrat orRepublican, you know?
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  • So you want to reach out tothose guys and show them that
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  • God is a good thing.
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  • announcer: As a special reminderof how much you mean to us
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  • and how much youare loved by Jesus,
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  • Bobby: As we adjust toa new normal in this season,
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  • even while things are stillrapidly changing around us,
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  • it's more important than everto walk in our identity
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  • as people loved by God.
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  • In times such as this,you and I can bring
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  • the boundless and far-reachinglove of Jesus
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  • to a frightenedand desperate world.
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  • This is whatthe "Hour of Power" is about,
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  • and it's why weneed your generous support
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  • Please prayerfully considergiving to this ministry
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  • so we can keep sendingthe good news of Jesus Christ
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  • around the world.
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  • Thank you, and always rememberGod loves you and so do we.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I've got so muchto thank God for ♪
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  • ♪ So many wonderful blessings ♪
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  • ♪ and so many open doors ♪
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  • ♪ A brand-new mercy ♪
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  • ♪ along with each new day ♪
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  • ♪ That's why I praise you ♪
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  • ♪ And for this I give youthe praise ♪
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  • ♪ For waking me upthis morning ♪
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  • ♪ For starting meon my way ♪
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  • ♪ For letting me seethe sunshine ♪
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  • ♪ of a brand-new day ♪
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  • ♪ A brand-new mercy alongwith each new day ♪
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  • ♪ That's why I praise you ♪
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  • ♪ For this I give youthe praise ♪
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  • ♪ You're Jehovah-Jireh ♪
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  • ♪ You've been my provider ♪
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  • ♪ And so many timesyou met my need ♪
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  • ♪ so many timesyou've rescued me ♪
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  • ♪ I wanna thank youfor the blessings ♪
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  • ♪ you give to me each day ♪
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  • ♪ That's why I praise you ♪
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  • ♪ For this I give you praise ♪
  • 00:24:47.769 --> 00:24:57.779
  • ♪ For every mountainyou brought me over ♪
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  • ♪ for every trialyou've seen me through ♪
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  • ♪ for every blessing ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ for this I give youthe praise ♪
  • 00:25:22.070 --> 00:25:31.246
  • ♪ For every mountain, Lord,you brought me over ♪
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  • ♪ for every trial you'veseen me through ♪
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  • ♪ and for every blessing ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ for this I give youthe praise ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Well,wherever you are,
  • 00:26:16.524 --> 00:26:17.826
  • would you stand with us?
  • 00:26:17.859 --> 00:26:19.160
  • We're gonna say this creedtogether as we do
  • 00:26:19.194 --> 00:26:20.495
  • every single week.
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  • Hold your hands out like this asa way of receiving from
  • 00:26:22.130 --> 00:26:24.733
  • the Lord.
  • 00:26:24.766 --> 00:26:26.067
  • Let's say this together.
  • 00:26:26.101 --> 00:26:28.203
  • I'm not what I do.I'm not what I have.
  • 00:26:28.236 --> 00:26:32.874
  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
  • 00:26:32.907 --> 00:26:35.710
  • I am the beloved of God.It's who I am.
  • 00:26:35.744 --> 00:26:40.115
  • No one can take it from me.I don't have to worry.
  • 00:26:40.148 --> 00:26:44.552
  • I don't have to hurry.
  • 00:26:44.586 --> 00:26:46.454
  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
  • 00:26:46.488 --> 00:26:51.726
  • Thanks, you may be seated.
  • 00:26:51.760 --> 00:26:55.096
  • Well, today I'm gonna talkabout the importance
  • 00:26:55.130 --> 00:26:58.166
  • of finishing well in life.
  • 00:26:58.199 --> 00:27:02.103
  • In life, you're gonna have lotsof projects, races, and things
  • 00:27:02.137 --> 00:27:06.141
  • you're gonna do that you need tofinish, and you need to finish
  • 00:27:06.174 --> 00:27:10.211
  • them well.
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  • And you need to understand, weall need to understand the
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  • importance, that there's a goodway and a bad way to finish
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  • things; that a part of being ajoyful, energetic, successful,
  • 00:27:17.118 --> 00:27:23.124
  • and most importantly Jesus kindof loving person means that when
  • 00:27:23.825 --> 00:27:28.063
  • we face necessary endings, weend them with kindness, we end
  • 00:27:28.096 --> 00:27:33.468
  • them with specificness, and thatthere is a method, a good
  • 00:27:33.501 --> 00:27:38.173
  • method, that we can end thingsso that we can enter into the
  • 00:27:38.206 --> 00:27:42.277
  • next chapter of our life.
  • 00:27:42.310 --> 00:27:44.612
  • Many of us are facing variouslittle and big endings, but the
  • 00:27:44.646 --> 00:27:48.550
  • most important thing is that weremember that whatever it is
  • 00:27:48.583 --> 00:27:51.553
  • that we do, that we ought tofinish it and finish it well.
  • 00:27:51.586 --> 00:27:56.591
  • Really appreciate a book thatwas written by Dr. Henry Cloud,
  • 00:27:56.624 --> 00:28:01.863
  • great counselor andpsychiatrist--psychologist.
  • 00:28:01.896 --> 00:28:05.633
  • He had this quote from his bookthat goes like this.
  • 00:28:05.667 --> 00:28:07.936
  • I absolutely agree.
  • 00:28:07.969 --> 00:28:09.304
  • It says, "Getting to the nextlevel always requires ending
  • 00:28:09.337 --> 00:28:13.141
  • something, leaving it behind,and moving on.
  • 00:28:13.174 --> 00:28:18.313
  • Growth itself demands that wemove on.
  • 00:28:18.346 --> 00:28:21.916
  • Without the ability to endthings, people stay stuck, never
  • 00:28:21.950 --> 00:28:26.421
  • becoming who they are meant tobe and never accomplishing all
  • 00:28:26.454 --> 00:28:29.657
  • that their talents and abilitiesshould afford them."
  • 00:28:29.691 --> 00:28:33.027
  • Gosh, do I agree with that.
  • 00:28:33.061 --> 00:28:35.029
  • And you know, that is animportant part of
  • 00:28:35.063 --> 00:28:37.165
  • Paul's message.
  • 00:28:37.198 --> 00:28:38.933
  • Very often, the Apostle Paul whowrote much of the New Testament,
  • 00:28:38.967 --> 00:28:42.804
  • much of the Word of God, talksabout this theme of finishing
  • 00:28:42.837 --> 00:28:47.075
  • the race, of pressing forward,of not focusing on what's behind
  • 00:28:47.108 --> 00:28:52.781
  • but focusing on what's before usto win this prize, this reward,
  • 00:28:52.814 --> 00:28:57.252
  • this great thing, and to makesure that we finish and
  • 00:28:57.285 --> 00:29:01.322
  • finish well.
  • 00:29:01.356 --> 00:29:02.957
  • Of course, for him it was thetheme of his missionary journeys
  • 00:29:02.991 --> 00:29:05.326
  • and all the hard work that hewas doing to help the church and
  • 00:29:05.360 --> 00:29:08.563
  • help various people, but asChristians or non-Christians,
  • 00:29:08.596 --> 00:29:12.901
  • whoever, I think people ingeneral are just not great at
  • 00:29:12.934 --> 00:29:17.172
  • finishing things well.
  • 00:29:17.205 --> 00:29:19.073
  • Very often, when we come toa necessary ending in life,
  • 00:29:19.107 --> 00:29:24.045
  • we tend to do eitherfight or flight.
  • 00:29:24.078 --> 00:29:27.382
  • So in other words, in thevarious things that we have, we
  • 00:29:27.415 --> 00:29:30.351
  • either erupt in anger, and stormout, and it ends up being this
  • 00:29:30.385 --> 00:29:34.088
  • really bad, messy, sad ending tosomething that probably at one
  • 00:29:34.122 --> 00:29:40.128
  • time was good.
  • 00:29:40.295 --> 00:29:41.596
  • Or, which is also very common,it's the flight, right?
  • 00:29:41.629 --> 00:29:44.132
  • We just vanish.You don't say anything.
  • 00:29:44.165 --> 00:29:47.168
  • You ghost people.You disappear.
  • 00:29:47.202 --> 00:29:50.004
  • Both of these thingsare not loving.
  • 00:29:50.038 --> 00:29:52.507
  • Both of these thingsare not the right way.
  • 00:29:52.540 --> 00:29:54.509
  • Both of these things are notgonna be--are not gonna make
  • 00:29:54.542 --> 00:29:57.212
  • you happy.
  • 00:29:57.245 --> 00:29:58.580
  • And by the way, both of thesethings are easier.
  • 00:29:58.613 --> 00:30:00.281
  • Yes, even fighting is easierthan the slow and steady right
  • 00:30:00.315 --> 00:30:05.353
  • way of ending something, theslow and steady good way of
  • 00:30:05.386 --> 00:30:10.325
  • finishing something well.
  • 00:30:10.358 --> 00:30:12.961
  • As a pastor, you know, you seepeople leave church all
  • 00:30:12.994 --> 00:30:16.297
  • the time.
  • 00:30:16.331 --> 00:30:17.665
  • And most of the time, it's fightor flight, you know?
  • 00:30:17.699 --> 00:30:19.367
  • They storm out, "I'm leavingthis place.
  • 00:30:19.400 --> 00:30:21.436
  • I'm never coming back."
  • 00:30:21.469 --> 00:30:23.071
  • Or they flight, they vanish,you know, out of thin air.
  • 00:30:23.104 --> 00:30:25.473
  • They've been there for years andyears and you never hear
  • 00:30:25.506 --> 00:30:28.042
  • from them.
  • 00:30:28.076 --> 00:30:29.377
  • You know, people don't alwaysmake it to church, and
  • 00:30:29.410 --> 00:30:31.512
  • that's fine.
  • 00:30:31.546 --> 00:30:32.881
  • Several Sundays go by and theyjust--nobody ever heard
  • 00:30:32.914 --> 00:30:34.682
  • from them.
  • 00:30:34.716 --> 00:30:36.050
  • They never said goodbye.
  • 00:30:36.084 --> 00:30:37.385
  • And that's, in a way, hurtful,you know?
  • 00:30:37.418 --> 00:30:38.753
  • This is your friend.
  • 00:30:38.786 --> 00:30:40.421
  • We do this in relationships whenwe're dating, or when we have
  • 00:30:40.455 --> 00:30:44.626
  • friendships and they don't gothe right way, or when very
  • 00:30:44.659 --> 00:30:47.896
  • often we go through a hard time.
  • 00:30:47.929 --> 00:30:49.998
  • I think very often when we'regoing through a hard time, we
  • 00:30:50.031 --> 00:30:53.668
  • end things prematurely withpeople or we just know we have
  • 00:30:53.701 --> 00:30:57.372
  • to end it, but we ghost peoplebecause--not because we are
  • 00:30:57.405 --> 00:31:00.241
  • upset at them, but we feel likewe're a burden.
  • 00:31:00.275 --> 00:31:03.244
  • I'm gonna just disappearedbecause I'm a burden to
  • 00:31:03.278 --> 00:31:05.513
  • this person.
  • 00:31:05.546 --> 00:31:06.848
  • Let me just tell you something.
  • 00:31:06.881 --> 00:31:08.182
  • You are not a burden.
  • 00:31:08.216 --> 00:31:09.550
  • You're not a burden to God, tome, or to your friends.
  • 00:31:09.584 --> 00:31:12.053
  • Part of growing in yourrelationships with people is
  • 00:31:12.086 --> 00:31:15.056
  • being vulnerable, being honestabout your weakness.
  • 00:31:15.089 --> 00:31:18.026
  • I love friends that are flawed,don't you?
  • 00:31:18.059 --> 00:31:20.628
  • It's nice to be around flawedfriends who are workin' on
  • 00:31:20.662 --> 00:31:23.331
  • themselves, you know, that don'ttry and pretend like everything
  • 00:31:23.364 --> 00:31:26.768
  • is great, because when they'rethat way, I can be flawed too.
  • 00:31:26.801 --> 00:31:30.538
  • And as my wife and daughter canattest, I am flawed.
  • 00:31:30.571 --> 00:31:34.475
  • We all are.
  • 00:31:34.509 --> 00:31:35.843
  • That's a very sweet response,thanks Han.
  • 00:31:35.877 --> 00:31:37.812
  • And this is true in business,it's true in everything, and
  • 00:31:37.845 --> 00:31:40.481
  • it's especially true in yourwalk with God and in life, that
  • 00:31:40.515 --> 00:31:43.618
  • we want to end life well, thatwe want to live life with the
  • 00:31:43.651 --> 00:31:48.623
  • end in mind, that we left behindus a legacy and we left the
  • 00:31:48.656 --> 00:31:53.161
  • world a better place, and thatwe leave it to inherit an even
  • 00:31:53.194 --> 00:31:56.664
  • better future, a future inheaven with the Lord.
  • 00:31:56.698 --> 00:31:59.434
  • And so all of these things areimportant and we know
  • 00:31:59.467 --> 00:32:02.270
  • they're important.
  • 00:32:02.303 --> 00:32:03.638
  • This is why we make up evenlittle things, little challenges
  • 00:32:03.671 --> 00:32:06.474
  • for ourselves.
  • 00:32:06.507 --> 00:32:07.842
  • Think about it.
  • 00:32:07.875 --> 00:32:09.177
  • Have you ever done, like, a--where you give up a thing
  • 00:32:09.210 --> 00:32:11.312
  • for a period just to seeif you can do it?
  • 00:32:11.346 --> 00:32:13.081
  • It's fun.
  • 00:32:13.114 --> 00:32:14.415
  • It's an accomplishment.
  • 00:32:14.449 --> 00:32:15.783
  • Have you ever--I know, like,one really cool movement that's
  • 00:32:15.817 --> 00:32:18.853
  • here in L.A., and I think it'sin London too is in November,
  • 00:32:18.886 --> 00:32:22.123
  • men will stop shaving theirupper lip and grow a mustache
  • 00:32:22.156 --> 00:32:24.826
  • to bring, you know, awarenessto prostate cancer
  • 00:32:24.859 --> 00:32:27.829
  • and other men's things.
  • 00:32:27.862 --> 00:32:30.298
  • There are things like that thatpeople do, you know?
  • 00:32:30.331 --> 00:32:32.066
  • And in our faith, we fast.
  • 00:32:32.100 --> 00:32:33.935
  • And you know, I remember onceduring lent, I decided I was
  • 00:32:33.968 --> 00:32:38.740
  • gonna give up coffeeduring the season of lent.
  • 00:32:38.773 --> 00:32:41.409
  • And can I just tell you,that was a mistake.
  • 00:32:41.442 --> 00:32:43.711
  • Just to take a littlediversion here.
  • 00:32:43.745 --> 00:32:45.880
  • This is a socially acceptablechemical dependence,
  • 00:32:45.913 --> 00:32:48.716
  • and I can't live without coffee.
  • 00:32:48.750 --> 00:32:51.886
  • There are a few things I can dowithout, sugar, you know,
  • 00:32:51.919 --> 00:32:55.423
  • anything, but coffee'sa tough one.
  • 00:32:55.456 --> 00:32:56.924
  • Anyway, so we do these things,and when we finish, we reflect
  • 00:32:56.958 --> 00:33:01.095
  • back on what we learned fromthat journey of, you know, no
  • 00:33:01.129 --> 00:33:05.199
  • sugar, no alcohol, or no TV, orlots of things that people do in
  • 00:33:05.233 --> 00:33:10.338
  • order to notice that there aremaybe these things in their life
  • 00:33:10.371 --> 00:33:13.641
  • that maybe their life would be alittle better if they had less
  • 00:33:13.674 --> 00:33:16.511
  • of it, or none of it, orwhatever.
  • 00:33:16.544 --> 00:33:18.179
  • And we finish and we look backand we go, "Hey, that was good."
  • 00:33:18.212 --> 00:33:22.583
  • Well, much of life should bethat way where we think about
  • 00:33:22.617 --> 00:33:26.854
  • when we're doing things thatif it ends or if it changes
  • 00:33:26.888 --> 00:33:30.358
  • in a necessary waythat we actually end it.
  • 00:33:30.391 --> 00:33:34.028
  • And that when we end it,we end it well, not in fights,
  • 00:33:34.062 --> 00:33:36.931
  • not getting all upset,and not flight, and ghosting,
  • 00:33:36.964 --> 00:33:39.333
  • and disappearing, but weend things in a loving
  • 00:33:39.367 --> 00:33:42.503
  • and intentional,and yet ended way.
  • 00:33:42.537 --> 00:33:46.541
  • In the Bible,there is this thing,
  • 00:33:46.574 --> 00:33:50.478
  • and I've talked about it--
  • 00:33:50.511 --> 00:33:52.046
  • I'm not gonna gointo it at length here--
  • 00:33:52.080 --> 00:33:53.581
  • called the Nazarite vow.
  • 00:33:53.614 --> 00:33:56.551
  • A Nazarite vow.
  • 00:33:56.584 --> 00:33:59.520
  • We don't know a whole lotabout the Nazarite vow.
  • 00:33:59.554 --> 00:34:02.223
  • For example, why someone woulddo it or how long it would go.
  • 00:34:02.256 --> 00:34:07.562
  • But this Nazarite vow is a vowwhen someone wants to take a
  • 00:34:07.595 --> 00:34:11.265
  • season of their life anddedicate it to God.
  • 00:34:11.299 --> 00:34:16.037
  • A Nazarite vow is done by bothmen and women.
  • 00:34:16.070 --> 00:34:20.074
  • It can go for as little as 30days and it can go for as long
  • 00:34:20.108 --> 00:34:24.879
  • as a whole lifetime, and it'sreally up to the person how long
  • 00:34:24.912 --> 00:34:28.883
  • they want to go.
  • 00:34:28.916 --> 00:34:30.251
  • When someone does a Nazarite vowin the Bible, there are three
  • 00:34:30.284 --> 00:34:34.489
  • things that they're sayingthey're not going to do.
  • 00:34:34.522 --> 00:34:37.525
  • And during that time, they'regonna dedicate their life to God
  • 00:34:37.558 --> 00:34:40.761
  • and their neighbor.
  • 00:34:40.795 --> 00:34:42.130
  • So the first thing they're notallowed to do, and it sounds
  • 00:34:42.163 --> 00:34:44.899
  • strange for us, like, "Whywould that be an issue?"
  • 00:34:44.932 --> 00:34:46.868
  • But remember, in the Bronze Agein the ancient world,
  • 00:34:46.901 --> 00:34:48.636
  • this is a hard thing to do.
  • 00:34:48.669 --> 00:34:50.304
  • You're not allowed totouch any dead thing.
  • 00:34:50.338 --> 00:34:53.774
  • So this also means you can't eatmeat, so you have to be a
  • 00:34:53.808 --> 00:34:56.777
  • vegetarian and you cannot touchany dead animal or dead person
  • 00:34:56.811 --> 00:35:02.049
  • during the time that you'redoing this vow.
  • 00:35:02.083 --> 00:35:04.919
  • So like, in those days,remember, someone like your
  • 00:35:04.952 --> 00:35:07.488
  • grandma lives in a house withyou, your grandpa, and if they
  • 00:35:07.522 --> 00:35:10.591
  • pass away, you can't be in thehouse when they die.
  • 00:35:10.625 --> 00:35:15.763
  • The number two thing they can'tdo is they can't drink any wine.
  • 00:35:15.796 --> 00:35:20.168
  • Some traditions sayalcohol at all,
  • 00:35:20.201 --> 00:35:22.203
  • but some others say just wine.
  • 00:35:22.236 --> 00:35:23.571
  • They can't have wine,which is a big deal, which is--
  • 00:35:23.604 --> 00:35:25.306
  • wine's a really important partof Jewish culture.
  • 00:35:25.339 --> 00:35:28.176
  • And number three, they can't cuttheir hair during the whole time
  • 00:35:28.209 --> 00:35:33.080
  • of the vow.
  • 00:35:33.114 --> 00:35:34.415
  • And this is also importantbecause as the person's hair
  • 00:35:34.448 --> 00:35:37.852
  • grows, it shows how long theirvow has been.
  • 00:35:37.885 --> 00:35:43.658
  • And when that vow comes to anend, and this is what happened
  • 00:35:43.691 --> 00:35:46.861
  • in Paul's day, in Jesus's day,the person would go to the
  • 00:35:46.894 --> 00:35:50.331
  • temple and end their vow anddedicate it to God.
  • 00:35:50.364 --> 00:35:52.900
  • And this sounds a little gross,but what they would do is they
  • 00:35:52.934 --> 00:35:55.236
  • would get all this stuff andthey would have to make this
  • 00:35:55.269 --> 00:35:58.739
  • very expensive sacrifice to God.
  • 00:35:58.773 --> 00:36:00.608
  • And neighbors and friends wouldhelp them raise the money and
  • 00:36:00.641 --> 00:36:03.411
  • the sheep and everything, and soit'd be like their family and a
  • 00:36:03.444 --> 00:36:05.546
  • village would come, and thenthey would shave off their head.
  • 00:36:05.580 --> 00:36:09.250
  • And for a lot of these people,it's been years.
  • 00:36:09.283 --> 00:36:11.252
  • A lot of young men and womeneven shave their head down to
  • 00:36:11.285 --> 00:36:14.055
  • the scalp and then you've gotthis long thing of hair, or
  • 00:36:14.088 --> 00:36:16.891
  • short thing of hair dependinghow long, and then they would
  • 00:36:16.924 --> 00:36:19.227
  • burn it on the altar so itsmells like a salon or
  • 00:36:19.260 --> 00:36:21.762
  • something, you know?
  • 00:36:21.796 --> 00:36:23.130
  • Like someone gettin' a perm,that gnarly hair smell.
  • 00:36:23.164 --> 00:36:25.366
  • To us that sounds really gross,but in those days that was a
  • 00:36:25.399 --> 00:36:30.705
  • symbol, that smell to them wouldhave been a holy smell in a way.
  • 00:36:30.738 --> 00:36:35.243
  • It would have been a symbol thatsomeone took this part of their
  • 00:36:35.276 --> 00:36:40.014
  • life, they dedicated it to God,they committed to this very hard
  • 00:36:40.047 --> 00:36:45.820
  • thing to do, and thenthey ended it right.
  • 00:36:45.853 --> 00:36:49.357
  • They ended it well and theyfinished for the Lord to maybe
  • 00:36:49.390 --> 00:36:54.262
  • prepare their lives for someother thing that they were
  • 00:36:54.295 --> 00:36:57.098
  • gonna do.
  • 00:36:57.131 --> 00:36:59.033
  • One of the most famous storiesthat we know of the Nazarite vow
  • 00:36:59.066 --> 00:37:02.970
  • is the story, Old Testamentstory, of Samson.
  • 00:37:03.004 --> 00:37:06.007
  • Now, I find that boys inparticular love the story of
  • 00:37:06.040 --> 00:37:08.542
  • Samson 'cause he's thisHerculean type superhero in
  • 00:37:08.576 --> 00:37:11.879
  • the Bible.
  • 00:37:11.912 --> 00:37:13.247
  • You know, there's not a lot ofsuperheroes in the Bible, but
  • 00:37:13.281 --> 00:37:14.849
  • Samson is one of them.
  • 00:37:14.882 --> 00:37:16.484
  • And very often we read theSamson story as a good guy.
  • 00:37:16.517 --> 00:37:19.253
  • Samson is a bad guy actually.
  • 00:37:19.287 --> 00:37:21.889
  • He takes place inthe book of Judges.
  • 00:37:21.922 --> 00:37:24.692
  • Judges in those days were notlike--don't think of like a guy
  • 00:37:24.725 --> 00:37:27.795
  • and a gavel ruling over people.
  • 00:37:27.828 --> 00:37:29.463
  • A judge was more like a warlord,a commander, a chieftain.
  • 00:37:29.497 --> 00:37:34.001
  • And the worst of all the judgesand the most evil of all was
  • 00:37:34.035 --> 00:37:36.804
  • probably Samson, and yet therewas this part of Samson that in
  • 00:37:36.837 --> 00:37:42.743
  • the end you see he wanted to dosomething right for God.
  • 00:37:42.777 --> 00:37:47.181
  • It says in the Bible that theIsraelites were delivered into
  • 00:37:47.214 --> 00:37:52.253
  • the hands of the Philistines,and what this means was that
  • 00:37:52.286 --> 00:37:56.057
  • they began to take on thecultural things of
  • 00:37:56.090 --> 00:37:59.694
  • the Philistines.
  • 00:37:59.727 --> 00:38:01.062
  • Now, we say, "Well,that's not a big deal.
  • 00:38:01.095 --> 00:38:03.431
  • What's so wrong with inheritingyour neighbor's culture?
  • 00:38:03.464 --> 00:38:06.000
  • Your culture's great."
  • 00:38:06.033 --> 00:38:07.468
  • Well, we're not talkingabout theater and pasta
  • 00:38:07.501 --> 00:38:09.937
  • and this type of thing.
  • 00:38:09.970 --> 00:38:11.939
  • The neighbors, the Philistines,there's a reason the Bible hates
  • 00:38:11.972 --> 00:38:15.042
  • idolatry so much.
  • 00:38:15.076 --> 00:38:17.144
  • And we can't see it in ourmodern age, but in the Bronze
  • 00:38:17.178 --> 00:38:19.980
  • Age, idolatry was almost always,and in particular with the
  • 00:38:20.014 --> 00:38:23.284
  • Philistines, was associativewith human sacrifice, with
  • 00:38:23.317 --> 00:38:27.722
  • killing children alive.
  • 00:38:27.755 --> 00:38:31.125
  • Almost every Pagan templeincorporated temple prostitutes
  • 00:38:31.158 --> 00:38:36.931
  • who were very often women, boys,and girls, who were taken
  • 00:38:36.964 --> 00:38:42.970
  • during tribal assaultsof neighboring villages.
  • 00:38:44.705 --> 00:38:47.074
  • And so these temple priests andpriestesses who were also temple
  • 00:38:47.108 --> 00:38:51.846
  • prostitutes werebasically human slaves.
  • 00:38:51.879 --> 00:38:55.950
  • And of course in God's eyes,this is utter evil.
  • 00:38:55.983 --> 00:38:58.953
  • And so I know it's hard when youread the Old Testament to see
  • 00:38:58.986 --> 00:39:02.223
  • that someone like Samson wentaround defeating these men, but
  • 00:39:02.256 --> 00:39:06.660
  • these are bad guys.
  • 00:39:06.694 --> 00:39:08.295
  • These are guys who not only killchildren and women, but harm
  • 00:39:08.329 --> 00:39:14.335
  • them in these horrible,soul-crushing ways.
  • 00:39:15.169 --> 00:39:18.939
  • I heard a guy say once that veryoften atheists say something
  • 00:39:18.973 --> 00:39:22.376
  • like, "Why doesn't God dosomething about the evil of
  • 00:39:22.410 --> 00:39:25.546
  • the world?"
  • 00:39:25.579 --> 00:39:26.881
  • But then when we talk about howhe does something about the
  • 00:39:26.914 --> 00:39:29.116
  • evil, they say, "Well, look,God's a violent God."
  • 00:39:29.150 --> 00:39:32.253
  • But the truth is Samson is sentby God to end bad guys.
  • 00:39:32.286 --> 00:39:38.292
  • He's like an anti-hero.
  • 00:39:38.793 --> 00:39:40.127
  • You know, he's very imperfect,prideful, sinful, but he's also
  • 00:39:40.161 --> 00:39:46.167
  • sent to bring freedom forchildren and freedom for women.
  • 00:39:46.267 --> 00:39:50.938
  • And it's important that asmodern people we know that the
  • 00:39:50.971 --> 00:39:54.341
  • ancient authors saw that it wasimplicit in their personal
  • 00:39:54.375 --> 00:39:58.345
  • knowledge of their neighbors,the Philistines.
  • 00:39:58.379 --> 00:40:01.015
  • Okay, is that enough,do you think?
  • 00:40:01.048 --> 00:40:03.684
  • Philistines are bad guys.
  • 00:40:03.717 --> 00:40:06.120
  • And when Samson is born, he isdedicated to this Nazarite vow.
  • 00:40:06.153 --> 00:40:12.159
  • The Nazarite vow, youremember what it was?
  • 00:40:12.560 --> 00:40:15.062
  • No dead things, no wine,don't cut your hair.
  • 00:40:15.095 --> 00:40:20.468
  • And Samson, in this Nazaritevow, is given power from God
  • 00:40:20.501 --> 00:40:25.306
  • that as long as he withholdsfrom these three things and is
  • 00:40:25.339 --> 00:40:30.344
  • faithful to finish this Nazaritevow, he will be given strength
  • 00:40:30.377 --> 00:40:35.549
  • to defeat his enemies.
  • 00:40:35.583 --> 00:40:37.818
  • Think about that for a minute.
  • 00:40:37.852 --> 00:40:39.153
  • This is a metaphorfor our lives, guys.
  • 00:40:39.186 --> 00:40:41.589
  • We often think that having lessin our lives, having less of
  • 00:40:41.622 --> 00:40:45.226
  • these things makes life boring,makes life difficult, but it
  • 00:40:45.259 --> 00:40:49.697
  • might be that God wants you toend certain things in your lives
  • 00:40:49.730 --> 00:40:53.334
  • even though it makes youseparate and different from
  • 00:40:53.367 --> 00:40:55.135
  • others so that you can havemore power, not less.
  • 00:40:55.169 --> 00:40:59.940
  • There are so many things in lifethat if we were willing to just
  • 00:40:59.974 --> 00:41:03.844
  • say no and cut off this thingthat we know God doesn't want in
  • 00:41:03.878 --> 00:41:07.414
  • our lives, that we know is notthe best for us, or for our
  • 00:41:07.448 --> 00:41:09.884
  • family, or for what we'resupposed to be doing; that if we
  • 00:41:09.917 --> 00:41:13.454
  • could just cut it off, likeSamson, we would be given the
  • 00:41:13.487 --> 00:41:18.292
  • power to do what we need to do.
  • 00:41:18.325 --> 00:41:22.196
  • But we negotiate with thesethings and lose our personal
  • 00:41:22.229 --> 00:41:26.400
  • power to overcome the enemy'sthat stand before them.
  • 00:41:26.433 --> 00:41:31.305
  • I'm telling you as your friend,I want you to ask God very
  • 00:41:31.338 --> 00:41:35.442
  • seriously what these thingsare in your life.
  • 00:41:35.476 --> 00:41:38.679
  • For Samson, it was no cuttingyour hair, no touching dead
  • 00:41:38.712 --> 00:41:43.183
  • things, and no alcohol.
  • 00:41:43.217 --> 00:41:44.852
  • And as we read this story, wesee that Samson breaks all three
  • 00:41:44.885 --> 00:41:49.089
  • of those things.
  • 00:41:49.123 --> 00:41:50.791
  • The first thing he does is inhis strength he kills a lion,
  • 00:41:50.824 --> 00:41:54.061
  • and then goes intosome other things,
  • 00:41:54.094 --> 00:41:55.429
  • and when he comes back--
  • 00:41:55.462 --> 00:41:57.298
  • This is really gross.Sorry, Haven.
  • 00:41:57.331 --> 00:41:59.333
  • This is going to gross you out.
  • 00:41:59.366 --> 00:42:00.901
  • In the lion's body isa beehive full of honey,
  • 00:42:00.935 --> 00:42:04.838
  • which is also an analogybecause Jews love honey.
  • 00:42:04.872 --> 00:42:07.074
  • Ancient world honey is likecandy, you know?
  • 00:42:07.107 --> 00:42:09.476
  • But it's inside this disgusting,dead thing.
  • 00:42:09.510 --> 00:42:11.912
  • And so Jews are like us, they'rejust all about being clean, and
  • 00:42:11.946 --> 00:42:14.882
  • so this is already horrible foranybody, but Samson reaches into
  • 00:42:14.915 --> 00:42:20.220
  • the dead carcass of the lionwhere the honey is and eats the
  • 00:42:20.254 --> 00:42:24.658
  • honey, breaking the first thingthat he said he would never do.
  • 00:42:24.692 --> 00:42:28.062
  • Later on, we'll see that hetakes some of that honey with
  • 00:42:28.095 --> 00:42:30.064
  • him and serves itto his enemies.
  • 00:42:30.097 --> 00:42:32.199
  • The second thing is he has thisfestival where he drinks wine.
  • 00:42:32.232 --> 00:42:36.904
  • So there he is, he's broken thesecond thing.
  • 00:42:36.937 --> 00:42:39.573
  • And then finally the third thinghe does is there's this girl he
  • 00:42:39.607 --> 00:42:43.110
  • loves, who's a Philistinenamed Delilah.
  • 00:42:43.143 --> 00:42:45.179
  • He's in love with her.
  • 00:42:45.212 --> 00:42:46.513
  • And she keeps bugging him toknow, "What's the last thing
  • 00:42:46.547 --> 00:42:50.684
  • that if you do this thing youwill lose your strength?"
  • 00:42:50.718 --> 00:42:53.187
  • And he finally tells her and youjust--when you read the story,
  • 00:42:53.220 --> 00:42:56.256
  • you're like, "Samsonis such an idiot.
  • 00:42:56.290 --> 00:42:59.293
  • He's such a dummy."
  • 00:42:59.326 --> 00:43:00.894
  • But any man who has been in loveor been smitten by a girl knows
  • 00:43:00.928 --> 00:43:06.934
  • that they too have been anidiot, knows that they too can
  • 00:43:07.167 --> 00:43:10.804
  • be stupid when they're in love.
  • 00:43:10.838 --> 00:43:12.606
  • This also is a metaphor forIsrael, that Israel who's been
  • 00:43:12.640 --> 00:43:16.543
  • given all of this strength andpower is itself lured into this
  • 00:43:16.577 --> 00:43:21.615
  • type of evil that theirPhilistine neighbors do, like
  • 00:43:21.649 --> 00:43:24.184
  • child sacrifice and all thisother stuff.
  • 00:43:24.218 --> 00:43:26.887
  • And so when Samson tells her,"If I cut my hair, I will
  • 00:43:26.920 --> 00:43:32.826
  • finally have broken all three ofmy vows, and my vow will be over
  • 00:43:32.860 --> 00:43:36.263
  • and my strengthwill go from me."
  • 00:43:36.296 --> 00:43:37.731
  • When he tells her, of course shecuts his hair.
  • 00:43:37.765 --> 00:43:39.900
  • The Philistines who hate,you know, Samson
  • 00:43:39.933 --> 00:43:42.336
  • come and arrest him.
  • 00:43:42.369 --> 00:43:43.671
  • They gouge out his eyes and theybring him to the temple.
  • 00:43:43.704 --> 00:43:46.640
  • And this whole temple is filledwith these evil men who are
  • 00:43:46.674 --> 00:43:49.743
  • mocking him and he's pushingthis thing around.
  • 00:43:49.777 --> 00:43:52.479
  • And I just wonder what it wouldhave been like for Samson
  • 00:43:52.513 --> 00:43:56.083
  • thinking about, "I hadall this strength.
  • 00:43:56.116 --> 00:43:58.285
  • I had all this power.
  • 00:43:58.318 --> 00:43:59.653
  • But I also had pride in myheart, and I had--and I
  • 00:43:59.687 --> 00:44:02.423
  • could've defeated these evilpeople, and I could've brought
  • 00:44:02.456 --> 00:44:04.825
  • freedom to my people, but out ofmy stupidness of eating honey
  • 00:44:04.858 --> 00:44:08.529
  • out of a lion, and drinking wineat the festival, and telling my
  • 00:44:08.562 --> 00:44:11.098
  • girlfriend how to--you know,that she should cut my hair, I
  • 00:44:11.131 --> 00:44:14.601
  • had contempt for the great giftGod had given me, and I have
  • 00:44:14.635 --> 00:44:20.274
  • lost all power."
  • 00:44:20.307 --> 00:44:22.643
  • And I remember when I was a kid,you know, my dad was a pastor.
  • 00:44:22.676 --> 00:44:28.682
  • Sometimes we had these, like--they would have these, like,
  • 00:44:29.416 --> 00:44:32.386
  • children's ministry things andthey would wheel in that cart,
  • 00:44:32.419 --> 00:44:34.555
  • you know, with the VHSand the TV on top and like
  • 00:44:34.588 --> 00:44:36.690
  • the little strap that holdsthe thing together.
  • 00:44:36.724 --> 00:44:41.161
  • And they had these, like, VHStapes with Hanna-Barbera.
  • 00:44:41.195 --> 00:44:43.697
  • You remember that?
  • 00:44:43.731 --> 00:44:45.265
  • Where they had these things andthey had this VHS tape
  • 00:44:45.299 --> 00:44:47.401
  • with Samson.
  • 00:44:47.434 --> 00:44:50.304
  • I just remember feeling so badfor Samson, all the regret he
  • 00:44:50.337 --> 00:44:55.976
  • must've felt.
  • 00:44:56.009 --> 00:44:57.311
  • But this famous ending in theBible, Samson is tied to these
  • 00:44:57.344 --> 00:45:01.415
  • two pillars in this temple thatkills children, in this temple
  • 00:45:01.448 --> 00:45:06.453
  • that turns women and childreninto sex slaves, this evil--
  • 00:45:06.487 --> 00:45:09.990
  • this symbol of evil, full ofevil men.
  • 00:45:10.023 --> 00:45:13.560
  • Samson knew that he was calledto free the world from these
  • 00:45:13.594 --> 00:45:17.431
  • evil people.
  • 00:45:17.464 --> 00:45:19.433
  • And his final prayer is not aprideful one, it's a simple one.
  • 00:45:19.466 --> 00:45:24.104
  • He says, "Sovereign Lord,remember me."
  • 00:45:24.138 --> 00:45:30.144
  • You ever feel like God'sforgotten you?
  • 00:45:31.044 --> 00:45:33.180
  • It's okay.
  • 00:45:33.213 --> 00:45:35.349
  • You ever feel like because ofsomething you've done, or
  • 00:45:35.382 --> 00:45:38.952
  • because of your past, orsomething that happened to you,
  • 00:45:38.986 --> 00:45:42.523
  • that God doesn't see you, Goddoesn't know you, God doesn't
  • 00:45:42.556 --> 00:45:44.925
  • care about you?
  • 00:45:44.958 --> 00:45:46.260
  • Maybe he's takenhis favor from you.
  • 00:45:46.293 --> 00:45:47.861
  • I want you to know Godhas chosen you.
  • 00:45:47.895 --> 00:45:50.964
  • He sees you.
  • 00:45:50.998 --> 00:45:52.666
  • You don't have to ask himto remember you.
  • 00:45:52.699 --> 00:45:54.201
  • He loves you.
  • 00:45:54.234 --> 00:45:55.836
  • Well, this is what Samson says,"Sovereign Lord, remember me."
  • 00:45:55.869 --> 00:45:59.840
  • And when he says this, there'sthis power that comes over him,
  • 00:45:59.873 --> 00:46:03.343
  • and he pushes these pillars outthat hold the temple up, and he
  • 00:46:03.377 --> 00:46:06.713
  • gives his own life and all--thesymbol of evil, and destruction,
  • 00:46:06.747 --> 00:46:10.551
  • and all these evil men arekilled in this one final act.
  • 00:46:10.584 --> 00:46:14.321
  • And the thing I always thinkwhen I think about the story of
  • 00:46:14.354 --> 00:46:17.424
  • Samson is a life wasted, a lifeof arrogance, a life of pride,
  • 00:46:17.457 --> 00:46:23.463
  • but at least in the end he wasable to finish well.
  • 00:46:23.697 --> 00:46:27.935
  • At least in the end he was ableto to do something great.
  • 00:46:27.968 --> 00:46:33.240
  • Many of you have--maybe youfeel like you're at the twilight
  • 00:46:33.273 --> 00:46:36.243
  • of your life.
  • 00:46:36.276 --> 00:46:37.611
  • Maybe you feel like you've liveda life like Samson where maybe
  • 00:46:37.644 --> 00:46:40.714
  • you made a lot of mistakes, butyour life isn't over yet, nor
  • 00:46:40.747 --> 00:46:46.753
  • should you end your life.
  • 00:46:47.154 --> 00:46:49.423
  • Whatever time you have is givento you, 'cause God wants you to
  • 00:46:49.456 --> 00:46:54.795
  • use that time to do what you'recalled to do, to finish well, to
  • 00:46:54.828 --> 00:47:00.834
  • finish the race the way you werecalled to, so that when you get
  • 00:47:02.970 --> 00:47:07.774
  • across that finish line, I canrejoice with you and the Lord
  • 00:47:07.808 --> 00:47:10.611
  • can rejoice with you.
  • 00:47:10.644 --> 00:47:11.979
  • And you can look back and say,"Even though it was hard and
  • 00:47:12.012 --> 00:47:15.115
  • difficult, I crossed this line."
  • 00:47:15.148 --> 00:47:19.286
  • Well, and finally we getto the Bible verse.
  • 00:47:19.319 --> 00:47:20.988
  • I'm almost done, but I'll finishwith a Bible verse.
  • 00:47:21.021 --> 00:47:24.658
  • And so I think of Paul also whenI think about a life like this.
  • 00:47:24.691 --> 00:47:28.862
  • You know, Paul is in prison whenhe writes this passage we're
  • 00:47:28.896 --> 00:47:31.131
  • about to read in Philippians.
  • 00:47:31.164 --> 00:47:33.934
  • And he's probably in Rome.
  • 00:47:33.967 --> 00:47:35.302
  • He might be in Ephesus, but he'sin a prison and he's rotting.
  • 00:47:35.335 --> 00:47:37.871
  • And this guy from Philippi, thechurch which is in what today is
  • 00:47:37.905 --> 00:47:42.409
  • modern day Turkey, a guy namedEpaphroditus brings a financial
  • 00:47:42.442 --> 00:47:48.181
  • gift with some food with him,and goes over, you know,
  • 00:47:48.215 --> 00:47:50.918
  • thousands of miles to bring itto Paul and to encourage Paul
  • 00:47:50.951 --> 00:47:54.454
  • who's in prison, you know, thisspecial gift from this church.
  • 00:47:54.488 --> 00:47:57.958
  • And while he's there, he gets--this guy, Epaphroditus,
  • 00:47:57.991 --> 00:48:00.961
  • gets sick.
  • 00:48:00.994 --> 00:48:02.296
  • And Paul's worried for himand he's praying for him,
  • 00:48:02.329 --> 00:48:04.665
  • and he gets well.
  • 00:48:04.698 --> 00:48:06.633
  • And this letter he sends backwith Epaphroditus, but before he
  • 00:48:06.667 --> 00:48:10.337
  • leaves, Epaphroditus says, "Youknow, all these people in the
  • 00:48:10.370 --> 00:48:13.607
  • church you started, Paul, arestarting to get kind of
  • 00:48:13.640 --> 00:48:16.877
  • legalistic and they're kinda,like, being told that they have
  • 00:48:16.910 --> 00:48:20.814
  • to, like, do all these dietarythings, and they have to, like,
  • 00:48:20.847 --> 00:48:23.884
  • be circumcised, and like,everybody has to be the same
  • 00:48:23.917 --> 00:48:26.386
  • and we all have tolike do the stuff,
  • 00:48:26.420 --> 00:48:27.721
  • but that's not what you taught.
  • 00:48:27.754 --> 00:48:29.056
  • You taught us about freedom inthe Lord and you taught us
  • 00:48:29.089 --> 00:48:30.657
  • about grace."
  • 00:48:30.691 --> 00:48:32.426
  • And a lot of people areconfused, and so big part of
  • 00:48:32.459 --> 00:48:34.962
  • Paul's letter hereis answering this.
  • 00:48:34.995 --> 00:48:36.797
  • You know, he says, "Iwant you to hear this."
  • 00:48:36.830 --> 00:48:40.233
  • Paul's backstory is interesting.
  • 00:48:40.267 --> 00:48:41.702
  • You know, he was a rigid,rigid religious guy.
  • 00:48:41.735 --> 00:48:47.708
  • I mean, you think about the mostreligious person you've ever
  • 00:48:47.741 --> 00:48:50.277
  • known, Paul's like 100 timeswhatever that guy or gal was.
  • 00:48:50.310 --> 00:48:54.781
  • And out of his love for Godactually he became a bad person.
  • 00:48:54.815 --> 00:48:59.052
  • That can happen sometimes, thathe so wanted to do the right
  • 00:48:59.086 --> 00:49:02.389
  • thing that he was actuallyhurting people.
  • 00:49:02.422 --> 00:49:04.925
  • And we know that he was therewhen Stephen was murdered,
  • 00:49:04.958 --> 00:49:07.694
  • holding the clothes, and he wasjust utterly dedicated.
  • 00:49:07.728 --> 00:49:12.099
  • He was mentored by a guy namedGamaliel, who even today is
  • 00:49:12.132 --> 00:49:16.737
  • venerated by Christiansand Jews.
  • 00:49:16.770 --> 00:49:18.372
  • That would be like me saying Istudied engineering under a guy
  • 00:49:18.405 --> 00:49:23.443
  • named Albert Einstein.
  • 00:49:23.477 --> 00:49:25.545
  • That's basically what Paul says.
  • 00:49:25.579 --> 00:49:26.913
  • I mean, he's got a laundry list.
  • 00:49:26.947 --> 00:49:28.715
  • He's a Pharisee.
  • 00:49:28.749 --> 00:49:30.083
  • He's got all of these thingsthat he is just--and he looks
  • 00:49:30.117 --> 00:49:33.353
  • back and he--in this letter, hesays, "I had all these things.
  • 00:49:33.387 --> 00:49:36.556
  • I'm a Hebrew of Hebrews,"meaning,
  • 00:49:36.590 --> 00:49:37.891
  • "I speak Hebrew perfectly,and I follow the law perfectly,
  • 00:49:37.924 --> 00:49:40.894
  • and I have all of thesereligious accomplishments."
  • 00:49:40.927 --> 00:49:45.165
  • And he says, "And whenI look back at that,
  • 00:49:45.198 --> 00:49:48.702
  • it is all skubalon."
  • 00:49:48.735 --> 00:49:52.205
  • Let me read it to you.
  • 00:49:52.239 --> 00:49:53.573
  • He says, "Whatever were gains tome, I now consider loss for the
  • 00:49:53.607 --> 00:49:58.712
  • sake of Christ."
  • 00:49:58.745 --> 00:50:00.180
  • Listen, there's like a regretalmost when I read Paul.
  • 00:50:00.213 --> 00:50:02.716
  • Just, he regrets that in hisdesire to serve God, he was
  • 00:50:02.749 --> 00:50:07.287
  • against God.
  • 00:50:07.320 --> 00:50:09.456
  • "What is more, I considereverything a loss because of the
  • 00:50:09.489 --> 00:50:12.993
  • surpassing worth of knowingChrist Jesus my Lord, for whose
  • 00:50:13.026 --> 00:50:18.031
  • sake I have lost all things.
  • 00:50:18.065 --> 00:50:20.434
  • I consider them--" okay,I'm reading a translation
  • 00:50:20.467 --> 00:50:26.606
  • called the NIV.
  • 00:50:26.640 --> 00:50:28.608
  • They chose the word "garbage."
  • 00:50:28.642 --> 00:50:30.844
  • So there's this word "skubalon"here that Bible translators,
  • 00:50:30.877 --> 00:50:34.981
  • they have to all get in a room,and they know what the word
  • 00:50:35.015 --> 00:50:38.485
  • means, and they have to, like,find another word.
  • 00:50:38.518 --> 00:50:42.722
  • "Skubalon," what do we do for"skubalon?"
  • 00:50:42.756 --> 00:50:44.958
  • One translation says "dung."
  • 00:50:44.991 --> 00:50:46.693
  • That's getting a little closer.
  • 00:50:46.726 --> 00:50:49.362
  • A lot of times it will say"refuse."
  • 00:50:49.396 --> 00:50:51.898
  • Sometimes it will say--but theword "skubalon" is probably
  • 00:50:51.932 --> 00:50:57.938
  • something akin to a cuss word.
  • 00:51:00.240 --> 00:51:02.442
  • I'm not saying Paul necessarilycussed, 'cause he wasn't--
  • 00:51:02.476 --> 00:51:04.744
  • didn't support cussing, but thisis the one time he uses a word
  • 00:51:04.778 --> 00:51:09.182
  • in Greek that as Bibletranslators we know
  • 00:51:09.216 --> 00:51:12.119
  • what it says, but we can'tput it in the Bible.
  • 00:51:12.152 --> 00:51:15.222
  • Martin Luther,when he translated this,
  • 00:51:15.255 --> 00:51:17.424
  • he just wrote "shiza."
  • 00:51:17.457 --> 00:51:19.893
  • "But my works were shiza."
  • 00:51:19.926 --> 00:51:22.229
  • So Paul wants you to getan image in your head.
  • 00:51:22.262 --> 00:51:25.132
  • He's saying, "All my religiousachievements were worthless.
  • 00:51:25.165 --> 00:51:31.171
  • They were dung.
  • 00:51:32.472 --> 00:51:34.774
  • All of--" and this is regret.
  • 00:51:34.808 --> 00:51:36.343
  • This is regret.
  • 00:51:36.376 --> 00:51:37.677
  • "That whole--all that stuff Idid, I thought it was
  • 00:51:37.711 --> 00:51:40.080
  • helping God.
  • 00:51:40.113 --> 00:51:41.448
  • I was hurting people.
  • 00:51:41.481 --> 00:51:42.816
  • I was ruining lives.
  • 00:51:42.849 --> 00:51:44.918
  • I assisted in the murderof an innocent man.
  • 00:51:44.951 --> 00:51:48.288
  • I put people to prison."
  • 00:51:48.321 --> 00:51:51.224
  • And he says, "All of it,all of it is skubalon.
  • 00:51:51.258 --> 00:51:54.928
  • All of it, it was a waste."
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  • You ever feel that way aboutyour life, about some of the
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  • things that you've done?
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  • You're just like, "Meh!"
  • 00:52:00.800 --> 00:52:02.135
  • It was a waste.
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  • But Paul also knows that hislife is not over and neither
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  • is yours.
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  • He says, "But--" let me go downto verse 12.
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  • "Not that I have obtained thisor have already arrived at my
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  • goal, but I'm gonna press on totake hold of that which Christ
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  • Jesus took hold of me.
  • 00:52:23.523 --> 00:52:24.891
  • Brothers and sisters, I do notconsider myself yet to have
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  • taken hold of it,but one thing I do."
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  • It's one thing.
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  • "I forget everything what isbehind and I strain toward what
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  • is ahead.
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  • I press on to the goal, to winthe prize for which God has
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  • called me heavenward in Christ."
  • 00:52:42.542 --> 00:52:45.779
  • Paul's saying, like, "I'm bummedout that I did this with my
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  • life, but I'm gonna forget it.
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  • I've been forgiven and I'm gonnacontinue to press on.
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  • I'm going to move forward.
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  • I'm not gonna be stuckin the past.
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  • I'm gonna take a step forward inthe right direction to the thing
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  • God's called me to."
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  • Man, it you have regrets, if youfeel guilty, if you feel ashamed
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  • about your past, let it go.
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  • Join the club.
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  • Join a club.
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  • Let it go and press on towardsthe high calling God has
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  • given you.
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  • A big part of having a bad pastmakes your future
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  • actually brighter.
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  • When you get to tell your storydown the road, you will see that
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  • all those things that you did,you're gonna be able to help
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  • other people someday understandwhen they need to get through
  • 00:53:28.922 --> 00:53:31.758
  • those things, you're gonna helpthem get through.
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  • And I'm just so proud of you andI want you to know that you're
  • 00:53:33.260 --> 00:53:35.762
  • gonna do this.
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  • You're gonna get across thatfinish line and we're gonna be
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  • rooting for ya'cause we love you.
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  • We're with you all the way,so finish well.
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  • That's it.
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  • That's all I have to say.
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  • Finish well, you know?
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  • You know, the average--so manyChristians, so many pastors, so
  • 00:53:47.741 --> 00:53:50.644
  • many people in business, so manypeople in nonprofits, they just
  • 00:53:50.677 --> 00:53:55.148
  • don't finish well.
  • 00:53:55.181 --> 00:53:57.550
  • When I finished seminary, theaverage time that seminary
  • 00:53:57.584 --> 00:54:00.453
  • graduates who went into ministrystayed in ministry
  • 00:54:00.487 --> 00:54:02.555
  • was five years.
  • 00:54:02.589 --> 00:54:05.258
  • Ministry is hard.
  • 00:54:05.292 --> 00:54:06.593
  • It is hard, and so many peoplecouldn't finish.
  • 00:54:06.626 --> 00:54:09.963
  • So many people look back intheir parenting, they feel like,
  • 00:54:09.996 --> 00:54:13.800
  • "I just didn't do a good jobbeing a parent,"
  • 00:54:13.833 --> 00:54:15.568
  • or "I have all these regrets."
  • 00:54:15.602 --> 00:54:17.871
  • Don't just walk away.
  • 00:54:17.904 --> 00:54:19.205
  • You still have time to reconcilewith your kids or with
  • 00:54:19.239 --> 00:54:21.374
  • your grandkids.
  • 00:54:21.408 --> 00:54:23.243
  • So many people who want to quitdrinking, or want to be clean
  • 00:54:23.276 --> 00:54:28.181
  • and sober, or you know, want towalk away from a life of crime
  • 00:54:28.214 --> 00:54:33.286
  • or some of these other thingsthat are a part of their past,
  • 00:54:33.320 --> 00:54:35.755
  • or they know that there are hardthings they need to do,
  • 00:54:35.789 --> 00:54:38.358
  • but they just--they need to finish well.
  • 00:54:38.391 --> 00:54:40.493
  • And I wanna encourage you,it's okay.
  • 00:54:40.527 --> 00:54:42.696
  • You know, just get back on.
  • 00:54:42.729 --> 00:54:44.531
  • And most importantly, I want toencourage you to commit your
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  • life to God.
  • 00:54:49.002 --> 00:54:50.503
  • I'm astonished at how manypeople say, "I love Jesus,
  • 00:54:50.537 --> 00:54:54.407
  • but I hate Christians."
  • 00:54:54.441 --> 00:54:55.975
  • And my response to that is,"Then become a Christian and
  • 00:54:56.009 --> 00:54:58.345
  • show us how to do it."
  • 00:54:58.378 --> 00:55:00.747
  • If you love Jesus and if youlove the way he lived his life,
  • 00:55:00.780 --> 00:55:04.818
  • then the best thing to do is tobecome like him, not to become
  • 00:55:04.851 --> 00:55:08.421
  • like the people that make younot like him, but to become like
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  • Christ himself.
  • 00:55:13.660 --> 00:55:15.428
  • And I want to encourage you thatso often we make this harder
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  • than it has to be.
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  • At the end of the day,it's just a decision.
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  • You just decide.
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  • This is what I did.
  • 00:55:23.069 --> 00:55:24.371
  • I didn't pray a prayer.
  • 00:55:24.404 --> 00:55:25.739
  • I didn't go down an altar.
  • 00:55:25.772 --> 00:55:27.073
  • I just made a decision one day.
  • 00:55:27.107 --> 00:55:28.441
  • I just decided, "I'm doneriding the fence.
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  • I'm gonna commit my life to God.
  • 00:55:30.777 --> 00:55:32.345
  • I'm going to love the Lord withall my heart, all my soul,
  • 00:55:32.379 --> 00:55:35.715
  • all my strength,with everything in me,
  • 00:55:35.749 --> 00:55:37.350
  • and I'm gonna love myneighbor as myself."
  • 00:55:37.384 --> 00:55:40.387
  • Do that and you will gaineternal life.
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  • Do that and you will live thebest kind of life you can live.
  • 00:55:42.922 --> 00:55:46.760
  • And that's a fun life.
  • 00:55:46.793 --> 00:55:48.128
  • It's a life full of joy, andfull of friendship, and full of
  • 00:55:48.161 --> 00:55:52.298
  • improvement and good decisions.
  • 00:55:52.332 --> 00:55:53.767
  • And this is whatthe Lord wants for you.
  • 00:55:53.800 --> 00:55:57.203
  • So, my friend, I want to tellyou, whatever thing, whatever
  • 00:55:57.237 --> 00:55:59.806
  • necessary ending you may begoing through, finish it well.
  • 00:55:59.839 --> 00:56:02.675
  • Maybe you're not going throughan ending, but remember, when
  • 00:56:02.709 --> 00:56:05.278
  • the time comes, don't freak outand get all angry, and don't
  • 00:56:05.311 --> 00:56:09.115
  • just ghost and disappear, butend things the right way and
  • 00:56:09.149 --> 00:56:12.852
  • watch how much that's atestimony of friendship,
  • 00:56:12.886 --> 00:56:15.455
  • kindness, and goodness, andactually respect to the people
  • 00:56:15.488 --> 00:56:18.458
  • that you love and you work with.
  • 00:56:18.491 --> 00:56:20.794
  • Father, we thank you so muchthat you love us just as we are,
  • 00:56:20.827 --> 00:56:24.364
  • right where we are, that youwant the best for us.
  • 00:56:24.397 --> 00:56:28.034
  • I just pray that you wouldaffirm in everyone's heart that
  • 00:56:28.067 --> 00:56:30.637
  • we are alive for a reason; thatsometimes life is painful, and
  • 00:56:30.670 --> 00:56:33.940
  • difficult, and isolating, andlonely, but it's also--there's
  • 00:56:33.973 --> 00:56:37.944
  • so many wonderful great thingsthat lay before us, so many
  • 00:56:37.977 --> 00:56:41.815
  • adventures, relationships,new things, new projects.
  • 00:56:41.848 --> 00:56:46.152
  • And help us to getexcited about that.
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  • Help us to build a dream.
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  • We know, Lord, that whenwe build a dream,
  • 00:56:49.889 --> 00:56:51.758
  • the dream builds us.
  • 00:56:51.791 --> 00:56:53.426
  • And help us to be dream buildersand help us to be hopeful people
  • 00:56:53.460 --> 00:56:56.396
  • and to look to youfor a bright future.
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  • And we do, Lord.We thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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