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Fear God for a Fearless Life

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July 11, 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 like flowersbefore You, ♪
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  • ♪ Opening to the sunabove. ♪
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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 immortalgladness, ♪
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  • ♪ Fill us with thelight 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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  • We will rejoice and be glad init.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcomevisitors and church family.
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  • We're so happy that you'vejoined us.
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  • You know, God knows you fullyand he loves you fully, so you
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  • can trust him completely.
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  • You really can.
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  • Thank you so much for joining ustoday.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hey, we're soglad you're joining us.
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  • And no matter where you are,we're just so grateful you're
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  • here and we believe that God isgonna have a special Word for
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  • you this morning or thisevening, wherever
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  • you're watching.
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  • And we believe that you'rewatching for a reason, so let's
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  • begin with a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you that yourHoly Spirit is on the move.
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  • Lord, we don't always understandwhy things are happening in the
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  • world the way they are, but youdo.
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  • You know why and we can trustyou.
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  • We can trust your vision, yourpower, and your life.
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  • We thank you God that youhaven't walked out on us, you
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  • haven't abandoned us, you're notcursing us.
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  • But Lord, in Jesus's name, wecome before your throne boldly
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  • as a child would come to her orhis Father and we just say thank
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  • you, Lord, for the way that youlove us.
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  • And we pray in Jesus's name foryour peace today, and we ask it,
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  • and it's in Jesus's name wepray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turnaround to the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and sodo I."
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  • male announcer: For 50 years,"Hour of Power" has been sharing
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  • others to do the same.
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  • milestone year, our team hascreated a special gift that we
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  • Schuller's mini devotional book,"God's Minute III: 365 Daily
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  • Bobby Schuller: As a faithfulfriend and supporter of the
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  • "Hour of Power," you have comealongside us in a difficult time
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  • and infused fresh hope.
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  • While July and August aretraditionally challenging for us
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  • as a ministry, this year thesummer slump is hitting us
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  • especially hard.
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  • With the lingering effects ofthe COVID-19 crisis, we're
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  • desperately in need of financialsupport.
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  • Because I know you understandthe importance of our mission,
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  • I'm asking for your help today.
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  • Thank you for your continuedprayer and generosity.
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  • And remember as always, Godloves you and so do we.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Hannah Schuller: So recently, Ijust finished reading the book
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  • of Judges and it's such aninteresting book of the Bible
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  • because you see this repetitionthing going over and over and
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  • you see how God does all ofthese miracles to deliver his
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  • people from slavery.
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  • And then when they finallysettle into the Promised Land,
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  • they're enjoying peace and greatprosperity as they honor God.
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  • But then after the last personfrom that generation dies, it
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  • says the next generation doesnot know God, and they forsake
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  • God, and they turn from him.
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  • And they start worshiping idolsof these other cultures that are
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  • around them and they becomecorrupt.
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  • And God becomes angry becausethese are his kids that he loves
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  • and they've broken theircovenant with him, and his
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  • blessing leaves them.
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  • And because his blessing isn'twith them anymore, they end up
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  • falling back into slavery.
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  • And once they're in slavery,they're in torment, agony again,
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  • and they're crying out to God,"God, forgive us.
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  • Save us."
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  • So then what does God do?
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  • He raises up a prophet and theprophet helps deliver them.
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  • And then that generation livesin prosperity and peace, and
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  • they honor God, and they livewith God.
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  • And then what's so sad to me isas soon as the prophet dies, it
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  • says the next generation afterthat forsakes God and they don't
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  • know God.
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  • And you see this pattern goingover and over again all
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  • through Judges.
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  • And in my mind, I'm like, "Man,what is going on here?
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  • Why is it that whole generationscan do this?"
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  • And I believe it's because intheir peace and prosperity,
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  • growing up in that, they becomecomfortable and they stop
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  • pursuing God and stop goingafter him.
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  • And they-- and when you stoppursuing, you can easily to let
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  • the other things around you, theother cultures, overtake and
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  • they became like the people thatthey were around, the cultures
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  • that worshipped other idols.
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  • And when I read this, I thoughtto myself, I'm like, "Lord, I
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  • want my generation to know you.
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  • I want us to love you with allof our hearts, and our souls,
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  • and our mind, and our strength.
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  • I want us to enjoy your peaceand prosperity and
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  • your goodness.
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  • I want generations after us towalk with you."
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  • Then I thought about howgrateful I am for you, church
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  • family, that you seek God andthat you love him, that you are
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  • helping create a godly culture,a godly generation.
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  • And then two or three days ago,I saw the Scripture for today
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  • and I said, "Yes, Lord, let itbe so."
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  • So now in preparation for themessage, Joshua 1:7-9, Be"
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  • strong and very courageous.
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  • Be careful to obey all the lawmy servant Moses gave you.
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  • Do not turn from it to the rightor to the left, that you may be
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  • successful wherever you go.
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  • Keep this book of the law alwayson your lips.
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  • Meditate on it day and night sothat you may be careful to do
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  • everything written in it.
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  • Then you will be prosperous andsuccessful.
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  • Have I not commanded you?
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  • Be strong and courageous.
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  • Do not be afraid and do not bediscouraged, for the Lord your
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  • God will be with you whereveryou go."
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  • Amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: AJ Rafael is aSouthern California native who
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  • started songwriting when he was15 years old.
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  • He recorded his first album in2005, and in 2008 started
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  • performing all over the countryand in some parts of the world.
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  • Thanks to social media, he'sable to reach millions of people
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  • with his music.
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  • Please welcome AJ Rafael.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I come,I confess. ♪
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  • ♪ Bowing here, Ifind my rest. ♪
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  • ♪ Without you,I fall apart. ♪
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  • ♪ You're the one thatguides my heart. ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Every hour I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ My one defense,my righteousness. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh God, howI need you. ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Where sin runs deep,your grace is more. ♪
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  • ♪ Where grace is foundis where you are. ♪
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  • ♪ And where you are,Lord, I am free. ♪
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  • ♪ Holiness ♪
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  • ♪ is Christ in me. ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Every hour I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ My one defense,my righteousness. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh God, howI need you. ♪
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  • ♪ So teach my songto rise to you ♪
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  • ♪ when temptationcomes my way. ♪
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  • ♪ And when Icannot stand, ♪
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  • ♪ I'll fall on You. ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus, you're myhope and stay. ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ Every hour I need you. ♪
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  • ♪ My one defense,my righteousness. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh God, howI need you. ♪
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  • ♪ You're my one defense,my righteousness. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh God, howI need you. ♪
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  • ♪ My one defense, myrighteousness. ♪
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  • ♪ Oh God, howI need you. ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Wow, awesome.
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  • AJ, hi, welcome.
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  • AJ Rafael: Good morning.
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  • Bobby Schuller: So glad you haveyou back.
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  • Sorry about these bizarreapocalyptic church times.
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  • AJ Rafael: I'm down with it.
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  • You know, like Pastor saidearlier, we'll do what we signed
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  • up for kinda thing, you know?
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right.That's right.
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  • Well, welcome AJ.We're so glad to have you back.
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  • I think you said it's-- I thinkit's been three years.
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  • AJ Rafael: Three years, aroundthis time.
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  • Bobby Schuller: At the oldbuilding.
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  • And we're so just glad to haveyou back and love your spirit of
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  • worship and your heart.
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  • So anyway, well, we're so gladyou're back.
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  • You have a busy life.
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  • What have you been up to sinceyou were here last time?
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  • AJ Rafael: My mom got married inthe Philippines.
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  • Which was awesome, sowe got to take a
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  • little vacation.
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  • You know, just kinda tryin' tofind out where, like, my career
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  • is going next, and then busywith family things.
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  • Bobby Schuller: You have aproject you're working on,
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  • speaking of your career comingnext, that's pretty exciting.
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  • Tell us about that.
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  • AJ Rafael: So I'm working on adocumentary about my dad who
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  • passed away 20 years ago, andhe's the one who inspired me to
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  • play music and piano.
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  • And even when I'm here, I'mreminded of him because he
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  • conducted choirs and was a greatmusician.
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  • So I wanted to find out moreabout him and go to the
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  • Philippines and intervieweveryone he knew and everyone he
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  • knew out here in LA.
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  • We crowdfunded, which was cool.
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  • So you know, my fans andsupporters, they all pitched in
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  • to raise money, which isawesome.
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  • But unfortunately, it's beenpushed back.
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  • And we were supposed to releaseit on Father's Day this year,
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  • but we're still working on it,you know?
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's how it iswith a lot of films, right?
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  • So much of the film industry isjust getting pushed back and
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  • these major projects that areamazing that just now it's like
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  • now's not the time.
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  • It's such a bummer when thathappens, especially one you care
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  • so much about.
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  • AJ Rafael: Totally, but youknow, I know it's all in God's
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  • timing, right?
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  • So we'll get it done and releaseit to share his story.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right.
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  • Well, AJ Rafael, thank you somuch for being here.
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  • We appreciate it.
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  • And what's the song you're gonnado next for us?
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  • AJ Rafael: We're doin', "AboveAll," Michael W. Smith,
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  • very quiet.
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  • I saw him at NAMM this this pastyear.
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  • Yeah, and I-- you know, I wantto dedicate it to my family.
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  • We've been through a lot lastcouple months.
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  • My mom's on the front lines.
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  • We lost my cousin and uncle toCOVID.
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  • So yeah, I know that musicbrings healing, so yeah.
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  • Bobby Schuller: So what do yousay then, I mean, as somebody
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  • who's lost to COVID?
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  • What do you say to the peoplewho are like, "Oh, it's no big
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  • deal and we just gotta,whatever"?
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  • AJ Rafael: Yeah, that's kindabeen the big thing, and I think
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  • reality hit for a lot of peopleclose to me when they saw me,
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  • you know, posting about it.
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  • And yeah, it's really a realitycheck because it can happen to
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  • anyone and even someone as closeas someone in your family.
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  • So you know, for everyone outthere, stay strong, keep the
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  • faith, but also, yes, be carefuland aware of
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  • everything happening.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's good.Thank you, AJ.
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  • Thank you so much for beinghere, especially in these
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  • tough times.
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  • And thanks for leading worship.
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  • AJ Rafael: Bobby, it's so goodto see you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: All right, goodto see you too.
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  • I wish I could give you a hug.
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  • AJ Rafael: I know, virtual hugs.Air hugs.
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  • Bobby Schuller: All right,everybody, AJ Rafael.
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  • Thank you, sir.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Above all power, ♪
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  • ♪ above all kings, ♪
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  • ♪ above all nature ♪
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  • ♪ and all created things, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wisdom ♪
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  • ♪ and all the ways of man, ♪
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  • ♪ you were here ♪
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  • ♪ before the world began. ♪
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  • ♪ Above all kingdoms, ♪
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  • ♪ above all thrones, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wonders ♪
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  • ♪ the world has ever known, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wealth ♪
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  • ♪ and treasuresof the earth, ♪
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  • ♪ there's no way ♪
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  • ♪ to measure whatyou're worth. ♪
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  • ♪ Crucified, ♪
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  • ♪ laid behind the stone. ♪
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  • ♪ You lived to die, ♪
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  • ♪ rejected and alone. ♪
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  • ♪ Like a rose ♪
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  • ♪ trampled on the ground, ♪
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  • ♪ you took the fall ♪
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  • ♪ and thought of me ♪
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  • ♪ above all. ♪
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  • ♪ Above all power, ♪
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  • ♪ above all kings, ♪
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  • ♪ above all nature ♪
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  • ♪ and all created things, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wisdom ♪
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  • ♪ and all the ways of man, ♪
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  • ♪ you were here ♪
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  • ♪ before the world began. ♪
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  • ♪ Above all kingdoms, ♪
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  • ♪ above all thrones, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wonders ♪
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  • ♪ the world has ever known, ♪
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  • ♪ above all wealth ♪
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  • ♪ and treasuresof the earth, ♪
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  • ♪ there's no way ♪
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  • ♪ to measure whatyou're worth. ♪
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  • ♪ Crucified, ♪
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  • ♪ laid behind the stone. ♪
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  • ♪ You lived to die, ♪
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  • ♪ rejected and alone. ♪
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  • ♪ Like a rose ♪
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  • ♪ trampled on the ground, ♪
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  • ♪ you took the fall ♪
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  • ♪ and thought of me ♪
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  • ♪ above all. ♪
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  • ♪ Crucified, ♪
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  • ♪ laid behind the stone. ♪
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  • ♪ You lived to die, ♪
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  • ♪ rejected and alone. ♪
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  • ♪ Like a rose ♪
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  • ♪ trampled on the ground, ♪
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  • ♪ you took the fall ♪
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  • ♪ and thought of me ♪
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  • ♪ above all. ♪
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  • ♪ Like a rose ♪
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  • ♪ trampled on the ground, ♪
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  • ♪ you took the fall ♪
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  • ♪ and thought of me ♪
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  • ♪ above all. ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you forjoining us on the "Hour of
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  • Power" today.
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  • We hope you've found incrediblehope and inspiration from
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  • The past few months have beenchallenging as we've learned to
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  • navigate our changing world inthe midst of this crazy,
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  • crazy time.
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  • Since the dawn of theCoronavirus pandemic, life as we
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  • know it has been altereddramatically and each of us have
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  • found ourselves in a position wenever saw coming.
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  • Hannah Schuller: While we allwant things to go back to the
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  • way they were, it's helpful toremember that Jesus never
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  • promised us an existence withouttrials or hard times.
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  • The Bible says that faith is thesubstance of things hoped for
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  • and the evidence of things notseen.
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  • Trusting in the goodness and thegreater purpose of God is the
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  • fuel that empowers us to lookfor meaning beyond this
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  • present pain.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Though we aremoving through the COVID-19
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  • Thank you and remember asalways, God loves you and so
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  • would you stand with me.
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  • We're gonna say this creedtogether as we do every
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  • single Sunday.
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  • Hold your hands out like this asa way of receiving from
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  • the Lord.
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say aboutme.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, we are certainly living instrange times.
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  • It seems like every single dayyou can get online and find
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  • another Karen screaming atsomebody about wearing a mask,
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  • or you know, not wanting to thisor that.
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  • I can be Karen sometimes.
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  • I was that way when I found outDisneyland was postponing
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  • their opening.
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  • Maybe it's a smart thing to do,but it was still sad.
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  • And it's weird how everybody inthis environment seems to have
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  • their temperatures really highabout everything.
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  • I think there's a reason forthis.
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  • I was recently listening to apodcast and this guy had-- you
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  • know, I don't know how validthis is, but it seemed to make
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  • sense to me.
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  • He said that-- he was talkingabout road rage.
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  • You remember what it was like tolearn how to drive?
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  • Maybe you don't.I do.
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  • I remember learning to drive wassuch a weird thing.
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  • It was like, I would see mysister, my older sister,
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  • driving, and she'd be, like,driving with a knee, and like,
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  • eating a hamburger, and like,doing her makeup.
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  • And I got behind the wheel and Iwas instantly, like,
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  • really scared.
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  • Kind of excited, but reallyscared.
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  • I'm like, blinker, turn right,and like, fast accelerate, hard
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  • brake, you know?
  • 00:28:49.944 --> 00:28:51.246
  • And my dad slamming his head onthe dashboard.
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  • And over time, you learn to beless like that kid and more like
  • 00:28:53.848 --> 00:28:58.319
  • my sister, where it just becomesa casual thing.
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  • But it's interesting how you seepeople on the road.
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  • They get this road rage thing.
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  • And his explanation was that we,you know, psychodynamically we
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  • have sort of our conscious stuffthat's going on and then we have
  • 00:29:08.630 --> 00:29:12.734
  • our unconscious stuff that'sgoing on.
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  • And when you get good atdriving, consciously you're
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  • relaxed, you're listening to theradio, you're talking on the
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  • phone, but unconsciously, everytime you drive your body and
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  • mind sort of knows that you'regoing 80 miles an hour, you're
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  • going 60 miles an hour, thatthere are these other giant, you
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  • know, 1.000-pound chunks ofmetal, you know, within a couple
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  • of feet of you and they're goingfast, and that your life is
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  • in danger.
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  • And so even consciously you'rerelaxed, unconsciously there's
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  • like-- your senses areheightened, you know?
  • 00:29:46.835 --> 00:29:49.637
  • Your, like, your spidey senses.
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  • You're like you're ready foreverything.
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  • And so when somebody cuts youoff, consciously it makes you
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  • mad, but unconsciously thattension makes what would be a
  • 00:29:55.710 --> 00:29:59.948
  • little thing become a big thingbecause unconsciously you know
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  • you're in a dangerous situation.
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  • And I think what's happeningwith COVID, if that's true, I
  • 00:30:07.021 --> 00:30:09.591
  • think something similar is goingon with COVID-19.
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  • Again, this is just Bobbytalking, right?
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  • That there is consciously youmight feel relaxed, bored, maybe
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  • a little lazy, kind of notreally sure what's going on, but
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  • unconsciously all these newsreports, which are serious news
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  • reports and all these thingsthat are going on, unconsciously
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  • we know we're in danger andwe've got all of-- and so our
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  • senses are heightened andthey've stayed heightened for
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  • months now.
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  • So underneath, we've got thisfearful anxiety going on where
  • 00:30:39.988 --> 00:30:44.626
  • up top we're just like, "Oh,whatever," so that when someone
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  • crosses us, when something badhappens, we tend to react in a
  • 00:30:47.762 --> 00:30:55.103
  • much bigger, more intense waybecause there's a severity in
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  • what's going on.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • Ultimately, what I'm getting atis that even though many of us
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  • don't think maybe we're scaredat this time, unconsciously or
  • 00:31:05.613 --> 00:31:09.384
  • consciously, a lot of us arereally scared and it's affecting
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  • the way we're thinking.
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  • It's affecting the way we'repraying.
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  • People with addiction issues aregoing to be having a harder time
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  • during this time, wanting tosort of self-medicate after not
  • 00:31:19.527 --> 00:31:22.563
  • having coping mechanisms.
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  • And there's all these ways thatwe're feeling scared and it can
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  • cause problems in our work forthose of us who still have to
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  • work, or in having fun, or inour social life, and especially
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  • in our spiritual lives.
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  • And it is so important that weunderstand that fear, that
  • 00:31:35.977 --> 00:31:40.415
  • worry, it just poisonseverything.
  • 00:31:40.448 --> 00:31:44.218
  • It makes us do foolish thingssometimes.
  • 00:31:44.252 --> 00:31:47.455
  • It makes us overreact in waysthat we shouldn't.
  • 00:31:47.488 --> 00:31:50.491
  • And I want you to know that youcan today receive peace from the
  • 00:31:50.525 --> 00:31:55.029
  • Holy Spirit that no matter whathappens, God holds you in his
  • 00:31:55.063 --> 00:32:00.401
  • hand, that you are safer thanyou think, and that God is
  • 00:32:00.435 --> 00:32:05.340
  • watching over you.
  • 00:32:05.373 --> 00:32:06.674
  • And this is a good thing and wecan live every day relaxed,
  • 00:32:06.708 --> 00:32:10.511
  • trusting in his kingdom.
  • 00:32:10.545 --> 00:32:11.879
  • And more than relaxed, in thisworld we can live with bold
  • 00:32:11.913 --> 00:32:16.651
  • faith and bold purpose in allthat we do.
  • 00:32:16.684 --> 00:32:20.722
  • "We can be courageous," says theBible says, "and bold in our
  • 00:32:20.755 --> 00:32:24.726
  • faith and in our walk."
  • 00:32:24.759 --> 00:32:27.562
  • One of my favorite stories isabout John Wesley.
  • 00:32:27.595 --> 00:32:31.132
  • John Wesley, who founded theWesleyan Movement, the
  • 00:32:31.165 --> 00:32:34.135
  • Methodists, et cetera, and isprobably the most important
  • 00:32:34.168 --> 00:32:37.839
  • modern, early modern theologianfor Christianity.
  • 00:32:37.872 --> 00:32:41.709
  • He had this radical conversionexperience and one of the most
  • 00:32:41.743 --> 00:32:45.346
  • important memories he shares isbeing on a boat.
  • 00:32:45.380 --> 00:32:47.949
  • He was on a boat going fromEurope to the Americas and there
  • 00:32:47.982 --> 00:32:52.086
  • were all sorts of differentpeople in the boat, mostly
  • 00:32:52.120 --> 00:32:54.188
  • English people.
  • 00:32:54.222 --> 00:32:55.523
  • He himself was English, butthere was this small group of
  • 00:32:55.556 --> 00:32:58.192
  • Moravian German missionaries whowere on their way to the
  • 00:32:58.226 --> 00:33:02.230
  • Americas to share the gospelswith the colonies.
  • 00:33:02.263 --> 00:33:05.466
  • And while they were on theboat-- you know, it's a
  • 00:33:05.500 --> 00:33:07.702
  • dangerous thing when you thinkabout how it would take weeks or
  • 00:33:07.735 --> 00:33:10.505
  • months, I don't really know, in1736, I don't know how long it
  • 00:33:10.538 --> 00:33:12.907
  • took, but it was a while.
  • 00:33:12.940 --> 00:33:14.242
  • And it's a scary and dangerousjourney, and these Moravian
  • 00:33:14.275 --> 00:33:16.944
  • missionaries would have worshipevery single day.
  • 00:33:16.978 --> 00:33:19.147
  • And they were having thisworship gathering, they're
  • 00:33:19.180 --> 00:33:20.948
  • singing the psalms together, andWesley says that there's this
  • 00:33:20.982 --> 00:33:24.185
  • terrible storm that comes.
  • 00:33:24.218 --> 00:33:26.721
  • And it gets worse and worse, andthe waves start crashing, and it
  • 00:33:26.754 --> 00:33:30.425
  • gets worse and worse, and peoplebegan to panic.
  • 00:33:30.458 --> 00:33:33.227
  • All while everybody ispanicking, these Moravians, in
  • 00:33:33.261 --> 00:33:36.364
  • this bizarre sort of peacefulspirit, continued to sing
  • 00:33:36.397 --> 00:33:40.535
  • the psalms.
  • 00:33:40.568 --> 00:33:41.903
  • It gets so bad that one of themain masts, which is the pole
  • 00:33:41.936 --> 00:33:47.075
  • that goes up, shatters andbreaks and splits over the boat.
  • 00:33:47.108 --> 00:33:52.747
  • And this point, everybody freaksout except these Moravians who
  • 00:33:52.780 --> 00:33:57.318
  • continued to sing and worshipthe Lord.
  • 00:33:57.351 --> 00:34:00.354
  • Now, am I saying I would be likeone of those Moravians?
  • 00:34:00.388 --> 00:34:02.490
  • I would not.
  • 00:34:02.523 --> 00:34:03.825
  • I would be probably one of thosepeople that are freaking out.
  • 00:34:03.858 --> 00:34:05.760
  • But it also makes me want to belike those Moravians, and it
  • 00:34:05.793 --> 00:34:08.763
  • made Wesley wanna be like thoseMoravians.
  • 00:34:08.796 --> 00:34:10.565
  • He asked them afterward, "Whyweren't you scared?
  • 00:34:10.598 --> 00:34:13.234
  • Were you scared?"
  • 00:34:13.267 --> 00:34:14.569
  • And they said, "No, we weretrusting the Lord.
  • 00:34:14.602 --> 00:34:16.170
  • You know, we just-- we're notafraid of death.
  • 00:34:16.204 --> 00:34:18.072
  • We're not afraid of storms.
  • 00:34:18.106 --> 00:34:19.841
  • We're not afraid of any ofthis."
  • 00:34:19.874 --> 00:34:21.209
  • And he just talked about howdeep their faith was in God,
  • 00:34:21.242 --> 00:34:25.613
  • that even in this horrible timewhere everybody is freaking out,
  • 00:34:25.646 --> 00:34:29.450
  • they were able to remain calmand continue to worship.
  • 00:34:29.484 --> 00:34:33.354
  • And because of that, John Wesleypoints to that experience as one
  • 00:34:33.387 --> 00:34:37.191
  • of the most compelling thingsthat made him want to become an
  • 00:34:37.225 --> 00:34:41.762
  • on fire Christian.
  • 00:34:41.796 --> 00:34:43.131
  • And of course, he did, and fireis the word.
  • 00:34:43.164 --> 00:34:46.167
  • You know, your boldness, andyour faith, and your calm when
  • 00:34:46.200 --> 00:34:50.404
  • your family is going through atough time, when your business
  • 00:34:50.438 --> 00:34:53.674
  • is going through a tough time,your ability to not deny that
  • 00:34:53.708 --> 00:34:57.345
  • things are scary, but at leastto stay calm, and sing the
  • 00:34:57.378 --> 00:35:00.815
  • psalms, and trust the Lord, andhave bold confidence, it does
  • 00:35:00.848 --> 00:35:04.785
  • more than just get you through.
  • 00:35:04.819 --> 00:35:06.754
  • It causes other people to say,"I want that.
  • 00:35:06.787 --> 00:35:10.324
  • I want to be a follower ofJesus.
  • 00:35:10.358 --> 00:35:11.826
  • I wanna be more like thisperson.
  • 00:35:11.859 --> 00:35:14.061
  • I wanna be a person that hasbold faith, that has confidence
  • 00:35:14.095 --> 00:35:17.265
  • even when things get tough."
  • 00:35:17.298 --> 00:35:19.267
  • And I want you to know todaythat God will give you today, if
  • 00:35:19.300 --> 00:35:22.336
  • you open up your heart, a spiritof confidence, of power, of a
  • 00:35:22.370 --> 00:35:26.073
  • sound mind.
  • 00:35:26.107 --> 00:35:27.441
  • He's not given you a spirit offear.
  • 00:35:27.475 --> 00:35:29.076
  • And today, if we're feelingafraid or we're feeling worried,
  • 00:35:29.110 --> 00:35:32.380
  • we're gonna receive from theHoly Spirit peace that only
  • 00:35:32.413 --> 00:35:36.951
  • Christ can give us, an innerpeace that has fruits of joy,
  • 00:35:36.984 --> 00:35:41.689
  • and compassion, and love.
  • 00:35:41.722 --> 00:35:43.224
  • We're going to bring down thosespidey senses and we're gonna
  • 00:35:43.257 --> 00:35:46.727
  • relax and live with full faithand confidence towards where God
  • 00:35:46.761 --> 00:35:51.465
  • wants us to go.
  • 00:35:51.499 --> 00:35:52.800
  • You know, God loves bold faith.
  • 00:35:52.833 --> 00:35:55.703
  • When I read these Scriptures,Hannah was reading Judges,
  • 00:35:55.736 --> 00:35:58.839
  • Judges, Joshua, the whole Bibleseems to point to so much of
  • 00:35:58.873 --> 00:36:05.313
  • this, just how much the Lordloves bold faith.
  • 00:36:05.346 --> 00:36:09.750
  • Jesus, even when he was talkingto his disciples, his little
  • 00:36:09.784 --> 00:36:12.987
  • teaser, you know, nickname forhis disciples was, "You of
  • 00:36:13.020 --> 00:36:17.992
  • little faith."
  • 00:36:18.025 --> 00:36:19.327
  • Or maybe a better way to saythis, he would say, "You little
  • 00:36:19.360 --> 00:36:21.229
  • faiths," and he would pat themon the head.
  • 00:36:21.262 --> 00:36:23.164
  • Jesus wanted his disciples towalk with faith, which is utter
  • 00:36:23.197 --> 00:36:27.501
  • and complete trust, that youutterly and completely trust God
  • 00:36:27.535 --> 00:36:32.406
  • with your life to the point thatyou're able to do supernatural
  • 00:36:32.440 --> 00:36:36.744
  • things in his kingdom.
  • 00:36:36.777 --> 00:36:39.547
  • And I believe that that's whatGod wants for you today.
  • 00:36:39.580 --> 00:36:42.850
  • You are bold.
  • 00:36:42.883 --> 00:36:44.185
  • You are faith-filled.
  • 00:36:44.218 --> 00:36:45.553
  • You are courageous.
  • 00:36:45.586 --> 00:36:46.887
  • You are stronger than you know.
  • 00:36:46.921 --> 00:36:48.222
  • And I just believe that even atthe end of this message, God's
  • 00:36:48.256 --> 00:36:50.891
  • gonna do something special inyour life to give you the kind
  • 00:36:50.925 --> 00:36:53.995
  • of faith you need to endurewhatever it is you're
  • 00:36:54.028 --> 00:36:55.997
  • going through.
  • 00:36:56.030 --> 00:36:57.365
  • It's the kind of faith that wecan only receive through the
  • 00:36:57.398 --> 00:36:59.333
  • Holy Spirit in the name ofJesus.
  • 00:36:59.367 --> 00:37:01.435
  • God loves bold faith, so receivethat faith today and release the
  • 00:37:01.469 --> 00:37:05.873
  • faith that God has given you asyou walk every day in this
  • 00:37:05.906 --> 00:37:09.644
  • COVID-19 thing or whatever it isyou're going through.
  • 00:37:09.677 --> 00:37:13.848
  • Okay, I want to get to theScripture today.
  • 00:37:13.881 --> 00:37:15.349
  • Hannah read this wonderfulScripture that I think I will
  • 00:37:15.383 --> 00:37:18.519
  • use as my benediction somedaydown the line, but I have to get
  • 00:37:18.552 --> 00:37:21.022
  • better at memorizing it.
  • 00:37:21.055 --> 00:37:22.356
  • I always fumble it up.
  • 00:37:22.390 --> 00:37:23.691
  • Every time I try to do it, Iforget it in the middle, so I
  • 00:37:23.724 --> 00:37:26.460
  • gotta do it a few more times.
  • 00:37:26.494 --> 00:37:27.828
  • Okay, and this comes fromJoshua.
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  • Before we get to Joshua, there'sa background to this story.
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  • Many of us, we know the storythat God freed the Hebrew people
  • 00:37:34.402 --> 00:37:38.439
  • from the hand of Pharaoh and hebrings these people, his chosen
  • 00:37:38.472 --> 00:37:42.777
  • people, covenant people, he'sbringing them on a path to the
  • 00:37:42.810 --> 00:37:46.380
  • Promised Land.
  • 00:37:46.414 --> 00:37:47.748
  • First, they stop at Mount Sinaifor a year, and then when
  • 00:37:47.782 --> 00:37:50.685
  • they're ready to go, the cloudbegins to move and they began to
  • 00:37:50.718 --> 00:37:55.056
  • walk towards the Promised Land.
  • 00:37:55.089 --> 00:37:56.524
  • Now, here's something that a lotof us don't know.
  • 00:37:56.557 --> 00:37:58.826
  • This is Bobby talking, okay?
  • 00:37:58.859 --> 00:38:00.194
  • The Bible doesn't illicitly saythis, but I don't think it was
  • 00:38:00.227 --> 00:38:03.798
  • supposed to take 40 years.
  • 00:38:03.831 --> 00:38:06.500
  • I think it was supposed to take11 or 12 days.
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  • That's how long it would take ifyou went uber slow to walk from
  • 00:38:13.040 --> 00:38:16.877
  • Egypt to the Promised Land.
  • 00:38:16.911 --> 00:38:18.379
  • It's 11 days and it took them 40years.
  • 00:38:18.412 --> 00:38:25.119
  • And this is why it took 40years.
  • 00:38:25.152 --> 00:38:29.056
  • When they got close after goingthrough the wilderness of Paran,
  • 00:38:29.090 --> 00:38:31.792
  • when they got close, Mosesgathers 12 spies, one from
  • 00:38:31.826 --> 00:38:36.030
  • each tribe.
  • 00:38:36.063 --> 00:38:37.365
  • And he tells each of thesespies, "Guys, go down to the
  • 00:38:37.398 --> 00:38:40.401
  • Promised Land, take a look, andtell me what you see."
  • 00:38:40.434 --> 00:38:45.773
  • All 12 of them come back andthey say, "Everyone, nation of
  • 00:38:45.806 --> 00:38:49.610
  • Israel, this land is amazing.
  • 00:38:49.643 --> 00:38:53.614
  • It's flowing with milk andhoney," which is an expression
  • 00:38:53.647 --> 00:38:57.251
  • that means it has a lot ofcattle and a lot of farm.
  • 00:38:57.284 --> 00:39:00.488
  • It just-- there's tons of food.
  • 00:39:00.521 --> 00:39:02.189
  • This is a prosperous, beautiful,wonderful place.
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  • But ten of those spies say, "Butthere is no way we can conquer
  • 00:39:06.761 --> 00:39:12.466
  • and settle in this place."
  • 00:39:12.500 --> 00:39:14.101
  • They say there are walledcities, and these armies are
  • 00:39:14.135 --> 00:39:18.139
  • strong, and they even haveNephilim.
  • 00:39:18.172 --> 00:39:21.842
  • Nephilim are these-- don't getme started, but they're this
  • 00:39:21.876 --> 00:39:25.312
  • half-angel, half-man Titan-typegiants.
  • 00:39:25.346 --> 00:39:30.184
  • It might just mean giants, butanyway, there's Nephilim or
  • 00:39:30.217 --> 00:39:32.286
  • giants in the land, and so tenof this tribe said, "There's no
  • 00:39:32.319 --> 00:39:35.756
  • way we can do it."
  • 00:39:35.790 --> 00:39:37.091
  • But there's two, Joshua andCaleb, who say, "Absolutely, we
  • 00:39:37.124 --> 00:39:42.530
  • should do it.
  • 00:39:42.563 --> 00:39:43.864
  • God has said this is our land.
  • 00:39:43.898 --> 00:39:45.332
  • God has commanded us to do it.
  • 00:39:45.366 --> 00:39:46.834
  • Look what God has done.
  • 00:39:46.867 --> 00:39:48.302
  • We should go into Israel and weshould take it."
  • 00:39:48.335 --> 00:39:51.839
  • And so what happens is the tenspies who doubted create this,
  • 00:39:51.872 --> 00:39:55.876
  • like-- they start to rileeverybody up.
  • 00:39:55.910 --> 00:39:57.545
  • And everybody's already grumpyanyway 'cause they're in the
  • 00:39:57.578 --> 00:39:59.113
  • middle of a desert, and they'rehungry, and they're thirsty.
  • 00:39:59.146 --> 00:40:01.182
  • And they start to get upset atMoses, and they start to, like,
  • 00:40:01.215 --> 00:40:04.151
  • begin this mutiny where they'regonna pick a new leader and
  • 00:40:04.185 --> 00:40:06.454
  • they're gonna go back to Egyptand be slaves again.
  • 00:40:06.487 --> 00:40:09.123
  • And then, like, the shekinahglory shows up in the tent and
  • 00:40:09.156 --> 00:40:11.892
  • it kind of scares off themutiny.
  • 00:40:11.926 --> 00:40:13.360
  • And Moses goes before God andsays, "What do I do with
  • 00:40:13.394 --> 00:40:17.131
  • these people?"
  • 00:40:17.164 --> 00:40:19.233
  • And God looks at Moses and hesays, "I got a great idea.
  • 00:40:19.266 --> 00:40:21.535
  • Let's just wipe 'em out andwe're gonna start all over
  • 00:40:21.569 --> 00:40:24.472
  • with you.
  • 00:40:24.505 --> 00:40:25.806
  • I'm done with them.
  • 00:40:25.840 --> 00:40:27.141
  • Let's just-- you have a bunch ofnew kids, and your family, and
  • 00:40:27.174 --> 00:40:29.243
  • your household.
  • 00:40:29.276 --> 00:40:30.578
  • They're gonna be the newpeople."
  • 00:40:30.611 --> 00:40:31.912
  • And we're gonna talk about thislater, about, you know, loving
  • 00:40:31.946 --> 00:40:36.116
  • your enemies and sticking up.
  • 00:40:36.150 --> 00:40:37.485
  • Remember, these are people whohate Moses, maybe even wanna
  • 00:40:37.518 --> 00:40:40.154
  • kill him.
  • 00:40:40.187 --> 00:40:41.489
  • And Moses is arguing with God tosave them and protect them, and
  • 00:40:41.522 --> 00:40:43.791
  • Moses says something like, "Youcan't kill them because then the
  • 00:40:43.824 --> 00:40:46.360
  • nations will say, 'Look at whatkinda God you serve.
  • 00:40:46.393 --> 00:40:48.596
  • He just takes them out of thedesert and kills them.'"
  • 00:40:48.629 --> 00:40:50.698
  • And then God says, "All right,I'll forgive them.
  • 00:40:50.731 --> 00:40:53.400
  • I'll forgive them.
  • 00:40:53.434 --> 00:40:54.768
  • I will.
  • 00:40:54.802 --> 00:40:56.103
  • These hard-necked people, I'llforgive them.
  • 00:40:56.136 --> 00:40:58.005
  • But I'm going to give them whatthey want.
  • 00:40:58.038 --> 00:41:02.109
  • If they don't want to go intothe Promised Land, they don't
  • 00:41:02.142 --> 00:41:05.212
  • have to go into the PromisedLand and they never will."
  • 00:41:05.246 --> 00:41:08.949
  • Have you ever noticed that the40-year wandering through the
  • 00:41:08.983 --> 00:41:13.254
  • desert is God, in a way, givingthose people everything
  • 00:41:13.287 --> 00:41:20.194
  • they wanted?
  • 00:41:20.227 --> 00:41:21.562
  • They didn't want to go into thePromised Land.
  • 00:41:21.595 --> 00:41:24.331
  • They didn't want to fight.
  • 00:41:24.365 --> 00:41:26.400
  • They didn't want to stand up forsomething.
  • 00:41:26.433 --> 00:41:28.802
  • They didn't want to do anythingdangerous.
  • 00:41:28.836 --> 00:41:31.238
  • They wanted to have manna fromheaven, a cloud over their head,
  • 00:41:31.272 --> 00:41:35.442
  • a fire over their head at nightwhen it got cold.
  • 00:41:35.476 --> 00:41:38.212
  • They wanted to be safe.
  • 00:41:38.245 --> 00:41:39.547
  • They never wanted to leave.
  • 00:41:39.580 --> 00:41:41.315
  • And God said, "Fine!
  • 00:41:41.348 --> 00:41:45.886
  • If that's what you want, takeit."
  • 00:41:45.920 --> 00:41:54.895
  • I don't wanna be like them.
  • 00:41:54.929 --> 00:41:59.033
  • God said, "Any single man orwoman that saw me part the Red
  • 00:41:59.066 --> 00:42:03.003
  • Sea, that saw me send the angelof death, that saw me spare the
  • 00:42:03.037 --> 00:42:08.208
  • firstborn, that saw me send theriver of blood, that saw me do
  • 00:42:08.242 --> 00:42:11.512
  • these amazing things throughMoses, that saw the pillar of
  • 00:42:11.545 --> 00:42:14.882
  • fire, that saw the the cloud byday, that saw me protect them
  • 00:42:14.915 --> 00:42:19.053
  • this far and still said, 'No, wecan't go into Canaan,' they
  • 00:42:19.086 --> 00:42:22.256
  • shall never enter.
  • 00:42:22.289 --> 00:42:25.559
  • Anyone who saw that and stillsaid no will never enter the
  • 00:42:25.593 --> 00:42:30.197
  • Promised Land."
  • 00:42:30.230 --> 00:42:33.701
  • And I remember, I feel like whenI read this Joshua passage, this
  • 00:42:33.734 --> 00:42:37.838
  • is 40 years after that event.
  • 00:42:37.871 --> 00:42:40.841
  • Joshua is standing on theprecipice, about to cross the
  • 00:42:40.874 --> 00:42:44.311
  • river and to enter the PromisedLand.
  • 00:42:44.345 --> 00:42:46.714
  • I think he remembers the story.
  • 00:42:46.747 --> 00:42:48.115
  • It was 40 years ago now.
  • 00:42:48.148 --> 00:42:49.717
  • He's an old man and he rememberswhat it was like to be a young
  • 00:42:49.750 --> 00:42:52.720
  • man, and to see the promise, andto have a bunch of people who
  • 00:42:52.753 --> 00:42:56.457
  • were scared, who didn't trustGod, to say, "No, we're staying
  • 00:42:56.490 --> 00:42:59.493
  • here forever."
  • 00:42:59.526 --> 00:43:01.729
  • And I think this is why, one,why God chose Joshua to be the
  • 00:43:01.762 --> 00:43:05.332
  • new Moses to Israel, and two,why Joshua, the book of Joshua,
  • 00:43:05.366 --> 00:43:09.803
  • begins with this passage.
  • 00:43:09.837 --> 00:43:11.972
  • God-- Moses dies and the book ofJoshua.
  • 00:43:12.006 --> 00:43:14.508
  • Joshua's supposed to bring thepeople into the Promised Land.
  • 00:43:14.541 --> 00:43:16.443
  • They're about to cross theJordan River and enter into the
  • 00:43:16.477 --> 00:43:19.313
  • Promised Land, and before thishappens, God says to Moses in
  • 00:43:19.346 --> 00:43:23.784
  • Joshua 1, "Be strong and verycourageous.
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  • Be careful to obey all the lawmy servant Moses gave you.
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  • Do not turn from it to the rightor to the left, that you may be
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  • successful wherever you go.
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  • Keep this book of the law alwayson your lips.
  • 00:43:49.710 --> 00:43:53.313
  • Meditate on it day and night, sothat you may be careful to do
  • 00:43:53.347 --> 00:43:57.918
  • everything written in it.
  • 00:43:57.951 --> 00:44:01.088
  • Then you will be prosperous andsuccessful.
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  • Have I not commanded you?
  • 00:44:06.827 --> 00:44:08.729
  • Be strong and courageous.
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  • Do not be afraid.
  • 00:44:12.866 --> 00:44:15.669
  • Do not be discouraged.
  • 00:44:15.703 --> 00:44:18.505
  • For the Lord your God will bewith you wherever you go."
  • 00:44:18.539 --> 00:44:25.179
  • I think bold and courageous iswhat Joshua already was and it
  • 00:44:25.212 --> 00:44:28.282
  • was everything he wanted to be.
  • 00:44:28.315 --> 00:44:30.851
  • I sometimes read this passageand I wonder if God was giving
  • 00:44:30.884 --> 00:44:33.687
  • Joshua permission to be strongand courageous.
  • 00:44:33.721 --> 00:44:38.225
  • People like you, people who arestrong, people who are bold and
  • 00:44:38.258 --> 00:44:41.128
  • courageous, sometimes it's easyto feel guilty for being bold,
  • 00:44:41.161 --> 00:44:44.832
  • for being strong, for beingcourageous, but I believe that
  • 00:44:44.865 --> 00:44:47.601
  • God wants you to be that way,that God is happy with courage,
  • 00:44:47.634 --> 00:44:50.738
  • that God loves the kind of boldfaith that you have.
  • 00:44:50.771 --> 00:44:56.643
  • And in a season like this inCOVID-19, we need people like
  • 00:44:56.677 --> 00:45:01.148
  • you who are strong, who arecourageous, who are
  • 00:45:01.181 --> 00:45:03.283
  • clear-minded, who are brave tosay and to do what is right and
  • 00:45:03.317 --> 00:45:08.722
  • to do it in a spirit ofkindness, love, and boldness.
  • 00:45:08.756 --> 00:45:12.893
  • God loves bold faith, the kindof bold faith that you have and
  • 00:45:12.926 --> 00:45:18.532
  • the kind of bold faith that Godwill continue to give you and
  • 00:45:18.565 --> 00:45:21.668
  • pour into your heart.
  • 00:45:21.702 --> 00:45:23.003
  • The more afraid you are, Ibelieve the more God is going to
  • 00:45:23.036 --> 00:45:25.739
  • pour the spirit of peace uponyou to give you a sense of trust
  • 00:45:25.773 --> 00:45:30.444
  • and wisdom to get throughwhatever it is you're
  • 00:45:30.477 --> 00:45:32.679
  • going through.
  • 00:45:32.713 --> 00:45:34.014
  • One of those keys is tounderstand how involved and how
  • 00:45:34.047 --> 00:45:38.652
  • powerful God is in your life andin the universe.
  • 00:45:38.685 --> 00:45:43.791
  • I remember when I was a kid, Ihad a very good friend named
  • 00:45:43.824 --> 00:45:47.194
  • Ian, and I never forgot this asa kid.
  • 00:45:47.227 --> 00:45:49.163
  • He said-- he was like nine yearsold, you know?
  • 00:45:49.196 --> 00:45:51.532
  • He said, "Bobby, you wanna knowsomething?
  • 00:45:51.565 --> 00:45:54.034
  • My grandma is afraid of God."
  • 00:45:54.067 --> 00:45:57.437
  • I said, "She's what?"
  • 00:45:57.471 --> 00:45:58.772
  • He goes, "She's afraid of God."
  • 00:45:58.806 --> 00:46:00.941
  • I remember thinking, "Why wouldsomebody be afraid of God?"
  • 00:46:00.974 --> 00:46:03.911
  • Of course, as I got older Irealized he didn't understand
  • 00:46:03.944 --> 00:46:06.713
  • that his grandmother feared theLord, you know?
  • 00:46:06.747 --> 00:46:09.983
  • And as a kid when you hear theword, "Fear the Lord," you know,
  • 00:46:10.017 --> 00:46:12.753
  • it's like, "Well, what does thatmean?"
  • 00:46:12.786 --> 00:46:14.121
  • And it made me instantly thinkthat his grandma was probably
  • 00:46:14.154 --> 00:46:17.758
  • not a very scared person, but avery brave person, because
  • 00:46:17.791 --> 00:46:21.028
  • anyone who truly fears God andis at peace with God is a person
  • 00:46:21.061 --> 00:46:25.299
  • with bold faith.
  • 00:46:25.332 --> 00:46:26.633
  • If your at faith-- if you fearGod, but you're at peace with
  • 00:46:26.667 --> 00:46:30.571
  • God, you're a person of boldfaith.
  • 00:46:30.604 --> 00:46:34.541
  • Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear ofthe Lord is the beginning of
  • 00:46:34.575 --> 00:46:38.278
  • wisdom, and knowledge of theHoly One is understanding."
  • 00:46:38.312 --> 00:46:41.982
  • What does that mean, "The fearof the Lord?"
  • 00:46:42.015 --> 00:46:44.251
  • Well, I think-- a lot of timespeople say it means respect.
  • 00:46:44.284 --> 00:46:47.921
  • I think it's more than that.
  • 00:46:47.955 --> 00:46:49.256
  • I mean, that's a good start, butit reminds me of this.
  • 00:46:49.289 --> 00:46:51.758
  • You know, I like etymology.
  • 00:46:51.792 --> 00:46:53.493
  • Did you know the word "awful"and the word "awesome" in their
  • 00:46:53.527 --> 00:46:57.598
  • roots effectively mean the samething?
  • 00:46:57.631 --> 00:47:01.869
  • It's like when I go-- the word"awe" is supposed to mean
  • 00:47:01.902 --> 00:47:07.674
  • wonder, but with a tinge oflike, "Ooh, this is scary."
  • 00:47:07.708 --> 00:47:12.145
  • One place I'm in utter awe iswhen I go to Yosemite and I
  • 00:47:12.179 --> 00:47:15.916
  • stand at the foot of El Capitan,a 3.000-foot granite cliff.
  • 00:47:15.949 --> 00:47:20.921
  • It's just-- the first time I sawit, I was filled with a sense of
  • 00:47:20.954 --> 00:47:25.025
  • wonder, but it was also in aweird way scary to me.
  • 00:47:25.058 --> 00:47:28.762
  • You might say that if you'restanding in the woods by the
  • 00:47:28.795 --> 00:47:31.131
  • river looking up at El Capitanthat it's awesome, but if you're
  • 00:47:31.164 --> 00:47:36.370
  • in the middle of El Capitan as afree climber and you're trying
  • 00:47:36.403 --> 00:47:40.240
  • to get to the top and yourfingers are getting shaky, that
  • 00:47:40.274 --> 00:47:43.844
  • it's awful.
  • 00:47:43.877 --> 00:47:46.246
  • You might say that if you are atpeace with God that God is
  • 00:47:46.280 --> 00:47:50.651
  • awesome, and if you're inrebellion towards God that God
  • 00:47:50.684 --> 00:47:54.888
  • is awful.
  • 00:47:54.922 --> 00:47:56.223
  • And that is because God is sofull of power that he is
  • 00:47:56.256 --> 00:48:01.094
  • something to be not scared of,but that when you truly meditate
  • 00:48:01.128 --> 00:48:06.133
  • and think of God, that there'ssomething in your heart that
  • 00:48:06.166 --> 00:48:08.669
  • says wondrous, but heavy.
  • 00:48:08.702 --> 00:48:12.339
  • Not to be played around with.
  • 00:48:12.372 --> 00:48:14.942
  • Not to be teased.
  • 00:48:14.975 --> 00:48:17.010
  • And that's important when itcomes to living a life of faith,
  • 00:48:17.044 --> 00:48:20.948
  • because if you fear God andyou're at peace with God, you
  • 00:48:20.981 --> 00:48:24.251
  • have nothing else in theuniverse to be afraid of because
  • 00:48:24.284 --> 00:48:28.288
  • this is a God who loves you.
  • 00:48:28.322 --> 00:48:31.692
  • He loves you, will save you fromanything, and he saves us even
  • 00:48:31.725 --> 00:48:35.429
  • from death.
  • 00:48:35.462 --> 00:48:37.331
  • It's the same way that we thinkof fire.
  • 00:48:37.364 --> 00:48:39.900
  • You know, you treat it with asense of respect.
  • 00:48:39.933 --> 00:48:42.970
  • Or maybe you might think of,like, back-- you know, back in
  • 00:48:43.003 --> 00:48:45.806
  • the day when I was a little kid,my dad was really into, like,
  • 00:48:45.839 --> 00:48:49.242
  • working out, and he got huge andbuff, and he turned into this,
  • 00:48:49.276 --> 00:48:52.379
  • like, muscle man.
  • 00:48:52.412 --> 00:48:53.981
  • And it was really kind of a coolthing for, like, a
  • 00:48:54.014 --> 00:48:55.749
  • ten-year-old boy.
  • 00:48:55.782 --> 00:48:57.084
  • And I remember thinking that,like, if I was in trouble with
  • 00:48:57.117 --> 00:49:01.121
  • my dad, that was kind of a scarything to have my dad like,
  • 00:49:01.154 --> 00:49:04.091
  • "Bobby, what did you do to yoursisters?"
  • 00:49:04.124 --> 00:49:06.026
  • you know?
  • 00:49:06.059 --> 00:49:07.361
  • But when I was on theplayground, if I saw some kid
  • 00:49:07.394 --> 00:49:11.365
  • that maybe intimidated me or wasa bully and my dad was there, I
  • 00:49:11.398 --> 00:49:14.801
  • felt very safe.
  • 00:49:14.835 --> 00:49:16.570
  • I feared my dad, but I certainlywas not worried of anything bad
  • 00:49:16.603 --> 00:49:20.240
  • happening as long as my dadstood by my side.
  • 00:49:20.273 --> 00:49:23.677
  • Or it's like this.
  • 00:49:23.710 --> 00:49:25.012
  • I remember Hannah had this verycute dog, a Shih Tzu
  • 00:49:25.045 --> 00:49:28.849
  • named Mozart.
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  • This is a picture of Mozarthere.
  • 00:49:30.684 --> 00:49:32.652
  • What a lovely dog.
  • 00:49:32.686 --> 00:49:34.021
  • And Mozart, Mozart had this wayof, like, being really scared
  • 00:49:34.054 --> 00:49:40.894
  • about everything.
  • 00:49:40.927 --> 00:49:42.229
  • And like, a big dog would comeby and Mozart would, like, kinda
  • 00:49:42.262 --> 00:49:44.131
  • hide, but then when Hannah's dador mom would pick up Mozart, all
  • 00:49:44.164 --> 00:49:48.702
  • of a sudden he would go,[barking aggressively], you
  • 00:49:48.735 --> 00:49:51.071
  • know, barking at the big dog,[barking aggressively].
  • 00:49:51.104 --> 00:49:53.607
  • And then they'd put the dog downand he'd, like, scamper away,
  • 00:49:53.640 --> 00:49:56.043
  • you know?
  • 00:49:56.076 --> 00:49:57.377
  • This is kind of what walking inthe life of faith is like, where
  • 00:49:57.411 --> 00:50:00.547
  • we-- when we feel and experiencethe protection and the embrace
  • 00:50:00.580 --> 00:50:06.953
  • of God that nobody else can seeit, it gives us not the boldness
  • 00:50:06.987 --> 00:50:11.291
  • to bark, and scream, and berude, but it gives us the
  • 00:50:11.324 --> 00:50:13.693
  • boldness to do the next rightthing, to be the people we've
  • 00:50:13.727 --> 00:50:17.197
  • been called to be, to not worryevery single day about
  • 00:50:17.230 --> 00:50:20.600
  • everything that's gonna happen,but to be smart, and
  • 00:50:20.634 --> 00:50:23.403
  • responsible, and wise, and fullof joy, and full of life, to
  • 00:50:23.437 --> 00:50:27.207
  • continue to be the people whocan let things-- excuse me, let
  • 00:50:27.240 --> 00:50:30.644
  • things go, and to love ourneighbor, and to be kind to
  • 00:50:30.677 --> 00:50:34.781
  • those who need it especially inthis time that's very difficult.
  • 00:50:34.815 --> 00:50:38.018
  • And that's who you are.
  • 00:50:38.051 --> 00:50:39.386
  • I'm so grateful for people likeyou who do not live in a spirit
  • 00:50:39.419 --> 00:50:42.155
  • of fear, but in a spirit ofboldness, of faith; people who
  • 00:50:42.189 --> 00:50:47.227
  • are not always worried aboutthemselves, but can see the pain
  • 00:50:47.260 --> 00:50:49.729
  • of their spouse, their kids,their next-door neighbor, even
  • 00:50:49.763 --> 00:50:53.200
  • their enemies, even the peopleat the grocery store who maybe
  • 00:50:53.233 --> 00:50:56.536
  • don't wear a mask and arescreaming at everybody, but you
  • 00:50:56.570 --> 00:50:58.505
  • can be, like, that calm, youknow, grocery attendant, who is
  • 00:50:58.538 --> 00:51:02.509
  • kind to that person.
  • 00:51:02.542 --> 00:51:04.578
  • And I just think it's soimportant that we have more and
  • 00:51:04.611 --> 00:51:06.913
  • more people like you who are atpeace with God and that gives
  • 00:51:06.947 --> 00:51:11.618
  • them a sense of peace even at atime like this in the world we
  • 00:51:11.651 --> 00:51:14.721
  • live in.
  • 00:51:14.754 --> 00:51:16.056
  • I'll close with this.
  • 00:51:16.089 --> 00:51:17.424
  • The number one command in theBible, it's mentioned more than
  • 00:51:17.457 --> 00:51:21.294
  • any other command, is, "Fearnot."
  • 00:51:21.328 --> 00:51:24.931
  • Every time an angel appears andis about to do something great
  • 00:51:24.965 --> 00:51:29.136
  • for the people that are seeingthem, the first thing they say
  • 00:51:29.169 --> 00:51:31.938
  • in almost every case is, "Don'tbe afraid.
  • 00:51:31.972 --> 00:51:34.407
  • Fear not."
  • 00:51:34.441 --> 00:51:35.742
  • And that is God's command to youtoday, just don't be afraid.
  • 00:51:35.775 --> 00:51:40.981
  • It's gonna be okay.
  • 00:51:41.014 --> 00:51:42.349
  • Don't be afraid of people whohate you.
  • 00:51:42.382 --> 00:51:46.520
  • Maybe you're-- during this timeas people just are continuing to
  • 00:51:46.553 --> 00:51:50.390
  • be more anxious, and frustrated,and take things out, it can feel
  • 00:51:50.423 --> 00:51:54.161
  • like there are people who hateyou because of your faith, or
  • 00:51:54.194 --> 00:51:57.564
  • because of your race, or becauseof something in your background,
  • 00:51:57.597 --> 00:52:01.601
  • or your job.
  • 00:52:01.635 --> 00:52:02.969
  • For some reason they hate you,you know?
  • 00:52:03.003 --> 00:52:05.005
  • And I just want to say don't beafraid of people who hate you.
  • 00:52:05.038 --> 00:52:07.874
  • In fact, be afraid if nobody--Be afraid if everybody
  • 00:52:07.908 --> 00:52:11.678
  • loves you.
  • 00:52:11.711 --> 00:52:13.013
  • I think there's a greater dangerin trying to live a life where
  • 00:52:13.046 --> 00:52:16.049
  • you just please everybody andmake everybody happy.
  • 00:52:16.082 --> 00:52:19.553
  • Remember that God has told usthat if we're following after
  • 00:52:19.586 --> 00:52:22.556
  • him with all our heart thatthere are gonna be people who
  • 00:52:22.589 --> 00:52:25.091
  • mock us, who persecute us, whotease us.
  • 00:52:25.125 --> 00:52:27.928
  • Let it go.
  • 00:52:27.961 --> 00:52:29.262
  • Love your neighbor.
  • 00:52:29.296 --> 00:52:30.630
  • Show them what it means to havethe the spirit of humility in
  • 00:52:30.664 --> 00:52:33.533
  • life within you where you canlove your enemies, love your
  • 00:52:33.567 --> 00:52:36.636
  • competitors, and pray for thosewho maybe don't like you or
  • 00:52:36.670 --> 00:52:40.540
  • whatever, are having a weirdposture towards you.
  • 00:52:40.574 --> 00:52:42.509
  • Let it go.
  • 00:52:42.542 --> 00:52:43.843
  • Move on.
  • 00:52:43.877 --> 00:52:45.212
  • Don't let them poison your life.
  • 00:52:45.245 --> 00:52:46.546
  • Life is too good to be broughtdown by people like that.
  • 00:52:46.580 --> 00:52:50.083
  • Number two, don't fear desperatecircumstances.
  • 00:52:50.116 --> 00:52:53.653
  • Maybe your company has run outof cash.
  • 00:52:53.687 --> 00:52:56.056
  • Maybe your unemployment is overand you don't have a job
  • 00:52:56.089 --> 00:52:58.925
  • lined up.
  • 00:52:58.959 --> 00:53:00.260
  • Maybe you're in a time where youyourself are struggling with a
  • 00:53:00.293 --> 00:53:03.096
  • health issue, and the worstthing that we can do when we get
  • 00:53:03.129 --> 00:53:06.933
  • into desperate circumstances isto be gripped by fear and
  • 00:53:06.967 --> 00:53:10.870
  • to freeze.
  • 00:53:10.904 --> 00:53:12.239
  • The best thing we can do whenwe're in desperate circumstances
  • 00:53:12.272 --> 00:53:15.609
  • is turn our hearts towards Godand trust in him.
  • 00:53:15.642 --> 00:53:19.512
  • One of the best places to seepeople turning to the Lord is on
  • 00:53:19.546 --> 00:53:22.782
  • an airplane when it goes throughturbulence, and there's
  • 00:53:22.816 --> 00:53:24.951
  • something about that naturallyhappens to us, you know?
  • 00:53:24.985 --> 00:53:27.254
  • When people are afraid to fly,you're not religious at all, all
  • 00:53:27.287 --> 00:53:29.789
  • of a sudden the plane startsshaking and you see
  • 00:53:29.823 --> 00:53:31.591
  • people praying.
  • 00:53:31.625 --> 00:53:32.926
  • And you know, that's a goodthing.
  • 00:53:32.959 --> 00:53:34.527
  • It's good that when we'reafraid, we turn to the Lord,
  • 00:53:34.561 --> 00:53:38.431
  • that we don't be gripped byfear, but we can rest in him and
  • 00:53:38.465 --> 00:53:42.502
  • in his will.
  • 00:53:42.535 --> 00:53:43.870
  • Don't be afraid.
  • 00:53:43.903 --> 00:53:45.205
  • I know that's-- don't be afraidof demons or evil spirits.
  • 00:53:45.238 --> 00:53:50.343
  • You know, there's always gonnabe something that goes bump in
  • 00:53:50.377 --> 00:53:53.446
  • the night.
  • 00:53:53.480 --> 00:53:54.781
  • And sometimes maybe you've grownup where you have this deep
  • 00:53:54.814 --> 00:53:57.817
  • sense of this type of thing.
  • 00:53:57.851 --> 00:53:59.786
  • Don't even worry about it.
  • 00:53:59.819 --> 00:54:01.421
  • God has already conquered hell.
  • 00:54:01.454 --> 00:54:03.423
  • He's already conqueredeverything like that.
  • 00:54:03.456 --> 00:54:05.659
  • He has filled you with the lightand power of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:54:05.692 --> 00:54:08.762
  • You know, Jesus literally dwellsinside your body.
  • 00:54:08.795 --> 00:54:12.732
  • Remember what happened to demonsin the Gospels?
  • 00:54:12.766 --> 00:54:15.068
  • Anytime Jesus came around, thedemons cowered, and that's what
  • 00:54:15.101 --> 00:54:19.639
  • happens with you.
  • 00:54:19.673 --> 00:54:21.308
  • There's this story, and I'm sureit's apocryphal.
  • 00:54:21.341 --> 00:54:23.443
  • It's too good to be true, thisstory about Martin Luther, that
  • 00:54:23.476 --> 00:54:26.546
  • he heard a bump in the night,and he who woke up, and he
  • 00:54:26.579 --> 00:54:28.948
  • looked in the corner, and he sawSatan sitting in the corner.
  • 00:54:28.982 --> 00:54:31.618
  • And he looked at him and hesaid, "Oh, it's only you," and
  • 00:54:31.651 --> 00:54:34.487
  • he just went back to bed.
  • 00:54:34.521 --> 00:54:35.822
  • That's the exact posture youshould have towards these types
  • 00:54:35.855 --> 00:54:39.492
  • of things.
  • 00:54:39.526 --> 00:54:40.860
  • Don't worry about evil spirits,or things that go bump in the
  • 00:54:40.894 --> 00:54:43.363
  • night, or anything scary likethat.
  • 00:54:43.396 --> 00:54:45.365
  • God's given you all theauthority in the world.
  • 00:54:45.398 --> 00:54:47.200
  • And finally, and maybe mostimportantly, don't be afraid of
  • 00:54:47.233 --> 00:54:52.105
  • the dreams that God has givenyou.
  • 00:54:52.138 --> 00:54:55.675
  • It's hard when you've pursued somany dreams and goals and so
  • 00:54:55.709 --> 00:54:58.878
  • many of those dreams have beenshattered or broken.
  • 00:54:58.912 --> 00:55:01.681
  • You think, "I can't go throughthat another time."
  • 00:55:01.715 --> 00:55:04.718
  • Maybe you've had multiplemiscarriages and you're just
  • 00:55:04.751 --> 00:55:07.721
  • done trying and you think, "Ican't have another miscarriage."
  • 00:55:07.754 --> 00:55:10.690
  • Or maybe you've tried to start abusiness and you're like, "I
  • 00:55:10.724 --> 00:55:13.259
  • just can't do it."
  • 00:55:13.293 --> 00:55:14.594
  • Maybe God's put a ministry onyour heart and it just hasn't
  • 00:55:14.627 --> 00:55:17.364
  • worked out.
  • 00:55:17.397 --> 00:55:18.698
  • You know, we can learn from whatwent wrong.
  • 00:55:18.732 --> 00:55:20.233
  • We can learn from the past.
  • 00:55:20.266 --> 00:55:21.601
  • But if you really believe thatGod has put a dream on your
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  • heart, you know, it's it's okayto nurture that dream.
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  • Maybe you don't do it orwhatever, but at least don't be
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  • afraid of it.
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  • Don't back away from it.
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  • Don't say to yourself, "I can'tgo through that ever again."
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  • Life is always gonna be full ofdifficult things, but I want you
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  • to know that God gave it to youbecause he knew you could do it.
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  • God made you the kind ofcourageous, bold person you are
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  • and he's gonna help you do whatyou need to do next if it's the
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  • right thing.
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  • Reach for his Word, reach forhis Spirit, do your best to be
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  • more like Christ as a disciple,and all those other things will
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  • take care of themselves.
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  • You don't have to be afraid andyou're not.
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  • You are a bold, brave, smart,intelligent person.
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  • God is gonna-- has filled youwith his Spirit and he's gonna
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  • help you get through whatever itis you're going through.
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  • Remember, he loves you, and Ilove you, and this church loves
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  • you, and you're gonna do it.
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  • And we're so-- we trust the Lordwith whatever it is we're
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  • going through.
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  • Father, we thank you and we loveyou.
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  • And we know, God, that you lovebold faith.
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  • Help us understand what it meansto release our faith with power,
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  • and courage, and authority, thekind of authority you've given
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  • us through your Spirit to walkin all that we do as though
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  • you're doing it right with us.
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  • And we thank you, God, thateverything we do is yours, that,
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  • Lord, we can trust these thingsthat are important to us, that
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  • they're important to you too.
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  • Lord, we love you and we trustyou.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray,amen.
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