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September 5, 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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  • We will rejoice and be gladin it, good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome,visitors and church family.
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  • Man, it is easy to feel likeCOVID will always be here,
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  • but the truth is it is just onechapter, and it will end
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  • and a new chapter will begin,and with the Lord
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  • you can trust that your storywill be very good.
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  • Always easy?
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  • No, but very good.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining us.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby: We're so grateful thatyou invited our family to be
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  • with your family in your homeor wherever it is that you are,
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  • and you know, it's so hardwhen lonely times like this,
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  • you know, split us up, but wejust want you to know that we're
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  • thinking of you, and we loveyou, and we hope that today you
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  • receive a touch from Godthrough this program
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  • and that you leavefeeling encouraged.
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  • I just think so many people arealready discouraged enough
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  • and that the church--
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  • encouragement is a spiritualgift, the Bible says.
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  • That means to give people heart.
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  • And so we pray that you leavethis broadcast or wherever it is
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  • that you're watching with afull heart, with a full cup.
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  • So we're just gonnapray that over you now.
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  • Father, we come to you inJesus's name, and we ask that
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  • for everyone under the soundof our voice, that you would do
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  • what you do best, that youwould save us, encourage us,
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  • lift us up, call us,strengthen us when we're weak,
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  • give us joy whenwe're feeling blue.
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  • Lord, that is what you do.
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  • You're so wonderful to us,and I pray that those who are
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  • listening would receivea miracle from you today,
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  • an outpouring ofyour Holy Spirit,
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  • a refreshing, a renewing.
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  • Lord, we thank you,and we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around to the person inyour living room and say
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  • 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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  • we've designed a beautifulgift just for you.
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  • The Beloved art plaquefeatures the phrase
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  • "I am the Beloved of God"
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  • from Pastor Bobby'sCreed of the Beloved
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  • This colorful keepsake measures4 inches by 4 inches
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  • making it easy to displayin your home or office.
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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: In preparation forthe message, Exodus 3:15 and 21,
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  • "God also said to Moses,'Say to the Israelites,
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  • "The Lord, the Godof your fathers--
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  • the God of Abraham,the God of Isaac
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  • and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you."
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  • This is my name forever,the name you shall call me
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  • from generation to generation.
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  • Go, assemble the eldersof Israel and say to them,
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  • "The Lord, the Godof your fathers--
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  • the God of Abraham,
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  • Isaac and Jacob--appeared to me and said:
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  • 'I have watched over youand have seen what has
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  • been done to you in Egypt.
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  • And I have promised to bring youup out of your misery in Egypt
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  • into the land of the Canaanites,the Hittites, Amorites,
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  • Perizzites, Hivitesand Jebusites--
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  • a land flowingwith milk and honey.'"
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  • And I will make the Egyptiansfavorably disposed toward this
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  • people, so that when you leaveyou will not go empty-handed.
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  • Every woman is to ask herneighbor and any woman living
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  • in her house for articlesof silver and gold
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  • and for clothing, whichyou will put on your sons
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  • and daughters.
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  • And so you will plunderthe Egyptians.'"
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  • Church family, God has a greatcall for this chapter
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  • of your life, no matteryour age, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Jason Romano isan author and a podcast host
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  • for "Sports Spectrum," a sitewhere faith and sports meet.
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  • He spent 17 years asa producer at ESPN,
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  • where he learned some valuablelife and leadership lessons.
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  • He explores thesein his new book,
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  • "The Uniform of Leadership,"which looks at how we
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  • can be servant leaders in ourworkplaces and communities.
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  • Please welcome Jason Romano.
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  • Bobby: Jason, hi, welcome.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining us today.
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  • Jason Romano: Bobby,so good to be with you.
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  • Thanks for having me.
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  • Bobby: This is a funinterview for me.
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  • I'm a big sports guy, andI've listened to your podcast.
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  • It's really great, and I justlove what you're doing, teaching
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  • on leadership and kind ofemploying both of these things,
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  • but for people who haven't seenyou on ESPN or haven't listened
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  • to your podcast, tell us alittle bit about your faith
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  • journey and sort of how yougot here in your walk with God.
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  • Jason: Yeah, so I grew upgoing to church on occasion
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  • with my grandfather.
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  • I would say I wasnot a Christian.
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  • I just kind of did it to do itbecause my grandfather wanted me
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  • to do it and would reward meif I went to church with him,
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  • but it wasn't till I was27 years old, actually,
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  • as a follower of Christ, beganthat journey, began that walk.
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  • My brother Chris, who is apastor, is the one who led me
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  • to the Lord, and myheart was open that day.
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  • I could spend hours telling youabout what took place, but it
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  • was one of those momentsthat was really poignant for me
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  • because it went fromunderstanding, you know,
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  • that church was a thing onSundays that I might've done
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  • occasionally, to actuallybeginning a relationship
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  • with the Lord.
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  • And I had not heard thatword before, so it was the
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  • relationship aspect ofconnecting with Christ as Savior
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  • was really what kind of openedmy eyes to my faith,
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  • and I've been on that journeynow for 19 years as a believer
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  • that the sports side of thingsand the ESPN side of things
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  • was something that I reallydesired from an early age
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  • and went into a careerin broadcasting
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  • and kind of pursued thatand before I was a Christian,
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  • really went into this journeyof trying to accomplish
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  • and achieve and eventuallyget to ESPN.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, it's sucha great story too.
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  • I love that both your grandpaand your brother played a role.
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  • Like, so, as you go into, like,ESPN, and you work in the sports
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  • world, it's not always themost faith-friendly environment.
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  • Sports can be reallyfamily-friendly, but I know
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  • behind the scenes, you know,especially a place like ESPN,
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  • I'm sure it wasn't always easyto be, you know, a man of faith,
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  • but also successful--butyou were successful.
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  • How was that, like,holding both of those things?
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  • Jason: It was a push-pullfor many years.
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  • It wasn't until about ten yearsinto my journey, Bobby,
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  • that I really understoodthat work could be worship,
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  • that I could actually havea ministry that consisted
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  • of me going to workevery day at ESPN.
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  • For many years, I really thoughtthat this was separate,
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  • that church on Sundays, evenafter I'd become a Christian,
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  • that church on Sundays, maybe aBible study middle of the week,
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  • certainly my prayer time,my time with the Lord,
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  • reading the Word,was kind of that world.
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  • That was church.
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  • That was my faith, and thengoing to work was separate.
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  • And it wasn't until a timein 2010, when a guy named
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  • Coach Tony Dungy--you might've heard of him.
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  • He came to ESPN, and I spentthe day with Coach Dungy,
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  • and he asked me a questionthat changed my life forever.
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  • He simply said, "How do you liveyour faith out in the workplace
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  • here at ESPN, Jason?"
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  • And I had not been askedthat question before, Bobby,
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  • and so I didn't have a realgood answer for him,
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  • but it was after that momentthat I recognized that I
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  • wasn't just an ESPN producerwho happened to be a Christian.
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  • I was a Christian wherever Iwent, who happened to be a
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  • producer at ESPN, who happenedto be a husband and a dad
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  • or whatever and wherever I wasthat this Jesus-walk could be
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  • the center of who I was andnot just a piece of my life.
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  • Bobby: I really want peopleat home to not miss
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  • what he just said there.
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  • I mean, this is so importantthat--so for a lot of committed
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  • Christians, your walk with Godis this private part of your
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  • life, but it really needsto encompass everything,
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  • and it actually brings joyto your work, doesn't it?
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  • Jason: Yeah, I wasfocused on others.
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  • You know, I took myself outof the equation in trying to
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  • achieve and accomplish, justlike everybody wants to when
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  • they're working at a place likeESPN, and it allowed me
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  • to enjoy my job betterbecause I was about service.
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  • I was about service to others,just like Jesus said,
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  • Matthew 20:28, "I came not to beserved, but to serve,"
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  • and that's kind of thephilosophy that I adopted
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  • the last few yearsthat I was there
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  • in trying to be the bestexample of a follower of Christ
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  • that I could, and it juststarted with serving my people
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  • and my teammates around me.
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  • Bobby: I think you said thatyou were at ESPN for 17 years,
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  • and then you left to gointo full-time ministry.
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  • What was that decision like?
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  • If you had already been livingthis out in the workplace,
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  • it must've been a toughcall to make for you.
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  • Jason: It was very,very difficult.
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  • I wish I could tell you it wasso easy, and God was clearly
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  • saying, "Time to leave,"but it was really hard.
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  • I mean, it's the comforts ofworking at a place like ESPN.
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  • You know, it paid well.
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  • We had amazing benefits and allthese other perks that come from
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  • working there, and you know,whenever I think God calls us
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  • to do something, it's usually anuncomfortable circumstance.
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  • That's just my experience intalking to others and certainly,
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  • for me, but I just feltlike God was saying,
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  • "I want you to do more for me."
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  • I didn't even know what thatmeant, Bobby, leaving ESPN,
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  • but I just sensed thatfor a couple years,
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  • and I spent 2016 reallyjust trying to understand
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  • what that meant,and all I did was
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  • build relationships withother people outside of ESPN.
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  • I just wanted to learn people'sjourneys, wanted to connect
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  • with different people, pastors,authors, different people,
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  • and through that I figured Godwill open up a door
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  • if it's meant to open up,and it'll be pretty clear to me.
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  • And I had some people speakthat into my life as well
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  • for that couple years,and then the opportunity came
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  • to go into not just ministry,but sports ministry,
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  • so I was takingall of the skills
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  • and the talents and the,you know, the desires that
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  • I had, as far as being a sportsperson, and now I could bring
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  • them into the ministry placeand be able to kind of do
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  • what I had done at ESPN,as far as producing
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  • and creating content, but now Ifelt like I could do that
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  • for a greater purpose.
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  • And listen, it wasn't easy,Bobby.
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  • It was a 40% pay cut.
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  • It was walking away from ESPN.
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  • It was no benefits initially,but like I said,
  • 00:16:02.477 --> 00:16:05.179
  • sometimes God calls us to gointo that uncomfortable space
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  • and take that leap.
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  • And now that I look back,three years later
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  • I could see God'shand was in at all.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, I can tell, youjust, you seem so grateful
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  • that you made what I would guessis the right choice,
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  • that you did--not that it's theright choice for everybody,
  • 00:16:19.694 --> 00:16:22.163
  • but for you,in that moment, it was--
  • 00:16:22.196 --> 00:16:24.298
  • it took a lot of faith,a lot of courage,
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  • a lot of chutzpah even.
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  • We've been talking aboutthat in our worship service.
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  • And this book thatyou've just written,
  • 00:16:29.404 --> 00:16:31.005
  • "The Uniform of Leadership"is so great
  • 00:16:31.039 --> 00:16:33.241
  • and so needed right nowabout servant leadership.
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  • Tell people why you wrotethis book and kind of
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  • what you hope they'll getfrom it if they read it.
  • 00:16:39.313 --> 00:16:42.650
  • Jason: Yeah, well,thank you Bobby.
  • 00:16:42.683 --> 00:16:44.385
  • I mean, the goal in--first of all,
  • 00:16:44.419 --> 00:16:46.087
  • I never wanted to write books.
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.655
  • That was not my call.
  • 00:16:47.688 --> 00:16:49.323
  • I felt like it was really to doproduction and broadcasting and
  • 00:16:49.357 --> 00:16:53.261
  • that kind of world, but youknow, God opened up some doors
  • 00:16:53.294 --> 00:16:56.097
  • to write a book, and if I wasever going to write a book,
  • 00:16:56.130 --> 00:16:58.633
  • if you'd had talked to me fiveyears ago, this would've been
  • 00:16:58.666 --> 00:17:00.701
  • the book to write because somany people come up to me
  • 00:17:00.735 --> 00:17:03.271
  • and say, "What was itlike to work at ESPN?"
  • 00:17:03.304 --> 00:17:05.373
  • I really wanted it to be a loveletter to my time at ESPN
  • 00:17:05.406 --> 00:17:09.043
  • but also, not justto entertain people,
  • 00:17:09.077 --> 00:17:11.345
  • but to be able toencourage people
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  • and help them on their journeysto be better leaders
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  • and to put that into their lifeto apply that into their life.
  • 00:17:15.917 --> 00:17:19.787
  • And for me, turning this bookinto a leadership book was what
  • 00:17:19.821 --> 00:17:23.858
  • did that, and it really centersaround that idea of serving
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  • others and coming back to beinga light where you are,
  • 00:17:26.527 --> 00:17:30.098
  • blooming where you're planted,and that's why I wrote it,
  • 00:17:30.131 --> 00:17:32.733
  • really, just to encourage othersand to share stories from,
  • 00:17:32.767 --> 00:17:35.703
  • you know, my time at ESPN.
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  • Bobby: That's awesome.
  • 00:17:37.371 --> 00:17:38.840
  • Well, if you have--if you're athome and you have a management
  • 00:17:38.873 --> 00:17:40.975
  • team, you're an employer, ormaybe you have a sports team,
  • 00:17:41.008 --> 00:17:43.945
  • or maybe you have a ministryteam and you want some fresh
  • 00:17:43.978 --> 00:17:47.048
  • training on leadership,particularly how to do
  • 00:17:47.081 --> 00:17:49.417
  • servant leadershipwithin an organization,
  • 00:17:49.450 --> 00:17:51.385
  • I really wanna recommend"The Uniform of Leadership,"
  • 00:17:51.419 --> 00:17:54.455
  • by Jason Romano.
  • 00:17:54.489 --> 00:17:56.124
  • Jason, thank you so much.
  • 00:17:56.157 --> 00:17:57.692
  • It's such a privilege to haveyou here, and we're so grateful
  • 00:17:57.725 --> 00:18:00.161
  • that you spent thisSunday morning with us.
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  • Jason: Bobby, thanksso much for having me.
  • 00:18:02.930 --> 00:18:04.465
  • You're awesome,and it's been an honor.
  • 00:18:04.499 --> 00:18:05.933
  • Thanks so much.
  • 00:18:05.967 --> 00:18:07.268
  • Bobby: Thanks.God bless.
  • 00:18:07.301 --> 00:18:08.669
  • Jason: You too.
  • 00:18:08.703 --> 00:18:10.771
  • Derek Fisher: I really just takeeach game and play by faith,
  • 00:18:10.805 --> 00:18:12.707
  • and things just seem tocontinue to work themselves out,
  • 00:18:12.740 --> 00:18:15.676
  • and it's amazing how God haskind of touched my life
  • 00:18:15.710 --> 00:18:18.146
  • in big ways and howhe's touched our team,
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  • and we're all verythankful for that.
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  • announcer: As a special reminderof how much you mean to us
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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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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ God loves a lullaby ♪
  • 00:20:21.035 --> 00:20:23.571
  • ♪ and a mother's tearsin the dead of night ♪
  • 00:20:23.604 --> 00:20:27.608
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪
  • 00:20:27.642 --> 00:20:32.380
  • ♪ God loves a drunkard's cry ♪
  • 00:20:35.116 --> 00:20:37.718
  • ♪ and a soldier's pleanot to let him die ♪
  • 00:20:37.752 --> 00:20:41.722
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪
  • 00:20:41.756 --> 00:20:45.960
  • ♪ We pour out our miseries ♪
  • 00:20:48.529 --> 00:20:52.133
  • ♪ God just hearsa melody ♪
  • 00:20:52.166 --> 00:20:55.670
  • ♪ Beautiful,the mess we are ♪
  • 00:20:55.703 --> 00:20:59.340
  • ♪ Honest criesof breaking hearts ♪
  • 00:20:59.373 --> 00:21:04.378
  • ♪ are better thana hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ A woman holding on for life ♪
  • 00:21:24.665 --> 00:21:27.501
  • ♪ and a dying mangiving up a fight ♪
  • 00:21:27.535 --> 00:21:31.339
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪
  • 00:21:31.372 --> 00:21:36.210
  • ♪ The tears of shamefor what's been done ♪
  • 00:21:38.212 --> 00:21:41.782
  • ♪ the silence whenthe words won't come ♪
  • 00:21:41.816 --> 00:21:45.619
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪
  • 00:21:45.653 --> 00:21:50.624
  • ♪ We pour outour miseries ♪
  • 00:21:52.593 --> 00:21:56.030
  • ♪ God just hearsa melody ♪
  • 00:21:56.063 --> 00:21:59.700
  • ♪ Beautiful,the mess we are ♪
  • 00:21:59.734 --> 00:22:03.204
  • ♪ Honest criesof breaking hearts ♪
  • 00:22:03.237 --> 00:22:09.276
  • ♪ are better thana hallelujah ♪
  • 00:22:11.312 --> 00:22:15.149
  • ♪ better than a churchbell ringing ♪
  • 00:22:15.182 --> 00:22:18.486
  • ♪ better than a choirsinging out ♪
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  • ♪ singing out ♪
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  • ♪ We pour outour miseries ♪
  • 00:22:28.162 --> 00:22:31.732
  • ♪ God just hearsa melody ♪
  • 00:22:31.766 --> 00:22:35.536
  • ♪ Beautiful,the mess we are ♪
  • 00:22:35.569 --> 00:22:38.973
  • ♪ Honest criesof breaking hearts ♪
  • 00:22:39.006 --> 00:22:45.479
  • ♪ are better thana hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ We pour outour miseries ♪
  • 00:23:03.964 --> 00:23:07.435
  • ♪ God just hearsa melody ♪
  • 00:23:07.468 --> 00:23:10.971
  • ♪ Beautiful,the mess we are ♪
  • 00:23:11.005 --> 00:23:14.675
  • ♪ Honest criesof breaking hearts ♪
  • 00:23:14.708 --> 00:23:21.148
  • ♪ are better thana hallelujah ♪
  • 00:23:22.550 --> 00:23:26.854
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪
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  • ♪ better thana hallelujah ♪
  • 00:23:36.864 --> 00:23:40.468
  • ♪ better than a hallelujahsometimes ♪♪
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  • Bobby: Please stand with us.
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  • Hold your hands out like thisas a way of receiving
  • 00:23:57.151 --> 00:23:58.652
  • from the Lord, and let'ssay this creed together
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  • as we do every single week: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 sayabout me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.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.
  • 00:24:27.114 --> 00:24:29.750
  • Well, today, I wanna talk--in this chutzpah series--
  • 00:24:29.783 --> 00:24:33.020
  • I wanna talk aboutthe importance especially during
  • 00:24:33.053 --> 00:24:36.757
  • this time of not giving into the path of least resistance.
  • 00:24:36.790 --> 00:24:43.297
  • You are talking to someonewho was tempted by this
  • 00:24:43.330 --> 00:24:45.699
  • all the time.
  • 00:24:45.733 --> 00:24:47.101
  • I'm sure you are aware there's,like, two paths you can go,
  • 00:24:47.134 --> 00:24:50.304
  • and one is so easy, andno one will know.
  • 00:24:50.337 --> 00:24:53.574
  • You know, I can reach for thoseDoritos and crawl up on a couch
  • 00:24:53.607 --> 00:24:56.710
  • and watch "Last Dance,"which is amazing, by the way.
  • 00:24:56.744 --> 00:25:00.014
  • We're not gonna go--it's a great, great show.
  • 00:25:00.047 --> 00:25:03.083
  • But you know, and thenthere's this other path.
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  • You know, I canget out of bed,
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  • and I can do the thingI'm supposed to do.
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  • I can answer God's call.
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  • And yes, sometimes we need rest,absolutely, and a lot of times
  • 00:25:11.191 --> 00:25:14.562
  • we need refreshing, and a lotof times we need retreat,
  • 00:25:14.595 --> 00:25:17.531
  • but my sense is thatduring this COVID pandemic,
  • 00:25:17.565 --> 00:25:20.834
  • there is such, at least for me,a strong temptation
  • 00:25:20.868 --> 00:25:24.371
  • to always give in to the pathof least resistance.
  • 00:25:24.405 --> 00:25:27.875
  • When the other path so oftenhas so many great rewards,
  • 00:25:27.908 --> 00:25:32.246
  • very often, becauseeverybody else is being lazy,
  • 00:25:32.279 --> 00:25:35.449
  • everybody else has takenthe path of least resistance,
  • 00:25:35.482 --> 00:25:38.185
  • it's so easy to miss out onthe amazing opportunities
  • 00:25:38.218 --> 00:25:42.122
  • that lie before us.
  • 00:25:42.156 --> 00:25:44.224
  • Of course, these two pathsare something that are common
  • 00:25:44.258 --> 00:25:46.427
  • throughout the whole Bible,"Paths I lay before you,
  • 00:25:46.460 --> 00:25:49.029
  • a path that leads to life anda path that leads to death."
  • 00:25:49.063 --> 00:25:52.566
  • I remember there's this greatpastor that I've always enjoyed,
  • 00:25:52.600 --> 00:25:57.638
  • and he's kind of, you know,sometimes always pushing people,
  • 00:25:57.671 --> 00:26:01.475
  • Francis Chan, always pushingpeople to go 100% for God,
  • 00:26:01.508 --> 00:26:05.145
  • you know, live allour lives for God.
  • 00:26:05.179 --> 00:26:06.981
  • And he had an elder that cameto him, and he said,
  • 00:26:07.014 --> 00:26:08.983
  • "You know, Francis, we reallyappreciate your heart,
  • 00:26:09.016 --> 00:26:11.218
  • but you know, there'sa middle road.
  • 00:26:11.251 --> 00:26:14.288
  • There's a moderation that peoplereally should try to achieve."
  • 00:26:14.321 --> 00:26:18.492
  • And it's funny to hear itthrough Francis's eyes
  • 00:26:18.525 --> 00:26:20.427
  • because he goes, "Oh,there's a middle road.
  • 00:26:20.461 --> 00:26:22.463
  • I thought there was a wide,easy road that led to death,
  • 00:26:22.496 --> 00:26:26.967
  • and a narrow, difficultroad that leads to life,
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  • but apparently, there's likethis middle road."
  • 00:26:30.404 --> 00:26:33.774
  • And maybe--and that feelsthat way sometimes, you know,
  • 00:26:33.807 --> 00:26:36.210
  • that let's just take--
  • 00:26:36.243 --> 00:26:38.479
  • let's just do whateverybody else is doing,
  • 00:26:38.512 --> 00:26:40.614
  • let's just be likeeveryone else,
  • 00:26:40.648 --> 00:26:42.650
  • let's just take the easy road,
  • 00:26:42.683 --> 00:26:45.119
  • when before you realize,yes, a difficult road,
  • 00:26:45.152 --> 00:26:47.721
  • yes, somethingthat's hard to do,
  • 00:26:47.755 --> 00:26:49.923
  • yes, somethingthat's harder to do now
  • 00:26:49.957 --> 00:26:51.859
  • than it was a year ago,for many of us,
  • 00:26:51.892 --> 00:26:53.961
  • but take that road.
  • 00:26:53.994 --> 00:26:55.763
  • Take a step onto that pathand watch what God can do
  • 00:26:55.796 --> 00:26:59.700
  • when you decide you're gonna dothe next right thing
  • 00:26:59.733 --> 00:27:02.736
  • even though it's hard.
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  • Joy and meaning in life comefrom taking responsibility.
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  • I think this is something thatmany people in our modern age
  • 00:27:08.475 --> 00:27:11.512
  • have forgotten, that whenwe give up responsibility,
  • 00:27:11.545 --> 00:27:15.049
  • we're also giving up atremendous amount of meaning.
  • 00:27:15.082 --> 00:27:17.885
  • And this is true also when Godcalls you to do something that
  • 00:27:17.918 --> 00:27:21.422
  • even though it's hard,even if it's, you know,
  • 00:27:21.455 --> 00:27:23.691
  • it means sacrifice financiallyor sacrifice of your time,
  • 00:27:23.724 --> 00:27:26.994
  • and you believe it's fromthe Lord and you do it,
  • 00:27:27.027 --> 00:27:29.263
  • and you take a step in thatdirection, you're gonna find
  • 00:27:29.296 --> 00:27:32.132
  • an immense amount ofmeaning in your life.
  • 00:27:32.166 --> 00:27:34.635
  • So don't miss out.
  • 00:27:34.668 --> 00:27:36.770
  • Don't try and be in a perpetualsummer even though COVID is
  • 00:27:36.804 --> 00:27:40.541
  • sort of just offeringit to you in this way.
  • 00:27:40.574 --> 00:27:42.876
  • You know, just turn against thatand decide that you're gonna
  • 00:27:42.910 --> 00:27:46.313
  • find a way to continue to makeprogress in your discipleship,
  • 00:27:46.346 --> 00:27:50.451
  • to continue to make progressin your business,
  • 00:27:50.484 --> 00:27:53.220
  • in your relationships,and to go in the direction
  • 00:27:53.253 --> 00:27:55.823
  • that God has called you to do.
  • 00:27:55.856 --> 00:27:57.958
  • I remember--speaking of summer vacation--
  • 00:27:57.991 --> 00:28:00.360
  • when, you know, when Iwas in high school.
  • 00:28:00.394 --> 00:28:01.695
  • I went to high schoolin Tulsa, Oklahoma,
  • 00:28:01.729 --> 00:28:03.530
  • a school called Broken Arrow.
  • 00:28:03.564 --> 00:28:05.632
  • We were on the eastern outskirtsof the city, and we had lots
  • 00:28:05.666 --> 00:28:08.302
  • of fields nearby.
  • 00:28:08.335 --> 00:28:10.437
  • And you know, summers inOklahoma, they're not just hot.
  • 00:28:10.471 --> 00:28:12.639
  • They're humid.
  • 00:28:12.673 --> 00:28:14.641
  • So not only is it hot outside,it's like imagine going out to
  • 00:28:14.675 --> 00:28:16.777
  • 100-degree weather, but youalso have, like, a blanket,
  • 00:28:16.810 --> 00:28:19.113
  • a quilt around you, and you'rebreathing in the blanket,
  • 00:28:19.146 --> 00:28:21.448
  • and it's just--it's brutal.
  • 00:28:21.482 --> 00:28:23.851
  • And so in the summer, you know,I'm lying on my couch,
  • 00:28:23.884 --> 00:28:25.886
  • and the air-conditioningis going.
  • 00:28:25.919 --> 00:28:27.888
  • The fan is blowing, and I'vegot my Coca-Cola,
  • 00:28:27.921 --> 00:28:29.957
  • and I'm watching my show.
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  • And my friend Josh, who was aneighbor, loved to go fishing,
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  • and almost every single timewhen he called me
  • 00:28:36.096 --> 00:28:38.298
  • and he wanted to go fishing,I was thinking no way.
  • 00:28:38.332 --> 00:28:40.033
  • It's hot out there.I got my Coke.
  • 00:28:40.067 --> 00:28:42.803
  • I got my air-conditioning.I got "Days of Our Lives,"
  • 00:28:42.836 --> 00:28:45.939
  • or whatever it ison in the summer.
  • 00:28:45.973 --> 00:28:48.308
  • And you know, and I remember,when I would say yes,
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  • I would look back when I wastempted to say no
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  • and go, man, I'm so gladI'm out here fishing.
  • 00:28:55.682 --> 00:28:58.585
  • I'm so glad I'm outhere with my friend.
  • 00:28:58.619 --> 00:29:00.788
  • I'm so glad I made a decisionto do this thing.
  • 00:29:00.821 --> 00:29:04.191
  • And I made a rule with myself:Any time Josh called me
  • 00:29:04.224 --> 00:29:07.394
  • in the summer to go fishing,unless I was in an emergency
  • 00:29:07.427 --> 00:29:10.264
  • or something,I would say yes.
  • 00:29:10.297 --> 00:29:12.466
  • I would never allow TVand air-conditioning
  • 00:29:12.499 --> 00:29:14.701
  • and a Coca-Cola to beat out
  • 00:29:14.735 --> 00:29:16.804
  • a day fishing witha good friend.
  • 00:29:16.837 --> 00:29:19.273
  • And this is how we should bewhen God calls us.
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  • When there's this thing that wefeel that God needs us to do,
  • 00:29:22.442 --> 00:29:26.480
  • when we're called to do the nextright thing, even though it's
  • 00:29:26.513 --> 00:29:29.082
  • difficult, when we're called tobe with our kids or our wife
  • 00:29:29.116 --> 00:29:33.821
  • or when a friend needs us,and there's just
  • 00:29:33.854 --> 00:29:36.123
  • this lethargy that comes over--I mean, join the club.
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  • I'm there.You know, it's hard.
  • 00:29:37.958 --> 00:29:39.827
  • It's very hard sometimes todo the next right thing--
  • 00:29:39.860 --> 00:29:42.663
  • make a choice todaythat when that time comes--
  • 00:29:42.696 --> 00:29:45.332
  • and it will comethis week even,
  • 00:29:45.365 --> 00:29:47.334
  • for many of you--make a decision that
  • 00:29:47.367 --> 00:29:49.236
  • even though you don't feellike doing it,
  • 00:29:49.269 --> 00:29:51.038
  • you're gonna move in thedirection of the right thing
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  • because God has a rewardin store for people
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  • who make decisions like that.
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  • That's the kindof person you are.
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  • You're not a lazy,lethargic person.
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  • Maybe you're feeling that wayduring this time,
  • 00:30:03.617 --> 00:30:05.452
  • but I believe you'rethe kind of hardworking,
  • 00:30:05.485 --> 00:30:07.688
  • smart, responsible personwho can make a huge difference
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  • in someone's lifeduring this time.
  • 00:30:11.325 --> 00:30:14.294
  • People today need peoplelike you, joyful people,
  • 00:30:14.328 --> 00:30:17.965
  • giving people,hopeful people,
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  • to enter into their livesand encourage them
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  • and hold their hand andhelp them get out of bed,
  • 00:30:22.803 --> 00:30:25.472
  • just as you got yourselfout of bed,
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  • and I believe God's gonna dothat for many of you this week.
  • 00:30:27.608 --> 00:30:30.744
  • All that to saylet's talk about Moses.
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  • The text today spansover two chapters,
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  • and there's this greatstory about Moses.
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  • You know, it's interesting,his life.
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  • His, I think, is my favoritestory in the Old Testament,
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  • and it's one reason Ialways come back to Moses.
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  • You know, Moses, we know,many of us, how he was born
  • 00:30:49.196 --> 00:30:52.866
  • as a Hebrew but adopted by anEgyptian princess and grew up
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  • a wealthy princewith all sorts of power
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  • in the court of Pharaoh.
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  • In the Bronze Age, the EgyptianEmpire was one of the wealthiest
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  • and strongest kingdoms andstrongest empires that ever had
  • 00:31:05.245 --> 00:31:09.116
  • existed in human history,and here is Moses growing up
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  • in that court, amazing.
  • 00:31:12.152 --> 00:31:14.888
  • He's full of wealthand the best meals.
  • 00:31:14.922 --> 00:31:17.357
  • Probably had girls, and he hadall sorts of entertaining things
  • 00:31:17.391 --> 00:31:20.627
  • available to him and probablytook advantage of those things,
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  • enjoyed them.
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  • And one day, he starts to getthe sense in his heart
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  • that although, on the outside,he's an Egyptian,
  • 00:31:28.502 --> 00:31:31.038
  • on the inside, he's a Hebrew.
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  • And he sees his Hebrew brothersand sisters being enslaved,
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  • being taken advantage of.
  • 00:31:36.910 --> 00:31:39.112
  • Maybe he equates and realizes,"Man, the food I'm eating on my
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  • table, the wealth I'm enjoyingevery day is the result
  • 00:31:42.449 --> 00:31:45.519
  • of my own people being enslaved.
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  • How can I live like this?"
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  • and begins to feel a stirringuntil one day
  • 00:31:50.190 --> 00:31:52.559
  • this Egyptian prince,who's a Hebrew on the inside,
  • 00:31:52.592 --> 00:31:55.429
  • sees one of his brothersbeing taken advantage of
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  • and beaten byan Egyptian soldier.
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  • And Moses, being insome ways heroic
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  • but in other ways cowardly,
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  • murders this manand buries him in the sand,
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  • and he thinks he'sdone a good thing.
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  • The next day, he sees hisHebrew brothers arguing
  • 00:32:10.444 --> 00:32:13.246
  • with one another,and he tells them,
  • 00:32:13.280 --> 00:32:15.282
  • "Brothers, whyare you fighting?"
  • 00:32:15.315 --> 00:32:17.017
  • And they say, "Will you kill uslike you killed that Egyptian?"
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  • And he finds out that peopleknow that he murdered this
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  • Egyptian soldier, and his,you know, stepfather,
  • 00:32:20.854 --> 00:32:23.757
  • the Pharaoh, is gonnacome after him.
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  • And so now, you know, hedoesn't know what to do.
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  • Or maybe it was hisgrandfather, wasn't it?
  • 00:32:29.096 --> 00:32:30.964
  • Yeah, it'd be hisstep-grandfather.
  • 00:32:30.998 --> 00:32:32.933
  • Well, anyway,so Moses flees,
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  • and he flees tothe land of Midian.
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  • Now, I wanna pause herefor a moment because age
  • 00:32:37.204 --> 00:32:39.439
  • is an importantpart of the story.
  • 00:32:39.473 --> 00:32:41.675
  • When Moses flees Egyptto the land of Midian,
  • 00:32:41.708 --> 00:32:46.013
  • he is 40 years old, okay?
  • 00:32:46.046 --> 00:32:49.416
  • He is 40 years old, andthe land of the Midianites,
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  • which is likeNorthwestern Arabia,
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  • is sort of--in many ways,there's some evidence
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  • that shows that manyof the Midianites maybe
  • 00:32:59.926 --> 00:33:03.063
  • were worshiping Yahweh.
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  • It's interesting that thereare actually Gentiles
  • 00:33:04.898 --> 00:33:06.900
  • in the Middle East,who were descendants of Abraham,
  • 00:33:06.933 --> 00:33:10.937
  • who, like Balaam,for example, seems to know
  • 00:33:10.971 --> 00:33:14.908
  • and worship Yahweh,but he's not a Hebrew.
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  • The Midianites werethe descendants of Keturah,
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  • who was Abraham'ssecond wife after Sarah died,
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  • and it seems that they'reworshiping Yahweh,
  • 00:33:22.949 --> 00:33:25.252
  • although that's fromextra-biblical texts.
  • 00:33:25.285 --> 00:33:28.021
  • And when Moses flees intothe land of the Midianites,
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  • he sees these girlswho have sheep,
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  • and they're tryingto water their sheep,
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  • and there are these othershepherds who were big,
  • 00:33:37.197 --> 00:33:39.299
  • burly men, and they decideto push, you know,
  • 00:33:39.332 --> 00:33:41.668
  • the women away fromthe well where the sheep
  • 00:33:41.701 --> 00:33:44.137
  • are drinking from the water.
  • 00:33:44.171 --> 00:33:45.872
  • And Moses, this Egyptian,you know, intervenes
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  • and helps them feed, youknow, water their sheep.
  • 00:33:48.241 --> 00:33:52.045
  • And so these girls go backto their dad, Jethro,
  • 00:33:52.079 --> 00:33:54.648
  • and they say, "This Egyptianrescued us, and he helped us."
  • 00:33:54.681 --> 00:33:56.983
  • And Jethro goes,"Invite him to dinner."
  • 00:33:57.017 --> 00:33:59.519
  • And then this long thing,you know,
  • 00:33:59.553 --> 00:34:01.688
  • happens where Moses marriesJethro's daughter Zipporah,
  • 00:34:01.721 --> 00:34:04.558
  • and now he's found his home.
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  • And 40 years later, 40 yearslater, he arrives at the Sinai.
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  • Now, before I continuethe story, think about that.
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  • He's a 40-year-old princewho flees Egypt,
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  • and another 40 yearsgoes by before his experience
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  • and the burning bush.
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  • When Moses arrives--just think about this.
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  • I think he thinkshis life is over.
  • 00:34:31.818 --> 00:34:34.488
  • You might be watching and go,
  • 00:34:34.521 --> 00:34:36.189
  • "Hey, hey, 80 doesn't meanmy life is over."
  • 00:34:36.223 --> 00:34:38.592
  • You know, the average lifeexpectancy in America
  • 00:34:38.625 --> 00:34:41.394
  • is 78.54 years old.
  • 00:34:41.428 --> 00:34:44.531
  • The average life expectancyin the Bronze Age,
  • 00:34:44.564 --> 00:34:47.167
  • because I looked it up,I know, is 26.
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  • If you live to be 80,that's really good, back then.
  • 00:34:50.604 --> 00:34:54.341
  • If you escape the manyplagues and wars and murders
  • 00:34:54.374 --> 00:34:58.345
  • and injustices and all the otherthings that can happen to you
  • 00:34:58.378 --> 00:35:01.348
  • and you make it to 80,you're doing pretty good.
  • 00:35:01.381 --> 00:35:04.618
  • I looked up--you know, so often,we think of Moses going to the
  • 00:35:04.651 --> 00:35:07.554
  • burning bush, we picture it amiddle-aged or even sometimes
  • 00:35:07.587 --> 00:35:10.790
  • a young man, you know, beingcalled to the burning bush.
  • 00:35:10.824 --> 00:35:14.161
  • It fits our American narrative,doesn't it?
  • 00:35:14.194 --> 00:35:16.263
  • That the young dreamer,you know,
  • 00:35:16.296 --> 00:35:18.198
  • going out to findthis new thing.
  • 00:35:18.231 --> 00:35:20.167
  • But Moses was an old manwhen he started his calling.
  • 00:35:20.200 --> 00:35:23.403
  • I found this picture of a MiddleEastern man in his 70s, and this
  • 00:35:23.436 --> 00:35:28.108
  • is maybe what Moses looked like:weathered, been through a lot,
  • 00:35:28.141 --> 00:35:33.647
  • you know, away from home, awayfrom his mother and his family,
  • 00:35:33.680 --> 00:35:37.317
  • and they don't know wherehe is, and he's disappeared--
  • 00:35:37.350 --> 00:35:39.519
  • a fugitive.
  • 00:35:39.553 --> 00:35:41.521
  • And he's been ashepherd for 40 years.
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  • Can you imagine from 40 to80 years old, just a shepherd,
  • 00:35:43.523 --> 00:35:46.560
  • and out of nowhere comesthis burning bush?
  • 00:35:46.593 --> 00:35:49.963
  • And the story goes--so when we think of Moses,
  • 00:35:49.996 --> 00:35:52.399
  • think of an oldman, not a young man
  • 00:35:52.432 --> 00:35:54.868
  • full of hope and dreams--
  • 00:35:54.901 --> 00:35:56.736
  • an old man that'swinding down his life.
  • 00:35:56.770 --> 00:35:58.572
  • That's what he thinks he is.
  • 00:35:58.605 --> 00:36:01.041
  • And when he sees thisburning bush--you know,
  • 00:36:01.074 --> 00:36:03.443
  • the rabbis make a bigdeal about this.
  • 00:36:03.476 --> 00:36:05.845
  • They say that one reason Godwaited until Moses was 80 was
  • 00:36:05.879 --> 00:36:09.282
  • 'cause they needed a man who waspatient enough to observe a bush
  • 00:36:09.316 --> 00:36:13.320
  • that was burning butwasn't being consumed.
  • 00:36:13.353 --> 00:36:16.623
  • In the desert, to see a bush onfire is perhaps a rare thing,
  • 00:36:16.656 --> 00:36:19.626
  • but not super-rare,and you just see a bush burning,
  • 00:36:19.659 --> 00:36:22.495
  • and you move on,
  • 00:36:22.529 --> 00:36:24.364
  • but to see a bush and continueto watch it and notice--
  • 00:36:24.397 --> 00:36:26.633
  • it takes several minutesto realize it's not actually
  • 00:36:26.666 --> 00:36:28.635
  • being consumed.
  • 00:36:28.668 --> 00:36:30.570
  • So Moses approaches this bush,and he sees it,
  • 00:36:30.604 --> 00:36:32.472
  • and out of the bush comesthis voice, "Moses, Moses,"
  • 00:36:32.505 --> 00:36:40.647
  • and Moses is in an old, ragged,tired voice, says, "Here I am."
  • 00:36:40.680 --> 00:36:49.189
  • And the voice is the voiceof Yahweh, and he says,
  • 00:36:49.222 --> 00:36:52.125
  • "Moses, I have heardthe cry of my people,
  • 00:36:52.158 --> 00:36:56.162
  • the descendantsof your forefathers,
  • 00:36:56.196 --> 00:36:59.666
  • Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,and I want you to go to Pharaoh
  • 00:36:59.699 --> 00:37:04.170
  • and to tell him from me,'Let my people go.'"
  • 00:37:04.204 --> 00:37:08.608
  • And this is what's amazingto me about this story.
  • 00:37:08.642 --> 00:37:10.844
  • We often miss it.
  • 00:37:10.877 --> 00:37:12.646
  • It almost, when you readthe story, feels like--
  • 00:37:12.679 --> 00:37:15.348
  • what is that comic groupfrom England?
  • 00:37:15.382 --> 00:37:17.484
  • The--Monty Python.
  • 00:37:17.517 --> 00:37:19.185
  • It feels likea Monty Python skit,
  • 00:37:19.219 --> 00:37:20.520
  • because God keeps tellingMoses all the great things
  • 00:37:20.553 --> 00:37:23.089
  • that are gonna happen,and Moses basically says
  • 00:37:23.123 --> 00:37:26.393
  • four times heshouldn't be the one.
  • 00:37:26.426 --> 00:37:28.428
  • He shouldn't go.
  • 00:37:28.461 --> 00:37:30.330
  • God says, "I've heard this cry.Go to Pharaoh."
  • 00:37:30.363 --> 00:37:32.999
  • And Moses says, "Who am I?"
  • 00:37:33.033 --> 00:37:35.735
  • You know, he's thinking,"I'm just this random fugitive
  • 00:37:35.769 --> 00:37:37.637
  • that's a shepherd.
  • 00:37:37.671 --> 00:37:38.972
  • Who am I that you would--"
  • 00:37:39.005 --> 00:37:40.307
  • you know, and there'sa fear in his voice.
  • 00:37:40.340 --> 00:37:41.641
  • "I'm an old man.
  • 00:37:41.675 --> 00:37:42.976
  • You know, I'm this guy,and I'm out here in the middle
  • 00:37:43.009 --> 00:37:44.711
  • of nowhere."
  • 00:37:44.744 --> 00:37:46.046
  • And what does God say?
  • 00:37:46.079 --> 00:37:47.380
  • "I will be with you.I will go with you.
  • 00:37:47.414 --> 00:37:49.149
  • You won't be alone.
  • 00:37:49.182 --> 00:37:50.550
  • And when you go, I'm goingto take you and your people
  • 00:37:50.583 --> 00:37:54.421
  • into a land flowing with milkand honey, and when you go,
  • 00:37:54.454 --> 00:37:58.358
  • your sons and daughters aregonna be regaled with gold
  • 00:37:58.391 --> 00:38:01.695
  • and silver and wealth, and thisis a great opportunity
  • 00:38:01.728 --> 00:38:05.231
  • to bring freedom and lifeto your people."
  • 00:38:05.265 --> 00:38:10.236
  • And then what does Moses say?
  • 00:38:10.270 --> 00:38:12.138
  • He says, "But, uh--"this is excuse number two--
  • 00:38:12.172 --> 00:38:15.875
  • "they're not gonna believe me.
  • 00:38:15.909 --> 00:38:17.610
  • What if they don't believe methat I saw some burning bush,
  • 00:38:17.644 --> 00:38:20.146
  • this random guy in the desert?
  • 00:38:20.180 --> 00:38:21.781
  • They don't know who I am.
  • 00:38:21.815 --> 00:38:23.249
  • What if they don't believe me?"
  • 00:38:23.283 --> 00:38:24.851
  • And then God says to him,"Okay, take your staff
  • 00:38:24.884 --> 00:38:26.186
  • and throw it down."
  • 00:38:26.219 --> 00:38:27.520
  • It turns into a snake.
  • 00:38:27.554 --> 00:38:28.855
  • And then, "Pick it up," andit turns back into a staff.
  • 00:38:28.888 --> 00:38:30.457
  • "And stick your handin your cloak," and it's,
  • 00:38:30.490 --> 00:38:33.226
  • you know--these miracles.
  • 00:38:33.259 --> 00:38:35.161
  • He does all these miracles, andthen Moses says, "All right,
  • 00:38:35.195 --> 00:38:40.166
  • but what if, you know,what if I'm not eloquent?"
  • 00:38:40.200 --> 00:38:43.903
  • He goes, "I'm notgood at speaking.
  • 00:38:43.937 --> 00:38:46.005
  • I can't talk to people.
  • 00:38:46.039 --> 00:38:47.774
  • I have this stutter andthis speaking thing."
  • 00:38:47.807 --> 00:38:50.810
  • And then God says tohim, "Who made mouths?
  • 00:38:50.844 --> 00:38:53.346
  • I'm gonna help you, okay?
  • 00:38:53.380 --> 00:38:55.348
  • You're gonna go,and you're gonna speak,
  • 00:38:55.382 --> 00:38:57.250
  • and I'm gonna bring your peopleinto this amazing place
  • 00:38:57.283 --> 00:38:59.753
  • flowing with milk and honey."
  • 00:38:59.786 --> 00:39:01.955
  • Haven, when Hannahwas reading, she said,
  • 00:39:01.988 --> 00:39:03.823
  • "What's milk and honey mean?"
  • 00:39:03.857 --> 00:39:05.692
  • I said, "It meansit's delicious."
  • 00:39:05.725 --> 00:39:07.427
  • No, I said, "Milk and honeyis a Jewish euphemism
  • 00:39:07.460 --> 00:39:10.096
  • that means it's a land that hasboth pasture for cattle
  • 00:39:10.130 --> 00:39:14.033
  • and sheep and farmable land."
  • 00:39:14.067 --> 00:39:16.302
  • I don't know why honeyis associated with farms,
  • 00:39:16.336 --> 00:39:18.204
  • but it's a euphemism from thosedays that--that's what it means.
  • 00:39:18.238 --> 00:39:21.274
  • Okay, so he says, "Whogives humans mouths?"
  • 00:39:21.307 --> 00:39:23.743
  • And then finally Moses justsays, "Pardon your servant.
  • 00:39:23.777 --> 00:39:29.749
  • Just pick someone else."
  • 00:39:29.783 --> 00:39:31.684
  • He just says it plainly.
  • 00:39:31.718 --> 00:39:33.553
  • And then it says,"The Lord's anger burns."
  • 00:39:33.586 --> 00:39:35.622
  • He goes rawr,he's like rawr!
  • 00:39:35.655 --> 00:39:38.258
  • You know,he's like, so angry.
  • 00:39:38.291 --> 00:39:40.026
  • And then there's, like,this awkward moment,
  • 00:39:40.059 --> 00:39:43.463
  • and then it seems like God goes,
  • 00:39:43.496 --> 00:39:45.632
  • "All right, what aboutyour brother Aaron?"
  • 00:39:45.665 --> 00:39:48.334
  • It's literally what he asks:
  • 00:39:48.368 --> 00:39:49.736
  • "What about yourbrother Aaron?"
  • 00:39:49.769 --> 00:39:51.070
  • Who, by the way, is 83,during this time--
  • 00:39:51.104 --> 00:39:52.806
  • "What if he speaks for you?"
  • 00:39:52.839 --> 00:39:54.941
  • And then Moses never replies.
  • 00:39:54.974 --> 00:39:56.743
  • You never even seea reply from Moses.
  • 00:39:56.776 --> 00:39:58.578
  • He just goes and tells hisfamily he's going back to Egypt.
  • 00:39:58.611 --> 00:40:01.681
  • Well, the reason I bring upthis story is this is me.
  • 00:40:01.714 --> 00:40:05.552
  • This is you.
  • 00:40:05.585 --> 00:40:07.420
  • When you've been doingthe same thing for 40 years,
  • 00:40:07.454 --> 00:40:10.857
  • and you're good at it,and it's the thing you do,
  • 00:40:10.890 --> 00:40:12.959
  • and you're just kind of--
  • 00:40:12.992 --> 00:40:14.761
  • maybe you'rewinding things down,
  • 00:40:14.794 --> 00:40:16.196
  • and you thought youwere gonna retire,
  • 00:40:16.229 --> 00:40:17.597
  • or you thought, you know--I don't know, whatever it is,
  • 00:40:17.630 --> 00:40:19.799
  • and then this big thingcomes into your life,
  • 00:40:19.833 --> 00:40:23.069
  • no matter how old you areor how young you are,
  • 00:40:23.102 --> 00:40:25.538
  • it is so easy,especially now during COVID,
  • 00:40:25.572 --> 00:40:29.375
  • to just go picksomeone else, Lord,
  • 00:40:29.409 --> 00:40:33.446
  • or to say notright now, Lord,
  • 00:40:33.480 --> 00:40:36.149
  • or to say I'mnot good at that, Lord,
  • 00:40:36.182 --> 00:40:37.650
  • or I don't havethe time, Lord,
  • 00:40:37.684 --> 00:40:39.452
  • or what about money?
  • 00:40:39.486 --> 00:40:40.820
  • What about this?What about that?
  • 00:40:40.854 --> 00:40:42.922
  • and it's so easy, when a greatopportunity comes your way, when
  • 00:40:42.956 --> 00:40:47.393
  • God calls you to do something orespecially when it's the moral,
  • 00:40:47.427 --> 00:40:51.130
  • right, good thing to do foryour neighbor, for yourself,
  • 00:40:51.164 --> 00:40:54.868
  • to just go, nah, I don'tneed none of that,
  • 00:40:54.901 --> 00:40:57.270
  • Nah, I'm not gonna dothat right now.
  • 00:40:57.303 --> 00:40:58.805
  • And I wanna encourage you,my friend,
  • 00:40:58.838 --> 00:41:00.340
  • that there is gonna be a time--decide now--
  • 00:41:00.373 --> 00:41:02.542
  • maybe you're feelinggood right now,
  • 00:41:02.575 --> 00:41:03.910
  • and you're not feelingthat calling,
  • 00:41:03.943 --> 00:41:05.411
  • decide now that whenthe moment comes,
  • 00:41:05.445 --> 00:41:08.047
  • that an opportunity comes,and you don't feel good,
  • 00:41:08.081 --> 00:41:10.683
  • you don't feel like doing it,
  • 00:41:10.717 --> 00:41:12.285
  • you don't feel likegetting out of bed,
  • 00:41:12.318 --> 00:41:13.820
  • make a decision todaythat when tomorrow comes,
  • 00:41:13.853 --> 00:41:16.623
  • you're gonna say yes.
  • 00:41:16.656 --> 00:41:18.391
  • Make a decision today thatwhen the week comes
  • 00:41:18.424 --> 00:41:20.960
  • and an opportunityis laid before you,
  • 00:41:20.994 --> 00:41:23.096
  • you're not gonna make an excusefor yourself as to why
  • 00:41:23.129 --> 00:41:25.965
  • you can't do it or whyyou're not gonna go after
  • 00:41:25.999 --> 00:41:28.001
  • what God wants you to do.
  • 00:41:28.034 --> 00:41:29.636
  • If you make the decision todayand you remember it that
  • 00:41:29.669 --> 00:41:32.705
  • when that opportunity comes,you'll say yes,
  • 00:41:32.739 --> 00:41:34.674
  • and you'll be glad you did.
  • 00:41:34.707 --> 00:41:36.276
  • You'll be glad you did.
  • 00:41:36.309 --> 00:41:37.744
  • You'll be glad you, like Moses,did what God called you to do.
  • 00:41:37.777 --> 00:41:41.915
  • People need you.
  • 00:41:41.948 --> 00:41:43.950
  • People need you.
  • 00:41:44.050 --> 00:41:45.685
  • They need people like you,people full of joy,
  • 00:41:45.718 --> 00:41:48.821
  • full of life, full of vision.
  • 00:41:48.855 --> 00:41:50.590
  • And the more you take stepsin the direction of these types
  • 00:41:50.623 --> 00:41:54.193
  • of things, the more you breakfree from the bondage
  • 00:41:54.227 --> 00:41:57.964
  • of the law of inertia.
  • 00:41:57.997 --> 00:42:00.266
  • You know the law of inertia?
  • 00:42:00.300 --> 00:42:01.968
  • It's one of Newton's laws.
  • 00:42:02.001 --> 00:42:04.971
  • It says something like objectsin motion stay in motion unless
  • 00:42:05.004 --> 00:42:09.242
  • acted on by an outside force.
  • 00:42:09.275 --> 00:42:11.578
  • Objects at rest stayat rest unless acted on
  • 00:42:11.611 --> 00:42:14.681
  • by an outside force.
  • 00:42:14.714 --> 00:42:16.482
  • Look at your kids.
  • 00:42:16.516 --> 00:42:18.484
  • This is a perfect example.
  • 00:42:18.518 --> 00:42:20.353
  • Look at peoplethat you work with.
  • 00:42:20.386 --> 00:42:22.255
  • There is this saying that goes:If you want something done,
  • 00:42:22.288 --> 00:42:25.325
  • give it to a busy person.
  • 00:42:25.358 --> 00:42:27.493
  • There is some truth to that,that people who are doing things
  • 00:42:27.527 --> 00:42:31.764
  • and are active in thingsare really good at doing more
  • 00:42:31.798 --> 00:42:35.301
  • things, and people whohave not been working--
  • 00:42:35.335 --> 00:42:38.605
  • because it's veryhard to do something,
  • 00:42:38.638 --> 00:42:41.374
  • even that first thing,because they lack the momentum,
  • 00:42:41.407 --> 00:42:44.277
  • and they lack the disciplineand you know,
  • 00:42:44.310 --> 00:42:46.813
  • this ongoing thing.
  • 00:42:46.846 --> 00:42:48.781
  • And so I wanna encourage younot to give in to that law
  • 00:42:48.815 --> 00:42:52.385
  • of inertia, or maybe let me bethe outside force acting
  • 00:42:52.418 --> 00:42:57.056
  • upon you, telling you today,get up.
  • 00:42:57.090 --> 00:43:00.994
  • Brush yourself off,and go do the thing
  • 00:43:01.027 --> 00:43:03.730
  • that God's called you to do.
  • 00:43:03.763 --> 00:43:05.565
  • Don't wait any longer.Don't make excuses.
  • 00:43:05.598 --> 00:43:08.968
  • Don't miss out on the greatdestiny God has for you.
  • 00:43:09.002 --> 00:43:12.972
  • Go after it.It's not too late.
  • 00:43:13.006 --> 00:43:15.141
  • You're not too old.You're not too--anything.
  • 00:43:15.174 --> 00:43:17.010
  • You're not too young.
  • 00:43:17.043 --> 00:43:18.811
  • God's gonna do this,I believe, in your life.
  • 00:43:18.845 --> 00:43:22.582
  • Now, there's so many excuseswe're gonna make
  • 00:43:22.615 --> 00:43:26.619
  • during especially COVID,that when an opportunity
  • 00:43:26.653 --> 00:43:29.155
  • comes before us that's difficultor a decision comes before us
  • 00:43:29.188 --> 00:43:32.859
  • that's a character issuethat's difficult to make,
  • 00:43:32.892 --> 00:43:36.095
  • one thing that manyof us are gonna say is,
  • 00:43:36.129 --> 00:43:38.197
  • well, everyone else iskind of lazy, too, you know?
  • 00:43:38.231 --> 00:43:41.567
  • This is a great opportunityto, you know,
  • 00:43:41.601 --> 00:43:44.003
  • catch up on my favorite show.
  • 00:43:44.037 --> 00:43:45.905
  • This is a great opportunityto beat my favorite game.
  • 00:43:45.938 --> 00:43:48.541
  • This is a good opportunity,whatever,
  • 00:43:48.574 --> 00:43:50.810
  • to be lazy because I'm not--
  • 00:43:50.843 --> 00:43:52.945
  • nobody's gonna give mea hard time for that.
  • 00:43:52.979 --> 00:43:54.714
  • Nobody's gonna shame me.
  • 00:43:54.747 --> 00:43:56.382
  • And let me just say to you it'sa great opportunity for you
  • 00:43:56.416 --> 00:43:59.552
  • to do what no one else is doing.
  • 00:43:59.585 --> 00:44:01.988
  • If you do what everyone elseis doing, you're gonna get
  • 00:44:02.021 --> 00:44:05.124
  • the same resultseveryone else is getting.
  • 00:44:05.158 --> 00:44:08.361
  • See, God doesn't want you tolive a normal plain-Jane life.
  • 00:44:08.394 --> 00:44:12.498
  • God wants you to do someof the most amazing things
  • 00:44:12.532 --> 00:44:15.301
  • that only you can do thatare just right for you.
  • 00:44:15.334 --> 00:44:18.471
  • And you have to do lotsof little things
  • 00:44:18.504 --> 00:44:21.007
  • before you startdoing lots of big things.
  • 00:44:21.040 --> 00:44:23.443
  • So don't look at everybodyelse and say,
  • 00:44:23.476 --> 00:44:25.578
  • well, my friendsare doing this,
  • 00:44:25.611 --> 00:44:27.346
  • my family is doing this,
  • 00:44:27.380 --> 00:44:28.981
  • it's okay to do thisduring this time.
  • 00:44:29.015 --> 00:44:30.550
  • Don't allow yourself to beweak-minded in that way.
  • 00:44:30.583 --> 00:44:33.286
  • You are not that person.
  • 00:44:33.319 --> 00:44:34.854
  • Be the strong personyou were born to be,
  • 00:44:34.887 --> 00:44:36.923
  • to get out of bed and get readyno matter where you are in life,
  • 00:44:36.956 --> 00:44:40.727
  • and do the thing Godhas called you to do.
  • 00:44:40.760 --> 00:44:44.430
  • Do not allow yourself tobecome a victim of Procrustes.
  • 00:44:44.464 --> 00:44:49.669
  • You guys know theProcrustean bed?
  • 00:44:49.702 --> 00:44:52.605
  • In Greek myth, there is avillain named Procrustes who is
  • 00:44:52.638 --> 00:44:55.875
  • on the sacred road to Athens,and the mountain pass is a very
  • 00:44:55.908 --> 00:44:58.945
  • difficult part to get to Athens,and Procrustes would always
  • 00:44:58.978 --> 00:45:04.117
  • invite travelers to comeand stay at his inn.
  • 00:45:04.150 --> 00:45:06.285
  • And the myth--it's a myth,you know.
  • 00:45:06.319 --> 00:45:08.321
  • Procrustes has this bed, and ifyou don't fit the bed perfectly,
  • 00:45:08.354 --> 00:45:11.257
  • he's gonna help you out by,if you're too tall,
  • 00:45:11.290 --> 00:45:14.460
  • he'll chop off your legsso you fit perfectly,
  • 00:45:14.494 --> 00:45:16.863
  • and if you're too short,he'll stretch you out.
  • 00:45:16.896 --> 00:45:19.665
  • And this has become an analogyto what so many organizations
  • 00:45:19.699 --> 00:45:23.169
  • and cultures do to people, thatin an attempt to help them,
  • 00:45:23.202 --> 00:45:27.607
  • various organizations harmpeople in trying to make them
  • 00:45:27.640 --> 00:45:31.310
  • fit the perfect mold that is,you know, the Procrustean bed.
  • 00:45:31.344 --> 00:45:35.681
  • Schools sometimes do this.
  • 00:45:35.715 --> 00:45:37.884
  • Religion sometimes does this.
  • 00:45:37.917 --> 00:45:40.019
  • The government is nowkind of starting
  • 00:45:40.052 --> 00:45:42.021
  • to do this to some people.
  • 00:45:42.054 --> 00:45:44.023
  • Political institutions arebeginning to do this,
  • 00:45:44.056 --> 00:45:46.526
  • all sorts of families andsubgroups and subcultures
  • 00:45:46.559 --> 00:45:50.296
  • trying to do this to you.
  • 00:45:50.329 --> 00:45:52.231
  • Fit the mold.
  • 00:45:52.265 --> 00:45:54.066
  • If you're too short,stretch it out.
  • 00:45:54.100 --> 00:45:55.668
  • If you're too long,chop it off.
  • 00:45:55.701 --> 00:45:57.370
  • And that is not you.
  • 00:45:57.403 --> 00:45:59.272
  • Don't worry aboutbeing like everyone else.
  • 00:45:59.305 --> 00:46:01.073
  • Don't fall victim tothe Procrustean bed.
  • 00:46:01.107 --> 00:46:03.309
  • Only ask yourself this question:
  • 00:46:03.342 --> 00:46:05.478
  • Is what I'm doingthe right thing?
  • 00:46:05.511 --> 00:46:07.814
  • Is what I am doinghonoring God?
  • 00:46:07.847 --> 00:46:09.816
  • Is what I am doingtrue to who I am?
  • 00:46:09.849 --> 00:46:12.318
  • If the answer is yes, don'tworry about the other things.
  • 00:46:12.351 --> 00:46:15.388
  • Do what is wiseand do what is good,
  • 00:46:15.421 --> 00:46:17.924
  • and that is all you need to do.
  • 00:46:17.957 --> 00:46:19.959
  • And if you do that, you'll begoing in the right direction.
  • 00:46:19.992 --> 00:46:23.029
  • Trust me, friend, don'tfall a victim to Procrustes.
  • 00:46:23.062 --> 00:46:26.199
  • Don't sleep in his bed.
  • 00:46:26.232 --> 00:46:28.201
  • You'll be disappointed if youdo, and so many people are.
  • 00:46:28.234 --> 00:46:31.637
  • Okay, another excuse so manyof us make is, you know,
  • 00:46:31.671 --> 00:46:35.942
  • God doesn't wanna do greatthings through someone like me.
  • 00:46:35.975 --> 00:46:40.279
  • Again, it's that Procrusteanmind-set that, you know,
  • 00:46:40.313 --> 00:46:44.183
  • it may be you're saying toyourself too often, I'm too old.
  • 00:46:44.217 --> 00:46:47.854
  • I have a great friendthat I think should
  • 00:46:47.887 --> 00:46:50.256
  • go back into ministry.
  • 00:46:50.289 --> 00:46:52.291
  • And he says, "I'm too old.
  • 00:46:52.325 --> 00:46:54.260
  • No one wants a pastor like me."
  • 00:46:54.293 --> 00:46:56.195
  • And I can see him strugglingwith this, and there are other
  • 00:46:56.229 --> 00:46:58.731
  • people who are young,teenagers, who I think,
  • 00:46:58.764 --> 00:47:01.500
  • man, you should dothis or that thing,
  • 00:47:01.534 --> 00:47:03.636
  • and they're like, oh,I don't have enough experience,
  • 00:47:03.669 --> 00:47:05.571
  • or no one wants to hire meto do that.
  • 00:47:05.605 --> 00:47:07.306
  • And I always think,have you tried?
  • 00:47:07.340 --> 00:47:09.008
  • Have you kept trying?
  • 00:47:09.041 --> 00:47:10.877
  • Don't allow someone to sayyou're too old,
  • 00:47:10.910 --> 00:47:12.378
  • or don't say to yourselfI'm too young,
  • 00:47:12.411 --> 00:47:14.513
  • or don't say to yourselfI'm too poor, you know?
  • 00:47:14.547 --> 00:47:17.483
  • I think sometimes--I've been poor before,
  • 00:47:17.516 --> 00:47:19.886
  • and it's hard to break freeof a lot of the habits
  • 00:47:19.919 --> 00:47:22.889
  • of your community,because when you're poor,
  • 00:47:22.922 --> 00:47:25.291
  • you sometimes cankind of commiserate
  • 00:47:25.324 --> 00:47:27.226
  • with your other friends,you know?
  • 00:47:27.260 --> 00:47:28.995
  • And you feel weird when youstart to break free from that.
  • 00:47:29.028 --> 00:47:31.130
  • Don't allow people to say,or don't say to yourself,
  • 00:47:31.163 --> 00:47:33.399
  • I can't do it because of myrace or because of my gender.
  • 00:47:33.432 --> 00:47:37.303
  • You can do anythingGod calls you to do.
  • 00:47:37.336 --> 00:47:40.306
  • Did God say that?
  • 00:47:40.339 --> 00:47:42.241
  • Did God say you can't do it'cause of your age
  • 00:47:42.275 --> 00:47:44.277
  • or because of your raceor your gender,
  • 00:47:44.310 --> 00:47:46.012
  • and he's saying that here?
  • 00:47:46.045 --> 00:47:47.647
  • If it's not here,it doesn't matter.
  • 00:47:47.680 --> 00:47:49.382
  • If he said you cando it, you can do it.
  • 00:47:49.415 --> 00:47:51.183
  • You can do it.
  • 00:47:51.217 --> 00:47:53.119
  • And just trust that even thoughyou're gonna make mistakes,
  • 00:47:53.152 --> 00:47:55.354
  • God has sucha great plan for you.
  • 00:47:55.388 --> 00:47:57.356
  • I'm so proud of you.It's okay.
  • 00:47:57.390 --> 00:47:59.358
  • Yeah, I know you'vemade mistakes.
  • 00:47:59.392 --> 00:48:01.093
  • I know you have a past.
  • 00:48:01.127 --> 00:48:02.962
  • I know you've got stuffthat you're struggling with.
  • 00:48:02.995 --> 00:48:04.830
  • God doesn't callperfect people--
  • 00:48:04.864 --> 00:48:06.899
  • that very often when hecalls us in our messiness
  • 00:48:06.933 --> 00:48:08.935
  • and sometimes our sinand we still decide to go
  • 00:48:08.968 --> 00:48:12.238
  • in the directionhe's called us to do,
  • 00:48:12.271 --> 00:48:14.073
  • he begins to workout those things
  • 00:48:14.106 --> 00:48:16.075
  • on the journey with us,and that's a great thing.
  • 00:48:16.108 --> 00:48:18.945
  • Don't beat yourself up.
  • 00:48:18.978 --> 00:48:20.746
  • You're gonna do a great job,
  • 00:48:20.780 --> 00:48:22.381
  • and you'll never knowunless you try.
  • 00:48:22.415 --> 00:48:25.384
  • See, this is something elseI think about.
  • 00:48:25.418 --> 00:48:27.553
  • So often we have this--I have this thing.
  • 00:48:27.586 --> 00:48:30.723
  • I tried to give it a name.
  • 00:48:30.756 --> 00:48:32.358
  • I was like whatdo I call this?
  • 00:48:32.391 --> 00:48:33.993
  • It's this principleI sort of live by,
  • 00:48:34.026 --> 00:48:35.528
  • and I just decided to call it
  • 00:48:35.561 --> 00:48:37.063
  • the principle of washingout regrets.
  • 00:48:37.096 --> 00:48:38.998
  • There are so many times that,
  • 00:48:39.031 --> 00:48:40.599
  • yeah, it's probablynot gonna work out,
  • 00:48:40.633 --> 00:48:42.201
  • but what if it would've?
  • 00:48:42.234 --> 00:48:44.136
  • And then I'll neverhave known, you know?
  • 00:48:44.170 --> 00:48:46.172
  • What if it would've, andI'll never have known?
  • 00:48:46.205 --> 00:48:47.740
  • And there was, like,very little downside.
  • 00:48:47.773 --> 00:48:49.542
  • So an obvious example,you know, like,
  • 00:48:49.575 --> 00:48:51.544
  • what does that mean?
  • 00:48:51.577 --> 00:48:53.079
  • Like, an obvious exampleon a small scale is like,
  • 00:48:53.112 --> 00:48:54.580
  • you know when you'reon a road trip
  • 00:48:54.613 --> 00:48:56.382
  • and you go to In-N-Out,and everybody gets out,
  • 00:48:56.415 --> 00:48:58.184
  • and they order, and everybodygoes to the bathroom
  • 00:48:58.217 --> 00:49:00.152
  • except for you 'causeyou didn't have to go,
  • 00:49:00.186 --> 00:49:02.588
  • and then everybody's loaded up
  • 00:49:02.621 --> 00:49:04.056
  • back in the car, andyou're eating your burger,
  • 00:49:04.090 --> 00:49:05.524
  • and the car starts.
  • 00:49:05.558 --> 00:49:06.993
  • You're about to leave, andyou have to go just a little?
  • 00:49:07.026 --> 00:49:08.694
  • And you're like,"Mm, should I go?
  • 00:49:08.728 --> 00:49:11.097
  • I only have to go, like,20%, 25%.
  • 00:49:11.130 --> 00:49:14.333
  • It's gonna be a hugeinconvenience
  • 00:49:14.367 --> 00:49:16.068
  • to everybody else."
  • 00:49:16.102 --> 00:49:17.403
  • Go, right?You go.
  • 00:49:17.436 --> 00:49:18.738
  • You gotta go, becauseif you don't do it now,
  • 00:49:18.771 --> 00:49:20.773
  • 30 minutes from nowwhen you're dying,
  • 00:49:20.806 --> 00:49:22.641
  • you know, you're gonna bea huge inconvenience
  • 00:49:22.675 --> 00:49:24.377
  • to everybody.
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  • And there are things inlife that are like that
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  • where it's like I don't knowshould I do this?
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  • Think about how much regretyou're gonna have--
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  • and how much peaceyou're gonna have,
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  • even if it doesn't work out,how much peace
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  • you're gonna have knowing,well, at least I tried.
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  • At least I know nowit wasn't meant to be.
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  • At least it's okay.
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  • And even still, you will havelearned something
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  • from that experience.
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  • See, this is what itmeans to fail well.
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  • You can't succeedbefore you fail.
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  • You've gotta fail lots and lotsof times before you succeed.
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  • It's true of playing piano.
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  • It's true of riding a bike.
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  • It's true of everything in life.
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  • You can't expect to justcome out of the gate a winner.
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  • You have to start off a loserlike everybody else,
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  • and you gotta get there.
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  • You gotta get to that placeand be okay with the fact that
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  • I am just not going toworry about failing.
  • 00:50:06.619 --> 00:50:09.588
  • I'm gonna continue to fail well,to do good at what God--
  • 00:50:09.622 --> 00:50:14.894
  • you know, to do good atcontinuing to pursue this thing
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  • that I'm supposed to do.
  • 00:50:18.197 --> 00:50:20.466
  • So don't allow that finalexcuse, what if I fail?
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  • What if I fail?You know, this type of thing.
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  • Some other things I just wannasay--so many people,
  • 00:50:25.738 --> 00:50:29.341
  • from a financial standpointor others, are waiting
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  • for the government to save them.
  • 00:50:31.877 --> 00:50:34.180
  • Friend, the government'snot gonna save you.
  • 00:50:34.213 --> 00:50:36.348
  • If the government sends youa check or wants to help you,
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  • that's great, you know,take it.
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  • It's a great opportunity.
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  • But have you ever beento the DMV or a courthouse
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  • or the post office?
  • 00:50:46.425 --> 00:50:48.661
  • This is the way thegovernment helps people.
  • 00:50:48.694 --> 00:50:50.463
  • I remember when I was--
  • 00:50:50.496 --> 00:50:52.565
  • when we were at our post officenear Costa Mesa.
  • 00:50:52.598 --> 00:50:55.601
  • I was waiting in line for a longtime, and I had this, like,
  • 00:50:55.634 --> 00:50:58.104
  • this little package I had tomail, and there was one guy,
  • 00:50:58.137 --> 00:51:01.440
  • and then if one person went,the next person went,
  • 00:51:01.474 --> 00:51:03.642
  • the next person went, andthen finally it was my turn,
  • 00:51:03.676 --> 00:51:05.544
  • and just as I go up,he like puts his little sign
  • 00:51:05.578 --> 00:51:07.413
  • in the thing, and he says,
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  • "Sorry, I'm takinga lunch break."
  • 00:51:09.381 --> 00:51:11.016
  • And he takes his little lunchout and begins eating,
  • 00:51:11.050 --> 00:51:13.319
  • and then like sits backand begins to play Pokemon Go
  • 00:51:13.352 --> 00:51:15.421
  • on his phone.
  • 00:51:15.454 --> 00:51:17.289
  • See, this is the thing.
  • 00:51:17.323 --> 00:51:19.425
  • Like, so many peopleright now are just--
  • 00:51:19.458 --> 00:51:21.961
  • you know, and I understandit's a hard time financially,
  • 00:51:21.994 --> 00:51:24.363
  • but they're just like
  • 00:51:24.396 --> 00:51:26.332
  • I need that $600a month right now.
  • 00:51:26.365 --> 00:51:28.067
  • I need that--or $400 or whatever it is.
  • 00:51:28.100 --> 00:51:30.269
  • And I hope you get it.
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  • I hope the governmenthelps you,
  • 00:51:32.037 --> 00:51:33.439
  • but you don't needthe government.
  • 00:51:33.472 --> 00:51:35.007
  • You don't need anyof these other things.
  • 00:51:35.040 --> 00:51:36.909
  • All you need is the Lord,and I just believe that
  • 00:51:36.942 --> 00:51:39.712
  • if you can believethat the destiny--
  • 00:51:39.745 --> 00:51:42.648
  • that your destinyis your own to get
  • 00:51:42.681 --> 00:51:44.617
  • and not waiting on someone elseor some organization
  • 00:51:44.650 --> 00:51:47.620
  • or waiting on your pensionor waiting on your company
  • 00:51:47.653 --> 00:51:50.756
  • or waiting on anyone else,
  • 00:51:50.789 --> 00:51:52.691
  • but you decide to take yourown life in your own hands
  • 00:51:52.725 --> 00:51:57.129
  • and walk with the Lordand go after
  • 00:51:57.163 --> 00:51:59.398
  • what he's called you to do,you'll be so glad you did.
  • 00:51:59.431 --> 00:52:04.436
  • God has given you way more power
  • 00:52:04.470 --> 00:52:07.339
  • than you give yourself creditfor, way more power, way more.
  • 00:52:07.373 --> 00:52:12.378
  • And so much of taking theserisks and stepping out
  • 00:52:12.411 --> 00:52:15.481
  • of the boat in this wayis understanding
  • 00:52:15.514 --> 00:52:18.117
  • I had this in me all along.
  • 00:52:18.150 --> 00:52:21.987
  • And you do.
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  • I'm proud of you.
  • 00:52:23.822 --> 00:52:25.624
  • You're gonna doso, so, so great.
  • 00:52:25.658 --> 00:52:29.762
  • And finally, think about this:Pascal, Blaise Pascal,
  • 00:52:29.795 --> 00:52:34.066
  • who was a mathematicianbut also was a deep believer,
  • 00:52:34.099 --> 00:52:38.370
  • had this thing calledPascal's Wager,
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  • and this is how he cameto faith.
  • 00:52:40.406 --> 00:52:42.508
  • He said, you know, okay,there's basically I have
  • 00:52:42.541 --> 00:52:45.277
  • four choices: God exists,God doesn't exist,
  • 00:52:45.311 --> 00:52:47.379
  • I believe in God,or I don't believe in God.
  • 00:52:47.413 --> 00:52:49.381
  • If God exists,and I believe in him
  • 00:52:49.415 --> 00:52:51.650
  • and he really does exist,
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  • I'm gonna have eternalhappiness in heaven.
  • 00:52:53.552 --> 00:52:55.254
  • If I believe in God, but hedoesn't exist, nothing happens.
  • 00:52:55.287 --> 00:52:58.157
  • If God exists, and I don'tbelieve in God,
  • 00:52:58.190 --> 00:53:00.192
  • that's eternal damnationin hell.
  • 00:53:00.226 --> 00:53:02.328
  • But if God does not exist,and I don't believe in God,
  • 00:53:02.361 --> 00:53:04.396
  • nothing happens."
  • 00:53:04.430 --> 00:53:06.565
  • Now, in this way, thismathematician, you know--
  • 00:53:06.599 --> 00:53:09.101
  • now, it's interesting,when you read Pascal,
  • 00:53:09.134 --> 00:53:11.070
  • this is how he madeit like a personal decision
  • 00:53:11.103 --> 00:53:13.172
  • to become a Christian,and he writes later on
  • 00:53:13.205 --> 00:53:15.574
  • that it didn't affect muchin his life.
  • 00:53:15.608 --> 00:53:17.910
  • He had to actually receivea touch from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:53:17.943 --> 00:53:20.446
  • But still, Pascal's Wager isin a way that way of thinking
  • 00:53:20.479 --> 00:53:23.882
  • about how so often in lifewe are just setting up
  • 00:53:23.916 --> 00:53:27.486
  • so many regretsbecause we're so--
  • 00:53:27.519 --> 00:53:30.422
  • we just are taking the pathof least resistance.
  • 00:53:30.456 --> 00:53:33.792
  • We're giving in tothe comfort of bed,
  • 00:53:33.826 --> 00:53:36.662
  • giving in to the comfortof air-conditioning,
  • 00:53:36.695 --> 00:53:39.565
  • procrastinating.
  • 00:53:39.598 --> 00:53:41.600
  • "I'll do it tomorrow.I'll do it next week."
  • 00:53:41.634 --> 00:53:44.003
  • Meanwhile, there are peoplewho are hurting that need you.
  • 00:53:44.036 --> 00:53:47.072
  • There's a destiny that'scalling, and it's gonna keep
  • 00:53:47.106 --> 00:53:50.276
  • calling out to you, and everyday there's gonna be
  • 00:53:50.309 --> 00:53:52.911
  • this thing in the back ofyour head, wondering,
  • 00:53:52.945 --> 00:53:55.681
  • "What if I had done that?
  • 00:53:55.714 --> 00:53:57.416
  • What if I steppedout of the boat?
  • 00:53:57.449 --> 00:53:58.917
  • What if I took a walkin the path, you know,
  • 00:53:58.951 --> 00:54:01.553
  • the difficult path,especially in a time,
  • 00:54:01.587 --> 00:54:03.722
  • like COVID, when veryfew people are doing that?"
  • 00:54:03.756 --> 00:54:05.691
  • What if you were different?And you are.
  • 00:54:05.724 --> 00:54:07.926
  • You are different.You're unique.
  • 00:54:07.960 --> 00:54:10.129
  • You're the only you that's you,and God needs you today.
  • 00:54:10.162 --> 00:54:14.300
  • So when the time comesthis week or next month,
  • 00:54:14.333 --> 00:54:17.002
  • and you know youneed to do the right thing,
  • 00:54:17.036 --> 00:54:19.305
  • and it will be very hard for youemotionally to do it, do it.
  • 00:54:19.338 --> 00:54:22.308
  • Don't do it tomorrow.Don't do it next week.
  • 00:54:22.341 --> 00:54:24.777
  • Don't even wait a minute.Don't even wait a second.
  • 00:54:24.810 --> 00:54:26.979
  • Just do it.
  • 00:54:27.012 --> 00:54:28.847
  • Do it, and go for it, and watchhow God will use that
  • 00:54:28.881 --> 00:54:31.917
  • to develop in your life.
  • 00:54:31.950 --> 00:54:33.952
  • So many of you are on the fenceabout your faith,
  • 00:54:33.986 --> 00:54:36.922
  • and many of you,you're like I don't know.
  • 00:54:36.955 --> 00:54:39.191
  • You know, I like church,you know.
  • 00:54:39.224 --> 00:54:41.126
  • I like Hour of Power.
  • 00:54:41.160 --> 00:54:43.028
  • Of course, you likeHour of Power, it's great.
  • 00:54:43.062 --> 00:54:45.130
  • You know, maybe I likethese types of things.
  • 00:54:45.164 --> 00:54:47.232
  • I don't have anythingagainst religion.
  • 00:54:47.266 --> 00:54:49.101
  • My girlfriend's a, you know,a Christian,
  • 00:54:49.134 --> 00:54:51.270
  • or yeah, my parentsare Christians,
  • 00:54:51.303 --> 00:54:53.205
  • and I think it's good and it'snoble, but it's not for me.
  • 00:54:53.238 --> 00:54:55.474
  • You know, I wanna say to youmake a decision today
  • 00:54:55.507 --> 00:54:58.077
  • to follow Christ.
  • 00:54:58.110 --> 00:55:00.112
  • It's good to pray a prayer,and I think that that can be
  • 00:55:00.145 --> 00:55:02.147
  • a good way to do it, but really,at the end of the day,
  • 00:55:02.181 --> 00:55:04.183
  • becoming a Christian isjust making a commitment
  • 00:55:04.216 --> 00:55:07.019
  • to follow Jesus.
  • 00:55:07.052 --> 00:55:09.254
  • It's just deciding todayI'm not gonna be lukewarm.
  • 00:55:09.288 --> 00:55:13.692
  • I'm either gonna be hot,or I'm gonna be cold.
  • 00:55:13.726 --> 00:55:16.462
  • I'm either gonna do it,or I'm not gonna do it.
  • 00:55:16.495 --> 00:55:19.231
  • Stop waiting.
  • 00:55:19.264 --> 00:55:21.333
  • Make a decision today to goafter God with all your heart,
  • 00:55:21.367 --> 00:55:24.570
  • and watch what he can do.
  • 00:55:24.603 --> 00:55:26.505
  • If you give God justa little bit of faith,
  • 00:55:26.538 --> 00:55:28.407
  • he's gonna give youa great destiny,
  • 00:55:28.440 --> 00:55:30.642
  • a great life,a life full of,
  • 00:55:30.676 --> 00:55:34.380
  • yes, mistakes and shortcomingsand struggle,
  • 00:55:34.413 --> 00:55:37.082
  • but on the back end,a life full of meaning,
  • 00:55:37.116 --> 00:55:39.585
  • full of purpose,and full of joy.
  • 00:55:39.618 --> 00:55:41.954
  • That's what life means whenyou follow after Christ
  • 00:55:41.987 --> 00:55:44.256
  • with all your heart,and it means eternal life.
  • 00:55:44.289 --> 00:55:46.458
  • None of us knowwhen the end is coming.
  • 00:55:46.492 --> 00:55:48.494
  • For some of us who areyoung, it could be tomorrow.
  • 00:55:48.527 --> 00:55:50.429
  • For some of us who are old,it could be years from now.
  • 00:55:50.462 --> 00:55:52.765
  • At the end of the day, stopwaiting to make a decision
  • 00:55:52.798 --> 00:55:56.735
  • to become the personyou were called to be.
  • 00:55:56.769 --> 00:56:00.038
  • Choose the Lord today.Make a choice.
  • 00:56:00.072 --> 00:56:03.208
  • Make a choice, and make it now,and watch as God
  • 00:56:03.242 --> 00:56:06.779
  • will do great thingsin your life.
  • 00:56:06.812 --> 00:56:09.715
  • Father, we thank you,and we love you so much.
  • 00:56:09.748 --> 00:56:12.551
  • Thank you that you'reso patient with us.
  • 00:56:12.584 --> 00:56:14.820
  • Lord, I thank you that eventhough many of us have felt like
  • 00:56:14.853 --> 00:56:18.624
  • we missed out on our destinyor we missed out on our
  • 00:56:18.657 --> 00:56:22.327
  • calling or that we're too fargone to be used by God,
  • 00:56:22.361 --> 00:56:25.931
  • or maybe we have too many doubtsabout the Lord or about faith,
  • 00:56:25.964 --> 00:56:29.368
  • I know, God, that if even1% of us believes
  • 00:56:29.401 --> 00:56:32.371
  • and 99% of us doubts,you can use that 1%.
  • 00:56:32.404 --> 00:56:36.041
  • So we give whatever percentageof our heart we can
  • 00:56:36.074 --> 00:56:39.077
  • so that someday we cangive it all to you, Lord.
  • 00:56:39.111 --> 00:56:41.513
  • I pray for everyone underthe sound of my voice,
  • 00:56:41.547 --> 00:56:43.849
  • who is wrestling witha decision to follow you
  • 00:56:43.882 --> 00:56:46.485
  • or to do the next right thing.
  • 00:56:46.518 --> 00:56:48.520
  • Lord, we thank you that youcan use all things,
  • 00:56:48.554 --> 00:56:50.622
  • both our victoriesand our losses,
  • 00:56:50.656 --> 00:56:52.691
  • to develop us deeperinto the types of people
  • 00:56:52.724 --> 00:56:55.627
  • that you've called us to be.
  • 00:56:55.661 --> 00:56:57.262
  • More than anything, we wanna bedisciples and learn from you.
  • 00:56:57.296 --> 00:56:59.731
  • Lord, we love you.
  • 00:56:59.765 --> 00:57:01.300
  • It's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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