A Nevertheless Person

October 11, 2022 | 282 | 27:29

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Joel Osteen | A Nevertheless Person | October 11, 2022
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  • (applause) well god bless you.
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  • Well god bless you. it's always a joy to come
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  • It's always a joy to come into your homes and if
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  • Into your homes and if you're ever in our area,
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  • You're ever in our area, please stop by and be a
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  • Please stop by and be a part of one of our
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  • Part of one of our services.
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  • Services. i promise you we'll make
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  • I promise you we'll make you feel right at home.
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  • You feel right at home. but thanks so much for
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  • But thanks so much for tuning in and thank you
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  • Tuning in and thank you again for coming out today.
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  • Again for coming out today. i like to start with
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  • I like to start with something funny.
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  • Something funny. i heard about this old
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  • I heard about this old country farmer.
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  • Country farmer. he was taking his nephew
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  • He was taking his nephew camping for the first time.
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  • Camping for the first time. his nephew had 5 degrees,
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  • His nephew had 5 degrees, he was one of the
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  • He was one of the smartest men alive.
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  • Smartest men alive. they set their tent up and
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  • They set their tent up and quickly fell asleep.
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  • Quickly fell asleep. in the middle of the night,
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  • In the middle of the night, the farmer woke his nephew
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  • The farmer woke his nephew up and said, "look up!
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  • Up and said, "look up! what do you see?"
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  • What do you see?" he said, "i see millions
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  • He said, "i see millions of stars."
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  • Of stars." farmer said, "i know that,
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  • Farmer said, "i know that, but what does it tell you?"
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  • But what does it tell you?" he said, "astronomically,
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  • He said, "astronomically, it tells me there are
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  • It tells me there are billions of galaxies.
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  • Billions of galaxies. meteorologically, it tells
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  • Meteorologically, it tells me it's going to be a
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  • Me it's going to be a beautiful day.
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  • Beautiful day. theologically, it tells me
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  • Theologically, it tells me god's a great creator.
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  • God's a great creator. what does it tell you?"
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  • What does it tell you?" old farmer shook his head
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  • Old farmer shook his head and said, "tells me
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  • And said, "tells me somebody stole our tent."
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  • Somebody stole our tent." (laughter)
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  • (laughter) hold up your bible, say
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  • Hold up your bible, say it like you mean it: this
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  • It like you mean it: this is my bible.
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  • Is my bible. i am what it says i am,
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  • I am what it says i am, i have what it says i have,
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  • I have what it says i have, i can do what it says i
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  • I can do what it says i can do.
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  • Can do. today i will be taught the
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  • Today i will be taught the word of god.
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  • Word of god. i boldly confess: my mind
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  • I boldly confess: my mind is alert.
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  • Is alert. my heart is receptive.
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  • My heart is receptive. i'll never be the same in
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  • I'll never be the same in jesus' name.
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  • Jesus' name. god bless you.
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  • God bless you. i want to talk to you today
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  • I want to talk to you today about "a nevertheless
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  • About "a nevertheless person".
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  • Person". we all face situations that
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  • We all face situations that seem impossible.
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  • Seem impossible. we don't see how we could
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  • We don't see how we could ever accomplish a dream,
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  • Ever accomplish a dream, get the break we need, meet
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  • Get the break we need, meet the right person.
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  • The right person. in the natural we feel
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  • In the natural we feel stuck.
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  • Stuck. maybe the medical report
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  • Maybe the medical report says you're not going to
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  • Says you're not going to get better.
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  • Get better. or you raised a child in
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  • Or you raised a child in church and now they're off
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  • Church and now they're off course, not interested in
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  • Course, not interested in doing what's right.
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  • Doing what's right. or in our careers we gave
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  • Or in our careers we gave it our best effort, we
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  • It our best effort, we worked hard, took the extra
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  • Worked hard, took the extra training, but now we've
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  • Training, but now we've peaked, gone as far as our
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  • Peaked, gone as far as our education allows.
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  • Education allows. what do you do when you've
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  • What do you do when you've done the right thing but it
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  • Done the right thing but it hasn't worked out?
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  • Hasn't worked out? you're standing on god's
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  • You're standing on god's promises, believing that
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  • Promises, believing that he's restoring health, that
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  • He's restoring health, that you'll lend and not borrow,
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  • You'll lend and not borrow, that he'll give you the
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  • That he'll give you the desires of your heart.
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  • Desires of your heart. but every circumstance
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  • But every circumstance looks like it's not going
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  • Looks like it's not going to happen.
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  • To happen. your logic, your reasoning
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  • Your logic, your reasoning tells you, "forget it.
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  • Tells you, "forget it. it's not going to work out,
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  • It's not going to work out, it's not your lot in life."
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  • It's not your lot in life." it's easy to get
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  • It's easy to get discouraged and give up on
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  • Discouraged and give up on what we're believing for.
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  • What we're believing for. this is where peter was in
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  • This is where peter was in luke chapter 5.
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  • Luke chapter 5. he'd been out fishing all
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  • He'd been out fishing all night and caught nothing.
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  • Night and caught nothing. he was an experienced
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  • He was an experienced fisherman.
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  • Fisherman. he went to the places where
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  • He went to the places where he knew there were always
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  • He knew there were always fish.
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  • Fish. he tried again and again,
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  • He tried again and again, hour after hour, came up
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  • Hour after hour, came up empty.
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  • Empty. they were fishing with
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  • They were fishing with large nets, not just a few
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  • Large nets, not just a few poles.
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  • Poles. you would've thought they
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  • You would've thought they would've caught something,
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  • Would've caught something, at least a few fish, even
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  • At least a few fish, even if it wasn't the kind they
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  • If it wasn't the kind they were looking for, but
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  • Were looking for, but peter said, "we've caught
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  • Peter said, "we've caught nothing."
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  • Nothing." in other words, it couldn't
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  • In other words, it couldn't get any worse.
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  • Get any worse. they came up totally empty.
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  • They came up totally empty. early the next morning,
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  • Early the next morning, after a long night of being
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  • After a long night of being in the boat, frustration,
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  • In the boat, frustration, nothing worked out, as they
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  • Nothing worked out, as they were coming into the shore,
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  • Were coming into the shore, they saw jesus.
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  • They saw jesus. jesus asked peter if he
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  • Jesus asked peter if he could borrow his boat to
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  • Could borrow his boat to teach people from the
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  • Teach people from the beach.
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  • Beach. in a few hours when he was
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  • In a few hours when he was done, jesus told peter to
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  • Done, jesus told peter to do something that seemed
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  • Do something that seemed illogical. it didn't make
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  • Illogical. it didn't make sense to peter's natural
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  • Sense to peter's natural reasoning.
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  • Reasoning. jesus said, "peter, go back
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  • Jesus said, "peter, go back out into the waters, throw
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  • Out into the waters, throw out your nets and you will
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  • Out your nets and you will catch a great haul of
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  • Catch a great haul of fish."
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  • Fish." you can imagine how peter
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  • You can imagine how peter must have felt.
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  • Must have felt. "are you kidding?
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  • "are you kidding? go back out there again?
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  • Go back out there again? we've been out all night.
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  • We've been out all night. no fish are biting.
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  • No fish are biting. we're experts, we know what
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  • We're experts, we know what we're doing.
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  • We're doing. plus, it was morning now.
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  • Plus, it was morning now. the fish go down deeper to
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  • The fish go down deeper to stay out of the daylight."
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  • Stay out of the daylight." every circumstance told
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  • Every circumstance told peter, "don't do it.
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  • Peter, "don't do it. it's going to be a waste of
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  • It's going to be a waste of your time."
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  • Your time." if peter would have
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  • If peter would have reasoned it out, only
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  • Reasoned it out, only looked at it logically, he
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  • Looked at it logically, he would've talked himself
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  • Would've talked himself out of it.
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  • Out of it. he could've told jesus,
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  • He could've told jesus, "i appreciate your
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  • "i appreciate your suggestions, thank you for
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  • Suggestions, thank you for your advice but we're not
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  • Your advice but we're not going to do it. it's not
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  • Going to do it. it's not going to do any good."
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  • Going to do any good." instead, peter did
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  • Instead, peter did something that we all must
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  • Something that we all must do if we're going to see
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  • Do if we're going to see promises come to pass.
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  • Promises come to pass. he said, "jesus, we fished
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  • He said, "jesus, we fished all night and caught
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  • All night and caught nothing. nevertheless,
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  • Nothing. nevertheless, at your word we'll go
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  • At your word we'll go back and try again."
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  • Back and try again." he didn't deny the facts.
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  • He didn't deny the facts. he was saying in effect,
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  • He was saying in effect, "the odds are against us,
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  • "the odds are against us, it looks impossible.
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  • It looks impossible. nevertheless, because of
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  • Nevertheless, because of what you say i'm going to
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  • What you say i'm going to do it."
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  • Do it." he went back out into the
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  • He went back out into the water, threw out his nets
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  • Water, threw out his nets and caught so many fish
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  • And caught so many fish that they began to break.
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  • That they began to break. practical people would've
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  • Practical people would've missed their miracle.
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  • Missed their miracle. people that only look at
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  • People that only look at things logically,
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  • Things logically, realistically,
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  • Realistically, statistically would've
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  • Statistically would've talked themselves out
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  • Talked themselves out of it.
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  • Of it. god is looking for
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  • God is looking for nevertheless people.
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  • Nevertheless people. for people who say, "the
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  • For people who say, "the medical report doesn't
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  • Medical report doesn't look good. nevertheless,
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  • Look good. nevertheless, god is restoring health
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  • God is restoring health back unto me.
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  • Back unto me. my child is still off
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  • My child is still off course. nevertheless,
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  • Course. nevertheless, as for me and my house,
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  • As for me and my house, we will serve the lord.
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  • We will serve the lord. business is slow, no fish
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  • Business is slow, no fish are biting, doesn't look
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  • Are biting, doesn't look like i could ever get out
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  • Like i could ever get out of debt. nevertheless,
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  • Of debt. nevertheless, blessings are chasing me
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  • Blessings are chasing me down. i will lend and not
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  • Down. i will lend and not borrow."
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  • Borrow." or maybe, "i've had this
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  • Or maybe, "i've had this addiction for years, gone
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  • Addiction for years, gone through treatment, rehab,
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  • Through treatment, rehab, nothing has worked.
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  • Nothing has worked. i should be discouraged,
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  • I should be discouraged, but i'm a nevertheless
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  • But i'm a nevertheless person. i know freedom
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  • Person. i know freedom is in my future. i know
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  • Is in my future. i know one touch of god's favor
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  • One touch of god's favor can turn it around."
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  • Can turn it around." it may not make sense
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  • It may not make sense to your logic. in the
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  • To your logic. in the natural, you don't see
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  • Natural, you don't see how you could accomplish
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  • How you could accomplish a dream, meet the right
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  • A dream, meet the right person, see your family
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  • Person, see your family restored. you've given
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  • Restored. you've given it your best efforts,
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  • It your best efforts, exhausted your resources,
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  • Exhausted your resources, but came up empty. no fish.
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  • But came up empty. no fish. all the circumstances say
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  • All the circumstances say it's not going to happen.
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  • It's not going to happen. you're right where peter
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  • You're right where peter was. you can either give
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  • Was. you can either give up, get discouraged, or
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  • Up, get discouraged, or you can dig your heels in
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  • You can dig your heels in and say, "it looks
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  • And say, "it looks impossible, the odds are
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  • Impossible, the odds are against me, i tried and it
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  • Against me, i tried and it didn't work out.
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  • Didn't work out. nevertheless, i still
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  • Nevertheless, i still believe. nevertheless,
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  • Believe. nevertheless, i'm going to try again.
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  • I'm going to try again. nevertheless, i'm going
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  • Nevertheless, i'm going to keep hoping, praying,
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  • To keep hoping, praying, expecting."
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  • Expecting." friends, if you don't
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  • Friends, if you don't learn to become a
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  • Learn to become a nevertheless person,
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  • Nevertheless person, you won't reach the
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  • You won't reach the fullness of your destiny.
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  • Fullness of your destiny. because there will be
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  • Because there will be situations where there's
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  • Situations where there's no way out. the obstacle
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  • No way out. the obstacle is too big, the opponents
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  • Is too big, the opponents are too strong. without
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  • Are too strong. without god's favor, you'll get
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  • God's favor, you'll get stuck.
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  • Stuck. god puts us in these
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  • God puts us in these situations on purpose to
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  • Situations on purpose to where we come to the end
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  • Where we come to the end of our ability. there's
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  • Of our ability. there's nothing more we can do.
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  • Nothing more we can do. this is what faith is all
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  • This is what faith is all about. if you can achieve
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  • About. if you can achieve it on your own, you don't
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  • It on your own, you don't need god's help.
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  • Need god's help. but his dream for your life
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  • But his dream for your life is to take you further than
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  • Is to take you further than you can imagine.
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  • You can imagine. that's why he plants things
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  • That's why he plants things in your heart that are too
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  • In your heart that are too big for you to accomplish
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  • Big for you to accomplish on your own.
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  • On your own. it's easy to think, "man, i
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  • It's easy to think, "man, i don't have the talent, the
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  • Don't have the talent, the experience, the
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  • Experience, the connections."
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  • Connections." too often we let this
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  • Too often we let this overwhelm us, we get
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  • Overwhelm us, we get discouraged.
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  • Discouraged. i'll never get well, joel.
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  • I'll never get well, joel. i've been sick for years.
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  • I've been sick for years. i'll never start my
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  • I'll never start my business, write that book,
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  • Business, write that book, build that orphanage.
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  • Build that orphanage. the odds are all against
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  • The odds are all against me."
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  • Me." no, you are exactly where
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  • No, you are exactly where god wants you.
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  • God wants you. he would not have put the
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  • He would not have put the dream in your heart if he
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  • Dream in your heart if he didn't already have a way
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  • Didn't already have a way to bring it to pass.
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  • To bring it to pass. your attitude should be,
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  • Your attitude should be, "it may be big,
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  • "it may be big, nevertheless with god all
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  • Nevertheless with god all things are possible.
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  • Things are possible. i may not have the
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  • I may not have the connections, nevertheless
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  • Connections, nevertheless i know friends in high
  • 00:08:02.338 --> 00:08:03.606
  • I know friends in high places.
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  • Places. i tried and it didn't work
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  • I tried and it didn't work out, nevertheless what god
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  • Out, nevertheless what god started in my life, he will
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  • Started in my life, he will finish."
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  • Finish." all through the scripture
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  • All through the scripture we see "nevertheless
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  • We see "nevertheless people".
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  • People". when david went out to face
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  • When david went out to face goliath, he was a teenager
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  • Goliath, he was a teenager taking care of his father's
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  • Taking care of his father's sheep.
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  • Sheep. he didn't have any military
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  • He didn't have any military training, any experience,
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  • Training, any experience, any armor.
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  • Any armor. goliath was twice his size,
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  • Goliath was twice his size, a skilled warrior.
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  • A skilled warrior. david could've looked at
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  • David could've looked at it only in the natural
  • 00:08:32.635 --> 00:08:34.136
  • It only in the natural and gotten depressed.
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  • And gotten depressed. but david was a
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  • But david was a nevertheless person.
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  • Nevertheless person. he thought, "all i have is
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  • He thought, "all i have is this slingshot and a few
  • 00:08:39.909 --> 00:08:41.043
  • This slingshot and a few stones.
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  • Stones. this giant is much bigger,
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  • This giant is much bigger, much stronger, nevertheless
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  • Much stronger, nevertheless if god be for me, who dare
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  • If god be for me, who dare be against me?"
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  • Be against me?" david didn't just stop with
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  • David didn't just stop with the facts.
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  • The facts. if he would've, he would've
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  • If he would've, he would've talked himself out of it.
  • 00:08:54.624 --> 00:08:56.726
  • Talked himself out of it. the key is you have to add
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  • The key is you have to add the "nevertheless".
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  • The "nevertheless". you may have the facts, the
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  • You may have the facts, the medical report may say,
  • 00:09:02.398 --> 00:09:04.266
  • Medical report may say, "you're not going to get
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  • "you're not going to get well". that's fine.
  • 00:09:05.067 --> 00:09:06.202
  • Well". that's fine. i'm not asking you to deny
  • 00:09:06.268 --> 00:09:07.570
  • I'm not asking you to deny the facts, i'm asking you
  • 00:09:07.637 --> 00:09:09.071
  • The facts, i'm asking you to add the "nevertheless".
  • 00:09:09.138 --> 00:09:11.774
  • To add the "nevertheless". "these giants look huge,
  • 00:09:11.841 --> 00:09:13.209
  • "these giants look huge, nevertheless my god is
  • 00:09:13.275 --> 00:09:14.777
  • Nevertheless my god is much bigger.
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  • Much bigger. medical report says i'm
  • 00:09:16.312 --> 00:09:17.480
  • Medical report says i'm done, nevertheless nothing
  • 00:09:17.546 --> 00:09:19.815
  • Done, nevertheless nothing can snatch me out of god's
  • 00:09:19.882 --> 00:09:21.150
  • Can snatch me out of god's hands.
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  • Hands. i've been single a long
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  • I've been single a long time. i don't think i'll
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  • Time. i don't think i'll ever meet the right person.
  • 00:09:25.554 --> 00:09:27.089
  • Ever meet the right person. nevertheless, i know a
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  • Nevertheless, i know a divine connection is
  • 00:09:28.991 --> 00:09:30.192
  • Divine connection is headed my way."
  • 00:09:30.259 --> 00:09:32.395
  • Headed my way." or perhaps, "the
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  • Or perhaps, "the specialist, the experts
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  • Specialist, the experts say that my spouse and
  • 00:09:35.297 --> 00:09:36.565
  • Say that my spouse and i can't ever have a child.
  • 00:09:36.632 --> 00:09:38.768
  • I can't ever have a child. nevertheless, i believe
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  • Nevertheless, i believe there's a baby that already
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  • There's a baby that already has my name on them."
  • 00:09:42.071 --> 00:09:44.006
  • Has my name on them." this is what abraham did.
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  • This is what abraham did. god gave him the promise
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  • God gave him the promise that he and his wife, sarah
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  • That he and his wife, sarah would have a baby.
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  • Would have a baby. in the natural, they were
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  • In the natural, they were way too old.
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  • Way too old. sarah had already gone
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  • Sarah had already gone through the change of life.
  • 00:09:55.351 --> 00:09:57.219
  • Through the change of life. this would defy the laws
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  • This would defy the laws of nature.
  • 00:09:58.554 --> 00:09:59.588
  • Of nature. in fact, when abraham told
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  • In fact, when abraham told her what god said, the
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  • Her what god said, the scripture says that sarah
  • 00:10:02.758 --> 00:10:04.527
  • Scripture says that sarah laughed.
  • 00:10:04.593 --> 00:10:05.895
  • Laughed. it was so far out in her
  • 00:10:05.961 --> 00:10:07.229
  • It was so far out in her mind she thought it was
  • 00:10:07.296 --> 00:10:08.364
  • Mind she thought it was funny.
  • 00:10:08.431 --> 00:10:09.832
  • Funny. she said, "oh, yea right,
  • 00:10:09.899 --> 00:10:10.833
  • She said, "oh, yea right, abraham. you and me have
  • 00:10:10.900 --> 00:10:12.601
  • Abraham. you and me have a baby? i don't think so.
  • 00:10:12.668 --> 00:10:14.270
  • A baby? i don't think so. we're way too old."
  • 00:10:14.336 --> 00:10:16.072
  • We're way too old." has god ever put something
  • 00:10:16.138 --> 00:10:17.473
  • Has god ever put something in your heart so big?
  • 00:10:17.540 --> 00:10:19.675
  • In your heart so big? seemed so unlikely your
  • 00:10:19.742 --> 00:10:21.444
  • Seemed so unlikely your first thought was to laugh?
  • 00:10:21.510 --> 00:10:24.046
  • First thought was to laugh? he whispers in your spirit,
  • 00:10:24.113 --> 00:10:26.015
  • He whispers in your spirit, "one day you're going to
  • 00:10:26.082 --> 00:10:26.749
  • "one day you're going to live in that nice
  • 00:10:26.816 --> 00:10:27.683
  • Live in that nice neighborhood. you're
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  • Neighborhood. you're going to lead your
  • 00:10:29.085 --> 00:10:29.852
  • Going to lead your company in sales.
  • 00:10:29.919 --> 00:10:31.120
  • Company in sales. you're going to write
  • 00:10:31.187 --> 00:10:31.887
  • You're going to write that best selling book.
  • 00:10:31.954 --> 00:10:33.522
  • That best selling book. you're going to see your
  • 00:10:33.589 --> 00:10:34.256
  • You're going to see your whole family come to know
  • 00:10:34.323 --> 00:10:35.524
  • Whole family come to know the lord.
  • 00:10:35.591 --> 00:10:36.358
  • The lord. you're going to marry
  • 00:10:36.425 --> 00:10:36.926
  • You're going to marry somebody fantastic."
  • 00:10:36.992 --> 00:10:38.728
  • Somebody fantastic." on the surface, it seems so
  • 00:10:38.794 --> 00:10:40.362
  • On the surface, it seems so far out.
  • 00:10:40.429 --> 00:10:41.630
  • Far out. we think, "oh yea right,
  • 00:10:41.697 --> 00:10:43.032
  • We think, "oh yea right, that could never happen."
  • 00:10:43.099 --> 00:10:45.034
  • That could never happen." when abraham heard sarah
  • 00:10:45.101 --> 00:10:46.736
  • When abraham heard sarah laughing, he could've
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  • Laughing, he could've gotten discouraged,
  • 00:10:48.104 --> 00:10:49.572
  • Gotten discouraged, thought, "yea right.
  • 00:10:49.638 --> 00:10:50.573
  • Thought, "yea right. what was i thinking?
  • 00:10:50.639 --> 00:10:51.974
  • What was i thinking? let me come back to?
  • 00:10:52.041 --> 00:10:52.575
  • Let me come back to? reality. man, i'm way
  • 00:10:52.641 --> 00:10:53.876
  • Reality. man, i'm way too old."
  • 00:10:53.943 --> 00:10:54.910
  • Too old." if he would've looked at
  • 00:10:54.977 --> 00:10:56.011
  • If he would've looked at it only logically,
  • 00:10:56.078 --> 00:10:57.813
  • It only logically, practically, realistically,
  • 00:10:57.880 --> 00:10:59.615
  • Practically, realistically, he would've given up.
  • 00:10:59.682 --> 00:11:01.717
  • He would've given up. abraham did what we all
  • 00:11:01.784 --> 00:11:03.018
  • Abraham did what we all must do to see that promise
  • 00:11:03.085 --> 00:11:04.720
  • Must do to see that promise come to pass.
  • 00:11:04.787 --> 00:11:06.489
  • Come to pass. he added the
  • 00:11:06.555 --> 00:11:07.389
  • He added the "nevertheless".
  • 00:11:07.456 --> 00:11:08.524
  • "nevertheless". "yes, i'm too old.
  • 00:11:08.591 --> 00:11:09.892
  • "yes, i'm too old. nevertheless, god can
  • 00:11:09.959 --> 00:11:11.327
  • Nevertheless, god can make a way.
  • 00:11:11.393 --> 00:11:12.561
  • Make a way. yes, it's impossible.
  • 00:11:12.628 --> 00:11:14.029
  • Yes, it's impossible. nevertheless, god can
  • 00:11:14.096 --> 00:11:15.731
  • Nevertheless, god can do the impossible.
  • 00:11:15.798 --> 00:11:17.333
  • Do the impossible. yes, it defies the laws of
  • 00:11:17.399 --> 00:11:18.734
  • Yes, it defies the laws of nature. nevertheless,
  • 00:11:18.801 --> 00:11:21.137
  • Nature. nevertheless, god supersedes the
  • 00:11:21.203 --> 00:11:22.605
  • God supersedes the laws of nature."
  • 00:11:22.671 --> 00:11:24.640
  • Laws of nature." whatever looks impossible
  • 00:11:24.707 --> 00:11:26.408
  • Whatever looks impossible in your life, start adding
  • 00:11:26.475 --> 00:11:28.477
  • The "nevertheless". adding
  • 00:11:28.577 --> 00:11:30.646
  • The "nevertheless". adding those thoughts make you
  • 00:11:30.713 --> 00:11:31.547
  • Those thoughts make you feel, "man, i'm too small
  • 00:11:31.614 --> 00:11:32.882
  • Feel, "man, i'm too small to ever get chosen for
  • 00:11:32.948 --> 00:11:34.016
  • To ever get chosen for that lead role.
  • 00:11:34.083 --> 00:11:35.251
  • That lead role. nevertheless, god's favor
  • 00:11:35.317 --> 00:11:37.086
  • Nevertheless, god's favor is shining down on me.
  • 00:11:37.153 --> 00:11:38.954
  • Is shining down on me. i don't have the strength,
  • 00:11:39.021 --> 00:11:40.356
  • I don't have the strength, the talent, the experience
  • 00:11:40.422 --> 00:11:41.524
  • The talent, the experience for that promotion.
  • 00:11:41.590 --> 00:11:42.958
  • For that promotion. nevertheless, god's causing
  • 00:11:43.025 --> 00:11:44.426
  • Nevertheless, god's causing me to stand out."
  • 00:11:44.493 --> 00:11:46.328
  • Or, "joel, i don't have
  • 00:11:46.428 --> 00:11:47.429
  • Or, "joel, i don't have the funds, the resources
  • 00:11:47.496 --> 00:11:48.931
  • The funds, the resources to go to college.
  • 00:11:48.998 --> 00:11:50.166
  • To go to college. nevertheless, god can
  • 00:11:50.232 --> 00:11:51.934
  • Nevertheless, god can open doors that no man
  • 00:11:52.001 --> 00:11:53.035
  • Open doors that no man can shut."
  • 00:11:53.102 --> 00:11:54.103
  • I know a young man.
  • 00:11:55.070 --> 00:11:56.272
  • I know a young man. he had a dream to play
  • 00:11:56.338 --> 00:11:57.206
  • He had a dream to play baseball in college.
  • 00:11:57.273 --> 00:11:59.375
  • Baseball in college. he lived way out in the
  • 00:11:59.441 --> 00:12:00.075
  • He lived way out in the country and he was the star
  • 00:12:00.142 --> 00:12:01.677
  • Country and he was the star player on his high school
  • 00:12:01.744 --> 00:12:02.878
  • Player on his high school team.
  • 00:12:02.945 --> 00:12:04.346
  • Team. but there wasn't a lot of
  • 00:12:04.413 --> 00:12:05.347
  • But there wasn't a lot of competition in that
  • 00:12:05.414 --> 00:12:07.449
  • Competition in that division.
  • 00:12:07.516 --> 00:12:08.684
  • Division. different scouts had come
  • 00:12:08.751 --> 00:12:09.351
  • Different scouts had come to see him play but they
  • 00:12:09.418 --> 00:12:11.120
  • To see him play but they all told him he wasn't big
  • 00:12:11.187 --> 00:12:12.721
  • All told him he wasn't big enough to play in a major
  • 00:12:12.788 --> 00:12:14.056
  • Enough to play in a major university.
  • 00:12:14.123 --> 00:12:15.357
  • University. he had an offer from a
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  • He had an offer from a small, private school and
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  • Small, private school and while he was grateful he
  • 00:12:18.594 --> 00:12:19.562
  • While he was grateful he knew he had something
  • 00:12:19.628 --> 00:12:20.563
  • Knew he had something bigger in his heart.
  • 00:12:20.629 --> 00:12:22.598
  • Bigger in his heart. he was invited to go try
  • 00:12:22.665 --> 00:12:23.766
  • He was invited to go try out at this large college.
  • 00:12:23.833 --> 00:12:25.835
  • Out at this large college. there were other players
  • 00:12:25.901 --> 00:12:26.936
  • There were other players there from big cities, big
  • 00:12:27.002 --> 00:12:28.370
  • There from big cities, big programs.
  • 00:12:28.437 --> 00:12:30.072
  • Programs. they were bigger, stronger,
  • 00:12:30.139 --> 00:12:31.273
  • They were bigger, stronger, had more experience.
  • 00:12:31.340 --> 00:12:33.442
  • Had more experience. but when he stepped up to
  • 00:12:33.509 --> 00:12:34.844
  • But when he stepped up to bat in front of the
  • 00:12:34.910 --> 00:12:36.178
  • Bat in front of the coaches, all the scouts,
  • 00:12:36.245 --> 00:12:37.646
  • Coaches, all the scouts, the pressure was on.
  • 00:12:37.713 --> 00:12:39.248
  • The pressure was on. he said, "joel, it was like
  • 00:12:39.315 --> 00:12:40.950
  • He said, "joel, it was like something came all over
  • 00:12:41.016 --> 00:12:42.952
  • Something came all over me and i felt like i was
  • 00:12:43.018 --> 00:12:44.353
  • Me and i felt like i was 10 feet tall."
  • 00:12:44.420 --> 00:12:45.588
  • 10 feet tall." he hit the ball harder,
  • 00:12:45.654 --> 00:12:47.323
  • He hit the ball harder, further, more consistently
  • 00:12:47.389 --> 00:12:49.558
  • Further, more consistently than all those top
  • 00:12:49.625 --> 00:12:50.726
  • Than all those top prospects.
  • 00:12:50.793 --> 00:12:52.194
  • Prospects. out of several hundred
  • 00:12:52.261 --> 00:12:52.995
  • Out of several hundred young men that tried out to
  • 00:12:53.062 --> 00:12:54.563
  • Young men that tried out to walk on the team that day,
  • 00:12:54.630 --> 00:12:56.198
  • Walk on the team that day, he was the only one chosen
  • 00:12:56.265 --> 00:12:58.000
  • He was the only one chosen to make the team.
  • 00:12:58.067 --> 00:12:59.368
  • To make the team. he was given a full 4-year
  • 00:12:59.435 --> 00:13:01.170
  • He was given a full 4-year scholarship, went on to
  • 00:13:01.237 --> 00:13:02.571
  • Scholarship, went on to have a great college
  • 00:13:02.638 --> 00:13:03.439
  • Have a great college career. (applause)
  • 00:13:03.505 --> 00:13:05.808
  • Career. (applause) the odds may be against
  • 00:13:05.875 --> 00:13:07.042
  • The odds may be against you. you don't think you
  • 00:13:07.109 --> 00:13:07.877
  • You. you don't think you have the talent, the
  • 00:13:07.943 --> 00:13:08.844
  • Have the talent, the experience, the
  • 00:13:08.911 --> 00:13:09.445
  • Experience, the connections.
  • 00:13:09.511 --> 00:13:10.713
  • Connections. neither did david.
  • 00:13:10.779 --> 00:13:12.514
  • Neither did david. don't talk yourself out of
  • 00:13:12.581 --> 00:13:13.515
  • Don't talk yourself out of what god put in your heart.
  • 00:13:13.582 --> 00:13:16.085
  • What god put in your heart. start adding the
  • 00:13:16.151 --> 00:13:16.719
  • Start adding the "nevertheless".
  • 00:13:16.785 --> 00:13:18.120
  • "nevertheless". "god, i don't have the
  • 00:13:18.187 --> 00:13:18.721
  • "god, i don't have the size. nevertheless, you
  • 00:13:18.787 --> 00:13:20.589
  • Size. nevertheless, you can get me to where i'm
  • 00:13:20.656 --> 00:13:21.891
  • Can get me to where i'm supposed to be.
  • 00:13:21.957 --> 00:13:23.392
  • Supposed to be. i don't have the strength,
  • 00:13:23.459 --> 00:13:24.393
  • I don't have the strength, the talent. nevertheless,
  • 00:13:24.460 --> 00:13:25.561
  • The talent. nevertheless, i know your favor
  • 00:13:25.628 --> 00:13:26.695
  • I know your favor surrounds me like a
  • 00:13:26.762 --> 00:13:27.596
  • Surrounds me like a shield."
  • 00:13:27.663 --> 00:13:29.098
  • Shield." when you add the
  • 00:13:29.164 --> 00:13:30.165
  • When you add the "nevertheless", that's what
  • 00:13:30.232 --> 00:13:31.867
  • "nevertheless", that's what allows god to do amazing
  • 00:13:31.934 --> 00:13:33.402
  • Allows god to do amazing things.
  • 00:13:33.469 --> 00:13:34.870
  • Things. too many people, instead of
  • 00:13:34.937 --> 00:13:36.405
  • Too many people, instead of having this nevertheless
  • 00:13:36.472 --> 00:13:37.573
  • Having this nevertheless mentality, they have a "no
  • 00:13:37.640 --> 00:13:39.074
  • Mentality, they have a "no way" mentality.
  • 00:13:39.141 --> 00:13:41.410
  • Way" mentality. "no way i can get out of
  • 00:13:41.477 --> 00:13:42.311
  • "no way i can get out of debt, joel. i'm too far
  • 00:13:42.378 --> 00:13:43.879
  • Debt, joel. i'm too far down in the hole.
  • 00:13:43.946 --> 00:13:45.281
  • Down in the hole. no way i'll break this
  • 00:13:45.347 --> 00:13:46.081
  • No way i'll break this addiction. i've had it
  • 00:13:46.148 --> 00:13:47.516
  • Addiction. i've had it for so many years.
  • 00:13:47.583 --> 00:13:49.318
  • For so many years. no way i'll be successful.
  • 00:13:49.385 --> 00:13:50.920
  • No way i'll be successful. i come from the wrong
  • 00:13:50.986 --> 00:13:51.921
  • I come from the wrong family."
  • 00:13:51.987 --> 00:13:53.355
  • Family." you are prophesying your
  • 00:13:53.422 --> 00:13:54.590
  • You are prophesying your future. if you think it's
  • 00:13:54.657 --> 00:13:56.692
  • Future. if you think it's impossible, it becomes
  • 00:13:56.759 --> 00:13:58.394
  • Impossible, it becomes impossible. god is not
  • 00:13:58.460 --> 00:14:00.963
  • Impossible. god is not looking for "no way"
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:02.131
  • Looking for "no way" people, he's looking for
  • 00:14:02.197 --> 00:14:03.532
  • Nevertheless people. for
  • 00:14:03.632 --> 00:14:05.134
  • Nevertheless people. for for people who say,
  • 00:14:05.200 --> 00:14:06.568
  • For people who say, "i don't see how i could
  • 00:14:06.635 --> 00:14:07.469
  • "i don't see how i could ever get out of this
  • 00:14:07.536 --> 00:14:08.570
  • Ever get out of this problem, nevertheless
  • 00:14:08.637 --> 00:14:10.873
  • Problem, nevertheless god always causes me to
  • 00:14:10.940 --> 00:14:12.107
  • God always causes me to triumph. this legal
  • 00:14:12.174 --> 00:14:13.842
  • Triumph. this legal situation looks like it's
  • 00:14:13.909 --> 00:14:15.244
  • Situation looks like it's going to be the end of me.
  • 00:14:15.311 --> 00:14:16.779
  • Going to be the end of me. nevertheless, no weaponme.
  • 00:14:16.845 --> 00:14:18.480
  • Nevertheless, no weaponme. formed against me will
  • 00:14:18.547 --> 00:14:19.481
  • Formed against me will prosper.
  • 00:14:19.548 --> 00:14:21.016
  • Prosper. my dreams are taking a lot
  • 00:14:21.083 --> 00:14:22.217
  • My dreams are taking a lot longer than i thought.
  • 00:14:22.284 --> 00:14:23.719
  • Longer than i thought. nevertheless, what god
  • 00:14:23.786 --> 00:14:25.354
  • Nevertheless, what god started in my life, he'll
  • 00:14:25.421 --> 00:14:26.789
  • Started in my life, he'll bring to completion."
  • 00:14:26.855 --> 00:14:28.891
  • Bring to completion." shake off the no-way
  • 00:14:28.958 --> 00:14:29.992
  • Shake off the no-way mentality.
  • 00:14:30.059 --> 00:14:31.560
  • Mentality. have this nevertheless
  • 00:14:31.627 --> 00:14:32.394
  • Have this nevertheless mentality.
  • 00:14:32.461 --> 00:14:33.762
  • Mentality. in the old testament, the
  • 00:14:33.829 --> 00:14:35.564
  • In the old testament, the israelites were camped
  • 00:14:35.631 --> 00:14:36.932
  • Israelites were camped right next door to the
  • 00:14:36.999 --> 00:14:38.167
  • Promised land.
  • 00:14:38.267 --> 00:14:39.768
  • Promised land. god had brought them out of
  • 00:14:39.835 --> 00:14:40.803
  • God had brought them out of slavery, parted the red
  • 00:14:40.869 --> 00:14:42.271
  • Slavery, parted the red sea, gave them food and
  • 00:14:42.338 --> 00:14:44.406
  • Sea, gave them food and water in the wilderness.
  • 00:14:44.473 --> 00:14:46.508
  • Water in the wilderness. they'd seen these great
  • 00:14:46.575 --> 00:14:47.576
  • They'd seen these great miracles, now they finally
  • 00:14:47.643 --> 00:14:49.244
  • Miracles, now they finally made it to the promised
  • 00:14:49.311 --> 00:14:50.212
  • Made it to the promised land.
  • 00:14:50.279 --> 00:14:51.347
  • Land. they were right next door.
  • 00:14:51.413 --> 00:14:53.048
  • They were right next door. moses sent 12 men in to spy
  • 00:14:53.115 --> 00:14:55.551
  • Moses sent 12 men in to spy out the land, to see what
  • 00:14:55.617 --> 00:14:56.885
  • Out the land, to see what it was like.
  • 00:14:56.952 --> 00:14:58.454
  • It was like. 10 of those men came back
  • 00:14:58.520 --> 00:14:59.555
  • 10 of those men came back and said, "moses, we don't
  • 00:14:59.621 --> 00:15:01.056
  • And said, "moses, we don't have a chance. there are
  • 00:15:01.123 --> 00:15:03.659
  • Have a chance. there are giants in the land. the
  • 00:15:03.726 --> 00:15:05.427
  • Giants in the land. the people are huge! we felt
  • 00:15:05.494 --> 00:15:07.730
  • People are huge! we felt like we were grasshoppers
  • 00:15:07.796 --> 00:15:09.098
  • Like we were grasshoppers compared to them."
  • 00:15:09.164 --> 00:15:10.933
  • Compared to them." when they saw how big their
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:12.201
  • When they saw how big their opponents were, how
  • 00:15:12.267 --> 00:15:13.802
  • Opponents were, how impossible it looked, they
  • 00:15:13.869 --> 00:15:15.838
  • Impossible it looked, they made the mistake that many
  • 00:15:15.904 --> 00:15:17.606
  • Made the mistake that many of us make today.
  • 00:15:17.673 --> 00:15:19.274
  • Of us make today. they stopped right where
  • 00:15:19.341 --> 00:15:20.242
  • They stopped right where they were.
  • 00:15:20.309 --> 00:15:21.443
  • They were. they thought, "you can't
  • 00:15:21.510 --> 00:15:22.644
  • They thought, "you can't argue with the facts.
  • 00:15:22.711 --> 00:15:24.680
  • Argue with the facts. you can't deny these people
  • 00:15:24.747 --> 00:15:25.914
  • You can't deny these people are bigger, stronger, more
  • 00:15:25.981 --> 00:15:27.683
  • Are bigger, stronger, more experienced."
  • 00:15:27.750 --> 00:15:29.485
  • Experienced." they looked at it only
  • 00:15:29.551 --> 00:15:30.753
  • They looked at it only logically, realistically
  • 00:15:30.819 --> 00:15:32.955
  • Logically, realistically and talked themselves out
  • 00:15:33.022 --> 00:15:34.390
  • And talked themselves out of it.
  • 00:15:34.456 --> 00:15:35.724
  • Of it. they had a no-way mentality
  • 00:15:35.791 --> 00:15:37.993
  • They had a no-way mentality and that group of 2 million
  • 00:15:38.060 --> 00:15:39.361
  • And that group of 2 million people never did make it
  • 00:15:39.428 --> 00:15:41.330
  • People never did make it into the promised land.
  • 00:15:41.397 --> 00:15:43.098
  • Into the promised land. i wonder what would've
  • 00:15:43.165 --> 00:15:44.299
  • I wonder what would've happened if they would've
  • 00:15:44.366 --> 00:15:45.934
  • Happened if they would've added the "nevertheless".
  • 00:15:46.001 --> 00:15:48.203
  • Added the "nevertheless". what if the spies would've
  • 00:15:48.270 --> 00:15:49.405
  • What if the spies would've come back and said, "moses,
  • 00:15:49.471 --> 00:15:51.040
  • Come back and said, "moses, the people are huge, there
  • 00:15:51.106 --> 00:15:52.641
  • The people are huge, there are giants in the land, it
  • 00:15:52.708 --> 00:15:54.243
  • Are giants in the land, it looks impossible,
  • 00:15:54.309 --> 00:15:55.477
  • Looks impossible, nevertheless we are well
  • 00:15:55.544 --> 00:15:57.379
  • Nevertheless we are well able.
  • 00:15:57.446 --> 00:15:58.480
  • Able. nevertheless, we've been
  • 00:15:58.547 --> 00:15:59.648
  • Nevertheless, we've been armed with strength for
  • 00:15:59.715 --> 00:16:00.516
  • Armed with strength for this battle.
  • 00:16:00.582 --> 00:16:01.650
  • This battle. nevertheless, the forces
  • 00:16:01.717 --> 00:16:03.419
  • Nevertheless, the forces that are for us are greater
  • 00:16:03.485 --> 00:16:05.154
  • That are for us are greater than the forces that are
  • 00:16:05.220 --> 00:16:06.388
  • Against us."ces that are
  • 00:16:06.488 --> 00:16:07.956
  • Against us."ces that are if they would've added the
  • 00:16:08.023 --> 00:16:09.525
  • If they would've added the nevertheless, the same god
  • 00:16:09.591 --> 00:16:11.960
  • Nevertheless, the same god that parted the red sea,
  • 00:16:12.027 --> 00:16:13.962
  • That parted the red sea, the same god that brought
  • 00:16:14.029 --> 00:16:15.364
  • The same god that brought them water out of a rock,
  • 00:16:15.431 --> 00:16:17.332
  • Them water out of a rock, the same god that caused
  • 00:16:17.399 --> 00:16:18.667
  • Pharaoh to let them go and
  • 00:16:18.767 --> 00:16:20.636
  • Pharaoh to let them go and gave them valuables on the
  • 00:16:20.702 --> 00:16:22.204
  • Gave them valuables on the way out, that same god
  • 00:16:22.271 --> 00:16:24.573
  • Way out, that same god would've helped them to
  • 00:16:24.640 --> 00:16:25.808
  • Would've helped them to defeat those giants.
  • 00:16:25.874 --> 00:16:27.676
  • Defeat those giants. instead of wandering around
  • 00:16:27.743 --> 00:16:29.111
  • Instead of wandering around in the desert for those 40
  • 00:16:29.178 --> 00:16:30.779
  • In the desert for those 40 years, they would've lived
  • 00:16:30.846 --> 00:16:32.681
  • Years, they would've lived in the promised land for
  • 00:16:32.748 --> 00:16:34.049
  • In the promised land for 40 years.
  • 00:16:34.116 --> 00:16:35.918
  • 40 years. friends, don't let a
  • 00:16:35.984 --> 00:16:36.852
  • Friends, don't let a no-way mentality keep
  • 00:16:36.919 --> 00:16:38.787
  • No-way mentality keep you from god's best.
  • 00:16:38.854 --> 00:16:41.323
  • You from god's best. it may look impossible, i'm
  • 00:16:41.390 --> 00:16:43.092
  • It may look impossible, i'm not asking you to deny it,
  • 00:16:43.158 --> 00:16:45.427
  • Not asking you to deny it, just add the nevertheless.
  • 00:16:45.494 --> 00:16:47.696
  • Just add the nevertheless. these enemies look huge,
  • 00:16:47.763 --> 00:16:49.364
  • These enemies look huge, nevertheless me and god are
  • 00:16:49.431 --> 00:16:51.567
  • Nevertheless me and god are a majority.
  • 00:16:51.633 --> 00:16:53.402
  • A majority. this sickness looks
  • 00:16:53.469 --> 00:16:54.269
  • This sickness looks permanent, nevertheless
  • 00:16:54.336 --> 00:16:56.004
  • Permanent, nevertheless it's only temporary.
  • 00:16:56.071 --> 00:16:57.973
  • It's only temporary. the number of my days god
  • 00:16:58.040 --> 00:16:59.007
  • The number of my days god will fulfill.
  • 00:16:59.074 --> 00:17:00.676
  • Will fulfill. "i don't see how i could
  • 00:17:00.742 --> 00:17:01.710
  • "i don't see how i could ever get out of debt in the
  • 00:17:01.777 --> 00:17:02.911
  • Ever get out of debt in the natural, nevertheless
  • 00:17:02.978 --> 00:17:04.546
  • Natural, nevertheless explosive blessings are
  • 00:17:04.613 --> 00:17:06.014
  • Explosive blessings are chasing me down."
  • 00:17:06.081 --> 00:17:07.683
  • Chasing me down." or maybe, "i've been
  • 00:17:07.749 --> 00:17:08.884
  • Or maybe, "i've been through a loss, a
  • 00:17:08.951 --> 00:17:10.052
  • Through a loss, a disappointment,
  • 00:17:10.119 --> 00:17:11.320
  • Disappointment, nevertheless i know god has
  • 00:17:11.386 --> 00:17:13.055
  • Nevertheless i know god has beauty for these ashes.
  • 00:17:13.122 --> 00:17:14.990
  • Beauty for these ashes. he can turn mourning into
  • 00:17:15.057 --> 00:17:15.858
  • He can turn mourning into dancing."
  • 00:17:15.924 --> 00:17:17.693
  • Dancing." don't be a no-way person,
  • 00:17:17.759 --> 00:17:19.528
  • Don't be a no-way person, be a nevertheless person.
  • 00:17:19.595 --> 00:17:21.563
  • Be a nevertheless person. this means you choose to
  • 00:17:21.630 --> 00:17:23.232
  • This means you choose to believe even when the odds
  • 00:17:23.298 --> 00:17:24.766
  • Believe even when the odds are against you.
  • 00:17:24.833 --> 00:17:26.635
  • Are against you. you stay in faith even when
  • 00:17:26.702 --> 00:17:28.070
  • You stay in faith even when it looks impossible.
  • 00:17:28.137 --> 00:17:30.005
  • It looks impossible. a few years after victoria
  • 00:17:30.072 --> 00:17:31.206
  • A few years after victoria and i were married, we
  • 00:17:31.273 --> 00:17:32.374
  • And i were married, we moved out of our town
  • 00:17:32.441 --> 00:17:34.843
  • Moved out of our town house into a very old,
  • 00:17:34.910 --> 00:17:37.479
  • House into a very old, rundown house that was
  • 00:17:37.546 --> 00:17:39.314
  • Rundown house that was close in to the city.
  • 00:17:39.381 --> 00:17:40.482
  • Close in to the city. the house wasn't worth
  • 00:17:40.549 --> 00:17:41.316
  • The house wasn't worth anything, but it was on a
  • 00:17:41.383 --> 00:17:42.918
  • Anything, but it was on a half acre lot right across
  • 00:17:42.985 --> 00:17:44.686
  • Half acre lot right across the street from a nice
  • 00:17:44.753 --> 00:17:45.921
  • The street from a nice neighborhood.
  • 00:17:45.988 --> 00:17:47.389
  • Neighborhood. many times in the evenings,
  • 00:17:47.456 --> 00:17:49.158
  • Many times in the evenings, we would go out and take
  • 00:17:49.224 --> 00:17:50.125
  • We would go out and take walks through the
  • 00:17:50.192 --> 00:17:51.226
  • Walks through the subdivision and one night
  • 00:17:51.293 --> 00:17:52.794
  • Subdivision and one night as we were walking, we came
  • 00:17:52.861 --> 00:17:54.229
  • As we were walking, we came to this big 2-story house
  • 00:17:54.296 --> 00:17:57.366
  • To this big 2-story house that was in the final
  • 00:17:57.432 --> 00:17:58.267
  • That was in the final stages of construction.
  • 00:17:58.333 --> 00:18:00.235
  • Stages of construction. they were putting the
  • 00:18:00.302 --> 00:18:01.170
  • They were putting the finishing touches on it.
  • 00:18:01.236 --> 00:18:02.437
  • Finishing touches on it. we walked up to it and the
  • 00:18:02.504 --> 00:18:03.772
  • We walked up to it and the door was open, so we went
  • 00:18:03.839 --> 00:18:05.274
  • Door was open, so we went in.
  • 00:18:05.340 --> 00:18:06.508
  • In. it was so magnificent.
  • 00:18:06.575 --> 00:18:08.577
  • It was so magnificent. it had high ceilings, big
  • 00:18:08.644 --> 00:18:10.245
  • It had high ceilings, big tall windows, it was so
  • 00:18:10.312 --> 00:18:12.648
  • Tall windows, it was so new.
  • 00:18:12.714 --> 00:18:13.916
  • New. everything was pristine.
  • 00:18:13.982 --> 00:18:16.084
  • Everything was pristine. here, we were living in
  • 00:18:16.151 --> 00:18:16.919
  • Here, we were living in this 60 year old house that
  • 00:18:16.985 --> 00:18:18.754
  • This 60 year old house that had been run down, nobody
  • 00:18:18.820 --> 00:18:20.522
  • Had been run down, nobody had taken care of it, had
  • 00:18:20.589 --> 00:18:22.291
  • Had taken care of it, had foundation problems, leaks
  • 00:18:22.357 --> 00:18:23.559
  • Foundation problems, leaks in the ceiling.
  • 00:18:23.625 --> 00:18:25.561
  • In the ceiling. we fixed it up so we could
  • 00:18:25.627 --> 00:18:26.528
  • We fixed it up so we could live in it, but the
  • 00:18:26.595 --> 00:18:27.763
  • Live in it, but the contrast between our old,
  • 00:18:27.829 --> 00:18:30.098
  • Contrast between our old, rundown house and this
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  • Rundown house and this beautiful new house was
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  • Beautiful new house was like my brother paul to me.
  • 00:18:35.103 --> 00:18:37.539
  • Like my brother paul to me. i mean, there was no
  • 00:18:37.606 --> 00:18:38.273
  • I mean, there was no comparison. (laughter)
  • 00:18:38.340 --> 00:18:41.076
  • Comparison. (laughter) as we were walking... now
  • 00:18:41.143 --> 00:18:42.411
  • As we were walking... now y'all are not listening.w
  • 00:18:42.477 --> 00:18:45.280
  • Y'all are not listening.w as we were walking out of
  • 00:18:45.347 --> 00:18:46.281
  • As we were walking out of the house that day, down
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  • The house that day, down the front sidewalk, 26
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  • The front sidewalk, 26 years old, in awe of what
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  • Years old, in awe of what we'd just seen, victoria
  • 00:18:51.787 --> 00:18:53.155
  • We'd just seen, victoria stopped, turned to me and
  • 00:18:53.222 --> 00:18:55.524
  • Stopped, turned to me and said, "joel, one day we're
  • 00:18:55.591 --> 00:18:57.326
  • Said, "joel, one day we're going to live in a house
  • 00:18:57.392 --> 00:18:58.527
  • Going to live in a house just like this."
  • 00:18:58.594 --> 00:19:00.229
  • Just like this." i looked at her like she
  • 00:19:00.295 --> 00:19:01.363
  • I looked at her like she had lost her mind.
  • 00:19:01.430 --> 00:19:03.699
  • Had lost her mind. i went on to tell her all
  • 00:19:03.765 --> 00:19:04.933
  • I went on to tell her all the reasons why we were
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:06.235
  • The reasons why we were never going to live in a
  • 00:19:06.301 --> 00:19:07.402
  • Never going to live in a house like that.
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  • House like that. i went down the list.
  • 00:19:09.271 --> 00:19:10.205
  • I went down the list. "victoria, i work for a
  • 00:19:10.272 --> 00:19:11.240
  • "victoria, i work for a ministry, we're never going
  • 00:19:11.306 --> 00:19:12.641
  • Ministry, we're never going to have those funds, we can
  • 00:19:12.708 --> 00:19:14.643
  • To have those funds, we can barely afford this 60 year
  • 00:19:14.710 --> 00:19:16.078
  • Barely afford this 60 year old house with crooked
  • 00:19:16.144 --> 00:19:17.446
  • Old house with crooked floors. it's going to
  • 00:19:17.512 --> 00:19:18.747
  • Floors. it's going to take us 30 years to pay
  • 00:19:18.814 --> 00:19:19.548
  • Take us 30 years to pay it off." i was passionate
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  • It off." i was passionate about my doubt. i wanted
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  • About my doubt. i wanted her to doubt with me.
  • 00:19:23.218 --> 00:19:24.253
  • Her to doubt with me. (laughter)
  • 00:19:24.319 --> 00:19:26.054
  • (laughter) i went on and on but she
  • 00:19:26.121 --> 00:19:27.956
  • I went on and on but she no more paid me attention.
  • 00:19:28.023 --> 00:19:29.758
  • No more paid me attention. it was like i was talking
  • 00:19:29.825 --> 00:19:30.926
  • It was like i was talking to a tree.
  • 00:19:30.993 --> 00:19:32.427
  • To a tree. she said, "no, joel.
  • 00:19:32.494 --> 00:19:33.695
  • She said, "no, joel. i can feel it right down
  • 00:19:33.762 --> 00:19:34.796
  • I can feel it right down in here. one day, we're
  • 00:19:34.863 --> 00:19:36.698
  • In here. one day, we're going to live in a house
  • 00:19:36.765 --> 00:19:37.499
  • Going to live in a house just like this one."
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  • Just like this one." (applause)
  • 00:19:39.434 --> 00:19:40.002
  • (applause) the difference between
  • 00:19:40.068 --> 00:19:41.136
  • The difference between her and me is i saw the
  • 00:19:41.203 --> 00:19:42.971
  • Her and me is i saw the facts. i knew what we
  • 00:19:43.038 --> 00:19:44.473
  • Facts. i knew what we made, i knew how
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  • Made, i knew how impossible it was. i let
  • 00:19:46.108 --> 00:19:47.643
  • Impossible it was. i let the facts talk me out
  • 00:19:47.709 --> 00:19:49.278
  • The facts talk me out of it. i had a "no-way"
  • 00:19:49.344 --> 00:19:51.013
  • Of it. i had a "no-way" mentality. victoria saw
  • 00:19:51.079 --> 00:19:52.347
  • Mentality. victoria saw the same facts, she knew
  • 00:19:52.414 --> 00:19:54.549
  • The same facts, she knew our same situation but
  • 00:19:54.616 --> 00:19:56.718
  • Our same situation but she didn't stop with the
  • 00:19:56.785 --> 00:19:58.287
  • She didn't stop with the facts, she added the
  • 00:19:58.353 --> 00:19:59.788
  • Facts, she added the nevertheless.
  • 00:19:59.855 --> 00:20:01.690
  • Nevertheless. her attitude was, "yes,
  • 00:20:01.757 --> 00:20:03.091
  • Her attitude was, "yes, it's impossible right now,
  • 00:20:03.158 --> 00:20:04.593
  • It's impossible right now, nevertheless with god
  • 00:20:04.660 --> 00:20:06.528
  • Nevertheless with god all things are possible."
  • 00:20:06.595 --> 00:20:07.963
  • All things are possible." (applause)
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  • (applause) she was saying, "in the
  • 00:20:09.298 --> 00:20:10.365
  • She was saying, "in the natural it's not going
  • 00:20:10.432 --> 00:20:11.533
  • Natural it's not going to happen, but we serve
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  • To happen, but we serve a supernatural god. he
  • 00:20:13.535 --> 00:20:15.404
  • A supernatural god. he knows how to open the
  • 00:20:15.470 --> 00:20:16.405
  • Knows how to open the windows of heaven."
  • 00:20:16.471 --> 00:20:17.839
  • Windows of heaven." that's exactly what
  • 00:20:17.906 --> 00:20:18.840
  • That's exactly what happened. about a
  • 00:20:18.907 --> 00:20:20.042
  • Happened. about a year later, a builder
  • 00:20:20.108 --> 00:20:21.310
  • Year later, a builder knocked on our door.
  • 00:20:21.376 --> 00:20:23.278
  • Knocked on our door. we didn't go to him,
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  • We didn't go to him, he came to us.
  • 00:20:24.746 --> 00:20:26.348
  • He came to us. we sold half of our
  • 00:20:26.415 --> 00:20:27.516
  • We sold half of our property for more than
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  • Property for more than we'd paid for the whole
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  • We'd paid for the whole thing. he built two new
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  • Thing. he built two new houses on it, one for us.
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  • Houses on it, one for us. we ended up living in a
  • 00:20:33.989 --> 00:20:35.057
  • We ended up living in a house just like the one
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  • House just like the one we had seen. victoria
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  • We had seen. victoria barely let me come in
  • 00:20:37.793 --> 00:20:38.760
  • Barely let me come in there. i almost had to
  • 00:20:38.827 --> 00:20:39.928
  • There. i almost had to live in the garage.
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  • Live in the garage. (laughter)
  • 00:20:41.096 --> 00:20:42.497
  • (laughter) are you doing what i did,
  • 00:20:42.564 --> 00:20:43.565
  • Are you doing what i did, letting the circumstances
  • 00:20:43.632 --> 00:20:44.566
  • Letting the circumstances talk you out of god's best?
  • 00:20:44.633 --> 00:20:47.202
  • Talk you out of god's best? talk you out of being
  • 00:20:47.269 --> 00:20:48.136
  • Talk you out of being healthy, being free, being
  • 00:20:48.203 --> 00:20:50.272
  • Healthy, being free, being prosperous, being
  • 00:20:50.339 --> 00:20:51.239
  • Prosperous, being fulfilled?
  • 00:20:51.306 --> 00:20:53.108
  • Fulfilled? "well, joel, i've been
  • 00:20:53.175 --> 00:20:54.042
  • "well, joel, i've been single so long.
  • 00:20:54.109 --> 00:20:55.644
  • Single so long. i don't think i'll ever
  • 00:20:55.711 --> 00:20:56.712
  • I don't think i'll ever meet the right person."
  • 00:20:56.778 --> 00:20:58.113
  • Meet the right person." get rid of that no-way
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:20:59.681
  • Get rid of that no-way mentality.
  • 00:20:59.748 --> 00:21:01.350
  • Mentality. turn it around.
  • 00:21:01.416 --> 00:21:02.250
  • Turn it around. "i've been single a long
  • 00:21:02.317 --> 00:21:03.251
  • "i've been single a long time, but i know the right
  • 00:21:03.318 --> 00:21:04.920
  • Time, but i know the right person is headed my way.
  • 00:21:04.986 --> 00:21:07.155
  • Person is headed my way. somebody fine is in my
  • 00:21:07.222 --> 00:21:08.323
  • Somebody fine is in my future." throw that in
  • 00:21:08.390 --> 00:21:09.891
  • Future." throw that in too. (laughter)
  • 00:21:09.958 --> 00:21:12.094
  • Too. (laughter) on paper, it may look like
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:13.695
  • On paper, it may look like you could never get out
  • 00:21:13.762 --> 00:21:14.963
  • You could never get out of debt.
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:16.531
  • Of debt. i'm not asking you to deny
  • 00:21:16.598 --> 00:21:17.165
  • I'm not asking you to deny it, i'm asking you to add
  • 00:21:17.232 --> 00:21:19.000
  • It, i'm asking you to add the nevertheless.
  • 00:21:19.067 --> 00:21:20.802
  • The nevertheless. "god, the numbers don't
  • 00:21:20.869 --> 00:21:21.336
  • "god, the numbers don't look good.
  • 00:21:21.403 --> 00:21:22.604
  • Look good. nevertheless, i believe i
  • 00:21:22.671 --> 00:21:23.872
  • Nevertheless, i believe i will lend and not borrow.
  • 00:21:23.939 --> 00:21:25.841
  • Will lend and not borrow. that i'm coming into
  • 00:21:25.907 --> 00:21:26.408
  • That i'm coming into overflow."
  • 00:21:26.475 --> 00:21:27.709
  • Overflow." or, "i've had this
  • 00:21:27.776 --> 00:21:28.677
  • Or, "i've had this addiction for years.
  • 00:21:28.744 --> 00:21:30.011
  • Addiction for years. it looks permanent.
  • 00:21:30.078 --> 00:21:31.046
  • It looks permanent. nevertheless, i know it's
  • 00:21:31.113 --> 00:21:32.147
  • Nevertheless, i know it's only temporary.
  • 00:21:32.214 --> 00:21:34.282
  • Only temporary. i know freedom, wholeness,
  • 00:21:34.349 --> 00:21:35.650
  • I know freedom, wholeness, victory is in my future."
  • 00:21:35.717 --> 00:21:38.019
  • Victory is in my future." what's interesting is
  • 00:21:38.086 --> 00:21:40.389
  • What's interesting is peter went back to the
  • 00:21:40.455 --> 00:21:41.123
  • Peter went back to the same place where he had
  • 00:21:41.189 --> 00:21:42.791
  • Same place where he had not caught any fish the
  • 00:21:42.858 --> 00:21:44.259
  • Not caught any fish the whole night before.
  • 00:21:44.326 --> 00:21:45.894
  • Whole night before. suddenly, it was filled
  • 00:21:45.961 --> 00:21:47.362
  • Suddenly, it was filled with fish.
  • 00:21:47.429 --> 00:21:49.498
  • With fish. sometimes we think, "well,
  • 00:21:49.564 --> 00:21:50.599
  • Sometimes we think, "well, i've tried once. it didn't
  • 00:21:50.665 --> 00:21:52.401
  • I've tried once. it didn't work out. it's never going
  • 00:21:52.467 --> 00:21:53.235
  • Work out. it's never going to happen."
  • 00:21:53.301 --> 00:21:54.069
  • To happen." how do you know god
  • 00:21:54.136 --> 00:21:55.737
  • How do you know god hasn't put the fish for
  • 00:21:55.804 --> 00:21:56.972
  • Hasn't put the fish for you there now? don't give
  • 00:21:57.038 --> 00:21:58.907
  • You there now? don't give up and quit believing.
  • 00:21:58.974 --> 00:22:00.475
  • Up and quit believing. go back and try again.
  • 00:22:00.542 --> 00:22:03.178
  • Go back and try again. god controls the whole
  • 00:22:03.245 --> 00:22:04.446
  • God controls the whole universe. it may not have
  • 00:22:04.513 --> 00:22:06.248
  • Universe. it may not have happened yet, that doesn't
  • 00:22:06.314 --> 00:22:07.816
  • Happened yet, that doesn't mean it's not going to
  • 00:22:07.883 --> 00:22:08.550
  • Mean it's not going to happen.
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  • Happen. just like with peter, god
  • 00:22:09.751 --> 00:22:11.052
  • Just like with peter, god has an abundance of what
  • 00:22:11.119 --> 00:22:12.854
  • Has an abundance of what you need waiting for you.
  • 00:22:12.921 --> 00:22:15.290
  • You need waiting for you. you haven't missed it, it's
  • 00:22:15.357 --> 00:22:16.391
  • You haven't missed it, it's not too late.
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  • Not too late. if you'll have this
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:19.194
  • If you'll have this nevertheless mentality,
  • 00:22:19.261 --> 00:22:20.996
  • Nevertheless mentality, god will lead you into
  • 00:22:21.062 --> 00:22:22.564
  • God will lead you into favor, into healing, into
  • 00:22:22.631 --> 00:22:24.433
  • Favor, into healing, into abundance, into the
  • 00:22:24.499 --> 00:22:25.667
  • Abundance, into the fullness of your destiny.
  • 00:22:25.734 --> 00:22:27.636
  • Fullness of your destiny. david said in psalm 3,
  • 00:22:27.702 --> 00:22:29.938
  • David said in psalm 3, "lord, how are they
  • 00:22:30.005 --> 00:22:31.239
  • "lord, how are they increased that trouble me?"
  • 00:22:31.306 --> 00:22:33.875
  • Increased that trouble me?" he was saying, "god, it
  • 00:22:33.942 --> 00:22:34.776
  • He was saying, "god, it looks like my enemies are
  • 00:22:34.843 --> 00:22:35.811
  • Looks like my enemies are multiplying."
  • 00:22:35.877 --> 00:22:37.779
  • Multiplying." david not only had other
  • 00:22:37.846 --> 00:22:39.080
  • David not only had other armies coming against him,
  • 00:22:39.147 --> 00:22:40.749
  • Armies coming against him, but his own son absalom
  • 00:22:40.816 --> 00:22:43.151
  • But his own son absalom turned on him and was
  • 00:22:43.218 --> 00:22:44.519
  • Turned on him and was trying to take the throne.
  • 00:22:44.586 --> 00:22:46.588
  • Trying to take the throne. david could've gotten
  • 00:22:46.655 --> 00:22:47.722
  • David could've gotten discouraged and thought,
  • 00:22:47.789 --> 00:22:48.790
  • Discouraged and thought, "that's it. i can handle
  • 00:22:48.857 --> 00:22:50.659
  • "that's it. i can handle other people trying to
  • 00:22:50.725 --> 00:22:51.593
  • Other people trying to stop me, but now it's
  • 00:22:51.660 --> 00:22:52.961
  • Stop me, but now it's my own family? i'm done."
  • 00:22:53.028 --> 00:22:54.996
  • My own family? i'm done." this could've been the
  • 00:22:55.063 --> 00:22:56.097
  • This could've been the point where david faded
  • 00:22:56.164 --> 00:22:58.333
  • Point where david faded off into the sunset and
  • 00:22:58.400 --> 00:22:59.468
  • Off into the sunset and we don't read about him
  • 00:22:59.534 --> 00:23:00.602
  • We don't read about him anymore. but david didn't
  • 00:23:00.669 --> 00:23:02.604
  • Anymore. but david didn't just talk about the
  • 00:23:02.671 --> 00:23:03.772
  • Just talk about the problem. he stated the
  • 00:23:03.839 --> 00:23:05.674
  • Problem. he stated the facts, then he took it
  • 00:23:05.740 --> 00:23:07.042
  • Facts, then he took it one step further. "lord,
  • 00:23:07.108 --> 00:23:09.444
  • One step further. "lord, how are they increased
  • 00:23:09.511 --> 00:23:10.912
  • How are they increased that trouble me? but you,
  • 00:23:10.979 --> 00:23:12.414
  • That trouble me? but you, oh lord, are a shield
  • 00:23:12.481 --> 00:23:14.716
  • Oh lord, are a shield unto me." notice, david
  • 00:23:14.783 --> 00:23:16.618
  • Unto me." notice, david added the nevertheless.
  • 00:23:16.685 --> 00:23:18.720
  • Added the nevertheless. "i'm having a lot of
  • 00:23:18.787 --> 00:23:19.488
  • "i'm having a lot of trouble, nevertheless
  • 00:23:19.554 --> 00:23:20.922
  • Trouble, nevertheless god is my shield."
  • 00:23:20.989 --> 00:23:22.891
  • God is my shield." what's the message?
  • 00:23:22.958 --> 00:23:24.526
  • What's the message? don't let the enemy have
  • 00:23:24.593 --> 00:23:26.228
  • Don't let the enemy have the last word. always add
  • 00:23:26.294 --> 00:23:28.797
  • The last word. always add the nevertheless.
  • 00:23:28.864 --> 00:23:30.298
  • The nevertheless. "the medical report
  • 00:23:30.365 --> 00:23:31.233
  • "the medical report doesn't look good,
  • 00:23:31.299 --> 00:23:32.400
  • Doesn't look good, nevertheless the lord
  • 00:23:32.467 --> 00:23:33.435
  • Nevertheless the lord is my healer.
  • 00:23:33.502 --> 00:23:35.604
  • Is my healer. my co-workers did me
  • 00:23:35.670 --> 00:23:36.404
  • My co-workers did me wrong, nevertheless god
  • 00:23:36.471 --> 00:23:38.640
  • Wrong, nevertheless god is fighting my battles.
  • 00:23:38.707 --> 00:23:40.275
  • Is fighting my battles. he's my vindicator.
  • 00:23:40.342 --> 00:23:41.576
  • He's my vindicator. i went through a bad break.
  • 00:23:41.643 --> 00:23:43.078
  • I went through a bad break. nevertheless, what's meant
  • 00:23:43.144 --> 00:23:44.446
  • Nevertheless, what's meant for my harm i know god
  • 00:23:44.513 --> 00:23:46.248
  • For my harm i know god will turn to my advantage."
  • 00:23:46.314 --> 00:23:48.216
  • Will turn to my advantage." friends, some of the things
  • 00:23:48.283 --> 00:23:49.551
  • Friends, some of the things that have you worried right
  • 00:23:49.618 --> 00:23:51.086
  • That have you worried right now, upset, discouraged,
  • 00:23:51.152 --> 00:23:53.154
  • Now, upset, discouraged, it would all change if
  • 00:23:53.221 --> 00:23:54.589
  • It would all change if you would start adding
  • 00:23:54.656 --> 00:23:56.124
  • You would start adding the nevertheless.
  • 00:23:56.191 --> 00:23:57.959
  • The nevertheless. if you just stop with the
  • 00:23:58.026 --> 00:23:59.160
  • If you just stop with the facts at how impossible
  • 00:23:59.227 --> 00:24:01.329
  • Facts at how impossible it is, it's going to cause
  • 00:24:01.396 --> 00:24:02.330
  • It is, it's going to cause you to get discouraged.
  • 00:24:02.397 --> 00:24:03.999
  • You to get discouraged. every time something
  • 00:24:04.065 --> 00:24:05.066
  • Every time something negative happens, every
  • 00:24:05.133 --> 00:24:06.234
  • Negative happens, every bad break, disappointment,
  • 00:24:06.301 --> 00:24:08.136
  • Bad break, disappointment, delay, answer back with a
  • 00:24:08.203 --> 00:24:10.438
  • Delay, answer back with a nevertheless.
  • 00:24:10.505 --> 00:24:12.307
  • Nevertheless. you get stuck in traffic,
  • 00:24:12.374 --> 00:24:13.208
  • You get stuck in traffic, "i should be upset,
  • 00:24:13.275 --> 00:24:14.442
  • "i should be upset, nevertheless i know god
  • 00:24:14.509 --> 00:24:16.077
  • Nevertheless i know god is directing my steps."
  • 00:24:16.144 --> 00:24:18.046
  • Is directing my steps." and when you face these
  • 00:24:18.113 --> 00:24:19.114
  • And when you face these situations that look
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:20.282
  • Situations that look impossible, we all do,
  • 00:24:20.348 --> 00:24:22.284
  • Impossible, we all do, don't talk yourself
  • 00:24:22.350 --> 00:24:23.318
  • Don't talk yourself out of it. get rid of
  • 00:24:23.385 --> 00:24:24.819
  • Out of it. get rid of a no-way mentality. have
  • 00:24:24.886 --> 00:24:26.888
  • A no-way mentality. have this nevertheless
  • 00:24:26.955 --> 00:24:28.189
  • This nevertheless mentality. if you'll do
  • 00:24:28.256 --> 00:24:29.591
  • Mentality. if you'll do this, i believe and declare
  • 00:24:29.658 --> 00:24:31.960
  • This, i believe and declare god is about to turn some
  • 00:24:32.027 --> 00:24:33.528
  • God is about to turn some things around. he's about
  • 00:24:33.595 --> 00:24:35.030
  • Things around. he's about to open some new doors.
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  • To open some new doors. there are explosive
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  • There are explosive blessings coming your
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  • Blessings coming your way. because you're a
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  • Way. because you're a nevertheless person, like
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  • Nevertheless person, like abraham, you're going to
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  • Abraham, you're going to see the promise come to
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  • See the promise come to pass. like david, you're
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  • Pass. like david, you're going to overcome
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  • Going to overcome obstacles that were much
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  • Obstacles that were much bigger and like peter,
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  • Bigger and like peter, god's going to bring the
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  • God's going to bring the fish to you. an abundance
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  • Fish to you. an abundance of what you need in
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  • Of what you need in jesus' name. if you
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  • Jesus' name. if you receive it, can you say
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  • Receive it, can you say "amen" today?
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  • "amen" today? we never like to
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  • We never like to close our broadcast
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  • Close our broadcast without giving you an
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  • Without giving you an opportunity to make jesus
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  • Opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life.
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  • The lord of your life. would you pray with me?
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  • Would you pray with me? just say, "lord, jesus,
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  • Just say, "lord, jesus, i repent of my sins. come
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  • I repent of my sins. come into my heart, i make you
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  • Into my heart, i make you my lord and savior."
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  • My lord and savior." friends, if you prayed
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  • Friends, if you prayed that simple prayer, we
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  • That simple prayer, we believe you got born
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  • Believe you got born again. get in a good
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  • Again. get in a good bible-based church, keep
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  • Bible-based church, keep god first place.
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  • God first place. he's going to take you
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  • He's going to take you places that you've never
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  • Places that you've never dreamed.
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  • .
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  • . > anncr: as a thank you for
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  • > anncr: as a thank you for your support of our ministry,
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  • Your support of our ministry, joel and victoria would like
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  • Joel and victoria would like to send you a copy of joel's
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  • To send you a copy of joel's new book, "your greater is
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  • New book, "your greater is coming".
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  • Coming". > joel: fire, certainly not
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  • > joel: fire, certainly not the experience anyone wants
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  • The experience anyone wants yet god can actually use
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  • Yet god can actually use fire to expand, grow, and
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  • Fire to expand, grow, and enlarge our lives. taking
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  • Enlarge our lives. taking us to heights that we've
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  • Us to heights that we've never dreamed.
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  • Never dreamed. these magnificent sequoia
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  • These magnificent sequoia trees, the largest in the
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  • Trees, the largest in the world are actually given
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  • World are actually given life by fire. these cones
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  • Life by fire. these cones remain in the tree,
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  • Remain in the tree, sometimes for years.
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  • Sometimes for years. then fire comes. the heat
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  • Then fire comes. the heat opens the cones and out
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  • Opens the cones and out pours these tiny little
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  • Pours these tiny little seeds.
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  • Seeds. in my new book, i'll
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  • In my new book, i'll unlock some of these
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  • Unlock some of these mysteries. how god can
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  • Mysteries. how god can turn the fires in your
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  • Turn the fires in your life into new magnificent
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  • Life into new magnificent growth. i'll share how your
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  • Growth. i'll share how your greater, better life is not
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  • Greater, better life is not a distant possibility but
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  • A distant possibility but a certain reality as
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  • A certain reality as undeniable as these
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  • Undeniable as these glorious trees.
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  • Glorious trees. my new book, "your greater
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  • My new book, "your greater is coming", will show you
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  • Is coming", will show you how to overcome when life
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  • How to overcome when life deals you a setback,
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  • Deals you a setback, a heartache, a fire.
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  • A heartache, a fire. even now, god is setting
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  • Even now, god is setting you up for something
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  • You up for something magnificent. your future
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  • Magnificent. your future is bigger and brighter than
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  • Is bigger and brighter than you can imagine. god is
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  • You can imagine. god is promising you your greater
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  • Promising you your greater is coming.
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  • Is coming. > anncr: request your copy
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  • > anncr: request your copy of "your greater is coming"
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  • Of "your greater is coming" today at joelosteen.com
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  • Today at joelosteen.com or call 800-565-0772.
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  • Or call 800-565-0772. or call 800-565-0772.
  • 00:26:50.865 --> 00:26:51.299
  • Or call 800-565-0772. >victoria: joel and i pray
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  • >victoria: joel and i pray for you every single day.
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  • For you every single day. and we are believing the
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  • And we are believing the best for you and your
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  • Best for you and your family.
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  • Family. > joel: thanks so much for
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  • > joel: thanks so much for your prayer and support of
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  • Your prayer and support of the ministry. we love you.
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  • The ministry. we love you. believing 2022 will be a
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  • Believing 2022 will be a bountiful year. till we
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  • Bountiful year. till we meet again, may the lord
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  • Meet again, may the lord bless you and keep you.
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  • Bless you and keep you. may the lord show you
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  • May the lord show you favor and have mercy on
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  • Favor and have mercy on you. and may the lord
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  • You. and may the lord watch over you and give
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  • Watch over you and give you his peace.
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my daughter, alexandra, and
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  • Daughter, alexandra, and lakewood music has a new album
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  • Lakewood music has a new album out.
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  • Out. > alexandra: yes, it's called
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  • > alexandra: yes, it's called shout! we are so proud of this
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  • Shout! we are so proud of this new project. it's our most
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  • New project. it's our most diverse collection of songs yet.
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  • Diverse collection of songs yet. we hope it's going to inspire
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  • We hope it's going to inspire you and encourage you.
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  • You and encourage you. > joel: it's fantastic. it's the
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  • > joel: it's fantastic. it's the songs we sing here at lakewood.
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  • Songs we sing here at lakewood. i hope you'll download your
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  • I hope you'll download your copy today!
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