Trust God To Do It His Way

October 22, 2022 | 293 | 27:29

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Joel Osteen | Trust God To Do It His Way | October 22, 2022
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  • (applause) well, god bless you.
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  • (applause) well, god bless you. it's a joy to come into your
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  • Well, god bless you. it's a joy to come into your homes. if you're ever in our
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  • It's a joy to come into your homes. if you're ever in our area please stop by and be
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  • Homes. if you're ever in our area please stop by and be a part of one of our services.
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  • Area please stop by and be a part of one of our services. i promise you we'll make you
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  • A part of one of our services. i promise you we'll make you feel right at home.
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  • I promise you we'll make you feel right at home. thanks so much for tuning in
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  • Feel right at home. thanks so much for tuning in today.
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  • Thanks so much for tuning in today. thank you again for coming out.
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  • Today. thank you again for coming out. i like to start with something
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  • Thank you again for coming out. i like to start with something funny.
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  • I like to start with something funny. i heard about this pastor.
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  • Funny. i heard about this pastor. he was in the lobby after
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  • I heard about this pastor. he was in the lobby after service greeting people.
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  • He was in the lobby after service greeting people. he saw a man that he hadn't
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  • Service greeting people. he saw a man that he hadn't seen in a long, long time.
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  • He saw a man that he hadn't seen in a long, long time. he pulled him to the side and
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  • Seen in a long, long time. he pulled him to the side and said, "brother, you need to join
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  • He pulled him to the side and said, "brother, you need to join the army of the lord."
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  • Said, "brother, you need to join the army of the lord." the man said, "what are you
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  • The army of the lord." the man said, "what are you talking about? i'm in the army
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  • The man said, "what are you talking about? i'm in the army of the lord."
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  • Talking about? i'm in the army of the lord." the pastor said, "well how come
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  • Of the lord." the pastor said, "well how come i only see you at christmas and
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  • The pastor said, "well how come i only see you at christmas and on easter?"
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  • I only see you at christmas and on easter?" he whispered back, "because i'm
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  • On easter?" he whispered back, "because i'm in the secret service."
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  • He whispered back, "because i'm in the secret service." (laughter/applause)
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  • In the secret service." (laughter/applause) hold up your bible. say it like
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  • (laughter/applause) hold up your bible. say it like you mean it.
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  • Hold up your bible. say it like you mean it. this is my bible.
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  • You mean it. this is my bible. i am what it says i am.
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  • This is my bible. i am what it says i am. i have what it says i have.
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  • I am what it says i am. i have what it says i have. i can do what it says i can do.
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  • I have what it says i have. i can do what it says i can do. today i will be taught the word
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  • I can do what it says i can do. today i will be taught the word of god.
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  • Today i will be taught the word of god. i boldly confess:
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  • Of god. i boldly confess: my mind is alert.
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  • I boldly confess: my mind is alert. my heart is receptive.
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  • My mind is alert. my heart is receptive. i will never be the same.
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  • My heart is receptive. i will never be the same. in jesus' name.
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  • God bless you.e the same.
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  • God bless you.e the same. i want to talk to you today
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  • God bless you.e the same. i want to talk to you today about trusting god to do it his
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  • I want to talk to you today about trusting god to do it his way.
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  • About trusting god to do it his way. we all have dreams that we're
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  • Way. we all have dreams that we're believing for and situations we
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  • Want to see turn around but too
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  • Want to see turn around but too often we put god in a box and
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  • Want to see turn around but too often we put god in a box and tell him how to do it, when to
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  • Often we put god in a box and tell him how to do it, when to do it and who to use to do it.
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  • Tell him how to do it, when to do it and who to use to do it. the only problem is god's ways
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  • Do it and who to use to do it. the only problem is god's ways are not our ways.
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  • The only problem is god's ways are not our ways. god doesn't always do things the
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  • Are not our ways. god doesn't always do things the logical way. god uses
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  • God doesn't always do things the logical way. god uses unorthodox methods.
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  • Logical way. god uses unorthodox methods. he is unconventional.
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  • Unorthodox methods. he is unconventional. it may not always make sense to
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  • He is unconventional. it may not always make sense to our minds.
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  • It may not always make sense to our minds. if you have these preconceived
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  • Our minds. if you have these preconceived ideas of how you're going to be
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  • If you have these preconceived ideas of how you're going to be promoted and how you're going to
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  • Ideas of how you're going to be promoted and how you're going to get well it will limit what god
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  • Promoted and how you're going to get well it will limit what god can do.
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  • Get well it will limit what god can do. you have to stay open.
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  • Can do. you have to stay open. let god out of your box.
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  • You have to stay open. let god out of your box. you may only see one way that it
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  • Let god out of your box. you may only see one way that it could happen.
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  • You may only see one way that it could happen. it's obvious.
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  • Could happen. it's obvious. you need to get that promotion
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  • It's obvious. you need to get that promotion so you'll have the funds to
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  • You need to get that promotion so you'll have the funds to accomplish your dreams.
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  • So you'll have the funds to accomplish your dreams. you've worked at the company 20
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  • Accomplish your dreams. you've worked at the company 20 years.
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  • You've worked at the company 20 years. you deserve it but for no reason
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  • Years. you deserve it but for no reason you get passed over.
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  • You deserve it but for no reason you get passed over. if you're not careful you'll get
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  • You get passed over. if you're not careful you'll get discouraged and start thinking,
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  • If you're not careful you'll get discouraged and start thinking, "it's never going to happen.
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  • Discouraged and start thinking, "it's never going to happen. i missed my opportunity. god,
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  • "it's never going to happen. i missed my opportunity. god, it's not fair."
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  • I missed my opportunity. god, it's not fair." no, what you don't realize is
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  • It's not fair." no, what you don't realize is god closed that door on purpose
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  • No, what you don't realize is god closed that door on purpose because he has something much
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  • God closed that door on purpose because he has something much better in front of you.
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  • Because he has something much better in front of you. just because it's the logical
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  • Better in front of you. just because it's the logical way doesn't mean that it's god's
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  • Just because it's the logical way doesn't mean that it's god's way.
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  • Way doesn't mean that it's god's way. just because it happened that
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  • Way. just because it happened that way before doesn't mean it's
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  • Just because it happened that way before doesn't mean it's going to happen that way next
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  • Way before doesn't mean it's going to happen that way next time.
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  • Going to happen that way next time. stay open.
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  • Time. stay open. if you're narrow-minded you can
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  • Stay open. if you're narrow-minded you can miss god's best.
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  • If you're narrow-minded you can miss god's best. our attitude should be, "god,
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  • Miss god's best. our attitude should be, "god, i'm letting you out of my box.
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  • Our attitude should be, "god, i'm letting you out of my box. you can do anything in my life.
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  • I'm letting you out of my box. you can do anything in my life. you can do it any time.
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  • You can do anything in my life. you can do it any time. you can use any person that you
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  • You can do it any time. you can use any person that you want. god, i trust you to do it
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  • You can use any person that you want. god, i trust you to do it your way."
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  • Want. god, i trust you to do it your way." when i look back over my life i
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  • Your way." when i look back over my life i can see times where god used
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  • When i look back over my life i can see times where god used people to help me that i never
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  • Can see times where god used people to help me that i never dreamed he would use.
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  • People to help me that i never dreamed he would use. when we were trying to acquire
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  • Dreamed he would use. when we were trying to acquire this place, the former compaq
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  • When we were trying to acquire this place, the former compaq center, the city council members
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  • This place, the former compaq center, the city council members had to vote on it.
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  • Center, the city council members had to vote on it. there were two men that were
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  • Had to vote on it. there were two men that were very influential, very
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  • There were two men that were very influential, very well-connected, but they didn't
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  • Very influential, very well-connected, but they didn't have any kind of religious
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  • Well-connected, but they didn't have any kind of religious background.
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  • Have any kind of religious background. they loved to party, loved to
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  • Background. they loved to party, loved to have a good time.
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  • They loved to party, loved to have a good time. they were great people.
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  • Have a good time. they were great people. they just weren't on my list of
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  • They were great people. they just weren't on my list of who i thought god would have
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  • They just weren't on my list of who i thought god would have chosen to help us.
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  • Who i thought god would have chosen to help us. what's interesting is we didn't
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  • Chosen to help us. what's interesting is we didn't pursue them. they pursued us.
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  • What's interesting is we didn't pursue them. they pursued us. one of the men told me, "joel,
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  • Pursue them. they pursued us. one of the men told me, "joel, this is my personal mission.
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  • One of the men told me, "joel, this is my personal mission. i'm going to do everything i can
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  • This is my personal mission. i'm going to do everything i can to make sure lakewood gets the
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  • I'm going to do everything i can to make sure lakewood gets the compaq center."
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  • To make sure lakewood gets the compaq center." my first thought was, "god, is
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  • Compaq center." my first thought was, "god, is this right? this is like oil
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  • My first thought was, "god, is this right? this is like oil and water. we don't come from
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  • This right? this is like oil and water. we don't come from the same type of background."
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  • And water. we don't come from the same type of background." it's easy to make narrow-minded
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  • The same type of background." it's easy to make narrow-minded judgments and think, "god can't
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  • It's easy to make narrow-minded judgments and think, "god can't use her. she's a sinner."
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  • Judgments and think, "god can't use her. she's a sinner." "god can't use him. he likes to
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  • Use her. she's a sinner." "god can't use him. he likes to party."
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  • "god can't use him. he likes to party." "god can't use them. they don't
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  • Party." "god can't use them. they don't even believe in god."
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  • "god can't use them. they don't even believe in god." no, the longer i live the more i
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  • Even believe in god." no, the longer i live the more i realize god can use whoever he
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  • No, the longer i live the more i realize god can use whoever he wants to use. god can save
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  • Realize god can use whoever he wants to use. god can save whoever he wants to save.
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  • Wants to use. god can save whoever he wants to save. (applause)
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  • Whoever he wants to save. (applause) god can bring good out of
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  • (applause) god can bring good out of whomever he wants to bring good
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  • God can bring good out of whomever he wants to bring good out of.
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  • Whomever he wants to bring good out of. in the old testament, god used
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  • Out of. in the old testament, god used rahab the prostitute to save the
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  • In the old testament, god used rahab the prostitute to save the people of israel.
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  • Rahab the prostitute to save the people of israel. god used a donkey to speak to
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  • People of israel. god used a donkey to speak to the prophet.
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  • God used a donkey to speak to the prophet. god used pharaoh's daughter to
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  • The prophet. god used pharaoh's daughter to take care of baby moses.
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  • God used pharaoh's daughter to take care of baby moses. in other words, god used the
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  • Take care of baby moses. in other words, god used the enemy to take care of one of his
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  • In other words, god used the enemy to take care of one of his children.
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  • Enemy to take care of one of his children. friends, god is god.
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  • Children. friends, god is god. he can do whatever he wants to
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  • Friends, god is god. he can do whatever he wants to do.
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  • He can do whatever he wants to do. don't put him in a box and miss
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  • Do. don't put him in a box and miss your miracle.
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  • Don't put him in a box and miss your miracle. if it had not been for those two
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  • Your miracle. if it had not been for those two men we may not be in our
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  • If it had not been for those two men we may not be in our beautiful facility today.
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  • Men we may not be in our beautiful facility today. i've found a lot of times god is
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  • Beautiful facility today. i've found a lot of times god is answering our prayer, it's just
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  • I've found a lot of times god is answering our prayer, it's just not the way that we expected.
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  • Answering our prayer, it's just not the way that we expected. when our son jonathan was about
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  • Not the way that we expected. when our son jonathan was about four years old victoria started
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  • When our son jonathan was about four years old victoria started praying that god would bring a
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  • Four years old victoria started praying that god would bring a young boy into his life so that
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  • Praying that god would bring a young boy into his life so that they could be good friends.
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  • Young boy into his life so that they could be good friends. his cousin used to live down the
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  • They could be good friends. his cousin used to live down the street from us. they played
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  • His cousin used to live down the street from us. they played practically every day together.
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  • Street from us. they played practically every day together. when my dad went to be with the
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  • Practically every day together. when my dad went to be with the lord they moved to another city
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  • When my dad went to be with the lord they moved to another city and now jonathan didn't have
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  • Lord they moved to another city and now jonathan didn't have anybody close in the
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  • And now jonathan didn't have anybody close in the neighborhood to play with.
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  • Anybody close in the neighborhood to play with. victoria prayed month after
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  • Neighborhood to play with. victoria prayed month after month, even year after year,
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  • Victoria prayed month after month, even year after year, that god would send the right
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  • Month, even year after year, that god would send the right person.
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  • That god would send the right person. when jonathan was about twelve
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  • Person. when jonathan was about twelve years old one of our main guitar
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  • When jonathan was about twelve years old one of our main guitar players, a young man named
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  • Years old one of our main guitar players, a young man named michael, took a great interest
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  • Players, a young man named michael, took a great interest in jonathan and started teaching
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  • Michael, took a great interest in jonathan and started teaching him how to play the guitar.
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  • In jonathan and started teaching him how to play the guitar. they became good friends.
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  • Him how to play the guitar. they became good friends. michael was always mentoring
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  • They became good friends. michael was always mentoring jonathan and pouring into him.
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  • Michael was always mentoring jonathan and pouring into him. jonathan is seventeen now.
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  • Jonathan and pouring into him. jonathan is seventeen now. a couple of years ago victoria
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  • Jonathan is seventeen now. a couple of years ago victoria said, "joel, i realize now god
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  • A couple of years ago victoria said, "joel, i realize now god did answer my prayer. he just
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  • Said, "joel, i realize now god did answer my prayer. he just didn't answer it in the way
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  • Did answer my prayer. he just didn't answer it in the way i expected. i prayed for god to
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  • Didn't answer it in the way i expected. i prayed for god to send somebody into jonathan's
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  • I expected. i prayed for god to send somebody into jonathan's life.
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  • Send somebody into jonathan's life. i thought it would be a little
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  • Life. i thought it would be a little boy but instead god sent a grown
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  • I thought it would be a little boy but instead god sent a grown man."
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  • Boy but instead god sent a grown man." my point is, you have to stay
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  • Man." my point is, you have to stay open as to how god answers your
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  • My point is, you have to stay open as to how god answers your prayer.
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  • Open as to how god answers your prayer. it may not be the way you had
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  • Prayer. it may not be the way you had planned.
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  • It may not be the way you had planned. god may not use the people you
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  • Planned. god may not use the people you were expecting.
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  • God may not use the people you were expecting. it may not happen on your
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  • Were expecting. it may not happen on your timetable but this is what faith
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  • It may not happen on your timetable but this is what faith is all about.
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  • Timetable but this is what faith is all about. "god, i trust you.
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  • Is all about. "god, i trust you. you know what's best for me.
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  • "god, i trust you. you know what's best for me. you know what i need.
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  • You know what's best for me. you know what i need. you know when i need it and you
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  • You know what i need. you know when i need it and you know who i need."
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  • And some of you today are a you
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  • And some of you today are a you little discouraged because
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  • And some of you today are a you little discouraged because things haven't worked out the
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  • Little discouraged because things haven't worked out the way you had planned but you need
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  • Things haven't worked out the way you had planned but you need to take another look.
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  • Way you had planned but you need to take another look. maybe god has answered your
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  • To take another look. maybe god has answered your prayers, just not the way you
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  • Maybe god has answered your prayers, just not the way you thought.
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  • Prayers, just not the way you thought. or maybe what you were asking
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  • Thought. or maybe what you were asking for wasn't god's best and god
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  • Or maybe what you were asking for wasn't god's best and god loves you too much to answer
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  • For wasn't god's best and god loves you too much to answer that prayer.
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  • Loves you too much to answer that prayer. or like in our case, maybe god
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  • That prayer. or like in our case, maybe god has given you something better
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  • But because you're so set in
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  • But because you're so set in seeing it happen your way you
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  • But because you're so set in seeing it happen your way you don't recognize it right now.
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  • Seeing it happen your way you don't recognize it right now. what if god knew that if he
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  • Don't recognize it right now. what if god knew that if he answered victoria's prayer and
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  • What if god knew that if he answered victoria's prayer and brought a little boy that
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  • Answered victoria's prayer and brought a little boy that jonathan would have been so
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  • Brought a little boy that jonathan would have been so busy, so preoccupied, he would
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  • Jonathan would have been so busy, so preoccupied, he would never develop that skill of
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  • Busy, so preoccupied, he would never develop that skill of playing the guitar?
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  • Never develop that skill of playing the guitar? god knows what he is doing.
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  • Playing the guitar? god knows what he is doing. he can see the big picture for
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  • God knows what he is doing. he can see the big picture for your life.
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  • He can see the big picture for your life. if you're only going to be happy
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  • Your life. if you're only going to be happy if god does it your way you're
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  • If you're only going to be happy if god does it your way you're not really trusting.
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  • If god does it your way you're not really trusting. you've got to come to the place
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  • Not really trusting. you've got to come to the place where if it doesn't work out the
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  • You've got to come to the place where if it doesn't work out the way you had it planned you're
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  • Where if it doesn't work out the way you had it planned you're still in peace.
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  • Way you had it planned you're still in peace. you know god is still on the
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  • Still in peace. you know god is still on the throne and he will still get you
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  • You know god is still on the throne and he will still get you to where you're supposed to be.
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  • Throne and he will still get you to where you're supposed to be. john 9, jesus was traveling
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  • Through a town.
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  • Through a town. he noticed a man that had been
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  • Through a town. he noticed a man that had been blind since his birth; never
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  • He noticed a man that had been blind since his birth; never been able to see.
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  • Blind since his birth; never been able to see. jesus went over to the man.
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  • Been able to see. jesus went over to the man. he was so excited.
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  • Jesus went over to the man. he was so excited. the blind man had heard that
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  • He was so excited. the blind man had heard that this healer was in town, this
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  • The blind man had heard that this healer was in town, this man who could perform miracles.
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  • Out of all the people in the
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  • Out of all the people in the city now jesus is standing
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  • Out of all the people in the city now jesus is standing before him.
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  • City now jesus is standing before him. no doubt someone has told him
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  • Before him. no doubt someone has told him how jesus touched a blind man's
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  • No doubt someone has told him how jesus touched a blind man's eyes and he could see, or how
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  • How jesus touched a blind man's eyes and he could see, or how jesus has spoken the word and a
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  • Eyes and he could see, or how jesus has spoken the word and a little girl was healed, or even
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  • Jesus has spoken the word and a little girl was healed, or even how he commanded a dead man to
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  • Little girl was healed, or even how he commanded a dead man to come back to life.
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  • How he commanded a dead man to come back to life. there were many different
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  • Come back to life. there were many different methods jesus used to heal
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  • There were many different methods jesus used to heal people.
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  • Methods jesus used to heal people. i'm sure this blind man was
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  • People. i'm sure this blind man was expecting jesus to do something
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  • I'm sure this blind man was expecting jesus to do something like he had done before.
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  • Expecting jesus to do something like he had done before. it was perfectly quiet.
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  • Like he had done before. it was perfectly quiet. you could hear a pin drop; great
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  • It was perfectly quiet. you could hear a pin drop; great anticipation.
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  • You could hear a pin drop; great anticipation. the blind man is waiting to hear
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  • Anticipation. the blind man is waiting to hear jesus speak a word of healing;
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  • The blind man is waiting to hear jesus speak a word of healing; but instead, all he hears is
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  • Jesus speak a word of healing; but instead, all he hears is jesus spitting on the ground.
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  • But instead, all he hears is jesus spitting on the ground. imagine what was going on in his
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  • Jesus spitting on the ground. imagine what was going on in his mind.
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  • Imagine what was going on in his mind. "i thought he was going to pray
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  • Mind. "i thought he was going to pray for me. i thought he was going
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  • "i thought he was going to pray for me. i thought he was going to touch my eyes. why is he
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  • For me. i thought he was going to touch my eyes. why is he spitting?"
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  • To touch my eyes. why is he spitting?" jesus made mud out of the dirt
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  • Spitting?" jesus made mud out of the dirt and the spittle and he placed it
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  • Jesus made mud out of the dirt and the spittle and he placed it on the man's eyes.
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  • And the spittle and he placed it on the man's eyes. he's already blind.
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  • On the man's eyes. he's already blind. now he's really not going to be
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  • He's already blind. now he's really not going to be able to see.
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  • Now he's really not going to be able to see. he's got mud in his eyes.
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  • Able to see. he's got mud in his eyes. (laughter)
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  • He's got mud in his eyes. (laughter) jesus was unconventional.
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  • (laughter) jesus was unconventional. there was no precedent for this
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  • Jesus was unconventional. there was no precedent for this ever happening before in the
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  • There was no precedent for this ever happening before in the scripture. elijah never did it,
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  • Ever happening before in the scripture. elijah never did it, elisha, moses.
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  • Scripture. elijah never did it, elisha, moses. this was the first instance this
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  • Elisha, moses. this was the first instance this method had ever been used.
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  • This was the first instance this method had ever been used. the blind man could have said,
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  • Method had ever been used. the blind man could have said, "get this off of my eyes.
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  • The blind man could have said, "get this off of my eyes. this doesn't make sense.
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  • "get this off of my eyes. this doesn't make sense. this isn't going to do any
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  • This doesn't make sense. this isn't going to do any good."
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  • This isn't going to do any good." no, he didn't have god in a box.
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  • Good." no, he didn't have god in a box. he stayed open.
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  • No, he didn't have god in a box. he stayed open. jesus instructed him to wash it
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  • He stayed open. jesus instructed him to wash it off.
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  • Jesus instructed him to wash it off. when he did, he could see
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  • Off. when he did, he could see perfectly clear for the first
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  • When he did, he could see perfectly clear for the first time. my question today-
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  • Perfectly clear for the first time. my question today- (applause) -are you open for
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  • Time. my question today- (applause) -are you open for god to use a new method to
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  • (applause) -are you open for god to use a new method to bring your dreams to pass?
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  • God to use a new method to bring your dreams to pass? what if god answers your prayers
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  • Bring your dreams to pass? what if god answers your prayers differently than you were
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  • What if god answers your prayers differently than you were expecting?
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  • Differently than you were expecting? what if he doesn't use the
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  • Expecting? what if he doesn't use the people that you thought he would
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  • What if he doesn't use the people that you thought he would use?
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  • People that you thought he would use? are you going to do like this
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  • Use? are you going to do like this blind man and stay open and say,
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  • Are you going to do like this blind man and stay open and say, "god, i trust you. do it your
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  • Blind man and stay open and say, "god, i trust you. do it your way, "
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  • "god, i trust you. do it your way, " or are you going to have god in
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  • Way, " or are you going to have god in a box and miss your miracle?
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  • What's interesting is jesus did
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  • What's interesting is jesus did all this on the sabbath. he not
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  • What's interesting is jesus did all this on the sabbath. he not only used an unconventional
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  • All this on the sabbath. he not only used an unconventional method but he broke one of
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  • Only used an unconventional method but he broke one of their religious rules.
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  • Method but he broke one of their religious rules. the pharisees, the religious
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  • Their religious rules. the pharisees, the religious leaders, they were very upset.
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  • The pharisees, the religious leaders, they were very upset. when they heard what had
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  • Leaders, they were very upset. when they heard what had happened they had the blind man
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  • When they heard what had happened they had the blind man brought before them and they
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  • Happened they had the blind man brought before them and they questioned him again and again.
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  • Brought before them and they questioned him again and again. then they got his parents and
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  • Questioned him again and again. then they got his parents and brought them in and said, "hey,
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  • Then they got his parents and brought them in and said, "hey, we want you to tell us how can
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  • Brought them in and said, "hey, we want you to tell us how can your son see.
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  • We want you to tell us how can your son see. we know he's been blind. we've
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  • Your son see. we know he's been blind. we've seen him begging on the street
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  • Corners. are you telling us
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  • Corners. are you telling us this man, jesus, healed your
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  • Corners. are you telling us this man, jesus, healed your son?"
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  • This man, jesus, healed your son?" they were afraid. they didn't
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  • Son?" they were afraid. they didn't want to get in trouble.
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  • They were afraid. they didn't want to get in trouble. they said, "we don't know how he
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  • Want to get in trouble. they said, "we don't know how he can see. he's a grown man.
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  • They said, "we don't know how he can see. he's a grown man. he's old enough. don't ask us.
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  • Can see. he's a grown man. he's old enough. don't ask us. ask him."
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  • He's old enough. don't ask us. ask him." they called the blind man back
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  • Ask him." they called the blind man back in a second time and said, "tell
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  • They called the blind man back in a second time and said, "tell us what happened. don't you
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  • In a second time and said, "tell us what happened. don't you know this man, jesus, is a
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  • Us what happened. don't you know this man, jesus, is a sinner?"
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  • Know this man, jesus, is a sinner?" he said, "i don't understand all
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  • Sinner?" he said, "i don't understand all the doctrine, all your religious
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  • He said, "i don't understand all the doctrine, all your religious laws. i don't even know much
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  • The doctrine, all your religious laws. i don't even know much about jesus. all i can tell you
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  • Laws. i don't even know much about jesus. all i can tell you is i was blind but now i can
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  • About jesus. all i can tell you is i was blind but now i can see." (applause)
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  • Is i was blind but now i can see." (applause) it's hard to argue with a
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  • See." (applause) it's hard to argue with a changed life.
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  • It's hard to argue with a changed life. one reason god does it his way
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  • Changed life. one reason god does it his way and not our way is so that he
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  • One reason god does it his way and not our way is so that he will get all the credit.
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  • And not our way is so that he will get all the credit. the blind man was saying in
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  • Will get all the credit. the blind man was saying in effect, "you can argue doctrine.
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  • The blind man was saying in effect, "you can argue doctrine. you can debate whether or not
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  • Effect, "you can argue doctrine. you can debate whether or not he is a sinner. you can try to
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  • You can debate whether or not he is a sinner. you can try to deny it, dismiss it, discredit
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  • He is a sinner. you can try to deny it, dismiss it, discredit it, but i am living proof of a
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  • Deny it, dismiss it, discredit it, but i am living proof of a good god, a god of mercy, a god
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  • It, but i am living proof of a good god, a god of mercy, a god who can do the impossible."
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  • Good god, a god of mercy, a god who can do the impossible." (applause)
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  • Who can do the impossible." (applause) but it all started when he was
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  • (applause) but it all started when he was willing to let god do it his
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  • But it all started when he was willing to let god do it his way. he didn't have god in a
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  • Willing to let god do it his way. he didn't have god in a box.
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  • When my father went to be with
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  • When my father went to be with the lord back in 1999, after
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  • When my father went to be with the lord back in 1999, after pastoring lakewood for 40 years,
  • 00:12:10.853 --> 00:12:13.689
  • The lord back in 1999, after pastoring lakewood for 40 years, we didn't know what was going to
  • 00:12:13.756 --> 00:12:15.257
  • Pastoring lakewood for 40 years, we didn't know what was going to happen to the church.
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  • We didn't know what was going to happen to the church. we had of course prayed that god
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  • Happen to the church. we had of course prayed that god would send the right person.
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  • We had of course prayed that god would send the right person. in the natural that would be
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  • Would send the right person. in the natural that would be somebody that had experience
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  • Pastoring a large church,
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  • Pastoring a large church, somebody that had gone to
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  • Pastoring a large church, somebody that had gone to seminary and had a proven track
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  • Somebody that had gone to seminary and had a proven track record but god doesn't always
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  • Seminary and had a proven track record but god doesn't always choose the way we choose.
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  • Record but god doesn't always choose the way we choose. man looks on the outside.
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  • Choose the way we choose. man looks on the outside. god looks on the heart.
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  • Man looks on the outside. god looks on the heart. and i knew down deep i was
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  • God looks on the heart. and i knew down deep i was supposed to step up and pastor
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  • And i knew down deep i was supposed to step up and pastor the church but i thought, "i've
  • 00:12:41.183 --> 00:12:42.484
  • Supposed to step up and pastor the church but i thought, "i've never ministered before.
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  • The church but i thought, "i've never ministered before. i've never been to seminary.
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  • Never ministered before. i've never been to seminary. i don't have the training, the
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  • I've never been to seminary. i don't have the training, the qualifications. i'm too young,
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  • I don't have the training, the qualifications. i'm too young, too quiet, too shy."
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  • Qualifications. i'm too young, too quiet, too shy." i thought of all these reasons
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  • Too quiet, too shy." i thought of all these reasons as to why i must have heard god
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  • I thought of all these reasons as to why i must have heard god wrong.
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  • As to why i must have heard god wrong. i had to do what i'm asking you
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  • Wrong. i had to do what i'm asking you to do.
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  • I had to do what i'm asking you to do. i said, "god, this doesn't make
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  • To do. i said, "god, this doesn't make sense to my mind. this seems
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  • I said, "god, this doesn't make sense to my mind. this seems way far out. but god, i'm not
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  • Sense to my mind. this seems way far out. but god, i'm not going to put you in a box.
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  • Way far out. but god, i'm not going to put you in a box. i know your ways are better than
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  • Going to put you in a box. i know your ways are better than my ways. you know what i can do
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  • I know your ways are better than my ways. you know what i can do and what i can't do. i may not
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  • My ways. you know what i can do and what i can't do. i may not feel qualified but when you
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  • And what i can't do. i may not feel qualified but when you breathed your life into me
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  • Feel qualified but when you breathed your life into me i know you equipped me,
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  • Breathed your life into me i know you equipped me, empowered me, anointed me.
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  • I know you equipped me, empowered me, anointed me. i may feel weak but with you, i
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  • Empowered me, anointed me. i may feel weak but with you, i know i am strong."
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  • I may feel weak but with you, i know i am strong." (applause)
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  • Know i am strong." (applause) i took that step of faith.
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  • (applause) i took that step of faith. i never planned on being a
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  • I took that step of faith. i never planned on being a minister. i never knew that
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  • I never planned on being a minister. i never knew that this was even in me.
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  • Minister. i never knew that this was even in me. this happened thirteen years ago
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  • This was even in me. this happened thirteen years ago and the ministry has grown in
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  • This happened thirteen years ago and the ministry has grown in ways that we never dreamed of.
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  • And the ministry has grown in ways that we never dreamed of. in fact, some people are still
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  • Ways that we never dreamed of. in fact, some people are still scratching their heads.
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  • In fact, some people are still scratching their heads. (laughter)
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  • Scratching their heads. (laughter) thinking, "how in the world did
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  • (laughter) thinking, "how in the world did that happen? he doesn't have
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  • Thinking, "how in the world did that happen? he doesn't have the training, the qualifi-
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  • That happen? he doesn't have the training, the qualifi- cations, the experience."
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  • The training, the qualifi- cations, the experience." i can say like the blind man,
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  • Cations, the experience." i can say like the blind man, "i don't understand it all.
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  • I can say like the blind man, "i don't understand it all. i can't explain it. i can only
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  • "i don't understand it all. i can't explain it. i can only tell you i spent seventeen
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  • I can't explain it. i can only tell you i spent seventeen years behind the scenes running
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  • Tell you i spent seventeen years behind the scenes running the cameras. now, i'm in front
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  • Years behind the scenes running the cameras. now, i'm in front of the camera speaking to the
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  • The cameras. now, i'm in front of the camera speaking to the world. it's the goodness of
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  • Of the camera speaking to the world. it's the goodness of god." (applause)
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  • World. it's the goodness of god." (applause) and it's easy for me to give
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  • God." (applause) and it's easy for me to give god credit.
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  • And it's easy for me to give god credit. i remember where i came from.
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  • God credit. i remember where i came from. every time i stand up to
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  • I remember where i came from. every time i stand up to minister i'm still amazed at
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  • Every time i stand up to minister i'm still amazed at god's goodness.
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  • Minister i'm still amazed at god's goodness. if you're going to reach your
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  • God's goodness. if you're going to reach your highest potential you have to
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  • If you're going to reach your highest potential you have to stay open. don't get stuck in a
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  • Highest potential you have to stay open. don't get stuck in a rut.
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  • Stay open. don't get stuck in a rut. god is an out of the box god.
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  • Rut. god is an out of the box god. his plan for your life will not
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  • God is an out of the box god. his plan for your life will not always be logical, or
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  • His plan for your life will not always be logical, or reasonable, or what you had
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  • Always be logical, or reasonable, or what you had planned, but if you will stay
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  • Reasonable, or what you had planned, but if you will stay open, it will be much bigger,
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  • Planned, but if you will stay open, it will be much bigger, much better, much more rewarding
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  • Open, it will be much bigger, much better, much more rewarding than you ever even imagined.
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  • Much better, much more rewarding than you ever even imagined. god wants to thrust you to new
  • 00:14:38.634 --> 00:14:39.535
  • Than you ever even imagined. god wants to thrust you to new levels.
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  • God wants to thrust you to new levels. he wants to not only bring you
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  • Levels. he wants to not only bring you out of that difficulty, he wants
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  • He wants to not only bring you out of that difficulty, he wants to catapult you out.
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  • Out of that difficulty, he wants to catapult you out. god is going to open doors for
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  • To catapult you out. god is going to open doors for you that no man can shut.
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  • God is going to open doors for you that no man can shut. you have not touched the surface
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  • You that no man can shut. you have not touched the surface of what god has in store.
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  • You have not touched the surface of what god has in store. but here's the key; it's not
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  • Of what god has in store. but here's the key; it's not going to happen by traditional
  • 00:14:55.584 --> 00:14:57.286
  • But here's the key; it's not going to happen by traditional means.
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  • Going to happen by traditional means. it's not going to happen by
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  • Means. it's not going to happen by logical ways.
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  • It's not going to happen by logical ways. it's going to be supernatural.
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  • Logical ways. it's going to be supernatural. that way, god will get all the
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  • It's going to be supernatural. that way, god will get all the credit.
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  • That way, god will get all the credit. nobody will be able to doubt
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  • Credit. nobody will be able to doubt god's hand of favor and blessing
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  • Nobody will be able to doubt god's hand of favor and blessing on your life. (applause)
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  • God's hand of favor and blessing on your life. (applause) now again, don't limit god by
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  • On your life. (applause) now again, don't limit god by thinking it can only happen this
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  • Now again, don't limit god by thinking it can only happen this way or that way.
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  • Thinking it can only happen this way or that way. god has a thousand ways to do
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  • Way or that way. god has a thousand ways to do it.
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  • God has a thousand ways to do it. the question is when they show
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  • It. the question is when they show up are you going to be open and
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  • The question is when they show up are you going to be open and say, "god, this is not what i
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  • Up are you going to be open and say, "god, this is not what i had planned. this is not what i
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  • Say, "god, this is not what i had planned. this is not what i was expecting. this is not who
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  • Had planned. this is not what i was expecting. this is not who i thought you would use.
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  • Was expecting. this is not who i thought you would use. but god, you know what's best
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  • I thought you would use. but god, you know what's best for me. you've opened this
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  • But god, you know what's best for me. you've opened this door. i'm going to do my part
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  • For me. you've opened this door. i'm going to do my part and walk through it."
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  • Door. i'm going to do my part and walk through it." now, like the blind man, you may
  • 00:15:38.994 --> 00:15:40.696
  • And walk through it." now, like the blind man, you may be criticized.
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  • Now, like the blind man, you may be criticized. people may find fault.
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  • Be criticized. people may find fault. they may not understand you.
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  • People may find fault. they may not understand you. you may even break one of their
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  • They may not understand you. you may even break one of their religious rules.
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  • You may even break one of their religious rules. but you've got to be more
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  • Religious rules. but you've got to be more interested in pleasing god than
  • 00:15:51.840 --> 00:15:53.375
  • But you've got to be more interested in pleasing god than you are in pleasing people.
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  • Interested in pleasing god than you are in pleasing people. (applause)
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  • You are in pleasing people. (applause) there will always be people-
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  • (applause) there will always be people- (applause) -that try to squeeze
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  • There will always be people- (applause) -that try to squeeze you into their mold and tell
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  • (applause) -that try to squeeze you into their mold and tell you you're not enough of this,
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  • You into their mold and tell you you're not enough of this, or not enough of that, or too
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  • You you're not enough of this, or not enough of that, or too much of this, not talented, not
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  • Or not enough of that, or too much of this, not talented, not qualified.
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  • Much of this, not talented, not qualified. let it go in one ear and out the
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  • Qualified. let it go in one ear and out the other. you are not who people
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  • Let it go in one ear and out the other. you are not who people say you are. you are who god
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  • Other. you are not who people say you are. you are who god says you are. (applause)
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  • Say you are. you are who god says you are. (applause) but some of you today, you have
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  • Says you are. (applause) but some of you today, you have god in a little bitty box.
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  • But some of you today, you have god in a little bitty box. you don't see how you could ever
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  • God in a little bitty box. you don't see how you could ever send your children to college,
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  • You don't see how you could ever send your children to college, or how you could get out of
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  • Send your children to college, or how you could get out of debt, how you could accomplish
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  • Or how you could get out of debt, how you could accomplish your dreams.
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  • Debt, how you could accomplish your dreams. listen, our god is an
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  • Your dreams. listen, our god is an all-powerful god.
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  • Listen, our god is an all-powerful god. your job is not your source.
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  • All-powerful god. your job is not your source. god is your source.
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  • Your job is not your source. god is your source. as long as you stay connected to
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  • God is your source. as long as you stay connected to him, the supply line, everything
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  • As long as you stay connected to him, the supply line, everything is going to be alright. he is
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  • Him, the supply line, everything is going to be alright. he is jehovah jireh; the lord your
  • 00:16:39.721 --> 00:16:41.390
  • Is going to be alright. he is jehovah jireh; the lord your provider. now don't get stuck
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  • Jehovah jireh; the lord your provider. now don't get stuck in a rut. don't be narrow-
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  • Provider. now don't get stuck in a rut. don't be narrow- minded and miss what god wants
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  • In a rut. don't be narrow- minded and miss what god wants to do.
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  • Minded and miss what god wants to do. my sister lisa and her husband
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  • To do. my sister lisa and her husband kevin tried for several years to
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  • My sister lisa and her husband kevin tried for several years to have a baby with no success.
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  • Kevin tried for several years to have a baby with no success. lisa went through all the
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  • Have a baby with no success. lisa went through all the fertility treatments and
  • 00:16:58.273 --> 00:16:58.907
  • Lisa went through all the fertility treatments and different surgeries.
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  • Fertility treatments and different surgeries. still, nothing worked out.
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  • Different surgeries. still, nothing worked out. finally, the doctor told her
  • 00:17:02.578 --> 00:17:04.513
  • Still, nothing worked out. finally, the doctor told her there was nothing more that he
  • 00:17:04.613 --> 00:17:05.848
  • Finally, the doctor told her there was nothing more that he could do and she wasn't going to
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  • There was nothing more that he could do and she wasn't going to be able to have a baby.
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  • Could do and she wasn't going to be able to have a baby. lisa was very discouraged, very
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  • Be able to have a baby. lisa was very discouraged, very heartbroken.
  • 00:17:11.453 --> 00:17:13.188
  • Lisa was very discouraged, very heartbroken. she had prayed and believed but
  • 00:17:13.255 --> 00:17:14.323
  • Heartbroken. she had prayed and believed but still it didn't work out.
  • 00:17:14.389 --> 00:17:17.159
  • She had prayed and believed but still it didn't work out. the truth is, god is a sovereign
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  • Still it didn't work out. the truth is, god is a sovereign god.
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  • The truth is, god is a sovereign god. his plan for us is always good
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  • God. his plan for us is always good but his plan may be different
  • 00:17:23.198 --> 00:17:26.201
  • His plan for us is always good but his plan may be different than our own plan.
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  • But his plan may be different than our own plan. he is the potter. we are the
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  • Than our own plan. he is the potter. we are the clay.
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  • He is the potter. we are the clay. you should pray, believe, stand
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  • Clay. you should pray, believe, stand in faith, but in the end you
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  • You should pray, believe, stand in faith, but in the end you have to be mature enough to
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  • In faith, but in the end you have to be mature enough to accept what god has destined for
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  • Have to be mature enough to accept what god has destined for your life.
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  • Accept what god has destined for your life. not defeat. not mediocrity.
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  • Your life. not defeat. not mediocrity. i'm talking about staying open.
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  • Not defeat. not mediocrity. i'm talking about staying open. lisa told how she was consumed
  • 00:17:45.954 --> 00:17:47.456
  • I'm talking about staying open. lisa told how she was consumed with having this baby.
  • 00:17:47.523 --> 00:17:50.359
  • Lisa told how she was consumed with having this baby. that's all she thought about,
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  • With having this baby. that's all she thought about, all she prayed about.
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  • That's all she thought about, all she prayed about. she wasn't going to be happy
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  • All she prayed about. she wasn't going to be happy unless god did it her way.
  • 00:17:55.364 --> 00:17:57.799
  • She wasn't going to be happy unless god did it her way. when you do that you're setting
  • 00:17:57.866 --> 00:17:59.735
  • Unless god did it her way. when you do that you're setting yourself up for disappointment.
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  • When you do that you're setting yourself up for disappointment. a much better approach is to
  • 00:18:02.471 --> 00:18:04.173
  • Yourself up for disappointment. a much better approach is to just be honest and say, ?god,
  • 00:18:04.239 --> 00:18:06.275
  • A much better approach is to just be honest and say, ?god, this is what i want.
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  • Just be honest and say, ?god, this is what i want. this is what i'm believing for.
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  • This is what i want. this is what i'm believing for. but god, you know what's best
  • 00:18:09.711 --> 00:18:11.280
  • This is what i'm believing for. but god, you know what's best for me. however it works out,
  • 00:18:11.346 --> 00:18:12.714
  • But god, you know what's best for me. however it works out, god, i trust you. i'm still
  • 00:18:12.781 --> 00:18:15.284
  • For me. however it works out, god, i trust you. i'm still going to be happy."
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  • God, i trust you. i'm still going to be happy." you have to put having to have
  • 00:18:17.719 --> 00:18:19.488
  • Going to be happy." you have to put having to have it your way on the altar.
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  • You have to put having to have it your way on the altar. that's what lisa did.
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  • It your way on the altar. that's what lisa did. she said, "god, i'm not going to
  • 00:18:23.792 --> 00:18:25.194
  • That's what lisa did. she said, "god, i'm not going to ask you for this baby ever
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  • She said, "god, i'm not going to ask you for this baby ever again. you already know what
  • 00:18:27.029 --> 00:18:29.131
  • Ask you for this baby ever again. you already know what i want. instead of begging you,
  • 00:18:29.198 --> 00:18:32.034
  • Again. you already know what i want. instead of begging you, telling you how to do it and
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  • I want. instead of begging you, telling you how to do it and when to do it, god, i just want
  • 00:18:34.069 --> 00:18:35.537
  • Telling you how to do it and when to do it, god, i just want to thank you that your perfect
  • 00:18:35.637 --> 00:18:38.207
  • When to do it, god, i just want to thank you that your perfect plan for my life will come
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  • To thank you that your perfect plan for my life will come to pass."
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  • Plan for my life will come to pass." what did she do? she let god
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  • To pass." what did she do? she let god out of her box. she got rid of
  • 00:18:42.945 --> 00:18:46.081
  • Her pre-conceived ideas. god
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  • Her pre-conceived ideas. god about three months later, she
  • 00:18:48.550 --> 00:18:50.352
  • Her pre-conceived ideas. god about three months later, she received a phone call from a
  • 00:18:50.419 --> 00:18:52.354
  • About three months later, she received a phone call from a friend of ours that runs a home
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  • Received a phone call from a friend of ours that runs a home for teenaged girls that are in
  • 00:18:54.156 --> 00:18:56.258
  • Friend of ours that runs a home for teenaged girls that are in need, nancy alcorn from mercy
  • 00:18:56.325 --> 00:18:57.926
  • For teenaged girls that are in need, nancy alcorn from mercy ministries.
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  • Need, nancy alcorn from mercy ministries. nancy told how there was a
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  • Ministries. nancy told how there was a teenager about to give birth to
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  • Nancy told how there was a teenager about to give birth to twins and wanted to know if lisa
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  • And kevin would be interested in
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  • And kevin would be interested in adopting those babies.
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  • And kevin would be interested in adopting those babies. when they heard that something
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  • Adopting those babies. when they heard that something came alive on the inside.
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  • When they heard that something came alive on the inside. they said, "absolutely yes."
  • 00:19:13.542 --> 00:19:15.043
  • Came alive on the inside. they said, "absolutely yes." today, lisa and kevin have three
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  • They said, "absolutely yes." today, lisa and kevin have three beautiful children, as happy as
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  • Today, lisa and kevin have three beautiful children, as happy as can be. (applause)
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  • Beautiful children, as happy as can be. (applause) but here's the point; god did
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  • Can be. (applause) but here's the point; god did what he promised but he did it
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  • But here's the point; god did what he promised but he did it in an unconventional way, not
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  • What he promised but he did it in an unconventional way, not the way lisa had planned.
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  • In an unconventional way, not the way lisa had planned. i'd love to tell you god will
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  • The way lisa had planned. i'd love to tell you god will always do it your way but that's
  • 00:19:31.393 --> 00:19:32.995
  • I'd love to tell you god will always do it your way but that's not reality.
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  • Always do it your way but that's not reality. but i can promise you god's way
  • 00:19:35.163 --> 00:19:36.965
  • Not reality. but i can promise you god's way will always be the best way.
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  • But i can promise you god's way will always be the best way. you may not understand it.
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  • Will always be the best way. you may not understand it. it may not seem fair but god
  • 00:19:41.637 --> 00:19:43.672
  • You may not understand it. it may not seem fair but god knows what he is doing.
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  • It may not seem fair but god knows what he is doing. i'm asking you to trust him.
  • 00:19:45.641 --> 00:19:47.876
  • Knows what he is doing. i'm asking you to trust him. quit being frustrated because
  • 00:19:47.943 --> 00:19:49.678
  • I'm asking you to trust him. quit being frustrated because it didn't work out your way.
  • 00:19:49.745 --> 00:19:52.347
  • Quit being frustrated because it didn't work out your way. what if you knew if god answered
  • 00:19:52.414 --> 00:19:53.949
  • It didn't work out your way. what if you knew if god answered your prayer the way you wanted
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  • What if you knew if god answered your prayer the way you wanted that it wouldn't be his best, or
  • 00:19:56.318 --> 00:19:58.654
  • Your prayer the way you wanted that it wouldn't be his best, or that it wouldn't last, or that
  • 00:19:58.754 --> 00:20:00.188
  • That it wouldn't be his best, or that it wouldn't last, or that it wouldn't be healthy?
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  • That it wouldn't last, or that it wouldn't be healthy? you would gladly let god do it
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  • It wouldn't be healthy? you would gladly let god do it his way.
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  • You would gladly let god do it his way. some of you would enjoy life a
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  • His way. some of you would enjoy life a whole lot more if like lisa you
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  • Some of you would enjoy life a whole lot more if like lisa you would put that dream on the
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  • Whole lot more if like lisa you would put that dream on the altar and say, "god, i'm tired
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  • Would put that dream on the altar and say, "god, i'm tired of fighting it, tired of trying
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  • Altar and say, "god, i'm tired of fighting it, tired of trying to make it happen my way, living
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  • Of fighting it, tired of trying to make it happen my way, living frustrated. god, i trust you,
  • 00:20:16.672 --> 00:20:20.075
  • To make it happen my way, living frustrated. god, i trust you, knowing that at the right time
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  • Frustrated. god, i trust you, knowing that at the right time your plan for my life will come
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  • Knowing that at the right time your plan for my life will come to pass."
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  • Your plan for my life will come to pass." see, it says in psalms, "delight
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  • To pass." see, it says in psalms, "delight yourself in the lord and god
  • 00:20:26.748 --> 00:20:28.283
  • See, it says in psalms, "delight yourself in the lord and god will give you the desires of
  • 00:20:28.350 --> 00:20:29.685
  • Yourself in the lord and god will give you the desires of your heart."
  • 00:20:29.751 --> 00:20:31.920
  • Will give you the desires of your heart." when you're trusting god to do
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  • Your heart." when you're trusting god to do it his way there is a rest.
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  • When you're trusting god to do it his way there is a rest. you're not struggling, fighting,
  • 00:20:34.723 --> 00:20:36.525
  • It his way there is a rest. you're not struggling, fighting, upset. you're at peace.
  • 00:20:36.591 --> 00:20:39.027
  • You're not struggling, fighting, upset. you're at peace. you know god's way is the best
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  • Upset. you're at peace. you know god's way is the best way so you can relax and enjoy
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  • You know god's way is the best way so you can relax and enjoy your life while god is in the
  • 00:20:43.165 --> 00:20:44.966
  • Way so you can relax and enjoy your life while god is in the process of bringing those
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  • Your life while god is in the process of bringing those promises to pass.
  • 00:20:46.802 --> 00:20:48.804
  • Process of bringing those promises to pass. when victoria and i
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  • Promises to pass. when victoria and i were first married we lived in
  • 00:20:50.339 --> 00:20:51.640
  • When victoria and i were first married we lived in this townhome.
  • 00:20:51.707 --> 00:20:52.908
  • Were first married we lived in this townhome. it's a very beautiful place.
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  • This townhome. it's a very beautiful place. we bought it for a great price
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  • It's a very beautiful place. we bought it for a great price and felt very blessed.
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  • We bought it for a great price and felt very blessed. a couple of years later we had a
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  • And felt very blessed. a couple of years later we had a desire to buy a house.
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  • A couple of years later we had a desire to buy a house. we put the townhome on the
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  • Desire to buy a house. we put the townhome on the market. it sold very quickly.
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  • We put the townhome on the market. it sold very quickly. we found this nice house that we
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  • Market. it sold very quickly. we found this nice house that we really wanted.
  • 00:21:06.988 --> 00:21:09.591
  • We found this nice house that we really wanted. it was in our price range.
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  • Really wanted. it was in our price range. we thought, "this is the perfect
  • 00:21:11.026 --> 00:21:12.294
  • It was in our price range. we thought, "this is the perfect house for us."
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  • We thought, "this is the perfect house for us." we made an offer on it and
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  • House for us." we made an offer on it and didn't hear anything back.
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  • We made an offer on it and didn't hear anything back. a couple of weeks later they
  • 00:21:17.299 --> 00:21:18.600
  • Didn't hear anything back. a couple of weeks later they responded and didn't accept it.
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  • A couple of weeks later they responded and didn't accept it. so we made a better offer, very
  • 00:21:21.036 --> 00:21:24.272
  • Responded and didn't accept it. so we made a better offer, very close, just a few thousand
  • 00:21:24.339 --> 00:21:25.574
  • So we made a better offer, very close, just a few thousand dollars off.
  • 00:21:25.640 --> 00:21:26.842
  • Close, just a few thousand dollars off. victoria and i were praying and
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  • Dollars off. victoria and i were praying and believing. our heart was set.
  • 00:21:28.176 --> 00:21:30.846
  • Victoria and i were praying and believing. our heart was set. we knew this was the right house
  • 00:21:30.912 --> 00:21:31.680
  • Believing. our heart was set. we knew this was the right house for us.
  • 00:21:31.747 --> 00:21:33.482
  • We knew this was the right house for us. a month later our realtor called
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  • For us. a month later our realtor called back and said they had sold the
  • 00:21:35.083 --> 00:21:36.618
  • A month later our realtor called back and said they had sold the property to somebody else.
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  • Back and said they had sold the property to somebody else. we were so discouraged.
  • 00:21:38.787 --> 00:21:40.322
  • Property to somebody else. we were so discouraged. we thought, "god, how could
  • 00:21:40.389 --> 00:21:41.289
  • We were so discouraged. we thought, "god, how could that happen? we prayed.
  • 00:21:41.356 --> 00:21:42.090
  • We thought, "god, how could that happen? we prayed. we believed."
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  • That happen? we prayed. we believed." a few months later we were out
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  • We believed." a few months later we were out looking around.
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  • A few months later we were out looking around. we found this old, rundown,
  • 00:21:45.994 --> 00:21:47.329
  • Looking around. we found this old, rundown, beat-up house but it was in a
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  • We found this old, rundown, beat-up house but it was in a nice neighborhood close into the
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  • Beat-up house but it was in a nice neighborhood close into the city. it was on a beautiful lot
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  • Nice neighborhood close into the city. it was on a beautiful lot with big trees.
  • 00:21:55.237 --> 00:21:56.605
  • City. it was on a beautiful lot with big trees. but the house had been abandoned
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  • With big trees. but the house had been abandoned for a couple of years.
  • 00:21:58.540 --> 00:21:59.875
  • But the house had been abandoned for a couple of years. windows were broken out.
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  • For a couple of years. windows were broken out. no doors on it.
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  • Windows were broken out. no doors on it. it had a leak in the kitchen,
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  • No doors on it. it had a leak in the kitchen, foundation problems, floors as
  • 00:22:04.079 --> 00:22:05.714
  • It had a leak in the kitchen, foundation problems, floors as crooked as can be.
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  • Foundation problems, floors as crooked as can be. it didn't make sense to our mind
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  • Crooked as can be. it didn't make sense to our mind but in our spirit we felt an
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  • It didn't make sense to our mind but in our spirit we felt an incredible peace.
  • 00:22:11.386 --> 00:22:14.122
  • But in our spirit we felt an incredible peace. victoria looked at me and said,
  • 00:22:14.189 --> 00:22:15.457
  • Incredible peace. victoria looked at me and said, "joel, this is the house for us.
  • 00:22:15.524 --> 00:22:17.259
  • Victoria looked at me and said, "joel, this is the house for us. let's buy it, fix it up and live
  • 00:22:17.325 --> 00:22:18.393
  • "joel, this is the house for us. let's buy it, fix it up and live in it."
  • 00:22:18.460 --> 00:22:19.961
  • Let's buy it, fix it up and live in it." it didn't seem logical.
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  • In it." it didn't seem logical. here we had just come out of a
  • 00:22:21.630 --> 00:22:22.931
  • It didn't seem logical. here we had just come out of a beautiful townhouse.
  • 00:22:22.998 --> 00:22:24.366
  • Here we had just come out of a beautiful townhouse. this was just the opposite; not
  • 00:22:24.433 --> 00:22:25.967
  • Beautiful townhouse. this was just the opposite; not a step up.
  • 00:22:26.034 --> 00:22:27.936
  • This was just the opposite; not a step up. it looked like a step down.
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  • A step up. it looked like a step down. but god's ways are not our ways.
  • 00:22:30.338 --> 00:22:32.774
  • It looked like a step down. but god's ways are not our ways. we could have been narrow-minded
  • 00:22:32.841 --> 00:22:34.042
  • But god's ways are not our ways. we could have been narrow-minded and thought, "we are not even
  • 00:22:34.109 --> 00:22:35.243
  • We could have been narrow-minded and thought, "we are not even going to entertain this old
  • 00:22:35.310 --> 00:22:36.445
  • And thought, "we are not even going to entertain this old piece of junk.
  • 00:22:36.511 --> 00:22:38.447
  • Going to entertain this old piece of junk. after all, victoria comes from a
  • 00:22:38.513 --> 00:22:39.881
  • Piece of junk. after all, victoria comes from a well-to-do family.
  • 00:22:39.948 --> 00:22:41.316
  • After all, victoria comes from a well-to-do family. they have a high-end jewelry
  • 00:22:41.383 --> 00:22:42.517
  • Well-to-do family. they have a high-end jewelry store."
  • 00:22:42.584 --> 00:22:43.952
  • They have a high-end jewelry store." when victoria was for it i knew
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  • Store." when victoria was for it i knew that was a sign from almighty
  • 00:22:45.387 --> 00:22:46.588
  • When victoria was for it i knew that was a sign from almighty god. (laughter/applause)
  • 00:22:46.655 --> 00:22:50.492
  • That was a sign from almighty god. (laughter/applause) plus, it saved me a lot of
  • 00:22:50.559 --> 00:22:51.126
  • God. (laughter/applause) plus, it saved me a lot of money. (laughter)
  • 00:22:51.193 --> 00:22:53.495
  • Plus, it saved me a lot of money. (laughter) we bought the house, fixed it
  • 00:22:53.562 --> 00:22:54.329
  • Money. (laughter) we bought the house, fixed it up, living in it.
  • 00:22:54.396 --> 00:22:55.730
  • We bought the house, fixed it up, living in it. six months later a man knocked
  • 00:22:55.831 --> 00:22:57.299
  • Up, living in it. six months later a man knocked on our door, unannounced; a
  • 00:22:57.365 --> 00:22:59.434
  • Six months later a man knocked on our door, unannounced; a builder.
  • 00:22:59.501 --> 00:23:00.802
  • On our door, unannounced; a builder. he said, "i'd like to buy this
  • 00:23:00.902 --> 00:23:02.337
  • Builder. he said, "i'd like to buy this property and build two houses on
  • 00:23:02.404 --> 00:23:03.872
  • He said, "i'd like to buy this property and build two houses on it."
  • 00:23:03.939 --> 00:23:05.273
  • Property and build two houses on it." i said, "i'm sorry. property is
  • 00:23:05.340 --> 00:23:06.241
  • It." i said, "i'm sorry. property is not for sale."
  • 00:23:06.308 --> 00:23:07.576
  • I said, "i'm sorry. property is not for sale." he said, "let me ask you how
  • 00:23:07.642 --> 00:23:08.643
  • Not for sale." he said, "let me ask you how much did you pay for it?"
  • 00:23:08.710 --> 00:23:10.245
  • He said, "let me ask you how much did you pay for it?" i told him what we paid.
  • 00:23:10.312 --> 00:23:11.746
  • Much did you pay for it?" i told him what we paid. he said, "how about i pay you
  • 00:23:11.813 --> 00:23:12.848
  • I told him what we paid. he said, "how about i pay you double?"
  • 00:23:12.914 --> 00:23:14.416
  • He said, "how about i pay you double?" i said, "like i said, we'd love
  • 00:23:14.483 --> 00:23:15.484
  • To sell it." (laughter)
  • 00:23:15.584 --> 00:23:18.320
  • To sell it." (laughter) we sold that old rundown
  • 00:23:18.386 --> 00:23:19.454
  • To sell it." (laughter) we sold that old rundown beat-up house and got a brand
  • 00:23:19.521 --> 00:23:20.989
  • We sold that old rundown beat-up house and got a brand new house on the same piece of
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  • Beat-up house and got a brand new house on the same piece of property.
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  • New house on the same piece of property. friends, god knows what he is
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  • Doing. trust him. let him do it
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  • Doing. trust him. let him do it his way. you may not understand
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  • Doing. trust him. let him do it his way. you may not understand it at the time.
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  • His way. you may not understand it at the time. it may not make sense but one
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  • It at the time. it may not make sense but one day you will see what god was
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  • It may not make sense but one day you will see what god was doing.
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  • Day you will see what god was doing. his plan will be better than
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  • Doing. his plan will be better than your plan.
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  • His plan will be better than your plan. when i look back over my life,
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  • Your plan. when i look back over my life, like naaman, i have a lot of
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  • When i look back over my life, like naaman, i have a lot of "i thoughts."
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  • Like naaman, i have a lot of "i thoughts." i thought we would buy a new
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  • "i thoughts." i thought we would buy a new house, not an old rundown
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  • I thought we would buy a new house, not an old rundown beat-up one.
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  • House, not an old rundown beat-up one. i thought i would be behind the
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  • Beat-up one. i thought i would be behind the scenes my whole life, not out
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  • I thought i would be behind the scenes my whole life, not out here in front of people.
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  • Scenes my whole life, not out here in front of people. i thought we would build a new
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  • Here in front of people. i thought we would build a new sanctuary when lakewood needed
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  • I thought we would build a new sanctuary when lakewood needed more room, not move into the
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  • Sanctuary when lakewood needed more room, not move into the former compaq center where the
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  • More room, not move into the former compaq center where the rockets used to play.
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  • Former compaq center where the rockets used to play. the common denominator in all
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  • Rockets used to play. the common denominator in all of my "i thoughts" is that
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  • The common denominator in all of my "i thoughts" is that god's plan was much better
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  • Of my "i thoughts" is that god's plan was much better than my plan.
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  • God's plan was much better than my plan. what god had in mind was much
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  • Than my plan. what god had in mind was much bigger, much more rewarding,
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  • What god had in mind was much bigger, much more rewarding, than anything i dreamed of.
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  • Bigger, much more rewarding, than anything i dreamed of. (applause)
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  • Than anything i dreamed of. (applause) i'm asking you to trust him.
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  • (applause) i'm asking you to trust him. our attitude should be, "god,
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  • I'm asking you to trust him. our attitude should be, "god, i'm wide open. do anything you
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  • Our attitude should be, "god, i'm wide open. do anything you want, anytime you want, use
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  • I'm wide open. do anything you want, anytime you want, use anyone you want. i'm not set on
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  • Want, anytime you want, use anyone you want. i'm not set on having it my way. god, i know
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  • Anyone you want. i'm not set on having it my way. god, i know your plan is the best plan."
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  • Having it my way. god, i know your plan is the best plan." if you will stay open and let
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  • Your plan is the best plan." if you will stay open and let god do it his way god will open
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  • If you will stay open and let god do it his way god will open doors for you that no man can
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  • God do it his way god will open doors for you that no man can shut.
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  • Doors for you that no man can shut. his favor is going to thrust you
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  • Shut. his favor is going to thrust you years ahead.
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  • His favor is going to thrust you years ahead. you will see promises fulfilled,
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  • Years ahead. you will see promises fulfilled, dreams come to pass and i
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  • You will see promises fulfilled, dreams come to pass and i believe and declare you will
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  • Dreams come to pass and i believe and declare you will overcome every obstacle,
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  • Believe and declare you will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy and become
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  • Overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy and become everything god's created
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  • Defeat every enemy and become everything god's created you to be.
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  • Everything god's created you to be. if you receive it can you say,
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  • You to be. if you receive it can you say, "amen" today? (amen.)
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  • If you receive it can you say, "amen" today? (amen.) (applause)
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  • "amen" today? (amen.) (applause) we never like to close
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  • (applause) we never like to close our broadcast without giving you
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  • We never like to close our broadcast without giving you an opportunity to make jesus the
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  • Our broadcast without giving you an opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life.
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  • An opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life. would you pray with me?
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  • Lord of your life. would you pray with me? just say, "lord jesus,
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  • Would you pray with me? just say, "lord jesus, i repent of my sins.
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  • Just say, "lord jesus, i repent of my sins. come in to my heart.
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  • I repent of my sins. come in to my heart. wash me clean.
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  • Come in to my heart. wash me clean. i make you my lord and savior."
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  • Wash me clean. i make you my lord and savior." friends, if you prayed that
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  • Simple prayer we believe you got
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  • Simple prayer we believe you got born again. get in a good
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  • Simple prayer we believe you got born again. get in a good bible-based church. keep god
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  • Born again. get in a good bible-based church. keep god first place. he is going to
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  • Bible-based church. keep god first place. he is going to take you places that you've
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  • First place. he is going to take you places that you've never dreamed of.
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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.
  • 00:26:46.327 --> 00:26:50.565
  • Or call 800-565-0772. or call 800-565-0772.
  • 00:26:50.632 --> 00:26:51.066
  • 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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