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The Caller and The Called Part 1

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January 5, 2021
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Awaken to your divine calling.

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  • We get so much securityfrom sameness.
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  • "I want to knowit's going to be the same."
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  • Never mind,that we've gotten bored,
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  • and been boredfor ten solid years.
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  • Never mind that he moved onout of it,
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  • not out of usbut out of that work.
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  • We're just serving right there.
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  • No anointingof the Spirit with it
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  • because he's like moved downthe road where he said,
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  • "You know, I'm waiting on you.Just whenever."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Here's the beauty of the Wordand you know it
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  • because if you havesome seasoned time
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  • in the Scripture,you have this in your history.
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  • You have experienced this overand over again, that somehow,
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  • no matter how many timesyou've seen a passage,
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  • it will jump out fresh to you,
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  • that it becomes somethingthat you may have studied
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  • over and over again,and all the sudden,
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  • it just takes fresh life to you,
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  • jumps off of that pageand it is a Word
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  • that becomes now to you.
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  • And that was this Word for me.
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  • 2 Timothy 1,we're going to zero in
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  • when it gets downto around verses 9 and 10.
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  • But I want to startfrom the top.
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  • It's brief Scriptures anyway.
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  • 2 Timothy, this is Paul,of course, talking to him.
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  • "Paul, an apostle of ChristJesus by God's will,
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  • "for the sake of the promiseof life in Christ Jesus.
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  • "To Timothy, my dearly lovedson, grace, mercy, and peace
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  • "from God the Father,and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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  • "I thank God, whom I servewith a clear conscience
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  • "as my ancestors did,
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  • "when I constantly rememberyou in my prayers night and day.
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  • "Remembering your tears,I long to see you
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  • "so that I may be filledwith joy.
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  • "I recall your sincere faiththat first lived
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  • "in your grandmother Loisand in your mother Eunice,
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  • "and now, I am convincedis in you also.
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  • "Therefore, I remind youto rekindle the gift of God
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  • "that is in you throughthe laying on of my hands.
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  • "For God has not given usa spirit of fear,
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  • "but one of power, love,and sound judgment.
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  • "So do not be ashamedof the testimony
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  • "about our Lordor of me his prisoner.
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  • "Instead, share in the sufferingfor the gospel,
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  • relying on the power of God."
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  • Here comes 9 and 10.
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  • "He has saved us and called uswith a holy calling,
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  • "not according to our works,
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  • "but according to his ownpurpose and grace,
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  • "which was given to usin Christ Jesus
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  • "before time began.
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  • "This has now been made evidentthrough the appearing
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  • "of our Savior Christ Jesus,
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  • "who has abolished deathand brought life
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  • and immortality tolight through the gospel."
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  • I truly believe that overthe course of the 20th century,
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  • the church in America settledinto a lifestyle of faith
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  • that resulted in a woefulmisrepresentation of calling.
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  • For starters, we conflatedsomewhere along the way,
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  • salvation with churchattendance, that we just--we're
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  • Christians, if we went to churchif someone said,
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  • "Are you in Christ?"
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  • "Well, of course I am.I go to such and such a church."
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  • And it all got conflatedtogether that really
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  • what it takes to knowChrist personally,
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  • to have eternal lifesecured in him,
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  • is you just go to church.
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  • And if you really wantto make sure you're saved;
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  • you go to churchon a regular basis.
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  • And all of this wasa reconfiguration
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  • of what Scripture taughtbased on a settling in,
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  • to a very prosperous lifestyle
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  • in comparison to muchof the world,
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  • that gave us a gospelof convenience.
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  • If we're good,God will be good to us.
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  • If we're bad,God will be bad to us.
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  • And that became our convenientgospel because somehow,
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  • you can control that.
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  • If I could just causemy behavior
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  • to cause God to acta certain way in my behalf,
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  • then I am still in control.
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  • And I'm God,and he is my servant.
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  • And this became,generally speaking--is it okay?
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  • I mean how many exceptions,generally speaking,
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  • this became the American gospel.
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  • Secondly, we equatedcalling--this will be very
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  • important to us this weekend.
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  • We equated calling, certainlythis was true in my day
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  • when I was a childand a young woman,
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  • we equated callingwith vocational ministry.
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  • In other words,you had a calling on your life
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  • if you were going to beor you were a preacher
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  • in a local church.
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  • You would also have a callingif you were an evangelist
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  • that traveled aroundand preached.
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  • You would have a callingif you were a missionary
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  • on a foreign field.
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  • I can remember even learningthat there were
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  • North American Mission Boardmissionaries and I thought,
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  • "How odd, that we would stillcall them missionaries here?"
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  • Because you know it wouldjust seem like
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  • what really made you legit wasthat you went across the seas
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  • to the other side of the earthand then you had a calling.
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  • And needless to say,the only calling a woman
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  • could possibly ever have wasgoing to be on the other side
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  • of the earth, as far awayas she could get from home
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  • because all she could dois be a missionary.
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  • Now, I love missions.
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  • I was raisedto love foreign missions.
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  • But every bit of thisis a skewed concept
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  • of what is our divine calling.
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  • Those things might be a callingwithin the divine calling,
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  • a specific directionwithin the divine calling,
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  • maybe not even for the enduranceof the lifetime.
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  • Maybe for a short time.
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  • But it's not the divine calling
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  • that he's talking aboutright here.
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  • It's not the divine calling
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  • we would see referencedin places like Romans chapter 8
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  • and through the bookof Ephesians.
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  • You and I are lockingin on divine calling.
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  • Because here's the thing, ifyou're calling was simply--it
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  • was only if you were calledto preach,
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  • or you were calledto evangelize,
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  • or you were calledto the mission field,
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  • that's means the rest of us,
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  • and that would be millionsof us mind you,
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  • were basicallycalled to be insignificant.
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  • We were fillers.
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  • Anyone understandwhat I'm saying?
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  • There were the church pillarsand there were
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  • the church fillers.
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  • There were the honoreesand the pewees
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  • but there was nothingin between.
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  • And somehow,this became our idea of calling.
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  • And let me tell you something,it not only is inaccurate,
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  • but it underminedthe gospel witness
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  • out in the everyday worldwhere God intended to send us,
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  • into every kind of workplace,
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  • every possible sphereof influence.
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  • But we got the idea even thoughhe said go into the world,
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  • that everything God was doingwas in the walls
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  • of the local church.
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  • Now, I've already told youI am a church person.
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  • I believe in the local communityof believers.
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  • I don't knowwhat I would do without it.
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  • But we got to get some clarityon what our calling is
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  • and we're going to try to dothat this weekend.
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  • In the late 1700s,the great British reformer
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  • and abolitionist,William Wilberforce,
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  • he would come to the faithin at about the age of 25.
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  • His first impulse,after he came to the faith
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  • was just to set aside and ditchpolitics because he assumed,
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  • "Listen, as muchas I'm coming to love the Lord,"
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  • I'm putting thisin my own words,
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  • "I must be called to preach."
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  • And so, it was just like throwpolitics to the side,
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  • and I must be calledinto some kind of ministry.
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  • And it was John Newtonwho first came to be used of God
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  • to talk the man out of it.
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  • And what he said to him,and I'm quoting here,
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  • "It's hoped and believedthat the Lord
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  • has raised you up for the goodof our nation."
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  • And then so here's what happens.
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  • He takes time of course,intense time to pray.
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  • He comes to the determinationthat Newton is exactly right,
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  • and he is supposed to stayjust where he is.
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  • He perseveres.
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  • At one time, I mean it waslike everything
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  • and everyone was against him.
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  • It took years, and years, andyears and years of the works
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  • that God had called him to do,for him to have breakthrough.
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  • But he is one of the greatestreformers that ever lived.
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  • I want you to try to wrapyour mind around that.
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  • Championing the oppressedas a direct call of God,
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  • he fought for the oppressedas a parliamentarian.
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  • I want you to let that sinkin for a moment.
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  • I love this because it says,I'm quoting out
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  • of his journal in 1788.
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  • So, this is him talking.
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  • "My walk is a public one.
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  • "My business is in the worldand I must mix in the assemblies
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  • "of men or quit the post
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  • which providenceseems to have assigned me."
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  • Whole different take on it.
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  • Because his assumptionis what became
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  • the American assumptionin the 20th century.
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  • If you've got a call, it mustbe somehow within the church.
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  • Then everybody elseis just filler.
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  • But you and I are studyingthe caller and the called.
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  • So that we can wrap our mindaround this thing
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  • we call the divine callingin this century.
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  • Nominal Christianity in the Westhas completely unraveled.
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  • And our culture is officiallycategorized as post-Christian.
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  • And you know what?
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  • There are lots of reasonsto say good riddance to that.
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  • Because I'm going to tell yousomething,
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  • I don't think it is
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  • because we have so fewerbelievers in Christ
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  • as it is that a lot of peoplethat just came to church
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  • to come to church,
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  • and simply tookon the label Christian
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  • as that being their world view.
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  • They came to a pointwhere it just to them,
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  • was useless to goto church anymore
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  • and they never did havea real relationship with Christ.
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  • I think what you're seeing nowfor those of you
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  • who are locked intoa local church,
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  • when you go to churchthese days
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  • and you look around youin the parking lot
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  • with people pulling in,
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  • and you look aroundyour congregation,
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  • and you pass by those women thatare keeping all those babies,
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  • and you pass by eithera community group
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  • or a Sunday school room,I mean you can bless the Lord
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  • because those people have madea decision in a culture
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  • where it has become veryuncool, very, very yesterday,
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  • very, very archaic,if not ignorant to the world.
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  • These are people going,
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  • "I'm just going tell yousomething,
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  • I want to know Jesus,and I want to serve Jesus."
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  • This is a beautiful development.
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  • And these are daysfor the powerful spreading
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  • of the gospel across the globe.
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  • Hi, I'm Natalieand this is Selena.
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  • I know we all need something newto look forward to.
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  • called "Now that Faith Has Come,A study of Galatians."
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  • (Selena)This seven-week study
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  • will walk youthrough Paul's letter
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  • to the New Testament church.
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  • The material iswildly interesting
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  • in its original context,
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  • and relevantto our present world.
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  • in every word Paul wroteto the Galatians.
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  • If you don't already have plans
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  • for getting into the Scripturesthis new year,
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  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (Beth Moore)I gotta tell you,
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  • we have all been through a lotin the last years,
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  • and I have never in my life,I say to you,
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  • I have never had more confidence
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  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up the nameof the one who saves ♪
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  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up your praise ♪
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  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪♪
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • He's come to speak in powerto us this weekend,
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  • because his Wordis fresh and alive.
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  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
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  • (female announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • I got to tell you, there isthis great conditional clause
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  • that is in John chapter 4,and its verse 10.
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  • And it's in the scene,
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  • many of youare familiar with it,
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  • perhaps, of Jesus havingthis encounter
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  • with the Samaritan womanat the well
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  • in the middle of the day.
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  • And he says to her something.
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  • It turns over in my mind again,and again,
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  • and again and again.
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  • And it says it word for wordlike this,
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  • especially in the NLT,
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  • you'll see some measureof it in any translation,
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  • but I love it just like this.
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  • He says, "If you only knewthe gift God has for you,
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  • and who you are speaking to,"if you only knew.
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  • I want to tell you something,call me crazy.
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  • I've thought about thisall week long
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  • because I am convincedthat the reason
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  • why most people in the faithare not actively engaged
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  • daily in the mentalityand in the connection of calling
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  • is because they don't knowwhat it is.
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  • And maybe, I'm naïvebecause I have to think
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  • that if we really got this,
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  • there would be no other wayto approach life.
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  • I just don't thinkthere would be.
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  • There's nothing,there is nothing in your life
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  • that can compete with this.
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  • Absolutely nothing.
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  • There's no approach to dailyliving that matches this.
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  • There's nothing out there thatthe world can do that compares
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  • to the kind of approach to life,to our daily living,
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  • our daily driving, our dailystopping at a stoplight,
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  • our daily pulling into a Starbucks,
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  • our daily pushingthrough the grocery store,
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  • picking up the kids at school,
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  • taking care of thatelderly parent,
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  • going to work everysingle morning of the week day.
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  • Whatever it may be, there isnothing that compares to this.
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  • I believe two things.
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  • I believe that most peoplein the faith are probably
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  • not fully engagedin their spirits
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  • with the call of Christon their life.
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  • And the second thing,I am convinced
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  • I'm absolutely convinced,
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  • if they understood what it was,there would be
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  • nothing to stop them.
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  • Nothing, nothing,
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  • 'cause there is nothinglike this.
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  • There would be no demon in hellthat can stop you from this.
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  • Nothing, nothing,could stop you.
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  • So, what I'm hoping is that Godjust breaks in
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  • with a fresh awefor this this weekend.
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  • Anybody up for that?
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  • That somehow, we'll go,"This is what I want.
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  • "This is howI want to live.
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  • This is how I wantto approach life."
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  • This is the mindsetof what I am in Christ,
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  • but I want to understandwhat this is all about
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  • because this is what I wantto do with my life.
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  • So here is the goal that everyperson here will either awaken
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  • or reawaken to a senseof divine calling.
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  • So, I mean if you'venever had it,
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  • you don't even know whatwe're talking about, awaken.
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  • If you've been serving himfor years
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  • or if you've had this mentalityfor years,
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  • I believe there's somethingreally fresh God wants to do.
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  • I believe there's a new seasonahead for arrival
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  • of a holy calling or a revivalof a holy calling.
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  • Let me tell you,there are people who will hear
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  • their calling for the first timein this sermon,
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  • and I'm talking about hearing itnot in an audible voice
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  • but through the Spirit.
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  • Not as a response to anythinga human being can say
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  • but in responseto the Holy Spirit himself
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  • reaching into the heart.
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  • I believe thatthat could happen,
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  • but it also could be that whatyou need in your calling
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  • or what I need in my callingis some clarity.
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  • Maybe it's like everything's sovague right now I have no idea,
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  • Lord, where youreally want me focused.
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  • Maybe somebody needssome clarity
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  • where there's been confusion.
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  • It may come as a fresh unction,"Man, I want that."
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  • Maybe, there's beenjust a dullness of heart
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  • or maybe more than adullness of heart,
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  • maybe there's becomea hardness of heart.
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  • Maybe you're mador offended at God
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  • and it's been like,"You know what?
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  • "I'm cutting you off.
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  • I'm clipping that cord."
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  • Whatever it may be, it may bea deep dive into the ditch
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  • that it's been that kindof a season
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  • and this weekend wherethe fresh voice of Christ go,
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  • "Come and follow me."
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  • It may be a fresh directionof calling.
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  • I want to tell you something.
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  • I'm so convinced of--thishas been where a lot
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  • of sustained passionhas come from in my life.
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  • One of the things that Goddid for me--I want to use
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  • any part of my story,any part of my experience
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  • if it would be of any helpto you.
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  • I don't have a lot of whatsomeone would need
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  • if they were earlier ona struggle in an area
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  • of their calling,
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  • but what I have iscompletely yours.
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  • But one of the thingsthat happened for me,
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  • and I'm so glad it did
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  • because I wouldn't havewrestled through the way I did
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  • if it hadn't, I was 18 years oldwhen I really knew
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  • there was a senseof calling on my life.
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  • Now, I wouldn't have understoodthat when I was a child,
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  • I would've received that then.
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  • But this trulywas that direction,
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  • that calling within the calling
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  • because I truly was headedto what was--would be,
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  • and it was all vernacular tocall it in our faith tradition,
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  • vocational Christian service.
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  • Now, this is whatI'm telling you,
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  • this all got conflated together.
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  • But this would havebeen two different things.
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  • I would've been saved as a childbut at this point,
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  • it became clearthat whatever profession
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  • I was going to be in,it was going to be
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  • some kind of ministry.
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  • Now, you've got to understandsomething,
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  • from my faith tradition,
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  • there was nothing for womanto do.
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  • And so, it was completelyconfusing.
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  • I was headed to finish outmy political science degree,
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  • I wanted to go on to law school,
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  • I wanted to go oninto government
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  • and it was just likeeverything stopped.
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  • I finished out my degreebut if you want--nothing
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  • is more uselessthan a poli-sci degree.
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  • Nothing, when you don't goon to a law school.
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  • And that was me.
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  • Got my teacher's certificate.
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  • I did everything I couldpossibly do to the thing, well,
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  • I don't have no idea whatthis is going to look like.
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  • And so, what happened for methat I want to speak over you,
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  • if this really resonateswith you,
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  • is that I surrendered to Jesusinstead of a certain work.
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  • And so, it has been everythingto me.
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  • Now, I do believe there arepeople that he's calling to
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  • surrender to preach, that thatis what they're going to do,
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  • and they do it for a lifetime.
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  • But I'm going to tell youwhat can also be a very common
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  • experience for the believerin Christ.
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  • And this is where I've gottenso much life along the way
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  • because I didn'thave that mindset.
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  • I didn't know whatI was going to do.
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  • I still don't exactly knowwhat I'm doing,
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  • and I certainly don't knowwhat I am going to do.
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  • But what the Lord and I havedone for all of these years
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  • since I was 18 years old is,I've just ridden wherever
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  • he seemed to be going.
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  • And didn't try to thinkthis is how it has to look.
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  • And in a lot of ways becauseI didn't borrow on that
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  • and think it's alwaysgoing to be this,
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  • then we've just sort of hadan adventure
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  • and let it developas it developed.
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  • And looking at the future going,"What do you want to do, Lord?
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  • What do you want to do?"
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  • I thought I knewwhat was going to happen
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  • in the future of Living Proof,I really did.
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  • I thought, well, when I passaway or when I retire,
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  • it will just close.
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  • Well, God's bringing methese young woman,
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  • these young communicatorsto the ministry,
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  • and suddenly I'm like,"What in the world
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  • are you doing, Lord?"
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  • Maybe it doesn't stop here.
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  • Maybe I just move out.
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  • To be on the adventure with himand not tell him
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  • what he's going to dowith our lives.
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  • "The Spirit is like the wind."
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  • It is not like concrete.
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  • And what happens is the Spiritwill go like--now I'm just
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  • giving you a metaphor here,so get excited
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  • because once his Spiritcomes to dwell in us,
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  • he remains with us.
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  • But think in terms of the cloudypillar that would dwell
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  • over the topof the Holy of Holies
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  • in the tabernacle.
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  • So, they're movingthrough the desert,
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  • taking 'em 40 solid yearsto do it
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  • and here was what God told themthat when the cloudy pillar
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  • was settled on topof the tabernacle,
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  • they would remain there.
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  • And then when that cloud got upand started moving,
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  • the whole companyof the Israelites
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  • were to get upand start moving with it.
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  • And so, this is what they did.
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  • And so, think of it justas a metaphor for us
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  • because what will happenis God will move on
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  • and we're just like stayingright here.
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  • We're just goingto stay right here
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  • because this is what Godcalled me to do.
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  • No, no.Jesus said, "Follow me."
  • 00:24:06.360 --> 00:24:08.062
  • "Well, no, I'm going to stayright here
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  • because this is whathe told me to do."
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  • And especially, especially,because we love,
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  • we get so much securityfrom sameness.
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  • "I want to knowit's going to be the same."
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  • Never mind, that we've gottenbored and been bored
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  • for ten solid years.
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  • Never mind, that he moved onout of it, not out of us,
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  • but out of that work.
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  • We're just serving right there.
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  • No anointing of the Spiritwith it
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  • because he's like moved downthe road where you said,
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  • "You know, I'm waiting on you.Just whenever."
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  • You know, sometimes I feel thatwhat he wants to say to me is,
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  • "The thing about it, Beth,the thing about it is
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  • "I have all the timein the world
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  • "because I'm eternal.
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  • "It's you running out of time.
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  • "You want to sitin your disobedience
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  • "for five years,go right on ahead.
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  • "But you're wasting your time.
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  • I got plenty of it."
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  • I want you to hear whatOs Guinness says.
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  • I've got it up on the screenand here in my notes
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  • but it's out of this book,The Call.
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  • Listen to this, this is himdefining the calling.
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  • "Calling is the truth thatGod calls us to himself
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  • "so decisivelythat everything we are,
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  • "everything we do,and everything we have
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  • "is investedwith a special devotion
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  • "and dynamism lived outas a response
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  • to his summonsand service."
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  • It's like the whole person.
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  • It's not--we've got in our headsthat calling is a specific work.
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  • It involves specific works.
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  • There are works that have beenforeordained for us
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  • according to Ephesians 2:10.
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  • I mean literally set in timefor us.
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  • You literally, were timedfor this particular generation.
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  • You're very much a part of thepredetermined calendar
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  • that puts you on this earth
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  • at this particular timein this area of the world
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  • that we'd findin Acts chapter 17.
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  • We'd be able to findthat supported in many,
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  • many places in the Scripture.
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  • But what he's telling us here,and this is what
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  • I'm wanting you to seein Scripture,
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  • is it's just likethe whole person.
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  • Like when the disciplesfollowed Jesus,
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  • I mean they camewith their whole person.
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  • It was just like, "We're in.
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  • However this goes,however this looks, we're in."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Here you are, some of you justare getting ready to retire.
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  • You got no idea that whileyou're gearing down,
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  • he's going, "No, actually,I'm calling you back.
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  • I've never let you go, andwe've still got work to do."
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  • If you're still breathing,there's calling on your life.
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  • (female announcer)If you don't already have plansfor getting into the Scriptures
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  • this new year,join us as we dive
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  • into the Study of Galatians.
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  • And we look forwardto seeing you next week.
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