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The Brother's Battle

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October 27, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues the Lost & Found series with a message titled “The Brother’s Battle” where he unpacks the attitude and struggle of the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: He neverleft home physically,
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  • like the younger son did.
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  • He sat in church every week,but he allowed insecurity,
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  • and fear, and anger,and bitterness, and envy,
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  • and jealousy to build upin his heart.
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  • The Lord invites usto spend time with Him,
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  • just like we would spend timewith a person in our life,
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  • with two-wayintentional communication.
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  • We don't have to put strictregulations on our quiet time
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  • with God.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris,as he encourages us
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  • that the everyday battleof spending time with God
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  • is the easiest battle to win.
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  • We have complete access tothe Father as His children,
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  • we just have to doour part and show up.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: All right, I wantyou to turn in your Bibles
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  • to Luke 15, and we're going tocontinue our series called,
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  • "Lost and Found".
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  • And the first messageI shared in the series...
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  • I've shared two, butthe first one, I called it,
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  • "The Believer's Battle".
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  • This message I'm calling,"The Brother's Battle".
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  • "The Brother's Battle."
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  • Now, there are two sons inthis story that Jesus told about
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  • the prodigal son.
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  • There's the prodigal son,obviously, but then there's
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  • the older brother.
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  • Some of you relate more tothe older brother in the story
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  • than the prodigal son.That's my wife, Debbie.
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  • She would relate more to him,because she's never left home.
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  • She got saved at nine,and she's never left home,
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  • and she will tell youvery quickly, I relate more to
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  • the prodigal son, obviously.So, we're a good team.
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  • So, I want to talk to youabout "The Brother's Battle",
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  • and what I mean by that is,what about how he felt
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  • that he's the one thatdidn't leave home,
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  • and the one that did leave homeand squandered
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  • his father's inheritancewas getting the party?
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  • And how do we feeltoward prodigals,
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  • and how do we feel toward peoplewho are struggling with sin
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  • in their life, maybe a sin thatwe don't struggle with?
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  • How do we feel?
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  • And so, Jesus tells this parableto help us understand.
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  • So, let me show you a little bitabout the older brother here.
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  • Luke 15:25 says, "Now hisolder son was in the field.
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  • And as he came and drew nearto the house, he heard music
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  • and dancing."
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  • By the way, that's reallygood dancing
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  • when you can hear it.
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  • "So he called one ofthe servants and asked
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  • what these things meant.
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  • And he said to him,"Your brother has come
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  • and because he",that's the father,
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  • "has received himsafe and sound,
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  • your father has killedthe fatted calf".
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  • But he", the older son,"was angry and would not go in.
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  • Therefore his father came outand pleaded with him.
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  • So, he", this is the older son,"answered and said
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  • to his father, "Lo, these manyyears I have been serving you."
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  • Now, I underlinedtwo words here.
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  • "I never transgressedyour commandment at any time,
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  • and yet you never gave mea young goat
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  • that I might make merrywith my friends."
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  • Okay.
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  • So, what'sthe brother's battle?
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  • The brother's battle is keepingour heart right
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  • when the Father is rejoicingover the sinners coming home.
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  • That's the battle.
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  • It's not allowing jealousy,or envy, or anger, or bitterness
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  • to come in,even when the prodigal
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  • is gone and hasn'tcome home yet.
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  • Think about the fatherstanding on the front porch,
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  • maybe every night,looking for his younger son,
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  • and the older son lookingat his father and beginning
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  • to believe the liesof the enemy,
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  • that the father wasmistreating him
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  • because he was loving the onethat was in sin even more.
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  • There are three parables inLuke 15 - the lost sheep,
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  • the lost coin, and the lost son,and many people don't even know
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  • why Jesus told thesethree parables.
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  • Let me show you.
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  • If you go to Verse 1, Luke 15:1,it says, "Then all
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  • the tax collectors and thesinners drew near to hear Him.
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  • And the Pharisees and scribescomplained, saying,
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  • "This Man receives sinnersand eats with them."
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  • So, He spoke this parableto them, saying."
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  • The whole reason he toldthe parable of the lost sheep,
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  • the lost coin,and the lost son,
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  • was because the Phariseeswere upset
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  • that He was receiving sinners.
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  • So, let me tell you whatthe brother's battle will do.
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  • Three things,here's number one.
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  • It affects howwe see ourselves.
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  • It affects howwe see ourselves.
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  • I read the verse a moment ago,but Verse 29,
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  • "I never transgressed yourcommandment at any time."
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  • "I never transgressed yourcommandment at any time."
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  • Okay, that's a lie,because he was human.
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  • What about the verse,"All have sinned?"
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  • What about the verse,"There is none righteous,
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  • no, not one?"
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  • Listen, the only Son that cansay I've never transgressed
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  • your commandments at any timeis Jesus.
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  • No other person canmake that statement.
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  • But, that's the wayhe saw himself.
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  • I had someone tell me one time,he said, I've always
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  • done the right thing, and thingshaven't worked out
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  • for me like you.
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  • I've always donethe right thing.
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  • I said, really?
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  • Always?
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  • But, that's the way he thought!
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  • That's the wayhe saw himself.
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  • That was the problemwith the older son.
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  • All right, look at Luke 18,maybe just a page or two
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  • to your right.
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  • Luke 18:9, it says, "Also Hespoke this parable to some
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  • who trusted in themselvesthat they were righteous,
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  • and", watch what happens whenyou trust in yourself
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  • and believe yourown righteousness,
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  • "and despised others."
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  • That's the battle.
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  • That's the brother's battle.
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  • If you begin to trust inyour own good works,
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  • in your own righteousness,you'll begin to despise others.
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  • This is what Jesus said.
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  • "Two men went up tothe temple to pray,
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  • one a Pharisee and the othera tax collector.
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  • The Pharisee stood and prayedthus with himself,
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  • "God, I thank You thatI am not like other men."
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  • Now, stop just for a moment.
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  • You maybe have never saidthat audibly,
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  • but have you ever hadthat thought?
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  • Thank You I'm not likethe other people.
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  • That's a Pharisee.
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  • That's a Pharisee.
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  • "I thank You I'm not likeother men - extortioners,
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  • unjust, adulterers,or even as this tax collector.
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  • I fast twice a week."
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  • Notice the emphasisis on what he does.
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  • "I give tithes ofall that I possess."
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  • And the tax collector,standing afar off,
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  • would not so much as raisehis eyes to heaven,
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  • but beat his breast, saying,"God, be merciful to me,
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  • a sinner!"
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  • I tell you" - this is Jesustalking, "this man went down
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  • to his house justified",saved.
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  • "Justified, rather thanthe other, for everyone
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  • who exalts himself will behumbled, and he who humbles
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  • himself will be exalted."
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  • See, the battle is trustingin your own righteousness.
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  • That's the battle.
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  • You understand, no new believerhas this battle.
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  • When you say to a new believer,you know, it's just God's grace,
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  • they say, don't I know it!
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  • But, 10 years later,20 years later, 30 years later,
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  • they're now a leader,they've now gone through
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  • the classes, they're nowteaching others.
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  • You say to them,it's all grace.
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  • Well, yeah, but you know,I've done a lot of things
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  • for God.
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  • You've just opened a door tothe enemy you don't want
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  • to open, because he's so happythat you're proud of
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  • your righteousness,and he's going to come in
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  • and he's going to start causingyou to see yourself differently
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  • than the way you shouldlook at yourself.
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  • It doesn't matter if it'slow self-esteem,
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  • or high self-esteem,or esteem, it's self.
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  • The focus is on yourselfrather than on Christ,
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  • and when the focus is on you,you're always losing the battle.
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  • The focus has to beon Christ.
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  • If you have a good week,thank God.
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  • If you have a bad week,thank God.
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  • Because, the focushas to be on Him.
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  • Years ago, Pastor Olin Griffin,who was pastor of Shady Grove
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  • and my pastor,and one of our apostolic elders,
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  • he was going to preachfor a pastor in Oklahoma,
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  • and so,I rode up with him.
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  • And we got up there,and the pastor then,
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  • we got in the car with him to goto lunch,
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  • and he was taking us around,and he said to Pastor Olin,
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  • he said, you know, the churchis struggling right now.
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  • He said, we've kindof plateaued
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  • and I know it's my fault.
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  • And Pastor Olin has a waysometimes that he'll do
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  • a little shock therapy,you know, on people?
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  • And he said to him, you know,I think you're
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  • the most arrogant personI've ever met in my life.
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  • The pastor said,what do you mean?
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  • I just told you thatthe church is struggling,
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  • and you tell methat I'm arrogant?
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  • And here's whathe said to him.
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  • Well, if you take the blamewhen the church
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  • isn't doing well,you'll take the credit
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  • when it is doing well,and that's pride.
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  • See, again, the focus is notsupposed to be on us,
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  • it's supposed to be on Christ.
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  • This is the brother's battle.
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  • It'll affect the wayyou see yourself.
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  • Here's the second battle.
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  • It affects the wayyou see others.
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  • If you'll flip back to Luke 7,it affects how we see others.
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  • Luke 7, look at Verse 36.
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  • It says, "Then one ofthe Pharisees asked Him
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  • to eat with him.
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  • And He went tothe Pharisee's house,
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  • and sat down to eat.
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  • And behold, a woman inthe city who was a sinner,
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  • when she knew that Jesus satat the table
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  • in the Pharisee's house,brought an alabaster flask
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  • of fragrant oil."
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  • By the way, this is not Mary.
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  • This is not John's sister.
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  • This is another instance,all right?
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  • This was a prostitute,is what the Scripture indicates.
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  • "And she stood at His feet",Verse 38, "behind Him",
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  • not in front of Him.
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  • "Behind Him, weeping,and she began to wash His feet
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  • with her tears and wiped themwith the hair of her head,
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  • and she kissed His feetand anointed them
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  • with the fragrant oil.
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  • Now when the Pharisee whohad invited Him saw this",
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  • now watch these words carefully,"he spoke to himself."
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  • Okay, another way to saythat is, he thought.
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  • He thought.
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  • He spoke to himself.
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  • Okay?
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  • He wasn't speaking out loud.
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  • They take you away when youspeak out loud to yourself,
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  • all right?
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  • So, he's speaking to himself,thinking.
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  • And watch what he thought.
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  • "This man,if He were a prophet"...
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  • now, remember those words.
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  • "If He were a prophet,would know who and what manner
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  • of woman this iswho is touching Him,
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  • for she is a sinner."
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  • Now, before we read on, Iwant you to think about this.
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  • He is thinking.
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  • He's thinking,"If He were a prophet."
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  • Okay, watchthe next three words.
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  • "And Jesus answered."
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  • I would say He's a prophet!
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  • You know, if you're thinkingsomething and Jesus says,
  • 00:12:14.959 --> 00:12:17.562
  • hey, pal, let Me answeryour thoughts right now.
  • 00:12:17.662 --> 00:12:21.699
  • And what's funnyis he's thinking,
  • 00:12:21.800 --> 00:12:23.468
  • "If He were a prophet".
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  • I think thatputs it to rest.
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  • He's a prophet.
  • 00:12:26.871 --> 00:12:28.106
  • He can hear your thoughts,all right?
  • 00:12:28.206 --> 00:12:29.607
  • Obviously, He's God, so Heknows what you're thinking.
  • 00:12:29.707 --> 00:12:32.577
  • So, "Jesus answeredand said to him, "Simon,
  • 00:12:32.677 --> 00:12:35.513
  • I have something to say to you."
  • 00:12:35.613 --> 00:12:37.715
  • So he said,"Teacher, say it."
  • 00:12:37.816 --> 00:12:38.950
  • "There was a certain creditorwho had two debtors.
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  • One owed five hundred denarii."
  • 00:12:42.287 --> 00:12:44.088
  • A denarii is a day's wages.
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  • Denaris is one day's wage,so five hundred denarii
  • 00:12:46.925 --> 00:12:49.427
  • would be the plural.
  • 00:12:49.527 --> 00:12:50.295
  • "And the other fifty."
  • 00:12:50.395 --> 00:12:51.863
  • So, one owes about a yearand two-thirds wages,
  • 00:12:51.963 --> 00:12:53.464
  • one owes about one-sixth of ayear wages, if you like math.
  • 00:12:53.565 --> 00:12:56.901
  • If some of you, like my wife,could not care less,
  • 00:12:57.001 --> 00:12:59.671
  • I said that statementright there.
  • 00:12:59.771 --> 00:13:01.039
  • Anyway, 550, okay?
  • 00:13:01.139 --> 00:13:04.475
  • "And when they had nothingwith which to repay,
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  • he freely forgave them both.
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  • Tell Me, therefore"...this is Jesus talking.
  • 00:13:08.746 --> 00:13:10.548
  • "Which of themwill love him more?"
  • 00:13:10.648 --> 00:13:13.818
  • Simon answered and said,"I suppose the one
  • 00:13:13.918 --> 00:13:15.653
  • whom he forgave more."
  • 00:13:15.753 --> 00:13:17.388
  • And He said to him...watch,Jesus talking,
  • 00:13:17.488 --> 00:13:19.691
  • "You have rightly judged."
  • 00:13:19.791 --> 00:13:22.126
  • Then He turned to the womanand said to Simon,
  • 00:13:22.227 --> 00:13:23.995
  • "Do you see this woman?
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  • I entered your houseand you gave Me no water
  • 00:13:25.997 --> 00:13:27.632
  • for My feet, but she has washedMy feet with her tears
  • 00:13:27.732 --> 00:13:30.001
  • and wiped them withthe hair of her head.
  • 00:13:30.101 --> 00:13:32.570
  • You gave Me no kiss,but this woman has not ceased
  • 00:13:32.670 --> 00:13:34.873
  • to kiss My feet sincethe time I came in.
  • 00:13:34.973 --> 00:13:37.475
  • You did not anoint My headwith oil, but this woman
  • 00:13:37.575 --> 00:13:40.311
  • has anointed My feetwith fragrant oil.
  • 00:13:40.411 --> 00:13:42.714
  • Therefore I say to you,her sins, which are many,
  • 00:13:42.814 --> 00:13:45.884
  • are forgiven,for she loved much.
  • 00:13:45.984 --> 00:13:49.053
  • But to whom little is forgiven,the same loves little."
  • 00:13:49.153 --> 00:13:59.063
  • Now, this is a passagethat most people,
  • 00:13:59.163 --> 00:14:00.598
  • I think, misunderstand.
  • 00:14:00.698 --> 00:14:03.034
  • They think that it teachesthat people owe God
  • 00:14:03.134 --> 00:14:07.071
  • different amounts, and a personwho owes God more
  • 00:14:07.171 --> 00:14:12.076
  • will actually love God more.
  • 00:14:12.176 --> 00:14:14.345
  • Okay, that is not whatthis is teaching at all.
  • 00:14:14.445 --> 00:14:17.115
  • You have to remember thatHe's answering Simon's thoughts.
  • 00:14:17.215 --> 00:14:23.588
  • This passage does not teachthat there are some people
  • 00:14:23.688 --> 00:14:27.091
  • who have been forgiven more.
  • 00:14:27.191 --> 00:14:33.097
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:14:33.197 --> 00:14:34.332
  • This passage does not teachthat there are some people
  • 00:14:34.432 --> 00:14:36.567
  • who are better than others,it teaches that there are
  • 00:14:36.668 --> 00:14:40.371
  • some people who think theyare better than others.
  • 00:14:40.471 --> 00:14:45.276
  • That's what it teaches.
  • 00:14:45.376 --> 00:14:46.911
  • It doesn't teach that thereare some people
  • 00:14:47.011 --> 00:14:48.813
  • who are worse than others,it teaches that there are
  • 00:14:48.913 --> 00:14:51.983
  • some people who think that thereare people who are worse
  • 00:14:52.083 --> 00:14:55.420
  • than they are.
  • 00:14:55.520 --> 00:14:56.821
  • He used the amounts becauseHe's answering Simon's thoughts,
  • 00:14:56.921 --> 00:15:00.158
  • but if you read the Scripture,the Bible says
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  • if you've brokenone commandment,
  • 00:15:02.193 --> 00:15:03.661
  • you've broken them all.
  • 00:15:03.761 --> 00:15:05.964
  • We all owe the same.
  • 00:15:06.064 --> 00:15:08.199
  • It cost the blood of Jesusfor all of us.
  • 00:15:08.299 --> 00:15:12.270
  • What He's saying to Simon is,because you think that
  • 00:15:12.370 --> 00:15:15.974
  • you didn't owe Me much,you love little.
  • 00:15:16.074 --> 00:15:20.011
  • But if you understood thatyou owe Me as much
  • 00:15:20.111 --> 00:15:22.347
  • as she owes Me,then you'd love Me a lot.
  • 00:15:22.447 --> 00:15:26.751
  • See, it's not at all sayingthat you need to go out into
  • 00:15:26.851 --> 00:15:29.087
  • the world and sin so thatyou'll love God more.
  • 00:15:29.187 --> 00:15:33.157
  • It's saying that you need tounderstand the price
  • 00:15:33.257 --> 00:15:36.494
  • that He paid for you.
  • 00:15:36.594 --> 00:15:38.162
  • See, this brother's battleis that you not only
  • 00:15:38.262 --> 00:15:40.898
  • see yourself differently,you see others differently.
  • 00:15:40.999 --> 00:15:43.801
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:15:43.901 --> 00:15:45.503
  • If you look up to you,you'll look down to others,
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  • and that was the problemhere with this Pharisee,
  • 00:15:49.741 --> 00:15:52.443
  • and that was the problemwith the older brother.
  • 00:15:52.543 --> 00:15:55.513
  • So, it affects howyou see others.
  • 00:15:55.613 --> 00:15:57.281
  • Here's number three, it affectshow we see the Father.
  • 00:15:57.382 --> 00:16:00.885
  • It affects how wesee the Father.
  • 00:16:00.985 --> 00:16:04.922
  • Why did Jesus tellthese parables?
  • 00:16:05.023 --> 00:16:09.027
  • See, the emphasis is on thatsomeone lost something precious.
  • 00:16:09.127 --> 00:16:21.172
  • The shepherd lost a sheep,the woman lost a coin,
  • 00:16:21.272 --> 00:16:25.343
  • and a father lost a son.
  • 00:16:25.443 --> 00:16:28.279
  • The whole reason that He toldthese three parables
  • 00:16:28.379 --> 00:16:31.616
  • is to tell you how muchthe Father is grieving
  • 00:16:31.716 --> 00:16:35.720
  • that He has lostsomething precious.
  • 00:16:35.820 --> 00:16:38.189
  • That's whyHe's telling these.
  • 00:16:38.289 --> 00:16:39.590
  • And the problem is thatthis son didn't get it.
  • 00:16:39.690 --> 00:16:44.395
  • You remember,there was another never.
  • 00:16:44.495 --> 00:16:46.164
  • He said, "I nevertransgressed your commandment."
  • 00:16:46.264 --> 00:16:49.267
  • Here's another.
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  • He said, "You nevereven gave me one goat."
  • 00:16:50.435 --> 00:16:53.204
  • You never evengave me a goat!
  • 00:16:53.304 --> 00:16:56.374
  • That's a lie, just likethe other one was a lie.
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  • Let me read it to you,back in Luke 15.
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  • Verse 11 says, "Then He saidto them,
  • 00:17:01.512 --> 00:17:03.214
  • "A certain man had two sons."
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  • Watch your Biblevery carefully.
  • 00:17:04.816 --> 00:17:06.851
  • "And the younger of themsaid to his father,
  • 00:17:06.951 --> 00:17:08.820
  • "Father, give me the portion ofgoods that falls to me."
  • 00:17:08.920 --> 00:17:11.456
  • Watch.
  • 00:17:11.556 --> 00:17:12.090
  • "So he divided to", what?
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:16.627
  • One more time?
  • 00:17:16.727 --> 00:17:19.664
  • "Them his livelihood."
  • 00:17:19.764 --> 00:17:25.203
  • But, I just read that thatson said, "You never even
  • 00:17:25.303 --> 00:17:27.305
  • gave me a goat."
  • 00:17:27.405 --> 00:17:28.539
  • He gave him his inheritance.
  • 00:17:28.639 --> 00:17:30.441
  • And by the way, the inheritanceof the first born was twice,
  • 00:17:30.541 --> 00:17:35.313
  • double, twice as much.
  • 00:17:35.413 --> 00:17:37.915
  • He got twice as muchas the other son,
  • 00:17:38.015 --> 00:17:40.685
  • but because he didn't seehimself correctly,
  • 00:17:40.785 --> 00:17:42.920
  • he didn't see others correctly,he didn't see
  • 00:17:43.020 --> 00:17:44.388
  • the father correctly, he said,you never even
  • 00:17:44.489 --> 00:17:46.457
  • gave me one goat!
  • 00:17:46.557 --> 00:17:49.861
  • Never one goat.
  • 00:17:49.961 --> 00:17:51.796
  • But, look at the father'sresponse, Verse 31.
  • 00:17:51.896 --> 00:17:54.298
  • "And he said to him,"Son, you are always with me,
  • 00:17:54.398 --> 00:17:57.235
  • and all that I have is yours."
  • 00:17:57.335 --> 00:18:00.271
  • Okay, "you're always with me"represents the presence of God,
  • 00:18:00.371 --> 00:18:02.940
  • and "all that I have is yours"represents the provision of God.
  • 00:18:03.040 --> 00:18:07.778
  • Here's what he said.
  • 00:18:07.879 --> 00:18:08.679
  • He said, son,you have my presence
  • 00:18:08.779 --> 00:18:09.981
  • and you have my provision!
  • 00:18:10.081 --> 00:18:12.016
  • Here's the problem.
  • 00:18:12.116 --> 00:18:13.050
  • The younger son missed outon the presence
  • 00:18:13.151 --> 00:18:15.186
  • and the provision of the fatherbecause he left home.
  • 00:18:15.286 --> 00:18:18.122
  • The older son missed outon the presence
  • 00:18:18.222 --> 00:18:20.424
  • and the provision of the fatherbecause he left home
  • 00:18:20.525 --> 00:18:23.661
  • in his heart.
  • 00:18:23.761 --> 00:18:25.963
  • He never left home physicallylike the younger son did.
  • 00:18:26.063 --> 00:18:28.666
  • He sat in church every week,but he allowed insecurity,
  • 00:18:28.766 --> 00:18:32.670
  • and fear, and anger,and bitterness, and envy,
  • 00:18:32.770 --> 00:18:35.907
  • and jealousy to build upin his heart toward the father
  • 00:18:36.007 --> 00:18:42.180
  • and toward his brother,his own brother.
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:45.783
  • It's just amazing to me!
  • 00:18:45.883 --> 00:18:47.985
  • So, how do you keep this?
  • 00:18:48.085 --> 00:18:50.354
  • How do you win the brother'sbattle, because, see,
  • 00:18:50.454 --> 00:18:53.691
  • we all want to become olderbrothers and sisters, right?
  • 00:18:53.791 --> 00:18:56.661
  • We all want to become olderbrothers and sisters,
  • 00:18:56.761 --> 00:18:58.563
  • and we want to be a good olderbrother and sister, right?
  • 00:18:58.663 --> 00:19:01.632
  • Let me just show you howa guy named Paul did it, okay?
  • 00:19:01.732 --> 00:19:06.704
  • 1 Corinthians 15:9, "For I amthe least of the apostles",
  • 00:19:06.804 --> 00:19:12.143
  • he says, "because I persecutedthe church and am not even
  • 00:19:12.243 --> 00:19:13.978
  • worthy to be called an apostle."
  • 00:19:14.078 --> 00:19:15.146
  • He calls himself the leastof the apostles two years
  • 00:19:15.246 --> 00:19:18.549
  • before he dies.
  • 00:19:18.649 --> 00:19:20.184
  • Seven years later, which isthree years before he died,
  • 00:19:20.284 --> 00:19:24.555
  • he writes Ephesians 3:8 andsays, "To me, the very least
  • 00:19:24.655 --> 00:19:27.792
  • of all saints"...saints.
  • 00:19:27.892 --> 00:19:30.962
  • First, he calls himselfthe least of all apostles.
  • 00:19:31.062 --> 00:19:34.031
  • Seven years later, he callshimself the least of all saints.
  • 00:19:34.131 --> 00:19:38.035
  • Two years later, which isone year before he died,
  • 00:19:38.135 --> 00:19:40.938
  • he wrote 1 Timothy 1:15.
  • 00:19:41.038 --> 00:19:43.040
  • "This is a faithful sayingand worthy of all acceptance,
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:45.509
  • that Christ Jesus came intothe world to save sinners",
  • 00:19:45.610 --> 00:19:48.679
  • watch, "of whom I am chief."
  • 00:19:48.779 --> 00:19:54.252
  • So, he calls himself the leastof all the apostles,
  • 00:19:54.352 --> 00:19:57.888
  • then years later he callshimself the least
  • 00:19:57.989 --> 00:19:59.824
  • of all the saints,then he calls himself
  • 00:19:59.924 --> 00:20:03.127
  • the chief of all sinners.
  • 00:20:03.227 --> 00:20:05.696
  • He's going the right wayin his opinion of himself.
  • 00:20:05.796 --> 00:20:10.134
  • How?
  • 00:20:10.234 --> 00:20:11.669
  • This is a guy that saidI die daily.
  • 00:20:11.769 --> 00:20:14.005
  • This is the guy that saidI'm crucified with Christ.
  • 00:20:14.105 --> 00:20:16.540
  • This is a guy that said I nailmy fleshly desires to the cross.
  • 00:20:16.641 --> 00:20:20.945
  • This is the guy that said,in 1 Corinthians 2:2,
  • 00:20:21.045 --> 00:20:23.581
  • "For I have decided toconcentrate only on Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:23.681 --> 00:20:28.919
  • and His death on the cross."
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.922
  • You know, when he madethat statement,
  • 00:20:32.023 --> 00:20:33.791
  • of all of the sinners, Christ isa great Savior, he said,
  • 00:20:33.891 --> 00:20:37.094
  • and of all of the sinners,I'm the chief, it reminds me
  • 00:20:37.194 --> 00:20:39.563
  • of John Newton, who wrote"Amazing Grace",
  • 00:20:39.664 --> 00:20:43.634
  • who was a formerslave ship captain.
  • 00:20:43.734 --> 00:20:49.140
  • He went blind in his later life,and he made this statement
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:52.843
  • that they recorded.
  • 00:20:52.943 --> 00:20:54.779
  • He said, "There are two thingsthat I still see clearly.
  • 00:20:54.879 --> 00:20:59.016
  • Christ is a great Savior,and I am a great sinner."
  • 00:20:59.116 --> 00:21:04.989
  • Christ is a great Savior,and I am a great sinner.
  • 00:21:05.089 --> 00:21:09.727
  • Paul, one year before he dies,says, I'm the chief
  • 00:21:09.827 --> 00:21:13.898
  • of all the sinners.
  • 00:21:13.998 --> 00:21:17.501
  • It's only the cross.
  • 00:21:17.601 --> 00:21:19.303
  • The only way you're going to winthis battle is staying close
  • 00:21:19.403 --> 00:21:22.707
  • the cross.
  • 00:21:22.807 --> 00:21:23.841
  • It's the only way.
  • 00:21:23.941 --> 00:21:25.376
  • I want to tell youone last thing.
  • 00:21:25.476 --> 00:21:28.546
  • That parable that we readin Luke 7 about, you know,
  • 00:21:28.646 --> 00:21:33.784
  • those who have been forgivenlittle, love little.
  • 00:21:33.884 --> 00:21:37.355
  • Many, many people again believethat I never loved God
  • 00:21:37.455 --> 00:21:41.492
  • because I wasn'tin a lot of sin.
  • 00:21:41.592 --> 00:21:44.128
  • I can't love God.
  • 00:21:44.228 --> 00:21:45.196
  • My wife believed that,because of that passage.
  • 00:21:45.296 --> 00:21:48.733
  • She misunderstood it.
  • 00:21:48.833 --> 00:21:50.101
  • She believed, I can neverlove God as much as Robert,
  • 00:21:50.201 --> 00:21:55.506
  • because he was redeemedout of the pit.
  • 00:21:55.606 --> 00:21:59.076
  • And I see this love for God,and here I was, saved at nine,
  • 00:21:59.176 --> 00:22:02.580
  • never left the church,and Jesus said it.
  • 00:22:02.680 --> 00:22:06.450
  • I've been forgiven little,so I can only love little.
  • 00:22:06.550 --> 00:22:10.888
  • She was wrestling with thatpassage, and one day in worship,
  • 00:22:10.988 --> 00:22:14.525
  • she's standing in worship,and please be open to this.
  • 00:22:14.625 --> 00:22:17.194
  • God can so speakto you in worship.
  • 00:22:17.294 --> 00:22:21.031
  • And she sees in her mind...I would call it a vision,
  • 00:22:21.132 --> 00:22:23.901
  • but many times in the churchwe think, well,
  • 00:22:24.001 --> 00:22:25.903
  • that's something spookyor something.
  • 00:22:26.003 --> 00:22:27.271
  • No, God can show you something,a picture in your mind,
  • 00:22:27.371 --> 00:22:30.107
  • and it can be from God.
  • 00:22:30.207 --> 00:22:31.642
  • She all of a sudden saw herselfin a white wedding dress,
  • 00:22:31.742 --> 00:22:36.614
  • and she knew she wasthe bride of Christ,
  • 00:22:36.714 --> 00:22:39.850
  • and she saw Jesus standinga little bit away from her,
  • 00:22:39.950 --> 00:22:43.821
  • and she took off running to Him,and all of the sudden,
  • 00:22:43.921 --> 00:22:45.656
  • she just tripped and fellin a mud hole,
  • 00:22:45.756 --> 00:22:49.727
  • and there was mud all over her.
  • 00:22:49.827 --> 00:22:52.363
  • She said there wasnone of my dress.
  • 00:22:52.463 --> 00:22:54.331
  • You couldn't see any whiteon my dress.
  • 00:22:54.432 --> 00:22:56.133
  • You couldn't see any of my skin,none of my face even,
  • 00:22:56.233 --> 00:22:59.236
  • and it was all cakedin my hair.
  • 00:22:59.336 --> 00:23:01.238
  • I was completely,100%, covered in mud.
  • 00:23:01.338 --> 00:23:07.578
  • She said, I was on all foursin that mud hole,
  • 00:23:07.678 --> 00:23:09.713
  • and I was so, just devastated,because I was muddy as a bride.
  • 00:23:09.814 --> 00:23:20.891
  • And she began to think about,God brought to her mind,
  • 00:23:20.991 --> 00:23:24.028
  • attitudes that she had,even as a child,
  • 00:23:24.128 --> 00:23:27.898
  • that were sinful.
  • 00:23:27.998 --> 00:23:30.835
  • And she started just realizinghow sinful she was,
  • 00:23:30.935 --> 00:23:35.706
  • with horrible attitudesand things that God dealt
  • 00:23:35.806 --> 00:23:38.108
  • with her about, and eventimes of rebellion,
  • 00:23:38.209 --> 00:23:39.844
  • sometimes silent rebellion.
  • 00:23:39.944 --> 00:23:45.683
  • And she said, I was so broken,and all of a sudden,
  • 00:23:45.783 --> 00:23:49.487
  • when I opened my eyes inthis vision, in this mud hole,
  • 00:23:49.587 --> 00:23:54.658
  • she said, I sawa nail-scarred foot standing
  • 00:23:54.758 --> 00:23:59.697
  • on top of the mud.
  • 00:23:59.797 --> 00:24:02.533
  • You know, He can walk on water,He can walk on mud.
  • 00:24:02.633 --> 00:24:06.704
  • She said, no mud on His foot,and He had come to me.
  • 00:24:06.804 --> 00:24:12.009
  • And I followed it upand He was in a white robe,
  • 00:24:12.109 --> 00:24:14.945
  • and He was putting outa nail-scarred hand.
  • 00:24:15.045 --> 00:24:19.183
  • And she said, I slippedmy hand up,
  • 00:24:19.283 --> 00:24:21.051
  • and when I put it in His hand,the mud just went
  • 00:24:21.151 --> 00:24:26.323
  • completely off of me,all the way down,
  • 00:24:26.423 --> 00:24:28.792
  • and when it got to my feet,the mud hole
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  • turned into gold.
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  • And He lifted me up,and I was completely clean,
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  • and I danced on golden streetswith my groom, and I knew that
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  • He had cleansed me.
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  • And she said, I knew thenthat the same grace that got
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  • Robert out of sin kept mefrom ever going into sin,
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  • and I knew I could loveJesus as much as Robert did.
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  • [Applause]
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We don't want tobe that older brother
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  • that looks down on someone
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  • when he or shecomes back to the Lord.
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  • We've got to keep our heartsright before God.
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  • I want to do something thatI very seldom do,
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  • and that is I want to encourageyou to order this series
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  • and get the whole thing.
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  • Every week it grieves me,because we've got to cut
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  • a little bit of the messageout to fit it into this
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  • television slot, and I wantyou to hear all that God
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  • is saying through this series,"Lost and Found".
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  • Thanks so much for watching,and we'll continue
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  • this series next week.
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  • ANNOUNCER: One of Jesus' mostfamous parables
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  • is about the story of a waywardson and the incredible love
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  • of his father.
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  • But do you know what Jesuswas really trying to say to us
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  • through this story?
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  • Pastor Robert explainsthis and shares the deep
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  • and comforting truths aboutthe battles all of us face
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  • in his series,"Lost and Found".
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  • We want you to have a copyof "Lost and Found",
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  • from the parableof the Prodigal Son.
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  • Visit us today atPastorRobert.com
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