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Life-Giving Farmers

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September 9, 2020
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Pastor Robert Morris concludes the?REAL?series with an insightful message centered around the principle of sowing and reaping.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: You know, if yousow finances,
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  • you'll reap finances.
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  • If you sow kindness,you reap kindness.
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  • If you sow forgiveness,you reap forgiveness.
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  • All I'm asking you to do isapply a principle
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  • that you're already mature in,in other areas, to witnessing.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So, we're in aseries called "R.E.A.L",
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  • as you saw a moment ago,
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  • Relevant, Engaging,Authentic Life.
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  • This is the last onein that series,
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  • and then next weekend, again,is our marriage conference.
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  • But, I just want to say this.
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  • Don't let this justbe a good series.
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  • Don't just remember thefunny story, you know,
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  • like the lady on the ski lift,you know, that I witnessed to,
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  • or somethin', and say, boy,wasn't that a funny story?
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  • Let the series change us.
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  • Let's all get more excited andbegin praying about witnessing
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  • and sharing our faith.
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  • Think about it.
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  • We're on this earth asambassadors for Christ.
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  • I mean, the Lord could, justas soon as you get saved,
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  • just take us on to heaven.
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  • But, He leaves us here becauseHis desire is for every person
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  • to come to know Christ,and we're his only hope.
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  • I don't know if you everthought about that.
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  • We're it.
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  • If we are not salt andlight, as we talked about,
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  • the world's in trouble.
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  • And we have the greateststory to tell,
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  • and that's His story,and what He's done in our life.
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  • So, every week, I've chosenan analogy to use,
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  • and this week it's farmers,and the reason is
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  • because farmers knowthat when they plant seeds,
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  • they're plantingseeds of life.
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  • Witnesses, believers,know that when they share
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  • the gospel, they areplanting seeds of life.
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  • And that seed might notcome up right then,
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  • but eventually,it might come up.
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  • And also when we witness, wemight not be just planting,
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  • we might be watering a seedthat someone else has planted,
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  • but at some point, thatseed could be harvested,
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  • that person could be saved.
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  • So, 2 Corinthians 9:6says, "But this I say,
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  • he who sows sparinglywill also reap sparingly,
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  • and he who sows bountifullywill also reap bountifully."
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  • Now, this is a chapter thatis talking about
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  • financial giving.
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  • If you read the whole chapter,he is talking about
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  • giving their finances to thekingdom,
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  • and he uses the analogy ofsowing and reaping.
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  • But, this analogy worksin any area of your life.
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  • If you're a student,studying is sowing.
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  • Don't expect to reap a goodgrade if you don't sow,
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  • if you don't study, right?
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  • Whatever job you do, don'texpect to get a promotion
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  • or a raise if you're not a hardworker and you're diligent.
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  • That's sowing and reaping.
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  • If you're married, don'texpect to have a good marriage
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  • if you're not kind, andhumble, and you'll yield,
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  • and you'll workthrough situations,
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  • you're not stubborn.
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  • You've got to sowto be able to reap,
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  • so it works in every area.
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  • What about thearea of witnessing?
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  • See, I think all of us wouldlove to lead people to Christ.
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  • That's the reaping part.
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  • But, hear me.
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  • If you sow sparingly,you reap sparingly.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • If you witness sparingly,then you win people to Christ
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  • sparingly, just a few.
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  • If you witness bountifully,then you win people
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  • to Christ bountifully.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, I'm gonna share withyou three very simple,
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  • very simple -- they're gonnabe kind of like
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  • the fishing message, you know?
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  • You put your baitin the water,
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  • you put your hookin the water, okay.
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  • They're very simple, threelaws about sowing and reaping,
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  • and they're very simple.
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  • You can probably remember 'em,because there's only one word
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  • different in eachpoint, alright?
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  • So, here's the first one.
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  • Again, they're simple,but you reap what you sow.
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  • I know it's simple, butyou reap what you sow.
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  • In other words, you cananswer me on this.
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  • If you sow corn,what are you gonna reap?
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  • Corn.Alright.
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  • So, if you saw a farmerstanding in the field,
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  • and there's no crop yet,and he's standing there,
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  • and so you say, so what areyou expecting to come up
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  • in this field?
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  • And he says, wheat.
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  • You say, oh, soyou planted wheat?
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  • No, I planted corn,but I'm expecting wheat.
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  • Okay, he's got a screw loose.
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  • Something's wrong, right?
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  • If you plant corn,you're gonna -- okay,
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  • it's this simple.
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  • If you plant the gospel,you're gonna reap souls.
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • It's so simple, and yet wedon't seem to understand.
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  • Now again, this is ina chapter on giving.
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  • If you look at Verse 7,the very next verse, it says,
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  • "So let each one give ashe purposes in his heart,
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  • not grudginglyor of necessity,
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  • for God lovesa cheerful giver".
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  • Okay. So, it's talkingabout finances.
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  • Here's the thingabout Gateway Church.
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  • Most people that cometo Gateway Church
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  • have had a breakthroughin the area of giving.
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  • We're an extremelygenerous church.
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  • So, you already knowthis principle
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  • when it comes to finances.
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  • You know if you sow finances,you'll reap finances.
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  • If you sow kindness,you reap kindness.
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  • If you sow forgiveness,you reap forgiveness.
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  • Some of you already know this.
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  • All I'm asking you to dois apply a principle
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  • that you're already mature in,in other areas, to witnessing.
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  • Every one of us here wantto win people to Christ,
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  • but you can't reapwhere you haven't sown.
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  • It's so simple!
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  • It's like, boy, I hear,Pastor Robert,
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  • of you sharing all of thesestories about these people
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  • you win to Christ, and I wouldlove to win people to Christ.
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  • Well, you've got toreap, you've got to sow,
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  • you've got to put someseed in the ground.
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  • And I try to planteverywhere I go.
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  • You can't imagine.
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  • My wife can tell you,I normally get my story in
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  • to everyone, somehow.
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  • Somehow, it doesn't matterwhat we're talking about,
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  • I'm going to slip in there:
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  • "You know, I used to be ondrugs, and now I'm a pastor."
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  • And, sometimes, they say, okay.
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  • You know, they don't care.
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  • That's okay!
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  • They're not readyto be reaped yet.
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  • But sometimes, they say, what?
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  • You're a pastor and youused to be on drugs?
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  • See, I'm just goingto, everywhere I go.
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  • So I just want you to knowthat I don't win everyone
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  • to the Lord that I talk with,but I talk to a lot of people,
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  • because I'm planting seeds,and you reap what you sow.
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  • If you sow the gospel,you will reap souls.
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  • But if you don'tsow the gospel,
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  • you'll probably neverlead anyone to Christ.
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  • So, you reapwhat you sow, okay?
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  • Here's point numbertwo, very simple.
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  • You reap after you sow.
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  • Okay, let's justimagine again,
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  • the farmer's in thefield and you say to him,
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  • what are you doin'?
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  • Well, I'm waiting formy crop to come up.
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  • What are you waiting for?
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  • Corn.
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  • So, you planted corn?
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  • Nope, just waitin'for it to come up.
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  • Well, you reapafter you sow.
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  • You have to plantbefore you harvest.
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  • Are you all followingthis message?
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  • See, all of these Christianswant to win people to Christ,
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  • but they never talkto anyone about Him!
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  • They never share the gospel.
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  • Do you know that many peopledon't even know the gospel?
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  • The gospel is that God becamea man in Jesus Christ,
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  • and He lived the lifethat we couldn't live,
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  • and He died the deaththat we should have died,
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  • and three days laterHe rose from the grave,
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  • proving that Heis the Son of God,
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  • and He offers forgivenessof sins and eternal life
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  • to all who willrepent and believe.
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  • That's the gospel!
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • [Applause]
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  • And we need to learn that sowe can very simply tell that,
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  • because God's Wordnever returns void.
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  • The reason we're not seeinga harvest is because
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  • we're not planting, and youcan't reap before you sow!
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  • You reap after you sow.
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  • Now, 1 Corinthians 3.
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  • I told you I'd bein 1 Corinthians 3,
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  • if you want to look at it.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3, Paul ishaving to straighten them out,
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  • because they're saying, well,I'm a disciple of Paul,
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  • or I'm a disciple of Apollos,who's another apostle,
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  • and he was trying to say, no,you're disciples of Jesus.
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  • God might have used Pauland Apollos in your life,
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  • but you're adisciple of Jesus.
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  • But, I want you to noticeagain this sowing and reaping,
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  • and then thiswatering concept.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:4-6.
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  • "For when one says, "I amof Paul", and another says,
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  • "I am of Apollos",are you not carnal?"
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  • You're just being fleshly,you're being immature,
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  • he's saying, not spiritual.
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  • "Who then is Paul,and who is Apollos,
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  • but ministers throughwhom you believed,
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  • as the Lord gave to each one?"
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • "I planted, Apollos watered,but God gave the increase."
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  • In other words, God saved you.
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  • Sometimes, when I go tocampuses and greet people,
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  • people will say to me,Pastor Robert, you saved me.
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  • Now, I know what they'resaying, and I understand,
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  • and I don't correct them.
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  • It's okay.
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  • But actually, God savedyou, but maybe He used me.
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  • But, who is Paul?
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  • Who is Apollos?
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  • Now, I don't wantto put myself there,
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  • but who is any pastor, exceptsomeone that God uses?
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  • I planted.
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  • Another pastor, oranother Christian,
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  • or someone at your work,maybe they planted.
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  • Someone else watered.
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  • Maybe I'm the one that yougot saved when you came here,
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  • but it was God that saved you.
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  • As a matter of fact,I memorized long ago,
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  • when I first got saved,Proverbs 11:30 says,
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  • "He who wins souls is wise".
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  • Now, I memorized itin the Old King James,
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  • "He that winneth souls is"wiseth...
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  • no, just "wise", it says wise.
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  • But, "He who wins souls iswise", and I would say,
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  • I want to be a soul-winner,I want to be a soul-winner.
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  • And that's not bad, but I justremember reading through
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  • the Bible one time,and I'd been thinking about,
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  • I want to be a soul-winner,I want to be a soul-winner.
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  • "He who wins souls is wise."
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  • And I got to 1 Timothy1:17, and it says, "To God,
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  • who alone is wise".
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  • And when I put thosetwo verses together,
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  • "He that wins souls is wise",and God's the only one
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  • that's wise.
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  • Now, I know God gives wisdom.
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  • I know we pray for wisdom.
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  • I know the Scripturesmake us wise.
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  • I know we seek wisdom.
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  • I understand that.
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  • But really, God's the onlyOne that's really wise.
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  • So what I'm saying is,God's the soul-winner,
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  • I'm the one that witnesses.
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  • I'm the one that plants,I'm the one that waters,
  • 00:11:35.678 --> 00:11:37.713
  • and I might even be the onethat gets to lead someone
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  • to the One who wins their soul,to the One who saves
  • 00:11:43.018 --> 00:11:46.555
  • their soul, to Christ.
  • 00:11:46.655 --> 00:11:48.724
  • So, He's the One.
  • 00:11:48.824 --> 00:11:49.625
  • So, we plant and we water.
  • 00:11:49.725 --> 00:11:51.160
  • So, sometimes, you're planting,sometimes, you're watering.
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:54.463
  • I was at Best Buy one time,buying something
  • 00:11:54.563 --> 00:11:58.067
  • that was best, I think.
  • 00:11:58.167 --> 00:12:02.772
  • So, and I was standing there,no one behind us
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  • in line, checking out.
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  • And I just said, like a doa lot of times, I said,
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  • "Hey, if you don't havea good church,
  • 00:12:13.149 --> 00:12:15.217
  • I want to inviteyou to my church."
  • 00:12:15.317 --> 00:12:17.853
  • And this young lady,in her 20's probably,
  • 00:12:17.953 --> 00:12:21.190
  • she goes like this.
  • 00:12:21.290 --> 00:12:25.528
  • And then she leansover and says,
  • 00:12:25.628 --> 00:12:27.096
  • "I need to go to church."
  • 00:12:27.196 --> 00:12:30.733
  • So, I went "I can help you!
  • 00:12:30.833 --> 00:12:39.308
  • I know where a church is."
  • 00:12:39.408 --> 00:12:41.977
  • I didn't know what she was,you know, looking for.
  • 00:12:42.077 --> 00:12:46.315
  • But then, she does it again.
  • 00:12:46.415 --> 00:12:49.251
  • She goes...
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  • "I also need to be saved."
  • 00:12:53.022 --> 00:12:56.759
  • So I said...
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  • "I can help you."
  • 00:13:01.096 --> 00:13:04.066
  • And I led her to the Lord,right there
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  • at the cash register.
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  • Now I don't know, whenwe prayed, you know,
  • 00:13:07.436 --> 00:13:10.272
  • she might haveprayed like this.
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't know whatthat was about,
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  • but maybe she was thinking,I'm not supposed to be
  • 00:13:15.845 --> 00:13:17.980
  • talking about things likethis at work.
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  • I don't know,but she got saved
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  • and she came to church, okay?
  • 00:13:21.684 --> 00:13:23.919
  • So, here's someonethat just said to me,
  • 00:13:24.019 --> 00:13:26.689
  • I need to be saved.
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  • Okay, why?
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  • Just please hearmy [indiscernible].
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  • You might think, nothing likethat ever happens to me.
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  • Okay, I'm going to askyou, just straight out.
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  • How much do you plant?
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  • How much do you sow?
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  • I reap all the time, butI plant all the time!
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  • Everywhere I go, I'mtrying to talk to everyone.
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  • I'm like the people that arein a multi-level business,
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  • you know, exceptI'm not in that.
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  • I'm just, everybody I meetis a potential soul
  • 00:13:57.019 --> 00:14:02.958
  • for the kingdom of God.
  • 00:14:03.058 --> 00:14:04.326
  • I'm gonna try to getthe Gospel in somehow.
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  • You're in trouble ifyou see me at Wal-Mart!
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  • I'm coming after you.
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  • Here's the third one.
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  • Again, it's real simple.
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  • You reap more than you sow.
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  • You reap more than you sow.
  • 00:14:22.111 --> 00:14:23.479
  • Now, this is aprinciple in Scripture.
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  • If you plant an apple seed,you don't get back
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  • one apple seed.
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  • In God's economy, you getback a tree with many apples,
  • 00:14:32.688 --> 00:14:36.825
  • each apple has many seeds.
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  • You always get more.
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  • If you only got back whatyou planted -- it takes
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  • two kernels of corn to growa stalk with five to six ears,
  • 00:14:42.031 --> 00:14:46.068
  • with 200 to 300kernels on each ear.
  • 00:14:46.168 --> 00:14:49.405
  • Okay, so if you only gotback what you planted,
  • 00:14:49.505 --> 00:14:52.107
  • we'd starve to death, right?
  • 00:14:52.207 --> 00:14:55.611
  • So, God has it whereyou sow just a little bit
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  • and you get back a wholelot more, so you can feed
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  • a lot of people and thenstill have more to plant.
  • 00:15:01.517 --> 00:15:04.153
  • That's God's economy.
  • 00:15:04.253 --> 00:15:05.154
  • You always get backmore than you plant.
  • 00:15:05.254 --> 00:15:10.693
  • Have you ever heard ofa guy named John Chapman?
  • 00:15:10.793 --> 00:15:14.396
  • Well, let me giveyou his nickname.
  • 00:15:14.496 --> 00:15:15.597
  • You've probably heard ofhim, Johnny Appleseed.
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  • So, for 50 years, 50 years,he travels across the country,
  • 00:15:19.501 --> 00:15:24.707
  • planting apple orchards.
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  • What many people don't know ishe was an adamant Christian,
  • 00:15:26.108 --> 00:15:29.945
  • and he witnessedeverywhere he went.
  • 00:15:30.045 --> 00:15:33.082
  • So, he was planting morethan just apple seeds,
  • 00:15:33.182 --> 00:15:35.484
  • he was planting the gospel.
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  • As a matter of fact,they say he's responsible
  • 00:15:36.652 --> 00:15:38.787
  • for more Native Americansaccepting Christ
  • 00:15:38.887 --> 00:15:40.556
  • than any other white person,because he shared his faith
  • 00:15:40.656 --> 00:15:44.793
  • everywhere he went,and they left him alone,
  • 00:15:44.893 --> 00:15:46.829
  • because he was also plantingapple seeds that helped them
  • 00:15:46.929 --> 00:15:51.000
  • and helped their tribe.
  • 00:15:51.100 --> 00:15:52.134
  • But also, they lefthim alone because
  • 00:15:52.234 --> 00:15:54.303
  • word spread that he knewthe Great Spirit,
  • 00:15:54.403 --> 00:15:58.240
  • and he did, the real One.
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  • So, he just traveled around.
  • 00:16:01.377 --> 00:16:02.411
  • But, think about all ofthese seeds he planted,
  • 00:16:02.511 --> 00:16:04.713
  • but how many applesnow have come up?
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  • So, I'm just sayingto you, reap more, okay.
  • 00:16:07.016 --> 00:16:08.350
  • So, when I thinkabout that, I think,
  • 00:16:08.450 --> 00:16:10.919
  • well, how does thatwork with the gospel?
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:14.857
  • Remember plantingand watering.
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  • Let me show you this ScriptureI wanted to show you,
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:7-8.
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  • "So then neither hewho plants is anything,
  • 00:16:20.896 --> 00:16:24.366
  • nor he who waters, but Godwho gives the increase.
  • 00:16:24.466 --> 00:16:28.470
  • Now he who plants and he whowaters are one, and",
  • 00:16:28.570 --> 00:16:33.142
  • watch, "each one will receive
  • 00:16:33.242 --> 00:16:36.111
  • his own reward accordingto his own labor."
  • 00:16:36.211 --> 00:16:39.314
  • So, let me explain some thingsand then illustrate it to you.
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  • Don't ever let the deviltell you that you've failed
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  • if the persondoesn't accept Jesus,
  • 00:16:50.559 --> 00:16:54.997
  • because winning soulsis really God's business.
  • 00:16:55.097 --> 00:16:59.601
  • He's the One that saves people.
  • 00:16:59.701 --> 00:17:01.503
  • Our business isplanting and watering,
  • 00:17:01.603 --> 00:17:04.440
  • planting seedsand watering seeds
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  • that have already been planted.
  • 00:17:06.141 --> 00:17:07.342
  • But, God's really the only One
  • 00:17:07.443 --> 00:17:08.444
  • that can bringa person to Christ.
  • 00:17:08.544 --> 00:17:09.778
  • That person has a will, andthat person can accept Christ,
  • 00:17:09.878 --> 00:17:12.948
  • and then Christ saves them.
  • 00:17:13.048 --> 00:17:14.616
  • So, if you try to leadsomeone to the Lord
  • 00:17:14.716 --> 00:17:17.653
  • and the persondoesn't get saved,
  • 00:17:17.753 --> 00:17:19.888
  • don't ever let the deviltell you, you failed,
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  • because you did the onlything you could do,
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  • and that was eitherplant or water.
  • 00:17:25.294 --> 00:17:27.496
  • And my whole motivation inthis message is to get us
  • 00:17:27.596 --> 00:17:30.432
  • to plant more seeds andwater more seeds,
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  • to get us to share our faith.
  • 00:17:33.268 --> 00:17:34.470
  • And if we'll share ourfaith, God does the rest.
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  • He does it.
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  • I asked you a while agoif you'd ever heard
  • 00:17:40.042 --> 00:17:41.243
  • of John Chapman.
  • 00:17:41.343 --> 00:17:42.411
  • Have you ever heard ofa guy named Edward Kimball?
  • 00:17:42.511 --> 00:17:45.948
  • So, I want to shareit with you about him,
  • 00:17:46.048 --> 00:17:48.183
  • but let me justsay, to set this up,
  • 00:17:48.283 --> 00:17:54.389
  • you reap more than yousow, but when it comes
  • 00:17:54.490 --> 00:17:56.625
  • to witnessing,I remember thinking,
  • 00:17:56.725 --> 00:17:58.660
  • it doesn't seem that way, God.
  • 00:17:58.760 --> 00:18:00.462
  • It seems like thatwe witness to more people
  • 00:18:00.562 --> 00:18:02.364
  • than actually get saved.
  • 00:18:02.464 --> 00:18:03.866
  • But, why doesn't the law ofharvest work in witnessing?
  • 00:18:03.966 --> 00:18:09.037
  • Well, it does, and I'mgonna show you how it does.
  • 00:18:09.138 --> 00:18:12.207
  • See, we don't know how manypeople actually get saved
  • 00:18:12.307 --> 00:18:16.945
  • from the one seed that we plant,'cause we don't know
  • 00:18:17.045 --> 00:18:21.917
  • if that person downthe road gets saved,
  • 00:18:22.017 --> 00:18:24.753
  • and then hisfamily gets saved,
  • 00:18:24.853 --> 00:18:26.955
  • and we don't know if oneof his family becomes
  • 00:18:27.055 --> 00:18:28.757
  • an evangelist, and hundredsor thousands get saved.
  • 00:18:28.857 --> 00:18:34.997
  • So, have you ever heardof Edward Kimball?
  • 00:18:35.097 --> 00:18:36.965
  • Edward Kimball was aSunday school teacher.
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  • One day he witnessedto a shoe salesman
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  • named Dwight L. Moody-- D.L. Moody.
  • 00:18:45.908 --> 00:18:53.315
  • D.L. Moody accepted Christ.
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  • D.L. Moody then was preaching,and Frederick B. Meyer
  • 00:18:56.051 --> 00:18:59.054
  • accepted Christ,and became an evangelist.
  • 00:18:59.154 --> 00:19:02.791
  • Frederick B. Meyerthen preached,
  • 00:19:02.891 --> 00:19:04.326
  • and Wilbur Chapmanaccepted Christ.
  • 00:19:04.426 --> 00:19:07.462
  • Wilbur Chapman then ministeredto a baseball player,
  • 00:19:07.563 --> 00:19:11.300
  • a baseball player
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  • who came to Christand became an evangelist,
  • 00:19:13.235 --> 00:19:15.904
  • named Billy Sunday.
  • 00:19:16.004 --> 00:19:18.807
  • Billy Sunday then went toCharlotte, North Carolina,
  • 00:19:18.907 --> 00:19:22.611
  • held this great crusade,thousands of people came,
  • 00:19:22.711 --> 00:19:25.747
  • hundreds of people saved.
  • 00:19:25.847 --> 00:19:28.050
  • So they said,will you come back?
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:29.685
  • He said, I can't come back,my schedule's too full,
  • 00:19:29.785 --> 00:19:32.254
  • but he sent a young manthat he had led to Christ,
  • 00:19:32.354 --> 00:19:34.590
  • named Mordecai Ham.
  • 00:19:34.690 --> 00:19:36.758
  • Mordecai Ham goes backto North Carolina,
  • 00:19:36.858 --> 00:19:39.428
  • preaches a revival, buthardly anybody comes,
  • 00:19:39.528 --> 00:19:42.364
  • and only one littleboy accepted Christ.
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  • His name was Billy Graham.
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  • [Applause]
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  • It all started becausea Sunday school teacher
  • 00:19:59.848 --> 00:20:05.554
  • shared Jesus witha shoe salesman,
  • 00:20:05.654 --> 00:20:11.693
  • and then D.L. Moody wonthousands to Christ,
  • 00:20:11.793 --> 00:20:16.965
  • Frederick B. Meyer,Billy Sunday,
  • 00:20:17.065 --> 00:20:22.337
  • and then Billy Graham.
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  • It's amazing what God does.
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  • I'm just asking youto share your faith,
  • 00:20:28.143 --> 00:20:31.480
  • because I want youto know something.
  • 00:20:31.580 --> 00:20:32.848
  • When you plant a seed,hundreds and thousands
  • 00:20:32.948 --> 00:20:36.985
  • of people could be saved.
  • 00:20:37.085 --> 00:20:38.954
  • I've told most ofyou at some point,
  • 00:20:39.054 --> 00:20:41.089
  • but you may not remember.
  • 00:20:41.189 --> 00:20:42.791
  • On my mother's side, wehave church planters
  • 00:20:42.891 --> 00:20:44.726
  • and missionaries.
  • 00:20:44.826 --> 00:20:46.395
  • On my father's side, we haverum runners and alcoholics.
  • 00:20:46.495 --> 00:20:51.933
  • Except, my father got saved,but the way he got saved was
  • 00:20:52.034 --> 00:20:55.570
  • when my grandfather worked forthe Texas Highway Department.
  • 00:20:55.671 --> 00:20:58.874
  • His job was to putasphalt in potholes.
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  • He worked with a mannamed Ray Alexander.
  • 00:21:02.444 --> 00:21:05.213
  • Ray Alexander shared Christwith my grandfather.
  • 00:21:05.314 --> 00:21:10.018
  • He said, "I'd like for you tocome over tonight after dinner
  • 00:21:10.118 --> 00:21:12.020
  • so I could show you in theBible what I'm telling you."
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:14.256
  • So, my grandfatherdecided to go.
  • 00:21:14.356 --> 00:21:16.024
  • My father asked ifhe could drive him.
  • 00:21:16.124 --> 00:21:18.660
  • My father was 16 yearsold, never been to church,
  • 00:21:18.760 --> 00:21:22.798
  • never heard the name Jesusexcept as a curse word.
  • 00:21:22.898 --> 00:21:27.135
  • So my father goes over,drives my grandfather,
  • 00:21:27.235 --> 00:21:29.438
  • and sits on the front porch,and as Ray Alexander,
  • 00:21:29.538 --> 00:21:32.774
  • this deacon froma Baptist church,
  • 00:21:32.874 --> 00:21:35.043
  • shared Christ with mygrandfather, he said,
  • 00:21:35.143 --> 00:21:37.779
  • "Would you liketo accept Christ?"
  • 00:21:37.879 --> 00:21:39.715
  • My grandfather said, "No."
  • 00:21:39.815 --> 00:21:42.351
  • Ray Alexander said, "Well,if you ever decide
  • 00:21:42.451 --> 00:21:44.319
  • to accept Christ, praya prayer like this."
  • 00:21:44.419 --> 00:21:47.889
  • And as he told mygrandfather the prayer,
  • 00:21:47.989 --> 00:21:50.692
  • my father prayed the prayer,sitting on the steps.
  • 00:21:50.792 --> 00:21:56.631
  • And then I got saved,and then a lot of people
  • 00:21:56.732 --> 00:22:00.502
  • have gotten saved.
  • 00:22:00.602 --> 00:22:02.571
  • By the way, I led mygrandfather to the Lord
  • 00:22:02.671 --> 00:22:05.240
  • 45 years later.
  • 00:22:05.340 --> 00:22:08.110
  • Then, I was thinkingabout this guy
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:09.911
  • who shared Christ with him,and so I said to my father,
  • 00:22:10.011 --> 00:22:13.081
  • "Do you remember his name?"
  • 00:22:13.181 --> 00:22:14.249
  • He said, "Yes, Ray Alexanderin El Dorado, Arkansas."
  • 00:22:14.349 --> 00:22:17.619
  • So, I called.
  • 00:22:17.719 --> 00:22:19.521
  • Back then, you calleddirectory assistance.
  • 00:22:19.621 --> 00:22:21.390
  • It was...[Laughter]
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  • So, I looked itup on the Internet.
  • 00:22:26.328 --> 00:22:28.497
  • No, there wasn't an Internet.
  • 00:22:28.597 --> 00:22:29.898
  • So, I called and theguy answers the phone.
  • 00:22:29.998 --> 00:22:34.202
  • My grandfather's name wasJoe Morris, and I said,
  • 00:22:34.302 --> 00:22:36.705
  • "Do you remember Joe Morris?"
  • 00:22:36.805 --> 00:22:37.906
  • And he said, "Yes, I stillpray for him to this day."
  • 00:22:38.006 --> 00:22:42.377
  • I said, "Well,I'm his grandson.
  • 00:22:42.477 --> 00:22:43.812
  • Did you know that my fatheraccepted Christ
  • 00:22:43.912 --> 00:22:46.047
  • sitting on the steps thatnight that my grandfather
  • 00:22:46.148 --> 00:22:48.517
  • didn't accept Christ?"
  • 00:22:48.617 --> 00:22:49.451
  • He said, "I didn't know that."
  • 00:22:49.551 --> 00:22:51.219
  • I said, "Well, Ibecame an evangelist.
  • 00:22:51.319 --> 00:22:53.188
  • For seven years, I was anevangelist, and now a pastor,
  • 00:22:53.288 --> 00:22:56.591
  • and many people have acceptedChrist because of you.
  • 00:22:56.691 --> 00:22:59.461
  • And I wanted to say thank you,but I wanted you to know
  • 00:22:59.561 --> 00:23:01.363
  • that I led my grandfatherto the Lord
  • 00:23:01.463 --> 00:23:02.798
  • before he went to be withthe Lord, before he died."
  • 00:23:02.898 --> 00:23:05.934
  • And I said, "You said youprayed for him every day."
  • 00:23:06.034 --> 00:23:11.339
  • He said, "I do."
  • 00:23:11.440 --> 00:23:12.441
  • He said, "In the back ofmy Bible I have the names
  • 00:23:12.541 --> 00:23:15.310
  • of every man thatI've ever witnessed to,
  • 00:23:15.410 --> 00:23:19.448
  • and I pray for themuntil they accept Christ."
  • 00:23:19.548 --> 00:23:24.052
  • And he said, "Whenthey accept Christ,
  • 00:23:24.152 --> 00:23:25.787
  • I put a checkbeside their name,
  • 00:23:25.887 --> 00:23:27.956
  • and your grandfatherwas the only name
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  • in the back of my Bible thatdoesn't have a check beside it,
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  • but when we get off the phone,I'm going to put a check
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  • beside his name."
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  • [Applause]
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  • A deacon at a church.
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  • I said, "How manynames do you have
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  • in the back of your Bible?'
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  • He said, "I'm not sure,but I know it's over 100."
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  • One man leads over 100 peopleto Christ, shares Christ,
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  • and then look how it goes.
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  • I'm telling you,life-giving farmers,
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  • that's what God'scalled us to be.
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  • If you'll plantand water seeds,
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  • the harvest will be huge.
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  • ROBERT:Isn't that amazing?
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  • I'm in the kingdomtoday because a man
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  • who put asphalt inpotholes on the highway
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  • shared the gospelwith my grandfather.
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  • And my grandfather,at that time,
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  • did not accept Christ,although he did later,
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  • but my father accepted Christ,
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  • and raised me ina Christian home.
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  • So I want to encourage you,when we share the gospel,
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  • even if the person saysno, we didn't fail.
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  • We might have beenplanting a seed,
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  • or we might have beenwatering the seed,
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  • so let's go out and belife-giving farmers.
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  • Let's put the seedin the ground,
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  • and let's let Godbring the rain,
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  • and let's let God do the rest.
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  • Let's share the gospeleverywhere we go.
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Jesus said, that weare to be both, "salt and light
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  • to the world around us,"by sharing His truth
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  • with the peoplethat are in our daily lives.
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  • So where exactly do we start?
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  • What are we supposed to share?
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  • And how do we it effectively?
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  • The good newsis that sharing your story
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  • doesn't have to be difficult.
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  • In fact, it's one of the easiestthings a believer can do.
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  • In the "REAL" series,Pastor Robert explains
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  • what it means to be a witnessand live a real
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  • engaging and authentic life;
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  • a life that influences otherswith the truth of Jesus.
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  • In this four message series,you will learn the importance
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  • of how to tell your story.
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  • You will learn howto use the influence
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  • that God has already given youto become a better
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  • and bolder witness of His loveand His work in your life.
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  • We want to send youthis series on CD
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  • as our way of saying thank youfor your gift of any amount.
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  • For your gift $35 or morewe will send you this series
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  • on CD and includethe real devotional.
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  • the Real devotional,and the latest
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  • Gateway Worship Album,"Greater Than."
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  • This series is alsoavailable online
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  • as either an audio or videodigital download
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  • at PastorRobert.com
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  • Be sure to call or visit usonline today
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  • to order these resourcesand please take a moment
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  • to connect with usby sharing your prayer needs.
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  • We look forwardto hearing from you
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  • and as always,thank you for your
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  • generous supportof this ministry.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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