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Relevant Fisherman

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September 4, 2020
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In this insightful message; Pastor Robert Morris shares what it means to be a fisher of men.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Here's what Godsays, "Taste, and see."
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  • You can taste Godon this earth.
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  • In other words,let me say it another way.
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  • You can experienceGod on this earth.
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  • We don't just describeHim to people.
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  • We can give people a tasteof how good God is.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So this first one, I'mgonna take acronyms,
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  • use this acronym, but thenI'm gonna take analogies
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  • every week for eachof these four --
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  • and I'll preach all fourof these messages.
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  • So the first one is called,"Relevant Fisherman".
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  • I'm using fishermanin the generic sense,
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  • so, you know, man or woman,but a relevant fisherman.
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  • If you remember, if youwanna look, Matthew 4,
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  • and then we'll be at John 21.
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  • Jesus comes and callssome disciples,
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  • and we're going to usethis analogy of fishermen,
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  • because several of His discipleswere fishermen, and actually,
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  • probably more than you think.
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  • So Matthew 4:18 says,"And Jesus, walking by
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  • the Sea of Galilee, saw twobrothers, Simon called Peter,"
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  • so that's one person,Simon Peter:
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  • "And Andrew his brother,"so there's two.
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  • Simon and Andrew:"Casting a net into the sea."
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  • Notice, they were casting.Okay?
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  • I'll just share with youjust a little bit about --
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  • a little history,so you understand
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  • about fishing in a moment.
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  • Casting a net,they were casting:
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  • "For they were fishermen."
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  • Now, please understand, theywere not recreational fishermen,
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  • they were commercial fishermen.They fished for a living.
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  • This is what theydid for a living.
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  • "Then He said to them,'Follow Me,
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  • and I will make youfishers of men.'
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  • They immediately left theirnets and followed Him."
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  • Notice the word immediately.
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  • I will come back to itall the way
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  • at the end of the message.Immediately.
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  • The Bible, the Holy Spirit,made sure and put the word
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  • immediately in there.
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  • "Going on from there,He saw two other brothers,
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  • James the son of Zebedee,and John his brother,"
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  • James and John: "In the boatwith Zebedee their father..."
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  • Remember, James and Johnare the sons of Zebedee.
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  • Remember that for another verse.They're the sons of Zebedee.
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  • Who are the sons of Zebedee?James and John.
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  • Actually, nevermind.
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  • James' name was actuallyJacob, but King James,
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  • when he translated the Bible,wanted his name in the Bible,
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  • so he changed it to James.
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  • I hope I didn't disappointall of you that are named James,
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  • that your name is notin the Bible; But all right.
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  • It is in the New King James --it's in the King James.
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  • James and John: "Mending theirnets," notice the word mending.
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  • They weren't casting,they were mending.
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  • It's because thereare two types of nets.
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  • "He called them,and immediately..."
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  • again, the word immediately:"They left the boat
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  • and their father,and followed Him."
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  • So casting and mending,
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  • there are two typesof nets that they use,
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  • even to this day.
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  • A casting net is about15-feet in diameter,
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  • it's circular,and it's a very fine mesh,
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  • and you're in the shallow water.
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  • I've actually done this whenI've gone deep-sea fishing.
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  • We go into the shallowsfirst to catch your bait,
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  • and they taughtme how to do it.
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  • Well, you throw it out likethis, and it spreads out,
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  • and falls down,and then you pull it,
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  • and it comes together,and you catch small bait fish,
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  • and then you go outand fish for the bigger fish.
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  • The reason that they werecasting their nets,
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  • and Jesus could talk to 'em,
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  • is 'cause they werein shallow water.
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  • See what I'm seeing?
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  • And then, you have anothertime where He tells them
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  • to put out to the deep.Okay.
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  • James and John though were onthe shore, mending their nets.
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  • That's a bigger net,that's about 300 --
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  • normally, this is from history,328-feet long, eight-feet wide.
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  • And they would drag that,or lay it out in the boat,
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  • and then begin pulling it in,and that's how they would catch
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  • the bigger fish.
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  • So it just shows youtwo different types.
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  • We still usethose nets today.
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  • They'll use nettingto catch bigger fish,
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  • and they'll still usethe casting of the nets
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  • of the smaller ones.All right?
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  • Now, so we've got fourof the disciples,
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  • four of 12, being fishermen.
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  • I believe, though,and many theologians believe
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  • that seven were fishermen.
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  • We know Nathanael and Thomaswere fishermen also,
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  • and some would believethat Phillip was.
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  • But I'll show you whyI believe there were seven,
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  • and why other theologiansbelieve this as well.
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  • John 21, do the mathwith me and count.
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  • John 21:2 says: "Simon Peter,"so again, that's one person:
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  • "Simon Peter, Thomas," so that'stwo: "Called the Twin,
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  • Nathanael," that's three:"Of Cana in Galilee,
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  • the sons of Zebedee,"so who are the sons of Zebedee?
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  • So now, we've got five.
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  • Everyone with me on the math?
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  • Peter, Thomas, Nathanael;the sons of Zebedee, James-John:
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  • "And two other of His discipleswere together."
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  • So how many do we have?Seven.
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  • "Simon Peter said to them,'I'm going fishing.'
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  • They said to him,'We're going with you.'
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  • They went out andimmediately..."
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  • I just lovethe word immediately:
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  • "Got into the boat, and thatnight they caught nothing."
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  • Jesus shows up, throw your neton the other side.
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  • They were actuallyin shallow water,
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  • 'cause He could talk to 'em,
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  • so it was reallyan incredible miracle,
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  • they caught 153 in their net.All right.
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  • So there were seven then.
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  • So for sure, we knowfour were fishermen,
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  • but most believe, again,Thomas and Nathanael were also.
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  • That'd be six, but thenthere's another disciple here.
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  • There are seven.
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  • When Peter said,"I'm going fishing,"
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  • in other words, he's saying,"I'm going back
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  • to what I was doing before this.My job's over."
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  • You know, the boss died.
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  • I'm going back towhat I was doing.
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  • And there are seven of 'em,and they said, "Well,
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  • we're gonna go back to what wewere doing, too." In essence.
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  • "We're gonna go backto fishing, too."
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  • So it's very possible,we don't know conclusively,
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  • but seven out of 12disciples were fishermen.
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  • So the Father, Son,and Holy Spirit,
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  • before Jesus came,
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  • they're having thisconversation in Heaven,
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  • and they say, "Okay, let's see.
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  • You need some disciples,let's do 12."
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  • They like the number 12.
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  • I don't know ifyou noticed that.
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  • There are 12 tribes,12 stones, 12 foundations,
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  • 12 gates, 12.000 out of each12 tribes, which makes 144.000.
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  • 12 disciples --okay, so for some reason,
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  • we'll ask when we get there,
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  • "Why do y'all likethe number 12 so much?"
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  • I don't know.But they like 12.
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  • So they decided on 12 disciples,but how did they choose
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  • that half of 'em,and maybe over half,
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  • would be from oneparticular occupation,
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  • and why did they do that?
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  • I think it's because theywanted to use their skills
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  • to reach people.
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  • These guys knew how to fish.
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  • Jesus said, "I'm gonna nowtake the skill you have
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  • and teach youto fish for people.
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  • You're gonna learnto catch people."
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  • So I'm going to -- these --I'm gonna tell you,
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  • there will be some deep partsof these four weeks,
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  • but they're gonna besome practical parts.
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  • I'm gonna show you very,very practically
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  • how to fish for people,so we're gonna take
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  • some practical points.Everybody okay with that?
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  • So here's number one:put bait on your hook.
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  • Okay, so in the natural,can you imagine a guy
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  • who has a hook,but he has no bait on it? Okay.
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  • So you need to putbait on your hook
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  • if you're gonna catch peoplefor the Kingdom of God.
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  • What is bait?
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  • Bait is any storyabout God's goodness.
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  • That's bait.Any story about God's goodness.
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  • Could be your testimony,how you got saved.
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  • Could be how God healedyou of something,
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  • could be how God was --
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  • delivered you of something,set you free from something.
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  • Any story aboutGod's goodness.
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  • Psalm 34:8 says: "Taste andsee that the Lord is good."
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  • And the New Testament sayswe have a taste
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  • of the good things to come.
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  • Can I just tell you somethingthat maybe you've never
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  • even thought of?A taste is real.
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  • We have a taste of thingsto come on this earth,
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  • but a taste is real,it's not imaginary.
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  • "Taste and seethat the Lord is good."
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  • A taste is real.
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  • In other words, if I showedyou a picture of banana pudding
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  • and I described it to you,that's one thing.
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  • But if I had some here,and I gave all of you
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  • a spoonful of it, that's real.
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  • Are you following me?You taste it.
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  • Please hear me.Here's what God says.
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  • Taste and see.You can taste God on this earth.
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  • In other words,let me say it another way.
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  • You can experienceGod on this earth.
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  • We don't just describeHim to people.
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  • We can give people a tasteof how good God is.
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  • We have tasted,haven't we tasted?
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  • We have tasted the Lord,and we know that He's good,
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  • and they're --bait tastes.
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  • You could --there's a taste to bait.
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  • Now, I have a son namedJames who's a fisherman,
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  • I've told youabout him before.
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  • He has fishedhis whole life.
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  • When kids watch cartoons,used to be cartoons
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  • were just on Saturday morning.
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  • For you younger people,there was not a Cartoon Network.
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  • Cartoons were onSaturday morning,
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  • but fishing showswere Saturday morning.
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  • Okay, James neverwatched cartoons,
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  • he watched fishing shows.
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  • And he knows how to fish,but he's a little overboard
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  • sometimes on fishing,I had been with him,
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  • this has happenedtwo different times.
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  • I was with him one time,and he picked up some bait --
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  • now, it was not a worm,but it was a --
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  • like, a little square thing ofsomething, and literally,
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  • he went like this."Yeah, it's good."
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  • Okay, now.I'm gonna shock you.
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  • Artificial -- they have now madewhere you can spray
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  • on artificial bait,so that it tastes good,
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  • so when the bass grabs it,he doesn't spit the worm out.
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  • I'm teaching y'all something.
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  • Some of you are saying,"Who cares.
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  • I don't even care what you'retelling me right now." Okay.
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  • But I was with James one time --
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  • I'm just telling youa funny story.
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  • I was with James one time,and he's spraying it, and I say,
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  • "What are you doing?" He said,"Makes the worm taste good."
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  • And then, he went like this."Want some?"
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I said, "Son, I don't even knowhow to respond to..."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • "You just asked me if I wantedto taste fish bait.
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  • I don't even know if you'rea son from my loins
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  • by what you just --I don't understand this."
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  • So, okay, so.But a taste is real.
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  • Now, hear me on whatI'm about to tell you.
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  • Every person in the world,even if he won't admit it,
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  • would like to know God.
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  • I can guarantee it.
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  • I guarantee it,and I know it from scripture.
  • 00:10:51.332 --> 00:10:53.535
  • It's because God has putthe desire in every person,
  • 00:10:53.635 --> 00:10:57.539
  • and even Atheists who tell youthat they do not believe
  • 00:10:57.639 --> 00:11:02.010
  • there is a God,deep down inside,
  • 00:11:02.110 --> 00:11:04.512
  • if they get sick, or if oneof their loved ones does,
  • 00:11:04.612 --> 00:11:10.452
  • and there was a possibilitythat there was a God
  • 00:11:10.552 --> 00:11:13.121
  • that they could know personallyand have a miraculous
  • 00:11:13.221 --> 00:11:15.123
  • encounter with,they would seek it.
  • 00:11:15.223 --> 00:11:17.258
  • I can guarantee youthere's a desire there,
  • 00:11:17.358 --> 00:11:18.927
  • even if they won't admit it.
  • 00:11:19.027 --> 00:11:20.528
  • Because God put it,it's innate, it's in us.
  • 00:11:20.628 --> 00:11:24.299
  • You know, dogs bark,
  • 00:11:24.399 --> 00:11:26.334
  • it's innate to dogs.Who teaches 'em to bark?
  • 00:11:26.434 --> 00:11:29.137
  • You know, God put it in 'em.Cats are lazy -- I'm sorry.
  • 00:11:29.237 --> 00:11:33.775
  • I'm sorry, I'm sorry.It's innate.
  • 00:11:33.875 --> 00:11:37.645
  • It's innate inevery human being.
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  • I want to know God, and I'mtelling you, your story --
  • 00:11:40.081 --> 00:11:44.119
  • any story of God's goodness.Okay?
  • 00:11:44.219 --> 00:11:47.222
  • And you don't haveto have a bad story
  • 00:11:47.322 --> 00:11:48.757
  • to have a good story.
  • 00:11:48.857 --> 00:11:51.159
  • Let me blow that mythaway right now,
  • 00:11:51.259 --> 00:11:54.095
  • because we sawliving truth of it.
  • 00:11:54.195 --> 00:11:56.397
  • Yes, I came out of drugs andimmorality and all that junk.
  • 00:11:56.498 --> 00:11:59.067
  • People say it's a bad story.They say it's a good story.
  • 00:11:59.167 --> 00:12:02.003
  • No, listen to me.
  • 00:12:02.103 --> 00:12:03.505
  • Your testimony isnot how bad you were.
  • 00:12:03.605 --> 00:12:05.840
  • Your testimony is howgood God was to you.
  • 00:12:05.940 --> 00:12:08.243
  • That's your testimony.
  • 00:12:08.343 --> 00:12:09.944
  • You know, I got saved at 19.I was addicted to drugs.
  • 00:12:10.044 --> 00:12:13.815
  • Debbie got saved at nine,she was addicted to bubble gum.
  • 00:12:13.915 --> 00:12:18.386
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:12:18.486 --> 00:12:19.654
  • It's true, you ought to hearher testimony, and she says,
  • 00:12:19.754 --> 00:12:21.723
  • "I was up to six sticks a day."You know, so it's --
  • 00:12:21.823 --> 00:12:28.897
  • one time in our 20s,I was asking her
  • 00:12:28.997 --> 00:12:33.001
  • about her teenage years,and I couldn't believe
  • 00:12:33.101 --> 00:12:37.672
  • that she was never even temptedto do the things that I did.
  • 00:12:37.772 --> 00:12:41.743
  • The reason I couldn't believe itis you gotta remember,
  • 00:12:41.843 --> 00:12:43.244
  • I was lost, so I wanted to dothose things. You see?
  • 00:12:43.344 --> 00:12:47.348
  • And I thought, well,every teenager does.
  • 00:12:47.448 --> 00:12:49.350
  • And she said, "I never..."and here's what -
  • 00:12:49.450 --> 00:12:51.119
  • I said, "You nevernever at all?
  • 00:12:51.219 --> 00:12:53.021
  • You never even were temptedto do the things I did?"
  • 00:12:53.121 --> 00:12:54.889
  • She said, "I never hada desire to do it."
  • 00:12:54.989 --> 00:12:58.092
  • Here's what I realized.
  • 00:12:58.193 --> 00:12:59.594
  • When you get saved,God changes your desires.
  • 00:12:59.694 --> 00:13:03.398
  • So He changed mineafter those teenage years,
  • 00:13:03.498 --> 00:13:06.701
  • but He changed hersbefore those teenage years.
  • 00:13:06.801 --> 00:13:10.505
  • So the same gracethat got me out
  • 00:13:10.605 --> 00:13:13.074
  • kept her from ever going in.It's the same grace.
  • 00:13:13.174 --> 00:13:16.344
  • She's got a good story, too.Just share your story.
  • 00:13:16.444 --> 00:13:21.816
  • Steve Dulin, one of ourelders, when I met him --
  • 00:13:21.916 --> 00:13:23.585
  • he has two daughters,and when I met him,
  • 00:13:23.685 --> 00:13:26.654
  • his youngest daughter,her eyes were crossed,
  • 00:13:26.754 --> 00:13:30.124
  • and they were prayingfor God to heal her eyes,
  • 00:13:30.225 --> 00:13:31.993
  • and they were seekingmedical help as well,
  • 00:13:32.093 --> 00:13:33.895
  • and things like that, and shewore certain glasses for that,
  • 00:13:33.995 --> 00:13:36.231
  • but they were praying.
  • 00:13:36.331 --> 00:13:37.732
  • She woke up one morning,and she was healed.
  • 00:13:37.832 --> 00:13:41.870
  • Her eyes were healed.I'm talking about overnight.
  • 00:13:41.970 --> 00:13:44.539
  • And so, Steve wrote an emailto all of his clients.
  • 00:13:44.639 --> 00:13:49.177
  • He owned a construction company.
  • 00:13:49.277 --> 00:13:51.045
  • Not just his employeestoo, his clients.
  • 00:13:51.145 --> 00:13:53.448
  • And he told the storyof her eyes being healed.
  • 00:13:53.548 --> 00:13:55.884
  • Nobody wrote back mad,'cause a kid's eyes were healed.
  • 00:13:55.984 --> 00:14:00.421
  • Nobody wrote back,"You're trying to cram
  • 00:14:00.521 --> 00:14:01.923
  • your religion down my throat."Nobody did.
  • 00:14:02.023 --> 00:14:03.424
  • As a matter of fact,many people said,
  • 00:14:03.524 --> 00:14:05.093
  • "Wait, that's great.Great news."
  • 00:14:05.193 --> 00:14:07.929
  • And he said,"If you wanna talk further
  • 00:14:08.029 --> 00:14:09.530
  • about it, I'm available."And we got pictures,
  • 00:14:09.631 --> 00:14:11.733
  • we got pictures ofyesterday and today.
  • 00:14:11.833 --> 00:14:14.636
  • God did this.
  • 00:14:14.736 --> 00:14:16.137
  • Did you know that several peopleaccepted Christ from that?
  • 00:14:16.237 --> 00:14:19.107
  • All he did was putbait on the hook. You follow me?
  • 00:14:19.207 --> 00:14:23.077
  • And bait is any storyabout God's goodness.
  • 00:14:23.177 --> 00:14:25.346
  • Here's number two:put your hook in the water.
  • 00:14:25.446 --> 00:14:31.052
  • Okay, same with the guy thatdoesn't have bait on his hook.
  • 00:14:31.152 --> 00:14:33.154
  • Can you imagine a guy putsbait on his hook,
  • 00:14:33.254 --> 00:14:34.656
  • but he doesn't putit in the water?
  • 00:14:34.756 --> 00:14:36.624
  • Okay, here's thepractical of that.
  • 00:14:36.724 --> 00:14:39.093
  • Learn to tell your story.Learn to tell stories.
  • 00:14:39.193 --> 00:14:41.195
  • People have said to me,you know, "Pastor,
  • 00:14:41.296 --> 00:14:42.764
  • you've got a good story."
  • 00:14:42.864 --> 00:14:44.299
  • No, I've learnedto tell it well.
  • 00:14:44.399 --> 00:14:46.601
  • And it doesn't matterwho I'm talking to,
  • 00:14:46.701 --> 00:14:48.136
  • if I'm talking to a churchperson, I say something like,
  • 00:14:48.236 --> 00:14:50.271
  • you know, "I was raised inchurch, but I was miserable
  • 00:14:50.371 --> 00:14:52.674
  • until a miracle happenedto me in a motel room."
  • 00:14:52.774 --> 00:14:57.211
  • They say, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:14:57.312 --> 00:14:58.980
  • And then, if I'm raisedwith someone --
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:00.615
  • if I'm talking -- not raised,but talking with someone
  • 00:15:00.715 --> 00:15:02.684
  • who's addicted to something,I say, "I was on drugs
  • 00:15:02.784 --> 00:15:05.787
  • and addicted untila miracle happened to me."
  • 00:15:05.887 --> 00:15:08.289
  • "What happened?"See?
  • 00:15:08.389 --> 00:15:09.891
  • Just learn to tellyour story in a good way.
  • 00:15:09.991 --> 00:15:13.494
  • Remember, I was tellingyou about James,
  • 00:15:13.594 --> 00:15:16.331
  • so we're talking about puttingyour bait in the water.
  • 00:15:16.431 --> 00:15:18.933
  • In other words, some of you havestories, but you don't --
  • 00:15:19.033 --> 00:15:22.136
  • you're not puttingit in the water.
  • 00:15:22.236 --> 00:15:24.072
  • You're just nottelling anybody.
  • 00:15:24.172 --> 00:15:25.673
  • You say, "Well,I'm just not that way.
  • 00:15:25.773 --> 00:15:27.542
  • I don't tell stories."Yes, you do.
  • 00:15:27.642 --> 00:15:29.444
  • We all tell stories.We tell 'em all the time.
  • 00:15:29.544 --> 00:15:31.312
  • We tell aboutwhat God's done.
  • 00:15:31.412 --> 00:15:34.382
  • We tell about somethingthat's happened to our life.
  • 00:15:34.482 --> 00:15:37.785
  • So think about this, all right?
  • 00:15:37.885 --> 00:15:39.821
  • So I'm talkingabout fishing, okay?
  • 00:15:39.921 --> 00:15:41.422
  • So I've told youabout James, my son.
  • 00:15:41.522 --> 00:15:43.358
  • I showed you these picturesa few months ago, but again,
  • 00:15:43.458 --> 00:15:45.526
  • we got 30.000 to attend, 90.000,so you might not have seen 'em.
  • 00:15:45.626 --> 00:15:48.596
  • Let me just show youa couple pictures.
  • 00:15:48.696 --> 00:15:50.331
  • A guy in our churchtook James fishing,
  • 00:15:50.431 --> 00:15:52.500
  • and he caught that fish,
  • 00:15:52.600 --> 00:15:54.135
  • and then he caught this fish,and then he caught this fish.
  • 00:15:54.235 --> 00:15:57.605
  • He caught eightof 'em like that,
  • 00:15:57.705 --> 00:15:59.140
  • and then here's a picture ofhim, he's teaching, passing on.
  • 00:15:59.240 --> 00:16:02.610
  • That was the fish his soncaught when he was only
  • 00:16:02.710 --> 00:16:05.146
  • two or three, orthree-years-old, he's five now.
  • 00:16:05.246 --> 00:16:07.081
  • So he knows how to fish.Okay?
  • 00:16:07.181 --> 00:16:10.685
  • And he watched these fishingshows growing up, and so,
  • 00:16:10.785 --> 00:16:13.688
  • we went to Colorado one year,and I said, you know,
  • 00:16:13.788 --> 00:16:17.091
  • "We can go trout fishing."And they were young.
  • 00:16:17.191 --> 00:16:20.128
  • When they got older, we took'em, you know, fly-fishing.
  • 00:16:20.228 --> 00:16:22.630
  • When they were younger,I found this place,
  • 00:16:22.730 --> 00:16:24.198
  • it was a trout pond,and it was stocked.
  • 00:16:24.298 --> 00:16:27.135
  • And I thought, well that'dbe good for the kids, you know?
  • 00:16:27.235 --> 00:16:29.670
  • And I really didn't think --and you had to pay
  • 00:16:29.771 --> 00:16:31.339
  • for everything you caught.Okay.
  • 00:16:31.439 --> 00:16:33.141
  • But I really didn't thinkthat my son from Texas
  • 00:16:33.241 --> 00:16:40.114
  • would know a lot aboutcatching Colorado trout,
  • 00:16:40.214 --> 00:16:42.483
  • so I wasn't too worriedabout it, you know?
  • 00:16:42.583 --> 00:16:44.152
  • And I thought all the otherkids would do it, too,
  • 00:16:44.252 --> 00:16:46.621
  • and so, we got into the fishingstore to get some bait,
  • 00:16:46.721 --> 00:16:49.257
  • and James walks around, he looksat the bait, and looks.
  • 00:16:49.357 --> 00:16:52.493
  • He comes back, he putssome on the counter,
  • 00:16:52.593 --> 00:16:54.896
  • and the man behind the countersaid, "Oh, I'm sorry, son.
  • 00:16:54.996 --> 00:16:58.666
  • Those won't work."And I looked down at my son,
  • 00:16:58.766 --> 00:17:02.270
  • and my son went --
  • 00:17:02.370 --> 00:17:04.739
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:17:04.839 --> 00:17:10.044
  • So I said to the guybehind the counter,
  • 00:17:10.144 --> 00:17:11.779
  • "Well, we'll just take these."
  • 00:17:11.879 --> 00:17:13.347
  • And he said, "Well,those are good baits,
  • 00:17:13.448 --> 00:17:15.116
  • but they won't workthis time of the year."
  • 00:17:15.216 --> 00:17:18.019
  • And I looked downat James, and he --
  • 00:17:18.119 --> 00:17:21.389
  • So we walk outside,and it's like a big square.
  • 00:17:21.489 --> 00:17:23.958
  • You know, a couple of acres.
  • 00:17:24.058 --> 00:17:25.860
  • And everybody is lined uplike an L on these two sides,
  • 00:17:25.960 --> 00:17:28.896
  • 'cause these twosides are woods,
  • 00:17:28.996 --> 00:17:30.698
  • they have reeds going downto the water, and all.
  • 00:17:30.798 --> 00:17:33.301
  • And James, I watched him.
  • 00:17:33.401 --> 00:17:34.802
  • He stood for a minute,and he walked around,
  • 00:17:34.902 --> 00:17:36.604
  • and he had go through somewoods, through some dirt,
  • 00:17:36.704 --> 00:17:39.307
  • got over there, where nobodyelse was fishing.
  • 00:17:39.407 --> 00:17:41.342
  • First fish, caught a troutabout like that. First cast.
  • 00:17:41.442 --> 00:17:46.848
  • The men,they're fishing on the bank.
  • 00:17:46.948 --> 00:17:50.418
  • They looked at this kid.He picks this --
  • 00:17:50.518 --> 00:17:52.019
  • throws another one,catches another one.
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:55.590
  • These men start kindaheading over where this kid is.
  • 00:17:55.690 --> 00:18:01.696
  • And then, they say,"Well, what kind of bait
  • 00:18:01.796 --> 00:18:03.631
  • you're using there?"You know?
  • 00:18:03.731 --> 00:18:05.133
  • And then, they go in,buy the same bait.
  • 00:18:05.233 --> 00:18:07.268
  • And I was just enjoying it,and then I thought,
  • 00:18:07.368 --> 00:18:10.371
  • wait a minute, we got to pay --he'd run up $100
  • 00:18:10.471 --> 00:18:13.141
  • before I could stop him.
  • 00:18:13.241 --> 00:18:19.147
  • But you can't catch fishif you don't put your bait
  • 00:18:19.247 --> 00:18:22.750
  • in the water.Are y'all following me?
  • 00:18:22.850 --> 00:18:26.020
  • You gotta put your bait inthe water, where people are.
  • 00:18:26.120 --> 00:18:29.157
  • You gotta talk to 'em,you gotta learn to tell
  • 00:18:29.257 --> 00:18:31.325
  • your story, so yourbait is your story.
  • 00:18:31.425 --> 00:18:34.328
  • Any story about God's goodness.
  • 00:18:34.428 --> 00:18:36.697
  • But putting it in the wateris telling it,
  • 00:18:36.797 --> 00:18:38.766
  • actually speakingit out, talking.
  • 00:18:38.866 --> 00:18:41.903
  • And if you don't talk to people,
  • 00:18:42.003 --> 00:18:44.071
  • you're never gonna winsomeone to Christ,
  • 00:18:44.172 --> 00:18:45.873
  • even though God's done a bunchof things in your life.
  • 00:18:45.973 --> 00:18:48.142
  • So you might say, "Well,I don't know how to do it."
  • 00:18:48.242 --> 00:18:50.645
  • That's why we've gotclasses to teach you
  • 00:18:50.745 --> 00:18:54.282
  • how to tell your story.
  • 00:18:54.382 --> 00:18:55.783
  • If 91.000 people telltheir story this year,
  • 00:18:55.883 --> 00:19:00.054
  • we're gonna see a harvest likewe've never seen at Gateway.
  • 00:19:00.154 --> 00:19:03.257
  • So here's point number three,again, it's pretty simple:
  • 00:19:03.357 --> 00:19:05.993
  • fish where the fish are.
  • 00:19:06.093 --> 00:19:08.863
  • So let's say you putbait on your hook,
  • 00:19:08.963 --> 00:19:10.565
  • and you put it in the water,but the water you put it in
  • 00:19:10.665 --> 00:19:13.301
  • is a swimming pool.
  • 00:19:13.401 --> 00:19:16.637
  • Still in the water, say,"Pastor, I put it in the water."
  • 00:19:16.737 --> 00:19:19.106
  • It's the wrong water. Okay?Listen to me.
  • 00:19:19.207 --> 00:19:22.510
  • If you only tell your storyin the four walls of the church,
  • 00:19:22.610 --> 00:19:28.616
  • you'll never catch any fish.
  • 00:19:28.716 --> 00:19:30.484
  • Now, it's good to tellour stories in church,
  • 00:19:30.585 --> 00:19:33.621
  • because it encourages oneanother, and that's good,
  • 00:19:33.721 --> 00:19:37.291
  • so tell your story in group,tell your story in class.
  • 00:19:37.391 --> 00:19:39.227
  • That's great.No problem with that.
  • 00:19:39.327 --> 00:19:40.728
  • It also helps you practicewith smiley faces, all right?
  • 00:19:40.828 --> 00:19:44.131
  • So it's great.
  • 00:19:44.232 --> 00:19:46.100
  • So please don't stop doing that,but if you never tell your story
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:50.171
  • in the workplace,if you never tell your story
  • 00:19:50.271 --> 00:19:53.374
  • at the kid's ball gameswith other parents,
  • 00:19:53.474 --> 00:19:55.743
  • where you're sitting there,talking, and you tell your story
  • 00:19:55.843 --> 00:19:57.979
  • in such a way, you're nottrying to cram religion
  • 00:19:58.079 --> 00:20:00.448
  • down your throat,you're simply telling 'em
  • 00:20:00.548 --> 00:20:02.049
  • what happened to you.It's all you're doing.
  • 00:20:02.149 --> 00:20:05.419
  • And again, you tellstories anyway. We all do.
  • 00:20:05.519 --> 00:20:10.291
  • We tell stories, we tellstories about our children,
  • 00:20:10.391 --> 00:20:12.560
  • we tell stories aboutour grandchildren.
  • 00:20:12.660 --> 00:20:16.163
  • We show picturesof our grandchildren.
  • 00:20:16.264 --> 00:20:19.100
  • Just think about how we --oh, I don't even know how
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:21.569
  • that got up there.Look at that, it's just --
  • 00:20:21.669 --> 00:20:26.107
  • but since it's up there,
  • 00:20:26.207 --> 00:20:27.675
  • I'll tell youa grandchild story.
  • 00:20:27.775 --> 00:20:31.078
  • Elaine, her three kids areon the end, so Addie,
  • 00:20:31.178 --> 00:20:34.749
  • her oldest, just a few weeksago, this is just a funny story.
  • 00:20:34.849 --> 00:20:37.818
  • She's four-years-old,and Elaine said to her, "Addie,
  • 00:20:37.918 --> 00:20:41.989
  • I need to talk to you.
  • 00:20:42.089 --> 00:20:44.292
  • All day, you've beenhaving a problem listen.
  • 00:20:44.392 --> 00:20:47.728
  • Momma's been tryingto talk to you,
  • 00:20:47.828 --> 00:20:49.463
  • and you're not listening,and you're not obeying,
  • 00:20:49.563 --> 00:20:51.832
  • and I need youto start listening
  • 00:20:51.932 --> 00:20:53.501
  • and I need youto start obeying."
  • 00:20:53.601 --> 00:20:55.870
  • Addie said,"Mom, stop whining."
  • 00:20:55.970 --> 00:20:59.307
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:20:59.407 --> 00:21:05.479
  • And Elaine said, "I was floored.
  • 00:21:05.579 --> 00:21:09.784
  • I said, 'Addie, I'm not whining.
  • 00:21:09.884 --> 00:21:11.752
  • I'm trying to talk to you.'"She says, "You're whining."
  • 00:21:11.852 --> 00:21:17.992
  • Let me just say it.So Debbie had the greatest one.
  • 00:21:18.092 --> 00:21:20.561
  • She said to her, "Yeah, so, howdo you like raising yourself?"
  • 00:21:20.661 --> 00:21:24.432
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:21:24.532 --> 00:21:29.603
  • Isn't it --for you grandparents here,
  • 00:21:29.704 --> 00:21:32.006
  • isn't it fun watchingyour kids have trouble
  • 00:21:32.106 --> 00:21:34.275
  • raising their kids?Isn't that a blast?
  • 00:21:34.375 --> 00:21:37.912
  • I mean, it's a blast.
  • 00:21:38.012 --> 00:21:39.413
  • I'm watching Debbie --you'd be watching,
  • 00:21:39.513 --> 00:21:40.948
  • his kids are just runningall over the place,
  • 00:21:41.048 --> 00:21:42.483
  • and he's chasing 'em,I'm -- it's great.
  • 00:21:42.583 --> 00:21:46.954
  • No, no, run that way.He'll never see you.
  • 00:21:47.054 --> 00:21:49.056
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:21:49.156 --> 00:21:53.861
  • We tell stories anyway.
  • 00:21:56.063 --> 00:21:57.798
  • Think about allthe stories we tell.
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  • All I'm asking you to do isto tell some stories
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  • about God's goodnessin your life.
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  • You got plenty of 'em.God healed my marriage.
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  • You know, we almostgot divorced,
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  • and God healed our marriage.
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  • How did God healyour marriage?
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  • Well, let me tell you.Just tell the story.
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  • There's something in everyperson who wants that --
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  • see, the title ofthe series is real.
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  • I'm not askingyou to be fake.
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  • I'm just asking you to tella real story about God,
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  • and God'll do the rest.
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  • Now, let me go back tothe word immediately.
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  • It says they immediatelyleft their nets.
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  • Okay, grammatically,it could say,
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  • "They left their netsand followed."
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  • Immediately, I know you --
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  • some of you don't wannahear this or don't care.
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  • It's an adverb, it's simplytelling you how they did it.
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  • It could say, "They left theirnets and followed."
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  • But it saysthey immediately, why?
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  • Why would the Holy Spirit --when He's prompting
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  • the writers of scripture,why He would prompt them
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  • to put the word immediately?
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  • Here's why, I believethere's an urgency.
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  • I believe we need to feelthe urgency of winning
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  • people to Christ, witnessing,sharing our testimony.
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  • Awhile back, it wasthe weekend after Thanksgiving,
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  • Pastor Tommy Briggs sharedthat week, if you remember.
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  • He shared the message.
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  • And he said, "I feelstrongly about two men
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  • that need to givetheir lives to Christ."
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  • He found out later that therewas a man in the hospital
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  • that watched that messageon the internet,
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  • and his wife sharedhow he had made a decision,
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  • but was not at peace with it,
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  • but how he fully then gavehis life to Christ.
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  • And 13 minutes later,he passed away.
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  • 13 minutes.Immediately.
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  • And let me just say,if you're here,
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  • you have no promise of tomorrow.
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  • If you haven't givenyour life to Christ,
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  • you have no promise of tomorrow.
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  • There is an urgency that we needto share the gospel to people.
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  • ROBERT: We never knowhow much time someone has
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  • when we're talkingto that person,
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  • and just like that man that onlyhad 13 minutes left,
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  • Pastor Tommy Briggs had no idea.
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  • He was simply putting the gospelin front of someone
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  • who needed the gospel.
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  • Jesus has called us to befishers of people,
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  • and I wanna encourage you,put this on your heart,
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  • put this on your mind,everywhere you go.
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  • We are on this earth to tellthe good news of Jesus Christ
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  • to every person we meet.
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  • Will you pray about someonethis week that you can share
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  • the gospel with, that youcan simply put the good news
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  • of Jesus Christ in frontof their face,
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  • and let them see howwonderful He really is?
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  • Hey, I'm gonna continuethis series next time.
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  • I'll see you then.
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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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  • Additionally, for your giftof $65 or more
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  • we will send you the Real serieson CD and DVD,
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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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  • JACK HAYFORD:The essence of worship
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  • is not an escape from reality,but an entrance into it.
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