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January 17, 2021
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A Faith That Knows The End of The Story Part 2

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  • Rick Warren: How should I livein light of the fact that Jesus
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  • Christ is coming back one day?
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  • How should I preparefor his coming?
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  • How should it affect how Ilive now whether he comes back
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  • tomorrow or in a year or ina hundred years or whenever?
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  • How should I live toprepare for his coming?
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  • James gives us, in the bookof James, six practical
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  • instructions we're gonna lookat, but I also want you to see
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  • how every one of the things thatJames says, these instructions
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  • given by James, are repeated inother parts of the Bible also as
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  • preparation stepsfor Jesus' return.
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  • So get out a pencil.
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  • Here are the six things you needto do regardless of how long it
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  • takes for Jesus tocome back, all right?
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  • Here's what James says: Numberone, the first thing James tells
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  • you to do, since you know theend of the story, is this:
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  • "Clean out thegarbage in my life.
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  • Clean out thegarbage in my life."
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  • You know, whenever you're gonnahave a guest at your house, what
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  • do you do?
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  • You pick up the garbage.
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  • You clean up the place.
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  • You straighten up.
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  • You tidy up because you wantyour home to be as nice as
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  • possible for your guests.
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  • Well, Jesus is coming, and youwanna prepare your life for
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  • that event.
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  • Here's what James says, James1:20 and 21, "Getting angry at
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  • things will never help you livethe righteous life God wants.
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  • Do you hear that?
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  • Getting angry at whatever's beengoin' on in the world, goin' on
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  • in your life, all the stuffthat's happened, it says, "None
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  • of that's gonna help you livethe righteous life God wants."
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  • So he says, "Instead, get rid ofall the filth and all the evil
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  • habits that you've learned, thenhumbly accept God's Word planted
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  • in your heart because itcould save your soul."
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  • He says, "Get the garbageout of your life."
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  • That's the firstthing you need to do.
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  • So you need to do alittle spring cleaning.
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  • Paul says the same thingin Colossians 3:4 to 8.
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  • He says this: "Christ isour life, and when he
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  • comes again--"
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  • He's talkin' aboutthe Second Coming.
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  • When he comes again, youwill share in his glory.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • You're gonna share in the gloryof God when he comes back.
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  • But he says, because of that,"put all evil things out of your
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  • life: sexual sinning, doingevil, letting evil thoughts
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  • control you, wanting thingsthat are evil, greed."
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  • He says, "These are reallyserving the false god.
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  • These things make God angry.
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  • In your past evil life,you also did these things."
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  • But he says, "But now--"
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  • Now that you're a believer andyou know the end of the story,
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  • "put these things out of yourlife: no more anger, no bad
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  • temper, and no doing or sayingthings to hurt others, and no
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  • using evil words when you talk."
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  • Did you notice how much of thegarbage that's in our lives is
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  • an attitude, how many of thosethings I just mentioned are
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  • bad attitudes?
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  • Do you need to make an attitudeadjustment 'cause you know the
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  • end of the story?
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  • Now, a second thing James tellsyou to do, since you know the
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  • end of the story, is this:"Stay close to Christ."
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  • "Stay close to Christ."
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  • James chapter 4, verse 5, andfollowing, he says this: "The
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  • Spirit that God gave to live inus wants us for himself alone.
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  • So, give yourselvescompletely to God.
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  • Draw close to God and hewill draw close to you."
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  • Now, regardless of whether ornot we're movin' to the climax
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  • of history, regardless ofwhether Jesus is comin' back
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  • tomorrow or in some distantthing, that's good advice for
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  • any time a crisis or chaos drawclose to God, and he'll draw
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  • close to you.
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  • The apostle John says itlike this in 1 John 2:28.
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  • "Continue to live in fellowshipwith Christ so that, when he
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  • returns, you will be full ofcourage and not shrink back from
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  • him in shame."
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  • He says, "Stay connected.
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  • Stay close to Jesus."
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  • You know, here's what's actuallygonna happen on the day that
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  • Jesus Christ come back.
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  • Did you know that there's gonnabe a transformation in you?
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  • 1 John chapter 3, verses 2and 3, says this: "Yes, dear
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  • friends, we're alreadyGod's children."
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  • We're already God's children,and we can't even imagine what
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  • we're gonna becomewhen Christ returns.
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  • "But we know that when he comesback, we're gonna become just
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  • like him, for we willsee him as he really is."
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  • You'll see him face-to-facefor the first time.
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  • This hope, the fact that we knowwe're gonna become like him the
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  • instant we see him, this hopecauses us to keep ourselves pure
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  • just as Christ is pure.
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  • Now, when we think of purity,we often think of, like, sexual
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  • sins and things like that, but"pure," in the book of James,
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  • literally means just unpolluted.
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  • He says you're notpolluted by the world.
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  • You don't buy intothe world's system.
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  • You don't buy intothe world's biases.
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  • You don't buy into all thethings that culture says
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  • are important.
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  • He says keep yourself pure.
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  • That's the second thing youdo 'cause he said one day he's
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  • comin' back.
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  • Now, third thing you ought to dosince you know the end of the
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  • story is this--this is a bigone--use trouble to become
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  • spiritually strong.
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  • Yep, that's the third thingJames says you do to prepare for
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  • Jesus' Second Coming.
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  • While you're still here,while we're still waiting, use
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  • trouble, use problems, usestress, use difficulties to
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  • become spiritually strong.
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  • James chapter 1:3 and 4, he saysthis: "You know--you know that
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  • troubles test your faithand develop endurance.
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  • So, let your endurance growfor when it's fully developed,
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  • you'll be strong in character,and you'll be ready
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  • for anything."
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  • That's what you should be doing.
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  • That's what I should be doin'in the time between now and when
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  • Christ comes back.
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  • Use the problems in my life togrow spiritually, to develop
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  • endurance, to become more andmore like Christ in character.
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  • A fourth thing James tells us todo, since we know the end of the
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  • story, is this: Practiceloving everyone.
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  • Practice loving everyone.
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  • Now, we looked at this verseearlier, but James comes back
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  • to--James chapter 2, verse 8,he says, "You'll always be doin'
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  • the right thing if you obeythe most important law in
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  • Scriptures, and it is thelaw that commands us to love
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  • everybody, to love everybodyelse as much as we
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  • love ourselves."
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  • Now, friends, this one isespecially important in our
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  • world today because our world'sbecomin' more and more hateful.
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  • It's becoming lessloving, less patient.
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  • It's becoming more biased, morebitter, and more partisan,
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  • more polemical.
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  • This means, if you're gonna dowhat God tells you to do before
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  • he comes back--learn to loveeverybody--means you can't
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  • demonize people.
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  • You can't stigmatize people.
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  • You can't stereotype people.
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  • You can't dehumanize people.
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  • All those people you disagreewith, he said, "You gotta
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  • love 'em."
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  • The Bible says the exact samething in 1 Thessalonians
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  • chapter 3, verses 12 and 13.
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  • It says this is how you getready for the end of the story.
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  • It says this: "May the Lord makeyour love grow more and more,
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  • more and more, and multiply--"
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  • God wants your love to--Godwants you to become a famous
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  • lover, that you love more andmore, "and multiply for each
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  • other and for all people--"
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  • See that?
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  • He says, "May God make you lovemore and more each other and
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  • all people--"
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  • Who's not includedin "all people"?
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  • Nobody, "so that you will loveothers as much as we love you.
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  • May your hearts be made strongso that you will be made holy
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  • and without fault before God,before God our Father when our
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  • Lord Jesus comes back withall who belong to him."
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  • He's comin' back.
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  • So what do we do?
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  • We do these things.
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  • We do the first four things thatI've just mentioned, and this
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  • last one is learn to become agreat lover, loving everybody.
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  • So that's what you do even ina crisis and even in a chaos.
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  • Number five.
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  • Now, the fifth thing James tellsus to do since we know the end
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  • of the story is this.
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  • This is a big one.
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  • Invest in the bank of heaven.
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  • Invest in the bank of heaven.
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  • You say, "There'sa bank in heaven?"
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  • Oh, yeah, there'sa bank in heaven.
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  • Five times in this shortfive-chapter book, James
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  • emphasizes thegenerosity of God for us.
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  • He says everything you've gotis because of God's generosity.
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  • You'd have nothing ifit weren't for God.
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  • "Everything good and perfectgift comes from God."
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  • It's all because ofGod's generosity.
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  • And then he points out that notonly is everything in our life,
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  • including lifeitself, a gift of God.
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  • He said, if God wasn'tgenerous, we'd have nothing.
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  • We would not even exist.
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  • Then James says a couple timesin the book--he makes a case
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  • that God's generosity shouldmake us generous with
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  • other people.
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  • He said you've been given to.
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  • You should help others.
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  • You know, one day, a verywealthy man came to Jesus, and
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  • he asked Jesus for the bestadvice on how to prepare for
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  • eternity in heaven.
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  • "How can I have eternal life?"
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  • And he said, "What can I do?"
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  • And he said, "How do I preparefor eternity in heaven?"
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  • And Jesus gave this mansome investment advice.
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  • He gave investment to this guy.
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  • And this guy had far more thanhe needed or could even enjoy.
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  • He was a rich, young ruler.
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  • He was a wealthy man.
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  • He couldn't evenenjoy all that he had.
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  • And Jesus said this: "Why don'tyou liquidate some of your
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  • assets here on earth and sendthem on ahead to heaven and
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  • start earning interestfor you there in heaven?"
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  • You say, "Where isthat in the Bible?"
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  • Well, actually, Jesus saidit five different times, this
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  • phrase, "Store uptreasure in heaven."
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  • But in Luke 12, verses 33, Jesussays this: "Sell what you have
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  • and give it to those in need."
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  • You don't needeverything you've got.
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  • Is there something youcould sell and help others?
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  • He said, "Sell what you haveand give to those in need.
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  • This will store uptreasure for you in heaven.
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  • By getting your treasure inheaven," Jesus says, "it will be
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  • safe for eternity.
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  • No thief can steal it.
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  • No moth can destroy it."
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  • So my question to you would be,in light of what's at the end of
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  • the story, do you reallyneed everything you've got?
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  • Jesus is suggestin' that maybeyou might be able to sell some
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  • of it to help peoplewho have a whole lot less.
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  • And he says, you know, everytime you do that, you're storing
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  • up treasure in heaven.
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  • Now, this phrase, "Store uptreasure in heaven," is used by
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  • Jesus five times.
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  • He quotes it five times.
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  • Anytime Jesus says anything fivetimes, he's saying, "You better
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  • remember this one: Store up foryourselves treasure in heaven."
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  • How do you do that?
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  • Well James says and Jesus saysand Paul says, "You do it by
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  • givin' what you got to helppeople less fortunate than you."
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  • Look at this verse on the screenright now, Proverbs 19:17, says
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  • this: "When you give to thepoor, you're lending to
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  • the Lord."
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  • "When you give to the poor,you're lending to the Lord, and
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  • One of the translations I'veread on that verse says, "God'll
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  • give you it back, payyou back, with interest.
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  • He pays prettygood interest too.
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  • Rick: You know, this week, therewas a man who watches Saddleback
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  • services online, who lives inDallas, and last week, he heard
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  • the message that I taught, andhe heard about we're developing
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  • a new initiative for COVID-19,called First Aid for Families,
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  • to help parents who are pullin'their hair out, who have been
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  • thrown into the position of,you know, teaching kids at home,
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  • homeschooling, and for kids whoare bored and frustrated and for
  • 00:14:54.385 --> 00:14:57.622
  • teachers in schools, and sowe've developed a series of
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  • projects and programs to helpparents and kids and teachers
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  • for the remainder of thispandemic, and we're callin' it
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  • First Aid for Parents.
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  • That man, in the goodness of hisheart, God spoke to him, said,
  • 00:15:12.503 --> 00:15:15.206
  • "Be generous, help people out."
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  • He sent this week a $100.000check to support the new First
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  • Aid for Families initiative.
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  • That guy doesn't evengo to our church.
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  • And if somebody outside thechurch believes in what we're
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  • doing, certainly, we shouldbelieve in what we're doin'.
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  • Now, James gives some veryspecific examples of how to
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  • store up treasure in heaven orhow to invest in the bank
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  • of heaven.
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  • He gives very good examples.
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  • In chapter 1, he talks abouttaking care of widows, and then
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  • he talks about takingcare of orphans.
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  • Those are the two mostvulnerable groups in society.
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  • Chapter 2, he talks about givin'food and clothing to the poor.
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  • We're doin' that right nowthrough our food distribution.
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  • And, you know, we fed aquarter of a million people.
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  • Saddleback Church, as yourchurch, has fed over a quarter
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  • million people in the last 25weeks through food distribution.
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  • Chapter 5, he says, "If you'rea business owner, make sure you
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  • pay your employeesa living wage."
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  • He said, "Take care of peoplewho are havin' a tough time out
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  • there, makin' a living."
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  • James says that, but Paul saysthe same thing in 1 Timothy 6,
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  • verse 18 and 19.
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  • Here's what he says: "Tellpeople to use their money to
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  • do good.
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  • They should be richin good works," okay?
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  • "They should be rich in goodworks and they should give
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  • happily to those in need, alwaysready to share with others
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  • whatever God has given them.
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  • By doing this--"
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  • Listen, it's the same thingJesus said, "They're storing up
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  • real treasure forthemselves in heaven.
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  • It's the only safeinvestment for eternity.
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  • And they will be living afruitful Christian life down
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  • here as well."
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  • Now, most of you know Kayand my testimony on this.
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  • For 45 years of marriage, wehave been havin' fun givin' away
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  • as much as we canbefore Jesus comes back.
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  • We started tithing 10% when wegot married, and at the end of
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  • the first year, weraised it to 11%.
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  • In the second year of marriage,we raised it to 12%, and the
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  • next year, we raised it 3%,and every year of our marriage,
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  • we've raised our giving to bemore generous than the
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  • year before.
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  • Every time I give, Ibecome like Christ.
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  • "God so loved theworld that he gave."
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  • Every time I give, I break thegrip of materialism in my life.
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  • And we've been givenmore and more every year.
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  • Some years, when finances weretight, we just raised it a
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  • quarter of a percent.
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  • Other years, when we'd have abig--you know, I get a raise or
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  • write a book or something,we'd raise it 3% or 4%.
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  • Most of you know that now, foralmost 20 years, Kay and I have
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  • been reverse-tithers.
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  • We give away 91% of ourincome, and we live on 9%.
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  • That has been more fun.
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  • I've been playin' thisgame with God for 45 years.
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  • He says, "You give to me, andI'll give to you, and we'll see
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  • who wins."
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  • Most you know I don't take asalary from Saddleback Church.
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  • I've served this churchfor free for 40 years.
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  • Why?
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  • Because as I give to God,God blesses me in other ways.
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  • And so I would love it that onthe day that Jesus comes back,
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  • that in our giving account, whenthe day he comes back, there's
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  • only $1 left in that account.
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  • Heh, heh, heh, heh.
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  • You know, some people, theywanna save all their money
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  • 'cause they're afraid God's notgonna take care of 'em, and so
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  • they save up the big savingsaccount, and then they wait, and
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  • then they've made a will.
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  • It says, "When I die, you'reto give away all my assets."
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  • Okay, that's one way to doit, but here's what I say.
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  • I say, "Do your givin'while you're livin'.
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  • Then you'll be knowin'where it's goin'."
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  • I love--I'm not gonna wait tillI die to give away everything
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  • God's given me.
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  • I wanna give it away nowbecause there's a joy of giving.
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  • It is more blessed, and there'smore happiness in giving
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  • than receiving.
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  • So the fifth thing James saysis invest in the bank of heaven.
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  • Finally, the sixth thing Jamestells us to do since we know the
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  • end of the story--we know howit's gonna end--is this: Use the
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  • gifts that God gaveme to reach others.
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  • Use the gifts God gaveme to reach others.
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  • When God thought you up, hecreated you with a number of
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  • different gifts, useful gifts,talents, abilities, skills.
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  • There are certainways that you think.
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  • There are certain things thatyou do you're just naturally
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  • good at.
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  • Now, God did not give you thosegifts, or what we call your
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  • shape, for your benefit.
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  • It's not for your benefit.
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  • Your gifts aren'tfor your benefit.
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  • Your gift's for the benefit ofeverybody else, and their gifts
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  • are for your benefit.
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  • I have certain gifts.
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  • They're not for my benefit.
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  • They're for yours.
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  • One of my gifts is teaching.
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  • I'm not benefitingfrom it right now.
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  • You are.
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  • And your gifts are to benefitme and everybody else.
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  • Now, you probably know whatyou're already really good at.
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  • Why do you think you're good atit, and how should you use that
  • 00:20:27.685 --> 00:20:30.288
  • gift or talent in the timeleft before Jesus comes back?
  • 00:20:30.321 --> 00:20:36.260
  • Well, you should use itto reach others for Jesus.
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  • You should use it to be anambassador of love in the world.
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  • In fact, if you don't use thoseunusual gifts that you've been
  • 00:20:46.137 --> 00:20:50.241
  • given and you're not usin'them the way God intended, then
  • 00:20:50.274 --> 00:20:54.145
  • you're really just wastin' 'em.
  • 00:20:54.178 --> 00:20:56.847
  • God didn't give you giftsjust to use for yourself.
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  • James says it like this in James4:17, "Anybody who knows the
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  • good he ought to be doin'--"
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  • And you know what you're goodat, and you know what you ought
  • 00:21:06.857 --> 00:21:08.326
  • to be doin'.
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  • "Anybody who knows the good heought to be doin' but doesn't do
  • 00:21:10.227 --> 00:21:12.196
  • it, sins."
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  • So let me ask you avery personal question.
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  • Knowin' what you're good at andknowin' that many people in the
  • 00:21:17.368 --> 00:21:20.271
  • world probably need your help,what are you doin' about it?
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  • Who are you servin'?
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  • Who are you helping betweennow and when Jesus comes back?
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  • Paul says it like this in1 Corinthians 1:4 and 7, he
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  • says, "I can never stop thankin'God for the generous
  • 00:21:36.053 --> 00:21:39.223
  • gifts he's given you, now thatyou belong to Jesus Christ."
  • 00:21:39.256 --> 00:21:45.396
  • Now, you have everyspiritual gift you need.
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  • He said, "Now you've got everygift that you need personally,
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  • right now, as you eagerly waitfor the return of the Lord Jesus
  • 00:21:52.803 --> 00:21:57.575
  • Christ," okay?
  • 00:21:57.608 --> 00:22:01.145
  • He says, "While you're waitin'for this, the beginning, to
  • 00:22:01.178 --> 00:22:03.914
  • happen, God expects you to usethose gifts to serve him by
  • 00:22:03.948 --> 00:22:06.450
  • serving others.
  • 00:22:06.484 --> 00:22:09.220
  • Now, let me sum up everythingI've been sayin' in this
  • 00:22:09.253 --> 00:22:11.322
  • message: You're not gonna liveright today until you understand
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  • your future, and the more youunderstand that Jesus is comin'
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  • back, the more motivated you'regonna be to do these six things
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  • that James tells us to do.
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  • You're gonna spend eternity withGod if you've let him save you.
  • 00:22:29.740 --> 00:22:35.479
  • Now, if you haven't let him saveyou, we need to do that
  • 00:22:35.513 --> 00:22:38.249
  • right now.
  • 00:22:38.282 --> 00:22:40.384
  • We need to let himsave you right now.
  • 00:22:40.418 --> 00:22:42.653
  • You know, I'm often asked,"Rick, why do you think Jesus
  • 00:22:42.686 --> 00:22:46.090
  • hadn't come back yet?"
  • 00:22:46.123 --> 00:22:49.193
  • Okay, "Why do you thinkhe's takin' so long?"
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  • Well, that's not a hardquestion to answer.
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  • It's an easy answer.
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  • In fact, Peter tellsus in 2 Peter 3:15.
  • 00:22:56.567 --> 00:22:59.370
  • He says, "Remember, the reasonthe Lord is waiting is so that
  • 00:22:59.403 --> 00:23:03.841
  • people have time to besaved--people have time to
  • 00:23:03.874 --> 00:23:08.312
  • be saved."
  • 00:23:08.345 --> 00:23:09.947
  • The Bible says, "The Lord is notwilling that any should perish
  • 00:23:09.980 --> 00:23:12.416
  • but that all shouldcome to repentance."
  • 00:23:12.450 --> 00:23:15.953
  • And he says, "God'snot bein' lazy.
  • 00:23:15.986 --> 00:23:17.688
  • He's not being--you know, justdelaying the coming back for no
  • 00:23:17.721 --> 00:23:22.626
  • reason at all.
  • 00:23:22.660 --> 00:23:24.728
  • He's waiting forpeople to be saved."
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  • If you've never been saved,you need to do that today.
  • 00:23:27.164 --> 00:23:31.402
  • You need to become apart of God's family.
  • 00:23:31.435 --> 00:23:35.039
  • Now, let me remind you again, wedon't know when Jesus is comin'
  • 00:23:35.072 --> 00:23:39.343
  • back, but there are a bunchof the signs that are given by
  • 00:23:39.376 --> 00:23:43.714
  • Peter and Paul and Jesus that wecan see clearly in our time, but
  • 00:23:43.747 --> 00:23:49.019
  • we don't know these last days.
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  • We do know they are the laterdays, and we do know that the
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  • Bible says he'll come backin a time when you think not.
  • 00:23:53.924 --> 00:23:56.961
  • You know, "That's notgonna happen today."
  • 00:23:56.994 --> 00:23:59.263
  • Well, that's when it'sgonna happen, okay?
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  • So he says, "In the time youthink not," but he does say this
  • 00:24:01.899 --> 00:24:05.703
  • three times, and Jesus said it:"Be ready, be ready, be ready."
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  • Are you ready?
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  • How do you get ready?
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  • Well, first, you open your lifeto Christ, and then you start
  • 00:24:15.779 --> 00:24:18.415
  • doin' these six thingswe just looked at.
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  • So let me lead you ina prayer right now.
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  • Would you bow yourheads with me?
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  • Father, we're all goin'through a tough time right now.
  • 00:24:26.657 --> 00:24:29.326
  • We don't know that these arethe last days, but we do know
  • 00:24:29.360 --> 00:24:31.795
  • they're later, and your timeis gettin' closer and closer.
  • 00:24:31.829 --> 00:24:37.535
  • Help us to practicethese six things.
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  • Help us to work on 'em in ourlives this week, to be ready
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  • that you could come back at anymoment, that even in the darkest
  • 00:24:44.542 --> 00:24:48.812
  • days, that you shine bright.
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  • Help us to use our gifts toreach others for you when people
  • 00:24:53.884 --> 00:24:57.321
  • are so hungry for solutions,for answers, for comfort, for
  • 00:24:57.354 --> 00:25:03.127
  • strength, for guidance,for purpose, for meaning.
  • 00:25:03.160 --> 00:25:08.599
  • If you've never invited JesusChrist in your life, say, "Jesus
  • 00:25:08.632 --> 00:25:11.068
  • Christ, I wanna open mylife to you right now.
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  • I wanna get to know you.
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  • I wanna develop a friendshipwith you before you come back."
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  • Say, "I humbly ask youto come into my life.
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  • I wanna learn to loveyou and trust you.
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  • I wanna know God's purpose formy life, and I wanna spend the
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  • rest of my life fulfilling it.
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  • I admit that I need you, thatI've sinned, and I need your
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  • forgiveness, but I'm askingyou today to be my Savior.
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  • In your name I pray, amen."
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  • announcer: The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan for
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  • your life and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through the doorsGod has for you starts by
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  • growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God, hewill show you the doors to walk
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  • through, and it willchange your life.
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  • That's why Pastor Rick wants tohelp you with a daily devotional
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  • book called "Open Doors."
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • the love, trust, and freedomthat comes from a deeper
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  • relationship with him.
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  • Request your copy of "OpenDoors" today as Pastor Rick's
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  • thank you for your gift today.
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  • Simply call the number on thescreen, or visit PastorRick.com
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  • Your gift will help Pastor Rickand the ministry of Daily Hope
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  • reach more of our hurtingworld with the gospel.
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  • Call today, open the door togreater intimacy with God, and
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  • experience a deeperrelationship with him.
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