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It Had To Happen Part 1

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August 19, 2020
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Pastor Steven Furtick shares how to make sense of life's setbacks and disappointments.

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  • - Sometimes people don't need
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  • a reason when they're
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  • in the middle of a storm,
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  • they just need a reassurance
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  • that God will not leave you
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  • alone in it.
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  • You still belong to me.
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  • You're still my child.
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  • See, I don't operate by reason.
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  • If I operate by reason,
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  • sometimes I'll be up,
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  • sometimes I'll be down.
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  • I operate by revelation.
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  • I know He is good,
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  • and He does good.
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  • I know He's with me,
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  • I know He's for me.
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  • I know He'll never leave me,
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  • nor forsake me.
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  • - Alright,
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  • - Alright,look at this from Acts 27.
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  • look at this from Acts 27.I preached this passage back
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  • I preached this passage backin 2013, and this is the sequel.
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  • in 2013, and this is the sequel.Back then, I did a message
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  • Back then, I did a messagecalled, "It Will Happen".
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  • called, "It Will Happen".Touch somebody and say,
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  • Touch somebody and say,it happens.
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  • it happens.However you want to take that.
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  • However you want to take that.It's a message about faith
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  • It's a message about faithand fear, and I'm going to get
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  • and fear, and I'm going to getback into it today and share
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  • back into it today and sharewith you another level of it.
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  • with you another level of it.And let me read Acts 27:20.
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  • And let me read Acts 27:20.Paul is in the middle
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  • Paul is in the middleof a miracle, but he's also
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  • of a miracle, but he's alsoin the middle of a mistake,
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  • in the middle of a mistake,and sometimes the two are
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  • and sometimes the two arethe same thing.
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  • the same thing.That's about perspective.
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  • That's about perspective.Sometimes the two are
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  • Sometimes the two areof the same thing.
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  • of the same thing.Well, the Bible says,
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  • Well, the Bible says,in Acts 27:20, "When neither
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  • in Acts 27:20, "When neithersun nor stars appeared
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  • sun nor stars appearedfor many days, and the storm
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  • for many days, and the stormcontinued raging" --
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  • continued raging" --because it was one of those
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  • because it was one of thosethings that wouldn't let up.
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  • things that wouldn't let up.It was not the kind of trial
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  • It was not the kind of trialthat you go through
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  • that you go throughand just get through it.
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  • and just get through it.It's like when you don't see
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  • It's like when you don't seeany end in sight.
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  • any end in sight.It was that kind of thing.
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  • It was that kind of thing.So, what happened was they lost
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  • So, what happened was they lostall of their hope,
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  • all of their hope,and they quit believing
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  • and they quit believingthat they could be saved,
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  • that they could be saved,that it could be different,
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  • that it could be different,that they could be delivered.
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  • that they could be delivered.And right at the time that
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  • And right at the time thatthey started to let go
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  • they started to let goof their hope, God spoke to Paul
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  • of their hope, God spoke to Paulin a powerful way.
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  • in a powerful way.And of course,
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  • And of course,Paul was that great missionary
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  • Paul was that great missionarywho took the Gospel
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  • who took the Gospelto the Gentiles,
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  • to the Gentiles,and so, it was a good thing
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  • and so, it was a good thingfor them that he was on board.
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  • for them that he was on board.Touch somebody and say,
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  • Touch somebody and say,you ought to be glad you're
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  • you ought to be glad you'resitting next to me.
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  • sitting next to me.Because, any boat that I'm
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  • Because, any boat that I'mon is better cause I'm on it!
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  • on is better cause I'm on it!Come on, now!
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  • Come on, now!Come on, now!
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  • Come on, now!So, the Bible says,
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  • So, the Bible says,"After they had gone a long time
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  • "After they had gone a long timewithout food, Paul stood up
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  • without food, Paul stood upbefore them and said,
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  • before them and said,"Men, you should have taken my
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  • "Men, you should have taken myadvice not to sail from Crete,
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  • advice not to sail from Crete,then you would have spared
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  • then you would have sparedyourselves this damage and loss,
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  • yourselves this damage and loss,but now I urge you to keep
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  • but now I urge you to keepup your courage,
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  • up your courage,because not one of you
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  • because not one of youwill be lost.
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  • will be lost.Only the ship will be destroyed.
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  • Only the ship will be destroyed.Here's how I know.
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  • Here's how I know.Last night, an angel of the God
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  • Last night, an angel of the Godto whom I belong and whom I
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  • to whom I belong and whom Iserve stood beside me and said,
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  • serve stood beside me and said,"Do not be afraid, Paul.
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  • "Do not be afraid, Paul.You must stand trial
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  • You must stand trialbefore Caesar."
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  • before Caesar."In other words,
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  • In other words,you can't go down
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  • you can't go downin this battle,
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  • in this battle,because I've got a bigger
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  • because I've got a biggerone ahead of you.
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  • one ahead of you."And God has graciously given
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  • "And God has graciously givenyou the lives
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  • you the livesof all who sail with you.
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  • of all who sail with you.So keep up your courage, men,
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  • So keep up your courage, men,for I have faith
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  • for I have faiththat it will happen
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  • that it will happenjust as He told me.
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  • just as He told me.Nevertheless, we must run
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  • Nevertheless, we must runaground on some island."
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  • aground on some island."So, 3-1/2 years ago,
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  • So, 3-1/2 years ago,I preached a message called
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  • I preached a message called"It Will Happen", and today,
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  • "It Will Happen", and today,I want you to announce
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  • I want you to announcemy sermon title.
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  • my sermon title.Look at your neighbor
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  • Look at your neighborand tell them, neighbor.
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  • and tell them, neighbor.Tell them, neighbor --
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  • Tell them, neighbor --"It Had to Happen".
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  • "It Had to Happen".Father,
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  • Father,I thank you for your Word.
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  • I thank you for your Word.I pray that it would go forth
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  • I pray that it would go forthin clarity now to bless
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  • in clarity now to blessthe people that you've brought
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  • the people that you've broughthere to hear it.
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  • here to hear it.Not only would they hear it,
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  • Not only would they hear it,God, but I pray that they might
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  • God, but I pray that they mightapply it, so that it can
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  • apply it, so that it canstrengthen their lives.
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  • strengthen their lives.In Jesus' name, Amen.
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  • In Jesus' name, Amen.On your way to your seat,
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  • On your way to your seat,touch your other neighbor
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  • touch your other neighborthat you hadn't talked to yet
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  • that you hadn't talked to yetand tell them,
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  • and tell them,it had to happen.
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  • it had to happen.Because Paul, as spiritual
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  • Because Paul, as spiritualas he is, is apparently not
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  • as he is, is apparently notabove telling someone I told
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  • the sailors who were
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  • the sailors who wereon this ship
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  • on this shipthat was headed to Rome.
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  • that was headed to Rome.They were trying to get
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  • They were trying to getto Italy, and Paul was on there
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  • to Italy, and Paul was on therefor preaching the Gospel.
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  • for preaching the Gospel.He didn't do anything wrong,
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  • He didn't do anything wrong,but sometimes the reason
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  • but sometimes the reasonthat you go through things
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  • that you go through thingsisn't because of something
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  • isn't because of somethingwrong that you did.
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  • wrong that you did.You know that, right?
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  • You know that, right?Even as a Christian.
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  • Even as a Christian.And sometimes, the things
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  • And sometimes, the thingsyou go through are directly
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  • you did right,
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  • you did right,and you can't always
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  • and you can't alwaysknow the reason,
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  • know the reason,and that's difficult for me.
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  • and that's difficult for me.I always want
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  • I always wantto know the reason.
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  • to know the reason.And I feel like I'm really
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  • And I feel like I'm reallygood at dealing with resistance
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  • good at dealing with resistanceif I know the reason for it,
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  • if I know the reason for it,and even with people,
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  • and even with people,I'm kind of skeptical.
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  • I'm kind of skeptical.I don't always take people
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  • I don't always take peopleat face value for what they say
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  • at face value for what they saythey want in a relationship.
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  • they want in a relationship.And I probably shouldn't
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  • And I probably shouldn'tbe so paranoid.
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  • be so paranoid.Holly tells me I should trust
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  • Holly tells me I should trustpeople more,
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  • people more,but I think she should trust
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  • but I think she should trustpeople less, so we just balance
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  • people less, so we just balanceeach other out.
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  • each other out.I really do.
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  • I really do.I think you should trust
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  • I think you should trustpeople less,
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  • people less,because people will say
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  • because people will saythat they want to be your friend
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  • that they want to be your friendfor this reason,
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  • for this reason,and sometimes
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  • and sometimesthere's a deeper reason.
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  • there's a deeper reason.And I know you can't go
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  • And I know you can't gothrough life living like that,
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  • through life living like that,and you should assume the best
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  • and you should assume the bestabout people and all of that,
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  • about people and all of that,but I don't sometimes.
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  • but I don't sometimes.Sometimes I get in situations
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  • Sometimes I get in situationswhere I'm like, hmmm,
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  • where I'm like, hmmm,I wonder what the real reason --
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  • I wonder what the real reason --even with my kids,
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  • even with my kids,you know,
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  • you know,if they're too nice to me.
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  • if they're too nice to me.You know, if they hug me
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  • You know, if they hug mea little too tight.
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  • a little too tight.You know, they come running
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  • You know, they come runninga little too fast.
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  • a little too fast.Hey, Daddy!
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  • Hey, Daddy!I know that behind
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  • I know that behindthe affection is an ask.
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  • the affection is an ask.It happened today.
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  • It happened today.I was coming out to preach.
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  • I was coming out to preach.I heard a noise in the bathroom
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  • I heard a noise in the bathroomback in my green room,
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  • back in my green room,and I was in another room.
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  • and I was in another room.And I knew it was Elijah,
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  • And I knew it was Elijah,because I heard the pop
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  • because I heard the popof the product,
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  • of the product,my hair product.
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  • my hair product.And I said, "Who's in here"?
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  • And I said, "Who's in here"?And I knew it was him,
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  • And I knew it was him,and I was messing with him.
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  • and I was messing with him.And he said,
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  • And he said,"It's me, Daddy!
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  • "It's me, Daddy!I just came to say I love you!"
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  • I just came to say I love you!"And I said,
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  • And I said,"And to use my hair product"?
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  • "And to use my hair product"?I know why
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  • I know whyyou're really in here.
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  • And he said,
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  • And he said,"And because I love you"!
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  • "And because I love you"!And I said,
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  • And I said,"Well, mostly because
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  • "Well, mostly becauseyou want my product".
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  • you want my product".And he said,
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  • And he said,"Why can't it be both"?
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  • "Why can't it be both"?That was pretty good.
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  • And for me, I hear Paul.
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  • And for me, I hear Paul.Okay, he's on a ship
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  • Okay, he's on a shipthat he doesn't believe
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  • that he doesn't believehe rightfully belongs on,
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  • he rightfully belongs on,taken as prisoner for a crime
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  • taken as prisoner for a crimethat he didn't commit,
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  • that he didn't commit,being accused of things
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  • being accused of thingsthat he didn't do.
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  • that he didn't do.And I hear, when he's talking --
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  • And I hear, when he's talking --I kind of hear two things.
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  • I kind of hear two things.I hear faith, it will happen,
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  • I hear faith, it will happen,and I hear frustration,
  • 00:06:39.896 --> 00:06:41.631
  • and I hear frustration,this didn't have to happen.
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  • this didn't have to happen.And I hear both,
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  • And I hear both,because watch.
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  • because watch.He says, "If you would have
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  • He says, "If you would havetaken my advice,
  • 00:06:48.137 --> 00:06:51.007
  • taken my advice,you would have spared yourself
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  • you would have spared yourselfthis damage and loss".
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  • this damage and loss".In other words, the reason
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  • In other words, the reasonwe're about to wreck is because
  • 00:06:56.212 --> 00:06:59.415
  • we're about to wreck is becauseof a decision that you made.
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  • of a decision that you made.But, if we stay too long
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  • But, if we stay too longin the reason,
  • 00:07:04.120 --> 00:07:05.721
  • in the reason,we're going to drown.
  • 00:07:05.721 --> 00:07:07.356
  • we're going to drown.Because what matters at some
  • 00:07:07.356 --> 00:07:08.758
  • Because what matters at somepoint -- you have to get past,
  • 00:07:08.758 --> 00:07:09.559
  • point -- you have to get past,at some point,
  • 00:07:09.559 --> 00:07:11.494
  • at some point,trying to figure out
  • 00:07:11.494 --> 00:07:12.795
  • trying to figure outwhy it happened,
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  • why it happened,and this is difficult.
  • 00:07:13.996 --> 00:07:14.931
  • and this is difficult.This is difficult for those
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  • This is difficult for thoseof us who want to know a reason.
  • 00:07:16.833 --> 00:07:18.601
  • of us who want to know a reason.Even pastorally, when I call
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  • Even pastorally, when I callsomeone and maybe they've gone
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  • someone and maybe they've gonethrough a loss,
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  • through a loss,a tragedy, and I say,
  • 00:07:23.406 --> 00:07:24.140
  • a tragedy, and I say,I was just calling to pray
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  • I was just calling to praywith you, there's a temptation
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  • with you, there's a temptationfor me to try to give them
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  • for me to try to give thema reason for why it happened.
  • 00:07:29.445 --> 00:07:31.514
  • a reason for why it happened.And when I was a rookie pastor,
  • 00:07:31.514 --> 00:07:32.715
  • And when I was a rookie pastor,before I became the sage
  • 00:07:32.715 --> 00:07:33.950
  • before I became the sageof wisdom that I am
  • 00:07:33.950 --> 00:07:34.884
  • of wisdom that I ambefore you today --
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  • before you today --can you feel me rolling my eyes
  • 00:07:36.018 --> 00:07:38.054
  • can you feel me rolling my eyesat myself in sarcasm?
  • 00:07:38.054 --> 00:07:39.555
  • at myself in sarcasm?I would always feel compelled
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  • I would always feel compelledto give them a reason, you know?
  • 00:07:40.623 --> 00:07:41.357
  • to give them a reason, you know?But God is going to use
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  • But God is going to usethis for good, you know,
  • 00:07:42.391 --> 00:07:46.395
  • this for good, you know,Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11?
  • 00:07:46.395 --> 00:07:48.898
  • Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11?Every little coffee cup verse
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  • Every little coffee cup verseI could spit out at them,
  • 00:07:50.099 --> 00:07:51.067
  • I could spit out at them,just as fast as I could.
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  • just as fast as I could.You know,
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  • You know,there's a reason for that.
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  • there's a reason for that.And I realized at some point
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  • And I realized at some pointduring giving people reasons,
  • 00:07:56.239 --> 00:07:57.874
  • during giving people reasons,sometimes people don't need
  • 00:07:57.874 --> 00:07:58.941
  • sometimes people don't needa reason when they're
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  • a reason when they'rein the middle of a storm.
  • 00:08:00.543 --> 00:08:02.178
  • in the middle of a storm.They just need a reassurance
  • 00:08:02.178 --> 00:08:02.979
  • They just need a reassurancethat God will not leave
  • 00:08:02.979 --> 00:08:04.313
  • that God will not leaveyou alone in it.
  • 00:08:04.313 --> 00:08:06.315
  • you alone in it.So please, when someone that you
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  • So please, when someone that youlove is suffering,
  • 00:08:07.617 --> 00:08:08.584
  • love is suffering,don't be so quick
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  • don't be so quickto give them a reason.
  • 00:08:09.852 --> 00:08:10.653
  • to give them a reason.Don't be so quick
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  • Don't be so quickto point your finger.
  • 00:08:11.888 --> 00:08:12.788
  • to point your finger.Well, the reason your kids
  • 00:08:12.788 --> 00:08:13.990
  • Well, the reason your kidsare rebelling is because --
  • 00:08:13.990 --> 00:08:14.657
  • are rebelling is because --no, no.
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  • no, no.Now's not the time for that.
  • 00:08:16.259 --> 00:08:17.460
  • Now's not the time for that.People don't need a reason
  • 00:08:17.460 --> 00:08:18.194
  • People don't need a reasonwhen they're going through
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  • when they're going througha great trial.
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  • a great trial.What they need is someone
  • 00:08:21.030 --> 00:08:22.698
  • What they need is someoneto reassure them that God
  • 00:08:22.698 --> 00:08:24.901
  • to reassure them that Godis with you, and so am I.
  • 00:08:24.901 --> 00:08:26.235
  • is with you, and so am I.And here's Paul, standing
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  • And here's Paul, standingin the middle of a storm,
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  • in the middle of a storm,and the reason
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  • and the reasonit's happening is because
  • 00:08:34.644 --> 00:08:39.282
  • it's happening is becauseof their dumb decision.
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  • of their dumb decision.Have you ever had to go
  • 00:08:41.851 --> 00:08:44.353
  • Have you ever had to gothrough a storm because
  • 00:08:44.353 --> 00:08:47.323
  • through a storm becauseof somebody else's
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  • of somebody else'sdumb decision?
  • 00:08:49.926 --> 00:08:51.027
  • dumb decision?This is an awkward moment
  • 00:08:51.027 --> 00:08:51.994
  • This is an awkward momentin my sermon,
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  • the person next to you
  • 00:08:59.635 --> 00:09:01.337
  • the person next to youis going to know.
  • 00:09:01.337 --> 00:09:03.739
  • is going to know.Paul says, if we would have
  • 00:09:03.739 --> 00:09:05.274
  • Paul says, if we would havedone it this way -- oh yeah,
  • 00:09:05.274 --> 00:09:06.075
  • done it this way -- oh yeah,because not everything
  • 00:09:06.075 --> 00:09:07.009
  • because not everythingthat happens to you
  • 00:09:07.009 --> 00:09:07.977
  • that happens to youhappened because God wanted
  • 00:09:07.977 --> 00:09:10.446
  • happened because God wantedit to happen to you.
  • 00:09:10.446 --> 00:09:11.480
  • it to happen to you.And certainly, not everything
  • 00:09:11.480 --> 00:09:12.615
  • And certainly, not everythingthat happens to you happens
  • 00:09:12.615 --> 00:09:14.417
  • that happens to you happensbecause the devil did it,
  • 00:09:14.417 --> 00:09:16.252
  • because the devil did it,because if the devil did it,
  • 00:09:16.252 --> 00:09:17.620
  • Sometimes I think we've got
  • 00:09:18.487 --> 00:09:19.589
  • Sometimes I think we've gotthe wrong word sometimes,
  • 00:09:19.589 --> 00:09:20.323
  • the wrong word sometimes,because I think they both
  • 00:09:20.323 --> 00:09:21.057
  • because I think they bothstart with the letter D,
  • 00:09:21.057 --> 00:09:21.757
  • start with the letter D,and we get confused.
  • 00:09:21.757 --> 00:09:22.792
  • and we get confused.Sometimes it's not the devil,
  • 00:09:22.792 --> 00:09:28.698
  • Sometimes it's not the devil,it's the decision.
  • 00:09:28.698 --> 00:09:29.365
  • it's the decision.It's just too crowded
  • 00:09:29.365 --> 00:09:30.099
  • It's just too crowdedin church today.
  • 00:09:30.099 --> 00:09:31.067
  • in church today.I need to free up some seats
  • 00:09:31.067 --> 00:09:33.836
  • I need to free up some seatsfor the next week, so --
  • 00:09:33.836 --> 00:09:34.570
  • for the next week, so --I don't want you to have
  • 00:09:34.570 --> 00:09:35.137
  • I don't want you to haveto sit in parking
  • 00:09:35.137 --> 00:09:37.373
  • to sit in parkingor anything like that.
  • 00:09:37.373 --> 00:09:39.976
  • or anything like that.And sometimes --
  • 00:09:39.976 --> 00:09:42.111
  • this didn't have to happen
  • 00:09:44.513 --> 00:09:46.315
  • this didn't have to happenlike this, and those
  • 00:09:46.315 --> 00:09:49.752
  • like this, and thoseare the hardest for me.
  • 00:09:49.752 --> 00:09:51.821
  • are the hardest for me.Really, the hardest for me
  • 00:09:51.821 --> 00:09:52.688
  • Really, the hardest for meis when I feel like,
  • 00:09:52.688 --> 00:09:54.790
  • is when I feel like,this was avoidable.
  • 00:09:54.790 --> 00:09:57.593
  • this was avoidable.You know?
  • 00:09:57.593 --> 00:09:58.628
  • You know?And when I feel like
  • 00:09:58.628 --> 00:09:59.595
  • And when I feel likeI could have avoided it.
  • 00:09:59.595 --> 00:10:02.565
  • and that's the tension,
  • 00:10:03.299 --> 00:10:05.001
  • and that's the tension,isn't it?
  • 00:10:05.001 --> 00:10:05.668
  • isn't it?I was talking to one
  • 00:10:05.668 --> 00:10:06.902
  • I was talking to oneof my best friends the other day
  • 00:10:06.902 --> 00:10:09.939
  • of my best friends the other dayand I said, "A year from now" --
  • 00:10:09.939 --> 00:10:10.973
  • and I said, "A year from now" --we were going through something
  • 00:10:10.973 --> 00:10:11.974
  • we were going through somethingand we were talking through it,
  • 00:10:11.974 --> 00:10:12.775
  • and we were talking through it,and it was something
  • 00:10:12.775 --> 00:10:14.477
  • and it was somethingthat we couldn't understand.
  • 00:10:14.477 --> 00:10:16.445
  • that we couldn't understand.And I said, "A year from now,
  • 00:10:16.445 --> 00:10:17.647
  • And I said, "A year from now,we will understand
  • 00:10:17.647 --> 00:10:20.149
  • we will understandwhy this had to happen".
  • 00:10:20.149 --> 00:10:20.783
  • why this had to happen".And he said,
  • 00:10:20.783 --> 00:10:23.119
  • And he said,"Do you really believe that"?
  • 00:10:23.119 --> 00:10:23.686
  • "Do you really believe that"?I said,
  • 00:10:23.686 --> 00:10:24.520
  • I said,"Yeah, I believe that in time,
  • 00:10:24.520 --> 00:10:25.955
  • "Yeah, I believe that in time,God will show us".
  • 00:10:25.955 --> 00:10:27.289
  • God will show us".He said, "No, no, not that part.
  • 00:10:27.289 --> 00:10:27.957
  • He said, "No, no, not that part.Do you really believe
  • 00:10:27.957 --> 00:10:30.693
  • Do you really believeit had to happen?"
  • 00:10:30.693 --> 00:10:32.261
  • it had to happen?"Because what he was doing,
  • 00:10:32.261 --> 00:10:33.262
  • Because what he was doing,he was reverse engineering
  • 00:10:33.262 --> 00:10:33.929
  • he was reverse engineeringall of the decisions
  • 00:10:33.929 --> 00:10:34.797
  • all of the decisionsthat led to it,
  • 00:10:34.797 --> 00:10:36.832
  • that led to it,and what I kind of wanted to say
  • 00:10:36.832 --> 00:10:37.667
  • and what I kind of wanted to sayto him that I wasn't smart
  • 00:10:37.667 --> 00:10:38.934
  • to him that I wasn't smartenough to say in the moment,
  • 00:10:38.934 --> 00:10:39.435
  • enough to say in the moment,but I've thought about
  • 00:10:39.435 --> 00:10:40.169
  • but I've thought aboutit for a few weeks now
  • 00:10:40.169 --> 00:10:44.607
  • it for a few weeks nowand I want to tell you --
  • 00:10:44.607 --> 00:10:45.574
  • and I want to tell you --is that I've come to the place
  • 00:10:45.574 --> 00:10:46.909
  • is that I've come to the placein my belief system
  • 00:10:46.909 --> 00:10:48.644
  • in my belief systemwhere I no longer try to figure
  • 00:10:48.644 --> 00:10:49.845
  • where I no longer try to figureout whether God did it
  • 00:10:49.845 --> 00:10:50.680
  • out whether God did itor the devil did it,
  • 00:10:50.680 --> 00:10:51.614
  • or the devil did it,because it has to pass through
  • 00:10:51.614 --> 00:10:52.381
  • because it has to pass throughthe same hands before
  • 00:10:52.381 --> 00:10:57.920
  • the same hands beforeit gets to me.
  • 00:10:57.920 --> 00:10:58.621
  • it gets to me.And I've read enough
  • 00:10:58.621 --> 00:10:59.855
  • And I've read enoughof the Bible to know that God
  • 00:10:59.855 --> 00:11:00.890
  • of the Bible to know that Godwill use other people's
  • 00:11:00.890 --> 00:11:01.724
  • will use other people'sbad decisions
  • 00:11:01.724 --> 00:11:09.098
  • bad decisionsto get me to my destiny.
  • 00:11:09.098 --> 00:11:10.332
  • to get me to my destiny.And I've seen enough play out
  • 00:11:10.332 --> 00:11:11.200
  • And I've seen enough play outto know that Joseph,
  • 00:11:11.200 --> 00:11:12.068
  • to know that Joseph,at the end of his life,
  • 00:11:12.068 --> 00:11:13.102
  • at the end of his life,was only able to look at his
  • 00:11:13.102 --> 00:11:14.003
  • was only able to look at hisbrothers and say,
  • 00:11:14.003 --> 00:11:15.171
  • brothers and say,don't even worry about it,
  • 00:11:15.171 --> 00:11:18.174
  • don't even worry about it,because you meant it for evil,
  • 00:11:18.174 --> 00:11:20.609
  • because you meant it for evil,but God meant it for good.
  • 00:11:20.609 --> 00:11:21.844
  • but God meant it for good.Which one was it,
  • 00:11:21.844 --> 00:11:22.945
  • Which one was it,evil or good?
  • 00:11:22.945 --> 00:11:24.780
  • evil or good?It was both.
  • 00:11:24.780 --> 00:11:26.449
  • It was both.Why can't it be both?
  • 00:11:26.449 --> 00:11:27.783
  • Why can't it be both?Why can't it be an attack
  • 00:11:27.783 --> 00:11:29.618
  • Why can't it be an attackfrom the devil that God used
  • 00:11:29.618 --> 00:11:31.120
  • from the devil that God usedand put to good usage
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.421
  • and put to good usageand repurposed in order
  • 00:11:32.421 --> 00:11:34.023
  • and repurposed in orderto accomplish --
  • 00:11:34.023 --> 00:11:35.057
  • to accomplish --that's what Paul is saying.
  • 00:11:35.057 --> 00:11:36.625
  • that's what Paul is saying.He's saying
  • 00:11:36.625 --> 00:11:38.394
  • He's sayingit didn't have to happen!
  • 00:11:38.394 --> 00:11:39.128
  • it didn't have to happen!I don't want you to blame
  • 00:11:39.128 --> 00:11:40.830
  • I don't want you to blamethis on God!
  • 00:11:40.830 --> 00:11:41.997
  • this on God!We could have avoided this!
  • 00:11:41.997 --> 00:11:43.199
  • We could have avoided this!You didn't have to date him!
  • 00:11:43.199 --> 00:11:45.267
  • You didn't have to date him!Your mom told you he was crazy,
  • 00:11:45.267 --> 00:11:45.868
  • Your mom told you he was crazy,and you wouldn't
  • 00:11:45.868 --> 00:11:47.436
  • and you wouldn'tlisten to anybody!
  • 00:11:47.436 --> 00:11:48.571
  • listen to anybody!But if we stay stuck
  • 00:11:48.571 --> 00:11:50.306
  • But if we stay stuckin the reason,
  • 00:11:50.306 --> 00:11:55.611
  • in the reason,we'll miss the revelation!
  • 00:11:55.611 --> 00:11:56.679
  • we'll miss the revelation!Because Paul says, you know,
  • 00:11:56.679 --> 00:11:58.848
  • Because Paul says, you know,there's a reason this happened,
  • 00:11:58.848 --> 00:12:00.783
  • there's a reason this happened,and it could have been avoided.
  • 00:12:00.783 --> 00:12:01.917
  • and it could have been avoided.But last night,
  • 00:12:01.917 --> 00:12:03.586
  • But last night,while the storm was raging --
  • 00:12:03.586 --> 00:12:04.587
  • while the storm was raging --last night,
  • 00:12:04.587 --> 00:12:06.355
  • last night,I was all alone and God showed
  • 00:12:06.355 --> 00:12:08.591
  • I was all alone and God showedup and reminded me that His
  • 00:12:08.591 --> 00:12:10.359
  • up and reminded me that Hispurpose is still intact,
  • 00:12:10.359 --> 00:12:15.931
  • purpose is still intact,even if the ship goes down.
  • 00:12:15.931 --> 00:12:17.933
  • even if the ship goes down.It had to happen.
  • 00:12:17.933 --> 00:12:20.069
  • It had to happen.It had to happen.
  • 00:12:20.069 --> 00:12:21.403
  • It had to happen.And, God doesn't tell Paul
  • 00:12:21.403 --> 00:12:24.140
  • And, God doesn't tell Paula whole series of explanations.
  • 00:12:24.140 --> 00:12:27.777
  • a whole series of explanations.He doesn't give him a reason,
  • 00:12:27.777 --> 00:12:32.982
  • He doesn't give him a reason,he gives him a revelation.
  • 00:12:32.982 --> 00:12:35.851
  • he gives him a revelation.Revelation is more powerful
  • 00:12:35.851 --> 00:12:38.020
  • Revelation is more powerfulthan reason.
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:38.921
  • than reason.See, you can't fight the devil
  • 00:12:38.921 --> 00:12:40.956
  • you don't know the reason.
  • 00:12:42.992 --> 00:12:46.028
  • you don't know the reason.Sometimes you have to go back
  • 00:12:46.028 --> 00:12:47.897
  • Sometimes you have to go backto who God showed you
  • 00:12:47.897 --> 00:12:50.199
  • to who God showed youthat He was, and God
  • 00:12:50.199 --> 00:12:51.300
  • that He was, and Godis very tactical in this,
  • 00:12:51.300 --> 00:12:53.969
  • is very tactical in this,so He will create a situation
  • 00:12:53.969 --> 00:12:55.437
  • so He will create a situationfor a revelation.
  • 00:12:55.437 --> 00:12:55.971
  • for a revelation.Can I preach about
  • 00:12:55.971 --> 00:12:57.840
  • Can I preach aboutthis for a minute?
  • 00:12:57.840 --> 00:13:00.643
  • and He loves Lazarus.
  • 00:13:02.978 --> 00:13:04.180
  • and He loves Lazarus.And when they tell Him
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:06.582
  • And when they tell Himthat Lazarus died, He'll say,
  • 00:13:06.582 --> 00:13:08.918
  • that Lazarus died, He'll say,I'm glad it happened!
  • 00:13:08.918 --> 00:13:10.619
  • I'm glad it happened!Jesus actually said,
  • 00:13:10.619 --> 00:13:12.354
  • Jesus actually said,"I'm glad he died".
  • 00:13:12.354 --> 00:13:13.322
  • "I'm glad he died".Why?
  • 00:13:13.322 --> 00:13:14.056
  • Why?Because now we've got
  • 00:13:14.056 --> 00:13:17.126
  • Because now we've gota situation, and the situation
  • 00:13:17.126 --> 00:13:20.629
  • a situation, and the situationis what enables the revelation.
  • 00:13:20.629 --> 00:13:21.430
  • is what enables the revelation.It's not just true because
  • 00:13:21.430 --> 00:13:22.198
  • It's not just true becauseit rhymes,
  • 00:13:22.198 --> 00:13:24.033
  • it rhymes,it's true because it's true.
  • 00:13:24.033 --> 00:13:24.900
  • they knew Him as healer.
  • 00:13:26.268 --> 00:13:27.536
  • they knew Him as healer.Now they needed to know Him
  • 00:13:27.536 --> 00:13:29.338
  • Now they needed to know Himas resurrection.
  • 00:13:29.338 --> 00:13:30.239
  • as resurrection.And so He said,
  • 00:13:30.239 --> 00:13:32.041
  • And so He said,I'm glad it went wrong.
  • 00:13:32.041 --> 00:13:33.409
  • I'm glad it went wrong.I'm glad it went poorly.
  • 00:13:33.409 --> 00:13:35.244
  • I'm glad it went poorly.Paul said, we must run aground
  • 00:13:35.244 --> 00:13:37.046
  • Paul said, we must run agroundon some island.
  • 00:13:37.046 --> 00:13:37.580
  • on some island.Somebody say,
  • 00:13:37.580 --> 00:13:39.415
  • Somebody say,it had to happen.
  • 00:13:39.415 --> 00:13:40.583
  • it had to happen.It had to happen,
  • 00:13:40.583 --> 00:13:42.151
  • for a reason, He will bypass
  • 00:13:44.019 --> 00:13:45.354
  • for a reason, He will bypassthe reason and give
  • 00:13:45.354 --> 00:13:46.856
  • the reason and giveyou a revelation.
  • 00:13:46.856 --> 00:13:48.524
  • you a revelation.You still belong to me.
  • 00:13:48.524 --> 00:13:49.825
  • You still belong to me.You're still my child.
  • 00:13:49.825 --> 00:13:51.694
  • You're still my child.See, I don't operate by reason.
  • 00:13:51.694 --> 00:13:53.262
  • See, I don't operate by reason.If I operate by reason,
  • 00:13:53.262 --> 00:13:54.330
  • If I operate by reason,sometimes I'll be up,
  • 00:13:54.330 --> 00:13:56.232
  • sometimes I'll be up,sometimes I'll be down.
  • 00:13:56.232 --> 00:13:57.900
  • sometimes I'll be down.I operate by revelation.
  • 00:13:57.900 --> 00:13:59.301
  • I operate by revelation.I know He is good,
  • 00:13:59.301 --> 00:14:00.703
  • I know He is good,and He does good!
  • 00:14:00.703 --> 00:14:01.971
  • and He does good!I know He's with me,
  • 00:14:01.971 --> 00:14:03.405
  • I know He's with me,I know He's for me!
  • 00:14:03.405 --> 00:14:04.807
  • I know He's for me!I know He'll never leave me,
  • 00:14:04.807 --> 00:14:06.075
  • I know He'll never leave me,nor forsake me!
  • 00:14:06.075 --> 00:14:07.309
  • nor forsake me!That's my revelation.
  • 00:14:07.309 --> 00:14:08.010
  • That's my revelation.Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:14:08.010 --> 00:14:10.012
  • Touch somebody and say,I've got a revelation.
  • 00:14:10.012 --> 00:14:11.213
  • I've got a revelation.And so, when you get in trouble,
  • 00:14:11.213 --> 00:14:12.248
  • And so, when you get in trouble,you don't need a reason,
  • 00:14:12.248 --> 00:14:13.782
  • you don't need a reason,you need a revelation.
  • 00:14:13.782 --> 00:14:14.583
  • you need a revelation.Elijah looked at me
  • 00:14:14.583 --> 00:14:15.751
  • Elijah looked at methe other day, and I was telling
  • 00:14:15.751 --> 00:14:16.752
  • the other day, and I was tellinghim to do something,
  • 00:14:16.752 --> 00:14:18.254
  • him to do something,and he's 11 years old,
  • 00:14:18.254 --> 00:14:19.455
  • and he's 11 years old,and so he is being visited
  • 00:14:19.455 --> 00:14:21.657
  • and so he is being visitedby demons of 11 year oldness.
  • 00:14:21.657 --> 00:14:22.625
  • by demons of 11 year oldness.And he's coming up to me,
  • 00:14:22.625 --> 00:14:24.026
  • And he's coming up to me,talking about, "Dad, I'll do
  • 00:14:24.026 --> 00:14:25.895
  • talking about, "Dad, I'll doit if you tell me the reason".
  • 00:14:25.895 --> 00:14:26.662
  • it if you tell me the reason".He said, "I'm not the kind
  • 00:14:26.662 --> 00:14:27.763
  • He said, "I'm not the kindof person who can just do
  • 00:14:27.763 --> 00:14:28.998
  • of person who can just dosomething without knowing
  • 00:14:28.998 --> 00:14:38.908
  • something without knowingthe reason".
  • 00:14:38.908 --> 00:14:40.042
  • the reason".Did you ever see The Simpsons?
  • 00:14:40.042 --> 00:14:41.010
  • Did you ever see The Simpsons?I know you don't watch TV,
  • 00:14:41.010 --> 00:14:43.178
  • I know you don't watch TV,you read the Bible all the time.
  • 00:14:43.178 --> 00:14:44.346
  • you read the Bible all the time.When Homer grabs Bart around
  • 00:14:44.346 --> 00:14:48.317
  • When Homer grabs Bart aroundthe neck -- and I know
  • 00:14:48.317 --> 00:14:49.985
  • the neck -- and I knowI probably couldn't do that.
  • 00:14:49.985 --> 00:14:53.155
  • I probably couldn't do that.When he said, "I need a reason",
  • 00:14:53.155 --> 00:14:56.692
  • When he said, "I need a reason",and I looked back at him,
  • 00:14:56.692 --> 00:14:57.793
  • and I looked back at him,and the only thing that came
  • 00:14:57.793 --> 00:14:58.794
  • and the only thing that cameto me was --
  • 00:14:58.794 --> 00:14:59.528
  • to me was --I looked at him,
  • 00:14:59.528 --> 00:15:00.396
  • I looked at him,the spirit of Star Wars
  • 00:15:00.396 --> 00:15:01.864
  • the spirit of Star Warscame on me and I said,
  • 00:15:01.864 --> 00:15:05.801
  • came on me and I said,"I am your father".
  • 00:15:05.801 --> 00:15:06.835
  • "I am your father".You don't need a reason
  • 00:15:06.835 --> 00:15:08.003
  • You don't need a reasonto do it, boy.
  • 00:15:08.003 --> 00:15:09.071
  • to do it, boy.You need a revelation
  • 00:15:09.071 --> 00:15:11.740
  • You need a revelationof who I am!
  • 00:15:11.740 --> 00:15:15.544
  • of who I am!See, sometimes in your life
  • 00:15:15.544 --> 00:15:17.146
  • See, sometimes in your lifeyou won't know why,
  • 00:15:17.146 --> 00:15:18.280
  • you won't know why,but if you know who --
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:20.749
  • but if you know who --Paul said, "Last night, an angel
  • 00:15:20.749 --> 00:15:22.484
  • Paul said, "Last night, an angelof the God to whom I belong
  • 00:15:22.484 --> 00:15:26.922
  • of the God to whom I belongand whom I serve"!
  • 00:15:26.922 --> 00:15:27.189
  • and whom I serve"!So, look.
  • 00:15:27.189 --> 00:15:28.257
  • So, look.High five somebody and say,
  • 00:15:28.257 --> 00:15:32.695
  • High five somebody and say,I got a revelation.
  • 00:15:32.695 --> 00:15:35.931
  • I got a revelation.And Paul says, we're going
  • 00:15:35.931 --> 00:15:39.601
  • And Paul says, we're goingto make it, but the boat isn't.
  • 00:15:39.601 --> 00:15:42.037
  • to make it, but the boat isn't.The boat has to break,
  • 00:15:42.037 --> 00:15:44.807
  • The boat has to break,but we're going to make it.
  • 00:15:44.807 --> 00:15:46.208
  • but we're going to make it.We will suffer loss,
  • 00:15:46.208 --> 00:15:47.209
  • We will suffer loss,but we will not lose
  • 00:15:47.209 --> 00:15:48.811
  • but we will not losewhat's most important.
  • 00:15:48.811 --> 00:15:50.846
  • what's most important.That's the promise.
  • 00:15:50.846 --> 00:15:52.982
  • That's the promise.Alright, so you know
  • 00:15:52.982 --> 00:15:54.083
  • Alright, so you knowwhat's amazing about
  • 00:15:54.083 --> 00:15:54.917
  • what's amazing aboutthis story?
  • 00:15:54.917 --> 00:15:55.951
  • this story?It happened just like Paul
  • 00:15:55.951 --> 00:15:56.819
  • It happened just like Paulsaid it would, and they all
  • 00:15:56.819 --> 00:15:59.555
  • said it would, and they allgot to the shore.
  • 00:15:59.555 --> 00:16:01.991
  • got to the shore.And they got to that island --
  • 00:16:01.991 --> 00:16:02.958
  • And they got to that island --that island, look at this
  • 00:16:02.958 --> 00:16:05.127
  • that island, look at thisin Acts 28:1.
  • 00:16:05.127 --> 00:16:05.694
  • in Acts 28:1.Somebody say,
  • 00:16:05.694 --> 00:16:07.396
  • Somebody say,it had to happen.
  • 00:16:07.396 --> 00:16:08.364
  • it had to happen.That's the Word for you today --
  • 00:16:08.364 --> 00:16:10.566
  • That's the Word for you today --it had to happen.
  • 00:16:10.566 --> 00:16:12.101
  • it had to happen.And, when they got there,
  • 00:16:12.101 --> 00:16:14.336
  • And, when they got there,the Bible says, Acts 28:1,
  • 00:16:14.336 --> 00:16:17.906
  • the Bible says, Acts 28:1,"Once safely on shore,
  • 00:16:17.906 --> 00:16:21.243
  • "Once safely on shore,we found out that the island
  • 00:16:21.243 --> 00:16:23.812
  • we found out that the islandwas called Malta".
  • 00:16:23.812 --> 00:16:26.315
  • was called Malta".Malta means refuge.
  • 00:16:26.315 --> 00:16:27.683
  • Malta means refuge.So, the grace of God does not
  • 00:16:27.683 --> 00:16:33.222
  • So, the grace of God does notalways prevent the consequence,
  • 00:16:33.222 --> 00:16:33.856
  • always prevent the consequence,but it gives you
  • 00:16:33.856 --> 00:16:37.092
  • but it gives youa place to land.
  • 00:16:37.092 --> 00:16:38.460
  • a place to land.And so, we must run aground
  • 00:16:38.460 --> 00:16:39.895
  • And so, we must run agroundon some island,
  • 00:16:39.895 --> 00:16:40.562
  • on some island,and when we got there,
  • 00:16:40.562 --> 00:16:41.630
  • and when we got there,we found out the island
  • 00:16:41.630 --> 00:16:44.433
  • we found out the islandwas called Malta,
  • 00:16:44.433 --> 00:16:45.734
  • was called Malta,and it must be a relief now
  • 00:16:45.734 --> 00:16:46.735
  • and it must be a relief nowthat we're no longer on these
  • 00:16:46.735 --> 00:16:47.836
  • that we're no longer on theseopen seas, because they've
  • 00:16:47.836 --> 00:16:49.238
  • open seas, because they'vespent weeks thrashing around,
  • 00:16:49.238 --> 00:16:49.838
  • spent weeks thrashing around,wondering if they'd
  • 00:16:49.838 --> 00:16:51.774
  • wondering if they'dever see dry land again.
  • 00:16:51.774 --> 00:16:53.342
  • ever see dry land again.And then, they get to the place,
  • 00:16:53.342 --> 00:16:54.977
  • And then, they get to the place,and the Bible says in verse 2
  • 00:16:54.977 --> 00:16:56.111
  • and the Bible says in verse 2that "The islanders showed us
  • 00:16:56.111 --> 00:16:58.147
  • that "The islanders showed usunusual kindness".
  • 00:16:58.147 --> 00:17:00.315
  • unusual kindness".Now, islanders is a kind term.
  • 00:17:00.315 --> 00:17:02.551
  • Now, islanders is a kind term.The actual word that is used
  • 00:17:02.551 --> 00:17:03.886
  • The actual word that is usedhere from Luke,
  • 00:17:03.886 --> 00:17:05.154
  • here from Luke,who wrote the Book of Acts,
  • 00:17:05.154 --> 00:17:07.156
  • who wrote the Book of Acts,is barbarians, and he called
  • 00:17:07.156 --> 00:17:08.424
  • is barbarians, and he calledthem that because they didn't
  • 00:17:08.424 --> 00:17:10.626
  • them that because they didn'tspeak his language.
  • 00:17:10.626 --> 00:17:14.463
  • speak his language.Malta is an unfamiliar place.
  • 00:17:14.463 --> 00:17:15.664
  • Malta is an unfamiliar place.And it's an unfamiliar place,
  • 00:17:15.664 --> 00:17:16.532
  • And it's an unfamiliar place,not only that,
  • 00:17:16.532 --> 00:17:18.333
  • not only that,but "They built a fire
  • 00:17:18.333 --> 00:17:19.968
  • but "They built a fireand welcomed us all because
  • 00:17:19.968 --> 00:17:21.336
  • and welcomed us all becauseit was raining and cold".
  • 00:17:21.336 --> 00:17:22.037
  • it was raining and cold".Now, imagine this.
  • 00:17:22.037 --> 00:17:22.838
  • Now, imagine this.Can we empathize with Paul
  • 00:17:22.838 --> 00:17:24.606
  • Can we empathize with Paulfor a minute,
  • 00:17:24.606 --> 00:17:25.340
  • for a minute,because he survived
  • 00:17:25.340 --> 00:17:26.575
  • because he survivedthe shipwreck,
  • 00:17:26.575 --> 00:17:28.410
  • the shipwreck,only to shiver in the cold
  • 00:17:28.410 --> 00:17:30.646
  • and an unfamiliar language.
  • 00:17:32.948 --> 00:17:34.083
  • and an unfamiliar language.And he survived,
  • 00:17:34.083 --> 00:17:35.617
  • And he survived,but now the place where he is,
  • 00:17:35.617 --> 00:17:37.820
  • but now the place where he is,is unfamiliar to him.
  • 00:17:37.820 --> 00:17:40.222
  • is unfamiliar to him.I mention that because
  • 00:17:40.222 --> 00:17:42.925
  • I mention that becausemany times in my life,
  • 00:17:42.925 --> 00:17:47.529
  • many times in my life,I have found myself on Malta.
  • 00:17:47.529 --> 00:17:49.665
  • I have found myself on Malta.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:17:49.665 --> 00:17:51.667
  • Have you ever been to Malta?Oh, sure you have.
  • 00:17:51.667 --> 00:17:53.102
  • It's that place --
  • 00:17:55.070 --> 00:17:56.705
  • It's that place --let me show it to you.
  • 00:17:56.705 --> 00:17:57.606
  • let me show it to you.Let me show you on the map
  • 00:17:57.606 --> 00:17:58.841
  • Let me show you on the maphere, in my Bible.
  • 00:17:58.841 --> 00:18:01.510
  • here, in my Bible.Look.
  • 00:18:01.510 --> 00:18:03.912
  • Look.That's where Paul started.
  • 00:18:03.912 --> 00:18:04.947
  • That's where Paul started.That's where the wind blew
  • 00:18:04.947 --> 00:18:07.182
  • That's where the wind blewhim around for like,
  • 00:18:07.182 --> 00:18:09.852
  • him around for like,several weeks.
  • 00:18:09.852 --> 00:18:12.688
  • several weeks.And that's Malta,
  • 00:18:12.688 --> 00:18:15.090
  • And that's Malta,where they landed.
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:18.827
  • where they landed.Look!
  • 00:18:18.827 --> 00:18:22.164
  • Look!Can you see that?
  • 00:18:22.164 --> 00:18:25.134
  • Can you see that?That little tiny island
  • 00:18:25.134 --> 00:18:29.238
  • That little tiny islandcalled Malta.
  • 00:18:29.238 --> 00:18:32.908
  • called Malta.See how small Malta is?
  • 00:18:32.908 --> 00:18:35.344
  • See how small Malta is?See how tiny it is,
  • 00:18:35.344 --> 00:18:37.880
  • See how tiny it is,how small it is?
  • 00:18:37.880 --> 00:18:40.949
  • how small it is?That's where Paul was going,
  • 00:18:40.949 --> 00:18:41.683
  • That's where Paul was going,and that's where the wind
  • 00:18:41.683 --> 00:18:43.952
  • and that's where the windblew him.
  • 00:18:43.952 --> 00:18:45.220
  • blew him.That's where Paul had always
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:46.488
  • That's where Paul had alwayswanted to visit, Rome, where
  • 00:18:46.488 --> 00:18:47.256
  • wanted to visit, Rome, wherehe would stand trial before
  • 00:18:47.256 --> 00:18:48.924
  • he would stand trial beforeCaesar and be used as God's
  • 00:18:48.924 --> 00:18:50.092
  • Caesar and be used as God'sgreat spokesman,
  • 00:18:50.092 --> 00:18:51.093
  • great spokesman,the most powerful place
  • 00:18:51.093 --> 00:18:52.728
  • the most powerful placein the world, in its day.
  • 00:18:52.728 --> 00:18:54.062
  • in the world, in its day.And that's -- have you ever
  • 00:18:54.062 --> 00:18:54.930
  • And that's -- have you everended up somewhere you
  • 00:18:54.930 --> 00:18:56.165
  • ended up somewhere younever planned on being?
  • 00:18:56.165 --> 00:18:57.833
  • never planned on being?That's what I'm trying to say.
  • 00:18:57.833 --> 00:18:59.268
  • That's what I'm trying to say.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:18:59.268 --> 00:19:00.035
  • Have you ever been to Malta?I need somebody over here
  • 00:19:00.035 --> 00:19:01.236
  • I need somebody over herein this section
  • 00:19:01.236 --> 00:19:02.037
  • in this sectionwho's been to Malta.
  • 00:19:02.037 --> 00:19:03.906
  • who's been to Malta.Now, Malta is the place
  • 00:19:03.906 --> 00:19:05.374
  • Now, Malta is the placeyou didn't plan on staying.
  • 00:19:05.374 --> 00:19:06.708
  • you didn't plan on staying.Malta is the season you
  • 00:19:06.708 --> 00:19:08.477
  • Malta is the season youdidn't plan on experiencing.
  • 00:19:08.477 --> 00:19:09.678
  • didn't plan on experiencing.Malta is the layoff
  • 00:19:09.678 --> 00:19:10.946
  • Malta is the layoffyou didn't see coming.
  • 00:19:10.946 --> 00:19:12.614
  • you didn't see coming.Malta is the relationship
  • 00:19:12.614 --> 00:19:13.982
  • Malta is the relationshipyou didn't see ending.
  • 00:19:13.982 --> 00:19:15.584
  • you didn't see ending.Malta is the emotional place
  • 00:19:15.584 --> 00:19:16.285
  • Malta is the emotional placeyou never thought
  • 00:19:16.285 --> 00:19:17.653
  • you never thoughtyou'd experience.
  • 00:19:17.653 --> 00:19:18.921
  • you'd experience.You saw other people depressed,
  • 00:19:18.921 --> 00:19:19.588
  • You saw other people depressed,you never thought
  • 00:19:19.588 --> 00:19:20.822
  • you never thoughtyou'd be depressed.
  • 00:19:20.822 --> 00:19:21.924
  • you'd be depressed.You saw other people's kids
  • 00:19:21.924 --> 00:19:23.292
  • You saw other people's kidsact crazy, you thought yours
  • 00:19:23.292 --> 00:19:24.326
  • act crazy, you thought yourswould act right.
  • 00:19:24.326 --> 00:19:25.661
  • would act right.Malta is that place
  • 00:19:25.661 --> 00:19:27.196
  • Malta is that placewhere you're 28 and single.
  • 00:19:27.196 --> 00:19:28.964
  • where you're 28 and single.Malta is that place where
  • 00:19:28.964 --> 00:19:30.299
  • Malta is that place wheresomeone who was there for you
  • 00:19:30.299 --> 00:19:31.733
  • someone who was there for youis no longer there for you.
  • 00:19:31.733 --> 00:19:40.742
  • is no longer there for you.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:19:40.742 --> 00:19:41.877
  • Have you ever been to Malta?What is somebody
  • 00:19:41.877 --> 00:19:43.478
  • What is somebodyas important as Paul doing
  • 00:19:43.478 --> 00:19:47.149
  • as important as Paul doingsomewhere as small as Malta?
  • 00:19:47.149 --> 00:19:49.851
  • somewhere as small as Malta?Let's find out!
  • 00:19:49.851 --> 00:19:51.520
  • Let's find out!Let's find out!
  • 00:19:51.520 --> 00:19:53.155
  • Let's find out!I love the Bible, man!
  • 00:19:53.155 --> 00:19:53.956
  • I love the Bible, man!The Bible says that Paul
  • 00:19:53.956 --> 00:19:56.024
  • The Bible says that Paulgot to Malta,
  • 00:19:56.024 --> 00:19:57.693
  • got to Malta,survived the shipwreck.
  • 00:19:57.693 --> 00:19:59.094
  • survived the shipwreck.Have you ever survived anything?
  • 00:19:59.094 --> 00:20:00.662
  • Have you ever survived anything?Have you ever survived anything?
  • 00:20:00.662 --> 00:20:01.630
  • Have you ever survived anything?Have you ever gave up hope,
  • 00:20:01.630 --> 00:20:02.864
  • Have you ever gave up hope,and just when you gave up hope,
  • 00:20:02.864 --> 00:20:04.132
  • and grabbed hold of you
  • 00:20:05.033 --> 00:20:11.640
  • and grabbed hold of youin the depths?
  • 00:20:11.640 --> 00:20:12.241
  • in the depths?I've been preaching
  • 00:20:12.241 --> 00:20:13.008
  • I've been preachingthis all weekend,
  • 00:20:13.008 --> 00:20:13.976
  • this all weekend,but I feel something special
  • 00:20:13.976 --> 00:20:16.245
  • but I feel something specialhappening right now
  • 00:20:16.245 --> 00:20:17.112
  • happening right nowfor somebody who
  • 00:20:17.112 --> 00:20:19.114
  • for somebody whois in an unexpected place,
  • 00:20:19.114 --> 00:20:22.718
  • a stuck place.
  • 00:20:24.720 --> 00:20:25.754
  • a stuck place.The Bible says that those
  • 00:20:25.754 --> 00:20:29.057
  • The Bible says that thoseislanders were so kind
  • 00:20:29.057 --> 00:20:30.325
  • islanders were so kindto the prisoners,
  • 00:20:30.325 --> 00:20:32.694
  • to the prisoners,276 of them in all,
  • 00:20:32.694 --> 00:20:35.364
  • 276 of them in all,that they built them a fire.
  • 00:20:35.364 --> 00:20:36.632
  • that they built them a fire.And Paul was such a good dude
  • 00:20:36.632 --> 00:20:39.534
  • And Paul was such a good dudethat he decided to help.
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  • that he decided to help.So, they're building a fire,
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  • So, they're building a fire,and Paul doesn't want to stand
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  • and Paul doesn't want to standover there like me
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  • over there like meat a Love Week event,
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  • at a Love Week event,looking like some lazy preacher
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  • looking like some lazy preacherwho doesn't know how
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  • who doesn't know howto do anything.
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  • to do anything.And Paul grabs a piece of wood.
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  • And Paul grabs a piece of wood.Look, it's right there
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  • Look, it's right therein verse 3.
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  • in verse 3."He gathered a pile of brush
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  • "He gathered a pile of brushwood, and as he put it
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  • wood, and as he put iton the fire, trying to help,
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  • on the fire, trying to help,a snake came out."
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  • a snake came out."So, let's go back to everything
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  • So, let's go back to everythingthat's happened to Paul.
  • 00:21:06.495 --> 00:21:07.929
  • that's happened to Paul.He's imprisoned
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  • He's imprisonedfor preaching the Gospel.
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  • for preaching the Gospel.He's shipwrecked,
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  • He's shipwrecked,because the sailors are too
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  • because the sailors are toostupid to follow his advice.
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  • stupid to follow his advice.Now, he's cold, on Malta.
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  • Now, he's cold, on Malta.We're talking about Malta!
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  • We're talking about Malta!Stuck and stranded,
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  • Stuck and stranded,shivering and cold, uncertain
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  • shivering and cold, uncertainin an unfamiliar place.
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  • in an unfamiliar place.And just as he thinks he's made
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  • And just as he thinks he's madeit to safety,
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  • it to safety,he gets struck by a snake!
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  • he gets struck by a snake!This is almost comical!
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  • This is almost comical!Unless you've been there --
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  • Unless you've been there --just when you thought
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  • just when you thoughtthe fight was going to be over,
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  • the fight was going to be over,here comes something else!
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  • here comes something else!Have you ever?
  • 00:22:00.482 --> 00:22:03.485
  • Have you ever?And the snake pops up,
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  • And the snake pops up,out of the fire that Paul
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  • out of the fire that Paulwas simply trying to help
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  • was simply trying to helpthem build,
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  • them build,on an island called Malta,
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  • on an island called Malta,where he never even planned
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  • where he never even plannedto go, and the Bible says
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  • to go, and the Bible saysit fastened itself to his hand!
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  • it fastened itself to his hand!So, this is not
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  • So, this is notsome quick little --
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  • some quick little --this snake bit down on Paul!
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  • this snake bit down on Paul!And watch what the people did,
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  • And watch what the people did,because you've got
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  • because you've gotto be careful about people.
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  • to be careful about people.Let me tell you, you've got
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  • Let me tell you, you've gotto be careful about people,
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  • to be careful about people,because when that happened,
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  • because when that happened,people will always assign
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  • people will always assigna reason to why you're going
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  • a reason to why you're goingthrough what you're
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  • through what you'regoing through.
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  • going through.Well, if I were her husband,
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  • Well, if I were her husband,I would have left her.
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  • I would have left her.People will say stuff
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  • People will say stufflike that, not to you.
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  • like that, not to you.They never say it to you,
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  • They never say it to you,they just think it about you.
  • 00:22:39.121 --> 00:22:40.222
  • they just think it about you.They think that the reason
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  • They think that the reasonbad things happen to you
  • 00:22:41.556 --> 00:22:42.624
  • bad things happen to youis because of something
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  • is because of somethingthat you did.
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  • that you did.Well, the islanders are watching
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  • Well, the islanders are watchingthis guy, who's got a snake
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  • this guy, who's got a snakeon his hand,
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  • on his hand,who just came crawling out
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  • who just came crawling outof the sea with some seaweed
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  • of the sea with some seaweedaround his ears, and he claims
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  • around his ears, and he claimsto be a preacher,
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  • to be a preacher,and he claims to be a servant
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  • and he claims to be a servantof God.
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  • of God.And so, if you're
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  • And so, if you'rea servant of God,
  • 00:22:56.538 --> 00:22:58.707
  • a servant of God,why isn't God protecting you?
  • 00:22:58.707 --> 00:23:00.308
  • why isn't God protecting you?Has the devil tried to convince
  • 00:23:00.308 --> 00:23:02.477
  • Has the devil tried to convinceyou lately that if you really
  • 00:23:02.477 --> 00:23:04.312
  • you lately that if you reallyhad a God, you wouldn't be
  • 00:23:04.312 --> 00:23:05.814
  • had a God, you wouldn't begoing through what you're
  • 00:23:05.814 --> 00:23:07.616
  • going through what you'regoing through?
  • 00:23:07.616 --> 00:23:13.021
  • going through?And so, they stood back.
  • 00:23:13.021 --> 00:23:15.424
  • And so, they stood back.They stood back and said,
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  • They stood back and said,this dude.
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  • this dude.When they saw the snake
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  • When they saw the snakehanging from his hand,
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  • hanging from his hand,which means it was there
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  • which means it was therefor a minute.
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  • for a minute.When they saw the snake
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  • When they saw the snakehanging from his hand,
  • 00:23:25.634 --> 00:23:27.803
  • hanging from his hand,they drew their own conclusions.
  • 00:23:27.803 --> 00:23:28.270
  • they drew their own conclusions.He must have
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  • He must havedone something wrong.
  • 00:23:30.238 --> 00:23:32.274
  • done something wrong.He must be a murderer.
  • 00:23:32.274 --> 00:23:33.074
  • He must be a murderer.He must be out
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  • He must be outof the will of God.
  • 00:23:38.747 --> 00:23:40.482
  • of the will of God."For though he escaped the sea,
  • 00:23:40.482 --> 00:23:42.951
  • "For though he escaped the sea,the goddess Justice has not
  • 00:23:42.951 --> 00:23:45.520
  • the goddess Justice has notallowed him to live."
  • 00:23:45.520 --> 00:23:46.388
  • allowed him to live."I love the next verse,
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  • I love the next verse,because Paul preaches
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  • because Paul preachesone of the most powerful sermons
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  • one of the most powerful sermonsin the New Testament.
  • 00:23:50.959 --> 00:23:51.793
  • in the New Testament.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.When Paul saw them all looking,
  • 00:23:52.861 --> 00:23:53.595
  • When Paul saw them all looking,he knew he had a captive
  • 00:23:53.595 --> 00:23:55.730
  • he knew he had a captiveaudience, and verse 5
  • 00:23:55.730 --> 00:23:56.531
  • audience, and verse 5says that when Paul
  • 00:23:56.531 --> 00:23:59.034
  • says that when Paulsaw them looking, he said --
  • 00:23:59.034 --> 00:23:59.601
  • saw them looking, he said --and this may not
  • 00:23:59.601 --> 00:24:00.268
  • and this may notbe in your Bible.
  • 00:24:00.268 --> 00:24:02.037
  • be in your Bible.I'm reading from the TSV,
  • 00:24:02.037 --> 00:24:04.105
  • I'm reading from the TSV,the Taylor Swift Version.
  • 00:24:04.105 --> 00:24:10.078
  • the Taylor Swift Version.He said, players gonna play,
  • 00:24:10.078 --> 00:24:14.416
  • He said, players gonna play,play, play, play, play.
  • 00:24:14.416 --> 00:24:15.050
  • play, play, play, play.Come on, y'all.
  • 00:24:15.050 --> 00:24:16.017
  • Come on, y'all.Go back to 2014
  • 00:24:16.017 --> 00:24:17.919
  • Go back to 2014with me for a minute.
  • 00:24:17.919 --> 00:24:21.823
  • with me for a minute.And haters gonna hate,
  • 00:24:21.823 --> 00:24:25.026
  • And haters gonna hate,hate, hate, hate, hate.
  • 00:24:25.026 --> 00:24:26.628
  • hate, hate, hate, hate.Five times, that's a quintuplet
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  • Five times, that's a quintupletin the New Testament.
  • 00:24:29.831 --> 00:24:32.701
  • in the New Testament.Heartbreakers gonna break,
  • 00:24:32.701 --> 00:24:34.636
  • Heartbreakers gonna break,break -- we get the point,
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  • break -- we get the point,Pastor.
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  • Pastor.You don't have to quote
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  • You don't have to quotethe whole chorus and the verse.
  • 00:24:40.442 --> 00:24:42.844
  • the whole chorus and the verse.Paul's response --
  • 00:24:42.844 --> 00:24:44.946
  • Paul's response --that's the word, response.
  • 00:24:44.946 --> 00:24:45.881
  • that's the word, response.Watch this.
  • 00:24:45.881 --> 00:24:47.849
  • Watch this.He didn't say a word.
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  • He didn't say a word.He didn't try to convince them
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  • He didn't try to convince themthat God was with him.
  • 00:24:51.353 --> 00:24:52.554
  • that God was with him.He didn't feel sorry
  • 00:24:52.554 --> 00:24:53.889
  • He didn't feel sorryfor himself.
  • 00:24:53.889 --> 00:24:55.557
  • for himself.He didn't go on Facebook
  • 00:24:55.557 --> 00:24:57.759
  • He didn't go on Facebookand write a response post.
  • 00:24:57.759 --> 00:24:59.694
  • and write a response post.Watch what he did.
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  • Watch what he did.He did what you've got to learn
  • 00:25:01.229 --> 00:25:02.931
  • He did what you've got to learnhow to do when you make it
  • 00:25:02.931 --> 00:25:04.933
  • how to do when you make itthrough the storm and all hell
  • 00:25:04.933 --> 00:25:07.102
  • through the storm and all hellbreaks loose on the shore!
  • 00:25:07.102 --> 00:25:08.236
  • breaks loose on the shore!Come on, when they talk
  • 00:25:08.236 --> 00:25:09.704
  • Come on, when they talkabout you, when it looks
  • 00:25:09.704 --> 00:25:11.439
  • about you, when it lookslike this is the end,
  • 00:25:11.439 --> 00:25:12.440
  • like this is the end,when you've been through it
  • 00:25:12.440 --> 00:25:14.142
  • when you've been through itand it keeps coming!
  • 00:25:14.142 --> 00:25:15.010
  • and it keeps coming!The Bible said Paul
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  • The Bible said Paulshook it off!
  • 00:25:15.810 --> 00:25:16.611
  • shook it off!Touch seven people and say,
  • 00:25:16.611 --> 00:25:18.513
  • Touch seven people and say,shake it off!
  • 00:25:18.513 --> 00:25:20.515
  • shake it off!Shake it off.
  • 00:25:20.515 --> 00:25:21.883
  • Shake it off.Shake if off right now,
  • 00:25:21.883 --> 00:25:23.818
  • Shake if off right now,before it gets in your system!
  • 00:25:23.818 --> 00:25:24.986
  • before it gets in your system!Shake it off right now,
  • 00:25:24.986 --> 00:25:26.354
  • Shake it off right now,before it kills you!
  • 00:25:26.354 --> 00:25:27.756
  • before it kills you!Shake it off right now,
  • 00:25:27.756 --> 00:25:28.523
  • Shake it off right now,while they're standing
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  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:25:33.094 --> 00:25:33.695
  • - Hey, it really isa privilege
  • 00:25:33.695 --> 00:25:35.163
  • a privilegeto share God's Word with you.
  • 00:25:35.163 --> 00:25:36.565
  • to share God's Word with you.Thank you for joining me.
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  • Thank you for joining me.But, each week we just have
  • 00:25:37.866 --> 00:25:39.467
  • But, each week we just havea little bit of time together,
  • 00:25:39.467 --> 00:25:40.135
  • a little bit of time together,and, I'd love to take
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  • just a TV program.
  • 00:25:43.138 --> 00:25:45.173
  • just a TV program.So, if you wanna go deeper,
  • 00:25:45.173 --> 00:25:45.774
  • So, if you wanna go deeper,if you wanna connect
  • 00:25:45.774 --> 00:25:47.142
  • if you wanna connecton another level,
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  • on another level,you can call or go online,
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  • you can call or go online,right now, and request
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  • right now, and requestexclusive resources
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  • exclusive resourcesfrom today's message.
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  • from today's message.We'll make them available to you
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  • We'll make them available to youwith your gift of any amount
  • 00:25:55.250 --> 00:25:56.151
  • with your gift of any amountto the ministry.
  • 00:25:56.151 --> 00:25:57.319
  • to the ministry.But, I wanna tell you about
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  • But, I wanna tell you aboutsomething else, too.
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  • something else, too.Live, every single Sunday,
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  • Live, every single Sunday,we broadcast a message
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  • we broadcast a messagefrom Elevation Church;
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  • from Elevation Church;the church where I pastor.
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  • the church where I pastor.And so, you can tune in,
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  • And so, you can tune in,worship with us,
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  • worship with us,hear a message,
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  • hear a message,experience the ministry,
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  • experience the ministry,live, as it happens.
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  • live, as it happens.And, what's even better,
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  • And, what's even better,you can connect with
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  • you can connect witha community of people
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  • a community of peoplefrom all over the world;
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  • from all over the world;we call it "E-Fam".
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  • we call it "E-Fam".'E', like Elevation,
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  • 'E', like Elevation,'E', like extended --
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  • 'E', like extended --it means a lotta
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  • it means a lottadifferent things.
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  • different things.But, it's just our way,
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  • But, it's just our way,to connect with you
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  • to connect with youbeyond this broadcast.
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  • beyond this broadcast.I would love for you
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  • I would love for youto join us, live,
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  • to join us, live,this weekend.
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  • this weekend.And, you can go online:
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  • And, you can go online:StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • - ♪ Oh, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ There's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Nothing is ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, I know ♪
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  • ♪ It's true ♪
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  • - ♪ I'm not afraid ♪
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  • ♪ To show You ♪
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  • ♪ My weakness ♪
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  • ♪ My failures and flaws ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, You've seen them all ♪
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