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It Had To Happen Part 1

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September 2, 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,
  • 00:06:40.886 --> 00:06:42.621
  • 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,
  • 00:06:49.127 --> 00:06:51.997
  • 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
  • 00:06:57.202 --> 00:07:00.405
  • 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,
  • 00:07:05.110 --> 00:07:06.711
  • in the reason,we're going to drown.
  • 00:07:06.711 --> 00:07:08.346
  • we're going to drown.Because what matters at some
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  • Because what matters at somepoint -- you have to get past,
  • 00:07:09.748 --> 00:07:10.549
  • point -- you have to get past,at some point,
  • 00:07:10.549 --> 00:07:12.484
  • at some point,trying to figure out
  • 00:07:12.484 --> 00:07:13.785
  • trying to figure outwhy it happened,
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  • why it happened,and this is difficult.
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  • 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.
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  • 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,
  • 00:07:24.396 --> 00:07:25.130
  • 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.
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  • a reason for why it happened.And when I was a rookie pastor,
  • 00:07:32.504 --> 00:07:33.705
  • And when I was a rookie pastor,before I became the sage
  • 00:07:33.705 --> 00:07:34.940
  • before I became the sageof wisdom that I am
  • 00:07:34.940 --> 00:07:35.874
  • of wisdom that I ambefore you today --
  • 00:07:35.874 --> 00:07:37.008
  • before you today --can you feel me rolling my eyes
  • 00:07:37.008 --> 00:07:39.044
  • can you feel me rolling my eyesat myself in sarcasm?
  • 00:07:39.044 --> 00:07:40.545
  • at myself in sarcasm?I would always feel compelled
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  • I would always feel compelledto give them a reason, you know?
  • 00:07:41.613 --> 00:07:42.347
  • 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,
  • 00:07:43.381 --> 00:07:47.385
  • this for good, you know,Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11?
  • 00:07:47.385 --> 00:07:49.888
  • 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,
  • 00:07:51.089 --> 00:07:52.057
  • 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,
  • 00:07:57.229 --> 00:07:58.864
  • during giving people reasons,sometimes people don't need
  • 00:07:58.864 --> 00:07:59.931
  • sometimes people don't needa reason when they're
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  • a reason when they'rein the middle of a storm.
  • 00:08:01.533 --> 00:08:03.168
  • in the middle of a storm.They just need a reassurance
  • 00:08:03.168 --> 00:08:03.969
  • They just need a reassurancethat God will not leave
  • 00:08:03.969 --> 00:08:05.303
  • that God will not leaveyou alone in it.
  • 00:08:05.303 --> 00:08:07.305
  • you alone in it.So please, when someone that you
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  • So please, when someone that youlove is suffering,
  • 00:08:08.607 --> 00:08:09.574
  • love is suffering,don't be so quick
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  • don't be so quickto give them a reason.
  • 00:08:10.842 --> 00:08:11.643
  • to give them a reason.Don't be so quick
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  • Don't be so quickto point your finger.
  • 00:08:12.878 --> 00:08:13.778
  • to point your finger.Well, the reason your kids
  • 00:08:13.778 --> 00:08:14.980
  • Well, the reason your kidsare rebelling is because --
  • 00:08:14.980 --> 00:08:15.647
  • are rebelling is because --no, no.
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  • no, no.Now's not the time for that.
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  • Now's not the time for that.People don't need a reason
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  • 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
  • 00:08:22.020 --> 00:08:23.688
  • What they need is someoneto reassure them that God
  • 00:08:23.688 --> 00:08:25.891
  • to reassure them that Godis with you, and so am I.
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  • 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
  • 00:08:35.634 --> 00:08:40.272
  • it's happening is becauseof their dumb decision.
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  • of their dumb decision.Have you ever had to go
  • 00:08:42.841 --> 00:08:45.343
  • Have you ever had to gothrough a storm because
  • 00:08:45.343 --> 00:08:48.313
  • through a storm becauseof somebody else's
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  • of somebody else'sdumb decision?
  • 00:08:50.916 --> 00:08:52.017
  • dumb decision?This is an awkward moment
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  • This is an awkward momentin my sermon,
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  • the person next to you
  • 00:09:00.625 --> 00:09:02.327
  • the person next to youis going to know.
  • 00:09:02.327 --> 00:09:04.729
  • is going to know.Paul says, if we would have
  • 00:09:04.729 --> 00:09:06.264
  • Paul says, if we would havedone it this way -- oh yeah,
  • 00:09:06.264 --> 00:09:07.065
  • done it this way -- oh yeah,because not everything
  • 00:09:07.065 --> 00:09:07.999
  • because not everythingthat happens to you
  • 00:09:07.999 --> 00:09:08.967
  • that happens to youhappened because God wanted
  • 00:09:08.967 --> 00:09:11.436
  • happened because God wantedit to happen to you.
  • 00:09:11.436 --> 00:09:12.470
  • it to happen to you.And certainly, not everything
  • 00:09:12.470 --> 00:09:13.605
  • And certainly, not everythingthat happens to you happens
  • 00:09:13.605 --> 00:09:15.407
  • that happens to you happensbecause the devil did it,
  • 00:09:15.407 --> 00:09:17.242
  • because the devil did it,because if the devil did it,
  • 00:09:17.242 --> 00:09:18.610
  • Sometimes I think we've got
  • 00:09:19.477 --> 00:09:20.579
  • Sometimes I think we've gotthe wrong word sometimes,
  • 00:09:20.579 --> 00:09:21.313
  • the wrong word sometimes,because I think they both
  • 00:09:21.313 --> 00:09:22.047
  • because I think they bothstart with the letter D,
  • 00:09:22.047 --> 00:09:22.747
  • start with the letter D,and we get confused.
  • 00:09:22.747 --> 00:09:23.782
  • and we get confused.Sometimes it's not the devil,
  • 00:09:23.782 --> 00:09:29.688
  • Sometimes it's not the devil,it's the decision.
  • 00:09:29.688 --> 00:09:30.355
  • it's the decision.It's just too crowded
  • 00:09:30.355 --> 00:09:31.089
  • It's just too crowdedin church today.
  • 00:09:31.089 --> 00:09:32.057
  • in church today.I need to free up some seats
  • 00:09:32.057 --> 00:09:34.826
  • I need to free up some seatsfor the next week, so --
  • 00:09:34.826 --> 00:09:35.560
  • for the next week, so --I don't want you to have
  • 00:09:35.560 --> 00:09:36.127
  • I don't want you to haveto sit in parking
  • 00:09:36.127 --> 00:09:38.363
  • to sit in parkingor anything like that.
  • 00:09:38.363 --> 00:09:40.966
  • or anything like that.And sometimes --
  • 00:09:40.966 --> 00:09:43.101
  • this didn't have to happen
  • 00:09:45.503 --> 00:09:47.305
  • this didn't have to happenlike this, and those
  • 00:09:47.305 --> 00:09:50.742
  • like this, and thoseare the hardest for me.
  • 00:09:50.742 --> 00:09:52.811
  • are the hardest for me.Really, the hardest for me
  • 00:09:52.811 --> 00:09:53.678
  • Really, the hardest for meis when I feel like,
  • 00:09:53.678 --> 00:09:55.780
  • is when I feel like,this was avoidable.
  • 00:09:55.780 --> 00:09:58.583
  • this was avoidable.You know?
  • 00:09:58.583 --> 00:09:59.618
  • You know?And when I feel like
  • 00:09:59.618 --> 00:10:00.585
  • And when I feel likeI could have avoided it.
  • 00:10:00.585 --> 00:10:03.555
  • and that's the tension,
  • 00:10:04.289 --> 00:10:05.991
  • and that's the tension,isn't it?
  • 00:10:05.991 --> 00:10:06.658
  • isn't it?I was talking to one
  • 00:10:06.658 --> 00:10:07.892
  • I was talking to oneof my best friends the other day
  • 00:10:07.892 --> 00:10:10.929
  • of my best friends the other dayand I said, "A year from now" --
  • 00:10:10.929 --> 00:10:11.963
  • and I said, "A year from now" --we were going through something
  • 00:10:11.963 --> 00:10:12.964
  • we were going through somethingand we were talking through it,
  • 00:10:12.964 --> 00:10:13.765
  • and we were talking through it,and it was something
  • 00:10:13.765 --> 00:10:15.467
  • and it was somethingthat we couldn't understand.
  • 00:10:15.467 --> 00:10:17.435
  • that we couldn't understand.And I said, "A year from now,
  • 00:10:17.435 --> 00:10:18.637
  • And I said, "A year from now,we will understand
  • 00:10:18.637 --> 00:10:21.139
  • we will understandwhy this had to happen".
  • 00:10:21.139 --> 00:10:21.773
  • why this had to happen".And he said,
  • 00:10:21.773 --> 00:10:24.109
  • And he said,"Do you really believe that"?
  • 00:10:24.109 --> 00:10:24.676
  • "Do you really believe that"?I said,
  • 00:10:24.676 --> 00:10:25.510
  • I said,"Yeah, I believe that in time,
  • 00:10:25.510 --> 00:10:26.945
  • "Yeah, I believe that in time,God will show us".
  • 00:10:26.945 --> 00:10:28.279
  • God will show us".He said, "No, no, not that part.
  • 00:10:28.279 --> 00:10:28.947
  • He said, "No, no, not that part.Do you really believe
  • 00:10:28.947 --> 00:10:31.683
  • Do you really believeit had to happen?"
  • 00:10:31.683 --> 00:10:33.251
  • it had to happen?"Because what he was doing,
  • 00:10:33.251 --> 00:10:34.252
  • Because what he was doing,he was reverse engineering
  • 00:10:34.252 --> 00:10:34.919
  • he was reverse engineeringall of the decisions
  • 00:10:34.919 --> 00:10:35.787
  • all of the decisionsthat led to it,
  • 00:10:35.787 --> 00:10:37.822
  • that led to it,and what I kind of wanted to say
  • 00:10:37.822 --> 00:10:38.657
  • and what I kind of wanted to sayto him that I wasn't smart
  • 00:10:38.657 --> 00:10:39.924
  • to him that I wasn't smartenough to say in the moment,
  • 00:10:39.924 --> 00:10:40.425
  • enough to say in the moment,but I've thought about
  • 00:10:40.425 --> 00:10:41.159
  • but I've thought aboutit for a few weeks now
  • 00:10:41.159 --> 00:10:45.597
  • it for a few weeks nowand I want to tell you --
  • 00:10:45.597 --> 00:10:46.564
  • and I want to tell you --is that I've come to the place
  • 00:10:46.564 --> 00:10:47.899
  • is that I've come to the placein my belief system
  • 00:10:47.899 --> 00:10:49.634
  • in my belief systemwhere I no longer try to figure
  • 00:10:49.634 --> 00:10:50.835
  • where I no longer try to figureout whether God did it
  • 00:10:50.835 --> 00:10:51.670
  • out whether God did itor the devil did it,
  • 00:10:51.670 --> 00:10:52.604
  • or the devil did it,because it has to pass through
  • 00:10:52.604 --> 00:10:53.371
  • because it has to pass throughthe same hands before
  • 00:10:53.371 --> 00:10:58.910
  • the same hands beforeit gets to me.
  • 00:10:58.910 --> 00:10:59.611
  • it gets to me.And I've read enough
  • 00:10:59.611 --> 00:11:00.845
  • And I've read enoughof the Bible to know that God
  • 00:11:00.845 --> 00:11:01.880
  • of the Bible to know that Godwill use other people's
  • 00:11:01.880 --> 00:11:02.714
  • will use other people'sbad decisions
  • 00:11:02.714 --> 00:11:10.088
  • bad decisionsto get me to my destiny.
  • 00:11:10.088 --> 00:11:11.322
  • to get me to my destiny.And I've seen enough play out
  • 00:11:11.322 --> 00:11:12.190
  • And I've seen enough play outto know that Joseph,
  • 00:11:12.190 --> 00:11:13.058
  • to know that Joseph,at the end of his life,
  • 00:11:13.058 --> 00:11:14.092
  • at the end of his life,was only able to look at his
  • 00:11:14.092 --> 00:11:14.993
  • was only able to look at hisbrothers and say,
  • 00:11:14.993 --> 00:11:16.161
  • brothers and say,don't even worry about it,
  • 00:11:16.161 --> 00:11:19.164
  • don't even worry about it,because you meant it for evil,
  • 00:11:19.164 --> 00:11:21.599
  • because you meant it for evil,but God meant it for good.
  • 00:11:21.599 --> 00:11:22.834
  • but God meant it for good.Which one was it,
  • 00:11:22.834 --> 00:11:23.935
  • Which one was it,evil or good?
  • 00:11:23.935 --> 00:11:25.770
  • evil or good?It was both.
  • 00:11:25.770 --> 00:11:27.439
  • It was both.Why can't it be both?
  • 00:11:27.439 --> 00:11:28.773
  • Why can't it be both?Why can't it be an attack
  • 00:11:28.773 --> 00:11:30.608
  • Why can't it be an attackfrom the devil that God used
  • 00:11:30.608 --> 00:11:32.110
  • from the devil that God usedand put to good usage
  • 00:11:32.110 --> 00:11:33.411
  • and put to good usageand repurposed in order
  • 00:11:33.411 --> 00:11:35.013
  • and repurposed in orderto accomplish --
  • 00:11:35.013 --> 00:11:36.047
  • to accomplish --that's what Paul is saying.
  • 00:11:36.047 --> 00:11:37.615
  • that's what Paul is saying.He's saying
  • 00:11:37.615 --> 00:11:39.384
  • He's sayingit didn't have to happen!
  • 00:11:39.384 --> 00:11:40.118
  • it didn't have to happen!I don't want you to blame
  • 00:11:40.118 --> 00:11:41.820
  • I don't want you to blamethis on God!
  • 00:11:41.820 --> 00:11:42.987
  • this on God!We could have avoided this!
  • 00:11:42.987 --> 00:11:44.189
  • We could have avoided this!You didn't have to date him!
  • 00:11:44.189 --> 00:11:46.257
  • You didn't have to date him!Your mom told you he was crazy,
  • 00:11:46.257 --> 00:11:46.858
  • Your mom told you he was crazy,and you wouldn't
  • 00:11:46.858 --> 00:11:48.426
  • and you wouldn'tlisten to anybody!
  • 00:11:48.426 --> 00:11:49.561
  • listen to anybody!But if we stay stuck
  • 00:11:49.561 --> 00:11:51.296
  • But if we stay stuckin the reason,
  • 00:11:51.296 --> 00:11:56.601
  • in the reason,we'll miss the revelation!
  • 00:11:56.601 --> 00:11:57.669
  • we'll miss the revelation!Because Paul says, you know,
  • 00:11:57.669 --> 00:11:59.838
  • Because Paul says, you know,there's a reason this happened,
  • 00:11:59.838 --> 00:12:01.773
  • there's a reason this happened,and it could have been avoided.
  • 00:12:01.773 --> 00:12:02.907
  • and it could have been avoided.But last night,
  • 00:12:02.907 --> 00:12:04.576
  • But last night,while the storm was raging --
  • 00:12:04.576 --> 00:12:05.577
  • while the storm was raging --last night,
  • 00:12:05.577 --> 00:12:07.345
  • last night,I was all alone and God showed
  • 00:12:07.345 --> 00:12:09.581
  • I was all alone and God showedup and reminded me that His
  • 00:12:09.581 --> 00:12:11.349
  • up and reminded me that Hispurpose is still intact,
  • 00:12:11.349 --> 00:12:16.921
  • purpose is still intact,even if the ship goes down.
  • 00:12:16.921 --> 00:12:18.923
  • even if the ship goes down.It had to happen.
  • 00:12:18.923 --> 00:12:21.059
  • It had to happen.It had to happen.
  • 00:12:21.059 --> 00:12:22.393
  • It had to happen.And, God doesn't tell Paul
  • 00:12:22.393 --> 00:12:25.130
  • And, God doesn't tell Paula whole series of explanations.
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:28.767
  • a whole series of explanations.He doesn't give him a reason,
  • 00:12:28.767 --> 00:12:33.972
  • He doesn't give him a reason,he gives him a revelation.
  • 00:12:33.972 --> 00:12:36.841
  • he gives him a revelation.Revelation is more powerful
  • 00:12:36.841 --> 00:12:39.010
  • Revelation is more powerfulthan reason.
  • 00:12:39.010 --> 00:12:39.911
  • than reason.See, you can't fight the devil
  • 00:12:39.911 --> 00:12:41.946
  • you don't know the reason.
  • 00:12:43.982 --> 00:12:47.018
  • you don't know the reason.Sometimes you have to go back
  • 00:12:47.018 --> 00:12:48.887
  • Sometimes you have to go backto who God showed you
  • 00:12:48.887 --> 00:12:51.189
  • to who God showed youthat He was, and God
  • 00:12:51.189 --> 00:12:52.290
  • that He was, and Godis very tactical in this,
  • 00:12:52.290 --> 00:12:54.959
  • is very tactical in this,so He will create a situation
  • 00:12:54.959 --> 00:12:56.427
  • so He will create a situationfor a revelation.
  • 00:12:56.427 --> 00:12:56.961
  • for a revelation.Can I preach about
  • 00:12:56.961 --> 00:12:58.830
  • Can I preach aboutthis for a minute?
  • 00:12:58.830 --> 00:13:01.633
  • and He loves Lazarus.
  • 00:13:03.968 --> 00:13:05.170
  • and He loves Lazarus.And when they tell Him
  • 00:13:05.170 --> 00:13:07.572
  • And when they tell Himthat Lazarus died, He'll say,
  • 00:13:07.572 --> 00:13:09.908
  • that Lazarus died, He'll say,I'm glad it happened!
  • 00:13:09.908 --> 00:13:11.609
  • I'm glad it happened!Jesus actually said,
  • 00:13:11.609 --> 00:13:13.344
  • Jesus actually said,"I'm glad he died".
  • 00:13:13.344 --> 00:13:14.312
  • "I'm glad he died".Why?
  • 00:13:14.312 --> 00:13:15.046
  • Why?Because now we've got
  • 00:13:15.046 --> 00:13:18.116
  • Because now we've gota situation, and the situation
  • 00:13:18.116 --> 00:13:21.619
  • a situation, and the situationis what enables the revelation.
  • 00:13:21.619 --> 00:13:22.420
  • is what enables the revelation.It's not just true because
  • 00:13:22.420 --> 00:13:23.188
  • It's not just true becauseit rhymes,
  • 00:13:23.188 --> 00:13:25.023
  • it rhymes,it's true because it's true.
  • 00:13:25.023 --> 00:13:25.890
  • they knew Him as healer.
  • 00:13:27.258 --> 00:13:28.526
  • they knew Him as healer.Now they needed to know Him
  • 00:13:28.526 --> 00:13:30.328
  • Now they needed to know Himas resurrection.
  • 00:13:30.328 --> 00:13:31.229
  • as resurrection.And so He said,
  • 00:13:31.229 --> 00:13:33.031
  • And so He said,I'm glad it went wrong.
  • 00:13:33.031 --> 00:13:34.399
  • I'm glad it went wrong.I'm glad it went poorly.
  • 00:13:34.399 --> 00:13:36.234
  • I'm glad it went poorly.Paul said, we must run aground
  • 00:13:36.234 --> 00:13:38.036
  • Paul said, we must run agroundon some island.
  • 00:13:38.036 --> 00:13:38.570
  • on some island.Somebody say,
  • 00:13:38.570 --> 00:13:40.405
  • Somebody say,it had to happen.
  • 00:13:40.405 --> 00:13:41.573
  • it had to happen.It had to happen,
  • 00:13:41.573 --> 00:13:43.141
  • for a reason, He will bypass
  • 00:13:45.009 --> 00:13:46.344
  • for a reason, He will bypassthe reason and give
  • 00:13:46.344 --> 00:13:47.846
  • the reason and giveyou a revelation.
  • 00:13:47.846 --> 00:13:49.514
  • you a revelation.You still belong to me.
  • 00:13:49.514 --> 00:13:50.815
  • You still belong to me.You're still my child.
  • 00:13:50.815 --> 00:13:52.684
  • You're still my child.See, I don't operate by reason.
  • 00:13:52.684 --> 00:13:54.252
  • See, I don't operate by reason.If I operate by reason,
  • 00:13:54.252 --> 00:13:55.320
  • If I operate by reason,sometimes I'll be up,
  • 00:13:55.320 --> 00:13:57.222
  • sometimes I'll be up,sometimes I'll be down.
  • 00:13:57.222 --> 00:13:58.890
  • sometimes I'll be down.I operate by revelation.
  • 00:13:58.890 --> 00:14:00.291
  • I operate by revelation.I know He is good,
  • 00:14:00.291 --> 00:14:01.693
  • I know He is good,and He does good!
  • 00:14:01.693 --> 00:14:02.961
  • and He does good!I know He's with me,
  • 00:14:02.961 --> 00:14:04.395
  • I know He's with me,I know He's for me!
  • 00:14:04.395 --> 00:14:05.797
  • I know He's for me!I know He'll never leave me,
  • 00:14:05.797 --> 00:14:07.065
  • I know He'll never leave me,nor forsake me!
  • 00:14:07.065 --> 00:14:08.299
  • nor forsake me!That's my revelation.
  • 00:14:08.299 --> 00:14:09.000
  • That's my revelation.Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:14:09.000 --> 00:14:11.002
  • Touch somebody and say,I've got a revelation.
  • 00:14:11.002 --> 00:14:12.203
  • I've got a revelation.And so, when you get in trouble,
  • 00:14:12.203 --> 00:14:13.238
  • And so, when you get in trouble,you don't need a reason,
  • 00:14:13.238 --> 00:14:14.772
  • you don't need a reason,you need a revelation.
  • 00:14:14.772 --> 00:14:15.573
  • you need a revelation.Elijah looked at me
  • 00:14:15.573 --> 00:14:16.741
  • Elijah looked at methe other day, and I was telling
  • 00:14:16.741 --> 00:14:17.742
  • the other day, and I was tellinghim to do something,
  • 00:14:17.742 --> 00:14:19.244
  • him to do something,and he's 11 years old,
  • 00:14:19.244 --> 00:14:20.445
  • and he's 11 years old,and so he is being visited
  • 00:14:20.445 --> 00:14:22.647
  • and so he is being visitedby demons of 11 year oldness.
  • 00:14:22.647 --> 00:14:23.615
  • by demons of 11 year oldness.And he's coming up to me,
  • 00:14:23.615 --> 00:14:25.016
  • And he's coming up to me,talking about, "Dad, I'll do
  • 00:14:25.016 --> 00:14:26.885
  • talking about, "Dad, I'll doit if you tell me the reason".
  • 00:14:26.885 --> 00:14:27.652
  • it if you tell me the reason".He said, "I'm not the kind
  • 00:14:27.652 --> 00:14:28.753
  • He said, "I'm not the kindof person who can just do
  • 00:14:28.753 --> 00:14:29.988
  • of person who can just dosomething without knowing
  • 00:14:29.988 --> 00:14:39.898
  • something without knowingthe reason".
  • 00:14:39.898 --> 00:14:41.032
  • the reason".Did you ever see The Simpsons?
  • 00:14:41.032 --> 00:14:42.000
  • Did you ever see The Simpsons?I know you don't watch TV,
  • 00:14:42.000 --> 00:14:44.168
  • I know you don't watch TV,you read the Bible all the time.
  • 00:14:44.168 --> 00:14:45.336
  • you read the Bible all the time.When Homer grabs Bart around
  • 00:14:45.336 --> 00:14:49.307
  • When Homer grabs Bart aroundthe neck -- and I know
  • 00:14:49.307 --> 00:14:50.975
  • the neck -- and I knowI probably couldn't do that.
  • 00:14:50.975 --> 00:14:54.145
  • I probably couldn't do that.When he said, "I need a reason",
  • 00:14:54.145 --> 00:14:57.682
  • When he said, "I need a reason",and I looked back at him,
  • 00:14:57.682 --> 00:14:58.783
  • and I looked back at him,and the only thing that came
  • 00:14:58.783 --> 00:14:59.784
  • and the only thing that cameto me was --
  • 00:14:59.784 --> 00:15:00.518
  • to me was --I looked at him,
  • 00:15:00.518 --> 00:15:01.386
  • I looked at him,the spirit of Star Wars
  • 00:15:01.386 --> 00:15:02.854
  • the spirit of Star Warscame on me and I said,
  • 00:15:02.854 --> 00:15:06.791
  • came on me and I said,"I am your father".
  • 00:15:06.791 --> 00:15:07.825
  • "I am your father".You don't need a reason
  • 00:15:07.825 --> 00:15:08.993
  • You don't need a reasonto do it, boy.
  • 00:15:08.993 --> 00:15:10.061
  • to do it, boy.You need a revelation
  • 00:15:10.061 --> 00:15:12.730
  • You need a revelationof who I am!
  • 00:15:12.730 --> 00:15:16.534
  • of who I am!See, sometimes in your life
  • 00:15:16.534 --> 00:15:18.136
  • See, sometimes in your lifeyou won't know why,
  • 00:15:18.136 --> 00:15:19.270
  • you won't know why,but if you know who --
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:21.739
  • but if you know who --Paul said, "Last night, an angel
  • 00:15:21.739 --> 00:15:23.474
  • Paul said, "Last night, an angelof the God to whom I belong
  • 00:15:23.474 --> 00:15:27.912
  • of the God to whom I belongand whom I serve"!
  • 00:15:27.912 --> 00:15:28.179
  • and whom I serve"!So, look.
  • 00:15:28.179 --> 00:15:29.247
  • So, look.High five somebody and say,
  • 00:15:29.247 --> 00:15:33.685
  • High five somebody and say,I got a revelation.
  • 00:15:33.685 --> 00:15:36.921
  • I got a revelation.And Paul says, we're going
  • 00:15:36.921 --> 00:15:40.591
  • And Paul says, we're goingto make it, but the boat isn't.
  • 00:15:40.591 --> 00:15:43.027
  • to make it, but the boat isn't.The boat has to break,
  • 00:15:43.027 --> 00:15:45.797
  • The boat has to break,but we're going to make it.
  • 00:15:45.797 --> 00:15:47.198
  • but we're going to make it.We will suffer loss,
  • 00:15:47.198 --> 00:15:48.199
  • We will suffer loss,but we will not lose
  • 00:15:48.199 --> 00:15:49.801
  • but we will not losewhat's most important.
  • 00:15:49.801 --> 00:15:51.836
  • what's most important.That's the promise.
  • 00:15:51.836 --> 00:15:53.972
  • That's the promise.Alright, so you know
  • 00:15:53.972 --> 00:15:55.073
  • Alright, so you knowwhat's amazing about
  • 00:15:55.073 --> 00:15:55.907
  • what's amazing aboutthis story?
  • 00:15:55.907 --> 00:15:56.941
  • this story?It happened just like Paul
  • 00:15:56.941 --> 00:15:57.809
  • It happened just like Paulsaid it would, and they all
  • 00:15:57.809 --> 00:16:00.545
  • said it would, and they allgot to the shore.
  • 00:16:00.545 --> 00:16:02.981
  • got to the shore.And they got to that island --
  • 00:16:02.981 --> 00:16:03.948
  • And they got to that island --that island, look at this
  • 00:16:03.948 --> 00:16:06.117
  • that island, look at thisin Acts 28:1.
  • 00:16:06.117 --> 00:16:06.684
  • in Acts 28:1.Somebody say,
  • 00:16:06.684 --> 00:16:08.386
  • Somebody say,it had to happen.
  • 00:16:08.386 --> 00:16:09.354
  • it had to happen.That's the Word for you today --
  • 00:16:09.354 --> 00:16:11.556
  • That's the Word for you today --it had to happen.
  • 00:16:11.556 --> 00:16:13.091
  • it had to happen.And, when they got there,
  • 00:16:13.091 --> 00:16:15.326
  • And, when they got there,the Bible says, Acts 28:1,
  • 00:16:15.326 --> 00:16:18.896
  • the Bible says, Acts 28:1,"Once safely on shore,
  • 00:16:18.896 --> 00:16:22.233
  • "Once safely on shore,we found out that the island
  • 00:16:22.233 --> 00:16:24.802
  • we found out that the islandwas called Malta".
  • 00:16:24.802 --> 00:16:27.305
  • was called Malta".Malta means refuge.
  • 00:16:27.305 --> 00:16:28.673
  • Malta means refuge.So, the grace of God does not
  • 00:16:28.673 --> 00:16:34.212
  • So, the grace of God does notalways prevent the consequence,
  • 00:16:34.212 --> 00:16:34.846
  • always prevent the consequence,but it gives you
  • 00:16:34.846 --> 00:16:38.082
  • but it gives youa place to land.
  • 00:16:38.082 --> 00:16:39.450
  • a place to land.And so, we must run aground
  • 00:16:39.450 --> 00:16:40.885
  • And so, we must run agroundon some island,
  • 00:16:40.885 --> 00:16:41.552
  • on some island,and when we got there,
  • 00:16:41.552 --> 00:16:42.620
  • and when we got there,we found out the island
  • 00:16:42.620 --> 00:16:45.423
  • we found out the islandwas called Malta,
  • 00:16:45.423 --> 00:16:46.724
  • was called Malta,and it must be a relief now
  • 00:16:46.724 --> 00:16:47.725
  • and it must be a relief nowthat we're no longer on these
  • 00:16:47.725 --> 00:16:48.826
  • that we're no longer on theseopen seas, because they've
  • 00:16:48.826 --> 00:16:50.228
  • open seas, because they'vespent weeks thrashing around,
  • 00:16:50.228 --> 00:16:50.828
  • spent weeks thrashing around,wondering if they'd
  • 00:16:50.828 --> 00:16:52.764
  • wondering if they'dever see dry land again.
  • 00:16:52.764 --> 00:16:54.332
  • ever see dry land again.And then, they get to the place,
  • 00:16:54.332 --> 00:16:55.967
  • And then, they get to the place,and the Bible says in verse 2
  • 00:16:55.967 --> 00:16:57.101
  • and the Bible says in verse 2that "The islanders showed us
  • 00:16:57.101 --> 00:16:59.137
  • that "The islanders showed usunusual kindness".
  • 00:16:59.137 --> 00:17:01.305
  • unusual kindness".Now, islanders is a kind term.
  • 00:17:01.305 --> 00:17:03.541
  • Now, islanders is a kind term.The actual word that is used
  • 00:17:03.541 --> 00:17:04.876
  • The actual word that is usedhere from Luke,
  • 00:17:04.876 --> 00:17:06.144
  • here from Luke,who wrote the Book of Acts,
  • 00:17:06.144 --> 00:17:08.146
  • who wrote the Book of Acts,is barbarians, and he called
  • 00:17:08.146 --> 00:17:09.414
  • is barbarians, and he calledthem that because they didn't
  • 00:17:09.414 --> 00:17:11.616
  • them that because they didn'tspeak his language.
  • 00:17:11.616 --> 00:17:15.453
  • speak his language.Malta is an unfamiliar place.
  • 00:17:15.453 --> 00:17:16.654
  • Malta is an unfamiliar place.And it's an unfamiliar place,
  • 00:17:16.654 --> 00:17:17.522
  • And it's an unfamiliar place,not only that,
  • 00:17:17.522 --> 00:17:19.323
  • not only that,but "They built a fire
  • 00:17:19.323 --> 00:17:20.958
  • but "They built a fireand welcomed us all because
  • 00:17:20.958 --> 00:17:22.326
  • and welcomed us all becauseit was raining and cold".
  • 00:17:22.326 --> 00:17:23.027
  • it was raining and cold".Now, imagine this.
  • 00:17:23.027 --> 00:17:23.828
  • Now, imagine this.Can we empathize with Paul
  • 00:17:23.828 --> 00:17:25.596
  • Can we empathize with Paulfor a minute,
  • 00:17:25.596 --> 00:17:26.330
  • for a minute,because he survived
  • 00:17:26.330 --> 00:17:27.565
  • because he survivedthe shipwreck,
  • 00:17:27.565 --> 00:17:29.400
  • the shipwreck,only to shiver in the cold
  • 00:17:29.400 --> 00:17:31.636
  • and an unfamiliar language.
  • 00:17:33.938 --> 00:17:35.073
  • and an unfamiliar language.And he survived,
  • 00:17:35.073 --> 00:17:36.607
  • And he survived,but now the place where he is,
  • 00:17:36.607 --> 00:17:38.810
  • but now the place where he is,is unfamiliar to him.
  • 00:17:38.810 --> 00:17:41.212
  • is unfamiliar to him.I mention that because
  • 00:17:41.212 --> 00:17:43.915
  • I mention that becausemany times in my life,
  • 00:17:43.915 --> 00:17:48.519
  • many times in my life,I have found myself on Malta.
  • 00:17:48.519 --> 00:17:50.655
  • I have found myself on Malta.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:17:50.655 --> 00:17:52.657
  • Have you ever been to Malta?Oh, sure you have.
  • 00:17:52.657 --> 00:17:54.092
  • It's that place --
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:57.695
  • It's that place --let me show it to you.
  • 00:17:57.695 --> 00:17:58.596
  • let me show it to you.Let me show you on the map
  • 00:17:58.596 --> 00:17:59.831
  • Let me show you on the maphere, in my Bible.
  • 00:17:59.831 --> 00:18:02.500
  • here, in my Bible.Look.
  • 00:18:02.500 --> 00:18:04.902
  • Look.That's where Paul started.
  • 00:18:04.902 --> 00:18:05.937
  • That's where Paul started.That's where the wind blew
  • 00:18:05.937 --> 00:18:08.172
  • That's where the wind blewhim around for like,
  • 00:18:08.172 --> 00:18:10.842
  • him around for like,several weeks.
  • 00:18:10.842 --> 00:18:13.678
  • several weeks.And that's Malta,
  • 00:18:13.678 --> 00:18:16.080
  • And that's Malta,where they landed.
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:19.817
  • where they landed.Look!
  • 00:18:19.817 --> 00:18:23.154
  • Look!Can you see that?
  • 00:18:23.154 --> 00:18:26.124
  • Can you see that?That little tiny island
  • 00:18:26.124 --> 00:18:30.228
  • That little tiny islandcalled Malta.
  • 00:18:30.228 --> 00:18:33.898
  • called Malta.See how small Malta is?
  • 00:18:33.898 --> 00:18:36.334
  • See how small Malta is?See how tiny it is,
  • 00:18:36.334 --> 00:18:38.870
  • See how tiny it is,how small it is?
  • 00:18:38.870 --> 00:18:41.939
  • how small it is?That's where Paul was going,
  • 00:18:41.939 --> 00:18:42.673
  • That's where Paul was going,and that's where the wind
  • 00:18:42.673 --> 00:18:44.942
  • and that's where the windblew him.
  • 00:18:44.942 --> 00:18:46.210
  • blew him.That's where Paul had always
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:47.478
  • That's where Paul had alwayswanted to visit, Rome, where
  • 00:18:47.478 --> 00:18:48.246
  • wanted to visit, Rome, wherehe would stand trial before
  • 00:18:48.246 --> 00:18:49.914
  • he would stand trial beforeCaesar and be used as God's
  • 00:18:49.914 --> 00:18:51.082
  • Caesar and be used as God'sgreat spokesman,
  • 00:18:51.082 --> 00:18:52.083
  • great spokesman,the most powerful place
  • 00:18:52.083 --> 00:18:53.718
  • the most powerful placein the world, in its day.
  • 00:18:53.718 --> 00:18:55.052
  • in the world, in its day.And that's -- have you ever
  • 00:18:55.052 --> 00:18:55.920
  • And that's -- have you everended up somewhere you
  • 00:18:55.920 --> 00:18:57.155
  • ended up somewhere younever planned on being?
  • 00:18:57.155 --> 00:18:58.823
  • never planned on being?That's what I'm trying to say.
  • 00:18:58.823 --> 00:19:00.258
  • That's what I'm trying to say.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:19:00.258 --> 00:19:01.025
  • Have you ever been to Malta?I need somebody over here
  • 00:19:01.025 --> 00:19:02.226
  • I need somebody over herein this section
  • 00:19:02.226 --> 00:19:03.027
  • in this sectionwho's been to Malta.
  • 00:19:03.027 --> 00:19:04.896
  • who's been to Malta.Now, Malta is the place
  • 00:19:04.896 --> 00:19:06.364
  • Now, Malta is the placeyou didn't plan on staying.
  • 00:19:06.364 --> 00:19:07.698
  • you didn't plan on staying.Malta is the season you
  • 00:19:07.698 --> 00:19:09.467
  • Malta is the season youdidn't plan on experiencing.
  • 00:19:09.467 --> 00:19:10.668
  • didn't plan on experiencing.Malta is the layoff
  • 00:19:10.668 --> 00:19:11.936
  • Malta is the layoffyou didn't see coming.
  • 00:19:11.936 --> 00:19:13.604
  • you didn't see coming.Malta is the relationship
  • 00:19:13.604 --> 00:19:14.972
  • Malta is the relationshipyou didn't see ending.
  • 00:19:14.972 --> 00:19:16.574
  • you didn't see ending.Malta is the emotional place
  • 00:19:16.574 --> 00:19:17.275
  • Malta is the emotional placeyou never thought
  • 00:19:17.275 --> 00:19:18.643
  • you never thoughtyou'd experience.
  • 00:19:18.643 --> 00:19:19.911
  • you'd experience.You saw other people depressed,
  • 00:19:19.911 --> 00:19:20.578
  • You saw other people depressed,you never thought
  • 00:19:20.578 --> 00:19:21.812
  • you never thoughtyou'd be depressed.
  • 00:19:21.812 --> 00:19:22.914
  • you'd be depressed.You saw other people's kids
  • 00:19:22.914 --> 00:19:24.282
  • You saw other people's kidsact crazy, you thought yours
  • 00:19:24.282 --> 00:19:25.316
  • act crazy, you thought yourswould act right.
  • 00:19:25.316 --> 00:19:26.651
  • would act right.Malta is that place
  • 00:19:26.651 --> 00:19:28.186
  • Malta is that placewhere you're 28 and single.
  • 00:19:28.186 --> 00:19:29.954
  • where you're 28 and single.Malta is that place where
  • 00:19:29.954 --> 00:19:31.289
  • Malta is that place wheresomeone who was there for you
  • 00:19:31.289 --> 00:19:32.723
  • someone who was there for youis no longer there for you.
  • 00:19:32.723 --> 00:19:41.732
  • is no longer there for you.Have you ever been to Malta?
  • 00:19:41.732 --> 00:19:42.867
  • Have you ever been to Malta?What is somebody
  • 00:19:42.867 --> 00:19:44.468
  • What is somebodyas important as Paul doing
  • 00:19:44.468 --> 00:19:48.139
  • as important as Paul doingsomewhere as small as Malta?
  • 00:19:48.139 --> 00:19:50.841
  • somewhere as small as Malta?Let's find out!
  • 00:19:50.841 --> 00:19:52.510
  • Let's find out!Let's find out!
  • 00:19:52.510 --> 00:19:54.145
  • Let's find out!I love the Bible, man!
  • 00:19:54.145 --> 00:19:54.946
  • I love the Bible, man!The Bible says that Paul
  • 00:19:54.946 --> 00:19:57.014
  • The Bible says that Paulgot to Malta,
  • 00:19:57.014 --> 00:19:58.683
  • got to Malta,survived the shipwreck.
  • 00:19:58.683 --> 00:20:00.084
  • survived the shipwreck.Have you ever survived anything?
  • 00:20:00.084 --> 00:20:01.652
  • Have you ever survived anything?Have you ever survived anything?
  • 00:20:01.652 --> 00:20:02.620
  • Have you ever survived anything?Have you ever gave up hope,
  • 00:20:02.620 --> 00:20:03.854
  • Have you ever gave up hope,and just when you gave up hope,
  • 00:20:03.854 --> 00:20:05.122
  • and grabbed hold of you
  • 00:20:06.023 --> 00:20:12.630
  • and grabbed hold of youin the depths?
  • 00:20:12.630 --> 00:20:13.231
  • in the depths?I've been preaching
  • 00:20:13.231 --> 00:20:13.998
  • I've been preachingthis all weekend,
  • 00:20:13.998 --> 00:20:14.966
  • this all weekend,but I feel something special
  • 00:20:14.966 --> 00:20:17.235
  • but I feel something specialhappening right now
  • 00:20:17.235 --> 00:20:18.102
  • happening right nowfor somebody who
  • 00:20:18.102 --> 00:20:20.104
  • for somebody whois in an unexpected place,
  • 00:20:20.104 --> 00:20:23.708
  • a stuck place.
  • 00:20:25.710 --> 00:20:26.744
  • a stuck place.The Bible says that those
  • 00:20:26.744 --> 00:20:30.047
  • The Bible says that thoseislanders were so kind
  • 00:20:30.047 --> 00:20:31.315
  • islanders were so kindto the prisoners,
  • 00:20:31.315 --> 00:20:33.684
  • to the prisoners,276 of them in all,
  • 00:20:33.684 --> 00:20:36.354
  • 276 of them in all,that they built them a fire.
  • 00:20:36.354 --> 00:20:37.622
  • that they built them a fire.And Paul was such a good dude
  • 00:20:37.622 --> 00:20:40.524
  • 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.
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  • 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!
  • 00:21:48.359 --> 00:21:49.427
  • 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?
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  • 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.
  • 00:22:40.111 --> 00:22:41.212
  • they just think it about you.They think that the reason
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  • They think that the reasonbad things happen to you
  • 00:22:42.546 --> 00:22:43.614
  • 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,
  • 00:22:57.528 --> 00:22:59.697
  • a servant of God,why isn't God protecting you?
  • 00:22:59.697 --> 00:23:01.298
  • why isn't God protecting you?Has the devil tried to convince
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  • Has the devil tried to convinceyou lately that if you really
  • 00:23:03.467 --> 00:23:05.302
  • you lately that if you reallyhad a God, you wouldn't be
  • 00:23:05.302 --> 00:23:06.804
  • had a God, you wouldn't begoing through what you're
  • 00:23:06.804 --> 00:23:08.606
  • going through what you'regoing through?
  • 00:23:08.606 --> 00:23:14.011
  • going through?And so, they stood back.
  • 00:23:14.011 --> 00:23:16.414
  • 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,
  • 00:23:20.317 --> 00:23:21.152
  • 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,
  • 00:23:26.624 --> 00:23:28.793
  • hanging from his hand,they drew their own conclusions.
  • 00:23:28.793 --> 00:23:29.260
  • they drew their own conclusions.He must have
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  • He must havedone something wrong.
  • 00:23:31.228 --> 00:23:33.264
  • done something wrong.He must be a murderer.
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  • He must be a murderer.He must be out
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  • He must be outof the will of God.
  • 00:23:39.737 --> 00:23:41.472
  • of the will of God."For though he escaped the sea,
  • 00:23:41.472 --> 00:23:43.941
  • "For though he escaped the sea,the goddess Justice has not
  • 00:23:43.941 --> 00:23:46.510
  • the goddess Justice has notallowed him to live."
  • 00:23:46.510 --> 00:23:47.378
  • 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.
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  • in the New Testament.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.When Paul saw them all looking,
  • 00:23:53.851 --> 00:23:54.585
  • When Paul saw them all looking,he knew he had a captive
  • 00:23:54.585 --> 00:23:56.720
  • he knew he had a captiveaudience, and verse 5
  • 00:23:56.720 --> 00:23:57.521
  • audience, and verse 5says that when Paul
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  • says that when Paulsaw them looking, he said --
  • 00:24:00.024 --> 00:24:00.591
  • saw them looking, he said --and this may not
  • 00:24:00.591 --> 00:24:01.258
  • and this may notbe in your Bible.
  • 00:24:01.258 --> 00:24:03.027
  • be in your Bible.I'm reading from the TSV,
  • 00:24:03.027 --> 00:24:05.095
  • I'm reading from the TSV,the Taylor Swift Version.
  • 00:24:05.095 --> 00:24:11.068
  • the Taylor Swift Version.He said, players gonna play,
  • 00:24:11.068 --> 00:24:15.406
  • He said, players gonna play,play, play, play, play.
  • 00:24:15.406 --> 00:24:16.040
  • play, play, play, play.Come on, y'all.
  • 00:24:16.040 --> 00:24:17.007
  • Come on, y'all.Go back to 2014
  • 00:24:17.007 --> 00:24:18.909
  • Go back to 2014with me for a minute.
  • 00:24:18.909 --> 00:24:22.813
  • with me for a minute.And haters gonna hate,
  • 00:24:22.813 --> 00:24:26.016
  • And haters gonna hate,hate, hate, hate, hate.
  • 00:24:26.016 --> 00:24:27.618
  • hate, hate, hate, hate.Five times, that's a quintuplet
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  • Five times, that's a quintupletin the New Testament.
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  • in the New Testament.Heartbreakers gonna break,
  • 00:24:33.691 --> 00:24:35.626
  • Heartbreakers gonna break,break -- we get the point,
  • 00:24:35.626 --> 00:24:36.327
  • 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.
  • 00:24:41.432 --> 00:24:43.834
  • the whole chorus and the verse.Paul's response --
  • 00:24:43.834 --> 00:24:45.936
  • Paul's response --that's the word, response.
  • 00:24:45.936 --> 00:24:46.871
  • that's the word, response.Watch this.
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  • 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.
  • 00:24:52.343 --> 00:24:53.544
  • that God was with him.He didn't feel sorry
  • 00:24:53.544 --> 00:24:54.879
  • He didn't feel sorryfor himself.
  • 00:24:54.879 --> 00:24:56.547
  • for himself.He didn't go on Facebook
  • 00:24:56.547 --> 00:24:58.749
  • He didn't go on Facebookand write a response post.
  • 00:24:58.749 --> 00:25:00.684
  • and write a response post.Watch what he did.
  • 00:25:00.684 --> 00:25:02.219
  • Watch what he did.He did what you've got to learn
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  • He did what you've got to learnhow to do when you make it
  • 00:25:03.921 --> 00:25:05.923
  • how to do when you make itthrough the storm and all hell
  • 00:25:05.923 --> 00:25:08.092
  • through the storm and all hellbreaks loose on the shore!
  • 00:25:08.092 --> 00:25:09.226
  • breaks loose on the shore!Come on, when they talk
  • 00:25:09.226 --> 00:25:10.694
  • Come on, when they talkabout you, when it looks
  • 00:25:10.694 --> 00:25:12.429
  • about you, when it lookslike this is the end,
  • 00:25:12.429 --> 00:25:13.430
  • like this is the end,when you've been through it
  • 00:25:13.430 --> 00:25:15.132
  • when you've been through itand it keeps coming!
  • 00:25:15.132 --> 00:25:16.000
  • and it keeps coming!The Bible said Paul
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  • The Bible said Paulshook it off!
  • 00:25:16.800 --> 00:25:17.601
  • shook it off!Touch seven people and say,
  • 00:25:17.601 --> 00:25:19.503
  • Touch seven people and say,shake it off!
  • 00:25:19.503 --> 00:25:21.505
  • shake it off!Shake it off.
  • 00:25:21.505 --> 00:25:22.873
  • Shake it off.Shake if off right now,
  • 00:25:22.873 --> 00:25:24.808
  • Shake if off right now,before it gets in your system!
  • 00:25:24.808 --> 00:25:25.976
  • before it gets in your system!Shake it off right now,
  • 00:25:25.976 --> 00:25:27.344
  • Shake it off right now,before it kills you!
  • 00:25:27.344 --> 00:25:28.746
  • before it kills you!Shake it off right now,
  • 00:25:28.746 --> 00:25:29.513
  • Shake it off right now,while they're standing
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  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:25:34.084 --> 00:25:34.685
  • - Hey, it really isa privilege
  • 00:25:34.685 --> 00:25:36.153
  • a privilegeto share God's Word with you.
  • 00:25:36.153 --> 00:25:37.555
  • 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
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  • But, each week we just havea little bit of time together,
  • 00:25:40.457 --> 00:25:41.125
  • a little bit of time together,and, I'd love to take
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  • just a TV program.
  • 00:25:44.128 --> 00:25:46.163
  • just a TV program.So, if you wanna go deeper,
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  • So, if you wanna go deeper,if you wanna connect
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  • 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
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  • with your gift of any amountto the ministry.
  • 00:25:57.141 --> 00:25:58.309
  • 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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