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It Had To Happen Part 2

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August 20, 2020
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Pastor Steven Furtick shares how to make sense of life's setbacks and disappointments.

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It Had To Happen Part 2

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  • - ANNOUNCER: If you're looking
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  • to grow your faith
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  • and hear biblical teaching
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  • to encourage and inspire you,
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  • this is a great place to start,
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  • but this is more than
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  • just a TV episode,
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  • it's an opportunity
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  • to connect with a growing
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  • community of believers,
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  • all over the world.
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  • It's as simple as joining us
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  • online each week for
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  • the live broadcast of
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  • our worship experiences,
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  • where you'll get to worship,
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  • hear incredible preaching,
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  • and get to participate
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  • in the community of
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  • people tuning in,
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  • just like yourself.
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  • Join us online this weekend
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  • - Touch somebody; say,
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  • - Touch somebody; say,"Take another look."
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  • "Take another look."That's for every single person.
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  • That's for every single person.That guy that broke up
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  • That guy that broke upwith you,
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  • with you,I know he didn't
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  • I know he didn'tsee much in you,
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  • see much in you,but he needs to look again,
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  • but he needs to look again,'cause the next time
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  • 'cause the next timehe sees you,
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  • he sees you,you're going to have
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  • you're going to havesuch a confidence
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  • such a confidenceabout who God made you to be,
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  • about who God made you to be,that you know that
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  • that you know thatyou didn't need him
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  • you didn't need himto begin with,
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  • to begin with,and what he did,
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  • and what he did,all he did is make you
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  • all he did is make youtake another look
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  • take another lookwithin yourself to see,
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  • within yourself to see,"I am something,
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  • "I am something,I am special, I am valuable,
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  • I am special, I am valuable,I do have something to offer."
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  • I do have something to offer."High five somebody.
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  • High five somebody.Say, "Look again."
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  • Say, "Look again."I know I don't look like
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  • I know I don't look likemuch right now,
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  • much right now,but look again.
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  • but look again.I'm coming to the back.
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  • I'm coming to the back.I'm coming the very back
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  • I'm coming the very backof Blakeley to tell somebody
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  • of Blakeley to tell somebodywho's been looking
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  • who's been lookingat something in your life
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  • at something in your lifethat seemed hopeless
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  • that seemed hopelessthat God brought you here
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  • that God brought you hereon this mountain
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  • on this mountainand gave me this microphone
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  • and gave me this microphoneto tell you look again.
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  • to tell you look again.Look again.
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  • Look again.Look again.
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  • Look again.And also, look around.
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  • And also, look around.Can you see it on the screen?
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  • Can you see it on the screen?I'm going to put it
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  • I'm going to put iton the screen, on the...
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  • on the screen, on the...Look around.
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  • Look around.Look at the screen.
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  • Look at the screen.- I see it.
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  • - I see it.- You see it?
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  • - You see it?- I see it.
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  • - I see it.- But they can't see it at
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  • - But they can't see it atthe other campuses,
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  • the other campuses,'cause the camera was
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  • 'cause the camera wasfacing the wrong way.
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  • facing the wrong way.See, they were
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  • See, they werelooking back here.
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  • looking back here.Come on.
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  • Come on.Come on back here.
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  • Come on back here.And so they missed
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  • And so they missedwhat was happening up there.
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  • what was happening up there.See what I'm saying?
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  • See what I'm saying?See... See,
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  • See... See,because he said that
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  • because he said thatthe presence of the Lord was
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  • the presence of the Lord wasabout to pass by,
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  • about to pass by,that you'll miss it
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  • that you'll miss itif you're in the cave
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  • if you're in the cavewhen you should be
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  • when you should beon the mountain.
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  • on the mountain.The cave is the place
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  • The cave is the placewhere the devil will chase you
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  • where the devil will chase youbecause since he figured
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  • because since he figuredthat he can't destroy you,
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  • that he can't destroy you,the best he can hope
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  • the best he can hopefor is to distract you.
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  • for is to distract you.- Absolutely.
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  • - Absolutely.- And Elijah had a lot of faith
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  • - And Elijah had a lot of faithand he had made up his mind
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  • and he had made up his mindto serve God,
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  • to serve God,and so the devil
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  • and so the devilcouldn't destroy his faith,
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  • couldn't destroy his faith,so the best he could do was
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  • so the best he could do wasdistract him.
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  • distract him.So here's what he did.
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  • So here's what he did.Since Elijah wasn't
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  • Since Elijah wasn'tscared of Ahab,
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  • scared of Ahab,which was the king,
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  • which was the king,and he stood
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  • and he stoodface to face with the king,
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  • face to face with the king,and since he was
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  • and since he wasvictorious in the big battle
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  • victorious in the big battleon the mountain,
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  • on the mountain,what the enemy had to do was
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  • what the enemy had to do wasdistort his perspective
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  • distort his perspectivewith a distraction.
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  • with a distraction.So the devil sent Jezebel,
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  • So the devil sent Jezebel,who was Ahab's wife.
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  • who was Ahab's wife.Somebody said that
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  • Somebody said thatthe last decision Ahab
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  • the last decision Ahabever made was "I do".
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  • ever made was "I do".It was that kind of marriage.
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  • It was that kind of marriage.You know what I'm saying?
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  • You know what I'm saying?I'm not talking
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  • I'm not talkingabout your marriage.
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  • about your marriage.I'm talking about Ahab
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  • I'm talking about Ahaband Jezebel.
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  • and Jezebel.And they sent
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  • And they senta threat to Elijah.
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  • a threat to Elijah.Jezebel sent a threat
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  • Jezebel sent a threatto Elijah and said,
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  • to Elijah and said,"May the gods deal with it,
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  • "May the gods deal with it,be it ever so severely,
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  • be it ever so severely,if I don't kill you
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  • if I don't kill youlike you kill all my prophets
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  • like you kill all my prophetson Mount Carmel
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  • on Mount Carmelby this time tomorrow."
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  • by this time tomorrow."And Elijah heard it
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  • And Elijah heard itand he was afraid
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  • and he was afraidand ran for his life.
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  • and ran for his life.It always puzzled me
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  • It always puzzled mewhy it didn't scare him
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  • why it didn't scare himto go against 850 false prophets
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  • to go against 850 false prophetson Carmel,
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  • on Carmel,but one woman could
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  • but one woman couldrun him into a cave.
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  • run him into a cave.It always puzzled me...
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  • It always puzzled me...until God told me it's always
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  • until God told me it's alwaysthe things you least expect.
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  • the things you least expect.It's always the little things,
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  • It's always the little things,the thumb wars,
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  • the thumb wars,the little things
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  • the little thingsthat destroy a marriage.
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  • that destroy a marriage.It's always the little things
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  • It's always the little thingsthat make you lose
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  • that make you loseyour confidence.
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  • your confidence.Usually you can recover
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  • Usually you can recoverfrom one big failure.
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  • from one big failure.It's just when the failure
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  • It's just when the failurebecomes a pattern
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  • becomes a patternof little things...
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  • of little things...And it drives you
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  • And it drives youinto the cave.
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  • into the cave.But if I could share
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  • But if I could shareany advice with Elijah,
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  • any advice with Elijah,I would remind him
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  • I would remind himthat while he was on his way,
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  • that while he was on his way,running to that cave,
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  • running to that cave,in 1 Kings 19:5,
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  • in 1 Kings 19:5,and he laid down under
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  • and he laid down underthis broom tree
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  • this broom treeand he prayed
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  • and he prayedand he asked God to kill him...
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  • and he asked God to kill him...Now, this is hilarious.
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  • Now, this is hilarious.You're running for your life,
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  • You're running for your life,and you ask God to kill you.
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  • and you ask God to kill you.I don't want to die;
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  • I don't want to die;God kill me.
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  • God kill me.Have you ever felt like that?
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  • Have you ever felt like that?Not you, just Elijah.
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  • Not you, just Elijah.And he had an understanding
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  • And he had an understandingthat God was his protector,
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  • that God was his protector,but that didn't prevent
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  • but that didn't preventthe pain from being real.
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  • the pain from being real.It's not sometimes
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  • It's not sometimesthat you're scared
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  • that you're scaredyou're going to lose;
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  • you're going to lose;it's just that you're afraid
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  • it's just that you're afraidto have to fight another day.
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  • to have to fight another day.It's not sometimes
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  • It's not sometimesthat you're scared
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  • that you're scaredyou're going to lose your job;
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  • you're going to lose your job;it's the fact that you know
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  • it's the fact that you knowyou have to keep it,
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  • you have to keep it,that you have to show up
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  • that you have to show upanother day.
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  • another day.It's not that your kids ran
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  • It's not that your kids ranaway from home;
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  • away from home;it's that they're still there.
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  • it's that they're still there.You see what I'm saying?
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  • You see what I'm saying?If we put it
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  • If we put iton Periscope again -
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  • on Periscope again -and I don't even know,
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  • and I don't even know,I think I'm off Periscope now;
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  • I think I'm off Periscope now;I might still be going...
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  • I might still be going...I don't know -
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  • I don't know -but if we put it on Periscope,
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  • but if we put it on Periscope,this sermon,
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  • this sermon,and probably everybody
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  • and probably everybodywho's following this Periscope
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  • who's following this Periscopeaccount is really annoyed
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  • account is really annoyedright now
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  • right nowbut I want to use it,
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  • but I want to use it,it's all dependent on our angle,
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  • it's all dependent on our angle,what we see.
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  • what we see.If I'm on Periscope
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  • If I'm on Periscopeand all I show is this,
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  • and all I show is this,you wouldn't get a real good
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  • you wouldn't get a real goodsense for what's happening
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  • sense for what's happeningin this room until I back up
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  • in this room until I back upand look around and see.
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  • and look around and see.I mean, if you logged on
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  • I mean, if you logged onand that's all you saw,
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  • and that's all you saw,you'd probably log off.
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  • you'd probably log off.But when I start panning
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  • But when I start panningthe room and I show, you know,
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  • the room and I show, you know,hundreds and hundreds of people
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  • hundreds and hundreds of peoplewho really love Jesus
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  • who really love Jesusand who are hungry for His word
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  • and who are hungry for His wordand who came to church
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  • and who came to churchtoday to praise God
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  • today to praise Godand don't mind getting up
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  • and don't mind getting upon their feet for a moment
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  • on their feet for a momentand showing Periscope
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  • and showing Periscopewhat it
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  • what itlooks like when
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  • looks like whenElevation Church praises God...
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  • Elevation Church praises God...See, it's
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  • See, it'sa different perspective.
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  • a different perspective.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.We're in the same place,
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  • We're in the same place,but we just changed perspective.
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  • but we just changed perspective.That's all that happened.
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  • That's all that happened.So I would remind Elijah,
  • 00:07:53.191 --> 00:07:53.925
  • So I would remind Elijah,I would say,
  • 00:07:53.925 --> 00:07:54.493
  • I would say,"Remember when you were
  • 00:07:54.493 --> 00:07:56.528
  • "Remember when you wererunning through the wilderness
  • 00:07:56.528 --> 00:07:57.529
  • running through the wildernessand remember when you were
  • 00:07:57.529 --> 00:07:58.497
  • and remember when you werelaying under that tree
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  • laying under that treeand asking God to kill you?"
  • 00:07:59.531 --> 00:08:01.433
  • and asking God to kill you?"And look at 1 Kings 19:5.
  • 00:08:01.433 --> 00:08:02.367
  • And look at 1 Kings 19:5.Look what God did.
  • 00:08:02.367 --> 00:08:03.435
  • Look what God did.Look how good God is.
  • 00:08:03.435 --> 00:08:05.203
  • Look how good God is.Look how gracious He is,
  • 00:08:05.203 --> 00:08:05.770
  • Look how gracious He is,even when your perspective
  • 00:08:05.770 --> 00:08:06.471
  • even when your perspectiveis off.
  • 00:08:06.471 --> 00:08:07.472
  • is off.Look how faithful
  • 00:08:07.472 --> 00:08:08.740
  • Look how faithfulHis promise is.
  • 00:08:08.740 --> 00:08:10.275
  • His promise is.It says, "He lay down
  • 00:08:10.275 --> 00:08:10.976
  • It says, "He lay downand fell asleep,
  • 00:08:10.976 --> 00:08:12.210
  • and fell asleep,and all at once,
  • 00:08:12.210 --> 00:08:13.945
  • and all at once,and angel touched him and said,
  • 00:08:13.945 --> 00:08:15.480
  • and angel touched him and said,Get up and eat some
  • 00:08:15.480 --> 00:08:17.249
  • Get up and eat someof this angel food cake
  • 00:08:17.249 --> 00:08:19.050
  • of this angel food cakeI've prepared for you."
  • 00:08:19.050 --> 00:08:21.653
  • I've prepared for you."And then he what?
  • 00:08:21.653 --> 00:08:21.987
  • And then he what?Come on.
  • 00:08:21.987 --> 00:08:22.587
  • Come on.Look at the screen.
  • 00:08:22.587 --> 00:08:23.088
  • Look at the screen.Don't look at me.
  • 00:08:23.088 --> 00:08:23.922
  • Don't look at me.He what?
  • 00:08:23.922 --> 00:08:25.190
  • He what?- CONGREGATION: Looked around.
  • 00:08:25.190 --> 00:08:26.191
  • - CONGREGATION: Looked around.- He looked where?
  • 00:08:26.191 --> 00:08:26.925
  • - He looked where?- CONGREGATION: Around.
  • 00:08:26.925 --> 00:08:27.792
  • - CONGREGATION: Around.- He looked around.
  • 00:08:27.792 --> 00:08:28.827
  • - He looked around.Some of you came into church
  • 00:08:28.827 --> 00:08:30.729
  • Some of you came into churchlooking down today,
  • 00:08:30.729 --> 00:08:32.531
  • looking down today,looking down, looking back,
  • 00:08:32.531 --> 00:08:33.465
  • looking down, looking back,looking down, looking back,
  • 00:08:33.465 --> 00:08:36.034
  • looking down, looking back,looking down, looking back.
  • 00:08:36.034 --> 00:08:36.968
  • looking down, looking back.Some of us,
  • 00:08:36.968 --> 00:08:38.870
  • Some of us,all we ever do is look inside.
  • 00:08:38.870 --> 00:08:39.838
  • all we ever do is look inside.We've got our lens
  • 00:08:39.838 --> 00:08:41.306
  • We've got our lensso pointed on ourself,
  • 00:08:41.306 --> 00:08:43.441
  • so pointed on ourself,we've got our spirit stuck
  • 00:08:43.441 --> 00:08:45.176
  • we've got our spirit stuckin selfie mode...
  • 00:08:45.176 --> 00:08:46.244
  • in selfie mode...and then we wonder why
  • 00:08:46.244 --> 00:08:47.345
  • and then we wonder whywe're miserable,
  • 00:08:47.345 --> 00:08:48.179
  • we're miserable,and then we wonder
  • 00:08:48.179 --> 00:08:49.614
  • and then we wonderwhy we're limited,
  • 00:08:49.614 --> 00:08:50.615
  • why we're limited,and then we wonder
  • 00:08:50.615 --> 00:08:52.050
  • and then we wonderwhy we have no joy,
  • 00:08:52.050 --> 00:08:52.851
  • why we have no joy,and then we wonder
  • 00:08:52.851 --> 00:08:54.819
  • and then we wonderwhy we have no peace.
  • 00:08:54.819 --> 00:08:55.720
  • why we have no peace.God said,
  • 00:08:55.720 --> 00:08:56.821
  • God said,"If you would flip
  • 00:08:56.821 --> 00:08:58.023
  • "If you would flipthe lens for a minute
  • 00:08:58.023 --> 00:08:59.925
  • the lens for a minuteand switch perspectives,
  • 00:08:59.925 --> 00:09:01.426
  • and switch perspectives,you might see
  • 00:09:01.426 --> 00:09:02.727
  • you might seethat I put opportunities
  • 00:09:02.727 --> 00:09:04.462
  • that I put opportunitiesall around you;
  • 00:09:04.462 --> 00:09:05.864
  • all around you;but you're never going
  • 00:09:05.864 --> 00:09:11.703
  • but you're never goingto see 'em in the cave."
  • 00:09:11.703 --> 00:09:13.004
  • to see 'em in the cave."You can't see it in the cave.
  • 00:09:13.004 --> 00:09:13.772
  • You can't see it in the cave.Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:09:13.772 --> 00:09:16.908
  • Touch somebody and say,"You can't see it in the cave."
  • 00:09:16.908 --> 00:09:17.709
  • "You can't see it in the cave."Now the lighting crew is
  • 00:09:17.709 --> 00:09:20.478
  • Now the lighting crew isreally upset,
  • 00:09:20.478 --> 00:09:21.279
  • really upset,'cause they've been following me
  • 00:09:21.279 --> 00:09:24.783
  • 'cause they've been following meall over this auditorium,
  • 00:09:24.783 --> 00:09:26.051
  • all over this auditorium,but they didn't,
  • 00:09:26.051 --> 00:09:26.751
  • but they didn't,they don't have a camera
  • 00:09:26.751 --> 00:09:28.119
  • they don't have a camerafor this,
  • 00:09:28.119 --> 00:09:32.457
  • for this,what I'm about to do now.
  • 00:09:32.457 --> 00:09:33.892
  • what I'm about to do now.Huh?
  • 00:09:33.892 --> 00:09:38.330
  • Huh?Huh?
  • 00:09:38.330 --> 00:09:40.966
  • Huh?Are you still here?
  • 00:09:40.966 --> 00:09:43.201
  • Are you still here?I can't see you.
  • 00:09:43.201 --> 00:09:45.503
  • I can't see you.Are you still here?
  • 00:09:45.503 --> 00:09:47.539
  • Are you still here?I can't see you.
  • 00:09:47.539 --> 00:09:50.375
  • I can't see you.I can't see you.
  • 00:09:50.375 --> 00:09:51.009
  • I can't see you.And the fact that
  • 00:09:51.009 --> 00:09:52.577
  • And the fact thatI can't see you
  • 00:09:52.577 --> 00:09:53.478
  • I can't see youisn't an indication
  • 00:09:53.478 --> 00:09:55.580
  • isn't an indicationthat you left.
  • 00:09:55.580 --> 00:09:56.615
  • that you left.It's just an indication
  • 00:09:56.615 --> 00:10:03.054
  • It's just an indicationI need to switch positions.
  • 00:10:03.054 --> 00:10:04.656
  • I need to switch positions.Sometimes the fact
  • 00:10:04.656 --> 00:10:05.890
  • Sometimes the factthat you can't sense God
  • 00:10:05.890 --> 00:10:06.992
  • that you can't sense Godisn't an indication
  • 00:10:06.992 --> 00:10:10.795
  • isn't an indicationthat He's not there;
  • 00:10:10.795 --> 00:10:12.664
  • that He's not there;it's just an indication
  • 00:10:12.664 --> 00:10:14.065
  • it's just an indicationthat you're hanging out
  • 00:10:14.065 --> 00:10:15.667
  • that you're hanging outin the wrong place.
  • 00:10:15.667 --> 00:10:16.534
  • in the wrong place.Now, if you think I'm talking
  • 00:10:16.534 --> 00:10:18.203
  • Now, if you think I'm talkingabout a physical place,
  • 00:10:18.203 --> 00:10:20.105
  • about a physical place,you missed the whole message,
  • 00:10:20.105 --> 00:10:21.172
  • you missed the whole message,because the cave is
  • 00:10:21.172 --> 00:10:23.008
  • because the cave isnot a physical location.
  • 00:10:23.008 --> 00:10:26.945
  • not a physical location.It's a state of mind.
  • 00:10:26.945 --> 00:10:28.246
  • It's a state of mind.The cave is a place of what?
  • 00:10:28.246 --> 00:10:32.083
  • The cave is a place of what?It's a place of comparison,
  • 00:10:32.083 --> 00:10:32.984
  • It's a place of comparison,where you measure yourself
  • 00:10:32.984 --> 00:10:34.352
  • where you measure yourselfagainst somebody else.
  • 00:10:34.352 --> 00:10:35.320
  • against somebody else.And the problem with comparison
  • 00:10:35.320 --> 00:10:36.287
  • And the problem with comparisonis when you're making
  • 00:10:36.287 --> 00:10:37.255
  • is when you're makingyour comparisons,
  • 00:10:37.255 --> 00:10:41.326
  • your comparisons,you never have the full context.
  • 00:10:41.326 --> 00:10:42.794
  • you never have the full context.So you see somebody else
  • 00:10:42.794 --> 00:10:43.395
  • So you see somebody elseand you see
  • 00:10:43.395 --> 00:10:45.063
  • and you seewhat you think they have,
  • 00:10:45.063 --> 00:10:45.864
  • what you think they have,but you don't know
  • 00:10:45.864 --> 00:10:46.464
  • but you don't knowthat they're barely
  • 00:10:46.464 --> 00:10:50.301
  • that they're barelymaking the payments for it.
  • 00:10:50.301 --> 00:10:51.569
  • making the payments for it.Some people take pictures
  • 00:10:51.569 --> 00:10:52.604
  • Some people take picturesin stuff that they tucked
  • 00:10:52.604 --> 00:10:53.938
  • in stuff that they tuckedthe tags in because
  • 00:10:53.938 --> 00:10:55.306
  • the tags in becausethey have to take it back
  • 00:10:55.306 --> 00:11:02.047
  • they have to take it backafter they post it.
  • 00:11:02.047 --> 00:11:04.616
  • after they post it.It's a puppet show.
  • 00:11:04.616 --> 00:11:05.817
  • It's a puppet show.It's a puppet show -
  • 00:11:05.817 --> 00:11:08.019
  • It's a puppet show -and shadows and echoes -
  • 00:11:08.019 --> 00:11:11.056
  • and shadows and echoes -and it's killing our kids.
  • 00:11:11.056 --> 00:11:12.590
  • and it's killing our kids.It's killing our kids.
  • 00:11:12.590 --> 00:11:13.425
  • It's killing our kids.You need to pray for me
  • 00:11:13.425 --> 00:11:14.793
  • You need to pray for me'cause my kids are nine
  • 00:11:14.793 --> 00:11:16.027
  • 'cause my kids are nineand seven and four
  • 00:11:16.027 --> 00:11:16.761
  • and seven and fourand I don't know how
  • 00:11:16.761 --> 00:11:17.829
  • and I don't know howI'm going to raise them
  • 00:11:17.829 --> 00:11:18.897
  • I'm going to raise themin this world of shadows
  • 00:11:18.897 --> 00:11:19.931
  • in this world of shadowsand echoes and still
  • 00:11:19.931 --> 00:11:24.736
  • and echoes and stillget them to see what's real.
  • 00:11:24.736 --> 00:11:26.938
  • get them to see what's real.It makes me nervous
  • 00:11:26.938 --> 00:11:28.039
  • It makes me nervousthat they're going to think
  • 00:11:28.039 --> 00:11:28.773
  • that they're going to thinkthat the echoes are
  • 00:11:28.773 --> 00:11:29.507
  • that the echoes arethe sound and the shadows are
  • 00:11:29.507 --> 00:11:31.342
  • the sound and the shadows arethe sight.
  • 00:11:31.342 --> 00:11:32.444
  • the sight.And we compare ourselves,
  • 00:11:32.444 --> 00:11:33.344
  • And we compare ourselves,and sometimes we compare
  • 00:11:33.344 --> 00:11:35.046
  • and sometimes we compareourselves to people
  • 00:11:35.046 --> 00:11:35.914
  • ourselves to peoplewho have less than us
  • 00:11:35.914 --> 00:11:38.083
  • who have less than usand then we get cocky;
  • 00:11:38.083 --> 00:11:39.050
  • and then we get cocky;and sometimes we compare
  • 00:11:39.050 --> 00:11:39.884
  • and sometimes we compareourselves to people
  • 00:11:39.884 --> 00:11:40.652
  • ourselves to peoplewho have more than us
  • 00:11:40.652 --> 00:11:42.754
  • who have more than usand we get condemned.
  • 00:11:42.754 --> 00:11:44.022
  • and we get condemned.Sometimes we compare ourselves
  • 00:11:44.022 --> 00:11:44.823
  • Sometimes we compare ourselvesto people who we think are
  • 00:11:44.823 --> 00:11:45.757
  • to people who we think areright there on our level
  • 00:11:45.757 --> 00:11:49.494
  • right there on our leveland we get complacent.
  • 00:11:49.494 --> 00:11:50.028
  • and we get complacent.But either way,
  • 00:11:50.028 --> 00:11:52.597
  • But either way,we don't fulfill our calling
  • 00:11:52.597 --> 00:11:53.264
  • we don't fulfill our calling'cause we're in a cave
  • 00:11:53.264 --> 00:11:59.804
  • 'cause we're in a caveof comparison... comparison.
  • 00:11:59.804 --> 00:12:01.106
  • of comparison... comparison.The cookies you made your kids
  • 00:12:01.106 --> 00:12:01.706
  • The cookies you made your kidswere fine until
  • 00:12:01.706 --> 00:12:08.113
  • were fine untilyou went on Pintrest.
  • 00:12:08.113 --> 00:12:08.613
  • you went on Pintrest.It was fine,
  • 00:12:08.613 --> 00:12:09.314
  • It was fine,and now your kids' cookies
  • 00:12:09.314 --> 00:12:10.415
  • and now your kids' cookiesdon't have Elsa braids.
  • 00:12:10.415 --> 00:12:13.017
  • don't have Elsa braids.They're going to be in therapy.
  • 00:12:13.017 --> 00:12:13.618
  • They're going to be in therapy.No, they're not.
  • 00:12:13.618 --> 00:12:14.419
  • No, they're not.Your cookies were fine.
  • 00:12:14.419 --> 00:12:15.019
  • Your cookies were fine.It was a comparison.
  • 00:12:15.019 --> 00:12:15.854
  • It was a comparison.You know what'll do you good
  • 00:12:15.854 --> 00:12:17.288
  • You know what'll do you goodevery once in a while?
  • 00:12:17.288 --> 00:12:18.089
  • every once in a while?Get around somebody
  • 00:12:18.089 --> 00:12:20.525
  • Get around somebodywho completely blows your mind
  • 00:12:20.525 --> 00:12:21.526
  • who completely blows your mindand blows - 'cause sometimes
  • 00:12:21.526 --> 00:12:22.227
  • and blows - 'cause sometimesyou can get feeling like
  • 00:12:22.227 --> 00:12:23.161
  • you can get feeling likeyou're a big deal or something
  • 00:12:23.161 --> 00:12:24.429
  • you're a big deal or somethinglike that, maybe, you know,
  • 00:12:24.429 --> 00:12:25.363
  • like that, maybe, you know,if you get to feeling like that.
  • 00:12:25.363 --> 00:12:26.731
  • if you get to feeling like that.As a preacher,
  • 00:12:26.731 --> 00:12:27.298
  • As a preacher,there's this thing
  • 00:12:27.298 --> 00:12:29.868
  • there's this thingthat I call preacher famous,
  • 00:12:29.868 --> 00:12:31.169
  • that I call preacher famous,and it's not real famous;
  • 00:12:31.169 --> 00:12:32.137
  • and it's not real famous;it's just enough for preachers
  • 00:12:32.137 --> 00:12:34.439
  • it's just enough for preachersto think they're famous.
  • 00:12:34.439 --> 00:12:36.040
  • to think they're famous.It's like, "I can't even go
  • 00:12:36.040 --> 00:12:38.276
  • It's like, "I can't even goto Macaroni Grill on a..."
  • 00:12:38.276 --> 00:12:38.843
  • to Macaroni Grill on a..."Yes, you can.
  • 00:12:38.843 --> 00:12:39.644
  • Yes, you can.Just go one town over.
  • 00:12:39.644 --> 00:12:40.178
  • Just go one town over.Nobody knows
  • 00:12:40.178 --> 00:12:42.147
  • Nobody knowswho you are there, okay?
  • 00:12:42.147 --> 00:12:43.081
  • who you are there, okay?And it's preachers.
  • 00:12:43.081 --> 00:12:44.983
  • And it's preachers.Preachers are like that.
  • 00:12:44.983 --> 00:12:47.051
  • Preachers are like that.I met a guy the other day who --
  • 00:12:47.051 --> 00:12:48.086
  • I met a guy the other day who --he's not preacher famous;
  • 00:12:48.086 --> 00:12:48.586
  • he's not preacher famous;he's like real famous...
  • 00:12:48.586 --> 00:12:51.790
  • he's like real famous...real, real, real famous;
  • 00:12:51.790 --> 00:12:53.358
  • real, real, real famous;famous, everybody knows him --
  • 00:12:53.358 --> 00:12:54.993
  • famous, everybody knows him --and he had listened to me preach
  • 00:12:54.993 --> 00:12:56.094
  • and he had listened to me preachand we were talking afterwards
  • 00:12:56.094 --> 00:12:56.895
  • and we were talking afterwardsand he was about to go
  • 00:12:56.895 --> 00:12:58.563
  • and he was about to goon vacation and he was leaving
  • 00:12:58.563 --> 00:12:59.931
  • on vacation and he was leavingthe service to go to vacation.
  • 00:12:59.931 --> 00:13:00.932
  • the service to go to vacation.I said, "Where you going?"
  • 00:13:00.932 --> 00:13:02.033
  • I said, "Where you going?"He said, "Turks and Caicos."
  • 00:13:02.033 --> 00:13:02.834
  • He said, "Turks and Caicos."And I felt kind of proud
  • 00:13:02.834 --> 00:13:03.501
  • And I felt kind of proudbecause I had just been
  • 00:13:03.501 --> 00:13:05.003
  • because I had just beenthere with Holly.
  • 00:13:05.003 --> 00:13:05.670
  • there with Holly.We took a trip there
  • 00:13:05.670 --> 00:13:08.573
  • We took a trip thereand I was proud of our trip,
  • 00:13:08.573 --> 00:13:10.608
  • and I was proud of our trip,taking her places.
  • 00:13:10.608 --> 00:13:11.709
  • taking her places.And we stayed at a nice resort
  • 00:13:11.709 --> 00:13:12.410
  • And we stayed at a nice resortand I was telling him
  • 00:13:12.410 --> 00:13:13.411
  • and I was telling himabout the resort,
  • 00:13:13.411 --> 00:13:14.045
  • about the resort,and I couldn't remember
  • 00:13:14.045 --> 00:13:15.079
  • and I couldn't rememberthe name.
  • 00:13:15.079 --> 00:13:16.080
  • the name.He said, "Where did you stay?"
  • 00:13:16.080 --> 00:13:16.548
  • He said, "Where did you stay?"I said,
  • 00:13:16.548 --> 00:13:17.382
  • I said,"I don't remember the name.
  • 00:13:17.382 --> 00:13:17.982
  • "I don't remember the name.Holly, do you remember
  • 00:13:17.982 --> 00:13:18.383
  • Holly, do you rememberthe name?"
  • 00:13:18.383 --> 00:13:19.584
  • the name?"She couldn't remember the name.
  • 00:13:19.584 --> 00:13:20.084
  • She couldn't remember the name.And I said,
  • 00:13:20.084 --> 00:13:20.785
  • And I said,"But it was nice, man.
  • 00:13:20.785 --> 00:13:22.153
  • "But it was nice, man.It was a nice resort."
  • 00:13:22.153 --> 00:13:22.987
  • It was a nice resort."I said, "Where are you staying?"
  • 00:13:22.987 --> 00:13:24.189
  • I said, "Where are you staying?"He said, "I don't remember
  • 00:13:24.189 --> 00:13:28.693
  • He said, "I don't rememberthe name of the island."
  • 00:13:28.693 --> 00:13:30.261
  • the name of the island."No, no; you missed it.
  • 00:13:30.261 --> 00:13:32.363
  • No, no; you missed it.He - while I was feeling cocky
  • 00:13:32.363 --> 00:13:34.799
  • He - while I was feeling cockyabout the resort,
  • 00:13:34.799 --> 00:13:41.306
  • about the resort,he had rented the whole island.
  • 00:13:41.306 --> 00:13:42.106
  • he had rented the whole island.Touch somebody and say,
  • 00:13:42.106 --> 00:13:45.710
  • Touch somebody and say,"You're not that big."
  • 00:13:45.710 --> 00:13:46.578
  • "You're not that big."But I want to tell you
  • 00:13:46.578 --> 00:13:47.345
  • But I want to tell yousomething else.
  • 00:13:47.345 --> 00:13:49.581
  • something else.You're not that small either.
  • 00:13:49.581 --> 00:13:51.916
  • You're not that small either.You're not that small either,
  • 00:13:51.916 --> 00:13:54.252
  • You're not that small either,'cause some of the people
  • 00:13:54.252 --> 00:13:55.119
  • 'cause some of the peoplethat you...
  • 00:13:55.119 --> 00:13:56.654
  • that you...you envy their stuff;
  • 00:13:56.654 --> 00:13:59.557
  • you envy their stuff;they envy you're satisfaction.
  • 00:13:59.557 --> 00:14:00.491
  • they envy you're satisfaction.Some of the people
  • 00:14:00.491 --> 00:14:01.392
  • Some of the peoplethat you envy are
  • 00:14:01.392 --> 00:14:02.827
  • that you envy areactually miserable
  • 00:14:02.827 --> 00:14:03.995
  • actually miserableand wishing that
  • 00:14:03.995 --> 00:14:04.662
  • and wishing thatthey could be set free
  • 00:14:04.662 --> 00:14:07.599
  • they could be set freefrom their own cave.
  • 00:14:07.599 --> 00:14:09.234
  • from their own cave.And as long as we're comparing,
  • 00:14:09.234 --> 00:14:10.568
  • And as long as we're comparing,why don't we take a moment
  • 00:14:10.568 --> 00:14:12.203
  • why don't we take a momentand get a real perspective.
  • 00:14:12.203 --> 00:14:13.538
  • and get a real perspective.The scripture says
  • 00:14:13.538 --> 00:14:15.006
  • The scripture saysthat all of our righteousness is
  • 00:14:15.006 --> 00:14:16.841
  • that all of our righteousness islike filthy rags.
  • 00:14:16.841 --> 00:14:19.143
  • like filthy rags.Some of us get a real attitude
  • 00:14:19.143 --> 00:14:20.545
  • Some of us get a real attitudeabout how holy we are
  • 00:14:20.545 --> 00:14:21.913
  • about how holy we areand we love to look down
  • 00:14:21.913 --> 00:14:23.214
  • and we love to look downon other people
  • 00:14:23.214 --> 00:14:23.882
  • on other peoplewho don't measure up
  • 00:14:23.882 --> 00:14:25.016
  • who don't measure upto our standard.
  • 00:14:25.016 --> 00:14:26.284
  • to our standard.I have a feeling that
  • 00:14:26.284 --> 00:14:26.985
  • I have a feeling thatif we could get
  • 00:14:26.985 --> 00:14:30.421
  • if we could getone good glimpse of God,
  • 00:14:30.421 --> 00:14:31.789
  • one good glimpse of God,none of us would be
  • 00:14:31.789 --> 00:14:32.790
  • none of us would berunning our mouths
  • 00:14:32.790 --> 00:14:37.061
  • running our mouthsabout anybody else's struggle.
  • 00:14:37.061 --> 00:14:38.429
  • about anybody else's struggle.I don't think any of us
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  • I don't think any of uswould be strutting
  • 00:14:42.267 --> 00:14:45.103
  • would be struttingif we could see Him as He is.
  • 00:14:45.103 --> 00:14:45.670
  • if we could see Him as He is.But you won't see
  • 00:14:45.670 --> 00:14:48.539
  • But you won't seethat in the cave.
  • 00:14:48.539 --> 00:14:49.641
  • that in the cave.In the cave, all you'll think
  • 00:14:49.641 --> 00:14:50.675
  • In the cave, all you'll thinkis that everybody else
  • 00:14:50.675 --> 00:14:52.076
  • is that everybody elsehas something that you don't,
  • 00:14:52.076 --> 00:14:52.543
  • has something that you don't,everybody else knows
  • 00:14:52.543 --> 00:14:53.344
  • everybody else knowssomething that you don't,
  • 00:14:53.344 --> 00:14:54.178
  • something that you don't,and everybody else...
  • 00:14:54.178 --> 00:14:55.179
  • and everybody else...and everybody else...
  • 00:14:55.179 --> 00:14:56.381
  • and everybody else...And that's what Elijah did.
  • 00:14:56.381 --> 00:14:57.916
  • And that's what Elijah did.He started talking to God.
  • 00:14:57.916 --> 00:14:58.917
  • He started talking to God.He said, "I have been
  • 00:14:58.917 --> 00:15:02.887
  • He said, "I have beenvery zealous for the Lord God.
  • 00:15:02.887 --> 00:15:03.521
  • very zealous for the Lord God.They have torn down
  • 00:15:03.521 --> 00:15:06.457
  • They have torn downYour altars and..."
  • 00:15:06.457 --> 00:15:07.492
  • Your altars and..."And he's right.
  • 00:15:07.492 --> 00:15:07.926
  • And he's right.He's right.
  • 00:15:07.926 --> 00:15:09.427
  • He's right.He had been through a lot.
  • 00:15:09.427 --> 00:15:09.928
  • He had been through a lot.But you know what
  • 00:15:09.928 --> 00:15:10.762
  • But you know whatGod told Elijah?
  • 00:15:10.762 --> 00:15:12.730
  • God told Elijah?He said, "Hey,
  • 00:15:12.730 --> 00:15:14.599
  • He said, "Hey,I've got 7.000 people
  • 00:15:14.599 --> 00:15:15.900
  • I've got 7.000 peoplewho haven't bowed down to Baal."
  • 00:15:15.900 --> 00:15:16.901
  • who haven't bowed down to Baal."In other words,
  • 00:15:16.901 --> 00:15:18.202
  • In other words,you're never as alone
  • 00:15:18.202 --> 00:15:22.640
  • you're never as aloneas you think you are.
  • 00:15:22.640 --> 00:15:24.509
  • as you think you are.But in the cave,
  • 00:15:24.509 --> 00:15:27.712
  • But in the cave,you feel all alone.
  • 00:15:27.712 --> 00:15:29.013
  • you feel all alone.And the anxiety starts
  • 00:15:29.013 --> 00:15:32.150
  • And the anxiety startsin the cave.
  • 00:15:32.150 --> 00:15:33.551
  • in the cave.And then you start fearing
  • 00:15:33.551 --> 00:15:38.289
  • And then you start fearingoutcomes that you can't control.
  • 00:15:38.289 --> 00:15:39.057
  • outcomes that you can't control.And then you're so tired
  • 00:15:39.057 --> 00:15:40.091
  • And then you're so tiredthe next day 'cause you stayed
  • 00:15:40.091 --> 00:15:40.992
  • the next day 'cause you stayedup all night and now you don't
  • 00:15:40.992 --> 00:15:42.293
  • up all night and now you don'thave the energy to deal
  • 00:15:42.293 --> 00:15:43.061
  • have the energy to dealwith real life 'cause
  • 00:15:43.061 --> 00:15:43.861
  • with real life 'causeyou were up all night
  • 00:15:43.861 --> 00:15:55.974
  • you were up all nightwatching the puppet show.
  • 00:15:55.974 --> 00:15:58.109
  • watching the puppet show.Not everybody needs this today,
  • 00:15:58.109 --> 00:16:01.279
  • Not everybody needs this today,but somebody really does,
  • 00:16:01.279 --> 00:16:01.746
  • but somebody really does,because you've
  • 00:16:01.746 --> 00:16:05.183
  • because you'vebeen chained in a cave.
  • 00:16:05.183 --> 00:16:06.784
  • been chained in a cave.You've been chained up in a cave
  • 00:16:06.784 --> 00:16:08.753
  • You've been chained up in a caveand God wanted you to
  • 00:16:08.753 --> 00:16:11.289
  • and God wanted you tolook... what?
  • 00:16:11.289 --> 00:16:12.190
  • look... what?- CONGREGATION: Around.
  • 00:16:12.190 --> 00:16:13.191
  • - CONGREGATION: Around.- And look?
  • 00:16:13.191 --> 00:16:14.058
  • - And look?- CONGREGATION: Up ahead.
  • 00:16:14.058 --> 00:16:15.860
  • - CONGREGATION: Up ahead.- And look ahead.
  • 00:16:15.860 --> 00:16:19.263
  • - And look ahead.That's my third letter A.
  • 00:16:19.263 --> 00:16:24.902
  • That's my third letter A.Look ahead, 'cause while Elijah
  • 00:16:24.902 --> 00:16:26.571
  • Look ahead, 'cause while Elijahwas in the cave
  • 00:16:26.571 --> 00:16:28.539
  • was in the cavefearing for his life,
  • 00:16:28.539 --> 00:16:30.141
  • fearing for his life,God had already worked out
  • 00:16:30.141 --> 00:16:33.044
  • God had already worked outwhat he was worried about.
  • 00:16:33.044 --> 00:16:33.678
  • what he was worried about.You know, there are
  • 00:16:33.678 --> 00:16:35.413
  • You know, there areonly a few biblical characters
  • 00:16:35.413 --> 00:16:39.317
  • only a few biblical charactersthat did not die, just a few.
  • 00:16:39.317 --> 00:16:41.753
  • that did not die, just a few.Elijah is one of them.
  • 00:16:41.753 --> 00:16:44.188
  • Elijah is one of them.Could it be possible -
  • 00:16:44.188 --> 00:16:46.157
  • Could it be possible -I'm just asking -
  • 00:16:46.157 --> 00:16:47.458
  • I'm just asking -that the thing that
  • 00:16:47.458 --> 00:16:48.559
  • that the thing thatyou're worried about is
  • 00:16:48.559 --> 00:16:51.129
  • you're worried about isnever even going to happen
  • 00:16:51.129 --> 00:16:52.530
  • never even going to happenunless you create it
  • 00:16:52.530 --> 00:16:57.435
  • unless you create itthrough your fear?
  • 00:16:57.435 --> 00:16:59.737
  • through your fear?Could it be possible
  • 00:16:59.737 --> 00:17:01.039
  • Could it be possiblethat God really has surrounded
  • 00:17:01.039 --> 00:17:03.341
  • that God really has surroundedyou with people who love you,
  • 00:17:03.341 --> 00:17:04.475
  • you with people who love you,but you're so scared
  • 00:17:04.475 --> 00:17:05.810
  • but you're so scaredthey're going to leave you
  • 00:17:05.810 --> 00:17:06.544
  • they're going to leave youbecause instead of
  • 00:17:06.544 --> 00:17:08.880
  • because instead oflooking ahead,
  • 00:17:08.880 --> 00:17:09.547
  • looking ahead,you're looking back?
  • 00:17:09.547 --> 00:17:13.051
  • you're looking back?What are you seeing now?
  • 00:17:13.051 --> 00:17:13.584
  • What are you seeing now?Now.
  • 00:17:13.584 --> 00:17:15.753
  • Now.That's the question.
  • 00:17:15.753 --> 00:17:16.621
  • That's the question.And some of us aren't seeing
  • 00:17:16.621 --> 00:17:17.622
  • And some of us aren't seeingpossibilities because
  • 00:17:17.622 --> 00:17:21.993
  • possibilities becauseall we see is our past.
  • 00:17:21.993 --> 00:17:24.495
  • all we see is our past.And so God said, "Elijah,
  • 00:17:24.495 --> 00:17:25.096
  • And so God said, "Elijah,go out and stand
  • 00:17:25.096 --> 00:17:25.530
  • go out and standon the mountain
  • 00:17:25.530 --> 00:17:28.266
  • on the mountainin the presence of God.
  • 00:17:28.266 --> 00:17:30.501
  • in the presence of God.Go out and get a vision."
  • 00:17:30.501 --> 00:17:31.803
  • Go out and get a vision."See, God's voice will
  • 00:17:31.803 --> 00:17:33.104
  • See, God's voice willreach you in the cave,
  • 00:17:33.104 --> 00:17:34.172
  • reach you in the cave,but His vision will only be
  • 00:17:34.172 --> 00:17:38.076
  • but His vision will only berevealed on the mountain.
  • 00:17:38.076 --> 00:17:39.710
  • revealed on the mountain.God will always love you
  • 00:17:39.710 --> 00:17:42.547
  • God will always love youand He will always speak to you;
  • 00:17:42.547 --> 00:17:43.114
  • and He will always speak to you;but when you lose
  • 00:17:43.114 --> 00:17:44.015
  • but when you loseyour perspective,
  • 00:17:44.015 --> 00:17:46.851
  • your perspective,you won't see His plan.
  • 00:17:46.851 --> 00:17:48.286
  • you won't see His plan.And so all you can see
  • 00:17:48.286 --> 00:17:49.520
  • And so all you can seewhen you're in the cave,
  • 00:17:49.520 --> 00:17:50.421
  • when you're in the cave,all you can feel
  • 00:17:50.421 --> 00:17:51.622
  • all you can feelwhen you're in the cave,
  • 00:17:51.622 --> 00:17:52.857
  • when you're in the cave,all you can hear
  • 00:17:52.857 --> 00:17:54.158
  • all you can hearwhen you're in the cave is
  • 00:17:54.158 --> 00:17:57.061
  • when you're in the cave isthe echoes of what went wrong
  • 00:17:57.061 --> 00:18:00.898
  • the echoes of what went wrongand the preplay of what might.
  • 00:18:00.898 --> 00:18:03.067
  • and the preplay of what might.Plato said,
  • 00:18:03.067 --> 00:18:07.738
  • Plato said,"If one man ever broke free
  • 00:18:07.738 --> 00:18:11.375
  • "If one man ever broke freefrom the chains in the cave
  • 00:18:11.375 --> 00:18:13.244
  • from the chains in the caveand were led outside
  • 00:18:13.244 --> 00:18:15.246
  • and were led outsideto the mouth of the cave
  • 00:18:15.246 --> 00:18:17.415
  • to the mouth of the caveand began to behold
  • 00:18:17.415 --> 00:18:18.850
  • and began to beholdnot a shadow of a tree
  • 00:18:18.850 --> 00:18:20.485
  • not a shadow of a treebut a real tree
  • 00:18:20.485 --> 00:18:22.153
  • but a real treeand not a shadow of a stream
  • 00:18:22.153 --> 00:18:23.321
  • and not a shadow of a streambut a real stream
  • 00:18:23.321 --> 00:18:24.622
  • but a real streamand not a shadow of an animal
  • 00:18:24.622 --> 00:18:26.124
  • and not a shadow of an animalbut a real animal",
  • 00:18:26.124 --> 00:18:27.625
  • but a real animal",he said, "would it not
  • 00:18:27.625 --> 00:18:28.693
  • he said, "would it nottake the man's eyes
  • 00:18:28.693 --> 00:18:29.527
  • take the man's eyesa little while to get
  • 00:18:29.527 --> 00:18:30.495
  • a little while to getused to the light?
  • 00:18:30.495 --> 00:18:31.562
  • used to the light?And at first,
  • 00:18:31.562 --> 00:18:32.430
  • And at first,would he not think
  • 00:18:32.430 --> 00:18:33.364
  • would he not thinkthere was something wrong
  • 00:18:33.364 --> 00:18:35.867
  • there was something wrongwith his eyes?
  • 00:18:35.867 --> 00:18:37.635
  • with his eyes?And if he were led up a mountain
  • 00:18:37.635 --> 00:18:39.003
  • And if he were led up a mountainand he were made
  • 00:18:39.003 --> 00:18:40.371
  • and he were madeto behold the sun,
  • 00:18:40.371 --> 00:18:41.038
  • to behold the sun,which was the source
  • 00:18:41.038 --> 00:18:43.040
  • which was the sourceof all life,
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:45.543
  • of all life,would he not remember
  • 00:18:45.543 --> 00:18:48.613
  • would he not rememberhis comrades back in the cave?
  • 00:18:48.613 --> 00:18:50.047
  • his comrades back in the cave?And would he not feel compelled
  • 00:18:50.047 --> 00:18:51.682
  • And would he not feel compelledto go back down the mountain
  • 00:18:51.682 --> 00:18:53.284
  • to go back down the mountainand back into the cave
  • 00:18:53.284 --> 00:18:53.951
  • and back into the caveand even though
  • 00:18:53.951 --> 00:18:55.386
  • and even thoughthey laughed at him,
  • 00:18:55.386 --> 00:18:56.320
  • they laughed at him,tell them the way
  • 00:18:56.320 --> 00:19:00.424
  • tell them the waythings really were?"
  • 00:19:00.424 --> 00:19:03.427
  • things really were?"All this talk about caves
  • 00:19:03.427 --> 00:19:07.698
  • All this talk about cavesand chains and chains and caves,
  • 00:19:07.698 --> 00:19:08.533
  • and chains and chains and caves,and I couldn't help
  • 00:19:08.533 --> 00:19:11.502
  • and I couldn't helpbut conclude that our whole
  • 00:19:11.502 --> 00:19:13.938
  • but conclude that our wholefaith really revolves around
  • 00:19:13.938 --> 00:19:19.944
  • faith really revolves aroundwhat happened in a cave.
  • 00:19:19.944 --> 00:19:20.945
  • what happened in a cave.Sorry, Plato.
  • 00:19:20.945 --> 00:19:22.113
  • Sorry, Plato.I know this is a little bit
  • 00:19:22.113 --> 00:19:23.781
  • I know this is a little bitafter your time,
  • 00:19:23.781 --> 00:19:26.083
  • after your time,but see, my whole reason
  • 00:19:26.083 --> 00:19:27.919
  • but see, my whole reasonthat I can look again
  • 00:19:27.919 --> 00:19:28.619
  • that I can look againand have hope,
  • 00:19:28.619 --> 00:19:30.121
  • and have hope,and my whole reason
  • 00:19:30.121 --> 00:19:31.255
  • and my whole reasonthat I can look around
  • 00:19:31.255 --> 00:19:32.290
  • that I can look aroundand have joy
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:33.224
  • and have joyand see potential,
  • 00:19:33.224 --> 00:19:34.492
  • and see potential,and my whole reason
  • 00:19:34.492 --> 00:19:35.927
  • and my whole reasonthat I can look ahead
  • 00:19:35.927 --> 00:19:37.862
  • that I can look aheadand see a future is because
  • 00:19:37.862 --> 00:19:39.363
  • and see a future is becauseof what happened with
  • 00:19:39.363 --> 00:19:44.101
  • of what happened withone man in a cave.
  • 00:19:44.101 --> 00:19:45.503
  • one man in a cave.They don't call it a cave.
  • 00:19:45.503 --> 00:19:47.572
  • They don't call it a cave.They call it a tomb.
  • 00:19:47.572 --> 00:19:48.406
  • They call it a tomb.But if you ever see
  • 00:19:48.406 --> 00:19:50.241
  • But if you ever seea model of it,
  • 00:19:50.241 --> 00:19:51.676
  • a model of it,it actually looked like a cave
  • 00:19:51.676 --> 00:19:54.245
  • it actually looked like a cavethat they put Jesus in.
  • 00:19:54.245 --> 00:19:56.614
  • that they put Jesus in.And they came to look for Him
  • 00:19:56.614 --> 00:19:57.982
  • And they came to look for Himand He said that He was
  • 00:19:57.982 --> 00:19:59.450
  • and He said that He wasgoing to rise from the dead,
  • 00:19:59.450 --> 00:20:00.484
  • going to rise from the dead,but when they came
  • 00:20:00.484 --> 00:20:01.485
  • but when they cameto look for Him,
  • 00:20:01.485 --> 00:20:03.087
  • to look for Him,His body was still there
  • 00:20:03.087 --> 00:20:05.423
  • His body was still thereon Friday.
  • 00:20:05.423 --> 00:20:06.357
  • on Friday.And when they came to look
  • 00:20:06.357 --> 00:20:07.692
  • And when they came to lookfor Him on Saturday,
  • 00:20:07.692 --> 00:20:08.993
  • for Him on Saturday,He was still there.
  • 00:20:08.993 --> 00:20:09.894
  • He was still there.The guards went to check
  • 00:20:09.894 --> 00:20:11.596
  • The guards went to checkand the body hadn't moved.
  • 00:20:11.596 --> 00:20:13.130
  • and the body hadn't moved.It wasn't 'til Sunday
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:14.332
  • It wasn't 'til Sundaythat the women showed up
  • 00:20:14.332 --> 00:20:16.234
  • that the women showed upwith some burial spices
  • 00:20:16.234 --> 00:20:17.068
  • with some burial spicesand they were looking
  • 00:20:17.068 --> 00:20:18.169
  • and they were lookingreal funny
  • 00:20:18.169 --> 00:20:19.537
  • real funny'cause the stone had been
  • 00:20:19.537 --> 00:20:21.172
  • 'cause the stone had beenrolled away from the mouth
  • 00:20:21.172 --> 00:20:22.373
  • rolled away from the mouthof the cave.
  • 00:20:22.373 --> 00:20:22.974
  • of the cave.And while they were
  • 00:20:22.974 --> 00:20:24.141
  • And while they werelooking inside,
  • 00:20:24.141 --> 00:20:26.310
  • looking inside,this angel interrupted and said,
  • 00:20:26.310 --> 00:20:27.878
  • this angel interrupted and said,"What are you doing here?
  • 00:20:27.878 --> 00:20:29.046
  • "What are you doing here?You're looking for Jesus,
  • 00:20:29.046 --> 00:20:30.214
  • You're looking for Jesus,but you better look again
  • 00:20:30.214 --> 00:20:31.182
  • but you better look again'cause He's not here.
  • 00:20:31.182 --> 00:20:32.350
  • 'cause He's not here.He's risen.
  • 00:20:32.350 --> 00:20:32.984
  • He's risen.He went on ahead
  • 00:20:32.984 --> 00:20:34.452
  • He went on aheadof you to Jerusalem,
  • 00:20:34.452 --> 00:20:35.620
  • of you to Jerusalem,just like He told you
  • 00:20:35.620 --> 00:20:36.887
  • just like He told youHe was going to do."
  • 00:20:36.887 --> 00:20:37.488
  • He was going to do."You're looking
  • 00:20:37.488 --> 00:20:38.789
  • You're lookingfor the living amongst the dead,
  • 00:20:38.789 --> 00:20:40.291
  • for the living amongst the dead,but you better look again,
  • 00:20:40.291 --> 00:20:43.060
  • but you better look again,'cause He is not here.
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:47.198
  • 'cause He is not here.He is risen.
  • 00:20:47.198 --> 00:20:48.499
  • He is risen.Look again.
  • 00:20:48.499 --> 00:20:52.403
  • Look again.[applause]
  • 00:20:52.403 --> 00:20:53.237
  • [applause]Look again.
  • 00:20:53.237 --> 00:20:54.438
  • Look again.Look around.
  • 00:20:54.438 --> 00:20:56.173
  • Look around.They were staring as Jesus
  • 00:20:56.173 --> 00:20:57.408
  • They were staring as Jesusascended into heaven
  • 00:20:57.408 --> 00:20:58.943
  • ascended into heavenand the angel interrupted
  • 00:20:58.943 --> 00:20:59.944
  • and the angel interruptedand said, "Why are you standing
  • 00:20:59.944 --> 00:21:01.212
  • and said, "Why are you standinglooking into the sky?"
  • 00:21:01.212 --> 00:21:03.147
  • looking into the sky?"This same Jesus in like manner
  • 00:21:03.147 --> 00:21:04.949
  • This same Jesus in like mannerthat He came will return again
  • 00:21:04.949 --> 00:21:06.017
  • that He came will return againin all of His glory.
  • 00:21:06.017 --> 00:21:07.685
  • in all of His glory.But you shall be my witnesses
  • 00:21:07.685 --> 00:21:10.855
  • But you shall be my witnessesin Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria,
  • 00:21:10.855 --> 00:21:12.323
  • in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria,to the ends of the earth.
  • 00:21:12.323 --> 00:21:13.024
  • to the ends of the earth.What's He saying?
  • 00:21:13.024 --> 00:21:20.031
  • What's He saying?Look around.
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  • Look around.And Jesus, who knew that
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  • And Jesus, who knew thatHis followers would take
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  • His followers would takeon the greatest challenge
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  • on the greatest challengeof their faith after that
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  • of their faith after thatHe was gone and they would have
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  • He was gone and they would haveto hold on to what
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  • to hold on to whatthey could not see, said,
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  • they could not see, said,"All authority on heaven
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  • "All authority on heavenand earth has been given to me
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  • and earth has been given to meand surely I am
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  • and surely I amwith you always."
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  • with you always."Watch this.
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  • Watch this."Even to the end of the age."
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  • "Even to the end of the age."What's He saying?
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  • What's He saying?Look ahead.
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  • Look ahead.And although you don't know
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  • And although you don't knowexactly what you will encounter
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  • exactly what you will encounteralong the way, you have
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  • along the way, you havemy assurance that
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  • my assurance thatI will accompany you
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  • I will accompany youwith every step.
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  • with every step.So look ahead with faith.
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  • So look ahead with faith.Look ahead with faith.
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  • Look ahead with faith.While you're
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  • While you'rein this cave crying,
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  • in this cave crying,the voice of God
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  • the voice of Godis on the mountain calling,
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  • is on the mountain calling,pointing you
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  • pointing youin a new direction.
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  • in a new direction.The chains have
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  • The chains havealready been broken.
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  • already been broken.Your perspective
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  • Your perspectiveis the problem.
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  • is the problem.The chains have
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  • The chains havealready been broken.
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  • already been broken.But now you're standing
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  • But now you're standingat the mouth of the cave
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  • at the mouth of the cavewondering, "God, have you
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  • wondering, "God, have youstill got a plan for me?
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  • still got a plan for me?God, can you still use me?
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  • God, can you still use me?You still there?
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  • You still there?You still love me?
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  • You still love me?You still got this?
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  • You still got this?Is anybody ever
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  • Is anybody evergonna really love me?"
  • 00:22:53.891 --> 00:22:58.529
  • gonna really love me?"Scripture says, 1 Kings 19:19,
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  • Scripture says, 1 Kings 19:19,it said,
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  • it said,"Elijah went from there."
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  • "Elijah went from there."He went from there.
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  • He went from there.What are you doing here Elijah,
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  • What are you doing here Elijah,when my plan is waiting
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  • when my plan is waitingfor you there?
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  • for you there?There.
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  • There.There's nothing
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  • There's nothingto see here Elijah.
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  • to see here Elijah.When you lived in the cave,
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  • When you lived in the cave,all you see is the same sights.
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  • all you see is the same sights.All you hear is --
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  • All you hear is --it's just shadows and echoes.
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  • it's just shadows and echoes.There's nothing to see here.
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  • There's nothing to see here.Why would you stay in a place
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  • Why would you stay in a placewhere there's nothing to see
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  • where there's nothing to seewhen there's so much more
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  • when there's so much moreto see if you just peek
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  • to see if you just peekyour head out?
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  • your head out?I like how it says Elijah went
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  • I like how it says Elijah wentand stood at the mouth
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  • and stood at the mouthof the cave.
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  • of the cave.He didn't even have
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  • He didn't even havethe courage to come
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  • the courage to comeall the way out.
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  • all the way out.He just peeked.
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  • He just peeked.And that's all God needed
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  • And that's all God neededto remind him of the promise.
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  • to remind him of the promise.That's all God needs
  • 00:23:47.244 --> 00:23:51.682
  • That's all God needsis just -- just catch a glimpse.
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  • is just -- just catch a glimpse.He's passing by.
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  • He's passing by.He's passing by.
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  • He's passing by.And the only way that
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  • And the only way thatyou'll miss it
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  • - Right now, in this moment,
  • 00:24:05.763 --> 00:24:06.564
  • - Right now, in this moment,your life is being
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  • your life is beingsteered in a direction.
  • 00:24:08.732 --> 00:24:10.734
  • steered in a direction.It may be toward your calling,
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  • It may be toward your calling,it may be away
  • 00:24:11.402 --> 00:24:12.736
  • it may be awayfrom your calling.
  • 00:24:12.736 --> 00:24:13.737
  • from your calling.But your life is being
  • 00:24:13.737 --> 00:24:15.039
  • But your life is beingdriven buy something,
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  • driven buy something,like a ship in the water.
  • 00:24:16.941 --> 00:24:19.109
  • like a ship in the water.The destination is determined
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  • The destination is determinedby who or what is at the wheel.
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  • by who or what is at the wheel.If you're steering
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  • If you're steeringby your feelings,
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  • by your feelings,instead of by the spirit of God,
  • 00:24:26.684 --> 00:24:27.585
  • instead of by the spirit of God,it's just a matter of time
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  • it's just a matter of timebefore you get off course.
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  • before you get off course.Sometimes, it happens slowly.
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  • Sometimes, it happens slowly.You don't even realize
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  • You don't even realizethe gradual drift.
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  • the gradual drift.Because, the world's gets us
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  • Because, the world's gets uswalking in its ways;
  • 00:24:35.960 --> 00:24:39.563
  • walking in its ways;what we see, what we feel,
  • 00:24:39.563 --> 00:24:41.398
  • what we see, what we feel,what we think.
  • 00:24:41.398 --> 00:24:42.967
  • what we think.But as children of God,
  • 00:24:42.967 --> 00:24:43.934
  • But as children of God,we have to learn how to
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  • we have to learn how totrain ourselves differently,
  • 00:24:45.803 --> 00:24:47.605
  • train ourselves differently,because feelings come and go.
  • 00:24:47.605 --> 00:24:48.672
  • because feelings come and go.I mean, one minute,
  • 00:24:48.672 --> 00:24:49.773
  • I mean, one minute,you're telling yourself that
  • 00:24:49.773 --> 00:24:51.108
  • you're telling yourself thatyou can take on the world.
  • 00:24:51.108 --> 00:24:51.709
  • you can take on the world.And the next minute,
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  • And the next minute,all you wanna do
  • 00:24:52.343 --> 00:24:53.811
  • all you wanna dois get under the covers
  • 00:24:53.811 --> 00:24:55.079
  • is get under the coverswith some cookies.
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  • with some cookies.I know you know
  • 00:24:55.679 --> 00:24:56.847
  • I know you knowwhat I am saying.
  • 00:24:56.847 --> 00:24:57.848
  • what I am saying.God's truth
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  • God's truthis the only constant.
  • 00:24:59.750 --> 00:25:01.285
  • is the only constant.It's time to fix your focus
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  • It's time to fix your focuson the provision of God
  • 00:25:03.087 --> 00:25:04.321
  • on the provision of Godnot the lack in your life.
  • 00:25:04.321 --> 00:25:05.322
  • not the lack in your life.The protection of God,
  • 00:25:05.322 --> 00:25:06.457
  • The protection of God,not the danger around you.
  • 00:25:06.457 --> 00:25:08.259
  • not the danger around you.And the purposes of God
  • 00:25:08.259 --> 00:25:09.493
  • And the purposes of Godinstead of whatever
  • 00:25:09.493 --> 00:25:10.828
  • instead of whateverlittle urgent crises
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  • You can survive the storms
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  • You can survive the stormsof anxiety and stress.
  • 00:25:15.900 --> 00:25:16.867
  • of anxiety and stress.Now we've got some details on
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  • Now we've got some details onthis page about this new series
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  • this page about this new seriesI'm so excited about it.
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  • I'm so excited about it.- So good.
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  • - So good.- "When Anxiety Attacks"
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  • - "When Anxiety Attacks"because it will and when it does
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  • because it will and when it doesI want you to be ready
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  • I want you to be readyto deal with fear and anxiety,
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  • to deal with fear and anxiety,to chart your course
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  • to chart your coursebefore the storm hits.
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  • before the storm hits.So you make it
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  • So you make itto the other side.
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  • to the other side.I hope your request
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  • I hope your requestyour copy today.
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  • your copy today.And God bless you and thank you
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  • And God bless you and thank youfor your continued support
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  • for your continued supportof this ministry.
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  • of this ministry.I know you're going
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  • - E-fam is our online family
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  • at Elevation Church.
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  • It doesn't matter
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  • where you call home,
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  • becoming part of our E-fam
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  • is as simple as joining
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  • us online each week.
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  • Each weekend we broadcast
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  • our worship experiences
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  • to thousands of people
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  • around the world.
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  • to join the huge move of God
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  • that's happening
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  • When you participate,
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  • you'll experience
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  • awesome worship music,
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  • preaching, and community
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  • just like yourself.
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  • You can have a deeper connection
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  • by joining an E-Group
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  • and an E-Team,
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  • giving online and connecting
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  • with other E-fam near you
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  • though watch parties.
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  • Wherever you find
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  • yourself in life,
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  • we wanna be a place
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  • you can depend on
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  • for receiving inspiration
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  • encouragement and support.
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  • Grow your faith,
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  • - ♪ I saw Satan ♪
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  • ♪ I saw darkness ♪
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  • ♪ But the miracle that ♪
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  • ♪ I just can't get over ♪
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  • ♪ My name is registered ♪
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  • ♪ I believe in ♪
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  • ♪ I have resurrection power ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, I do ♪
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  • ♪ Still, the miracle that ♪
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  • ♪ I just can't get over ♪
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  • ♪ My name is registered ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, my praise ♪
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  • ♪ Belongs to You ♪
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  • ♪ This is my testimony ♪
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  • ♪ From death to life ♪
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  • ♪ 'Cause grace ♪
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  • ♪ Rewrote my story ♪
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