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Looking Forward To Normal Part 1

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September 7, 2020
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Elevation with Steven Furtick focuses on the strength of God in our everyday struggles.

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Looking Forward To Normal Part 1

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  • it's an opportunity
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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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  • - But this is not normal.
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  • - But this is not normal.This is not normal.
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  • This is not normal.And we hear a phrase a lot,
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  • And we hear a phrase a lot,at least I do right now,
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  • at least I do right now,and listen, since this is
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  • and listen, since this isnot a normal weekend,
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  • not a normal weekend,I'm not a normal preacher,
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  • I'm not a normal preacher,this is not a normal church,
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  • this is not a normal church,you're not
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  • you're nota normal person, either.
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  • a normal person, either.Matter of fact,
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  • Matter of fact,the only people
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  • the only peoplethat think you're normal
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  • that think you're normalare the people
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  • are the peoplewho don't know you.
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  • who don't know you.John Ortberg wrote a book called
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  • John Ortberg wrote a book called"Everybody's Normal
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  • "Everybody's NormalTill You Get to Know Them".
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  • Till You Get to Know Them".So anybody that
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  • So anybody thatyou think is normal
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  • you think is normalis somebody that
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  • is somebody thatyou don't really know.
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  • you don't really know.Everybody's normal,
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  • Everybody's normal,John Ortberg said,
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  • John Ortberg said,till you get to know them.
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  • till you get to know them.Your wife is weird.
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  • Your wife is weird.You didn't see the weirdness
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  • You didn't see the weirdnessof your wife when
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  • of your wife whenyou were dating her.
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  • you were dating her.You were -- your wife
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  • You were -- your wifewas weird when you met her,
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  • was weird when you met her,you just didn't know her yet.
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  • you just didn't know her yet.And so, what we're looking at
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  • And so, what we're looking atright now is a sentiment
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  • right now is a sentimentthat a lot of people feel,
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  • that a lot of people feel,and here's what I'm doing.
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  • and here's what I'm doing.I did not give them my title
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  • I did not give them my titlefor the message,
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  • for the message,because I wanted to try
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  • because I wanted to trysomething new today.
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  • something new today.Rather than put it up
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  • Rather than put it upon the screen fancy,
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  • on the screen fancy,I wanted to do my own
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  • I wanted to do my ownspecial effects today,
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  • special effects today,'cause I don't know
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  • 'cause I don't knowwhat's gonna happen
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  • what's gonna happenin the next weeks to come,
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  • in the next weeks to come,but what if we can't put
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  • but what if we can't putthe title up anymore,
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  • the title up anymore,and I still need
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  • and I still needto preach to people?
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  • to preach to people?Well, I'm gonna make
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  • Well, I'm gonna makemy own title card, okay?
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  • my own title card, okay?I'm doing my own stunts today,
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  • I'm doing my own stunts today,and here's the phrase
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  • and here's the phraseI've been hearing
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  • I've been hearingfrom a lot of people.
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  • from a lot of people.I'm gonna show you this,
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  • I'm gonna show you this,get ready to zoom in on it once
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  • get ready to zoom in on it onceI write it, but I've heard this,
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  • I write it, but I've heard this,oh, man, like, I've heard it
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  • oh, man, like, I've heard itat least 100 times,
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  • at least 100 times,whether it's people on the news
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  • whether it's people on the newsor people that I know,
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  • or people that I know,or our staff here at Elevation,
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  • or our staff here at Elevation,and here's the phrase.
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  • and here's the phrase.This seems to be the goal.
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  • This seems to be the goal.Let me shut up for a minute,
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  • Let me shut up for a minute,so I can concentrate on writing.
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  • so I can concentrate on writing.I'm not a very good multitasker.
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  • I'm not a very good multitasker.Don't wanna misspell anything.
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  • Don't wanna misspell anything.Oh, I love it,
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  • Oh, I love it,'cause I've heard this
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  • 'cause I've heard thisa million times,
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  • a million times,and I've bet you said it
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  • and I've bet you said ita few times, too.
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  • a few times, too.Here's the phrase,
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  • Here's the phrase,I'm hearing this a lot.
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  • I'm hearing this a lot.Can y'all see it?
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  • Can y'all see it?I can't see whether
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  • I can't see whetheryou can see it or not,
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  • you can see it or not,because there's no,
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  • because there's no,like, IMAG in the screen,
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  • like, IMAG in the screen,'cause there's nobody
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  • 'cause there's nobodyin the room that
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  • in the room thatneeds to see IMAG.
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  • needs to see IMAG.It's just not normal.
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  • It's just not normal.Normally, I would just
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  • Normally, I would justlook over here to my left
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  • look over here to my leftor my right, and I would see
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  • or my right, and I would seeif it's a tight shot,
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  • if it's a tight shot,but can y'all see it?
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  • but can y'all see it?Is it a good shot?
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  • Is it a good shot?This is what I'm hearing a lot
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  • This is what I'm hearing a lotof people talk about right now,
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  • of people talk about right now,and this is just a piece of
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  • and this is just a piece ofElevation Church stationary,
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  • Elevation Church stationary,I just wrote it down,
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  • I just wrote it down,'cause it's not a normal Sunday,
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  • 'cause it's not a normal Sunday,so I didn't wanna
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  • so I didn't wannapreach a normal sermon,
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  • preach a normal sermon,and throw it to a normal title.
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  • and throw it to a normal title.But I'm hearing this right now,
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  • But I'm hearing this right now,like, oh, man,
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  • like, oh, man,I just can't wait
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  • I just can't waittill things get back to normal.
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  • till things get back to normal.Okay, put that in the chat.
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  • Okay, put that in the chat.If your thumbs still work,
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  • If your thumbs still work,put it in the chat.
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  • put it in the chat."Getting Back to Normal".
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  • "Getting Back to Normal".I'm hearing a lot of people talk
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  • I'm hearing a lot of people talkabout how long is it going
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  • about how long is it goingto be before things
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  • to be before thingsget back to normal.
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  • get back to normal.And honestly,
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  • And honestly,I'm ready for some normalcy
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  • I'm ready for some normalcyin the Furtick zipcode as well.
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  • in the Furtick zipcode as well.I really am,
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  • I really am,I'm ready for some normalcy
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  • I'm ready for some normalcyto our schedules.
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  • to our schedules.I'm ready for some normalcy
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  • I'm ready for some normalcyto date nights with my wife.
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  • to date nights with my wife.I mean, I know that sounds,
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  • I mean, I know that sounds,like, real fancy or frilly
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  • like, real fancy or frillyat a time when people
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  • at a time when peopleare hurting so much, but,
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  • are hurting so much, but,there's something nice about
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  • there's something nice aboutthings just being normal.
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  • things just being normal.Even little things being normal,
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  • Even little things being normal,like, I don't even
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  • like, I don't evenlike sports that much,
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  • like sports that much,but I miss 'em.
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  • but I miss 'em.I don't even care
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  • I don't even careabout the outcome,
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  • about the outcome,I just like to have it
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  • I just like to have itin the background,
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  • in the background,'cause it's normal.
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  • 'cause it's normal.It's normal.
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  • It's normal.Normal is nice.
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  • Normal is nice.And you really don't realize
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  • And you really don't realizehow much you need normal
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  • how much you need normaluntil you are forced
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  • until you are forcedto live without it,
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  • to live without it,'cause I was talking to one
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  • 'cause I was talking to oneof my friends about
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  • of my friends aboutnormal the other day,
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  • normal the other day,and I promise you
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  • and I promise youI'm gonna preach from
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  • I'm gonna preach fromthe Scripture in a moment,
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  • the Scripture in a moment,because my scriptures
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  • because my scripturesare Exodus 14:10-15
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  • are Exodus 14:10-15and Romans 12:1-2.
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  • and Romans 12:1-2.So go ahead and turn
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  • So go ahead and turnto those two books,
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  • to those two books,one in the Old Testament,
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  • one in the Old Testament,one in the New.
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  • one in the New.But I've been hearing this
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  • But I've been hearing thisphrase so much, "Oh, man,
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  • phrase so much, "Oh, man,I just can't wait till things
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  • I just can't wait till thingsget back to normal."
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  • get back to normal."But, something arrested
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  • But, something arrestedmy attention the other day,
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  • my attention the other day,is that the person who was
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  • is that the person who wassaying to me how much
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  • saying to me how muchthat she was waiting for stuff
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  • that she was waiting for stuffto get back to normal,
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  • to get back to normal,had complained to me
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  • had complained to metwo months ago,
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  • two months ago,before any of this global
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  • before any of this globalpandemic started,
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  • pandemic started,about how much
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  • about how muchshe hated her life.
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  • she hated her life.And that was weird to me.
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  • And that was weird to me.Because, the normal
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  • Because, the normalthat she had been complaining
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  • that she had been complainingabout two months ago
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  • about two months agowas the normal that she would
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  • was the normal that she wouldgive anything to
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  • give anything toget back to right now.
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  • get back to right now.Some of us would give anything
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  • Some of us would give anythingfor normal right about now.
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  • for normal right about now.Would give anything to get
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  • Would give anything to getto deal with the annoying person
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  • to deal with the annoying personthat you work next to if you
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  • that you work next to if youcould get back to work.
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  • could get back to work.Oh, I would sit next
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  • Oh, I would sit nextto Teresa all day,
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  • to Teresa all day,and pretend like her stories
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  • and pretend like her storieswere good, and funny,
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  • were good, and funny,and interesting,
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  • and interesting,and her breath didn't smell bad.
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  • and her breath didn't smell bad.I would love some
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  • I would love somenormal right about now.
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  • normal right about now.It's like when you go
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  • It's like when you goto college, you know?
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  • to college, you know?If you went to college,
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  • If you went to college,and you hated your hometown,
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  • and you hated your hometown,and then you get dropped off in
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  • and then you get dropped off inthe middle of a new world,
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  • the middle of a new world,and nothing is familiar,
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  • and nothing is familiar,and you were complaining,
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  • and you were complaining,"I just can't wait to leave
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  • "I just can't wait to leaveMoncks Corner."
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  • Moncks Corner."Shout out Moncks Corner,
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  • Shout out Moncks Corner,we sent Convoy of Hope
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  • we sent Convoy of Hopeand Elevation Outreach resources
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  • and Elevation Outreach resourcesand teams all week to help those
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  • and teams all week to help thosewho were devastated.
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  • who were devastated.You're gonna be seeing
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  • You're gonna be seeingabout that soon
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  • about that soonif you haven't already.
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  • if you haven't already.But, man, I hated my hometown
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  • But, man, I hated my hometownfor a minute till I left it.
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  • for a minute till I left it.And then, everything
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  • And then, everythingthat felt small to me
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  • that felt small to mestarted to feel, I don't know,
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  • started to feel, I don't know,like instead of confining,
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  • like instead of confining,it felt comforting.
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  • it felt comforting.Here's what I'm trying to say,
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  • Here's what I'm trying to say,'cause I think
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  • 'cause I thinkI'm being a little
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  • I'm being a littletoo vague for you, okay.
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  • too vague for you, okay.Some of the stuff that
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  • Some of the stuff thatyou're praying for right now
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  • you're praying for right nowis the same stuff
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  • is the same stuffyou were praying away
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  • you were praying awaytwo months ago.
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  • two months ago.And isn't it weird
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  • And isn't it weirdhow quick we can shift
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  • how quick we can shiftto where what we want
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  • to where what we wantto get back to is the same thing
  • 00:06:49.327 --> 00:06:53.064
  • to get back to is the same thingthat we wanted to escape from?
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  • that we wanted to escape from?Y'all ain't helping
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  • Y'all ain't helpingthe preacher a bit today.
  • 00:06:55.934 --> 00:06:59.204
  • the preacher a bit today.It's so, so easy
  • 00:06:59.204 --> 00:07:00.305
  • It's so, so easyin a moment like this
  • 00:07:00.305 --> 00:07:03.141
  • in a moment like thisfor us to make our goal
  • 00:07:03.141 --> 00:07:06.077
  • for us to make our goalgetting back to normal.
  • 00:07:06.077 --> 00:07:06.511
  • getting back to normal.But here's what
  • 00:07:06.511 --> 00:07:07.379
  • But here's whatthe Lord showed me,
  • 00:07:07.379 --> 00:07:08.079
  • the Lord showed me,this is where I need
  • 00:07:08.079 --> 00:07:10.449
  • this is where I needmy hot pink Sharpie.
  • 00:07:10.449 --> 00:07:11.316
  • my hot pink Sharpie.I think red would've been
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  • I think red would've beenbetter, but I couldn't find one,
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  • better, but I couldn't find one,so I'm doing hot pink.
  • 00:07:14.786 --> 00:07:16.455
  • so I'm doing hot pink.And I want us to shift
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  • And I want us to shiftour mentality today,
  • 00:07:17.756 --> 00:07:18.623
  • our mentality today,and this may be a whole
  • 00:07:18.623 --> 00:07:20.192
  • and this may be a wholeteaching series, I don't know,
  • 00:07:20.192 --> 00:07:21.126
  • teaching series, I don't know,because I'm hearing
  • 00:07:21.126 --> 00:07:21.893
  • because I'm hearingso many people say,
  • 00:07:21.893 --> 00:07:22.961
  • so many people say,"I wanna get back to normal,"
  • 00:07:22.961 --> 00:07:23.462
  • "I wanna get back to normal,""I wanna get back
  • 00:07:23.462 --> 00:07:24.463
  • "I wanna get backto the way things were,"
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  • to the way things were,""I wanna get back to," --
  • 00:07:26.765 --> 00:07:27.265
  • "I wanna get back to," --and the Lord posed
  • 00:07:27.265 --> 00:07:29.334
  • and the Lord poseda question to me this week.
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  • a question to me this week.What if normal isn't something
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  • What if normal is something
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  • What if normal is somethingto look forward to?
  • 00:07:52.023 --> 00:07:53.091
  • to look forward to?And what if the normal
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  • And what if the normalthat we knew is not
  • 00:07:55.727 --> 00:07:57.529
  • that we knew is notthe normal that God
  • 00:07:57.529 --> 00:08:01.533
  • the normal that Godis leading us into next?
  • 00:08:01.533 --> 00:08:02.067
  • is leading us into next?I'm about to throw
  • 00:08:02.067 --> 00:08:04.236
  • I'm about to throwmy title card at you, Holly.
  • 00:08:04.236 --> 00:08:04.903
  • my title card at you, Holly.This might be
  • 00:08:04.903 --> 00:08:06.404
  • This might bethe most anointed message
  • 00:08:06.404 --> 00:08:07.572
  • the most anointed messagethat I've ever preached
  • 00:08:07.572 --> 00:08:08.707
  • that I've ever preachedin my life.
  • 00:08:08.707 --> 00:08:09.341
  • in my life.It's called
  • 00:08:09.341 --> 00:08:13.979
  • It's called"Looking Forward to Normal".
  • 00:08:13.979 --> 00:08:15.981
  • "Looking Forward to Normal".Why do we assume that
  • 00:08:15.981 --> 00:08:20.452
  • Why do we assume thatnormal is back there?
  • 00:08:20.452 --> 00:08:23.388
  • normal is back there?Why would we, as Christians,
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  • Why would we, as Christians,who serve a God who
  • 00:08:25.657 --> 00:08:28.126
  • who serve a God whois always moving forward,
  • 00:08:28.126 --> 00:08:29.361
  • is always moving forward,from glory to glory,
  • 00:08:29.361 --> 00:08:31.663
  • from glory to glory,from strength to strength,
  • 00:08:31.663 --> 00:08:32.464
  • from strength to strength,why would we serve
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  • why would we servea God like that,
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  • a God like that,a God whose very essence
  • 00:08:36.868 --> 00:08:40.338
  • a God whose very essenceis defined by resurrection,
  • 00:08:40.338 --> 00:08:42.307
  • is defined by resurrection,why would we serve a God
  • 00:08:42.307 --> 00:08:44.476
  • why would we serve a Godwho is defined by resurrection,
  • 00:08:44.476 --> 00:08:46.144
  • who is defined by resurrection,new beginnings,
  • 00:08:46.144 --> 00:08:47.479
  • new beginnings,and think that the whole goal
  • 00:08:47.479 --> 00:08:49.214
  • and think that the whole goalis to get back to something
  • 00:08:49.214 --> 00:08:51.616
  • is to get back to somethingthat we knew before?
  • 00:08:51.616 --> 00:08:53.752
  • that we knew before?And I hope that certain things
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  • And I hope that certain thingsare normal again.
  • 00:08:54.986 --> 00:08:57.222
  • are normal again.I hope, for God's sake,
  • 00:08:57.222 --> 00:08:58.089
  • I hope, for God's sake,that my kids can go back
  • 00:08:58.089 --> 00:08:59.724
  • that my kids can go backto real school again.
  • 00:08:59.724 --> 00:09:01.860
  • to real school again.I hope, for God's sake,
  • 00:09:01.860 --> 00:09:02.827
  • I hope, for God's sake,that certain things
  • 00:09:02.827 --> 00:09:04.696
  • that certain thingsin our society change.
  • 00:09:04.696 --> 00:09:06.364
  • in our society change.I hope, for God's sake,
  • 00:09:06.364 --> 00:09:07.332
  • I hope, for God's sake,that there's a time
  • 00:09:07.332 --> 00:09:08.533
  • that there's a timewhere, you know,
  • 00:09:08.533 --> 00:09:09.367
  • where, you know,these chairs can be
  • 00:09:09.367 --> 00:09:10.402
  • these chairs can befull of people again,
  • 00:09:10.402 --> 00:09:12.437
  • full of people again,and even the obnoxious parking
  • 00:09:12.437 --> 00:09:13.805
  • and even the obnoxious parkingvolunteers at Elevation,
  • 00:09:13.805 --> 00:09:15.373
  • volunteers at Elevation,I missed 'em today.
  • 00:09:15.373 --> 00:09:16.007
  • I missed 'em today.You know, the ones
  • 00:09:16.007 --> 00:09:17.142
  • You know, the onesthat do too much?
  • 00:09:17.142 --> 00:09:17.809
  • that do too much?You know, the extra
  • 00:09:17.809 --> 00:09:18.777
  • You know, the extraparking volunteers,
  • 00:09:18.777 --> 00:09:20.579
  • parking volunteers,where you're like, it's 8:45,
  • 00:09:20.579 --> 00:09:21.546
  • where you're like, it's 8:45,it don't take all that.
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  • it don't take all that.Just wave me to
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  • Just wave me tomy parking space, man.
  • 00:09:23.114 --> 00:09:24.015
  • my parking space, man.Just 'cause you got a baton
  • 00:09:24.015 --> 00:09:24.616
  • Just 'cause you got a batondoesn't mean you have
  • 00:09:24.616 --> 00:09:25.617
  • doesn't mean you haveto act like a clown.
  • 00:09:25.617 --> 00:09:28.653
  • to act like a clown.But I even miss the hyperactive
  • 00:09:28.653 --> 00:09:29.821
  • But I even miss the hyperactiveparking volunteers.
  • 00:09:29.821 --> 00:09:31.222
  • parking volunteers.I even miss the people
  • 00:09:31.222 --> 00:09:31.856
  • I even miss the peoplein the church
  • 00:09:31.856 --> 00:09:32.524
  • in the churchwho looked bored
  • 00:09:32.524 --> 00:09:35.760
  • who looked boredwhile I was preaching.
  • 00:09:35.760 --> 00:09:36.428
  • while I was preaching.The ones who looked like
  • 00:09:36.428 --> 00:09:37.195
  • The ones who looked liketerrorists
  • 00:09:37.195 --> 00:09:38.597
  • terroristswhen I was preaching to 'em.
  • 00:09:38.597 --> 00:09:39.798
  • when I was preaching to 'em.I miss 'em.
  • 00:09:39.798 --> 00:09:42.534
  • I miss 'em.I want normal back.
  • 00:09:42.534 --> 00:09:43.735
  • I want normal back.But God has been speaking
  • 00:09:43.735 --> 00:09:46.037
  • But God has been speakingto my spirit, e-fam.
  • 00:09:46.037 --> 00:09:46.805
  • to my spirit, e-fam.God has been speaking
  • 00:09:46.805 --> 00:09:49.074
  • God has been speakingto my spirit, Indonesia.
  • 00:09:49.074 --> 00:09:50.275
  • to my spirit, Indonesia.God has been speaking
  • 00:09:50.275 --> 00:09:52.010
  • God has been speakingto my spirit, and yours too,
  • 00:09:52.010 --> 00:09:52.644
  • to my spirit, and yours too,but you just didn't have
  • 00:09:52.644 --> 00:09:54.045
  • but you just didn't havethe language for it.
  • 00:09:54.045 --> 00:09:55.180
  • the language for it.God said, "I'm bringing you
  • 00:09:55.180 --> 00:09:57.482
  • God said, "I'm bringing youinto a new normal,"
  • 00:09:57.482 --> 00:09:59.818
  • into a new normal,"because what you thought was
  • 00:09:59.818 --> 00:10:03.888
  • because what you thought wasnormal wasn't really normal.
  • 00:10:03.888 --> 00:10:07.559
  • normal wasn't really normal.It was just what you knew.
  • 00:10:07.559 --> 00:10:08.226
  • It was just what you knew.And I'm gonna show you
  • 00:10:08.226 --> 00:10:09.894
  • And I'm gonna show youthis from the Scripture.
  • 00:10:09.894 --> 00:10:12.263
  • this from the Scripture.Turn in your Bible,
  • 00:10:12.263 --> 00:10:13.198
  • Turn in your Bible,or let's be honest,
  • 00:10:13.198 --> 00:10:13.732
  • or let's be honest,just wait for it
  • 00:10:13.732 --> 00:10:17.235
  • just wait for itto come on the screen.
  • 00:10:17.235 --> 00:10:18.303
  • to come on the screen.I'm acting like y'all got books
  • 00:10:18.303 --> 00:10:19.204
  • I'm acting like y'all got booksspread out all over
  • 00:10:19.204 --> 00:10:20.739
  • spread out all overthe coffee table.
  • 00:10:20.739 --> 00:10:21.573
  • the coffee table.Fact of the matter is,
  • 00:10:21.573 --> 00:10:22.207
  • Fact of the matter is,you're probably stirring
  • 00:10:22.207 --> 00:10:24.476
  • you're probably stirringyour oatmeal right now.
  • 00:10:24.476 --> 00:10:26.244
  • your oatmeal right now.But, turn in your Bible
  • 00:10:26.244 --> 00:10:28.780
  • But, turn in your Bibleto Exodus 14,
  • 00:10:28.780 --> 00:10:29.814
  • to Exodus 14,and let me show you
  • 00:10:29.814 --> 00:10:31.449
  • and let me show youhow God's people have always
  • 00:10:31.449 --> 00:10:32.784
  • how God's people have alwaysbeen trying to go back
  • 00:10:32.784 --> 00:10:34.753
  • been trying to go backto normal at the moments
  • 00:10:34.753 --> 00:10:36.054
  • to normal at the momentswhen God is trying to bring us
  • 00:10:36.054 --> 00:10:37.622
  • when God is trying to bring usinto something new.
  • 00:10:37.622 --> 00:10:38.623
  • into something new.Now, this message
  • 00:10:38.623 --> 00:10:40.592
  • Now, this messageis for my business owners
  • 00:10:40.592 --> 00:10:41.926
  • is for my business ownersin the church,
  • 00:10:41.926 --> 00:10:43.461
  • in the church,those of you who are hoping
  • 00:10:43.461 --> 00:10:44.562
  • those of you who are hopingthings go back to normal,
  • 00:10:44.562 --> 00:10:45.697
  • things go back to normal,but you know that they won't,
  • 00:10:45.697 --> 00:10:47.499
  • but you know that they won't,but you don't know what to do.
  • 00:10:47.499 --> 00:10:49.334
  • but you don't know what to do.This message is for those in
  • 00:10:49.334 --> 00:10:51.202
  • This message is for those inthe church who are trying
  • 00:10:51.202 --> 00:10:52.270
  • the church who are tryingto deal with a level
  • 00:10:52.270 --> 00:10:53.304
  • to deal with a levelof uncertainty that
  • 00:10:53.304 --> 00:10:54.272
  • of uncertainty thatwas unprecedented
  • 00:10:54.272 --> 00:10:55.373
  • was unprecedentedin your life before,
  • 00:10:55.373 --> 00:10:56.207
  • in your life before,and you're just trying
  • 00:10:56.207 --> 00:10:56.975
  • and you're just tryingto even get
  • 00:10:56.975 --> 00:10:58.043
  • to even geta daily schedule figured out.
  • 00:10:58.043 --> 00:11:00.445
  • a daily schedule figured out.This message is for you.
  • 00:11:00.445 --> 00:11:01.980
  • This message is for you.This message is even for those
  • 00:11:01.980 --> 00:11:03.815
  • This message is even for thosewho have lost something in this
  • 00:11:03.815 --> 00:11:04.716
  • who have lost something in thisseason that you will
  • 00:11:04.716 --> 00:11:06.718
  • season that you willnever get back again.
  • 00:11:06.718 --> 00:11:09.020
  • never get back again.And the question becomes,
  • 00:11:09.020 --> 00:11:11.022
  • And the question becomes,what is the new normal that
  • 00:11:11.022 --> 00:11:13.858
  • what is the new normal thatGod has known all along?
  • 00:11:13.858 --> 00:11:17.328
  • God has known all along?What is the new normal that
  • 00:11:17.328 --> 00:11:18.663
  • What is the new normal thatI should look forward to?
  • 00:11:18.663 --> 00:11:19.230
  • I should look forward to?Now, remember this
  • 00:11:19.230 --> 00:11:19.798
  • Now, remember thisand write it down,
  • 00:11:19.798 --> 00:11:22.434
  • and write it down,faith looks forward.
  • 00:11:22.434 --> 00:11:25.804
  • faith looks forward.Faith looks forward.
  • 00:11:25.804 --> 00:11:28.573
  • Faith looks forward.And you'll see in Exodus 14,
  • 00:11:28.573 --> 00:11:30.442
  • And you'll see in Exodus 14,remember, a nation
  • 00:11:30.442 --> 00:11:31.810
  • remember, a nationwho has only known
  • 00:11:31.810 --> 00:11:37.649
  • who has only knownslavery in Egypt for 430 years.
  • 00:11:37.649 --> 00:11:40.185
  • slavery in Egypt for 430 years.When that is all you've known,
  • 00:11:40.185 --> 00:11:42.887
  • When that is all you've known,that's what is normal.
  • 00:11:42.887 --> 00:11:45.123
  • that's what is normal.On one hand, they hated it.
  • 00:11:45.123 --> 00:11:47.826
  • On one hand, they hated it.They hated it, because
  • 00:11:47.826 --> 00:11:48.526
  • They hated it, becausenot only was there
  • 00:11:48.526 --> 00:11:50.295
  • not only was thereno freedom in it,
  • 00:11:50.295 --> 00:11:52.230
  • no freedom in it,but there was frustration
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:54.165
  • but there was frustrationthat was increasing,
  • 00:11:54.165 --> 00:11:57.969
  • that was increasing,because the Egyptian taskmasters
  • 00:11:57.969 --> 00:12:00.271
  • because the Egyptian taskmastershad begun to require more
  • 00:12:00.271 --> 00:12:01.906
  • had begun to require morefrom the Israelites than
  • 00:12:01.906 --> 00:12:04.142
  • from the Israelites thanthey could reasonably do.
  • 00:12:04.142 --> 00:12:05.110
  • they could reasonably do.I mean, they'd make 'em
  • 00:12:05.110 --> 00:12:06.578
  • I mean, they'd make 'emmake bricks, but they
  • 00:12:06.578 --> 00:12:08.012
  • make bricks, but theywouldn't give 'em straw.
  • 00:12:08.012 --> 00:12:09.881
  • wouldn't give 'em straw.Go fetch your own straw,
  • 00:12:09.881 --> 00:12:10.582
  • Go fetch your own straw,and make the same
  • 00:12:10.582 --> 00:12:11.316
  • and make the samenumber of bricks.
  • 00:12:11.316 --> 00:12:11.983
  • number of bricks.So you still gotta
  • 00:12:11.983 --> 00:12:13.418
  • So you still gottafulfill your quota,
  • 00:12:13.418 --> 00:12:14.018
  • fulfill your quota,but you're not gonna
  • 00:12:14.018 --> 00:12:15.787
  • but you're not gonnahave enough to do it with.
  • 00:12:15.787 --> 00:12:17.122
  • have enough to do it with.So now, listen,
  • 00:12:17.122 --> 00:12:19.524
  • So now, listen,this is a generation of people
  • 00:12:19.524 --> 00:12:21.326
  • this is a generation of peoplewho had gotten used
  • 00:12:21.326 --> 00:12:24.529
  • who had gotten usedto never having enough.
  • 00:12:24.529 --> 00:12:26.431
  • to never having enough.I wonder for us,
  • 00:12:26.431 --> 00:12:27.532
  • I wonder for us,has never enough
  • 00:12:27.532 --> 00:12:31.336
  • has never enoughbecome our normal?
  • 00:12:31.336 --> 00:12:33.071
  • become our normal?Like, I'm not talking about
  • 00:12:33.071 --> 00:12:33.805
  • Like, I'm not talking aboutlast week, or the week
  • 00:12:33.805 --> 00:12:34.839
  • last week, or the weekbefore that, and I'm not
  • 00:12:34.839 --> 00:12:36.040
  • before that, and I'm nottalking about bank account.
  • 00:12:36.040 --> 00:12:38.910
  • talking about bank account.I think the spirit of this age
  • 00:12:38.910 --> 00:12:41.846
  • I think the spirit of this ageis the spirit of never enough.
  • 00:12:41.846 --> 00:12:42.413
  • is the spirit of never enough.We can never get
  • 00:12:42.413 --> 00:12:44.382
  • We can never getenough information.
  • 00:12:44.382 --> 00:12:45.250
  • enough information.We can never get enough
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:46.651
  • We can never get enoughwhat we call connection.
  • 00:12:46.651 --> 00:12:48.319
  • what we call connection.It's not really connection,
  • 00:12:48.319 --> 00:12:51.556
  • It's not really connection,it's just the apparatus,
  • 00:12:51.556 --> 00:12:52.857
  • it's just the apparatus,it's just the illusion of
  • 00:12:52.857 --> 00:12:54.058
  • it's just the illusion ofconnection that really keeps us
  • 00:12:54.058 --> 00:12:55.126
  • connection that really keeps usmore fragmented than ever
  • 00:12:55.126 --> 00:12:56.127
  • more fragmented than everbefore, so now,
  • 00:12:56.127 --> 00:12:57.095
  • before, so now,we call ourselves
  • 00:12:57.095 --> 00:12:58.263
  • we call ourselvesconnected in the world
  • 00:12:58.263 --> 00:13:00.098
  • connected in the worldbecause we have social media.
  • 00:13:00.098 --> 00:13:01.166
  • because we have social media.I'm thinking about introducing
  • 00:13:01.166 --> 00:13:02.333
  • I'm thinking about introducinga new trend,
  • 00:13:02.333 --> 00:13:03.635
  • a new trend,social distancing
  • 00:13:03.635 --> 00:13:04.669
  • social distancingis catching on,
  • 00:13:04.669 --> 00:13:06.104
  • is catching on,we're practicing it right now,
  • 00:13:06.104 --> 00:13:06.671
  • we're practicing it right now,but how about
  • 00:13:06.671 --> 00:13:09.674
  • but how aboutsocial media distancing?
  • 00:13:09.674 --> 00:13:10.875
  • social media distancing?That's when you can go more than
  • 00:13:10.875 --> 00:13:14.546
  • That's when you can go more thanfive minutes without your phone.
  • 00:13:14.546 --> 00:13:16.548
  • five minutes without your phone.Y'all ain't saying nothing.
  • 00:13:16.548 --> 00:13:18.316
  • Y'all ain't saying nothing.Social media distancing,
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  • Social media distancing,it's a thing,
  • 00:13:19.150 --> 00:13:20.285
  • it's a thing,put it in the chat.
  • 00:13:20.285 --> 00:13:21.886
  • put it in the chat.Five minutes without your phone.
  • 00:13:21.886 --> 00:13:23.087
  • Five minutes without your phone.See, to us now,
  • 00:13:23.087 --> 00:13:25.023
  • See, to us now,it's just completely normal
  • 00:13:25.023 --> 00:13:26.157
  • it's just completely normalfor us to be overloaded
  • 00:13:26.157 --> 00:13:27.258
  • for us to be overloadedall the time,
  • 00:13:27.258 --> 00:13:28.193
  • all the time,and just to have access
  • 00:13:28.193 --> 00:13:29.360
  • and just to have accessto everything that's happening
  • 00:13:29.360 --> 00:13:30.228
  • to everything that's happeningin the world,
  • 00:13:30.228 --> 00:13:31.095
  • in the world,and then we wonder,
  • 00:13:31.095 --> 00:13:32.697
  • and then we wonder,why are we so fearful,
  • 00:13:32.697 --> 00:13:33.998
  • why are we so fearful,why can't we feel?
  • 00:13:33.998 --> 00:13:36.334
  • why can't we feel?It's because we were intended
  • 00:13:36.334 --> 00:13:38.603
  • It's because we were intendedto carry so much in our minds
  • 00:13:38.603 --> 00:13:40.038
  • to carry so much in our mindsand in our hearts, but to us,
  • 00:13:40.038 --> 00:13:42.440
  • and in our hearts, but to us,it's just normal.
  • 00:13:42.440 --> 00:13:43.708
  • it's just normal.We're used to making bricks
  • 00:13:43.708 --> 00:13:45.910
  • We're used to making brickswithout straw.
  • 00:13:45.910 --> 00:13:46.711
  • without straw.Many of us are used
  • 00:13:46.711 --> 00:13:48.112
  • Many of us are usedto never really getting
  • 00:13:48.112 --> 00:13:50.014
  • to never really gettinga good night's sleep.
  • 00:13:50.014 --> 00:13:52.050
  • a good night's sleep.That's just normal.
  • 00:13:52.050 --> 00:13:53.117
  • That's just normal.We're used to running around,
  • 00:13:53.117 --> 00:13:54.686
  • We're used to running around,this and that and the other.
  • 00:13:54.686 --> 00:13:55.720
  • this and that and the other.We're used to spending too much
  • 00:13:55.720 --> 00:13:57.589
  • We're used to spending too muchmoney, it's normal.
  • 00:13:57.589 --> 00:13:58.556
  • money, it's normal.Totally normal,
  • 00:13:58.556 --> 00:14:00.258
  • Totally normal,it's what the neighbors do.
  • 00:14:00.258 --> 00:14:02.093
  • it's what the neighbors do.It's what my dad did.
  • 00:14:02.093 --> 00:14:03.194
  • It's what my dad did.It's what my dad's dad --
  • 00:14:03.194 --> 00:14:05.129
  • It's what my dad's dad --so, what we're seeing
  • 00:14:05.129 --> 00:14:06.331
  • so, what we're seeingin Exodus 14
  • 00:14:06.331 --> 00:14:08.066
  • in Exodus 14isn't just God's people
  • 00:14:08.066 --> 00:14:09.267
  • isn't just God's peoplecoming out of Egypt
  • 00:14:09.267 --> 00:14:11.369
  • coming out of Egyptas a territory,
  • 00:14:11.369 --> 00:14:12.904
  • as a territory,they're coming out of what
  • 00:14:12.904 --> 00:14:17.375
  • they're coming out of whatthey've known as normal.
  • 00:14:17.375 --> 00:14:19.444
  • they've known as normal.So while it sounds sexy,
  • 00:14:19.444 --> 00:14:22.747
  • So while it sounds sexy,open the grave, I'm coming out,
  • 00:14:22.747 --> 00:14:24.415
  • open the grave, I'm coming out,I'm gonna live,
  • 00:14:24.415 --> 00:14:25.250
  • I'm gonna live,but what if you've gotten
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:29.420
  • but what if you've gottenso used to death that
  • 00:14:29.420 --> 00:14:34.592
  • so used to death thatreal life seems weird?
  • 00:14:34.592 --> 00:14:37.462
  • real life seems weird?Get back to normal,
  • 00:14:37.462 --> 00:14:38.162
  • Get back to normal,I'm not so sure.
  • 00:14:38.162 --> 00:14:39.130
  • I'm not so sure.Now, this is how
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:41.266
  • Now, this is howthe Israelites expressed it.
  • 00:14:41.266 --> 00:14:42.634
  • the Israelites expressed it.Y'all ready?
  • 00:14:42.634 --> 00:14:43.835
  • Y'all ready?Exodus 14:10.
  • 00:14:43.835 --> 00:14:45.503
  • Exodus 14:10."As Pharaoh approached," wait,
  • 00:14:45.503 --> 00:14:49.307
  • "As Pharaoh approached," wait,Pharaoh represents fear.
  • 00:14:49.307 --> 00:14:52.610
  • Pharaoh represents fear.Pharaoh represents the old.
  • 00:14:52.610 --> 00:14:53.478
  • Pharaoh represents the old.Got it?
  • 00:14:53.478 --> 00:14:55.713
  • Got it?Pharaoh said eat, you eat.
  • 00:14:55.713 --> 00:14:57.248
  • Pharaoh said eat, you eat.Pharaoh said make bricks,
  • 00:14:57.248 --> 00:14:58.416
  • Pharaoh said make bricks,you make bricks.
  • 00:14:58.416 --> 00:14:59.918
  • you make bricks.Pharaoh is the old boss,
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  • Pharaoh is the old boss,the old regime.
  • 00:15:01.119 --> 00:15:02.954
  • the old regime.Pharaoh is the old ruler,
  • 00:15:02.954 --> 00:15:03.454
  • Pharaoh is the old ruler,but he's also
  • 00:15:03.454 --> 00:15:06.291
  • but he's alsothe one who fed you.
  • 00:15:06.291 --> 00:15:07.525
  • the one who fed you.So Pharaoh is the one who fed
  • 00:15:07.525 --> 00:15:09.160
  • So Pharaoh is the one who fedyou and Pharaoh is the one
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:10.728
  • you and Pharaoh is the onethat you fear.
  • 00:15:10.728 --> 00:15:11.663
  • that you fear.A lot of the things that
  • 00:15:11.663 --> 00:15:12.997
  • A lot of the things thatwe get used to meet
  • 00:15:12.997 --> 00:15:14.632
  • we get used to meetcertain needs in our life,
  • 00:15:14.632 --> 00:15:16.134
  • certain needs in our life,and until we know a better way
  • 00:15:16.134 --> 00:15:17.335
  • and until we know a better wayto meet that need,
  • 00:15:17.335 --> 00:15:18.636
  • to meet that need,we will always depend on
  • 00:15:18.636 --> 00:15:21.439
  • we will always depend onthe wrong source.
  • 00:15:21.439 --> 00:15:23.574
  • the wrong source.That's what addiction is.
  • 00:15:23.574 --> 00:15:25.843
  • That's what addiction is.It meets a need.
  • 00:15:25.843 --> 00:15:28.346
  • It meets a need.That's, for some of you,
  • 00:15:28.346 --> 00:15:29.380
  • That's, for some of you,what that person that
  • 00:15:29.380 --> 00:15:30.281
  • what that person thatyou keep running back to
  • 00:15:30.281 --> 00:15:31.082
  • you keep running back toevery three weeks
  • 00:15:31.082 --> 00:15:33.418
  • every three weeksthat isn't good for you is.
  • 00:15:33.418 --> 00:15:35.586
  • that isn't good for you is.That's a form of Pharaoh.
  • 00:15:35.586 --> 00:15:36.788
  • That's a form of Pharaoh.That's what certain thought
  • 00:15:36.788 --> 00:15:38.089
  • That's what certain thoughtpatterns that we embrace
  • 00:15:38.089 --> 00:15:39.457
  • patterns that we embraceare to us.
  • 00:15:39.457 --> 00:15:40.658
  • are to us.See, they're familiar,
  • 00:15:40.658 --> 00:15:41.793
  • See, they're familiar,and this is the principle
  • 00:15:41.793 --> 00:15:44.128
  • and this is the principlethat I wanna show you.
  • 00:15:44.128 --> 00:15:46.698
  • that I wanna show you.When you are afraid,
  • 00:15:46.698 --> 00:15:50.034
  • When you are afraid,you reach for what's familiar.
  • 00:15:50.034 --> 00:15:51.035
  • you reach for what's familiar.When you are afraid,
  • 00:15:51.035 --> 00:15:52.370
  • When you are afraid,you reach for what's familiar,
  • 00:15:52.370 --> 00:15:53.938
  • you reach for what's familiar,and this is very explicit
  • 00:15:53.938 --> 00:15:57.675
  • and this is very explicitin Exodus 14:10.
  • 00:15:57.675 --> 00:15:59.010
  • in Exodus 14:10."As Pharaoh approached,
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:16:00.378
  • "As Pharaoh approached,the Israelites looked up,
  • 00:16:00.378 --> 00:16:01.879
  • the Israelites looked up,and there were the Egyptians,"
  • 00:16:01.879 --> 00:16:03.848
  • and there were the Egyptians,"the ones they were running from:
  • 00:16:03.848 --> 00:16:06.351
  • the ones they were running from:"marching after them.
  • 00:16:06.351 --> 00:16:07.785
  • "marching after them.They were,"
  • 00:16:07.785 --> 00:16:09.387
  • They were,"what does the next word say?
  • 00:16:09.387 --> 00:16:13.791
  • what does the next word say?"terrified," they were afraid.
  • 00:16:13.791 --> 00:16:15.526
  • "terrified," they were afraid.Put that right there
  • 00:16:15.526 --> 00:16:18.463
  • Put that right thereon one side, they were afraid.
  • 00:16:18.463 --> 00:16:21.132
  • on one side, they were afraid.They experienced fear:
  • 00:16:21.132 --> 00:16:22.066
  • They experienced fear:"They were terrified
  • 00:16:22.066 --> 00:16:23.735
  • "They were terrifiedand cried out to the Lord.
  • 00:16:23.735 --> 00:16:26.571
  • and cried out to the Lord.They said to Moses,
  • 00:16:26.571 --> 00:16:27.505
  • They said to Moses,'Was it because there were
  • 00:16:27.505 --> 00:16:29.073
  • 'Was it because there wereno graves in Egypt
  • 00:16:29.073 --> 00:16:30.441
  • no graves in Egyptthat you brought us
  • 00:16:30.441 --> 00:16:33.745
  • that you brought usto the desert to die?"
  • 00:16:33.745 --> 00:16:36.314
  • to the desert to die?"The sarcasm is dripping
  • 00:16:36.314 --> 00:16:38.549
  • The sarcasm is drippingin this statement.
  • 00:16:38.549 --> 00:16:41.452
  • in this statement.Egypt was famous for graves.
  • 00:16:41.452 --> 00:16:42.787
  • Egypt was famous for graves.Three-quarters of their land
  • 00:16:42.787 --> 00:16:45.790
  • Three-quarters of their landmass was set aside for graves.
  • 00:16:45.790 --> 00:16:46.724
  • mass was set aside for graves.So when they say,
  • 00:16:46.724 --> 00:16:48.326
  • So when they say,"Were there no graves in Egypt?"
  • 00:16:48.326 --> 00:16:49.093
  • "Were there no graves in Egypt?"it's like saying,
  • 00:16:49.093 --> 00:16:49.861
  • it's like saying,were there no trees
  • 00:16:49.861 --> 00:16:51.996
  • were there no treesin Charlotte?
  • 00:16:51.996 --> 00:16:52.397
  • in Charlotte?It's like saying,
  • 00:16:52.397 --> 00:16:53.398
  • It's like saying,was there no orange
  • 00:16:53.398 --> 00:16:56.968
  • was there no orangeat Elevation?
  • 00:16:56.968 --> 00:16:57.935
  • at Elevation?It's like saying,
  • 00:16:57.935 --> 00:16:59.404
  • It's like saying,was there no electric guitar
  • 00:16:59.404 --> 00:17:02.140
  • was there no electric guitarin Slash?
  • 00:17:02.140 --> 00:17:02.740
  • in Slash?I'm gonna try keep trying
  • 00:17:02.740 --> 00:17:05.009
  • I'm gonna try keep tryingtill I hit somebody.
  • 00:17:05.009 --> 00:17:05.710
  • till I hit somebody.It's like,
  • 00:17:05.710 --> 00:17:08.212
  • It's like,that's what Egypt was known for.
  • 00:17:08.212 --> 00:17:10.648
  • that's what Egypt was known for.It was known for graves.
  • 00:17:10.648 --> 00:17:13.551
  • It was known for graves.And watch this.
  • 00:17:13.551 --> 00:17:15.420
  • And watch this.When you feel afraid,
  • 00:17:15.420 --> 00:17:17.955
  • When you feel afraid,you crave familiar,
  • 00:17:17.955 --> 00:17:21.759
  • you crave familiar,even if familiar is killing you.
  • 00:17:21.759 --> 00:17:24.429
  • even if familiar is killing you.Egypt was killing them,
  • 00:17:24.429 --> 00:17:24.929
  • Egypt was killing them,and on one hand,
  • 00:17:24.929 --> 00:17:25.930
  • and on one hand,they're crying out.
  • 00:17:25.930 --> 00:17:27.865
  • they're crying out."Get us outta here.
  • 00:17:27.865 --> 00:17:29.067
  • "Get us outta here.We'll go anywhere,
  • 00:17:29.067 --> 00:17:29.934
  • We'll go anywhere,we'll do anything.
  • 00:17:29.934 --> 00:17:30.902
  • we'll do anything.God, just make it stop."
  • 00:17:30.902 --> 00:17:31.636
  • God, just make it stop."Some of y'all were praying
  • 00:17:31.636 --> 00:17:33.771
  • Some of y'all were prayingthat three months ago.
  • 00:17:33.771 --> 00:17:35.440
  • that three months ago."God, I need a change."
  • 00:17:35.440 --> 00:17:37.075
  • "God, I need a change.""God, this is not working."
  • 00:17:37.075 --> 00:17:38.042
  • "God, this is not working.""God, I'm not happy."
  • 00:17:38.042 --> 00:17:39.277
  • "God, I'm not happy.""God, I don't feel joy."
  • 00:17:39.277 --> 00:17:41.245
  • "God, I don't feel joy."Remember?
  • 00:17:41.245 --> 00:17:44.048
  • Remember?Remember three months ago?
  • 00:17:44.048 --> 00:17:44.649
  • Remember three months ago?When you were praying,
  • 00:17:44.649 --> 00:17:45.149
  • When you were praying,"God, help me
  • 00:17:45.149 --> 00:17:45.950
  • "God, help meget my priorities."
  • 00:17:45.950 --> 00:17:46.417
  • get my priorities."Remember your
  • 00:17:46.417 --> 00:17:48.586
  • Remember yournew year's resolutions?
  • 00:17:48.586 --> 00:17:49.487
  • new year's resolutions?I know that was, like,
  • 00:17:49.487 --> 00:17:52.256
  • I know that was, like,BC, Before Corona.
  • 00:17:52.256 --> 00:17:53.458
  • BC, Before Corona.You're like, oh, well,
  • 00:17:53.458 --> 00:17:54.525
  • You're like, oh, well,I've gained 17 pounds
  • 00:17:54.525 --> 00:17:55.093
  • I've gained 17 poundssince then,
  • 00:17:55.093 --> 00:17:56.060
  • since then,I'm just trying to breathe.
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:56.561
  • I'm just trying to breathe.That's my new
  • 00:17:56.561 --> 00:17:57.328
  • That's my newnew year's resolution,
  • 00:17:57.328 --> 00:17:59.397
  • new year's resolution,take another breath.
  • 00:17:59.397 --> 00:18:02.066
  • take another breath.But when you feel fear,
  • 00:18:02.066 --> 00:18:04.402
  • But when you feel fear,you reach for familiar.
  • 00:18:04.402 --> 00:18:06.370
  • you reach for familiar.When God showed me this,
  • 00:18:06.370 --> 00:18:08.739
  • When God showed me this,I realized why, to me,
  • 00:18:08.739 --> 00:18:14.645
  • I realized why, to me,sometimes negative feels normal.
  • 00:18:14.645 --> 00:18:15.446
  • sometimes negative feels normal.A lot of times,
  • 00:18:15.446 --> 00:18:16.814
  • A lot of times,when I'm feeling uncertain,
  • 00:18:16.814 --> 00:18:17.949
  • when I'm feeling uncertain,unstable, little thing,
  • 00:18:17.949 --> 00:18:18.883
  • unstable, little thing,big thing,
  • 00:18:18.883 --> 00:18:21.219
  • big thing,I reach for something negative
  • 00:18:21.219 --> 00:18:25.022
  • I reach for something negativebecause negative is what I know.
  • 00:18:25.022 --> 00:18:26.190
  • because negative is what I know.Not because I had horrible
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:28.259
  • Not because I had horribleparents, I had great parents.
  • 00:18:28.259 --> 00:18:30.094
  • parents, I had great parents.But I will say this.
  • 00:18:30.094 --> 00:18:32.463
  • But I will say this.My dad was not normal.
  • 00:18:32.463 --> 00:18:33.798
  • My dad was not normal.His childhood was not normal,
  • 00:18:33.798 --> 00:18:34.832
  • His childhood was not normal,his dad killed himself when he
  • 00:18:34.832 --> 00:18:37.168
  • his dad killed himself when hewas nine, on his ninth birthday.
  • 00:18:37.168 --> 00:18:38.703
  • was nine, on his ninth birthday.That was not normal.
  • 00:18:38.703 --> 00:18:39.971
  • That was not normal.In fact, one of the last things
  • 00:18:39.971 --> 00:18:41.372
  • In fact, one of the last thingsthat my dad said to me
  • 00:18:41.372 --> 00:18:44.142
  • that my dad said to mewhile he was alive, he said,
  • 00:18:44.142 --> 00:18:45.810
  • while he was alive, he said,"I only ever
  • 00:18:45.810 --> 00:18:48.746
  • "I only everwanted to be normal."
  • 00:18:48.746 --> 00:18:50.848
  • wanted to be normal."He was talking about how,
  • 00:18:50.848 --> 00:18:51.582
  • He was talking about how,through his upbringing,
  • 00:18:51.582 --> 00:18:52.150
  • through his upbringing,when he was sent
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:55.052
  • when he was sentto reform school,
  • 00:18:55.052 --> 00:18:56.454
  • to reform school,and just the different things
  • 00:18:56.454 --> 00:18:57.588
  • and just the different thingsthat happened in his life,
  • 00:18:57.588 --> 00:18:57.955
  • that happened in his life,you know,
  • 00:18:57.955 --> 00:18:59.090
  • you know,blowing through two marriages
  • 00:18:59.090 --> 00:19:00.091
  • blowing through two marriagesbefore he met my mom
  • 00:19:00.091 --> 00:19:01.459
  • before he met my momand all of that, he was saying,
  • 00:19:01.459 --> 00:19:02.093
  • and all of that, he was saying,"I just always wanted
  • 00:19:02.093 --> 00:19:04.195
  • "I just always wantedto be normal.
  • 00:19:04.195 --> 00:19:06.797
  • to be normal.I've never been normal.
  • 00:19:06.797 --> 00:19:09.700
  • I've never been normal.I've never been normal.
  • 00:19:09.700 --> 00:19:12.837
  • I've never been normal.I've never been normal."
  • 00:19:12.837 --> 00:19:15.840
  • I've never been normal."The Bible says that about Moses,
  • 00:19:15.840 --> 00:19:16.307
  • The Bible says that about Moses,who was leading
  • 00:19:16.307 --> 00:19:18.576
  • who was leadingthe people out of Egypt.
  • 00:19:18.576 --> 00:19:19.277
  • the people out of Egypt.Did you know that?
  • 00:19:19.277 --> 00:19:22.113
  • Did you know that?Says in Acts 7:20,
  • 00:19:22.113 --> 00:19:23.581
  • Says in Acts 7:20,that Moses was
  • 00:19:23.581 --> 00:19:26.317
  • that Moses wasno ordinary child.
  • 00:19:26.317 --> 00:19:28.286
  • no ordinary child.Isn't that cool?
  • 00:19:28.286 --> 00:19:29.654
  • Isn't that cool?So say this as a compliment
  • 00:19:29.654 --> 00:19:30.121
  • So say this as a complimentto whoever you're
  • 00:19:30.121 --> 00:19:30.855
  • to whoever you'resitting next to,
  • 00:19:30.855 --> 00:19:31.722
  • sitting next to,and I hope this doesn't start
  • 00:19:31.722 --> 00:19:32.456
  • and I hope this doesn't startan argument, tell 'em,
  • 00:19:32.456 --> 00:19:34.091
  • an argument, tell 'em,"You're not normal."
  • 00:19:34.091 --> 00:19:35.159
  • "You're not normal."In fact, tell 'em stronger, say,
  • 00:19:35.159 --> 00:19:41.132
  • In fact, tell 'em stronger, say,"You've never been normal."
  • 00:19:41.132 --> 00:19:41.532
  • "You've never been normal."There's nothing
  • 00:19:41.532 --> 00:19:43.167
  • There's nothingnormal about you.
  • 00:19:43.167 --> 00:19:44.035
  • normal about you.Angie, look at Josh
  • 00:19:44.035 --> 00:19:45.036
  • Angie, look at Joshand just tell him, come on,
  • 00:19:45.036 --> 00:19:45.836
  • and just tell him, come on,say it in
  • 00:19:45.836 --> 00:19:46.837
  • say it inthe Josh Blackson voice.
  • 00:19:46.837 --> 00:19:49.340
  • the Josh Blackson voice."You've never been normal."
  • 00:19:49.340 --> 00:19:50.074
  • "You've never been normal."Josh Blackson,
  • 00:19:50.074 --> 00:19:51.909
  • Josh Blackson,the deepest voice in --
  • 00:19:51.909 --> 00:19:55.213
  • the deepest voice in --the man from Michigan.
  • 00:19:55.213 --> 00:19:56.280
  • the man from Michigan.You should've sang bass
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:19:58.716
  • You should've sang bassin a southern gospel quartet.
  • 00:19:58.716 --> 00:19:59.450
  • in a southern gospel quartet.Only problem is,
  • 00:19:59.450 --> 00:20:00.117
  • Only problem is,you're tone deaf,
  • 00:20:00.117 --> 00:20:02.887
  • you're tone deaf,but you got the range for it.
  • 00:20:02.887 --> 00:20:04.755
  • but you got the range for it.You've never been normal.
  • 00:20:04.755 --> 00:20:05.756
  • You've never been normal.You were a boy scout,
  • 00:20:05.756 --> 00:20:07.592
  • You were a boy scout,but you weren't normal.
  • 00:20:07.592 --> 00:20:08.793
  • but you weren't normal.See, look.
  • 00:20:08.793 --> 00:20:11.996
  • See, look.Normal is just a story
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  • Normal is just a storythat you've told yourself.
  • 00:20:14.532 --> 00:20:16.567
  • that you've told yourself.And so, the Israelites,
  • 00:20:16.567 --> 00:20:17.568
  • And so, the Israelites,God helped them,
  • 00:20:17.568 --> 00:20:20.271
  • God helped them,they are standing at a Red Sea,
  • 00:20:20.271 --> 00:20:21.572
  • they are standing at a Red Sea,which is a body of water
  • 00:20:21.572 --> 00:20:23.241
  • which is a body of waterthat they have no context for,
  • 00:20:23.241 --> 00:20:24.575
  • that they have no context for,like us right now.
  • 00:20:24.575 --> 00:20:25.843
  • like us right now.We have no context
  • 00:20:25.843 --> 00:20:26.944
  • We have no contextfor this crisis.
  • 00:20:26.944 --> 00:20:28.112
  • for this crisis.We have no context
  • 00:20:28.112 --> 00:20:29.480
  • We have no contextfor this challenge.
  • 00:20:29.480 --> 00:20:30.615
  • for this challenge.We have no precedence
  • 00:20:30.615 --> 00:20:31.916
  • We have no precedencefor this global pandemic,
  • 00:20:31.916 --> 00:20:32.383
  • for this global pandemic,because we've never
  • 00:20:32.383 --> 00:20:33.351
  • because we've neverlived through one.
  • 00:20:33.351 --> 00:20:35.353
  • lived through one.So when they fell terrified,
  • 00:20:35.353 --> 00:20:36.821
  • So when they fell terrified,watch what they did.
  • 00:20:36.821 --> 00:20:39.357
  • watch what they did.They craved familiar.
  • 00:20:39.357 --> 00:20:45.096
  • They craved familiar."Were there no graves in Egypt?"
  • 00:20:45.096 --> 00:20:46.964
  • "Were there no graves in Egypt?"We'd rather be dead in Egypt
  • 00:20:46.964 --> 00:20:51.102
  • We'd rather be dead in Egyptthan alive in uncertainty.
  • 00:20:51.102 --> 00:20:54.639
  • than alive in uncertainty.They craved the grave over
  • 00:20:54.639 --> 00:20:56.140
  • They craved the grave overhaving to stand in front of
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:58.542
  • having to stand in front ofsomething in an uncertain
  • 00:20:58.542 --> 00:21:01.312
  • something in an uncertainsituation, and so do we.
  • 00:21:01.312 --> 00:21:02.413
  • situation, and so do we.We do it all the time.
  • 00:21:02.413 --> 00:21:03.147
  • We do it all the time.We go back to
  • 00:21:03.147 --> 00:21:04.482
  • We go back toplaces that kill us,
  • 00:21:04.482 --> 00:21:05.783
  • places that kill us,people that kill us,
  • 00:21:05.783 --> 00:21:06.951
  • people that kill us,patterns that kill us,
  • 00:21:06.951 --> 00:21:08.486
  • patterns that kill us,routines that kills,
  • 00:21:08.486 --> 00:21:09.987
  • routines that kills,bottles that kill us,
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  • bottles that kill us,pills that kill us,
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  • pills that kill us,stations that kill us,
  • 00:21:12.823 --> 00:21:15.593
  • stations that kill us,feeds that kill us.
  • 00:21:15.593 --> 00:21:16.460
  • feeds that kill us.Keep going?
  • 00:21:16.460 --> 00:21:18.062
  • Keep going?Websites that kill us,
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  • Websites that kill us,accounts that kill us,
  • 00:21:19.363 --> 00:21:20.731
  • accounts that kill us,thoughts that kill us,
  • 00:21:20.731 --> 00:21:22.266
  • thoughts that kill us,'cause it's normal,
  • 00:21:22.266 --> 00:21:24.669
  • 'cause it's normal,and normal is nice.
  • 00:21:24.669 --> 00:21:27.605
  • and normal is nice.Normal is nice.
  • 00:21:27.605 --> 00:21:28.572
  • Normal is nice.If you don't think so,
  • 00:21:28.572 --> 00:21:29.240
  • If you don't think so,you've never had a nice,
  • 00:21:29.240 --> 00:21:32.043
  • you've never had a nice,old sweatshirt.
  • 00:21:32.043 --> 00:21:33.144
  • old sweatshirt.It's nice 'cause it's normal.
  • 00:21:33.144 --> 00:21:34.211
  • It's nice 'cause it's normal.It's not nice 'cause it looks
  • 00:21:34.211 --> 00:21:36.414
  • It's not nice 'cause it looksgood, it looks terrible.
  • 00:21:36.414 --> 00:21:37.214
  • good, it looks terrible.You look homeless,
  • 00:21:37.214 --> 00:21:38.949
  • You look homeless,but it's normal.
  • 00:21:38.949 --> 00:21:39.850
  • but it's normal."Oh, I like this.
  • 00:21:39.850 --> 00:21:41.152
  • "Oh, I like this.This is my good sweatshirt.
  • 00:21:41.152 --> 00:21:42.186
  • This is my good sweatshirt.These are my good underwear,"
  • 00:21:42.186 --> 00:21:43.621
  • These are my good underwear,"with seven holes in it,
  • 00:21:43.621 --> 00:21:44.588
  • with seven holes in it,but it's got seven holes,
  • 00:21:44.588 --> 00:21:45.589
  • but it's got seven holes,but it's normal.
  • 00:21:45.589 --> 00:21:47.358
  • but it's normal.It feels familiar.
  • 00:21:47.358 --> 00:21:48.326
  • It feels familiar.So watch this.
  • 00:21:48.326 --> 00:21:49.360
  • So watch this.Oh, I'm anointed by
  • 00:21:49.360 --> 00:21:50.928
  • Oh, I'm anointed bythe Spirit of God today,
  • 00:21:50.928 --> 00:21:51.796
  • the Spirit of God today,to help you see,
  • 00:21:51.796 --> 00:21:55.633
  • to help you see,normal is not all that.
  • 00:21:55.633 --> 00:21:56.567
  • normal is not all that."I just want it to be
  • 00:21:56.567 --> 00:21:58.836
  • "I just want it to bethe way it was."
  • 00:21:58.836 --> 00:22:01.138
  • the way it was."We wanna go back to Egypt.
  • 00:22:01.138 --> 00:22:02.707
  • We wanna go back to Egypt.Take us back to Egypt.
  • 00:22:02.707 --> 00:22:04.075
  • Take us back to Egypt.The place you were crying out
  • 00:22:04.075 --> 00:22:06.477
  • The place you were crying outto God to take you from?
  • 00:22:06.477 --> 00:22:07.345
  • to God to take you from?Now, you wanna go back?
  • 00:22:07.345 --> 00:22:09.046
  • Now, you wanna go back?"Yeah, I wanna go back."
  • 00:22:09.046 --> 00:22:10.481
  • "Yeah, I wanna go back."I wanna go back to normal.
  • 00:22:10.481 --> 00:22:11.649
  • I wanna go back to normal.God, I will never complain
  • 00:22:11.649 --> 00:22:13.017
  • God, I will never complainabout my kid's teacher again,
  • 00:22:13.017 --> 00:22:13.517
  • about my kid's teacher again,just as long as
  • 00:22:13.517 --> 00:22:15.886
  • just as long asit doesn't have to be me.
  • 00:22:15.886 --> 00:22:17.455
  • it doesn't have to be me.I'm going back to normal.
  • 00:22:17.455 --> 00:22:18.923
  • I'm going back to normal.Normal.
  • 00:22:18.923 --> 00:22:20.324
  • Normal.I just want normal.
  • 00:22:20.324 --> 00:22:22.093
  • I just want normal.Just normal.
  • 00:22:22.093 --> 00:22:23.561
  • Just normal.I just need something normal.
  • 00:22:23.561 --> 00:22:24.495
  • I just need something normal.That's why I wanted to come in
  • 00:22:24.495 --> 00:22:26.230
  • That's why I wanted to come inthe building to preach to you.
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:27.031
  • the building to preach to you.I was like, do you wanna
  • 00:22:27.031 --> 00:22:27.732
  • I was like, do you wannado it in a studio?
  • 00:22:27.732 --> 00:22:28.699
  • do it in a studio?I was like, no, no, no, no.
  • 00:22:28.699 --> 00:22:29.767
  • I was like, no, no, no, no.Because I want people to
  • 00:22:29.767 --> 00:22:32.036
  • Because I want people toget a little bit of normal.
  • 00:22:32.036 --> 00:22:33.504
  • get a little bit of normal.I think it'll help people.
  • 00:22:33.504 --> 00:22:35.539
  • I think it'll help people.You know, all I'm trying
  • 00:22:35.539 --> 00:22:37.975
  • You know, all I'm tryingto think about these days
  • 00:22:37.975 --> 00:22:40.444
  • to think about these daysis not the normal
  • 00:22:40.444 --> 00:22:41.779
  • is not the normalthat I wanna get back to,
  • 00:22:41.779 --> 00:22:44.715
  • that I wanna get back to,because I have a feeling,
  • 00:22:44.715 --> 00:22:45.583
  • because I have a feeling,and I think you do too,
  • 00:22:45.583 --> 00:22:48.152
  • and I think you do too,let's just have
  • 00:22:48.152 --> 00:22:51.288
  • let's just havethe funeral right now,
  • 00:22:51.288 --> 00:22:51.822
  • the funeral right now,that we are not
  • 00:22:51.822 --> 00:22:55.693
  • that we are notgoing back to normal.
  • 00:22:55.693 --> 00:22:58.329
  • going back to normal.We're not.
  • 00:22:58.329 --> 00:22:59.964
  • We're not.I was on a Zoom call this week
  • 00:22:59.964 --> 00:23:02.800
  • I was on a Zoom call this weekwith a department in our staff,
  • 00:23:02.800 --> 00:23:04.201
  • with a department in our staff,and by the end of it,
  • 00:23:04.201 --> 00:23:06.103
  • and by the end of it,I was beating the desk, saying,
  • 00:23:06.103 --> 00:23:09.106
  • I was beating the desk, saying,"Y'all aren't getting it."
  • 00:23:09.106 --> 00:23:11.942
  • "Y'all aren't getting it."Everything has changed.
  • 00:23:11.942 --> 00:23:12.710
  • Everything has changed.Y'all are having
  • 00:23:12.710 --> 00:23:13.511
  • Y'all are havinga normal meeting,
  • 00:23:13.511 --> 00:23:16.347
  • a normal meeting,this is not a normal time.
  • 00:23:16.347 --> 00:23:17.681
  • this is not a normal time.People need the Gospel
  • 00:23:17.681 --> 00:23:19.383
  • People need the Gospelmore than ever before,
  • 00:23:19.383 --> 00:23:20.217
  • more than ever before,and y'all are talking about
  • 00:23:20.217 --> 00:23:22.553
  • and y'all are talking aboutwhat happened ten days ago.
  • 00:23:22.553 --> 00:23:23.854
  • what happened ten days ago.And right now, for our ministry,
  • 00:23:23.854 --> 00:23:25.423
  • And right now, for our ministry,we have to be in the moment,
  • 00:23:25.423 --> 00:23:28.692
  • we have to be in the moment,because people need this oxygen.
  • 00:23:28.692 --> 00:23:30.294
  • because people need this oxygen.This is not a normal time.
  • 00:23:30.294 --> 00:23:32.229
  • This is not a normal time.This is not a normal church.
  • 00:23:32.229 --> 00:23:33.764
  • This is not a normal church.And I hope in some ways,
  • 00:23:33.764 --> 00:23:34.598
  • And I hope in some ways,I hope this building
  • 00:23:34.598 --> 00:23:36.233
  • I hope this buildingis full again,
  • 00:23:36.233 --> 00:23:37.368
  • is full again,but I hope we never
  • 00:23:37.368 --> 00:23:40.070
  • but I hope we neverjust go back to normal,
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:41.238
  • just go back to normal,where we come in church
  • 00:23:41.238 --> 00:23:42.506
  • where we come in churchand act like, you know,
  • 00:23:42.506 --> 00:23:43.874
  • and act like, you know,it's just our right
  • 00:23:43.874 --> 00:23:45.543
  • it's just our rightto come in here.
  • 00:23:45.543 --> 00:23:46.477
  • to come in here.I hope we never
  • 00:23:46.477 --> 00:23:47.878
  • I hope we nevergo back to normal,
  • 00:23:47.878 --> 00:23:49.213
  • go back to normal,where we just come in
  • 00:23:49.213 --> 00:23:50.614
  • where we just come inand we can't get the eye booger
  • 00:23:50.614 --> 00:23:51.715
  • and we can't get the eye boogerout of our eye
  • 00:23:51.715 --> 00:23:53.184
  • out of our eyeuntil the fourth song,
  • 00:23:53.184 --> 00:23:53.784
  • until the fourth song,until they play
  • 00:23:53.784 --> 00:23:54.985
  • until they playour favorite song,
  • 00:23:54.985 --> 00:23:55.686
  • our favorite song,and everything has
  • 00:23:55.686 --> 00:23:57.254
  • and everything hasto match our preference,
  • 00:23:57.254 --> 00:23:58.456
  • to match our preference,and we just kinda yawn
  • 00:23:58.456 --> 00:23:59.857
  • and we just kinda yawnand wait for it to be over.
  • 00:23:59.857 --> 00:24:01.325
  • and wait for it to be over.I hope we never
  • 00:24:01.325 --> 00:24:02.827
  • I hope we nevergo back to normal.
  • 00:24:02.827 --> 00:24:07.698
  • go back to normal.I'm never going back to normal.
  • 00:24:07.698 --> 00:24:08.332
  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:24:09.567 --> 00:24:10.034
  • - Hey, it really isa privilege
  • 00:24:10.034 --> 00:24:11.502
  • a privilegeto share God's Word with you.
  • 00:24:11.502 --> 00:24:12.903
  • to share God's Word with you.Thank you for joining me.
  • 00:24:12.903 --> 00:24:14.205
  • Thank you for joining me.But, each week we just have
  • 00:24:14.205 --> 00:24:15.806
  • But, each week we just havea little bit of time together,
  • 00:24:15.806 --> 00:24:16.474
  • a little bit of time together,and, I'd love to take
  • 00:24:16.474 --> 00:24:17.575
  • just a TV program.
  • 00:24:19.477 --> 00:24:21.512
  • just a TV program.So, if you wanna go deeper,
  • 00:24:21.512 --> 00:24:22.112
  • So, if you wanna go deeper,if you wanna connect
  • 00:24:22.112 --> 00:24:23.481
  • if you wanna connecton another level,
  • 00:24:23.481 --> 00:24:24.548
  • on another level,you can call or go online,
  • 00:24:24.548 --> 00:24:26.050
  • you can call or go online,right now, and request
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:27.117
  • right now, and requestexclusive resources
  • 00:24:27.117 --> 00:24:28.853
  • exclusive resourcesfrom today's message.
  • 00:24:28.853 --> 00:24:30.187
  • from today's message.We'll make them available to you
  • 00:24:30.187 --> 00:24:31.589
  • We'll make them available to youwith your gift of any amount
  • 00:24:31.589 --> 00:24:32.490
  • with your gift of any amountto the ministry.
  • 00:24:32.490 --> 00:24:33.657
  • to the ministry.But, I wanna tell you about
  • 00:24:33.657 --> 00:24:34.892
  • But, I wanna tell you aboutsomething else, too.
  • 00:24:34.892 --> 00:24:37.828
  • something else, too.Live, every single Sunday,
  • 00:24:37.828 --> 00:24:39.363
  • Live, every single Sunday,we broadcast a message
  • 00:24:39.363 --> 00:24:40.464
  • we broadcast a messagefrom Elevation Church;
  • 00:24:40.464 --> 00:24:42.066
  • from Elevation Church;the church where I pastor.
  • 00:24:42.066 --> 00:24:43.334
  • the church where I pastor.And so, you can tune in,
  • 00:24:43.334 --> 00:24:44.502
  • And so, you can tune in,worship with us,
  • 00:24:44.502 --> 00:24:45.202
  • worship with us,hear a message,
  • 00:24:45.202 --> 00:24:46.904
  • hear a message,experience the ministry,
  • 00:24:46.904 --> 00:24:48.272
  • experience the ministry,live, as it happens.
  • 00:24:48.272 --> 00:24:49.573
  • live, as it happens.And, what's even better,
  • 00:24:49.573 --> 00:24:50.374
  • And, what's even better,you can connect with
  • 00:24:50.374 --> 00:24:51.342
  • you can connect witha community of people
  • 00:24:51.342 --> 00:24:52.977
  • a community of peoplefrom all over the world;
  • 00:24:52.977 --> 00:24:54.345
  • from all over the world;we call it "E-Fam".
  • 00:24:54.345 --> 00:24:55.613
  • we call it "E-Fam".'E', like Elevation,
  • 00:24:55.613 --> 00:24:56.981
  • 'E', like Elevation,'E', like extended --
  • 00:24:56.981 --> 00:24:57.515
  • 'E', like extended --it means a lotta
  • 00:24:57.515 --> 00:24:58.716
  • it means a lottadifferent things.
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  • different things.But, it's just our way,
  • 00:24:59.984 --> 00:25:01.285
  • But, it's just our way,to connect with you
  • 00:25:01.285 --> 00:25:02.786
  • to connect with youbeyond this broadcast.
  • 00:25:02.786 --> 00:25:03.854
  • beyond this broadcast.I would love for you
  • 00:25:03.854 --> 00:25:04.922
  • I would love for youto join us, live,
  • 00:25:04.922 --> 00:25:05.923
  • to join us, live,this weekend.
  • 00:25:05.923 --> 00:25:06.957
  • this weekend.And, you can go online:
  • 00:25:06.957 --> 00:25:10.494
  • And, you can go online:StevenFurtick.com/Live.
  • 00:25:10.494 --> 00:25:12.696
  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.Don't forget the "slash Live";
  • 00:25:12.696 --> 00:25:14.031
  • Don't forget the "slash Live";it will take you directly
  • 00:25:14.031 --> 00:25:16.233
  • it will take you directlyto the details and the times,
  • 00:25:16.233 --> 00:25:18.369
  • to the details and the times,so do it now, visit the website.
  • 00:25:18.369 --> 00:25:20.504
  • - What if normal
  • 00:25:22.273 --> 00:25:25.809
  • - What if normalisn't something to get back to?
  • 00:25:25.809 --> 00:25:27.111
  • isn't something to get back to?What if normal
  • 00:25:27.111 --> 00:25:28.712
  • What if normalis something
  • 00:25:28.712 --> 00:25:30.814
  • is somethingto look forward to?
  • 00:25:30.814 --> 00:25:32.783
  • to look forward to?Why would we serve a God
  • 00:25:32.783 --> 00:25:35.019
  • Why would we serve a Godwho is defined resurrection,
  • 00:25:35.019 --> 00:25:36.687
  • who is defined resurrection,new beginnings,
  • 00:25:36.687 --> 00:25:37.688
  • new beginnings,and think that the whole goal
  • 00:25:37.688 --> 00:25:39.790
  • and think that the whole goalis to get back to something
  • 00:25:39.790 --> 00:25:41.158
  • is to get back to somethingthat we knew before?
  • 00:25:41.158 --> 00:25:42.927
  • that we knew before?Just because I have never
  • 00:25:42.927 --> 00:25:44.528
  • Just because I have neverknown it doesn't mean
  • 00:25:44.528 --> 00:25:46.530
  • known it doesn't meanit's not normal.
  • 00:25:46.530 --> 00:25:48.165
  • it's not normal.You mean it can be normal
  • 00:25:48.165 --> 00:25:49.300
  • You mean it can be normalfor me to have a heart
  • 00:25:49.300 --> 00:25:50.734
  • for me to have a heartthat is at peace.
  • 00:25:50.734 --> 00:25:51.969
  • that is at peace.Yes!
  • 00:25:51.969 --> 00:25:54.138
  • Yes!Yes!
  • 00:25:54.138 --> 00:25:54.605
  • Yes!That's how
  • 00:25:54.605 --> 00:25:56.574
  • That's howit's supposed to be.
  • 00:25:56.574 --> 00:25:58.742
  • it's supposed to be.You are supposed to have peace
  • 00:25:58.742 --> 00:26:00.377
  • You are supposed to have peacein the middle of the storm.
  • 00:26:00.377 --> 00:26:01.812
  • in the middle of the storm.Jesus did.
  • 00:26:01.812 --> 00:26:03.280
  • Jesus did.But God cannot bring change
  • 00:26:03.280 --> 00:26:05.049
  • But God cannot bring changewhile we hold to comfort.
  • 00:26:05.049 --> 00:26:06.984
  • while we hold to comfort.There is a new normal.
  • 00:26:06.984 --> 00:26:08.385
  • There is a new normal.There is a better you,
  • 00:26:08.385 --> 00:26:10.688
  • There is a better you,a truer you, a real you.
  • 00:26:10.688 --> 00:26:12.122
  • a truer you, a real you.The patterns of this world
  • 00:26:12.122 --> 00:26:13.324
  • The patterns of this worldare just pretend.
  • 00:26:13.324 --> 00:26:15.059
  • are just pretend.It is not real.
  • 00:26:15.059 --> 00:26:15.926
  • It is not real.There is a peace
  • 00:26:15.926 --> 00:26:17.361
  • There is a peacethat comes from above.
  • 00:26:17.361 --> 00:26:19.496
  • that comes from above.There is a wisdom that whispers
  • 00:26:19.496 --> 00:26:21.131
  • There is a wisdom that whispersand it doesn't shout.
  • 00:26:21.131 --> 00:26:22.466
  • and it doesn't shout.And God said, "I'm not trying
  • 00:26:22.466 --> 00:26:24.501
  • And God said, "I'm not tryingto get you back to normal.
  • 00:26:24.501 --> 00:26:25.836
  • to get you back to normal.I'm trying
  • 00:26:25.836 --> 00:26:28.505
  • I'm tryingto bring you into it."
  • 00:26:28.505 --> 00:26:30.341
  • - It's hard to let go
  • 00:26:32.610 --> 00:26:33.510
  • of what you've been holding
  • 00:26:33.510 --> 00:26:35.813
  • onto even when it's not working,
  • 00:26:35.813 --> 00:26:37.114
  • but God has a new normal
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  • for you to look forward to.
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  • Call today to get your copy
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  • of "Looking Forward to Normal,"
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  • and learn how to embrace
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  • what's next instead of worrying
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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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  • ♪ Oh, there's nothing, ♪
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  • ♪ Nothing is ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes I know ♪
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  • ♪ It's true ♪
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  • - Come on, tell 'em.
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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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