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  • - And could it be that
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  • - And could it be thatin your life and in my life,
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  • in your life and in my life,right now, there is potential
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  • right now, there is potentialthat has not been planted?
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  • that has not been planted?And so while we are frustrated
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  • And so while we are frustratedabout what our lives
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  • about what our livesare missing, it's already
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  • are missing, it's alreadyin us an immature form,
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  • in us an immature form,and until we sow it,
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  • and until we sow it,we will never know
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  • we will never knowwhat it could have been.
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  • what it could have been.Now, I believe all over
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  • Now, I believe all overthis house today,
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  • this house today,there are starving seeds.
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  • there are starving seeds.There are things, gifts,
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  • There are things, gifts,abilities, thoughts, ideas,
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  • abilities, thoughts, ideas,wisdom that God has put in us,
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  • wisdom that God has put in us,but it will not be shown
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  • - This message is called
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  • - This message is called"The Mystery of Potential."
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  • "The Mystery of Potential."How many know God has put things
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  • How many know God has put thingsinside of you that your eyes
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  • inside of you that your eyeshaven't seen yet?
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  • haven't seen yet?God put things inside of you
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  • God put things inside of youthat your parents
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  • that your parentsdidn't even know about.
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  • didn't even know about.And so I want to speak
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  • And so I want to speakon those things today,
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  • on those things today,from Ecclesiastes 11:5-6,
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  • from Ecclesiastes 11:5-6,"As you do not know the way
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  • "As you do not know the waythe spirit comes to the bones
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  • the spirit comes to the bonesin the womb of a woman
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  • in the womb of a womanwith child, so you do not know
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  • with child, so you do not knowthe work of God
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  • the work of Godwho makes everything.
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  • who makes everything.In the morning, sow your seed,
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  • In the morning, sow your seed,and in evening
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  • and in eveningwithhold not your hand,
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  • withhold not your hand,for you do not know..."
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  • for you do not know..."He said that in both verses.
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  • He said that in both verses.It must be important.
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  • It must be important.Solomon, the wisest man
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  • Solomon, the wisest manin the world,
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  • in the world,speaking about human ignorance,
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  • speaking about human ignorance,that even after all
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  • that even after allhe learned, accomplished,
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  • he learned, accomplished,and every success
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  • and every successthat he achieved,
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  • that he achieved,his common theme in this book
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  • his common theme in this bookis "You do not know."
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  • is "You do not know."It's a mystery.
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  • It's a mystery.And he said that "one might
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  • And he said that "one mightprosper that you count out,
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  • prosper that you count out,and so since you don't know,
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  • and so since you don't know,keep sowing.
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  • keep sowing.Since you don't know,
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  • Since you don't know,keep sowing, for you do not know
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  • keep sowing, for you do not knowwhich will prosper,
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  • which will prosper,this or that,
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  • this or that,or whether both"
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  • or whether both"-- somebody say "both" --
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  • -- somebody say "both" --"whether both alike
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  • "whether both alikewill be good."
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  • will be good."Lord, this is your Word,
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  • Lord, this is your Word,and so we do not ask you
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  • and so we do not ask youto make it true, it already is.
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  • to make it true, it already is.Get it in our hearts passed
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  • Get it in our hearts passedall the falsehood, distractions,
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  • all the falsehood, distractions,and deceit so it can become
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  • and deceit so it can becomeflesh in our lives.
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  • flesh in our lives.In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • In using these two different
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  • In using these two differentanalogies for
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  • analogies forthe revelation of potential,
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  • the revelation of potential,the commonality is that there
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  • the commonality is that thereis a process by which anything
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  • is a process by which anythingmust be fertilized,
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  • must be fertilized,whether it's human life
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  • whether it's human lifeor whether it's a seed
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  • or whether it's a seedthat will become sustenance.
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  • that will become sustenance.It must undergo a process
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  • It must undergo a processof fertilization,
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  • of fertilization,and I don't think I need to have
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  • and I don't think I need to havethe birds and the bees talk.
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  • the birds and the bees talk.If your parents didn't do
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  • If your parents didn't dothat by now, it's not my job.
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  • that by now, it's not my job.But he talks about how in
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  • But he talks about how inthe womb of a woman there is
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  • the womb of a woman there isa process and a part of
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  • a process and a part ofhuman pregnancy that can be
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  • human pregnancy that can beexplained or that can be
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  • explained or that can beanatomically identified.
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  • anatomically identified.And then there is another part,
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  • And then there is another part,which he calls the spirit
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  • which he calls the spiritentering the bones
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  • entering the bonesor the breath,
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  • or the breath,the 'ruach' in Hebrew
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  • the 'ruach' in Hebrewit's the same word.
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  • it's the same word.When you hear "Spirit of God,"
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  • When you hear "Spirit of God,"you can also think
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  • you can also think"breath of God."
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  • "breath of God."Both are correct.
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  • Both are correct.And it's the same word because
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  • And it's the same word becauseit's the same process.
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  • it's the same process.Anything God breathes
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  • Anything God breatheson comes to life,
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  • on comes to life,and if there's anything you
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  • and if there's anything youneed God to breathe on today,
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  • need God to breathe on today,you are in his presence
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  • you are in his presenceand anything is possible.
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  • and anything is possible.As a matter of fact,
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  • As a matter of fact,the way this whole project
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  • the way this whole projectcalled "You Got Started"
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  • called "You Got Started"was God breathed
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  • was God breathedon something dirty.
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  • on something dirty.He took the dust of the earth,
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  • He took the dust of the earth,and when he breathed on it,
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  • and when he breathed on it,He breathed into man
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  • He breathed into manthe breath of life.
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  • the breath of life.Because when God brings things
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  • Because when God brings thingstogether and breathes
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  • together and breathesinto things,
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  • into things,the limit of God's potential
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  • the limit of God's potentialis only your belief because
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  • is only your belief becauseGod is so big and so great.
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  • God is so big and so great.And the only thing
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  • And the only thingthat ever limits Him is
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  • that ever limits Him iswhat you believe He can do.
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  • what you believe He can do.You know, a lot of people
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  • You know, a lot of peoplewill say, "Nothing limits God.
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  • will say, "Nothing limits God.He's God."
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  • He's God."And, of course, He is God,
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  • And, of course, He is God,but God breathes into things,
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  • but God breathes into things,and when God breathes
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  • and when God breathesinto things,
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  • into things,it's so important that
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  • it's so important thatwe receive it when He breathes.
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  • we receive it when He breathes.Amen.
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  • Amen.How many of you
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  • How many of youare firstborn children?
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  • are firstborn children?Firstborn children, come on,
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  • Firstborn children, come on,let's give it up for ourselves.
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  • let's give it up for ourselves.[Applause]
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  • [Applause]Come on, give it up
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  • Come on, give it upfor me and you, because we were
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  • for me and you, because we wereour parents' experiment.
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  • our parents' experiment.I think when you're
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  • I think when you'rehaving a child,
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  • having a child,and I don't have a lot
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  • and I don't have a lotof parenting advice,
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  • of parenting advice,but this is one thing I do
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  • but this is one thing I dothink is pretty good,
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  • think is pretty good,and I may write
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  • and I may writea book about this.
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  • a book about this.When you have your first child,
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  • When you have your first child,you know how you create
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  • you know how you createa college fund for your kids?
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  • a college fund for your kids?But for your firstborn,
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  • But for your firstborn,you need to also create
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  • you need to also createa therapy fund.
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  • a therapy fund.Just go ahead and start it.
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  • Just go ahead and start it.Put it in an index fund
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  • Put it in an index fundor something.
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  • or something.Because you are learning things
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  • Because you are learning thingson them that the other ones --
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  • on them that the other ones --I mean it's kind of rough
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  • I mean it's kind of roughwith your firstborn because
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  • with your firstborn becauseyou put all your hopes
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  • you put all your hopesand dreams and fantasies
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  • and dreams and fantasiesand projections of parenthood
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  • and projections of parenthoodon that poor child.
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  • on that poor child.I'll never forget when Elijah,
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  • I'll never forget when Elijah,you know, he's coming home
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  • you know, he's coming homefrom the hospital,
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  • from the hospital,I'm driving 17 miles an hour
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  • I'm driving 17 miles an houron 485 just, you know --
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  • on 485 just, you know --And by the time Abby came,
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  • And by the time Abby came,who was the third,
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  • who was the third,I just sent her home in an Uber.
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  • I just sent her home in an Uber.It's just like,
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  • It's just like,I got this now.
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  • I got this now.But on the first one,
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  • But on the first one,you're learning everything,
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  • you're learning everything,so you're like totally
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  • so you're like totallyoverprotective, and sometimes
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  • overprotective, and sometimesyou're overly ambitious.
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  • you're overly ambitious.And so anything the kid does,
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  • And so anything the kid does,you're like, "Oh my God,
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  • you're like, "Oh my God,he just played the piano,"
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  • he just played the piano,"like walks by and bangs it,
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  • like walks by and bangs it,and you think he's Mozart.
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  • and you think he's Mozart.Because you see potential
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  • Because you see potentialsometimes it's not there.
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  • sometimes it's not there.When Elijah first started
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  • When Elijah first startedplaying baseball,
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  • playing baseball,I remember when he was on
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  • I remember when he was onthis coach pitch team,
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  • this coach pitch team,and the coach pitch league
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  • and the coach pitch leagueis kind of deceptive because
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  • is kind of deceptive becausethe pitcher is working with you,
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  • the pitcher is working with you,which is the opposite
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  • which is the oppositeof real baseball.
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  • of real baseball.But the pitcher wants you
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  • But the pitcher wants youto hit it,
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  • to hit it,and I was trying to figure out
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  • and I was trying to figure outhow to help Elijah with baseball
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  • how to help Elijah with baseball-- Because I played baseball
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  • -- Because I played baseballa little bit.
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  • a little bit.My dad coached me,
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  • My dad coached me,but I don't know a lot about it.
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  • but I don't know a lot about it.And I found out one
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  • And I found out oneof the grandparents there
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  • of the grandparents therewas a former scout
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  • was a former scoutfor minor-league baseball,
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  • for minor-league baseball,and he walked over to me
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  • and he walked over to meone game in the middle
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  • one game in the middleof the season and goes, "Hey,
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  • of the season and goes, "Hey,that's your boy out there?"
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  • that's your boy out there?"I said, "Yeah."
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  • I said, "Yeah."He said, "He's pretty good.
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  • He said, "He's pretty good.He's got potential."
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  • He's got potential."And I was like, "For real?
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  • And I was like, "For real?Like, how much potential?
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  • Like, how much potential?You know, you think
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  • You know, you thinkhe's like a future --"
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  • he's like a future --"And I couldn't even get
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  • And I couldn't even getthe whole sentence out,
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  • the whole sentence out,and he interrupted me and said
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  • and he interrupted me and saidsomething to me to me
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  • something to me to meI believe God wants to say
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  • I believe God wants to sayto some of you.
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  • to some of you.He said,
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  • He said,"It's too soon to tell."
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  • "It's too soon to tell."In other words,
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  • In other words,"I was just trying to be polite
  • 00:07:04.609 --> 00:07:05.477
  • "I was just trying to be politeand say that your kid
  • 00:07:05.477 --> 00:07:06.778
  • and say that your kidhas a good swing and encourage
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  • has a good swing and encourageyou to keep it up as a dad.
  • 00:07:09.347 --> 00:07:10.382
  • you to keep it up as a dad.It's way too soon
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  • It's way too soonto tell, you know,
  • 00:07:12.684 --> 00:07:13.852
  • to tell, you know,whether or not you should start
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  • whether or not you should startlooking for an agent, okay,
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  • looking for an agent, okay,he's just got a good swing."
  • 00:07:19.724 --> 00:07:21.092
  • he's just got a good swing."But don't we always want to know
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  • But don't we always want to knowso soon how we post stuff,
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  • so soon how we post stuff,and if people don't like it
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  • and if people don't like itin two minutes,
  • 00:07:26.665 --> 00:07:27.432
  • in two minutes,we feel the pressure
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  • we feel the pressureto delete it because
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  • to delete it becausemaybe the picture wasn't
  • 00:07:29.134 --> 00:07:30.502
  • maybe the picture wasn'tas good as I thought it was.
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  • as good as I thought it was.You know, like,
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  • You know, like,it's the worst thing
  • 00:07:32.137 --> 00:07:33.004
  • it's the worst thingin the world
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  • in the worldhow we live in this age
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  • how we live in this ageof instant validation,
  • 00:07:36.775 --> 00:07:37.776
  • of instant validation,where we just expect
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  • where we just expectevery opinion to be accepted
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  • every opinion to be acceptedjust quickly,
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  • just quickly,and if it doesn't
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  • and if it doesn'thappen quickly,
  • 00:07:42.747 --> 00:07:43.415
  • happen quickly,if it doesn't happen
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  • if it doesn't happenjust like that,
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  • just like that,if it doesn't just
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  • if it doesn't justturn around by Friday,
  • 00:07:47.786 --> 00:07:48.954
  • turn around by Friday,if within our first week
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  • if within our first weekback at the gym in January,
  • 00:07:51.189 --> 00:07:52.557
  • back at the gym in January,it doesn't melt off,
  • 00:07:52.557 --> 00:07:53.558
  • it doesn't melt off,we will cancel
  • 00:07:53.558 --> 00:07:54.726
  • we will cancelthe gym membership
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  • the gym membershipand talk about the fact
  • 00:07:55.727 --> 00:07:57.329
  • and talk about the factthat the machines weren't right.
  • 00:07:57.329 --> 00:07:58.864
  • that the machines weren't right.But it wasn't the machines,
  • 00:07:58.864 --> 00:08:00.832
  • But it wasn't the machines,it was our consistency
  • 00:08:00.832 --> 00:08:02.834
  • it was our consistencyand our deep down need to see it
  • 00:08:02.834 --> 00:08:04.402
  • and our deep down need to see ithappen so quick.
  • 00:08:04.402 --> 00:08:05.136
  • happen so quick.The man said,
  • 00:08:05.136 --> 00:08:07.038
  • The man said,"It's too soon to tell."
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  • "It's too soon to tell."And Solomon said the same thing.
  • 00:08:09.140 --> 00:08:10.342
  • And Solomon said the same thing.He said, "There are some things
  • 00:08:10.342 --> 00:08:11.843
  • He said, "There are some thingsin your life that are like
  • 00:08:11.843 --> 00:08:13.812
  • in your life that are likethe bones that are waiting
  • 00:08:13.812 --> 00:08:14.913
  • the bones that are waitingon the breath,
  • 00:08:14.913 --> 00:08:16.114
  • on the breath,and you don't know the way
  • 00:08:16.114 --> 00:08:17.482
  • and you don't know the wayGod is going to work
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  • God is going to workin your situation,
  • 00:08:19.050 --> 00:08:21.086
  • in your situation,and it is always too soon
  • 00:08:21.086 --> 00:08:22.921
  • and it is always too soonfor you to quit on something
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  • for you to quit on somethingthat God put on
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  • that God put onthe inside of you.
  • 00:08:25.323 --> 00:08:26.925
  • the inside of you.If he gave you a dream,
  • 00:08:26.925 --> 00:08:28.426
  • If he gave you a dream,it's too soon to walk away
  • 00:08:28.426 --> 00:08:29.794
  • it's too soon to walk awayfrom it just because
  • 00:08:29.794 --> 00:08:31.429
  • from it just becauseit doesn't manifest in three
  • 00:08:31.429 --> 00:08:33.031
  • it doesn't manifest in threedimensions by the time you get
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  • dimensions by the time you getdone praying about it.
  • 00:08:34.633 --> 00:08:36.067
  • done praying about it.So that's what I want to talk
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  • So that's what I want to talkto you about today,
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  • to you about today,the mystery of potential
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  • the mystery of potentialand how it's too soon to tell
  • 00:08:43.909 --> 00:08:45.677
  • and how it's too soon to telland how the only way that
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  • and how the only way thatpotential can be revealed
  • 00:08:48.780 --> 00:08:54.152
  • potential can be revealedis for process to be embraced.
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  • is for process to be embraced.You all with me today?
  • 00:08:56.888 --> 00:08:59.724
  • You all with me today?I never know -- I never know
  • 00:08:59.724 --> 00:09:00.825
  • I never know -- I never knowhow a sermon is going
  • 00:09:00.825 --> 00:09:02.561
  • how a sermon is goingto affect people,
  • 00:09:02.561 --> 00:09:05.130
  • to affect people,and even after I preach it,
  • 00:09:05.130 --> 00:09:06.064
  • and even after I preach it,it's difficult for me
  • 00:09:06.064 --> 00:09:10.535
  • it's difficult for meto discern the impact of it.
  • 00:09:10.535 --> 00:09:11.536
  • to discern the impact of it.I guess I could go off
  • 00:09:11.536 --> 00:09:13.371
  • I guess I could go offof a reaction base,
  • 00:09:13.371 --> 00:09:13.872
  • of a reaction base,but I went to
  • 00:09:13.872 --> 00:09:15.640
  • but I went toa Panthers game one time,
  • 00:09:15.640 --> 00:09:16.741
  • a Panthers game one time,and a lady was in front of me
  • 00:09:16.741 --> 00:09:17.876
  • and a lady was in front of meyelling the whole time,
  • 00:09:17.876 --> 00:09:18.810
  • yelling the whole time,but she left in the fourth
  • 00:09:18.810 --> 00:09:19.744
  • but she left in the fourthquarter because sometimes
  • 00:09:19.744 --> 00:09:20.445
  • quarter because sometimesthe loudest are
  • 00:09:20.445 --> 00:09:24.049
  • the loudest arethe first to leave.
  • 00:09:24.049 --> 00:09:25.584
  • the first to leave.So I don't know how hard
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  • So I don't know how harda sermon hit by how loud
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  • a sermon hit by how loudsomebody gets about.
  • 00:09:28.520 --> 00:09:29.454
  • somebody gets about.Feel free to be loud.
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  • Feel free to be loud.I mean, I like it loud.
  • 00:09:30.522 --> 00:09:31.556
  • I mean, I like it loud.I really do like it loud.
  • 00:09:31.556 --> 00:09:32.857
  • I really do like it loud.I'm punk rocker at heart,
  • 00:09:32.857 --> 00:09:34.025
  • I'm punk rocker at heart,but I don't know by how loud,
  • 00:09:34.025 --> 00:09:37.829
  • but I don't know by how loud,it's how deep it goes.
  • 00:09:37.829 --> 00:09:38.930
  • it's how deep it goes.It's whether or not you get
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  • It's whether or not you getnicer to your wife
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  • nicer to your wifeafter I preach that shows
  • 00:09:43.234 --> 00:09:47.172
  • after I preach that showshow good my message got on love.
  • 00:09:47.172 --> 00:09:49.174
  • how good my message got on love.I thought I would have a few
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  • I thought I would have a fewamens from the higher register
  • 00:09:50.942 --> 00:09:57.582
  • amens from the higher registerof the octave range.
  • 00:09:57.582 --> 00:09:59.250
  • of the octave range.But you don't know,
  • 00:09:59.250 --> 00:10:02.454
  • But you don't know,you really don't know.
  • 00:10:02.454 --> 00:10:05.657
  • you really don't know.And the idea of human potential
  • 00:10:05.657 --> 00:10:06.858
  • And the idea of human potentialand a limitless God
  • 00:10:06.858 --> 00:10:08.893
  • and a limitless Godcomes together in this text
  • 00:10:08.893 --> 00:10:10.428
  • comes together in this textin a way that you can see
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  • in a way that you can seeseveral times throughout
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  • several times throughoutScripture in several examples.
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  • Scripture in several examples.And whether we would
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  • And whether we wouldtalk about Peter,
  • 00:10:17.168 --> 00:10:18.136
  • talk about Peter,who had to cast his net
  • 00:10:18.136 --> 00:10:19.404
  • who had to cast his neton the other side of the boat
  • 00:10:19.404 --> 00:10:21.306
  • on the other side of the boatafter he spent all night
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  • after he spent all nightcatching nothing,
  • 00:10:22.707 --> 00:10:25.210
  • catching nothing,the potential was there,
  • 00:10:25.210 --> 00:10:28.013
  • the potential was there,but until the command was given
  • 00:10:28.013 --> 00:10:28.980
  • but until the command was givenfrom Jesus at the place
  • 00:10:28.980 --> 00:10:30.015
  • from Jesus at the placeof his frustration.
  • 00:10:30.015 --> 00:10:31.383
  • of his frustration.I called this message
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  • I called this message"The Mystery of Potential"
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  • "The Mystery of Potential"because I thought
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  • because I thoughtit sounded good.
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  • it sounded good.I could have just as easily
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  • I could have just as easilycalled it
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  • called it"The Misery of Potential,"
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  • "The Misery of Potential,"and we could preach
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  • and we could preachabout that too.
  • 00:10:41.593 --> 00:10:43.161
  • about that too.Because when you're young
  • 00:10:43.161 --> 00:10:43.962
  • Because when you're youngand people tell you,
  • 00:10:43.962 --> 00:10:45.630
  • and people tell you,"You have potential,"
  • 00:10:45.630 --> 00:10:47.298
  • "You have potential,"it's a compliment,
  • 00:10:47.298 --> 00:10:49.100
  • it's a compliment,and it makes you feel hopeful.
  • 00:10:49.100 --> 00:10:50.568
  • and it makes you feel hopeful.By the time you're 65
  • 00:10:50.568 --> 00:10:51.836
  • By the time you're 65and people are saying,
  • 00:10:51.836 --> 00:10:52.370
  • and people are saying,"You know, you have
  • 00:10:52.370 --> 00:10:54.272
  • "You know, you havea lot of potential,"
  • 00:10:54.272 --> 00:10:56.808
  • a lot of potential,"it's depressing because
  • 00:10:56.808 --> 00:10:58.076
  • it's depressing becauseby the time I'm 65,
  • 00:10:58.076 --> 00:10:59.244
  • by the time I'm 65,I don't need potential,
  • 00:10:59.244 --> 00:11:01.212
  • I don't need potential,I need kinetic.
  • 00:11:01.212 --> 00:11:03.248
  • I need kinetic.Potential doesn't pay the bills,
  • 00:11:03.248 --> 00:11:03.982
  • Potential doesn't pay the bills,potential doesn't put
  • 00:11:03.982 --> 00:11:05.183
  • potential doesn't puta ring on my finger.
  • 00:11:05.183 --> 00:11:05.717
  • a ring on my finger."Oh, you're going
  • 00:11:05.717 --> 00:11:06.418
  • "Oh, you're goingto be a good wife."
  • 00:11:06.418 --> 00:11:07.118
  • to be a good wife.""Well, I'd like to be
  • 00:11:07.118 --> 00:11:08.453
  • "Well, I'd like to bea good wife three years ago.
  • 00:11:08.453 --> 00:11:09.287
  • a good wife three years ago.If I'm a good wife,
  • 00:11:09.287 --> 00:11:10.288
  • If I'm a good wife,where's my good man?
  • 00:11:10.288 --> 00:11:11.122
  • where's my good man?I come to church,
  • 00:11:11.122 --> 00:11:12.757
  • I come to church,and I walk past all these men,
  • 00:11:12.757 --> 00:11:13.758
  • and I walk past all these men,but they're all passive,
  • 00:11:13.758 --> 00:11:14.826
  • but they're all passive,a bunch of Christian men,
  • 00:11:14.826 --> 00:11:16.361
  • a bunch of Christian men,won't ever give anybody a hug,
  • 00:11:16.361 --> 00:11:17.195
  • won't ever give anybody a hug,praying for a wife instead
  • 00:11:17.195 --> 00:11:19.097
  • praying for a wife insteadof asking one out to Starbucks.
  • 00:11:19.097 --> 00:11:19.864
  • of asking one out to Starbucks.I can't do anything
  • 00:11:19.864 --> 00:11:20.765
  • I can't do anythingin potential."
  • 00:11:20.765 --> 00:11:24.135
  • in potential."[Applause]
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  • [Applause]That seemed like that one hit.
  • 00:11:32.444 --> 00:11:33.278
  • That seemed like that one hit.You know, you can never know
  • 00:11:33.278 --> 00:11:34.846
  • You know, you can never knowthe potential of a seed
  • 00:11:34.846 --> 00:11:39.984
  • the potential of a seedby looking at it.
  • 00:11:39.984 --> 00:11:43.188
  • by looking at it.Hey, little seed.
  • 00:11:43.188 --> 00:11:45.523
  • Hey, little seed.You know, you pray over a seed.
  • 00:11:45.523 --> 00:11:46.091
  • You know, you pray over a seed.You still won't know
  • 00:11:46.091 --> 00:11:48.126
  • You still won't knowit's potential.
  • 00:11:48.126 --> 00:11:49.027
  • it's potential.You can study
  • 00:11:49.027 --> 00:11:51.329
  • You can studythe history of seeds,
  • 00:11:51.329 --> 00:11:51.996
  • the history of seeds,and although you might
  • 00:11:51.996 --> 00:11:53.598
  • and although you mightintellectually grasp its
  • 00:11:53.598 --> 00:11:55.366
  • intellectually grasp itspotential or comprehend
  • 00:11:55.366 --> 00:11:57.135
  • potential or comprehendwhat it contains,
  • 00:11:57.135 --> 00:11:58.703
  • what it contains,the only way to really know
  • 00:11:58.703 --> 00:12:03.508
  • the only way to really knowthe potential is to plant it.
  • 00:12:03.508 --> 00:12:04.409
  • the potential is to plant it.And could it be that
  • 00:12:04.409 --> 00:12:06.244
  • And could it be thatin your life and in my life,
  • 00:12:06.244 --> 00:12:10.115
  • in your life and in my life,right now, there is potential
  • 00:12:10.115 --> 00:12:12.884
  • right now, there is potentialthat has not been planted?
  • 00:12:12.884 --> 00:12:15.320
  • that has not been planted?And so while we are frustrated
  • 00:12:15.320 --> 00:12:16.254
  • And so while we are frustratedabout what our lives
  • 00:12:16.254 --> 00:12:20.058
  • about what our livesare missing, it's already in us
  • 00:12:20.058 --> 00:12:22.460
  • are missing, it's already in usan immature form,
  • 00:12:22.460 --> 00:12:24.696
  • an immature form,and until we sow it,
  • 00:12:24.696 --> 00:12:26.231
  • and until we sow it,we will never know
  • 00:12:26.231 --> 00:12:29.000
  • we will never knowwhat it could have been.
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:30.101
  • what it could have been.Now, I believe all over
  • 00:12:30.101 --> 00:12:31.703
  • Now, I believe all overthis house today,
  • 00:12:31.703 --> 00:12:34.439
  • this house today,there are starving seeds.
  • 00:12:34.439 --> 00:12:35.740
  • there are starving seeds.There are things, gifts,
  • 00:12:35.740 --> 00:12:38.076
  • There are things, gifts,abilities, thoughts, ideas,
  • 00:12:38.076 --> 00:12:40.578
  • abilities, thoughts, ideas,wisdom that God has put in us,
  • 00:12:40.578 --> 00:12:43.314
  • wisdom that God has put in us,but it will not be shown
  • 00:12:43.314 --> 00:12:45.850
  • but it will not be shownuntil it is sown.
  • 00:12:45.850 --> 00:12:46.451
  • until it is sown.Can I preach like
  • 00:12:46.451 --> 00:12:48.353
  • Can I preach likeI'm Dr. Seuss?
  • 00:12:48.353 --> 00:12:51.289
  • I'm Dr. Seuss?My rhymes are on point so far.
  • 00:12:51.289 --> 00:12:53.758
  • My rhymes are on point so far.You will never see it
  • 00:12:53.758 --> 00:12:55.960
  • You will never see ituntil you sow it,
  • 00:12:55.960 --> 00:12:57.095
  • until you sow it,and so while we're praying,
  • 00:12:57.095 --> 00:12:59.164
  • and so while we're praying,"God, show me my potential,"
  • 00:12:59.164 --> 00:13:00.532
  • "God, show me my potential,"and we're taken personality
  • 00:13:00.532 --> 00:13:02.333
  • and we're taken personalitytests, which are fine,
  • 00:13:02.333 --> 00:13:04.035
  • tests, which are fine,God bless Myers-Briggs
  • 00:13:04.035 --> 00:13:05.670
  • God bless Myers-Briggswhoever he is.
  • 00:13:05.670 --> 00:13:07.872
  • whoever he is.God bless the Enneagram.
  • 00:13:07.872 --> 00:13:08.606
  • God bless the Enneagram.Holly reads all
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  • Holly reads allthat stuff to me.
  • 00:13:09.474 --> 00:13:10.942
  • that stuff to me.She tells me I'm a one
  • 00:13:10.942 --> 00:13:12.177
  • She tells me I'm a oneand she's a nine,
  • 00:13:12.177 --> 00:13:13.144
  • and she's a nine,and the one and the nine
  • 00:13:13.144 --> 00:13:14.279
  • and the one and the ninego together,
  • 00:13:14.279 --> 00:13:15.747
  • go together,and my one and her nine
  • 00:13:15.747 --> 00:13:16.714
  • and my one and her ninemake a perfect five
  • 00:13:16.714 --> 00:13:17.849
  • make a perfect fiveor something like that.
  • 00:13:17.849 --> 00:13:19.017
  • or something like that.I don't know how it works.
  • 00:13:19.017 --> 00:13:20.051
  • I don't know how it works.I like all of it.
  • 00:13:20.051 --> 00:13:21.519
  • I like all of it.But the truth of the matter is,
  • 00:13:21.519 --> 00:13:23.188
  • But the truth of the matter is,you can't bubble in a test
  • 00:13:23.188 --> 00:13:25.757
  • you can't bubble in a testand find out what's in you.
  • 00:13:25.757 --> 00:13:27.091
  • and find out what's in you.You can't go on a journey
  • 00:13:27.091 --> 00:13:28.760
  • You can't go on a journeyof self-discovery and find out
  • 00:13:28.760 --> 00:13:29.994
  • of self-discovery and find outwhat's in you.
  • 00:13:29.994 --> 00:13:30.929
  • what's in you.Because, watch this,
  • 00:13:30.929 --> 00:13:33.364
  • Because, watch this,until the seed is sacrificed,
  • 00:13:33.364 --> 00:13:34.732
  • until the seed is sacrificed,until it goes into something
  • 00:13:34.732 --> 00:13:36.501
  • until it goes into somethingbigger called the ground,
  • 00:13:36.501 --> 00:13:37.569
  • bigger called the ground,until it breaks open
  • 00:13:37.569 --> 00:13:39.103
  • until it breaks opento accomplish something,
  • 00:13:39.103 --> 00:13:39.838
  • to accomplish something,you'll never know
  • 00:13:39.838 --> 00:13:44.142
  • you'll never knowwhat was in it.
  • 00:13:44.142 --> 00:13:44.676
  • what was in it.And when you live
  • 00:13:44.676 --> 00:13:47.812
  • And when you livea selfish life, a safe life,
  • 00:13:47.812 --> 00:13:48.813
  • a selfish life, a safe life,and you don't sow it,
  • 00:13:48.813 --> 00:13:51.850
  • and you don't sow it,you will never know.
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  • you will never know.The enemy has got some of us
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  • The enemy has got some of usso selfish, so discouraged,
  • 00:13:55.420 --> 00:13:59.791
  • so selfish, so discouraged,that our seeds are starving,
  • 00:13:59.791 --> 00:14:01.092
  • that our seeds are starving,not for the lack of potential,
  • 00:14:01.092 --> 00:14:03.628
  • not for the lack of potential,but for the lack of process.
  • 00:14:03.628 --> 00:14:05.797
  • but for the lack of process.So I think about Elisha
  • 00:14:05.797 --> 00:14:06.965
  • So I think about Elishaplowing in a field
  • 00:14:06.965 --> 00:14:08.433
  • plowing in a fieldin 1 Kings 19,
  • 00:14:08.433 --> 00:14:10.101
  • in 1 Kings 19,just as an illustration,
  • 00:14:10.101 --> 00:14:12.704
  • just as an illustration,and he's plowing, verse 19,
  • 00:14:12.704 --> 00:14:14.873
  • and he's plowing, verse 19,"he's plowing in a field
  • 00:14:14.873 --> 00:14:16.574
  • "he's plowing in a fieldwith a yoke of oxen,"
  • 00:14:16.574 --> 00:14:17.542
  • with a yoke of oxen,"-- there it is
  • 00:14:17.542 --> 00:14:18.843
  • -- there it is-- "he's plowing with
  • 00:14:18.843 --> 00:14:19.811
  • -- "he's plowing with12 yoke of oxen
  • 00:14:19.811 --> 00:14:21.012
  • 12 yoke of oxenin front of him."
  • 00:14:21.012 --> 00:14:23.715
  • in front of him."He's not posing
  • 00:14:23.715 --> 00:14:25.283
  • He's not posingin front of the plow.
  • 00:14:25.283 --> 00:14:29.454
  • in front of the plow.[Applause]
  • 00:14:29.454 --> 00:14:37.362
  • [Applause]He's not posting on my plow.
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  • He's not posting on my plow.He's just plowing.
  • 00:14:40.365 --> 00:14:42.533
  • He's just plowing.He's just plowing.
  • 00:14:42.533 --> 00:14:44.102
  • He's just plowing.And a lot of times,
  • 00:14:44.102 --> 00:14:46.471
  • And a lot of times,we will confuse the fact that
  • 00:14:46.471 --> 00:14:48.106
  • we will confuse the fact thatwe don't have good ground
  • 00:14:48.106 --> 00:14:48.706
  • we don't have good groundin our life that
  • 00:14:48.706 --> 00:14:50.508
  • in our life thatis good opportunities,
  • 00:14:50.508 --> 00:14:52.710
  • is good opportunities,but maybe it's good ground
  • 00:14:52.710 --> 00:14:56.281
  • but maybe it's good groundand it's just unplowed.
  • 00:14:56.281 --> 00:14:57.282
  • and it's just unplowed.And I wonder if sometimes
  • 00:14:57.282 --> 00:14:58.516
  • And I wonder if sometimesthe things that we go through
  • 00:14:58.516 --> 00:15:00.251
  • the things that we go throughthat are hard for us,
  • 00:15:00.251 --> 00:15:02.553
  • that are hard for us,it's not the enemy attacking us,
  • 00:15:02.553 --> 00:15:04.722
  • it's not the enemy attacking us,but it is God plowing us
  • 00:15:04.722 --> 00:15:06.391
  • but it is God plowing usto make the ground ready,
  • 00:15:06.391 --> 00:15:08.159
  • to make the ground ready,to make our hearts ready,
  • 00:15:08.159 --> 00:15:09.928
  • to make our hearts ready,to make our wills ready
  • 00:15:09.928 --> 00:15:11.396
  • to make our wills readyso we won't be arrogant
  • 00:15:11.396 --> 00:15:12.563
  • so we won't be arrogantand prideful,
  • 00:15:12.563 --> 00:15:13.197
  • and prideful,but we will have
  • 00:15:13.197 --> 00:15:14.732
  • but we will havea plowed heart.
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  • a plowed heart.And I don't know
  • 00:15:15.266 --> 00:15:16.701
  • And I don't knowwho this is for,
  • 00:15:16.701 --> 00:15:17.568
  • who this is for,but a lot of the things
  • 00:15:17.568 --> 00:15:19.337
  • but a lot of the thingsthat you've been praying away,
  • 00:15:19.337 --> 00:15:21.306
  • that you've been praying away,God is plowing into
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  • God is plowing intoand it's God's plowing process.
  • 00:15:23.942 --> 00:15:25.243
  • and it's God's plowing process.Just like Elisha had
  • 00:15:25.243 --> 00:15:26.978
  • Just like Elisha hadbeen plowing the ground,
  • 00:15:26.978 --> 00:15:27.946
  • been plowing the ground,I believe God had
  • 00:15:27.946 --> 00:15:29.480
  • I believe God hadbeen plowing Elisha,
  • 00:15:29.480 --> 00:15:30.315
  • been plowing Elisha,and I believe He's been
  • 00:15:30.315 --> 00:15:32.483
  • and I believe He's beenplowing some of us and getting
  • 00:15:32.483 --> 00:15:34.085
  • plowing some of us and gettingour ground ready and getting
  • 00:15:34.085 --> 00:15:35.687
  • our ground ready and gettingour hearts ready.
  • 00:15:35.687 --> 00:15:36.521
  • our hearts ready.Because, sometimes,
  • 00:15:36.521 --> 00:15:38.556
  • Because, sometimes,if God visits us too soon
  • 00:15:38.556 --> 00:15:40.224
  • if God visits us too soonwith an opportunity that life
  • 00:15:40.224 --> 00:15:41.926
  • with an opportunity that lifehas not prepared us for,
  • 00:15:41.926 --> 00:15:43.027
  • has not prepared us for,we will not only ruin
  • 00:15:43.027 --> 00:15:44.028
  • we will not only ruinthe opportunity,
  • 00:15:44.028 --> 00:15:45.096
  • the opportunity,but we will hurt others
  • 00:15:45.096 --> 00:15:46.664
  • but we will hurt othersin the process.
  • 00:15:46.664 --> 00:15:47.699
  • in the process.So I don't want my heart
  • 00:15:47.699 --> 00:15:52.270
  • So I don't want my heartto be unplowed ground.
  • 00:15:52.270 --> 00:15:52.870
  • to be unplowed ground.But I'm getting ahead
  • 00:15:52.870 --> 00:15:56.474
  • But I'm getting aheadof myself here because
  • 00:15:56.474 --> 00:15:57.308
  • of myself here becausethis message is not
  • 00:15:57.308 --> 00:15:59.510
  • this message is notjust about plowing,
  • 00:15:59.510 --> 00:16:03.114
  • just about plowing,it's about planting.
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  • it's about planting.And, really,
  • 00:16:03.581 --> 00:16:05.917
  • And, really,what I wanted to say is,
  • 00:16:05.917 --> 00:16:07.952
  • what I wanted to say is,you have no idea
  • 00:16:07.952 --> 00:16:08.987
  • you have no ideawhat your encouragement
  • 00:16:08.987 --> 00:16:12.290
  • what your encouragementcan be until you plant it,
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:14.058
  • can be until you plant it,what your smile can be
  • 00:16:14.058 --> 00:16:17.095
  • what your smile can beuntil you plant it.
  • 00:16:17.095 --> 00:16:21.966
  • until you plant it.And planted, for me,
  • 00:16:21.966 --> 00:16:23.768
  • And planted, for me,is theoretical.
  • 00:16:23.768 --> 00:16:27.972
  • is theoretical.For a farmer, it's practical.
  • 00:16:27.972 --> 00:16:29.974
  • For a farmer, it's practical.I read it as a metaphor,
  • 00:16:29.974 --> 00:16:31.509
  • I read it as a metaphor,"planted."
  • 00:16:31.509 --> 00:16:32.910
  • "planted."But really this process,
  • 00:16:32.910 --> 00:16:34.112
  • But really this process,Solomon is describing
  • 00:16:34.112 --> 00:16:35.947
  • Solomon is describingin an agricultural society,
  • 00:16:35.947 --> 00:16:36.881
  • in an agricultural society,would hit home.
  • 00:16:36.881 --> 00:16:38.149
  • would hit home.Like it would be like saying,
  • 00:16:38.149 --> 00:16:40.251
  • Like it would be like saying,like an iPad.
  • 00:16:40.251 --> 00:16:41.285
  • like an iPad.Because there were so many more
  • 00:16:41.285 --> 00:16:41.953
  • Because there were so many more-- you have to understand
  • 00:16:41.953 --> 00:16:42.720
  • -- you have to understandthe Bible was written
  • 00:16:42.720 --> 00:16:45.390
  • the Bible was writtenin the context of its culture,
  • 00:16:45.390 --> 00:16:47.125
  • in the context of its culture,and so it would be like saying
  • 00:16:47.125 --> 00:16:47.892
  • and so it would be like saying-- It would be like this,
  • 00:16:47.892 --> 00:16:48.493
  • -- It would be like this,I was sitting next
  • 00:16:48.493 --> 00:16:49.460
  • I was sitting nextto a man on an airplane,
  • 00:16:49.460 --> 00:16:50.261
  • to a man on an airplane,and this actually happened,
  • 00:16:50.261 --> 00:16:51.362
  • and this actually happened,true story,
  • 00:16:51.362 --> 00:16:52.764
  • true story,and I just got my iPad --
  • 00:16:52.764 --> 00:16:54.432
  • and I just got my iPad --this was years ago --
  • 00:16:54.432 --> 00:16:56.267
  • this was years ago --and I was so proud
  • 00:16:56.267 --> 00:16:57.035
  • and I was so proudto be one of the first
  • 00:16:57.035 --> 00:16:58.936
  • to be one of the firstpeople with an iPad,
  • 00:16:58.936 --> 00:17:00.972
  • people with an iPad,and it had just come out.
  • 00:17:00.972 --> 00:17:02.974
  • and it had just come out.And we sent an intern
  • 00:17:02.974 --> 00:17:04.275
  • And we sent an internto the Apple store
  • 00:17:04.275 --> 00:17:04.809
  • to the Apple storeto get one of
  • 00:17:04.809 --> 00:17:06.677
  • to get one ofthe first iPads, okay,
  • 00:17:06.677 --> 00:17:07.912
  • the first iPads, okay,and I let them buy themselves
  • 00:17:07.912 --> 00:17:08.913
  • and I let them buy themselvessomething too, okay,
  • 00:17:08.913 --> 00:17:10.281
  • something too, okay,so I hooked them up.
  • 00:17:10.281 --> 00:17:10.848
  • so I hooked them up.But the thing is,
  • 00:17:10.848 --> 00:17:11.682
  • But the thing is,I wanted to have one of
  • 00:17:11.682 --> 00:17:13.117
  • I wanted to have one ofthe first iPads because
  • 00:17:13.117 --> 00:17:14.819
  • the first iPads becauseLevi Lesko was telling me,
  • 00:17:14.819 --> 00:17:16.587
  • Levi Lesko was telling me,"You gotta get an iPad, bro."
  • 00:17:16.587 --> 00:17:17.655
  • "You gotta get an iPad, bro."He's like totally --
  • 00:17:17.655 --> 00:17:18.489
  • He's like totally --you know my friend Levi,
  • 00:17:18.489 --> 00:17:19.357
  • you know my friend Levi,he's been here to preach.
  • 00:17:19.357 --> 00:17:20.925
  • he's been here to preach."You gotta try sriracha, bro.
  • 00:17:20.925 --> 00:17:22.360
  • "You gotta try sriracha, bro.You gotta get this new bracelet
  • 00:17:22.360 --> 00:17:23.361
  • You gotta get this new braceletfor your workout, bro.
  • 00:17:23.361 --> 00:17:24.228
  • for your workout, bro.You gotta get an iPad."
  • 00:17:24.228 --> 00:17:24.796
  • You gotta get an iPad."He's always telling me
  • 00:17:24.796 --> 00:17:25.329
  • He's always telling meto get something
  • 00:17:25.329 --> 00:17:25.963
  • to get somethingI don't already have,
  • 00:17:25.963 --> 00:17:26.564
  • I don't already have,always making me feel like
  • 00:17:26.564 --> 00:17:27.665
  • always making me feel likemy life is missing something.
  • 00:17:27.665 --> 00:17:28.566
  • my life is missing something.He's some kind of marketer
  • 00:17:28.566 --> 00:17:29.434
  • He's some kind of marketerfrom the pit of hell,
  • 00:17:29.434 --> 00:17:31.102
  • from the pit of hell,but I love him.
  • 00:17:31.102 --> 00:17:32.236
  • but I love him."You gotta get an iPad, bro,
  • 00:17:32.236 --> 00:17:33.037
  • "You gotta get an iPad, bro,it's beautiful.
  • 00:17:33.037 --> 00:17:34.072
  • it's beautiful.It's just, the technology is,
  • 00:17:34.072 --> 00:17:35.606
  • It's just, the technology is,beautiful."
  • 00:17:35.606 --> 00:17:37.008
  • beautiful."So I have had my iPad,
  • 00:17:37.008 --> 00:17:38.543
  • So I have had my iPad,and the guy next to me
  • 00:17:38.543 --> 00:17:39.844
  • and the guy next to mehad an iPad too,
  • 00:17:39.844 --> 00:17:40.645
  • had an iPad too,and so we felt like
  • 00:17:40.645 --> 00:17:43.948
  • and so we felt likea connection, and he goes,
  • 00:17:43.948 --> 00:17:45.450
  • a connection, and he goes,"How do you like your iPad?"
  • 00:17:45.450 --> 00:17:46.384
  • "How do you like your iPad?"I was like, I don't know,
  • 00:17:46.384 --> 00:17:48.219
  • I was like, I don't know,I just got it."
  • 00:17:48.219 --> 00:17:51.189
  • I just got it."He goes, "I've had mine a week."
  • 00:17:51.189 --> 00:17:51.656
  • He goes, "I've had mine a week."I was like,
  • 00:17:51.656 --> 00:17:54.192
  • I was like,"They just came out yesterday."
  • 00:17:54.192 --> 00:17:55.893
  • "They just came out yesterday."He said, "I got connections
  • 00:17:55.893 --> 00:17:57.462
  • He said, "I got connectionsat Apple."
  • 00:17:57.462 --> 00:17:59.997
  • at Apple."I was like, "Oh.
  • 00:17:59.997 --> 00:18:03.234
  • I was like, "Oh.I got an intern.
  • 00:18:03.234 --> 00:18:04.902
  • I got an intern.Sent them to the Apple store."
  • 00:18:04.902 --> 00:18:05.837
  • Sent them to the Apple store."He goes, "So what are
  • 00:18:05.837 --> 00:18:08.072
  • He goes, "So what areyou planning to use it for?
  • 00:18:08.072 --> 00:18:08.606
  • you planning to use it for?I was like, "Well,
  • 00:18:08.606 --> 00:18:09.774
  • I was like, "Well,I'm a preacher,
  • 00:18:09.774 --> 00:18:10.374
  • I'm a preacher,so I'm going to preach
  • 00:18:10.374 --> 00:18:13.044
  • so I'm going to preachmy sermons from it."
  • 00:18:13.044 --> 00:18:17.181
  • my sermons from it."He goes, "What else?"
  • 00:18:17.181 --> 00:18:17.748
  • He goes, "What else?"I was like,
  • 00:18:17.748 --> 00:18:18.616
  • I was like,"I don't know what else.
  • 00:18:18.616 --> 00:18:24.255
  • "I don't know what else.That's it, really, I guess."
  • 00:18:24.255 --> 00:18:25.523
  • That's it, really, I guess."And he got this look
  • 00:18:25.523 --> 00:18:31.295
  • And he got this lookon his face, like disgusted,
  • 00:18:31.295 --> 00:18:33.164
  • on his face, like disgusted,like disappointment in
  • 00:18:33.164 --> 00:18:34.565
  • like disappointment insomebody that a minute ago,
  • 00:18:34.565 --> 00:18:36.968
  • somebody that a minute ago,he felt an affinity for,
  • 00:18:36.968 --> 00:18:39.137
  • he felt an affinity for,but now he just felt nothing
  • 00:18:39.137 --> 00:18:41.873
  • but now he just felt nothingbut deep total sadness and loss
  • 00:18:41.873 --> 00:18:42.473
  • but deep total sadness and lossat what could have been
  • 00:18:42.473 --> 00:18:44.075
  • at what could have beena great relationship.
  • 00:18:44.075 --> 00:18:48.813
  • a great relationship.He goes, "You are using
  • 00:18:48.813 --> 00:18:50.748
  • He goes, "You are usingthat device so far beneath
  • 00:18:50.748 --> 00:18:53.251
  • that device so far beneathits potential."
  • 00:18:53.251 --> 00:18:53.784
  • its potential."And we didn't speak
  • 00:18:53.784 --> 00:18:56.053
  • And we didn't speakthe rest of the flight.
  • 00:18:56.053 --> 00:18:58.022
  • the rest of the flight.I didn't know what to say back.
  • 00:18:58.022 --> 00:18:59.223
  • I didn't know what to say back."I'm so sorry, man.
  • 00:18:59.223 --> 00:19:00.791
  • "I'm so sorry, man.I just don't --"
  • 00:19:00.791 --> 00:19:01.692
  • I just don't --"You know, every time
  • 00:19:01.692 --> 00:19:03.127
  • You know, every timeI open the iPad,
  • 00:19:03.127 --> 00:19:05.963
  • I open the iPad,I think about what it could do,
  • 00:19:05.963 --> 00:19:07.465
  • I think about what it could do,and I think about what's on it
  • 00:19:07.465 --> 00:19:08.399
  • and I think about what's on itand what it could connect
  • 00:19:08.399 --> 00:19:10.301
  • and what it could connectto through the Wi-Fi connection.
  • 00:19:10.301 --> 00:19:11.569
  • to through the Wi-Fi connection.I think about everything that
  • 00:19:11.569 --> 00:19:15.473
  • I think about everything thatit could do that it's not doing.
  • 00:19:15.473 --> 00:19:16.107
  • it could do that it's not doing.I think about
  • 00:19:16.107 --> 00:19:17.074
  • I think aboutthe potential of it.
  • 00:19:17.074 --> 00:19:18.543
  • the potential of it.I think about everything
  • 00:19:18.543 --> 00:19:19.977
  • I think about everythingthat's in some of the people
  • 00:19:19.977 --> 00:19:23.581
  • that's in some of the peoplethat I get to preach to,
  • 00:19:23.581 --> 00:19:24.849
  • that I get to preach to,everything that is in you
  • 00:19:24.849 --> 00:19:26.984
  • everything that is in youthat you haven't accessed,
  • 00:19:26.984 --> 00:19:28.853
  • that you haven't accessed,and everything that's in you
  • 00:19:28.853 --> 00:19:30.521
  • and everything that's in youthat got buried,
  • 00:19:30.521 --> 00:19:31.589
  • that got buried,that got covered up.
  • 00:19:31.589 --> 00:19:32.456
  • that got covered up.But with the thing
  • 00:19:32.456 --> 00:19:33.558
  • But with the thingabout dirt is,
  • 00:19:33.558 --> 00:19:36.194
  • about dirt is,it can also bring out potential.
  • 00:19:36.194 --> 00:19:37.261
  • it can also bring out potential.The thing about a seed
  • 00:19:37.261 --> 00:19:38.029
  • The thing about a seedwhen it goes into
  • 00:19:38.029 --> 00:19:39.530
  • when it goes intothe ground, remember,
  • 00:19:39.530 --> 00:19:40.598
  • the ground, remember,it doesn't go into
  • 00:19:40.598 --> 00:19:42.533
  • it doesn't go intothe ground to die.
  • 00:19:42.533 --> 00:19:43.267
  • the ground to die.It goes into the ground
  • 00:19:43.267 --> 00:19:44.835
  • It goes into the groundto multiply.
  • 00:19:44.835 --> 00:19:45.670
  • to multiply.Some of you all know what
  • 00:19:45.670 --> 00:19:47.138
  • Some of you all know whatI'm talking about because
  • 00:19:47.138 --> 00:19:49.240
  • I'm talking about becauseyou had a failure in your life,
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:50.841
  • you had a failure in your life,and people wrote you off,
  • 00:19:50.841 --> 00:19:52.410
  • and people wrote you off,and people walked away.
  • 00:19:52.410 --> 00:19:53.211
  • and people walked away.And it seemed like
  • 00:19:53.211 --> 00:19:54.278
  • And it seemed likeit was over,
  • 00:19:54.278 --> 00:19:56.013
  • it was over,but you gave it a little time,
  • 00:19:56.013 --> 00:19:57.615
  • but you gave it a little time,and you gave it a little water,
  • 00:19:57.615 --> 00:19:59.250
  • and you gave it a little water,and you gave it a little trust,
  • 00:19:59.250 --> 00:20:01.118
  • and you gave it a little trust,and you kept coming to church.
  • 00:20:01.118 --> 00:20:02.920
  • and you kept coming to church.And somehow, some way,
  • 00:20:02.920 --> 00:20:05.323
  • And somehow, some way,God turned pain into potential.
  • 00:20:05.323 --> 00:20:06.757
  • God turned pain into potential.Now if you ever fished
  • 00:20:06.757 --> 00:20:08.392
  • Now if you ever fishedall night and caught nothing,
  • 00:20:08.392 --> 00:20:09.727
  • all night and caught nothing,but you cast your nets
  • 00:20:09.727 --> 00:20:11.028
  • but you cast your netson the other side
  • 00:20:11.028 --> 00:20:12.997
  • on the other sideand hauled in a bucket full,
  • 00:20:12.997 --> 00:20:15.099
  • and hauled in a bucket full,I need you to sell right now,
  • 00:20:15.099 --> 00:20:22.273
  • I need you to sell right now,that there's so much more.
  • 00:20:22.273 --> 00:20:25.209
  • that there's so much more.It's the mystery.
  • 00:20:25.209 --> 00:20:27.044
  • It's the mystery.Elisha is plowing,
  • 00:20:27.044 --> 00:20:28.045
  • Elisha is plowing,and Elijah says something
  • 00:20:28.045 --> 00:20:30.281
  • and Elijah says somethingto him -- well actually,
  • 00:20:30.281 --> 00:20:31.449
  • to him -- well actually,he says it with an action,
  • 00:20:31.449 --> 00:20:32.283
  • he says it with an action,not with words,
  • 00:20:32.283 --> 00:20:37.555
  • not with words,he throws his cloak on Elisha,
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  • he throws his cloak on Elisha,which represents
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  • which representsthe potential for miracles.
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  • the potential for miracles.And when Elijah's cloak --
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  • And when Elijah's cloak --remember,
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  • remember,he's the great miracle worker
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  • he's the great miracle workerwho stood before Ahab,
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  • who stood before Ahab,who ran from Jezebel,
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  • who ran from Jezebel,and who found Elisha
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  • and who found Elishaplowing in a field,
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  • plowing in a field,and he throws his mantle,
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  • and he throws his mantle,the symbol of potential.
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  • the symbol of potential.I don't who this is for,
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  • I don't who this is for,but God's throwing something
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  • but God's throwing somethingyour way today.
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  • your way today.I wish I could throw
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  • I wish I could throwthis microphone
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  • this microphoneright at your forehead
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  • right at your foreheadso you would just get it
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  • so you would just get itbut it's expensive.
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  • but it's expensive.And he doesn't say
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  • And he doesn't saymuch about it.
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  • much about it.It's very mysterious,
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  • It's very mysterious,it's very mysterious.
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  • it's very mysterious.And when Elisha
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  • And when Elishareceives that mantle,
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  • receives that mantle,he doesn't immediately
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  • he doesn't immediatelyperform a miracle.
  • 00:21:34.345 --> 00:21:36.113
  • perform a miracle.In fact, let me tell you
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  • In fact, let me tell youhow mysterious potential is.
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  • how mysterious potential is.We don't hear Elisha's name
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  • We don't hear Elisha's nameagain until 2 Kings chapter 2,
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  • again until 2 Kings chapter 2,which many tell us was 13 years
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  • which many tell us was 13 yearsafter his potential
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  • after his potentialwas first suggested.
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  • was first suggested.But his potential was not
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  • But his potential was notrevealed until he would take
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  • revealed until he would takethat same cloak and strike
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  • that same cloak and strikethe water with it after
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  • You all gotta know
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  • You all gotta knowwhere to shout.
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  • Because that's where potential
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  • Because that's where potentialis proven, when it is planted,
  • 00:22:17.788 --> 00:22:20.191
  • is proven, when it is planted,planted.
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  • planted.It's on the device,
  • 00:22:22.026 --> 00:22:23.461
  • It's on the device,but it can only be retrieved
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  • but it can only be retrievedfrom the device through
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  • from the device througha process of connection.
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  • a process of connection.And this process of connection,
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  • And this process of connection,in seed speak,
  • 00:22:31.435 --> 00:22:33.404
  • in seed speak,revolves around planting,
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  • revolves around planting,which makes me think
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  • which makes me thinkfirst of all, of the sower,
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  • first of all, of the sower,because when
  • 00:22:37.241 --> 00:22:38.776
  • because whenthe sower plants a seed,
  • 00:22:38.776 --> 00:22:40.611
  • the sower plants a seed,remember, farmers don't have
  • 00:22:40.611 --> 00:22:42.747
  • remember, farmers don't havefuneral over seed
  • 00:22:42.747 --> 00:22:43.948
  • funeral over seedthat they scatter.
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  • that they scatter.Instead, they have expectation
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  • Instead, they have expectationto see it again
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  • to see it againin a greater form later.
  • 00:22:49.887 --> 00:22:51.188
  • in a greater form later.So you're never really saying
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  • So you're never really sayinggoodbye to anything that
  • 00:22:52.690 --> 00:22:54.458
  • goodbye to anything thatyou'll give to God.
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  • you'll give to God.You're really just
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  • You're really justopening your hands,
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  • opening your hands,which means that before
  • 00:22:58.796 --> 00:23:01.065
  • which means that beforeyou can receive anything,
  • 00:23:01.065 --> 00:23:04.402
  • you can receive anything,you have to release something.
  • 00:23:04.402 --> 00:23:04.935
  • you have to release something.For those of you
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  • For those of youwho like to take notes,
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  • who like to take notes,you can write down
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  • you can write downthe word "release,"
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  • the word "release,"because process is revealed
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  • because process is revealedin potential, and potential
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  • in potential, and potentialis revealed in process.
  • 00:23:14.979 --> 00:23:15.713
  • is revealed in process.And it comes a little bit
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  • And it comes a little bitalong and along,
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  • along and along,but the first step
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  • but the first stepis to release.
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  • is to release.The sower must release the seed
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  • The sower must release the seedto see what it could be.
  • 00:23:27.425 --> 00:23:28.426
  • to see what it could be.I'm just wondering,
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  • I'm just wondering,is there something
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  • is there somethingthat you need to release
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  • that you need to releasein your life today,
  • 00:23:34.331 --> 00:23:36.300
  • in your life today,and could it be possible
  • 00:23:36.300 --> 00:23:37.034
  • and could it be possiblethat you are looking
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  • that you are lookingat something,
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  • at something,praying about something,
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  • praying about something,and trying to manipulate
  • 00:23:42.072 --> 00:23:44.475
  • and trying to manipulatesomething that God wants you
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  • something that God wants youto release so that
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  • to release so thatit can mature and manifest?
  • 00:23:48.779 --> 00:23:49.980
  • it can mature and manifest?And this is for all of us
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  • And this is for all of uswho are control freaks,
  • 00:23:53.784 --> 00:23:56.053
  • who are control freaks,because until we release it,
  • 00:23:56.053 --> 00:23:58.389
  • because until we release it,It can't grow.
  • 00:23:58.389 --> 00:23:59.123
  • It can't grow.Look at your neighbor and say,
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  • Look at your neighbor and say,"Let it go."
  • 00:24:00.858 --> 00:24:03.494
  • "Let it go."Tell them, "Watch it grow.
  • 00:24:03.494 --> 00:24:06.564
  • Tell them, "Watch it grow.Let it go and watch it grow."
  • 00:24:06.564 --> 00:24:07.398
  • Let it go and watch it grow."But it can't grow
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  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:24:10.301 --> 00:24:10.901
  • - Hey, it really isa privilege
  • 00:24:10.901 --> 00:24:12.369
  • a privilegeto share God's Word with you.
  • 00:24:12.369 --> 00:24:13.771
  • to share God's Word with you.Thank you for joining me.
  • 00:24:13.771 --> 00:24:15.072
  • Thank you for joining me.But, each week we just have
  • 00:24:15.072 --> 00:24:16.674
  • But, each week we just havea little bit of time together,
  • 00:24:16.674 --> 00:24:17.341
  • a little bit of time together,and, I'd love to take
  • 00:24:17.341 --> 00:24:18.442
  • just a TV program.
  • 00:24:20.344 --> 00:24:22.379
  • just a TV program.So, if you wanna go deeper,
  • 00:24:22.379 --> 00:24:22.980
  • So, if you wanna go deeper,if you wanna connect
  • 00:24:22.980 --> 00:24:24.348
  • if you wanna connecton another level,
  • 00:24:24.348 --> 00:24:25.416
  • on another level,you can call or go online,
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  • you can call or go online,right now, and request
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  • right now, and requestexclusive resources
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  • exclusive resourcesfrom today's message.
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  • from today's message.We'll make them available to you
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  • We'll make them available to youwith your gift of any amount
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  • with your gift of any amountto the ministry.
  • 00:24:33.357 --> 00:24:34.525
  • to the ministry.But, I wanna tell you about
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  • But, I wanna tell you aboutsomething else, too.
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  • something else, too.Live, every single Sunday,
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  • Live, every single Sunday,we broadcast a message
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  • we broadcast a messagefrom Elevation Church;
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  • from Elevation Church;the church where I pastor.
  • 00:24:42.933 --> 00:24:44.201
  • the church where I pastor.And so, you can tune in,
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  • And so, you can tune in,worship with us,
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  • worship with us,hear a message,
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  • hear a message,experience the ministry,
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  • experience the ministry,live, as it happens.
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  • live, as it happens.And, what's even better,
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  • And, what's even better,you can connect with
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  • you can connect witha community of people
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  • a community of peoplefrom all over the world;
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  • from all over the world;we call it "E-Fam".
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  • we call it "E-Fam".'E', like Elevation,
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  • 'E', like Elevation,'E', like extended --
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  • 'E', like extended --it means a lotta
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  • it means a lottadifferent things.
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  • different things.But, it's just our way,
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  • But, it's just our way,to connect with you
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  • to connect with youbeyond this broadcast.
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  • beyond this broadcast.I would love for you
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  • I would love for youto join us, live,
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  • to join us, live,this weekend.
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  • this weekend.And, you can go online:
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  • And, you can go online:StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.Don't forget the "slash Live";
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  • Don't forget the "slash Live";it will take you directly
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  • it will take you directlyto the details and the times,
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  • to the details and the times,so do it now, visit the website.
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  • - Some of you have had the wind
  • 00:25:23.307 --> 00:25:25.075
  • - Some of you have had the windagainst you your whole life.
  • 00:25:25.075 --> 00:25:26.577
  • against you your whole life.You didn't have the right shoes,
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  • You didn't have the right shoes,your parents
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  • your parentsdidn't make a lot of money,
  • 00:25:28.579 --> 00:25:29.680
  • didn't make a lot of money,you had to learn to fit in,
  • 00:25:29.680 --> 00:25:30.180
  • you had to learn to fit in,you had to learn
  • 00:25:30.180 --> 00:25:30.981
  • you had to learnhow to be tough,
  • 00:25:30.981 --> 00:25:31.582
  • how to be tough,you had to learn
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  • you had to learnhow to be hard,
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  • how to be hard,and you learned
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  • and you learnedhow to survive a storm.
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  • how to survive a storm.But the problem with that is,
  • 00:25:35.853 --> 00:25:36.820
  • But the problem with that is,sometimes the wind
  • 00:25:36.820 --> 00:25:38.355
  • sometimes the windisn't even against you,
  • 00:25:38.355 --> 00:25:41.358
  • isn't even against you,but you still feel like it is.
  • 00:25:41.358 --> 00:25:42.493
  • but you still feel like it is.You don't know the way God
  • 00:25:42.493 --> 00:25:43.394
  • You don't know the way Godis going to work
  • 00:25:43.394 --> 00:25:45.062
  • is going to workin your situation.
  • 00:25:45.062 --> 00:25:46.864
  • in your situation.And it is always too soon
  • 00:25:46.864 --> 00:25:48.098
  • And it is always too soonfor you to quit
  • 00:25:48.098 --> 00:25:49.233
  • for you to quiton something that God
  • 00:25:49.233 --> 00:25:51.201
  • on something that Godput on the inside of you.
  • 00:25:51.201 --> 00:25:52.670
  • put on the inside of you.If He gave you a dream,
  • 00:25:52.670 --> 00:25:54.405
  • If He gave you a dream,it's too soon to walk away
  • 00:25:54.405 --> 00:25:55.539
  • it's too soon to walk awayfrom it just because
  • 00:25:55.539 --> 00:25:56.907
  • from it just becauseit doesn't manifest
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  • it doesn't manifestin three dimensions by the time
  • 00:25:58.676 --> 00:26:00.477
  • in three dimensions by the timeyou get done praying about it.
  • 00:26:00.477 --> 00:26:02.313
  • you get done praying about it.Seeds can be deceiving.
  • 00:26:02.313 --> 00:26:04.515
  • Seeds can be deceiving.Seeds can look awfully small.
  • 00:26:04.515 --> 00:26:06.550
  • Seeds can look awfully small.Seeds can look impotent,
  • 00:26:06.550 --> 00:26:07.284
  • Seeds can look impotent,and they may be dormant
  • 00:26:07.284 --> 00:26:07.918
  • and they may be dormantfor a while,
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  • for a while,and when you sow them,
  • 00:26:08.586 --> 00:26:10.554
  • and when you sow them,they go away for a little while.
  • 00:26:10.554 --> 00:26:12.556
  • they go away for a little while.But they didn't go to die,
  • 00:26:12.556 --> 00:26:14.925
  • But they didn't go to die,they went to multiply.
  • 00:26:14.925 --> 00:26:16.393
  • they went to multiply.Some of the things in your life
  • 00:26:16.393 --> 00:26:17.928
  • Some of the things in your lifethat you said goodbye to,
  • 00:26:17.928 --> 00:26:18.495
  • that you said goodbye to,you need to say,
  • 00:26:18.495 --> 00:26:19.296
  • you need to say,"See you later.
  • 00:26:19.296 --> 00:26:20.397
  • "See you later.I'm expecting you
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  • I'm expecting youto come back up again
  • 00:26:21.699 --> 00:26:22.666
  • to come back up again'cause I believe
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  • 'cause I believein resurrection."
  • 00:26:24.401 --> 00:26:26.136
  • - ANNOUNCER: If God's put gifts
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  • and dreams inside of us,
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  • isn't time to find out
  • 00:26:30.441 --> 00:26:31.775
  • what they are?
  • 00:26:31.775 --> 00:26:33.010
  • Your potential isn't gone,
  • 00:26:33.010 --> 00:26:34.044
  • it's just waiting
  • 00:26:34.044 --> 00:26:35.145
  • for you to access it.
  • 00:26:35.145 --> 00:26:36.680
  • Call or go online now
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  • for your copy
  • 00:26:37.581 --> 00:26:38.649
  • of "Unlocking Your
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  • - ♪ I just wanna ♪
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  • ♪ I'm found in Your love ♪
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  • ♪ I just wanna ♪
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  • ♪ Here in the waiting ♪
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  • ♪ I won't worry ♪
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  • ♪ No need to focus ♪
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  • ♪ On the things ♪
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