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How to Save Your Husband Part 2 (Hillsong Channel)

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  • - It wasn't convenient
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  • when the mobbed Him
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  • and spit on the face
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  • of the radiance
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  • of God's glory.
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  • But He had a covenant to keep.
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  • It wasn't covenant
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  • when they drove the nails
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  • through His hands
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  • and through His feet,
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  • but He had a covenant to keep.
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  • It wasn't convenient
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  • when He shed His blood
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  • to forgive you of your sin,
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  • but you're here today
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  • because you have
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  • a covenant-keeping,
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  • promise-keeping,
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  • - I've entitled this message
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  • "How to Save Your Husband,"
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  • and it is baffling
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  • to think about how we go
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  • from in a relationship,
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  • having the kind of passion
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  • that would cause two people
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  • to want to merge
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  • their identities, and often that
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  • same relationship,
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  • that same couple will end up
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  • only speaking through attorneys.
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  • How does that happen?
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  • I think there are four things --
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  • we'll do them as quickly
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  • as we can -- that happen
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  • that cause passion to go out.
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  • How does this happen:
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  • Two become one, one become two?
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  • How does something that promises
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  • to bring so much intimacy
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  • end in isolation?
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  • How does something that promises
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  • to bring so much pleasure
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  • end up producing so much pain?
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  • A few observations
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  • from the passage.
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  • One, celebration
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  • becomes frustration.
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  • But if you tolerate what God
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  • has called you to celebrate,
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  • it will eventually frustrate
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  • the relationship.
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  • Let me teach you something.
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  • I didn't make this up,
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  • but it's good.
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  • It's called the 80/20 rule.
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  • 80/20 rule goes like this:
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  • People have a proclivity
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  • to leave the 80 that they love
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  • to try to get the 20
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  • that they want.
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  • Before you leave 80 for 20
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  • in any relationship,
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  • you better make sure that
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  • that 20 is really worth it.
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  • Passion dies out when
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  • "we" becomes "me."
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  • If you're married,
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  • you are not a "me" anymore.
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  • And if you're not ready to
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  • go from "me" to "we"
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  • in every decision, not just,
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  • "Well, I want to get married,
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  • but I still, you know,
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  • I got my own life, too."
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  • No, you don't.
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  • And if that's what you want,
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  • you don't need a marriage.
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  • Passion dies when debtors
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  • become collectors.
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  • How dare you choke somebody else
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  • when God had mercy on you.
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  • How dare you ask God
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  • for patience
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  • and you demand payback.
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  • How dare you bow your knee
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  • to God and then stand over
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  • your brother, your sister,
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  • your husband, your wife,
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  • choking, saying,
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  • "Pay what you owe me."
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  • Sometimes you better get
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  • your hand off your hip
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  • and uncross your arms
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  • and throw your arms
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  • around somebody and say,
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  • "I forgive you
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  • like He forgave me.
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  • I give grace
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  • like I was given grace."
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  • And grace will change a life.
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  • In the Old Testament,
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  • when something unclean --
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  • Paul uses this analogy.
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  • He says the husband
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  • who doesn't believe
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  • is sanctified by the wife
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  • who does believe.
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  • It's not just about you.
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  • The wife who doesn't believe
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  • is sanctified by the husband
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  • who does believe.
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  • It doesn't mean that
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  • your relationship with God
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  • can be transferred
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  • to another person,
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  • but your relationship with God
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  • can transform another person
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  • when they see the example
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  • of the grace that you claim
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  • to have been given operating
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  • toward them.
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  • It'll change them.
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  • It'll change them.
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  • It'll change them.
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  • Nagging won't change them,
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  • fussing won't change them,
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  • demanding won't change them,
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  • but Christ will change them.
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  • Grace is power, grace will wash,
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  • grace will sanctify.
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  • But in the Old Testament --
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  • I'm almost out of time.
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  • You got time?
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  • You got time?
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  • You got time?
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  • Can I tell you?
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  • In the Old Testament,
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  • when the unclean was in
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  • contact with the clean,
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  • like they had all these laws
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  • that when something unclean,
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  • ceremonially unclean,
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  • many issues could cause someone
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  • to be ceremonially unclean.
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  • When the unclean contacted
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  • the clean, in the Old Testament,
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  • the unclean defiled the clean.
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  • But one day -- Jesus changed
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  • this, because one day Jesus
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  • was walking along,
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  • and a woman who had an issue
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  • of blood,
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  • which would have made
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  • her unclean, she came up
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  • on her knees behind Jesus
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  • because she knew she couldn't
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  • approach Him
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  • with equal standing.
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  • She touched the hem
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  • of His garment.
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  • The unclean touched the clean.
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  • But, see, in the Old Testament,
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  • if the priest was clean
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  • and got touched by the unclean,
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  • the unclean
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  • would defile the clean.
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  • What makes Jesus
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  • a great high priest is that
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  • when that unclean woman
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  • touched Him who was the essence
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  • of purity and perfection,
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  • the unclean didn't defile
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  • the clean.
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  • The clean purified the unclean.
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  • Now, if Christ is in you...
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  • Sometimes you got to allow God
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  • to use you to touch
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  • somebody else with
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  • the same grace that He reached
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  • down and rescued you with.
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  • I'm a debtor.
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  • I don't know about you.
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  • I'm a debtor.
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  • I'm not a collector.
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  • I'm a debtor.
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  • I'm not a collector.
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  • I remember that He paid a debt
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  • He didn't owe.
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  • And I owed a debt
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  • that I couldn't pay.
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  • And it's because of His blood
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  • and His righteousness
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  • that I'm counting on every day
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  • when I access --
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  • I access the throne of grace
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  • boldly because Jesus,
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  • my high priest, wasn't afraid
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  • to touch the unclean,
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  • but He touched me
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  • and He changed me
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  • and He made me whole.
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  • And I refuse to hold your sin
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  • against you when God didn't
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  • count my sin against me.
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  • This will change some marriages
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  • if we can become
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  • debtors together.
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  • We all need the same grace.
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  • We're breathing in
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  • the same oxygen that was enabled
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  • by God's grace.
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  • We're all living on
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  • the same stuff.
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  • Let no debt remain outstanding
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  • except the continuing debt
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  • to love one another,
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  • for whoever loves others
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  • has fulfilled the law.
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  • Love will take you way further
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  • than the law ever could.
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  • And it may be the law
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  • of the land that you can just
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  • get a divorce for no reason.
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  • In fact, that's what
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  • the Pharisees approached Jesus
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  • and asked Him in Matthew 19:
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  • "Is it rightful for a man
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  • to divorce his wife for any
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  • and every reason?"
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  • And Jesus started talking about,
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  • "Yeah, there are exceptions.
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  • When someone's unfaithful
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  • to you, it is grounds
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  • for divorce, but you know what,
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  • it's also grounds
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  • for forgiveness."
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  • I got to stop.
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  • I have a fourth point.
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  • It's just up to you.
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  • You might regret asking
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  • for this, but...
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  • Passion dies, one become two,
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  • and lives are torn apart
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  • because covenant
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  • becomes contract.
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  • Covenant becomes contract.
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  • Even when I say the word
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  • "covenant," I'm afraid that
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  • people today don't know what
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  • I mean, because words lose
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  • their meaning over time.
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  • Graham asked me
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  • a great question the other day.
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  • He's the six-year-old,
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  • and he asked me
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  • the best question.
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  • He said, "Daddy, other than you,
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  • who's the strongest pastor
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  • that there is?"
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  • Great question.
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  • A-plus question.
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  • I'll tell him about this friend,
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  • this pastor that I know who
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  • I think might be on steroids.
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  • But I told Graham how he used
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  • to be on the Power team.
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  • Some of y'all don't know about
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  • the Power team,
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  • and Graham didn't either.
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  • On the Power team they
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  • were like -- they do great feats
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  • of strength, like they would
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  • rip phone books in half.
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  • And I told him all about that.
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  • And you know what Graham said?
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  • He goes,
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  • "Daddy, what's a phone book?"
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  • See, I was trying to explain
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  • the Power team,
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  • and he needed me to explain
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  • the phone book.
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  • And so we used to be able
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  • to say things,
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  • "marriage is a covenant,"
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  • and people would have
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  • understood that a covenant
  • 00:08:04.240 --> 00:08:05.190
  • is not a contract.
  • 00:08:05.190 --> 00:08:06.220
  • Because a contract is based on
  • 00:08:06.220 --> 00:08:07.160
  • mutual distrust.
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  • I will if you will.
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  • I don't know you.
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  • I don't know how
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  • you're going to do me.
  • 00:08:13.140 --> 00:08:14.100
  • I don't know where this
  • 00:08:14.100 --> 00:08:15.010
  • is going, so let's build in all
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  • kinds of exceptions and clauses.
  • 00:08:15.270 --> 00:08:18.080
  • Contracts are built so I can
  • 00:08:18.080 --> 00:08:19.060
  • find loopholes, and so we go
  • 00:08:19.060 --> 00:08:21.020
  • into marriage like
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  • it's a contract.
  • 00:08:21.210 --> 00:08:22.180
  • But marriage is not a contract.
  • 00:08:22.180 --> 00:08:24.140
  • It's a covenant.
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  • People used to get this
  • 00:08:26.070 --> 00:08:27.040
  • because, you know,
  • 00:08:27.040 --> 00:08:28.080
  • like the Biblical idea of
  • 00:08:28.080 --> 00:08:29.190
  • a covenant originates
  • 00:08:29.190 --> 00:08:30.090
  • in the fact that
  • 00:08:30.090 --> 00:08:31.020
  • God made a covenant with us.
  • 00:08:31.020 --> 00:08:33.220
  • When they would make a covenant
  • 00:08:33.220 --> 00:08:34.280
  • also in the Bible,
  • 00:08:34.280 --> 00:08:36.120
  • they would do things
  • 00:08:36.120 --> 00:08:37.110
  • symbolically like -- we have
  • 00:08:37.110 --> 00:08:38.240
  • easy covenants now,
  • 00:08:38.240 --> 00:08:40.060
  • like I give you a ring,
  • 00:08:40.060 --> 00:08:41.050
  • you give me a ring.
  • 00:08:41.050 --> 00:08:43.150
  • I can take it off easy enough,
  • 00:08:43.150 --> 00:08:45.260
  • sell it at the pawn shop.
  • 00:08:45.260 --> 00:08:47.290
  • But when they would make
  • 00:08:47.290 --> 00:08:49.010
  • a covenant in the Bible,
  • 00:08:49.010 --> 00:08:50.120
  • not necessarily
  • 00:08:50.120 --> 00:08:51.110
  • a wedding covenant,
  • 00:08:51.110 --> 00:08:52.010
  • but a covenant, they would cut,
  • 00:08:52.010 --> 00:08:53.070
  • for instance, a bull in half.
  • 00:08:53.090 --> 00:08:56.090
  • They'd walk between
  • 00:08:56.090 --> 00:08:57.060
  • the bull seven times,
  • 00:08:57.060 --> 00:08:58.270
  • representing completion,
  • 00:08:58.270 --> 00:09:00.070
  • perfection.
  • 00:09:00.070 --> 00:09:01.140
  • And they would say something
  • 00:09:01.140 --> 00:09:02.080
  • like, "If I ever forsake
  • 00:09:02.080 --> 00:09:04.010
  • this covenant, may what happen
  • 00:09:04.010 --> 00:09:05.200
  • to this bull happen to me."
  • 00:09:05.200 --> 00:09:08.130
  • They took it seriously.
  • 00:09:08.130 --> 00:09:10.060
  • It was a covenant.
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:11.230
  • We don't know covenant anymore.
  • 00:09:11.230 --> 00:09:14.150
  • What's a phone book?
  • 00:09:14.150 --> 00:09:16.150
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:16.150 --> 00:09:17.260
  • We stand before you today,
  • 00:09:17.260 --> 00:09:19.200
  • brothers and sisters,
  • 00:09:19.200 --> 00:09:20.110
  • to acknowledge
  • 00:09:20.110 --> 00:09:20.290
  • this holy covenant.
  • 00:09:20.290 --> 00:09:21.170
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • 00:09:21.170 --> 00:09:22.100
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:22.100 --> 00:09:23.020
  • In fact, I cannot make this up.
  • 00:09:23.020 --> 00:09:24.180
  • When I was typing my notes,
  • 00:09:24.180 --> 00:09:25.130
  • I put this point on my notes,
  • 00:09:25.130 --> 00:09:26.260
  • "contract becomes covenant."
  • 00:09:26.260 --> 00:09:28.220
  • When I put "covenant"
  • 00:09:28.220 --> 00:09:29.180
  • in my word processing,
  • 00:09:29.180 --> 00:09:32.070
  • on my document, auto-correct
  • 00:09:32.070 --> 00:09:34.250
  • would not accept
  • 00:09:34.250 --> 00:09:36.060
  • the word "covenant."
  • 00:09:36.070 --> 00:09:39.070
  • You know what it changed it to?
  • 00:09:39.070 --> 00:09:41.050
  • "Convenient."
  • 00:09:43.260 --> 00:09:46.260
  • I said, "Thank you, Holy Ghost.
  • 00:09:47.200 --> 00:09:50.200
  • That's what I need to tell
  • 00:09:50.200 --> 00:09:51.220
  • these people when I preach from
  • 00:09:51.220 --> 00:09:53.280
  • 1 Corinthians 7 this week,
  • 00:09:53.280 --> 00:09:55.240
  • that sometimes keeping your
  • 00:09:55.240 --> 00:09:57.250
  • covenant is not convenient."
  • 00:10:00.160 --> 00:10:03.160
  • I'm going to preach
  • 00:10:03.160 --> 00:10:04.160
  • till I get the back
  • 00:10:04.160 --> 00:10:05.080
  • of the room involved.
  • 00:10:05.080 --> 00:10:06.100
  • I'm going to preach till
  • 00:10:06.100 --> 00:10:07.030
  • every campus is clapping.
  • 00:10:07.030 --> 00:10:09.250
  • Because if marriages
  • 00:10:09.250 --> 00:10:11.070
  • are going to make it,
  • 00:10:11.070 --> 00:10:12.060
  • it's going to take a covenant,
  • 00:10:12.060 --> 00:10:14.110
  • not a contract.
  • 00:10:14.110 --> 00:10:15.080
  • A contract is,
  • 00:10:15.080 --> 00:10:15.280
  • "Oh, you didn't sign that.
  • 00:10:16.070 --> 00:10:19.070
  • It says on page 44..."
  • 00:10:19.070 --> 00:10:21.090
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:22.060 --> 00:10:25.060
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:25.060 --> 00:10:27.060
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:27.150 --> 00:10:30.150
  • It's like I'm serious
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:32.130
  • about this.
  • 00:10:32.130 --> 00:10:33.110
  • I'm going to do this.
  • 00:10:33.110 --> 00:10:35.070
  • I'm not up here just
  • 00:10:35.070 --> 00:10:35.290
  • saying words in front of you.
  • 00:10:35.290 --> 00:10:37.100
  • I mean this stuff.
  • 00:10:37.100 --> 00:10:38.290
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:38.290 --> 00:10:40.170
  • "I take you
  • 00:10:40.170 --> 00:10:41.100
  • for better or worse."
  • 00:10:41.100 --> 00:10:42.010
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:43.080
  • "For richer or poorer."
  • 00:10:43.080 --> 00:10:44.240
  • I wasn't saying when I said,
  • 00:10:44.240 --> 00:10:46.170
  • "In sickness and in health."
  • 00:10:46.170 --> 00:10:47.260
  • I wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:47.280 --> 00:10:50.280
  • Wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:50.280 --> 00:10:53.180
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:53.180 --> 00:10:55.100
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:55.100 --> 00:10:56.050
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:10:56.050 --> 00:10:58.190
  • People hook up.
  • 00:10:58.220 --> 00:11:01.240
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:01.240 --> 00:11:03.150
  • People shack.
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:05.130
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:05.130 --> 00:11:06.180
  • They try it out.
  • 00:11:06.180 --> 00:11:09.170
  • But if this is going to make it,
  • 00:11:09.170 --> 00:11:10.220
  • it's going to take a covenant.
  • 00:11:10.220 --> 00:11:13.180
  • And sometimes that covenant
  • 00:11:13.180 --> 00:11:15.030
  • will be inconvenient.
  • 00:11:15.030 --> 00:11:17.080
  • I got news for you.
  • 00:11:17.080 --> 00:11:18.240
  • The reason you're here today
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:21.180
  • is because God made a covenant.
  • 00:11:29.250 --> 00:11:32.250
  • I got more news for you.
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:35.010
  • That covenant has been
  • 00:11:35.010 --> 00:11:35.290
  • pretty inconvenient for God
  • 00:11:35.290 --> 00:11:37.130
  • at many times.
  • 00:11:37.130 --> 00:11:39.190
  • Because you hadn't always been
  • 00:11:39.190 --> 00:11:41.220
  • as perfect as you are right now
  • 00:11:41.220 --> 00:11:42.260
  • in this moment in church.
  • 00:11:47.120 --> 00:11:50.120
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:54.180
  • to come down from heaven,
  • 00:11:54.180 --> 00:11:56.230
  • be born as a baby in a barn
  • 00:11:56.230 --> 00:11:59.190
  • because there was no room
  • 00:11:59.190 --> 00:12:00.180
  • for Him in the inn,
  • 00:12:00.180 --> 00:12:01.230
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:04.280
  • He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:06.110
  • So He came.
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:07.220
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:12:07.220 --> 00:12:09.270
  • to heal the very people
  • 00:12:09.270 --> 00:12:11.020
  • who would try to run Him off
  • 00:12:11.020 --> 00:12:12.130
  • the edge of a cliff
  • 00:12:12.130 --> 00:12:14.180
  • because He dared to call himself
  • 00:12:14.180 --> 00:12:15.160
  • the son of God,
  • 00:12:15.160 --> 00:12:16.290
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:18.170
  • It wasn't convenient for Him to
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:20.000
  • pray in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • 00:12:20.000 --> 00:12:21.190
  • until His drops of sweat
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:23.000
  • became like drops of blood,
  • 00:12:23.000 --> 00:12:24.120
  • but He had a covenant to keep,
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:25.260
  • so He prayed for you
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:26.280
  • and He prayed for me.
  • 00:12:26.280 --> 00:12:28.100
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:28.100 --> 00:12:29.040
  • when everybody slept on Him,
  • 00:12:29.040 --> 00:12:30.140
  • but He went to the cross
  • 00:12:30.140 --> 00:12:32.120
  • because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:32.120 --> 00:12:33.100
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:34.250
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:34.250 --> 00:12:35.190
  • they pulled the beard
  • 00:12:35.190 --> 00:12:36.230
  • from His face, but He stood
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:39.060
  • trial because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:40.210
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:41.270
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:41.270 --> 00:12:42.280
  • when they mocked Him
  • 00:12:42.280 --> 00:12:44.110
  • and spit on the face
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:45.210
  • of the radiance of God's glory,
  • 00:12:45.210 --> 00:12:46.200
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:46.200 --> 00:12:48.220
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:48.220 --> 00:12:49.260
  • when they drove the nails
  • 00:12:49.260 --> 00:12:51.060
  • through His hands
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:52.140
  • and through His feet,
  • 00:12:52.140 --> 00:12:53.090
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:53.090 --> 00:12:56.020
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:57.150
  • He shed His blood to forgive
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:59.030
  • you of your sin,
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:13:00.110
  • but you're here today
  • 00:13:00.110 --> 00:13:02.200
  • because you have
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:03.180
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:04.080 --> 00:13:07.080
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:09.120
  • promise-keeping,
  • 00:13:09.120 --> 00:13:11.170
  • oath-making God.
  • 00:13:12.160 --> 00:13:15.160
  • Covenant, covenant.
  • 00:13:15.250 --> 00:13:18.250
  • God said, "I swear to myself
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:21.250
  • I'll be with you to the end
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:23.200
  • of the age."
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:24.250
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:26.290
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:29.160
  • Stand up, everybody.
  • 00:13:29.160 --> 00:13:30.150
  • I got one more thing
  • 00:13:30.150 --> 00:13:31.080
  • to share with you.
  • 00:13:31.080 --> 00:13:33.180
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:33.180 --> 00:13:35.210
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:35.210 --> 00:13:37.210
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:40.220
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:41.100 --> 00:13:44.100
  • December of 2012,
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:47.220
  • the worst Christmas
  • 00:13:47.220 --> 00:13:50.030
  • of my family's life
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:51.060
  • because my dad was dying
  • 00:13:51.060 --> 00:13:54.000
  • of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • 00:13:54.190 --> 00:13:57.190
  • There's a lot more awareness
  • 00:13:57.190 --> 00:13:58.150
  • of what this disease is after
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:13:59.140
  • the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • 00:13:59.140 --> 00:14:02.060
  • But we saw it firsthand
  • 00:14:02.060 --> 00:14:03.100
  • because we watched
  • 00:14:03.100 --> 00:14:04.040
  • my dad die from this disease.
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:06.050
  • In December 2012,
  • 00:14:06.050 --> 00:14:07.160
  • my father had made the decision,
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:09.180
  • made several decisions that
  • 00:14:09.220 --> 00:14:12.220
  • separated him from our family.
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:15.080
  • I had moved.
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:16.010
  • He and my mom here,
  • 00:14:16.010 --> 00:14:16.270
  • when his symptoms first started
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:18.060
  • getting so bad that he lost
  • 00:14:18.060 --> 00:14:19.160
  • his functionality, he asked me
  • 00:14:19.160 --> 00:14:22.000
  • to move he and my mom here
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.180
  • so I could play a part
  • 00:14:23.180 --> 00:14:25.100
  • in caring for them.
  • 00:14:25.100 --> 00:14:26.270
  • We did that.
  • 00:14:26.270 --> 00:14:27.270
  • It did not work out.
  • 00:14:27.270 --> 00:14:29.000
  • My mom and dad had a very
  • 00:14:29.000 --> 00:14:30.030
  • complicated and strained
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:32.120
  • relationship.
  • 00:14:32.120 --> 00:14:33.270
  • They were good parents to me.
  • 00:14:33.270 --> 00:14:35.130
  • I think they did
  • 00:14:35.130 --> 00:14:36.050
  • the best they could.
  • 00:14:36.050 --> 00:14:37.090
  • But I think she approached him
  • 00:14:37.090 --> 00:14:38.050
  • a little bit too much
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:39.010
  • like a renovation project.
  • 00:14:39.010 --> 00:14:41.280
  • And she didn't know he was --
  • 00:14:41.280 --> 00:14:44.260
  • he had some stuff under
  • 00:14:44.260 --> 00:14:45.190
  • the tile.
  • 00:14:45.190 --> 00:14:47.220
  • He had a very rough,
  • 00:14:47.220 --> 00:14:48.230
  • rough upbringing,
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:50.280
  • and that's difficult.
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:51.220
  • That's very, very difficult,
  • 00:14:51.220 --> 00:14:53.010
  • and sometimes it just
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:53.250
  • doesn't work out.
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:54.270
  • But, you know, I can remember --
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:57.290
  • this is kind of crazy.
  • 00:14:57.290 --> 00:14:59.130
  • I remember when
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:00.130
  • I was like 10 or 11.
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:01.170
  • One time my mom and dad
  • 00:15:01.170 --> 00:15:02.250
  • sat me down, and my brother,
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:04.010
  • and they said, "We got bad news
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:05.020
  • for you guys."
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:06.110
  • And I remember my mom
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:07.010
  • was crying.
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:07.250
  • She said, "We've been married
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:08.260
  • for however many years,
  • 00:15:08.260 --> 00:15:10.120
  • and your dad and I have done
  • 00:15:10.120 --> 00:15:11.250
  • the best we can,
  • 00:15:11.250 --> 00:15:12.210
  • but now we're going" --
  • 00:15:12.210 --> 00:15:14.070
  • and I knew where she was going,
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:15.030
  • "We're going to split up."
  • 00:15:15.030 --> 00:15:16.060
  • And I remember as a 10
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:16.290
  • or 11-year-old, I said,
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:17.270
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:17.270 --> 00:15:19.260
  • I've been doing this
  • 00:15:19.260 --> 00:15:20.160
  • a long time.
  • 00:15:20.160 --> 00:15:21.070
  • Long before I got a microphone
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:22.030
  • I've been telling people
  • 00:15:22.030 --> 00:15:22.220
  • what to do.
  • 00:15:22.220 --> 00:15:24.190
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:24.190 --> 00:15:27.160
  • Maybe God brought me here today
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:28.140
  • to say to somebody who's about
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:29.240
  • to give up on a relationship
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:31.020
  • that God started in your life:
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:33.280
  • No, you're not.
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:36.050
  • And I'm not claiming the credit
  • 00:15:36.050 --> 00:15:36.280
  • for their marriage
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:38.000
  • or anything like that,
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:39.140
  • but I would say
  • 00:15:39.140 --> 00:15:40.270
  • they toughed it out.
  • 00:15:40.270 --> 00:15:41.190
  • I wouldn't say they had
  • 00:15:41.190 --> 00:15:42.090
  • the most enjoyable marriage.
  • 00:15:42.090 --> 00:15:43.270
  • But there were moments,
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:44.220
  • you know, like every marriage.
  • 00:15:44.220 --> 00:15:45.240
  • It was very difficult.
  • 00:15:45.240 --> 00:15:47.270
  • Anyway, in December 2012,
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:50.110
  • my father,
  • 00:15:50.110 --> 00:15:51.240
  • who had threatened my mother,
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:53.240
  • I think it was a combination
  • 00:15:53.240 --> 00:15:55.200
  • of the pain and the medication
  • 00:15:55.200 --> 00:15:57.260
  • he was taking that caused him
  • 00:15:57.260 --> 00:15:58.220
  • to lose his mind.
  • 00:15:58.220 --> 00:15:59.150
  • He just was not himself.
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:01.170
  • But he had threatened my mom
  • 00:16:01.170 --> 00:16:02.100
  • to the point where I had
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:04.260
  • to go in and confront him,
  • 00:16:04.260 --> 00:16:06.070
  • and the two had to be separated,
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:07.180
  • but instead of staying
  • 00:16:07.180 --> 00:16:08.140
  • in Charlotte like we
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:09.140
  • asked him to, he went off.
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:12.190
  • I was paying financially for him
  • 00:16:12.190 --> 00:16:14.030
  • to be in an assisted
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:15.040
  • living facility about three
  • 00:16:15.040 --> 00:16:16.070
  • or four hours away from our
  • 00:16:16.070 --> 00:16:17.010
  • family, which was sad to me
  • 00:16:17.010 --> 00:16:18.220
  • because my dad was not old
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  • enough to be in that facility.
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  • And I walked in one time
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  • and he was calling bingo
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  • to like 85-year-olds,
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  • and my dad was 60.
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  • And I would just feel so bad,
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:28.090
  • but I couldn't -- you know,
  • 00:16:28.090 --> 00:16:29.130
  • sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:29.130 --> 00:16:31.080
  • Sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:32.210
  • It came to a point over time --
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  • I won't tell you all
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:35.000
  • the details.
  • 00:16:35.000 --> 00:16:35.230
  • Some are too personal,
  • 00:16:35.230 --> 00:16:37.120
  • and you got football games
  • 00:16:37.120 --> 00:16:39.150
  • to watch and stuff,
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:43.220
  • but it came to a point where
  • 00:16:43.220 --> 00:16:44.210
  • there was enough reconciliation
  • 00:16:44.210 --> 00:16:46.220
  • and my dad's health deteriorated
  • 00:16:46.220 --> 00:16:47.190
  • where he was no longer
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:48.140
  • a physical threat.
  • 00:16:48.140 --> 00:16:49.210
  • And my mom wrote me a letter
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:50.280
  • and I asked her could I share
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:51.290
  • a few sentences of it with you
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  • so that what the devil
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:54.240
  • meant for evil,
  • 00:16:54.240 --> 00:16:55.210
  • God could use it for good.
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:57.280
  • And I asked that you would
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:16:59.260
  • listen to the words
  • 00:16:59.260 --> 00:17:00.190
  • she wrote me in December 2012,
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  • just six months before
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:03.050
  • my dad would die.
  • 00:17:03.050 --> 00:17:04.250
  • She didn't know it would be
  • 00:17:04.250 --> 00:17:05.200
  • six months, but here's what
  • 00:17:05.200 --> 00:17:06.140
  • she wrote to me.
  • 00:17:06.140 --> 00:17:08.290
  • And I'll skip the introduction,
  • 00:17:08.290 --> 00:17:09.230
  • but she said,
  • 00:17:09.230 --> 00:17:11.260
  • "After actually spending
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:13.100
  • three nights at
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:14.050
  • the assisted living facility,"
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:15.150
  • because she had gone there
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.150
  • with him to be with him
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:18.210
  • and to see where
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:19.190
  • the relationship could
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:20.100
  • or could not go.
  • 00:17:20.100 --> 00:17:21.070
  • She said, "I realized that
  • 00:17:21.070 --> 00:17:22.030
  • in spite of everything
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:23.040
  • that has happened, I need to
  • 00:17:23.040 --> 00:17:23.280
  • take care of your dad as long
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:25.010
  • as I am able, whether it is
  • 00:17:25.010 --> 00:17:26.280
  • one month, one year, or more.
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:30.210
  • I was able to see that everyone
  • 00:17:30.210 --> 00:17:31.170
  • at the home has dementia.
  • 00:17:31.170 --> 00:17:33.110
  • Knowing what I know about what
  • 00:17:33.110 --> 00:17:34.040
  • lies ahead for him,
  • 00:17:34.040 --> 00:17:35.210
  • how can I leave him there
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:36.230
  • with no one to talk to in what
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  • brief time he may have
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.090
  • the ability to speak?
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:41.160
  • He's alone after 7:00 p.m.
  • 00:17:41.160 --> 00:17:43.110
  • with no one but himself.
  • 00:17:43.110 --> 00:17:45.070
  • The fact that he brought it
  • 00:17:45.070 --> 00:17:46.110
  • on himself doesn't change
  • 00:17:46.110 --> 00:17:47.150
  • the fact that he's facing
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:48.280
  • a terrifying death process.
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.230
  • And unless God
  • 00:17:50.230 --> 00:17:51.210
  • decides differently, I believe
  • 00:17:51.210 --> 00:17:54.070
  • it's as big of a sin on my part
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:57.040
  • for me to leave him there
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.280
  • as it was for him to speak
  • 00:17:58.280 --> 00:18:01.230
  • the evil words he spoke
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:02.240
  • to the people trying to help him
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:04.200
  • the most.
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:05.260
  • In saying that, I don't in
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:07.000
  • any fashion or way minimalize
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:10.040
  • the pain he caused
  • 00:18:10.040 --> 00:18:10.280
  • and inflicted on many people,
  • 00:18:10.280 --> 00:18:12.060
  • especially you.
  • 00:18:12.060 --> 00:18:14.000
  • I hate it and I always will.
  • 00:18:14.000 --> 00:18:16.100
  • I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:16.100 --> 00:18:18.010
  • and over what papa would do."
  • 00:18:18.010 --> 00:18:19.190
  • She's speaking now about
  • 00:18:19.190 --> 00:18:20.220
  • her father who cared
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.080
  • for his wife through 14 years
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:25.000
  • of Alzheimer's,
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.170
  • because the decisions
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:28.120
  • you make about covenant today
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:29.070
  • will affect a future generation.
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:34.130
  • "I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:35.130
  • and over what papa would do.
  • 00:18:35.130 --> 00:18:36.290
  • He would certainly agree that
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:38.050
  • your dad's behavior
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:39.020
  • was repulsive, but seeing him
  • 00:18:39.020 --> 00:18:40.250
  • like he is now, I believe
  • 00:18:40.250 --> 00:18:41.250
  • he would take him in
  • 00:18:41.250 --> 00:18:43.110
  • and care for him as long as
  • 00:18:43.110 --> 00:18:44.090
  • he could physically do so.
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:46.260
  • I don't know what it is like to
  • 00:18:46.260 --> 00:18:48.200
  • lose use of my legs, my arms,
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:49.250
  • my hands and know that
  • 00:18:49.250 --> 00:18:51.260
  • even worse is yet to come.
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:52.240
  • I know what it is like to
  • 00:18:52.240 --> 00:18:53.200
  • lose a dad, good dad or bad dad.
  • 00:18:53.200 --> 00:18:56.050
  • It's a gut-wrenching loss.
  • 00:18:56.050 --> 00:18:58.040
  • I don't know what
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:18:58.240
  • it's like to lose a husband.
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:18:59.180
  • Surely it is gut-wrenching also.
  • 00:18:59.180 --> 00:19:01.190
  • I know what it is like
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:02.140
  • to be cruel and I know what
  • 00:19:02.140 --> 00:19:03.150
  • it is like to be kind.
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:05.200
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:05.200 --> 00:19:07.020
  • to keep.
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:09.190
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:11.030
  • to keep, the in-sickness vow,"
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:16.190
  • she says.
  • 00:19:16.190 --> 00:19:19.070
  • "And I need to let him come home
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:21.060
  • and care for him as best I can.
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.290
  • I believe that love does
  • 00:19:23.290 --> 00:19:24.230
  • bear all things.
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:26.130
  • I'm not physically fearful
  • 00:19:26.130 --> 00:19:27.090
  • of your dad any longer,
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:28.130
  • so I think God is telling me
  • 00:19:28.130 --> 00:19:30.130
  • to let him out of solitary
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:31.120
  • confinement as he sits
  • 00:19:31.120 --> 00:19:33.080
  • on death row.
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:37.010
  • It will be harder than hard,
  • 00:19:37.010 --> 00:19:38.290
  • but to receive mercy,
  • 00:19:38.290 --> 00:19:41.080
  • I have to be merciful
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:42.040
  • in this season of my life.
  • 00:19:42.040 --> 00:19:44.070
  • And when the end comes for
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:45.110
  • your dad and when it comes
  • 00:19:45.110 --> 00:19:46.100
  • for me, I want to know that
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:48.210
  • I was the wife God called me
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:49.230
  • to be while on this earth.
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:52.280
  • I want to finish strong.
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:55.070
  • All my heart, mom."
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:57.210
  • Six months later,
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:19:59.060
  • as my dad breathed
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:19:59.280
  • his last breath,
  • 00:19:59.280 --> 00:20:01.080
  • we were all there
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:02.240
  • because a woman
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:03.230
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:03.280 --> 00:20:06.280
  • We were there because a woman
  • 00:20:06.280 --> 00:20:09.160
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:12.060
  • I have a vow to keep.
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:14.250
  • You're here today
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:16.290
  • because God kept His covenant.
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:21.170
  • Bow your head, close your eyes
  • 00:20:21.170 --> 00:20:22.140
  • all over the room.
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:23.140
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:24.050
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.210
  • Nobody moving.
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:26.150
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:26.150 --> 00:20:27.050
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:28.010
  • The glory of the Lord
  • 00:20:28.010 --> 00:20:28.230
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:29.170
  • The presence of the Lord
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:30.160
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:33.210
  • Restoration is in this place.
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:35.080
  • Miracles, miracles.
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:38.010
  • Thank you, Jesus.
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:41.100
  • Heads bowed, eyes closed.
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:42.200
  • There are many here today
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:44.250
  • who need to begin a relationship
  • 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:45.200
  • with God.
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:46.130
  • I've preached about marriage,
  • 00:20:46.130 --> 00:20:47.140
  • but maybe the point
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:48.120
  • that God brought you here
  • 00:20:48.120 --> 00:20:49.070
  • for today is to bring
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:50.150
  • you back into relationship
  • 00:20:50.150 --> 00:20:51.130
  • with himself.
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:53.160
  • If that's you, I want you
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:54.130
  • to know He's never stopped
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:55.080
  • loving you.
  • 00:20:55.080 --> 00:20:56.010
  • He's never stopped caring
  • 00:20:56.010 --> 00:20:56.270
  • for you and He never will.
  • 00:20:56.270 --> 00:20:59.210
  • All He wants from you
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:00.150
  • is simple faith and trust
  • 00:21:00.150 --> 00:21:01.220
  • to call on His name
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.100
  • and to surrender the life
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:04.050
  • that He gave you back to Him.
  • 00:21:04.050 --> 00:21:06.160
  • He will keep His covenant.
  • 00:21:06.160 --> 00:21:08.150
  • If that's you today
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:09.190
  • and you want to call
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:10.260
  • on Jesus Christ for
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:11.290
  • the forgiveness of your sins
  • 00:21:11.290 --> 00:21:13.020
  • and begin a relationship with
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:13.290
  • the God who keeps all of
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:14.220
  • His promises, who is faithful
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:15.210
  • when you are faithless,
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:17.260
  • I want you to pray this prayer.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:18.270
  • We're going to pray it all
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:20.110
  • out loud at all of our
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:21.050
  • locations together now.
  • 00:21:21.050 --> 00:21:23.060
  • Repeat after me.
  • 00:21:23.060 --> 00:21:24.080
  • Heavenly Father,
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:25.260
  • I'm a sinner
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:27.110
  • in need of a Savior.
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:28.260
  • I believe that Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:31.170
  • is the son of God
  • 00:21:31.170 --> 00:21:33.050
  • and the Savior of the world.
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:35.160
  • I believe He died on a cross
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:38.020
  • to forgive my sin
  • 00:21:38.020 --> 00:21:40.040
  • and rose from the dead
  • 00:21:40.040 --> 00:21:41.200
  • to give me life.
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:46.170
  • I ask you now to make me new.
  • 00:21:47.070 --> 00:21:50.070
  • I repent of my sin.
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:52.150
  • I call on you, Jesus.
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:55.050
  • You are my Lord and Savior.
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:58.220
  • I'll follow you
  • 00:21:58.220 --> 00:22:00.080
  • Well, if you just prayed
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:02.240
  • that prayer for the first time
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:04.050
  • or maybe you reconnected
  • 00:22:04.050 --> 00:22:05.010
  • in your relationship
  • 00:22:05.010 --> 00:22:05.240
  • with God today,
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:07.030
  • I want you to know it matters.
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:09.130
  • And let me be the first
  • 00:22:09.130 --> 00:22:10.060
  • to say congratulations.
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:11.140
  • I'd love to know about what
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:13.220
  • God is doing in your life.
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:15.020
  • Would you visit the website
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:16.110
  • today, maybe send us an email?
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:18.140
  • You can also call the number.
  • 00:22:18.140 --> 00:22:20.130
  • There are people who would love
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:21.160
  • to pray with you,
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:22.190
  • pray for you, and believe God
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:24.110
  • for your future.
  • 00:22:24.110 --> 00:22:25.260
  • Your relationship with God
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:27.110
  • is a covenant.
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:28.110
  • He'll never break it.
  • 00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:29.210
  • He's got you in his hand
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:31.020
  • and He'll never let you go.
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:33.180
  • No mistake, no setback
  • 00:22:33.180 --> 00:22:34.160
  • can separate you from
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:35.230
  • the love of God,
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:36.220
  • and I'm grateful for it.
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:38.080
  • Well, hey, if this message
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.110
  • helped you today,
  • 00:22:39.110 --> 00:22:40.010
  • you've got to get this DVD set.
  • 00:22:40.010 --> 00:22:42.060
  • This thing is crazy.
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:44.170
  • We talk about everything
  • 00:22:44.170 --> 00:22:45.230
  • from embracing seasons
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:47.000
  • of singleness -- if you know
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:48.070
  • somebody who's struggling
  • 00:22:48.070 --> 00:22:49.000
  • with loneliness,
  • 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:49.230
  • pass it along to them.
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:51.080
  • I'm telling you,
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:52.000
  • it'll help them.
  • 00:22:52.000 --> 00:22:53.110
  • If you're struggling
  • 00:22:53.110 --> 00:22:54.140
  • in your marriage,
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:55.110
  • if your marriage is strong,
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:56.040
  • if you want to know how
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:22:56.270
  • to help others,
  • 00:22:56.270 --> 00:22:57.210
  • I'm telling you, there is no
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:58.250
  • aspect of relationship
  • 00:22:58.250 --> 00:23:00.050
  • that we didn't cover
  • 00:23:00.050 --> 00:23:01.230
  • in this series
  • 00:23:01.230 --> 00:23:02.160
  • because God's word covers
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:03.170
  • it all.
  • 00:23:03.170 --> 00:23:04.150
  • And you can get it today
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:05.110
  • for a gift of any amount
  • 00:23:05.110 --> 00:23:06.180
  • to the ministry.
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:08.010
  • You'll also be helping us
  • 00:23:08.010 --> 00:23:09.010
  • reach people with messages
  • 00:23:09.010 --> 00:23:10.170
  • just like this.
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  • Stay tuned for more details
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:13.150
  • I'll see you next time.
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:15.010
  • Make a plan to be here
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:16.020
  • and tell somebody about
  • 00:23:16.020 --> 00:23:17.140
  • - Married or unmarried,
  • 00:23:19.160 --> 00:23:20.180
  • love is complicated.
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:22.030
  • How do we build healthy
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:22.240
  • relationships with the people
  • 00:23:22.240 --> 00:23:24.060
  • we love while keeping God
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  • as our first priority?
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  • We'd like to share with you
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  • a new two-disc resource
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  • from our current series
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  • "Meant to Be."
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  • Included in this five-part
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  • teaching series,
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  • Pastor Steven Furtick
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  • has opened conversations
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  • to help us uncover the Bible's
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  • best-kept secrets about sex,
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  • marriage, and being single.
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  • - Most of the emphasis,
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  • when you talk about dating
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  • and marriage and singleness,
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  • in culture seems to be on
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  • finding the right one.
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  • Most of the emphasis
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  • when you come to the scripture
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  • tends to be on being
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  • the right one.
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  • - For a contribution
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  • of any size, we'll send you
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  • the five-part "Meant to Be"
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  • teaching series which includes
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  • a teaching led by Pastor Steven
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  • and his wife Holly
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  • where they share
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  • personal examples
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  • and scriptural insight
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  • on how we can invite God to work
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  • in our everyday
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  • relationship challenges.
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  • In this series, Pastor Steven
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  • explains how we can learn
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  • what's truly meant to be
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  • when we put Jesus
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  • at the center of our lives.
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  • - I've been told all my life
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  • to put Jesus first,
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  • but that doesn't work
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  • because that separates Him
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  • out from everything else.
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  • Live as if Jesus was not first
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  • on your list, but that He was
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  • the center of your world.
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  • - To order this two-disc
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  • "Meant to Be"
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  • teaching series today,
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  • visit us online
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  • at StevenFurtick.com
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  • or call us at the number
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  • on your screen
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  • and learn about the blessing
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  • God ultimately wants to give us
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  • through our relationships.
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  • Thank you for tuning in to
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  • Thank You for the scars
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  • I bear
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  • They declare
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  • that You are my healer
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  • How could I have seen
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  • your strength
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  • If You never showed me
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  • my weakness
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  • And it's worth it all
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  • just to know You more
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  • Oh, you've done
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  • great things
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  • Jesus
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  • Your love never fails me
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  • My soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • You've done great things
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  • In weakness
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  • You are my victory
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  • My soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • 00:25:56.110 --> 00:25:59.110
  • Through the fire
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  • and the flood
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  • You have never let me go
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  • And my soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • I am weak
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  • You are strong
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  • You will always be my hope
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  • And my soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • Through the fire
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  • and the flood
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  • You have never let me go
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  • And my soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • I am weak
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  • You are strong
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  • You will always be my hope
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  • And my soul will sing
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  • You've done great things
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  • Jesus, your love
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  • never fails me
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  • my soul will sing
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  • You have done great things
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  • 00:27:11.140 --> 00:27:13.000
  • Oh sing it out
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  • You've done great things
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  • In weakness
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  • You are my victory
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  • My soul will sing
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