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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 they mocked Him
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  • and spit on the face
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  • of the radiance of God's glory,
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  • but He had a covenant to keep.
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  • It wasn't convenient
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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 when
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  • He shed His blood to forgive
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  • 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
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  • is not a contract.
  • 00:08:05.120 --> 00:08:06.150
  • Because a contract is based on
  • 00:08:06.150 --> 00:08:07.090
  • 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.
  • 00:08:13.070 --> 00:08:14.030
  • I don't know where this
  • 00:08:14.030 --> 00:08:14.240
  • is going, so let's build in all
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  • kinds of exceptions and clauses.
  • 00:08:15.200 --> 00:08:18.010
  • Contracts are built so I can
  • 00:08:18.010 --> 00:08:18.290
  • find loopholes, and so we go
  • 00:08:18.290 --> 00:08:20.250
  • into marriage like
  • 00:08:20.250 --> 00:08:21.140
  • it's a contract.
  • 00:08:21.140 --> 00:08:22.110
  • But marriage is not a contract.
  • 00:08:22.110 --> 00:08:24.070
  • It's a covenant.
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  • People used to get this
  • 00:08:26.000 --> 00:08:26.270
  • because, you know,
  • 00:08:26.270 --> 00:08:28.010
  • like the Biblical idea of
  • 00:08:28.010 --> 00:08:29.120
  • a covenant originates
  • 00:08:29.120 --> 00:08:30.020
  • in the fact that
  • 00:08:30.020 --> 00:08:30.250
  • God made a covenant with us.
  • 00:08:30.250 --> 00:08:33.150
  • When they would make a covenant
  • 00:08:33.150 --> 00:08:34.210
  • also in the Bible,
  • 00:08:34.210 --> 00:08:36.050
  • they would do things
  • 00:08:36.050 --> 00:08:37.040
  • symbolically like -- we have
  • 00:08:37.040 --> 00:08:38.170
  • easy covenants now,
  • 00:08:38.170 --> 00:08:39.290
  • like I give you a ring,
  • 00:08:39.290 --> 00:08:40.280
  • you give me a ring.
  • 00:08:40.280 --> 00:08:43.080
  • I can take it off easy enough,
  • 00:08:43.080 --> 00:08:45.190
  • sell it at the pawn shop.
  • 00:08:45.190 --> 00:08:47.220
  • But when they would make
  • 00:08:47.220 --> 00:08:48.240
  • a covenant in the Bible,
  • 00:08:48.240 --> 00:08:50.050
  • not necessarily
  • 00:08:50.050 --> 00:08:51.040
  • a wedding covenant,
  • 00:08:51.040 --> 00:08:51.240
  • but a covenant, they would cut,
  • 00:08:51.240 --> 00:08:53.000
  • for instance, a bull in half.
  • 00:08:53.020 --> 00:08:56.020
  • They'd walk between
  • 00:08:56.020 --> 00:08:56.290
  • the bull seven times,
  • 00:08:56.290 --> 00:08:58.200
  • representing completion,
  • 00:08:58.200 --> 00:08:59.280
  • perfection.
  • 00:08:59.280 --> 00:09:01.070
  • And they would say something
  • 00:09:01.070 --> 00:09:02.010
  • like, "If I ever forsake
  • 00:09:02.010 --> 00:09:03.240
  • this covenant, may what happen
  • 00:09:03.240 --> 00:09:05.130
  • to this bull happen to me."
  • 00:09:05.130 --> 00:09:08.060
  • They took it seriously.
  • 00:09:08.060 --> 00:09:09.290
  • It was a covenant.
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:11.160
  • We don't know covenant anymore.
  • 00:09:11.160 --> 00:09:14.080
  • What's a phone book?
  • 00:09:14.080 --> 00:09:16.080
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:17.190
  • We stand before you today,
  • 00:09:17.190 --> 00:09:19.130
  • brothers and sisters,
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:20.040
  • to acknowledge
  • 00:09:20.040 --> 00:09:20.220
  • this holy covenant.
  • 00:09:20.220 --> 00:09:21.100
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • 00:09:21.100 --> 00:09:22.030
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:22.030 --> 00:09:22.250
  • In fact, I cannot make this up.
  • 00:09:22.250 --> 00:09:24.110
  • When I was typing my notes,
  • 00:09:24.110 --> 00:09:25.060
  • I put this point on my notes,
  • 00:09:25.060 --> 00:09:26.190
  • "contract becomes covenant."
  • 00:09:26.190 --> 00:09:28.150
  • When I put "covenant"
  • 00:09:28.150 --> 00:09:29.110
  • in my word processing,
  • 00:09:29.110 --> 00:09:32.000
  • on my document, auto-correct
  • 00:09:32.000 --> 00:09:34.180
  • would not accept
  • 00:09:34.180 --> 00:09:35.290
  • the word "covenant."
  • 00:09:36.000 --> 00:09:39.000
  • You know what it changed it to?
  • 00:09:39.000 --> 00:09:40.280
  • "Convenient."
  • 00:09:43.190 --> 00:09:46.190
  • I said, "Thank you, Holy Ghost.
  • 00:09:47.130 --> 00:09:50.130
  • That's what I need to tell
  • 00:09:50.130 --> 00:09:51.150
  • these people when I preach from
  • 00:09:51.150 --> 00:09:53.210
  • 1 Corinthians 7 this week,
  • 00:09:53.210 --> 00:09:55.170
  • that sometimes keeping your
  • 00:09:55.170 --> 00:09:57.180
  • covenant is not convenient."
  • 00:10:00.090 --> 00:10:03.090
  • I'm going to preach
  • 00:10:03.090 --> 00:10:04.090
  • till I get the back
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:05.010
  • of the room involved.
  • 00:10:05.010 --> 00:10:06.030
  • I'm going to preach till
  • 00:10:06.030 --> 00:10:06.260
  • every campus is clapping.
  • 00:10:06.260 --> 00:10:09.180
  • Because if marriages
  • 00:10:09.180 --> 00:10:11.000
  • are going to make it,
  • 00:10:11.000 --> 00:10:11.290
  • it's going to take a covenant,
  • 00:10:11.290 --> 00:10:14.040
  • not a contract.
  • 00:10:14.040 --> 00:10:15.010
  • A contract is,
  • 00:10:15.010 --> 00:10:15.210
  • "Oh, you didn't sign that.
  • 00:10:16.000 --> 00:10:19.000
  • It says on page 44..."
  • 00:10:19.000 --> 00:10:21.020
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:21.290 --> 00:10:24.290
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:24.290 --> 00:10:26.290
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:27.080 --> 00:10:30.080
  • It's like I'm serious
  • 00:10:30.080 --> 00:10:32.060
  • about this.
  • 00:10:32.060 --> 00:10:33.040
  • I'm going to do this.
  • 00:10:33.040 --> 00:10:35.000
  • I'm not up here just
  • 00:10:35.000 --> 00:10:35.220
  • saying words in front of you.
  • 00:10:35.220 --> 00:10:37.030
  • I mean this stuff.
  • 00:10:37.030 --> 00:10:38.220
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:38.220 --> 00:10:40.100
  • "I take you
  • 00:10:40.100 --> 00:10:41.030
  • for better or worse."
  • 00:10:41.030 --> 00:10:41.240
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:41.240 --> 00:10:43.010
  • "For richer or poorer."
  • 00:10:43.010 --> 00:10:44.170
  • I wasn't saying when I said,
  • 00:10:44.170 --> 00:10:46.100
  • "In sickness and in health."
  • 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:47.190
  • I wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:47.210 --> 00:10:50.210
  • Wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:50.210 --> 00:10:53.110
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:53.110 --> 00:10:55.030
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:55.030 --> 00:10:55.280
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:10:55.280 --> 00:10:58.120
  • People hook up.
  • 00:10:58.150 --> 00:11:01.170
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:01.170 --> 00:11:03.080
  • People shack.
  • 00:11:03.080 --> 00:11:05.060
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:05.060 --> 00:11:06.110
  • They try it out.
  • 00:11:06.110 --> 00:11:09.100
  • But if this is going to make it,
  • 00:11:09.100 --> 00:11:10.150
  • it's going to take a covenant.
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:13.110
  • And sometimes that covenant
  • 00:11:13.110 --> 00:11:14.260
  • will be inconvenient.
  • 00:11:14.260 --> 00:11:17.010
  • I got news for you.
  • 00:11:17.010 --> 00:11:18.170
  • The reason you're here today
  • 00:11:18.170 --> 00:11:21.110
  • is because God made a covenant.
  • 00:11:29.180 --> 00:11:32.180
  • I got more news for you.
  • 00:11:32.180 --> 00:11:34.240
  • That covenant has been
  • 00:11:34.240 --> 00:11:35.220
  • pretty inconvenient for God
  • 00:11:35.220 --> 00:11:37.060
  • at many times.
  • 00:11:37.060 --> 00:11:39.120
  • Because you hadn't always been
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:41.150
  • as perfect as you are right now
  • 00:11:41.150 --> 00:11:42.190
  • in this moment in church.
  • 00:11:47.050 --> 00:11:50.050
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:11:51.110 --> 00:11:54.110
  • to come down from heaven,
  • 00:11:54.110 --> 00:11:56.160
  • be born as a baby in a barn
  • 00:11:56.160 --> 00:11:59.120
  • because there was no room
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:00.110
  • for Him in the inn,
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:01.160
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:01.210 --> 00:12:04.210
  • He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:06.040
  • So He came.
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:07.150
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:09.200
  • to heal the very people
  • 00:12:09.200 --> 00:12:10.250
  • who would try to run Him off
  • 00:12:10.250 --> 00:12:12.060
  • the edge of a cliff
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:14.110
  • because He dared to call himself
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:15.090
  • the son of God,
  • 00:12:15.090 --> 00:12:16.220
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:16.220 --> 00:12:18.100
  • It wasn't convenient for Him to
  • 00:12:18.100 --> 00:12:19.230
  • pray in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • 00:12:19.230 --> 00:12:21.120
  • until His drops of sweat
  • 00:12:21.120 --> 00:12:22.230
  • became like drops of blood,
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:24.050
  • but He had a covenant to keep,
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:25.190
  • so He prayed for you
  • 00:12:25.190 --> 00:12:26.210
  • and He prayed for me.
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:28.030
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:28.030 --> 00:12:28.270
  • when everybody slept on Him,
  • 00:12:28.270 --> 00:12:30.070
  • but He went to the cross
  • 00:12:30.070 --> 00:12:32.050
  • because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:32.050 --> 00:12:33.030
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:33.030 --> 00:12:34.180
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:35.120
  • they pulled the beard
  • 00:12:35.120 --> 00:12:36.160
  • from His face, but He stood
  • 00:12:36.160 --> 00:12:38.290
  • trial because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:40.140
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:41.200
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:42.210
  • when they mocked Him
  • 00:12:42.210 --> 00:12:44.040
  • and spit on the face
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:45.140
  • of the radiance of God's glory,
  • 00:12:45.140 --> 00:12:46.130
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:46.130 --> 00:12:48.150
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:48.150 --> 00:12:49.190
  • when they drove the nails
  • 00:12:49.190 --> 00:12:50.290
  • through His hands
  • 00:12:50.290 --> 00:12:52.070
  • and through His feet,
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:53.020
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:53.020 --> 00:12:55.250
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:12:57.080
  • He shed His blood to forgive
  • 00:12:57.080 --> 00:12:58.260
  • you of your sin,
  • 00:12:58.260 --> 00:13:00.040
  • but you're here today
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:02.130
  • because you have
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:03.110
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:04.010 --> 00:13:07.010
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:07.010 --> 00:13:09.050
  • promise-keeping,
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:11.100
  • oath-making God.
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:15.090
  • Covenant, covenant.
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:18.180
  • God said, "I swear to myself
  • 00:13:18.180 --> 00:13:21.180
  • I'll be with you to the end
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:23.130
  • of the age."
  • 00:13:23.130 --> 00:13:24.180
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:26.220
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:26.220 --> 00:13:29.090
  • Stand up, everybody.
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:30.080
  • I got one more thing
  • 00:13:30.080 --> 00:13:31.010
  • to share with you.
  • 00:13:31.010 --> 00:13:33.110
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:33.110 --> 00:13:35.140
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:35.140 --> 00:13:37.140
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:37.150 --> 00:13:40.150
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:41.030 --> 00:13:44.030
  • December of 2012,
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:47.150
  • the worst Christmas
  • 00:13:47.150 --> 00:13:49.260
  • of my family's life
  • 00:13:49.260 --> 00:13:50.290
  • because my dad was dying
  • 00:13:50.290 --> 00:13:53.230
  • of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • 00:13:54.120 --> 00:13:57.120
  • There's a lot more awareness
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:58.080
  • of what this disease is after
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.070
  • the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • 00:13:59.070 --> 00:14:01.290
  • But we saw it firsthand
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:03.030
  • because we watched
  • 00:14:03.030 --> 00:14:03.270
  • my dad die from this disease.
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.280
  • In December 2012,
  • 00:14:05.280 --> 00:14:07.090
  • my father had made the decision,
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:09.110
  • made several decisions that
  • 00:14:09.150 --> 00:14:12.150
  • separated him from our family.
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:15.010
  • I had moved.
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:15.240
  • He and my mom here,
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:16.200
  • when his symptoms first started
  • 00:14:16.200 --> 00:14:17.290
  • getting so bad that he lost
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:19.090
  • his functionality, he asked me
  • 00:14:19.090 --> 00:14:21.230
  • to move he and my mom here
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:23.110
  • so I could play a part
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:25.030
  • in caring for them.
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:26.200
  • We did that.
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:27.200
  • It did not work out.
  • 00:14:27.200 --> 00:14:28.230
  • My mom and dad had a very
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:29.260
  • complicated and strained
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:32.050
  • relationship.
  • 00:14:32.050 --> 00:14:33.200
  • They were good parents to me.
  • 00:14:33.200 --> 00:14:35.060
  • I think they did
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:35.280
  • the best they could.
  • 00:14:35.280 --> 00:14:37.020
  • But I think she approached him
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:37.280
  • a little bit too much
  • 00:14:37.280 --> 00:14:38.240
  • like a renovation project.
  • 00:14:38.240 --> 00:14:41.210
  • And she didn't know he was --
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:44.190
  • he had some stuff under
  • 00:14:44.190 --> 00:14:45.120
  • the tile.
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:47.150
  • He had a very rough,
  • 00:14:47.150 --> 00:14:48.160
  • rough upbringing,
  • 00:14:48.160 --> 00:14:50.210
  • and that's difficult.
  • 00:14:50.210 --> 00:14:51.150
  • That's very, very difficult,
  • 00:14:51.150 --> 00:14:52.240
  • and sometimes it just
  • 00:14:52.240 --> 00:14:53.180
  • doesn't work out.
  • 00:14:53.180 --> 00:14:54.200
  • But, you know, I can remember --
  • 00:14:54.220 --> 00:14:57.220
  • this is kind of crazy.
  • 00:14:57.220 --> 00:14:59.060
  • I remember when
  • 00:14:59.060 --> 00:15:00.060
  • I was like 10 or 11.
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:01.100
  • One time my mom and dad
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:02.180
  • sat me down, and my brother,
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:03.240
  • and they said, "We got bad news
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:04.250
  • for you guys."
  • 00:15:04.250 --> 00:15:06.040
  • And I remember my mom
  • 00:15:06.040 --> 00:15:06.240
  • was crying.
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:07.180
  • She said, "We've been married
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:08.190
  • for however many years,
  • 00:15:08.190 --> 00:15:10.050
  • and your dad and I have done
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:11.180
  • the best we can,
  • 00:15:11.180 --> 00:15:12.140
  • but now we're going" --
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:14.000
  • and I knew where she was going,
  • 00:15:14.000 --> 00:15:14.260
  • "We're going to split up."
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:15.290
  • And I remember as a 10
  • 00:15:15.290 --> 00:15:16.220
  • or 11-year-old, I said,
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:17.200
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:19.190
  • I've been doing this
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:20.090
  • a long time.
  • 00:15:20.090 --> 00:15:21.000
  • Long before I got a microphone
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:21.260
  • I've been telling people
  • 00:15:21.260 --> 00:15:22.150
  • what to do.
  • 00:15:22.150 --> 00:15:24.120
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:24.120 --> 00:15:27.090
  • Maybe God brought me here today
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:28.070
  • to say to somebody who's about
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.170
  • to give up on a relationship
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:30.250
  • that God started in your life:
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:33.210
  • No, you're not.
  • 00:15:33.210 --> 00:15:35.280
  • And I'm not claiming the credit
  • 00:15:35.280 --> 00:15:36.210
  • for their marriage
  • 00:15:36.210 --> 00:15:37.230
  • or anything like that,
  • 00:15:37.230 --> 00:15:39.070
  • but I would say
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:40.200
  • they toughed it out.
  • 00:15:40.200 --> 00:15:41.120
  • I wouldn't say they had
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:42.020
  • the most enjoyable marriage.
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:43.200
  • But there were moments,
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:44.150
  • you know, like every marriage.
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:45.170
  • It was very difficult.
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.200
  • Anyway, in December 2012,
  • 00:15:47.200 --> 00:15:50.040
  • my father,
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:51.170
  • who had threatened my mother,
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.170
  • I think it was a combination
  • 00:15:53.170 --> 00:15:55.130
  • of the pain and the medication
  • 00:15:55.130 --> 00:15:57.190
  • he was taking that caused him
  • 00:15:57.190 --> 00:15:58.150
  • to lose his mind.
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:15:59.080
  • He just was not himself.
  • 00:15:59.080 --> 00:16:01.100
  • But he had threatened my mom
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:02.030
  • to the point where I had
  • 00:16:02.030 --> 00:16:04.190
  • to go in and confront him,
  • 00:16:04.190 --> 00:16:06.000
  • and the two had to be separated,
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:07.110
  • but instead of staying
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:08.070
  • in Charlotte like we
  • 00:16:08.070 --> 00:16:09.070
  • asked him to, he went off.
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:12.120
  • I was paying financially for him
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:13.260
  • to be in an assisted
  • 00:16:13.260 --> 00:16:14.270
  • living facility about three
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:16.000
  • or four hours away from our
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  • family, which was sad to me
  • 00:16:16.240 --> 00:16:18.150
  • because my dad was not old
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:19.080
  • 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
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:24.030
  • to like 85-year-olds,
  • 00:16:24.030 --> 00:16:25.210
  • and my dad was 60.
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:26.280
  • And I would just feel so bad,
  • 00:16:26.280 --> 00:16:28.020
  • but I couldn't -- you know,
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:29.060
  • sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:31.010
  • Sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:31.010 --> 00:16:32.140
  • It came to a point over time --
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  • I won't tell you all
  • 00:16:34.040 --> 00:16:34.230
  • the details.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:35.160
  • Some are too personal,
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:37.050
  • and you got football games
  • 00:16:37.050 --> 00:16:39.080
  • to watch and stuff,
  • 00:16:40.150 --> 00:16:43.150
  • but it came to a point where
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:44.140
  • there was enough reconciliation
  • 00:16:44.140 --> 00:16:46.150
  • and my dad's health deteriorated
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:47.120
  • where he was no longer
  • 00:16:47.120 --> 00:16:48.070
  • a physical threat.
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:49.140
  • And my mom wrote me a letter
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:50.210
  • and I asked her could I share
  • 00:16:50.210 --> 00:16:51.220
  • a few sentences of it with you
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  • so that what the devil
  • 00:16:53.010 --> 00:16:54.170
  • meant for evil,
  • 00:16:54.170 --> 00:16:55.140
  • God could use it for good.
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:57.210
  • And I asked that you would
  • 00:16:57.210 --> 00:16:59.190
  • listen to the words
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:00.120
  • she wrote me in December 2012,
  • 00:17:00.120 --> 00:17:02.050
  • just six months before
  • 00:17:02.050 --> 00:17:02.280
  • my dad would die.
  • 00:17:02.280 --> 00:17:04.180
  • She didn't know it would be
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:05.130
  • six months, but here's what
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:06.070
  • she wrote to me.
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  • And I'll skip the introduction,
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:09.160
  • but she said,
  • 00:17:09.160 --> 00:17:11.190
  • "After actually spending
  • 00:17:11.190 --> 00:17:13.030
  • three nights at
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:13.280
  • the assisted living facility,"
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:15.080
  • because she had gone there
  • 00:17:15.080 --> 00:17:16.080
  • with him to be with him
  • 00:17:16.080 --> 00:17:18.140
  • and to see where
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:19.120
  • the relationship could
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:20.030
  • or could not go.
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:21.000
  • She said, "I realized that
  • 00:17:21.000 --> 00:17:21.260
  • in spite of everything
  • 00:17:21.260 --> 00:17:22.270
  • that has happened, I need to
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:23.210
  • take care of your dad as long
  • 00:17:23.210 --> 00:17:24.240
  • as I am able, whether it is
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:26.210
  • one month, one year, or more.
  • 00:17:27.140 --> 00:17:30.140
  • I was able to see that everyone
  • 00:17:30.140 --> 00:17:31.100
  • at the home has dementia.
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.040
  • Knowing what I know about what
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:33.270
  • lies ahead for him,
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:35.140
  • how can I leave him there
  • 00:17:35.140 --> 00:17:36.160
  • with no one to talk to in what
  • 00:17:36.160 --> 00:17:37.160
  • brief time he may have
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:39.020
  • the ability to speak?
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:41.090
  • He's alone after 7:00 p.m.
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:43.040
  • with no one but himself.
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:45.000
  • The fact that he brought it
  • 00:17:45.000 --> 00:17:46.040
  • on himself doesn't change
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:47.080
  • the fact that he's facing
  • 00:17:47.080 --> 00:17:48.210
  • a terrifying death process.
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:50.160
  • And unless God
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:51.140
  • decides differently, I believe
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:54.000
  • it's as big of a sin on my part
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:56.270
  • for me to leave him there
  • 00:17:56.270 --> 00:17:58.210
  • as it was for him to speak
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:01.160
  • the evil words he spoke
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:02.170
  • to the people trying to help him
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:04.130
  • the most.
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:05.190
  • In saying that, I don't in
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:06.230
  • any fashion or way minimalize
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:09.270
  • the pain he caused
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:10.210
  • and inflicted on many people,
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:11.290
  • especially you.
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:13.230
  • I hate it and I always will.
  • 00:18:13.230 --> 00:18:16.030
  • I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:16.030 --> 00:18:17.240
  • and over what papa would do."
  • 00:18:17.240 --> 00:18:19.120
  • She's speaking now about
  • 00:18:19.120 --> 00:18:20.150
  • her father who cared
  • 00:18:20.150 --> 00:18:22.010
  • for his wife through 14 years
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:24.230
  • of Alzheimer's,
  • 00:18:24.230 --> 00:18:26.100
  • because the decisions
  • 00:18:26.100 --> 00:18:28.050
  • you make about covenant today
  • 00:18:28.050 --> 00:18:29.000
  • will affect a future generation.
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:34.060
  • "I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:35.060
  • and over what papa would do.
  • 00:18:35.060 --> 00:18:36.220
  • He would certainly agree that
  • 00:18:36.220 --> 00:18:37.280
  • your dad's behavior
  • 00:18:37.280 --> 00:18:38.250
  • was repulsive, but seeing him
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:40.180
  • like he is now, I believe
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:41.180
  • he would take him in
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:43.040
  • and care for him as long as
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:44.020
  • he could physically do so.
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:46.190
  • I don't know what it is like to
  • 00:18:46.190 --> 00:18:48.130
  • lose use of my legs, my arms,
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:49.180
  • my hands and know that
  • 00:18:49.180 --> 00:18:51.190
  • even worse is yet to come.
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:52.170
  • I know what it is like to
  • 00:18:52.170 --> 00:18:53.130
  • lose a dad, good dad or bad dad.
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:55.280
  • It's a gut-wrenching loss.
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:57.270
  • I don't know what
  • 00:18:57.270 --> 00:18:58.170
  • it's like to lose a husband.
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:18:59.110
  • Surely it is gut-wrenching also.
  • 00:18:59.110 --> 00:19:01.120
  • I know what it is like
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:02.070
  • to be cruel and I know what
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:03.080
  • it is like to be kind.
  • 00:19:03.080 --> 00:19:05.130
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:05.130 --> 00:19:06.250
  • to keep.
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:09.120
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:10.260
  • to keep, the in-sickness vow,"
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:16.120
  • she says.
  • 00:19:16.120 --> 00:19:19.000
  • "And I need to let him come home
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:20.290
  • and care for him as best I can.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:23.220
  • I believe that love does
  • 00:19:23.220 --> 00:19:24.160
  • bear all things.
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.060
  • I'm not physically fearful
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:27.020
  • of your dad any longer,
  • 00:19:27.020 --> 00:19:28.060
  • so I think God is telling me
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:30.060
  • to let him out of solitary
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:31.050
  • confinement as he sits
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:33.010
  • on death row.
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:36.240
  • It will be harder than hard,
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:38.220
  • but to receive mercy,
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:41.010
  • I have to be merciful
  • 00:19:41.010 --> 00:19:41.270
  • in this season of my life.
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:44.000
  • And when the end comes for
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:45.040
  • your dad and when it comes
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:46.030
  • for me, I want to know that
  • 00:19:46.030 --> 00:19:48.140
  • I was the wife God called me
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:49.160
  • to be while on this earth.
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:52.210
  • I want to finish strong.
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:55.000
  • All my heart, mom."
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:57.140
  • Six months later,
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:58.290
  • as my dad breathed
  • 00:19:58.290 --> 00:19:59.210
  • his last breath,
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.010
  • we were all there
  • 00:20:01.010 --> 00:20:02.170
  • because a woman
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:03.160
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:06.210
  • We were there because a woman
  • 00:20:06.210 --> 00:20:09.090
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:09.090 --> 00:20:11.290
  • I have a vow to keep.
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.180
  • You're here today
  • 00:20:14.180 --> 00:20:16.220
  • because God kept His covenant.
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:21.100
  • Bow your head, close your eyes
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:22.070
  • all over the room.
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:23.070
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:23.280
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:25.140
  • Nobody moving.
  • 00:20:25.140 --> 00:20:26.080
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:26.080 --> 00:20:26.280
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:27.240
  • The glory of the Lord
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:28.160
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:29.100
  • The presence of the Lord
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:30.090
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:30.140 --> 00:20:33.140
  • Restoration is in this place.
  • 00:20:33.140 --> 00:20:35.010
  • Miracles, miracles.
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:37.240
  • Thank you, Jesus.
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:41.030
  • Heads bowed, eyes closed.
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:42.130
  • There are many here today
  • 00:20:42.130 --> 00:20:44.180
  • who need to begin a relationship
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:45.130
  • with God.
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:46.060
  • I've preached about marriage,
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:47.070
  • but maybe the point
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:48.050
  • that God brought you here
  • 00:20:48.050 --> 00:20:49.000
  • for today is to bring
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:50.080
  • you back into relationship
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:51.060
  • with himself.
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:53.090
  • If that's you, I want you
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:54.060
  • to know He's never stopped
  • 00:20:54.060 --> 00:20:55.010
  • loving you.
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:55.240
  • He's never stopped caring
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:56.200
  • for you and He never will.
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:59.140
  • All He wants from you
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:00.080
  • is simple faith and trust
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:01.150
  • to call on His name
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:03.030
  • and to surrender the life
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:03.280
  • that He gave you back to Him.
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:06.090
  • He will keep His covenant.
  • 00:21:06.090 --> 00:21:08.080
  • If that's you today
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:09.120
  • and you want to call
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:10.190
  • on Jesus Christ for
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:11.220
  • the forgiveness of your sins
  • 00:21:11.220 --> 00:21:12.250
  • and begin a relationship with
  • 00:21:12.250 --> 00:21:13.220
  • the God who keeps all of
  • 00:21:13.220 --> 00:21:14.150
  • His promises, who is faithful
  • 00:21:14.150 --> 00:21:15.140
  • when you are faithless,
  • 00:21:15.140 --> 00:21:17.190
  • I want you to pray this prayer.
  • 00:21:17.190 --> 00:21:18.200
  • We're going to pray it all
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:20.040
  • out loud at all of our
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:20.280
  • locations together now.
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:22.290
  • Repeat after me.
  • 00:21:22.290 --> 00:21:24.010
  • Heavenly Father,
  • 00:21:24.010 --> 00:21:25.190
  • I'm a sinner
  • 00:21:25.190 --> 00:21:27.040
  • in need of a Savior.
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:28.190
  • I believe that Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:28.190 --> 00:21:31.100
  • is the son of God
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:32.280
  • and the Savior of the world.
  • 00:21:32.280 --> 00:21:35.090
  • I believe He died on a cross
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:37.250
  • to forgive my sin
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:39.270
  • and rose from the dead
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:41.130
  • to give me life.
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:46.100
  • I ask you now to make me new.
  • 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:50.000
  • I repent of my sin.
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:52.080
  • I call on you, Jesus.
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:54.280
  • You are my Lord and Savior.
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:58.150
  • I'll follow you
  • 00:21:58.150 --> 00:21:59.290
  • all the days of my life.
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:01.150
  • Well, if you just prayed
  • 00:22:01.150 --> 00:22:02.080
  • that prayer for the first time
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:03.250
  • or maybe you reconnected
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:04.210
  • in your relationship
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:05.140
  • with God today,
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:06.230
  • I want you to know it matters.
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:09.030
  • And let me be the first
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:09.260
  • to say congratulations.
  • 00:22:09.260 --> 00:22:11.040
  • I'd love to know about what
  • 00:22:11.040 --> 00:22:13.120
  • God is doing in your life.
  • 00:22:13.120 --> 00:22:14.220
  • Would you visit the website
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:16.010
  • today, maybe send us an email?
  • 00:22:16.010 --> 00:22:18.040
  • You can also call the number.
  • 00:22:18.040 --> 00:22:20.030
  • There are people who would love
  • 00:22:20.030 --> 00:22:21.060
  • to pray with you,
  • 00:22:21.060 --> 00:22:22.090
  • pray for you, and believe God
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:24.010
  • for your future.
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:25.160
  • Your relationship with God
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:27.010
  • is a covenant.
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:28.010
  • He'll never break it.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:29.110
  • He's got you in his hand
  • 00:22:29.110 --> 00:22:30.220
  • and He'll never let you go.
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:33.080
  • No mistake, no setback
  • 00:22:33.080 --> 00:22:34.060
  • can separate you from
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:35.130
  • the love of God,
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:36.120
  • and I'm grateful for it.
  • 00:22:36.120 --> 00:22:37.280
  • Well, hey, if this message
  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:39.010
  • helped you today,
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:39.210
  • you've got to get this DVD set.
  • 00:22:39.210 --> 00:22:41.260
  • This thing is crazy.
  • 00:22:41.260 --> 00:22:44.070
  • We talk about everything
  • 00:22:44.070 --> 00:22:45.130
  • from embracing seasons
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:46.200
  • of singleness -- if you know
  • 00:22:46.200 --> 00:22:47.270
  • somebody who's struggling
  • 00:22:47.270 --> 00:22:48.200
  • with loneliness,
  • 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:49.130
  • pass it along to them.
  • 00:22:49.130 --> 00:22:50.280
  • I'm telling you,
  • 00:22:50.280 --> 00:22:51.200
  • it'll help them.
  • 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:53.010
  • If you're struggling
  • 00:22:53.010 --> 00:22:54.040
  • in your marriage,
  • 00:22:54.040 --> 00:22:55.010
  • if your marriage is strong,
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:55.240
  • if you want to know how
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:56.170
  • to help others,
  • 00:22:56.170 --> 00:22:57.110
  • I'm telling you, there is no
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:22:58.150
  • aspect of relationship
  • 00:22:58.150 --> 00:22:59.230
  • that we didn't cover
  • 00:22:59.230 --> 00:23:01.130
  • in this series
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:02.060
  • because God's word covers
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.070
  • it all.
  • 00:23:03.070 --> 00:23:04.050
  • And you can get it today
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  • for a gift of any amount
  • 00:23:05.010 --> 00:23:06.080
  • to the ministry.
  • 00:23:06.080 --> 00:23:07.210
  • You'll also be helping us
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  • reach people with messages
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:10.070
  • just like this.
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  • Stay tuned for more details
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:12.140
  • as well as a preview
  • 00:23:12.140 --> 00:23:13.230
  • of next week's message.
  • 00:23:13.230 --> 00:23:15.050
  • And I'll be back
  • 00:23:15.050 --> 00:23:15.240
  • - Married or unmarried,
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.100
  • love is complicated.
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.250
  • How do we build healthy
  • 00:23:21.250 --> 00:23:22.160
  • relationships with the people
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  • 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
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  • Thank You for
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  • the scars 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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  • 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'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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  • Through the fire
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  • and the flood
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  • You have never
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  • 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've done great things
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  • In weakness
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  • You are my victory
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