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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.
  • 00:08:05.140 --> 00:08:06.170
  • Because a contract is based on
  • 00:08:06.170 --> 00:08:07.110
  • 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.
  • 00:08:13.090 --> 00:08:14.050
  • I don't know where this
  • 00:08:14.050 --> 00:08:14.260
  • is going, so let's build in all
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  • kinds of exceptions and clauses.
  • 00:08:15.220 --> 00:08:18.030
  • Contracts are built so I can
  • 00:08:18.030 --> 00:08:19.010
  • find loopholes, and so we go
  • 00:08:19.010 --> 00:08:20.270
  • into marriage like
  • 00:08:20.270 --> 00:08:21.160
  • it's a contract.
  • 00:08:21.160 --> 00:08:22.130
  • But marriage is not a contract.
  • 00:08:22.130 --> 00:08:24.090
  • It's a covenant.
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  • People used to get this
  • 00:08:26.020 --> 00:08:26.290
  • because, you know,
  • 00:08:26.290 --> 00:08:28.030
  • like the Biblical idea of
  • 00:08:28.030 --> 00:08:29.140
  • a covenant originates
  • 00:08:29.140 --> 00:08:30.040
  • in the fact that
  • 00:08:30.040 --> 00:08:30.270
  • God made a covenant with us.
  • 00:08:30.270 --> 00:08:33.170
  • When they would make a covenant
  • 00:08:33.170 --> 00:08:34.230
  • also in the Bible,
  • 00:08:34.230 --> 00:08:36.070
  • they would do things
  • 00:08:36.070 --> 00:08:37.060
  • symbolically like -- we have
  • 00:08:37.060 --> 00:08:38.190
  • easy covenants now,
  • 00:08:38.190 --> 00:08:40.010
  • like I give you a ring,
  • 00:08:40.010 --> 00:08:41.000
  • you give me a ring.
  • 00:08:41.000 --> 00:08:43.100
  • I can take it off easy enough,
  • 00:08:43.100 --> 00:08:45.210
  • sell it at the pawn shop.
  • 00:08:45.210 --> 00:08:47.240
  • But when they would make
  • 00:08:47.240 --> 00:08:48.260
  • a covenant in the Bible,
  • 00:08:48.260 --> 00:08:50.070
  • not necessarily
  • 00:08:50.070 --> 00:08:51.060
  • a wedding covenant,
  • 00:08:51.060 --> 00:08:51.260
  • but a covenant, they would cut,
  • 00:08:51.260 --> 00:08:53.020
  • for instance, a bull in half.
  • 00:08:53.040 --> 00:08:56.040
  • They'd walk between
  • 00:08:56.040 --> 00:08:57.010
  • the bull seven times,
  • 00:08:57.010 --> 00:08:58.220
  • representing completion,
  • 00:08:58.220 --> 00:09:00.020
  • perfection.
  • 00:09:00.020 --> 00:09:01.090
  • And they would say something
  • 00:09:01.090 --> 00:09:02.030
  • like, "If I ever forsake
  • 00:09:02.030 --> 00:09:03.260
  • this covenant, may what happen
  • 00:09:03.260 --> 00:09:05.150
  • to this bull happen to me."
  • 00:09:05.150 --> 00:09:08.080
  • They took it seriously.
  • 00:09:08.080 --> 00:09:10.010
  • It was a covenant.
  • 00:09:10.010 --> 00:09:11.180
  • We don't know covenant anymore.
  • 00:09:11.180 --> 00:09:14.100
  • What's a phone book?
  • 00:09:14.100 --> 00:09:16.100
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:16.100 --> 00:09:17.210
  • We stand before you today,
  • 00:09:17.210 --> 00:09:19.150
  • brothers and sisters,
  • 00:09:19.150 --> 00:09:20.060
  • to acknowledge
  • 00:09:20.060 --> 00:09:20.240
  • this holy covenant.
  • 00:09:20.240 --> 00:09:21.120
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • 00:09:21.120 --> 00:09:22.050
  • What's a covenant?
  • 00:09:22.050 --> 00:09:22.270
  • In fact, I cannot make this up.
  • 00:09:22.270 --> 00:09:24.130
  • When I was typing my notes,
  • 00:09:24.130 --> 00:09:25.080
  • I put this point on my notes,
  • 00:09:25.080 --> 00:09:26.210
  • "contract becomes covenant."
  • 00:09:26.210 --> 00:09:28.170
  • When I put "covenant"
  • 00:09:28.170 --> 00:09:29.130
  • in my word processing,
  • 00:09:29.130 --> 00:09:32.020
  • on my document, auto-correct
  • 00:09:32.020 --> 00:09:34.200
  • would not accept
  • 00:09:34.200 --> 00:09:36.010
  • the word "covenant."
  • 00:09:36.020 --> 00:09:39.020
  • You know what it changed it to?
  • 00:09:39.020 --> 00:09:41.000
  • "Convenient."
  • 00:09:43.210 --> 00:09:46.210
  • I said, "Thank you, Holy Ghost.
  • 00:09:47.150 --> 00:09:50.150
  • That's what I need to tell
  • 00:09:50.150 --> 00:09:51.170
  • these people when I preach from
  • 00:09:51.170 --> 00:09:53.230
  • 1 Corinthians 7 this week,
  • 00:09:53.230 --> 00:09:55.190
  • that sometimes keeping your
  • 00:09:55.190 --> 00:09:57.200
  • covenant is not convenient."
  • 00:10:00.110 --> 00:10:03.110
  • I'm going to preach
  • 00:10:03.110 --> 00:10:04.110
  • till I get the back
  • 00:10:04.110 --> 00:10:05.030
  • of the room involved.
  • 00:10:05.030 --> 00:10:06.050
  • I'm going to preach till
  • 00:10:06.050 --> 00:10:06.280
  • every campus is clapping.
  • 00:10:06.280 --> 00:10:09.200
  • Because if marriages
  • 00:10:09.200 --> 00:10:11.020
  • are going to make it,
  • 00:10:11.020 --> 00:10:12.010
  • it's going to take a covenant,
  • 00:10:12.010 --> 00:10:14.060
  • not a contract.
  • 00:10:14.060 --> 00:10:15.030
  • A contract is,
  • 00:10:15.030 --> 00:10:15.230
  • "Oh, you didn't sign that.
  • 00:10:16.020 --> 00:10:19.020
  • It says on page 44..."
  • 00:10:19.020 --> 00:10:21.040
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:22.010 --> 00:10:25.010
  • It's not a contract.
  • 00:10:25.010 --> 00:10:27.010
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:27.100 --> 00:10:30.100
  • It's like I'm serious
  • 00:10:30.100 --> 00:10:32.080
  • about this.
  • 00:10:32.080 --> 00:10:33.060
  • I'm going to do this.
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:35.020
  • I'm not up here just
  • 00:10:35.020 --> 00:10:35.240
  • saying words in front of you.
  • 00:10:35.240 --> 00:10:37.050
  • I mean this stuff.
  • 00:10:37.050 --> 00:10:38.240
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:38.240 --> 00:10:40.120
  • "I take you
  • 00:10:40.120 --> 00:10:41.050
  • for better or worse."
  • 00:10:41.050 --> 00:10:41.260
  • I wasn't playing when I said,
  • 00:10:41.260 --> 00:10:43.030
  • "For richer or poorer."
  • 00:10:43.030 --> 00:10:44.190
  • I wasn't saying when I said,
  • 00:10:44.190 --> 00:10:46.120
  • "In sickness and in health."
  • 00:10:46.120 --> 00:10:47.210
  • I wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:47.230 --> 00:10:50.230
  • Wasn't playing.
  • 00:10:50.230 --> 00:10:53.130
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:55.050
  • It's a covenant.
  • 00:10:55.050 --> 00:10:56.000
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:58.140
  • People hook up.
  • 00:10:58.170 --> 00:11:01.190
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:01.190 --> 00:11:03.100
  • People shack.
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:05.080
  • People don't covenant anymore.
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:06.130
  • They try it out.
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:09.120
  • But if this is going to make it,
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:10.170
  • it's going to take a covenant.
  • 00:11:10.170 --> 00:11:13.130
  • And sometimes that covenant
  • 00:11:13.130 --> 00:11:14.280
  • will be inconvenient.
  • 00:11:14.280 --> 00:11:17.030
  • I got news for you.
  • 00:11:17.030 --> 00:11:18.190
  • The reason you're here today
  • 00:11:18.190 --> 00:11:21.130
  • is because God made a covenant.
  • 00:11:29.200 --> 00:11:32.200
  • I got more news for you.
  • 00:11:32.200 --> 00:11:34.260
  • That covenant has been
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:35.240
  • pretty inconvenient for God
  • 00:11:35.240 --> 00:11:37.080
  • at many times.
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:39.140
  • Because you hadn't always been
  • 00:11:39.140 --> 00:11:41.170
  • as perfect as you are right now
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:42.210
  • in this moment in church.
  • 00:11:47.070 --> 00:11:50.070
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:11:51.130 --> 00:11:54.130
  • to come down from heaven,
  • 00:11:54.130 --> 00:11:56.180
  • be born as a baby in a barn
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:59.140
  • because there was no room
  • 00:11:59.140 --> 00:12:00.130
  • for Him in the inn,
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:01.180
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:01.230 --> 00:12:04.230
  • He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:04.230 --> 00:12:06.060
  • So He came.
  • 00:12:06.060 --> 00:12:07.170
  • It wasn't convenient for Jesus
  • 00:12:07.170 --> 00:12:09.220
  • to heal the very people
  • 00:12:09.220 --> 00:12:10.270
  • who would try to run Him off
  • 00:12:10.270 --> 00:12:12.080
  • the edge of a cliff
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:14.130
  • because He dared to call himself
  • 00:12:14.130 --> 00:12:15.110
  • the son of God,
  • 00:12:15.110 --> 00:12:16.240
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:18.120
  • It wasn't convenient for Him to
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:19.250
  • pray in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:21.140
  • until His drops of sweat
  • 00:12:21.140 --> 00:12:22.250
  • became like drops of blood,
  • 00:12:22.250 --> 00:12:24.070
  • but He had a covenant to keep,
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:25.210
  • so He prayed for you
  • 00:12:25.210 --> 00:12:26.230
  • and He prayed for me.
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:28.050
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:28.050 --> 00:12:28.290
  • when everybody slept on Him,
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:30.090
  • but He went to the cross
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:32.070
  • because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:32.070 --> 00:12:33.050
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:34.200
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:34.200 --> 00:12:35.140
  • they pulled the beard
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:36.180
  • from His face, but He stood
  • 00:12:36.180 --> 00:12:39.010
  • trial because He had a covenant
  • 00:12:39.010 --> 00:12:40.160
  • to keep.
  • 00:12:40.160 --> 00:12:41.220
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:41.220 --> 00:12:42.230
  • when they mocked Him
  • 00:12:42.230 --> 00:12:44.060
  • and spit on the face
  • 00:12:44.060 --> 00:12:45.160
  • of the radiance of God's glory,
  • 00:12:45.160 --> 00:12:46.150
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:48.170
  • It wasn't convenient
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:49.210
  • when they drove the nails
  • 00:12:49.210 --> 00:12:51.010
  • through His hands
  • 00:12:51.010 --> 00:12:52.090
  • and through His feet,
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:53.040
  • but He had a covenant to keep.
  • 00:12:53.040 --> 00:12:55.270
  • It wasn't convenient when
  • 00:12:55.270 --> 00:12:57.100
  • He shed His blood to forgive
  • 00:12:57.100 --> 00:12:58.280
  • you of your sin,
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:00.060
  • but you're here today
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:02.150
  • because you have
  • 00:13:02.150 --> 00:13:03.130
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:04.030 --> 00:13:07.030
  • a covenant-keeping,
  • 00:13:07.030 --> 00:13:09.070
  • promise-keeping,
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:11.120
  • oath-making God.
  • 00:13:12.110 --> 00:13:15.110
  • Covenant, covenant.
  • 00:13:15.200 --> 00:13:18.200
  • God said, "I swear to myself
  • 00:13:18.200 --> 00:13:21.200
  • I'll be with you to the end
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:23.150
  • of the age."
  • 00:13:23.150 --> 00:13:24.200
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:26.240
  • That's a covenant.
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:29.110
  • Stand up, everybody.
  • 00:13:29.110 --> 00:13:30.100
  • I got one more thing
  • 00:13:30.100 --> 00:13:31.030
  • to share with you.
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:33.130
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:33.130 --> 00:13:35.160
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:37.160
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:37.170 --> 00:13:40.170
  • Covenant.
  • 00:13:41.050 --> 00:13:44.050
  • December of 2012,
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:47.170
  • the worst Christmas
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:49.280
  • of my family's life
  • 00:13:49.280 --> 00:13:51.010
  • because my dad was dying
  • 00:13:51.010 --> 00:13:53.250
  • of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • 00:13:54.140 --> 00:13:57.140
  • There's a lot more awareness
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:13:58.100
  • of what this disease is after
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:13:59.090
  • the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:02.010
  • But we saw it firsthand
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:03.050
  • because we watched
  • 00:14:03.050 --> 00:14:03.290
  • my dad die from this disease.
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:06.000
  • In December 2012,
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:07.110
  • my father had made the decision,
  • 00:14:07.110 --> 00:14:09.130
  • made several decisions that
  • 00:14:09.170 --> 00:14:12.170
  • separated him from our family.
  • 00:14:12.170 --> 00:14:15.030
  • I had moved.
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:15.260
  • He and my mom here,
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:16.220
  • when his symptoms first started
  • 00:14:16.220 --> 00:14:18.010
  • getting so bad that he lost
  • 00:14:18.010 --> 00:14:19.110
  • his functionality, he asked me
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:21.250
  • to move he and my mom here
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:23.130
  • so I could play a part
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:25.050
  • in caring for them.
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:26.220
  • We did that.
  • 00:14:26.220 --> 00:14:27.220
  • It did not work out.
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:28.250
  • My mom and dad had a very
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:29.280
  • complicated and strained
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:32.070
  • relationship.
  • 00:14:32.070 --> 00:14:33.220
  • They were good parents to me.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:35.080
  • I think they did
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:36.000
  • the best they could.
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.040
  • But I think she approached him
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:38.000
  • a little bit too much
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:38.260
  • like a renovation project.
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:41.230
  • And she didn't know he was --
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:44.210
  • he had some stuff under
  • 00:14:44.210 --> 00:14:45.140
  • the tile.
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:47.170
  • He had a very rough,
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:48.180
  • rough upbringing,
  • 00:14:48.180 --> 00:14:50.230
  • and that's difficult.
  • 00:14:50.230 --> 00:14:51.170
  • That's very, very difficult,
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:52.260
  • and sometimes it just
  • 00:14:52.260 --> 00:14:53.200
  • doesn't work out.
  • 00:14:53.200 --> 00:14:54.220
  • But, you know, I can remember --
  • 00:14:54.240 --> 00:14:57.240
  • this is kind of crazy.
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:14:59.080
  • I remember when
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:00.080
  • I was like 10 or 11.
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:01.120
  • One time my mom and dad
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:02.200
  • sat me down, and my brother,
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:03.260
  • and they said, "We got bad news
  • 00:15:03.260 --> 00:15:04.270
  • for you guys."
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:06.060
  • And I remember my mom
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:06.260
  • was crying.
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:07.200
  • She said, "We've been married
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:08.210
  • for however many years,
  • 00:15:08.210 --> 00:15:10.070
  • and your dad and I have done
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:11.200
  • the best we can,
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:12.160
  • but now we're going" --
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.020
  • and I knew where she was going,
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:14.280
  • "We're going to split up."
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:16.010
  • And I remember as a 10
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:16.240
  • or 11-year-old, I said,
  • 00:15:16.240 --> 00:15:17.220
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:19.210
  • I've been doing this
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:20.110
  • a long time.
  • 00:15:20.110 --> 00:15:21.020
  • Long before I got a microphone
  • 00:15:21.020 --> 00:15:21.280
  • I've been telling people
  • 00:15:21.280 --> 00:15:22.170
  • what to do.
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:24.140
  • "No, you're not."
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:27.110
  • Maybe God brought me here today
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:28.090
  • to say to somebody who's about
  • 00:15:28.090 --> 00:15:29.190
  • to give up on a relationship
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:30.270
  • that God started in your life:
  • 00:15:30.270 --> 00:15:33.230
  • No, you're not.
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:36.000
  • And I'm not claiming the credit
  • 00:15:36.000 --> 00:15:36.230
  • for their marriage
  • 00:15:36.230 --> 00:15:37.250
  • or anything like that,
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:39.090
  • but I would say
  • 00:15:39.090 --> 00:15:40.220
  • they toughed it out.
  • 00:15:40.220 --> 00:15:41.140
  • I wouldn't say they had
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:42.040
  • the most enjoyable marriage.
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:43.220
  • But there were moments,
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:44.170
  • you know, like every marriage.
  • 00:15:44.170 --> 00:15:45.190
  • It was very difficult.
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:47.220
  • Anyway, in December 2012,
  • 00:15:47.220 --> 00:15:50.060
  • my father,
  • 00:15:50.060 --> 00:15:51.190
  • who had threatened my mother,
  • 00:15:51.190 --> 00:15:53.190
  • I think it was a combination
  • 00:15:53.190 --> 00:15:55.150
  • of the pain and the medication
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:57.210
  • he was taking that caused him
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:15:58.170
  • to lose his mind.
  • 00:15:58.170 --> 00:15:59.100
  • He just was not himself.
  • 00:15:59.100 --> 00:16:01.120
  • But he had threatened my mom
  • 00:16:01.120 --> 00:16:02.050
  • to the point where I had
  • 00:16:02.050 --> 00:16:04.210
  • to go in and confront him,
  • 00:16:04.210 --> 00:16:06.020
  • and the two had to be separated,
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:07.130
  • but instead of staying
  • 00:16:07.130 --> 00:16:08.090
  • in Charlotte like we
  • 00:16:08.090 --> 00:16:09.090
  • asked him to, he went off.
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:12.140
  • I was paying financially for him
  • 00:16:12.140 --> 00:16:13.280
  • to be in an assisted
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  • living facility about three
  • 00:16:14.290 --> 00:16:16.020
  • or four hours away from our
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:16.260
  • family, which was sad to me
  • 00:16:16.260 --> 00:16:18.170
  • 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
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:24.050
  • to like 85-year-olds,
  • 00:16:24.050 --> 00:16:25.230
  • and my dad was 60.
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  • And I would just feel so bad,
  • 00:16:27.000 --> 00:16:28.040
  • but I couldn't -- you know,
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:29.080
  • sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:31.030
  • Sometimes you just can't.
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:32.160
  • It came to a point over time --
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  • I won't tell you all
  • 00:16:34.060 --> 00:16:34.250
  • the details.
  • 00:16:34.250 --> 00:16:35.180
  • Some are too personal,
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:37.070
  • and you got football games
  • 00:16:37.070 --> 00:16:39.100
  • to watch and stuff,
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:43.170
  • but it came to a point where
  • 00:16:43.170 --> 00:16:44.160
  • there was enough reconciliation
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:46.170
  • and my dad's health deteriorated
  • 00:16:46.170 --> 00:16:47.140
  • where he was no longer
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:48.090
  • a physical threat.
  • 00:16:48.090 --> 00:16:49.160
  • And my mom wrote me a letter
  • 00:16:49.160 --> 00:16:50.230
  • and I asked her could I share
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:51.240
  • a few sentences of it with you
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:53.030
  • so that what the devil
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:54.190
  • meant for evil,
  • 00:16:54.190 --> 00:16:55.160
  • God could use it for good.
  • 00:16:55.160 --> 00:16:57.230
  • And I asked that you would
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:16:59.210
  • listen to the words
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:00.140
  • she wrote me in December 2012,
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:02.070
  • just six months before
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:03.000
  • my dad would die.
  • 00:17:03.000 --> 00:17:04.200
  • She didn't know it would be
  • 00:17:04.200 --> 00:17:05.150
  • six months, but here's what
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:06.090
  • she wrote to me.
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  • And I'll skip the introduction,
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:09.180
  • but she said,
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:11.210
  • "After actually spending
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.050
  • three nights at
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:14.000
  • the assisted living facility,"
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:15.100
  • because she had gone there
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.100
  • with him to be with him
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:18.160
  • and to see where
  • 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:19.140
  • the relationship could
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:20.050
  • or could not go.
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:21.020
  • She said, "I realized that
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:21.280
  • in spite of everything
  • 00:17:21.280 --> 00:17:22.290
  • that has happened, I need to
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:23.230
  • take care of your dad as long
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:24.260
  • as I am able, whether it is
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:26.230
  • one month, one year, or more.
  • 00:17:27.160 --> 00:17:30.160
  • I was able to see that everyone
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:31.120
  • at the home has dementia.
  • 00:17:31.120 --> 00:17:33.060
  • Knowing what I know about what
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:33.290
  • lies ahead for him,
  • 00:17:33.290 --> 00:17:35.160
  • how can I leave him there
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:36.180
  • with no one to talk to in what
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:37.180
  • brief time he may have
  • 00:17:37.180 --> 00:17:39.040
  • the ability to speak?
  • 00:17:39.040 --> 00:17:41.110
  • He's alone after 7:00 p.m.
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:43.060
  • with no one but himself.
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:45.020
  • The fact that he brought it
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:46.060
  • on himself doesn't change
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:47.100
  • the fact that he's facing
  • 00:17:47.100 --> 00:17:48.230
  • a terrifying death process.
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:50.180
  • And unless God
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:51.160
  • decides differently, I believe
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:54.020
  • it's as big of a sin on my part
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:56.290
  • for me to leave him there
  • 00:17:56.290 --> 00:17:58.230
  • as it was for him to speak
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:01.180
  • the evil words he spoke
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:02.190
  • to the people trying to help him
  • 00:18:02.190 --> 00:18:04.150
  • the most.
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:05.210
  • In saying that, I don't in
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:06.250
  • any fashion or way minimalize
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:09.290
  • the pain he caused
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:10.230
  • and inflicted on many people,
  • 00:18:10.230 --> 00:18:12.010
  • especially you.
  • 00:18:12.010 --> 00:18:13.250
  • I hate it and I always will.
  • 00:18:13.250 --> 00:18:16.050
  • I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:17.260
  • and over what papa would do."
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:19.140
  • She's speaking now about
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:20.170
  • her father who cared
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:22.030
  • for his wife through 14 years
  • 00:18:22.030 --> 00:18:24.250
  • of Alzheimer's,
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:26.120
  • because the decisions
  • 00:18:26.120 --> 00:18:28.070
  • you make about covenant today
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:29.020
  • will affect a future generation.
  • 00:18:31.080 --> 00:18:34.080
  • "I've asked myself over
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:35.080
  • and over what papa would do.
  • 00:18:35.080 --> 00:18:36.240
  • He would certainly agree that
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:38.000
  • your dad's behavior
  • 00:18:38.000 --> 00:18:38.270
  • was repulsive, but seeing him
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:40.200
  • like he is now, I believe
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:41.200
  • he would take him in
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:43.060
  • and care for him as long as
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:44.040
  • he could physically do so.
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:46.210
  • I don't know what it is like to
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:48.150
  • lose use of my legs, my arms,
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:49.200
  • my hands and know that
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:51.210
  • even worse is yet to come.
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:52.190
  • I know what it is like to
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:53.150
  • lose a dad, good dad or bad dad.
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:56.000
  • It's a gut-wrenching loss.
  • 00:18:56.000 --> 00:18:57.290
  • I don't know what
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:18:58.190
  • it's like to lose a husband.
  • 00:18:58.190 --> 00:18:59.130
  • Surely it is gut-wrenching also.
  • 00:18:59.130 --> 00:19:01.140
  • I know what it is like
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:02.090
  • to be cruel and I know what
  • 00:19:02.090 --> 00:19:03.100
  • it is like to be kind.
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:05.150
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:06.270
  • to keep.
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:09.140
  • I know that I have a vow
  • 00:19:09.140 --> 00:19:10.280
  • to keep, the in-sickness vow,"
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:16.140
  • she says.
  • 00:19:16.140 --> 00:19:19.020
  • "And I need to let him come home
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:21.010
  • and care for him as best I can.
  • 00:19:21.010 --> 00:19:23.240
  • I believe that love does
  • 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:24.180
  • bear all things.
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:26.080
  • I'm not physically fearful
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:27.040
  • of your dad any longer,
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:28.080
  • so I think God is telling me
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:30.080
  • to let him out of solitary
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:31.070
  • confinement as he sits
  • 00:19:31.070 --> 00:19:33.030
  • on death row.
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:36.260
  • It will be harder than hard,
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:38.240
  • but to receive mercy,
  • 00:19:38.240 --> 00:19:41.030
  • I have to be merciful
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:41.290
  • in this season of my life.
  • 00:19:41.290 --> 00:19:44.020
  • And when the end comes for
  • 00:19:44.020 --> 00:19:45.060
  • your dad and when it comes
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:46.050
  • for me, I want to know that
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:48.160
  • I was the wife God called me
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:49.180
  • to be while on this earth.
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:52.230
  • I want to finish strong.
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:55.020
  • All my heart, mom."
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:57.160
  • Six months later,
  • 00:19:57.160 --> 00:19:59.010
  • as my dad breathed
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:19:59.230
  • his last breath,
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:01.030
  • we were all there
  • 00:20:01.030 --> 00:20:02.190
  • because a woman
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:03.180
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:06.230
  • We were there because a woman
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:09.110
  • kept her covenant.
  • 00:20:09.110 --> 00:20:12.010
  • I have a vow to keep.
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:14.200
  • You're here today
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:16.240
  • because God kept His covenant.
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:21.120
  • Bow your head, close your eyes
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:22.090
  • all over the room.
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:23.090
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:24.000
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:25.160
  • Nobody moving.
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:26.100
  • The spirit of the Lord
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:27.000
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:27.260
  • The glory of the Lord
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:28.180
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:28.180 --> 00:20:29.120
  • The presence of the Lord
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:30.110
  • is in this place.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:33.160
  • Restoration is in this place.
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:35.030
  • Miracles, miracles.
  • 00:20:35.030 --> 00:20:37.260
  • Thank you, Jesus.
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:41.050
  • Heads bowed, eyes closed.
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.150
  • There are many here today
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:44.200
  • who need to begin a relationship
  • 00:20:44.200 --> 00:20:45.150
  • with God.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:46.080
  • I've preached about marriage,
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:47.090
  • but maybe the point
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:48.070
  • that God brought you here
  • 00:20:48.070 --> 00:20:49.020
  • for today is to bring
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:50.100
  • you back into relationship
  • 00:20:50.100 --> 00:20:51.080
  • with himself.
  • 00:20:51.080 --> 00:20:53.110
  • If that's you, I want you
  • 00:20:53.110 --> 00:20:54.080
  • to know He's never stopped
  • 00:20:54.080 --> 00:20:55.030
  • loving you.
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:55.260
  • He's never stopped caring
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:56.220
  • for you and He never will.
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:59.160
  • All He wants from you
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:00.100
  • is simple faith and trust
  • 00:21:00.100 --> 00:21:01.170
  • to call on His name
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:03.050
  • and to surrender the life
  • 00:21:03.050 --> 00:21:04.000
  • that He gave you back to Him.
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:06.110
  • He will keep His covenant.
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:08.100
  • If that's you today
  • 00:21:08.100 --> 00:21:09.140
  • and you want to call
  • 00:21:09.140 --> 00:21:10.210
  • on Jesus Christ for
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:11.240
  • the forgiveness of your sins
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:12.270
  • and begin a relationship with
  • 00:21:12.270 --> 00:21:13.240
  • the God who keeps all of
  • 00:21:13.240 --> 00:21:14.170
  • His promises, who is faithful
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:15.160
  • when you are faithless,
  • 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:17.210
  • I want you to pray this prayer.
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:18.220
  • We're going to pray it all
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:20.060
  • out loud at all of our
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:21.000
  • locations together now.
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:23.010
  • Repeat after me.
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:24.030
  • Heavenly Father,
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:25.210
  • I'm a sinner
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:27.060
  • in need of a Savior.
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.210
  • I believe that Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:31.120
  • is the son of God
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:33.000
  • and the Savior of the world.
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:35.110
  • I believe He died on a cross
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:37.270
  • to forgive my sin
  • 00:21:37.270 --> 00:21:39.290
  • and rose from the dead
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:41.150
  • to give me life.
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:46.120
  • I ask you now to make me new.
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:50.020
  • I repent of my sin.
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:52.100
  • I call on you, Jesus.
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:55.000
  • You are my Lord and Savior.
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:58.170
  • I'll follow you
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:22:00.030
  • all the days of my life.
  • 00:22:00.030 --> 00:22:01.170
  • Well, if you just prayed
  • 00:22:01.170 --> 00:22:02.100
  • that prayer for the first time
  • 00:22:02.100 --> 00:22:03.270
  • or maybe you reconnected
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:04.230
  • in your relationship
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:05.160
  • with God today,
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:06.250
  • I want you to know it matters.
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:09.050
  • And let me be the first
  • 00:22:09.050 --> 00:22:09.280
  • to say congratulations.
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:11.060
  • I'd love to know about what
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:13.140
  • God is doing in your life.
  • 00:22:13.140 --> 00:22:14.240
  • Would you visit the website
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:16.030
  • today, maybe send us an email?
  • 00:22:16.030 --> 00:22:18.060
  • You can also call the number.
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:20.050
  • There are people who would love
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:21.080
  • to pray with you,
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:22.110
  • pray for you, and believe God
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:24.030
  • for your future.
  • 00:22:24.030 --> 00:22:25.180
  • Your relationship with God
  • 00:22:25.180 --> 00:22:27.030
  • is a covenant.
  • 00:22:27.030 --> 00:22:28.030
  • He'll never break it.
  • 00:22:28.030 --> 00:22:29.130
  • He's got you in his hand
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:30.240
  • and He'll never let you go.
  • 00:22:30.240 --> 00:22:33.100
  • No mistake, no setback
  • 00:22:33.100 --> 00:22:34.080
  • can separate you from
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:35.150
  • the love of God,
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:36.140
  • and I'm grateful for it.
  • 00:22:36.140 --> 00:22:38.000
  • Well, hey, if this message
  • 00:22:38.000 --> 00:22:39.030
  • helped you today,
  • 00:22:39.030 --> 00:22:39.230
  • you've got to get this DVD set.
  • 00:22:39.230 --> 00:22:41.280
  • This thing is crazy.
  • 00:22:41.280 --> 00:22:44.090
  • We talk about everything
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:45.150
  • from embracing seasons
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:46.220
  • of singleness -- if you know
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:47.290
  • somebody who's struggling
  • 00:22:47.290 --> 00:22:48.220
  • with loneliness,
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:49.150
  • pass it along to them.
  • 00:22:49.150 --> 00:22:51.000
  • I'm telling you,
  • 00:22:51.000 --> 00:22:51.220
  • it'll help them.
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:53.030
  • If you're struggling
  • 00:22:53.030 --> 00:22:54.060
  • in your marriage,
  • 00:22:54.060 --> 00:22:55.030
  • if your marriage is strong,
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:55.260
  • if you want to know how
  • 00:22:55.260 --> 00:22:56.190
  • to help others,
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:57.130
  • I'm telling you, there is no
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:58.170
  • aspect of relationship
  • 00:22:58.170 --> 00:22:59.250
  • that we didn't cover
  • 00:22:59.250 --> 00:23:01.150
  • in this series
  • 00:23:01.150 --> 00:23:02.080
  • because God's word covers
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:03.090
  • it all.
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:04.070
  • And you can get it today
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:05.030
  • for a gift of any amount
  • 00:23:05.030 --> 00:23:06.100
  • to the ministry.
  • 00:23:06.100 --> 00:23:07.230
  • You'll also be helping us
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  • reach people with messages
  • 00:23:08.230 --> 00:23:10.090
  • just like this.
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  • Stay tuned for more details
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:13.190
  • I'll see you next time.
  • 00:23:13.190 --> 00:23:15.020
  • Make a plan to be here
  • 00:23:15.020 --> 00:23:16.000
  • and tell somebody
  • 00:23:16.000 --> 00:23:17.100
  • - Married or unmarried,
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:20.120
  • love is complicated.
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:21.270
  • How do we build healthy
  • 00:23:21.270 --> 00:23:22.180
  • 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 to
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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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  • just to know You more
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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