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May 3, 2020
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The Winning Walk is the international teaching ministry of Dr. Ed Young.

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  • Ed Young: Elvis has leftthe building.
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  • That famous phrase has beenapplied in these years in many,
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  • many different situations.
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  • Major League baseball game,someone hits it out of the park,
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  • homerun, and the announcera might say, "Well, that ball
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  • has left the building."
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  • I think we can say in thismoment of history that we can
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  • accurately state that the churchhas left the building.
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  • The truth is, the church wasnever a building, but we have
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  • acted like it was.
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  • We'd say that's the Methodist,Presbyterian, Catholic.
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  • We identify churchesby buildings, but a church has
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  • never been a building.
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  • And if at this moment of crisis,when most of our worship
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  • services are shut down, we knowthe church has left
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  • the building.
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  • And by the way, that's whatthe church is always supposed
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  • to do.
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  • We're gathered to worshipand scattered to evangelize
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  • and to serve.
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  • And now what are we to doin this S.O.S.
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  • moment in our history?
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  • This virus that's overwhelmedAmerica and the world.
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  • And so many people are askingquestions.
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  • When's it gonna end?
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  • Will we ever have a cure?
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  • What am I to do?
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  • What's the best way to protectmyself?
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  • And so these questions goon and on, until finally they
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  • say, "You know, it lookslike God would give us a sign."
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  • And we ask, "What is God doingat this moment?"
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  • Did God bring this pestilenceon us?
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  • Did God cause this pandemicto go across the world
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  • and affect so many people?
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  • What's going on?
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  • Lord, give us some kind of sign.
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  • And so now, the church isscattered and a lot of us who
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  • are a part of the church, wewould like to have some kind
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  • of sign as well to try to figureout what God is doing, what he's
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  • up to.
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  • This is not new in history.
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  • In the book of 1 Chronicles,there's an interesting verse
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  • that talks about the tribeof Zebulun.
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  • Zebulun, you'll remember, wasone of the sons of Jacob
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  • and Leah, the night sunin the family constellation.
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  • And he was a very gifted manand he had gifted children.
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  • And when they came out of Egyptand went back to the promised
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  • land, there was that land, thatspecial place with these people.
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  • They were prosperous.
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  • They were wise.
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  • And the Sanhedrin tells us thatthose who were in the Supreme
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  • Court from this particulartribe, they were head
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  • and shoulders of everybody else.
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  • And finally, there's thatlittle, obscure verse we find
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  • in 1 Chronicles.
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  • It says clearly that the peoplefrom this tribe could see
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  • the signs of the times and theycould instruct Israel as to what
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  • they needed to do.
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  • How we need people like that,wise people who can understand
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  • the signs of the time.
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  • What is going on?What does all this mean?
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  • What is God saying to us?
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  • What do we need to hear from oneanother?
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  • Is this a new moment, a turningpoint in all of history?
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  • We need people who can readthe signs of the times.
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  • This has been asked for allthe way through biblical
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  • history, all the way through allof history.
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  • We know there that Jesus wasteaching, and some Pharisees
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  • and Sadducees came up to himand they said, "Show us a sign."
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  • Oh, everything was comingdown in Israel.
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  • The Romans dominated, poverty,privation, families divided,
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  • very little worship.
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  • Here are the Pharisees,the ultimate, ultimate
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  • religious people.
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  • Here are the Sadducees, totallysecular, nothing to do
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  • with the supernatural.
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  • The Pagans and the religiouspeople both came to Jesus, said,
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  • "Jesus, show us a sign.
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  • You're beginning somethinga whole new era, a whole new
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  • kingdom, a whole newunderstanding of our faith.
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  • Show us something."
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  • Now, it's interesting to me thatJesus said already--you know,
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  • the blind were seeing, the lamewere walking, the dead were
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  • coming back to life, and nowthey want more signs.
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  • And remember what Jesus saidto them?
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  • He said to this Pagan groupand to this super religious
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  • group, "You know, you can tellsigns of the weather."
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  • It's like, you know, Red skyat night, sailor's delight.
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  • Red sky in the morning, sailor'swarning.
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  • He said, "You could readthe weather, but Jesus says you
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  • can't read the signsof the time."
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  • And he said, "The only sign I'mgonna give you is the sign
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  • of Jonah."
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  • What was that sign?
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  • It was a word of repentance.
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  • Jonah went to Nineveh, unlikelyperson.
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  • He said, "Simply repent."
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  • He said, "That's the signof the time you need."
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  • And maybe that's what we needright now in the world, ladies
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  • and gentlemen.
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  • Jesus said, "About these, youare a sinful and
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  • adulterous generation."
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  • We are a sinful and adulterousworld.
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  • And the message I hear is:repent.
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  • The sign of the times.
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  • This same kind of discussion wastaking place in Matthew
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  • chapter 16.
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  • And we know that they wentto Jesus again, and they still
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  • began to talk to himabout showing a sign, showing
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  • a sign.
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  • But at the end of this samechapter, you know what
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  • Jesus did?
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  • He took them way up into an areaoutside of Israel,
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  • in the Gentile country.
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  • It's Caesarea Philippi, therein that Pagan area where they
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  • believed the god Pan was born,which became Pantheism, God's
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  • in everything.
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  • And Jesus took those apostlesthere to disciple them, to build
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  • the right stuff in their life.
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  • And while they were there, helooked at them and said, "I
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  • wanna ask you a question.
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  • What does everybody sayabout me?
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  • Who does everybody say that Iam?"
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  • And the apostles said, "Well,some say you're John
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  • the Baptist.
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  • You've come back alive.
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  • Some say Elijah, and Jeremiah,and Isaiah."
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  • And then Jesus looked at himand said, "But I want to know,
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  • who do you say that I am?"
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  • And Peter, hoof-in-mouthdisease, always had his foot
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  • in his mouth, didn't he?
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  • He spoke up and he said, "Thouart the Christ, the Son
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  • of the living God."
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  • And Jesus said, "Peter, fleshand blood didn't tell you that.
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  • The Father in heaven gave youthat Word."
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  • And then Jesus said, "On thisrock," what rock?
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  • Not Peter himself, though he wasnicknamed Rocky, but on his
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  • profession of faith.
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  • Jesus said, "On that professionof faith, I will build my church
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  • and the gates of hell will notprevail against it."
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  • A modern translation says,"Jesus spoke, I will put
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  • together my church, a churchso expansive with energy not
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  • even the gates of hell can keepit out."
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  • Isn't that a beautifultranslation of that?
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  • "I'll build a churchso expansive in energy that even
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  • the gates of hell cannot keep itout."
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  • What is God's answer to thiscoronavirus?
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  • It is simply the body of Christ,a group of individuals called
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  • out, set aside to makea difference in this world
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  • in every moment of history.
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  • This was the foundationof the church, a profession
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  • of faith that Jesus is Lordand he is Savior.
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  • And upon that professionof faith, there we have
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  • the church.
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  • Now, we know the church was bornat Pentecost.
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  • And we know on Palm Sunday,
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  • Jesus went inwith, "Hallelujah!"
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  • Before long it was, "Crucify!"
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  • He was executed on that cross,died, rose again, and then
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  • the disciples went and they werehiding in that upper room
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  • until the Holy Spirit came.
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  • And then Peter stoodup and preached that powerful
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  • sermon of Pentecost, affirmingthe resurrection of Jesus,
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  • affirming that he was indeed whohe said he was there at Caesarea
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  • Philippi, "Thou art the Christ,the Son of the living God."
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  • That is the birthdayof the church, and look how
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  • the church proceeded.
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  • My, we can see the developmentof it.
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  • Jesus had already putin baptism, his own example.
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  • He'd already, we know priorto the cross, put in the Lord's
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  • Supper ordinance of the church.
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  • And then we see the church isbeginning to be formed there
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  • in the book of Acts, as Luketells us this supernatural story
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  • of the explosive growthof the body of Christ
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  • in the book of Acts.
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  • What an amazing thing.
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  • And then we see what consiststhe church.
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  • The church, "ekklesia," meanscalled out ones.
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  • It's mentioned 109 timein the New Testament.
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  • And then we know in that churchthere is that fellowship that
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  • takes place.
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  • There is that "koinonia" that isthere.
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  • And maybe you need to thinkabout all the one anothers that
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  • you find in the church.
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  • You look at it and say, "Oneanother."
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  • We are to--we're first of allwe're to serve one another,
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  • serve one another in the church.
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  • That's the mark of the growthof the body of Christ.
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  • We're to serve one another.
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  • Not only are we to serve oneanother,
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  • we're to encourage one another.
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  • We serve one another, that'sGalatians 5.
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  • We encourage one another, that's1 Thessalonians 5.
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  • And then he says we areto accept one another, and that
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  • is Romans 15.
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  • And then he says we areto forgive one another, that's
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  • Colossians 3.
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  • And then in John 13, we'reto love one another.
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  • In other words, Jesus built thisbody of Christ, and there is
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  • baptism when we receive him,there's reminder of what it took
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  • for us to be saved, and then wesee the church is growing
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  • these relationships.
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  • Look at all the names we havefor the church.
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  • My goodness, it's called it's--well, it's like Israel,
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  • in a sense.
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  • Israel was the foregleam of it,the first covenant, and then we
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  • have the new covenant.
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  • And we see in the church allthe predictions, the ideas,
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  • the philosophies we findin Israel are fulfilled
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  • under the new covenant.
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  • That's the church.
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  • It has a understanding,a background of Israel as
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  • a called out people, exclusiveand shut up to God, exclusive
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  • for God.
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  • And then we see also it's calledthe tabernacle of God.
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  • It's called the people of God.
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  • It's called the bride of Christ.
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  • It's called the body of Christ.
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  • In this moment of extremityright now in our world, what
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  • does the body of Christ do?
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  • What are the signs of the timethat the body of Christ can go
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  • and make a difference in ourworld?
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  • The answer to the coronavirus isthe church.
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  • Just like in every moment, everycrisis, every S.O.S., it has
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  • been the church who has beenthere.
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  • Well, how do you know a churchis authentic?
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  • How do you know a church isreally the body of Christ?
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  • We see how it is functioning.
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  • We see whether or not we who arein the church are actually
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  • living out the assignment thatJesus gave to us.
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  • That's the great commission, "Goye therefore all the world.
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  • Make disciples, baptizing themin name of the Father,
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  • and the Son, and the HolySpirit, and teaching them
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  • to observe all things whatsoeverI've commanded you."
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  • So what are we to do?
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  • How do you find an authentic,real church?
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  • It's a church that reachesand a church that teaches.
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  • This is a wonderful momentfor the body of Christ.
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  • God has designed his peoplefor this kind of crisis in which
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  • we find all of the world.
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  • If you'll go back in history,you remember that the church was
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  • a little fledgling offshootof the synagogue of the
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  • Jewish religion.
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  • And it was thought sortof in a backwoods kind of place.
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  • Didn't do anything for tenyears.
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  • Stayed primarilyin the Jerusalem area
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  • for over ten years.
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  • What happened to that churchthat was persecuted and began
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  • to reach out into the RomanWorld?
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  • What took place that by 312 AD,the church was declared
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  • by the Emperor Constantine to bethe official religion of all
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  • the Empire?
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  • What took place?Were there crusades?
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  • Was there a lot of evangelism?
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  • What happened?
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  • I'll tell you what happened.Two plagues.
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  • The first plague that took placewas in 165 AD.
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  • Marcus Aurelius was the Caesarthere, and we know he himself
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  • even died in a plague.
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  • And in this first plague,one-third plus of the Roman
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  • Empire died.
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  • They could not stop it.
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  • One-third died.
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  • About 80 plus, almost 100 yearslater, in 265, they had another
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:17.328
  • plague and this plague sweptover the Roman world.
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  • Another half to one-thirdof everybody who lived
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  • in the Roman world died.
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  • For example, they said therewere days in which over 5.000
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  • people a day were carriedout dead in the city
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  • of Rome alone.
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  • Alexandria in Egypt, they losthalf of their population.
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  • Now, what was going on?
  • 00:15:38.750 --> 00:15:40.852
  • There was a famous doctorin Rome, Galen, famous medical.
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  • You read in medical journalstoday about what Galen did.
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  • But when that first plague came,guess what he did?
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:51.362
  • He ran.
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  • He went to an estate.
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  • What did all the Pagan priestsdo and all the synagogues that
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  • were there that were Pagan?
  • 00:15:58.569 --> 00:16:00.138
  • They left town.
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  • They ran.
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  • They went into hiding.They went into exclusion.
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  • And we see the Pagans who could,they ran.
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  • All the leaders ran.
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  • All the phony priests ranand all the idolaters ran.
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  • And the Christians remainedin the first plague
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  • and the second plague.
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  • And what did they do?
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  • They nursed one another and theynursed the Pagans who were left
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  • behind, the nobodiesin the kingdom.
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  • And guess what?
  • 00:16:29.634 --> 00:16:31.202
  • In the plague, if they arenursed, they're given soup
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  • and prayer.
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  • That's what they offered, soupand prayer.
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  • Water and bread.
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  • Two-thirds of those lived.
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  • They survived.
  • 00:16:41.946 --> 00:16:43.548
  • So therefore, when the firstplague was over, all the Pagan
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  • worshipers, all the Pagantemples were disenfranchised.
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  • The priests came back and theyhad no ground upon which
  • 00:16:51.789 --> 00:16:54.659
  • to stand because now it wasthe Christians who said, "I am
  • 00:16:54.692 --> 00:16:59.864
  • my brother's keeper."
  • 00:16:59.897 --> 00:17:01.199
  • The Pagans knew nothing of that.
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  • "I'll lay down my lifefor a friend."
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  • The Pagans knew nothing of that.
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  • And those Christians who died,they had hope and confidence
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  • in the resurrection of Christ,so there's a whole new
  • 00:17:11.209 --> 00:17:14.011
  • understanding of death.
  • 00:17:14.045 --> 00:17:16.314
  • And you see, people began to seethese Christians are legitimate.
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  • This God they worship isthe true and living God.
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  • This Jesus who conqueredthe grave, I want him
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  • in my life.
  • 00:17:27.358 --> 00:17:28.659
  • So there was an explosive growthof Christianity all
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  • over the Roman Empire until thatwas when Constantine said, "We
  • 00:17:32.463 --> 00:17:36.968
  • are a Christian people."
  • 00:17:37.001 --> 00:17:39.770
  • Opportunity.
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  • The answer to COVID-19 isthe church.
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  • Now, what we've done in ourchurch is just a small thing
  • 00:17:46.410 --> 00:17:50.081
  • in Metropolitan Houston.
  • 00:17:50.114 --> 00:17:51.983
  • First of all, we did--we beganto call all of our members.
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  • And we've calledabout three-fourths of them now.
  • 00:17:55.520 --> 00:17:58.656
  • And we ask two questions.
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  • First of all, how may we helpyou?
  • 00:18:00.324 --> 00:18:04.162
  • Secondly, what can I praywith you about?
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  • You'll not believe the response.
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  • It's been overwhelming.
  • 00:18:11.636 --> 00:18:13.404
  • And the members are saying, "Ineed this," or "Let me help
  • 00:18:13.437 --> 00:18:16.807
  • and serve in some other way."
  • 00:18:16.841 --> 00:18:18.509
  • And we have 300 or 400 of ourmembers who are just calling
  • 00:18:18.543 --> 00:18:21.112
  • other members, asking thosequestions.
  • 00:18:21.145 --> 00:18:23.047
  • And out of those questions, manyneeds come out.
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  • Food, medicine, clothing,transportation, children, masks,
  • 00:18:26.684 --> 00:18:32.456
  • all kinds of needs.
  • 00:18:32.490 --> 00:18:33.791
  • And we've sought to stepout and meet all of those needs,
  • 00:18:33.824 --> 00:18:36.661
  • wherever they are.
  • 00:18:36.694 --> 00:18:38.296
  • Worried about job and vocation?We've been there.
  • 00:18:38.329 --> 00:18:40.932
  • Sometimes they have emotionalproblems.
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  • We put them online, FaceTimewith godly counselors.
  • 00:18:42.567 --> 00:18:46.904
  • And so we see here, the church,we're just simply trying
  • 00:18:46.938 --> 00:18:50.374
  • to reach out and say, "We carefor everybody."
  • 00:18:50.408 --> 00:18:54.245
  • We're trying to live up to thatwhich the early church did when
  • 00:18:54.278 --> 00:18:58.382
  • they had that kind of growth.
  • 00:18:58.416 --> 00:19:00.885
  • Matthew 25, Jesus said, "I washungry, you gave me bread.
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  • I was thirsty, you gave mewater.
  • 00:19:06.357 --> 00:19:08.759
  • I was a stranger, you took mein.
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  • I was sick, and you came untome."
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  • This is what the church is.
  • 00:19:14.398 --> 00:19:17.335
  • This is what the church does.
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  • It's a wonderful opportunityand we know God will do
  • 00:19:20.538 --> 00:19:24.141
  • wonderful things.
  • 00:19:24.175 --> 00:19:25.776
  • The church in this crisis shouldbe stronger, more powerful,
  • 00:19:25.810 --> 00:19:30.581
  • deeper, and wider than it's everbeen in its history.
  • 00:19:30.615 --> 00:19:34.585
  • What is the answer?
  • 00:19:34.619 --> 00:19:36.087
  • The signs of the times, oh,they're so dark, but the church
  • 00:19:36.120 --> 00:19:40.258
  • needs to be therewith the light, and the love,
  • 00:19:40.291 --> 00:19:43.527
  • and the therapy, and the touch,and the generosity of the body
  • 00:19:43.561 --> 00:19:47.765
  • of Christ.
  • 00:19:47.798 --> 00:19:49.400
  • The church is to be the hands,and the arms, and the eyes
  • 00:19:49.433 --> 00:19:52.003
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:19:52.036 --> 00:19:53.638
  • Jesus is not here.
  • 00:19:53.671 --> 00:19:54.972
  • He left us here empoweredby the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:55.006 --> 00:19:57.708
  • Jesus said, "I will put togethermy church, a church so expansive
  • 00:19:57.742 --> 00:20:02.380
  • with energy that not eventhe gates of hell, not even
  • 00:20:02.413 --> 00:20:07.685
  • coronavirus can keep it out."
  • 00:20:07.718 --> 00:20:09.954
  • It will go and destroy,and heal, and touch.
  • 00:20:09.987 --> 00:20:12.556
  • Nothing can stop the church.
  • 00:20:12.590 --> 00:20:14.759
  • It is marching on and on.
  • 00:20:14.792 --> 00:20:16.694
  • So how do you know a church isauthentic body of Christ?
  • 00:20:16.727 --> 00:20:21.065
  • First of all, it is reaching,and it is ministry, and it is
  • 00:20:21.098 --> 00:20:25.536
  • loving, and it's introducingpeople to him who gives life
  • 00:20:25.569 --> 00:20:29.874
  • meaningful here and lifemeaningful forever in heaven.
  • 00:20:29.907 --> 00:20:33.577
  • What's the second thing?
  • 00:20:33.611 --> 00:20:35.446
  • We also teach.
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  • We reach and we teach.
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  • We teach families and homes.
  • 00:20:40.084 --> 00:20:42.486
  • And what a wonderful timeof teaching we have now.
  • 00:20:42.520 --> 00:20:44.789
  • I can't tell you how manyfamilies have said, "It's been
  • 00:20:44.822 --> 00:20:47.325
  • great to be with my kids.
  • 00:20:47.358 --> 00:20:49.126
  • It's been great to go to schoolwith my kids."
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:51.562
  • What a moment.
  • 00:20:51.595 --> 00:20:53.397
  • It's been great to have qualitytime.
  • 00:20:53.431 --> 00:20:56.701
  • And somebody said, "Well,the only problem is I've told my
  • 00:20:56.734 --> 00:20:59.904
  • wife all these years, 'Well,when I have time,
  • 00:20:59.937 --> 00:21:02.440
  • I'll clean out the garage."'
  • 00:21:02.473 --> 00:21:04.442
  • And guess what?We have time.
  • 00:21:04.475 --> 00:21:07.945
  • We have time to do it.
  • 00:21:07.978 --> 00:21:09.513
  • What a sacred moment.
  • 00:21:09.547 --> 00:21:11.215
  • Who could plan it?
  • 00:21:11.248 --> 00:21:12.550
  • All the other things thatdistract families, and kids,
  • 00:21:12.583 --> 00:21:15.453
  • and wives, and husbands, nowwe're just in there together
  • 00:21:15.486 --> 00:21:19.423
  • to built, I trust,a relationship and a love,
  • 00:21:19.457 --> 00:21:23.160
  • and to enhance the bodyof Christ.
  • 00:21:23.194 --> 00:21:25.629
  • Those who can are reachingout and serving.
  • 00:21:25.663 --> 00:21:27.798
  • We have over a thousand involvedin all kinds of ministries
  • 00:21:27.832 --> 00:21:31.469
  • in this time of seriousnessin our city.
  • 00:21:31.502 --> 00:21:34.905
  • But also in the homes, God isdoing some magnificent things.
  • 00:21:34.939 --> 00:21:39.977
  • The answer--the answer to thisvirus is the body of Christ,
  • 00:21:40.010 --> 00:21:46.016
  • a church so expansivewith energy that even whatever
  • 00:21:47.351 --> 00:21:52.056
  • comes up, the gates of hell willnot keep it out.
  • 00:21:52.089 --> 00:21:56.260
  • Life, death, victory, the bodyof Christ.
  • 00:21:56.293 --> 00:22:01.465
  • I had a friend years ago.
  • 00:22:01.499 --> 00:22:04.535
  • He was in Puerto Rico, and he'dbeen there for many months.
  • 00:22:04.568 --> 00:22:08.038
  • And he was so glad to go home,he went to the airport, and he
  • 00:22:08.072 --> 00:22:11.575
  • was seated there, and he gota "USA Today," and got a cup
  • 00:22:11.609 --> 00:22:15.012
  • of coffee, waiting for his planeto arrive.
  • 00:22:15.045 --> 00:22:18.082
  • While he was sitting there, heheard two little boys arguing.
  • 00:22:18.115 --> 00:22:22.353
  • It was across the way and heassumed they were brothers.
  • 00:22:22.386 --> 00:22:25.222
  • One looked to be about eightand one was probably five.
  • 00:22:25.256 --> 00:22:29.260
  • And before long he heard, "Pow."
  • 00:22:29.293 --> 00:22:32.963
  • And the older brother had
  • 00:22:32.997 --> 00:22:34.799
  • slapped the littlefive-year-old.
  • 00:22:34.832 --> 00:22:36.801
  • And the five-year-old, you seethe whip on his face.
  • 00:22:36.834 --> 00:22:38.602
  • He began to cry.
  • 00:22:38.636 --> 00:22:39.937
  • And in a minute, he lookedover there and said, "Where's
  • 00:22:39.970 --> 00:22:43.674
  • the mom and dad?"
  • 00:22:43.707 --> 00:22:45.810
  • And then he looked away again,and then he heard, "Whap, whap,
  • 00:22:45.843 --> 00:22:49.346
  • whap," and that eight-year-oldhad that five-year-old
  • 00:22:49.380 --> 00:22:52.450
  • down on the floor in thatairport lounge, and he was
  • 00:22:52.483 --> 00:22:55.619
  • pounding and pounding him.
  • 00:22:55.653 --> 00:22:57.555
  • Blood was coming off his faceand he said, "Where's his mom
  • 00:22:57.588 --> 00:23:00.858
  • and dad?"
  • 00:23:00.891 --> 00:23:02.193
  • He said, "I got up there, and Igot the older boy, and I pulled
  • 00:23:02.226 --> 00:23:04.462
  • him off.
  • 00:23:04.495 --> 00:23:06.096
  • And I got the little boy up whowas crying hysterically
  • 00:23:06.130 --> 00:23:08.466
  • and bleeding on his face."
  • 00:23:08.499 --> 00:23:09.900
  • He said, "Where's the momand dad?"
  • 00:23:09.934 --> 00:23:13.671
  • And then the announcement came,"Last call for flight to Miami."
  • 00:23:13.704 --> 00:23:18.175
  • And he said, "All right."
  • 00:23:18.209 --> 00:23:19.543
  • He looked to other people therewho were disinterested and he
  • 00:23:19.577 --> 00:23:23.280
  • said, "You keep these boysapart.
  • 00:23:23.314 --> 00:23:25.049
  • Find their parents."
  • 00:23:25.082 --> 00:23:27.017
  • And he went and got on the planeand sat down.
  • 00:23:27.051 --> 00:23:29.620
  • He said, "I was so upsetand broken.
  • 00:23:29.653 --> 00:23:33.357
  • I tried to read.I couldn't do it."
  • 00:23:33.390 --> 00:23:34.925
  • He said, "Then I began to think,what's the answer for that--
  • 00:23:34.959 --> 00:23:40.297
  • particularly the eight-year-old?
  • 00:23:40.331 --> 00:23:42.800
  • If he is using his fistat eight, beating up his brother
  • 00:23:42.833 --> 00:23:48.072
  • who was totally defensive, Iwonder what he'll be doing when
  • 00:23:48.105 --> 00:23:52.109
  • he's 18."
  • 00:23:52.142 --> 00:23:54.445
  • Would he be throwing knivesor bullets?
  • 00:23:54.478 --> 00:23:58.182
  • Then he said, "What isthe answer for that guy?
  • 00:23:58.215 --> 00:24:02.419
  • Do you think he's gonna grow up,and marry, and have children,
  • 00:24:02.453 --> 00:24:05.656
  • and have a home, and a life thatcounts?
  • 00:24:05.689 --> 00:24:09.793
  • What's gonna make a differencein his life?"
  • 00:24:09.827 --> 00:24:11.662
  • He said, "Well, maybe they couldelect some better people
  • 00:24:11.695 --> 00:24:14.698
  • in government and they'll passsome laws and--" he said, "No,
  • 00:24:14.732 --> 00:24:18.369
  • that really won't help him."
  • 00:24:18.402 --> 00:24:20.704
  • He said, "Well, maybe he'll goand get a fine education.
  • 00:24:20.738 --> 00:24:23.474
  • He'll wake up and realize somevalues and that will
  • 00:24:23.507 --> 00:24:26.944
  • change him."
  • 00:24:26.977 --> 00:24:28.279
  • He said, "No, that won't helphim."
  • 00:24:28.312 --> 00:24:30.614
  • He said, I realized the onlything, the only thing that would
  • 00:24:30.648 --> 00:24:34.952
  • change that boy, and heal thatyounger brother, and awaken
  • 00:24:34.985 --> 00:24:39.857
  • the family in which they wereliving was the body of Christ,
  • 00:24:39.890 --> 00:24:44.395
  • the church.
  • 00:24:44.428 --> 00:24:46.096
  • The church is the answer.
  • 00:24:46.130 --> 00:24:49.400
  • To virus today, to confusiontomorrow, to all the world's
  • 00:24:49.433 --> 00:24:54.705
  • maladies, it is the bodyof Christ.
  • 00:24:54.738 --> 00:24:58.876
  • In such a time as this, we tryto read the signs of the time.
  • 00:24:58.909 --> 00:25:03.614
  • God's answer is the church,alive and functioning as he
  • 00:25:03.647 --> 00:25:09.653
  • intends for it to live, as heintends for it to function.
  • 00:25:10.521 --> 00:25:14.458
  • male announcer: Trials are woveninto the very fabric of life.
  • 00:25:15.626 --> 00:25:19.630
  • When we least expect it, stormscan come and turn our lives
  • 00:25:19.663 --> 00:25:23.133
  • upside down.
  • 00:25:23.167 --> 00:25:24.668
  • They can come crashinglike waves on our finances, our
  • 00:25:24.702 --> 00:25:28.138
  • health, and our relationships.
  • 00:25:28.172 --> 00:25:30.608
  • So how do we weather thesestorms and turn the trials
  • 00:25:30.641 --> 00:25:33.611
  • of life into triumphs?
  • 00:25:33.644 --> 00:25:35.846
  • In his booklet, "Hopein the Storms of Life," Dr.
  • 00:25:35.879 --> 00:25:39.483
  • Ed Young looks at howthe Apostle Paul, though beaten,
  • 00:25:39.516 --> 00:25:42.620
  • robbed, and shipwrecked, foundgreat joy in life, a joy that
  • 00:25:42.653 --> 00:25:47.224
  • our Heavenly Father wantsto fill your life.
  • 00:25:47.257 --> 00:25:49.994
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  • When trials come your way, youcan turn those trials
  • 00:26:03.774 --> 00:26:07.945
  • into triumphs.
  • 00:26:07.978 --> 00:26:11.015
  • Ed Young: Jesus has given usa clear test to determine
  • 00:26:12.650 --> 00:26:16.453
  • whether or not we're real asmembers of his family.
  • 00:26:16.487 --> 00:26:19.790
  • He says we're to love oneanother as he loves us.
  • 00:26:19.823 --> 00:26:23.227
  • Now, how do we do that?
  • 00:26:23.260 --> 00:26:24.695
  • We love God and put him firstin everything we do
  • 00:26:24.728 --> 00:26:27.798
  • and demonstrate that we are realby loving those who are
  • 00:26:27.831 --> 00:26:31.235
  • around us.
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  • In these difficult times, wehave a unique opportunity to be
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  • the hands and feet of Jesuswherever we go.
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  • Today, you may feel lost,or alone, or scared.
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  • Now more than ever, we needto reach out and share our
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  • burdens with one another.
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  • There's nothing like an unhealedperson to get in the
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  • healing business.
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  • Listen, call the number on yourscreen.
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  • We want to lift you up in prayerand encourage you right where
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  • you are.
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  • This week, look for ways thatyou can demonstrate love
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  • to everybody that's around you.
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  • Listen, this is what we'recalled to do as members
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  • of his family.
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  • And thank you for watchingtoday.
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  • I'm always grateful that you are
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  • a part of "The WinningWalk" family.
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  • ♪♪♪
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