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October 23, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: We don't earn ourway to heaven, that's nonsense.
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  • We could never qualify or begood enough to justify the grace
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  • and the mercy of God, but thereis a responsibility that comes
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  • with being a recipient of grace.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again, we're gonna
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  • complete our study on "God BlessAmerica Again."
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  • We realize God has blessed us,it's an unmistakable part of our
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  • story, but we're asking forGod's blessing upon us now so
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  • that the next chapters willreflect the goodness and the
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  • mercy and the grace and thepower of the God we worship,
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  • and to do that we're gonna haveto be different.
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  • The problem isn't the wicked orthe immoral or the politicians
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  • or Washington DC, the problem isthose of us that have imagined
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  • ourselves to be Christfollowers; if we want God's best
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  • we're gonna have to reorient ourlives towards him.
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  • Now that's not bad news, that'sexciting, God loves us enough to
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  • repurpose us, reposition us,discipline us.
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  • Hebrews says, "Who endurehardship as discipline from the
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  • Lord," this has been a year ofhardship.
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  • Our lives have been disrupted,many of our jobs have been
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  • disrupted, our children'sroutines have been disrupted, we
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  • have had diseases that we don'tknow much about, God's doing
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  • this so that you and I can comeinto a better place.
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  • Don't be filled with fear ordismay or anger or hatred or
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  • resentment, let's begin toquietly say to the Lord, "Lord,
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  • I'm listening, I wanna cooperatewith you, I want to become the
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  • man or woman through whom youcan accomplish your purposes."
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  • God is moving in the earth andhe's called you and me to be a
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  • part of this very unique season.
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  • Grab your Bible, get a notepad,open your heart, let's begin to
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  • listen, the spirit of God ismoving and I know you want to be
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  • a part of that.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: We've been alittle timid to say what Jesus
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  • said of himself, that, "No mancomes to the Father except
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  • by [him,] that [he is] the way,the truth and the life,"
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  • that's our message.
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  • In 1 Timothy 4, in verse 1, itsays, "The spirit clearly says
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  • that in the latter times somewill abandon the faith and will
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  • follow deceiving spirits andthings taught by demons."
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  • When the truth is rejected, wewon't tolerate it in our
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  • schools, we won't tolerate it inthe Supreme Court, and we won't
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  • tolerate it in the halls ofgovernment, when we reject God's
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  • truth demonic influences fillthe void and we begin to
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  • descend, to deteriorate into allsorts of ungodly choices,
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  • immoral behavior; we begin toestablish new norms.
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  • In James chapter 3, and verse14, it says, "If you have bitter
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  • jealousy and selfish ambition inyour heart, do not be arrogant
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  • and so lie against the truth.
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  • This wisdom is not that whichcomes from above but it's
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  • earthly, natural, demonic.
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  • For where jealousy and selfishambition exist, there is
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  • disorder and every evil thing."
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  • James is the plain language bookof the New Testament, if you're
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  • having kind of a blue day maybeyou shouldn't read James, he
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  • gets in your business but hereminds us that carnal responses
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  • from those who purport to beGod's people opens the
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  • floodgates for disorder andevery evil thing.
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  • We don't have to cast about forcause and effect, if we will
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  • humble ourselves and pray Godwill move; that is such a
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  • freeing idea if we can get ourhearts around it.
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  • Now, I want to take the minutesI have left and see if we can
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  • craft a response, because I'mnot a pessimist.
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  • I think we're standing on theprecipice of the greatest moving
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  • of the Spirit of God that we'veever known.
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  • I believe we can see the Gospelof the kingdom preached in the
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  • world with a clarity and anauthority and a pervasiveness
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  • that will exceed anything ourworld has ever known.
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  • I believe we will see the Spiritof God move in power, and lives
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  • be changed, people walk out ofthe shadows in humility and
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  • repent, that the fear of Godwill come upon entire blocs of
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  • people in ways we haven't seen.
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  • I believe for our owncongregation, our future, we
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  • will see more people coming tofaith, being filled with the
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  • Spirit, cooperating with God,than any time in our history as
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  • a congregation.
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  • I believe it, but I don'tbelieve it will happen in a
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  • vacuum, it will happen becauseof our choices, because of our
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  • willingness to bend our knee andto change our hearts, so what
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  • can we do, what is our responseto me?
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  • That's the question I'm askedmore than anything else in this
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  • season; I think we feelpowerless, we feel helpless, we
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  • feel overwhelmed.
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  • Well I want to go back to Jameschapter 1, beginning in verse
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  • 21, he says, "Therefore, get ridof all moral filth and the evil
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  • that is so prevalent and humblyaccept the Word planted in you,
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  • which can save you.
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  • Do not merely listen to the Wordand so deceive yourselves, do
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  • what it says."
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  • Again, the language is veryplain, it's clear that James
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  • isn't writing to pagans, to theungodly or immoral, he's
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  • speaking to people that heimagines to be a part of the
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  • church, and he said, "Get rid ofall moral filth and the evil
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  • that is so prevalent," sowidespread, so easily embraced,
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  • "And humbly accept God's Wordthat is planted in you."
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  • If you need a little moredefinition, if you need
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  • something for reflection, if youjust casually shrug that off and
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  • say, "Well there's no moralfilth in me," I'll give you a
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  • little bit of a homeworkassignment.
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  • Go take Galatians chapter 5,verses 19 and 20, and just
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  • meditate on them, ask the Spiritof God if you've given any place
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  • in your life to thoseexpressions of your
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  • carnal nature.
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  • See again, I think we oftenthink of sin as being some huge,
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  • gross, immoral, a serial killeror somebody that's planning acts
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  • of terrorism against largegroups of people, but it's the
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  • small things.
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  • It's the things we tolerate, theattitudes of our heart, the
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  • behaviors we excuse, theobedience that we don't give
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  • expression to, it's what makesus vulnerable.
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  • And James instruction isn't toget rid of most of it or the
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  • ones that are most troubling,but to not tolerate any, "Get
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  • rid of all the filth," he said.
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  • Don't give your carnal nature anexcuse, don't justify it, the
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  • poor behavior of someone elsedoes not justify our equally
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  • poor behavior.
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  • Again, we're in a battle.
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  • Folks, there's some amazingthings happening, our own state
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  • legislature last week, passed afetal heartbeat bill, it was a
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  • part of our governorslegislative agenda, both houses
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  • have passed it, the governorwill sign it, it'll protect the
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  • lives of untold hundreds ofchildren across Tennessee.
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  • It's a powerful step, there'salready enormous dollars flowing
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  • into the legal suits tocounteract it but your prayers,
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  • your voice, your influence, yourawareness makes a difference.
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  • "Get rid of all moral filth"we've been accepting for
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  • too long, not of others,of our own selves.
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  • James said to humble ourselvesand to accept God's Word, if you
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  • don't read it you don't know itwell enough to accept it.
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  • And he said we have to choose tobe obedient, obedience is a
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  • choice, most choices in my lifethat have discipline attached to
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  • them are not always attached tothe sense of fun.
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  • And if I get to choose, I'drather have cake and vegetables,
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  • if I get to choose, I'd ratherhave ice cream than broccoli,
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  • every time.
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  • But I've learned that for mywell being I have to sometimes
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  • make choices that reflectdiscipline more than just a
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  • preference towards pleasure, andthe same is true in our pursuit
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  • of the Lord.
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  • I know to an extent I'mpreaching to the choir, it's a
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  • Wednesday night Church servicebut the choir needs
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  • to know the truth, too.
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  • I want to borrow two messages totwo churches, they're delivered
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  • by Jesus himself.
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  • The book of Revelation openswith messages to seven churches
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  • and I'd like to borrow themessage to two of those.
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  • But in Revelation chapter 3, inverse 1, it's a message to the
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  • church of Sardis, it says, "Tothe angel of the church in
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  • Sardis write," do you have theimagination that there's angels
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  • attached to communitiesof faith?
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  • That we're not just here on ourown, that we're not just a
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  • glorified Bible study societyand we're not just here because
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  • of a style of worship or becausewe have space for an outdoors--
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  • that there's actually angelicinvolvement in who we are and
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  • what we're doing?
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  • See, where we were typicallymore--well, I don't know why
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  • we're more willing to believe inunclean or unhealthy spiritual
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  • forces than we are and thebenefit of the angels that stand
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  • guard over us.
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  • We want to begin to align ourlives, engage in behaviors,
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  • listen to the Spirit of God sothat those forces that have been
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  • arrayed on our behalf we canreceive the full benefit.
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  • "To the angel of the church ofSardis write: These are the
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  • words of Him who holds the sevenSpirits of God and the seven
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  • stars, I know your deeds: youhave a reputation of being alive
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  • but you're dead.
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  • Wake up, strengthen what remainsand is about to die, for I have
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  • not found your deeds complete inthe sight of my God.
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  • Remember, what you have receivedand heard, obey it and repent.
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  • But if you don't wake up, I'llcome like a thief and you'll not
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  • know at what timeI'll come to you.
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  • You have a few people in Sardiswho have not soiled their
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  • clothes, they will walk with medressed in white for they
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  • are worthy.
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  • He who overcomes will like thembe dressed in white, I will
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  • never blot out His name from thebook of life but will
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  • acknowledge His name before myFather and his angels.
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  • He who has an ear, let him hearwhat the spirit says to
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  • the churches."
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  • It's a sobering passage; again,it's written to believers not to
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  • pagans or the ungodly, it's notdelivered to a group of people
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  • that have devolved into paganrevelry, it's written to
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  • a church.
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  • And he says that you have areputation but it doesn't line
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  • up with your reality, yourreputation is that you're alive
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  • but your reality is you're dead.
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  • Lots of activity, lots ofmovement, lots of things you can
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  • point to but you're spirituallydead, and then he says it more
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  • plainly, "Wake up," you'reasleep, wake up.
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  • If I had to look for one word todescribe contemporary American
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  • evangelicalism I think asleepwould be the most accurate, it's
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  • not necessarily a description ofwickedness or evil, when you're
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  • asleep you're unconcerned, youruninvolved, just unaware.
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  • Rest is a necessary thing but ifall you do is rest you forfeit
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  • what you were created for, theproductivity of your life; and
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  • we've been inert long enough.
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  • We've been told when we werepresented with ungodliness and
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  • immorality and wickedness thatwe should be tolerant, and so we
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  • were silent, and then we observewhen those that have been
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  • advocating for wickedness orungodly or immorality gain a
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  • position of authority and powerthey're anything but tolerant;
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  • they want to eliminateany dissent.
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  • We better wake up, we betterstand for the truth
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  • of the living God thathe's put in our hearts.
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  • And then Jesus said tothe church at Sardis,
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  • you need to get stronger,your deeds are incomplete.
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  • Again, I think we've got tore-imagine a little bit how
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  • we've understood our faith,"Pastor, I said the Sinner's
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  • Prayer, I've been baptized,I volunteer some,
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  • I even give some."
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  • Jesus is acknowledging thatthey've had some momentum, he
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  • said you've got to get stronger,you have things to overcome.
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  • I think the first response thatcomes with it, "Well I'm not
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  • sure I want to, couldn't we justgo back to the safer place where
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  • I could nap more?"
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  • And the answer is no, that'swhere we started with Isaiah and
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  • Jeremiah, when the people said,"We like it the way it is."
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  • I believe we need to hear whatthe Spirit is saying to us,
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  • we're gonna have to getstronger, we're gonna have to
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  • train in new ways.
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  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
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  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course and the direction ofour nation, and I believe
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  • because of our faith we havebeen uniquely blessed by God.
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  • Now, our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
  • 00:13:57.019 --> 00:14:00.422
  • freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:14:00.456 --> 00:14:03.359
  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads, it's a line of
  • 00:14:03.392 --> 00:14:05.761
  • demarcation, we're gonna choosea direction very soon and it's
  • 00:14:05.794 --> 00:14:08.330
  • not about an election.
  • 00:14:08.364 --> 00:14:09.899
  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
  • 00:14:09.932 --> 00:14:13.235
  • has proven to be in our history,we need a God perspective.
  • 00:14:13.269 --> 00:14:16.372
  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of the
  • 00:14:16.405 --> 00:14:18.807
  • wicked, the great challenge weface is the indifference of the
  • 00:14:18.841 --> 00:14:21.977
  • faithful, we've got to have aheart change.
  • 00:14:22.011 --> 00:14:25.247
  • Well I work for several weeksand put together some lessons
  • 00:14:25.281 --> 00:14:28.183
  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them with
  • 00:14:28.217 --> 00:14:29.919
  • you, we put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
  • 00:14:29.952 --> 00:14:32.855
  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation, he called
  • 00:14:32.888 --> 00:14:35.391
  • us into existence and he hassustained us.
  • 00:14:35.424 --> 00:14:38.260
  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
  • 00:14:38.294 --> 00:14:40.562
  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
  • 00:14:40.596 --> 00:14:43.532
  • or an election, we need aprophetic perspective from God
  • 00:14:43.565 --> 00:14:47.102
  • right now.
  • 00:14:47.136 --> 00:14:48.470
  • Enjoy the book.
  • 00:14:48.504 --> 00:14:49.805
  • male announcer: When donatingtoday, you'll receive Pastor
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  • Allen's sermon CD that discusseswhat it will take to bring
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  • healing to our nation.
  • 00:14:55.177 --> 00:14:56.612
  • Plus, those who donate $25 ormore will also receive his new
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  • Or by visiting AllenJackson.com.
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  • Allen Jackson: And then Jesussaid, "You have to obey
  • 00:15:13.395 --> 00:15:15.531
  • and repent."
  • 00:15:15.564 --> 00:15:17.866
  • And maybe the most sobering partof that whole message, he
  • 00:15:17.900 --> 00:15:20.869
  • describes, he said, "I'll neverblot out his name from the book
  • 00:15:20.903 --> 00:15:24.440
  • of life those who overcome," buthe's open the possibility of
  • 00:15:24.473 --> 00:15:28.744
  • your name being blotted out;we've been a bit smug, we've
  • 00:15:28.777 --> 00:15:32.514
  • been a bit self-certain, a bitself-righteous.
  • 00:15:32.548 --> 00:15:36.618
  • We'd rather reflect on thesecurity of our position than
  • 00:15:36.652 --> 00:15:39.555
  • focus on the responsibility ofour lives as Christ followers.
  • 00:15:39.588 --> 00:15:44.593
  • We don't earn our way to heaven,that's nonsense, we can never
  • 00:15:44.626 --> 00:15:48.063
  • qualify or be good enough tojustify the grace and the mercy
  • 00:15:48.097 --> 00:15:52.201
  • of God, but there is aresponsibility that comes with
  • 00:15:52.234 --> 00:15:55.671
  • being a recipient of grace.
  • 00:15:55.704 --> 00:16:01.377
  • Now I said two churches, theother's the church of Laodicea,
  • 00:16:01.410 --> 00:16:04.847
  • it's the same chapter, it'sRevelation 3, and the message is
  • 00:16:04.880 --> 00:16:08.250
  • very similar, Jesus said, "Iknow your deeds."
  • 00:16:08.283 --> 00:16:12.654
  • Have you ever thought of it, Imean really thought about it,
  • 00:16:12.688 --> 00:16:14.323
  • reflected on, spent days walkingaround thinking, "Jesus is
  • 00:16:14.356 --> 00:16:18.093
  • paying attention to what we do,"I know your deeds.
  • 00:16:18.127 --> 00:16:24.133
  • Nothing's hidden from him, "It'snot hard to fool Pastor, he's
  • 00:16:25.934 --> 00:16:30.773
  • not that clever and we're notthat close together," I can't
  • 00:16:30.806 --> 00:16:33.542
  • see your faces back there underthe trees, but Jesus said,
  • 00:16:33.575 --> 00:16:39.515
  • "I know your deeds."
  • 00:16:39.548 --> 00:16:41.984
  • To the Laodiceans, he said, "Iknow your deeds, you're neither
  • 00:16:42.017 --> 00:16:44.720
  • hot nor cold, I wish you wereeither one or the other.
  • 00:16:44.753 --> 00:16:48.023
  • Because you're lukewarm, neitherhot or cold, I'm about to spit
  • 00:16:48.057 --> 00:16:51.427
  • you out of my mouth."
  • 00:16:51.460 --> 00:16:53.462
  • I don't want you around me, Idon't want you in the middle of
  • 00:16:53.495 --> 00:16:57.966
  • the road he said, I have notolerance for lukewarm.
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:04.006
  • "You say," this is ourself-evaluation, "You say, 'I am
  • 00:17:05.207 --> 00:17:08.844
  • rich, I've acquired wealth and Idon't need a thing,' but you
  • 00:17:08.877 --> 00:17:14.750
  • don't realize that you'rewretched, pitiful, poor, blind
  • 00:17:14.783 --> 00:17:18.253
  • and naked."
  • 00:17:18.287 --> 00:17:21.557
  • It's an intriguing comparison tome, he said we say to ourselves
  • 00:17:21.590 --> 00:17:26.395
  • that I'm rich and I don't needanything, but he said in reality
  • 00:17:26.428 --> 00:17:32.234
  • you're blind and naked.
  • 00:17:32.267 --> 00:17:35.537
  • I wanna ask you a question, howdeceived do you have to be to be
  • 00:17:35.571 --> 00:17:39.675
  • blind and naked and not know it?
  • 00:17:39.708 --> 00:17:45.447
  • This isn't like a subtle thing,Jesus describes it as lukewarm.
  • 00:17:45.481 --> 00:17:50.853
  • See I don't think we imaginethat that comparison is a
  • 00:17:50.886 --> 00:17:53.622
  • lukewarm comparison, that feelslike completely frozen, but
  • 00:17:53.655 --> 00:17:58.193
  • that's not how Jesus sees it.
  • 00:17:58.227 --> 00:18:00.562
  • He said if you don't recognizethat you have a need, if you're
  • 00:18:00.596 --> 00:18:03.665
  • not aware of your dependence, ifyou imagine that you're
  • 00:18:03.699 --> 00:18:06.201
  • self-sufficient, that you haveacquired everything necessary
  • 00:18:06.235 --> 00:18:10.672
  • for your journey, that if thosethoughts have taken root in your
  • 00:18:10.706 --> 00:18:14.710
  • heart and your emotions, hesaid, "You're wretched and
  • 00:18:14.743 --> 00:18:17.613
  • pitiful, blind and naked," butthen he gives us the solution.
  • 00:18:17.646 --> 00:18:20.983
  • He said, "I counsel you, buyfrom me gold refined in the
  • 00:18:21.016 --> 00:18:24.753
  • fire, you can become rich, inwhite clothes to wear so you can
  • 00:18:24.786 --> 00:18:29.491
  • cover your shameful nakedness,and salve to put on your eyes so
  • 00:18:29.525 --> 00:18:33.462
  • you can see."
  • 00:18:33.495 --> 00:18:34.796
  • He doesn't abandon them, hedoesn't cast them out, it's not
  • 00:18:34.830 --> 00:18:37.032
  • a shame-based analysis, it's anaccurate diagnosis with
  • 00:18:37.065 --> 00:18:42.638
  • a resolution.
  • 00:18:42.671 --> 00:18:45.374
  • You have a terminal conditionand you're about to be
  • 00:18:45.407 --> 00:18:47.509
  • terminated but there's atreatment that's 100% effective,
  • 00:18:47.543 --> 00:18:52.681
  • that's good news, you missedthe amen spot.
  • 00:18:52.714 --> 00:18:58.720
  • "Those whom I love I rebukeand discipline."
  • 00:19:01.690 --> 00:19:06.595
  • If you find that happening inyour heart or your thoughts or
  • 00:19:06.628 --> 00:19:09.431
  • your emotions, in these next fewdays, rather than be resentful
  • 00:19:09.464 --> 00:19:15.470
  • or embittered, how about justsaying quietly within ourselves,
  • 00:19:15.704 --> 00:19:19.374
  • "Lord, I'm listening, I'mlistening, I'll accept a rebuke
  • 00:19:19.408 --> 00:19:25.414
  • from a pagan if you want tobring counsel to me from an
  • 00:19:26.615 --> 00:19:31.320
  • ungodly source, I'm listening."
  • 00:19:31.353 --> 00:19:36.491
  • "Those I love I rebuke anddiscipline, so be earnest
  • 00:19:36.525 --> 00:19:40.963
  • and repent.
  • 00:19:40.996 --> 00:19:42.364
  • Here I am, I stand at the doorand knock, and if anyone hears
  • 00:19:42.397 --> 00:19:44.967
  • my voice and opens the door,I'll come in and eat with him
  • 00:19:45.000 --> 00:19:47.903
  • and he with me."
  • 00:19:47.936 --> 00:19:50.072
  • My grandmother had a picture inher home, I remember it, it was
  • 00:19:50.105 --> 00:19:53.408
  • Jesus standing at the door,anybody remember that picture?
  • 00:19:53.442 --> 00:19:57.212
  • It had that verse of Scriptureon it, I remember reading it as
  • 00:19:57.246 --> 00:20:00.315
  • a boy in her house when we wouldvisit, I always thought of it in
  • 00:20:00.349 --> 00:20:03.051
  • terms of evangelism.
  • 00:20:03.085 --> 00:20:04.419
  • Jesus is standing at the door atthe heart of somebody who's an
  • 00:20:04.453 --> 00:20:07.556
  • unbeliever and he's knocking,and if the unbeliever would open
  • 00:20:07.589 --> 00:20:10.192
  • the door and come in, they canbe a part of the kingdom of God.
  • 00:20:10.225 --> 00:20:14.029
  • It's a nice thought, it's justnot the context; it's written to
  • 00:20:14.062 --> 00:20:17.833
  • a church, it's written tobelievers, to a group of
  • 00:20:17.866 --> 00:20:20.936
  • believers who are soself-assured, so smug and so
  • 00:20:20.969 --> 00:20:23.639
  • self-righteous they don't know,they're not aware they have
  • 00:20:23.672 --> 00:20:25.974
  • any need.
  • 00:20:26.008 --> 00:20:27.876
  • There's nothing desperate abouttheir faith and Jesus said
  • 00:20:27.909 --> 00:20:31.680
  • they're in the most desperateposition, they're about to
  • 00:20:31.713 --> 00:20:33.548
  • forfeit everything and be spewedout of his mouth, and he said
  • 00:20:33.582 --> 00:20:36.351
  • but I'm standing at the doorasking for an invitation, and if
  • 00:20:36.385 --> 00:20:42.391
  • you'll invite me in,I'll come in.
  • 00:20:43.859 --> 00:20:48.563
  • What do we have to lose bysaying to the "Lord, I'm sorry
  • 00:20:48.597 --> 00:20:54.603
  • for my heart condition, eventhough I haven't understood
  • 00:20:56.138 --> 00:21:00.242
  • fully why I was responsible, howI sat in the middle of the decay
  • 00:21:00.275 --> 00:21:04.179
  • of our socialist society and thecollapse of the influence of
  • 00:21:04.212 --> 00:21:10.218
  • Christianity, I've presided overthat and I've managed to say to
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:15.891
  • myself, 'It couldn't be me.'
  • 00:21:15.924 --> 00:21:18.760
  • I'm sorry Lord, I want towelcome you into my life."
  • 00:21:18.794 --> 00:21:24.733
  • It's a powerful, powerfulmessage for us, Jesus said he'd
  • 00:21:24.766 --> 00:21:28.537
  • give us white clothes to wear, Idon't have the time to walk you
  • 00:21:28.570 --> 00:21:31.940
  • through that but in Revelation19, it's the righteous acts of
  • 00:21:31.973 --> 00:21:36.178
  • the saints.
  • 00:21:36.211 --> 00:21:37.512
  • I know righteousness is a giftfrom Jesus but our willingness
  • 00:21:37.546 --> 00:21:39.948
  • to act righteously earns areward from our Father in
  • 00:21:39.981 --> 00:21:44.453
  • heaven, not to earn our way intothe blessings of God but God
  • 00:21:44.486 --> 00:21:49.591
  • responds to our choices to actrighteously.
  • 00:21:49.624 --> 00:21:52.794
  • In revelation 7, it's ourapplication of the cross, the
  • 00:21:52.828 --> 00:21:57.165
  • redemptive work of Jesus.
  • 00:21:57.199 --> 00:22:00.235
  • I think it's worth noting thesequence to what Jesus said to
  • 00:22:00.268 --> 00:22:02.804
  • us, "Be earnest and repent,"that conviction will
  • 00:22:02.838 --> 00:22:08.410
  • precede repentance.
  • 00:22:08.443 --> 00:22:11.880
  • I'm asking the Lord to give ussome holy discontentment,
  • 00:22:11.913 --> 00:22:16.184
  • to stir us a little bit that wewon't be satisfied.
  • 00:22:16.218 --> 00:22:18.720
  • If you lose some sleep, if youengage in some things that
  • 00:22:18.754 --> 00:22:22.824
  • you've been fully comfortable indoing previously, I'm praying
  • 00:22:22.858 --> 00:22:26.128
  • you're less comfortable withthem if they don't honor the
  • 00:22:26.161 --> 00:22:28.230
  • Lord fully; that any place wherewe've been lukewarm that we'll
  • 00:22:28.263 --> 00:22:32.300
  • begin to have a sense ofdiscontentment.
  • 00:22:32.334 --> 00:22:37.072
  • If we've put our trust in thingsor ourself, or our strength, or
  • 00:22:37.105 --> 00:22:40.175
  • our wisdom, that the Spirit ofGod will begin to convict us so
  • 00:22:40.208 --> 00:22:44.279
  • that we can choose then responseof repentance, amen?
  • 00:22:44.312 --> 00:22:50.318
  • So that's our target, we'regonna take a series of lessons
  • 00:22:54.189 --> 00:22:59.261
  • and begin to say, "God, we'renot asking for you to raise up
  • 00:22:59.294 --> 00:23:02.697
  • somebody else, we're not askingsomebody else to be different,
  • 00:23:02.731 --> 00:23:07.903
  • we're saying to you, we're gonnachoose you with our whole hearts
  • 00:23:07.936 --> 00:23:11.807
  • like we've neverchosen you before.
  • 00:23:11.840 --> 00:23:14.109
  • No more excuses, no moresloppiness, we understand the
  • 00:23:14.142 --> 00:23:20.148
  • significance of the season,"and I believe we will see
  • 00:23:20.248 --> 00:23:24.786
  • God respond.
  • 00:23:24.820 --> 00:23:26.988
  • We're gonna get the pools backout, we're gonna baptize folks
  • 00:23:27.022 --> 00:23:31.259
  • that say they wanna repent.
  • 00:23:31.293 --> 00:23:35.964
  • I'm going to invite you to joinme in prayer, I'm just going to
  • 00:23:35.997 --> 00:23:37.999
  • lead you through it, you can sayit with me, I know you don't
  • 00:23:38.033 --> 00:23:39.968
  • have outlines but I'll give itto you line at a time.
  • 00:23:40.001 --> 00:23:43.238
  • Heavenly Father, we come beforeyou in humility, we have
  • 00:23:43.271 --> 00:23:49.277
  • wandered from your truth, wehave become comfortable with
  • 00:23:49.878 --> 00:23:55.884
  • deception in darkness and weturned our attention toward our
  • 00:23:56.485 --> 00:24:02.491
  • own ambition, we have valuedconvenience more than obedience.
  • 00:24:02.791 --> 00:24:08.797
  • Forgive us of our sins, softenour hearts once again, open our
  • 00:24:10.265 --> 00:24:16.271
  • ears to hear your direction,bring a Spirit of conviction
  • 00:24:17.239 --> 00:24:22.844
  • into our lives.
  • 00:24:22.878 --> 00:24:26.248
  • We lift our voices to you, foronly you can bring salvation to
  • 00:24:26.281 --> 00:24:32.287
  • my life, you're a faithful God,a God of mercy and truth, and we
  • 00:24:33.221 --> 00:24:39.227
  • choose to yield to you with ourwhole heart, mind, soul
  • 00:24:41.396 --> 00:24:47.402
  • and body.
  • 00:24:48.803 --> 00:24:50.105
  • In Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:24:50.138 --> 00:24:53.141
  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
  • 00:24:59.147 --> 00:25:01.182
  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
  • 00:25:01.216 --> 00:25:04.352
  • the course and the direction ofour nation, and I believe
  • 00:25:04.386 --> 00:25:07.956
  • because of our faith we havebeen uniquely blessed by God.
  • 00:25:07.989 --> 00:25:12.360
  • Now our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
  • 00:25:12.394 --> 00:25:15.597
  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
  • 00:25:15.630 --> 00:25:19.034
  • freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:25:19.067 --> 00:25:21.970
  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads, it's a line of
  • 00:25:22.003 --> 00:25:24.406
  • demarcation, we're gonna choosea direction very soon and it's
  • 00:25:24.439 --> 00:25:26.942
  • not about an election, I believewhat's in front of us is as
  • 00:25:26.975 --> 00:25:30.445
  • important as Gettysburg hasproven to be in our history, we
  • 00:25:30.478 --> 00:25:33.815
  • need a God perspective.
  • 00:25:33.848 --> 00:25:35.183
  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of the
  • 00:25:35.216 --> 00:25:37.419
  • wicked, the great challenge weface is the indifference of the
  • 00:25:37.452 --> 00:25:40.589
  • faithful, we've got to have aheart change.
  • 00:25:40.622 --> 00:25:42.791
  • Well I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
  • 00:25:42.824 --> 00:25:46.795
  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them with
  • 00:25:46.828 --> 00:25:48.530
  • you, we put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
  • 00:25:48.563 --> 00:25:51.466
  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation, he called
  • 00:25:51.499 --> 00:25:54.002
  • us into existence and he hassustained us.
  • 00:25:54.035 --> 00:25:56.871
  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
  • 00:25:56.905 --> 00:25:59.140
  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
  • 00:25:59.174 --> 00:26:02.143
  • or an election, we need aprophetic perspective from God
  • 00:26:02.177 --> 00:26:05.714
  • right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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