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December 8, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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God's Generosity: We Have Been Included

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  • Allen Jackson: We're talkin' about participating with God.
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  • I want to start with the Christmas story,
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  • the two most familiar passages of the Gospel of Luke tells us
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  • about Jesus's arrival from the vantage point of Mary.
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  • And the Gospel of Matthew tells us about Jesus's arrival
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  • from the vantage point of Joseph.
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  • Two people, same drama, but they saw it from very different
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  • perspectives.
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  • How many that are married know that can be true?
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  • Don't raise your hands.
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  • It will not be well with you later.
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  • But in Luke 1 in verse 35, it says, "The angel answered, 'The
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  • Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High
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  • will overshadow you.'" Mary had asked a question.
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  • An angel had arrived in her presence and said, "You're going
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  • to conceive a child and give birth to a son."
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  • And Mary said, "How can that happen?
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  • I haven't been engaged in the behaviors that make that
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  • even a possibility."
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  • And it says, "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will
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  • come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow
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  • you.'" Well, thank you very much that clarifies a lot.
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  • Do you ever feel like God invites you towards something
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  • and the information you're given is incomplete?
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  • Me too.
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  • "'The Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God
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  • for nothing is impossible with God.'
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  • 'I'm the Lord's servant,' Mary answered, 'May it be to me as
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  • you have said.'
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  • And the angel left her.
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  • At that time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town
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  • in the hill country of Judea.
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  • She went south from Nazareth, where she lived.
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  • Where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth."
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  • Mary went to visit the only two people on planet earth, who
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  • could understand the story she had to tell.
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  • Remember the story about Zechariah and Elizabeth?
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  • Zechariah was a priest serving in the temple and the angel
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  • Gabriel appears to him and said, "Your wife who's been barren is
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  • gonna bear a son."
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  • And Zechariah has a couple of questions and the angel says,
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  • "You just be quiet for a while."
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  • And he's mute until the baby's born.
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  • So, when Mary shows up to tell her story I'm thinkin' Zechariah
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  • didn't ask very many probing questions.
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  • He was like, "Sounds good to me."
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  • But it was a safe place for Mary.
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  • I suspect Nazareth, not so much.
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  • A lot of questions, a lot of criticism, a lot
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  • of condemnation.
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  • Well, Matthew gives it to us from Joseph's vantage point.
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  • "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about his mother
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  • Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph but before they came
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  • together she was found to be with child through the Holy
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  • Spirit.
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  • Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and didn't want
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  • to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind
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  • to divorce her quietly.
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  • But after he had considered this an angel of the Lord appeared
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  • to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, don't be
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  • afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived
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  • in her is from the Holy Spirit.
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  • She'll give birth to a son and you're to give him the name
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  • Jesus because he'll save his people from their sins.'" In my
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  • life, one of the most consistent complaints I've had
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  • with the Lord has to do with his sense of timing.
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  • You know when I'm complete with a God story, I always look
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  • back and God's faithfulness is absolute, and complete,
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  • and undeniable, but oftentimes while I'm living it out I have
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  • some questions about God's sense of timing.
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  • What I feel urgent he doesn't often feel is necessary.
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  • You ever have that sense?
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  • Well, the Joseph story seems to highlight that for me.
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  • God sends an angel to Mary to say you're going to conceive
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  • a child.
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  • Now she's, pledged to be married to a man.
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  • That covenant has already been made.
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  • That commitment is already on the table.
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  • She and Joseph were planning a future imagining what that
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  • looks like.
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  • Joseph doesn't get the angelic visit simultaneously
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  • with Mary's.
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  • In fact, Mary is recognize to be pregnant and it's public enough
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  • knowledge that Joseph has been informed about it.
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  • And he doesn't want to add further disgrace to Mary.
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  • So, he said well, I'll just quietly end this commitment
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  • we've made.
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  • Now, just imagine, you knew I was in charge of communication
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  • and you'd been invited into this scenario.
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  • I suspect you would expect me to tell both parties at the same
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  • time what's up.
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  • I mean, that would be more fun.
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  • You can have a cup of coffee and say, "This is going to be
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  • spectacular."
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  • It would take the drama down a lot, wouldn't it?
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  • But that's not the way the story unfolded.
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  • Mary gets the announcement.
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  • She's pregnant.
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  • It's not a secret.
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  • And Joe hasn't been read in yet.
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  • In fact, the implication seems to be there's been a little
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  • dialogue between Mary and Joe.
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  • It's an angel.
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  • It's a God thing.
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  • Sure it is.
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  • And then Joseph has a dream.
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  • And God said, "Joseph, don't be afraid."
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  • Don't you know for the rest of his life Mary said haven't
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  • you learned to trust me when I tell you yet?
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  • What's happened to Mary is a God thing.
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  • His name is Jesus and he's gonna save the people from his sins.
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  • Now, I suspect again, if you thought I was in charge of that
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  • communication drama, you'd think I'd messed it up.
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  • You'd be writing me up.
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  • There'd be complaints in the complaint box.
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  • And yet God gave both of them the information they needed
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  • to cooperate with him completely.
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  • Now, I want to introduce you to a little paradigm.
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  • We're gonna use it all for the for the whole talk
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  • today.
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  • I want to evaluate those two passages from our vantage point.
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  • So, there's a lot of room for difference of opinions.
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  • You could disagree with me or you can agree with me
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  • and save yourself some time.
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  • The nature of this invitation how do you see it?
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  • Well, it seems to be on one hand, it's joyful.
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  • An angel shows up and said you've been chosen to give birth
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  • to the Messiah, wahoo!
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  • I mean of all people you're uniquely blessed, right?
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  • That's not an invitation to go down to a hundred,
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  • or a thousand, or even two.
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  • You are unique.
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  • You've been chosen.
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  • Big deal, right?
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  • That's better than a scholarship.
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  • It's better than the Heisman.
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  • It's a football award.
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  • I would also submit to you, it's a pretty disruptive invitation
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  • because I'm quite certain that Mary and Joseph had plans
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  • for their lives and purposes for their lives.
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  • They'd had those conversations.
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  • They had something already laid out.
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  • Something they were imagining and if they say yes to this
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  • invitation all of that gets turned upside down.
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  • They're clever enough to understand that life's never
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  • gonna be the same again.
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  • Do you have the imagination that saying yes to the Lord could be
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  • disruptive?
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  • Do you think God would put an invitation in front of you
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  • that would intentionally and purposefully disrupt your
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  • life plan or is your imagination that God invites you and then
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  • he's just going to pour out his blessings to help you get your
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  • way more quickly?
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  • I think this invitation is both joyful and disruptive.
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  • Joseph is recruited to be a stepdad.
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  • I never think about the Christmas story
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  • without thinking about that.
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  • A lot of pressure on families.
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  • A lot of pressure.
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  • And even Jesus grew up with the oversight
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  • in the care of his stepdad.
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  • If your life circumstances aren't perfect and they're not
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  • what you've dreamt of, I want you to understand the hand
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  • of God can be present in the midst of that
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  • circumstance.
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  • The second question here is the degree of difficulty.
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  • How hard is this?
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  • I put this on the middle to upper the scale, moderate
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  • to difficult.
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  • Moderate in the sense that it's something God's gonna do.
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  • God sends the angel.
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  • They didn't fast and pray.
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  • The outcome is going to happen pretty quickly.
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  • They're not going to wait 40 years for this to happen.
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  • You know Abraham got a promise and waited 40 years.
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  • David was told he was gonna be king, but it was a long time
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  • before he ever got to the palace.
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  • Well, in this case the outcome the evidence is gonna show
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  • up pretty quick.
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  • So, that moves it down the scale of difficulty a little bit
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  • for me.
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  • And yet, believing what's gonna happen is beyond the experience
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  • charts, it's just difficult.
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  • There's not like a support group for this.
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  • There's not a whole group of people who have experienced
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  • the virgin birth that you can go hang out with.
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  • You're gonna be alone.
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  • Nobody's gonna believe your story.
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  • You're gonna have to be willing to endure the skepticism
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  • of others.
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  • You're gonna have to hold some things quietly.
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  • This isn't something that's gonna get you on the banquet
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  • circuit immediately.
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  • This isn't something you're going to post on the social
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  • media.
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  • You in your prayer closet, and a handful of people will
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  • understand what God is about.
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  • So, the difficulty of that is to seems it's far more
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  • difficult.
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  • The success significant caution though insignificant here.
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  • I gave you a simple little definition and I repeated it all
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  • the way through this outline.
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  • Significance is helping people serving God in time in life,
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  • such that there are rewards, which accrue for all eternity.
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  • That's significant.
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  • Success is more about my plans, my purposes, and it's not
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  • an either or thing.
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  • I don't think God is against your success.
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  • But I think God would invite you to more than just being
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  • successful.
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  • Because if all you're focused on is your success when your
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  • days under the sun are done your success is over.
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  • Significance is what we take with us.
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  • I brought you a passage of Scripture.
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  • I don't have time to develop this in a lot of detail, but I
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  • want to introduce you to the idea because I think how
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  • we've understand-- stood our faith is really a little bit
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  • incomplete.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 3, it says, "The man who plants and the man
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  • who waters have one purpose and each will be rewarded
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  • according to his own labor."
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  • Stop here with me a minute.
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  • Look at the end of that sentence.
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  • Each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
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  • Did you know that God is going to reward you for what you do
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  • in time?
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  • God is going to reward you for how you live in time.
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  • You can't earn your way into the kingdom of God.
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  • It's a gift.
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  • You can never deserve it.
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  • You can't be good enough.
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  • You can't keep enough rules.
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  • But how you live in time will be rewarded by Almighty God.
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  • We're not all going to get the same thing in eternity.
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  • God is not a socialist.
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  • It's biblical, we're not all gonna live in the same house.
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  • We're not all gonna drive the same car.
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  • Just bear with me.
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  • It's the metaphor is a little loose, but you get the idea.
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  • We're not all going to get the same thing.
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  • I want to purposefully disrupt something.
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  • This notion that the goal of your faith is to say
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  • a prayer, get dunked in a pool, and you're done.
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  • It's not biblical.
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  • At best it's incomplete.
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  • At worst it's deception.
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  • I believe in the new birth, conversion, salvation, whatever
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  • you label that point of initiation into the kingdom
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  • being born again.
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  • But that's the beginning point.
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  • The goal isn't to get your get out of hell free card and say,
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  • "I'm done with God.
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  • Now just bless my life."
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  • The purpose of that event is so that you can participate
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  • with God in his eternal purposes for which he will reward you.
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  • It really is biblical.
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  • Let's read on for a minute.
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  • We're God's fellow workers.
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  • "God imagines you a fellow worker not just to recruit.
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  • You're God's field, God's building, by the Grace God has
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  • given me I laid a foundation as an expert builder."
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  • Paul planted the church in Corinth, the group to whom
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  • he's writing.
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  • So, he laid the foundation.
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  • There he's an apostle.
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  • He's moved on to another community.
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  • Someone else is providing leadership in that church.
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  • Someone else is building on it but each one should be careful
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  • how he builds for no one can lay any foundation other than
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  • the one already laid which is Jesus Christ.
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  • "If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver,
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  • costly stones, wood, hay, or straw."
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  • Let's pause again, he's introduced two categories
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  • of building materials.
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  • Gold, silver, costly stones, things that have great value,
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  • even though there are typically held in rather small amounts.
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  • Wood, hay, or straw, the volume of those is much larger
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  • but their value is much less.
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  • I could hold in my hand the amount of precious stones
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  • that would be the equivalent of this entire room filled
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  • with wood, hay, or straw.
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  • So, we're given these two categories.
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  • And he says, "The work of your life is gonna fall into one
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  • of these two categories.
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  • Maybe a lot of volume but little value.
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  • Or maybe it doesn't appear to be a great deal to the casual
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  • observer but it has tremendous value in God's sight."
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  • Now, why would it matter to us?
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  • He said, "It's going to be revealed with fire and the fire
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  • will test the quality of each man's work."
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  • The sentence before it in verse 13.
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  • It says that it's going to be shown for what it is because
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  • the Day will bring it to light.
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  • Day is capitalized it's not just another 24 hour period, it's
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  • the Day of Judgment.
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  • Did you know that every one of us is gonna stand
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  • before the judgment seat of Christ?
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  • Every single one of us alone before the Lord.
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  • It's not a judgment of heaven or hell.
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  • It's not a judgment of your destination.
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  • For the Christ follower our judgment is a judgment
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  • evaluating our life.
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  • That's precisely what's being said here.
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  • And our life is going to be tested by the fire of God's
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  • judgment.
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  • And if what we have built survives we will receive
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  • a reward.
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  • If our lives gold and silver and precious stones will endure
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  • the fire of God's judgment.
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  • Wood, hay, and straw not so much.
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  • "And if it's burned up you will suffer loss," the loss of what
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  • you've spent your life doing, "but you himself will be saved
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  • but only as one escaping through the flames."
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  • Now, this isn't an idea that's hidden to us.
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  • This season of the year, there's a disproportionate number
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:18.270
  • of house fires.
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  • Christmas decorations, fires in our homes.
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  • We're in unfamiliar places.
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  • And you'll see interviews on the news with families who
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  • have lost everything in a moment in time.
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  • And you'll hear in them the regret, the remorse,
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  • the heartache from the lost they have suffered.
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  • You'll hear the things that they have value that are gone
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  • from them forever.
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  • They can't be retrieved or regained and then you'll hear
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  • a note of of hope.
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  • I'm just grateful I survived.
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  • Maybe the California fires, you've heard some of those
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  • interviews.
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  • You've heard the people say with with broken hearts, I lost
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  • everything but I'm here.
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  • And I can start again.
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  • That's the scene that's being described.
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  • Just when you face the judgment of God, if you have chosen
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  • to invest your life in his kingdom, you'll be rewarded
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  • for it.
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  • Allen: I wanted to take a minute just to say thank you.
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  • Thank you for your partnership, for your generosity,
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  • for standing with us this year and lifting up the name of Jesus
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  • in our nation and around the earth.
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  • You've made a tremendous difference.
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  • Together, we're making a difference for the kingdom
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  • Allen: How much experience is required for this particular
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  • assignment?
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  • Well, it is not something they've done before so it's not
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  • like something that they say, "Oh no, no, I got this."
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  • Experience isn't about previous opportunities.
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  • Experience to me is about your relationship with God.
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  • What is required in order to accept this invitation?
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  • And when I thought about Mary and Joseph I had to put
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  • down there was some real maturity required.
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  • This wasn't a beginning assignment.
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  • Granted they're probably teenagers.
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  • So, it isn't about chronology, but they've been making a lot
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  • of God choices before they got the angelic visit or they
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  • wouldn't have been qualified.
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  • They've been choosing purity, and integrity, and godliness,
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  • right?
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  • Their choices qualified them.
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  • So, they have demonstrated some maturity that got them
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  • in the pool to be selected.
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  • See, I think sometimes we imagine that our choices don't
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  • matter.
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  • That God's invitations are God's invitations.
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  • But your choices qualify you for additional invitations.
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  • God recruited Moses, greatest leader in all the Bible till we
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  • get to Jesus.
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  • Remarkable man.
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  • Red Sea parts, Ten Commandments on the mountain, spent so much
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  • time with God his face glows in the dark.
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  • I mean, the man's connected, right?
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  • He has enemies, the earth swallows them.
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  • Cuts down on the complaint box, all right.
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  • But you know God would not allow Moses to take the children
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  • of Israel into the Promised Land because of an attitude Moses
  • 00:18:02.280 --> 00:18:07.220
  • displayed in public.
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  • Moses asked him multiple times and God said, "Don't ask me
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:12.230
  • again, I've said no."
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  • Your responses to God qualify you for invitations from God.
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  • And so, it seems Mary and Joseph when that context get the mark
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  • for maturity.
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:27.080
  • Is that fair?
  • 00:18:27.090 --> 00:18:28.180
  • Now, let's look at another scenario.
  • 00:18:28.190 --> 00:18:29.290
  • Let's use Jesus for a minute.
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  • Hebrews 5, "During the days of Jesus's life on earth he
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  • offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears
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  • to the one who could save him from death and he was heard
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  • because of his reverent submission and although he was
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  • a son he learned obedience from what he suffered and once
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  • made perfect.
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  • He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
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  • and was designated by God to be a high priest in the order
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  • of Melchizedek."
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  • So, it's the story of Jesus participation with his God
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  • assignment.
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  • I chose not to take it from the Christmas narrative
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  • or the Gospels.
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  • This is the author of Hebrews talking about Jesus's life
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  • on earth, clearly Jesus has a life apart from earth.
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  • But during his days on earth, what made his life on earth
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  • unique?
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  • It's why we celebrate Christmas, it's the incarnation.
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  • He became one of us.
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  • He got an earth suit, one of these little physical bodies.
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  • The man Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God
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  • the Father today.
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  • It's the spectacular announcement of Christmas.
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  • God became one of us so that we could participate with him.
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  • Amen.
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  • Now, what's the nature of the invitation to Jesus?
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  • He had to accept the invitation.
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  • God asked him to accept the rescue assignment.
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  • He said he came to seek and to save those which were
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  • lost.
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  • He didn't come to found a religion.
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  • He came to help out all humanity.
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  • Jesus is unique.
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  • I know that isn't politically correct.
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  • If you haven't discovered it yet I'm not a real fan
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  • of political correctness.
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  • I've come to the conclusion that politically correct has very
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  • little to do with the truth as a great deal to do with power.
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  • I'm not interested in being politically correct.
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  • I want to be God correct.
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  • Jesus is unique.
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  • The nature of the invitation to him.
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  • How do you understand it?
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  • Well, on one level to me, it's very sobering.
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  • If you were given a similar similar invitation
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:29.280
  • in Philippians chapter 2 it says that Jesus didn't consider
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:33.090
  • equality with God something to be grasped but he made
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  • himself nothing.
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  • And humbled himself, became appearance as a man, became
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  • obedient even to death it says.
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  • So, there's a sobering component to this invitation.
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  • Jesus I've got an assignment for you, but it's gonna be
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:51.290
  • laying aside the glory of heaven, and the prestige
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  • and everything you've got access to and becoming a part
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  • of creation.
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  • Can you imagine that God would give you an invitation that
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  • would ask you to forfeit something?
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  • For a season to lay something aside.
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  • To take a lesser role.
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  • Do you have that imagination that something would be taken
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  • from you?
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  • Something would be pushed away from you?
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  • Are you mad at God because he isn't fulfilling all of your
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  • dreams or making all of your promises flourish in the timing
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  • in which you wanted them to happen?
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  • Maybe there's a God invitation in there.
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  • So, I'm going to label Jesus's invitation is both sobering
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  • and disruptive.
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  • 'Cause it's not about maintaining the status
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  • quo.
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  • In fact, I think it's improbable, you're gonna be able
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  • to accept an invitation from God and maintain the status quo.
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  • It's gonna impact relationships and planning and time
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:52.120
  • and resources.
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  • Because he's going to rewrite your future and you can't do
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  • that and maintain the status quo.
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  • The degree of difficulty for Jesus' invitation is just
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  • off the chart.
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  • I put difficult to impossible 'cause that's what I've got
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  • at the end of the scale.
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  • You see Jesus is unique.
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  • No other human being could have accomplished what he did because
  • 00:22:10.110 --> 00:22:13.110
  • the rest of us are born with that Adamic nature.
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  • We are born hardwired for sin.
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  • It's what made the virgin birth necessary for the redemptive
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  • death of Jesus Christ to be sufficient.
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  • It wasn't that Jesus was just good or better than the rest
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  • of us.
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  • He was born without sin and then he chose to lead a life honoring
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  • God.
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  • Tempted in every way like we were.
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  • Every one of the rest of us are hardwired for ungodliness.
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  • It's why Jesus is necessary.
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  • We needed help.
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  • We couldn't provide.
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  • It's why Jesus is the end of the law as a means
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  • of righteousness.
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  • There's no set of rules you and I can keep and be good
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  • enough to qualify to participate in heaven.
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  • We needed help.
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  • Jesus is our redeemer.
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  • From the beginning of the announcements the angel
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  • said to Joseph, "He will save his people from his sins."
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  • We need a savior.
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  • So, being a Christ follower is not affiliation with a church
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  • or a denomination or a translation of the Bible.
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  • It's a relationship with the person.
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  • He's your savior.
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  • So, the degree of difficulty is just it required God's
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  • intervention.
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  • The success to significant scale, how are you going to do
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  • that?
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  • Well, I know you're in church, you're gonna say, "Well, Jesus
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  • was successful" Wow.
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  • How many want Jesus's kinda success?
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  • He said, "I have no place to lay my head."
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  • In his hometown they tried to kill him.
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  • When he met with the power brokers in Jerusalem,
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  • the wealthy, the influential, to the leaders of the nation.
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  • They orchestrated his execution.
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  • The Romans, the most powerful Empire of the day, the Roman
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  • governor knew he was innocent, but still would have rather had
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  • the approval of the religious leaders in Jerusalem, rather
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  • than the approval of Jesus.
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  • So, he ordered him to be condemned.
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  • If you were dreaming for your kids I'm thinking Jesus success
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  • rating would give you some pause.
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  • I say that because some of you think your life is in a success.
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  • And you're measuring yourself by the wrong standard.
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  • You're comparing yourself to somebody else.
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  • Their income, the house they live in, the schools their kids
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  • go to, the label in their clothing.
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  • Folks, things don't make us a success.
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  • You can have all of those things in your life be consumed
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  • in a moment.
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  • Or you can make an investment in the eternal kingdom of God.
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  • And be rewarded by the creator of all things for all eternity.
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  • Allen: I wanted to take a minute just to say thank you.
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  • Thank you for your partnership, for your generosity,
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  • for standing with us this year and lifting up the name of Jesus
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  • in our nation and around the earth.
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  • You've made a tremendous difference.
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  • This year's coming quickly to a close and I want to ask you
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  • to consider making a year end investment in our ministry.
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  • Together, we're making a difference for the kingdom
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  • of God and we got big plans for 2020.
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  • Friend of the ministry has invested a $250.000
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  • and a matching grant.
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  • So whatever you are able to give in these next few weeks will be
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  • doubled because of that generosity.
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  • We have a unique window of opportunity in so many ways.
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  • God is moving in the earth and he's positioned us to make
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  • a difference.
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  • Thank you for joining with me.
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  • Your generosity.
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  • Your sacrifices.
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  • I believe God will respond.
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  • The harvest fields are white.
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  • I want to say a prayer with you before we go.
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  • Father, I thank you for every partner, for every person that
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  • stands with us, for their generosity, for their gifts.
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  • Lord, I pray that you'll respond not only to the prayers they
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  • have offered but to their faith.
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  • That the name of Jesus might be lifted up and your kingdom
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  • extended, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • announcer: As a token of our appreciation, we'll send you
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  • Plus we've included the Allen Jackson Ministries Bible Reading
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  • Plan for 2020.
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  • Remember every gift you give today will be matched dollar
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  • for dollar thanks to the matching grant
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  • of a generous friend of the ministry.
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  • So call 800-880-5102 or visit online at AllenJackson.com
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  • to give and thank you for supporting Allen Jackson
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  • Ministries.
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  • Together, we are making a difference.
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  • announcer: Join us every week for another exciting message
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  • from Pastor Allen Jackson and until then visit us online
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  • We want to share this program worldwide, but we can only do it
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  • with your help.
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  • So, consider partnering with us today.
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  • And if you're visiting the Nashville area, we'd love
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  • to see you at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find.
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  • So look us up when you're traveling through and don't
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  • forget to connect with Pastor Jackson every day through social
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  • Thanks so much for joining us and being a part of this
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  • ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time for another encounter
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  • with Pastor Allen Jackson.
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