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October 18, 2020
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Now I knownone of us thinks we're wealthy,
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  • but by global standards andcertainly by historical
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  • standards we're the wealthiestpeople that have ever gathered
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  • on the planet.
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  • And folks, the truth is, ourwealth won't save us.
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  • There's a hubris in that, anarrogance in that, a pride
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  • in that.
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  • God is our Savior, God is ourdeliverer.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again for the
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  • conclusion of our discussion of"Making the Most of
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  • Every Opportunity."
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  • And this year has come filledwith opportunities, and most of
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  • them will look like problems tobe honest.
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  • Things we didn't anticipate,disappointments, disruptions,
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  • challenges, a lot of fear.
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  • Now all of those things asdisruptive as they may be I
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  • believe God can use them for ourgood, that we can actually come
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  • through 2020 stronger, morealert, more awake, more aware of
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  • the Spirit of God, havingrealigned our hearts with the
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  • purposes of God, so that whatthe enemy meant for our
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  • destruction, God will actuallycause to bring a fruitfulness to
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  • our lives and give us a betterfuture.
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  • That's my prayer for you andthat's my prayer for myself, and
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  • I'm spending a lot of time andenergy talking to the Lord about
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  • how to see to that outcome.
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  • Well that's the topic of oursession today, how do we
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  • cooperate with the Lord so thatwhen we get through this season
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  • of disruption we've made themost of the opportunity?
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  • Jesus did it over and overagain.
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  • When he's threatened by a stormhe speaks to the wind and the
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  • waves and his disciples puttheir faith in him in a new way.
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  • When his friend Lazarus diedunexpectedly and prematurely
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  • Jesus raises him from the deadand it changes the whole tone of
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  • his ministry in Jerusalem.
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  • Well, I believe 2020 is one ofthose transformation years for
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  • you and for me.
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  • We're going to come throughstronger with a new vision
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  • of God.
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  • Open your Bible and your heart,enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: You seeyou can't give away something
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  • you don't have, it'sharder to cultivate in them.
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  • The lack of contentmentis this desire for more,
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  • this insatiable consuming.
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  • Insistent.
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  • And now it's even becomeentitled.
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  • I have a right to more, Ideserve more, somebody else has
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  • more and I should have what theyhave.
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  • It's consuming us.
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  • But stop looking beyond us, it'sgotta start in our hearts.
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  • Godliness with contentment.
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  • Command those, Paul says,"Command those who are rich in
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  • this world not to be arrogant orto put their hope in wealth."
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  • Don't put your hope in wealth,"it is uncertain, but to put
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  • their hope in God, who richlyprovides us with everything for
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  • our enjoyment."
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  • If you want a little prayer topractice this week, God forgive
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  • me for imagining the wealth ofthis nation could secure my
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  • future or my children or mygrandchildren.
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  • God forgive me for imagining Iwas entitled to something.
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  • God forgive me for toleratingdiscontent.
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  • God is our deliverer, not theFederal Reserve or Wall Street.
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  • Now it's important to know thisis not a new challenge.
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  • This challenge is as old ashuman civilization.
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  • It emerges from the human heartapart from God.
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  • It's why it's such a concern inthe church.
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  • It's why we know we've beenasleep.
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  • We haven't been aware of ourcondition.
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  • While you're sleeping your hair,it gets messed up and your
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  • breath gets kinda iffy, and yourclothes get wrinkled, and you
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  • could care less, you'resleeping.
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  • I hope you didn't come to churchtonight from a dead sleep
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  • without any attention.
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  • If you did thank God we'resocially distanced and it's
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  • getting dark.
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  • [laughter]
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  • This isn't something new.
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  • But a heart apart from God.
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  • We've been asleep, and we didn'trealize what had been happening
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  • to the condition of our heart,Habakkuk chapter 1 in verse 4,
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  • it says, "The law is paralyzed,and justice never prevails.
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  • The wicked hem in the righteous,so that justice is perverted."
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  • Isaiah 1 in verse 19 says, "Ifyou're willing and obedient,
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  • you'll eat the best from theland."
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  • That's good news.
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  • "But if you resist and rebel,you'll be devoured by the sword.
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  • For the mouth of the Lord hasspoken."
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  • And then Isaiah speaks to thepeople of God, the covenant
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  • people of God.
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  • He says, "See how the faithfulcity has become a harlot!
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  • She once was full of justice,righteousness used to dwell in
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  • her, but now murderers!"
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  • Isaiah goes on in chapter 5,"The vineyard of the Lord
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  • Almighty is the house of Israel,and the men of Judah are the
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  • garden of his delight."
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  • God is saying, these are mypeople, I'm invested in them,
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  • I've watched over them, I'veshepherded them.
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  • But in the next sentence hesays, "I looked for justice but
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  • I saw bloodshed, forrighteousness, but I heard cries
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  • of distress."
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  • Isaiah 46:12, "Listen to me, youstubborn-hearted, you who are
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  • far from righteousness."
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  • Again these are words deliveredto the covenant people of God,
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  • the equivalent of the 21stcentury church, those of us that
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  • imagine ourselves to be bornagain.
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  • And they're described withseveral words that
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  • are uncomfortable.
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  • Wicked, perverse, they pervertedjustice, they resist God,
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  • they're rebellious, they'reunfaithful, they're murderers,
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  • they shed blood, they live indistress, and
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  • they're stubborn-hearted.
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  • Are we willing to imagine thatwhat we're seeing reflected
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  • across our nation is because ofthe hearts of the people of God?
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  • That we've been asleep?
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  • That we haven't led righteouslives?
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  • That we've been distracted?
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  • And we've pointed at worshipattendance and our ability to
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  • know when to sit and stand in aworship service?
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  • And we weren't engaged inblatant expressions of sin that
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  • within our communities werecondemned?
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  • But the condition of our heartshas drifted away from the Lord.
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  • Thank God for his mercy, thereare some wonderful promises in
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  • the midst of the prophets.
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  • Jeremiah chapter 5 in verse 1says, "Go up and down the
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  • streets of Jerusalem, lookaround and consider, search
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  • through her squares."
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  • These are God's instructions.
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  • "If you could find but oneperson who deals honestly and
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  • seeks the truth, I willforgive this city."
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  • Wickedness did not have thepower to destroy Jerusalem.
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  • God said, I have set myattention on that city.
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  • If destruction came to thosepeople it was because of the
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  • heart condition of his people.
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  • God said, if you can find oneperson who wants to do justly
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  • I'll forgive that city.
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  • That's a principle we'reintroduced to in the Scripture
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  • multiple times, you probablyknow it most notably from Sodom
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  • and Gomorrah.
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  • Cities whose wickedness was soperverse that it had risen up
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  • and it captures God's attention,but he makes a bargain with
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  • Abraham and he says, if there'sten righteous people there I'll
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  • show mercy to those cities.
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  • What came to Sodom and Gomorrahwasn't because of the wickedness
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  • of the hearts of the people, itwas the lack of righteousness.
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  • Don't fear the ungodly, don'tfear immorality.
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  • Humble ourselves before theLord.
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  • God is a God of mercy.
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  • The impact of righteousnessinvites the blessings of God and
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  • deliverance from judgment.
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  • In Ezekiel 22 in verse 30, Godsaid, "I looked for a man among
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  • them who would build up the walland stand before me in the gap
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  • on behalf of the land so Iwouldn't have to destroy it."
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  • Again God said, I'm searchingthe land looking for my people.
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  • And tragically in Ezekiel, hesaid, "But I found none.
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  • So I'll pour out my wrath onthem."
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  • God delights in showing mercy.
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  • What do we do in a season ofmisinformation or propaganda or
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  • confusion and abundant fear andchallenges, opportunities like
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  • we've never seen?
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  • How do we guard our hearts andminds?
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  • Understand this.
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  • Long before the battle is inyour physical body, the battle
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  • is raging in your mind.
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  • There's a battle in your thoughtlife and a battle in
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  • your emotions.
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  • When we first got introduced tothese principles and these ideas
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  • back at the beginning of March,the imagination was two or three
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  • weeks and we're through this andwe're back to normal.
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  • Whew!
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  • It's been a long two weeks.
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  • And I think universally we'retired, we're weary.
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  • But folks that's not an excuse,we can't afford to be
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  • distracted, we can't say, ohnonsense, there's nothing to it.
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  • There is something to it,something's happening.
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  • There's a battle underway forthe heart and soul of our nation
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  • and it goes far deeper than acoronavirus.
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  • And as much as I'd like to justclick my heels together and be
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  • someplace else, the reality iswe have to finish this.
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  • So what do we do?
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I can tellyou this, that Christianity has
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  • been the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course, and the direction ofour nation.
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  • And I believe because of ourfaith we have been uniquely
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  • blessed by God.
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  • Now our nation's not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
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  • freedoms will not persist.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our nationis at a crossroads.
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  • It's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
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  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of
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  • the wicked.
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  • The great challenge we face isthe indifference of
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  • the faithful.
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  • We've got to have a heartchange.
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  • Well I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existence andhe has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Well Iwant to submit one component
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  • 'cause it's a spiritualconflict.
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  • And the acknowledgement ofspiritual forces and how do we
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  • engage in those spiritualthings?
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  • We've learned a lot this yearabout hygiene.
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  • We've washed our hands more thanany year I suspect in
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  • our lifetimes.
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  • We've learned lots of lessons,they'll be helpful to us I think
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  • for years going forward, butthere's a spiritual principle
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  • that I think we've undervalued,and it's the power of
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  • giving thanks.
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  • Let me just give you a couple ofverses.
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  • Philippians 4 in verse 6, itsays, "Don't be anxious for
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  • anything, but in everything, byprayer and petition, with
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  • thanksgiving, present yourrequests to God."
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  • Now if you'll do that there's apromise.
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  • It says, "The peace of God,which transcends all
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  • understanding," it goesbeyond your intellect.
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  • There's a peace you can havethat you can't explain.
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  • Why aren't your panicked?
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  • I can't really explain it, I'mjust at peace, I'm content.
  • 00:12:33.812 --> 00:12:37.715
  • "The peace of God, whichtranscends all understanding,
  • 00:12:37.749 --> 00:12:40.718
  • will guard your hearts and yourminds in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:12:40.752 --> 00:12:44.756
  • Where's the battlefield?
  • 00:12:44.789 --> 00:12:46.090
  • It's in our minds, in ouremotions.
  • 00:12:46.124 --> 00:12:50.061
  • We all know that, we've allexperienced it.
  • 00:12:50.094 --> 00:12:53.164
  • So what's the solution?
  • 00:12:53.198 --> 00:12:55.767
  • In everything, with prayer andpetition, with thanksgiving,
  • 00:12:55.800 --> 00:12:59.003
  • talk to the Lord.
  • 00:12:59.037 --> 00:13:01.139
  • And there's a peace that willtranscend your understanding.
  • 00:13:01.172 --> 00:13:04.509
  • Psalm 107 in verse 1, "Givethanks to the Lord, he's good,
  • 00:13:04.542 --> 00:13:08.613
  • his love endures forever.
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  • Let the redeemed of the Lord saythis."
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  • Use your words for somethingother than complaining or anger
  • 00:13:13.551 --> 00:13:16.888
  • or expressions of hostility.
  • 00:13:16.921 --> 00:13:20.258
  • "Let the redeemed of the Lordsay this, those he redeemed from
  • 00:13:20.291 --> 00:13:22.994
  • the hand of the Lord.
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  • The Lord is good and his loveendures forever."
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  • We oughta say that together, canyou do it with me?
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  • On three?
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  • The Lord is good and his loveendures forever.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • The Lord is good and his loveendures forever.
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  • That was very mediocre.
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  • [laughter]
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  • Let's do the first phrase, theLord is good, on three.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • Now the second part, his loveendures forever.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • Come on, we will do this.
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  • [cheering]
  • 00:13:58.596 --> 00:14:01.399
  • Now there's some biblicalexamples you know, I don't have
  • 00:14:01.432 --> 00:14:03.601
  • to give you the details.
  • 00:14:03.635 --> 00:14:04.936
  • In Acts 16, Paul and Silas arein a Philippian jail cell.
  • 00:14:04.969 --> 00:14:09.073
  • They're not there because they'dbeen looting, they haven't
  • 00:14:09.107 --> 00:14:12.510
  • been stealing.
  • 00:14:12.543 --> 00:14:13.845
  • They're there because they'vebeen proclaiming the gospel and
  • 00:14:13.878 --> 00:14:15.713
  • helping people be delivered fromspiritual bondage and there was
  • 00:14:15.747 --> 00:14:20.318
  • a riot stirred up.
  • 00:14:20.351 --> 00:14:21.653
  • And the riot wasn't caused byjealous merchants, the riot was
  • 00:14:21.686 --> 00:14:25.189
  • fueled by wicked spirits.
  • 00:14:25.223 --> 00:14:29.193
  • Now the agents that wereutilized and implemented were
  • 00:14:29.227 --> 00:14:31.696
  • people, but the battle they'rein isn't with flesh and blood.
  • 00:14:31.729 --> 00:14:34.098
  • And it says, "At midnight Pauland Silas are praying and
  • 00:14:34.132 --> 00:14:37.869
  • singing hymns to God, and theother prisoners were listening.
  • 00:14:37.902 --> 00:14:41.673
  • And there was a violentearthquake and the foundations
  • 00:14:41.706 --> 00:14:44.075
  • of the prison were shaken.
  • 00:14:44.108 --> 00:14:45.410
  • And the prison doors flew open,and their chains fell away."
  • 00:14:45.443 --> 00:14:48.513
  • God sent an angelic contingentto set them free.
  • 00:14:48.546 --> 00:14:55.920
  • They weren't complaining andgrumbling, they weren't
  • 00:14:55.954 --> 00:14:58.122
  • criticizing the hard-heartedPhilippians, they weren't
  • 00:14:58.156 --> 00:15:02.393
  • complaining about how the hoststhat didn't do what they did or
  • 00:15:02.427 --> 00:15:05.797
  • how Paul certainly didn't see avision from the Lord rightly or
  • 00:15:05.830 --> 00:15:08.866
  • they wouldn't be in this finemess.
  • 00:15:08.900 --> 00:15:14.138
  • They were singing and givingthanks to the Lord and
  • 00:15:14.172 --> 00:15:16.674
  • worshiping the Lord.
  • 00:15:16.708 --> 00:15:19.177
  • Folks, there is a power infinding the things that we can
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:22.580
  • be thankful for.
  • 00:15:22.613 --> 00:15:23.948
  • Their circumstances were notgood.
  • 00:15:23.982 --> 00:15:25.316
  • Physically they'd been beaten,they'd been publicly humiliated,
  • 00:15:25.350 --> 00:15:29.954
  • the momentum of whatever theywere doing in the city has been
  • 00:15:29.988 --> 00:15:32.290
  • thwarted, everything about theircircumstances were
  • 00:15:32.323 --> 00:15:35.326
  • dissatisfactory and physicallythey're suffering and yet they
  • 00:15:35.360 --> 00:15:38.763
  • chose to worship the Lord.
  • 00:15:38.796 --> 00:15:41.566
  • Are we willing to become thatkind of a church?
  • 00:15:41.599 --> 00:15:45.169
  • We'll worship him outdoors,indoors, we'll social distance,
  • 00:15:45.203 --> 00:15:49.007
  • we'll use multiple rooms.
  • 00:15:49.040 --> 00:15:53.378
  • We've had this wrong.
  • 00:15:53.411 --> 00:15:54.746
  • Well, I want to sit in my seatand park in my space and come at
  • 00:15:54.779 --> 00:15:59.117
  • the time when I like to come.
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:00.585
  • And can I get the coffee at thetemperature that I prefer the
  • 00:16:00.618 --> 00:16:02.887
  • coffee to be at, and I need anoutline delivered to me with the
  • 00:16:02.920 --> 00:16:06.557
  • Scripture and the translationthat I prefer to read or I'm
  • 00:16:06.591 --> 00:16:09.594
  • going to say the anointing islifted.
  • 00:16:09.627 --> 00:16:13.731
  • Well I would have to agree withyou, the anointing may have
  • 00:16:13.765 --> 00:16:15.800
  • lifted but it has to do with alot of things other than the
  • 00:16:15.833 --> 00:16:17.902
  • ones that we've listed.
  • 00:16:17.935 --> 00:16:21.973
  • We have much to be thankful for.
  • 00:16:22.006 --> 00:16:24.842
  • We have been blessed.
  • 00:16:24.876 --> 00:16:27.779
  • Jesus at Lazarus' tomb, you knowthe story, Lazarus has been dead
  • 00:16:27.812 --> 00:16:31.182
  • so long it stinketh.
  • 00:16:31.215 --> 00:16:34.585
  • And Jesus has the tomb openedover the objections of
  • 00:16:34.619 --> 00:16:37.355
  • the family.
  • 00:16:37.388 --> 00:16:38.689
  • You talk about pressure.
  • 00:16:38.723 --> 00:16:40.491
  • If there was ever a pressureministry circumstance, Jesus is
  • 00:16:40.525 --> 00:16:45.563
  • there and says, open the tomb,and the family goes, Lord, not a
  • 00:16:45.596 --> 00:16:47.665
  • good idea.
  • 00:16:47.698 --> 00:16:49.967
  • I mean, there's nobody standingthere faith-filled and buoyant
  • 00:16:50.001 --> 00:16:52.904
  • and expectant.
  • 00:16:52.937 --> 00:16:54.238
  • Lord, that's not a good idea, Iknow you missed the ceremony, I
  • 00:16:54.272 --> 00:16:57.375
  • know you were late getting here,but please, that's not a good
  • 00:16:57.408 --> 00:16:59.544
  • idea to-- Open the tomb.
  • 00:16:59.577 --> 00:17:03.081
  • See if I'd have been planningthis we'd have had a worship
  • 00:17:03.114 --> 00:17:05.016
  • band, choir, we'd have had 90minutes of worship beforehand,
  • 00:17:05.049 --> 00:17:11.055
  • we'd have fasted for 11 or 12weeks, it's just a heavy lift it
  • 00:17:11.089 --> 00:17:15.426
  • seems to me.
  • 00:17:15.460 --> 00:17:17.895
  • Open the tomb.
  • 00:17:17.929 --> 00:17:19.931
  • And then Jesus says something.
  • 00:17:19.964 --> 00:17:22.033
  • Father, I thank you that youhear me.
  • 00:17:22.066 --> 00:17:25.636
  • I thank you that you hear me.
  • 00:17:25.670 --> 00:17:29.140
  • He wasn't distracted by the odoror the lack of faith or his
  • 00:17:29.173 --> 00:17:33.945
  • friends that didn't understandor the clueless disciples.
  • 00:17:33.978 --> 00:17:37.548
  • Father, I thank you that youhear me.
  • 00:17:37.582 --> 00:17:40.818
  • I wonder if you and I can beginto practice that.
  • 00:17:40.852 --> 00:17:44.088
  • Father, my circumstances stink,my friends are faithless, my
  • 00:17:44.122 --> 00:17:50.228
  • timing seems off.
  • 00:17:50.261 --> 00:17:52.797
  • I thank you that you're watchingover me.
  • 00:17:52.830 --> 00:17:55.733
  • I praise you for it.
  • 00:17:55.766 --> 00:17:57.068
  • [clapping]
  • 00:17:57.101 --> 00:17:59.570
  • You see we have the power to dothis.
  • 00:17:59.604 --> 00:18:03.141
  • It has nothing to do with anelection or a politician, it has
  • 00:18:03.174 --> 00:18:06.410
  • nothing to do with the CDC orthe WHO or the ABCDEF.
  • 00:18:06.444 --> 00:18:13.184
  • It has to do with the conditionof our hearts.
  • 00:18:13.217 --> 00:18:16.154
  • Will we begin to turn our heartsto the Lord and say, God be
  • 00:18:16.187 --> 00:18:19.056
  • merciful to us, God be mercifulto us.
  • 00:18:19.090 --> 00:18:22.593
  • Psalm 34 in verse 1 says, "Iwill bless the Lord at all
  • 00:18:22.627 --> 00:18:25.897
  • times, his praise willcontinually be in my mouth."
  • 00:18:25.930 --> 00:18:30.301
  • Ephesians 5 in verse 8--19 says,"Always giving thanks to God the
  • 00:18:30.334 --> 00:18:34.772
  • Father for everything in thename of our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:34.805 --> 00:18:38.676
  • 1 Thessalonians 5, "Be joyfulalways."
  • 00:18:38.709 --> 00:18:43.514
  • Whew!
  • 00:18:43.548 --> 00:18:45.716
  • I can be joyful some of thetime.
  • 00:18:45.750 --> 00:18:48.186
  • "Be joyful always, praycontinually, give thanks in all
  • 00:18:48.219 --> 00:18:52.557
  • circumstances, for that's God'swill for you in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:18:52.590 --> 00:18:57.828
  • Give thanks in allcircumstances.
  • 00:18:57.862 --> 00:18:59.764
  • It doesn't say I have to givethanks for all circumstances,
  • 00:18:59.797 --> 00:19:01.999
  • some circumstances I'm notthankful for, I want them
  • 00:19:02.033 --> 00:19:04.402
  • to move.
  • 00:19:04.435 --> 00:19:06.204
  • But in the midst of everycircumstance I can give thanks
  • 00:19:06.237 --> 00:19:09.507
  • to the Lord.
  • 00:19:09.540 --> 00:19:12.143
  • So we have an assignmentemerging tonight.
  • 00:19:12.176 --> 00:19:15.279
  • Are we willing to give thanks tothe Lord?
  • 00:19:15.313 --> 00:19:17.949
  • You can do this, it's not abouthow long you've walked with the
  • 00:19:17.982 --> 00:19:20.418
  • Lord, how well you know Greek orHebrew, this doesn't have to do
  • 00:19:20.451 --> 00:19:24.488
  • with how literate you arebiblically, what tradition
  • 00:19:24.522 --> 00:19:27.592
  • you've come from.
  • 00:19:27.625 --> 00:19:29.694
  • We have got to turn our heartsback to the Lord.
  • 00:19:29.727 --> 00:19:32.396
  • He is our provider, he's ourprotector, he's our deliverer,
  • 00:19:32.430 --> 00:19:36.033
  • he's our restorer.
  • 00:19:36.067 --> 00:19:37.602
  • It's only through the blood ofJesus Christ that we can be
  • 00:19:37.635 --> 00:19:40.104
  • forgiven, cleansed, redeemed,justified, sanctified.
  • 00:19:40.137 --> 00:19:44.542
  • We have much for which to bethankful.
  • 00:19:44.575 --> 00:19:45.943
  • [cheering]
  • 00:19:45.977 --> 00:19:48.212
  • Our circumstances may beinconvenient, the moment may be
  • 00:19:48.246 --> 00:19:51.415
  • uncomfortable, the trajectory ofthe year may not be what we
  • 00:19:51.449 --> 00:19:55.186
  • planned, we may not like thedebate, we may be tired with the
  • 00:19:55.219 --> 00:19:58.689
  • toxic conditions that we hearand see around us, but we can
  • 00:19:58.723 --> 00:20:03.127
  • give thanks to the Lord.
  • 00:20:03.160 --> 00:20:05.196
  • It's our choice, it begins inour will, not in our emotions,
  • 00:20:05.229 --> 00:20:08.966
  • and I'll tell my mind to hushand get in line.
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:13.738
  • We know how to do this.
  • 00:20:13.771 --> 00:20:15.940
  • If you've ever exercised, youknow what this is about.
  • 00:20:15.973 --> 00:20:21.779
  • If you're gonna run for a mile,somewhere along the beginning of
  • 00:20:21.812 --> 00:20:25.883
  • that your body begins tocomplain, and if you persevere
  • 00:20:25.916 --> 00:20:29.587
  • it complains more loudly.
  • 00:20:29.620 --> 00:20:32.757
  • I know some of you love to run,we'll forgive you, you're
  • 00:20:32.790 --> 00:20:34.992
  • just weird.
  • 00:20:35.026 --> 00:20:36.327
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:36.360 --> 00:20:40.231
  • Any area of your life where youhave decided to demonstrate some
  • 00:20:40.264 --> 00:20:44.835
  • discipline, you know when youmake those choices, there are
  • 00:20:44.869 --> 00:20:47.772
  • complaints that emerge.
  • 00:20:47.805 --> 00:20:49.106
  • If you decide you're gonnachange your eating habits and
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:51.642
  • eat something more healthy, youimmediately get hungrier.
  • 00:20:51.676 --> 00:20:57.348
  • Many of us have done this.
  • 00:20:57.381 --> 00:20:58.716
  • Tomorrow I'm going to eathealthy,
  • 00:20:58.749 --> 00:21:03.721
  • so tonight I'm gonna
  • 00:21:03.754 --> 00:21:09.293
  • binge a little bit to get ready.
  • 00:21:09.327 --> 00:21:10.628
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:10.661 --> 00:21:12.830
  • Pizza, ice cream, cheesedoodles, more ice cream.
  • 00:21:12.863 --> 00:21:21.372
  • I'm having trouble getting thesweet salty thing balanced out.
  • 00:21:21.405 --> 00:21:25.242
  • Another slice of pizza, somemore Dr. Pepper.
  • 00:21:25.276 --> 00:21:30.281
  • Tomorrow.Tomorrow.
  • 00:21:30.314 --> 00:21:35.186
  • And then you wake up.
  • 00:21:35.219 --> 00:21:37.121
  • You're famished, right?
  • 00:21:37.154 --> 00:21:40.024
  • And I forgot I had a breakfastappointment, it'd be rude not
  • 00:21:40.057 --> 00:21:42.526
  • to eat.
  • 00:21:42.560 --> 00:21:45.196
  • Any time you choose the pathwayof discipline you understand
  • 00:21:45.229 --> 00:21:49.033
  • it's challenged.
  • 00:21:49.066 --> 00:21:51.936
  • And you have to choose to walkout that discipline.
  • 00:21:51.969 --> 00:21:54.605
  • It's true in your spiritual lifetoo, it has nothing to do with
  • 00:21:54.638 --> 00:21:57.141
  • your feeling or yourcircumstance.
  • 00:21:57.174 --> 00:22:02.113
  • I'm asking you to begin in avery purposeful, intentional way
  • 00:22:02.146 --> 00:22:06.884
  • on a daily basis, multiple timesthrough the day, to begin to use
  • 00:22:06.917 --> 00:22:11.455
  • your voice to say thank you tothe Lord.
  • 00:22:11.489 --> 00:22:13.791
  • Make it a part of yourconversation.
  • 00:22:13.824 --> 00:22:15.292
  • How are you?
  • 00:22:15.326 --> 00:22:16.627
  • I am blessed by the Lord.
  • 00:22:16.660 --> 00:22:20.030
  • How do you feel this morning?
  • 00:22:20.064 --> 00:22:21.499
  • Thankful.
  • 00:22:21.532 --> 00:22:24.235
  • What's your plan for the day?
  • 00:22:24.268 --> 00:22:25.803
  • To walk in God's carefulattention.
  • 00:22:25.836 --> 00:22:30.808
  • Let your words start to reflectan attitude of thankfulness to
  • 00:22:30.841 --> 00:22:35.045
  • the Lord.
  • 00:22:35.079 --> 00:22:36.414
  • Stop talking about the junk.
  • 00:22:36.447 --> 00:22:40.117
  • Folks, you can talk about ituntil your vocal cords are
  • 00:22:40.151 --> 00:22:44.789
  • exhausted and it won't changeit.
  • 00:22:44.822 --> 00:22:49.126
  • Now I brought you a psalm, Iwanna close with this, and then
  • 00:22:49.160 --> 00:22:51.996
  • I'm going to give you a littleassignment.
  • 00:22:52.029 --> 00:22:55.099
  • It's from Psalm 118.
  • 00:22:55.132 --> 00:22:57.468
  • We're gonna read all nineverses.
  • 00:22:57.501 --> 00:22:58.903
  • I'm gonna read my part, butthere's a part for you, you have
  • 00:22:58.936 --> 00:23:01.439
  • a line.
  • 00:23:01.472 --> 00:23:03.207
  • And it comes from the psalm.
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:04.542
  • Now I've adapted it a littlebit, but your line is, his love
  • 00:23:04.575 --> 00:23:08.012
  • endures forever.
  • 00:23:08.045 --> 00:23:10.948
  • His love endures forever.
  • 00:23:10.981 --> 00:23:13.250
  • That's your part, so when Ipoint at you, you need to do
  • 00:23:13.284 --> 00:23:15.719
  • your part, and you're outdoorsso you can use your
  • 00:23:15.753 --> 00:23:19.156
  • outdoor voice.
  • 00:23:19.190 --> 00:23:22.026
  • You know none of this [whispers]
  • 00:23:22.059 --> 00:23:23.360
  • his love endures forever.
  • 00:23:23.394 --> 00:23:26.096
  • [laughter]
  • 00:23:26.130 --> 00:23:28.299
  • All right?
  • 00:23:28.332 --> 00:23:29.633
  • You know your line.
  • 00:23:29.667 --> 00:23:31.001
  • On three.
  • 00:23:31.035 --> 00:23:32.336
  • One, two, three.
  • 00:23:32.369 --> 00:23:34.238
  • Okay, now we're gonna make adeclaration to the Lord.
  • 00:23:34.271 --> 00:23:36.807
  • Why don't you stand with me forthis?
  • 00:23:36.841 --> 00:23:42.913
  • It's Psalm 118, you can check melater.
  • 00:23:42.947 --> 00:23:45.883
  • "Give thanks to the Lord, for heis good--
  • 00:23:45.916 --> 00:23:50.955
  • Let Israel say--
  • 00:23:50.988 --> 00:23:55.159
  • Let the house of Aaron say--
  • 00:23:55.192 --> 00:23:59.597
  • Let those who fear the Lordsay--
  • 00:23:59.630 --> 00:24:04.435
  • In my anguish I cried to theLord, and he answered me by
  • 00:24:04.468 --> 00:24:08.272
  • setting me free.
  • 00:24:08.305 --> 00:24:12.409
  • The Lord is with me, I will notbe afraid.
  • 00:24:12.443 --> 00:24:15.279
  • What can man do to me?
  • 00:24:15.312 --> 00:24:19.617
  • The Lord is with me, he is myhelper, I will look in triumph
  • 00:24:19.650 --> 00:24:23.587
  • on my enemies.
  • 00:24:23.621 --> 00:24:27.691
  • It is better to take refuge inthe Lord than to trust in man."
  • 00:24:27.725 --> 00:24:34.331
  • Last one, so with enthusiasm.
  • 00:24:34.365 --> 00:24:36.734
  • "It is better to take refuge inthe Lord than to trust
  • 00:24:36.767 --> 00:24:39.904
  • in princes."
  • 00:24:39.937 --> 00:24:43.974
  • Amen!
  • 00:24:44.008 --> 00:24:45.342
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:45.376 --> 00:24:50.881
  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I can tellyou this, that Christianity has
  • 00:24:53.551 --> 00:24:55.352
  • been the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
  • 00:24:55.386 --> 00:24:58.789
  • the course, and the direction ofour nation.
  • 00:24:58.822 --> 00:25:01.825
  • And I believe because of ourfaith we have been uniquely
  • 00:25:01.859 --> 00:25:04.328
  • blessed by God.
  • 00:25:04.361 --> 00:25:06.730
  • Now our nation's not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
  • 00:25:06.764 --> 00:25:10.000
  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
  • 00:25:10.034 --> 00:25:13.437
  • freedoms will not persist.
  • 00:25:13.470 --> 00:25:16.373
  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our nationis at a crossroads.
  • 00:25:16.407 --> 00:25:18.208
  • It's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
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  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of
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  • the wicked.
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  • The great challenge we face isthe indifference of
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  • the faithful.
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  • We've got to have a heartchange.
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  • Well I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existence andhe has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • this ministry.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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