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May 20, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • CC BY ABERDEEN CAPTIONING1-800-688-6621WWW.ABERCAP.COM
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  • Allen Jackson: Jesus diedon a cross and was raised
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  • to life again sothat anyone who would believe
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  • and accept him astheir Lord can be
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  • a participant inthe Kingdom of God.
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  • But if your attitude, "Well, ifGod wants me to be a part of his
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  • kingdom, he can come get me,"you'll miss it.
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  • Because God requires somethingof us, and I have found that
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  • principle to hold true in allthose points of discipleship
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  • and growth.
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  • God is waiting for our response.
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  • So if we intend for the powerof God to be a more prevalent
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  • part of our spiritual lives, wewill have to engage in some
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  • choices that facilitate that,amen.
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  • So that's what we're goingto unpack, and I'm gonna start
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  • with a couple of things we cando to to open our hearts more
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  • fully to the power of God.
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  • And the first one is receivethe word of God.
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  • This isn't beyond knowing,sometimes it's the simple things
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  • we ignore.
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  • Psalm 107 and verse 20 says, "Hesent His word and healed them,
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  • And He delivered themfrom their destructions."
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  • It's important to understand Godsent his word into the Earth.
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  • I know it was deliveredthrough people, it has been
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  • translated and re-translatedand copied and re-copied,
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  • and we have it in a book.
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  • I'm not suggesting that youbuild your whole theological
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  • system around a single wordor a verb or a verse,
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  • but the word of God isimportant.
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  • And if you don't receivethe word of God, it's improbable
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  • that you will ever receivethe spirit of God.
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  • Because it's through the wordof God we know his character,
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  • we know something of how heinteracts with humanity.
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  • We under we learn howto worship.
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  • We understand what holiness is,impurity is.
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  • There's some "Thou shalts"and "Thou shalt nots."
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  • We need God's word.
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  • Look at John 1 and verse 14,"The word became flesh and made
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  • His dwelling among us.
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  • We have seen His glory,the glory of the One and Only,
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  • who came from the Father,full of grace and truth."
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  • Who's John speaking of?
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  • It's not a trick question.
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  • Jesus.
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  • Jesus was the word incarnate.
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  • We don't worship a book.
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  • I'm not suggesting that.
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  • But I am suggesting that yourattitude towards the word of God
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  • is an indicator of your attitudetowards him.
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  • That if we don't routinely maketime to read the word of God,
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  • to meditate, think about it,to make space for it in our
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  • lives, why do we imaginethe power of God would intrude
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  • upon us?
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  • The first step is saying, "God,I care enough about you, I'm
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  • going to make an investmentin your word."
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  • People say to me, "You know,pastor, I appreciate that, but I
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  • don't like to read."
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  • I got that, change.
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  • You know, once upon a time in mylife I preferred cake
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  • over vegetables, and thensomething cruel happened to my
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  • metabolism, and I decidedvegetables looked better,
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  • so there wasn't quite so muchof me.
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  • Change isn't alwaysan evil thing.
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  • And now we have so many waysto get at information, if you
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  • don't particularly enjoyreading, there are all sorts
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  • of ways.
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  • You can have you can listento the word of God.
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  • You can take our church app,and it will read it to you
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  • every day.
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  • But you need systematic,purposeful, intentional time
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  • with the word of God if you haveany imagination of ever
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  • welcoming the power of Godinto your life.
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  • And I would submit to you, weneed the help of God's power.
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  • All right, the second componentin this is learning to receive
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  • the Spirit of God.
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  • We receive his word, and then wemake an equally intentional
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  • choice to receive his spirit.
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  • In John 20 it says, "Onthe evening of that first day
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  • of the week, the disciples weretogether with the doors locked
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  • for fear of the Jews."
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  • This is evening of resurrectionday, and the disciples are
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  • hiding because they're afraidthey're next.
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  • If they could take Jesus out,I'm sure the disciples felt
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  • very vulnerable.
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  • So, they have the door's locked,they're afraid, they're
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  • discouraged, they're filledwith despair.
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  • The most remarkable personthey've ever known, they saw him
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  • suffocate on a Roman cross,and it says that "Jesus came
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  • and stood among them.
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  • 'Peace be with you!'
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  • And after He said this,He showed them His hands
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  • and His side."
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  • Can I ask you a question?
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  • What do you think the attitudewas in that room?
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  • It says that "Jesus showed themHis hands and His side."
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  • Why do you imagine hewould do that?
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  • Last time they saw Jesus, he wason a Roman cross, gasping
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  • for a breath, beaten almostbeyond recognition.
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  • They saw where he was buried,but when they came a day later
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  • to check the tomb, it wasopened, and the body was gone
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  • and they didn't believethe women.
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  • And now Jesus is standingin the room with them.
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  • Can you imagine?
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  • I'm sure there were questions.
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  • Is it just a projectionof our imagination?
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  • Is it a ghost?
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  • And Jesus shows 'em the marksin his flesh.
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  • "It's Me.
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  • I'm back."
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  • The next sentence is oneof the most intriguing to me
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It says, "The disciples wereoverjoyed when they saw
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  • the Lord."
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  • Kind of a giftof understatement,
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  • would you think?
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  • I'm not sure how they reacted.
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  • It's not recorded.
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  • I don't know if they burstinto laughter.
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  • I don't know if they wept.
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  • I don't know if they knelt.
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  • I don't know if they werein stunned silence.
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  • I don't know, but John says thatthey were just overwhelmed, that
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  • it was almost more than theycould--they were overjoyed when
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  • they saw the Lord.
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  • I don't think it was like.
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  • "Oh, hey J-man."
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  • I don't like it felt like that,do you?
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  • But then watch what Jesus does.
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  • It says after "Jesus said again,'Peace be with you.
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  • As the Father has sent Me, I amsending you.'
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  • And with that He breathedon them and said, 'Receive
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  • the Holy Spirit.'" Now, it's myopinion that if you died
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  • publicly, and you were buried,and you were raised to life
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  • again, and you went to see yourclosest friends that the first
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  • thing you had to say to themmight be important.
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  • You with me?
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  • So, I think there's a littleheightened significance in this,
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  • a little added emphasis thatthe first thing Jesus did was
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  • breathe on them and receivethe Holy Spirit.
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  • In fact, it's very similarlanguage, almost identical,
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  • to what's in Genesis 1at the Culmination of Creation,
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  • when God fashioned manfrom the dust of the ground,
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  • and he breathed in him and hebecame a living being.
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  • See, I would submit to youat that point the disciples are
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  • born again.
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  • They've had a personal encounterwith the resurrected Jesus,
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  • and the spirit of God has comeinto them.
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  • Prior to Jesus' redemptive work,that was not a possibility.
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  • Everything changed.
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  • Whole new covenant'sin play now.
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  • And Jesus breatheson them and says
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  • "Receive the Holy Spirit."
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  • You have to receive his word,and you have
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  • to receive his spirit.
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  • male announcer: From the openingchapters of the Bible
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  • to the end, the spirit of Godand the power of God are
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  • connected, even synonymous,and we all at some point have
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  • places in our lives where itwould take no less than
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  • the power of God to bringan acceptable outcome.
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  • That's the topic of PastorAllen's unique new book based
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  • on eight of his teachings,called "Unleashing the Power
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Today, when you give, you'llreceive "Unleashing the Power
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  • Discover the unlimited potentialof a life lived in cooperation
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  • with the Holy Spirit.
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  • Together, we can makea difference.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now, I wantto take the balance of our
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  • minutes and talkabout a spirit-directed life
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  • and how you and I can positionourselves--what we do--
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  • to cooperate with the spiritof God in our lives more fully.
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  • I have this imagination thata healthy spiritual life is
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  • a lot like just choosing to behave a healthy life.
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  • It's not a single decisionor a single experience that
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  • determines that, it's a whole--there may be experiences that
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  • are a part of it.
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  • To have a healthy life,certainly there's some things
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  • that are helpful.
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  • But there's a whole complex setof things that interact.
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  • If you're gonna be healthyphysically, it certainly has
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  • to do with your diet and yourexercise and your sleep patterns
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  • and your hygiene,and the environment in which you
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  • live, and some of it's genetics.
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  • There's a whole host of things,and there's not a single
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  • experience that's around that.
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  • There's there's multipleexperiences that are revisited.
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  • You may have been to the doctorand had a physical, and he said
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  • you were healthy 15 years ago.
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  • That was good to know.
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  • But you need to take that reportoff the wall and revisit it
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  • occasionally.
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  • Well, spiritually, there's not--it's not about a singular
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  • experience or a singlecomponent, it's a complex thing,
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  • and you're going to need someexperiences.
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  • But you're gonna needa collection of decisions that
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  • enable you to thrivespiritually.
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  • And far too often it seems to methat we get focused
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  • on an experience and wesubstitute that for a healthy
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  • spiritual life.
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  • We'll tell about an experiencewe had, that I'm grateful
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  • for those experiences in my ownlife, but I want them
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  • to continue to be a stringof stories that are told by what
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  • God is doing in our lives.
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  • So, I'm going to hand you somethings that will be a part
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  • of some choices towardsa healthy spiritual life.
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  • You have to be bornof the spirit.
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  • That's not optional.
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  • This is not simply a civic club.
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  • We're not just bound togetherby good deeds and kindness
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  • and expressions of generosityand love, there is something
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  • transformative at the heartof the Jesus story.
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  • In John chapter 3 and verse 5,"Jesus said, 'I tell you
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  • the truth, no one can enterthe kingdom of God unless he is
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  • born of water and the spirit.'"Doesn't matter what group
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  • of people you're born to,doesn't matter what denomination
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  • you join, how many bibles youpossess, you won't enter
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  • the kingdom of God unless youare born of water
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  • and the spirit.
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  • It's an essential necessity,amen.
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  • Alright, Romans 8 and verse 11says, "If the Spirit of Him who
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  • raised Jesus from the deaddwells in you, He who raised
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  • Christ Jesus from the dead willalso give life to your mortal
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  • bodies through His Spirit whodwells in you."
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  • If you are born again, if youaccepted Jesus as Lord of your
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  • life, the spirit of God liveswithin you.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • "Jesus said to his disciples,'If I go away, the Father will
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  • send you another counselor.
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  • He will be with you and He willbe in you.'" That isn't normal.
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  • That's a change in the story.
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  • The spirit of God used to dwellin the tabernacle in the Holy
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  • of Holies, and thenin the temple.
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  • But now the spirit of God dwellsin you, not in a building built
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  • with human hands.
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  • Being the church doesn't meanwe're proponents
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  • for architecture or 11 o'clockon Sunday mornings.
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  • I'm not opposed to those things,but the church is a people
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  • initiative, because God's spiritis within us, not because you
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  • come to church, because you haveacknowledged Jesus as Lord
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  • of your life.
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  • Because the Holy Spirit comeswhere Jesus is exalted.
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  • The doorway for Him into yourlife, as you acknowledge Jesus
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  • of Nazareth as the Messiah,the son of God, and you're
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  • willing to choose Him as Lordand serve Him as king, that set
  • 00:12:13.358 --> 00:12:17.829
  • of choices attractsthe Holy Spirit.
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  • That's really exciting!
  • 00:12:22.734 --> 00:12:24.035
  • The power of God, presentwithin you.
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  • That's an amazing statement.
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  • The same spirit that broughtlife to Jesus's physical body,
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  • that brought him forthfrom the dead, is present in you
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  • to deliver you from death.
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  • Not physical death, but allthose expressions of evil that
  • 00:12:38.850 --> 00:12:41.586
  • diminish your life and bringdeath and destruction to you,
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  • there is power presentwithin you to bring freedom.
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  • We need to know more about thatand how to unleash that
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  • and cooperate with that, but itbegins with that simple
  • 00:12:52.130 --> 00:12:56.000
  • invitation, to "Jesus, be Lordof my life."
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  • I'm gonna lead you in thatprayer again this morning.
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  • You may have prayed it before.
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  • If you've never prayed itand meant it, today would be
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  • a good day.
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  • See, I suspect all of us at onetime in our lives or another
  • 00:13:07.712 --> 00:13:10.582
  • have been guilty of praying itreally with no intent.
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  • And I get that, I evenunderstand it on one level.
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  • But you need to understand wedon't hustle God.
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  • Foolin' the preacher is not toohard, but we don't hustle God.
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  • And if you've never reallyintended to honor him, to choose
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  • Jesus as Lord, today would bea really good day.
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  • But I have a bigger agenda.
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  • I want everybody here to knowhow to help somebody else
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  • into the kingdom.
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  • In fact, I think we oughtto take that on as a goal.
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  • Over the next six months,everybody here be willing
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  • to help one personinto the kingdom of God.
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  • Thank you for that enthusiasticresponse to the suggestion.
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  • How many would be willing to bea part of that?
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  • Look at that.
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  • Hundreds and hundreds of people.
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  • That's awesome.
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  • You see, the invitation thatwe're talking about on the table
  • 00:14:01.065 --> 00:14:02.867
  • is the cooperation of theHoly Spirit, the power of God
  • 00:14:02.901 --> 00:14:05.436
  • on our behalf.
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  • Well, if our only interestin the power of God is to help
  • 00:14:07.171 --> 00:14:08.806
  • me get my way, I suspect that'snot the greatest point
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  • of invitation for us.
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  • But if we cultivate a legitimateintent to see the spirit of God
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  • at work amongst us--
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  • Folks, the only solutionto the problems we face as
  • 00:14:21.152 --> 00:14:23.621
  • a people will comefrom the expansion
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  • of the influence of the spiritof God in our world.
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  • Our answers aren't going to comethrough a political party
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  • or an ideology.
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  • The form of government we liveunder, and I'm grateful for it,
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  • it is representative.
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  • It means the peoplein Washington reflect the hearts
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  • of Main Street.
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  • And if we want more truthand integrity in Washington, we
  • 00:14:42.674 --> 00:14:45.910
  • have to have more truthand integrity on Main Street.
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  • Which means that you and I arethe delivery system.
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  • In your sphere of influence,your family, your friends, your
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  • co-workers, your neighbors,the folks you hang out with.
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  • All of those people you wantto engage in dialogue
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  • about Jesus.
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  • Have you invited 'em to a groupwith you?
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  • Maybe you bring 'emto a Wednesday night--
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  • I don't know--
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  • You can use church as a pointof invitation.
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  • But the real issue is, you useyour advocacy and say, "You
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  • know, I'm really into this Jesusthing.
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  • And I think he might be goodfor you."
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  • If we will do that,God shows up.
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  • If we could care less, we justwant God to give us what we
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  • want, when we want it.
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  • Not so much.
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  • So this really is a doorway.
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  • It's a doorway.
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  • The power of God comesinto the lives of people who are
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  • interested in the purposesof God.
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  • So we're gonna say this prayertogether, but I want you to have
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  • it in your experience so you canshare it with somebody else.
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  • Let's pray this together.
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  • Just close your eyesfor a minute.
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  • Forget the people around you.
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  • Say: Almighty God, I'm a sinner,and I need a savior.
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  • I believe Jesus is your son,that he died on a cross for my
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  • sin, that you raised him to lifeagain that I might be justified.
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  • Forgive me of my sins.
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  • Jesus, be Lord of my life.
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  • All that I am, all that I have,I want to honor you.
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  • And now I forgive anyoneof anything, and I thank you
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  • that I belong to God.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Wow!
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  • Now, that's a miracle!
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  • It changes everything about yourlife.
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  • It changes the authorityover your life, the power
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  • available to you.
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  • Now that the spirit of God iswithin you, I want to add
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  • to that one more componentof a healthy spiritual life: A
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  • willingness to give energyand effort to praise,
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  • thanksgiving, worship.
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  • And I'm not talking principallyabout the things that occur
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  • on a platform like this.
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  • Worship starts in your spirit.
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  • When you accept Jesusas Lord of your life,
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  • your spirit is made new.
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  • Now, you still have your souland your body, and those still
  • 00:17:11.789 --> 00:17:16.127
  • have some componentsof the former life.
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  • They're not fully transformedyet.
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  • But worship begins in yourspirit, so we have to submit our
  • 00:17:21.466 --> 00:17:26.537
  • soul-ish self to worship, mymind, my will and my emotions.
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  • My mind says, "I don't want to."
  • 00:17:30.575 --> 00:17:32.110
  • My feelings, "Idon't feel like it."
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  • And I say, "It doesn't matter.
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  • You're not in charge here.
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  • I appreciate your opinion.
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  • It has been duly noted.
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  • Now hush and worship the Lord."
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  • We've let worship deteriorateinto something
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  • that is very soul-ish.
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  • We talk about it in termsof style and preference.
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  • And I like this leader or thatleader or that person or that
  • 00:17:57.802 --> 00:18:01.005
  • whatever, and if it doesn't suitour style, we think we withdraw
  • 00:18:01.038 --> 00:18:06.944
  • from worship.
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  • You're not withdrawingfrom worship.
  • 00:18:08.312 --> 00:18:10.348
  • Worship starts inside of you.
  • 00:18:10.381 --> 00:18:11.949
  • With that attitude, worship isdistant from you.
  • 00:18:11.983 --> 00:18:15.887
  • Now, I appreciate music when itsuits the style that I like,
  • 00:18:15.920 --> 00:18:19.090
  • or it's a song that Iparticularly enjoy, or the words
  • 00:18:19.123 --> 00:18:21.726
  • resonate with me, but the truthis, you should be able
  • 00:18:21.759 --> 00:18:24.228
  • to worship the Lord with a kazooand somebody like me
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  • that sings off-key.
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  • 'Cause it's about what's insideof me and who God is.
  • 00:18:29.433 --> 00:18:34.939
  • And we've let this geta little flipped.
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  • And the reason, I think it'san attack from the enemy,
  • 00:18:36.974 --> 00:18:40.578
  • from Satan himself.
  • 00:18:40.611 --> 00:18:42.747
  • Some have suggested that hisassignment in heaven, before he
  • 00:18:42.780 --> 00:18:45.149
  • lost his place, was music.
  • 00:18:45.183 --> 00:18:49.353
  • 'Cause in scripture worshipand the spirit of God
  • 00:18:49.387 --> 00:18:55.126
  • are intertwined.
  • 00:18:55.159 --> 00:18:57.195
  • And we allow worship to beseparate from us over soul-ish
  • 00:18:57.228 --> 00:19:00.932
  • things, we forfeit the powerof God.
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  • Thanksgiving is an easier way,perhaps, to think about that.
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  • We choose to give thanks to God.
  • 00:19:10.675 --> 00:19:15.012
  • Now, that's a choice.
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  • It doesn't mean I feel like it.
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  • Everybody in the room--I'm quite confident--
  • 00:19:17.748 --> 00:19:19.050
  • has some places todaywhere our life is undone.
  • 00:19:19.083 --> 00:19:22.954
  • Either relationallyor emotionally or physically
  • 00:19:22.987 --> 00:19:25.690
  • or somebody you care about, youneed God's help.
  • 00:19:25.723 --> 00:19:29.160
  • So it's not that we give thanksbecause everything's perfect.
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  • You understand the refusalto give thanks to God is
  • 00:19:32.897 --> 00:19:35.900
  • an expression of disrespect.
  • 00:19:35.933 --> 00:19:39.704
  • Suppose teenagers in your housesaid, "I'm not gonna be grateful
  • 00:19:39.737 --> 00:19:43.341
  • to you until you do everything Iwant the way I want."
  • 00:19:43.374 --> 00:19:49.347
  • Well, bless your heart.
  • 00:19:50.047 --> 00:19:52.583
  • But that's a little bitof the attitude we hold
  • 00:19:52.617 --> 00:19:54.552
  • towards God.
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  • I'm not givin' thanks to you.
  • 00:19:55.920 --> 00:19:57.388
  • You're not performing the way Iwant you to perform.
  • 00:19:57.421 --> 00:20:00.625
  • And we withhold our worshipand our thanksgiving.
  • 00:20:00.658 --> 00:20:05.363
  • The Bible talksabout a sacrifice of praise.
  • 00:20:05.396 --> 00:20:08.699
  • Now, why would you do that?
  • 00:20:08.733 --> 00:20:10.134
  • Because the worship of Godand the praise of God
  • 00:20:10.167 --> 00:20:12.603
  • and the spirit of God areintertwined.
  • 00:20:12.637 --> 00:20:16.340
  • In Psalms it says, "We comeinto His gates with thanksgiving
  • 00:20:16.374 --> 00:20:18.542
  • and into His courtswith praise."
  • 00:20:18.576 --> 00:20:21.746
  • Don't let it be about stuff.
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  • You may have styles you prefer.
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  • I appreciate that.
  • 00:20:24.482 --> 00:20:25.816
  • That's not wrong.
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  • But that's not the determiner.
  • 00:20:27.184 --> 00:20:28.886
  • My decision is to give honorto the Lord, alright.
  • 00:20:28.919 --> 00:20:34.925
  • We welcome his word, we investsome energy and effort in praise
  • 00:20:35.226 --> 00:20:38.763
  • and worship and thanksgiving,now I want to give you one more
  • 00:20:38.796 --> 00:20:41.766
  • component, and that's prayer.
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  • Aren't you glad you getout in the rain for that nugget?
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  • I want to suggest that you thinkabout prayer in this way: As
  • 00:20:50.374 --> 00:20:52.877
  • an expression of an invitationand intent.
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  • If you don't pray, you failto extend the invitation.
  • 00:20:57.615 --> 00:21:02.153
  • And when we don't pray, we aredeclaring we have no intent
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  • of God being involved.
  • 00:21:05.623 --> 00:21:08.259
  • See, when we fail to pray, wefail to extend the invitation
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  • to God and we demonstrate thisnagging lack of intent
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  • of the Holy Spirit'sparticipation.
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  • I don't want to do that.
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  • Look with me in John Chapter 11.
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  • It's an event in Jesus' life.
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  • He's in Bethany.
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  • It's the village where Marthaand Mary live with their brother
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  • Lazarus, but Lazarushas a new home.
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  • He's in a tomb.
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  • Been there several days,he's not in good space.
  • 00:21:32.083 --> 00:21:35.619
  • And Jesus goes, notto visit the cemetery,
  • 00:21:35.653 --> 00:21:39.423
  • he has another assignment.
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  • You know the story.
  • 00:21:40.791 --> 00:21:42.126
  • They took away the stoneand Jesus looked up,
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  • and he said--
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  • We get to listen to Jesus pray.
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  • It's your notes.
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  • John 11:41, "Father, I thank Youthat You have heard Me.
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  • I knew that You always hear Me,but I said this for the benefit
  • 00:21:49.133 --> 00:21:51.969
  • of the people standing here,that they may believe
  • 00:21:52.002 --> 00:21:55.373
  • that You sent Me."
  • 00:21:55.406 --> 00:21:56.741
  • That's an intriguing prayer.
  • 00:21:56.774 --> 00:21:58.075
  • "Father, I thank you that youhave heard me.
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  • I thank you--"
  • 00:22:00.978 --> 00:22:02.313
  • In the present tense.
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  • "That you have heard me--"
  • 00:22:03.681 --> 00:22:05.015
  • In the past tense.
  • 00:22:05.049 --> 00:22:06.350
  • Jesus is referencing a prayerhe's already prayed.
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  • "I've already prayedabout Lazarus.
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  • And God I've come here.
  • 00:22:12.356 --> 00:22:13.657
  • I know what's about to happen.
  • 00:22:13.691 --> 00:22:17.027
  • I knew, past tense, that youalways hear me.
  • 00:22:17.061 --> 00:22:20.331
  • But I said this for the benefitof the people standing here.
  • 00:22:20.364 --> 00:22:23.067
  • I want everybody listeningand everybody that's gonna read
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:24.869
  • this in the centuries to cometo know I've already prayed
  • 00:22:24.902 --> 00:22:27.438
  • about this before I got here."
  • 00:22:27.471 --> 00:22:31.041
  • And then he says, "Lazarus, getout here."
  • 00:22:31.075 --> 00:22:35.379
  • It says that Lazarus walkedout bound with his grave
  • 00:22:35.413 --> 00:22:37.648
  • clothes, and Jesus said,"Set him free."
  • 00:22:37.681 --> 00:22:42.653
  • Now, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:22:42.686 --> 00:22:44.021
  • It's not a trick question.
  • 00:22:44.054 --> 00:22:46.257
  • What would've happenedif Jesus hadn't prayed?
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:50.294
  • Lazarus would've neverneeded a second tomb.
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  • The prayer changedeverything, right?
  • 00:22:54.031 --> 00:22:57.501
  • Not just the prayerof invitation out of the tomb.
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  • His prayer before he got there.
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  • Folks, prayer in your lifeand my life is far more
  • 00:23:03.574 --> 00:23:06.410
  • significant than we've imagined.
  • 00:23:06.444 --> 00:23:08.746
  • Now, we've been workin' on thisquite a while around here.
  • 00:23:08.779 --> 00:23:10.481
  • We've had "Let's Pray" and we'recontinuing to pull that forward.
  • 00:23:10.514 --> 00:23:14.118
  • We want to be a people who learnto pray because there's some
  • 00:23:14.151 --> 00:23:16.387
  • things you want to stop saying.
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  • I don't pray, I'm notcomfortable with prayer, I don't
  • 00:23:17.788 --> 00:23:19.657
  • know how to pray, I get allof that, I feel awkward, me too!
  • 00:23:19.690 --> 00:23:24.361
  • Learning new things always comeswith an awkward level.
  • 00:23:24.395 --> 00:23:28.098
  • But we want to become a peoplewho invite God
  • 00:23:28.132 --> 00:23:31.068
  • into the circumstancesof our lives.
  • 00:23:31.101 --> 00:23:33.370
  • You have to change the languageto up your comfort level?
  • 00:23:33.404 --> 00:23:36.340
  • So be it.
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  • I want to invite Godinto the place where I work,
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  • don't you?
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  • I want to invite Godinto the lives of our grandkids
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  • and our kids and our neighborsand our friends.
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  • I want to invite Godinto the lives of the teenagers
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  • when I watch them worshipthe Lord.
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  • I want to invite Godinto my home.
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  • You and I are the pointof invitation.
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  • What happens if we don't extendthe invitation?
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  • Much less.
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  • Why have we lived when thisdeficit position with so little
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  • expression of the power of God?
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  • Because we haven't cared enoughto invite him in.
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  • He will respondto the invitation.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • It really does matter.
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  • It really does matter.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 12,we've looked at the list.
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  • It's a listing of the giftsof the Spirit.
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  • They're twelve listed there.
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  • The first verse is: I don't wantyou to be ignorant about this.
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  • And then it lists--I'm sorry,there's not twelve,
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  • there's nine.
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  • The word of wisdom,a word of knowledge,
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  • discerning of spirits,the working of miracles,
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  • the gift of healing, faith,prophecy, tongues,
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  • and interpretation of tongues.
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  • Nine expressionsof the spirit of God.
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  • It's not the only listin the New Testament.
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  • In Romans 12 it says, "We havedifferent gifts, according
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  • to the grace given us.
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  • If your gift is prophesying,let him use it in proportion
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  • to his faith."
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  • That one's in the other list.
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  • The rest of these here are not.
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  • "If it's serving, let him serve;if it's teaching, let him teach;
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  • if it's encouraging, let himencourage; if it's contributing
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  • to the needs of others, let himgive generously; if it's
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  • leadership, let him governdiligently; if it's showing
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  • mercy, let him do itcheerfully."
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  • So the list is growing a bit.
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  • It says these areexpressions of grace.
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  • That's an important clue.
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  • Grace is not aboutsomething you earn.
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  • Grace is not merit based.
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  • If you earned it,it isn't grace.
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  • The spirit of God and the powerof God don't move in our lives
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  • because we earned it or wedeserve it.
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  • In fact, the spirit of God movesin our life in spite of us.
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  • But we can still welcome him,cooperate with him, intend
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  • for him to be a part.
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