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November 17, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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  • Allen Jackson: A topic for the weekend is Holy
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  • and Godly lives.
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  • Thank you for that enthusiastic response.
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  • I'm excited too.
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  • There's a verse of Scripture, that's been rumbling
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  • around inside of me for a bit.
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  • So it made it to the outline this week, 2 Peter 3, "The day
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  • of the Lord will come like a thief."
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  • That's the day of the Lord's return.
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  • You know he's coming back to the earth just as certainly
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  • as he came to Bethlehem, but he's coming, you know, there
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  • isn't any event in scripture that has more prophetic
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  • direction towards it than Jesus's second return coming.
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  • But it's still says he'll come like a thief.
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  • We'll be unprepared.
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  • It'll be unexpected by most.
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  • Don't be in that group.
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  • "When he comes the heavens will disappear with a roar
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  • and the elements will be destroyed by fire and the Earth
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  • and everything in it will be laid bare.
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  • Since everything will be destroyed in this way what kind
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  • of people ought you to be?"
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  • I wanna submit to you that's a very important question.
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  • The King of kings, the judge of all the earth.
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  • The judge of the living and the dead.
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  • The Creator of heaven and earth is coming back to the earth
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  • in bodily form to see you and me.
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  • What kind of people ought we to be?
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  • I would submit to you that deserves more than a casual
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  • glance, or a passing answer, or a shrug of the shoulders
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  • and say, "Well, I said the sinner's prayer."
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  • What kind of people ought we to be?
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  • Last week of June we're taking a tour to Israel, about 200
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  • of us going which means this time of the year our phones are
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  • ringing a lot.
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  • People say, you know, "What kind of shoes do I need to take?
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  • Do I need a hat?
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  • How powerful does the sunscreen need to be in the Middle East?"
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  • It needs to be inside.
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  • "Did Jesus sit on this rock?"
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  • I mean, the questions that will come.
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  • "How much eat a snacks do I need to put in my suitcase?"
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  • Appropriate questions, it's 10 day trip.
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  • Then we'll answer thousands of questions before we're done.
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  • Jesus is coming back.
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  • What kind of people ought we to be?
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  • It's a very important question.
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  • And if I had to distill it down just a simple sentence
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  • or two in my best simple southern expression, I'll tell
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  • ya if I had to put it in the essential of this you
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  • need to be a person who's given your life to serving the Lord.
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  • Period.
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  • I'm not talking about sitting in church, and I'm not talking
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  • about a podium or a sermon.
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  • You can be a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, but you
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  • have given your life to serving the Lord.
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  • That's your goal.
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  • That's your objective.
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  • If you're not that kind of person, his second coming is
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  • not gonna be a great thing.
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  • We ought to be a people who serve the Lord.
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  • You know in this particular season of our culture, serving
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  • is not particularly fashionable.
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  • You know, cultural trends are like a pendulum.
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  • You know fashions like that.
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  • Once upon a time I remember when bell bottoms were here.
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  • When they left I thought we'd never see those rascals again.
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  • Here they came.
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  • Where we live long enough it'll come back again, Lord help us
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  • all.
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  • Well, there was a time in our in our nation's history when
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  • serving was fashionable.
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  • In fact, there was a time when the finest families, the young
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  • men and women from the finest families in our country,
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  • the most affluent, the most socially upwardly mobile,
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  • the most celebrated, served on the mission field as
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  • Christian missionaries.
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  • That's hard to believe, isn't it?
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  • Their journeys would be recorded on the front pages of the finest
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  • most influential newspapers in our nation.
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  • Let's just almost beyond imagination.
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  • That sounds like a fairy tale, doesn't it?
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  • Can you imagine the evening news giving us updates on young
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  • people who were serving as missionaries for the Gospel
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  • of Jesus Christ around the world?
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  • That's our history.
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  • And that's not just ancient history, in the 1960s.
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  • I mean for some of you that's ancient, but hey.
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  • The Peace Corps was founded.
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  • We sent thousands and thousands of young Americans
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  • around the world.
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  • It wasn't for the Gospel this time, but it was to serve
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  • the people of the world.
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  • Serving was still fashionable.
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  • Not so much today.
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  • Somebody shared a survey with me this week.
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  • They said that young people's primary objective, their number
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  • one goal in the survey was to be famous.
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  • Not successful, not wealthy, not powerful.
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  • Just famous.
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  • Well, go viral.
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  • Serving is not as fashionable anymore.
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  • Look at John 15:13.
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  • You've already seen it on the screens.
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  • Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life
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  • for his friends.
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  • It doesn't necessarily mean you offer yourself as a martyr.
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  • You put somebody else is interested in front of your own.
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  • You serve.
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  • Romans 12, therefore, I urge you brothers in view of God's Mercy
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  • to offer your bodies as living sacrifices Holy and pleasing
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  • to God.
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  • This is worship.
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  • It says offering your body as a living sacrifice to God.
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  • If you're workin' through the books of Moses
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  • with us, if you're doin' the Bible reading, all those
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  • animals and the sacrifices, and do this with that part,
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  • and this is what that other part, but before those animals
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  • became a sacrifice as their lives were forfeited they were
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  • slaughtered, but the New Testament says to for you and me
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  • to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, by the time that
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  • sacrifice made it to the altar it was void of any self
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  • determination.
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  • No lamb got off the altar.
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  • Offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.
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  • We think of worship in terms of music.
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  • I hear the discussions, "What kind of worship do you like."
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  • "Well, I'm a hymns person."
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  • Not me, I like contemporary worship, I like the drums.
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  • Good rhythm line.
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  • I'm like a pillow.
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  • We're confused, folks, that's about musical tastes, and style,
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  • and preference.
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  • And I appreciate that we have different taste.
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  • There's nothing wrong with that but that doesn't make it
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  • worship.
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  • Worship is about offering yourself.
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  • It says that's just your reasonable expression
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  • of worship.
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  • That's not extraordinary.
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  • That's not bizarre.
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  • That's not for hyper Christians.
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  • Look at Romans 5.
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  • "You see, at just the right time, when we were still
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  • powerless.
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  • Christ died for the ungodly.
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  • Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man.
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  • Though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die,
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  • but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
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  • were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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  • Since we have now been justified by his blood how much more shall
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  • we be saved from God's wrath through him?"
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  • Here's the bargain.
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  • God did something for us, while we were still ungodly
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  • and rebellious he sent his son to offer himself as a sacrifice
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  • for you and me.
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  • And our reasonable service in return for that isn't
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  • to offer ourselves as martyrs.
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  • But to offer ourselves in serving the King of kings.
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  • That's the essence.
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  • What kind of people ought we to be?
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  • We ought to be a people committed to serving the king.
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  • It'll make your life better.
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  • It'll make our world better.
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  • I understand there's a whole myriad of voices in this season
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  • that say there's really no historical evidence that
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  • a culture can be transformed.
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  • That my individual choice is not really that important after all.
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  • So I should just do what's best for me what brings me the most
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  • pleasure.
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  • It gives me the most opportunity ensures my kids have the best
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  • future.
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  • After all they're my primary assignment and my primary
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  • responsibility.
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  • It's mostly about me and mine.
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  • Well, I disagree.
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  • Our own national history, forget the rest of the world, our own
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  • national history resonates with the courage of generations
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  • of men and women, who have made enormous sacrifices so that we
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  • might enjoy the freedoms and the liberty which define us
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  • today.
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  • The life that you and I lead has not come to us without cost.
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  • It hasn't come to us without there having been
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  • a tremendous price paid.
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  • Now, I know again, it's kind of the trend today to imagine
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  • that economic wellbeings are obvious choice for first
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  • priority in our lives.
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  • How do we get the most?
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  • Who will give us the most for the least?
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  • Who will ensure my wellbeing?
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  • Who'll take care of me?
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  • Well, I want to publicly thank God that there have been people
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  • with an other view throughout our history.
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  • Because we're here today, because there have been
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  • generation after generation after generation that held
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  • a different view than the one that is most-- is the one that
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  • is most prevalent today.
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  • The American Revolution.
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  • It began because a loosely organized group of people felt
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  • that the tyranny of Britain was not acceptable on a distant
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  • continent.
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  • And a group of ragtag frontiersmen, loosely organized,
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  • underfunded with very little international support to speak
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  • of, with the odds steeply stacked against them, decided
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  • to stand against the most powerful military in the world.
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  • And they came out of the woods and from behind the plows.
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  • And the emerging cities in America, and they stood
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  • up to the British regulars.
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  • The outcome was clear.
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  • All the observers understood it.
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  • The British would crush the rebellion.
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  • Those that had dared to stand against them would forfeit their
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  • freedom at the least and their lives more than likely.
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  • And against all probability, in the most unlikely of outcomes
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  • our nation was born.
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  • I've read book after book.
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  • Where there were eyewitness accounts from British soldiers
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  • that said they had General Washington in their sights
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  • with a shot that could not be missed and somehow he escaped.
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  • I thank God for those men and women.
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  • But it wasn't a one time thing.
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  • Our history is filled with turning points, with lines
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  • drawn in the sand, where there was a generation of people who
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  • said they would make a sacrifice for our nation.
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  • We have a battlefield in our own community.
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  • Battle of Stones River.
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  • There's not very many weeks that go past that I don't drive
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  • by that battlefield and I'm reminded of the sacrifice that
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  • was made so that we would have freedom today.
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  • I hear people say, "There's nothing worth dying for."
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  • What a self absorbed idea.
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  • There's nothing worth dying for.
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  • I would question what you're living for.
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  • You know the Lincoln Douglas debates?
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  • You ever heard of those?
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  • Remember from high school history?
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  • You know you had a coach locked in a room with you.
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  • He didn't want to be there.
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  • You didn't want to be there.
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  • History got left someplace.
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  • I had that too.
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  • I liked coaches, but it still didn't help the history much.
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  • Well, the line is that if we don't if we don't remember our
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  • history we're doomed to repeat it.
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  • Well, there was a series of seven debates between Abraham
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  • Lincoln and Stephen Douglas for an Illinois state election.
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  • And they're celebrated is one of the finest examples of logic
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  • and political debate in American history.
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  • Steven Douglas was pro slavery and Lincoln opposed it.
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  • It was the idea that would define his life before it was
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  • finished.
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  • And Douglas is argument went like this that slavery--
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  • the slavery question couldn't be decided on a national basis.
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  • It was about choice.
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  • And regions of the country, and states of the country,
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  • and pockets of the country should have the privilege
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  • of making the choices that would determine their economic well
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  • being.
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  • And no federal government or other group of people had
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  • the privilege of making those choices for them.
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  • And he argued eloquently and passionately.
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  • And then Lincoln responded.
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  • And Lincoln said he too was an advocate for choice.
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  • But then when the choices of one individual reached so broadly as
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  • to meant to diminish the opportunity of liberty,
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  • and freedom, or threaten the life of another individual,
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  • we didn't have that freedom of choice.
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  • And he stood in opposition to slavery.
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  • It's startling to me that 100 or so years later, we're still
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  • arguing about choice.
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  • And the freedom to impact another life because it's
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  • inconvenient for me.
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  • The Civil War wasn't settled with a debate.
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  • It was settled with the bloodiest conflict
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  • in the history of our nation.
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  • It's not the first time, a nation has been polarized.
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  • It's not the first time, we've had laws that were immoral
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  • and ungodly on our books.
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  • And it took tremendous determination and focus
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  • and courage to stand against them.
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  • See, the history of our nation has what is brought liberty
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  • and freedom to us today.
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  • It's enabled us to take the light of the Gospel of Jesus
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  • Christ to the nations of the world.
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  • That's not up for debate.
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  • That is our history.
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  • We're a nation with a Christian heritage.
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  • The question is what will be said of our generation.
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  • What's gonna be said of us?
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  • Allen: Mark chapter 10.
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  • Jesus and his disciples are having a discussion.
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  • We get to listen in.
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  • It's a pretty intense thing.
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  • James and John come to Jesus, they have a request.
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  • And Jesus says, "What do you want me to do for you?"
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  • And they replied, "Let one of us sit at your right hand,
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  • and the other at your left in your glory."
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  • Well, there you go.
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  • Why not just go for the whole enchilada, fellas?
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  • They're not asking for extra dessert, or if they can stay
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  • up late for an hour and watch the end of the ballgame.
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  • We wanna sit on the thrones on either side of you.
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  • Jesus answers them, "You don't know what you're asking.
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  • You don't know what you're asking.
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  • Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism
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  • I'm baptized with?"
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  • You know, selfish ambition will blind you.
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  • It will blind you.
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  • They are completely blinded to the magnitude of the request
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  • they're making.
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  • They simply want to be preeminent amongst their peer
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  • group 'cause this request is directed at the other amongst
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  • that original 12.
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  • We want to be ahead of them.
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  • And Jesus said, "You don't know what you're asking.
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  • Can you drink the cup I'll drink?"
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  • And their answer is very short, too short, "We can."
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  • It's not recorded in the Gospels, but church
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  • history tells us that both James and John were martyred.
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  • They drank that cup.
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  • I promise you they didn't understand what they were saying
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  • when they responded to Jesus.
  • 00:16:07.160 --> 00:16:08.260
  • And Jesus said, "You think you'll drink the cup I drink
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  • and be baptized with the baptism I'm baptized with but to sit
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  • at my right hand or left is not for me to grant.
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  • These places belong to those for whom they have been
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  • prepared.
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  • It's not mine to give that away."
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  • When the ten heard about this they became indignant with James
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  • and John.
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  • I'm thinkin' Mark tamped that down a little bit.
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  • What do you think?
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  • I'm thinkin' when the other ten heard about James and John, they
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  • were more than just a little agitated.
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  • I'm thinking if Jesus hadn't been present, they might have
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  • taken them out back.
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  • At the very least at the dinner table, I'm thinkin' they open
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  • the book of Genesis and read them about Joseph and his dreams
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  • and handed them some brochures for tours in Egypt.
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  • They were indignant with them.
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  • What do you mean you want to be promoted above us, you want
  • 00:16:56.290 --> 00:17:00.190
  • to be elevated ahead of us?
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  • These are the Jesus' closest friends.
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  • These are the best of the best.
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  • This is the A-Team.
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  • They're the ones traveling with him, teaching with him,
  • 00:17:08.170 --> 00:17:10.220
  • learning with him, and they're arguing about selfish ambition
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  • amongst themselves.
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  • Jesus recognizes the moment.
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  • Verse 42, it says Jesus called them together.
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  • And he said, "You know those who are regarded as rulers
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  • of the Gentiles lord it over them.
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  • And their high officials exercise authority over them.
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  • Not so with you.
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  • Instead whoever wants to become great among you must become your
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  • servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
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  • Even the Son of man didn't come to be served but to serve
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  • and to give his life as a ransom for many."
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  • Jesus is trying to give them a different vantage point, one
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  • that's different from their own leaders and the leaders
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  • in the secular world.
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  • He said, "I'm the most powerful person you've ever met.
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  • I speak to the storms, and I cast out demons, and blind eyes
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:54.040
  • are opened, and even the dead come back to life.
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  • And I'm here to serve you."
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  • Jesus opened a portfolio and a new idea.
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  • We call it servant leadership.
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  • That the greatest amongst you is the one who has the greatest
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  • expression of service.
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  • The best summary I ever heard on servant leadership came
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  • from a business guy.
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  • His name was Ken Blanchard.
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  • He wrote a book called, "The One Minute Manager."
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  • You gotta be old to remember that.
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  • It's a short little book.
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  • My favorite.
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  • I heard him give a presentation one time.
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  • He was a new Christian.
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  • He came to faith later in his life and he was telling how he
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:32.020
  • was working out his faith and he was kind of a bumpy road
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  • for him.
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  • You can tell he's trying to sort it all out.
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  • He had a lot of habits that were pretty ingrained.
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  • And he said, you know, "They tell me I'm supposed to pray
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  • every day before I leave the house."
  • 00:18:40.130 --> 00:18:41.220
  • He said, "I keep leaving the house and forgetting
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  • to pray."
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  • And he swore about it for a minute.
  • 00:18:44.170 --> 00:18:46.170
  • And he said, "But I got this figured out.
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  • I gotta plan in place.
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  • So I'd never leave the house now without praying."
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:51.050
  • He said, "I took all of my shoes, and I put them
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:52.270
  • under the bed."
  • 00:18:52.280 --> 00:18:55.280
  • And he said, Invariably, "I got a plane to catch or a meeting
  • 00:18:55.290 --> 00:18:58.020
  • to get to and I'm hurrying around to get dressed.
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:18:59.260
  • And I'm late and I'm tryin' to get out of the house and I
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:01.120
  • can't find my shoes."
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:04.150
  • He said, "Ah, I put them under the bed."
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:05.260
  • And then he gets down and said, "I'm down on my knees swearing
  • 00:19:05.270 --> 00:19:07.060
  • because my shoes are under the bed."
  • 00:19:07.070 --> 00:19:10.140
  • He said, "Then I remembered that I'm supposed to pray before I
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  • leave the house.
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  • So before I get my shoes on, I have my prayer."
  • 00:19:15.020 --> 00:19:16.210
  • He said, "Now, I pray every day before I leave.
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  • I liked his honesty."
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:22.150
  • But he said this, he said, "Servant leadership doesn't mean
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:25.260
  • that you get coffee for everyone all the time.
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:29.140
  • It means you're willing to get coffee for anyone at any time."
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:33.280
  • See, Jesus didn't capitulate.
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:36.220
  • He said to his disciples, "We're going to Jerusalem, and when I
  • 00:19:36.230 --> 00:19:38.240
  • get there these are the things that are gonna happen to me."
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  • And Peter took him aside and said, "Never, Lord, that
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:44.210
  • should never happen to you."
  • 00:19:44.220 --> 00:19:46.020
  • And he said, "Get behind me, Satan."
  • 00:19:46.030 --> 00:19:48.120
  • Jesus didn't get the disciples together say, "What do y'all
  • 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:50.090
  • think I should do?
  • 00:19:50.100 --> 00:19:52.000
  • How do you think we should win this battle?"
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:55.020
  • He told them what the objective was.
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  • And then he did everything in his power to help them get
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:20:00.280
  • across their finish line.
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:03.210
  • "Peter, I've prayed for you that your faith wouldn't fail."
  • 00:20:03.220 --> 00:20:05.140
  • He showed up on Resurrection evening to go find that crew
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  • and say, "Stop doubting and believe."
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  • He met with them in Acts 1 before he went back to heaven
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  • and he said, "Don't leave Jerusalem until you're baptized
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  • in the Holy Spirit.
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  • You're gonna be empowered to be witnesses for me."
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  • He served them so they could finish their course.
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  • What kind of people ought we to be?
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  • We're gonna serve the Lord.
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  • Offer our lives as sacrifices to him.
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  • It won't diminish you.
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  • It won't rob you.
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  • It won't take something away from you.
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  • It's fulfilling.
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  • 1 Corinthians 12 says, "We're a body and all the parts
  • 00:20:44.260 --> 00:20:47.160
  • of the body need one another."
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  • If you're gonna do anything of lasting significance
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:51.090
  • with your life, it's gonna involve other people, and that
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:55.100
  • includes your faith.
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:56.200
  • People say, "I don't have to have a church to be
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:58.010
  • a Christian."
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:20:59.110
  • You're right, you don't.
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:00.240
  • You can accept the Lord in the parking lot at Walmart.
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:03.180
  • You don't need a priest, or a pastor, professional clergy
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:06.000
  • person.
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:07.100
  • I could not agree with you more wholeheartedly, but you will
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:08.280
  • never grow to maturity by yourself.
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  • We need one another.
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  • I know, that's awkward, and messy, and sloppy, but it's
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:16.260
  • how we grow up.
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  • It's how we're refined and prepared.
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  • We actually need one another.
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  • I don't want you to go to heaven with a pacifier and pampers.
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  • I want to help us grow up.
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  • We've got to have a willingness to be changed.
  • 00:21:32.050 --> 00:21:35.010
  • Being a Christ follower is about change, and growing up,
  • 00:21:35.020 --> 00:21:37.250
  • and maturing in the Lord.
  • 00:21:37.260 --> 00:21:40.000
  • In Philippians 3, Paul tells us his resume and he's proud of his
  • 00:21:40.010 --> 00:21:43.050
  • resume.
  • 00:21:43.060 --> 00:21:44.150
  • He takes it point by point.
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:45.250
  • Says mines better than yours.
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  • And he starts on the eighth day when he was circumcised.
  • 00:21:47.070 --> 00:21:50.030
  • I mean, you're proud of your resume when you start there.
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:54.220
  • And then he says, "But all of those things I consider as
  • 00:21:54.230 --> 00:21:57.040
  • loss for the sake of knowing Jesus."
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:21:58.280
  • He said, "I made a big change in my life."
  • 00:21:58.290 --> 00:22:02.030
  • He wasn't being critical or condemning his heritage.
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:04.130
  • He celebrated.
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  • He lived it his whole life.
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:07.220
  • But he said, "I've had to continue to change to serve
  • 00:22:07.230 --> 00:22:10.060
  • the Lord."
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:11.170
  • So, do we, we have fallen into a trap of thinking our God
  • 00:22:11.180 --> 00:22:14.050
  • story is told in terms of when we were at the new birth took
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:16.240
  • place in our lives and the baptismal that we found.
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:20.250
  • Folks, the question on the table is what kind of people ought we
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:23.190
  • to be?
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  • And it involves change today.
  • 00:22:25.010 --> 00:22:28.290
  • I have a photograph.
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  • Allen at 16.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.150
  • I was a healthy motor scooter.
  • 00:22:32.160 --> 00:22:35.060
  • My body fat was single digits.
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  • My cardiovascular system was amazing.
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:40.260
  • My metabolism was a roaring furnace.
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  • I thought a full package of oreos and a half a gallon
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  • of ice cream was a starter set.
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  • And it had no impact.
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  • I got blood work, folks, I was one healthy motor Scooter.
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  • I went to the doctor a few weeks ago.
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  • I took him the picture and the blood report.
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  • And that inconsiderate, ungrateful, disrespectful human
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  • being took blood and said he really didn't care how healthy I
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  • was at 16.
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  • He wanted to know how healthy I was now that I'm into my
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  • thirties.
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  • Don't mock.
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  • We've been a little guilty of that kind of naivete with our
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  • spiritual lives.
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  • We tell our stories about back in the day.
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  • And I'm grateful for the stories.
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  • Healthy at 16 was a blessing.
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  • But the real question is how am I caring for myself today?
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  • And the real question for you and me is where are we changing
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  • with the Lord today?
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  • What are you learning about God?
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  • In what ways are you gaining new strength?
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  • And finally, we need to know about mercy and grace.
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  • Look in John 1:17, "The law was given through Moses; grace
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  • and truth came through Jesus Christ."
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  • Grace and truth, you know what grace is?
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  • It's the unearned, undeserved blessing, kindness, goodness
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  • of God.
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  • That pairing of grace and truth is important.
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  • Does things for you and me that we clearly don't deserve.
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  • Brings blessings to us.
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  • Good things to us.
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  • Deliverance to us.
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  • But you will not live in freedom unless you combined
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  • with the grace of God the truth of God.
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  • Jesus said, "You'll know the truth and the truth will
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  • bring freedom."
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  • He didn't say you will receive grace and the grace will bring
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  • freedom.
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  • Because if you receive the grace of God and you don't choose
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  • the truth of God to go with it you will forfeit the freedom
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  • that the grace seems to be bringing.
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  • The Bible says you can render the grace of God ineffective
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  • and unproductive.
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  • We need the truth.
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  • You need the truth.
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  • It's the reason the Bible says buy the truth and don't sell it.
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  • You see, our stories is we're a broken lot.
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  • There aren't any perfect people in the church.
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  • This is not the hall of fame, folks.
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  • This is the hospital.
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  • We're not perfect.
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  • But God works through cracked pots like you and me.
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  • And the reason he does that is through those cracks in our
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  • lives, the glory of God is reflected and resonates.
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  • And people look at our lives and to go, "Only God could've
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  • caused that outcome from that crackpot."
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  • You go, "Absolutely right.
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  • Get next to me.
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  • There's room for another pot in the crackpot pile over here."
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  • C'mon.
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  • And God gets the glory and the honor.
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  • We're not perfect people.
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  • Think of your heroes from the Bible.
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  • Abraham was the impatient one.
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  • We call him the father of our faith.
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  • Jacob was a deceiver.
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  • Moses was a murderer.
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  • David was an adulterer.
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  • Peter was a denier.
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  • Thomas was a doubter.
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  • Paul was a persecutor.
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  • And Allen, and you can fill in some of those blank
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  • for yourself.
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  • And put your name on the list too.
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  • Grace and truth.
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  • We need both.
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  • Grace without truth is unsustainable.
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  • God enables us to change by the power of his truth.
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  • And if you don't intend to change you make the grace
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  • of God of no effect.
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  • Mercy and Grace.
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  • What kind of people ought we to be.
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  • I would submit to you we ought to be a people who choose
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  • to serve the Lord.
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  • God's given you gifts and abilities in a sphere
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  • of influence.
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  • Don't let the great efforts of your life be for things that
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  • are temporary.
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  • While you're attending to all of those things in life requires
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  • you to attend to with the great passion of your life
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  • be to serve the Lord.
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