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Understanding This Time And Season Part 2

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January 22, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Understanding This Time And Season Part 2

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again, and
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  • welcome to wintertime inTennessee.
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  • Now, there's been another surgein the virus, and a lot of
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  • churches have been forced toclose.
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  • We've kept our outdooramphitheater open, so that some
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  • of our services can be outdoors.
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  • It's the safest way for the mostpeople to be together, and it's
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  • important for God's people to betogether.
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  • We're still doing some thingsindoors, but this session,
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  • we're outdoors.
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  • So, if we look a bit bundled up,and you can see our breath, and
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  • my nose looks like it's cold,you are absolutely right.
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  • Your discernment is spot on.
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  • It's not where we meet, in fact,one of the points of deliverance
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  • that came to US in 2020 is Ithink we understand now our
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  • faith is not about comfort andconvenience.
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  • You used to get torqued up aboutnot getting to park in our space
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  • or sit in our seat, folks, thatis so old school.
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  • We're in a new place with theLord.
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  • We're willing to persevere andendure, and we're gonna finish
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  • the course.
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  • Church isn't about comfort andconvenience, neither is worship
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  • about a personal style, it'sabout the one we worship.
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  • We could stand in a field, wecan gather in a sanctuary, we
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  • can do it digitally, however wecan be together, it's an honor.
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  • Grab your Bible, open yourheart, maybe take some notes,
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  • God's got something for youtoday.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Jackson: You know,biblical prophecy is a bit like
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  • a collection of pictures, butthey're not necessarily arranged
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  • in chronological order.
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  • So, first you have to getfamiliar with the pictures, so
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  • you understand the differentscenes that are a possibility.
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  • And then you need the help ofthe Spirit of God, and your
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  • perseverance, to begin toarrange the pictures, to the
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  • best of your ability, in theirproper order.
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  • It's more than just slavishlyfollowing what you hope is next.
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  • And in Jeremiah 30 and verse 3there's enough information that
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  • we can understand a bit ofcontext.
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  • It says, "'The days are coming,'declares the Lord, 'When I will
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  • bring my people, Israel andJudah, back from captivity, and
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  • restore them to the land I gavetheir forefathers to possess.'
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  • These are the words the Lordspoke concerning Israel
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  • and Judah.
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  • And this is what the Lord says,'Cries of fear are heard, terror
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  • not peace.
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  • Ask and see, can a man bearchildren?
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  • Then why do I see every strongman with his hands on the
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  • stomach like a woman in labor,and every face turned
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  • deathly pale?'
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  • How awful that day will be.
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  • None will be like it.
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  • It will be a time of trouble forJacob, but he will be saved out
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  • of it."
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  • Now, you need a little bit ofhistorical knowledge to unpack
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  • it, but not a great deal.
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  • The exiles returned to the landof Israel after almost 19
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  • centuries of being dispersedthrough the nations.
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  • It was May of 1948, and thenation of Israel has continued
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  • to flourish in the midst ofthat.
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  • The phrase that's usedoftentimes in the Bible for the
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  • land means the territorypromised to Abraham and his
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  • descendants forever.
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  • And to be completely candid, Godcould care less what the United
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  • Nations has to say.
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  • He's not waiting for theSecurity Council at the U.N.
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  • to endorse his plan.
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  • It's been 70 years sinceIsrael's return to the land of
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  • Israel, and they haven't had asingle year of peace.
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  • Now, they haven't had a declaredwar every year, but they have
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  • had to be hyper-vigilant everyyear to maintain their freedom.
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  • They're surrounded by tens ofmillions of people with an
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  • almost limitless supply ofresources, who are committed to
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  • their annihilation, and itcontinues until today.
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  • A majority of the activity inthe United Nations is against
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  • the tiny nation of Israel.
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  • So, in 70 years, they haven'tknown a single year of peace,
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  • and yet Jeremiah says in themidst of that, something is
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  • going to develop that will causethe men in the nation to
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  • be terrified.
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  • He's talking about a uniqueperiod in the history of Israel,
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  • a time of trouble for Jacob, butGod said he'll be saved out
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  • of it.
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  • It's worth noting he didn't sayhe would be saved from it.
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  • It seems to me we've had justsome baby steps, some
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  • preschool-level introductions toGod saving us through something
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  • this year.
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  • Why didn't God just save us fromit and have it never make it to
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  • our shores or give us a vaccineat the beginning of May?
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  • I don't know, but I know of thathad happened, we wouldn't have
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  • been awakened to the degree wehave.
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  • There are lessons we would haveforfeited.
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  • We would have been lessinterested in prayer.
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  • We'd have still been captivatedby convenience, and comfort, and
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  • imagining we wereself-sufficient apart from God.
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  • It's a very unique promise inJeremiah that there is trouble
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  • for Israel ahead after they'vereturned to their land, after
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  • they've been established.
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  • Don't be surprised by it whenyou see it.
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  • Now, in Matthew 24, Jesus givesus a parallel passage of what we
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  • can anticipate in the midst ofthe non-Jewish community in
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  • this season.
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  • He said, "There'll be greatdistress," it's Matthew 24:21,
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  • "Unequaled from the beginning ofthe world until now, and never
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  • to be equaled again.
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  • If those days had not been cutshort, no one would survive, but
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  • for the sake of the elect thosedays will be shortened."
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  • I wanna take a minute with thatphrase, "For the sake of
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  • the elect."
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  • God moves on behalf of hispeople.
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  • I've said it previously, tonightI'm gonna say it again, and I'm
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  • gonna continue to say it for thenext several weeks.
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  • God moves in the earth on behalfof his people.
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  • Those who oppose his purposeswill be surprised.
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  • They underestimate the boss.
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  • They discount him.
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  • They imagine that he's notlistening, or not paying
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  • attention, or that his arm istoo short, or that he's
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  • disinterested, or because theydecree it, he doesn't exist.
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  • God is not threatened by theirlack of belief.
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  • It doesn't diminish his reality.
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  • There are those that scoff atyou because you read your Bible.
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  • Don't apologize, get a biggerone.
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  • The day will come, they will askyou what you know about God, and
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  • I pray in his mercy there'sstill an opportunity for them
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  • to respond.
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  • We've been embarrassed andashamed too long.
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  • The reason those around us havelittle interest in the Lord is
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  • we've hidden our interest forfar too long.
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  • We're changing, we tell ourfriends now we sit outside
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  • for church.
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  • Have you lost your mind?
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  • No, we've found our faith in anew way.
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  • Why would you do that?
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  • I'm a bit embarrassed that I wasso driven by my
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  • comfort previously.
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  • I've sat outside for ball games.
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  • I've been outside for concerts.
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  • I've gone outside for a wholehost of other activities that I
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  • deemed something I wasinterested in, why would I not
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  • do so to worship the Lord?
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  • Why does the worship of my Lorddepend upon the comfort
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  • and convenience?
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  • How is it that rain could keepus away from coming to the
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  • building to worship the Lord?
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  • I'm sorry for our history, butI'm grateful for the year that
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  • God has given us to begin tobring new alignment to it.
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  • He's moving in our midst.
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  • God has chosen us.
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  • Do you understand theimplications of that?
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  • We didn't choose God, he choseus, and we get shaken from our
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  • slumber of our self-importanceto the realization that the
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  • Creator of heaven has chosen us,our reactions began to change.
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  • Our responses begin to change.
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  • People will say to me, you know,"Are you an advocate of
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  • predestination, or do youbelieve in free will?"
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  • And my answer is unequivocal,yes, 'cause they are both part
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  • of the biblical record.
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  • It doesn't seem to make Goduncomfortable at all.
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  • It's my limited imagination thatwrestles with that.
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  • Do you know God has chosen you?
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  • I don't have time to unpack thatin a great deal of detail, but
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  • I'll give you a passage or two,it's worth meditating upon.
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  • It's worth thinking about.
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  • God knows the worst about youand me.
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  • He knows all the things we can'tdo and he knows all the things
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  • we have done.
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  • He's still chosen us.
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  • Romans chapter 8 in verse 31,"What shall we say in response
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  • to this?
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  • If God is for us, who can beagainst us?
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  • He who did not spare his ownSon, but gave him up for us all,
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  • how will he not also along withhim freely give us all things?"
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  • If God didn't withhold Jesus,but allowed him to come and
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  • offer himself as a sacrifice, sothat we might be redeemed, what
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  • do we think he's gonna withholdfrom us?
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  • "Who will bring any chargeagainst those whom God
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  • has chosen?"
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  • It's asked as a question.
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  • It's a rhetorical question,because the answer is obvious.
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  • If God has chosen you, you don'treally care who's complaining.
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  • Colossians 3 and verse 12,"Therefore, as God's chosen
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  • people, holy and dearly loved,clothe yourselves with
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  • compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness, and patience."
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  • You see, when you begin toacknowledge God has chosen you,
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  • it's not about license andindulgence.
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  • What comes with that is awillingness then to
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  • be transformed.
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  • We have to begin to walk likeGod's people and engage life as
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  • if we're God's people.
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  • It's not simply something thatwe think brings entitlement with
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  • it, it brings an assignment withit.
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  • Second Timothy 2 and verse 8,"Remember Jesus Christ raised
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  • from the dead, descended fromDavid.
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  • This is my gospel," Paul saidthat's the message I've
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  • preached, Jesus of Nazareth, theMessiah, raised from the dead
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  • and descended of David.
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  • "For which I am suffering, evento the point of being chained
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  • like a criminal."
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  • Paul is chained like a criminal,not as a criminal.
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  • What's his crime?
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  • He's been an advocate for thegospel.
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  • He wasn't a thief, or amurderer, or an insurrectionist,
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  • he's an advocate for the gospel.
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  • Folks, we're gonna have to findsome new courage.
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  • We haven't even wanted to lose abusiness deal.
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  • We don't want to miss a day atthe lake.
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  • We don't want to miss an eventwith one of our favorite teams
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  • or an artist that performing.
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  • And Paul said I'm chained like acriminal because of my advocacy
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  • for the gospel.
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  • The Lord be merciful to us.
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  • I'm not trying to bump churchattendance, we're at church on a
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  • holiday weekend.
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  • I'm inviting you to begin tothink about how you have
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  • prioritized the Lord in a newway.
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  • Watch and listen, don't justwatch and and listen to other
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  • people, watch and listen to yourown patterns of behavior.
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  • Not simply what you haveimagined you were, what have
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  • we been?
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  • Again, this isn't about myopinion or anyone else's before
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  • the Lord.
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  • It's worth a few minutes on yourknees to say, "Lord, these had
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  • been my priorities, and I reallywould like to give you a
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  • new place."
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  • For the sake of my children ormy grandchildren.
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  • For the sake of my eternity,God.
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  • Folks, we've been in a bad spot.
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  • Jesus has not been the center ofour lives.
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  • I mean, he's a part of ourlives, but he's been peripheral.
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  • I mean, we knew his name, and wecould put our hand on a Bible.
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  • Paul said for this reason, I'min chains.
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  • "But God's Word is not chained,therefore I endure everything
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  • for the sake of the elect."
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  • That word translated "elect," itmeans for the favorites.
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  • I endure everything for God'sfavorites.
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  • Even if it means I'm chainedlike a criminal.
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  • First Thessalonians 1 says, "Wealways thank God for all of you,
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  • mentioning you in our prayers.
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  • We continually remember beforeour God and Father your work
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  • produced by faith, your laborprompted by love, and your
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  • endurance inspired by hope.
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  • For we know, brothers loved byGod, that he has chosen you."
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  • That's the punchline.
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  • He says we realize God haschosen you, and that defined our
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  • response to you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Jackson: Hey, this isPastor Allen, and thank you for
  • 00:13:11.378 --> 00:13:13.280
  • letting me interrupt the lessonfor just a moment.
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  • But I wanted a minute with youat the beginning of this year,
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  • first of all, to celebrate,thank God we survive 2020.
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  • We didn't just survive, we'vecome through stronger.
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  • We're more focused and moreprepared for the purposes of God
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  • than we've ever been before.
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  • But we're not finished with theturmoil yet.
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  • I know I'd like it to go awaywith a new calendar as much as
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  • you would, but the reality iswe've still got a path to
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  • travel, and we're gonna have todo it in the strength to
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  • the Lord.
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  • So, I wanted a minute with youat the beginning of this year.
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  • I want to plant a seed.
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  • Let's determine to began to putsome things in place to keep us
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  • strong spiritually, no matterwhat is presented to us in
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  • this year.
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  • We've thought a lot in recentweeks and months about how to
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  • maintain a healthy immunesystem, how to maintain your
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  • physical health.
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  • Well, in the same way, we've gotto think about how to be
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  • strong spiritually.
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  • So, I've put a tool togetherthat I think it'll help you.
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  • It's a daily devotional, it'scalled "Standing Firm."
  • 00:14:05.466 --> 00:14:08.068
  • That's our goal in 2021.
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  • We wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6passage.
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  • It says, "Having done everythingyou know to do,
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  • stand therefore."
  • 00:14:14.808 --> 00:14:16.510
  • Well, the attacks aren't goingaway, the challenges aren't
  • 00:14:16.543 --> 00:14:18.913
  • going to just evaporate, theenemy is alive and well on
  • 00:14:18.946 --> 00:14:22.116
  • planet earth, but Jesus is Lord.
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  • Take the time for your dailyBible reading.
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  • Do a few minutes in a dailydevotional.
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  • We'll be on TBN every day if youneed a little boost spiritually.
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  • There are resources available toyou.
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  • Together, we're gonna stand firmand declare Jesus is victor in
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  • our lives.
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  • God Bless you.
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  • male announcer: God calls us tostand firm in our faith.
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  • We need to be engaged.
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  • To help you recognize deceptionand guard your heart in these
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  • unpredictable times, we'll sendyou Pastor Allen's sermon DVD
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  • from the "End of This Age"series, called "Stand Firm" when
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  • you donate today.
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  • When giving $30 or more, you'llalso receive "Standing Firm,"
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  • Allen just spoke of.
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  • So, donate today by calling1-800-880-5102 or by visiting
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  • AllenJackson.com Here's a clipfrom the "Stand Firm" DVD.
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  • Pastor Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions of
  • 00:15:11.565 --> 00:15:13.600
  • evil, focus your heart, and yourthoughts, and your mind, and
  • 00:15:13.634 --> 00:15:17.805
  • your emotions on what God isdoing.
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  • It will keep you, and protectyou, it'll bring a joy to you.
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  • We have rejected the truth ofGod.
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  • We've set it aside.
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  • We don't wanna be encumbered byGod's truth and his ideas.
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  • It's inconvenient to us.
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  • We want power, and we wantauthority.
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  • The only peace that will come tohumanity will come from the
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  • Prince of Peace.
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  • It's only the transformation ofthe human heart that allows us
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  • to live together in unity, andrespect, and love, and kindness,
  • 00:15:45.899 --> 00:15:51.638
  • and dignity.
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  • I would encourage you not justin this season, but in the
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  • season to come, guard yourheart.
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  • Be careful what you kneelbefore.
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  • announcer: Support futurebroadcasts and receive these
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  • items today at AllenJackson.comor by calling 1-800-880-5102.
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  • Pastor Jackson: You see, we'renot just chosen by God so we
  • 00:16:14.261 --> 00:16:16.864
  • feel better about ourselves,we're chosen for
  • 00:16:16.897 --> 00:16:19.166
  • his assignments.
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  • That's an important component toadd to it.
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  • Acts 10 and verse 41, it says,"God raised," it's about Jesus.
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  • "God raised him up on the thirdday and granted him that he
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  • become visible not to all thepeople, but to witnesses who
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  • were chosen beforehand by God,that is to us who ate and drank
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  • with him," he says.
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  • It's the disciples.
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  • They're saying God raised Jesusto life again, but everybody
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  • didn't see him, but to thosethat God chose beforehand to
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  • see him.
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  • I've told you many times latelythat God's not a socialist.
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  • He doesn't treat everybody thesame way.
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  • And the disciples here, asthey're presenting the gospel in
  • 00:16:59.873 --> 00:17:02.309
  • this expanding assignment oftheirs, they said God chose us
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  • before the foundation of theworld to bear this message.
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  • It brought a significance totheir place, to their purpose,
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  • to their self-understanding.
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  • It gave them a willingness toendure and to overcome.
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  • They understood with that greatopportunity there was going to
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  • come tremendous persecution.
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  • God placed us at the culminationof this age to bear the name of
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  • Jesus, in one of the greatestharvests that the human race has
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  • ever seen for the kingdom ofGod.
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  • In a season when both the weeds,when both ungodliness and
  • 00:17:35.709 --> 00:17:39.713
  • godliness are going to flourishat the same time, God called
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  • your name to be a standardbearer.
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  • Wow, I'm more excited than youare.
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  • Acts 9, this was God's messageto Ananias.
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  • He's tryin' to prod Ananias togo pray for Saul of Tarsus.
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  • Ananias is reluctant.
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  • He says, "Here he has authorityfrom the chief priests to bind
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  • all who call on your name."
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  • Ananias is explaining to God whyhe shouldn't go.
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  • Do you ever do that?
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  • I do, do you explain to God whyhis ideas are bad?
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  • And we can't have church outsideand July, it's too hot.
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  • The people won't come.
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  • Mosquitoes file flight plans inTennessee in July.
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  • The humidity is so heavy thatit's just miserable, God.
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  • I have the gift of perspiration,they'll watch me melt.
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  • And at the end of the day, theanswer was shut up and go
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  • have church.
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  • Sir, yes, sir.
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  • "But the Lord said to Ananias,'Go, for he is a chosen
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  • instrument of mine to bear myname before the Gentiles,'" the
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  • non-Jews, "And the kings and thesons of Israel."
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  • God said to Ananias I've chosenthat man to bear my name in some
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  • very specific ways.
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  • God didn't just choose you ingeneral, God chose you
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  • for assignments.
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  • Galatians 1:15, this is Paulnow.
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  • "When God, who had set me aparteven from my mother's womb, and
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  • called me through his grace."
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  • I keep coming back to thesanctity of human life.
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  • It's because it's so much a partof the fabric of Scripture.
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  • God's assignment for Paul beganbefore his parents ever saw him.
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  • God called me from my mother'swomb, he said.
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  • What's one of our assignments?
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  • To use our voice to say humanlife is sacred.
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  • You don't need an angelic visitsto know that.
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  • We have enough affirmation fromScripture.
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  • Now, our choice, in light ofthis information, it's
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  • great news.
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  • It's not a burden, folks.
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  • You're not some random accidentthat happened on planet earth
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  • that hurdles through space.
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  • The Creator of heaven and earth,the one who put the stars in
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  • space and calls them by namecalled you and me to the
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  • beginning of the 21st century,because we have a
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  • kingdom assignment.
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  • And one day, when we step out oftime into eternity, we will see
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  • the rewards.
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  • When we see him in his glory,he'll reward you for your
  • 00:20:11.531 --> 00:20:13.533
  • faithfulness to him,unbelievable stuff.
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  • Are you a Christ follower?
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  • Yes, don't you wanna be?
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  • What are you, a Titans fan?
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  • Well, I mean, that's not evil,but there's a higher calling.
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  • There's something greater toinvest--what are you, a
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  • successful personal?
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  • That's nice, I'm not opposed toit.
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  • It's better than beingunsuccessful, but I don't want
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  • to sell my soul just to besuccessful.
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  • One of the lessons of this yearin school is to a realignment of
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  • our priorities.
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  • But now, here's the punchline.
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  • We have to choose to finish thecourse.
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  • And this is where I believe wehave stumbled so significantly
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  • in our American Christianity.
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  • We have focused on the beginningpoint, and we've been very
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  • familiar with those.
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  • We've got pictures of ourselvesat the starting line, and we
  • 00:21:06.520 --> 00:21:08.088
  • know the dates, and and we cantell that story, but we haven't
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  • imagined the importance or thesignificance of finishing
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  • the course.
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  • We have to choose to finish thecourse.
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  • We can't continue to livepresumptuously, we will forfeit
  • 00:21:18.465 --> 00:21:23.403
  • too much.
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  • Peter, and James, and John, andthe crew, they didn't tell their
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  • story in terms of predominantlywhen they met Jesus on the
  • 00:21:28.208 --> 00:21:30.711
  • shores of Galilee, they toldpretty honestly how they didn't
  • 00:21:30.744 --> 00:21:34.281
  • do so well around the events ofJesus's passion and his
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  • suffering, but how they intendedto do better in his absence.
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  • And they became unrelentingadvocates for Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • That's who we want to become.
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  • We want to begin to tell ourstories in terms of who we were
  • 00:21:46.860 --> 00:21:49.296
  • before 2020, but who we becameduring that transition of 2020.
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  • I know I gotta hush, we'll allfreeze.
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  • I heard that amen.
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  • Last passage, 1 Corinthians 10.
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  • It says, "I don't want you to beignorant of the fact, brothers,"
  • 00:22:09.549 --> 00:22:12.352
  • it's good to laugh, it reallyis.
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  • You know, one of the things Ithink we've been guilty of is
  • 00:22:15.322 --> 00:22:17.090
  • taking ourselves too seriously.
  • 00:22:17.124 --> 00:22:20.427
  • Our reason for being together isserious, but we don't have to
  • 00:22:20.460 --> 00:22:23.764
  • take ourselves so seriously,amen?
  • 00:22:23.797 --> 00:22:27.934
  • We've learned that a lot thisyear.
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  • You know, your wardrobe choicefor church had far less to do
  • 00:22:30.437 --> 00:22:33.240
  • about what somebody else wouldthink than what would enable you
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  • to survive.
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  • It's been kind of refreshing.
  • 00:22:37.911 --> 00:22:40.614
  • Even outdoors in the festivalatmosphere, it's brought a
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  • freedom to us.
  • 00:22:43.917 --> 00:22:45.585
  • Some of you that wouldn't havethought of raising your hands
  • 00:22:45.619 --> 00:22:47.320
  • inside have managed to turn yourpalms up out here.
  • 00:22:47.354 --> 00:22:53.660
  • Such expressions of boldness wehave found this year.
  • 00:22:53.693 --> 00:22:57.798
  • Week, after week, after week, wegave invitations, and we came by
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  • the hundreds, and knelt in thegrass, and said, "God, be
  • 00:23:00.801 --> 00:23:03.937
  • merciful to us."
  • 00:23:03.970 --> 00:23:06.506
  • It's not something we want towalk away from.
  • 00:23:06.540 --> 00:23:09.676
  • We'll make some concessions tosocial distancing, and some of
  • 00:23:09.709 --> 00:23:12.813
  • those concerns in a season, butthat notion of presenting
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  • ourselves to the Lord, folks, wewant to finish well.
  • 00:23:16.450 --> 00:23:19.386
  • And I'm not talking about agingout, 'cause spiritually it isn't
  • 00:23:19.419 --> 00:23:25.225
  • about your chronological age.
  • 00:23:25.258 --> 00:23:29.196
  • It's not even the number ofyears you've been a part
  • 00:23:29.229 --> 00:23:30.897
  • of church.
  • 00:23:30.931 --> 00:23:32.265
  • You may have been in church 40years, but you had the same
  • 00:23:32.299 --> 00:23:34.067
  • one-year's experience 40 times.
  • 00:23:34.100 --> 00:23:37.537
  • Or you may have been involvedfor six months, but your heart
  • 00:23:37.571 --> 00:23:39.639
  • was open to the things of theLord.
  • 00:23:39.673 --> 00:23:42.075
  • David was taking on Goliath whenthere were people far his senior
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  • chronologically, and far moretrained in military combat than
  • 00:23:45.979 --> 00:23:49.216
  • David was, and they weren'tprepared for the challenge.
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  • We want to continue to grow upin the Lord.
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  • We don't want to be like theExodus generation that gobbled
  • 00:23:56.857 --> 00:23:59.359
  • up all the miracles, and thesupernatural, and survived on
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  • manna, and when it came time tooccupy the Promised Land, they
  • 00:24:02.095 --> 00:24:05.165
  • said, you know, we're justtired, we're tired.
  • 00:24:05.198 --> 00:24:09.302
  • Yes, it's a land that flows withmilk and honey, but the people
  • 00:24:09.336 --> 00:24:12.038
  • that live there are prettyintimidating, and Jericho looks
  • 00:24:12.072 --> 00:24:14.474
  • problematic, and if we go overthere, some of us will no doubt
  • 00:24:14.508 --> 00:24:18.778
  • are gonna suffer more, and we'djust rather not do that.
  • 00:24:18.812 --> 00:24:22.082
  • The Bible says God was so angrywith him that he said you can
  • 00:24:22.115 --> 00:24:25.485
  • all die in the wilderness, then.
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  • Now, he didn't strike them deadthat day, he left them on the
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  • natural trajectory of theirlifespan, but none of them
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  • escaped the desert.
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  • I don't want that to be true forour generation.
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  • We don't want to get to the endof 2020 and say, oh, we want to
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  • hurry back there.
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  • No, I don't wanna hurry back toanywhere.
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  • I want to learn, I want to grow,I want to know the Lord in a
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  • new way.
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  • I want to finish the race.
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  • I want to finish the course.
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  • In almost any endeavor, thevalue is in how you complete it.
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  • It's true with an academicsemester.
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  • It's true in business.
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  • It's true in athletics.
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  • It's true if you're reading abook.
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  • If the book doesn't end well,the rest of it falls flat.
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  • And it's true with yourspiritual life and mine.
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  • We want to finish well.
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  • So, I brought you a prayer, I'mgoing to see if I can
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  • finish well.
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  • Why don't you stand with me now?
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  • You can break your cocoon, andthis is the closing prayer.
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  • It's 30 minutes long.
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  • Yeah, if you lie at church, it'sa shorter distance to come
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  • forward and repent, so that'sokay.
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  • They can put it on the screens,we can read it together.
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  • Will you read it with me?
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  • If you're indoors or outdoors,if you're online, if you're
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  • online, just type it.
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  • I'm going to pray it with you,you can do it that way as well.
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  • Together, Heavenly Father, werejoice in your faithfulness.
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  • It is you who called us out ofdarkness.
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  • You have redeemed us from anempty way of life.
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  • You have made us righteous.
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  • It is you who has justified,sanctified, and delivered us.
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  • Now, we choose to listen, toobey, to serve, and to rejoice.
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  • Our desire is to see the gloryof the Lord in all the earth.
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  • We turn away from everythingthat would hinder and lay aside
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  • all that might entangle, so thatwe may run with perseverance the
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  • race you have marked out for us.
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  • Holy Spirit, help us.
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  • Let Jesus's name be exalted,amen.
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  • Hallelujah, God Bless you.
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  • from Pastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Church inMurfreesboro.
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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  • ♪♪♪
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