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Understanding This Time and Season Part 2

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January 24, 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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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again and welcome to
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  • wintertime in Tennessee.
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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.
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  • In fact, one of the points ofdeliverance that came to us in
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  • 2020 is I think we understandnow our faith is not about
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  • comfort and convenience.
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  • We used to get torqued up aboutnot getting to park in our space
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  • or sit in our seat.
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  • Folks, that is 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.
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  • We're gonna finish the course.
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  • Church isn't about comfort andconvenience.
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  • Neither is worship about apersonal style.
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  • It's about the one we worship.
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  • We could stand in a field.
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  • We can gather in a sanctuary.
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  • We can do it digitally.
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  • However we can be together, it'san honor.
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  • Grab your Bible.
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  • Open your heart.
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  • 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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  • Allen 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 to arrangethe pictures, to the best of
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  • your ability, in their properorder.
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  • It's more than just slavishlyfollowing what you hope is next.
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  • And in Jeremiah 30, in verse 3,there'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'll
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  • bring my people Israel and Judahback from captivity and restore
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  • them to the land I gave theirforefathers 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--
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  • terror, 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'll be a time of trouble forJacob, but he will be saved out
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  • of it."'
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  • Well, 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.
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  • And the nation of Israel hascontinued to flourish in the
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  • midst of that.
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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 UN to
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  • 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 some--just some 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 if 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'veforfeited.
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  • We would've been less interestedin 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 will 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 tonight.
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  • I'm gonna say it again and I'mgonna continue to say it for the
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  • next 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 they
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  • 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.
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  • They will ask you what you knowabout God.
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  • And 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.
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  • We tell our friends now we sitoutside 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.
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  • Why would I not do so to worshipthe 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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  • You understand the implicationsof that.
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  • We didn't choose God, he choseus.
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  • And we get shaken from ourslumber of our self-importance
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  • to the realization that theCreator of heaven has chosen us.
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  • 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 you believein free will?"
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  • And my answer is unequivocal,"Yes," 'cause they're both part
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  • of the biblical record.
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  • It doesn't seem to make gotuncomfortable 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.
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  • 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 ask is a question.
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  • It's a rhetorical questionbecause 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 to 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 are 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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  • 2 Timothy 2, in verse 8,"Remember Jesus Christ, raised
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  • from the dead, descended fromDavid.
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  • This is my gospel."
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  • Paul said, "That's the messageI've preached.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah,raised from the dead and
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  • descendant of David, for which Iam suffering even to the point
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  • of being chained like acriminal."
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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's performing.
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  • And Paul said, "I'm chained likea criminal because of my
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  • advocacy for the gospel."
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  • The Lord be merciful to us.
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  • I'm not trying to bump churchattendance.
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  • We're at church on a holidayweekend.
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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.
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  • Don't just watch and listen toother people, watch and listen
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  • to your own patterns ofbehavior.
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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 have
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  • been my priorities and I reallywould like to give you a new
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  • place for the sake of mychildren or my 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.
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  • Therefore, I endure everythingfor the sake of the elect."
  • 00:12:22.934 --> 00:12:28.072
  • That word translated "elect," itmeans for the favorites.
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  • I endure everything for God'sfavorites, even if it means I'm
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  • chained like a criminal.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 1 says, "Wealways thank God for all of you,
  • 00:12:39.517 --> 00:12:43.054
  • 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
  • 00:12:48.359 --> 00:12:52.163
  • endurance inspired by hope.
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  • For we know, brothers loved byGod, that he has chosen you."
  • 00:12:54.999 --> 00:12:58.870
  • 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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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, this isPastor Allen.
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  • Thank you for letting me tointerrupt the lesson for just a
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  • moment, but I wanted a minutewith you at the beginning of
  • 00:13:14.953 --> 00:13:17.188
  • this year, first of all, tocelebrate.
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  • Thank God we survived 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 travel
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  • and we're gonna have to do it inthe strength to the Lord.
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  • So I wanted a minute with you atthe beginning of this year.
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  • I want to plant a seed.
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  • Let's determine to begin 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.
  • 00:13:58.630 --> 00:13:59.964
  • 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 put a tool together that Ithink it'll help you.
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  • It's a daily devotional.
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  • It's called "Standing Firm."
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  • That's our goal in 2021.
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  • We wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6 passagethat says, "Having done
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  • everything you know to do, standtherefore."
  • 00:14:13.444 --> 00:14:16.447
  • Well, the attacks aren't goingaway.
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  • The challenges aren't going tojust evaporate.
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  • The enemy is alive and well onplanet 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.
  • 00:14:29.427 --> 00:14:33.264
  • There are resources available toyou.
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  • Together, we're gonna stand firmand declare Jesus as victor in
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  • our lives.
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  • God bless ya.
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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,"
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  • when you donate today.
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  • When giving $30 or more, you'llalso receive "Standing Firm,"
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  • the hardback one-year devotionalbook Pastor Allen just spoke of.
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  • So donate today by calling1-800-880-5102 or by
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  • visiting allenjackson.com.
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  • Here's a clip from the "StandFirm" DVD.
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions
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  • of evil.
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  • Focus your heart, and yourthoughts, and your minds, and
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  • your emotions on what God isdoing.
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  • It will keep you and protectyou.
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  • 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,
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  • 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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  • male 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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  • Allen Jackson: You see, we'renot just chosen by God so we
  • 00:16:14.198 --> 00:16:16.801
  • feel better about ourselves.
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  • We're chosen for hisassignments.
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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.
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  • That is, to us who ate and drankwith 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
  • 00:16:59.811 --> 00:17:02.280
  • 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, in a season when both the
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  • weeds-- when when bothungodliness and godliness are
  • 00:17:37.181 --> 00:17:40.485
  • going to flourish at the sametime, God called your name to be
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  • a standard-bearer.
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  • Wow!
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  • I'm more excited than you are.
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  • Acts 9, This was God's messageto and 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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  • It 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.
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  • Do you explain to God why hisideas are bad?
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  • We can't have church outside inJuly.
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  • 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's so heavy thatit's just miserable, God.
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  • I have the gift of perspiration.
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  • 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, andthe sons of Israel."
  • 00:18:53.424 --> 00:18:57.662
  • God said to Ananias, "I'vechosen that man to bear my name
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  • in some very specific ways."
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  • God didn't just choose you ingeneral.
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  • God chose you for assignments.
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  • Galatians 1:15, "When God--"This is Paul now, "When God, who
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  • had set me apart even from mymother's womb and called me
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  • through his grace."
  • 00:19:18.916 --> 00:19:20.218
  • 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?
  • 00:19:34.031 --> 00:19:35.333
  • To use our voice to say humanlife is sacred.
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  • You don't need an angelic visitto know that.
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  • We have enough affirmation fromScripture.
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  • Now, our choice in light of thisinformation, it's great news.
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  • It's not a burden.
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  • Folks, you're not some randomaccident that happened on planet
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  • earth as it hurdles throughspace.
  • 00:19:53.684 --> 00:19:55.253
  • The Creator of heaven and earth,the one who put the stars in
  • 00:19:55.286 --> 00:19:58.122
  • space and calls them by name,called you and me to the
  • 00:19:58.155 --> 00:20:03.227
  • beginning of the 21st centurybecause 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
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  • faithfulness to him.
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  • Unbelievable stuff.
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  • "Are you a Christ follower?"
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  • Yes!
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  • 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.
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  • What are you, a successfulperson?
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  • Well, that's nice.
  • 00:20:34.725 --> 00:20:36.060
  • I'm not opposed to it.
  • 00:20:36.093 --> 00:20:37.395
  • It's better than beingunsuccessful, but I don't want
  • 00:20:37.428 --> 00:20:38.863
  • 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, wehave to choose to finish
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  • the course.
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  • And this is where I believe wehave stumbled so significantly
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  • in our American Christianity.
  • 00:21:00.117 --> 00:21:02.219
  • We have focused on the beginningpoint, and we've been very
  • 00:21:02.253 --> 00:21:05.089
  • familiar with those.
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  • We got pictures of ourselves atthe starting line, and we know
  • 00:21:06.457 --> 00:21:08.125
  • the dates, and we can tell thatstory, but we haven't imagined
  • 00:21:08.159 --> 00:21:12.263
  • 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.
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  • We will forfeit too much.
  • 00:21:22.640 --> 00:21:25.343
  • 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
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  • shores of Galilee.
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  • They told pretty honestly howthey didn't do so well around
  • 00:21:32.717 --> 00:21:35.252
  • the events of Jesus's passionand his suffering, but how they
  • 00:21:35.286 --> 00:21:38.155
  • intended to do better in hisabsence, and they became
  • 00:21:38.189 --> 00:21:40.758
  • unrelenting advocates for Jesusof 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
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  • before 2020, but who we becameduring that transition of 2020.
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  • I know, I gotta hush.
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  • We'll all freeze.
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  • I heard that amen.
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  • Last passage, 1 Corinthians 10says, "I don't want you to be
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  • ignorant of the fact, brothers."
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  • It's good to laugh.
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  • It really is.
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  • You know, one of the things Ithink we've been guilty of is
  • 00:22:15.259 --> 00:22:17.027
  • taking ourselves too seriously.
  • 00:22:17.061 --> 00:22:20.364
  • Our reason for being together isserious, but we don't have to
  • 00:22:20.398 --> 00:22:23.701
  • take ourselves so seriously,amen?
  • 00:22:23.734 --> 00:22:27.872
  • We've learned that a lot thisyear.
  • 00:22:27.905 --> 00:22:30.307
  • You know, your wardrobe clothe--choice for church had far less
  • 00:22:30.341 --> 00:22:32.977
  • to do about what somebody elsewould think and what would
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  • enable you to survive.
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  • It's been kind of refreshing.
  • 00:22:37.848 --> 00:22:40.551
  • Even outdoors in the festivalatmosphere, it's brought a
  • 00:22:40.584 --> 00:22:43.821
  • freedom to us.
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  • Some of you that wouldn't havethought of raising your hands
  • 00:22:45.589 --> 00:22:47.224
  • inside have managed to turn yourpalms up out here.
  • 00:22:47.258 --> 00:22:53.597
  • Such expressions of boldness wehave found this year.
  • 00:22:53.631 --> 00:22:57.735
  • Week, after week, after week, wegave invitations, and we came by
  • 00:22:57.768 --> 00:23:00.704
  • the hundreds and knelt in thegrass, and said, "God, be
  • 00:23:00.738 --> 00:23:03.908
  • merciful to us."
  • 00:23:03.941 --> 00:23:06.444
  • It's not something we want towalk away from.
  • 00:23:06.477 --> 00:23:09.613
  • We'll make some concessions tosocial distancing and some of
  • 00:23:09.647 --> 00:23:12.750
  • those concerns in a season, butthat notion of presenting
  • 00:23:12.783 --> 00:23:16.353
  • ourselves to the Lord, folks, wewant to finish well.
  • 00:23:16.387 --> 00:23:19.356
  • And I'm not talking about agingout, 'cause spiritually it isn't
  • 00:23:19.390 --> 00:23:25.162
  • about your chronological age.
  • 00:23:25.196 --> 00:23:29.133
  • It's not even the number ofyears you've been a part
  • 00:23:29.166 --> 00:23:30.835
  • of church.
  • 00:23:30.868 --> 00:23:32.169
  • You may have been in church 40years, but you've had the same
  • 00:23:32.203 --> 00:23:33.671
  • one year's experience 40 times.
  • 00:23:33.704 --> 00:23:37.508
  • Or you may have been involvedfor six months, but your heart
  • 00:23:37.541 --> 00:23:39.577
  • was open to the things of theLord.
  • 00:23:39.610 --> 00:23:42.012
  • David was taking on Goliath whenthere were people far his senior
  • 00:23:42.046 --> 00:23:45.883
  • chronologically and far moretrained in military combat than
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  • 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
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  • up all the miracles and thesupernatural, and survived on
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  • manna, and when it came time tooccupy the promised land, they
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  • said, "You know, we're justtired.
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  • We're tired.
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  • Yes, it's a land that flows withmilk and honey, but the people
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  • that live there are prettyintimidating and Jericho
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  • looks problematic.
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  • And if we go over there, some ofus will no doubt be-- are gonna
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  • suffer more, and we'd justrather not do that."
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  • The Bible says God was so angrywith them that he said, "You can
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  • all die in the wilderness then."
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  • He didn't strike them dead thatday.
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  • He left them on the naturaltrajectory of their life span,
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  • but none of them escaped thedesert.
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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.
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  • I want to grow.
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  • I want to know the Lord in a newway.
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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.
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  • I'm going to see if I can finishwell.
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  • Why don't you stand with me now?
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  • You can break your cocoon, thisis 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 is 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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