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The Road to Reconciliation | Better Together

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December 13, 2019
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Are we extending the same forgiveness and mercy that Jesus shows us? Reconciliaton pushes back the darkness and allows us to unite in His love. | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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The Road to Reconciliation | Better Together

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  • - How can forgiveness grow our hearts and build a bridge
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  • to unity?
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  • We must show others that we are Christians by our love.
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  • Let's talk about the road to reconciliation!
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - When I think about what God's done for me,
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  • I can't help but be so grateful that I think,
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  • how can I judge you?
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  • You know how can I possibly judge you?
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  • And I just think when we get that mindset
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  • of like, we've been given so much
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  • and those who have been given this reconciliation
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  • with Jesus, we better extend it to other people.
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  • So I just think that's one of the things that's
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  • gonna help all of us in our communities,
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  • in our families,
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  • you know,
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  • reach out to one another is just that,
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  • you know what, I've been given much and I'm
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  • gonna give you much.
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  • - We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.
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  • That's the hope, you're right!
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  • It's like, clearly this is not
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  • too hard for God.
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  • Because he already told us that he's given us the
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  • ministry of reconciliation.
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  • Our God is one, who in the book of Daniel,
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  • can paint such a broad strokes picture
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  • of empire to empire to nation to
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  • you know what I mean?
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  • And at the same time,
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  • enter earth and make it about person to person,
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  • you know what I mean?
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  • Like God is just vast and he has the answer.
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  • And I think it's gonna be looking at the whole counsel of
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  • God and realizing on one hand
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  • that this is a part of an
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  • entire story and this is a snapshot.
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  • How do we respond appropriately according to God's word,
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  • in this snapshot and feel all the things,
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  • like you said earlier, moved by compassion, how are
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  • we moved by compassion?
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  • For what we see now, knowing that God has made it all right
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  • and it will be all right.
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  • But still walking with each other, right now.
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  • - I love on here it says, Isaiah 1:17
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  • "Learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor,
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  • defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. "
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  • You know,
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  • - That's pretty much it.
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  • - That means we have to roll up our sleeves, learn, seek,
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  • you know, you're leaning in.
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  • It's time for all of us to just lean in.
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  • We're already on the road to reconciliation.
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  • A lot of great things have already happened.
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  • But we still have a lot of work to do.
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  • And that's okay, cause with God for us, who can be
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  • against us, right?
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  • We're on the winning side, like you said, we have hope.
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  • - Yes!
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  • - You know, if God being for us is greater then the whole
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  • world being against us, that's what we have to remember.
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  • We can speak a word to each other
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  • that can break down walls.
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  • You know, he's saying, "When you encourage each other,
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  • you're defeating the enemy."
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  • You know, because you're taking these walls that people
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  • can build up by, you know, just perceiving things wrong,
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  • hearing things wrong, been taught things wrong.
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  • But with that power of encouragement, we can do damage,
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  • you know to the enemy and we can
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  • we can build bridges to our hearts.
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  • You know, so I really think that the power of
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  • encouragement is greater then we could ever know.
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  • And not only does it help the other person but
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  • it helps us.
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  • - And that's something, the overwhelming thing,
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  • that I think the enemy tries to overcome us with
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  • is be overwhelmed by this.
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  • - How big the problem is.
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  • - Yes, solving this or be overwhelmed by it,
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  • don't do anything.
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  • And I think that the lean in for me is
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  • what should I be doing, what should we be doing?
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  • What books should I read?
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  • What conversation I have, what person I should talk to.
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  • And I think that if everybody kind of approaches these
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  • big mountaintops with what can I do, that's nothing!
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  • That's nothing but we can't be hopeless.
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  • We just know that Gods gonna lead us to do and
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  • to conquer, but it's gonna take everybody doing their part
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  • and encouraging people into that, I think.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - I mean who have you encouraged today?
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  • That's what we should ask ourself, each day.
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  • Who have I encouraged, who have I lifted up,
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  • who have I built up--
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  • - Beautiful.
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  • - Today.
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  • You know and that should be our goal, every single day.
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  • - And like you said, little becomes much when we place
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  • it in Gods hands.
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  • He'll anoint that little bit and one step can--
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  • - Like ants working together to take the cupcake away.
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  • Or those doughnuts right there.
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  • (laughing)
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  • Don't take those away though.
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  • - Reconciliation takes time cause reconciliation takes
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  • trust building and that does not happen overnight.
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  • I think, um,
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  • you know, forgiveness is one of those things
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  • that leads to reconciliation.
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  • And forgiveness is something that you can
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  • decide on instantly and then you manage it.
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  • And reconciliation is something that you work at.
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  • And so, yes, it's going to take us time.
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  • Thinking about seeking justice and what that looks like.
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  • When we were talking last night, the one thing that
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  • the Lord has always reminded me of is,
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  • you look at pictures from the 60's and everybody's
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  • smoking and it's glamorous and it's normal.
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  • And now, we look back like, why did you guys do that?
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  • You knew this would be horrible to inhale
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  • smoke into your lungs.
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  • But it's the same way we put a computer to our head
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  • everyday like talking on the phone.
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  • It's like somebody is gonna look back at us and think,
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  • What were you thinking putting a computer to your head?
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  • And it makes me want to say, Lord, can you help me
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  • seek out the places of our generation
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  • where things are happening.
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  • No we don't live in the time of slavery, we don't live
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  • in the time of Jim Crow laws.
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  • We don't live in a certain time, but we live in our
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  • time and what are the things of this time that are
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  • the injustices that we can rebuke,
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  • you know what I mean?
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  • Like what are the things to rebuke guys?
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  • I think the first question is, what are we rebuking
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  • that the next generation will look back at us and
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  • be like, were they crazy?
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  • Because the reality is, no they weren't crazy.
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  • When you look, everybody comes about in their time.
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  • And they live that out.
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  • And most times people are just trying to do the best they
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  • can in life, with what they've been given.
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  • And every generation hands down unholy things
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  • and holy things.
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  • And it's the next generations job to sift out the unholy
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  • and say, that was icky, we're not taking that to the
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  • next generation.
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  • But it's like, Lord show us, what are we sifting out right
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  • now that's hard for us to see?
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  • - One of my favorite chapters in the bible
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  • is First Corinthians 13.
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  • And when I read it, it really humbles me.
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  • It really kind of puts me in a solemn place
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  • because we are called as the church
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  • to feed the hungry and to visit the prisoners
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  • and to visit the widows and all these good deeds.
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  • But in First Corinthians 13, it says if we can do all that,
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  • we can prophesied.
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  • We can do all the,
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  • the great things
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  • but if we don't have love, it's nothing.
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  • So love conquers all.
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  • Love never fails.
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  • And if we can go after the heart of God
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  • to create in us a clean heart, a heart after God,
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  • we are going to reach out in ways that we, uh,
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  • never have even seen before.
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  • And we're going to be able to truly love
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  • our brothers and sisters in Christ.
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  • - And, I have another question.
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  • On the topic of justice and injustice,
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  • for me, a lot of the times, topics will come up,
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  • this is a vulnerable question, but a lot of times
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  • things will come up,
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  • when you mentioned police brutality for example.
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  • And, and my heart is to be with and to encourage
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  • and to, but a lot of times things will come up
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  • and I don't know the whole story.
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  • I wasn't there, and it's so hard for me and
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  • you know, in any sense in life, right, it's like
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  • there's your side and my side and the other side and
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  • four other sides and, you know,
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  • but it's so hard for me cause I wanna, I want to
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  • champion and be there for things.
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  • Things that I know or experience myself, it's very easy.
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  • But how I struggle, and help me understand,
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  • when something comes up that I wasn't there, um,
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  • I don't want to jump on the side
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  • - Bandwagon
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  • - Yeah, the bandwagon, not knowing.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • How can we do that?
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  • - That's, to me that's a case of separate memories.
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  • I think, like, and tell me how you would feel
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  • when you see
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  • police brutality on the news, what do you think?
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  • - It's, I'm horrified.
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  • - You're horrified because it's happened to you.
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  • - Yeah
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  • - You don't have a reason to distrust law enforcement.
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  • - I do because
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  • - Well, no you do.
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  • - Yeah, I was gonna say, I have my own story because they're
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  • in a corrupt
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  • - Forgive me
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  • - No, yeah and I think that's it right there
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  • we didn't know before we all sat down together that
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  • Laurie had a police brutality experience where
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  • she wasn't harmed, but she was treated in a way
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  • that was not exceptional.
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  • - Yeah, not acceptable either.
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  • - Acceptable, sorry not exceptional, neither.
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  • but I think you know that.
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  • You should answer the question before-
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  • - So, I come from the point that I'm never gonna be
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  • anti for somebody, we are for every
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  • you know what I'm saying?
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  • We are against the devil.
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  • And any evil.
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  • - Right
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  • - I think then the answer to your question is
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  • the experience in the black community,
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  • and correct me if I'm wrong,
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  • is one of having collected statistics over time
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  • to see that it's skewed in our community.
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  • So because of that,
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  • it is more, um
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  • we are less inclined to be like
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  • what actually happened here?
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  • And more inclined to say this seems fishy
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  • like it seemed always before and the hope is that
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  • our Christian brothers and sisters
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  • who may not have that experience would say
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  • tell me why it's fishy.
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  • So then I can say well here are the statistics
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  • even though black men are in the minority in this country
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  • they make up most of the prison cells.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Or why is it that, um, black men are more likely
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  • to be shot while holding a gun by police?
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  • So why does that happen more to black men
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  • than to white women, or white women, white men?
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  • So it's like, it's a statistical thing because
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  • it's an experience we, we don't have the luxury of
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  • not knowing and passing onto our children.
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  • - And I think that that makes complete sense
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  • I mean numbers do talk.
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  • But I think that we really do have to be careful
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  • in taking the experience and the,
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  • words are hard, statistic, and making that
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  • applying that instantly.
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  • I think that's something that we have got to be cautious of.
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  • And not only on this topic, but on any topic.
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  • - You're right, no you're right.
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  • And as believers you have to.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • So I'm with you, you don't,
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  • we don't just jump on the bandwagon because
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  • oh, somebody was black or somebody,
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  • no, you do look into the whole situation.
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  • But, unfortunately, the times, you know all the times
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  • when we look into it, unfortunately most of the time
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  • most, most, most, most, most, most, most, most, most of
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  • the time, there's evil involved.
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  • And that's sad.
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  • - It's horrifying.
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  • - And it's horrifying, when it's something that's
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  • supposed to protect you that has never protected you
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  • in the history of this country.
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  • - It is where we join the conversation that's important
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  • like, even back to the police brutality thing
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  • it's when people are willing to jump into the
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  • conversation about other topics that it seems like,
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  • is the church choosing topics to join in on?
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  • Why don't we want to join in on this one immediately?
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  • - I think it's cause we weren't there,
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  • or we don't know, like I think, you mentioned the
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  • abortion issue, cause I fully agree that
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  • those are two of the issues that you hear a lot about.
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  • But I think that abortion, we all know,
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  • is clearly
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  • murder.
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  • And so it's
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  • - But so is killing black men
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  • - Agreed, but let me, but my thing is that
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  • when we don't know,
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  • if we were in the circumstance and
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  • someone was in front of me and was murdered
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  • I would be about it.
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  • You would find me in the courthouse.
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  • You would find me in the media.
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  • You would find me.
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  • - But Philando Castile was murdered on Facebook Live.
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  • Philando Castile was murdered on Facebook Live,
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  • and the church said nothing about it.
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  • That's my point is that murder is murder
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  • Philando Castile, they acknowledged did nothing wrong.
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  • He said "I Have a gun over here, I'm not reaching
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  • I have a gun in the car, I'm not reaching for it,
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  • you asked for my license"
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  • The man was afraid and shot him to death
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  • with a toddler in the backseat on Facebook Live.
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  • There is no question about that, no question about
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  • - See, I didn't, and I never saw that
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  • - And don't go watch it because it's very
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  • traumatic and so what I'm saying is, and
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  • not you personally, but the church as a whole in America
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  • if we're going to join conversations, we have to
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  • do a better job of joining it in a well-rounded way.
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  • We can't just join the conversations
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  • that don't implicate us.
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  • - And you guys all feel that way.
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  • But it's important that we're aware and
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  • that we stand up for what's right in every situation.
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  • - Yes, yes, yes.
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  • - The church should not tolerate injustice.
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  • Um,
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  • yeah,
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  • we should not tolerate injustice.
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  • God tells us to seek justice.
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  • He tells us to have mercy and to have grace and
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  • to stand for what's right.
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  • And we should, we should be adamant
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  • about standing for what's right.
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  • The kingdom of heaven suffers violence
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  • but the violent take it by force.
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  • We have to recognize the enemy for who he is.
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  • And we have to do whatever it takes to bring justice
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  • to every living soul.
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  • We are creating a community built on love and friendship.
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  • And we want you to join us.
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  • - Connect with us at better together tv and
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  • share your thoughts on today's conversation.
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  • - We can't wait to hear from you.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - And I have another question.
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  • For standing up injustice,
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  • so I know in my experience with my friends
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  • that are black and in the black community,
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  • justice is really important, standing up for
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  • other people is really important.
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  • And I think it is across the board, like you said.
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  • Um, my genuine question is,
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  • is if constantly that is our
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  • communication and
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  • relationship, that's a lot.
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  • If we started talking about the injustices that
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  • happen to all of us, it could be a constant conversation.
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  • - No, yeah, no, I'm with you.
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  • - But this is a genuine question,
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  • how do we know what to speak up about and
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  • what to not when it comes to injustice period.
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  • - I think it depends on the type of person you are.
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  • I
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  • try very hard to speak very little about
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  • government or the world, period.
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  • Because it is, there are some people who feel
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  • called to the conversation in a different way.
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  • My Pastor, Steve Berger, feels called to the conversation
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  • and so I make it my business to help him
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  • round out his conversation because I know
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  • it matters to his heart even if it didn't
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  • come across his ears.
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  • And so, but me, personally,
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  • I want to sit home and pray.
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  • And then I want to have conversations with my girlfriends
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  • like this.
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  • And so I think it's about what the Lord has called you to.
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  • And how the Lord has called you to the conversation.
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  • - Because we'd be talking about the problems all the time.
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  • - And I don't want you to feel invalued
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  • that I'm not talking about things that matter to you
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  • - Exactly
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  • - It may be that you hear something on the news and
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  • you know something would affect one of your friends
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  • more than the other and you just reach out and
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  • say I saw this happened and I feel like
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  • it might have broken your heart, I'm sorry.
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  • - Yeah, that's literally to the best of my ability
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  • within my community and friends, you know
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  • that's what I do.
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  • But, but you know what I mean about that?
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  • - But that's even encouragement.
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  • What you're saying basically is
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  • I'm gonna call this person I know
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  • that they could be discouraged.
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  • I'm gonna embolden them, I'm going to
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  • build them up by my words of encouragement
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  • of my encouraging that I am reaching out to you,
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  • coming together with you.
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  • And I think that sometimes we make everything
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  • so complicated, so complex,
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  • but God is saying, be on the lookout.
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  • Who can you impart courage to?
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  • I see you're discouraged.
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  • This would affect you maybe more than my other friend,
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  • like you were saying.
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  • Who can I impart courage to?
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  • Who can I just be there for?
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  • You know, and I think that really is so
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  • empowering to people because it's easy to
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  • isolate yourself, it's easy to feel alone,
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  • it's easy for you to say this is happening, you know
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  • without people reaching out and reaching across the,
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  • you know, street and the aisles, and
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  • I think that that's where we come in as the church,
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  • is to just say, you know what, I am not going to
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  • take your courage, I am going to give you courage.
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  • You know, one of my favorite scriptures is in
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  • Hebrews 3:13, I believe, and it says
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  • "To encourage one another daily so that sin's
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  • deceitfulness doesn't harden our heart."
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  • Now I believe God's given us a weapon against the enemy
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  • and that is encouragement.
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  • I believe when we look for people to encourage
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  • every single day, that we do something to
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  • one another's hearts.
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  • We not only bless someone else, but that
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  • blesses us as well.
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  • I believe that when we encourage each other,
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  • it just brings down walls, dividing walls that
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  • the enemy would try to erect in our life,
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  • he wants to conquer us, he wants to divide us,
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  • but I believe with the weapon of encouragement,
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  • we can fulfill the great commission and
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  • love people like Jesus did.
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  • - I told the staff at my church, I said
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  • this is not an easy true false test
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  • where we can ace it.
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  • This is like the LSATS that are built to see
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  • how you think, or built to see
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  • can you choose the best answer.
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  • Not the right answer, the best one.
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  • And we're using the word of God, the whole counsel of God
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  • and relying on the holy spirit and
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  • the presence of the Lord through worship
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  • to say okay, God what is in this moment,
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  • in this scenario, what is the best answer?
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  • - Yeah
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  • - And then if we make a mistake, we say
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • How can I make that better next time?
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  • And we move on with no shame.
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  • Because there will be people that want a pound of flesh
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  • and I have none to give them.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • But, apart from that we make a mistake,
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  • we say I'm so sorry.
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  • Intentions don't actually mean much.
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  • Who cares if we didn't intend to?
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  • That's why the idiom "The road to hell is paved
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  • with good intentions" is a popular
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  • - But I think it is important that we do believe
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  • the best in people.
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  • Cause I think that's what can kill quick.
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  • - Well, and good intentions are better than bad intentions
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  • but they don't make up the whole distance is all I'm saying.
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  • And since we're going to make a mistake,
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  • we just say I'm sorry, help me make it better next time.
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  • And then we move forward with no shame and
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  • no bitterness, and we keep going.
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  • - Our Pastor Morris, um, has a sermon based
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  • off of Philippians two that we've got
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  • one of two choices.
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  • Number one, if you're wrong,
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  • he said you take the low road and you say I'm sorry.
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  • I'm sorry I've hurt you.
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  • I'm sorry that you were offended.
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  • And I'm sorry that I did wrong.
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  • He said, and then he said, "If you're right,
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  • we're gonna take the low road"
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  • (laughter)
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  • And you say I'm sorry if I offended you,
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  • I'm so sorry.
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  • If any of the actions that we might be responsible for
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  • misinformation, whatever, I'm so sorry.
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  • And we take the low road because
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  • God commands a blessing on that,
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  • which I believe is really the high road.
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  • Um, so I think just forgiveness all the way around.
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  • You know, I can't sit here and say that
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  • every relationship in my life is all just peachy clean
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  • and picture perfect, it's not.
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  • But down inside of me, I have forgiven.
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  • And it might not be all cleaned up yet, but
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  • that frees you so much
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  • when you forgive offense and
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  • when you forgive those who have really done harm to you.
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  • When you let that go, it frees your spirit
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  • like never before.
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  • So, forgiveness is for us.
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  • - It's just so hard cause you know, you want to
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  • be there to help and to heal your friends and
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  • you know, as a race, the pain you've experienced
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  • you just want to help and heal but it is
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  • so tough to know how to do that, you know?
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:46.230
  • - Yeah, but I just want to speak peace to you, um
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  • because God is bigger than everything, you know?
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  • Bigger than the challenge.
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  • And also, as you, just because you're willing and
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  • you want to be aware, you know, you just have to
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  • ask the holy spirit, make me aware, you know?
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  • Because if you try to take it all on, it will overpower you.
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  • It's not meant for you to carry.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • In that way.
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  • And that's all that we all can do is just be
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  • available, saying Lord,
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  • I pray the prayer every morning, Lord give me a clean heart.
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  • And when the holy spirit begins to work on your heart
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  • he'll go back in generations, like you said
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  • you didn't know your grandparents said this,
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  • and that he'll just begin to take certain things out
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  • you know, he'll do those things that only he can do.
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  • But if we're, it's just being available and being
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  • willing to say you know what I want to hear and
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  • I want to know, holy spirit give me the wisdom
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  • how to do that.
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  • - Yup
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  • - Starting with ourselves
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  • - Starting with yourself.
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  • And when we do that, he'll give you that, you know.
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  • It's not his will for us to go around being anxious and
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  • nervous, am I reaching out?
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  • Am I being a friend?
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  • It's just allowing the holy spirit to live through you.
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  • Because some of us, because we haven't had
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  • the experiences, we see life from our lenses.
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  • From our experiences.
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  • - As only we could.
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  • - And clearly the word is telling us not to do that.
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  • The word is telling us to be willing
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  • to humble yourself, to listen
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  • - Bear, bear one another
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  • - Bear one another, seek justice,
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  • so that's work on our part.
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  • And it starts in prayer, you know?
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  • Saying, Lord here I am.
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  • Help me to remember, help me to love the way you love.
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  • Help me to see what you see.
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  • And, and then when you see certain things
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  • on the news you're not quick to turn it off,
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  • if anything, you're saying, okay
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  • I want to pray through that.
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  • - Yeah, good
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  • - Prayer is powerful
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  • - Prayer is so powerful and that's how
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  • we're going to reconcile ourself, you know,
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  • to each other is through prayer.
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  • - I think the best thing personally for me
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  • is to not be overwhelmed to solve the whole problem.
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  • Cause that's kind of how I see life or
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  • accomplish things.
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  • But just to do my part and to encourage others
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  • to do their parts and
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  • to not be overwhelmed by the size of the mountain
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  • but just what we can do individually.
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  • - Let's pray
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  • - Yeah, let's pray together
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  • - Thank you father,
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  • yes Lord, we just wanna honor you in our conversations,
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  • father we want people to see you in our actions
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  • and so father we just dedicate this program,
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  • we dedicate all those who are listening and watching
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  • to you, God.
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  • And I know that our hearts just cry out to please you.
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  • And you said father, if we please you.
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  • you'd make even our enemies be at peace,
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  • so father we thank you, Lord.
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  • That you are in control and that you are
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  • reconciling the world into yourself.
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  • And father through us you will,
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  • you will just show yourself strong.
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  • And so father, I just thank you right now
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  • for each member on the panel, for the
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  • television viewing audience, and I just ask for
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  • the blessing of unity to come upon us, father.
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  • And that we would have open hearts to hear the
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  • holy spirit speak through us and to us, father.
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  • Thank you for all that you've done so far.
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  • We do not let anything go by that you have done, father.
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  • We acknowledge your goodness.
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  • And we thank you for what you're going to do.
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  • In Jesus' name, Amen.
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