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December 20, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.,#=#,Levi Lusko,Personal Story;Surrender;Walk with God;Endurance;Temptation;Relationship with God;Spiritual Growth;Christianity,Hebrews 12:1-2,Religious;Series,HD-HLLFL2052,1240223

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  • Well, in addition toall of our churches,
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  • we're so glad tohave those of you who
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  • are joining us on the internet,on Fresh Life television.
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  • Thanks for being apart and joining in,
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  • even if it's later inthe week and you're
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  • watching on the archive.
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  • We're so glad to have you be apart of what God's doing here.
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  • One of the most frequentanalogies to following Jesus
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  • that you're going to findthroughout the pages of the New
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  • Testament is that of running.
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  • You have, so oftentimes,this concept.
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  • Sometimes it'sdescribed as a walk,
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  • and sometimes isdescribed as running,
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  • but the basic idea is thatyou have this activity that
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  • requires two feet.
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  • Oh I got to-- my killswitch was pulled.
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  • You have this idea,though, of one foot
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  • being put after the other foot.
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  • There's always a littlewarning before it starts.
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  • I guess that's important.
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  • This idea of one footin front of the other.
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  • And you'll see itthroughout scripture.
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  • It's a good picture of whatfollowing Jesus looks like.
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  • And I guess it's an appropriateanalogy on a number of levels.
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  • Because for one thing,walking and running
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  • are both very constant,very constant.
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  • You have to continuouslyput foot after foot
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  • after foot after foot in orderfor it to keep happening.
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  • And for another thing,running's really hard.
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  • Running's difficult.It's challenging.
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  • I find myself, the moreI run, the more I'm
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  • hoping that the running stops.
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  • It's what I'm usually thinkingabout from the beginning
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  • to the end.
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  • I'm just like,when is this over?
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  • When this is over?
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  • When this is over?
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  • When is this going to notbe what I'm doing anymore?
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  • How many of youthink I could preach
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  • a message on a treadmill?
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  • Your confidence is inspiring.
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  • I will take that andgive it my absolute best.
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  • So running is difficult.Running is not
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  • something you're juststanding there doing.
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  • You have to really workout.
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  • You have to commityourself to it,
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  • and so it is withmaking progress
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  • in our walks with Jesus.
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  • It's interesting,entering into faith,
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  • easiest thing in the world,nothing we do it all.
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  • It's all of God's grace.
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  • Becoming a Christianis 100% him.
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  • All we're doing is,by faith, accessing
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  • the grace in which we stand.
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  • But making progressas a Christian,
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  • well that's running the race.
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  • You enter it throughwhat he does,
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  • and we make progress in itby committing ourself to it.
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  • It takes vigor.
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  • It takes energy.
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  • It takes committingourselves to these things.
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  • I'm reminded of a storyI heard of a father who
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  • heard his little daughterhad fallen out of bed.
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  • He could hear the big thump.
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  • Every parent knows that sound.
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  • Your child, thump,right out of bed.
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  • And so he rushed in and said,honey, what's the problem?
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  • She said, daddy, I stayedtoo close to where I got in.
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  • And I wonder if,sometimes, that's
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  • not a telling pictureof the problem
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  • with our walks withJesus, that we've stayed
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  • too close to where we got in.
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  • Scripture, we talkabout just staying
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  • with the elementalthings, the baby
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  • milk of walking with Jesuswhere we should have progressed
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  • on to solid food.
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  • Spitting up, and goo googa ga, and crawling around,
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  • it's cute when you're two,not so much when you're 30.
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  • And the equivalentwould be a Christian
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  • who's been doingit for a long time
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  • but still is at thesame level and is not
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  • progressing in intensity.
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  • So walking with Jesus, runningwith Jesus, it's constant.
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  • It's difficult, but youcan make progress in it
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  • if you would commityourself to it.
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  • I found, when I-- atone point of my life's
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  • got together withsome buddies and said,
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  • let's run this 10K together.
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  • Let's just do this thing.
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  • That the firstcouple runs to train
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  • towards that were agonizing,but quickly I got better at it.
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  • So it is, when at one point,it's like, oh my gosh,
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  • this is so hard, I barelycan make it through it.
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  • Soon you're laughing thinkingthat was, at one point,
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  • difficult in your mind.
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  • The longer you walk withJesus, the stronger you become
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  • and the more he's ableto do through you,
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  • and at one point you nevercould have dreamed of doing,
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  • you look back on and go-- I meanis that not the case right now?
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  • Do not some of you go, man, Ijust want to praise God today
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  • for what he's done in mylife that at one point
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  • I would have said I nevercould have done that.
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  • So walking with God is constant.
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  • It's something that'sdifficult, but it's something
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  • you can make progress in.
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  • And it's also something,the analogy of running,
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  • it's very easy to dowhat it is our aim
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  • to do in thisseries of messages,
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  • and that is to decide whatin our lives should stay
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  • and what should go.
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  • That's what we're talkingabout, really, in this series.
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  • We called it featurecreep, because of the way
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  • products that getreleased and then updated
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  • and then because they want usto not just have the one that we
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  • had that was perfectly fine,but to now get the one that
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  • can do fill in the blank.
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  • It's in the vested interestsof companies to keep adding,
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  • keep adding, keepupdating, and now it can--
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  • we somehow have accepted thishas consumers, equating more
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  • features with a better value.
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  • But it's not abetter value if we're
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  • paying more money for anewer product with features
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  • that we will never use.
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  • And so we have a toaster thathas 15 settings, and that's
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  • awesome, except that we've onlyreally ever used one of them
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  • that we know of.
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  • And so more featuresis not a better value
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  • if they're not features thatare useful to us in what we're
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  • trying to do with our lives.
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  • So our homes, our hearts,our lives, our souls,
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  • can quickly becomecluttered, can quickly
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  • become bloated with features,the options and accessories,
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  • and oh look with aheated steering wheel,
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  • and oh now it can readFacebook messages to me
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  • while I'm driving.
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  • That's not safe or helpful.
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  • And so we're trying to decidewhat things are feature
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  • creep that should leave.
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  • And that was the problemthat we exposed last weekend.
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  • If you were here, wesaid that it was our aim
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  • to preach a three part sermon.
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  • Not a three part serieslike we would normally
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  • have where threedifferent sermons fit
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  • in a series, but ratherone sermon spread out
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  • over three weeks.
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  • So last week was the beginning.
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  • We identified the problem.
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  • The next week--excuse me-- we're
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  • going to show a pictureof what our lives could
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  • look like without the problem.
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  • There is hope.
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  • Isn't that beautiful?
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  • Come one, you've got to comeback to church next weekend.
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  • It's going to be awesome, apicture of what our lives could
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  • look like post featurecreep when we had
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  • that stuff surgically removed.
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  • And so now in themiddle of course,
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  • we have to give the plan, theplan of how to get from A to C,
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  • and that's what we have here.
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  • If you have a Bible, we're goingto be in Hebrews Chapter 12.
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  • And I'm going to call thismessage Cut and Run, Cut
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  • and Run.
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  • Say it with me, Cut and Run.
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  • From Hebrews Chapter 12, if youdon't have a Bible, no worries,
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  • we'll put it up onthe screen for you.
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  • It says, "Therefore,we also, since we
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  • are surrounded by so greata cloud of witnesses, let
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  • us lay aside everyweight, and the sin which
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  • so easily ensnares us, andlet us run with endurance
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  • the race that is set before us,looking unto Jesus, the author
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  • and finisher of our faith,who for the joy that was set
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  • before him endured thecross, despising the shame,
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  • and has sat down at the righthand of the throne of God."
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  • And father we nowask that you would
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  • speak to us loud andclear through your word.
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  • We pray that, like a bag goingthrough an x-ray detector,
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  • that as we considerthese truths,
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  • your Holy Spirit would openup the eyes of our hearts
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  • to see what in our hearts, ourlives, our homes, the things
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  • that are keeping us back fromwhat we long for our lives
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  • to look like.
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  • And we asked thisin Jesus' name.
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  • And we all said together, Amen.
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  • Cut and Run, it's a phrase thattoday has political overtones
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  • to it.
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  • It's, generally speaking,used to describe a politician,
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  • someone who has made a decisionto pull our soldiers out
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  • of a war, to pull oursoldiers out of a fight,
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  • and done so withselfish motivations
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  • or for reasons ofcowardice or whatever.
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  • And so it's used negative,just a quick dash
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  • and bailing out on somethingthat was important.
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  • But the actual origin ofthe phrase is pretty cool.
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  • It's nautical, meaningwaves, ocean, sea, ships.
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  • It was used to describe thedecision a captain could make
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  • to have the anchor cut off thatwas keeping the ship buoyed
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  • in place, locked into place.
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  • And of course, oncethe anchor was cut,
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  • the cable and the anchor wouldgo to the bottom of the sea
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  • instead of being pulledup into the boat,
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  • instead of being wrappedback up into the ship
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  • where it would bewaiting for the next time
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  • that they would drop it downto hold them in the place.
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  • Now a captain would notmake this decision lightly,
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  • because then he's commandinga boat without an anchor,
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  • or at least withoutthe primary anchor.
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  • But if he felt like the shipwas in greater danger staying
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  • than going, cuttingwas deemed necessary.
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  • Cutting was deemed necessary.
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  • If the ship wasgoing to be capsized,
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  • there's no glory in stayingaround for the anchor
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  • to be drawn if there's no boat.
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  • The boat's going downto the bottom of the sea
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  • with everybody else in it.
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  • Or if they are going to beboarded by a hostile party,
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  • well cut the anchors andlet's get out of here.
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  • Let's make haste.
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  • Let's get out of dodge.
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  • Let's get out of thisdangerous situation.
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  • It's the same would be if therewas an anchor that had gotten
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  • somehow tangled up,and try as they might,
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  • they weren't going to be ableto get this thing drawn back in.
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  • See also every timeI've ever gone fishing,
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  • what I've had toeventually-- don't want
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  • to talk about it-- cut and run.
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  • Back to Starbuckswhere I belong.
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  • No listen very carefullyto what I'm saying to you.
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  • Cutting and runningbecause of danger,
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  • cutting and runningbecause of something
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  • that would be perilousto stay in the situation.
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  • And now bring this to thepicture before us in Hebrews 12
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  • where the scene is oneof the Olympic footrace.
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  • And that's what theauthor of Hebrews
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  • wants us to be thinking of.
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  • Now I keep saying,the author of Hebrews.
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  • You're like why don't youtell us who authored it?
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  • Normally you're like, heyPaul said this or hey Peter
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  • said that.
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  • Yeah here's why,I have no blooming
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  • clue who wrote Hebrews.
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  • And none of us do.
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  • There's peoplewho have theories,
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  • but the truth is we don't know.
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  • And so it's a mystery,but it's an awesome book.
  • 00:11:55.003 --> 00:11:57.405
  • And so the author ofthe book of Hebrews
  • 00:11:57.506 --> 00:12:00.375
  • has this picture he wantsus to see in our mind's eye.
  • 00:12:00.475 --> 00:12:04.279
  • And it's a very familiar one,because we've all grown up
  • 00:12:04.379 --> 00:12:06.948
  • watching coverage of theOlympics, which date back
  • 00:12:07.048 --> 00:12:10.952
  • to the days in which thisstuff was going down.
  • 00:12:11.052 --> 00:12:14.389
  • And so you could always think ofthe thousands of cheering fans,
  • 00:12:14.489 --> 00:12:19.294
  • and they would watch thedifferent activities.
  • 00:12:19.394 --> 00:12:21.229
  • Of course, the mainevent is usually,
  • 00:12:21.329 --> 00:12:23.498
  • in the summer Olympics, justthe absolute most fun thing
  • 00:12:23.598 --> 00:12:27.836
  • to watch, and that isjust the 50 yard dash.
  • 00:12:27.936 --> 00:12:30.038
  • Like two people--or 100 yard dash,
  • 00:12:30.138 --> 00:12:31.606
  • or whatever it is in metersthat they're doing in Europe.
  • 00:12:31.706 --> 00:12:34.543
  • I don't know all the specifics.
  • 00:12:34.643 --> 00:12:36.278
  • But I just know this,I know that it's
  • 00:12:36.378 --> 00:12:38.914
  • a pure sport when youget a group of men
  • 00:12:39.014 --> 00:12:40.982
  • or a group of women, andit's this line to that line,
  • 00:12:41.082 --> 00:12:44.853
  • and whoever crosses thatline the first wins.
  • 00:12:44.953 --> 00:12:49.791
  • And that's what he wantsus to be seeing here.
  • 00:12:49.891 --> 00:12:52.828
  • But cutting is involved.
  • 00:12:52.928 --> 00:12:54.629
  • Cutting is always involved whererunning is being discussed.
  • 00:12:54.729 --> 00:12:59.401
  • And why?
  • 00:12:59.501 --> 00:13:00.735
  • It's because, when you'rerunning, every ounce matters.
  • 00:13:00.836 --> 00:13:04.406
  • And that's why I don'tknow when last time you
  • 00:13:04.506 --> 00:13:06.341
  • were at a sports store lookingat the running clothes,
  • 00:13:06.441 --> 00:13:08.577
  • but it looks a whole lotlike lingerie, right?
  • 00:13:08.677 --> 00:13:10.445
  • And that's becauserunners are like,
  • 00:13:10.545 --> 00:13:11.780
  • I'm not carryingit with me, right?
  • 00:13:11.880 --> 00:13:13.515
  • You look at the clothes there.
  • 00:13:13.615 --> 00:13:14.950
  • You're like, really, really,that's a lot of thigh.
  • 00:13:15.050 --> 00:13:16.351
  • It's a whole lot of thighinvolved in your running
  • 00:13:16.451 --> 00:13:19.521
  • shorts.
  • 00:13:19.621 --> 00:13:20.722
  • And they're stingywith what they're
  • 00:13:20.822 --> 00:13:21.990
  • willing to carry,because a runner knows,
  • 00:13:22.090 --> 00:13:23.491
  • if that's going over thatcourse, it's going with me.
  • 00:13:23.592 --> 00:13:25.827
  • And so I want onegram lighter in shoe.
  • 00:13:25.927 --> 00:13:28.697
  • That's what I'mwilling to get to.
  • 00:13:28.797 --> 00:13:30.031
  • That's not featurecreep if it's going
  • 00:13:30.131 --> 00:13:31.499
  • to be less weight over howeverlong I have to carry it.
  • 00:13:31.600 --> 00:13:35.036
  • And so they're always cutting.
  • 00:13:35.136 --> 00:13:37.005
  • Runners are cutting.
  • 00:13:37.105 --> 00:13:38.206
  • Sports, they thinkof even the body.
  • 00:13:38.306 --> 00:13:40.408
  • Some sports have a weigh in,and you're going to get weighed,
  • 00:13:40.508 --> 00:13:43.111
  • and you have to cut weight.
  • 00:13:43.211 --> 00:13:44.646
  • And I was reading this week,plans to cut weight and stop
  • 00:13:44.746 --> 00:13:48.116
  • drinking water three days out.
  • 00:13:48.216 --> 00:13:49.918
  • Fill your bathtubwith hot water.
  • 00:13:50.018 --> 00:13:52.053
  • You're just like, really?
  • 00:13:52.153 --> 00:13:53.355
  • Because they, inathletics, take seriously
  • 00:13:53.455 --> 00:13:56.358
  • this idea of less weight,cutting for competing,
  • 00:13:56.458 --> 00:14:01.763
  • cutting for running.
  • 00:14:01.863 --> 00:14:05.400
  • Two things are given in thetext that we should, as runners,
  • 00:14:05.500 --> 00:14:09.671
  • think about eliminating orsubtracting from our lives
  • 00:14:09.771 --> 00:14:13.541
  • so that we can run better.
  • 00:14:13.642 --> 00:14:15.577
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  • 00:14:15.677 --> 00:14:21.016
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  • Weights that need toget thrown to the side
  • 00:15:22.410 --> 00:15:25.080
  • because are getting inthe way, and then sin
  • 00:15:25.180 --> 00:15:28.049
  • that would easily entangle us.
  • 00:15:28.149 --> 00:15:30.719
  • I don't know if it's easyjust to describe this,
  • 00:15:30.819 --> 00:15:32.854
  • so I thought maybe wecould give a picture of it.
  • 00:15:32.954 --> 00:15:35.890
  • If you go to abaseball game, you'll
  • 00:15:35.991 --> 00:15:37.292
  • see them-- come on outhere with the weights,
  • 00:15:37.392 --> 00:15:38.560
  • guys-- you'll seethem practicing
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  • with bats that are weighted.
  • 00:15:40.495 --> 00:15:41.863
  • They'll slide aring around a bat
  • 00:15:41.963 --> 00:15:43.164
  • and then they'llpractice swinging
  • 00:15:43.264 --> 00:15:45.633
  • with a ring aroundtheir bat that they
  • 00:15:45.734 --> 00:15:47.602
  • don't intend to actually hitthe ball with that weight
  • 00:15:47.702 --> 00:15:50.505
  • on anymore.
  • 00:15:50.605 --> 00:15:51.773
  • In the text, the word weight,I read in commentaries,
  • 00:15:51.873 --> 00:15:55.910
  • describes the wristand ankle weights
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  • that competitors wouldslip on for training,
  • 00:15:58.813 --> 00:16:01.983
  • for practice runs,and even sometimes
  • 00:16:02.083 --> 00:16:04.519
  • in the warmup run atthe day of competition.
  • 00:16:04.619 --> 00:16:07.355
  • And they would putthese on their arms,
  • 00:16:07.455 --> 00:16:09.357
  • and they would putthese on their--
  • 00:16:09.457 --> 00:16:10.925
  • that one's a little loose.
  • 00:16:11.026 --> 00:16:12.994
  • Could we get thattightened up, por favor.
  • 00:16:13.094 --> 00:16:15.096
  • Thank you so much.
  • 00:16:15.196 --> 00:16:16.698
  • Gracias mi amigo.
  • 00:16:16.798 --> 00:16:19.000
  • So they would havethese weights--
  • 00:16:19.100 --> 00:16:20.502
  • I think these eachweigh five pounds--
  • 00:16:20.602 --> 00:16:22.337
  • and they would goaround the ankles
  • 00:16:22.437 --> 00:16:24.672
  • and go around the wrists.
  • 00:16:24.773 --> 00:16:26.007
  • And the idea is, if you dotraining runs with weights on,
  • 00:16:26.107 --> 00:16:29.444
  • then when you finallytake them off,
  • 00:16:29.544 --> 00:16:31.046
  • you're going to be stronger, andyou're going to feel lighter,
  • 00:16:31.146 --> 00:16:34.382
  • and you're going to feelso free, and run so fast.
  • 00:16:34.482 --> 00:16:37.285
  • That's the idea, right?
  • 00:16:37.385 --> 00:16:38.987
  • Now I've put some-- I putsome names to these weights.
  • 00:16:39.087 --> 00:16:42.023
  • I wrote on this one schedule.
  • 00:16:42.123 --> 00:16:44.492
  • Can we get a littlecloser shot on that one?
  • 00:16:44.592 --> 00:16:46.728
  • Schedule, and does anybody everfeel like your schedule just
  • 00:16:46.828 --> 00:16:50.498
  • weighs you down?
  • 00:16:50.598 --> 00:16:51.566
  • That what you've letin it, you're like,
  • 00:16:51.666 --> 00:16:52.901
  • who's in charge of my schedule?
  • 00:16:53.001 --> 00:16:54.135
  • And everyone in theuniverse is like,
  • 00:16:54.235 --> 00:16:55.503
  • you is in charge of your--dang it, it's-- it--
  • 00:16:55.603 --> 00:16:58.773
  • why did I say yes to this?
  • 00:16:58.873 --> 00:17:00.175
  • And this one says work.
  • 00:17:00.275 --> 00:17:02.677
  • Work can weigh us down.
  • 00:17:02.777 --> 00:17:03.978
  • Work can weigh us down aswe're trying to make progress
  • 00:17:04.079 --> 00:17:06.481
  • in our walk with God, our work.
  • 00:17:06.581 --> 00:17:08.049
  • And maybe not it's our boss'fault work that weighs us down,
  • 00:17:08.149 --> 00:17:11.753
  • maybe that happens.
  • 00:17:11.853 --> 00:17:13.021
  • I think that oftentimesit's our own fault
  • 00:17:13.121 --> 00:17:16.057
  • work that weighs us down,meaning we weren't efficient.
  • 00:17:16.157 --> 00:17:18.626
  • We weren't managing our timewell when we had the time.
  • 00:17:18.726 --> 00:17:21.429
  • So then work's cuttinginto our home life.
  • 00:17:21.529 --> 00:17:23.798
  • And it's because we weren't--why were we on Instagram every
  • 00:17:23.898 --> 00:17:27.268
  • time we had a fewmoments at work?
  • 00:17:27.368 --> 00:17:28.803
  • Why were we on-- right?
  • 00:17:28.903 --> 00:17:30.138
  • You're thinking that thework's weighing me down
  • 00:17:30.238 --> 00:17:31.906
  • because I've made badchoices in a lot of times.
  • 00:17:32.006 --> 00:17:34.742
  • And then, of course,occasionally, other times,
  • 00:17:34.843 --> 00:17:36.711
  • it's the other where it'sforces outside of your control.
  • 00:17:36.811 --> 00:17:39.647
  • But work can, at times,weigh us down, agreed?
  • 00:17:39.747 --> 00:17:42.383
  • On my left foot here,it just says stuff.
  • 00:17:42.484 --> 00:17:45.553
  • Because when did lifejust become full?
  • 00:17:45.653 --> 00:17:48.323
  • I'll get a little higher.
  • 00:17:48.423 --> 00:17:50.859
  • When did life just getfull of so much stuff?
  • 00:17:50.959 --> 00:17:53.261
  • At one point, did youlook in your garage
  • 00:17:53.361 --> 00:17:55.029
  • and go, why, why, why, why?
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:58.833
  • It's getting colder now.
  • 00:17:58.933 --> 00:18:00.401
  • Cars belong here.
  • 00:18:00.502 --> 00:18:01.836
  • Too much stuff, andhow much of our time
  • 00:18:01.936 --> 00:18:05.273
  • is just dedicated tojust keeping up the stuff
  • 00:18:05.373 --> 00:18:08.309
  • that we have?
  • 00:18:08.409 --> 00:18:09.511
  • Oh going to lovethat boat, but you've
  • 00:18:09.611 --> 00:18:11.045
  • got to winterizethat boat now, got
  • 00:18:11.146 --> 00:18:12.614
  • to get that boat summer ready.
  • 00:18:12.714 --> 00:18:14.182
  • Summer ready that boat.
  • 00:18:14.282 --> 00:18:15.583
  • And so much of our time--we would spend more time
  • 00:18:15.683 --> 00:18:18.853
  • in our walks with God,but we're weighed down
  • 00:18:18.953 --> 00:18:21.523
  • by the upkeep of justthe stuff in our lives.
  • 00:18:21.623 --> 00:18:25.927
  • And you think-- and then on myright foot here is just says,
  • 00:18:26.027 --> 00:18:29.230
  • financial.
  • 00:18:29.330 --> 00:18:30.765
  • Financial weight, oh my gosh,every month that payment,
  • 00:18:30.865 --> 00:18:34.002
  • every month that payment, right?
  • 00:18:34.102 --> 00:18:35.436
  • It seemed like a great ideawhen we were financing.
  • 00:18:35.537 --> 00:18:38.706
  • It seemed like a great ideawhen we were buying it.
  • 00:18:38.806 --> 00:18:41.209
  • But now every singlemonth, every single month,
  • 00:18:41.309 --> 00:18:43.511
  • making that payment,making that payment.
  • 00:18:43.611 --> 00:18:45.079
  • Putting that gas in that truck,paying the insurance bill.
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:48.449
  • And all of a sudden,before you know
  • 00:18:48.550 --> 00:18:49.851
  • it, we have-- thank youso much, guys-- oh wow,
  • 00:18:49.951 --> 00:18:54.689
  • did they speed that upwhen I wasn't looking?
  • 00:18:54.789 --> 00:18:57.392
  • That's a lot worsethan I remember.
  • 00:18:57.492 --> 00:19:01.262
  • It's only five pounds ineach hand and each foot,
  • 00:19:01.362 --> 00:19:03.965
  • but 20 pounds is just-- OK.
  • 00:19:04.065 --> 00:19:08.937
  • Oh yeah, that's great.
  • 00:19:09.037 --> 00:19:10.205
  • But then you're likewhat a minute, Levi,
  • 00:19:10.305 --> 00:19:11.773
  • didn't you say last weekendthat the average American spends
  • 00:19:11.873 --> 00:19:14.709
  • 49 hours a week on socialmedia entertainment?
  • 00:19:14.809 --> 00:19:18.446
  • And so where's that weight?
  • 00:19:18.546 --> 00:19:19.747
  • Because I say you'vegot a schedule weight,
  • 00:19:19.847 --> 00:19:21.349
  • and I can relate to youthere because Billy's got
  • 00:19:21.449 --> 00:19:22.984
  • soccer and Brittany's gotballet, and I got to do this,
  • 00:19:23.084 --> 00:19:26.120
  • and then I've got to do that.
  • 00:19:26.221 --> 00:19:27.288
  • I've got to cook the meal.
  • 00:19:27.388 --> 00:19:28.523
  • And you're like, that's crazy.
  • 00:19:28.623 --> 00:19:29.724
  • Schedule, I feelyou on that one,
  • 00:19:29.824 --> 00:19:31.459
  • and I feel you on thework one, and I feel you
  • 00:19:31.559 --> 00:19:33.394
  • on the stuff one, and I feelyou on the financial one.
  • 00:19:33.494 --> 00:19:35.730
  • But then, what about,if we're honest,
  • 00:19:35.830 --> 00:19:37.732
  • the fact that we will spendalmost 50 hours this week
  • 00:19:37.832 --> 00:19:40.802
  • watching Netflix.
  • 00:19:40.902 --> 00:19:42.604
  • And by the way, do we needany more devices in our lives
  • 00:19:42.704 --> 00:19:45.306
  • to be able toconnect to Netflix?
  • 00:19:45.406 --> 00:19:47.375
  • What is it with everything?
  • 00:19:47.475 --> 00:19:48.710
  • Now with Netflix, oh mygod, I've got to get it.
  • 00:19:48.810 --> 00:19:50.712
  • Wait, wait, doesn'tevery screen in my home
  • 00:19:50.812 --> 00:19:53.881
  • already get me onto a portalof which I can usually
  • 00:19:53.982 --> 00:19:57.051
  • find nothing to watch anyway?
  • 00:19:57.151 --> 00:19:58.987
  • But I will watch something.
  • 00:19:59.087 --> 00:20:00.521
  • I'm almost like, we'll, fine,I'll just watch this then.
  • 00:20:00.622 --> 00:20:03.925
  • That'll show them.
  • 00:20:04.025 --> 00:20:05.026
  • What?
  • 00:20:05.126 --> 00:20:06.928
  • So where's that represented?
  • 00:20:07.028 --> 00:20:08.263
  • OK, bring me my socialmedia and entertainment
  • 00:20:08.363 --> 00:20:09.864
  • weight, because I guess we'vegot to be honest about it too.
  • 00:20:09.964 --> 00:20:14.502
  • We've got our social mediaand entertainment weight
  • 00:20:14.602 --> 00:20:18.706
  • that we also have no one toblame for weighing us down
  • 00:20:18.806 --> 00:20:24.979
  • except ourselves.
  • 00:20:25.079 --> 00:20:26.614
  • That one's a little heavierthan five pounds, fellas.
  • 00:20:26.714 --> 00:20:29.550
  • Thanks a lot for that.
  • 00:20:29.651 --> 00:20:31.853
  • But now I have to have Snapchatvideos and Instagram videos.
  • 00:20:31.953 --> 00:20:34.522
  • I've got to do them both.
  • 00:20:34.622 --> 00:20:35.690
  • And now I've gotto do other things.
  • 00:20:35.790 --> 00:20:37.091
  • And oh hey, yep, going towalk with God this year.
  • 00:20:37.191 --> 00:20:40.695
  • New Year's resolution--thank you guys,
  • 00:20:40.795 --> 00:20:42.764
  • appreciate it-- growin my walk with God.
  • 00:20:42.864 --> 00:20:45.833
  • And now I'm tryingto walk with God,
  • 00:20:45.933 --> 00:20:47.769
  • but I have so many thingsthat are not bad things,
  • 00:20:47.869 --> 00:20:50.571
  • because don't forgetthe weights that weigh
  • 00:20:50.672 --> 00:20:54.008
  • us down are different from sin.
  • 00:20:54.108 --> 00:20:57.879
  • This is good stuff.
  • 00:20:57.979 --> 00:20:59.447
  • You can't not have work.
  • 00:20:59.547 --> 00:21:01.316
  • I'm not saying youshouldn't watch TV.
  • 00:21:01.416 --> 00:21:03.618
  • I'm not saying don'tsend a tweet out.
  • 00:21:03.718 --> 00:21:05.753
  • I'm certainly not sayingyou can't have things
  • 00:21:05.853 --> 00:21:08.423
  • in your schedule that are hard.
  • 00:21:08.523 --> 00:21:09.757
  • And the stuff, you knowwhat, to some degree
  • 00:21:09.857 --> 00:21:11.859
  • as long as we're onthis earth, stuff's
  • 00:21:11.959 --> 00:21:13.561
  • going to be a part of the deal.
  • 00:21:13.661 --> 00:21:15.063
  • And so is finances, we can'tabandon money and go live
  • 00:21:15.163 --> 00:21:19.167
  • in a cave.
  • 00:21:19.267 --> 00:21:21.903
  • Sometimes it's anattractive idea.
  • 00:21:22.003 --> 00:21:23.604
  • They eat a lot of berriesand they sleep a lot.
  • 00:21:23.705 --> 00:21:26.441
  • I don't know.
  • 00:21:26.541 --> 00:21:27.575
  • But see, thesearen't bad things.
  • 00:21:27.675 --> 00:21:29.544
  • The weights are not bad things.
  • 00:21:29.644 --> 00:21:32.480
  • They're just good thingsthat can crowd out
  • 00:21:32.580 --> 00:21:34.415
  • the ultimate things, remember?
  • 00:21:34.515 --> 00:21:35.850
  • So let's defineweights this way.
  • 00:21:35.950 --> 00:21:37.785
  • Weights are anythingin our lives
  • 00:21:37.885 --> 00:21:39.220
  • that we allow to dim ourvision or kill our passion,
  • 00:21:39.320 --> 00:21:45.159
  • to dim our spiritual vision orto kill our spiritual passions.
  • 00:21:45.259 --> 00:21:49.897
  • So these are thingsthat are not hurting,
  • 00:21:49.997 --> 00:21:52.834
  • but they're nothelping the thing--
  • 00:21:52.934 --> 00:21:54.902
  • and they're causingthe things that we
  • 00:21:55.002 --> 00:21:56.637
  • do want to be doing to becrowded out of our lives.
  • 00:21:56.738 --> 00:22:00.241
  • Because we said last weekendthat a crowded heart is
  • 00:22:00.341 --> 00:22:04.812
  • the enemy of a fruitful life.
  • 00:22:04.912 --> 00:22:08.216
  • And the goal, asChrist followers,
  • 00:22:08.316 --> 00:22:10.852
  • is to bear fruit, and morefruit, and much fruit,
  • 00:22:10.952 --> 00:22:15.356
  • and fruit that remains.
  • 00:22:15.456 --> 00:22:17.392
  • But one decision at atime, all of the sudden,
  • 00:22:17.492 --> 00:22:19.861
  • we wake up one day, and we'retrying to walk with God,
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  • but we feel like there'sweights on our feet
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  • and hands and our chest.
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  • And here's the crazy thingabout all of these weights
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  • that are on me right now,they are all weighing me
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  • down one grain ofsand at a time,
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  • because these are sandbags.
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  • And so oftentimes, wemake small decisions,
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  • that's not that big ofa-- it's a small thing.
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  • No, it's not a big deal at all.
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  • But add it to all the otherthings that you've said yes to,
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  • well now they're getting heavy.
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  • So I guess this is a goodtime to bring out our sin,
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  • because-- thank you guys,come on, bring out my sin.
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  • Just give me a big pile of sin.
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  • Now before you do, couldyou tighten up my stuff,
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  • because it'sfalling off my foot.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Let me explain my sinwhile he fixes my stuff.
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  • Give me a hot minute.
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  • I'm going to get a drinktoo, just sneak a rest in.
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  • I'm multitasking.
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  • You're doing good.
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  • Thank you.
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  • I'll be here all week.
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  • So you have, in the text, thesin that easily entangles.
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  • I like how the JBPhillips translation puts.
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  • It is says, "the sinwhich dogs our feet."
  • 00:23:28.663 --> 00:23:32.900
  • Directly translatedfrom the Greek
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  • this phrase speaks ofsomething that would twirl--
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  • thank you-- around yourankles, and get in your way,
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  • tripping you.
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  • Something they wouldtwirl around your ankles
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  • and get in your way, trippingyou up, dogging your feet.
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  • Can anyone think of somethingthat Christians 2000 years ago
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  • would have immediately thoughtof when the author of this book
  • 00:23:54.222 --> 00:23:58.292
  • was speaking of, something thatcould twirl around their ankles
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  • and cause them to trip upif they try to run with it?
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  • If you said toga, you're right.
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  • So fellas, put on my toga.
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  • First and only time I willever say that in my life.
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  • This is the best we coulddo with what we were working
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  • with to get a firstcentury toggle,
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  • which all of theathletes in this day
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  • would wear regularlyunder or over their head.
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  • This is awesome.
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  • So you get in your toga.
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  • Oh good, very nice, thank you.
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  • It's surprisingly roomy.
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  • OK, very nice, oh thank you.
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  • It's breathable.
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  • It's fantastic.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Oh good, gird my loins.
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  • A nice hourglassshape, very, very nice.
  • 00:25:02.590 --> 00:25:05.793
  • So now I got something thatcould twirl around my ankles
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  • and dog my feet.
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  • And here's an interestingthing about sin,
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  • is that where our weights arejust going to slow us down,
  • 00:25:33.621 --> 00:25:38.626
  • our sin can knock us over.
  • 00:25:38.726 --> 00:25:41.796
  • Our sin actually couldstop our forward progress.
  • 00:25:41.896 --> 00:25:48.302
  • And that's the realproblem about these things
  • 00:25:48.402 --> 00:25:51.105
  • that will twirl around ourankles and knock us over.
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  • My nephew is a littleboy named Noah,
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  • and he just had a birthday.
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  • And he was with us at a familyreunion not too long ago,
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  • and he was standing ontreadmill like this.
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  • And he pushed the start button.
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  • And what just happenedon this treadmill
  • 00:26:07.989 --> 00:26:09.423
  • was it beeped three timesand then slowly started up
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  • like the slowest possible level.
  • 00:26:12.627 --> 00:26:14.695
  • But the treadmill hewas on was broken.
  • 00:26:14.795 --> 00:26:18.065
  • And so it had thisglitch that we
  • 00:26:18.165 --> 00:26:19.567
  • were able to recreate laterwhere the moment you push
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  • start, it just, for a fewseconds did the highest
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  • possible setting it wascapable of, and then went down
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  • for a few moments.
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  • Now the crazy thingabout it is, when
  • 00:26:31.746 --> 00:26:33.247
  • told the people this hadhappened-- because what
  • 00:26:33.347 --> 00:26:35.650
  • happened was, when it did that,it threw him across the room
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  • into a wall, and he had a weltall over his face for a couple
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  • days.
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  • When we told themthat this happened
  • 00:26:43.324 --> 00:26:44.925
  • at the place we were stayingat, we said this happened.
  • 00:26:45.026 --> 00:26:46.994
  • They go, oh yeah, we've knownabout that for quite a while.
  • 00:26:47.094 --> 00:26:49.864
  • And they looked at his face,which was purple, and said,
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  • I'm surprised that'sall that happened.
  • 00:26:53.000 --> 00:26:54.735
  • That was their exactresponse to the situation.
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  • So needless tosay, bad things can
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  • happen when bodies in motioncome tumbling to the ground.
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  • And we know that sin is notthere to play nice with us.
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  • It's there choke us out.
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  • It's there to put us to death.
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