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In the Same Boat

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December 13, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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  • If you have a Bible, we'regoing to actually look
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  • at two passages of scripture.
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  • We're going to start in Jonah.
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  • So if you have acopy of the Bible
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  • or if you have an appwhere you can do that,
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  • look to Jonah chapter 1.
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  • And then we'll jump into anotherpart of scripture in the New
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  • Testament in just a minute.
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  • The title of my messageis In The Same Boat.
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  • In The Same Boat, like, right?
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  • Like did you do yourhomework assignment?
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  • Nah.
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  • Nah, I'm in thesame boat because I
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  • didn't do mine, right?
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  • The same boat.
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  • Come on.
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  • Someone say, in the same boat.
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  • In the same boat.
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  • We're going to look at twoboat stories in the Bible.
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  • The first is fromthe Old Testament.
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  • The second will be from the new.
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  • Here's what Jonah says.
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  • And of course, ifyou don't know,
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  • if you didn't growup in Sunday school
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  • having this story depicted byVeggieTales type situations,
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  • there is this guy named Jonahwho got asked to preach.
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  • Actually, he didn'treally get asked.
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  • God doesn't much ask.
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  • He sort of justtells us what to do
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  • and just leaves it there, right?
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  • And so He says toJonah, I want you to go
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  • and preach to this people.
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  • Now, context wise, it wasa terrible assignment.
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  • I've had some rough ministryassignments in my life
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  • where God just reallyputs in my heart,
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  • like, you need togo do this thing.
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  • Because I'll get askedto go preach places,
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  • asked to do thingsand pray through it.
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  • And you know, it's like I neverget asked to go preach in Fiji.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • But if anyone'sout there, right?
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  • Like I've had your water.
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  • It seems great, right?
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  • But and you know, sometimes Godjust really puts into my heart,
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  • even if it's notconvenient, maybe
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  • sometimes especiallywhen it's not
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  • like this is something for you.
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  • And I can't doeverything that's asked.
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  • And so we have a kind offilter we run it through.
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  • And prayerfully we'lltake assignments
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  • were God just reallyimpresses on our heart, yes.
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  • This is something you'resupposed to be doing.
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  • It's a good use of the time.
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  • And anyhow, there's beentimes when I'm like, no.
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  • I don't want to do that.
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  • And God's like, yes.
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  • And it happened recently.
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  • I felt God really callingme to go preach something.
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  • I would probablytraditionally say no to this.
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  • And when I got there, it wasjust like thing after thing
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  • after thing that just showedme, this is why you said yes.
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  • This is why.
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  • Not even so much the preaching.
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  • It was this momentright here, you see?
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  • And anyhow, Jonahwas told, go preach.
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  • And he was like, nah, I'm good.
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  • Nah.
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  • Nah, I'm good.
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  • 'Cause he happenedto hate the people
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  • he was told to preach to.
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  • That's tough, right?
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  • It's tough.
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  • Sort of the love mercything's kind of important,
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  • kind of a big deal,you know, preaching.
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  • And he was like,nah, I'm straight.
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  • And so what he did washe got into a boat.
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  • And he went in the exactopposite direction.
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  • And so now Jonah is in a boat.
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  • And the Bible says that ashe sat there-- so I'm just
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  • going to sit here in my boat.
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  • It says in Jonahchapter 1 verse 4
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  • as Jonah's in his boat going inthe exact opposite direction,
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  • mind you.
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  • God was like, I wantyou go to Nineveh.
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  • He was like, you knowwhat sounds great?
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  • Spain.
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  • That's where I want to be.
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  • It's nice this time of year.
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  • So Jonah's headed to Spain.
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  • Verse 4, "But the Lord."
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  • Someone say, but the Lord.
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  • But the Lord.
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  • "Sent out a greatwind on the sea.
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  • And there was a mightytempest on the sea
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  • so that the ship wasabout to be broken up."
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  • Y'all, I would not want to bein a storm on the sea in this
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  • boat.
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  • That would be BadNews Bears, right?
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  • "Then the mariners were afraid.
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  • And every man criedout to his God.
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  • And they threw the cargothat was in the ship
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  • into the sea tolighten the load.
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  • But Jonah had gone down intothe lowest parts of the ship
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  • and had lain downand was fast asleep.
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  • So the captain came tohim and said to him,
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  • 'What do you mean, sleeper?
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  • Arise.
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  • Call on your God.'"
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  • Like they're like,calling all gods.
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  • Like, we don't even care.
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  • Like, we're not being picky.
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  • Like, are you a Buddhist?
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  • You a Muslim?
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  • Whatever.
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  • Get out here and dosomething, right?
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  • Just we're calling all gods.
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  • "'Perhaps your God will considerus so that we may not perish.'
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  • And they said toone another, 'Come.
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  • Let us cast lots that we mayknow for whose cause this
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  • trouble has come upon us.'
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  • So they cast lots andthe lot fell on Jonah.
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  • Then they said tohim, 'Please tell us
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  • for whose cause has thistrouble come upon us?
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  • What is your occupation?
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  • And where do you come from?
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  • What is your country?
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  • And of what people are you?'"
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  • Someone say awkward.
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  • Awkward.
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  • Because now he has tosay, I'm kind of a pastor
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  • and I'm sort of from Israel.
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  • And my God is sortof the one who
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  • made the heavens and the earth.
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  • Right?
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  • It's tough.
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  • Verse 9, "So he said tothem, 'I am a Hebrew.
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  • I fear the Lord.'"Yeah, we can see that.
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  • You really, obviouslyare really great at that.
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  • "'The God of heaven who madethe sea and the dry land.'
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  • Then the men were exceedinglyafraid and said to him--"
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  • look at this--
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  • "'Why have you done this?
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  • Why would you not obey God?'
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  • For the men knew that he fledfrom the presence of the Lord,
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  • because he told them."
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  • You gotta respect that.
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  • Hey, I'm a preacher,but I won't preach.
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  • I ran.
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  • I ran.
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  • That storm is because of him.
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  • "Then they said to him, 'Whatshall we do to you that the sea
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  • may be calm for us?'
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  • For the sea was growingeven more tempestuous.
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  • He said to them, 'Pick me upand throw me into the sea.
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  • Then the sea willbecome calm for you,
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  • for I know this greattempest is because of me.'"
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  • Translation, I'd rather bedead than preaching in Nineveh,
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  • right?
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  • Verse 13, "Nevertheless, themen rode hard to return to land
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  • but they could not."
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  • They don't want to havehis blood on their hands.
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  • "For the sea continuedto grow even more
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  • tempestuous against them.
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  • Therefore they cried out tothe Lord and said, 'We pray,
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  • O Lord, please do not let usperish for this man's life
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  • and do not charge uswith innocent blood.
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  • For you, O Lord, havedone as it pleased you.'
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  • So they picked up Jonah andthrew him into the sea."
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  • We're in a series of messagescalled Mad About the House.
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  • And in this collectionof talks, we're
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  • examining our care forwhat Jesus died for.
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  • We're trying tostir up our passion
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  • for the church and all that.
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  • And this week, what I reallyhave on my heart for us to see
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  • is, what we do whenwe're out of the house
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  • reflects on the house.
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  • What we do out of thehouse-- because we
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  • spend our lives coming andgoing from the church, right?
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  • Like David said, I'mjealous of the birds.
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  • The birds get to live inthe church all the time.
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  • But that's notGod's plan for us.
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  • God's plan for us isthat we would come and go
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  • from the church, come and go.
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  • That weekly wewould come and go,
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  • coming to gather on theweekend so we can scatter
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  • into our lives and love people.
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  • Coming and going,always seeing ourselves
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  • in the regular rhythm.
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  • Not missing theopportunity to gather
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  • and always staying ina scattered formation.
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  • For when we're always ina scattered formation,
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  • we can't have thepower and strength
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  • that comes from the gathering.
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  • But neither are wesupposed to all--
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  • and you can err onthe other side, too.
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  • Where everything's just,all you're ever around
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  • is Christians.
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  • So what we're tryingto live out is
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  • this rhythm of coming andgoing, gathering and scattering.
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  • Being a part ofthe large groups,
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  • getting together with eachother in the small groups,
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  • all so that we mightbe strengthened
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  • and equipped to do what God hascalled us to do in the world.
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  • Because we can't reacha world we've abandoned.
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  • So we come together so wecan go out and scatter.
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  • It's this regular rhythm.
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  • And whatever we do, someonesay, whatever we do.
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  • Whatever we do.
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  • We do so seeing it as amission for King Jesus.
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  • That's our heart, thatwhatever my job is, wherever
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  • my neighborhood is,whatever's going on
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  • with my kid'sgymnastic thing, I'm
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  • seeing it as amission for King Jesus
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  • that I'm here, a partof this in this moment.
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  • And so what we'retrying to be aware of,
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  • because we spent thefirst several weeks
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  • of this series really talkingabout the power of the house
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  • and power of what God's doingthrough the local church,
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  • His bride.
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  • And just this idea of thechurch as this earthen vessel
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  • that's imperfect and marred.
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  • And yet full of theknowledge of the glory of God
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  • and the face of Jesus Christ.
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  • And if you missedany of the messages,
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  • you can catch up on YouTube.
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  • But now I want to talk aboutwhat happens when we scatter.
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  • And specifically,what happens when
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  • we're not a good representationof the house as we go.
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  • GK Chesterton once said, "Byfar, the most powerful argument
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  • against the truth ofChristianity are Christians."
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  • And the reality isthat studies have
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  • found that for many people, oneof the big barriers to becoming
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  • followers of Jesus isn't thatthey don't believe in God
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  • or what the Biblesays about God.
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  • But their big--for many people--
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  • objection toChristianity is that they
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  • don't believe what theBible says about the church.
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  • And that they don't believein this idea of the church,
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  • because they've met peoplewho call themselves Christians
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  • and live like Jonah, whose livesdon't match up to their lips.
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  • And we hear it saidas, the church is
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  • just full of hypocrites, right?
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  • And what we want to tryand face up to this week
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  • is the fact that at times,tragically, for all of us,
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  • that's true.
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  • That's true that we attimes can be like Jonah,
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  • causing collateral damage.
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  • That's the first headingI want you to jot down.
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  • When we don't walkthe talk, when
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  • we come in here andworship but then
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  • we go and our worshipstopped at the door.
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  • Because our mentalityshould be that
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  • we want to live alife of worship.
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  • Worship is notless than singing,
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  • but it's certainlymore than singing.
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  • When we raised ourvoices a moment ago
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  • and sang out thosebeautiful songs
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  • and the bands were leadingus, that is worship.
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  • But listen to me.
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  • As we gave a minuteago, that was worship.
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  • And hopefully, that'sjust the beginning.
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  • That we're propelledout of life--
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  • even right now as we receivethe word with eagerness,
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  • we can do that as aspirit of worship.
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  • But we should also, as we raiseour kids, see that as worship.
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  • As we love our families and takethem on a vacation this summer,
  • 00:10:31.691 --> 00:10:34.527
  • see that as an act of worship.
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  • As we love our neighbor, seeingthat as an act of worship.
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  • As we show up for work,we can in the parking lot
  • 00:10:39.031 --> 00:10:41.200
  • say, reporting for duty.
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  • I see that as an act of worship.
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  • And when we don't do that,to the degree that we
  • 00:10:45.438 --> 00:10:47.373
  • don't do that, there isalways collateral damage.
  • 00:10:47.506 --> 00:10:51.444
  • And the collateraldamage for Jonah
  • 00:10:51.544 --> 00:10:53.546
  • was that, here's thesemen who were in his boat.
  • 00:10:53.679 --> 00:10:57.283
  • And he brought hisdisobedience into the boat.
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  • But you're neveralone in a boat.
  • 00:11:01.053 --> 00:11:03.122
  • There's always otherpeople in the boat.
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  • There's always otherpeople in the situation.
  • 00:11:04.824 --> 00:11:06.726
  • Always other peoplein that public space
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  • for having your meltdown andyour tantrum and hissy fit.
  • 00:11:09.562 --> 00:11:13.032
  • Because, what?
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  • You didn't get a table.
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  • Because, what?
  • 00:11:15.134 --> 00:11:16.635
  • You're not going to get a seaton the plane or whatever it is.
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  • In those moments when we'renot representing what we say,
  • 00:11:18.304 --> 00:11:21.307
  • I believe in God,the God of the Bible.
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  • All you fools withyour lame idols.
  • 00:11:23.843 --> 00:11:25.478
  • I believe in the real God.
  • 00:11:25.578 --> 00:11:26.746
  • Well, why are you notpreaching somewhere?
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't do what he says.
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  • Right?
  • 00:11:30.750 --> 00:11:31.217
  • It's like, wait.
  • 00:11:31.317 --> 00:11:31.984
  • Wait a minute.
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  • You believe in God?
  • 00:11:32.918 --> 00:11:33.753
  • This is the personwith the sticker
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  • on their car driving badly.
  • 00:11:35.087 --> 00:11:36.355
  • This is the personwho leaves an invite
  • 00:11:36.422 --> 00:11:38.057
  • to church in the billfold at therestaurant with a crappy tip,
  • 00:11:38.157 --> 00:11:40.926
  • right?
  • 00:11:41.026 --> 00:11:41.660
  • Ouch, right?
  • 00:11:41.761 --> 00:11:42.762
  • I'm going to preach itreal up in here, right?
  • 00:11:42.895 --> 00:11:44.230
  • This is the personwho says one thing,
  • 00:11:44.330 --> 00:11:46.699
  • but then everyone's seeingyou yell at your kids.
  • 00:11:46.766 --> 00:11:49.668
  • Everyone's seeing you bad talkand gossip and do a bad job.
  • 00:11:49.769 --> 00:11:54.006
  • What happened?
  • 00:11:54.106 --> 00:11:54.940
  • There's collateral damage.
  • 00:11:55.074 --> 00:11:56.542
  • And the image of whatit means to follow Jesus
  • 00:11:56.609 --> 00:11:59.612
  • suffers because oftragically, at times, how we
  • 00:11:59.745 --> 00:12:03.082
  • live like Jonah, off mission.
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  • Listen to me.
  • 00:12:05.451 --> 00:12:06.619
  • When we're off mission,other people suffer.
  • 00:12:06.752 --> 00:12:09.722
  • When we're off mission,other people suffer.
  • 00:12:09.789 --> 00:12:12.057
  • Here's all these sailors.
  • 00:12:12.124 --> 00:12:13.459
  • Now, they're about toget killed in this storm.
  • 00:12:13.559 --> 00:12:15.795
  • And it's not a stormof their doing.
  • 00:12:15.895 --> 00:12:17.596
  • They were in this stormbecause of what he was doing.
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  • They just had a great trip onthis boat right across the bay.
  • 00:12:20.933 --> 00:12:24.436
  • They'd have had a greattime going to Spain to sail.
  • 00:12:24.537 --> 00:12:26.572
  • Now they're throwingtheir cargo off.
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  • Other people are suffering asa result of his selfish living.
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  • We need to own that.
  • 00:12:33.312 --> 00:12:34.480
  • I think we need toown that a little bit.
  • 00:12:34.613 --> 00:12:35.648
  • We need to personalize that.
  • 00:12:35.781 --> 00:12:37.249
  • It's easy to go, well, there'sother churches [inaudible]..
  • 00:12:37.316 --> 00:12:39.451
  • How about the hypocrisyin all of our own lives?
  • 00:12:39.552 --> 00:12:41.487
  • Heaven help us to seeand have our eyes open
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  • to the ways in which we're notliving what we know is real,
  • 00:12:43.823 --> 00:12:47.326
  • right?
  • 00:12:47.459 --> 00:12:48.494
  • The world knowswhat Jesus preached.
  • 00:12:48.627 --> 00:12:49.495
  • He preached love, right?
  • 00:12:49.595 --> 00:12:51.096
  • Love God, love your neighbor,love people, care for the poor.
  • 00:12:51.163 --> 00:12:54.300
  • These things, the waywe spend our money.
  • 00:12:54.400 --> 00:12:56.001
  • All of these things shouldreflect what we say is true.
  • 00:12:56.101 --> 00:12:59.605
  • And tragically, at times, it'snot the case for all of us.
  • 00:12:59.672 --> 00:13:03.509
  • Let's all own that.
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  • Let's all say, hey, God.
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  • Show me my heart the waythat I'm not living this out.
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  • I want to do--
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  • [applause]
  • 00:13:10.516 --> 00:13:13.018
  • When David was involved in thisadulterous affair and cover
  • 00:13:14.687 --> 00:13:19.959
  • up and this wholething, there were
  • 00:13:20.025 --> 00:13:21.694
  • lots of consequences, lotsof things he was told,
  • 00:13:21.794 --> 00:13:24.196
  • lots of things that happened.
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  • And it haunted himfor a long time.
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  • I think the mostpainful thing that he
  • 00:13:28.434 --> 00:13:30.469
  • heard was when thepastor told him this.
  • 00:13:30.536 --> 00:13:32.671
  • In 2 Samuel chapter 12 he said,"'David, you've given by this
  • 00:13:32.771 --> 00:13:36.709
  • deed great occasion tothe enemies of the Lord
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  • to blaspheme.'"
  • 00:13:40.112 --> 00:13:40.846
  • And what a thing to thinkand what a thing to carry.
  • 00:14:41.206 --> 00:14:44.009
  • Let's live withthat in our hearts.
  • 00:14:44.109 --> 00:14:46.045
  • I love to think sometimes whenI'm praying in the morning
  • 00:14:46.178 --> 00:14:48.681
  • and having my devotionallife, God, help me not
  • 00:14:48.747 --> 00:14:50.616
  • do anything todaythat would give people
  • 00:14:50.716 --> 00:14:52.351
  • occasion to not believethe truth of the gospel.
  • 00:14:52.418 --> 00:14:55.054
  • Because the problem'snever the gospel.
  • 00:14:55.187 --> 00:14:57.690
  • It's never a product problem.
  • 00:14:57.756 --> 00:14:59.692
  • It's always a PR problem.
  • 00:14:59.758 --> 00:15:01.260
  • And the PR is us, right?
  • 00:15:01.360 --> 00:15:02.861
  • And so, heaven help us tonot give anyone a reason
  • 00:15:02.928 --> 00:15:06.598
  • to not believe inwhat they need,
  • 00:15:06.699 --> 00:15:07.967
  • what will ultimatelyhelp them, and that
  • 00:15:08.067 --> 00:15:09.735
  • is a relationship with Jesus.
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  • [applause]
  • 00:15:11.770 --> 00:15:14.807
  • Fortunately, though,it's not just that there
  • 00:15:19.044 --> 00:15:20.946
  • can be collateral damage.
  • 00:15:21.046 --> 00:15:22.715
  • Here's something positive.
  • 00:15:22.815 --> 00:15:24.049
  • What's true for evil canalways be true for good.
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  • So when we do walk the talk, OK?
  • 00:15:26.819 --> 00:15:28.387
  • Now let's flip it, whenwe do walk the talk,
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  • there can be blessing byassociation, blessing by-- see,
  • 00:15:31.557 --> 00:15:35.227
  • you've heard ofguilt by association?
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  • Right?
  • 00:15:37.229 --> 00:15:38.297
  • You're implicated becauseyou were in the car.
  • 00:15:38.397 --> 00:15:39.465
  • You didn't do anything.
  • 00:15:39.565 --> 00:15:40.966
  • But you were just there whenthat crime was committed.
  • 00:15:41.066 --> 00:15:41.967
  • Guilt by association.
  • 00:15:42.067 --> 00:15:43.168
  • Well, how aboutblessing by association?
  • 00:15:43.268 --> 00:15:44.937
  • How about what happens whensomeone is with a pure heart.
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  • Not perfectly, that'snever going to happen.
  • 00:15:48.941 --> 00:15:50.776
  • I don't want you to havean unrealistic expectation.
  • 00:15:50.909 --> 00:15:53.145
  • You are going to blow it, right?
  • 00:15:53.245 --> 00:15:55.147
  • We're all goingto have bad days.
  • 00:15:55.247 --> 00:15:56.915
  • The Bible says, if someonedoesn't get caught up in sin,
  • 00:15:56.982 --> 00:15:59.151
  • he's perfect.
  • 00:15:59.251 --> 00:16:00.319
  • And there is approximatelyzero perfect people
  • 00:16:00.419 --> 00:16:02.921
  • short of JesusChrist Himself, OK?
  • 00:16:03.022 --> 00:16:05.758
  • But the goal is thatwe're going to follow
  • 00:16:05.824 --> 00:16:07.526
  • Christ with a pure heart.
  • 00:16:07.626 --> 00:16:09.028
  • We're going to follow Jesuswith everything within us.
  • 00:16:09.128 --> 00:16:11.030
  • We're going to seek to livea life of worship and honor
  • 00:16:11.130 --> 00:16:14.666
  • and generosity and kindness.
  • 00:16:14.767 --> 00:16:16.101
  • We're going to stir thosethings up in our hearts,
  • 00:16:16.168 --> 00:16:17.936
  • call those thingsout in our lives.
  • 00:16:18.003 --> 00:16:19.438
  • And when we do that,here's what I believe.
  • 00:16:19.538 --> 00:16:21.273
  • It's not just going tobring blessing to us.
  • 00:16:21.373 --> 00:16:23.842
  • It's going to bring ablessing by association.
  • 00:16:23.942 --> 00:16:26.512
  • What am I trying to say?
  • 00:16:26.612 --> 00:16:27.880
  • I'm trying to say, here'show I wrote it down.
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  • When we are on mission now,because we talked about what
  • 00:16:29.515 --> 00:16:31.116
  • happens when we're off mission.
  • 00:16:31.183 --> 00:16:32.451
  • What happens?
  • 00:16:32.518 --> 00:16:33.285
  • Other people suffer.
  • 00:16:33.385 --> 00:16:34.520
  • But when we are on mission,the favor on our life
  • 00:16:34.620 --> 00:16:37.723
  • is infectious.
  • 00:16:37.823 --> 00:16:39.191
  • When you live a life onmission and you show up
  • 00:16:39.291 --> 00:16:41.860
  • tomorrow morning at workand you say, you know what?
  • 00:16:41.960 --> 00:16:43.996
  • I'm on mission, King Jesus.
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  • Reporting for duty.
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  • Here's my assignment.
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  • Fill me with Your spirit.
  • 00:16:47.866 --> 00:16:48.801
  • Give me that strength.
  • 00:16:48.901 --> 00:16:50.335
  • Have something in your heartthat's there for the hard
  • 00:16:50.469 --> 00:16:52.905
  • moments, right?
  • 00:16:53.005 --> 00:16:54.339
  • Like do you ever get hangryin the church, right?
  • 00:16:54.473 --> 00:16:57.042
  • I mean, I get hangry.
  • 00:16:57.142 --> 00:16:58.077
  • So I know that I get hangry.
  • 00:16:58.177 --> 00:17:00.312
  • And so I bring inthese little packets.
  • 00:17:00.412 --> 00:17:02.681
  • I bring in theselittle things of nuts.
  • 00:17:02.815 --> 00:17:05.717
  • What am I doing?
  • 00:17:05.818 --> 00:17:06.652
  • I'm getting ahead of it.
  • 00:17:06.718 --> 00:17:07.820
  • I know I can breakglass and do this.
  • 00:17:07.920 --> 00:17:09.655
  • I could breakglass and eat this.
  • 00:17:09.755 --> 00:17:12.257
  • I'm thinking throughhydration, right?
  • 00:17:12.357 --> 00:17:14.493
  • I get cranky and headache-ywhen I'm dehydrated.
  • 00:17:14.560 --> 00:17:17.396
  • I get cranky and headache-y whenI don't have enough caffeine.
  • 00:17:17.496 --> 00:17:20.866
  • So I've got stashes of caffeine.
  • 00:17:20.999 --> 00:17:23.836
  • I think through coffee.
  • 00:17:23.902 --> 00:17:25.037
  • I'm like, is theregoing to be coffee?
  • 00:17:25.170 --> 00:17:26.338
  • I need a coffee onthe way to get coffee.
  • 00:17:26.405 --> 00:17:28.006
  • I need a coffee on the wayto get the coffee that's
  • 00:17:28.107 --> 00:17:29.541
  • going to be tiding me overtill I get the coffee, right?
  • 00:17:29.675 --> 00:17:31.844
  • It's like, you want coffee?
  • 00:17:31.944 --> 00:17:33.178
  • Yes.
  • 00:17:33.245 --> 00:17:34.213
  • Yes.
  • 00:17:34.346 --> 00:17:35.247
  • And like, want togo to get a coffee?
  • 00:17:35.347 --> 00:17:36.515
  • What, you're getting coffee now?
  • 00:17:36.582 --> 00:17:37.883
  • Yeah, but I get coffeeon the way to the coffee.
  • 00:17:38.016 --> 00:17:39.351
  • I'm just like, this is mypre-coffee coffee, right?
  • 00:17:39.451 --> 00:17:41.553
  • And so I just think about--
  • 00:17:41.687 --> 00:17:44.056
  • I'm getting ahead of it.
  • 00:17:44.189 --> 00:17:45.724
  • I'm getting aheadof the dehydration.
  • 00:17:45.858 --> 00:17:47.192
  • And so I wonder if inyour spiritual journey
  • 00:17:47.259 --> 00:17:49.361
  • you're aware of thetimes when you're
  • 00:17:49.428 --> 00:17:50.963
  • susceptible to theattacks of the enemy.
  • 00:17:51.063 --> 00:17:52.698
  • When do you get snippy?
  • 00:17:52.798 --> 00:17:54.600
  • When do you get depleted?
  • 00:17:54.700 --> 00:17:56.201
  • How can you get ahead of it byputting a verse in your heart?
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  • Don't be rushing off intoyour day with Instagram open.
  • 00:17:58.237 --> 00:18:00.706
  • Come on.
  • 00:18:00.772 --> 00:18:01.807
  • Get a scriptureup in your heart.
  • 00:18:01.907 --> 00:18:03.108
  • Open up that littleBible app on your phone.
  • 00:18:03.208 --> 00:18:03.876
  • Come on.
  • 00:18:03.942 --> 00:18:05.144
  • Throw that little BethMoore devotional on.
  • 00:18:05.244 --> 00:18:06.111
  • Put some worship music on.
  • 00:18:06.211 --> 00:18:07.579
  • You have that angry co-worker?
  • 00:18:07.713 --> 00:18:08.947
  • Well, drive in doingsome inoculation.
  • 00:18:09.047 --> 00:18:11.884
  • You got to get yourvaccination on.
  • 00:18:11.984 --> 00:18:13.485
  • You've got to throw some FreshLife worship up in your spirit.
  • 00:18:13.585 --> 00:18:17.823
  • So that into thosemoments you're ready.
  • 00:18:17.923 --> 00:18:19.825
  • So it's ready to spill out.
  • 00:18:19.925 --> 00:18:21.660
  • [applause]
  • 00:18:21.760 --> 00:18:22.961
  • Imagine yourself honoring Jesus.
  • 00:18:23.061 --> 00:18:25.063
  • What does that look like?
  • 00:18:25.130 --> 00:18:26.398
  • You think about the timethat you got irritable
  • 00:18:26.465 --> 00:18:29.001
  • and you got cranky andyou cut someone down.
  • 00:18:29.101 --> 00:18:32.104
  • See yourself doing it.
  • 00:18:32.237 --> 00:18:33.672
  • Think about how you didn't likehow that reflected on Jesus.
  • 00:18:33.772 --> 00:18:36.909
  • And then insteadof that, visualize
  • 00:18:36.975 --> 00:18:39.311
  • what you're going todo different next time.
  • 00:18:39.411 --> 00:18:41.180
  • When they say this, maybeyou're just as simple as, oh.
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  • Oh.
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  • Oh.
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  • Oh.
  • 00:18:45.350 --> 00:18:46.518
  • You know, here's the coolthing about closed mouths,
  • 00:18:46.618 --> 00:18:48.153
  • they can gather no feet.
  • 00:18:48.253 --> 00:18:50.355
  • And someone said onetime, it's better
  • 00:18:50.455 --> 00:18:53.125
  • to keep your mouthclosed and let
  • 00:18:53.258 --> 00:18:54.493
  • people think you're stupidthan open your mouth
  • 00:18:54.593 --> 00:18:56.695
  • and dispel all doubt, right?
  • 00:18:56.795 --> 00:18:58.130
  • So sometimes it's justnice to say nothing, right?
  • 00:18:58.263 --> 00:19:00.432
  • Mama had it.
  • 00:19:00.499 --> 00:19:01.033
  • Mama said it best.
  • 00:19:01.133 --> 00:19:02.534
  • If you've got nothing niceto say, say nothing at all.
  • 00:19:02.634 --> 00:19:04.336
  • So when you live in that way,there is a favor on your life.
  • 00:19:04.436 --> 00:19:10.442
  • Read the beatitudes.
  • 00:19:10.542 --> 00:19:13.045
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit.
  • 00:19:13.145 --> 00:19:14.313
  • Blessed, blessed,blessed, blessed.
  • 00:19:14.446 --> 00:19:16.315
  • And when there's blessingon your life, listen to me,
  • 00:19:16.448 --> 00:19:18.483
  • it drips on other peoplewho get up in your boat.
  • 00:19:18.617 --> 00:19:21.286
  • So the people in your boat,what's that going to look like?
  • 00:19:21.353 --> 00:19:23.889
  • Well, let me showyou in Acts 27, OK?
  • 00:19:23.989 --> 00:19:26.725
  • Great story.
  • 00:19:26.825 --> 00:19:27.960
  • Now here's the exactopposite scenario.
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:29.795
  • Why was Jonah in a storm?
  • 00:19:29.895 --> 00:19:30.963
  • Because he didn't obey God.
  • 00:19:31.029 --> 00:19:32.231
  • Paul the Apostle oneday ended up in a storm
  • 00:19:32.331 --> 00:19:34.566
  • because he did follow God.
  • 00:19:34.666 --> 00:19:36.835
  • God told him to preach.
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  • And he got arrestedfor preaching.
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  • And he ended up in abunch of jail cells.
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  • And finally he got sick of it.
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  • And he said, I appeal to Caesar,because he was a Roman citizen.
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  • So he knew how towork the system.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • God wants you to trustHim for what He can do.
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  • But He also wants you todo what only you can do.
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  • And so he said, hey.
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  • I know my rights.
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  • I appeal to Caesar.
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  • And he did what he needed to do.
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  • As a church, we value somethingcalled being a snake bird.
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  • Because Jesus said beharmless like a dove,
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  • but also be cunninglike a serpent.
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  • And so what does that mean?
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  • That means thatwe're going to trust
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  • God but keep ourpowder dry, like they
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:09.735
  • said in the Revolutionary War.
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  • We're not going to prayfor a job but not apply.
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  • We're not going toask God for a wife
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  • but then not brush our teeth.
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  • You see what I'm saying here?
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  • [laughing]
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  • I'm not going to askGod to bless my marriage
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  • but then not take mylady out on date nights.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • I'm going to do whatI can do but trust God
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  • for what He can do.
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  • Some of you today, you'repraying for something
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  • that God has put intoyour capacity to control
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  • the outcome of the situation.
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  • God will never do for youwhat you can do for yourself.
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  • So you need to bedoing what you can do.
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  • Appeal to Caesar, but then trustGod for what only He can do.
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  • So Paul ends up in a--
  • 00:20:42.934 --> 00:20:44.036
  • Boat.
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  • I'm on a boat, Mom, right?
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  • He's headed to Rome on a boat.
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  • But now he ends up in a storm,not because he did something
  • 00:20:49.074 --> 00:20:52.644
  • wrong, but because hedid something right
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  • and because some otherpeople did something wrong.
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  • OK.
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  • We're going to read a bunch ofselected verses from Acts 27
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  • now.
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  • This is great.
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  • This is the best.
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  • This is betterthan Indiana Jones.
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  • This is better than anything.
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  • Paul, I'm telling you.
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  • This is Paul of theCaribbean, y'all.
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  • This is Paul.
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  • Just, this is great.
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  • Paul comes to the captain.
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  • Now, he's a prisoner on aboat because of his obedience
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  • to God.
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  • And he comes to thecaptain, verse 10, saying,
  • 00:21:21.840 --> 00:21:23.508
  • "'Men, I perceive that thisvoyage will end with disaster
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  • and much loss.
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  • Not only of the cargo andship but also our own lives.'"
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  • Imagine that.
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  • God spoke to Paul.
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  • There's a storm and theyneed to listen to him.
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  • And so he tells them.
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  • The centurion, though,verse 11, "Was more
  • 00:21:35.620 --> 00:21:37.456
  • persuaded by the helmsmanand the owner of the ship
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  • than by the thingsspoken by Paul."
  • 00:21:40.325 --> 00:21:41.827
  • Why?
  • 00:21:41.927 --> 00:21:42.828
  • Because Paul was a prisoner.
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  • And this guy, the people hewas listening to were experts.
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  • So he denied Paul's advice.
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  • Said, thanks for-- and I'msure Paul respectfully gave it.
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  • They said, we're notlistening to you.
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  • We're going to press on.
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  • Paul was saying,we need to stop.
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  • We need to weatherthe storm out.
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  • We do not try andpush through it.
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  • This sucker isgoing to be fierce
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  • and it's going to be bad.
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  • And the guy turnedto the captain
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  • and the owner of the ship.
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  • And, what do you guys say?
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  • Oh, we can make it through.
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  • Oh, yeah.
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  • We're great.
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  • With this thing?
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  • Oh, this old Bessie, Bessie'sgoing to get us through.
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  • This is going to be great.
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  • Oh, no.
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  • We're fine, right?
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  • Not great.
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  • Verse 14, "But not longafter, a tempestuous headwind
  • 00:22:16.495 --> 00:22:19.297
  • rose called Euroclydon."
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  • Y'all, when they give aname to the storm, not good.
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  • Not good deal.
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  • They name the thing.
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  • That's bad, bad, bad.
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  • Verse 18, "And because we wereexceedingly tempest-tossed,
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  • the next day theylightened the ship."
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  • Now they're throwingstuff overboard.
  • 00:22:32.677 --> 00:22:34.579
  • Verse 20, "Now, when neithersun nor stars appeared
  • 00:22:34.679 --> 00:22:37.482
  • for many days," thisis a long ordeal,
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  • "And no smalltempest--" don't you
  • 00:22:40.652 --> 00:22:42.521
  • love that Luke the doctorcan't just say, a big tempest?
  • 00:22:42.654 --> 00:22:45.590
  • He has to say, nosmall tempest, right?
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  • Leave it to a doctorwriting your biography.
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  • That's what's going to happen.
  • 00:22:50.328 --> 00:22:51.396
  • "No small tempest beat on us.
  • 00:22:51.496 --> 00:22:52.998
  • All hope that we would besaved was finally given up."
  • 00:22:53.064 --> 00:22:55.667
  • Now listen, Paul's story'sbeing written by Luke.
  • 00:22:55.767 --> 00:22:59.571
  • And Luke here says, we gave up.
  • 00:22:59.671 --> 00:23:02.240
  • That's a bad deal whenthe biographer says,
  • 00:23:02.340 --> 00:23:04.376
  • biography's over.
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  • It's done, right?
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  • This is Acts 27.
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  • There's not going to be an Acts28 is what he's saying here.
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  • This is over.
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  • We've all given up, right?
  • 00:23:10.949 --> 00:23:12.684
  • Paul sees Luke.
  • 00:23:12.784 --> 00:23:13.885
  • He's crossing himself,putting a life jacket on,
  • 00:23:14.019 --> 00:23:15.353
  • ready to jump intothe life raft.
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  • He's like, whereyou going, right?
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  • Where's the faith?
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  • Verse 21, "But after along absence from food--"
  • 00:23:20.025 --> 00:23:22.727
  • you can't eat when you'retossing around in a tempest.
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  • They were probably gettingseasick, puking everywhere.
  • 00:23:25.797 --> 00:23:28.533
  • It's like one of thoseRoyal Caribbean, you know,
  • 00:23:28.600 --> 00:23:30.735
  • advertisements.
  • 00:23:30.869 --> 00:23:31.269
  • They're awful.
  • 00:23:31.369 --> 00:23:33.305
  • Paul-- I never got theappeal of a cruise, man.
  • 00:23:33.405 --> 00:23:35.540
  • People like, you wantto go on a cruise?
  • 00:23:35.607 --> 00:23:36.608
  • I'm like, no.
  • 00:23:36.708 --> 00:23:37.642
  • It seems like prisonbut at the ocean.
  • 00:23:37.742 --> 00:23:39.144
  • "Then Paul stood in themidst of them and said,
  • 00:23:39.244 --> 00:23:43.982
  • 'Men.'" But it'sall you can eat.
  • 00:23:44.082 --> 00:23:46.251
  • That's the problem.
  • 00:23:46.384 --> 00:23:47.719
  • I'm already going intobathing suit season with some
  • 00:23:47.819 --> 00:23:49.387
  • all-you-can-eat that I'vehelped myself to all winter.
  • 00:23:49.488 --> 00:23:52.424
  • "'Men.'" I'm on a boat.
  • 00:23:52.557 --> 00:23:56.294
  • "'You should havelistened to me.'"
  • 00:23:56.394 --> 00:23:58.597
  • Don't you love thatPaul starts his speech
  • 00:23:58.730 --> 00:24:00.499
  • in the middle of thestorm by saying, "Men, you
  • 00:24:00.599 --> 00:24:02.567
  • should have listened to me"?
  • 00:24:02.634 --> 00:24:04.903
  • Sounds like my wife.
  • 00:24:05.003 --> 00:24:06.171
  • All right.
  • 00:24:06.271 --> 00:24:07.772
  • "'You should have listened to meand not have sailed from Crete
  • 00:24:07.906 --> 00:24:13.078
  • and incurred thisdisaster and loss.
  • 00:24:13.178 --> 00:24:16.181
  • But now I urgeyou to take heart,
  • 00:24:16.281 --> 00:24:18.183
  • for there will be noloss of life among you,
  • 00:24:18.283 --> 00:24:20.318
  • but only of the ship.'"
  • 00:24:20.418 --> 00:24:21.586
  • You're like, Paul,how do you know that?
  • 00:24:21.686 --> 00:24:23.088
  • How do you know that?
  • 00:24:23.154 --> 00:24:24.256
  • You can't give themfalse assurance.
  • 00:24:24.322 --> 00:24:25.257
  • You can't give them false hope.
  • 00:24:25.323 --> 00:24:26.458
  • Verse 23, he shows his math.
  • 00:24:26.591 --> 00:24:28.860
  • Oh, by the way, math.
  • 00:24:28.960 --> 00:24:30.428
  • Mad about the house.
  • 00:24:30.495 --> 00:24:33.265
  • Paul was mad about the house.
  • 00:24:33.331 --> 00:24:34.966
  • Now he's going to show his math.
  • 00:24:35.100 --> 00:24:37.335
  • And here's what he says.
  • 00:24:37.435 --> 00:24:39.004
  • "'For there stood by me thisnight an angel of the God
  • 00:24:39.104 --> 00:24:42.774
  • to whom I belongand whom I serve.'"
  • 00:24:42.874 --> 00:24:45.810
  • I know it seemsoutrageous, but an angel
  • 00:24:45.944 --> 00:24:47.679
  • stood by Paul's headand whispered things
  • 00:24:47.779 --> 00:24:49.447
  • to him while he slept.
  • 00:24:49.548 --> 00:24:51.850
  • That's awesome.
  • 00:24:51.950 --> 00:24:53.785
  • "'Saying, 'Do notbe afraid, Paul'"--
  • 00:24:53.852 --> 00:24:55.687
  • Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul.
  • 00:24:55.787 --> 00:24:58.823
  • Because always reverbwhen it's an angel.
  • 00:24:58.957 --> 00:25:01.293
  • "'You must be broughthere before Caesar.
  • 00:25:01.359 --> 00:25:04.062
  • And indeed, God has granted youall those who sail with you.'"
  • 00:25:04.162 --> 00:25:09.467
  • I'm going to stop right there.
  • 00:25:09.534 --> 00:25:12.337
  • You're going to get to Rome.
  • 00:25:12.470 --> 00:25:14.172
  • You're not goingto die in the ship.
  • 00:25:14.306 --> 00:25:16.007
  • But they're not going to diebecause they're with you.
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  • Blessing by association.
  • 00:25:19.544 --> 00:25:22.147
  • I'm just tellingyou, when you're
  • 00:25:22.247 --> 00:25:23.982
  • doing what God's called you todo, your life becomes magnetic.
  • 00:25:24.082 --> 00:25:28.186
  • It attracts blessings.
  • 00:25:28.320 --> 00:25:29.754
  • Goodness and mercy shall followme all the days of my life.
  • 00:25:29.854 --> 00:25:33.425
  • And I will dwell in the house.
  • 00:25:33.525 --> 00:25:35.026
  • I'm telling you, when you gotthe good math and the good math
  • 00:25:35.160 --> 00:25:37.562
  • is mad about thehouse, all of a sudden,
  • 00:25:37.662 --> 00:25:40.599
  • there's just afavor on your life.
  • 00:25:40.699 --> 00:25:42.500
  • All of a sudden, there'sa blessing on your life.
  • 00:25:42.567 --> 00:25:44.569
  • I'm not saying everythingis going to go good.
  • 00:25:44.669 --> 00:25:46.338
  • There's stillgoing to be storms.
  • 00:25:46.404 --> 00:25:47.706
  • But in the storms, youcan know that everything's
  • 00:25:47.839 --> 00:25:49.708
  • going to be OK, that God's gotthis, that He's got a-- man,
  • 00:25:49.841 --> 00:25:52.510
  • this is a tempest.
  • 00:25:52.611 --> 00:25:53.578
  • I'm riding the waves here.
  • 00:25:53.678 --> 00:25:55.013
  • I'm just telling you,even when there's waves,
  • 00:25:55.113 --> 00:25:57.015
  • even when it's bumpy,even when it's difficult,
  • 00:25:57.082 --> 00:25:59.618
  • even when you'rein the hospital,
  • 00:25:59.718 --> 00:26:01.186
  • even when someone gets laidoff, even when someone's sick,
  • 00:26:01.286 --> 00:26:03.955
  • I'm just telling you, youcan just know God's with me.
  • 00:26:04.055 --> 00:26:06.191
  • Come on, He's going to sendhis angels to watch over me.
  • 00:26:06.257 --> 00:26:08.860
  • He's going to tell me it'sgoing to be all right.
  • 00:26:08.927 --> 00:26:10.862
  • But there's going tobe a blessing that's
  • 00:26:10.962 --> 00:26:12.631
  • going to spill on over tothose who I work around.
  • 00:26:12.731 --> 00:26:15.533
  • I'm telling you,when God blesses me,
  • 00:26:15.634 --> 00:26:17.202
  • I'm going to blessthose around me.
  • 00:26:17.268 --> 00:26:18.970
  • I'm going to show kindness.
  • 00:26:19.070 --> 00:26:20.271
  • I dare you to get up in my life.
  • 00:26:20.372 --> 00:26:21.973
  • I'm going to bless you.
  • 00:26:22.073 --> 00:26:22.941
  • I'm going to pray for you.
  • 00:26:23.041 --> 00:26:23.742
  • I'm going to encourage you.
  • 00:26:23.875 --> 00:26:25.210
  • I'm going to make it my goalthat you feel your worth
  • 00:26:25.276 --> 00:26:27.779
  • and you feel your value, thatyou sense that God loves you.
  • 00:26:27.879 --> 00:26:30.815
  • Just get up aroundme when God showed me
  • 00:26:30.915 --> 00:26:33.084
  • something in the Word.
  • 00:26:33.218 --> 00:26:34.085
  • I'm going to show it to you.
  • 00:26:34.219 --> 00:26:35.587
  • I'm going to tell you whatI learned in my quiet time.
  • 00:26:35.720 --> 00:26:37.656
  • I'm going to getexcited about a song.
  • 00:26:37.756 --> 00:26:39.324
  • I'm going to tellour worship team,
  • 00:26:39.424 --> 00:26:40.625
  • our whole church needsto sing this song.
  • 00:26:40.725 --> 00:26:42.160
  • Why?
  • 00:26:42.260 --> 00:26:43.061
  • It lit my heart up.
  • 00:26:43.128 --> 00:26:43.995
  • We need to sing this song.
  • 00:26:44.095 --> 00:26:44.763
  • Why?
  • 00:26:44.896 --> 00:26:45.730
  • There's a blessingby association.
  • 00:26:45.797 --> 00:26:47.465
  • When you're part ofthe house, one part
  • 00:26:47.565 --> 00:26:49.934
  • suffers, we all feel it.
  • 00:26:50.068 --> 00:26:51.503
  • One part's blessed,we all feel it.
  • 00:26:51.603 --> 00:26:53.738
  • I'm just telling you something.
  • 00:26:53.838 --> 00:26:55.273
  • Like Paul, you get in a boatwith someone who's blessed,
  • 00:26:55.407 --> 00:26:58.843
  • there's a blessingthat touches you.
  • 00:26:58.943 --> 00:27:00.645
  • Why?
  • 00:27:00.745 --> 00:27:02.013
  • Because a rising tide liftsall those who are in the ship.
  • 00:27:02.113 --> 00:27:05.283
  • And that's the second point.
  • 00:27:05.417 --> 00:27:06.751
  • Third thing, jot this down.
  • 00:27:06.818 --> 00:27:08.787
  • I'm going to get seasickpreaching this sermon.
  • 00:27:08.920 --> 00:27:12.691
  • I'm not done withthat point yet.
  • 00:27:12.791 --> 00:27:16.361
  • God loves the peoplein your life so much
  • 00:27:16.461 --> 00:27:19.097
  • He put you in their path.
  • 00:27:19.197 --> 00:27:21.433
  • That's how I want you--
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  • I just want you to have onthe whole new permission.
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  • When you show up inyour scrubs, reporting--
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