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Faith Unlocks Your Destiny

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December 28, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Faith Unlocks Your Destiny

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • As we close out 2019, "Hour of Power" is excited
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  • to announce our Legacy of Hope challenge campaign.
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  • This campaign is designed to propel us
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  • into the next 50 years of ministry,
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  • and we want you to be a part of this life-changing experience.
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  • Today you have the opportunity
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  • to join us in a special year-end challenge
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  • made possible by an anonymous friend.
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  • Your participation in this time-sensitive campaign
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  • will enable "Hour of Power" to finish the year strong
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  • and launch us into 2020
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  • with a secure financial foundation.
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  • As a thank you, we'll send you this brand-new devotional
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • Filled with 366 Biblical insights along with prayers
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  • and questions for reflection, this valuable resource is yours
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  • for a gift of $30.
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  • For your generous gift of $100 or more,
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  • we will send you four books for you to share
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  • with your family, friends, and neighbors
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  • Your engagement with us in this season is vital
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  • as we look to the future of the ministry,
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  • so please prayerfully consider your year-end giving
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  • to help "Hour of Power" finish 2019 strong
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  • and begin 2020 primed for increased growth and impact.
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  • Thank you for your support.
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  • Now, let's join the service.
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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it, good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Welcome visitors,
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  • and welcome church family.
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  • We're so happy to be with you.
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  • We always love being with you, and today know that God's love
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  • for you is far more powerful than any evil.
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  • God's love is a shield for you.
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  • Thank you again for being here.
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  • We are so happy to be with you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We really are so glad you're in the house.
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  • We're so excited to have Bridgette Bentley here as our
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  • guest performer today to lead us in some worship.
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  • What a joy.
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  • And of course, we always pray that whether you're watching
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  • on television or you're just visiting here at the church,
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  • or you come here every Sunday, we want people
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  • to leave here encouraged.
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  • I think people feel discouraged enough in life to feel like they
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  • need to be judged or criticized or put down when they gather
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  • with God's people.
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  • In fact, the Bible says encouragement is a spiritual
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  • gift, so we're praying that you receive that gift from our team
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  • and from our church community, whoever you are, that you just
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  • leave here full of joy and full of life and know that you're
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  • loved just as you are, not as you should be.
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  • Let's begin with a word of prayer, Father, we thank you
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  • and praise you that you love us and that you haven't abandoned
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  • us and that you're with us.
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  • I pray that every day of every person's life here would be full
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  • of joy and life and goodness and all that you give us, Lord.
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  • We pray that especially today you'd give us faith and teach us
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  • what it means to walk the way Jesus said, a life of faith,
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  • even when things are not going well, even when we're suffering
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  • when there's hardship to give us faith to understand that we will
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  • get through this with victory.
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  • Lord, we're trusting you, and we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turn around and shake the hand
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  • of the person next to you and say God loves you
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  • and so do I.
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  • announcer: In this Christmas season,
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  • we want to say thank you for your generous support.
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  • Because of you, Hour of Power continues to have
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  • a powerful positive impact all over the world.
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  • Today, as a thank you for your year-end support,
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  • Bobby and Hannah are pleased to offer you
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • This unique softback devotional was created especially
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  • for our Hour of Power friends like you.
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  • Each day features a brief reflection to ponder,
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  • an encouraging scripture verse, an inspirational message
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  • from Pastor Bobby, and a prayer to help you
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  • live in God's promises.
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  • Call, write, or go online today and request
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • We're asking for your generous gift of $30 or more.
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  • For your gift of $100 or more, we will send you four copies
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  • so you can bless friends, neighbors, and family members
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  • with this empowering daily devotional,
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  • a perfect Christmas gift.
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  • It's our way of saying thank you
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  • for your generous year-end donation.
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  • Bobby: Because of your faithful prayers
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  • and financial generosity, people all over the world
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  • are experiencing new life in Jesus Christ.
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  • Every day we receive letters, phone calls, and emails
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  • from friends who are finding hope, rebuilding families,
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  • or overcoming addiction or depression.
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  • God is moving in miraculous ways through the Hour of Power,
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  • and we need your help to continue.
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  • So please prayerfully consider your year-end giving.
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  • Thank you and remember as always God loves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: You may be seated.
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  • In preparation for the message, Luke 4:16, "He went to Nazareth
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  • where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went
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  • into the synagogue as was his custom.
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  • He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet
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  • Isaiah was handed to him.
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  • Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written, 'The spirit
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  • of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good
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  • news to the poor.
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  • He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
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  • and recovery of sight for the blind, to set
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  • the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.'
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  • Then he rolled up the scroll and gave it back
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  • to the attendant and sat down.
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  • The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened
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  • on him.
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  • He began by saying to them, 'Today this scripture is
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  • fulfilled in your hearing.'"
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  • Church family, God desires the fullest life possible
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  • for us, and when we trust him deeply, it releases his power
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  • in our lives, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: Would you now turn with me to a time
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  • of prayer together?
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  • Gracious father and our dear friend and Savior, we come
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  • to you this morning, we've sung praises to you, Holy, Holy,
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  • Holy, Lord God Almighty, God in three persons,
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  • Blessed Trinity.
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  • Lord, we pray for those who are shackled by oppression and even
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  • persecution, Lord, across our world, persecuted for their
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  • faith no less, and we pray God that as the church that's led
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  • by the Prince of Peace that we would be advocates and that we
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  • would stand in solidarity as your church for those who need
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  • our support, our prayers, our love at this time.
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  • And Lord, we pray for our own congregation as we reach
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  • out into our own community, to the children, to the youth,
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  • and to the families here, show us ways, collaborative ways
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  • to partner with other organizations to reach families
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  • with the redemptive call of the gospel.
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  • Lord, we ask your blessing over Pastor Bobby this morning
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  • as he brings your message to us.
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  • Give us ears to hear and eyes to see and bodies that move
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  • in concert to accomplish your purpose here
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  • and across the world.
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  • And Lord, be with us as in a few moments we receive the tithes
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  • and offerings we've brought.
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  • May they come from hearts that are truly committed to your
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  • purpose in the world and desire to give of ourselves
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  • and our resources.
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  • Lord, we thank you for what you're doing among us, and we
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  • ask you to be with us now for we pray this prayer in the name
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  • of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
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  • Lord if I
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  • Find favor in Your sight
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  • Lord please
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  • Hear my heart's cry
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  • I'm desperately waiting
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  • To be where You are
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  • I'll cross the hottest desert
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  • I'll travel near or far
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  • For Your glory
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  • I will do anything
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  • Just to see You
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • For Your glory
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  • I will do anything
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  • Just to see you
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • Lord if I find favor
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  • Favor in Your sight
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  • Lord please, Lord please
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  • Hear my heart's cry
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  • I'm desperately waiting
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  • To be where You are
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  • I'll cross the hottest desert
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  • I'll travel near or far
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  • For Your glory
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  • I will do anything
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  • Just to see You
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • For Your glory
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  • I will do anything
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  • Because I wanna see you
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • I gotta be where You are
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • I gotta be where You are
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • Gotta be where You are
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • Gotta be where You are
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • I gotta be where You are
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • I gotta be where You are
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  • Oh, for Your glory
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  • I will do anything
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  • Just to see You
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • For Your glory, Lord
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  • I will do anything
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  • Just to see You
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  • And behold You as my King
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  • I wanna be where You are
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  • O Lord
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: As we close out 2019, Hannah and I are so grateful
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  • for your continued prayers and financial support.
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  • and we just couldn't do it without you.
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  • Hannah: That's right, it's not just our ministry,
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  • it's your ministry, and none of this would be
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  • possible without you.
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  • Because of you, people all around the world are being
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  • reached with the gospel every single week,
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  • and their lives are being changed forever.
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  • and we are going strong,
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  • Your donation in this season is vital because it enables us
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  • as we enter the new year.
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  • Hannah: Bobby and I are praying that God will move
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  • in your heart to provide your financial support
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  • to this ministry.
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  • Remember, God loves you and so do we.
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  • 00:22:22.150 --> 00:22:27.140
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • You are here, Moving in this place
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  • We worship you, We worship you
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  • You are here, Moving in our midst
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  • We worship you, We worship you
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  • O Lord, because you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • You are here, Turning lives around
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  • We worship you, We worship you
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  • You are here, Mending every heart
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  • We worship you, We worship you
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  • Because we know you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • Way maker, Miracle worker
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  • Promise keeper, Light in the darkness
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  • My God, That is who you are
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  • That is who you are
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Welcome, thank you for joining us today.
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  • First, we want you to know that we love you, and we are on your
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  • side and so is God.
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  • He is with you all the way.
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  • He's not abandoned you.
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  • And we want you to know that if you're ever near this church, we
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  • would love to get to know you.
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  • Please come down and worship with us.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this as a way
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  • of receiving?
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  • We're gonna say this creed together: I'm not what I do, I'm
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  • not what I have, I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry, I don't have to hurry, I can trust my
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  • friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • I know we've taught on this a lot and on that creed, you
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  • know, it's faith that makes what we just said a reality.
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  • If you're just watching this program or you're visiting this
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  • church for the first time, you may say to yourself, well,
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  • I am what I do.
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  • If I steal things, I'm a thief, right?
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  • If I give things away, I'm generous.
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  • And in the kingdom of God, you know, if we were to change
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  • anything about that creed, it would probably be in God's eyes
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  • by faith.
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  • In God's eyes, you know, you may see your neighbor as something,
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  • but God sees your neighbor as something different.
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  • God sees you as his beloved son, his beloved daughter, and a part
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  • of walking as a Christian life, walking as a disciple is
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  • believing that.
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  • And this is what makes Christianity utterly unique
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  • from every other religion in the world.
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  • Every religion says do the right things and you'll get closer
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  • to God.
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  • Christianity says that God loved us even when we were sinners.
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  • God loved us and loves us even when we are his enemies and that
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  • he rescued us, and by grace alone we're saved and that he
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  • loves us just as we are and that our morality and our goodness,
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  • then, isn't--it is effort, but it's in response to--
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  • it's building our lives around that reality by faith,
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  • trusting that God is not in a hurry, that God is on our side
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  • because we're his beloved sons and daughters.
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  • And I want you to know that God thinks that about you.
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  • You're not what you do or what you have or what others have
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  • said about you, you're his beloved child.
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  • He's not abandoned you, even when you're doubting, even when
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  • you lost your faith, even when you sinned and made a mistake,
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  • God's with you.
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  • He'll never leave you or forsake you.
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  • And now it's our turn to respond to that life, releasing our
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  • faith and our worship and our praise and slowly watching--
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  • the same way a tree grows-- slowly growing as disciples
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  • into his completeness in our life.
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  • Okay, and that is what today's sermon is about, it's actually
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  • about faith.
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  • This key part that is trust in God, a very simple idea,
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  • but one that we make complex.
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  • Faith is just this idea, this substance within us that causes
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  • us to trust God through thick and through thin, when things
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  • are going great, when things are not going great.
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  • Faith is the thing that causes us to take action.
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  • Faith is the thing that unlocks miracles and unlocks
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  • our destiny.
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  • Faith is the key.
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  • Maybe today if you go to the park and it's a nice day
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  • or maybe on your way home from church today, or maybe you
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  • decide to have some lunch, you may go to a park and you may see
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  • in that park a father and a daughter or a mother
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  • and a son.
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  • You may see that that little girl, she wants to climb
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  • the monkey bars, for example, but she's not quite tall enough,
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  • so she asks her dad to lift her up, and so he does.
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  • He lifts her up and he puts her hands on the bars, and at first
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  • she's excited.
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  • She begins to go one bar, two bars, three bars, she starts
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  • to get a little tired.
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  • Maybe then she looks down and all of a sudden she's
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  • scared, maybe she starts screaming.
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  • She has a choice to keep going or to let go, but the whole time
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  • who's standing right by her?
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  • Her father, and even though he's standing there, she's screaming.
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  • Maybe he says, "Let go, I'll catch ya."
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  • She'll "say, No! No!"
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  • Or maybe she'll say, "Carry me across," but faith is like this
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  • picture where faith is--faith in God is the thing that gets us
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  • onto the monkey bars.
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  • Faith is the thing that gets us across.
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  • Faith is the thing that allows us to let go, and even if we
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  • don't let go, faith will be the thing--faith in God,
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  • he'll catch us, right?
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  • She doesn't need to worry because she knows the strong
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  • arms of her father will catch her.
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  • I want you to know whatever you're going through today, even
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  • if you're scared, even if you're screaming, even if you know
  • 00:31:09.240 --> 00:31:12.030
  • God's standing right right by you and it's irrational, I
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  • wanna encourage you that God's gonna catch you, he's gonna help
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  • you get across.
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  • He'll never let you go, amen?
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  • Have faith and have bold faith and release it today.
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  • And that leads us to the story of Luke chapter 4, and one
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  • of the best ways to examine something is to look at where
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  • it's not happening.
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  • In other words, one of the best ways to understand faith is
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  • to look at people who don't have it, and those people are
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  • the Nazarenes.
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  • I'm not talkin' about the denomination,
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  • by the way.
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  • I'm talking about the people who live in the city of Nazareth.
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  • My grandma's a Nazarene.
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  • She's got lots of faith.
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  • Luke chapter 4, if you have your Bibles, open it up and then hold
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  • it to the side for 5-10 minutes or so.
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  • Before we read this passage, we have to understand synagogue
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  • worship and the rule of the Bible and of a people
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  • when they are celebrating in a synagogue.
  • 00:32:10.200 --> 00:32:13.010
  • So synagogue worship isn't exactly like this today,
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  • but in the first century, the first thing you would do.
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  • You might see a synagogue like this.
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  • This synagogue is the one from Capernaum.
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  • If you go to Israel today, this would have been one of the main
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  • synagogues that Jesus would've been around.
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  • It's great that most--that a good portion of it is still
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  • intact, and you can kinda get the feeling for about the size
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  • and shape that a synagogue would be.
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  • It was usually in a square, rectangular shape like that,
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  • and people would sit in a round.
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  • And when you came to the synagogue, everybody
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  • would gather.
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  • If you were Jewish, your whole life was built around this.
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  • Really, it was a--imagine a worship service and a party
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  • kind of all mixed together.
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  • The people in those days and the Jewish people still
  • 00:32:58.020 --> 00:32:59.280
  • today are people who like to dance, people full
  • 00:32:59.290 --> 00:33:02.150
  • of passion, people full of life and celebration, and they would
  • 00:33:02.160 --> 00:33:07.250
  • gather together, and this would be an exciting spiritual event
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  • but also a social event.
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  • And so what they would do is the first thing they would do
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  • before entering the synagogue is mikvah.
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  • Everybody say mikvah.
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  • Mikvah is a ritual bath where they would go and one at a time
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  • and get in line or if you had multiple mikvahs you'd pick
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  • a line, and you would begin to wash four parts of your body,
  • 00:33:26.070 --> 00:33:30.170
  • your head, your arms, your chest, and your legs.
  • 00:33:30.180 --> 00:33:36.170
  • And this would be, this ritualistic cleansing
  • 00:33:37.130 --> 00:33:39.130
  • before going into worship would be a way of saying Lord, I'm
  • 00:33:39.140 --> 00:33:43.080
  • going to have right thoughts, right actions your arms, a right
  • 00:33:43.090 --> 00:33:48.210
  • heart, a good heart and will, and I'm gonna follow you
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  • wherever you go.
  • 00:33:51.240 --> 00:33:53.050
  • So this ritualistic cleansing, reminding us that we're
  • 00:33:53.060 --> 00:33:56.000
  • in the presence of God always, and that I want my whole body
  • 00:33:56.010 --> 00:33:59.170
  • and my whole life to be geared towards his life.
  • 00:33:59.180 --> 00:34:03.220
  • Then they would gather together.
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  • When everybody was in the synagogue, it'll begin
  • 00:34:05.040 --> 00:34:06.270
  • with worship and prayer, kind of like we do on Sunday morning.
  • 00:34:06.280 --> 00:34:10.060
  • And that would be called Amidah, and that would go
  • 00:34:10.070 --> 00:34:12.220
  • for a certain amount of time, communal worship, communal
  • 00:34:12.230 --> 00:34:15.010
  • prayer, and then it came to the highlight of the service,
  • 00:34:15.020 --> 00:34:18.220
  • and that was the reading of the Torah and the Haftorah.
  • 00:34:18.230 --> 00:34:22.000
  • Everybody knows that the Torah is, the first five books
  • 00:34:22.010 --> 00:34:23.270
  • of the Bible.
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  • The Haftorah is the rest, okay?
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  • And they had this spot called the bema.
  • 00:34:27.250 --> 00:34:30.210
  • Here's an actual bema from a a different synagogue
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  • where--various common--that's a fancy one, but very common
  • 00:34:33.270 --> 00:34:37.110
  • one, and you, the reader of the day would ascend the bema
  • 00:34:37.120 --> 00:34:40.280
  • and sit in what's called Moses's seat while the worship service
  • 00:34:40.290 --> 00:34:43.250
  • was going.
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  • On and then they would read, they would have seven scrolls
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  • brought out, some from the Torah, some
  • 00:34:47.130 --> 00:34:49.150
  • from the Haftorah, and the reader from that day
  • 00:34:49.160 --> 00:34:53.100
  • would read a passage from each one.
  • 00:34:53.110 --> 00:34:54.260
  • And every time they read, everyone would stand, and he
  • 00:34:54.270 --> 00:34:59.200
  • would he or she would stand and read together and read
  • 00:34:59.210 --> 00:35:03.100
  • with passion.
  • 00:35:03.110 --> 00:35:04.210
  • You don't read the Bible the way, frankly,
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  • Presbyterians do.
  • 00:35:07.200 --> 00:35:09.290
  • You read the Bible, just kidding, not all Presbyterians.
  • 00:35:10.000 --> 00:35:14.270
  • Tim and Hannah are pretty good.
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  • But you read the Bible: Bless the Lord!
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  • O My Soul!
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  • And all that is within me!
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  • Bless his Holy name!
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  • This is how--these are the very words of life, the words of God,
  • 00:35:24.280 --> 00:35:29.110
  • and the bema is in the middle of the sanctuary because
  • 00:35:29.120 --> 00:35:32.210
  • the idea is that the whole community should be built
  • 00:35:32.220 --> 00:35:35.070
  • around the Bible, around the words of life.
  • 00:35:35.080 --> 00:35:38.260
  • And one of the things that I really love about this part
  • 00:35:38.270 --> 00:35:41.110
  • of the service is each reader could be a young teenager, it
  • 00:35:41.120 --> 00:35:47.120
  • was women, children, old men, everybody, people who are
  • 00:35:47.190 --> 00:35:51.240
  • members of the community would have their turn each Saturday
  • 00:35:51.250 --> 00:35:55.000
  • morning reading.
  • 00:35:55.010 --> 00:35:56.100
  • So you might have a 12-year-old girl, and it would be her turn
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  • to read, and they would hand her a scroll, and she would read her
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  • part with the stick with the little hand on it
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  • and go down and read it with passion.
  • 00:36:06.020 --> 00:36:08.190
  • And then when all of the parts-- that reading was about 30
  • 00:36:08.200 --> 00:36:11.150
  • minutes long, and then when that was done, that little
  • 00:36:11.160 --> 00:36:13.260
  • 12-year-old girl would then talk about what she learned
  • 00:36:13.270 --> 00:36:18.210
  • from studying these passages in her life, maybe something
  • 00:36:18.220 --> 00:36:22.170
  • that happened at the market or something that happened
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  • with a friend, and she would talk to the congregation
  • 00:36:25.030 --> 00:36:28.260
  • about what impact this had.
  • 00:36:28.270 --> 00:36:30.130
  • Imagine what that does for a teenager, for a kid
  • 00:36:30.140 --> 00:36:33.020
  • like that.
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  • The power of sharing, you know, what this did in my life.
  • 00:36:34.130 --> 00:36:37.150
  • And that part--and this is what's great is the scripture
  • 00:36:37.160 --> 00:36:40.010
  • reading would be about 30 minutes, that sermon would be
  • 00:36:40.020 --> 00:36:43.050
  • about 2 to 4 minutes, everybody's like yeah.
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  • Come on.
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  • And or you'd have an old man and a 95-year-old man, an elder
  • 00:36:48.090 --> 00:36:54.090
  • who would come in and he would share years of sage wisdom
  • 00:36:55.040 --> 00:36:59.020
  • and bless that community, and that carried on for the Jews
  • 00:36:59.030 --> 00:37:03.140
  • until about the 8th century, when the Catholic Church, who
  • 00:37:03.150 --> 00:37:06.150
  • believed Jews to be or immoral and that they should only read
  • 00:37:06.160 --> 00:37:10.270
  • the scriptures in Latin criticized them for allowing
  • 00:37:10.280 --> 00:37:15.210
  • women and young people to read the Bible in a public setting
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  • and threatened to persecute them.
  • 00:37:20.030 --> 00:37:21.250
  • And so that's when they stopped doing that
  • 00:37:21.260 --> 00:37:23.160
  • in a synagogue setting.
  • 00:37:23.170 --> 00:37:25.240
  • It's very sad.
  • 00:37:25.250 --> 00:37:27.160
  • Anyway, so you'd have people from the community that would
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  • read, and they would share what they learned, and they would
  • 00:37:31.130 --> 00:37:33.180
  • testify, and then there was also--so there wasn't much
  • 00:37:33.190 --> 00:37:37.220
  • of a professional Saturday morning pastor-type person,
  • 00:37:37.230 --> 00:37:42.170
  • but you didn't have someone called a hazzan, everyday say
  • 00:37:42.180 --> 00:37:46.030
  • hazzan on the throat there, hazzan, and the hazzan was
  • 00:37:46.040 --> 00:37:50.180
  • really kind of like a custodian of the synagogue.
  • 00:37:50.190 --> 00:37:55.000
  • He would be the one who would schedule who was going to do
  • 00:37:55.010 --> 00:37:58.070
  • the readings each week, and he would like keep, you know, keep
  • 00:37:58.080 --> 00:38:02.280
  • track of the synagogue, keep it together, but one of the most
  • 00:38:02.290 --> 00:38:06.170
  • important things to understand about the hazzan was all
  • 00:38:06.180 --> 00:38:10.060
  • of these readings that the Jewish people would do week
  • 00:38:10.070 --> 00:38:13.270
  • to week were planned on a liturgical schedule
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  • like 250 years before the story's ever going
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  • to take place.
  • 00:38:21.110 --> 00:38:22.200
  • In the third century BC, there was a liturgical calendar that
  • 00:38:22.210 --> 00:38:27.060
  • on every, you know, such-and-such date, these
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  • scriptures will be read so that every community goes
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  • through the whole Bible every four years or so.
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  • Isn't that interesting?
  • 00:38:36.170 --> 00:38:37.270
  • And the hazzan would have a list in the back
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  • of the synagogue always about three years ahead with who
  • 00:38:40.150 --> 00:38:45.040
  • is going to do.
  • 00:38:45.050 --> 00:38:46.150
  • You know, which reading on which date and just went
  • 00:38:46.160 --> 00:38:48.290
  • in a rotation, does that make sense?
  • 00:38:49.000 --> 00:38:51.040
  • So when that little girl or that old man got up to read the Torah
  • 00:38:51.050 --> 00:38:55.230
  • and give the derisha, the sermon, they knew three
  • 00:38:55.240 --> 00:39:00.090
  • years before that was gonna happen when they were going
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  • to go and what they were gonna say.
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  • Isn't that great?
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  • So you need to remember this for this Luke 4 passage, okay?
  • 00:39:05.230 --> 00:39:08.120
  • So again, the synagogue worship everybody's excited,
  • 00:39:08.130 --> 00:39:11.080
  • it's Saturday morning.
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  • They begin with a mikvah ritualistic bath.
  • 00:39:13.000 --> 00:39:15.270
  • Everybody enters the synagogue, they're talking, catching up,
  • 00:39:15.280 --> 00:39:18.060
  • and then it becomes worship.
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  • They glorify him, bless the Lord.
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  • They pray together, and then there's a hushed silence.
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  • There's a young girl or an old man or someone sitting
  • 00:39:25.100 --> 00:39:28.160
  • in Moses's seat, and he or she has been a little nervous, 30
  • 00:39:28.170 --> 00:39:31.260
  • minutes or so of worship has been going on, and now it's time
  • 00:39:31.270 --> 00:39:34.110
  • for the scripture reading.
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  • The hazzan goes over to the Torah closet,
  • 00:39:35.280 --> 00:39:38.000
  • and there's a hushed silence.
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  • And he pulls one of the Torah scrolls out and holds it up,
  • 00:39:39.270 --> 00:39:43.090
  • and everybody stands and celebrates, sometimes
  • 00:39:43.100 --> 00:39:46.080
  • they'll dance excitedly.
  • 00:39:46.090 --> 00:39:47.250
  • This is the word of God, and he brings it before the reader
  • 00:39:47.260 --> 00:39:51.200
  • for that day and lays it on the podium and that person
  • 00:39:51.210 --> 00:39:55.090
  • would then read scroll after school, and with boldness,
  • 00:39:55.100 --> 00:39:59.010
  • every word with passion and everybody's standing,
  • 00:39:59.020 --> 00:40:02.260
  • listening, and absorbing the word of God.
  • 00:40:02.270 --> 00:40:05.080
  • And then when they're done, everybody sits down, and she
  • 00:40:05.090 --> 00:40:08.140
  • or he gives a short sermon, and then it's all done,
  • 00:40:08.150 --> 00:40:12.100
  • and everybody those, who are cohen, that is the priests
  • 00:40:12.110 --> 00:40:15.220
  • or the priests of--they spread their prayer shawl
  • 00:40:15.230 --> 00:40:18.120
  • across everybody, and together they would say the--Aaron's
  • 00:40:18.130 --> 00:40:22.220
  • benediction, the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his
  • 00:40:22.230 --> 00:40:25.190
  • face shine upon you, et cetera.
  • 00:40:25.200 --> 00:40:27.180
  • And then everybody would be dismissed.
  • 00:40:27.190 --> 00:40:29.070
  • And you can actually see how our worship service in some ways
  • 00:40:29.080 --> 00:40:32.240
  • comes from that.
  • 00:40:32.250 --> 00:40:34.040
  • Okay, now number two, everybody say Nazareth.
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  • That's Jesus's hometown.
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  • I think most of us know that.
  • 00:40:38.210 --> 00:40:40.180
  • And Nazareth does not exist in the Old Testament, because
  • 00:40:40.190 --> 00:40:44.140
  • it's it's a new community, a small town
  • 00:40:44.150 --> 00:40:47.140
  • of about 250 people.
  • 00:40:47.150 --> 00:40:49.240
  • Some of you grew up in towns like that, one horse or yellow
  • 00:40:49.250 --> 00:40:52.110
  • stop light towns we used to call them, you know.
  • 00:40:52.120 --> 00:40:54.010
  • You don't really stop as you go through, you kinda just slow
  • 00:40:54.020 --> 00:40:56.210
  • down, you know?
  • 00:40:56.220 --> 00:40:59.020
  • So this is the kind of town Jesus grew up in.
  • 00:40:59.030 --> 00:41:01.270
  • And Nazareth means shootville or branchville in Hebrew
  • 00:41:01.280 --> 00:41:07.180
  • or Aramaic.
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  • This is because Nazareth was made up of descendants
  • 00:41:09.070 --> 00:41:13.210
  • from Jesse who were living most of their lives in Babylon
  • 00:41:13.220 --> 00:41:18.090
  • in returning to Israel to the north, and so they
  • 00:41:18.100 --> 00:41:21.200
  • established this town, where if you were part of Jesse's family,
  • 00:41:21.210 --> 00:41:26.190
  • you would live in Nazareth.
  • 00:41:26.200 --> 00:41:28.270
  • And they had this idea that because of the Isaiah passage.
  • 00:41:28.280 --> 00:41:33.140
  • In Isaiah 11 it says, "A shoot will come from Jesse,
  • 00:41:33.150 --> 00:41:37.010
  • and from his roots a branch will bear fruit."
  • 00:41:37.020 --> 00:41:40.130
  • They believed that if you got all the descendants from Jesse
  • 00:41:40.140 --> 00:41:43.290
  • in one town, you'd be guaranteed that someone from that town
  • 00:41:44.000 --> 00:41:48.010
  • would be the Messiah.
  • 00:41:48.020 --> 00:41:50.040
  • So Joseph, of course, being descended from David was
  • 00:41:50.050 --> 00:41:53.280
  • from Nazareth, and they had this idea that we're the Nazarenes,
  • 00:41:53.290 --> 00:41:58.170
  • and of course Jews as a whole believed that the Messiah would
  • 00:41:58.180 --> 00:42:03.010
  • be born in Bethlehem.
  • 00:42:03.020 --> 00:42:04.120
  • Little did they know it'd be both, but the Nazarenes were
  • 00:42:04.130 --> 00:42:08.120
  • kind of annoying to everybody because they were--
  • 00:42:08.130 --> 00:42:11.050
  • they had this kind of like yeah, you may be Jewish,
  • 00:42:11.060 --> 00:42:13.250
  • but we're descendants from Jesse.
  • 00:42:13.260 --> 00:42:16.190
  • Like, you guys might be in covenant with God, but we're
  • 00:42:16.200 --> 00:42:19.120
  • like this elite town, you know, and so there was this thing
  • 00:42:19.130 --> 00:42:24.100
  • between Nazareth and its neighbors, where people didn't
  • 00:42:24.110 --> 00:42:27.210
  • really always like Nazareth because they had this this big
  • 00:42:27.220 --> 00:42:30.260
  • thing, like we're so religious, we're super-religious, and you
  • 00:42:30.270 --> 00:42:33.270
  • know, this great Messiah is gonna come from us.
  • 00:42:33.280 --> 00:42:36.240
  • Alright, you ready?
  • 00:42:36.250 --> 00:42:38.230
  • Luke chapter 4, Jesus has just come out of the desert, and he's
  • 00:42:38.240 --> 00:42:44.230
  • full of power.
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  • He begins traveling around Capernaum, parts
  • 00:42:47.120 --> 00:42:49.150
  • of Galilee, He's healing the sick, he's performing
  • 00:42:49.160 --> 00:42:53.010
  • miracles, he's casting out demons, he's preaching
  • 00:42:53.020 --> 00:42:56.140
  • the words of life, and everybody is saying there is something
  • 00:42:56.150 --> 00:43:00.140
  • special about this man.
  • 00:43:00.150 --> 00:43:02.290
  • Finally, he returns to his hometown, Nazareth.
  • 00:43:03.000 --> 00:43:08.150
  • As he comes home, he begins as a rabbi every day to travel,
  • 00:43:08.160 --> 00:43:13.260
  • preach, and teach, but if you look in the Gospel of Mark, you
  • 00:43:13.270 --> 00:43:18.130
  • see that he performed almost no miracles there.
  • 00:43:18.140 --> 00:43:21.240
  • People said of him, "Isn't this Joseph's son?
  • 00:43:21.250 --> 00:43:24.170
  • Aren't his brothers these guys and his sisters these gals?
  • 00:43:24.180 --> 00:43:27.250
  • And don't we know this guy?"
  • 00:43:27.260 --> 00:43:30.060
  • And it says that very few miracles were done,
  • 00:43:30.070 --> 00:43:32.150
  • and actually, the Gospel of Mark says that he was amazed at their
  • 00:43:32.160 --> 00:43:37.040
  • lack of faith.
  • 00:43:37.050 --> 00:43:39.070
  • Man, I hope Jesus never looks at me and is amazed at my lack
  • 00:43:39.080 --> 00:43:42.290
  • of faith.
  • 00:43:43.000 --> 00:43:45.050
  • And now he enters the synagogue, and what's interesting is when
  • 00:43:45.060 --> 00:43:49.150
  • you think about what's about to happen here, Jesus has
  • 00:43:49.160 --> 00:43:53.210
  • been on the schedule for at least three years,
  • 00:43:53.220 --> 00:43:57.220
  • and the passages he's going to read were pre-determined 250
  • 00:43:57.230 --> 00:44:03.280
  • years before this happens.
  • 00:44:03.290 --> 00:44:07.150
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:44:07.160 --> 00:44:09.220
  • 250 years before he reads the scripture, it was planned
  • 00:44:09.230 --> 00:44:13.170
  • that on this day he would.
  • 00:44:13.180 --> 00:44:17.040
  • He went to Nazareth, this is Luke 4:16, where he had been
  • 00:44:17.050 --> 00:44:22.010
  • brought up, and on the Sabbath day, he went into the synagogue
  • 00:44:22.020 --> 00:44:27.150
  • as was his custom.
  • 00:44:27.160 --> 00:44:29.220
  • He stood up to read, so everybody stands up, and he
  • 00:44:29.230 --> 00:44:33.250
  • stands up, and the hazzan goes to the closet, and there's
  • 00:44:33.260 --> 00:44:36.220
  • a celebration, everybody's excited.
  • 00:44:36.230 --> 00:44:38.190
  • By the way, do you think that that synagogue
  • 00:44:38.200 --> 00:44:40.020
  • was packed that day?
  • 00:44:40.030 --> 00:44:42.050
  • You think they had some visitors?
  • 00:44:42.060 --> 00:44:45.060
  • Okay, and the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah was handed
  • 00:44:45.070 --> 00:44:48.280
  • to him by the hazzan, right?
  • 00:44:48.290 --> 00:44:50.190
  • Begins to unroll it.
  • 00:44:50.200 --> 00:44:52.140
  • Unrolling it, he found the place where it was written,
  • 00:44:52.150 --> 00:44:55.290
  • and everybody's standing and listening, and he says, "The
  • 00:44:56.000 --> 00:44:59.270
  • spirit of the Lord is on me because he's anointed me
  • 00:44:59.280 --> 00:45:06.000
  • to proclaim good news to the poor.
  • 00:45:06.180 --> 00:45:10.070
  • He has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners
  • 00:45:10.080 --> 00:45:14.250
  • and recovery of sight for the blind, to set free
  • 00:45:14.260 --> 00:45:20.070
  • the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
  • 00:45:20.080 --> 00:45:26.070
  • What does that sound like?
  • 00:45:26.140 --> 00:45:27.230
  • One, I'm the Messiah, and two, this is the kind of stuff I was
  • 00:45:27.240 --> 00:45:31.260
  • doing in Capernaum and everywhere else before I got
  • 00:45:31.270 --> 00:45:34.180
  • here, miracles, power, setting people free, freedom, life,
  • 00:45:34.190 --> 00:45:39.160
  • power, right?
  • 00:45:39.170 --> 00:45:41.160
  • Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the hazzan,
  • 00:45:41.170 --> 00:45:46.080
  • and sat down.
  • 00:45:46.090 --> 00:45:48.150
  • The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened
  • 00:45:48.160 --> 00:45:52.020
  • on him, why?
  • 00:45:52.030 --> 00:45:53.160
  • Because he's about to give the derisha, the sermon, okay?
  • 00:45:53.170 --> 00:45:57.040
  • What's he gonna say about this passage?
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  • What's he gonna say?
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  • He began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is
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  • fulfilled in your hearing."
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  • And what does everybody do?
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  • This is Nazareth.
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  • This guy is from Nazareth.
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  • We were right.
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  • Everybody cheers, everybody gets excited, "Yes, we knew it!
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  • We knew it!
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  • Yes!"
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  • You know, every time growing up you always think that they
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  • stoned him because he said that.
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  • They didn't, they got excited.
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  • It says all spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious
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  • words that came from his lips.
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  • "'Isn't this Joseph's son?'
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  • they said."
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  • That's not a way of rejecting him.
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  • That's a way of saying isn't he one of us?
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  • He's our guy, our guy's the Messiah.
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  • But then there's this undergirding sense of why is he
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  • able to do miracles everywhere else but not here?
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  • Why do we hear all the stories of him raising the dead
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  • and healing the sick, but nothing's happened here?
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  • Then it says almost sensing it, "Jesus said to them, Surely you
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  • will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself!
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  • And you will tell me do here in your hometown what we have
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  • heard that you did in Capernaum.'"
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  • And everybody's thinking amen, amen!
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  • Do a work here, free the sick, heal the blind.
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  • Do it here, we want to see it.
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  • Then Jesus drops the hammer.
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  • "'Truly I tell you,' he continued, 'No prophet is
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  • accepted in his hometown.
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  • I assure you that there were many widows in Israel
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  • in Elijah's time when the sky was shut for three and a half
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  • years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.
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  • Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow
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  • in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.'"
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  • All of a sudden, every brow furrows.
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  • They know that story.
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  • You know that story.
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  • That's the story where Elijah is running from from the evil King
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  • and, Ahab, and he's starving, right?
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  • And God has provided for him this widow who's going to feed
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  • him, and she has just a little bit of flour and a little bit
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  • of oil, and she and her son are gonna eat it and then they're
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  • gonna die of starvation.
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  • And Elijah says to them, "Give it to me, and God will provide
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  • for you everything you need."
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  • Remember that story?
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  • And the Bible tells us about her amazing faith, that even though
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  • she was a gentile, even though she wasn't Jewish at all, maybe
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  • she was pagan, who knows?
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  • She decided to trust this man and believe that if she
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  • responded with faith, God would do something great in her.
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  • This is a story about faith.
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  • Everybody knows it.
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  • What does Jesus is saying?
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  • It's not about being Jewish, it's about having faith.
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  • It's about trusting God when you're down to nothing that he
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  • will provide if he says he will.
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  • And if you're dangling from the monkey bars that he
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  • will catch you.
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  • And this is what he says, and God provided for her.
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  • She was not only not a Nazarene, she wasn't even Jewish,
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  • but because she had faith he provided for her.
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  • Every furrowed brows.
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  • And then he says, again, doubles down, "And there were many
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  • in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elijah
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  • the prophet, yet none of them were cleansed.
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  • Only Naaman the Syrian," another gentile.
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  • Remember Naaman?
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  • We haven't talked about this story, but Naaman is
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  • from a northern region, and he has leprosy, and he sees Elisha,
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  • and Elisha says go into the Jordan and wash seven
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  • times and you'll be free from your leprosy.
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  • And he's deeply offended, because he has his own holy
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  • river and he storms off.
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  • And one of his servants says this is a man of God,
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  • have faith.
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  • And so Naaman, despite in a face culture being offended in front
  • 00:50:21.280 --> 00:50:26.040
  • of all of his men and servants, decides to have faith that if I
  • 00:50:26.050 --> 00:50:29.270
  • do what this man of God says that God will heal me.
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  • It's a story of faith.
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  • He's not even Jewish, he's a gentile, maybe a pagan,
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  • probably a pagan, and God still frees him of his leprosy, why?
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  • Say it, faith.
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  • Faith!
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  • And he says, "And there were many in Israel--" okay, we
  • 00:50:51.260 --> 00:50:54.220
  • already said that--"And none of them were cleansed, only
  • 00:50:54.230 --> 00:50:56.290
  • Naaman the Syrian."
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  • Remember how Jesus--how the Bible says that Jesus was
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  • astonished at their lack of faith.
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  • And it says all the--then that's when they turn on him.
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  • All the people in the synagogue were furious
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  • when they heard this.
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  • They got up, drove him out of town, and took him
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  • to the brow of a hill on which the town was built in order
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  • to throw him off the cliff.
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  • But he just walked right through the crowd and went
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  • on his way, 'cause Jesus is awesome.
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  • That's still cool.
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  • There is this thing in all of us, all of us, that because I
  • 00:51:29.160 --> 00:51:35.080
  • grew up in this denomination, or because I'm this or that,
  • 00:51:35.090 --> 00:51:39.060
  • that there's something special about me and my relationship
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  • with God when Jesus clearly teaches that it's about faith.
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  • It doesn't matter what your background is, it actually
  • 00:51:49.020 --> 00:51:52.100
  • doesn't matter good or bad what your past is, Jesus--the Lord
  • 00:51:52.110 --> 00:51:57.020
  • wants to see your faith.
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  • Faith pleases God.
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  • He wants you to see, release, and operate in faith
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  • and in power.
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  • In fact, this was the nickname that Jesus often gave to his
  • 00:52:05.150 --> 00:52:08.100
  • disciples: you little faiths.
  • 00:52:08.110 --> 00:52:09.260
  • He's trying to teach them that if only they had the faith
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  • of a mustard seed they could say to this mountain move and it
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  • would be so and that the opposite is true, if they
  • 00:52:15.200 --> 00:52:18.280
  • lack faith, very little will happen in their lives.
  • 00:52:18.290 --> 00:52:22.260
  • And so I wanna encourage you today that it's not about any
  • 00:52:22.270 --> 00:52:26.230
  • of these things, it's not about your background, your
  • 00:52:26.240 --> 00:52:29.110
  • education, it's not about whether or not you went
  • 00:52:29.120 --> 00:52:32.000
  • to seminary or how good you know the Bible, it's not about your
  • 00:52:32.010 --> 00:52:34.210
  • race, it's not about your job, it's not about your nationality,
  • 00:52:34.220 --> 00:52:38.250
  • any of those things, it's about faith.
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  • If you have faith, God can do anything.
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  • Corrie ten Boom used to say if you have the faith, God has
  • 00:52:43.280 --> 00:52:47.110
  • the power.
  • 00:52:47.120 --> 00:52:49.050
  • You know, if you don't have the faith, God still has
  • 00:52:49.060 --> 00:52:50.290
  • the power, right?
  • 00:52:51.000 --> 00:52:52.090
  • But faith is this thing that sort of unlocks the power of God
  • 00:52:52.100 --> 00:52:54.270
  • in your life.
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  • So I would say this: faith is a gift from God.
  • 00:52:56.180 --> 00:52:59.150
  • It's not something we can just grab, but it's something that
  • 00:52:59.160 --> 00:53:02.290
  • God gives us.
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  • So if you don't have faith, ask for it.
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  • Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find.
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  • Just say, Lord, give us more faith,
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  • and he'll give you more faith.
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  • I also believe that faith is a bit like chocolate milk.
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  • I heard a pastor say this once a long time ago.
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  • I never forgot it.
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  • If you ever make chocolate milk at home, and you leave it
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  • on the counter or in your fridge and you come back a bit later,
  • 00:53:25.210 --> 00:53:29.100
  • it'll all be sort of split up with the chocolate
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  • at the bottom and the milk at the top, and all you gotta do
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  • is stir it up.
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  • And I think that there is something to that.
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  • For those of us who sometimes get a little bored in our faith
  • 00:53:38.020 --> 00:53:41.100
  • or sterile in our faith or in a rut, sometimes you gotta
  • 00:53:41.110 --> 00:53:44.030
  • stir it up a little bit.
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  • We have to stir up our faith.
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  • If you don't think that's a biblical view, Hannah reminded
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  • me of this great passage that says David encouraged himself
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  • in the Lord.
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  • Well, what does that mean?
  • 00:53:55.110 --> 00:53:57.070
  • Well, I think that looking at David's life, this is a man
  • 00:53:57.080 --> 00:54:00.200
  • of deep worship, someone who prayed and worshipped God a lot,
  • 00:54:00.210 --> 00:54:04.290
  • that there's this sense that when we worship and memorize
  • 00:54:05.000 --> 00:54:07.240
  • scriptures and pray, that we stir up our faith.
  • 00:54:07.250 --> 00:54:10.270
  • It's like we get excited in the faith, that we build
  • 00:54:10.280 --> 00:54:13.000
  • up a passion for the Lord.
  • 00:54:13.010 --> 00:54:16.020
  • And then finally Oral Roberts, who was a miracle worker, he
  • 00:54:16.030 --> 00:54:19.090
  • certainly said a lot of crazy things, but he also said some
  • 00:54:19.100 --> 00:54:21.270
  • good things, and one of the really good things that
  • 00:54:21.280 --> 00:54:24.110
  • he said that I never forgot when I was at Oral Roberts University
  • 00:54:24.120 --> 00:54:27.090
  • was faith is something you release.
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  • And he put that into practice, that you release your faith.
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  • Releasing your faith is when you stretch out your hands to pray
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  • for someone, when you take an action that's brave because
  • 00:54:36.070 --> 00:54:39.260
  • you believe God's leading you to do it, when you do something
  • 00:54:39.270 --> 00:54:42.230
  • that's a little bit scary that is in God's kingdom, you're
  • 00:54:42.240 --> 00:54:46.220
  • releasing your faith.
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  • And I just pray--I just believe that when you do a little
  • 00:54:48.190 --> 00:54:51.030
  • or give God a little by faith.
  • 00:54:51.040 --> 00:54:53.030
  • God sort of turns it into a lot.
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  • So faith is a gift from God.
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  • We stir up our faith, and we release our faith in life.
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  • Don't be like those people from Nazareth who are
  • 00:55:02.020 --> 00:55:04.230
  • so entrenched in we are the Nazarenes.
  • 00:55:04.240 --> 00:55:07.290
  • You know, we are the Jesse's branch and just assume that--
  • 00:55:08.000 --> 00:55:11.200
  • but it's that faith pleases God.
  • 00:55:11.210 --> 00:55:14.010
  • Faith pleases God.
  • 00:55:14.020 --> 00:55:15.240
  • Be a person of big faith, and ask that God grows it
  • 00:55:15.250 --> 00:55:18.260
  • and stirs it up in your life.
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  • So, Lord, we ask for it.
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  • We want to be people of faith.
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  • Give us faith, Lord, we ask.
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  • Help us to trust in you even when we're going
  • 00:55:28.060 --> 00:55:31.010
  • through sickness and poverty and through the desert.
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  • Let us know that very often that is the time when you do
  • 00:55:34.220 --> 00:55:38.030
  • the greatest work in us.
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  • Fill us with faith, Lord, so that we will come
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  • to the other side victorious, full of life, help us stir
  • 00:55:42.290 --> 00:55:47.040
  • up our faith and release our faith and walk in that gift that
  • 00:55:47.050 --> 00:55:50.190
  • can only come from you.
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  • We love you, God.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace
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  • in the name of the Father and of the Son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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