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Some Have Entertained Angels

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January 4, 2020
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Some Have Entertained Angels

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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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  • 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.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Welcome Church family, welcome visitors,
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  • it always feels so good to be with you.
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  • We love you, and today know that God is not looking for perfect
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  • people, he's looking for willing people.
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  • We are so happy to have you here again.
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  • You are so loved.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We're also so honored to have some great
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  • guests in the house today.
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  • I want to welcome the moderator of our Presbyterian,
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  • Deborah Mayhew and her husband Henry.
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  • Thank you for coming, so welcome.
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  • What a joy to have you.
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  • It's such a pleasure being a part of the Los Rancho's
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  • Presbyterian and doing ministry in partnership with them
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  • and to join such a great legacy, so.
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  • And we're also so happy to welcome a tour
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  • that's visiting us from the Netherlands.
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  • We just wanna welcome you.
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  • Say hi, wave, we like to see you.
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  • Nice to see you all.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Welcome.
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  • All right, all right, that's enough.
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  • It's such an amazing thing that this church is a church all
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  • around the world, and you know, nations across Europe and Asia
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  • and Africa, it's amazing, and so we're--always, we consider you
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  • our family, and it's just a joy that you're here, it really,
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  • really is, and in fact, the opening hymn that we're gonna
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  • sing today is a--you may have not heard it if you're
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  • an American, but it is a really lovely Dutch hymn.
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  • In fact, the second verse that the choir learned in Dutch in
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  • order to say thank you for worshiping with us this morning.
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  • We appreciate you.
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  • Alright, let's open up in a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you that you love us just as we are, not as
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  • we should be, and Lord, we want to be disciples,
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  • we want to be more like Jesus, we want to walk holy lives,
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  • we want to do the next right thing.
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  • And thank you, Lord, that you freed us from shame.
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  • I pray that every single person leaves this building or turns
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  • off a television when this is over and is full of joy,
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  • full of compassion and grace and hospitality.
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  • Lord, that's what you want for us, a full and eternal good
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  • life, and so we ask that you'd help us to learn
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  • to walk in that way.
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  • God, we love you so, so much, and it's in the name of Jesus
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  • we gather, 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 love you and so do I.
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  • Bobby Schuller: As we move forward together,
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  • we recognize that we are not owners
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  • but rather managers of the many precious resources
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  • that have been entrusted to us,
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  • and that includes our relationship with you.
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  • You are our living legacy.
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  • As we look to the future and consider how we
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  • Thank you and remember as always,
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  • 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, Hebrews 13:1,
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  • "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
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  • Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,
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  • for by so doing some people have shown hospitality
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  • to angels without knowing it."
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  • Church family, we are aligning ourselves with the Jewish
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  • proverb, that hospitality is another form of worshiping
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  • our great God, amen.
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  • When the light comes, darkness runs away
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  • and only what lives in the light can stay
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  • When the light comes, nothing left to hide
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • There's a place in my heart only I have seen
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  • It's filled with my failures and broken dreams
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  • There's nothing that's broken that you can't mend
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  • Let me open the door and let you in
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  • When the light comes, darkness runs away
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  • and only what lives in the light can stay
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  • When the light comes, nothing left to hide
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • There's a place in your heart only you have seen
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  • it's filled with compassion for someone like me
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  • But your love's not afraid of the mess I'm in
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  • Let me open the door and let you in
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  • When the light comes, darkness runs away
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  • and only what lives in the light can stay
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  • When the light comes, nothing left to hide
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • After I open the door, I fall to my knees
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  • I lay down my pride, no secrets to keep
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  • The light of your love is shining on me
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  • The goodness of God is setting me free
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  • When the light comes, darkness runs away
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  • and only what lives in the light can stay
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  • When the light comes, nothing left to hide
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • Turn on the light
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  • When the light comes, darkness runs away
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  • and only what lives in the light can stay
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  • When the light comes, nothing left to hide
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • Come out of the darkness and turn on the light
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: You know, we want to say that there is something
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  • fun about doing things together.
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  • When we do things together, they're more fun because there's
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  • so much a spirit of love and joy and encouragement.
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  • And I think when we come to bringing the offering,
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  • that can even be fun, because yes!
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  • Because we are saying in bringing our tithes and our
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  • offerings that we belong to God, that we trust in God for every
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  • step we take in life, and we are part of who God is.
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  • And secondly, we are saying as we give our tithes and
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  • offerings, we are saying in faith that we believe that God
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  • will use this to further his purposes around the world.
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  • And finally, and that piece comes up again,
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  • this is something we do together, that we bring
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  • these offerings, and together we offer them to the Lord's work.
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  • So today we do that in worship of our God.
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  • I invite the ushers to come forward to receive our tithes
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  • and offerings.
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  • Bobby Schuller: It is a happy new year.
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  • Thank you to everyone who helped us
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  • with a special year-end gift.
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  • We made it through thanks to you,
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  • and now the new year has begun
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  • with new hope and renewed optimism.
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  • Our Hour of Power team is planning
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  • some exciting programs to uplift
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  • and bring encouragement throughout 2020,
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  • which is our 50th continuous year of broadcasting.
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  • We will have heartening messages, excellent music,
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  • and inspiring stories all designed to give you
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  • the lift you need each week.
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  • Hannah Schuller: As we move forward together,
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  • we recognize that we are not owners
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  • but rather managers of the many precious resources
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  • that have been entrusted to us,
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  • and that includes our relationship with you.
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  • You are the church family's living legacy.
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  • In the spirit of ongoing friendship,
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  • this month we're requesting your feedback.
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  • As we look to the future and consider how we can most
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  • effectively minister to you and your family,
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  • we would like your input.
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  • Tim McCalmont: Father, we have come today to bask in the light
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  • of your glory and to celebrate what true life is all about.
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  • In the light, we worship and we sing and we pray, we listen for
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  • the illumination of your word.
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  • In the light, we are reminded that we have fallen short of
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  • your glory, yet the light of your grace offers us forgiveness
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  • and new beginnings.
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  • Today we hold up the needs we see all around us, and we ask
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  • that you shine your glory and lift those who are caught
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  • in the darkness of abuse, in the shadows of poverty
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  • and injustice.
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  • Show your radiance, Lord, to those who are living in the
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  • gloom of hopelessness and depression and bring them
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  • the light of your joy and encouragement.
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  • We thank you this morning for our friends visiting
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  • from the Netherlands and for their support
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  • and for the bond which we share.
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  • May they all sense the hospitality we have for them.
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  • In this season, Lord, we acknowledge,
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  • and we give thanks for those who have served selflessly
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  • in service to their country.
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  • We ask that their sacrifice might be used to bring an end
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  • to the darkness of war and that you might gather
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  • all humankind together in the light of your peace.
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  • Today we hear your message through Pastor Bobby.
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  • May your hand be on him, and may you anoint his words
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  • that they may be your word to each one of us.
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  • Lord, as we close this time of prayer, we ask now that you hear
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  • the prayer that you taught us to pray together, saying:
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  • Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
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  • Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth
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  • as it is in Heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread,
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  • and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom and the power
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  • and the glory forever, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you for joining us today.
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  • We're so glad you're watching, and it's an honor that we can be
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  • in your television-- in your television.
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  • Well, in your room or a coffee shop or train or wherever it is
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  • that you are maybe watching, on a phone or a laptop,
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  • but we're so glad that you're a part of what's going on here.
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  • And if you're ever in Irvine, Orange County, or LA,
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  • please come down to Shepherd's Grove Presbyterian.
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  • We would love to meet you, give you a big hug
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  • and welcome you here.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this creed together: I'm not what I do,
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  • I'm 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,
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, a fair warning, especially if there's children here:
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  • the sermon today is going to be actually kind of R rated
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  • as we get into the history of pagan Pan worship.
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  • I actually had to call a friend of mine who's an English major
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  • to find new words I could use in a church setting.
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  • And so I just honestly wanna prepare you for that.
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  • And I also want to give special thanks to Ronnie Winter and the
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  • academic work of Ray Vanderlaan, both who are tour guides in
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  • Israel that helped me see what we're gonna talk about today
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  • clearly, and I hope it's as clear to you, it was to me, how
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  • God wants us to be hospitable and wants us to be in the world,
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  • healing the world, being a living holy presence among
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  • the people that God loves who very oftentimes can get lost
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  • or hurt or are doing things that are that are harming themselves.
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  • And so let's just begin.
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  • Today, first I want to talk about the vision.
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  • If you've been attending this church for a long time,
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  • you know that we are a hospitality church.
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  • The vision of Shepherd's Grove Presbyterian is to be
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  • radically hospitable church that unchurched people
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  • love to attend.
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  • We want to be the kind of church where if somebody is visiting
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  • for the first time with their kids, they've never been
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  • to church before, that they leave here full of joy.
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  • That maybe they get a lot of hugs and handshakes
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  • and welcomes.
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  • We try to incorporate it into everything we do.
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  • We tried to do it with the Dutch today.
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  • I hope you've felt welcome.
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Anyway, we're so glad you're here.
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  • I just told them I wanna drink coffee and--
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  • I have like three phrases I know.
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  • I don't speak Dutch, but anyway.
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  • And we're just, you know, so we try to do that the best way we
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  • can, and I just believe that every year I look at this church
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  • and this ministry in general, and I'm seeing a community
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  • of people that loves the other, that loves the stranger, that
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  • loves the one who maybe hasn't felt welcome in church.
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  • And you ask--you know, for many people who grew up in church,
  • 00:24:15.160 --> 00:24:18.010
  • they left the church because even as a Christian it wasn't
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  • a hospitable place to be.
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  • You know, the number-one reason people leave a church is because
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  • there's something in their life they're ashamed of, maybe some
  • 00:24:26.290 --> 00:24:29.250
  • sin or they go through some difficult time like a divorce
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  • or something, but they just feel embarrassed.
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  • That should be the time you you want to go to church the most.
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  • We want to be a part of a church, we want church to feel
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  • like the place you run to when you're hurting, and I just want
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  • to commend this community and commend all of you
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  • because you do a good job of enacting that.
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  • I just wanna talk more about that.
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  • This first of all is not only a Shepherd's Grove value,
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  • it's a Christian value, and it's very deeply a Jewish value.
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  • Hannah read, the author of Hebrews 13, he or she says,
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  • "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters," okay?
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  • Remember, this is being written to a Jewish audience.
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  • The book is called what?
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  • Hebrews, okay, good.
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  • Do not forget to show hospitality to?
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  • Strangers, okay in Greek and Hebrew, this is not
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  • to just somebody you've never met before, it's an alien,
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  • an outsider, an immigrant, someone that you've--
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  • maybe makes you feel uncomfortable,
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  • someone that looks different from you, maybe you're
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  • pretty straight-laced.
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  • This is somebody covered in tattoos, you know.
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  • Maybe you're covered in tattoos.
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  • This is someone that is straight-laced.
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  • You know, someone that's outside of whatever it is
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  • that you feel comfortable in.
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  • Alright, so do to the--okay, hospitality to strangers,
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  • "for by so doing some people have shown hospitality
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  • to angels without knowing it."
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  • This author when he or she mentions this is actually giving
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  • a hyperlink directly to the story of Abraham,
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  • which is the hospitality story for the Jewish people.
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  • In one story, you may recall,
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  • I believe it's in Genesis 18, I think.
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  • I'm not sure.
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  • Abraham is sitting in front of his tent, and he's under
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  • the great trees of Mamre.
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  • And I don't know what he's doing, maybe he's whittling
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  • something or reading something, but he's sitting out in front
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  • of his tent under the shade of a tree,
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  • and he sees three strangers.
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  • The rabbis make it sound like they are kind of
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  • off in the distance.
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  • And although you might read that he knows who they are,
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  • the rabbis teach that he didn't know who they were.
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  • He just saw three strangers in the distance, and the Bible says
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  • that he got up and ran after these strangers, why?
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  • Why did he run after them?
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  • To welcome them into his tent.
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  • He said, "Friends, come to my tent, have a glass of water."
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  • And he washed their feet, and he had them sit down and join him
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  • under the shade of the tree, and he grilled them up a steak.
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  • That's true, it's in there.
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  • And he gave the milk and curds and was just incredibly
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  • hospitable to them because he's a desert person.
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  • And for whatever reason, this is the rock out of which
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  • the Jewish people were hewn.
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  • This is the quarry from which they were dug.
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  • They look to Abraham, and they say Abraham entertained these
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  • three strangers and had no idea that these were three angels or
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  • that it was God and two angels or however we interpret it,
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  • that it was the very real presence of God.
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  • We too, should welcome the stranger, the alien,
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  • the foreigner, the person who's different than us, the person
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  • that may not, you know, feel comfortable in your church
  • 00:27:40.170 --> 00:27:43.070
  • or whatever, that we ought to be hospitable towards
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  • these kinds of people.
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  • So in Judaism, hospitality--
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  • Hold that on one hand, okay?
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  • Hospitality is a core, core value, maybe the core value.
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  • I mean, it's such a huge part of who they are as a people.
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  • On the other hand is another core value.
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  • The Hebrew word is kadosh.
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  • Kadosh we translate as holiness, that they want to be
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  • a holy people.
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  • They want to live according to the Torah rightly, that they
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  • enjoy debating what it means to honor the Sabbath
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  • or to love God with all your heart, et cetera.
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  • And they want to be different.
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  • The word holiness, though, really means to be separate.
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  • To be separate.
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  • So this is a very classic Jewish problem.
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  • In one hand, you have hospitality, which literally
  • 00:28:31.090 --> 00:28:34.000
  • means to be welcoming people, to be with people,
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  • to be among people, to be eating with company
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  • to be sharing company with people.
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  • Yet on the other hand, you have this word that means you need
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  • to be separate, you need to be different.
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  • Even to this day, if you see Orthodox Jews, they have all
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  • sorts of accoutrement they're wearing that they want it
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  • to scream that they're Jewish, you know?
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  • Funny hats and things on their hands and arms and clothing
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  • and tassels and haircuts and things with their--
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  • This is because they are striving to be kadosh, they want
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  • to be separate, they wanna be holy so that when you see them,
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  • you can say, oh, this is the covenant people of God.
  • 00:29:06.120 --> 00:29:08.220
  • And this has always sort of been an issue within Judaism,
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  • but in particular in Jesus's day, because of the Pharisees
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  • and others, there is this lingering need to be holier
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  • more than to be hospitable.
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  • And this is the thing that Jesus's contemporaries
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  • are wrestling with.
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  • One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you read
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  • the Gospels is to group Pharisees together, however.
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  • Not all Pharisees agreed on what separateness meant.
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  • Pharisees argued with each other all the time, by the way.
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  • That was a normal thing to do.
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  • They didn't just argue with Jesus,
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  • they argued with each other.
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  • Perhaps you have a pretty good Jewish friend,
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  • ask him if his Jewish family ever argues.
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  • Ask him if he ever argues with his friends.
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  • He might say something like, you know, the people you love
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  • are the people you argue with the most.
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  • So, for us as a people, when we read we have to understand that
  • 00:29:58.040 --> 00:30:02.010
  • this is something that the group of people didn't agree on as to
  • 00:30:02.020 --> 00:30:05.050
  • what level are we holy and to what level are we hospitable?
  • 00:30:05.060 --> 00:30:08.270
  • Well, Jesus said, "I have not come to abolish the law,
  • 00:30:08.280 --> 00:30:12.020
  • but I've come to fulfill the law."
  • 00:30:12.030 --> 00:30:15.060
  • Now, that is saying is not original to Jesus.
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  • That was a common idiom amongst rabbis.
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  • To abolish the law meant to teach something
  • 00:30:21.270 --> 00:30:24.210
  • that wasn't true in the Torah.
  • 00:30:24.220 --> 00:30:27.110
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:30:27.120 --> 00:30:29.160
  • But to fulfill the law meant to show what it meant to live
  • 00:30:29.170 --> 00:30:33.080
  • according to God's purpose.
  • 00:30:33.090 --> 00:30:35.100
  • In Jesus fulfilling of the law, he is radically hospitable
  • 00:30:35.110 --> 00:30:40.120
  • towards those that some of his contemporaries say you
  • 00:30:40.130 --> 00:30:44.040
  • don't associate with them, you don't touch them,
  • 00:30:44.050 --> 00:30:46.260
  • you don't hang out with them, don't be with them.
  • 00:30:46.270 --> 00:30:49.120
  • And this is a big part of Jesus's life.
  • 00:30:49.130 --> 00:30:52.060
  • So for example, you know Jesus loved to--
  • 00:30:52.070 --> 00:30:56.040
  • Jesus converted Matthew the tax collector to become a disciple,
  • 00:30:56.050 --> 00:31:00.090
  • or the story of Simon the leper, eating with a leper.
  • 00:31:00.100 --> 00:31:03.070
  • You're not supposed to do that.
  • 00:31:03.080 --> 00:31:05.110
  • Or sitting at the well with the Samaritan woman.
  • 00:31:05.120 --> 00:31:07.130
  • Tim and I have tried to figure out, it's five--
  • 00:31:07.140 --> 00:31:09.090
  • she was married five times.
  • 00:31:09.100 --> 00:31:11.100
  • Last service Tim pretended to know how many times the woman
  • 00:31:11.110 --> 00:31:13.260
  • at the well was married.
  • 00:31:13.270 --> 00:31:15.270
  • He said five, but he got it right,
  • 00:31:15.280 --> 00:31:18.050
  • and now he does know, thumbs up.
  • 00:31:18.060 --> 00:31:21.150
  • Good job, Tim.
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  • The woman who's married five times, and this sixth one
  • 00:31:23.220 --> 00:31:26.070
  • you're not even married to.
  • 00:31:26.080 --> 00:31:28.050
  • Okay, we'll check.
  • 00:31:28.060 --> 00:31:29.270
  • I'm gonna audit that. I'm still not sure.
  • 00:31:29.280 --> 00:31:32.210
  • All right, you know, so Jesus is sitting and drinking and talking
  • 00:31:32.220 --> 00:31:37.280
  • to not only a Samaritan woman, but a divorced Samaritan woman.
  • 00:31:37.290 --> 00:31:42.040
  • Or Zacchaeus, another-- oohs from the choir--
  • 00:31:42.050 --> 00:31:44.150
  • Zacchaeus, you know, imagine the Zacchaeus story.
  • 00:31:44.160 --> 00:31:47.170
  • You know, the wee little man climbed into a tree.
  • 00:31:47.180 --> 00:31:49.170
  • This is a guy that probably stole from everybody.
  • 00:31:49.180 --> 00:31:52.150
  • Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, but he was perceived
  • 00:31:52.160 --> 00:31:55.080
  • as a villain, and Jesus said, "I'm going to eat with you."
  • 00:31:55.090 --> 00:31:58.040
  • Huge honor.
  • 00:31:58.050 --> 00:32:00.090
  • So as Jesus is doing this, he has this small guild of
  • 00:32:00.100 --> 00:32:03.200
  • disciples, and in those days to be a disciple meant I want
  • 00:32:03.210 --> 00:32:07.040
  • to become just like the rabbi.
  • 00:32:07.050 --> 00:32:11.070
  • A disciple was usually a young man between 15 years old
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  • and in some cases mid-twenties.
  • 00:32:15.200 --> 00:32:17.290
  • So they were all, you know, late high school,
  • 00:32:18.000 --> 00:32:20.020
  • early college-aged boys, really.
  • 00:32:20.030 --> 00:32:22.210
  • Peter was probably 23 or something, and these guys
  • 00:32:22.220 --> 00:32:26.230
  • desperately wanted to live holy, good lives, and they wanted
  • 00:32:26.240 --> 00:32:31.030
  • to be like Jesus, like the rabbi, the best way they could.
  • 00:32:31.040 --> 00:32:35.240
  • And so Jesus would then eat with these people who are not holy,
  • 00:32:35.250 --> 00:32:40.160
  • who are not, you know, insiders, they're not the best of the
  • 00:32:40.170 --> 00:32:43.070
  • best, and they would feel sort of embarrassed sometimes.
  • 00:32:43.080 --> 00:32:49.020
  • I remember once they say, "Jesus, don't you know
  • 00:32:49.030 --> 00:32:51.040
  • who that woman is?
  • 00:32:51.050 --> 00:32:53.090
  • You can't be eating with her."
  • 00:32:53.100 --> 00:32:55.100
  • You're not even supposed to say that to your rabbi.
  • 00:32:55.110 --> 00:32:57.040
  • They're really--so, okay, so now it's been three years
  • 00:32:57.050 --> 00:32:59.280
  • and these young men have become more and more like Christ
  • 00:32:59.290 --> 00:33:02.110
  • and have spent times-- they've shared meals with him,
  • 00:33:02.120 --> 00:33:05.030
  • and they've never left his side,
  • 00:33:05.040 --> 00:33:07.020
  • and now Jesus is about to give them
  • 00:33:07.030 --> 00:33:09.090
  • what some call the stone lecture.
  • 00:33:09.100 --> 00:33:11.220
  • It's the final sort of big teaching he's going to give
  • 00:33:11.230 --> 00:33:15.020
  • before he goes to the passion and the cross.
  • 00:33:15.030 --> 00:33:18.070
  • And he takes these boys, these 12 guys, and he walks up
  • 00:33:18.080 --> 00:33:21.160
  • to a very small area called Caesarea Philippi.
  • 00:33:21.170 --> 00:33:26.220
  • Now, for the contemporary reader, when you say Caesarea
  • 00:33:26.230 --> 00:33:29.030
  • Philippi, all of this stuff comes to your mind, but for--
  • 00:33:29.040 --> 00:33:33.190
  • you know, for us when we read it's just like
  • 00:33:33.200 --> 00:33:35.240
  • it's Caesarea Philippi, whatever.
  • 00:33:35.250 --> 00:33:37.080
  • I'm gonna tell you a bit about this.
  • 00:33:37.090 --> 00:33:38.220
  • So they walk--most of Jesus's ministry happened within
  • 00:33:38.230 --> 00:33:42.060
  • three square miles around the sea of Galilee.
  • 00:33:42.070 --> 00:33:45.100
  • He almost never left that space.
  • 00:33:45.110 --> 00:33:47.200
  • In this case, he takes these guys on a 28-mile walk north
  • 00:33:47.210 --> 00:33:52.160
  • to a place called Caesarea Philippi, and I like to think
  • 00:33:52.170 --> 00:33:56.130
  • that he didn't tell them where he was going, like maybe
  • 00:33:56.140 --> 00:33:59.240
  • in the morning, they just got up and said, "Come on, let's go.
  • 00:33:59.250 --> 00:34:02.170
  • Let's walk up here."
  • 00:34:02.180 --> 00:34:04.290
  • And maybe, you know, to walk 20 miles,
  • 00:34:05.000 --> 00:34:07.020
  • probably 10-11 hours, something like that.
  • 00:34:07.030 --> 00:34:09.030
  • So maybe they got there at sunset, or maybe they got there
  • 00:34:09.040 --> 00:34:11.210
  • in the evening, kinda tired and hungry.
  • 00:34:11.220 --> 00:34:14.130
  • Walking 28 miles isn't easy even for a teenager.
  • 00:34:14.140 --> 00:34:18.020
  • And they arrived at this place, now, the first thing you want
  • 00:34:18.030 --> 00:34:21.230
  • to know, this town, it was conquered
  • 00:34:21.240 --> 00:34:23.240
  • by Alexander the Great,
  • 00:34:23.250 --> 00:34:25.190
  • and when Alexander the Great conquered the world,
  • 00:34:25.200 --> 00:34:27.190
  • he didn't just take it over, he converted people.
  • 00:34:27.200 --> 00:34:30.170
  • So he came in and built gymnasiums and theaters
  • 00:34:30.180 --> 00:34:33.060
  • and taught people Greek, and he built temples.
  • 00:34:33.070 --> 00:34:36.010
  • And it was in Caesarea Philippi that Alexander the Great built
  • 00:34:36.020 --> 00:34:40.010
  • the Vatican version of a worship center for the god Pan, okay?
  • 00:34:40.020 --> 00:34:47.230
  • So Pan--so in those days-- the reason I'm stumbling here
  • 00:34:47.240 --> 00:34:53.100
  • is it's really difficult to describe this worship without
  • 00:34:53.110 --> 00:34:56.020
  • getting weird, but in those days they believed that there were
  • 00:34:56.030 --> 00:34:59.190
  • fertility gods, Baal and Asherah, for example.
  • 00:34:59.200 --> 00:35:02.260
  • We've talked about Pan, who in the winter they would go
  • 00:35:02.270 --> 00:35:07.130
  • to a damp, dark place called Sheol.
  • 00:35:07.140 --> 00:35:11.250
  • Sheol we sometimes translated as hell, but in the Jewish mind,
  • 00:35:11.260 --> 00:35:15.130
  • in those days it wasn't fire and brimstone, it was water
  • 00:35:15.140 --> 00:35:19.220
  • and dripping and darkness and cold.
  • 00:35:19.230 --> 00:35:24.170
  • Hades is this way, too, where it's this underworld
  • 00:35:24.180 --> 00:35:27.290
  • that's full of water.
  • 00:35:28.000 --> 00:35:30.180
  • And they believed that anytime there were large openings of
  • 00:35:30.190 --> 00:35:34.210
  • water, that these were sort of gateways in and out of hell.
  • 00:35:34.220 --> 00:35:39.040
  • So the Sea of Galilee, for example, was a huge space of,
  • 00:35:39.050 --> 00:35:43.230
  • you know, where like if you fell deep enough, like if you went
  • 00:35:43.240 --> 00:35:47.060
  • deep enough in the Sea of Galilee,
  • 00:35:47.070 --> 00:35:49.140
  • you'd like fall through into Sheol, does that make sense?
  • 00:35:49.150 --> 00:35:51.210
  • So, like, when the pigs that are possessed by demons run into
  • 00:35:51.220 --> 00:35:53.250
  • the Sea of Galilee, that totally makes sense, because in their
  • 00:35:53.260 --> 00:35:57.080
  • mind it was like, well, they're going back to hell.
  • 00:35:57.090 --> 00:35:59.260
  • This space that you see behind me in Caesarea Philippi
  • 00:35:59.270 --> 00:36:02.280
  • is a large tunnel grotto.
  • 00:36:02.290 --> 00:36:05.270
  • There was an earthquake, so it's not as open as it used to be,
  • 00:36:05.280 --> 00:36:08.130
  • but it used to go way, way back, and water would come gushing out
  • 00:36:08.140 --> 00:36:11.090
  • of it all the time.
  • 00:36:11.100 --> 00:36:13.190
  • It's the the head, actually, of the Jordan River.
  • 00:36:13.200 --> 00:36:16.070
  • And this was called the gates of Sheol or the gates of Hades.
  • 00:36:16.080 --> 00:36:21.040
  • Everybody say gates of Hades.
  • 00:36:21.050 --> 00:36:23.250
  • So in those days, this was called the gates of Hades
  • 00:36:23.260 --> 00:36:26.120
  • in Caesarea Philippi.
  • 00:36:26.130 --> 00:36:29.010
  • They believed that that's where Pan would go in
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  • and out of Hades.
  • 00:36:31.220 --> 00:36:34.010
  • They believed that in the winter he would go there to get away,
  • 00:36:34.020 --> 00:36:36.150
  • but if they were able to create enough of a stir that he would
  • 00:36:36.160 --> 00:36:39.160
  • come out and he would go into the sky with the nymphs,
  • 00:36:39.170 --> 00:36:44.080
  • and in the sky these gods would would copulate,
  • 00:36:44.090 --> 00:36:47.270
  • and when that happened, their bodily fluids
  • 00:36:47.280 --> 00:36:50.270
  • would fall to the ground, that is rain,
  • 00:36:50.280 --> 00:36:53.270
  • and that would cause the land to be to be fertile.
  • 00:36:53.280 --> 00:36:57.200
  • So for them, Pan is this fertility kind of perverted sex
  • 00:36:57.210 --> 00:37:02.130
  • god who's a trickster, and this became the center
  • 00:37:02.140 --> 00:37:06.050
  • of worship for him.
  • 00:37:06.060 --> 00:37:08.120
  • Next to the gate of Hades is a place called the rock
  • 00:37:08.130 --> 00:37:11.010
  • of the gods.
  • 00:37:11.020 --> 00:37:12.270
  • Everybody say the rock of the gods.
  • 00:37:12.280 --> 00:37:15.250
  • That's a small G.
  • 00:37:15.260 --> 00:37:18.000
  • And this is where you would have a statue of Pan.
  • 00:37:18.010 --> 00:37:21.000
  • I tried to--I actually can't show a statue of Pan because
  • 00:37:21.010 --> 00:37:24.080
  • it's so rated R, but imagine a half-man half-goat who is
  • 00:37:24.090 --> 00:37:31.160
  • in a standing position in total arousal, can we say?
  • 00:37:31.170 --> 00:37:35.250
  • And this is the picture of the statue at all times for people
  • 00:37:35.260 --> 00:37:39.290
  • to worship this fertility god.
  • 00:37:40.000 --> 00:37:43.090
  • Then there would be nymphs and all of these little things
  • 00:37:43.100 --> 00:37:45.180
  • around a statue to Caesar and others.
  • 00:37:45.190 --> 00:37:47.210
  • So the rabbis called this the rock of the gods, a small G.
  • 00:37:47.220 --> 00:37:51.120
  • And it was here that in a worship ceremony, the worshipers
  • 00:37:51.130 --> 00:37:56.070
  • and the priests would bring out a giant metal six-foot long
  • 00:37:56.080 --> 00:38:00.100
  • phallus and parade it around, and people would begin to
  • 00:38:00.110 --> 00:38:04.140
  • worship the phallus, and then they would bring out
  • 00:38:04.150 --> 00:38:07.280
  • on the stage these sacred goats.
  • 00:38:07.290 --> 00:38:11.240
  • The sacred goats, then, would begin to mate with one another,
  • 00:38:11.250 --> 00:38:16.000
  • and everybody would begin to cheer, and there'd be this hum
  • 00:38:16.010 --> 00:38:19.180
  • and there was probably a lot of drinking and the use of opiates
  • 00:38:19.190 --> 00:38:22.130
  • or drugs, since--there'd just be this hum, and people would
  • 00:38:22.140 --> 00:38:25.230
  • begin to like sing and do things and play tambourines.
  • 00:38:25.240 --> 00:38:28.200
  • And so as these goats began to mate with each other, all these
  • 00:38:28.210 --> 00:38:31.180
  • goats, and then after that the temple prostitutes would come
  • 00:38:31.190 --> 00:38:36.000
  • out and then every--all of the worshipers would gather on the
  • 00:38:36.010 --> 00:38:39.020
  • stage and there would be this massive orgy,
  • 00:38:39.030 --> 00:38:43.020
  • this massive copulating with each other,
  • 00:38:43.030 --> 00:38:46.070
  • with the prostitutes, and with the goats.
  • 00:38:46.080 --> 00:38:50.120
  • This is where Jesus is bringing his teenage disciples.
  • 00:38:50.130 --> 00:38:58.240
  • Can you imagine one of those guys, like, "Oh, god!
  • 00:38:58.250 --> 00:39:01.130
  • If my dad knew I was here, I'd be in huge trouble."
  • 00:39:01.140 --> 00:39:05.240
  • Brings them up on a hill and shows them this space where all
  • 00:39:05.250 --> 00:39:10.050
  • of this horrible stuff is going on, and when that big thing
  • 00:39:10.060 --> 00:39:14.130
  • happens and all of these people are in this crazed state of
  • 00:39:14.140 --> 00:39:18.200
  • hyper-sexuality and all of this stuff is going on, the word they
  • 00:39:18.210 --> 00:39:22.110
  • used for that after the god Pan was pandemonium.
  • 00:39:22.120 --> 00:39:29.040
  • And Pan is also where we get the word panic, because they
  • 00:39:29.050 --> 00:39:32.240
  • believed that Pan would come in his weirdness.
  • 00:39:32.250 --> 00:39:35.110
  • Pandemonium--demonium is a demon--and Pan also the word
  • 00:39:35.120 --> 00:39:39.180
  • in Greek it means all, but it comes from the god Pan
  • 00:39:39.190 --> 00:39:42.290
  • because of his many personifications.
  • 00:39:43.000 --> 00:39:47.170
  • So it's this very, very dark place, and if you imagine these
  • 00:39:47.180 --> 00:39:51.000
  • young men whom they just want-- they're like so straight-laced.
  • 00:39:51.010 --> 00:39:55.030
  • Like picture some kid from the midwest, who's always gone to
  • 00:39:55.040 --> 00:39:59.260
  • church, you know, and he's just like real--wears his tie and is
  • 00:39:59.270 --> 00:40:02.260
  • really nice to everybody, a little bit nerdy, but a good,
  • 00:40:02.270 --> 00:40:05.150
  • good guy, you know?
  • 00:40:05.160 --> 00:40:07.140
  • You'd trust him to watch your kids.
  • 00:40:07.150 --> 00:40:09.110
  • It's this kind of guy.
  • 00:40:09.120 --> 00:40:11.110
  • These are how these guys are.
  • 00:40:11.120 --> 00:40:13.070
  • They just grew up-- everything is clean.
  • 00:40:13.080 --> 00:40:15.110
  • You know, they can't even touch somebody with dandruff
  • 00:40:15.120 --> 00:40:17.060
  • without going through some ritualistic cleansing.
  • 00:40:17.070 --> 00:40:19.170
  • So everything is about being-- and here they are in this space
  • 00:40:19.180 --> 00:40:23.250
  • where something that is the most opposite of what they believed,
  • 00:40:23.260 --> 00:40:27.020
  • that is utterly evil and sad and disgusting,
  • 00:40:27.030 --> 00:40:32.270
  • he brings them to this place.
  • 00:40:32.280 --> 00:40:37.190
  • As they're there, Jesus then looks at Peter or looks at the
  • 00:40:37.200 --> 00:40:42.000
  • group, and he says, "All right, who do people say that I am?"
  • 00:40:42.010 --> 00:40:51.060
  • There's a muttering among them.
  • 00:40:51.070 --> 00:40:52.240
  • What should we say?
  • 00:40:52.250 --> 00:40:54.110
  • Look back and forth.
  • 00:40:54.120 --> 00:40:56.010
  • Someone speaks up and says, "Oh, some say you're
  • 00:40:56.020 --> 00:40:58.200
  • John the Baptist, others say Elijah.
  • 00:40:58.210 --> 00:41:00.280
  • Some are saying Jeremiah."
  • 00:41:00.290 --> 00:41:02.180
  • And he looks at them, and he says,
  • 00:41:02.190 --> 00:41:04.070
  • "Who do you say that I am?"
  • 00:41:04.080 --> 00:41:07.190
  • Peter as the oldest is this sort of leader of the group.
  • 00:41:07.200 --> 00:41:10.250
  • He's the, you know, he's the oldest of them, so he has to
  • 00:41:10.260 --> 00:41:13.230
  • always speak on behalf, and very boldly Peter looks at Jesus
  • 00:41:13.240 --> 00:41:17.140
  • and says, "You are the Messiah, the son of the living God."
  • 00:41:17.150 --> 00:41:24.000
  • The Greek really seems to highlight this word living.
  • 00:41:24.010 --> 00:41:26.270
  • He's quoting Hosea here and other passages, but it's like
  • 00:41:26.280 --> 00:41:30.210
  • he's saying that that our God is alive, and this God is dead.
  • 00:41:30.220 --> 00:41:38.170
  • Jesus says a common Jewish idiom, which is the greatest
  • 00:41:38.180 --> 00:41:41.210
  • compliment that you can give a disciple if you're a rabbi.
  • 00:41:41.220 --> 00:41:45.010
  • And he says, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
  • 00:41:45.020 --> 00:41:48.060
  • for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood,
  • 00:41:48.070 --> 00:41:51.160
  • but by my father in Heaven."
  • 00:41:51.170 --> 00:41:54.260
  • And then he says something else.
  • 00:41:54.270 --> 00:41:56.220
  • Okay, so where are they?
  • 00:41:56.230 --> 00:41:58.140
  • They're looking at Pan, at the rock of the gods next
  • 00:41:58.150 --> 00:42:01.060
  • to the gate of Hades.
  • 00:42:01.070 --> 00:42:03.140
  • Okay, this is important to remember.
  • 00:42:03.150 --> 00:42:05.170
  • We as Westerners, we think in abstracts, we use words like
  • 00:42:05.180 --> 00:42:09.160
  • omniscient and omnipresent and things like that, right?
  • 00:42:09.170 --> 00:42:13.290
  • Jews don't use these words to describe God.
  • 00:42:14.000 --> 00:42:16.010
  • They use words like God is a shepherd, God is a rock,
  • 00:42:16.020 --> 00:42:18.230
  • God is a tower, God is a house, God is a mother hen.
  • 00:42:18.240 --> 00:42:23.130
  • Jesus looks at them, standing in front of the gates of Hades and
  • 00:42:23.140 --> 00:42:27.090
  • the rock of the gods, and he says, "And I tell you,
  • 00:42:27.100 --> 00:42:31.170
  • you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."
  • 00:42:31.180 --> 00:42:39.290
  • Now, our Catholic friends and brothers and sisters say that
  • 00:42:40.000 --> 00:42:44.230
  • this is Jesus charging Peter with authority over the church.
  • 00:42:44.240 --> 00:42:51.040
  • And you know what? They're right, it is.
  • 00:42:51.050 --> 00:42:54.090
  • And we reformed folks say this is Jesus commemorating Peter's
  • 00:42:54.100 --> 00:43:00.190
  • declaration of faith, his doctrine, and that's the rock.
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  • And you know what? They're right, it is.
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  • But what if there's also a third thing here?
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  • Where Jesus the Jewish rabbi, when he says you, Peter,
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  • which means rocky.
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  • You know, Peter means rock.
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  • He says you Peter, and on this rock, this rock,
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  • the rock of the gods.
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  • You see what's happening down there?
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  • This is where you build the church.
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  • And the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
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  • Powerful symbolism and then you read further on, and it says
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  • Jesus then called in to the crowd, and the Bible says
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  • a loud voice.
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  • In Greek it probably should be shouted.
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  • He looks at them, at all of these people who are down there
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  • in this muck and in this mire, and he says,
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  • "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
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  • and take up their cross and follow me.
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  • For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, whoever loses
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  • their life for me and for the Gospel will save it."
  • 00:44:10.050 --> 00:44:14.030
  • And then an even louder voice, "What good is it if someone
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  • gains the whole world and loses their own soul?
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  • What can you get for the loss of your soul?"
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  • Can you just imagine that?
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  • And just these people's stopping and looking up and seeing this
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  • crazed 33-year-old rabbi with this thing over his head and his
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  • students and standing there shouting over them:
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  • what will you gain from this?
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  • And then they believe that the next line--
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  • so for the disciples, now, it's gotten really awkward,
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  • because they've not only interrupted this ceremony,
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  • they've done it in a strange way.
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  • Some scholars believe that this next line Jesus looks and says
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  • to his disciples, and it's almost like they're embarrassed.
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  • And he looks at the 12, and he says if anyone is ashamed of me
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  • or of my words, in this adulterous and sinful
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  • generation, the son of man will be ashamed of them
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  • when he comes in his father's glory and with his Holy Angels.
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  • Powerful, powerful, powerful moment by the greatest teacher
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  • to ever live, Jesus Christ.
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  • On this rock, build my church here.
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  • This is your problem.
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  • This is where you need to go.
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  • Stop being so afraid of being straight-laced, be proud of me,
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  • be honoring of me, don't forget me, but go here.
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  • These people need you.
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  • They need you.
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  • People do this when they're broken.
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  • People do this when they have nowhere else to go.
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  • People do this when they're empty, they need you.
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  • Well, much later in the story after the resurrection and
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  • Pentecost and the just explosion of the church in the Levant,
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  • Peter has emerged as the as the leader or one of the key leaders
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  • of the church, and there's this, you know, really important
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  • watershed moment for the church in Acts chapter 10 when Peter
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  • is amongst this debate about all of these gentiles
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  • who are coming to faith in Christ.
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  • You know, Peter still views himself now, I think,
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  • as an Orthodox Jewish rabbi.
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  • You know, he's still fixated to the law, this is a Jerusalem
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  • thing, we gather in the temple, this is for God's people,
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  • and he goes up on the roof, it says, one day,
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  • and someone's cooking some food, and he's hungry.
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  • You ever been--there's something about being up
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  • and not down when somebody's cooking that it smells better.
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  • I don't know what that's about.
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  • And he's sitting up there and he smells the food and he's hungry,
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  • and then all of a sudden God gives him this vision.
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  • And it's a vision of angels holding like a sheet
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  • or something, and inside is all of these unclean animals,
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  • you know, all this stuff the Jews are not allowed to eat,
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  • reptiles and pigs and things and.
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  • And a voice from God says, "Peter, get up, kill, and eat."
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  • And Peter tells God, "No, never, Lord.
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  • I Am a Jew. This is unclean.
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  • I can't eat this stuff."
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  • And you remember what God says to Peter?
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  • "Do not call unclean that which I have--"
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  • the word is made clean.
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  • I have made them clean.
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  • I have made them clean.
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  • And just after that, he gets a knock on the door,
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  • and it's a servant of a guy named Cornelius,
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  • a Roman soldier, who had had a vision from an angel that said
  • 00:47:58.250 --> 00:48:02.070
  • that Peter was supposed to tell them something important.
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  • He'd gathered his friends at his house, and they were praying
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  • and serving the poor, and they believed that something great
  • 00:48:07.270 --> 00:48:10.020
  • was about to happen, and Peter arrives.
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  • He goes to visit Cornelius in Caesarea Maritima,
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  • a different Caesarea, and there when he arrives, he says,
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  • "You know what?
  • 00:48:19.190 --> 00:48:21.060
  • I am a Jew, and we Jews are not supposed to associate with you,
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  • but God gave me a vision of this, you know, this thing."
  • 00:48:24.170 --> 00:48:27.260
  • And I wonder if he began to remember this moment
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  • in Caesarea Philippi where Jesus was telling him,
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  • "Build my church here, build it here,
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  • build it here on the rock of the gods, build it here
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  • on the gates of Hades."
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  • It was in that moment that Peter preached the gospel to them,
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  • and they were all full of the Holy Spirit and began to praise
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  • and worship the Lord and even speak in other tongues,
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  • and they were baptized, and this great move of God began.
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  • And this is sort of where the church invited gentiles
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  • like me into the church.
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  • It's a lovely story, and it's important part that we
  • 00:49:07.240 --> 00:49:10.150
  • understand that this is how the church was made
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  • and this is how we serve our rabbi Jesus.
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  • We serve a rabbi who goes to outsiders.
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  • We serve a rabbi who goes to places like the Pan temple.
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  • And the question I wanna ask everyone in this room and
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  • everybody watching on television is what if there is someone out
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  • there that makes you feel uncomfortable that maybe
  • 00:49:29.070 --> 00:49:31.270
  • you think is unclean, and God is saying,
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  • "Do not call unclean what I have made clean."?
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  • What if there is someone that God is asking you today
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  • to be deliberately hospitable towards?
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  • Someone that maybe you're the only way they're going to
  • 00:49:45.200 --> 00:49:49.250
  • experience the love of God today, or maybe it would be
  • 00:49:49.260 --> 00:49:52.150
  • the first time they've ever received a touch from God?
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  • I just want to encourage you that if you begin to be like
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  • Abraham and have eyes to see the passers-by, to welcome them,
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  • to run after them, to invite them, to serve them
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  • and care for them and love on them.
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  • Watch how God can use that to dramatically change their life
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  • and change your life.
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  • We serve a God who does not want us to stay cloistered up
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  • in church buildings.
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  • He does not want us to stay in Jerusalem.
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  • He wants us to go into all the world and make disciples.
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  • It is so crystal clear that this is what Jesus wants
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  • from us is to be goers and doers and reachers.
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  • Even when we were sinners, even when we were lost,
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  • he came after us.
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  • So we continue in our church and in Hour of Power to create
  • 00:50:38.240 --> 00:50:42.000
  • a community of hospitality people, amen?
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  • And that's who you are.
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  • I'm so proud of you, you're doing such a good job
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  • and continue to reach people who feel like they're outsiders
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  • or forgotten.
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  • Be holy, pursue your life after God, live according to your
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  • convictions, but also remember we're called to go, amen?
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  • Lord, we thank you, and we love you and we bless your name.
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  • Thank you that when we were lost, you came after us.
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  • I think every single person in this room could name someone
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  • in their life who came alongside them even when they were
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  • messing up or emotional or crazy and just loved on us.
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  • Lord, help us to do that to others.
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  • We love you, Lord.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • 00:51:28.010 --> 00:51:38.000
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  • The oceans give up all the dead that are in there
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  • The graves open wide to set captives free
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  • And those who are roaming the earth rise to meet them
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  • Abraham's seed as the sands of the sea
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  • These are they who have come out of great tribulation
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  • They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb
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  • They have come through a sorrow into great jubilation
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  • They're redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
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  • Like a strong and mighty army
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  • their voices are ringing
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  • Oh, the great cloud of witnesses
  • 00:53:17.170 --> 00:53:22.160
  • they sing freedom's song
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  • As they enter the country built by their own fathers
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  • The promised home land they looked for so long
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  • And all the strangers and all the pilgrims
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  • We will be no longer strangers
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  • Oh, the tired and the weary wanderers
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  • They will wander no more
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  • The table is spread for the great celebration
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  • And the welcome home banner lies over the door
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  • These are they who have come out of great tribulation
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  • They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb
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  • They have come through a sorrow into great jubilation
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  • They're redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
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  • They're redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
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  • The Lamb!
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  • [congregation applauding]
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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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