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Faith and Future Part 1

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December 1, 2019
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Casey Treat

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  • - Pastor Casey Treat: Hi, I'm
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  • Casey Treat.
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  • Thirty-five years ago, I was an
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  • addict with no hope and no
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  • future.
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  • It was then that I realized a
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  • simple truth that changed my
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  • life forever.
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  • The truth is, you can change.
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  • Whatever the circumstance, you
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  • can make choices that change
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  • your life forever.
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  • Join me on this journey of
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  • change as we examine living in
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  • our world and finding out what
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  • - Casey: Hi, this is Casey
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  • Treat.
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  • So good to have you with us on
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  • the program today.
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  • We're gonna spend the next few
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  • months getting stronger, getting
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  • better, getting the Word of God
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  • working in our life.
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  • I'm talking about faith and your
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  • future.
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  • Hey, it matters.
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  • What you believe is making a
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  • difference for your future.
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  • Remember, go to CaseyTreat.com.
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  • Find out about all the things
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  • going on in our ministry life.
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  • CaseyTreat.com.
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  • We have lots to share with you,
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  • so I'm praying you hear what
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  • - Casey: It's a funny thing
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  • when we're in need, right, when
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  • we have real problems in our
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  • life, we get spiritual, right?
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  • We get real serious, "Oh, I
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  • gotta talk to Pastor.
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  • I need him to pray for me."
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  • "Why?
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  • What do you need?"
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  • "Well, I need healing."
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  • "I need a job."
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  • "I need a financial
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  • breakthrough."
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  • Okay, right, that's good, but
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  • maybe what if what you need is a
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  • relationship with God?
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  • "Oh, yeah, no, no, I got that.
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  • I got born again back in 1993."
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  • Yeah, I'm not talking about what
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  • happened in the past.
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  • I'm talking about where you are
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  • with God right now, and I think
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  • oftentimes our needs become
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  • bigger, and we actually are
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  • focused on those, and we forget
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  • it's our relationship with God
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  • that really matters.
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  • It's knowing God and trusting
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  • God and just like we trusted in
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  • these things that we used--we
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  • believe in them.
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  • We trust them to work.
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  • Do you trust God?
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  • You believe in God, that he's
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  • hearing, that he's working in
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  • your life?
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  • Maybe not.
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  • Maybe some of us aren't really
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  • connecting with God, and the
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  • Passion Bible--have you started
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  • reading the Passion Bible?
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  • Y'all like the Passion Bible?
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  • No?
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  • Never heard of it?
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  • No passion in this church.
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  • Passion Bible is a new
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  • paraphrase, right?
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  • Not a translation, but it's fun.
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  • It's interesting, kinda like
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  • reading The Message or the
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  • Living Bible, but it said this
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  • in Hebrews 11:1, "Faith brings
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  • our hope into reality and
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  • becomes the foundation needed to
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  • acquire the things we need," or
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  • we desire, or we long for.
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  • "It's all the evidence required
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  • to prove what is still unseen."
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  • Faith empowers us to see.
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  • Have you ever seen this TV show
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  • "Catfish"?
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  • I think it's called "Catfish."
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  • Young people, do you know what
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  • "catfish" means?
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  • What is--what's a catfish?
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  • Help me out.
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  • What's a catfish?
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  • Do you get catfished?
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  • Is that how you say it?
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  • You get catfished, and I'm
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  • asking the youth pastor here,
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  • who's current on all youth
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  • information.
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  • What's catfishing?
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  • It's when you kinda, like, fake
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  • who you are?
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  • You're online, you're having an
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  • online relationship, and you say
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  • you live in one place.
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  • You may live across the world.
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  • You say you look one way, but
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  • that's not a picture of you.
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  • You say you have this job.
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  • You really don't even have a
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  • job, right?
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  • That's why you have all this
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  • time to be catfishing.
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  • Okay, so it's sad to see some of
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  • these stories, right, of people
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  • who believed in something, and
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  • it was not real.
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  • I think many people are, kind
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  • of, having that kind of
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  • experience with God.
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  • They're believing in something
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  • that's not real because they've
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  • never read their Bible to really
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  • find out what God's all about,
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  • so they believe in a religion.
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  • They believe if the pastor does
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  • something, they believe if they
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  • get Communion from a certain
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  • person, they believe if they'll
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  • get oil from Jerusalem or a
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  • trinket, you know, from the holy
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  • ground, that it somehow will
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  • bring power to their life, bring
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  • blessing to their life.
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  • They're getting catfished.
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  • Do you know on Christian TV you
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  • can buy prayer shawls?
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  • And some people believe that if
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  • they pray with those prayer
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  • shawls it will help their
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  • prayers.
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  • I'd rather have a serape than a
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  • prayer shawl.
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  • Serape is much more cool, but
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  • it's just an imagination.
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  • It's a false illusion, and it
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  • doesn't work, doesn't help, but
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  • you believed in it, and then
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  • eventually you get disappointed
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  • because there is no power in all
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  • those superstitions, and you've
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  • been catfished.
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  • And now you give up on God, but
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  • it never was about God because
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  • you were not plugging in to what
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  • God was saying, to what the
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  • Bible says.
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  • You were connecting with these
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  • weird things, so let's make sure
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  • that our faith is in God.
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  • Our hope is in God.
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  • It's not in the prayer shawl.
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  • It's not in some person who
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  • prays for us.
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  • It's in our connection with him,
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  • and that's where we receive
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  • those things that God has
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  • planned for us, so let's get our
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  • faith, let's get our hope
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  • connected to God.
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  • I will say it like this.
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  • Your faith in God will decide
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  • what you see, what you believe,
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  • what you reach for, what you
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  • achieve in your future.
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  • Your faith in God, not your
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  • faith in stuff, not your faith
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  • in the chair, not your faith in
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  • the things, not your faith in a
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  • person.
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  • Your faith in God.
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  • How many people have left church
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  • 'cause they got hurt?
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  • They never were connecting with
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  • God.
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  • They were just part of the group
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  • and when the group hurt them
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  • they're out, 'cause they didn't
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  • really have a connection with
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  • God, right?
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  • How many people have given up on
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  • their faith life because they
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  • did the steps, they did the
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  • catechism, they did the things
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  • and nothing changed?
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  • And then--so, it didn't work.
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  • Well, but you didn't plug in
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  • with God.
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  • You were plugged into other
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  • stuff, so it's faith in God.
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  • Jesus said have faith in God.
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  • In Jeremiah 29 and verse
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  • 11--famous passage, right?
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  • We hear it often.
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  • The prophet speaks by the Holy
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  • Spirit.
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  • He said, "I know the thoughts
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  • that I think toward you, says
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  • the Lord, thoughts of peace and
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  • not of evil, to give you a
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  • future and a hope.
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  • And you'll call upon me and go
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  • and pray to me, and I'll listen
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  • to you.
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  • And you'll seek me and find me,
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  • when you search for me with all
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  • your heart."
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  • Wendy and I memorized this
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  • Scripture.
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  • We were brand-new Christians,
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  • right, young Christians, and we
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  • memorized that Scripture.
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  • You'll find him when we search
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  • for him, when we seek for him
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  • with all our heart.
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  • You know the difference, right?
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  • When you think you've misplaced
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  • something you're kinda looking
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  • for it, and then you get
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  • distracted, and you're off doing
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  • something else.
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  • That's a lot different than when
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  • you're searching for something
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  • with all your heart, right?
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  • When you're just focused.
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  • You're just committed.
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  • "We gotta find it.
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  • We can't go until we find the
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  • key," or whatever it is, and
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  • when you get focused and give
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  • full attention then you begin to
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  • search for that with all your
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  • heart.
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  • And here it says your future
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  • from God is dependent on you
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  • seeking for him with all your
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  • heart.
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  • You know, anything that's
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  • important to us, we can get into
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  • it, can't we?
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  • You know, you talk to the golfer
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  • who's loving his golf, oh, man,
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  • he's into it.
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  • He's checking his club length.
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  • He's checking his loft and his
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  • lie, and he's thinking about his
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  • backswing and his
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  • follow-through, and he's
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  • watching lessons on how to get
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  • better.
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  • And he'll buy strange things if
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  • they will give him 5 extra yards
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  • of his ball and then, you know,
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  • he's just into it, and he's
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  • focused, and he's searching and
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  • seeking how to get better.
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  • But the same thing is true for
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  • you who love to cook.
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  • "Ooh, I'm gonna try a pinch of
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  • this and a pinch of that.
  • 00:09:21.170 --> 00:09:23.170
  • Maybe it will change the
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  • flavor," and we're into it, and
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  • we're buying things, and we're
  • 00:09:26.190 --> 00:09:28.190
  • studying.
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  • We're watching the Food Channel
  • 00:09:29.110 --> 00:09:31.100
  • because we're excited about this
  • 00:09:31.100 --> 00:09:33.180
  • new salad, which, by the way,
  • 00:09:33.180 --> 00:09:35.020
  • they've been making salads for
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  • hundreds of years.
  • 00:09:36.120 --> 00:09:39.040
  • It's a salad, but we get into
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  • it, don't we?
  • 00:09:42.000 --> 00:09:42.280
  • And we seek, and we search, and
  • 00:09:42.280 --> 00:09:44.010
  • we're studying, and we're
  • 00:09:44.010 --> 00:09:45.120
  • excited about it, right?
  • 00:09:46.230 --> 00:09:49.230
  • We go to the mall, and we're
  • 00:09:49.230 --> 00:09:51.100
  • shopping.
  • 00:09:51.100 --> 00:09:53.060
  • They've been kinda making
  • 00:09:53.060 --> 00:09:54.040
  • clothes and shoes for a long
  • 00:09:54.040 --> 00:09:56.000
  • time and--
  • 00:09:56.000 --> 00:09:57.210
  • "But this is a different color,
  • 00:09:57.210 --> 00:09:59.000
  • and this is a different style,
  • 00:09:59.000 --> 00:10:00.210
  • and it's 1 inch higher.
  • 00:10:00.210 --> 00:10:02.110
  • And it's a V-neck, not a
  • 00:10:02.110 --> 00:10:04.180
  • round-neck.
  • 00:10:04.180 --> 00:10:05.160
  • I gotta have it," right?
  • 00:10:05.160 --> 00:10:07.020
  • We get into our stuff.
  • 00:10:07.020 --> 00:10:08.210
  • Who's into God like that?
  • 00:10:08.210 --> 00:10:11.210
  • Who's seeking God like that?
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:13.110
  • Who's studying God like that?
  • 00:10:13.110 --> 00:10:15.150
  • Who's reading and meditating and
  • 00:10:15.150 --> 00:10:17.250
  • praying, "God, move in my life.
  • 00:10:18.290 --> 00:10:21.290
  • God, what's the future?
  • 00:10:21.290 --> 00:10:24.020
  • What's the plan?
  • 00:10:24.020 --> 00:10:25.010
  • How do I get where you want me
  • 00:10:25.010 --> 00:10:26.200
  • to be?"
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  • See, if we'll search for him
  • 00:10:27.190 --> 00:10:29.100
  • with all our heart, "'I will be
  • 00:10:30.060 --> 00:10:33.060
  • found by you,' says the Lord."
  • 00:10:34.150 --> 00:10:37.150
  • Isn't it amazing how many people
  • 00:10:37.150 --> 00:10:39.100
  • have been Christians for a long
  • 00:10:39.100 --> 00:10:40.130
  • time, but still not sure of
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:43.180
  • God's will for their life?
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:44.270
  • Still just kinda hoping and
  • 00:10:44.270 --> 00:10:46.270
  • kinda wondering, but the Bible
  • 00:10:46.270 --> 00:10:48.130
  • said you can find him, and you
  • 00:10:48.130 --> 00:10:50.120
  • can know when you search, when
  • 00:10:50.120 --> 00:10:53.020
  • you seek with all your heart.
  • 00:10:53.020 --> 00:10:55.270
  • And this is the same thing that
  • 00:10:55.270 --> 00:10:57.120
  • we read in Hebrews, isn't it?
  • 00:10:57.120 --> 00:10:59.220
  • That diligence.
  • 00:10:59.220 --> 00:11:01.150
  • "I will reward those who seek me
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:05.160
  • diligently," so a real
  • 00:11:05.160 --> 00:11:08.050
  • relationship.
  • 00:11:08.050 --> 00:11:09.050
  • I'm not trying to make it sound
  • 00:11:09.050 --> 00:11:10.140
  • hard or sound like a job,
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:12.240
  • because your golf isn't your
  • 00:11:12.240 --> 00:11:14.020
  • job, and cooking may not be your
  • 00:11:14.020 --> 00:11:16.080
  • job, and clothing may not be
  • 00:11:16.080 --> 00:11:18.140
  • your job, but you could still
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:19.220
  • get into it and be excited about
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:21.070
  • it and be, you know, studying
  • 00:11:21.070 --> 00:11:22.270
  • it.
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:24.180
  • When do we do that in our
  • 00:11:24.180 --> 00:11:26.000
  • relationship with God and what
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:28.040
  • if that was the key to your
  • 00:11:28.040 --> 00:11:30.010
  • future?
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:32.050
  • What if that is the key to your
  • 00:11:32.050 --> 00:11:34.250
  • children's future, and to your
  • 00:11:34.250 --> 00:11:37.230
  • career, and to those things that
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:41.060
  • you're hoping for?
  • 00:11:41.060 --> 00:11:44.030
  • Do you think God has a plan for
  • 00:11:44.030 --> 00:11:46.110
  • your future?
  • 00:11:46.110 --> 00:11:48.000
  • We say that a lot, don't we?
  • 00:11:48.000 --> 00:11:49.150
  • Stuff like that.
  • 00:11:49.150 --> 00:11:50.290
  • "The Lord has a plan.
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  • Let go, let God."
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  • Who came up with that one?
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:57.220
  • "Let go, let God."
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  • I guess it's good.
  • 00:12:00.030 --> 00:12:01.190
  • It's cool.
  • 00:12:01.190 --> 00:12:03.030
  • It's cute.
  • 00:12:03.030 --> 00:12:05.090
  • Do you believe, "God has a plan
  • 00:12:05.130 --> 00:12:08.130
  • for my future?"
  • 00:12:08.130 --> 00:12:11.080
  • So, when I was sitting in a
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  • rehab center and trying to
  • 00:12:13.080 --> 00:12:16.040
  • decide if I could make it
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:17.110
  • through a day without shooting
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:18.160
  • dope, did God have a vision of
  • 00:12:18.160 --> 00:12:21.060
  • me being a pastor, teaching the
  • 00:12:21.060 --> 00:12:23.250
  • Bible, talking about connecting
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:25.230
  • with him?
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  • Did God see that?
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  • Did God plan that?
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  • And what's he planning for you?
  • 00:12:30.250 --> 00:12:32.280
  • What does he have for you?
  • 00:12:32.280 --> 00:12:34.040
  • But remember there is this human
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  • side, so I had to get involved
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:37.210
  • with that plan, didn't I?
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:39.050
  • I had to call on the name of the
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  • Lord.
  • 00:12:40.160 --> 00:12:41.140
  • I had to seek after the Lord.
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:43.160
  • I had to study, right, study the
  • 00:12:43.160 --> 00:12:45.220
  • Word of God to find what God had
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:48.200
  • for me.
  • 00:12:48.200 --> 00:12:49.120
  • Well, you say, "Well, that's for
  • 00:12:49.120 --> 00:12:50.010
  • you, Pastor."
  • 00:12:50.010 --> 00:12:50.270
  • I know, but what's his plan in
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:52.020
  • your life?
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  • That's what I did.
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:55.170
  • What's his plan in your life and
  • 00:12:55.170 --> 00:12:57.140
  • how will you move into that
  • 00:12:57.140 --> 00:12:59.090
  • business or that career or that
  • 00:12:59.090 --> 00:13:01.180
  • ministry, whatever, that family,
  • 00:13:01.180 --> 00:13:03.210
  • that future that he has planned
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:06.130
  • for you?
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:07.280
  • But let's start with the basics.
  • 00:13:07.280 --> 00:13:09.130
  • Do you believe God has a plan
  • 00:13:10.060 --> 00:13:13.060
  • for your life and do you believe
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:15.030
  • you're in it, you're moving in
  • 00:13:15.030 --> 00:13:16.250
  • it, you're walking in it, you're
  • 00:13:16.250 --> 00:13:18.180
  • on the path, you're on the way?
  • 00:13:18.180 --> 00:13:20.260
  • In Ephesians 1 and verse 3 it
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:23.270
  • said, "Blessed be the God and
  • 00:13:23.270 --> 00:13:25.000
  • Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:28.020
  • who has blessed us."
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  • One of the things that hangs us
  • 00:13:31.290 --> 00:13:33.110
  • up is we keep waiting for God to
  • 00:13:33.110 --> 00:13:34.240
  • do something, right?
  • 00:13:34.240 --> 00:13:35.240
  • "God, bless me.
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  • God, help me.
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:37.060
  • God, heal me.
  • 00:13:37.060 --> 00:13:37.290
  • God, show me.
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.220
  • God--"
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:40.240
  • But the Bible said he has
  • 00:13:40.240 --> 00:13:41.170
  • blessed us, so we need to move
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  • with confidence that God's
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:45.060
  • working, that it's already a
  • 00:13:45.060 --> 00:13:46.140
  • done deal, that he's done his
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:48.210
  • part, and all we gotta do is
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:50.100
  • move into it.
  • 00:13:50.100 --> 00:13:53.090
  • You know, if you jumped off a
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  • building but you had your eyes
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:57.120
  • closed so you couldn't see the
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:58.260
  • bottom, but you believed there
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:01.040
  • was a swimming pool there,
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:02.170
  • right, or you believed there
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:04.070
  • was, you know, one of those big
  • 00:14:04.070 --> 00:14:06.290
  • air-filled bags that would catch
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:08.260
  • you safely.
  • 00:14:08.260 --> 00:14:10.140
  • So, you can't see the bottom,
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:12.130
  • but you just jump off anyway
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:15.040
  • 'cause you have confidence that,
  • 00:14:15.040 --> 00:14:17.060
  • you know, the pool is there, or
  • 00:14:17.060 --> 00:14:19.080
  • the bag is there, and you're
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:21.080
  • gonna be fine.
  • 00:14:21.080 --> 00:14:23.110
  • Most of us are, kind of, on that
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:24.270
  • ledge.
  • 00:14:24.270 --> 00:14:26.010
  • We're ready to leap out into our
  • 00:14:26.010 --> 00:14:28.210
  • future, but we're not sure, and
  • 00:14:29.090 --> 00:14:32.090
  • we keep, "God, if you would give
  • 00:14:32.090 --> 00:14:33.230
  • me a sign.
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:35.000
  • God, if you would speak to me.
  • 00:14:35.000 --> 00:14:36.160
  • God, if you would talk to me.
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:38.020
  • God, if you would help me.
  • 00:14:38.020 --> 00:14:38.270
  • God, if you would show me."
  • 00:14:38.270 --> 00:14:40.120
  • And we just won't go because we
  • 00:14:40.120 --> 00:14:42.290
  • don't believe that he has
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:45.050
  • blessed us with every spiritual
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:48.140
  • blessing.
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:50.150
  • In other words, his part is done
  • 00:14:50.150 --> 00:14:52.080
  • and now we can move forward with
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:54.110
  • confidence.
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:56.140
  • And then, verse 4 said he has
  • 00:14:56.140 --> 00:14:57.260
  • chose us.
  • 00:14:57.260 --> 00:15:00.130
  • Chose us.
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:02.110
  • I wonder if the ancestry
  • 00:15:03.090 --> 00:15:06.090
  • attraction, the desire to know
  • 00:15:06.160 --> 00:15:09.160
  • our roots, the excitement to
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:14.060
  • find out about our past, I
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:17.140
  • wonder if that is partly because
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:21.230
  • of our lack of confidence in our
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:25.130
  • future and our lack of belief
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:33.160
  • that we're chosen, that we're
  • 00:15:33.160 --> 00:15:34.290
  • adopted, that God is Father, and
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:41.040
  • he has a wonderful plan for us.
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:43.070
  • It is, kind of, fun, right?
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:44.200
  • I've been talking with some of
  • 00:15:44.200 --> 00:15:45.220
  • the folks who paid the money and
  • 00:15:45.220 --> 00:15:48.000
  • got their ancestry, and they're,
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:50.010
  • "I didn't even know I'm Irish.
  • 00:15:50.010 --> 00:15:52.030
  • I thought I was always this, and
  • 00:15:52.030 --> 00:15:54.160
  • I found out that I'm that,"
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:57.000
  • which would kind of, that would
  • 00:15:57.000 --> 00:15:58.030
  • be kinda weird, wouldn't it?
  • 00:15:58.030 --> 00:15:59.040
  • Maybe mom always told you that
  • 00:15:59.040 --> 00:16:02.040
  • you were, you know, from German
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:03.240
  • descendants, and then you find
  • 00:16:03.240 --> 00:16:06.030
  • out that you're--you have Jewish
  • 00:16:06.110 --> 00:16:09.110
  • family in your past.
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:11.070
  • That would be a mind shift and a
  • 00:16:11.120 --> 00:16:14.120
  • lotta people go through that
  • 00:16:14.120 --> 00:16:15.120
  • because they assumed one thing,
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:17.200
  • and then they find out something
  • 00:16:17.200 --> 00:16:19.000
  • different.
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:20.040
  • And it's interesting, you know,
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:22.080
  • it's fun, and, yeah, I guess
  • 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:24.250
  • it's cool, but I've never been
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:27.040
  • interested in it because I
  • 00:16:27.040 --> 00:16:28.170
  • really believe that God chose me
  • 00:16:28.250 --> 00:16:31.250
  • and wherever I came from--I
  • 00:16:31.250 --> 00:16:33.240
  • mean, I could just make
  • 00:16:33.240 --> 00:16:34.230
  • something up.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:35.290
  • My family came over on the--on
  • 00:16:35.290 --> 00:16:38.100
  • one of Christopher Columbus's
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.250
  • boats.
  • 00:16:40.250 --> 00:16:43.030
  • Not that we ever believed in
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:44.020
  • him, because we knew he wasn't a
  • 00:16:44.020 --> 00:16:45.110
  • good guy, but we were on the
  • 00:16:45.110 --> 00:16:47.290
  • Santa Maria and the--what was
  • 00:16:47.290 --> 00:16:50.070
  • the name?
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:51.190
  • Well, that was my family.
  • 00:16:58.250 --> 00:16:59.210
  • I don't know about your family.
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.070
  • Your family came on a rubber
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:02.140
  • raft or something, but the fact
  • 00:17:02.240 --> 00:17:05.240
  • is the Bible said God chose us.
  • 00:17:06.200 --> 00:17:09.200
  • God chose us, so who cares about
  • 00:17:11.000 --> 00:17:14.000
  • my ancestry?
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:15.260
  • I'm more excited about this
  • 00:17:15.260 --> 00:17:17.150
  • family that I'm in now.
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:19.210
  • I'm adopted by God.
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:22.020
  • I'm a son and daughter of God.
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:24.110
  • I'm connecting with God.
  • 00:17:24.110 --> 00:17:25.260
  • I have faith in God because God
  • 00:17:25.260 --> 00:17:28.000
  • has his future plan for me.
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:30.010
  • Whoo!
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:30.230
  • I'm moving up.
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:32.040
  • See, that energizes our life.
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:34.180
  • That shakes off the chains of
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:36.070
  • fear and doubt.
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:37.150
  • That releases us from the worry.
  • 00:17:37.150 --> 00:17:40.070
  • "Well, my family never believed
  • 00:17:40.070 --> 00:17:41.060
  • in me."
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:41.280
  • Who cares?
  • 00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:42.210
  • God chose you.
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:44.090
  • God adopted you.
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:46.150
  • "Well, my family has never had
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:47.070
  • very much."
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:48.030
  • Who cares?
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:49.080
  • God owns everything, right?
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:51.190
  • We're in a whole new family.
  • 00:17:51.190 --> 00:17:53.010
  • We're in a whole new realm and
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:54.100
  • that changes everything in terms
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:56.160
  • of how we live our life, but I'm
  • 00:17:56.200 --> 00:17:59.200
  • thinking so many people come to
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:01.250
  • God and church and get born
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:04.090
  • again but never really get the
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:07.030
  • faith in God, so nothing really
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:09.230
  • changes.
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:11.120
  • They're still attached to their
  • 00:18:11.120 --> 00:18:12.280
  • ancestors.
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:14.290
  • They're still attached to their
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:16.060
  • past.
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:17.080
  • They're still attached to the
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:18.190
  • failure.
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:19.180
  • "Well, my family goes through
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:20.160
  • divorce and my family has had a
  • 00:18:20.160 --> 00:18:22.030
  • lotta heart problem.
  • 00:18:22.030 --> 00:18:23.080
  • My family has always been poor.
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:24.130
  • My family has always had the--"
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:26.190
  • But what about this new family?
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:29.050
  • What about faith in God?
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:31.220
  • So, all those things no longer
  • 00:18:31.220 --> 00:18:33.060
  • matter, but now I realize I'm
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:36.280
  • adopted, and I'm blessed, and he
  • 00:18:37.050 --> 00:18:40.050
  • chose me, and he's--and verse 5
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  • said he predestined us to
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  • adoption by his son, Jesus
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  • Christ, according to the good
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  • pleasure of his will.
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  • And verse 11.
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  • We've obtained an inheritance.
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  • Wow!
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  • Being predestined.
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  • I'm in Ephesians 1:11 and 12.
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  • Have this inheritance, and I've
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  • been predestined according to
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  • the purpose of him.
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  • Whoo.
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  • That changes everything, doesn't
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  • it?
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  • So, have you got there?
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  • Are you there?
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  • You believe that?
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  • You connect with that?
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  • You think that?
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  • You think that so strongly it
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:23.270
  • changes how you live your life?
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  • That's what I'm hoping, I'm
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  • believing when we come to
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  • Christian faith.
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  • It's not just another service,
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  • but our faith changes how we
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  • live our life.
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  • That's my prayer, faith that's
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  • real, faith that changes how we
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  • live.
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  • Paul prayed three things for the
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  • church there, that they would
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  • get it, that they would grasp
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  • this.
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  • Paul prayed three things.
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  • He says, "I'm praying that the
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  • Father of glory will give to you
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  • the spirit of wisdom and
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  • revelation in the knowledge of
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  • God."
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  • So, you gotta know God,
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  • knowledge of God.
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  • You gotta pray, and you gotta
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:03.210
  • study, and you gotta connect
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:05.140
  • with the knowledge of God.
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  • You got knowledge about your
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  • golf game.
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  • You got knowledge about your
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  • cookbook.
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  • You got knowledge about your car
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  • and knowledge about whatever is
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  • important to you.
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  • You're online.
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  • You're YouTubing.
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  • You're looking.
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  • You're searching.
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  • Do that for God.
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  • Get the knowledge of God, Paul
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  • prayed first of all.
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  • Secondly, he prayed that you
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  • would know the hope of his
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:31.050
  • calling, right?
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:33.050
  • Know what he's called you to.
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  • You're called into business.
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  • You're called to prosper so you
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  • can be a blessing.
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  • You're called into education.
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  • You're called to help people, to
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  • teach people, to help them get
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  • education.
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  • You're called into finance.
  • 00:20:46.030 --> 00:20:48.210
  • You're called into areas of
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  • ministry.
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  • What's the hope of your calling,
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  • that thing you get excited
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  • about, that thing you love to
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:57.080
  • do?
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  • Teaching children, or you love
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  • building.
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.130
  • You just stand back and look at
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:02.160
  • the home you built.
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  • And not only the financial
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  • blessing, but the--just the act
  • 00:21:05.060 --> 00:21:07.090
  • of doing it is your hope and
  • 00:21:07.090 --> 00:21:09.270
  • your dream.
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  • You just love it, right?
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:12.260
  • My brother is a carpenter, and
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:14.120
  • he carpenters things.
  • 00:21:15.010 --> 00:21:18.010
  • Frank.
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  • We had Frank up here the other
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  • day, right?
  • 00:21:19.220 --> 00:21:20.180
  • And Frank is tearing stuff up.
  • 00:21:20.180 --> 00:21:22.040
  • I'm like, "When did Frank become
  • 00:21:22.040 --> 00:21:23.000
  • a carpenter?"
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  • Not a very good one, right?
  • 00:21:25.130 --> 00:21:27.090
  • But my brother is building, and
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:28.230
  • then he shows me pictures.
  • 00:21:28.230 --> 00:21:29.160
  • "Look what we built.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:30.080
  • We built these cabinets.
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:31.030
  • We built this kitchen.
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  • We built this bookstore.
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  • We built this office.
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  • Look at this.
  • 00:21:35.220 --> 00:21:36.090
  • Look at this."
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:36.290
  • He's showing me pictures.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:37.200
  • Why?
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:38.090
  • 'Cause it's the hope of his
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  • calling.
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:39.290
  • He's just doing what God called
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:41.080
  • him to do.
  • 00:21:41.080 --> 00:21:42.040
  • He's just loving it and, yeah,
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:43.170
  • he needs to make money, and he
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:44.280
  • has all these other components,
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:46.210
  • but he knows the hope of his
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  • calling.
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:50.150
  • And number three, Paul prayed
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:51.290
  • you would know the exceeding
  • 00:21:51.290 --> 00:21:53.070
  • great power that you have
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:55.060
  • through Christ, whom God raised
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:57.170
  • from the dead.
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  • So, those three things are found
  • 00:21:58.210 --> 00:21:59.280
  • in Ephesians chapter 1, verses
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  • 15 to 20, so those three things
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:06.080
  • are important to you to connect
  • 00:22:06.080 --> 00:22:08.220
  • with God and your future,
  • 00:22:08.220 --> 00:22:11.120
  • connect with God and your
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  • future, and so we pray that you
  • 00:22:12.190 --> 00:22:14.270
  • would know this great power that
  • 00:22:14.270 --> 00:22:17.190
  • you have in Christ.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:18.250
  • "Well, I just don't have time."
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:20.030
  • But you got the power of God.
  • 00:22:20.030 --> 00:22:21.280
  • "I don't know if I can afford
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:22.250
  • it."
  • 00:22:22.250 --> 00:22:23.160
  • But the power of Jesus, the same
  • 00:22:23.160 --> 00:22:26.020
  • power that raised him from the
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  • dead.
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:28.060
  • "Well, I don't know.
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:29.210
  • You know, I'm kinda tired and--"
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:30.270
  • But the power of God is living
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:33.120
  • in you, right?
  • 00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:36.030
  • So, we get focused on our
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:37.190
  • fatigue and on our schedule and
  • 00:22:37.190 --> 00:22:40.100
  • on our lack and on those issues,
  • 00:22:40.140 --> 00:22:43.140
  • but we forget these three
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  • things.
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:46.100
  • Paul prayed that you would know
  • 00:22:46.100 --> 00:22:49.030
  • that you have knowledge of God,
  • 00:22:49.030 --> 00:22:50.220
  • that you would know hoping in
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:52.020
  • your calling, and the power of
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:55.010
  • Christ that lives in us, so if
  • 00:22:55.200 --> 00:22:58.200
  • we could grasp that, if we could
  • 00:22:58.200 --> 00:23:00.240
  • connect with that, whoo, it's
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:03.180
  • gonna move us forward.
  • 00:23:03.180 --> 00:23:04.150
  • It's gonna move us to our
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:05.170
  • future.
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:07.120
  • Now, I wanna close with this
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:08.090
  • thought.
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  • Why did God pick Abraham?
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  • Abraham wasn't perfect.
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  • Abraham had some issues, had
  • 00:23:16.170 --> 00:23:17.240
  • some problems, right?
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:19.110
  • Made some mistakes.
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:21.250
  • Why did God pick Abraham?
  • 00:23:21.250 --> 00:23:24.060
  • There's one answer.
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:25.240
  • There's one reason: Abraham
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:28.170
  • believed God.
  • 00:23:28.170 --> 00:23:31.080
  • He didn't believe in blessing.
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:33.260
  • He didn't believe God was gonna,
  • 00:23:33.260 --> 00:23:35.180
  • you know, prosper his sheep.
  • 00:23:36.120 --> 00:23:39.120
  • It wasn't about God even giving
  • 00:23:39.120 --> 00:23:42.070
  • him a son, because he was
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:44.010
  • willing to sacrifice that son,
  • 00:23:44.010 --> 00:23:46.220
  • remember?
  • 00:23:46.220 --> 00:23:47.290
  • Abe put Isaac on the altar.
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:51.080
  • Isaac was trying to crawl off.
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:54.200
  • Abraham tied him up.
  • 00:23:54.200 --> 00:23:57.080
  • Why would God pick Abraham?
  • 00:23:57.080 --> 00:23:58.250
  • 'Cause Abraham believed God, and
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:02.170
  • the Bible calls him the father
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.020
  • of our faith.
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:06.250
  • Not the father of our
  • 00:24:06.250 --> 00:24:07.210
  • prosperity, not the father of
  • 00:24:07.210 --> 00:24:09.200
  • our healing, although all those
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:11.130
  • things came, but he's the father
  • 00:24:11.130 --> 00:24:14.120
  • of our faith.
  • 00:24:14.120 --> 00:24:16.060
  • Faith in God will take you to
  • 00:24:16.060 --> 00:24:18.230
  • your future.
  • 00:24:18.230 --> 00:24:20.060
  • Faith in God will cause your
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:22.130
  • future to be predestined, so
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:26.290
  • we'll get back to Abraham in
  • 00:24:26.290 --> 00:24:28.270
  • next week's lesson.
  • 00:24:28.270 --> 00:24:31.120
  • But I wanna ask do you believe?
  • 00:24:33.100 --> 00:24:36.100
  • Do you trust?
  • 00:24:36.100 --> 00:24:38.280
  • Do you look to God for
  • 00:24:38.280 --> 00:24:41.040
  • everything in your life?
  • 00:24:41.100 --> 00:24:44.100
  • Just like you trust the chair,
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:45.200
  • you trust your car, you trust
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:46.220
  • the microwave, do you trust God?
  • 00:24:47.120 --> 00:24:50.120
  • Do you believe God has a plan
  • 00:24:50.120 --> 00:24:52.260
  • for you?
  • 00:24:52.260 --> 00:24:54.130
  • The beginning of our
  • 00:24:54.130 --> 00:24:55.200
  • relationship with God is that
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:57.040
  • we're born again, right?
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:58.220
  • We get born of his Spirit, and
  • 00:24:58.220 --> 00:25:00.220
  • then we get filled with his
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:01.270
  • Spirit, and then we pray with
  • 00:25:01.270 --> 00:25:04.000
  • his Spirit.
  • 00:25:04.000 --> 00:25:04.270
  • This is part of seeking after
  • 00:25:04.270 --> 00:25:06.160
  • him with all our heart.
  • 00:25:06.160 --> 00:25:08.070
  • "Well, I don't wanna do that."
  • 00:25:08.070 --> 00:25:09.080
  • Okay, well, you'll never know
  • 00:25:09.080 --> 00:25:10.130
  • what God has for you, then,
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:13.030
  • because if you'll seek for him
  • 00:25:13.030 --> 00:25:14.140
  • and search for him with all your
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:16.070
  • heart you'll find him, and those
  • 00:25:16.150 --> 00:25:19.150
  • who seek diligently will find
  • 00:25:19.230 --> 00:25:22.230
  • the rewards that God planned for
  • 00:25:22.230 --> 00:25:25.020
  • them.
  • 00:25:25.020 --> 00:25:27.090
  • So, have you connected with him,
  • 00:25:27.090 --> 00:25:29.260
  • born of his Spirit, filled with
  • 00:25:29.260 --> 00:25:31.180
  • his Spirit?
  • 00:25:31.180 --> 00:25:32.170
  • I wanna have our campus pastors
  • 00:25:32.170 --> 00:25:34.050
  • to come, and they're gonna pray
  • 00:25:34.050 --> 00:25:36.260
  • with you, and our prayer
  • 00:25:36.260 --> 00:25:39.240
  • counselors are coming, and
  • 00:25:39.240 --> 00:25:41.060
  • they're gonna pray with you.
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  • And today might be the start of
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:45.090
  • not just a new spiritual life,
  • 00:25:45.090 --> 00:25:47.240
  • but a whole new future.
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:49.230
  • Why?
  • 00:25:49.230 --> 00:25:50.150
  • Because God has some plans for
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:51.290
  • you, and we wanna help you get
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:54.210
  • on your way with him.
  • 00:25:54.210 --> 00:25:56.180
  • We just believe that God can
  • 00:25:57.020 --> 00:26:00.040
  • make something amazing happen in
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  • - Casey: Thanks so much for
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  • being part of our program today,
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  • and I really do pray that you
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  • hear something that strengthens
  • 00:26:11.070 --> 00:26:12.210
  • you, lifts you, builds your
  • 00:26:12.210 --> 00:26:14.240
  • faith, and moves you forward in
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  • your life.
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  • At CaseyTreat.com you'll see
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  • many lessons and ministry tools
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  • that will help you as you walk
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  • with God and as you deal with
  • 00:26:23.280 --> 00:26:25.260
  • life, so Wendy and I are praying
  • 00:26:25.260 --> 00:26:27.240
  • for you, we're believing with
  • 00:26:27.240 --> 00:26:29.110
  • you, and we're asking the Lord
  • 00:26:29.270 --> 00:26:32.270
  • to move you into his perfect
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  • will in every part of your life,
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  • so let's stay strong.
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  • - Casey: Can a Christian have
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  • tattoos?
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  • - Wendy Treat: Well, I don't
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  • know, Casey.
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:46.030
  • That question is beyond
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  • everything, because there's so
  • 00:26:47.240 --> 00:26:50.020
  • much conflict.
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  • And it's so funny if you're in
  • 00:26:51.250 --> 00:26:53.040
  • this part of the globe, or if
  • 00:26:53.040 --> 00:26:54.060
  • you're in this part of the
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  • globe, I mean, it's a great
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  • question.
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  • - Casey: But doesn't it come
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  • down to if you're young or if
  • 00:26:57.290 --> 00:26:58.220
  • you're old?
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  • I think if you're old, you can't
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  • do the tattoo.
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  • - Casey: Hey, before I go, make
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  • sure and send me your question.
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  • Love to hear it and love to get
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