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July 26, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Wedon't earn our way to heaven,
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  • that's nonsense.
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  • We could ever qualify or begood enough to to justify the
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  • grace and the mercy of God.
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  • But there is a responsibilitythat comes with being a
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  • recipient of grace.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: God has madeextravagant provision for us
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  • through the crossof Jesus Christ.
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  • And with prayer, you can openthe door for God's plan in
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  • Together, we are making adifference.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: There's noquestion that God has blessed
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  • our nation.
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  • We wouldn't be the people we areand have enjoyed the blessings
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  • we have had without the graceand the mercy of God being
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  • showered upon us.
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  • But we're in a season where weneed a visitation from the
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  • Lord again.
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  • We need his wisdom and his graceand his mercy.
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  • And the incubator for that, theinstigator of that, is
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  • the church.
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  • The problems we face are notpolitical in their origin.
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  • They're not medical orscientific.
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  • The root of the problems that weface, the root of what's causing
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  • the anxiety in our streets andthe sickness and disease across
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  • our nation, begins at aspiritual level.
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  • I don't expect the secularist tobelieve that, but if the church
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  • doesn't believe that, we'redoomed.
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  • Because the response of thechurch is critical.
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  • Unfortunately, we have we havemisunderstood.
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  • We have thought sitting inchurch and being polite was the
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  • same thing as seeking God.
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  • But if we will change us, thegood news is we have the power
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  • to bring about a differentoutcome.
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  • We don't need an army, we don'tneed Congress to vote, we don't
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  • need an election.
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  • If we will humble ourselves, Godwill move, and our children and
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  • our grandchildren will get adifferent future.
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  • It's an amazing thing.
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  • But I wanna submit to you thatwe've lost our sense of the
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  • fundamentals of the Church.
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  • Church with a capital C, notjust our congregation.
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  • Who we are to be, what isnecessary to believe, and what
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  • our role in the world to beseems to be muddied.
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  • We're confused.
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  • If we fail in our primaryresponsibility as Christ
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  • followers, our primary goal isnot to go to heaven, but to do
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  • the will of God while we're onearth.
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  • God will take care of oureternity if we will commit
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  • ourselves to fully doing thewill of God while we're on
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  • earth, while we're under thesun.
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  • In Matthew 5, in verse 13, Jesussaid, "You're the salt of
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  • the earth.
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  • But if the salt loses itssaltiness, how can it be made
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  • salty again?
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  • It's no longer good foranything, except to be thrown
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  • out and to be trampledunderfoot."
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  • Now lest we despair, 'cause ifyou just watch the evening news
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  • or you took the temperature ofour current culture, you can be
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  • filled with despair.
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  • There is significant historicaland biblical evidence that
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  • cultures can be renewed, eventhose that have been the most
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  • corrupt and the mostintractable.
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  • But if we're to restore ourworld, if we're to see God's
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  • restoration, we first have toshake off the comfortable notion
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  • that Christianity is merely apersonal experience.
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  • It's startling.
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  • Truthfully, it's alarming.
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  • Instead of civics, we've beenteaching our students moral
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  • ambivalence and cynicism.
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  • They're routinely taught tobelieve that America represents
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  • nothing more than one of manydifferent equal nations.
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  • That there's no such thing as abetter or worse culture, only
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  • morally equivalent ones.
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  • It's a lie.
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  • That cultural values differentfrom our own, regardless of
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  • their substance, need to becelebrated in the spirit
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  • of tolerance.
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  • And that all things considered,Americans have at least as much
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  • to answer for as to be proud of.
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  • It represents a tremendousthreat to our long-term national
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  • security and, to be honest, ithas to stop.
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  • And I believe it has to stop inthe hearts of those of us who
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  • consider ourselves to be Christfollowers.
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  • Moral clarity does not requirean uncritical evaluation of our
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  • own history and Western ideals.
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  • Patriotism, it's not crudenationalism.
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  • Injustices and shortcomings,sins, they're certainly a part
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  • of the American story, and wehave to say so.
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  • But a fair and seriousness studyof our own history shows that
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  • our nation, without a doubt, hasbeen, and continues to be, a
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  • great force for good in themodern world.
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  • You and I, we are heirs to aprecious legacy, and the time
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  • has come for us to beginremembering our heritage and the
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  • sacrifices that have been madefor us to enjoy the privileges
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  • that we have today.
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  • They have not come without cost,and they won't be extended to
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  • the generations who follow uswithout sacrifice on our part.
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  • We cannot, with a clearconscience, gobble up the
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  • blessings of God and ignore ourresponsibilities towards
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  • obedience and faithfulness, andimagining that those blessings
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  • will be extended to those whofollow us.
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  • There's some lessons fromScripture, I'd like to start
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  • with those.
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  • They're rather simpleobservations, generalizations,
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  • about the picture of Scripturethat we have.
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  • The first is that internalproblems are a greater threat to
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  • our well-being than externalproblems.
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  • External enemies were never thegreatest threat to the people
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  • of God.
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  • The Canaanites weren't thegreatest threat to
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  • the Israelites.
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  • The Philistines weren't thegreatest threat.
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  • It was what was within theirhearts that posed the
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  • greatest threat.
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  • And our greatest threat today isnot a secular culture, or a
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  • progressive ideology, or anothernation in the world.
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  • The greatest threat to ourfuture is what's within the
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  • hearts of those of us whoimagine ourselves to be
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  • Christ followers.
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  • The second lesson would be thatGod's people, with expressions
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  • of religion and faith as a partof their daily routine, often
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  • wander from God's truth.
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  • You can be fully engaged inreligious activities and
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  • language and holidays, and strayfar away from the truth of God.
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  • Our Bible is filled with thosereminders.
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  • And thirdly, God invites us torepent.
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  • This lesson isn't about someoneelse.
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  • We're gonna say, we will repent.
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  • And then, fourthly, a refusal tochange.
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  • If we refuse repentance, if westubbornly stand and point at
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  • our self-righteousness, theresult in Scripture is typically
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  • God's judgment.
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  • I want to take a minute and lookat the prophets and see if we
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  • can understand with a bit moreclarity the sins of
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  • contemporary America.
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  • A lot of discussion around thatthese days.
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  • And I believe the Scripturespeaks to it with clarity,
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  • shocking clarity.
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  • In Jeremiah 5, in verse 30, itsays, "A horrible and shocking
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  • thing has happened in the land.
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  • The prophets prophesy lies, andthe priests rule by their own
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  • authority, and my people love Itthis way.
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  • But what will you do in theend?"
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  • You see, Jeremiah saw thedestruction coming.
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  • And he said, you like it the wayyou have it, you don't want
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  • change, but what will you dowith what's about to unfold
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  • before you?
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  • I'd like to pair that with apassage from Isaiah 59, in
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  • verse 13.
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  • "Transgressing and denying theLord.
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  • And turning away from our God,speaking oppression and revolt,
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  • conceiving in an uttering fromthe heart lying words.
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  • Justice is turned back, andrighteousness stands far away,
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  • for truth has stumbled in thestreet, and uprightness
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  • cannot enter."
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  • If we take those two passagesand just try to distill from
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  • them, it describes a season thatis horrible and shocking from
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  • God's perspective.
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  • And then God said those countedupon to tell the truth lie.
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  • The prophets' prophesy lies, andthe priests ignore the truth.
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  • They prefer their own authority,the authority that comes from
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  • their own power, and theaccumulation of their own power.
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  • Those countered upon to tell thetruth lie.
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  • I think that's a pretty accuratedescription, again, of our
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  • contemporary culture.
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  • I've been in multiplediscussions in recent weeks and
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  • months with people that areresponsible for decisions at all
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  • sorts of levels through ourculture, and one message has
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  • been consistent.
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  • They say that people, they don'ttrust the messaging any longer.
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  • They don't trust thepoliticians, they don't trust
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  • the media, they don't know whereto turn.
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  • It's added and fosteredconfusion and fear.
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  • And thirdly, the prophets saidthat God's authority had been
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  • rejected in favor of the opinionof men.
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  • And then the prophets said thepeople like it this way, they
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  • like the circumstances, theywere content to let it play out,
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  • they liked what he was bringingto them.
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  • Much of our frustration andconsternation in this season is
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  • that our routines have beendisrupted.
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  • There's a lot of angst.
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  • How do we get back to where wewere?
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  • How do we get back to where wewere economically?
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  • How do we get back to where wewere in the school systems?
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  • How do we get back to where wewere in the universities?
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  • Folks, the trajectory we were onwas taking us
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  • towards destruction.
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  • God has intervened.
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  • He's given us a chance for somepersonal evaluation, some
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  • individual reflection, to turnour hearts and our faces to him.
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  • In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 inverse 3, it says, "Let no one in
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  • any way deceive you, for thereturn of the Lord will not come
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  • unless the apostasy comes first,and the man of lawlessness is
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  • revealed, the son ofdestruction."
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  • Paul's giving the Thessalonianchurch a window into the season
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  • that will precede our Lord'sreturn to the earth.
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  • And he gave us somecharacteristics.
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  • He said there will be anapostasy, a falling away, a
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  • turning from the truth.
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  • I can tell you, as a matter offact, that there is
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  • unprecedented apostasy inAmerican religious life.
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  • The refusal to accept the Wordof God as the authoritative rule
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  • for our faith and practice.
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  • To say that our ideas need toevolve, that our definitions of
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  • the family or our definitions ofsexuality and human behavior
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  • shouldn't be constrained bysomething as antiquated as
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  • the Bible.
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  • Those aren't positions that wefind just in university
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  • settings, we find them inchurches, and we tolerate them
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  • in our public institutions.
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  • How can that be?
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  • We're the most outwardlyChristian nation that remains.
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  • We're the most influentialChristian nation, partially
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  • because of our wealth, partiallybecause of our
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  • communications tools.
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  • There are several layers tothat, but we have a
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  • unique responsibility.
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  • God has given us liberty andfreedom and blessing and
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  • abundance so that we could takethe gospel of the kingdom to the
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  • whole world.
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  • And we've been a bit reluctanteven to acknowledge the
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  • uniqueness of Jesus.
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  • We've been a little timid to saywhat Jesus said of himself, that
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  • no man comes to the Fatherexcept by him.
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  • That he is the way, the truth,and the life.
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  • That's our message.
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  • In 1 Timothy 4, in verse 1, itsays, "The spirit clearly says
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  • that in the latter times somewill abandon the faith and will
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  • follow deceiving spirits andthings taught by demons."
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  • When the truth is rejected, whenwe won't tolerate it in our
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  • schools, we won't tolerate it inthe Supreme Court, when we won't
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  • tolerate it in the halls ofgovernment, when we reject God's
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  • truth, demonic influences fillthe void.
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  • And we began to descend, todeteriorate, into all sorts of
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  • ungodly choices, immoralbehavior.
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  • We began to establish new norms.
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  • In James chapter 3 in verse 14,it says, "If you have bitter
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  • jealousy and selfish ambition inyour heart, do not be arrogant
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  • and so lie against the truth.
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  • This wisdom is not that whichcomes from above but it's
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  • earthly, natural, demonic.
  • 00:13:30.391 --> 00:13:34.095
  • For where jealousy and selfishambition exist, there is
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  • disorder and every evil thing."
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  • Now I want to take the minutes Ihave left and see if we can
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  • craft a response.
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  • I want to go back to Jameschapter 1, beginning in
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  • verse 21.
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  • He says, "Therefore, get rid ofall moral filth and the evil
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  • that is so prevalent and humblyaccept the word planted in you,
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  • which can save you.
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  • Do not merely listen to theword, and so deceive yourselves.
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  • Do what it says."
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  • He's speaking to people that heimagined to be a part of
  • 00:14:08.529 --> 00:14:10.398
  • the church.
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  • And he said, get rid of allmoral filth and the evil that is
  • 00:14:11.766 --> 00:14:16.104
  • so prevalent, so widespread, soeasily embraced.
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  • And humbly accept God's Wordthat is planted in you.
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  • If you need a little moredefinition, if you need
  • 00:14:25.680 --> 00:14:27.448
  • something for reflection, if youjust casually shrug that off and
  • 00:14:27.482 --> 00:14:30.852
  • say, well, there's no moralfilth in me, I'll give you a
  • 00:14:30.885 --> 00:14:34.022
  • little bit of a homeworkassignment.
  • 00:14:34.055 --> 00:14:35.356
  • Go take Galatians chapter 5,verses 19-20, and just meditate
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  • on 'em.
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  • Ask the spirit of God if you'vegiven any place in your life to
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  • those expressions of your carnalnature.
  • 00:14:43.698 --> 00:14:47.268
  • See, again, I think we oftenthink of sin as being some huge,
  • 00:14:47.302 --> 00:14:51.372
  • gross, immoral serial killer, orsomebody this planning acts of
  • 00:14:51.406 --> 00:14:55.677
  • terrorism against large groupsof people.
  • 00:14:55.710 --> 00:14:59.314
  • But it's the small things, it'sthe things we tolerate, the
  • 00:14:59.347 --> 00:15:03.051
  • attitudes of our heart, thebehaviors we excuse, the
  • 00:15:03.084 --> 00:15:07.422
  • obedience that we don't giveexpression to.
  • 00:15:07.455 --> 00:15:13.127
  • It's what makes us vulnerable.
  • 00:15:13.161 --> 00:15:16.464
  • And James' instruction isn't toget rid of most of it.
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  • Or the ones that are mosttroubling.
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  • But to not tolerate any.
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  • Get rid of all the filth, hesaid.
  • 00:15:25.807 --> 00:15:29.210
  • And he said, we have to chooseto be obedient.
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  • Obedience is a choice.
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:35.817
  • Most choices in my life thathave discipline attached to them
  • 00:15:35.850 --> 00:15:38.886
  • are not always attached to thesense of fun.
  • 00:15:38.920 --> 00:15:42.724
  • But I've learned that, for mywell-being, I have to sometimes
  • 00:15:42.757 --> 00:15:45.426
  • make choices that reflectdiscipline more than just a
  • 00:15:45.460 --> 00:15:48.629
  • preference towards pleasure.
  • 00:15:48.663 --> 00:15:51.099
  • And the same is true in ourpursuit of the Lord.
  • 00:15:51.132 --> 00:15:57.672
  • In Revelation chapter 3, inverse 1, it's a message to the
  • 00:15:57.705 --> 00:16:00.475
  • church of Sardis.
  • 00:16:00.508 --> 00:16:01.809
  • It says, "To the angel of thechurch in Sardis write, These
  • 00:16:01.843 --> 00:16:05.713
  • are the words of him who holdsthe seven spirits of God and the
  • 00:16:05.747 --> 00:16:08.583
  • seven stars.
  • 00:16:08.616 --> 00:16:09.917
  • I know your deeds, you have areputation of being alive, but
  • 00:16:09.951 --> 00:16:14.756
  • you're dead.
  • 00:16:14.789 --> 00:16:16.090
  • Wake up!
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  • Strengthen what remains and isabout to die, for I have not
  • 00:16:17.492 --> 00:16:20.361
  • found your deeds complete in thesight of my God.
  • 00:16:20.395 --> 00:16:24.232
  • Remember, what you have receivedand heard, obey it, and repent.
  • 00:16:24.265 --> 00:16:28.436
  • But if you don't wake up, I'llcome like a thief, and you'll
  • 00:16:28.469 --> 00:16:30.938
  • not know at what time I willcome to you.
  • 00:16:30.972 --> 00:16:34.108
  • Yet you have a few people inSardis who have not soiled
  • 00:16:34.142 --> 00:16:36.778
  • their clothes.
  • 00:16:36.811 --> 00:16:38.112
  • They will walk with me, dressedin white, for they are worthy.
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  • He who overcomes will, likethem, be dressed in white.
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  • I will never blot out his namefrom the book of life, but will
  • 00:16:46.754 --> 00:16:49.724
  • acknowledge his name before myFather and his angels.
  • 00:16:49.757 --> 00:16:53.394
  • He who has an ear, let him hearwhat the spirit says to
  • 00:16:53.428 --> 00:16:56.597
  • the churches."
  • 00:16:56.631 --> 00:16:57.932
  • It's a sobering passage.
  • 00:16:57.965 --> 00:16:59.300
  • Again, it's written tobelievers, not to pagans or
  • 00:16:59.333 --> 00:17:00.935
  • the ungodly.
  • 00:17:00.968 --> 00:17:02.303
  • It's not delivered to a group ofpeople that have devolved into
  • 00:17:02.336 --> 00:17:04.739
  • pagan revelry, it's written to achurch.
  • 00:17:04.772 --> 00:17:09.310
  • And he says that you have areputation, but it doesn't line
  • 00:17:09.343 --> 00:17:12.280
  • up with your reality.
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  • Your reputation is that you'realive, but your reality is
  • 00:17:13.681 --> 00:17:15.917
  • you're dead.
  • 00:17:15.950 --> 00:17:18.753
  • Lots of activity, lots ofmovement, lots of things you can
  • 00:17:18.786 --> 00:17:22.623
  • point to, but you're spirituallydead.
  • 00:17:22.657 --> 00:17:27.395
  • And then he says it moreplainly, wake up, you're asleep!
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  • Wake up!
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  • If I had to look for one word todescribe contemporary American
  • 00:17:34.635 --> 00:17:37.872
  • evangelicalism, I think asleepwould be the most accurate.
  • 00:17:37.905 --> 00:17:43.010
  • It's not necessarily adescription of wickedness or
  • 00:17:43.044 --> 00:17:45.179
  • evil; when you're asleep you'reunconcerned, you're uninvolved.
  • 00:17:45.213 --> 00:17:51.886
  • You're just unaware.
  • 00:17:51.919 --> 00:17:54.989
  • Rest is a necessary thing, butif all you do is rest, you
  • 00:17:55.022 --> 00:17:58.426
  • forfeit what you were createdfor, the productivity
  • 00:17:58.459 --> 00:18:00.628
  • of your life.
  • 00:18:00.661 --> 00:18:01.963
  • We'd better wake up.
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  • We'd better stand for the truthof the living God that he's put
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  • in our hearts.
  • 00:18:07.101 --> 00:18:11.239
  • And then Jesus said to thechurch at Sardis, you need to
  • 00:18:11.272 --> 00:18:14.275
  • get stronger.
  • 00:18:14.308 --> 00:18:15.643
  • Your deeds are incomplete.
  • 00:18:15.676 --> 00:18:19.647
  • Again, I think we've got tore-imagine a little bit how
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  • we've understood our faith.
  • 00:18:21.916 --> 00:18:23.384
  • Pastor, I said The Sinners'Prayer, I've been baptized, I
  • 00:18:23.417 --> 00:18:27.688
  • volunteer some, I even givesome.
  • 00:18:27.722 --> 00:18:30.958
  • Jesus is acknowledging thatthey've had some momentum, and
  • 00:18:30.992 --> 00:18:33.394
  • he said, you've got to getstronger, you have things
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  • to overcome.
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  • I think the first response thatcomes to it is, well, I'm not
  • 00:18:39.167 --> 00:18:41.269
  • sure I want to, couldn't we justgo back to the safer place where
  • 00:18:41.302 --> 00:18:44.572
  • I could nap more?
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  • And the answer is no.
  • 00:18:47.675 --> 00:18:49.977
  • That's where we started withIsaiah and Jeremiah, when the
  • 00:18:50.011 --> 00:18:52.280
  • people said, we like it the wayit is.
  • 00:18:52.313 --> 00:18:55.483
  • I believe we need to hear whatthe spirit is saying to us.
  • 00:18:55.516 --> 00:18:58.252
  • We're gonna have to getstronger.
  • 00:18:58.286 --> 00:19:00.354
  • We're gonna have to train in newways.
  • 00:19:00.388 --> 00:19:03.658
  • And then Jesus said, you have toobey and repent.
  • 00:19:03.691 --> 00:19:08.129
  • And maybe the most sobering partof that whole message, he
  • 00:19:08.162 --> 00:19:11.132
  • describes, he said, I'll neverblot out his name from the book
  • 00:19:11.165 --> 00:19:14.702
  • of life, those who overcome.
  • 00:19:14.735 --> 00:19:17.605
  • But he's opened the possibilityof your name being blotted out.
  • 00:19:17.638 --> 00:19:20.575
  • We've been a bit smug.
  • 00:19:20.608 --> 00:19:21.943
  • We've been a bit self-certain, abit self-righteous.
  • 00:19:21.976 --> 00:19:26.881
  • We'd rather reflect on thesecurity of our position than
  • 00:19:26.914 --> 00:19:29.817
  • focus on the responsibility ofour lives as Christ followers.
  • 00:19:29.850 --> 00:19:34.889
  • We don't earn our way to heaven,that's nonsense.
  • 00:19:34.922 --> 00:19:37.992
  • We can never qualify or be goodenough to justify the grace and
  • 00:19:38.025 --> 00:19:41.996
  • the mercy of God.
  • 00:19:42.029 --> 00:19:43.364
  • But there is a responsibilitythat comes with being a
  • 00:19:43.397 --> 00:19:46.367
  • recipient of grace.
  • 00:19:46.400 --> 00:19:51.639
  • Now I said two churches, theother's the church of Laodicea.
  • 00:19:51.672 --> 00:19:55.109
  • It's the same chapter, it'sRevelation 3, and the message is
  • 00:19:55.142 --> 00:19:58.512
  • very similar.
  • 00:19:58.546 --> 00:19:59.847
  • Jesus said, "I know your deeds."
  • 00:19:59.880 --> 00:20:02.283
  • Have you ever thought of that?
  • 00:20:02.316 --> 00:20:03.618
  • I mean, really thought about it,reflected on, spent days walking
  • 00:20:03.651 --> 00:20:06.787
  • around thinking, Jesus is payingattention to what we do.
  • 00:20:06.821 --> 00:20:13.461
  • I know your deeds.
  • 00:20:13.494 --> 00:20:15.930
  • Nothing's hidden from him.
  • 00:20:15.963 --> 00:20:18.633
  • It's not hard to fool Pastor,he's not that clever and we're
  • 00:20:18.666 --> 00:20:21.969
  • not that close together.
  • 00:20:22.003 --> 00:20:23.304
  • I can't hardly, I can't see yourfaces back there under
  • 00:20:23.337 --> 00:20:25.339
  • the trees.
  • 00:20:25.373 --> 00:20:28.876
  • But Jesus said, I know yourdeeds.
  • 00:20:28.909 --> 00:20:32.246
  • To the Laodiceans, he said, "Iknow your deeds, you're neither
  • 00:20:32.280 --> 00:20:34.982
  • hot nor cold.
  • 00:20:35.016 --> 00:20:36.317
  • I wish you were either one orthe other, because you're
  • 00:20:36.350 --> 00:20:38.786
  • lukewarm, neither hot or cold.
  • 00:20:38.819 --> 00:20:40.955
  • I'm about to spit you out of mymouth."
  • 00:20:40.988 --> 00:20:42.957
  • "You say, 'I am rich, I'veacquired wealth and I
  • 00:20:42.990 --> 00:20:47.628
  • don't need a thing.'
  • 00:20:47.662 --> 00:20:49.430
  • But you don't realize thatyou're wretched, pitiful, poor,
  • 00:20:49.463 --> 00:20:52.233
  • blind and naked."
  • 00:20:52.266 --> 00:20:56.470
  • That's an intriguing comparisonto me.
  • 00:20:56.504 --> 00:20:59.740
  • He said, we say of ourselvesthat I'm rich and I don't
  • 00:20:59.774 --> 00:21:03.344
  • need anything.
  • 00:21:03.377 --> 00:21:04.679
  • But, he said, in reality, you'reblind and naked.
  • 00:21:04.712 --> 00:21:10.051
  • He said, if you don't recognizethat you have a need, if you're
  • 00:21:10.084 --> 00:21:13.154
  • not aware of your dependence, ifyou imagine that you're
  • 00:21:13.187 --> 00:21:15.690
  • self-sufficient, that you haveacquired everything necessary
  • 00:21:15.723 --> 00:21:20.127
  • for your journey, that if thosethoughts have taken root in your
  • 00:21:20.161 --> 00:21:24.198
  • heart and your emotions, hesaid, you're wretched and
  • 00:21:24.231 --> 00:21:27.101
  • pitiful, blind and naked.
  • 00:21:27.134 --> 00:21:29.303
  • But then he gives us thesolution.
  • 00:21:29.337 --> 00:21:30.638
  • He said, "I counsel you.
  • 00:21:30.671 --> 00:21:32.006
  • Buy from me gold refined in thefire.
  • 00:21:32.039 --> 00:21:35.676
  • You can become rich, and whiteclothes to wear, so you can
  • 00:21:35.710 --> 00:21:38.946
  • cover your shameful nakedness,and salve to put on your eyes,
  • 00:21:38.979 --> 00:21:42.750
  • so you can see," he doesn'tabandon them, he doesn't cast
  • 00:21:42.783 --> 00:21:45.653
  • them out, it's not a shame-basedanalysis.
  • 00:21:45.686 --> 00:21:48.556
  • It's an accurate diagnosis witha resolution.
  • 00:21:48.589 --> 00:21:54.895
  • You have a terminal conditionand you're about to be
  • 00:21:54.929 --> 00:21:56.997
  • terminated, but there's atreatment that's 100% effective.
  • 00:21:57.031 --> 00:22:02.203
  • That's good news!
  • 00:22:02.236 --> 00:22:03.537
  • You missed the amen spot.
  • 00:22:03.571 --> 00:22:04.905
  • [shouts and clapping]
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  • "Those whom I love I rebuke andI discipline."
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  • If you find that happening inyour heart or your thoughts or
  • 00:22:16.117 --> 00:22:18.953
  • your emotions in these next fewdays, rather than be resentful
  • 00:22:18.986 --> 00:22:25.159
  • or embittered, how 'bout, justsaying quietly within ourselves,
  • 00:22:25.192 --> 00:22:28.863
  • Lord, I'm listening.
  • 00:22:28.896 --> 00:22:32.299
  • I'm listening.
  • 00:22:32.333 --> 00:22:34.535
  • I'll accept a rebuke from apagan.
  • 00:22:34.568 --> 00:22:38.506
  • If you want to bring counsel tome from an ungodly source,
  • 00:22:38.539 --> 00:22:42.743
  • I'm listening.
  • 00:22:42.777 --> 00:22:44.078
  • Those I love I rebuke and Idiscipline.
  • 00:22:44.111 --> 00:22:49.583
  • "So be earnest and repent.
  • 00:22:49.617 --> 00:22:51.852
  • Here I am!
  • 00:22:51.886 --> 00:22:53.187
  • I stand at the door and knock.
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:54.555
  • And if anyone hears my voice andopens the door, I'll come in and
  • 00:22:54.588 --> 00:22:56.824
  • eat with him, and he with me."
  • 00:22:56.857 --> 00:22:58.559
  • If you'll invite me in, I'llcome in!
  • 00:22:58.592 --> 00:23:03.397
  • What do we have to lose bysaying to the Lord, I'm sorry
  • 00:23:03.431 --> 00:23:10.104
  • for my heart condition.
  • 00:23:10.137 --> 00:23:12.740
  • Even though I haven't understoodfully why I was respond-- how I
  • 00:23:12.773 --> 00:23:16.143
  • sat in the middle of the decayof our socialist society and the
  • 00:23:16.177 --> 00:23:23.484
  • collapse of the influence ofChristianity.
  • 00:23:23.517 --> 00:23:25.719
  • I've presided over that, andI've managed to say to myself,
  • 00:23:25.753 --> 00:23:30.124
  • it couldn't be me.
  • 00:23:30.157 --> 00:23:31.492
  • I'm sorry, Lord.
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  • I want to welcome you into mylife.
  • 00:23:35.729 --> 00:23:38.666
  • It's a powerful, powerfulmessage for us.
  • 00:23:38.699 --> 00:23:41.735
  • I think it's worth noting thesequence of what Jesus said
  • 00:23:41.769 --> 00:23:44.171
  • to us.
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  • Be earnest and repent.
  • 00:23:45.573 --> 00:23:48.275
  • That conviction will precederepentance.
  • 00:23:48.309 --> 00:23:53.380
  • I'm asking the Lord to give ussome holy discontentment, to
  • 00:23:53.414 --> 00:23:57.718
  • stir us a little bit, that wewon't be satisfied.
  • 00:23:57.751 --> 00:24:00.187
  • If you lose some sleep, if youengage in some things that
  • 00:24:00.221 --> 00:24:04.325
  • you've been fully comfortable indoing previously, I'm praying
  • 00:24:04.358 --> 00:24:07.628
  • you're less comfortable withthem if they don't honor the
  • 00:24:07.661 --> 00:24:09.730
  • Lord fully.
  • 00:24:09.763 --> 00:24:11.065
  • That any place where we've beenlukewarm, that we'll begin to
  • 00:24:11.098 --> 00:24:14.268
  • have a sense of discontentment.
  • 00:24:14.301 --> 00:24:18.539
  • If we've put our trust inthings, or ourself, or our
  • 00:24:18.572 --> 00:24:21.141
  • strength, or our wisdom, thatthe spirit of God will begin to
  • 00:24:21.175 --> 00:24:24.411
  • convict us so that we canchoose, then, the response
  • 00:24:24.445 --> 00:24:27.681
  • of repentance.
  • 00:24:27.715 --> 00:24:30.784
  • Amen?
  • 00:24:30.818 --> 00:24:34.221
  • I'm going to invite you to joinme in a prayer.
  • 00:24:34.255 --> 00:24:35.890
  • I'm just going to lead youthrough it, you can say it
  • 00:24:35.923 --> 00:24:37.691
  • with me; I know youdon't have outlines but
  • 00:24:37.725 --> 00:24:39.059
  • I'll give it to youa line at a time.
  • 00:24:39.093 --> 00:24:41.529
  • Heavenly Father, we come beforeyou in humility.
  • 00:24:41.562 --> 00:24:47.801
  • We have wandered from yourtruth.
  • 00:24:47.835 --> 00:24:51.672
  • We have become comfortable withdeception and darkness, and we
  • 00:24:51.705 --> 00:24:58.112
  • turned our attention toward ourown ambition.
  • 00:24:58.145 --> 00:25:03.217
  • We have valued convenience morethan obedience.
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:08.556
  • Forgive us of our sins.
  • 00:25:08.589 --> 00:25:11.525
  • Bring a spirit of convictioninto our lives.
  • 00:25:11.559 --> 00:25:16.363
  • We lift our voices to you, foronly you can bring salvation to
  • 00:25:16.397 --> 00:25:23.304
  • my life.
  • 00:25:23.337 --> 00:25:25.873
  • You're a faithful God, a God ofmercy and truth.
  • 00:25:25.906 --> 00:25:31.378
  • And we choose to yield to you,with our whole heart, mind,
  • 00:25:31.412 --> 00:25:37.851
  • soul, and body.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:25:40.354 --> 00:25:44.024
  • announcer: God has madeextravagant provision for us
  • 00:25:48.862 --> 00:25:51.098
  • through the crossof Jesus Christ.
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