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September 22, 2020
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: If we'renot willing to believe that
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  • spiritual forces impact ourlives, then why are we here?
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  • If we don't believe thatspiritual forces, if we don't
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  • believe in angels and demons andfallen angels and a hierarchy
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  • of evil, if we're not willing toaccept those principles,
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  • why do we come to church?
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  • And if we do accept that, if wewill accept the presentation of
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  • Scripture and make room in ourimagination, then it only seems
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  • logical to me that we began toformulate a response.
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  • How do we participate?
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our titlefor this session is
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  • "War in Heaven: Let's Pray."
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  • Did you know there'sa war in heaven?
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  • You know, the Bible talks aboutmore than one heaven, in fact,
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  • it says there's at leastthree heavens.
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  • Because we're told that Paulknew a man who was caught up
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  • into the third heaven.
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  • And, you know, we typicallythink of heaven as God's
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  • dwelling place, and that'scertainly one heaven that we're
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  • told about, but there are otheraspects of heaven and it's a
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  • place of tremendous conflict.
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  • There is a war in heaventonight, I promise you that.
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  • I brought you a couple ofpassages of Scripture that
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  • invite us towards thatimagination.
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  • One's in the Old Testament, it'sthe book of Daniel, chapter 10.
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  • Daniel has been praying, and inresponse to his prayers, he has
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  • an angelic visit.
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  • The angel says, don't be afraid,Daniel.
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  • Since the first day that you setyour mind to gain understanding
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  • and to humble yourself beforeyour God, your words were heard,
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  • and I have comein response to them.
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  • Do you know God listens to theprayers of his people?
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  • That's important to know.
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  • I've been sent in response toyour prayer.
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  • Daniel, if you hadn't prayed,I wouldn't be here.
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  • But because you prayed, I havecome with the message.
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  • But the prince of the Persiankingdom resisted me 21 days.
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  • Then Michael, one of the chiefprinces, Michael is an
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  • archangel, came to help me,because I was detained there
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  • with the king of Persia.
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  • Now I have come to explain toyou what will happen to your
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  • people in the future, for thevision concerns a time yet
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  • to come.
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  • The message that the angelbrought to Daniel is that,
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  • when you began to pray,I was dispatched.
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  • Angels are heavenly messengers.
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  • I was dispatched with a messageto you, but I was withheld,
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  • impeded, held up for threeweeks, 21 days, until I received
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  • assistance from Michael,the archangel.
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  • And I have a message for youabout what is still ahead,
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  • what's yet to come.
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  • Are you prepared to believe thatthere are spiritual forces that
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  • impact what's happeningon earth?
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  • That those spiritual forces areaware of what is ahead of us,
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  • that our insight and ourunderstanding is limited?
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  • We have five senses, they'rewonderful gifts, they have
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  • provided us with an enormousamount of information about the
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  • world in which we live.
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  • But they're not adequate toperceive or interact with all of
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  • God's creation.
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  • That shouldn't surprise you.
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  • You know that from your basicscience classes, there's a
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  • spectrum of light beyond thatwhich you can see.
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  • There are light waves that arenot visible with the human eye.
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  • That's why we have all sorts ofnight vision scopes, they're
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  • able to broaden the spectrumthat enables you to see it.
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  • There are sounds that that yourhuman ear can't detect.
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  • Some animals have a far morekeen sense of hearing
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  • than we do.
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  • Our senses have limits.
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  • We can't see a virus without thehelp of an electron microscope.
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  • Well, in the same way, there arespiritual realities, spiritual
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  • forces, spiritual personalitiesthat we don't have the sensory
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  • apparatus to contact with ourfive senses unless God gives us
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  • a revelation, lets them be mademanifest in this physical world.
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  • Now, we've been far tooreluctant to embrace,
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  • intellectually and emotionallywithin the church, the reality
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  • of spiritual things.
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  • I read you a portion fromDaniel, let me give you one from
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  • the book of Revelation.
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  • Some will say, well, that's OldTestament stuff, but the New
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  • Testament's different.
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  • Well, the book of Revelations,the last book of the
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  • New Testament.
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  • It says, there waswar in heaven.
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  • Michael and his angels foughtagainst the dragon,
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  • and the dragon andhis angels fought back.
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  • That's about as plain Englishas we could find.
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  • A war in heaven.
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  • The angels fighting againstSatan and his angels.
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  • Now, what I want to submit toyou is that what we are watching
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  • these days, we see it on theevening news, we watch it on the
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  • information that we get throughour Internet feeds, it goes
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  • beyond the shores of our ownnation, internationally, almost
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  • every day, we get messages fromsomewhere in the world about
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  • unrest or discord.
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  • We had some messaging this weekfrom South Africa, some good
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  • friends there said the violenceis escalating to the point that
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  • it's difficult to knowwhat to do.
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  • In Israel, the palace, the GrandMufti of Jerusalem, Palestinian
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  • authority, the Grand Mufti,the leader of the Muslims
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  • in Jerusalem, declared a fatwa,an official declaration
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  • forbidding prayers atthe Al-Aqsa Mosque,
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  • that's the mosque on the TempleMount in the city of Jerusalem.
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  • When you see the most celebratedpicture of Jerusalem with the
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  • gold dome, the Al-Aqsa Mosque isimmediately there next to that
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  • golden dome.
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  • And he's made a proclamationforbidding prayers in that
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  • mosque in response to the peaceaccord between Israel and the
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  • United Arab Emirates.
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  • So in response to peace, theysay we won't allow anybody to
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  • pray anymore.
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  • If you look further around theglobe, Taiwan and China, I mean,
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  • the posturing, the tensionsgrowing in that part of the
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  • world are difficult for us toeven imagine as we sit
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  • in Tennessee.
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  • So it's not just what we see inthe city streets of America,
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  • we see it spreadingaround the world.
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  • Now what I'm suggesting to youis that all of those physical
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  • things that we see and hearabout are a reflection of the
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  • battle in the heavenlies.
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  • Those concerns don't originatein the earth.
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  • I understand that there may bepolitical motivations and
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  • economic contributors and allsorts of factors, but what we
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  • are watching is the outcome of aspiritual conflict.
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  • Now, I need you to at least leanforward with me emotionally,
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  • because if you close that down,the rest of what I've got to say
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  • is gonna be of little interest.
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  • If we're not willing to believethat spiritual forces impact our
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  • lives, then why are we here?
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  • If we don't believe thatspiritual forces, if we don't
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  • believe in angels and demons andfallen angels and a hierarchy of
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  • evil, if we're not willing toaccept those principles, why do
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  • we come to church?
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  • And if we do accept that, if wewill accept the presentation of
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  • Scripture and make room in ourimagination, then it only seems
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  • logical to me that we begin toformulate a response.
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  • How do we participate?
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  • What does that look like for meto take an interested posture
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  • in that?
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  • Let me give you one morecomponent.
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  • The Bible tells us that Satan isthe ruler of a kingdom.
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  • Jesus said that his father hadconferred upon him a kingdom.
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  • Did you know that Satan is theruler of a kingdom?
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  • In Ephesians chapter 2, in verse2, it says, in which you used to
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  • live when you followed the waysof this world and the ruler of
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  • the kingdom of the air, thespirit who is now at work in
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  • those who are disobedient.
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  • The ruler of the kingdomof the air.
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  • Satan is not boundby it in hell.
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  • He's not limited to theheaven of God's throne.
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  • The Bible tells us that he's theruler of the kingdom of the air,
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  • that he has access to what'shappening in the earth.
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  • The Bible describes for usfallen angels, a third of the
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  • angels that rebelled with Satanand lost their place in heaven.
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  • We're told of some subset ofangels that are bound in
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  • darkness, awaiting God'sultimate judgment.
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  • Most of those fallen angelsaren't bound in chains.
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  • The Bible describesdemons for us.
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  • It doesn't really tell us theorigin of demons, it doesn't
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  • seem to me, my personal opinion,that the demons are
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  • fallen angels.
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  • The Bible doesn't reallytell us of their origin.
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  • And if the Bible doesn't tellus, I assume that we don't have
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  • a need to know.
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  • But Jesus dealt with themroutinely and regularly, it's
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  • not just some fanciful notionfrom antiquity, they were very
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  • much a part of Jesus's lifeand ministry.
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  • In fact, in Luke chapter 10,in verse 18, Jesus said,
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  • I saw Satan fall like lightningfrom heaven.
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  • Jesus believed in the devil.
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  • Go out on a limb, if Jesusbelieved in the devil, maybe you
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  • and I should make room.
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  • I know it isn't fashionable.
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  • Well, you believe in a devil.
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  • Yeah, I believe in gravity, too,but I can't see it.
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  • And I've sat in some physicsclasses where they tried to
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  • explain it to me, I've seenthe effect of it, that's
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  • another conversation.
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  • But I believe in the devil.
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  • People say, well, you know,I just don't believe in that,
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  • you know, I just--I'm just notcomfortable with
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  • that discussion.
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  • I just think, I just--I justdon't believe in that.
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  • Well, I appreciate that.
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  • And if not believing somethingwould eliminate any risk in your
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  • life, we'd just all jointogether and say we don't
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  • believe in the coronavirus.
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  • male announcer: Through prayer,we are not alone in facing
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  • challenges or problems, we havehelp from Almighty God.
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  • together we are making adifference.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I thinkour lives will be in a better
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  • place if we'll accept thecounsel of Scripture.
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  • In fact, it's pretty clear, inEphesians chapter 6, that we've
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  • been sent on an assignment toengage this kingdom of evil.
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  • Ephesians 6 in verse 11, many ofyou know the verse, it says, put
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  • on the full armor of God so thatyou can take your stand against
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  • the devil's schemes.
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  • Our struggle isn't against fleshand blood, but against the
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  • rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark
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  • world and against the spiritualforces of evil in the
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  • heavenly realms.
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  • It says that you and I areengaged in a struggle with
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  • spiritual forces of evil in theheavenly realms.
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  • Now, if we're engaged in astruggle, first of all, it would
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  • be helpful to acknowledge it.
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  • Secondly, it would be helpful tounderstand something about the
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  • terms of engagement, whateverweapons or strengths or help is
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  • available to us.
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  • It would be helpful to know somethings about the plans, the
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  • schemes, the intent, the methodof operation of our adversary.
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  • Perhaps the most definingcharacteristics is the struggle
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  • isn't with flesh and blood.
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  • Now, it typically presents inthe context of flesh and blood.
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  • Most of the struggles in ourlives have a name attached to
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  • them, of an individual, of anorganization, of some group of
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  • people, or something.
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  • The delivery system for most ofthose spiritual tacks has flesh
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  • and blood, has an earth suit.
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  • To have authority in this worldyou need an earth suit.
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  • God put that plan in place.
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  • But the real struggle of ourlives, the violence in our
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  • streets, the struggle for ourschools to open, and to be able
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  • to safely stay together for ourbusinesses, and our churches to
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  • find their way back, for us tofind our way through this
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  • season, we need a spiritualbreakthrough.
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  • It's not surprising to me thatthere's tremendous pressure for
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  • the churches to be closed.
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  • If I was responsible fororchestrating the activity of
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  • evil and I didn't want there tobe any challenges to what I was
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  • doing, I'd do everything I couldto silence anyone, anywhere that
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  • would speak the truth.
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  • To do everything I could tofacilitate deception, whether I
  • 00:13:37.809 --> 00:13:40.678
  • used arrogance, or wealth, orthe distraction of pleasure, or
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  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:13:45.717 --> 00:13:49.187
  • We are in a struggle, the rootof which is not physical.
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:53.091
  • Now, it's being played out inthe physical world.
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  • That shouldn't be too surprisingto us at this point.
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  • Now, I wanna link it to an ideathat carries an assignment
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  • with it.
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  • For decades, it seems to me--I've spent most of my life
  • 00:14:07.772 --> 00:14:11.242
  • engaged with the church in oneway or another, and so I'm at
  • 00:14:11.276 --> 00:14:15.980
  • least entitled to an opinion.
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  • It's not just a random opinion,it's informed.
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  • And it seems to me that, fordecades, we have gathered
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  • together and we havestudied Christianity.
  • 00:14:24.389 --> 00:14:28.860
  • In fact, I think we majoron Bible study.
  • 00:14:28.893 --> 00:14:33.498
  • How many of you everparticipated in a Bible study?
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  • Almost unanimous.
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  • If you've been online, maybe youtell me one of the things you've
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  • studied in the last year or two.
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  • I mean, we are studiersof the first degree.
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  • We will get together,we'll organize,
  • 00:14:46.144 --> 00:14:49.180
  • we're all in on studies.
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  • And I'm not opposed to that,I like to learn.
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  • But I would submit to you that,in this season we have entered,
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  • we're gonna have to consideraccepting our commission
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  • as ambassadors.
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  • And that's an entirely differentposture than being a student.
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  • What's the difference?
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  • I'm glad you asked, 'cause Iwrote it into my outline.
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  • Students gather information.
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  • Students work in laboratoriestesting theories.
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  • Students review reports on theexperiences of others.
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  • Students debate possiblemethodologies and try to decide
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  • what they would implement,what path they would take,
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  • if they ever decided to engage.
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  • But at the moment,they're in the safety
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  • of a classroom setting.
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  • Their outcomes are determinedon a test, not in the real-life
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  • incubator of reality.
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  • Ambassadors, on the other hand,are sovereign representatives of
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  • a nation.
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  • They're deployed to establishoutposts of authority beyond
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  • the borders of thatsovereign nation.
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  • They're on the frontier.
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  • While the embassy itself may bethe sovereign territory of the
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  • nation that they represent,those embassies are planted in
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  • foreign places.
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  • It's understood to be surroundedin places with different
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  • cultures and different customsand different values and
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  • different languages.
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  • Ambassadors extend the valuesand protect the interests of the
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  • citizens they represent.
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  • We can no longer afford simplyto be students of our faith.
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  • I would submit to you that it'smandatory with what's ahead of
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  • us that we make a commitment tobecoming ambassadors.
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  • Now we have heavenly support.
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  • We had an embassy in Libya.
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  • You know what,it was in Benghazi.
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  • And when it was under attack,it didn't get the best support,
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  • and it's a tragedy that'scaptured our nation's attention
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  • for a long time.
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  • I have visited, on morethan one occasion,
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  • the embassy in Jerusalem.
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  • There's tremendous securityin that place.
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  • In fact, if you try to take apicture, they'll stop you,
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  • they'll confiscate your camera.
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  • If more than two or three of yougather, they'll come out and
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  • shoo you away.
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  • You try to park your vehicleanywhere near it, they'll come
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  • and tell you you have to keepmoving.
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  • There's a great deal ofattentiveness and watchfulness,
  • 00:17:27.472 --> 00:17:29.474
  • there's an awareness that therecould be some hostile attitudes
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  • towards what's being representedin that embassy.
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  • So when I tell you that we'vebeen called to be ambassadors,
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  • I'm not simply saying you'regonna get to fly a flag on the
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  • car you drive through thestreets, and you're gonna get to
  • 00:17:43.855 --> 00:17:46.124
  • go to some rather elaboratedinners.
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  • I'm suggesting that with it it'sinevitable that there's gonna be
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  • some pushback.
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  • Again, the transition fromstudent to ambassador is
  • 00:17:56.834 --> 00:18:00.104
  • a significant shift in yourimagination and mine.
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  • I think we've imagined otherpeople did that.
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  • People with a differentkind of commitment,
  • 00:18:07.645 --> 00:18:09.080
  • a different kind of assignment,they bore a different title.
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  • After all, I just attend churchI'm a good person I pray the
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  • Sinner's Prayer, I've beendipped in a pool, I'm in, I'm a
  • 00:18:15.987 --> 00:18:19.657
  • Christian, I self-identify as aChrist follower, and my primary
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  • way of giving evidenceof that is I study.
  • 00:18:23.661 --> 00:18:27.899
  • I sit in church, I take notes,I've collected outlines, I have
  • 00:18:27.932 --> 00:18:30.401
  • notebooks filled with outlines,I've a shelf with the books that
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  • I've read and the studies I'veparticipated in.
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  • In fact, I'll be happy to enterinto a debate, we'll debate over
  • 00:18:37.141 --> 00:18:39.844
  • the 12 tribes, or how you spellIsaiah's middle name.
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  • I'm a student.
  • 00:18:45.249 --> 00:18:48.219
  • But if we talk about thepractice of our faith, the
  • 00:18:48.252 --> 00:18:52.557
  • display of the power of God, ourcomfort level with engaging in
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  • spiritual things, I find we'refar more reluctant.
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  • Well, Pastor, you know,I don't know if I believe
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  • that way or not.
  • 00:19:05.970 --> 00:19:08.839
  • Well, I'm suggesting to you it'snot a matter whether you believe
  • 00:19:08.873 --> 00:19:11.742
  • that way or not, it's a matterof whether you accept what the
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  • Scripture says to us.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 5, inverse 17, it says, if anyone is
  • 00:19:15.513 --> 00:19:19.083
  • in Christ, he's a new creation,the old has gone, the new
  • 00:19:19.116 --> 00:19:23.087
  • is come!
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  • All this is from God, whoreconciled us to himself
  • 00:19:25.523 --> 00:19:28.793
  • through Christ.
  • 00:19:28.826 --> 00:19:30.328
  • Now, that's what God has donefor us in Christ, we've been
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  • reconciled to God.
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  • We've been made a new creation.
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  • I look a lot like that oldscoundrel, Allen, but the truth
  • 00:19:37.702 --> 00:19:41.205
  • is, from the inside out, I'vebeen made new.
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  • I've got a new future, I've gota new inheritance, I'm a
  • 00:19:45.076 --> 00:19:48.679
  • completely different creation.
  • 00:19:48.713 --> 00:19:50.481
  • God, I've been reconciled to thecreator of heaven and earth.
  • 00:19:50.514 --> 00:19:54.819
  • But then there's a series ofstatements that hand some
  • 00:19:54.852 --> 00:19:57.255
  • assignment back to us.
  • 00:19:57.288 --> 00:19:59.357
  • God reconciled us to himselfthrough Christ and he gave us
  • 00:19:59.390 --> 00:20:03.928
  • the ministry of reconciliation.
  • 00:20:03.961 --> 00:20:07.365
  • So, you know, if I just knewwhat my ministry was, you have a
  • 00:20:07.398 --> 00:20:09.834
  • ministry of reconciliation.
  • 00:20:09.867 --> 00:20:12.536
  • That God was reconciling theworld to himself in Christ, not
  • 00:20:12.570 --> 00:20:16.374
  • counting men's sinsagainst them.
  • 00:20:16.407 --> 00:20:19.010
  • And he has committed to us themessage of reconciliation.
  • 00:20:19.043 --> 00:20:24.515
  • Who's gonna deliverthat message?
  • 00:20:24.548 --> 00:20:25.883
  • It doesn't say pastors orevangelists or missionaries
  • 00:20:25.916 --> 00:20:29.320
  • or denominational executivesor university professors.
  • 00:20:29.353 --> 00:20:34.258
  • If you're a new creation inChrist, God is committed to you
  • 00:20:34.292 --> 00:20:37.595
  • the message of reconciliation.
  • 00:20:37.628 --> 00:20:39.563
  • Verse 20, we are thereforeChrist's ambassadors, as though
  • 00:20:39.597 --> 00:20:44.368
  • God were making his appealthrough us.
  • 00:20:44.402 --> 00:20:48.706
  • We implore you on Christ'sbehalf, be reconciled to God,
  • 00:20:48.739 --> 00:20:53.544
  • Christ's ambassadors, as thoughGod were making his appeal
  • 00:20:53.577 --> 00:20:58.549
  • through us.
  • 00:20:58.582 --> 00:21:00.851
  • Now, we're fortunate, there aremany good churches where we
  • 00:21:00.885 --> 00:21:02.987
  • live, what a wonderful heritage.
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:05.990
  • But, for a moment, let's justpretend they weren't here, and
  • 00:21:06.023 --> 00:21:09.026
  • the assignment's ours.
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:10.928
  • Let's not hand it offto somebody else.
  • 00:21:10.961 --> 00:21:13.297
  • It's not about prideor arrogance.
  • 00:21:13.331 --> 00:21:14.632
  • We don't imagine we're the onlyone, or unique, that we're
  • 00:21:14.665 --> 00:21:17.001
  • the better or the best,or somehow superior.
  • 00:21:17.034 --> 00:21:19.670
  • But so we don't just avoid ourresponsibility, let's imagine
  • 00:21:19.704 --> 00:21:23.974
  • that the appeal to be reconciledto God in our region was gonna
  • 00:21:24.008 --> 00:21:27.678
  • come through us, and we took itseriously.
  • 00:21:27.712 --> 00:21:33.050
  • We acted as if God meant that.
  • 00:21:33.084 --> 00:21:36.153
  • What would we do?
  • 00:21:36.187 --> 00:21:40.157
  • Well, at some point, we're goingto have to break the holy huddle
  • 00:21:40.191 --> 00:21:43.260
  • and stop just having a study.
  • 00:21:43.294 --> 00:21:49.300
  • What would it look like for usto respond to that?
  • 00:21:50.334 --> 00:21:53.371
  • Where do I begin?
  • 00:21:53.404 --> 00:21:54.739
  • Well, again, I'm glad you asked,'cause I wrote it into
  • 00:21:54.772 --> 00:21:57.408
  • my outline.
  • 00:21:57.441 --> 00:22:00.077
  • We're gonna talk about this onsome level throughout this week,
  • 00:22:00.111 --> 00:22:03.748
  • but tonight I want to suggest acouple of things to put into
  • 00:22:03.781 --> 00:22:06.283
  • your daily routine that willhelp you gain momentum as
  • 00:22:06.317 --> 00:22:09.920
  • an ambassador.
  • 00:22:09.954 --> 00:22:11.255
  • Are you interested?
  • 00:22:11.288 --> 00:22:13.224
  • I think you'd be pretty excitedif you got home tonight and you
  • 00:22:13.257 --> 00:22:15.326
  • got a call from the White Housethat says, you've been appointed
  • 00:22:15.359 --> 00:22:17.461
  • an ambassador on behalf of theUnited States of America to some
  • 00:22:17.495 --> 00:22:21.232
  • other nation.
  • 00:22:21.265 --> 00:22:22.566
  • That would be good news, you'dprobably share that.
  • 00:22:22.600 --> 00:22:23.934
  • I bet some of you would evenpost it in the social media.
  • 00:22:23.968 --> 00:22:27.171
  • Well, I have better news, you'vebeen appointed an ambassador by
  • 00:22:27.204 --> 00:22:29.940
  • the King of Kings and the Lordof Lords to represent his
  • 00:22:29.974 --> 00:22:32.476
  • eternal kingdomin this generation.
  • 00:22:32.510 --> 00:22:35.646
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:22:35.679 --> 00:22:37.782
  • Now, here's what sobers mearound that.
  • 00:22:37.815 --> 00:22:39.583
  • If I've been given theappointment, I know enough about
  • 00:22:39.617 --> 00:22:42.520
  • the Lord to know there's gonnabe some accountability expected.
  • 00:22:42.553 --> 00:22:46.490
  • So what do we do?
  • 00:22:46.524 --> 00:22:49.827
  • Well, I would submit it begins,a foundational component is
  • 00:22:49.860 --> 00:22:53.731
  • simply a systematic reading ofyour Bible.
  • 00:22:53.764 --> 00:22:57.735
  • On a daily basis.
  • 00:22:57.768 --> 00:22:59.670
  • I don't mean just randomattempts to find a promise, but
  • 00:22:59.703 --> 00:23:03.307
  • a systematic, committed effort.
  • 00:23:03.340 --> 00:23:04.909
  • Now, there's a lot of differentways to do that, I'm not gonna
  • 00:23:04.942 --> 00:23:06.944
  • suggest there's a singular way,but I am going to suggest that
  • 00:23:06.977 --> 00:23:11.148
  • you want to cultivate the habit,on a daily basis, of spending
  • 00:23:11.182 --> 00:23:14.552
  • time systematically unpackingyour Bible.
  • 00:23:14.585 --> 00:23:17.721
  • You won't understand everythingyou read.
  • 00:23:17.755 --> 00:23:21.025
  • I don't understand everything Iread if I read a newspaper.
  • 00:23:21.058 --> 00:23:24.962
  • I certainly don't understandeverything I read if I read
  • 00:23:24.995 --> 00:23:26.831
  • something online.
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  • Even Rabbi Google can't alwaysanswer all the questions.
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  • Don't bear the weight of beingable to pronounce every name
  • 00:23:32.403 --> 00:23:34.939
  • correctly, or understanding thelocation of every city on the
  • 00:23:34.972 --> 00:23:37.441
  • map, but begin to systematicallyinvest effort and thought in
  • 00:23:37.475 --> 00:23:41.745
  • reading your Bible.
  • 00:23:41.779 --> 00:23:43.080
  • Don't just read it to checka box, read it with the
  • 00:23:43.113 --> 00:23:45.950
  • expectation of understandingwhat you're reading.
  • 00:23:45.983 --> 00:23:48.052
  • If there's a word you don'tknow, look it up.
  • 00:23:48.085 --> 00:23:51.155
  • Which is the best translation?
  • 00:23:51.188 --> 00:23:53.691
  • Should I read theNew International?
  • 00:23:53.724 --> 00:23:55.059
  • The New American Standard?
  • 00:23:55.092 --> 00:23:56.393
  • Should I read The Message?
  • 00:23:56.427 --> 00:23:57.761
  • Should I read the King James orthe New King James?
  • 00:23:57.795 --> 00:23:59.330
  • The New English version?
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  • Which translation should I read?
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  • I'll tell you the besttranslation.
  • 00:24:02.500 --> 00:24:03.834
  • Would you like to know?
  • 00:24:03.868 --> 00:24:07.037
  • The one you read.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey,before we go, I want to say
  • 00:24:14.078 --> 00:24:15.579
  • a prayer with you.
  • 00:24:15.613 --> 00:24:16.914
  • I don't think we understand thetremendous value and impact of
  • 00:24:16.947 --> 00:24:20.317
  • our prayers.
  • 00:24:20.351 --> 00:24:21.652
  • God sent the prophet Isaiah toKing Hezekiah and said, because
  • 00:24:21.685 --> 00:24:24.655
  • you prayed, I'm going to healyou, I'm gonna extend your life.
  • 00:24:24.688 --> 00:24:27.958
  • If Hezekiah hadn't prayed, hislife would've been
  • 00:24:27.992 --> 00:24:30.194
  • terminated earlier.
  • 00:24:30.227 --> 00:24:31.529
  • Your prayers, my prayers, theymake a difference.
  • 00:24:31.562 --> 00:24:34.198
  • You know, there's no magicformula, you don't have to use
  • 00:24:34.231 --> 00:24:36.467
  • the right word or the right toneof voice.
  • 00:24:36.500 --> 00:24:38.669
  • We have to make the effort toopen our hearts and our voices
  • 00:24:38.702 --> 00:24:42.306
  • and talk to the Lord and listento what he has to say for us.
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  • I want to pray with youbefore I go.
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  • Father, I thank you for everyperson, their life or no detail
  • 00:24:47.711 --> 00:24:51.081
  • is hidden from you.
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  • Our lives are open to you.
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  • I pray that you'll give us aboldness to talk to you and to
  • 00:24:53.784 --> 00:24:56.287
  • one another.
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  • Give us a spirit of prayer.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:25:01.292 --> 00:25:04.194
  • male announcer: Through prayer,we are not alone in facing
  • 00:25:04.228 --> 00:25:06.363
  • challenges or problems, we havehelp from Almighty God.
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  • Be encouraged to take yourprayers boldly before the throne
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  • of grace with Pastor Allen'sdevotional book, "Let's Pray: 30
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: So whenI talk about prayer, see,
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  • I think most of us are educatedto think prayer is what we do
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  • in a formal religious serviceat a point of transition.
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  • We're about done he's praying,we're gonna receive
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  • And we learn how to berespectful of prayer.
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  • When someone's praying, we stopmoving, we'll bow our head,
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  • we'll close our eyes, we'll stoptalking to one another.
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  • I appreciate the respect we'velearned around prayer, I'm
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  • suggesting now we're gonna haveto become a bit more aware of
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  • the different ways to pray, andhow to pray more effectively.
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