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Making The Most of Every Opportunity

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October 13, 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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Making The Most of Every Opportunity

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  • Allen Jackson: He said,"Although God is a God of
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  • justice and he will bringjudgment on his covenant people,
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  • he's a God of mercy and he willrestore you as you turn your
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  • hearts to him."
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  • It's important for us to knowbecause in order to move through
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  • this season we have toacknowledge openly and candidly
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  • and freely how far from God wehave drifted, not how wicked the
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  • wicked are, how ineffective thesalt and the light have been.
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  • But if we will acknowledge that,the promise of Scripture is that
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  • God in his mercy will bringrestoration and give us a
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  • new future.
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  • Allen Jackson: The message thismorning is really, in most
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  • respects, a continuation of lastevening, it was intended for two
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  • parts, the topic was "Making TheMost Of Every Opportunity."
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  • I told you I have a good friendof many years and when I would
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  • tell him about church problems,he'd built the business very
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  • effectively, and every time Iwould say I had a problem he
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  • said, "No, you have anopportunity."
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  • And I was a little slow but Ifinally figured out, never tell
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  • him about a problem just tellhim about my opportunities.
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  • And it's been a very helpfuladjustment in my attitude and I
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  • would submit to you that in themidst of this year of
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  • uncertainty and upside down andso many things, that it's not
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  • devastation, it's anopportunity.
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  • I believe the church of JesusChrist will come through 2020
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  • more alert, more awake, moreprepared, more anointed, better
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  • ready to meet the needs and thepurposes of the kingdom of God
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  • in our world and anytime in ourlifetime.
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  • So while it's not a comfortableyear, I very much believe it's a
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  • God-directed year.
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  • And I want to start with Hebrewschapter 12, if you've got the
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  • church app, you can actually getthe outline right there, we're
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  • still not passing out all thosepapers.
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  • I hope we'll get clearances tobe able to do that before very
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  • long; but if you got the app youcan find all the
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  • Scriptures there.
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  • It's Hebrews 12, and verse 25,God says, "'See to it that you
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  • don't refuse him who speaks.
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  • If they didn't escape when theyrefused him who warned them on
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  • earth, how much less will we, ifwe turn away from him who warns
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  • us from the heavens?'
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  • And at that time his voice shookthe earth, but now he has
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  • promised, 'Once more I'll shakenot only the earth but also
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  • the heavens.'"
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  • It's a pretty direct message,and its context, God is saying
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  • in earlier generations, I spoketo the people, I shook them and
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  • they ignored me and there was aconsequence for that.
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  • And it's cautioning us, that ifwe turn away or we fail to be
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  • awakened, the most accuratedescription I know of American
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  • Evangelical Christianity for thelast decade or so is we were for
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  • the most part asleep.
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  • Now sleep's a normal part ofyour life rhythm, it's
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  • important, it's time forrefreshing and renewal but if
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  • you sleep when you should beawake, in Proverbs, it says
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  • that, "You're a disgracefulchild."
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  • And if you stay permanentlyasleep, it's not sleep, you're
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  • in a coma; it's a problem.
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  • When you're asleep, you'reunconcerned your uninvolved and
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  • you're unaware.
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  • Again, it's not wicked becauseyou're asleep but it's not a
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  • fruitful time.
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  • And there have been thingstranspiring in recent decades
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  • that, had the church been awake,should not have happened to the
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  • nation with a Christianheritage.
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  • And so I believe God in hismercy and his grace is awakening
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  • his church, it's an excitingtime.
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  • It's not always fun to beawakened, you ever had somebody
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  • wake you up?
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  • Did you say, "Oh, thank you?"
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  • You hug your alarm clock when itgoes off in the morning or do
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  • you smack it and hope it willhush?
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  • You hit the snooze button hardenough to send it into
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  • another county?
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  • They are persistent littlecritters aren't they; well God
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  • is even more persistent.
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  • I believe God is shaking theearth and the shaking continues,
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  • in fact, the most difficult partof the season now for me, is
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  • that week after week it seems tocontinue, I'm ready for it to be
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  • done already but the fact thatI'm ready to be done doesn't
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  • mean it's over.
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  • But we've all been in thoseplaces, you competed in some
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  • event and you were tired but youweren't to the finish line yet,
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  • or you ran a race and youthought, "Enough," but you
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  • weren't done, or you had anassignment and it was bigger
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  • than you thought it would be.
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  • I don't like the Do It YourselfNetwork, they can imagine a
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  • remodeling project that theyhadn't thought of before, design
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  • it, pick the colors, get thematerial, do the demolition, and
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  • install the new thing in a 30minute segment; that is wicked,
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  • takes me six months.
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  • And we're a bit in one of thoseseasons, and, week after week
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  • the shaking continues, and wesee it every week, there's some
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  • new point of disruption or somenew uncertainty that seems to
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  • emerge or a statistic that getsadjusted.
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  • There's the global stirring,it's not just here, we get
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  • messages from our friends allover the world; from Africa and
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  • Asia and South America, it's achallenge around the globe.
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  • The historic realignment in theMiddle East is of Biblical
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  • significance, there's so much inthe news cycle it kinda gets
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  • lost, but Israel and the Muslimnations are reaching peace
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  • accords which we've been toldfor decades were an
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  • impossibility; Bahrain and theUnited Arab Emirates reaching
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  • peace accords with the nation ofIsrael.
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  • The Saudi Arabians opening theirairspace to Israeli jets, and
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  • we're told, I don't know, butthey say there's other nations
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  • that may come along in thatprocess as well.
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  • One of the consequences of thatis that Iran's tyranny of the
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  • region is being diminished.
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  • Now it isn't surprising thatwith that happening those
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  • changes bring threats from Iran,they're gonna rattle their saber
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  • or a little bit; China andRussia are watching and engaging
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  • more quickly than I expectedthem to.
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  • The U.S., this past week movedBradley fighting vehicles into
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  • Syria, pretty serious equipment.
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  • I don't believe it's the onsetof a war, I believe it is a
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  • reflection of a balance of powerchanging, a new alignment coming
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  • to the region; peace emergesfrom strength, not from
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  • surrendering the field.
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  • There are new lines of authorityand new alliances, a new way of
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  • seeing the Middle East isemerging.
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  • Previous world leaders,including multiple U.S.
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  • presidents have attempted toaccomplish something of this
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  • magnitude and failed, and we'rewatching it happen in a matter
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  • of days and weeks before ourvery eyes; it's amazing.
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  • I tell you that because thereare things that make you want to
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  • celebrate, that you realize Godis doing, and things that make
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  • you wanna weep, and they're allhappening simultaneously.
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  • And where are you direct yourattention is important, what
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  • you're aware of, what you chooseto give your thoughts and your
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  • emotions to.
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  • The battle for the heart andsoul of our nation is
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  • intensifying, which values willshape our future, it isn't
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  • clear yet.
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  • What foundation will we choosefor the next season of
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  • our lives?
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  • Which institutions are going toprovide the voice of authority
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  • that determines what'sappropriate and inappropriate?
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  • Will it be churches and schoolsand universities, or business
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  • leaders or politicians orjurists?
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  • The emerging answers, to bequite honest, are a bit
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  • surprising, they would've beentotally unpredictable a year or
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  • so ago, are you watching, youlistening, are you really awake?
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  • At the same time that ourchurches and schools have been
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  • ordered to be closed, we havehad an amplification of the
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  • voices of athletes in theleagues which support them, they
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  • have suggested to us they're thearbiters of truth and justice
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  • for our culture.
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  • Jerseys, helmets, playingfields, the courts of
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  • competition, they've all becomeplatforms for messaging.
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  • The cable channels that reporton their activities and their
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  • events cover that the peopledoing that are dispensers of a
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  • worldview and they have agreater enthusiasm than most TV
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  • preachers I know, and I knowsome TV preachers.
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  • You know, when our troopsreturned from World War II, and
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  • I know for most of you that'sold history, but for some of you
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  • it's not that old.
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  • When our troops came back therewas a tremendous sense of relief
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  • and gratitude in our nation, wehad survived, it seemed that we
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  • would be able to face the futurewith some sense of hope, and in
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  • communities across our nationchurches were remodeled
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  • or rebuilt.
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  • In fact, it was commonplace inthat season for churches to
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  • become the most beautifulbuildings in a community.
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  • I've been in Murfreesboro sinceI was 10 and it was true here as
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  • well, the most significantbuildings in our community were
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  • downtown, just off the square,churches by a variety of names
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  • but they were beautifulexpressions and most of them had
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  • been expanded or erected orremodeled in that season
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  • following World War II.
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  • Our nation was grateful to Godfor his watchful care into our
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  • lives, one of the ways tounderstand what's important and
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  • the culture is by what'sexpressed in their architecture.
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  • Well today, the largestgathering places in our
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  • communities, in our cities, areour stadiums and our arenas.
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  • I know that 'cause weoccasionally utilize them to
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  • gather to worship the Lord.
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  • We frequently arrange ourworship attendance so that we
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  • don't miss the activities of ourfavorite sports teams, or at one
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  • time we did; we regularlyschedule our children's soccer
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  • matches and ball games at timeswhen churches gather
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  • for worship.
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  • Athletes have become culturalleaders, voices of authority,
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  • not because of their moralclarity but because of their
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  • athletic ability and the wealththat's associated with
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  • those achievements.
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  • I would suggest to you, not inany way denigrating their
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  • success or their ability, but Iwould suggest to you, we need to
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  • reexamine our criteriafor heroes;
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  • that we need to evaluate
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  • what we honor with our time andattention, what we aspire for
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  • our children to become.
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  • Technically, an idol issomething to which we give first
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  • priority, it's not justsomething that is carved from
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  • wood or stone, an idol can be ahobby, a relationship, our
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  • wealth, it could be many things.
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  • And worship on the other hand isnot just expressed by music in a
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  • sermon, worship is how youinvest your time, your attention
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  • and your money.
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  • And God is clear, he used to bethe first priority in our lives;
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  • in case, you've forgotten, it isthe first of the
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  • 10 Commandments.
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  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
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  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course, and the direction ofour nation, and I believe
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  • because of our faith we havebeen uniquely blessed by God.
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  • Now our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms I assure you our
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  • freedoms will not persist.
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  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads, it's a line of
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  • demarcation, we're gonna choosea direction very soon and it's
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  • not about an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history,we need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of the
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  • wicked, the great challenge weface is the indifference of the
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  • faithful; we've got to have aheart change.
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  • Well, I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them with
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  • you, we put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation, he called
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  • us into existence and he hassustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election, we need aprophetic perspective from God
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  • right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • AllenJackson.com Allen Jackson:So I have a question, is there
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  • adequate evidence in your lifethat you worship the God of
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  • Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
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  • And it's not one you have toanswer for me but it's one that
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  • is worth reflecting on foryourself, because, you see, I
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  • believe the future of ournation, the security of our
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  • children, the effectiveness ofour schools, the fruitfulness of
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  • our universities, our freedomsultimately depend upon the
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  • people of God, those people whoimagine themselves to worship
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  • the maker of heaven and earth,to be in a relationship with him
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  • that is vital and alive andhealthy enough that it brings
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  • the blessings of God and not thejudgment of God.
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  • The challenges we face todaydon't lie at the doorstep of the
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  • wicked, they lie at the doorstepof the believers, and where we
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  • have been indifferent we have tobegin to turn our hearts to the
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  • Lord and allow our faith to bekindled with a new fervency.
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  • You see, God is shaking ourworld, he's awakening his church
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  • for the completion of ourassignment.
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  • Now this will take place in themost polarized time in the
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  • history of humanity; if youthink there's going to be broad
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  • unification and cooperationaround the principles of God, I
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  • don't believe you're payingclose attention to what
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  • Scripture tells us.
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  • God will expose the folly ofhuman pride, everything that can
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  • be shaken is going to be shaken,and I think what we've seen is
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  • just a mild tremor to what iscoming in the years.
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  • That's not frightening, it's nota threat, there's tremendous
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  • promise in it because in themidst of that, the eternal,
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  • unshakable kingdom of our Godwill be exposed and his
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  • purpose's revealed in the earth;people will be able to choose,
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  • it's a good thing.
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  • In the midst of the shaking, Godis gonna demonstrate his great
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  • power and wisdom, but I wouldencourage you with whatever
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  • influence I have, I wouldencourage you to begin to listen
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  • and to serve with her a greaterawareness than ever before in
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  • your life, it is the bestpathway forward.
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  • So where's the opportunity inthis season, what's the
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  • way forward?
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  • Well I want to take the minutesI have left and focus on that.
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  • In the midst of this awakeningchurch, what do we need to be
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  • awakened to, what can we affordto not lose sight of, what needs
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  • to be revisited, what needs tobe secured?
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  • Well I think we would start withthe sovereignty of God.
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  • It's kind of a technical conceptbut its fundamentals are not
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  • complex at all, it means thatGod can do what he wants when he
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  • wants whenever he wants and hedoesn't need anyone's approval,
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  • he's sovereign over all.
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  • And there are many-many ways toexpress that from Scripture, but
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  • one of the more poetic, and Ithink emotional, is in the book
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  • of Job, we just read that ifyou're doing the Bible reading
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  • with us.
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  • The best part of Job is when youfinish it, it's not a happy
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  • clappy book, folks.
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  • I mean, it turns out well butbetween the beginning and the
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  • ending there's a lot of huh?
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  • But listen to what God says toJob, he's ready to respond to
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  • Job and some of his statements.
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  • He says, "Brace yourself like aman, I'll question you and
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  • you'll answer me," whew.
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  • "Where were you when I laid theearth's foundations?
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  • Tell me, if you understand.
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  • Or who marked off itsdimensions?
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  • Surely you know!
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  • Who stretched a measuring lineacross it?
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  • On what were its footings set,or who laid its cornerstone
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  • while the morning stars sangtogether and all the angels
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  • shouted for joy?
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  • Who shut up the sea behind doorswhen it burst forth from the
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  • womb, when I made the clouds itsgarment and wrapped it in thick
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  • darkness, when I fixed limitsfor it and set its doors and
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  • bars in place, when I said,'This far you may come and no
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  • farther, here is where yourproud waves halt?'"
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  • God is reminding Job in somerather dramatic language,
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  • "There's a God and it's notyou."
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  • And as we begin to reorient ourfaces towards the Lord and
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  • awaken from our sleep and try toput our hair back in place and
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  • deal with our halitosis, I wouldsubmit to you that we need to
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  • begin by remembering that God isthe creator and the judge of
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  • all things.
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  • There is a God, and it's not us,and he is the one who
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  • establishes the boundaries forus, he has revealed to us truth,
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  • his truth in his Word, he rulesin righteousness and he will
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  • rule and reign in the earth withmercy and justice.
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  • And if we intend to see mercyand justice in the earth, it
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  • will only come to humanity as webring alignment to ourselves
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  • with the principles of AlmightyGod.
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  • There's nothing in human historythat suggests, apart from God we
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  • will treat one another justly,in fact, our history shouts
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  • quite the opposite.
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  • So when you hear it said that alife of faith, or yielding to
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  • the lordship of Jesus Christ, oracknowledging Jesus of Nazareth
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  • as the son of God and choosinghim as the authority in your
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  • life is in some way adiminishment or an abandonment
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  • or it's old fashioned, pleaseunderstand, it's the wisest,
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  • most prudent choice you canmake, and there is a mountain of
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  • evidence throughout humanhistory to support it.
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  • There's another principle Idon't want us to lose and it's
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  • the mercy of God, 'cause just ascertainly as God is just and a
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  • God of judgment, he's a God ofMercy.
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  • Jeremiah chapter 5, Jeremiah isone of the more challenging
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  • books in the Bible.
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  • Jeremiah is the prophet inJerusalem that God asks to tell
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  • the people that judgment iscoming, it's a very
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  • difficult assignment.
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  • I know we all think it would bewonderful to be called by God
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  • and have a clear revelation ofwhat he called you to be and to
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  • do, but I'm telling you folks,Jeremiah had a
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  • difficult assignment.
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  • There were many-many falseprophets that said, "He's just
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  • negative, he is Debbie Downer,don't listen to him," Debbie
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  • Downer is a Hebrew word, andthey were angry enough with
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  • Jeremiah to throw him into acistern and abandoned him to
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  • die, but there are triumphalnotes throughout Jeremiah.
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  • From his captivity, because ofthe hatred of the people because
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  • of the message he delivered, hesent a bag of money to purchase
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  • a field, because he said, "Ascertainly as you're going into
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  • exile, you're coming back."
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  • He said, "Although God is a Godof justice and he will bring
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  • judgment on his covenant people,he's a God of mercy and he will
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  • restore you as you turn yourhearts to him."
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  • It's important for us to knowbecause, in order to move
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  • through this season, we have toacknowledge openly and candidly
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  • and freely how far from God wehave drifted, not how wicked the
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  • wicked are, how ineffective thesalt and the light have been.
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  • But if we will acknowledge that,the promise of Scripture is that
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  • God, in his mercy, will bringrestoration and give us a new
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  • future, and write a new scenariofor us.
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  • That it isn't about our strengthor our power or our numbers, the
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  • Scripture says, "God is able tosave by a few or by many."
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  • In fact, when he called Gideonto bring deliverance to Israel,
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  • he said, "Gideon, you have toomany people," and Gideon said,
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  • "No, I've counted, this would bethe minimal number."
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  • There's a rather elaborateprocess until Gideon's left with
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  • just a tiny fraction of thenumber he began with, and God
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  • said, "Now, it's about right,and your weapons are gonna be a
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  • clay pot, a lamp and a trumpet,"and they had a
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  • tremendous victory.
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  • So you see, we don't need ourstrength or our wisdom, we need
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  • to yield to Almighty God, hisstrength is sufficient.
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  • Jeremiah chapter 5, in verse 1,it says, "Go up and down the
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  • streets of Jerusalem, lookaround and consider, search
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  • through her squares," sendsJeremiah on an assignment.
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  • "If you can find but one personwho deals honestly and seeks the
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  • truth, I will forgive thiscity."
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  • Now this is good news, God issearching the earth for men and
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  • women who are turning theirhearts to him, we can be those
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  • people, it's a principlethroughout Scripture.
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  • It's probably most notable inthe judgment of Sodom and
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  • Gomorrah, God said, "I'm goingto destroy these cities," he
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  • tells Abraham before he does it,there's such mercy in that.
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  • And Abraham enters into anegotiation until finally, the
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  • solution, he said, "If there's10 righteous people there."
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  • Again, it wasn't about thedepravity of the wicked, if I
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  • can just find 10 righteouspeople.
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  • So you're not powerless, don'tsay, "I'm insignificant," don't
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  • say, "My voice is small, thatnobody in Washington answers my
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  • calls, I don't have enoughresources to be an influence,"
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  • that's not true.
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  • Your choice to honor God inhumility and righteousness and
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  • godliness brings the attentionof the creator of heaven and
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  • earth to bear, and there's noarmy, there's no government,
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  • there's no leader, there isnothing that stands against him.
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  • God intervenes with his mercy inthe earth, it's that pattern of
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  • Sodom and Gomorrah, the impactof the righteous.
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  • In the book of Romans, it says,"Don't be overcome by evil, but
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  • overcome evil with good," haveyou thought about good being
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  • more powerful than evil?
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  • I think when we see expressionsof evil, we tend to quake in
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  • fear, that's not what the Biblesays, it says we can overcome
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  • evil with good, So what do weneed to do tomorrow?
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  • Get up and do good, live thetruth that you know, push back
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  • on the evil.
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  • You don't have to be angry,critical, condemning,
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  • judgmental, don't spend yourlife angry, it's not fruitful.
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  • Live righteous lives, walk inthe truth that you know, and
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  • where you need adjustment theLord will bring it to you, he'll
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  • convict you; don't beembarrassed or ashamed, thank
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  • him for that, it's his mercy,his discipline in our lives is
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  • a gift.
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  • The shaking of this year isintended for our good, not to
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  • diminish us, he will restore, Itrust him.
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  • Now I think to those things thatwe can't forget, I want to add
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  • one caution and it has to dowith the deception of wealth.
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  • A couple of passages, 1 Timothy6, in verse 10, it says, "The
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  • love of money is a root of allkinds of evil."
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  • It doesn't say, "Money's theroot of all evil," it says, "The
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  • love of money."
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  • You can have no money and loveit, you can be poor and greedy,
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  • you can be flat broke and becovetous and filled with envy,
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  • that's not just the territory ofthe wealthy or the people who
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  • have more than you do.
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  • Money isn't the problem, infact, if yours bothers you,
  • 00:23:47.952 --> 00:23:50.120
  • bring it to me, I'll help youout, it's teamwork.
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  • It says, "The love of money is aroot of all kinds of evil.
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  • Some people, eager for money,have wandered from the faith and
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  • pierced themselves with manygriefs."
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  • That if you're eager for moneyit can cause you to lose your
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  • bearings, you'll lose yourcompass point, you'll lose
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  • your boundaries.
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  • Allen Jackson: You know, thesovereignty of God is a
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  • challenging concept, not becauseit eludes our intellect, it
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  • simply means God can do what hewants when he wants the way he
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  • wants and he doesn't needanybody's permission, it's a
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  • challenge to our sense ofindependence.
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  • And one of the most persistentobstacles I find in my life and
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  • in the lives of people that Iinteract with is we get sideways
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  • with God; we don't like hischoices, we don't like his sense
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  • of timing, we don't like thecircumstances in which we find
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  • ourselves and we hold himaccountable.
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  • I have discovered that God iscapable of withstanding my rage
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  • about his poor job performance,but that if I sideline myself
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  • because I'm resentful of God orangry at God or embittered
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  • with God.
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  • I forfeit the best parts of myfuture.
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  • Before we go today, I'd like toinvite you to pray with me and
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  • to release those places whereyou've been frustrated with God;
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  • maybe he didn't arrive in thetimeline that you wanted him to
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  • or the answers that came to youweren't the ones that
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  • you wanted.
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  • I have shared that grief andthat resentment and even that
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  • anger, I've stood in the fieldat night and shaking my fist at
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  • God-- somehow he survived-- butat the end of the day I had to
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  • come back and changed my heart.
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  • And I'd like to pray with you,could we do that?
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  • Can we release those things tothe Lord and say we trust him
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  • and his sovereignty over ourlives, that he will bring good
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  • to us?
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  • Father, thank you for your Wordand its promise and it's hope, I
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  • thank you for my friends.
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  • And I pray today that that willbe able to release to you those
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  • places where there's been angerand resentment and hurt and
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  • disappointment, we trust you,that you love us and you have a
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  • plan for our good and not forour harm.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now Jesus gave usa very important component in
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  • understanding resources, theBible's very clear that
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  • abundance is a blessing from Godand that poverty is a curse, so
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  • poverty doesn't make you holy.
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  • And if you believe you are morerighteous because you have less
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  • or you believe you're more holybecause you have more, you're
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  • wrong on both ends of thespectrum.
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  • But God's promise is to providefor the needs of his people,
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  • it's consistent through theScripture, Jesus told us to pray
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  • that way, "Give us this day ourdaily bread."
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